Friday, December 2, 2016

Dates set for Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week Winter 2017

The Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington has announced its Winter 2017 Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week will be held between Monday, January 30 and Sunday, February 5. Participating restaurants will offer fixed-price, multi-course menus costing $35 for dinner, $22 for lunch, and - for the first time ever - $22 for brunch.

A new feature for Winter 2017 will be a rewards program. Anyone who books their dining reservation through the official RAMW restaurant week site, and opts into the rewards program, will be eligible for special deals and prizes from restaurant week sponsors like event tickets and restaurant gift cards.

The participating restaurants haven't been revealed on the website yet, but usually include establishments in Bethesda, Rockville and Silver Spring alongside their DC counterparts. When they are added, you'll be able to search by type of cuisine and location to find your favorites.

Bay Jewelers to open at Wheaton Plaza, Tilted Kilt now looking at January opening

Bay Jewelers is opening a location at Wheaton Plaza. The family-owned small business currently operates stores in Lakeforest Mall in Gaithersburg, and at Marley Station Mall in Glen Burnie. Those opened this year, with Lakeforest having opened exactly a week ago, and Marley Station this past July.

In other Wheaton Plaza news, the long-delayed opening of the Tilted Kilt continues to creep into the future. They are now anticipating a January opening at the earliest.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Trump supporter victimized by hate crime in Burtonsville (Photos)

Vandals have attacked another home of a supporter of President-Elect Donald Trump in Montgomery County. This time, a family of Trump supporters in Burtonsville was targeted.

Montgomery County police officers responded to a home in the 3000 block of Spencerville Road in Burtonsville yesterday morning, November 30, around 6:25 AM. They found that swastikas, and the words, "Trump" and "racist," had been spray-painted on all 3 cars in the home's driveway.

Police say the victims were known publicly to be Trump supporters, and believe that was the motivation for the attack. They are now investigating the incident as a "bias-based" crime of vandalism.

Anyone with information about this vandalism is asked to contact the 3rd District Investigative Section at 240-773-6870.  For those who wish to remain anonymous, Crime Solvers of Montgomery County is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for any information that leads to the arrest of the suspect(s).  Tipsters can call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).

Photos: Montgomery County Police Department

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Aldi opening tomorrow, December 1, at Plaza del Mercado in Aspen Hill

The long-awaited return of grocery shopping at the distinctive Plaza del Mercado shopping center in Aspen Hill is here. Aldi will open tomorrow morning, Thursday, December 1, at the Federal Realty-owned retail center, located at the intersection of Bel Pre and Layhill Road. The Aldi is addressed as 2223 Bel Pre Road.

If you are one of the first 100 Aldi customers in line Thursday, you'll get a golden ticket that gives you a chance to win Aldi prizes. Even if you aren't, you'll still have a shot at winning produce for a year.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

HOC seeks to reduce number of units, parking spaces at Alexander House redevelopment in Silver Spring

The Montgomery County Housing Opportunities Commission is seeking to amend its site plan for the Elizabeth Square project at the corner of Apple Avenue and Second Avenue, in downtown Silver Spring. Its proposal asks the Montgomery County Planning Board to reduce the number of units in the redevelopment of the Alexander House from 311 to 305, reduce the amount of retail space, and trim the number of parking spaces in line with the minimums required in urban parking districts. The site plan itself was approved by the Board last year.
This main gate is one of
several public art features
that will be removed
HOC is also asking for permission to remove several public art elements from the existing Alexander House site. These include decorative gates, garden screens, pool railings, and the iconic Watermark sculpture. HOC is proposing to donate the sculpture to a public agency. The Art Review Panel has already signed off on the removals at a July meeting.

Planning staff is recommending approval of the amendment. The Planning Board will take up the amendment at its December 8 meeting.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Grill Kabob to open at Wheaton Plaza

Grill Kabob, the popular local Afghan fast casual chain, is expanding to Wheaton Plaza. The restaurant will be located in the food court. Grill Kabob has two existing locations in Montgomery County, at Westfield Montgomery Mall and at Lakeforest Mall.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Montgomery County police cruiser struck by drunk driver in Burtonsville (Photo)

A Laurel man was arrested and charged with DUI after he struck a Montgomery County police cruiser last Saturday night on Spencerville Road near Burtonsville Drive. Two off-duty County officers were helping with traffic control at a mosque there, when they were approached by an elderly woman whose Pontiac Sunfire had broken down on the eastbound side of Spencerville Road.

While one of the officers assisted to ensure the woman returned safely to her vehicle, the second officer positioned his cruiser behind the Pontiac to provide some protection from oncoming vehicles. The action may have saved her life.

Shortly afterward, a 2006 Kia Sedona smashed into the police cruiser, which had its lights flashing for extra visibility. The driver, Pedro Gaona Vera, 56, of Laurel, drove the police cruiser into the Sunfire. Fortunately, the woman - now in the passenger seat awaiting a tow truck - was not injured by the collision. The Dodge Magnum police cruiser took significant damage from the collision, but neither officer was hurt.

Vera was also uninjured. But he did find himself under arrest, after a Breathalyzer test indicated his blood alcohol level was .11. The legal limit in Maryland is .08.

Photo: Montgomery County Police Department