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Winter Weather Advisory In Effect For Thursday Morning

by BethesdaNow.com | January 23, 2013 at 4:10 pm | No Comments

The National Weather Service says around an inch of snow accumulation is possible from midnight to 9 a.m. tomorrow.

It issued a Winter Weather Advisory this afternoon:

…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 9 AM EST THURSDAY…THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON HAS ISSUED A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW… WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 9 AM EST THURSDAY.

* PRECIPITATION TYPE…SNOW

* ACCUMULATIONS…AROUND AN INCH.

* TIMING…OVERNIGHT INTO EARLY THURSDAY MORNING.

* TEMPERATURES…UPPER TEENS AND LOWER 20S.

* WINDS…NORTHEAST 5 TO 10 MPH OVERNIGHT BECOMING NORTH 10 TO 20 MPH THURSDAY MORNING.

* IMPACTS…ANY UNTREATED SURFACES WILL BECOME SNOW COVERED AND SLIPPERY. ANY SNOW COVERED SURFACES WILL REMAIN SLIPPERY THROUGH THE MORNING RUSH.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW WILL CAUSE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SLIPPERY ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES…AND USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING.

The freezing temperatures could make for a tricky morning commute. The Washington Post’s Capital Weather Gang says another dusting could come during the Friday evening rush hour.

Council Committee To Discuss Towing Law’s Impact

by BethesdaNow.com | January 23, 2013 at 3:35 pm | No Comments

A County Council Committee tomorrow will hear how a recent state law against predatory towing has complicated matters in parking-strapped areas such as downtown Bethesda.

Eric Friedman, director of the county’s Office of Consumer Protection, has been a leading advocate against the practice of predatory towing — in which tow companies aggressively and in some cases illegally tow cars in private commercial lots to boost revenue.

But since a new Maryland law curbing the practice went into effect on Oct. 1, there’s been confusion about how Montgomery County’s already stringent regulations are affected. Many parts of the state’s law were already in place in Montgomery County.

The county has asked the state for permission to allow its existing laws to apply rather than the new state law, according to a County Council press release today.

The Public Safety Committee, which includes Councilman Roger Berliner (D-Bethesda-Potomac), will hear from Friedman on Thursday morning. One effect of the new state law is a lawsuit from a local towing company against both the state and county, an issue that could come up during tomorrow’s session.

Italian Cultural Society Bringing Concert To Bethesda Pizzeria

by BethesdaNow.com | January 23, 2013 at 2:35 pm | No Comments

The Bethesda-based Italian Cultural Society of Washington, D.C. is bringing a special musical event to one of Bethesda’s most authentic Italian eateries.

Tonino Tosto and a group of singers from Rome will perform songs from the Lombardy region of Italy, taking those in attendance through a musical Italian trip on Friday, Feb. 1 at Pizzeria Da Marco (8008 Woodmont Ave.).

Pizzeria Da Marco general manager Alessandro Ferro claims to have the only authentic Neapolitan pizzeria in Bethesda, though there are a number of wood-fired oven competitors.

The Cultural Society event will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and organizers are asking for $5 from non-Cultural Society members.

A RSVP is required. For more information, call the Cultural Society’s Danielle Ehrman at 301-215-7885.

Roti Offering Free Lunch For A Year With Bethesda Opening

by BethesdaNow.com | January 23, 2013 at 1:40 pm | No Comments

Roti Mediterranean Grill is expected to open at Westlake Village Center (10327 Westlake Dr.) soon and when it does, it will give away free lunch for a year.

All who enter can tell Roti why they deserve the prize and all will get a free falafel when the fast casual spot opens, likely next month. Ten will win a second place prize of free Roti for a month.

The falafel, kabob and salad restaurant is ramping up its presence in the Washington area and has already signed on to open a location in the Pike & Rose development in White Flint, set to open in 2014.

For more information and to enter, visit the contest website.

Bethesda Gallery To Feature Local Photographers

by BethesdaNow.com | January 23, 2013 at 12:45 pm | No Comments

Bethesda Urban Partnership’s Gallery B will feature the work of three area photographers and one from Pennsylvania in its February exhibit.

