Oct. 12, 2022


Several years ago my predecessor Supervisor Cathy Hudgins joined forces with Cornerstones to ensure that our neighbors in need of warm winter coats would be able to get one. We continue that tradition of neighbors helping neighbors this year with the upcoming opening of the Winter Coat Closet, which will provide free winter coats, hats, gloves, mittens and scarves to all who need them. 

If you are able to donate to the Coat Closet, please bring new or gently used coats and new hats, gloves, mittens and scarves to Cornerstones or my office on these dates:

Oct. 17 through Nov. 10, 9 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Cornerstones, 11150 Sunset Hill Rd., Suite 210, Reston 

Nov. 19, Dec. 17 and Jan. 14, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

North County Government Center, 1801 Cameron Glen Dr., Reston 

If you know someone who is in need of a coat, please provide them with this distribution dates information.

As always thank you for your enormous generosity! Learn more.



COVID-19 Update

Let's Go Expo Oct. 22

I hope you'll join me on Oct. 22 for the Let's Go Expo! It's a fun community event that my office is hosting with Celebrate Fairfax from 1 to 4 p.m. at 1850 Cameron Glen Dr. in Reston. This is a free interactive event for all ages that gives you the opportunity to learn about and try out the many transit choices we have here in Hunter Mill District! Here are a few highlights:

  • Food trucks
  • Hop on a Connector Bus and get information on fares, student passes and routes
  • Bicycle helmet inspections
  • Try out a Capital Bike Share bike - and get coupons for free rides
  • Lots of giveaways
  • Get information and demonstrations from our public safety agencies
  • Check out FASTRAN, a county service that provides specialized transportation for older adults, people with disabilities and vulnerable neighbors to get to services and work sites
  • Learn about Silver Line Phase 2 and play interactive games

Directions and more info

In the Community 

Lake Anne House Grand Opening Sept. 29

I was joined on Thursday, Sept. 29 by state and federal officials, Enterprise Community Development, and Fellowship Square to celebrate the much-anticipated grand opening and ribbon cutting for Lake Anne House in Reston, which replaces the old Lake Anne Fellowship House. The community features 240 modern apartment homes for low-income seniors in Reston. I really appreciated all the community engagement that went into this project as the community poured over every conceivable detail during the project’s planning and design phase. Respectful collaboration and inclusion of the community throughout the process is a fantastic example of how affordable housing projects like these can work for everyone. Learn more

Tree Planting at Korean Bell Garden Oct. 7

On Oct. 7 I joined state and local officials to welcome Cho Tae-yong, the Republic of Korea’s ambassador to the United States for a ceremonial tree planting at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens Korean Bell Garden. After the tree planting, we gathered at Peace and Harmony bell pavilion to strike the bell in to celebrate the great relationship between Virginia and South Korea. It was a wonderful way to mark the 10th anniversary of this beautiful garden. 

Land Use Update 

Reston Comprehensive Plan Community Engagement Underway

Residents may provide written input or ask questions about the Reston Comprehensive Plan recommendations through Oct. 28 here. Your input is critical in helping the Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors make informed decisions regarding this comprehensive plan that will impact Restonians for decades. Your best reference for the comprehensive plan study is the county's Reston Comprehensive Plan Study webpage.

You may also listen to an overview from my recent podcast with county staff.

Reston Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Virtual Meeting, Oct. 17, 7:30 p.m.

The Reston P&Z meeting is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 17 at 7:30 p.m. Use this link to attend and participate. You may also call in and listen to the meeting, dial 571-429-5982 and use conference call ID: 822 270 997#. For more information contact Shruti Nallappa.

Hunter Mill Land Use Committee Virtual Meeting: Tuesday, Oct. 18, 7:30 p.m.

The Hunter Mill District Land Use Committee is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 17 at 7:30 PM. Use this link to attend. You may also call in and listen to the meeting, dial and 571-429-5982 and use conference call ID: 789 107 635#. For more information contact Shruti Nallappa. 

Proposed Affordable Housing Preservation Comprehensive Plan Policy

You are encouraged to provide feedback on the county's proposed affordable housing comprehensive plan policy by 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 28. The proposed policy was drafted to help preserve existing affordable rental housing throughout the county and seeks one-for-one replacement of existing affordable units in locations where redevelopment occurs. Visit the plan amendment policy webpage for details.

What's News in Vienna

Town Hall Elevator Update

Due to supply chain issues, the Town Hall elevator replacement schedule has been delayed. As a result, Town Council and other public bodies will continue to meet at Town Hall as scheduled until further notice. For up-to-date calendar information, visit http://viennava.gov/calendar.

Halloween on the Green Oct. 15 

Don't miss Halloween on the Green, Saturday, Oct. 15, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for fall family fun including crafts, games, moon bounces and pumpkin decorating. Learn more.

Board of Supervisors Update

The Board of Supervisors met yesterday, Oct. 12. You can review the meeting package or watch the meeting here. Our most significant action for the meeting was the approval of the Carryover Budget package for Fiscal Year 2022.Carryover is the annual allocation of unspent revenue from the previous year's budget. In Virginia, localities are required to balance their budgets annually, so any leftover funds from the previous fiscal year are used to bolster our county reserves, fulfill obligations and fund priorities. This year's carryover includes $25 million of additional funding toward pedestrian and bicycle safety improvement projects

My Two Board Matters:

Public Safety Update

Fire and Rescue Station Open Houses Oct. 15

Reston and Countywide:

In celebration of Fire Prevention Week, all Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Stations will be hosting an Open House on Saturday, Oct. 15 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Stop by your local station that day to meet your firefighters and paramedics, join in the activities, learn about fire safety, and see the fire trucks and ambulances. Learn more.


You can also visit the  Vienna Volunteer Fire Department, located at 400 Center St., South, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to watch fire demonstrations, jump on a moon bounce and meet your local firefighters. More here: www.vpw.org.

4 Things to Know Today


Farm Harvest Days Oct. 14-16

Stop by Frying Pan Farm Park this weekend, Oct. 14-16 for the annual Farm Harvest Day. Big Truck Night is Friday, Oct. 14, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Activities run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free, but there is a charge for the wagon and carousel rides. No reservations are necessary. Learn more

Fairfax County Police Department Hosts Trunk-or-Treat Oct. 19

The Fairfax County Police Department's free Trunk-Or-Treat event is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 19, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax. Everyone must register to participate.  

Tour de Mount Vernon Oct. 22

Looking for a change in the view while you ride your bike? The 7th Annual Tour de Mount Vernon Community Bike Ride is on Saturday, Oct. 22 at 8:30 a.m., starting and ending at the Workhouse Arts Center. Riders have the option of riding the full 38 mile route or a shorter 19 mile route. The Tour de Mount Vernon brings cyclists on a fun ride through the southern and central portions of the Mount Vernon District including a scenic route through Fort Belvoir. Learn more

Volunteer For Your County Government!

Make a difference and have a voice in your county government as a volunteer on one of Fairfax County's Boards, Authorities and Commissions. Current openings for Hunter Mill District representatives are listed below. For more information, contact Gwenn Minton or call 703-478-0283.

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