Week in Herndon

Week in Herndon

Robbery at Local Station

On Thursday, Sept. 23, around 12:30 a.m. a service station located in the 2100 block of Centreville Road, in the Herndon area, was robbed by two men. The two suspects entered the business and a struggle ensued with an employee, a 59-year old Sterling area man. The assailants overpowered the employee, knocking him to the floor, causing minor injuries. The suspects took an undisclosed amount of cash before fleeing the scene. They were last seen getting into a mid-sized car heading westbound on Parcher Avenue. No further vehicle description is available.

The robbers were described as white, between 18-20 years old. One suspect was about five feet, nine inches tall, 150-pounds. He was last seen wearing blue jeans and a white stripped shirt. The other suspect was about five feet, seven inches tall, about 200-pounds. He was last seen wearing a dark colored ball cap, black pants with a black hooded sweatshirt.

Anyone with information in reference to this case is asked to contact the Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131, or Fairfax County Crime Solvers at 1-800-637-2777.

Homecoming Parade Road Closures

Sterling Road from Herndon Parkway to Elden Street will close at 7 a.m.; residents on feeder roads will be allowed to exit. Crestview will be closed at Sterling Road. Lynn Street will be closed from 8 a.m. until the completion of the trophy ceremonies. Elden Street between Sterling Road and Monroe Street will close at 9:15 for the duration of the parade.

Herndon Folk Festival

The Herndon Folk Festival will take place Sunday, Oct. 3 from noon to 6 p.m. at the Herndon Municipal Center complex.

There will be live entertainment by Guy Davis, known for his acoustic blues, Dee Carstensen and her 85-pound, 47-stringed electric harp and John Gorka who's recent album contains contributions from Mary Chapin Carpenter, Ani DeFranco and Patty Larkin.

As well as music there will be live demonstrations featuring Foot Hill Spinner of Herndon and Touching the Past with Elizabeth Kiker. The event will also feature Northern Virginia Wood Carvers and Ralph Smith Dulcimer Exhibit and Demo, as well as food vendors and crafts.

Davis will take the stage from noon to 2 p.m., followed by Carstensen from 2 - 4 p.m. and Gorka finishes the day from 4 - 6 p.m. Admission to the event is free.

Construction To Affect Elden Street

Construction work required for the completion of the new Safeway will begin on Elden Street between Grant Street and Post Drive on Monday, Oct. 4. One lane heading eastbound will be eliminated for approximately 60 days. Traffic will be slowed, but should flow smoothly. Motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes to avoid delays. For more information, contact Hardaway Construction at 1-540-295-5768.

Runnymede Update

Town staff presented the Town Council last week with the three main issues they are facing with the completion of the plan for the proposed nature center at Runnymede Park.

The main issues before the council were LEED Certification, the construction of a GREEN roof and where the actual location of the center will be, either near the Carol House or the Atkins House.

Town staff learned that the LEED Certification, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, will cost the town between $350,000 and $400,000 to construct, a price the town is not recommending they pay.

"The LEED certification to me is a no-brainer," said council member Carol Bruce. "We can build it an environmentally sensitive way where we don't need to spend $350,000 to do it."

Bruce also said she didn't support the construction of a GREEN roof, or environmentally friendly roof that was constructed with recycled materials in an environmentally safe way. Although the town did receive a $25,000 grant to build the roof, they had originally applied for the required $50,000 grant necessary to complete the construction.

Mayor Michael O'Reilly said, as far as where the location of the center was built, they had decided a long time ago that the Carol House would be the location, and there was no need to revisit the possibility of the other location.

Sewer Reconstruction Project

A contractor for the Town of Herndon will be rehabilitating the sewer system at the locations listed below beginning Oct. 4 until completion. Restoration is necessary to meet current standards and eliminate maintenance problems.

The construction will take place with advance notice to all businesses and residences that will be affected. Effort will be made to complete this project with minimum inconvenience to residents, businesses and motorists.

For more information, call the Department of Public Works at 703-435-6860 between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m., weekdays.

Sewer reconstruction locations are: Elden Street between Van Buren Street and after Herndon Parkway; Charlton Place -- All; Dranesville Road between Madison Forest Drive and Fillmore Street; Missouri Avenue between Alabama Drive and Stuart Court; Stuart Court -- All; Virginia Avenue -- All; Cordell Way -- All; Reneau Way -- All; Tamarack Way -- All.

Senior Cinema at HCC

Seniors can enjoy an afternoon of refreshments and a movie for free. Senior Cinema will be held every first and third Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Herndon Community Center. All movies are rated PG or PG-13.

Senior Cinema schedule is:

Oct. 7: "Along Came Polly," starring Jennifer Aniston.

Oct. 21: "Secret Window," starring Johnny Depp.

Nov. 4: "Welcome to Mooseport," starring Gene Hackman.

Nov. 18: "Paycheck," starring Ben Affleck.

Dec. 2: Dr. Seuss's "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," starring Jim Carrey.

Dec. 16: "A Christmas Story."

For more information, call 703-435-6868 or register on-line at www.herndon-va.gov. The Herndon Community Center is located at 814 Ferndale Avenue.

Cozy Village Senior Adult Trip

A senior adult trip is planned to the Cozy Village nestled in the foothills of Maryland's Catoctin Mountains on Thursday, Oct. 14. The trip includes lunch at the Cozy Restaurant which features a seven-entree buffet, a stroll through the shops in the village and a drive up to the Gateway Farmers Market and Candy Land where visitors can choose from more than 450 varieties of candy.

The van departs at 9:45 a.m. and returns to the Herndon Community Center at 4:30 p.m. The fee for this trip is $18 per person and includes van transportation, driver/escort, All-You-Can-Eat Buffet, tax and gratuity. No refunds after Oct. 7.

For more information, contact the Herndon Community Center at 703-435-6868 or register on-line at www.herndon-va.gov.

Battery Recycling

The Town of Herndon is participating in a cost-free battery recycling program. There are special boxes located in the lobby of the Herndon Municipal Center and at the entrance to the pool area in the Community Center where residents can drop off used, rechargeable batteries. Each box contains empty plastic bags imprinted with instructions on how to dispose of batteries and what types of batteries can be dropped off in the box. The four types of batteries that are accepted are Nickel Cadmium (Ni-Cad), Nickel Metal Hydride (NI-MH), Lithium Ion (Li-ion), and small sealed lead (Pb) weighing less than two pounds. The batteries are then shipped to the recycler at no charge to the town.

The Herndon Municipal Center is located at 777 Lynn St. The Community Center is located at 814 Ferndale Ave. For more information, call the Department of Public Works at 703-435-6853.

Town Calendar

Thursday, Sept. 30, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Farmers' Market.

Saturday, Oct. 2, 9:30 a.m.

Homecoming Parade.

Sunday, Oct. 3.

Annual Mayor's Cup Golf Tournament, 8:30 a.m.

Herndon Folk Music Festival, noon - 6 p.m.

Oct. 4 - 8 is Customer Service Week.

Monday, Oct. 4, 7:30 p.m.

Planning Commission Public Hearing.

Tuesday, Oct. 5, 7:30 p.m.

Town Council Work Session.

Thursday, Oct. 7.

Farmer's Market, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Herndon Community Association Coalition Meeting, 7 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 8, 12:15 - 3 p.m.

Pumpkinville trip at Sunshine Farms.

Saturday, Oct. 9, 6 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Harvest Moon Swim Meet, Herndon Community Center (pool closed to public).

Sunday, Oct 10, 6 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Harvest Moon Swim Meet, Herndon Community Center (pool closed to public).