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Business Developments in Herndon and Reston

SkyBitz, and a changing economy.

Fairfax County is one of the wealthiest counties in the nation, yet Virginia has been falling from grace on CNBC’s ‘Top States for Business’ ranking, dropping to number 12 on this year’s list.

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Herndon Celebrates Completion of Station Street

Ribbon cutting at downtown Herndon street.

On Tuesday, June 16, residents of Herndon celebrated the reopening of the new and improved Station Street. Mayor Merkel, economic development manager Dennis H. Holste, Jr., former mayor Michael O'Reilly, Melissa Jonas and town councilmember Jasbinder Singh were some of the local officials who attended the ribbon cutting ceremony at the corner of Station and Center Street.

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International Songwriters Collective Concert Held In Herndon

Music and calls for art at Hendon art gallery.

On Thursday, June 25, the International Songwriters Collective (I.S.C.) Tour made a stop at ArtSpace Herndon. Three musicians-singer songwriters are on a one-month tour: Jimmy Robinson from New Orleans, Lily Kiara from Holland, and Floatstone (born Brick de Bois) from Antwerp, Belgium.

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Reston Area Restaurants Closing And Opening

New dining in the Reston area.

Spring brought several new restaurants to Reston Town Center, including the NEYLA Mediterranean Bistro which replaced Paulo’s Ristorante, and Barcelona Wine Bar, a Spanish tapas restaurant known for its wine list. Bartaco, a restaurant with a beachy vibe and cuisine rooted in Mexican tradition opened at 12021 Town Square St., and has received over one hundred reviews on review site Yelp.

Crafters And Re-enactors Visit Colvin Run Mill

Great Falls Parks prepare summer activities

On Sunday, June 7 Colvin Run Mill Historic Site was active with several events at the historic park. Colvin Run Mill was in action with grain grinding demonstrations, and visitors could see millers turn corn into meal and grits, or wheat into flour using the now restored, water-powered grist mill.

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Reston Prepares For World Police and Fire Games

Volunteers sign up to assist in national sports event.

This week, staff affiliated with the Fairfax World Police and Fire Games have been greeting and authorizing the volunteers and participants in the upcoming events at 1800 Cameron Glen Drive, Reston.

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Herndon Hosts Korean American Sports Festival

18th Korean American Sports Festival hosted in Herndon.

From June 19 - 21, Herndon helped host the 18th Annual Korean American Sports Festival. The 18th Korean American National Sports Festival (KASF) is a semi-annual national event where Korean American's celebrate heritage through sports. Festival President Ahn Kyung-ho said Washington D.C., had been the host to eight successful events. “Korean-American’s are the only minority to have multi-sports events in the USA and I am very proud to host this year’s event in D.C.,” said Sam Chung, chair of the 2015 KASF Organization Committee.

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2nd Annual Lake Anne Chalk on the Water Festival

This past weekend Reston Lake Anne Plaza hosted its second annual Lake Anne Chalk on the Water Festival. There were three categories for persons to participate in, each with cash and other prizes awarded.

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Herndon High Choir Holds Pops Concert

School year ends with choral shows.

Herndon High School Choir presented the Pops Concert on Thursday, June 4 at Herndon High auditorium. This was one of the final concert shows for the year for students.

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Herndon: Breaking Ground for Innovation Center

Mixed-use development adjacent to Herndon’s Innovation Center Metro Station.

On Monday, June 15, members of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and representatives from Nugget Joint Venture LC (Rocks Engineering) and guests will hold a ceremony to break ground for Innovation Center South, a new 1.6-million-square-foot, mixed-use development in Herndon.

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Comedy By Molière Comes to Herndon High

June production by Herndon theatre students.

On June 12 at 7:30 p.m. and June 13 at 2 p.m., Herndon High will host a production of Molière’s great comedy, “Tartuffe.”

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Reston Hosts Sprint Triathlon

Community event benefits Cornerstones.

