Archives March 2020

Governor Hogan Institutes Shelter in Place

Governor Hogan yesterday directed all Marylanders to shelter-in-place as of 8 pm yesterday. What does that mean? Basically, unless you need to get essential food, medicine, medical care, or a few other goods and services, you need to stay home. Short walks or bike rides with a household member are also permitted. If you visit another state, you must self-quarantine for 14 days. Restaurants may still offer curbside pickup and delivery.

Stay-at-Home Order. a. All persons living in the State of Maryland are hereby ordered, effective as of 8:00 p.m. on March 30, 2020, to stay in their homes or places of residences (“Homes”) except:

i. to conduct or participate in Essential Activities (defined below);

ii. staff and owners of businesses and organizations that are not required to close pursuant to paragraph IV or paragraph V below may travel: 1. between their Homes and those businesses and organizations; and 2. to and from customers for the purpose of delivering goods or performing services;

iii. staff and owners of Non-Essential Businesses (defined below) may travel: 1. between their Homes and those Non-Essential Businesses for the purpose of engaging in Minimal Operations; and 2. to and from customers for the purpose of delivering goods. b. As used herein, “

Essential Activities” means:

i. Obtaining necessary supplies or services for one’s self, family, household members, pets, or livestock, including, without limitation: groceries, supplies for household consumption or use, supplies and equipment needed to work from home, laundry, and products needed to maintain safety, sanitation, and essential maintenance of the home or residence;

ii. Engaging in activities essential for the health and safety of one’s self, family, household members, pets, or livestock, including such things as seeking medical or behavior health or emergency services, and obtaining medication or medical supplies;

iii. Caring for a family member, friend, pet, or livestock in another household or location, including, without limitation, transporting a family member, friend, pet, or livestock animal for essential health and safety activities, and to obtain necessary supplies and services;

iv. Traveling to and from an educational institution for purposes of receiving meals or instructional materials for distance learning;

v. Engaging in outdoor exercise activities, such as walking, hiking, running, or biking, but only in compliance with paragraph III below and applicable social distancing guidance published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) and the Maryland Department of Health (“MDH”);

vi. Travel required by a law enforcement officer or court order; or

vii. Traveling to and from a federal, State, or local government building for a necessary purpose.

Strathmore can entertain you during your home stay

Please also keep a close eye on Strathmore’s Facebook page as the central home for live and recorded video content to brighten your days of social distancing. 

Join Strathmore on their Facebook page for their Live from the Living Room series! Catch short, uplifting performances every Wednesday at 7:30pm from their talented AIR artists.

Saturday Family Jam Sessions are now online and free! Junior music aficionados can spend Saturday mornings singing, playing, and preparing for a lifetime of music appreciation. Join them at 10:15am every Saturday on our Facebook page.

Take a virtual tour of exhibitions in the Mansion! Their Curator’s Tours and Art Talk & Tours for Kids are moving online. Take a closer look at Working with the Muse, and enjoy a guided art activity your whole family can do at the kitchen table. March 28 at 11:30am for kids and 1pm for adults, held on Zoom.

Their Creative Writing Workshops are now online through Zoom! Join them on April 16 at 7pm to discuss the works of poets Lucille Clifton and Linda Pastan and write poetry that centers on family, love, and survival.

Join them online for our Artists in Fiction Book Club through Zoom! Explore the fictions of your favorite artists, then join fellow readers and art enthusiasts for a lively discussion. On April 15 at 3pm, we’ll discuss The Art Forger by B.A. Shapiro.

Strathmore is also seeing lots of great online art activities from our friends at other local arts organizations, including:

– Lunchtime doodle with Mo Williams at The Kennedy Center
– Thursday Playbacks with Young Artists of America
Free online reading with Adventure Theatre
Theater Education Challenges and Playwrights on Play with Round House Theatre

Support our local restaurants during the pandemic!

A comprehensive list of restaurants in North Bethesda offering take out and delivery can be found on Visit Montgomery. Please, if you can, patronize our local Pike District/White Flint restaurants during this difficult time.

