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by Dave Emke — August 11, 2017 at 9:00 am 7 Comments

Key Information for SLHS Students — Over 2,470 students will be attending South Lakes High School this fall. The school recently provided information about class schedules, counselor assignments and much more in preparation for the new year. [South Lakes High School]

Report: Metro Safety Documents Falsified — Track reports were copied and pasted month after month, raising questions about the competency of inspectors and a lack of supervision. [WAMU]

Deon King Standing Out for Browns — In an interview with Fox Sports Ohio, SLHS alum Deon King talks about the experience he has had thus far in training camp with the Cleveland Browns. King had three tackles and a fumble recovery in the Browns’ first preseason game Thursday night against the New Orleans Saints. [Fox Sports Ohio/YouTube]

Work This Weekend to Install Pedestrian Bridge — Starting at about 10 p.m. tonight, there will be detours on Sunrise Valley Drive in Herndon as the bridge for the Innovation Center Metro station is set over the road. In addition, there will be lane modifications on the eastbound Dulles Toll Road all day Saturday for striping. [Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project]

by Dave Emke — August 10, 2017 at 4:00 pm 6 Comments

Construction work to improve the track and other features around the stadium at South Lakes High School is now expected to continue into September, meaning some sports activity will be affected.

“We are moving scrimmages for football,” said Andrew Duggan, the school’s assistant director of student activities. “There may be an impact for a couple of field hockey games and lower-level football.”

The SLHS field hockey teams have home games scheduled for Aug. 30. The varsity football team has a home scrimmage slated for Aug. 18, while the JV and freshman teams have two scrimmages in late August, as well as home games on Sept. 7.

The South Lakes High School varsity football team starts its season with three consecutive road games. It won’t play at home until Friday, Sept. 15, when it hosts Dominion.

Duggan said additional information about the progress of the project will be provided on the South Lakes Athletics website, as well as on its Twitter account.

The work was originally scheduled to be completed before the start of the coming school year. However, Duggan said, the wait will be worth it.

“While the project is behind schedule, we are looking forward to the upgrade our facility is getting,” Duggan said.

by Dave Emke — August 2, 2017 at 9:00 am 0

Registration Open for ChalkFest — Public Art Reston, in partnership with Reston Town Center, will host its annual festival ChalkFest on Sept. 16. All are invited to participate in this annual chalk festival and transform Market Street into a street art gallery! Registration is available in three categories: Professional Artists ($20), Amateur Artists ($15) and Families & Kids ($15). [Public Art Reston]

‘Totally Trucks’ Event Friday — Reston Association will show off its trucks to kids Friday from 9 a.m. to noon at the Central Services Facility (12250 Sunset Hills Road). All children will receive a “Totally Trucks” construction helmet. There will be a horn-free hour, on some of the vehicles, from 9-10. Registration is not required for the rain-or-shine event. Contact a[email protected] or call 703-435-6577 for more information. [Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce]

National Farmers Market Week Coming Up — National Farmers Market Week is Aug. 6-12. In a piece for the Connection Newspapers, John Lovaas invites all to celebrate the importance of local growers at the Reston Farmers Market in Lake Anne Plaza on Aug. 12. [Connection Newspapers]

High School Sports Football Season Starts — Practices began for Fairfax County Public Schools football teams Tuesday. WUSA9 talked to South Lakes High School coach Trey Taylor about efforts that are being made to improve safety for student-athletes. [WUSA9]

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 Dave Emke — July 18, 2017 at 9:00 am 8 Comments

Silver Line Delays Have Steep Price Tag — A series of delays that has pushed the opening of the Silver Line’s Phase 2 back to 2020 will cost $95 million. The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority disclosed that number in a presentation prepared for its Wednesday board meeting. [WTOP]

Design Review Board Meets Tonight — Among the topics to be discussed at tonight’s meeting of Reston’s Design Review Board (7 p.m. at Reston Association headquarters, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive, as well as live on RA’s YouTube channel) is the redevelopment of Tall Oaks Village Center. [Reston Association]

Zoning Open House Coming Up — Fairfax County will hold an open house Wednesday, July 26 to talk about proposed zoning changes that may affect local communities. Among the topics to be discussed are potential changes to the rules about short-term rentals, such as Airbnb; rear-yard coverage, such as patios; and more. [Fairfax County]

Herndon High Grad to Play at Georgia Tech — After completing his bachelor’s degree in economics in three years while playing basketball at Lehigh University, HHS grad Brandon Alston has transferred to Georgia Tech to play out his final two years of sports eligibility. [Georgia Tech University]

by Dave Emke — June 27, 2017 at 4:00 pm 1 Comment

A freshly surfaced track will be waiting for South Lakes High School students when they return to school at the end of August.

