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Maryland early voting starts Thursday

16-06-2018 Hits:167 Local Kathleen Stubbs - avatar Kathleen Stubbs

Starting Thursday, people who wish to vote in person can vote at any for early voting poll location in their county. Designated Polling places will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., through and including June 21 for early voting. Maryland residents can also vote in person on election day at their assigned voting location for their residence from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.  The Maryland Board of Elections recommends residents try to vote between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to avoid delays on election day. A list of designated early voting locations is available at elections.maryland.gov/voting/early_voting.html.  

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Takoma Park corrects boundaries at forme…

15-06-2018 Hits:269 Local Nickolai Sukharev - avatar Nickolai Sukharev

TAKOMA PARK — As the Potomac Conference of the Seventh Day Adventist Church prepares to sell the former John Nevins Andrews School property, the Takoma Park City Council discovered discrepancies in the boundaries surrounding the parcel. The former school building, located at 117 Elm Avenue, occupies a 123,425-square foot property adjacent to the City-owned Spring Park. Prior to Wednesday’s meeting, City Manager Suzanne Ludlow explained, the City discovered that a 11,296-square foot portion, consisting of two separate tracts of the former school’s parking lot, was located on City-owned land.

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Examining the history of Brookeville’s “…

15-06-2018 Hits:203 Local Suzanne Pollak - avatar Suzanne Pollak

The intersection of Rena Court and DuBarry Drive previously was the site where Civil Defense Administration personnel learned what to do in case of nuclear attack. PHOTO BY SUZANNE POLLAK  Just a mile or two from historic Brookeville, which served as the U.S. capital for a day, lies the site of a bombed-out area where the Civil Defense Administration trained its staff on what to do if nuclear weapons rained down on an American city. Six partially-completed concrete-and-brick buildings were built on what became known as Rescue Street. The buildings had neither windows nor doors. No one ever lived in this ghost town, but it was an active place. Two-week training courses, which occurred daily, featured scenarios with lots of fake blood, smoke, and the saving of frantic, injured people. These “victims” were often students from nearby colleges.

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State News

District 20 candidates show few differen…

15-06-2018 Hits:178 State Nickolai Sukharev - avatar Nickolai Sukharev

TAKOMA PARK — Seven Democratic candidates seeking to represent District 20 voters in the Maryland House of Delegates found themselves mainly in agreement as they spoke to voters at a forum Tuesday evening. With little daylight between them, the candidates gave similar responses to questions on a variety of topics, including Interstate 495 traffic, taxes, education, economic development, and the environment. Hosted jointly by the Women’s Democratic Club, The District 20 Breakfast Club, The Greater Silver Spring Democratic Club, Montgomery County Young Democrats, Montgomery Green Democrats, and the District 20 Caucus at Takoma Park Middle School, and moderated by former State delegate Karen Britto (District 16), the event featured incumbent delegates David Moon and Jheanelle Wilkins, immigration attorney Fatmata Barrie, community activist Lorig Charkoudian, data analyst Malik Lendzondzo, labor organizer Darian Unger, and lawyer George Zokle.

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Hogan sets up scholarship fund to offset…

18-05-2018 Hits:709 State Neal Earley - avatar Neal Earley

A recently-passed Maryland law will make attending community college more affordable for state residents. Last week, Gov. Larry Hogan (R) signed a bill that will help cover the cost of tuition for some state residents attending community colleges. The bill allocates $15 million in state funding to provide scholarships up to $5,000 for students whose family earn less than $150,000 a year or for adults with an income of $100,000 a year or less.

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Gubernatorial candidates speak in Freder…

12-05-2018 Hits:1107 State Peter Rouleau - avatar Peter Rouleau

FREDERICK — Six candidates seeking to replace Governor Larry Hogan this fall came to make their cases at a candidate forum Friday night at the Hilton Garden Inn in Frederick. The forum was hosted by the Maryland chapters of the Federation of National Active and Retired Federal Employees and the Federation of Business and Professional Women (BPW).  Present were Democratic candidates Jim Shea, a former attorney and chairman of the University of Maryland’s Board of Regents; Krish Vignarajah, former policy director for First Lady Michele Obama; and James Jones II,. Former NAACP director Ben Jealous was represented by his running mate, Susan Turnbull, and Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III was represented by his running mate, Elizabeth Embry. Libertarian Party Candidate Shawn Quinn, a retired Navy veteran and Newport News, Va., law enforcement officer, also attended. Declared candidates who were invited but did not attend included Hogan, Green Party candidate Ian Schlakman, and Democrats Rich Madeleno, Ralph Jaffe, Kevin Kamenetz, and Alec Ross.

