Category Archives: Education

Bethesda Green Happy Hour on Thursday: Lighting the Way to a Greener Community!

Folks, if you have time this Thursday do try and pop over to the Bethesda Green Happy Hour – here are the details:

Kick off the holiday season with an evening of casual conversation and networking with Bethesda Green and representatives from the faith-based community. Congregations associated with Interfaith Power & Light (MD.DC.NoVA) will share their extraordinary work to save energy and go green.

Thursday, Dec. 5 5 – 8 pm

The Parva Restaurant and Lounge 7904 Woodmont Avenue Bethesda, MD 20814

Located two blocks from Bethesda Green.

Enjoy complimentary appetizers in the restaurant’s beautiful second floor lounge.

$10 Donation requested at the door; proceeds shared with Interfaith Power & Light.

Book Signing at Bethesda Central Farmers Market

Just wanted to pass along this new from our friends at Bethesda Central Farmers Market:

“Central Farm Markets is proud to present author Abbie Rosner, who will sign copies of her book Breaking Bread in Galilee: A Culinary Journey into the Promised Land at Bethesda Central Farm Market on Sunday, June 9 from 10am-12:30pm.”


More Good News for Bethesda High Schools (Ranking Success!)

Always good to see local area schools doing well – see here for details.

Nice Video of the BCC Winter Athletics Award Evening

This is worth looking at if you have ties to BCC!

Bethesda Green First Thursday Happy Hour at Vapiano’s

Bethesda Green will be holding their First Thursday Happy Hour at Vapiano’s — HURRAH!!

Hope you can make it!

First Thursday Happy Hour

March 3, 5 – 8 pm

Enjoy Casual Conversation and Social Networking

RSVP now via Meetup

Vapiano Bethesda 4900 Hampden Lane Bethesda, MD 20814
P. 301-215-7013 F. 301 215-7016

  • Hear about Bethesda Green’s community outreach plans
  • Enjoy stromboli, bruschetta, antipasti and a wide variety of
  • Happy-hour-priced beer, wine and specialty drinks
  • Raffle for Vapiano gift cards

Special thanks to our sponsor, Clean Currents.

Maryland and DC can choose to support wind power through their electricity bill
at a competitive rate by switching to Clean Currents. For each
person who makes the switch and mentions Bethesda Green, $10 will be
donated to the organization. Attend this Happy Hour and learn how easy
and affordable it can be to go green at home. If you bring your
utility account number you can even sign up on the spot! Already a
customer? Be proud to be wind powered and pick up a free yard sign!

Question 3: Should Baltimore City’s orphans’ court judges be required to be lawyers?

Question 3: Should Baltimore City’s orphans’ court judges be required to be lawyers?

As you will see it on the ballot:

Question 3
Constitutional Amendment
(House Bill 417, Chapter 481 of the 2010 Legislative Session)
Qualifications for Baltimore City Orphans’ Court Judges

Requires judges of the Orphans’ Court in Baltimore City to be members in good standing of the Maryland Bar who are admitted to practice law in Maryland.

(Amending Article IV, Section 40 of the Maryland Constitution)

Under the Maryland Constitution, the voters of each county and Baltimore City elect three judges to the Orphans’ Court of their respective jurisdictions, with the exception of Montgomery and Harford counties, where circuit court judges sit as the Orphans’ Court. The judges must be citizens of the State and residents, for the preceding 12 months, in the city or county in which they are elected. The constitutional amendment would add an additional eligibility requirement for judges of the Orphans’ Court in Baltimore City, requiring them to be members in good standing of the Maryland Bar who are admitted to practice law in Maryland.

Arguments “for” requiring orphans’ court judges to be Maryland lawyers first:

Judges should have a basic standard of expertise in law.  Requiring that judges be a member of the bar provides that. 

Arguments “against” requiring orphans’ court judges to be Maryland lawyers first:

People with financial backgrounds are just as qualified to deal with probate issues as lawyers. The state’s other Orphans’ Court judges, who preside in 21 of the 23 Maryland counties, still would not have to be lawyers if the amendment passes.  It would only apply to Baltimore City.

Extra Information:  Even though the orphans’ court question pertains only to Baltimore City, it’s up for statewide vote because it proposes a change to the state constitution, according to Jared DeMarinis, the Maryland State Board of Elections’ director of candidacy and campaign finance. As a side note Montgomery County.

Montgomery County is one of two in Maryland that does not have a separate Orphan’s Court per se.  Here Circuit court judges preside over Orphans’ Court cases. Circuit court judges also deal with other types of cases and are required to have law degrees and be a member of the Maryland bar.

Maryland Schools: Increasing Class Sizes vs Not Enough Teachers

The Washington Post ran this article today about problems of overcrowding in Maryland schools – with Montgomery County bearing the brunt as the state’s largest school system.  As 200,000 Maryland students headed back to school, growth in classroom size has been pitched against funding difficulties meaning school’s have been unable to hire more teachers, leaving parents understandably anxious.

Concerning Bethesda:

At Ashburton Elementary School in Bethesda, enrollment has grown to 770 this year from 650 last year, mostly in kindergarten and first grade. Principal Charlene Eroh Garran said that she had hired two veteran teachers and two rookies in the past month and had to find new space in the school to accommodate all the students, but she was optimistic that things would work out. Any more and she’ll have to call in the trailers, she said.

Meanwhile, Superintendent Jerry D. Weast, who is retiring in June, undertook a “back-to-school-tour” yesterday marking the final of his 12 years as Superintendent.  He began the day at Bethesda’s Walter Johnson High School.

Read the full article here.

Challenging Times at Landon

A worrying story about the local school which has been in the news due to the killing of a UVA student.

Imagination Bethesda June 5th

Folks, we will have more information on this in the days ahead but thought it was worth noting that the 17th Annual Imagination Bethesda will be taking place on June 5th. The event is a festival for children that celebrates the arts and will go from 11am to 4pm. Our friend Victoria is a fan and suggested we post a note about it.

There are lots of fun things scheduled for the day and as Rachel points out it will “features face painters, costume characters, balloonists, jugglers and more.” So try and head out and enjoy the day — more info to follow!

Breaking News: Montgomery County Board of Education has approved a $2.3 billion dollar budget

The quality of schools in the Bethesda are a big draw for folks who decide to live here. With that in mind, I wanted to let you know that Montgomery County Board of Education just approved a $2.3 billion dollar budget. It seems the MC Council has the final say in their May meeting but as this news was just breaking we wanted to let you know.

Stay tuned for more info.