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<bt>The July 21 article on the Embry Rucker Community Shelter mistated the background of Embry Rucker. Rucker was not the first minister of St. Anne's Episcopal Church, he was the first minister of the Episcopal Congregation of the Church at Reston, St. Anne's precursor.

<sh>P&Z Committee Leaves RCA

<bt>Reston Citizens Association's Planning and Zoning Committee severed ties with its parent organization and joined Reston Association last week. The P&Z Committee, created almost 35 years ago, reviews plans for all new construction and development within Reston. Committee leaders sought to join RA because the homeowners association is larger and more stable than RCA, which has lost a significant amount of clout and responsibility in recent years.

<sh>RA Nears End of Executive Search

<bt>More than 140 people from across the country have applied for Reston Association's vacant executive vice president position. The job became open two months ago when Jerry Volloy retired to join a new national security division of Lexis-Nexis. RA's chief financial officer Ray Leonard has been serving as the interim executive since Volloy's departure. "We're very pleased at the amount of response we've seen," said RA Board Vice Chair Doug Bush┼Że. The search will informally close on July 31 and the board hopes to have a few finalists by September, he said.

<sh>Athletes Given Permission to Swim in Lake

<bt>Reston Association's Board of Directors gave permission for athletes to swim in Lake Audubon on Saturday, Sept. 4 from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. Athletes planning to participate in the Reston Triathalon the following week have asked to train in the lake. Swimming in Reston's lakes is illegal, though the RA board can grant permission for special circumstances. Last week, RA issued a statement reminding people not to swim in its lakes because several athletes had been seen training in them.

<sh>Reston Charity To Award Grants

<bt>The Giving Circle of HOPE (Helping Other People Everyday) has raised $20,000 and is seeking to begin awarding grants to local non-profit organizations. Grants in the range of $1,000 to $5,000 could be awarded to organizations that apply before Aug. 15. A giving circle is a new trend in philanthropy, in which members contribute as little as $1 a day in order to maximize the organization's giving power. Grant applications can be found by e-mailing givingcircle@hotmail.com.

<sh>RELAC Focus of Lake Anne Hearing

<bt>Residents of the Lake Anne community will have an opportunity to meet with representatives from the company that owns the RELAC system, a heating and cooling system many residents use. The system has drawn criticism over the years because residents have little control over how hot or cold it makes their homes. The meeting, hosted by RA Board Member Robin Smyers (Lake Anne), will be held at the Reston Community Center at Lake Anne on Saturday, July 31 at 9 a.m.

<sh>County Board to Honor Clyde's

<bt>Clyde's Restaurant Group and the organizers of the Reston Strawberry Festival were recognized Monday by the Fairfax Count Board of Supervisors for hosting the fund-raiser for the construction of the Nature House. Located at the Walker Nature Education Center, which is off Glade Drive, the new Nature House will be home to year-round educational activities. By sponsoring the Strawberry Festival, Clyde's single-handedly raised $40,000 for the Nature House.

<sh>Rail Grant Awarded

<bt>The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has awarded a grant in the amount of $58,932,526 to the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (VDRPT) for the Dulles Corridor Rail Project. A bulk of the funds, $53.3 million, from the FTA grant will be used for the Preliminary Engineering of the Metrorail extension to Wiehle Avenue. The balance, $5.6 million, will be used to finish environmental activities for the entire 23.1 mile extension, eventually encompassing 11 new stations from West Falls Church to Dulles International Airport and continuing to Route 722 in Loudoun County.

<sh>Center Renovations

<bt>Reston Community Center Hunters Woods will be undergoing a major renovation throughout August and September. RCC staff will provide all the usual customer service functions related to program registration, facility rental, and box office from a temporary location in the RCC Computer Classroom which is located across from the Community Room. The Reston Community Center, Hunters Woods is located at 2310 Colts Neck Road.

<sh>Calendar

<lst>Lake Anne Community Meeting on RELAC System. Saturday, July 31 at 9 a.m. at Reston Community Center at Lake Anne.

Community Relations Committee of the Reston Community Center Board of Governors. Monday, Aug. 9 at 7 p.m. at Reston Community Center at Hunters Woods.

Program/Policy Committee of the Reston Community Center Board of Governors. Monday, Aug. 9 at 8 p.m. at Reston Community Center at Hunters Woods.

Finance Committee of the Reston Community Center Board of Governors. Monday, Aug. 16 at 7 p.m. at Reston Community Center at Hunters Woods.

Preference Poll Committee of the Reston Community Center Board of Governors. Monday, Aug. 16 at 8 p.m. at Reston Community Center at Hunters Woods.