I decided to take a look at some MoCo logos and the professional or college logos that inspired them.
I know some of these logos aren't the main logos the schools use (some may even be older) and I'm sure I missed a couple logos that are based on other ones, but I've put a few of these side by side for you to see. It is possible some of these just happen to look somewhat similar.
Let's start with the Damascus Hornet logo that recently made local news when Georgia Tech wouldn't allow the town to put the logo on their water tower.
Next is a Richard Montgomery Rockets logo that can be found on their football helmets and one of the Toledo Rockets logos
The Wootton Patriots have used a couple versions of the New England Patriots logos. Here's one based on the vintage logo used by the NFL's Patriots.
One of the logos for the Kennedy Cavaliers is almost the exact same as a Cleveland Cavaliers logo except for the color scheme and basketball in the background.
The B-CC Barons have a logo of what seems to be a fighting Baron. He looks very similar to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish logo, but he has on different color clothing, a taller hat, and a different pair of shoes.
The Vikings of Whitman have used a W logo that is almost identical to that of the Wisconsin W, aside from the color.
The Einstein and Tennessee Titans share a fairly similar logo and color scheme.
I might be reaching just a little on this one, but the bulldog logo is fairly similar. Here are the logos for Churchill and Georgia.
The Cincinnati Bengals were the obvious choice for Blake to base their logo on. They went with the B and used school colors to switch it up.
Another slight reach here as the Wildcat from the center of this Walter Johnson logo resembles one of the Wildcat logos Arizona has used in the past.
Magruder used the familiar Michigan pattern for one of their logos, placing a banner across the big M.
The Paint Branch Panthers flipped the Carolina Panthers logo around and went with a maroon and gold outline for their Panther logo.
I started working on this over a month ago and have since forgotten which shade of gold belongs to Poolesville and which is Purdue's. Either way, you get the point...
The Northwest Jaguars have plenty more wins in recent years than the team they based one of their logos on, The Jacksonville Jaguars.
The Rockville Rams must have loved the look of the Los Angeles Rams logo because they just switched up the color scheme and left it as is.
The Northwood Gladiators thought they could get away with basing their logo off of a minor league hockey team, the Atlanta Gladiators. Not on my watch, Northwood! 😊
The Quince Orchard Cougars may have used the Houston Cougars alternate logo as inspiration when designing one of their logos.
The Sherwood Warriors used a sword on their football helmets (not sure if they still use that helmet), but they took it directly from former World League team, the Scottish Claymores.
Watkins Mill has occasionally used this wolverine logo. You can see it used by the school newspaper in the image below. Color scheme aside, its nearly identical to the logo of the Utah Valley Wolverines.
The Springbrook Blue Devils dug deep to find the Cardiff Devils, a British hockey team. They switched up the colors and made the logo theirs.
Gaithersburg baseball used a very familiar logo. It's nearly identical to the NCAA's Georgia Bulldogs or the NFL's Green Bay Packers.
Wheaton used the Rutgers Scarlet Knights logo on their athletic boosters website. Not sure if the Knights use it for anything else.
Private schools aren't exempt either, as the Good Counsel Falcons just took the Atlanta Falcons logo and changed the colors.
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Any time you see/hear the terms "North Bethesda" or "North Potomac" you know a "You mean Rockville/Gaithersburg?" comment is not too far behind.
So do these places actually exist or were the terms recently coined for real estate purposes?
I remember a conversation I had with a friend over a decade ago when he signed a lease for an apartment near White Flint mall for what I thought was an absurd amount of money. He told me that he could have gotten an apartment 2 miles down Rockville Pike for 1/4 of the price, but was sold on "North Bethesda." I told him he was crazy and that it was a made up place, but he assured me that the leasing office could confirm that it's a real place and that it has been around for quite a while.
County planners used the term North Bethesda since 1970 when making plans for the area (http://www.montgomeryplanning.org/community/plan_areas/bethesda_chevy_chase/master_plans/north_bethesda/bg_nbeth-gar.pdf). North Bethesda was also given clearly defined boundaries at that time. It became a census designated place in 1980 (areas like Germantown and Silver Spring are also census designated places as Gaithersburg, Rockville, and Takoma Park are the only incorporated cities in MoCo).
