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No Word On Woodmont Avenue Reopening

by Aaron Kraut | August 22, 2014 at 12:25 pm | 65 views | 2 Comments

Woodmont Avenue remains closed Friday, the day the road was supposed to reopen

Woodmont Avenue at Bethesda Avenue remained closed on Friday and there’s no word on if it will reopen this weekend as expected.

Developer StonebridgeCarras is building a 186-unit apartment project on the former site of Montgomery County’s Lot 31. Across the street, the developer is building a condominium project called The Darcy.

In a public-private partnership with the county, the developer is building a 970-space public parking garage underneath the road to replace Lot 31. Woodmont Avenue between Bethesda Avenue and Miller Avenue was closed in September 2012 to allow for construction the county said would take between 20 and 24 months.

In July, StonebridgeCarras Principal Jane Mahaffie said the stretch of road would reopen by today, on the weekend before the first day of the 2014-2015 MCPS school year and the traditional uptick in area traffic.

Earlier this month, electronic signs indicated the road would be reopened earlier than that, by or on Friday, Aug. 15.

No word from StonebridgeCarras on if the road will reopen today as first planned.

What is clear is that pedestrians won’t be able to use the stretch of road until the construction of the apartment and condo buildings on either side is closer to completion.

Since last week, crews have installed signs that read “No Pedestrian Access” and “Not Publicly Maintained Roadway.”

Mahaffie said the garage will hopefully be opened by or around Dec. 1. The apartment and condo buildings, which will include ground-floor restaurants and retail, should be completed by May 2015.

Open Houses This Weekend In Bethesda

by Aaron Kraut | August 22, 2014 at 10:35 am | No Comments

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:

8029 Park Lane8029 Park Lane
6 BD | 2.5 BA single family detached
Anne Emmett, W.C. & A.N. Miller Realtors
Listed: $1,195,000
Open: Sunday, August 24 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

6218 Rockhurst Road6218 Rockhurst Road
3 BD | 2 BA single family detached
Tien Nguyen, Century 21 Trademark Realty
Listed: $589,000
Open: Sunday, August 24 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

9000 Ewing Drive9000 Ewing Drive
6 BD | 5.5 BA single family detached
Jeremy Lichtenstein, Re/Max Realty Services
Listed: $1,429,000
Open: Sunday, August 24 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

9901 Pomona Drive9901 Pomona Drive
4 BD | 3 BA single family detached
Kay Baer, Re/Max Excellence Realty
Listed: $849,900
Open: Sunday, August 24 from 12:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Sport&Health Clubs Acquired By US Fitness

by Aaron Kraut | August 22, 2014 at 9:40 am | 75 views | No Comments

The Bethesda Sport&Health Club, via Sports&Health ClubA Bethesda gym and the gym coming to Pike & Rose in North Bethesda will be under the ownership of a new company soon.

US Fitness, a holding company formed in 2011 by the former owners of Gold’s Gym International, bought D.C. area chain Sport&Health — including its 4400 Montgomery Ave. location and facility set to open in December at Pike & Rose — for an undisclosed amount.

Media rep Nicole Davidow said all rates for members will stay the same, there are no changes planned in terms of membership and Sport&Health will keep its branding.

US Fitness also owns the Onelife Fitness brand and Crunch clubs in the Mid-Atlantic.

Sport&Health CEO Mark Fisher will be named the CEO of US Fitness, which is headed by brothers Kirk and John Galiani.

The Pike & Rose location will be Sport&Health’s 23rd club in the D.C. area. The McClean-based company started in 1973.

“Sport & Health provides us with a broad platform in a major metropolitan area, an experienced management team, and infrastructure to accelerate our growth through Greenfield expansion and acquisition,” said Kirk and John Galiani in a press release. “We look forward to working with Mark Fisher, Scott Thomas and the entire Sport & Health team in continuing to build a terrific company.”

Photo via Sport&Health Club

Morning Notes

by Aaron Kraut | August 22, 2014 at 8:05 am | 217 views | No Comments

Flickr photo by ehpien

Restaurateur Haley Dies After Motorcycle Crash – Matthew Haley, the Delaware beach restaurateur and Kensington native, died this week after a motorcycle accident in India. Haley started in the restaurant business in Bethesda, where he was one of the founding partners of Tommy Joe’s in 1997. He opened up a long line of restaurants at Bethany Beach, Rehoboth Beach and Fenwick Island and was on a humanitarian mission in India when the accident happened.

