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Taste of Reston

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ARTICLES Beekeeping in Fairfax County…..…..…..…..… 87 Best of Reston Gala…..…..…..…..…..…..…..…. 14 Book Report …..…..…..…..…..…..…..…..…..…. 60 Breaking the Ice …..…..…..…..…..…..…..…..…. 68 Coming Back to Reston…..…..…..…..…..…..… 76 Conversation with Carole Nysmith…..…..…. 78 Events Pages …..…..…..…..…..…..…..…..…..…. 2 Facebook Collage…..…..…..…..…..…..…..…..…. i Fitness During & After Pregnancy …..…..…. 82 Friday Night Live! celebrates 25 years …..… 8 Gardens of Note…..…..…..…..…..…..…..…..…. 87 In the Know …..…..…..…..…..…..…..…..…..…. 70 Leaders around Reston…..…..…..…..…..…..… 18 Live, Work, Play, & Swim …..…..…..…..…..…. 26 Local Physician – Dr. Bharara …..…..…..…..… 34 Made Today, Gone Tomorrow…..…..…..…..… 42 Making an Impact …..…..…..…..…..…..…..…. 66 Metro Map…..…..…..…..…..…..…..…..…..…..… 89 Metro Update…..…..…..…..…..…..…..…..…..… 88 Mokomandy …..…..…..…..…..…..…..…..…..…. 44 Public Art Reston Map…..…..…..…..…..…..…. 24 Preserving Old Reston …..…..…..…..…..…..…. 56 Raised Reston…..…..…..…..…..…..…..…..…..… 62 Real Estate Report …..…..…..…..…..…..…..…. 54 Reston Association Board…..…..…..…..…..…. 83 Reston Bike Club …..…..…..…..…..…..…..…..… 28 Reston Farmers Market…..…..…..…..…..…..… 38 Reston Pride Festival…..…..…..…..…..…..….. 12 Rewind…..…..…..…..…..…..…..…..…..…..…..…. 84 Runners Marathon of Reston…..…..…..…..… 31 Senator Next Door …..…..…..…..…..…..…..…. 16 Spring Fashions …..…..…..…..…..…..…..…..…. 20 Spring Gardening in Reston …..…..…..…..…. 86 Sprinting Down the Shoot…..…..…..…..…..… 30 Suddenly Single Show …..…..…..…..…..…..…. 68 Teaching Future Leaders …..…..…..…..…..…. 80 The Right Place to Stand …..…..…..…..…..…. 36 Wolf Trap …..…..…..…..…..…..…..…..…..…..…. 6 Women of Lake Anne …..…..…..…..…..…..…. 64 Words to Live By Game…..…..…..…..…..…..… 90 You Gotta Have Art!…..…..…..…..…..…..…..… 22

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LIFESTYLE A Second Me Errand Service, LLC …..…..…..…..… 59 AutoScandia …..…..…..…..…..…..…..…..…..…..…..… BC CRUNCH Reston Town Center …..…..…..…..…..… 27 Generations Medical Aesthetics…..…..…..…..….. 13 Integrated Dermatology of Reston…..…..…..…..… 33 Just Cats Clinic …..…..…..…..…..…..…..…..…..…..… 69 New Trail Cycling…..…..…..…..…..…..…..…..…..….. 27 Northwest Federal Credit Union…..…..…..…..…. IBC Pinot’s Palette …..…..…..…..…..…..…..…..…..…..… 23 Rescue Reston…..…..…..…..…..…..…..…..…..…..….. 19 Reston Art Gallery …..…..…..…..…..…..…..…..…..… 23 Reston Community Players …..…..…..…..…..…..… 12 Reston Hospital Center…..…..…..…..…..…..…..….. 29 Scout & Molly’s Boutique …..…..…..…..…..…..….. 21 Scrawl Books …..…..…..…..…..…..…..…..…..…..…..… 21 State Farm–Kyle Knight Insurance Agency …..…..… 19 YMCA Reston…..…..…..…..…..…..…..…..…..…..…..…IFC

HOME Adams Group, Coldwell Banker …..…..…..…..…..… 52 Care of Trees, The …..…..…..…..…..…..…..…..…..… 47 CertaPro Painters…..…..…..…..…..…..…..…..…..….. 50 Denny + Gardner Remodeling…..…..…..…..…..….. 53 Holly Weatherwax, Momentum Realty…..…..….. 61 Independence Landscape & Lawn Care …..…..… 48 Marines Plumbing …..…..…..…..…..…..…..…..…..… 49 M.E. Flow …..…..…..…..…..…..…..…..…..…..…..…..… 57 Nova Junk Removal…..…..…..…..…..…..…..…..…..… 57 Roofing & More, Inc. …..…..…..…..…..…..…..…..… 51 Sekas Homes - Sunrise Square …..…..…..…..…..… 45 Tim Finefrock, Keller Williams …..…..…..…..…..… 55 Trademasters…..…..…..…..…..…..…..…..…..…..…..… 46

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FAMILY Barrett Suzuki Music Studio …..…..…..…..…..…..… 74 Beth Emeth Early Childhood Center…..…..…..….. 81 Cardinal Fencing Academy…..…..…..…..…..…..….. 73 Fairfax Home Health Care LLC…..…..…..…..…..….. 59 Goldfish Swim School …..…..…..…..…..…..…..….. 73 Great Day Learning Center…..…..…..…..…..…..….. 83 Little Hands Music …..…..…..…..…..…..…..…..…..… 74 Lopez Studios Performing Arts School …..…..….. 75 Nysmith School …..…..…..…..…..…..…..…..…..…..… 79 Pal Family Dentistry …..…..…..…..…..…..…..…..….. 32 Marcus Dental Care …..…..…..…..…..…..…..…..….. 21 Reston Montessori School…..…..…..…..…..…..….. 81 SkateQuest…..…..…..…..…..…..…..…..…..…..…..….. 72 small change consignments …..…..…..…..…..…..… 72 Smile Wonders Pediatric Dentistry …..…..…..….. 71 Tall Oaks Assisted Living …..…..…..…..…..…..…..… 58

TASTE Carrabba’s Italian Grill …..…..…..…..…..…..…..…..… 41 Honey Baked Ham Reston…..…..…..…..…..…..….. 40 Kalypso’s Sports Tavern…..…..…..…..…..…..…..….. 43 La Ong Thai Bistro …..…..…..…..…..…..…..…..…..… 40

EVENTS & CONCERTS Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival…..…..…..…..…..….. 11 Dulles Town Center Music Schedule …..…..…..…. 5 Friday Night Live! Music Schedule …..…..…..…..…. 9 Herndon Festival…..…..…..…..…..…..…..…..…..…..… 4 Hunter Mill Melodies Schedule …..…..…..…..…..… 11 Loudoun County Parks July 4 Events …..…..…..… 10 Taste of Reston …..…..…..…..…..…..…..…..…..…..…. 1 Vintage Virginia Wine & Food Festival …..…..….. 11 Wolf Trap Music Schedule…..…..…..…..…..…..…..… 7

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The Reston area has many generous residents and businesses who contribute their time, resources and dollars giving back to others. To them, it’s a way of life and supports founder Robert E. Simon’s guiding principles. The annual Best of Reston celebrates a few of the many each year. On Thursday, April 4th, 2019, over 600 members of our community came together to recognize the hard work and dedication of this year’s Best of Reston honorees and raised over $500,000 to support the vital mission of Cornerstones, a nonprofit organization that promotes selfsufficiency by providing support and advocacy for those in need of food, shelter, affordable housing, quality childcare, and other human services. Check out this year’s honorees on p.15. While my friend Raba, pictured above with me was not an honoree this year, she is undoubtedly one of the shining stars in our community. Reston is a community of kindness and it shows.

~ Kat Toussaint

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! E T A D MAY Fri, May 17, 2019

Bike to Work Day

6:30am – 9:30am / Reston Station Celebration of bicycling as a clean, fun and healthy way to get to work. Sponsored by Reston Association. www.biketoworkmetrodc.org

Fri-Sunday, May 17-19, 2019

Northern VA Fine Arts Festival

10:00am – 5:00pm / Reston Town Center Over 200 artists from across the nation show and sell their amazing works of fine art and craft. www.restonarts.org

Sun, May 19, 2019

Reston Community Orchestra— An Evening at the Pops

4:00 p.m. / RCC Hunters Woods – Community Room / $15.00 donation / RSVP by 5/13/19 In the style of a Boston Pops concerts. The audience will be seated at tables, complete with light snacks and beverages. www.restoncommunityorchestra.org

May 23 - June 23, 2019

Singin’ in the Rain

NextStop Theatre / 269 Sunset Park Drive, Herndon A wildly inventive re-imagining of an American mega-musical as no one has seen it before. www.nextstoptheatre.org

Sat, May 25, 2019

A Star-Spangled Salute presented by The Reston Chorale & Brass of the Potomac

7:00 pm / RTC Pavilion / Free Bring a lawn chair and enjoy patriotic music. Donations of items for troop care packages welcomed. www.restonchorale.org

Thurs-Sunday, May 30-June 2

Herndon Festival

New location! Northwest Federal Credit Union, 200 Spring Street, Herndon, VA / Check site for times Fun-filled experience combining the joy of an outdoor concert with the thrill of a summertime carnival. www.herndonfestival.net

JUNE Sat, June 1, 2019

Gardens of Note presented by the Reston Chorale

10:00 am – 4:00 pm Explore a selection of Reston’s private gardens; enjoy musical entertainment by the Reston Chorale followed by a garden party at Hidden Lane Residential Landscapes. www.restonchorale.org

Sat, June 1, 2019

2nd annual Reston Pride Festival 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm / Lake Anne Plaza Free Celebrate and support Greater Reston’s LGBTQ community. Family event www.facebook.com/RestonPride

Sun, June 2, 2019

Reston Sprint Triathlon

Lake Newport Pool, 11601 Lake Newport Road, Reston 13th annual event / ¼ mile swim + 11.28 mile bike ride + 3.2 mile run / presented by The CORE Foundation, in cooperation with Reston Association. www.restonsprinttri.org

Sun, June 2, 2019

Tour de Cure – Ride. Run. Walk.

RTC Pavilion Choose a ride of 20, 35, 55, or 106 miles, or choose to run or walk 5K to raise funds for the American Diabetes Association. Options for the whole family! www.diabetes.org

Sun, June 9, 2019

Love Your Body Yoga Festival

10:00am – 5:00pm / RTC / Free Yoga studios and wellness centers offer classes, services and information. Live entertainment and activities. Presented by Beloved Yoga. www.loveyourbodyyogafestival.com

Fri/Saturday, June 14 & 15, 2019

Taste of Reston

Check website for times / RTC GRCC presents Northern Virginia’s largest outdoor food festival featuring samplings from eateries, live music, beer and wine gardens and more. www.restontaste.com

JULY Thurs, July 4, 2019

Town of Herndon 4th of July Celebration

6:30 – 10pm Bready Park, 814 Ferndale Avenue, Herndon www.herndon-va.gov/july4

Thurs, July 4, 2019

Firecracker 5K for the Troops presented by Leidos

8:00 am start / Reston Town Center Fee Show support for our local military members by participating in this energetic event! www.prraces.com

Sat, July 13, 2019

Lake Anne Roots Music Festival 12:00pm – 8:00pm / Lake Anne Plaza Free Fun day of American Roots Music, Art, great food and drink. www.lakeanneplaza.com

AUGUST Thurs – Sunday, Aug 1-4, 2019

Fairfax County 4H Fair & Carnival Frying Pan Farm Park, 2709 West Ox Road, Herndon Carnival rides, games and more. Special event times vary throughout the festival. www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/fryingpan-park/4-h-fair

Sun, August 4, 2019

Reston Kid’s Triathlon

8:00 am / Ridge Heights Pool, Reston Event for ages 6-14 years old. Co-sponsored by Reston Association & the YMCA-Fairfax County Reston. www.restonkidstri.org

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Sat, August 10, 2019

3rd annual Lake Anne Cardboard Boat Regatta

12pm – 6pm / Lake Anne Plaza, Reston Teams construct and decorate life-size cardboard boats which they row in timed heats in an ‘out and back’ route on Lake Anne. www.restonmuseum.org

Ongoing Summer Events April—October / Mondays

Muscle Up Mondays with Crunch Fitness 6:30 pm, Reston Town Center Pavilion Muscle up your Mondays with free outdoor fitness classes www.crunchreston.com

May—August / Thursdays

Take a Break Concerts

7:00pm – 9:00pm / Lake Anne Plaza / Free www.restoncommunitycenter.com/tab

July—August / Thursdays

Hunter Mill Melodies

7:30pm – 8:30pm / 2709 West Ox Road, Herndon www.fairfaxparkfoundation.org

May—August / Fridays

Friday Night LIVE! / FREE Outdoor Concert Series 6:30pm – 10:30pm / Downtown Herndon, 777 Lynn Street www.HerndonRocks.com

