White Flint Implementation Committee Meeting Tonight

White Flint-North Bethesda Sector Plan Implementation Advisory Committee

Virtual Meeting- Via Microsoft Teams

Monday, May 9, 2022 7 p.m.

To attend, please reach out to Nkosi Yearwood at Nkosi.Yearwood@montgomeryplanning.org

  1. Welcome
  2. Updates and Reports
    1. Development projects
    1. New members: Mr. Marc ‘Kap’ Kapastin, Mr. Charles B. Andrews, Dr. Jacob Krampt, Ms. Suzanne Beckner, and Mr. Ephraim Harel
    1. Open Meetings Act
  1. Development Ombudsman (Tom Lewis, Office of the County Executive)
  2. Presentation: Bethesda Trolley Trail Feasibility Study (Pat Shepherd, MCDOT)
  3. Other topics
    1. Eric Grosse

Free Thursday Night Concert Series and Friday Night Salsa in the Pike District  

Thursdays in the Park, a free concert series, is returning this year to the heart of the Pike District, and Friday Night Salsa, a free salsa dance party, is joining in on the fun. Both events will take place in a pop-up park at Grand Park Avenue and Banneker Street, by the Montgomery County Conference Center garage.  

The conc

ert series starts Thursday, June 2 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and continues for nine consecutive weeks. Friday Night Salsa starts Friday, May 6 from 6 to 9 p.m. and continues each consecutive week through July. 

For both events each week, food and beverage vendors will be on-hand to bring a variety of food options and attendees 21 and older can indulge in a selection of beer, wine, and cocktails. Hang out and enjoy the live music on Thursdays, challenge friends to a salsa dance-off on Fridays, or take advantage of both!  

All are welcome to bring their own chairs and blankets to set up in the park or relax in our Adirondack chairs and dine at our picnic tables.  

Thursdays in the Park Concert Schedule: 

June 2:  DRIVEN TO CLARITY DUO (rock) 

June 9: DAVID THONG DUO (rock, pop, indie) 

June 16: ELIZABETH & PHIL DUO (rock, pop) 

June 23: WILD WHISPERS DUO (folk-pop)

June 30:  JULIET LLOYD DUO (pop, rock) 

July 7: EBB & NOVA DUO (folk-pop)

July 14:  CHASING AUTUMN DUO (rock)

July 21: BRADY O’CONOR DUO (rock)


Friday Night Salsa Schedule:

For up-to-date information and to check for weather-related changes, visit www.pikedistrict.org or follow us on TwitterFacebook and Instagram!

Homesense Coming to Montrose Crossing

From MoCo Show

Homesense is coming to 12013 Rockville Pike in Rockville, the former site of A.C. Moore, according to Store Reporter. Homesense is owned by the same company that owns HomeGoods, Marshalls, and TJ Maxx.’

Cosmopolitan magazine describes Homesense as “HomeGoods on steroids.” The chain sells furniture, rugs, lighting, kitchenware, home décor, and books.

According to it’s website, “We travel the world to bring savvy home curators an ever-changing selection and exceptional savings for every corner of their home,” and “explore a new home décor store with aisles of unexpected finds, and an ever-changing selection of famous brands and global discoveries—all with genuine value. Homesense is part of the HomeGoods family.”

At this time no opening information has been announced

Maryland House Appropriations Committee Recommends $61.5 Million in Additional and New Funding for Capital Projects in Montgomery County (including North Bethesda)

The Capital Budget Subcommittee of the Maryland House Appropriations Committee last week recommended new and additional funding for projects throughout the State and Montgomery County. Recommendations include items that were listed as Joint Priorities of the Montgomery County Executive and Council at the beginning of the 2022 Maryland General Assembly legislative session. The funds, together with funds previously allocated from the Maryland Senate, ensure that key Montgomery County projects will be able to make significant progress in the upcoming fiscal year.

Allocated funding includes:

And Governor Hogan’s 4th supplemental budget includes $10 million for White Flint infrastructure and economic development in Montgomery County.

MCDOT wants your input on the North Bethesda Bus Rapid Transit Route

Pease take a brief project survey to help refine goals and recommendations for the  North Bethesda Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Planning Study. The survey will be open until April 29, 2022.

Please complete the project survey and share it with your network so we can gather input from as many community members as possible. The survey is available in English and Spanish. 

Look for our project outreach team at bus stops along the corridor and at Pike and Rose and Montgomery Mall the weekend of April 2-3. 

Resolution to Require Proof of Vaccinations at Restaurants, Bars, and Gyms to be Introduced at Today’s County Council Meeting

At the request of County Executive Elrich, Council President Albornoz will introduce a resolution to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the County. The resolution would approve a Board of Health regulation to require restaurants, bars, fitness centers and other establishments and facilities to require patrons to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 before entering indoor areas.

In addition, the resolution would exempt certain establishments and facilities from the requirement, including those providing essential government services and social services. It would exempt certain individuals from the requirement, including individuals who enter the facility for a quick and limited purpose and individuals who are entitled to medical or religious accommodations.

Under the proposed regulation, the vaccination requirement would be phased-in according to the following schedule: effective Jan. 22, 2022, proof of one dose of the vaccine would be required for patrons 12 years and older; effective Feb. 15, proof of all doses (excluding boosters) would be required for patrons 12 years and older; and effective Mar. 1 proof of all doses (excluding boosters) would be required for patrons five years-and-one month and older.

Those expected to attend and provide information include Dr. James Bridgers, acting chief health officer, Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS); Dr. Earl Stoddard, assistant chief administrative officer, Montgomery County Government; and Dr. Raymond Crowel, director, DHHS.

A public hearing and Council worksession is scheduled for Jan. 18.

Take home rapid Covid test kits distributed at libraries

Here is a list of libraries that will start distributing COVID-19 take-home rapid test kits, beginning on today.

According to a news release, the following libraries will distribute kits from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., from Monday to Saturday, beginning Jan. 10:

  • Aspen Hill
  • Chevy Chase
  • Damascus
  • Davis
  • Gaithersburg
  • Little Falls
  • Potomac
  • Silver Spring
  • White Oak

More kits will be distributed from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday to Thursday and from 2 to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday at the following locations:

  • Connie Morella (Bethesda)
  • Germantown
  • Kensington Park
  • Long Branch
  • Marilyn Praisner (Burtonsville)
  • Olney
  • Quince Orchard
  • Rockville
  • Twinbrook
  • Wheaton 

The kits are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Residents will be limited to two kits each, for a total of four tests.