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The Eight Most Fascinating Moments From Last Week’s Westbard Public Hearings

One resident brought a Monopoly board to make his point; another claimed the area should one day be home to a Purple Line station

UPDATED: Hard-to-Predict Storm Could Bring Significant Snowfall to Montgomery County

The northwest part of the county is under a Winter Storm Watch

Neighborhoods Remain Snowed In; Feds Shut Down Tuesday; Snow Removal in Downtown Bethesda

News, announcements and other helpful links for Tuesday morning

Group of Local Bus Drivers Claims $50,000 Powerball Prize

Metrobus drivers and co-workers will take home $2,500 each, before taxes

Blizzard Watch In Effect Starting Friday Afternoon

Some say storm has potential to be record-breaking, though predictions on timing and amount of snowfall could change

Rockville Man Pleads Guilty to Distributing Child Pornography

U.S. District Attorney’s office says Romeo Hillman had thousands of photos and 600 videos of child pornography
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The Eight Most Fascinating Moments From Last Week’s Westbard Public Hearings

One resident brought a Monopoly board to make his point; another claimed the area should one day be home to a Purple Line station

UPDATED: Hard-to-Predict Storm Could Bring Significant Snowfall to Montgomery County

The northwest part of the county is under a Winter Storm Watch

Neighborhoods Remain Snowed In; Feds Shut Down Tuesday; Snow Removal in Downtown Bethesda

News, announcements and other helpful links for Tuesday morning

Group of Local Bus Drivers Claims $50,000 Powerball Prize

Metrobus drivers and co-workers will take home $2,500 each, before taxes

Blizzard Watch In Effect Starting Friday Afternoon

Some say storm has potential to be record-breaking, though predictions on timing and amount of snowfall could change

Rockville Man Pleads Guilty to Distributing Child Pornography

U.S. District Attorney’s office says Romeo Hillman had thousands of photos and 600 videos of child pornography

Real Estate Roundup: Bethesda’s Epicenter of Teardown Home Projects

Plus: Sales numbers for The Lauren luxury condos; open house at $2.3 million home near Landon School

Restaurant Owners Describe Problems after DLC Misses Holiday Deliveries

One Bethesda restaurant owner said he was left with an overabundance of beer kegs while a general manager said he didn’t receive eight cases of wine

Downtown Silver Spring Plaza Getting a Makeover

Developer behind Ellsworth Avenue project will refresh staircase and install new art display

Arts Preview: Maroon 5 Keyboardist PJ Morton Brings Soulful Sounds to Bethesda

Plus: Pianist Brian Gantz at Strathmore; interactive play for kids at Imagination Stage

Business Notes: Bethesda Fitness Center Planned for Historic Post Office Sets up Pop-up Studio

Plus: Discovery Communications Plans Programming Shift; Honest Tea to remove Donald Trump quote from bottle caps

No Charges Yet in Rockville Dog Case; Chevy Chase Utility Work to Begin Soon

News, announcements and other helpful links for Tuesday morning

Pedestrian Struck in Bethesda

Lanes were blocked at the intersection of Old Georgetown Road and Battery Lane Tuesday morning

Major Renovation Set to Start This Month at Hyatt Regency Bethesda

Hotel in downtown Bethesda will also get new retail or restaurant space facing Wisconsin Avenue

After Almost 25 Years, the Bethesda Pet Shoppe is Calling it Quits

Owners of Elm Street store known for Buddy the parrot set to retire this month

DLC Apologizes for Delivery Issues During Holidays

The county is also distributing fliers at its liquor stores warning of property tax increases if its alcohol distribution and retail operations are eliminated

Top-Selling Local Real Estate Brokerage Goes Independent

Wydler Brothers Real Estate leaves Long & Foster

Bethesda Property Owner Pitches Its Vision for New-Look Bethesda Metro Station

Brookfield Properties says it also hopes to partner with Bethesda Urban Partnership on new art initiative in station’s bus bay area

County Police Searching for Missing Bethesda Teen

The 17-year-old left suicidal messages before leaving his home Sunday in an Uber car

