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by Fatimah Waseem February 21, 2018 at 9:00 am 10 Comments

Growing pains — Proposals to increase population density have been met by fierce community opposition. A Burke resident fires back, arguing that Reston’s development isn’t finished yet. [Greater Greater Washington]

Forging a new fellowship — Lake Anne Fellowship House could soon be transformed into a new 240-unit apartment building for seniors in need of affordable housing. Plans, which also include 74 townhouses, will go before the Design Review Board on March 19[Reston Association]

Second phase of Loudoun Station begins — Reston-based Comstock is set to begin the $75 million development project as Metro service inches closer. [Washington Business Journal]

Wins in the first regional champion for girls indoor track —  With dominating performances in the sprints and relays, the South Lakes High School girls’ team won the 6A North Region D indoor track and field championship in mid-February. [SLHS]

Photo by Ruth Sievers

by Fatimah Waseem January 19, 2018 at 9:00 am 0

Site on Fairfax-Loudoun Line Part of Pitch for Amazon’s Second Headquarters — Fairfax County officials are pitching a site on the border of Fairfax and Loudoun counties as part of their pitch to lure Amazon’s second headquarters.  Northern Virginia was listed among 20 locations selected by Amazon as the company decides where to locate new offices. [WTOP]

Teen music.ly Star from Reston Featured in The Washington Post — Jacob Sartorius, a 15-year-old Reston native, went from stardom on a social media platform to launching a music career. The “Sweatshirt” singer was featured by the Washington Post Express ahead of a show on Thursday. [The Washington Post]

Weekend Work on All Metro Lines Scheduled — Metro track work and other service disruptions on all lanes are planned for this weekend as large crowds are expected in the District. [WTOP]

Lorton Teen Accused of Murder of Reston Couple Remains in Critical Condition — The 17-year-old teenager who is suspected of murdering his girlfriend’s parents, who were reportedly concerned about his neo-Nazi views, remains in critical condition. Charges have not yet been served. [Patch]

Photo via Flickr user vantagehill

by Fatimah Waseem October 10, 2017 at 9:00 am 1 Comment

Herndon Center Pitched for Amazon’s Second Headquarters — As other jurisdictions make similar bids, local officials will make a combined offer for Amazon’s headquarters to be located on the 26-acre Center for Innovative Technology in Herndon. [Washington Business Journal]

Reston Man Killed in Plane Crash Remembered by Industry — Steven B. Zaboji, who died Saturday in a plane crash near Front Royal, is being remembered as “one of the most iconic manufacturer sales representatives in the consumer electronics industry.” He was the owner of Balaton Marketing, which represented the Yamaha line of electronics and other well-known brands. [Strata-Gee.com]

RA Seeks Volunteers for Halloween Event — Reston Association is looking for volunteers to help with the “Halloween House & Trick-or-Treat Trail,” the Walker Nature Center’s annual Halloween event. The program runs on Oct. 27-28 from 5-9:30 p.m. [Reston Association]

Public Art Reston to Celebrate 10th Anniversary — The nonprofit organization, which formed in 2007, will celebrate its 10th anniversary Nov. 9 with a fundraising event, which will include live music, refreshments, a live auction and a raffle. Public Art Reston’s mission is to inspire a new commitment to public art in order to support community arts and culture in Reston. [Public Art Reston/Facebook]

Registration for Free Disaster-Preparedness Training Open — The Fairfax Fire and Rescue Department is providing free Community Emergency Response Team training, a program that trains residents on disaster response skills like fire safety, light search and rescue and disaster medical operations. The program takes place on Mondays and Wednesdays from Nov. 6 through Dec. 6, from 7-11 p.m. each night. [Fairfax County Fire and Rescue]

by Fatimah Waseem October 3, 2017 at 2:45 pm 4 Comments

A pair of Reston men are among four people charged in connection with a car theft and several larcenies last month in Loudoun County.

Police believe the suspects are also involved with a series of gunfire complaints and personal property thefts over the past several months in Loudoun and Fairfax counties, according to a Tuesday news release announcing the charges.

On Sept. 11, Loudoun County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report about suspicious entry of cars in the Willowsford community of Ashburn. Police located and arrested Justin E. Rubianes, 21, of Reston, along with a juvenile after an extensive search of the area, according to the police department.

Further investigation led to the arrests a pair of 19-year-olds: Bryan Sandoval, of Reston and Onan Nunez, of Ashburn.

All suspects were charged with auto theft, receiving stolen property and personal property theft from a vehicle, according to the release.

