Help Reverse Cognitive Decline with
Bredesen Protocol Alzheimers Treatment in Reston, VA
There's no way around it: Getting diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease can be both scary and disheartening for patients and their loved ones. The cognitive impairment, memory loss, and eventual cognitive decline can seem like a grim prognosis. Unfortunately, the standard reductionist approach seeking to identify a single silver bullet cure doesn't account for the multifactorial nature of Alzheimer's disease.
That's why treating Alzheimer's disease requires a multifaceted response from functional medicine. While there is no single drug that can cure Alzheimer's, protocols addressing the nuanced factors contributing to the disease can make a difference. That's where Proactive Wellness Centers and Bredesen protocol treatment in Reston, VA comes into play.
The Proactive Wellness Approach to Brain Health
At Proactive Wellness, we firmly believe that brain health is an essential part of your overall well-being. However, despite the emergence of new research, there has been limited understanding of how to promote brain health effectively. This includes reducing the risk of dementia/Alzheimer's and stabilizing cognitive decline in patients with early symptoms. Dr. Lawson, an esteemed Bredesen Protocol practitioner and ReCode 2.0 Certified with 17 years of experience in functional medicine can identify and address the root cause of cognitive decline in you or your loved one.
Dr. Lawson's goal isn't to replace the role of family physicians. Rather, we collaborate with primary care physicians, internists, and other medical professionals to provide a comprehensive approach to care. We believe that every individual is unique from a physiological perspective, and therefore, we avoid a one-size-fits-all approach. Instead, our programs focus on a customized approach, addressing risk factors that, if avoided or modified, could have beneficial effects for men and women who have dementia.
Our programs have a strong emphasis on slowing down and reversing the aging process, preventing diseases, and treating chronically ill patients. To achieve this, we employ a three-pronged approach:
- We empower patients with the knowledge they need to manage their health and attain optimal well-being.
- We prioritize disease prevention by conducting a thorough evaluation with the help of comprehensive diagnostics and the patient's health history form.
- We collaborate with patients to implement a rejuvenation program that includes various science-based treatments, like our Brain Health Optimization Program (BHOP) for people suffering from dementia and Alzheimer's
One of the most popular and effective programs we offer includes Bredesen protocol treatment in Reston VA. This revolutionary approach to dementia has provided hope and improved cognitive function for countless people in the US. But to understand the importance of the Bredesen protocol, it's important that you first understand dementia, Alzheimer's, and its effect on people across the world.
The Wide-Reaching Effects of
Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia
There are currently more than 5.8 million individuals in the United States who are living with Alzheimer's disease. It is predicted that the number of individuals with Alzheimer's disease will more than double by 2050.
Dementia is a type of cognitive decline that affects mental abilities. There are many different causes and complex layers involved. Cognitive impairment is characterized by abnormal results on tests measuring memory, speech, critical thinking, and other cognitive abilities, but individuals with this diagnosis are still capable of performing daily activities such as bathing, dressing, and eating. Without proper treatment, Alzheimer's disease is likely to follow within a few years. Alzheimer's disease is the most prevalent form of dementia, and it is diagnosed through neuro-imaging and analysis of cerebrospinal fluid.
In the past, being diagnosed with Alzheimer's was often worse than receiving a death sentence. It was dehumanizing and stripped individuals of their memories, thinking abilities, and independence. However, after three decades of research, we now have a greater understanding of this devastating illness and even solutions like Bredesen protocol treatment in Reston, VA that can help patients deal with dementia.
What Causes Dementia?
Dementia is caused by a normal and healthy brain process that malfunctions due to a toxic environment, inflammation, and a lack of necessary nutrients and hormones. The brain's defense mechanism produces amyloid plaques, which serve as a protective helmet around the brain. Unfortunately, these plaques destroy connections between nerve cells, ultimately affecting comprehension, recollection, and clarity.
Dementia by the Numbers
It's important to understand the impact of Alzheimer's disease (AD) around the world. According to the CDC, AD is present in 50% of patients in nursing homes and causes more than 110,000 deaths annually in the US. It was the 6th leading cause of death in 2015. More than 5 million people in the US are affected by AD, and recent data indicates that the problem is getting worse.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 47 million people around the world are currently living with dementia, and this number is expected to rise to 75 million by 2030 and 132 million by 2050. Alzheimer's disease is the most common form of dementia, accounting for 60 to 80 percent of all cases.
