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I agree with Representative Anthony Brown that widening I-270 and the Capital Beltway with toll lanes is an outdated solution to congestion. In the editorial “Hundreds rally to stop controversial highway widening project,” local officials and Montgomery County residents favor expanding transit to curb the horrific upper county traffic congestion. Highway expansion will guarantee more […]

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On June 28, 2018, a man wielding a shotgun blasted his way into the offices of the Capital Gazette community newspaper in Annapolis. He murdered five staff members, including my brother-in-law, John McNamara. Not only did my young daughters lose a beloved uncle that day, but they must also now navigate a world where the […]

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I’ve had the pleasure and the opportunity write this column for about 15 years.  My goal was to inform and enlighten you about housing and real estate issues.  And over the years, recurring themes emerged.  Some are dynamic, while others seem to be unchanging. Through my many columns I wrote about the dynamic nature of […]

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Last week, Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera of the Maryland Court of Appeals called for the abolition of contested elections for Circuit Court judgeships in the State. As I say goodbye to this column, and the fine people at the Montgomery County Sentinel, I join in Judge Barbera’s call for a constitutional amendment to change […]

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By Tony Glaros Special to The Sentinel WHEATON – On a sun-drenched Friday morning, Reggie Wright pulled up a seat at a computer terminal where a coworker was pensively flipping through the pages of an Algebra textbook. “You do guided practice,” began Wright, 50, who directs the math department at John F. Kennedy High School […]

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ROCKVILLE – Montgomery County has begun its efforts to bring more focus on their Vision Zero goals to stop traffic-related deaths by 2030 following the introduction of a new coordinator and projects to stop the growing number of incidents in the county. Three pedestrians were killed already to start 2020 following the deaths of 13 […]

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ROCKVILLE – In advance of the 2020 Summer Olympics, Dominique Dawes, retired artistic gymnast and the first Black Olympian to win gold in gymnastics, has announced she will be opening her own gymnastics academy in Clarksburg this spring. The move was inspired by the Me Too movement and her own four children. Dawes was 6 […]

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Most small cars conceived are for simple, economical transportation. You buy a small car because you want to get good gas mileage and not pay too much. Many of today’s leading small sedans and hatchbacks can rightly be called economy cars. Models like the Hyundai Elantra and Toyota Corolla are far from basic, rudimentary transportation, […]

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SEABROOK – Following the announcement that the Montgomery Sentinel will cease its print publication following this edition, public figures throughout the county spoke on how the outlet’s closure leaves a void in local coverage. Both the Prince George’s and Montgomery County Sentinel will be closing after CEO/Publisher Lynn Kapiloff confirmed reports in a letter to […]

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ROCKVILLE – After finding success in the Fairfax and Washington, D.C. areas, Eerkin’s Uyghur Cuisine, an Uyghur family-owned restaurant, has moved onto Rockville Pike to set up its first Maryland location, in the address of the former Japanese bistro café Rolls ‘n Rice. Three years in the business, the family is hoping to expand understanding […]

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WHEATON – Although already up and running and classes have begun, Jan. 24 marked the official opening of the Wheaton Senior Center, which is located in the new Wheaton Community Recreation Center on Georgia Avenue. To celebrate the occasion, the recreation center, which also is home to a library and gym facilities, held an open […]

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SHADY GROVE – Appropriately following the Women’s Legislative Briefing’s 40th anniversary, Councilmember Nancy Navarro was inducted by the Montgomery County Commission for Women into the county’s Women’s History Archives on Jan. 26, the 48th celebrated in its annual induction ceremony. Chosen for her work as a political leader in the county, Navarro is the first […]

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ROCKVILLE – The Public Safety (PS) and Health and Human Service (HHS) Committees for Montgomery County met on Jan. 23 to receive an update on gang activity and gang prevention services in the county. Police, state attorneys and many public institutions were called up to speak about their results and what they are doing to […]

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HYATTSVILLE – Jonathan Hernandez, 22, walked inside a Langley Park apartment building on Jan. 23 with a group of canvassers, ready to talk to local residents about the 2020 U.S. Census. The downtown Silver Spring resident could recall being a young child in 2010 and seeing his mother struggling to look at the questionnaire pages. […]

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ROCKVILLE – A crowd of community members entered Rockville town hall on Jan. 27 to make a case for funding in human services, sports and art development before the council reviewed priorities for the 2021 fiscal year budget. Leon Suskin, the co-chair of the Human Services Advisory Commission, spoke on his own behalf at the […]

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I have often been asked whether there is anything I will admit to as a positive of the Trump administration. Well, there is. The Trump administration has provided me with more issues and incidents to write about than I could ever have imagined. That is as close as I could get to find a Trump […]

