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Rally supports families of recent shooting

28-05-2016 Hits:293 Local Mark Robinson - avatar Mark Robinson

  Six area rotary clubs joined together to contribute a total of $6,000 to families of the victims of a shooting spree earlier this month that began in Prince Georges County and ended in the Aspen Hill area of Montgomery County. Six families are to receive $1,000 each. Half the money will go to the three families whose  loved ones were killed in the May 5 and 6 shooting. They include Malcom "Mike" Winffel of Boyds, Claudina Molina of Silver Spring and the suspect's estranged wife, Gladys Tordil. 

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Gaithersburg unveils statue tribute to Edward Bohrer

27-05-2016 Hits:384 Local Mark Robinson - avatar Mark Robinson

Gaithersburg unveils statue tribute to Edward Bohrer

Gaithersburg city officials and residents attended an unveiling of a statue of the late Mayor W. Edward Bohrer. PHOTO BY PETER ROULEAU GAITHERSBURG – City officials and residents attended the dedication Monday night of a tribute to a man who played a key role in the development of Gaithersburg. A new statue of Mayor W. Edward Bohrer stands at the Activity Center at Bohrer Park along Frederick Road. Bohrer was born and raised in Gaithersburg and served as the city’s mayor from 1986 until his death in 1998.

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MDDC names Sentinel as News Organization of the Year

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MDDC names Sentinel as News Organization of the Year

The staff of the Montgomery County Sentinel. First row, left to right, Lynn Kapiloff, CEO, Brian Karem, Executive Editor. Back row from left to right: Mark Robinson, Paul Schwartz, Nadia Palacios, Brandy Simms, Andrew Kostka, Mark Poetker, David Wolfe, Danica Roem, Neal Earley, Holden Wilen, Rebecca Guterman, Kathleen Stubbs, Wyatt Karem, Jacqui South. PHOTO BY SUZANNE POLLAK BALTIMORE – For the second time in four years The Maryland Delaware, District of Columbia Press Association awarded the Montgomery County Sentinel Newspapers with its prestigious “News Organization of the Year” Award in ceremonies here last week. “This is a tribute to our staff and to the goals set out by my husband Dr. Bernard Kapiloff,” said Sentinel CEO Lynn Kapiloff upon receiving the award. “Since we’ve owned the papers we’ve dedicated ourselves to providing the best community newspaper coverage possible.” The Sentinel won 11 first place awards, eight second place awards and one “Best in...

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Hogan signs “Noah’s Law” after man pleads guilty in officer’s drunk-driving death

20-05-2016 Hits:158 State Mark Robinson - avatar Mark Robinson

  On Wednesday, May 18, a man pled guilty to a felony charge stemming from a drunken driving incident that resulted in the death of Montgomery County Police Officer Noah Leotta. One day later, Governor Larry Hogan signed the anti-DUI bill that bears the officer’s name into Maryland law.

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Undocumented immigrants negotiating broken system

20-05-2016 Hits:154 State Mark Robinson - avatar Mark Robinson

WASHINGTON--Yves Gomes was not born in the United States, but has known no other country. A 23-year-old Montgomery County resident, Gomes is one of millions of undocumented people in the United States who could potentially be affected by the United State Supreme Court’s decision in Texas v. United States. Gomes, who has been in the U.S. since he was an infant, faces deportation if the U.S. Supreme Court decides to overturn President Obama’s executive action on immigration.

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Big Brother following you on your phone

06-05-2016 Hits:369 State Mark Robinson - avatar Mark Robinson

Investigation shows the extent to which police in state are using "Cell Phone Simulators" (Click on "Media" for more on the story from Capital News Service.)   BALTIMORE -- Police were waiting for Deon Batty when he stepped off a Baltimore City bus traveling along a commercial strip near the public Douglass Homes on Valentine’s Day three years ago.   When authorities asked Batty to empty his pockets, he pulled out a cell phone and handed it over.    An officer dialed the number of a 77-year-old woman who had been robbed of her phone and other items at gunpoint the night before. The phone in the officer’s hand rang.   The seamless chain of events baffled Batty’s public defender, Janine Meckler. How did police know he was on that particular bus? Why had they stopped him without a warrant? How did they know he had the woman’s phone?

