Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Get involved with Bethesda Big Train

The Big Train, Bethesda's collegiate summer baseball team, offers several ways to get involved now and year-'round. Here are a few:
  • Participate in the Big Train holiday toy drive (December 7 - December 12, 9 am-3 pm). Bring a new, unwrapped toy to Shirley Povich Field (directions) and receive four tickets to a 2016 Big Train game.  
  • Sign up your young ones for Bunt's Kids Club, a new option for Big Train fans 3-13 years old. 
  • Host a player next summer. Host families receive a free family pass to all 2016 Big Train home games.
For more information and other ideas, visit the Big Train website.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Advisory Board dismayed by early voting site recommendation

The following is text of a September 25, 2015 letter from the Western Montgomery County Citizens Advisory Board regarding the County Board of Elections recommendations on early voting locations for the 2016 election.  The Citizens Advisory Board advises the County Executive and County Council on local service and policy needs.


Dear Council Executive Leggett and Council President Leventhal,

As you know, the Montgomery County Board of Elections recently recommended to the Maryland Board of Elections nine locations as early voting sites for the 2016 elections. We are dismayed to learn that the County Board of Elections is recommending to discontinue use of the Jane Lawton Community Recreation Center - which previously served our community as an early voting site. We believe that the Jane Lawton Center should remain an early voting site through the 2016 election cycle for the following reasons:

  • The neighborhoods in the vicinity of the Lawton Center are home to a significant population of senior citizens. Nearly 20% of the 70,000 residents of the Bethesda and Chevy Chase Census Data Places are over the age of 65. The Lawton Center offers these residents a safe and convenient option rather than waiting in long lines on Election Day;
  • Discontinuing the Lawton Center leaves no early voting locations in Bethesda/Chevy Chase – a dense employment and population center that is well served by public transportation;
  • Election Day lines could increase in the Bethesda/Chevy Chase area because fewer voters will vote early without a convenient, local early voting site;
  • This being now the fourth election cycle with early voting - unless there is a necessary and compelling reason to change a location - retaining the same locations election after election creates a consistency that will translate into more voters utilizing these sites.

We ask that you communicate with the members of the Maryland Board of Elections and request that they maintain the Lawton Center as an early voting location. Please also communicate with Governor Hogan about this issue and the need for the Maryland Board of Elections to maintain the Lawton Center as an early voting location. As always, we are grateful for your consideration of our request.

Sincerely,

Tara Flynn, Chair
Western Montgomery County Citizens Advisory Board

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Paint the Town mural project begins

Work has begun on a colorful, abstract 400-foot-long mural along the Capital Crescent Trail retaining wall on Arlintgon Road in Bethesda, across from Safeway. The project will take two to three weeks, weather permitting.

The project is the first public art mural project organized by the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District, which is managed by the Bethesda Urban Partnership. The mural is being painted by Jessie Unterhalter and Katey Truhn, a Baltimore-based artist team. Below is a part of what the mural will look like.



Tuesday, August 25, 2015

First day of school safety

The first day of school is next Monday, August 31. We'll see plenty of yellow school buses on our local streets and young people walking to school. With the new, later start times, please drive gently and be alert as you travel.

Under Maryland law, drivers travelling in both directions must stop and wait until a school bus's red lights stop flashing before proceeding. The only exception is on a divided highway of four lanes or more with a median separation, either a physical barrier or a wide space, such as a swale. In that case, only traffic following the bus must stop. (See graphic below)

For parents, now is the time to remind children of pedestrian and bus safety tips. Maryland State Highway Administration has an excellent website on getting to and from school safely.

 

 

 

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Advisory Board says Schools, urban livability, are top capital budget priorities.

The following is the text of the July 28, 2015 letter from the Western Montgomery County Citizens Advisory Board to County Executive Isiah Leggett expressing local priorities for the County's six-year capital budget. The letter follows the Board's public forum held on June 22, 2015

The priorities were also the subject of a August 3 meeting held by Mr. Leggett with leaders of the County's five area citizens advisory boards. The Board was represented at the meeting by vice chair Scott Goldberg.

