Around 3:50 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 5, a 19-year-old driver of a 2012 Honda Civic was traveling westbound on McLearen Road, near Cobra Drive. For reasons unknown, the Honda drove off the road and then reentered the roadway heading west in the eastbound lanes of McLearen Road and struck a 2000 Honda Civic head-on, which was driven by 64-year-old Chris Reams of Sterling. Both drivers were transported to a local hospital where Mr. Reams died.
The exact cause of the crash is still being investigated by the police crash reconstruction unit and charges may be pending. However, at this time, it does not appear that alcohol is a factor.
Rust to Chair Transportation Committee
Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates William J. Howell (R-Stafford) announced Monday that he would appoint Delegate Tom Rust (R-Herndon) as chairman of the House Committee on Transportation. Rust is the senior-most member of the Transportation Committee.
“For more than 10 years, Tom has been a leader on transportation and economic development issues here in the commonwealth. His experience and expertise on these issues make him uniquely qualified to serve as the chairman of the House Committee on Transportation. I look forward to formally appointing Tom as chairman when the 2014 session of the General Assembly convenes,” said Speaker Howell.
“Tom has been a tireless advocate for transportation solutions since he was first elected to the General Assembly. As chairman of this important committee, Tom will continue to be a leader on Virginia’s efforts to find 21st century solutions to our transportation challenges.
“This year’s landmark transportation reform package, which Tom proudly supported, will generate over $6 billion in new revenue for transportation projects. Tom will be a key leader in the General Assembly’s efforts to ensure that money is spent wisely and in a way that reduces congestion, increases safety and promotes economic development,” Howell added.
Staying Safe on Halloween
The MOMS Club of Herndon will host a How to Stay Safe on Halloween talk on Thursday, Oct. 17 from 10 a.m.-noon at Trinity Presbyterian Church (615 Dranesville Road, Herndon). Children attending this event will also have the opportunity to make a fun Halloween craft. All Herndon, VA (zip codes 20170 and 20171) stay at-home mothers are encouraged to join this free event.
Guest speaker Officer Denise Randles of the Herndon Police Department will provide tips on how to safely trick or treat with children (including potential visibility issues) and how to check candy. After the talk, children will make a Halloween craft to take home.
For more information or to RSVP contact: Tomoko Azuma, Membership VP at Herndon_moms_info@yahoo.com.
Homecoming Food Drive at Herndon High
As part of the Homecoming festivities, Delegate Rust will be conducting his 5th Annual Homecoming Food Drive to benefit LINK during the Herndon High School Homecoming parade and football game on Oct. 12. Due to the extraordinary high demand for food, the pantry at LINK is low. Food donations are desperately needed to stock the shelves. Donations needed include spaghetti sauce, dried beans, canned black beans, canned chicken, canned fruit, canned chili, and soups.
Rust will be collecting non-perishable food in children’s wagons along the parade route, at the entrance to the Homecoming game, and at his legislative office in Herndon’s Town Hall located at 730 Elden Street, next to the Herndon Visitor’s Center.