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by BethesdaNow.com — January 7, 2013 at 2:45 pm 3 Comments

 

There are plenty of frozen yogurt shops to go around, but a pair of local businessmen opening one in Bethesda say they have the perfect location in which to thrive.

Ash Rahimi and his business partner will open their second location of FYI (Frozen Yogurt Indulgence) in the Georgetown Square shopping center in the next week or two.

What sets this shop apart? Rahimi says it’s the location and the options other than yogurt. The shop will offer smoothies, juices, milkshakes and locally-sourced wheatgrass shots to go along with six flavors of self-serve yogurt.

The shop, next to Georgetown Square Wine and Beer just steps from a busy Giant grocery store and Walter Johnson High School, is in a prime spot.

“It’s about finding good locations,” Rahimi said. “For us, being right next to the high school in a great community is perfect. I say the things I need in an area are a gym, a school, a church and a synagogue. That shows you a community and we have that here.”

Rahimi’s first FYI location was in L’Enfant Plaza in D.C.

by BethesdaNow.com — January 7, 2013 at 1:40 pm 0

Montgomery County will hold its Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration on Jan. 20 and Jan. 21 in North Bethesda.

The two-day schedule includes a concert on Sunday, Jan. 20 at the Music Center at Strathmore (5301 Tuckerman Lane) and a “Day of Service” on Monday, Jan. 21 with an annual program at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center (5701 Marinelli Rd.) from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The Strathmore musical celebration, set for 3 p.m., will feature music and dance acts and the announcement of the 2013 recipients of the Children of the Dream, Humanitarian and Literary Arts Awards.

Tickets are free but must be reserved through the Strathmore’s website, via phone at 301-581-5100 or at the Strathmore box office.

The service day will include a number of indoor projects at the Hotel and Conference Center, including card decoration for troops, peanut butter and jelly sandwich making for local shelters, making fleece blankets for Montgomery Hospice and packing snow day boxes for meals on Wheels.

All the projects are approved for MCPS Student Service Learning hours. Montgomery County is asking all interested volunteers to sign up in advance.

Flickr photo by alvesfamily

by BethesdaNow.com — January 7, 2013 at 12:26 pm 3 Comments

 

A major water main break at Connecticut Avenue and Franklin Street has all southbound lanes of Connecticut Avenue closed this afternoon.

The break occurred around 11 a.m., breaking through asphalt and causing a significant pool of water on the three southbound lanes of Connecticut.

Police just reopened the northbound lanes. A WSSC crew was on the scene.

 

by BethesdaNow.com — January 7, 2013 at 10:35 am 0

Starting in February, the Strathmore (10701 Rockville Pike) will host an exhibit of artwork based on anatomical drawings, x-ray machines and DNA models in its “Pulse: Art and Medicine” show.

The exhibit will run in the Mansion at Strathmore from Feb. 16 to April 13 with a public opening reception on Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. and a talk and tour on Feb. 23.

The work to the left is from New York artist Virgil Wong, who used digital composition to print the piece on metal.

The exhibit is free to visit and is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

For more details on the works visit the exhibit page.

Photo via Strathmore

by BethesdaNow.com — January 7, 2013 at 9:45 am 0

A real estate website says Bethesda will have the third healthiest housing market in the U.S. in 2013, thanks in part to one of the highest job growth rates in the country.

NBC News released results from real estate analysts at Trulia.com that rank Bethesda among big cities such as Houston, San Francisco and San Antonio for “2013′s Top 10 Healthiest Housing Markets.”

Trulia took data from the Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD area as defined by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. A 2.8 percent job growth rate in the first 10 months of 2012 was one of the nation’s highest and low vacancy and foreclosure rates helped rank Bethesda at No. 3:

The 2.8 percent job growth in the first 10 months of 2012 was one of the highest rates in the United States. Area home prices have been pushed upwards by limited supply: the Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick area had one of the nation’s lowest vacancy rates, at 1.2 percent in November, as well as one of its lowest foreclosure inventories, at just 2.7 homes per 1,000 units during October. Through November, the asking price per square foot for homes in the area was lower than only 14 other metro areas. Over the last year, asking prices have risen just 5.5 percent and median price per square foot was $169.15, slightly higher than Washington, D.C.

Houston came in first and San Francisco was second. San Antonio, Austin, Texas, Seattle, Omaha, Neb., Peabody, Mass., Fort Worth, Texas and Louisville, Ky., followed.

Flickr photo by Bethesda Bungalows; h/t @livability

by BethesdaNow.com — January 7, 2013 at 8:45 am 0

Police Chase Carjacking Suspect After Crash At Chevy Chase Circle — Montgomery County and D.C. Police closed off streets around Chevy Chase Circle early Sunday morning to search for a carjacking suspect. It’s not known if the police apprehended the suspect. [NBC4]

Police Warn of Mail Thefts — Montgomery County Police are warning residents of a series of thefts from mailboxes since November. Police say somebody is stealing outgoing mail, mainly checks to pay bills, from mailboxes with flags up. [Montgomery County Police]

Town of Chevy Chase Coat Drive — The Town of Chevy Chase is sponsoring a January coat drive. Bring lightly used coats, gloves, mittens and scarves to the Town office (4301 Willow Lane) from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. [The Gazette]

Flickr photo by g_hanten

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