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Bethesda Green Hosting Internship Fair

by BethesdaNow.com | January 31, 2013 at 3:20 pm | No Comments

Environmental nonprofit Bethesda Green is hosting its fourth annual job fair for college or graduate students looking for jobs or internships in the green sector.

The Fields of Green Internship Fair is set for 10 a.m. to 2  p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9 at the organization’s office at 4825 Cordell Ave. (above the Capital One Bank).

Some of the area’s leading environmental groups and green businesses will interview candidates on-the-spot and Bethesda Green is looking for more employers.

Positions offered so far include jobs at the Chesapeake Bay Trust, Department of Environmental Protection and Student Conservation Association. For more information on the event and participating organizations, visit Bethesda Green’s website.

On Rockville Pike, ‘Smart Growth’ Not Yet A Universal Concept

by BethesdaNow.com | January 31, 2013 at 1:40 pm | No Comments

The residents, smart growth advocates, planners and politicians who showed up at a Tuesday event titled “Can we make the suburbs hip?” celebrated the coming transformation of White Flint from car-centric suburban strip malls to vibrant, transit-friendly mixed-use neighborhoods.

County Councilman Hans Riemer (D-At large) of Silver Spring told the gathering that Montgomery County is “on the verge of a golden age” and the massive changes planned around the White Flint Metro station (a projected 14,000 housing units and 13 million square feet of “walkable, urban” development) was the first step in the reimagining of Rockville Pike as a whole, all the way from Friendship Heights to Gaithersburg.

That concept apparently hasn’t made it as far as Montrose Crossing Center, the Pike strip mall a stone’s throw from White Flint near the Rockville city border.

According to NorthFlintVille blogger Ben Harris, two standalone fast food joints are being built in Montrose Crossing. A report in a New Jersey newspaper says one of those new buildings will be filled with a Chick-Fil-A and another pad site is being developed for a TD Bank, precisely the type of “old-suburban” development that runs contrary to the smart growth goals of the 2010 White Flint Sector Plan.

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Weekly Crime Report: Jan. 14 to Jan. 22

by BethesdaNow.com | January 31, 2013 at 1:05 pm | No Comments

Two 15-year-old boys from Bethesda were arrested for allegedly stealing a running vehicle near Walter Johnson High School a few weeks ago:

A vehicle theft occurred in the 10000 block of Sinnott Drive in Bethesda on Thursday, 1/17 at approximately 11:00 a.m.  The victim left vehicle running; suspects took it and were arrested.

Arrested: Male, age 15, from Bethesda; male, age 15, from Bethesda

Also in this week’s latest Bethesda Police District crime summary, someone was arrested for allegedly “inappropriately touching himself” in front of people in Friendship Heights:

A sex offense occurred in the 4600 block of North Park Avenue in Chevy Chase on Wednesday, 1/16 at approximately 12:45 p.m.  The suspect was inappropriately touching himself in view of others.

The rest of the Jan. 14 to Jan. 22 crime summary after the jump.

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‘Pirate Laureate of Port Town’ Coming To The Writer’s Center In Bethesda

by BethesdaNow.com | January 31, 2013 at 11:00 am | No Comments

Bethesda’s Flying V indie theater company will debut its pirate-themed poetry production tomorrow (Friday) at the Writer’s Center (4508 Walsh St.).

“The Pirate Laureate of Port Town” will run from Friday to Feb. 17 at 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and at 2 p.m. on Sundays. The six-person play was written by Zachary Fernebok and will be directed by Jason Schlafstein:

In the world of The Pirate Laureate of Port Town, the power of poetry trumps that of any sword, pistol, cannon, or cutlass. That’s why the Pirate Laureate is the most important member on any pirate crew. Finn, a pirate of poetics and wit, must choose between the greater of two booties: his peerless pirate crew, or the land-locked love of his life. The Pirate Laureate of Port Town mixes a unique blend of upbeat, animated humor and lyrical tenderness in a realm where piracy and poetry are as inseparable as messages and the bottles that carry them.

