Dr. Stephen Sugg will bring Fresh Ideas to our schools. His plan:
· Empower educators and local voices—Stephen will bring decisions back to those closest to the kids and to the community. Great schools are built from the ground up.
· Healthier & safer kids—Stephen will return physical education and play to our children. Stephen joins pediatricians, neuroscientists and parents in noting that activity makes kids learning-ready & resilient.
· Robust support for arts, humanities, and civics-- Stephen is a national voice for celebrating and funding these programs. Stephen will bring back a well-rounded education.
· Act as a watchdog for taxpayers and an advocate for our kids--Stephen is an expert in budgets and public financing—something taxpayers need as the Board oversees a $2.6 billion operating budget that serves 161,000 students.
Just a few weeks after a report came out touting a decrease in complaints about the dockless bikes in Silver Spring, Twitter user @MuseSeeking has sent us screen shots of the maps from three of the four dockless bikeshare companies operating in the area (we were also able to obtain the map from Spin).
Below you’ll see screenshots from LimeBike, Mobike, Ofo, and Spin that show a dramatically decreased amount of bikes in the Silver Spring area.
On April 26th, Bethesda Beat reported that “the county granted these four companies permits to place as many as 600 dockless bikes in an area that includes Downtown Silver Spring, Takoma Park, and surrounding suburban communities.”
Where have all the dockless bikes in Silver Spring gone?
MoCo-based Cava and California Tortilla are both in the top 5 largest restaurant chains in the D.C. Metropolitan area.
In a list released by Washington Business Journal, Rockville-based Cava came in third. Cava had 50 restaurants overall (not including their full-service restaurants) and 27 in the metro area.
California Tortilla, also based in Rockville, has 47 total locations with 25 in the metro area.
Both MoCo restaurant chains plan on more growth in the near future.
Menchie’s, a California based fro-yo chain, has over 540 locations around the world.
Earlier this month they closed their only MoCo location (Montgomery Mall). Menchie’s opened last February and made it about 15 months before closing.
I was sent a few images of the Sherwood High School yearbook from 1940.
The yearbook contains:
• a hand-carved wooden cover
• pages that are hand-typed
• pictures that are actual prints glued on to each page.
In the image below you’ll see a page of students that contains a photo of “Fritzi” Farquhar. Those familiar with Olney will recognize the last name.
William Henry Farquhar (1813-1887), known for his influence in the development of Montgomery County, moved to Sandy Spring with his family when he was just 11. Throughout the course of his life, he was a teacher, principal, and president of the board of school commissioners among various other important roles in the county.
The first middle school in MoCo was named in his honor in 1968 (William H. Farquhar Middle School).
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On this page below you’ll see William Alvin Gaither– another familiar last name in the county.
Benjamin Gaither (1784-1838) is the namesake of Gaithersburg. Gaithersburg was incorporated as a town in 1878 and as a city in 1968.
Fun fact: Gaithersburg campaigned, unsuccessfully, to replace Rockville as the county seat in 1881.
In the pages below you’ll see the detailed history of Sherwood High School, including sketches of how the school looked through the years (until 1940).
Per Montgomery County (press release ID: 18-572):
Montgomery County health officials, in collaboration with the Maryland Department of Health and the Virginia Department of Health, are investigating a confirmed case of measles and advising individuals who may have been exposed to monitor for any potential symptoms.
Jerome Williams was a 6'2 point guard when he was playing for coach Dan Harwood at Magruder in the early 90s. He graduated in 1992 and although he was a pretty good player, he didn't really get many looks when it came to earning a scholarship to play at the next level.
Williams decided his next move would be attending and playing for Montgomery College-Germantown (at the time, each campus had separate athletic teams). While he was at MC, he grew 7 inches, becoming a 6'9 forward by his sophomore year.
His growth spurt and effective play at MC garnered the attention of Georgetown Hoyas head coach John Thompson, who offered Williams a scholarship. Williams averaged a double-double, with over 10 points and 10 rebounds per game in his first year at Georgetown, finishing his Georgetown basketball career with averages of 10.5 points and 9.3 rebounds per game. While at Georgetown, he played with NBA players Allen Iverson, Don Reid, and Othella Harrington.
