Our Facebook BFFs at Reston Station posted this lovely photo of a pre-snowstorm sunset at the Wiehle Avenue Metro Station's much-touted civic plaza. It's eerily deserted, but we guess that's going to be the case for a bit longer now.
And we noticed something else. The once-fanciful concrete bollards appear to have been replaced by these glowy stick things:
FEELING ALL THE FEELS. There are no words.
Friday, March 7, 2014
At Reston Station, A Long Winter's Nap, Plus Bollards That Are Significantly Less Fanciful Than We'd Been Led To Believe
Thursday, March 6, 2014
A book that talks about post-9/11 anxieties and earth tones? That's the concept, maybe, behind The End of the City, the first novel by David Bendernagel, who was raised in Reston but inexplicably now lives on the other side of the country.
But if there is a main character in this novel, which we haven't read beyond the first two chapters available online, it's definitely Reston. Check out this call me Ishmael-worthy opening:
And if you like your probing character studies interspersed with web blog-like jabs at our 1970s planned community, you've found your book:
Of course, we have to offer one critique: The cover. We mean, goldenrod is definitely not a DRB-approved color -- which would undoubtedly cause problems if there was still a (new) bookstore in Reston. Since there's not, you'll have to settle for the guilty pleasure of the glare of the unauthorized yellow washing over you on your, whazzitcalled, Kindle, the end.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
With uniformed federal agents fanning out across Reston with ballots for the upcoming Reston Association Board of Directors election, in which eight candidates are seeking three seats on the board, now's a perfect time to enjoy this YouTubes video of the candidates' statements.
Since the candidates forum was snowed out and rescheduled for the morning of March 15, this may be your best shot to hear each candidate speak before voting closes out at the end of the month. It will definitely be your only chance to hear each candidate speak in front of a projected photo of a soothing lake sunset, sharing the stage with a pretty sweet floor lamp.
FLOOR LAMP/PALIN 2014!
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Sure, the weather makes us all a little bit stir-crazy, but a couple of our fellow Restonians have had a particularly... interesting week.
First, a 60-year-old from Reston walked into a sheriff's office in Sterling talking about a nearby explosive device. Wait, what?
Loudoun County Sheriff's Office has arrested a man after his claims of an explosive device near the sheriff's Sterling station led police to discover a package nearby.Police searched two other locations, finding no additional explosives. He was charged with drunk in public and manufacturing a hoax device.
[The gentleman] walked into the Sheriff's station on E. Frederick Drive at 8:47 p.m. Thursday. Appearing intoxicated, he allegedly made statements about a possible explosive device in the area, according to a Sheriff's Office release.
A deputy in the area discovered a suspicious package close to a nearby electrical transformer. The Loudoun County Bomb Squad rendered the package safe. The package did contain an explosive initiation system, according to the Sheriff's Office.
Then yesterday afternoon, a 26-year-old from Reston was arrested after driving backwards on Rugby Road.
While being arrested, the suspect provided false information as well as kicked the door and window of the police vehicle he was in, according to police.Good thing the weather yesterday was conducive to driving in reverse. All we can say is warmer weather, or a non-full moon or whatever, can't come soon enough.
The suspect was charged with DWI (fourth offense), refusing breath test, fraudulent information to police, destruction of county property, driving while suspended (DWI related) and improper backing on the highway.
Monday, March 3, 2014
Good morning, Restonians. You call this piddling dose of Mother Nature's spittle snow? BRING IT ON! We've been through far, far worse:
2011. How soon we forget.
2010, when in desperation folks near Sunrise Valley Elementary created a graven image of a sun god to bring on the melting.
The sun god was clearly unimpressed.
And from way back in ought-nine, our favorite, for reasons that should be readily apparent, the end.
Friday, February 28, 2014
Way down in Richmond way, state lawmakers are preparing a joint resolution to honor Reston founder Robert E. Simon on the occasion of his 100th birthday and the 50th anniversary of his groovy earth-toned community:
Simon will turn 100 on April 10, and a legislative joint resolution patroned by state Sen. Janet Howell (D-32nd) – a Reston resident – lauds his service.That's awesome, but while you're at it, folks, could we maybe also get a few ducats to cover the cost of, you know, stuff?
“Today, over 60,000 Reston residents enjoy Robert Simon’s vision for a new type of town that offers a high quality of life in a thriving metropolitan center and incorporates beautiful, natural open spaces,” notes the joint resolution.
The resolution salutes Simon’s “visionary leadership and many contributions to the commonwealth.”
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Today is the last day for Cafe Lakeside, which our BFFs at Reston Now called "Reston's original lunch spot." Adding insult to injury, the lunch counter's home, the last of Lake Anne's original businesses, is apparently not far behind. Give us some good blockquote, BFFs at Reston Now:
Alfredo and Rocio Melendez will flip the last burger and scoop the last ice cream cone at Cafe Lakeside on Wednesday.Lakeside Pharmacy owner Larry Cohn unsuccessfully tried to sell the pharmacy a few years back, but with all the hawt redevelopment goodness now slated to surround the original historic plaza, the all-in-one pharmacy/store/post office/lunch counter is under contract, a deal expected to close sometime this spring.
The couple is closing up their lunch counter located inside Lakeside Pharmacy. The pharmacy, the longest continuously operating store at Reston’s historic Lake Anne Plaza, is under contract and will likely close this spring.
Alfredo Melendez said with the last day of the pharmacy unknown, he didn’t want to operate without a plan.
“We’re going to unwind and relax and generate new energy,” he said.
Sadly, it's unlikely that the pharmacy's replacement will be another pharmacy, given the proliferation of oversized, standalone CVS and Walgreens that are
But we digress. Hats of to the Melendezes, who ran the pharmacy counter several times over the years, along with Lake Anne Coffee House. The plaza will definitely feel a lot emptier without them.