11792 Indian Ridge Road (via Google Maps)

In the market to buy a home? Or just want to take a look around?

There are 211 homes currently for sale in Reston, according to Homesnap. Breaking it down, that’s 121 condos, 31 detached homes and 59 townhomes. Additionally, as of Sept. 19, there have been 64 new listings in the past four weeks.

Find a number of open houses in Reston this weekend including:

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Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re going to get. And no pup understands that better than Forrest Gump, a sweet and cuddly young boy who needs some TLC after being neglected by his previous owner.

Here’s what Forrest’s friends at PetConnect Rescue had to say about him:

Meet Forrest Gump! Forrest is 1 to 2 years old, 25 pounds and likely a Chihuahua/beagle cross. Forrest came from a horrible hoarding/neglect situation and was practically bald from mange.

Now Forrest is healthy; his hair has grown back, and he has learned to be loved on and petted. He is very devoted to his person and will follow you anywhere once he gets to know you. He would love to curl up on the couch or in bed with you. He also loves to play with other dogs and is so funny to watch scamper across the yard!

Forrest will need a patient adopter, preferably with a fenced-in yard, who will let Forrest get to know them and his new home. Forrest gains confidence with other dogs and would love a playmate but could do well as an only dog as well. He is housebroken and crate trained and eager to find a family to love!

Email [email protected] for more information on Forrest.

Could you be the Lieutenant Dan for this Forrest Gump? (Watching the film is recommended prior to adoption.)

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11800 Sunset Hills Road

If you’re looking to rent in Reston, you’ve got options — find everything from luxury condos to roomy single-family homes and townhomes.

Here are a few recently listed rentals available in Reston:

In the market? Check out the latest in Reston real estate.

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Leidos’ headquarters in Reston Town Center (Via Google Maps)

In the market for a job? Whether you’re looking for a part-time gig or full-time role, there are plenty of openings around Reston.

We scoured job boards and company sites to find opportunities. Companies hiring locally include Reston Hospital Center, Leidos, the Virginia Department of Transportation and Walmart.

Take a look:

  1. Software engineering manager — Fannie Mae
  2. Workday integrations consultant — Deloitte
  3. Federal client development executive — Iron Mountain
  4. Patient safety attendant — Reston Hospital Center
  5. Senior staff software engineer — FireEye
  6. Chemist, data validator (remote) — Leidos
  7. Surgical scheduler — Virginia Cancer Specialists
  8. Senior product manager — Walmart
  9. Lead proposal writer — CACI
  10. Bridge maintenance crew member — Virginia Department of Transportation
  11. Manager grievance/appeals — Anthem
  12. Business development representative, public sector — Salesforce
  13. Assistant teacher (part-time) — Bright Horizons
  14. Floor tech — Reston Hospital Center
  15. Tutor — Grade Potential Tutoring

Are you a business owner or manager who’s hiring? Get your opening in front of more local job seekers with our featured Job of the Day posts. Reach out to [email protected] or give us a call at 703-348-0583 for more details.

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Meet Lucy, Reston’s latest Pet of the Week. This 10-year-old sweetie is getting a second chance at life.

Here’s what she told her friends at Fancy Cats Rescue Team:

Hi! My name is Lucy, and I am a 10-year-old kitty looking for a new home! I was presented to a local hospital for euthanasia, but they gave me a second chance at life! I had a severe case of flea allergy dermatitis, which is now much better!

I love everyone I meet! I love to be rubbed and scratched. I give great head butts and will gladly spend my days at your side! I have gotten along with both dogs and cats in my current household. I am up to date on my vaccines.

Are you and Lucy the perfect match?

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Meet Brown Sugar, an aptly named, affectionate boy who loves to cuddle at your feet and try to curl up in your lap (though, at 60 pounds, he might not quite fit).

Here’s what his friends at PetConnect Rescue had to say about him.

Meet Brown Sugar! His name says it all… this very sweet and happy 2.5- to 3-year-old adult dog loves to hang out with his people. Sugar is about 60 pounds and has a gorgeous, rich reddish-brown coat with a spot of white on his chest and toes. Brown Sugar is adorable, happy, outgoing and loves to snuggle/get attention from his humans! While he settles down nicely to hang out with the family, he is also curious, energetic, loves to go for walks, play with his toys, and play with his ball and his people outside. He also knows some basic commands. Sugar will do best in an adult home (or possibly with young adults) who will continue to work on leash training. While he loves to meet children, he gets overstimulated and starts jumping/mouthing, which can be too much for them. He is an exceptionally smart dog who is very attentive to his people but needs a confident person to ensure he continues to develop into the well-behaved dog he can be all the time.

