Lake Anne Cardboard Boat Regatta Boasts Big Turnout

A record number of teams competed in the Reston Historic Trust & Museum’s third annual Lake Anne Cardboard Boat Regatta over the weekend.

This year, 56 teams assembled bright, duct-taped boats to compete in the race on Saturday – the largest number of teams to take part in the event Designs ranged from a large pinwheel to Slinky from Toy Story.

In addition to watching the race, attendees had the chance to run on a life-size human hamster wheel to make a snow cone, as well as fun with super. soakers.

Five Fairfax County public schools took part in the race, as well as several nonprofits, businesses, and families.

Lake Anne Brew House won first place in the navigator category with the fastest time of 1 minute and 45 seconds. Lake Anne Coffee House & Wine Bar took the “the titanic award” and the school winner was “Hunters Woods Elementary School.” From the crop of merchants, Lake Anne Brew also took first place in the “merchants” category. The complete results are below:

Skipper:

  1. Marty Boys
  2. Ehrlich
  3. Eighty-Fifty Nine

Cadet:

  1. Yellow Submarine
  2. Swim Team Kids
  3. The Wild Sloth

Navigator:

  1. Lake Anne Brew House
  2. RHOA’s Ark
  3. Hunters Woods Elementary

Registration for the next race is expected to open in early 2020. This year’s title sponsor was Griffin Owens Insurance Group.

Photo courtesy Charlotte Geary Photography

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Renovations to South Lakes Village Center to Begin This Month

Changes to the plaza at South Lakes Village Center are set to begin in the next two weeks.

The upgrades — which include an amphitheater, bike rack and repair station, and fire pit — are part of Chevy Chase Land Company’s plans to revitalize the aging village center.

Over the summer, crews completed structural concrete work to make way for more noticeable changes.

“There should be noticeable work out there in the next week or two,” said Thomas Regnell.

The project is expected to cost around $400,000.

Structural concrete work has been completed which needed to be done before the plaza transformation could start. There should be noticeable work out there in the next week or two.

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Minor Fire Reported in North Point Village Center

A small fire broke out on the roof of a business in North Point Village Center (1452 Reston Parkway) yesterday (Wednesday).

The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department contained the fire, which broke out around 5:30 p.m. that day.

Two medic units were dispatched to the scene, but no injuries were reported.

The fire happened on the roof line of the former Boston Market, which closed last month.

No other information about the incident was immediately available.  The cause of the incident has not yet been determined.

Photo by Alex Schneider

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UFC Gym Set to Open This Month in Plaza America

Locals looking to diversity their workout options will soon be able to do so at Plaza America, which welcomes a new fitness business this month.

UFC Gym plans to open on August 19 at 11710 Plaza America Drive, Suite 40, a company representative told Reston Now.

The business, which joins Gold’s Gym around the corner, has 70 locations across the country.

The newest location in Reston will offer a mix of mixed martial arts, Brazilian jiu-jitsu and boxing glasses for individuals and groups.

UFC Gym is also located at Woodland Park Crossing at 12971 Highland Crossing Drive, Suite 6.

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Now Open: Town Barber in Junction Square

A new barbershop has opened in Herndon’s Junction Square neighborhood.

The business, called Town Barber, opened in June at 704 Elden Street, Suite A.

The business describes itself as a “modern barber shop for today’s gentleman of leisure.”

Other recently announced tenants in Junction Square include California-based chain BurgerIM and a gallery for painter Trisha Adams. An African and Caribbean grocer also opened its doors recently.

Photo via @TownBabrer1/website

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Firefighters Jump Into Herndon Pool for Survival, Water Rescue Training

Recent pool-goers at the Pinecrest Swim and Tennis Club in Herndon might have noticed firefighters wearing their gear and uniforms for training in the water.

Units from the First Battalion on B-Shift completed various activities for self-survival and victim water rescue training, according to a Fairfax County Fire and Rescue post.

“All personnel swam two laps of the pool giving unit officers the ability to evaluate the swimming skills of each member,” according to the post. “This is valuable information to have ahead of being called to a water-related emergency as the officer now knows who their strong swimmers are and who to place in the water for victim rescue.”

