Sue Ann Rybak
Tina Tsang, an employee at Kings Garden, 8225 Germantown Ave., was surprised when she arrived at work and discovered that several ceramic pots containing flowers outside the restaurant had been smashed and broken by vandals. The wreath on the door was torn off and ripped apart.
“I thought, ‘What is happening to this neighborhood?’” she said.
Cheryl Massaro, the circulation manager at the Local, said while walking to work this morning she noticed that someone had removed and damaged the wreaths placed in Buckley Park. She said she was disappointed that someone in the neighborhood would damage property for no reason.
Photo By Sara Wong/submitted photo
Germantown —Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said that "life's most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?"
Danielle Siewert and Katie Pampuch, both seventh grade, sort children's clothing for donations to Our Kid's Closet at Kennedy Middle School on Jan. 18. The girls participated with the entire student body in a service day dedicated to making a difference for a variety of local nonprofit organizations. Sara Wong/sumbitted photo.
Each and every one of the 872 students at Kennedy Middle School recently answered that call to service.
In recognition of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. day, students and staff honored King's legacy for the fifth year by choosing to serve in a variety of community service projects.
"We live in a caring community with many organizations that serve those in need," said school social worker Sara Wong.
Projects varied in scope, but Wong said students and staff alike were inspired by King's thought that "everybody can be great because everybody can serve."
Families donated supplies, and students and staff came together to participate in a number of projects, including making fleece tie blankets for individuals and families served by the Youth and Family Proj... http://www.germantownnow.com/news/students-at-germantowns-kennedy-middle-school-reflect-make-a-difference-b99653790z1-366934111.html
We need the public’s help,” he said.His appeal came as hundreds gathered at a mosque in Germantown for the funeral of one of the students, Shadi Adi Najjar, 17.The crowd grew so large that prayer rugs were spread in the mosque’s lobby, where Najjar’s graduation gown — the one he was due to wear just hours after he was killed — was hung next to a bouquet of flowers. When the lobby of the Islamic Society of Germantown was full, rugs were taken outside to the building’s front steps. When the steps were full, a small patch of grass was used.“They came from all faiths,” the mosque’s imam, Ammar Najjar — Shadi’s uncle — said afterward. “This means a lot to us.”The teen’s body was then taken to Al-Firdaus Memorial Gardens, a Muslim cemetery in Frederick.On Monday night, just before 11 p.m., Shadi Najjar had been behind the wheel of a parked Honda along Gallery Court, a winding cul-de-sac of 18 homes in Montgomery Village. The car still was running when police arrived after reports of gunfire.Seated next to him was Artem S. Ziberov, 18. Both were students at Northwest High School in Germantown and lived in Germantown in homes about seven miles from the shooting scene.Neither Manger nor other police officials would say why the teenagers may have been at that location. Nor would they speculate about the motive or how many assailants attacked the teens.Audio of the gunfire was recorded by a nearby resident’s surveillance system. The recording, which detectives have listened to, reveals about 22 rounds when listened to at a normal speed.Slowing the recording, it becomes more clear that there are what so...