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by BethesdaNow.com — October 9, 2012 at 4:35 pm 1,951 0

Its proximity to the nation’s capital and wealthy neighborhoods have made the Bethesda-Chevy Chase area home to a number of political pundits, government officials and other well known figures.

Now, a website called Bigwig Digs is chronicling the past D.C.-area homes of the rich and famous and a number of Bethesda and Chevy Chase properties are in the fold.

Journalists Tom Braden and David Brinkley lived in Chevy Chase. So did President Lyndon Johnson’s Vice President Hubert Humphrey. Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor called Chevy Chase home until 2005.

Former Washington Wizards star Antawn Jamison and boxer Mike Tyson had homes in Bethesda.

The website, from real estate news website Urban Turf, supplies information and locations for most homes and launched on Oct. 1.

by BethesdaNow.com — October 9, 2012 at 3:50 pm 1,085 0

Montgomery County today announced the introduction of six new Zipcar and Hertz On Demand locations in Bethesda and North Bethesda, part of an effort to increase transportation options in crowded urban areas.

The County Department of Transportation put on a competitive bid process to allow vendors to choose locations for their cars.

The county will provide public parking spaces to Zipcar and Hertz. The companies will pay established parking rates for use of the spaces.

“We are pleased to welcome the expansion of car sharing in Montgomery County with Hertz on Demand and Zipcar,” said MCDOT Director Art Holmes in a county press release. “Car sharing protects the environment while enhancing our smart growth and sustainable transportation initiatives — and does so in a cost-effective way.”

There were five Zipcar locations and eight cars already in Bethesda, according to Bethesda Transportation Solutions, a division of the nonprofit Bethesda Urban Partnership.

The car sharing concept, first introduced by Zipcar in 2000, offers cars to rent on a hourly or daily basis. Hertz and a number of other competitors have since joined the fray.

The new Bethesda Zipcar locations are the Metropolitan Garage (7601 Woodmont Ave.), Bethesda Avenue between Woodmont Avenue and Arlington Road (Bethesda Row), Cordell Avenue between Woodmont Avenue and Norfolk Avenue (Woodmont Triangle) and Executive Boulevard between Rockville Pike and Woodglen Drive (North Bethesda).

Hertz On Demand will come to the Metropolitan Garage and the Middleton Lane Parking Lot (4838 Middleton Lane).

Six new locations were also announced for Silver Spring. One Zipcar location went to Wheaton.

In its press release, the county said it hopes the availability of car sharing will help some residents go “car free,” or provide a second car for households with one vehicle and only an occasional need for a second vehicle.

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by BethesdaNow.com — October 9, 2012 at 2:25 pm 996 0

The Pike Central Farm Market is putting on its First Annual Oyster and BBQ Festival on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The market, one of three from Central Farm Markets, takes place on Saturdays at 11806 Rockville Pike in North Bethesda, in the Mid-Pike Plaza shopping center near the White Flint Metro station.

The founders of Chesapeake Gold Oysters will provide fresh oysters and teach those interested how to shuck oysters and about oyster aquaculture in Maryland.

The band “White Loafer” will join the event, which also includes barbecue, face painting and an opportunity to make your own apple cider with Central Farm Market’s antique apple press.

Central Farm Markets also runs the Bethesda Market on Sundays at Bethesda Elementary School. Past activities to go along with the markets include yoga demonstrations and the annual “Bake Bethesda A Pie” contest.

For more information on the event, visit the Central Farm Markets website.

by BethesdaNow.com — October 9, 2012 at 1:40 pm 785 0

The comfortable temperatures and mostly sunny skies during Saturday’s annual Taste of Bethesda meant a large increase in attendance compared to last year’s rainy and unseasonably cold event.

Bethesda Urban Partnership (BUP) Director of Marketing and Communications Stephanie Coppula said between 30,000 and 35,000 people sampled the group of more than 50 restaurants in Woodmont Triangle. Last year’s event drew a reported 15,000 to 18,000 people, Bethesda Magazine reported.

