Rockville will hold their Independence Day Celebration at Mattie J.T. Stepanek Park, 1800 Piccard Drive, in King Farm.
The celebration starts at 7pm and fireworks at 9:15 pm.
Parking is available in lots on Shady Grove Rd, Gaither Rd, and Piccard Dr., but driving is not recommended.
Food and beverage will be available for purchase. Guests may bring their own food and beverage, although no barbecuing or open flames will be allowed at the event.
More info at www.rockvillemd.gov
MoCo will host Independence Day Celebrations at South Germantown Recreational Park and Albert Einstein High School In Boyds and Kensington today.
Germantown Glory will begin at 7 p.m. at South Germantown Recreational Park, 18041 Central Park Circle in Boyds. Driving is not recommended, but there will be on-site parking available.
Mid-County Sparkles will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Albert Einstein High School, 11135 Newport Mill Road in Kensington. Driving is not recommended, but there will be general parking and shuttle buses available at Westfield Wheaton.
More info at www.montgomerycountymd.gov
Honey Pig has officially opened in Rockville (12015-G Rockville Pike). The Korean BBQ restaurant, known for tabletop grilling, know has 5 locations (one other MoCo location, in Germantown).
Though the restaurant doesn’t offer an all-you-can-eat option like its main competitor in the area, Iron Age, it does offer later hours. According to the Honey Pig Facebook page, the hours of operation will be as follows:
Sun-Thurs 10:00AM to 2:00AM Fri&Sat 10:00AM to 4:00AM
As many of you have probably heard, IHOP announced that they’ll be changing their name to IHOb starting June, 11th 2018.
Yesterday it was reported by BusinessInsider that the “b” will stand for...burgers.
My server at the Olney IHOP confirmed that the “b” in the new name (IHOb) will stand for burgers.
I was told the burgers will come with unlimited fries and that the promotion and name will only last for the summer (the rest of the menu will still be available).
Pictured below are the cupcake pancakes that are available at all IHOP locations.
On Tuesday, 6/5/18, Red Robin is offering a FREE Tavern Double Burger and bottomless steak fries to “all the teachers, counselors, admins, education professionals, retired teachers and school bus drivers who shape our futures one student at a time!”
Choose from one of FIVE Tavern Double Burgers! No purchase is necessary. Just show your valid school ID and enjoy (dine-in only).
I spoke with the lone MoCo location in Germantown (20001 Century Blvd.) as well as the Frederick location (5582 Spectrum Dr.), and they are both participating!
Red Robin’s official post: https://www.redrobin.com/teachers.html
Helton Rodriguez just graduated from Good Counsel with a 4.2 GPA, has been offered over $800,000 in scholarships, and has been accepted to Boston College, Notre Dame, George Washington, Maryland (College Park), UMBC, and UNC Chapel Hill. As you can see above, Helton has chosen to go to school in South Bend, Indiana this fall at the University of Notre Dame...but the path Helton has taken to get here has not been without difficulties.
Helton is a first generation American (his family is Salvadoran). He was born and raised in Maryland, primarily in Gaithersburg, Germantown, and Rockville. When he was around 8 years old, his mother was diagnosed with cancer. She passed away when he was 10, on the final day of the World Cup in 2010, Rodriguez recalls.
At the time he was attending St. Martin's in Gaithersburg. His uncle was helping his mother pay for tuition at the private school prior to her passing. He officially took Helton in and raised him for the next few years until his incarceration and subsequent deportation. He finished that school year living at his best friend's house, but didn't know where he'd go next.
Many families offered to take Helton in, but everything would keep falling through at the last minute. It wasn't until just before his freshman year at Good Counsel that he was taken in by the Abudayeh family. Vivian Abudayeh was battling cancer at the same time Helton's mother was, but was able to survive. She informed her husband of the situation and Helton has been with the family ever since.
Helton knew he wanted to be a student at Good Counsel after attending a football game when he was in 6th grade. He remembers watching Stefon Diggs play and fell in love with the school spirit displayed at the game. "There was also this letterman jacket in the display case that looked so tuff" Rodriguez told me ("tuff" is local slang for cool, awesome, or simply nice). "Good Counsel was honestly the only school I thought about."
Fast forward to 2018 and Helton is on his way to the University of Notre Dame. He says there are countless people that have motivated him- mentioning his mother, his uncle, the family he currently lives with, his teachers, his friends, and so many people he has met throughout his life as inspiration. He will major in Biology this fall and his plan is to eventually go to medical school to become a cardiologist.
This young man's courage and perseverance is something I truly admire. We wish him the best of luck going forward and hope he checks in with us periodically as he takes the nest steps towards the dream. Helton, you're awesome!
With 7-11 moving in to the gas station location they were located in, Mangino’s has closed.
We were told the Mangino’s crew was given less than two weeks to move out, so you may be without Mangino’s for a few weeks/a couple months, but don’t worry...they’re moving into Germantown Plaza on Wisteria Drive (the shopping center where Lotte Market and Planet Fitness are located).
Rumor has it, it may even be inside Lotte.
Earlier this morning we were told a sign has gone up at the old Famous Dave’s location in Germantown (20660 Seneca Meadows Pkwy), staying that Bray & Scarff is coming soon.
Bray & Scarff is a local appliance and kitchen remodeling chain. This will be their third MoCo location, as they currently have stores in Bethesda and Rockville.
You can get updates on the construction of the new Seneca Valley High School on Twitter by following @TheNewSVHS.
Yesterday they posted the photo above– looking at the outline of the gymnasium, cafeteria and auditorium.
Construction of the new building is taking place on the school’s old athletic fields. Once the new building is completed, the new athletic fields will be built where the current building stands today.
The school is expected to be ready to go for the start of the 2020/2021 school year. It will be able to hold over 3,000 students, but will likely start off with 2,400+. Seneca Valley will also be the largest public high school in the state of Maryland when it opens.
Ever since it was announced back in 2016, Top Golf Germantown has probably been the topic I’ve been asked about the most.
It was expected that Top Golf would be ready by fall of this year, but anyone who has driven by the Century Blvd./ I-270 location has probably seen that it’s still just a big field.
Today I spoke with a Top Golf representative who told me that “it has been pushed back at this time” in response to me asking if the plans have changed. Without giving me any further details it looks like 2019 will be the year Top Golf comes to MoCo (I was assured they’re still coming).
For more information regarding the Top Golf plans, as well as plans for a “Town Center Core District with a mix of residential, retail, office, and cultural uses in a compact and walkable form”, check out these preliminary plans from the Montgomery County Planning Department: http://montgomeryplanningboard.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Topgolf-Germantown-Preliminary-Plan-Amendment-No.-12007065B-and-Site-Plan-No.-820170010.pdf
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