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by BethesdaNow.com — February 7, 2013 at 10:10 pm 0

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Montgomery County from 4 a.m. Friday until 10 a.m.

Forecasters say the Washington area could see a wintry mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain with accumulation of up to one inch, much less than the monster snows cities such as Boston and New York are expecting.

… WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 4 AM TO 10 AM EST FRIDAY…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON HAS ISSUED A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR A WINTRY MIX OF SNOW… SLEET AND FREEZING RAIN… WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 4 AM TO 10 AM EST FRIDAY.

* PRECIPITATION TYPE… SNOW… SLEET AND FREEZING RAIN.

* ACCUMULATIONS… SNOW AND SLEET ACCUMULATION UP TO 1 INCH. UP TO A FEW HUNDREDTHS OF AN INCH OF ICE FROM FREEZING RAIN.

* TIMING… PRECIPITATION WILL OVERSPREAD THE AREA EARLY FRIDAY MORNING AND TRANSITION TO RAIN BY MID MORNING.

* TEMPERATURES… LOWER 30S.

* WINDS… EAST 5 MPH OR LESS.

* IMPACTS… ANY UNTREATED SURFACES WILL BECOME ICY… ESPECIALLY ON ELEVATED SURFACES… DURING THE MORNING COMMUTE.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW… SLEET… OR FREEZING RAIN WILL CAUSE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SLIPPERY ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES… AND USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING.

by BethesdaNow.com — February 7, 2013 at 5:35 pm 1 Comment

Just in case you needed further confirmation of Harris Teeter’s pending arrival at the 8300 Wisconsin apartment project, today developer StonebridgeCarras put out official details of the grocery chain’s lease.

The long rumored pairing was confirmed yesterday by the North Carolina-based grocery in Bethesda Patch. Bethesda-based Stonebridge says the 50,000-square-foot full-service grocery store signed to a 20-year lease for the corner of Woodmont Avenue and Battery Lane.

The groundbreaking for the 359-unit, 430,000-square-foot apartment building is set for April. Crews have been busy with preliminary utility and environmental work at and around the site. The projected completion of the site is Spring 2015.

“Our vision for 8300 is to create a first class, mixed-use project at the gateway to Bethesda that will include outstanding apartments and a great retailer in Harris Teeter that will enhance the entire Woodmont Triangle area,” StonebridgeCarras Principal Doug Firstenberg said in the prepared release. “Given the project’s great location with proximity to the National Institutes of Health, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and two Red Line Metro Stations, we felt that Harris Teeter would elevate the project to its full potential and be a great addition for the surrounding neighborhood.  We are especially pleased to be able to expand our existing relationship with Harris Teeter.”

Harris Teeter has nearby locations in North Bethesda (11845 Old Georgetown Rd.) and Park Potomac (12525 Park Potomac Ave.).

Rendering via StonebridgeCarras

by BethesdaNow.com — February 7, 2013 at 3:45 pm 0

 

The stories of an undocumented Montgomery County student striving for a college degree, a group of Washington, D.C. neighbors who get together for a one-of-a-kind block party, a D.C. native who returns home to find gentrification, a Junior Olympic boxing champion and a high school dropout-turned New Orleans street performer will all be shown in the Bethesda Urban Partnership’s first-ever Bethesda film fest.

A panel of judges for the short documentary festival, set for Saturday, March 23 at Imagination Stage (4908 Auburn Ave.), selected the five films with area ties after putting out word about the event last fall.

Tickets are $10 and more information can be found on BUP’s website:

Baffle their Minds with Bullsh*t, Kerry Leigh

(11 minutes)

Film by Isabelle Carbonell, director/cinematographer/editor, and Sarah Cannon, film and video editor, Izaca Productions, Washington, DC

High school dropout-turned busker, Kerry Leigh’s imagination is for rent on the streets of New Orleans.

Into the Lime Light

(16 minuntes, 37 seconds)

Film by Deanne Canieso, John Dillon, George Washington University Institute for Documentary Filmmaking

Into the Lime Lite follows a two-time Junior Olympic Champion from D.C. as he prepares to fight a tough opponent from Northern Ireland in the Belfast-Beltway Boxing Classic. He’s on a solid path but his involvement in a fight almost gets in his way.

