Author Archive for Karen O'Keefe

Blizzard HEROISM

My parents live between 480 and 520 miles away from me, depending on the route you take if you drive there, as I often do. They live in Massachusetts, in a magical place called Cape Cod. However, during the recent…

Group to Bring I-270 Corridor Up to Speed

Photo | Karen O’Keefe

(Left to right) Ilaya Hopkins, vice president,  Montgomery County Chamber;  Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner; Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) ; and Delegate Aruna Miller ( Dist 15 - north Montgomery County from Germantown to the Frederick County line) participated in a roundtable discussion on the transportation issues of the I-270 Corridor.

Sixteen leaders from government and business in Montgomery and Frederick counties accepted an invitation from Congressman John Delaney (D-6) Dec. 18 to discuss strategies to resolve transportation problems and improve the economic health of people living in the I-270 corridor.…

Happy New Year

It’s gratitude time once again. Actually, every day should be gratitude time but I have to say, lately, I have not been very good at taking time each day to count my blessings. The results of this lack of discipline…

Phil Andrews Joins State’s Attorney’s Office

Photo | Submitted

Phil Andrews has joined the staff of Montgomery
County State’s Attorney John McCarthy.

Former Montgomery County Councilmember and Gaithersburg resident Phil Andrews, whose Democratic primary run for county executive against incumbent Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett and former county executive Doug Duncan ended in defeat last August, has landed a new position serving…

Kentlands Wall Work Still Ongoing

Photo | Karen O’Keefe

On Nov. 30, 14 concrete-encased steel columns support the Kentlands wall  that runs atop a high elevation next to Quince Orchard Road. The concrete will be stained to match the wall color. Concrete barrier walls remain in place on the sidewalk.

A section of a retaining wall owned by the Kentlands Citizens Assembly (KCA), located on Quince Orchard Road, collapsed on March 30, 2014, causing evacuation and temporary condemnation of two townhomes. The order of condemnation on the homes was lifted…

Freedom of Speech, Nana Style

Censorship has always been an abhorrent notion to me. Freedom of speech, freedom of the press, our basic right to express ourselves as we see fit— protected as it is by our Constitution—has always been one of the central joys…