Work on the project began earlier this month and is expected to continue through mid-August, South Lakes Athletics reported on Twitter. The account has been providing updates on the work as it progresses.

The track and the stadium are both fenced off during the project. It’s the first time resurfacing has taken place in about a decade, said Linda Sarabia Jones, SLHS director of student activities.

Camps that have in past years met on the field are taking place on the upper turf fields of the campus this summer, Jones said.

by Katherine Berko — June 20, 2017 at 4:00 pm 0

Lake Newport, North Hills, Lake Audubon and Autumnwood were winners at the Reston Swim Team Association meet Saturday. Several individual and relay records were beaten as well, making for an exciting day.

Lake Newport Lightning 626, Hunters Woods Blue Marlins 486

While Lake Newport got the win, the Hunters Woods team toppled some long-standing records.

Blue Marlins teammates J. Ham, C. Yang, P. Pan and M. Beach set a new record in the boys’ 15-18 200-meter medley relay with a time of 2:01.23, besting a time set in 1997. A new team record in the boys’ 15-18 50-meter backstroke was also set by Jack Henry Ham with a time of 28.95, topping a record from 1986.

Anna Redican, of the Lake Newport team girls’ 15-18 50-meter, beat her own backstroke record from June 10. Her time of 32.66 was about two-tenths of a second better than her previous time.

For Lake Newport, double event winners were Aiden Smith, Finley Smith, Jack Edgemond, Mara Redican, Raj Vats and Zoe Van Winckel. Triple event winners were Anna Redican, Deanna Tipler, Joseph Redican, Julia Wang, Michael Zhou, Nathan Ho and William Kohn.

For Hunters Woods, double event winners were Abigail Skinner, Fiona Elster, Grace
Meade, John Evans, Kacy Darling, Megan Lee and Megan Slater. Triple event winners were Andrew Li, Gwyneth Wagner and James Skelton.

North Hills Hurricanes 556, Ridge Heights Sharks 533

Gabriel Huang of North Hills set a new team record of 21:05 for the butterfly stroke in the boys’ 8 and under 25-meter. The old record was set in 1999.

For North Hills, double event winners were Evan Zhang, Evelyn Brabant, Joseph Sciortino, Katie Cazenas, Lacey Turner, Marlee Czarny, Samantha Sciortino and Zariya Khan. Triple event winners were Corey Clark, Fiona Shaw, Gabriel Huang and Sarah Sciortino.

For the Ridge Heights Sharks, double event winners were Charles Buckreis, Edith Chaddock, Ella Handerahan, Ethan McCrea, Hailey Brown, Hailey Wang, Ian Hansing, Marc Sipher, Paige Sogandares, Ryan Erickson and Spencer Blase. Triple event winners were Evan Blase, Josh Zhang and Shilai Li.

Lake Audubon Barracudas 657, Glade Dolphins 466

For Lake Audubon, double event winners were Ben Lammers, Catherine Evans,
Daniel Spigarelli, Dennis Jackson, Erik Harriot, Jaelyn Cafiero-Bladek, Kian Elliott, Max Daum, Mitchell Vikhman, Sasha Osinovsky, Sophia Randall, Wyatt Barcus and Zachary Bell. Triple event winners were Emily Fritz, Marley Mulvaney, Matthew Fritz and Troy Elliott.

For Glade, double event winners were Amelia Flavin, Evan Pan-Wang, Lillian Swartzbaugh, Mary Barker, Nicholas Bowen, Phoebe Warstler and Sam Joyner. Triple event winners were Amanda Wagner, Andy Carro, Clara Landeryou, Marco Anguizola, and Sophia Landeryou.

Autumnwood Piranhas 520.5, Lake Anne Stingrays 515.5

For Autumnwood, double event winners were Anne Kennedy, Curtis Bushee, Delaney Kirr, Logan King, Megan Luczko, Sara Norford, Shea Willson, Vikrant Mahajan, William Bertoni and William Bolster. Triple event winners were Andrew Freeman, Andrey Smiryagin, Deep Murthy and Sophia Kennedy.

