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by RestonNow.com April 17, 2018 at 3:30 pm 17 Comments

If you’re a pedestrian, you probably know to look left, right and left again before crossing the street — at least in theory.

In some parts of Reston Town Center, some pedestrians might be adding another unconventional step: waving a flailing yellow flag.

According to the local blog Restonian, signage near the Hyatt Parking Garage indicates a crosswalk pilot program has begun at the edge of Reston Town Center.

Instructions encourage pedestrians to grab a yellow flag from the edge of the crosswalk and wave it until approaching vehicles come to a complete stop, according to the news blog.

Signs caution that the flags are “just a safety tool” and that “pedestrians are reminded to look both ways, make eye contact with the driver and exercise caution before entering all crosswalks.”

File photo

by Fatimah Waseem April 17, 2018 at 2:30 pm 2 Comments

The U.S.S. Herndon took part in World War II’s Normandy invasion 75 years ago. Next year, Herndon High School’s marching band will return to the shores of Normandy to participate in a D-Day anniversary celebration.

The band is preparing to perform in the 75th D-Day Memorial Parade and Musical Salute  in June 2019. Roughly 200 students and chaperones plan to attend the event, which offers a salute to veterans.

The U.S.S. Herndon and the Town of Herndon were named after Commander William Lewis Herndon, a Navy officer who served in the Mexican-American War.

The U.S. Navy ship helped escort ships ahead of the invasion in France, took part in anti-submarine duty and screened landings, submarines and aircraft carriers. The ship also provided some fire support.

Fundraising is underway to make the trip possible. A kick-off celebration and benefit concern will be held on May 5 on the Herndon Town Green. The event will feature live performances by The 5:55, guest speakers, food and beer.

The band was recommended by the government and military organizers of the Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade in Hawaii based on their performance in 2013.

“Getting to represent not just Herndon, not just Virginia, but the entirety of the United States will be a life shaping experience for our students,” said Kathleen Jacoby, the band director at Herndon High School. “Not only are they connecting with current day Americans, but we’re asking them to time travel back to 1945 and put themselves in the shoes of the brave men who were on the beaches of Normandy.”

Here’s more from the band about the tribute:

As they march, the Pride will also be paying a special tribute to the brave men of the USS Herndon, the destroyer that led the Allied naval armada in the assault on France and named for CommanderWilliam Lewis Herndon, after whom the Town of Herndon, VA is also named. The USS Herndon was launched on 2nd February 1942 by the Norfolk Navy Yard, sponsored by Lucy Herndon Crockett, great-grandniece of Comdr. Herndon. The ship was nicknamed the “Lucky Herndon,” because it was never hit by enemy gunfire, despite being targeted by torpedoes, aerial bombardments, and well-fortified German shore batteries. The men of the “Lucky Herndon” were given 10 to 1 odds that they wouldn’t come out of D-Day alive. By contrast, Herndon effectively pounded enemy gun emplacements on Utah Beach and Omaha Beach, ahead of our first troop landings there, and was credited with firing the first naval shots of this campaign. Each member of the Pride will carry a photograph of a Herndon crew member who served during WWII, as they march in Normandy. The marching banner will have a photograph of the ship, and the band will wear baseball caps that say ‘USS Herndon’.

For more information and to donate, visit the band’s website.

Photos via Rini Dutta and William Craig Dubishar

by RestonNow.com April 17, 2018 at 1:00 pm 4 Comments

A 21-year-old Herndon resident was caught yelling racial slurs in front of a home on the 1500 block of Poplar Grove Drive Friday night.

Carrick Shannon was charged with destruction of property, disorderly conduct and obstruction of justice.

Local police responded to a report that a suspicious man was attempting to enter a home in the area around 9:57 p.m. on Friday.

When officers arrived, they saw Shannon standing outside the home. He was arrested after a foot pursuit in woods nearby the home.

Police said they also found security footage of Shannon yelling racial slurs in the security camera and damaging the camera.

In a separate incident, a burglary was reported at House of Mandarin (2303 Soapstone Drive) around 12:40 a.m. on Saturday. Staff of a neighboring business heard glass breaking next door.

A burglary was also reported at a local Exxon (12080 Glade Drive) on Thursday around 2:20 a.m.. Police believe someone broke into the business and stole cash.

