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by Fatimah Waseem February 22, 2018 at 12:30 pm 0

A six-member team from Edlin School beat 43 other teams this week in a national competition where students design an aging-friendly city.

The Future City Competition challenges students from around the country to create a city. This year’s topic pushed students to design a city that helps the elderly remain active, independent and engaged.

More than 40,000 teams from across the country entered in the competition. Students from the Reston school created Halona, a city modeled after Richmond.

The city, also known as the “city of happy fortune,” solved the problem of limited mobility, few independent living options and little access to transit. Students proposed multi-generational housing, a new transit system with foldable seats and ultra-haptic sensors, a passover tram and an adopted senior program, a housing initiative that pairs seniors with college students.

The students’ complete presentation at the competition on Tuesday is below:

Photo via Future City

Pet of the Week: Buff

by RestonNow.com Sponsor February 21, 2018 at 1:45 pm 4 Comments

Meet Buff, a Retriever mix puppy available for adoption locally.

Here is what his friends at Safe Haven Puppy Rescue have to say about him:

This beautiful boy is Buff, a terrific retriever mix (we think lab and golden both) weighing in at about 25 pounds as he approaches six months old.

He’s a sweet, affectionate guy who would like nothing better than a family of his own so he can share his oversize store of love. He’s great with other dogs and was so cooperative for his photo session as you can clearly see in the pictures.

This boy is a very nice blend of friendly affection and normal puppy playfulness and will be great company for his people. Precious dogs like Buff go fast, so please send your application on in pronto so you don’t miss out.

He is up to date on all shots and dewormings, has been neutered and carries an adoption fee of $350 which includes his micro chip. This extremely friendly fella is going to bring lots of joy to some lucky adopters, so don’t delay,

Are you and Buff a match? If so, let us know and our sponsor, Becky’s Pet Care, will send you some treats and prizes.

Want your pet to be considered for the Reston Pet of the Week?

Email [email protected] with a 2-3 paragraph bio and at least 3-4 horizontally-oriented photos of your pet. Each week’s winner receives a sample of dog or cat treats from our sponsor, Becky’s Pet Care, along with $100 in Becky’s Bucks.

Becky’s Pet Care, the winner of three Angie’s List Super Service Awards and the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters’ 2013 Business of the Year, provides professional dog walking and pet sitting services in Reston and Northern Virginia.

by RestonNow.com February 19, 2018 at 4:15 pm 1 Comment

Since our launch in 2013, Reston Now has been focused on serving our readers and bringing you the local news you need to know about your community.

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by Fatimah Waseem February 15, 2018 at 2:30 pm 4 Comments

Elementary schools in Reston often give students in need food for the weekend.

But that resource largely ends in middle school, adding to challenge of adjusting to the unfamiliar and sometimes daunting environment of middle school.

When school counselors at Langston Hughes Middle School realized this was the case, they partnered with two non-profit organizations to create a food pantry for students who need meals over the weekend. Since the program launched this year, 20 students have signed on.

The list is growing. Roughly 35 percent of all students receive free or reduced meals at the school, down from nearly 40 percent in the 2014-2015 academic year, according to county data.

“This is run by the community. We want to support all the kids in our building over the weekend so they can be ready for school,” said Marissa Brooks, a counselor at the school.

To jumpstart the program, the school received a grant from Britepaths, a nonprofit organization that offers healthy meals, drinks and snacks over the weekend. Another nonprofit, Blessings in a Backpack, has also committed to providing bagged items through the end of the academic year.

The school has an Amazon wishlist and accepts donations from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays.  Accepted donations include dried fruit, snack packs, pasta, sauce and breakfast bars.

Other local schools like Hunters Woods Elementary School and South Lakes High School also offer similar programs.

Photo by Susie Finotti

by RestonNow.com February 14, 2018 at 4:00 pm 1 Comment

As Girl Scout cookie season kicks off, there are plenty of places in Reston to satisfy your sweet tooth beginning tomorrow.

Cookies are sold by Girl Scouts of the USA to help fund its local scout units. The fundraising campaign has in effect since 1971.

