Charming Charlie, a Houston-based women's fashion and accessories retailer based in Houston, has filed for Chapter 11 for the second time.
USA Today reports that the company plans on closing all 261 of its stores. If reports are true, this would mean the closure of the company's sole MoCo location in Rio (101 Boardwalk Place).
New principals have been appointed at Damascus, Einstein, and Poolesville High Schools.
Kevin Yates, who spent the end of last year as the interim principal at Damascus will take on the role permanently moving forward.
Dr. Christine Handy has been being appointed principal at Albert Einstein High School. Dr. Handy was previously President of the National Association of Secondary School Principals and principal at Gaithersburg High School.
Mark Carothers will be the new principal at Poolesville High School. He recently served as assistant principal at Clarksburg High School.
Congratulations to all three principals and the communities they will serve.
Warren Crutchfield, the first black head coach in MCPS history, passed away on July 5th.
I had the pleasure of sitting down and speaking with him for about an hour last September at the Sandy Spring Slave Museum.
”Crutch” as he was affectionately known to many was an amazing person that went through a lot in Montgomery County.
Growing up in the 40s, he attended segregated schools. He told me of his elementary school in Rockville, which only had half days. There were two to three classes in one room with smal partitions separating the classes, and the only toilets in the school were outside.
He went to Carver High School, which was located on what is now the corner of Hungerford and Mannakee in Rockville. Carver was unique in that it served only graded 10-12. Kids were bussed in from across the county and sometimes had to leave their homes as early as 3am.
Crutch then attended Maryland State (now Maryland Eastern Shore), where he earned his degree in Physical Education.
“Then I had to visit Uncle Sam” he said, referring to being drafted into the military. “They wanted me to be a para trooper or be in the special forces...but I didn’t want to jump out of any plane!” He did well in science so he was attached to the medical unit in Germany for two years.
When he came back he received a call and was told that he had a job as a traveling P.E. teacher. For four years he travelled between Rockville, Monocacy, and Clarksburg.
During this time he was involved with basketball on the segregated playgrounds in Rockville. A man approached him during a Lincoln Park vs. Twinbrook game and asked if he’d be interested in coaching track, so he was brought in as an assistant basketball coach and track coach at Sherwood High School.
“For cross-country, we’d run all over Ashton. Most of the team was white, and the school would get calls every day asking why a black man was running around with all these white kids.” Crutch told me as he recalled his early coaching days.
Almost unable to control his laughter, Crutch shared a story with me, ”There were orchards all over so the kids would snatch apples, peaches, and whatever fruit they’d run by. I got called in by the principal who asked me if I knew anything about this. I told him I had no idea and that I’ll make sure they stop, but I was trying to hide the fruit I had in my pocket too!”
When he became the head coach of the girls basketball team at Sherwood (the first black head coach in MCPS history), schools would try to charge him to enter games. “I had to have my white assistants come out and get me cause they wouldn’t let me in sometimes.” It didn’t stop there, as referees would often show a lack of respect for Crutch, “When we were in the state championship game the ref came and spoke with one of my assistants instead of me.”
”One thing I did have was the support of all the kids. They were behind me from the start.” He remembers teachers smoking in the faculty lounge so he’d take his lunch to the office and kids would come down and eat with him. It started with a few kids and quickly became a large group rushing just to get a seat.
Crutch taught until 1996. He lived in Rockville all of his life and told me he loved every second of it. I asked him about his favorite restaurant in MoCo and he told it was “Silver Diner. Because you can find healthy stuff and it’s not expensive.”
“I love that Montgomery County is progressive. Anyone can move forward if they have the education. Anywhere you turn, you can find help in Montgomery County.” he said about what he loves about our area. “One thing I don’t like is that most of the neighborhoods are gone. I miss the neighborhoods.”
In honor of Warren Crutchfield, I will continue to try to make our whole county one big neighborhood. A place we can all learn about what’s happening, have civil conversations (even if we don’t agree), learn about the rich history of our county, and occasionally get together and hang out.
Crutch certainly left his mark on Montgomery County. He will be deeply missed.
Rest in Peace, Mr. Crutchfield.
You're invited to the MoCo Block Party happening on July 27th from 11 - 2 PM! This is a free community event for all ages as we LOVE MOCO together. We will have bounce houses, food, games, a live DJ, giveaways, donations, and more!
