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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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SILVER SPRING – County council members are considering changing bicycle registration from mandatory to voluntary following a resident’s complaint. Concern arose after Steve Silverman posted a seven-minute video on Facebook in which he claimed that Montgomery County Police (MCP) stopped him in the summer because he had taken video of the police officers in an […]

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ROCKVILLE – When asked about what he learned in his first year as the county executive for Montgomery County, Marc Elrich took a long pause before answering. Elrich, 70, completed three terms with the Montgomery County Council before winning the Democratic nomination and ultimately the election with over 64% of the vote over at-large Councilmember […]

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ROCKVILLE – Sweeping changes came into the Montgomery County Council on Dec. 3, 2018, when four new councilmembers entered the chambers for the first time in their new roles. The council became younger and more racially diverse than previously in recent years. The changes allowed the all-Democratic group to peruse sweeping legislation tackling broad topics […]

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ROCKVILLE – After a rocky spring season dominated by criticisms and the cleaning up of perceptions after a Damascus High School hazing incident, students and staff entered their 2019-2020 school year in Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) with a seemingly more attentive ear from its administration. Damascus High School, under legal scrutiny after an alleged […]

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SILVER SPRING – A Walter Johnson High School student remained in the intensive care unit in critical condition after being struck while crossing Montrose Road to board his school bus on Dec. 13. Eyal Haddad, a 17-year-old senior, was struck while crossing Montrose Road at Bargate Court on his way to the school bus, located […]

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ROCKVILLE – Shoppers Food & Pharmacy, one of the Metropolitan region’s most recognizable grocery store chains, will be shutting its doors for good in 2020, starting with 18 locations including three located within Montgomery County. United Natural Foods Inc. (UNFI), the parent company of the grocery store chain, announced on Dec. 6 that it will […]

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SILVER SPRING – In two years, the number of e-books and audio that were downloaded from the Montgomery County library jumped from 730,000 in fiscal year 2017 to 1.1 million this fiscal year. “It’s shooting up,” declared Anita Vassallo, director of Montgomery County Public Libraries. “The technology becomes easier and easier to use,” she said. […]

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ROCKVILLE – A former high school girls lacrosse coach is under arrest on multiple charges following a failed kidnapping of five children and attempted murder of their parents. Gary Blake Reburn was arrested in the United Kingdom and is currently under the process of being extradited to the United States after participating in a plot […]

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ROCKVILLE – Despite its early efforts to raise funds for affordable housing and help in establishing newer communities, Montgomery County officials must complete more objectives and spend more money before the Purple Line light-rail line opens, a new action report released on Dec. 12 stated. The Purple Line Corridor Coalition (PLCC), a public-private-community collaboration in […]

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TAKOMA PARK – The Takoma Park City Council went over legislative priorities with the District 20 delegation on Dec. 11 to push its agenda onto the table in Annapolis. The largest priorities boiled down into three major groups; the impact of the Purple Line light rail on the community, transportation (with an emphasis on New […]

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By Ivan Torres Special to The Sentinel BETHESDA – The Montgomery County Green Bank, a nonprofit created by the county, brought together several of its partners to celebrate the completion as a significant energy savings project in Bethesda on Dec. 12. The Green Bank, located in the Glascock Office Building in Barlow Place, was authorized […]

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ROCKVILLE – So far this year, 14 people have been killed and nearly 600 incidents involving bicyclists and pedestrians have occurred on county roadways, said Montgomery County Councilmember Evan Glass. To stop these deaths, Glass held a Vision Zero Town Hall Dec. 14 at the county council building in Rockville to gather ideas on how […]

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SILVER SPRING – A standing room only crowd of homeowners afraid of losing their properties, environmental groups concerned about increased emissions, and others opposed to adding expensive toll lanes loudly voiced their opposition to the $11 billion widening projects proposed for Interstates 495 and 270. The two-hour pep rally held at the Silver Spring Civic […]

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By Ivan Torres Special to The Sentinel SILVER SPRING – In response to the 2016 explosion and fire at the Flower Branch Apartments, the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) held a public hearing at the Long Branch Library on Dec. 17 to determine if Washington Gas should be imposed a civil penalty. The meeting came […]

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ROCKVILLE – “Definitely,” Olney Ale House owner John Roach said when asked if his 96-year-old historic restaurant would reopen following a fire on Dec. 3. “We will reopen. I’m working as hard as I can,” he said. He predicted the restaurant would begin serving meals again in “two months, maybe more, maybe less.” The restaurant, […]

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WHEATON – In response to a federal policy that discourages the use of government aid, District 4 Councilmember Nancy Navarro and four Maryland legislatures hosted a family resource fair at the Wheaton Recreation Center on Dec. 7. The fair provided information to families about how to take advantage of the government, small business and nonprofit […]

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Updated on Dec. 13.  By Sage Levy Special to The Sentinel ROCKVILLE – The Montgomery City Council unanimously elected Councilmember Sidney Katz to serve as president and Councilmember Tom Hucker as vice president for the upcoming term on Dec. 3. Katz, who just completed a term as the council’s vice president, recently reached his fifth year […]

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ROCKVILLE – During the final county council meeting of the year on Dec. 10, council members received a budget update plagued with arguably possible shortfalls. Although the county’s income and revenue figures are not yet definite, revenue estimates for fiscal year 2021 currently are estimated to decrease by two-tenths of a percent from FY 2020. […]

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ROCKVILLE – Results of SATs from the Montgomery County Public Schools’ (MCPS) class of 2019 showed a drop in scores for the first time since the SAT was redesigned in 2016. The class earned an average score of 1119 out of 1600, a 41-point drop from the previous graduating class. Still, the county’s scores are […]

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By Brian Gilliland Special to The Sentinel ROCKVILLE – Though discussions involving the nomination process for board members and the issue of compensation were lengthy and involved, neither side really had the chance to threaten the unanimous final passage of legislation establishing a Policing Advisory Committee during the county council meeting on Dec. 3. The […]

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SILVER SPRING – Montgomery County spends about $12 million a year picking up trash, much of which could be recycled and reused if properly sorted, said Adam Ortiz, director of Montgomery County’s Department of Environmental Protection. Ortiz, who oversees the $140 million agency with 300 employees and contractors, was the featured speaker at the Dec. […]