As their primary androgen, testosterone helps men develop common male characteristics and is essential in the production of sperm. Controlled by your body's pituitary gland and hypothalamus, testosterone helps develop and maintain:
Facial and Body Hair
Healthy Red Blood Cell Levels
When low testosterone or hypogonadism occurs, however, males begin to notice concerning symptoms that often affect their everyday lives and romantic relationships.
When men lose significant amounts of testosterone, it alters their body's levels of testosterone and estrogen. Lower T levels usually result in abdominal fat, which in turn causes estrogen synthetize levels to increase, creating even higher levels of estrogen in the body. With more estrogen and less testosterone, a number of concerning issues begin to surface. Some of the symptoms of low testosterone include:
- Erectile Dysfunction
- Lowered Libido
- Lowered Sperm Count
- More Body Fat
- Issues with Concentration
- Male Breast Development
- Less Muscle Mass
- Motivation Issues
If you're a man struggling with one or more of the symptoms above, it could be because you have low testosterone. But the only way you can find out for sure is to have your testosterone levels tested by a wellness center like Proactive Wellness. If your testosterone levels are low, TRT in Reston, VA, may be the answer to your low-T problems.Book Appointment (703) 822-5003
Understanding The Symptoms of Low Testosterone
Are you starting to notice that you don't feel like "you" when you're at home or at work? Do you feel tired and lethargic all the time, even in your free time away from the office? Many men mistake these symptoms for being too sleepy or too busy. But the truth is, they're suffering from low testosterone. Since no two males will have the same symptoms of low T, it's prudent to recognize and understand some of the most common signs:
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Less Strength and Muscle Mass
When testosterone levels deplete as we age, men lose their ability to lift heavy items, even with weightlifting routines in the gym. If you're making a concerted effort to maintain your muscle mass and strength but aren't making gains, it could be due to low T.
Your brain is home to many testosterone receptors, but when your body has low T, it can affect your mood. With time, poor spirits can lead to serious psychological issues, like depression. However, studies show that TRT in Reston, VA, can rebalance your hormones, which can help relieve depression and improve your mood.
Lack of Concentration
Do you find it hard to complete normal tasks when you're at work? Does it seem like your memory is fading? Does your spouse or significant other complain that you're not paying attention to them? The effects of low testosterone don't just affect your body - they can affect your mind and memory, too. When your testosterone levels are within normal range, brain fog and other concentration issues have been shown to go away.
What are the Risks of Living with Low Testosterone?
At Proactive Wellness Centers, we understand what men must go through daily when they have low testosterone. They suffer from fatigue and lack motivation and often don't feel like their usual selves. But as bad as those symptoms sound, living with low T can have more severe health risks that that put vital organs at risk. Some of the most concerning health risks you should be aware of include the following:Book Appointment (703) 822-5003
Some of the most concerning health risks you should be aware of include the following:
If you've been told by a doctor that you have high blood pressure, you're probably wondering what it stems from. Is it aging? Is it hereditary? Is it something else? According to academic research, men with low T have a higher chance of developing cardiovascular illnesses. When testosterone levels are low, red blood cell reproduction suffers. When that happens, plaque buildup in your arteries may be accelerated. With time, plaque building can lead to very serious problems like strokes and heart attacks.
When you have anemia, your body has a lack of or dysfunctional red blood cells, meaning your organs have less oxygen with which to function. Because testosterone has a role in healthy red blood cell production, it makes sense that men with low t have a higher risk of anemia. In fact, a 2009 study found that older men with low T are 5x more likely to be anemic than men with healthy levels of testosterone. While TRT in Reston, VA, isn't a cure for anemia, it will help produce more red blood cells in your body, which can prevent anemia.
If you have been diagnosed with pre-diabetes or diabetes, and you're trying to figure out why, it may be linked to your T levels. That's because men with low testosterone have a greater chance of developing diabetes as they age. Similarly, men with diabetes are much more likely to have low testosterone, establishing a relationship between diabetes and testosterone. This relationship is further solidified by the fact that men with low T have a more challenging time resisting insulin. Though TRT won't cure diabetes, studies show that men with healthy testosterone levels also have healthier blood sugar levels and are often less obese.
If you look in the mirror in the morning and can't stand how much body fat you've gained since getting older, you're not alone. Many aging men have problems with their waistlines. If you eat well and exercise regularly but still can't get rid of that unsightly stomach or body fat, the culprit may be low testosterone. Multiple studies have shown the link between obesity and low T. In fact, testosterone plays an important role in food metabolism by regulating insulin, glucose, and fat. Fortunately, when combined with diet and exercise, men who undergo TRT can often lose weight and enjoy improved blood glucose and low-density cholesterol levels.
Enjoy Life to the Fullest with TRT in Reston, VA
Testosterone replacement therapy does precisely what it sounds like: It is a science-backed therapy that replaces low testosterone levels in men. The ultimate goal of TRT is to improve your life and well-being by balancing your hormones. Also referred to as androgen replacement therapy, TRT helps many men deal with and overcome the debilitating side effects of low T.