Detectives with the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office and the Fairfax County Police Department have conducted several search warrants in both counties since Sept. 11, leading to the recovery of firearms, ammunition and other items police believe were stolen from cars.

The investigation is ongoing and several other arrests have been made in Fairfax County, according to the release.

by Dave Emke July 25, 2017 at 9:00 am 2 Comments

DRB Meets Tonight — A work session about the St. Johns Wood redevelopment will precede the regular meeting of Reston’s Design Review Board tonight. [Design Review Board]

Cooper’s Hawk Job Fairs Today and Wednesday — Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant (12130 Sunset Hills Road) plans to open next month, but it must hire more than 200 people before then. Its last two hiring events will be today and Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day, at 12100 Sunset Hills Road Suite 130. [Reston Now]

Former SLHS Coach Takes Over at U. of Arizona — Matt Blamey, who was the head lacrosse coach at South Lakes High School for seven years, was named last week as the new head coach of the University of Arizona’s men’s lacrosse program. [CollegeCrosse.com]

Proposed Zoning Changes To Be Discussed — Fairfax County is hosting an open house Wednesday night at the Herrity Building (12055 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax) to discuss proposed zoning changes including those to short-term rentals, e.g. Airbnb, and rear-yard coverage such as patios. [Fairfax County]

Loudoun County Shoots Down Metro Tax — The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously last week on a resolution to oppose a one-cent regional sales tax. County staff have put together an “alternative capital funding scenario” to the tax. [Loudoun Times-Mirror]

Photo courtesy Richard Hernandez

by RestonNow.com Sponsor May 5, 2017 at 8:00 am 0

Calling all foodies! Keep your eyes (and forks) out for Westmoore’s Taste of Loudoun Food Festival event, May 20 from 12-3 p.m.

Come sample a variety of eclectic cuisine, including Mediterranean, American and Mexican Fusion dishes. Plus, a Kool Zone Truck will be serving up refreshing smoothies and shaved ice. Two large tents will provide additional space for family and friends to gather, no matter the weather. Also featured, sixteen tables and distributed plastic glasses to fill with your festive drink of choice. Don’t miss out on delicious food and the opportunity to tour some of Westmoore’s beautiful residences.

Westmoore is Loudoun County’s hottest new Metro community in the heart of Ashburn, Virginia, attracting buyers with urban-inspired townhomes and private rooftop terraces in an amenity-rich neighborhood just steps away from the Metro. Experience the difference here as luxury features come standard, peace is easily attained, accessibility to local attractions is ideal, and long commutes are a thing of the past.

Additionally, Westmoore’s highly anticipated clubhouse and community pool are steadily progressing, as residents and prospective buyers alike are eager to see the finished “Westmoore Club,” which will only enhance the already exciting and dynamic lifestyle promoted throughout the neighborhood.

Next month, Westmoore is switching gears from a food festival to a four-legged affair. They’re partnering with Lucky Dog Rescue for their “Paws in the Park” adoption event, June 17 from 12-2 p.m. Come out and support the cause to find these sweet pups a forever home! And you never know, you might just meet your new best friend. What a fantastic way to support a local shelter, save a life and attend one of the many events hosted by Westmoore throughout the year.

Westmoore is located at 43393 Ghazwa Square, Ashburn, VA 20148. The sales office is open Mondays from 1 to 6 p.m., Tuesdays – Fridays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 12 to 5 p.m. Call 571-707-5090.

The preceding was written and sponsored by Westmoore.

by Karen Goff May 28, 2015 at 5:40 pm 2,462 8 Comments

Julio Saravia/Credit: Loudoun County  A Reston man has been sentenced to 29 years in prison plus probation for life for one count of rape involving a minor.

Julio C. Saravia, 33, was sentenced Thursday in the Circuit Court of Loudoun County.

The Loudoun County Commonwealth’s Attorney said between February 2013 and August 2013, Saravia engaged in sexual intercourse with a minor child on several occasions. In the early fall of 2013, the victim disclosed to a family member that Saravia had sex with her. The family member contacted law enforcement, who subsequently interviewed Saravia. In a recorded interview, Saravia admitted to having
sex with the victim on multiple occasions.

Saravia pleaded guilty to one count of rape last November.

In addition to the total active sentence of 29 years, Saravia will be placed on supervised probation for life and is ordered to have no contact with minors.

Saravia, a native of El Salvador, may be subject to a Federal Immigration Detainer, which would direct his removal from the United States upon his release, officials said.

Photo: Julio Saravia/Credit: Loudoun Commonwealth’s Attorney

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