Thursday, April 25, 2013
Teachers, students, business owners and public safety personnel among award recipients
The Wheaton & Kensington Chamber of Commerce held its 29th Annual Community Awards Banquet at Hollywood East in Wheaton Wednesday night. Here is a full list of the awards and their recipients: The 2013 Wheaton & Kensington Chamber of Commerce Tribute Award: Kensington Volunteer Fire Department The Chamber Member of the Year: IHOP, William Moore, President The Outstanding Chamber Service Award: Smart Computer, Inc, Seth Katz The Non-Profit of the Year: Parent Encouragement Program The Mid-County Citizens Advisory Board Citizen of the Year: Susan DeFord The Mid-County Citizens Advisory Board Civic Association of the Year: Community Partners of Aspen Hill Wheaton Redevelopment Advisory Committee Wheaton Revitalization Award: The Shops …
Monday, April 22, 2013
This most recent incident involved a 10th grade student who was protesting U.S. government policies toward Puerto Rico.
The Maryland Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) recently announced that for the fourth time in eight years, it has taken action against the Montgomery County Public School system regarding a student’s rights to decline to participate in the Pledge of Allegiance. This most recent incident involved Enidris Siurano-Rodriguez, a 10th grade student at Damascus High School, who was protesting U.S. government policies toward Puerto Rico. According to the ACLU’s press release, Siurano-Rodriguez, whose family is from Puerto Rico, was initially sent to the principal’s office, where the assistant principal “improperly demanded to know why she persisted in sitting during the Pledge.” The school then contacted the student’s mother, …
Sunday, April 14, 2013
Learn about a different kind of Maryland "crab," where Costco fans are flocking and how a flash heat wave felled students. Be prepared with all the Maryland news across Patch.
Sunday, April 14
By Patch Staff Relationship Between Army Recruiter and Slain Rockville Teen Examined As the community grieves, details are emerging about the nature of the relationship between a Rockville High School student and an Army recruiter whom police say shot and killed the teen before killing himself at his Germantown home. Blue Angels Cancel Remaining Air Shows in 2013 The rest of the season—including the air show in Annapolis—was canceled due to budget constraints in the defense department, an official said. Michelle Obama to Speak at Bowie State University Commencement The first lady will address approximately 600 graduates during commencement excercises on May 17, and BSU will confer an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree upon the first lady. …
Learn when each Montgomery County public high school will hold its graduation ceremony.
Montgomery County Public Schools on Thursday tweeted a link to a schedule of high school graduations this spring. All ceremonies at DAR Costitution Hall in Washington, D.C. will be streamed online, the school system's website said. The graduations season begins with a ceremony for the school system's Alternative Programs on May 24 and wraps up with June 12 with ceremonies for Watkins Mill High School, the Longview School and the Gateway to College program. Click here to read the full schedule on the MCPS website.
Catch up on the week in Montgomery County social media.
Check out these #MoCo Online posts you may have missed this week: #MoCo Online finds Montgomery County information posted via social media and shares it with you. Click here for more #MoCo Online posts.
Friday, April 12, 2013
Unseasonably warm temperatures lead to questions about school air conditioning.
On Wednesday, several Magruder High School students were overcome by the heat. No wonder that MCPS has been getting questions about the process of changing over from heat to air conditioning in the schools. MCPS posted on its website an explanation about the conversion process.
Saturday, April 6, 2013
Get caught up on headlines from around Montgomery County.
With more than a dozen websites across Montgomery County, Patch brings you news from every corner of our community. Catch up on headlines you might have missed this week. Countdown to Costco: When Will the Wheaton Store Open? WHEATON—The Wheaton Costco will open next week at the Westfield Wheaton mall. Find out what day the store opens and see our countdown clock at Wheaton Patch. First Lady Hosts Watkins Mill Students for Jackie Robinson Film Workshop GAITHERSBURG—First Lady Michelle Obama and actor Harrison Ford were among participants in a panel discussion following a film screening for Watkins Mill students. “To be able to share this experience with students is probably one of the most meaningful experiences of my career," Watkins Mill…
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
The amended bill, passed by a 78-61 vote, will go back to the Senate and possibly a conference committee.
The Maryland House of Delegates Wednesday passed gun control legislation proposed by Gov. Martin O'Malley by a vote of 78-61. The amended bill bans 40 kinds of rifles including the AR15, requires fingerprinting and licensing of all purchasers of new guns and broadens the law prohibiting firearms purchases by anyone who is involuntarily committed because of mental illness. The bill was a major component of O'Malley's legislative package announced at the beginning of the 90-day session. The House of Delegates debated the bill for nearly 10 hours over two days. The amended bill will return to the Senate. The bill could go to a conference committee if the Senate does not accept the changes made by the House. Both the House and Senate must …
Friday, March 29, 2013
The bill that increases the gasoline tax by as much as 20 cents by 2016 now heads to Gov. Martin O'Malley for his signature.
A tax that will increase the cost of gas by as much as 20 cents by 2016 was given final approval Friday by the Maryland Senate. The bill passed largely along party lines by a vote of 27-20. Eight Democrats joined all 12 Republicans in opposing the tax increase measure. The bill now goes to the desk of Gov. Martin O'Malley, who is expected to sign the tax into law. The final vote came after legislators suspended the rules, allowing them to take both a preliminary and final vote in the same day and allow many lawmakers to leave the capital to observe Good Friday. The bill increases the state's tax on gas by more than 20 cents to 43.7 cents per gallon on July 2016. The tax would increase to 44.6 cents per gallon if the federal government …
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Walter Johnson High School senior and Kensington resident Caroline E. Steel is one of 12 finalists for the Gaithersburg Book Festival's short story contest.
Kensington teen Caroline E. Steel has been named one of 12 finalists in the Gaithersburg Book Festival's third annual short story contest. Steel, a junior at Walter Johnson High School, was selected from a pool of entrants that included public, private, and homeschooled students from 16 jurisdictions throughout DC, Maryland and Virginia. Five students from Montgomery County schools (including Steel) were selected as finalists. The first-, second- and third-place winners, along with a fan favorite, will be announced at the festival on May 18 at 12:30 p.m. in the Ogden Nash tent. Winners will receive $100, $50 and $25 gift certificates, respectively, according to a news release. The winning stories will be selected by New York Times best-…