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Week in Reston

Balducci’s Closes

The specialty food market, Balducci’s, located at the Spectrum Center off Fountain Drive, closed last week due to underperformance, according to Carrie Fox, marketing manager for the company. Formerly a Sutton Place Gourmet, the store was bought in 2003 and renamed Balducci’s. “It was the one store that has been giving us trouble,” said Fox, “in part because of the competition in the area.” The chain, said Fox, is set to open three more stores in the Washington, D.C. area (on 7th Street NW, in Rockville and in Annapolis). “We thought it was better to close it down, which is never an easy decision, and pool our resources for other stores in the area.” The store’s last day of business was June 20.

National Wildlife Federation Receives Telework Award

The National Wildlife Federation (NWF), headquartered in Reston, received the Telework Award from the Metropolitan Council of Governments at the 2005 Commuter Connections employer recognition awards. More than a third of NWF’s workforce from Reston participates in its telework program enabling the company to use shared workspaces and an open space floor plan. NWF estimates that the program reduces 193,300 vehicle miles of travel by employees each year and has eliminated 95 parking spaces at its headquarters.

Sobriety Checkpoint in Reston Gets 3 DWI Arrests

Three motorists were arrested for driving while intoxicated and six other traffic charges were placed against motorists during a sobriety checkpoint held by Fairfax County police from the Reston station. The checkpoint was conducted from 11:55 p.m. Saturday, June 25 to 2:30 a.m. Sunday. All motorists were stopped, and the drivers were checked to assure their abilities to drive had not been impaired by alcohol or drugs. Approximately 468 cars passed through the checkpoint conducted on Reston Parkway at Sunrise Valley Drive.

Two Art Shows at Lake Anne in July

The Reston Art Gallery and Studios (RAGS) will present two art shows in July. One show will be held in the Jo Anne Rose Gallery, located in the Reston Community Center-Lake Anne, while the other will be held at RAGS at 11400 Washington Plaza West, just a few doors down from the Jo Ann Rose Gallery. The exhibition will be held from July 6-31. An opening reception is planned at the Jo Ann Rose Gallery on July 10 from 2-4 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public. RAGS is a place where the public can witness artists in action, creating one-of-a kind paintings, prints sculptures and jewelry. Home to several community arts groups, RAGS also hosts shows and special events, such as life drawing sessions and poetry readings.

Calling Talented Teens for Battle of the Bands

Teens are invited to show off their musical abilities and win some money at The Battle of the Bands on Friday, July 22, from 8-11 p.m. at the Reston Teen Center. The Battle of the Bands, which is sponsored by The Reston Community Center, The Reston Teen Center and Reston Association, provides area teens with an opportunity to showcase their band in a club environment. Each band will get to perform in front of an audience and have a shot at winning a grand prize. Registration packets can be picked up at the front desk of the RCC or the Reston Teen Center. The deadline for demo tapes and registration packet submission is July 8.

Calendar

July 9-10, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Reston Festival at the Reston Town Center.

July 19, 7 p.m., Reston Association’s Special Board Meeting at Isaac Newton Square.