For Lake Anne, double event winners were Allie Cramer, Charlotte Holmquist, Fred Zhang, Ian Henry, Joseph Dealey and Morgan Stup. Triple event winners were Aaron Cramer, Andy Chen, Jacqui Go and Sean Henry.

Information and photos provided by Radhika Murari

Captions, from top: From left, Sophie Mulaire, Allysa Gilbreath and Page Schiavone of North Hills race to the finish in 50-meter butterfly; Karan Murari of the Glade Dolphins plays The Star-Spangled Banner with help from fellow Dolphin David Clark; Wyatt Barcus of Lake Audubon works the backstroke.

by Dave Emke — June 13, 2017 at 10:15 am 1 Comment

Deon King, a 2011 graduate of South Lakes High School, is once again on an NFL roster.

King signed a free-agent contract Monday with the Cleveland Browns. A linebacker, King joins the Browns for their veteran minicamp, which begins today in Berea, Ohio.

Undrafted out of Norfolk State, where he won the Buck Buchanan Award as the top defensive player at that collegiate level, King signed last year with the Dallas Cowboys. He was released from the Cowboys during final cuts, and he was later picked up by the San Diego Chargers. After playing two games with the Chargers, he was let go. The Indianapolis Colts added him to their roster off the waiver wire, and he appeared in four more games with them.

King recorded two tackles in the six NFL games he played in his rookie season. He was released by the Colts last month.

by Dave Emke — June 13, 2017 at 9:00 am 0

Polls Open for Primary Election — You can vote between now and 7 p.m. in the gubernatorial primary election, choosing the candidates who will face off in November. If you aren’t sure where your polling place is, check out the Virginia Department of Elections website. [Washington Post]

Record-High Temperatures Continue — Yesterday’s high of 95 tied the record, and today may be even hotter. [Washington Post/National Weather Service]

Reston Native Has Success as Baseball Coach — Troy Allen, a 1994 graduate of South Lakes High School, led the State College HS Little Lions on a deep run in the Pennsylvania state baseball playoffs this year. Allen was a basketball and baseball star at SLHS and played collegiately at George Washington University. [Centre Daily Times]

Nominations Still Open for Business Awards — We continue to accept submissions for our 2017 Best Reston Business Awards. Look over the 17 categories and get your business on the list of nominees. [Reston Now]

by RestonNow.com — June 12, 2017 at 5:00 pm 0

Glade, Lake Audubon, North Hills and Ridge Heights were winners Saturday as the 2017 Reston Swim Team Association season got underway.

Glade Dolphins 567, Autumnwood Piranhas 428

Glade’s girls’ 11-12 100-meter medley relay team — Kaitlin Mahon, Niki Chava, Clara Landeryou and Erin Irlan — set a new team record of 1:06.49, beating the previous record set in 1999.

For Glade, double event winners were Andy Carro, Emilie Fiske, Eric Pan-Wang, Griffith Knowlton, Gypsy Schaefer, Karan Murari, Maggie Thomas, Maryn Arseculeratne, Niki Chava, Patrick O’Malley, Phoebe Warstler, Suraj Pedineedi and Yanglan Xu. Triple event winners were Amanda Wagner, Evan Pan-Wang, Marco Anguizola, Sophia Landeryou and Zachary Wiemer.

For Autumnwood, double event winners were Anne Kennedy, James Lyon, Rachel Thompson and William Bolster. Triple event winners were Andrey Smiryagin, Anna E. Houck, Cooper Hill and Diya Murthy.

Lake Audubon Barracudas 613, Lake Newport Lightning 509

Despite a pair of record-setting performances by Lake Newport swimmers, the Barracudas held on for the win.

The Lake Newport team of Casey Storch, Michael George, Jack Edgemond and Zack Wang set a new league record in the boys’ 15-18 200-meter medley relay with a time of 1:55.15, besting a time set in 1999. In addition, Anna Redican set a Lightning-record time of 32.85 in the girls’ 15-18 50-meter backstroke, beating a record set last year.

For Lake Newport, double event winners were Alexander Grover, Bridget Brennan, Casey Storch, Michael George, Ryan Giebel, and Zoe Van Winckel. Triple event winners were Anna Redican, Julia Wang and Michael Zhou.

