Friday, January 30, 2015

ASSAULT ON NEWPORT AVE., DRUG ARREST AT SUBURBAN HOSPITAL + MORE - BETHESDA CRIME UPDATE

Here's a roundup of crimes reported across Bethesda on January 27, according to crime data:

Theft. 7200 block Woodmont Avenue.

Burglary. 7100 block Woodmont Avenue.

Drug arrest. Suburban Hospital.

Vehicle burglary. 9400 block Old Georgetown Road.

Burglary. 3100 block Cummings Lane.

Assault. 4800 block Newport Avenue (Spring Hill).

Burglary. 5200 block Nahant Street.

Vehicle burglary. 5000 block Cloister Drive.

Theft. 11300 block Schuylkill Road (Randolph Hills).

Theft. 7100 block Democracy Boulevard.

FIRE HEAVILY DAMAGES N. BETHESDA TOWNHOME (PHOTOS)

A fire heavily damaged a North Bethesda townhome in the 10900 block of Brewer House Road early this morning. Quick action by Montgomery County firefighters and the Bethesda Chevy Chase Rescue Squad prevented the fire from significantly spreading to the neighboring units, according to MCFRS spokesperson Pete Piringer.

One adult male was transported to the Washington Hospital Center's burn unit, with second and third-degree burns, Piringer said. Piringer added that the home's occupant was alerted by his smoke alarm. No firefighters were injured.

Photos via Pete Piringer and Montgomery County Police

BETHESDA BAR ONCE HOME TO BLACKFINN BEING GUTTED


The vacant restaurant/bar building at 4901-A Fairmont Avenue, previously known as BlackFinn (and Willie & Reed's before that), is being gutted and renovated. Owner Greenhill Capital has hired local architecture firm Steven J. Karr, AIA, Inc,, to remove all of the previous tenants' interior improvements, and the entire 2,246 SF second floor, reducing the building to core and shell components.
The demolition work will be done by Sigal Corporation, also the contractor for another Karr project currently underway on Cordell Avenue. Demolition is expected to be completed by March. This is part of a larger overhaul of Greenhill's multi-building Lot 667 along Fairmont, Norfolk and St. Elmo Avenues that is also being designed by Karr.

FIRE AT GLEN ECHO PARK (PHOTO)

Montgomery County firefighters responded to Glen Echo Park around 3:00 AM this morning, after an automatic fire alarm alerted authorities, according to MCFRS spokesperson Pete Piringer. Firefighters found heavy smoke in an arts building at the front of the park, which faces MacArthur Boulevard.

"We're gonna need some lights in here to determine exactly what's on fire," one firefighter was heard to say via scanner. "No active fire right now," one eventually reported at 3:35. Silverworks Studio and an unidentified painting studio were checked for fire and cleared at 3:39, according to scanner reports.

By 3:40, one firefighter determined a thermostat in an art studio/jewelry shop as the likely source of the fire and smoke. Piringer said sprinklers stopped the fire, there were no injuries, and that damage to the building was "moderate."

The historic (1892) Chautauqua Tower is adjacent to the studios mentioned during the scanner reports, so it's positive news that this fire was extinguished so quickly. It is the last remnant of the original Chautauqua at Glen Echo, and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.

Photo via Pete Piringer


Thursday, January 29, 2015

YOUR CHIPOTLE CUP CAN BROADEN YOUR MIND IN BETHESDA (PHOTO)

When I think of fast food cup designs of the ages, my recollections are more along the lines of Jurassic Park or Batman cups at McDonald's. But Chipotle is fast casual, and if the elitists are to be believed, for a more sophisticated crowd.

