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Rescue Reston Efforts Continue

Group announces new community events and reorganizes board.

After a brief respite due to RN Golf Management’s postponement of the Board of Zoning Appeals hearing from January to May, Rescue Reston is reemerging and ramping up its mission to alert Reston and other Fairfax County residents about the potential development of one of Reston’s primary green spaces.

The next community outreach event is “Spring into Action” barbeque on Sunday, May 5, at Hidden Creek Country Club. This event is an opportunity for concerned citizens and neighbors to connect with each other and to help raise money for legal defense efforts. There will be live music, a delicious menu, and a silent auction during the event. Additional information and a link to register online are available at www.rescuereston.org/events. The cost is a reasonable $65 per person, which includes payment to Hidden Creek Country Club for catering and their services and still helps to support Rescue Reston.

In addition to the rallying event at the Spring into Action BBQ, Rescue Reston is committed to getting as many people as possible to attend the Board of Zoning Appeals hearing on Wednesday, May 22, at 9 a.m. Go to www.rescuereston.org/about-rescue-reston for details about the hearing.

The Rescue Reston Board of Directors also announces that it recently accepted the resignation of Executive Director John Pinkman, who stepped down from the board for health reasons. Pinkman will continue as an active volunteer for Rescue Reston.

In concert with John Pinkman’s resignation, the board of directors met on March 17 and named David Stroh as executive director/president. The board also passed a resolution adding a fifth board position. The new Rescue Reston Board of Directors and their positions:

  • David Stroh, executive director/president. Stroh is a retired attorney and city planner whose practice as an attorney focused in the areas of land use, real estate development and real estate finance. He has lived on Golf Course Drive in Reston since 1997.

  • Joe Deninger, vice president-finance/treasurer. Deninger is a CPA with many years of accounting experience, having served in various financial and administrative capacities for companies in several industries. He has lived on Golf Course Drive since 1979.

  • David Burns, vice president-legal affairs/secretary. Burns is an attorney practicing in the area of corporate and media/telecommunications law. He and his wife Beth have lived in Reston since 2004.

  • Connie Hartke, vice president-communications. Hartke and her husband Paul are long-time Reston residents, dating back to 1985. Connie’s background is 25 years in IT sales and service. She and Paul run several small businesses. She is a member of the Reston Runners and frequent Reston Triathlon spectator thanks to Paul and a grandson who are Reston Triathletes.

  • Lisa White, vice president-technology. White has lived in Reston since 2001. She is a freelance technical writer and documentation specialist and a volunteer with the Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department.

Rescue Reston is a grass-roots organization comprising community volunteers who oppose redevelopment of Reston National Golf Course into residential housing or any site development other than a golf course or comparable open space. The group was brought to action because of a July 27, 2012, proposal by the owners of the Reston National Golf Course to turn the golf course’s open space into a residential development, which Rescue Reston activists believe is contrary to the Fairfax County Comprehensive Plan and Reston Master Plan. The primary work of Rescue Reston is to establish cohesive community-based strategies and activities to promote grass-root efforts that oppose redevelopment attempts by the Reston National Golf Course owners. Details of the Board of Zoning Appeal Proposal and resident response are on the Rescue Reston website (http://www.rescuereston.org).