For Lake Audubon, double event winners were Bethany Burke, Daniel Spigarelli, Dennis Jackson, Emily Fritz, Erik Harriot, Griffin Scanlan, Joel Hahn, Lenn Vikhman, Marley Mulvaney, Olivia Abbey and Sophia Randall. Triple event winners were Kaliyana Haering, Matthew Fritz, Max Daum, Spencer Harris and Suya Haering.

North Hills Hurricanes 609, Hunters Woods Marlins 484

For North Hills, double event winners were Ada Langston, Allison Boone, Bennett Shivers, Delia Alcorn, Evan J Zhang, Isabella Zhang, Joseph Sciortino, Katie Cazenas, Marlee Czarny, Natalie Flint and Samantha Sciortino. Triple event winners were Evan D. Zhang, Fiona Shaw, Ilayda Boucher and Sarah Sciortino.

For Hunters Woods, double event winners were Daniel Li, John Byron, Sophia Yao, Trontour H Wang, Veera Houldsworth and William N. Harvey. Triple event winners were Andrew Li, Brian Zhou and Jack Henry Ham.

Ridge Heights Sharks 628, Lake Anne Stingrays 421

For Ridge Heights, double event winners were Ajay Gopi, Caley Duchak, Delaney Duchak, Edith Chaddock, Ethan McCrea, Hannah Lane, Katie Falcone, Kelsye Brown, Robert Deason, Sydney Parker and Varun Phadke. Triple event winners were Alex Russell, Andrew Pierce, Evan Blase, Hailey Brown, Hailey Wang, Haley Caicedo and Paige Sogandares.

For Lake Anne, double event winners were Aaron Cramer, Abigail Roscoe, Andy Chen, Ben Dealey, Charlotte Holmquist, Joseph Letteri and Sean Henry. Devin Truong was a triple event winner.

Information and photos provided by Radhika Murari

Captions, from top: Glade Dolphins 11-12 100-meter medley relay record-setting team of (from left) Niki Chava, Clara Landeryou, Erin Irlan and Kaitlin Mahon; Lake Audubon and Lake Newport girls’ swimmers in the 13-14 50-meter backstroke; North Hills swimmers cheer for their team.

by Kalina Newman — June 8, 2017 at 4:00 pm 3 Comments

For some athletes at South Lakes High School, the student-athlete lifestyle won’t end at graduation.

From ten different sports, 29 varsity athletes from the South Lakes Seahawks will play in college.

Playing baseball, Noah Luckenbaugh will continue his career at the College of Holy Cross in Massachusetts. Dillon Suzuki will play at the United States Coast Guard Academy in Connecticut, where he will also wrestle.

Marcus Cherry will play basketball at the Massanutten Military Academy in Virginia.

College football players will include Andrew Funaki at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and David Kroll at the University of Delaware.

There will be four South Lakes lacrosse players playing in college. Matt Hughes will play at Mercer University in Georgia; Taylor Newman-Farr will play at St. Joseph’s in Pennsylvania; Chris Sherbert will play at Virginia Wesleyan University; and JC Sipher will play at Denison University in Ohio.

Soccer players include Abby Alexa for Davis & Elkins in West Virginia; Jared Brewer for Penn State-Harrisburg; Conor Gill for Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania; Jenna Hirshfeld for Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts; and Jacob Schuh for Bridgewater College in Virginia.

Jazmyn Stokes will play softball for Bucknell University in Pennsylvania.

Five swim and dive athletes will continue their careers in college. Megan Carney will swim at University of Mary Washington in Virginia; Gianmichel D’Allesandro will swim at UNC-Wilmington; Ben Gryski will swim at the University of Massachusetts; Emily Landeryou will swim at the United States Military Academy in New York; and Paige Sogandares will swim at the College of Wooster in Ohio.

The sport with the most SLHS athletes moving on to college is track and field, with six. Naomi Brindley will run at Radford University in Virginia; Erin Gray will run at the University of Mary Washington in Virginia; Devyn Jones will run for the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado; Timiebi Ogobri will run at The Citadel in South Carolina; Dimarcus Vilcheck will run for Belmont Abbey College in North Carolina; and Arianna Spencer will run at Linn University in Florida.

Two SLHS volleyball players will play in college. Kristin Allgaier will play at Dickinson College in Pennsylvania and Charlotte Vollmers will play at Hollins University in Virginia.

