Metro Train Derails on Red Line

The Washington Post has reported that a metro train derailed on the red line at 10:13 this morning, immediately after leaving Farragut North station.

Fortunately only three minor injuries have been reported, with one person taken to George Washington University Hospital for treatment.

The derailment has caused severe delays.  Metro has stopped trains bound for Shady Grove at the Gallery Place station, turning them back in the direction of Glenmont.

The derailment came at a time when people were being ferried to work for the first time in days.  Thankfully trains were running at a reduced speed due to the inclement weather.

Metro spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein said: “Fortunately our reports are that there have been no injuries.  The front wheels of the front car came off the tracks. We do not know how it happened.”

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We’re extremely relieved to hear that there have been no major injuries reported, and hope the disruption is eased as soon as possible.

Essie Says: Staying Chic in the Snow

The latest blizzard may have blown away, but as Bethesdans return to their usual routines, we will be left to fend for ourselves against snow drifts, murky puddles, and frosty February air.  But who says we have to endure the remains of winter in grump and frump? And with Spring just around the corner, Bethesda Actually has pulled together some stylish pieces that will keep you fashionably warm now and will still prove stylish through the seasonal transition ahead.

Boots

First and foremost is footwear. Bethesda roads are not for the faint-soled, and durable shoes will shield you from the salty roads and ever-expanding puddles.  Let’s start off with a classic: a high pair of Hunter Boots. Popular with fly-fishers and fashionistas alike, these rubber boots will keep you dry in style.

Hunter Boots- Original Gloss Tall Boot – $115

original gloss tall boot

**They come in a variety of colors from traditional black to granite gray to plum purple, all to suit your personal taste and wardrobe color wheels.

We’ve also found a great pair of wellies (for a steal) at the local South Moon Under in Montgomery Mall.

South Moon Under – Dirty Laundry Bucket Rain Boot – $54

dirty laundry bucket rain boot

**Essie owns a pair and can say that they have kept her feet warm and dry through the slush and snow. These boots can be worn with a pair of distressed denim shorts or a floral dress in the rainy seasons ahead.

Pants

While donning rubber boots, it’s necessary to wear something close-fitting and warm underneath. Wider mouthed shoes should always be balanced with slimmer fit bottoms. Trouser leggings are ideal to tuck into boots, and local boutiques have a wide variety of options available. The two listed below are available at Luna (7232 Woodmont Av., (301)-656-1111) or online at Nordstom.com.

Dylan George Trouser leggings – $196

dylan george trouser leggings

Citizen for Humanity Trouser leggings – $185

citizen for humanity trouser leggings

**These leggings’ versatility makes them a worthwhile investment. Wear them with pumps and a boyfriend blazer for a night down the red line, or pair em’ with flats and a nautical Tee for a Saturday stroll along the Crescent Trail.

Coats

Now, there’s no point covering up your beautiful boot/jean combo with an old, battered coat. A full length comforter coat will help you resist the cold while warding off the late-winter style doldrums. And, with post-holiday sales currently in full swing, there’s no reason to break your budget!

Nordstrom – Gallery A-Line Quilted Down Coat – $74 (on sale!)

gallery a-line quilted down coat

The North Face – Triple C Down Jacket (via Backcountry.com) – $270 (on sale!)

triple c down jacket

Nails

Finally, we couldn’t help but notice that quite a few trend-setting Bethesdans have been sporting graphite nail-polish of late. After personally testing a few shades, we have found three polishes that add pizzazz to pale winter-weary skin.

OPI – You Don’t Know Jacques – $8

you don't know jacques

You Don’t Know Jacques is a rich, dark gray with deep purple undertones.

Sally Hansen – Commander in Chic – $4

commander in chic

Commander in Chic is a long-lasting, subdued grey-mauve.

Chanel – Particuliere – $23

particuliere

Particuliere is a lighter grey with a tiny touch of lavender.

Now get out there and face the wind and slush in style – see you on the Row!

Ciao,

Essie

Essie Says is a weekly fashion column written by a local style savant.

The Snow Makes Its Last Stand

snow drift

snow drift 2

It’s been an interesting couple of days!  After the disruption of snowmageddon last weekend and the brief resurgence on Tuesday – with more snow and added gusts of wind leaving a fresh covering over everything – we wanted to share this little selection of photos bringing up to date our cataloging of the February storms.

tennis court

tennis court 2

The tennis court in Battery Park still had the net up but only the tape could be seen.  A routine trip to take out the trash was turned into an epic effort since the dumpster was almost completely buried, as was our car and what is normally used as the foot path.

dumpster

car

And here’s Sandra knee-deep in snow!

sandra

Wednesday, on the other hand, brought sunshine, increasing temperatures and clear skies.  The federal government is finally reopening again in the morning (as far as we know) and with any luck things are happily on their way toward normality again in time for the Valentine’s Day weekend.  But the sunshine could bring with it a new problem for both motorists and pedestrians – namely turning those impressive snow drifts into very, very deep puddles!

