A 130-year-old local grocery chain is closing up shop; a North Potomac resident nicknamed "The Turbanator" advances to the next round of American Idol; and Montgomery County councilmembers pledge to increase police presence in schools. These are just a few of the stories Patch reported this week. Get caught up on top headlines here.
Magruder's Closing All Locations
GAITHERSBURG—Magruder's is closing all four of its supermarkets, including Montgomery County's Gaithersburg and Rockville locations, but they may re-open under new ownership in the future. Read more on Gaithersburg Patch.
Man Guilty of Running Prostitution Ring from Rockville Pike Hotel
ROCKVILLE—He’s been dubbed “The Pimp on the Pike.” Now, Nahshon Kornegay, 31, of District Heights, could face up to 20 years in prison after being found guilty Wednesday of running a prostitution ring out of the Hilton hotel in Rockville, NBC Washington reported. Read more on Rockville Patch.
Successful Animator Credits Einstein's Visual Arts Center
Silver Spring native Rebecca Sugar will become the first woman to create a show for Cartoon Network when Steven Universe debuts later this year. The 25 year old got her start at the Visual Arts Center at Albert Einstein High School in Kensington. Read the full story at Wheaton Patch.
Councilman Rice: Number of Police Officers in Schools to Increase
Dozens of concerned parents packed the Montgomery County Public Schools headquarters in Rockville Wednesday night to hear police, County Council members and school officials pledge efforts to make schools safer, including increasing police presence. Read more on Potomac Patch.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Montgomery County
For some, the national holiday honoring the prominent civil rights activist is a time to give back and serve the community, be it through removing graffiti or picking up litter in a local park. Check out some ideas for celebrating on Potomac Patch.
NORTH POTOMAC—A crooning North Potomac resident who calls himself “The Turbanator” will advance to the next round of singing on American Idol. Gurpreet Singh Sarin, 22, appeared on the season 12 debut on Wednesday. Sarin, who sings classical Indian music, said he was nicknamed “The Turbanator” on account of his many, many color-coordinated turbans. Read the full story at North Potomac Patch.
GERMANTOWN—When addressing a crowd of nearly 300 parents, the leader of Montgomery County’s public schools didn’t talk about bad grades. He took it a bit further—he said he doesn’t believe in them. “I've been joking about this, and, no, I’m not really going to do it [get rid of grades],” Starr said. “But I don't know why we have grades other than to compare kids to each other. I don't know why we have grades.” Read the full story and follow our Storify of Starr’s Community Day visit at Germantown Patch.
CHEVY CHASE — The Montgomery County Police Department says it has no plans to move a Jones Bridge Road speed camera that a district judge says is improperly placed. Read more on Chevy Chase Patch.
VIDEO: Ellen DeGeneres To Be Gaithersburg High School Graduation Speaker?
GAITHERSBURG—A Gaithersburg High School senior recorded a song inviting the daytime television talk show host to be the school's commencement speaker at graduation. Read more on Gaithersburg Patch.
New Tenants Coming to College Plaza in Rockville
ROCKVILLE—College Plaza could be losing an anchor, but it is gaining new tenants. Read more on Rockville Patch.
Silver Spring Purple Line Station May Be 80 Feet Up
SILVER SPRING—Plans for a 16-mile light rail transit system running from Bethesda to New Carrollton with stops in Silver Spring are up in the air—way up in the air. The Washington Examiner reports that state transit officials proposed building the Silver Spring Transit Center station 80 feet above the MARC train tracks. Read more on Silver Spring Patch.
DC Residents Upset with Silver Spring Over Parking
SILVER SPRING—What has downtown Silver Spring's growth meant for Shepherd Park, the upper Northwest DC neighborhood just south of Maryland? Let some District residents tell it, substantially less parking near their homes because Silver Spring residents unable to park near their high-rise apartments are crossing the county line to find space for their cars. Read more on Silver Spring Patch.
Christmas Eve Crash Victim Identified as B-CC Senior
BETHESDA -- One of the three victims in a fatal Christmas Eve crash on the Capital Beltway was Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School senior Anthony Benlizar, according to The Gazette. Benlizar and 30-year-old Jasmine A. Fajemisin were killed the night of the crash, and Benlizar's grandmother, Florentina J. Gonzalez, 72, died of her injuries Jan. 1. Read more on Bethesda Patch.