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Energy savings highlights business conference

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Fast-growing businesses participating in the county’s wide-ranging energy conservation effort, in fields such as design, finance, building materials, construction, and utilities, showcased the Montgomery County Energy Summit in Silver Spring April 5. The fastest-growing such sector may well be solar energy installation. There were 17,700 solar home installations in Maryland in 2016, up 65 percent from 10,700 in 2015, said Shawn Rumery, research director at Solar Energy Industries Association in Washington. SEIA has no figure for installations in Montgomery County. SEIA estimated that Maryland installations last year, both residential and commercial, were equivalent to electric power production of 248 megawatts, up 49 percent from 2015. Nationally, solar installations almost doubled in 2016, growing by 95 percent above 2015 to 14,800 megawatts, enough to power 8.3 million homes, SEIA indicated. The Energy Summit, co-presented by the county government Department of Environmental Protection and the national capital area chapter of the U.S. Green Building...

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Learning to live together

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Jewish and Arab high school students learn the values of brotherhood   “Personally, I want to say to the world, Arabs and Jews can live together,” said Shadi Darawshi, an Arab Muslim, who spent 10 days visiting America’s East Coast with a small delegation of Jewish and Muslim Israeli high school students. Before this trip, Darawshi, a high school senior, said she rarely spoke to any Jewish people. Seven Israeli students, who said they have few chances to get to know one another in their home country, spent time in Washington, D.C., Montgomery County, Baltimore and Philadelphia in an effort to promote coexistence and friendship, explained Roberta Bell-Kliger, head of the International School of Oranim College of Education, who led the delegation. “In Israel, it’s pretty separate. They don’t go to school together,” Bell-Kliger said. Students attend either a Hebrew-speaking school or an Arabic-speaking school.

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Public weighs in on possible BRT on U.S. 29

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Public weighs in on possible BRT on U.S. 29

ROCKVILLE – There is little debate that traffic is one of the biggest issues in the County, but there is much debate on what to do about it. Tuesday night, residents testified at the County Council on the County’s plan for a Bus Rapid Transit system on U.S. Route 29. The proposed U.S. 29 BRT would be a 14-mile bus route that would quickly shuttle people up and down the East County while driving in both mixed traffic and on shoulder lanes. The proposed bus route would cost $31 million, $21.5 million coming from the County and $10 million coming from a U.S. Department of Transportation grant. At the public hearing Tuesday night, reaction to the planned BRT was mixed. While most agreed there needs to be more transit options for commuters in the East County, residents are split on what that solution is.

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State passes legislation to give one-year write-offs for manufacturing equipment

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The Maryland General Assembly included one-year write-offs of manufacturing equipment for tax purposes in its end-of-session legislative rush on April 10. Gov. Larry Hogan (R) signed the new tax law on April 11. It was part of Hogan’s job creation initiative, attached to better-known provisions allowing for special tax incentives for manufacturing in less prosperous areas of Maryland, including parts of Baltimore, Western Maryland and the Eastern Shore.

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State’s Congressmen and Senators meet with Bay advocates

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CAPITOL HILL – An annual gathering of clean water advocates took on more urgency this year in the wake of President Donald Trump’s budget, which proposes deep cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency and eliminates entirely federal funding for Chesapeake Bay restoration. The Choose Clean Water Coalition held a reception April 5 to bring together representatives from its 225 member organizations and elected representatives in Congress to discuss the negative impacts of Trump’s proposal to eliminate $73 million in funding for the Chesapeake Bay Program, which funds local restoration efforts in Maryland, D.C., Virginia and Pennsylvania. In addition to a reception, the group facilitated 36 individual meetings between water groups and members of Congress. “This gathering could not happen at a more important critical moment given the budget that came down,” said Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) “This is an hour, a moment of great need for this coalition and with your...

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Ariana Kelly takes helm of group dedicated to fighting for women

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Ariana Kelly takes helm of group dedicated to fighting for women

Del. Ariana Kelly (D-16). COURTESY PHOTO   After being elected president of the Women Legislators of Maryland, Del. Ariana Kelly (District 16) proclaimed that she had just “fulfilled one of my legislative dreams.” Kelly, who is already known around Annapolis for fighting for women’s causes, now heads an organization dedicated to the rights and needs of women and girls on issues such as child care, domestic violence and human trafficking. “I think it’s an incredible opportunity. I think there are a lot of ways to improve women’s lives,” she said. “For me, it’s both a tremendous honor to be elected by my colleagues, but it also is a tremendous opportunity to improve the lives of the women of Maryland.”

