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USDOT secretary fires 3 Metro board members

03-05-2016 Hits:114 Local Mark Robinson - avatar Mark Robinson

USDOT secretary fires 3 Metro board members

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Secretary of Transportation Thursday replaced three of four members of the Metro board of directors with individuals who have transportation safety backgrounds to increase the safety culture of Metro. U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said, “No more excuses” to jurisdictions Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia, which he has been ordering to create a new state level safety oversight agency for Metro. On Thursday, April 28, Foxx replaced three of the four board members representing the federal government with officials currently or previously involved in transportation safety. The reason for the replacement was to push the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority board of directors to pick up the pace to creating a new state-level safety oversight agency in Metro.

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MoCo Health Officer provides answers to Council about the Zika virus

02-05-2016 Hits:193 Local Mark Robinson - avatar Mark Robinson

As the weather starts to turn warmer and mosquito eggs start to hatch on the East Coast, concern over the spread of the Zika virus has become an issue for local health officials. In Montgomery County, Montgomery County Health Officer Dr. Ulder Tillman gave a presentation to the Montgomery County Council Tuesday and answered questions on the Zika virus. Tillman’s presentation to the Council focused mainly on what steps Montgomery County residents can take to prevent themselves from getting the disease.

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Local priest honored for homeless work

02-05-2016 Hits:194 Local Mark Robinson - avatar Mark Robinson

The Montgomery County Coalition of the Homeless honored local priest Father John Enzler with the 2016 Distinguished Service Award Thursday night at the Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless Gala. Enzler was awarded for his efforts to veteran homelessness throughout the County by developing the idea of “adopting a veteran” in several communities.

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Van Hollen, Szeliga win Senate primaries

27-04-2016 Hits:174 State Brian Karem - avatar Brian Karem

Van Hollen, Szeliga win Senate primaries

  At another earlier event, Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D) joins hands with County Exec. Ike Leggett and Montgomery County Council members Nancy Floreen and George Leventhal. FILE PHOTO.  BETHESDA – Carrying Montgomery County by 56 percentage points, Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-8) won the Democratic primary for Senate Tuesday night, defeating Rep. Donna Edwards (D-4) and eight other Democrats with 53 percent of the statewide. On the same night, state Del. Kathy Szeliga (R-7) won the Republican nomination with a plurality by topping 13 other GOP contenders, earning 36 percent of the statewide vote.

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“Still On The Job”

14-04-2016 Hits:172 State Mark Robinson - avatar Mark Robinson

Parents of slain officer cheer as legislature passes “Noah’s Law” in closing moments   ANNAPOLIS -- It took until the last hour of the 2016 regular session, but the Maryland General Assembly passed Noah's Law Monday night, "the strongest drunk driving ignition interlock bill in the entire country," according to state Del. Ben Kramer (D-15). Gov. Larry Hogan (R) said he plans to sign the bill into law.

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Battle for “Noah’s Law” going down to the wire in Annapolis

08-04-2016 Hits:445 State Mark Robinson - avatar Mark Robinson

ANNAPOLIS – If Noah's Law is going to actually become law, state legislators need to act to pass it before the General Assembly adjourns April 11.

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By the cold light of day

28-04-2016 Hits:95 Editor's Notebook Mark Robinson - avatar Mark Robinson

By the cold light of day

The 2016 Maryland primary is history and we may in fact be tempted to look back on this moment some 20 years from now as a turning point in the electoral process. In the U.S. Senate race between Chris Van Hollen and Donna Edwards we had two elected officials with track records running for the seat being vacated by Barbara Mikulski. In the 8th Congressional race we stared into the abyss of an election that at the moment is being vilified as the most expensive congressional primary  race in U.S. history. It appears the cold light of reality is providing some warmth for those who profess to still have faith in the system.

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And so now we vote...

21-04-2016 Hits:181 Editor's Notebook Mark Robinson - avatar Mark Robinson

And so now we vote...

It’s that wonderful time of the year following the cherry blossoms and prior to the dreary dog days of summer when the ground bakes and your head aches.   It’s that delicious time when it’s too hot and too cold all within a 24-hour span and we can expect rain, hail, maybe some snow and definitely some sunshine. It’s spring when a man with a political fancy turns to voting. This primary season there are about 70 candidates on the ballot in Montgomery and all of them have something to offer.

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A dirty little bathroom secret

13-04-2016 Hits:312 Editor's Notebook Brian Karem - avatar Brian Karem

A dirty little bathroom secret

Of all the columns I’ve written for this newspaper in the last decade, the one I recently penned regarding “White Privilege” garnered the most hate mail I’ve ever received. Being accused of being a “reverse Oreo cookie,” a lover of people of color and “the stupidest human being on the planet” as well as having intimate knowledge of my mother, sister, brother and several of my pets was the tip of the iceberg. I suppose I should be angry. I am not. I was amused and surprised, but anyone who knows me also knows I really don’t care. However, I applaud the imagination of the reader who made the scatological death threat. I had to laugh at that as it is a unique method of torture I hadn’t actually thought of before – so thanks for that. If the prospect of “White Privilege” angers you, then I’m destined to anger the rest of the...

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All-Sentinel’s boys basketball team named

All-Sentinel’s boys basketball team named

Player of the Year Andrew Kostecka. FILE PHOTO Coach of the Year – Carl Parker, Sandy Spring Friends School Parker guided the boys’ basketball program to their first Potomac Valley Athletic Conference championship in 22 years. The Wildebeests finished the 2015-16 campaign with an overall 21-7 record including a 17-2 mark in the PVAC. Player of the Year – Andrew Kostecka, Clarksburg, Sr. The Loyola (MD) signee averaged 19 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game for Clarksburg and helped lead the Coyotes to a 17-9 record including an appearance in the 4A West region championship game. Kostecka, a 6-foot-4 guard, was selected to participate in the 43rd annual Capital Classic High School All-Star Game.

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Day of the book dawns in Kensington

KENSINGTON – Several thousand people took advantage of the favorable weather Sunday to attend the twelfth Kensington Day of the Book Festival.

Rocklands Farm takes advantage of great wines and good country living

Rocklands Farm takes advantage of great wines and good country living

PHOTO BY MARK POETKER POOLESVILLE - Driving up to what seemed to be a scene in a film set in the 1800s, one can see the signs in front of Rocklands Farm pointing either way with the words “Artisan Tour” on them. According to farm manager Greg Glenn, the farm was only one stop in a tour that spanned most of the countryside in Poolesville. The closest stop to Rocklands Farm was up the road toward Beallsville, where artists like David Therriault welcomed tourists into their studios to see works such as stone sculptures. The Artisan Tour consisted of 15 stops spread out between Poolesville and Glenwood. Each stop was at the home and studio of the artists displaying and selling their work. Their mediums ranged from stone sculptures to hand-blown glass.

Getting down and dirty with Bluegrass in MoCo

Getting down and dirty with Bluegrass in MoCo

Gary Reid entertains the audience with his one man show depicting Carter Stanley. PHOTO BY NADIA PALACIOS SILVER SPRING – A small Silver Spring venue, also known as Bruce Cohen’s living room, could fit 60 people. Nearly that many showed up and sat in a semicircle Sunday afternoon to watch Gary Reid’s one man show depicting the life of bluegrass singer Carter Stanley.

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