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By: Rose Hill Coalition

December 4, 2022

The Rose Hill Coalition (https://rosehillcoalition.org) is in the urgent process of stopping the rezoning of the Rose Hill Shopping Center in Alexandria, VA, from commercial to mixed-use. The Coalition was formed in response to plans that were presented earlier this year by Combined Properties, Inc. (CP) to two local civic associations, which proposes to reduce retail at the center by more than 70% and add 400+ residential rental units.

On October, 25, CP formally submitted an application for rezoning to the Fairfax Board of Supervisors. This is the required first step to change zoning restrictions outlined in the Comprehensive Plan (referred to as a Site Specific Plan Amendment or SSPA). The Board will vote at its Tuesday, December 6, 2022, meeting whether to allow the application to go forward for consideration by the County and the public under the SSPA review process. This multi-step process will allow for public comment at several stages.

However, due to recent changes in the SSPA process which accelerates the timeline, the Coalition is urging local residents to contact Lee District Supervisor Rodney Lust and the BOS to voice their opposition “out of the gate” prior to their meeting on Tuesday.

The Coalition contends that CP did not take into consideration the objections voiced by the community. Furthermore, CP presented a second design that added new elements which also contradicted and ignored the wishes of the community.

Objections include, but are not limited to, the following:
–Increased traffic from additional 400+ residents in already stressed transportation corridor on Rose Hill Drive, Franconia Road, and Van Dorn (north and south).
–Reduction in walk-able retail and office from 154,000 square feet to less than 75,000 square feet.
–Imposition of high-intensity development in an established low-density-zoned residential district.
–The proposed four- and six-level apartment complex will be visually inconsistent with the surrounding one- and two-level single family homes.
–The local infrastructure is not designed to support increased energy and water use and there are no future County plans or funding are in place to improve them.
–School traffic to and from Bush Hill Elementary and Rose Hill Elementary already significantly impedes traffic on Rose Hill Dr, Westchester St, and Franconia Rd.
–The design creates a dangerous four-way intersection at Westchester St and Franconia Rd just several hundred feet from Rose Hill Dr and Franconia Rd.
–The proposal reduces retail by two-thirds, thus negating future walk-ability if there is little to “walk to”.
–Additional environmental emissions due to increased traffic from 400+ more vehicles from renters (plus visitors).
–Demolition and construction will last two years during which there will be no shopping center, except for McDonalds which is separately owned.
–The majority of the 25+ businesses currently serving the community at the Plaza will disappear.

The Coalition contends that CP has no incentive to alter their plan as presented. Combined Properties Inc (https://www.combined.biz/) is a billion dollar real estate investment company and has multiple residential, retail, and mixed-use developments in Fairfax County. The cost to demolish and reconstruct the shopping center and guarantee long-term profit to investors requires the proposed ~400 residential rental units be central to the design.

Contrary to CP’s application, the Coalition argues that the property does in fact utilize and provide proximity to business centers, public transportation, and experiential retail/amenities. More than 25 businesses occupy the center and are considered an integral part of the community.

Although the County is aggressively seeking options to increase the amount of housing, the Coalition argues that CP’s proposal and change in zoning application contradicts the Comprehensive Plan for the Rose Hill Planning Area. Residents believe that allowing an exception to the zoning in this case would irreparably alter the character, safety, and quality of life in their highly diverse community.

Alternatively, the Coalition presents that the shopping center is an integral part of the community and that the center is a commercial success. “We hope that Combined Properties sees this an opportunity to improve the shopping center rather than set it up for failure in order to justify a change in zoning,” said Sharada Gilkey, founder of the Coalition. “We would like to work with CP to support the center and ensure the success of its businesses, small and large.”

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By: Sean Carroll, Meliorist Inc.

December 1, 2022

Reston, VA, (December 01, 2022) – The newest Great Clips salon in northern Virginia is dedicating three days in December to highlight cancer awareness during the holiday season and provide meaningful support to cancer patients. Monday, Dec 12 – Wednesday, December 14, Great Clips at South Lakes Village Center in Reston, VA will provide free haircuts to cancer patients and to those donating their hair for children’s wigs. The three-day campaign focuses on two critical outreach programs that Great Clips offers throughout the U.S. and Canada: the Clips of Kindness and Wigs for Kids programs.

