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by BethesdaNow.com — February 6, 2013 at 4:33 pm 0

An accident in the right lane of northbound Rockville Pike near the Beltway is causing a worse-than-usual traffic backup getting out of Bethesda today.

The accident has the right lane blocked off near Pooks Hill Road, between the Walter Reed and NIH campuses and the Beltway.

Police have requested the green lights be extended along northbound Rockville Pike/Wisconsin Avenue for afternoon traffic leaving Bethesda.

Photo via TrafficLand.com.

by BethesdaNow.com — February 6, 2013 at 3:20 pm 0

 

Police today released photos of a suspect in a December home burglary who they say was caught on camera using a stolen ATM card at a Prince George’s County ATM.

Montgomery County Police say at about 1:30 p.m. on Dec. 8, they were called to a home in the 10200 block of Hatherleigh Dr. for a report of a burglary. The suspect snuck into the house through an unlocked basement window and stole small electronics, currency, documents, jewelry, gift cars and credit cards, according to police.

Police determined the suspect used the victim’s ATM card while attempting to withdraw cash in Prince George’s, though the photos suggest he recognized his photo might be taken.

The man’s face is partially hidden in all three photos police released today. They are asking anyone with information on the suspect to call 2nd District detectives at 301-657-0112 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Solvers. Crime Solvers will pay a cash reward of up to $10,000 for tips that lead to an arrest in this case.

Photos via MCP

by BethesdaNow.com — February 6, 2013 at 2:35 pm 0

Nobody will ever refer to Bethesda as the place to go for comedy, but a local group has seen some measured success with a monthly comedy show that picks up again tonight, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at The Barking Dog (4723 Elm St.)

Brad Ryan, co-founder of District Comedy and Bethesda resident, reached out to a bunch of Bethesda venues before The Barking Dog stepped up. In three previous shows, Ryan’s had more than 100 people attend.

The group began with Ryan and partner Ralph Cooper doing open mic shows together before starting their own series of open mics for local aspiring comics. They have a weekly Monday night show in Silver Spring, a Tuesday show in Petworth and a Thursday night show in Chinatown.

“Bethesda was a lot more kind of laying the groundwork in terms of the promotion of it,” Ryan said. “It’s tougher, but it’s a combination of getting some talent there and finding people with local ties.”

Tonight’s show features headliner Mike Finazzo, Ryan and a few others who’ll perform upstairs at the bar.

For more info, visit District Comedy’s website. For tickets ($5 per person) visit the show’s ticket website.

Photo via District Comedy

by BethesdaNow.com — February 6, 2013 at 1:45 pm 1 Comment

Capital Bikeshare is coming to Bethesda (probably this summer) and its pending introduction has caused some friction between bike advocates and residents who say it will be unsafe for both drivers and pedestrians on sidewalks.

Even with stations planned in Chevy Chase and Bethesda, a vocal contingent of Chevy Chase residents are against a planned Wisconsin Avenue sidewalk that would theoretically connect the commercial downtown areas of Friendship Heights and Bethesda.

With those issues in mind and the success the Capital Bikeshare has seen in D.C. and Arlington, what’s your take on Bikeshare?

Vote in the poll below and feel free to leave any other comments.

Will You Use Capital Bikeshare In Bethesda?

by BethesdaNow.com — February 6, 2013 at 12:30 pm 5 Comments

Montgomery County Council members today urged the Maryland Department of Transportation against stopping and reallocating $41 million in design funding for the Purple Line light rail.

In the Department of Transportation’s Final FY 13-18 Consolidated Transportation Program, the state says that without a transportation revenue increase in this year’s legislative session, all Purple Line design work will be put on hold and funding dedicated to the project for the next year will be dispersed.

County Council President Nancy Navarro (D-East County) and Councilman Roger Berliner (D-Bethesda-Potomac) said that language was not included in the Draft Consolidated Transportation Program released last summer. In a letter to Darrell Mobley, acting secretary of the Maryland DOT, Berliner and Navarro called that decision “unacceptable.”

Dear Acting Secretary Mobley:

In reviewing the Final FY 13-18 Consolidated Transportation Program recently published by your department, we are dismayed to see new text in the “Status” section of the project information forms for the Purple Line and Corridor Cities Transitway that states:

“Without a revenue increase in the 2013 legislative session, the project will be put on hold and FY14 funding will be reallocated within MTA’s budget.”

