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Week in Reston

NEW Town Celebrates 40 Years

Tonight at 7 p.m., New Town Publications will hold its 40th Anniversary Celebration at the Reston Museum at Lake Anne Village Center. Forty years of covers of Reston’s original phone book and information source, “A Place Called Reston,” will be on display at Reston Museum during this special reception hosted by New Town founder and publisher Nancy Larson, and Roger Lowe.

HUDGINS Honored for Housing

Supervisor Cathy Hudgins (D-Hunter Mill) received the AHOME Preservation Award for her leadership, courage and innovation in helping preserve affordable housing in the Fairfax/Falls Church area.

“I remember Supervisor Hudgins as the champion of a fair and decent housing, when frankly, there were not even any other players,” said AHOME President Michael Scheurer in a statement.

The award was presented to Hudgins a ceremony last week.

Hudgins, who is the chair of the Fairfax County Housing Committee, has led efforts to improve the Affordable Dwelling Unit ordinance. In that capacity, she convened a task force that has looked into the inclusion of affordable and workforce units in high-rise and high-density development. She is also credited with leading the effort for the county to purchase the 181-unit Crescent Apartments in Reston.

FISH Seeks Thanksgiving Donations

Herndon-Reston FISH (Friendly Instant Sympathetic Help) is requesting donations of money and non-perishable food items for Thanksgiving boxes for needy local residents. Volunteers will assemble the boxes between Nov. 13 and 16 at the United Christian Parish located at 2222 Colts Neck Road in Reston. Last year FISH provided Thanksgiving assistance for 749 people.

Non-perishable items such as peanut butter, jelly, pasta or macaroni, rice, tomato sauce, soup, dry cereals, juices and other canned goods can be dropped off at the United Christian Parish across from Hunters Woods Center between Nov. 13 and 16 or at The Bargain Loft, FISH’s thrift shop, at 336 Victory Drive in Herndon. The Bargain Loft is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Volunteers are needed to collect, sort and deliver the food. Contact Robyn Kampf, holiday assistance coordinator, at 703-860-8804 or robkamp@aol.com, for more detailed information.

Checks and donations can be made payable to: Herndon Reston FISH, Inc., 336 Victory Drive, Herndon, VA, 20170.

All donations are tax deductible. FISH, an all-volunteer, non-profit organization, has been giving emergency assistance to local residents for 37 years.

HOMECOMING Celebrates Diversity

With the theme of “Celebrating Diversity: Around the World,” students at South Lakes High School are gearing up for Homecoming this week. Tonight at 8 p.m., after two powder puff games, the school will hold a homecoming bonfire. The Homecoming Parade is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 27, and will start from Hunters Woods Shopping Center at 5 p.m. Afterwards, at 7:30 p.m., the South Lakes varsity football team will host Marshall High School. At halftime, the Homecoming princesses will be presented and the Queen will be named.

The school will hold its Homecoming Dance on Saturday, Oct. 28, starting at 8 p.m.

CATCH Trout at Lake Fairfax

Opening day of trout fishing season is coming soon at Lake Fairfax Park in Reston. On Nov. 3, the Fairfax County Park Authority will stock the lake with 1,000 pounds of rainbow and golden trout.

Beginning at 11 a.m., a local trout farm will stock fish measuring at least 12 inches and weighing at least 1 pound into the 18-acre lake. Fishermen will have the option of trying their luck from the shores of Lake Fairfax, or casting from the banks of the park’s stream. Fishing boats are not permitted on the lake.

The stocking program is supported through fees paid by trout fishing pass holders. Fishermen must purchase a season pass or a daily pass before fishing. The cost of a daily park pass is $10 per adult and $9 for children and seniors. For those over 16 years of age, a Virginia fishing license is required. A Virginia trout stamp is not required, but a limit of one line and one pole per person will be enforced. The daily catch limit is six fish per person.

A new marina complex features a floating dock, which offers fishermen access to the lake’s deeper waters. A new ramp has also been added to provide full access to the dock.

Lake Fairfax Park is located at 1400 Lake Fairfax Drive in Reston. Call 703-471-5415 for more information.