These priorities will now be used by County departments in assessing projects to be included in the County Executive's recommended Fiscal Year 2017-22 Capital Improvements Program - due to be released in January 2016.  


Dear Mr. Leggett:

Thank you for this opportunity to provide our recommended priorities for your consideration as you develop the FY 2017-2022 Capital Improvements Program (CIP). As you know, the Western Montgomery County Citizens Advisory Board (WMCCAB) held a Capital Budget Forum on June 21, 2015. We were pleased to be joined by staff members from County agencies who could discuss specific CIP projects.

The Forum provided the opportunity for the WMCCAB to receive input on the needs within the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Area. On the basis of the information we gathered, we recommend that you consider the following two priorities in your Capital Budget planning.

1. Address the capacity challenges at our public schools

Attendance at our County schools continues to grow at approximately 2,500 students per year and capacity constraints are a critical problem. We recommend the County adopt  proactive strategies to address the capacity challenges. Specifically, we recommend addressing capacity issues in the Walter Johnson cluster with an addition (with a set completion date) at Walter Johnson High School, to raise the capacity to 3200 students. All of the efforts to increase capacity at the elementary levels over the last several years will be for naught if the anticipated capacity challenges are not addressed at the middle schools and high schools.

Even with those efforts, capacity issues continue at the County’s elementary schools, with the many of our youngest students continuing to be instructed in portables. Accordingly, we recommend advancing the Ashburton Elementary School addition – designed to address the school being over capacity by over 250 students this coming year – in the schedule to be completed in the 2017-2018 school year. Ashburton is the most over-capacity elementary school in the cluster and moving it up its completion date to address this need is justified.

Second, we propose the dates set in the CIP for other school construction not slip. It seems each year, the school construction budget slides important projects to further in the future. The capacity challenges do not improve over time – they only will become more pronounced.  Specifically, it is important that the new elementary school at in the Richard Montgomery cluster at Hungerford Park stay on track -- several elementary schools in that cluster are already over capacity.

Third, we recommend that the County more proactively plan for land acquisition. Most of the schools that have or will be renovated in the next couple of years have been built to capacity.  Some schools no longer will have adequate space for sports or recess, such as BCC High School and Somerset Elementary School. We may reach a point in the not too distant future when renovations will no longer be an option to address the County’s public school capacity issues and new schools will need to be built.  For example, a seventh elementary school is anticipated in the White Flint Sector plan for the Walter Johnson cluster. The land that has been proposed as a donation may not meet the requirements of a new school. We recommend that the County embark on identifying other parcels, setting aside funds, and exploring alternatives for funding sources for required land acquisition. When an opportunity to acquire a large parcel of land arises, the County would be better suited to assess the situation and, if appropriate, make an offer from a designated fund or funding source. Opportunities such as the WMAL property do not arise often but having a mechanism for addressing those opportunities in a nimble fashion should be the goal.

2. Focus on making our urban and residential areas more livable

Throughout the region, new development projects are underway leading to an influx of new residents in need of services and amenities. In Downtown Bethesda alone, current plans anticipate 3200 new housing units yielding more than 5000 new residents. We recommend that the County focus on making these areas more walkable, accessible, and livable.

We specifically recommend that funds for ensuring that there is adequate, usable green space in these urban areas be a high budget priority. Communities need spaces where children and adults can engage in recreational activities and neighbors can congregate. The new Bethesda Sector Plan draft highlights the need for green space but seeks to accomplish this goal with the vague idea that transferring density will incentivize private landowners to sell/give property to the County for parks. In some instances (e.g. expanding Battery Urban Park and the area in front of the Landmark Theater), relying on private landowners will be insufficient. More definitive goals with concrete action plans  and funds are needed now to insure development levels, as set forth in the draft Bethesda Sector Plan, must be accompanied with usable and friendly green spaces..