Let us know if you're joining the party at https://www.facebook.com/events/445287116288333/.
The Block Party will take place at 13701 Waters Landing Dr. in Germantown, MD.
As many of you may know, I'm a P.E. teacher in the county. Each day I go to work and teach kids the skills necessary to remain active for a lifetime, but in recent years I have failed to practice what I preach as the amount of exercise in my life has decreased and the eating has increased.
At 36 years old and standing at 5'11, I've spent most of my adult life in the 170-180 pound range with my body fat in the upper teens. On Sunday, I weighed in at 207.8 pounds and my body fat had nearly doubled...31.2%
I had a "body age" of 62!!!
I've tried starting back up at the gym or going for runs, but things just aren't the same... so I decided to reach out to Orangetheory Fitness. We decided that I'd try them out for 8 weeks for what they call a "transformation challenge."
For the challenge, one must participate in a class at least three times per week for six of the eight weeks. I plan on attending 4-5 classes per week to maximize my results (though I'll be on vacation for a week during the challenge).
Orangetheory has MoCo locations in Clarksburg, Gaithersburg, Olney, Potomac, and Silver Spring. If you're interested in joining me for a class (your first one would be free) just give the studio a call. My schedule for the next 8 days is as follows:
Wednesday, 7/10: 4:15pm Clarksburg (443) 927-9100
Thursday, 7/11: 7:00pm Potomac (301) 265-5050
Saturday, 7/13: 12:00pm, Olney (443) 221-6700
Sunday, 7/14: 12:35pm, Silver Spring (301) 798-7433
Tuesday, 7/16: 6:30pm, Gaithersburg (301) 250-1060
Wednesday, 7/17: 8:00pm, Clarksburg (443) 927-9100
Wish me luck!
An employee of the new Kentlands MOD Pizza approached me today to let me know they will be opening tomorrow, Tuesday 7/9.
They will also have an opening day special, giving free pizza to the first 52 customers, according to the employee and the sign on the door.
Doors open at 10:30am at 145 Commerce Street (a new street located across from the movie theater).
Duck Donuts has temporarily closed its Rockville location.
This is what was posted on their Facebook page:
“At this time our Rockville location is temporarily closed. We apologize for the inconvenience. Stay tuned for a reopening date. We look forward to serving you warm, delicious, made-to-order donuts in the future.”
We were unable to reach anyone at the Rockville location and an employee of the Gaithersburg location told us they were unsure of why they closed and did not know when/if the Rockville location will re-open.
Bethesda Row welcomes its latest addition, the new LensCrafters store opening at 7141 Arlington Road, Suite W1.
LensCrafters offers complete vision care through trusted eye care and quality eyewear. Customers can experience LensCrafters latest technology with their digital eye exam process, purchase prescription glasses, sunglasses, and contact lenses; and choose from an array of lens options that work best for their needs.
The Bethesda location will host independent optometrists on-site.
In honor of the grand opening, and for a limited time, customers will receive 50% off a Complete Pair (inclusive of frames and lenses; exclusions apply) at the new Bethesda location.
One of the first Hotpot spots in MoCo has closed permanently.
Riverside Hotpot, located in the Muddy Branch Shopping Center in Gaithersburg, opened in January of 2014. It was the first American location of the Chongqing-based chain that has over 20 locations in China.
After five and a half years, owners decided to close the Gaithersburg location. Riverside still has a location in nearby Fairfax if the newer Hotpot restaurants aren’t doing it for you.
Don’t worry Gaithersburg, George’s Hotpot & BBQ is coming soon to the Diamond Square Shopping Center.
Earlier this morning we shared a post on The MoCoShow Twitter account (@TheMocoShow) about the company starting off as a sub shop on University Blvd in Wheaton back in 1955.
Now we have some unfortunate news as the chain plans to close their Gaithersburg location, located on the corner of 355 and Shady Grove, by the end of this month.
Jerry’s also planned a Montgomery Village location, which was supposed to open earlier this year, but they have recently removed the signage. We’ve attempted to reach Jerry’s for comment, but haven’t been able to do so. Things don’t look good for the potential Montgomery Village location at the moment.