DMV Region Reacts To Local News Outlet Getting Shut Down, Reporter Releases DMV Region Reacts To Local News Outlet Getting Shut Down, Reporter Releases
DMV Region Reacts To Local News Outlet Getting Shut Down, Reporter Releases A popular local news outlet in the DMV region is being shut down - again - after the agency released more than a dozen employees and plans to shift toward a different business model.  The backlash was swift and harsh on Friday, Feb. 23, when WAMU announced it would be shutting down DCist, which was shuttered unexpectedly as users were redirected to a website for the company's radio station. Layoffs were confirmed by their union on Friday morning. If you believe in the power of local journalism to hold the government accountable, to bring levity to your day, or to tell you something…
New Eatery Celebrates Grand Opening In Yorktown New Eatery Celebrates Grand Opening In Yorktown
New Eatery Celebrates Grand Opening In Yorktown Sushi lovers will want to check out a new Northern Westchester restaurant that just celebrated its grand opening.  Sushi Express, located in Yorktown at 1925 Commerce St., held its grand opening on Thursday, Feb. 22.  The opening event was attended by New York State Sen. Pete Harckham, who announced the restaurant's opening on his Facebook page.  "It’s always great to see locally owned businesses open in our community," Harckham said.  The eatery offers various sushi rolls, sashimi, hand rolls, sushi entrees, and salads.  Special rolls include the Spicy Eskimo Ro…
New Adult-Use Cannabis Dispensary To Celebrate Opening In White Plains: Here's When New Adult-Use Cannabis Dispensary To Celebrate Opening In White Plains: Here's When
New Adult-Use Cannabis Dispensary To Celebrate Opening In White Plains: Here's When Another adult-use cannabis dispensary is set to celebrate its grand opening in Westchester.  An Etain adult-use dispensary, located in White Plains at 75 Mamaroneck Ave., will hold the event on Friday, March 1 at noon, the company announced.  The new dispensary will be operated by Etain, a woman-founded company that is one of the original medical cannabis operators in New York and has been in the business for nearly a decade.  "Westchester has been Etain’s home for many years, and the significance of unveiling the first co-located dispensary in this community holds a profoun…
Thousands Of Biometric Gun Safes Being Recalled Due To Faulty Locks That May Fail: CPSC Thousands Of Biometric Gun Safes Being Recalled Due To Faulty Locks That May Fail: CPSC
Thousands Of Biometric Gun Safes Being Recalled Due To Faulty Locks That May Fail: Cpsc Multiple biometric gun safes are being recalled nationwide due to locks that can fail and allow access to unauthorized users, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced.  On Thursday, Feb. 22, the agency issued a series of recall alerts regarding four safes that are subject to the recall due to the faulty locks.  Products subject to the recall:  Awesafe Biometric Gun Safes Awesafe Biometric Gun Safes CPSC MouTec brand Biometric Firearm Safes MouTec brand Biometric Firearm Safes CPSC Machir Biometric Personal Safes Machir Biometric Personal Safe…
Levantine Restaurant ‘ala’ Sets Opening Date For New Maryland Location Levantine Restaurant ‘ala’ Sets Opening Date For New Maryland Location
Levantine Restaurant ‘ala’ Sets Opening Date For New Maryland Location Levantine-inspired restaurant ‘ala’ has set an opening date for its new Maryland location. ala-Bethesda is opening its doors Friday, March 1 at the former Positano restaurant space at 4948 Fairmont Avenue. Similar to its Washington DC location, the new spot’s cuisine couples Levantine-inspired creations with others from the Levant region of Turkey, Syria, and Israel. The eatery sits 90 indoors and 30 more on the patio and is owned by Deniz Gulluoglu, who lives in the Cabin John area of Bethesda. “We have always wanted to open a second restaurant closer to our home, in our community,” …
Watertown Celeb's Whiskey Will Launch Next Month Across Mass Watertown Celeb's Whiskey Will Launch Next Month Across Mass