  • &PIZZA 202-558-7549 Visit Website Pike & Rose
  • BURGERFI 240-669-7244 Visit Website Pike & Rose
  • CANOPY CENTRAL CAFE 301-882-9400 Visit Website Pike & Rose
  • CANOPY NORTH BETHESDA (301) 882-9400 Visit Website Pike & Rose
  • CITY PERCH KITCHEN & BAR 301-231-2310 Visit Website 30% off all bottles of wine with carryout orders. Local delivery to Pike & Rose residents. DoorDash Pike & Rose
  • FLOR DE LUNA (240) 242-3534 Visit Website 11417 Woodglen Drive
  • FOGO DE CHAO (301) 841-9200 Visit Website Pike & Rose
  • IZE’S DELI & BAGELRY (301) 231-0771 Visit Website 11622 Rockville Pike
  • JAVA NATION Offering family meals for $65 plus menu items. (301) 836-6022 Visit Website 11120 Rockville Pike
  • JINYA RAMEN BAR 301-816-3029 Visit Website Pike & Rose
  • JULII UberEats or call for no fee delivery or curbside pick-up. Reduced price menu; $40 dinner special for two 301-517-9090 Visit Website Pike & Rose
  • KUNG FU TEA (240) 699-7099 Visit Website 11802 Rockville Pike
  • KUYA JA’S LECHON BELLY (240) 669-4383 Visit Website 5268 Nicholson Lane
  • KUSSHI SUSHI 240-770-0355 Visit Website Pike & Rose
  • NADA 301-770-4040 Visit Website Pike & Rose
  • NANDO’S PERI-PERI 240-660-5050 Visit Website Pike & Rose
  • OWEN’S ORDINARY (301) 245-1226 Visit Website Pike & Rose
  • QUINCY’S SOUTH Purchase a $50 gift card and get a $10 gift card free! (240) 669-3270 Visit Website 11401 Woodglen Dr.
  • ROTI MODERN MEDITERRANEAN 301-215-9268 Visit Website Pike & Rose
  • RELISH CATERING We can also provide basic perishable groceries (fruit, veggies, eggs, milk) and a few other items.(301) 448-9446 Visit Website 12159 Nebel Street
  • SEASONS 52 (301) 984-5252 Visit Website NoBe Market
  • STELLA BARRA PIZZERIA & WINE BAR Build-Your-Own-Pizza Kit, Cocktail Kit, Family Meals x 4, Market of fresh produce & products 301-770-8609 Visit Website Pike & Rose
  • SWEETGREEN 301-433-7600 Visit Website Pike & Rose
  • SUMMER HOUSE SANTA MONICA Build-Your-Own-Pizza Kit, Cocktail Kit, Family Meals x 4, Market of fresh produce & products 301-881-2381 Visit Website Pike & Rose
  • TAIPEI TOKYO Order Online and receive $5 off your first online takeout/delivery order. (301) 881-8388 Visit Website 11510 Rockville Pike
  • TAYLOR GOURMET 301-951-9003 Visit Website Pike & Rose
  • THE BIG GREEK CAFE (301) 881-4976 Visit Website 5268 Nicholson Lane

Some Coronavirus Songs to Make you Smile

Adversity clearly brings out the creative genius in many people.  Enjoy this selection of Covid-19 songs to brighten your day and fill some time as you shelter in place.

We’re All Home Bound

“Stayin’ Inside” – Corona Virus Bee Gees Parody 

My Corona Home – (“Kokomo” Parody Song)

What the World Needs Now – for Virtual Orchestra

“U CAN’T TOUCH THIS” – COVID 19 Edition – Made Entirely With Healthcare Products

Coronavirus Rhapsody 

One Day More – A Quarantined #BroadwayLipSync 

The Broadway Coronavirus Medley 

Maryland COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund Programs for Businesses

Do you own a small business? Here are some Maryland funding resources that you might find helpful as we make our way through the coronavirus pandemic.

Maryland has authorized $130 million in loan and grant funding for small businesses and manufacturers that have been negatively impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). This emergency assistance provides interim relief and proceeds that can be used to pay cash operating expenses including payroll, suppliers, rent, fixed debt payments and other mission critical cash operating costs.

If you are a Maryland-based business impacted by the Coronavirus with under 50 full- and part-time employees, or a Maryland manufacturer, check out the programs below to see if you qualify for assistance.

Hungry? Here are the Pike District restaurants offering curbside pickup and/or delivery.

Courtesy of Bethesda Beat

City Perch
www.cityperch.com; (301) 231-2310
Open: 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., daily
Delivery: Carryout only
Details: Regular menu

Fogo de Chao
www.fogodechao.com/location/bethesda; (301) 841-9200
Open: Monday and Tuesday, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Wednesday to Sunday, noon to 9 p.m.
Delivery: Carryout only
Details: Regular menu

Jinya
https://jinya-ramenbar.com; (301) 816-3029
Open: 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., daily
Delivery: DoorDash, Grubhub, UberEats
Details: Regular menu

Julii
www.julii.com; (301) 517-9090
Open: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., daily
Deliver: UberEats or call for no fee delivery or curbside pick-up.
Details: Reduced price menu; $40 dinner special for 2

Nada
www.eatdrinknada.com/location/north-bethesda; (301) 770-4040
Open: 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., daily
Delivery: Carryout only
Details: Regular menu

Nando’s Peri Peri
www.nandosperiperi.com/find/restaurants/pike-rose; (240) 660-5050
Open: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., daily
Delivery: Nando’s app or DoorDash
Details: Regular menu

Owen’s Ordinary
www.owensordinarymd.com; (301) 245-1226
Open: 4 to 9 p.m., Monday and Tuesday; Noon to 9 p.m., Wednesday to Sunday
Delivery: Carryout only
Details: See website for takeout menu

Seasons 52
www.seasons52.com; (301) 984-5252
Open: Noon to 8 p.m., daily
Delivery: Pickup only
Details: Limited menu offering some of our signature items, like flatbreads, and classic entrees, like wood-grilled filet mignon. Family-style options are also available where you can select your protein and sides. Kids’ choices are available too, including grilled chicken tenders and our kids’ flatbread.

