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by Dave Emke October 23, 2017 at 9:00 am 2 Comments

Meeting on PRC Zoning Ordinance Amendment Tonight — The latest community meeting on a proposed zoning ordinance amendment that would increase the density cap in Reston’s Planned Residential Community (PRC) district is tonight at 7 p.m. at South Lakes High School (11400 South Lakes Drive). [Fairfax County]

Review: ‘Aida’ is ‘an Explosion of Color and Sound’ — According to a reviewer, the new Reston Community Players show features “action and comedy elements, along with the flashy set and costume design, [that] will keep young and old enthralled to the end.” [DC Metro Theater Arts]

Crash Shuts Down Reston Roadway — A collision at Fairfax County Parkway and Sunrise Valley Drive affected traffic this morning. The road was reopened as of about 8:20 a.m., according to the Fairfax County Police Department. [FCPD/Twitter]

Stream Restoration In Progress — In its latest “Reston Today” video dispatch, Reston Association shares information about a restoration project currently underway at Brown’s Chapel Park and Vantage Hill. [Reston Association/YouTube]

Reston Solar Firm Plans Large Farm — SolUnesco (1818 Library St.) has proposed a 400-acre, 60-megawatt solar farm along in Orange County. [(Charlottesville) Daily Progress]

by Dave Emke October 19, 2017 at 9:00 am 5 Comments

Quake Drill Set for This Morning — The Great Southeast ShakeOut earthquake drill, scheduled for 10:19 a.m. today, is an effort to help families and organizations be prepared to survive and recover quickly from big earthquakes. [Fairfax County Emergency Information]

Looking Back at the Reston Home Tour — Six private residences in Reston were opened up to visitors last weekend as part of the Reston Home Tour, which benefitted the Reston Historic Trust and Museum. [Connection Newspapers]

Crash at Reston Kiss and Ride — A Twitter user posted a photo this morning of a vehicle that struck a pillar at the Wiehle-Reston East parking garage. [Twitter/@CompSciGuy31415]

Herndon Town Council Celebrates Veterans — Town residents are encouraged to honor Veterans Day with appropriate events and activities, and take time to pause in silent tribute to veterans. [Connection Newspapers]

Junior Farmer Event at Frying Pan Park — On Thursdays in October, kids are invited to help farmers with their work while exploring subjects such as caring for farm animals, tinkering with farm machinery and the importance of crops and gardens. The topic for tonight’s event at the park (2709 W. Ox Road, Herndon) is harvest time. [Fairfax County]

by Dave Emke September 19, 2017 at 9:00 am 0

Sterling Woman Killed in Route 7 Crash — Shirley Lee Corum, 75, was eastbound on Route 7 near the Dulles Toll Road on Monday morning when she crossed over the median into the westbound lanes and hit a guardrail. Police say Corum suffered a “medical emergency” that led to the accident. [Fairfax County Police Department]

Local Students Up for National Merit Scholarship Program — Rohan Chandra and Eshaan Sarup, of South Lakes High School, and Michael J. Barth, of Herndon High School, are among 16,000 students nationwide who are continuing in the competition for National Merit Scholarships worth a total of more than $32 million. [Reston Patch/Herndon Patch]

Dogs Die in Vienna House Fire — Crews responded to the 2000 block of Gunnell Farms Drive early Sunday morning to battle a blaze in a two-story home. The homeowners were not home, but two dogs who were inside lost their lives. The fire caused an estimated $273,750 in damages. [Fairfax County Fire and Rescue]

New Turf Field at Herndon Park — A ribbon-cutting ceremony took place earlier this month for the new turf soccer pitch at Herndon Community Center’s Bready Park. The Town of Herndon paid $566,000 from its general fund for the project, while Fairfax County provided a $125,000 grant and Herndon Youth Soccer will pay $400,000. [Connection Newspapers]

by Dave Emke September 18, 2017 at 9:00 am 0

2 Dead in Great Falls Crash — A 26-year-old Annandale man and a 23-year-old Great Falls woman were killed in an automobile crash at about 7 p.m. Saturday in the 10500 block of Beach Mill Road. A 15-year-old girl, reported by the Washington Post to be the woman’s sister, also suffered life-threatening injuries in the crash. The Post says the two victims were Virginia Tech students who planned to marry. [Fairfax County Police Department/Washington Post]

