Author Archive for Maureen Stiles

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

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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…

Family Fare Is On the Menu at Vasilis

Photo | Phil Fabrizio

Father and son Bill and Theo Hristopoulos love being a part of the community  through their family-owned
restaurant, Vasilis.

A peek at the reviews for Vasilis Mediterranean Grill in Kentlands reveals superlatives galore, but the word “family” is the unexpected addition to many of the narratives. This is apropos because family is at the root of Vasilis and likely…

Stereo-typing

It seemed to happen in super slow motion, like a scene from “The Six Million Dollar Man” featuring Steve Austin running, complete with the time warp digital music. The speed was so incredible that your mind had to slow it…

It’s A Wrap

The presents are unwrapped. The decorations are packed away. I am down to eating only three meals a day with nary a party in sight. The kids are back in school. Order has been restored. And I am miserable. I…

Assignment Education

MCPS Students Take Record Number of AP Exams Montgomery County Public Schools saw a record number of students take Advanced Placement exams in 2013. MCPS students took 33,642 Advanced Placement (AP) exams in 2013—2 percent higher than the previous year—and…

Driven to Distraction

We all know the dangers of driving while distracted, and lawmakers have banned many of the offending distractions. There is one that they have overlooked, and I am here to alert the powers that be. They need to start drafting…

Raising the Barre at Metropolitan Ballet Theatre

Photo | Phil Fabrizio

Kentlands resident Annebeth Heller dances with Katie Smith, MBT instructor and Quince Orchard Park resident, in MBT’s ”The Nutcracker.”

“Art builds communities.” That simple statement offered by Paula Ross, director of development and marketing for the Metropolitan Ballet Theatre (MBT), is at the core of the organization’s philosophy. As the nonprofit arts education organization enters its 25th year, its…