Top Stories This Week

Before we head off into the weekend, let’s take a look back at the biggest stories on Reston Now in recent days.

  1. Report: Reston-based Company with Trump Ties Awarded Federal Contract

  2. Reston Association Board Scales Back Proposed Assessment Increase by $10

  3. Local Schools Recognized for Bridging Achievement Gaps in English and Math

  4. Planning Funds Sought for New ‘Silver Line’ Elementary School

  5. Walker Nature Center Warns Residents about Invasive Insect

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Freeze Warning in Effect in Fairfax County Tomorrow

November is kicking off with a chilly start. A freeze warning has been issued for Fairfax County for tomorrow (Nov. 2).

Temperatures as low as 30 degrees are expected between 2 and 9 a.m.

Here’s more from the alert:

* IMPACTS…FROST AND FREEZE CONDITIONS WILL KILL CROPS, OTHER 

SENSITIVE VEGETATION AND POSSIBLY DAMAGE UNPROTECTED OUTDOOR  PLUMBING.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

TAKE STEPS NOW TO PROTECT TENDER PLANTS FROM THE COLD. TO PREVENT FREEZING AND POSSIBLE BURSTING OF OUTDOOR WATER PIPES THEY SHOULD BE WRAPPED, DRAINED, OR ALLOWED TO DRIP SLOWLY. THOSE THAT HAVE IN-GROUND SPRINKLER SYSTEMS SHOULD DRAIN THEM AND COVER ABOVE GROUND PIPES TO PROTECT THEM FROM FREEZING

NWS recommends that people prevent pipe bursts by wrapping, draining or slowly letting water drip from them. Above-ground pipes should also be covered.

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Following County Changes, Town of Herndon Shifts to Purple Dumpsters

The Town of Herndon will no longer collect glass during curbside pickup, joining the county in an effort to shift glass recycling to purple dumpsters throughout the county.

While Restonians can drop off glass recyclables at the Reston South Park and Ride lot, Town of Herndon residents can head over to a purple dumpster at town’s public works complex (1479 Sterling Road).

Fairfax County officials shifted to the purple bins as part of a regional glass recycling program called the “Purple Can Club.”

Officials note that recycled glass often ends up in landfills because it breaks doing the transportation process and mixes with other recyclable materials.

Residents can drop off all types of emptied glass containers — including bottles and jars. Residue should be removed from the materials before recycling.

Photo via Town of Herndon

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Reston Association to Hold Community Meeting on Future of Lake Thoreau

Residents can learn more about the future of Lake Thoreau pool at a special community meeting on Monday, Nov. 4 at Reston Association headquarters (12001 Sunrise Valley Drive).

RA staff will update the community on safety concerns highlighted by a recent engineering report, as well as how the association plans to address structural problems of the nearly 40-year-old facility.

The 2019 report found a number of structural cracks in the facility’s retaining wall. A representative from Kimley Horn, an engineering firm that conducted a 2017 study on the pool, will also attend the meeting.

Members will also have an opportunity to ask questions after the presentation by RA staff.

At a recent meeting, RA’s Board of Directors and staff indicated the pool will likely be closed for the 2020 season. The association expects to engage with the community to determine future plans for the facility.

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Facebook Inks Lease in Reston Town Center

Facebook has inked a lease for roughly 75,000 square feet in Reston Town Center.

During a quarterly earnings call this week, Boston Properties President Doug Linde disclosed that the company reached a deal with the social media giant.

County permits indicate Facebook will take up space at 1818 Library Street, a 250,000-square-foot building in the town center.

No other information about the deal was immediately available.

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Friday Morning Notes

Victim Assaulted by Four Suspects — A man was assaulted by four individuals as he was walking alone along the 1200 block of Herndon Parkway on Oct. 23. The incident is under investigation. [Herndon Police Department]

Reston District Station Collects Drugs for Take Back Day — The station collected 13 bags and 145 pounds of drugs during the 18th annual drug take back day on Saturday, Oct. 26. Franconia collected the most pounds of drugs, with Reston ranking fourth in the number of donations. [Fairfax County Police Department]

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