With more than a dozen websites across Montgomery County, Patch brings you news from every corner of our community. Catch up on headlines you might have missed this week, including a new transportation plan for Rockville Pike, a high school lockdown and a massive water main break that led to water restrictions in two counties.
BETHESDA—Montgomery County planners are recommending that two travel lanes of Route 355 from the Capital Beltway to Western Avenue be re-purposed as dedicated rapid transit bus lanes. Planners say the rapid transit route would draw high ridership, but drivers could see their afternoon rush trips increase by nearly six minutes from Western Avenue to Cedar Lane by 2040. Read more on Bethesda Patch.
CHEVY CHASE—A 60-inch-in-diameter water main broke Monday night at around 8 p.m. on Connecticut Avenue near Chevy Chase Lake Drive. The geyser closed down the road and caused a giant crater to form. Mandatory water restrictions were required of all Montgomery County and Prince George's County residents. Read more on Chevy Chase Patch. And, check out Patch blogger Harrison Albert's stunning set of photos of the burst.
GAITHERSBURG—A 55-year-old man was struck and killed by a school bus Thursday morning in Gaithersburg. Read more on Gaithersburg Patch.
WHEATON—A car crashed into a Peruvian restaurant in Wheaton Thursday morning, hitting two people standing outside on the sidewalk and sending one to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, according to Montgomery County police. Read more on Wheaton Patch.
GAITHERSBURG—Quince Orchard High School was locked down briefly on March 15 for the report of two men with a weapon outside the school. Read moreonGaithersburg Patch.
SILVER SPRING—The area surrounding the Silver Spring Metro has a density—that's people per square miles—more similar to densities in Washington, DC, than in Montgomery County. Read more on Silver Spring Patch.
ASPEN HILL—A 55-year-old man and a 14-year-old girl were shot shortly before 1 a.m. Thursday after two men forced their way into an Aspen Hill home and demanded money, according to Montgomery County police. Read more onWheaton Patch.
COLESVILLE—Springbrook High School graduates C.J. Garner and Jamal Olasewere have led Long Island University in an "unprecedented" NCAA reign, the New York Times reported. Read more on Colesville Patch.
ROCKVILLE—Last week, the leader of Montgomery County government took a break from big budget talks and power meetings to take the lead on something else—a round of the "Harlem Shake." Read more on Rockville Patch.
ROCKVILLE—When the Jewish Social Service Agency decided to celebrate and honor author, journalist and Holocaust survivor Herman Taube on his 95th birthday, Taube decided that he did not want or need any birthday gifts. "I feel as long as I'm alive, I will try two things: not to forget what happened to us during World War II with the hope that it will never happen again, and that those other survivors will have the help they need," Taube said. Read more on Rockville Patch.
TAKOMA PARK—President Barack Obama nominated Takoma Park resident and former Montgomery County Councilman Thomas E. Perez as U.S. Secretary of Labor on Monday, CBS News reported. Read more on Takoma Park Patch.
CHEVY CHASE—The Town of Somerset in Chevy Chase is the first municipality in Montgomery County to have an all-female council, and this week's re-election of three council members ensures that this distinction will continue for at least another year (barring any resignations of sitting council members). Read more on Chevy Chase Patch.
POTOMAC—Sixteen-year-old Shaner LeBauer of Potomac captured his first U.S. National Championship speedskating title last weekend. Read more on Potomac Patch.
WHEATON—"The death of a family pet can be devastating for kids. Hopefully my family's story can give you some ideas to help your own children with pet loss." Read more on Wheaton Patch.