May—August / Fridays

Summerbration Live Entertainment

7:00pm – 9:00pm / Reston Station / Free Reston Station/Wiehle Metro outdoor stage Complimentary parking available— follow signs to Park X www.restoncommunitycenter.com

June—August / Saturdays

Reston Concerts on the Town

7:30pm – 10:00pm / RTC Pavilion / Free Bring lawn chairs or picnic blankets and enjoy live outdoor music. Rain or shine. www.restontowncenter.com

June—August / Sundays

Art in the Park with Shenandoah Conservatory

7:00pm – 8:00pm / Reston Town Square Park Free www.restoncommunitycenter.com/sundays


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Wolf Trap is a summer home for making lifelong memories. From young fans to those who are a bit more experienced, take a look around before show time, and you’ll find various generations taking family photos, dancing in the grass, cheering with friends, and reveling in anticipation of seeing their favorite artists perform outside on a starry night. Many returning patrons treasure the memory of their first Wolf Trap performance, and trips to Wolf Trap remain a tradition for fans from adolescence into adulthood. One of Wolf Trap’s greatest charms is its ability to create long-lasting experiences that connect generations. Returning acts like Tony Bennett, Reba McEntire, Johnny Mathis, Diana Ross, and Jackson Browne allow parents and grandparents to share musical favorites with their children, while newer acts like The Avett Brothers, Kacey Musgraves, Lake Street Dive, Jennifer Hudson, and JoJo Siwa offer an opportunity for younger audiences to embrace a unique and special night at Wolf Trap. Great memories are not only among patrons; some of Wolf Trap’s best stories come from those who have taken their summer experience a step further as volunteer ushers. One usher fondly remembers when she was officially “hooked on Wolf Trap” after seeing favorites like Perry Como, Ray Charles, and Ella Fitzgerald. Since then, she has spent 33 years volunteering, watching beloved shows, and making memories with the patrons and artists who enjoy the Filene Center each summer. Several longtime Wolf Trap fans have also spent summers introducing their new family members to the Park. One usher, who began volunteering in 1988, reminisces about taking her daughter to Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods and later watching her fall asleep on a blanket under the stars during a late-night Filene Center show. In more recent years, she has enjoyed bringing her grandson and daughter back for performances like Sing-A-Long Sound of Music and family picnics to watch fireworks during the ever-popular Summer Blast-Off concerts. While each season at Wolf Trap brings exciting changes, including an expanding list of fresh artists and new patron amenities, the memory-making experience remains the same. Regardless of the season or the show, Wolf Trap audiences know they can always count on having an unforgettable story to share with generations to come.











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Friday Night LIVE! Celebrates 25 years!

By Laura B. Poindexter

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Herndon’s award-winning free outdoor concert series kicked off its 25th season on May 3. The first Friday Night Live! concert event was held on June 16, 1995, and since then 398 shows have been hosted with over 525,000 fans in attendance. This highly attended event is popular with families, couples and singles alike and takes place every Friday through August 23 (excluding May 31 due to Herndon Festival) on the Herndon Town Green. The event has grown to become the most successful and longest-running free outdoor concert series in the DC area. Friday Night Live! books the most popular local acts from up and down the East Coast. Most of the bands play rock and roll covers from classic to modern rock. There are also some themed nights like country, yacht rock, and decades-themed bands. Friday Night Live! is produced by the Herndon Chamber of Commerce and brought to you by its title sponsor Volkswagen Group of America. The concert series was created to be an economic development tool to bring people to and promote Downtown Herndon as a place to visit and live. It has successfully done that and more. “We couldn’t hold this event without our hard-working volunteers and the support of our corporate sponsors,” said Doug Downer, the event’s founder and chairman. “If you’ve never been, come on down to the Town Green on a Friday this summer to experience friends, fun, and a true sense of community.” Mayor Lisa Merkel, a regular at Friday Night Live! comments, “Friday Night Live! is Herndon’s signature event and is the first sign of summer every year! I’m looking so forward to seeing all our friends and neighbors on Fridays this summer for this celebratory 25th season!” Food from local restaurants including Domino’s Pizza, Egg Karne, and Jimmy’s Old Town Tavern is available on site. Event organizers offer a variety of beer, seltzer, and wine. Proceeds benefit the Chamber of Commerce while a portion of the tip money from alcohol benefits the Herndon High School After-Prom and All Night alcoholfree Grad Parties. Friday Night Live! has also generously supported many other local organizations in its 25 years, including the Herndon Optimists Club, the Herndon Woman’s Club, and many Herndon-area PTAs. The Town Green is located behind the Municipal Building at 777 Lynn Street in Historic Downtown Herndon, VA. It is adjacent to the W&OD Trail and the Herndon Fortnightly Library. For more information on Friday Night Live!, visit www.herndonrocks.com 8






DC Area’s Best FREE Outdoor Concert Series! Live Bands Every Friday 6:30 – 10:30 pm

Downtown Herndon, 777 Lynn Street (behind the Herndon Municipal Center)

2019 Music Schedule

May 3 10 17 24

Garden State Radio Here’s to the Night (’90s) The Stormin’ Norman Band + 8 Track Jones More More More 31 Herndon Festival (No Friday Night Live!)

June 7 14 21 28

Kristen & the Noise JunkFood keeton (’90s alternative) Love Seed Mama Jump


5 Phillip Parsons Band (country) + Scott Kurt & Memphis 59 (country) 12 Boat House Row (yacht rock) + Big Al’s Truck 19 Screaming Monkeys + All Star Band 26 Herr Metal (’80s hair metal) + Dr FU

August Food, Beer & Wine Available

2 9 16 23

The Reflex (’80s) LauraLea & Tripp Fabulous Social Call (guitar rock) Under the Covers


SPONSORED BY: Herndon Chamber of Commerce Town of Herndon United Bank HRI Associates/Erie Insurance ISI Enterprises Worldgate Centre Food & Beverage Sponsors Dairy Queen Domino’s Egg Karne Jimmy’s Old Town Tavern Select Wines Virginia Eagle Distributing

Gold Sponsors D Banzon Design Investin/Tim Nachazel MainStreet Bank Mile 20 at the Breeze Mindy Thunman (RE/MAX Allegiance) Party DC Events Peraton Queenb Creative Rudarius MC Silver Sponsors 123JUNK Arts Herndon Egan, Berger & Weiner, LLC Fierro & Kori, Attorneys at Law Griffin-Owens Insurance Group Richey Property Management Winmar Construction

Bronze Sponsors Adams-Green Funeral Home All American Landscaping Allwyn Corporation Apple Federal Credit Union Brush Strokes Salon Dr. Finley’s Family Eyecare EldenStreet Financial Flynn Realty Associates Fulton Bank Linda Sells Herndon (Pearson Smith Realty) Meadows Farms Nurseries Mid-Atlantic Power MW Architects, LLC Northwood Construction PM Pediatrics of Herndon Stitely & Karstetter, CPAs Tri-Tek Engineering

For more information, visit www.HerndonRocks.com SPRING/SUMMER 2019 9


Independence Day Four Ways with Loudoun County Parks, Recreation and Community Services

Enjoy an OL’ TIME FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION at Claude Moore Park Thursday, July 4 / 10:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. Wagon rides, historic tours, music, crafts, games and Reptiles Alive! Admission: $5/Ages five and older. Register at www.loudoun.gov/webtrac or cash/check payment at event.

Sterling Community Center kicks off Independence Day at “STAR SPANGLED STERLING” Saturday, June 29, 2019 / 6 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Live music, games, crafts, moonbounces, refreshments and fabulous fireworks! Free admission. Sterling Middle School Track Field.

Lovettsville Community Center’s “INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION & POOL BASH” Wednesday, July 3, starting at 5:30 p.m. Hometown parade and family activities, swimming, games/music by the pool, and fireworks at dark! Free event admission. Pool Bash: $3/ages three and older.

INDEPENDENCE DAY AT FRANKLIN PARK on July 4, 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. Features live music, family activities, food vendors, The Reagan Years 80’s tribute band, the Franklin Park Big Band, and fireworks accompanied by the Loudoun Symphonic Winds! Admission: $10/car.

Visit www.loudoun.gov/prcs for more information and follow PRCS on Facebook at www.facebook.com/loudounprcs 10



Summer Entertainment Series 2019


Hunter Mill Melodies Thursday Evenings • 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Frying Pan Farm Park Kidwell Farm 2709 West Ox Road, Herndon, VA 20171

June 27 Scythian (Irish Rock)



11 The Reunion Jazz Orchestra (Big Band) 18 25 The High & Wides (Bluegrass, Hillbilly String)

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Incendio (Latin) Chopteeth (Afrofunk) Veronneau (World Jazz) The United States Navy ‘Cruisers’ (Pop Rock)

The Summer Entertainment Series is made possible through corporate and private donations. To donate, visit fairfaxparkfoundation.org/projects

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On Saturday, June 1, 2019, the second Reston Pride Festival will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Lake Anne Plaza. The event will feature performers and speakers to celebrate and support Greater Reston’s LGBTQ+ community. Hosted by the Unitarian Universalist Church in Reston, the first Reston Pride festival held in 2018 was created “to break the silence in the greater Reston/Herndon area about LGBTQ+ people and issues,” explains the Rev. Dr. Debra Haffner, minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church in Reston and co-chair of Reston Pride. The event attracted over 1,200 people and was co-sponsored by more than 20 community organizations. Since then, more organizations have come forward to be involved in the second Reston Pride Festival. “We are thrilled that so many organizations are working together to bring the community the second Pride Festival and to launch what we hope will be an annual event,” continues Haffner. Leah Maier, the co-chair of Reston Pride, states that the mission of Reston Pride is to raise awareness about love, community, and resilience. The festival will be “a diverse and welcoming event for people all ages, backgrounds, and faiths that will provide a platform to share their voices within the community.” 12

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Fellow co-chair of Reston Pride and representative for cohost St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, Tim Barwick, adds that the mission of the Reston Pride festival mirrors St. Anne’s own mission: “Welcoming, Diverse, Progressive.” “We have enjoyed working closely with other local organizations to make this year’s expanded effort at Lake Anne Plaza an even more positive experience for our Reston community,” continues Barwick. The Reston Pride Festival will feature vocal and dance performances and speakers, including religious and civic leaders. The event will be co-emceed by Delta B. Knyght, a Washington, D.C.-based Drag Entertainer and Ken Williamson, music director for Washington Plaza Baptist Church and a former Las Vegas entertainer. Reston Pride is co-chaired by the Unitarian Universalist Church in Reston, St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, United Christian Parish, and Lake Anne Plaza, with sponsorship support from Reston Community Center, Reston faith communities, nonprofit organizations, and other local organizations. This child-friendly event is free and open to the public. www.facebook.com/RestonPride AROUND RESTON MAGAZINE

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2019 BEST OF RESTON An annual Gala Celebration to honor members of our community and to raise money to help others. PHOTO CREDITS: CHIP MCCREA PHOTOGRAPHY



2019 BEST of RESTON Honorees Left to Right: Mina and Mark Fies, Synergy Design & Construction; Roz Rakoff; Maggie Parker; Stacey Gimbert, Kimmy Huggins, Helen Yi, Touching Heart; Bob Schnapp, A Simple Gesture; Kurt Rose; Julian Purvis, Gary Powell, Dr. Dennis Humphrey, George Johnson, OKK; Mike and Ellen Jennings, BEI. ©Chip McCrea Photography 2019

Synergy Design & Construction (Mina and Mark Fies) Constructing Better Lives by Design The Fies started their home design and remodeling company with a three-person team. From the beginning, they devoted themselves to growing their impact on organizations and people in need just as much as for their company. Their business contributes to Greater Reston Arts Center’s Art in the schools, RESTORE (re-using materials for housing non-profits) and repairs needed at Cornerstones transitional housing. Synergy is helping the community’s most vulnerable design solutions for a better way of life.

Roz Rakoff An Essential Community Kindness Connector For more than 44 years, Roz Rakoff has exemplified Reston’s caring spirit as a volunteer for Cornerstones, Greater Reston Arts Center, Reston schools, Reston Kids Triathlon, Reston Historic Trust, A Simple Gesture, Shoreshim, the Reston Scholarship Fund of the Community Foundation of Northern Virginia, SLHS Food Pantry and Global Camps Africa. Her caring heart has driven connections between individuals Roz meets on life’s pathways and the organizations for which she has provided service and funding.

Maggie Parker Passion that Leads to Lasting Success As a volunteer, events chair, board member or board chair – Maggie Parker’s civic and non-profit organization efforts have been energetic and effective. Her projects to raise funds for Children’s Hospital have included A Vintage Affair and Autumn Adventure at Reston Town Center, and the Southern Accents Capital Design House. Locally, Maggie has provided board leadership and fundraising expertise for Greater Reston Arts Center, Public Art Reston, ARTSFAIRFAX, Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce and the Women’s Center.

