Maryland Delegate David Moon, representing Silver Spring and Takoma Park, introduced a bill this week that would stop law enforcement from bringing criminal charges against residents who attempt suicide.
“Our state should treat suicide as a mental health issue instead of a criminal justice issue– but last year prosecutors secured a guilty plea against an Eastern Shore resident who threatened to kill himself.
They claimed they subjected him to possible jail time & a criminal record, because they wanted him to get help. Nevermind that we have numerous other tools to push our residents into mental health treatment.
Notably, Maryland never passed a law to criminalize attempted suicide. Prosecutors, however, can charge this crime because we are a state that recognizes English common law. Back in the day, the penalty used to be a roadside burial and the government seizing your assets. Even though England decriminalized attempted suicide in 1961, this antiquated practice lives on in Maryland. HB 77 would repeal the common law crime of attempted suicide in our state, and it's long past due.”
Senator Jeff Waldstreicher will be carrying this bill in the Senate. For more details on the proposal, click here.
What better way to start off Super Bowl Sunday than the first Brunch at Julii in Pike & Rose?
The restaurant, which offers French cooking with an Arabic/Mediterranean twist, will be kicking off their brunch menu this Sunday from 10am-3pm.
The Cava Mezze founders are straying from their all-you-can-eat style brunch and will offer individual plates as well as specially crafted drinks at Julii.
One highlight is the bagel tower that will provide you with mini bagels and an unlimited spread of items you can add to your bagel, such as smoked salmon, cream cheese, and more!
Starting next week (Feb. 9th), brunch will be offered at Julii on Saturday and Sunday from 10am-4pm.
Per Montgomery County press release:
On the anniversary of his swearing-in, Montgomery County Police Chief J. Thomas Manger announced Wednesday, Jan. 30, that he will retire in April after 15 years of service in Montgomery County, the culmination of 42 years as a police officer.“This is a bittersweet day for Montgomery County,” said Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich. “Chief Manger has set the bar high for police leadership, outstanding service both locally and nationally, and leaves the department and County better and safer than when he arrived. While other departments were shying away from body-worn cameras, he proposed requiring them for all officers, wearing one himself as a demonstration of his leadership and commitment to improved transparency and accountability. He implemented de-escalation training for officers long before it became a part of the national dialogue. He was instrumental in the passage of the 2016 Drunk Driving Reduction Act, which strengthened Maryland’s ignition interlock requirement for first-time drunk drivers. Known as Noah’s Law, the Act honors fallen Montgomery County Police Officer Noah Leotta. He has overseen an increasingly diverse force, more reflective than ever of our citizenry; and he has fostered and encouraged an excellent and diverse group of police leaders to keep moving the department forward.
“Chief Manger often says that the most important qualities he seeks in new officers are communication skills, which are essential in building relationships of trust and diffusing conflicts, and compassion, which cannot be taught. He leaves the County with a highly trained, professional force of officers who reflect an overarching spirit of public service, hard work, and dedication to the public good. They are an apt reflection of the chief himself, and his legacy here in the County will live on as they continue to work to protect and serve our residents. I congratulate him on his retirement and look forward to working closely with him to select our next Chief of Police.”
Manger, the 16th police chief in the 97-year history of the Montgomery County Police Department, was sworn in on Jan. 30, 2004. He is the second longest-serving police chief behind James S. McAuliffe, who served from 1955 until 1971.
“It has been an honor to serve the public for the past 42 years,” said Manger. “I have been blessed throughout my career to work alongside some of the finest men and women to ever wear a badge. I want to especially thank Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich and past county executives Doug Duncan and Isiah Leggett, as well as Kate Hanley, a former chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, for their confidence in me.
“My plans are to stay engaged with my community and my profession. As the Major Cities Chiefs Association is expanding its legislative agenda in our nation’s capital, I have been asked to lead that team. It’s become a cliché that upon retirement, you say that you want to spend more time with your family. I do want to spend more time with my family, I just hope they want to spend more time with me.”
After graduating from the University of Maryland, Manger began his law enforcement career in 1976 as a “summer cop” in Ocean City, Maryland. On January 3, 1977, he was sworn in as a Fairfax County, Virginia police officer. He rose through the ranks and was the chief of police in Fairfax County from 1998 to 2004. In 1993, he was awarded the Silver Medal of Valor.
Washingtonian magazine recently recognized Manger as one of its 2018 Washingtonians of the Year. He recently completed four years as the president of the Major Cities Chiefs Association, elected by his peers from the nation’s largest police departments.
During the course of his career in Montgomery County, Manger received several national awards, including the 2007 Law Enforcement Award from the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, the 2016 Gorowitz Institute Service Award from the Anti-Defamation League, the 2017 Keeper of the Dream award from the National Immigration Forum, and the 2018 FBI National Executive Institute Penwith Award. Manger was also inducted into the Montgomery County Human Rights Hall of Fame in 2012.