The recently opened salon at 11130 South Lakes Drive in Reston is open seven days a week from 9 am to 7 pm on Monday through Saturday, and 9 am to 6 pm on Sunday. Families can “walk right in” or they can use Great Clips Online Check-in from the comfort of their home or work. Great Clips offers haircuts, shampoos, and styling.

“This holiday season, we want to continue to do our part to help those in need,” said Sean Carroll, Great Clips franchisee and military veteran. “We know these two programs make a real difference in the lives of others, especially those experiencing cancer.”

Clips of Kindness is a Great Clips program offering complimentary clipper cuts to customers facing hair loss due to cancer treatments. Customers who would like to receive free clipper cuts can contact the salon at (571) 490-3649 or email at sean.carroll@greatclips.net about making arrangements.

Wigs for Kids is a nonprofit hair donation organization that helps children and young adults dealing with hair loss by making high-quality hair pieces from donated hair. The wigs created by Wigs for Kids are designed specifically to withstand vigorous activities that kids participate in every day. You can help a child look and feel their best by getting your hair cut for free at Great Clips and then donating your hair to Wigs for Kids. The stylist who cuts your hair will give you the information needed to make this as easy as possible. For details about minimum hair length and other donation requirements, visit wigsforkids.org.

About Great Clips, Inc.

Great Clips, Inc. was established in 1982 in Minneapolis. Today, Great Clips has over 4,400 salons throughout the United States and Canada, making it the world’s largest salon brand. Great Clips is 100 percent franchised, and salons are owned locally by more than 700 franchisees across the U.S. and Canada. Great Clips franchisees employ more than 25,000 stylists. Great Clips® franchised salons provide value-priced, high-quality haircare for men, women and children. Getting a great haircut at a Great Clips® salon is more convenient than ever with Online Check-In, ReadyNext® text alerts and Clip Notes®. To check in online, visit GreatClips.com or download the free app. For more information about Great Clips, Inc. or to find a location near you, visit GreatClips.com.

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By: PaperMoon Springfield

November 28, 2022

PaperMoon Springfield is offering a very tempting Christmas treat to good Samaritans. Since 1947, the goal of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots initiative has been to bring the joy of Christmas to less fortunate children. To help Toys for Tots fulfill its annual mission, philanthropic dancers from PaperMoon Springfield are hosting their annual holiday toy donation drive.

New, unwrapped toys can be dropped off 7 days a week, from 12 pm to 2:30 am, at the gentlemen’s club located at 6315 Amherst Ave, Springfield, VA 22150. The drive goes through December 11th, wrapping up with a black-tie party. 

“We are honored to do our part for Toys for Tots. Without the generosity of the community, many children miss out on the magic of the holiday season. Picking up one extra toy during your holiday shopping can make a child’s holiday sparkle. Last year we raised a substantial amount of money and toys and this year we aim to double that number.” Charles Gower, General Manager, PaperMoon Springfield. 

As an added bonus, now through December 11th, when you donate a new, unwrapped toy or make a donation of $20, you’ll receive free admission! 

Toys for Tots, which collects new, unwrapped toys each holiday season and gives them as Christmas gifts to children in need, is a program run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve. It distributes toys to children who may not otherwise receive a gift for Christmas. Toys for Tots plays an active role in developing one of our nation’s most valuable resources: its children. It also unites members of local communities in a common cause each year during its annual toy collection and distribution campaign.

Since Toys for Tots’ inception, the Marines have distributed over 566 million toys to more than 258 million children across the United States. In 2021, the local Toys for Tots campaign in Quantico, VA distributed 146,148 toys to 145,284 children.

Outreach Efforts Extend Beyond Holidays

Toys for Tots joins other charities in PaperMoon’s latest community outreach efforts. In November 2022, PaperMoon held a food drive for New Hope Housing, which provides services to homeless families and single adults. The classy venue provides top-tier entertainment for a variety of residents in Northern Virginia as well as the District of Columbia. PaperMoon’s representatives pride themselves on creating luxurious, bespoke experiences while being responsible, upstanding members of the community they serve. The party on Saturday, December 11th, promises to be a night of fun, warmth, and holiday cheer.

