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by Aaron Kraut — January 25, 2015 at 7:25 am 896 0

The National Weather Service has put downcounty Montgomery and much of the region’s northern suburbs under a Winter Storm Watch starting Sunday evening and into Monday.

While the NWS says 4-6 inches of snow are possible, others say the Monday portion of the storm might have already moved on.

Here’s the Winter Storm Watch:

…WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM THIS EVENING THROUGH MONDAY AFTERNOON…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WATCH…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM THIS EVENING THROUGH MONDAY AFTERNOON.

* PRECIPITATION TYPE…SNOW…POSSIBLY HEAVY AT TIMES.

* ACCUMULATIONS…4 TO 6 INCHES POSSIBLE.

* TIMING…SNOW WILL BEGIN SUNDAY EVENING AND CONTINUE THROUGH LATE MONDAY AFTERNOON. THE HEAVIEST SNOWFALL WILL OCCUR BETWEEN MIDNIGHT AND LATE MONDAY MORNING.

* TEMPERATURES…IN THE UPPER 20S.

* WINDS…NORTHEAST 10 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 20 MPH.

* IMPACTS…ROADS WILL BE SNOW COVERED AND SLIPPERY WITH VISIBILITIES BEING REDUCED TO NEAR ONE-QUARTER MILE AT TIMES. THE COMBINATION OF SNOW COVERED ROADS AND LOW VISIBILITY WILL MAKE TRAVELING DANGEROUS.

Here’s the situation as predicted by the Washington Post’s Capital Weather Gang:

Tomorrow (Monday): Much of the area, except possibly Southern Maryland, probably wakes up to at least a coating to an inch of snow on the ground, unless the initial push of overnight precipitation fizzles out. Early-morning temperatures may still be warm enough such that treated roads are in decent condition. Another inch or two is possible during the day Monday, but that’s only if the storm’s low-pressure center cranks up strong enough and close enough to the coast, which at this point is difficult to say with much confidence. With a steady wind from the north-northeast at 5-15 mph, temperatures don’t do much during the day, staying within a couple degrees of the freezing mark. Confidence: Low

by Aaron Kraut — January 23, 2015 at 4:55 pm 454 15 Comments

County Executive Isiah Leggett at a bus rapid transit event in August 2014Updated at 10 p.m. – Montgomery County on Friday revealed new information about a possible county-dedicated transit authority that could pave the way for a proposed bus rapid transit system.

This fact sheet posted on the county’s website explains how the so-called Independent Transit Authority (ITA) could plan, design, engineer, build, fund and operate the county’s existing Ride On bus service and planned Rapid Transit System.

Also on Friday, the Montgomery County Delegation introduced a state bill that would allow the transit authority.

The new organization, first proposed by County Executive Isiah Leggett in December as he kicked off his third term, would be made up of a governing board of at least five members appointed by the county executive and confirmed by the County Council.

The governing board would adopt its own multi-year construction budget, hire its own general manager and senior staff and administer a county transit tax that would have to be set up by the County Council.

That transit tax would replace the current transit tax and wouldn’t be subject to Charter Limits. It would be a key source of funding for the ITA, along with the county’s capital budget, state and federal grants, private-sector contributions, fare revenues and revenues from the county’s Parking Lot Districts — including fees and fines.

“We need to make Montgomery County a more ‘walkable’ and ‘liveable’ community, which will result in a better quality of life for you and your family,” reads the fact sheet. “That future, however, depends on increased transportation investment to accommodate more residents and to encourage job growth within the County.”

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by BethesdaNow.com Sponsor — January 23, 2015 at 3:25 pm 0

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Editor’s Note: This column is sponsored by Georgetown Square Wine and Beer (10400 Old Georgetown Road) and Downtown Crown Wine and Beer (303 Copley Place, Gaithersburg)

This column was written by Garrett Cruce, certified beer server in the Cicerone Certification Program. Follow his beer travels on Instagram.

At the end of “The Matrix,” Keanu Reeves’ Neo suddenly sees the code in everything he looks at while in the matrix. It’s a transformative experience — he is the master of his domain.

I felt like Neo when I began to understand the basics of Belgian beer styles. The Belgian section of a store or menu can seem daunting with all the numbers (Rochefort) and color-coded labels (Chimay) and styles (dubbel and tripel). And what’s a quadrupel anyway?

The truth is many of the Belgian beers we typically get fit well into the established styles that I’ll cover. Today, I’m going to introduce, or reintroduce, you to the Belgian strong golden ale, the dubbel, the tripel and the Belgian strong dark ale (sometimes called a quad or quadrupel).