Sunday, May 31, was the date of the Ninth Annual Reston Sprint Triathlon. Proceeds from the event were donated to one of Reston's oldest, and Northern Virginia's most successful, nonprofit organizations, Cornerstones (formerly Reston Interfaith).

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Town Celebrates 35th Annual Herndon Festival

Thursday, May 28 was the first day of the 35th Annual Herndon Festival, a time-honored event for historic downtown Herndon.

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Herndon Remembers Fallen

American Legion holds observance at Herndon cemetery.

Herndon residents came together on Monday, May 25 at Herndon Chestnut Grove Cemetery to commemorate Memorial Day.

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More Area Residents Bike To Work

Reston and Herndon host pit stop for cyclists on Bike to Work Day.

On Friday, May 15, commuters swapped gas pedals for bike pedals in the metropolitan Washington region to participate in the annual Bike to Work Day (BTWD) event.

Herndon Holds Technology and the Arts Reception

Award ceremony for winners of countywide art competition.

On May 13, the Council for the Arts of Herndon announced the winners of the 2015 Tech Arts Competition at a special reception, held in honor of student artists.

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Herndon Town Council to Consider Downtown Land Purchase

Opportunities to encourage economic development.

Herndon officials announced the Town Council will consider on May 26 the purchase of 1.67 acres of land in Herndon’s historic downtown. Combined with about three acres already owned by the town, the purchase will clear the way for a comprehensive development project, in accordance with a master plan adopted by the Town Council in 2011, according to a statement from the town government.

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Nanobrewery To Open At Reston Lake Anne

Craft beer site to open in Reston.

Reston residents Melissa and Jason Romano purchased a retail space at 11424 Washington Plaza, where they will open Lake Anne Brew House, a nanobrewery. Thirst for local beer and new regulatory attitudes towards brewing have encouraged entrepreneurs to begin craft beer operations across the country.

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Changes To Parks And Pools In Reston

New outdoor racquetball and courts open at Reston Stratton Woods Park.

Fairfax County Park Authority will dedicate new outdoor racquetball and courts at Reston’s Stratton Woods Park on Saturday, May 16.

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Neyla Restaurant To Open in Reston

Mediterranean restaurant to open at Reston Town Center.

Neyla, the new Mediterranean restaurant in the former Paolo’s space at Reston Town Center, plans to open this week, said restaurant management.

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Operation VetsHaven Car Show Held in Herndon

Car show hosted at Volkswagen Group headquarters.

Despite overcast weather, Operation VetsHaven and Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. hosted a second annual Operation VetsHaven Car Show Benefit in Herndon on Saturday, May 9.

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Nanobrewery To Open at Herndon’s Sunset Park

Craft beer location to open in Herndon.

A pair of brothers-in-law plan to open a nanobrewery in Herndon’s Sunset Park complex: Andrew Kelley and Kai Leszkowicz have signed a lease for 257 Sunset Park.

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Herndon Hosts Friday Night Live

Friday Night Live music returns to Herndon.

The evening of Friday, May 1, downtown Herndon hosted the year’s first Friday Night Live with the band Go Go Gadjet. Sponsored by organizations including Volkswagen Group of America and the Worldgate Center, Friday Night Live (FNL!) is one the most popular outdoor concert series in the D.C. area.

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Duck Donuts Opens in Herndon

Donut store now open at BB&T Center in Herndon.

The Duck Donuts store on Elden Street near Herndon Parkway had crowds of clients this weekend, the first days of their opening.

Reston Celebrates New Monumental Sculpture

Artwork by Patrick Dougherty hosted at Reston Town Center.

Visitors to Reston Town Center will notice a prominent new public art piece located near the Greater Reston Arts Center art gallery on Market Street. This sculpture is a creation by Patrick Dougherty, an internationally acclaimed artist who creates enormous art installations out of tree saplings. Helping as a project assistant for this sculpture was Alexandria resident Matthew Harwood. “He is a wonderful person to work with, Pat has quite an artistic following,” said Harwood.

