Reston, VA

A children’s entertainer who used to perform at Reston Town Center pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography, NBC4 reported.

Steven Rossi, who used the stage name “Mr. Knick Knack,” was charged with 10 felony counts of possession of child pornography in the spring.

Prior to his arrest in April, Rossi performed regularly at Reston Town Center.

“A tip from an internet service provider led Fairfax County police to search his home in Reston. Police discovered over 50 electronic files containing illicit images of children,” NBC4 reported.

Photo via FCPD

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The Capital Burger, which promises to bring a “luxe burger” experience, will open in Reston Town Center next. week.

The restaurant, which is an extension of The Capital Grille, will open on Jan. 27 at 11853 Market Street inside the Hyatt Regency.

Here’s more from the company on their launch:

Roll up your sleeves Reston, and prepare for greatness on a brioche bun. The Capital Burger, with its luxe burgers, hand-cut fries, boozy shakes and an exceptional wine list, is a welcome addition to Reston Town Center’s fine dining scene. Visit us for breakfast, lunch, dinner or happy hour. Located at the corner of Market Street and Presidents Street in the Hyatt Regency Reston and within walking distance of Hyatt Park, the Reston Town Center Parking Garage and the shops on Market Street.

Items on the menu of the 204-seat restaurant include spike shakes, wine, and burgers.

A daily happy hour is set from 3-6:30 p.m.

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Editor’s note: A press release from the company previously misstated a location was planned at Reston Station.

Australian fitness company F45 Training will open a location in Reston Town Center, according to a company news release.

F45 Training plans to open at 11840 Freedom Drive in Reston Town Center by May this year.

Here’s more from the company about the expansion in Reston:

The rapid growth of F45 Training indicates that F45 is filling the gap left in the fitness industry by traditional gyms, where members commit to a cheap membership fee to work out individually, but pay for high-cost personal training sessions.

“We are very excited to have F45 Training as a part of Reston,” says Tariq Mojadidi, Studio Manager of F45 Reston Town Center and F45 Reston Station. “What we will bring to the Reston community is very unique and unlike anything else that is offered in terms of boutique fitness. F45 offers a unique concept, where personal training is offered in a group team environment, and trainers will work with you to correct your form, prevent injuries and offer nutritional support. The concept is a perfect fit for the Reston community.”

F45 Training combines elements of three separate cutting-edge fitness training styles: High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), Circuit Training, and Functional Training. The blend of these three training concepts offers a variety of different 45 minute workout experiences, keeping F45 members challenged, eager to grow and set to have fun. This combination of cardiovascular, strength and resistance training has been proven to be most effective in burning fat and building lean muscle.

The business will begin offering limited memberships on March 1. Membership reservations — which include discounted month-to-month rates — are available online.

F45 also plans to open a location in South Riding in April.

Photo courtesy F45/Facebook

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Lily Siegel, the Greater Reston Arts Center‘s executive director and curator, has resigned effective mid-February as the institution explores rebranding and repositioning itself in the community.

Siegel will become the next executive director for Hamiltonian Artists in the District as its fellowship program and exhibit transitions into a nonprofit organization.

In a Jan. 13 letter, GRACE’s Board of Directors credited Siegel for leaving the center in “a much stronger position than we were in when Lily arrived three years ago.”

As difficult as it is to lose someone of Lily’s great capability and vision, that challenge presents opportunity. We look forward to announcing in the near future the hire of a new Executive Director and Curator who we are confident, given our achievements and repositioning, will also be someone of world-class caliber capable of taking us to the next level of accomplishment and distinction.

In the meantime, we will not miss a beat. As so many of you know, we have a very experienced and highly capable team of whom we are proud (Erica Harrison, Elizabeth Denholm, Sofia Blom, and Sarah Berenz), each of whom is already stepping up to ensure we stay right on track.

The leadership that Lily has provided this institution is something for which we are all grateful and celebrate, and every one of us wishes Lily all the best for what we know will be continued success in her career.

Siegel — who looks forward to changing jobs to a location where she lives — told Reston Now she’s proud of all her accomplishments over the last three years.

“I’m so proud of everything that I’ve done here and all that our team has accomplished,” she said, adding that she looks forward to continuing to support and work with artists in the community in her new role.

As executive director, Siegel helped bring on more main gallery exhibitions with established, nationally, and internationally recognized artists.

In addition to strengthening partnerships with area organizations, also helped establish GRACE’s satellite gallery at Signature in Reston Town Center, support Sue Wrbican’s new sculpture in Town Square Park in RTC, run the summer art camp with Reston Association, and add Festival Friday to the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival.

GRACE is accepting applications for Siegel’s position online.

Photo via GRACE

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An apartment fire at The Cosmopolitan at Reston Town Center was sparked by an electrical event in an HVAC unit, according to fire investigators.

The fire broke out on the 14th floor of the apartment building during the afternoon last Friday (Jan. 3).

Though a spokesperson originally told Reston Now that only one person was transported to the hospital, a tweet from the fire department this morning (Jan. 6) said that a second person was also taken to the hospital for a checkup.

