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Police Release Sketch of Sexual Assault Suspect

by BethesdaNow.com | November 2, 2012 at 6:40 pm | 909 views | No Comments

Montgomery County Police today released a sketch of the suspect in an alleged sexual assault on Oct. 21 on the Capital Crescent Trail.

Police described the suspect as a thin, approximately 6-foot tall white male with a pale complexion and short brown hair.

Police say a white man riding a bicycle was observed in the area at the time of the assault, which occurred around 7 p.m. on the section of the Trail between Massachusetts Avenue and MacArthur Boulevard. Police did not say the man is a suspect in the case, instead that he may have information that can assist investigators.

They also released an image of a bicycle similar to the one the man was riding, which can be seen in the MCPD press release.

A 21-year-old woman said she was jogging on the Trail when she was knocked unconscious from behind and dragged off the path into nearby woods. She regained consciousness and called for help, when another jogger helped her to a house in the 4900 block of Brookeway Drive, according to the police account.

Detectives are asking anyone who might know the suspect or the bicycle rider to contact them at 301-279-8000. Police are offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest or indictment of the person responsible. Tips can be provided anonymously by texting “MCPD” and the tip to 274637 (CRIMES).

Image via MCPD

For Family Shelter, A Lighthouse To Show The Way

by BethesdaNow.com | November 2, 2012 at 5:15 pm | 836 views | No Comments

Somerset mayor and noted philanthropist Jeffrey Slavin donated a children’s playhouse to the National Center for Children and Families in a ceremony on Friday.

To NCCF Executive Director Dr. Sheryl Brissett Chapman, the two-story mock lighthouse with a slide and a pole is much more than a piece of playground equipment. It’s a powerful symbol to the people of NCCF’s Greentree Shelter, which serves as a transitional home primarily for single mothers with children.

“It’s important to see us really understand that children who come here do need to be inspired by us as a community, to see hope, to see life, to see a way out and that the community values them and their talented gifts,” Chapman said. “This is a very powerful gift and a powerful gift because this will excite them and help them feel the normalcy of childhood that every child deserves.”

Slavin, a real estate broker who runs his family’s Sanford and Doris Slavin Foundation, purchased the lighthouse in May, during a playhouse auction organized by Rebuilding Together Montgomery County. The event raised almost $120,000 for the Kensington-based nonprofit, which provides home repairs and upgrades to seniors or families in need.

All the playhouses were put on temporary display in Wisconsin Place, in Friendship Heights.

Slavin who has no children and said his house was too small for the structure anyway, connected with NCCF to place the lighthouse in the middle of its Greentree Road campus.

“My father was a sailor and he had a boat in Annapolis, and sailed in the bay,” Slavin said. “This is right in our backyard and so now we are dedicating this playhouse to the center so that for years to come the children in our community will be able to enjoy it.”

 

WWBG: Holiday Wine Buying Guide

by BethesdaNow.com | November 2, 2012 at 2:30 pm | 676 views | No Comments

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

With the holiday season right around the corner, wine consumption will definitely be on the rise. For some people, buying a bottle of wine from a store with a large selection can be a daunting task. With so many different wines with different labels from various regions throughout the world, it’s difficult to know what wine to choose. Without going into specifics about grapes, I’m going to give you some tips on how to buy a perfect bottle of wine for any occasion.

What are you willing to spend?

This is always the first question we ask when assisting a customer buy a bottle of wine. These days you can find a nice bottle of wine in any price range depending on what kind of complexity of flavors you are looking for.  We typically recommend three price ranges to our customers, under $10, $10-$15 dollars or over $20.  As a consumer, you should be aware of your wine allowance before you walk into a store and stick to your budget. You do not want to go into a wine shop with a budget of $20 and leave with a bottle that is $30-$40. Even if the wine is great, you won’t be walking out happy and will not find the same enjoyment in the wine. You can find a fantastic wine under any budget for any occasion.

