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County takes on term limits

25-08-2016 Hits:34 Local Mark Robinson - avatar Mark Robinson

County takes on term limits

ROCKVILLE -- County residents expressed support and opposition for the upcoming term limit referendum at Wednesday’s Charter Review Commission meeting, a day after the Montgomery County Board of Elections approved a term limit referendum for the November ballot. The County Charter Review Commission, which was asked to give a response to the proposed referendum, listened as members of the public spoke on the matter. “Public service ceases to be such when the service’s primary focus is not on the service to the citizens but rather doing anything he or she deems necessary to stay in office,” said Hessie Harris, a resident who spoke in favor of term limits at the meeting. “In such case, instead of serving the public, the legislative body serves the political and special interest as necessary for re-election. Hence in this regard, the so-called public servants are always campaigning and the decisions made and actions taken reflect that...

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Killing the blood suckers

25-08-2016 Hits:37 Local Mark Robinson - avatar Mark Robinson

Killing the blood suckers

Health officials in the county spray for mosquitoes in three locations - including Gaithersburg State officials sprayed areas of Kensington, Sandy Spring and Gaithersburg Monday because of concerns over Zika, West Nile Virus and other mosquito-borne diseases. Maryland Department of Agriculture spokesperson Julie Oberg said state officials from mosquito control decided to spray parts of the County after detecting mosquito-borne disease in either a captured mosquito or a person. Oberg said she would not disclose what specifically promoted the spray in the County other than it was a “public health concern.” According to the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene there are no cases of locally acquired Zika in Maryland. “Every time we respond that way, it's either because of a mosquito detection or a human case of a mosquito-borne diseases,” Oberg said.

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Heroin Deaths Rise in MoCo

25-08-2016 Hits:45 Local Mark Robinson - avatar Mark Robinson

Police say 35 dead and 81 non-fatal cases in the county since beginning of year   Through last week, 35 people in Montgomery County died this year overdosing on heroin and police investigated 81 non-fatal heroin overdose cases, a 140 percent already from the 52 non-fatal overdoses reported in 2015. “It is crossing all geographic, ethnic and other socio-economic indicators. We have cases throughout the county’s more rural towns, such as Poolesville, to urban central business districts such as Silver Spring,” said Capt. Paul Liquorie, director of the Montgomery County Police Department’s Special Investigations Division. Last year, there were 35 deaths due to heroin in the county but the department tracked heroin deaths differently, including incidents not just involving heroin but also heroin with opioids that were not legitimately prescribed, according to Liquorie.

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Sarbanes pushes back against public cynicism of government

15-08-2016 Hits:157 State Mark Robinson - avatar Mark Robinson

Sarbanes pushes back against public cynicism of government

Rep. John Sarbanes (D-3)  PHOTO BY DANICA ROEM   ROCKVILLE – “I wish the country wasn’t so angry at the government right now.” Public cynicism about politics and people spending more time online than outdoors at events has made it harder for public officials to communicate with their constituents, according to Rep. John Sarbanes (D-3). “The public is so cynical. They’re so turned off,” said Sarbanes Monday at the office of the Montgomery County Sentinel.

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Legislator takes aim at guns

15-08-2016 Hits:155 State Mark Robinson - avatar Mark Robinson

State Del. Luke Clippinger (D-46) said he is planning to reintroduce a bill that would prevent people on the federal Terror Watch list from purchasing a firearm in Maryland. The bill by the Baltimore delegate would use the federal terror watch list, which bans people from boarding airplanes, from purchasing a firearm in Maryland.  After the shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, a similar bill was introduced in the United States Senate that would have banned anyone on a federal watch list from purchasing a firearm.  Many congressional Democrats argued such a ban would have prevented Orlando shooter Omar Mateen from purchasing a firearm.

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Hoffberger dead at 91

10-08-2016 Hits:164 State Brian Karem - avatar Brian Karem

Hoffberger dead at 91

  To some he was a visionary, an artist, a writer and a developer. But to Montgomery County residents, he remains one of the guiding influences behind what is now Germantown. Leroy Hoffberg died last week at the age of 91.

