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Takoma Park votes to allow outdoor dinin…

21-02-2018 Hits:134 Local Nickolai Sukharev - avatar Nickolai Sukharev

TAKOMA PARK — The Takoma Park City Council will vote Wednesday to approve an ordinance that will permit restaurants to establish outdoor seating areas on public sidewalks. The proposed ordinance – which seven of the eight Council members supported during the first of two required votes last week – establishes a process by which restaurants, coffee shops, cafes and community kitchens can apply for permits that will allow them to set up outdoor dining areas on publicly-owned sidewalks within the city. “I think this would be a great benefit to the community and to businesses to allow this,” said Council member Kacy Kostiuk (Ward 3) while speaking during the Council’s Jan. 24 work session. “I was really excited by some of the ideas and recommendations that were in this related to doing some kind of innovative things like closing streets to offer opportunities for more of a plaza feel.”

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Police maintain presence Tuesday at Gait…

20-02-2018 Hits:457 Local Glynis Kazanjian - avatar Glynis Kazanjian

Gaithersburg Police will continue to maintain a police presence at Gaithersburg High School all day Tuesday after concerned parents and students reported a possible threat to the school over the Presidents’ Day holiday. The police deployment represents the fourth threat-related incident at a Montgomery County high school in the days following the Valentine’s Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., during which a former student killed 17 people with a high-powered rifle. “Yes, there was a rumor going around of a possible threat to the high school,” said Gaithersburg Police Officer Dan Lane, a department spokesperson. “As a result of it, detectives did investigate the threat to see if it was credible or not.” The threat, Lane said, came in the form of a social media posting, though he admitted that he had not seen the posting in question. “I’ve just seen the text message sent to a group of people stating that there’s possibly going to be an incident at the high school,” he said. “As a result for a concern of staff and students, we have increased police presence here. We have been there all morning.”

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Arsenal of weapons found in Clarksburg H…

20-02-2018 Hits:8659 Local Glynis Kazanjian - avatar Glynis Kazanjian

Alwin Chen.   FILE PHOTO  An arsenal of weapons including an AR-15 assault rifle, grenades, a landmine detonator and revolvers were found inside the home of a Clarksburg High School student arrested last week for bringing a loaded Glock firearm to school. District Court Judge John C. Moffett said there was clear and convincing evidence that Alwin Chen was a serious danger to the community and ordered Chen to remain in jail without bond. A police officer speaking on behalf of the state’s attorney’s office said that during the execution of a search warrant, a list of people with whom Chen bore grievances and wanted to harm was also found.

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State News

Gubernatorial candidates Madaleno, Ross …

19-02-2018 Hits:411 State Glynis Kazanjian - avatar Glynis Kazanjian

Two of the Democrats who are vying for the chance to unseat Gov. Larry Hogan (R) in this year’s general election announced Lieutenant Governor picks this week in hopes of balancing ties to Montgomery County with the rest of the state in order to present an appealing choice to voters across Maryland.

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Controversial state song may finally cha…

09-02-2018 Hits:1466 State Suzanne Pollak - avatar Suzanne Pollak

Maryland’s controversial state song – “Maryland, My Maryland” – could soon go the way of eight-track tapes and cassettes if a number of state legislators get their way. The Civil War-era battle hymn, which makes reference to “Northern scum,” takes its lyrics from a poem written in the early days of the conflict by James Ryder Randall, and with verses like “Thou wilt not cower in the dust, Maryland! Thy beaming sword shall never rust,” gained popularity with Confederate troops before being adopted as the official state song. One proposal for changing the song is SB0790, sponsored by State Sen. Cheryl Kagan (D) of District 17. Kagan has been pushing to change the state song since 2016, and introduced her bill to “repeal and replace” the current song, which she called “embarrassing and dated and racist,” last week.

