Monday, September 30, 2013

Taste of Bethesda returns Oct. 5

The 24th annual Taste of Bethesda is scheduled for Saturday, October 5, 2013!

More than 50 restaurants and five stages of entertainment will take over the heart of Bethesda’s Woodmont Triangle on October 5 for the annual Taste of Bethesda. It’s all happening on Norfolk, Fairmont, St. Elmo, Cordell and Del Ray aves. from 11 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Admission is free. Tickets will be sold onsite to “taste” different foods; tickets are $5 for four tickets and a serving costs one to four tickets.

The event is just three blocks from the Bethesda Metro station. Free parking is also available in downtown Bethesda’s public garages. Visitors can take the free Bethesda Circulator to and from the Bethesda Metro station and public garages.

The festival, produced by the Bethesda Urban Partnership, celebrates 24 years of diverse and delectable cuisine this year.

Participating Restaurants

4935 Bar & Kitchen * The Barking Dog * Benihana

BGR The Burger Joint * BlackFinn American Saloon

Boloco * Brasserie Monte Carlo * Café Deluxe

Chef Tony's * Domino's Pizza * Dunkin' Donuts

Flanagan's Harp & Fiddle * Flaxella Café & Restaurant

Freddy's Lobster * Georgetown Cupcake

Gringos & Mariachis * Haagen-Dazs

Hanaro * Hard Times Cafe * Haven Pizzeria

Himalayan Heritage * Honest Tea * Jaleo * Jetties

Kabob Bazaar * Kadhai * Kraze Burger * Lilit Café

Louisiana Kitchen & Bayou Bar * Luke's Lobster

Mia's Pizzas * Mamma Lucia * Mussel Bar & Grille

Naked Pizza * Olazzo * Original Pancake House * The Parva

Passage to India * Penang Malaysian Cuisine

Quartermaine Coffee Roasters * Rock Bottom Restaurant

Roof Bethesda * Ruth's Chris Steak House * Shangri-La

Share Wine Lounge & Small Plate Bistro * Smoke BBQ

Smoothie King * Spring Mill Bread Co. * Tandoori Nights

Tout de Sweet * Uncle Julio's * Union Jack's British Pub


Thursday, September 26, 2013

What is the Bethesda Purple Line Station Plan?

What is the plan?

            The Bethesda Purple Line Station Plan addresses the three main transportation issues. The plan includes the design for the westernmost stop on the Purple Line, Bethesda South station, a new south entrance to the Bethesda Red Line Metro station, and finally two proposals on how the Capital Crescent trail would cross Wisconsin Avenue.

There are two MTA station plans. One that works with existing conditions and one that proposes to knock down the old Apex building and build a new one.

Plan with existing conditions:
· Station fits into current curved tunnel with support columns in the middle of the station platform
·Red line entrance located on Elm St. sidewalk
·Capital Crescent trail crosses Wisconsin on street level
· Purple Line ventilation tower and maintenance tracks would be in Woodmont Plaza

Plan with rebuilt Apex building:
·Larger platform with no columns
·Red line entrance located within new building
·Capital Crescent would cross under Wisconsin via a new tunnel and at street level
·New building accommodates space for long-term bike storage

·Contact on the phone: 301-495-2115 (Elza Hisel-McCoy, lead planner)
·Come and speak at the public hearing on November 7th, 2013

Future Deadlines:
·December 31st, 2013 – written commitment to redevelop the Apex building
· December 31st, 2015 - demolition of the Apex Building to allow construction of the
  station to commence with general expected construction of the Purple Line

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Police Civilian Employee Honored

Congratulations to Sedearia Wilson-Jackson who was recognized Tuesday as "Outstanding Civilian Employee" of the Bethesda District Police Station by the B-CC Rotary Club, County Police Chief Tom Manager, and Commander David Falcinelli.

For exceptional service to the public and outstanding support to officers of the station, Ms. Wilson-Jackson received a certificate, a Westfield Montgomery gift card, and had her name inscribed on a plaque on display in the Station lobby.

L-R: Cmdr. David Falcinelli, Chief Tom Manger, Sedearia Wilson-Jackson, RSC Director Ken Hartman, and BCC Rotary Club President George Nash


Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Help collect the "Great 8" for needy families.

The B-CC Regional Services Center is supporting a major drive by local Rotary Clubs and A Wider Circle to supply the "Great 8" to needy families.  According to A Wider Circle, the Great 8 are items needy families request above all other smaller items.  

The Great 8 are: 

1. Pasta; 
2. Beans; 
3. Paper towels and cleaning supplies; 
4. Tissues and Toilet Paper; 
5. Low Sodium, low sugar canned fruit and vegetables; 
6. Laundry detergent; 
7. Cereal/Oatmeal; and 
8. Diapers.

The Rotary Clubs leading this effort are the B-CCMetro Bethesda, and North Bethesda Clubs. 

Community members are also invited to participate in this drive by dropping off any of these items at the B-CC Regional Services Center before September 27.