This language was not included in the Draft FY13-18 CTP last summer. Since we did not know of the Department’s intentions then, we did not comment on such a potentiality at the Annual Tour Meeting last fall. However, if the Department plans to follow through on this position, then the $41.6 million already programmed in the FY14 for design of the Purple Line in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties and $17.2 already programmed in FY14 for preliminary engineering of the Corridor Cities Transitway in upper Montgomery County would disappear entirely, and any progress on these two lines will stop dead in their tracks. After more than a decade of work on these two projects, this is unacceptable.

We support a significant State transportation revenue increase during the current General Assembly session that will fund the Purple Line, the Corridor Cities Transitway, and a few other of our highest priority State projects. But if this does not come to pass, we do not accept taking a step backward by de-programming the FY14 funds. We urge the Department to change its position.

We look forward to hearing from you on this matter.

Berliner, County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) and a number of other County leaders have been actively pushing a gas tax increase in the state assembly that would provide funding for the Purple Line and a number of other projects.

The 16-mile, $2.4 billion Purple Line light rail would run from New Carrollton in Prince George’s County to Bethesda and include stops in College Park, Silver Spring and Chevy Chase. The proposed Chevy Chase Lake Purple Line stop is the basis for much of the development being debated on Connecticut Avenue.

Uncertainty around funding for Purple Line construction has already meant a recommended six-month delay in funding for the Bethesda Metro South Entrance project, which would connect Metro with the Bethesda station.

Maryland Transit Administration officials revealed the latest designs for the Bethesda station at a community meeting in December. The Bethesda station would be one of the busiest, with an estimated 15,000 riders each day.

Berliner, Navarro Letter to MDOT

by BethesdaNow.com — February 6, 2013 at 12:00 pm 0

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by BethesdaNow.com — February 6, 2013 at 10:30 am 0

The developer of a planned 17-story, 70-unit condo building near downtown Bethesda is wasting little time.

Chevy Chase-based Starr Capital and partners will present plans for the building at 4990 Fairmont Ave. at the monthly meeting of the Woodmont Triangle Action Group on Friday morning, about a month after news of the project first broke.

The property must still be rezoned, a process officials with the development team said could take two years.

A BP gas station and small office building currently sit on the site, which near the intersection of Old Georgetown Road and Woodmont Avenue is in a prime location for infill development.

Property owner Jay Hellman has long envisioned a more urban, transit-oriented land use for the site and surrounding sites in Woodmont Triangle. After the BP gas station closed last year, he toyed with the idea of creating a space for food trucks to gather.

The Woodmont Triangle Acting Group meeting starts at 8 a.m. in the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center (4805 Edgemoor Lane).

by BethesdaNow.com — February 6, 2013 at 9:40 am 0

A company spokeswoman won’t confirm it, but multiple reports say men’s clothing store Bonobos — which first came to Bethesda Row late last year with a holiday pop-up shop — will be taking over the former Daddy & Son space at 4836 Bethesda Ave.

The New York-based company started in 2007 as a web-only outfit with a mission to make men’s pants fit better. They also stock sweaters, blazers and other items and six permanent “guideshops” where customers can try on clothes before buying them online.

The pop-up shop last year at the former Urban Chic space served in a similar capacity. Now it appears the company is coming back for at least the foreseeable future.

Both Robert Dyer @ Bethesda Row and Bethesda Patch reported Bonobos would be opening up again on Bethesda Row, though spokeswoman Kaitlyn Axelrod wasn’t yet ready to confirm it.

It would be the second Bonobos store in the D.C. area, following the shop in Georgetown.

by BethesdaNow.com — February 6, 2013 at 8:30 am 0

Sushi And Robata Restaurant Taking Over Space Left By Divino Lounge — Yuzu, from a previous owner of Mt. Vernon Square restaurant Kushi, will open in the space (7345-B Wisconsin Ave.) in April. [Bethesda Magazine]

Chevy Chase Village Will No Longer Help Mow Your Lawn — The Village Board decided to save $14,000 in annual costs by cutting right-of-way mowing from its budget. That will leave it up to residents to mow the space between the sidewalk and the street in their front yards. Many didn’t even know the Village offered that service, according to a survey. [Chevy Chase Patch]

Swim Coach Rick Curl To Plead Guilty To Child Abuse — Area swim coach Rick Curl, who coached some of the nation’s best as an Olympic coach, will plead guilty to charges stemming from allegations from a former Montgomery County student who said the two had sex when she was 15. [Washington Post]

Flickr photo by PLCjr

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