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by BethesdaNow.com — October 26, 2012 at 3:43 pm 1,593 0


(Updated: 4:40 p.m.): Bethesda District Police Commander Capt. David Falcinelli says a fight over beer between two homeless men led to a stabbing Friday afternoon on the Capital Crescent Trail.

Falcinelli sent out a notice that said one adult male was being transported to the hospital for treatment. Another homeless man was in custody, Faclinelli said.

The call came in just after 3:30 p.m. on Friday. The stabbing occurred on the section of the trail near Bethesda and Woodmont Avenues. Police apprehended the suspect near the old Bethesda Post Office, where one tipster says homeless are known to live in sheds behind the soon-to-be-redeveloped property.

The incident is not related to a sexual assault that occurred on the Trail on Sunday evening, on the section between Massachusetts Avenue and MacArthur Boulevard, Falcinelli said.


by BethesdaNow.com — October 26, 2012 at 3:20 pm 1,205 0

(Updated at 3:40): Pepco is warning that “tens or even hundreds of thousands of customers could lose power during this potentially catastrophic event.”

The National Weather Service is expecting Hurricane Sandy to make landfall somewhere in the Mid-Atlantic early Monday with heavy rain, strong wind and the potential for downed trees and power lines across the region, including Montgomery County.

The Washington Post’s Capital Weather Gang laid out three scenarios for the storm: A worst case in which the storm makes landfall between Virginia Beach and Delaware, causing widespread power outages from sustained 45-60 mile per hour winds late Sunday night into Monday, landfall in South New Jersey that causes significant problems late Monday into Tuesday or landfall between North New Jersey and New England that causes scattered outages Monday into Tuesday.

This morning, Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley declared a state of emergency. Metro outlined its plans to prepare for the storm, and encouraged riders to sign up for Metro Alerts for any information on delays or closures. State Highway Administration officials reminded drivers to treat non-functioning traffic lights as a four-way stop.

Pepco, which came under criticism for its response to June’s derecho, requested an additional 2,500 linemen, 400 tree trimmers and and 200 damage assessors, according to officials in a press conference this afternoon.

Those officials were also careful to point out this will be a “multi-day event.”

Montgomery County officials released tips yesterday for preparing for the storm, surviving it and dealing with the aftermath. The Montgomery County Police Department today urged parents and trick-or-treaters to take caution of fallen tree branches or coats of leaves if participating in Halloween festivities on Wednesday.

Stay up to date with weather conditions, power outages and other effects from the storm this weekend with BethesdaNow.com.

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by BethesdaNow.com — October 26, 2012 at 2:00 pm 888 0

Editor’s Note: This new weekly sponsored column is written by the staff of Georgetown Square Wine and Beer (10400 Old Georgetown Road).

With fall weather approaching, I’ve been suggesting Zinfandels to customers looking for suggestions. Most of the time the customer says, “No, no, no, I don’t want sweet or a white Zinfandel.” I have to quickly point out I’m talking about a red Zinfandel, which are fruit forward medium bodied delicious red wines.

Zinfandel happens to be California’s oldest grape. Although not originally from California, its roots have been traced to be from Croatia or Italy’s Puglia region depending on whom you ask.

Zinfandel is also the same grape as the Italian red wine called Primitivo. The word Primitivo in Italian means “early one”. The red wine and its grapes are called Primitivo because of its early ripening nature. Classic Primitivos from Italy tend to have a darker color with rich and concentrated black fruit notes, which is different from California Zinfandels that tend to have bright juicy red fruit flavor notes. This difference in style is directly correlated with the difference in climate.

Northern California, like most Zinfandel growing regions, has cooler temperatures, and Puglia (Southern Italy) has much warmer temperatures. Both styles are easy drinking red wines with great fruit that offer an alternative to your everyday Cabernet Sauvignon.

