Author Archive for Maureen Stiles

First Person

Annual Angst Because I am first in line for the Mother of the Year Award once again, my son Reed just had his 10 year annual physical this month, a full four months after his actual 10th birthday. In recent…

Local Schools Get Ready for New Year

Summer 2013 is almost in the books, and area public schools are getting prepared for the upcoming academic year. The first day for Montgomery County Public Schools’ students is Aug. 26. Rachel Carson Elementary School [RCES] will welcome approximately 970…

Summer Adventures

“Mom, I am bored.” A common summer lament, yet these words will never be uttered by some teens and young adults this year who found adventure outside of Gaithersburg city limits. Washingtonian Woods resident Quinn Rowe headed to Annapolis and…

If I Do Say So Myself …

It is a stream of consciousness really, not an actual conversation. I hear my voice wafting through the air unrefuted, and there is some satisfaction in it. But there is mortification as well because I am unabashedly talking to myself.…

The Final Laps of Swim Season 2013

Divisional Swim Meet at Kentlands

The local swim team post-season began with Divisional Competition for all MCSL teams on June 20 and concluded the following weekend with All-Star Individual and Relay meets July 27-28. The Kingfish will remain in Division E heading into 2014 with…

At Home on the Job

Living in a planned community has many obvious benefits. The walkability, a sense of neighborliness and activities for the whole family are but a few that come to mind. In addition, many teen residents are finding an unexpected benefit —…