Montgomery County has strong ties to many celebrities, but we wanted to list a few that aren’t discussed as much as the usual suspects.
This list looks at just 10 of the many celebrities with ties to the county we love!
You may recognize her from one of her many movie or television roles (Kindergarten Cop, Junior, Jericho, NCIS: Los Angeles, etc.), but before she went to Hollywood, Reed lived in Silver Spring and attended Springbrook High School.
Perhaps best known for his role as a villain in the first Fast & the Furious movie, Yune has had a successful TV and film career since the late 90s.
Yune (then Yun) was born in D.C., but attended Our Lady of Good Counsel High School (then in Wheaton).
Many recognize Heard as the Dad from Home Alone, but there was a time the actor was approaching A-list status in Hollywood.
Heard was from Chevy Chase. Sadly, he passed away in July of 2017.
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The actress and comedian has appeared on multiple Comedy Central Roasts as well as her own NBC sitcom, Whitney.
She was born and raised in nearby Georgetown, but attended St. Andrews in Potomac, where she graduated in 2000.
Baker is one of those actors that has been in everything. You know who he is, you’ve seen him plenty, but you just never knew his name.
Born in New York and raised in Virginia, he finished out high school in MoCo when he graduated from Georgetown Prep in 1976.
Murray was introduced to most of us as Thackery Binx in Hocus Pocus (the young man that was turned into a cat). Later on he started in JAG and is currently in a starring role in the hit CBS series, NCIS.
Murray is from Bethesda.
You may remember Davidson as one of the breakout stars of In Living Color, but he has also appeared in many movies (Ace Ventura, Juwanna Mann, etc.).
Davidson graduated from Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School in 1982.
He has played the role of a police officer in just about everything! You may recognize him from his role in HBO’s The Wire, Law & Order: SVU, Blue Bloods, etc.
He is a graduate of Blair High School in Silver Spring.
Jane has had a very long lasting and successful Hollywood career. You may remember him from his starting role in The Punisher, his HBO series Hung, or his current Netflix original movie, 1922.
He graduated from Wootton High School in 1987.
You’ve probably seen him in his role in the popular teen drama The O.C., or the country music series, Nashville. He also released an EP in 2015.
Carmack is a graduate of Magruder High School.
District Taco is coming to MoCo! Source of the Spring reports that the D.C. based Mexican restaurant has signed a lease to open up a new location in The Blairs shopping center in Silver Spring.
This will be District Taco’s 13th location and second in Maryland (first in MoCo). All of their locations so far are in D.C., Maryland, or Virginia.
District Taco will take over the vacant Oriental East location.
Full article from Source of the Spring: dlvr.it/QKrrsl
Niche, a website that uses comprehensive data to create rankings for schools and neighborhoods, has released their 2018 ‘Best Places To Live In Maryland’ list.
The list is based on cost of living, school ratings, crime rates, job opportunities, and other data.
MoCo areas comprised 19 of the top 25 areas on the list.
1. North Bethesda
2. Garrett Park
3. North Potomac
5. South Kensington
12. Chevy Chase
13. Forest Glen
15. Takoma Park
20. Cabin John
21. Chevy Chase Village
22. Four Corners
23. Chevy Chase Town
The full list can be found here: www.niche.com/places-to-live/search/best-places-to-live/s/maryland/
UPDATED AT 3:06pm: The grounds of Albert Einstein High School have been searched and NO threat has been located. The search is complete. Dismissal will occur momentarily.
According to Montgomery County Police, “officers have responded to Albert Einstein HS for a threat sent via email to school staff about explosive device outside of building. K9s w/ explosive-detection skills conducting search outside of school now. Dismissal is being delayed until search complete.”
Per MCPS, police is at the school conducting a thorough search.
38 candidates have officially filed to run for four At-Large County Council seats in Montgomery County.
