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Green Party candidate files for County Council at-Large

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Tim WillardTim Willard. COURTESY PHOTO  

BETHESDA – Green Party candidate Tim Willard of Kensington has filed with the County Board of Elections to run for the County Council at Large in 2018.

“I’m running on a platform of sustainability,” Willard said. “We have start planning an end to growth, it’s getting expensive, and we have to figure out how we go into the future,” he added.

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Silver Spring man held on charge of attempted murder of pregnant woman

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ROCKVILLE – A Silver Spring man is being held on a $5 million bond for the attempted murder of a pregnant woman who claims that he is the father of her child. The baby’s survival remains uncertain.

According to police reports, 18-year-old Dakota Brothers allegedly strangled and stabbed 19-year-old Samuela Wolfe, who was six months pregnant; he assaulted Wolfe after having sex with her in a wooded pathway behind 3015 Upton Street in Kensington the afternoon of August 31.

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Vital repairs finished on Beltway bridge

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DangerousbridgecourtesyphotoThe I-495 bridge over Jones Mill Road prior to repairs.   COURTESY PHOTO  

KENSINGTON – Road repair crews finished replacing a damaged deck on the Capital Beltway bridge over Jones Mill Road Monday as part of a $350, 000 project.

SHA spokesperson Charlie Gischlar said the SHA had crews repair the outer loop bridge in response to numerous complaints from motorists about a bumpy road and to prevent the bridge from becoming structurally deficient.

He said drivers called to complain their tires were “getting out of line” after driving across the bridge.

“It’s just an uncomfortable ride. We did it for ride quality,” he said.

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Three towns face higher taxes

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Montgomery County homeowners living in three towns are in for a double property tax increase in Fiscal Year 2017.

Both the County government and the town governments recently approved real estate tax increases, with the County Council raising property taxes from 98.7 cents per $100 of assessed value to $1.02 per $100, an 8.7 percent increase.

Town governments in Chevy Chase, Poolesville and Somerset also all approved property tax increases this month.

Meanwhile in Kensington, personal property taxes for businesses and utilities are due to rise while the town's real estate tax rate remains flat.

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Kensington Mayor calls it quits

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Mayor Pete FosselmanKensington Mayor Peter Fosselman will not seek a sixth term. COURTESY PHOTO

Kensington Mayor Peter Fosselman announced he will not seek a sixth term at a town council meeting Monday.

He recommended Council member Tracey Furman run for the position and Furman said she is running. She is the only declared mayoral candidate.

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Sometimes “Going to the Dogs” is a really good thing

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Canine Companion - Nasca and HannahHannah Albus (left) and her mother Sarah Albus sit with Hannah’s service dog Nasca at their Kensington home March 24. Nasca helps Hannah, 12, manage her anxiety stemming from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PHOTO BY NICOLE TAPIERO

KENSINGTON – Twelve-year-old Hannah Albus was diagnosed with cerebral palsy when she was born. She struggles both physically and emotionally.

In November, when Hannah and her family received their first service dog, Nasca, through Canine Companions for Independence, Hannah’s life changed in more ways than one.

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