In addition to green space, our urban centers - especially Bethesda and the Pike District - require enhanced pedestrian and bicycle connectivity and safety. Streetscape and lighting enhancements in these areas should remain a funding priority. Needs in the Pike District include completing the street grid and building dedicated bicycle facilities. Needs in Bethesda include the planned “shared street” concept for Norfolk Avenue, the much-delayed streetscaping of Wisconsin Avenue, and the proposed change of one-way streets to resume two-way traffic.

Finally, we urge the County to step up its residential road refurbishment project. Neighborhoods throughout our region require such road work – in our both urban and residential areas.

Thank you for your consideration of these recommendations.


Sincerely,

Tara M. Flynn, Chair

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Downtown Bethesda Plan update

On July 20, the Montgomery County Planning Board, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, completed its first work session to review the Bethesda Downtown Plan. The session addressed several issues and considered transportation infrastructure. Planners are summarizing all testimony received at and following the June 24 public hearing, through July 2, when the public record closed. 

Four more work sessions on the plan are scheduled: September 17, October 5, October 22 and November 12. [You can learn more about the planning process here.]

The board will transmit its recommendations in November to the County Executive and the County Council, after its last work session. The County Council will hold a public hearing on the Bethesda Downtown Plan in January 2016. 

Other Master Plan Schedules

  • Westbard Sector Plan:  September 24, 6:30-9:30 pm, public hearing at Planning Department HQ, 8787 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, MD.
  • Rock Spring
    • September 1, community kick-off, 7 pm, Walter Johnson High School. 
    • October, scope of work presented to Planning Board; date and time TBA.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Summer crime prevention tips from Captain David Falcinelli

The following is a message to the community from Captain David Falcinelli, Commander of the Montgomery County Police, 2nd District Station in Bethesda.

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I am pleased to share that crime in most major categories is down as of the end of May according to year-to-date statistics. Our most recent success occurred when a suspect stole a bicycle, then attempted to sell it on Craigslist. The alert owner saw the “for sale” ad listing his bike and alerted police who set up a purchase from the suspect and made the arrest. This is the third arrest for bicycle theft made in the last several weeks. Theft from autos, which is one of biggest property crimes in the 2nd District, has been relatively low over the last several months. Residential and commercial burglaries are also down, along with stolen autos. The only major category that has seen an increase is Robbery in which there have been 18 events so far, versus 16 at the same time last year.

While it would certainly be easy to look at these decreases and relax, school is out and summer is here and we need to increase our vigilance more than ever. Summer is a time when many vacations occur leaving homes unattended. It is a time when windows and garages are left open to enjoy the nice weather. Unfortunately, it is also a time when criminals take advantage of opportunities that are presented to them.

Many people apply sunscreen before spending a day on the water or at the pool because it is a simple preventative measure that prevents a burn. It only takes a few minutes, but the benefits are great as one quickly learns when they forget to do so and end up with a burn. Preventing crime is a little like preventing sunburn. Put a little thought and effort into prevention, and your risk of becoming a crime victim will be reduced tremendously.

As your police department, we are going on the offensive in an effort to keep these downward trends heading in the right direction. I have requested and received additional resources that will be specifically targeted into neighborhoods where theft from autos traditionally increase during the summer months. We have begun overtime crime prevention details. Our District Community Action Team is patrolling  neighborhoods on bicycles, including some areas that have never seen bike patrols before.  We are deploying our resources in a variety of ways to keep the criminal element guessing as to where we are.

Despite all these additional measures, the most important part of this equation is each of you. Before going on vacation, remember to make sure your newspapers/mail/flyers are picked up or delivery is stopped, ensure your grass is cut, use timers on lights and/or TV’s (do not leave a front porch light on during the daytime!), engage your alarm system, and have a neighbor look in on your house.  If you are a bike rider or store your bikes in your garage, please close and lock your garage doors if you are not actively using the garage. We are seeing an increase in theft of bikes from garages.  Make your bike unique by using stickers, etc. Take a picture of it (and you on it) and jot down the serial # and have it available to share with the police in case it is stolen.  Use a strong, U-shaped lock. Most importantly, help us prevent theft from autos by locking your car doors, removing anything of value and anything that appears to contain anything of value, and report any suspicious activity in your neighborhoods immediately to the police  