Here’s a breakdown of local cookie booths in Reston and a Herndon:

  • Flippin’ Pizza (11130 South Lakes Drive)
  • Ledo Pizza (2254 Hunters Woods Plaza)
  • Safeway (11120 South Lakes Drive)
  • Potbelly Sandwich Shop (12150 Sunset Hills Road)
  • Reston Metro Station (1862 Wiehle Avenue)
  • Modell’s (11680 Plaza America Drive)
  • Reston Town Center (11900 Market Street)
  • Giant Food (1450 North Point Village Center)
  • Lucia’s (2531 John Milton Drive)
  • Launch Trampoline Park (13348 Franklin Farm Road)
  • Giant Food (13330 Franklin Farm Road)
  • Worldgate Center (Worldgate Drive)
  • Mellow Mushroom (1030 Elden Street)
  • Safeway (413 Elden Street)

A complete list, which includes exact opening dates, is online. Orders can also be placed online.

Photo via Girl Scouts USA

Pet of the Week: Shotzy

by RestonNow.com Sponsor February 14, 2018 at 1:45 pm 0

Meet Shotzy, a Spaniel mix available for adoption locally.

Here is what his friends at Safe Haven Puppy Rescue have to say about her:

Shotzy along with her sister Scout are gorgeous little spaniel mix babies of just about one year old. She is a perfect size at 30 pounds or so, has a beautiful black coat along with soulful brown eyes.

Either of these pups are going to make terrific companions for some lucky adopters out there. Shotzy is a sweet, affectionate girl who would like nothing better than a family of her own and will be great company.

Precious pups like these go fast, so please send your application on in pronto so you don’t miss out. Shotzy is up to date on all shots and dewormings, has been spayed and carries an adoption fee of $339 which includes her micro chip. This friendly little girl is going to bring lots of joy to his adopters, so don’t delay, get your application in.

Are you and Shotzy a match? If so, let us know and our sponsor, Becky’s Pet Care, will send you some treats and prizes.

Want your pet to be considered for the Reston Pet of the Week?

Email [email protected] with a 2-3 paragraph bio and at least 3-4 horizontally-oriented photos of your pet. Each week’s winner receives a sample of dog or cat treats from our sponsor, Becky’s Pet Care, along with $100 in Becky’s Bucks.

Becky’s Pet Care, the winner of three Angie’s List Super Service Awards and the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters’ 2013 Business of the Year, provides professional dog walking and pet sitting services in Reston and Northern Virginia.

by Fatimah Waseem February 13, 2018 at 1:30 pm 14 Comments

Reston Town Center will welcome &pizza, a fast-casual pizza restaurant known for its oblong-shaped pizzas, this fall.

The new tenant will take up a 1,363-square-feet space on 1818 Library Street, the former location of Teavana.

No word yet on the exact opening date, a Boston Properties retail property manager told Reston Now.

In the spring, Balducci’s Food Lover’s Market is expected to open on the ground floor of The Signature, a new 508-unit apartment building at 11850 Freedom Drive.

&pizza has six other spots in Virginia, as well as other locations in Maryland, the District, New York and Pennsylvania.

Photo via &pizza

by RestonNow.com February 9, 2018 at 2:45 pm 8 Comments

Virginia Tech’s soccer team inked a deal with a South Lakes High School senior this week.

Kahlil Dover signed a national letter of intent on Wednesday to play in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

His love for soccer jumped from a family backyard to local clubs where he refined his skills under coaches Ken Duffy, Ben Mork and Kevin McKenna.

For the last two years, he played with Braddock Road Youth Club (BRYC) in Springfield. Under the guidance of coaches Chris Jennings and Brian Welsh, Kahlil said he was pushed to “rise to the next level.”

Dover earned All-Conference Honorable Mention honors last year. With Braddock Road Elite 99, he won a U.S. Youth Soccer National League National Championship, scoring the game’s final goal. He also helped a BRYC team advance to the finals of the 2017 Virginia State Cup.

He said he was especially thankful for his family, friends and coaches. His younger brother and sister “essentially lived on the soccer field since the first weeks they were born,” he said.

During high school, I’ve enjoyed kicking for South Lakes football under Coach Trey Taylor, swinging a golf club under Coach Carol Molesky and playing soccer under Coach Marty Pfister and Coach Fred Kyle. Coach John Pinkman and Steve Baldwin were very helpful to my family and me in navigating college sports recruiting.