Touching Heart (Helen and Taylor Yi) Generations Inspiring Gifts of Love from Open Hearts Born from the idea that young people could channel their desire to be kind into meaningful acts, this all-volunteer effort has grown to reach thousands of people. Their “Kids on a Mission” and “Schools on a Mission” curricula and projects are kid-generated, kid-designed and executed. Working with adult mentors to acquire leadership, planning and fundraising skills, participants support children and raise awareness of the problems young people are confronted with both locally and far away.

A Simple Gesture (Bob Schnapp) Feeding Families—One Green Bag after Another Inspired by a West Coast program, and with early support from Shoreshim and The Giving Circle of Hope, Bob Schnapp launched A Simple Gesture – Reston. This community effort to reduce hunger is basic: people sign up; they get a “cool

green bag;” they fill it with non-perishable food and essentials. The full bags are delivered to local food pantries where the tons of food donated have made a critical difference for people who are hungry.

Kurt Rose A Sparkling Gem of Community Spirit Kurt Rose, owner of Aspen Jewelry Designs with his partner Rick Little, gives back to a community he feels has given him everything. His volunteer and financial support benefit Herndon Rotary’s involvement in Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, Kids R First, SLHS PTSA Food Pantry, Cornerstones, South Lakes and Herndon High School Bands, Reston’s YMCA, and Reston Museum’s Annual Cardboard Boat Regatta. Kurt’s passion for his community is a sparkling example of putting “service above self.”

Omicron Kappa Kappa Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and the OKK Foundation, Inc. The Colors of Their Service are Purple and Gold The members of OKK and their Foundation have been nurturing young students (with an emphasis on boys) so they can become successful future leaders. The 30-plus successful Black men of OKK inspire young people with their service to the community by volunteering at events like Taste of Reston, Flavors of Fall, Reston Relay for Life, Northern Virginia Project Giveback and the Dr. Charles Drew Blood Drive. Their foundation provides scholarships and mentoring support that transforms lives.

BEI, Inc. (Mike and Ellen Jennings) Expertise that Makes a Difference—IT’s Their Thing The Jennings see BEI as a technology company that is focused on people. In their relationships to non-profits, they give no less of their expertise and passion for success. They have been involved in Reston schools, sports and scouting, Reston Swim Team Association, the Northern Virginia Maker Faire, Artemis House, and the Reston Planning and Zoning Committee. They also provide critical in-kind IT support to the Greater Reston Arts Center and Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce.

About Cornerstones of Our Community— Best of Reston Awards: Nearly three decades ago, Cornerstones and the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce came together in a unique collaboration that demonstrates their mutual commitment to the Reston community’s guiding principles established by founder Robert E. Simon, and a shared philosophy that the collective contributions of individuals, businesses, civic and community institutions and organizations are necessary to build and sustain thriving and enriching communities. This partnership is celebrated each year in this community awards celebration.




Next Door

The moment you step inside Senator Janet Howell’s home, a beautiful— highly symbolic—piece of art prominently displayed in the entryway greets you. The watercolor is a depiction of Reston, playfully using vibrant colors and shapes to feature the elements of the community that make it unique. Painted by long-time Restonian Dana Ann Scheurer, it is the perfect choice for a woman who not only lives in Reston but who has made it her life’s work to serve the community. Sworn into office in 1993, Senator Howell has been representing Virginia’s 32nd district in the state legislature for nearly three decades. Her jurisdiction includes local communities such as Tysons Corner and parts of McLean and Arlington, however she has chosen to reside in Reston since 1972. She notes that the appeal of Reston was its natural beauty and its people: “I wanted my children to be able to be outside in nature, and to live in an ethnically diverse community.” She admits that other cities and towns in which she has resided had so many “…fences that [felt] constraining,” and after experiencing the open spaces and ample park areas that make Reston distinctive, she and her family decided to make Reston their home. Howell was closely involved in many crucial decisions and the creation of what are now essential Reston institutions, such as the Embry Rucker Shelter. As the chair of the first advisory committee to the shelter, Senator Howell was involved in getting key resources to the center. Before its opening, she was a strong advocate for bringing the haven to Reston; she states that it was “revolutionary” when Reston asked for the shelter and that at the time of its construction, it “I wanted my children to be was only “…the second [facility] in the country to have able to be outside in nature, both family and individual units.”

and to live in an ethnically diverse community.”


Throughout her career, Howell has been an advocate for issues relating to family violence and child abuse, AROUND RESTON MAGAZINE

From Culture and Transportation to Social Concerns and Education, Howell has Contributed Much to the Vision of Reston that Bob Simon dreamed of in the 1960s which she considers to be “critical” to her job. Underlying much of her legislation in the state Senate is a dedication to families in the Northern Virginia area. When serving on the Fairfax County Social Services Board, she became “engaged in the foster care system” and enhanced the requirements needed to become a social worker. Her priorities have included “housing and funding for the homeless,” and she has pushed major initiatives involving permanent supportive housing. Utilizing a work ethic that seems boundless, her tenure as president of the Reston Community Association made her a recognized leader in the development of Reston Town Center. From culture and transportation to social concerns and education, Howell has contributed much to the vision of Reston that Bob Simon dreamed of in the 1960s. Using expertise gained from years of public outreach, Howell recently traveled to the southern part of the state to visit communities outside of her district, including Wise, Big Stone Gap, and Abingdon. If Democrats win the majority in the election this November, Howell is set to be the Chairman of the Finance Committee, a role that would affect the state as a whole. Her motivation for visiting other parts of the state speaks to this potential responsibility: “I am prepared to represent all of Virginia, and we are a complicated state. [Sometimes] we can be complacent in Northern Virginia, [but] I think there has been an awakening in the past two years in Reston politics.” Howell does not see our community as being vastly different from those in southern Virginia; like us, she says they are “…

determined to make [their] communities work, and I respect that.” In representing the 32nd district, Howell makes it clear that local politics are steeped in this approach, as she also keeps an eye on the needs of all. In some ways, Howell is a beneficiary of an inheritance from her mother: an activist and government employee, Howell’s mother passed on a commitment to public service to her daughter, and this inheritance continues to trickle down. With her daughter-in-law, author Theresa Howell, she has co-authored a book sharing the stories of more than 50 female leaders, ranging from Elizabeth Cady Stanton to Condoleezza Rice, titled Leading the Way: Women in Power. Recommended for ages 10 and up, the book project’s mission is to inspire middle-graders, young adults, and even adults to create change in their communities. The book releases in October 2019. Senator Howell sums it up best when she thinks about the role Reston plays in her life: “I consider Reston to be both my home and my political base.” There is no divide between community and politics—for Howell, they seem always to be interconnected. For her, one of the attractions of the Reston area is that it has “every type of family,” and it is this devotion to the families and cultures that define our region that has been a mainstay throughout Howell’s career. CONTRIBUTOR: Lauren Magnussen is a writer, researcher, and activist in Northern Virginia. She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in English at George Mason University.


Leaders Around Reston

Kerrie Wilson

Cate Fulkerson

CEO, Cornerstones

President, Points North Strategies

Kerrie Wilson has been CEO of Cornerstones (formerly Reston Interfaith) since February 2001, and has 35 years of experience in health and human services advocacy, public health policy, and nonprofit management. Kerrie holds fast to the vision of a community where all have equitable access to the resources they need to participate and prosper. As CEO of the Reston-based nonprofit Cornerstones and its affiliate, Cornerstones Housing Corporation, Kerrie has helped create that community through innovative and strategic partnerships, impactful programs, and successful advocacy for those whose voices need to be heard.

Cate has a proven track record as a successful leader and senior executive—as former Chair of Leadership Fairfax, member of the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce, and a CEO of the Reston Association, one of the largest community associations in the country with an annual combined operating and capital budget of $18 million dollars.

When Kerrie Wilson was presented with The Commonwealth Institute’s Virginia Legacy Award in 2016, she was described as “a tireless advocate for positive change on issues that strengthen families and communities in Virginia.”

As a collaborative facilitator and team player, Cate is strongly committed to developing organizational integrity and establishing and maintaining strong partnerships with key individuals and staffs in public, private, and non-profit sectors. Cate thrives on the benefits associated with networking and collaborating with others and understands how to use these connections for the betterment of an organization. She is known as being resourceful, respectful, ethical, and fair-minded in the region and Metropolitan D.C. area.

Serving on the Meyer Foundation board of directors, she helped give shape to the foundation’s transformation as a leading voice for dismantling structural racism and building an equitable Washington, DC region.

In addition to generating and cultivating new ideas, she is adept at financial management, values diverse backgrounds and perspectives and has strong experience with board governance and, can successfully develop and implement strategic goals and projects while maximizing client and/or membership value and be an inspirational voice for an organization.

Kerrie is one of a small group of stakeholders from all sectors of the community charged with developing key strategies and an implementation plan for the groundbreaking “One Fairfax” resolution adopted by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and School Board in 2017

Cate has a BA from Washington College and a Master of Public Administration from George Mason University. Cate is a Certified Manager of Community Associations by the Community Associations Institute and has been listed in Who’s Who in America since 2016.

Kerrie serves on numerous boards and committees and is a member of the Nonprofit Advisory Council for the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce. She also serves on the board of directors of the Virginia Housing Alliance, and the Virginia Nonprofit Leadership Council. Kerrie is co-chair of the Fairfax County’s Affordable Housing Advisory Committee (AHAC), which recently developed and delivered a Community-Wide Housing Strategic Plan to the Fairfax Board of Supervisors.

Cate started Points North Strategies in April 2018 to provide comprehensive strategic planning and leadership development services to navigate organizations in directions that improve performance. Cate Fulkerson is a compassionate, no-nonsense leader of people and programs, with the business acumen to understand the value of visioning as well as the nuances associated with successful change management.

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You Gotta Have ART! Surrounding Restonians with beauty and providing cultural facilities were two of Robert E. Simon’s founding principles. He purposefully planned for an art gallery in Lake Anne Village Center (Reston’s first village center) to ensure that artists would have a space to display their artwork to the community. Although the art gallery did not end up located per plan as shown in the Chimney House conceptual drawing, in 1966, Heron House Gallery was opened on the ground floor of Heron House, Lake Anne Village Center’s high rise condo building. The gallery space was leased for a small fee and used as an exhibit hall and teaching space for local artists with Mrs. Margaret Farmer as its first director. One of the first exhibits displayed in the Heron House Gallery showcased examples of the work done elsewhere by the architects and other artists who were participating in the building of Reston during the initial stage. Other early exhibits included abstract paintings,

One of the first exhibits at Heron House, showcasing previous projects of Reston architects and artists

Pat Macintyre

Conceptual Drawing of Lake Anne Village Center Chimney House Building. “Art Exhibit” sign visible in one of the windows

collages and welded steel sculptures from Virginia and Maryland artists. In 1974, when rent for the gallery space was increasing under Gulf Oil’s administration, the Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE) was formed to keep the gallery open. Members of GRACE would install as many as ten exhibits a year in the gallery. In the late 1980s, having grown to 500 supporting members and 18 resident artists, GRACE needed more room and decided to sell the 1200 sq. ft. space hoping it would remain as an art gallery. As luck would have it, the space was sold to Patricia (Pat) Macintyre, director of the Reston Art Gallery and Studios. In addition to directing the gallery, Pat produced and hosted the TV program “You Gotta Have Art” for many years. GRACE moved into temporary space until moving to their permanent location in Reston Town Center. Over 30 years later, both Pat Macintyre and her studio remain at Lake Anne as does GRACE at RTC!

On May 19, 2019, the Reston Historic Trust & Museum is hosting a free public program focusing on Pat Macintyre and her TV program “You Gotta Have Art.” An exhibit highlighting the Heron House Art Gallery and Pat Macintyre’s art will be displayed inside the Reston Historic Trust & Museum during May and June. The program is supported in part by Reston Community Center.

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PUBLIC ART MAP OF RESTON For more information about the artworks, visit www.publicartreston.org. LAKE ANNE VILLAGE CENTER 1. The Pyramid, 1965 James Rossant Washington Plaza Untold Stories, 2004 Zachary Oxman Washington Plaza The Pulpit, 1965 James Rossant Washington Plaza Plaza Fountain, 1965 James Rossant Washington Plaza Decorative Pieces, 1965 Whittlesey & Conklin Washington Plaza 2. Untitled, 1967 Olin R. Russum, Jr. Moorings Drive Underpass 3. Sun Boat, 1965 Gonzalo Fonseca The Wooden Horse, New version realized by Marco Rando, 2016, based on Gonzalo Fonseca’s original work realized in 1965. The Lookout Tower, 1965 James Rossant Van Gogh Bridge, 1965 William Roehl Crossing to Waterview Cluster townhouses 4. North Shore Drive Underpass, 1965 Gonzalo Fonseca North Shore Drive Underpass Pylon, 1965 Gonzalo Fonseca North Shore Dr. Underpass 5. September 11 Memorial, 2002 Kathy Walden Kaplan Freedom Grove at Browns Chapel Rd



6. Restosauria, 1990 John Parker Lake Newport Pool 11601 Lake Newport Road

RESTON TOWN CENTER 7. Reston Rondo, 2014 Mary Ann Mears Hyatt Park Weathervanes, 1990 RTKL, Inc. of Baltimore Market and Presidents Streets intersection

Mutual Understanding/Mutual Respect, 2016 m.l.duffy North County Governmental Center 1801 Cameron Glen Dr.

