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Five Candidates Seek Seats on Reston Community Center’s Board of Governors

Five candidates are running for three seats on Reston Community Center’s Board of Governors. This year’s candidates are incumbents William Bouie, Gerald Zavala, and Lisa Sechrest-Ehrhardt, along with Richard Stillson and April Tan.

Voting — known as the preference poll — will begin on September 7. Each property in Small District 5 will receive mail ballots, which must be submitted by Sept. 27 at 5 p.m. Walk-in and online ballots must be received by 5 p.m. the next day.

Candidates will hold a candidates forum on September 10 at 6:30 p.m. at RCC Hunters Woods (2310 Colts Neck Road).

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors will appoint members to the three three-year positions based on preferences stated by participants in the poll. RCC’s board is designed to bring social, recreational, cultural and educational activities throughout the district.

Candidate statements are available online.

Photo via Reston Community Center

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Herndon Man Wins Top Lottery Prize

A Herndon man scratched to win the top prize in the Virginia Lottery’s Ford Expedition Plus $100K game.

Santos Matute walked away with $100,000 in cash and a new Ford on August 10. Matute received the keys to his new car at Koons Sterling Ford in Sterling.

His winning ticket was bought at Fresh World in Herndon (1070 Elden Street).

The contest is run through the Virginia Lottery, with prizes ranging from $5 to $100,000. According to a release by the Virginia lottery, Matute is the first person to scratch and win a car and $100,000 in cash.

The odds of winning the top prize are in 1 in 1,387,200.

Photo via Virginia Lottery

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Pet of the Week: Maxine

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Meet Maxine, a domestic medium hair & tabby mix kitten available for adoption locally.

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

Maxine is a delightful kitten. She loves to snuggle. She will cuddle up to you and sleep on top of you.

She also loves her playtime! She would be a perfect companion.

Maxine was about 8 weeks old the first part of July.

(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 Maxine 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.

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This Weekend’s Deals & Events in Reston

Each Friday, Tim’s Reston sets the table with deals and events for the weekend ahead in Reston.
Highlights for the upcoming weekend include:

Event of the Weekend: All Chocolate Chunk Cookie Sales purchased on Friday @ both Chick-Fil-A locations in Reston will go directly to benefit No Kid Hungry.

Friday:

Saturday:

Sunday:

All Weekend:

See the entire list by category or scroll through the entire list here:

Follow Tim’s Reston on Facebook,  Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, & his newsletter for new deals and events, posted regularly throughout the week!

Interested in special promotion as the Deal or Event of the Week or Weekend? Have a deal or event tip? Comments? Suggestions? Email Tim at [email protected]!

Photo via Tim’s Reston

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Mason’s Famous Lobster Rolls to Open Next Month in Reston Town Center

Mason’s Famous Lobster Rolls, an Annapolis-based restaurant, will open in late September, according to the company’s founder.

The 800-square-foot restaurant will be located at 11939 Democracy Drive, the former location of Red Velvet Cupcakery.

The restaurant would be the first Mason’s Famous Lobster Rolls branch in Virginia. The company has four locations in Maryland, one in Delaware and another in South Carolina. The Reston location’s menu is modeled after the Delaware location.

An exact opening date has not been set yet.

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Registration Now Open for ChalkFest at Reston Town Center

Artists of all ages and skills levels can now save the date for the annual ChalkFest at Reston Town Center. The annual street art festival invites artists to transform RTC’s Market Street with chalk drawings.

Registration is now open and artists can register in the following categories. Prizes will be awarded for each category, as well as audience chance awards.

This year’s sponsors include Boston Properties, Reston Community Center, Fairfax County Government, Reston Association, Cooley, and Leidos.

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South Lakes High School Students, Winners of Japan Bowl Invited to Tour Island Nation

Students from South Lakes High School were invited by the Japanese government to complete a weeklong educational trip to the island nation. Through the country’s Kakekehashi project, a people-to-people exchange program, the government extends invitations to winners of the Japan Bowl, a national competition that quizzes American students on Japanese language and culture.

More than 40 students from multiple schools were invited to take part in this year’s trip, which took place from July 3-11. Students visited homestays, interacted with Japanese students at local schools and attended cultural workshops. They also took a tour of Honda Motor Company’s operations.

For SLHS student Emma Sponga, the experience allowed her to apply her knowledge of Japanese in a real-world setting. She has been learning the language since first grade through an immersion program at Fox Mill Elementary School.

Sponga said she was most surprised by displays of kindness and respect in the country, as well as the cleanliness of Tokyo, the country’s capital, which boasts a population of more than 9.2 million.

“While in Japan, it didn’t take me long to notice that respect, not only to others, but to the environment and just about anything around you, is very important to the Japanese people,” Sponga told Reston Now. “Everyone I met in Japan was very welcoming.”

The 26th National Japan Bowl took place in the District in April this year, bringing together more than 200 students from 30 schools. The Kakehashi program is coordinated by the Japanese American Citizens League and the Japan International Cooperation Center.

Photos by Emily Sponga

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Pet of the Week: Butch

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

Meet Butch, a corgi mix available for adoption locally.

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

Butch is an adorable young dog, just over 2 years old and weighing in around 25 lbs. He loves sitting next humans and knows how to walk nicely on a leash.

Butch, who we believe is a Corgi mix, enjoys the company of other dogs and is sure to be a hit at home, on walks or at the dog park.

His size is perfect for joining you on car trips and his love of adventure is certain to make everyday life more enjoyable! The three words we use to describe him are loving, eager to please and well-behaved.