More from the fire department:

Personnel then participated in backboard training with the lifeguard staff from the pool. They learned the actions lifeguards take to secure a victim to a backboard when they are suspected of a spinal injury from a pool mishap.

Finally, personnel donned structural firefighting gear and walked off the pool’s edge into the water to feel the impact of falling into [the] water while wearing the protective clothing.

Firefighters conduct a variety of tasks inside and outside a structure while operating at a house fire and many of the residences have swimming pools. A firefighter falling into the water with gear on poses a significant safety concern due to the added weight as the gear tends to pull firefighters under the water. The training today was conducted to provide firefighters with techniques on how to react and exit a pool should they face this situation while operating on an incident scene.

Photo via Fairfax County Fire and Rescuefire

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New Grocery Store Comes to Downtown Herndon

The Town of Herndon has a new food store now open in Junction Square.

Marigold International Foods opened at 710 Elden Street, Suite A back in June, a company spokesperson told Reston Now.

Shoppers can find African and Caribbean groceries at Marigold.

The store is open from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. on weekdays, 9 a.m. to around 8 p.m. or 9 p.m. on Saturdays and noon-6 p.m. on Sundays.

Marigold joins Lotte Plaza Market, Bestway Supermarket, Safeway and other grocers in downtown Herndon.

Image via Google Maps

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Local Residents Protest Treatment of Migrant Children Outside Caliburn Headquarters

Local residents involved with Herndon-Reston Indivisible, a local progressive advocacy group that formed after President Donald Trump’s election, protested outside a company that operates shelters for migrant youth.

Roughly 15 residents gathered on Friday, August 2 outside the headquarters of Caliburn International Corp., a for-profit operator of migrant youth shelters and private prisons.

Activists said the protest was intended to “express their dismay over the adverse shelter conditions, Caliburn’s role and the administration’s overall immigration policy.”

Herndon-Reston Indivisible formed to resist the “Trump agenda while electing Democrats who support our values of transparency, inclusion, tolerance and fairness.”

Caliburn is the parent company of Homestead, a federal childrens’ detention center that operates as a for-profit in Florida. Media reports from mainstream news outlets have raised questions about the treatment of children in these temporary shelters.

According to NPR, the average daily cost for caring for a child in these facilities is about $775 per day — much more than the average cost of housing a child at standard shelters.

The Homestead shelter currently holds 2,450 unaccomplanied migrant children between the ages of 13 to 17.

The advocacy organization plans to continue protests at the headquarters of Caliburn every other week.

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Now Open: Candidate Filing for Reston Community Center’s Board of Governors

Candidate filing is now open for Reston Community Center’s Board of Governors.

RCC is seeking to fill three seats on the nine-member board, which oversees policies, programs and financing planning for the center.

Residents from Small District 5 who are age 18 or older are eligible to run. Candidates must complete a candidacy statement for names to be placed on the preference poll ballot.

The filing deadline is August 15 at 5 p.m. Forms are available online.

Voting will run from September 6 through September 27. The deadline for mailed ballots is September 26 at 5 p.m. and September 27 at 5 p.m. for online or walk-in ballots.

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors will appoint members to serve on the board after voters indicate their preferences in the annual poll. Each member will serve a three-year term.

Logo via Reston Community Center

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The Candle Bar is Coming to Reston Town Center

The Candle Bar, a Nashville-based store that allows customers to craft candles, plans to open in Reston Town Center soon.

The business allows patrons to pick from fragrances and pour wax into a vessel of their choosing.

Company representatives did not return multiple requests for comment from Reston Now. 

County permits indicate that the business plans to open on 1816 Library Street. Rappaport, an accredited management organization, has also reporting on the company’s planned expansion to Reston Town Center and Georgetown.

It is expected to take over space previously occupied by The Tasting Room Wine Bar and Shop, which closed in February.

Photo via The Candle Bar/Facebook

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Cafe Rio to Open in Former McDonalds Space

Cafe Rio Mexican Grill, a Mexican restaurant that serves fresh Mexican food, is opening soon in Herndon.

