Week in Reston

Week in Reston


<bt>In the March 10 issue, a wrong date was printed in the Reston Anniversary Calendar for the Best of Reston Gala. The event will be held on Thursday, April 22.

<sh>Reston House Fire Causes $300,000 in Damages

<bt>A large Reston home was severely damaged in a fire Saturday night. The four story home, located at 11308 Stoneledge Ct., was left with an estimated $300,000 in damages. No one was injured in the blaze, though the family has been displaced, according to Fairfax County Fire and Rescue officials. Fire and rescue squads arrived on the scene at around 7:30 p.m. and fought heavy fires for almost 30 minutes. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

<sh>Man Exposes Himself

<bt>A 24-year-old Reston area woman was the victim of an exposure that happened in the Reston area on Monday, March 8, Fairfax County police said. Around 12:30 p.m., the victim was near the intersection of Weatherstone Court and Wiehle Avenue when her attention was drawn to a tan Ford sedan. The male driver of the car motioned for her to come to his car. As she walked up to him, the suspect exposed himself to her. She then walked away from the car and he left the area. The suspect is described as white, in his 40's or 50's, clean shaven, and was last seen wearing a white tee shirt and green plaid boxers. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call police at 703-691-2131 or Crime Solvers at 800-673-2777.

<sh>RCC One Person, One Vote Set

<bt>The Reston Community Center Board of Governors’ preference poll committee worked out the logistics of using a mail-out ballot system for the October polls. Reston residents vote in the polls to endorse candidates for the Board of Governors, who are then confirmed by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. The RCC board voted on March 8 to implement a one person, one vote mailed ballot system, but questions of security needed to be addressed by the preference poll committee. Monday, the committee decided that ballots may be photocopied by residents of households with more than one eligible voter. Also, the committee decided that a ballot must have a witness signature and address for the vote to be counted.

<sh>Some RA Ballots Need Clarification

<bt>Some of the ballots for Reston Association’s Board of Director elections require a slight clarification, said Karen Monaghan, RA’s director of communication. Ballots mailed to the South Lakes district may contain extra address information printed above the property identification number to the left of where user names and passwords are shown for on-line voting. In some cases, the address printed above the PIN number does not coincide with the property address of the ballot recipient. However, the user name and password shown do correspond with the property address to whom the ballot was mailed and can be used to vote on the Internet. For more information, call RA at 703-435-6530

<sh>RA Seeks Seasonal Employees

<bt>The Reston Association’s season job fair for summer employees will be held Monday, March 22. At the fair, applicants can learn more about upcoming RA employment opportunities. Some of the summer job openings include opportunities for lifeguards, camp staffers, water safety instructors and groundskeepers. Some administrative positions will be available as well. For applications or questions about RA job opportunities, call Mark Peckham at 703-435-6504 or e-mail mark@reston.org.

<sh>LHMS Recognized for Charity Drive

<bt>Representatives from Fort Belvoir came to Langston Hughes Middle School last week to present a certificate of appreciation to teachers and students. The recognition was for donations collected during the “Baskets for Babies” charity drive, which was sponsored by Langston Hughes student mediators. The school chorus, band and orchestra performed for the Fort Belvoir representatives. Students also presented the representatives with letters to soldiers and a flag made by the student mediators.

<sh>Park Bond Hearing at SLHS

<bt>A park bond referendum is slated for November 2004 for the purpose of financing the Capital Improvement Program (CIP). The CIP will include land acquisition, capital development and renovation of park facilities in Fairfax County. The park bond, if approved by voters, will provide at least $50 million over the next four years. A public hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, April 27 at 7 p.m. at South Lakes High School Lecture Hall, 11400 South Lakes Drive, Reston.

<sh>Town Calendar

<lst>Wednesday, March 17, 7 p.m.

Reston Association Board of Directors Candidates will participate in a call-in forum at Comcast Reston Community Television Channel 28.