Snow Forecasted For Tuesday — A coating to a couple inches of snow is possible on Tuesday morning. [Capital Weather Gang]

Longtime Mayor Of Somerset Dies At 97 — Walter Behr, who was key in protecting the single-family home neighborhood of Somerset from encroaching development, died on Friday at the age of 97. Behr was the longest-serving mayor in Somerset’s history and was almost 90 when he retired from the position. In 1988, he fought to de-annex part of the town rather than have the new Somerset House apartment in Friendship Heights be part of it. [Washington Post]

Christie To Attend Hogan’s Inauguration — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will attend the Jan. 21 swearing in ceremony of Governor-elect Larry Hogan. Christie appeared in Bethesda twice last fall to campaign for Hogan, a fellow Republican who upset Democrat Anthony Brown. Christie served as the chairman of the Republican Governors Association last year, a group that spent $1.2 million in Hogan’s race. [Wall Street Journal]

Glendening Says Smart Growth Not On Hogan’s “Radar Screen” — Former Gov. Parris Glendening said he doesn’t think Hogan has an opinion on smart growth and his decision on projects such as the Purple Line will be made independent of the county and state’s recent push toward smart growth policies. Glendening made the comments in a piece on smart growth in Bethesda and White Flint. The author labeled downtown Bethesda as the right way to do transit and density in the suburbs. [Grist]

Parks Survey Weighs Public Versus Private Parks — A new survey from Montgomery Parks seeks public input on what makes successful urban parks — and if a privately-owned open space can serve as effective civic space. [Montgomery Parks]

Veteran County Planner Retires — Callum Murray, who for 26 years worked for the Montgomery County Planning Department, retired at the end of last year. Murray was key in planning matters in the county’s Agricultural Reserve, working as a master planner and supervisor. He also was involved with the Wisconsin Place project in Friendship Heights, White Flint Crossing project in White Flint, LCOR project at the White Flint Metro Station, Nuclear Regulatory Commission in White Flint and Strathmore Concert Hall in North Bethesda. [Planning Department]


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