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By: APAH

November 24, 2022

Arlington, VA (November 22, 2022) -On Friday, November 18, APAH began construction on a new, affordable apartment community for older adults in the highly cost-burdened Fairfax/Fairfax City area. The project, yet to be formally named but nicknamed Braddock Senior, will create 80 apartments to serve independent older adults ages 62 and above with household incomes at or below 60% of the Area Median Income. Fairfax County leaders joined APAH and project partners to celebrate the occasion.

Braddock Senior’s 80 affordable apartments also represent a significant step toward the countywide goal of creating 10,000 units of affordable housing by the year 2034. “When we looked at Fairfax County’s affordable housing needs, and particularly the need among older adults, it became apparent very quickly that it would take a communitywide effort to meet these needs,” said Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Jeffrey C. McKay. “Braddock Senior exemplifies the spirit of partnership and ingenuity that we have and will continue to call upon to achieve our goal.”

In the Braddock District, a resident needs to earn about $60,000 to rent a one-bedroom apartment. For many older residents, their annual income falls far below that. “The Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) is proud to be a part of this partnership and celebrate more options for older adults to affordably live near family, friends, care providers, and other conveniences they have come to rely on,” said Broderick Dunn, Braddock District Commissioner to the FCRHA.

In 2019, following a competitive process, Erickson Senior Living selected APAH to be their affordable housing partner as part of the redevelopment of the former Northern Virginia Training Center “It’s so exciting to be a part of the revitalization of this 80+ acre site,” said Carmen Romero, President and CEO of APAH. “We’re thankful to Erickson Senior Living for this opportunity to be their partner here and to build what will become our third senior property.”
APAH and its design team planned Braddock Senior to be a modern development that complements the surrounding neighborhoods and provides amenity spaces for residents to connect, host visitors, and nurture a sense of community. The interior design will evoke the surrounding nature, helping residents to feel at home.

For the many senior residents of the Braddock District, the property represents hope for the future. “Many of these individuals have been active and engaged in our community for many years, have strong social connections, and contribute in many ways. As our residents age and their living circumstances change, many of them just want to find a way to stay in the communities where they are living. Affordable homes like these help make that possible,” said James Walkinshaw who represents the Braddock District on the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors.

“APAH is grateful for the opportunity to realize this project, our second in Fairfax County, and provide not only new, affordable homes for seniors, but also the opportunities and programming we are known for,” said Romero. A variety of meeting rooms will allow APAH to host on-site resident services programming to meet the needs of those who will call the building home.

Braddock Senior will be 100% Universal Design, meaning the spaces will be very adaptable to a range of abilities and allow seniors to age in place more easily. The project will be built to Earthcraft Multifamily Gold, a high standard for sustainable construction and resident living, and is APAH’s first utilizing Housing Innovations in Energy Efficiency (HIEE) funding from the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development which allows for additional energy efficient upgrades to reduce energy bills for low-income Virginians. Grimm + Parker Architecture designed the building and Harkins Builders is the general contractor. The property is expected to open to residents in late 2023. “I am already excited to welcome the first residents to their new homes,” said Romero.

Speakers at last week’s groundbreaking included:
• Rich Jordan, Managing Director at Potomac Investment Properties and Vice Chair of APAH’s Board of Directors
• Jeffrey McKay, Chairman, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors
• James Walkinshaw, Braddock District Supervisor, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors
• Broderick Dunn, Braddock District Commissioner, Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority
• Scott Gensler, Vice President, Real Estate Acquisitions and Government Affairs of Erickson Senior Living
• Jimmie Jones, Vice President & Community Development Manager at Truist Bank
• Jill Norcross, Community Outreach Regional Manager of Northern Virginia at Virginia Housing
• Carmen Romero, President and CEO of APAH

About APAH
Founded in 1989, APAH now helps more than 2,300 households live in stable, secure, and affordable rental homes. APAH has nearly 400 affordable apartments under construction and an additional 1,500 in its development pipeline. As a CORES Certified Resident Services provider, APAH delivers comprehensive services to youth, families and senior across its 20 properties. In 2020, APAH was named one of the nation’s Top 50 Affordable Housing Developers by Affordable Housing Finance magazine. The organization was named 2021 Developer of the Year by the Housing Association of Nonprofit Developers (HAND). In 2022, APAH’s Queens Court Apartments received HAND’s award for the Best Large Affordable Housing Project as well as the Urban Land Institute’s inaugural Terwilliger Center Award for Innovation in Attainable Housing. Lucille and Bruce Terwilliger Place was named Best Affordable Housing Development at the 2022 Virginia Governor’s Housing Conference and received a Multi-Family Residential Award of Excellence at the Best of NAIOP Northern Virginia Awards 2022.

