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Friday Morning Notes

Fox5 comes to town — Fox 5 DC is broadcasting their morning show live from 6-11 a.m. at Reston Town Center Pavilion. The feature is part of a weekly Friday series that highlights communities around the D.C. region. [Visit Fairfax]

Hats off to Alianza Red — The Herndon Youth Soccer girls team participated in the 43rd annual Virginian Elite Soccer Tournament over Memorial Day weekend and came back with some wins. [The Connection]

Stateside: Virginia’s new Medicaid coverage — Roughly 28,000 Fairfax County residents will be newly eligible for Medicaid next year. Here’s what you need to know about the expansion. [Fairfax County Times]

Photo by Ruth Sievers

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Monday Morning Notes

Greats Falls and Reston soccer merge — “The Reston Soccer Association and Great Falls Soccer Club merged in March of this year, combining to form one club of around 2,600 players. The merger has been a subject of discussion for years now, but only recently came to fruition after careful coordination between members of the Reston and Great Falls Boards of Directors.” [The Connection]

Be wary when going outside today — An air quality alert has been issued for today. The heat index could climb into the high 90s or even the low 100s. [National Weather Service]

Herndon’s high hopes for Metro — “The town is preparing for an unprecedented amount of high-density development around the Silver Line’s new Herndon Metro station slated to open in 2020.” [Washington Business Journal]

Nearby: Fireworks and family fun — “Lake Fairfax Park will host its annual fireworks show on Saturday, June 30, 2018. (Rain date July 1, 2018). Come to the park early and spend the day. The park opens at 7 a.m.” [Fairfax County Government]

Flickr pool photo by vantagehill

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Tuesday Morning Notes

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]

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Monday Morning Notes

Tenants Unhappy at Cosmopolitan — Residents of the luxury apartment building in Reston Town Center (1855 St. Francis St.) say the property management company is slow to respond to complaints and address safety concerns. They are organizing in the attempt to get the building’s owners to treat them better. [Fairfax County Times]

SLHS Alumnus Named to Virginia High School Hall of Fame — Among the inductees this year is Alan Webb, a 2001 graduate of South Lakes. Webb, who competed in the men’s 1,500-meter competition at the 2004 Summer Olympics, set a new U.S. high school record for the 2,000-meter race while at South Lakes, and was the first high school student to run a sub-4 minute mile in indoor track. In his senior year, he was named High School Athlete of the Year by Track and Field News. [Fairfax County Public Schools]

Great Falls Fire Department Marks 75 Years — A product of civil defense in World War II, the volunteer fire department was founded May 5, 1942. There were 29 founding members, mostly farmers and shopkeepers. Great Falls historian Karen Washburn shares more details about its history in a 4-minute video. [Fairfax County Fire and Rescue]

SoccerFest Coming to Lake Fairfax — The tournament, June 24-25, is open to children and adults of all skill levels. Early-bird registration pricing is available through May 26, and registration will close June 16. [Fairfax County Park Authority]

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Southgate Community Center to Unveil New Soccer Court Tuesday

Photo courtesy of Southgate Community CenterFairfax County officials will help unveil a new outdoor soccer court at Southgate Community Center tomorrow afternoon.

The community center at 12125 Pinecrest Road is scheduled to hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the opening of its new soccer area Tuesday at 4 p.m.

“We are very excited to celebrate the opening of our new outdoor soccer court,” said Richard Cabellos, director of the Southgate Community Center, in a statement. “This has been an outstanding example of county-community engagement and participation in turning what was once a little-used tennis court into a highly-popular and exciting activity facility for kids and teens in the area.”

As Jennae Duarte of the county’s Neighborhood and Community Services explains, it was the kids that made it happen.

Duarte said kids and teens in the area had been lobbying for more soccer facilities for some time when they came up with the idea of transforming an old, rarely used tennis court on the community center property into an outdoor soccer field. The teens spoke to members of the community center’s advisory council about the idea, and the council lobbied the county to help bring the idea into reality.