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by Aaron Kraut — January 23, 2015 at 2:15 pm 228 0

Check out our picks for open houses this weekend around Bethesda.

See our Real Estate section for a full listing of open houses and houses for sale:

6105 Greentree Road6105 Greentree Road
4 BD | 2.5 BA single family detached
Keene Taylor, Long & Foster Real Estate
Listed: $699,000
Open: Sunday, January 25 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

4900 Leroy Place4900 Leroy Place
2 BD | 1.5 BA single family detached
Maureen Cullinane, W.C. & A.N. Miller Realtors
Listed: $739,000
Open: Sunday, January 25 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

4850 Crescent Street4850 Crescent Street
3 BD | 1 BA single family detached
Delilah Dane, Redfin Corp.
Listed: $650,000
Open: Sunday, January 25 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

8017 Park Lane8017 Park Lane
5 BD | 5.5 BA single family detached
Robert Jenets, Stuart & Maury, Inc.
Listed: $2,199,000
Open: Sunday, January 25 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

by Aaron Kraut — January 23, 2015 at 1:00 pm 2,166 13 Comments

Bethesda-Chevy Chase High SchoolUpdated at 1:55 p.m. – A federal grand jury this week indicted a B-CC High School special education teacher on two child pornography charges.

According to the indictment, filed Wednesday at the U.S. District Court in Greenbelt, Peter Flynn was charged with distributing child pornography in April 2014 and with possessing child pornography in September 2014.

Flynn, 61, faces a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison if found guilty of the charges.

MCPS spokesperson Dana Tofig said the school system placed Flynn on administrative leave in September when it was informed about the federal investigation:

“The allegations against him in this case are not related to his job,” read a statement provided by Tofig. “He is currently on administrative leave. As soon as we were notified that an indictment had been handed down, the principal notified the community as quickly as possible.”

Tofig provided the note B-CC Principal Karen Lockard sent to members of the school community today after Flynn’s arrest:

Dear Bethesda-Chevy Chase Community,

I regret to inform you that one of our former teachers was arrested today. Mr. Peter Flynn, who was a Special Education teacher at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School until September, was indicted today on federal charges related to the possession and distribution of child pornography. None of the alleged illegal activity occurred on school property, involved any students, or was related to his job in any way. Mr. Flynn was placed on administrative leave when the investigation began in September and has not been in the school or with students since.

I know this news is disturbing, but I want to emphasize that we took immediate action as soon as we learned of the investigation. We could not share information with you due to the ongoing federal investigation. Now that the indictment has been handed down, I wanted to be sure to share the information that I have with you as quickly as possible.

Counseling will be available for students at school on Monday. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Thank you,

Karen Lockard

Principal

Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School

The indictment was first reported by WUSA9. Flynn was expected to appear in court today.

Flynn began working for MCPS in May 1978 as a substitute teacher’s assistant and was hired as a special education paraeducator at B-CC in 1979. In 1980, he became a special education teacher at B-CC and worked there until September.

Tofig said the school system would not be making any more statements about the case “since the investigation is ongoing.”

by Aaron Kraut — January 23, 2015 at 11:45 am 610 2 Comments

Town of Chevy ChaseThe Town of Chevy Chase is worried Gov. Larry Hogan might be moved by the state congressional delegation’s recent push for the Purple Line.

In a letter to Hogan on Thursday, Town Mayor Kathy Strom wrote that “some elected officials even wrote to you recently asking that you spend money on the project without any further examination by you or your Administration.”

“We respectfully disagree and encourage you to closely examine this project and its many flaws,” Strom wrote.

Strom was referring to a letter from the state’s Democratic members of Congress urging the new governor not to cut state funding for the light rail project because federal funding had already been approved.

The Town of Chevy Chase is officially opposed to the Purple Line for quality of life and environmental reasons. Single family homes in the Town back up to the Georgetown Branch section of the Capital Crescent Trail, where part of the estimated $2.45 billion project would be built.

“From the true cost of building and maintaining the line, to the number of projected riders and the real economic impacts on communities served by the line, concrete, fact-based numbers are difficult to find,” Strom said.

The letter to Hogan includes the encrypted data used by the Maryland Transit Administration to come up with ridership estimates of 69,000 daily riders by 2030 and 74,000 daily riders by 2040.

The Town has said it doesn’t believe those numbers and last year submitted a Maryland Public Information Act request to get the data used by the MTA to come up with the projections.

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by Aaron Kraut — January 23, 2015 at 10:30 am 1,473 19 Comments

Rendering via 7001 Arlington

Correction: Keating, the company we previously reported was the developer of the 7001 Arlington building, is no longer involved in the project.

