Week in Reston

Week in Reston

Reston Motorcycle Rider Dies in Crash

Police responded to the area of Virginia Center Boulevard and Baronhurst Drive on Monday, Sept. 9 shortly after 3:30 p.m. for the report of a crash involving a motorcycle. Initial responding officers summoned Crash Reconstruction Detectives to the scene.

The investigation revealed that 32-year-old Jesse Dean Hagedorn of Colts Neck Road in Reston was riding his 2006 Honda motorcycle north on Virginia Center Boulevard just prior to Baronhurst Drive. For an unknown reason, it appears that the motorcycle veered to the right side of the roadway, striking the curb and a guardrail. The motorcycle then struck the curb a second time causing the rider to strike his head on an adjacent tree. The rider was separated from the motorcycle and landed on the roadway. CPR was initiated by a Good Samaritan until rescue arrived. Hagedorn was transported to Inova Fairfax Hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

Speed and alcohol do not appear to be factors in this crash.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Solvers by phone at 1-866-411-TIPS/8477, e-mail at www.fairfaxcrimesolvers.org or text “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES/274637 or call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.

RCC Announces Board Candidates

The Reston Community Center (RCC) Board of Governors announced six candidates for its 2013 Preference Poll, which will seek community guidance to fill three vacancies. This year's candidates include two incumbents (Beverly Cosham and William Keefe) and four new candidates (Sridhar Ganesan, John Mendonça, Michelle Moyer and Tammi Petrine). Candidacy statements for each candidate can be found online at


A candidates forum will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 18, at 7 p.m. in the CenterStage theatre at RCC Hunters Woods. The public is invited to attend to learn more about the candidates.

Voters are urged to review all statements and attend the forum to make their best selection; voting begins on Sept. 13. Each property in small district 5 will receive a ballot in the mail. Mail-in ballots must be received by the counting agent (a pre-addressed envelope is provided with the ballot; postage is required) no later than 5 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 3. Walk-in and online ballots must be received by 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 4.

For more information on the 2013 RCC Preference Poll or Board of Governors, please visit www.restoncommunitycenter.com or call 703-476-4500.

Ellen Graves Fills Vacant Dogwood District Seat

The Reston Association Board of Directors appointed long-time Reston resident and active community member Ellen Graves to fill the vacant Hunters Woods/Dogwood District seat during its June 27 meeting. Graves, a 30-year Restonian, will serve the remainder of the current term, which ends in April 2014. Graves was one of five applicants who were interviewed by the RA board during its regular June meeting. She replaces Cheryl Beamer, who resigned last month.

With decades of experience in the professional world, Graves worked at IBM, served as the executive director of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women, Inc. and most recently was chief of staff for Fairfax County Supervisor Cathy Hudgins. She is a director for the Reston Museum, sits on the South Gate Community Advisory Board and serves as a member of the planning committee for the Multicultural Festival, among many other organizations.

The RA board selected Graves based, in large part, on her breadth of experience and dedication to the community. Graves has illustrated her investment in Reston through her years of service to so many community-based organizations and her combination of non-profit and business organizational experience will benefit the board, said RA Board President Ken Knueven.

Graves will be sworn in at the start of the July 11 board meeting.