Friday, August 3, 2012
Reston founder Robert E. Simon points out equality (or lack therof) is a universal issue.
Friday, August 3, 2012
TJ (Thomas Jefferson High School) has often been cited as one of the best schools in the country. It has been put on the hot seat for not prioritizing diversification of racial origins among the students it enrolls. Reading current newspaper reports on the Olympics in England has caused me to question this criticism of TJ. Photos show three female sprinters representing the USA to be black and the the winning eight USA female rowers to be all white. Does this represent mistaken priorities held by our Olympic officials? Should striving for excellence be diluted by a policy of diversification? Should TJ have a quota in the future on accepting Asian students for admission? ( A Fairfax County Times of July 27-28 reports a most recent TJ class…
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Delegation from Jiangsu Province takes a look at public-private partnerships here.
A delegation of financial leaders from China spent the day in Reston last week. The 22 representatives from the Jiangsu Province financial department and cities within the province came to learn about redevelopment in Lake Anne and how public-private partnerships work in Reston. The group spent the morning with Reston founder Robert E. Simon and heard from Fairfax County Hunter Mill District Supervisor Cathy Hudgins on partnerships that benefit the county and community of Reston. The delegation also took a video tour of the most prominent example of public-private financial partnerships— the building of the parking garage at the Reston Station.
Friday, June 29, 2012
Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce greets new board and president, talks about successes of 2011-12 at annual meeting and luncheon.
George Mason University men's basketball coach Paul Hewitt was the keynote speaker at the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce's annual Awards For Chamber Excellence (ACE) and annual meeting lunch Thursday at the Hyatt Regency Reston. Among the award winners: Reston Association's Cate Fulkerson, who earned Volunteer of the Year honors. The annual ACE awards recognize companies and individuals who demonstrated excellence as Chamber and community stewards during 2011-2012. Outgoing Chairman Tim Sargeant of Dominion passed the gavel to Incoming Chair, C. Michael Ferraro of Training Solutions, Inc. Sargeant led GRCC through a successful year with strong membership growth, education programs, networking opportunities and advocacy; especially on …
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Stop by the Reston Community Center Thursday to say goodbye to retiring South Lakes HS principal.
Members of the South Lakes High School community both past and present will gather Thursday evening for a farewell for Principal Bruce Butler, who will retire on June 30. Butler, who first came to the school as an assistant principal in 1998, has been principal of South Lakes since 2005. He will be replaced by Westfield High School Assistant Principal Kim Retzer, a SLHS grad and former teacher and administrator there. Thursday's event will be from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Reston Community Center at Hunters Woods. The celebration will include a presentation of moments in his life as an educator, especially at SLHS. Can't make it to the party but want to say a few words about Butler? Tell us in the comments section below.
Monday, June 25, 2012
Senate candidates, Rail to Dulles and Chamber ACE Awards all on the docket for week of June 25.
1. Talking Rail as Decision Day Nears Gov. Bob McDonnell is coming to town to talk about Rail to Dulles. McDonnell will be a special guest at the Dulles Corridor Rail Association's Mid-Year Meeting and Reception on Tuesday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Washington Dulles off of Route 28. Also in the house: Virginia Secretary of Transportation Sean Connaughton and Director of Rail and Public Transportation Thelma Drake and Loudoun County Board of Supervisors Chairman Scott York and other members and friends of DCRA. York and the other Loudoun Supervisors should be making a decision next week about whether to press forward with the Silver Line's Phase 2. The deadline for them is July 4. Want to attend the meeting? Register or …
Friday, June 22, 2012
Reston founder will chair annual awards for community service.
Reston founder Robert E. Simon will chair the 2013 Best of Reston Awards for community service, the awards sponsors announced Thursday. Reston Interfaith and the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce sponsor the event, which will have its 22nd annual gala at the Hyatt Regency Reston on April 11, 2013. “The Best of Reston awards honor businesses, organizations and individuals that have put forth community service efforts that reflect Bob’s original vision for our community. His leadership in our 2013 efforts is an exciting gift to the community,” Mark Ingrao, Chamber President, said in a statement. Valerie Novak of Adventures in Paradise, the co-chair of the 2012 gala, said the involvement of Simon, 98, is a great way "to showcase Bob’s …
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Reston's Alan Webb hoping for Olympic redemption - starting with this week's Olympic Trials.
This is a big week for South Lakes High School grad Alan Webb. As Webb prepares for this week's U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials, he and his wife, Julia, are just days away from welcoming their first baby. Qualifying for London will be a redemption of sorts for Webb, who still holds the high school mile record, set when he was a South Lakes student in 2001. At the 2004 Games in Athens, he failed to reach the final. In 2008, he did not make the U.S. team for Bejing. Webb, 29, will compete in the 1,500 meters at the trials in Eugene, Ore. However, he is petitioning the U.S. Track and Field Association to possibly compete in the 5,000 meters instead. To make the team, Webb needs to finish in the top three at the trials and also achieve …
Friday, June 1, 2012
FACETS Executive Director, who is also on the Reston Association board, earns honor from magazine.
Reston's Amanda Andere works tirelessly on behalf of the homeless in and her own community. That's why she has been selected by Northern Virginia Magazine as a 2012 Northern Virginian of the Year. Andre, 32, is a member of the Reston Association Board of Directors and the executive director of FACETS, a Fairfax County-based nonprofit that helps the homeless and other vulnerable people. The June issue of Northern Virginia spotlights Andere and five others for their hard work helping others. "Amanda Andere works tirelessley to help erase a problem that many misunderstand - or aren't even aware existed," the article says of her work with FACETS. The June isue of Northern Virginia is on newstands now, but the Northern Virginians of the Year …
Thursday, May 31, 2012
Run at Scripps National Spelling Bee ends for Hunters Woods student Jae Canetti.
Hunters Woods Elementary School student Jae Canetti's competitive journey through the English vocabulary ended in the semifinals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Thursday. Canetti, 10, had advanced to the semis after correctly spelling "riant" and "stenohaline" during preliminary rounds on Wednesday. During Thursday's closing semifinal round, held at the Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center in Maryland, Canetti tripped up on the word "grundriss," a word of German origin defined as a comprehensive outline of a science. Canetti misspelled the word as "gruntris." Unlike in earlier preliminary rounds, if you misspelled a word Thursday, you were eliminated from competition to the chime of a bell. Semifinal rounds were televised …
Sunday, May 20, 2012
Reston Association cuts the ribbon on its new kid-sized tennis courts.
Pint-sized players were out smacking tennis balls around even before the red ribbon was cut Saturday at Reston Association's new Quickstart courts for kids. Using a $17,000 grant from the U.S. Tennis Association, RA converted two under-utilized courts at North Shore Tennis and turned them into six 36-feet courts, perfect for learning the game. Rod Dulany, Executive Director of the USTA's Mid-Atlantic section, says Reston's courts are the first of their kind in the area. "Now we are at a starting point for a national initiative," he said. "Reston is a leader. You are first in the Mid Atlantic region to have six courts" just for kids. Reston tennis serves 2,000 children in lessons and leagues, says Reston tennis manager Mary Conaway. Having…