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Feb. 15, 2013
                                         Reston Association's Weekly Newsletter


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Join in the Fun
Reston Association has something for everyone, including trips to local places of interest, monthly movies for seniors and a community yard sale, just to name a few.  Join us at one of RA's many facilities and see what's in it for you. Visit the Parks, Recreation & Events website section at  www.reston.org or contact Ashleigh@reston.org or call 703-435-6577.

Community Survey
If you are one of the Reston residents who received a community survey, there is still time to respond. The deadline is Feb. 18.

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RA Board Election
Read about this year's Board of Directors' election. Voting begins March 4.

Reston Hospital Event

Garlic Mustard Challenge



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Run for a Cause
Registration for the 10th Annual Nature House 5K Fund Run/Walk is now open. Proceeds will go to The Friends of Reston for Community Projects, Inc.

Visit the Reston Association website for information on property ownership, governance, parks and recreation, and other subjects. The site includes "Shop RA," which allows you to purchase various products and services offered by RA.

RA Publications
Keep up on Reston Association news and initiatives by reading our various publications. Get event and program schedules, and read useful and interesting features about our community.

Board of Directors

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Ken Knueven
Richard Chew

Click here for more information about the board.

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Board Business

- Meeting agendas
- Meeting minutes

Reston's paths are one of the community's greatest joys. Set as your goal to explore all 55 miles of paved and natural surface pathways winding throughout Reston's open spaces. Not only do these paths provide a great place to exercise and get some fresh air, they also connect neighborhoods, recreation areas and shopping centers. 

Download Trail Maps


Reston Station

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority is constructing a 23-mile extension of the Metrorail system, which will be operated by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority from East Falls Church to Washington Dulles International Airport. The extension will serve the Reston-Herndon area, the state's second largest employment concentration. It will provide a one-seat ride from Dulles International Airport to downtown Washington. Click here for more information.

Progress Report
Keep track of Reston's development and redevelopment projects.


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RA Pro Shop 
Great prices on Babolat racquets and shoes, and K-Swiss tennis and running shoes. Please call Rob at 703-435-6502.

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About RA NEWS  
RA News includes information about association and other non-profit community events and programs. The free newsletter is sent to subscribers on Fridays. Items for submission must meet RA approval and are due on the Monday prior to publication.

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Newcomers' Night is Next Month


Notice: Reston Association will be closed for Presidents' Day on Monday, Feb. 18.

IN THE NEWS:  Updates and Announcements
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Reston Today Video on YouTube  

This month's edition of Reston Association's video magazine features the tale of one boy's quest to clean up Lake Anne, as well as informational segments about RA's summer camps and Newcomers' Night. Click here to view the February video. 

CEO Leaving RA Later this Year
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The Reston Association Board of Directors announced that Milton W. Matthews will be leaving as CEO of the Reston Association later this year. Last Thursday, Matthews announced his departure plans to the Association's senior leadership team.


In the latter part of 2012, Matthews informed the Board of his intentions to move to Rockville, Md., in 2013; as his wife had accepted a position there as city manager - a position with a residency requirement.


The Bylaws of the Association require that its CEO be a resident and Member of the Association; as such, the Board initiated discussions with Matthews on a transition plan. Under that plan, Matthews will continue to serve as CEO until Sept. 30 of this year. The Board has initiated a search for a new CEO and is optimistic that it will name a successor to Matthews later this year. In the meantime, the Board has a high level of confidence in the staff's ability to keep the Association operating smoothly.



Update on Board Election 

The Reston Association Elections Committee has certified the following candidates for the three open seats in the 2013 Board of Directors' election. Five candidates were originally certified, but two have withdrawn their candidacies since filing last week. While the three races are now uncontested, RA is still required to hold an election and a 10 percent quorum is necessary, according to governing documents.

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Ken Knueven


Lake Anne/Tall Oaks

Eve Thompson


North Point District

Timothy A. Cohn 


Click here to download the official filings from each candidate or go to our website's  election page for the latest information on the 2013 race.


RA Considers Teaming With LEAP    

The Reston Association Board of Directors will consider a request from Sustainable Reston to form a relationship with the Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP). The board will possibly vote on the request at its Feb. 28 meeting.

LEAP manages the "Home Performance with Energy Star" program. The educational program promotes energy efficiencies and related home upgrades. Homes meeting certain standards will be certified as energy efficient.