The Fairfax County Police Department also reported the following incidents:

Larcenies:

1300 block of Blairstone Drive, packages from residence

1300 block of Browns Mill Court, laptop computer from vehicle

1800 block of Cameron Glen Drive, airbag from vehicle

11900 block of Market Street, wallet from business

1000 block of Pensive Lane, wallet from business

12000 block of Town Square Street, bicycles from business

1800 block of Town Center Parkway, wallet from business

1600 block of Waters Edge Lane, purse from vehicle

Stolen Vehicles:

2200 block of Chamblee Place, 2000 Toyota Corolla

Photo via FCPD

by RestonNow.com Sponsor April 17, 2018 at 12:00 pm 0

Founding Farmers Reston is now open and has all of your lunch needs covered! Get out of the office and take a real break while you lunch or meet with friends for some light bites and drinks at the bar.

Located on the Silver Line at the Wiehle-Reston East Station, the restaurant is just steps from the Metro. With validated parking and $3 valet, parking is easy! Reserve your table today.

They’re also open for full service breakfast Monday through Friday at 7 a.m. with complimentary Wi-Fi, or grab & go style at their First Bake Café. The café is your on the go, one stop shop for coffees, teas, cold pressed juices, breakfast burritos, donuts and more!

Open seven days serving up breakfast, lunch, dinner and a can’t miss Farmers Market Buffet Brunch on weekends. Make your way over to Reston Station to see all that Founding Farmers has to offer. To view menus or to make a reservation, visit WeAreFoundingFarmers.com.

by Tim's Reston April 17, 2018 at 10:15 am 2 Comments

Every weekday, we highlight deals and events around Reston, with help from Tim’s Reston Directory. Some require a coupon or have more instructions, so be sure to click the link for details and any additional requirements.

Follow Tim’s Reston Directory on Twitter and Facebook and visit TIMS.US for a comprehensive monthly calendar of deals and events around Reston.

Interested in special promotion as the deal or event of the day? Have a deal or event tip? Email Tim at [email protected]!  

by RestonNow.com April 17, 2018 at 9:00 am 8 Comments

The big boom — Big change is taking place in formerly quiet places. Reston is on the list of places where dramatic transformations — and price hikes — are coming. [Washingtonian]

A full plate — Reston Association’s Design Review Board will consider several major projects during today’s 7 p.m. meeting including an art spillway project by local students and upgrades to South Lakes Village Center. [RA]

Post-election analysis — RA’s elections committee is also set to meet this evening to discuss improvements to the elections process. [RA]

Balducci’s is coming soon — The food lover’s market is expected to open sometime in May in Reston Town Center. [Balducci’s]

Photo by Lauren Pinkston

by RestonNow.com April 16, 2018 at 5:00 pm 7 Comments

 


A fire that engulfed a home on the 11900 block Grey Squirrel Lane Saturday night was caused by an unattended charcoal grill, according to the Fairfax County Fire & Rescue Department.

Firefighters battled the blaze at around 9 p.m. on Saturday (April 14).  A major fire was visible when units arrived on the scene.

Three occupants were in the two-story single family home during the incident, but no one was injured. They evacuated the home prior to the department’s arrival.

Damages are estimated as $202,500. Red Cross assistance was offered and declined by the residents.

The grill was located under the deck of the back of the home.

Photos via Fairfax County Fire & Rescue Department

by Fatimah Waseem April 16, 2018 at 3:30 pm 3 Comments

Reston Association’s Board of Directors is seeking candidates to fill the seat of former Hunters Woods/Dogwood District Supervisor Victoria White.

White resigned one day after RA’s board election results were announced. She was ineligible for the position because she recently moved out of the district.

The term for the seat ends April 2019. To qualify, candidates must be residents of the Hunters Woods/Dogwood district, complete a candidate statement, and meet with the board of directors to indicate interest and present qualifications.

For consideration, candidate statements must be submitted by Friday, May 11 at 5 p.m.. Applicants will be interviewed by the board on May 24.

For more information, email [email protected].

by RestonNow.com April 16, 2018 at 2:30 pm 9 Comments

A cast bronze sculpture inspired by the power of Mother Nature was installed at Reston Station Plaza this month.

The piece, “The Force of Nature,” is by artist Lorenzo Quinn and is located on the north side of Wiehle-Reston East Station.

A statement from the artist is below:

“We humans think of ourselves as supreme beings, above all others and in absolute control of our destiny and our surroundings. We live with a false sense of security only to be awakened by Mother Nature’s fury, almost as if she needs to remind us of her presence and our responsibility towards her child (The Earth).

After having seen the ravaged coast of Thailand and the Hurricane that affected the Southern States I decided to create a sculpture dedicated to Mother Nature. This would be reminiscent of the early statues made as peace offerings to the Gods in the hope of quenching their anger.  

In essence, people are not very different today from the people who lived thousands of years ago. We still devote ourselves to symbols in order to escape our destiny.”