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Independent Neal Simon to challenge Card…

08-02-2018 Hits:1045 State Glynis Kazanjian - avatar Glynis Kazanjian

Independent candidate Neal Simon announces his bid for the U.S. Senate, challenging incumbent Sen. Ben Cardin (D).          PHOTO BY GLYNIS KAZANJIAN  A Potomac businessman fed up with partisan politics and a divided country entered the U.S. Senate race this week, backed by a national independent grassroots organization determined to break up the gridlock in Washington by robbing both political parties of their majority. Bronfman Rothschild CEO and Principal Neal Simon announced his candidacy, after a short exploratory period, in a boutique hotel Tuesday in downtown Rockville, surrounded by about 50 of his friends, family and supporters. “I’m here today because I believe we should have elected officials who put the best interests of their country ahead of the best interests of their political party,” Simon said. “We are forced to watch as our parties selfishly chip away at our sense of community to drag us deeper into debt without addressing our society’s key economic and social problems. “Our leaders have stopped working together, stopped listening to each other and they’ve stopped listening to the concerns of working people,” Simon said. “We have a country where Congress works on behalf of special interests while failing to invest in the future of...

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Columns

Promises, promises, and is it tee time a…

16-02-2018 Hits:416 Paul's View Paul K. Schwartz - avatar Paul K. Schwartz

I know we are in the middle of winter, but I didn't want to let this issue escape my scrutiny. Besides, it is sunny in West Palm Beach, Florida.Remember during the presidential campaign of 2016 how often candidate Trump complained about how many times his predecessor took time off to play golf? Quite a bit as I recall. I also recall quite vividly candidate Trump promising not to play golf if elected because there is so much to do there won't be enough time to play golf.He stated over and over again how he will be working, not playing. How he would “stay in the White House and work his ass off.” He accused his predecessor of playing more rounds of golf than Tiger Woods, than the players on the PGA tour. Quite a difference between promises made during a campaign and the reality after election. Especially when it comes to golf and the presidency and Donald J. Trump!Now for some of that post-election reality as it relates to golf and vacation days as a whole. Reality: Donald J. Trump during his first year in office took five times more vacation days than his predecessor Barack H. Obama.

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Trump, Pence and Nuclear War

14-02-2018 Hits:276 Editor's Notebook Brian Karem - avatar Brian Karem

Turns out the President of the United States may not be a misogynist after all. He’s a misanthrope.There is little else to conclude after the events of the past week.It began with the breaking news that White House Staff Secretary for President Donald Trump, Rob Porter, apparently beat two of his ex-wives.The information came to light when the FBI investigated Porter to give him security clearance. The story, complete with pictures of one of his wives with a black eye made the rounds and the White House began spinning like a turbo-charged child’s top.

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MS-13 and a parade

08-02-2018 Hits:788 Editor's Notebook Brian J. Karem - avatar Brian J. Karem

Gang violence isn’t new in Montgomery County. It isn’t new anywhere in the country.It is dangerous and serious, but the federal government has never been particularly good about dealing with the problem and the Trump administration is particularly inept in its ability to deal with one particular gang - MS-13.The gang has been active for at least a decade and a half in Montgomery County and has been responsible for some horrible crimes, particularly in the immigrant community.John Cronan, an assistant attorney general said Tuesday the Trump administration will not protect immigrants who come forward to testify against MS-13 members - particularly otherwise law-abiding illegal immigrants who fear deportation.

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Sports

Georgetown Prep boys triumph over Bullis…

21-02-2018 Hits:151 Sports Brandy L. Simms - avatar Brandy L. Simms

Georgetown Prep’s Chimezie Offurum (#12) pops the one-handed jump shot as Bullis’ Lincoln Yeutter (#33) looks on and Kolin Lewis (#13) tries to sell a charge call. PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITH  NORTH BETHESDA — For the past eight years, two schools have had a stranglehold on the Interstate Athletic Conference Tournament Championship trophy – Bullis and Episcopal. However, the Georgetown Prep Little Hoyas varsity boys basketball team was crowned the 2018 IAC Tournament champion following a 60-49 win over the visiting Bullis Bulldogs Tuesday at The Hanley Center. The Georgetown Prep senior class will graduate this year knowing they were the first team in a decade to capture the IAC championship trophy. “This group is so special,” said Georgetown Prep head coach Ryan Eskow. “I can’t even describe how special this group is.”

