With these scrumptious recipes, vegetarians can enjoy an yummy outdoor meal on the grill without breaching their diet restrictions.
Two college campuses. Both host impromptu Frisbee games and both have hundreds of fans attending sports events. But in the stands of one campus, the population is different - women dominate the bleachers.
The Maryland Multicultural Coalition (MMC) will host its annual spring conference Saturday in the Blair SAC from 8 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. MMC is a local chapter of the National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME).
March 15 - Officials in Montgomery and Prince George's Counties have outlined a deficit reduction plan that will cut thousands of jobs, hinder government operations and slash education spending. A decrease in state aid packages and other revenue has driven county lawmakers to take drastic measures to compensate for lost funds.
In Itawamba County, Mississippi, school boards are willing to spend thousands of dollars to stop one girl in a tux. Senior Constance McMillen planned on taking her girlfriend to prom, while wearing an outfit that wasn't revealing, suggestive or inappropriate.
All University of Maryland campuses are expected to implement a three percent tuition increase for both in-state and out-of-state undergraduate students.
Snow is a remarkable phenomenon in many ways: it allows sleds and skis to slide easily down hills, it cancels school and it coats the world in a gorgeous layer of pure white delight. But many people over the age of five tend to overlook that snow is also perfectly edible, as long as it's still white.
The Maryland State Highway Administration's (SHA) District 3 Office, which oversees Montgomery County, has finalized plans to improve six intersections along US - 29 between Wayne Ave. and East-West Hwy.
Students for Global Responsibility (SGR) has invited two Blair teachers to speak to students after school in room 157 on Feb. 23 and March 2 about current events in Latin America.
Just when it seemed that the whole vampire craze had abated, more encouragement for the vampire-obsessed surfaced. As if movies, books, a TV show and Twilight paraphernalia weren't enough, New York native Joseph Gambit has created True Lore, a social networking website for "members and practitioners of the lost arts," which can include vampirism and werewolf-ism.
Feb. 2 - Al Qaeda, in cooperation with its affiliates, intends to coordinate a large-scale terrorist attack on the U.S. within the next six months.
Jan. 21 - In a decision that overturned decades of campaign finance law, the Supreme Court ruled that the government cannot ban corporations from financially supporting a candidate in elections.
Silver Spring has discontinued its annual summer concert series as a result of a recommended eight percent budget cut for fiscal year 2011.
Tyra Banks and Oprah Winfrey have abandoned their talk shows. Miley Cyrus has declared her alter ego Hannah Montana to be destined for extinction. Simon Cowell has announced he's leaving "American Idol." Next thing we know Jay Leno will be off primetime - oh wait, he is.
Mayorga Coffee Factory will launch a new location at 314 Carroll St. N.W. in Takoma Park on Jan. 25. Mayorga Coffee President Martin Mayorga decided to open the new store to compensate for closing the Silver Spring location on Dec. 31.
Mayorga Coffee Shop on Georgia Ave. is scheduled to close Dec. 31 as a result of what company president Martin Mayorga described as a decrease in sustainability. The spacious eatery will shorten its daily hours starting Dec. 14 and will be offering all of its coffee beverages for free Dec. 24 - 31 in preparation for closure.
Nov. 30 - President Obama has announced that the U.S. will deploy 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan in the upcoming months, bringing the total number of American forces in the country to 100,000.
Blair placed first out of 678 teams in the world in the 53rd biannual Knowledge Master Open (KMO) held during 5A and 5B lunch Wednesday in room 215. The last time Blair placed first was in the fall of 2000.
Four years ago Downtown Silver Spring was a completely different place. It was a bustling center of activity for Blazers who frequented the many restaurants and the Astroturf green.
Pies are classic for any occasion. Their warm, flaky crust, which surrounds a sweet, smooth filling, is the ideal combination of firm and soft deliciousness. At Thanksgiving, many turn to a pumpkin pie for the culminating course. But pecan pie is also a tasty and seasonally appropriate choice.
