Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Montgomery County Council meets most Tuesdays in Rockville.
All nine Montgomery County Council members are expected to vote "yes" on a $4.8 billion budget for fiscal 2014 at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in Rockville. It will be the last council session before a three-week recess. Key county agencies, including police, fire and rescue, schools and health and human services will receive more aid and new positions, while property taxes will increase by 1.8 cents, to $1.01 for every $100 of assessed value under the tentative plan, Patch reported last week. Click here to read more about the budget agreement. The council will reconvene on June 11. (Read the entire council agenda, attached to this article.)
Duke is a fun-loving, young miniature pinscher mix who gets along well with everyone and is looking for his new family.
Hey guys, my name is Duke and I’m very pleased to meet you! I’m a charming and energetic one-and-a-half-to-two-year-old miniature pinscher mix with loads of personality. I’m the complete package: smart, social, affectionate and playful, with a little mischief mixed in to keep things interesting. I only weigh about 12 pounds, but I’m no shrinking violet, and can run and play with the best of them. Sadly, my owners surrendered me to a shelter in Maryland, and said they just didn’t want me anymore. I don’t understand it, but I’m better off without those guys anyway. I was pretty scared in the shelter and realize how lucky I am to make it out alive. I’ve settled into home life now, and am so thankful for my second chance and the opportunity to…
Yes, Wednesdays can be a challenge. Need some inspiration from those who "climbed a mountain?"
Are Wednesdays really so tough? Well, yes, they can be. Here, though, is to keeping things in perspective. For more than a month now, Patch and Grape-Nuts have teamed up to present stories about your neighbors - neighbors who have faced challenges that would seem insurmountable to many of us. But not to the people we've featured in this series, Journeys. Not surprisingly, the stories have generated dozens of comments on Patch and on Facebook: "Great story..." "Thanks for sharing..." "So wonderfully inspiring..." And, so, here they are again. Great stories shared to inspire. Take a look at what these people have faced. Then click on the story to see their responses. And feel better about your tough Wednesday. Enterprising Dad Juggles …
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Robber is still at-large.
Police are looking for a person who robbed M & T Bank in Damascus on Friday and have released surveillance photos with hopes someone will recognize the robber. Police said the robbery happened at 12:51 p.m. at the 9801 Main Street branch. A man robbed a teller, placed the cash in a plastic bag and left the bank. Police described the robber as a white male in his early 20s, approximately 5’10″ tall, with a thin build. Police said he was wearing a red, Aeropostale sweatshirt with the words, “AERO 1987″ in white letters. Police said the man, whose face was covered, wore sunglasses and a baseball hat. --- Police have asked anyone with information to call the robbery section at 240-773-5100. Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime …
Data from 2009 reveals that students have long struggled with final exams in MCPS math courses.
Few Montgomery County Public Schools students enrolled in high school math courses made high marks on final exams last semester, data released by the school district last week showed. In one class, Bridge to Algebra 2, less than 1 percent made an "A" on the final exam. (See data, above, that details the distribution of final exam grades "A" through "E" for eight math courses last semester.) School officials were prompted to release student math grades after members of the county school board grilled Superintendent Joshua Starr about last semester's final exam grades. Media outlets reported earlier this month that the majority of students in high school math—Algebra, Algebra 2, Geometry and Precalculus—failed their final exams. Starr …
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How does Montgomery County light up? Pharmacies, roads and town hubs—Patch was inspired by the photos you submitted this week that show our community at dusk or just after. (Are you a photographer? Both iPhone and professional photogs welcome in our Montgomery County Patch Flickr pool. Join here and upload! Your photos may end up on any of our 11 websites throughout the county.)
A Montgomery County councilman pitches a plan as Pepco customers sound off.
Last year's derecho storm was the latest to highlight issues with Pepco reliability and communication. Last week, Montgomery County Councilman Roger Berliner proposed a "Utility 2.0" plan to improve electricity service. Patch users had something to say about Pepco getting a rate increase to pay for reliability improvements: Michael Smith said: "Why should Pepco increase it's rates AT ALL to pay for infrastructure? Each year they make over $100 MILLION dollars in pure profit and invest ZERO of it into the community." Arlene K. Polangin said: "Pepco needs to improve service BEFORE it gets a rate increase. Why should customers pay for poor service with a higher bill? The DERECHO = 6 days NO electricity and every little outage = no power in …
Monday, May 20, 2013
Delaney: 'Doug Duncan’s record speaks for itself and his values and expertise are well-known around our county.'
U.S. Rep. John Delaney on Saturday endorsed Douglas M. Duncan at the former Montgomery County Executive's first major campaign event in his bid to regain his old job. “Doug Duncan’s record speaks for itself and his values and expertise are well-known around our county,” Delaney (D-Dist. 6) of Potomac said in a statement released by Duncan’s campaign. “I know Doug has the long term vision to make our county a great place to work, live, start a business, raise a family, and he has a plan to make Montgomery work.” Duncan, a Democrat, served three terms as county executive from 1994 to 2006. In 2006, he sought the Democratic nomination for governor, before dropping out of the race, citing depression. After a hiatus, Duncan has decided to re-…
Pool pre-season kicks off Memorial Day weekend at, a harbinger of summer fun for Upcounty residents.
Montgomery County Department of Recreation will open its outdoor pools for the season Saturday—but they’ll only be open weekends until June, when the official summer pool season begins. Here’s where to take a dive Upcounty: Germantown Outdoor Pool (GOP) 18905 Kingsview Drive, Germantown 240-777-8067 South Germantown Splash Playground 18056 Central Park Circle Boyds 301-670-4680 Western County Outdoor Pool (WC) 20151 Fisher Avenue, Poolesville 301-349-2217 Upper County Outdoor Pool (UC) 8211 Emory Grove Road, Gaithersburg, MD 301-840-2446
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