Voltaggio Sandwich Shop Coming To Chevy Chase Pavilion – Celebrity chef Bryan Voltaggio will bring a Lunchbox sandwich shop to Chevy Chase Pavilion to go along with his restaurant, Range, and the Civil Cigar Lounge. It’s expected to open sometime this year. [Washingtonian]

Afghan National Youth Orchestra Comes To U.S., Rehearses At Strathmore – A group of 10- to 21-year-olds are part of Afghanistan’s first orchestra in 30 years. The Taliban banned most music. Before performing at the Kennedy Center on Feb. 7, the group rehearsed with the Maryland Youth Orchestra at the Strathmore in North Bethesda. [CBS News] [h/t @georgina_javor]

Baltimore Sun: Gas Tax Opposition Taking The Easy Way Out – The Sun yesterday delivered an editorial criticizing those who oppose a state gas tax hike that would help pay for transportation projects and bring revenue to a dwindling transportation fund. The editorial says some opponents are misleading constituents. [The Baltimore Sun]

Two Bethesda Teachers Up For County Teacher Of The Year – Steven Katz, a math teacher at Westland Middle School, and Dawn Charles, an English teacher at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, are two of three teachers nominated as finalists for Montgomery County Public Schools Teacher of the Year award. The winner will be announced in April. [The Gazette]

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