Police action raises concern

police-tapeThe police shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. and the violent clashes between police and protestors in its aftermath have sparked a national debate about excessive force on the part of law enforcement. A report published in June by the ACLU examines the increasing use of military-style tactics by police departments across the country and the ominous implications of this phenomenon for public safety and security.


Rockville insider blasts city


rockville againROCKVILLE - In a report turned into the mayor and council on July 31, outgoing purchasing manager Ken Hayslette calls the city’s current procurement practices outdated and antagonistic to change. In the report, Hayslette, who was hired a purchasing manager in April 2013, says there are city employees and contractors who do not follow procurement practices, employees who do not understand the procurement process, and  a culture of inconsistent and abusive practices.


MCPS students lack space for graduation ceremonies

graduation capsMontgomery County Public School seniors will graduate in outdoor venues again this school year as plans for the Shady Grove Arena continue to be on hold.

Approximately 10,000 students graduate from the 25 MCPS high schools each year, said Montgomery County Board of Education Vice President Pat O’Neill, but there is not a venue that can accommodate them.


BREAKING NEWS - Chief Purchasing Officer steps down in Rockville

rockville town squareROCKVILLE – The city is in turmoil, according to city staffers, after its chief purchasing officer resigned suddenly at the beginning of the month following serious “philosophical” differences with the city’s chief financial officer.

Meanwhile, at least one city council member said she was completely unaware the city’s purchasing agent quit until three days after the event.


Public schools ready for 2,500 new students this year

school busROCKVILLE - It’s the most wonderful time of the year-for parents. After two months of vacations, summer clinics, camps, and trips to the beach, the summer will come to a halt when students across the county return back to school.

When school starts on August 25, Montgomery County Public Schools will open its doors to 2,500 new students. During the 2014-2015 school year, the Maryland High School Assessment will be phased out and teachers will prepare students for the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC).


The past and present collide as local residents enjoys the fair's rural character

gaithersburg buildingGAITHERSBURG – This city may be on the cutting edge of technology, but according to some the charm is in the city’s past.

In a city that boasts of being the home of several biotech and software companies, just a short distance from the I-270 technology corridor, the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair demonstrates that the County’s agricultural  history remains an important part of its life.


Woman accuses Rockville company of discrimination

self storage waldorfROCKVILLE - A Waldorf woman is suing Self Storage Services Inc. for allegedly firing her because of her race. Jennifer Dandridge, who identifies herself as an African American single mother in court documents, says she was fired from her job as manager of two of the company’s Waldorf locations and replaced with a white male.  Dandridge is seeking $1 million in damages. The headquarters for Self Storage Services Inc. is on East Gude St. in Rockville.