by BethesdaNow.com — January 10, 2013 at 4:05 pm 0

Bethesda District Police Commander Capt. David Falcinelli today said the area saw double-digit reductions in property crimes in 2012 compared to 2011.

Falcinelli reported a 40 percent drop in residential burglaries (357 in 2011 to 214 in 2012), 17 percent drop in commercial burglaries (103 to 85), 23 percent drop in thefts from autos (1175 to 901) and a 40 percent drop in stolen autos (172 to 102).

“These decreases are especially significant as property crimes are the majority of the crimes that occur here,” Falcinelli wrote. “Just yesterday, residential burglary arrests were made in the Bethesda District because of an alert homeowner that called police after suspecting that a knock at the door was a ruse to see if someone was at home. In this case, the suspects knocked at the front door and then made up a name when the homeowner answered, pretending to be at the wrong house. These suspects ultimately did commit a burglary nearby and were quickly arrested with property still in their possession.”

Crimes against persons increased in 2012, with 57 combined street and commercial robberies compared to 42 in 2011.

Falcinelli, whose 2nd District will now include Potomac and Randolph Hills in North Bethesda, again urged residents to report suspicious persons and vehicles immediately.

by BethesdaNow.com — January 10, 2013 at 2:05 pm 0

Officials from the State Highway Administration will provide updates next week on the numerous road and sidewalk projects going on in and around downtown Bethesda.

SHA representatives are scheduled to speak during the next meeting of the Walter Reed BRAC (Base Realignment and Closure) Integration Committee starting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 15 at the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center (4805 Edgemoor Lane).

Many of the projects, including utility and pavement work at Rockville Pike and Cedar Lane and an intersection widening and lane construction at Connecticut Avenue and Jones Bridge Road, are being paid for with help from grants from the Department of Defense.

A schedule of all projects is available on the Montgomery County website.

The SHA will also give a presentation on post-construction landscape designs for the Connecticut Avenue and Jones Bridge Road project.

The meeting will also include briefings from the county’s BRAC coordinator and neighborhood representatives.

For more information, visit Montgomery County’s BRAC website.

by BethesdaNow.com — January 10, 2013 at 12:25 pm 0

Somebody left a mark on the construction site that used to be the East-West Highway McDonald’s over the Christmas holiday, according to police:

Graffiti was painted outside a construction site in the 4500 block of East West Highway, Bethesda sometime between Monday, 12/24 and Thursday, 12/27.

Crews are building a new office building on the property.

The rest of the most recent Bethesda District crime summary:

A residential burglary occurred in the 10200 block of Frederick Avenue, Kensington on Monday, 12/24 between noon and 8:00 p.m.  Unforced entry; property taken.

Four thefts from vehicles occurred overnight from Sunday, 12/30 to Monday, 12/31 in this Chevy Chase beat.  All four vehicles were unsecured; they were entered and searched.  Three occurred in the 8600 block of Village Park Place; an iPod was taken from one of the vehicles.  The fourth incident occurred in the 3700 block of Village Park Drive; nothing was reported missing.

An attempted robbery occurred in the 5800 block of Nicholson Lane, Rockville on Tuesday, 1/1 at approximately 5:45 p.m.  The suspects assaulted the victim and unsuccessfully attempted to remove property.

Arrested: Male, 16, from Washington, DC; male, 17, from Washington, DC; male, 15, from Glen Arden

by BethesdaNow.com — January 10, 2013 at 11:15 am 0

Close to 70 guest readers gathered at Chevy Chase’s Rock Creek Forest Elementary School Thursday morning to read and to emphasize the importance of reading to some of the school’s 600 students.

The sixth annual “Reading Rocks” event began when University of Maryland track coach Andrew Valmon, whose kids go to the school, asked former principal David Chia how his track athletes could volunteer.

Chia came up with the concept of the team members reading to the students, so they could ask college students about their favorite school subjects growing up.

“He asked to please have your student-athletes come to our school and read to our students so they will know there is such a thing as a college student and there is an expectation that they should think, ‘Oh, I can go to college, too,'” said Rock Creek Forest reading specialist Carla Register.

Valmon made the event mandatory and it’s grown. Today, Rep. Chris Van Hollen, County Executive Isiah Leggett, County Councilmembers Roger Berliner, Hans Riemer and Phil Andrews as well as a number of County Board of Education members, parents and former staff took turns reading to students.

“We felt that mixing the athletes with people in the community was a great way to get the kids excited,” Valmon said. “They talk about their experiences growing up and how they read. We felt like this was a way to give back. The parents do so much to keep this going.”

Rock Creek Forest will be moving to the Radnor Center over the summer for a year and a half as the existing building is demolished and rebuilt.

Principal Jennifer Lowndes said the school has a number of students for whom emphasizing the importance of reading is important. The school has an English Academy and Spanish Immersion program.


by BethesdaNow.com — January 10, 2013 at 10:30 am 0

Bethesda’s winter Restaurant Week has new sponsors, new prices and a new organizer this year, according to lead media sponsor Bethesda Magazine.

Below is a list of participating restaurants with price points for lunch and dinner. (Restaurant Week runs from Thursday, Jan. 24 to Sunday Feb. 3.)

Assaggi Mozzarella Bar (4838 Bethesda Avenue); (301) 951-1988; www.assaggirestaurant.com ;Lunch $12 and Dinner $33

Black’s Bar & Kitchen (7750 Woodmont Avenue #201); (301) 652-5525; www.blacksbarandkitchen.com; Lunch $16

Brasserie Monte Carlo (7929 Norfolk Avenue); (301) 656-9225; www.brasseriemontecarlo.com; Lunch $16 and Dinner $33

Capital Grille – Chevy Chase (5310 Western Avenue); (301) 718-7812; www.thecapitalgrille.com; Lunch $16 and Dinner $33


by BethesdaNow.com — January 10, 2013 at 9:00 am 0

Bethesda Metro Elevator Out of Service — After seven months of rehabilitation work, the street-to-gate elevator at the Bethesda Metro station is out again, this time until tomorrow, according to WMATA’s maintenance schedule. [Fix WMATA via Twitter]

Civil Cigar Lounge Debuts Next to Voltaggio’s Range — The 93-seat, cigar bar and lounge will have a ventilation system that replaces the air every two minutes, part of celebrity chef Bryan Voltaggio’s swanky new Range restaurant in the Chevy Chase Pavilion. [Washington Post]

Maryland Schools Top List For Fifth Straight Year — Maryland schools were rated No. 1 in Education Week’s “Quality Counts” report for the fifth straight year. The state’s Department of Education spokesman that’s thanks in part to the funding support the system receives from the General Assembly. [Washington Examiner]

Flickr photo by ehpien


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