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BREAKING: Committee releases report on Rockville Statue

30-07-2015 Hits:66 Local Brian Karem - avatar Brian Karem

BREAKING: Committee releases report on Rockville Statue

  ROCKVILLE – A committee of Civil Rights Leaders and historians have, according to Montgomery County Council President George Leventhal, reached a consensus on the controversial Confederate Cavalry statue in Rockville – though Leventhal said it is just a “first step” in determining what to do with the statue. The committee assembled by Council President George Leventhal released its findings late Thursday afternoon after meeting Monday. “It’s fair to say we are happy the county has decided to follow proper procedures regarding the statue and we hope the county will use this time to find an appropriate home for the statue so it isn’t put in storage,” said Nancy Pickard, the executive director of Peerless Rockville.

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Bethesda Church Sign Defaced

30-07-2015 Hits:27 Local Brian Karem - avatar Brian Karem

Bethesda Church Sign Defaced

  BETHESDA - Members of a church here say they have no idea removed part of their sign supporting racial equality. The sign, “Black Lives Matter,” was found defaced Wednesday afternoon. A member of River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation constructed a wooden frame in order to make sure the sign did not get stolen but a vandal found a different way to make a statement. “The black part of ‘black lives matter’ was surgically cut out of the sign,” Rita Parks, chairwoman of the racial equality task force said. Parks said that the church has had problems in previous years with a marriage equality sign getting stolen.  Each time the sign was stolen, the church put up a new sign in its place, Ana Lim, congregational minister for the church said. The sign is located right outside the church, visible from both River Road and Whittier Road, Lim said.  “I was one of the few people...

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Rockville Council argues over Confederate Statue

30-07-2015 Hits:44 Local Brian Karem - avatar Brian Karem

Rockville Council argues over Confederate Statue

  ROCKVILLE-- City Council member Tom Moore said on Tuesday the mayor ignored the council’s majority opinion supporting the Confederate statue’s removal from Red Brick Courthouse. Moore said Rockville Mayor Bridget Donnell Newton submitted her own version of a letter to County Executive Ike Leggett and County Council President George Leventhal on July 24 that did not issue an opinion on whether the statue should be moved. Moore said Newton ignored the original version of the letter, which called for the removal of the statue, and resubmitted her own version without the entire council’s knowledge. “Rockville Mayor Bridget Newton was bound and determined that the City wouldn't take a position on removing the Confederate statue from the courthouse grounds, even though the Council had decided to tell the County it should go,” Moore posted on his Facebook page July 28. “I've seen a fair amount of lawless and unprofessional behavior from this Mayor,...

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Ex Virginia governor helps Howard County candidate

05-09-2014 Hits:5208 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:9637 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:9199 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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Once more into the breach

30-07-2015 Hits:65 Editor's Notebook Brian Karem - avatar Brian Karem

Once more into the breach

Nothing has filled our in-basket during the last few weeks as much as the story of the Confederate Cavalry statue in Rockville. Most of the letters are respectful though some have accused us both of being “Confederate sympathizers” and “Union apologists,” for reasons which quite frankly escape us. Meanwhile, this week local denizens found the statue defaced with graffiti which in part reads “Black Lives Matter.”While many have argued for the statue’s removal, no one – according to our mail so far - is supporting the defacement of public property. So now there are folks up in arms about the vandalism of a statue they want removed from the public square anyway.Three council members from Rockville have apparently signed a letter in support of County Executive Ike Leggett’s intention to move the statue and put it in storage.

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A Monumental Concern

23-07-2015 Hits:175 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:768 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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Jordan Anthony to leave Good Counsel football

Jordan Anthony to leave Good Counsel football

  Former Good Counsel outside linebacker Jordan Anthony has left the Olney private school and will spend the 2015 campaign at IMG Academy in Florida.

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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.

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MoCo Budget Cuts

23-07-2015 Hits:324 Political Cartoons Brian Karem - avatar Brian Karem

MoCo Budget Cuts

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