While reading those statistics can be disheartening, there's reason to be hopeful. New therapies and treatments offered at Proactive Wellness - like Bredesen protocol treatment - can help patients deal with dementia and cognitive decline.
The Power of
Bredesen Protocol Treatment in Reston, VA
The Bredesen Protocol is a highly personalized treatment program that aims to reverse cognitive decline and improve brain function in patients. Dr. Bredesen has designed the protocol to be adaptable and customizable, tailored to the specific symptoms and needs of each patient.
The program is centered around lifestyle changes, medication, and nutritional adjustments, all of which are tailored to address the unique symptoms and environmental factors that may be contributing to cognitive decline. This approach, referred to as ReCODE, helps patients to combat brain fog and prevent the onset of dementia.
It has also helped patients improve cognitive function significantly, reverse symptoms, and even return to work. The ReCODE program comprises lifestyle interventions, therapeutic diets, and targeted nutrients. Proactive Wellness Centers is thrilled to offer this promising treatment modality for Alzheimer's disease to benefit our patients.
It all starts with a baseline Bredesen evaluation at our wellness clinic in Reston, VA.
Baseline Bredesen Evaluation from
Proactive Wellness Centers
At Proactive Wellness Centers, we have two ways to help patients who are in search of Bredesen protocol treatment in Reston, VA. The first option is our Baseline Bredesen Evaluation, which is best suited for asymptomatic patients - that is, individuals who do not exhibit any significant cognitive decline beyond what is expected with age. Dr. Bredesen classifies such patients as "PreCode."
This evaluation serves as a starting point for PreCode patients, as well as those who are unsure of their cognitive status and potential risk factors. Our baseline evaluation includes the following:
The first step involves conducting a comprehensive set of baseline labs to evaluate your overall health, closely following the Bredesen protocol. This step goes beyond standard labs that you might have for a physical. It includes tests for magnesium, zinc, and selenium levels, B6, B12, and folate levels, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acid levels.
It also includes
- Pre-Diabetes Evaluation
- Hormone Level Evaluation
- Thyroid Level Evaluation
- Specific Immune Marker Evaluation such as TH1, TH2, IL6, and TNF.
Our goal with this assessment is to establish a starting point and compare your cognitive function against what is typical for your age group. We have chosen to use the CNS Vital Signs cognitive assessment, which is widely recognized as one of the best in the industry. Additionally, we will be conducting the standard MoCA test as part of the evaluation.
A DNA test is performed to identify the specific APOE genotype present in your DNA. APOE e4 has been shown to be associated with an increased chance of late-onset Alzheimer's disease, which occurs after a person is 65 years old.
This step covers your lab results and includes a detailed plan of action to address areas of improvement as identified in your baseline evaluation.
What are the Early Signs of
Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease?
As we grow older, it can be difficult to distinguish between normal changes in our cognitive abilities and the initial signs of dementia. The issue with preventing chronic illnesses is that we often believe we are healthy as long as we don't experience any symptoms, but this is not entirely accurate. Symptoms are typically the last indicator of a disease, meaning it has already progressed by the time they appear.
While it's always best to catch diseases before you notice symptoms, taking proactive measures at the first sign of cognitive changes can greatly impact the aging of your brain and body. It's crucial to act immediately if you're experiencing the following symptoms of Mild Cognitive Impairment. That way, ,you have a better chance of preventing the development of Alzheimer's.
Roughly 10% of individuals with MCI progress to Alzheimer's annually.
Fortunately, Bredesen protocol treatment in Reston, VA may provide you with a chance to delay or even reverse these symptoms
You have a hard time remembering events that happened recently, such as appointments or important conversations with loved ones. You may also have trouble remembering important information.
You have trouble finding relevant words when you're talking with other people. You may also have problems following along with complex or complicated discussions.
Difficulty Maintaining Concentration and Attention
You have noticed a reduced ability to focus and stay honed in on most tasks. You may also not be able to multitask effectively, and it may be harder to keep your attention for long periods of time.
