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via Maryland DNR

Putting snakes falling from the sky in proper perspective…

“Black Bears Spotted in Suburban #Maryland. Take Commonsense Precautions.”

From Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources:

“The Maryland Department of Natural Resources would like to alert citizens that juvenile black bears have been seen wandering through the state’s more suburban areas this spring. There have been recent, confirmed bear sightings in Baltimore, Howard, Montgomery, and Prince George’s counties as juvenile bears disperse, or seek out a new territory.

“Please treat bears the same as you would any wild animal,” Bear Project Leader Harry Spiker said. “Give them plenty of space and allow them to move on at their own pace. If a bear has been spotted in your neighborhood, please take down bird feeders and secure trash cans so that the bear does not get an easy meal, which may prolong their visit to your neighborhood.”

A reader passes on the horrifying account from the Washington Post:

“A 39-year-old woman was raped at knifepoint on a moving Metro train just before 10 a.m. last month in the Wheaton-­Glenmont area of Montgomery County, prosecutors said in court Monday.”

Update from Metro Transit Police:

“Metro GM has directed MTPD to make public notification of any violent crime the same day where doing so will not hinder investigation #wmata”

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Gary House

From a press release:

“Chef/owners Susan Limb and Patrick Musel announce the opening of Praline Bakery & Bistro at historic Glen Echo Park. The concept will be quick service/casual with items such as sandwiches, soups, quiches, salads, freshly popped popcorn and other delicious fare to eat in the café or take out. They will also offer a kid-friendly menu and full-service catering for onsite events. The café will be located next to Glen Echo Park’s historic Spanish Ballroom and will open around Glen Echo Park’s ‘Family Day’ on April 30th. (more…)

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Victoria Pickering

From Montgomery County Government:

“Due to the extremely cold temperatures predicted for tonight, January 18 and the next several days, the Director of the Montgomery County Animal Services Division Thomas Koenig is announcing enforcement of Executive Regulation 10-10AM, Anti-Cruelty Conditions for Dogs.

Section II-C of the regulation states that “a person must not tether a dog under circumstances that endanger its health, safety, or well-being including: unattended tethering of the dog during a weather emergency.” The enforcement of this regulation is put into effect during periods of high heat and humidity, and during conditions of extreme cold, wind, and heavy snow which can all be damaging to dogs and other animals. The penalty for this violation is a $500 fine.

Montgomery County Police Animal Services officers want to remind citizens to be particularly careful with all pets during this period of cold weather. The best advice during periods of extreme weather conditions is to bring pets indoors. Even animals that are accustomed to living outdoors can be susceptible to the dangers of cold weather. Livestock animals should have a place to get out of the wind and dry bedding should be provided to protect them from frostbite.
ASD Officers will be on-call, patrolling neighborhoods and responding to any animal-related emergencies. If you see an animal left outside that appears to be in danger, please call the Animal Services Division immediately at 301-279-8000.”

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via gofundme

From an email:

“I am a teacher at Brightwood Education Campus. We had several families affected by the car crash in Hyattsville last weekend. One of our kindergartners passed away. We have a first grade student who is still in critical condition, as well as several parents and siblings who were seriously injured. The school is raising money to help the families with funeral costs and medical care for the families involved. Could you share the link with readers who may be interested in donating?”

On Sunday, November 8, 2015, there was a horrific car accident in Hyattsville, Maryland that involved a church van and a truck, where four people died and fourteen others were injured.

Sadly, Stanley Gomez-Rodriguez, a kindergartener, at Brightwood Education Campus, died as a result of the accident. In addition, her mother and baby sister were also critically injured.

Unfortunately, there was another family from our school in the accident. Diana Rodriguez, a first grader, and her brother, Freddie Rodriquez, a fourth grader, and their parents were also severely injured in the accident.

Our school (Brightwood Education Campus, Washington, DC) is seeking immediate donations to help these families cover burial expenses for Stanley and medical expenses for those who have been hospitalized. Prior to the accident, these families were surviving on meager incomes. Your contributions will be used solely to help defray the cost of the funeral and to aid those who will need medical treatment over the weeks and months to come.

We hope you will reach deep within your hearts to help us support these families during their time of crisis. In advance, we thank you for your support and your generosity.

If you are able you can make a donation here.

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3803 34th Street

Thanks to a reader for sending photos and word from the Washington Business Journal:

Bird Kitchen & Cocktails will be a 50-seat restaurant with an additional 25-seat sidewalk cafe and a 25-seat beer garden in back. Robinson hopes it will become a quintessential neighborhood spot, and has even been taking requests via Facebook for what beers to put on tap.”

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From a press release:

Artomatic returns for its signature free art event to be held this year in Hyattsville, Maryland. Artomatic draws over 1000 artists and performers throughout the D.C., Maryland and Virginia area to showcase their talents for a six weeks long free exhibition that routinely attracts more than 75,000 visitors.

This year, the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) Department of Parks and Recreation welcomes Artomatic to Prince George’s County in a 90,000 square foot space, located at 8100 Corporate Drive in Hyattsville with a Halloween themed opening weekend celebration.

Artomatic is well-known for transforming empty spaces into vibrant arts communities that create unique and exciting events for tens of thousands of visitors – all free to visit. Anyone can show art at Artomatic – it is non-juried and art is selected on a first-come, first serve basis – so it’s a great way to discover new art. (more…)

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The Legend of Zelda:
Symphony of the Goddesses – Master Quest
:

“Wednesday September 16, 2015, 8pm

Symphony of the Goddesses brings Zelda fans and symphony goers alike an entirely new, exciting multimedia experience presenting over 28 years of music from The Legend of Zelda franchise as never before.

Fans will relive all of their favorite moments from a fully developed and thoughtfully structured program including memorable, beloved melodies from titles including Ocarina of Time, The Wind Waker, Twilight Princess, A Link to the Past, Link’s Awakening and more.

This concert will run approximately 150 minutes.

This concert is not presented by Strathmore.”

A Symphony Fit for the Goddesses

Designed to be a journey as epic and thrilling as the Legend itself, The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses presents the music of this celebrated franchise with all-new arrangements directly approved by franchise producer Eiji Aonuma and Nintendo composer and sound director Koji Kondo (Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda).

Featuring a first in video game concert history, The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses has been arranged and programmed with classical sensibilities in mind, organizing the music of this beloved franchise into a complete, 4 movement symphony, worthy of the Hero of Hyrule himself.