Sunday, May 29, 2011

RELAC Service 5/29/11

RELAC Update: 10:28am Sunday 5/29

I spoke with Mike Coleman at the plant and had an email exchange with the head of Aqua Virginia in Richmond. At 11:30 last night a pump failed, which blew out some control switches which are now being repaired. One chiller has been restarted and they say we should start to notice some cooling by 1:00 this afternoon.

Fred Swartzendruber

Friday, May 27, 2011

Selections From RA eNews

June 1, 2011 at 7pm
Reston Association Headquarters Conference Room. Free.
What bills passed this session in Richmond that may impact cluster, condo, apartment and single-family residents? Find out by attending the Annual Virginia Legislative Update facilitated by Lucia Anna “Pia” Trigiani of Mercer Trigiani Law Firm. Trigiani is the president of the Virginia Bar Association and an active lobbyist in Richmond for homeowners' associations.
RSVP: Arlene Whittick, Neighborhood Outreach Specialist (703) 435-6503 or

The Initiative for Public Art – Reston (IPAR), in partnership with the Hyatt Regency Reston Hotel (owner of the Hyatt Park), the Reston Town Center Association and Reston Community Center, seeks an artist to develop contemporary artwork in a permanent medium for the Hyatt Park located at the Reston Parkway Greens, across from the Hyatt Regency Reston Hotel in Reston Town Center. This opportunity is open to established professional artists living in the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area. The entry deadline is June 17. For more information and to apply to this call, check CaFÉ™ Listings at

You can pick up free wood chips Monday-Friday at Reston Association’s Central Services Facility, 12250 Sunset Hills Road, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. The supply is currently unlimited.

Saturday, June 4, 2011
Location: Walker Nature Education Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
Sign up by June 1, 2011. Free.
To sign up, call 703-476-9689 and press 5 or e-mail
Join us for the half-day annual Summer Bird Count throughout Reston’s natural areas. Meet local bird experts, learn tips on identification and have fun while helping us obtain important information to help our feathered friends. Enjoy an optional lunch, tally results and swap stories back at Nature House after the count.


Sunday, June 12, 2011 4pm
Reston Museum
Robert E. Simon and Oscar Haynes talk about their combined 190-plus years of living history. Join this unique event to hear their remembrances of the past century. There is limited seating; no reservations required. All welcome.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Lake Anne Village Center Reinvestment Plan

In April 2011, the Fairfax County Office of Community Revitalization & Reinvestment contracted with Alvarez and Marsal Real Estate Advisory Services to conduct and publish a comprehensive analysis of Lake Anne Village Center's non-residential uses.

Conclusions include the potential Lake Anne revitalization as a focused dining destination. Check out the report here.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Reston Planning & Zoning Approved Fairway Expansion

JGB's design to transform the 328 Fairway garden-style apartments into 804 residences including four and five story apartment buildings and townhouses was approved by the Reston Planning and Zoning Committee in April.  Read about the Reston Citizens Association opposition to the proposal in the Reston Patch for more information.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Hickory Cluster Annual Meeting 2011

Hickory Cluster Annual Meeting
RCC- Lake Anne
May 21st, 2011  9-11am
2011 Annual Meeting Doc
Hickory Cluster president Fred Schwartzendruber gave community updates on....
  • LA Canal Dredging: Dredging is complete, water bags will take a week or so to drain and will then be removed. 
  • RELAC: Up and running and is expected to get performance benefits from the recent RA canal dredging.
  • Stream Restoration: The Forest Edge restoration project is coming to a close.  WSSI is still on target to begin the HC stream restoration next Fall.  Funding has not yet been secured but may be 'bridged' as has been done in other portions of the project throughout Reston. WSSI will present the next phase to the DRB at an upcoming meeting. 
  • 11501 Maple Ridge: Renovations have halted and the homeowner is in communication with RA and DRB concerning design issues.  HC is registered as an affected party.
Hickory Cluster board member Madeline Cohen spoke about HC reserves being at a level where we can soon plan needed repairs to Block 3 stucco and rusted metalwork as well as plantings and maintenance for planters throughout the cluster.

Board member Michael Poss spoke about local efforts to gain National Historic Registry Status for Lake Anne Plaza and improvements slated for the Gonzalo Fonseca Underpass (the HC North Shore Drive underpass).
Virginia Department of Historic Resources Form 4/2011

Two board members were up for re-election, Judith Loomis & Madeline Cohen.  Ralph Youngren and Michael Smith announced their interest in running for the seats as well.  Ralph Youngren and Michael Smith were elected to the Hickory Cluster board. 

A very special thank you with infinite gratitude to Judith and Madeline for their great work on the board and off in support of Hickory Cluster and its residents!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

North Shore Heated Pool Opens

Season 5 for the Reston Association pools has begun!  RA complete pool schedule here.

Season 5: North Shore Pool Hours: Sept 6-25, 2011
Weekdays: 3pm-9pm (after 9/11 closed at 7pm)
Weekends:  11am-7pm

Need a pool pass?  Online here or in person available at RA 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive.
Keep Swimming!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Cluster-wide Community Yard Sale on Saturday 5/14 8am-1pm

Hickory Cluster & Maple Ridge Community Yard Sale
Saturday, May 14th 2011 from 8am-1pm 

  • Set up sale items in front of your place
  • Signs will be posted throughout the area
  • Please park on North Shore Drive before the sale to free up space for shoppers
  • Please break down by 1:30pm on Saturday
  • No trash on curb until Sunday night, thanks!
  • PLEASE HELP!  If you can assist with posting signs, please contact Madeline Cohen

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Lake Anne Farmers Market 2011 Season Opener

Saturdays 8am-12pm May-October
Fresh produce, plants, meats, baked goods, prepared foods, entertainment, crafts, wares, etc... check it out on any given Saturday at Lake Anne Plaza, rain or shine!