“A night of fantastic cuisine, fun, and philanthropy. Eat delicious food and drink decadent wine while you help to feed homeless families in Montgomery County.”
Join chefs from Silver/Silver Diner, Dawson’s Market, Hollywood East Cafe, Clyde’s Tower Oaks, Il Pizzico, Cava, The Woodmont Grill, Coastal Flats, and more!
The event will be held at the Universities at Shady Grove and Tickets are available on through the event website: https://diningwiththechefs3.wixsite.com/dwtc2018/tickets-1
Kentlands Rumor: “Family Owned Mexican Restaurant” To Move In to Bottom Floor Of Old Largent’s Location
Though this is still unconfirmed, I’m told a “family owned Mexican restaurant” will be moving in to the bottom floor of the old Largent’s location in the Kentlands (654 Centerpoint Way).
In the past this location has been home to The Last Mango, Zodiac Grill, Tony and James, 44 Sports Bar and Grill, and most recently Largent’s Restaurant and Bar.
Per their Twitter account, the Cincinnati Reds have announced they are replacing manager Bryan Price and pitching coach Mack Jenkins. Effective immediately, bench coach Jim Riggleman is interim manager.
Riggleman previously managed the San Diego Padres (1992-1994), Chicago Cubs (1995-1999), Seattle Mariners (2008), and Washington Nationals (2009-2011).
He grew up in Rockville, graduating from Richard Montgomery High School in 1970, where he played baseball and basketball.
One long-time Montgomery County resident told me “I’d hang out with Jim at the Hot Shoppes on Rockville Pike.” The same resident told me that Riggleman’s mother worked at that same Hot Shoppes (at Congressional Plaza, where Matchbox is currently located).
After graduating, Riggleman played baseball at Frostburg State University. He was then drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1974.
Many of you probably remember comedian, Howard G (Gaskins) from his Senate Auto Insurance commercials from the 90s.
We had the chance to catch up with the DMV legend who coined the term “Kiss my bumper!” this week...check it out:
The MoCoShow: Are you from the DMV area?
Howard G: I am, I’m from Baltimore, MD.
The MoCoShow: How long have you been doing comedy?
Howard G: I have been doing comedy for a little over 26 years now.
The MoCoShow: How did the Senate commercials come about? Did you expect them to get as big as they did?
Howard G: I was driving in from doing some clubs in New Jersey and New York. My agent at the time (Sharon Steele Casting) paged me (you know this was a long time ago because I had a beeper back then). Well she put 911 in the pager, so I pulled over on the New Jersey turnpike and called her. She told me that they are having auditions for this new car insurance company and they are looking for an African-American actor in his 20s. She said for me to hurry up and go to a Holiday Inn hotel in Glen Burnie. I got there and saw quite a few other radio/tv personalities auditioning. BET host Donnie Simpson, FOX 5’s Tony Perkins, TV and radio host comedian Joe Clear, and many more. I created and made up the slogan “Kiss My BUMPER” while auditioning. They told me on the spot right after I auditioned "you are the one we have been looking for!!" Here we are 22 years and 30 television commercials later.”
The MoCoShow: When did the first commercial air?
Howard G: The 1st commercial aired in January 1994.
The MoCoShow: What have you been doing since?
Howard G: Well I have been, and still am, a professional comedian and playwright. I have done other local and national commercials, performed on HBO's Def Comedy Jam and the Wire, 3 seasons of BET Comic View, went to Kuwait and Afghanistan to perform for U.S. troops. I’ve also opened up for Patti Labelle, Martin Lawrence, Dave Chappelle, and The Temptations just to name a few.
The MoCoShow: How does it feel being a celebrity in our area?
Howard G: I don't consider myself a celebrity. When I walk in the streets of D.C., Virginia and Maryland, especially when my commercials were on TV 5 or 6 times a day, people would just tell out to me "Hey Kiss My Bumper!!" I would just smile and say hello back.
Howard G: I THANK GOD FOR ALL THOSE BLESSINGS, BUT NOW I AM TRYING TO GIVE BACK TO THE PEOPLE WHO SUPPORTED ME FOR ALL THOSE YEARS. ESPECIALLY WITH MY STAND UP COMEDY AND MY TOURING GOSPEL MUSICAL COMEDY STAGE PLAY CALLED "NEVER COULD HAVE MADE IT $$!
Watch Howard G do his thing at one of his many live events coming soon (pictured below) or check out his website www.comediang.com
Don Pollo will be taking over the Old Shanghai Cafe location in Germantown.
According to their website, they’ll be opening this Spring at 21040-A Frederick Rd. in Germantown.
Don Pollo currently has two Silver Spring locations, one Rockville location, one Gaithersburg location, and two Bethesda locations.
They’ll be opening another restaurant in Vienna this summer.
Cabin John Creek used to be known as Captain John’s Run.
It was named after John Smith, who led two voyages in the Chesapeake Bay. English officials instructed Smith to map the area, claim land, find gold/other riches, and trade with the natives.
Smith also played an important role in the establishment of the Jamestown colony (the first permanent English settlement in North America). He trained the first settlers to farm and work in 1607, ensuring the colony flourished.
Smith wrote of a situation that occurred in the same year, involving his capture by the Powhatan tribe. He was brought to meet the chief, but was released without harm when Pocahontas threw herself across his body– effectively saving his life.
Smith’s account of the situation has been questioned by many historians, but was sensationalized in Disney’s 1995 animated film, Pocahontas.
Many believe that through the years, the name changed from Captain John to Cabin John.
Andrew Sean Greer has won the Pulitzer Prize for his fiction novel “Less.”
Born in Washington D.C., Greer was raised in Rockville. He attended Farmland Elementary School and lived in the Tilden Woods development in Rockville.
Greer is the best-selling author of The Story of a Marriage and The Confessions of Max Tivoli.
His sixth book, Less, is a comedy that was published in 2017. The book is about a man facing his 50th birthday who receives an invitation to his ex-boyfriend’s wedding. He then accepts the invitation and travels around the world and back, fighting himself every step of the way.
Congratulations, Andrew! You’re making MoCo proud.
For the fifth time in less than a month, a car has driven into a commercial building in MoCo.
Earlier today one of our readers, Roy Thompson, shared with us the pictures of an SVU that had driven into the Sunoco gas station on Cherry Hill Rd. in Silver Spring. There were no injuries.
In late March, an accident caused an Orkin vehicle to drive into Chipotle in Germantown. Ancouple days later, a car drove into Taste of New Orleans in Darnestown. The following week, a car drove into Richey & Co. Shoes in Rockville and earlier this month, a car drove into Express Pharmacy on S Frederick Rd in Gaithersburg.
According to the MCPS website: The Board of Education voted on Thursday, April 12, to name the new elementary school in the Richard Montgomery cluster Bayard Rustin Elementary School. The Rockville school is currently under construction and scheduled to open for the 2018-2019 school year. Bayard Rustin was a civil rights leader, gay rights activist and an organizer of the 1963 civil rights march in Washington D.C.
Collin Turner (Poolesville HS) Becomes First Montgomery College Player To Be Named NJCAA Player Of The Year
Collin Turner has been named the NJCAA DIII Player of the Year.
After playing just one year year of high school basketball at Poolesville High School, the Montgomery College sophomore averaged 28 points per game and shot 42% from beyond the arc, making 3.7 threes per game.
He is the first player from Montgomery College to ever earn the award.