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Reston Now Has a New Morning Email Designed for Busy People

Since our launch in 2013, Reston Now has been focused on serving our readers and bringing you the local news you need to know about your community.

Last week, we took another step forward by adding a new morning newsletter to our email subscription options.

Supplementing our Afternoon Update, which links to stories published within the past 24 hours, Reston Now AM (example) is a hand-crafted, concise wrap-up of everything you need to know about what’s going on in Reston to start your day.

Designed with busy people in mind, Reston Now AM gets you briefed on your local news, traffic, weather, business openings and events in Reston — plus some other fun things in between — in just a couple of minutes.

At a time when you’re less and less likely to get a complete picture of local happenings from social media, our email subscription ensures that you don’t miss a local headline.

Sign up for free below, or use this link if you’re having difficulty using the form. If you only want to receive one email per day, you can opt out of the morning or afternoon emails.

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Subscribe to Reston Now’s Email Newsletter

Twitter and Facebook are great, but if you rely on them to get your news, you might be missing local headlines.

Make sure you get all the local news and info you need by subscribing to Reston Now’s afternoon update email, sending you a digest of local headlines at 3 p.m. on most weekdays.

Great new things are coming for email subscribers in 2018, so sign up for free today.

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(Note that, to help pay the bills, we may send an email on behalf of an awesome local sponsor every once in awhile. But we will never sell your address to anyone else and you can opt out of future sponsored emails.)

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Tuesday Morning Notes

Morning Notes - Winter

Reston Now Reader Survey — Please help us make Reston Now even better by taking our 2017 reader survey! This year, we’re partnering with the University of Kansas journalism school, which is studying sites like ours. The results of the survey will help us improve the site and will help researchers better understand our role in informing the Reston community. [Reston Now/KU]

Design-Build Firm Marks Grand Opening — Home remodeling company Synergy Design & Construction officially opened its new showroom (11501 Sunset Hills Road, Suite 250) last week. The business began in 2008 and has about a dozen employees. [Press Release]

Police Show Solidarity with Muslim Community — Reston patrol officers of the Fairfax County Police Department visited the All Dulles Area Muslim Society and the Al Fatih Academy to show their support following this weekend’s mass shooting at a mosque in Quebec. [Fairfax County Police Department/Facebook]

RTC Parking ‘Uninviting and Confusing’ — Reston resident Peter Carlivati has visited Bowtie Cinemas at Reston Town Center twice in the last month, and has left with a bad taste in his mouth after trying to pay for parking with cash. [Fairfax Times]

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From the Editor: Farewell, But Keep Reading

Bob Simon and Karen GoffReaders –

I wanted to let you know this is my last week at Reston Now. I will sign off on Friday.

On Tuesday, Nov. 1, I will start work at a new publication (more on that in a bit).

I want to thank you all for your readership, engagement and story tips over the last three years.

Many of you followed me to Reston Now from Reston Patch when we launched in October of 2013. Local News Now Publisher Scott Brodbeck created Reston Now after I convinced him Reston is a very, very newsy place.

More than 5.1 million unique visitors later, he has no doubts.

Since launching, we’ve been through countless development applications and the community push to save Reston National Golf Course (they succeeded). We’ve celebrated as Reston founder Bob Simon reached 100 and then mourned when he peacefully passed away 17 months later. We welcomed Metro’s Silver Line, watched it spur a new era in Reston development, and soon will fondly remember free parking at Reston Town Center.

You’ve used your imagination to “fill this space” on dozens of Reston retail vacancies (I am still waiting for a organic cafe/bookstore/children’s play space to wisely open). You’ve sent me breaking news photos, penned op-eds and helped people find their lost pets.

I have tried to answer, among other things, why the helicopter is overhead and why your power is out.

But it is time to move on. My new job is at the Washington Business Journal, where I will report on economic development. Before working at hyperlocal sites, I spent 23 years at newspapers. I am looking forward to the structure of being back in a newsroom.

Publisher Brodbeck is committed to keeping Reston Now running. There will be some interim writers and editors while he looks for a quality replacement. Please help all of them by continuing to read, engaging on social media, and sending story tips to [email protected]

I’ve lived in Reston for 19 years, so I will still be around town. I will be reading too. I need to know why the chopper is in the sky or what kind of traffic situation is going to mess up my new commute.

Cheers,

Karen Goff

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How to Get the Most From Reston Now

Reston Historic Sign/Credit: Reston Historic TrustThanks for being a reader of Reston Now. As we head toward our three-year anniversary in Reston, we just want to make sure you know all the ways to get the most up-to-date news here.

