Alexandra Rossi, Publisher

Letter from the Publisher

cover2016-09As summer days are over, school days start and we prepare our home for fall, we have put together in this edition an array of very interesting articles to get you informed and entertained about what’s going on in Reston and the surrounding areas during September and October.

On the cover, get to know the Oktoberfest festivities in Virginia, Maryland and DC, including Reston’s 9th Oktoberfest at the Reston Town Center. Read everything about it on pages 46-49.

On page 14, learn about the tallest building in Reston, One Reston Town Center, with 330 feet and 23 floors, scheduled to break ground soon.

In September the Reston Community Center is holding its Annual Preference Poll to select the three positions on the Board of Governors. Read all about the candidates on page 16 and let your voice be heard!

As the school year starts over again, read about the top private schools in the area and which one clicks with your child on page 28. Take a look at the first photos of the new state-of-the-art location that the Academy of Christian Education is opening in September on page 36.  Be informed about the incredible work the YMCA Reston Fairfax is doing not only with the children but also with the community on page 60.

In the business arena, sneak a peek at the first open house held by Clarewood University, the first university headquartered in Reston on page 51. Its four MBA programs start this fall! Get inspired by the

stories of three local residents who have changed directions in their careers on page 68.

And talking about inspiring people, our Personalities section introduces you to the admirable job Reston-based Dr. Neda Kamantar is doing to change the lives of children all around the globe on page 66. Read the touching and inspiring article by Rachel Luehrs “Going Blind Isn’t Funny” where she tells us about her life with retinitis pigmentosa and how you can help find the cure of this disease, on page 18.

Get to know the face behind the high-end jewelry store, Midtown Jewelers, at the Reston Town Center. Owner Bobby Singh tells us about his background, his life, his family and his journey that took him to open the jewelry store where Reston gets engaged on page 62.

After the lazy hot summer days, fall arrives with an extensive calendar of art exhibits, and musical events in the area. In September the Professional Tourist Artists Series opens at the Reston Community Center’s CenterStage. Learn about this exciting program on page 56.  Read about the exhibits the League of Reston Artists and the Greater Reston Arts Center -GRACE- have scheduled on pages 54 and 55. This October the Great Falls Studio Tour comes back with 59 artists for the delight of the art lovers. Learn more about it on page 53.  And if you’re a fan of Widespread Panic, don’t panic! They are still touring and will come to the Warner Theater on September 6 and 7. Read more on page 50.

For the food lovers, we have featured in this edition Kalypso’s Sports Tavern and Barcelona. On its 6th anniversary Kalypso’s has prepared a new menu special for fall and the NFL! Get to know more about this wonderful place at Lake Anne on page 38. On the other hand, get to know everything about the Spanish-inspired cuisine of Barcelona at the Reston Town Center on page 44.

As always, Delegate Ken Plum delight us with his very interesting column, this time about wineries in Virginia on page 72.

Fall is the time when people remodel or change homes! We welcome top-notch real estate agent Eve Thompson and her informative column on page 82.  And make sure to check our Reston Premier section featuring what’s hot in the local market now on page 84. Don’t miss the 15th Annual Reston Home Tour, this year on October 15. Read the details on page 64.

On the Health section, know the 8 reasons why you might be gaining weight and didn’t know it by Christine Lehmann on page 76, learn about sleep apnea in children by Dr. Liliana Calkins on page 78, and the revolutionary pinhole gum rejuvenation surgery to treat gum recession by Dr. Marcos Grande on page 79.

As an animal lover I couldn’t resist but to have our furry neighbors in their Halloween costumes, ready to go trick-or-treating in October. See the cutest photos on page 92! And to spend those breezy fall afternoons under the trees we have our entertainment section with crosswords, Sudoku, Ask Amy’s letters, and more!

As the leaves turn gold and the days get cooler, we hope you enjoy this edition we carefully put together for your delight. And don’t forget to visit our Facebook page to get community updates at

Alexandra Rossi

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