A contractor working in the vacant apartment discovered the fire, which was too small to activate sprinklers, according to the latest Fairfax County Fire and Rescue tweet.

The fire resulted in around $1,000 worth of damages, according to the tweet.

Photo via Fairfax County Fire and Rescue/Twitter

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Updated at 2:40 p.m. — Fairfax County Fire and Rescue tweeted shortly after 2:30 p.m. that the building has been partially re-occupied.

“Rest of building expected shortly,” the tweet said. “Several units are returning to service. No other reported injuries at this time.”

Earlier: Fairfax County firefighters have extinguished an apartment fire at The Cosmopolitan at Reston Town Center.

The fire was reported shortly before 1 p.m., according to a Fairfax County Fire and Rescue spokesperson.

The fire department first tweeted about the apartment fire in the 1800 block of Saint Francis Street around 1:20 p.m., saying crews were trying to determine the source of smoke that appeared from a window on the 14th floor.

One resident was brought to a nearby hospital for a routine checkup, according to the spokesperson, who added that other building residents should be able to return inside shorty.

Shortly before 2 p.m., the fire department tweeted that the “small apartment fire is out.”

“Crews working to remove smoke from 14th floor,” the tweet said.

Image via Google Maps and Fairfax County Fire and Rescue/Twitter

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True Food Kitchen, a restaurant chain, plans to open in Reston Town Center over the summer.

The restaurant, which fills space formerly occupied by M & S Grill (11901 Democracy Drive), is targeting an August 3 opening date, a company spokesperson told Reston Now.

The date could shift pending inspections and the county permitting processes. Located across the country, True Food Kitchen focuses on offering food based on Dr. Andrew Weil’s anti-inflammatory diet.

The chain currently has a location in Fairfax and plans to open in Arlington.

Photo via Google Maps

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Friday Morning Notes

Extended Holiday Hours at Reston Town Center Ice Skating Pavilion — Hours are extended through Jan. 3 at the Reston Town Center Ice Skating Pavilion, which is located at 1818 Discovery Street. [Reston Town Center]

Nine Deaths in Five Days on State Highways — “Nine people lost their lives on Virginia’s highways from Saturday, Dec. 21 through midnight on Christmas Day. Year to date, 800 people have been killed in traffic crashes across Virginia, according to preliminary data released Thursday by the Virginia State Police.” [Patch]

Photo via vantagehill/Flickr

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More than two years after joining forces to buy Worldgate Metro Plaza in Herndon, two developers have once again partnered to buy a property in the area.

Newmark Knight Frank, a real estate advisory firm, sold the office building on 2100 Reston Parkway to Moore and Associates and Harbert Management Corporation, an Alabama-based investment management firm.

The seven-story, 178,667-square-foot building includes a fitness center, lounge, game room, and conference facilities with 562 parking spots in a two-level garage near the building.

Here’s more from Newmark Group, Inc. on the sale:

With 76 percent of the building already leased, the new owners have a great start on fostering a strong tenant base in a highly-desirable area of one of the country’s fastest growing markets.

“2100 Reston Parkway is located on the main north-south spine of the dynamic Reston submarket. It is easily accessible to the amenities located at Reston Town Center,” said NKF Executive Managing Director James Cassidy. “The property will benefit from all of the adjacent development south of the Toll Road including Brookfield’s transformational, Wegman’s-anchored 4.1 million-square-foot Halley Rise project and JBG Smith’s Reston Heights development.”

“The building is also proximate to the soon-to-open Silver Line Reston Town Center Metro station and will continue to perform well due to the buyer’s continued strategic improvements to the asset in the tightening Reston market,” added Cassidy. 

The details of the deal were not disclosed publicly.

Photo via Google Maps

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Tuesday Morning Notes

Reston Association Moves to New Billing System — “Reston Association has transitioned to a new assessment billing system that is now available for members who want to pay their 2020 annual fee online. The previous online billing system is no longer available.” [Reston Association]

Christmas Eve Extravaganza at Scout & Molly’s — The boutique is offering discounts today from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Reston Town Center. [Reston Town Center]

Christmas Week Shopping Hours Extended — “The clock is ticking toward Christmas Day and for those procrastinators, time is of the essence. Many Reston area shopping outlets have extended hours heading into the home stretch before the Christmas holiday.” [Patch]

Staff Photo by Jay Westcott

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(Updated) In the holiday spirit, the Reston Town Center Holiday Performances this weekend are among several events bringing together people from around the community.

The free event tomorrow (Saturday) will feature two performances. People can listen to the Northern VA Ukulele Ensemble. The last performance of the season will feature Rick Landers playing guitar from 3-3:45 p.m.

The performances are set to take place between Market Street and Democracy Drive.