Is there economic reason why the name has gained far more traction in the last 5 years than in the first 40 years of its existence? Absolutely, but the name itself is nothing new and the area has had clearly defined boundaries for almost half a century.
Below is a map of North Bethesda from Google
North Potomac hasn't been around for quite as long, though it has probably been around longer than most think. It was created in 1988, but picked up steam in the early/mid 2000s (with economic reason being very likely).
When I was living in the Kentlands, another friend of mine purchased a home a little less than a mile from me. Darnestown, Gaithersburg, AND North Potomac were all listed on the deed of his home while my condo only had Gaithersburg on the deed. So while the boundaries of North Potomac weren't as clearly defined as the ones for North Bethesda, it has still existed since the late 80s.
Below is a map of North Potomac by Google
I really don't understand why people seem to be bothered by North Bethesda and North Potomac, but if we're being technical...these names have been around for quite a while (there's even a school named North Bethesda Middle School that has been around for almost 50 years...though technically it's located just outside the North Bethesda boundaries). Neither place receives services from the cities people want to associate them with (Rockville and Gaithersburg).
North Bethesda...perfectly fine.
North Potomac...maybe not perfectly fine, but still fine.
Side note: I recently started working in North Bethesda and began referring to it as NoBe. Unfortunately, that's not ok 😂
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In January, Ike Leggett vetoed a proposed bill that would raise minimum wage in MoCo to $15 per hour.
Raising minimum wage to $15 per hour in MoCo is once again being discussed, this time with modifications made to the proposed bill (I don't have specifics on the modifications). A public hearing on the matter is expected at the end of September.
I took to Twitter to poll our followers and it looks like 60% of 1,321 voters would like to see a $15 minimum wage. The poll ran for 24 hours.
Quite a few of our followers expressed displeasure with how expensive it is to live in the county, but many were also very aware of the repercussions that could come with a raised minimum wage.
I spoke with a few local small business owners this week that expressed concerns with the potential higher wages.
"If that happened, I would have to cut my staff by at least 1/4." said a business owner in Olney.
An longtime employee of Giant in Gaithersburg told me that he currently makes $16/hour and that he has been with the company for 4 years to get to this point. "I know I won't be getting a raise and I worked hard to get where I'm at." he told me. He fears that his work will no longer be rewarded with higher wages because the company will look to save money.
One of our twitter followers that supports the raise to $15/hour said "prices inflate either way." He wants to see restrictions on price hiking put in place along with the higher wage. "Prices will always increase." said another Twitter follower. This seemed to be a common theme amongst supporters of the increase in minimum wage.
Many people sent links to various studies that support both sides, but most of those can be tossed as it's possible to find studies that support almost anything.
Personally, I believe that if this bill passes MoCo can expect $12 extra value meals, hiked Metro and Uber fares, less jobs, and higher rent (making it just as difficult to live in the area). A more feasible solution would be to put more money into things like affordable trade schools that can give people the skills necessary to earn a decent living (key word: affordable).
I am, however, open to any plausible ideas that would come along with an increase to $15/hour as long as it makes sense and doesn't put more people in a difficult situation.
As a kid growing up in Gaithersburg, I had seen Sam Eig Highway numerous times...I just wasn't sure how to pronounce it (it sounds like I'd with a g instead of a d...i'g ). Most GPS systems mispronounce it to this day, which could lead to a second generation of confusion regarding the pronunciation of his name.
Now that we've cleared that up, let's talk about the man behind the locally famous name. Sam Eig was born in Byelorussia (now Belarus) in 1899, living there for 15 years before moving to the United States in 1914. He lived in Seattle and New York City before moving to the Washington D.C. area in the 20s. Mr. Eig owned a grocery store in D.C. before opening Eig Liquor Store when Prohibition was repealed (also in D.C.). At the same time, he was focusing on real estate in the Silver Spring/Takoma Park area and chose to stick with that full-time in the 40s. His real estate holdings were already worth over $100 million before deciding to expand his real estate empire to Gaithersburg in the late 50s/early 60s. He was even one of ten men mentioned as the "vanguard of the postwar millionaires" in a 1952 issue of Fortune magazine. Sam Eig earned the nickname "Mr. Montgomery County."
