Gaithersburg Gets Stricter Smoking Ban; Rockville Quarry Could Provide Water Storage

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Gaithersburg gets stricter smoking ban

The City of Gaithersburg has added vaping and e-cigarettes to the list of banned products in its smoking ban. The ordinance also was amended to include all city property, with few exceptions. Violators face a $100 fine. The new restrictions take effect Sunday, Jan. 1. [WHAG]

Rockville quarry could provide water storage

The Travilah Quarry in Rockville could provide water storage for the metropolitan Washington region, according to a WTOP report. The quarry could hold 8 billion gallons of water, enough for 14 days, the report says. The Potomac River provides the region with most of its drinking water. If the river were unusable, the Washington Aqueduct has enough water for 24 to 48 hours. [WTOP]

Xoom customers could get refund

Xoom Energy Maryland Inc. customers could be eligible for a partial refund from the electric and gas supplier, after the Maryland Public Service Commission determined the company violated consumer protection rules during the harsh 2013-2014 winter. The Office of the People’s Counsel has a fact sheet. [Baltimore Sun]

Bethesda has some winners

The Bethesda area was represented in columnist Harry Jaffe’s list of winners and losers for 2016. On the losing side was Ted Leonsis of Potomac, who owns the Wizards, the Capitals and the Mystics, teams that did not contend for titles in 2016. On the winning side was James Alifantis, owner of Comet Ping Pong pizzeria. The restaurant “withstood the insane social media storm” after being wrongly accused of being part of child sex ring. Another winner was Bethesda resident José Andrés, owner of a restaurant empire that includes Jaleo. Andrés refused to open a restaurant in the Trump International Hotel after candidate Donald Trump said Mexicans were “rapists.” [NBC Washington]

Windy and cold, with clouds before sunset

Mid-morning and late afternoon winds should be 15-25 mph, gusting to 40 mph at times and creating wind chills in the 20s. Sunny in the morning, with clouds before sunset. Some flurries possible. [Washington Post]

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