by Aaron Kraut — May 5, 2015 at 4:30 pm 584 15 Comments

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For happy hour, check out Brickside Bar & Grill. Grab some great food and drink and sit back and relax to watch your favorite sporting event or indulge in some old school video game fun.

For something a little more ethnic, head over to Jaleo for spectacular tapas and wine. Jaleo was created by renowned chef José Andrés and it has won several “Best of” awards. Jaleo has three locations in the area including Bethesda, Crystal City in Virginia, and Penn Quarter in D.C.


by BethesdaNow.com — May 5, 2015 at 12:15 pm 167 0

This biweekly column is written by Suzanne Lawter, Director of Community Outreach for Mutts Matter Rescue, a local nonprofit, all-volunteer dog rescue. Mutts Matter is a network of volunteers who love animals and want to make a difference by helping forgotten and discarded dogs find loving families. Since our founding in 2010, we have successfully rescued and placed more than 1,400 dogs in the local Washington Metropolitan area.

In March we featured Sadie, a sweet young Pointer mix who was rescued from a puppy mill. Sadie was found chained outside in the heat of summer, fighting to survive with her three puppies. She had dug a hole in the ground to protect them from the elements, but was malnourished and had very limited ability to provide for them.

Mutts Matter Rescue bannerSadie lived the first three years of her life in fear. She was neglected and abused, and had completely shut down when she came into rescue, preferring to hide curled up in a corner to avoid whatever terrible thing life was going to throw at her next. Over the following six months, Sadie had two foster families who showed her the first kindness she had ever known. She slowly started to trust her foster moms, and found some solace with the other dogs in her home, but her progress was very slow and she refused to engage with the outside world.

We brought in an experienced trainer, Mark Reed of Exceptional Dog Training, to assess Sadie and help with her rehabilitation. She was one of the most withdrawn dogs he had worked with, but he noticed right away that she made good eye contact with people even though she was nervous, and her resistance was more out of stubbornness than fear.


by Aaron Kraut — May 5, 2015 at 11:05 am 317 2 Comments

The former site of single-family homes now part of the Suburban Hospital expansion project, Photo via Suburban Hospital

Correction: This post was corrected to provide updated information about the Suburban Hospital enhancement project and the correct location of the demolished homes.

Homes that used to surround Suburban Hospital are being demolished and cleared out to make way for the first phase of the medical center’s $272 million expansion project.

In March, Suburban got permits to move forward with the demolition of the 10 single-family homes it bought and that were vacant on Southwick Street.

Crews are clearing trees, shrubs and other brush to make way for the interim parking lot.

That lot will provide parking to the existing hospital facilities while workers build a new 1,125-space parking garage on the site of the hospital’s existing garage.

Once the new garage is built (it’s scheduled to be completed in 2017) work will begin on the new four-story, 300,000-square-foot clinical center on the site of the interim parking lot.

The work will also mean the closure of Lincoln Street between Old Georgetown Road and Grant Street in the coming months.

Photo via Suburban Hospital

by Aaron Kraut — May 5, 2015 at 9:00 am 867 0

A small fire in a conference room on Monday night has a Potomac private school closed on Tuesday.

Alerted by an automatic fire alarm, firefighters responded to the fire a little after 10 p.m. Monday at the Connelly School of the Holy Child (9029 Bradley Boulevard).

MCFRS spokesperson Pete Piringer said the fire was caused by oily rags that spontaneously combusted. There were no injuries and the fire caused about $50,000 in damage to the conference room of the main building.

The school is closed on Tuesday, though AP Calculus students reported to the school as planned to take their exams.

Photos via @mcfrsPIO

by Aaron Kraut — May 5, 2015 at 8:00 am 340 4 Comments

Flickr photo by ehpien

Former Superintendent Paul Vance Dies — Dr. Paul Vance, who was superintendent of MCPS from 1991-1999, died over the weekend. He was 83. [MCPS]

Unconfirmed Coyote Sightings — Residents near Ayrlawn Park claim they’ve seen coyotes in their neighborhood. Montgomery County hasn’t been able to confirm the animals were coyotes, which would rather avoid populated areas. [NBC Washington]

Transit Task Force To Hold Public Forum — The county’s Transit Task Force, which has been revived to examine County Executive Isiah Leggett’s pitch for a transit authority, will hold a countywide public forum on June 17 at a yet-to-be-announced location. [Montgomery County]

Green School Certification For Green Acres School — The Green Acres School (11701 Danville Drive) last week was certified as a Maryland Green School. Certified schools promote “responsible environmental stewardship practices,” and incorporate environmental concepts into educational programs. [Green Acres School]

Flickr photo by ehpien

by Aaron Kraut — May 4, 2015 at 3:00 pm 211 0

2011 Front Row runway event, via Bethesda RowThis year’s fashion and style event at Bethesda Row will feature Aliza Licht, the New York fashion publicist behind the popular DKNY PR Girl Twitter account and the author of a career advice book called “Leave Your Mark.”

The seventh annual Front Row at Bethesda Row will kick off Thursday, May 28 with an exclusive screening of “Dior and I,” a documentary following Christian Dior creative director Raf Simons. Limited complimentary seating will be available to the public by emailing dior[at]brandlinkdc[dot]com.

On Friday, May 29, Licht will sign copies of her book from 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m. on Bethesda Lane.

The Front Row runway event will start at 7:30 p.m. and feature items from Bethesda Row fashion retailers.

On Saturday, May 30, those retailers will hold trunk shows and sales. Shoppers who buy more than $150 worth of items throughout the day will get a branded makeup bag from retailers including Bethesda Row’s Bluemercury.

Photo via Bethesda Row

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As most of you know, Bethesda Magazine has acquired Bethesda Now.

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by Aaron Kraut — May 4, 2015 at 11:15 am 440 0

5704 Bent Branch Road 5211 Norway Drive 9503 Milstead Drive

Check out the condo, townhouse and home sales closed last week in Bethesda and Chevy Chase:

  • 5225 Pooks Hill Road; 1 BD | 1 BA condominium; List price: $200,000; Sale price: $190,000
  • 5500 Friendship Boulevard; 0 BD | 1 BA condominium; List price: $205,000; Sale price: $200,000
  • 5225 Pooks Hill Road; 2 BD | 1 BA condominium; List price: $224,900; Sale price: $224,900
  • 4620 North Park Avenue; 1 BD | 1 BA condominium; List price: $265,000; Sale price: $250,000
  • 4822 Chevy Chase Drive; 1 BD | 1 BA condominium; List price: $269,999; Sale price: $252,500
  • 4515 Willard Avenue; 1 BD | 1 BA condominium; List price: $259,900; Sale price: $254,000
  • 5225 Pooks Hill Road; 2 BD | 2 BA; List price: $410,000; Sale price: $255,000
  • 4515 Willard Avenue; 1 BD | 2 BA condominium; List price: $290,000; Sale price: $273,000
  • 4601 North Park Avenue; 1 BD | 1 BA condominium; List price: $339,900; Sale price: $300,000
  • 10506 Weymouth Street; 3 BD | 2 BA condominium; List price: $335,000; Sale price: $330,000
  • 4977 Battery Lane; 2 BD | 1 BA condominium; List price: $334,500; Sale price: $339,500
  • 5225 Pooks Hill Road; 2 BD | 2 BA condominium; List price: $375,000; Sale price: $375,000
  • 7036 Strathmore Street; 2 BD | 1 BA condominium; List price: $425,000; Sale price: $408,000
  • 10101 Grosvenor Place; 2 BD | 2 BA condominium; List price: $475,000; Sale price: $460,000



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