Decline in Executive Functions
This symptom involves difficulty with skills like decision-making, planning, problem-solving, and organizing. These difficulties are often most apparent in day-to-day activities.
Problems with Visuospatial Awareness
You may have trouble parking your car, judging distances, reading maps, or completing tasks that necessitate spatial orientation.
Impaired Judgement and Reasoning
This may include problems when making judgments or decisions. Examples may consist of difficulties making financial decisions, managing finances, making reasonable and appropriate social decisions, or thinking through risky situations.
By contrast, some of the most common signs of normal aging can include the following
Experiencing temporary lapses in memory, where recently learned details like names or scheduled events may slip from one's mind but can be remembered later on
- You occasionally make mistakes, but nothing that stands out as significant or unusual.
- You have to ask for help putting together or setting up electronic devices or equipment.
- You sometimes forget what day it is but have the ability to remember the correct date later on.
- Your vision is getting worse, which is caused by cataracts.
- You experience shortness of breath or get tired more often when being active.
- You feel unusual aches and pains, especially during poor weather.
- You get confused sometimes but don't have an inability to make decisions or multitask.
- You have a hard time keeping your body temp regulated.
- You get angry or frustrated when tasks aren't completed in certain ways.
Your Trusted Choice for Bredesen Protocol Treatment in Reston, VA
Maintaining a healthy brain is crucial for one's overall well-being, yet there remains a lack of knowledge when it comes to promoting brain health, reducing the likelihood of dementia, or managing symptoms for those exhibiting early warning signs.
That's why we're excited to offer patients the ReCODE program at Proactive Wellness Centers. Developed by Doctor Bredesen, this treatment has shown remarkable success in improving cognitive function and even reversing symptoms of Alzheimer's disease. This comprehensive program includes lifestyle changes, dietary interventions, and specialized nutrients, and we are eager to provide this promising treatment option to patients like you.
If you or a loved one are starting to show concerning signs of cognitive decline, contact our office today to learn more about Bredesen protocol therapy. It could be your first step toward reversing mental decline and enjoying life to its fullest.
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Reston Water-Chilling Service To Be Run By Co-Op
Fairfax City, VA Patchhttps://patch.com/virginia/fairfaxcity/relac-signs-contract-form-water-chilling
A group representing RELAC customers in Reston signed an agreement creating a co-operative to run and control the water-chilling service. |Updated Thu, Dec 28, 2023 at 4:23 pm ETRESTON, VA — Directors of Reston RELAC LLC, the service entity RELAC, and Simon McKeown, acting as the Steering Committee Chair representing Reston homeowners, signed a memorandum of understanding on Thursday afternoon to continue providing chilled water service to about 900 customers in Reston during the 2024 cooling season."RELAC p...
A group representing RELAC customers in Reston signed an agreement creating a co-operative to run and control the water-chilling service.
|Updated Thu, Dec 28, 2023 at 4:23 pm ET
RESTON, VA — Directors of Reston RELAC LLC, the service entity RELAC, and Simon McKeown, acting as the Steering Committee Chair representing Reston homeowners, signed a memorandum of understanding on Thursday afternoon to continue providing chilled water service to about 900 customers in Reston during the 2024 cooling season.
"RELAC provided chilled water service to our customers for 11 years after purchasing from Aqua Virginia," said RELAC President Waddell, in an exclusive statement to Patch. "Under the current operational model we were not able to get the capital needed for any major upgrade to the system. It was decided that the only option was to end the service. We were then approached by an individual who thought it possible to turn the service into a co-op company, which would have other options to raise capital."
Patch broke the news earlier this month that the company was canceling its service at the end of the 2023 season.