Photos via Public Art Reston

by RestonNow.com April 16, 2018 at 1:30 pm 0

A local pet sitting company that offers services for Herndon, Reston, Sterling and Ashburn, will celebrate its grand opening tomorrow (April 17) at 2:30 p.m. in front of Herndon’s Old Town Hall.

Pooch Pros Pet Care Services is owned by Herndon resident Cyndie Anderson.

Anderson, who has lived in Northern Virginia for 21 years, left her corporate job in 2000 to stay at home with her two stepdaughters. She opened her business after becoming an empty nester.

She owns two fur babies: a 14-year-old mixed breed and a nine-year-old Maltese.

The business is licensed, bonded and insured through Business Insurers of the Carolinas and Travelers Insurance, according to its website. A reception will follow the ribbon-cutting ceremony at ArtSpace Herndon (750 Center Street).

Photo via Pooch Pros

by RestonNow.com April 16, 2018 at 12:00 pm 1 Comment

The 27th annual Best of Reston Awards celebrated eight honorees for exception philanthropy and volunteerism late last week.

The event, held in partnership by Cornerstones and the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce, raised $444,125 for Cornerstones, a non-profit organization that helps individuals overcome tough economic times.

The honorees are as follows:

  • Marybeth Haneline – Engineering Inclusion and Making an Impact
  • Leslie Kane – Revealing the Beauty of Kindness
  • Northwest Federal Credit Union Foundation – Launching Young Lives
  • Terry Redican – Reston’s Coach for all Seasons
  • Andy Sigle – Support that Sings
  • SOSi – Serving Those Who Serve
  • South Lakes High School PTSA Food Pantry -Food from Heart to Heart (The Vade Bolton-Ann Rodriguez Legacy Award: “Entrusting the Community’s Future”)

Cornerstones’ CEO Kerrie Wilson lauded attendees for their support of the organization.

“Because of you, and your support, Cornerstones can offer support that provides stability to people at time of crisis, then empower them with resources and skills that offer hope for the future, for themselves and their family members,” she said.

Photos via Chip McCrea Photography

by Tim's Reston April 16, 2018 at 10:15 am 0

Every weekday, we highlight deals and events around Reston, with help from Tim’s Reston Directory. Some require a coupon or have more instructions, so be sure to click the link for details and any additional requirements.

Follow Tim’s Reston Directory on Twitter and Facebook and visit TIMS.US for a comprehensive monthly calendar of deals and events around Reston.

Interested in special promotion as the deal or event of the day? Have a deal or event tip? Email Tim at [email protected]!

by RestonNow.com April 16, 2018 at 9:00 am 4 Comments

Flood warning in effect — A warning is in effect for several areas in Northern Virginia through 11:45 a.m.. [Fairfax County Police Department]

A bridge to somewhere — State officials plan to replace the aging bridge on Hunter Mill Road over Colvin Run. A informational meeting is set for today at 6:30 p.m. in Reston. [Virginia department of Transportation]

A white knight — Reston-based SOSi acquired STG Inc. for $83 million, positioning the company to expand technology and cyber services in the national security and diplomacy arena. [Washington Technology]

Thoroughly awesome? — Reston Community Players’ new performance, Thoroughly Modern Millie, debuts this Friday. The show is based on the 1967 Academy Award-winning film. [DC Metro Theater Arts]

Flickr pool photo via vantagehill

by RestonNow.com April 14, 2018 at 11:05 pm 1 Comment

A home on Grey Squirrel Lane in Reston was heavily damaged by a fire Saturday night.

The fire broke out around 9:00 p.m. in the rear of the home, according to Fairfax County Fire and Rescue. The residents were home at the time but were able to safely get out.

Firefighters engaged in an “aggressive” fire extinguishment effort, but much of the home was left badly charred.

The fire marshal’s office is now investigating the cause of the blaze.

Map via Google Maps

by RestonNow.com April 13, 2018 at 3:45 pm 2 Comments

Before we head off into the warm weekend (temperatures could hit above 80 tomorrow again), let’s take a look back at the biggest stories on Reston Now in recent days.

  1. Fairfax County Board Approves Expanded Reston Station Project
  2. Comstock’s Expanded Reston Station Project Heads to County Board for Final Consideration
  3. Updated: Newly Elected Reston Association Board Members Highlight Need for Transparency, Improving Infrastructure
  4. One Day After Election, Vacancy on Reston Association Board Surfaces
  5. Herndon Councilmember Jeff Davidson Dies After Car Crash

If you have ideas on stories we should cover, email us at [email protected] or submit an anonymous tip. We’re also looking for photos of Reston submitted by readers. Feel free to discuss these topics, your weekend plans or anything else that’s happening locally in the comments below. Have a good weekend.

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