Reston Association’s Design Review Board approved Philadelphia-based artist Ben Volta’s vision to transform the Colts Neck Road underpass into public art.
At a Tuesday meeting, the DRB approved a conceptual design of the project. The final version will use between 600 and 1,000 designs created by seniors from Hunters Woods Fellowship House and more than 800 students from Southgate Community Center and Hunters Woods and Dogwood elementary schools.
Inspired by Reston’s 55 miles of pathways, Volta asked participants to use sharpies to draw a path that invokes joy, love and reference. In a proposal to the DRB, he describes the project as a “colorful connector that reverberates collective energy and rhythm.”
The DRB reviewed a conceptual rendering of the project with just 10 drawings replicated over and over again to give the panel a feel for the direction of the design.
During the meeting, Richard Newlon, the DRB’s chairman, said the project was “stunning.”
“You take something as mundane as a tunnel and its almost too bad that tunnels weren’t designed with more fun in mind,” Newlon said.
Panel members briefly considered asking Volta to return to the DRB for final approval once the design was near finalization. Instead, Volta will submit a final rendering of the project as a courtesy to the DRB.
However, W. Neal Roseberry, a DRB member, questioned the need to transform underpasses into public art.
“I’ve never fully enjoyed that we use our infrastructure for our artwork,” Roseberry said.
Public Art Reston hopes to install the project by September. Anne Delaney, Public Art Reston’s executive director noted that the master plan for public art in Reston envisions transforming the community’s underpasses into art.
Volta says will use colors selected by workshop participants, but anticipates tweaks to the color to ensure the piece is balanced. A strip of LED lighting will line both ends of the tunnel.
“I’m kind of along for the ride as well,” Volta said, adding that he’s open to collaborating more with the community for piece of art created through collaboration.
The artwork begins six inches above the ground in order to prevent splattering from dirt and mud. Because of its location, the underpass has drainage issues.
The project is made possible with a proffer commitment by Atlantic Realty Companies to improve the exterior of the underpass as part of its development at Hunters Woods at Trails Edge. The developer is pitching in $60,000 for the art.
Other community partners include ARTSFairfax, Reston Community Center, JBG SMITH, Virginia Commission for the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, Pat & Steve Macintyre, and Lake Thoreau Entertainment Association.
Renderings via handout/Reston Association
Local police have new leads on a pornography and unlawful recording case involving a former drama teacher at Herndon High School.
The Fairfax County Police Department is holding a press conference at 4 p.m. today (Wednesday) after they identified juvenile victims unlawfully recorded by Raphael Schklowsky.
Schklowsky, who already had earlier charges related to unlawful filming, is facing 20 felony charges of possession of child pornography and one felony charge of unlawful filming.
Detectives discovered more than 3,500 videos on multiple electronic devices, police said. Schklowsky, 36, was originally charged with four misdemeanor counts of unlawful filming on April 8.
Schklowsky has been on leave since his April 8 arrest. He was initially charged in early April when a woman told police she found a hidden camera inside an air conditioning vent in a home where she was working. Detectives found evidence of unlawful filming and arrested Schklowsky.
No other information was immediately available.
Photo via FCPD
The manager of the Reston location said reopening took some time because of construction and replacements required for kitchen hoods.
“We’re excited to be open. Business has been good so far,” the manager told Reston Now.
The fast-casual cheesesteak, sub sandwich and pizza franchise has more than two dozen locations in Maryland, Virginia and Delaware, according to its website.
Image via Google Maps
Lovers of fried delicacies, farm animal exhibits, midway games and more can save the date for the Fairfax County 4-H Fair and Carnival.
The 71st annual fair kicks off on Aug. 1 through Aug. 4 at Frying Pan Farm Park (2709 West Ox Road). The fair will feature livestock exhibits, fair food, carnival rides, games and live entertainment.
Exhibitors can register online. Parking is free the first two days of the carnival and parking is $10 over the weekend.
Carnival ride tickets are $1 each or 24 for $20. Most rides require between three to five tickets. Refunds will not be issued.
The carnival is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5-9 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 1 and Friday, Aug. 2. Saturday hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Video via YouTube
Seventeen area high school seniors were recently awarded scholarships by the medical staff at Reston Hospital Center.
The student, who are from Fairfax and Loudoun County high schools, were recognized for academic excellence and excitement for pursue careers in healthcare.
RHC offers $15,000 in scholarships to local schools annually. The program has been in effect for the last 21 years.
“We are thrilled to be able to support these young adults as they venture into the world in search of their dream careers,” Dr. Avisesh Sahgal, president of Reston Hospital Center’s Medical Staff, said in a statement.
