Author Archive for Maureen Stiles

Learning Curve

I have had 15 years and 9 months to prepare for this moment, and all that time has shown me is that you can never really be prepared for this moment. The Learner’s Permit. Permission to learn to drive a…

Canine Confidential

At 4 a.m. when our dog, Murphy, inexplicably hops up and runs to the top of the stairs with his head cocked to one side and his tail straight as an arrow in the air, I want him to talk…

Graduating Seniors Soar Into Adulthood

Photo | Phil Fabrizio

Quince Orchard High School seniors gathered at Kentlands Mansion for photos on May 23 before departing for the prom held at the Bethesda Hyatt.

High school graduation, and all of its accompanying events, finds seniors on the precipice of their adult lives. With one flip of a tassel, graduates step into the unknown, whether this is heading to college, a job or the military.…

Questionable Behavior

There are times when I need to just run into the store—any store—pick up something and get in and get out. This is usually after I didn’t see the Sign-Up Genius reminder involving food that is due somewhere in an…

Local Company Launches Weather App

Photo | Courtesy of WeatherBug

The new Little League WeatherBug is available for download on both Google Play and the iTunes App Store for free — simply search for Little League WeatherBug.

As hundreds of youth baseball teams take to the field this spring, a new app is available to keep them safer from weather-related incidents. The Little League® WeatherBug app is the product of a partnership between Little League® Baseball and…

Rachel Carson Granted ‘Seed Money’

Photo | Bridget Ryder

Rachel Carson was recently awarded a $2,000 grant from the 2014 Whole Foods Whole Kids Foundation School Garden Grant program for beautification and planting of the RCES courtyard.

Sometimes it takes a village to achieve a goal. Such was the case when the Rachel Carson community embarked on a mission to apply for grant money to better utilize the school’s courtyard. “This was a true partnership between PTA…

Going to Extremes

I have clipped coupons for years but I have not USED coupons really, well, ever. I have left them in the car, on the kitchen counter or in my other purse and was too lazy to go back and get…

Chalk It Up to Experience

From my vantage point through the driver’s side window, it was a dazzling pastel display. It covered every inch of the blacktop leading to the garage. To the untrained eye, it was nonsense. To a mother—any mother—it was a work…

Two Is the Charm

Photo | Submitted

At the Natural Products Expo East in Baltimore at the end of September, CharmedBar owners and Washingtonian Woods residents Jen Burnstein and Debbi Ascher earned exposure and praise from many retail notables.

They say that you can’t get by on good looks and charm alone. CharmedBar owners Debbi Ascher and Jen Burnstein took that adage to heart. They knew that their new specialty snack bars had to have a catchy name and…