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Here's another clue for you all

25-08-2016 Hits:27 Editor's Notebook Mark Robinson - avatar Mark Robinson

Here's another clue for you all

      Boy did I take a beating this week – pun intended. Not physically, but by several of my so-called liberal friends who told me I’d sold my soul to the devil or worse, to the GOP or perhaps Donald Trump, because I suggested corporal punishment – in some cases – is warranted by parents. When browbeaten by a dozen or more of these do-gooders, my first reaction was, “Hey, it wasn’t me. It was my evil twin Skippy.” Kind of like John Lennon saying, “Here’s another clue for you all. The Walrus was Paul.” Nobody believes it and it isn’t true anyway.

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Rockin' in the Free World

18-08-2016 Hits:190 Editor's Notebook Mark Robinson - avatar Mark Robinson

Rockin' in the Free World

  For those visiting the beautiful Washington D.C. area there is much to offer the casual tourist. The right time of year and you can see the wonderful cheery blossoms. There is always the Smithsonian and the Nation’s toy box of museums down on the mall that can keep you busy for a week. Then there’s the seat of Democracy – a little bar that offers great deals on bourbon – just kidding. But besides Congress, the White House and the usual history, you can branch out and take day trips to a variety of historical locales that show the First World splendor of the Capital of the Free World. Just don’t look too closely at the worn varnish and rusted metal.

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Newspapers and the Cosmic Future

10-08-2016 Hits:180 Editor's Notebook Brian Karem - avatar Brian Karem

Newspapers and the Cosmic Future

Moving forward beyond the GOP and Democratic Conventions we are forced to once again evaluate the effectiveness of our media in presenting news we can use. As we wrote last week the short answer is we’re not doing so well. We are producing news you want rather than news you need. The bottom feeding, bottom-line nature of our business has become so overpowering even John Oliver on Last Week Tonight mentioned it on his HBO series this week. It was part of his declaration that local newspapers are in trouble and without them we’d all be reduced to watching Wolf Blitzer bat around a ball of yarn.

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Sports

Rockville’s Helen Maroulis brings home wrestling gold from Rio

Rockville-native Helen Maroulis won the first-ever gold medal for an American woman wrestler at the Olympics Aug. 18, defeating Japanese three-time gold medalist Saori Yoshida 3-1 in the 53kg freestyle.

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Center Stage: An exhibition of Romaine Brooks' revolutionary style

Center Stage: An exhibition of Romaine Brooks' revolutionary style

Romaine Brooks' Ida Rubinstein.  PHOTO BY MARK POETKER   WASHINGTON DC — The Smithsonian American Art Museum is holding an exhibition of Romaine Brooks, an early 20th century painter notable for her revolutionary depiction of women. Unlike traditional paintings that depict female subjects with bright, flowery colors, Brooks’ paintings are characterized by her use of muted tones and portrayal of women in androgynous attire. Brooks’ later works are notable for the bold outlines of her subjects mixed with lightly blended colors, giving her paintings a uniquely modern feel. These techniques emphasize the assertive poses taken by many women in her paintings, allowing her subjects’ features to carry a distinct vibrancy that carries throughout her later works.

The Powers of the midway

The Powers of the midway

Life on the County Fair's midway is the main attraction for some fair-goers.     PHOTO BY JAKE BRODSKY   GAITHERSBURG – The Montgomery County Agricultural Fair would be vastly different without Powers Great American Midways, who has been the fair’s midway provider for the past 11 years. “[The Montgomery County Fair] has just grown and grown,” said Marc Janas, the GM of Powers. “We have a great rapport with the folks that run the fair, they’re good friends of ours and that’s really important. It just keeps getting better every year. Weather permitting, knock on wood, the attendance just keeps going up.” The Montgomery County Fair is part of what Janas calls "big fair season," meaning Powers carries around 400 employees to the event.

Milk a cow and gain a new appreciation for animal husbandry at the fair

GAITHERSBURG –How does a 13- year-old girl without a farm end up taking care of a cow at the Montgomery County Fair? An opportunity came for Addie Tallman when she paid $1 to milk a cow by hand at the fair three years ago. Then she saw a stack of flyers for a 4-H Club informational meeting on a nearby table and took one. Later, Addie told her now 16-year-old sister named Emmie about milking the cow. They both attended the meeting and joined the 4-H Club in Sept. 2013. Addie helped Christina Bennett, 12, care for her family’s cows on the week of the fair the following year. “I got up every morning at like 6:30 and I helped out with feeding the cows,” said Addie. “So that’s how we became friends (with Christina).”

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