Celebrating the Fourth
<bt>The town's Fourth of July celebration will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Bready Park on Ferndale Avenue and features an evening of family-oriented arts and crafts, games, live music, food and fireworks. The Fabulous Bel Airs will take the stage at 7 p.m., performing old time rock and roll, followed by the fireworks at 9:30 p.m. In addition to the festivities at Bready Park, Friday Night Live will also host a special Independence Day concert featuring Warehouse and Evick, two modern and classic rock cover bands, food, and beer and wine sales in downtown Herndon. Ferndale Avenue in front of the Herndon Community Center will be closed from approximately 9:15 p.m. to 10 p.m. during the fireworks display. Parking is available at Herndon Middle School, Herndon Community Center and St. Joseph's Catholic Church. For more information call 703-435-6868.
<sh>Herndon Man Assaulted
<bt>A robbery took place Friday morning, June 25, in the 2900 block of Centreville Road in the Chantilly area. According to police, at 2:30 Friday morning a man entered the Exxon service station and demanded money. The suspect allegedly hit the clerk in the upper body with a wooden stick. The suspect took cash and left the store entering a full-size, white, sport utility vehicle, according to witnesses. The victim, a 57-year-old Herndon man, was not injured. This robbery was the latest in a series of robberies where the victim assaults the clerk with a blunt, stick-like object before stealing cash or, in the most recent incident, a cash register.
The man suspected in at least five robberies in Fairfax County was arrested June 27 at an address in the 4400 block of Saint Edwards Place in Fairfax City. Police arrested Will Cater Jr. at 4:15 p.m. He was transported to the Loudoun County line where Loudoun County Officers accepted custody of Cater for a robbery in Loudoun County.
<bt>Town of Herndon offices will be closed Monday, July 5, for the Independence Day holiday. The following is the schedule of the hours of operation for the Herndon Community Center and Herndon Centennial Golf Course on July 4 and 5, as well as the schedule for trash collection:
* Herndon Municipal Center/Town Hall
Closed Monday, July 5.
* Trash Collection
Trash that is normally collected on Monday will be picked up on Tuesday, July 6. Do not place trash cans at the curb for pick up more than 24 hours prior to the scheduled pick up.
* Herndon Community Center
Open Sunday, July 4, from 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Open Monday, July 5, from 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
* Herndon Centennial Golf Course
Open Sunday, July 4, from 6 a.m.-dark.
Open Monday, July 5, from 6 a.m.-dark.
<sh>Amphora Opens New Bakery
<bt>Amphora Diner opened a new bakery in the Sunset Business Park. The new bakery offers customers seating that views the park, or for a change of scenery patrons can choose to face the kitchen, where they can watch the chefs and kitchen at work. Amphora Diner is located in Herndon and Vienna.
<sh>Commission Reviews Downtown Plan
<bt>The Planning Commission has spent three sessions developing a downtown plan, making sure wording is precise and strong enough to clarify the projected improvements. The plan includes land use, densities, design characteristics and other issues affecting the Herndon downtown area. The commission said they hope it might become the unofficial mission statement of the downtown area to deter future developers from significantly changing parts of the historic neighborhood. The committee anticipates the plan will be considered a Comprehensive Plan amendment later in the year.
<sh>Review Board Approves Signs
<bt>At the June 16 work session, the Architectural Review Board approved the requests for a wall sign to be posted at 524 Van Buren Street in the Herndon Square II office park for WilTel Communications. The sign will feature the company logo with text and graphics on a 9 foot by 6 foot sign that will be centered and mounted to the brick facade above the main entrance that faces Van Buren Street. It will not be illuminated.
* The review board approved a double-sided, free-standing sign to identify H.K. Lee TaeKwanDo located at 465 Herndon Parkway. The sign will feature the business logo and a listing of services. The review board approved the application with minor changes, saying the 42-square-foot sign should be limited to little more than the name of the business and the logo.
* They also approved the addition of a canopy with attached sign about the Herndon Family Medicine tenant space located at 555 Herndon Parkway, Suite 100. The awning will be an L-shaped shed-style awning, constructed of royal blue vinyl framed by aluminum tubing. It will wrap around the northwest corner of the space at a 45-degree angle. It will be 15 feet, 10 inches long with a height of 3 feet 6 inches, projecting 4 feet from the building. The sign will read "Herndon Family Medicine" in 8 inch uppercase white letters, that will stretch 14 feet 4 inches.
* The final approval was for the 21,000-square-foot addition to the east side elevation of the Herndon Methodist Church, located at 701 Bennett Street. The addition will feature a fellowship hall with a raised platform area, Sunday school rooms, a kitchen, library and additional office space. Between the existing church and the addition there will be a new courtyard.
<bt>The Herndon Department of Parks & Recreation is looking for sponsors for the 16th Annual Labor Day Jazz & Wine Festival to be held Sept. 6, in historic downtown Herndon from 12-6 p.m. For more information on sponsorship of the Labor Day Jazz & Wine Festival, call Holly Popple or Alexis Guillen at 703-435-6800 ext. 2120.