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BY ANDREW METCALF, BETHANY RODGERS AND JOE ZIMMERMANN
A social studies teacher at Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring had a 21st century
challenge for his students this spring. Could they give up their smartphones for an entire
week? Students each signed a contract committing to various levels of screen-time sacri;ce.
Some people avoided video games or Snapchat, while others abstained from smartphone
communication with anyone but their parents. Kevin Shindel says he started the experiment
about seven years ago after learning that many teens wake up at night to text.
Capitalizing on pet owners’ infatuation with
their furry friends, the Olde Towne Pet Resort
in Rockville opened earlier this year to give
local pooches a taste of the high life, offering
amenities such as suites with ;at-screen
televisions. Dogs can unwind with a hot oil
treatment or blueberry facial at the center’s
spa, or indulge in a turkey dinner on Thanksgiving. The resort even offers personal shopping sprees that allow dogs to sniff out their
favorite treats and toys in its boutique.
Kensington Parkwood Elementary School Principal
Barbara Liess decided earlier this year to try out a
new trend to release tension through the destruction
of furniture. She created a “smash space” where
teachers could take a baseball bat to an old rocking
chair on an outdoor loading dock. But the de-stressing
tactic ended up raising the blood pressure of several
parents, and Liess later announced she’s leaving her
post for a job elsewhere in the public school system.
Commuters passing through the Grosvenor-Strathmore Metro station in May and June
were greeted with the opportunity to buy fresh
;owers, empañadas and handmade scarves a
few days each week as part of a pilot pop-up
shop program. Washington, D.C., developer
Fivesquares and Metro signed up local businesses to sell their goods inside sections of an
old 4000-series Metro car that had been sliced
Cicadas came out four years
earlier than expected this
spotted across the county
starting in April. Some scientists speculated that the
bugs were early risers from
Brood X—the notorious “big
brood” that brought trillions
to the eastern United States
in 2004. The insects typically
lay dormant in the ground
for 17 years, and this brood
wasn’t due back until 2021.
According to some scientists,
climate change may be playing a role in the acceleration.