my first report, Max Cafeteria & Grill has opened at 11200 Grandview Avenue in Wheaton. Max offers a fusion of Salvadoran specialties, Mexican dishes like tacos and fajitas, and American fare such as steaks and ribs.
Best of all, Max Cafeteria & Grill is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. You can get an American breakfast or a Salvadoran breakfast. Check out the very reasonable prices - a filet mignon with two sides for only $15.50? You're not going to find a deal like that at most steakhouses.
Monday, September 25, 2017
Friday, September 22, 2017
To expand capacity on the B-W Parkway, the state would have to be given control of the road by the federal government. Hogan has begun preliminary discussions with U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke regarding this issue, he said. A private partner will be solicited by the state to construct and operate the new Express Lanes on all three highways. Because of the public-private nature of the plan, Hogan can largely move forward on his own to implement it, another plus in what is sure to be a contentious election year legislative session in Annapolis.
In a press conference yesterday, Hogan called his plan "unprecedented" and "absolutely transformative." The popular governor predicted that the congestion relief would assist the entire region, not just Maryland residents. Aside from the clear practical benefits, the highway plan is a brilliant political move, as many of Hogan's rivals have already taken the bait and come out opposing traffic congestion relief(!).
Other politicians, even those not in Hogan's party, smartly endorsed the plan. Robin Ficker, a Republican candidate for Montgomery County Executive who has called for such a plan for I-270 for years, praised the governor's proposal. "We say thank you to Governor Larry Hogan for putting forth a plan to widen the 495 beltway and I 270," Montgomery County Young Republicans VP Dan McHugh said in a statement. "This will help alleviate the terrible traffic problems we have here in Montgomery County!! This is what happens when you elect Republicans - we get things done!!" Patricia Fenati, a GOP candidate for the House of Delegates in District 14, recalled the many hours she has spent over the years driving from the upcounty into the District for work. "Finally, a hero has come along to look at that problem, and come up with a solution," she said of Hogan.
Predictable criticisms and the old "induced demand" canard came from organizations engaged in the War on Cars in our region following yesterday's announcement. "Induced demand" theory has never been proven, as missing pieces of our regional freeway system have been to blame for growing congestion on our few highways. For example, there is no second Potomac River crossing, and no M-83 Midcounty Highway Extended, to relieve traffic on the American Legion Bridge and I-270. And the Capital Beltway was doomed to be jammed when anti-car forces foiled the original plan to run I-95 through Washington, D.C. That dumb move sends East Coast traffic around our Beltway 365 days a year, creating massive traffic jams.
Thursday, September 21, 2017
Expected to participate are Republican Robin Ficker and Democrats Roger Berliner, Marc Elrich and George Leventhal. Democrat Bill Frick of Bethesda just entered the race yesterday, and I will update this article as soon as I can confirm his participation.
The event is free to attend and open to the public. From the schedule, it appears Congressional candidates will speak first, and the County Executive candidates will go on at noon. However, you will have the chance to "work the room" and speak one-on-one with the candidates between 10-10:30, and between 1-1:30. This is the first real chance to hear the platforms and positions of the candidates in their own words.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
There's substantial evidence that the driving force behind the plan is the financial interest of one or more property owners along the corridor, who are seeking upzoning and increased density for their properties. That, combined with the developer-fueled Bus Rapid Transit plan for Veirs Mill, will lead to the demolition of several homes and apartment complexes.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Monday, September 18, 2017
Friday, September 15, 2017
|Installing soldier piles|
|Completed row of|
soldier piles near
Veirs Mill Road
A new Montgomery County office building will be constructed on the destroyed portion of Lot 13, and a town square will replace the former MidCounty Regional Services Center building.
Thursday, September 14, 2017
Tessier, uncomfortable and sweating, had made an emotional plea for Wallen's return at a press conference just 48 hours earlier. It turns out police detectives had intentionally included him in the press conference to see what he might say, with the knowledge of Wallen's family, who held Tessier's hands during the media event.
Montgomery County Police Chief Tom Manger said detectives determined Tessier was the last person to be with Wallen before her disappearance ten days ago. Manger said it is believed Wallen was killed September 3, after last being seen with Tessier on a grocery store surveillance camera a day earlier.
Tessier sent Wallen's sister text messages on September 4, Manger said, but he did not divulge the content of those texts. Those texts were what launched the urgent search for Wallen last week.