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Transparency Watch: Metro problems and Council accolades

22-07-2016 Hits:140 Local Mark Robinson - avatar Mark Robinson

Transparency Watch: Metro problems and Council accolades

  Each week The Sentinel staff will compile and report on the problems and promises of local, state and federal government officials as they provide us with public information. We offer "Walls" to those who throw up roadblocks and "Windows to those who readily provide access.

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Saybrooke residents support parking ban on Victory Farm Drive; others opposed

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  GAITHERSBURG – Saybrooke residents said a 60-day overnight parking ban on Victory Farm Drive improved their quality of life while residents from nearby areas countered that the ban prevented them from parking close to their homes. Opponents of the trial ban, which ran from May 6 to July 6, also argued residents of a certain neighborhood should not be allowed to dictate parking policy for others. “Those who were for the restrictions say there has been less litter and noise, that cars were no longer taking up space,” said City Manager Tony Tomasello to the City Council July 18. “Against the restrictions were city residents who felt that they hadn’t done anything wrong and were being discriminated against, that they had to move their cars to less convenient areas.” 

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County searches for solutions in wake of 911 debacle

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County searches for solutions in wake of 911 debacle

Montgomery County officials say they want access to a federal alert system with a reach far beyond the County’s current system. The County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security is overseeing a federal application to gain access to the Wireless Emergency Alerts system administered through the Federal Communications Commission and U.S. Department of Homeland Security. According to OEMHS director Dr. Earl Stoddard, Montgomery County may become one of the first localities, if not the first, in Maryland to enter the system, which allows government officials to notify residents about imminent threats to safety, such as hurricanes and tornadoes.

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'There's a Convention?'

21-07-2016 Hits:90 State Mark Robinson - avatar Mark Robinson

'There's a Convention?'

Hogan skips GOP national convention to address MoCo traffic problems Governor Larry Hogan       PHOTO BY NEAL EARLEY POTOMAC – Calling Interstate 270 the “most congested, plagued corridor in all of Maryland,” Gov. Larry Hogan (R) announced the state government will spend $229.6 million to alleviate traffic on the highway. Flanked by a Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett and Council members Nancy Floreen (D-At large), Roger Berliner (D-1) and George Leventhal (D-At large) near I-270 in Potomac, Hogan said Maryland had the worst traffic in the nation. “We inherited a state infrastructure that for eight years had been largely ignored and severely underfunded,” Hogan said. “A billion dollars has been siphoned from the transportation trust fund and was spent on things totally unrelated to transportation. As a result we had crumbling roads and bridges and the worst traffic in the nation.”

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State Democrats and Republicans clash over congressional gun violence sit-in

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After nine of Maryland’s 10 congressional members participated in the June 22 Democratic sit-in on the floor of the House of Representatives, some Republicans decried the move as a “stunt.” The three Republican candidates running for the House districts that include Montgomery County all said they opposed the sit-in, though they varied on what to do to prevent future mass shootings. Democrats, led by Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), protested Republican leaders not calling for a vote on any gun control bills after four of those bills died in the Senate. Local Reps. Chris Van Hollen (D-8), John Delaney (D-6) and John Sarbanes (D-3) all joined their Democratic colleagues on the House floor last week, along with Sens. Ben Cardin (D) and Barbara Mikulski (D).

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Hogan decides to just say "NO" to Trump

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Gov. Larry Hogan (R) said Wednesday he will not vote for presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, according to the Washington Post. “No, I don’t plan to,” Hogan told the Post on whether he would vote for Trump. “I guess when I get behind the curtain I’ll have to figure it out. Maybe write someone in. I’m not sure.”

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The Donald 47 years later

21-07-2016 Hits:89 Editor's Notebook Brian Karem - avatar Brian Karem

The Donald 47 years later

In the last two days our offices have been swamped with emails, tweets and Facebook posts dedicated to the GOP National Convention. I’ve tried real hard to be angry, bored, or anything resembling interested in the faux issues being discussed by those who’ve sent me these communiqués. More often than not they are trivial at best and wildly uninformed.