The following letter, which provides details about the new community-owned entity that will assume responsibility for the management and operation of the RELAC service, was sent to the presidents of the Reston Homeowners Associations:
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Dear Board Presidents of Reston Homeowners Associations:We trust this message finds you well. As Board members of HOA’s under RELAC services, we are pleased to announce a significant development that holds great promise for our community. Yesterday, an exclusive Memorandum of Understanding between the Directors of Reston RELAC LLC, the service entity RELAC, and Simon McKeown as Steering Committee Chair was signed, marking a crucial step towards addressing the operational and managerial concerns related to the service currently known as RELAC. This follows the notification last week from Mark Waddell regarding RELAC’s intention to end its services.The MOU establishes the foundation for a carefully structured community-owned entity that will assume responsibility for the management and operation of the RELAC service. This cooperative model is designed to enhance efficiency, transparency, and community engagement, ensuring that the RELAC service will remain operational and provide a service designed in the best interests of all residents, as well as commercial clients.Key highlights of the MOU and the upcoming cooperative include: As we embark on this transformative journey, we are confident that the cooperative model will bring about positive changes and improvements to the services in Reston. We anticipate your support and collaboration throughout this process, and we look forward to working together to ensure the success of this initiative for the benefit of our entire community.We will be scheduling a series of town hall meetings, with remote and in-person access options in the coming weeks to the community to provide more details, answer questions, and gather valuable feedback. In the interim, we would like to meet in person with all or some of your committee/Board Members ASAP in-person or via Zoom call. Please call 202-807-7884 or schedule an appointment via Calendly with any immediate questions.Thank you for your individual and collective dedication to the well-being of our vibrant and special community.Warm regards,Simon McKeownSteering Committee ChairResident Hickory, Clustersimon08880@gmail.comMark WaddellPresident, Reston RELAC LLC
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VA Weather: Timeline, Rainfall Amounts, 40 MPH Winds Likely From Storm
Reston, VA Patchhttps://patch.com/virginia/reston/va-weather-timeline-rainfall-amounts-40-mph-winds-likely-storm
VIRGINIA — Virginians should take time to enjoy the sunny weather while it's here, because clouds are expected to move into the greater Washington, D.C. area late on Saturday, bringing heavy rain and 40 mph wind gusts late in the weekend.Just a week after a strong system hammered much of the East Coast, this new storm will take shape over Virginia and other mid-Atlantic states Sunday night into Monday, ...
VIRGINIA — Virginians should take time to enjoy the sunny weather while it's here, because clouds are expected to move into the greater Washington, D.C. area late on Saturday, bringing heavy rain and 40 mph wind gusts late in the weekend.
Just a week after a strong system hammered much of the East Coast, this new storm will take shape over Virginia and other mid-Atlantic states Sunday night into Monday, according to a recent Accuweather forecast.
The storm will bring strong winds, rain and possible flooding to areas along and east of the Interstate 95 corridor, forecasters said. The interior mid-Atlantic and the Delmarva Peninsula should experience the heaviest rains through Sunday night, according to Accuweather forecasters.
"We could see some gusts from the east between 20 to 40 mph," The Washington Post's Capital Weather Gang forecasts for Sunday and Monday. "With steady and sometimes heavy rain, patchy urban or stream flooding is possible as 1.5 to 2.5 inches of rain can fall quickly, mainly after dark."
For millions, it will end up being a case of déjà vu. "This next storm coming up the Eastern Seaboard will have similar characteristics to the one that slammed the mid-Atlantic and Northeast with heavy rain and wind just days ago," said AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Joe Lundberg.
The storm could also have wide-ranging effects on travel. According to Accuweather, Interstates 20, 40, 64, 80, 81, 84 and 95 are among those that could be impacted.
Effects may also be felt at airports across the country with potential delays at big hubs in cities like Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C.
Here's the forecast for Friday through Thursday, according to the National Weather Service:
Friday: Sunny, with a high near 55. West wind 5 to 8 mph.
Friday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 32. Calm wind becoming northwest around 5 mph.
Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 53. Light and variable wind becoming east around 6 mph in the afternoon.
Saturday night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 39. East wind around 6 mph.
Sunday: Rain. High near 55. East wind 8 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%.
Sunday night: Rain. The rain could be heavy at times. Low around 49. Breezy. Chance of precipitation is 90%.
Monday: Rain likely before 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 52. Breezy. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
Monday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 30. Breezy.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 38. Breezy.
Tuesday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 27.
Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 44.
Wednesday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 29.
Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 48.