About the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA)
The FCRHA serves nearly 20,000 residents through a variety of rental housing assistance and homeownership programs and owns and operates nearly 4,000 units of housing – including multifamily housing, senior housing, licensed assisted living and specialized housing for tenants with a variety of needs. The FCRHA also oversees and administers Fairfax County’s land use housing programs and the investment of public land and local funds (including state and federal grants) to increase and/or preserve the county’s stock of affordable homes. The FCRHA issued $8 million in tax-exempt revenue bonds to support the financing for Braddock Senior.

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By: Falls Church Arts

November 24, 2022

“Bits and Pieces” opened on November 19 to a standing-room-only crowd of more than 75 guests at Falls Church Arts. Joe Wetzel, president and one of the founders of the organization, announced the Juror’s Choice Award that went to Susan Lapham for the multi-media work, “I Speak Spreadsheet.” Honorable mentions went to Michele Frantz for “Disc-location” and Todd Schvaneveldt for “The Passenger.” Joe thanked all of the volunteers who made the exhibit and award possible. “I know this looks seamless. But it takes lots of work behind-the-scenes to find a juror, recruit artists, select artworks from over 160 pieces, and get the word out. Then it all has to be received, catalogued, and hung. I’d like to thank the team that made this possible,” he said in presenting the award. “

The show features 50 pieces that include collage, assemblage, upcycled art, fiber art, jewelry, and more. “Bits and Pieces” can be viewed at Falls Church Art gallery or online at www.fallschurcharts.org from November 19 to January 8. All pieces can be purchased at the gallery or on the website at fallschurcharts.org.

The Falls Church Arts gallery is located at 700-B West Broad St. (Route 7), Falls Church. It is open Tuesday-Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. Masks are optional and guests are asked to postpone their visit if they are not well.

The Juror’s Choice Award and the People’s Choice Award were made possible by a donation from DuBro Architects + Builders, 429 S. Maple Avenue, Falls Church, VA 22046. The People’s Choice Award will be announced on December 24, based on votes from visitors to the gallery.

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By: Encore Creativity for Older Adults

November 21, 2022

Encore Creativity for Older Adults, the nation’s largest choral organization for adults over 55, is pleased to announce its free holiday concert series that kicks off December 3rd and runs through December 17th, 2022. Encore’s local choral ensembles – Encore Chorales, Encore ROCKS and Sentimental Journey Singers – will perform crowd-pleasing holiday songs with live musical accompaniment in a variety of venues in Virginia, Maryland, Washington, D.C., New York City and its two newest locations in Wilmington, Del. and Santa Clarita, Calif. For a detailed schedule and tickets, visit Upcoming Events › Performances (encorecreativity.org/events/category/performances)

These dynamic performances, led by celebrated conductors, promise to set the holiday spirit in motion. From seasonal classics, such as the Hallelujah Chorus (from Messiah), Ose Shalom and Silent Night sung by Encore Chorales to choral medleys of the Beach Boys and Neil Diamond sung by Encore ROCKS, the concerts will appeal to music lovers of all ages. Sentimental Journey Singers, Encore’s choir for adults with early Alzheimer’s and other memory impairments and their care partners, will also perform, singing all-time favorites, such as Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas and The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.

In addition, after a two-year break due to the pandemic, Encore will return to the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. for its popular annual holiday concert in Concert Hall on December 26th. The event, which is also free and open to the public, will feature more than 400 singers who will join together from Encore’s many local programs.

“Our concerts are highly anticipated events for our singers and the community,” said Joshua Vickery, CEO of the non-profit Encore Creativity for Older Adults which is celebrating its 15th anniversary in 2022. “We look forward again to a wonderful experience of bringing joy through song this holiday season.” Admission is free, yet there is also a pay-what-you-wish option so that audience members can give back during the holidays.