That's why Chipotle's new collector cups and bags feature a more literary approach - literally. Their Cultivating Thought campaign is placing essays from prominent literary figures onto the restaurant's packaging. Featured authors include:

·       Amy Tan – The Joy Luck Club, Sagwa, The Bonesetter’s Daughter
·       Augusten Burroughs – Running With Scissors, Dry, Magical Thinking
·       Aziz Ansari – Parks and Recreation, Date and Switch
·       Barbara Kingslover – The Poisonwood Bible, Flight Behavior
·       Carlos Ruiz Zafon – The Angel’s Game, The Prisoner of Heaven
·       Jeffrey Eugenides – Middlesex, The Marriage Plot, The Virgin Suicides
·       Julia Alvarez – In the Time of the Butterflies, Finding Miracles, How the GarcĂ­a Girls Lost Their Accents
·       Neil Gaiman – Coraline, The Sandman, American Gods
·       Paulo Coelho – Veronika Decides to Die, The Alchemist, Eleven Minutes
·       Walter Issacson – Steve Jobs, Kissinger: A Biography, Einstein: His Life and Universe

Peter Benson, a Chipotle spokesperson, says that the promotion is designed to "create a moment of analog pause in a digital world, and offer customers the chance to engage with the unique perspectives, thought-provoking ideas and discussion of cultural issues." The upscale burrito chain sought to have global and multicultural representation among the chosen writers.

Chipotle has two Bethesda locations:

7600 Old Georgetown Road

Westfield Montgomery Mall

VEHICLE BREAK-IN, BURGLARY ON OLD GEORGETOWN RD. + MORE - BETHESDA CRIME UPDATE

Here's a roundup of crimes reported across Bethesda on January 26, according to crime data:

Theft. 8100 block Connecticut Avenue.

Vehicle burglary. 9400 block Old Georgetown Road.

Vehicle burglary. 11500 block Schuylkill Road (Randolph Hills).

Theft. Westfield Montgomery Mall.

Burglary. 11500 block Old Georgetown Road at 3:59 PM (Pike District).

CITIZENS: WHO KNEW WHAT, WHEN ABOUT MOCO TRANSIT AUTHORITY PROPOSAL? (PHOTOS)

Document as reuploaded January 28, 2015
A Powerpoint presentation reportedly delivered by Montgomery County officials to as-yet-unidentified groups - prior to public announcement of legislation that would permit creation of an unelected Transit Authority with taxing powers last Friday - has been taken down, and reuploaded to the County website with a January 2015 date added.

While there is nothing necessarily nefarious about the change, it certainly plays into the existing controversy over the timeline of to whom the plan was disclosed to and when, prior to last Friday. There is a dispute between County officials, and citizens who oppose the plan, as to whether development interests had more notice of the plan details than residents. The latter only got their first look at the specifics of the proposal 6 days ago.

The change was reported by the Stop the Backroom Montco Transit Authority Deal Facebook page, operated by citizens organizing to fight the proposed new transit agency and taxing authority.

Previously, the document was dated "December 2014," a date prior to the January 23, 2015 public announcement of the Independent Transit Authority legislation and details.
Original date stamp
Patrick Lacefield, Montgomery County Director of Public Information responded to the blog prior to yesterday's date stamp change. He asserted that the Powerpoint presentation had been delivered to "a whole range of community organizations" since County Executive Ike Leggett's Inaugural Address December 1, 2014.

The County has not yet published a list of the "community organizations" to which the presentation was made. If your civic association, organization or business group received the presentation, please comment below or confidentially via email. I personally never heard any public announcement of a presentation that could either be attended, or requested to be delivered to a civic association or group, during the time period in question.

