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Gaithersburg Council Responds to Olde Towne Concerns

Gaithersburg logoGAITHERSBURG — At Monday night’s meeting at City Hall, Mayor Jud Ashman and the City Council responded to public concerns about the economic condition of Olde Towne. The revitalization of this neighborhood on Gaithersburg’s east side, which includes City Hall, has long been cited as a priority by the city’s elected officials and staff.

During the public comment period, Monica Lozada, a resident of the Deer Park neighborhood, addressed Ashman and the Council.

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And now the right to a speedy trial

gavel2The 6th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution includes that in criminal cases a person accused “shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial.” How the courts go about deciding whether a person charged with a crime got a speedy trial, and whether his or her constitutional rights were violated, was explained by a case reported from Maryland’s intermediate appellate court last week called Anthony Greene v. State of Maryland.

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Basic repairs for home maintenance

for sale sign outside houseI often preach about regular home maintenance. However, home owners should also have basic repair skills too. 

Basic repairs are those items that you can do safely, and usually don’t require a professional. Basic repair skills are sometimes useful as an emergency stopgap before the licensed contractor can make it to your home.

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Problems with Aspen Hill Library persist

ASPEN HILL — The Aspen Hill Library closed in November 2016 for a “refresh” project designed to modernize the building’s facilities. Staff members were temporarily assigned to other branches during the closure. The remodeling included an expanded children’s area, new carpeting and flooring, and improved Wi-Fi connectivity.

The library reopened to the public on July 15 last year. Three months later, staff and area residents celebrated the 50th anniversary of the branch’s initial opening.

Nearly a year after the reopening, some of the branch’s advocates say that, while the refresh did provide needed updates, other problems have persisted and perhaps were even exacerbated by the process.

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Local woman’s personal history provides perspective on Korea

Grace JoSeen here in an interview last year, North Korean immigrant-turned-U.S. citizen Grace Jo expresses doubts on Kim Jong-un’s sincerity after recent summit between North Korea and the United States. FILE PHOTO BY MARK POETKERIt’s been 10 years since Grace Jo successfully fled her home in North Korea, but her memories of constant hunger, beatings, and fear remain close. That is why she doesn’t believe Kim Jong-un has any intention of helping his people.

“To be honest, the whole thing is just going to benefit Korea,” the Montgomery County College student said of the recent summit between Kim and President Donald Trump.

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NIH study finds possible red-meat allergy

nihlogoRed meat could be the source of a newly-discovered allergen, according to a new study funded by the National Institutes of Health. 

“This novel finding from a small group of subjects from Virginia raises the intriguing possibility that allergy to red meat may be an under-recognized factor in heart disease,” said Dr. Coleen McNamara, one of the authors of the study and a professor of medicine in the Cardiovascular Research Center of the University of Virginia Health System in Charlottesville.

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Rockville’s new police chief sworn in after a two year hiatus

Hagerstown Police Chief Victor Brito 1New Rockville Police Chief Victor Brito COURTESY PHOTOROCKVILLE — For more than two years, the City of Rockville has been without a permanent police chief.

Ever since longtime City Police Chief Terry Treschuk retired in June of 2016, there has been a vacancy at the top of the department that took until this week to fill.

On Monday, Rockville Mayor Bridget Donnell Newton swore in Victor Brito as Rockville’s new police chief. Brito, the former Hagerstown police chief and 25-year veteran of the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department, told the crowd gathered inside the cramped City Hall that policing was about building trust with the community through personal relationships.

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Alice and Isaac folk duo celebrate release of debut album

Folk duo Alice and Isaac performed at Round House Theatre to celebrate the release of their debut album, “What I Was Thinking.”  PHOTO BY MATT HOOKEFolk duo Alice and Isaac performed at Round House Theatre to celebrate the release of their debut album, “What I Was Thinking.” PHOTO BY MATT HOOKE  BETHESDA — Performing at Round House Theatre, the same theater where they first met during a production of “Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley,” folk duo Alice and Isaac celebrated the release of their debut album, “What I Was Thinking,” a series of upbeat love songs.

The guitar-mandolin duo, whose real names are Katie Kleigel and Brandon McCoy, met two years ago but did not play music together until this past December. The delay resulted from Kleigel’s moving to New York City after the “Miss Bennet” production. Kleigel and McCoy reconnected after she moved back to the area, and the duo started playing together between showings of the play “The Book of Will” at Round House Theatre. The name “Alice and Isaac” comes from the names of the characters they performed in the play.

“We were playing just for ourselves (in the Green Room), and every now and then someone would sit down and listen,” said Kleigel. “But I mainly felt we were in the way, taking up this shared space.”

McCoy and Kleigel are actors by trade, and their musical-theater background showed through with polished two-part-harmony vocals. The concert is part of Round House’s move to become a more-diverse arts space, according to McCoy.

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No longer relegated to second place, Tinker Bell stars in own show

Michelle Polera as Tinker Bell and Carlos Castillo as Peter Pan in Adventure Theatre show. COURTESY PHOTOMichelle Polera as Tinker Bell and Carlos Castillo as Peter Pan in Adventure Theatre show. COURTESY PHOTO  Whether she’s a speck of light or a fairy in green, Tinker Bell is an indispensable character, first appearing in J. M. Barrie‘s 1904 “Peter Pan” and its novelization, “Peter and Wendy.”

She was also in multiple film and television adaptations of the Peter Pan stories – including the 1953 Walt Disney animated film “Peter Pan” – besides being the unofficial mascot of the Disney Company.

Tinker Bell is considered Peter’s sidekick, necessary but not sufficient to carry the story.

Except, that is, in “Tinker Bell,” a world premiere by local playwright Patrick Flynn at Adventure Theatre MTC.

“It takes a character – relegated to an appendage to Peter – and looks at the whole story from her point of view,” said Nick Olcott, the director. “The play doesn’t begin and end with Peter Pan.”

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More delays on Metro Red Line due to track repairs this weekend and later in July

metro logoMetro will single-track Red Line trains this weekend to allow for track repairs.

Riders can expect delays to service because of the single-tracking Red Line trains Saturday and Sunday. Workers are scheduled to replace broken pieces of rail, rail fasteners and coverboards for the power-source third rail. Trains will single-track between Grosvenor and Twinbrook stations, also impacting White Flint station.

Starting July 21, buses will replace trains on a separate Red Line segment for 45 days, through Sept. 3. The project requires the continuous shutdown of Rhode Island Avenue and Brookland-CUA stations.

Red Line riders can switch to the Green Line to avoid taking a shuttle bus – changing trains at Fort Totten station and then at Gallery Place-Chinatown station, or vice versa.

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