About Encore Creativity for Older Adults
Founded in 2007 by Jeanne Kelly during an NIH-funded study to address the mental and physical health benefits of singing for older adults, Encore Creativity for Older Adults has more than 1,100 singers in 30 programs across the nation, plus a vibrant online university, summer camp, winter retreat and travel abroad programs. Encore’s mission is to provide an accessible arts education and performance opportunities for older adults regardless of ability or experience. For more information, visit Encore’s new website, https://encorecreativity.org/ or call 301-261-5747.

Encore Creativity for Older Adults Holiday Concert Schedule
Upcoming Events › Performances (encorecreativity.org/events/category/performances)

Encore Chorale of Santa Clarita
December 3, 7 – 8 PM//Newhall Church of the Nazarene//Newhall, CA

Encore Chorales of Frederick & Asbury Methodist Village
December 9, 7 – 8 PM/Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Frederick/Frederick, MD

Encore Chorale of Southern Maryland
December 10, 3 – 4 PM/Lexington Park United Methodist Church/Lexington Park, MD

Encore Chorales of Baltimore and Columbia
December 10, 7 – 8 PM/Towson Presbyterian Church/Towson, MD

Encore Chorales of Baltimore and Columbia
December 11, 4 – 5 PM/Owen Brown Interfaith Center/Columbia, MD

Encore Chorales of Ashburn, Fairfax, Reston, and SJS
December 11, 4 – 5 PM/Heritage Fellowship Church/Reston, VA

Annapolis ROCKS
December 12, 7 – 8 PM/Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church/Severna Park, MD

Encore Chorale of Washington, DC
December 12, 7 – 8 PM/Church of the Epiphany/Washington, DC

Alexandria, DC, and Fairfax ROCKS
December 13, 7 – 8 PM/George Washington Masonic Memorial/Alexandria, VA

Encore Chorale of Annapolis
December 14, 7 – 8 PM/Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church/Severna Park, MD

Encore Chorales of Alexandria, Arlington, and Goodwin House Bailey’s Crossroads
December 15, 7 – 8 PM/George Washington Masonic Memorial/Alexandria, VA

Encore Chorale of Wilmington, Delaware
December 15, 7 – 8 PM/Trinity Episcopal Church/Wilmington, DE

Encore Chorale of New York City
December 17, 3 – 4 PM/Broadway Presbyterian Church/NYC

Encore Chorales of Glen Echo and Schweinhaut Center
December 17, 4 – 5 PM/Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School/Washington, DC

Glen Echo ROCKS
December 17, 7 – 8 PM/Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School/Washington, DC

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By: Susan B. Hillson

November 13, 2022

Forty-one artists will demonstrate how disparate articles can be combined to create an innovative art work during Bits and Pieces, an all-media show at Falls Church Arts gallery from November 19 through January 8, 2023.

The show features 50 pieces that include collage, assemblage, upcycled art, fiber art, jewelry, and more. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, November 19 at 7:30 pm. The Juror’s Choice Award and honorable mentions will be announced during the event. Participating artists will be on hand to answer questions about their processes and inspiration.

The Falls Church Arts gallery is located at 700-B West Broad St. (Route 7), Falls Church. It is open Tuesday-Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. Masks are optional and guests are asked to postpone their visit if they are not well.

Artworks can viewed online at www.fallschurcharts.org. All pieces can be purchased at the gallery or on the website.

A $150 Juror’s Choice Award and a $50 People’s Choice Award were made possible by a donation from DuBro Architects + Builders, 429 S. Maple Avenue, Falls Church, VA 22046. The People’s Choice Award will be announced on December 24, based on votes from visitors to the gallery.

Juror for Bits and Pieces, artists and longtime art faculty member, Sherry Trachtman, commented broadly about the submissions. “It was a pleasure and a challenge to serve as Juror for the “Bits and Pieces Show” at Falls Church Arts. Overall, the work was strong with several stand out pieces. Submissions were made by artists at all levels: beginners; those entering shows regularly as they learn and grow; and seasoned professional artists. Besides these varying stages of accomplishment, my consideration also included the size and shape of the gallery itself, and the huge differences in the scale, materials and techniques of the entries.”

“The entrants’ interpretation of the concept, “Bits and Pieces” was very interesting. As expected, there were many collages and assemblages which fit this bill by definition, but sculpture, mobiles, paintings, woodcuts, photography, jewelry, altered books, fiber, glass and digital art was also submitted! Bravo on such diversity! As in most juried shows, I needed to omit more pieces than I could select, and to respect the physical aspects and hanging methods of the gallery. My goal was to represent the great variety of the submissions by including as many entrants’ works as I could to keep the show as even and strong as I could.”