The Plan

(15 minutes)

Film by Rachel Jones, senior film major at Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore

A young woman returns to Washington, D.C. after graduate school and finds that her old neighborhood has been changed by gentrification.

Porchfest

(8 minutes)

Film by Brandon Kramer, filmmaker, educator and co-founder of Meridian Hill Pictures, and Lance Kramer, filmmaker, journalist, co-founder of Meridian Hill Pictures production company, Washington, D.C.

Porchfest tells the story of Hobart Street in Mt. Pleasant as it puts on a rich, vibrant showcase of a diverse community’s food, art, music, culture and history.

Rights of Butterflies

(19 minutes)

Film by Lara Moya, Laurel Gwizdak, Sandrine Emambu, Binyam Hundito, Zaid Jameel, Alan Marroquin, members of Gandhi Brigade, Silver Spring nonprofit that uses media training to teach leadership and social justice to young people.

Katya is an undocumented student in Montgomery County struggling to fund and continue her college education due to her legal status. We learn about Katya’s personal sacrifices in coming to the United States, where she constructs a new sense of home and her perseverance to achieve her ambitions and finish her education.

Photos via Bethesda Urban Partnership

by BethesdaNow.com — February 7, 2013 at 2:35 pm 0

Montgomery County Police are looking into the possibility that an unspecified number of recent car airbag thefts in Bethesda might be related.

On Tuesday, officers responded to a stolen airbag from a white Acura near the Park Bethesda apartment in the 5300 block of Westbard Ave.

MCP spokeswoman Lucille Baur said police have not confirmed whether it is related to other incidents, one of which occurred in Potomac, now a part of the 2nd Police District headquartered in Bethesda.

AAA has said Acuras are among the most popular targets for airbag theft. Recommendations for preventing airbag theft are very similar to tips for preventing any other type of theft from a vehicle.

Police have repeatedly urged residents to lock their cars, most recently after a surveillance video surfaced in January that showed a car thief rummaging through unlocked cars in a Chevy Chase driveway.

by BethesdaNow.com — February 7, 2013 at 1:55 pm 0

A new report shows that 10 percent of all workers in Montgomery County are employed by nonprofits, a mark leaders plan to celebrate on Monday.

There are more than 750 registered nonprofits in Bethesda alone, according to market research website Manta. They help create $2.2 billion in wages countywide, according to the report titled “Beyond Charity: Nonprofit Business in Montgomery County.”

County Executive Isiah Leggett (D), Council President Nancy Navarro (D-East County), Councilman George Leventhal (D-At large) of Takoma Park, and county Department of Economic Development director Steve Silverman and nonprofit representatives will hold a press gathering on Monday in Silver Spring to discuss the report.

According to one nationwide study, the growth rate of the nonprofit sector surpassed the rate of the business and government sectors from 2001 to 2011, increasing by 25 percent to more than 1.5 million organizations.

by BethesdaNow.com — February 7, 2013 at 12:50 pm 1 Comment

 

Neighbors of the 8300 Wisconsin apartment project on the northern edge of downtown Bethesda might have been in for a late night wake-up call last week.

A representative for the developer of the approximately 360-unit apartment project (with a confirmed Harris Teeter grocery store) said crews were conducting permitted underground utility work last week between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m., which included at least one period of jackhammering around 2 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 29.

“Our 8300 Wisconsin did have required underground investigative utility work last week. The work was permitted with the MD State Highway Administration and the permit mandated work was directed to proceed between the hours of 9 p.m. and 5 a.m.,” wrote Kevin Cosimano, a principal with Bethesda-based developer StonebridgeCarras. “The permit is still open in the event we need to do more investigative work, but none is planned at this time.”

StonebridgeCarras is also building the 250-unit apartment and ground floor retail property on the former site of Lot 31 on Bethesda Row. Construction there caused a stir in December when nearby residents reported earthquake-like thumps that seemed to be coming from the excavation project there.

StonebridgeCarras said it had warned people in the commercial and residential properties nearby that Clark Construction would be blasting dense, hard rock in the middle of the day in order to build the planned underground parking garage for the site.