MORAN Gets High Marks

The League of Conservation Voters gave U.S. Rep. Jim Moran (D-8) an “A” rating on the organization’s environmental scorecard.

On this year’s edition of the National Environmental Scorecard, Moran received a 92 percent rating.

“At no time in the past 30 years has environmental policy been under greater attack than during the Bush Administration,” said Moran in a statement. “And the 109th Congress has been no exception.”

The LCV Scorecard represents the consensus of experts from more than 20 environmental and conservation organizations who selected the key votes on which Members of Congress should be graded. LCV scores votes on the most important issues of the year, including energy, environmental health and safety protections, resource conservation, and spending for environmental programs.

LCV, a nonprofit, has published a National Environmental Scorecard every Congress since 1970, the year it was founded by leaders of the environmental movement following the first Earth Day. For more information on the LCV scorecard, you can visit http://www.lcv.org/scorecard/.

LOOKING for the Best

Reston Interfaith and the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce seek nominations for the 2007 Best of Reston awards. The annual awards honor businesses, organizations and individuals who have shown outstanding commitment to community service and improving the lives of others.

Eligible Best of Reston nominees may be businesses, organizations, or individuals that make extraordinary contributions of their time and resources to improve the quality of life in the Reston-Herndon area and the surrounding communities.

Nominations must be received by 5 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 30. Nomination forms can be picked up in Reston from the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce at 1763 Fountain Drive or from Reston Interfaith’s office at 11150 Sunset Hills Road, Suite 210. Forms can also be downloaded from Reston Interfaith’s web site at www.restoninterfaith.org or from the Chamber’s web site at www.restonchamber.org. To obtain a form by mail, please call Meredith Young at 571-323-9566. Nominations received after the Oct. 30 deadline will not be considered.

Winners of the 2007 Best of Reston Awards will be announced at the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Jan. 11, 2007. They will be formally honored at the 16th Annual Best of Reston Gala on April 19, 2007, at the Hyatt Regency Reston.

RESTON License Plate Contest

Reston Citizens Association is holding a Reston License Plate Design Contest, tapping into the creative talents of local residents. The group is asking Reston residents to design a license plate, which will be offered by Virginia’s Department of Motor Vehicles. The winning design will embody the essence of living in the 40-year-old planned community. Deadline for submission designs is Nov. 30. Full details of the contest rules are available at: www.restoncitizensassociation.org/RestonLicense.htm

The DMV requires a minimum of 350 pre-paid applicants to produce a specialized license plate. Residents interested in pre-ordering can complete the form at: http://www.dmvnow.com/webdoc/pdf/vsa10.pdf. Then send a check for the appropriate fee made out to “Reston Citizens Association” to: Reston Citizens Association, P.O. Box 2851, Reston, VA 20195. According to instructions from the DMV, RCA will hold all applications and checks until the special license creation process is complete and then forward one check to cover all the applications. To get more information, send an email to RCA-InfoLine@comcast.net or contact: Susan Merk at 703-437-4386 or John Fay at 703-481-0944.

VOLUNTEER for VolunteerFest

Volunteer Fairfax is accepting volunteer registration for this year’s VolunteerFest on Saturday, Oct. 28. Hundreds of volunteers will contribute their time and energy to help 45 area nonprofits complete 57 projects for this county-wide

day of service, held in conjunction with national “Make a Difference Day.”

For a listing of volunteer projects in other areas of Fairfax county, visit www.volunteerfairfax.org and click on “VolunteerFest 2006” in the dark blue bar on left hand side of the homepage. For questions, contact Erin Whyte at 703-246-3460 or ewhyte@volunteerfairfax.org.

YMCA’S Gala Tickets on Sale

Tickets are on sale for the 7th annual Community Gala held by the YMCA Fairfax County in Reston. The gala, themed “Celebrate the Stars! America’s Treasure,” will be held on Saturday, Nov. 11 at the facility off of Sunset Hills Road.

