State hunts for illegal immigrant housing for kids

martin omalleyROCKVILLE - 500 unaccompanied illegal immigrant children may be coming to Maryland to stay in federal foster homes – rather than in a larger facility as previously reported – after Governor Martin O’Malley filed a petition with the federal government to house the children in foster homes.


MontgomeryWorks Director touts re-entry

job applicationThough Governor Martin O’Malley signed SB 4 last year, ensuring the removal of criminal history questions on state job applications and postponing them until the applicant has been offered an interview, Montgomery County has yet to follow suit.


Seat belt citation increase leads to concerns

seat beltIn fiscal 2013, 98,064 citations were issued for improper seat belt use in the state of Maryland, according to a spokesperson from the District Court of Maryland, causing both Montgomery County residents and open government activists to question whether these citations are being handed out excessively in order to increase revenue.


From the gridiron to the front firing line

john kennedyJohn Kennedy used to strap up his helmet like any other high school football player and listen as his coach told him that the game being played was as close to war as most players would ever get.

Nearly six years later, Kennedy is one of the few from his Richard Montgomery graduating class who knows what war is really like.


Takoma transportation project delay possible

flower avenue concept planA $2.2 million project to make Flower Avenue Takoma Park’s first Green Street could be delayed until 2016, city officials told residents at a public update meeting last week.

The developer, RK&K, will work with the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission and Washington Gas to plan construction concurrent with water main and gas line replacements.


Family-owned eatery slated to close

ziosGAITHERSBURG - Zio’s Italian Restaurant, a family-owned table-service and carryout restaurant on Gaither Road, is closing its doors at the end of July.

Since opening 36 years ago Zio’s has earned many loyal customers with its offerings of pizza, sandwiches, pasta dishes and salads. Many county residents are deeply saddened by the news.


Rockville residents assail latest council move

Rockville mayor and councilROCKVILLE - Sarah Farrell, assistant city clerk, will be appointed as acting city clerk at the Aug. 11 mayor and City Council meeting, according to Communications Manager Marylou Berg.

Ferrell  will serve in the position held by Douglass Barber, who resigned effective Friday, Aug.8. Ferrell's appointment will take effect Saturday, Aug. 9.