Digging Out and Delivering the Post

We decided to take a late morning walk and see how the community was grappling with Snow Storm II….while preparing for a possible Snow Storm III — yes it seems as if we have a third bout of snow heading our way in time for President’s Day weekend!

After navigating the melting ice in front of our apartment we bumped into a member of the local Post Office team. She gave us an update on the mail situation in Bethesda — basically, it seems that the local office has had to work with a reduced staff because some of its members cannot get to work (their roads are still blocked etc.). Adding to the work load is the fact that many roads that the Post Office crew service have yet to be cleared and the Post Office vans are having trouble getting down them without getting stuck.

It is likely that it will take about a week for all the mail delivered. I must say that you have give the Posties some credit for trying to get the job done in tough circumstances (although maybe not quite as tough as those facing Kevin Costner in The Postman).

Later on in our walk we saw first hand the challenges facing the folks trying to ensure the mail is delivered — just behind the Giant in downtown Bethesda we came across another Post Office van but this time it was stuck in the snow. The driver had been trying to head down a side road but the mixture of melting snow and ice had trapped the vehicle. Fortunately a super bunch of guys who had been clearing driveways near by helped us to get the van out — another example of the superb attitude folks in Bethesda have displayed these past few days.

Anyway, the rest of our walk was fairly calm in comparison. I hope to have a few pics up on the site later in the day but wanted to bring this story to you. If you haven’t had your mail picked up or delivered try and be patient….the Postal crew are working hard at getting the mail service back to normal asap.

Bethesda Sports: Local and Global

As we prepare for a second snow blast in less than a week, it is hard to imagine that in a few short months we will be enjoying the 2010 World Cup which is being held from June to July in South Africa. Your soccer loving team here at Bethesda Actually will be writing about the local aspects of the big event later in the year — we will cover everything from the best places in Bethesda to watch the games to shops where you can go and buy a national team soccer shirt so that you can proudly display support for your favorite country.

One of the great things about the soccer World Cup is that it inspires so many kids, as well as the young at heart, to get off the couch and kick around a ball – I have grown up playing soccer and, to this day, one of the highlights of my week is playing soccer with a group of friends on Saturday morning here in Bethesda. During World Cup tournaments it is wonderful to see people of all ages rediscovering their love of the beautiful game.

Of course there are lots of locals who play, coach and watch the game from ages 5 to 50 all year round. Recently I discovered that here in Bethesda we have access to a local coach who was part of a team that made a little bit of history at the 1990 World Cup.

For those of you who can’t quite remember the high points of that tournament, it was the World Cup where Africa finally made its mark on the global stage.Argentina, powered by the amazing Diego Maradona, were the World Cup holders (they had won four years earlier in Mexico) and in the opening match of the 1990 tournament they were playing the soccer minnows of Cameroon.

No one expected Cameroon to do anything other than show up and get swept aside by the World Champions but instead the Indomitable Lions (yes Cameroon’s national side has an AWESOME nickname) won the game and put African soccer on the map. And what does that have to do with Bethesda? Well it turns out that the captain of that Cameroon side, Emile Mbouh, currently coaches youth soccer in the Bethesda area. Emile’s partial bio at Bethesda Soccer Club reads as follows:

Emile Mbouh U12 & U16-Captain of Cameroon’s National Team in ’90 & ’94 World Cup -Played in 4 African Nations Cups and earned 113 Caps for Cameroon -Played Professionally in La Liga in Spain for Valencia, French Ligue 1 for Le Havre-Coached the successful Bethesda Legend

In addition he has got his own coaching program – the Emile Star Soccer Program. We were blown away when we realized Emile lived in the area and will certainly reach out to him and see if we can get his thoughts on local soccer, coaching and the upcoming World Cup.

So, more to follow on Emile and soccer from Bethesda to South Africa!

We hope you enjoyed the first sports feature on Bethesda Actually. In this weekly sports column we will try and cover Bethesda sports from every angle. Please drop us a line at bethesdaactually@gmail.com if there is a story you think we should cover.

