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by BethesdaNow.com — December 26, 2012 at 12:30 pm 1,162 0

Farm to Freezer, the Bethesda nonprofit that prepares and donates leftover Farmers Market goods for the homeless, won a national contest to speak at a conference on sustainable food programming.

The TEDxManhattan “Changing the Way We Eat” conference on Feb. 16 in New York will be viewed by like-minded nonprofits across the country and should afford Farm to Freezer some widespread recognition.

The program, organized and created by Cheryl Kollin, started this year with a network of volunteers who collected 300 to 400 pounds of donated produce from the Bethesda FRESHFARM farmers market each week. They would then use various Bethesda church commercial kitchens to either preserve the food or make it into useable products such as tomato sauce.

The food and the products were given to homelessness prevention nonprofit Bethesda Cares, which will have enough food to feed its homeless clients through winter, Kollin said.

Kollin hopes the program expands in 2013. The group received about 600 of the 2,000 votes on a number of programs up to speak at the event.

“I am thrilled announce that Farm to Freezer won the TEDxManhattan speaker challenge! Winning a speaking opportunity at TEDx will provide critical visibility and hopefully, lead to funding that will support this social enterprise,” Kollin wrote in an announcement.

She will present on Feb. 16 and will again organize a local viewing party in Bethesda at the offices of Bethesda Green.

Photo via TEDxManhattan

by BethesdaNow.com — December 26, 2012 at 10:30 am 1,225 0

Two people died in a three-car collision on Monday night on the outer loop of the Beltway, according to reports from the Associated Press and Washington Post.

Maryland State Police told the Washington Post that the incident occurred around 7:40 p.m., when the driver of a Chevrolet Malibu hydroplaned on a curve and slid across the highway and spun into a Toyota pickup truck. A Chevrolet Silverado then hit the Malibu, police said.

Two passengers, a 30-year-old woman and 17-year-old male both from Silver Spring, were taken to hospitals with life-threatening injuries but later died, police said.

The 36-year-old driver of the Malibu also sustained serious injuries. All others involved had minor injuries, police said.

The crash closed all lanes of the outer loop near Connecticut Avenue on Monday night, as a light rain continued to fall in near-freezing temperaturs.

Photo via TrafficLand

by BethesdaNow.com — December 26, 2012 at 9:00 am 620 0

New Developer Jumps Into White Flint — Rockville-based Foulger-Pratt bought the two-story office building at 11600 Nebel St. earlier this month and plans to buy more property to build what would be the fifth major mixed-use development in the White Flint area. [Washington Post]

Leggett Asks For Bus Rapid Transit’s First Million — County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) has asked that $1 million be taken out of the county’s transportation reserve fund and used to study the Bus Rapid Transit network, which could include a bus-only lane with transit stops on the Wisconsin Avenue/Route 355 corridor. [The Gazette]

Chevy Chase Sporting Goods Shop Features High-End Merchandise — Going to the slopes this winter? Need a $680 skiing hat or snowboarding goggles with a built-in GPS for $450? One storeowner in Chevy Chase is betting you do. [Washington Post]

Flickr photo by IamJomo

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