17. Woodland Garden, 2008 Kathy Walden Kaplan and Katie Shaw (poem) Walker Nature Center 11450 Glade Drive

11. Untitled, 1992 David S. Holland Reston Regional Library 11925 Bowman Towne Dr.

18. Cadmiosaur, 1990 John Parker South Lakes High School 11400 South Lakes Drive

Book of Love, 2008 Anne Nagy Reston Regional Library 11925 Bowman Towne Dr.

19. Lake Thoreau Spillway Project, Annual South Lakes High School STEAM Team New temporary artwork installed each summer Lake Thoreau Spillway

Orb, 1990 RTKL, Inc. of Baltimore Market and Presidents Streets intersection

12. Nokomis, 2017 Danny Lane Signature Park

Mercury Fountain, 1990 Saint Clair Cemin Fountain Plaza, Market St.

13. Harmony Ridge, 1996 Robert Lobe US Geological Survey 12201 Sunrise Valley Dr

8. Fidelity of Form, c. 2005 Dennis Heimbach Reston Town Square Park Basket of Flowers, 2014 Stephen Robin 12025 Town Square St. Iris, 2006 Daniel Goldstein Reston Town Square Park Vascular Form III, 2007 Foon Sham St. Francis Street at Market Street Midtown Community Community Mural, 2013 Dana Ann Scheurer New Dominion Parkway 9. Wakan, 2007 Richard Lew Market Street at Crescent Park 10. Trolls, 1990 Mary LaRue Wells Bowman Towne Ct.

20. Viewer for the Age of Reason, n.d. Greg Shelnutt 10780 Parkridge Blvd 21. Berlin Wall Fragment, c. 1973 Bundeswehr Command Headquarters 11150 Sunrise Valley Drive

14. Flux, 2013 Valerie Theberge Dogwood Pool 2460 Green Range Dr. 15. Emerge, 2010 Valerie Theberge and Hunters Wood Elementary students Glade Drive Underpass

HUNTERS WOODS ELEMENTARY 16. Stabile, 2006 Kevin Reese and 4th Grade Students

WIEHLE – RESTON EAST 22. Convergence, 2017 Zachary Oxman Aperture 11410 Reston Station Blvd. The Force of Nature, 2018 Lorenzo Quinn Wiehle – Reston Station Plaza

Tessare, 2009 Bonnie Fitzgerald and 6th Grade Students Outdoor Wall Mural, 2008 Michael Pilato and 6th Grade Students Tile Mural, 2011 Alfredo Ratinoff and 6th Grade Students Note: Several new works have been realized on this site since 2011.




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live, work, play & SWIM in reston! CONTRIBUTOR: Aram G. Thomasian

Every Memorial Day weekend, hundreds of liquid-minded people have come together on the shores of one of our local Reston lakes to challenge themselves individually as well as engage with their community and friends in an annual lake swim. Originating in 1988 with a small group of dedicated swimmers, a two-mile swim has been held every year since then as part of the traditional late May kickoff into summertime. Sponsored by our local Reston Masters Swim Team, the lake swim was renamed the “Jim McDonell Lake Swim” in 1998 to honor the passing of a long-time Reston resident, swimmer, and coach from non-Hodgkins lymphoma. Jim had been instrumental during the early years in the very formation of the Reston Masters Swim Team, which has been a registered United States Masters Swim program since 1974. Since 1999, RMST has been privileged to donate part of the proceeds from the race event to various deserving charities, including the Lymphoma Research Foundation and Reston’s own Cornerstones organization. Reston Masters Swim Team welcomes ages eighteen and older, all abilities and backgrounds. Currently on the roster are


octogenarians, national champions, laid back athletes, and people simply trying to rinse their minds and bodies from the influences of our hectic world. The team offers frequent year-round practices led by an experienced coach, competes in various local and national meets, as well as sponsoring the yearly open water swim, now in its thirty-first year. The Swimmers have raucous social events, and members form cherished friendships forged from the comradery of training that extends well beyond the edge of the pool. RMST has twice proudly hosted the open water national championships, in 1997 and again in 2007. In 2015, Reston welcomed the world police and fire games into our community, with an Olympic distance triathlon that included an open water swim similar to the annual JMLS event. Engaged healthy citizens are the backbone of our verdant and robust community. RMST is grateful to be part of this utopian ideal where everyday people can live, work and play close to home, and honored to be able to give back to a community that does so much for its members. We welcome you to drop in for a swim! www.restonmasters.com



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The Reston Bike Club is a social cycling club with over 1,000 members. Since 1982, the club has provided organized social group rides for all ages and skill levels. Rides are held year-round on weekends and on weekday evenings from April through September. The club also sponsors several social functions, publishes a monthly newsletter, and offers other resources to bicycle enthusiasts. As a non-profit, all-volunteer organization, the Club raises funds from its annual Century event and gives the surplus income back to the community as grants to promote cycling safety, training, and fun events for kids and adults. Each year, the season begins with a free launch ride and party. Lots of free learning sessions are offered before the ride. Then riders choose one of several routes from 15 to over 30 miles to kick-start the riding season. It’s a time to meet new friends and renew acquaintances. Early in the season, the Club offers professional instructor-led riding skills workshops to help seasoned riders become more proficient and to help new riders become more comfortable riding in a group. On the last Saturday in August the Club holds its signature Century Ride and after-party starting and ending in the Reston Town Center. About 1,200 participants choose from Century (100 miles), Metric Century (62 miles), 1/2 Metric Century (30 miles) or other length routes. The routes pass through some of the most beautify scenery Virginia has to offer. It’s fun for the whole family whether you are riding or just enjoying the lunch, music, and social gathering after the ride in the Town Center Pavilion. The Club is about more than just enjoying riding for fun, fitness, and commuting. It’s about being part of the community and helping everyone enjoy cycling. The Club’s members donate over 1,000 hours every year to help others by coaching and organizing community cycling related events. In addition to volunteering, this past year the Club budgeted $10,000 in Grants to sponsor Reston TrialsforYouth.org, Mid-Atlantic Off-Road Enthusiasts, Reston Laurel Learning Center, NOVA cycling for kids, Fairfax Alliance for Better Biking and more. www.restonbikeclub.org 28


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Sprinting Down the Shoot

Ed Troha

By Taralyn Kohler

The Reston Superhero Splash and Dash is a fun-filled introduction to multi-sport for youth ages 6-15. The event, in its 2nd year, is produced by CORE Foundation and features an age-appropriate short swim and run. Superhero Splash and Dash was born out of a desire to create athletic experiences for kids who would otherwise not be offered such opportunities. In 2018, a generous grant received from the USA Triathalon Foundation made it possible for 40 of the 139 participants to be given free registration. Children were represented from the Katherine K. Hanley Family Shelter, Patrick Henry Shelter, Laurel Learning Center, and Southgate Community Center. The inaugural event received special recognition from USA Triathlon as having the 2nd highest participation of the 60 Splash and Dash events nationwide. The superhero theme was chosen to visibly represent how CORE Foundation believes that every child should have the opportunity to feel like a superhero. “We want kids to leave confident, smiling and feeling an inch taller than when they stepped up to the starting line,” said Taralyn Kohler, CORE Foundation Executive Director. “Over 90 volunteers participated in 2018, each with the goal of ensuring that every child had a fantastic race regardless of their athletic ability.” They say that a picture speaks a thousand words, and the photo at top left of the “man running while carrying a pair of mismatched shoes” captures the spirit and attitude of Superhero Splash and Dash. The man in the photo is Ed Troha, a local triathlete, cancer survivor and volunteer. He was the 2018 Transition Co-Captain. Ed noticed a boy about 400 meters from the finish line bent over, and he ran to help him. The boy had been running with the heel of one of his shoes smashed down because the shoe was too small. As a result, it had fallen off, and the young man was trying to put it back on. When Ed approached him, the boy gave up on the shoes and ran for the finish line barefoot. Ed ran behind him in superhero fashion to return the mismatched shoes—one pink, one blue. The moral of the story: regardless of this young athletes lack of shoes he was a rock star sprinting down the shoot just like every athlete who participated that day. This year’s Superhero Splash and Dash will be held on August 18th at Lake Audubon Pool. Registration is currently open. To learn more or to volunteer, visit www.corefoundation.org



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Local Physician Uses Body Fat for Healing By Mary Laurence

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Finding time and energy to maintain a healthy lifestyle is a struggle for almost every American household. Especially if you’re one of the many suffering with orthopedic issues. Scientists and researchers are continually working toward new technology that can help overcome some of the difficulties of orthopedic injuries and aging. Dr. Niteesh Bharara, a specialist in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Pain Management at the Virginia Spine Institute here in Reston explains that “in years past, we have treated these issues with rest and physical therapy and then if needed, offered a surgical option.” Options have advanced, and one new innovative approach that is quickly rising in popularity is an FDA-cleared medical device called Lipogems (http://understandlipogems.com). This device allows doctors to safely harvest and clean a patient’s own body fat to be injected into injured or damaged tissue for its ability to cushion and support the healing process. The procedure is done right in the office and can be done in about an hour. It is minimally invasive and uses only a local anesthetic. Dr. Bharara states that “Adipose tissue (fat) processed with the Lipogems system is a great option for knee, shoulder, and hip issues. The ideal patients are those who are not getting better with physical therapy, steroids, or other treatments but are not ready for major, invasive surgery. With this treatment, many patients have experienced remarkable improvements and are enjoying a better quality of life.” Dr. Bharara is one of only a few doctors in the country approved to use the Lipogems system. “I see patients of all ages, but most are younger, are weekend warriors, or were weekend warriors who are struggling with an injury and haven’t seen any improvement with normal orthopedic care like corticosteroids,” Dr. Bharara said. “I see many professional football, tennis and soccer athletes, who need to get back on the field immediately. They are fun to treat, too.”



A recent patient, Debi Stepien is an early childhood coordinator at George Mason. Debi has had several operations including a right hip replacement, which caused her to favor her right knee. It also brought a case of drop foot and serious right knee pain. “My daughter is a physical therapist (at Virginia Therapy and Fitness Center), and she insisted that I see Dr. Bharara,” Debi shares, “(Dr. Bharara) suggested the Lipogems procedure, and I was his first (Lipogems) patient. I didn’t have a lot of faith in it, but I now feel great.” Today, Debi is a devoted Lipogems advocate. Debi continues, “I love Dr. Bharara, and he has taken care of my husband and me. He has been a Godsend to my family.” Dr. Bharara grew up in Alabama and moved to Reston from D.C. about four years ago with his wife, Rina. He says, “There are so many great things about Reston—the Town Center, traffic not being too bad, and the people in Reston are welcoming. We love Reston and are happy to be raising our children here.” “I have two little girls, a 3-year-old and a 9-month-old. There is no down time,” he says jokingly. “I spend time with them at Lifetime or at the park, or some of the fields in the area, walking through the Town Center or going over to Tysons.” Dr. Bharara works at the Virginia Spine Institute which sponsors an annual 5k and 1-mile walk called “We’ve Got Your Back Race.” (www. spinerf.org) This year marks the 12th annual run and wellness fair. The race will be held Saturday, May 18th at Reston Station. “The race is for the community and all our patients,” Bharara says. “It’s a great opportunity for our patients to have a goal to reach; whether it is spine related issues or musculoskeletal issues, it’s obviously a difficult

process to get through, so having an end in sight or a goal is helpful.” All proceeds from the race benefit the Spinal Research Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to improving spinal health and patient outcomes through research, education and patient advocacy. Virginia Spine Institute also partners with Cornerstones to help give back to the community of Reston. Bharara explains that “at least once a month, as many people from our group that are available, medical assistants, the administration, physicians, whoever can come will participate in community outreach such as Feed the Hungry or Habitat for Humanity.” Dr. Bharara holds several “Top Doctor” awards from various sources including Washingtonian and Northern Virginia Magazine. www.spinemd.com