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Reston Town Center Opens Mercury Fountain

Celebration held at Reston landmark.

At almost 28 feet tall, the Mercury Fountain has become a symbol of Reston Town Center and a Reston landmark. Erected in 1990, the design of the fountain was chosen after a call for artists and interviews were conducted for a memorable attraction to the Town Center.

Fairfax Chamber Hosts Innovation Awards

Fairfax Chamber staff has active spring season.

Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce (Fairfax Chamber) announced winners for the 1st Annual Greater Washington Innovation Awards, the premier event celebrating the thought leadership, innovation, and creativity of individuals and organizations in select industries in the Greater Washington metro area. Winners were announced live at the April 20th awards gala at the Hyatt Regency.

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Expanding Circle of HOPE

Empty Bowl event at Herndon Floris United Methodist Church raises $36,025.68.

On April 10, the 8th annual Empty Bowls event was hosted by the Giving Circle of HOPE at Floris United Methodist Church on Frying Pan Road in Herndon. Proceeds went directly to Food for Others, the largest distributor of free food to needy people in Northern Virginia.

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Colvin Run Mills Hosts Restoration Celebration

Community attends Great Falls park open house.

Guests and residents of Fairfax County attended a free ceremony and open house at Colvin Run Mill in Great Falls the afternoon of Sunday, April 19. In addition to brief remarks made by local and county delegates, the event was an opportunity for visitors to tour the restored and fully operational mill.

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Reston Founder's Day Art Show and Awards Ceremony

League of Reston Artists display art at Reston Community Center.

On April 12, friends and members of the League of Reston Artists met at the Jo Ann Rose Gallery located at the Reston Community Center for a reception.

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Art Studio Opens In Downtown Herndon

Herndon studio offers programs in arts and cutting edge technologies.

A new art studio on Monroe Street in downtown Herndon boasts the only purpose built 3-D printing studio in the Northern Virginia area.

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Colvin Run Mill to Reopen

Colvin Run Mill Park Manager Mike Henry is planning for busy weeks ahead. A Restoration Celebration will take place at Colvin Run Mill Historic Site on April 19. There will be an official grand reopening ceremony open to the public at 1 p.m.

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Herndon Woody’s Golf Range to Close This Fall

Time of transition for Fairfax County golf ranges.

This fall will be the final season for Woody’s Golf Range located on Route 7 in Herndon. After 35 years in operation, business owner Woody FitzHugh is closing the range.

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Reston NoVa Mini Maker Faire a Success

Innovators and creators display their crafts in Reston.

The family-friendly showcase of invention and creativity returned to Reston on Sunday, March 15. Tech enthusiasts and innovators gathered in Reston for the second annual NoVa Mini Maker Faire at South Lakes High School and Langston Hughes Middle School.

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Herndon Potter’s Fire Helps Scholarship Program

Pottery business makes contribution for military scholarship program.

The Herndon based business Potter's Fire has donated $10,500 in handmade pottery to be auctioned off at Bootlegger Bash for the Fort Campbell Spouses Club on March 20.

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Fairfax County Students Win Science Awards

Students from across the county recognized at 60th Annual Fairfax County Regional Science And Engineering Fair.

High school students from Fairfax County schools attended the annual regional science fair held at Robinson Secondary School in Fairfax, March 20-22, to compete for prizes and recognition.

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Harrison Apartments Hold Grand Opening

Visitors see new high rise in Reston.

Despite an overcast afternoon, spirits were high on Saturday, March 14 at the Harrison, located at 1800 Jonathan Way in Reston. The luxury apartment community held a weekend grand opening, with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday afternoon. Attending were local dignitaries including member of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Cathy Hudgins (D-Hunter Mill) and Robert E. Simon, founder of Reston. Promising resort-style living and easy accessibility to Washington, D.C., the Harrison is already taking tenants.

