Whitman principal, Alan Goodwin, surprisingly announced his retirement to staff and students yesterday, according to The Black & White.
Goodwin has been an MCPS employee for 43 years, spending the last 19 years as part of the Whitman administration (14 of them as principal). He began his MCPS career as an English teacher at Springbrook High School.
A replacement is expected to be named by the end of April.
Full Black & White story: theblackandwhite.net/59160/news/goodwin-to-retire-after-14-years-as-principal-43-in-mcps/
Blake Vogt is one of the world’s most respected magicians. Over the past 10 years, he’s created magic for David Blaine, David Copperfield, and the blockbuster Now You See Me movie series.
He will have 4 LIVE shows this coming weekend at the Pike & Rose iPic (March 23rd and March 24th).
Tickets are available here: www.ipicmagic.com/smokeandmirrors/
Or by clicking the image below.
Montgomery County has strong ties to many celebrities, but we wanted to list a few that aren’t discussed as much as the usual suspects.
This list looks at just 10 of the many celebrities with ties to the county we love!
You may recognize her from one of her many movie or television roles (Kindergarten Cop, Junior, Jericho, NCIS: Los Angeles, etc.), but before she went to Hollywood, Reed lived in Silver Spring and attended Springbrook High School.
Perhaps best known for his role as a villain in the first Fast & the Furious movie, Yune has had a successful TV and film career since the late 90s.
Yune (then Yun) was born in D.C., but attended Our Lady of Good Counsel High School (then in Wheaton).
Many recognize Heard as the Dad from Home Alone, but there was a time the actor was approaching A-list status in Hollywood.
Heard was from Chevy Chase. Sadly, he passed away in July of 2017.
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The actress and comedian has appeared on multiple Comedy Central Roasts as well as her own NBC sitcom, Whitney.
She was born and raised in nearby Georgetown, but attended St. Andrews in Potomac, where she graduated in 2000.
Baker is one of those actors that has been in everything. You know who he is, you’ve seen him plenty, but you just never knew his name.
Born in New York and raised in Virginia, he finished out high school in MoCo when he graduated from Georgetown Prep in 1976.
Murray was introduced to most of us as Thackery Binx in Hocus Pocus (the young man that was turned into a cat). Later on he started in JAG and is currently in a starring role in the hit CBS series, NCIS.
Murray is from Bethesda.
You may remember Davidson as one of the breakout stars of In Living Color, but he has also appeared in many movies (Ace Ventura, Juwanna Mann, etc.).
Davidson graduated from Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School in 1982.
He has played the role of a police officer in just about everything! You may recognize him from his role in HBO’s The Wire, Law & Order: SVU, Blue Bloods, etc.
He is a graduate of Blair High School in Silver Spring.
Jane has had a very long lasting and successful Hollywood career. You may remember him from his starting role in The Punisher, his HBO series Hung, or his current Netflix original movie, 1922.
He graduated from Wootton High School in 1987.
You’ve probably seen him in his role in the popular teen drama The O.C., or the country music series, Nashville. He also released an EP in 2015.
Carmack is a graduate of Magruder High School.
Cabin John Shopping Center (now Cabin John Village) has been a mainstay in the community since 1967. Their Facebook page refers to the shopping center as “the go-to gathering place for the local Potomac community.”
Retail real estate developers, EDENS, purchased the shopping center in 2016 and has gotten the wheels turning on some pretty big changes.
Here are a few of the restaurants coming to Cabin John Village later this year, according to an EDENS press release from a couple months back:
Niche, a website that uses comprehensive data to create rankings for schools and neighborhoods, has released their 2018 ‘Best Places To Live In Maryland’ list.
The list is based on cost of living, school ratings, crime rates, job opportunities, and other data.
MoCo areas comprised 19 of the top 25 areas on the list.
1. North Bethesda
2. Garrett Park
3. North Potomac
5. South Kensington
12. Chevy Chase
13. Forest Glen
15. Takoma Park
20. Cabin John
21. Chevy Chase Village
22. Four Corners
23. Chevy Chase Town
The full list can be found here: www.niche.com/places-to-live/search/best-places-to-live/s/maryland/
Montgomery County has been home to many firsts, but here are ten you not have known about:
Cava opened their first fast-casual restaurant on Bethesda Avenue in Bethesda in 2011.
Curtis Pride, a Kennedy High School graduate, became the first deaf baseball player in the majors since 1945.
The first Toys R Us ever was on Rockville Pike in Rockville. It opened in 1957.
First Kid, Barron Trump, attends St. Andrews Episcopal School in Potomac.
The first Jerry’s opened in Wheaton in 1964.
Rockville native and Wootton High School graduate, Mack Hollins, caught his first touchdown against the Washington Redskins. He also won his first Super Bowl in his first season with the Eagles.
