Wednesday, July 1, 2009

what's up the pike: here and there

- Former County Councilmember and Silver Spring resident Blair Ewing passed away Monday at 75 after a long battle with cancer. He served a single term on the council and six terms on the county Board of Education, a tenure whose impact County Council President Phil Andrews called "greater than any other single person" in Montgomery. Our condolences go out to Ewing's family and friends for this great loss.

- Montgomery County police have found the woman held hostage by her boyfriend in their Wheaton apartment on Sunday. The situation resulted in a day-long standoff with the police before they broke into the apartment to discover it was empty. The boyfriend is still at large.

- Former Springbrook High principal Michael Durso was appointed to fill the seat on the Board of Education left vacant by newly-elected Councilmember Nancy Navarro. An educator for over four decades (he was my mother's principal at both Lincoln Junior High and Wilson High in the District during the 70's), Durso announced his retirement after thirteen years at Springbrook last May. That came shortly after Montgomery County police foiled a plot to assassinate him created by two disgruntled students. (Thanks to Maryland Politics Watch for the heads-up.)

- Still like Thelonious Monk? The Blair Mansion theatre has extended its two-month run of the monologue Monk, featuring Rome Neal as the iconic jazz musician Thelonious Monk, with shows every Sunday in July. Visit their website or give them a call at 301/588-1688 for more information.

- Over at Greater Greater Washington, contributor Dave Murphy's proposed separating the Yellow and Green lines, creating a new transit corridor through the District. Not surprisingly, the comment thread's busy with proposals to extend the line further north "to Silver Spring and beyond," presumably up Route 29. Is it feasible any time soon? Absolutely not, but dreaming's fun.

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