Week in Reston

Week in Reston

Suspect Arrested for Burglaries

Police arrested a man Thursday, Aug. 3 for three burglaries committed in early April in the Reston area.

Stephen Parker, of no fixed address, was charged with burglarizing numerous homes and businesses, including the Dominos Pizza and Reston Cleaners on Soapstone Drive, the Papa John’s Pizza on Lake Fairfax Drive and the Reston Association Swim Club on Glade Drive.

According to the police report, detectives received information from an anonymous source, which led to Parker’s arrest. During the investigation detectives also learned that Parker allegedly burglarized other commercial businesses in June.

Parker, who was transported to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center, faces four counts of burglary. Police continue to investigate.

5K To Raise Money for Diabetes

Tall Oaks At Reston, an assisted living community, will host a 5K Run/1.5 Mile Walk and Community Extravaganza next month to benefit the American Diabetes Association. The event will be held on Saturday, Sept. 30 from 9 a.m. until noon at the Tall Oaks at Reston. Kaiser Permanente supports the event as the premier Platinum Sponsor. Giant Foods, Humana MarketPoint, Reston Hospital Center and Reston Runners are Gold Sponsors.

The route for the run/walk is on Reston’s trails to cater to both the expert runner and casual walker. The Community Extravaganza portion of the event features a live New Orleans style jazz band, food, exhibits and silent auction. The event is open to the public. The first runner and walker to cross finish line will receive a prize. Each run/walk participant is required to donate at least $25 to the cause.

To receive more event information and a registration form, please visit www.TallOaksAtReston.com. For questions about the event, contact Ms. Moore at dmoore@talloaksatreston.com or call 703-834-9800.

Save Date for Density Forum

The Reston Citizens Association is asking residents to save the dates for a community forum on planning and zoning issues in Reston. The event is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 6 from 7-9:30 p.m. at Lake Anne Community Center.

RCA, which is organizing the forum, plans to include speakers from Fairfax County planning and zoning staff, who will present possible changes for Reston’s planned residential community zoning ordinance to the Board of Supervisors next month.

RCA is holding the forum as part of an effort to provide additional information about the issues surrounding any proposed changes to the ordinance, particularly the density cap that limits total residential density to 13 persons per acre.

At the forum, RCA will ask speakers to limit their comments to current problems, if any, in Reston’s current zoning ordinance; potential solutions for these problems; and steps to maximize community involvement in improving the zoning ordinance.

In addition, all speakers will be requested to disclose any personal financial interest in the positions they take.

'Road Dawg' Camp

The Fairfax County Police plans to reach out to communities served by the Reston District Station with a "Road Dawg" camp.

The camp, which has been offered in another area of the county, is designed to enhance leadership skills among children who might be susceptible to gang involvement. "Dawg" stands for “Don’t Associate with Gangs.” The camp, being held Aug. 14-18, offers daily activities to challenge children to work as a team, build self-esteem, respect each other and make good decisions, according to a police press release.

Several county and community groups will be providing assistance to the officers during the camp. Children between the ages of 11-14 from neighborhoods with known gang activity were chosen to participate.

School resource officers, principals, counselors and teachers helped identify the children chosen.

Volunteer for Reston Triathlon

The Reston Triathlon is looking for volunteers to help with the event which this year will be Sunday, Sept. 10. Volunteers are needed for packet pick up on Saturday, Sept. 9; then on race day volunteers are needed for the swim course, transition areas at Lake Audubon boat ramp and South Lakes High School, post race food, run sentry, markings, bike marshal and finish line. For those who live on Lake Audubon, the event could use assistance from those with a small boat or a canoe.

A free Triathlon T-shirt and free food after the race are rewards for helping. E-mail restontri@aol.com or go to www.restontriathlon.org and follow the links for volunteers.

Volunteer for ‘Works Sunday’

Works Sunday, an annual event sponsored by 15 faith communities in Reston and Herndon, will take place Aug. 20. Volunteers are needed for the event, which features 15 separate service projects and five donation opportunities.

This year’s event features two new projects: preparing and serving a hot meal at the Embry Rucker Community Shelter and cleaning kitchens at the Herndon Harbor House.

Perennial projects include a food collection drive at three local supermarkets for the Reston Interfaith food pantry, stuffing backpacks for needy schoolchildren, doing maintenance at several local Gabriel Homes group residences, making bag lunches for homeless people, holding worship services and luncheons at the Hunters Woods and Lake Anne Fellowship Houses, and providing musical programs at Sunrise/Reston and Cameron Glen Nursing Home.

In addition, Works Sunday is collecting used videos suitable for children and teenager who are patients at Reston Hospital, school supplies for children at the Herndon Neighborhood Resource Center, underwear and children’s clothes for Laurel Learning Center, gift certificates for the Fairfax County Abused Women’s Shelter, and a list of items for the Rucker Shelter. For more details, anyone interested can visit www.workssunday.org, or call Marilyn Silvey at 703-860-5141.