A company representative told Reston Now that the restaurant plans to open on August 14, so long as utility work is completed. The restaurant will be located at 330 Elden Street, the former space of McDonald’s, which closed last year.

Cafe Rio sells burritos, salads, enchiladas, quesadilla, nachos and other Mexican staples.  The chain has other locations, including one in Fairfax, Burke and Manassas.

The opening date is tentative.

Image via Google Maps

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Kageyama to Discuss ‘Love for Reston’ in September at CenterStage

Author Peter Kageyama dives into his love of Reston during a special event at Reston Community Center’s CenterStage in September.

Kageyama, the author of “For the Love of Cities: The Love Affair Between People and Their Place,” will discuss how Reston exemplifies his ideal.

The event is set for Saturday, September 7 at 8 p.m.

Kayegama’s book explores the “mutual love affair between people and their places,” according to the book’s descriptions.

Here’s more about the book:

The mutual love affair between people and their place is one of the most powerful influences in our lives, yet rarely thought of in terms of a relationship. As cities begin thinking of themselves as engaged in a relationship with their citizens, and citizens begin to consider their emotional connections with their places, we open up new possibilities in community, social and economic development by including the most powerful of motivators–the human heart–in our toolkit of city-making. The book explores what makes cities lovable, what motivates ordinary citizens to do extraordinary things for their places and how some cities, such as New Orleans, Detroit, and Cleveland are using that energy to fill in the gaps that “official” city makers have left as resources have disappeared. Meet those amazing people who are truly “in love” with their cities and learn how they are key to the future development of our communities.”

Tickets are $15 for Reston residents and $20 for all others. The box office is open from 4-9 p.m. on Thursday, August 1 for residents and employees of business in Small District 5 to purchase tickets. Sales will open up to the public and online on Thursday, August 8 at 4 p.m.

Photo via Reston Community Center

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East Elden Street Widening Likely to Begin in 2023

A major project to widen Elden Street from four to six lanes between Herndon Parkway and Fairfax County Parkway will likely break ground in early 2023.

The project is expected to cost roughly $51 million, including $6 million for preliminary engineering, $20 million for right of way acquisition and utility relocation, and nearly $25 million for construction.

A spokesperson for the Virginia Department of Transportation said that the state is currently in the process of right of way acquisition. Construction could begin sooner if additional funding becomes available.

The project area — which is around one mile — would bring bike lanes from Monroe Street to Herndon Parkway. It also includes cycle tracks from Herndon Parkway to Fairfax County Parkway — which combine the infrastructure of a separated path and on-street infrastructure with a conventional bike lane.

Culverts over Sugarland Run will be replaced, along with a new bridge to improve stream flow and reduce potential flooding. So far, the project is on track.

Map via VDOT/website

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New Trash Collection Schedule in the Town of Herndon to Begin in August

After more than 20 years of business-as-usual, changes are underway to the Town of Herndon’s trash and recycling collection schedule.

Beginning on August 5, recycling collection days will change for all residents, while trash collection days will change for some residents.

The changes are “needed to increase collection efficiency, balance routes, consolidate collection areas, and allow for existing and future development,” according to the town’s website.

No changes to the level of service offered by the town’s curbside collection program are proposed.

All recycling days will change to either Monday or Tuesday. Trash collections days will be on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday.

Residents can visit the town’s website to see their new schedule. All containers must be at the curb by no later than 6 a.m. on the scheduled collection day.

More information about the changes are available online. Residents with questions can contact the town’s Department of Public Works at [email protected].

Photo via Patricia Valerio/Unsplash

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North Italia to Open This Week in Reston Town Center

North Italia, which the company describes as a “modern Italian concept,” will officially open its doors in Reston Town Center on Wednesday (July 31).

Fox Restaurant Concepts — which also brought True Food Kitchen to Mosaic District — is behind th restaurant, which is located at 11898 Market Street.

It takes over space previously occupied by Neyla Mediterranean Bistro.

The menu includes a mix of pastas, pizza and salads. Brunch is available on the weekend.

Reservations can be made online. Members can sign up for North Italia’s email campaign, which offers up a $10 off coupon for purchases of $20 or more.

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