Week in Reston

Week in Reston

Reston to Host Early Childhood Education Conference

Local Early Childhood educators will get together for what will be the largest gathering of classroom teachers, leaders and administrators in Virginia. This year’s conference will be held at the Reston Regency Hyatt from Thursday, Feb., 14 through Friday, Feb. 16. This three-day conference provides an information packed schedule full of speakers, networking opportunities, tours of local facilities and hands on learning experiences.

Bev Boss, Fran Simon, Jacky Howell and Ellen Galinsky, just to name a few, will join the conference to share their wealth of knowledge with the attendees.

Conference attendees will have the opportunity to visit the Center for Education at Wolf Trap to learn innovative arts-based teaching strategies or Walker Nature Center to discover Project Learning Tree, an educational program designed to help children connect with the environment. Tours of Reston Children’s Center and United Christian Parish Preschool provide two examples of programs in the community that are designed to meet the needs of young children. Just in case that is not enough, attendees will have the option to participate in a CPR/First Aid training, PMAT class and learn how to do daily health observations.

To learn more about the conference, visit HYPERLINK "http://vaece.org/conference.html" http://vaece.org/conference.html or contact Sara Dix, VAECE Advisor vaecehotline@aol.com.

Reston History Series Continues

The Reston Historic Trust and the Reston Museum are exploring the early history of Reston. The Reston Museum is producing another free program on Feb. 28, 7-9 p.m., to be presented at the Jo Ann Rose Gallery at Reston Community Center—Lake Anne, titled: “Building Community in Reston: Diversity, Openness and Inclusiveness.” For more information, call the Reston Museum at 703-709-7700, email restonmuseum@gmail.com, or visit www.restonmuseum.org.

One of the most important items that Robert E. Simon, Jr., fostered when he founded Reston was a sense of community. The goal was to establish a place where everyone mattered, had a sense of belonging, and was able to serve. With that in mind, he believed that diversity was a key to building Reston’s community. Without diversity, it would be impossible to build a rich community. On Feb. 28, the Reston Historic Trust (Reston Museum) will continue its "History of Reston" series with a program on openness, fairness and inclusiveness, along with the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s that set the stage for Simon’s concept of openness that challenged the segregation laws and the racial traditions of Virginia.

Presenters: A panel of Reston residents from the 1960s and early 1970s including Tom Ahart, Carol Ann Bradley, Laura Thomas, Doris Briggs, J. Arthur Jones, and Vern Wingert.

Self Defense Training for Women

The Fairfax County Law Enforcement (FCLE) Foundation has announced that Reston-based Triple Canopy, a global provider of mission support, security and training services, has underwritten several women’s self-defense training sessions in 2012.

“The Fairfax County Law Enforcement Foundation believes that Fairfax County is the best place to live, work and raise a family. We further believe that it is through partnerships between the police department and local businesses that keep the community safe,” says FCLE Chairman Fred Sanborn.

The foundation partners with the Fairfax County Police Department to offer the Women’s Self Defense Training programs. Females 13 years of age and older who live or work in Fairfax County are eligible to register for this training.

Contact the Fairfax County Law Enforcement Foundation via email at HYPERLINK "mailto:info@fairfaxfoundation.org" info@fairfaxfoundation.org or online at www.fairfaxfoundation.org.

Reston Hospital Uses New Technology

Reston Hospital center completed its first surgery using a new, near-infrared fluorescence imaging guided system on the da Vinci Si Surgical System earlier this month. Nicholas Lailas, MD, of The Urology Group, used the technology to remove a tumor from a patient’s kidney.

This new fluorescence imaging, called Firefly™, creates a more enhanced visual field for surgeons allowing for more accurate assessments and surgeries. The new technique incorporates a redesigned 3-D HD camera that is mounted on one of the four arms of the da Vinci Si surgical robot. The specially designed camera and endoscopes allow surgeons at Reston Hospital Center to capture images of tissue and surrounding blood vessels by injecting a unique green colored dye that is activated by near-infrared light. The camera can switch views between standard real time images and images illuminated by the dye.

The technology also allows surgeons to differentiate between malignant and normal tissue as the surgery is being performed because cancerous tissue stains less brightly than normal tissue.

Fusion Dental Earns Angie’s List Award

The Reston office of Fusion Dental has earned the 2012 Angie’s List Super Service Award, an honor awarded annually to approximately 5 percent of all the companies rated on Angie’s List, the nation’s leading provider of consumer reviews on local service companies.

“Angie’s List is the gold standard for online community recommendations, and winning the award for the second year is testimony to how our patients appreciate and recommend the high level of service we provide them,” said Scott Synnott, DDS, Reston office.