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by Dave Emke — March 23, 2017 at 9:00 am 1 Comment

Morning Notes - Winter

Reminder: RA Board Meeting Tonight — The Reston Association Board of Directors meets tonight at 6:30 p.m. at RA Headquarters (12001 Sunrise Valley Drive). The meeting will also be streamed live on RA’s YouTube channel. [Reston Now]

SLHS Students Attend Science Symposium — South Lakes High International Baccalaureate chemistry students recently attended the event at Georgetown University, sitting in on seminars and hearing talks from experts. [Fairfax County Public Schools]

Warm Weather Once Again on the Horizon — We were spoiled by temperatures in the 70s in February and early March before winter came back for one more round. The thermometer is on the rise again, though, and it is expected to top that 70 mark again Saturday. [Capital Weather Gang]

Longtime Herndon Town Manager Honored for Work — Arthur Anselene retired from his position as Herndon town manager last month. His more than 40 years of service to the town was honored at the town council’s meeting last week. [Reston Connection]

Police Seek Ashburn Assault Suspect — Police in Loudoun County are looking for a man who is believed to have assaulted a woman in an Ashburn parking lot last week. [Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office]

by Dave Emke — March 22, 2017 at 4:00 pm 0

Raul Midon - courtesy Raul Midon/Reston Community Center

A new album from singer, songwriter and guitarist Raul Midón comes out Friday — and Reston residents have a chance to be among the first to hear the new tunes live.

Reston Community Center’s latest artist-in-residency, Midón will bring his jazz, soul and pop performance to the stage at RCC’s CenterStage (2310 Colts Neck Road) at 8 p.m. March 29. The preceding day, he will perform privately for South Lakes High School and Langston Hughes Middle School students.

According to a press release from Reston Community Center, the title track of the new album — “Bad Ass and Blind” — tells you what you need to know about him:

“His work is bold, dynamic and demonstrates his genius. The title track alone is a tour de force that finds Midón celebrating blindness with a ripping guitar solo and fierce spoken word rhyme. This and many more of his musical gems come with stories that Raul will break down for us.”

Midón, who was blind at birth, sang backup vocals for artists including Shakira, Julio Iglesias, Jennifer Lopez and Christina Aguilera before releasing his major-label solo debut, “State of Mind,” in 2005. He performed the title track from that album on both “The Late Show with David Letterman” and “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” (To see more of Midón’s performances, visit his YouTube channel.)

“We selected Raul Midón as our artist-in-residence this season because he brings a singular perspective and style to his music and a positive message of overcoming adversity,” said Paul Douglas Michnewicz, RCC’s arts and events director, in the press release. “Our goal is to give Reston students the opportunity to experience the work and background of a musical genius as well as the ability to see multiple points of view. Raul’s cultural frame of reference and his holistic response to his blindness help students connect and fosters respect for our differences.”

Tickets for the public performance at CenterStage are $15 for Reston residents and $20 for non-residents. They are available for purchase online and at CenterStage’s box office.

Photo courtesy Raul Midón/Reston Community Center

by Dave Emke — March 22, 2017 at 2:45 pm 1 Comment

Silver Line construction/Photo by Jennifer Thomas Alcott, Capital Rail Constructors

Phase 2 of construction on Metro’s Silver Line is more than 56 percent complete, according to information released today by the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project.

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority is overseeing construction of the 11.4-mile Phase 2 extension of the Silver Line from Reston through Dulles Airport to Ashburn. Engineering and design work on the phase began in July 2013, and the project is expected to be complete by 2020. All told, the stretch will include six rail stations; nine entrance pavilions and pedestrian bridges; aerial guideways through Dulles Airport; and 89,000 feet of track.

Silver Line construction/Capital Rail Constructors“Bad weather never really stopped us,” project vice president Charles Stark is quoted as saying regarding construction efforts in recent months.

Station wall work is currently underway at the future Reston Town Center station, while structural steel installation for the vault roof has begun at the future Herndon station, also located in Reston. In addition, piers for pedestrian bridges are being put up. All needed pier caps have been poured, along with 76 percent of deck spans. Construction on the rail yard at Dulles Airport is 46 percent complete, according to project officials.

Work also began in December on a new Herndon Metro parking garage, a county project.

Phase 2 of the Silver Line was originally projected to be completed by late 2018; however, design modifications later pushed that date back.

Photos courtesy Capital Rail Constructors/Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project

Pet of the Week: Rocky

by RestonNow.com Sponsor — March 22, 2017 at 1:30 pm 1 Comment

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

Meet Rocky, a black and white Domestic Short Hair cat.

