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Takoma Junction residents make final push in redevelopment

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takoma park logoTAKOMA PARK — With the City Council set to vote on the Takoma Junction redevelopment July 25, supporters and opponents made their final bids in front of their locally-elected officials.

“The development is too big,” Susan Katz Miller, a Ward 3 resident, said during an outdoor protest prior to the City Council’s weekly evening meeting Wednesday. “They [the Council] have taken all the public space; they’re squeezing out the [Takoma Park-Silver Spring] Co-op [and] endangering our most vibrant, diverse retail enterprise.”

Miller gathered with approximately 20 other protesters outside the Sam Abbott Citizens Center with a large sign depicting a tractor-trailer to protest the proposed redevelopment project to turn a city-owned parking lot at the intersection of Grant, Carroll, and Philadelphia Avenues into a two-story building with street-level retail and office space along with an underground parking garage.

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New faces for Montgomery County legislative delegation as two incumbents lose their seats

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The Montgomery County delegation in the Maryland General Assembly will have at least 10 new legislators heading to Annapolis for the 2019 legislative session.

Of the 32 Democrats who represent the County in the state’s legislative body, two incumbents, Del. Marice Morales (District 19) and Del. Shane Robinson (District 39), lost their party’s nomination in Tuesday’s primary election after being successfully overtaken by challengers.

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Raskin leads Silver Spring vigil to end immigrant family border separation

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Attendees hold candles during a vigil to end family separationsAttendees hold candles during a vigil to end family separations. PHOTO BY NICKOLAI SUKHAREVSILVER SPRING — In the face of President Trump’s family separation policy, Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-8) gathered with constituents for a candlelight vigil Friday. 

“The shameful policy separating parents from children is not only a violation of international law, which it is; it’s not only a violation of our treaties on the treatment of refugees; it’s not only a violation of the Constitution of the United States of America,” Raskin said from a stage at Veterans Plaza in Silver Spring to a crowd of approximately 200 people. “This policy is not who we are.”

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Thousands march to end family separation

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Thousands marched on D.C. to protest the Trump administration policy of separating immigrant families at the U.S.-Mexico border. PHOTO BY NICKOLAI SUKHAREVThousands marched on D.C. to protest the Trump administration policy of separating immigrant families at the U.S.-Mexico border. PHOTO BY NICKOLAI SUKHAREV  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Tens of thousands of protesters descended on the nation’s capital Saturday for the Families Belong Together March, chanting “Save Our Children” and objecting to President Trump’s family separation policy for immigrant parents.

“We’ve seen the state of our nation and decided we must take action,” said Jordon Dyrdahl-Roberts, one of many speakers at the event. “Life is about making choices … we face a million choices every day, but some choices are just daunting.”

Speaking from a stage at Lafayette Square, Dyrdahl-Roberts, a former employee with the Montana Department of Labor, explained that he resigned from his job in February when instructed to pass along information to Immigration and Customs Enforcement that would “be used to deport people,” adding that he “couldn’t do it and live with [himself],” and “just follow orders.”

In April 2018, the Trump administration implemented a “zero tolerance” policy for migrants attempting to cross the U.S.-Mexico border, directing ICE and Customs and Border Protection officers to separate children if the detainees are parents. On June 20, Trump signed an executive order suspending the policy, and a federal court halted the practice through a nationwide injunction on June 26.

Amid concerns of continued separation of parents from children at the border and wanting to reunite families, the ACLU, MoveOn, National Domestic Workers Alliance, and The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights organized the March, which drew an estimated 30,000 attendees.

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Riemer, Jawando, Glass, and Albornoz advance

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In a field that included 33 candidates, incumbent Council member Hans Riemer, along with newcomers Will Jawando, Evan Glass, and Gabe Albornoz emerged victorious to secure Democratic nominations for the County’s four at-Large County Council seats in November’s general election.

“This has been an amazing race. There’s so many people running for Council, a lot of really wonderful and qualified people. The county's in a really good position and we have a lot of great people serving on the Council,” Riemer said during a watch party at the Quarry House Tavern in Silver Spring.

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NIH study finds possible red-meat allergy

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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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County Executive candidates square off in last primary forum

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Ficker Krasnow Leventhal Forum NCAIA 617Ficker, Krasnow, and Leventhal speak during a forum. PHOTO BY NICKOLAI SUKHAREVPOTOMAC — Three of the seven candidates vying to succeed the term-limited County Executive Ike Leggett explained their policies and positions in front of an audience of Indian-American voters on Sunday.

Hosted by the National Council of Asian Indian Associations at the Potomac Community Center, the candidates, show minimal disagreement, responded to questions on issues, including economic development, transportation, and hate crimes and violence, from Dr. Har Swarup Singh, the former ambassador of India to the Maldives.

Unlike the previous forums, only three candidates – former Rockville Mayor Rose Krasnow, current at-large County Councilmember George Leventhal, both running for the Democratic nomination, and Republican Robin Ficker – participated.

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County Executive candidates continue pitches to voters

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County Executive Forum Bnai Israel Mens Club 613County Executive candidates speak during forum at B’nai Israel Congregation. PHOTO BY NICKOLAI SUKHAREVROCKVILLE — As the June 26 primary election for County Executive approaches, candidates continued to lay out their platforms in front of voters at the B’nai Israel Congregation last Wednesday.

Hosted by the B’nai Israel Men’s Club, the candidates received questions on immigration, transportation, and economic development from Jonathan Salant, a journalist for The Star-Ledger, a New Jersey-based newspaper.

The forum featured current Council members Marc Elrich, George Leventhal (both at-large), Roger Berliner (District 1), former Rockville Mayor Rose Krasnow, Del. Bill Frick (District 16), businessman David Blair – all vying for the Democratic nomination – and lone Republican Robin Ficker.

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District 20 candidates show few differences

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TAKOMA PARK — Seven Democratic candidates seeking to represent District 20 voters in the Maryland House of Delegates found themselves mainly in agreement as they spoke to voters at a forum Tuesday evening.

With little daylight between them, the candidates gave similar responses to questions on a variety of topics, including Interstate 495 traffic, taxes, education, economic development, and the environment.

Hosted jointly by the Women’s Democratic Club, The District 20 Breakfast Club, The Greater Silver Spring Democratic Club, Montgomery County Young Democrats, Montgomery Green Democrats, and the District 20 Caucus at Takoma Park Middle School, and moderated by former State delegate Karen Britto (District 16), the event featured incumbent delegates David Moon and Jheanelle Wilkins, immigration attorney Fatmata Barrie, community activist Lorig Charkoudian, data analyst Malik Lendzondzo, labor organizer Darian Unger, and lawyer George Zokle.

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Takoma Park corrects boundaries at former Adventist School

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takoma park logoTAKOMA PARK — As the Potomac Conference of the Seventh Day Adventist Church prepares to sell the former John Nevins Andrews School property, the Takoma Park City Council discovered discrepancies in the boundaries surrounding the parcel.

The former school building, located at 117 Elm Avenue, occupies a 123,425-square foot property adjacent to the City-owned Spring Park. Prior to Wednesday’s meeting, City Manager Suzanne Ludlow explained, the City discovered that a 11,296-square foot portion, consisting of two separate tracts of the former school’s parking lot, was located on City-owned land.

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