Wednesday, May 15, 2013
The systemwide proposal to provide more central office support to struggling schools begins with a 10-school pilot, according to county schools officials.
Three schools in Montgomery Village—Watkins Mill Elementary, Montgomery Village Middle, and Watkins Mill High—were picked to help pilot a new program from Montgomery County Public Schools that will provide an extra layer of central office support to underperforming schools. Officials culled various data to determine the schools that needed help, including key measures at certain grade levels, like whether students are reading as they should by 3rd grade and whether 5th and 8th graders have the reading and math skills that prepare them for the next level. Watkins Mill High School principal Scott Murphy told Patch the innovation program is welcomed at his school. "I really think it's a good thing," Murphy said. "I'm really excited about the…
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
"A $20 smoke alarm probably saved their lives," says MCFR spokesperson.
A family of six was unharmed but displaced from its home following a fire in their Montgomery Village town house early Tuesday, a Montgomery County Fire and Rescue spokesperson told Patch. Fire and Rescue units were dispatched shortly before 1 a.m. to the 19900 block of Spur Hill Drive, MCFR spokesperson Beth Anne Nesselt said. First arriving units found a basement fire and requested additional resources, she said. The small fire was located and extinguished, Nesselt said. The occupants of the home—two adults and four children—were awakened by the activated smoke alarm, she said. The family fled the house and called 911. "A $20 smoke alarm probably saved their lives," Nesselt said. Approximately 80 percent of fire fatalities occur in homes…
Monday, May 6, 2013
A 60-year-old Germantown man was killed in the collision.
A 60-year-old Germantown man was struck and killed by a vehicle at the Lakeforest Bus Station on Friday, April 26, Montgomery County police said Monday. The victim, identified as Silvano Celedonio Alvarado, of the 12900 block of Walnut View Court, succumbed to his injuries on April 29, police said. Alvarado was attempting to cross Lost Knife Road near Odendhal Avenue when he was struck, police said. He was crossing Lost Knife Road from the median to the curb when he was struck by a black 2005 Lexus 300 that was traveling southbound on Lost Knife Road. The driver of the Lexus has been identified as Song Hee Lee, age 71, of the 200 block of Shadow Glen Court in Gaithersburg, police said. Lee stayed on the scene of the collision and assisted…
Friday, May 3, 2013
Kate Marsh is working with Cambodians and seven other Peace Corps volunteers to organize the 2nd annual Girls Leading Our World (GLOW) camp in her village.
A Montgomery Village native and Peace Corps volunteer working in Cambodia is working to organize a program providing educational workshops on sexual health, violence against women’s bodies, and environmental issues to nearly 100 young women in that country. Kate Marsh, along with Cambodians and seven other Peace Corps volunteers, will put together the 2nd annual Girls Leading Our World (GLOW) camp in her village. “Our 2013 Camp GLOW will have a clear focus on providing necessary skills and mindsets for young women to: preserve their nation’s natural resources and environments; protect their bodies, make healthy choices, and understand the reality of the lack of protection given to many women’s bodies due to sexual trafficking in Cambodia; …
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
The pharmacy of 40 years was the last business of its era in present-day Montgomery Village, The Gazette reported.
A Montgomery Village staple has closed its doors for good. Village Pharmacist Inc., which has filled prescriptions in the Village since 1973, closed quietly last week, The Gazette reported. The future of the Montgomery Village Professional Center on Montgomery Village Avenue, where the pharmacy is located, is uncertain and contributed to the decision to close, according to the report. “One of the determining factors for us is, we could not get a straight answer as to what is happening with the Professional Center,” Village Pharmacist owner Richard Matheny told The Gazette. Montgomery Village Foundation president Bob Hydorn told The Gazette the pharmacy was the last business of its era to exist in present-day Montgomery Village. Read the …
Monday, April 29, 2013
The committee was appointed by the Montgomery Village Foundation, The Gazette reported.
A committee of 12 people will will discuss future plans for the Montgomery Village Golf Course, The Gazette reported. The Montgomery Village Foundation appointed the committee to review proposed plans for the site by developer Monument Realty, according to the report. Committee members were recommended by foundation president Bob Hydorn. "The committee also will meet with local government officials and make recommendations to the Montgomery Village Foundation Board," The Gazette reported. The golf course was sold to Monument Realty in December after 34 years under owner Jack Doser. The developers have said they plan to keep the course open and hope to add housing in the future. Read the full story on The Gazette. Editor's Note: A previous …
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Montgomery County police: Alleged incidents occurred at a Montgomery Village day care.
A Montgomery Village man was arrested for sexually abusing two children at his wife's in-home day care, Montgomery County police said. The girls, ages 3 and 7, attended the Playing and Learning Family Child Care, which is located in the basement of a residence in the 18000 block of Royal Bonnett Circle, police said. The children provided their mother with information, and the mother contacted police, according to a Montgomery County police news release. David Fernando Javier Zaraysi, 66, who is the husband of the girls' day care provider, and lives at the same address as the center, was arrested March 14, the release said. He is charged with two counts of sexual abuse of a minor, two counts of committing a second-degree sex offense, and …
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Montgomery County Police Chief Thomas Manger will join 6th District officers for the meeting.
Montgomery County police will hold a public safety meeting in Montgomery Village on Tuesday, May 7, to discuss crime and crime stats, and provide an update on additional officers scheduled for the 6th district. Residents of and business owners in Montgomery Village are encouraged to participate in this discussion, which will include Montgomery County Police Chief Thomas Manger, 6th District Commander Willie Parker-Loan and Patrol Services Bureau Chief Darryl McSwain. Police said the meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Lake Marion Community Center, located at 8821 East Village Avenue. For more information call Director of Government Relations Sharon Levine at 301-948-0110, ext. 2313 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, April 22, 2013
The following information was provided by the Montgomery County Police Department. Arrests or charges do not indicate a conviction.
Montgomery County police released a crime summary for April 1 through April 9. The following incidents were reported in Gaithersburg: For questions about this blotter, email email@example.com.
Ruslan Tsarni says he is happy Tsarnaev was alive when apprehended in Watertown, so he could seek forgiveness from the victims, WUSA 9 reported.
One of the Montgomery Village uncles of now-captured Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokar Tsarnaev says he's happy his nephew was captured alive, WUSA 9 reports. Ruslan Tsarni hopes his nephew will seek forgiveness from the victims, according to the report. Tsarni, who spoke publicly for the first time Friday morning while Boston and Watertown, MA, were on lockdown, originally reacted with anger toward his nephews' alleged actions. “It is an atrocity,” Tsarni said Friday. “We're shocked." "If they were involved, I'd be the first one to bring them into responsibility," he said. According to the report, Tsarni said now he would say to his nephew, "'Turn your voice to the families of the four and everyone who was injured. And secondly say…