In October, the developer was going through the process of applying for the Maryland Department of the Environment’s Voluntary Cleanup Program, typically used to certify that a site isn’t contaminated.

Meanwhile, utility work in the nearby intersection of Woodmont Avenue and Battery Lane has slowed down considerably in the past few months.

by BethesdaNow.com — February 7, 2013 at 11:30 am 0

Police arrested two suspects who they say burglarized a local elementary school on a recent Friday night:

A burglary occurred at Wyngate Elementary School, 9300 Wadsworth Drive, Bethesda on Friday, 1/25 between 9:30 p.m. and 10:15 p.m.  No forced entry; nothing taken.

Arrested: Male, 18, from Bethesda; Male, 19, from Bethesda.

They are also looking for two suspects who they say assaulted and robbed multiple victims on a Tuesday afternoon in the Georgetown Square shopping center:

A robbery/assault occurred in the 10400 block of Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda on Tuesday, 1/22 at 3:00 p.m.  The suspects assaulted the victims and obtained property.

Suspect: B/M, 15, 5’1”; B/M, 5’10”-5’11”

The rest of the most recent Bethesda District crime summary after the jump.

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by BethesdaNow.com — February 7, 2013 at 10:00 am 5 Comments

Bethesda boasts a wealthy population that draws upscale retailers from around the country, a praiseworthy collection of restaurants and an unmistakable surge of new residential development that makes it Montgomery County’s crown urban jewel.

But to many, Bethesda is still the sleepy suburban town that empties out sometime before 10 p.m., paling in comparison to the burgeoning nightlife scene in neighboring Washington D.C. and lagging behind competitor Arlington, where young people flock to bars and late-night eateries.

“I want you to know when I first used [the word hip] in talking about Montgomery County, people said, ‘I’m sorry, that’s not part of our lexicon,’” County Councilman Roger Berliner (D-Bethesda-Potomac) said at a recent happy hour celebrating development in White Flint.

The event was entitled “Can we make the suburbs hip?”

It’s a question officials are now grappling with. County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) and Berliner’s County Council colleague Hans Riemer (D-At large) are in the beginning stages of creating a “night-time economy initiative,” according to a Leggett spokesman.

That push might help attract the type of young professional residents that cities and local governments crave. They fill transit-oriented apartment complexes, pay taxes while demanding relatively few government services and might theoretically remain in the area if they decide to start a family.

It’s apparent, though, Montgomery has a difficult reputation to overcome.

“It’s still not necessarily a true nightlife scene,” said Brandon Yu, a county native who last year co-founded a late-night shuttle service that transports bar-goers between locations in Bethesda, Dupont Circle and Georgetown. “There are plenty of bars. There are definitely individuals who go out. But I don’t think it will grow to a point of D.C. or an Arlington. It’s stable, but there are things that really inhibit what a nightlife establishment in Bethesda can do.”

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by BethesdaNow.com — February 7, 2013 at 9:00 am 0

Dog That Helped Alert Elderly Bethesda Woman To Danger Died In House Fire — The 90-year-old woman who survived an early morning garage fire last week says she was alerted to danger by her dog, which could not be rescued from the back room of the smoke-filled house in time. The woman was taken to the hospital and was recovering from smoke inhalation. [The Gazette]

Harris Teeter Says It’s Coming To 8300 Woodmont Project — The grocery chain says it has finalized a long rumored lease for the planned 375-unit apartment undergoing preliminary construction work at the edge of downtown Bethesda. [Bethesda Patch]

Reminder: Engineers To Present New Plans For Sangamore Road Intelligence Base Tonight — Reps from the Army Corps of Engineers and construction company Whiting-Turner will present updated designs for the Intelligence Community Campus-Bethesda, set to hold about 3,000 employees at the former site of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency headquarters at 4800 Sangamore Rd. [MORE]

Annapolis Gun Control Hearing Draws Large, Spirited Crowd — A Wednesday public hearing run by State Sen. Brian Frosh (D-Bethesda-Chevy Chase) included eight hours of testimony from officials and residents on both sides of the gun debate. Frosh and Gov. Martin O’Malley (D), who testified, support restrictions such as an assault weapons ban. [Washington Post]

Flickr photo by IamJomo

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