One day at a time . . .

Family and community come together to help a local girl battling a dangerous neurological condition

ElouiseMichele Sloan, Elouise Sloan, and Britt Sloan. COURTESY PHOTO  Elouise Sloan, 12, sits in her wheelchair at a table at the Manor Country Club, smiling. People come up to her to banter, compliment her on her pink dress, or talk to her about her favorite artist, Bruno Mars.

She is happy and surrounded by family and neighbors.

Those family and neighbors are the ones who organized a golf and silent auction fundraising event to help fund research for the foundation her parents created: The Foundation to Fight H-ABC. In starting it, her parents hoped to find a cure for her progressive neurological condition H-ABC, hypomyelination with atrophy of basal ganglia and cerebellum.


County Council interviews potential economic board

ROCKVILLE – The Montgomery County Council interviewed five appointees for the board of directors of the Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation during its weekly meeting Tuesday.


Takoma Park moves forward with library

Takoma Park Govt logoTAKOMA PARK- The bond issuance for two major projects in Takoma Park has passed its first reading unanimously and has moved onto a second one, a major step forward for the renovation of the Takoma Park Library.

The bond will also finance improvements to the Ethan Allen Gateway and the Flower Avenue Green Street project.


And soon it will be time to visit museums

When school ends on Friday, 635 Montgomery County Public School employees will have retired during this school year.

While that might seem like a lot, the number is almost identical to last’s retirement total and represents less than 3 percent of the district’s 23,330 employees.

Two of those retirees – Dorothy Schneider, who has been teaching young students here for 47 years, and E. Darlene Umberger, an administrative secretary for the past 47 years – are eager to move on while well aware they will miss staff and students a great deal.


Levanthal proposes video chat county testimony

Testifying in front of the County Council could get a lot easier, or if you’re not tech savvy, a lot harder.

On June 5, Council member George Leventhal (D-at large) suggested the idea to allow residents to testify at County Council hearings through online video chat services such as Skype or Google Hangout.


Amended suit filed in Gaithersburg case

Gaithersburg Govt logoGAITHERSBURG – A legal battle in Gaithersburg has entered its latest chapter now that the man who challenged the City Council’s vote on annexing the Johnson property has refiled his lawsuit.


Gaithersburg signs on to Climate Action Letters

GAITHERSBURG — Mayor Jud Ashman has signed onto two open letters affirming commitment by local governments across the country to remain committed to the carbon-reduction goals stipulated by the Paris Climate Accords, despite President Donald J. Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the agreement three weeks ago.

Ashman signed an open letter to the international community from the World Wildlife Fund titled “We Are Still In.”  The letter states in part, "In the U.S., it is local and state governments, along with businesses, that are primarily responsible for the dramatic decrease in greenhouse gas emissions in recent years. Actions by each group will multiply and accelerate in the years ahead, no matter what policies Washington may adopt.

"In the absence of leadership from Washington, states, cities, colleges and universities, businesses and investors, representing a sizable percentage of the U.S. economy will pursue ambitious climate goals, working together to take forceful action and to ensure that the U.S. remains a global leader in reducing emissions.”


County holds public hearing on pool law

ROCKVILLE – On Tuesday the Montgomery County Council held a public hearing on a bill that would allow for hotel pools to remain open without a lifeguard.

If passed, Expedited Bill 16-17 would require hotel pools to have an emergency alert system next to the pool.

The bill, introduced by Council member Sidney Katz (D-3) and cosponsored by Council members Nancy Floreen (D-at large), Marc Elrich (d-at large) and Roger Berliner (D- 1), would repeal what hotel mangers call a costly bill. Montgomery County is one of only two jurisdictions in the state – along with Baltimore County– to require hotels to have a lifeguard on duty while the pool is open.


County discusses diversity in policing

Last year Montgomery County Police Chief Tom Manger met with County residents after police officers in Minnesota and Louisiana were caught on camera shooting African-American men.

The videos promoted protest and outrage across the Country, including in Montgomery County, from people who thought police departments did not represent the communities they sworn to protect. At one of the community forums, Manger promised to continue to try to diversify the County’s police department, but it was hard to keep up with the County’s quickly changing demographics.