Josh Hart grew up in Silver Spring. Prior to transferring to Sidwell Friends in D.C., he attended and played basketball at Wheaton High School.
Hart grew up playing basketball for the Montgomery County Bearcats, where his coaches praised him for his heart at an early age. He made the varsity basketball team as a freshman at Wheaton, eventually becoming a starter in the second half of the season.
Even though he transferred to Sidwell Friends and played there the last three years of his high school basketball career, his ties to MoCo remained strong. His mother has been a long-time employee at Woodmont Country Club in Rockville and his father is a retired caterer.
After Sidwell Friends, he attended and played for the Villanova Wildcats for four years. He started for much of his junior and senior seasons and won a national championship in 2016.
When he was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers in the first round of the NBA Draft last year, he vowed that his parents would never work again.
As a rookie, Hart started 23 games Lakers. He played 23.2 minutes per game and averaged 7.9 points and 4.2 rebounds per game.
Hart was recently named the NBA’s Summer League MVP. He averaged 22.4 points per game, which was the most among players with at least three appearances in the 7 game season.
The future is looking bright for the young MoCo native!
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
Macdara’s Grille has taken over the old Rock Creek Chophouse location in Wheaton (2405 Price Avenue).
They’ve announced via social media that they’ll be opening this coming weekend, Saturday, June 30th.
The restaurant description is “classic American cuisine with a touch of Irish.” Owner Macdara Mactigue has promised that Guinness will be served on draught.
The photos are courtesy of the Macdara’s Grille Facebook page.
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.
Last week Macdara MacTigue, owner of Harp & Fiddle in Bethesda, announced on his Facebook page that he had signed the lease at the old Rock Creek Chophouse location in Wheaton (2405 Price Avenue).
According to MacTigue, Macdara’s Grille is preparing for an early June opening. Though the restaurant will serve American fare, the Irish MacTigue has promised that there will be Guinness on draught.
A website for the restaurant is coming soon.
Kustom Pizza & Subs has been in Wheaton Mall, next to JC Penney, for about a year. They allow you to customize pizza, pizza slices, and subs (the pizzas are similar in style to &pizza).
After slowly making their way towards transitioning to a fully-vegan restaurant, they are finally there!
Kustom Pizza & Subs announced that they are fully vegan as of May 18th, 2018.
Their pizza menu includes items like the Vegan BBQ Meat Stack, the Vegan Buttermilk Chicken Pie, the Vegan Buffalo Chicken Bacon Ranch and more.
They have a gourmet vegan pepperoni and sausage stromboli, custom pastas, a vegan Philly cheesesteak, vegan shrimp Alfredo sub, and even a caramel pecan brownie dessert!
Now I’m not vegan and I’ve never been to KPS, but it seems like they have a lot of options. Below are some pictures of their food, courtesy of their Instagram (@KustomPizzaSubs).
Their website is www.KPS365pizza.com
Head out to the Wheaton Sports Pavilion where The Pop-Up Parks Team’s large blow up screen will be set up on the Pavilion field.
It’s a free event that will include food trucks (not free), vendors, and even possibly small games on the back half of the field if there’s room.
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.
UPDATED AT 3:06pm: The grounds of Albert Einstein High School have been searched and NO threat has been located. The search is complete. Dismissal will occur momentarily.
According to Montgomery County Police, “officers have responded to Albert Einstein HS for a threat sent via email to school staff about explosive device outside of building. K9s w/ explosive-detection skills conducting search outside of school now. Dismissal is being delayed until search complete.”
Per MCPS, police is at the school conducting a thorough search.
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.