28-07-2017 Hits:30 Local 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.
28-07-2017 Hits:34 Local 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...Read more
28-07-2017 Hits:42 Local 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.”