Jerome Williams was drafted by the Detroit Pistons with the 26th pick of the 1st round in the 1996 NBA Draft. He played 10 seasons in the NBA, with career averages of 6.6 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. During his career, he played for the Detroit Pistons, Toronto Raptors, Chicago Bulls, and New York Knicks.
He remained in MoCo during his playing career, making his home in Olney for most of it. In 2011, he was inducted into the Magruder High School Athletic Hall of Fame.
Recently, he participated in Ice Cube’s BIG3 3-on-3 basketball league.
Kustom Pizza & Subs has been in Wheaton Mall, next to JC Penney, for about a year. They allow you to customize pizza, pizza slices, and subs (the pizzas are similar in style to &pizza).
After slowly making their way towards transitioning to a fully-vegan restaurant, they are finally there!
Kustom Pizza & Subs announced that they are fully vegan as of May 18th, 2018.
Their pizza menu includes items like the Vegan BBQ Meat Stack, the Vegan Buttermilk Chicken Pie, the Vegan Buffalo Chicken Bacon Ranch and more.
They have a gourmet vegan pepperoni and sausage stromboli, custom pastas, a vegan Philly cheesesteak, vegan shrimp Alfredo sub, and even a caramel pecan brownie dessert!
Now I’m not vegan and I’ve never been to KPS, but it seems like they have a lot of options. Below are some pictures of their food, courtesy of their Instagram (@KustomPizzaSubs).
Their website is www.KPS365pizza.com
iFly in Gaithersburg has officially opened!
I dont think I’d ever jump out of an airplane...it’s just not my thing. Because of that, I was a bit hesitant to give iFly a shot, but since it was finally in MoCo I knew I had to.
Yesterday, I was able to go in for my first iFly experience at their Gaithersburg location (9400 Gaither Road). I had a great time and I recommend it as an activity you can do solo, with friends, on a date, or with the whole family.
Here’s how it went down:
• I got there 5 minutes before my 6pm reservation (there’s no need to arrive early, but they ask that you’re not more than 15 minutes late).
• Check-in took a couple minutes on a kiosk (waivers are signed and you get your wrist band).
• We met up with our certified flight instructor and got our equipment (suits, helmets, eye wear, etc.)
• Flight training took place in a small room where we watched a video that taught us proper body position and hand signals for communication in the flight chamber.
• We flew!
I have never been sky sky diving before, so this type of experience was very new to me. I was nervous going into it, but I felt very safe the whole time and enjoyed my flights.
Each flight lasted 45 seconds and after simply leaning in to the chamber, I was spotted by my instructor.
Here’s a clip of me flying!
My certified flight instructor, Leo, is a recent graduate of Watkins Mill High School. He was awesome and made sure our experience was safe and fun from start to finish.
Each flight is the equivalent to about 1.5 skydives. My experience lasted about an hour from start to finish, but the normal iFly experience tends to last a little longer than that (1 hour and 45 minutes according to the www.iflyworld.com).
If you enjoy your time there, I highly recommend buying the return flyer packages for a pretty big discount on the rates.
The prices and more of my experience can be seen in the images below.
As of now, there will be five new MCPS high school principals starting July 1st. See who they are and where they’re coming from below (photos courtesy of MCPS):
In late April Cary D. Dimmick, the principal of Sligo Middle School in Silver Spring, was appointed principal of Gaithersburg High School starting July 1st.
Elizabeth L. Thomas, currently a Director of School Support and Improvement for Middle Schools, was named principal of Quince Orchard High School earlier this month, effective July 1st.
Dr. Eric L. Minus, currently a Director of School Support and Inprovement for middle schools, was named the next principal of Sherwood High School, effective July 1st.
Dr. Robert W. Dodd, currently Lead Consulting Principal for Administrator Training and Support, has been named the next principal at Walt Whitman High School, effective July 1st.
Brandice C. Heckert, currently an Assisntant Principal at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, has been named the next principal at Winston Churchill High School, effective July 1st.