The Persian kabob chain started out in MoCo in 1989. Their first location was in Behesda.
Katie Ledecky is the first athlete from the D.C. metro area to win AP Female Athlete of the Year. She grew up and still lives in Bethesda when she’s not at school at Stanford.
The first California Tortilla opened on Cordell Avenue in Bethesda in 1995.
Jeff Halpern is the first MoCo (and D.C. area) player to play for the Caps. He attended Churchill High School in Potomac.
There have been approximately 1,000 incidents handled by Montgomery County Fire & Rescue since early this morning.
The images below show just a small fraction of the damage from different areas across Montgomery County.
38 candidates have officially filed to run for four At-Large County Council seats in Montgomery County.
While there’s a lot of campaigning left to do, I decided to put together a panel of six people that are pretty involved in the happenings within our county so that we can figure out which candidates may be leading this race a few months before the primaries.
Our panel consists of the following people (top left to right in the photo, then bottom left to right):
• Laura Stewart (Education Advocate)
• Kevin O’Rourke (Founder/Editor, GermantownPulse.net)
• Ryan Miner (Founder/Editor, AMinerDetail.com)
• Dan Reed (Founder/Editor, JustUpThePike.com)
• Alex Tsironis (MCPS Teacher, Founder/Editor, www.mocoshow.com)
• Andrew Ross (Owner, Great Kids Events)
Here’s how this works:
We each submitted a “Top Ten” list of candidates that we feel have the best chance at winning. The lists provided were not to be influenced by any candidate(s) we may support personally.
A first place finish on the list earns the candidate 10 points, second place earns the candidate 9 points, third place = 8 points and so on. No points are awarded to candidates left off of any list.
The total points were added up and a “Top Ten” list of candidates was created based on how many points each candidate earned through their ranking on our panelists lists (all candidates can be found here: www.paulbessel.com/montgomery-county-maryland-candidates-list/#county_council_at_large_filed)
10. Cherri Branson (Montgomery County’s Procurement Director)
9. Danielle Meitiv (“Free Range Mom”)
8. Jill Ortman-Fouse (Montgomery County Board of Education Member)
7. Will Jawando (Attorney/Activist)
6. Hoan Dang (Community Organizer/Activist)
5. Marilyn Balcombe (President, Gaithersburg/Germantown Chamber of Commerce)
4. Gabe Albornoz (Montgomery County’s Recreation Director)
3. Bill Conway (Attorney)
2. Evan Glass (Executive Director- Gandhi Brigade)
1. Hans Riemer (Montgomery County Council President)
A few notes:
- Every panelist listed at least one candidate that didn’t make the cumulative list.
- All but two panelists had sole incumbent, Hans Riemer, in the first place slot on their list.
- The absence of a name on the “Top Ten” list does not mean that candidate does not have a chance to win, just as the presence of a name on the list does not guarantee anything.
- One candidate made the majority of the panelists lists, but still did not earn enough points to make the top ten cumulative list.
- One candidate only made two of the panelists lists and still made the top ten cumulative list.
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.
Maryland State Delegate, David Moon (Takoma Park), filed a bill earlier this month that would allow voters to legalize recreational marijuana in the state of Maryland.
His proposal to let voters decide the fate of cannabis legalization would put the issue on the November 2018 ballot. If he fails to make it happen this session, the next opportunity would be the November 2020 ballot.
“Due to the ongoing debate about medical marijuana licensing in Maryland, I would say the odds of advancing a legalization referendum are under 50% right now.” Moon told me. He does, however, feel confident that voters would approve legalization if it was to make it on the ballot.
Looking at the $247 million in revenue that was made in Colorado last year, Moon would like to see a good chunk of the money go towards funding mitigation efforts for the years of damage from what he believes has been a failed “War on Drugs.” That would mean substance abuse funding, re-entry services for drug offenders, mental health resources, and efforts targeted at communities that took the brunt of the drug war enforcement. He knows that others will want the bigger chunk to go to schools and deficit reduction, so he’s hoping for a healthy balance in how a rare new revenue source can be used.
The bill specifically states that legalization would not alter an employer's right to set their own policies on marijuana use, so this would not legally eliminate testing for marijuana use if an employer chooses to do so.
Even though marijuana has been decriminalized, he finds much of the policing approach to marijuana ridiculous. Moon mentioned that “in Montgomery County, black residents were three times more likely than white residents to be charged with a marijuana offense -- despite similar rates of use.”
He believes his biggest opposition will come from conservative Republican lawmakers, but many of them are privately beginning to come to him and admit they personally support legalization.
Moon seems confident that it is only a matter matter of time before recreational use of marijuana is legalized in the state of Maryland.
You can follow the bill here: http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/webmga/frmMain.aspx?id=HB1264&stab=01&pid=billpage&tab=subject3&ys=2018RS