Brown Sugar found himself, through no fault of his own, in a rural North Carolina shelter. Poor Sugar did not understand why no one came to get him and he had lost the comforts of a home. PetConnect came to his rescue and has brought him to the Baltimore/DC area to find his new home that will adore him furever.

If you are looking for a companion who is a very sweet, happy dog that will greet you with butt wiggles and gentle “kisses,” Brown Sugar may be the one for you.

Is Brown Sugar the next sweet treat to belong in your household? For more information, stop by his PetFinder profile.

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1270 New Bedford Lane (via Google Maps)

It’s that time again! Let’s take a look back on Reston real estate in August.

According to Homesnap, nearly 130 homes were sold in August. In total, there are 232 homes for sale (up from last month), and 53 new listings hit the market in the past four weeks.

Now, let’s take a look at a few of the most expensive homes sold in Reston in August:

In the market? Check out the latest in Reston real estate.

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Meet Lentil, a fearless tiger mama who’s “bean” waiting to get pets in your lap.

Lentil’s friends at Fancy Cats Rescue Team shared a few words from this week girl.

Hi, my name is Lentil, and I am a beautiful, young, female brown and black tabby. I am part of the “Bean” family. I gave birth to three little beans 🙂 on May 1, 2021 — Pinto, Fava and Lima. Although I am obviously a mama, I am also VERY young at heart (and young in age as well, just about a year old). I play with my kittens all the time as if I am a kitten myself!

A little about me: I am very petite (about 6 pounds right now). I have a beautiful swirling tabby pattern all down my back. My foster mom says that I have been a fabulous mama, and I would love to be adopted with one of my kittens, as we play together so well! I am extremely sweet to my humans. I immediately purr when I am pet, and I love to be picked up and/or to be pet in your lap. I am also very adventurous. I love meeting new cats and playing with them in my foster home! Nothing seems to phase me or scare me!

Will you let us (myself and one of my babies) join your hearts and your home? We have “bean” waiting for you! Email [email protected] for more information.

Could Lentil be the cat for you?

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11716 Blue Smoke Trail (via Google Maps)

With the constant chatter about the hot real estate market, we were curious: What can $750,000 get you these days?

Let’s take a look at some area homes that recently sold for (or around) $750,000 in the area. We’ll start here in Reston and work our way to other parts of Northern Virginia.

Reston

11716 Blue Smoke Trail

Specs:

  • Built: 1970
  • 4 BD/2.5 BA single-family home
  • 0.6 acres; 2,292 square feet
  • Features: Tw0-car garage, community pool

Sold: $750,000

Arlington

4621 6th Street S.

4621 6th Street S., Arlington (via Google Maps)

Specs:

  • Built: 1940
  • 3 BD/1.5 BA single-family home
  • 0.24 acres; 2,025 square feet
  • Features: Detached two-story garage, hardwood floors, large rec room, deep backyard

Sold: $750,000

Alexandria

16 N. Donelson Street

16 N Donelson Street (via Google Maps)

Specs:

  • Built: 1940
  • 4 BD/3 BA single-family home
  • 0.23 acres; 2,452 square feet
  • Features: Remodeled kitchen, large patio with natural gas fire pit

Sold: $755,000

Vienna

413 Orleans Circle SW

413 Orleans Circle SW (via Google Maps)

Specs:

  • Built: 1959
  • 3 BD/2 BA single-family home
  • 0.29 acres; 1,058 square feet
  • Features: Quiet cul-de-sac, fenced backyard, no HOA

Sold: $750,000

Ashburn

43059 Weatherwood Drive

43059 Weatherwood Drive (via Google Maps)

Specs:

  • Built: 1995
  • 5 BD/3.5 BA single-family home
  • 0.2 acres; 3,169 square feet
  • Features: Upgraded wood floors, large back deck, large rec room

Sold: $750,000

Fairfax

10225 Raider Lane

10225 Raider Lane (via Google Maps)

Specs:

  • Built: 1963
  • 4 BD/3 BA single-family home
  • 0.27 acres; 2,480 square feet
  • Features: Property backs to woods, large deck, remodeled bathrooms

Sold: $750,000

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11124 Beaver Trail Court (via Google Maps)

Sure, a lot of homes in this area are going for over asking price, but that doesn’t mean others aren’t seeing a price cut.

In the past 30 days, 50 Reston homes were reduced in price, according to Homesnap.

A few of the most recent price reductions include:

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In the market for a job? Whether you’re looking for a part-time gig or full-time role, there are plenty of openings around Reston.

