Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Monster storm flattened Oklahoma City suburb of Moore Monday afternoon, where dozens are reported dead.
Dozens of people—including schoolchildren—were killed Monday when a massive tornado Monday afternoon ripped through the town of Moore, OK, a suburb of Oklahoma City. The tornado, initially classified as an EF-4, means wind speeds up to 200 miles per hour whipped through the town of about 56,000, flattening much in its path. Initial reports of 51 people killed in the tornado have been revised to 24 people, but the devastation is widespread. How you can help tornado victims: is your Reston-based group organizing anything for Oklahoma storm victims? Tell us the comments.
If re-elected, delegate will be longest-serving Virginia House member.
Supporters of Del. Ken Plum (D-36th) gathered at Midtown on Tuesday as Plum kicked off his run for re-election to the Virginia House of Delegates. Plum, a Reston resident, has served in the Virginia House since 1982, and if he is re-elected will be the longest-serving delegate. The current longest-serving delegate, Lacey Putney, has been in office since 1962 but is not running again in 2013. So far, Plum has no challenger in the Novermber, 2013 election. Plum talked to his constituents about gun laws, mental health, education reform (including de-emphasizing standardized testing), same-sex marriage (he would like to eliminate the constitutional amendment that states marriage is between one man and one woman) and immigration reform. Read …
See what's going on in Northern Virginia this weekend.
The long holiday weekend is upon us in Northern Virginia and it's time to start making plans for some fun. Patch has compiled a list of events that the whole family can enjoy. Have a great weekend! Do you have an upcoming event you'd like to post on Patch? Email firstname.lastname@example.org for info. ViVa!Vienna! Memorial Day Weekend Festival The ViVa!Vienna! Memorial Day weekend festival will take place in Vienna from Saturday through Monday. The festival is a major fundraiser for the local Rotary Club. Visitors can partake in games, visit food and merchandise vendors, listen to live music, and more. For more information, visit http://www.vivavienna.org/. Cranford UMC Annual Strawberry Social Strawberries galore! The Strawberry Social is …
Seahawks beat Yorktown 3-1 at home.
The South Lakes High School's boys soccer team topped Yorktown 3-1 Tuesday in a Northern Regional first-round game at home. Virginia Gatorade Player of the Year Suli Dainkeh opened up scoring minute 24 of first half. Yorktown tied it early in the second half. In the second half, SLHS pulled ahead on an Eddie Alvarenga pass to Jhonny DeSouza. Dante Guaranica added the Seahawks' final goal late in the period. The Seahawks (16-1) will play Woodson (14-3) in the next round Thursday at home at 7 p.m. Note: Dylan Katz and Suli Sainkeh have been named all All-Region Team 1; Huber Letona named to All-Region Second team, and Elvin Arbaiza, Honorable Mention.
Fairfax County Planning Commission expected to approve new look and layout for mixed use off of Sunrise Valley Drive.
Update: The Fairfax County Planning Commission recommended the project for approval on May 22. Original story, May 21: The Fairfax County Planning Commission is expected to recommend for approval Wednesday a redesigned plan for additional development at Reston Heights. The new look for JBG's development adjacent to the Reston International Center, Sheraton Reston and Westin Reston Heights plans for 498 residential units, 245,000 square feet of retail and about 430,000 square feet of office in six buildings. JBG's orginal plan, first approved by the county Board of Supervisors in 2008, had the same density in mind, but the look was more high-rise, featuring one 15-story tower and several other buildings. However, JBG and architects …
The state's policies and advocacy for cyclists earned it a No. 16 ranking from the League of American Bicyclists.
Virginia is one of the best states in the country in which to bike, according to new rankings from the League of American Bicyclists. But it still lags behind some other states in the Mid-Atlantic region. A combination of state policies and programs — including a state bicycle plan and a "Share the Road" campaign — and an active state bicycle advocacy group helped the state earn No. 16, behind places like Washington state, Colorado, Oregon and Massachusetts. Still, neighboring states fared better on the rankings list: Delaware was 5, Maryland was 11 and Pennsylvania was 15. The League created a list of 10 signs that show progress on bikeability for states, including more than 1 percent of the commuters using bikes, a measure of success …
Wait? When is Halloween? Staffers at the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce were in costume on Tuesday at a membership event. The event was to raise awareness and recruit new businesses to join the chamber. And nothing will get you more attention on a Tuesday morning than a banana suit.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
You could win a family four-pack of tickets courtesy of Six Flags America.
Memorial Day is a day to remember the men and women who died while serving in the armed forces. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the United State following the Civil War and was made an official federal holiday in 1971. Many people commemorate Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials to pay tribute to those who served. At Patch, we encourage our readers to remember those serving our country this Memorial Day by sharing a memory of your favorite military service member or veteran. Enter Patch’s Memorial Day sweepstakes and you could win a Family Outing at Six Flags America in Mitchellville, MD, just 15 miles east of Washington D.C. The Family Outing is valued at $350 and includes: To enter, comment below with …
Reston's trail network and coming Metro could make it ideal place for Fairfax County's first bike share program
Investigators say food left unattended on stove caused Monday blaze on Saint Trinians Court.
A kitchen fire caused about $100,000 of damage to a townhouse on Saint Trinaians Court in Reston on Monday. Fairfax Fire and Rescue Department units said they responded to the fire at 11881 Saint Trinains Court about 2:45 p.m. There was heavy smoke coming from the first floor of the three-story, middle townhouse upon arrival. Firefighters quickly brought the fire under control. They said they were were able to contain the fire to the first floor, however, there was significant smoke damage throughout the home. No one was home when the fire broke out. A neighbor called 911 when they noticed smoke coming from the home. There were no injuries. Three adults and a child have been displaced. The American Red Cross is assisting the residents. …