Sold in Bethesda and Chevy Chase: Dec. 28-Jan. 3

Notable homes sold last week

Parva Closes in Downtown Bethesda

Latin restaurant and dance lounge said its lease is up

Religious Group Asks County School System For No School on Diwali

Letter-writing campaign comes after school board moved teacher professional day to possible day of Muslim holiday in September

Week Ahead: County and School System Budget Forums to Take Place

Plus: A work session for the Downtown Bethesda Plan scheduled for Thursday

Fire Hits Bethesda Home; Dozens of Dogs Seized From Home in Rockville Area

News, announcements and other helpful links for Monday morning

Six Anticipated 2016 Restaurant Openings

A big-name chef’s new Greek concept in Bethesda and a beer garden in North Bethesda are among some of the restaurants expected to open next year

Three Big Questions for 2016

Could a Purple Line groundbreaking, referendum on liquor control and new MCPS superintendent be in our future?

Lord & Taylor Asks for Additional Damages in White Flint Mall Case

The retailer also defended the $31 million in damages it was awarded

Year in Review: After Deadly Accidents, Residents Push for Improved Pedestrian and Bicyclist Safety

Looking back at the top stories of 2015

Real Estate Roundup: Property Tax Reassessment Shows Steady Increase in Property Values

Plus: Downtown Bethesda project reportedly has new owner; Looking back at the local housing market in 2015

Free Metro Rides New Year's Eve; Economic Development Corporation On Track

News, announcements and other helpful links for Wednesday morning

In Raucous Westbard Debate, Supporters of Redevelopment Say They’re Part of ‘Silent Majority’

While opposition to development has been pronounced, some area residents have sided with major property owner Equity One

Drones, Model Aircraft Grounded in Most of Montgomery County

The FAA reminded local hobby groups of its recent ban on flying the remote-controlled aircraft within 30 miles of Washington National Airport

Business Notes: Emergent to Spin Off Research Unit; Rockville Company to Move to Howard County

Plus: Silver Spring entertainment company survives near Nasdaq de-listing

Year in Review: Silver Spring Becomes Center of Free-Range Parenting Debate

Looking back at the top stories of 2015

Crash Leads to Brief Lane Closures on I-270

County firefighters responded to the Tuesday morning collision between Montrose Road and Old Georgetown Road

Year in Review: The Biggest Local Police Stories

In 2015, Montgomery County police dealt with alcohol-related fatal collisions, investigated a high-profile cold case, and busted distracted drivers, among other activities

Arts Preview: Lady Luck and the Suicide Kings Ring in New Year at Glen Echo Park

Plus: Wale performs Jan. 1 at The Fillmore; Rockville’s VisArts hosts multimedia art exhibit

Development and School Capacity; Republican Considers Run; New State Song?

News, announcements and other helpful links for Tuesday morning

State Commission Clears Way for Town of Chevy Chase to Set New Rules for Write-In Candidates

Town council to hold a public hearing and possible vote on controversial topic Jan. 13

Development Proposal Puts Spotlight on Downtown Bethesda’s Residential Edge

Chevy Chase developer pitches unique architectural features to shield neighborhood from taller building heights, but some neighbors are skeptical

County Police: Body Found in Gaithersburg Park Linked to MS-13 Gang Violence

Four teens, who were implicated in a different murder this year, have been charged in the killing

Year in Review: At 67, Bethesda Triathlete Finally Becomes a World Champion

Looking back at the top stories of 2015

Week Ahead: Temperatures to Cool Down; New Year’s Day Closings

The warm weather is expected to come to an end, but the rain should continue

11 Great Things to Do in January and February

Our picks for the best in arts and entertainment

Sold in Bethesda and Chevy Chase: Dec. 21-27

Notable homes sold last week

Small Bites: Soup Up Changes to Fast Casual; Macon Bistro Expands

Plus: New Fish Taco hopes to open early next year

New Info on House Party That Preceded Fatal Crash; 'Dickie' Dubin Dies; Peter Franchot's Future

