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We continue to count down the top 20 most-read articles of 2019 this week. Here’s the final breakdown for the top four stories of the year.

4. Michael Berger, a Reston resident, talks about his plans to replace The Pizza Hut at 1821 Wiehle Revenue to a Neapolitan pizza restaurant.

3. A tornado touched down in mid-April, leaving tree damage in the area.

2. Multiple roads in Reston flooded in July, including the parking lot at the Wiehe-Reston East Metro Station.

1. Our exclusive on a lawsuit involving Vapiano in Reston Town Center and an international money laundering scheme had the most clicks this year (56,821 and counting). Still no word yet on when (and if) the restaurant will reopen.

We look forward to bringing you more stories next year.

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We continue to count down the top 20 most-read articles of 2019 this week. Here’s the breakdown for list #6-10.

10. Two brothers from Reston faced multiple felony charges after police found weapons and drugs in their home in April.

9. McTacoHut will lose its name after The Pizza Hut flips into a new pizzeria next year. The McDonalds on the fast-food block is also undergoing renovations.

8. A sponsored post about Google — which moved into its Reston Station offices — expanding its operations in Northern Virginia as part of a 13 billion round of investment also gained traction.

7. A drama teacher at Herndon High School was arrested in April– which was later followed up with more charges over the summer. The teacher was placed on leave and then dismissed after police uncovered additional evidence of unlawful filming at the high school.

6. Our first dive into why closed signs first popped up at the Vapiano in Reston Town Center raised eyebrows. Company spokespersons gave Reston Now conflicting answers about the reasons for the closure.

Look out for the final #1-5 list on the countdown tomorrow.

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We’re counting down the top 20 most-read articles of 2019 this week and next week. Here’s the breakdown for list #11-15.

15. The abrupt closure of Reston Town Center’s Vapiano — which was caught in the middle of a suit alleging an international money laundering scheme in the business — perplexed readers and restaurant-goers. The location is still temporarily closed.

14. Amazon closed in on the area by acquiring a Herndon property. The 57-acre site has an assessed value of $80.7 million.

13. A South Lakes High School student was killed in a car crash in Oakton. Police said that speed may have been a factor in the incident.

12. Panera Bread also shuttered in Reston Town Center this month, leaving another vacancy in the town center. No word yet on what will replace the business.

11. A drama teacher at Herndon High School was arrested in connection with multiple child pornography and unlawful filming charges. Detectives found thousands of videos on devices owned by the teacher.

Look out for the #6-10 on the countdown next week.

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We’re counting down the top 20 most-read articles of 2019 this week and next week. Kicking off the list today is #16-20.

20. A poll about Reston Town Center’s rebranding efforts had nearly 2,000 respondents. Although a representative for Boston Properties indicated some “exciting news” was expected over the summer, the news Gods remained mum for most of the year.

19. A sponsored post from 2014 continues to top the charts — with sporadic spikes in clicks throughout the year. The post, which was submitted by Just Cats Clinic at Lake Anne Plaza, covers tips on how to determine when a cat is in pain.

18. Paddywax The Candle Bar announced plans to open up a new location in Reston Town Center, part of much retail movement in the town center this year.

17. In what was a familiar theme this year, Williams-Sonoma and Pottery Barn closed up shop in Reston Town Center, leaving two big vacancies.

16. Nonetheless, the retail scene looked blissful once again when Peet’s Coffee, DC Row, and four other businesses announced plans to open up in the town center.

Look out for the #11-15 on the countdown tomorrow.

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We’re counting down the top 15 most-read articles of 2018 this week. Here’s the final list of our top five stories.

5. Back in March, a lockdown at several schools following a report of a student with a gun gained 10,386 pageviews. Police said the report of a student with a gun at South Lakes High School turned out to be false.

4. Another school-related story was popular with 12,198 pageviews. In February South Lakes High School students staged a walkout in the aftermath of the aftermath of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida that killed 17 people.

3. A story about a car that crashed into the Trader Joe’s on Killingsworth Avenue in January garnered 13,760 pageviews. The building’s bricks sustained some damage. No injuries were reported.

2. A roundup of the businesses that left Reston Town Center this year brought in 13,942 pageviews. While a handful of places opened in RTC in 2018, nearly twice as many closed, with several small shops pointing to paid parking as a reason driving the closures.

