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Morning Notes

By Aaron Kraut

Wednesday - 4/2/2014, 9:10am  ET

Ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday at the USO Warrior and Family Center on Naval Support Activity Bethesda, via The USO

Duncan Searching For Campaign Message That Will Stick – Former county executive and current county executive candidate Doug Duncan is likely behind recent polling testing political messages ahead of this June’s Democratic primary. Duncan will also likely release a set of policy proposals soon. He’s running against incumbent Isiah Leggett and Councilmember Phil Andrews. [Bethesda Magazine]

NIH Dedicates Brain Research Center – The Foundation for the National Institutes of Health this week dedicated the John Edward Porter Neuroscience Center on NIH’s Bethesda campus. The more than 500,000-square-foot facility, named after the former Illinois congressman, is one of the largest neuroscience buildings in the world. The Center will bring together more than 800 scientists from 10 NIH institutes in 85 laboratories. [FNIH]

Bethesda’s Favorite Martini Is… – According to votes cast in Bethesda Row’s “March Martini Madness” contest, your favorite martini is “The Bethesda Orchard” from Juan Coronado at Jaleo. Ernie Brice’s appropriately titled “Nothing But Net” martini at Cafe Deluxe came in second. [Bethesda Row via Facebook]

County Leads Again In Waste Diversion – For the second straight year, the Maryland Department of the Environment determined Montgomery County is keeping the most waste from being thrown in the trash. For the calendar year 2012, the county led all jurisdictions with a 60 percent waste diversion rate, meaning the amount of waste that was recycled. The county’s goal is a 70 percent recycling rate by 2020. [Montgomery County]

Robert Dyer, Political Candidate – Bethesda blogger and Youtube food critic Robert Dyer is also running as a Republican in this year’s at-large County Council race. Dyer, who released this 15-minute campaign video in February, is also a rock musician. He also thinks Montgomery County is not doing enough to attract new businesses and should build new highways. [The Gazette]

Flickr photo via The USO