Our continuing partnership to reduce crime in our communities is critical, but we each need to do our part. You are our eyes and our ears. You know who your neighbors are. You are the ones that will most likely see a young person with a backpack trying door handles in the late night/early morning hours. You are the ones that will see someone in a backyard that does not belong there. You are the ones that will recognize a car parked on the street that has never been there before and may be occupied by someone you have never seen before. This is when you need to call us at our non-emergency number 301-279-8000 or 911 for a crime in progress. Help us help you keep your neighborhoods safe!

Thank you again and please keep the lines of communication open. You can always e-mail any concerns that do not require an immediate police response to   2DCommander@montgomerycountymd.gov  I will usually get back to you within 24-48 hours.

Sincerely,


Captain David Falcinelli
Commander – 2nd District
Montgomery County Department of Police

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Public forum on FY 2017-22 capital improvements

The Western Montgomery Citizen Advisory Board is hosting a public forum on Monday, June 22, 7 pm, to receive public comments and recommendations from attendees on the capital facilities needs our area. That public input will help board members in their consideration of the development of the county's FY 2017-2022 capital improvements program.

The forum will be at the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center, 2nd floor, 4805 Edgemoor Lane, Bethesda, MD 20814.   

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Advisory Board to host event with General Assembly representatives.


YOU ARE INVITED TO:

THE VIEW FROM ANNAPOLIS

Come hear your State elected officials talk about the recently completed legislative season and future priorities, followed by your questions.

When:  May 18, 2015, 7:00 pm

Where:  Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center
4805 Edgemoor Lane, Bethesda, MD

Who:  Maryland General Assembly representatives from
Districts 15, 16, 17 & 18 (invited)

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Advisory Board testifies in support of school funding transparency, Bethesda Urban Partnership, public libraries

The following testimony was provided to the Montgomery Country Council by the Western Montgomery County Citizens Advisory Board on April 15, 2015.

Members of the County Council, on behalf of the Western Montgomery County Citizens Advisory Board, we thank you for the opportunity to share with you our feedback of the County Executive’s Fiscal Year 2016 operating budget. Our input comes from interested citizens, neighborhood organizations, local businesses, community groups, non-profits and many others who took the time to share their thoughts about what our priorities for the county should include.

With multiple days of testimony from dozens of groups, we are keeping our recommendations short to highlight how important we feel that they are within the budget.

In our letter from early March to serve as input for the County Executive’s Budget, we asked that funding be prioritized to effectively manage the impact of new residents. The front line of that effort in downtown Bethesda is the Bethesda Urban Partnership, or BUP we call it. With continued urbanization, there’s no substitute for the BUP. BUP makes downtown Bethesda a vibrant community, aesthetically pleasing and a destination for so many. We ask that BUP’s funding be fully restored by an increased transfer from Parking Lot District funds.

With regard to education, the community understands the technical process of the County Council allocating funds, primarily by statute through the Maintenance of Effort law but has little if any direct oversight over how this money is spent. We wholly support fully funding public education. However we would like to bring to your attention a growing desire for there to be more transparency and input over how education dollars are being spent. We feel that any action towards transparency and input from you will make our schools more effective at educating our children.

The recent news that Marriott may look for a new location for its headquarters continues to highlight our needed effort to find and tout competitive advantages to Washington, DC, northern Virginia and our neighbors to the east, Prince George’s County. The County Executive’s six-point plan has brought more vision to this effort and we feel the 7.5% increase in spending for DED should be maintained. 

The CAB was delighted to see the 5% increase in library funding as libraries serve a core government function and have fantastic advocates.

An area of concern is a 4.7% decrease in spending for the Board of Elections. Those involved in the 2014 General Election know that there was a considerable delay from the time polls closed at 8pm until results were available the day after, unlike in other counties. Even though this year’s decrease is due to no major elections, the long delay in election results being released causes people to question vote totals, leaves candidates with rooms full of supporters anxiously awaiting the outcome and is an area where we lag our neighbors in a very public way.

