Via the Connection Newspapers we learn about Oak Hill author Judy Link Cuddehe, an author of children’s books, will be reading from her books Saturday, October 8th at the Barnes & Noble near the Reston Town Center.
In addition to being an author, Cuddehe is a licensed contractor and performs handman services for the community. If you have some odd or not so odd jobs you need done, you might want to check out her web site. She can handle everything from plumbing problems to solving vexing computer issues.
A juvenile was arrested in the case of an assault that occurred near Greenbriar Shopping Center on September 19. From Fairfax County police:
A 15-year-old Chantilly area boy has been arrested in this case and charged with abduction with the intent to defile and aggravated sexual battery. The suspect is being held on a detention order at the Fairfax County Juvenile Detention Center.
It’s not every day that you read about a criminal working on a bicycle. This incident took place at or near Chantilly Plaza on Monday, as reported by police:
Police are investigating a robbery that occurred Monday, September 19. Around 8:50 p.m. a 46-year-old woman was walking on the south side of the 13600 block of Lee Jackson Memorial Highway when she was approached by a younger man on a bicycle. The suspect demanded property from the woman and stabbed her in the arm with a sharp weapon. The woman relinquished money and personal property and the suspect fled on his bicycle. The woman was transported to a local hospital and treated for non life-threatening injuries. The suspect was described as black, in his teens, short and wearing a dark jacket. Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Solvers by phone at 1-866-411-TIPS/8477, e-mail at www.fairfaxcrimesolvers.org or text “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES/274637 or call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.
Police are investigating a burglary and assault that occurred Monday, September 19. Around 9:30 a.m. a 29-year-old woman was entering her residence in the 13200 block of Leafcrest Lane when a teen approached from behind and forced his way into the residence with her. The suspect displayed a weapon and sexually assaulted the victim. The victim screamed and the suspect fled on foot. The victim was not injured.
The suspect was described as black, 15 to 16, around 5 feet 7 inches tall, thin and wearing a shirt and blue jeans.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Solvers by phone at 1-866-411-TIPS/8477, e-mail at www.fairfaxcrimesolvers.org or text “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES/274637 or call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.
Here is a police sketch of the suspect:
Police sketch of suspect in Greenbriar area assault
From the Fairfax County police:
Police responded to the Westin Hotel, located at 11750 Sunrise Valley Drive on Sunday, September 18 around 8:15 p.m. for a report of an apparent drowning. Police discovered the body of a female, Wreef Wafy Almutiri, 1, inside a hotel room. The parents of the deceased were located on scene. The investigation continues.
Saturday October 15
Farm Harvest Day
10am – 3pm
Fall is a busy time on the farm. Watch the cider press in action, milk a goat, shell corn, peel apples and meet the farm animals. Paint a small pumpkin, play farm games and see traditional farm demonstrations. $5/person
Friday October 28
5:30pm – 8:30pm
Come to the farm dressed in your favorite costume anytime between 5:30 and 8:30pm. Enjoy fun, games, and a wagon ride. Finish the evening with treats and a small pumpkin. Reservations required. Ages 2-8. $8/child
Saturday October 29
Hardly Haunted Hayrides
12pm – 6:30pm
Take a Halloween-themed wagon ride through the park followed by a treat! Reservations recommended. Children 2 years old and up must be accompanied by a paying adult. $5/person
If looking for evidence that God favors the rich, look no further than the example of Brian McCarthy, son of Marriott president Robert McCarthy, who had the winning ticket in the Mega Millions jackpot. The ticket was purchased locally at a Giant Food store. McCarthy’s father made over $1.2M in 2009. The ticket is worth $107M, but McCarthy took the award in a lump sum of $68M before taxes. The good news for Herndon: McCarthy donated $25,000 to the Herndon Optimists Club, which helps local children. So perhaps this is evidence that God does work in mysterious ways, and there is something to trickle down economics after all.
Frying Pan Park is expanding its services to include birthday parties.For just $150 your child age 4-12 can have a Barnyard Birthday Blowout, which includes picnic table rental, Barnyard Babies program, and a private wagon ride at a discounted rate. Check out all their party options.
If your vehicle was damaged by flooding at the Reston Park and Ride last week, you could be entitled to compensation. According to VDOT:
If your vehicle was damaged during the Sept. 8 storm that flooded the North Reston park and ride lot, you have the right to file a claim with the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT). However, in order for the claim to be honored, there must be a determination that VDOT was negligent.
“We don’t want to discourage any vehicle owner from filing a claim but it’s important folks understand how the process works and that there must be negligence for the claim to be honored,” said Garrett Moore, VDOT northern Virginia district administrator.
VDOT is of the opinion that there was no negligence in the design, construction or maintenance of the Reston North park-and-ride lot. The Reston lot, at the corner of Sunset Hills Road and Wiehle Avenue, was overwhelmed by water as were more than 100 other roads in Fairfax County on Sept. 8. The floodwater in the lot receded the next morning.
As with any tort claim against VDOT, if it is determined that VDOT was negligent the agency has the authority to settle claims up to $1,000. Those claims should be addressed to: VDOT Fairfax Maintenance, 4975 Alliance Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030, ATTN: Cynthia Mercer. The letter should include the date, time and location of the event, daytime phone or other contact information, photos and any other documentation to support the claim along with a signature.
Claims over $1,000 come under the authority of the Virginia Department of Risk Management. Those claims should be addressed to the Virginia Division of Risk Management, P.O. Box 1879, Richmond, VA 23218-1879. The phone number is 804-786-3152.
Oak Hill topographic map in 1951
What was Oak Hill like sixty years ago? Well, for one thing, there was no Oak Hill. Oak Hill became an official “place” when the post office open on McLearen Drive in the late 1990s. As you might expect, in 1951 what is now Oak Hill was very rural. No Dulles International Airport nearby. No Dulles toll road either. The W&OD trail was the w&OD Railroad. Herndon was a small town. Oak Hill consisted largely of the communities of Hattontown (reputedly largely African American), Floris and Lees Corner. There was a Frying Pan Church, and two schoolhouses near by, one for whites and one for coloreds. It was a time when Jim Crow laws were still in effect. Virginia schools were not fully desegregated until 1964!
If you have the inclination, the U.S. Geological Survey headquartered in nearby Reston (which at the time was in Washington D.C.) recently put online a trove of historic topographical maps, including maps of Herndon starting in 1951 through 1998. If local history interests you, you may find them of interest.