Sunday, May 19, 2013
Forty-two percent of people asked have an unfavorable view of the very hip, says a new poll.
A poll released by Public Policy Polling shows that a large percentage of Americans (42 percent) have an unfavorable opinion of “hipsters,” a group of men and women “unusually aware of and interested in new and unconventional patterns,” according to Merriam Webster. The Urban Dictionary says members of this subculture are “typically in their 20s and 30s” and “value independent thinking, counter-culture, progressive politics, indie-rock” and “witty banter.” Locally, data from the 2010 Census shows that only 19 percent of Montgomery County’s population is between the ages of 20 and 34. In Silver Spring though, nearly half of the residents in some parts of downtown—near the Metro (52 percent), between East-West Highway and Fenton Street (…
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Since 2011, 25 people in the two counties have died in pedestrian accidents. Here is more information on when and where each of these accidents occurred.
A helpful map of speed cameras, and their types, throughout Montgomery County
Montgomery County has become a beacon for speed cameras. Search through the map below, which details where mobile, fixed and portable speed cameras lie throughout the county, along with which direction they point in. In camera-dense areas, especially, zoom in to track just how many cameras police have at their disposal.
Monday, May 13, 2013
Scientists are looking for the right parasitoid wasps to kill invasive stink bugs.
Stink bugs are a part of life in and around Gaithersburg, but scientists are trying to change that. In Maryland, Agriculture Research Scientist Don Weber is working in the lab to create pheromones that will lure stink bugs into a trap. By the end of this year, he said, “Things will be pretty clear where the private sector can step in and serve various stakeholders,” including farmers and homeowners. But there may be other options – besides stepping on the bugs – in the near future. Matt Buffington, a research scientist with the Department of Agriculture (USDA) is looking for a solution to the stink bug problem at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, according to the BBC. Buffington is keen on wasps. More specifically, …
Friday, May 3, 2013
Police: The suspect was located within the wooded area behind Bugaboo Creek Steakhouse and placed under arrest.
A 26-year-old man was was charged with two counts of second degree burglary and theft less than $1,000 in connection to two burglaries of a Gaithersburg veterinary hospital, police say. Joshua Richards, of no fixed address, twice broke into Negola's Ark Veterinary Hospital, located at 9401 Fields Road, according to Gaithersburg police. After the second incident, which occurred on April 30 at 2:17 a.m., Richards was observed fleeing on foot to the rear of the building, police said. He was later located within the wooded area behind Bugaboo Creek Steakhouse and placed under arrest. Two days earlier, police said they responded to the veterinary hospital at 3:57 a.m. for the report of a commercial burglary alarm. Richards is also believed to …
Monday, April 8, 2013
The Gaithersburg Mayor and City Council meet for a work session at 7:30 p.m. Monday at City Hall.
The city of Gaithersburg will officially introduce the new manager of its long-awaited new library at Monday evening's Mayor and City Council meeting. Kay Bowman, who began her career with Montgomery County Public Library in 1986 as a part-time children's Librarian, will take over the new Gaithersburg branch and provide the Mayor and Council with the following updates: The Gaithersburg Library is currently about 65 percent completed and is expected to open in September or October. In addition to Bowman's introduction, the Mayor and Council will also hear Results of the Common Ownership Communities Survey. The survey intended to initiate further discussion on the CCOC program, and seek guidance going forward, according to the city. The CCOC…
Friday, March 29, 2013
NBC4: Maryland drivers rack up more tickets than DC drivers.
Gas? Check. Oil? Check. GPS? Check. Speeding ticket? Check? Speed cameras seem to be multiplying in the metropolitan Washington area, and while they may be a deterrent to some drivers, others may view the charge for whizzing by one as just another cost of driving. NBC4 reported that, in 2012, Maryland had a much higher rate of repeat offenders ticketed by speed cameras than Washington, DC. “In the Maryland suburbs you’re about twice as likely to get multiple tickets,” David Marker, a senior statistician with the American Statistical Association, told NBC4. “By the time you get up to 5 or 10 tickets, you're 20 times more likely to get multiple tickets in the Maryland suburbs than in DC.” Montgomery County had the highest percentage of …
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Gaithersburg news in brief.
The city of Gaithersburg released the following news this week: Habit-Forming Musical Nunsense A-Men! Takes Arts Barn Stage In partnership with Rockville Musical Theatre, the Arts Barn presents the musical comedy Nunsense A-Men! The show runs April 5 through 21, 2013, with performances on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Admission is $18, $16 for City of Gaithersburg residents. This show contains adult language and parental guidance is suggested. Described as “Mrs. Doubtfire enters the convent,” Nunsense A-Men! replaces the traditional female cast ofthe original Nunsense with men playing the Little Sisters of Hoboken. Besides the casting change, the script remains exactly the same. Sister Julia, the cook, accidentally …
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett got things (Harlem) shaking at an event hosted by the Jewish Council for the Aging.
The leader of Montgomery County government took a break from big budget talks and power meetings last week to take the lead on something else—a round of the "Harlem Shake." County Executive Isiah Leggett got things shaking March 10 at the Misler Adult Day Center in Rockville for the Jewish Council for the Aging's Intergenerational Seniors Prom. According the council, the prom was a special event for Good Deeds Day, an international day of service. The YouTube clip has since been posted at the county’s official blog. The Leggett-led Shake also made for some tounge-and-cheek politicking at political blog’ Maryland Juice, where a Monday post posed the question: “Could the video … be the clearest sign that Leggett might be trying to run for re…
Sunday, March 17, 2013
Montgomery County will reportedly throw its support behind Prince George's bid.
In late February, Patch reported that Montgomery County was one of a number of suitors seeking to host the new FBI headquarters, alongside Prince George’s County, Fairfax County, Loudon County and the District of Columbia. Montgomery County has apparently chosen not to pursue the project any longer, according to a recent piece in the Washington Business Journal. The General Services Administration told the Journal that it has received three dozen responses to its Request for Information (RFI) which is a method for gauging interest in a project, but Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker told the Journal that Montgomery County was not one of the groups that submitted a response. “Montgomery County has thrown its support to us,” …