Frosh Takes The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge — After Rep. Chris Van Hollen challenged him, District 16 State Sen. and attorney general nominee Brian Frosh took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on Thursday at an event in Washington County. Frosh then challenged Rep. John Delaney. The pouring was done by lieutenant governor nominee Ken Ulman. [Facebook]

Popular Chef Leaving Popular Restaurant Group – Chef Michael Harr is leaving Bethesda’s Food, Wine & Co. (7272 Wisconsin Ave.) and its spin-offs City Burger (7015 Wisconsin Ave.) and Fish Taco (7945 MacArthur Blvd.). Harr has worked with Food, Wine & Co. owner Francis Namin on the concepts since 2011. Namin said he’s replacing Harr with Sam Henderson, the director of operations for Aramark, and said Henderson will lead his expansion of Fish Taco and City Burger into places including Rockville and Arlington. [Washington Post]

Applications Open For Fine Arts Festival – The Bethesda Urban Partnership has opened up applications for the 2015 Bethesda Fine Arts Festival, set for Saturday, May 9 and Sunday, May 10 next year in Woodmont Triangle. The annual event features 130 booth spaces. All artists will be selected by the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District advisory committee. [Bethesda Urban Partnership]

Flickr photo by ehpien

Friday Advertiser Thank Yous

by BethesdaNow.com | August 22, 2014 at 6:30 am | No Comments

BethesdaNow.com wishes a Friday thank you to our advertisers:

Chevy Chase Center
Goodman, Realtors
FitnessWise
Luke’s Wings
Dig-It Games
Urban Igloo
Beacon Crest Homes
4935 Bar & Kitchen
Georgetown Square Wine & Beer
John Rogers of Nationwide Insurance
Arrowine

For more information on how to advertise on BethesdaNow.com, check out our Advertising Information section.

Rock Spring Park Market Patrons Donate Nearly 800 ‘Items’ To Bethesda Cares

by Aaron Kraut | August 21, 2014 at 3:25 pm | 129 views | No Comments

Donations made to Bethesda Cares Thursday at Rock Springs Park Market, via Rock Springs Park MarketClients of the homeless outreach nonprofit Bethesda Cares will be getting 50 meals from a local barbecue food truck, plus a whole bunch of other donations from employees at a local office park.

Piedmont Office Realty Trust, one of the property managers at the Rockledge Drive office park in Bethesda, puts on a food truck and farmers market each Thursday during the summer for nearby workers.

The Rock Spring Park Market was set for its last day this year next week, but organizer Stacee Longenecker heard from many who wanted the event to continue into September.

With Bethesda Cares at the market on Thursday, market organizers challenged patrons to donate items or money (with $1 counting as one “item”) in order to extend the market season.

Longenecker reported that patrons donated $404 and 345 items (mainly toiletries, food and clothing) for a total of 749 donations. That means the market will be extended for all four Thursdays in September.

Montgomery County food truck Curley’s BBQ pledged to match the donations of its patrons, in the form of 50 meals each made up of a sandwich, slaw and baked beans.

Bethesda Cares provides counseling, clothing and food to homeless individuals living on the streets of Bethesda and elsewhere in Montgomery County. The nonprofit, based on Woodmont Avenue, also assists homeless people through the affordable housing process.  Since 2010, it has referred 41 individuals experiencing homelessness into permanent supportive housing programs.

Van Hollen Accepts Ice Bucket Challenge, Frosh Could Be Next

by Aaron Kraut | August 21, 2014 at 2:20 pm | 145 views | No Comments

After MCPS Superintendent Joshua Starr called him out Tuesday, Rep. Chris Van Hollen has joined in on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge with a nod to a local politician who died from the disease.

Before dumping a cooler of ice water on himself, Van Hollen said he was making his donation to the ALS Association in memory of Betty Ann Krahnke, the three-term member of the Montgomery County Council who died in 2002.

Krahnke represented Bethesda and Chevy Chase as a Republican in the Council’s District 1 seat from 1990-2000. She first began to experience symptoms of ALS in 1998, stepped down from her Council seat in 2000 and became almost completely paralyzed as a result of the disease.

Van Hollen said Krahnke was a terrific member of the Council. He also challenged his son, Gov. Martin O’Malley, and Democratic attorney general nominee Brian Frosh.

Starr also challenged U.S. Labor Secretary and former County Councilmember Thomas Perez and County Executive Isiah Leggett.

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Lobster ME Part Of New Batch Of Restaurants At Westfield Montgomery

by Aaron Kraut | August 21, 2014 at 12:45 pm | 313 views | No Comments

Not to be forgotten among the new restaurants coming to Westfield Montgomery mall is Lobster ME, the Las Vegas-based chain that offers lobster on a stick, among other treats.

Lobster ME offers Maine-style lobster rolls, tacos, lobster on waffles, lobster mac and cheese and a number of other lobster-infused fast casual dishes.

It will open in late October next to the Cava Mezze Grill also coming to Westfield Montgomery’s new Dining Terrace — the section added on to the mall’s food court.

The restaurant is embarking on a major national expansion from its two Las Vegas shops and popular Las Vegas food truck. That expansion will start in Bethesda, where Westfield Montgomery has brought in a host of new fast casual and full-service eateries as part of a $90 million renovation and expansion project.

Lobster ME’s attention-grabbing item is the “Lobsicle,” a grilled or battered lobster tail on a stick for $14.

In a press release, Lobster ME CEO Jeffrey Fine said the restaurant hopes to incorporate Maryland crab into the Bethesda menu. The mall location will be built using preserved old growth timber, straight from the Penobscot River in Maine.

It’ll be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. during the week and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the weekend.

Photos via Lobster ME

Morning Notes

by Aaron Kraut | August 21, 2014 at 9:15 am | 222 views | 3 Comments

Police Got New Armored Vehicle In July – Montgomery County Police received a new armored vehicle last month as part of the Defense Department’s surplus program. According to a department bulletin,…

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