A public hearing on the state legislation that would permit creation of the Transit Authority will be held Friday, January 30, at 6:00 PM in the 3rd Floor hearing room of the County Council building at 100 Maryland Avenue. Those interested in testifying can sign up online by 12 PM on Friday.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

RENOVATION PROPOSAL FOR CAROLINE FREELAND PARK IN BETHESDA (PHOTOS)

The Montgomery County Department of Parks has prepared a "Preferred Plan" for the renovation of Caroline Freeland Park at Arlington Road and Elm Street, in downtown Bethesda. Incorporating citizen feedback, the plan is the latest step in the process that will lead to a final proposal, and then a presentation to the Montgomery County Planning Board. The public will be able to comment at that Planning Board meeting, which will be held at a yet-to-be-determined date this spring.
Proposed main entrance
Planners are attempting to make the park more inviting with a new main entrance design, and "soft moonlighting" to improve safety after dark. Highlights of the proposed changes and upgrades also include:
An unobstructed green space
Protect existing shade trees in
this Elm Street grove, and keep paved
areas out of trees' root spans
Upgrade and expand the
popular playground area
Maintain an adequate buffer with
the residential neighborhood behind
the park
Relocate the park's landmark
sculpture further inside the park
You can view the full Preferred Plan, and the department's presentation to Edgemoor residents last week, online. If you want to reach out to the project's manager with feedback, or ask questions, you can email Lucas Bonney, or call 301-495-2572.

Images courtesy Montgomery County Department of Parks

ASSAULT ON STRATHMORE HALL ST., WISCONSIN AVE. THEFTS + MORE - BETHESDA CRIME UPDATE

Here's a roundup of crimes reported across Bethesda on January 25, according to crime data:

Theft. 7400 block Wisconsin Avenue.

Theft. 8100 block Wisconsin Avenue.

Theft. 6800 block Wisconsin Avenue.

Assault. 10300 block Strathmore Hall Street at 7:35 PM.

Theft. 7100 block Democracy Boulevard.

HOGAN RETAINS MOCO DEMOCRAT AS DEPUTY SECRETARY OF STATE

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan continues to make bipartisan overtures toward Montgomery County, this time in another personnel decision that retains one of MoCo's most-prominent Democrats in his administration. As first reported by Maryland politics blog Seventh State, Hogan is keeping Kensington Mayor Peter Fosselman as Deputy Secretary of State.

Fosselman has served in the role for nearly four years, and has been Mayor of Kensington since 2006.

JBG PLACES 7900 WISCONSIN/TRADER JOE'S PROJECT ON HOLD IN BETHESDA

The speculation as to when construction will begin on the JBG Companies' 7900 Wisconsin mixed-use project continues. But JBG has just informed adjoining property owners at Fairmont Plaza that the project is now temporarily on hold, while the development firm seeks a joint partner.

On JBG's to-do list during this delay is obtaining a construction loan, and naming a general contractor for the project. As a result, the firm expects construction to now start in June or July, at the earliest. Previously, the plan was to begin demolitions of existing structures on the property this month. The anchor retail tenant at 7900 is expected to be a Trader Joe's grocery store.
Market = Trader Joe's
What has led to some speculation is the matter of Fitness First, a gym tenant in the existing Wisconsin Avenue office building on the property. Fitness First has not only publicly said it has a lease until 2019, but recently began a expansion of its facility - not something a business would ordinarily do if it was going to be demolished in 2015. At the same time, JBG has maintained all along that it has the right to demolish that structure, even having applied for demolition permits from Montgomery County last year. Next door to Fitness First, Parvizian Fine Rugs has said its space is being demolished, and it is moving down Wisconsin Avenue and remaining in Bethesda.

Among concerns expressed by residents of Fairmont Plaza are traffic flow around the affected streets, and ensuring access to the condominium building's parking garage remains unobstructed during construction.

One aspect of this project not in question, is that it will bring some distinctive and impressive architecture to this currently-dead space along Woodmont Avenue.

Renderings via Montgomery County Planning Department/JBG
All rights reserved by JBG

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

STOUFFER'S TURKEY TETRAZZINI REVIEW (VIDEO)

Today I have a special review for the Blizzard of 2015. New York City and Boston are snowed in, and what better time to review a dish that was originally invented at the Knickerbocker Hotel on 42nd Street? Turkey Tetrazzini is part of the Classics line from a classic name in dining and frozen food from the great city of Cleveland, Ohio - Stouffer's. Does the Stouffer's recipe do justice to this over-100-year-old dish? Watch my review to find out, and learn a bit of history about the creation of this dish along the way. There may not be 3 feet of snow in Bethesda, but it's still a perfect day for a hot meal like this.