While there’s a lot of campaigning left to do, I decided to put together a panel of six people that are pretty involved in the happenings within our county so that we can figure out which candidates may be leading this race a few months before the primaries.
Our panel consists of the following people (top left to right in the photo, then bottom left to right):
• Laura Stewart (Education Advocate)
• Kevin O’Rourke (Founder/Editor, GermantownPulse.net)
• Ryan Miner (Founder/Editor, AMinerDetail.com)
• Dan Reed (Founder/Editor, JustUpThePike.com)
• Alex Tsironis (MCPS Teacher, Founder/Editor, www.mocoshow.com)
• Andrew Ross (Owner, Great Kids Events)
Here’s how this works:
We each submitted a “Top Ten” list of candidates that we feel have the best chance at winning. The lists provided were not to be influenced by any candidate(s) we may support personally.
A first place finish on the list earns the candidate 10 points, second place earns the candidate 9 points, third place = 8 points and so on. No points are awarded to candidates left off of any list.
The total points were added up and a “Top Ten” list of candidates was created based on how many points each candidate earned through their ranking on our panelists lists (all candidates can be found here: www.paulbessel.com/montgomery-county-maryland-candidates-list/#county_council_at_large_filed)
10. Cherri Branson (Montgomery County’s Procurement Director)
9. Danielle Meitiv (“Free Range Mom”)
8. Jill Ortman-Fouse (Montgomery County Board of Education Member)
7. Will Jawando (Attorney/Activist)
6. Hoan Dang (Community Organizer/Activist)
5. Marilyn Balcombe (President, Gaithersburg/Germantown Chamber of Commerce)
4. Gabe Albornoz (Montgomery County’s Recreation Director)
3. Bill Conway (Attorney)
2. Evan Glass (Executive Director- Gandhi Brigade)
1. Hans Riemer (Montgomery County Council President)
A few notes:
- Every panelist listed at least one candidate that didn’t make the cumulative list.
- All but two panelists had sole incumbent, Hans Riemer, in the first place slot on their list.
- The absence of a name on the “Top Ten” list does not mean that candidate does not have a chance to win, just as the presence of a name on the list does not guarantee anything.
- One candidate made the majority of the panelists lists, but still did not earn enough points to make the top ten cumulative list.
- One candidate only made two of the panelists lists and still made the top ten cumulative list.
We are told that a 17 year old male student was grazed by a bullet this morning while walking to Paint Branch High School (he was not on the school’s campus when he was shot).
The incident occurred on Old Columbia Pike and the victim was able to walk to the Burtonsville Volunteer Fire Department for help, according to NBC Washington
NBC Washington also states that police are investigating the incident, but that the school community is not in imminent danger.
Students That Survived The School Shooting In Florida Will Meet With MoCo Students At Blair High School Tonight
U.S. Rep. Jamie Raskin (MD-08) and U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch (FL-22) have arranged for a group of visiting Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students to interact with students from high schools in Montgomery County who wish to express their support and solidarity, according to Raskin’s Facebook page.
This comes on the heels of over 1,000 MCPS students walking out of school this past Wednesday to attend a gun control rally on Capitol Hill.
The event is limited to high school students in Montgomery County and will take place at the Blair High School auditorium.
More details on the event here: www.eventbrite.com/e/moco-students-welcome-students-of-marjory-stoneman-douglas-high-school-tickets-43537813773
It has been a very eventful week for teachers/administrators from Northwood, Paint Branch, and Blair High Schools.
Mildren Charley-Green, from Northwood High School in Silver Spring, was named MASSP (Maryland Association of Secondary Proncipals) High School Principal of the Year.
Myriam Yarbrough, principal at Paint Branch High School in Burtonsville, is the 2018 recipient of the Dr. Edward Shirley Award for Excellence in Educational Administration and Supervision.
