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Two more candidates file for at-large se…

28-07-2017 Hits:30 Local Neal Earley - avatar Neal Earley

After a term-limit referendum passed in November keeping County Council members to three consecutive terms, a new crop of candidates have filed to run for County Council. With three of the four of the atlarge Council members – George Leventhal, Nancy Floreen and Marc Elrich – term limited, new candidates have declared their candidacy to fill the soon-to-be vacant seats for the June 2018 primary.

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Flood dampens Aspen Hill reopening

28-07-2017 Hits:34 Local Peter Rouleau  - avatar Peter Rouleau

ASPEN HILL-- On Saturday, July 15, the Aspen Hill Library reopened to the public after being closed since November for a “refresh” project intended to modernize the building’s facilities and expand its offerings. Area residents eagerly returned to the library to check out books and make use of its spaces, but an incident that occurred shortly after the re-opening has raised concerns with some of the branch’s advocates. Late at night on June 18 or early in the morning of July 19, water flooded the library’s lower level. According to witness accounts, the water was ankle-deep in the library’s downstairs community room. Staff from the county Department of General Services (DGS) cleared the water on July 19. David Dise, Director of DGS, attributed the flooding to recent storm activity in the area. “Last week’s storm dumped a considerable amount of rain in a very short time in the immediate area around the library,” Dise said. “The sudden volume of water backed up the storm sewer and caused the flooding in the library’s lower level. Thankfully, the situation was not severe. DGS staff responded promptly, effected a cleanup and performed some minor repairs. We are obtaining a contractor to run a camera through...

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Religious communities come together to s…

28-07-2017 Hits:42 Local  Carolyn Komatsoulis  - avatar Carolyn Komatsoulis

The search for an LGBTQ community space in Montgomery County has brought about an interesting solution: A group predominantly made of faith leaders is in the process of creating a MoCo Pride Center. For some, this project is a way to reverse personal injustices. “My brother is LGBTQ. He, growing up, we grew up Catholic in a small town,” said Janine Rauscher, the creator of Rainbow Youth Prom and a member of the organizing board for the pride center. “He could never be himself.”

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State News

Montgomery County resident Richard Madal…

20-07-2017 Hits:168 State Matt Hooke - avatar Matt Hooke

Kensington resident, state senator and vocal critic of the incumbent governor Richard Madaleno announced his candidacy for governor of Maryland on Monday. Madaleno, if elected, would be the first openly gay governor in history of Maryland. “I am running for governor, and I am going to win,” said Madaleno to applause at the Universities of Shady Grove.

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Bernie supports a Jealous vote

20-07-2017 Hits:349 State  Carolyn Komatsoulis - avatar Carolyn Komatsoulis

Though Gov. Larry Hogan says he did not vote for President Trump, Ben Jealous, a progressive candidate and former NAACP president, is trying to turn his campaign for governor in 2018 into a referendum on the two Republicans. “We are a great state with a great future with great people, but our children will not be able to realize their full potential if we continue to tolerate the status quo,” said Jealous. Hogan is popular in the state, but certainly not among progressive voters in Takoma Park, many of whom were drawn to Bernie Sanders’ appearance at the rally. Trump, however, is not as popular in Maryland, and Jealous is ready to capitalize on that.

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Raskin hopes to train next gen politicos

20-07-2017 Hits:315 State Nickolai Sukharev  - avatar Nickolai Sukharev

Since his first campaign for elected office in 2006, Congressman Jamie Raskin has trained young adults to become political organizers. "Politics at its best is all about education," said Raskin, who represents Maryland's 8th Congressional District. "You're educating people about the process, you're educating people about the substance of the issues, and then you're educating and getting educated by people about the prospects for real social and political change," he said. Known as Democracy Summer, the program was formed alongside Raskin's first campaign for the Maryland State Senate in 2006 as a way to not only conduct political outreach but also to educate and encourage young adults to become involved in politics.

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When someone sees the light

27-07-2017 Hits:760 Editor's Notebook Brian J. Karem - avatar Brian J. Karem

When I was a small boy in Catholic Sunday school we were taught to welcome those who “See the light.”We even had a little song we’d sing with a refrain that ended “Enter. Rejoice and come in.” I always pictured a big room with punch and cookies – for after all I was only seven at the time.Now I know that the nuns were talking about Jesus – but that song and “seeing the light” stuck with me through much more. It helped shape my understanding and acceptance of culture, science, art and music.