Reston 2023 General Election Voter Guide: Candidates, How To Vote
Reston, VA Patchhttps://patch.com/virginia/reston/reston-2023-general-election-voter-guide-candidates-how-vote
RESTON, VA — Early voting is kicking off Friday, Sept. 22 for the Nov. 7, 2023 general election in Reston, which will feature Fairfax County and state legislative races.Fairfax County races in the Reston include Hunter Mill District Board of Supervisors member and Fairfax County School Board member, as well as countywide races for Board of Supervisors chairman, three at-large School Board representatives, Fairfax County Commonwealth's Attorney, Fairfax County Sheriff, and Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District....
RESTON, VA — Early voting is kicking off Friday, Sept. 22 for the Nov. 7, 2023 general election in Reston, which will feature Fairfax County and state legislative races.
Fairfax County races in the Reston include Hunter Mill District Board of Supervisors member and Fairfax County School Board member, as well as countywide races for Board of Supervisors chairman, three at-large School Board representatives, Fairfax County Commonwealth's Attorney, Fairfax County Sheriff, and Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District.
You can confirm your districts on the Virginia Department of Elections citizen portal.
Member, Senate of Virginia, 38th District
Member, House of Delegates, 8th District
Fairfax County Clerk of Court
Fairfax County/Fairfax City Commonwealth's Attorney
Fairfax County Sheriff
Chairman, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors
At-Large Representatives, Fairfax County School Board (three)
Member, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, Hunter Mill District
Member, Fairfax County School Board, Hunter Mill District
Soil and Water Conservation Director Northern Virginia District (three)
Shall Fairfax County, Virginia, contract a debt, borrow money, and issue capital improvement bonds in the maximum aggregate principal amount of $435,000,000 for the purposes of providing funds, in addition to funds from school bonds previously authorized, to finance, including reimbursement to the County for temporary financing for, the cost of school improvements, including acquiring, building, expanding, and renovating properties, including new sites, new buildings or additions, renovations and improvements to existing buildings, and furnishings and equipment, for the Fairfax County public school system?
In-person early voting begins Friday, Sept. 22 and continues through 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4.
The following Fairfax County early voting locations will be available starting Sept. 22 through 5 p.m. on Nov. 4.
Other locations will be open for voting from Thursday, Oct. 26 to Saturday, Nov. 4. Hours are 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28 and Saturday, Nov. 4, and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 28.
Here are the additional early voting locations:
An acceptable form of ID is required to vote in person in Virginia. Voters who do not present this ID can cast a provisional ballot. Examples of acceptable ID are a driver's license, current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or another government document with the voter’s name and address.
A mail-in ballot is another option. Applications to request a mail-in ballot are due by 5 p.m. on Oct. 27. Completed ballots must be returned to the Fairfax County Office of Elections by 7 p.m. on Nov. 7 or postmarked by Nov. 7 and received by the Office of Elections by noon on Nov. 10.
To request a mail-in ballot, visit vote.elections.virginia.gov, download an application online, or pick up a paper application at Fairfax County governmental centers or Fairfax County library branches.
Mail-in ballots can be returned by mail, in person or drop box. A ballot drop box is available until 7 p.m. Nov. 7 front of the Fairfax County Government Center 24/7 under video surveillance. Ballot drop boxes will also be provided during voting hours at early voting sites and at all polling places from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Nov. 7. Ballots may also be delivered in person to the Fairfax County Office of Elections during office hours, which are typically 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays.
As part of a new Virginia law, mail-in ballots must include the last four digits of the voter's Social Security number and birth year instead of the previous witness signature requirement.
Oct. 16 is the deadline for voter registration or updating an existing voter registration (such as an address change). The deadline is 11:59 p.m. online and 5 p.m. in person. The easiest way to register or check your registration is online at vote.elections.virginia.gov by Oct. 16.
Fairfax County residents may also download an application on the Office of Elections website, visit the Office of Elections, or pick up an application at locations like Fairfax County Public Library locations, Department of Motor Vehicles offices or voter registration drives. Returned applications must be postmarked on or before Oct. 16.
Voters who do not update their registration before the Oct. 16 deadline can cast a provisional ballot on Election Day through the same-day registration process.
Visit your assigned polling place during voting hours to cast a ballot on Tuesday, Nov. 7. Voting hours are 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. You can find your polling place on the Virginia Department of Elections citizen portal. Precinct lists and maps are available from the Fairfax County Office of Elections.
