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Week in Herndon

Woodland Park Crossing to Host HarvestFest

Woodland Park Crossing presents the third annual HarvestFest, a fun fall-themed family event on Saturday, Sept. 28 from noon until 4 p.m. All are welcome to enjoy free entertainment, including a giant walking scarecrow, a juggling unicyclist, DJ music, and free activities such as face painting, glitter tattoos, pumpkin painting, fitness demos, prizes and more. Participating Woodland Park Crossing merchants and restaurants will offer giveaways and samplings at their booths, and Finnegan’s is hosting tastings of food and fall brews on their patio. Fitness demos will be presented by LA Boxing and Down Dog Yoga. Select HarvestFest proceeds will benefit local charities.

With decorations of pumpkins, cornstalks and balloon artistry, HarvestFest will bring a fun fall atmosphere to Woodland Park Crossing, 12960 Highland Crossing Drive, Herndon. Plenty of free parking is available at street level and underground. For event information, call 703-785-5634, find it on Facebook, and visit www.woodlandparkcrossing.com.

Roberts Carpets and Oriental Rugs Marks 50th Anniversary

Roberts Carpets and Oriental Rugs of Herndon marks its 50th anniversary this month. It has been owned and operated by the Roberts family during this period of time. It started in Alexandria and later moved to its current location in Herndon.

It is a full service flooring company selling and installing a large portfolio of flooring products, i.e. wall-to-wall carpet, area rugs, hardwood flooring, engineered flooring, laminate flooring, tile and vinyl flooring. In addition, it carries an extensive inventory of oriental rugs both hand-woven and machine-made.

It provides cleaning of wall-to-wall carpets on customer premises and cleaning of oriental rugs in its own cleaning plant at the store.

Roberts Carpets and Oriental Rugs is located at 681 Spring Street, Herndon. For more information, call 703-471-7120 or visit www.robertscarpets.com.

Metro Launches Silver Line Website

Metro has launched a website—www.silverlinemetro.com—for information on the Silver Line. The site will be updated frequently with new service details, destinations and partner information. If you have additions to suggest or links you would like Metro to include, email your comments to externalrelations@wmata.com.

Police Concerned about ‘Molly’/Ecstasy Use

Fairfax County Police Organized Crime and Narcotics Unit (OCN) detectives have seen approximately 168 cases involving MDMA—also known as ecstasy or “Molly”—an average of eight per month between January 2012 and August 2013.

MDMA is a semi-synthetic, chemical compound that has been increasing in popularity across the nation, especially among high school and college-aged students. While it is most often seen in pill form, it also comes in powder and capsules.

This drug “Molly” can be a mixture of caffeine and speed and other stimulants; it’s known as a recreational psychoactive. And between January 2012 and August 2013, the OCN Unit seized some 16.67 pounds of MDMA and more than 3,000 pills.

Police remind residents that parents are still the strongest influencers in their children’s lives. They urge parents to help make their children, of all ages, safer by having a discussion about illegal drugs.

The Unified Prevention Coalition and the Partnership for a Drug-Free America suggest that parents “Make time to talk with children; explain the risks of these drugs. Learn the signs of drug use and how to intervene. Go to www.drugfree.org/. Educate family members on the harmful effects of drugs; make it clear you don’t approve of drug use. Be vigilant and don’t panic; help is available. Secure prescription drugs in the home. Get involved; learn more at http://unifiedpreventioncoalition.org/.”