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Term limits are for sissies

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Term limits are for sissies

    Of all the ideas floating around this county, the lowest-common-denominator proposal of term limits for office holders earns the title of “Least likely to be endorsed by someone with higher brain function.” The idea behind the move, as espoused by perennial wannabe gadfly Robin Ficker is that we must guarantee our county representatives are more responsible to the electorate and we must keep them from becoming minor despots sitting perpetually on the local throne and availing themselves of county money much like pigs will avail themselves of truffles.

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Take me on outta town

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Take me on outta town

  “Train. Train. Take me on out of this town…” The lyrics to an iconic song may trip merrily through your head as you wander off to your rendezvous with your favorite Metro stop – but you best know the entire song and perhaps six more to sing in your head if you decide to commute using the Red Line after August 1. That’s when Metro’s so-called “SafeTrack” initiative will begin and directly affect Montgomery County commuters.

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Celebrities assist those suffering from depression

Celebrities assist those suffering from depression

Mike Creppy comes down with a rebound. Creppy formerly played at Blake High School. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER WASHINGTON – Local basketball fans and supporters flocked inside the University of the District of Columbia gymnasium Friday night for the first annual Michael Sweetney Celebrity Charity Game. Sweetney, a 33-year-old Prince George’s County native, starred at Oxon Hill High School and Georgetown University before he was selected ninth overall by the New York Knicks in the 2003 NBA Draft. The local basketball star teamed up with umttr founder Susan Rosenstock to help raise depression awareness for teens and young adults. The organization’s mission is to help create a culture where every person matters and the charity basketball game served as a vehicle for that purpose. “We’re doing it for a great cause and to raise awareness for a mental illness,” said Patrick Johnson, who runs the Pat The Roc Basketball Skills Academy in Rockville.

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Former Silver Spring Library has new life as used bookstore

Former Silver Spring Library has new life as used bookstore

  The former Silver Spring Library now serves as a used bookstore for the Friends of the Library Montgomery County. PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH   Ryan Carmody knows with a few clicks, he can find any book he needs, order it and have it delivered to his Silver Spring home within a few days. Still, "a few times each month," he visits one of the county's two used bookstores that are operated by the Friends of the Library Montgomery County (FOLMC).  "There is sort of an aspect of surprise for what you are going to find," he said as he browsed through the books at the used bookstore that opened June 20 in the former Silver Spring library on Colesville Road.

Thousands celebrate Mandela and reading

ROCKVILLE – When Carolyn Thompson’s kids first showed an interest in reading, she didn’t think the passion would bring the family to creating a nonprofit organization to encourage literacy. Now she and her sons Julian and Jack run Velocity Books, which opened in 2014 with the hope of promoting literacy in Montgomery County. The Thompson family has since grown their operation, sending books to people in Jamaica and South Carolina. Thompson is preparing to set up shop July 16 for Nelson Mandela Day at Rockville Town Square in front of the library, with more than 10,000 books available for free.

Building bonds and mentoring as a Big Sister

Building bonds and mentoring as a Big Sister

Jessica Wentworth, left, and her 11-year-old "Little Sister" Lavender Wilson.  PHOTO COURTESY OF JESSICA WENTWORTH   When the Big Brothers, Big Sisters of the National Capital Area (BBBSNCA) paired 11-year-old Lavender Wilson with her “Big Sister,” 41-year-old Jessica Wentworth, the news excited Lavender. “I really liked her even though I didn’t know a lot about her. When we were first told about her, we found her Facebook page and we found out that it seemed like she was a really nice person. We were really relatable,” Lavender said. Jessica said she felt the same excitement Lavender did. “I was excited. I had no idea what to expect as far as who I’d be matched up with,” Jessica said.

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