“The kids were really the champions of this project,” said Duarte. “And, we could see it was a real need for the community. They really love their soccer here.”

Southgate also hosts an intramural soccer tournament each year, so Duarte said the new court will come in very handy for the annual event.

Southgate Community Center was also the recipient of $3,500 worth of soccer equipment from professional team D.C. United as part of its “Every Save Makes a Difference” program earlier this year. D.C. United’s goalkeeper Bill Hamid scored seven saves during their July 1 match against Salt Lake, and each was worth $500 toward the organization of their choice.

D.C. United’s donation included portable goals, nets, indoor and outdoor soccer balls, training equipment and more. The money for the equipment came from corporate sponsors such as MLS Works, Allstate and Univision Deportes.

Now, kids in Reston have a brand-new court to try out that new equipment.

“Soccer is a big part of the culture here at the Southgate Community Center,” Cabellos stated. “All of this equipment will be a massive boost to our community center soccer league and help with our annual ‘Take It to the Streets’ soccer tournament.”

In addition to Hunter Mill District Supervisor Catherine Hudgins and Duarte, many of the local kids who helped champion the idea of the new soccer field will be on hand to help cut the ribbon on Tuesday.

Photo courtesy of Southgate Community Center

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Where to Catch the World Cup in Reston

2014 World Cup/Credit: FIFA

The U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team opens 2014 World Cup play against Ghana Monday at 6 p.m. Want to watch with other futebol fans? Here are some places in and near Reston to show your team spirit.

World of Beer — The newly opened Reston Town Center bar and restaurant has 500 types of beer, so it’s likely you can drink your way through Groups E and F. There are also flat screens pretty much everywhere you look, so you should be well positioned to see soccer action.

Glory Days — This sports-themed bar and grill at Fox Mill Shopping Center has multiple TV screens and $5.99 burgers on Mondays.

Santini’s — This pizza place at Home Depot Shopping Center also serves beer and has a giant screen for sports viewing.

Kalypso’s Sports Tavern — The Lake Anne Village Center restaurant also has a sports tavern with 25 TV screens and game day food specials.

Finnegan’s Sports Bar and Grill — Located at Woodland Crossing in Herndon, Finnegan’s has TV- and theatre-sized screens to see every goal. Burgers are $5 all day on Mondays.

Ned Devine’s — Ned Devine’s located at the Herndon Clocktower Shopping Center at 2465 Centreville Rd., is having a World Cup party beginning at 5:30 p.m. There are over 45 HDtvs. Game day specials include $3 16oz Bud & Bud Light Aluminum bottles; $4 Coronas; and $5 frozen cocktails from Ned’s brand-new ice bar.

Get ready for the next U.S. game, too. On Sunday, June 22, when the U.S. meets Portugal in its second game from Brazil, Major League Soccer’s D.C. United will host a block party at Reston Town Center. The fun begins at noon, with kids’ activities, games, prizes and a chance to meet D.C. United players. The game begins at 6 p.m. and will be broadcast on outdoor screens in the pavilion. Admission is free.

Photo Credit: FIFA

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Reston’s Dainkeh Called to U.S. U-20 Team

Suli Dainkeh/Photo: University of MarylandSuli Dainkeh, a former South Lakes High School soccer standout, has been named to the U.S. Men’s Under 20 National Team for a major tournament in Dallas next week.

Dainkeh, a defender, played his first season at University of Maryland last fall. The Terps made it to the national championship game, where they lost to Notre Dame.

Dainkeh also formerly played for D.C. United’s Youth Academy.

Dainkeh, who will start for the U.S. at the Dallas Cup, played midfield for the Seahawks. He was named 2103 Gatorade State Player of the Year in Virginia and was a First Team All-Met, All-Region and Liberty District selection. He helped lead the Seahawks to a 12-1 regular-season record last spring.

Read more about Dainkeh’s journey from Sierra Leone to Reston.

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