April 10, 2019 | Douglas Tallman

Charges Dropped Against Cemetery Protesters

Charges have been dropped against the seven members of the “HOC 7” — protesters who were arrested during Housing Opportunities Commission meetings objecting to the lack of action over an African-American cemetery on commission property. The seven received citations for disorderly conduct, four at a Jan. 9 protest and three at a Feb. 8 protest. […]

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January 9, 2019 | Douglas Tallman

Four Arrested Protesting HOC’s Lack of Action on African Cemetery

Four people were arrested for disorderly conduct Wednesday night after a meeting of the Housing Opportunities Commission in Kensington. They were part of a group of about 30 people who came to urge the HOC to convey its Westwood Towers property in Bethesda to the Macedonia Baptist Church, which can properly care for the hundreds […]

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April 28, 2017 | Douglas Tallman

Church Members Meet with Leggett to Discuss Mediation

UPDATED Friends of Macedonia Baptist Church met with County Executive Ike Leggett on Thursday as a step toward starting mediation that would lead to a resolution over what to do about graves believed to be under property set to be part of the Westbard redevelopment. Church supporters called it a productive meeting. Charlie Davis, associate […]

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April 25, 2017 | Douglas Tallman

Church Takes Protest over Unmarked Graves to Leggett, Council (VIDEOS)

About a dozen people took their protest of Montgomery County’s actions on unmarked graves in Westbard to County Executive Ike Leggett’s office and the County Council meeting Tuesday morning. The graves are believed to be under a parking lot where new development is planned. The demonstrators said they have lost faith in the county Planning […]

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April 25, 2017 | Sonya Burke

Five Things to Know Today, April 25, in Montgomery County

Here are five things to know today, April 25, in Montgomery County: 1. Opioid Crisis: Maryland officials are warning residents about a carfentanil threat after three deaths in Anne Arundel and Frederick counties. 2. Westbard Rally: Members of the Macedonia Baptist Church are planning to demonstrate at 10 a.m. at the County Executive Office building to […]

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April 24, 2017 | Douglas Tallman

Berliner: ‘Historic Injustice’ on Westbard Cemetery (VIDEO)

As Macedonia Baptist Church plans a “Justice Tuesday,” Montgomery County Council President Roger Berliner said that “all county government is committed that a historic injustice is not perpetrated into the future.” The church, as well as the “Save Westbard” group, plan to gather at the County Executive Building at 10 a.m. Tuesday. The rally will be […]

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March 17, 2017 | Sonya Burke

Berliner and Leggett Ask Planning Board Chair to Pause Westbard Plan and to Retain Mediator

Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett and County Council President Roger Berliner have written a letter to Planning Board Chair Casey Anderson asking for a delay in the Equity One sketch plan process, just weeks after the board approved the development plan (excluding the area believed to be a historic burial ground). In the letter dated March […]

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February 27, 2017 | Sonya Burke

Berliner Briefing Covers Wide Variety of Topics: Resistance Rally, Bethesda Downtown Plan, Pepco, Vision Zero, Cemeteries and More (VIDEO)

Montgomery County Council President Roger Berliner met with reporters on Monday morning at his weekly briefing at the Council Office Building in Rockville. Berliner began the briefing with remarks about a rally in Silver Spring last night. “There was a major event in Silver Spring last night,” he said. “It was if you will a […]

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February 24, 2017 | Douglas Tallman

Five Things to Know Today, Feb. 24, in Montgomery County

Here are five things to know today, Feb. 24, in Montgomery County: 1.  Councilmember Tom Hucker tried Craigslist to find a new location for a statue of a Confederate soldier in Rockville. 2. The Washington Post’s Bill Turque traces the history of the burial sites at the center of the controversy in Westbard. 3. Peerless Rockville […]

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February 23, 2017 | Douglas Tallman

Five Things to Know Today, Feb. 23, in Montgomery County

Here are five things to know today, Feb. 23, in Montgomery County: 1. Gaithersburg, ranked as the number one diverse city in the country, doesn’t need to become a “sanctuary city” because Gaithersburg is a “welcoming city,” Mayor Jud Ashman says. 2. A portion of the redevelopment of Bethesda’s Westbard neighborhood comes before the Montgomery […]

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