Cava Mezze has released their Spring/Summer 2018 menu (Olney and Rockville locations)!
They’ve kept some of your favorites like the lamb chops, lollipop chicken, Chef D Platter, saganaki, zucchini fritters, mini gyro, etc. and have added about 10 new dishes for the warmer months.
Not pictured is the ‘Crab n’ Cake’ because I forgot to take a picture of it before we gobbled it down. It was tied with the Lamb Frites as my favorite dishes, but our party enjoyed all of the new flavors.
I highly recommend spending the extra $3 for the crispy pita chips (pictured below). They enhance the taste of every dip and are extremely addictive.
Check out the photos below, then head over and try everything ASAP.
We just received the news that Shoppers Food Warehouse in Olney will close next month.
As of now, the date we heard was June 15th, but I was told “sometime next month” when I called the store.
In a fairly saturated market, it was just a matter of time before one of the Olney grocery stores closed.
Dorian O’Daniel’s NFL dreams came true this weekend when the Kansas City Chiefs selected him 100th overall in the 3rd round of the NFL Draft.
The 6’1, 220 pound O’Daniel was a linebacker at Clemson, where he played four seasons after redshirting in 2013. He is projected to be an inside-the-box-safety or linebacker/safety hybrid in the NFL. He won a national championship with Clemson in 2016.
He attended high school and played football at Good Counsel in Olney, where he was a running back and linebacker. As a senior he was named the Montgomery Sentinal’s Offensive Player of the Year and the Gazette’s Montgomery County Player of the Year. That year he also made the Washington Post’s All-Met First Team.
He graduated from Clemson with a degree in parks, recreation, and tourism management.
Good luck in the NFL, Dorian!
Below you’ll see Dorian O’Daniel with current Chiefs player Kendall Fuller on FaceTime with a Chiefs reporter after the selection was made. O’Daniel and Fuller were teammates at Good Counsel and will now be reunited in the NFL.
By Peggy Montella
MoCo residents out walking in their neighborhoods this spring may be surprised to find painted rocks with inspirational sayings and beautiful designs hidden near walkways, lakes, and trees. I first came across a painted stone hidden on a fence while walking with my dogs in Montgomery Village. I joined the Montgomery Village ❤ Rocks (MV Rocks) Facebook page to see what this growing trend is all about and found that it is not just happening locally. The Kindness Rocks Project, founded by Megan Murphy of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, has inspired many groups to form. Kindness Rocks Damascus and Olney Rocks have also been busy spreading kindness and happiness in their communities.
Julia Naoui founded MV Rocks in July 2017 with members of her walking group. The group’s plans for the day were cancelled due to bad weather so they stayed inside and painted rocks instead. Since then, the group has grown to 345 members with new members being added daily. Kristen Nelson started Olney Rocks in June 2017 after seeing Kindness Rocks posts on her timeline and realizing that Olney did not yet have a group. Nelson said that performing random acts of kindness is very important to her family and it was easy to start the group with friends and neighbors. Olney Rocks now has over 750 members and has helped spread the movement to other local organizations including elementary schools and Girl Scout troops. According to its Facebook page, Kindness Rocks Damascus has 691members.
The common purpose of these groups is to bring joy to their communities. “Fostering happiness and kindness” is one of Olney Rocks’ goals, according to Nelson. She said it has been a very positive experience and the best part is “the happiness that it brings to our community.” The Montgomery Village Rockspage describes the group as a “way to connect our community, encourage art, and promote random acts of kindness.” Kindness Rocks Damascus believes “pictures and inspirational quotes can bring a smile to someone looking or to that lucky someone who stumbles upon a beautifully painted rock.”
Some rocks are intricate works of art representing the seasons as well as containing upbeat messages. I was assured that anyone of any age and level of artistic talent can participate and it is an activity that parents and kids of all ages can enjoy together. Julia Naoui even hosts monthly potluck painting sessions where beginners can get a start. Naoui said that people come to the event “as strangers and leave as friends.”