The evening, which starts at 6:30 p.m., features dinner and cocktails, live music, a live auction, and a silent auction. Proceeds from evening will go directly to children, families and individuals in Fairfax County who cannot afford to participate in YMCA programs or membership.

Individual tickets cost $100. Tables of 10 cost $1,000. For more information contact Christine A. Mohr, director of marketing and community relations at 703-318- 5296 or cmohr@ymcawashdc.org.

NEWCOMERS Event Nov. 2

Residents new to Reston, and even those not so new, are invited to gathering to get to know the Reston Association. The Association is holding a newcomer’s night on Thursday, Nov. 2, from 7-9 p.m. at its headquarters at 1930 Isaac Newton Square. The event, which will offer light refreshments and door prizes, is an opportunity for members to learn more about RA and its available services, amenities and programs. To RSVP, contact Ha Brock, RA Volunteer Coordinator, at 703-435-7986.

FOOD Drive

The Reston Community Center is encouraging patrons, organizations and businesses to drop-off non-perishable food items from Nov. 1 through Nov. 23 at its facilities and other designated spots throughout the community. Donations will be distributed by Reston Interfaith to families in need during the Holiday Season and throughout the year. Items needed include canned meats and fish, peanut butter, rice, beans, and canned fruits and vegetables.

Organizations and business interested in hosting drop-off points may call the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce at 703-707-9045. To volunteer to sort donations on Thanksgiving Day, call Volunteer Program Coordinator Anna Dowdell at 703-390-6160.

The Thanksgiving Food Drive is co-sponsored by Reston Interfaith, the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce, and the Reston Community Center. For more information, call 703-390-6160.

FALL for Lake Anne

Lake Anne Merchants Association will host Fall For Lake Anne, a seasonal, free family event on Saturday, Oct. 28, from noon until 4 p.m., at Lake Anne Village Center.

The event includes make-and-take crafts, games with TLC 4 Kids, storytelling at Reston’s Used Book Shop, and performances of magic and balloon-making. At 1 p.m., the Raptor Conservancy will feature a demonstration with live owls and hawks. Dogs in costume are welcome to enter a Best Costume contest. Face painting for children will also be available from 2-3 p.m. before Trick-or-Treating around the plaza from 3-4 p.m.

In the evening, adults are invited to a Halloween Party at the village center’s restaurants, which starts at 9 p.m. at Tavern on the Lake.

The event is held rain or shine. For more information, visit www.lakeanneplaza.com.

VOLUNTEERS Needed at RCC

The Reston Community Center continues to look for volunteers for several projects:

* RCC Clubhouse Program at Terraset Elementary School

Tutors are needed to help children ages 7-11 on homework. Time shifts include following days: Mondays, 1-4 p.m.; Wednesdays, 3-6 p.m.; and Thursdays, 3-6 p.m. For more information, contact Debbie Heron, youth programs director, at 703-390-6163 or Deborah.heron@fairfaxcounty.gov.

* Children’s Fall Flea Market

On Saturday, Nov. 18 at RCC Hunters Woods volunteers are needed for any segment of time from 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Pizza will be provided to volunteers after the event. For more information, contact Debbie Heron, youth programs director, at 703-390-6163 or Deborah.heron@fairfaxcounty.gov.

* Winter Break Fun Zone

Tuesday, Dec. 26 through Friday, Dec. 29 at RCC/Hunters Woods, volunteers are needed for any segment of time from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Activities include games, field trips, cooking, photo lab, woodshop, swimming for 20 children and volunteers. For more information, contact Debbie Heron, youth programs director, at 703-390-6163 or Deborah.heron@fairfaxcounty.gov.

JOIN the Holiday Parade

Organizers of the 16th annual Reston Holiday Parade is looking for parade participants. This year’s parade, with the theme of “Ring in the Season at Reston Town Center,” takes place Friday, Nov. 24, from 11 a.m. until 12 p.m.

Interested groups will have the opportunity to join 1.5-mile parade route with an assortment of Macy’s style balloons, musical groups, dancers, antique cars and Santa and Mrs. Claus.

For an entry form, contact Billie Nicolotti at 703-476-9377.