County Promoting Car-Free Commuting This Week — Fairfax County is encouraging residents to go car-free for a day and try an alternative to drive-alone commuting during Try Transit Week. Participants will be eligible to win prizes include SmarTrip cards and more. [Fairfax County Department of Transportation]

Volunteers Needed for Reston Expo — Volunteers are needed to assist with setup, parking, children’s activities and more at Sept. 30’s Reston Expo. Everyone who signs up to volunteer will receive lunch, snacks, drinks and a volunteer T-shirt. To volunteer, or for more information, contact Ha Brock at [email protected] or call 703-435-7986. [Volunteer Reston]

FCPD Warns of Jury Duty Scam — Once again, the Fairfax County Police Department says, crooks are scamming money from residents through calls claiming a jury duty appearance has been missed. [Fairfax County Police Department]

Herndon Seeks Nominees for Good Neighbor Award — Residents can nominate a family members, friends or neighbors who make noteworthy contributions to improve the quality of life in their neighborhood. [Town of Herndon]

by Dave Emke September 12, 2017 at 9:00 am 0

Chamber’s Legislative Scorecard Released — The Northern Virginia Chamber Partnership annually grades local members of the Virginia General Assembly on their support of legislation that positively affects business, economic development, workforce development and related issues. Del. Ken Plum (D-Fairfax) and Sen. Janet Howell (D-Fairfax), who represent Reston, both scored in the middle of the pack. [Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce]

Extreme Drunkenness Caused Crash That Killed Herndon Man — The driver in a July wrong-way head-on crash on U.S. 50 in Annapolis, which killed herself and a 34-year-old Herndon man, had a blood-alcohol content of .34. That’s more than four times the legal limit in Maryland. [WTOP]

Dominion Sending Workers to Help After Irma — Dominion Energy has mobilized more than 700 employees and contractors to respond to electric restoration efforts in after Hurricane Irma devastated Florida and left millions without power. [Dominion Energy]

N.C. Real Estate Company Opening Reston Office — Commercial realtors The Morgan Cos. will move into 11955 Freedom Drive, Suite 11000 at Reston Town Center. It will be their third office, following ones in Charlotte and Fort Lauderdale. [Virginia Business]

SLHS Seahawks 3-0 on Season — The South Lakes High School Seahawks football team stayed undefeated last week with a 49-7 win over Oakton. Statistical leaders included QB Devin Miles (6-6, 154 yards, 2 TDs), RB Spencer Alston (109 yards rushing, 121 yards receiving, 4 TDs), RB Albert Mensah (60 yards rushing, 1 TD) and DL Spencer Coppage (sack, interception, forced fumble). Reserve QB Will Shapiro also threw a touchdown pass, connecting with WR Kazim Khan. SLHS will play its first home game of the season Friday night against Dominion. [South Lakes Athletics]

by Dave Emke June 22, 2017 at 9:00 am 0

Folk Music Tonight at Lake Anne — The “Take A Break” concert series at Lake Anne Plaza will continue tonight with a performance by contemporary folk artists Sweater Set. [Lake Anne Plaza]

Car Hits Pole in Reston — A Wednesday evening crash on Lawyers Road at Soapstone Drive took out power and closed the road. [Fairfax County Police Department]

Fireworks Safety Urged — Fireworks can turn a holiday into a tragedy within seconds when illegal and dangerous fireworks are being used. Fire officials have released a video to promote fireworks safety this July Fourth. [Fairfax County Fire and Rescue/YouTube]

Shared-Use Path Planned — A meeting June 29 will discuss a proposed path from the future Innovation Station Metro station kiss-and-ride on the north side of the Dulles Toll Road. [Fairfax County Department of Transportation]

Photo via @butler_law on Twitter

by Dave Emke June 6, 2017 at 10:00 am 5 Comments

A Reston Association recreation area is in need of repair after a vehicle crash over the weekend.

