Berliner decries rundown state of black cemetery in Tobytown

County Council President Roger Berliner is calling on housing officials to take better care of a historic African-American cemetery in North Potomac. The county council recently saw a short documentary on local historic African-American communities, and the piece described the rundown state of the Tobytown graveyard. The Housing Opportunities Commission owns and manages the graveyard, and Berliner urged the commission to clean up the site and form a maintenance plan. [WJLA]  

Gaithersburg could get indoor skydiving center

An indoor skydiving facility could be coming to Gaithersburg under a proposal that is before city officials. An applicant to the city wants to build a roughly 8,600-square-foot building to accommodate iFly Indoor Skydiving at 9318 Gaither Road. The indoor skydiving business has facilities in Baltimore, Virginia and Pennsylvania. The proposal is under review by Gaithersburg planning officials. [Patch]  

Potomac lawyer to tap into public financing for council bid


A Potomac lawyer on Thursday said he’s joining the race to become an at-large member of the Montgomery County Council. Bill Conway, 59, is a Democrat who has been active in local politics for about 20 years. He said he’ll rely on public financing to fund his campaign and plans to retire from his law firm by the month’s end. “I feel an obligation to serve, and I’m finally in a position to do so,” he said. [Montgomery Community Media]

Matthews promises transparency in choosing state Democratic party chair

Former Marriott executive Kathleen Matthews, the Montgomery County resident who just became the interim chair of the Maryland Democratic Party, said she will run for a full term as party chair. However, she said in a Thursday interview that the process of filling the post will be “inclusive and transparent.” A former Montgomery County Council member, Valerie Ervin, has taken aim at Matthews’ appointment to the post, saying the executive committee’s move seemed to lack openness. [The Washington Post]


Scattered snowfall possible for Friday

Snow flurries could fall during the morning, and the skies on Friday will be partly sunny, the National Weather Service predicts. Temperatures will reach about 43 degrees, with wind intensifying throughout the day. The night should be clear, and temperatures will dip into the mid-20s.

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