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Maryland State Highway Administration hosts community meeting Jan. 15

Maryland State Highway Administration hosts community meeting Jan. 15

By Anna Yuan

January 18, 2019


Filed under Local, News, Showcase

Representatives from the Maryland State Highway Administration finalized an improvement plan for the intersection of Braeburn Parkway and River Road and unveiled several new improvement possibilities for the Pyle Road crosswalk in a community meeting Jan. 15. Residents from surrounding neighborhoods ...

Negotiations over allegedly forgotten African American cemetery continue to create controversy

Negotiations over allegedly forgotten African American cemetery continue to create controversy

By Katie Hanson

December 31, 2018


Filed under Local, News, Showcase

Chants, songs and powerful testimonies ensued as members of the Macedonia Baptist Church and the Church’s Coalition met with The Montgomery County Housing Opportunities Commission (HOC) in a public meeting Dec. 5. Tensions grew as protestors filled the small meeting room and carried homemade signs...

River speed limit changed to 35

River speed limit changed to 35

By Anna Yuan

December 13, 2018


Filed under Local, News, Showcase

The speed limit on the segment of River Road extending from the Beltway to just west of Springfield Drive has been reduced from 45 mph to 35 mph. New speed limit signs were installed early last week. The reduction was the result of decades of advocacy from community members for a safer Braeburn Par...

Amazon chooses Crystal City, Virginia for one of two new headquarters

Amazon chooses Crystal City, Virginia for one of two new headquarters

By Zara Ali

December 1, 2018


Filed under Local, National, News, Showcase

Amazon announced Nov. 13 that their two new East Coast headquarters will be in Crystal City, Virginia and Queens, New York. Amazon received 238 bids from cities and regions across the country for the headquarters, including Montgomery County. The new headquarters in Crystal City will bring in more state revenue, but it’ll also increase the population in...

Bannockburn Elementary wins National Blue Ribbon Award

Bannockburn Elementary wins National Blue Ribbon Award

By Jack Gonzalez

November 27, 2018


Filed under Local, News, Showcase

After winning the 2018 Maryland Regional Blue Ribbon Award in the Spring, Bannockburn Elementary School just won one of the highest accolades possible for elementary schools: the National Blue Ribbon Award.

MCPS class of 2018 earn high scores on ACT

MCPS class of 2018 earn high scores on ACT

By Zoe Kaufmann

November 18, 2018


Filed under Local, News, Showcase

Montgomery County Public Schools’ class of 2018 outperformed both the national and state averages on last year’s ACT, a MCPS press release announced Oct. 23. County students earned an average composite score of 25.1 (out of 36) on the ACT. In comparison, the average score for Maryland as a whole was 22.5, while the nationwide av...

MoCo approves $4.7 million for School Bus Camera Safety initiative

MoCo approves $4.7 million for School Bus Camera Safety initiative

By Blake Layman

November 13, 2018


Filed under Local, News, Showcase

The Montgomery County Council approved the allotment of $4.7 million on Sept. 27 to continue installing safety cameras on both the inside and outside of school buses. These cameras aim to deter dangerous driving around buses and misconduct that occurs inside the buses. Maryland law states that no driver can drive...

MCPS considering return to ten-day spring break

MCPS considering return to ten-day spring break

By Joseph Ferrari

November 9, 2018


Filed under Local, News, Showcase

The Board of Education is discussing a return to a ten-day spring break for the 2019-20 school year. The Board is considering two academic calendar options, one which is similar to the current calendar and another which would return to the lengthened spring break. The current academic calendar allots a six-d...

Number of women in local government increases; follows national trend

Number of women in local government increases; follows national trend

By Meera Dahiya

November 5, 2018


Filed under Local, News, Showcase

In the 2018 midterms, more women than ever are running for office in both national and local government.

Senior Tina Xia wins award at F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Festival

Senior Tina Xia wins award at F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Festival

By Lukas Troost

October 30, 2018


Filed under Local, News, Showcase

A high school senior living in Miami-Dade in the 1980s. An alcoholic father that prevents him from living his dreams. This is the story outlined in senior Tina Xia’s short story that won the Student Short Story contest at the F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Festival Oct. 20. The annual Festival,...

New laws take effect in Maryland

New laws take effect in Maryland

By Anna Yuan

October 26, 2018


Filed under Local, News, Showcase

Over 400 new laws, ranging from renaming rest stops to banning LGBTQ+ conversion therapy for minors took effect in Maryland Oct. 1. Here is a summary of some of the major laws regarding health, firearms, transportation and crime. Health Retailers who sell e-cigarettes and vapes to minors are now subject to ...

Hogan brings Handle with Care program to Maryland schools

Hogan brings Handle with Care program to Maryland schools

By Emma Shaffer

October 23, 2018


Filed under Local, News, School, Showcase

This year, Governor Larry Hogan expanded Handle with Care pilot programs to Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Frederick and Harford Counties. As of May 1, the program already exists in Cecil and Washington Counties, but Hogan is attempting to make the program statewide.