This year’s scholarship recipients are below:
- Ansel Sanchez – Briar Woods High School
- Lindsay Marie Burns – Broad Run High School
- Anna Kate Erstling – Chantilly High School
- Ashley Arely Reyes – Chantilly High School
- Lillian Tran – Dominion High School
- Riya Hadvani – Herndon High School
- Christopher Ngo-Khang Nguyen – James Madison High School
- Mariana Fernandes Gragnani – Langley High School
- Yanni George Conomos – McLean High School
- Maxmine Irmhild Ayompe-Mody – Oakton High School
- Jasmine Chiann Foo – Oakton High School
- Allison Armstrong – Park View High School
- Rayness Mollinedo-Rodriguez – Park View High School
- Chelsea Lazatin – Potomac Falls High School
- Nicole Post – South Lakes High School
- Olivia Nicole Chandler – Westfield High School
- Daisy Allison Lopez Rosa – Westfield High School
Photo via Reston Hospital Center
Author Tracey Graves Visits Scrawl Books — Graves, who is a New York Times bestselling author, visits the bookstore at 7 p.m. today. She has a new book out called “The Girl He Used to Know.” [Scrawl Books]
Reston-based SyncDog Announces Partnership — The independent software vendor for mobile security and data loss prevention is partnering with the Virginia Economic Development Partnership to expand mobile security solutions in Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and the Republic of Colombia. [Technical.ly]
Herndon-based Peraton Acquires Solers — The provider of software and technology services will acquire the Arlington-based solutions firm Solers. The purchase is intended to expand the company’s space portfolio for national security and civilian space agency programs. [GovCon Wire]
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The Fairfax County Police Department has released new details about a domestic situation that prompted the temporary closure of Lake Newport Road on Friday.
Police said that Carl Robinson, 52, of Reston, refused to leave a home on the 11700 block of Summerchase Circle at around 8:50 a.m. that day.
Robinson, who has multiple warrants from a previous incident, retreated to his home and “refused to exit” after an officer tried to approach him, police said.
The incident prompted local police to close a portion of the road.
Officers from FCPD’s special operations division arrested Robinson on two counts of assault and a violation of a protection order.
FCPD’s Reston District Station also reported the following incident in recent days:
1700 block of Business Center Drive, purse from vehicle
1800 block of Cameron Glen Drive, cell phone from location
2400 block of Centreville Road, cell phone from business
2400 block of Centreville Road, cell phone from location
2200 block of Chamblee Place, backpack from vehicle
2500 block of Farmcrest Drive, bicycle from vehicle
10100 block of Georgetown Pike, cash from business
12100 block of Holly Knoll Circle, property from residence
1400 block of Hunter View Farms, firearm from vehicle
2100 block of Monaghan Drive, cash and property from vehicle
11600 block of Plaza America Drive, cell phone from location
2100 block of Seaman Court, tires from vehicle
12500 block of Sunrise Valley Drive, tools from construction site
400 block of Walker Road, shoes from business
1600 block of Wiehle Avenue, property from location
1800 block of Wiehle Avenue, merchandise from business
In a separate incident, a burglary was reported in a home on the 11900 block of Holly Spring Drive on Tuesday, June 11.
An alarm sounded around 3:15 a.m., prompting the suspect to run away.
Photo via FCPD
The Northern Virginia chapter of the National Audubon Society has certified Reston Association’s Central Services Facility as a wildlife sanctuary. The certification recognizes properties that promote citizen participation to conserve and restore local natural habitats.
Here’s more about the certification from the Northern Virginia chapter:
“The largest volume of acreage available for conservation and restoration of healthy green space in Northern Virginia is “at home” in our own backyards. Incentives for participation include making a difference in aiding the environment and pride in property certification and registration as an ‘Audubon at Home Wildlife Sanctuary.'”
A native plant garden at the facility serves as a “demonstration site to educate Metro developers on how native plants can be integrated into areas near transportation stations,” RA noted in a weekly newsletter.
Herndon High School’s band took part in the 75th anniversary of D-Day celebrations in Normandy — returning with enhanced appreciation of the crew members who served on the USS Herndon during the invasion.
Several students dressed in original uniforms worn by USS Herndon sailors and the band also took a flag that flew on the USS Herndon.
Band members marched through the American Cemeteries in Brittany and Omaha Beach and performed in the D-Day Musical Salute to Liberation.
Varun Natarajan, a Herndon High School junior and a member of the band, said the experience increased his appreciation for those who sacrificed their lives during the invasion, as well as the unique role the USS Herndon played.
“We heard some very impactful speeches by people who participated in D-Day. Hearing the veterans describe D-Day gave me a new sense of perspective on what the invasion was like, and how intense the fighting was. Three students from our school also got to speak about what this means to them,” Natarajan said.
Photo via Herndon Band/Facebook
More than 50 teams will construct and decorate a life-size cardboard boats and participate in timed heats during the regatta on Saturday, Aug. 10 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Registration ends on July 1 or whenever 80 teams have registered. The form is open online. Fees start at $50, with varying sponsorship levels.
Awards will be given to boats in differing categories, including the “Titanic” or the fastest to sink.
