Saturday, March 28, 2015
Auto break-ins on Bradley Blvd., Newport Avenue; car stolen in Pike District + more - Bethesda crime update
Vehicle burglary. 4700 block Bradley Boulevard.
Burglary. 3600 block Taylor Street (Chevy Chase Section Three).
Burglary. 4600 block N. Park Avenue.
Theft. 5400 block Wisconsin Avenue.
Vehicle burglary. 5100 block Newport Avenue (Glen Cove).
Vehicle burglary. 11400 block Rockville Pike (Pike District).
Theft. Westfield Montgomery Mall.
Stolen car. 6100 block Executive Boulevard.
Parents have expressed privacy and security concerns about the technology, as the laptops have student-specific accounts. MCPS has said its network is closed and secure, but data is uploaded to "the cloud" for access elsewhere.
A group calling itself Parents for the Responsible Use of Technology in School is hosting a meeting to discuss various issues of concern ranging from privacy to safety to cyberbullying this Monday, March 30, from 7:00-8:30 PM at the Bethesda Library. The library is located at 7400 Arlington Road.
The group also aims to generate an action plan to help teachers as the MCPS Technology Initiative expands.
Here is Monday night's agenda:
A. Technology in the Classroom.
B. Preparation— students, parents, teachers;
C. Testing—PARCC & other testing;
D. Privacy—data mining by 3rd parties; access to health records;
E. Security—protection of data collected;
F. Safety– wireless vs. cable, code of conduct, bullying
G. Create working groups and a plan of action with measurable goals.
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Friday, March 27, 2015
"We are sorry to report that pitzze (sic) has closed its doors effective March 25th. Thank you for your patronage and support."
Drug arrest. Connecticut Avenue at Jones Bridge Road.
Theft. 3600 block Chevy Chase Lake Drive.
Drug arrest. Luxemburg Street at Nicholson Lane.
Vehicle burglary. 5500 block Nicholson Lane.
Robbery. 5700 block Marinelli Road (Pike District).
Here are the details.
4710 Bethesda Avenue
Closure of the affected section is scheduled to begin at 3:00 AM Saturday morning, and will continue through 3:00 PM on Sunday. Temporary traffic control signage will divert drivers during the closure.
With the facade 50% complete, and most work focused on the interior apartment units at this point, the tower crane is no longer needed.
Thursday, March 26, 2015
Count me as slightly skeptical of the late-2015 delivery date at this point, but there's a lot of year left to go...
Theft. 7100 block Woodmont Avenue.
Burglary. 7800 block Exeter Road (Edgemoor).
Theft. 5400 block Wisconsin Avenue.
Theft. 4400 block Willard Avenue.
Robbery. Walt Whitman High School.
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Wednesday, March 25, 2015
close the road last October after a culvert failed. At the time, engineers estimated the road could be closed for up to six months.
The worst case scenario indeed played out, as the MCDOT's Division of Highway Services yesterday announced the fix is finally underway, and could allow the road to open on-schedule in six weeks if all goes well.
What was the holdup?
According to MCDOT, it turned out that the needed multi-plate pipe was only available from one vendor. That Florida vendor could only recently deliver the pipe to Maryland.
I noticed something was up at the site last week. The barricades were haphazardly moved aside one day, and a county police cruiser was parked on the road near the Bethesda public pool. By the next day, the barricades were back up again.
At last the end of the tunnel is nearing for Hillandale Road. I have to say, though, that the closure greatly sped up trips on Little Falls Parkway for two reasons. Obviously, there was no red light at that intersection, and, second, there wasn't that problem of people jamming the right lane of the parkway by making slow turns onto Hillandale.
In fact, given Hillandale's reduced role in accessing downtown Bethesda, the reopening could be a minor negative for some drivers who are just trying to get to and from Arlington Road.
Here's a video of the signal in action, and some additional photos: