mynor herrera: Cool Light Displays in the Metro DC Area - 12/03/11 02:34 AM
There are so many wonderful holiday activities in Bethesda and the surrounding area, including some great holiday light displays. Two of the nicer displays are ZooLights at The National Zoo in Washington, DC and Symphony of Lights at Symphony Woods in Columbia, MD.
 
ZooLights shows off many of the zoo’s most popular animals, built larger-than-life and constructed of LED lights. The LED lights are environmentally friendly and use about 90 percent less energy than traditional light bulbs. The event also offers hands-on activities, food, and other entertainment.
 
A new activity this year is an “Iceless” Skating Rink. Located at the … (3 comments)

mynor herrera: Client Appreciation Fall Festival - 11/25/11 06:46 AM
I recently hosted my annual client appreciation event and had a great time with many of my clients. We had wine, lunch, a hayride and ran wild all over Sharps Farm! Two lucky clients won stays at my beach condos! Hope to see more of you next year!
 
Click here to see photos - Provided by my good friend Jessica DelVecchio, Wedding & Portrait Photography – 202-744-3746. She's perfect for your holiday cards & gifts!
 
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mynor herrera: A Place to Learn History, Ride a Trolley—and See Santa! - 11/19/11 06:20 AM
Just outside of Chevy Chase is the National Capital Trolley Museum where history and fun meet for a very good time. A visit here takes you back to a time when the building, maintenance and operation of street cars were the focus of most of the nation’s workforce.
 
The Museum’s website states that they exist “to collect and preserve artifacts of electrical street railways and to interpret their impact upon the development of communities in the Washington DC region.“ A stroll through this wonderful museum offers lots of interesting information.
 
In the Main Hall you’ll learn about the street … (4 comments)

mynor herrera: Bethesda Students Put Kindness into Action - 11/12/11 11:29 AM
The kids at Bethesda's Carderock Springs Elementary School are learning more than just academics. They’ve discovered how great it is to help others.
 
It started at the beginning of October with a book called “The Lemonade Ripple: An Adventure in Philanthropy” by Paul Reichert, the father of a Carderock student. The story tells of a young girl who opens a lemonade stand to help get a new wheelchair for her friend, which creates a “lemonade ripple” that draws the whole community to help.
 
What the book did in Bethesda was to inspire students from kindergarten to the fifth grade … (0 comments)

mynor herrera: A Small Bethesda Business with a Big Impact - 11/05/11 03:55 PM
Anyone who lives here knows there’s always great stuff happening in Bethesda. Add to that list Savenia Labs, a small start-up company making a big environmental impact.
 
The company was started by John Jabara, a Bethesda resident, to provide consumers with the energy cost of operating various household appliances. A few years ago John was in the market for a coffeemaker and wanted to know not only how much energy it used, but also the long-term cost to both himself and the environment of using the different units on the market. Because this information wasn’t readily available, he started a … (2 comments)

mynor herrera: Historic and Haunted Fun in Maryland - 10/22/11 09:23 AM
Attention residents of Bethesda and the general DC, Maryland and Virginia areas: If you’re in the vicinity of Clarksburg over Halloween weekend, you may run into some very “spirited” characters. 
A book store called Novel Places—which just happens to be the site of the old Clarksburg Trading Post and the Wilson General Store of the 1950s and 60s—may be visited by the Maryland Goatman and the Snallygaster beast. These two haven’t been seen in this area since the early 20th century, but Halloween is their time for fun and an old building the perfect place to play.
 
On October … (2 comments)

mynor herrera: Homes in DC Area More Affordable Than Ever - 10/15/11 05:18 AM
If you’re buying in or relocating to the Metro DC area or the surrounding suburbs, you can breathe a little easier. For 252 zip codes in the DC area, the yearly income needed to buy a home has dropped dramatically from 2007 to present says the Washington Post.
 
