RA News
Oct. 30, 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.


On the Rise
New projects and construction continue around Reston. Keep up with all the latest news by visiting the Development & Future of Reston section of RA's website.


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videoVideo: Habitat Heroes

In this week's Reston Today video, Reston Association's Cate Fulkerson and Patricia Greenberg discuss efforts by Habitat Heroes volunteers to remove invasive plants as part of NeighborWoods Month. Click the image above to watch the video on YouTube.
trailTrail Maintenance Agreement
The Reston Association Board of Directors unanimously authorized CEO, Cate Fulkerson, to enter into a trail maintenance agreement with Fairfax County. The board approved the motion at its meeting last week.
The agreement would allow the association to maintain 1.5 miles of Reston trails owned by the county. Maintenance would include general debris removal, minor asphalt patching, pruning/edge mowing, leaf removal as necessary and snow plowing. Click here to read more.
helping"Helping Homes" Program
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Helping Homes is a Reston Association trial program that brings together contractors and home improvement retailers to provide exterior home repair assistance to RA members who are elderly, disabled or financially challenged.

RA would like to thank the following contractors and retailers for their generous donation of time and/or materials to last week's home-repair projects: HB Home Services, LLC; Jaxx Built Home Remodeling; American Cowboy Roofing; The Care of Trees; N&D Landscaping and Home Depot.
dredgeLake Anne Dredging Update
Reston Association received the VDOT permit to begin dredging operations at Lake Anne this week. Access to the pathway from Inlet Court will be blocked. Residents are encouraged to use the established detour. Click here to download a map of the dredging areas.

The contractor, Lake Services, expects the dredging to take about 4-6 weeks from the time set-up is completed within the next week.

RA is dredging the coves to clear accumulated sediment and leaf debris to improve boat and shoreline access as well as provide additional water storage areas and deeper areas for fish.  Removing sediment at the coves where the major drainage ways enter the lake helps to prevent the lake from filling in with accumulated sediments.
For more information contact Paul Priestley at 703-435-6541.
halloweenHalloween Safety Tips
The Fairfax County Police Department's Crime Prevention Unit is offering tips for parents and trick-or-treaters. Halloween is tomorrow.

Parents are asked to provide supervision to children under 12, advise kids to visit only well-lit homes and make sure costumes are flame-retardant and visible with retro-reflective material.

Trick-or-treaters should carry flashlights, stay on sidewalks and don't wear anything that obstructs vision.

Drivers should not use cellphones or other electronic devices and be cautious in intersections or near crosswalks and the side of roads. Go to www.halloween-safety.com for more tips.

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tennisTennis Court Update
Reston Association's North Hills courts 1 & 2 are closed for the year. Crews will begin winterizing the courts in preparation for the 2016 season. Courts 3 & 4 at North Hills, as well the four clay courts at Glade, will remain open until temperatures turn colder.
publicPublic Hearing: 2016-17 Budget
Monday, Nov. 2
6 p.m.
Reston Association, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive.

The Reston Association Board of Directors will hold a public hearing on the proposed 2016-17 biennial budget. Click here to access the latest draft of the budget. A second public hearing will be held on Nov. 19.

Click this link on Nov. 2 to watch the hearing live on the RA YouTube channel.
RTCRTC North Community Meeting
Wednesday, Nov. 4
7:30-9:30 p.m.
South Lakes High School, Lecture Hall.

Fairfax County Supervisor, Cathy Hudgins, will host a community meeting to discuss future development plans of the Reston Regional Library and the Embry Rucker Homeless Shelter as part of the redevelopment of Reston Town Center North. The Fairfax County Department of Public Works and Environmental Services will be asking for comments from community stakeholders about the library and shelter. All residents interested in the future of these facilities are invited to attend.
appraiseAppraisal Roadshow
Thursday, Nov. 5
10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Reston Association, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive.
$7 RA members
$10 non-members

Bring your jewelry, silver, coins, furniture, paintings, documents, or other heirlooms to discover their age and value (one item per person). Experts will provide appraisals and advice. Contact Ashleigh at 703-435-6577 to register or click here for more information about this and other events for people 55+.
racRascal Raccoons
Wednesday, Nov. 11
10-11 a.m. or 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
$7/child RA members, $9/child mon-members
Ages 3-5 (Children must be accompanied by an adult.)
Reservations required by Nov. 8. Email naturecenter@reston.org or call 703-476-9689.
Make a raccoon mask and tail craft, then dress up like a raccoon to go in search of what a raccoon needs. Explore the forest to look for food, water and shelter that is just right for this furry, forest creature.
workshopUpdating Cluster Standards
Thursday, Nov. 12
6:30 p.m.
Reston Association Conference Center, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive.
During this hands-on, interactive workshop attendees, Reston Association Covenants staff and contractors will work together to locate and compare products, view samples and prepare Design Review Board applications.
Featured contractors include American Cowboy Roofing, Renewal by Andersen, HB Home Services, Trex, LP Building Products, Sherwin Williams.
Please RSVP by Monday, Nov. 9 to covenantsworkshops@reston.org. To view the full 2015-2016 workshop schedule, click here.
thanksThanksgiving Centerpieces
Friday, Nov. 20
7-8:30 p.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
$20/centerpiece RA members, $25/centerpiece non-members.
All ages (Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
Reservations required by Nov. 17. Email naturecenter@reston.org or call 703-476-9689.
Start your holiday season with this festive workshop. Make a beautiful centerpiece with native materials and some simple napkin rings for your Thanksgiving table ($1 per additional ring). Enjoy mulled cider and seasonal treats as we work. All supplies provided. When making reservations, include the number of people and how many centerpieces you wish to make.
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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.