Rio Washingtonian sent this piece of information via e-mail this morning.
The renovation of the theater to include reclining seats, upgrades concession offerings, etc. will start soon. It appears as though AMC is upping their game ahead of the Cinepolis Luxury theater that is supposed to arrive just a couple miles down the street in the Kentlands later this year (November 2018). AMC will remain open during renovations.
Earlier this week we broke the news that Dave & Buster’s officially executed the lease with Rio. They are still in the process of acquiring all of the proper permits, but according to the e-mail it is expected to open sometime in 2019.
Yardhouse is also in the process of acquiring permits, and I would expect an early 2019 opening from them. They’ll be taking over the old Macaroni Grill location.
In addition to the information in the flyer, Poki District appears to be in the process of re-branding to Poki DC. They’ve told me that as soon as all of their permits have been acquired, construction will take less than two months. They expect a Spring 2018 opening in Rio and will be opening their Georgetown Square location in Bethesda this summer.
In April of 2017, Montgomery County Police arrested MoCo rapper, Shilo Young (known as Simba), along with three other men and charged them with first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, armed robbery and conspiracy to commit armed robbery.
The arrests were in connection with a shooting in Montgomery Village that killed Wassi Harron Raheem Young, 20, of Hyattsville. He was shot in the afternoon of Feb. 10 in the 8500 block of Hawk Run Terrace and died in the parking lot. Young is still awaiting trial for that case.
Yesterday, the 18 year old Young was sentenced to 24 years in prison for his role in a different crime. According to prosecutors, Young and another man, Timario Gregg, targeted students from Watkins Mill High School in Montgomery Village as they walked back to school from their lunch break. They robbed the students of their cell phones, shoes, and jackets at gun point. Gregg was sentenced to 30 years in prison.
The young rapper’s YouTube channel has received over 2 million views and he is followed by over 17,000 on Twitter.
A tweet from the rapper’s Twitter account (@RGSimba) that was tweeted after the sentencing appears to have a different message, stating: “Don't believe the hype I be home soon #FreeSimba 🤘🏽🤘🏽”
2015 WNBA MVP, Elena Delle Donne, stopped by Richard Montgomery and spoke with the girl’s basketball team today.
”Was great getting the girls pumped for the playoffs” tweeted Delle Donne.
The 2013 WNBA Rookie of the Year’s book, My Shot, will be available on March 13th.
In the last month we have seen a few Wootton High School graduates do some pretty great things.
2011 graduate, Mack Hollins, won a Super Bowl ring with the Philadelphia Eagles in his rookie season after being drafted in the 4th round.
2012 graduate, Haley Skarupa, helped the U.S. women’s hockey team win their first gold medal since 1998.
Four of the five members of O.A.R. graduated from Wootton (three of them in 1997 and one in 1998). The band has seen a 46% spike in Spotify streams between February 9th and 16th. This is because the International Olympic Committee banned Russia from this year’s Winter Olympics, but allowed individual competitors to participate under the name of “Olympic Athletes from Russia,” which has been shortened to OAR by commentators.
“I think it’s mostly my mom playing our new song for her friends.” joked O.A.R. lead singer, Marc Roberge.
Wootton High School’s offensive coordinator, Chris Papadopoulos, first brought up the high school’s success in a tweet from earlier today.
As reported by mymcmedia’s Doug Tallman earlier today, Montgomery County Board of Education board member, Jill Ortman-Fouse, has announced she is no longer seeking re-election and will now be running for an at-large County Council seat in a Facebook post from earlier today.
Ortman-Fouse has also endorsed the man that was running against her, John Robertson.
Here’s her Facebook post from earlier today:
”Black men make up 2% of the nation's educators in our schools. John Robertson is one of those role models who would like to make a bigger difference as your at-large Board of Education member. As you might recall, that's my seat. 😉
I'm going to try not to give you whiplash from my candidacy for board announcement last week, but here it goes:
I really appreciated all the amazing responses to my announcement -- from educators, students, parents, neighbors and community members. You all are wonderful and I'm extremely blessed to know you.