Originally developed by scientists in the 1930s, TRT has grown substantially in popularity over the years. Today, it is one of the most common and promising treatments for males with low testosterone.
How Does TRT Work?
Without getting too scientific, TRT works by providing your body with the testosterone it needs to function properly. Without healthy levels of testosterone, the male body can't maintain the natural processes it needs for overall health. In fact, men with low testosterone levels are more prone to serious health problems like type-2 diabetes and even heart disease. Until their T levels are restored to normal, most men suffer until they find a solution.
That's where TRT comes into play. With balanced hormones, your body can finally begin to heal, causing most symptoms of low t to diminish greatly.
The Proactive Wellness Approach to TRT in Reston, VA
At Proactive Wellness Centers, our team utilizes a three-pronged approach to healing and treatment:
Patient Education. We equip you with the knowledge needed to take charge of your health and achieve optimal well-being in your life.
Prevention. We focus on preventing diseases by providing you with a thorough evaluation, which includes comprehensive diagnostics and the information you provide on your health history form.
Rejuvenation. Lastly, we work closely with you to implement a rejuvenation program consisting of several science-based treatments that aim to promote tissue regeneration, reduce cellular degeneration, foster healing, and slow your aging process.
Because no two patients ever have the exact same needs and treatment, your journey to journey to optimal health will be unique and tailored to your body.
However, to give you a brief snapshot of the average patient's TRT timeline may look like this:
You contact our TRT clinic in Virginia. Based on your schedule, we'll arrange for a time for you to come in for your initial assessment.
Diagnostics and Evaluation:
One of our diagnostic experts will complete comprehensive testing to discover your testosterone and related hormone levels and your best treatment options.
We'll sit with you one-on-one to discuss the results of your lab tests. During this session, a medical practitioner will also answer any questions you have about low T and testosterone replacement therapy.
Begin Your Custom TRT Regimen:
Based on your lifestyle, goals, and test results, we'll craft a custom TRT plan exclusively for you.
When you undergo TRT at Proactive Wellness Centers, you're never alone. We'll be by your side the entire way to ensure your treatment is going well and you're hitting your benchmarks. We'll keep track of your progress, and if there are areas that need improvement, we'll work with you to accomplish the goals you haven't achieved yet. Because, at the end of the day, a little bit of encouragement can go a long way.
Enjoy the Results:
This is the best part! With time and care, you'll begin to notice the effects of TRT and will be well on your way to enjoying balanced hormones.
Trust The Proactive Wellness Difference
Did you know that 13 million males suffer from low T, but a whopping 90% go untreated by doctors? The reason is that conventional doctors believe that unless your Testosterone level is below the low lab reference range level, that your are "OK". At Proactive Wellness, we help you to optimize and be the best you can be, not just OK. Why be OK, when with the help of the right Testosterone dose, you can feel better, be healthier, stronger and more vibrant. If you believe that your testosterone levels are at unhealthy levels, it's time to contact Proactive Wellness Centers for testing. Living with low testosterone is a risk, but with personalized TRT in Reston, VA, you can minimize the harmful effects on your body.
Unlike other TRT clinics, we utilize a more complete and personalized approach to Testosterone Replacement Therapy. Our approach considers the role of DHEA, another very important hormone that needs to be balanced. And we look at Estradiol conversion, the unwanted effect where some men convert too much Testosterone to estradiol. In this case, these men (about 10%) need a medication to block this conversion, called an aromatase inhibitor. But notice that I mentioned that only 10% of men need this, but at many men's clinics, all men automatically get an aromatase inhibitor whether they need it or not. This drives Estradiol too low, causing other issues. Yes, Men need Estradiol also, but they need it in the proper proportion. Bottom line, our personalized approach ensures that you get exactly what you need, no more and no less.
Further, Proactive Wellness offers the widest range of Testosterone Replacement options so that men can choose the best for their particular lifestyle. Choose from pellets that are inserted just under the skin and last for 4-5 months, or the most popular option, Test Cypionate injections that are typically done weekly, or specialized transdermal cream or even a specialized intranasal application that mimics natural testosterone levels. Any of these methods are available at Proactive Wellness Centers so that you can get the option that is right for you.
Is testosterone replacement therapy enough? Maybe, it all depends on your goals and your lab results. Many men are also deficient in growth hormone (GH) and this hormone can also contribute to you not being your best. If this one is low, Proactive Wellness offers a range of Growth Hormone Releasing Hormone (GHRH) peptides to increase your GH levels. Many men combine this with TRT to feel their absolute best.
If you're ready to reclaim your confidence and return to loving life on your own terms, our physicians and medical team are ready to help. Don't be one of those men who constantly complain about their health but don't do anything about it. Contact Proactive Wellness Centers today to make a difference in your life!(703) 822-5003
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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.