Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Math final exam passage rates were released after parents at Rockville High School began comparing test scores, WAMU reports.
The majority of high school math students failed their final exams last semester, several news outlets reported earlier this month, but at Tuesday's meeting of the Montgomery County Board of Education, Superintendent Joshua Starr cautioned against jumping to conclusions, The Washington Post reported. "Our kids do very, very well. So the idea that somehow it’s like this beautiful house that exists and you open the door and it’s termite-ridden ... the exams don’t tell us that," Starr said. "It doesn’t mean you don’t have to fix a couple of broken pipes, but I don’t want people to get the idea that all of a sudden we’ve got this massive, widespread issue that no one has acknowledged or recognized before." Math final exam passage rates were …
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.
Sunday, May 12, 2013
A new permitting system makes statewide permits available to local wineries wanting to showcase their pours.
Something you're sure to see more and more this season at the local farmers' market: wine. A new permitting system from the Maryland Department of Agriculture cleans up the old county-by-county process and frees up local wineries to set up shop at as many registered farmers' markets as they'd like, a release from the department explains. The hope is that shoppers will try local wine, along with their local produce and meat. “This permit is a great example of the industry and state working together to promote local wines to customers already focused on buying other locally grown products,” said Kevin Atticks, executive director of the Maryland Wineries Association, in a statement. “We hope to turn locavours into locapours via farmers’ …
Friday, May 10, 2013
A collection of food trucks in Montgomery County organized a collective website, www.mocofoodtrucks.com.
The grown-up lunch line is just as likely to be outside, on the corner of a busy intersection as it is inside of a strip mall restaurant. (And it's been that way for years now.) And while residents and workers in places lousy with food trucks may enjoy the variety and speed of mobile food offerings, keeping up with what's available and when can be a challenge. A new website, www.mocofoodtrucks.com, organizes about a dozen food trucks within the county and includes a comprehensive calendar of when some of the trucks will be in which area. Here's how the organizers describe the site: "This site will tell you the three "Ws" of food trucks: Where we are, Who we are and What we serve. Our trucks operate throughout Montgomery County, MD from …
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Park could add garden space, walking trails and greenery to White Flint landscape, The Gazette reports.
Might an “urban park” break up the concrete jungle that is White Flint? Montgomery County planners are proposing making room for green space by moving parking at Wall Local Park and Kennedy Shriver Aquatic Center to a garage next door, The Gazette reports. A park could add gardens space, walking trails and greenery to White Flint landscape, which is lacking lawns and is heavy on high rises, strip malls and parking lots. The idea came up during the White Flint Sector Plan process, when staff from the county’s parks and planning departments brought the idea of sharing a parking garage to a developer—Gables Residential is already planning to build apartments with retail and a parking garage, The Gazette reports. But Gables executives told the…
Friday, May 3, 2013
Looking for something exciting to do this weekend? Check out some of the fun things going around Montgomery County.
Each week, Patch puts together a list of local activities and events going on in your area this weekend. Check back weekly and tell us in the comments if you know of any additional activities coming up. To submit an event in the Patch events calendar, click on “Events” at the top of the page and then click on the green "Add an event" button on the right side of the page. The Tempest presented by Rockville Little Theatre Burtonsville Farmers Market 3rd Annual Silver Spring Fine Arts Festival 3rd Annual Naptown barBAYq Contest & Music Festival Big Nate the musical Six Flags Celebrates Cinco de Mayo Free Open House Silver Spring Historical B&O RR station Silver Spring Nursery School’s 10th Annual Truck Touch Cinderella Check back next week…
Friday, April 26, 2013
Montgomery County government will begin producing a monthly e-newsletter called "Green Montgomery."
Recycling, composting, installing solar panels, not being an energy hog. There are tons of suggestions thrown out from everywhere on what you should be doing to reduce your carbon footprint. What's actually important for you to do, given where you live, is another story. Enter Your Green Montgomery, a "monthly publication about how to live a green life," produced by the Montgomery County Department of Environmental protection. Expect an events calendar, an idea of the month and three articles on "environmental, recreation, social and health topics," according to a county government release publicizing the addition. Sign up for the newsletter at MyGreenMontgomery.org. For the first issue, find a roundup of local Earth Month activities …
Monday, April 22, 2013
Restaurant news from around Montgomery County and adjacent Washington, DC, neighborhoods.
Get caught up with the food scene in Montgomery County and adjacent Washington, DC, neighborhoods with 1 Meat, 3 Sides. This week, awards for Montgomery County restaurants take center plate. One meat: Rockville restaurateurs were embraced by the glitterazzi of Maryland foodies on Monday night, Rockville Patch reported. Three city restaurants won awards at the Restaurant Association of Maryland’s Fire & Ice awards gala, Bethesda Magazine reported: Read more on Rockville Patch and Bethesda Magazine. Three sides: The much-anticipated opening of La Madeleine in Silver Spring took place on Thursday, Silver Spring Patch reported. In addition to the store's traditional menu, the downtown Silver Spring La Madeleine has free wi-fi and a laptop …
Monday, April 15, 2013
Montgomery County will be installing 292 parking meters.
Montgomery County will install 292 parking meters this spring near Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville, the county announced on Facebook on Monday. The meters will be along these streets: In a press release, the county cited more parking turnover and relieving congestion as the goals of the meters. The parking rates will be 65-cents an hour, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. No payment will be required on weekends or holidays.