Thursday, January 26, 2012
An eight-week police task force launched efforts against drunk driving and underaged drinking this holiday season.
A holiday police task force released the results of its eight-week effort against drunk driving and underaged drinking Wednesday, netting 317 arrests for drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs and another 270 gallons of beer confiscated from underage drinkers. The Montgomery County Police working with the Maryland State Police, Gaithersburg Police and the Maryland-National Capital Park Police launched the 15-member task force from mid-November through New Year’s Eve. According to the report the task force: The task force also proactively enforced underage drinking statutes. Officers seized in excess of: A press conference is scheduled for 1 p.m. Thursday at the Public Safety Training Academy in Rockville where Captain Thomas …
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Use New Year's leftover Champagne to make some sweet treats for the kitchen.
What to do with that wonderful bubbly leftover from your celebrations? You hate to throw it out, but you just can't face another Champagne cocktail. Even if your Champagne has lost some of its fizz, you can use it in many ways, for recipes both sweet and savory. You won't taste the alcohol, but the Champagne flavor will really enhance the other flavors. Here are some ideas for you: 1. If you happen to have one of those little ice cream makers, pull that baby out and put it in your freezer. Then you can make sorbet with your leftover sweet Champagne and serve with fresh berries. I'm not normally a fan of out-of-season fruit flown in from heaven knows where, but Champagne and raspberries are pretty darn magical! 2. Treat Champagne as if it …
Friday, December 30, 2011
Are you staying in and going to sleep early?
New Year's Eve is a big time for parties and other extravaganzas. But some people just like to stay in. What are you doing for New Year's Eve? If you're looking for celebrations around Montgomery County, check out our New Year's Eve guides on the Wheaton Patch, the Silver Spring Patch, and the Bethesda Patch. And don't forget that if you're out on the town in D.C., you can get a safe ride home for free through the SoberRide program. Happy New Year!
Take a free cab in D.C. if you're feeling tipsy.
During the last decade, the highest number of alcohol-related traffic fatalities occurred on New Year’s Day, according to a study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. And even though D.C. wasn't rated as one of the top 25 drunkest cities in the United States, there will likely be a lot of imbibing happening in the DMV. That can make getting home safely tricky, but there is a way back if you find yourself without a designated driver and with empty pockets. Although AAA is not offering their tipsy tow program in any of the Mid-Atlantic states this New Year's Eve, adult partygoers in the Washington area can take advantage of the SoberRide program, which is co-sponsored by the Washington Regional Alcohol Program (WRAP). On Dec. 31, from …
This weekend: "A Christmas Carol," a New Year's Eve swing dance and labyrinth walk, a hike at Great Falls and more.
A Christmas Carol Where/When: Olney Theatre Center (2001 Olney Sandy Spring Rd., Olney, MD). Thursday, Dec. 29, at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 30, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 31, at 1 p.m.; Sunday, Jan. 1, at 3 p.m. Why Go: Paul Morella returns to the Olney Theatre Center to bring his unique and memorable solo performance of A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas. Theatre enthusiasts will love this rendition of an integral part of Christmas tradition and folklore. Recommended for ages 10 and up. Price: Tickets start at $26. Purchase tickets on the Olney Theatre Center's website. New Year's Eve Swing Dance at Glen Echo Park Where/When: Glen Echo Park (7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, MD). Saturday, Dec. 31, from 8 p.m. to …
Thursday, December 29, 2011
Local alcoholic beverage stores offer a bounty of spirits, wines and beers to celebrate the new year.
Spirits are flowing as Chevy Chase wine, beer and spirits merchants prepare to bid farewell to 2011 and extend felicitations to 2012. Here's a sampling of what local retailers are offering this holiday week. BEER WINE & CO. The shop, which opened in August, is currently offering patrons 15 percent off purchases. If you didn't receive a coupon in the mail, a coupon can be found on page 85 in the January issue of Bethesda Magazine. General Manager David Birks said business has been "unbelievably good—far above expectations." So good, in fact, that the shop is expanding and plans to open a tasting and beer room in mid-January. The additional retail space will increase the already-extensive beer selection (including imported and American craft…
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
A snowman, his wife and child were seen dancing in Chevy Chase, DC.
The sight of dancing snow people in Chevy Chase, DC, caught our eye Wednesday afternoon. It turns out that an area adjacent to Chevy Chase Recreation Center on Livingston Street, NW, is filled with holiday inflatables. Santa Claus is there, too! Wednesday's 10 to 15-mph winds—with gusts of 20 to 25—caused the colorful decorations to dance wildly. It was quite a sight to behold!
Mulch from county recycled trees can be picked up in February.
It’s the third day after Christmas and for some the evergreen decorations of holiday cheer are devolving into a drab brown, needle-dropping mess. Take charge of the situation before your happiness starts drooping along with the ornaments. Montgomery County will give residents the opportunity to recycle Christmas trees through February. Trees should be placed on the curb by 7 a.m. on the day of your regular recycling schedule. All decorations should be removed from the tree prior to collection. Trees with root balls are considered “live” and cannot be collected as part of the county’s regular recycling program. Artificial trees will not be collected, but can be donated to area charities. After collection, the trees are shredded into mulch …
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
It's over. The gifts are unwrapped. When does your tree come down?
The gifts are unwrapped, the stockings are empty, and needles from your beautiful tree may have already begun to fall onto your floor or carpet. It’s two days after Christmas and for some that means it’s time to take down the tree and all the trimmings. For others, the happy holiday decorations stay up until well after the new year. What’s your plan, Chevy Chase? Is the tree take-down on your to-do list this week, or is parting such sweet sorrow?
Mulch from county recycled trees can be picked up in February.
It’s the second day after Christmas and for some the ever-green decorations of holiday cheer are devolving into a drab-brown, needle-dropping mess. Take charge of the situation before your happiness starts drooping along with the ornaments. Montgomery County will give residents the opportunity to recycle Christmas trees through February. Trees should be placed on the curb by 7 a.m. on the day of your regular recycling schedule. All decorations should be removed from the tree prior to collection. Trees with root balls are considered “live” and cannot be collected as part of the county’s regular recycling program. Artificial trees will not be collected, but can be donated to area charities. After collection, the trees are shredded into mulch…