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Friday, August 29, 2014

Reston: The Magazine: Truth in Advertising?

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After uniformed federal agents delivered the latest copy of Reston: The Magazine to Restonian World Headquarters, we confess to being a bit confused about the choice of cover imagery. Not even our years of postdoctoral studies in semiotics at one of the Caribbean's finer online institutions of higher learning were any help in "unpacking" this image. So far as we know, Reston has not recently annexed a major, crustacean-laden body of water, unless this, like other mystery objects that have recently surfaced on Reston shores, is a sign that maybe the pH levels of our lakes need a soup├žon of tweaking. Or, after a year in which people have groused about dogs, memorial gardens, obscure Italian sports, the impact of the multibillion-dollar-gift that is the Silver Line, the Metro raising property values, the Metro not raising property values, smokers, hunters, rodents, robots, robocalls, and dogs again, perhaps the folks at Reston: The Magazine decided a bunch of crabs, combined with the tagline "Together, We Make Reston Great," was a perfectly appropriate image to encapsulate our earth-toned community, the end.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Bummer: Lakeside Pharmacy Closing For Good

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We learned on the Facebooks that Lakeside Pharmacy, the last of the original businesses in Lake Anne Plaza, is closing its doors for good on September 22nd. The longtime owners, Larry and Ruth Cohn, sold the property earlier this year, and while they held out hope that another pharmacist might express interest in the space, it apparently wasn't meant to be. (To understand why, look no further than where the prescription files are being sent off to.)

Even with the promise of new development driving more traffic, it's not been a great summer for businesses at the Plaza. The Cupcake Ladi closed her doors a few weeks back, officially bringing an end to the artisanal cupcake fad of the late oughts. Her next-door neighbor, New Family Naturals also closed this summer -- and earlier, there was a bit of chained-up-premises unpleasantness with another longtime tenant, the Jasmine Cafe.

In late spring, the Cohns were the guests of honor at a sendoff party even though they continued working through the summer in hopes of finding another pharmacist. Unfortunately,that only prolonged the inevitable. They'll be missed.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Every Dog Has Its Day: Group Facing Dog Park Lawsuit Crowdfunds Legal Fees In Less Than 10 Days

Judge doggyHey, remember that time a group of homeowners in North Reston filed a lawsuit against the county park authority, the nonprofit group that oversees the dog area at Baron Cameron Park, and we dunno, maybe the estate of Leonardo da Vinci for discovering sound waves, all because the barking disrupted their uninterrupted enjoyment of traffic zipping by on Wiehle Avenue? Yeah, that was awesome.

Well, the legal process moves slowly, but Reston Dogs was told they had to hire an attorney to keep the lawsuit from going into default and having the park close. So they set up a site to solicit donations for legal fees, and wouldn't you know it, they raised the $3,500 they needed in less than 10 days.

Give us some good blockquote, BFFs at Reston Now:

“If we fail to defend ourselves the case will be won by the plaintiff by default and the dog park will be closed and removed from BC Park,” administrators said in an email to dog park regulars. “Since we certainly do not want this to occur, we have no choice but to defend ourselves. We, the litigation committee for Reston Dogs, have retained an experienced lawyer to represent us, one who actually attends the dog park. …”

“Since the case is about to enter a more intense period of discussion during the next month as we try to find a mutually agreeable solution, this will probably be the most critical month of the lawsuit. What this means is we are in desperate need of an injection of funds totaling about $3,500 during the next month to retain our attorney.”
Lawyers being lawyers, that's probably just scratching the surface, so the site's still up and running, with $3,800 raised at last count.

Monday, August 25, 2014

A Monday Mystery at Lake Anne

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Confidential Twitter Operative "Jon" sent us this puzzling photo of a mysterious substance discovered at Lake Anne Plaza by groundskeepers a week or so back. So many questions, not the least of which is how so much of this mysterious material could have come out of such a small applicator tube. It looks like... some sort of secreted resin.

All we know is that the same adage about not watching sausage being made apparently also applies to stucco and other jet-age building materials, the end.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

On the YouTubes: Nearby ATM Skimming Scam Adds Yet More Credence to Reston Town Center's Urban Grit

Fairfax County Police posted to the YouTubes this fancy video of an unknown suspect attaching a skimming device to the ATM machine at the Navy Federal Credit Union branch in Reston's Spectrum Center in early July. Give us some good blockquote, BFFs at Reston Now:

The Navy Federal Credit Union ATM at 1821 Fountain Dr. in Reston was among three banks recently discovered as a target for ATM skimmers, Fairfax County Police said.

