<sh>RA Seeks Candidates
<bt>Two seats will be up for election on Reston Association's Board of Directors and RA has started calling for candidates. The Hunters Woods/Dogwood seat and an at-large seat are up for election. The apartment owner representative, which is appointed by Reston's multi-dwelling owners, will also be open.
Each board member serves a three-year term and oversees the homeowner's association, setting policy and goals for the organization.
Candidacy forms can be downloaded from RA's Web site, www.reston.org or picked up from its offices at 1930 Isaac Newton Sq.
Each candidate must complete a Statement of Candidacy and a Petition of Candidacy. The petition must be accompanied by signatures from at least 25 households. Candidates for the Hunters Woods/Dogwood District seat must be residents of that district. All forms must be filed by 5 p.m. on Feb. 11.
<sh>Hospital Worker Arrested
<bt>A nursing assistant at Reston Hospital Center was arrested Wednesday for allegedly stealing medication from a patient. Police believe Teresa Krol, 41, of Tysons Corner, removed Dilaudid — a narcotic pain reliever— from a patient's dispenser and replaced it with saline solution.
The patient became suspicious and notified other members of the hospital's staff, who contacted Fairfax County police. After an investigation, Krol was arrested and charged with obtaining drugs by fraud.
Krol was taken to the Adult Detention Center and held on a $2,500 bond. She faces a maximum sentence of five years imprisonment for the Class 6 felony and a potential $2,500 fine.
<sh>How To Support Troops
<bt>Reston Association has posted on its Web site a list of organizations that benefit U.S. soldiers fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan through holiday gifts and messages of support.
To access the list of organizations approved by the Department of Defense, go to RA's Web site, www.reston.org, and click on the Support Our Troops link.
The organizations offer citizens at home to post online or mail letters to soldiers and also to make charitable contributions to military relief organizations. One organization allows citizens to send credit for soldiers to make purchases at their local commissary, while others allow people to held pay for military families' groceries.
<sh>ARCH Addresses HQ Referendum
<bt>The Alliance of Reston Clusters and Homeowners has posted a fact sheet about Reston Association's referendum to acquire a new 20,000-square-foot headquarters.
The fact sheet, which does not take an opinion on RA's efforts, is available at the organization's home page, www.restonarch.org.
Last week, RA's 17,000 eligible members received a ballot from the organization seeking authorization to buy or build a new headquarters building for not more than $5 million.
The lease on RA's current headquarters, at 1930 Isaac Newton Sq., will expire in August 2006. RA officials believe they can save member money by investing in a facility it would own, rather than continuing to spend money on rent.
<sh>World Religions Class
<bt>The United Christian Parish of Reston is organizing a class for young Reston residents that will explore world religions. The eight-week class starts on Sunday, Jan. 2 at 10 a.m. and will be held at the parsonage on the grounds of the church, located at 11508 North Shore Dr. Over the eight weeks, the class will look at Hinduism, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Baha'i, Sikhism and Christianity. It will be led by Susan Fellows, who holds a B.A. and M.A. in comparative religion. UCP is comprised of four denominations: United Methodist, Presbyterian, United Church of Christ and Disciples of Christ. For more information on the class, go to www.unitedchristianparish.org.
<bt>Fairfax County Police Officers from the Reston District conducted a sobriety checkpoint from midnight Saturday, Dec. 18 to 1:45 a.m. Sunday. All motorists were stopped, and the drivers were checked to assure their abilities to drive had not been impaired by alcohol or drugs. Approximately 287 cars passed through the checkpoint conducted on Reston Parkway and Sunrise Valley. Three motorists were arrested for driving while intoxicated; seven other offenses were discovered during the checkpoint.
<lst>Reston Association Planning and Zoning Committee Meeting. Monday, Jan. 3 at 7:30 p.m. at 1930 Isaac Newton Sq.
Reston Association Board Administration Committee Meeting. Monday, Jan. 10 at 7 p.m. at 1930 Isaac Newton Sq.
Reston Association Board of Directors Informal Meeting. Thursday, Jan. 27 at 6:30 p.m. at 1930 Isaac Newton Sq.
Reston Association Board of Directors Regular Meeting. Thursday, Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. at 1930 Isaac Newton Sq.