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Reston Resident Dies After a Crash in McLean Area

On Sunday, Jan. 6, Frederick Naef, 76, of Reston, died from injuries resulting from a vehicle crash on Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012.

Around 9:30 a.m. on Dec. 26, a 2001 Ford Ranger was traveling westbound on Lee Highway approaching Old Lee Highway. The driver of the Ford, Carlos Rios, 42, of Fairfax, lost control of his vehicle and crossed into eastbound traffic on Lee Highway. Rios struck a 2010 Ford Taurus, driven by Naef and a 2008 GMC Yukon, driven by a 41-year-old man. Naef was transported to a local hospital. Rios was charged with failing to maintain control of his vehicle.

Speed and alcohol are not considered factors in the crash.

AAUW Presentation: The Women of Walmart

The American Association of University Women of Reston and Herndon will present a special program on “The Walmart Supreme Court Case” on Saturday, Jan. 19 at the Reston Community Center at Lake Anne Village Center. The meeting will begin with refreshments and networking at 10 a.m., with the program starting at 10:30 a.m. The program is open to AAUW members, spouses and the community.

The Walmart case—the largest employment class-action suit in the nation's history—was argued before the U.S. Supreme Court March 29, 2011. In addition to providing financial support, AAUW submitted an amicus brief and led a rally in support of the women of Walmart. AAUW strongly believes in such actions to ensure that all affected workers can right the wrongs against them and stand together in the face of corporate misconduct.

The program will be presented by Ben Gold, an instructor for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI). Gold has a BA in political science from Stanford University and earned an MS in computer science as a U.S. Navy officer. In addition, he has presented the popular OLLI class “The Supreme Court: Current Cases” for several years.

For further information, call 703-620-4521 or 703-709-8599.

Film Screening at South Lakes High

The “Addiction Incorporated” documentary film will be featured at South Lakes High School in Reston on Friday, Jan. 11, starting at 7 p.m. in the Little Theatre. This Reston community film screening event is sponsored by the South Lakes High School Parent Teacher Student Association and Student Government Association Leadership Class, and co-sponsored by the Partnership for a Healthier Fairfax. The film screening will be followed by a discussion and Q&A session with panelists, including Reston Founder Robert E. Simon. This event is free of charge and open to the public. Seating is limited; reserve your seat at tinyurl.com/addictioninc.

The Acappella Pictures’ documentary film, “Addiction Incorporated,” has won critical acclaim for its riveting, true story of the tobacco industry’s lies and its attempt to silence the scientist who blew the whistle on the industry. Written and directed by Charles Evans, Jr. and produced by Charmaine Parcero, the one hour and 20 minute film tells the story of scientist Victor DeNoble, who worked for Philip Morris in trying to develop a “safe” cigarette. Instead, he discovered how very addictive the nicotine in tobacco is and told his employer the results of his research. The company immediately closed his laboratory and dismissed him, insisting that he sign a confidentiality agreement. During a dramatic moment, captured on film, Congressman Henry Waxman succeeds in getting the firm to agree to the breaking of that agreement, allowing DeNoble to tell the truth, proving the industry moguls lied before Congress.

JBG Acquires Charter Oak Apartment Community in Reston

The JBG Companies has acquired Archstone Charter Oak, a 262-unit apartment community located at 11637 Charter Oak Court in the heart of Reston.

Charter Oak is a neighbor to Hidden Creek Country Club, close to the Dulles Toll Road and Reston Parkway, and is within a mile of the future Wiehle Avenue stop on Metro’s new Silver Line, which is expected to open in 2013. It is also within a half-mile of Reston Town Center, a prime destination for shopping, dining and entertainment. The immediate area around Charter Oak supports almost 20 million square feet of office space.