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Feb. 21, 2014


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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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IN THE NEWS: Updates and Announcements
serviceService Award Winners
Reston Association has announced its 2013 Volunteer Service Awards. The award recognizes an outstanding individual, group volunteer and community partner. The following recipients will be honored at the 2014 Annual Members' Meeting on April 8:
Volunteer of the Year 
Diane Blust

Blust has been a Reston resident for 36 years and has had a long-standing commitment to protecting Reston's natural resources. Blust has been a member of the association's Environmental Advisory Committee from July 2009 until December 2013 and was the co-chair for two years. In addition, she was the chair of RA's Sustainability Working Group and has been working on Reston's Sustainability Charter.

Volunteer Group of the Year 
Garden Plot Coordinators - Karen Parnicky, Lake Anne; Richard Padgett, Golf Course Island; and Molly O'Boyle, Hunters Woods I & II.

The garden plot coordinators serve as liaisons between the garden plot renters and the Reston Association staff. On a daily basis, they respond to inquiries via e-mail, phone, or in-person about the gardens. On a weekly basis, they send reminder e-mails to all the gardeners about upcoming inspections, tips on gardening or notices about other issues that may arise. 

Community Partner of the Year 
The Boofie O'Gorman Team

The Boofie O'Gorman Team donated $5,000 and more than 100 volunteer hours to the 2013 Reston Kids Triathlon. Boofie and her daughter Margaret are both on The Y- Fairfax County Reston Board of Directors and create partnerships with other Reston organizations to bring added value to members of the Reston community. This donation provides funding for scholarship participants and other Reston Association fee-waived programs. 


Click here to read more about the accomplishments of RA's Volunteer Service Award winners.

CFOAssociation Hires CFO

Reston Association has hired a new Chief Financial Officer (CFO). David Harris joined RA on Feb. 18 and will lead the department of Finance and Information Technology directing the association's financial interests, while helping to prepare for future development with an eye toward maintaining the sustainability and viability of Reston.


Harris was most recently the Vice President, Finance & Operations for Affinity Center International, LLC where he was responsible for the accounting and operations infrastructures and company policies and procedures.  


"We're thrilled to welcome David to the team," said CEO Cate Fulkerson, "His strong experience and ability to work as part of the RA team was evident to all who were part of his interview process. He understands the needs of RA and we look forward to having him at the helm of the Finance & IT Department."


Harris has a master's and a bachelor's degree in accounting from West Virginia University. He lives with his wife and two children in Chantilly, Va.

snowremoveSnow-Removal Reminder

Reston Association attempts to remove snow from pathways and sidewalks owned by RA within a reasonable time after a snowfall. For more information about RA pathway plowing, call RA's Central Services Facility at 703-437-7658.

Please note that sidewalks and pathways not on RA property, including many found along Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) roads and rights-of-way, are not the responsibility of RA to maintain. Public streets and public rights-of-way are VDOT's responsibility, but it is RA's understanding that neither VDOT nor Fairfax County remove snow from public sidewalks.


Please contact VDOT directly for information related to their standards of maintenance and snow removal or to report roads that have been missed (Highway Helpline: 1-800-367-7623).

Private streets not on RA property, such as those located within condominium associations, cluster associations and/or apartment complexes, are generally the responsibility of the applicable owner, condominium association or cluster association. Residents of those facilities should contact their association or property management company.

RA encourages all owners who may have public sidewalks adjacent to their properties to clear these for the safe passage of pedestrians, including school children, persons with disabilities and the elderly.

fulkersonFulkerson Subject of Q&A

The Washington Business Journal recently published a question-and-answer article featuring Reston Association Chief Executive Officer, Cate Fulkerson. Click here to read the article.


Fulkerson was named CEO by the RA Board of Directors in October 2013. She has been employed at RA for more than 20 years. Read a profile of Fulkerson in the current issue of Reston magazine.


CALENDAR: Events, Programs, Community Activities
ebooksLibrary Programs
Downloading E-Books 
Saturday, Feb. 22
2 p.m. Free. Adults.
Reston Regional Library,
11925 Bowman Towne Drive.

Can't figure out how to download library books to your tablet or smartphone? Bring your device to this workshop for hands-on instructions.

Open Mic for Poets 
Thursday, Feb. 27
7 p.m. Free. Adults.

An open mic evening for poetry lovers, writers and readers. Share your own poems or a work by your favorite poet. 
Environmental Film
Friday, Feb. 28
7-9 p.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
Adults. Free ($5 suggested donation).
Reservations required by Feb. 25. E-mail naturecenter@reston.org or call 703-476-9689.
For 20 years, the Passive House standard has been spreading across Europe and now into the U.S. and Canada. The standard reduces CO2 emissions by 80 percent; the goal climate scientists say we need to reach by 2050. There will be a short discussion after the film with representatives from LEAP (Local Energy Alliance Program). Also, hear from Peter Henry, Registered Architect and Certified Passive House Consultant. Learn how you can sign up for a low cost ($45) energy check-up for your home. Sponsored by Sustainable Reston and Friends of Reston.
Watch the trailer at http://passivehouserevolution.org.
musicNature's Music

Tuesday, March 4

10-11 a.m.

Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.

$7/child RA members, $9/child non-members.

Ages 18-35 months (Children must be accompanied by an adult.)

Reservations required by Feb. 27. E-mail naturecenter@reston.org or call 703-476-9689.


From the gentle hush of leaves in the wind to the beautiful songs of birds, nature is filled with music. Play a sound guessing game and make your own musical instrument. Take a walk through the woods and discover a symphony of nature sounds.
gameNature Game Night

Friday, March 7

7-8:30 p.m.

Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.

$6/person RA members, $8/personnNon-members.

All ages (Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.)

Reservations required by March 4. E-mail naturecenter@reston.org or call 703-476-9689.


Bring the whole family for a game night with a nature spin. Play Forest Bingo, Nature Pictionary and Animal Charades. Make your own mancala game. Have popcorn and homemade snack mix while enjoying an evening full of fun and games.

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