RA News
March 20, 2015
Reston Association's Weekly Newsletter



Reston Station
The Silver Line provides rail 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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newsiteWebsite Gets a New Look

Reston Association's website (www.reston.org) got a new design this week. The focus of the year-long redesign project was driven by member comments, needs and requests as well as feedback from experts in the field of web design, online infrastructure and security.

Updating the RA website was an important step in meeting one of the technology-related strategic goals of the association, set forth by the Board of Directors. Along with a new look, the RA site better protects member-related data and is more capable of communicating important information to the community by taking advantage of modern website technologies that are used by large-scale, multifaceted organizations and municipalities. User-friendly improvements include:
  • Better search functionality
  • Mobile device-ready
  • More intuitive menu options
  • Enhanced aesthetics
  • Easier access to most-visited pages
  • Expanded calendar functionality
  • Robust announcements feature

As the development and editing continues, RA will be looking for ways to make the site more streamlined and responsive to member and other users' needs. For example, during the 2016/2017 budget cycle, RA will be focusing on efforts to improve the online shopping experience. 


It is the goal of RA to create a cost-efficient website that is technologically compatible with current Internet standards and future advancements, convenient for members to utilize on all devices, and accurately reflects the essence and assets of the Reston community as a whole. The launching of the refreshed website this week was a first step towards achieving those goals.

awardRA Wins Lakes Association Award
Reston Association was recently awarded for the "Best Program for Dam Maintenance" (three or more privately owned dams) at the 2015 Virginia Water Conference, sponsored by the Virginia Lakes and Watersheds Association. Nicki Bellezza, RA's watershed manager, is pictured to the left holding the VLWA award at the conference in Richmond.
districtmeetTwo District Meetings Next Week

Monday March 23 (South Lakes District)

Reston Association, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive.


Wednesday, March 25 (Hunters Woods/Dogwood)

Southgate Community Center, 12125 Pinecrest Road. 


Members are invited to provide feedback about Reston Association's five-year strategic plan and the 2016-2017 budget. There will be RA service booths available and an opportunity to vote in the Board of Directors' election.
pubhearingPublic Hearing on Tetra Property
Thursday, March 26
6 p.m.
Reston Association, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive.

The Reston Association Board of Directors will hold a public hearing during its regular meeting. The purpose of the public hearing is to receive comments on a draft referendum question to be mailed to RA Category A&B members
(residential property owners) asking:

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

For more information, please call 703-435-6570. You may also email comments to comments@reston.org.

HoneyEnvironmental Film: More Than Honey
Friday, March 27
7 p.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
$5 suggested donation.
Adults and children 10+ years.
Reservations required by March 24. Email naturecenter@reston.org or call 703-476-9689.
Oscar-nominated director Markus Imhoof tackles the vexing issue of why bees worldwide are facing extinction. The film investigates the global phenomenon observed by small family beekeepers, as well as large industrialized honey farms around the world. Using exquisite macro-photography of the bees in flight and in their hives, a fascinating and complex world in crisis is revealed. Narrated by John Hurt. Co-sponsored by Friends of Reston. Special guest: Master Beekeeper, Todd Harding.
libraryDiscussion Series at Library
Friday, March 27
2-4 p.m.
Reston Regional Library,
11925 Bowman Towne Drive.

The Great Decisions series continues with a discussion on "Sectarianism in the Middle East." A video on the topic is available at the library. The series is devoted to U.S. foreign policy.
amphSpring Amphibians
Sunday, March 29
2-3 p.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive
$5/person RA members, $7/person non-members
All ages (Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.)
Reservations required by March 26. Email naturecenter@reston.org or call 703-476-9689.
Amphibians make their way to water in spring to find mates and lay eggs. Discover the amphibians that live in Reston, and which of them have used the nature center pond as a nursery. Explore the pond to see who is around right now.
nativeNative Plant Sale
Order Deadline: April 3, 5 p.m.
Pick Up: Saturday, April 18, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.

Want to use more native plants in your landscape but have trouble finding where to buy them or you don't like the prices once you do? Pre-order some nature center favorites and enjoy the savings. Species include sun and shade-loving perennial flowers and ferns that do well in a variety of growing conditions, and add value to your backyard habitat. Click here to download an order form and read more about the plants.
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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 donates 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.

watershedPotomac Watershed Cleanup
Saturday, April 11
9 a.m.-noon

Join thousands of volunteers in a multi-state effort to clean up the Potomac Watershed. Reston Association is hosting several sites along Snakeden Branch and Colvin Run, two tributaries to the Potomac River. Come learn about our watersheds and see what interesting artifacts end up in our streams. Rain date is Sunday, April 12. Reston sites include the following: 


Snakeden Branch Upper
Meet at Hunters Woods Village Center.


Snakeden Branch Middle 

Meet at Soapstone Drive.  


Nature Center 

Meet at the Walker Nature Center.  


Colvin Run 

Meet at Tall Oaks Pool.  


Stevenage Road 

Meet at Reston North Park off Stevenage Road.  


Hidden Creek 

Meet at Unitarian Universalist Church off Wiehle Avenue.

Please wear sturdy shoes or boots and come prepared to get a little wet and dirty. Gloves and trash bags will be provided. Meet at the Walker Nature Center (11450 Glade Drive, Reston) afterwards for a pizza lunch. Contact Ha Brock for more information.