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Potomac-based Dr. Mark E. Klein, author of the new book Franklin Rock, will hold a (virtual) book event on January 21, 2...
01/19/2021

Potomac-based Dr. Mark E. Klein, author of the new book Franklin Rock, will hold a (virtual) book event on January 21, 2021 at 11 a.m. with the Potomac Library. Dr Klein is a radiologist in D.C. He’s treated more than 100,000 patients as a physician and The doctor his colleagues call when they have a patient who needs an ear or shoulder to help calm down and cope with what’s ahead.

01/17/2021

Recycling/trash collection in Montgomery County is on holiday schedule. Transfer Station recycling/trash drop-offs are closed 1/18/21.

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. HOLIDAY: Monday, January 18, 2021: No County-provided recycling or trash collections on Monday, Jan. 18; After the holiday, pickups slide one day with last pickup Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021. Transfer Station closed Jan. 18.

Potomac Almanac
01/16/2021

Potomac Almanac

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01/15/2021

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"...I felt the emptiness when he was no longer at my side... "We could all use a little company these days. Maybe King i...
01/08/2021
ArPets: Meet King

"...I felt the emptiness when he was no longer at my side... "

We could all use a little company these days. Maybe King is right for your household. Homeward Trails Animal Rescue Connection Newspapers

I remember it was gloomy that day.

Delegate Marc Korman
01/05/2021

Delegate Marc Korman

This is 8:30am on the first regular work day of the year on I-270 and I-495, largely in the areas Governor Hogan wants to add two new private mega toll lanes in each direction. For the last week of data available, Maryland roadway traffic was down 25% from the prior year.

A side effect of the pandemic has been a real world traffic experiment. It turns out that a shift of a relatively small amount of people means a lack of congestion based traffic. Will we learn from this as we plan our future or just assume roadway conditions in January of 2022 have to look like they did back in January of 2020?

You can still get all of your delicious favorites to go or for FREE delivery!  Please be sure to shop local and support ...
01/01/2021
Potomac Pizza

You can still get all of your delicious favorites to go or for FREE delivery! Please be sure to shop local and support small businesses like us! We've been around since 1978 and we want to be around for another 40 years!

Since 1978, Potomac Pizza has been one of Maryland’s most delicious and beloved family restaurant favorites! We use the freshest ingredients to create both our traditional and specialty pizzas and we offer a fun and memorable atmosphere that local residents have come to depend on. After taking ove...

Montgomery Countryside Alliance
12/29/2020

Montgomery Countryside Alliance

"For more than 200 years, Montgomery County has relied on White’s Ferry as a connection to Virginia,” said Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich. “Today’s announcement that the Ferry has ceased operations is deeply concerning and will have a significant impact. I have directed the Montgomery County Department of Transportation and the County Attorney to work with their Loudoun County counterparts to determine how best to address the closure.”

Farmers are stepping up to feed hungry neighbors - lets support local farms and grow more of them. The ability to feed p...
12/28/2020
Growing Reserve Farms to Meet Historic Challenges

Farmers are stepping up to feed hungry neighbors - lets support local farms and grow more of them. The ability to feed people locally is going to be more important every year. We’re lucky here in Montgomery County to have the Agricultural Reserve. Let’s make sure we save that land for farming.

We will rely on the Reserve for more of our food Photo: Reserve Rancher Doug Cremin and his family dropped off their donation of 240 lb of beef at Manna last week Greetings! A farm is a hopeful thing.

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12/11/2020

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Montgomery Countryside Alliance
12/10/2020

Montgomery Countryside Alliance

🔺Reminder: Solar in Ag Reserve Work Group meets again via Zoom tonight. Public welcome. Touted to be the last of 3 meetings with possible additional date of 12/16. MCA and colleagues believe more work will be needed as meeting 1 was solely administrative as to how sessions would be conducted... oh and we’re in the midst of a pandemic and the zoning proposal is not informed by economic analysis or the comprehensive County climate change plan.
To remind: this zoning change presents real challenge to the Reserve’s continued and expanding role in supporting the County’s food system and environmental resilience. So this is important.

See for details:

http://www.mocoalliance.org/news/industrial-solar-in-the-reserve-zta-20-01-work-group-convened

Cabin John Park Volunteer Fire Department
12/08/2020

Cabin John Park Volunteer Fire Department

Ho, Ho, Ho! Here Comes Cabin John Park VFD’s Annual Santa Run!

Every night for more than two weeks, starting Dec. 7, our brightly bedecked fire engine, AKA Santa’s Sleigh, will roll through our first due neighborhoods, lights flashing and music blaring, with Santa perched atop waving greetings to all.

Check the schedule below to see when he’ll pass through your neighborhood. His sleigh usually heads out around 6 p.m. and returns to the station—oops, stable—at 9 p.m. Follow his progress on your GPS while he is active with the link: http://glympse.com/ext/!CJPVFDSANTA?twt=CJPVFD&hash=CJPVFDSANTA

The pandemic has forced Santa to make some changes this year to keep everyone safe. His sleigh will not stop for pictures or any other reason. He would love to see you at the bottom of your driveway, but please do not congregate with neighbors.

