Author Archive for Maureen Stiles

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

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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…