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Takoma Park mulls allowing alcohol sales…

14-10-2017 Hits:271 Local Nickolai Sukharev - avatar Nickolai Sukharev

TAKOMA PARK – The Takoma Park City Council debated Wednesday to allow dining retailers to serve and sell alcohol outdoors on sidewalks belonging to the city. “There’s an interest in restaurants being able to have sidewalk cafés to be able to serve alcoholic beverages,” said Takoma Park City Manager Suzanne Ludlow. “A sidewalk café would be, by definition, in the public right of way which means it’s in the city’s control.” Currently, no city laws specifically regulate outdoor alcohol sales and the application process to allow such sales is handled by the Montgomery County Department of Liquor Control.

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Takoma Park considers pesticide ban expa…

14-10-2017 Hits:348 Local Nickolai Sukharev - avatar Nickolai Sukharev

TAKOMA PARK – The Takoma Park City Council discussed amending its pesticide ban Wednesday evening. The discussion revolved around chemicals containing neonicotinoids, a component of many pesticides that research shows are harmful beyond target and can damage surrounding plants. The proposed amendment would add neonicotinoids to the City’s current list of banned pesticides. The ban, which is known as the Safe Grow Ordinance, came into effect banning the use of cosmetic lawn pesticides in the city.

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Board of Education discuss implementatio…

14-10-2017 Hits:205 Local Nickolai Sukharev - avatar Nickolai Sukharev

ROCKVILLE – The Montgomery County Board of Education discussed its role in implementing federal education legislation. Members of the board discussed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), a law passed by the U.S. Congress in December 2015 as a successor to the previous No Child Left Behind Act. ESSA requires that states implement a recording and accountability system to assess the academic performance of counties and schools. Maryland and Montgomery County are currently in the process of deciding how to implement the law.

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State News

Gov. Hogan appears at JCRC event

14-10-2017 Hits:486 State Suzanne Pollak - avatar Suzanne Pollak

Approximately 150 people gathered Sunday evening to thank Gov. Larry Hogan for his support of the Jewish community in an event sponsored by the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington. Following his remarks at Beth Sholom Congregation in Potomac, dozens of people lined up to thank him for allocating money to area Jewish agencies, strengthening economic ties between Maryland and Israel, opposing the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement and supporting funds for scholarships to private schools. But when a few people told Hogan they were disappointed he had moved up the starting date for public schools until after Labor Day, thereby causing County school officials to rework their calendar and possibly eliminate days off for Jewish holidays, Hogan’s demeanor changed.

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Hogan moves Taney statue from outside st…

25-08-2017 Hits:691 State Neal Earley - avatar Neal Earley

Last week, Gov. Larry Hogan decided to remove the statue that stands outside the Maryland State House in Annapolis of Roger B. Taney, the U.S. Supreme Court chief justice infamous for the majority opinion he wrote in the Dred Scott decision. “While we cannot hide from our history – nor should we – the time has come to make clear the difference between properly acknowledging our past and glorifying the darkest chapters of our history,” Hogan said in a statement. “With that in mind, I believe removing the Justice Roger B. Taney statue from the State House grounds is the right thing to do, and we will ask the State House Trust to take that action immediately."

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Computer scientist runs for House of Del…

17-08-2017 Hits:1678 State Carolyn Komatsoulis - avatar Carolyn Komatsoulis

Brian Crider. COURTESY PHOTO    Brian Crider, a computer scientist, says he was compelled to run for the House of Delegates in District 19 because of his concern for Maryland and his background in activism. “I’ve been an activist for many years, and we’re just not making the progress we need,” said Crider. “I feel like we can do more, so my goal is to make Maryland better.” Crider, a Democrat, says that part of what he hopes to do if elected is make people aware of resources that can help them. However, he also has a lot of ideas for things he wants to change.

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Columns

Standing for Hypocrisy - tough room!

11-10-2017 Hits:885 Editor's Notebook Brian Karem - avatar Brian Karem

Tuesday in the White House briefing room Sarah Huckabee Sanders told us the President was joking about having an I.Q. contest with Secretary of the State Rex Tillerson – and she told the assembled reporters we needed to get a sense of humor.I immediately said “Tough room” in my best Rodney Dangerfield impression. I got a laugh, but I didn’t do it loud enough to disrupt anything. Perhaps I should have.

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Tom Petty and President Trump's ultimate…

04-10-2017 Hits:1724 Editor's Notebook Brian Karem - avatar Brian Karem

And it's hard to sayWho you are these daysBut you run on anywayDon't you baby? – Tom Petty The key to understanding President Trump is in realizing that nothing he or his administration does or says is as it seems.He tells his staff they should let people think he’s crazy. His Christian spokesperson tells us it isn’t time for gun legislation that could have the very Christian outcome of saving lives because it’s time for Christian mourning of the victims from the latest and deadliest in a long line of mass murders.

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The Ride of the Valkyries on the South L…

29-09-2017 Hits:799 Editor's Notebook Brian Karem - avatar Brian Karem

Telling us in the Rose Garden on Tuesday that he would cut taxes “tremendously” for the Middle Class, President Donald Trump seemed satisfied he had put to bed rumors that he was putting his faith in tax cuts that would benefit the rich.Thursday Chief Economic Adviser Gary Cohn said he couldn’t guarantee some middle class families wouldn’t pay more in taxes under the plan. He also said Americans are so self centered they’re only worried about how much they have to pay- not how much others (i.e. the richest) pay. “How much goes in their pockets versus how much goes to the government?” Cohn said. True, but we also want to know how much we’re paying or keeping versus how much the rich get to keep.

