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Commemorating The Life And Accomplishments Of Robert Edward Simon, Jr. October 8, 2015
Tim Kaine, D-VA
"Mr. President, just over a year ago, I attended a dual celebration in the Town of Reston, VA—50 years since the town’s founding and 100 years since the birth of its founder. That founder, Robert E. Simon, Jr., whose initials were the basis for naming the town, passed away on September 21st at the age of 101."
In Honor Of The Heritage Fellowship Church On Their 37Th Anniversary October 6, 2015
Barbara Comstock, R-VA
"Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize Heritage Fellowship Church of Reston, Virginia. Heritage Fellowship Church, initially named Christian Community Fellowship, began in 1978 as the town of Reston‘s first African-American church. In the church’s early stages, it moved around, having its services in different high schools. Howard University’s School of Divinity and the Washington DC Community of Faith provided pastors to lead the church and the church’s first pastoral advisor was Dr. Harold Hunt of Howard Divinity School, who served from May of 1978 to January of 1979. Dr. Earnest W. Armstrong, Sr. was next to give pastoral leadership to Heritage Fellowship Church, serving from January of 1979 to March of that same year. Over the years, Heritage Fellowship Church has had many distinguished advisors from the religious community, attesting to its deep community ties. In 1995, on the first Sunday in November, Reverend Dr. Norman A. Tate began his 20 year tenure at Heritage Fellowship Church as an Interim Pastor. Three dedicated years later he rose to the office of Senior Pastor. In June of 2012, a 73,000 square foot building was finished, the result of a years-long capital campaign. This building houses a youth center, staff offices and many other rooms that benefit the entire community. This year, on Saturday, October 10th, they will celebrate two significant events. The first is the 37th anniversary of Heritage Fellowship Church and the second is the 20th anniversary of Reverend Dr. Tate’s leadership at Heritage Fellowship Church. Heritage Fellowship Church and Reverend Dr. Tate have both made a great impact on our community, and for that, we are all grateful."
Recognizing Recipients Of The 2015 Greater Reston Chamber Of Commerce Awards For Chamber Excellence July 31, 2015
Gerald Connolly, D-VA
"Mr. Speaker, I rise to recognize recipients of the 2015 Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce Awards for Chamber Excellence. The Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce was founded in 1982 as a business roundtable in the growing community of Reston, Virginia. For more than 30 years, the Reston Chamber has facilitated business growth and entrepreneurship through its programming, advocacy, and engagement throughout the region. The Reston Chamber currently has more than 600 member businesses that together employ more than 10,000 people. It is the 6th largest chamber of commerce in the Washington, D.C.-metropolitan region and is deeply embedded in the community."
Congratulating The Robert E. Simon Jr. Children’S Center On The Occasion Of Its 25Th Anniversary July 31, 2015
Gerald Connolly, D-VA
"The Simon Center is a nonprofit organization located in the 11th Congressional District in Reston, Virginia, and named after Mr. Robert E. Simon, the founder of Reston. The Center was founded in 1990 as part of the Reston Area Child Care Consortium. The consortium was made up of employers, community residents, parents, educators, and professionals concerned about child care needs in our community. The Simon Center fulfilled Mr. Simon’s original vision for providing quality childcare in his master plan for Reston."
Recognizing The 2014 Honorees Of The Fairfax County Federation Of Citizens’ Associations July 10, 2015
Gerald Connolly, D-VA
"Citation of Merit: Connie Hartke. Connie Hartke is best known as President of Rescue Reston, a grassroots organization formed to protect open space. Under her leadership, Rescue Reston secured more than 4,200 signatures in opposition to the construction of homes on the Reston National Golf Course and led citizen engagement efforts with the Board of Supervisors and Board of Zoning Appeals. Ms. Hartke is also a valued supporter of the Walker Nature Center, participating in numerous education programs including hikes, presentations, and environmental film nights."

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