Sometimes being tricky is the only way to get things done. Recently, Congress used this approach by attaching a key amendment for the gay rights movement to a piece of essential legislation that tightened military spending.
The Blair Ambassadors are organizing a toy drive from Nov. 10 - Dec. 10 to help brighten the lives of local children in need. Collection bins for toys, books and other entertainment items will be placed in the Media Center, guidance office and the two administrative offices in rooms 240 and 340 so that students can drop off their donations.
Soon every child will be visiting houses in various costumes, hunting for candy with shouts of: "Trick or treat!" But there is something eerier than candy that people can offer neighboring children: human body parts - the edible version that is. Getting people to eat these treats is the real trick.
If you have ever conspired to create Polyjuice Potion after reading a Harry Potter book with every intention of transforming yourself, then you can join the ranks of former President George W. Bush.
The National Merit Scholarship Program has selected 53 Blair seniors as semifinalists for the 2010 National Merit Scholarship (NMS) Competition, a contest that awards $2,500 - 5,000 in scholarship funding to finalists. Five seniors are semifinalists in the National Achievement Scholarship (NAS) Competition.
That night has come again - Back-to-School Night. You and your parents have switched places so that they can discover the teachers and learning material you interact with on a daily basis. Chances are you are home alone, possibly with other siblings, daunted by the fact that your parents have bequeathed to you the responsibility of preparing the last meal of the day. It may be tempting to open a container of Cup Noodles, but keep in mind there are more interesting alternatives that are just as easy to whip up! Here are three simple and tasty recipes you can turn to this Thursday.
The Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) has selected 41 finalists, 24 semifinalists and 33 honorable mentions from Blair for the 2008-2009 Maryland Distinguished Scholars Award. There were two finalists and one semifinalist for the Talent in the Arts award category.
Ah, warm weather. It instills a pleasant sensation of happiness in everyone, especially students ready for the summer. It also implants a desire for cool, creamy ice cream that epitomizes the perfect summer dessert. Soon people everywhere will be searching for a respite from the summer heat, and Silver Spring has no shortage of venues for ice cream.
Take "The Simpsons" humor, add gorgeous Grecian scenery and awkwardly arranged life lessons and "My Life in Ruins" comes to life. It's a simple formula, but in need of a commanding plot to string the parts together.
Blair's 2009 senior graduation ceremony will take place June 3 at 9:00 a.m. in the Comcast Center at the University of Maryland. The event is expected to last approximately two hours, leaving time for the subsequent commencements of Sherwood and Magruder seniors, according to Special Education teacher and senior class sponsor Danyel Hartfield.
As I was waiting for my 3:00 bus last week during eighth period, I decided to park myself amongst the lockers on Blair Boulevard so I could talk with my friends.
May 4 - Iraqi government officials refused to extend the June 30 withdrawal date outlined in a mutual security agreement for U.S. troops in urban areas.
For all Facebook's social charm and fun applications, parents may now have the proof they need to limit our use of the social network or prohibit it entirely (gasp).
Blair held its last pep rally of the school year yesterday in the stadium at 1:25 p.m. following a day of shortened classes specially scheduled to make time for the event. After the pep rally's official conclusion, juniors and seniors faced off in the annual Powder Puff game that pitted the two groups of upperclassmen against each other in touch football.
The wind whips across Bladensburg Waterfront Park, dropping the already cool temperature several degrees. Oars pushing boats along the river struggle to combat the gusts that are forcing their boat in the opposite direction. Yet 22 Blazers are out on the water braving the chill, donning mere short sleeves. To keep from freezing, these students solely rely on a unique, full-body workout: rowing.
A group of eight juniors has coordinated a race for April 25 to raise funds for the Save Darfur Coalition, a lobbying organization focused on acquiring government support to terminate the Darfur genocide.
The Wootton Patriots defeated Blair's varsity softball team 3-2 Friday night, a down-to-the-wire battle plagued by passive Blazer hitting. The cheering crowd was especially enthusiastic, but the team's energy reached optimum level too late in the game, according to sophomore shortstop Blake Morgan-Gamber. The Blazers secured spots on bases, but consistently stranded them.