Here’s how the numbers tell it.
Since 2007, general interest rates have dropped from 6.58 percent to 4.62 percent. The average cost of a single-family home has fallen from $424,000 to $329,990. Therefore, the amount of income you need to buy a home has gone from $103,776 annually to $65,088. That’s a … (2 comments)

mynor herrera: Metro DC: The Best No-Cost Events Anywhere! - 10/07/11 04:25 PM
As you’ve heard from me over and over, I love living in the Metro DC area. From DC proper to Bethesda and Silver Spring, I believe no other place can challenge my home for diversity of things to do. Whether it’s arts, history, government or fun, DC offers it almost every minute of the day and night. But what’s especially unique about Metro DC and the surrounding areas is that so much can be had for free.
 
And don’t worry--while these events have no cost, it’s definitely not a case of “you get what you pay for.” Our free … (0 comments)

mynor herrera: Summer Fun at Rock Creek Forest Block Party - 10/02/11 05:01 AM
This past June, the residents of Rock Creek Forest got together to hold a wonderful summer block party. The weather cooperated with a lovely day so that neighbors could share food and conversation while kids found each other for games and general fun.
 
Here are more pictures of this great event:
 
Rock Creek Forest Block Party - June 2011
 
 
Rock Creek Forest is just one of many great neighborhoods in the DC area. Contact me, Mynor Herrera, today for expert help buying or selling in the DC, MD, & VA areas! I also specialize in Bethesda and Chevy … (0 comments)

mynor herrera: Arts Stay Strong in Silver Spring - 09/24/11 04:37 AM
Over the last ten years, Silver Spring has come into its own as a hub of music and culture in the DC Metro area, earning a designation as an official arts and entertainment district. This past week Montgomery County voted to continue this designation for another decade, and the state will make its decision in early October.
 
For those seeking a variety of activities, Silver Spring is a perfect destination. During the summer, the downtown area was home for 20 different festivals and the weekly Fenton Street Market. Performance centers abound and include the Round House Theatre, Bonifant Theatre Space, … (0 comments)

mynor herrera: Clean Energy for Bethesda and Beyond - 09/18/11 09:55 AM
Bethesda and the surrounding neighborhoods have so much to offer, and now we can add a commitment to clean energy by area businesses.
 
On September 15, over a dozen companies participated in the Trans-Atlantic Symposium on Cleantech Innovation and Federal Contracting at the John Hopkins Montgomery County Campus. Among the attendees were American companies such as Lockheed Martin of Bethesda and Clean Currents of Rockville as well as several Swiss companies. The main focus of discussion was clean renewable energy, and there were some outstanding things to share.
 
Lockheed Martin met its 2010 goals to become a greener … (0 comments)

mynor herrera: Safer Transportation in Metro-DC - 09/10/11 03:34 PM
September 11, 2001, was unquestionably a day of great tragedy.  However, the lessons learned from that day have led to positive changes that will better protect DC Metro citizens should the unthinkable happen again. The increased security for Montgomery County’s transportation services is a great example of how things have improved.
 
Currently, over 90 percent of the new Ride On buses in Bethesda and elsewhere have digital cameras with wireless internet which allows events to be monitored in real time. On-board GPS systems track bus locations, and silent alarm systems can alert authorities to a potential threat. About 75 percent of … (5 comments)

mynor herrera: Rebate Program Helps Residents Save - 08/31/11 09:45 AM
Almost everyone is trying to save money on the upkeep of their DC Metro home.  Below is information I received about a rebate program that will improve your home’s comfort and value while it saves you money on energy usage.  I’m happy to share this information with you and hope you’ll take advantage of this great program!
 
Montgomery County Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program
 
Interested in upgrading your home to improve comfort, reduce energy costs and even boost long term home value? Montgomery County, using a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, will be offering a one-time program … (2 comments)

mynor herrera: Silver Spring Neighbors Save Energy and Money - 08/25/11 03:11 PM
People in the DC Metro area know the importance and value of energy conservation. Recently, seven families in Silver Spring got together to save energy—and saved themselves some money in the process.
 