About a year after it was announced that they’d be taking over the old Subway location, Cielo Rojo has opened in Takoma Park!
Cielo Rojo is a family owned “fine-casual” Mexican restaurant in the heart of Takoma Park. Owners David Perez and Carolina McCandless first met in 2012 at Gracias Madre, a vegan Mexican restaurant in San Francisco. McCandless has ties to the area, as she’s from Takoma Park and her parents own nearby Amano.
From the Old Takoma Business Association:
“Cielo Rojo is now open now at 7056 Carroll Avenue, Takoma Park. This new family-owned, fine-casual Mexican restaurant serves traditional cuisine including tacos, enchiladas, pozole, gorditas, carnitas, salsas, moles and more. Tortillas are handmade in-house, grinding their heirloom corn that comes from Oaxaca, Mexico. There is a carefully crafted tequila and mezcal menu and cocktails.”
The restaurant is open 5pm-10pm daily and you can check out their still developing menu here.
DC food truck, Island Zests, is opening a brick and mortar location in Wheaton.
The restaurant will be located at 11252 Georgia Avenue and will specialize in using fresh ingredients and bringing flavors of Carribean cuisine to Wheaton.
Their Grand Opening will be on Friday, February 15th.
Tropical Smoothie Cafe will open a second MoCo location later this winter (Feb/March).
The Gaithersburg location (554 N. Frederick Ave) will open in the Gaithersburg Square shopping center between Chipotle and Minerva Express.
The cafe offers more than just smoothies! The menu contains flatbreads, wraps, quesadillas, sandwiches, bowls, breakfast, and a lot more!
Their other MoCo location is on Elm Street in Bethesda.
Wicked Waffle, the sweet waffle treat and savory waffle sandwich spot in Montgomery Mall, has closed permanently.
Yesterday I spoke with Wicked Waffle and was told they’re only closed temporarily, but today I spoke with a representative from Montgomery Mall who confirmed that the waffle spot won’t be re-opening in the mall. An employee from Wicked Waffle DC also confirmed that they will not be opening the Montgomery Mall location.
The restaurant had a 5 year run in the Montgomery Mall food court. Their DC location, 1712 I Street NW, remains open.
At Home will host their GRAND OPENING at 209 Kentlands Blvd. in Gaithersburg, Md., on Saturday, Jan. 26 at 9 a.m. The Gaithersburg At Home location is the third in the state and 179th store nationwide.
The MoCoShow will be recording this week’s episode of the podcast (taking the place of our usual mid-week recording) and giving away a FREE iFly pass to the winner of our raffle! We’ll be there from 11am-1pm!
At Home will be passing out wrist bands to customers lined up outside at 8:30. The customers with wrist bands will receive a gift card with an unknown amount on it.
More on At Home:
The 104,000-square-foot home décor superstore offers more than 50,000 home decor items, from furniture, mirrors, rugs, art and housewares to tabletop, patio and seasonal décor across a variety of styles and at everyday low prices.
"As we strategically grow our national footprint, we are excited to open our third store in
Maryland," said At Home Chairman and CEO Lee Bird. "Our vast selection of on-trend styles is winning over home décor customers who want it all: value, variety and an inspiring, hands-on shopping experience."
Shoppers will find style ideas throughout the store, which is based on a warehouse model with continually updated items that showcase the latest trends and seasonal products. An average of 400 new products arrive each week to provide fresh inspiration.
"At Home strives to have the widest selection of home décor items, and we are dedicated to inspiring you to refresh, play and experiment with home décor that reflects your unique personality and style,” said Gaithersburg At Home Store Director Keith Mann. "We welcome everyone to come in, explore our newest store and find endless decorating possibilities for every room in your home for your budget.”
A New Store Open House will be held on Saturday, Jan. 26, beginning at 9 a.m. The open house will include Gift Card Giveaways for the first 50 people who visit the store and sign up for At Home Insider Perks.
A few months ago we reported on Taco Bar opening an Olney location at the building that used to be home to Jerry’s (18100 Georgia Avenue).
Since then we’ve been swamped with questions about when they’ll be opening.
Yesterday I was told that they will try to have everything finalized in February so that the restaurant can be open for business in March!
Taco Bar currently has locations on Russell Ave in Gaithersburg, and in Frederick. Taco Bar Washingtonian (in Rio) is not related to the restaurant.
We were told by two employees of the Starbucks in the Potomac Valley shopping center in Gaithersburg that management is considering a move to the Pizza Hut location in the same shopping center and become a drive-thru!
The Pizza Hut location (12167 Darnestown Rd.) closed temporarily for renovations this past summer. They re-opened for delivery only for a couple months before closing permanently a few weeks back.
I was told that there’s no specific timeline for when this will occur, but that “it’ll happen soon” by the employees we spoke with. Management did not have a comment on the situation.