Montgomery Co. High School Students March to Capitol Hill for Gun Control

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High school senior gets serious with env…

23-02-2018 Hits:588 Local Suzanne Pollak - avatar Suzanne Pollak

Benjamin Bowman, a senior at Wootton High School, takes a water sample to test for chloride as part of his work as an intern at the Izaak Walton League of America. PHOTO BY SUZANNE POLLAKThe road salt that makes it safer to drive in winter is causing the Muddy Branch Stream in Gaithersburg to register chloride levels above levels recommended by the Environmental Protection Agency, according to a Wootton High School senior who is spending this school year testing various chemical levels in that stream. Benjamin Bowman has been interning 10 hours each week with the Izaak Walton League of America, a nonprofit environmental organization located along the banks of that stream. The 17-year-old, who is a pitcher for the Wootton Patriots varsity baseball team, regularly gathers a water sample from the stream. For the first few months of his internship, the chloride level never rose above the recommended 230 parts per million levels for chloride, he said. The average readings he found between October and early December averaged around 145 parts per million.

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Customers remember beloved times at hist…

23-02-2018 Hits:276 Local Neal Earley - avatar Neal Earley

ROCKVILLE  — The 102 year-old general store-turned-tavern that sat along Rockville Pike was often described as the Montgomery County’s oldest dive bar. Longtime residents often recounted legends of the place that was a road stop for tight-knit group counterculture rebels, a refuge that sheltered bikers, rockers and all manner of miscreants. But the real story of Hank Dietle’s, which caught fire and burned last week, is much more complex. Some of the stories about Hank Dietle’s – which boasted a legendary reputation as a stop for bikers, rowdy rock bands and locals alike – are true. But the Rockville Pike landmark often defied its stereotypical description as a rough dive bar, and was just as likely to be described as a family-friendly neighborhood bar and a welcoming watering hole open to every class of citizen under the sun.

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Green Party candidates join House race

23-02-2018 Hits:559 Local Nickolai Sukharev - avatar Nickolai Sukharev

The number of candidates vying for the District 18 House of Delegates seat expanded by one as Jon Cook filed papers to run as a member of the Green Party, giving voters another choice of representation in Annapolis.  Cook, 41, will face incumbent Del. Al Carr (D) and two other Democrats in November’s general election. No Republicans have filed to run for the seat as of Feb. 20. The first-time candidate said his run was born out of the need to build a “counter to the legislative power that the Democrats have in the county.”  “If you compare the guiding principles of the Green Party on social, economic and environmental justice … we’ve given the Democrats ample opportunity to solve some of these issues,” Cook said in a phone interview shortly after his filing. “Now is clearly the time for a third party.”

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State News

Gubernatorial candidates Madaleno, Ross …

19-02-2018 Hits:570 State Glynis Kazanjian - avatar Glynis Kazanjian

Two of the Democrats who are vying for the chance to unseat Gov. Larry Hogan (R) in this year’s general election announced Lieutenant Governor picks this week in hopes of balancing ties to Montgomery County with the rest of the state in order to present an appealing choice to voters across Maryland.

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Controversial state song may finally cha…

09-02-2018 Hits:1501 State Suzanne Pollak - avatar Suzanne Pollak

Maryland’s controversial state song – “Maryland, My Maryland” – could soon go the way of eight-track tapes and cassettes if a number of state legislators get their way. The Civil War-era battle hymn, which makes reference to “Northern scum,” takes its lyrics from a poem written in the early days of the conflict by James Ryder Randall, and with verses like “Thou wilt not cower in the dust, Maryland! Thy beaming sword shall never rust,” gained popularity with Confederate troops before being adopted as the official state song. One proposal for changing the song is SB0790, sponsored by State Sen. Cheryl Kagan (D) of District 17. Kagan has been pushing to change the state song since 2016, and introduced her bill to “repeal and replace” the current song, which she called “embarrassing and dated and racist,” last week.

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Independent Neal Simon to challenge Card…

08-02-2018 Hits:1082 State Glynis Kazanjian - avatar Glynis Kazanjian

Independent candidate Neal Simon announces his bid for the U.S. Senate, challenging incumbent Sen. Ben Cardin (D).          PHOTO BY GLYNIS KAZANJIAN  A Potomac businessman fed up with partisan politics and a divided country entered the U.S. Senate race this week, backed by a national independent grassroots organization determined to break up the gridlock in Washington by robbing both political parties of their majority. Bronfman Rothschild CEO and Principal Neal Simon announced his candidacy, after a short exploratory period, in a boutique hotel Tuesday in downtown Rockville, surrounded by about 50 of his friends, family and supporters. “I’m here today because I believe we should have elected officials who put the best interests of their country ahead of the best interests of their political party,” Simon said. “We are forced to watch as our parties selfishly chip away at our sense of community to drag us deeper into debt without addressing our society’s key economic and social problems. “Our leaders have stopped working together, stopped listening to each other and they’ve stopped listening to the concerns of working people,” Simon said. “We have a country where Congress works on behalf of special interests while failing to invest in the future of...

