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by BethesdaNow.com — February 22, 2013 at 6:58 pm 0

Montgomery County Police are looking for information about spray paint vandalism in the Woodhaven neighborhood, including an image of a swatiska, anti-gay comments, profanity and other explicit images on a marked Police car.

Police said officers found a marked MCP K-9 car that had been painted with black spray paint on all sides on Sunday, Feb. 17.

Earlier that day, at about 3:15 a.m., officers responded to the 6700 block of Melody Lane for the report of a vandalism. Officers found a vehicle that was tagged with profanity and images of male genitalia in black spray paint.

Later that morning, police said they responded to two other incidents of vandalism in the 8200 block of Wahly Drive, where there was spray paint on a light post and a large landscaping rock. The rock was painted with a swastika, said police, who in a press release characterized the vandalism as a hate crime.

Detectives are asking anyone with information to contact the 2nd District Investigative Section at 301-657-0112 or email tips to BISTips@montgomerycountymd.gov. Tipsters can remain anonymous and a cash reward of $2,000 is available for information that leads to the arrest of the person or people responsible.

by BethesdaNow.com — February 22, 2013 at 3:30 pm 0

The Redwood Restaurant and Bar (7121 Bethesda Lane) is putting on an exclusive and space-limited wine tasting event that will feature the debut of some new promotions and chef Antonio Burrell’s new bar menu.

Redwood plans to start a new half-price wines by the glass on Sundays and Mondays, a new happy hour from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and live music by D.C.’s Taylor Carson each Tuesday evening.

The “Twenty for Twenty” event, set for Tuesday, March 12 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., will include samples from wineries such as Tangent, Indaba, Suavia, Terredora di Paolo and Familia Zuccardi.

Tickets are $20 and gets you access to the wine tasting, half-price on all wines by the glass and a preview of the new bar menu, which includes small plate options including hush puppies, Carolina-style BBQ wings and garlic-fried pickles.

Space is limited to 100 ticket holders. For more information and tickets, visit the event website.

Flickr photo by cpdulis

by BethesdaNow.com — February 22, 2013 at 2:20 pm 0

Purple Line planners will demonstrate how they plan to mitigate noise along the planned light rail when they come to the Town of Chevy Chase for a presentation on Wednesday, Feb. 27.

The Town’s Purple Line Mitigation Advisory Group has worked with Maryland Transit Administration officials since late 2009, in an effort to minimize the negative impact the above-ground system would have if built along the existing Capital Crescent Trail.

Noise, visual impacts and safety have been the Group’s main concerns. In 2008, Town leaders pushed for a Bus Rapid Transit system instead of the Purple Line to no avail.

But the future of the 16-mile system from Bethesda to New Carrollton, with planned stops in Chevy Chase, Silver Spring and College Park, is uncertain without state transportation funding this year. If the General Assembly fails to come up with a funding solution in this session, the Maryland Department of Transportation has recommended putting a halt to design work such as the presentation that MTA officials will give on Wednesday.

The meeting is set for 7 p.m. at the Chevy Chase Town Hall (4301 Willow Lane.)

Map via Maryland Transit Administration

by BethesdaNow.com — February 22, 2013 at 1:50 pm 0

Suburban Hospital (8600 Old Georgetown Rd.) is paying tribute to its certified nurses with a new wall exhibit that includes photos of all 156 members of its growing nursing core.

Since 2009, the number of certified nurses has grown every year, chief nursing officer Barbara Jacobs said. Many of the nurses at Suburban get certified while on the job with tuition assistance from the hospital.

Certifications typically require periodic review, sometimes via continuing education units (CEUs).

“Certification enables nurses to demonstrate their specialty expertise and validate their knowledge to employers and, most importantly, to patients,” Jacobs said in a statement. “Nurses worldwide contribute to better patient outcomes through national certification in their specialty.”

