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Week in Reston

RESTON AMONG Best Places to Live

Reston made Money Magazine’s top 100 places to live. The 40-year-old planned community was named no. 43 on the list. The annual rankings, released Monday, are based on criteria including jobs, crime, weather, health care, schools, recreation and a stress gauge. The list considers places with a population over 30,000 and below 300,000 and excluded “retirement havens” where more than 40% of the residents are over 50. Ranking economic opportunity, including income, job growth and affordability, was also taken into account. According to the magazine’s profile, the median family income is $107,532, nearly 20 percent of the population has a commute longer than 45 minutes, and residents on average spend $8,600 on vacations a year.

TASTE RAISES $6,000 for YMCA

The YMCA Fairfax County Reston was presented with a check for $6,000 last Wednesday, July 12. The Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce donated the money, which was raised from this year’s Taste of the Town held June 17. More than 30,000 people filled the streets of the Reston Town Center to enjoy the festivities, which included a Kids Korner, Beer and Wine Garden, 20-plus food vendors, and live music.

RESULTS OF of Issue Poll

The Reston Citizens Association, the group leading the effort to make Reston a town, released the results of its issue poll last week.

The poll, held during the Reston Festival, asked voters to choose three of the most important issues facing Reston today. The poll included nine issue options: affordable housing, accessibility/visitability, business development, community healthcare, multicultural aspects, public safety, Reston governance, transportation and virtual infrastructure. A total of 102 voters participated.

Transportation and governance, in that order, were deemed by voters the most important. Voters ranked affordable housing third in importance.

80K RAISED for Reston Interfaith

The 12th Annual Rucker Memorial Golf Tournament, held last Monday, July 10, at the Hidden Creek Country Club, raised more than $80,000 for Reston Interfaith.

More than 208 people participated in the tournament, which featured two shotgun starts. In addition, the tournament featured three contests: Beat the Pro, a putting contest, and a hole-in-one contest.

More than 35 local businesses and organizations sponsored the tournament.

After the tournament, players and guests gathered at the clubhouse to enjoy dinner, a presentation of tournament awards, raffle drawings, and live and silent auctions. The auctions included more than 70 items, including golf and lunch for four at Lowes Island Club and two round-trip tickets to London on MaxJet Airways. Restaurant gift certificates, gym memberships, artwork, getaways, golf foursomes, autographed sports memorabilia, and concert and sports tickets were also auctioned.

Reston Interfaith serves the Northern Virginia community by providing support and advocacy for those in need of housing, food, affordable childcare, and other social services. Some of its programs include the Embry Rucker Community Shelter, Emergency Food Pantry, and Laurel Learning Center.

GOV. KAINE Comes to Reston

Gov. Tim Kaine will headline the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce’s Installation Luncheon and Annual Meeting this Thursday at the Hyatt Regency in Reston. The event, which starts at 11:30 a.m., is held to install the chamber’s new chairman, Marion Myers of Myers Public Relations, and the board of directors. The chamber also presents initiatives for the coming year. Supervisor Catherine Hudgins (D-Hunter Mill) will preside over the induction ceremony. Gov. Kaine will deliver the keynote address. The cost to attend is $35 for members and $45 for non-members.

ASIAN FESTIVAL July 22

The 3rd annual Asian Festival is coming to Reston on July 22 from 10 a.m. until 9:30 p.m. at Lake Newport Square, 11452 Baron Cameron Avenue. The one-day, free event is held to promote a greater understanding of the Asian culture from Thailand, China, India, Philippines, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam. Each participating country showcases its culture through music, cultural performances, food, beauty pageants, fashion, handicrafts, and entertainment. About 25 Asian restaurants will feature authentic specialty dishes, some not found on menus. The search for the “Asian Idol” and a breakdancing tournament are just a few of the activities offered this year.

In conjunction with the festival, about 100 up-and-coming tennis stars will compete in the Legg Mason Women’s Pro Circuit “Wild Card” tournament held between July 21 and 23.

Dubbed as the largest Asian festival in Northern Virginia, the event attracted more than 12,000 attendees last year. This year organizers expect 15,000 attendees.

CALENDAR

Thursday, July 27, 7 p.m., The Reston Association Board of Directors Regular Meeting at Isaac Newton Square.