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When is the right time to talk about gun…

22-02-2018 Hits:210 Paul's View Paul Schwartz - avatar Paul Schwartz

  There have been multiple school shootings in the United States in just the first 45 days of 2018. Of course, there are multiple mass shootings not at schools that have occurred too.After every mass shooting, politicians hide behind the phrase “it is too soon” to discuss what needs to be done to address this epidemic of mass shootings. “Too soon” buys them time so they don't have to address the problem and risk their A rating from the National Rifle Association.Oh, and by the way, “our thoughts and prayers are with the victims” does absolutely nothing to address the ongoing threat to every family nor does it do anything to comfort the families of the shooting victims.In the aftermath of the most recent shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., at which 17 individuals lost their lives, the question is no longer whether it is “too soon” to discuss actions that must be taken; the question is whether “it is too late.”

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Putting a Gun to Our Head

21-02-2018 Hits:787 Editor's Notebook Brian Karem - avatar Brian Karem

Somewhere today in this country there is a troubled kid who believes life isn’t worth living. People see him or her as a freak, a danger junkie, a gun-nut, a nerd, a weirdo, or someone who otherwise doesn’t fit in.That child is stockpiling weapons and plans to make the rest of the world pay for his or her pain.

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Promises, promises, and is it tee time a…

16-02-2018 Hits:459 Paul's View Paul K. Schwartz - avatar Paul K. Schwartz

I know we are in the middle of winter, but I didn't want to let this issue escape my scrutiny. Besides, it is sunny in West Palm Beach, Florida.Remember during the presidential campaign of 2016 how often candidate Trump complained about how many times his predecessor took time off to play golf? Quite a bit as I recall. I also recall quite vividly candidate Trump promising not to play golf if elected because there is so much to do there won't be enough time to play golf.He stated over and over again how he will be working, not playing. How he would “stay in the White House and work his ass off.” He accused his predecessor of playing more rounds of golf than Tiger Woods, than the players on the PGA tour. Quite a difference between promises made during a campaign and the reality after election. Especially when it comes to golf and the presidency and Donald J. Trump!Now for some of that post-election reality as it relates to golf and vacation days as a whole. Reality: Donald J. Trump during his first year in office took five times more vacation days than his predecessor Barack H. Obama.

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Blake boys get payback on Watkins Mill w…

24-02-2018 Hits:103 Sports Brandy L. Simms - avatar Brandy L. Simms

SILVER SPRING — They say revenge is sweet. The Blake Bengals varsity boys basketball team got payback against the visiting Watkins Mill Wolverines Friday night in a first-round playoff game by posting a 57-50 win over the Wolverines. Watkins Mill eliminated Blake from the postseason last year by capturing an 11-point overtime win against the Bengals who had rallied from a 25-point first-half deficit. “Last year they came in here, we lost to them in overtime,” said Blake head coach Dondrell Whitmore, “and to finally come out and actually get a playoff win is huge for us at Blake.”

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Churchill boys narrowly upset Einstein i…

24-02-2018 Hits:198 Sports Matt Cohen - avatar Matt Cohen

Churchill's Reed Moshyedi catches fire in the fourth quarter, scoring 16 points to beat Einstein. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  KENSINGTON — A long rebound sailed out to the Einstein Titans’ Joey Curtin, with his team trailing by two points Friday night. Curtin put up a three-pointer, and drained it, pumping his fist as the Einstein crowd roared. With 11.8 seconds left, the visiting Churchill Bulldogs put the ball in the hands of its star player, Reed Moshyedi. Moshyedi drove to the baseline, before rising up into the air to fire a shot. With 2.9 seconds to play, the ball splashed through the net. Moshyedi’s jump shot gave Churchill a one-point lead, and after Einstein missed a deep heave, the clock hit zero with the Bulldogs winning the game, 74-73.

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Lady Trojans beat Northwest in first rou…

24-02-2018 Hits:94 Sports Eva Paspalis - avatar Eva Paspalis

GAITHERSBURG – “It’s playoff time!” shouted Gaithersburg head coach Adrian McDaniel as his team took the court on Friday. The postseason has indeed descended on high school varsity basketball and the Lady Trojans kicked off the first round when they hosted and defeated the Northwest Jaguars, 63-47 in a 4A West matchup. The Trojans entered the game as the third seed and Northwest was the sixth seed. However, the Jaguars kept the game close in the first half until Gaithersburg tightened up its defense in the second half to kick Northwest out of the postseason. At first, the Trojans appeared to have difficulty containing Northwest senior guard Khienya Benjamin, who drove through the lane repeatedly en route to 16 points. Gaithersburg managed to neutralize Benjamin in the second half and the Trojans dug a hole too large for the Jaguars to climb out of.

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Landscape painter finds outdoor inspirat…

30-12-2017 Hits:860 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:773 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:2250 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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