There are a few ways this site can be even better for you. Reston Now is a great place to stay updated on your area, publicize an event and talk to your neighbors.

Here are five things to know to make Reston Now work for you.

1. The Newsletter Comes Out Every Afternoon — Want the news of the day to come directly to you? Sign up for our daily newsletter. It will arrive in your inbox every weekday at about 3 p.m. with the news that has been posted so far that day.

Sign up and get the news deleivered to you. We won’t spam you with anything else.

2. Want News as It Happens? — Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to read our stories all day long. You can leave comments and messages, and speak with editor Karen Goff directly.

3. Something on Your Mind? Let Us Know! — We have lots of ways for you to speak your mind. You can send a letter to the editor to [email protected]. You can comment on every story to engage in discussion with your neighbors. You can answer one of our poll questions. And you can send us an anonymous tip. Coming very soon: Reston Now Forums where you can discuss any topic.

4. Want to Share Your Photos of Reston? — We would love to see them and maybe use them on the site. Visit our Reston Now Flickr Page to upload your pictures, or email a few to [email protected]. You can also tag us on Twitter or Facebook and we will see it right away.

5. Mark Our Calendar — Reston Now has a free events calendar, and we will gladly publish information on your fundraiser, performance or any other event around town. Just click on our events page to submit your event.

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Are You Subscribing to Our Free Daily Newsletter? Here’s How

NEWSLETTERAre you getting Reston Now in your inbox? You should.

Every weekday at about 3 p.m., Reston Now will send you headlines of the previous 24 hours and links to stories. So if you are busy — like most of us are — that is one-stop shopping to keep up with all that is going on in our community.

We won’t share your email address.

Here is how to sign up for the daily newsletter.

More ways to make Reston Now work for you:

Want News As It Happens? — Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to get links to stories all day long. You can also leave comments and messages and speak with editor Karen Goff directly this way.

Something On Your Mind? Let Us Know! — We have lots of ways for you to speak your mind. You can send a letter to the editor to [email protected]. You can comment in the comments section of a story, engaging in a lively discussion of the news of the day with your neighbors. You can answer one of our poll questions. You can send us an anonymous news tip.

Want To Share Your Photos of Reston? — We would love to see them, and maybe we will use them on the site. Email them to us at [email protected] or tag us on Facebook.

Mark Our Calendar — Reston Now has a free events calendar, and we will gladly publish your fundraiser, performance or any other event happening around town. Just click on our events page to submit your event.

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A Few Comments About Our Comments Section

RestonNow Reston Now seeks to improve our community by bringing readers up-to-date news that’s relevant to their lives and localities; by giving local businesses more affordable and effective marketing options; and by reducing the need to cut down trees and burn fossil fuels for the production and distribution of newsprint.

We also want lively discussion on issues important to the community. The majority of our commenters are adding to intelligent discourse and conversation. However, it has come to our attention that several people are repeatedly misusing the comments section in an offensive manner.

Reston Now has both a terms of service to follow as well as as personal standard. A handful of repeat violators have had their IP addresses blocked.

We ask that users keep the conversation civil and on-topic. Our approach to comment moderation is that of a hockey ref — we try to “let them play” but also actively try to prevent fights and serious misconduct. We reserve the right to edit or remove any comments or message board posts with or without warning for any reason.

We also have filters that flag certain words before they even get to the site. Sometimes those comments will get approved; sometimes not. In any case, if your comment contains a flagged word, it might not be approved for an hour or two (or until the editor can get to the file). Be patient before you start posting about censorship. And if it does indeed get killed, that’s not “censorship,” as some readers claim. This is a business and we have rules.

Here is a reminder of our rules. If you have been following them, thanks in advance. If you repeatedly post things in violation, know that it won’t get on the site — and you will likely be banned.

The “golden rule” applies. Any posts or comments that contain the following are likely to be removed:

  • Hate speech, racism or discriminatory remarks
  • Strong personal attacks against forum users
  • Threats of violence
  • Off-topic diatribes
  • Negative remarks directed at victims of tragic events
  • Especially profane or vulgar language
  • Unsubstantiated, specific allegations of criminal wrongdoing directed at an individual or company that has not, in fact, been charged with a crime
  • Unsubstantiated allegations of corruption or conspiracies
  • Personally identifying information, such as phone numbers, home addresses or the full names of private individuals
  • Attacks on children
  • Topics not directly relevant to the local area and region. National political discussions without a strong local angle will be considered off-topic.
  • Business reviews. Please use Yelp if you want to review a local business.
  • Posts designed to stifle or disrupt conversation. This includes intentionally provocative “troll” comments.
  • Strongly negative comments about the personal appearance of individuals
  • Misleading claims about a comment’s authorship
  • Comments about illegal immigration or abortion in articles or forum posts that contain no reference to immigration or illegal immigrants or abortion

Note that comments may be pre-moderated. We will not disclose the methodology for this. Continued efforts to deliberately thwart pre-moderation will result in a ban from commenting.

