Contact the Village office for more information or to volunteer.
January—American Red Cross Babysitting Course (ages 11 +): Course for potential babysitters that teaches basic childcare techniques and first aid.
February—Movie Night (all ages): Families enjoy a movie shown on the big screen in the Village Hall along with snacks and drinks.
March—Saint Patrick’s Day Party (toddler age): A green party to celebrate St. Patty’s Day with green goodies and crafts.
April—Earth Day Event (elementary school age): Respect for Mother Earth starts at a young age. Kids will plant an herb garden that they can take home and watch grow.
May—Parents’ Night Out (all ages): Parents’ Night Out: Parents get the evening off while their kids enjoy crafts and entertainment in the care of babysitters at the Village Hall.
June—Backpack Donation & Ice Cream Social—(elementary school age): Celebrate the end of the school year by donating your lightly used backpacks and unused school supplies while enjoying an ice cream party with all the ‘fixins. Backpacks and school supplies will be donated to local kids in need.
September—Welcome Back BBQ at the Large Oliver St. Triangle Park (all ages): An event the whole family can enjoy., with entertainment, food and activities for the family to celebrate the return to school.
*Seasonal Food Drive will Run October through December*: Bring canned and other non-perishable food items to all Village events from October through December. Donations will be provided to a local food bank.
October—Costume Swap (all ages): Kids can exchange gently used Halloween costumes.
November/December—Gingerbread House Workshop (all ages): A local Gingerbread House building expert, will teach families how to construct their own house. Each family will get their very own Gingerbread House to take home for the holidays.
Crime summaries from the most recent Montgomery County Police Department report follow.
Two incidents of theft from vehicles occurred this week; both involved unsecured vehicles. On Monday 12/17 at approximately 3:30 p.m. a vehicle in the 5900 block of Tudor Lane was targeted, and sometime between 12/17 and 12/18, a vehicle parked in the 5900 block of Tudor Lane in Bethesda was entered; a GPS was taken.
A vehicle theft occurred in the 10400 block of Grosvenor Lane in Bethesda. Sometime between Tuesday 12/18 and Wednesday 12/19.
An incident of graffiti occurred in the 4400 block of S. Park Avenue in Bethesda overnight from Tuesday 12/18 to Wednesday 12/19
A residential garage burglary occurred in the 11000 block of Marcliff Road in North Bethesda overnight from Tuesday 12/18 to Wednesday 12/19. No forced entry; property was taken from inside an unlocked vehicle.
Four thefts from vehicles occurred this week in this Bethesda beat; two occurred between 9:00 a.m. and noon on Tuesday 12/18 in a church parking lot at 10010 Fernwood Road. Forced entry on both. A third incident occurred between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. in a library parking lot at 6400 Democracy Boulevard; the vehicle was found with forced entry as well. The fourth incident occurred overnight from Wednesday 12/19 to Thursday 12/20 in the 11700 block of Magruder Lane.
A residential burglary occurred in the 9200 block of Bardon Road in Bethesda on Thursday, 12/20 between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. No forced entry; property taken.
Three thefts from vehicles occurred this week in this Bethesda beat, two overnight from Thursday 12/20 to Friday 12/21 involved no signed of forced entry. The third occurred on Sunday 12/23 between 7:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. and entry was forced. Vehicles were searched and loose items were taken. Incidents occurred on Cheltenham Dr., Woodmont Ave. and Bethesda Ave.
At about 5:48 p.m., police say they received a call for a woman screaming in the 5800 block of Nicholson Lane. They found out the 56-year-old victim had just left White Flint Mall and was walking when three suspects came up behind her and demanded cash.
Police say one of the suspects punched her in the head before fleeing when she started screaming.
The off-duty cop followed them to the White Flint Metro station. There, officers arrested Jalonte Malki Cole, 17, of the 1100 block of Sumner Road in Southeast D.C., Tywone Omid Sommers, 16, also of the 1100 block of Sumner Road in Southeast D.C. and a 15-year-old male of the 8400 block of Hamlin Street in Glenarden, who was charged as a juvenile.
Cole was charged as an adult with armed robbery, second-degree assault, conspiracy to commit both and concealing a dangerous weapon. Police say he was carrying a BB gun pistol in his waist band. Sommers was charged with armed robbery, second-degree assault and conspiracy to commit both and was released yesterday on bond. Cole is still being held on a $50,000 bond, according to police.
Bethesda-based Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen and her Give An Hour nonprofit had a big 2012, but her mission may only be increasing in importance.
In 2005, Van Dahlen founded Give An Hour, a network of mental health professionals who volunteer to donate their counseling services to troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Since, the group has grown into a nationwide collection of 6,500 psychologists, social workers, psychiatrists and others.
In April, Van Dahlen was named as one of Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People.” She was invited to the White House as one of five winners of the Joining Forces Community Challenge and also attended the Clinton Global Initiative conference last summer in Chicago.
Yet even as U.S. troop involvement in Afghanistan and Iraq has decreased, the number of veterans seeking Give An Hour’s help has grown.
“We expect as the folks come home, as the service members are cut back because of budget cuts, we have more people dumped into communities who were serving multiple tours who don’t have a focus like they did before,” Van Dahlen said. “They’re often transitioning. We expect to see the ripple effects for the next five years.”
Give An Hour has gone from giving at least 3,000 clinical hours a quarter to at least 10,000 hours in the last few quarters of 2012.
“Our country thinks, ‘OK, the wars are over, this is great,’” Van Dahlen said. “But for those of us who are in this work, we all talk about how we’ve got this window until maybe a year from now when the country is going to turn away and think everything is done.”
A California native, Van Dahlen moved to the Washington to get her Ph.D. at the University of Maryland and settled in Bethesda, where she first saw a need to help troops returning home.
“I grew up during the post-Vietnam era. I didn’t want that again. I didn’t want a whole new population of veterans on the streets,” Van Dahlen said. “I knew if I would be available to do this, there was a possibility that this would catch fire.”
Before the holidays, Give An Hour signed a formal agreement with the National Guard. Providers register with the organization, which then connects them with veterans in their area in need of help.
Last year, Give An Hour offered services to victims of Hurricane Sandy and those affected by the Newtown, Conn., school shooting. Van Dahlen said she had providers offer to fly to the town on their own dime to help.
The simplicity of the process and the need for help has meant tremendous growth and visibility.
“I think the overall concept is very appealing and very easy,” Van Dahlen said. “We’re already looking at expanding into other populations. There’s kind of no end in sight.”
Video via Time 100
At Long Last, Bethesda Metro Elevator Reopens — The delayed elevator rehabilitation project passed state inspection and reopened yesterday. Next up: The replacement of the station’s three 212-foot escalators, a more intensive project expected to begin sometime in 2014. [Robert Dyer @ Bethesda Row]
Southbound Wisconsin Avenue Lanes Remain Closed — Two of three southbound lanes on Wisconsin Avenue south of Bradley Boulevard remain closed this morning as WSSC crews continue work on a water main break from last night.
Montgomery County Courthouse Hosts First Same-Sex Marriages — Five couples were among the first same-sex marriages in Montgomery County yesterday when they were married in the county courthouse. [The Gazette]
Flickr photo by eddie.welker
Frank Jonathan Hirschel, 43, was last seen at his home in the 6000 block of Southport Drive at 3:45 p.m. yesterday (Tuesday). Police say because he is without his medication, there is concern for his well-being.
Hirschel is 5-feet-10, and weighs 170 pounds. Police don’t know what he was wearing when he left his home.
Any one with information on Hirschel should call MCPD at 301-279-8000.
Photo via MCPD