DISORDER ON ST. ELMO AVE., THEFT ON CHEVY CHASE DR. + MORE - BETHESDA CRIME UPDATE

Here's a roundup of crimes reported across Bethesda on January 24, according to crime data:

Theft from vehicle. 5400 block Wilson Lane.

Theft. 4900 block Elm Street.

Theft. 4800 block Chevy Chase Drive.

Assault. 11500 block Rockville Pike at 2:26 AM (Pike District).

Disorderly conduct. St. Elmo Avenue at Old Georgetown Road.

Liquor arrest. 5800 block Cheshire Drive.

Theft. 7100 block Democracy Boulevard.

SHAM OF THE CENTURY: MONTGOMERY COUNTY INDEPENDENT TRANSIT AUTHORITY SET TO BILK TAXPAYERS

FIGUREHEAD AUTHORITY
WITH 
UNLIMITED TAXING
POWER IS 
TAXATION WITHOUT 
REPRESENTATION

I told you this was coming back in 2012, and now it's here. A new tax that will cost many Bethesda homeowners around $1000-1500+ a year has been planned by Montgomery County since that time. But the problem they've faced is, how to introduce the largest across-the-board tax increase in County history, but avoid the political damage to themselves?

Montgomery County Councilmember Marc Elrich has previously suggested having developers pay the cost for the $5 billion boondoggle known as Bus Rapid Transit, given that the system will generate more real estate developer profits than actual riders - even according to County planner Larry Cole' original ridership estimates (before he got a good talking-to from the MoCo political machine, and hastily revised his numbers).

If you follow county politics, home of the $72 million tax-cut for developers in White Flint, you know that developers aren't going to pay for this. You, the taxpayer will foot the bill, even as you deal with the traffic worsened by BRT taking lanes from cars on MD 355 and Georgia Avenue, reducing capacity on those already-jammed roads by 33%.

But how to do this politically? After all, the BRT is such a weak project, it qualifies for no federal funding, and proponents have been unable to identify or procure a single penny to build it.

Introducing the Montgomery County Independent Transit Authority.

While no one was paying attention, MoCo elected officials did a run-around the public. First they hid a state bill that would give them authority to create this Independent Taxing, er, Transit Authority. Then, after the deadline for bills from the Montgomery County Delegation, the bill was snuck in.

No public hearing. No public announcement.

The only way I found out about it, was that I was signed up for a County email list, and received a fact sheet on a Friday afternoon - and if you're in the PR and politics business, you know that's the time of the week that politicians dump something they want the public to ignore.

More secrecy. An unannounced public hearing will be held by the same delegation that hid this unlimited tax-hike bill from you for weeks, this Friday in Rockville, a mere 7 days after the bill's existence was even made public. It only exists on this website if you do a Google search, and 99% of the public doesn't even know it should look for it at all. It's outrageous.

What will Bill MC 24-15 do?

Not all of the implications are even know or understood by the public yet.

Here's what's known so far:

The bill will permit creation of a 5-member Independent Taxing Authority board. Those 5 members will be chosen by County Executive Ike Leggett, subject to approval by the County Council. They will have the power to raise taxes on everyone, including the poorest residents of the county. In fact, residents in places like Poolesville, Westbard, Potomac, and Damascus - who won't even have BRT to use in their areas - will have to pay the tax, too.

Most significantly, there is no limit to the amount of taxes the ITA could raise, even within one year. Leggett's Rapid Transit Task Force recommended a 15% property tax hike, which is what would lead to yearly payments in the hundreds of dollars for even those who own condos in older buildings, or more than a thousand a year for those in luxury condos and McMansions.

