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by Aaron Kraut — April 20, 2015 at 5:35 pm 1 Comment

Council President George LeventhalA controversial proposal to ban the use of “non-essential” pesticides on private lawns in Montgomery County may be prevented by state law, according to the Maryland Attorney General’s Office.

Assistant Attorney General Kathryn Rowe wrote that a court could rule the part of the bill banning pesticide use for private property owners is preempted by state law already addressing pesticide use.

“While the matter is not completely clear, it is my view that the general ban on application of non-essential pesticides may well be preempted, but that other parts might not be,” Rowe wrote earlier this month in a response to an inquiry about state preemption from Montgomery Village Del. Kirill Reznik. “It is my view that a court could conclude that this provision would interfere with the purposes of these State provisions, as well as the goal of achieving uniformity.”

Rowe wrote that other parts of the bill, introduced by Council President George Leventhal to much support and opposition earlier this year, wouldn’t run into preemption issues.

Leventhal’s bill also would exempt golf courses and farms from the pesticide ban, but not county property and playing fields. Montgomery Parks, which runs the county’s nearly 300 recreational playing fields, has urged Leventhal and other Council members to exempt its fields too.

Rowe said that requirement, as well as requirements that would require signage if pesticides were being applied, shouldn’t pose any legal issues.

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by Aaron Kraut — April 20, 2015 at 3:25 pm 532 3 Comments

Urban Heights executive chef Cliff Wharton, via Urban HeightsThe restaurant replacing Roof in Woodmont Triangle is set for a Thursday opening.

Urban Heights, from chef Robert Wiedmaier’s restaurant group, will feature Philippine and Southeast Asian cuisine from executive chef Cliff Wharton.

Wharton’s Filipino heritage has led him to a menu mostly of small plates. There will be a tuna bar, Korean Bulgogi-style Steak Salad, Chicken Adobo Sliders and Xo Honey Glazed Shrimp and Pork Belly Bites with Gochujanamong, among other items.

The second- and third-floor space at 7940 Norfolk Avenue used to be home to Roof, the restaurant and bar that closed in November.

Wharton will use that outdoor third-floor roof space for pig roasts in an open pit. There will also be Far East-inspired “Island Cocktails,” according to a press release announcing the opening.

Photo via Urban Heights

by Aaron Kraut — April 20, 2015 at 2:35 pm 0

Al Roshdieh (left) explains how the electric vehicle charging station works to County Executive Isiah Leggett on MondayMontgomery County’s first public electric vehicle charging stations opened today in Bethesda’s newest public parking garage.

County Executive Isiah Leggett and Acting Department of Transportation Director Al Roshdieh showed off the three stations capable of charging six vehicles at a time on the first floor of the Capital Crescent Garage.

The county built the garage in partnership with developers StonebridgeCarras and PN Hoffman, who are building an apartment and condo building above on what was a surface parking lot known as Lot 31.

The charging stations, which will cost users $0.13 per kilowatt hour, are the first of their kind to be offered publicly by the county. Roshdieh said MCDOT will install others in Bethesda Garages 11 (Woodmont Corner), 36 (Auburn-Del Ray) and 47 (Waverly) over the summer.

“This is part of our commitment in meeting the needs of those choosing a greener, cleaner lifestye,” Roshdieh said. “And part of our commitment to environmental sensitivity and sustainable transportation.”

The county rolled out the charging stations a few days before Earth Day. Leggett said the move is especially important considering the state legislature recently allowed electric vehicle company Tesla to sell its products directly to customers in Maryland.

Over time, the county says it will install enough charging stations in 24 parking lots and garages to charge 50 vehicles at a time.

Meanwhile, county officials say parking volume at the Capital Crescent Garage is picking up. Officials estimated the garage, which has about 960 public spaces, has been 60 percent full in peak times.

They’re hoping more people will use the garage when construction on The Darcy and The Flats finishes above.

The new spaces allow parking for up to four hours and do require drivers pay the same parking fee as those who use regular spaces.

by BethesdaNow.com Sponsor — April 20, 2015 at 1:30 pm 1 Comment

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A Sale of the Buyer’s Property Contingency is exactly that. It’s a contingency to protect the buyer in the event that his or her home doesn’t sell. They buyer is released from their purchase contract or it becomes void if a contract is not ratified on their current home for sale within a specific timeframe.

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by Aaron Kraut — April 20, 2015 at 12:35 pm 181 0

Photo via Pike Central Farm Market

A popular farmer’s market in the White Flint area is opening for the season on Saturday.

The Pike Central Farm Market, located for now at an empty parking lot at 5922 Executive Boulevard, will host its first market of the year from 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

The market is part of Central Farm Markets, which also runs the Bethesda Farm Market every Sunday at Bethesda Elementary School.

A redevelopment project is set for the parking lot and the plan is for the Pike Central Market to eventually move back to the Pike & Rose property.

Photo via Pike Central Farm Market

by Aaron Kraut — April 20, 2015 at 11:15 am 264 1 Comment

Bethesda Summer Concert Series, photo via Bethesda Urban Partnership

An annual series of outdoor concerts in Woodmont Triangle is set to return next month.

The Bethesda Urban Partnership’s Bethesda Summer Concert Series will start on May 14 with “Chuggalug,” a rock and pop cover band.

The concerts are free and will take place each Thursday from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Veterans Park is located at the corner of Woodmont and Norfolk Avenues.