Bethesda Sports is a weekly column about all things sport in or relating to the Bethesda area

Fire Hydrants May Need to be Re-cleared

fire hydrant

We noticed this fire hydrant and others like it as we trudged around town yesterday.  It’s great that residents have been keeping them clear of snow throughout the blizzards, especially after Montgomery County officials urged action to ensure they remain accessible should the need arise.  Looking out the window at the moment, it looks like we’re going to have to get our shovels out again…

A Walk About Town in the Calm Before the Storm

As we awaited the blizzard that is currently swirling around outside, we decided to take a stroll – or should I say trudge – around town and make the most of that small pocket of time known as the calm before the storm.  Here are some fun photos we picked up along the way:

queen vic

Has anyone seen the awesome snow statue of Queen Victoria – literally the ice queen herself!  We have no idea who made this but whoever it was clearly put a lot of work into it with terrific results (could it be the local ex pat population perhaps?!).  Oh and we loved the Mardi Gras beads around her neck serving as pearls – definitely an interesting new take on good old Queen Vic!  Our photoshoot also snapped the grandmother of Europe from various angles:

queen vic 2

The impressive sculpture’s profile stands out well against the tree in the background.

queen vic n raj

And here’s Raj trudging over for a closer look!

big melt

Even someone who fared as poorly as I did in science class at school can figure out that when all this snow finally melts, there’s going to be one heck of a lot of water washing around the streets of Bethesda!  The photo above shows the roads swimming after a brief encounter with the sun yesterday… So if this is the small melt, what can we expect from the big one?  Hopefully when the sun does come the snow will melt slowly because those snow mounds along the sides of the roads are going to make things interesting for drivers and pedestrians alike!

posh pooch

When we passed Posh Pooch we noticed this change of business notice in the window.  By the looks of it, the premises is set to become a new restaurant in old Bethesda.  More to come on this (in the meantime does anyone know what the story is?).

deliveries

With the break in snow some restocking started and the trash removal guys were everywhere – clearly trying to get done what they could before round two. This guy had driven down from Baltimore to deliver his goods and was hoping to deliver them and then get out before conditions worsened again.

circulator

The Bethesda Circulator stops had been dug out but unsurprisingly service has yet to resume…

street

The streets were lined up with crews preparing for the next onslaught.  Let’s hope all this heavy machinary is currently proving effective!

safeway

The empty shelves say it all!  There was no shortage of people ducking into Safeway to get what they could between storms but those that made it in faced very bare shelves if they were looking for any fresh produce.  Vegetables, fruit, milk, yogurt, fish and so on were pretty much cleared out completely.

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Plenty of shoppers lined up at check out despite the lack of produce on the shelves, while Roopa picks up some essentials!

scratch cards

Even the Lotto card scratch off machine was out of stock for a lot of its cards – hard to tell if it was a problem with restocking or if the third day of government shut downs from weather has made people believe that anything is possible.

colors

The melt was pretty short and walking was treacherous.  Even the news of the snow was almost buried.  Snow still piled high on the side of the roads and ice definitely setting in.  From berries and shrubs to buildings the icicles were pretty amazing. Some of the colorful berries and leaves made a beautiful contrast to the snow.  And finally, just before the weather turned again we found an almost perfect snow angel. Someone’s still looking at the bright side!

Early Morning Snow Scene

Here are a couple of pictures taken this morning after yet another evening and night of snow.  The visibility is pretty low but the scene is reminiscent of the calm before the storm – in other words the blizzard that is raging outside right now!

Bethesda snow

Bethesda Snow Shovels Sold for a Profit in Georgetown

We mentioned this here briefly over the weekend – 80 snow shovels reportedly purchased from Strosniders Hardware were sold on for a tidy profit on the streets of Georgetown that same day.  I must confess I was rather irritated at the time, trying to pick up a snow shovel at the last minute due to an impressive lack of forward planning earlier on, and finding I couldn’t get hold of one until the store re-stocked.  But after considering it for a few days, I think it’s fair to say that whoever was responsible showed a promising entrepreneurial flair, and some may even be sorry they didn’t think of it sooner.

Let me know what you think to this move.  Should the person be commended for their business acumen?  Or was it an unreasonable thing to do under the circumstances?  Better still, if the perpetrator is reading this, drop us a line and tell us how you did!

Shovel Out Fire Hydrants! Montgomery County Officials Urge Action

With another snow storm about to hit us we wanted to bring this important safety request to your attention. We saw this statement from Montgomery County and felt we should pass it on — please read it all the way through and if you have any questions or concerns reach out to the County or local emergency services.

Montgomery County Officials Urge Residents to Shovel Out Fire Hydrants

Montgomery County officials are urging residents to clear snow away from fire hydrants so that they are visible from the road and accessible to firefighters in the event of emergency.

Residents are also reminded to exercise caution when shoveling snow. Shovel snow into the yard rather than the street, to facilitate plowing. Cold weather puts an extra strain on the body. Individuals with heart disease or high blood pressure should follow their doctor’s advice about shoveling snow or performing other hard work in the cold. Avoid overexertion. Heart attacks from shoveling heavy snow are a leading cause of deaths during winter.

Property owners are responsible for clearing their public sidewalks, driveways and entrances within 24 hours of the end of a snowstorm. All residents are strongly encouraged to be good neighbors by clearing the sidewalks in front of their homes, as well as assisting those who may not be physically able to do so.