As you deliberate over the coming weeks, we want to further ask you to support:

  • The holistic approach of aging in place, such as home healthcare, social activities, support groups for ailments and illness, housing and protecting senior citizens against physical, emotional and financial abuse;
  • Affordable housing programs for the working poor and those in need of temporary support;
  • Services and organizations that aid the quality of life for intellectually and developmentally disabled citizens, such as the Arc of Montgomery;
  • Continuing the quality of our current public transportation system. As you've surely heard, one objection to developing a new Rapid Transit System has been the ability to properly operate already existing modes of transportation. 

Finally, we would like the operating budget to support increased outreach and usage of 311. We feel that this is a fantastic service that significantly reduces the need to navigate through bureaucracy and citizens need to know about it. The Public Information Office has set a target that 15% of requests be web based but we feel that there needs to be more so people know where to report potholes, get information about trash pickup, access housing programs, seek help in case of mental health crisis, or - as is currently on the Tips section of the website to request a county service - report a dead deer along the roadway.

Submitted by Tara Flynn, Chair and Scott Goldberg, Vice Chair

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The Writer's Center offerings

The Writer's Center in Bethesda offers a lot, perhaps more than its name would suggest. Here's a sampling:
  • Year-round workshops for writers of all abilities in fiction, essay, poetry, playwriting, screenwriting, business writing, TV writing, comedy writing.
  • Open-door poetry and prose readings held weekly by writers and poets.
  • A bookstore, with one of the largest selections of literary journals in the mid-Atlantic, open for browsing at the Walsh Street location. There also is an e-bookstore. Most of the authors are Writer's Center workshop leaders or writers who have given readings at The Writer's Center. 
See the center's monthly calendar for upcoming workshops and events.



Monday, March 30, 2015

Madonna of the Trail

There is a great deal of history in Bethesda. The old Bethesda Post Office on Wisconsin Avenue has been in the news recently. However, the "Madonna of the Trail" statue next to the Post Office commemorates something even older.


The statue of a pioneer mother marks the spot where the pioneers spent the first night out of Georgetown on their way west. Bethesda was the eastern terminus of the Cumberland Road, the first portion of the National Old Trails Road leading to the Santa Fe Trail.


Erected by the Daughters of the American Revolution in 1929 (and dedicated by then Judge Harry S. Truman) the statue is one of twelve that can be found between Maryland and California.



Friday, January 30, 2015

Advisory Board Welcomes New Members

The Western Montgomery County Citizens Advisory Board is pleased to welcome four new members: Hrant Jamgochian, Ann Marie Mehlert, Jonathan Sachs, and Carrie Wofford.  Mr. Jamgochian, Mr, Sachs, and Ms. Wofford were appointed by County Executive Leggett in January as residential representatives on the Advisory Board.  They were confirmed by the County Council on Tuesday, January 27.  Ms. Mehlert joined the Advisory Board in October as a business representative and representative of the Greater Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chamber of Commerce.

Hrant Jamgochian is a health policy expert who currently serves as the Executive Director for the national patient advocacy organization Dialysis Patient Citizens. He brings over 20 years of public policy experience to the Western Montgomery County Citizens Advisory Board. Hrant received his Juris Doctor (J.D.) from the Catholic University Columbus School of Law as well as his Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Global Health Law from the Georgetown University Law Center. A member of the Bradley Boulevard Citizens Association, Hrant has called Bethesda his home for more than a decade. He enjoys spending time with his wife and young son. 

Ann Marie Mehlert is a real estate attorney at Lerch, Early & Brewer in Bethesda, Maryland who works with real estate developers, investors and owners on all aspects of commercial real estate. For more than 25 years she has negotiated and documented transactions from acquisition and financing through development, leasing and sales. Ann Marie received her Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude from Boston College and her Juris Doctor cum laude from The American University Washington College of Law. She is admitted to practice in Maryland and the District of Columbia. She currently serves on the executive board of Montgomery Women and as general counsel for Round House Theatre. Ann Marie also is a past president of the suburban Maryland chapter of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW). After years of spending weekend mornings on soccer fields throughout the country (her husband is a former Division I National College Soccer Coach of the Year and her three children are all former Division I college soccer players), Ann Marie now enjoys Saturday and Sunday mornings from the comfort of her couch, watching English Premier League games on television.