By the time the 60s rolled around, Eig met some financial hardships. He sold all of his Silver Spring holdings and moved to a farm in Gaithersburg. His endeavors in Gaithersburg included building the Washingtonian Motel and Country Club (including a golf course), which was located where the Rio Washingtonian Center is at now. Sam Eig was also responsible for the Shady Grove Music Fair, which hosted acts like Sonny & Cher, Bruce Springsteen, Aretha Franklin, and many more. In 1966 Mr. Eig built the 26-story Washingtonian Tower in the middle of his golf course...at the time it was the tallest building in Montgomery County. Sadly, Mr. Eig's wife of 46 years, Esther, passed away that year as well. The country club/motel lost Sam Eig millions of dollars, but he still came to this country with nothing and left the world a millionaire.
According to www.GaithersburgHistory.com, Sam Eig "once advised a neighbor to buy a farm in Montgomery County and told him that one day he'd be rich. The man did so for $8,500 and 19 years later sold it to Sam Eig for $200,000 cash. Eig was also known as a generous man - donating money for churches, synagogues, a Red Cross building and Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring."
Sam Eig died at home on Christmas Day in 1982, at the age of 83, after a battle with cancer.
Sam Eig looking down from the Washingtonian Tower in the 70s. Photo courtesy of www.GaithersburgHistory.com
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The history of local area codes (plus the possibility of a neW area code coming soon)
Using area codes became second nature before our cell phones made it easy enough to call someone by tapping the screen with a finger, but for the first 15 years of my life I dialed 7-digits to make a local call.
Area code 301 covered the entire state of Maryland when it was established in 1947. It wasn't until October of 1991 that 410 was brought into play for Baltimore and the Eastern Shore. Usually the largest city in the area (Baltimore) maintains the original area code, but in our case the D.C. suburbs kept 301. Howard County was split between 301 and 410.
Just a few years after the initial Maryland split, we began to run out of 301 numbers. On June 1st, 1997, 240 was introduced as an overlay area code. This was met with a bit of resistance because it meant we had to dial 10 digits for local calls instead of the 7 everyone was used to. There were talks of the new overlay area code being put into use in Frederick and points west, but Bell Atlantic thought it was unfair to force those customers to change their numbers so they introduced 240 throughout the area.
We are now getting close to running out of 301/240 numbers, so it’s possible that 227 is introduced as a new area code within the next 5 years.
Fun MoCo Memory...
Phone numbers from certain areas started with the same 3 digits, so you only had to remember the last 4. Please forgive me if any of these are incorrect, but here are a few:
Bethesda- 365, 229, 530
Damascus- 253, 831
Wheaton/Aspen Hill- 942, 946
White Oak- 622, 439
Silver Spring- 593, 587, 589
Kensington- 949, 649
Rockville- 424, 762, 340, 279, 270
Takoma Park- 585
Image below courtesy of Wikipedia
Governor Hogan was in Gaithersburg yesterday as construction on the $97.71 million Watkins Mill project began. Could this bring exit 12 to I-270?
One of our Twitter followers informed us of a rumor swirling around Olney about the possibility of Sakura closing and being replaced with an IHOP. For what it's worth, I called Sakura last night and the manager told me that this is not true.
K-Mart and Payless in the Kentlands will both close by the end of this summer.
Actress Maia Campbell, famous for her role in the 90s sitcom 'In The House,' has been in the news for a video that has recently made it's rounds showing her having an apparent relapse. We wish the Takoma Park native the best in her fight against addiction.
Montgomery County Council President, Roger Berliner, recently said that a 'Second Crossing' (another bridge across the Potomac) is a "zombie that needs to die" according to NBC4's Adam Tuss.
