With 13 websites across Montgomery County, Patch brings you news from every corner of our community. Catch up on headlines you might have missed this week, including hundreds of rubber ducks sent to Sandy Hook, new problems with the Silver Spring transit center, an ethics law exemption for Kensington and more:
Baby Uninjured When Car Hits Stroller On Arlington Road
BETHESDA—A 34-year-old Bethesda woman has been cited after police say she struck a baby stroller with her car while turning onto Arlington Road. A 3-month-old baby, who was riding in the stroller as his mother walked him across the road in a crosswalk, was uninjured. Some are calling for more safety measures near the intersection, close to Bethesda Elementary School. Read more on Bethesda Patch.
Suicidal Woman Prompted Added Security at Silver Spring Schools
SILVER SPRING—A woman who barricaded herself inside a Silver Spring home with a gun Thursday afternoon caused two Silver Spring schools to enact a temporary security measure. Read more on Silver Spring Patch.
U.S. Justice Department Supports Photojournalist Lawsuit Against County
WHEATON—The U.S. Justice Department filed a supportive statement Monday in a federal civil rights lawsuit brought by a prominent photojournalist. Mannie Garcia is suing Montgomery County police and prosecutors over an incident that occurred in Wheaton in 2011. Read more on Wheaton Patch.
State Commission Extends Kensington Exemption from Ethics Law
KENSINGTON—Kensington officials can continue to follow the town’s ethics code for elected officials, rather than the state law, after the Maryland State Ethics Commission decided that the town complied with the requirements to receive an exemption. Read more on Kensington Patch.
How Rockville ‘Beets’ the Snow
ROCKVILLE—What’s the secret to Rockville’s snow-melting rock salt? Beet juice. Steve Sokol, Rockville’s operations maintenance superintendent explains. Watch the video at Rockville Patch.
Credit Union Sends 381 Rubber Ducks to Sandy Hook
GERMANTOWN—Mid-Atlantic Federal Credit Union employees were inspired by a Connecticut police officer’s efforts to use the ducks to spread cheer. Read more at Germantown Patch.
Report: More Issues with Silver Spring Transit Center
SILVER SPRING—One of Montgomery County's biggest projects, the Silver Spring Transit Center was already more than two years delayed and $80 million over budget when County Council members warned Tuesday that a to-be-released report would reveal even more structural issues with the three-tiered transit hub. Read more on Silver Spring Patch.
Wheaton Costco Gas Station Hearings Postponed
WHEATON—In the latest development for the controversial proposed Costco gas station in Wheaton, the special exception hearings have been postponed until after the Costco store opens in April. Read more on Wheaton Patch.
Police Make Arrest In December Hit-and-Run Death in Gaithersburg
GAITHERSBURG—A 20-year-old Damascus man was arrested and charged with one count of first-degree murder and one count of attempted first-degree murder. Read more on Gaithersburg Patch.
Residents Oppose Chevy Chase Lake Sector Plan Backed by Planning Board
CHEVY CHASE—Nearly 40 people testified before the Montgomery County Council on Tuesday night about the plan recommended by the county planning board for the Chevy Chase Lake Sector. Many took issue with the size of the "Town Center" portion of the plan, particularly the number of square feet the board recommended be built before the Purple Line is constructed. Read more on Chevy Chase Patch.
Therapy Pups: Raising Puppies to Serve Those in Need [VIDEO]
GAITHERSBURG—They're called "man's best friend" and sometimes they offer much more than companionship to people with special needs. Ginseng is a 14-month old black lab training in Gaithersburg to lead a life of service. Watch the video on Gaithersburg Patch.
Rockville’s 2011 Election Problems Spur Changes for 2013
ROCKVILLE—Rockville's mayor and City Council reached a consensus but did not vote on policy changes on Monday regarding local elections, including one that would permit candidates to officially withdraw from city elections. Read more at Rockville Patch.
City Mulls Changes To Election Code
GAITHERSBURG—Gaithersburg's Board of Supervisors of Elections recommends changes to the definition of a political committee and financial reporting. Councilmember Jud Ashman said he anticipates a hotly contested public hearing. Read more on Gaithersburg Patch.
POTOMAC—At the height of the "snowquester" storm, there were no power outages in Potomac, according to Pepco's online outage tracker. Read more on Potomac Patch.