Here are a few of my favorite Zinfandels:

Campus Oaks Old Vine Zinfandel 2008, Lodi California

This Zinfandel is sourced from vines that are over eighty years old, which yields grapes with a more concentrated flavor. Most Old Vine Zinfandels retail well over twenty dollars, but not this great value Zin. For around fifteen dollars you are going to get a very well made wine. With great red fruit, a hint of vanilla, and pepper with medium tannins this wine will pair well with an array of BBQ meats to satisfy the Saturday and Sunday football crowd.

Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel 2010, Healdsburg, California

Easily one of my favorite wines we carry. Originally from Italy, the Seghesio family vineyard has been around for over one hundred years! This Sonoma Zin has the perfect balance of old world techniques from Italy with vines that have the pleasure of being in Sonoma County, California. Wine Enthusiast rated this wine a 93 out of 100 points, which is very rare for a California Zin under thirty dollars. This wine is more full-bodied than your normal Zin and gives off amazing red fruit notes with hint of blueberry towards the finish. Finishes absolutely delicious.


by BethesdaNow.com — October 26, 2012 at 1:00 pm 711 0

A 23-year-old man from Bethesda was arrested after showing a weapon during a fight near the bars in Woodmont Triangle two weeks ago, police said in a crime summary released today.

An aggravated assault occurred in the 7900 block of Norfolk Avenue, Bethesda on Friday, 10/12 at 1:20 a.m.  The suspect threatened two victims with a weapon after a dispute.

The rest of the most recently available Bethesda crime summary is after the jump:


by BethesdaNow.com — October 26, 2012 at 12:00 pm 1,138 0

With Montgomery County’s senior population on the rise, so is the number of “senior villages,” organizations of volunteers that provide in-home visits, rides to the doctor office, help with chores and a host of other services to those who wish to age in their homes.

On Monday, the Washington Area Villages Exchange (WAVE) came to the Bethesda Chevy Chase Regional Services Center for its quarterly meeting.

Hanne Caraher, 75, was in the audience, listening to an attorney describe the steps necessary to create a non-profit Senior Village. Caraher lives in Bethesda, in a residential neighborhood off Old Georgetown Road where she senses there’s a need.

“It’s kind of an established neighborhood. We don’t have many new families moving in so people are aging around me,” Caraher said. “I’ve lived here since 1961. That’s my good luck and many people haven’t moved either.”

The desire of seniors to age in their homes is almost universal, said Miriam Kelty, who helped create the “Neighbors Assisting Neighbors” program about five years ago in the Bannockburn neighborhood.

“We know that older people would prefer to stay in their own homes, or at least their own communities,” said Kelty, who helped start the organization after retiring from the National Institute On Aging. “We also know that physical, social and intellectual activity are very critical to aging well.”

The Bannockburn program is all volunteers and requires no fee or membership. Seniors can ask for help with transportation, household chores and equipment loans and can attend a monthly educational event on things such as container gardening, digital photography or even “tough conversations that you need to have with your children.”

The nearby Burning Tree Village has operated since about the same time, providing many of the same services to seniors in the neighborhood of 450 households.

Montgomery County has the most seniors in the state, according to the county’s Division of Aging and Disability Services, a number that has grown by 130 percent from 1980 to 2010 thanks in part to the “silver tsunami” of baby boomers aging into retirement.

“We really see a neighborhood as an extended family,” said Burning Tree Village Board member Nancy Aronson. “These days people don’t often live near their family. I have a daugther in Hawaii, a son in Connecticut. It’s hard for people even if they have children nearby. But we provide people who are happy and willing and available to help.”

Caraher’s project is just beginning. She’s hoping to find interested members to form a steering committee soon.

“We want to support a good quality of life,” Kelty said, “a satisfying quality of life that we know from the data people want by staying in their own homes.”

by BethesdaNow.com — October 26, 2012 at 10:50 am 996 0

With Hurricane Sandy packing a potentially unprecedented blow to the region, Montgomery County Police want trick-or-treaters and their parents to take extra precautions this Halloween.

MCPD today warned the effects of the “Frankenstorm” could cause a heavy coating of leaves and fallen tree branches on streets, sidewalks and front yards, which means trick-or-treaters should be extra careful on Wednesday.