Sherry Trachtman began her art practice as a painter and printmaker. For the last 15 years, Trachtman has focused on creating 3D wall-hung collage assemblages and free-standing assemblage sculptures.
Over the last 20 years, Trachtman has juried many shows at venues in Northern Virginia including the Art League Gallery, Alexandria; Northern Virginia Community College, Alexandria and Annandale; The Arlington Artists Alliance, Arlington; Falls Church Community Arts, Falls Church; and the Capitol Hill Arts League in Washington, DC.

Artists with work in the show include:
John Allen, Tammy Barnes, Maria Brito, Rhys Conlon, Pamela Crockett,
Astrid De Vachon, Steph DeHart, Vicky Dorn-Fontana, Michele Frantz,
Bob Friedman, Doug Fuller, Steena Fullmer-Anderson, Paula Grossman, James Hengst, Pamela Huffman, Chris Kagy, Maggie Kerrigan, Mallory Kimmel,
JoAnn Laboy, Susan Lapham, Naomi Lipsky, Joyce McCarten, Molly McCracken, Jane McElvany Coonce, David Merrell, Rashad Ali Muhammad, Jennifer Murphy, Kathryn Nelson, Adam Odomore, Helen Power, Andrea Salzman, Cynthia Schoeppel, Todd Schvaneveldt, Bryan Sieling, Joan Slottow,
Darren Smith, Maria Temoltzin, Suzanne Updike, Casey Wait, Robert Wiener, and Amanda Wood.

Since Falls Church Arts’ inception in 2003, it has focused on the visual arts, bringing opportunities to exhibit, learn about, share, and experience art to the community. Education has been at the heart of the 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Classes cater to all ages and skill levels and focus on developing or enhancing core skills. Emerging and professional artists are encouraged to participate in the juried exhibits at the gallery.
Falls Church Arts is supported by the strong funding of its members and the generosity of corporate donors and the community at large and has been the honored recipient of grants from the City of Falls Church’s CATCH Foundation and Arts Fairfax. To become a member or learn more, go to www.fallschurcharts.org.

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By: Meliorist Inc DBA Great Clips

November 13, 2022

Reston, VA, November 12, 2022 — A new Great Clips salon will celebrate its grand opening at South Lakes Village Center in Reston, Virginia on Saturday, November 19th at 9 am. The grand opening will include a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony and light refreshments. Immediately afterwards, the family-friendly salon will open for business and offer $7.99 haircuts.

Following the grand opening, the new salon at 11130 South Lakes Drive in Reston will be open seven days a week from 9 am to 7 pm on Monday through Saturday, and 9 am to 6 pm on Sunday. Families can “walk right in” or they can use the Great Clips app to check-in from the comfort of their home or work. Great Clips offers haircuts, shampoos, and styling.

“We are very excited to join the Reston community and provide convenient, reasonable-priced haircuts for the entire family,” said Sean Carroll, Great Clips franchisee and military veteran.

While fully staffed with a talented team of stylists and barbers, the salon intends to continue recruiting and hiring locally. The current team includes graduates of South Lakes High School. Interested candidates with a Virginia cosmetology license can apply online at https://jobs.greatclips.com or contact the salon at (703) 424-6969.

About Great Clips
Great Clips, Inc. was established in 1982 in Minneapolis. There are more than 4,400 salons throughout the United States and Canada, making Great Clips the world’s largest salon brand. More than 1,200 franchisees employ nearly 40,000 stylists in 183 markets across North America.

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The Reston Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Committee is seeking volunteers to serve on the Committee. All residents of Reston, Virginia over eighteen years of age are eligible to serve on the Committee. The Committee consists of fifteen (15) members with five (5) positions expiring each year, and three (3) associate members that serve one year terms. Members’ terms run for three years beginning in January of each year. Associate members terms run for one year, also beginning in January. Meetings are typically held virtually on the third Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m.

If you are interested in volunteering to serve on the Reston P&Z Committee, please fill out an application online at http://rpz.korchy.com/ and return it with your bio/resume, as per the instructions on the application. The submission deadline for the application is December 5th, 2022. For more information about the Reston Planning and Zoning Committee please go to their website at http://rpz.korchy.com/

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By: Rescue Reston

October 28, 2022

Community members marked the 10th anniversary of the grassroots volunteer organization, known for defending Reston’s recreational open space from development.