What are your tastes and preferences?

Next question we simply ask is, what kind of wine do you like? First time wine buyers usually reply with: “Wines that tastes good.” This is true for all us wine drinkers but figuring out the exact type you enjoy, paired with certain foods, will go a long way in creating a wonderful wine-drinking experience. Simple questions to ask yourself in regards to your wine preferences include:

  • Do you prefer white wine or red wine?
  • Do you like dry or sweet?
  • Light, medium or full-bodied?

It is important to know your tastes and likes rather than a wine publication’s or wine merchant selling you wine. They may recommend a perfectly good wine that most people like, but that is not exactly your preference or taste. Another issue that comes up quite often is a consumer having a wine they enjoyed at a dinner party or at a restaurant but can not remember the name. To combat this issue, take a picture of the wine or write the wine maker, type the year down on a notepad (or in these times, your phone). A friendly wine merchant will be able help you locate that particular bottle or something similar to the wine you were looking for. Best rule: Buy the wine you will drink.

What’s for Dinner?

When buying wine for a meal or dinner party, you have to consider the best wine pairing for the main dish. There are some basic guidelines and questions you should ask yourself before buying a wine for a meal:

  • Is the meal going to be light or heavy?
  • Is the meal going to be fatty or lean?
  • Is the meal going to be rich or acidic?

With these characteristics in mind, you must try and keep flavors of the wine and meal in balance. Pair light foods with mild light wines, pair big, heavy, flavorful foods with big, heavy wines, and pair acidic food with acidic wines. If you are eating a meal with a heavy acidic content, you should go with an acidic wine to maintain the acids in the food. However, you should not mix acidic foods with a heavy creamy wine. They simply do not mix and will give off a metallic taste that no one likes.

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Early Voting Ends Today, Bethesda Polling Place List

by BethesdaNow.com | November 2, 2012 at 1:35 pm | 1,512 views | No Comments

Extended early voting ends today at 9 p.m. at five county polling places, none of which are in Bethesda.

If you were unable to make it to Rockville, Germantown or Silver Spring to get a jump on filling out the longest ballot in Montgomery County in 20 years, you’ll likely be heading to one of 32 polling places in the Bethesda-Chevy Chase election district on Tuesday.

If you are registered to vote from a Bethesda or Chevy Chase address and don’t know where your polling place is, you can find it here on the Montgomery County Board of Elections website.

The Nov. 6 general election includes a trio of high profile state ballot questions on the DREAM Act, same-sex marriage and expanded casino gambling, and a county question on police effects bargaining rights that has stirred a heated battle between the police union and the county government.

The full list and addresses of Bethesda-Chevy Chase polling places is after the jump.

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Crime Report: Oct. 15 to Oct. 23

by BethesdaNow.com | November 2, 2012 at 12:00 pm | 416 views | No Comments

Police made two arrests related to thefts from vehicles in a popular county parking garage:

Multiple thefts from vehicles were reported in the parking garage at 4935 St. Elmo Avenue, Bethesda on Sunday, 10/21 at 1:30 a.m.

Arrested: Male, 23, from Washington, DC; Male, 22, from Kensington.

But an unspecified number of unsolved thefts from vehicles were reported in Chevy Chase Village, which like the rest of the Bethesda District has been hit hard by thefts this year.

Multiple thefts from vehicles occurred this week from vehicles along several streets in the Chevy Chase Village area, all but one occurring between Tuesday, 10/16 and Wednesday, 10/17.  Affected streets included: the 3900 and 4000 blocks of Oliver Street, 5500 block of Grove Street, 5400 block of Center Street and the unit block of Kirke Street.

The rest of the most recently available Bethesda area crime summary after the jump.

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North Bethesda School Debuts Self-Made Cross Country Course

by BethesdaNow.com | November 2, 2012 at 11:05 am | 485 views | No Comments

 

A North Bethesda private school finally got to debut its work yesterday, a student-made cross country course that will serve a growing cross country program.