The full list of tips after the jump.

Flickr photo by Pighood


by BethesdaNow.com — October 26, 2012 at 9:35 am 859 0

Montgomery County Council President Roger Berliner (D-Bethesda-Potomac) has high hopes for “Utility 2.0,” the microgrid electric utility project he hopes to start in Montgomery County as a model for the rest of the country.

In a Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy and Environment Committee meeting yesterday, Berliner and Councilman Hans Riemer (D-At large) of Silver Spring spoke in glowing terms of a system that would allow parts of the county to generate their own power in addition to or instead of relying on Pepco.

Pepco has been under fire for its reliability and service. Residents expressed their dissatisfaction with the electric company in a Public Service Commission hearing in August. The PSC regulates state utilities.

“People feel like they don’t have a voice about how a fundamental service delivers into their own community or to their own street,” Riemer said. “This project gives us, as a community, a chance to shape our own future. That is what is exciting about it to me. Otherwise, we’ll just file cases at the [Public Service Commission] and we’ll wait for things to come up and we’ll react. This is not about reacting. This is about shaping the future.”

Councilwoman Nancy Floreen (D-At large) of Garrett Park offered a more sobering view.

“We’re ill-equipped to do this,” Floreen said. “We need the PSC.”

Ron Binz, former chairman of the Colorado Service Commission, where the city of Boulder is pursuing its own public power company, John Kelly and Kurt Yeager of the Galvin Electricity Initiative and John Jimison of the Energy Future Coalition all presented ideas and examples of cleaner, more efficient electricity.

Kelly said local generation of power (whether by solar means as Berliner has suggested or other methods such as wind) will not actually harm big utility companies.

“When we’re talking about local generation, we are talking about 20 or 30 percent of the power. The utility still gets 70 percent,” Kelly said. “We don’t really see this as a loss for utilities. We see it as a gain for customers.”

In his opening statement, Berliner quoted a passage from the book “An Electric Revolution: Reforming Monopolies, Reinventing the Grid and Giving Power to the People,” that said the country is at “a metaphorical 1776 of energy.”

“We can choose to maintain the grid as it now exists and is regulated, a course favored by most incumbent monopoly stakeholders who are as figuratively entrenched in law and society as was the British monarchy of the 1700s.  Or … we can reinvent the system to best serve the needs of consumers,” Berliner read.

“This is a future Montgomery County residents richly deserve,” said Berliner, who emphasized the importance of working with Pepco to achieve it. Pepco officials were at the hearing.

As of Thursday, what Berliner labeled the opening act of the project, just how that cooperation would work wasn’t clear.

by BethesdaNow.com — October 26, 2012 at 8:35 am 755 0

Pepco Says Outside Contractors Ready For Sandy — Pepco says it has 400 outside contractors on call to help prepare for and deal with effects from Hurricane Sandy. The company has come under fire before for not having enough crews ready to restore power. [ABC7]

Costume Up, Get Free Cupcake — Fraiche Cupcakery (10219 Old Georgetown Rd.) is giving up a free cupcake to everyone in a Halloween costume on Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday, Oct. 31. [Fraiche Cupcakery via hootsuite]

Spanish Chain Coming to Bethesda Row — 100 Montaditos, a fast casual montadito sandwich restaurant with roots in Spain and locations in Europe, Mexico, Canada and Florida, is coming to Bethesda Row. It will take over the former space of Green Papaya and should open in four to six months. [Bethesda Magazine]

MoCo Leaf Collection Starts Nov. 5 — Downcounty leaf collection from the Montgomery County Department of Transportation starts Nov. 5. Go to the Leaf Vacuuming website for more specific date information for your neighborhood or street. [Montgomery County]

Planning Board OKs White Flint, But School Fight Looms — The Montgomery County Planning Board yesterday approved a sketch plan for more than five million square feet of development at White Flint Mall. But the question of who will pay for a potential elementary school part of the development remains. [Washington Examiner]

Flickr photo by madjer33


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