Issuu on Google+

& EMBRACING ‘CHANGE’ Rockville filmmaker stays home for first feature effort. A-9 The Gazette SOUTHERN MONTGOMERY COUNT Y DAILY UPDATES ONLINE Wednesday, January 1, 2014 Like change? Transit projects expected to go places n From its hospitals, schools and transportation infrastructure to its political leaders in Annapolis and Rockville, 2014 promises to be a year of change and growth in Montgomery County. Besides the expected opening of the county’s first new hospital in decades in Germantown, plans are again afoot to move a Takoma Park hospital to White Oak. State and county planners and engineers will continue working on Montgomery’s increasingly strained transportation infrastructure. Projects include the Purple Line light rail system, the Corridor Cities Transitway rapid bus project and the Midcounty Highway extension. Purple Line and upcounty’s Corridor Cities Transitway construction inch closer ONLINE EXTRA 25 cents Expect change to spare in 2014 The county’s schools are struggling to accommodate growing enrollment, and county leaders plan to take their case to Annapolis, seeking state dollars to fund more classrooms. This year also marks the state’s first gubernatorial election in 12 years in which an incumbent won’t be seeking re-election. That has sparked a lot of jockeying down the line, with state legislators and others seeking to move up the political food chain. County races, especially for county executive, promise to generate some heat, too, with the incumbent facing challenges by both his predecessor and a councilman. Expect a great deal to be decided by the parties’ June primaries. n By November, state will have elected new governor, attorney general n County, local officials face budget uncertainties in 2014 BY JENN DAVIS STAFF WRITER BY KATE S. ALEXANDER STAFF WRITER Developers and managers of three major Montgomery County transit projects — the Purple Line, Corridor Cities Transitway and Midcounty Highway extension — have big plans for progress in the new year. Planners of the Purple Line, a $2.2 billion light rail line, said they are looking to move closer to construction in 2014. The 16-mile line, which would connect Bethesda and New Carrollton, would cross parts of both Montgomery and Prince George’s counties, linking up with Metro and MARC train stations. Project manager Michael D. Madden said he hopes for the Purple Line to receive its “record of decision” from the Federal Transit Administration by the end of January, which will allow his team to begin negotiating the acquisition of property for construction. “We’re ready to start purchasing right away as soon as that record of decision is issued,” he said. Coming up in two weeks, the Montgomery County Council will hold a public hearing on a draft plan that the county planning board OK’d last month to incorporate the Purple Line station in downtown Bethesda. It’s one of the two stops where the Purple Line would link up with Metro’s Red Line. The plan includes two options: See TRANSIT, Page A-6 State, county seats up for grabs this year In about six months, Maryland primary voters will hit the polls to narrow the fields for all state- and county-elected offices in the 2014 gubernatorial election. Maryland’s primary will fall on June 24, three months earlier than past cycles when the primary was held in September. Early voting will run June 12-19. Maryland’s general election will be Nov. 4. Candidates have until Feb. 25 to file with the Maryland Board of Elections but with the earlier primary, most races already boast crowded fields. Governor campus, allowing students and faculty to work with health care professionals on site. The college is preparing to accommodate a larger student body and integrate Holy Cross into its existing programs, according to Sanjay Rai, provost of the college’s Germantown campus. Holy Cross spokeswoman Yolanda Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) approaches the end of his second term and because of term limits he cannot seek a third term. Among Democrats vying for his job are Del. Heather Mizeur (Dist. 20), Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown, Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler, Baltimore teacher Ralph Jaffe and Charles U. Smith — a newcomer to the race who filed in late December. Mizeur is running with the Rev. Delman Coates of Prince George’s County. Brown’s running mate is Howard County Executive Kenneth S. Ulman. Gansler chose Del. Jolene Ivey (Dist. 47) as his running mate. Jaffe’s ticket is rounded out by his See HOSPITALS, Page A-7 See SEATS, Page A-7 2013 FILE PHOTO The Apex building at 7272 Wisconsin Ave. in downtown Bethesda, proposed site of a Purple Line station. Hospitals in Montgomery expanding n New jobs, facilities on tap BY SYLVIA CARIGNAN STAFF WRITER Montgomery County’s hospitals are expanding to keep help pace with the county’s growth, with new facilities and relocations scheduled and proposed for 2014 and thereafter. A new hospital is under construction upcounty. Holy Cross Hospital of Silver Spring is building a 93-bed hospital in Germantown, the county’s first new hospital in 35 years. Construction started in July 2012, with a projected opening in October. The hospital is being built next to Montgomery College’s Germantown Marriage equality celebrates one-year anniversary Same-sex couples reflect on what getting married means to them n BY SARAH SCULLY STAFF WRITER As the news broke on TV that same-sex marriage would become legal in Maryland, Chris Calvert turned to his partner, Jeff Splitstoser, who was sitting next to him on the couch at their NEWS A MAN ON A MISSION Rockefeller Twyman tackles social issues from a prayerful perspective. A-4 Wheaton home, and proposed. Splitstoser replied, “of course,” and the couple was married on March 22, 2013, the day before their 20th anniversary. Calvert, 50, remembers when marriage equality was a far cry from the realities of growing up “in a culture that taught you that you were different, not normal.” He even recalled watching a futuristic movie in his 10thgrade science class that showed the seeming impossibility of two men getting married. So when same-sex marriage appeared on the ballot on Nov. 6, 2012 as a referendum by popular vote, Calvert didn’t think it would pass. The General Assembly had already passed a bill requiring Maryland to perform and recognize same-sex civil marriages and Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) had signed it into law. But opponents gathered enough signatures to bring the law to popular vote by petition. Maryland residents upheld the SPORTS 5-0, AND ON THE GO Gaithersburg High’s boys basketball team is off to fast start with a new coach. B-1 law with a 52.4 percent vote in favor of marriage equality. Now 16 states and Washington, D.C., allow same-sex marriage, with the addition of New Mexico by a Supreme Court ruling on Thursday. The first same-sex marriage in Maryland took place in Baltimore on Jan. 1, 2013, when Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake married Jim Scales and Bill Tasker. Scales, See MARRIAGE, Page A-7 Automotive Business Calendar Celebrations Classified Entertainment Opinion Sports Please RECYCLE PHOTO FROM CHRIS CALVERT Chris Calvert (left) and Jeff Splitstoser at the top of Mount LeConte in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, a site they visit on the first weekend of every summer. B-12 B-7 A-2 B-6 B-9 A-9 A-8 B-1 Check out our Services Directory ADVERTISING INSIDE B SECTION 1906220

Rockville 010114

Related publications