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Sports

Landon Bears triumphs over Bullis Bulldo…

16-10-2017 Hits:98 Sports Nickolai Sukharev - avatar Nickolai Sukharev

  Bullis' Matt Welch (14) contends with the Landon defense. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  BETHESDA – The Landon Bears triumphed 3-0 at home over the Bullis Bulldogs in boys varsity soccer Friday afternoon. Playing under misty rainfall, the Bears dominated the first half after taking an early lead. Their momentum continued as they scored two second half goals to secure a convincing victory over the Bulldogs. “The game was close for a long time,” said Landon coach Bill Reed. “Bullis came out hard and we matched each others’ energy.” “I thought we really got it done, every one on the team loves each other so we’re always looking for each other,” said Landon senior midfielder Zach Johnson.

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Wootton Patriots offense carves up B-CC …

16-10-2017 Hits:315 Sports Matt Cohen - avatar Matt Cohen

  B-CC Barons' defense is overrun by the Wootton Patriots' offense. PHOTO BY MATT COHEN  ROCKVILLE — On the night of their homecoming game, the Wootton Patriots pounded the visiting Bethesda-Chevy Chase Barons, winning by a 44-0 score. Wootton entered the game as the top statistical passing offense in the D.C. area. Patriots quarterback Grant Saylor easily topped The Washington Post’s list for most passing yards in the area. It didn’t take Saylor long to maintain his great season as he led the Patriots to the end zone on its first drive of the game. Wide receiver Elijah Trent (second overall in the D.C. area in terms of receiving yards) was huge on that early drive. Trent caught multiple screen passes, and was able to break tackles to gain extra yards. He would set up his team inside the Barons 10 with a 37-yard catch-and-run. Running back Matthew Amobi finished off the drive as he found the end zone, and after the extra point, Wootton led 7-0.

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Magruder Colonels dominate Rockville Ram…

16-10-2017 Hits:148 Sports Carlos Alfaro - avatar Carlos Alfaro

Magruder quarterback Rashaud Claggett (4) looks to pass to Nasair White in the Colonels' 28-8 win over Rockville. PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH ROCKVILLE – The hosting Magruder Colonels put down a weakened Rockville Rams football team with a resounding 28-8 victory on Friday night. If the Colonels took full advantage of the Rams’ slim stable of players, then the scoreline could have been even greater. The Rams buckled down on defense and took to the flanks for their advances, quickly realizing that the Colonels’ defense was at its weakest on the sides. “What did we dress, 19 people today? We don’t really have the bodies to play a full four quarters. But the guys we had played hard, and gave everything they got,” said Rams head coach Seth Kenton.

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Features

Award-winning author speaks at Gaithersb…

05-10-2017 Hits:842 Entertainment Rachel Cain - avatar Rachel Cain

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie spoke at Gaithersburg High School on Sept. 26, as part of the One Maryland, One Book program. COURTESY PHOTO  GAITHERSBURG — Award-winning and world-renowned author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie spoke to an audience of about 1,000 people at Gaithersburg High School on Sept. 26 as part of the One Maryland One Book program. Adichie is a recipient of the MacArthur Genius Award and her work has been translated into over 30 languages.  She divides her time between nearby Columbia and Lagos, Nigeria. The Maryland Humanities Council established the One Maryland One Book program 10 years ago to encourage Marylanders to read and discuss a certain book every year. A committee with the council chooses a book that aligns with the year’s theme. This year’s book is “Purple Hibiscus” by Adichie and the theme is “Home & Belonging.” This year, there are 350 programs in the state focused on this book, including three events with the author, said Phoebe Stein, executive director of Maryland Humanities. “Purple Hibiscus” is a coming-of-age novel that follows the account of 15-year-old Kambili as she navigates a fraught relationship with her abusive father during political upheaval in Nigeria. Kambili and her brother spend time together living in...

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Chekhov-inspired comedy opens Highwood T…

05-10-2017 Hits:509 Entertainment Barbara Trainin Blank - avatar Barbara Trainin Blank

The cast of Christopher Durang's comedy “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” now playing at Highwood Theatre. COURTESY PHOTO  Richard Fiske admits to being an adrenaline junkie. He fulfilled that need in the past by serving as a U.S. Navy officer for 27 years, then as an engineer and diving and salvage engineer, also for the Navy. Now he gets that fix onstage. For over six years, he’s performed as an actor in the D.C. area. “I get to do fun stuff and be different people,” Fiske said. His current role is Vanya in Christopher Durang’s comedy “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” the production launching Highwood Theatre’s 2017-2018 season. The play also stars Margaret Condon as Sonia, Rachel Varley as Masha, Thomas Shuman as Spike, Kecia Campbell as Cassandra, and Amber James as Nina.

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Halloween attractions gear up for openin…

03-10-2017 Hits:390 Entertainment Peter Rouleau - avatar Peter Rouleau

In 1993, the venture that would eventually become Markoff's Haunted Forest began modestly as a haunted bus ride that visited area. Brothers Matt, Nick, and Alex Markoff conceived of the haunt as a means to raise money for their goal of starting an outdoor educational summer camp. In subsequent years, the haunt was relocated to the grounds of the Markoff family farm in Dickerson. "I didn't know if anyone would come," said Matt Markoff. "I hoped people would make the drive." Markoff's Haunted Forest, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, is now a beloved annual tradition for thousands of area residents. The haunt, which employs hundreds of seasonal employees, includes two trails, a haunted western trail, and a waiting area with bonfires, games, rides, and food vendors. Proceeds from ticket sales fund the Markoff's nonprofit organization, Calleva, Inc, which provides educational activities for hundreds of students every year.

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