Category Archives: In the Community

Trader Joes Moving to Old Bethesda?

Heard on the grapevine that Trader Joes are considering a move to “Old” Bethesda – specifically looking at the space being developed across from Triangle Towers and the Gallery. If so, it would be a really smart move for them to make — all of the new buildings and the surrounding area would provide a strong customer base. It is also true that the current location is putting off some customers due to the challenges of accessing the store/ parking lot.

Future TJ’s Site in the Snow?:

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Tough Temple Cross Fit Has Moved – Is Senior Home a Step Closer?

The Tough Temple Cross fit has moved locations and has a sign out front for Fedex/UPS deliveries. Curious to know whether the assisting living facility slated for that space is now a step closer to breaking ground. Of course the dance studio is still there but evidence does suggest we are inching closer to a redevelopment project for Rugby Avenue.  It seems that Bethesda Urban Living for seniors is on the horizon!

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Soul Cycle Bethesda

Just read a really interesting series of interviews in Fast Company on innovators and leaders in the new economy. I found the bits on Soul Cycle to be particularly interesting and would love to hear thoughts from people who have experienced Soul Cycle in Bethesda. Do you like it? Love it? Go a lot? Drop an email to raj@rajabout.com:

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Saw this really interesting helicopter maneuver at Suburban Hospital – it looked like a test/ drill:

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Bethesda Kids Mini-March

This was a terrific story! Really nice to see these young kids pushing a positive message in the community.

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The Writers Center Bethesda

I just wanted to take a moment to give a quick plug to the terrific Bethesda Writers Center (4508 Walsh Street Bethesda). They have a wonderful series of programs, workshops etc. covering an incredible range of topics/ areas.

If you New Years resolution includes a quest to write, think, be creative, capture ideas/ memories and thoughts – you may want to consider popping over to the Writers Center to see if one of their workshops could assist your efforts!

Of course, if you would like to share some of your creative thoughts on these pages, feel free to send me an email – we can’t promise to publish every submission but would be happy to consider links to your work and short pieces (poems etc.)

Email, as ever, is raj@rajabout.com

Cheers!

Notice at Battery Park

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There is an event at BCC Regional Services Center (4805 Edgemoore Lane 2nd Floor Bethesda on January 31st from 7-9pm to review the Playground Renovation Plan. In light of the concerns re: a road through the park, the meeting will be an important one to attend. Please confirm the details closer to the time with the MNCPPC — see number on the sign above.

If you are at the Whitehall Condos, Sussex House Condos, Madison Condos, Battery Lane Apts, Aldon Apts or other residences in the immediate area, please share this info.

Cheers!

Open Question: How will the Purple Line Change Bethesda

Recently I was discussing this issue with some friends and family and found that there was no real consensus on what the changes will be and whether they will be uniformly positive/ negative or somewhere in between. I thought it would be really interesting to get the thoughts of the community on this question.

Drop me an email at raj@rajabout.com with your feelings re: the Purple line and how it will change Bethesda – we will post a few of them here in the days ahead.

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Happy New Year Bethesda

Dear readers,

I just wanted to take a moment to wish you and your loved ones a Happy New Year!

I have noticed that many pundits, writers etc. have marked the change from 2016-2017 by noting how terrible the last year was and how relieved they are to move into 2017.

My take is slightly different. It is true that there were elections both in the US and around the world that seemed to be filled with negativity but, hidden in plain sight, so many positive things happened last year. Many of these are global and big picture in nature – US carbon emissions dropped, a ninth planet was discovered and Colombia moved closer to peace.

But, in some ways, of equal significance were the millions of positive things that happened much closer to home.

Let me give you three with a local twist:

1. At a local and global level – Bethesda’s NIH started Zika vaccine trials and showed an ability to assist infected people.

2. Bethesda’s Katie Ledecky dominated the Rio Olympic games.

3. Bethesda Green and Bethesda Magazine awarded prizes to groups of individuals and businesses for their contribution to greening our community.

Please email me your thoughts on the best things that happened in 2016 – from the personal to the local to the global.

We will feature the best ones – my email, as ever, raj@rajabout.com

 

 

Bethesda Chocolates is Amazing

Friends,

Make yourself very popular this season and dash over to Bethesda Chocolates as quickly as you can.

I was fortunate enough to attend the pre-launch event this weekend and sampled a host of delightful, decadent morsels of wonderful sweet goodness!

Thinking quickly (which is not easy when you are drinking the best hot chocolate this side of the Sofitel) I snaffled a lot of terrific Christmas presents for friends and family + a selection of truffles and other goodies for Christmas day.

Hurrah and well done Bethesda Chocolate – looking forward to getting my chocolate fix via your store for years to come!

PS They are in soft launch mode at the moment (staffing up etc) and I believe that will be fully open at the turn of the year but they are open at the moment so enjoy and let me know what is your favorite nibble – email me at raj@rajabout.com

 

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