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With the dispute over the timeliness of commencement of the impeachment trial being much in the news, Maryland’s Court of Appeals last week issued an opinion in Anthony Marlin Tunnell v. State of Maryland regarding the timeliness of commencement of a criminal trial. Maryland, by statute and a 1979 case called Hicks v. State, has […]

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When you’re selling a home, a consequential decision is your list price and pricing strategy.  Deciding on your price can be confusing because, sometimes, what you hear from the media is not exactly what your real estate agent is telling you.  Additionally, making matters worse is hearing disparate information from different real estate agents. For […]

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BETHESDA – More than 5,000 county residents spent Martin Luther King Jr. Day packaging food, making blankets and cleaning parks during the 25th annual MLK Day of Service. The 2,500 people who packed the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center did a myriad of projects to help veterans, the homeless, the sick and the […]

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CLARKSBURG – Montgomery County Alcohol Beverage Services (ABS) kicked off 2020 strong as it hosted a celebration of all things whiskey, Jan. 17, from 10 am – 7 pm at Clarksburg Village Liquor. The Whiskey Rocks celebration is the largest event of its kind in Montgomery County. The daylong event attracted hundreds of whiskey lovers […]

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CHEVY CHASE – With no votes on the agenda, Chevy Chase Village’s board of managers devoted its village meeting on Jan. 15 entirely to concerns over their refuse & recycling program, deciding, after some debate, to continue their current contract until June 30. The refuse & recycling program, which had traditionally picked up recyclables including […]

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ROCKVILLE – Two individual Montgomery Council committees met on Jan. 16 to talk about their plans for the upcoming year. The Planning, Housing and Economic Development (PHED) Committee, which consists of Councilmembers Hans Riemer, Andrew Friedson and Will Jawando, met to continue its review of the Forest Glen/Montgomery Hills Sector Plan. It is the PHED […]

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ROCKVILLE – The mayor of an Israeli city spent several days last week in the Metropolitan area, raising funds for her town and spreading her message of tolerance. Mayor Aliza Bloch, a former teacher and principal, made time in her busy schedule that included meeting with Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser to speak with the […]

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Today’s all-electric cars have made great strides toward everyday usability, with rapidly growing ranges. Even the cheapest models like the Nissan Leaf can now go 150 miles per charge, while the famous Teslas — along with a growing number of other electric vehicles — manage well over 200 miles. But if you’re not ready for […]

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Amelia Earhart’s last confirmed words were spoken at 8:43 a.m. on July 2, 1937. She said, “We are on the line 157-337 flying north and south.” Earlier she had spoken the fatal words, “We are on you but cannot see you.” She was in trouble, and she knew it. Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan […]

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ROCKVILLE – During the weekly Montgomery County Council meeting on Jan. 21, the council introduced multiple bills that included bicycle registration, stipends for members of county boards, committees, and commissions and a zoning measure allowing for larger solar collecting systems in the agricultural reserve. The meeting opened up with a proclamation recognizing Montgomery County Human […]

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SILVER SPRING – Corrections have yet to be made to the thousands of problems cited in an Americans with Disabilities assessment of Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) that was conducted two years ago. “We are just making sure we have the budget so we can address” the problems, said School Board President Shebra Evans. “We […]

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Appearances are often misleading. Your child comes home from school the day report cards are handed out, but he does not have one. You assume that he is hiding poor grades. You question him as to why he has no report card, and he tells you that he received straight A’s but that he did […]

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It’s common knowledge that your home sale must have multiple high-quality photos.  If you don’t, then be prepared for a long disappointing sale.  Multiple high-quality pictures have not only become a home sale must, but it seems as if photos and tours have become the central feature of many real estate agents’ marketing plans.  Not […]

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Under the famous Supreme Court Miranda case, persons who have been arrested must be advised of their rights, including the right to consult with an attorney and to have their lawyer present during police questioning.  Once a suspect requests an attorney, the extent to which the police may further interact with the suspect was explored […]

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SILVER SPRING – When Rocky Twyman of Rockville heard that Converted Heart CME Church of Silver Spring was celebrating its fifth anniversary, he knew what he had to do. The church, which assembles in the Silver Spring Civic Center on Fridays and Sundays, is known for caring about the less fortunate. Last year, church members […]

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SILVER SPRING – Amanda Barry-Moilanen of Wheaton is scared that a Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) proposed rule allowing its grant recipients to discriminate, would result in fewer children ever being adopted. On Nov. 1, the Trump administration published a notice that it intends only to comply with explicitly spelled out U.S. Supreme […]

