We've all heard of New York of Chicago style pizza, but Ledo Pizza is the originator of Maryland style pizza.
According to the Washingtonian magazine, Maryland style Pizza is rectangular in shape, has a biscuity crust, a sweet tomato sauce, and uses smoked provolone cheese.
This all began when Ledo Pizza opened their first restaurant in 1955 in Adelphi, Maryland (Prince George's County, pictured below).
Photo courtesy of the Gazette
As stated on the Ledo Pizza website, the circular pizza pans were relatively new when the first restaurant opened...so they went with the rectangular pans and ended up sticking with what was working.
Many of the best pizza spots in the area (Stained Glass Pub, Continental, Gentleman Jim's, etc.) have carried on the rectangular pizza tradition that was inspired by Ledo Pizza.
The original Ledo Restaurant closed in July 2010, but relocated a month later to downtown College Park (Knox Road). The Ledo Pizza chain has expanded to include over 100 restaurants in Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, South Carolina, and Florida.
Though they have gotten a little too big for us to include them in our annual "Best Pizza in MoCo" competition, I think it's safe to say that they are the originator of Maryland style pizza and the official pizza of the Terrapin state.
In October we tweeted about a rumor regarding Rio Sport & Health closing permanently and possibly being replaced by Dave & Buster's.
Since then, Dave & Buster's opened in Ellsworth Place Mall in Silver Spring (that was in the works for a long time before this rumor came about). The first part of the rumor ended up coming true as well, with Sport & Health closing permanently in that location.
Now rumors are heating up again about Dave & Buster's coming to occupy the spot Sport & Health left behind.
Many of us remember Sportland in Rio, which was an early 90s versions of Dave & Buster's...on steroids (in addition to video games; there was mini golf, bumper cars, velcro walls, billiards, a climbing area, batting cages, etc.).
We'll know soon if this rumor is true, but it's definitely picking up some steam.
On May 20th, 2017, Gio Managadze published an article on LinkedIn claiming that he was dropping out of the University of Maryland two weeks before graduation. On top of that, he claimed that he was the Valedictorian that would be giving the main commencement speech at graduation.
I'm a University of Maryland graduate and I don't remember there being a valedictorian, so I had to do a little research. There's something similar, known as a "University Medalist." That honor is going to a young man named Gregory Ridgway, a physics, mathematics, and piano performance major (he's also a Springbrook High School alum).
I don't know if Giorgi Managadze, the young man that wrote this, was ever supposed to be the medalist...but his letter did elicit a huge response all over the Internet yesterday and into this morning.
Here are some facts surrounding this situation:
- UMD does not have a valedictorian.
- UMD does have a university medalist.
- The author of this article/letter is NOT the university medalist (I don't know if he was ever a candidate).
- This is also posted on the authors personal Facebook account with what seems to be family and friends commenting on the status.
- The author claims to have his bachelors degree from UMD on his LinkedIn account.
- The author claims a 3.94 GPA on his LinkedIn account (a 3.96 or above is required to be a university medalist at UMD).
Whether true or not, Georgi Managadze has definitely created a stir for his upcoming startup company (he has yet to reveal what it is).
UPDATE: On his Facebook page, he says he chose the title of his letter (referring to himself as valedictorian) to help it go viral as a marketing campaign for his startup.
The recently remodeled and rebranded Ellsworth Place (formerly City Place) is up for sale!
Hometown Holidays Music Festival (featuring Taste of Rockville) is going down on Memorial Day Weekend (May 27 and 28). Free music, inexpensive and great tasting food, and so much more at Rockville Town Square.
Quince Orchard High School alum, Darnell Leslie, has signed with the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent.
