We Made A Move

This time, it was our turn; we’ve moved! Not to a new house, however — that part we’ve reserved for our clients. Marcie and I joined Compass, an exciting, technology-driven firm that brings the best of all real estate worlds together.

Amazing support for us agents ultimately means we can create a great experience for our clients: better communication with our buyers, stunning marketing campaigns for our sellers’ properties, reliable transaction management. We’re looking forward to serving you!

Please stop by anytime (well, almost any time) to chat about your real estate goals and dreams. We’re looking forward to serving you!

Used Book Sale Drop off at BCC HS- 1/7/17

Happy 2017! BCC’s Used Book Sale drop off is at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School on Saturday, January 7th, from 10 am – 2 pm. The staging area is now ready to take on more of your used books, so we
hope you come over and drop off your donations in sturdy bags and boxes.
Please note that the *drop off location ONLY for Jan 7th will be at the end
of BCC’s Chelton Road driveway (Auditorium side; near the ramp- see map). *

A Poor Compromise for the Purple Crescent Trail

IMG_1830Time to celebrate a little victory! The message below was sent out the Washington Area Bicyclist Association who has played a vital role in keeping our trail alongside the future Purple Line. We understand that “grade-separated” means that there was going to be some kind of little bridge across Jones Mill Road for the trail. That actually would be a huge improvement even without the light rail. (The way things are right now, many walkers or cyclists don’t have the patience to wait for the super short push-controlled pedestrian light and instead risk their safety by dodging cars that are shooting around from Jones Bridge.)
It appears that within a pretty short time, lots of people sent their message to the County Executive. (Check out the former “take action” button for their update.) Click here for a full downloadable version of the official Washington, DC bike map.
Dear trail user,
After years of public input and agreement on the design for the future Capital Crescent trail, the Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) just moved unilaterally to eliminate the long-promised grade-separated crossing of busy Jones Mill Rd.Take ActionThe grade separation makes the trail safer, and safety is vital to ensuring this heavily travelled trail remains a viable transportation option. Through thousands of hours of meetings on the future of the Capital Crescent Trail, County officials have promised safe crossings of major roadways that don’t leave bicyclists competing with cars or pressing “Walk” buttons and waiting for minutes.But the County’s own transportation officials just sent a letter to the Maryland Transit Agency (MTA), requesting that the separation be removed from the request for proposals (RFP).Despite years of working together on this project, MCDOT did not notify the public.They did not hold a meeting. They did not mention this at a Council hearing. They did not send a note to representatives of the bicycling community. It is unclear whether they even communicated their intentions to the County Executive.Frankly, they tried to sneak this past without any of us noticing.We noticed. We noticed that at the first opportunity to save money by sacrificing trail safety, they attempted to do so in a manner that evades public scrutiny and reneges on years of promises.I need you to take action today to tell the County Executive that we will not stand for such a downgrade to our prized trail, or for such misleading actions from our local transportation officials.Our hope is that the County Executive’s office was as misled as we were, and that they will immediately, clearly, and unambiguously tell MTA that the County is NOT seeking an amendment to the Purple Line RFP to eliminate the grade-separated crossing at Jones Mill Road.With years of work still ahead to complete the trail as promised, we cannot stand for a precedent of closed-door decisions that remove, or compromise, long-promised trail improvements.

Please CLICK HERE to send a message to the County Executive and the Council’s Transportation Committee.

– via Shane Farthing, Executive Director, Washington Area Bicyclist Association

 

A Toast to Real Estate

It might not seem like real estate and wine making have much in common, but in my small little world, they do! Donna Evers not only owns and operates Evers & Company Real Estate, but she also is a successful Virginia wine maker. As owner of Twin Oaks Tavern Winery in Bluemont, VA, Donna has been making wines since 2002.

Just this week I talked my 15-year-old son into accompanying me to help bottle the wine.  To sum it up, Donna hired a bottling truck (for lack of a better word). Within the truck, bottles are funneled along a conveyer belt, washed, dried, filled, corked, capped and labeled.  Then, a la Lucy style (imagine Lucille Ball working at the chocolate factory) the bottles get quickly placed into cases, sealed up, and carried into the old stone farm house for storage. T’is a beautiful thing!

Here are a few photos of our day at the Winery.  My job was to load the bottles onto the truck and get them ready for placement on the conveyer belt.  Malcolm got to carry the bottles from the driveway to the truck (the much harder job). And we both got a chance to load the bottles from the conveyer belt into cases.

If you’re looking for a fun day trip, I highly recommend a trip to Twin Oaks Tavern.  Their tasting room is open most days from 12-6 (open Thursday – Monday), and there’s live music on the weekends.  It’s an easy 1-hour drive from Bethesda, and even closer if you’re traveling from DC. Enjoy!

 

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Wait! There’s more…

Tricky BusinessmanDear Marcie

Hope you are fine today? Thanks for your mail and your willingness to assist me in this transaction. I assure you that all will be well at the end of the day and this transaction will benefit us immensely. All I need from you is your willingness and disposition to follow my instructions and directives while I guide you.You must also understand that this project will require a little of your time and commitment for it to be actualized.

Why i said this is because during the course of the transaction it may be required of you to travel to Malaysia which are the likely point where this transfer can be effected. So in essence it may require your physical presence. This will be the best way to realise this project faster and smoothly. The maximum you will be expected to stay in this trip is 2 working days and everything will be concluded and the money wired into your account. So before I proceed with the details of the procedure,I will like you to give me an answer to this very basic issue I raised. Can you be able to travel for this project to this destination I told you about?Reply urgently so that I can give you further details on how we will proceed.

I look forward to working with you on this project.

Packing my bags.

 

Elly May Clampett & Swimming Holes

When I was a kid “The Beverly Hillbillies” was a really big deal.  It was on the air for seven years and led the ratings for two of them. By the time I got around to seeing it, it was on the afternoon rotation (hardly prime time). It was a pretty goofy show, with plenty of canned laughter.

One of the characters, Elly May Clampett, the curvaceous daughter of Jed Clampett, was as famous for her pitching arm as she was for her love of water. She was a big fan of the swimming hole, the ce-ment pond, and the rather dishy pool in the back of their grand Beverly Hills mansion. Let’s just say that she was a water enthusiast.

And so, without further ado, here’s your link to swimming holes across the United States. It’s a great site full of interesting information about, well, swimming holes, hot springs and spots close to major highways (for a road trip dip!).  Natural lakes or quarries are to be found all around the US.  I’ve been to Beaver Dam near Baltimore.  It’s the first time I’ve ever seen people on a spinning log (they weren’t too good, either).  It had a great rope swing that scared the hell out of me when my own kids were on it. I’ve heard that it has closed down, or severely curtailed it’s offerings. Let’s hope the same can’t be said of your local spot.

Summer is upon us.  Make Elly May proud and take a dip!