And while Santa will gladly accept toys to be donated to kids, you will have to put them directly into the pickup truck that will follow the sleigh. Or you can drop them off at either CJP station, Station 10 on River Rd. or Station 30 on Falls Rd. near Oaklyn Dr. A box for toys will be located outside each station.

Your generous donations will go to National Center for Children and Families in Bethesda and, in conjunction with Montgomery County Police, the Scotland Drive Community Association.

Remember, weather plays havoc with Santa's schedule. We will keep you as updated as we can on any changes.

2020 SCHEDULE

Monday, December 7
Fox Meadow
River Oaks Farm
Potomac Farm Estates
Potomac Hills
Potomac Manors
Great Falls Estates
Potomac Falls Estate

Tuesday, December 8
Mountain Gate
Eagle Rock
Natelli Woods
Potomac Ranch
River Falls
Fawsett Farms

Wednesday, December 9
Congressional Manor
Carderock Springs
Clewerwall
Glengarry
Carderock
The Palisades

Thursday, December 10
Arrowood
Bradley Hills Grove
Make up missed runs

Friday, December 11
Avenel
River Road Estates
Williamsburg Estates
The Village
Williamsburg Gardens
Concord

Saturday, December 12
Seven Locks Hills
Burning Tree Estates
Rose Hill Estates
Stonehurst Center
Smithfield
Riverhill

Sunday, December 13
Cabin John
Cabin John Park
Evergreen
Congressional Country Club Estates

Tuesday, December 15
Congressional Country Club Estates
West Bethesda Park
Cohasset
Bradley Park
Burning Tree Valley
Frenchmen’s Creek

Wednesday, December 16
Locust Ridge
Oakwood Knolls
Make up missed runs

Thursday, December 17
Alvermar Woods
Potomac Hunt Acres
Merry Go Round Farms
Beallmount
Lake Potomac
Stoney Creek Farms
Saddle Ridge

Friday, December 18
Potomac Village
Camotop
Falconhurst
Bradley Farms
McAuley Park
Kentdale Estates
Bradley Blvd Estates
Congressional Forest Estates

Saturday, December 19
Bannockburn
Bannockburn Estates
Al Marah
Wilson Knolls (1st Due Only)

Sunday-Tuesday, December 20-22
Make up missed runs

Thursday, December 24
Toy delivery

Owl Moon Raptor Center
11/27/2020

Owl Moon Raptor Center

Greetings, friends! We have proudly managed to remain open and answering calls throughout 2020. However, we were forced to reduce our volunteer staff to protect everyone's health and safety. This required us to put in many extra hours caring for injured birds, and allowed less time for social media. So now I am writing to bring you up to date!

In a normal year, we would be celebrating this season with you at our 7th Annual Owl Moon Raptor Festival on the 2nd Sunday of this month. Like so many social events this year, we were forced to cancel our popular fundraiser. We know many of you look forward to our festival each year, and we promise to bring it back in 2021! Not only that, but for the first time since 2012 we have been unable to produce our favorite Owl Moon calendar. Believe me when I tell you that I missed putting the calendar together as much as you will miss having one, and sharing it with family and friends this holiday season. Sad times!

However, we do anticipate a great new offering for you, which we know you will enjoy, and we hope will bring us some much needed revenue to keep us going strong through 2021. We will soon be announcing an online "store" where you will be able to purchase merchandise decorated with our Owl Moon logo, artwork, and photos of birds. Stay tuned for our "grand opening!"

You can also help us with your purchase of a wonderful book entitled "Enraptured with Raptors", now available on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/Enraptured-Raptors-family-captured-community/dp/0578737248/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=. This book was written by amazing Jennifer Packard, and Illustrated with her stunning photographs. It tells the story of a family of Red-shouldered Hawks growing up on Rock Creek in Washington, DC. We come into the story when the adult male, "Walt", becomes hopelessly entangled in fishing line and requires rescue and rehab to get back to his duties of fatherhood. All proceeds from this lovely book will be donated to Owl Moon. It makes a great gift, and you can support us with your purchase!

Alternatively, you can donate to Owl Moon Raptor Center just to help us help the over 300 injured, sick, or orphaned birds of prey that come to us each year. We truly appreciate your support, this year more than ever!