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

Rocky is a terrific lap cat. He adores people and wants nothing more than to snuggle with someone. He would make a great cat in any home situation. Come meet this adorable and loving cat. Rocky is about 8 months old.

Are you and Rocky 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 Dave Emke — March 22, 2017 at 11:30 am 48 Comments

Rendering for Golf Course Overlook/Credit: olf Course Overlook LLC

Proposed rezoning of Golf Course Plaza, a three-acre parcel on the west edge of Isaac Newton Square, is scheduled for a Fairfax County Planning Commission hearing June 21.

Location of planned high rise near W&OD and Hidden Creek/Credit: Golf Course Overlook LLCThe proposal, which first came to light in May 2016, would see the property (11480 Sunset Hills Road) become the home of a 392,600-square-foot multifamily residential structure with three levels of underground parking. Currently on the parcel is a three-story office building and a surface parking lot.

The residential building would feature 413 units. Developer Golf Course Overlook LLC seeks to rezone the property from I-5 (General Industrial) to Planned Residential Mixed-Use. According to the summary of Reston Association’s March land development tracker, it is “unclear whether any commercial uses would be retained” on the property.

The site is between the W&OD Trail and the fourth hole of the Hidden Creek Country Club golf course. It is about a third of a mile from the Wiehle-Reston East Metro station. According to the land development tracker summary:

“The site is located in the Wiehle Station Transit-Oriented Development District and designated Residential Mixed Use, which seeks to retain a 75/25 mix of residential and non-residential uses respectively, at intensities of up to a 1.5 FAR [Floor Area Ratio]. Isaac Newton Square is planned to be home to 3,200 (of the 4,600) residential units for this district.”

A county staff report on the project is to be released June 6. Signs advertising the hearing are to go up May 31.

Images via Golf Course Overlook LLC

by RestonNow.com — March 22, 2017 at 10:15 am 3 Comments

Reston AssociationReston Association is welcoming new — and “not-so-new” — members to an open house to learn more about what the community has to offer.

The event will be held Sunday from 2-4 p.m. at The Lake House (11450 Baron Cameron Ave.).

According to a flier advertising the event, attendees will be able to:

  • learn about aquatics, camps, environmental education and tennis programs
  • learn about upcoming RA events for all ages
  • meet members of the RA Board of Directors and advisory committee
  • purchase pool and tennis passes and learn how to use WebTrac
  • learn about how to get involved in Volunteer Reston
  • vote in the RA Board of Directors’ election
  • meet with the Covenants Advisor and learn about services provided to property owners
  • meet local elected officials and community organization representatives

Refreshments will be provided by Jersey Mike’s, and door prizes will be awarded.

RA’s event calendar shows additional open house events at The Lake House are scheduled for April 30 and May 21.

Attendees are being asked to used WebTrac to register for the event. For more information, email [email protected] or call 703-435-6530.

by Dave Emke — March 22, 2017 at 9:00 am 16 Comments

Morning Notes - Winter

More Attention for Town Center Parking Debate — Reston Town Center merchant Aaron Gordon was on The Kojo Nnamdi Show on D.C. radio station WAMU on Tuesday speaking about paid parking at the Town Center. Supervisor Cathy Hudgins was also on the show to give her thoughts. [WAMU/player.fm]

Whole Foods Purchases to Benefit Fairfax County Charity — Five percent of purchases today at Northern Virginia locations of Whole Foods — including in Reston at 11660 Plaza America Drive —  will benefit Firefighters and Friends to the Rescue, which partners with Fairfax County Fire and Rescue to provide coats, books, toys and needed supplies to families. [Fairfax County Fire and Rescue]

Elected Officials to Discuss Economic Growth in Area — Supervisor Cathy Hudgins and delegates Ken Plum (D-Fairfax), Jennifer Boysko (D-Fairfax/Loudoun) and Kathleen Murphy (D-Fairfax/Loudoun) will be among the speakers at a forum on economic drivers and opportunities March 30 in Herndon. [Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce]

County Officials Worry About Effects of Immigration Fear — At Tuesday’s meeting of Fairfax County’s Public Safety Committee, officials discussed concerns that members of the immigrant community will become afraid to report crime, ask for help or provide police information. They say that distrust may jeopardize overall safety in the county. [WTOP]

by RestonNow.com — March 21, 2017 at 4:00 pm 3 Comments

2017 Reston Runners Marathon course map

The 2017 Runners Marathon of Reston is scheduled for Sunday, April 9 from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Race proceeds go to the Reston Runners Community Fund, designed to support the Reston community by providing scholarships to area student-athletes and financial support for athletic programs.