The gallery will include images such as the panorama above of Great Falls, from Chevy Chase resident Dave Montgomery. Montgomery, a vacation photographer, became interested in photography while digitally enhancing images scanned from slides and photos.

Since 2004, Montgomery’s digital composition and photography has been in more than 70 juried shows around the Washington area, including the Friendship Heights Village Center in Chevy Chase and the Strathmore Hall Arts Center in North Bethesda.

Joining Montgomery at the exhibit’s opening reception on Friday, Feb. 8 (from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.) will be Howard Clark, of Montgomery Village, Martin Evans, of Bowie, and Stephen Hoff, of Lock Haven, Pa.

The gallery hours are noon to 6 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday. Gallery B is located at 7700 Wisconsin Ave., Suite E.

Photos via Bethesda Urban Partnership

 

100 Montaditos Coming To Bethesda Row In May

by BethesdaNow.com | January 23, 2013 at 11:45 am | 2 Comments

The Spanish sandwich chain 100 Montaditos plans to open its store at 4922 Elm St. (in the former space of Green Papaya) in May, its first U.S. location outside of Florida.

The fast casual restaurant serves montaditos, the crunchy Spanish rolls baked to order, filled with ingredients such as Serrano ham, tortilla, chorizo sausage and Iberian cheese. As the name implies, there are 100 varieties of fillings available and the bread is partially baked in Spain before being frozen and delivered to more than 250 locations around the world.

“Bethesda is an area comprised of individuals who are cultured, seasoned travelers and enjoy diverse dining,” said restaurant spokesman Juan Gervas. “They may have been exposed to our brand during their travels to Spain or generally enjoy Spanish cuisine.”

The restaurant boasts a wealth of distinctly Spanish ingredients. Gervas said the ham is made exclusively from Iberian pigs bred in “restricted areas” of southwestern Spain and southeastern Portugal, where the meat is cured for up to 36 months.

100 Montaditos will offer traditional dishes such as patatas bravas (potatoes in a spicy red sauce) sangria, and a collection of Spanish beer and wine.

The tapas-sized sandwiches range in price from $1 to $3 and platters of cheeses and ham go for $9. Gervas said the restaurant is planning a $1 Mahou draft beer promotion on Wednesdays.

Bethesda Eyeglass Store Gives NIH Patient The Gift Of Sight

by BethesdaNow.com | January 23, 2013 at 10:00 am | No Comments

A resident at The Children’s Inn at NIH recently received an important gift thanks to charity One Sight and the Lenscrafters store in Montgomery Mall.

Winie, a 17-year-old NIH patient from the Dominican Republic living in the Inn’s Woodmont House, was suffering from vision problems as a result of her medication, a common problem among patients according to media relations manager Meredith Daly.

After getting a prescription from her doctor at NIH, Winie on Monday received a donated pair of glasses through the One Sight program. Lenscrafters upgraded her pair above the cost of the voucher, Daly said.

The donation is more important considering Winie plans to return to school in the Dominican Republic on Friday after seven months at the Inn. Winie arrived in Bethesda with her mom.

“It’s a huge gift to her,” Daly said. “For her to have been able to get this donation, it’s just something they couldn’t have done on their own.”

Photo from The Children’s Inn at NIH via Facebook

Morning Notes

by BethesdaNow.com | January 23, 2013 at 9:05 am | No Comments

Blogger Says Bethesda Metro South Entrance Should Be Built Regardless of Purple Line — Greater Greater Washington’s Cavan Wilk says County Executive Isiah Leggett’s recommended delay of funding for the Bethesda Metro station south entrance is “misguided.” [Greater Greater Washington]

Maryland Senate President Proposes 3 Percent Gas Tax — Senate President Mike Miller (D-Calvert) says he’ll introduce the proposal, which would provide badly needed funding for transportation projects including the Purple Line, next week. Miller also called on Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) to provide more leadership on the issue despite the political implications. [Washington Post]

Lawmakers Want To Strengthen Cellphone Driving Laws — Lawmakers in Annapolis want to make driving while using a cellphone an offense worth pulling over a driver for. Under existing law, police may only issue citations for driving while using a cellphone if they pull over a driver for something else. [Washington Examiner]

Flickr photo by ehpien

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