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Feb. 13, 2015
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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 new Silver Line will provide transportation from Dulles International Airport to downtown Washington. The first phase of the Silver Line opened on July 26, 2014. Click here for more information on the Silver Line and the Wiehle-Reston East station.

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Notice: Reston Association offices, including the Nature House and Central Services Facility, will be closed for the holiday on Monday, Feb. 16.

specialSpecial Meeting of the Board
RA Moves Forward on Tetra Proposal;
AC Referendum Fails to Pass

During a special meeting (watch video) on Monday, Feb. 9, the Reston Association Board of Directors reviewed an initial draft of the proposed referendum question and factsheet regarding the purchase of the Tetra property (the former Reston Visitors Center) located at 11450 Baron Cameron Ave., Reston, Va. The ballot will read:


Should Reston Association, acting through the Board of Directors, be authorized to:

  1. Purchase the Tetra property, inclusive of land and improvements, located at 11450 Baron Cameron Avenue, Reston, VA 20190 in the North Point District as an addition to Common Area pursuant to Article IV, Section IV.10 of the Reston Deed; and,
  2. Borrow up to $2.65 million on behalf of the association to make the purchase and repurpose the property for future community and recreation uses?

Both the board and community members offered several suggestions at the meeting to enhance the information in the proposed factsheet. In advance of the Feb. 26 public hearing, the revised factsheet will be posted on the association's website when the suggested amendments are incorporated.


In addition, the board voted to authorize the CEO, in coordination with legal counsel, to finalize the letter of intent for the Tetra property based on the contractual terms discussed during executive session, including setting the purchase price at $2.65 million, which is based on an appraisal performed for the association. Purchase of the property will be contingent upon successful negotiation of a final contract, approval by the membership by referendum and financing.


The referendum will be decided by Reston Association residential owners between April 13-May 8, 2015. The RA board will seek member input on best uses of the facility during the District Meetings in March.

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AC Covenant Remains in Effect
The results of the air-conditioning referendum were announced at the board meeting Monday. With almost 80% of eligible voters casting ballots, the referendum to repeal Reston Deed Section VI.2(b)(15) on Air-Conditioning Units (the "Air-conditioning covenant" or "covenant") failed to achieve the required 2/3 vote to remove the covenant.  The covenant will remain in effect.
candidatesSeven Candidates File to Run
Seven candidates have filed to run for the four open seats on the Reston Association Board of Directors this year. Voting in the election begins at 5 p.m. on March 2. Results will be announced at the Annual Members' Meeting on April 14.

The following candidates are running in the 2015 Election:

At-Large candidates (2 seats - three-year terms)
Michael Sanio
Ray Wedell

North Point District (one-year term)
Charles Dorfeuille
Dannielle LaRosa

South Lakes District (three-year term)
Julie Bitzer
Richard Chew
Andy Sigle

Click here to read the candidates' certified statements.

For more information or questions, e-mail electionscommittee@reston.org or call 703-435-6512.
wormWorm Composting
Sunday, Feb. 22
2-3:30 p.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
$30/Worm bin RA or RCC members, $35/Worm bin non-members.
Reservations required by Feb. 19. Email naturecenter@reston.org or call 703-476-9689.
Ever thought about composting but just don't have the space? Worm composting is a natural method of recycling food waste that is simple and odor free. See an established bin and make one to take home. Learn how to turn your kitchen scraps into rich organic soil and compost tea. Co-sponsored by Reston Community Center.
wingsEnvironmental Film: Wings of Life
Friday, Feb. 27
7 p.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
$5 suggested donation.
Adults and children 7+ years.
Reservations required by Feb. 24. Email naturecenter@reston.org or call 703-476-9689.
From Disneynature, a stunning adventure full of intrigue, drama and mesmerizing beauty. Narrated by Meryl Streep, this intimate and unprecedented look at butterflies, hummingbirds, bees, bats and flowers is a celebration of life, as a third of the world's food supply depends on these incredible - and increasingly threatened - creatures, the pollinators. Guest speaker: Mona Miller, Local butterfly expert and gardener. Co-sponsored by Friends of Reston.
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worldgameVOLsVolunteer at Police & Fire Games

The 2015 World Police & Fire Games are coming to Reston. Learn how you can help get involved in this event by clicking the image above.