The five-floor, 140-unit apartment building coming to the former spot of the Arlington Road Post Office may also take the title of most expensive in downtown Bethesda.

7001 Arlington, developed and managed by Ohio-based Associated Estates, has launched a website and opened a leasing office above the nearby CVS at 6917 Arlington Road.

The property includes access to the adjacent Capital Crescent Trail and is expecting to start move-ins in March.

It won’t be a cheap building to get into.

The website lists its smallest unit — a 623-square-foot studio — as starting at $2,305 a month. A 685-square-foot one-bedroom starts at $2,605 a month and a 704-square-foot one-bedroom starts at $2,680 a month.

That could very well be the most expensive in the downtown Bethesda apartment market.

Bainbridge Bethesda (4918 St Elmo Avenue) opened last year with 540-square foot apartments starting at $2,020 a month. Those units were sold out by the building’s official opening.

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by Aaron Kraut — January 23, 2015 at 9:25 am 262 0

Washington Sports Clubs sticky note ads posted on a Bethesda condo building, via Ken Hartman

Parents, Students Ask For Later School Start Times – The vast majority of speakers at two Board of Education public hearings on Thursday wanted MCPS to move start times back, especially for high schools. A Whitman High School freshman testified that she has to wake up at 5:30 a.m. to make it to school on time, which starts at 7:25 a.m. The Board is considering a variety of options, including making no changes to the existing schedule and shifting all school start times back by 20 or 35 minutes. [WTOP]

Do Gym’s Sticky Note Ads Go Too Far? – Washington Sports Clubs (6828 Wisconsin Avenue) has a $19.95 membership deal going on. If you live near the gym, you likely already knew that. Sticky note ads promoting the offer have popped up in large numbers on nearby condo buildings, street signs and a Capital Bikeshare station. A county official said it was littering and Capital Bikeshare said it will contact the gym’s management. [@kenatwork] [@bikeshare]

New Restaurant Offers $250 Gift Card – Summer House Santa Monica (11825 Grand Park Avenue) opened Thursday at Pike & Rose and is offering a $250 gift card to a random person who joins its mailing list. [Summer House via Facebook]

Decorate A Storm Drain – The county’s Department of Environmental Protection is putting on a Storm Drain Art Contest to educate people about the connection between storm drains, streams and the Chesapeake Bay. Three winners will see their ideas displayed on storm drains around the county. [My Green Montgomery]

MoCo Seeks Local Attorneys To Help Unaccompanied Minors – Montgomery County officials on Monday will hold a press conference to ask local attorneys for their help. The county needs lawyers to take part in a pro bono program providing legal representation to some of the approximately 1,200 unaccompanied minors living in Montgomery. [Montgomery County]

Photo via Ken Hartman

by Aaron Kraut — January 23, 2015 at 8:30 am 301 0

Photo via Berkshires at Rock Spring

Police say a group of five people romped through the community center of a Bethesda apartment complex two weekends ago. That and the rest of the most recent 2nd District crime summary follows:

A commercial burglary occurred at the community center of the Berkshires at Rock Spring, located at 6425 Rock Forest Drive in Bethesda. The incident occurred on Saturday, 1/10 between 1:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. The suspects vandalized the room, then left.

Suspects: White male, short hair; black male, dreadlocks; white female, long hair; black male, tall; white female, thin.

Vehicle (driven by Suspect 3): Green Hyundai Elantra, missing a hubcap

Vehicle (driven by Suspect 5): Silver or gold Mazda

A commercial burglary occurred in the unit block of Wisconsin Avenue in Chevy Chase sometime during the early morning hours on Thursday, 1/8. Forced entry; nothing taken.

A commercial burglary occurred in the 4800 block of Rugby Avenue in Bethesda between Monday, 1/5 and Tuesday, 1/6. Forced entry; property taken.

A theft occurred at Tommy Joe’s located at 4714 Montgomery Lane in Bethesda sometime during the morning of Sunday, 1/11. The victim’s wallet was taken.

Five thefts from vehicles occurred during this reporting period. Incidents occurred on Parkwood Drive and Thornwood Drive in Kensington.

A theft from vehicle occurred in the 10400 block of Grosvenor Place in North Bethesda. Sometime between Saturday, 1/10 and Monday, 1/12. Vehicle parts were taken.

 A theft occurred in the 4700 block of Sangamore Road in Bethesda on Saturday, 1/10 between noon and 12:30 p.m. The victim’s wallet was taken.

Suspect: Black male, 5-foot-6

Photo via Berkshires at Rock Spring

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