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Week in Reston

Bank Robbery

According to a Fairfax County Police release, a bank was robbed Thursday, Dec. 8 in the Reston area. Around 9:30 a.m., a man walked into the Wachovia Bank, located at 2264 Colts Neck Road. After the suspect approached a teller, displayed a knife and demanded cash, the teller relinquished cash to the suspect. The suspect then fled the scene on foot in an unknown direction. No one was injured. According to police, the suspect was described as a white male, about 6 feet to 6 feet 3 inches tall, weighing 130 to 140 pounds. He was wearing a red sweater, gray sweat pants and a mask. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS/8477 or Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.

Publication Party for Local Author

Local author, teacher and cable television personality R. Neville Johnston will speak about his career and autograph copies of his new book, "The Hidden Language Codes," at a publication party Wednesday, Dec. 21, from 8-9 p.m., at the Reston Community Center.

Copies of "The Hidden Language Codes" will be available for purchase and refreshments will be served. The book deals with how our use of language can influence us. Johnson, who has been a member of the RCC Writer's Group for almost two years, is co-host of Telepathic TV, the long-running, live, metaphysical television program broadcast in Northern Virginia. After a near-death experience, Neville embarked on the quest for meaning that has shaped his life and writing. The Hidden Language Codes is his second book.

Dragonfly Leaving Reston

Dragonfly Asian Antiques and Collectibles will be relocating from its present Reston location to 1457 Church Street in Washington, D.C. The store opens Jan. 29 in celebration of the Chinese New Year. Along with the new location, Dragonfly will be renamed Dragonfly Design Décor.

Area Nonprofit Recognized

Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld met with Patricia Johnson of Salute our Services, Inc., a nonprofit organization in Reston that enhances communication and mentors spouses of deployed service members. Rumsfeld and Department of Defense leaders met with 85 people representing nearly half of the 175 non-profit organizations partnering with America Supports You on Dec. 2. The America Supports You program is designed to connect troops with community supporters around the country. The event allowed Pentagon officials to thank these organizations for their steadfast support of the troops and participation in America Supports You; provide an update on key defense issues; and allowed participants to share ideas and network with other America Supports You grassroots organizations.

Submit a Transportation Improvement Idea

Residents with transportation ideas to improve traffic flow or pedestrian safety or otherwise make things work better in Reston intersections or on roadways now have a place to send it: the Reston Transportation Implementation Committee (RTIC). The Committee wants to hear ideas to help develop a priority list. The Committee was created at the urging of joint resolutions of the Virginia House of Delegates and Virginia Senate and consists of state legislators and transportation officials, the Hunter Mill Supervisor and Fairfax County transportation staff, and representatives of community organizations. The Committee identifies priority transportation needs in the Reston area with the help of residents and seeks to focus state and county agencies on addressing the priorities.

Residents with a suggestion for a low-cost improvement, please follow the directions below:

1. Provide a brief description of the problem. 2. State the exact location of the improvement. 3. Provide a precise and concise description of the proposed improvement. 4. State the benefit that is expected. 5. Leave your name and telephone number in case further information is needed.

Send the suggestion to: RTIC, 11437 Washington Plaza West, Reston, VA 20190.

RA District Meetings on Governing Documents

To support an outreach effort, the Reston Association announced that it will conduct four district meetings on the revised governing documents in the coming weeks. The meetings, which will be hosted by the RA board representative of the district, are being held to help answer any questions regarding the documents. The meeting times and dates are as follows:

South Lakes District Meeting

Saturday, Dec. 10, 10 a.m. to noon, at Sunrise Elementary, 10824 Cross School Road, hosted by Director Joe Leighton.

Hunters Woods/Dogwood District Meeting

Tuesday, Dec. 13, 7 to 9 p.m., at the Reston Community Center at Hunters Woods, hosted by Director Barbara Aaron.

North Point District Meeting

Thursday, Jan. 12, 7 to 9 p.m., at Browns Chapel, 11300 Baron Cameron Ave., hosted by Director Doug Bushée.

Lake Anne/Tall Oaks District Meeting

Tuesday, Jan. 17, 7 to 9 p.m., at Forest Edge Elementary School, hosted by Director Robin Smyers.

Calendar

Thursday, Dec. 15, 7 p.m., Reston Association Regular Board Meeting at Isaac Newton Square.

Thursday, Jan. 12, 7 p.m., Reston Association North Point District Meeting at Browns Chapel, conducted by Director Barbara Aaron.