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Pondering straight answers during Easter

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Pondering straight answers during Easter

  From the time I was very young, I have often pondered the question: What is it all about? Since I am made up of the atoms from an exploding star, am I merely nothing more than the Universe struggling to make sense of itself? Are all of us extensions of the vastness of creation experiencing itself consciously? Why is there anything? These thoughts often occur to me before my morning coffee and fade away into the shallowness of my daily existence before I take them on again each night before I fall asleep.  

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For the briefest of shallow Hitler moments

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For the briefest of shallow Hitler moments

There are gaffes and there are “Even Hitler didn’t gas his own people,” gaffes.From “alternative facts,” to record setting inaugural numbers that didn’t occur to budget directors thumbing their nose at the poor and the Third World, the current presidential administration has been nothing if not amusing in a Machiavellian way.But Tuesday Sean Spicer found the “Hitler didn’t gas his own people,” moment.Kind of like when Fonzie jumped the shark tank.

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The missing Russian and the POTUS check

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The missing Russian and the POTUS check

I found a missing Russian in Washington D.C. yesterday. He’s a funny guy and an easy guy to get along with overall. Boris Epshteyn, an assistant to the president, a friend of President Trump’s son and a well-known surrogate on the television circuit for this administration has gone walk about. Last week the administration quietly acknowledged Boris has left to “pursue other interests in the administration,” according to Sarah Huckabee Sanders. “Paulie, you won’t see him around no more,” Clemenza warned us as he made spaghetti sauce and the Corleones went to the mattresses. Sorry. Strong sense of déjà vu.

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Sports

Locals light up the Cap Classic

Locals light up the Cap Classic

Kobe Colston shoots in the District v Suburban All-Star Capital Classic game. PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH   WASHINGTON, D.C. – Maret School senior forward Luka Garza’s all-time favorite basketball player is LeBron James. It was fitting, then, that the last time the Verizon Center hosted the Capital Classic, James was on the court. Fourteen years later, Garza stepped onto the same court to participate in the 44th annual All-American game along with some of the country’s best high school players. Students from nine different states, including Florida and Minnesota, traveled to the nation’s capital Saturday to play in a game that has proved to be a stepping stone for a number of decorated NBA players.

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Center Stage: Bill Viola’s art slows time to create mindful contemplation

Center Stage: Bill Viola’s art slows time to create mindful contemplation

Performers John Hay and Sarah Steben take part in Bill Viola's video art piece "The Fall into Paradise," part of his exhibit "The Moving Portrait" now featured at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. COURTESY PHOTO WASHINGTON D.C. — Moving pictures meet portraiture. Video, a popular media form used for almost any purpose, is rarely utilized for slow, perceptual contemplation often achieved in paintings or music. Bill Viola’s work “The Moving Portrait” does exactly that. His work is more akin to portraiture rather than narrative stories often seen in video. His work focuses on facial language and slow-motion to allow a calmer, meditative attention to his footage. These videos focus on the physical actions of his subjects rather than the promise of a narrative climax or conclusion to maintain interest. Examples include “The Raft”, a high-definition video projection of nineteen people suddenly hit by a high-pressure stream of water.

It’s a game of musical chairs at Second Story Books

It’s a game of musical chairs at Second Story Books

Allan Stypeck of Second Story Books. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER   In their own version of musical chairs, those gathered on the ground floor of Second Story Books in Rockville on the last Saturday of each month continually move to the next chair. They reach their goal when it’s finally their turn to meet with the used bookstore’s president, Allan Stypeck. Stypeck, who has spent 40 years appraising books and other documents, carefully handles all books, checks their conditions, scans the pages and pulls from his memory a wealth of history and recollections. Often that is enough to say what the book is worth. If not, he knows the right internet sites to determine the book’s value. On a recent appraisal day, Stypeck examined a first edition of “Cujo” by Stephen King and immediately knew when it was published. He also reviewed a book that had an authentic signature of a few...

Paul Schwartz provides his "View" on today’s issues in “A Citizen’s Perspective”

Paul Schwartz provides his "View" on today’s issues in “A Citizen’s Perspective”

Montgomery County Sentinel columnist Paul Schwartz’s opinions and perspectives regarding racism, misogyny and xenophobia are collated in his new book titled “A Citizen’s Perspective.” The book is a compilation of his weekly opinion column "Paul's View" for the Montgomery County Sentinel.

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