Tuesday, October 17, 2017
The celebration will start on November 10, when the first 200 customers through the doors will receive an L.L. Bean gift card worth up to $500. On Saturday and Sunday, take free fly-casting and archery lessons from the experts at L.L. Bean's Outdoor Discovery Schools, and enter to win a trip for four to Maine. Sunday will be "kids day," featuring wildlife programs, activities and games with local Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops.
A PIKEPaws Pawty will be held in Rose Park (which is right outside the L.L. Bean store) at 10:00 AM Sunday, where the coverdog for the PIKEpaws 2018 calendar will be announced. The calendar will be available for purchase.
Photos with the Bootmobile will be available all three days.
L.L. Bean's 35th location outside of its home state of Maine will be 22700 SF in size, and employ about 75 people.
While Carhart was quiet in obtaining a new facility in the Wildwood Medical Center, his arrival today will be anything but. Pro-life organizations are planning a press conference and rally outside the building at noon today, and a candlelight vigil at 6:30 PM tonight, again outside the building at 10401 Old Georgetown Road in Bethesda. These protests will be held on the public sidewalk in front of the building.
Carhart's new office in Suite 104 at 10401 Old Georgetown is not yet licensed to perform abortions, according to pro-life organization Operation Rescue. The organization says it has filed two emergency complaints with the State of Maryland, and accuses Carhart of trying to perform abortions without a license this week. He has no admitting privileges at any local hospital. At his recently-closed Germantown clinic, at least ten of his patients were rushed to nearby hospitals during procedures, and one woman died during a 33-week abortion.
Already, pressure is mounting on the owner of the Wildwood Medical Center to terminate the lease with Carhart. A website called "Pray for Bethesda" is also asking people to contact the property management company for the building, Alvin L. Aubinoe, Inc., and "tell them what you think!" Many of the other medical professionals in the building may find themselves, through no fault of their own, in the middle of the battle. Some patients are already threatening to cancel their appointments with doctors and dentists in the building as long as Carhart remains a tenant in the Wildwood Medical Center.
currently being renovated into a restaurant space. But they will reopen soon in a storefront right across the street, at 7028 Wisconsin Avenue. That was previously the home of Royal Dry Cleaners.
Monday, October 16, 2017
A second pop-up store is Just Cozy, a leggings and accessories shop that says it expects to open 100 temporary stores across the country this fall. Just Cozy is next to VIP Outdoor and Auntie Anne's on Level 2.
According to a resident of the building, smoke rose up through the stairwells from the garage. That resident said fire alarms did not sound inside the actual building. This is one of several recent garage vehicle fires in this part of the county. The cause of yesterday's fire has not yet been stated, but Piringer said it was ruled accidental.
Photo: Pete Piringer/MCFRS
Sunday, October 15, 2017
Mental illness - emergency petition. Wisconsin Circle.
Stalking/intimidation. Apartment/condo on Friendship Boulevard.
Assault - 2nd degree. Kingsley Avenue.
Identity theft. Surrey Street.
Shoplifting. Apparel store at Pike & Rose.
Weapon possession. Car dealership on Old Georgetown Road (Pike District).
Liquor possession. Rockville Pike (Pike District).
Theft. Auto repair shop on Parklawn Drive.
Assault - 2nd degree. Auto repair shop on Parklawn Drive.
Theft from industrial park. Randolph Road.
Missing person. Whiterim Drive.
Saturday, October 14, 2017
Swindled on Montrose Ave.!, Assault in downtown Bethesda office building! + more - Bethesda crime update
Theft from vehicle. Wisconsin Avenue.
Assault - 2nd degree. Office building on Old Georgetown Road (downtown Bethesda).
Theft from vehicle. Parked at office building on Old Georgetown Road (downtown Bethesda).
Theft from yard. Chevy Chase Boulevard.
Theft from vehicle. Fairglen Lane.
"Fraud: swindle." Montrose Avenue.
Mental illness - emergency petition. Apartment on Strathmore Hall Street.
Extortion by threat of injury. Rapley Gate Terrace.
**Note: Montgomery County has recently intentionally deleted block numbers from crime incident data for unknown reasons.
reopened in its new Cordell Avenue location this past Monday. Here's a photo of the new sign lit up at night, which I had not previously posted. It's notable considering that during all the years of popularity at their Hampden Lane location, they never actually had a true sign like this.
Friday, October 13, 2017
Burglars hit Fairfax Rd. hard, shoplifter busted at County liquor store + more - Bethesda crime update
Theft from vehicle. Fairfax Road.
Burglary (forced entry). Fairfax Road.
Burglary (forced entry. Fairfax Road.
Theft from restaurant. Old Georgetown Road (downtown Bethesda).
Shoplifting. Montgomery County Liquor store at Shoppes of Bethesda.
Identity theft. Bulls Run Parkway.
Property damage. MacArthur Boulevard (Cabin John).
Illegal use of credit cards. Beverly Road.
Theft from building. Old Georgetown Road (Pike District).
Liquor arrest. Randolph Road.
There will be live music and food and drinks for humans, and separate enclosed areas for small and large dogs who are "well-socialized." No word on treats for canine attendees.
Thursday, October 12, 2017
DID NOT GO
Montgomery County is ranked 8th in the nation in school spending that goes to administrators, rather than the classroom, according to Fox 45's Project Baltimore investigative unit. Baltimore City was the worst offender in the nation, their journalists found. Montgomery County Public Schools rank 8th out of all school systems in America in pumping cash to administrators, rather than to teachers and classroom costs. Six of the top ten are in Maryland.
This is once again proof that the record tax hike of 2016 did not go to hire teachers or improve academic performance (as recent PARCC test results proved - math scores declined, and English scores rose statewide, proving there was an obvious flaw in English portion of the test, rather than actual success by MCPS). In fact, a large chunk of the recordation tax money went to pay off the County's legal costs in the Silver Spring Transit Center debacle, in an outrageous and corrupt bait-and-switch by the County Council.
Some major details, such as whether the building will be commercial or residential, were not revealed last night. That question will be decided before the end of this year, a Brookfield representative predicted. A sketch plan will be filed "in the near term," likely within 30 days.
Intriguingly, Clark Construction's Protect Bethesda Open Space group - which was the public expression of Clark's objections to Brookfield's plan to build on the existing plaza (which Brookfield has the property rights to do, it should be noted) - made a last public relations push on social media in the last 48 hours. It called on plaza preservationists to turn out in force wearing green at last night's meeting to advocate for "high quality, visible, and accessible open space." However, no formal protest ended up taking place, and no major objections were raised by attendees. What made the last minute communications intriguing, was that Clark had announced it was no longer opposing Brookfield's plan about a year ago.
|Plaza on Wisconsin Avenue|
side of the development, including
new Metro station entrance
|"The Promenade," which Brookfield|
envisions as a Bethesda Lane-style
pedestrian plaza with retail and
restaurants on both sides
|Improved access to Metro and|
|Arts Brookfield Zone|
This development process is certainly the time to have the discussion about making the plaza the central focus of the downtown again.
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
|The most interesting thing is this|
book of planograms from Sears HQ;
it shows where the Christmas products
should be placed. For ezample, the new
holiday projector item should be on
the second shelf in the main aisle
|Everything in its proper place,|
as Hans Christian Anderson
|What do you know? There's that new|
holiday projector. It works for
|And there it is,|
on the correct shelf, but room
for more items remains
|It's not just a|
Christmas section, it's a
"New Holiday Experience,"