Finding the Right Place to Stand By Jim Schlett

My interest in photography began with a grade school graduation gift of a Polaroid camera. At the time, I was living in New Jersey and was the St. Peter’s High School newspaper and yearbook photographer. I got the ‘bug’ and things developed from there. I obtained an AA degree in Photography and Art in the early 1970s and went to work in a large commercial photography studio. After a few years, I took a job at the U.S. Postal Service, starting as a clerk/letter carrier in Perth Amboy, NJ. I transferred to Fairfax, VA in late 1980. My wife, Gail and I had visited Reston on a previous trip and liked the idea of a ‘planned community.’ We moved to Reston when Reston Parkway was just a one-lane road in each direction. Shortly after moving here, I was promoted to Postal Headquarters and worked in a number of specialized functions. In 2011, with an early “buy-out” offer, I “refocused” on my photography with an emphasis on the National Parks. My photographs include many images of our national parks, (having visited over 150 National Park sites), cityscapes and nature in nearly all fifty states and of course, many great locations in this area. I have always been actively involved with the Reston Photographic Society (RPS). I served as the President of the League of Reston Artists (LRA) from 2012 until 2017. LRA, a diverse arts organization was established over 50 years ago and has many great programs that involve displaying artists’ work in local offices and buildings (www.leagueofrestonartists.org). Over the years, my photographs have been published in the Washington Post, Reston Magazine, Fairfax Times, annual reports, Elan Magazine, exhibited in local galleries and art shows, and have won numerous awards. In June 2012, one of my images was displayed in the Art Takes Times Square Exhibition in New York City. My photograph, “Beyond the Planets” was selected for a 4’ x 9’ permanent display of Public Art in Windows at ArtSpace Gallery in Herndon. One of the major highlights with regard to my photography was when I was selected as the Artist-In-Resident (AIR) at the Whiskeytown National Recreational Area in northern California in 2016. That experience was topped off in 2018 when I was chosen as the AIR at four National Park Service locations: Catoctin Mountain Park (MD), Manassas National Battlefield Park (VA), Gettysburg Military Park (PA) and the Homestead National Monument (NE). My wife and I love Reston and the surrounding communities. We take almost daily walks along the many pathways in Reston and of course, I always have my camera ready to capture moments. Photography takes patience. As the renowned photographer, Ansel Adams stated, “Taking a great photograph is about finding the right place to stand.” I have found that our area has many intriguing spots that often are just the right place! https://photomanva.zenfolio.com/p570512401



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RESTON FARMERS MARKET When Reston Founder Robert Simon and local dignitaries presided at the gala opening of the Reston Farmers Market in May 1998, there were just 12 farm stands in a far corner of Lake Anne Village Center parking lot. Things have changed! Now hosting 30 vendors, the 2019 Reston Farmers Market (RFM) is the largest in Fairfax County and has an exponentially greater product selection. Veggies and fruits remain as the heart of the Market, but the kinds and varieties have increased each year.  In addition, Fairfax County Park Authority sponsors have expanded the range of eligible products to include meats, dairy, seafood (from the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries), and certain local value-added food products. Reston Farmers Market is a producer-only market, and everything you’ll see is local, i.e., grown or made within 125 miles of here. The food you buy is the freshest, and you are buying it directly from the people who produced it. What exciting offerings will you find at the Market this year? First, you’ll see ten fruit and veggie farmer stands, of which nine have been with the RFM about 20 years. Their stands have expanded over time to hold a far greater product variety.  In 1998, there were,


for example, perhaps three kinds of tomatoes and five or six types of apples. Now you’ll select from 30 or more varieties of each!  Instead of one baker, there are six purveyors of baked treats like breads, pastries, cakes, and pies, as well as specialties like savory meat pies and fresh pastas.  Reston Farmers Market also has a world-class plant vendor (May to July), a new cut flowers stand, and flowers in several other stands. As you shop the market, you’ll hear local musicians playing music for you. Then there are the new product categories— meats, seafood, dairy, and prepared food specialties. In addition to chicken, beef, and pork, there is rabbit, goat, and genuine, local Asian Water buffalo! In dairy, try the fresh, creamy milk and ice cream plus cow and goat cheeses. And we can’t leave out the homemade jams, jellies, sauces, varieties of honey, and the fresh chicken, duck and goose eggs. The Fairfax Master Gardeners are at the Market to answer questions about your home garden. CORNERSTONES, a local charitable organization that promotes self-sufficiency offers the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to lower-income families so they can purchase fresh, nutritious market foods. The Market operates every Saturday, except Multicultural Festival day (Sept. 28), 8 AM ‘til Noon thru December 7.  Market Managers John and Fran Lovaas and Keith Strange will be there to help as needed.  Come enjoy community at the Reston Farmers Market!  www.restonfarmersmarket.com




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Gone TOMORROW Beef barbacoa tacos tinged with spices served in soft, hand-rolled corn tortillas, and accompanied by an atmosphere of vibrant color and smooth, traditional Latin tunes seem like a scene right out of a travel movie. However, enjoying this experience isn’t far from home—it is right in our community! Chef Basir Ahadi’s restaurant Taco Zocalo, formerly known as Tacos and More, is located on 1810 Michael Faraday Drive, Reston. Initially operating out of a food truck, Chef Basir, an Afghanistan native and a long-time resident of Reston, evolved his successful business to a permanent location in 2018. “Soon after I started my food truck business, it gained so much popularity that it grew to four trucks; a storefront was the next logical step,” states Ahadi. Chef Basir’s restaurant is a hidden gem in the Reston area, best known by those in its immediate locality and office workers in the nearby office park. “Weekdays are hectic times for us,” Ahadi shares, “but we indulge in the slow days to get prepped and ready for the rush periods.” Taco Zocalo takes pride in its thorough food preparation process, especially keeping up with the motto that adorns many of the workers’ t-shirts “Made Today, Gone Today.” All of the restaurant’s food is not only made-from-scratch and guaranteed to be fresh, but comes from local farms and producers. Diners, Barbara Izquierdo and Jannina Penadillo, stopped by on a sunny day to try some tacos and catch some sunshine in Taco Zocalo’s outdoor seating area. When asked about their first impressions, the duo responds with hearty approval. “This is a great place, with fast service, an upbeat ambiance, and good food.” Penadillo adds, “For anyone new to Taco Zocalo, the chicken burrito bowl is a must try, and you can’t go wrong with the churros for dessert!” Integrity and passion are apparent at this local eatery. Ahadi recounts numerous instances as the owner of both his food truck and Taco Zocalo where his team has contributed to the community: “We donate money to local schools’ PTA and homeless shelters.” This past year, Taco Zocalo hosted a Thanksgiving meal serving the homeless in D.C., to which over five hundred people showed up. It’s a priority to help those in need for Chef Basir and his staff. Virtually no leftover food goes to waste. The restaurant donates a large portion to Embry Rucker Community Shelter in Reston. “I value being able to contribute to the welfare of my community, worrying less about promoting our business on social media and more on being able to make an impact.” With values like these, Taco Zocalo contributes its signature small business charm, deliciousness, and soul to the area. 42

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MOKOMANDY An Experience of Cuisines By James Rosen

To say that Mokomandy, an unassuming restaurant in a Sterling strip mall six miles north of Reston, has regulars is an understatement. Bonnie Haukness, a Reston resident, started dining at Mokomandy with her husband soon after it opened and has returned dozens of times, often with clients, friends, family and out-of-town visitors in tow. “Oh my God, I love that restaurant,” says Bonnie. “I definitely think it’s one of the best restaurants in the DC area.” Like others among Mokomandy’s legions of devotees, Haukness has virtually memorized the menu with its unusual combination of Cajun and Korean dishes, most served on small plates. She ticks off some of her favorites: Cajun cassoulet; wild boar bowl with local duck egg; Arctic char marinated in miso and sake; Ssam lettuce cups with chicken, purple rice and radish. “Mokomandy has food that I cannot make at home or find anywhere else.” The restaurant’s founder and owner, Thaddeus Kim, opened Mokomandy in August 2010 at the age of 29. He had no restaurant experience. “I’d never even worked in one,” Kim shares. Interestingly enough, Kim is a lawyer with a business background. His parents passed on the adventurous spirit that would allow a young man with no restaurant experience to open a cuttingedge eatery right outside a major metropolitan area flush with competition. They had run successful businesses themselves – father Yong Kim had owned User Technology Associates, a 1,000-employee federal contractor in Arlington, while his mother Mandy had owned Stein’s Theatrical and Dance Supplies also in Arlington. Kim’s parents gave him something even more valuable to his restaurant’s success: their diverse ethnic heritages. Yong is Korean American, Mandy is Cajun. They are the offspring of mothers who were famous among friends for their food. “It was my grandmothers who were the great cooks,” says Kim. “Growing up, I was raised with these two seemingly disparate cuisines. We would eat Korean food alongside Cajun food.” Kim explains that the two cuisines aren’t as different as they might seem. “They share rice as a staple and use a lot of red pepper and seafood. Our food is often called fusion, but we don’t actually mix Cajun and Korean ingredients,” Kim shares. “The ingredients get mixed in your mouth.” The name of his restaurant pays homage to his family: MOdernKOreanMANDY. 44

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Spring/Summer Real Estate Market It’s peak Real Estate season in Reston! The trees and flowers are in full bloom and the days are getting warmer and longer. The plants are growing quickly and so is Reston. Around 500 homes will sell between April and June, one third of the expected Total Home Sales for the year.

Active Listings: We continue to see a decline in the number of homes available on any given day. This graph shows the decline by Home Type over the last four years. A buyer looking at condos in Reston in early 2015 had over one hundred fifty options. Today, that same buyer has less than half the selection (Top Line). Interestingly, more Condos sold in 2018 (550) compared to 2015 (459).

Median Days on Market: The Median Days on Market in Reston has also been in decline. It dropped from 75 days in 2016 to just 32 days in 2018! Sellers aren’t waiting as long for an acceptable contract and Buyers are finding the right home quicker. In fact, the right price, condition, and powerful marketing has some homes selling in days instead of weeks or months.

Real Estate Gauges: Overall, the Reston Real Estate Market is very healthy with prices trending up and homes selling quickly. It’s becoming more efficient. These gauges provide a quick overview as of March 2019. The solid colors and the bottom numbers show the 5 year average. Closed Sales are down and New Pendings are up. Active Listings are way down. Reston is comprised of many unique neighborhoods and home styles. If you would like to know how your home value compares to Reston overall, then simply contact your local Realtor. We can provide these statistics for your home and neighborhood specifically.


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We think of our neighborhood as “Old Reston” because it belongs to the original planned community built around Lake Anne Village Center. My husband and I have lived for thirty years at Charter Oak Townhouses. Our cluster, constructed in 1969-1970, is one of Reston’s earliest neighborhoods, with 48 townhouses situated on eight acres adjacent to Hidden Creek golf course. When we came in 1989, we joined many original residents. They created a tightknit neighborhood, and that spirit lives on fifty years later, nurturing us and fulfilling the aspirations of Reston’s original planners.

Reston was planned to balance low, middle, and higher density residential clusters, interconnected by walking trails to village centers surrounded by greenbelts. In designing the original Lake Anne part of Reston, open space amenities including the lake and golf course were considered first with residential clusters planned around these features to maximize communal space and long vistas. The “village” concept determined scale and density. The beauty of nature was fostered through “landscape conservation” of the pastoral Bowman Farm in its new role as a golf course and “greenbelt” to the Lake Anne district. The golf course is known today as “Hidden Creek” because it sits astride the Colvin Run watershed. The headwaters of Colvin Run spring out of the ground just before it enters the course, making it the clearest stream in Reston. The golf course is part of Reston’s identity as memorialized in place names such as Fairway Apartment and Golf Course Island cluster. Open fairways and tree canopy provide a haven for birds and small woodland creatures. Restonians walking on the trails through Hidden Creek golf course take in rolling hills, stately oaks, towering poplar trees, and blooming azaleas, big blue skies by day and starry skies by night. We revel in this green community. Reston’s concept of village centers surrounded by greenbelts has been recognized as a significant planning and architectural achievement. Accordingly, Fairfax County designated Lake Anne Village Center as an “Historic Overlay District” in 1983. Later, Lake Anne Village Center was recognized as a Virginia historic landmark, and in 2017 it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Lake Anne district showcases the “new town” movement with its social, architectural and land-use innovations that are internationally recognized for influencing other planned communities throughout the world. The heritage value of Lake Anne Village Center is protected by its status on the National Register of Historic Places, but it could become just a tiny remnant—a small historical artifact—if overbuilding is permitted in the surrounding neighborhoods that constitute original Reston. This heritage needs broader protection, which is why Rescue Reston is working to preserve all of Reston’s dwindling open green space and to maintain current density. First, there was a vision of a garden city, a community open to all races, ages, and incomes. Planning was the tool: “residential clusters, mixed-use development, landscape conservation, ample recreational space, walking and biking trails, and public art,” as it says on the commemorative plaque at Lake Anne Village Center. Our task is to preserve and extend this heritage as Reston leaps into the future. 56


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JUDITH MUDD-KRIJGELMANS Humble yet happy beginnings enabled Judith to have a globe-trotting career and live in internationally known Reston. Growing up in the South in the time of Jim Crow, incredibly, she cuddled a spirit of hope and optimism. With true grit, she achieved her dream of joining the Foreign Service. As a public diplomacy officer, she served in New Delhi, Mumbai, Dhaka, Taipei, Hong Kong, Brussels, Libreville, Bujumbura, and Brazzaville. One of her Washington tours took her to South Africa, another, to eight French-speaking sub-Saharan African countries. Ushering the State Department into the Internet Age, she directed its first website, for the Office of Population, Refugees and Migration. Judith moved to Reston in 1982 and has always returned since. Green spaces and the rainbow population keep her here. These days she enjoys engaging others on themes related to her story.

