RA News
April 17, 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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tetraProperty Purchase Referendum
Voting in the referendum regarding Reston Association's bid to buy the Tetra property began on Monday, April 13 and runs through May 8. Click here to cast your ballot online.

The RA Board of Directors and staff believe the Tetra property at Lake Newport can be refurbished and used to hold programs and events for members. There are also proposals to rent the facility for various activities that would produce revenue for the association. Read more from the board's new president, Ellen Graves, on property purchase issue. Go to the Reston Association Perspective page on the RA website and read "A Good Value for a Great Investment."

boardBoard Election Results
The results of the 2015 Board of Directors' election were announced during Tuesday's Annual Members' Meeting at Reston Association.

The races for the two at-large seats were uncontested, with sitting board member Michael Sanio, and new board member, Ray Wedell, elected to serve three-year terms.


The seats for the North Point (one-year term) and South Lakes (three-year term) districts were won by Dannielle La Rosa and Julie Bitzer.


The new board officers were named on Wednesday. They include the following:


President: Ellen Graves
Vice President: Michael Sanio
Secretary: Eve Thompson
Treasurer: Dannielle LaRosa


Click here to read more. 

BZARuling on RNGC Overturned
The Fairfax County Board of Zoning Appeals reversed a ruling by the zoning administrator concerning the Reston National Golf Course. The BZA's decision on Wednesday essentially allows for the owners of the golf course to continue the process of submitting plans to develop the property for residential use. Reston Association and other local groups, including Rescue Reston, want the golf course to remain as open space as stated in Reston's governing documents.

The BZA said that it is not necessary for the owners of the golf course to have to seek an amendment to the Comprehensive Plan before being able to submit development proposals to the county. A specific plan has not been officially presented by the owners. If or when a plan is submitted, it will still have to be approved by the county before development can begin.

Read RA's official statement on the BZA ruling.
volunteersVolunteers of the Year
Reston Association recognized its volunteers at this week's Annual Members' Meeting. Special recognition went to the following:

Mark Elder: Volunteer of the Year.
Senior Movie Day: Group Volunteer of the Year.
Corporate Sponsor of the Year: Clarke.

All Reston Association volunteers are invited to the 2015 Volunteer Appreciation Pool Party at Lake Newport Pool on Friday, Aug. 7 from 4-7 p.m. Click here to RSVP.
garlicGarlic Mustard Challenge
There is still time to participate in the effort to remove one of the most invasive plants in Reston. Join the Garlic Mustard Challenge and become eligible win a $200 Visa gift card, an all-inclusive Ledo's pizza party or Trader Joe's "goody bag." The challenge runs through May 2. Click here for more information.
bikeBicycle Safety Rodeo
Saturday, April 18
Ongoing from 1-4 p.m. (Course takes 20 minutes to complete).
Lake Newport Pool Facility, 11601 Lake Newport Road.
Free. Ages: 5-12.

Join the Reston Association, RA's Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee, The Reston Bicycle Club, and Safe Routes to School for our annual Bicycle Safety Rodeo. Children must bring their own bicycles and helmets. No registration required. Contact Ashleigh@reston.org.
TetraTetra Property Community Meeting
Tuesday, April 21
6 p.m.
Brown's Chapel, 1575 Brown's Chapel Road.

A community meeting will be held regarding Reston Association's initiative to purchase what is currently known as the Tetra property at Lake Newport.

A members' referendum, which runs April 13-May 8, will decide whether RA purchases the 3.47-acre property and 3,128-square-foot building. Tours of the property will be given during the meeting and voting stations for members will be provided. The following topics will be addressed:
  • Current zoning of the site vs. RA preferred zoning
  • Potential community recreational uses and interior renovations
  • The conditional contract and appraisals
  • The building condition based on property inspections, both from Criterium Engineers and RA Covenants administration.
policePolice and Fire Games Meeting
Tuesday, April 21
7 p.m.
Lecture Room at South Lakes High School, 11400 South Lakes Drive.

