GOP Proposes a funding bill to avoid Jan 19 Government Shutdown

GOP Proposes a funding bill to avoid Jan 19 Government Shutdown
Montgomery County Police Holiday Task Force made fewer DUI arrests
Trump Administration celebrates tax cut victory
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US DOT honors local man for innovation

19-01-2018 Hits:439 Local Suzanne Pollak - avatar Suzanne Pollak

U.S. Department of Transportation honors Joseph Daniels of Silver Spring with its RAISE award. COURTESY PHOTO  The U.S. Department of Transportation last week honored Silver Spring native Joseph Daniels with its Recognizing Aviation and Aerospace Innovation in Science and Engineering (RAISE) award for his work to develop cheaper heating element systems for pavement surfaces. The award is given annually by the DOT to encourage creative thinking among students and allow them to create new solutions to aviation challenges.  “It was a very humbling moment,” said the University of Arkansas Ph.D. candidate. “I’m still figuring out the gravity of the award and the prestige.” Daniels, who in 2009 graduated from Springbrook High School – where he played football and was a member of the 2008 championship basketball team – said he was “very excited” to receive the award at a Jan. 6 ceremony, during which he was honored by Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao.

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Wheaton High School wins Maryland Scienc…

19-01-2018 Hits:617 Local Nickolai Sukharev - avatar Nickolai Sukharev

ROCKVILLE — Wheaton High School won the Maryland Science Bowl on Saturday defeating Poolesville in the final round at Montgomery College.  “I am incredibly proud of my students for their victory in the Maryland/DC Regional Science Bowl. They made this happen – they worked extremely hard and came together as a team in the way any coach would dream of,” Daniel Bates, a science teacher at Wheaton High School and coach of the winning team wrote in an email.  Forty-eight teams representing 25 schools from across Maryland and DC participated in the tournament, with some schools fielding multiple entrants.

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Gaithersburg approves Johnson property p…

19-01-2018 Hits:860 Local Peter Rouleau - avatar Peter Rouleau

GAITHERSBURG — Nearly 13 months after voting to annex the Johnson Property – an area near the intersection of Darnestown Road and Quince Orchard Boulevard – into the city, the Gaithersburg City Council on Tuesday voted to approve a development plan for it after a year of litigation surrounding the circumstances of the annexation vote. On Dec. 19, 2016, the Council passed resolutions to annex the Johnson Property, an area near the intersection of Darnestown Road and Quince Orchard Boulevard and authorizing City Manager Tony Tomasello to execute an agreement to develop the property for mixed zone commercial and residential use.  At the time the Council debated the annexation resolutions, it was operating at reduced capacity following the death of Council member Henry F. Marraffa. Council member Ryan Spiegel was also absent due to an illness, and had indicated that he would recuse himself after learning that his employer, the Bethesda-based law firm Paley Rothman, had a business relationship with one of the developers.

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State News

Hogan proposes term limits for Maryland …

19-01-2018 Hits:378 State Neal Earley - avatar Neal Earley

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan (R) hopes a term limits bill he proposed last week will end the Democratic Party’s “corruption” and control of the General Assembly by limiting delegates and state senators to two four-year terms. “Our founding fathers never envisioned professional politicians who spend their entire careers in office; what they intended was citizen legislators who would represent their constituents and then return back home to their real jobs,” Hogan said during a press conference in Annapolis last week. “The rise of professional politicians has led to out-of-control partisanship, the stifling of honest debate and fresh ideas, rampant gerrymandering, one-party monopolies, and an increased potential for the type of corruption that our administration has been fighting to root out,” said the governor. Hogan’s proposed bill, the Government Accountability Act of 2018, would limit state delegates and senators to two consecutive four-year terms. If passed, the proposal would put state legislatures in line with the governor, who is currently limited to two four-year terms.

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Democrats and politicians weigh in on Ma…

19-01-2018 Hits:352 State Glynis Kazanjian - avatar Glynis Kazanjian

Chelsea Manning           FILE PHOTO  Chelsea Manning, a former U.S. Army intelligence analyst convicted of leaking a trove of classified information to WikiLeaks in 2010, has filed for candidacy as a Democrat in the U.S. Senate race in Maryland. Manning filed paperwork on Jan. 11 at 3:02 p.m. under the committee name, “Chelsea Manning for U.S. Senate,” according to the Federal Election Commission. She will face two-term incumbent Sen. Ben Cardin in the June 26 primary election. A controversial figure who leaked classified information to WikiLeaks, Manning was arrested in 2010 on numerous counts of violating the Espionage Act of 1917. She served seven years of a 35-year sentence in a military prison before being granted clemency by then-President Barack Obama as one of the final acts of his presidency before the end of his term in January 2017.