According to a recent Sustainable Reston press release, an RA partnership with LEAP and participation in the program will help lower the carbon footprint in the community while reducing the amount of energy used by homeowners.

Reston members and residents are welcome to attend the Feb. 28 meeting and offer input on the proposal. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive. 

CALENDAR: Events, Programs, Community Activities

Great Backyard Bird Count   

Saturday, Feb. 16
10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
Free. All ages.
For more information, call 703-476-9689 or e-mail naturecenter@reston.org.
Join expert birdwatchers from the Audubon Society of Northern Virginia and the Walker Nature Center to learn how you can participate in this annual four-day count. Get help on identifying common birds at the nature center feeders or on a walk through the woods. Learn how to submit your observations online. Then try the count at your own home. Beginning bird watchers and children are welcome. Drop in any time, and bring binoculars if you have them. 


Love is in the Air  

Friday, Feb. 22
6-7:30 p.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
$4/person RA members, $6/person non-members.
All ages (Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.)
Reservations required by Feb. 19. Please call 703-476-9689 or e-mail naturecenter@reston.org.
Animals do some weird things to find that special someone, from singing insects and frogs, to dancing fish, strutting birds, and smelly moths. Explore the amazing, and sometimes funny, world of animal courtship through animal artifacts and multimedia. 


2013 Spring Fling Nominations  

Submission deadline: Friday, Feb. 22.

Awards will be given out at the 2013 Spring Fling on Wednesday, March 27 at 7 p.m. in the Reston Association Conference Center.

Nominations from board members of cluster, condo and single-family detached homes are being accepted. Click here to download forms for each category.


Reston Hospital's "Day of Dance"  

Saturday, Feb. 23
10 a.m.-2 p.m.
National Conference Center
18980 Upper Belmont Place, Leesburg, Va.

Reston Hospital's Spirit of Women Network will hold a free event where you can learn about ways to stay healthy and cheer on your favorite mascot during a dance off.

Call 877-689-3627 or visit www.restonhospital.com/spirit for more information. 


Storytime Fun: Toadie and the Snake   

Saturday, March 2
11 a.m.-Noon
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
$5/child RA members, $8/child non-members.
Reservations required by Feb. 27. Please call 703-476-9689 or e-mail naturecenter@reston.org.
Listen to Reston author Ellice Rosenberg Stern read her new and delightful book, Toadie and the Snake. Hear the tale of what happened one night in the garden around her home. Meet a snake and make a toad abode. Copies of the book will be for sale at the book signing after the program. 

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CPR and First Aid Classes 

Reston Association Aquatics is proud to be an Authorized Provider of American Red Cross programs and can offer customized CPR/AED and First Aid certification classes for your organization or group. Classes are held at RA headquarters, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive, and can accommodate up to 12 students per day. Weekday evenings and weekend days are available.

Click here or e-mail Willa at aquaticsinfo@reston.org for more information.
Looking for a class to join as an individual? Watch for future RA News announcements or e-mail Willa at the above address to be added to an interest list. 

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Swim Team Clinic, League Sign-ups   

Reston Swim Team Association (RSTA) clinic and pre-season prep programs are starting soon. Click here for details and to register.
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Sign-ups for the RSTA youth swim league begin next month. The league has nine teams that practice and compete at Reston Association pools.

Swimmer registration dates:
- Summer 2012 returning families: March 5.
- Winter 2012-13 families: April 2.
- New families: April 30.
Go to www.rsta.org for information or to register. 

GET INVOLVED: Volunteerism at Reston Association
RA's volunteer program consists of members in our community working in a variety of capacities. Volunteers are RA's strongest line of communication with the community. Each year a diverse group of RA members donate thousands of hours to the association. Through their dedication, we are able to provide a wide range of high-quality programs, services and events that make Reston a great place to Live, Work, Play and Get Involved

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Garlic Mustard Challenge 

Reston Association will be hosting a Garlic Mustard Challenge during the spring of 2013.

Volunteers are needed to remove as much invasive Garlic Mustard from Reston as possible in order to preserve ecosystem health and habitat.

The challenge will culminate on Virginia Invasive Plant Removal Day and at the Spring Festival celebration on May 4. Click here to learn how you can get involved. 

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