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Aug. 23, 2013


National Dog Day
Habitat Heroes

DRB Members Sought



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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.

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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.
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.

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

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Read the fall edition of Reston magazine online or in print. The magazine, which features Reston Association's fall events and programs, is being mailed to members today.

IN THE NEWS: Updates and Announcements
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Note: Reston Association President, Ken Knueven, continues his series on the 2014-2015 budget process with his latest blog posting on www.reston.org. (Excerpt below).  


By Ken Knueven, President

Reston Association


We all know we reside in an amazing community and are very proud of Reston, where we have chosen to Live, Work, Play and Get Involved. But we also know, to maintain the look, feel and level of service we expect and appreciate, it takes work and commitment. Throughout the current budgeting Budget Pie Chart process, we have been discussing what it means to "Reinvest in Reston" and why is it important to focus on the infrastructure of our community. We work hard to maintain our streets, parks, pools and provide top quality programming, but we know we can and want to do better


We want our medians to be free of overgrown weeds and grass. We want our pools to be open throughout the busy summer season and not be closed for mechanical difficulties and we want our paths to be enjoyed by community members without worrying about their safety due to lack of adequate lighting and trail signs.


The Reston Association Board of Directors appreciates the need for cost containment and frugal budgeting practices and has been operating under these guidelines for decades. Unfortunately, the practice of "kicking the can down the road" has consequences and our infrastructure is now paying that price. 


Click here to read the entire post.
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Last Call for U.S. Open Tickets

masterBoard Letter Targets Master Plan
Reston Association officials sent a letter last Friday to Heidi T. Merkel, Senior Planner for Fairfax County Department of Planning & Zoning, regarding the latest draft of the Comprehensive Plan.

The letter consolidates previous comments and suggestions from the RA Board of Directors about the plan. It also addresses new concerns based on the latest draft of the plan.

In his letter, RA President, Ken Knueven said the Board of Directors is seeking two desired outcomes relating to the master planning process:
  • Keeping Reston's unique character, while at the same time, creating a distinctly urban area within the corridor.
  • Minimizing adverse impacts on existing development and open space located within 1/2 mile of the station platforms, but outside of the commercial corridor.
Click here to read the full letter.

CALENDAR: Events, Programs, Community Activities
birdwalkFamily Bird Walk
Saturday, Aug. 24
8-10 a.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
Free. For ages 10 and older.
No reservations required. For more information, call 703-476-9689 or e-mail naturecenter@reston.org.
Help budding naturalists identify and learn about local birds. Bring binoculars if you have them. Co-sponsored by the Audubon Society of Northern Virginia. Leader: Audubon Society's Bill Brown.
DogdayNational Dog Day at the Shelter
Aug. 24-25
10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Fairfax County Animal Shelter, 4500 West Ox Road.

The Fairfax County Animal Shelter will participate in the first-ever National Dog Day celebration. The goal is to find homes for at least 25 dogs. For more information call 703-324-0208 or click here.
jazzJazz & Blues Festival at Lake Anne
Saturday, Aug. 31
1-8 p.m. Free.
Lake Anne Plaza, Reston.

The 7th Annual Lake Anne Jazz & Blues Festival will feature local and national musicians. Click here for more information and a schedule of performances.
yardsaleCommunity Yard Sale
Saturday, Sept. 7 (rain date, Sept. 8)
8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Reston Association, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive.

Ninety-five families will be selling a variety of items. Note: Vendor space is sold out.

Click here for more information. 

GET INVOLVED: Volunteerism at RA
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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

Habitat Heroes Project
(Formerly Weed Warriors)

Our native trees, ferns and wildflowers are under attack by invasive exotic plants like English Ivy, Japanese Honeysuckle and Bamboo. That is why we need heroes like you to join us in rescuing Reston's beautiful parkland from these aggressive plants. These fast growing, invasive plants escape from people's yards and seriously threaten local ecosystems, taking away vital food and habitat from already stressed wildlife populations. Please spend a couple hours in our parkland protecting our forests every fourth Saturday of each month as we help restore Reston's forests to their natural state.

Please wear long sleeves and long pants to protect against poison ivy, thorny plants and biting insects. RA will provide tools, gloves, snacks and water.
drbDRB Seeks Two Members
Reston Association is seeking two volunteers to serve on the Design Review Board (DRB). Design professionals (architect, land planner or landscape architect) are needed to serve to complete the remaining portions of three-year terms, ending March 2015. All applicants must own property in Reston to be eligible for appointment. Click here for more information.

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