Snow and Ice Pictures

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The past weekend was incredibly cold and we had our first real snow of the season – above are a few pictures of the building site across from the Gallery Apts (you can also see the Whitehall in the background as well as the former site of Tough Temple Cross Fit). Feel free to share your pictures of snowy, cold Bethesda by emailing: raj@rajabout.com

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!

Next Week: Condo Review

Hi friends,

As you know I work in residential and commercial real estate. From next week I will be writing a weekly post on the condo options for Bethesda (with a focus on the downtown area). If you would like me to focus on a particular building/ tackle a specific issue, fee free to drop me an email at raj@about.com

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Bethesda Green Internship Fair

I just wanted to take a moment and plug the Bethesda Green internship fair appropriately called “Fields of Green” scheduled for February 9th – more details at Bethesda Green.

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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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Bethesda Library

I just wanted to take a moment to give a big shout out to Bethesda Library. They provide an invaluable service to the community and are constantly looking for better ways to engage with the public. I do wish the county would provide resources so that they could be open full time over the weekend but recognize that this is not the fault of the staff.

In particular, I do want to note that their children’s programs are really terrific!

If you are new to Bethesda – make sure you pop in, take a look at their schedule and get your library card.

 

Bethesda Will Continue to Change

 

 

 

 

I suspect that this view from Triangle Towers is going to look very different in the months and years ahead. Notice the Whitehall condos in the background, in front you see several residential and commercial low rise developments.

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Watching Premier League Soccer in Bethesda

If you are new to the Bethesda area and also happen to be a fan of English Soccer AKA the English Premier League, you will probably want to know where you can go to make some new friends and watch the game in a fun atmosphere.

For me, the best place to watch the games is at Flanagan’s Harp and Fiddle on Cordell Ave. It is a terrific pub and they tend to show a lot of the EPL games (as well as Rugby and – it seems – most of Celtic FC’s games).

Weekend mornings are a good time to head over there for the big game and enjoy some breakfast and good company.

Check the schedule online or give them a call in advance.

Cheers!

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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

 

 

Cold Sweeps Bethesda – Next Two Days Sub Zero Temps!

Take care out there folks. It it incredibly cold out there.

Here are a couple of thoughts for a chilly Thursday.

If you want to assist someone in a tougher spot than you, consider supporting Bethesda Cares Inc. or one of the many wonderful homeless organizations in Bethesda or the surrounding area. Their address: 7728 Woodmont Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814

Shifting gears, if you need a warm pick me up yourself, here are a few thoughts:

1. A warm and hearty soup at Panera Bread – yes it is a chain but they do have some lovely soups and the staff have always been super 🙂

2. La Madeline’s – a warm fire and warm soups – what’s not to like?

3. Satsuma and Raku – wonderful locations for noodle soups!

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