For more info on the show and on Flying V, visit its website.

To purchase tickets ($10) visit the ticket website.

Photo via Flying V

Power Outages Affect Bethesda Neighborhoods Thursday Morning

by BethesdaNow.com | January 31, 2013 at 10:35 am | No Comments

About 3,000 Pepco customers were without power Thursday morning in the Cedar Lane and Grosvenor-Strathmore neighborhoods of Bethesda.

Pepco’s outage map showed 2,710 customers without power in neighborhoods just north of the Beltway and mostly east of Rockville Pike at 10:30 a.m. The estimated restoration time is 9 a.m. tomorrow (Friday.)

There were also 182 customers without power in neighborhoods on the east side of Rockville Pike along Cedar Lane. The estimated restoration time there is 11 a.m. tomorrow, according to the outage map.

Gusty winds following Wednesday night’s rain remained on Thursday.

Photo via Pepco Outage Map

Berliner Addresses Hot Button Issues In Bethesda Forum

by BethesdaNow.com | January 31, 2013 at 9:30 am | No Comments

Bethesda County Councilman Roger Berliner (D) told residents he’s undecided on Chevy Chase Lake development, he’ll pursue whatever option necessary to ensure land for a new elementary school in White Flint and he’s pessimistic about preventing Pepco from approval for a significant rate hike later this year.

In a hour-and-a-half town hall-style meeting on Wednesday in Bethesda, Berliner also discussed two pieces of tree protection legislation before the Council, the county’s zoning ordinance rewrite and hinted at taking on County Executive Isiah Leggett’s recommendation to delay funding for the Bethesda Metro South Entrance.

The first and most substantial discussion focused on the Chevy Chase Lake Sector Plan, which last week was sent to the County Council for final review. The Council will hold its public hearing on the Plan on March 5. It would allow for significant mixed-use development around a prospective Purple Line light rail station on Connecticut Avenue.

All those who spoke about the plan were residents against the height and density recommendations of the Planning Board, which in some cases approved taller buildings than recommended by Planning Department Staff.

“They wholesale ignored and threw out Staff density recommendations,” said one resident who attended the Planning Board worksession in question. “It’s particularly insulting for the community members who were basically ignored. …Quite frankly, it’s a little suspicious.”

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Morning Notes

by BethesdaNow.com | January 31, 2013 at 8:30 am | No Comments

Bruce Variety Officially Moving To Woodmont Triangle — The shop signed a lease to take over the blue and green house (8011 Woodmont Ave.) that Creative Parties Ltd. occupied for 16 years. Creative Parties recently relocated to the Landow Building because of concerns over future redevelopment of the Woodmont Avenue site. Bruce Variety will open March 1. [The Gazette]

Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club Reportedly Opening March 1 — The much awaited venue in the old Bethesda Theater (7719 Wisconsin Ave.) is set to open on March 1 and has already replaced its head chef. [Bethesda Magazine]

Bag Tax Nets More Than $2 Million For MoCo In First Year — The county made $2.1 million off the bag tax in the first 11 months of 2012, the first year of the tax and double the projected total. Environmental activists say the tax appears to have led to a decrease in plastic pollution. [Washington Examiner]

Public Property Smoking Ban Goes To Council Committee — A proposal that would ban smoking in Montgomery County parks, around recreation centers and outside county buildings will be discussed this morning in the County Council’s Health and Human Services Committee. The session starts at 10 a.m. and can be viewed on County Cable Montgomery. [Montgomery County Council]

Flickr photo by Colleen Henderson Fine Art

Bethesda House Fire Requires MCFRS Rescue

by BethesdaNow.com | January 31, 2013 at 7:23 am | No Comments

A house fire this morning in a neighborhood just off Seven Locks Road required MCFRS personnel to rescue and treat one person, according to Fire spokesman and Assistant Chief Scott Graham.

MCFRS was on the scene of the fully-involved garage fire in the 7700 block of Glenmore Spring Way around 5:45 a.m.

The person in need of rescue was removed by 6:04 a.m.

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