Monday, October 31, 2011
Friday, October 28, 2011
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Get a brand new, wearable, waterproof Go Pro HD Hero camera with 5MP photos at City Sports on Arlington Road for $60 off the regular price for a limited time!
Watch the camera in action:
A City Sports customer? Ever thought of working there, or at the soon-to-open Silver Spring location? You're in luck! City Sports is holding two job fairs at the Bethesda Row store for positions there, as well as for positions at the Silver Spring location:
Thursday, October 27, 1-5 PM
Thursday, November 3, 4-8 PM
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Indiana Jones says Walmart is wonderful. A-list Hollywood legend Harrison Ford has weighed in on the oft-reported criticism of the mega retailer.
When asked by the Washington Examiner what he thought about Walmart's critics, Ford responded:
As Walmart prepares to expand in Montgomery County in Aspen Hill and Rockville, this is certainly an influential endorsement of the company's charitable contributions around the country.
One of the issues I advocate for is early education, and last year Walmart picked up the tab for FREE breakfast in Prince Georges County schools. This is the kind of philanthropic benefit Walmart could bring to Montgomery County, as it expands it presence here.
After all, to cash-strapped residents who make up the majority of Montgomery County's population, it is the "choices" Ford spoke of that every American consumer deserves to have that can be expanded, with Walmart in our community.
Monday, October 24, 2011
Here is exclusive footage from the invite-only Art of Safeway Soirée that was held the night before the new Bethesda Safeway grand opening!
Take a VIP tour of the event and of the new store through your computer or phone with this video, which is unavailable anywhere else online!
Stop by your new Bethesda Safeway and enjoy all of the foods in the video in-person. You can even dine at the Cafe in the store!
The event was hosted by WUSA9 anchor Andrea Roane, and all proceeds went to breast cancer research and awareness.
You can compare this newest Safeway to the last Safeway grand opening I attended, the 2009 Damascus Safeway (you also get the old Damascus Safeway in the video as a bonus!):
Enjoy the videos, and don't forget the Bethesda and Damascus Safeways are open for lunch with prepared foods.
A new bar is coming to Bethesda on November 11! The Box Bar and Grille will be opening on Old Georgetown Road, across from the Bethesda Metro Center. Stay tuned for more details.
City Sports on Arlington Road at Bethesda Row is offering 25% off select outerwear and running shoes, and 20% off all Nike apparel for a limited time. Stop by today for big savings!
Friday, October 21, 2011
Fabulous Friday in Montgomery County transportation news: Let me recap again what's happening that could one day reduce traffic congestion whether you are in Bethesda, Rockville, Damascus, New Market, Mount Airy or Westminster!
First of all, last month County Executive Isiah Leggett, in response to my question at a Town Hall Meeting here in Bethesda, said the long-delayed Rockville Freeway makes sense and would provide needed "connectivity" between growing employment centers. (He was equally emphatic that there would be no money available to build it, however).
Then Walmart announced it is building stores near two planned interchanges of the Rockville Freeway, in Rockville and Aspen Hill. It would make all the sense in the world for Walmart and the Montgomery County Planning Board to support a study toward construction of the freeway. Walmart could provide critical moral - if not modest financial - support for the Rockville Freeway, which would not only handle the increased traffic to their stores, but bring even more customers to them.
Of course, the Montgomery County Department of Transportation is already conducting a Midcounty Corridor Study, which could result in construction of the also-decades-delayed M-83 highway (Midcounty Highway Extended) to Clarksburg. The choice is between the master plan alignment, with a right-of-way that already exists (which is the one I favor) or a frightening alternative: the county would widen rural roads in the Goshen area, and demolish homes there. It's pretty obvious which option makes sense. The M-83 got another boost when County Councilman Craig Rice (D - Upcounty) announced that he supports the Master Plan alignment.
Finally, the highest-profile announcement was Virginia Sen. Mark Warner's endorsement of the Outer Beltway. Strangely, this was not reported in any local newspaper! It is a huge development, because the local media believe Warner can do no wrong, and he has a fortune he can use to sway his colleagues at all levels of government.
The only news outlet to report Warner's comments (aside from the radio show he made them on) was the Virginia blog, Bacon's Rebellion. Fortunately, James A. Bacon is providing in-depth coverage of Virginia transportation issues that are of interest to those of us in Montgomery County, as well.
So, with this long preamble out of the way, let me pass along Mr. Bacon's latest scoop that wasn't in your local Maryland or DC paper: As I predicted when I testified before the Rockville Planning Commission this past winter, the Virginia Commonwealth Transportation Board has just voted to create a Master Plan for a "corridor of statewide significance."
This is code to the true believers like me: (whisper) "outer beltway!" It's kind of like calling the best steak in town a "product of beefy significance."
