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Pedestrian Struck At Nicholson Lane

by BethesdaNow.com | November 12, 2012 at 1:58 pm | 911 views | No Comments

A pedestrian was struck by a car just before 1:30 p.m. today near the intersection of Nicholson Lane and Rockville Pike.

Police reported the pedestrian was a 77-year-old man and was rushed to Suburban Hospital. Police were called to the incident at about 1:26 p.m.

Police remained with others involved in the incident near the scene at the Exxon gas station just west of Rockville Pike.

There was no word on the condition of the pedestrian.

Bethesda Observes Veterans Day

by BethesdaNow.com | November 12, 2012 at 12:25 pm | 450 views | No Comments

Veterans gathered with politicians and other local figures to observe Veterans Day today in Woodmont Triangle’s Veteran’s Park.

The Kiwanis Club of Bethesda and the American Legion, Fitzgerald Cantrell Post No. 105 combined to sponsor the event, which included remarks from Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D) and County Council President Roger Berliner (D-Bethesda-Potomac).

Both spoke about Bethesda’s unique role in veterans affairs, with the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center now home to both the Army’s and Navy’s main medical centers for wounded and recovering veterans.

American Legion, Fitzgerald Cantrell Post No. 105 Commander Bob Waters lowered the flag to half-staff at the beginning of the ceremony before raising it at the end. The Post placed a floral wreath near the fountain in the park, along with organizations such as the Bethesda Chevy Chase Regional Services Center, Greater Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chamber of Commerce, Bethesda Chevy Chase Rotary Club, Bethesda Urban Partnership and Kiwanis Club.

The ceremony was the 53rd annual edition of the event.

Gingerbread House Workshop Raises Money For Food Bank

by BethesdaNow.com | November 12, 2012 at 11:15 am | 629 views | No Comments

The Central Farm Markets 2nd Annual Gingerbread Workshop to raise money for the Manna Food Center will take place on Dec. 8 in downtown Bethesda.

The event, at the Hyatt Regency (1 Bethesda Metro Center), will work as a fundraiser for Manna, the county’s main food bank that has partnerships with a wide-ranging network of community nonprofits.

Central Farm Markets will provide all of the materials necessary for building the gingerbread houses and expert instruction from artist Harriet Lesser.

Participants can sign up for a morning or afternoon session. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. One house, recommended for a family of up to four, costs $25 and two houses cost $40.

Those interested can register here. Central Farm Markets says it will not accept walk-ins this year. The event sold out in 2011.

Busy Playoff Weekend For B-CC Teams

by BethesdaNow.com | November 12, 2012 at 10:05 am | 402 views | No Comments

A busy playoff weekend left one Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School team with a state championship, one on the verge of a historic fifth straight and one hoping for more progress next year.

The Barons girls cross country team won its second straight 4A state title on Saturday, thanks in part to a first-place performance from sophomore Caroline Beakes. Beakes won with a time of 19 minutes and 17.4 seconds. The meet took place on the three-mile course at Hereford High School north of Baltimore. B-CC sophomore Nora McUmber finished third with a time of 19:28.1. and the team almost doubled the amount of points of second place Quince Orchard.

B-CC’s other defending state champions won over the weekend as well, setting up a chance at a fifth straight state title. The Barons’ girls soccer team beat Sherwood in penalty kicks in the state semifinals on Saturday to advance to the 4A state title game this week against Anne Arundel County school South River.

Sophomore Denali Minnick scored the clinching penalty kick after B-CC missed its first two. Goalkeeper Angela White saved a fifth-round Sherwood kick that would have ended the Barons’ season.

The B-CC football team, in its second straight playoff contest against state power Quince Orchard, didn’t fare as well.

The Barons lost 55-13 in Gaithersburg, ending a season that saw a second straight playoff berth and third consecutive winning record. It was the first time since the 1950′s that B-CC had three straight winning seasons. Before last year, the Barons last made the playoffs in 1995.

Morning Notes

by BethesdaNow.com | November 12, 2012 at 9:00 am | 390 views | No Comments

B-CC Expansion Must Go Forward, Officials Say — Expansion plans at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School must happen, according to MCPS officials, who fear the gradually increasing amount of students at the school will be too much for the county’s smallest high school campus to handle. Many parents had expressed concern that MCPS planners could not adequately account for the new students arriving from ongoing development. [The Gazette]

Bethesda Veterans Day Ceremony — The Bethesda Kiwanis Club will hold its annual Veterans Day ceremony at 10:45 a.m. at Veteran’s Park in Woodmont Triangle. [Bethesda Patch]

Fairmont Avenue Shop Celebrates Grand Opening — Take5 Boutique, a new fashion shop on Fairmont Avenue, celebrated its grand opening this weekend. Azerbaijan native and store co-owner Sakina Iskender says it will be the exclusive outlet for a number of leading Turkish clothing designers. [Robert Dyer @ Bethesda Row]

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