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Providing Ride to Those Who Can’t Drive

Reston Community Center seeks volunteer drivers.

Reston Community Center (RCC) has announced the launch of NV Rides Reston, a transportation program that offers reliable, personalized transportation to Reston adults 55 years and older who cannot drive. This program provides door-to-door rides to help get older adults to important engagements, ranging from social and enrichment activities to medical appointments.

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Reston’s Pet Gallery

Reston's pet gallery.

Microchip Reunites Pet With Owner

On the night of Wednesday, Jan. 28, a cat invited itself into the home of a McLean resident, bringing with it a mystery spanning several months and almost a hundred miles. An ODAHC client watched with awe as a friendly black cat with a white chest, or "Tuxedo" cat, walked in through her garage and made itself at home. When she saw that her visitor was sneezing, had an infection in both of its eyes, and was suffering from a recent puncture wound through its ear, the kind-hearted client knew she had to take action: she called and made an appointment.

Budget Town Hall Meetings

Budget town hall meetings.

Aldrin to Celebrate Read Across America Week

Aldrin Elementary School will be celebrating Read Across America Week with a weeklong series of events. Students will dress in themes for each day of the week including: Red and White Day, Foxiest Socks Day, Wear Your Clothes Inside Out Day, Pajama Day, and Cat in the Hat Day.

Virginia Secretary of Trade and Commerce to Keynote Chamber Gala

The Greater McLean Chamber of Commerce announced that Maurice A. Jones, Virginia Secretary of Trade and Commerce, will keynote its Winter Gala and Board Installation on March 12, 2015 at the Gannett Conference Center (7959 Jones Branch Drive, McLean).

Herndon's November Election in Jeopardy

It is well known and scarcely debated that more voters participate in November elections than in those held in other months. This is certainly true in our town. I believe that we are best governed when everyone has a chance to participate in our democracy. I believe that elected officials should make elections as accessible and convenient as possible for all voters. To that end, the Herndon Town Council voted in December to move our elections from May to the more traditional month of November, starting in 2016.

Making It to Top 10

The Wise Investor Group at Robert W. Baird & Co., a team of experienced financial professionals offering financial planning, portfolio management, investment analysis and account services, announced that Director and Financial Advisor Nancy Osmond Popovich has been named in “On Wall Street” magazine’s Top Regional Advisors Under 40 List for 2015.

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Lake Anne Revitalization Poised for Approval

County Board to vote March 3 on plan that includes 1,000 new residences and 193,000 square feet of retail and office space.

Ana Carranza, a single mother of two daughters, told Fairfax County’s Board of Supervisors Tuesday, Feb. 17 what the Crescent Apartments has meant to her family and to her neighbors. One of Carranza’s neighbors earns $32,000 a year and still manages to pay for her son’s college tuition, some semesters with a credit card, she said.

Knueven Voices ‘Concern of Great Importance’

The Planning Commission’s Public Hearing for the Reston Comprehensive Amendment has been set for April 22, 2015. Ken Knueven, president of the Reston Association, voiced a recent concern. “A concern of great importance has recently arisen,” Knueven wrote to the Fairfax County Department of Planning and Zoning on Feb. 11.

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Helping on Deadline

Reston, Herndon, Great Falls and McLean reporter Ken Moore, of Potomac, with his 14-year-old tabby Trilke. "Don't forget to feed me on your way out to deadline!"

Fern and Otter Come to ‘Work’

“My dogs Fern and Otter, both adopted from the Fairfax County Animal Shelter. They love to come to work with me at the shelter.

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People and Pets Love Stories

t’s that time of year again! Nope, not a holiday - although perhaps it should be! It’s that anticipated edition when the Connection Newspapers celebrate the furry, or finned or feathered or scaled or clawed creatures that make themselves a cherished part of the family. Although Reston and Herndon probably number as many pets as people in their populations, sadly we’ve only got room to introduce you to a few – so here we go!

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McLean Student’s Artwork Featured at the Smithsonian

High school senior would like to use art to help others.

Maya Chung, of McLean, a senior at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST), is the youngest of 56 artists selected to have their art displayed in the “Artists at Work” exhibit at the Smithsonian’s Ripley Center in Washington, D.C. Chung’s black ink drawing titled “Redbay (Persea borbonia)” was inspired by a botanical sample collected in the museum’s butterfly garden, and is in the style of a scientific drawing.

Letter: Supporting Deer Management

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: Thank you for the excellent article on deer management in Fairfax County (“A Time to Hunt?” - Connection, February 18-24, 2015). One deer can carry 1,000 ticks, and approximately 25 percent of ticks in our county carry an infectious agent.

Priceless Puppies, Future Service Dogs

Photographer Joan Brady of Great Falls volunteers with a nonprofit called paws4people.org which raises and trains service dogs, including psychiatric assistance dogs for veterans with PTSD and assistance dogs for children with disabilities. Brady documents the dogs from birth.

Celebrating Black History Month

This week in Reston.

Letter: Survey, Video Document Deer Challenge

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: Ken Moore's article on the impact of growing deer herds on our local forests (“A Time to Hunt?” - Connection, February 18-24, 2015) was a good overview of the issues facing our community and a description of some of the ways in which residents can help ensure that our local forests remain for the next generation.

When Sam Met Frodo

“Sam and Frodo are both rescue cats. Frodo, the big orange guy with the furry feet, came from Home Alone Feline Rescue in 2011. He is part Maine Coon and part American bobtail. Lou and I had been thinking about getting a second cat as a companion for Frodo when I ran into Lee District School Board member Tammy Koufax at a community event in Springfield in August 2013..."

Letter: Del. Rust’s Votes Against Herndon

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: Unfathomably, Del. Tom Rust (R-86), The Town of Herndon’s representative in the Virginia General Assembly (GA), voted against the Town’s bill to change the language in our town charter to reflect Town elections to occur in November instead of May.