Bacon reports that Virginia transportation officials are insisting this is not an Outer Beltway.
But some other "true believers" in the Outer Beltway and freedom of movement on the Board aren't quite so coy - and bravo for them! You certainly haven't heard anybody say anything like this on our side of the Potomac in the last few years:
“My goal is river to river. We have connectivity needs with Maryland.”
“The governor of Maryland has been contacted... Senator [Mark] Warner favors a river crossing. It’s in dialogue.”
I love it! And I'm looking forward to hearing Gov. Martin O'Malley's response to the Board, as both he and President Obama have said building roads and bridges are the way to create jobs.
I agree 100%! The Rockville Freeway, M-83 and Outer Beltway are three national showcases for infrastructure stimulus, so let's get started on them!
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
I feel like a Magic 8-Ball: All signs and indications point to the Rockville Freeway being built after half a century of delay!
Herman, set the Wayback Machine to the developments of the last few weeks. First it was announced that an additional 2,000,000 square feet of development was being added to the White Flint sector plan.
Then came great news for loyal Walmart shoppers who don't live near the fantastic Milestone shopping center in Germantown: Walmart is coming to Aspen Hill! Of course, that Walmart site is one-and-a-half blocks from the planned interchange of the Rockville Freeway with Connecticut Avenue.
Now, even better news! Walmart is coming to Rockville Pike just south of the Rockville city limits (and right near equally-great Target)! The company has struck a deal with developer JBG to replace part of the shopping center currently holding TGI Fridays, M&T Bank and Jared jewelers. Unfortunately, this second Walmart site will displace some small businesses, unlike the Aspen Hill property. I am definitely concerned about that, but beyond that the announcement of Walmart coming to Rockville Pike is all positive.
I enjoy shopping at Milestone, but with all the talk about driving less, doesn't it make sense to have popular stores like Walmart closer to residents downcounty? Hopefully, they will build a store in Bethesda in the future.
Of course, traffic is a concern as it is in Aspen Hill. Again, the Rockville Freeway is part of the answer. I am hopeful that this second store will help Walmart to get behind the Rockville Freeway, whether it is by making a contribution to the funding for it, or simply by providing a public show of support for the highway. The Rockville Facility right-of-way (currently known as the Montrose Parkway) is only a few blocks south of the proposed Rockville Walmart site.
Walmart is an influential company, and their support of the Rockville Freeway would not only help get it constructed, but would also provide traffic congestion relief to both of their new Walmart locations in Montgomery County.
Monday, October 17, 2011
Friday, October 14, 2011
Breaking news! Bethesda Central Farm Market has just announced that the Sunday Elm Street market will now be held year-round! That means every Sunday will bring your favorite local farmers, artisans, and prepared food vendors to the Elm St. parking lot between Woodmont and Wisconsin Avenues.
This Sunday, the market is celebrating Maryland Wine Week, and that means wine tasting! So mark your calendar for this Sunday - and now, every Sunday - from 9 AM - 1 PM for the Bethesda Central Farm Market.
The oft-postponed Bethesda Row Fountain Ice Cream Social is finally happening this Saturday from 1-3 PM at the - can you guess? - Bethesda Row Fountain in front of Barnes and Noble at Bethesda and Woodmont Avenues. Cross your fingers! Count your lucky stars! Will it actually happen this time? Regardless of your opinion of the new fountain - my informal poll is 99% negative so far - there's no complaint about FREE ice cream! So plan to attend, and the new schedule will coincide with the Bethesda Row Arts Festival. Enjoy ice cream as you wander the stalls of 185 artists all in one place at Bethesda Row!
Saturday and Sunday, the streets around Bethesda Row will be occupied by art, artists and those who appreciate art: It's the annual Bethesda Row Arts Festival! 185 artists this year, and all mediums you might expect from glass to paintings to jewelry. Enjoy special menu items from the surrounding restaurants and browse and purchase artworks from 11-6 PM Saturday, and 11-5 on Sunday.
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Friday, October 07, 2011
Wednesday, October 05, 2011
Tuesday, October 04, 2011
One other point about the proximity of the Walmart site to the long-planned Rockville Freeway interchange 1 1/2 blocks south on Connecticut Avenue, is that this freeway access would allow the 18 wheelers delivering merchandise and groceries to the store to avoid local roads. All truck traffic would be confined to that 1 1/2 block stretch of Connecticut.
Trucks from Virginia and from Baltimore, Pennsylvania, New York, etc. could access the site from I-95 via the Rockville Freeway.
This is an additional benefit to consider by both the county and Walmart as a long term solution to community concerns regarding truck traffic to and from the store.
Monday, October 03, 2011