Watertown Celeb's Whiskey Will Launch Next Month Across Mass Watertown Whiskey, the brainchild of Mikey Bortone of "Survivor" fame, is set to release in Massachusetts on March 1.  Bortone told the Daily Voice that getting his coconut-flavored whiskey into Massachusetts was a milestone he was excited to make.  Related: Watertown Native, 'Survivor' Alum Launches Whiskey Label “It has always been one of our top priorities to have Watertown Whiskey for sale in Watertown,” says Mikey Bortone, CEO and co-founder of Watertown Whiskey, in a news release. “We’re thrilled to start our national expansion in Massachusetts as well as in Rhode Island an…
Pizzeria Permanently Closes In Larchmont: 'Thank You To All Customers' Pizzeria Permanently Closes In Larchmont: 'Thank You To All Customers'
Pizzeria Permanently Closes In Larchmont: 'Thank You To All Customers' After a little over a year in business, a pizzeria in Westchester has permanently closed. Alondra's Restaurant, located in Larchmont at 18 Chatsworth Ave., announced its permanent closure in a social media post on Saturday, Feb. 10.  "The doors have closed forever," the owners wrote in their post, continuing, "Thank you to all the customers who supported us for a long year."  No other reason for the closure was given. The eatery, which opened in early 2023, had served Neapolitan pizza as well as classic Italian-inspired dishes.  The news of the closure prompted some sad re…
Foreign Nationals Convicted Of Multi-Million Dollar Phony iPhone Scheme In Maryland, DC: Feds Foreign Nationals Convicted Of Multi-Million Dollar Phony iPhone Scheme In Maryland, DC: Feds
Foreign Nationals Convicted Of Multi-Million Dollar Phony iPhone Scheme In Maryland, DC: Feds A pair of Chinese nationals living in Maryland have been convicted on federal charges for an elaborate scheme to defraud Apple out of millions of dollars worth of iPhones, authorities announced. Haotian Sun, of Baltimore, and Pengfei Xuem, of Germantown, both 33, were found guilty this week for their roles in a sophisticated operation involving upwards of 5,000 devices. According to prosecutors, between May 2017 and September 2019, Sun, Xue, and other conspirators defrauded Apple Inc. by submitting counterfeit phones to Apple for repair to get the company to exchange them with genuine …
ShopRite Store Coming To Central Jersey Hiring For Hundreds Of Positions ShopRite Store Coming To Central Jersey Hiring For Hundreds Of Positions
ShopRite Store Coming To Central Jersey Hiring For Hundreds Of Positions About 300 jobs are being created thanks to the arrival of a new ShopRite in Old Bridge. The new ShopRite is located in the Glenwood Green Shopping Center at Route 9 and Schulmeister Road. The store is set to open in March. Hiring is taking place for all positions including department managers, butchers, deli, bakery, dairy, produce and seafood associates, customer service associates, cashiers and baggers. Perry Blatt, director of E-Commerce and Business Development for Village Super Market, Inc., said,  “We look forward to continuing our commitment to the community with a brand new s…
Medical Office Complexes Have New Leasing Manager In Union, Burlington Counties Medical Office Complexes Have New Leasing Manager In Union, Burlington Counties
Medical Office Complexes Have New Leasing Manager In Union, Burlington Counties Lee & Associates New Jersey has been selected to lease two medical office properties in Union and Burlington counties.  The commercial real estate firm’s Erica Davidson is heading the exclusive agency for 200 Williamson Street in Elizabeth and 6 Earlin Avenue in Browns Mills. Landmark Healthcare Facilities LLC owns both properties. The national full-service developer specializes in physician office buildings and clinics, ambulatory care and surgery centers, cardiac and cancer centers, imaging centers, fitness and women’s centers and laboratories. 200 Williamson Street is a new…
New Store, Deli Opens For Business In Putnam Valley New Store, Deli Opens For Business In Putnam Valley
New Store, Deli Opens For Business In Putnam Valley A new grocery store and deli is now open in the Hudson Valley.  Anita's Grocery & Deli, located in Putnam County at 299 Peekskill Hollow Rd. in Putnam Valley, held its grand opening on Saturday, Feb. 17.  In attendance at the celebration was Putnam County Legislator Bill Gouldman, who announced the store's opening on social media. "We wish them best wishes. Let's show our support for these Putnam Valley residents," Gouldman wrote in his post.  The store offers a selection of American, Portuguese, Spanish, and Italian food. 