Stella Barra Pizzeria & Wine Bar
www.stellabarra.com/north-bethesda; (301) 770-8609
Open: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., daily
Delivery: DoorDash
Details: Serving regular menu

Summer House Santa Monica
www.summerhousesm.com/north-bethesda; (301) 881-2381
Open: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., daily
Delivery: UberEats
Details: Serving regular menu

More on the budget

Normal life continues in some ways — and one of those ways is the county budget. Before you reach the end of the internet in a mostly futile attempt to entertain yourself, take a minute and read up on this year’s budget. There’s a lot going on with this budget — including a rise in the property tax proposed by the County Executive and already dismissed by 8 of the 9 council members.

FY 2020 proposed county budgets now online On Monday, County Executive Marc Elrich sent his proposed operating budget to the County Council, which will vote on it by the end of May.  

Now all of the FY2020 budget documents are online:  the recommended operating budget and public services program; amendments to the recommended FY21 capital budget and FY21-26 capital improvements program (CIP); and the recommended FY21 capital budget and FY21-26 capital improvements program (CIP).

A Note from Pike & Rose

To our customers, neighbors and friends,

As we collectively navigate through uncharted waters, we appreciate the compassion and patience you are extending to our shops, restaurants and venues.

Some of our restaurants will remain open for carryout and delivery, as well as for gift card purchases. Please consider placing your meal orders with them. Designated curbside pick-up has been made available. Please contact them directly for more information.

Some of our shops will remain open, either in-store, on-line or both. Please consider shopping and purchasing gift cards from them. Please contact them directly for more information. 

Please note — all surface lots and garages are offering ticketless, unlimited parking. Simply pull up to the gate, and it will open for you. 

We are eager to welcome you back soon. 

Until then, be well. 
-The Pike & Rose Team

Battle of the Budget Letters

First, here’s the letter the eight of the nine County Council members issued early yesterday afternoon.

Statement by Montgomery County Council President Katz and Councilmembers Albornoz, Friedson, Glass, Jawando, Navarro, Rice and Riemer on the County Executive’s Fiscal Year 2021 $5.9 Billion Operating Budget Recommendation

ROCKVILLE, Md., March 16, 2020—Montgomery County Council President Sidney Katz and Councilmembers Gabe Albornoz, Andrew Friedson, Evan Glass, Will Jawando, Nancy Navarro, Craig Rice and Hans Riemer, made the following statement on County Executive Marc Elrich’s proposed 3.18 cent property tax increase in the fiscal year 2021 Recommended Operating Budget:

“Our focus in the midst of an unprecedented health emergency must be on bringing together businesses and residents, nonprofits and government to address the immediate crisis we face. We also must provide as much certainty and support as we can for county residents who understandably fear what the economic realities of this global pandemic will have on their jobs, retirement savings, small businesses and families.

This is a time for cautious decision-making, not property tax increases. We look forward to working with the County Executive to address the initiatives in his budget recommendations.”

Second, here’s the letter the County Executive released 45 minutes after the Council letter.

As required by the County Charter, I submitted my annual budget to the County Council earlier today. My staff and I have been working on
this budget for more than six months. During that time, we received budget
requests from the community, the school system, our departments and Councilmembers that help to shape this budget proposal. The three-cent increase is a special tax that is specifically designed for education and would help to fund the budget request from Montgomery County Public Schools.

At the time that we were developing this budget, COVID-19 was not on the horizon and now, during these unique and difficult times, we have to factor in its impact. I stand by the need for us to increase our investment in education, but I understand the unique situation that we are currently in. We have all known from the beginning that funding the school system’s request could not be funded within anticipated revenues and, as we
have been working at the State level to increase school funding through the
Build Act and Kirwan, I believe that we should make the additional investment in schools that they need today, even if it required a special tax increase dedicated to the schools.

I combined this proposed three-cent special schools tax increase with a $108 increase in the County’s property tax credit so that a homeowner with a $500,000 home would see about a $42 annual tax increase—the three cents would raise the taxes by $150, but combined with the County
property tax, the net increase is $42. A one million dollar home would have a net $192 per year increase. 

As in every budget cycle, I have informed the Council that I will work with it to find ways to deal with the budget. Dealing with today’s emergency situation and having a long overdue community conversation about the future we want to build for our County will be a challenge in coming weeks. 

The challenges we face in areas such as education, economic development
and transportation will still be there long after this crisis is over and we
can’t take our eyes off the future no matter how hard those decisions will be.

I know that in today’s context it is hard to determine what the future looks
like, but we will balance addressing our present situation with planning for
the future of this County. And we will do it together.

To learn more about the County Executive’s proposed operating budget, go to https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/operatingbudget