The BUP, the county-supported nonprofit that maintains and markets downtown Bethesda, advertises that the event draws more than 40,000, a figure it reached in 2010.

It has become the signature annual Bethesda event, in a section of town known for its vast and diverse collection of restaurants.

Attendees paid $5 for four meal tickets. A full sampling at most restaurant booths typically cost three or four tickets.

Come Back to Bethesda Day,” which ran in conjunction with the Taste on Norfolk Avenue near Wisconsin Avenue, raised $20,000 for The Children’s Inn at NIH, The Gazette reported.

by BethesdaNow.com — October 9, 2012 at 11:45 am 1,698 0

Before the first couple customers got their free burritos today, the owners of the new California Tortilla on Cordell Avenue celebrated their grand opening with a burrito-cutting ceremony befitting of their unique style.

The flagship franchise of the fast casual Mexican chain opened across the street (at 4871 Cordell Ave.) from its first-ever location last week. But the formal opening, which includes free burritos and free soda from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., was this morning.

It drew a fast-growing line that stretched around to the Norfolk Avenue side of the restaurant.

Greater Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chamber of Commerce Chairman Andy Stearn helped owners Pam Felix and Alan Cohen welcome the occasion by slicing the ceremonial burrito, which was a few feet long.


by BethesdaNow.com — October 9, 2012 at 9:55 am 1,122 1 Comment

Montgomery County Councilwoman Nancy Floreen (D-At large) of Garrett Park last week urged the Maryland Department of Transportation to create bike lanes and markings before the county implements its Bikeshare program next year.

In a letter to acting Secretary of Transportation Darrell Mobley, Floreen asked for buffered bike lanes, non-buffered bike lanes, shared use markings and conflict zone markings where possible in ongoing DOT resurfacing projects.

“Bikesharing has the potential to significantly improve connectivity within Montgomery County and provide an entirely new transportation option for many,” Floreen wrote. “As we encourage this mode of transportation, we must also make sure we have the infrastructure to provide a safe environment for all bicyclists and especially for novice riders who will travel at relatively low speeds.”

Floreen, a member of the county’s Transportation Commitee, said the improvements are endorsed by the Washington Area Bicyclist Association.

In August, County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) made a similar suggestion for increasing bike safety before Bikeshare begins.

The county is hoping to build 29 bikeshare stations in Bethesda, Chevy Chase and Silver Spring by next spring, with the hope of capitalizing on the popularity of the program in Washington, D.C., Arlington, Va., and Alexandria, Va.

Floreen specifically asked for bike lanes in downtown Silver Spring and asked DOT to consider lanes and markings in ongoing or planned resurfacing projects on Connecticut Avenue, Wisconsin Avenue and Rockville Pike.

Bicycle improvements are included “where appropriate” in the Wisconsin Avenue and Cedar Lane project.

by BethesdaNow.com — October 9, 2012 at 9:00 am 668 0

Bethesda Library Hosts Meet the Author Event — Mark Shriver will speak about his book, “A Good Man: Rediscovering My Father, Sargent Shriver,” at 7:30 p.m. at the Bethesda branch of the Montgomery County Public Library (7400 Arlington Rd.). Sargent Shriver was the architect of President Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty, and is known as the creator of the Peace Corps. [Montgomery County Public Libraries]

Sangamore Road Intelligence Campus Gets Approval — The National Capital Planning Commission has signed off on the final portion of plans for development to house various Intelligence agencies at the former home of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. [Washington Business Journal]

Timmerman Not Getting Much Attention in Downcounty Areas — Ken Timmerman, the Kensington investigative reporter and Republican challenger to Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D), has made many trips to traditionally conservative areas in Frederick and Carroll Counties. But in heavily liberal areas of the new 8th district, some say his message doesn’t get through. [MarylandReporter.com]

Flickr pool photo by AmyMarieMoore


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