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B-CC Barons hand RM girls first loss of …

19-02-2018 Hits:231 Sports Brandy L. Simms - avatar Brandy L. Simms

B-CC Barons’ Stephanie Howell (14) drives the lane past RM Rockets’ Melanie Osborne (12). PHOTOS BY GEORGE P. SMITH  BETHESDA — Caitlyn Clendenin saved the best for last. The senior finished with a game-high 22 points Friday to lead the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Barons varsity girls basketball team to a 61-55 win over the Richard Montgomery Rockets in the regular season finale. It was a special moment for Clendenin and her senior classmates as B-CC handed visiting Richard Montgomery their first loss of the season on Senior Night. “It feels really good,” said Clendenin. “Some of my friends were on that team so it was exciting to play against them and have a little friendly competition with them and obviously exciting to get the win as well.”

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B-CC Barons beat RM Rockets in boys hoop…

17-02-2018 Hits:237 Sports Brandy L. Simms - avatar Brandy L. Simms

BETHESDA — Miles English scored a game-high 21 points Friday to lead the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Barons varsity boys basketball team to a 63-40 win over the visiting Richard Montgomery Rockets on Senior Night. English, a 6-foot-4 senior forward, was an integral force for the Barons who closed out the regular season with an 18-2 record. “It was pretty emotional,” he said. “I wanted to leave it all out there and I think I did.” English, who registered 10 points in the first quarter, only scored two points in the second period but contributed to the team in other ways. “He’s pretty much been the backbone of this team all year,” said B-CC head coach Sean Tracy. “He does everything. He’s just one of those guys that you tell him to do something he goes out and executes.”

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Features

Landscape painter finds outdoor inspirat…

30-12-2017 Hits:840 Entertainment Barbara Trainin Blank - avatar Barbara Trainin Blank

PHOTO OF “BAIE ST. PAUL CREEK by Leni BerlinerLocal artist Leni Berliner did some painting as a high school student many years ago, and like most student artists, she laid down her brushes after graduation.  But with the new millennium came what she called "a very difficult time" in her personal and professional life, the burden of which her mother sought to alleviate with a gift. “My mother gave me the gift of drawing and painting classes at the Corcoran College of Art and Design in D.C.," Berliner said. The classes reawakened a passion for painting and led her to rediscover and cultivate that talent.

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Exhibit pays tribute to laborers with ex…

26-12-2017 Hits:752 Entertainment Barbara Trainin Blank - avatar Barbara Trainin Blank

“Woman Cleaning Shower” by Ramiro Gomez from National Portrait Gallery exhibit on work. COURTESY PHOTO  “The Sweat of their Face: Portraying American Workers,” an exhibit on view at the National Portrait Gallery, contains well-known, even iconic, images. These include “Power House Mechanic,” a black-and-white photograph by Lewis Hine; “The Miner,” an oil painting by Pat Lyon; “American Gothic,” by Gordon Parks, oil on beaver wood; “Mine America’s Coal,” by Norman Rockwell, “Cotton Pickers,” oil, by Winslow Homer, and “Migrant Mother,” a print by Dorothea Lange. Other images are less known and even surprising, such as daguerreotypes by Joseph T. Zealy of semi-dressed slaves. Richard Avedon, best known for his work with celebrities and fashion icons, portrays migrant workers in a series of photographs. But co-curators Dorothy Moss and David C. Ward are hoping that regardless of the individual images, viewers understand the exhibit’s goal.

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Maryland Youth Ballet’s unique productio…

15-12-2017 Hits:2230 Entertainment Barbara Trainin Blank - avatar Barbara Trainin Blank

A past production of Maryland Youth Ballet’s “The Nutcracker,” with Justin Metcalf-Burton and Maya Beeman. COURTESY PHOTOMaryland Youth Ballet can boast of many illustrious alumni. Walk along the hallways of the ballet school, headquartered in downtown Silver Spring since 2006 (after a long sojourn in Bethesda), and you’ll see photographs of some notable faces. Michelle Lees, the school’s artistic director, points them out: Julie Kent, a longtime principal of American Ballet Theatre, who was recently appointed the artistic director of the Washington Ballet; Susan Jaffe, a former dancer and ballet mistress at ABT and now Dean of the School of Dance at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem; and Garen Price Scribner and Allison Walsh, who both appeared in the Broadway musical “An American in Paris.” However, at Maryland Youth Ballet, the emphasis is on both the present and future.

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