And as unelected officials, they are entirely unaccountable to the voters. Of course, that's the brilliance of this scheme, in that the County Council and Executive will be able to shirk the blame for higher taxes off onto this hatchet team that can be as mean and nasty as they want, without any threat of removal from the public.

That is Taxation without Representation.

But wait, it gets worse. Check out Line 6 of Page 4, and Line 7 of Page 7 of MC 24-15/House Bill 104, and you find out that not only would this Transit Authority be able to take on unlimited debt, but that the County can even shift debt and financial obligations to it. Theoretically, the County Council could transfer the "assets and obligations" of any boondoggle or pet project - including the Silver Spring Transit Center - to this body. And you would be stuck with the bill, while the County Council avoids having to be the body raising your taxes to pay for it, and gets to spend more money on its sugar daddies, the developers.

That makes the ITA a virtually unlimited vehicle to raise taxes and blow the County budget even beyond its already-ridiculous $5 billion proportions. And there will be absolutely nothing you can do to stop it.

According to Line 10 of Page 5 in HB 104, the ITA will not have to submit its capital and operating budgets for approval to the County.  To quote directly from the bill:

(6) Establish a budget process for the Transit Authority that:

II. May not require the Transit Authority to submit its capital or its operating budget to the County for approval. 

That directly contradicts claims that the County Council will have approval authority over its budgets.

But, wait, there's more.

Not only would the ITA be exempt from the "Ficker Amendment" to the County Charter, which provides what little restraint exists on the amount of taxes the County can raise in any year, but it gets even worse. According to 6C and 6D on Page 5 of HB 104, no amendment could be made to the Charter in the future that would restrict or cap the amount of revenue the ITA could raise at any time.

Meaning that, even if an activist like Robin Ficker were to collect signatures to get such an amendment on the ballot, it could not be applicable to the ITA.

While the tax issues may be the most blatantly abusive and offensive in this power grab, there are other provisions that must be examined, as well.

The ITA would have de facto eminent domain authority, and the ability to demolish homes and businesses. That raises the specter of the quiet plans to demolish 155 homes and businesses along Georgia Avenue between Olney and Wheaton for a BRT line. Don't like it? Too bad, the ITA is unelected, and would not be thrown out in the next election by angry residents (assuming they still had a house to reside in). And assuming a board member with ties to developers was appointed to the ITA (such as Mark Winston's ethically-questionable role on Leggett's Rapid Transit Task Force), the body could wheel and deal in the real estate market with public money, and developers could acquire private or County land at sweetheart prices, among other potential abuses.

There would also be a currently-undisclosed bureaucracy of new government employees who would be hired for the Authority, with the high-ticket pay and benefits one expects from Montgomery County. With many County departments currently understaffed for financial reasons, where would the money for that come from? From you, of course.

Who voted for this now-you-don't-see-it-now-you-do MC 24-15 bill?

Thanks to the Parents' Coalition of Montgomery County, that information is available.

In Bethesda, Delegates Bill Frick, Ariana Kelly and Marc Korman all voted to approve this "late-filed" legislation. In Rockville, Delegates Kumar Barve, James Gilchrist, and Andrew Platt all voted YEA, as well.

Worst of all, this bill has all the wrong priorities. Completing our unfinished master plan highway system would move the most people for far less money. Yet this ITA would do nothing for highways, or even to repair the ones we already have. In fact, it will use dirty tactics to fund a BRT system that would actually reduce highway capacity, and that the vast majority of residents oppose.

MC 24-15/HB 104 must be stopped. One citizen group is already organizing against it, and there is a Change.org petition online. The gumption of the county's elected officials is something to marvel at, given they just got walloped by Maryland voters who rose up in a tax revolt, of all things.

With all of the leeway in this legislation, $1000 per Bethesda resident per year could be just the starting point for the Independent Taxing Authority.

What's in your wallet?