1. The top story of the year — at 16,511 pageviews — was about a 71-year-old woman who died after getting hit by a car at the intersection of Reston Parkway and Bluemont Way. According to passersby, a mangled baby stroller was visible at the location of the incident.

It’s been quite a year, and we look forward to bringing you more stories in 2019.

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(Updated at 1:47 p.m.) We continue to count down the top 15 most-read articles of 2018 this week. Here’s the breakdown for list #6-10.

10. The news that paid parking pushed Obi Sushi Japanese Bistro out of Reston Town Center gained 7,839 pageviews. The restaurant, which had been open in RTC for 14 years, closed on Saturday (Dec. 22). This story jumped from the #15 spot to #10.

9. Plans for the Reston Crescent development — now known as Halley Rise — brought in 8,275 pageviews. The major mixed-use project at the northwestern corner of the intersection of Reston Parkway and Sunrise Valley Drive includes a Wegmans. 

8. The Dulles Toll Road’s increased rates starting in January was a popular post with 8,574 pageviews. The hike will raise the toll from $2.50 to $3.25 at the main toll plaza and from $1 to $1.50 on the ramps to fund the Silver Line extension project and improvements on the Dulles Toll Road.

7. An article about M & S Grill shutting down in Reston Town Center on New Year’s Day garnered 8,933 pageviews.

6. The deaths of a mother and her two children in Herndon a few months ago brought in 9,490 pageviews. The Fairfax County Police Department said the deaths are being investigated as a double murder and suicide.

Look out for the final #1-5 list on the countdown tomorrow.

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(Updated at 2:31 p.m.) We’re counting down the top 15 most-read articles of 2018 this week. Kicking off the list today is #11-15.

15. The closure of Obi Sushi in Reston Town Center over the weekend brought in 7,081 pageviews. An employee said that ever since Boston Properties, RTC’s owner, implemented paid parking, the restaurant has seen its number of customers dwindle.

14. Speaking of another business shuttering its doors in RTC, the upcoming closure of Williams-Sonoma in January was a popular post with 7,232 pageviews. A specific date for the closure has not been announced yet.

13. Residents’ concerns that upgrades to the plaza in the South Lakes Village Center will attract teens and noise collected 7,281 pageviews. Residents near the center and merchants said they worry that the new space will become a magnet for youth from Langston Hughes Middle School and South Lakes High School and also increase noise.

12. A 37-second video of a former Reston Association employee yelling “Why are you such a b**** Afghanistan?” and other profanities at a driver garnered attention with 7,288 pageviews. The man, who was described as a seasonal RA employee, posted the video on Facebook.

11. The arrest of an assistant principal at Hunters Woods Elementary School for shoplifting at the Target in Reston brought in 7,332 pageviews. Melissa Tochterman, 47, of Herndon, was arrested and charged with grand larceny in January and was then placed on leave from the school.

Look out for the #6-10 on the countdown tomorrow.

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Writing over Reston on May 16/Credit: Modern Reston

It was a busy year of construction and development news, restaurant openings and closings, and police-related stories in Reston. Also, did we mention Reston Town Center parking?

Today we’re wrapping up our countdown the 40 most-read articles of 2016 on Reston Now. Below are stories #1-10.

10. Redskins’ Virginia Stadium May Be Near, But Not In, Reston (9,661 views)

9. Reston Town Center’s Pay Parking System Will Also Charge Employees (10,236 views)

8. Paid Parking at Reston Town Center on Hold Until January (10,323 views)

7. Police: Attempted Abduction at Knifepoint at Reston Town Center (10,533 views)

6. Say What? The Mysterious Skywriting Over Reston Monday (11,390 views)

5. Parking at Reston Town Center Will Soon Cost Money — Sometimes (11,403 views)

4. Bank Robbery at Reston Town Center Wednesday (13,801 views)

3. Police Bust Alleged Prostitution Club on Northgate Square (15,441 views)

2. SLHS Teacher, Student Arrested After Alleged Gas Station Theft (18,715 views)

1. Obituary: Adam Levine, Herndon High Graduate (35,907 views)

The 2016 most-read story has become the most-read article of all time on Reston Now. It surpasses the previous most-read story, “SLHS Shocked by Senior’s Sudden Death,” which ran in 2014 and had 24,966 views.

