February 18- Bert Hamilton of Gaithersburg and his wife Barbara have filed the first crash survivor’s suit against Air Florida and others after the Jan. 13 crash. The suit was filed in U.S. District Court in Washington after the crash on Air Florida Flight 90. The Hamiltons are asking a total of $1.5 million from the airline, The Boeing Company, United Technologies Corporation, Union Carbide Corporation, and American Airlines. The suit alleges bodily and psychological injuries.
January 25- The Washington Redskins, who had a little trouble winning football games this season, have turned to basketball and the “Redskin All-Stars” will be at Montgomery Blair gymnasium tonight at 8:15 p.m. They will face the Garden Restaurant team to benefit the Silver Spring JC’s. The Redskins who have displayed talents in the game of basketball are All-Pro, Bobby Mitchell, quarterback Norman Snead, newly acquired quarterback, Dick Shiner, and linemen Rod Breedlove, Bob Pelligrini, Ray Kelly, Andy Stinchula, Franny O’Brien, Vince Promute, and Bob Tonnoff.
January 9- The captain of the county’s largest police district says glitches that have disrupted radio communications on and off for two years, have finally led to the shutdown of the upcounty police channel. This comes as potentially life-threatening news for officers and residents, noted the captain. Capt. Owen G. Bromley said radio static prevented police dispatchers that 911 emergency center in Rockville from talking with patrol officers in the Germantown district. As a stop-gap measure, Germantown district officers shared the Rockville district’s radio channel from Saturday to Monday evening. Bromley said it is dangerous to place two police districts on one communications line because so many officers are trying to use radios. Luckily, no one was hurt a result of the latest communications snafu.
January 12- Next fall Montgomery County student will be prohibited from smoking and using tobacco on school property, under a new policy adopted by the Board of Education. The school board’s unanimous action repeals a policy that permits student to smoke or chew tobacco in designated areas outside county high schools. School superintendent Harry Pitt pushed for the policy, citing the serious health consequences of tobacco use. In approving the smoking ban, board members also directed Pitt to take another look at whether it should be expanded to cover all school employees. The superintendent had said that he did not support prohibiting smoking by staff because he felt a “different responsibility for students.”
January 14- The largest corporation in the Washington area and the second-largest computer services company in Europe have both announced plans to build corporate headquarters in Montgomery County. Bethesda-based Marriott Corp. wants to build a 3-million-square-foot headquarters complex in Germantown on 210 acres purchased by the hotel giant. Also, the London-based computer firm Scicon International announced that it will move its international corporate headquarters to site off Democracy Boulevard in Bethesda, where one of its branches is located.
-The Rotary Club of Rockville recently admitted its first women members- Anne W. Bullard, Leah Barnett and Eileen McGuckian. Charted in 1929, the 70 member Rockville Rotary Club accomplishes much of its community service through the Rockville Rotary Foundation.
January 15- Montgomery Community Television (MCT), the independent, nonprofit television company headquartered in Rockville, has announced a search for the host of its new locally produced dance-video program that will feature county high school students. The producers of “Dance Club 21” need a volunteer host for the half-hour program, which will appear weekly on the Montgomery Channel (21) beginning in February.
By Bonnie Katz