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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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).
Thursday, May 28 was the first day of the 35th Annual Herndon Festival, a time-honored event for historic downtown Herndon.
American Legion holds observance at Herndon cemetery.
Herndon residents came together on Monday, May 25 at Herndon Chestnut Grove Cemetery to commemorate Memorial Day.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.