And it’s not just the fun of painting the rocks that gives this movement its joy. It’s also the thrill of seeing someone else’s delight when they find your rock. It is the icing on the cake, as MV Rocks co-admin Lori Guthrie describes it. Although they aren’t obligated to do so, many people post photos of the rocks they’ve found and either leave them where they are or hide them for someone else to find. Some people keep their favorites. It is entirely up to the finder. Naoui said she believes “rocks come to you for a reason” and encourages people to keep the first rock they find. She said many people are so pleased to find a rock that they are inspired to paint and place some of their own. All of the groups’ Facebook pages list helpful suggestions on how to get started and guidelines for placing the rocks safely in public places. The goal is to keep the positivity going and make MoCo a better community, one rock at a time.
A sign on the door at Corned Beef King in Olney indicates that the location is closing permanently and relocating to Rockville, but the food truck will remain on site in Olney. The restaurant is being taken apart as we speak.
On March 1st we reported on the new Corned Beef King location at Liberty gas station in Rockville (Rockville Pike and Twinbrook Parkway), but the news of the Olney location closing comes as a shock to us.
Again, the food truck will remain on site in Olney.
Since the late 80s, he has been seen walking/running in different parts of MoCo. Though he is associated with Olney, he is often spotted in the Aspen Hill area nowadays (he is still out and about throughout the county).
He’s had a couple Facebook pages devoted to him, and from what I have been told, is aware of his local celebrity status within the county.
I’m told his name is Lenny. There are many different rumors about his background, but none that can be confirmed so I don’t want to get into hearsay.
One thing I do know for sure, is that people are fascinated with his hair. For years he had one long dread lock, a beaver tail. A few years back, there was a drastic change. He cut his hair relatively short, before moving on to an early *NSYNC Justin Timberlake look. More recently, he has grown it out a little more (a bit longer than our featured photo).
There’s a lot of controversy surrounding the Facebook pages devoted to him. The pages consist of photographs and “sightings” complete with locations and time stamps. Some feel that this is an invasion of privacy, while others have said that he doesn’t mind at all and even poses for pictures all the time. I spoke with two people that have gotten selfies with Lenny. One of them told me about Lenny using his phone to look through one of the Facebook pages devoted to him and loving every minute of it.
I met him once. It was a few years back when he was waiting at a bus stop near the intersection of Connecticut and Independence. I was walking by and said hello. My friend pulled his phone out to sneak a picture– it was embarrassing. Lenny saw it. He put his hand on his hip and posed with a slightly mischievous smile as if it was the opening credits of an 80s sitcom. We all laughed, and it seemed as if he didn’t mind at all.
I’ve tried to get in touch with Lenny– to learn more about him and see if he wanted his story shared. I didn’t have any luck. He’s an intriguing figure in our community. He has a cult following and he’s a local celebrity and I’d love to share his story if he’s interested in doing so.
Until then...keep on walking, Lenny!
I’m told the Olney McDonald’s is going to be formally applying to add a second drive-thru to the restaurant.
Currently, there’s one drive-thru, but I’m told the thought process behind adding a second includes alleviating traffic and reducing the occasional back-up the fast food restaurant causes on major roads in Olney.
Two-Time NCAA Champ And Olympic Gold Medalist, Kyle Snyder (Good Counsel), Is Wrestling In His Final Collegiate Match Today
Kyle Snyder is widely considered the greatest wrestler the United States has ever produced. Before he was winning NCAA Championships and gold medals, he amassed a 179-0 record in high school (Snyder is a Good Counsel alum).
Snyder has won 2 NCAA Championships with Ohio State and an Olympic gold medal as a heavyweight for the United States. He’s the first wrestler to ever win an NCAA Championship after winning a gold medal.
Tonight he wrestles in the finals of the NCAA tournament in an attempt to become the heavyweight champion for the third straight year.
He has only lost once since his freshman year, earlier this year to Michigan’s Adam Coon, the man he will be wrestling in just a few hours. Though Snyder has since beaten Coon in the Big Ten tournament, Coon outweighs Snyder by over 50 lbs.
Win or lose, Good Counsel’s Kyle Snyder has already left a huge mark in the wrestling world. Congratulations on an amazing college career!
Below you’ll see Kyle Snyder’s thoughts on the Sunshine Burger from the Sunshine General Store.
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.
The Corned Beef King will get his second gas station location when he opens up shop at the Liberty gas station in Rockville (Rockville Pike and Twinbrook Parkway).
CBK already has one gas station location at the Exxon on Georgia Avenue in Olney. Their food truck was stationed at Hank Dietle’s even a few days after the legendary bar was destroyed by a fire, according to the CBK Facebook page.