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by BethesdaNow.com — December 24, 2012 at 9:20 pm 768 0

UPDATE, 9:45 p.m.: Montgomery County Police say Frances Granger Kress, who was reported missing from her Bethesda home earlier today, has been found in Washington, D.C.

ORIGINAL STORY: Montgomery County Police are asking for help to locate a missing Bethesda woman who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.

Police say Frances Granger Kress, 84, of the 8100 block of Cindy Lane left her house earlier today in a light blue 2005 Jaguar with Maryland tags 1DPF74.

According to police, she was wearing a dark purple sweatsuit and a white coat. Kress has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and also suffers from Dementia, police said.

Police said family is concerned for her and they are asking anyone who sees her to contact detectives from the 1st Police District.

Cindy Lane is just west of the Beltway, near the intersection of Seven Locks Road and River Road.

Photo via Montgomery County Police Department

by BethesdaNow.com — December 24, 2012 at 9:05 pm 967 0

A crash on the outer loop of the Beltway at Connecticut Avenue has shut down all lanes tonight.

The collision happened around 7:45 p.m. Two people involved have life threatening injuries, according to Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Services Assistant Chief Scott Graham.

Three more people involved had serious injuries and one had minor injuries, according to a tweet from Graham around 8:30 p.m.

Authorities were diverting westbound outer loop traffic to Georgia Avenue.

Photo via TrafficLand

by BethesdaNow.com — December 24, 2012 at 3:00 pm 550 0

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Montgomery County until 8 p.m., with one to two inches of snow expected and less than an inch of accumulation forecasted for the Bethesda area.

Roads will be slippery from snow and sleet, which could cause traffic issues this afternoon and evening. Northern Montgomery County is expected to get most of the accumulation on the roads (one to two inches).

… WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 PM EST THIS EVENING…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON HAS ISSUED A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW AND SLEET… WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 PM EST THIS EVENING.

* PRECIPITATION TYPE… SNOW AND SLEET.

* PRECIPITATION TYPE AND TIMING… SNOW WILL BEGIN EARLY THIS AFTERNOON. SNOW WILL MIX WITH SLEET AND RAIN AT TIMES BEFORE TAPERING OFF THIS EVENING.

* ACCUMULATIONS… 1 TO 2 INCHES ACROSS NORTHERN MONTGOMERY… NORTHERN HOWARD AND NORTHERN BALTIMORE COUNTIES. LESS THAN AN INCH ELSEWHERE.

* TEMPERATURES… LOWER TO MIDDLE 30S.

* WINDS… SOUTHEAST 5 MPH OR LESS.

* IMPACTS… UNTREATED ROADS MAY BECOME SNOW COVERED AND SLIPPERY IN SPOTS… ESPECIALLY ACROSS THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS OF NORTHERN MONTGOMERY… NORTHERN HOWARD AND NORTHERN BALTIMORE COUNTIES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

THIS WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW AND SLEET WILL CAUSE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SLIPPERY ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES… AND USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING.

by BethesdaNow.com — December 24, 2012 at 12:00 pm 1,067 0

There will be no shortage of Bethesda restaurants open on Christmas Day, and you won’t be limited to the traditional Chinese food fare.

Assagi Mozzarella Bar (4838 Bethesda Ave.), Bangkok Garden (4906 St. Elmo Ave.), Benihana (7935 Wisconsin Ave.), Bethesda Crab House (4958 Bethesda Ave.), Brasserie Monte Carlo (7929 Norfolk Ave.), City Lights of China (4820 Bethesda Ave.), Golden House (8100 Wisconsin Ave.), Legal Sea Foods (7101 Democracy Blvd., Westfield Montgomery Mall), MayFlower Chinese (7925 Norfolk Ave.), North China Restaurant (7814 Old Georgetown Rd.), Passage to India (4931 Cordell Ave.), Positano Ristorante Italiano (4948 Fairmont Ave.), Ruth Chris Steak House (7315 Wisconsin Ave.),  Sala Thai (4828 Cordell Ave.), Shanghai Village (4929 Bethesda Ave.), Sushi Ko (5455 Wisconsin Ave.), Tara Thai (4828 Bethesda Ave.) are some of the spots that will be open tomorrow.

Some are reservation only and some will open for dinner only, so call ahead.

Bethesda Row Cinema (7235 Woodmont Ave.) and the Regal Bethesda 10 movie theater (7272 Wisconsin Ave.) will be open as usual for any who have a movie-going Christmas Day tradition.

Bethesda’s three Giant grocery store locations (7142 Arlington Rd., 10400 Old Georgetown Rd. and 5400 Westbard Ave.) will be open until 7 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Christmas Day. Safeway (7625 Old Georgetown Rd., 4701 Sangamore Rd.) will be open until 8 p.m. today and from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Harris Teeter grocery store in White Flint (11845 Old Georgetown Rd., North Bethesda) will be open until 7 p.m. today and closed tomorrow, same with the Whole Foods Market at 5629 River Rd.

by BethesdaNow.com — December 24, 2012 at 10:15 am 573 0

The reopening date for the Bethesda Metro station elevator has been pushed back to Friday, Dec. 28, but Metro officials say the project is done and is awaiting a required state inspection.

Metro spokesman Dan Stessel said the elevator is going through state inspection and “it is our hope that it will be done later this week and placed back into service.”

The elevator project has been closely watched since it started in May, especially by those who can’t use the station’s three escalators (at 212 feet the second longest in the Western Hemisphere.)

County leaders pressed for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority to speed up the escalator replacement process, since they often go out because of old age. But Metro will proceed with its scheduled replacement of the escalators in 2014.

The escalators have been the lone entry and exit point at the Bethesda station since the elevator was closed for rehabilitation.

Last Thursday, Metro reported the escalators went out around 2:30 p.m. and they were back operating at 3:11 p.m.

 

 

Still, it’s caused headaches for some riders. On Nov. 1, Metro said the scheduled reopening of the elevators in October had been pushed back three weeks. On Nov. 28, Metro officials told The Gazette the elevators could be reopened as soon as the next week, depending on the availability of state inspectors.

by BethesdaNow.com — December 24, 2012 at 9:00 am 457 0

County Government Closed Today — Following the federal government’s lead, the Montgomery County government will close all offices today. Parking at county parking lots and meters will be free today. [Montgomery County]

Bocce Team at B-CC Allows Special Needs Students to Participate — Montgomery County’s corollary sports program lets students who wouldn’t normally get to compete in a varsity sport participate. At Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, as well as a number of others in the county, half of the corollary bocce team must be made up of special needs students. [Washington Post]

Federal Realty’s Ambitious Plan For White Flint — The developer is testing the limits of creating an urban environment from scratch with its Pike & Rose plan for Mid-Pike Plaza. One blogger looks at what it could mean for North Bethesda. [Friends of White Flint]

Flickr photo by Positively Present

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