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2018 Maryland Legislative Preview

08-01-2018 Hits:1418 State Nickolai Sukharev, Glynis Kazanjian, Neal Earley, Kathleen Stubbs - avatar Nickolai Sukharev, Glynis Kazanjian, Neal Earley, Kathleen Stubbs

Sen. Craig Zucker (D14) Sen. Craig Zucker COURTESY PHOTOZucker said he is wary of potential federal cuts that could impact the state -- including cuts to programs for keeping the Chesapeake Bay clean. The General Assembly should be aware of such cuts during the budget process, Zucker said, adding that the Trump administration has created new expectations for the state.  “We have to be proactive in our budgeting,” Zucker said. In addition to funding for the Chesapeake Bay, Zucker emphasized that state funding for Montgomery County Public Schools is as key an issue for the County's delegation to Annapolis as it is for local elected leaders. “I think it's important to make sure to meet our commitment on our education spending and on the capital side to make sure we are investing in our school construction,” he said. Zucker said he plans to introduce a bill that would reverse a state law about serving alcohol to people with developmental disabilities. Currently in Maryland bars and restaurants can deny serving alcohol to of age adults with developmental disabilities. Zucker said his bill would make that illegal. “That is not fair; it’s an equity thing,” he said.

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Once the world was much larger

21-01-2018 Hits:789 Editor's Notebook Brian Karem - avatar Brian Karem

I don’t wish to anger anyone but this latest government shutdown has taught me something I long suspected, but now know for a fact – most people have no idea what they’re talking about when it comes to our government though they think they do. They just want to preach.I cover politics, and have for years, and I don’t know. But I want to and I speak with politicians daily to find out what’s going on.Others do not and still tell me they know more than I do – though I often times possess first hand knowledge they do not have.I cannot tell you the number of times people have told me what was said in the White House briefing room – though I was there and they were not.I smile and often just ignore those claims though they seem to be as valid as walking into a doctor’s office with no training and diagnosing what’s wrong with the patient.But that’s not all that bothers me.

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Let the record speak for itself

18-01-2018 Hits:494 Paul's View Paul K. Schwartz - avatar Paul K. Schwartz

State Senator and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Rich Madaleno.          PHOTO BY PAUL K. SCHWARTZAs we approach Election Day 2018 next November as well as the primary in June it is important to understand all that is at stake in that more than likely transitional game-changing election. Certainly the Congressional elections across the country will be critical if there is any hope of undoing the damage to this country resulting from the Trump presidency.Also critical to Maryland is who we place in the Governor's office to lead us in addressing many of the federal-level decisions that had direct impact on our state as well as implementing a long-term vision for our state.I had the opportunity to sit down with State Senator and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Rich Madaleno to discuss the challenges faced by Maryland and why he is confident that he is in the best position to lead us forward. I was more than pleased with what I heard.

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Is there a doctor in the house?

11-01-2018 Hits:393 Paul's View Paul K. Schwartz - avatar Paul K. Schwartz

Admittedly I am not a doctor. I never attended medical school. I never even played a doctor on television. I did stay too many times to count at a Holiday Inn Express, but somehow I still don't consider myself a doctor.However, I do receive numerous emails every single day. Several hundred for that matter and I am not even Secretary of State. How Hillary Clinton kept up with all of her emails is beyond me. I recently received an email regarding ADHD, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Maybe the sender got confused with the concept of the deficit in light of the recently passed Republican tax plan.Anyway, I decided to take a look at the information out of curiosity and discovered something quite alarming. The president of the United States may very well be struggling with ADHD. As a matter of fact, this president may be afflicted with a great many more afflictions than just ADHD.

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Bullis boys score key upset win over IAC…

22-01-2018 Hits:159 Sports Matt Cohen - avatar Matt Cohen

  Bullis Bulldogs' Vado Morse gets an easy layup in the first half in Bullis' win over the highly-ranked Episcopal Maroon.  PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  POTOMAC — After losing two straight games to open Interstate Athletic Conference play, questions circled the 2017-18 Bullis Bulldogs. Were they really the IAC contenders they were thought to be? Despite the adversity that faced the Bulldogs, no anxiety hit the Bullis locker room. “We picked up practice. After two losses, we knew we needed to get it together,” Bullis guard Vado Morse said. On Friday night, Bullis faced the visiting Episcopal Maroon. This was a game that Bullis had to have, and no one knew that better than Bulldogs senior guard Vado Morse. With his team in need of a win, Morse stepped up, and put on a show in front of a loud home crowd. With 30 points from Morse, Bullis rebounded from its slow start, and leave with a convincing 75-67 victory.