Jonathan Sachs is a lifelong resident of Montgomery County and currently lives in downtown Bethesda. He works in health care in the county, focusing on public policy issues and advocacy. Jonathan previously served as a member of the Montgomery County Nighttime Economy and Transit Task Forces. In the summertime, you can probably find him at the ballpark cheering on the Washington Nationals. Jonathan graduated from the University of Maryland with high honors in Government and Politics. While at the University, he served as President of the Student Government Association.

A resident of the Town of Somerset and a mom of two MCPS boys, Carrie Wofford brings two decades of experience in public policy, having served as Senior Committee Counsel on the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, as well as director of new policy ideas for the Senate Democratic Policy Committee and policy advisor in the Clinton White House and the Labor Department under Secretary Robert Reich. Educated at Bryn Mawr College and Yale Law School, Carrie also practiced law at WilmerHale LLP for a number of years and founded a non-profit organization to protect veterans from predatory for-profit colleges.

The Regional Services Center and Advisory Board would like to thank all of our outgoing members for their service to their community, particularly past Advisory Board chairs Delegate Marc Korman and Heather Dhlopolsky, chair-elect of the Greater Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chamber of Commerce.


Friday, January 23, 2015

Leggett to Host Final FY16 Operating Budget Public Forum; Residents’ Input Crucial in Determining Priorities

UPDATE - Due to inclement weather, the Budget Forum is rescheduled to February 2.

Leggett to Host Final FY16 Operating Budget Public Forum; Residents’ Input Crucial in Determining Priorities


About 150 attended last week's County budget forum with County Executive Leggett hosted by the Silver Spring Citizens Advisory Board.  120 attended the Mid-County Advisory Board forum last night. 

The County Operating Budget is the document that maps out how tax dollars are spent.  The forums are one opportunity for the community to learn about the fiscal climate, ask questions, and let your priorities be known.  Your input is critical.  


Next Monday's forum with County Executive Leggett is hosted by the Western Montgomery County Citizens Advisory Board.  The forum begins at 7pm at the BCC Regional Services Center, 4805 Edgemoor Lane in Bethesda.  There is plentiful public parking under the Regional Services Center which is located immediately adjacent to the Bethesda Metro station. 

Thursday, January 22, 2015

History of the Pike District

The following is a "history of the Pike District" developed for the upcoming pikedistrict.org website.  

Pre 1800

Native American peoples traveled along an ancient route known as the Seneca Trail which today is approximately followed by Old Georgetown Road (MD 187).  Portions of General Edward Braddock's army followed the Seneca Trail from Alexandria, VA, to Cumberland, MD, during the ill-fated Braddock Expedition of 1755.

1800-1900

In the early 19th century, much of the area was a 3,700-acre tobacco plantation owned by the Riley family.  One of the Riley’s slaves, Josiah Henson, kept a memoir which inspired Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin.  The plantation's kitchen (in which Henson is known to have slept) still stands at 11420 Old Georgetown Rd.
In 1806, the Washington Turnpike Company began improvements to the old Seneca Trail, by then known as the Georgetown-Frederick Road.  The Rockville and Georgetown Turnpike (Rockville Pike) opened in 1818 and by-passed Old Georgetown Rd. through the Rock Creek stream valley.  The Turnpike became part of the National Old Trails Road – the route taken by settlers heading west.  From 1829 to 1887, a toll booth stood on Rockville Pike near at today’s Strathmore Avenue.
By the mid-19th century, the small community of Montrose grew up near Old Georgetown Road and Rockville Pike and included a Post Office and one-room school (built in 1868).  Montrose’s population skyrocketed with the completion of the B&O Railroad in 1873 and by 1879, school enrollment was more than 50 children.  The two-room Montrose School was completed in 1909 and housed classes from the 1st to 7th grades.  The school building still stands on Randolph Road near Rockville Pike and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
During the Civil War, the area saw skirmishing associated with Confederate General Jubal Early’s raid on Washington and the Battle of Fort Stevens.  On the morning of July 11, 1864 Confederate General John McCausland advanced south on Rockville Pike, headed for Fort Reno.  Not far south of Rockville, McCausland was met by a small Union force.  Outmanned and outgunned, the Union troops fell back to the location of modern-day Bethesda where they checked McCausland’s advance.
From the late 19th century to the 1930s, the area was served by a trolley service connecting Georgetown and Rockville operated by the Tennallytown and Rockville Railway.  The trolley route is now used by the Bethesda Trolley Hiker-Biker Trail. (map)
Tenallytown to Rockville Trolley