Police have a released a video of the skimming device being installed and removed at that location on July 9 and 11. Other recent devices have been found at 11180 Lee Hwy. in Fairfax (July 1 and July 6) and 7678-D Richmond Hwy. in Alexandria (June 28 and July 6).
The video shows all the skimmer being attached and removed in all three locations, with Reston up first. We have to admit, the gentleman's dark shades and old-skool headphones are a pretty clever disguise.

But we digress. Such brazen criminal activity in broad daylight -- and in the shadow of Reston Town Center and the Macaroni Grill? Forget rats of the four-legged variety. It's proof positive that Reston's gritty urban core is now officially All Grown Up, the end.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Caddyshackpocalypse Later, Dogpocalypse Now

It's been quiet of late at Reston National Golf Course a property of indeterminate zoning status vaguely near a future Metro station. But while the giant insurance conglomerate that owns it is no longer battling community groups and the RA to allow the golf course to be redeveloped into more bollardy goodness -- at least for now -- they've set their sights on another, equally worthy adversary.

Confidential Restonian Operative "Mary Anne" sent us these chilling photos of new signage that was apparently put up around the golf course in the past week.


No words. Let's just hope that the signs are all the groundskeepers are planning:

Friday, August 15, 2014

DC Hipster Discovers Quaint Community at End of Silver Line; Hilarity Does Not Ensue

HipstersA presumably piercing-laden hipster "web logger" from the City Paper decided to explore the strange land at the far end of the Silver Line. And -- wait for it -- it apparently wasn't sufficiently urbane for sophisticated city folk:

With a Metro stop right on it, Wiehle Avenue will surely be the next “it” spot for D.C. residents looking to meander across Virginia’s concrete and sprawling countryside. I spent a whirlwind 36 minutes on Wiehle Avenue visiting all the hotspots and can now share where to go next time you take the Silver Line to the end of Phase 1.
Country mice that we are, we believe we detect a tinge of sarcasm here. Hey, wait a minute, that's our job!

After (accurately) describing the harrowing task of crossing Wiehle Avenue, the author of this piece visits the epicenter of Reston culture, the McTacoHut. Let's pick up the travelogue there:
The food options on Wiehle Avenue are all conveniently located in one enclave (i.e. parking lot) across from the quaint Fairfax County fire station. There’s a McDonald’s, Pizza Hut, and Taco Bell, each with their own drive-through window. Upon first glance, it’s easy to mistake the Pizza Hut and Taco Bell for a combination Pizza Hut/Taco Bell, but they each have their own airy restaurants, and the Taco Bell is just pushed back and not visible from Wiehle Avenue. I’d recommend dining at Taco Bell because, geographically, it’s the hidden gem of the three. And from 2 to 5 p.m. at Taco Bell, it’s Happy Hour, which gets you a drink, slushy, and loaded griller for $1 each. I ordered two drinks, a soft taco, cheesy gordita crunch, quesadilla, and nacho cheese Doritos Locos taco all for $10—a price that can’t be found at any D.C. taco food truck.
Joke's on you -- we have food trucks, too! At least a couple of days a week, sometimes. But when they do show up, they announce their presence via Twitter, like we're in the freaking Silicon Valley or something. Excelsior!

After pointing out that the "skinny" W&OD trail has a sign about identifying ticks -- but missing the fact that we Restonians have our own unique way of dealing with them -- our intrepid traveller from a Land Before Mauve discovers some "live entertainment":
While on Wiehle Avenue, make sure to listen to the sound of suburban youth culture. Every couple dozen cars on the busy avenue will yield one vehicle, manned by a youth, with its windows down and indiscernible rap music emitting from its speakers. These sounds are widely considered to be the anthem of Wiehle Avenue.
Guilty as charged. Don't forget the Greatest Reston Video Ever Made, which -- coincidentally -- includes scenes shot in the Wiehle McTacoHut complex. But are they seriously suggesting that no one plays the "rap music," as the kids today almost certainly don't say, in DC proper?

And finally, our daring explorer visits Isaac Newton Square, which is apparently not sufficiently square to city folks' liking:
But step behind the sign, and there is no square or ode to Isaac Newton, just a massive parking lot with scattered office buildings throughout. Take a walk around and see if you can figure out why this square is named after Newton. (Google yields no immediate answers.)
Maybe not, but Google surely would have pointed out the most interesting spot in the square, one that is as fresh as today's headlines.

All in all, we learned a lot! To return the favor, maybe we'll Metro down to, say, Federal Triangle and point out all the edgy, cosmopolitan things you can do there, like, we dunno, buy an "authentic" $5 FBI T-shirt from a street vendor or stare at tourists taking pictures of lampposts, the end.