Bethesda has Benihana, Germantown and Olney have Sakura, Gaithersburg has Ziki, and now Rockville will have Kabu as the Japanese Steakhouse is planning a downtown Rockville location soon. www.bethesdamagazine.com/Bethesda-Beat/2017/Japanese-Steakhouse-Plans-Downtown-Rockville-Location/
I was able to confirm that Lifetime Fitness in Gaithersburg will be serving beer and wine at their outdoor pool this summer (they had applied for a permit a few months back).
Fenton Street Market kicks off this Sunday. Over 30 restaurants and a lot more along Georgia Ave. starting Sunday. www.sourceofthespring.com/fenton-street-market-kicks-off-2017-season-sunday/
2 scratch tickets won a combined $150,000 in recent weeks. BOTH were sold in Germantown! www.germantownpulse.net/single-post/2017/05/18/Two-Big-Lottery-Prizes-Sold-in-Germantown
Wawa is coming to D.C...one step closer to MoCo. www.popville.com/2017/05/wawa-coming-to-washington-district-of-columbia/
The link contains a list of where every MoCo High School will hold graduation this year. Some will be live-streamed. patch.com/maryland/rockville/montgomery-county-schools-release-commencement-information
Almost all County employees will be able to apply to telework (work from home) starting June 12th. Potential to ease some traffic congestion...
New Metro hours as of June 25th:
Mon-Thurs: 5am - 11pm
Friday: 5am - 1am
Saturday: 7am - 1am
Sunday: 8am - 11pm
Other metro changes can be found at the official metro website www.wmata.com
President Donald Trump's son, Barron, will go to school at St. Andrew's in Potomac. patch.com/maryland/bethesda-chevychase/trump-family-chooses-barrons-new-school-source
Former Redskins running back, Clinton Portis, had a warrant out for his arrest last week for missing traffic court in Montgomery County. wjla.com/sports/content/warrant-issued-for-former-redskin-clinton-portis-for-failure-to-appear-in-court
Olney Town Commons picking up steam... http://www.mymcmedia.org/forum-on-the-future-of-olney-town-commons-to-be-held-on-may-20/
Watkins Mill High School is hosting Rock The Block 2017 on Saturday, June 3rd from 3pm-6pm. Free Hot Dogs, FREE T-SHIRT FOR FIRST 100 PEOPLE! Moon bounces, LIVE DJ /Music, Inflatable Sports Challenges, Carnival Games and Prizes, and a LOT MORE. There will be something for ALL ages at this event.
This edition of 'News Around MoCo' has been brought to you by Mamma Lucia. With 6 MoCo locations, you can't go wrong with lunch or dinner at Mamma's!
According to Business Insider, 158 million people are using Snapchat every day, and on average, open the app 18 times a day.
After a couple years of being widely considered an app for teenagers and young adults, Snapchat users ages 25 and above now make up almost 40% of all users.
What does this mean? Snapchat is for everyone, but in case you're unfamiliar...
Geotag: an electronic tag that assigns a geographical location to a photograph or video, a posting on a social media website, etc.
When you're on Snapchat and you take a picture or video to send to a friend or show to the world, you have the option of adding a geotag. These designs can be submitted by anyone, but it's up to Snapchat to accept them. Once accepted, they're available for anyone to use when they're in that geographical location. Some places don't have one, while others could have up to 4 or 5.
I've decided to take on the task of choosing the best 10 and putting them in order.
Here we go:
I like these bigger, solid yellow/gold letters with the green trim and the cursive green Maryland below.
The orange and yellow trim around the black font reminds me of fire. I consider it the midnight Germantown geotag.
8. Silver Spring
It kind of reminds me of the Silver Diner logo, but I like the All-American colors. It looks pretty official.
I can't put my finger on what it reminds me of, but I like it. It's simple and it goes with Potomac (not sure why).
6. Montgomery Village
I couldn't tell if I really liked it or really hated it when I first saw it. It turns out, I like it. There's kind of a Kanye, outer space vibe to it. Not sure why, but those are the two things that come to mind.
I really like the 80s, Miami Vice look. It's a cool looking geotag.