When he’s off the soccer field, Kahlil plans to study business and criminal justice.

SLHS rescheduled an official signing for other students this week. A new date has not been announced.

Photo via Margaret Perry

by Anna Merod February 9, 2018 at 11:30 am 0

(Editor’s Note: This is just a limited list of all the events taking place in the Reston area this weekend. If you have an event you would like to ensure is listed on the website, be sure to submit it to our Events Calendar.)

  • Get in the mood for Valentine’s Day and check out a free concert with Maya Feygelson and friends singing love songs at the United Christian Parish on Saturday at 6:30 p.m.
  • Not in the Valentine’s Day mood? Instead, you can see the performance Word Becomes Flesh, a production that “examines masculinity and responsibility within the constructs of hip-hop culture” through a series of letters from a single father to his unborn son. The performance is on Saturday from 8-11 pm at the CenterStage RCC Hunter Woods. Tickets are $20 for Reston residents and $30 for non-Reston residents.
  • Learn more about what police are doing to build long-lasting relationships with Reston and nearby communities at the Fairfax County Civilian Police panel and Q&A. The panel and dialogue will be held Sunday at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Reston from 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
  • Get your foxtrot on this Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at the Reston Community Center Hunter Woods for an afternoon dance class. There will be three mini dance lessons, light refreshments and music ranging from golden oldies to a more modern dance selection. Tickets are $5 for Reston residents and $10 for non-Reston residents.
  • As Reston is part of the Chesapeake Bay watershed, learn more about  the bay in the presentation Creatures of the Chesapeake Bay where you can touch and meet live creatures native to the ecosystem. There are two showings Sunday at the Walker Nature Center. The first is at 1:30 p.m. and the second is at 3:00 p.m. Tickets cost $8 for Reston Association members and $12 for non-members.
  • Into action-packed novels about uprisings of empires? Then come and meet C.V. Wyk at the ArtInsights Gallery of Film and Contemporary Art and grab a copy of her new novel Blood and Sand on Sunday from 4- 5:30 p.m. The novel tells a story of two daring slaves who decide to take on an empire.
  • Celebrate Mardi Gras this Sunday at the United Christian Parish starting at 5 p.m. where you can watch live performances from local artists including the Reston Divas. The event is free and open to all ages.
  • Learn more about agriculture in Virginia, the state’s largest industry, in a lecture series by local farmers at the Frying Pan Park Visitor Center. The event is on Sunday from 2 – 3:30 p.m. and tickets cost $10. There will also be a sampling of the local farm’s fruits

Photo via Reston Community Center

by Fatimah Waseem February 8, 2018 at 12:00 pm 86 Comments

The Signature, a new 508-unit apartment building in the heart of Reston Town Center, will welcome a new retail tenant this year.

Balducci’s Food Lover’s Market, a gourmet market that says it offers restaurant-quality foods, imported cheeses and meats roasted in the Old Tradition, is set to open in the spring.

For Balducci’s, the new location at 11850 Freedom Drive is a homecoming. The store’s previous site in The Spectrum, just down the street from the current location, closed in 2005.

Construction crews are currently working on the site. An exact date on the store’s opening hasn’t been set yet, according to a company representative. Balducci’s has six other stores in Maryland, Virginia, New York and Connecticut.

The store is hiring for all positions. To apply, email [email protected]

Photo by Fatimah Waseem

by Anna Merod February 7, 2018 at 4:00 pm 0

The Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District is holding its annual seedling sale for Northern Virginia residents starting this month.

Two seedling packages are being offered for sale. The shrub and small tree package is on sale for $16.95 with 10 seeds, and the tree package features six seedlings for $11.95.

The native seedling sale helps to clean up the water and air. It also helps to prevent soil erosion by keeping the soil in place, said Lily Whitesell, a watershed specialist.

This year’s seedling packages are deer tolerant. Some of the species featured in the seedling packages are less palatable to deer and are fast growing so they can handle some deer as well.

“Across Fairfax County, we’ve really seen a lot of the understory of wooded areas be decimated by deer. We hope this will also help regenerate that growth,” Whitesell said.

Some of the featured plants include Eastern redbud, pawpaw, shortleaf pine, silky dogwood and witchhazel.

