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Vehicles Set on Fire in Reston

Authorities continue to investigate two fires that destroyed six vehicles and damaged two others at two adjacent Reston apartment complexes in the early morning hours Thursday, March 2.

Firefighters arrived first to a vehicle that was set on fire on Jonathan Way. The fire destroyed the vehicle and damaged two cars, said Jeff Trice, a Fairfax County Fire spokesman.

“Then, they saw a glow in the sky. It was another car fire,” said Trice. A vehicle in nearby wooden carport on Fireside Place was set on fire, destroying five vehicles and the carport.

“They were intentionally set on fire,” said Trice, “but we're still in the investigative mode.”

Trice said that investigators are still trying to determine the exact cause of the fire. Trice said he could not say whether the two fires were related.

Investigators used trained dogs to help determine the cause of the fires. Three other vehicle fires occurred in the same subdivision in the past 18 months, said Trice.

Damage to the vehicles and the carport totaled $50,000.

Info-Sharing Success

The Reston Citizens Association and the Reston Association hosted an informal “info-sharing smorgasbord” Tuesday, Feb. 28, to help Restonians better understand how information is locally disseminated. About 25 participants received a resource booklet that reviewed information sources in Reston, including Web sites, newspapers, bulletin boards and television. The discussion, led by RCA board member Colin Mills, also included a presentation about the possibility of brining local radio to Reston. The booklet will be posted on the RCA Web site at www.restoncitizensassociation.org.

Coming Soon: ‘American Patchwork’

The celebrate the music of some of America’s most famous composers, the Reston Chorale will present “American Patchwork,” on Saturday, March 18 at 8 p.m. at the Reston Community Center at Hunters Woods.

Tickets are available through the Community Center Box office at 703 476-1111 or, for more information, visit www.restonchorale.org.

The event will include choral arrangements by Dave Brubeck, Aaron Copland and George Gershwin. The performance features Brubeck’s arrangements of poems by Langston Hughes, including his well-known “Hold Fast to Dreams” and “Boogie 1 AM.” The Chorale will also perform such Copland favorites as “Simple Gifts,” “Stomp Your Foot,” and “The Little Horses,” and selections from Gershwin songbook, including “Embraceable You” and “I Got Rhythm.”

Tickets to “American Patchwork” are $20 for general admission and $15 for seniors and youth. To contact Reston Chorale, call Linda Ackerman at 703-834-0079.