We scoured job boards and company sites to find new opportunities posted or updated in the past seven days. Companies hiring locally include Pupatella Pizzeria, Microsoft, Deloitte and Wegmans.

Take a look:

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Meet Ready Rufus, he has a knack for fashion and lives to charm the ladies… and men with his sweet, playful personality.

Here’s what his friends at Safe Haven Puppy Rescue say about him:

Rufus is confused. He is cute, right? He loves people. He is always happy to see other dogs — so why has he not found his family yet? He’s done everything right — completed agility courses in record time, gone in the swimming pool and looked cool while doing it, and has been nice to everyone he has met.

He loves toys. (Give him a Kong or a bone, and he’ll be occupied for hours. Give him a peanut butter-filled kong, and he is in doggie heaven.) He takes treats ever so gently from your hand. He loves to snuggle and bury his head into your chest — his way of showing how much love he has to give and how appreciative he is for attention. He’s even competed in our summer event competition as Jimmy Buffet’s sidekick (see primary picture). He is hopeful that maybe the suave, debonair approach might work. (See how handsome he is in the green hat?) I mean this boy is up for anything! Yes, Rufus has many “looks,” but only one sweet, funny personality.

If you would like this handsome, people-pleasing dude bringing all these talents with him — promising endless fun and laughter (yes, he thinks he is a comedian also) — let us know! Lots of personality with this boy! Rufus is 70 pounds and is 2 years old. He is neutered and up to date on all his shots. I mean, this pup is the whole package!

Rufus carries an adoption fee of $389, which includes his microchip. This attractive, affectionate guy is going to bring lots of joy to some lucky adopters, so don’t delay, get your application in to his coordinator at my email below [email protected].

Are you ready for Ready Rufus to join your pack?

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This is a sponsored column by attorneys John Berry and Kimberly Berry of Berry & Berry, PLLC, an employment and labor law firm located in Northern Virginia that specializes in federal employee, security clearance, retirement and private sector employee matters.

By John V. Berry, Esq.

One of the larger questions in our security clearance practice over the past year and a half is whether or not the security clearance hearing process will move online permanently and what form it will take as we move to a post-pandemic world.

The clearance hearing process or personal appearance (depending on the federal agency involved) is typically the most important stage of an unresolved security clearance case where an individual is allowed to present their case in person with counsel if they choose. Depending on the federal agency, the clearance applicant or holder can present their case directly to the decision-maker, along with other witnesses and exhibits.

Pre-pandemic hearing process

Pre-pandemic, almost all federal agencies held security clearance proceedings in person. Depending on the agency, the process would vary significantly. Some agencies like the Defense Office of Hearings and Appeals (DOHA) held courtroom proceedings with administrative judges. The Department of Energy (DOE) held less formal court-like proceedings with administrative judges. Other federal agencies, such as the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), often held personal appearances before a designated decision-maker. Intelligence Community agency processes varied but were in person. The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the National Reconnaissance Office typically held personal appearances that were less formal. The National Security Agency (NSA) held cases before a multi-person panel consisting of employees and advisors. In short, every federal agency was a little different, but most cases were heard in person.

During the pandemic

During the pandemic, the security clearance hearing process did not stop but began to change slightly. Cases continued to be adjudicated, and security clearances were restored or denied following the hearing or personal appearance process. Many federal agencies, like DHS, went online.

Other agencies, like DOHA, followed CDC protocol and still held many cases in person in courtrooms but began to experiment with online hearings. For the first time, a number of Intelligence Community agencies began to suggest the possibility of telephonic hearings but also offered in-person personal appearances.

Thoughts on the online hearing process during the pandemic

In general, we found that the online hearing process was useful for many clients. It definitely helped in some cases where clients were in remote locations. However, where cases required many documents to be reviewed as exhibits or had many witnesses or where the credibility of the person was at stake, we found ourselves believing that a return to in-person hearings should occur.

We think that the online hearing process is definitely helpful for some individuals but not others. In cases where credibility is not at issue, and there were a reasonable amount of documents and exhibits to be presented, online hearings could be very helpful in the future. However, where an individual is accused of being dishonest or where large amounts of documents are needed, we found that online hearings were not as useful. Decision-makers tend to get a better evaluation of an individual when they are facing them directly, as opposed to observing them online. Complicated cases are also harder to present online and should remain in person.

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11597 Maple Ridge Road (via Google Maps)

In the market to buy a home? Or just want to take a look around?

There are 237 homes currently for sale in Reston, according to Homesnap. Breaking it down, that’s 135 condos, 35 detached homes and 77 townhomes. Additionally, as of Aug. 15, there have been 57 new listings in the past four weeks.

Find a number of open houses in Reston this weekend including:

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