Flowers for Brother Mudd: One Woman’s Path from Jim Crow to Career Diplomat Judith’s memoir explores the paradox of an African American who craved a wider future. She shows how a girl from Louisville, Kentucky’s Smoke Town forged independent-mindedness to survive a segregated society and what propelled her to jet across the world for three decades in a career that she chose at age 16. This former diplomat recounts the cushioning love of her upstanding father, who rose from tobacco farming to head a school in coal country, and imaginative mother, from Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Judith salutes the Ursuline Sisters, educators at Morgan State and American Universities, and India, where she went on a Fulbright. In the face of a bleak future if civil rights


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If you have ever been to Sunrise Valley Elementary School (SVES), you have probably visited the MaryAnn Chung Library. In 1998 The Fairfax County School Board named the library after a beloved Principal who, to this day, remains the longest serving Principal at SVES (1983-1998). In respect for her numerous contributions, the Fairfax County Public School system formally named the SVES library after Dr. MaryAnn Chung upon her retirement. Today, MaryAnn is the grandmother who shuttles her granddaughters daily back and forth to the school. The Chung family legacy in Reston is a long one! In 1979, the Chung family, MaryAnn, her husband Ho and their son, Kai, moved to Reston/Vienna, purchasing a home on Crowell Road. They loved the rural feel of their home and also enjoyed the busy and growing community of Reston. Their son Gai was born a year later and, by the time he was ready to begin school, MaryAnn had already completed 3 years as a Sunrise Valley Elementary School administrator. While Kai began his schooling at Forest Edge, followed by Wolftrap Elementary and finally SVES, Gai went to Reston Daycare Center and then straight to SVES. The boys spent so many hours at Sunrise Valley, both before and after school that they thought of themselves as ‘Reston kids,’ despite the technicality of a Vienna address. They often spent time playing with the Sunrise Valley neighborhood kids, while waiting for their mom to finish up her day. While she was going about the business of managing the school, the boys were exploring the paths of Reston, hanging out at their friend’s homes or kicking the soccer ball around in one of the local cul-de-sacs. 62


As children, Kai and Gai spent their formative years in Reston playing Reston Soccer and participating in Boy Scouts (Lucky Troop 1313, where Gai earned an Eagle Scout Award). The boys attended Langston Hughes Middle School and South Lakes High School. Once in high school, each of them selected their own path; Kai played Football and Lacrosse and participated in many clubs and activities. Kai hosted the Senior Homecoming Float construction at his home and led the SLHS Class of 1994 Senior Gift Committee. That committee was responsible for the granite seal which is now embedded on the outside wall of the stadium. Gai opted for soccer which led him to run both Cross County and Indoor Track in the offseason for soccer conditioning. His track coach, Marc Hunter, helped him become a strong runner and was a mentor to him in high school.

South Lakes, Amber was in Marching Band and Flags for her 4 years. Kai and Amber did not date in middle school, or even when they moved on to South Lakes High School. However, a strong foundation was formed. After SLHS, Amber went on to attend Coastal Carolina University, and Kai attended Virginia Tech. They reconnected during winter and summer breaks and then, a few years after graduating (1998 and 1999), started to date in 2003. Today, you can find MaryAnn and Ho still residing in their home on Crowell Road. Kai, Amber and their two daughters, Kyla and Leala, live off of Glade Drive. The girls attend Sunrise Valley Elementary School. Kai has been the Vice President of his Reston Cluster Association and is actively involved at SVES. Amber is a Girl Scout Leader and engaged with several SVES activities as well. Gai works for the airlines and has relocated to Gastonia, N.C. a suburb of Charlotte. He misses many things about Reston and enjoys coming back to visit the Reston Farmer’s Market, the Baron Cameron Dog Park, Lake Anne, and Lake Fairfax.

As a middle schooler at Langston Hughes, Kai met his future wife, Amber Busch. Amber and her mother had moved to Barton Hill Road, Reston when Amber was in 8th grade. Amber was not happy with the move but that unhappy middle school year was when she met her future husband. As Amber adjusted to Reston and all that it had to offer, While Reston has changed since their early years here, the Chung family has grown she began to take advantage of some of the with it. Now raising a third generation of things that made Reston special. Amber Restonians, they are happy to be here where fondly remembers walking home from they continue to enjoy the ‘friendly, smallschool with friends, going to South Lakes town atmosphere.’ Shopping Center where there was a Walden Books, a clothing store, Harvest Trading Company, Do you want to share your ‘Raised Reston’ story? a Roy Rogers and a record Contact Holly at holly@hollyweatherwax.com store. During the summers she enjoyed the pools and paths CONTRIBUTOR: Holly Weatherwax Reston resident since 1970 as well as the RIBS bus to get Momentum Realty Real Estate agent around. While a student at


The Women of Lake Anne A Portrait Series by Charlotte Geary

I love the courage and spirit of an entrepreneur, and my neighborhood of Lake Anne Plaza is the home of many inspiring, independent businesses. What many people don’t realize, though, is that most of Lake Anne’s businesses and organizations are owned and operated by women. I’m fascinated by the Plaza’s culture of women supporting other women, and I’ve always been grateful for their contributions to this community. They inspired me to create a photographic tribute to these female business leaders. Over the last few months, I met with several of the Plaza’s businesswomen, and chatted with them to learn more about their personalities, businesses, and passions. Then I photographed them in ways that I thought best captured their unique stories. The diverse talents among these women are extraordinary! Here are the faces of people who share their skills with Reston and help to make it such a special place to be.

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Making an IMPACT By Chuck Cascio

Rumi Malott Morales “Somewhat Forrest Gumpian” is how Rumi Malott Morales, SLHS Class of 1993, describes her life. Her experiences certainly reflect that famous Gump quotation: “My mama always said, ‘Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.’” After an early childhood built around school and area swim teams (Solotar and the Ridge Heights Sharks), Rumi says that during high school “My primary activities were all things geeky—principal bassoonist in the wind ensemble, drum major of the marching band, and captain of the ‘It’s Academic’ team.” Then, after graduating from Wellesley College with majors in Political Science and Japanese Studies, she received her MBA from New York University. Her “Gumpian” path continued with Rumi working as a Hollywood producer, a Wall Street trader, a Hong Kong jazz singer, and “now a futuristic tech investor.” Rumi spent most of her childhood in Reston, and she credits the community and SLHS with having “such a profound impact on me that I still remember practically every day clearly. My Reston memories are often triggered by an image, a smell, a sound that suddenly yanks me back to my childhood. It happens when I come across the broad leaves of an oak tree, a dogwood blossom, a clear creek running over smooth rocks.” She fondly recalls playing at the Terraset Elementary School playground, biking with friends to South Lakes Center, and spending some weekends deciding with her brother which Reston creek needed “tidying up and then moving rocks and leaves and branches around to improve the water flow. We would feel pretty proud of ourselves afterward.” Rumi embraces what she calls her “geekdom” because “it nurtured an inner strength and quiet resolve that has always helped me during times of crisis, both personal and professional. It also taught me empathy, a critical skill for developing lasting, meaningful connections with people.” For example, she says, “My time as a young musician informs my current role as a board member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, where I focus on the orchestra’s education and training activities.”



Rumi, who now lives in Oak Park outside of Chicago with her husband and children (ages 7 and 5), admits feeling “simultaneously lucky and confused by my trajectory,” adding that “most of the time, I have no idea where I am heading.” But she has definitely pursued her tendency toward diverse interests. Rumi is a major business leader as Partner and Head of Venture at Outlier Ventures, a company that, she explains, “invests, develops, and accelerates emerging technologies that will have a significant role in our future economy and society…things like artificial intelligence, advanced robotics, autonomous vehicles, digital currencies, and the like.” Her varied experiences and cuttingedge work have made Rumi a role model for young women, a status she embraces with typical modesty: “I suppose there are very few women in finance, in advanced technology, and venture investing; and of that group, even fewer who lead their own firms; and of that group, even fewer who are minorities; and of that group, even fewer who are moms. To the extent my path may help other young women and women of color pioneer new technological advancements that improve our world, while also being a loving partner and parent, I feel wildly blessed.”

Rumi emphasizes to others that “Everyone should attempt to pursue their passions fully.” However, she adds a qualifier that is a direct result of her own experiences: “Time can change your passions, and people shouldn’t feel that because they didn’t pursue a passion from their younger years, they have missed out or failed themselves. What should not change however is giving back and looking out for others. That’s fundamental to being a good human being and should be the one constant in an interesting, varied, and passionate life.” What’s ahead in her “Gumpian” life? “I have considered running for political office,” Rumi says, “although the vitriolic, hyperpartisan environment gives me great pause. So if I do run, it will be at a time when my children can have an informed and independent choice in the matter too.” For Rumi Malott Morales, that box of chocolates continues to hold an endless amount of surprises. CONTRIBUTOR: Chuck Cascio, author of The Fire Escape Stories, Volumes I, II & III. For more information on Chuck, visit www.chuckcascioauthor.com.


Breaking the Ice If you’re single and reluctant to go out alone, maybe what you need isn’t a date, but a dog? Spring is the perfect time to get out and enjoy the dog-friendly trails, parks, and patios around Reston with your canine companion. Your furry friend can help as a conversation starter guaranteed to make people smile! Reston single gal Donielle and her pup, ‘Charlie the Wonder Dog‘, love bringing out the joy and curiosity in people while on their walks together. Children run up to pet Charlie while adults ask Donielle about his age or breed. Bing Bing

Take your dog for a walk on the W&OD trail where you’ll find several access points around Reston and Herndon. If you want to take your dog off-leash, visit Baron Cameron Dog Park off Baron Cameron Avenue in Reston. While your puppy plays with other dogs, you can socialize with their owners and make new dog-loving friends. You never know when your dog might help you start up a conversation with the love of your life!

A dog can help singles be more social not only in person but also online. Local celebrity canine, Bing Bing has his own Instagram account @bingbing_ rtc and loyal following that loves watching his adventures around Reston Town Center. Not all patios in RTC are dog-friendly and Bing Bing’s owner, Leslie Anne, reports Bing Bing has been banished from the patio to the sidewalk more than once. Advocates are working to gain expanded access for dogs in RTC, so don’t hesitate to check with an establishment about their policy before ruling out the Town Center for your next outing with Rover. The patio at the Bike Lane Brewing and Cafe in Reston is dog-friendly, and you and your dog will be warmly welcomed around Lake Anne Plaza. The outside areas at Kalypso’s Sports Tavern and Lake Anne Coffeehouse and Wine Bar are old favorites of Donielle and her dog Charlie. In Herndon, Elden Street Tea Shop business owner, Rachel and her pup Rosie invite you and your dog to the Grand Opening of their open-air patio early this summer! Rosie Not sure you’re ready for the full-time responsibility of a dog? Leslie Anne and her single friends have come up with a creative solution called a “dog-share.” A dog-share is a bit like a car-share, but in this case, a group of friends rotates who cares for Bing Bing so that he gets all the love and attention he deserves, while also making it possible for the friends to travel and keep pace with their busy lives.


Dogs make great companions, and their social personalities can help break the ice and relieve some of the awkwardness of going out solo. The next time you’re feeling like staying home alone and binging Netflix, remember that a dog can be a great motivator to get out and meet new people, explore the area, and maybe even help you keep your resolution to get more exercise! The Danielle Daily is the host of The Suddenly Single Show: The inspirational podcast for people who find themselves Suddenly Single. www.SuddenlySingleShow.com



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In The Know explores the “hidden gems” of Reston—people, places and things known to few people—and shares their stories with Reston newcomers so that everyone is “in the know.”


While most people collect seashells at the beach, some people discover rocks—as in Happiness Rocks. On a summer vacation last year, the 7 year old grandson of Herndon resident, Francine (Fran) Gallagher, made a wonderful discovery; he found a colorful rock with a thoughtful message. This rock came from Cincinnati, OH, placed along the boardwalk by a beach visitor to make someone happy. Inspired by her grandson’s good fortune, Fran shared the story with the young women of the Old Dominion Cotillion, a local group dedicated to teaching young women the traditions of poise and etiquette (olddominioncotilion.org). She invited the girls to spread their own random acts of kindness. On a Sunday afternoon, the middle and high school students gathered at Pinot’s Palette Dulles for #ODC Rocks. Robyn McClure, Pinot’s Palette Dulles owner, provided river rocks, paint and supplies for the girls to paint Kindness Rocks. Messages included “You Rock”, “You Matter”, “Believe”, “Have a Great Day” and more, and on the reverse side “If you find this rock, let us know! #ODCRocks @OldDominionCotillion Northern Virginia.” After two hours of fun, the girls gathered their rocks with the intention of placing them around the region, or wherever their travels took them. About a month later, the girls received good news! “Aunt Rachel” posted on their Facebook group page—“Just made my nephew Anderson’s day!” Her nephew had found a rock outside of the Art of Animation Resort at Walt Disney World in Florida. What will you discover on summer vacation? Or better, in a world fraught with bullying, mean words and too much hatred, how will you spread happiness? Follow @OldDominionCotilion’s lead and paint it forward! Ashleigh Dorfman is a Reston mom of three daughters and enjoys exploring as well as writing about our community.



