Week In Reston
South Lakes Names Bruce Butler Principal
Bruce Butler, assistant principal at South Lakes High School the last seven years, was named the next principal of the school, ending an eight-week search.
“It’s a very logical and exciting challenge for me at this time,” said Butler, who takes over July 1. “The community has great passion for this school, and my goal is to work with the community and the faculty to provide for our students a school we can all be proud of.”
Butler has spent his entire career in western Fairfax, starting as an earth and environmental science teacher at Herndon High School. He was an assistant principal at Herndon for five years before transferring to South Lakes.
“People greeted his announcement with standing ovations,” said Maria Allen, who recently became president of South Lakes’ PTSA. “People were very excited.”
Butler replaces Principal Realista Rodriguez, who announced in March she was taking a position with the human resources department in Fairfax County Public Schools. In an interview, Butler thanked Rodriguez for her support and for bringing him to South Lakes. “She’s been a tireless advocate for South Lakes and has made a lot of tough decisions that have greatly benefited the school over the last couple of years,” Butler said.
Butler will start his tenure on the commencement of major school renovations planned to begin this summer and expected to last more than two years. “I feel like I can have a positive impact on South Lakes High School,” said Butler. “The kids are an absolute joy to work with and the faculty has a lot of bright people.”
Bank Robbery in Reston
A man, described to be in his 20s wearing sunglasses and a black bandanna over his face, robbed the BB&T Bank at 2513 Fox Mill Road Monday morning, according to a police report. The man entered the bank around 10:30 a.m., implied he had a gun and demanded money. A teller complied and handed over an undisclosed amount of money, according to the police report. The man was last seen fleeing the scene on Pinecrest Road riding a red motorized scooter. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS/8477 or Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.
Lake Anne Charrette Begins Next Week
Beginning next week, the Lake Anne Revitalization Charrette will feature three days of intensive planning designed to build consensus for the residents, merchants and other community stake holders on ways to enhance design of the Lake Anne Revitalization area. To confirm attendance contact Goldie Harrison or Alisha Dickason at 703-478-0283. See the schedule in Calendar.
Recognizing 25 Years of Service
First elected in 1977, Del. Ken Plum (D-36) threw a party last week celebrating 25 years of service as Reston’s representative in the Virginia House of Delegates. More than 200 people attended the party, held June 2, at the Smith Bowman House in Reston. At the event, which included dinner, entertainment and a short program, attendants took the opportunity to thank Plum for his service.
In the June 1-7, 2005 Reston and Herndon Connections, a photo caption was incorrect. The photo was of Hector V. Barreto, administrator of the U.S. Small Business Admininstration. The photo caption said Danny Vargas, president, VARCom Solutions.
Animal Shelter Needs Help
Friends of Homeless Animals has been designated as the 5 percent Donation Day organization by Whole Foods Market in Plaza America in Reston.
On June 22, an amount equal to 5 percent of the receipts for the day will be donated to the Loudoun County-based shelter to help them continue to provide a safe haven for homeless animals.
Friends of Homeless Animals is a "no-kill" animal shelter that provides a safe place for cats and dogs to stay while waiting to find new homes.
Funded by private donations and run by volunteers, the shelter has been in operation for more than 30 years.
Representatives from the shelter will also be at the store with information about pets available for adoption and additional ways to help out. For more information about Friends of Homeless Animals, visit www.foha.org.
Pedestrian Safety Campaign in Reston
The Reston District Police Station is scheduled to run a pedestrian safety campaign until Sept. 10, in response to a request made by Supervisor Cathy Hudgins (D-Hunter Mill) to maintain and enhance the safety conditions for pedestrians and cyclists in the Reston area. The enhanced enforcement will be directed at locations which have been identified by constituents as problem areas. Police will enforce both state and local traffic laws with the goal of gaining voluntary compliance from the community. Drivers will be ticketed for failing to yield the right of way to pedestrians in crosswalks, stopping in and blocking pedestrian crosswalks and for violating any other applicable laws. Officers will conduct the campaign along the W&OD Trail and the intersections of Wiehle Avenue, Sunset Hills Road and Sunrise Valley Drive. They will also concentrate efforts on Sunset Hills Road between Isaac Newton Square Drive West and Wiehle Avenue.
South Lake Graduation Speakers
South Lakes High School’s graduation, which will be held June 21, will feature a faculty speaker, a student speaker and a commencement speaker. Following past practice, the students elected their student speaker and faculty member. The student speaker will be Denell Davis, the current class secretary, and the faculty speaker will be James Petrik, an English teacher who recently spearheaded the tsunami relief effort at South Lakes. The graduation committee selected Supervisor Cathy Hudgins (D-Hunter Mill) to be the school’s commencement speaker.
June 13, 7:00 p.m., Reston Community Center Community Relations Committee Meeting, Reston Community Center Hunters Woods, 2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston.
June 16-17, Lake Anne Village Charrette
-June 16 and 17, 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Reston Community Center-Hunters Woods, 2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston.
-June 16, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Lake Anne Elementary School, 11510 North Shore Drive, Reston.
-June 18, 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Lake Anne Elementary, 11510 North Shore Drive, Reston.
June 23, 7:00 p.m., Reston Association Board Meeting at Isaac Newton Square.