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Want More Reston Now? Get Our Free Daily Newsletter

RestonNow Are you getting Reston Now in your inbox? You should.

Every weekday at about 4 p.m., Reston Now will send you the day’s headlines and links to stories. So if you are busy — like most of us are — that is one-stop shopping to keep up with all that is going on in our community.

We won’t share your email address.

Here is how to sign up for the daily newsletter.

More ways to make Reston Now work for you:

Want News As It Happens? — Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to get links to stories all day long. You can also leave comments and messages and speak with editor Karen Goff directly this way.

Something On Your Mind? Let Us Know! — We have lots of ways for you to speak your mind. You can send a letter to the editor to [email protected]. You can comment in the comments section of a story, engaging in a lively discussion of the news of the day with your neighbors. You can answer one of our poll questions. You can send us an anonymous news tip. You can also start or respond to a topic in our forums section.

Want To Share Your Photos of Reston? — We would love to see them, and maybe we will use them on the site. Visit our Reston Now Flickr Page to upload your pictures or e-mail a few to [email protected]

Mark Our Calendar — Reston Now has a free events calendar, and we will gladly publish your fundraiser, performance or any other event happening around town. Just click on our events page to submit your event.

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Photo Contest: Reston Dogs in the Snow

With another snow day upon us, we asked for some great dogs-in-the-snow pictures for a photo contest.

Here are some of the best entries.

Reston Now picks Syd at Lake Newport as the winner. Congratulations to owner, Anna Atkinson, who wins a Reston Now water bottle.

But let’s pick a fan favorite too. Scroll through the pictures and tell us your favorite in the comments. We’ll count the comments by 9 a.m. Friday and give a second lucky dog owner some swag too.

Thanks for playing!

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Five Ways to Get the Most From Reston Now

Reston signThank you to all of the readers who have forwarded us news tips, story ideas and photos since we launched in October 2013.

There are a few ways to this site work even better for you. Reston Now is a great place to publicize an event, talk to your neighbors, get the news delivered right to your inbox.

Here are five things to know to make Reston Now easier and better for you.

1. The Newsletter Comes Out in the Afternoon – Want the news of the day to come directly to you? Sign up for the daily newsletter. It will come to our inbox every weekday at about 4 p.m. This is a great way to catch up on what has happened that day. Go to the Reston Now homepage and click the envelope symbol or Newsletter on the blue bar to sign up (we won’t SPAM you with anything else).

2. Want News As It Happens? – Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to get links to stories all day long. You can also leave comments and messages and speak with editor Karen Goff directly this way.

3. Something On Your Mind? Let Us Know! – We have lots of ways for you to speak your mind. You can send a letter to the editor to [email protected]. You can comment in the comments section of a story, engaging in a lively discussion of the news of the day with your neighbors. You can answer one of our poll questions. You can send us an anonymous news tip. We also have a forums section where you can start or comment on a local topic.

4. Want To Share Your Photos of Reston? – We would love to see them, and maybe we will use them on the site. Visit our Reston Now Flickr Page to upload your pictures, or post them to our Facebook page or send to [email protected].

5. Mark Our Calendar – Reston Now has a free events calendar, and we will gladly publish your fundraiser, performance or any other event happening around town. Just click on our events page to submit your event.

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Help Wanted: Reston Now Needs Freelance Writers

RestonNow Reston Now is looking for some freelance help covering the community.

What we need is someone with new media skills who also understands news and issues that affect Reston.

Qualifications:

  • Must have news writing experience and experience with content management systems (WordPress a plus)
  • Must have basic photography skills and a camera (or at least a good camera phone)
  • Be available flexible hours for some evening and weekend assignments
  • Have access to a car
  • Ideally, live in or very near Reston and be familiar with Reston businesses, issues, locations and Reston Association
  • Be able to work quickly and meet deadlines
  • Pay is competitive and by the post.

If this is you, send your resume, writing sample(s) and three story ideas to Reston Now editor Karen Goff at [email protected].

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How to Get the Most from Reston Now

Reston signReston Now is coming up on its one-year anniversary. Thanks to all who have followed us, read our stories and sent us news tips.

There are a few ways this site can be even better for you. Reston Now is a great place to stay updated on your area, publicize an event and talk to your neighbors.