1900 on

In 1919, Georgetown Prep School moved to its current location on Rockville Pike from its original site in Old Georgetown Heights where it had been established in 1789.  In 1920, the present-day Strathmore Mansion was the estate house for Charles Corby, who helped revolutionize the baking industry.  Much of the Corby estate later became the site of the Holy Cross Academy and the Music Center at Strathmore.
Dietle’s Tavern, located on Rockville Pike directly across from White Flint Mall, has been in operation since 1916.  Dietle’s holds Montgomery County’s first beer and wine license.
Rockville Pike became part of the US Highway System in 1926 as part of US Route 240.  As the Washington National Pike (now I-270) was completed in stages beginning in the early 1950s, the routing of US 240 was moved over and Rockville Pike was designated MD 355.  During this time, Rockville Pike was transformed by suburban shopping centers into a retail destination.  
The Grosvenor neighborhood is named for Gilbert Hovey Grosvenor, former President of the National Geographic Society and editor of the National Geographic Magazine. Grosvenor was hired in 1899 as the first full-time employee of the Society by Alexander Graham Bell, the Society's President at the time. He eventually was named Director, and later President of the Society, and remained Editor of the magazine until 1954. Grosvenor married Elsie May Bell, the daughter of Alexander Graham Bell. Grosvenor's estate "Wild Acres" can still be found on Grosvenor Lane, just west of Rockville Pike.

The first known use of the name “White Flint” was by the White Flint Country Club which opened in 1930 on Rockville pike near Nicholson Lane. The name was derived from quartz rock - sometimes bearing gold - found in the area. 

The name Twinbrook or Twin-Brook came from the developers who originally established the City of Rockville's Twinbrook subdivision in 1946. The name was a reference to the two tributaries of Rock Creek that traversed the original 200 acres of the development. 
In 1960, Sargent Shriver and Eunice Kennedy established “Camp Shriver” nearby at Timberlawn - a short distance from today's Wall Park.  Camp Shriver was a fun place where children with special needs and intellectual disabilities could receive one-on-one attention and be physically active in the summertime.  Camp Shriver eventually morphed into the Special Olympics, a worldwide organization that serves 4.2 million athletes in 170 different countries. 
The Grosvenor-Strathmore Metro Station opened on July 24, 1984. On December 15 of that year, the White Flint and Twinbrook Metro Stations were opened. The openings marked the completion of the western leg of Metro’s Red Line which also included stations at Rockville and Shady Grove. 
Montrose School House

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Bethesda's New Capital Crescent Garage is Now Open

The new County public parking garage at Woodmont Avenue and Bethesda Avenue reopened today, Tuesday, January 20. It was closed in September 2013 to enable construction of The Flats and The Darcy mixed-use buildings on the site of County parking lot 31, across from Barnes & Noble in Bethesda.

The attractive, well-lit underground parking garage offers 960 parking spaces for the public. Vehicle entrances are on Bethesda Avenue, just east of Woodmont Avenue and on Woodmont Avenue, just south of Bethesda Avenue. Pedestrian access can be found on Woodmont Avenue and from the Capital Crescent Trail.

Parking will be free until March 1. The parking payment system will be "pay on foot".