Watkins Mill High School was evacuated this afternoon after a sprinkler in one of the hallways near the main entrance went off.
Though some believe the heat may have been the cause, the exact reason for the sprinkler going off isn’t known. The fire department was able to come and take care of the situation.
The incident occurred late in the afternoon, so it did not impact classes during the day.
Malia Zahra moved to the United States from Pakistan when she was just in middle school. She attended Redland Middle School and Magruder High School in Derwood prior to transferring to Watkins Mill High School, where she graduated from in 2015.
She has modeled for Nike, Barney’s, and Marie Claire among others. She recently completed her first international beauty campaign with CVS, where she can be found on billboards across the country. The CVS beauty ads are all photoshop-free and we’re produced by women.
In between travel for her work, Malia still lives in MoCo and takes accelerated classes at Montgomery College. She majors in communications and hopes to get into entertainment law in the future.
When she’s in town, she loves going to brunch at First Watch or Barking Mad Cafe. She also does kickboxing at iLoveKickboxing in Germantown to stay in shape.
Malia is more than willing to speak with anyone in MoCo that’s interested in pursuing a modeling career. Her advice to aspiring models is to stay focused on goals and put in hard work in everything you do.
Follow Malia on Instagram @MaliaZahra www.instagram.com/maliazahra
When we announced the news of the last Denny’s in MoCo closing permanently, many asked about the long term plans for the Montgomery Village Center.
Last year, MontgomeryVillage.com released the following article on the plans: www.montgomeryvillage.com/press-room/village-news/articles/arc-shares-plans-revitalize-village-center
In those plans, Denny’s was to move to a different part of the shopping center, but that’s no longer the case as management reached out to say they’re closing permanently.
There will be an additional entrance to the shopping center at Centerway and Watkins Mill Roads, as Centerway would cut all the way through the shopping center according to the new plans.
Suggestions from the community, regarding new retail spots, included Five Guys and Starbucks. While these were only suggestions, ARC (Atlantic Realty Companies) would like to bring in a high-end coffee shop and a national grocery store.
There’s no specific timeframe for the renovations but ARC is hoping it’s done “sooner, rather than later.”
Below you’ll see some of the renderings of what the shipping center may look like, courtesy of ARC (Atlantic Realty Companies).
I had brunch at Barking Mad Cafe at Spectrum Town Center today and was able to get an update on a few new spots that will be opening up by the end of the year.
ViVi Bubble Tea, a New York Based bubble tea chain, will be opening soon. They currently have over 30 locations nationwide, most being in New York. The closest ViVi Bubble Tea location is currently in Falls Church.
Per the Spectrum website, “Smooch! Studio is a unique boutique for everything makeup. Create your signature colors with custom formulated lipsticks, glosses, and foundations while you wait! Smooch offers a full line of makeup and skincare products, as well as tips, tricks, and how-to’s to help you bring out the beautiful you! “
I don’t know much about UU Hotpot & Kebab. It’s an interesting combo as hot pot is typically East Asian cuisine and kebabs are more of a middle eastern thing, but it brings two type of cuisine together. The company’s principal address is in Kensington and they filed in late 2016.
The last remaining Denny’s in MoCo, in Montgomery Village, is closing permanently this Sunday.
It seems like the wheels are in motion for the planned redevelopment of the Montgomery Village Shopping Center.
In a scene that could come out of a movie, a collision involving a tractor trailer carrying stones and gravel caused the stones to hit multiple cars going southbound on I-270 between Middlebrook Rd. and Montgomery Village Ave. around 5:30AM.
Approximately two dozen people were injured when cars couldn’t avoid the falling stones. Over 20 vehicles were involved.
EMS declared this an MCI (mass casualty incident). MCFRS PIO, Pete Piringer, tweeted that people were transported to the hospital and that some were trauma patients.
In April of 2017, Montgomery County Police arrested MoCo rapper, Shilo Young (known as Simba), along with three other men and charged them with first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, armed robbery and conspiracy to commit armed robbery.
The arrests were in connection with a shooting in Montgomery Village that killed Wassi Harron Raheem Young, 20, of Hyattsville. He was shot in the afternoon of Feb. 10 in the 8500 block of Hawk Run Terrace and died in the parking lot. Young is still awaiting trial for that case.
Yesterday, the 18 year old Young was sentenced to 24 years in prison for his role in a different crime. According to prosecutors, Young and another man, Timario Gregg, targeted students from Watkins Mill High School in Montgomery Village as they walked back to school from their lunch break. They robbed the students of their cell phones, shoes, and jackets at gun point. Gregg was sentenced to 30 years in prison.
The young rapper’s YouTube channel has received over 2 million views and he is followed by over 17,000 on Twitter.
A tweet from the rapper’s Twitter account (@RGSimba) that was tweeted after the sentencing appears to have a different message, stating: “Don't believe the hype I be home soon #FreeSimba 🤘🏽🤘🏽”
We sifted through the hundreds of MoCo facts we’ve come across and chose these ten to share with you today.
Tell us your favorite Fun MoCo fact that wasn’t on this list, and you may see it on one of our future lists!
1. Brookeville was the United States capital for a day on August 26th, 1814 after the British troops burned down the White House during the War of 1812.
2. Though MoCo was named after Richard Montgomery, it was Thomas Wootton that founded the county by introducing a bill that divided Frederick into three counties in 1776 (one was Montgomery County).
3. The robin is the official bird of MoCo and the Dogwood is the official tree.
4. Damascus was originally known as “The Pleasant Plains of Damascus.”
5. The Montgomery Village symbol is not trees. It's 2 stick figures reaching toward the heavens in a gesture of friendship and peace.
6. From 1987-2004 Northwood was not its own high school (it was used to hold students from other high schools during renovations).
7. The hit 90s series, Beverly Hills 90210, was originally going to be set in MoCo and called Potomac 20854.
8. Gaithersburg’s original name was Logtown. It officially took on the Gaithersburg name in 1878.
9. The inventor of the first home television set, C. Francis Jenkins, lived in Wheaton, at Windham Ln and Georgia Ave.
10. Wheaton was known as Leesborough until being renamed Wheaton in 1869.
The Village Cafe will close its doors after almost 40 years in Montgomery Village.
An employee told me a while back that even though the Village Cafe would like to remain in the Montgomery Village shopping center, the feeling isn’t mutual. Their lease will not be renewed.
The Village Cafe opened in 1980. It has become a polarizing spot for locals, as opinions on the restaurant/bar vary depending on who you ask.
In this list you’ll find athletes with ties to MoCo that are/will be competing in the Winter Olympics. In addition to those competing, a couple alternates have MoCo ties as well. Check it out!
Maame Biney is an American short track speedskater that currently resides in Reston, VA.
WUSA9 tweeted that “18-year-old Maame Biney is the first black female to qualify for a U.S. Olympic speed skating team. She moved to Wheaton, Maryland from Ghana when she was just 5 years old.”
Ashley Caldwell is an American freestyle skier. Though she was raised in Northern Virginia, she was born in Montgomery Village, MD (I wonder where in the village she was born 🤔).
Haley Skarupa is a forward for the National ice hockey team. She grew up in Rockville and graduated from Wootton High School. She played on the coed Wootton hockey during high school as well.
Quinn Carpenter and Lorraine McNamara are the second alternate ice dancing pair. They live and train in MoCo. Carpenter is from Wheaton and McNamara is from Germantown.