Jessica"Betty Bam Bam" Jimeno is a blocker for the Rockville-based Black-Eyed Suzies. The flat-track roller derby team's first bout is Saturday, May 18.
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Citations dropped by more than 50 percent at some Rockville intersections in less than a year.
While not necessarily the most popular new traffic safety measure among those ticketed, the red light camera initiative in Rockville has produced an impressive drop in violations at the city’s busiest intersections, according to Rockville Police Chief T.N. Treschuk. “With anything like this, there are going to be mixed reviews,” said Treschuk. “Obviously, the people who receive the tickets aren’t happy, but the people who see those drivers run red lights are happy to see them get caught.” As of May 7, there were five fatal pedestrian-related incidents in Montgomery County. Rockville's red light cameras are aimed at changing poor driving practices, such as running red lights and improper right-on-red turns, thatcontribute to pedestrian …
Sunday, May 12, 2013
Celebrate the summer movie release with some of these local tie-ins.
The Great Gatsby is slated to premier on the big screen and it's inspiring people to delve deeper into the story’s history, culture, music, food and drink. Starting with F. Scott Fitzgerald’s grave at St. Mary’s Church in Rockville, there are a number of local places to help you get your Gatsby on, according to The Washington Post. If you venture to Fitzgerald’s gravesite, take note of the epitaph, which reads, “So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.” This quote is the final line in The Great Gatsby. You can view costumes, set designs, paintings and films from the Gatsby era at the National Gallery of Art’s “Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes” exhibit, which opens May 12. Check out some Art Deco …
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Baz Luhrmann's 3D film adaptation of "The Great Gatsby" is due in most theaters Friday. But did you know that the novel's author F. Scott Fitzgerald is buried in Rockville?
Editor's Note: The following article was originally published by Peerless Rockville at its website, PeerlessRockville.org. We've re-published it with permission. --- F. Scott Fitzgerald never lived in Rockville. So why is he buried in Rockville? Young Scott regularly visited his father’s relatives at “Locust Grove” in Montgomery County, returning home fascinated with family and Civil War stories. The 7-year-old was a “ribbon holder” at his cousin Cecilia Delihant’s home wedding at Randolph Station, south of Rockville, on April 24, 1903. While intervening years took Fitzgerald around the world, Maryland never left his heart. People, places, and experiences in Rockville found their way into his writings. The author’s life-long connection to …
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Trial could be tested on retired players
The NFL Alumni Association is working with a Rockville-based company on the possibility of developing a trial for treating traumatic brain injuries on retired football players, the company announced Wednesday. Neuralstem Inc. and the NFL are studying the feasiblity of the trial, which still needs government approval and involves a compound now in early human trial for treating depression, CBS News reported. According to Nueralstem, the compound, NSI-189, has already shown some success generating nervous tissue in mice.
Monday, April 15, 2013
Glenn V. Rhodes, 34, was charged with carjacking, assault and resisting arrest
A police chase that ended with a carjacking in Rockville injured two police officers and sent one unsuspecting motorist to the hospital on Wednesday, according to the statement of charges filed in Montgomery County District Court. Glenn V. Rhodes, 34, who has no fixed address, was charged with carjacking, assault and resisting arrest. The charges stem from a string of incidents that began with a traffic stop in White Oak, the court records show. Police said they tried to stop Rhodes at an off ramp on Columbia Pike after they discovered the car he was driving had stolen tags. But he refused to stop and turned left onto Randolph Road, police said in the statement of charges. As he drove on, police said, Rhodes struck a Toyota Tacoma at …
Explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon killed two but the Lucy V. Barnsley Elementary School principal, who ran in support of his daughter, was unhurt.
Editor's Note: This story about a local school administrator running in the Boston Marathon was submitted prior to Monday's event. Explosions at the finish line of the race killed two and injured a least two dozen others. Patch was unable to reach Andrew Winter, a Rockville school principal who participated in the marathon, but an administrator at Lucy V. Barnsley Elementary School said Winter was unhurt and that he had finished the race before the explosions. According to the marathon results posted online, Winter finished the race in 3 hours, 38 minutes and 55 seconds. --- A principal at a Rockville elementary school will be running in the 117th Boston Marathon in support of his 8-year-old daughter, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes…
Free vaccine is Sunday, April 21 at Montgomery County Animal Shelter in Rockville
Free rabies vaccinations will be offered at the Montgomery County Animal Shelter to the pets of Montgomery County residents. The clinics will held at the shelter, at 14645 Rothgeb Dr., from 10 a.m. to noon on the following dates: Maryland law requires that all dogs, cats, and ferrets over the age of four months be vaccinated against rabies. Owners who don’t vaccinate animals could face a $500 fine. When brought in for vaccination, all dogs must be leashed. Cats and ferrets must be in carriers or otherwise contained. Pet owners will be required to purchase a pet license if their pet is not currently licensed. There will be a $4 charge for ferrets and out-of-county pets. Those with questions may contact the Montgomery County Police …
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
The planning board will once again take up a bus rapid transit concept, including a proposal to dedicate Rockville Pike travel lanes for the high-speed buses.
The Montgomery County Planning Board will decide Thursday whether to advance a proposal for a 79-mile, 10-route bus rapid transit system into the public hearing stage. As a part of the proposal, Montgomery County planners are recommending that two travel lanes of Rockville Pike from the Capital Beltway to Western Avenue be re-purposed as dedicated rapid transit bus lanes. Planners say the rapid transit route would draw high ridership, but drivers could see their afternoon rush trip increase by nearly six minutes from Western Avenue to Cedar Lane by 2040. Recommendations for corridors across the county vary from buses driving in mixed traffic to developing new busways separated from traffic. Planners are also recommending taking out travel …
The Cancer to 5K Training Program allows cancer survivors to comfortably train for future long distance races.
After dealing with cancer, the participants in the Cancer to 5K Training Program, a free 12-week program that introduces or reintroduces cancer survivors to long distance running, have pretty simple goals in mind. "Running a 5K, finishing it, and hopefully getting a good time," said current participant and member of the Montgomery County team Jason Greenspan. "And not walking." The coaches of the Montgomery team, Marla Shapiro and Don Shulman, have similar goals for the six members of the team which trains twice a week at locations such as the Montgomery College track in Rockville and Lake Needwood. "To see them cross the finish line, plain and simple," Shapiro said. "I think that for a survivor, or someone that's in treatment, it's not …