Monday, January 26, 2015

SNOW BEGINS TO STICK TO ROADS - BETHESDA SNOW UPDATE + FORECAST

The current temperature in Bethesda is 30° F, and snow is now beginning to stick to and accumulate on roadways. Expect light snow to continue through 7:00 AM tomorrow morning, with the total amount ranging up to 3", according to the National Weather Service.  Temperatures will drop to 27°, and winds will be north at 9-13 MPH, with gusts up to 25.

Trucks are applying chemicals to local roads, such the convoy that traveled along Woodmont Avenue moments ago in the photo below.

Transit is operating here, but Amtrak is on a modified schedule along the Northeast Corridor this evening.

Stay tuned to @BethesdaRow on Twitter for updates throughout the storm.

THEFT AT BARNES & NOBLE, VEHICLE BREAK-INS IN PIKE DISTRICT + MORE - BETHESDA CRIME UPDATE

Here's a roundup of crimes reported across Bethesda on January 23, according to crime data:

Theft. Barnes & Noble at Bethesda Row.

Theft. 6800 block Wisconsin Avenue.

Burglary. 5500 block Friendship Boulevard.

Burglary. Unit block of W. Irving Street (Chevy Chase Village).

Vehicle burglary. 9400 block Old Georgetown Road.

Theft. 10400 block Old Georgetown Road.

Theft. DSW Warehouse (Georgetown Square shopping center vicinity).

Theft. 6900 block Heatherhill Road (Bannockburn Estates).

Vehicle burglary. 5500 block Executive Boulevard (Pike District).

Vehicle burglary. 11400 block Woodglen Drive (Pike District).

Vehicle burglary. 5100 block Nicholson Lane (Pike District).

Vehicle burglary. Westfield Montgomery Mall.

Theft. 7100 block Democracy Boulevard.

Theft. 10400 block Motor City Drive (Westfield Montgomery Mall area).

BETHESDA CONSTRUCTION UPDATE: NAPLES RISTORANTE E PIZZERIA OPENING IN APRIL (PHOTOS)

Naples Ristorante e Pizzeria e Bar, a New York City import coming to Westfield Montgomery Mall, is getting closer to firming up its opening date. April is now the target, according to the company, which is currently seeking its head chef. Meanwhile on site, construction of their space continues, one of the most prominent in the mall's new dining terrace addition. Here's a sneak peek inside:




REPORT: 7770 NORFOLK SIGNS FIRST TENANT; COMMUNITY RESTAURANT TO OPEN THIS FALL IN BETHESDA

Exclusive

The JBG Companies may have addressed some downtown Bethesda residents' wishes that the ground floor of its future 7770 Norfolk apartment tower not be a dead zone at night. DC dining expert Don Rockwell tells me the 17-story mixed-use project has signed a restaurant tenant called Community.

Currently expected to open this fall, Community's menu will be centered around American comfort food, including all-day breakfast and specialty burgers. It will also be open late, and feature themed dinner nights.

7770 Norfolk is currently under construction by Clark Construction, which recently celebrated the topping-out of the mixed-use project at the corner of Norfolk and Fairmont Avenues. The building is expected to be fully-completed by late 2015.

It sounds like this project could help replace the after-business-hours activity of Foong Lin and other tenants that previously resided on the corner 7770 now occupies. Bold Bite has been the only after-hours draw on Fairmont since BlackFinn closed last year. Let's hope the Bainbridge across Fairmont can come up with a similar tenant, to help reactivate that block of Fairmont.

BETHESDA SNOW UPDATE AND WEATHER FORECAST #DC #JUNO

Umbrellas will likely be more useful than shovels this morning. Bethesda and the DC area are not expected to experience the blizzard conditions and snowfall totals projected for points north like New York City tonight. Precipitation here will be a mix of rain and snow through this morning and afternoon, with a midday high of 37° F making rain the predominant thing falling. But expect roads to be slick when the temperature hits freezing around 9:00 PM tonight, as snow showers will dominate from then through the Tuesday morning rush.