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ROCKVILLE – In a press conference on Jan. 14, Councilmember Will Jawando discussed Bill 39-19, the Local Small Business Reserve Program (LSBRP), and Direct Purchase Enhancement Act and how it will directly affect the community. According to a press release sent out by the county, Bill 39-19 would increase the percentage of eligible procurements to […]

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The most family-friendly crossovers are essentially big boxes on wheels. They focus on maximum interior space for the money, the smoothest possible ride, and tons of safety features. Most best-selling seven-passenger crossovers — like the Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander and Chevrolet Traverse — are functional and thoroughly unexciting. If you’re looking for something with a […]

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ROCKVILLE – The Montgomery County Board of Education met on Jan. 9 to speak about the growing and current issues with Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) as residents approve of Boundary Analysis despite shortcomings. The meeting opened up with the board unanimously approving a resolution to acknowledge February as African American History Month as well […]

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ROCKVILLE – In his first State of the County address on Jan. 15, Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich called Montgomery County “the economic engine in the state of Maryland” and the envy of jurisdictions throughout the nation. He praised its school system, an educated population that is engaged and good government services. However, Elrich says […]

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ROCKVILLE – In the first meeting from the holiday break on Jan. 14, the Montgomery County Council covered a series of proclamations, bills and resolutions involving many different topics. The meeting started with a proclamation recognizing January as National Radon Action Month. That proclamation listed out statistics that are prevalent both at the state, county, […]

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Presidential candidate Ronald Reagan famously asked America during a presidential debate with President Jimmy Carter in 1980, “Are you better off today than you were four years ago?” Good question and a question that has since been posed in every subsequent presidential election and sure to be asked in the 2020 election. However, that is […]

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I recently delivered a sad message to the staff and freelancers of The Sentinel Newspapers, indicating that our last edition will publish on Jan. 30 after serving Montgomery County for more than 160 years and Prince George’s County for 88 years. In that letter, I said that The Sentinel Newspapers have not been profitable for […]

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SILVER SPRING – Following the Maryland Department of Environment (MDE) and Gov. Larry Hogan’s release of his 2020 climate plan draft, 25 advocacy and community organizations wrote a letter denouncing the plan and calling for “stronger action.” The letter, delivered on Jan. 2, was signed by 25 organizations, including the Central Maryland Transportation Alliance and […]

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TAKOMA PARK – Several hundred people of varying religions, races and ages gathered in the cold on Jan. 5 for a community vigil to “Stand up to Anti-Semitism.” While those gathered by the Takoma Park gazebo and all the way back onto the street had come to support victims of recent attacks against Jewish people […]

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ROCKVILLE – As the recess period comes to an end, County Executive Marc Elrich plans to greet the Montgomery County Council with his plans for affordable housing in 2020. In his end of the year remarks to The Montgomery Sentinel, Elrich said that he did not feel the county did enough on the topic and […]

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Every year, it is a tradition to resolve to make some changes in our lives.  Rather than the same old and trite New Year’s resolutions, consider one of these three to help you this year. Selling a home this year? Your resolution is to not overpay real estate commissions.  2019 will be remembered as the […]

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Maryland’s Court of Appeals some years ago decided that Comparative bullet lead analysis (CBLA) evidence was unreliable and inadmissible. Testimony about CBLA was based on comparison of lead in bullets which supposedly came from the same distinctive vat of lead, which was used to posit that bullets that struck a victim came from the defendant’s […]

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ROCKVILLE – The Montgomery County’s Office of Legislative Oversight released its yearly education report in December, outlining the performance and opportunity gaps by race and ethnicity across the county as well as recommendations on how to combat them. The summary showed five key findings: Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) are diverse and segregated, gaps by […]

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ROCKVILLE – The Rockville City Council voted on Jan. 6 to discuss violations of the state’s Open Meetings Act. The first meeting of the year started off with a notion to move agenda item ten: Discussion Regarding Letter on Open Meeting Act Violations, but the motion failed by a vote of 2-3. The State of […]

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ROCKVILLE – At his first media briefing of the year, Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) Superintendent Jack Smith spoke about building on the improvements of 2019, the district’s effort to combat hate bias in schools as well as recommendations for the Fiscal Year 2021 Operating Budget. Smith started by talking about the increased enrollment in […]

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Back in 2011, Donald J. Trump predicted that President Barack Obama would go to war with Iran as a means of retaining his presidency. It turns out Obama did not take that action; it turns out in 2020, Trump did. However, be assured that the assassination of Iran’s military leader, Qasem Soleimani, by a U.S. […]