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Town of Herndon Hosts TEDx at NextStop Theatre

NextStop Theatre in the Town of Herndon hosted a TEDx event on Saturday, March 14. In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is a global set of conferences run by the private nonprofit Sapling Foundation, under the slogan "Ideas Worth Spreading."

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New Art Exhibits to Open in Reston and Herndon

Local artwork to be on display.

Several nonprofits within the Reston and Herndon area, including ArtSpace Herndon located on Center Street and the Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE) have helped showcase local artwork, and as some exhibits close, new displays will soon open.

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Herndon Firefighters Prepare to Move to Temporary Fire Station

After years of inquiry and study, preparations have been made to close the building of fire station Herndon Station #4. The Horn Motor's lot on Locust Street, at the intersection of Center Street in Herndon will host a temporary fire station.

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Busy February at Herndon High

Students stay active at Herndon HS with extracurricular activities.

In addition to sports teams and athletics, Herndon High students have had the opportunity in February to be involved in various school activities. These have ranged from the February science fair to performing arts related groups.

Reston International Center Changes Hands

Reston International Center Acquired by American Real Estate Partners

American Real Estate Partners and Square Mile Capital Management LLC announced on Feb. 2 they acquired the Reston International Center, a 15-story building from JBG Companies.

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Northwest FCU Opens a New Branch

NWFCU Opens Herndon Location

Northwest Federal Credit Union opened a new Herndon location the morning of Saturday, Jan. 31. The new location is located at 2545 Centreville Road, at the Village Center outside the town of Herndon, Virginia.

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Herndon Becomes More Welcoming

New welcome signs erected at the entrances to the town.

Despite cold weather the afternoon of Tuesday, Jan. 27, Town of Herndon Mayor Lisa Merkel and members of the Town Council, Planning Commission and staff gathered to unveil new gateway signs.

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Reston’s Beaver Gate

Reston Association seeks to address Reston’s busy beavers.

The Glade Stream Valley in Reston has been home to beavers for over 25 years. Reston Association’s environmental resource manager, Claudia Thompson-Deahl said beavers originally entered the stream system from the Twin Branches end, probably traveling up from the Potomac River via Difficult Run.

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Herndon, Reston Galleries Attract Art Lovers

Exhibits at ArtSpace Herndon and Reston GRACE on display through February.

In January, both the ArtSpace Herndon and Reston GRACE community art galleries opened new art exhibits at their locations. ArtSpace Herndon located at 750 Center Street in downtown Herndon opened the soloist exhibit “In Warm Observations: People and Places” by artist Jill Banks.

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Area’s Silver Lining

Reston, Herndon area residents mindful of transportation changes.

On July 26, 2014, Phase 1 of the Silver Line opened. Metro General Manager Richard Sarles introduced a list of speakers at the dedication ceremony in a tent at the new Wiehle-Reston East station in Reston.

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Founding Fathers Visit Reston and Herndon Schools

Reston couple funds further education in American history.

School children in eight Fairfax County Public elementary schools had the opportunity to hear and speak with Founding Fathers Thomas Jefferson and Patrick Henry in January. Historical re-enactors Bill Barker and Richard Schumann, respectively, assisted with the experience.

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NoVa Mini Maker Faire Returns To Reston

Tickets available for NoVa Mini Maker Faire at Reston South Lakes High School.

A family-friendly showcase of invention and creativity will return to Reston on March 15. Tech enthusiasts and innovators will gather March 15, in Reston as the second annual NoVa Mini Maker Faire meets at South Lakes High School and Langston Hughes Middle School.

Bank Robberies in Reston and Herndon

Winter a busy season for bank robberies.

For the second time in two weeks, a supermarket bank in Reston was robbed in the late afternoon. Fairfax County Police report the PNC Bank inside the Giant at North Point Village Center was robbed at 5 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 29.

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