RESTON, VA Oct 26, 2022 — On Saturday, October 15, 2022, over 100 community members made it a priority to show support for the grassroots volunteer organization Rescue Reston and its mission of defending Reston’s recreational open space from unplanned development. Speakers at the event included:

John Pinkman (Rescue Reston Co-founder and Director)
Connie Hartke (Rescue Reston President)
Lynne Mulston (Rescue Reston North Course Chair)
Paul Hartke (Rescue Reston Supporter & Volunteer)
Hunter Mill District Supervisor Walter Alcorn (Fairfax County Board of Supervisors)

Attendees commemorated 10 years of community action to ensure that Reston’s two golf courses (Reston National Golf Course and Hidden Creek Country Club) remain protected from residential or commercial development and remain as permanent recreational open space. All celebrated the three successful defenses of these properties against developer efforts to overturn the current land use designation as golf courses as stated in the Reston Comprehensive Plan. The clear takeaway is this: while we have won past battles, we remain in a fight against well-funded real estate developers who will continue in their efforts to try to defeat the decisive verdict of 98% of the community who oppose opening Reston’s Comprehensive Plan to consider a change to Reston National’s land use designation.

Rescue Reston’s President, Connie Hartke stated during her remarks, “Both golf course owners have spent a lot of money to manipulate us. The Reston National owners now threaten to close the course and take the County to court if they don’t get their way. They say that open space should be sacrificed for housing and retail. Look over your right shoulder [across Reston Parkway, a view of the Halley Rise development and Wegman’s signage and across the toll road one sees the Reston Town Center Metro station and tall RTC Next building]. That is coming, and it’s planned. There is a PLAN for Reston’s population to double, and it does not require taking one acre of Open Space. PROTECT RESTON’S OPEN SPACE.” Ms. Hartke also shared a discussion with Bob Simon, Reston’s founder, “In August 2015, I telephoned Bob Simon. I asked what he thought about the battle – it was Reston National only under attack at that time. His response: “The Reston National Golf Course area should remain as open space forever.”

We thank Hunter Mill District Supervisor Walter Alcorn, who spoke to the crowd, for reaffirming his support for the community’s position of not opening up the Reston Comprehensive Plan for golf course redevelopment. In reiterating his commitment to community-based planning, Supervisor Alcorn stated, “My commitment to you is to do everything I can as Hunter Mill Supervisor to support community-based planning and to … let Reston be Reston.”

Rescue Reston speakers reflected on how far we’ve come in the last 10 years. As Supervisor Alcorn said in his message, people “get it” now. From 2012 to 2015, we delivered on our mission to educate people on what speculative developers were attempting and why it mattered. This time, the community had much greater awareness of the past attempts, which helped Rescue Reston’s organized response campaign and communications with elected officials. People see how much development is planned for Reston, much of it already visible, with the cranes in the skies and the recently cleared trees along Reston Parkway that make the Halley Rise development so visible, just one example of the 30-plus million square feet of planned and/or in-progress Transit Station Area construction projects. Volunteers still went door knocking, but they came to us to ask for guidance rather than Rescue Reston asking for this action. Donations come in unsolicited, often right after an owner of Reston National speaks. The Reston community is so well-informed, and we will continue fighting against the efforts of those who want to develop this precious open space.

Community members were given a call to action during the event to volunteer to enhance the organization’s capabilities and continue our work together to amplify Rescue Reston’s efforts. The response was immediate and meaningful, with many new volunteer signups. We are also grateful for the numerous donations received during and after the event, further demonstrating that we are a united front, much stronger than when we started 10 years ago. Rescue Reston stands ready to continue the work with our supporters and elected officials to retain two vital features of Reston’s planned residential community that has the Biophilic City designation.

Rescue Reston supporters left the rally with the clear understanding that it’s not over but that there are golf course operators who would love to own Reston’s two successful, popular golf courses. The developers who bought golf courses in Reston need to recognize that it is time to exit. They bought golf courses, period.

About Rescue Reston
Rescue Reston is a grassroots community organization committed to defending Reston’s two golf courses that have land use designations of private recreation use, more specifically to remain as golf courses.

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