Like in-person early voting, an acceptable form of ID is required to vote in person on Election Day. Provisional ballots are an alternative to voters without an ID at their polling place.
Unofficial election results will start to come in after polls close at 7 p.m. on Nov. 7 on the Virginia Department of Elections website. Follow Patch on Election Day for live coverage of local and state election results.
For more information about the upcoming election or voting in Fairfax County, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/elections.
What's Open, Closed For Thanksgiving 2023 In Reston
Reston, VA Patchhttps://patch.com/virginia/reston/whats-open-closed-thanksgiving-2023-reston
Various closings and schedule changes will be in place for the Thanksgiving holiday in Reston.RESTON, VA — Various closings and schedule changes will be in place for the Thanksgiving holiday in the Reston area.County government, schools and other services will be closed on Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 23 as well as Friday, Nov. 24. Services like transit and trash collection will be open with modified schedules.Although not on Thanksgiving Day, Skye Ballet Center will be presenting performances of "The Nutcra...
Various closings and schedule changes will be in place for the Thanksgiving holiday in Reston.
RESTON, VA — Various closings and schedule changes will be in place for the Thanksgiving holiday in the Reston area.
County government, schools and other services will be closed on Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 23 as well as Friday, Nov. 24. Services like transit and trash collection will be open with modified schedules.
Although not on Thanksgiving Day, Skye Ballet Center will be presenting performances of "The Nutcracker!" on Saturday, Nov. 25, at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m., in the South Lakes High School theatre. The school is located at 11400 South Lakes Drive in Reston. More information about the production is available online.
Below are the openings and closures to know for the Thanksgiving holiday in the Reston area:
Fairfax County government offices: Closed on Thursday, Nov. 23 and Friday, Nov. 24.
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Fairfax County Public Schools: Closed Wednesday, Nov. 22 through Friday, Nov. 24.
Reston Community Center: Although RCC Lake Anne is closed on Thursday and Friday, RCC Hunters Woods is open on Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Friday, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Courts: Fairfax County courts close at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 22 and will be closed Thursday, Nov. 23 and Friday, Nov. 24.
Department of Motor Vehicles: All DMV customer service centers are typically closed on Thanksgiving.
Metrorail: On Thanksgiving Day, will operate on a Sunday Holiday schedule, with trains running from 7 a.m. to midnight. On Friday, Nov. 24, trains will run from 5 a.m. to 1 a.m. For more details, go to https://www.wmata.com/schedules/timetables/index.cfm.
Metrobus: Will operate on a Sunday schedule on Thanksgiving Day. Will operate on regular Friday schedule on Nov. 24. More details at https://www.wmata.com/service/bus/metrobus-saturday-supplemental.cfm.
Fairfax Connector: Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, Fairfax Connector will operate Sunday Service on Thursday, Nov. 23. All Fairfax Connector stores, and the Customer Service Call Center will be closed on Thanksgiving. On Friday, Nov. 24, Fairfax Connector will operate Holiday Weekday Service. The Fairfax Connector stores, and the Customer Service Call Center will be open and operating regular service hours.
Libraries: All Fairfax County Public Library locations will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 23 and Friday, Nov. 24.
Virginia Railway Express: There is no VRE service on Thursday, Nov. 23. VRE will operate on an "S" schedule on Friday, Nov. 24. For more information, visit www.vre.org.
Post offices: Closed on Thursday, Nov. 23.
Recreation centers: Fairfax County recreation centers are closed on Thursday, Nov. 23 and open on Friday, Nov. 24.
Trash and recycling: Fairfax County collection customers will have collection services on Thursday, Nov. 23. Private collection customers should check with their hauler for any changes.
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Opinion: A Casino in Reston? Hell NO!
Reston, VA Patchhttps://patch.com/virginia/reston/opinion-casino-reston-hell-no
This opinion piece was submitted to Patch by Lynne Mulston, the campaign coordinator for Citizens Opposed to Reston Casino.Nothing coalesces Reston like outside legislators trying to force a bad idea onto our community. For the past month the Reston community has been rallying and uniting in their opposition to the idea of . . . wait for it . . . a casino at the Wiehle-Reston East Metro Station.A bill to establish a casino on the Silver Line was introduced in January 2023 by State Senator David Marsden (D-Burke) and De...