Photo below by Jennifer Packard

From Montgomery Countryside Alliance Veterans make great farmers. Several are seeking Reserve acreage through MCA’s Land...
11/12/2020
Benefits For Veterans Interested In Becoming Farmers Or Ranchers

From Montgomery Countryside Alliance Veterans make great farmers. Several are seeking Reserve acreage through MCA’s Land Link program. Got land! Need land?
See:
http://www.mocolandlink.org
New match! Growing food for Manna.
Jenna Umbriac

http://www.mocoalliance.org/news/cardboard-leafgro-and-manure-a-land-link-farm-grows-in-barnesville

Many don't know there are lots of great government programs available to help them begin a career as a rancher or farmer

Maryland Native Plant Society
11/02/2020

Maryland Native Plant Society

Plans are afoot in Maryland and Virginia to widen the Capital Beltway (I-495). Local botanist and ecologist Rod Simmons notes that widening would destroy irreplaceable habitats such as this globally and state rare Potomac Gorge Riverside Outcrop Barren (top photo) at Plummers Island, Montgomery County, Maryland. The Capital Beltway/American Legion Bridge can be seen in the left background of the photo. The Washington Biologists’ Field Club has had its field camp at Plummers Island since 1901, and the club’s ongoing scientific studies there have given this 12-acre island the distinction of being the most scientifically studied island in North America. Botanist Rob Soreng, current vice president of the club, is shown atop the barren in this photo by R. H. Simmons.

Photo 2) Globally and state rare Potomac River Bedrock Terrace Hardpan Forest at Plummers Island, threatened by the proposed Beltway widening. Photo 3) "Tango" between Quercus muehlenbergii (Chinquapin Oak), on left, and Quercus rubra (Northern Red Oak), right, on bedrock terrace at Plummers Island. Photos by R. H. Simmons.

Beltway widening is not the only ambitious DC-area transportation project that would destroy irreplaceable habitat if current plans are implemented. The MAGLEV train project being proposed for Prince George’s County, Maryland, would critically imperil flora and fauna on a large acreage of public land. (A recording of Sam Droege’s recent talk on MAGLEV to the Maryland Native Plant Society will be posted on this page within the next week or two.)

Duncan Lemp, 21, was killed by police in the bedroom of his Potomac home on March 12, 2020, after police attempted to se...
11/01/2020
Will Montgomery County Circuit Court Demand More?

Duncan Lemp, 21, was killed by police in the bedroom of his Potomac home on March 12, 2020, after police attempted to serve a no-knock warrant at approximately 4:30 a.m. Howard County, which has a reciprocal agreement to investigate police shootings with Montgomery County, continues to investigate the shooting, while the Lemp family and public await more answers in the case.
Meanwhile, Judicial Watch filed a Public Information Act lawsuit against Montgomery County’s Police Department and asked Montgomery County Circuit Court to command the release of all body camera footage from the fatal shooting.

Duncan Lemp, 21, was killed by police in the bedroom of his Potomac home on March 12, 2020, after police attempted to serve a no-knock warrant at approximately 4:30 a.m.

Citizens Against Beltway Expansion
10/30/2020

Citizens Against Beltway Expansion

This is important. On Oct 29, Maryland Sierra Club, the Rock Creek Conservancy and the National Parks Conservation Association an independent technical analysis revealing the many flaws and omissions in the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed $11 billion expansion of I-495/I-270 with high-cost toll lanes.

CABE supported this effort. It provides a stunning and through analysis that should be embraced by every resident and commuter worried that the state is being sold -- and blindly buying - a bill of goods.

In short, this essential report reaffirms that the I-495/I-270 expansion is designed to trap rush hour drivers between extremely high tolls and extremely dense congestion. And that’s the best case scenario, because the report assumes the tollway P3 won’t suddenly collapse like the Purple Line P3.

Taken with other studies showing $50 tolls and flawed state analysis, it's clear the public has better options for getting people home on time.

Check it out and spread the word.
https://www.sierraclub.org/maryland/blog/2020/10/proposed-md-toll-lanes-increase-congestion-for-majority-drivers-shows-new

Attman's Potomac Deli
10/29/2020

Attman's Potomac Deli

We have been voted Best Jewish Deli and Best Caterer by the readers of Washington Jewish Week!

From Citizens Against Beltway Expansion Bethesda Beat's story on the M-NCPPC's objections to the $11 billion plan to wid...
10/23/2020
In final comments on I-495/I-270 study, regional planning agency reiterates objections

From Citizens Against Beltway Expansion Bethesda Beat's story on the M-NCPPC's objections to the $11 billion plan to widen I-495/I-270 for toll lanes includes details on the Commission's problems with the state's application to build along a route disturbing wetlands in Rock Creek Park, Sligo Creek Park and the Northwest Branch.

Here's one of the quotes that jumped out.

“How can they complete their application and grant permits to areas of disturbance where you don’t know what the disturbance is going to be?” (M-NCPPC staff special project manger Carol) Rubin said.

“Again, it’s a process problem because they’re proposing to issue the Clean Water Act permits for this project to areas that are probably not going to be designed [until] five years from now. … We don’t really know how they can move forward with permit applications when they don’t really know what those applications are going to entail.”

‘Hundreds of technical comments’ included in feedback to state on toll-road proposal

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