The community meeting about the World Police and Fire Games is open to the public. The games will be held throughout Fairfax County on June 26-July 5. Learn how you can get involved. Call the Hunter Mill District at 703-478-0283 for more information.
earthdayEarth Day Planting
Wednesday, April 22
1-4 p.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
Ages 5 and up (Children must be accompanied by an adult.)
Sign up by April 19. Contact habrock@reston.org or call 703-435-7986.
Celebrate Earth Day by volunteering at the nature center. Plant a variety of native plants in the gardens including shrubs, ferns and wildflowers. Learn about the value of native plants and how you can use them around your home. Wear clothes that can get dirty and bring gloves if you have them. We will have some gloves available and will provide tools for planting.
talloaksTall Oaks Community Meetings
April 23 and 27
7 p.m.
Reston Association, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive.

The Jefferson Apartment Group, a McLean-based developer of mixed-use projects, will hold community meetings for Reston residents and neighbors of the Tall Oaks Center. The group will provide a brief overview of the center's history along with a proposed conceptual plan for redevelopment. The company will provide comment/response cards for attendees. The development group purchased the Tall Oaks Center last December. Click here to read more.
filmEnvironmental Film:
A Fierce Green Fire - The Battle for a Living Planet
Friday, April 24
7 p.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
Adults. Reservations requested by April 21. Email naturecenter@reston.org or call 703-476-9689.
In honor of Earth Day, see the first big-picture exploration of the 50-year environmental movement from grassroots efforts to global activism and conservation to climate change. Directed by Academy Award nominee Mark Kitchell and narrated by Robert Redford, Ashley Judd, Van Jones, Isabel Allende and Meryl Streep. The film focuses on people fighting to save their homes, their lives, the future - and succeeding against all odds. Special guest: Sally Misencik (Reston Environmental Action).
tobyTrip to Toby's Dinner Theatre
Wednesday, April 29
9:15 a.m.-4:15 p.m.
$65/RA members, $71/non-members.
Ages: 55+

The signing of the Declaration of Independence, a groundbreaking event in American history, blazes to vivid life in this most unconventional of Broadway hits. 1776-The Musical puts a human face on the pages of history. 1776 is a funny, insightful, and compelling drama with a wonderful musical score. Registration form can be found at www.reston.org. Contact Ashleigh@reston.org for information.
festivalSpring Festival
Saturday, May 2
1-5 p.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive
All ages welcome
For more information, call 703-476-9689.
The festival will feature hands-on activities and entertainment, including acoustic music, live animals, craft making for kids, displays and information from environmental groups as well as fishing and canoe/kayak rentals on Lake Audubon. There will also be a native plant sale by Nature By Design. Entertainment Sponsor: Reston Community Center. Click here for entertainment schedule.
biketoworkRegister for Bike to Work Day
Friday, May 15
6:30-9 a.m.
On the Plaza at the Wiehle-Reston East Metrorail Station.

Comstock Partners and Reston Association invite you to join more than 450 local commuters for a celebration of bicycling as a clean, fun and healthy way to get to work. Register and meet us on the Plaza at the Wiehle-Reston East Metrorail Station to receive a free T-shirt, enjoy light refreshments and be entered into a raffle for a free bicycle. This location is above Fairfax County's first secure bike parking facility, just blocks from the W&OD Trail.
Register at http://www.biketoworkmetrodc.org.
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ivyStop the Choking Ivy

Saturday, April 25

10 a.m.-noon

Colts Neck Drive Natural Area.


Habitat Heroes will stop the choking hazard that English ivy creates on the trees by pulling up the vines at the Colts Neck natural area. The vines harbor mosquitoes, reduce the health of native trees and spread elsewhere. Please meet at the Hunters Woods Pool parking lot. To volunteer go to: http://bit.ly/1C52xeM