Former NBA All-Star, Steve Francis, recently played basketball with police officers and local children in Takoma Park for his youth foundation.
King-Size recliners coming soon to Regal Cinemas Majestic in Downtown Silver Spring.
Popular Bethesda restaurant, Grapeseed, will close permanently in a couple weeks.
Prime sunflower season at McKee-Beshers Wildlife Management Area in Poolesville is next weekend (July 22-23), but can also be viewed this weekend. If you've ever seen those pictures of people in giant fields of sunflowers, there's a good chance they're here.
Josh Hart made it official with the Lakers last week. He attended Wheaton for a year, was born and raised in SIlver Spring, and his mom still works in Rockville at Woodmont Country Club.
Juliet Lee, a salon owner from Germantown, won 4th place at Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest on July 4th.
Montgomery County parking rates are set to rise 👎🏼
Damascus was not allowed to paint their Hornet mascot on the side of their water tower due to Georgia Tech protecting the trademark of their own mascot, Buzz the yellow jacket.
Bonjour Waffles, a food truck in Downtown Silver Spring, has opened on the corner of Georgia and Colesville.
22 MoCo high schools will combine for a $1.5 million security upgrade this summer after concerns during the previous school year.
Rockville will get a Cava Grill and more in the space where Timpano was recently torn down.
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The town of Olney came up in conversation last night during dinner, with one of my friends pronouncing it "All-nee." The table was split 2-2 on the proper pronunciation of the town's name, so I decided to throw up a poll on our Twitter account and ask our followers how they pronounce the name. Here are the results:
The 24-hour poll yielded nearly 1,500 participants, with 74% of them (almost 1,100 people) going with "Ole-nee" as the correct pronunciation. I'm aware that this isn't a scientific experiment that has produced an undisputed answer to the question, but it does give a pretty good idea of what a high percentage of people from a pretty big sample size have to say on the matter (most of our Twitter followers fall into the 16-49 age category).
Ole-nee jumped out to a huge lead from the start and never dipped below the 74% it ended with, but this incited some comments from staunch "All-nee" supporters.
"The people voting Ole-nee are just wrong. No doubt, All-nee." said longtime Olney resident, Mark Hajjar.
"Awl-nee since 1970." said Kathy Ehrlich (gonna give that one to All-nee).
Hajjar even said that the Olney dialect has a little more Baltimore in it than other places may have, eluding to the possibility that it's All-nee for natives and Ole-nee for those from nearby places that may not have the Baltimore influence in their dialect.
I don't buy that 😊. I asked 4 friends of mine that graduated from Sherwood High School and one that worked there for over 5 years for their opinion on the matter and only one of them went with All-nee.
Then, I decided to do a little research. Olney, originally named Mechanicsville, officially became Olney in the early to mid 1800s (named after the Olney House...which was named after Olney, England). Olney (the English city that Olney, MD is named after) is pronounced Ole-nee in England...with a bit of an accent of course, which supports what 74% of voters went with.
At the end of the day there's no right or wrong way to pronounce Olney, since both ways seem to have plenty of support. It was a fun discussion that led to some good back and forth on our Twitter page.
With that said...what do YOU think is the correct pronunciation?
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While there are great pizza options all across MoCo, the relatively small town of Kensington has two of the best pizza spots within a quarter mile of each other.
Our 2016 Top 10 Pizza Spots in MoCo list included #2 Continental Pizza and #8 Frankly...Pizza! The team recently revisited both of them in preparation for our 2017 expanded rankings and were once again delighted.
One of my favorite things about each place is how different they are. You walk into Continental and there's barely any room to move. Half the tables and chairs are wobbly and it's still cash only. Frankly...Pizza! Has a rustic decor and extremely friendly servers that are more than willing to explain the differences between each of their pies.
Old school carry-out greasy pizza (nothing wrong with that) vs. New school brick oven pizza. Kensington has two of the best of both worlds.
- Cheese Pizza from Continental Pizza
The Hot Mess from Franky...Pizza!