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Columns

Just Ask The Question!

19-06-2018 Hits:578 Editor's Notebook Brian J. Karem - avatar Brian J. Karem

During the course of my career I’ve often been asked to speak to young reporters and students regarding the art of questioning.It boils down to “Ask the darn question.”There is an art to crafting a question and there is a gentle way to proceed with questions depending on the subject, the topic and a variety of other variables including but not limited to the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow.At the end of the day, you must simply pull the trigger and ask the question.

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Mueller questions

14-06-2018 Hits:199 Paul's View Paul K. Schwartz - avatar Paul K. Schwartz

As the suspense mounts regarding whether the leader of the free world will submit to questioning by Special Counsel Robert Mueller on the so-called “Russia investigation” and the existence of any “COLLUSION,” I thought it might be helpful to provide our president with some suggested answers to just a few of the 49 questions compiled by Trump's attorney, Jay Sekulow. As reported in the New York Times a few weeks back, these 49 questions were crafted by Sekulow from discussions with the Mueller team.The questions can be broken down into a few categories. These categories include questions related to the actions of and interaction with former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, questions regarding conversations with former F.B.I. Director James Comey, questions pertaining to interaction with and decisions made by Attorney General Jefferson Sessions, and last, but certainly not least, questions dealing with any coordination by Trump or any members of his campaign (notice I did not use the word “COLLUSION”) with Rusha – I mean Russia).So, here goes:

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Happy Father's Day Mom!

13-06-2018 Hits:956 Editor's Notebook Brian Karem - avatar Brian Karem

This weekend we celebrate Father’s Day and I’ve customarily spent the time thanking my dad for a variety of things he taught me. He was my first hero. When I was younger I wanted to grow up and be just like him.I admired his sense of humor and his love of athletics as well as the fact he held a position of prominence among the members of our neighborhood as he coached and mentored young men. He gave me sage advice and later in his life he was among my closest friends until his death.

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Sports

Gaithersburg Giants beat Rockville Expre…

19-06-2018 Hits:51 Sports Harry Lichtman - avatar Harry Lichtman

Rockville Express second baseman Matt Kruszka tags out Gaithersburg Giants' Ryan Shinn in a steal attempt, but the Giants would go on to win the game, 3-1. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  ROCKVILLE — In Monday night’s game between the Gaithersburg Giants and Rockville Express, it was more about the pitching than the hitting, but the Giants were able to come through with clutch hitting towards the end for the 3-1 victory on the road. The first score came from Gaithersburg in the top of the second inning when outfielder Giovanni DiGiacomo reached on an infield single as outfielder Ryan Shimm made his way towards home plate to give his team a 1-0 lead. But the Express responded in the bottom of the fourth when catcher Evan Blum singled to left field to score outfielder Billy Godrick and tie the game up at 1-1. The next four innings involved some hits but no runs thanks to some quality pitching. Nick Pantos of the Giants had himself a night on the mound, as he went seven innings and struck out 10 batters. This was the second 10-strikeout game for Pantos this season. Chandler Schultz pitched the last two innings and got the save. “All I was trying...

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Bethesda Big Train flattens Rockville Ex…

18-06-2018 Hits:82 Sports Brandy L. Simms - avatar Brandy L. Simms

Bethesda Big Train’s Udie Summerall (29) hits the team's second grand slam home run during the game against the Rockville Express on Sunday. PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITH  BETHESDA — The Bethesda Big Train scored three runs in the first inning Sunday en route to a 14-5 victory over the visiting Rockville Express at Shirley Povich Field. The win marked the Big Train’s 10th victory in 11 games while the Express suffered their fourth loss in nine games. Fox Semones (James Madison University), AJ Lee (University of Maryland) and John Glenn (California Baptist University) all scored runs in the first inning to help the Big Train jump out to a 3-0 advantage. However, the Express answered with a pair of runs in the third inning before the Big Train scored multiple runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings. “You always want to score in the first inning,” said Big Train pitcher Alec Burleson, “and that just helps the pitchers out knowing they got a lead, they can pitch with a lead and then we just keep adding on to it in the game.” The contest was highlighted by a pair of grand slams including one from Burleson in the sixth inning.

