Author: Pam Schipper

School Notes

QO Alum Awarded Music Scholarship Leah Senseney, a Quince Orchard High School graduate who is currently a sophomore at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, was recently awarded the Christine C. Cihlar Memorial Music Scholarship. Established in 1994 by Fred Rippy…

The Backstory on the Backstage Comedy by John Morogiello

When Playwright John Morogiello started writing in third grade, it was on his mother’s old manual typewriter that he had found in the back of a closet. He set to work embellishing “F Troop” episodes, shown on Channel 11 in…

The Magic Behind the Dancing Lights

If you stopped by Mikel and Linda Draghici’s house at 202 Little Quarry Road this December, you were no doubt mesmerized by 10,000-plus lights dancing to hip Christmas tunes like “Christmas Eve in Sarajevo” by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, “Last Christmas”…

‘Blame It on Beckett’ Opens at Arts Barn

“Blame it on Beckett” does for playwrights and dramaturges what “A Chorus Line” did for actors and dancers. With heart, comedy and acerbic wit, not to mention great doses of anxiety, it reveals a play’s harrowing journey to the stage…

Around Town

Christmas on the Run Fleet Feet Sports held its annual Christmas Carol Fun Run and Walk on Thursday, Dec. 19. More than 70 participants ran from restaurant to restaurant throughout Kentlands, stopping to sing a carol to diners at each…

City Scene

Gaithersburg Library Grand Reopening On Jan. 4 at 9:30 a.m., the Gaithersburg Library at the corner of Montgomery Village Avenue and Lost Knife Road holds its grand reopening ceremony. Explore the library and enjoy special programming throughout the day, provided…

City Scene

Spiegel Announces Run Gaithersburg City Councilmember Ryan Spiegel announced his run for the Montgomery County Council District 3 seat now held by Councilmember Phil Andrews. Andrews is running for Montgomery County Executive in 2014. “It is imperative that someone with…

Police Blotter

QO Alum Daniel Sirotkin Charged Daniel Mandel Sirotkin, age 30, of the 17300 block of Autumn Harvest Court in Germantown, has been charged with two counts of Sex Abuse of a Minor and three counts of Third Degree Sex Offense.…

Arts & Entertainment

Winter Lights Festival Nov. 29-Dec. 31, 6-9 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays, 6-10 p.m. Fridays & Saturdays. Closed to cars Dec. 2 & 9; closed to all on Dec. 25, Seneca Creek State Park Drive 3.5 miles through a winter wonderland of 365…

Around Town

Chanukah Fire Truck Parade Visits Local Neighborhoods Chabad Lubavitch of Upper Montgomery Co. and the Rockville Volunteer Fire Department brought the spirit of Chanukah to Washingtonian Woods, Kentlands and other neighborhoods in Upper Montgomery County on Dec. 3. The lead…