Joppa Woman Turns Spare Change Into $50K Playing Random Maryland Lottery Ticket Sold At Walmart Joppa Woman Turns Spare Change Into $50K Playing Random Maryland Lottery Ticket Sold At Walmart
Joppa Woman Turns Spare Change Into $50K Playing Random Maryland Lottery Ticket Sold At Walmart A Harford County woman picked up several items when she did some food shopping at Walmart in Baltimore County, but it was what she did with a spare $5 that made the trip to the grocery store worthwhile. While shopping at the Nottingham retailer on Perry Hill Road, the Joppa woman told officials she had an extra $5, and she had an inkling that she should purchase a game from the store's Lottery vending machine. It was a prescient feeling. The woman - who chose to remain nameless - said that she typically would purchase scratchers with her spare change, but this time around, she took a swing…
Workout Facility Founded By NFL Player To Open Armonk Location Workout Facility Founded By NFL Player To Open Armonk Location
Workout Facility Founded By NFL Player To Open Armonk Location If you want to shed a few pounds and get started on that summer body, you may want to check out an upcoming state-of-the-art workout facility in Northern Westchester.  D1 Training, a training facility franchise founded by former NFL player Will Bartholomew, will open a new location in Armonk at 130 Business Park Dr. on Monday, Feb. 26.  The facility will be owned by Kyle Stover and Jennifer Lung, who have already operated a physical therapy business in the Armonk area for 12 years.  Those who visit the new facility will be able to try a sports-science-backed traini…
New Starbucks With Drive-Thru Opens In Bergen County New Starbucks With Drive-Thru Opens In Bergen County
New Starbucks With Drive-Thru Opens In Bergen County A brand-new Starbucks has opened in Bergen County. The coffee chain's new location is located on River Street at the Print House, a mixed-use development complete with eateries and medical offices at the former site of the Bergen Record. The 3,000-square-foot Starbucks includes an outdoor patio and drive-thru. The leasing agreement was announced by NAI Hanson, who represents the River Street development, last March. Blue Foundry Bank and Hackensack Meridian Health also inked lease deals. "Welcoming its first residents last year, the first 271 residential units of phase one at Print H…
Razza In Jersey City Ranked Among Best Pizzerias In America (Again) Razza In Jersey City Ranked Among Best Pizzerias In America (Again)
Razza In Jersey City Ranked Among Best Pizzerias In America (Again) Yelp has released its annual list of the Top 100 pizzerias in America. Among them, Razza in Jersey City. Released in honor of National Pizza Day earlier this month, the list was made, of course, with help from Yelpers and ratings. "We identified businesses in the pizza category on Yelp, then ranked those spots using a number of factors, including the total volume and number of 5-star reviews each business had that were written by members of the Yelp Elite Squad," list creators write.  The reigning champ was Pequod’s Pizzeria in Chicago, but Razza in Jersey City came in at No. 87…
Laurel Tavern Donuts Set To Reopen After Being Damaged By Car In Montgomery County Laurel Tavern Donuts Set To Reopen After Being Damaged By Car In Montgomery County
Laurel Tavern Donuts Set To Reopen After Being Damaged By Car In Montgomery County A popular eatery in Prince George's County is set to reopen after a son in Maryland rallied the community to support his parents after a car crashed into their business. One person suffered minor injuries shortly after 8 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 30 last year after crashing a Honda into the side of Laurel Tavern Donuts in the 100 block of Washington Boulevard in Laurel, leaving the building with substantial damage. The driver crashed into the side of the doughnut shop in Laurel. Prince George's County Fire/EMS In response, Sean Kwon started a GoFundMe campaign on behalf of his parents…
Restaurant, Taproom In Beverly Has Closed Restaurant, Taproom In Beverly Has Closed
Restaurant, Taproom In Beverly Has Closed The owners of a popular bar and restaurant in Beverly announced that it had closed because of rising rent costs and falling profits.  Related: 'Sad News': Cambridge Restuarant To Close After 4 Years Owners of The Falconer on Cabot Street put out an Instagram post explaining how they were unable to "find a sustainable path forward," and thanked their staff and loyal customers.  To our friends and supporters - this has been a tough day as we regretfully made the decision to close The Falconer. Our team has been working hard over the last few months to find a way to continue,…
Ridgewood's Sook Pastry Named Among Best In America Ridgewood's Sook Pastry Named Among Best In America
