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Takoma Park passes new fiscal year budget

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takoma park logoTAKOMA PARK — The Takoma Park City Council passed its FY2018-2019 budget Wednesday evening with a unanimous vote.

“I think the process worked well this year … the proposal from the city manager seemed to reflect the priorities that we defined earlier and … not increasing taxes was important to many people,” said Ward 4 Council member Terry Seamens.

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Sentinel wins News Organization of the Year

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The Sentinel square logoANNAPOLIS — Montgomery County Sentinel editorial staff took home three prestigious awards and dozens of others at the annual Maryland Delaware D.C. Press Association Conference Friday. 

The paper won the Association’s 2017 News Organization of the Year in its division, by earning the highest number of awards, for a third year in a row.

Sentinel staff earned a handful of awards for “Broken Promises - Bad Dreams, A Metro Investigation,” its months-long investigation of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. The Sentinel tied with the Baltimore Sun to earn the James S. Keat Freedom of Information Award, one of the highest honors available.

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Lightning strikes cause two fires in Takoma Park

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7200 Holly AvenueCrews attending in the aftermath of a fire at the 7200 block of Holly Avenue PHOTO BY NICKOLAI SUKHAREVTAKOMA PARK — More than 100 firefighters responded to calls in the city Monday evening when lightning strikes set two separate homes ablaze during a storm that included numerous thunderstorm warnings.

At approximately 7:50 p.m., Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service arrived at the 7200 block of Holly Avenue in response to a roof fire before responding to a second fire less than an hour later at the 900 block of Larch Avenue, Piringer tweeted.

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Bethesda festival draws artists from all over country

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IMG 1686Jazz Artist by Kimmy Cantrell PHOTO BY NICKOLAI SUKHAREVBETHESDA — Hundreds of artists from around the country gathered over the weekend at the annual Bethesda Fine Arts Festival.

Organized by the Bethesda Urban Partnership and the Bethesda Arts and Entertainment District, the festival featured painters, photographers, and sculptors from numerous states across the country, who presented selections from their work in the Woodmont Triangle area of downtown Bethesda. Many artists also took the opportunity to sell pieces they had on display.

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Cyberbullying leads to youth depression

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nihlogoA new study from the National Institutes of Health shows that cyberbullying, dissatisfaction in family relationships, and unmet medical needs contribute to higher rates of depressive symptoms among LGBT youth across the United States.

“The study shows that adolescence is a critical window for interventions to address depressive symptoms experienced by sexual minority youth,” said Jeremy Luk, Ph.D., first author of the study and postdoctoral researcher at NIH’s National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. “Without appropriate screening and intervention, these disparities may likely persist into young adulthood.”

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Next up for Montgomery could be open primaries

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Mortellaro Andrews Moon and Effingham PHOTO BY NICKOLAI SUKHAREVFrom left: Stephen Mortellaro, Phil Andrews, Del. David Moon and Damon Effingham talk public campaign financing PHOTO BY NICKOLAI SUKHAREVSILVER SPRING — As the May 12 deadline for candidates in the County to qualify for public financing approaches political leaders in the County are calling for election reforms.

Former County Council member Phil Andrews said he believes the County and the state needs to make several changes to its election system including going to an open primary system where any voter, regardless of party affiliation, can vote in a party primary election.

“If we want truly representative elections that produce representative representatives and then that produce representative public policy, we need to allow all voters to vote for any candidate,” Andrews said last Thursday to a small audience gathered for a forum on the topic at the Silver Spring Library.

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Green Party candidates make County pitch

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Ian SchlakmanIan Schlakman speaks at Kaldi's Coffee Bar in Silver Spring.                           PHOTO BY NICKOLAI SUKHAREV  SILVER SPRING — Montgomery County voters will have another option to choose from when they cast their votes in the gubernatorial election in November. 

“This is a very important election for us Greens … because it keeps us on the ballot,” said Green Party gubernatorial candidate Ian Schlakman to a small crowd of voters at Kaldi’s Coffee Bar during a meet-and-greet in downtown Silver Spring. “We have to get one percent this election or else we risk losing ballot access.”

“When I’m asked why I’m running … I’m running because we have to make a change in this state, in this country, in this system,” added Schlakman’s running mate, Rev. Annie Chambers. “We live in the second richest state in this country, yet we have people freezing to death in the street, we have children freezing to death in the school system … we have people being kicked out of the hospital because they can’t pay their bills.”

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Gaithersburg Trojans edge out Wheaton Knights in boys soccer, 2-1

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Gburg Trojans vs. Wheaton KnightsGAITHERSBURG – The Gaithersburg Trojans managed a 2-1 victory at home over the Wheaton Knights in boys varsity soccer Saturday afternoon.

After neither team opened the deadlock in the first half, the Trojans pressed forward following the break and scored twice before conceding a late goal to the Knights.

“It wasn’t our best performance but we never gave up,” said Gaithersburg coach Eric Cava. “We always have heart but we needed to make more collective passes and we needed to finish when we get in front of the goal.”

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Rockville defeats Magruder varsity boys soccer, 3-1

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ROCKVILLE – The Rockville Rams defeated the Colonel Zadok Magruder Colonels 3-1 in boys varsity soccer at Rockville High School Thursday evening.

With all the goals coming the second half, the Rams took the lead before Colonels equalized. The score remained even until Rockville responded with two goals in thirteen minutes.

"Every game we're getting a little better, playing more people, the new kids are getting adjusted to the system," said Rockville coach Julio Zarate. "We're hoping in the next two games, we're going to play our top," he added.

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Churchill beats WJ boys varsity soccer team 1-0

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BETHESDA – The Winston Churchill Bulldogs defeated the Walter Johnson Wildcats boys varsity soccer team 1-0 Monday evening.

Both teams began the match searching for a goal, exchanging opportunities at each end of the field. The Bulldogs would open the scoring in the first half and remain organized to preserve their lead until the final whistle.

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