All proceeds from the event benefit the Reston Historic Trust & Museum. This year’s presenting sponsor is Griffen Owens Insurance.
Photo via Reston Historic Trust & Museum
Metro is launching is a two-year study of the Blue, Orange and Silver Line in order to find long-term options to meet future regional needs.
The study is intended to improve reliability, meet future ridership demands, and improve service for customers, according to a statement released yesterday (June 17).
Because all three Metro lines share a single set of tracks between the Rosslyn tunnel and the Anacostia River, Metro says that bottlenecks are inevitable and disruptions on one line have a “ripple effect” on all three lines.
The study will explore infrastructure improvements and service alternatives to address the above issues.
Here’s more from the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority:
The first phase of the study will assess key issues and trends and document why improvements to the Blue, Orange, and Silver lines are necessary. Subsequent phases will include the development and evaluation of alternatives, as well as a thorough analysis of costs and benefits, with recommendation of a preferred alternative expected to occur by the fall of 2020.
Ultimately, the study will identify and analyze a range of potential alternatives before recommending a “locally preferred alternative” to move forward with federal environmental review, full design, and competition for federal funding. Over the next two years, Metro plans extensive outreach to engage the community, stakeholders, and transit experts to gather feedback and make recommendations.
More information about the study is available online.
Flash Flood Watch Today — In a flashback to yesterday’s weather alert, the National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch in effect from 2 p.m. through the evening today (June 18). Thunderstorms and heavy rainfall are expected throughout the region. [Fairfax Alerts]
Local Wealth Advisory Firm Acquired — Reston-based financial and investment advisory firm MTX Wealth Management LLC has been acquired by Cleveland-based MAI Capital Management LLC. MTX’s nine employees will transition to work for MAI out of its offices at 11710 Plaza America Drive. [Washington Business Journal]
Design Review Board Reviews Colts Neck Underpass — Reston Association’s independent agency will review a proposal by Ben Volta to transform the underpass into public art. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at RA headquarters. [Reston Association]
Photo via vantagehill/Flickr
Jesse Kraft, the principal of Coates Elementary School since 2016, was named Fairfax County Public Schools 2019 Outstanding Principal.
Kraft was recognized for bringing people together and maintaining positivity wherever he goes. Josie Mani, a gifted education teacher who nominated Kraft for the award, said Kraft “has taken strides to make our community feel welcome and to partner with them as much as possible.”
“He maintains and active social media presence and even learned some Spanish so that he could further connect the school and community,” Mani wrote.
Kraft was recognized for gestures like flipping burgers at a school barbecue, offering fist bumps during the morning, and his frequent visits to classrooms. A teacher at heart, Kraft teaches positivity project lessons, offers quarterly grade-level assemblies and teaches upper level students about public speaking.
Parent Christine Crawford told FCPS that Kraft is “always visible at school and connects easily to students at all grade levels.”
Kraft also made sure all teachers were trained in classroom management techniques, which he says are key to a healthy learning environment.
It’s not the first time the educator and administrator was recognized for his accomplishments. He was named the county’s outstanding first year principal in 2010. In 2004, he was also nominated for teacher of the year.
He began his career in FCPS as a teacher at Newington Forest Elementary School in 1996, after which he served as an assistant principal at Westlawn and and Oak Hill elementary schools. In 2009, he was the principal at Providence Elementary School. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh.
Photo via FCPS
Over the summer, Fairfax County has been holding several “Stuff the Bus” events throughout the county. The food collection partnership helps individuals who need support during the summer.
A local collection event will be held on Saturday, June 11, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Safeway (413 Elden Street).
According to last year’s Youth Results Survey, roughly 8 percent of Fairfax County Public School students reported going hungry in the past month due to lack of food at home. Nearly 30 percent of FCPS students receive free or reduced price lunches.
Other “Stuff the Bus” events are planned throughout the county.
The partnership is made possible with the help of Fairfax County Neighborhood and Community Services, Office of Public-Private Partnerships, MV Transportation, Giant, Safeway and other community partners.
Video via Fairfax County Government/YouTube
The Reston Association’s Design Review Board will consider tomorrow (June 18) artist Ben Volta’s vision for public art at the Colts Neck Underpass.
Volta hopes to combine hundreds of drawings inspired by the concept of pathways to transform the underpass into a work of art.
His work draws from the following statement by Henry David Thoreau: “Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence.”
Seniors form the Hunters Woods Fellowship House and more than 800 students from Hunters Woods and Dogwood elementary schools, as well as Southgate Community Center, are working together to create the artwork.
Volta expects to use between 600 and 1,000 designs to construct the final project.
The complete proposal, which contains draft conceptual renderings of the project, is available online.
If the DRB approves the project, installation could be complete as early as September, Anne Delaney, executive director of Public Art Reston, told Reston Now.
Photo via Public Art Reston