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Springbrook boys survive in close hoops …

19-01-2018 Hits:213 Sports Matt Cohen - avatar Matt Cohen

Springbrook’s Anthony Deruisseaun (#5) beats the Wootton defense to the hoop during Tuesday night’s game. PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITH  ROCKVILLE — A second-half comeback attempt Tuesday night by the Wootton Patriots varsity boys basketball team rattled some nerves as the Springbrook Blue Devils saw the Patriots eat into their hard-earned lead, but Springbrook held on, walking away with an 81-73 victory. “I thought we played well,” said Springbrook head coach Darnell Meyers. “I just thought we have to protect that ball a little better in our offense, but overall I thought we did a pretty good job.” Springbrook and Wootton entered the game going in two opposite directions, Springbrook having won two in a row while Wootton had lost two in a row. But Wootton's boys continued the pattern they've developed by keeping the came close and never giving up, even against Montgomery County's top teams. Springbrook started the game by building a 7-2 lead. Wootton responded with nine points from forward Julian Levin, helping the Patriots to take a 13-12 lead later in the first quarter. However, even though Springbrook point guard and Quinnipiac commit Matthew Balanc had to clean up six of his teammates' missed shots for six second-chance points, Springbrook...

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Local athletes break personal records at…

19-01-2018 Hits:299 Sports Kathleen Stubbs - avatar Kathleen Stubbs

  Walter Johnson’s Abigail Green leads the entire race of the girls’ one mile race. She finishes with a 5:03.86, a personal record. Right behind her for most of the race is Paint Branch’s Yasmine Kass who places third with a personal record of 5:12.99. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE  LANDOVER — At last week’s Montgomery Invitational track meet at the Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex, the Bullis School girls 4x200 meter relay team became the fastest girls’ relay team in the United States, racing on a flat track, shattering the previous track record. The quartet of two sophomores (Shaniya Hall and Leah Phillips) and two seniors (Ashley Seymour and Masai Russell) finished their race in one minute, 37.28 seconds. “When we ran that 1:37, we were really impressed and elated,” said Russell, who anchored the relay. The Lady Bulldogs had been trying to break the facility record at the Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex since the start of this season, Russell said.

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Landscape painter finds outdoor inspirat…

30-12-2017 Hits:582 Entertainment Barbara Trainin Blank - avatar Barbara Trainin Blank

PHOTO OF “BAIE ST. PAUL CREEK by Leni BerlinerLocal artist Leni Berliner did some painting as a high school student many years ago, and like most student artists, she laid down her brushes after graduation.  But with the new millennium came what she called "a very difficult time" in her personal and professional life, the burden of which her mother sought to alleviate with a gift. “My mother gave me the gift of drawing and painting classes at the Corcoran College of Art and Design in D.C.," Berliner said. The classes reawakened a passion for painting and led her to rediscover and cultivate that talent.

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Exhibit pays tribute to laborers with ex…

26-12-2017 Hits:556 Entertainment Barbara Trainin Blank - avatar Barbara Trainin Blank

“Woman Cleaning Shower” by Ramiro Gomez from National Portrait Gallery exhibit on work. COURTESY PHOTO  “The Sweat of their Face: Portraying American Workers,” an exhibit on view at the National Portrait Gallery, contains well-known, even iconic, images. These include “Power House Mechanic,” a black-and-white photograph by Lewis Hine; “The Miner,” an oil painting by Pat Lyon; “American Gothic,” by Gordon Parks, oil on beaver wood; “Mine America’s Coal,” by Norman Rockwell, “Cotton Pickers,” oil, by Winslow Homer, and “Migrant Mother,” a print by Dorothea Lange. Other images are less known and even surprising, such as daguerreotypes by Joseph T. Zealy of semi-dressed slaves. Richard Avedon, best known for his work with celebrities and fashion icons, portrays migrant workers in a series of photographs. But co-curators Dorothy Moss and David C. Ward are hoping that regardless of the individual images, viewers understand the exhibit’s goal.

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Maryland Youth Ballet’s unique productio…

15-12-2017 Hits:2021 Entertainment Barbara Trainin Blank - avatar Barbara Trainin Blank

A past production of Maryland Youth Ballet’s “The Nutcracker,” with Justin Metcalf-Burton and Maya Beeman. COURTESY PHOTOMaryland Youth Ballet can boast of many illustrious alumni. Walk along the hallways of the ballet school, headquartered in downtown Silver Spring since 2006 (after a long sojourn in Bethesda), and you’ll see photographs of some notable faces. Michelle Lees, the school’s artistic director, points them out: Julie Kent, a longtime principal of American Ballet Theatre, who was recently appointed the artistic director of the Washington Ballet; Susan Jaffe, a former dancer and ballet mistress at ABT and now Dean of the School of Dance at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem; and Garen Price Scribner and Allison Walsh, who both appeared in the Broadway musical “An American in Paris.” However, at Maryland Youth Ballet, the emphasis is on both the present and future.

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