Ridgewood's Sook Pastry Named Among Best In America The best bakery in the Garden State is right in Bergen County. Sook Pastry in Ridgewood was named New Jersey's "Best Bakery To Treat Yourself In," according to Yelp.  The bakery, at 24 S. Broad St., offers cakes, pastries, cookies, tarts and baked goods. Some of the cakes include the Ridgewood with chocolate mousse, vanilla crème brûlée filling, chocolate sponge and the Lincoln, with white bisquit sacher, chocolate ganache, coffee cream and coffee extract. View this post on Instagram A post shared by @sookpastry The bakery has a 4.…
R/C Theatres Announces Opening Day For New Quakertown Location R/C Theatres Announces Opening Day For New Quakertown Location
R/C Theatres Announces Opening Day For New Quakertown Location Coming soon: a theater near you.  R/C Theatres will open its new 12-screen multiplex in Quakertown on Friday, March 1, according to management.  The new theater at 185 North West End Boulevard will feature wall-to-wall silver screens, laser projection systems, and Dolby surround sound, R/C says on Facebook.  Guests can also expect heated recliner seating and an expanded snack bar, according to the company's website.  It will be the chain's seventh Pennsylvania location and its first in greater Philadelphia.  Posted by R/C Richland Crossings Movies 12 on W…
'Sad News': Cambridge Restuarant To Close After 4 Years 'Sad News': Cambridge Restuarant To Close After 4 Years
'Sad News': Cambridge Restuarant To Close After 4 Years Vincent's in Cambridge has gone from an eclectic grocery store that sold used records and breakfast tacos to a popular restaurant with rave reviews. Now, they're pivoting again.  The restaurant announced on Instagram that it would close its doors on Feb. 29 after nearly four years in business at 233 Cardinal Medeiros Ave.  Sad news! After almost 4 years on the corner here, Vincent’s time is up. We’re locking it up for the last time on February 29th. When we opened up in May of 2020 selling groceries, wine, used records, and breakfast tacos, we didn’t know where we’d end up. I…
Medport Diner Could Be Replaced By Shopping Center, Chipotle: Report Medport Diner Could Be Replaced By Shopping Center, Chipotle: Report
Medport Diner Could Be Replaced By Shopping Center, Chipotle: Report A drive-up Chipotle restaurant and retail stores are proposed for the site of a popular 45-year-old diner in Burlington County, according to local officials. The Medport Diner on Route 70 in Medford would be demolished under the developer's plans for about 13,000 square feet of new retail space, according to Township Manager Tom Czerniecki. Retail shopping is a permitted use under zoning law, but the developer would need special approval from the Zoning Board of Adjustment for a drive-through window, Czerniecki told Daily Voice. ."The zoning code only allows fast food establishments with d…
JCPenney Moving To Willowbrook Mall JCPenney Moving To Willowbrook Mall
JCPenney Moving To Willowbrook Mall JCPenney is on the move in Passaic County. The department store chain is relocating from the Wayne Town Center to Willowbrook Mall next month in the township, Ryan Hidalgo, the senior general manager of the mall said.  JCPenney will be taking the spot formally occupied by Lord and Taylor, Hidalgo said. JCPenney has 10 locations in the Garden State, including in Woodbridge and Jersey City.
Newtown Company To Close, 71 Employees To Lose Jobs Newtown Company To Close, 71 Employees To Lose Jobs
Newtown Company To Close, 71 Employees To Lose Jobs A company is closing its Fairfield County plant causing 71 employees to lose their jobs. Cascades Containerboard Packaging in Newtown said in a letter to the First Selectman Jeffery Capeci, its intent to permanently close its manufacturing facility located at 1 Edmond Road, between April 12 and April 26. "We have advised the employees that the layoff will be progressive between the above two dates," the company said. "We have also advised that this action is expected to be permanent." The company said employees will not be offered positions in other plants as the m…
Agawam Restaurant To Temporarily Close; Owners Plan Revamp, Work On New Eatery Agawam Restaurant To Temporarily Close; Owners Plan Revamp, Work On New Eatery
Agawam Restaurant To Temporarily Close; Owners Plan Revamp, Work On New Eatery The owners of The Federal in Hampden County said they would close one of their locations beginning later this month as they update the restaurant and prepare to launch another eatery. Michael Presnal, executive chef and co-owner of The Federal, said in a news release that the 135 Cooper Street restaurant would close on Feb. 24 for an undisclosed period of time.  "We have made small updates to the restaurant since opening 22 years ago, but we are at a point where we’d like to reimagine the physical and operational aspects of The Federal Restaurant," he said in a news …
Skate Shop Owners Seek Community Support During Transition In Montgomery County Skate Shop Owners Seek Community Support During Transition In Montgomery County