The Green Acres school (11701 Danville Dr.) was founded in 1934. On Thursday, it hosted its first-ever home cross country meet after the Alumni Classic was delayed by rain early last month.

Middle school-aged runners looped around the 1.1-mile course, a course they designed and built this fall through woods on Green Acres’ 15-acre campus.

Staff members Treena Selak, Matt Marchildon and Larry Jodrie helped supervise the construction of the course, which involved moving trees, brush and pulling weeds to create a path.

Interest in cross country is growing at the school and yesterday alum Ben Stern (Class of ’98) came back to speak to runners from Green Acres and opponent Lowell School before the race. Stern ran cross country at Princeton University and for the famed track and field program at Oregon University.

Grizzly runners took the top three spots in the boys and girls races.

Photos via Green Acres

Morning Notes

by BethesdaNow.com | November 2, 2012 at 10:00 am | 687 views | No Comments

Rock Spring Centre Hits Snag — The planned development, which was to feature a luxury movie theater and other retail on a 53-acre site at Rockledge Drive and Rock Spring Drive, will be without one major developer that had hoped to move it forward. Peterson Cos. pulled out of the project because the company could not agree to a lease with the two families that own the site. [Washington Post]

Bethesda Group Collects Leftover Halloween Candy For Troops — Treats-4-Troops is a Bethesda-based nonprofit that collects extra Halloween candy for troops overseas. The candy drive runs through this weekend and candy can be donated at a number of locations including Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow, Nov. 3. [WTOP]

Road Work To Watch Out For This Weekend — From 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, the State Highway Administration will close one northbound and one southbound lane of Rockville Pike from about 100 feet south of Cedar Lane to 800 feet north of Cedar Lane for resurfacing. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., SHA will close one southbound lane of Rockville Pike between Strathmore Avenue and Cedar Croft Lane for resurfacing. [@BracMoCoMd]

Flickr photo by Raoul Pop

UPDATED: Flooding Under Wisconsin Avenue

by BethesdaNow.com | November 2, 2012 at 9:11 am | 978 views | No Comments

(UPDATE: 12:45 p.m.) A leak in a replacement water main being installed on Wisconsin Avenue caused flooding in an underground garage and a morning traffic jam on Friday.

Authorities were called to the scene, on southbound Wisconsin Avenue just north of Bradley Boulevard, for the report of an underground water main break at around 8:30 a.m. But the incident stemmed from a pipe replacement project and not a break, WSSC spokeswoman Kira Calm Lewis said.

“It was actually the tail end of a water main replacement project. We actually replaced a line on that 6800 block of Wisconsin,” Lewis said. “This morning, the contractors were hooking the building connection up to the new water line and a leak occurred into the lowest level of the parking garage.”

The leak pooled up in the lowest level of the six-level garage under the Adagio condominiums, damaging about five cars parked there, Lewis said. Officials are still investigating how two to three feet of water got to the garage, as there was no apparent break that caused damage to surrounding concrete or sidewalk.

The sidewalk in front of the Adagio, close to the U.S. Post Office at 6900 Wisconsin Ave., was closed off quickly after the leak was discovered. According to one MCFRS official on the scene, somebody observed the brick sidewalk buckle against the building.

Lewis said the sidewalk was closed by MCFRS as a precaution. They performed a safety check and found there’s no reason to believe the leak is undermining the road or the sidewalk.

The leak caused a brief traffic build-up during the morning rush hour on Wisconsin Avenue, which calmed after officials opened the middle and left lanes. Montgomery County officials are warning the repairs could affect the afternoon rush hour as vehicles are taking up the right lane.

Lewis said there was no estimate on when WSSC would wrap up the repair work, but there’s a good chance they’ll be able to move some equipment out of the lane to open up more of it.

Water was restored to the condominiums and retail stores around the leak at about 11 a.m., Lewis said.

 

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