News, announcements and other helpful links for Monday morning

Blair Principal Unhappy With TV Station’s Coverage of Recent Arrests at School

Principal Renay Johnson says reports on brawl and on student caught with pot brownies unfairly portray Silver Spring school

Year in Review: Bethesda Area Restaurants that Opened and Closed in 2015

Here are the more than 40 restaurant openings and closings that Bethesda Beat covered this year

Year in Review: The Biggest Education Stories

Looking back at the top stories of 2015

UPDATE: Police Make Two Arrests after Body Found in Silver Spring Park

Corpse was discovered Dec. 22 near Northwest Branch Trail

Year in Review: Wootton High School Remembers Principal Michael Doran

Looking back at the top stories of 2015

Suburban Hospital Helps Kenyan Woman Pursue Medical Degree

She could become only the third Maasai woman to become a doctor

Police Blotter: Break-in at Wood Acres Elementary; Robbery Victim Fights Back with Sword

The following incidents were reported to Montgomery County or Rockville police from Dec. 7 to Dec. 15

Sign Up For Westbard Public Hearing; No Suspects In Rockville Shooting; Parent Still Fighting to Ban Redskins Clothing

News, announcements and other helpful links for Wednesday morning

Leggett Talks Liquor Control, Potential Property Tax Increase and How He Sold Gov. Hogan on the Purple Line

County executive says his primary goal over the next three years is to maintain the county’s financial stability despite expected budget shortfalls

Report: Ending Alcohol Monopoly Could Increase Economic Activity by Nearly $200 Million

County executive’s spokesman says comptroller's report actually proves that introducing competition for alcohol sales would hurt the county

Franchot to Support Frick’s Bill Regarding DLC

Leggett says ending county’s liquor monopoly would bring challenging financial consequences

At NIH, Gingerbread Houses Are Serious Business

This year’s Gingerbread House Decorating Contest at NIH Clinical Center drew 64 entries

Year in Review: Owl Protects its Turf from Capital Crescent Trail Users in Bethesda

Looking back at the top stories of 2015

Business Notes: Shady Grove Project Completes First Phase of Financing

Plus: Medical marijuana license awards pushed back; Lockheed challenges Humvee bid

Arts Preview: AFI Silver to Screen 70 mm Roadshow Version of New Tarantino Film Christmas Eve

Plus: The White Panda, Roots play Silver Spring’s Fillmore

Legislators to Pursue Dram Shop Law, Again

The measure and others could toughen drunken driving penalties in the wake of a Montgomery County police officer’s death

Congress Investigates Glenstone's Tax-Exempt Status; Total Wine Co-founder Makes Big Donation; Woman Shot While Driving in Rockville

News, announcements and other helpful links for Tuesday morning

Police Make Arrest in Bethesda Armed Carjacking

Police said DNA evidence led to the arrest after an 18-year-old woman’s SUV was stolen on Hampden Lane in 2014

Sold in Bethesda and Chevy Chase: Dec. 14-20

Notable homes sold last week

Urban Heights Closes For Renovations, Is Expected to Reopen in January

Chef Robert Wiedmaier says negotiations ongoing with landlord concerning potential changes to Bethesda restaurant

Bethesda Circulator Route to Expand Starting Jan. 4

Popular free downtown Bethesda bus route will expand to Bradley Boulevard, Battery Lane

Developer Switching Bethesda Project From For-Sale Condos Back to Rentals

The JBG Cos. said condo sales were moving too slowly at soon-to-open 7770 Norfolk

Montgomery County Leaders Call for ‘Common Sense’ Gun Regulations at Rally

The county’s police chief shared stories about gun crimes that he says could have been prevented with simple gun-buying restrictions

Blair High School Senior Charged in Pot Brownie Incident

Two students reportedly got sick after eating the brownies

Year in Review: The Biggest Development Stories

Looking back at the top stories of 2015

Week Ahead: A 70-Degree Christmas?