Skate Shop Owners Seek Community Support During Transition In Montgomery County A Maryland skate shop is seeking support from patrons during its transition to encompass a music and art space. Kaare Wieneke, owner of Bethesda Boards on Woodmont Avenue, has been working to transform the indoor skate shop into ‘The Alley’ — a lively and welcoming music and art space — for more than 12 years, according to a GoFundMe launched to help make it happen at long last. “The truth is we didn't anticipate the full length and expense of this transition,” writes Wieneke. “Your support will help us complete architectural, electrical, and plumbing blueprints, build two new handicapped…
Olney Grille Temporarily Shut Down Following Kitchen Fire Olney Grille Temporarily Shut Down Following Kitchen Fire
Olney Grille Temporarily Shut Down Following Kitchen Fire A Montgomery County restaurant has been temporarily closed due to a kitchen fire on Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 13, authorities said. The blaze broke out at Olney Grille on Laytonsville Road near Georgia Avenue around 12:25 p.m., Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Service Spokesperson Pete Piringer said. It involved the grill area and ductwork on the first floor, Piringer added. The building was evacuated as crews ensured that the fire hadn’t spread to the second-floor offices, though light smoke was observed. The restaurant is temporarily closed for repairs, Piringer said. It isn't clear ho…
Italian Steakhouse In West Roxbury Closing After 16 Years, New Eatery To Take Its Place Italian Steakhouse In West Roxbury Closing After 16 Years, New Eatery To Take Its Place
Italian Steakhouse In West Roxbury Closing After 16 Years, New Eatery To Take Its Place The owners of an Italian steakhouse in Boston's West Roxbury neighborhood say they will close next month after 16 years in business.  In a Facebook post, the owners of Sofia Italian Steakhouse at 1430 VFW Parkway said they had sold the building, and it would be revamped into a new restaurant with a new concept.  Sofia will serve its last dinner on March 2.  After 16 happy and successful years, it is with a heavy heart that we have come to the difficult decision to have our... Posted by Sofia Italian Steakhouse on Monday, February 12, 2024 The owners did not say…
Nationwide Recall Issued For Meat Products Due To Possible Contamination Nationwide Recall Issued For Meat Products Due To Possible Contamination
Nationwide Recall Issued For Meat Products Due To Possible Contamination A  nationwide recall has been issued for a brand of meat products. Fratelli Beretta USA, Inc., based in Mount Olive, NJ, says the undetermined amount of ready-to-eat (RTE) meat charcuterie products containing Coppa may be under-processed, which may have resulted in possible contamination with foodborne pathogens. The recall was announced by the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The Coppa products have various best-by-dates.  Coppa, a dry-cured capicola, is a boneless pork shoulder product that is dry-cured. Click here to view product…
Barnes & Noble Stores Opening In Gainesville, Manassas Barnes & Noble Stores Opening In Gainesville, Manassas
Barnes & Noble Stores Opening In Gainesville, Manassas A pair of Barnes & Noble stores are coming to Prince William County. One will be coming to the Shops at Stonewall in Gainesville, and the other in Bull Run Plaza in Manassas. Last month, the Barnes & Noble at Westgate Plaza in Manassas closed after 25 years. The new Manassas location located on Sudley Manor Drive is set to open in the fall. The Gainesville store is expected to open next winter, according to Joanna Rothermel, the Vice President or Marketing for Peterson Companies, the owners of the Shops at Stonewall.
First Union Cannabis Dispensary Contract Ratified By Workers In Waterbury: 'Big Step' First Union Cannabis Dispensary Contract Ratified By Workers In Waterbury: 'Big Step'
First Union Cannabis Dispensary Contract Ratified By Workers In Waterbury: 'Big Step' Workers at a Connecticut cannabis dispensary have ratified the first union contract for such a business in the state.  Employees at Zen Leaf Dispensary in New Haven County, located at 237 East Aurora St. in Waterbury, voted unanimously to ratify their union contract, the first such agreement in the state, UFCW Local 19 announced on Friday, Feb. 9.  The three-year agreement covers all dispensary technicians, leads, and pharmacists, and will bring "significant" wage increases, lead pay, increased holiday pay, more predictive scheduling, more paid time off, and increased retirement a…
Group Wanted For Phone Store Robbery At Ellsworth Place Mall, Police Say Group Wanted For Phone Store Robbery At Ellsworth Place Mall, Police Say
Group Wanted For Phone Store Robbery At Ellsworth Place Mall, Police Say Authorities are seeking the public’s help identifying two suspects and a person of interest following a recent phone robbery at a mall in Maryland. The robbery occurred at Lela Mobile in the Ellsworth Place Mall in Silver Spring on Thursday, February 1, police said. Two people entered the store to drop off a phone for a repair around 3 p.m. When the employee asked for payment, one of the suspects jumped over the counter and grabbed it. The employee and ran away after trying to stop the robbery. The second suspect then jumped over the counter and stole property before both suspects left the…