This opinion piece was submitted to Patch by Lynne Mulston, the campaign coordinator for Citizens Opposed to Reston Casino.
Nothing coalesces Reston like outside legislators trying to force a bad idea onto our community. For the past month the Reston community has been rallying and uniting in their opposition to the idea of . . . wait for it . . . a casino at the Wiehle-Reston East Metro Station.
A bill to establish a casino on the Silver Line was introduced in January 2023 by State Senator David Marsden (D-Burke) and Delegate Wren Williams (R-Stuart). Thankfully it was withdrawn, but only because of the forceful advocacy of Reston’s local representatives State Senators Janet Howell and Jennifer Boysko.
So why all the attention now? Well two things have happened. Through interviews with legislators and campaign finance reporting, the Patch uncovered that all roads point to the developer of the Wiehle-Reston East Metro Station, Comstock Holding Companies Inc (NASDAQ: CHCI), as the political money and lobbying force behind this legislation. And earlier this month, Senator Marsden and Delegate Williams indicated their intent to re-introduce the legislation.
The idea of a Reston casino is opposed by our local elected officials, including Hunter Mill District Supervisor Walter Alcorn, State Senator Jennifer Boysko, State Senator Janet Howell, Delegate Ken Plum, and At-Large School Board Member and candidate for Delegate Karen Keys-Gamarra.
Additionally, the Reston Association Board, which is elected by its 63,000 members, issued a statement of opposition calling upon State Senator Marsden to ‘cease all further efforts toward this end immediately.’ Reston Association added, “If you are determined to reintroduce SB 1543 or a similar bill, the Association Board of Directors demands that such legislation exclude that area within the Reston Master Plan or the area with the Reston Census Designated Place as defined by the U.S. Census from the eligible sites under consideration for a casino.”
But in interviews and public engagements, the legislation’s sponsors insist on pushing on.
They would have us believe this legislation is actually intended for Tysons. They would have us believe this is “not a casino bill, but is a referendum bill.”
It’s time we tell them a little bit about the people in Reston.
First, we know how to read a bill. And this bill does not limit the casino location to Tysons. Rather it opens it up to nearly every stop on the Silver Line in Fairfax County, including Reston. If they really intended this for Tysons, they could have written it that way.
Second, we know publicly traded companies don’t raise and spend hundreds of thousands of dollars in political contributions to pass legislation they don’t intend to use. The Patch has tracked how Comstock-related companies, its employees, and individuals it does business with have contributed directly to the bill sponsors and also funded a new political action committee to target even more.
Third, we can do math. There is a casino referendum in Richmond, and the side supporting the casino is spending more than $8 million this year alone. There are only 158,131 voters in Richmond. If a Reston casino goes to a referendum in Fairfax County, we have 784,282 voters in the county. We know the math here. This is going to be a massive and incredibly expensive campaign for our community to fight against.
Finally, we are a planned community, and an entertainment district with a casino is not in line with the community's vision for the future of Reston. Over the past three years, thirty members of our community, including representatives from developers, worked with County staff, interest groups, and the public to craft a Comprehensive Plan for the next decade of Reston's growth. In the community's plan that was approved by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, the Wiehle Metro Station area is envisioned to be an urban neighborhood with encouragement for higher education, research and development, and tech uses. A casino would drastically change the vision for Reston.
Mr. Marsden and Mr. Williams, now that you know more about us, it’s time to be transparent.
To others, such as Fairfax Board of Supervisors Jeff McKay, who recently tried to “reassure” the county by stating “[t]here is no proposal on the table” and “[t]here is no bill that anyone has seen," — Mr. McKay, there is nothing reassuring about this. Now is the time to take a stance as bills are being drafted and negotiated for the new session. You know this.
And to our neighbors and friends, we hope you will join us. The Reston Citizens Association, Reston Strong, Rescue Reston, Reston 2020, and Save Our Sunrise have joined together to start Citizens Opposed to Reston Casino (CORC). Go to CORC's website and sign up for the email updates and sign the change.org petition.
Together, we can amplify our voices in opposition to a casino in Reston.