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Turn off and tune out

27-05-2016 Hits:64 Editor's Notebook Mark Robinson - avatar Mark Robinson

Turn off and tune out

Television news is done. Put a fork in it and call it what it really is: cheap, poor entertainment. Consumed by the masses for those who don’t have the stones for real information, it has ceased to be of relevance and is in fact a detriment, in many cases, to understanding the world around us. This conclusion did not come easily. Having spent some 20 years in television, it is worthy to note the medium has the ability to connect us in ways print and the spoken word cannot. Its value, however, is also the fire in which it burns.

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Getting to know you

19-05-2016 Hits:119 Editor's Notebook Mark Robinson - avatar Mark Robinson

Getting to know you

    There I sat on the back of a horse. We’d stopped for a moment on the trail last week when my wife began talking about riding horses when she was younger - long before I had the privilege of meeting her. As we sat there tall in our saddles on our respective mounts sharing a cool libation she told me she used to ride bareback. I was stunned. I’ve known this beautiful woman for 35 years and never knew she used to ride horses bareback. Getting to know someone can take a lifetime. Makes you wonder how you can pick a presidential candidate after six months of them auditioning by doing nothing but talking. How can you ever know if you can trust someone on the national stage if you can’t talk to them and you don’t know them? Wonder if Hillary or The Donald ever rode bareback? Hopefully they won’t volunteer to show us now....

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Remember Malcom

12-05-2016 Hits:588 Editor's Notebook Brian Karem - avatar Brian Karem

Remember Malcom

  We will never know what Malcom Winffel, 45, thought as he took his last breath in that wet Montgomery Mall parking lot last Friday. We can say with some degree of certainty he didn’t get up that morning, eat his breakfast and go about his business thinking it would be his last day on the planet. But when he heard a woman screaming for help at the mall, he and a friend automatically jumped to her aid and in doing so saved her life. But in so doing, he put himself in harm’s way and an atavistic gunman ended his life. Malcom didn’t know the woman he saved. He never got the pleasure.

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Bullis Hires UConn Hoops Alum

POTOMAC – Bullis has announced the hiring of Amy Duran Heinzelmann as the school’s new head coach of the girls basketball program. The local product was once a high school and college standout during her playing days on the hardwood. Heinzelmann, a Stone Ridge graduate, replaces Hayley Hollis who stepped down earlier this spring after two seasons at the helm. “I am both honored and humbled to be chosen as the Bullis girls varsity basketball coach,” Heinzelmann said in a news release. “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to coach such a dynamic and talented group of girls, and it will be my mission to take the Bulldogs to the top.”

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Finding a use for a piece of county history

Finding a use for a piece of county history

  The Bethesda Community Store. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER BETHESDA – An investor is looking for a new tenant to lease the property where the Bethesda Community Store has been located for more than 80 years.  Stan Smith said he has owned the property for about three years. He said he plans to construction an addition to the building on the property and add a basement. The Montgomery County Historic Association granted permission for the two changes to be added to Bethesda Community Store before he purchased the lease from the Harbor Bank of Maryland in Baltimore.  The store and its accompanying BCS Barbecue closed last week because manager Arnie Fainman decided he did not want to renew his lease, Smith said.

Gaithersburg book fest draws huge crowds despite rain

Gaithersburg book fest draws huge crowds despite rain

Thousands braved the rain to attend the seventh annual Gaithersburg Book Festival. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER GAITHERSBURG – While organizers agreed Saturday’s inclement weather brought attendance down from previous years, several thousand people nonetheless braved the rain and came to the City Hall grounds for the seventh annual Gaithersburg Book Festival. Attendees could listen speeches by authors and meet them afterward as well as purchase books and participate in workshops, including ones for kids. Novelist Jeffery Deaver writes crime and mystery novels, several of which have been adapted into films. Deaver said he became interested in writing as a child because he had few friends. He praised the role books play in forging connections between people. “You see a shy boy carrying a book under his arm,” Deaver said. “You look at the cover and say, ‘Oh, I like that book, too.’ And suddenly that boy isn’t alone anymore. Suddenly you have a new friend.”

Thousands expected to crowd Gaithersburg Book Festival

Thousands expected to crowd Gaithersburg Book Festival

GAITHERSBURG – For the seventh consecutive year, the Gaithersburg Book Festival is set to draw numerous authors and literary enthusiasts to the Gaithersburg City Hall grounds this Saturday. A number of prominent authors are scheduled to appear at this year’s festival, including longtime ESPN analyst Tim Kurkjian, former Clinton presidential adviser Sidney Blumenthal, and popular mystery novelist Jeffery Deaver.

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