Author: Nora Fitzpatrick

Need for Comfort Cases Increases

Photo | Submitted Rob Scheer (left) founded Comfort Cases in 2013, and he powers the nonprofit that supplies cases to children entering the foster care system with his husband and co-founder, Reece (right).

When Rob Scheer was forced to enter foster care growing up in Virginia, he carried his few belongings with him in a trash bag. Years later, when Darnestown residents Rob and his husband, Reece, decided to welcome foster children into…

Beavers Make Home in Lake Helene

Photo | Pam Schipper Beavers’ incisors are orange because their thick enamel contains iron deposits, giving them the strength to cut through trees.

If you are a member of the social media platform Nextdoor, you may have read or participated in the animated discussion regarding some furry neighbors who have moved into the area around Lake Helene: beavers. A reader posted photos from a…

Brothers Volunteer With Sports Plus, Start New Club at Richard Montgomery

Photo | Submitted Sports Plus volunteers Pierre and Sebastien Zeineddin are starting a new club at Richard Montgomery High School to give their peers a greater understanding of autism spectrum disorder.

At the start of last summer, Kentlands residents Pierre and Sebastien Zeineddin started thinking about the student service learning hours they needed to complete as required by Montgomery County Public Schools. The brothers, now respectively a freshman and sophomore in…

KDWG Panel Brings Happy Hour for Downtown News

Image | Kimco Realty Market Street and Center Point Way will be reactivated with new tenants, new façades and improved access to parking.

The revitalization of Kentlands Downtown is exciting to watch. The paseo, making way for smaller sit-down and quick-service dining establishments, as well as boutique retail and fitness, the new luxury cinema, and updated facades in Kentlands Market Square; the At…

New Way to Wine Down

Photo | Nora Fitzpatrick More than 40 came to the first meeting of the Kentlands Wine Club on Sept. 21. Pictured are (L to R) Haslyn Hunte, Annie Hunte, Ailene Renzi, Helene Griffith, Lynn Longley, Yamil Hernandez, Steve Longley, Gwen Emerson, Brendan Emerson and Rob Garretson.

Members of the Kentlands Wine Club gathered in the Kentlands Clubhouse on Friday, Sept. 21 to kick off their inaugural meeting. The word “meeting” is far too serious a term for the convivial atmosphere of the evening, where a group…

Officer Laurie Reyes Recognized by Attorney General

Photo | Montgomery County Police Department (L to R) Montgomery County Police Chief Tom Manger, Officer Laurie Reyes, Lieutenant Jennifer McNeal, Assistant Chief David Anderson were in D.C. on Sept. 18 to receive an award from the Department of Justice.

Montgomery County Police Officer Laurie Reyes received the Second Annual Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service in Policing on Sept. 18. According to the Office of the Attorney General, the award “recognizes state, local and tribal sworn rank-and-file police officers…

More Than Academic: Navigating School Challenges in 2018

Kids soon will be heading back to classrooms to start a new academic year, and they are facing stressors that their parents never had to face. Dr. Michelle New, whose Kentlands Kids practice on Main Street specializes in working with…

‘Far From the Tree’ Features Kentlands Family

Opening Friday at the Bethesda Row Cinema, “Far From the Tree” explores the challenges and rewards of raising a child who is different, a child who has Down syndrome, dwarfism or autism. The Allnutts, a Kentlands family, are featured in…