Week in Reston

Week in Reston

Armstrong Principal Nominated

Parents and community nominated Armstrong Elementary School principal Shane Wolfe for the 2008 Outstanding First Year Principal from Fairfax County Public Schools. The nomination cites Wolfe as a principal who is involved to great extent with the students’ daily activities and who brings new ideas to benefit the school. Included in those ideas is encouraging partnerships between the school and private businesses, one of which is the creation of student bank accounts to teach responsibility and fiscal management.

Boundary Meeting

The first of three public meetings on the West County High School Boundary Study will be held on Monday, Nov. 12 at 7:30 p.m. at Chantilly High School. A Spanish interpreter will be available at this meeting.

Hypothermia Shelter Volunteers

Reston Interfaith seeks volunteers to support the North County Hypothermia Prevention Program again this winter season, Dec. 1, 2007 through March 31, 2008. This program, which safeguards the well-being of one of the most vulnerable populations in our community, depends on groups and individuals to prepare and serve meals, assist in staffing the program and donate wish list items. Detailed information is available by contacting Mandy Guernsey at Volunteer@restoninterfaith.org or 571/323-9565 or by visiting the Web site: www.restoninterfaith.org.

Veterans Day Offer

McCormick & Schmick’s restaurant in Reston Town Center is participating in the chain-wide offer for Veterans Day. The restaurant is offering a complimentary entrée from a special menu for veterans with proper identification.

RA Newcomers Night

Reston Association will host Newcomers Night on Thursday, Nov. 8, from 7 to 9 p.m. at its main conference room, 1930 Isaac Newton Square. New and old residents are invited to learn about RA services, amenities and programs and meet RA board and staff members. Refreshments will be served and door prizes awarded.

Donations, Volunteers Needed

The annual Thanksgiving Food Drive, co-sponsored by Reston Interfaith and the Reston Community Center, encourages patrons, organizations, and businesses to drop off non-perishable food items from at the Reston Community Center and other designated drop off points throughout the community. Reston Interfaith will again be distributing food donations during this holiday season and throughout the year. Items especially needed are: canned meats and fish, peanut butter, rice, beans, canned fruits and vegetables. Volunteers (all ages) are needed at to sort donations on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Reston Community Center Hunters Woods, 2310 Colts Neck Road. Contact Haywood Hopson, community events director at 703-390-6161.

Fire Hits Farmers Market Vendor

The barn and the farm equipment inside were destroyed by fire at the J & W Valley View Farm in Montross, Va. in late October. All of the farm’s equipment — tractors, irrigation pumps, mulching and fertilizing machines and more — had just been stored in the barn for the off-season and all were lost. J & W is co-owned by Wanda Catlett who has operated her produce stand at the Reston Farmers Market since the market opened 10 years ago at Lake Anne. Market Master John Lovaas said, "Wanda is a favorite of the Market’s customers both here and at the farmers market in Burke. I cannot remember her missing more than one Saturday in 10 years in Reston."

Lovaas added that some of the Catletts’ customers are offering to purchase rights to produce next season by paying a lump sum now to help the family make up for some of its losses before planting season. For example, one could order 20 weeks’ vegetables at say $6 per week and pay $120 up front. Anyone interested in contacting Wanda Catlett can reach her at 804-241-9647.

RCC Launches Resident Survey

Residents of Small District 5 will be able to express their views on the Reston Community Center through the 2007 Community Survey. The survey was scheduled to be start this week on Nov. 6 by the University of Virginia, Center for Survey Research.

The goal of the survey is to identify strengths of the RCC and to develop recommendations for improving the center’s programs and services.

Any questions about the survey can be directed to BeBe Nguyen, RCC director of communications, at 703-390-6145.