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.
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.
Police Responded To A Bomb Threat At Churchill High School This Morning, Building Determined To Be Safe
This morning, a call was made to Churchill High School in Potomac saying there is a bomb in the school, according to an e-mail sent by Churchill principal, Joan Benz.
I’m told students were moved to the football stadium until Montgomery County Police responded to the call and determined that there is no threat. According to the official Churchill High School twitter account, students have re-entered the building and classes have resumed.
Tony Korson, the founder and CEO of Koa Sports, describes himself as a Bethesda boy with a love of baseball and a belief in the power of youth sports.
It has been nearly 9 years since Korson founded the company in August of 2009. Since then he has brought in many former college and professional athletes to teach youngsters the fundamentals in a an open-registration, recreation-level sports program, which also includes a travel program that has helped earn hundreds of athletes spots on high school teams, and placed dozens of athletes in college.
Korson had to hire his own coach as a baseball player at Whitman High School and that led to a high school career which earned him a scholarship to Florida Gulf Coast University and propelled him into the Walt Whitman High School Sports Hall of Fame.
He started Koa Sports because he wanted to combine elite coaching with a fun atmosphere that focuses on positivity. Korson mentioned that every athlete will get the opportunity to play, they’ll each have their names on the back of their jerseys, and the focus will be positive learning experiences, good values, and camaraderie.
In late January of 2017, Koa opened their state-of-the-art training facility on Boiling Brook Parkway in North Bethesda. At the facility young athletes can hone their skills in two batting cages complete with turf pitching lanes, a full-sized basketball court with two additional training hoops, a sport-court for field hockey games, and much more.
Though most of the athletes currently come from students in the Bethesda, Potomac, and Rockville area, Koa would like to continue to expand and offer their unique approach to youth sports to all areas in Montgomery County.
Koa is always looking for talented staff members to add to the team, do you think you have what it takes to be an amazing youth sports coach? You can give them a call at (301) 229-7529 or e-mail them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The MoCoShow will be working with Koa to host a “Best 3-Point Shooter in MoCo” competition at the Koa facility. Details can be found below (click the flyer to register). Photos of the Koa facility are also available below.
California Tortilla currently has almost 50 restaurants in the DMV and plan to open more than 50 new restaurants in the next year to bring their total over 100, according to WTOP.
They have signed franchise agreements in New markets in Kansas, North Carolina, and South Carolina, and will open more locations in current markets such as Virginia and Florida.
Their first location came in Bethesda in 1995 on Cordell Avenue. Their headquarters are in Rockville/Potomac.
More here: https://wtop.com/business-finance/2018/01/web-update-california-tortilla/slide/1/
Burgerim, an Israeli burger chain that translates to “many burgers” from Hebrew, will be opening soon in Wheaton Mall. The first Burgerim opened in 2011 and the burger chain has already expanded to over 160 stores worldwide in just over 5 years.
They sell mini-burgers (not sliders) using 2.8 ounce patties that are larger than a slider sized patty. Their selling point is variety, and there’s plenty of it. They offer 11 different types of patties, including beef, dry aged beef, Wagyu beef, merguez, Turkey, lamb, chicken, salmon, veggie, Spanish beef, and falafel.
Their disc shaped fries are more like slices of potatoes, but they also provide the option to get sweet potato fries (in the traditional shape), onion rings, or home fries (cubes potatoes tossed in chili sauce and topped with sesame seeds).
Combo options include the uno (one burger), duo (two burgers), trio (three burgers), and Party Box (16 burgers!). In addition to burgers, Burgerim will offer a variety of sandwiches and salads.
With Shake Shack coming to Potomac and Burgerim coming to Wheaton, MoCo’s burger chain game will take it up a notch in 2018.
Bring in the New Year with Lionize at Villain & Saint in Bethesda! $15 advance tickets or $20 at the door.
Let me start by saying that there are a lot more than 12 athletes with MoCo ties and this isn’t a list of all of them. You have probably heard of most of the people on this list, but did you know about their ties to MoCo?
