Verizon hosts job fair

Verizon held three job fairs March 21 to attract beginning network technicians for its FiOS home communications system installations in the company’s busy summer season.

For persons hired, the seasonal job could lead to permanent work, or to callbacks in future summers, said Tina Saputo, a regional recruiting manager based in Basking Ridge, N.J. A manager of last year’s group echoed her statement, noting some who were hired then are still working as network techs, and some will come back to work this summer. For others, the manager said, either the individual or the company found the “fit wasn’t good for this job.”

“The guy who installed your TV and internet? Did you like him? That’s who we’re hiring,” said Nicolas Relacion, a military recruiter for the company based in Wilmington, Del. He added that Verizon has other types of jobs open, and that women were among the applicants at the fair.


County Businesses Export $5 Billion per Year, Supporting 35,000 Jobs

Montgomery County exporters brought in more than $5 billion in 2015, supporting 35,000 jobs and comprising 6.5 percent of the county’s overall economy, according to data jointly produced by the Brookings Institution and the Stephen S. Fuller Institute at George Mason University in Virginia.

Much of the county’s – and Maryland’s – economy is “knowledge-based,” said Signe Pringle, director of the state Commerce Department’s Office of International Investment and Trade, which assists businesses with exports and helps to attract foreign companies to invest in Maryland. That’s reflected in high-tech exports in fields such as life sciences (mainly drugs and medical equipment), information technology and defense equipment, Pringle noted.

Jeannette Chapman, deputy director of the Fuller Institute, a top source of information on the regional economy, said, “Because our [metropolitan Washington] region specializes in services, we export relatively few shippable items.” The Brookings/Fuller data in Tables 1 and 2 are “the best available estimates” for service exports, which “are somewhat harder to track” than shipments, Chapman explained. Table 2 shows the importance of service products in Montgomery’s exports, she noted.


DeVos and Gov. Hogan visit local elementary school

DeVos  Hogan visit Carderock Springs Elem. 1Acting Principal Jae Lee welcomes new Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and Gov. Larry Hogan (R) visit Carderock Springs Elementary. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  

BETHESDA –Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and Gov. Larry Hogan (R) visited an elementary school Thursday for National Reading Month.

About 60 second-graders filed into the media center at Carderock Springs Elementary School Thursday morning. DeVos and Hogan read Dr. Seuss’ “Oh the Places You’ll Go” to the students. She said she had read the book to her grandchildren several times.

She acknowledged the teachers and principal and their roles in the students’ education.

Afterward, she said she enjoyed visiting the school and reinforcing the value she said reading has for students.

“It was a pleasure to continue the celebration of National Reading Month today with the students of Carderock Springs,” DeVos said. “Reading opens kids’ minds and expands their world. Literacy is the foundation of learning, and it’s the starting point on the pathway to the American dream. We must make sure every child in this country not only learns to read but continues to enjoy the benefits of a lifetime of reading and learning.”


Immigration issue overshadows rape

Outrage and sadness erupted after a girl reported a rape in a Rockville High School bathroom on March 16.

But the unity of emotion following the rape of a 14-year-old student comes to a crashing halt when the topic of immigration surfaces.


Outrage over high school rape

Parents worry for safety while school system defends actions in wake of crime

Sanchez mug shotHenry E. Sanchez        POLICE COURTESY PHOTO

WASHINGTON D.C. – The federal government will take no special actions against Montgomery County or Rockville, according to White House press secretary Sean Spicer, following a rape of a 14- year-old female student at Rockville High School allegedly involving an 18-year-old and 17-year-old undocumented immigrants.

Both Rockville and Montgomery County do not cooperate with federal authorities on enforcing immigration law unless the person is a violent offender.

“Our policy and executive order speak for themselves,” Spicer said, but added there was “nothing special” planned against either the city or the county.

On Friday, police arrested two students from Rockville High School and charged them with first-degree rape, after allegedly raping a fellow female student Thursday morning around nine a.m.

Henry E. Sanchez, 18, and Jose O. Montano, 17, are both charged with one count of first-degree rape and two first-degree sex offenses and are being held without bond.


Berliner supports local Muslim communities

SILVER SPRING – Montgomery County Council President Roger Berliner (D-1) came to the Muslim Community Center as part of MCC’s Community Education Series to address members’ concerns regarding hate crimes in the area after the MCC received a threatening letter in late February.           

“This is a time and a conversation that I never thought I’d have in my lifetime,” Berliner said.  “For those of us who believe in government and the goodness of our people, this has been a particularly challenging time … if you don’t feel welcome in Montgomery County, then we’ve failed you.”


Takoma Park examines plans for New Hampshire Ave.

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The City Council discussed potential plans for the New Hampshire Avenue Corridor to improve its aesthetic and the business potential.

March 7 was also one of the first public appearances of the new city planner, Daniel Sonenklar.

Various ideas, all in the brainstorming stage at this point, were put forward, such as housing, differing architectural styles, green buildings and more.


Manger talks about building trust at Montgomery College

ROCKVILLE – Montgomery County Police Chief Tom Manger said County police have about 500,000 contacts with the public every year, and each one has the potential to go awry.

“What I tell my cops is that every single one of those contacts can either contribute and build trust, or it can damage trust,” Manger said.

Last week Manger and Montgomery College President DeRionne Pollard sat down for a discussion at Montgomery College’s Rockville campus to discuss relations between police and the community. Manger talked about the struggles to build trust with the community and the potential for unrest in the County.

“Ferguson can happen anywhere, you have to pay attention to the relationship that the police department has with the community,” Manger said.


Study strengthens link between diet and heart disease

BETHESDA – The National Institutes of Heath, Center for Disease Control and Prevention and researchers at Tufts University have finally identified the number of Americans who die from heart illnesses linked to what they eat.

The joint study attributed about half of all deaths in the United States to heart disease, stroke and Type 2 diabetes.

Of all the 702,308 adult deaths attributed to heart disease, 45 percent were linked to diet.

“This study established the number of deaths among Americans that could be attributed to an unhealthy diet,” said Dr. David Goff, director of Cardiovascular Sciences at NIH’s National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.


UPDATE: Rockville fires Swift

Rockville Seal

ROCKVILLE – Rockville is one manager down after action this week.

The city manager fired the director of Community Planning and Development Services March 3, spokesperson Marylou Berg confirmed.

“I made a change in the best interest of the organization and the City,” City Manager Rob DiSpirito said Monday. “I feel that the department needed new direction and a fresh start.”

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