Sunday, December 31, 2017
Saturday, December 30, 2017
scheduled to close forever at Bethesda Row on January 11, 2018. But patrons this weekend have been surprised to find the doors already locked. The store closed at 5:00 PM yesterday, and won't reopen until 9:00 AM on January 3. Is this an early closure, or a way to clear more time to pack up inventory? Barnes & Noble says a "heat outage" is to blame for the closure.
Friday, December 29, 2017
recently-vacated Chico's store at 5418 Wisconsin Avenue in Friendship Heights. It's amazing to me that businesses are allowed to obtain permits from Montgomery County without identifying who is requesting the permit, raising all kinds of questions. How does the County know who they are actually dealing with?
If the name sounds familiar, it's because it was the home of Samuel Wade Magruder, a towering figure in Montgomery County history, and a major in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. When Montgomery County established its first County courthouse, Magruder was one of the initial presiding judges. Patrick Magruder represented Maryland in the U.S. House of Representatives. And most residents above single-digit age are probably familiar with the Magruder's grocery chain, which recently ceased opeation within Montgomery County.
|William Wirt in a public|
domain image from the
Library of Congress
After moving to Virginia, Wirt was elected to the House of Delegates, and later became Attorney General of the United States. He was the Anti-Masonic Party candidate for U.S. President in 1832, one of several trounced by Old Hickory himself, Andrew Jackson. One irony in that, is that Wirt represented the Cherokee Nation against Jackson-backed efforts to remove them from Georgia, which concluded in the Trail of Tears forced march west.
Another interesting historical tidbit about this property, is that, after falling out of the Magruder family's ownership, it was at one point owned by the Tenleytown and Rockville Land Company, according to historian John Walton, Jr. That was a division of the trolley company that operated between Friendship Heights and Rockville from 1890 to 1935. Cyclists and joggers today know part of its old right-of-way as the Bethesda Trolley Trail.
|A KNLB leasing sign|
on the site near Montgomery Mall
Thursday, December 28, 2017
reported months ago - they'll be opening in the renovated plaza level of the Hyatt Regency Bethesda hotel this Spring. Signage just installed announces "something's brewing" at the hotel, which is winding down a total makeover of its property ahead of new competition from Marriott.
Wednesday, December 27, 2017
|Email from Montgomery County Council|
President Hans Riemer to Robin Ficker on
Christmas night; there is no mandated limit
on how many speakers can testify at a hearing
|Ficker is mobbed by supporters|
outside the Council building earlier
|Ficker's successful ballot|
questions limiting Council terms
and tax increases have enraged
councilmembers, who prevented
him from testifying Tuesday
The arrival of Chercher means that a town that currently has no Ethiopian restaurants will soon boast two; Dinqnesh Ethiopian Restaurant will be opening soon at 4865 Cordell Avenue. It is a spin-off of Silver Spring's well-established Lucy. Let the competition begin!
In addition to popular Ethiopian beef dishes, Chercher will also offer vegan, organic and gluten-free options. Although that block of Bethesda Avenue is less-traveled than those further east, Fresh Baguette, Pescadeli, Butcher's Alley and Bethesda Crab House have shown people will venture there for a worthwhile product.
Tuesday, December 26, 2017
recently cited by nearby residents for breaking these rules, do not have this reminder posted. This means no idling engines, no beeping back-ups, etc. before the permissible hour. Exceptions require a nighttime noise waiver from Montgomery County.