Then I heard that someone had jumped in my race. Nervously, my whole family set about searching to see who he was.
We found his graduation speech. I read it and I thought, wow. Another search revealed he had a masters in social work. I literally talk about MSWs' skills in terms of the mental health challenges we are facing in our schools all the time. As you know, our students' (and their family's) mental health needs, have been a priority for me. Then I texted some folks to see who might know him. He was described as "smart, mature, innovative."
My friends said I could beat him. Incumbents always have an advantage -- especially in a county of over 1 million people where getting your name out is hard. Then I'd text them the links, and they would agree with me, that he sounds amazing.
So, Mr. Robertson and I had coffee. I went down my list of biggest concerns and things I'm passionate about for our students, staff and school system. We are clearly on the same page. I'm going to step out of the race because I'm confident John would be a great addition to the team, and I can't wait for you to learn more about him.
What next? Well, one of the things I get in trouble for is working outside my approved lane of education policy -- because I care as passionately about the issues that impact our kids and families outside of our schools as the ones inside. So, why not try making it official as a member of our County Council? I realize others have made the suggestion along the way (which I appreciated) and in a much timelier fashion. 😉 But I didn't want to leave the work unsupported.
I know there are about 30 candidates running for four at-large seats. I know I haven't even started to raise money for a campaign. I know some organizations have already endorsed, and other candidates have been campaigning for almost a year.
But I also know that we have made a difference together, and I would like to continue to work with our community and our leaders at the county and state level to make our collective vision a reality. I would bring everything you have counted on in my work on the board to the council. I certainly would understand if members of our community were disappointed. I know how valuable your partnership is, but I think we could actually have an even bigger impact together on the council.
I would bring the education focus and knowledge of where the gaps are to continue to advocate for our schools. I would continue to be a strong voice for transparency, accountability and responsiveness, to ensure our county resources are used most efficiently and effectively. And I would bring my experience as an elected leader representing your interests, my desire to listen closely to different voices and respect them -- even when I disagree, working as hard as I can for our community to win together, to the council role if I were so fortunate to win that position.
I am going to need 250 contributions of $150 or less, totalling $20,000 in about 75 days to qualify for public financing. I know it's a very steep climb. But I'm an eternal optimist, and my friends who have volunteered to help are amazing. So, stay tuned...
I know I made you scroll twice. That's my thing. 😉”
MCPS Superintendent, Jack Smith, sent out a message regarding school safety.
”Dear MCPS Community:
In the wake of the recent school shooting in Parkland, Fla., I am writing to thank you for your questions, comments, concerns and critiques as we work to ensure our schools remain safe and welcoming places to learn for all of our students.
As you may have seen in media reports, school systems from across the country, including Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS), have seen an increase in threats and reports of threats since the Feb. 14 tragedy. These threats and reports have come in the form of social media posts, emails, phone calls and in-person conversations. While most of these threats have proven not to be credible, we take each report seriously and work closely with the Montgomery County Police Department to investigate. Please know that anyone who is found by MCPS to have made a threat against a school will be directed to law enforcement.
I also want to take a moment to provide the community with information regarding the arrest of a student at Clarksburg High School for the possession of a loaded handgun. As Clarksburg High School Principal Edward Owusu shared with his school community last week, after it was reported that a student had a gun on school property, the School Resource Officer (SRO) immediately confiscated the gun and the student was placed under arrest. Additionally, the Montgomery County Police Department shared in its press release that the documents they recovered from the student had “no wording regarding any threat nor any expression of wanting to cause harm to anyone at the school.”
We know that these incidents have created anxiety and fear around school safety for our students, families and staff across the county. MCPS remains committed to ensuring students are safe in our schools. To ensure the physical safety of our schools and students, MCPS has emergency preparedness and security protocols in place. To support mental health, MCPS counselors, psychologists and other resources have been provided to schools and staff to support students as they process what is happening nationally and locally.