In addition:

Photo via South Lakes HS Athletics on Twitter

by Dave Emke — June 7, 2017 at 9:30 am 7 Comments

Backpacks Checked Out at Festival — Herndon Police say abandoned backpacks Friday and Saturday at the Herndon Festival brought out the department’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit. No threat was found in either case. [Herndon Police Department]

SLHS Student-Athletes Honored — Spring sports players at South Lakes High School were honored Monday night for their performances on and off the field. [South Lakes Athletics]

Official Name Change for RTC Street — The private street at Reston Town Center that is home to The Avant, CVS, Barcelona and Bartaco is officially known as Town Square. The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, as an administrative item, approved a name change to Town Square Street. [Fairfax County Board of Supervisors]

Area Player to Go High in MLB Draft — Ashburn’s J.B. Bukauskas, a Stone Bridge High School grad and a star pitcher at the University of North Carolina, is projected to be picked in the Top 7 of next week’s Major League Baseball Draft. [EIN Presswire]

by Dave Emke — June 6, 2017 at 9:00 am 4 Comments

Reston Rider Tackling Country by Bike — Len Forkas talks about the perils of riding cross-country on a bicycle in 11 days, and about why he’s doing it again: to help raise $1 million for a children’s charity during the annual Race Across America event. [Bicycling]

Reminder: Community Center Pool Closed — The Terry L. Smith Aquatics Center is closed through Friday as soil testing is conducted around the pool. [Reston Community Center]

SLHS Team Finishes Fifth in State — Freshman Hannah Waller finished third in the 100 meters and fourth in both the 200 meters and 4×400 meter relay in leading the South Lakes High School girls team to a fifth place finish at the state track and field championship June 2-3. [Press Release]

Virginia Leaders Continue Climate-Change Fight — In reaction to President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, both Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Attorney General Mark Herring on Monday said Virginia is joining coalitions that remain committed to the agreement. [Richmond Times-Dispatch]

by Dave Emke — May 31, 2017 at 9:00 am 0

Three More Pool Hours Each Day — Lake Newport Pool is opening each weekday at 10 a.m. and will continue to do so through June 23. The pool, which is open until 7 p.m., had been originally scheduled to open at 1 p.m. each day. The pool is closed on Fridays. [Reston Association]

Meeting on RTC North Project Tonight — Proposed redevelopment of Reston Town Center North will be the topic of a community meeting hosted by the Fairfax County Department of Public Works and Environmental Services along with Supervisor Cathy Hudgins from 7-9 p.m in the cafeteria at Lake Anne Elementary School (11510 North Shore Drive). [Fairfax County DPWES]

SLHS Runners Heads to States This Week — The South Lakes High School track and field team will participate in the state championships Friday and Saturday in Newport News. Last weekend, the team had strong performances at the North Region championship, including a record-tying effort by freshman Hannah Waller. [Reston Patch]

Reckless Gun Discharge at Chantilly Chick-fil-A — Fairfax County Police reports a 38-year-old woman was struck in the hand by a stray bullet while walking in the restaurant’s parking lot Tuesday afternoon. [FOX 5]

File photo courtesy Carole Burnett

by Dave Emke — May 23, 2017 at 9:00 am 0

LeAnn Rimes Headlining Tysons Concert Series — Nine concerts are planned in June and July at The Plaza at Tysons Corner Center. Highlights include LeAnn Rimes (July 28) and James Arthur (June 22). [Tysons Corner Center]

SLHS Sports Teams Have Big Week — Boys tennis and boys soccer both have playoff matchups tonight, while varsity baseball and outdoor track and field have their regional events later this week. [Fairfax County Public Schools]

New Herndon Official to Start June 1 — Tammy L. Chastain has been hired as the town’s new deputy director of Public Works. [Town of Herndon]

Real Estate Professional Marks 40 YearsCarol Welsh marked the anniversary with Long & Foster’s Reston office last week. She is an active member of the Northern Virginia Association of Realtors. She is a lifetime member of the Northern Virginia Association of Realtors’ Million Dollar Sales Club and Top Producers Club. She is also a member of the Founder’s Club of the Long & Foster Gold Team, and she is an accredited staging professional. [Long & Foster]

County Libraries Sharing Backpacks — The packs include a parking pass for Virginia State Parks, items to help kids explore the outdoors and much more. There are 32 available for loan from the county’s library branches. [Fairfax County]

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