Butch is up to date on all shots and de-wormings, has been neutered and carries an adoption fee of $350 which includes his microchip.

Contact Adoption Coordinator Kendra with questions or to get in your application!

Are you and Butch 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.

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Road Closures Planned for Reston Kids’ Triathlon on Sunday

 

Several Reston roads will be closed Sunday morning as kids and attendees take to the streets to participate in the eighth annual Reston Kids’ Triathlon, which is co-sponsored by Reston Association and YMCA Fairfax County Reston.

RA provided the following information via a statement:

Ridge Heights Road will be shut down between Terraset Elementary School and Turtle Pond Drive from approximately 7:15 to 10 a.m. and Seahawk Drive will be closed from about 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. There will be a coned-off bike lane on Ridge Heights Road, South Lakes Drive and Soapstone Drive – all on the inside lane of the triangle formed by those roads.There will be no parking along the south side (Langston Hughes Middle School side) of Ridge Heights Road beginning at midnight extending from Soapstone to South Lakes. The above map shows the bike course on those three roads.

Photo via RA

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This Weekend’s Deals & Events in Reston

Each Friday, Tim’s Reston sets the table with deals and events for the weekend ahead in Reston.

Highlights for the upcoming weekend include:

Deal of the Weekend: Present your MyPanera card for a Free Bagel every day in August @ Panera.

Friday:

Saturday:

Sunday:

All Weekend:

See the entire list by category or scroll through the entire list here:

​​​​Follow Tim’s Reston on Facebook,  Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, & his newsletter for new deals and events, posted regularly throughout the week!

Interested in special promotion as the Deal or Event of the Week or Weekend? Have a deal or event tip? Comments? Suggestions? Email Tim at [email protected]!

Photo via Tim’s Reston

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New Dessert Lounge Offers Mix of Indian and American Sweets

When Krishna Vooturi, an Ashburn resident originally from India, contemplated ideas for a new dessert business, he knew he wanted to bring a taste of Southeast Asia to Herndon. With the help of his brother-in-law and friend, Vooturi, he opened a new dessert spot on 348 Elden Street on Friday, July 27.

The shop, Dessert Lounge, offers a mix of Thai rolled ice cream, sundaes, crepes, and milkshakes. But the featured item is falooda, a cold dessert popular in India and Pakistan. The light pink dessert includes traditional ice cream, rose syrup, vermicelli, chia seeds and milk.

In contrast to its name, Dessert Lounge will offer hot beverages like coffee, sandwiches, and burgers to remain viable in the winter and for those craving a hot bite, according to Vooturi.

For the falooda and the traditional ice cream, also known as kulfi, he uses a popular brand in India and in the United States called Kwality. Ice cream flavors range from Indian-inspired items like rose petal and lychee to more typical flavors like tiramisu and vanilla.

“I personally am a big fan of falooda and I haven’t seen a lot of specialized places here. It’s a good opportunity to bring unique flavors to this place and have different people try different tastes,” he said.

Photos by Fatimah Waseem

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Candidates Sought for Reston Community Center Board of Governors

The filing period for this year’s Reston Community Center‘s Board of Governors’ preference poll is open from today (August 1) to August 15.

The Board of Governors oversees the operations of RCC. All residents of Small District 5 above the age of 18 and up are eligible to run for the board.

Three positions for three-year terms are open. Candidates must complete a candidacy statement in order to have names placed on the preference poll ballot.

The schedule for the preference poll is below:

  • August 1-15: Candidate filing period
  • August 15: Candidate orientation and photos
  • September 7: Ballot voting begins
  • September 10: Preference poll candidates forum
  • September 27: Deadline for mailed ballots
  • September 28: Deadline for online or walk-in ballots

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Pet of the Week: Waylon

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

Meet Waylon, a pit bull terrier available for adoption locally.

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

This is Waylon and he is absolutely, without a doubt, positively, one of the best dogs I have ever known, and trust me, I have known A LOT of REALLY AMAZING dogs!!!

Waylon is an ambassador of his breed, and in mine, as well as several other “dog people’s” opinion, he would make an excellent therapy dog. Again, that is not something I say very often, but there’s truly something very special about this boy.

He has this innocence about him that is so amazing to witness and really tugs at your heart. Waylon loves ALL other creatures and honestly wants to be friends with anything or anyone he meets!

He will be an awesome companion for his human(s), as well as any other animals in the family, and with further positive training he will be the kind of dog you can take anywhere and leave everyone who meets him “awe struck” by what a remarkable dog he is.

Are you and Waylon 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.

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&pizza to Open in Reston Town Center Tomorrow

A new fast-casual restaurant is opening in Reston Town Center tomorrow. &pizza, which is known for its oblong-shaped pizza, will open its doors at 1826 Library Street, the former location of Teavana.

The Reston Town Center location is &pizza’s 30th restaurant in the country. The business will offer free pizza to the first 30 people line during the opening tomorrow. The square footage of the restaurant is 1,363 square feet.

The restaurant has roughly 58 seats, including outdoor seating, Emily Drago, a spokesperson for the company told Reston Now. This will be the company’s eighth location in Virginia.

Photo via &pizza

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Updated: Several Roads in Reston Closed

As you head out for your commute this morning, be wary of several road closures in Reston due to water in the roadway. A complete list, updated at 10:40 a.m. today, is below.

  • 10050 block of Browns Mill Road – Mud and water in the roadway
  • Hunter Mill Road at Hunter Station Road – Water in the roadway
  • Hunter Mill Road at Cedar Pond Drive – Water in the roadway

This story was updated to include the most recent road closures.

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