Tomorrow (Saturday)

  • 4th Annual Children’s Winter Wonderland (11 a.m.-2 p.m.) — The kids’ wonderland event will take place at the Reston Community Center (2310 Colts Neck Road). Families will be able to enjoy crafts, refreshments, face painting, games and a visit from Santa.
  • SBC December Gala (1-3 p.m.) — This event features ballet and musical performances at South Lakes High School (11400 South Lakes Drive). Tickets are $35 for adults and $25 for kids.
  • Cissa Paz Music (6:30-9:30 p.m.) — Artist Cissa Paz will perform Brazillian music at the Lake Anne Coffee House & Wine Bar (1612 N. Washington Plaza).
  • Christmas Party Ho-Ho-Hoedown (8 p.m.-midnight) — Sully’s Pour House (754 Elden Street) is hosting a holiday celebration with a white elephant gift exchange, raffle and an ugly sweater contest.

Sunday (Dec. 22)

  • Christmas Orchestra (9-10 a.m.) — This free event at the Herndon United Methodist (701 Bennett Street) gives community members a chance to listen to live instrumental music from their fellow community members.
  • Bootcamp, Brunch and Booze: Indoor Winter Series (9-11 a.m.) — This event features a workout from Fitness 2 Go along with brunch from LoKL Gourmet at 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive. Tickets are $25.
  • Storytime Social (11 a.m.) — Scrawl Books (11911 Freedom Drive) invites families to a reading of “Let the Children March.” This free event includes snacks and coffee for the adults.

Photo via Reston Community Center Facebook

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The votes are in. The annual Reston Holiday Parade nabbed eighth-place nationwide in a USA Today holiday parade contest, according to results released yesterday (Tuesday).

Reston’s slot put it ahead of the Christmas Ships Parade in Portland, Oregon and behind Chicago’s Magnificent Mile Lights Festival. 

Last year, the parade in Reston ranked fifth place nationwide, one slot higher than its ranking in 2017. The previous year, the parade came in fourth overall.

Top honors went to America’s Thanksgiving Parade, which has been hosted by Detroit since 1924. 

The complete ranking is as follows: 

  1. America’s Thanksgiving Parade – Detroit
  2. Tournament of Roses Parade – Pasadena, Calif.
  3. Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade – Fort Lauderdale
  4. Ford Holiday River Parade – San Antonio
  5. Fort Myers Beach Christmas Boat Parade – Fort Myers, Fla.
  6. Sparks Hometown Christmas Parade – Sparks, Nev.
  7. Magnificent Mile Lights Festival – Chicago
  8. Reston Holiday Parade – Reston, Va.
  9. Christmas Ships Parade – Portland, Ore.
  10. Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade – New York

A panel of experts partnered with editors from USA Today’s 10Best,  to pick the 20 nominees. The top ten winners were selected by popular vote. 

Photo via Reston Town Center

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Local Fairfax County transportations officials are considering changes to Fairfax Connector routes in the Reston and Herndon area to meet demands created by the expansion of the Silver Line next year.

Of three options presented for changes, the county is recommending the “transformation” option — Other options included increment changes to the development plan or streamlining existing routes.

The recommended model would offer new service options, all day local service, and more frequent service to Metrorail Station through feeder routes at peak times. New planned connections include Sterling Plaza, Centreville and George Mason University in Fairfax.

County officials say the transformation model covers a greater area and includes the future Innovation Station. The model was also endorsed by the Multimodal Transportation Advisory Committee for recommendation to the Fairfax County Department of Transportation (FCDOT).

A recent marketing survey found the following areas had the lowest rankings:

  • Available when you need it
  • Fast way to travel
  • Goes places you need to go
  • Offers real-time information
  • Fits into your lifestyle

Users sought more frequent service, operation earlier or later in the day, and express bus service. Others said they were concerned about connections to Wiehle-Reston Metro East Station and Reston Town Center.

Reston Association’s Board of Directors will vote on a preferred service alternative on Thursday (Dec. 19).

Photo via FCDOT

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A new “modern gastropub” will replace American Tap Room, which is set to close on Dec. 22 at 1811 Library Street, according to a news release.

Makers Union Pub for the People, a project by Reston-based company Thompson Hospitality, plans to begin construction on the new business early next year. An opening date has not been announced.

“It’s a place for you. It’s a place for us. It’s a pub for the people,” according to the company website.

TAA PR, a DC-based company that manages communications and public relations for Boston Properties, wrote the following about the opening:

Guests can look forward to a fun-casual restaurant, bar and gathering space that is designed with each of our special everyday occasions in mind. It’s a place to grab a crave-worthy bite on the fly or to hang awhile during game day. It’s a place to brunch with your besties or happy hour with your work crew. It’s a place to roll solo with your laptop and coffee or roll deep with your family and friends.

Photo via Makers Union Pub

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The Capital Burger promises to bring a “luxe burger experience” to Reston Town Center early next year, according to a company statement.

An opening date is set for Jan. 27.

An extension of the restaurant The Capital Grille, the Reston location will offer wines, shakes, craft cocktails, local beers and “elevated burgers, according to the company.

This is the second location to opening the DC region, following the opening of a location in Mount Vernon Square in March last year.

The business is located at Hyatt Regency in the town center. It expects to hire 70 staff members.

Photo via Capital Burger/Facebook

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