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The president is right - and here's to y…

19-07-2017 Hits:4078 Editor's Notebook Brian Karem - avatar Brian Karem

The caller on the other end of the phone was adamant. “Have reporters lost their mojo?” She asked.Before I could respond she explained all the reasons why reporters are taken advantage of by the current presidential administration, how and why reporters need to react and how she was “tired of watching you all take it all the time.”She was also upset with reporters who “constantly tell me what to think,” and said the media are their own worst enemy.

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The president finally makes sense

13-07-2017 Hits:2136 Editor's Notebook Brian J. Karem - avatar Brian J. Karem

I finally get it.All these months I could not understand why our president tried so hard to disrupt and destroy the investigation into Russian hacking of our elections. There are those who are convinced it is because the president was directly involved in collusion with the Russians.Still others think the president is just a buffoon, but I’ve never bought into that theory – he has some innate intelligence and survival instincts or he wouldn’t be able to thrive in the cutthroat world in which he’s cruised all these years.

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Springbrook dominates Rockville 55-29

28-07-2017 Hits:2 Sports Carlos Alfaro  - avatar Carlos Alfaro

ROCKVILLE- Springbrook proved to be the superior team against Rockville, as the Blue Devils walloped the Rams 55-29 in the Elite Varsity Summer League. It was obvious who controlled the game from the start. The Blue Devils were a larger, more physical team, able to control at the bottom of the rim with a tight defense and attack it with more brute strength than precision.

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Magruder falls short in playoffs to NW

28-07-2017 Hits:15 Sports Brandy L. Simms - avatar Brandy L. Simms

ROCKVILLE – It was a hard-fought game but Magruder fell short on Monday. Northwest High School standouts Terrence Williams and Norval Black guided the Jaguars to a 70-66 first round playoff victory over the Magruder Colonels in the Maryland Elite Varsity Summer League at Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School. Williams, a former Watkins Mill Wolverine, finished with 18 points and Black contributed 14 points but Kolbey Woodard had a key defensive play late in the game that helped trigger the win. Leading by a basket, Woodard made a steal with 3.9 seconds remaining but was fouled and sent to the charity stripe.

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Big Train sneaks by T-Bolts 2-0 to take …

26-07-2017 Hits:158 Sports Harry Lichtman - avatar Harry Lichtman

BETHESDA – The No. 1 seeded team Bethesda Big Train beat the No. 6 seeded Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts 2-0 in Game One of the Cal Ripken League Championship Series Semifinals at Shirley Povich Field Tuesday.

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Event will shocase local documentary fil…

28-07-2017 Hits:18 Entertainment Peter Rouleau  - avatar Peter Rouleau

On August 6, a local non-profit organization will present the first installment of a series designed to allow aspiring documentary filmmakers to receive feedback. Erica Ginsberg, co-founder and executive director of Docs in Progress, said she became interested in filmmaking while participating in Montgomery County Public Schools Visual Arts Center as a student at Albert Einstein High School. “While I ended up focusing on international relations in my undergrad studies, I never lost my love for making art and other creative pursuits, and that was part of the impetus for my earning a graduate degree in film and becoming a documentary filmmaker.”

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Time for One man two Guvnors’ and lots o…

28-07-2017 Hits:22 Entertainment Barbara Trainin Blank  - avatar Barbara Trainin Blank

 “One Man, Two Guvnors” proves that there are no truly original plots. The work, written by British playwright Richard Bean, is an adaptation of “Servant of Two Masters,” a Commedia Dell’arte style comedy dating to 1743. That, in turn, derives from ancient Greek comedies. The adaptation, which played on Broadway after the original British run under the direction of Nicholas Hytner, takes place in 1963 Brighton, an English seaside resort.

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Local station celebrates a year of local…

20-07-2017 Hits:165 Entertainment Matt Hooke - avatar Matt Hooke

Marika Partridge first became passionate about radio when she stumbled upon a community radio station in Alaska while working as a cartographer. Now 32 years later and after 16 years as the director of NPR’s All Things Considered, Partridge, on the 16th, is celebrating the one-year anniversary of WOWD-LP Takoma Park 94.3FM, the radio station she founded. “I can walk over to a radio station, open the door and get on the air," Said Partridge. "It’s as if some angel designed my retirement plan for me.” Partridge, who retired from NPR to take care of her autistic child, first had the idea for local DC radio after hearing about the Prometheus Project, a non-profit organization focused on building low-powered radio stations.

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