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Elizabeth Brindley Bartlett By Lyda Gould

Not every family gets to live side by side, raising cousin alongside cousin and building a business together. Elizabeth Bartlett, a local mom, wife, Reston teacher and co-owner of The Music School at Jammin’ Java (Vienna, VA) experienced a fortuitous turn of events that led to just that. Though she and her siblings were born in the Reston area, when Elizabeth was a baby, the family moved to New Jersey where she was raised. Elizabeth’s siblings returned to Reston after her brothers, the critically acclaimed Brindley Brothers, Luke, Jonathan, and Daniel, learned that a music venue was for sale; soon after, Jammin Java was established under their ownership. When Elizabeth met her musical husband through her brother’s band, she also relocated to Reston. Serendipitously, she and her husband moved right next door to her siblings, and they are now all neighbors. In 2004, the brothers signed with Paste Records and released their debut album “Playing With The Light.” Since then, Jammin Java has been recognized as one of the Top 100 Clubs 76


in the world, and the brothers recently opened Union Stage at The Wharf in D.C. That same year Elizabeth and her sister-in-law started a privatelesson music school at Jammin Java. “I don’t play an instrument or teach, however, we have many musician friends, and we wanted to support the local music scene.” Growing roots in Reston has come naturally to Elizabeth since moving here almost 16 years ago. She planted herself firmly in the ground when she served on her local neighborhood board for nine years. “I learned a lot of the inner workings of a neighborhood - their needs; we organized community cleanups …” As all Restonians are familiar with homeowner associations, we know it is a sign of commitment when our neighbors give so much of their time to this volunteer and somewhat thankless responsibility.       Many of you may be familiar with Elizabeth’s name or face since she teaches junior preschool (JP) at Lake Anne Nursery Kindergarten (LANK). All three of her children, now ages 14, 12, and 8, as well as her nieces, attended the school making her part of the LANK community for ten years. She was a substitute teacher in the school for a year when the administrators decided to broaden the JP program. She was nudged by administrators to consider the position, and it was a natural move for her to take. “When my youngest was getting ready for kindergarten I wasn’t ready to leave … LANK is this little magical world in the woods” she says, brightening as she speaks. As a parent, Elizabeth loved the school, but as a substitute, she discovered just how committed the teachers were to the process of learning. Now a teacher herself she says “I take it seriously that parents are trusting me with this first interaction.”

school kids, who may otherwise go hungry, receive the meals they need. Keeping three children busy in Reston is easy when you can let them play outside with nearby friends or cousins. For this reason, Elizabeth explains she never felt the need to schedule her kids; “whenever they did an activity we made sure it was something that they really wanted to do.” It is especially easy when there are many opportunities in the local area. “We’ve always done the swim lessons; my youngest does Reston soccer, my middle does Reston field hockey (they’re starting to offer it to third graders).” Their favorite activity, however, “hands down” she says are the Walker Nature Center camps. Though her kids have largely outgrown the camps, she calls them “phenomenal.” “Anything at the Walker is my favorite.” Most recently, Elizabeth completed 200 hours of teacher training at Downward Dog Yoga in Herndon. She is excited to join one of her brothers in teaching at the yoga studio and has found it to be “a very supportive and nurturing environment” that is an extension of her local community. Elizabeth’s return to Reston is accentuated by the joy that she experiences every day for herself, her family, and her school kids, in being surrounded by the trees, trails, and greens spaces of Reston.

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A Conversation


Carole Nysmith Owner, Nysmith School By: Michele Novy

If you pull up to the Nysmith School in Herndon on any given school day, you’ll find school founder, Mrs. Carole Nysmith standing at the entrance, greeting students one-by-one. Since Nysmith School opened in 1983, Carole Nysmith has practiced this ritual each day. Nysmith School has grown from a small school for gifted students located in Reston’s former Visitor’s Center at Lake Anne to a school serving preschool through 8th grade and a student body of nearly 600 students. It has earned the designation as a “World Top Ten School.”


Carole, What has changed and what hasn’t since you opened your school in 1983?


Probably the most significant change is computers. Computers were just coming in when I started Nysmith. Early on, we had computer lessons every day, just like we do now. We were considered odd when we put foreign language learning into the curriculum, but we stuck with that until this day. I also believed students should change classes between subjects for two reasons: 1) because the best math teacher is not always the best reading teacher, and 2) the socializing between children as they change classrooms has substantial value.

You are always a morning presence at the front doors of Nysmith School, greeting children as they arrive. Why is this so important? First, of course, it’s a greeting, “Welcome to school, I’m glad you’re here,” but really what I’m after is teaching them manners. I’m looking for eye contact--I want our children to learn to look at people and say, “Good Morning.” I can then start sticking my hand out, and they’ll shake my hand. When they go to another school or out in the world, I want them to be able to carry themselves with confidence.


If you could describe the “secret formula” to Nysmith School’s success, what would it be? Hire teachers who love kids and are adept at teaching their subject matter. Our teachers love what they teach. We give our teachers our program of studies and say, “Be sure you cover that,” however, how they do it and what other fun things they bring in, that’s up to them. This approach allows them to teach what they love in a way that engages students.

What is your proudest accomplishment in your 44 years as an educator? I am most proud of the fact that we have a school that is child-oriented. We are teaching to the passions of our students, and we are preparing them, not only academically, but as good citizens.



Teaching Future Leaders By Cheryl Gedzelman My husband Michael and I moved from Washington, DC to Northern Virginia in 1994 on a January day that was so cold that our plants died instantly en route from truck to house. On our first day, I bundled up and drove to the CVS Pharmacy. I was greeted at the door by an employee, who gave me a big smile and asked what I needed this evening. I don’t remember what I needed but I do remember being flabbergasted at the warmth of his greeting. Was this what living in Fairfax County would be like?

This year, Tutoring For Success celebrates 25 years in business

Virginia has not disappointed me. We continued to encounter friendly and supportive neighbors and colleagues. Armed with an MA in Teaching and several years of experience teaching elementary school, I immediately started a home-based business, called Tutoring For Success, which provides homebased tutoring to students in the DC metro area. Michael continued his day job as a computer programmer and created a database for our business, which he maintains to this day. In addition to helping students, my goal was to work from home to ensure lower overhead and better pay for our tutors. Another benefit was to be home for my eventual children. Meanwhile, I was never lonely. I worked with talented tutors, I tutored children, and I conversed with friendly neighbors and store clerks. I joined chambers of commerce and other networking groups. It was exciting to be involved in the community and watch our business thrive. In 2003, with a 3-year old, 5-year old, and miniature poodle, we moved to a single-family home in Franklin Farm, Herndon, where we still live today. Our Franklin Farm neighborhood takes friendliness to a new level with a steady stream of parties and even a neighborhood bluegrass band. We enjoy Franklin Farm’s thirteen miles of trails, two swimming pools, and six ponds. Franklin Farm is an ideal neighborhood for raising a family and a convenient location for running a home-based business and commuting. This year, Tutoring For Success (www.tutoringforsuccess.com) celebrates 25 years in business, beating the daunting statistics. We have helped over 4000 students achieve academic success. Many of our tutors have been working for us for over ten years. I believe that much of our success comes from living in such a supportive community and because we have remained relatively small allowing for more personalized services. In addition to running Tutoring For Success, I serve on two local boards, the ADHD Resource Group of Northern Virginia and CHADD of Northern Virginia and the District of Columbia (Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder). Both groups offer free services to the Northern Virginia area, including support groups, free lectures, and an annual resource fair. When I receive a call or email from a happy client, I know I chose the right business. The future is in our children, and providing nurturing support to our future leaders will benefit society immeasurably. 80


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During & After Pregnancy Submitted by Reston resident, Erika Koval

On August 1st, 2018, my husband and I welcomed our son Matthew to the world. I am a member at CRUNCH Fitness Reston and as a former collegiate field hockey player, staying fit and active during my pregnancy was important to me. Throughout my pregnancy, the staff at CRUNCH were extremely helpful and accommodated me in so many ways. It wasn’t always easy or fun to go to the gym, especially the bigger and more tired I got. My transforming body didn’t like running so I took group fitness classes. Two that I particularly enjoyed were Rhonda’s spinning class and fitness director Melissa’s unique battle rope class. All the class instructors thoughtfully offered special pregnant-friendly modifications and on occasion, extra fans to prevent overheating! There was no way I would have been able to enjoy the benefits and camaraderie of group fitness, push myself safely and make the lasting friendships I made during my pregnancy without the CRUNCH staff’s support. Adjusting to our new family life has come with much joy—and many transitions, to include sleep deprivation, an unpredictable schedule, and loss of fitness level. I believe staying active throughout the pregnancy helped me bounce back fairly quickly. I was back at the gym about


seven weeks postpartum. However, my core had become weak despite how active I had stayed while pregnant. The pregnancy had stretched out my abs and changed my body. I took on the new challenge of getting my prebaby body back. I started slowly and kept consistent, going to the gym as often as time allowed. Again, I had support from the class instructors - maybe most importantly, I had their understanding of what I was experiencing. They were mothers themselves or those who weren’t had helped other gym members stay healthy during and after pregnancy. It can be difficult to face my new mom bod and get to the gym after a night without much sleep; however, I feel that it’s important to do so to be the healthy me I want to be for my family. After gym time, I go home embracing the re-energized ‘me’ and am a more confident mom excited for baby and me time! I was so inspired by the CRUNCH staff and my experience with fitness during pregnancy that I became a cycle instructor at CRUNCH myself! I hope to help other future and new moms by sharing my journey and the benefits of fitness while pregnant. Please join me in one of my Monday evening cycle classes!


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2019 Reston Association Board Election Results

Tom Mulkerin

Catherine Baum

Each spring, Reston Association members are given the opportunity to elect new individuals to the Reston Association Board of Directors.  The nine-member RA board is responsible for determining the long-range mission and goals of the association, establishing RA policies and procedures, monitoring finances, approving budgets and setting the annual assessment rate. Results of the election are announced at the Annual Members’ Meeting in April.

Caren Anton

John Mooney

Aaron Webb

Congratulations to the five winning candidates in the 2019 election! Thank you for serving our community and making Reston stronger. Photos Credit: Sean Bahrami, Reston Association


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Spring Gardening in Reston

By Delegate Kenneth R. “Ken” Plum As I was walking through a neighborhood near my home, a new resident asked me if I could help her identify the plants that were emerging in her flower beds. She seemed to have concluded that since I had commented on her beautiful crocus that I must know the difference between a real flower and a weed. In the early spring it can be difficult to tell one from the other. The previous owner had a vast collection of plants in her garden. Whether they were pretty flowers or common weeds needed to be determined before the plant pulling and cultivation work began. I can identify a fair number of blooming plants since gardening was a necessity of my parents, especially vegetables that helped to feed our family—fresh, canned or frozen. Mixed into the rows of practical food plants were rows of flowers for enjoyment: four-o’clocks whose pea-like seeds were collected for next year’s crop; poppies whose dried seed-pod heads were like a pepper shaker; the gladiolus that was difficult to get to stand up when its lengthy spikes were in full bloom; among others. Wherever I have lived I have tried to work around the ever-increasing shady spots, the lack of top soil, and the limited time available for gardening to have a garden of some size. Reston is such a beautiful garden spot in which to live. The developers and builders have put beautiful flowers and trees in the median and on the sides of the streets. Some Reston streets were breath-taking to drive down this spring with the beautiful blossoms of the cherry and other fruit trees. Even the state’s Department of Transportation has added daffodils to highway interchanges. Spots have been set aside for community gardens that produce healthy and fresh food for the dinner table. Back to the weeds vs. the flowers: it really does not need to be an issue anymore. There are distinct advantages to growing native species of plants in your garden. They are easier to grow; they require less water and no chemical fertilizers. The birds like them as habitat. There is a substantial movement of people in our region who can tell you about native plants good for our area. Check them out at www.plantnovanatives.org. They also tag native plants at local garden shops and nurseries to make your selection of native plants easier. Periodically I need to remind myself that the changing philosophy of what can grow around one’s home is not an excuse for having an unkempt yard. Good design and appropriate maintenance are still necessary. Don’t take away the fun of gardening but avoid practices that are not good for the environment. Happy gardening; know that I and others appreciate the results of your labors. Delegate Kenneth R. “Ken” Plum represents the 36th District, including all of Reston, in the Virginia House of Delegates



Fairfax Beekeepers is a two-year-old organization that focuses on pollinator education and supporting sustainable beekeeping. Members are located mainly in western Fairfax County, concentrated in the Reston/Herndon area, but include areas beyond. Members range from beekeepers with dozens of hives in dedicated apiaries, backyard beekeepers with a few hives, volunteers who manage hives at churches or other public spaces, and some folks who do not keep bees at all but attend local meetings and events because they are interested in supporting bees and beekeeping.

