Mark Robinson

Mark Robinson

Residents fight more county cell phone towers

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A bill to allow telecommunication companies to extend cell phone coverage is angering some local residents who want a public hearing.

Zoning Text Amendment 16-05, sponsored by Montgomery County Council President Nancy Floreen (D-At large) would change the zoning laws.

Telecommunication companies would be allowed to install small antennas on utility improve cell phone coverage.

County residents objected to the bill because it would allow the telecommunication companies to install the antennas without a public hearing.

 “It undercuts the participation of interested members of the public in a dialogue on where the thing ought to go or shouldn't go,” said Derwood resident Jeff Reznick.

Though a hearing for the bill is scheduled for July 19, if passed, the telecommunication companies could install the antennas without input from the public.

Council finalizes Pike Plan

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Rockville Seal

ROCKVILLE -- The mayor and City Council moved one step closer to completing work on the master plan for reconstructing a 1.9-mile stretch of Rockville Pike Monday, submitting its last sets of edits to staff.

Among the big changes from the June 13 meeting was changing the name of the plan itself from the possessive “Rockville's Neighborhood Pike Plan” to the non-possessive “Rockville Neighborhood Pike Plan.”

Council member Julie Palakovich Carr included that edit among a series of technical, contextual and editorial changes made to the Planning Commission’s draft report presented to the Council back in March.

Mayor Bridget Donnell Newton said she approved, noting she “always” wanted to change the name.

First developed in 1989, the plan has undergone years of rework by the Planning Commission, which submitted its recommended version to the City Council back in March.

That left the mayor and council with four options about what to do with it: approve it, change it, reject it or send it back to the planning commission. They opted to change it.

National poll seeks to answer some questions on family life

Each week The Sentinel visits a memorable story from its archives.


July 9, 1987


Residents of Maryland are among 13,000 people in 100 communities and regions across America who are being asked to participant in the first national survey ever devoted exclusively to understanding U.S. families and households, according to Temple University.

Included in the study by the Philadelphia school are people from Baltimore area counties and residents of Montgomery, Prince George’s and Frederick counties.

All-Sentinel’s boys basketball team named

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0209CHSNWHS-68Player of the Year Andrew Kostecka. FILE PHOTO

Coach of the Year – Carl Parker, Sandy Spring Friends School

Parker guided the boys’ basketball program to their first Potomac Valley Athletic Conference championship in 22 years. The Wildebeests finished the 2015-16 campaign with an overall 21-7 record including a 17-2 mark in the PVAC.

Player of the Year – Andrew Kostecka, Clarksburg, Sr.

The Loyola (MD) signee averaged 19 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game for Clarksburg and helped lead the Coyotes to a 17-9 record including an appearance in the 4A West region championship game. Kostecka, a 6-foot-4 guard, was selected to participate in the 43rd annual Capital Classic High School All-Star Game.

All-Sentinel girls basketball team named

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DSC 7981Player of the year Abby Meyers. PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH

Coach of the Year – Peter Kenah, Whitman

A repeat Coach of the Year honoree, Kenah guided Whitman to its first state championship in 21 years and has led the Bethesda public school to a 47-4 record over the past two seasons.

Player of the Year – Abby Meyers, Whitman, Jr.

The highly regarded Division I prospect scored a game-high 21 points to lead Whitman to the Maryland 4A championship, marking the program’s first state title since 1995 and second overall.

The strung out bridges of Montgomery County

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...And what makes them the worst in the area


First the good news - most of the bridges in Montgomery County maintained by municipalities, the state and in some cases the federal government are in good shape - according to local bridge inspectors.

But aging infrastructure, an issue rearing its head in federal, state and local elections is also an issue in Montgomery County.

These, according to inspectors, are the worst bridges in the area. Most are scheduled to be repaired, and some are already undergoing repairs. The cost? Millions.

Inspectors stress that while these are the worst in the area, none of them are so structurally deficient they are in danger of collapse - those most questionable have weight limits. More pictures can be found in this article's image gallery and the inspection reports can be accessed in PDF format at the end of this article.

Sentinel Hosts Live-Stream Debate Among Democrat Candidates

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Nine candidates for District 8 Congressional race to participate

ROCKVILLE – The nine Democratic candidates for Maryland's District Eight Congressional seat will meet in a live-stream web event hosted by the Montgomery County Sentinel on Saturday, February 27 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. in the lobby of the Executive Office Building Auditorium at 101 Monroe Street.

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