Sentinel reporter returns to his roots in fiction with new book

Sentinel reporter Peter Rouleau recently published "Masquerade Ball," a collection of short stories -- many set in Montgomery County.  COURTESY PHOTOSSentinel reporter Peter Rouleau recently published "Masquerade Ball," a collection of short stories -- many set in Montgomery County. COURTESY PHOTOS  ROCKVILLE — Silver Spring resident Peter Rouleau, 36, recently published the book “Masquerade Ball,” a collection of short stories, many of which are set in Montgomery County.

In it, Rouleau explores “deception of how little we know about people we see day to day.”

Rouleau said the inspiration for many of the stories comes from his five years working as a reporter for the Montgomery County Sentinel. Many of the stories are set within the county. One story takes place at the County Agricultural Fair, which the Sentinel has covered extensively.


Fringe festival has enough for everyone to find a niche of pure fun

Only five more days remain in the vast, multifaceted, and overwhelming (in a good sense) Capital Fringe Festival 2017.

Though only in its 12th year, the annual event founded by artist and community organizer Julianne Brienza seems to have been around forever.

Its goal according to the web site, is “expanding audiences’ appetites for independent, Fringe theatre, music, art, dance, and unclassifiable forms of live performance and visual art – and serving as a catalyst for cultural and community development.”


What culture?

PencilPaperSo, I walked into a little shop I’ve frequented for years to purchase an item. Inside the shop I found the usual clerk. I hadn’t seen her in years and I commented on how nice her hair looked. I asked if she had decided to dye it a different color. I remembered her hair as being darker.

She told me her hair was curly and lighter and fuller because of her chemotherapy. Turns out she was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer. However, she was looking on the bright side of her life. Her prognosis was good, she had a new hair color and she wanted breast reduction surgery anyway.


The four-way stop sign and the Ebola virus

PencilPaperSo, there I was in Rockville driving 30 mph as the sign says I should. I was nearing a speed light camera and I was third or fourth in line at the four-way stop sign when the young woman behind me began honking her horn. Then she pulled around me, flashed me the most famous finger which is either an insult or a proclamation and headed on down the road.


Black Rock Center offers arts for all

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Blac Rock Center For The Arts-Photo by Daryl NelsonBlack Rock Center for the Arts, at 12901 Town Commons Drive in Germantown, is a one-stop-shop for performances, art exhibitions and creative expression. Audiences not only get to see a wide variety of shows – they also get direct access to the artist.

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