Friday, June 29, 2018
Thursday, June 28, 2018
Oxendine is described by police as a white female, 5’03” tall, and weighing 160 pounds. She has light brown hair and hazel eyes. Oxendine was wearing a white shirt, gray sweatpants, and black Van shoes when she was last seen.
Anyone who has information regarding the whereabouts of Alyssa Faith Oxendine is asked to call the Montgomery County Police Special Victims Investigations Division at 240-773-5400 or the police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000 (24 hours).
Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Other flush-with-cash Democratic candidates who won included David Trone in the 6th Congressional District, Andrew Friedson (County Council - District 1), and Hans Riemer, Will Jawando, Evan Glass and Gabe Albornoz (County Council - At-Large).
As most winners celebrated at local bars with supporters, Blair threw a spectacle of an election night party that looked more Mar-a-Lago than Montgomery. But his remarks were far more humble than Trumpian, as he marveled at a close finish few insiders expected, and expressed pride in conducting a positive campaign when others went negative. Yet, Elrich is temporarily ahead by almost 500 votes, and bested Blair in early voting, which has already been counted.
Former Rockville mayor and County Planning Department Deputy Director Rose Krasnow made a respectable showing, as did District 1 Councilmember Roger Berliner, but both had barely half the votes that Blair and Elrich each accrued. Both were clearly done in by their strong association with development decisions that enraged multiple communities, from Westbard to Damascus. Ultimately, both found that assuming those communities' votes weren't enough to sink their future campaigns to be a fatal miscalculation. And Blair effectively blocked their developer lane to victory.
Other winners in contested primaries last night included Craig Rice (D) and Ed Amatetti (R) [Council District 2], Sid Katz (Council District 3) who faced a strong challenge from Ben Shnider, Nancy Navarro (Council District 4) and Tom Hucker (Council District 5). Katz survived because he is well-liked, stepped in authoritatively in the MCPS school bus depot debacle, and has one of the sharpest political minds and memories. After I met Katz at an event in Gaithersburg years ago, for only a few seconds, he greeted me by name from then on.
|A majority of Democratic voters ignored the
advice of the "Vote for More Women" sign at
top left in yesterday's election
The Post played such a large and heavy-handed role in the Democratic primary, that some progressives began referring to it as the Amazon Post, a nickname more often used by Republicans like Trump. One entertaining conspiracy theory making the rounds on social media was that Jeff Bezos was seeking to install Blair, who would be a pushover for Amazon in return.
Republican Robin Ficker will take on the winner of the Blair-Elrich matchup in November. He would have a better path to victory against Elrich, if the "business community" (a.k.a. developers) were to "get dangerous," as Bob Ehrlich put it, and get behind Ficker. Ficker is also fond of noting that Elrich voted to pass the highly-controversial Westbard sector plan, which was overwhelmingly opposed by residents, a decision that left even some of Elrich's strongest supporters scratching their heads.
Robert Dyer. Progressive voters will be aghast to learn that Riemer has accepted money from Mitt Romney's Bain Capital and Danaher's Mitch Rales, two pioneers in outsourcing American jobs to China.
Riemer also opposes the recommendations of County Executive Ike Leggett's Tenant Work Group, tanked the "nighttime economy" with his Nighttime Economy Task Force debacle, caused County residents who had signed up for County government mailing lists' personal information to be posted online through a loophole in his vaunted "Open Data" law, essentially banned airbnb as an easy source of income for residents (effective July 1), and singlehandedly destroyed the food truck business in Montgomery County. Then there was Beerghazi, the scandal in which Riemer withheld information about illegal activity in the Department of Liquor Control until after he was safely reelected in 2014. And that's just the beginning.
And my years-long message about the County's moribund economy and poor business climate is the same message that has Blair neck-and-neck with Montgomery County's most popular Democrat. It's going to be a fun four-and-a-half months, folks.
Tuesday, June 26, 2018
However, Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Services investigators have determined that the vehicle fire was deliberately set. No suspect names have been announced publicly yet, and detectives continue to investigate.
Anyone with information in reference to this investigation is asked to call the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070. Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477). Crime Solvers will pay a cash reward of up to $10,000 for information provided to them that leads to an arrest in this case.
Monday, June 25, 2018
Friday, June 22, 2018
A 120000 SF expansion of the firm's downtown Silver Spring campus, the Unisphere will be completed this year. It will include the six-story office building, retail space, and a parking garage.
Thursday, June 21, 2018
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
|President Donald Trump speaks with a
business owner during a press briefing on
the Opportunity Zones initiative
|Wheaton opportunity zone
|Opportunity zones in Montgomery Village
|Rockville Pike opportunity zone
|Opportunity zones in downtown Silver Spring,
Long Branch and New Hampshire Estates areas
|White Oak has two of the
Trump opportunity zones
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Montgomery County's teachers union is leading a protest against Kemp Mill Elementary School Principal Dr. Bernard James, which will be attended by teachers, Kemp Mill parents, and community members, this Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at 6:30 PM at the Montgomery County Public Schools central office at 850 Hungerford Drive in Rockville. The Montgomery County Education Association calls James "bullying and ineffective."
Kemp Mill ES has had a turbulent relationship between staff and leadership for years. Five Kemp Mill teachers and a secretary sued previous principal Floyd D. Starnes in 2012 for millions of dollars, but the harassment suit was settled out of court a year later.
Monday, June 18, 2018
In other Olney news, Shoppers Food Warehouse has closed at 18140 Village Drive.
Friday, June 15, 2018
The first permit covers demolition noise and the installation of pilings at the bridge location. This work will begin in mid-June, and last for up to six months (yikes). Work hours will be 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM Monday-Friday, and "if necessary," from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM on Saturdays.
A second permit is related to the forming and construction of retaining walls. This work will commence in early July, and continue through the end of September. The hours of work for this aspect of the project will be Monday-Saturday, 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM, a clear expansion beyond the legal hours for such work.
Purple Line Transit Partners says the bridge could close on, or about, Monday, June 18, 2018.
Thursday, June 14, 2018
However, police say she is likely driving her silver, Hyundai Accent with Maryland tags: 3CZ5322. De Los Fairbanks is described as a Latina, 5′ 3″ and weighing about 180 pounds. She has black hair and brown eyes.
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Estela Maria De Los Fairbanks or her vehicle is asked to call the Montgomery County Police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000 (available 24 hours). Callers may remain anonymous.
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
The SRO located a subject fitting the suspect's description walking on Briggs Chaney Road near the school. He attempted to flee from the officer when approached, but was successfully apprehended by the SRO. School security then confirmed the suspect was the person who had illegally entered the school.
Within the suspect's shoulder bag, the officer located the loaded .38, which detectives have since determined was stolen in Pennsylvania. 17-year-old Elijah C. Nyamekye of the 100 block of Wilton Oaks Drive in Silver Spring charged as an adult with possession of a handgun, possession of a firearm by a person under 21 years old, possession of a stolen handgun, trespassing on school property, and disrupting school activities.
Last Thursday, a Paint Branch student was arrested after bringing a pocket knife and handgun ammo to the school.
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
I have a lot of nostalgia for this building as a Roy Rogers in decades past. I've always been perplexed as to why various fast food chains were never able to take the ball from Roy's, and run with it at this prime, "last gas" location. Thousands of people pass by here daily heading to or from the Beltway, and a drive-thru could have really cleaned up with megacash.