Here are five things to know to make Reston Now work for you.

1. The Newsletter Comes Out Every Afternoon — Want the news of the day to come directly to you? Sign up for our daily newsletter. It will arrive in your inbox every weekday at about 4 p.m. Reading the afternoon newsletter is a great way to catch up on what happened that day. Go to the Reston Now’s homepage and click the envelope symbol or Newsletter on the blue bar to sign up. We won’t spam you with anything else.

2. Want News as It Happens? — Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to read our stories all day long. You can leave comments and messages, and speak with editor Karen Goff directly.

3. Something on Your Mind? Let Us Know! — We have lots of ways for you to speak your mind. You can send a letter to the editor to [email protected] You can comment on every story to engage in discussion with your neighbors. You can answer one of our poll questions. And you can send us an anonymous tip. Coming very soon: Reston Now Forums where you can discuss any topic.

4. Want to Share Your Photos of Reston? — We would love to see them and maybe use them on the site. Visit our Reston Now Flickr Page to upload your pictures, or email a few to [email protected]

5. Mark Our Calendar — Reston Now has a free events calendar, and we will gladly publish information on your fundraiser, performance or any other event around town. Just click on our events page to submit your event.

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How to Make Reston Now Work For You

RestonNow Welcome to our new Reston Now readers — and thank you to all of the readers who have forwarded us news tips, story ideas and photos since we launched in October 2013.

There are a few ways to this site work even better for you. Reston Now is a great place to publicize an event, talk to your neighbors, get the news delivered right to your inbox.

Here are five things to know to make Reston Now easier and better for you.

1. The Newsletter Comes Out in the Afternoon — Want the news of the day to come directly to you? Sign up for the daily newsletter. It will come to our inbox every weekday at about 4 p.m. This is a great way to catch up on what has happened that day. Go to the Reston Now homepage and click the envelope symbol or Newsletter on the blue bar to sign up (we won’t SPAM you with anything else).

2. Want News As It Happens? — Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to get links to stories all day long. You can also leave comments and messages and speak with editor Karen Goff directly this way.

3. Something On Your Mind? Let Us Know! — We have lots of ways for you to speak your mind. You can send a letter to the editor to [email protected]. You can comment in the comments section of a story, engaging in a lively discussion of the news of the day with your neighbors. You can answer one of our poll questions. You can send us an anonymous news tip. Coming very soon: Reston Now Forums, where you can talk about any topic.

4. Want To Share Your Photos of Reston? — We would love to see them, and maybe we will use them on the site. Visit our Reston Now Flickr Page to upload your pictures, or post them to our Facebook page or send to [email protected].

5. Mark Our Calendar — Reston Now has a free events calendar, and we will gladly publish your fundraiser, performance or any other event happening around town. Just click on our events page to submit your event.

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Reston Now at Taste of Reston This Weekend

TasteIf you are heading to the Taste of Reston this weekend, stop by Reston Now’s booth.

Reston Now editor Karen Goff and other staffers from parent company Local News Now will have a booth on Market Street near the Mercury Fountain at Reston Town Center.

We will have fun Reston trivia games and prizes to give away. Come by to play or to just say hi and tell us what you would like to see on the site.

While you are there, sign up to get our daily email blast and get the day’s headlines delivered to your inbox weekdays at 4 p.m.

See you at the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce’s Taste of Reston!

Read all you need to know about the Taste of Reston in this previous story on Reston Now.

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Want More Reston Now? Make Sure You Get the Daily Newsletter

RestonNow Are you getting Reston Now in your inbox? You should!

Every weekday at about 4 p.m., Reston Now will send you the day’s headlines and links to stories. So if you are busy — like most of us are — that is one-stop shopping to keep up with all that is going on in our community.

We won’t share your email address.

Here is how to sign up for the daily newsletter

More ways to make Reston Now work for you:

Want News As It Happens? — Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to get links to stories all day long. You can also leave comments and messages and speak with editor Karen Goff directly this way.

Something On Your Mind? Let Us Know! — We have lots of ways for you to speak your mind. You can send a letter to the editor to [email protected]. You can comment in the comments section of a story, engaging in a lively discussion of the news of the day with your neighbors. You can answer one of our poll questions. You can send us an anonymous news tip. You can also start or respond to a topic in our forums section.

Want To Share Your Photos of Reston? — We would love to see them, and maybe we will use them on the site. Visit our Reston Now Flickr Page to upload your pictures.

Mark Our Calendar — Reston Now has a free events calendar, and we will gladly publish your fundraiser, performance or any other event happening around town. Just click on our events page to submit your event.

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