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by BethesdaNow.com — October 1, 2012 at 3:45 pm 827 0

Interest in cross country is growing at the Green Acres School (11701 Danville Dr.). A few students even placed in last year’s conference meet.

But there wasn’t a place to run until a group of teachers and students got together to build one on the private school’s 15-acre North Bethesda campus.

The result is a 1.1-mile course through the woods that circle the school that will debut tomorrow (Tuesday) in Green Acres’ first ever home meet.

The 1st Annual Alumni Classic, honoring Green Acres alum and former University of Oregon cross country runner Ben Stern, will start at 4 p.m. with the boys’ race and 4:20 p.m. with the girls’ race.

The course is literally self-made. Students worked after school to move branches, pull weeds and tear away brush to create a path.

“We have a lot of good runners, so it will be cool to have home meets,” said seventh grader and Bethesda resident Solomon Maya.

The project doubled as a service-learning project for middle schoolers at the pre-K through eighth grade school, prompted by staff members Treena Selak, Matt Marchildon and Larry Jodrie.

“By devoting time to actually building our first cross country course, our students have assumed ownership over this new campus resource,” said Head of School Neal Brown, “one that will benefit Green Acres students for years to come.”

The course will also be used for PE classes and recess. Stern will kick off tomorrow’s meet against the Lowell School. The school hopes it becomes an annual alumni event.

by BethesdaNow.com — October 1, 2012 at 2:50 pm 672 0

Montgomery County Council President Roger Berliner (D-Potomac-Bethesda) will join students and parents from Wood Acres Elementary School on Wednesday for annual “Walk to School Day,” an international event to highlight pedestrian safety.

The Partnership for a Walkable America began the event in 1997 and it has since spread to include participants from 5,000 schools in 40 countries.

Berliner will join the group at 8 a.m. at the intersection of Cromwell Drive and Springfield Drive for the roughly 30-minute walk, one of many planned throughout the county.

“Walk to School Day underscores the necessity of having safe routes to school so that students and parents have the choice of walking to school while being out of harm’s way,” Berliner said in the county press release.

Wood Acres (5800 Cromwell Dr.) has a capacity of 551 students and is part of the Pyle Middle School and Walt Whitman High School clusters.

“Walk to School Day is a celebration of all that is great about our Wood Acres community — a chance for parents and students to get some physical exercise while visiting with neighbors and reducing the impact on our environment,” Wood Acres principal Marita Sherburne said in the release. “This day marks this year’s emphasis on greening up our school, from increased recycling drives and emphasis on reducing trash to conserving energy and reducing our ecological footprint.”

by BethesdaNow.com — October 1, 2012 at 1:10 pm 550 0

UPDATE (3:05 p.m.): Car thefts have also been reported in the Bethesda Crescent area. Residents reported loose change stolen from their vehicles overnight Saturday.

Chevy Chase residents in four locations reported their unlocked cars were entered overnight and items were stolen, according to a crime alert from the Town of Chevy Chase.

Residents in the 7000 block of Maple Avenue, the 7500 block of Maple Avenue, the 4100 block of Leland Street and the 4200 block of Rosemary Street reported the incidents to Montgomery County Police.

Sunglasses and a GPS system were reported stolen in one incident and a book bag was stolen in another, according to the alert.

The reports are similar to a string of thefts from unlocked cars that occurred in Chevy Chase a few weeks ago.

by BethesdaNow.com — October 1, 2012 at 11:18 am 880 0

UPDATE (4:55 p.m.): Officer Britta Thomas, Montgomery County Police spokeswoman, said the K-9 unit attempted to track the suspect but lost the track this morning.

It is not yet known by the Department’s Public Information Office if the suspect has been apprehended. 

A Prince George’s County man who allegedly grabbed cash from a customer at a Bethesda Bank of America branch before fleeing is still on the run, according to Montgomery County Police.

Police received a call at 9:07 a.m. for a theft at the Bank of America at 5135 River Rd., according to police spokeswoman Rebecca Innocenti.

Police have identified the man as 38-year-old Nyasani Norman Oates of Suitland. According to scanner traffic, he was seen running into the back alley of the nearby Macedonia Presbyterian Church and was wearing a black shirt, dark jacket and jeans.

Police called for a K-9 unit to aid in the search, which included the Willard Avenue Neighborhood Park Area just south of the bank. Initial reports indicated the suspect’s sister was still at the bank after the alleged crime occurred.

by BethesdaNow.com — October 1, 2012 at 11:00 am 520 0

Mia’s Pizzas (4926 Cordell Ave.) is celebrating National Pizza Month with a pair of “Make Your Own Pizza” demonstrations and question and answer sessions with owner and head chef Melissa Ballinger.

On Tuesday, Oct. 23 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 28 from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., Ballinger will lead attendees through the process of making one of Mia’s brick-oven pizzas.

The event costs $22 per person and includes a gourmet pizza with up to four toppings and a non-alcoholic beverage.

To register, contact Mia’s General Manager Rob Gindes at rob@miaspizzasbethesda.com.

by BethesdaNow.com — October 1, 2012 at 10:05 am 885 0

On Oct. 20 and 21, the 15th Annual Bethesda Row Arts Festival will transform three blocks of Bethesda Row into an outdoor art exhibit featuring 200 works of art.

The festival and arts sale that benefits the NIH Children’s Charities has become one of a few fall events organizers hope bring people from around the region to Bethesda.

Federal Realty, developer and property manager of Bethesda Row, says more than 300,000 have attended the arts festival since it began in 1997. Bethesda and Elm Avenues will be shut down to traffic for the weekend.

The show includes 14 judging categories — ceramics, drawing/pastels, fiber, glass, graphics/printmaking, jewelry, metalwork, mixed media 2D, mixed media 3D, oil/acrylic painting, photography/digital art, sculpture, watercolor and wood — and will boast 18 returning winners from last year’s festival.

For more information, visit the event website.

Flickr pool photo by AmyMarieMoore

by BethesdaNow.com — October 1, 2012 at 9:00 am 595 0

Bethesda Man Looks Back At Presidential Debate Proposal — Fred Kahn, 79, first proposed the idea of a presidential debate in 1956. Now, with the first 2012 presidential debate on Wednesday, the federal government retiree is pushing for publicity. [Washington Post]

Inside White Flint’s Urban Haunted House — “The Warehouse: Project 4.1,” opened at Mid-Pike Plaza in North Bethesda over the weekend. [MyMCMedia]

Maryland Championship Team Member, Bethesda Resident Dies in Apparent Suicide — Earl Badu, the former University of Maryland basketball player and Bethesda resident, jumped to his death on Thursday near Baltimore. [Baltimore Sun]

Flickr photo by Bethesda Photography

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