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Snowy Reston Town Center, Jan. 23, 2016/Credit: Don Renner

It was a busy year of construction and development news, restaurant openings and closings, and police-related stories in Reston.

This week we’re counting down the 40 most-read articles of 2016 on Reston Now.

Here are stories #11-20.

20. Police: Sex Offender Shot Photos of Child at Herndon Library (6,809 views)

19. Officials: Paid Parking Goes with Town Center’s ‘Elite’ Status (6,969 views)

18. How Will Paid Parking Affect Reston Town Center? Look Towards Rockville (7,321 views)

17. Driver Runs Car Off Wiehle Avenue and into Lake Anne (7,357 views)

16. Roer’s Zoofari Preparing to Light Up During Chinese Lantern Festival (7,364 views)

15. Nearby: Teen Stabbed on Elden Street in Herndon (7,733 views)

14. Here’s Why Buses with Police Escorts Drove Through Reston Tuesday (8,284 views)

13. McAuliffe: New Redskins Stadium Could Be Along Silver Line (8,519 views)

12. New Forecast Calls for Close to Three Feet of Snow in Reston (8,664 views)

11. Police Searching for Missing Reston Teen (8,755 views)

Tomorrow we’ll wrap up the countdown with #1-10.

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Parking garage at Reston Town Center

It was a busy year of construction and development news, restaurant openings and closings, and police-related stories in Reston.

This week we’re counting down the 40 most-read articles of 2016 on Reston Now.

Here are stories #21-30.

30. Police: Second Incident of Shots Fired into Herndon Home (5,122 views)

29. Jacob Sartorius Is the Most Famous Restonian You’ve Never Heard of (Unless You’re 12) (5,262 views)

28. 13-Year-Old Girl Reported Missing from Herndon (5,300 views)

27. Van Crashes into Reston Elementary School (5,416 views)

26. Obituary: Paul Kim, UVA Student (5,503 views)

25. Video: Bear Makes a Run Through Fox Mill Estates (5,646 views)

24. How to Spot When a Cat Is in Pain (5,982 views)

23. Reston Mom Thwarts Abduction Phone Scammers (6,455 views)

22. Sneak Peek: Herndon High’s Renovation Plans (6,728 views)

21. Reston Town Center Paid Parking Begins Sept. 12 (6,739 views)

Tomorrow we’ll continue the countdown with #11-20.

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Crane at Reston Town Center Station/Dulles Corridor Mettrorail Project

It was a busy year of construction and development news, restaurant openings and closings, and police-related stories in Reston.

This week we’re counting down the 40 most-read articles of 2016 on Reston Now.

Today, we’re starting with #31-40.

40. Former Herndon Student Teacher Charged with Soliciting Teen (4,030 views)

39. Family Looking for Teen Last Seen on W&OD Trail in Reston (4,295 views)

38. Now Open: Laredo Taco Company in Reston (4,322 views)

37. Reston Town Center Store Owners, Employees Say Pay Parking Will Hurt Business (4,322 views)

36. Police Looking for Driver Who Killed Woman in North Shore Drive Hit-and-Run (4,372 views)

35. Man Howling in Woods Arrested for Indecent Exposure, Drunk in Public (4,424 views)

34. Sneak Peek: Reston Town Center Metro Station (4,511 views)

33. Police: Shooting Threats to FCPS ‘Not Credible’ (4,570 views)

32. Closed: Cosi at Reston Town Center (4,826 views)

31. Coming Soon: Escape Room Herndon (5,094 views)

Tomorrow we’ll continue the countdown with #21-30.

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Sketch of suspect in stabbing at Clyde's/FCPDThis week, Reston Now will highlight some of the most read-stories of 2015. Monday looks at the No.5 story: a stabbing at Reston Town Center.

In the early hours of Nov. 1 — after a night of Halloween festivities — a man was stabbed after a fight at Clyde’s at Reston Town Center, according to a Fairfax County Police report.

Police said an altercation began when the suspect began to flirt with the 24-year-old victim’s girlfriend. The victim was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.

Read the original story on Reston Now.

Meanwhile, Fairfax County Crime Solvers announced last week a private reward of $25,000 is being offered for help in identifying a suspect.

The reward is in addition to the $100 to $1,000 also being offered by Fairfax County Crime Solvers.

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