Photo via Suburban Hospital

by BethesdaNow.com — February 22, 2013 at 12:25 pm 3 Comments

The multi-million dollar renovation of the historic Bethesda Theater is near completion, shows are selling out and an introductory press conference for the Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club is set for Tuesday with a tour and food samples from a menu that features entrees ranging from $18 to $35.

The venue says its goal is to become the D.C. region’s No. 1 live music supper club. Residents and county officials have anticipated its opening since last year. Its 1930′s era marquee, sitting prominently on Wisconsin Avenue in downtown Bethesda, is lit up and 300 table seats and a 40-foot bar await inside.

But can the Club succeed, especially in a place with a struggling live music scene and little tradition of venues of a similar scale?

“I think it’s a visionary idea because if you take a look at the area between D.C. and Strathmore, there’s nothing in terms of being able to present jazz and blues and other types of music like it,” said Charlie Fishman, founder and president of the D.C. Jazz Festival and a friend of Blues and Jazz Club director of operations Ralph Camilli. “So I think it’s a really excellent idea. If it works, who knows?”

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by BethesdaNow.com — February 22, 2013 at 11:30 am 0

Police are looking into four downtown office burglaries that happened between Feb. 4 and Feb. 12:

Four commercial office burglaries occurred in downtown Bethesda this week:

In 7910 Woodmont Avenue sometime overnight from Wednesday, 2/6 to Thursday, 2/7. Unknown entry; property taken. In 7830 Old Georgetown Road.  No further information is available at this time. In 7979 Old Georgetown Road. No further information is available at this time. In 8219 Wisconsin Avenue. No further information is available at this time.

Police also say they tracked down a man who fled from the scene of an aggravated assault in the North Bethesda/White Flint area:

An aggravated assault occurred on Saturday, 2/9 at approximately noon.  The suspect threatened the victim with a weapon, then fled.

Suspect: B/M, 40-50, 6’-6’5”, 200-230 lbs., black ski hat.

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

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by BethesdaNow.com — February 22, 2013 at 10:30 am 0

If you’re planning a future political campaign, or if you’re just interested in how the local campaign process works, Leadership Montgomery has a workshop coming to Bethesda that might pique your interest.

On Saturday, March 2, the group will run an event called “How to run for elected office,” with tips on how to raise money, contact voters, conduct media outreach, gain endorsements and build a campaign team.

Speakers include Gaithersburg County Councilman Phil Andrews (who according to The Gazette has started a 2014 county executive campaign of his own), Brian McKevitt from the county’s Board of Elections, David Moon from political blog Maryland Juice, former County Councilman Michael Knapp, Montgomery County Republican Central Committee first vice chair Katja Bullock and public relations and marketing professional Steve Simon.

The workshop runs from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center (4805 Edgemoor Lane) and costs $35 with preregistration and $50 at the door.

It’s open to everyone, whether you’re potential candidate, campaign manager, campaign fundraiser or a resident interested in the nuts and bolts of the process.

For more information and to preregister, visit the event page on the Leadership Montgomery website.

by BethesdaNow.com — February 22, 2013 at 9:30 am 0

Swim Coach Curl Pleads Guilty To Sex Abuse — Former local and Olympic swim coach Rick Curl on Thursday pleaded guilty to one count of sexual abuse involving one of his swimmers in the 1980s. [Washington Post]

Recreation Department Looking For Input Into Adult Programming — The Montgomery County Recreation Department is creating a three-year plan to improve programs for retired and senior adults and wants the community’s input on what programs would and wouldn’t work. It will host a community meeting on Wednesday, March 6 at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver and Sargent Shriver Aquatic Center (5900 Executive Blvd.) from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. [Montgomery County]

Superintendent Uses Newfound Money To Adjust MCPS Budget — MCPS superintendent Joshua Starr on Thursday released a recommended schools budget that is about $6.2 million less than his preliminary budget, thanks to $7 million more in state aid than first realized and $15 million in cost savings. About $16 million of that has been dedicated to fund other areas. The roughly $2.2 billion budget is now $3.8 million more than what is required by the state’s maintenance of effort law. [The Gazette]

Flickr photo by ehpien

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