I know that it's a 301 geotag, but it's only available in Clarksburg so they get the credit. This could have been ranked even higher if it wasn't weirdly off-center (I cropped it so that it's in the middle in the picture below).
3. Kemp Mill
The white cursive letters and the Maryland Flag go well together. This geotag is nice.
I like the font and I like the color scheme. It's simple, yet effective. Catches my eye.
1. Takoma Park
Incorporating the rooster logo into the O is a good touch. There's just something that works about the dull red and the off white.
Just Missed: Gaithersburg (cursive font with tree logo), Laytonsville, Potomac (red retro font), and Silver Spring (flowers).
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Charles P. Lazarus is the D.C. native that founded the company now known as Toys R Us. In 1948 he opened a baby furniture store named Children's Bargain Town. Two years later, in 1950, he introduced a few select toys to his inventory. It didn't take long for him to realize that toys, unlike furniture, either broke or fell out of favor with kids rather quickly...so he added a lot more toys and cut back on the furniture.
In 1957 he used the supermarket model of being able to walk around with a cart and shop for whatever caught one's eye in his first Toys R Us location...on 355 in Rockville, MD.
Image courtesy of ThePike.com
The original location was further down than the Mid-Pike plaza location a lot of folks remember, moving to the far left side of the plaza as you face it until the location closed after the 2013 holiday season.
There are currently over 1,500 locations worldwide, but the Gaithersburg location remains the lone-standing MoCo location other than the Clarksburg outlet/express store.
Note: There is still a Babies R Us in Silver Spring.
Personal Note: I used to HATE going into Kids R Us in Rockville knowing that Toys R Us was just on the other side of the wall.
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News Around MoCo, 5/8/17 Edition
Staples on Georgia Avenue has closed permanently (Silver Spring).
After 41 years, Seneca Valley held the last sporting event at the stadium last Thursday (Germantown).
The five most challenging schools in Maryland are located in Montgomery County, according to the Washington Post's list of most challenging schools in the nation. Full list available here:(www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/local/high-school-challenge-2017/
Brio Tuscan Grille, located on the corner of Rockville Pike and Executive Blvd. (North Bethesda) has closed permanently.
The brand new Spring/Summer 2017 menu has rolled out at Cava Mezze locations (Olney/Rockville).
Peruvian Chicken and Grill will be opening soon in Damascus.
The creators of Serial (including host Sarah Koenig) will be at Strathmore on May 11th (North Bethesda).
Le Madeleine in Silver Spring has closed permanently.
The principal of Kensington Parkwood Elementary School that set up a "smash space" for teacher will step down following this school year (Kensington).
Class 520 (Thai ice cream) has opened a second MoCo location in Bethesda.
Takoma Beverage Co. (coffee, beer, cocktails, and wine) will open in Takoma Park this month or next.
MoCo liquor stores used to card people that "looked under 35." Starting July 1st, everyone will be carded.
Pie 360, Coal Fire's quick pizza experiment, has closed after just 5 months off of Twinbrook Parkway (Rockville).
The MoCo Council voted unanimously to pass a bill that would fine owners of abandoned homes to avoid eyesores that attract crime and reduce property value (per WTOP).
MoCo Police will be visiting MCPS schools to enforce cell phone and seat belt laws in and around the schools (parking lots, drop-off/pick-up loops, etc.).
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We know that not everyone will be able to relate to all of these because all of them won't apply to every age group, but if you're from Montgomery County, MD., I'm sure there's something here for you.
You know you're from MoCo if...
You know that Rockville Pike, 355, Hungerford, Wisconsin, and Frederick Ave are the same road...but also not.
You've experienced rain, snow, below freezing/above 70 degree temperatures, and plenty of sunshine in the same week.
The "bad" parts of the county are still more expensive than 95% of America.
You have to wait until 5AM, the morning of, to find out if schools are closed due to winter weather.