The full schedule follows:

May 14            Chuggalug (Rock/Top 40)

May 21            Kings of Crownsville (Blues/Swing)

May 28            King Soul (Southern Soul)

June 4             Adrian Duke (New Orleans Funk)

June 11           Los Caribbeat (Caribbean)

June 18           Built 4 Comfort (Blues/Classic Rock)

June 25           Urban Funk (70′s Funk/R&B) 

July 2              Oasis Island Sounds (Caribbean/Reggae)

July 9              The Sidleys (Rock)

July 16            The Crimestoppers (Blues/Classic Rock)

Photo via Bethesda Urban Partnership

by Aaron Kraut — April 20, 2015 at 10:05 am 250 1 Comment

A private preschool part of a nationwide education company is planning a new 15,000-square-foot facility for up to 225 children in the North Bethesda area.

The Goddard School, which has more than 400 franchised and accredited schools in 35 states, has revealed more on its plans to tear down an existing two-story house at 5420 Edson Lane and build a new facility.

The plans for the project will go before the county Planning Board later this month.

The proposed facility would handle up to 225 children and 32 staff and faculty with 50 parking spaces.

The building would be about 32 feet tall and 195 feet long. It would run perpendicular to Edson Lane, which is just off of Rockville Pike in the White Flint/Pike District area.

Planning staff will recommend approval of the project when it goes before the Planning Board on April 30. Planners estimate the school will generate 53 vehicle trips during the morning rush hour and 72 vehicle trips during the afternoon rush hour.

The school was founded in 1988 in Pennsylvania for children six weeks to six years old. It uses the “F.L.E.X. Learning Program,” heavy on play-based learning. The Goddard School is also finishing the build-out for a Bethesda location in an office building at 6400 Goldsoboro Road.

Via Planning Board

by Aaron Kraut — April 20, 2015 at 9:10 am 210 0

5708 Bent Branch Road 8933 Holly Leaf Lane 4809 Chevy Chase Boulevard

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: $229,000; Sale price: $229,900
  • 5101 River Road; 2 BD | 2 BA condominium; List price: $397,000; Sale price: $401,000
  • 9909 Montauk Avenue; 3 BD | 1 BA single family detached; List price: $524,500; Sale price: $524,500
  • 4952 Sentinel Drive; 2 BD | 2 BA condominium; List price: $519,000; Sale price: $537,000
  • 4928 Sentinel Drive; 2 BD | 2 BA condominium; List price: $550,000; Sale price: $537,500
  • 10225 Arizona Circle; 4 BD | 3 BA townhouse; List price: $599,000; Sale price: $582,000
  • 5504 Whitley Park Terrace; 3 BD | 3 BA townhouse; List price: $619,900; Sale price: $625,000
  • 4850 Crescent Street; 3 BD | 1 BA single family detached; List price: $650,000; Sale price: $635,000
  • 4550 Park Avenue; 2 BD | 2 BA condominium; List price: $689,000; Sale price: $650,000
  • 5907 Avon Drive; 3 BD | 3 BA single family detached; List price: $749,000; Sale price: $749,000
  • 5202 Massachusetts Avenue; 3 BD | 3.5 BA single family detached; List price: $825,000; Sale price: $862,000
  • 7602 Shadywood Road; 4 BD | 3.5 BA single family detached; List price: $1,025,000; Sale price: $1,040,000
  • 7310 Maple Avenue; 4 BD | 3.5 BA single family detached; List price: $1,179,000; Sale price: $1,105,000
  • 8933 Holly Leaf Lane; 4 BD | 4.5 BA single family detached; List price: $1,290,000; Sale price: $1,200,000
  • 4809 Chevy Chase Boulevard; 6 BD | 4 BA single family detached; List price: $1,299,000; Sale price: $1,270,000
  • 8417 Comanche Court; 5 BD | 4 BA single family detached; List price: $1,268,500; Sale price: $1,305,000
  • 5600 Wisconsin Avenue; 2 BD | 2.5 BA condominium; List price: $1,485,000; Sale price: $1,617,500
  • 4133 Woodbine Street; 6 BD | 5.5 BA single family detached; List price: $1,995,000; Sale price: $1,940,000
  • 7108 Radnor Road; 6 BD | 5.5. BA single family detached; List price: $2,150,000; Sale price: $2,004,750
  • 5708 Bent Branch Road; 5 BD | 6 BA single family detached; List price: $2,650,000; Sale price: $2,425,000

Photos via MRIS

4133 Woodbine Street 5202 Massachusetts Avenue 8417 Comanche Court

by Aaron Kraut — April 20, 2015 at 8:15 am 233 0

Central Farm Market, photo via Mike Landsman

Raskin Makes It Official For 8th District – Yesterday at a Takoma Park Restaurant, State Sen. Jamie Raskin officially began his campaign to replace Rep. Chris Van Hollen in the 8th Congressional District. The district covers much of Montgomery County, including Bethesda. Del. Kumar Barve is the only other person so far to make his candidacy official. [Baltimore Sun]

Union Boss: Department Head Fosters Hostile Work Environment – Gino Renne, president of the employees union that represents about 40 people in the county’s Department of Economic Development, claims acting department Director Sally Sternbach engages in “persistent inappropriate and intimidating behavior.” County officials suggested Renne is making the claims to counter efforts to privatize the department. [Washington Post]

Downtown Beer Garden Opens For Spring – Piazza Beer Garden (7401 Woodmont Avenue) unofficially opened for the spring and summer last weekend. A bigger opening party is coming soon. [Piazza Beer Garden via Facebook]

Legislative Session Wrap-Up – Barve and Raskin are two of the elected officials expected to take part in a briefing on the legislative session that wrapped up last week. The event, sponsored by the Woman’s Democratic Club of Montgomery County, is set for April 29 at 7 p.m. at the Silver Spring Civic Center. (1 Veterans Place, Silver Spring).

Photo via Mike Landsman

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