Author: George Wenschhof

State Small Cell Bill Meets Opposition

Photo | Submitted New state legislation proposed by House Bill 654 would supersede local ordinances and regulations, limiting local government authority over the installation of small cell equipment and poles in the public ROWs.

The desire for faster Internet speed has resulted in a push for implementation of 5G small cell technology in Maryland coupled with a streamlined statewide approval process. This has been met with opposition across the state from municipalities who want…

Riemer Proposes ADU Zoning Text Amendment

Photo | Submitted Councilmenber Hans Riemer believes that “we need to look at ADUs as desirable housing and align our policies to support them.”

A large crowd attended a Jan. 9 policy forum on proposed zoning text amendments for Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs). The forum, held at the Montgomery County Council office building in Rockville, was put together by At-Large County  Councilmember Hans Riemer…

District 17 State Delegation Shares Priorities

Photo | George Wenschhof Senator Cheryl Kagan speaks about District 17 priorities for the current Maryland General Assembly session. Delegate Kumar Barve is pictured seated.

Monday, Jan. 9 marked the first day of the Maryland General Assembly 90-day session for 2019. Three days prior to opening day of the General Assembly state district 17 representatives invited the public to meet with them at Bohrer Park…

Elrich’s Inclusiveness on Display During Transition

Photo | Submitted Marc Elrich is sworn in as country executive of Montgomery County on Dec. 3 at the Strathmore.Photo | Submitted Marc Elrich is sworn in as country executive of Montgomery County on Dec. 3 at the Strathmore.

After winning the election, incoming Democratic Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich (D) said, “I want to thank people for the depth of support that I received in the election. My priorities have been 1) focus on expanding access to early childhood…

Democratic Candidates Win Big in Montgomery County

Photo | Courtesy of Marc Elrich Marc Elrich (239,460 – 64.3 percent) easily won the county executive race over Unaffiliated candidate Nancy Floreen (71,394 – 19.2 percent) and Republican Robin Ficker (61,304 – 16.5 percent).

In Maryland, where Democratic voter registration (2,173,884) is twice that of Republican voter registration (1,008,369),  Republican Governor Larry Hogan defied odds and won re-election, defeating Democrat Ben Jealous by 13.3 percent. The high statewide voter turnout of 55 percent, while…

Massive Turnout in Maryland Early Voting

After only five days of early voting in Maryland, voters are going to the polls at a rate more than double the votes cast in the same number of days of early voting in the 2014 gubernatorial election. Statewide, after…

Shaare Torah Hosts 6th District Congressional Candidate Debate

Photos | Submitted (L to R) David Trone (D), Amie Hoeber (R), George Gluck (Green Party) and Kevin Caldwell (Libertarian) are running for the open Maryland 6th district congressional seat to be vacated by incumbent Democrat John Delaney.

The C-SPAN televised Oct. 23 debate was moderated by Meredith Weisel, director of Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington – Maryland Government and Community Relations. Opening remarks were given by Rabbi Jacob Blumenthal of Shaare Torah Synagogue in Gaithersburg,…

Montgomery County Executive Race Could Be Close

Photos | Submitted With three candidates in the running Nov. 6, the Montgomery County Executive race could be determined by a plurality and not a majority of the vote.

The most recent finance reports clearly reflect the support independent candidate for Montgomery County executive Nancy Floreen has from the real estate and development-related community. Floreen’s campaign has raised $342,000 and reported $206,000 in expenditures while obtaining the necessary signatures…

Rachel Carson Elementary School Overcrowding Continues

Photo | Pam Schipper Despite overcrowding, Rachel Carson Elementary is known for its great teachers and administrators and students’ academic success.

Local activist Andrew Ross, who has a child attending Rachel Carson Elementary School (RCES), has been advocating for years to address the school’s over-enrollment. He even started a Facebook page,  www.facebook.com/rcesovercrowding, to encourage discussion. Community meetings to discuss redistricting, which…