Some students are processing this information by speaking up for school safety and advocating for laws that will help prevent another school shooting tragedy. MCPS strongly supports students who engage in the civic process and share thoughts on the issues they are passionate about. Many of our middle school and high school students have worked with their principals to set aside time during the instructional day to speak out. This ensured students were able to express their opinions in a supportive and safe environment.
We also know that several high schools had students leave school property yesterday to advocate at the U.S. Capitol. While we support student advocacy, leaving school property poses a significant safety risk, especially in light of the increase in school threats. MCPS does not have the staff or resources to ensure students are safe during the school day when they are not on a school campus. It also poses a safety challenge if schools are required to evacuate and we cannot account for all students because they have left.
During this challenging time, I want to thank our staff for reassuring and comforting students. I believe the kind and encouraging words from teachers, support staff and administrators make a positive difference. I also want to thank our partners in law enforcement who have worked closely and collaboratively with us as we addressed the increase in threats. Their quick response to our requests and concerns are an invaluable asset.
Education is our purpose; safety will always be our first priority. We ask that staff, students and families remain vigilant in their efforts to keep our students safe and continue to abide by the concept of “see something, say something.”
Jack R. Smith
Superintendent of Schools”
In a matchup that many consider the biggest rivalry in women’s hockey, Team USA was able to beat Canada 3-2 in a shootout to capture the gold!
This ended Canada’s four gold medal streak and gave Team USA their first gold in women’s hockey since 1998.
Rockville native and Wootton graduate, Haley Skarupa, had one shot on goal in the game, but has played a major role in helping bring back U.S. women’s hockey to glory.
Congratulations to Haley and Team USA!
We sifted through the hundreds of MoCo facts we’ve come across and chose these ten to share with you today.
Tell us your favorite Fun MoCo fact that wasn’t on this list, and you may see it on one of our future lists!
1. Brookeville was the United States capital for a day on August 26th, 1814 after the British troops burned down the White House during the War of 1812.
2. Though MoCo was named after Richard Montgomery, it was Thomas Wootton that founded the county by introducing a bill that divided Frederick into three counties in 1776 (one was Montgomery County).
3. The robin is the official bird of MoCo and the Dogwood is the official tree.
4. Damascus was originally known as “The Pleasant Plains of Damascus.”
5. The Montgomery Village symbol is not trees. It's 2 stick figures reaching toward the heavens in a gesture of friendship and peace.
6. From 1987-2004 Northwood was not its own high school (it was used to hold students from other high schools during renovations).
7. The hit 90s series, Beverly Hills 90210, was originally going to be set in MoCo and called Potomac 20854.
8. Gaithersburg’s original name was Logtown. It officially took on the Gaithersburg name in 1878.
9. The inventor of the first home television set, C. Francis Jenkins, lived in Wheaton, at Windham Ln and Georgia Ave.
10. Wheaton was known as Leesborough until being renamed Wheaton in 1869.
A couple months ago, I had the opportunity to drive through Barnesville (located between Clarksburg and Poolesville).
Not many of us get to see this side of MoCo often, so I wanted to share the beauty and the peace that accompany these MoCo “country roads.”
The Montgomery County Road Runners Club (MCRRC) is partnering with Federal Realty to bring its signature Pike’s Peek 10K road race finish festival to Pike & Rose—North Bethesda’s, premiere retail, dining and residential destination on Sunday, April 29, 2018.
According to the press release, The Pike’s Peek 10K is one of the largest 10K road races in the region and was named by RunWashington Magazine in 2017 as the region’s Best 10K Race. In its 22nd year, the race is widely known as a PR (personal record)-friendly course for runners. With its gentle net downhill profile, this point to point course starts near the Shady Grove Metro station and winds its way down Montgomery County’s busiest retail corridor and finishes at Pike & Rose with convenient access to dining, retail and transit.
For more information, including how to register for the race, please check out The Pike’s Peek 10K website: www.pikespeek10k.org