It started with one local couple attending a Takoma Park meeting about energy conservation, which got them really motivated to weatherize their home. They thought it was such an important idea that they checked a neighborhood listserv and contacted their Fairview Court neighbors, inviting them to a meeting at their home to hear more.  Also attending the meeting was WeatherizeDC, a local nonprofit that helps people with home … (0 comments)

mynor herrera: ♫ The Farmers in DC, The Farmers in DC… - 08/18/11 03:33 PM
Most people associate the DC area with the White House, monuments, and thriving modern cities like Bethesda and Chevy Chase. Yet there is another personality to this area—a rural persona with farmers and landowners that is flourishing in its own right.
 
For those that want to try their hand at farming, the Montgomery Countryside Alliance now has a web site to match aspiring farmers with those who have an excess of land they want to rent, sell, or offer for use so they don’t have to mow or otherwise care for it. 
 
The site is called Land Link … (0 comments)

mynor herrera: Biking Beckons in Bethesda (Say It Three Times Fast!) - 08/11/11 03:49 PM
Everyone knows that Bethesda is a great place for walking, with a Walkability Score of 50. Very soon it will be just as easy to bike around Bethesda, too, says Gazette.net. A bikeshare program is on tap for the downtown area, and the search for funding has begun.
 
This program, modeled after the one in Washington, DC would create a very green alternative form of transportation for Bethesda residents. Once registered for the bikeshare program, you are allowed to take a bike from a dock, ride to your destination, and return the bike either to its original dock or to … (0 comments)

mynor herrera: Lessons Beyond the Stage at Bethesda Theatre Camp - 08/03/11 05:26 PM
Shakespeare said “All the world’s a stage,” and kids in a local Bethesda summer camp are learning just how true that is! Since 1981, Adventure Theatre’s Musical Summer Camp at Glen Echo Park has been teaching children ages 6 to 15 not only skills for the stage but also for life, says Gazette.net.
 
One of the basic tenets of this camp is that you must work as a team with other campers and not “hog the spotlight,” according to Education and Outreach Director Kathryn Hnatio. They keep stress low by using an informal audition process where casting is often based … (2 comments)

mynor herrera: Free and Comfortable Rides in Bethesda - 07/28/11 04:46 AM
Catching a ride in downtown Bethesda has gotten a little more modern, though some might say a bit less charming. According to Gazette.net, the Bethesda Circulator has traded up from old-fashioned trolleys to new luxury buses for the 2.1 mile, 20-stop route through the city’s downtown area.
While the trolleys were delightful, the new buses also have some nice amenities including cushioned seats, which all will agree are more comfortable than the trolleys’ wooden benches. But the major reason for the change, according to the Bethesda Urban Partnership, was economics. The trolleys had begun to break down more often with replacement … (0 comments)

mynor herrera: More Small Business Loans Possible for Bethesda - 07/21/11 03:43 AM
The U.S. Treasury Department is helping a Bethesda bank provide more local small business loans. From Gazette.net, EagleBank of Bethesda has received $56.5 million from the Treasury as part of the 2010 Small Business Jobs Act, which is meant to offer capital to community banks with assets of $10 billion or less.  
According to the CEO of EagleBank, Ronald D. Paul, the bank is able to obtain the money at an interest rate of only 1 percent because of the large number of loans it has given out in the past twelve months. In actual figures, the bank had an increase … (2 comments)

mynor herrera: A Special Camp Experience in Silver Spring - 07/15/11 04:48 AM
Summer is a time for kids to enjoy lots of fun activities. This year, 30 lucky Silver Spring children got to spend a week at the fourth annual Police Adventure Camp at Viers Mill. Run by Montgomery County police officers, this non-profit camp provided services to at-risk children and their families, according to a Gazette.net article. 
Activities at the camp included sports and crafts as well as some more important life lessons. The children completed the Drug Abuse Resistance Education or D.A.R.E. program to understand the dangers of substance abuse. They also listened to guest speakers and interacted with the officers … (0 comments)

 
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