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Big Train’s undefeated streak ends in Ga…

17-06-2018 Hits:152 Sports Harry Lichtman - avatar Harry Lichtman

Bethesda Big Train’s Andrew Shebloski (6) makes contact during the baseball game between Big Train and the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts at Blair Stadium on Saturday.        PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITH  SILVER SPRING — Out of four Cal Ripken League doubleheaders on Saturday, one involved the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts and the visiting Bethesda Big Train at Blair High School. While the Big Train shut out the T-Bolts in the first game 6-0, Bethesda saw the end of their undefeated streak when the T-Bolts took the second one 8-4. In Game One, the first run came in the top of the fifth inning when Bethesda outfielder Udie Summerall pinch hit for Tyler Villaroman and singled to left field to drive in Tyler Reis. Big Train infielders Carson Taylor and John Glenn each had three hits. Taylor went 3-for-5 at the plate with two RBIs, while Glenn also went 3-for-5 with one RBI and two runs. “They’re great players,” said Bethesda manager Sal Colangelo. “They swing the bat very well. They went up there with an idea and went playing what they had, what they wanted to do.”

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Features

Takoma Park artist Clara Cornelius turns…

18-06-2018 Hits:138 Entertainment Matt Hooke - avatar Matt Hooke

  Local artist Clara Cornelius showcases her outdoor exhibit “Caesura Obscura” at the Pump House Pop-Up in Takoma Park. PHOTO BY MATT HOOKE  TAKOMA PARK — Local artist Clara Cornelius transformed the stone ruins of an old Takoma Park garage into a wonderland Sunday afternoon as she debuted her outdoor exhibit “Caesura Obscura,” a collection of cloth banners at the Pump House Pop-Up on Hilltop Road in Takoma Park. Children viewed the site with amazement, as they ran through the cloth tapestries with abandon while a drum circle played behind them. The cloth featured bright shades of blue, green, and red to help the art standout in the beige ruin. Cornelius would take photos of everyday objects, like sidewalk cracks, leaves, and signposts, and create patterns out of them that she would transfer to the cloth banners. Cornelius also used digitized cut-paper shapes for some pieces. A big inspiration for the Takoma Park resident is transient moments, like puddles in the sidewalk or raindrops on a windowsill, since those moments will never be experienced in the same way again. Cornelius encouraged people to get involved in art, laying out an activity called “magic carpets.” In this activity, people cut out paper shapes and add them...

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Victorian-era entertainment still resona…

07-06-2018 Hits:620 Entertainment Barbara Trainin Blank - avatar Barbara Trainin Blank

The title character (Robin Steitz) and the fake poet (Rick DuPuy) who courts her in Victorian Lyric Opera Company’s “Patience.” COURTESY PHOTO  Gilbert and Sullivan originally intended their operetta “Patience” to lampoon the church. Concerned about possible backlash, they poked fun of poets and the Aesthetic Movement instead. The mid-19-century movement believed in art for art’s sake and the pursuit of beauty and self-expression over the moral strictness of the Victorians, who, in turn, mocked the movement. “‘Patience’ is about people pretending to be poets and people pretending to love poets, and a dairy maid, who can’t understand people’s attachment to poetry,” said Felicity Ann Brown, who is directing the Victorian Lyric Opera Company production of the operetta. “She’s never been in love, and doesn’t understand why people want to be.” “Patience” doesn’t get performed often, she added, “because it’s hard to explain to audiences – the language is so poetic, and it makes fun of a movement people are not familiar with. But the music is beautiful.”

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Sentinel reporter returns to his roots i…

28-05-2018 Hits:585 Entertainment Kathleen Stubbs - avatar Kathleen Stubbs

Sentinel reporter Peter Rouleau recently published "Masquerade Ball," a collection of short stories -- many set in Montgomery County. COURTESY PHOTOS  ROCKVILLE — Silver Spring resident Peter Rouleau, 36, recently published the book “Masquerade Ball,” a collection of short stories, many of which are set in Montgomery County. In it, Rouleau explores “deception of how little we know about people we see day to day.” Rouleau said the inspiration for many of the stories comes from his five years working as a reporter for the Montgomery County Sentinel. Many of the stories are set within the county. One story takes place at the County Agricultural Fair, which the Sentinel has covered extensively.

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