Raskin leads protesters to Women’s March


Jamie Raskin election night 11-8-16Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) making his victory speech on election night Nov. 8. FILE PHOTO  

WASHINGTON – On Saturday morning, Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-8) gave a familiar speech in a familiar place.

Just as he did the night he won the Democratic primary in May, Raskin gave his stump speech to an enthusiastic crowd packed into the Silver Spring Civic Center.

“We are the heirs to the civil rights movement, and the women’s movement, and the LGBT movement, the environmental movement, the labor movement, the peace movement, the human rights movement,” Raskin said. “And we’re not going to allow a cabinet of billionaires and bigots and bullies take away everything that we built.”


Sentinel Hosts Live Stream Roundtable on Hate Crimes

ROCKVILLE -  The Montgomery County Sentinel will be hosting a live stream roundtable discussion on hate crimes in our community and solutions for dealing with them.

The roundtable discussion will be held on Monday, January 23rd, in the Council Hearing Room (3rd floor) in the County Council Building at 100 Maryland Ave., Rockville. 

Brian J. Karem, the executive editor for The Sentinel Newspapers will moderate the event which is scheduled from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. 


County residents participate in MLK community service

Addressing an audience in Montgomery, Alabama in 1957, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King said, “Life’s most urgent and persistent question is, what are you doing for others?” Over the holiday weekend commemorating the civil rights leader’s birth, Montgomery County residents answered that question by participating in a variety of community service activities.

Shernette Hall, a local teacher, recruited volunteers from her Meetup groups to serve brunch at the Children’s Inn at NIH on Sunday morning.

“I thought this would be a nice thing to do for sick children and their families,” said Hall, who volunteers at a variety of different events throughout the year. “MLK gave back to other people, and I like to follow his example.”


Ethics questions linger in Gaithersburg

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GAITHERSBURG – Residents are questioning the legality of a vote to annex the Johnson property after a weak majority approved it last month following the departure of an angered council member who wanted a full council to decide the matter.


County Raises Minimum Wage

Council passes minimum wage raise, now awaits Leggett's signature

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ROCKVILLE – After many debates, protests and public hearings, the County Council voted Tuesday to increase the County’s minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2020.

Now Bill 12-16 awaits County Executive Ike Leggett’s signature before it can become law. Patrick Lacefield, a spokesperson for the County, said Leggett has not decided whether he plans to sign the minimum wage increase in to law.

“We're still reviewing it; we haven't made a decision,” Lacefield said.


Somerset mayor resigns from country club after controversy with President Barack Obama

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Somerset Mayor Jeffrey Slavin resigned his membership from Woodmont Country Club after a reported controversy over whether Woodmont would offer President Barack Obama an honorary membership.

The New York Post reported that some members from the predominantly Jewish Rockville country club do not want Obama to become a member because of his administration’s stance on Israel.

“Whether that’s a fact or not, it has put a stain on the country club this – wonderful institution,” Slavin said.


Tillman remembered for community work

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Several hundred people crowded into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Friday morning to say goodbye to Ulder Jane Tillman, who was memorialized as a dedicated public health care worker, a wonderful teacher to young children, a religious woman and a great dancer who could really move her hips.

Tillman died suddenly Jan. 3 at the age of 67. For the past 13 years, Tillman had been the chief of Public Health Services for Montgomery County.

She had degrees from such prestigious institutions as Harvard University School of Medicine and Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health, but those who know her well said she was never one to flaunt her education.

"She was humble and down-to-earth," said Uma Ahluwalia, director of Health and Human Services for Montgomery County. "Her dedication, her compassion, her commitment to public health is what everyone keeps talking about," said Ahluwalia, who had worked with Tillman for 10 years.

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