MoCo Headlines: Alcohol Awareness and Restaurant Protests
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Patch brings you this week's top news from across our Montgomery County sites, including news of an alcohol awareness forum, a redevelopment project in danger of a lack of funding and an improved relationship between Montgomery County Public Schools and the county council.
Recent picketing outside The Capital Grille Friendship Heights may look like a local story, but the protests—which also took place outside of Capital Grille restaurants in New York City and Chicago—may turn out to have some significant national implications for the restaurant industry. Read more on Chevy Chase Patch.
Sean Mayhew spent 22 months in jail after pleading guilty to two counts of vehicular manslaughter in an alcohol-related accident on Seven Locks Road. He was 19 at the time. Now, Mayhew is sharing his story with the community, going to various Montgomery County high schools with a Montgomery County assistant state's attorney to let kids and parents alike know it could happen to anyone. Read more on North Potomac-Darnestown Patch.
After years of butting heads over funding and policy, members of the Montgomery County Council and Board of Education say they've improved their relationship and are ready to work together as budget season gets underway. Read more on Kensington Patch.
Mild Winter Keeps Golfers on the Links
With temperatures hitting the high-60s at times in January and the 50s on several February days, it seems that the golf season never ended for Potomac's and Darnestown's links and driving ranges. Some golf businesses are seeing eight times the business this year, compared to last year. Read more on Potomac Patch.
Redevelopment supporters are worrying that the $41 million for Wheaton's new downtown may be edged out of the county's capital improvements program budget. The redevelopment program faces stiff competition from construction plans for the Bethesda South Metro entrance in preparation for the Purple Line. Read more on Wheaton Patch.
Opening Advanced Placement classes to only the best and brightest students will likely earn schools high passage rates while shutting out some students who could benefit from more rigorous AP course work. But encouraging all students to take the AP exams risks a school's overall scores. That's the dilemma facing Rockville High School, principal Debra Munk said this week. Read more on Rockville Patch.