Plus holiday closings and the Russian Nutcracker at Strathmore

Year in Review: East Bethesda Says Goodbye to Owners of Cherished Corner Store

Looking back at the top stories of 2015

Neighbors Unite to Prevent a 'McMansion'; Costco Loses Gas Station Appeal; Blood Drive in Honor of Slain Police Officer

News, announcements and other helpful links for Monday morning

Despite Statement of Candidacy, Trachtenberg Says She’s Not Running Against Delaney

Recent filing with FEC was made ‘to comply with regulations’ according to ex-Council member

Franchot to Release Study on Economic Impact of Private Competition to DLC

The comptroller will join Del. Bill Frick to discuss the study at event Tuesday

New Year’s Eve Events in the Bethesda Area

These restaurants and venues are hosting New Year’s Eve parties

Weekend Events: Holiday Performances Galore

What’s happening Dec. 18 - 20

Cycling Community Gathers for Tim Holden’s ‘Final Ride’

To honor slain bicyclist and former Navy SEAL, cyclists escorted Bethesda man’s motorcade to Arlington National Cemetery

A Second NIH Campus?; County Giving Away Reusable Bags

News, announcements and other helpful links for Friday morning

Comptroller Fires Back after Senate President’s Critique

Peter Franchot assails Mike Miller’s letter as an “unwarranted attack on the work of my office”

Montgomery County Needs Branding and Transportation Investment, Elected Leaders Say

Leaders Thursday discussed what it will take to accelerate economic development in the county

Bethesda Business Leaders Hear from Leggett, Floreen on Alcohol Monopoly

County Council president says meeting was “cordial” despite Chamber of Commerce’s official stance that the county’s monopoly on alcohol should end

County Planning Board Approves Westbard Sector Plan After Last-Minute Wrangling Over Retail Spaces

The controversial zoning and land use recommendations will now be forwarded to the County Council for further review

Six Must-See Local Holiday Displays

Christmas light shows, toy trains and nightly musical performances

Small Bites: Kensington, Silver Spring Restaurants Named to Top 10 List

Plus: Kapnos Kouzina heads to the county liquor board

Rockville Office Buildings To Get Makeover Before Planned Redevelopment

Two Bethesda-based developers announced latest on plans for major mixed-use project on Shady Grove Road

Bethesda Fifth-Grader Seriously Hurt After Being Hit by Vehicle

The incident happened as the fifth-grader was cycling home from Wyngate Elementary School in a marked crosswalk

County Executive Calls for Dram Shop Law; Van Hollen Supports Assault Weapons Ban

News, announcements and other helpful links for Thursday morning

Maryland Senate President Criticizes Comptroller’s Performance in Letter

Mike Miller says the General Assembly will examine how millions in Montgomery County taxpayer funds were misallocated

Leggett Pitches Bethesda Business Leaders on Keeping County’s Alcohol Monopoly

Also Wednesday, Council member Roger Berliner presented options for making up loss of county’s alcohol profits if system is changed

Police Investigating East West Highway Sexual Assault

A commander said the incident started as a robbery after a woman exited a bus in the area

Leggett, Baker and Bowser Stress Cooperation at Annual Committee for Montgomery Breakfast

Leaders of neighboring jurisdictions said it’s possible to work together while still competing for businesses and jobs

Montgomery County Town Ranked Eighth Most Liberal in America

Takoma Park ranks most liberal among Montgomery County communities in website ranking

Montgomery County Reaches ‘Functional Zero’ in Number of Homeless Veterans

‘Functional zero’ means county thinks it has enough supportive housing spots for any veterans who might become homeless in the future

Montgomery County Recreation Wants to Encourage More Girls to Get Involved in Sports

County is looking for exhibitors for first-ever HERtime2shine Expo set for February in Bethesda

Battle Over Future of County’s Liquor Control Department Gets Personal

State comptroller’s staff member, union chief trade charges

Chevy Chase Man Sentenced for Role in Russian Nuclear Energy Scheme

The former Russian official admitted to securing more than $2 million as part of a kickback scheme involving uranium and a Russian energy company
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