“The redbud is of interest to a lot of people because it has a really beautiful spring blossom. A lot of people this time of year are really thinking about the witchhazel because it has a very cool flower in the winter,” Whitesell said.

To keep the seedlings cheap, they are bought in bulk. If someone were to buy the same seedlings sold by the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District at the store, it would cost somewhere between $20 and several hundred dollars, she added.

Customers have until April 11 to order seedlings and can pick them up at the Packard Center in Annandale on April 20 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. or on April 21 from 9 a.m. to noon.

File photo.

by Fatimah Waseem February 7, 2018 at 2:30 pm 43 Comments

It’s official: Appalachian Spring, one of the first tenants in Reston Town Center, has shuttered its doors.

The handcrafted gifts and handmade jewelry store opened its Reston location in 1990.

The company is shifting its focus to its Rockville location after the store on 1187 Market Street officially closed on Jan. 24, a company representative told Reston Now.

When the closure was first made public, the store’s president told Reston Now that customer traffic dipped considerably over the last few months.

Paid parking, which was instituted last year, was a common complaint by customers, he said.

Photo by Fatimah Waseem

Pet of the Week: Shelly

by RestonNow.com Sponsor February 7, 2018 at 1:45 pm 0

This is a sponsored post from Becky’s Pet Care, a professional pet care service in Northern Virginia.

Meet Shelly, a 6-month-old short hair and calico kitten available for adoption locally.

Here is what her friends at Little Buddies Adoption and Humane Society have to say about her:

Shelly is a delightful cat. She always wants to follow her human around. She is constantly asking to be petted and likes to crawl into your lap.

Shelly is also super playful; she will run at full speed and jump to great heights to catch her favorite toy. She gets along well with her siblings who are always amazed at how athletic she is. Shelly is about 6 months old.

(Note: Little Buddies has adoption events every Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. at Pet Valu in the North Point Village Shopping Center.)

Are you and Shelly a match? If so, let us know and our sponsor, Becky’s Pet Care, will send you some treats and prizes.

Want your pet to be considered for the Reston Pet of the Week?

Email [email protected] with a 2-3 paragraph bio and at least 3-4 horizontally-oriented photos of your pet. Each week’s winner receives a sample of dog or cat treats from our sponsor, Becky’s Pet Care, along with $100 in Becky’s Bucks.

Becky’s Pet Care, the winner of three Angie’s List Super Service Awards and the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters’ 2013 Business of the Year, provides professional dog walking and pet sitting services in Reston and Northern Virginia.

by Fatimah Waseem February 7, 2018 at 10:15 am 0

Local artists will showcase their pieces at a ground floor gallery of the Signature, Reston Town Center’s newest “luxury” apartment building.

Through a partnership with the Greater Reston Arts Center, Signature (11850 Freedom Drive) will feature a year-round schedule of exhibitions. This month’s gallery showcases the work of Craig Moran, a D.C.-based painter known for boldly patterned canvases.

Moran uses collages and computer manipulations to create his work, which combines elements of the natural world and portraits in a flattened space.

His artistic process begins by cutting and arranging shapes from street art, photographs, old paintings and books. He then rearranges the pieces using image editing software and transfers the final work to a painting. An opening reception is set for March 1 from 6-8 p.m.

Exhibits will remain open to the public every Tuesday through Saturday at Signature. The gallery is the product of a partnership between Boston Properties, Bozzuto and GRACE. It is sponsored by Balducci’s Food Lover’s Market.

Organizers said the gallery merges the vision of the Signature, which aims to creating communal spaces for residents.

“This partnership provides a perfect opportunity for GRACE to regularly celebrate and support local artists through exhibitions of their work as the programming in our current Town Center space becomes more dedicated to introducing national and international artists to Reston and the DMV,” said GRACE’s Executive Director and Curator Lily Siegel.

A grand opening for Signature is set for Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Artwork by Craig Moran

by Fatimah Waseem February 5, 2018 at 10:15 am 6 Comments

After Sunday’s wet weather, some Restonians are running into another challenge as they begin the week.

Several residents have complained of sheets of black ice on roads on side and neighborhood roads, prompting calls for a delayed school opening earlier this morning.

Here’s what some Twitter users had to say:

Based on conditions in your neighborhood, do you think Fairfax County Public Schools should have delayed school this morning? Respond in the poll below.

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