Some people consider your school "bad," but it's still one of the best schools in the country.
You know that Beverly Hills 90210 was originally going to be called Potomac 20854 because the creator went to Churchill.
You've played indoor soccer at The Corner Kick in Gaithersburg (we miss it).
You've fed this pig your trash at Cabin John Park.
You follow MoCoSnow.
You referred to the LDS Temple as Disney World (younger folks) or Oz (slightly less younger folks).
You've gotten multiple speed camera tickets, but still get mad when people go extra slow when there's a camera.
You've experienced the red line.
You've hit Tastee Diner in Bethesda/Silver Spring or Denny's in Montgomery Village late night
You miss Sir Walter Raleigh, The Golden Bull, Chris' Steakhouse, Anchor Inn, Little Tavern, O'Donnell's, Roy's Place, and so many more great restaurants.
You referred to your community college as "Harvard on the Pike" or "M.K."
Rio, Downtown Silver Spring, or Rockville Town Center are the places to be when the weather is nice.
You complain about how bad people drive when it snows, but want to be off of work/school when there's flurries.
You go to the county fair in August.
You've had a birthday at Wheaton Regional Park.
You know that North Bethesda and North Potomac are really just Rockville and Gaithersburg.
You used to get Cider from The Cider Barrel (or wondered what that big red, white, and blue barrel on the side of 355 in Germantown is if you're younger).
Blackfinn was the go-to spot in Bethesda.
You would NEVER add an 's' to the end of "Silver Spring."
You get ice cream at LEAST once every summer from Jimmie Cone.
Every one of your friends has a different "favorite team."
You went to go to Clyde's for half price wine night on Monday.
You know Tiki in the Kentlands was the spot on Thursdays.
You went to half price pizza nights at Stained Glass Pub or Sole D'talia.
You have 6 friends that are rappers, 11 are photographers, 4 model, and 17 do makeup on the side.
You've driven through Potomac in the winter just to look at the Christmas lights at the big houses.
You used to go to Joe's Crab Shack on Wednesday nights.
You prefer Montgomery Donuts over every other kind.
You were kind of sad when White Flint closed, but barely ever actually went there.
You've danced with or around the senior citizen gentleman while out in Bethesda (not an actual picture of the gentleman below).
You know that Wheaton Mall used to be an outdoor mall called Wheaton Plaza.
You didn't think a .5 cent bag tax would keep you from using a plastic bag, but sometimes...it kind of does.
You remember when Lakeforest Mall was a pretty good Mall.
You remember the Drive-In movie theater in Rockville.
"Surrender Dorothy" has a special meaning to you.
Photo courtesy of the Washington Post
You lived near Lakeforest Mall, Wheaton Plaza/Mall, or White Flint, but still went to Montgomery Mall when it was time to get serious.
You dodged white vans and zigzagged while walking to your car for a few weeks in 2002...R.I.P. to those that were killed by the D.C. sniper.
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Germantown will once again have a WingStop, as the chain takes over the old Quizno's location.
A local developer is in preliminary talks with Regal Cinemas about bringing them back to Bethesda.
Nancy Shay, an English resource teacher at Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville, has been named the 2017/2018 MCPS teacher of the year by the Marian Greenblatt Education Fund.
Dog Haus, a Cali based hot dog and beer chain, will be taking over the Parva location in Bethesda.
Lina's is taking over the old Piratz location in Silver Spring (mentioned previously). It'll be a French diner with Caribbean and Asian inspired plates.
Poolesville has cancelled their plan to bring a synthetic ice skating rink to town because of high costs.
Haagen Dazs in Montgomery Mall has closed.
Wootton High School graduate, Mack Hollins, was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles. They also signed Gaithersburg High School graduate, Billy Brown, as an undrafted free agent.
Maryland boy's public school basketball will start using a 35 second shot clock starting next season.
Q, a restaurant by Peter Chang, will open in Bethesda later this month.