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Police search for Confederate statue vandals

27-07-2015 Hits:151 Local Brian Karem - avatar Brian Karem

Police search for Confederate statue vandals

  ROCKVILLE – Police say someone vandalized a controversial confederate cavalry statue at the Old Redbrick Courthouse early Monday morning. Someone apparently spray painted “Black Lives Matter,” in black and red spray paint across the front and side of the statue. Nancy Pickard, the executive director of Peerless Rockville said her organization is currently consulting with several groups to find the best way to clean the statue without damaging it further.

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Jud Ashman confident in bid to remain Gaithersburg mayor

23-07-2015 Hits:316 Local Brian Karem - avatar Brian Karem

Jud Ashman confident in bid to remain Gaithersburg mayor

  GAITHERSBURG – Last year, Jud Ashman was selected by his colleagues on the Gaithersburg City Council to serve as the city's mayor following longtime Mayor Sidney Katz' election to the District 3 seat of the County Council. This fall, city voters will decide if he will serve the remaining two years of Katz' term.

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Liberty's Promise brings immigrant students joy of family

23-07-2015 Hits:298 Local Brian Karem - avatar Brian Karem

Liberty's Promise brings immigrant students joy of family

Immigrant students who arrived in the U.S. over a year ago now have the confidence to apply to colleges as a result of an organization they say is like family.

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Ex Virginia governor helps Howard County candidate

05-09-2014 Hits:5197 State Brian Karem - avatar Brian Karem

Ex Virginia governor helps Howard County candidate

Thursday was not a good day for the last governor of Virginia as Bob McDonnell was found guilty of corruption in a Richmond courtroom. But another former Republican governor of Virginia, George Allen, had a better day of it in Howard County, talking up the candidacy of state Senate hopeful Jody Venkatesan in District 13 and other candidates at a Clarksville ballroom. “There were a lot of folks from Maryland who helped me out” in his successful race for governor of Virginia 20 years ago, Allen told a crowd of about 50, and he was happy to return the favor. Venkatesan is running against Democratic Del. Guy Guzzone for the seat now held by retiring Democratic Sen. Jim Robey. In 2010, Venkatesan lost the Republican primary for the seat that represents much of eastern and southern Howard County, but ran unopposed in June. “In every way, Jody is running on the issues that matter...

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Gansler faces more trouble with latest campaign comments

01-05-2014 Hits:9624 State Brian Karem - avatar Brian Karem

Gansler faces more trouble with latest campaign comments

ROCKVILLE - Democratic gubernatorial candidate and Attorney General Doug Gansler is in hot water after comments he made regarding his running mate, Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown, went viral.

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Pepco Asks For More Money

24-04-2014 Hits:9186 State Brian Karem - avatar Brian Karem

Pepco Asks For More Money

BALTIMORE - Pepco is asking the Maryland Public Service Commission (MPSC) for its third rate increase in three years. The company is asking for more than $43 million in rate increase which, if approved, will become effective on July 4, 2014. The increase will raise the monthly bill of Montgomery County and Prince George’s County customers by $4.80. 

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A Monumental Concern

23-07-2015 Hits:160 Editor's Notebook Brian Karem - avatar Brian Karem

A Monumental Concern

  “I may disagree with what you say, but will defend to death your right to say it” - often attributed to Voltaire is a sentiment dead on arrival in today’s world.This week County Executive Ike Leggett unilaterally decided to remove the Confederate Statue from the old Red Brick Courthouse.This comes after two weeks of teeth gnashing in the wake of a shooting in South Carolina and the removal of the Confederate Battle Flag from the statehouse there.While we agree with Leggett on many things, and understand he probably has deep feelings on this, we will respectfully disagree on the statue’s removal and we will also disagree with Rockville City Councilman Tom Moore’s assessment of Leggett’s move as a “bold” one.It wasn’t. While the statue is offensive, it was largely ignored by politicians and the public - even those now most angrily denouncing its existence - until the national sport of...

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Honor meeting honor and the Confederate statue in Rockville

09-07-2015 Hits:750 Editor's Notebook Brian Karem - avatar Brian Karem

Honor meeting honor and the Confederate statue in Rockville

  Nestled behind a large Holly tree near the old Red Brick Courthouse in Rockville is a statue which faces south and commemorates those soldiers from Montgomery County who fought for the Confederacy during the Civil War.This week someone deposited some roses at the foot of the statue and someone also posted a sign denouncing the monument with the words “Treason” and “Slavery.”The county council, the Rockville city council and at least one state legislator have contacted Peerless Rockville directly or indirectly about the monument and there is now talk of moving and/or removing the monument.While removing a confederate battle flag that has become a rallying point for hate groups is one issue, the eradication of a historical monument is entirely different.  

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Rockville Transparency

02-07-2015 Hits:342 Editor's Notebook Brian Karem - avatar Brian Karem

Rockville Transparency

The Rockville City Council found itself debating something of interest last week when it took up the issue of candidate transparency.This year the state legislature contemplated a bill which would relax some of the standards for those running for office. The bill didn’t move beyond the first reading and committee hearing in the Senate while in the House the bill received an unfavorable report from the committee.The Maryland Municipal League, and by extension one of the speakers at the general assembly hearing, Rockville Mayor Bridget Newton, was for relaxing standards because, according to the league, the submission of some financial disclosure forms could deter new capable candidates from seeking office.

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T-Bolts blank Dogs

T-Bolts blank Dogs

SILVER SPRING – Thunderbolts southpaw Darrien Ragins had a memorable game Tuesday night at Blair Stadium.

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Actors, musicians and dancers to perform at Rockville theater

Actors, musicians and dancers to perform at Rockville theater

Actors, singers and dancers will bring life to the stage at Rockville’s F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre in the coming weeks.  

Rockville native to be featured in Fox comedy series

Rockville native to be featured in Fox comedy series

ROCKVILLE - At Meryl Hathaway’s fifth-grade graduation from Luxmanor Elementary School, she told the class she wanted to be in a movie. Years later, Hathaway is achieving part of her dream as a cast member on Fox’s “Riot”, a show that Hathaway describes as a mix of ABC’s “Wipe Out” and improvisational comedy.  The show is produced by actor/comedian Steve Carell and will feature a celebrity host every week.

Doorway Arts offers new view through Miranda’s view

Doorway Arts offers new view through Miranda’s view

BETHESDA- Theater enthusiasts who want to attend the world premiere of a provocative new play have no need to travel to Broadway this month. From March 20-April 12, the Writer’s Center in Bethesda will host the Doorway Arts Ensemble’s production of the new play Morning, Miranda.

Political Cartoons

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MoCo Budget Cuts

23-07-2015 Hits:305 Political Cartoons Brian Karem - avatar Brian Karem

MoCo Budget Cuts

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The Rockville Rooster

02-07-2015 Hits:445 Political Cartoons Brian Karem - avatar Brian Karem

The Rockville Rooster

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