Meetings cover a variety of seasonally relevant topics of specific importance to supporting our local pollinators. Guest speakers from the greater metro area are invited to share their knowledge and insight, and there is usually always time for informal discussion. During the most active periods, the group focuses on guided discussions where members can share observations and compare beekeeping practices.

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In addition to monthly meetings, the club holds annual classes to instruct new beekeepers, attends a variety of outreach events, and holds field demonstrations and group events, such as the annual honey extraction.

One of the organizations key goals is sustainable beekeeping. The club supports and promotes raising local bees. Members are encouraged to raise their bees instead of buying them from California or Georgia. Classes and events are held to teach beekeepers how to raise queens, split hives, and manage disease. Meetings are open to the public -- all are welcome. They are held on the second Monday of each month from 7:00 – 9:00 pm at the Fairfax Government Center – 1801 Cameron Glen Drive, Reston, across from the Reston Regional Library. www.fairfaxbees.orgs

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June 1, 2019 10am–4pm

On Saturday, June 1, take a tour of exploration and a delight for the senses while discovering unique neighborhoods and landscapes in Reston. See what’s been achieved at small townhome properties, at the expansive garden plots, and at the West Market pond. The Gardens of Note tour offers a variety of sights, sounds, and edification, along with the immeasurable pleasure of gardens in their prime. Musical entertainment will pop up in a variety of the locations, beekeepers will speak about their managed hives at Reston Association garden plots, and private residential gardens will inspire with the owners’ designs. Near Reston Town Center, see an English-garden inspired townhome property with a peaceful pond view. In North Point, coiffed evergreens create outdoor rooms surrounded by walls and floors of textural plantings. At Lake Anne, two gardens at adjoining waterside homes share a blend of Zen and the incomparable views that Reston’s first neighborhood is known for. At the end of the day’s touring, all tour participants are invited to the beautiful grounds of Hidden Lane Residential Landscapes which is graciously hosting the Gardens of Note Garden Party. Gardens of Note tickets are available at a variety of locations and all sales proceeds benefit The Reston Chorale, a community institution since 1967. Tickets ($22/$25) Get more details and Gardens of Note ticket information at www.restonchorale.org


METRO CONSTRUCTION UPDATE Submitted by Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project

The three new metro stations in this area—Reston Town Center, Herndon and Innovation Center –, along with the existing Wiehle-Reston East Station are attracting new commercial and residential development, all part of the goal to attract high-density projects where people can work, live and play. The latest news for the Wiehle-Reston East area is the announcement that Google has signed a lease to occupy 90,000 square feet in Comstock Holding Cos. Inc.’s 1900 Reston Metro Plaza building. That’s more than onequarter of the space available in that building.

NEW PROJECTS PLANNED NEAR THE RESTON/HERNDON PHASE 2 STATIONS: Near Reston Town Center Station Reston Gateway: Boston Properties announced plans for almost five million square feet of mixed use development between Reston Town Center and the rail station. The site is directly across Sunset Hills Road from the north pavilion. The development includes 1.8 million square feet office, 2,010 residential units, a hotel and retail.

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RTC West: JBG Smith is planning a 22-story apartment building with 283 units, a 20-story condominium building with 293 units, an eight-story office building, a seven story loft-like office building around the existing development, including the popular Cooper’s Hawk at Sunset Hills Road and Town Center Parkway.


Rocks Engineering

The positive economic impact of the opening of the first phase of the Silver Line in 2014 continues in Tysons and is rapidly rolling west along the Phase 2 alignment in Reston and Herndon.

Brookfield Properties has plans for its 36acre site north of the Reston Town Center Station that include 1,500 residential units, 1.5 million square feet of office space and 250,000 square feet of retail space, including a Wegman’s. Brookfield anticipates completion of the project in 2026.

Near Herndon Station Metro Square: Stanley Martin Homes’ Metro Square at the corner of Herndon Parkway and Van Buren Street is nearly sold out of the 64 condos finished or under construction. Woodland Park East: Tishman Speyer, Pinkard Group and NVR are planning 1.6 million square feet of mixed use, including office, retail and housing units, including apartments and townhouses. Construction has begun on the development located south of the Dulles Toll Road and west of Monroe Street. 555 Herndon Parkway: Penzance has plans for a mixed used development at 555 Herndon Parkway, adjacent to the north pavilion that calls for a mix of uses in 10-, 23- and 24-story towers. Lerner Cos. has submitted a proposal to the Town of Herndon for a large mixed-used development at the north pavilion. Details have not yet been publicized.

Near Innovation Center Station Innovation South: Being built directly south of the rail station by Rocks Engineering and Penzance—plans call for more than 1,000 residential units, hotel and retail and office space at The Landing. Pomeroy Cos. has two projects planned on 40 acres at Sunrise Valley Drive and Frying Pan Road. Aurora Station at Dulles will include 1,000-plus housing units and commercial space, while Pomeroy and CRC Cos. will have another 1,114 units and space for an elementary school.


TRAVELING TO/FROM DULLES AIRPORT AND WIEHLE-RESTON EAST METRO STATION The Silver Line Express Bus provides connections between Dulles› Terminal and the Wiehle-Reston East Metrorail Station. The trip takes about 15 minutes.

$5.00 each way. Cash or credit card only; SmartTrip Cards NOT accepted. FREE for children under 2 years of age. Boarding at the Airport—Purchase tickets at the counter located inside Arrival Door 4 in the Terminal, on the Baggage Claim Level. Boarding at Wiehle-Reston East Metro station—Exit to north side of the station. Board the bus. Once the bus arrives at the airport, purchase tickets on board. FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION VISIT WWW.FLYDULLES.COM Above content was taken from Dulles Metro and WMATA websites. Please check Metro website for most current information and travel time tables. Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority— www.wmata.com


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CAMPS/SUMMER PROGRAMS Cardinal Fencing Academy 240-424-0749 44900 Acacia Lane #108, Sterling, VA www.cardinalfencingacademy.com Please see our display ad on p.73

CHILDCARE Great Day Learning Center 703-787-6900 11155 N. Shore Drive, Reston, VA www.greatlearningctr.com Please see our display ad on p.83 TLC 4 Kids Children’s Center 703-787-0560 1603 Washington Plaza N, Reston, VA

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ELDER CARE SERVICES Fairfax Home Health Care, LLC 703-546-8555 171 Elden Street, Suite 3A1, Herndon, VA www.FairfaxHomeHealthCareVA.com Please see our display ad on p.59 Tall Oaks Assisted Living 703-834-9800 12052 N. Shore Drive, Reston, VA www.talloaksal.com Please see our display ad on p.58


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HOME SERVICES CertaPro Painters 703-390-9480 Serving Northern Virginia reston.certapro.com Please see our display ad on p.50 Care of Trees, The 571-392-5555 Serving the metro area www.thecareoftrees.com Please see our display ad on p.47 Denny + Gardner Remodeling 571-220-1628 Serving the metro area www.dennyandgardner.com Please see our display ad on p.53 Independence Landscape 703-887-1834 Serving all of Northern Virginia www.independencelandscape.com Please see our display ad on p.48 Marines Plumbing 703-331-2100 Serving all of Northern Virginia www.marinesplumbing.com Please see our display ad on p.49

Northwest Federal Credit Union 703-709-8900 200 Spring Street, Herndon, VA www.nwfcu.org Please see our display ad on p.4 & IBC

M.E. Flow, Inc 703-991-0879 Serving Northern Virginia www.meflow.com Please see our display ad on p.57


NOVA Junk 571-432-8162 Serving the metro area www.novajunk.com Please see our display ad on p.57

CRUNCH Fitness Reston Town Center 571-267-5000 11951 Freedom Drive, Reston, VA www.CrunchReston.com Please see our display ad on p.27 New Trail Cycling Studio 571-926-8584 1641B Washington Plaza N., Reston, VA www.newtrailcycling.com Please see our display ad on p.27

Roofing & More, Inc. 703-467-0206 Serving Northern Virginia www.roofingandmoreinc.com Please see our display ad on p.51


92 Trademasters 571-267-3293 Serving Northern Virginia www.trademasters.com Please see our display ad on p.46

INSURANCE SERVICES Kyle Knight Insurance Agcy Inc 703-435-2300 11736 Bowman Green Drive, Reston, VA www.kyleknight.org Please see our display ad on p.19

KID’S PROGRAMS Goldfish Swim School 703-348-3261 12340 Pinecrest Road, Reston, VA www.goldfishswimschool.com Please see our display ad on p.73 Little Hands Music 703-631-2046 Reston, Ashburn, Centreville and more www.littlehands.com Please see our display ad on p.74

MEDICAL SERVICES Integrated Dermatology of Reston 703-437-7744 1886 Metro Center Drive, Ste 650, Reston, VA www.dermreston.com Please see our display ad on p.33 Reston Hospital Center 703-689-9000 1850 Town Center Parkway, Reston, VA www.restonhospital.com Please see our display ad on p.29

MUSIC Barrett Suzuki Music Studio 703-295-0659 Reston, VA www.barrettsuzuki.com Please see our display ad on p.74

PERFORMING ARTS Lopez Studios Performing Arts School 703-787-0071 11425 Isaac Newton Square, Reston, VA www.lopezstudiosinc.com Please see our display ad on p.75 Reston Community Players 703-476-4500 2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston, VA www.restonplayers.org Please see our display ad on p.12


Wolf Trap 1551 Trap Road, Vienna, VA www.wolftrap.org Please see our display ad on p.7

PERSONAL SERVICES A Second Me Errand Service, LLC 703-830-3996 Serving Northern Virginia www.asecondme.com Please see our display ad on p.59

PET SERVICES Just Cats Clinic 703-520-2702 1601 N. Washington Plaza, Reston, VA www.justcatsclinic.com Please see our display ad on p.69

REAL ESTATE SERVICES Act Web Real Estate School 703-476-1747 Board-approved Online Course based in Reston www.VaRealtySchool.com Dave and JoAnne Adams Group —Coldwell Banker 703-963-4491 11911 Freedom Drive, Reston, VA www.joanneadams.com Please see our display ad on p.52 Finefrock, Tim—Kilpatrick Realty Group 703-828-4846 11700 Plaza America Dr., Ste. 150, Reston, VA www.kilpatrickrealtygroup.com/Home_Value Please see our display ad on p.55 Weatherwax, Holly—Momentum Realty 571-643-4902 Specializing in the Reston area www.hollyweatherwax.com Please see our display ad on p.61

RECREATION Pinot’s Palette 703-796-0616 12976 Highland Crossing Dr., Herndon, VA www.pinotspalette.com/dulles Please see our display ad on p.23 SkateQuest 703-709-1010 1800 Michael Faraday Ct., Reston, VA www.skatequest.com Please see our display ad on p.72

RESTAURANTS / FOOD SERVICES Carrabba’s Italian Grill 703-464-7909 12192 Sunset Hills Road, Reston, VA www.carrabbas.com Please see our display ad on p.41 Honey Baked Ham–Reston 703-733-3860 1480 N. Point Village Center, Reston, VA www honeybaked.com Please see our display ad on p.40 Kalypso’s Sports Tavern 703-707-0660 1617 Washington Plaza N. Reston, VA www.kalypsossportstavern.com Please see our display ad on p.43 La Ong Thai Bistro 703-429-4056 2521 John Milton Drive, Herndon, VA www.laongthai.com Please see our display ad on p.40

RETAIL Scout & Molly’s—Reston Town Center 571-526-4185 11944 Market St., Reston, VA scoutandmollys.com/reston Please see our display ad on p.21 Scrawl Books 703-966-2111 11911 Freedom Drive www.scrawlbooks.com Please see our display ad on p.21 small change consignment 703-437-7730 1629 Washington Plaza, Reston, VA www.smallchangeconsignments.com Please see our display ad on p.72

SCHOOLS Beth Emeth Early Education Center 703-860-4515 X115 12523 Lawyers Road, Herndon, VA www.beecc.org Please see our display ad on p.81 Nysmith School for the Gifted 703-713-3332 13625 EDS Drive, Herndon, VA www.nysmith.com Please see our display ad on p.79 Reston Montessori School 703-481-2922 1928 Isaac Newton Square W, Reston, VA www.restonmontessori.com Please see our display ad on p.81


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