The marathon course traverses Ridge Heights Road, Soapstone Drive, Sunrise Valley Drive, Twin Branches Road, Lawyers Road, Steeplechase Drive and South Lakes Drive, as well as portions of Reston’s trail system. Marathoners will circle the 13-mile course twice.

In addition to the marathon, a half-marathon and marathon relay will also be run. Organizers say about 700 runners in total are registered, representing 20 states. Runners from as far away as Hawaii are registered to participate.

In addition, nearly 250 community members — including Reston Runners club members, Boy Scouts and more — will be helping along the route, as well as in the days leading up to and following the event. Anyone interested in signing up as a volunteer will get a long-sleeved T-shirt, a commemorative glass and other thank-you items.

No roads are scheduled to be closed, with runners expected to stay within coned-off sections of roads along the course. However, police reserve the right to close roads for safety as needed.

Map courtesy Reston Runners

by Dave Emke — March 21, 2017 at 2:45 pm 22 Comments

Reston Association Board Special Meeting - March 20, 2017

The results of an independent review of Reston Association’s purchase of the Tetra/Lake House property are in, and now the discussion is shifting toward how to make best use of its findings.

That discussion began Monday during a special meeting of the Reston Association Board of Directors. Deirdre Flaherty, partner and co-founder of forensic accounting firm StoneTurn Group, answered questions from both RA members and directors during the session, and offered her advice for RA’s remediation process following the controversial purchase and a renovation process that cost $430,000 more than budgeted.

Flaherty’s advice, which built upon the recommendations offered in StoneTurn’s review in February, included the drafting of foundational documents that have an overreaching principle statement to define ethical concerns — something she says is lacking in RA’s current policy structure.

“When you have an unusual transaction and you don’t have that bedrock foundation, there’s no touchstone,” she said. “It would be my strong suggestion that great consideration is given to what those overarching principles that you want for how you do business, and then take that and drill it into writing, into practical policies and procedures for the staff, that details exactly what is to be done.”

The Board of Directors voted unanimously to accept the review delivered by StoneTurn and to begin working toward implementing the recommendations made therein. Flaherty made a number of other recommendations for how to do so, including giving staff and CEO Cate Fulkerson the time to develop new policies that are in line with the goals of the Association.

“You have some very strong, qualified people in your Association staff [who are] doing a lot of the day-to-day work, and as a result, they haven’t had the opportunity to step back and put those foundational documents into place,” she said. “My strong advice would be to have them do it — to hire people, even on a temporary basis, to handle some of your day-to-day operations so that you can elevate people like your CFO or your new head of capital projects [or] Cate to actually stepping back and giving thought and consideration to what those documents should look like, to having the communications with the membership and the board to make sure you’re comfortable with them, and then to putting them in place.”

It was also suggested by Flaherty that an RA audit committee be formed to independently make findings and assess staff.

“Anytime you have a board, you want the board to be communicating with the auditor [and] you want the auditor to have the ability to communicate with the board to the extent that they have input that is independent of management,” she said. “You want that communication to be open and direct with your board, not filtered in any way.”

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by Eve Thompson — March 21, 2017 at 1:30 pm 0

Just Sold

This is a sponsored post from Eve Thompson of Reston Real Estate. For a more complete picture of home sales in your neighborhood, contact her on Reston Real Estate.

Here are some Reston homes that changed hands recently:

11320 French Horn Lane, 4BR, 3BA. Sale Price: $640,000.

2186 Pond View Court, 3BR, 4BA. Sale Price: $422,000.

18600 Stratford Park Place, 2BR, 2BA. Sale Price: $435,000.

11622 Vantage Hill Road, 1BR. Sale Price: $170,000.

by Dave Emke — March 21, 2017 at 11:30 am 2 Comments

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints parking lot

At its meeting tonight, the Design Review Board will consider the renewal of a permit to expand the parking lot at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (1515 Poplar Grove Drive).

The church, located near the intersection of Fairfax County Parkway and Lake Newport Road, was given permission by DRB in 2014 to expand the lot. The work was not completed immediately afterward, however, which has resulted in the expiration of the church’s permit.

Church of Jesus Christ LDS/Google MapsResidents of Birchfield Woods Cluster on Poplar Grove Drive have continued to express their opposition to the project, which would add 39 parking spaces to the southern end of church property. Residents are concerned about, among other issues, an increase in noise and a loss of trees that create a “buffer zone” between the church and the community. That will have an adverse effect on their property values, they say.

“The only way into and out of the Cluster is via the entrance off of Lake Newport Road, [and] that entrance is the first impression potential buyers receive of our community,” said Marcelo Borda, vice president of the cluster association, in a letter shared with Reston Now. “The planned parking lot expansion proposed by the Church directly, negatively impacts that first impression.”

