<sh>Fire Causes $650,000 in Damage
<bt>Fairfax County Fire and Rescue units responded to a two-alarm house fire in Reston, Wednesday, June 9, at approximately 5 p.m. The two-story single family dwelling is located at 1519 Stuart Road. First arriving units reported heavy fire and smoke visible from the second floor. Due to the intensity of the fire, an additional alarm was dispatched bringing more than 75 emergency personnel to the scene. Firefighters brought the fire under control in approximately 25 minutes. The home was occupied at the time of the fire, displacing one female adult. Two firefighters were transported to Reston Hospital Center for treatment of minor injuries. Three family pets perished in the fire. The American Red Cross is assisting the displaced resident. Damage is estimated at $650,000. Fire investigators determined the cause of the fire to be accidental, improper disposal of smoking materials.
<sh>Board Honors Dogwood Principal
<bt>The Fairfax County School Board passed a resolution Thursday night to honor Ricki Harvey, principal of Dogwood Elementary School in Reston. Last month, Harvey was named the recipient of the Virginia Association of Elementary School Principals 2004 National Distinguished Principal of the Year. The resolution passed Thursday was a formal recognition of HarveyÕs service, particularly her guidance through the schoolÕs destruction by fire in 2001 and her leadership as the school was rebuilt and reopened.
<sh>GOP Delegates Meet in Reston
<bt>Republican members of VirginiaÕs House of Delegates will meet at the Hyatt Reston this weekend to discuss the stateÕs finances. Former Gov. Douglas Wilder (D) and U.S. Sen. George Allen (R) will address the meeting, which will focus on the budget passed by the General Assembly that included $1.5 billion in tax increases. Wilder, the countryÕs first black governor who is running for mayor in Richmond, will be the dinner speaker, while Allen, also a former Virginia governor, will speak during the conferenceÕs breakfast Saturday morning.
<sh>Taste of the Town This Saturday
<bt>More than 30,000 people are expected to attend RestonÕs Taste of the Town this Saturday at Reston Town Center. Sponsored by the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce, the event is Northern VirginiaÕs largest outdoor food festival. This year, rock band Default will headline the event, which will also feature the Hershey Kiss Mobile, games for children, and booths from two dozen Reston-area restaurants. Taste samples start at $1 and admission to the event is free.
<lst>Public Hearing on Reston Community Center FY06 Budget. Monday, June 21 at the Reston Community Center at Hunters Woods at 7 p.m.
Reston Association Informal Board Meeting. Thursday, June 24 at RAÕs Main Office, 1930 Isaac Newton Sq., at 6:30 p.m.
Reston Association Board of Directors Meeting. Thursday, June 24 at RAÕs Main Office, 1930 Isaac Newton Sq., at 7 p.m.