Downed Tree Causes Backup On Connecticut Avenue — A downed tree on southbound Connecticut Avenue near the intersection with East-West Highway in Chevy Chase is causing a significant traffic backup this morning. At 8 a.m., only the far left lane was getting by. [Photo from TrafficLand.com]
MCPS Superintendent Holding “Student Town Hall” at Walter Johnson — Superintendent Joshua Starr will head to Walter Johnson High School this morning for a conversation with students that will run from 10:55 a.m. to 11:35 a.m. [MyMCMedia]
Yoga Summer Camp Sign-ups — extendYoga (12106 Wilkins Ave., North Bethesda) will hold a yoga summer camp for children age 5-8 this summer. Sign ups are now. The week-long camp includes instructional yoga classes, crafts and teambuilding exercises. [extendYoga]
Bethesda Church, Synagogue Hold Forum On Gun Violence — The Saint Mark Presbyterian church and the Beth El synagogue held a forum on gun violence last week that included police, school and mental health officials. [The Gazette]
Report Says MoCo Business Incentives Provided $1.2 Billion Return — A county report says business incentives provided to private companies by the government since 1996 has meant a $1.24 billion return in private investment, $38 million in annual net economic benefit and 26,775 jobs. The county has given out about 250 grants in that time, investing about $40 million in businesses. [Washington Examiner]
Developers, Politicians Cut Ribbon On First Class A Office Building Since 2001 — From yesterday afternoon, the ribbon cutting for the 7550 Wisconsin Ave. office building, the renovated former NIH building near the Bethesda Metro station. [BethesdaNow]
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Roti Mediterranean Grill Opening In March — The fast casual kabob and falafel joint is officially opening in March in Westlake Village Center (10327 Westlake Dr.). The announcement was made a few days after the Chicago-based chain started promoting its free lunch for a year contest. [Washington Business Journal]
Summer Camp Fairs Coming To Bethesda — Washington Family Magazine is sponsoring two summer camp and activity fairs in Bethesda. The first is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 16 at the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad (5020 Battery Lane). The second is set for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 2 at Westfield Montgomery Mall (7101 Democracy Blvd.) in the main court in front of Macy’s. Lists of participating camps can be found on Washington Family Magazine’s website. [Washington Family Magazine]
State Bills Would Ban Fake Pot — A quartet of laws that would ban synthetic marijuana in Maryland are circulating in Annapolis. Maryland is one of six states that doesn’t ban the products and could soon be the jurisdiction in the area if Washington, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray signs a bill that would ban it there. [Washington Examiner]
More Snow Expected Later Today — Another inch of snow is expected this evening, with a Winter Weather Advisory from the National Weather Service in effect from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. [National Weather Service]
Most Marylanders Happy With Gov. O’Malley, But Not For President — A new poll has Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) with a 54 percent approval rating, but says only 25 percent of Marylanders want him to run for President. O’Malley has long been rumored to be seeking higher office after his second term ends in 2014. [The Gazette]
Summer Camp Expo This Weekend — White Flint Mall (11301 Rockville Pike) will host its 18th Annual Camp & Summer Programs Expo from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow (Saturday) and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. [White Flint Mall]
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The Bethesda Big Train college summer baseball team has announced schedules for its annual series of camps.
The popular sessions include instruction from Big Train manager Sal Colangelo, the Big Train coaches, players and appearances from Washington Nationals and Baltimore Orioles players. Last year, former National closer Chad Cordero was a coach. Pitcher Ross Detwiler and outfielder Roger Bernadina made appearances.
The six camps for boys and girls ages 5-16 range from $160 to $295 per session.
The Big Train is a wooden bat summer league team for college players in the offseason. More than 100 former players have been drafted into Major League Baseball.
The group’s Shirley Povich Field (10600 Westlake Dr.) in Cabin John Regional Park hosts games, clinics and other events throughout the summer.
For more information on camp schedules and prices, visit the Big Train’s website.
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