NAME BABY Binturong
The Reston Zoo is holding a baby-naming contest for its new baby boy binturong, born May 31, 2006. The winner will receive a free day admission along with free day admission for three friends. The visit will include an up close and personal visit with the baby and the parents. Email, regular mail or visit submissions are being accepted now through July. The winner will be announced Aug. 1. The Reston Zoo will raise the baby binturong for educational purposes. Binturongs, found in Asia, are frugivorous, or fruit-eating, cat-like animals, also known as bearcats. Binturongs have a civet gland, which makes them smell like Doritos, according to The Reston Zoo. For more information about the contest, call 703-757-6222, or visit the Web site at www.restonzoo.com.
CLERK BOUND During Robbery
Police continue to investigate a robbery Sunday, June 18 at the Radio Shack in North Point Village Center where suspects assaulted and tied up the store clerk, a 56-year-old Herndon man.
Two men entered the store around 10:30 a.m., lured the clerk to the back of the store and assaulted him, said the police report. One of the suspects hit the clerk in the back of the head with an unknown object, said the report.
While on the ground the suspect pulled out a knife and threatened the victim. The suspect also implied that he was carrying a gun, according to the police report. The clerk was not seriously injured.
The two suspects tied the clerk's hands and feet before robbing the store of cash and several sale items.
Both suspects were described as black men, 20 to 25 years old, approximately 5 feet 10 inches to 5 feet 11 inches tall, weighing about 150 pounds. The first suspect painted his face white and was wearing a red shirt, jeans and carrying a basketball. The second suspect also had his face painted white and wore a white sleeveless sweatshirt and jeans, carrying a brown backpack.
Anyone with information about this incident or the suspects is asked to call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477) or the police non-emergency number at 703-691-2131.
RUCKER MEMORIAL Golf Tournament
Space is still available for the 12th annual Rucker Memorial Golf Tournament on Monday, July 10 at the Hidden Creek Country Club. All proceeds from the tournament benefit the programs of Reston Interfaith, which has a 36-year history of serving the Northern Virginia community by providing support and advocacy for those in need of housing, food, affordable childcare, and other social services through the operation of the Embry Rucker Community Shelter, Emergency Food Pantry, Laurel Learning Center, and other programs.
Registration is $195 per golfer and includes lunch on the course and dinner at Hidden Creek Country Club at 5:30 p.m. Featured events at the dinner include the presentation of tournament awards and live and silent auctions and raffle drawings. Prizes for auction include vacations, gift certificates, golf packages, airline tickets to England, and an international getaway. Non-golfers are invited to participate at the “19th hole” to attend the dinner and evening activities. Tickets for this may be purchased for $40 per person.
Reston Interfaith continues to seek volunteers and additional sponsors for the event. Sponsorships start at $250. For more information about sponsorships or to sign-up your foursome, visit www.restoninterfaith.org/eventsnews.html. Also contact Meredith Young, community events manager, at 571-323-9566, with any questions or for more information.
ROBBERY AND Malicious Wounding
A 20-year-old Reston man was slashed with a knife and robbed Monday, June 12 while walking a path near 2200 block of Hunters Woods Plaza.
The 20-year-old was approached by two men around 11 p.m. when one of two suspects grabbed him while the other searched his pockets and took a pack of cigarettes and cash, said the police report. Then, one of the suspects took out a knife. The victim put his hands up to protect himself and was cut in the hand, according to the report. The victim ran from the scene, went to the hospital and was treated for non life-threatening injuries.
The two suspects were described as black men about 22 years old. One was 5 feet 8 inches tall. He wore a white T-shirt, blue jeans and white tennis shoes. The second suspect was about 5 feet 10 inches tall and wore a black T-shirt and blue jeans. He also had acne on his face. They were reportedly seen in a blue or black Ford Explorer.
Anyone with information about this incident or these suspects is asked to call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477) or the police non-emergency number at 703-691-2131.
RCA SEEKS Election Candidates
The Reston Citizens Association is now accepting election applications for its annual elections. Three at-large seats and the South Lakes, North Point, Hunters Woods, Lake Anne district seats will be decided next month. Applications are due by June 23.
RCA elections will be held at the RCA booth during the Reston Festival on July 8-9. The booth will also allow residents to take the “Reston Issues” poll.
Potential candidates can find application forms on RCA’s Web site, www.restoncitizensassociation.org or by calling Colin Mills at 703-638-7305. Send completed applications to Colin Mills, 12012 Greywing Square, #A3, Reston, VA.
RCA focuses much of its attention on endorsing town status for Reston, but is also involved in several community issues, including affordable housing, accessibility/visitability, business development, community healthcare, multicultural assimilation, public safety, transportation and virtual infrastructure.