More here from MCPS: news.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/staff-bulletin/paint-branch-high-school-principal-wins-shirley-award/
Kenneth Smith, a teacher at Blair High School since 2003, is this year’s MCPS nominee for
More here from MCPS: news.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/staff-bulletin/awards/blair-teacher-is-montgomery-county-nominee-for-post-teacher-of-the-year-award/
The MoCoShow would like to congratulate these teachers/administrators for the great things they are doing for our community schools. Teacher of the Year award.
The Blair High School boy’s basketball team travelled to Urbana for their first round matchup with the Hawks.
Blair led 30-24 at the half in a back and forth game, but found themselves trailing by 3 with 12.5 seconds left In the game.
Trailing 53-56, the Blazers missed a three with 6 seconds left, got an offensive rebound, and drained one from long range with .8 seconds left. They went on to win in OT, 66-62.
Video courtesy of Jamie Amato.
As reported by mymcmedia’s Doug Tallman earlier today, Montgomery County Board of Education board member, Jill Ortman-Fouse, has announced she is no longer seeking re-election and will now be running for an at-large County Council seat in a Facebook post from earlier today.
Ortman-Fouse has also endorsed the man that was running against her, John Robertson.
Here’s her Facebook post from earlier today:
”Black men make up 2% of the nation's educators in our schools. John Robertson is one of those role models who would like to make a bigger difference as your at-large Board of Education member. As you might recall, that's my seat. 😉
I'm going to try not to give you whiplash from my candidacy for board announcement last week, but here it goes:
I really appreciated all the amazing responses to my announcement -- from educators, students, parents, neighbors and community members. You all are wonderful and I'm extremely blessed to know you.
Then I heard that someone had jumped in my race. Nervously, my whole family set about searching to see who he was.
We found his graduation speech. I read it and I thought, wow. Another search revealed he had a masters in social work. I literally talk about MSWs' skills in terms of the mental health challenges we are facing in our schools all the time. As you know, our students' (and their family's) mental health needs, have been a priority for me. Then I texted some folks to see who might know him. He was described as "smart, mature, innovative."
My friends said I could beat him. Incumbents always have an advantage -- especially in a county of over 1 million people where getting your name out is hard. Then I'd text them the links, and they would agree with me, that he sounds amazing.
So, Mr. Robertson and I had coffee. I went down my list of biggest concerns and things I'm passionate about for our students, staff and school system. We are clearly on the same page. I'm going to step out of the race because I'm confident John would be a great addition to the team, and I can't wait for you to learn more about him.
What next? Well, one of the things I get in trouble for is working outside my approved lane of education policy -- because I care as passionately about the issues that impact our kids and families outside of our schools as the ones inside. So, why not try making it official as a member of our County Council? I realize others have made the suggestion along the way (which I appreciated) and in a much timelier fashion. 😉 But I didn't want to leave the work unsupported.
I know there are about 30 candidates running for four at-large seats. I know I haven't even started to raise money for a campaign. I know some organizations have already endorsed, and other candidates have been campaigning for almost a year.
But I also know that we have made a difference together, and I would like to continue to work with our community and our leaders at the county and state level to make our collective vision a reality. I would bring everything you have counted on in my work on the board to the council. I certainly would understand if members of our community were disappointed. I know how valuable your partnership is, but I think we could actually have an even bigger impact together on the council.
I would bring the education focus and knowledge of where the gaps are to continue to advocate for our schools. I would continue to be a strong voice for transparency, accountability and responsiveness, to ensure our county resources are used most efficiently and effectively. And I would bring my experience as an elected leader representing your interests, my desire to listen closely to different voices and respect them -- even when I disagree, working as hard as I can for our community to win together, to the council role if I were so fortunate to win that position.
I am going to need 250 contributions of $150 or less, totalling $20,000 in about 75 days to qualify for public financing. I know it's a very steep climb. But I'm an eternal optimist, and my friends who have volunteered to help are amazing. So, stay tuned...
I know I made you scroll twice. That's my thing. 😉”