Other agenda items for tonight’s DRB meeting include site grading for the Glade Drive sidewalk project, the site lighting and landscape plan for the IntegraCare facility at 2222 Colts Neck Road, and a tear-down project on Ring Road.

The DRB meeting will begin tonight at 7 p.m. at RA Headquarters (12001 Sunrise Valley Drive).

Map via Google

by Dave Emke — March 21, 2017 at 10:15 am 2 Comments

Police linePolice say a Reston man was caught in the act of assaulting a woman in Sterling last week.

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office reports that 26-year-old Fredy F. Alfaro was observed by deputies to be assaulting a woman in a car in the 46000 block of Community Plaza at about 7 p.m. Wednesday. He was arrested and charged with assault. Alfaro was also charged with distribution of narcotics and public intoxication, and he was transferred to the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center.

Meanwhile, the Reston District Station of the Fairfax County Police Department reported the following crimes in the past week:

LARCENIES:

1700 block of Beaver Court, tire inflator from residence

1800 block of Cameron Glen Drive, cellphone from business

2200 block of Castle Rock Square, license plate from vehicle

2500 block of Centreville Road, wallet from vehicle

11400 block of Commerce Park Drive, electronic device from residence

2300 block of Freetown Court, documents from business

2300 block of Freetown Court, medication from residence

9900 block of Georgetown Pike, beer from business

1700 block of Port Place, jewelry boxes from residence

2300 block of Soapstone Drive, beer from business

11700 block of Sunrise Valley Drive, license plate from vehicle

12000 block of Town Square, purse and cellphone from residence

13000 block of Weeping Cherry Walk, license plate from vehicle

2200 block of Wheelwright Court, jacket from business

STOLEN VEHICLES:

None reported

Anyone with information about any of the incidents reported by FCPD should call 703-691-2131 or 1-866-411-TIPS(8477), or text “TIP187” plus the message to CRIMES(274637).

by Dave Emke — March 21, 2017 at 9:00 am 0

Lake Fairfax Park soccer field

Lieutenant Governor in Reston Tonight — Ralph Northam, Virginia’s lieutenant governor and a Democratic candidate for governor in the 2017 election, will be a guest speaker tonight at a meeting of Herndon-Reston Indivisible. Other speakers will be Del. Ken Plum (D-Fairfax) and Del. Jennifer Boysko (D-Fairfax/Loudoun). The meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. at Sunset Hills Montessori School (11180 Ridge Heights Road). [Herndon-Reston Indivisible]

Bulova: ‘Painful Cuts’ in Proposed Federal Budget — The chair of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors says she is hopeful the local congressional delegation will address what she sees as a number of problems with the Trump administration’s budget proposal, unveiled last week. [Sharon Bulova/Facebook]

Arrests Made in Chantilly Gun Store Heist — Two 23-year-old men and a 19-year-old man have been arrested in connection with the theft of 35 guns from a Chantilly store earlier this month. The men are also charged in the theft of firearms from two shops in Fredericksburg. They each face up to 10 years in prison. [U.S. Department of Justice]

Digital Marketing Agency Opens New Office — Baltimore-based Jellyfish has opened a new office at RTC West (12120 Sunset Hills Road). The office will house more than 20 employees and serves as the development and technology hub for the agency. Five job openings are available. [Jellyfish]

by Dave Emke — March 20, 2017 at 5:55 pm 1 Comment

Traffic detour on Fox Mill Road

Traffic on Fox Mill Road was detoured this afternoon after a truck hit a pole, taking down wires in the process.

The incident took place around 5 p.m. near the intersection with Pinecrest Road, between Reston Parkway and Fairfax County Parkway.

Fox Mill Road was closed between John Milton Drive and Fox View Way, and traffic was diverted through the neighborhood.

The road reopened by 7 p.m., according to an alert from Fairfax County.

by RestonNow.com — March 20, 2017 at 4:00 pm 1 Comment

Lake Fairfax/Fairfax County Park AuthorityThe Fairfax County Park Authority is looking for 30 volunteers to assist in a watershed cleanup event at Lake Fairfax Park.

The event at Lake Fairfax Park is one of nine around the county scheduled for 9-11:30 a.m. April 1. The cleanup effort is a partnership between the Park Authority and The Nature Conservancy to attempt to prevent trash from reaching the Chesapeake Bay, the nation’s largest estuary.

Snacks, giveaways and other incentives will be offered to volunteers.

For more details or to register, visit the Fairfax County Park Authority website.

Photo via Fairfax County Park Authority

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