The National Weather Service expects Winter Storm Juno to drop 3-6" of snow on the region by Tuesday, but it will likely be 3" or less in the Bethesda area.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

MORE ART FROM THE CAPITAL CRESCENT GARAGE IN BETHESDA (PHOTO)

Here's one more public art piece in the Capital Crescent Garage, which opened last week. This one is in the lobby. Don't forget, parking is free in this underground garage at Bethesda and Woodmont Avenues until March 1.

ASSAULT IN RANDOLPH HILLS + MORE - BETHESDA CRIME UPDATE

Here's a roundup of crimes reported across Bethesda on January 22, according to crime data:

Theft. 9700 block Old Georgetown Road.

Assault. 11300 block Schuylkill Road (Randolph Hills).

Theft from vehicle. 6800 block Old Stage Road.



REMEMBER JOHNNY ROCKETS IN BETHESDA?

Design Within Reach has closed at 4828 St. Elmo Avenue, and while it looks like an empty furniture store right now, I remember this space best as Johnny Rockets. The ubiquitous mall hamburger chain was an early forerunner of burger joints to come in Bethesda, like BGR, Five Guys and Kraze Burger. Arriving in the 90s, the same decade in which Bethesda was saying goodbye to Hot Shoppes and its legendary Mighty Mo, Johnny Rockets was a throwback in a rapidly modernizing downtown.

Founded in 1986 by men's fashion retailer Ronn Teitelbaum, the restaurant's nostalgic 50s atmosphere and design was inspired by "the belief that everyone deserves a place where they can escape from today’s complicated world and experience the uncomplicated goodness of classic Americana," says the company's website.

I remember the hamburger was very good, even if it did not reach the level of the Mighty Mo. So were the chili fries, but the milkshake may have been the best of all. What I didn't like as a takeout customer was the cheap carryout containers made from that paper material McDonald's is wise enough to only employ as a drink tray. It did not improve the quality of the chili fries in transit.

Now that the Johnny Rockets space is vacant, can we bring burgers back to this corner with Shake Shack? Steak and Shake? Habit Burger Grill? Spike Mendelsohn? Burger Tap and Shake?

Burgers are bigger than furniture. I mean, when was the last time you saw Barack Obama and Joe Biden jump out of their limo and go furniture shopping?

For those seeking furniture and light fixtures, Design Within Reach has moved to 3306 M Street in Georgetown, according to a sign in the window.





Saturday, January 24, 2015

SEXUAL ASSAULT IN DOWNTOWN BETHESDA, ASSAULT IN CABIN JOHN + MORE - BETHESDA CRIME UPDATE

Here's a roundup of crimes reported across Bethesda on January 21, according to crime data:

Sexual assault. 7300 block Wisconsin Avenue at 6:07 PM.

Theft from vehicle. 7200 block Wisconsin Avenue.

Assault. Unit block of Webb Road at 2:06 AM (Cabin John).

Burglary. 10100 block Dickens Avenue.

Theft from vehicle. 6400 block Rockledge Drive.

Theft. 5700 block Brewer House Circle.

Theft from vehicle. 10400 block Grosvenor Place.

J. CREW CLOSES FOR RENOVATIONS IN FRIENDSHIP HEIGHTS (PHOTOS)

J. Crew in Chevy Chase Pavilion has closed temporarily for renovations. The store will reopen on January 30.





LIVESTREAM Q&A WITH OPRAH, DAVID OYELOWO AT SELMA SCREENING TODAY AT ARCLIGHT BETHESDA

Whether you've seen Selma, have been waiting to see it, or are just a fan of Oprah - who produced and played Annie Lee Cooper in the civil rights biopic - you may want to attend a special screening of the film this afternoon at 5:00 PM, at ArcLight Cinemas in Westfield Montgomery Mall.

Oprah Winfrey and star David Oyelowo will join the theater audience live via streaming video after the film for a Q&A session. The session will begin immediately following the conclusion of the movie.


Image via ArcLight Cinemas