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Council approves plans for Fox 5 move

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ROCKVILLE — The Montgomery County Council unanimously approved a zoning text amendment that will allow larger satellite dishes on broadcast studios, clearing the way for Fox Broadcasting Company to move its two television stations to Bethesda.

“This basically permits a large satellite dish on the top of buildings,” said Council member Nancy Floreen (D-at large).

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MoCo leaders and residents turn out to help those hurt in Puerto Rico

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IMG 2883Congressman Jamie Raskin (D) takes on a local grade schooler in a chess competition held during a local basketball game fundraiser for Hurricane Maria relief to victims in Puerto Rico. PHOTO BY BRANDY SIMMS  BETHESDA – The Montgomery County community came together Saturday at Thomas W. Pyle Middle School to attend a local celebrity basketball game and fundraiser to provide Hurricane Maria relief for victims in Puerto Rico.

Congressman Jamie Raskin (D), Montgomery County Council President Roger Berliner (D), State Sen. William C. Smith Jr. (D-20), State Sen. Susan Lee (D-16), Del. Marc Korman (D-16), and County Council at Large candidate Will Jawando (D) were some of the community leaders in attendance.

Officers Greg Davis and Sarah Federico from the Montgomery County Police Department participated in the basketball game. The fundraiser also included appearances by local celebrities such as rapper Moe Vision, actor DJ Wilson, and fashion designer & creator of Engreve clothing Thar Tariq.

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Unbeaten Alexandru Marin returns on Nov. 4, title shot on horizon

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Bethesda resident Alexandru Marin will return to the ring against an opponent to be determined on Nov. 4 at the Silver Eagle Arena in Ashburn, Va., said Bruce Babashan, the fighter’s trainer.

A native of Romania who went 150-10 and twice won national titles as an amateur, Marin (14-0, 10 knockouts) was last in action on Aug. 12 at the Masonic Temple in Norfolk, Va., weighing 118 pounds (bantamweight) for a second-round technical knockout victory over 122-pound junior featherweight and former two-time champion Juan Palacios of Nicaragua.

Marin, 25, fought at the sold-out MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill in May, when he shut out German Meraz over six rounds, but will pursue a world championship as a junior bantamweight (115 pounds). Marin’s run of four straight knockouts ended against Meraz.

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Business Incentives at Work: Fox Comes to County, Discovery Consolidates

Fox Broadcasting Company affiliates WTTG and WDCA will move from Northwest D.C. to Bethesda in 2021, bringing more than 200 employees to the County.

Discovery Communications will consolidate 230 technical and creative people, now working on Kennett Street in downtown Silver Spring, to its headquarters on Georgia Avenue in 2018.

Economic development incentives from Montgomery County and the State of Maryland are fostering both moves. The incentives include grants from the County, loans from the State, and tax breaks from both.

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Local firm expands to help federal agencies

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Bethesda-based InfoZen has hired 120 employees in the past 12 months and expanded its workspace for developing software to move, manage, store and protect massive databases for key federal agencies.

A key to its recent expansion has been a $208 million contract the firm won in 2016 to work with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, part of the Department of Homeland Security, said Susan Sparks, deputy program manager for the company’s work on the contract.

The company said it has more than doubled its annual revenue since 2015. Sparks said it expects to keep hiring and continue on its strong recent growth trajectory.

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Bethesda proves to be “Ground Zero” for hotel businesses

Bethesda is one of the top places in the country for companies on both the ownership and management sides of the hotel business.

J.W. “Bill” Marriott, Jr., CEO of Marriott International Inc. from 1972 to 2011 and still executive chairman, led the lodging industry’s separation of management and ownership functions for larger, higher-end properties. Until the 1980s, hotel owners in all price ranges generally managed their own properties, and chains had either central ownership or franchising deals holding them together.

Marriott concentrated on the management side of the business, developing the powerful marketing synergies of nationwide and worldwide hotel brands, as well as expertise and cost savings in hotel operations.

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Council debates B-CC expansion plan

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ROCKVILLE – While the proposed Downtown Bethesda Sector Plan would expand density in Bethesda, one thing it could also expand is Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School.

On Monday the County Council Planning, Housing and Economic Development Committee discussed buying or leasing property next to B-CC as way to find more space for the school’s increasing demands.

The council discussed several options from buying the office building located on 4401-4421 East West Highway next to B-CC in order to expand the school’s athletic fields and to leasing room from nearby office buildings to compensate for overcrowding.

“B-CC High School is the single hardest issue to for us to tackle in this,” said Council President Roger Berliner (D-1), who represents Bethesda. “Everything else seems to have a plausible answer, we don’t know what precisely what the answer is but B-CC High School – it’s a problem.”

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Council considers Bethesda area green space

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One of the key issues for the future of Bethesda is debate between more parks or more parking.

Last week, the County Council Planning, Housing and Economic Development committee discussed one of the most debated issues of the proposed Downtown Bethesda Sector plan – green space versus room for parking.

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Bethesda Attorney Inspired to Give Back Every Day

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February is Jewish Disabilities Awareness and Inclusion Month (JDAIM)

GJK photoGary Jay Kushner. COURTESY PHOTO  

Gary Jay Kushner remembers growing up in a home with a Jewish National Fund (JNF) Blue Box always being present. But it was an unforgettable trip to Israel in 2010 on JNF’s Culinary and Wine Tour that forever changed his life and view of Israel. “My wife Gail and I went on this trip with JNF because it looked like a great way to see Israel,” said Kushner. After visiting several JNF partner projects, especially the Be’er Sheva River Park, a 1,300-acre urban renewal project that’s rehabilitated the city into a vibrant and desirable place to live, Kushner wanted to get involved. “After that visit, Gail and I decided to make our first pledge,” Kushner said.

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