Shawn Springs (Springbrook High School)
Shawn Springs was an All-American at Ohio State and enjoyed a 13 year NFL career with the Seattle Seahawks, Washington Redskins, and New England Patriots. He earned Pro Bowl honors in 1998 and was an All-Pro in 2004. Prior to his NFL success, Springs was an All-State selection as a running back (like his father, Ron Springs) and cornerback at Springbrook High School.
Domonique Dawes (Gaithersburg/Blair)
Domonique Dawes is the first black person of any nationality or gender to win an Olympic gold medal in gymnastics. She competed in three Olympics (‘92, ‘96, ‘00) and was the first female gymnast to be a part of three Olympic medal winning teams since the early 70s. She was born in Silver Spring and started high school at Blair before transferring to Gaithersburg and even being named their prom queen in 1994.
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Helen Maroulis (Magruder High School)
The Rockville native attended Magruder High School for three years before moving to Michigan for her senior year. Maroulis beat Saori Yoshida in Rio for her first Olympic gold medal. Yoshida had three Olympic gold medals and just two losses on her resumè prior to wrestling Maroulis. Helen Maroulis is credited with earning the first Olympic gold medal for the United States in a women’s wrestling event.
Oguchi Onyewu (Sherwood)
There aren’t many American soccer players that can say they’ve found success in several of the top European leagues—Onyewu is one of the few. He has appeared in 69 international games for the United States. While he was a student at Sherwood High School, he enrolled in the U.S. residency program for soccer in Bradenton, Florida before returning to Sherwood to graduate.
Dhani Jones (Churchill High School)
You may know Dhani Jones as one of the stars of the Shark Tank replica, Adventure Capitalists (CNBC), but he was a three Time All-Big Ten player and National Champion at the University of Michigan. He then played in the NFL for 11 years, starting in 131 games. During his time at Churchill, he was an All-Met and All-County pick.
Kyle Snyder (Good Counsel)
Kyle Snyder is the youngest Olympic gold medalist in wrestling history and a two time NCAA champion. Many consider him the pound for pound “best wrestler in the world.” In his three years wrestling at Good Counsel (he didn’t wrestle his senior year, choosing to compete internationally instead), he amassed a 179-0 record.
Freddy Adu (The Heights)
The now 28 year old Adu started playing professionally 14 years ago. He signed his professional contract with D.C. United at the age of 14 and scored his first professional goal just 3 months later. Once referred to as the “next Pelé,” he never really lived up to expectations. Adu moved from Ghana to Rockville when he was 8, where he attended Sequoyah Elementary School (Derwood). He then attended The Heights School before leaving to join D.C. United.
Zack Kerr (Quince Orchard)
The QO alum was able to earn a spot on the defensive line as an undrafted free agent for the Indianapolis Colts. He played there for three season, recording 5.5 sacks in the process. Prior to this season, Kerr signed a two year deal with the Broncos. He won a State Championship in 2007 during his time at Quince Orchard High School.
Katie Ledecky (Stone Ridge)
Katie Ledecky won a gold medal as a 15 year old at the London Olympics in 2012. She won four more Olympic gold medals in Rio just last year. She has been named American Swimmer of The Year in each of the last three years. She finished her high school career as the holder of every Stone Ridge swimming record except for the 100-meter backstroke.
Folarin Campbell (Springbrook)
He was an integral part of the 2006 George Mason team that made the Final Four, leading the team with 3.4 assists per game and scoring 11 points per contest. Following his time at George Mason, Campbell started a career overseas that is still going today. He led MoCo in scoring his junior year at Springbrook, averaging 26.3 points per game.
Stefon Diggs (Good Counsel)
Stefon Diggs has dominated at every level. He and teammate Adam Thielen are considered one of the best receiver duos currently in the NFL. In less than three full seasons in the league, he has over 2,000 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns. Diggs scored 34 touchdowns combined in his junior and senior years at Good Counsel. He chose the University of Maryland over Auburn, Cal, Florida, Ohio State, and USC.
Roy Hibbert (Georgetown Prep)
The 7’2” Hibbert is a two time NBA All-Star. He was a big part of bringing the Georgetown Hoyas back to the Final Four in 2007 and was drafted 17th in the 2008 NBA Draft. In 10 seasons, he has career averages of 10 points per game and 6.3 rebounds per game. He planned to attend and play for Georgetown University when he played for Georgetown Prep.
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