Reston, VA

A new glass recycling program that went into effect in Fairfax County last year has shattered expectations, officials say.

The policy shift resulted in the placement of several purple bins across Northern Virginia for glass recycling. The county no longer accepts glass containers in its curbside recycling program.

More than four million pounds of recyclable glass has been collected since the program began.

The continent’s largest glass recycler, Strategic Materials, is now moving the county’s glass to a processing plant in Lorton. Glass will be sold to manufacturers of different glass products.

A spokesperson for Strategic Materials said that Fairfax County produced particularly clean, usable glass.

“Fairfax County probable has the highest quality of material we’ve seen in a drop-off program,” said Laura Henneman, Vice President of marketing and communications for the company.” The trial glass load was about 98 to 99 percent usable glass, which is incredible.”

Drop-off locations are throughout Northern Virginia are available below:

Photo via Fairfax County Government

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The Capital Burger, which promises to bring a “luxe burger” experience, will open in Reston Town Center next. week.

The restaurant, which is an extension of The Capital Grille, will open on Jan. 27 at 11853 Market Street inside the Hyatt Regency.

Here’s more from the company on their launch:

Roll up your sleeves Reston, and prepare for greatness on a brioche bun. The Capital Burger, with its luxe burgers, hand-cut fries, boozy shakes and an exceptional wine list, is a welcome addition to Reston Town Center’s fine dining scene. Visit us for breakfast, lunch, dinner or happy hour. Located at the corner of Market Street and Presidents Street in the Hyatt Regency Reston and within walking distance of Hyatt Park, the Reston Town Center Parking Garage and the shops on Market Street.

Items on the menu of the 204-seat restaurant include spike shakes, wine, and burgers.

A daily happy hour is set from 3-6:30 p.m.

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Several Reston-based companies made it to a national list that recognizes employers for dedication to diversity and inclusion.

The yearly list of 500 companies, which is compiled by Forbes magazine, included three Reston-based companies and 13 companies in Fairfax County.

SAIC, an information technology company that stands for Science Applications International Corporation, ranked #91 on the list. Leidos, which is opening up its headquarters in Reston Town Center soon, got the 455th spot while Bechtel, an engineering and construction company, got the 500th spot.

“The workforce today – and the workforce of tomorrow – want to see a commitment to diversity and inclusion by employers, and it is a testament to these Fairfax County companies’ efforts to attract talented employees from all backgrounds and walks of life that they are part of this impressive national ranking,” said Victor Hoskins, president and CEO of the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority.

Forbes’ list was compiled using survey data from a sample of more than 60,000 U.S. employees. Other factors like diversity levels among executives, leadership positions responsible for diversity, and the presence of a diverse company culture were also considered as part of the determination.

Photo courtesy Boston Properties

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Thursday Morning Notes

Reston Association Board to Meet Tonight — RA’s Board of Directors will meet tonight at 6:30 p.m. to discuss several matters, including revisions to lake use and access and comprehensive evaluation of the organization’s activities. [Reston Association]

Around Town: Substitute Teacher Charged with Indecent Liberties Against Children — “A 60-year-old substitute teacher is facing two felony charges of indecent liberties by a custodian and one misdemeanor charge of simple assault for inappropriate contact with three students at Glasgow Middle School. Detectives from the Major Crimes Bureau Child Abuse Squad arrested Albert Keys, of Lorton, on Jan. 17.” [Fairfax County Times]

County Schools to Hold Job Fair — “Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS), the largest school system in Virginia, is searching for educators with a strong academic background and a passion to make a difference in the lives of students during the 2020-21 school year.  Principals and program managers will interview candidates at the FCPS Instructional Job Fair on Saturday, February 1.” [Fairfax County Public Schools]

Still No Word on Cafesano’s Cafe Reopening — A company representative tells us they have no idea when the cafe at South Lakes Village Center will reopen. Although catering and takeout services are still being offered, the cafe has been closed since early December due to a fire in the kitchen.

Photo via vantagehill/Flickr

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The Fairfax County Police Department’s Reston District Station is hosting a community meeting next week.

The station’s neighborhood patrol unit will discuss their mission, training and community engagement efforts on Jan. 28.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the North County Governmental Building (1801 Cameron Glen Drive).

This month’s meeting is coordinating through FCPD’s Citizen Advisory Committee, which aims to create an opportunity for dialogue between residents and local police districts. 

Photo via FCPD

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A bill that no longer requires voters to provide an excuse to cast an absentee ballot cleared the Senate this week.

The bill, which was introduced by Sen. Janet Howell (D-Reston) allows registered voters to cast an absentee ballot in any election where the voter is qualified to cast a ballot.

Howell’s bill was part of a package of bills that tweak the voting process in Virginia.

Other proposals, which got a green light from the Senate earlier this week, include designating Election Day as a state holiday and extending the deadline for the receipt of military and overseas absentee ballots.

Proposals in the House and Senate to remove photo ID requirements were killed in committee.

The proposals would have allowed voters to show registration statements, bank documents or other government-issued paperwork with the name and address of the voter.

Howell’s bill passed in the Senate by a 31-9 vote.

Photo by Catherine Moran

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The Herndon Police Department announced an arrest in a 2019 sexual assault case yesterday (Tuesday).

Police arrested a 15-year-old boy for sexual assault on Saturday, Jan 18. The incident happened on Oct. 17 on the 600 block of Dulles Park Court, according to authorities.

The suspect is believed to have had sexual contact with a minor that he knew.

Due to privacy restrictions for minors, no other information about the incident was made public.

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Two businesses were robbed over the long weekend, according to the Fairfax County Police Department.

