Articles by Douglas Tallman

April 24, 2018 | Douglas Tallman

PTA Embezzler Gets Jail Time, Must Pay Restitution

A Silver Spring woman was sentenced to five years, all but nine months suspended, for embezzling about $71,000 from Montgomery County PTAs. “The damage is widespread. You don’t have to recover from it. They do,” Judge David Boynton told Lisa Betts, 46, of Silver Spring. Boynton ordered Betts to repay the Montgomery County Council of […]

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April 24, 2018 | Douglas Tallman

Candidate Blames Parents for Achievement Gap

At a forum Monday night for Montgomery County Board of Education candidates, Brandon Rippeon said parents were to blame for the county’s persistent achievement gap, with white and Asian students outperforming African American and Hispanic students. Here’s a follow-up interview: Rippeon is running for the at-large seat made vacant by Jill Ortman-Fouse, who is running […]

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April 24, 2018 | Douglas Tallman

Poll Shows Hogan Likely Victor Against Any Democrat Running

Gov. Larry Hogan would win head-to-head matchups against each of the Democrats trying to take his seat, according to the results of a poll out Tuesday. Undecided voters, however, remain high enough — more than 20 percent — to keep the outcome mathematically in doubt. The results are from the Goucher Poll, conducted by the […]

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April 23, 2018 | Douglas Tallman

Five Things to Know for April 23 in Montgomery County

Happy Friday! Here are five things to know for Monday, April 23, in Montgomery County: 1. Awards Night: The Montgomery County Volunteer Center hands out its Montgomery Serves Awards at 6:30 p.m. at Imagination Stage in Bethesda. 2. Another Day Older …: The Montgomery County Council’s Government Operations Committee is examining the debt service in County Executive […]

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April 20, 2018 | Douglas Tallman

County Executive Candidates Provide Thoughts on Environment

Five of the Democrats who want to be Montgomery County’s next county executive fielded questions Thursday night at Takoma Park Middle School. One question showed each would take environmental steps, although they seemed to have different ways to approach the issue. Participating were Councilmembers Roger Berliner, Marc Elrich and George Leventhal as well as health […]

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April 20, 2018 | Douglas Tallman

Hogan Tours Fire Station

Gov. Larry Hogan, in the county for an autism event and a business event, toured the Gaithersburg-Washington Grove fire station, getting a look at fire equipment and the lives of firefighters.

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April 20, 2018 | Douglas Tallman

UPDATE: Hogan Calls for New Procurement on Highway Contract

Gov. Larry Hogan on Friday asked Transportation Secretary Pete Rahn for a new procurement for a consulting contract to guide $9 billion in highway spending. The $68.5 million contract became the source of questions by the Board of Public Works. The Daily Record in Baltimore reported that Rahn had failed to disclose ownership and sale […]

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April 19, 2018 | Douglas Tallman

Wootton Grad Talks About That Time She Was Almost a Rock Star

It wasn’t high school, and it wasn’t college. It was New Jersey, when — working an important if uncreative job — Stephie Coplan, formerly of Rockville, thought she could be a rock star. With bass player John F. Hebert and drummer Shane Considine, she formed Stephie Coplan and the Pedestrians. With a song in heavy […]

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April 18, 2018 | Douglas Tallman

Barbara Bush, 1925-2018

Former first lady Barbara Bush, wife of President George H.W. Bush and mother of President George W. Bush, died Tuesday.

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April 17, 2018 | Douglas Tallman

Council Mulls Expansion of Spirits Economy into Ag Reserve

Breweries have been growing in Montgomery County, but largely in suburban areas such as Rockville or Silver Spring. The Montgomery County Council is considering new zoning regulations that would extend that growth into the 93,000-acre Ag Reserve. Council President Hans Riemer talked about the effort at the opening of True Respite, a new brewery opening […]

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