Tuesday, May 22, 2012
What do you think of the controversy?
The Archdiocese of Washington has joined dozens of Catholic organizations across the country in fighting a mandate that religious employers provide workers with birth control coverage. A coalition that includes Catholic University of America, the Archdiocese of Washington, the Consortium of Catholic Academies, Archbishop Carroll High School and Catholic Charities of D.C. filed suit in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia Monday. The suit challenges the recent Department of Health and Human Services mandate that forces the institutions to provide health insurance covering contraception and other medical practices that run counter to church teachings. "The archdiocese’s complaint maintains that the HHS mandate violates the …
Friday, April 20, 2012
The new Public Safety Headquarters in Gaithersburg needs a way to feed its residents. Should Montgomery County cops and firefighters be served from food trucks or cafeterias?
Montgomery County public safety offices are scheduled to move in May to the new public safety headquarters in Gaithersburg—but there's one more big issue to work out. What will our public safety officers eat? The $108.5-million headquarters project brings the Montgomery County Police Department headquarters, the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service, the Montgomery County Office of Homeland Security, the First District Police Station and parts of the transportation department under one 408,000-square-foot roof. The building at 100 Edison Park Dr. was formerly the National Geographic Society headquarters. At nearly 50 years old, its cafeteria facilities are inadequate for the county's needs, according to David Dise, director of the …
Thursday, March 8, 2012
Montgomery County parents and teachers have signed on to a petition encouraging national lawmakers to set school hours to start later in the day.
"Saved by the bell" may be a common refrain among students in classrooms and hallways, but parents and teachers are starting to ask if children should be saved from the bell instead. Montgomery County parents have signed on to the Start School Later Initiative encouraging lawmakers to start school no earlier than 8 a.m., allowing kids more time for sleep and rest and teachers more time to prepare lessons. Originating in Severna Park, MD, the petition was presented to members of congress yesterday, according to movement organizer Heather Macintosh, with nearly 5,000 signatures from all 50 states. Over 1,000 of those signatures were from parents and educators in Maryland. "The [petition] comments range from student pleas for a more humane…
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
The coffee chain just upped its prices. Will you remain a customer?
Starbucks coffee drinks are already known for being expensive, but the Seattle-based chain said this week that it is raising the price of some of its drinks, the Huffington Post reports. The average increase is just one percent, and the price-hikes will only happen in stores in the Sunbelt and the Northeast U.S. "Starbucks wouldn’t disclose all of the states it's raising prices, but the regions include New York; Washington, D.C.; and most Southern states," according to the Washington Post. "They exclude California and Florida." The price of a "tall" coffee will go up 10 cents, and six other beverages will become more expensive as well. Will the price jump change where you buy your java? Take our poll and let us know!
Monday, December 26, 2011
It's over. The gifts are unwrapped. When does your tree come down?
The gifts are unwrapped, the stockings are lying empty on the floor, tinsel strewns your living room instead of the tree. It’s the day after Christmas and for some that means it’s time to take down the decorations. For others, the happy holiday decorations stay up until well after the new year. What’s your plan, Potomac? It’s the day after Christmas – when does your tree come down?
Sunday, December 25, 2011
Share your Christmas morning photos and stories with your Patch neighbors.
It’s midday on Christmas day, and presumably the gifts under your tree are unwrapped, your holiday breakfast consumed and family and friends have settled into laughter and conversation. Before you clean up the wrapping and the remains of your delicious breakfast, send in your Christmas photos and holiday greetings to Patch. Post a photo of your holiday mayhem, or wish your neighbors a happy holiday all here on Patch. Merry Christmas and enjoy the rest of your day!
Thursday, November 24, 2011
Tell Patch what your favorite park of Thanksgiving is.
The turkey isn't the only thing Thanksgiving has to offer. The holiday offers a wide variety of activities and traditions and we want to know which ones are your favorites. If your favorite Thanksgiving activity isn't listed in the poll, tell us in the comments!
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Patch is on a quest to learn your favorite Halloween candy. Alternatively, which do you avoid at all costs?
I adore candy corn. Yes, I said it. I love candy corn, and I live in a world of candy corn haters. In my winsome memories of childhood and Halloween, I sit on the floor surrounded by a golden array of candy corn kernels coming at me from every direction, as fellow trick-or-treaters sort out and trade their goodies at the end of a night's looting. Malted milk balls are another story. I would rather choke than eat a malted milk ball.