Don Gotthardt of the Fairfax County Police Department says the incident that damaged the Barton Hill Recreation Area took place just after 6:15 p.m. Saturday.

“It appears that a black Ford Explorer hit the fence near the tennis courts,” Gotthardt said. “When officers arrived, the vehicle was unoccupied. They towed it and are most likely following up.”

The Barton Hill tennis courts have been closed for resurfacing since last week, and they were unoccupied at the time of the crash. There is a good deal of property damage that will need to be fixed, however.

“We had damage to the Barton Hill Recreation sign, a trash can was demolished and the entry gate was badly damaged,” said Mike Leone, RA’s communications director. “Our original plan was to reopen the courts June 15, but that date may change because we now have to wait for the fence contractors to provide us with a repair timeline.”

by Andrew Ramonas December 13, 2016 at 12:30 pm 5 Comments

Christie Edgar (Photo via Fairfax County Police Department)A 40-year-old woman was arrested for drunk driving after police said she hit the cruiser of Fairfax County police chief Edwin C. Roessler Jr. in Centreville last night, giving him minor injuries.

Christie A. Edgar of Centreville was taken into police custody and charged with driving while intoxicated following the collision at Lee Highway and Stone Road about 8:40 p.m. Monday.

The chief was stopped at a red light in his unmarked 2017 Ford Explorer when authorities said the woman rear-ended him with her Nissan sport utility vehicle.

Roessler was brought to a local hospital for treatment and released late last night. He was back at work this morning.

Photo via Fairfax County Police Department

by Karen Goff September 27, 2016 at 9:35 am 2 Comments

Traffic Light(Update: 10 a.m. – Fairfax County Parkway has reopened)

A car crash investigation has closed all lanes of the Fairfax County Parkway near New Dominion Parkway as of 9:15 a.m. Tuesday.

Fairfax County Fire Rescue and Fairfax County Police are both at the scene.

Additionally, there is a crash being removed from Reston Parkway and Fox Mill Road as of 9:35 a.m. so steer clear of that area as well.

Reston Now will have more details as they are available.

by Karen Goff September 19, 2016 at 3:40 pm 4 Comments

Crash on Wiehle/Credit: FCPD

Update, 5 p.m.: The road has been reopened.

A car crash with injuries has closed Reston’s Wiehle Aenue in both directions as of about 3:30 p.m., Fairfax County Fire and Rescue says.

The accident occurred at Wiehle and Inlet Court, officials said.

The road will be shut down “for an unknown amount of time,” fire and rescue said.

According to scanner reports, one person was transported to Reston Hospital Center with non-life threatening injuries.

Reston Now will have more details when they are available.

Photo courtesy FCPD

by Karen Goff August 8, 2016 at 10:00 am 1 Comment

FCPD investigates crash on Walker Road/FCPD

A man was killed Saturday morning in a one-car crash on Walker Road in Great Falls.

Officers from the Fairfax County Police’s Reston District Station responded  to the 1100 block of Walker Road around 7:30 a.m. They found a 2004 convertible that had been involved in the crash.

Officer determined that a 28-year-old man had been driving the car northbound on Walker Road, when, for an unknown reason, the vehicle left the roadway, hit a dirt berm, overturned several times, and came to rest.

The driver, identified as Henry H. Sterne of Alexandria, was transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries and pronounced deceased by medical staff. There were no other occupants in the vehicle.

Preliminary information suggests that speed appears to be a factor in this crash.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Crime Solvers electronically by visiting http://www.fairfaxcrimesolvers.org or text-a-tip by texting “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES(274637)** or by calling 1-866-411-TIPS(8477), or call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.

This is the second one-car fatal crash in the Great Falls area in the last several weeks. On July 20, a 24-year-old man swerved to avoid an oncoming car on Riverbend Road, hit a tree and was killed when he was ejected from the vehicle.

Photo of crash scene/FCPD

by Karen Goff May 5, 2016 at 2:45 pm 2 Comments

Crash at South Lakes and Colt's Neck

The Fairfax County Police have released a map that outlines all 1,874 reported crashes involving youth drivers in 2015.

