Earlier in the week Washington City Paper reported that Ivan Iricanin will be bringing, Buena Vida, a new all-you-can-eat spot to Silver Spring.
It was announced a few weeks back that he would be bringing Tacos, Tortas, and Tequila to Silver Spring to occupy the old 8407 Kitchen Bar spot (https://www.mocoshow.com/blog/tacos-tortas-and-tequila-coming-to-silver-spring), but he recently announced that he’ll be bringing an unlimited small plates program, similar to the one at his popular D.C. restaurant Ambar, to the second level of the location.
Burna Vida will take over the second story and offer all-you-can-eat tostadas, empanadas, steak, poblano peppers, Oaxaca cheese, and a lot more for just $35.
The restaurants are expected to open in April.
Full Washington City Paper article here: https://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/food/article/20992444/breakfast-tacos-and-unlimited-small-plates-star-at-silver-springs-dualconcept-mexican-restaurant
UPDATED AT 11:15AM to include this image of a tweet from Northwest High School principal, Jimmy D’Andrea. One person is in custody.
By The MoCoShow Staff
The following message was tweeted by Northwest High School principal, Jimmy D’Andrea regarding a social media threat made towards Northwest High School in Germantown.
The message was sent to all parents and guardians.
Blair Student, Andrew Komo, Wins $100,000 Scholarship And Beats MoCo In “The Circle Game” Afterwards
Andrew Komo, a student at Montgomery Blair in Silver Spring, won a $100,000 scholarship this past December. He competed in, and won, the 2017 Siemens Competition in Match, Science, and Technology.
To honor him, the Montgomery County Council gave him a proclamation to recognize his extraordinary achievement. Councilmembers Tom Hucker, Nancy Floreen, and Craig Rice are pictured with Andrew as he receives his award. Andrew decided to have some fun and formed a circle with his fingers as he holds the award. When I asked him if this was done on purpose he replied with “the finger placement was intentional 😊.” More on that in a bit.
Andrew’s winning project was about designing a protocol to secure long, complex auctions that take place online. This provides security from malicious third parties and also prevents bidders from cheating auctioneer and vice versa. This field of study is known as cryptographic auctions.
He began working on his project last February, worked on it full-time over the summer, and continued working on it into the fall before winning the scholarship in December. He is still working on the project.
Andrew didn’t expect to win. He was surprised when his name was called and he was announced as the winner of the scholarship. He’s still undecided about where he wants to go to college and what he wants to do for a living, but he’s leaning towards pursuing a degree in computer science and/or economics.
Back to the finger placement. The Circle Game is something that has been played in Montgomery County (and many other places, I’m sure) for decades. It’s a game of peripheral vision, trickery, and motor skills. The goal is to trick another person into looking at your hand as you make the “perfect” hand signal (👌🏼). I didn’t know the name for this game until I did some research earlier today.
The rules vary depending on where and who you play with, but they usually consist of having to place your hand below the waist and getting someone to look at it, which Andrew was successful in doing.
Andrew told me he initially planned on doing this during his Siemens photos, but forgot to because he was shocked that he won. He says that this was him making up for that one and that his only worry was that the photographer would notice and tell him to stop.
The photographer didn’t notice and Andrew has pulled off one of the most successful Circle Game victories in MoCo history.
Congratulations to Andrew on winning the scholarship with his hard work.
HazMat and EMS evaluated 10 people for carbon monoxide poisoning on the 9800 block of Main Street in Damascus this evening. This is the shopping center that contains Dollar Tree, Hair Cuttery, etc.
According to Montgomery County Fire & Rescue PIO, Pete Piringer, a propane floor scrubber was to blame. All 10 people evaluated are ok.
See Pete Piringer’s tweets below.
After the tragic school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, MCPS Superintendent, Jack Smith, sent out this message on emergency preparedness at 4:21pm today:
The shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida has deeply saddened and shaken us all. The thoughts of the entire Montgomery County Public Schools family are with the families who are grieving in the wake of this tragedy.
I know that such tragedies can cause tremendous worry and stress and it can be difficult for parents to talk about this kind of violence with their children. To assist in these conversations, we have posted some helpful resources at this link:
In addition, school counselors will be available to help students and staff cope with the emotions and feelings that naturally occur following such a tragedy.