On Monday, Jan. 20, a man threatened a clerk at CVS Pharmacy (2525 Centreville Road) with a knife and stole cash from multiple registers. Police described the suspect as a black man who is likely in his early 20s or late teens. The incident happened around 8 a.m.

Streetshares (1900 Campus Commons Drive) was also robbed on Sunday, Jan. 19. Police believe someone entered the business at around 5:55 p.m. that day and stole cash.

On Saturday, Jan. 18, two victims were assaulted by two other men as they walked on the 13200 block of Poener Place shortly after 1 p.m. Police believe the men stole phones from the victims.

The first suspect is described as a 20-30-year-old heavy set Hispanic man with a full beard. The second suspect is described as an 18-21-year-old Hispanic man,” police said.

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Wednesday Morning Notes

‘The Game’s Afoot’ Gets Thumbs Up — The Maryland Theatre Guide gave Ken Ludwig’s production by Reston Community Players high praises, noting that the director’s “affection for his subject matter is palpable in this nearly farcical murder mystery.” [Maryland Theatre Guide]

Juice Bar Coming Soon to Junction Square — Vb Juice Bar plans to open up soon in Herndon’s Junction Square neighborhood. The business has been posting frequent updates on Facebook, including a recent video of a store tour. Still, there’s no official word on the opening date. [Vb Juice Bar/Facebook]

Stateside: Senate Moves to Scrap Lee-Jackson Holiday — “The Virginia Senate has advanced legislation to scrap the state’s Lee-Jackson holiday celebrating two Confederate generals. The Democratic-led Senate voted largely along party lines Tuesday to pass legislation that would make Election Day a state holiday instead of Lee-Jackson Day.” [NBC4]

Photo via vantagehill/Flickr

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A small fire broke out at the Signature apartments in Reston Town Center this afternoon.

Local fire and rescue crews put out the fire, which started on a stovetop around 4 p.m. today (Tuesday).

No injuries were reported.

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A Loudoun County couple plans to debut a new food truck that offers a selection of Afghan Tex-Mex in Herndon and Reston later this month.

Zainab Shoja and her husband Yousef plan to serve puffy tacos — a concept created in San Antonio — at the Sprint Campus (12525 Sunrise Valley Drive) on Jan. 27 and at Century Link (2900 Towerview Road) on Jan. 30. The food truck, called “Zainy’s Flyin’ Grill” will be on-site from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Inspired by their Afghan heritage, Shoja says the food truck will also serve “kabobco” — a cross between a taco and kabob roll — bowls — and quesadillas. Meat options include chicken kabob, steak kabob, and gyro.

The food truck, which is registered to run in Loudoun and Fairfax counties, will first debut in Lansdowne at the Camden Apartments from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday (Jan. 25).

Shoja says she hopes the business adds a unique product to the local food scene.

“We grew up eating kabobs. We both love Mexican food,” Shoja said. “We wanted to stand out.”

Customers can track the food truck’s schedule online.

Photo via Zainab Shoja

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The Herndon Town Council will consider increasing fees for indoor tennis programs and cremation at Chestnut Grove Cemetery later this year.

The council will consider a motion to increase fees for cremation at the park cremation garden and ground areas due to an increase in demand for cremation sites.

“While the site fees for the park area were reduced in 2017 due to underperformance, that adjustment achieved the desired result and salves have increased,” wrote Cindy Roeder, the town’s Director of Parks & Recreation. “It is now appropriate to make a modest upward adjustment to those rates to continue to maintain sufficient balance between costs, desirability, and long-term upkeep of the cemetery itself.” 

If approved, fees would increase from $2,195 to $2,700 on July 1. The proposed fee schedule is available online

The council will also consider a $2 increase for all hourly fees for residents and non-residents.

In a memo to the council, Roeder wrote that the increase would help the department “continue to offset all operating and personnel costs.” Fee increases for tennis programs are expected to go into effect in September.

The council meet’s tonight (Tuesday) at 7 p.m. in the Herndon Council Chambers building.

Image via Google Maps

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LA Fitness plans to open in Herndon by late February, according to a company representative.

The gym, which has more than 700 across the country and Canada, originally expected to open by Feb. 1 in the Herndon Centre. But the opening date was delayed due hiccups in the permitting process.

Equipment — which is expected to arrive in early February — will require one week for set-up, the representative said.

The business expects to open between Feb. 15 and 26.  Pre-sale rates are expected to end on Feb. 1.

Staff photo by Jay Westcott

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Tuesday Morning Notes

Early Reston Resident, Lawyer Dies — Calvin Larson, a lawyer who practiced bankruptcy law in Fairfax County, died last month. He was a civic activist and one of the early residents of the new town of Reston. Larson — who delivered copies of The Washington Post early in the morning until he was 85 — was also a founder of the Reston Community Association and the Reston Music Center. [The Washington Post]

Reston Community Players Receive Honors — The group was nominated for the 20th annual Washington Area Theatre Community Honors for several productions, including “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” and “Time Stands Still.” [Maryland Theatre Guide]

Staff photo by Jay Westcott

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The second snow 2020 may be on its way this weekend. A winter weather advisory is in effect for the area tomorrow (Saturday) from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The National Weather Service says that snow, sleet, and freezing rain is possible. 

Here’s more from the alert:

* WHAT…Snow, sleet and freezing rain expected. Total snow and sleet accumulations of up to one inch and ice accumulations of up to one tenth of an inch.

* WHERE…Portions of central Maryland, northern and northwest Virginia and eastern West Virginia.

* WHEN…From 7 AM to 7 PM EST Saturday. Precipitation will begin as snow before transitioning to sleet and freezing rain. Precipitation will change to rain late in the day.

* IMPACTS…Plan on slippery road conditions.

Residents should slow down and exercise caution while traveling.

Photo via NWS

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