Four local religious communities take part in interfaith rally prior to march

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Three hundred people from three churches and one synagogue in Bethesda gathered Friday night for song, prayer, camaraderie and a Mexican dinner on the eve of Saturday’s March For Our Lives.

Members of Congregation Beth El, Bethesda United Methodist Church, Saint Mark Presbyterian Church and St. John’s Episcopal Church, who most recently joined together in an interfaith gathering following the suicides of two area high school students, reunited for Friday night’s interfaith event to talk about their feelings on gun control and school safety as well as make friends and find ways to get to the march demonstration in Washington, D.C.

Rabbi Greg Harris of Congregation Beth El explained that participants came “to advocate together. This is the essence of what it means to be a resilient community.”


A storm of bullets

20171206 095558Have you ever been caught unexpectedly in a downpour without your umbrella? Of course you have. We all have.
Now imagine that you are attending an open air concert and the skies open up but instead of being drenched with rain you are caught in a hailstorm of bullets coming from above. That is what happened several weeks ago at a concert in Las Vegas to hundreds of concert goers resulting in the slaughter of 58 innocent music lovers and the wounding of another 500.
Add to this catastrophe the slaughter of some 26 innocent church goers in Sutherland Springs, Texas during Sunday morning services as the walls of their church were riddled with bullets and you have the beginning of a long-awaited dialogue in Congress to finally do something to stem the tide of unfettered gun violence in this country.
On December 6th the Senate Judiciary Committee conducted a hearing to discuss the merits of two gun safety bills.


Heroes honored for saving woman's life

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Winffel family2Norma Winffel (left) receives the award from MCCF President Jim Zepp (right) on behalf of the Winffel family.  PHOTO BY JACQUIE BOKOW  

ROCKVILLE - As Norma Winffel recalled her husband and the significance of his actions May 6, she fought back tears and smiled during a meeting for the Montgomery County Civic Federation. 

“I want the world to know that he was not just a number, he’s just not a statistic,” Norma said. “He was a hero to us and now the world knows that.”

The federation awarded Norma and her family the Community Hero Award at the beginning of their meeting Monday evening at the County Executive building.

The federation’s president, Jim Zepp, said Malcom Winffel’s and Carl Unger’s actions at the Westfield Montgomery Mall during Eulalio Tordil’s shooting spree served as examples of “self-sacrifice” and “heroism.”


Rally supports families of recent shooting

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Six area rotary clubs joined together to contribute a total of $6,000 to families of the victims of a shooting spree earlier this month that began in Prince Georges County and ended in the Aspen Hill area of Montgomery County.

Six families are to receive $1,000 each. Half the money will go to the three families whose  loved ones were killed in the May 5 and 6 shooting. They include Malcom "Mike" Winffel of Boyds, Claudina Molina of Silver Spring and the suspect's estranged wife, Gladys Tordil. 


Shooting spree suspect facing multiple murder charges

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Eulalio-Tordil-MCPEulalio Tordil faces multiple murder charges. COURTESY PHOTO

GAITHERSBURG—Police have charged Eulalio Tordil, 62, with two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of attempted first-degree murder and four counts of a using a firearm in the commission of a felony, after a two-day shooting spree.

Tordil has been charged in Montgomery County with the murders of 45-year-old Malcolm Winffel of Boyds and 65-year-old Claudina Molina of Silver Spring, from two shootings at Westfield Montgomery Mall in Bethesda and Aspen Hill Shopping Center.


Gun ownership should require liability insurance

It is common sense that ownership of an item brings with it a degree of responsibility to use the item both thoughtfully and safely. I can't imagine too many disagreeing with that general premise although I am sure there are some. The requirement to carry mandatory liability insurance by those who own automobiles is an example of state government acknowledging that ownership brings with it that level of responsibility.


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