Additionally, many parents have asked questions about what we do as a district to keep students safe in emergency situations. I want to assure you that we take the safety and security of our students and staff very seriously. MCPS takes a multi-pronged approach to keep schools safe. First, MCPS requires all schools to perform emergency preparedness drills so they can respond quickly and safely in an emergency. This includes lockdown; shelter in place; drop, cover and hold; severe weather; evacuation, and reverse evacuation drills. More information, including videos, are on our website athttp://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/emergency/preparedness/.
MCPS also works closely with local law enforcement agencies to help keep schools safe and secure every day. Through the School Resource Officer (SRO) program, sworn police officers work with the school administrative staff and the school security teams to enhance safety on MCPS school property.
In addition to our preparedness drills and police partnership, we have made investments in infrastructure to secure the physical buildings. This includes access control systems and visitor management systems at all schools, as well as thousands of surveillance cameras installed throughout the interior and exterior of school buildings.
Most importantly, MCPS has engaged teachers and administrators who are committed to providing students with a safe and welcoming learning environment. These employees, in conjunction with security personnel, ensure that while education is our top priority, safety remains our first priority.
Dr. Jack R. Smith
Superintendent of Schools
Gordon Biersch is celebrating their 30 year anniversary by offering a 30% off your entire order coupon. I didn’t believe my eyes when I saw it on Facebook, but I called The Rockville location to confirm and was told that they are honoring the coupon.
Just show the coupon below and you’ll get 30% off your entire purchase (no minimum order). Valid until April 15th, 2018.
The page on the official Gordon Biersch website can be found here: http://gordonbiersch.com/general/specials?utm_source=IMM&utm_medium=Facebook&utm_term=3599407&utm_content=21942847&utm_campaign=1234708
A fire ravaged Hank Dietle’s (11010 Rockville Pike) early this morning. According to Montgomery County Fire & Rescue, the accidental fire started on the front porch by discarded smoking materials. There was $500k worth of damage.
Hank Dietle's Tavern in Rockville was built in 1916 and first served as a general store until named "Offutt's" until Hank Dietle took over in the 50s.
The sign outside reads "Hank Dietle's Cold Beer" and there's plenty of it inside. You'll also find a pool table, arcade games, and vintage bar furniture, but you won't find any food aside from chips and peanuts.
Down the street from Pike & Rose, and close to where White Flint Mall came and went, Dietle's hasn't fit in for many decades, but has managed to outlast almost everything around it.
Dietle's is also officially the oldest bar in Montgomery County.
The photos below are courtesy of Montgomery County Fire & Rescue.
WalletHub is a personal finance website that branched into producing research reports and surveys on topics with varying degrees of relevance to personal finance.
Today they released a list of the “Most & Least Ethnically Diverse Cities in America” and four cities In Montgomery County made the top 10 for most ethnically diverse.
Gaithersburg came in at #2 in the country, followed by Germantown at #3 and Silver Spring at #4. Rockville made the list at #9.
The list was made based on ethnicity and race, language, and birthplace.
The full WalletHub article can be found here: https://wallethub.com/edu/cities-with-the-most-and-least-ethno-racial-and-linguistic-diversity/10264/#main-findings
As reported earlier today by Source of the Spring, The Classics Restaurant in Silver Spring will close permanently at the end of February.
The Classics was mentioned by many of our readers when discussing places to eat in Silver Spring, always referring to their low prices and high quality.
More here: http://dlvr.it/QG4SPc
In this list you’ll find athletes with ties to MoCo that are/will be competing in the Winter Olympics. In addition to those competing, a couple alternates have MoCo ties as well. Check it out!
Maame Biney is an American short track speedskater that currently resides in Reston, VA.
WUSA9 tweeted that “18-year-old Maame Biney is the first black female to qualify for a U.S. Olympic speed skating team. She moved to Wheaton, Maryland from Ghana when she was just 5 years old.”
Ashley Caldwell is an American freestyle skier. Though she was raised in Northern Virginia, she was born in Montgomery Village, MD (I wonder where in the village she was born 🤔).
Haley Skarupa is a forward for the National ice hockey team. She grew up in Rockville and graduated from Wootton High School. She played on the coed Wootton hockey during high school as well.
Quinn Carpenter and Lorraine McNamara are the second alternate ice dancing pair. They live and train in MoCo. Carpenter is from Wheaton and McNamara is from Germantown.