Said police: “Each dot has its own sad story; from parking lot fender benders to crashes with property damage, vehicle damage, personal injury and death.”

The purpose of showing the stats in a graphic (see below) is part of a police campaign to encourage safe teen driving as summer approaches.

Consider these topics, police say:

Driving sober (free from alcohol and/or drugs): Police say prevention is key and impairment begins with the first drink. Besides that, it is  unlawful for anyone under 21 to operate any motor vehicle after illegally consuming alcohol. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens, and about a quarter of those crashes involve an underage drinking driver. NHTSA also reports that kids who start drinking young are seven times more likely to be in an alcohol-related crash.

Driving in inclement conditions (e.g. rain, fog, snow): Talk about safe speeds for weather conditions, driving on ice and other weather conditions.

Vehicle equipment safety: Operable windshield wipers, horn, brakes, lighting are just examples of a few considerations when keeping a vehicle functioning, safe, and legal while increasing safety for everyone on our roadways, police said.

Distracted driving: Texting and driving is illegal in Virginia and most other states now, and that mobile phones or other devices may be illegal to use period depending on your age. Distracted driving is not only texting, it is talking to passengers, operating a radio or GPS, doing makeup or hair…it is any behavior that detracts from the primary function of driving.

Seatbelt use: Use them every time.

See more from Fairfax County Police, including laws for teen drivers, on Fairfax County Police’s news blog.

youthcrashmap_2015 by Karen Goldberg Goff

by Karen Goff May 3, 2016 at 4:50 pm 1 Comment

Electric pole on Reston Avenue

The driver of a pickup truck hit a electrical pole on Reston Avenue between Reston Parkway and Leesburg Pike about 4 p.m. on Tuesday.

The crash knocked over the pole and live power lines.

The road was closed as of 4:30 p.m. as law enforcement officials and Dominion Virginia Power personnel cleared the scene.

There were no injuries. Witnesses said the driver said he swerved to avoid an animal.

by Karen Goff March 3, 2016 at 9:40 am 9 Comments

Crash in Rockingham County/Credit: Virginia State Police

A 30-year-old Reston man was killed last week when he crashed the stolen car he was driving in Rockbridge County, Virginia State Police officials said.

State Police said the crash happened Friday around 5:50 a.m. on Route 850 near Lexington, Va.

Authorities said the 2007 Lexus Rx-350 involved in the crash was stolen from Fairfax County last week.

The driver of the vehicle was identified as Bradley Charles Kilpatrick of Reston. State police say Kilpatrick was not wearing a seatbelt and died at the scene.

The crash remains under investigation.

According to Fairfax County Court records, Kilpatrick had a long list of driving and car theft charges in the last several years. Among them: Grand Larceny Auto Theft (three charges), driving with a suspended license, and fugitive from an arrest warrant.

Photo courtesy of Virginia State Police

by Karen Goff December 19, 2015 at 12:31 pm 3 Comments

Michelle Buck/Courtesy SLHS yearbookSouth Lakes High School Class of 2014 graduate Michelle Buck was struck and killed by a driver Thursday in Collegeville, Pa., police there said.

Buck was a sophomore Dean’s List student at Ursinus College in Collegeville.

According to news reports, Buck was struck and killed at around 6:30 p.m. Police said Buck was walking east on the Main Street sidewalk and had stepped into a crosswalk when she was hit by a Nissan Rogue SUV. The Nissan was also traveling east. The driver did stop.

Police told local TV stations the driver is a local resident who is cooperating with the investigation.

“It is tragic when we lose a member of the Ursinus family,” said Ursinus President Brock Blomberg, in a message to campus following the accident. “Please join me in keeping her family and friends in your thoughts and prayers. I encourage all of us to find comfort and support in one another during this trying time.”

Buck, from the Fox Mill area of Herndon, had recently declared her intention to double major in philosophy and neuroscience, the school said.

Joel Bish, associate professor of psychology, said in a statement that Buck was a “delightful student” who was “quiet and unassuming, diligent and respectful.”

At South Lakes, Buck was active in the strings program, and continued playing in a violin ensemble in college.

Service information is pending.

Read more on Ursinus College’s website.

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