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Bethesda Blues and Jazz faces uncertain future

20151211 Sentinel Awards 5The Bethesda Blues and Jazz Club was the site of last year's Sentinel Awards ceremony.   FILE PHOTO  

Disagreements between Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club’s owner and investor have led to the possibility of foreclosure on the property. Auction Markets, LLC has already set the foreclosure auction for June 29 at 11 a.m.

According to club owner Rick Brown, the conflict of interests began last spring, when the club’s investor, Kenneth Welch, filed two lawsuits regarding two other properties in North Carolina and Virginia.

Welch refused comment through his attorney David Musgrave.

Brown said this foreclosure suit is a “vengeful act” from Welch’s part from not winning the other lawsuits.

“He’s taken this action, we think, because of revenge after the other two properties have been substantially repudiated as his attempt to sue us. So it’s a shame because (with) a simple phone call, we would have been able to resolve, at least in conversation, how he would like to do something with this property to secure his interests,” Brown said.

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Gaithersburg welcomes new citizens in ceremony

 

GAITHERSBURG – Forty-six people from 29 countries took the Oath of Citizenship on Sunday during the 34th annual Celebrate! Gaithersburg festival, an event attended by several thousand people.

The festival began at noon with a naturalization ceremony for several local residents who had completed the requirements to attain United States citizenship.

“It’s a great achievement, now I’m aligned with all three of them,” said Daniela Goina, a Romanian immigrant who lives in Potomac, referring to her husband and two children. “It’s easier to travel and find good jobs.”

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Museum offers glimpse of transit’s wartime history

National Capital Trolley MuseumNational Capital Trolley Museum. COURTESY PHOTOCOLESVILLE – During Memorial Day weekend, the National Capital Trolley Museum offered visitors the opportunity to learn about the vital role public transit played in the Washington, D.C. region during World War II.

The exhibit, entitled “Homefront Street Cars,” featured displays and historical documents illustrating the role of street cars in Washington during the early 20th century.

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New café’s bark as strong as its bite in Gaithersburg

Barking Mad CafeInterior of new restaurant Barking Mad Café in Gaithersburg. COURTESY PHOTOGAITHERSBURG – Foodies in Montgomery County have a new place to call home.

The owners of the Barking Mad Café, which opened for business earlier this year in Watkins Mill, aim to provide guests with an upscale casual dining experience.

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Music teacher inspires local students

Terry EberhardtTerry Eberhardt, Summer Camp Director of Young Artists of America. COURTESY PHOTO

BETHESDA – Terry Eberhardt originally did not want anything to do with musical theatre but today, he’s a beloved instructor in the subject for many of Montgomery County’s youth.

Eberhardt credited hearing an opera singer perform after high school with influencing his career choice.

“I always knew I wanted to work in music, but when I heard that singer, I thought ‘I want to sound like that,’” Eberhardt said.

Eberhardt attended the Peabody Conservatory, one of the country’s most prestigious music schools, and later earned a Master’s degree in Opera Performance from the University of Maryland.

“When I got out of school, I was a bit of a music snob, and turned up my nose at musical theatre,” Eberhardt said. “But slowly, I fell madly in love with it.”

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Hometown Holidays turn from large national acts to stress local musicians

Rockville Hometown Holidays 3Instead of large national acts, Rockville now relies more on local musicians to perform at Hometown Holidays. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE

ROCKVILLE – The Hometown Holidays festival is more condensed now than in the past.

The city no longer hosts the large concerts like a decade ago because the development that sprang up in recent years absorbed the space needed for an event of that scale, according to city officials.

Tim Chesnutt, director of Rockville Parks and Recreation Department, said the city will not be able to host another performance with matching what the festival in 2005 drew when Hootie and the Blowfish headlined.

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National Spelling Bee finalist hails from Bethesda

 

Natl Spelling Bee finalistNational Spelling Bee finalist J.J. Chen.  PHOTO BY MARK POETKER

BETHESDA – Jiming "J.J." Chen Jr. is a 10-year-old who likes to recite.

He'll happily reel off more than 50 digits of pi and the winners of the 11 previous national spelling bee champions without even been asked.

J.J. came close to adding his name to that list.

The fifth grader at Bradley Hills Elementary School made it into the finals of last week's Scripps National Spelling Bee.

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Hometown Holidays shines

 

Rockville Hometown Holidays 1Children enjoy an inflatable slide at Hometown Holidays. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE

ROCKVILLE – Music echoed through the streets of Town Square and white tents filled the streets with children’s activities for this weekend’s Hometown Holidays event.

The Hometown Holidays event started in the 1980s. The mayor at the time, Doug Duncan, began the tradition to celebrate the city of Rockville and Memorial Day.

“It was a way to celebrate Memorial Day, it was a way to celebrate the City of Rockville and it was to give people an alternative (for) those who didn’t go to the beach something really fun to do in their hometown,” said Mayor Bridget Donnell Newton.

Newton also said this event is the most widely attended and community supported event in the city. She also mentioned the parade on Monday is the largest parade that occurs in Montgomery County.

“We bring people from all over. It’s just a great way to celebrate all that makes Rockville great,” Newton said.

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Finding a use for a piece of county history

 

MPI 5300The Bethesda Community Store. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER

BETHESDA – An investor is looking for a new tenant to lease the property where the Bethesda Community Store has been located for more than 80 years. 

Stan Smith said he has owned the property for about three years. He said he plans to construction an addition to the building on the property and add a basement.

The Montgomery County Historic Association granted permission for the two changes to be added to Bethesda Community Store before he purchased the lease from the Harbor Bank of Maryland in Baltimore. 

The store and its accompanying BCS Barbecue closed last week because manager Arnie Fainman decided he did not want to renew his lease, Smith said.

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Gaithersburg book fest draws huge crowds despite rain

Gburg Book FestivalThousands braved the rain to attend the seventh annual Gaithersburg Book Festival. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER

GAITHERSBURG – While organizers agreed Saturday’s inclement weather brought attendance down from previous years, several thousand people nonetheless braved the rain and came to the City Hall grounds for the seventh annual Gaithersburg Book Festival.

Attendees could listen speeches by authors and meet them afterward as well as purchase books and participate in workshops, including ones for kids.

Novelist Jeffery Deaver writes crime and mystery novels, several of which have been adapted into films.

Deaver said he became interested in writing as a child because he had few friends. He praised the role books play in forging connections between people.

“You see a shy boy carrying a book under his arm,” Deaver said. “You look at the cover and say, ‘Oh, I like that book, too.’ And suddenly that boy isn’t alone anymore. Suddenly you have a new friend.”

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