Students in Paris Bustillos' first semester TV Production class won first place in the Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) Department of Transportation Ride by the Rules video contest in the high school category. They outdid John F. Kennedy High School, which claimed second place.
What will one man endure to save the life of his significant other? The answer, according to "12 Rounds," is excessive explosions, the deaths of innocent bystanders and abuse from a criminal. But without the clever plot that makes a great action film (think "The Bourne" series), "12 Rounds" is merely a sequence of action needing special effects and camerawork to move it along.
In a game that set impressive standards for the still fairly new season, varsity softball (2-0) shut-out Wheaton Knights 18-0, cutting off play in the fifth inning on account of the mercy rule. The Blazers prevented almost all batters from reaching the bases with freshman pitcher Samantha Schweickhardt's consistently blowing the ball by Wheaton. Slow and off target Wheaton pitching allowed Blazers to spend most of the game on offense.
The new recording studio in room 122 is hosting recording sessions for music business and technology students after months of equipment malfunctions. Music business teacher Sara Josey and orchestra teacher Michelle Roberts collaborated with local jazz musician Marcus Johnson to establish the studio at Blair after the project was delayed for four years by technical complications and miscommunication. Roberts and Josey hope the studio will be open to all students by fourth quarter.
The MoCo Dance Show, a dance competition between crews from all over Montgomery County sponsored by Blair Network Communications (BNC), brought in over $1,000 Friday night in ticket and t-shirt sales, according to BNC's Public Relations Executive senior Hannah Nelson. The event was BNC's main fundraiser for the year.
With only a few days until the 81st Annual Academy Awards, Mr. Oscar is busy tidying up to look his finest for Sunday night's show. Meanwhile, the rest of us gabber in grocery lines, make clamor in the classroom and raise hullabaloo in the hallways over who will take home the bronze statues. Will "Slumdog Millionaire" have the Oscar shocker its producers are praying for? Can the late Heath Ledger even win an Oscar? And exactly how curious will this case of "Benjamin Button" get?
Forty Blair students have been deemed National Merit Scholarship Finalists by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) after submitting an application and achieving a high score on the SAT. Three Blazers were awarded the National Achievement Scholarship, a similar award for black students. All 43 students received certificates from NMSC for their academic excellence.
In the 1970s, amid parachute pants and anti-war demonstrations, "Gifted and Talented" (GT) labeling had just been introduced to elementary schools in Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) as a tentative and undeveloped idea. Three decades later, 40 percent of MCPS second graders are labeled GT and receive accelerated instruction, according to the Washington Post.
With only a few dedicated parents willing to brave the freezing temperatures to cheer them on, Blair's ice hockey players (2-7-1) suffered a 9-0 loss against the Walt Whitman Vikings Monday night. Playing against one of the best teams in the county, the Blazers were unable to penetrate the Viking's strong offense, relying on sophomore goalie Peirce Marston's continually successful blocks of Whitman's fast shots to keep them in the game.
Blair will host its first pre-inauguration ball on Jan. 17 from 8 - 11 p.m. in the Student Activities Center (SAC) to celebrate the election of President-elect Barack Obama. Both Obama and Vice President-elect Joe Biden have been invited. The event, themed "Yes We Can," is open to all members of the community. Tickets cost $10 and are now on sale in the financial office.
CAP sophomores in Lansing Freeman's AP NSL Government class won the Washington Post Outlook section's 14th Crystal Ball contest on Dec. 21, predicting the outcomes of each presidential, senate and congressional race with only a three-vote margin of error at most. The students were competing against Herndon High School in Va. and 14 professional pundits.
Northern defeated Blair's ice hockey club 9-2 in a physical game played at the Wheaton Outdoor Ice Rink Friday evening. The loss bumped the team's record down to 4-5 and exposed its weakness in solid defensive play.
Magnet math teacher William Rose is known up and down the third floor side hallway for mooching baked goods, popping into student conversations and being a generally good-humored guy. Sherman Leung honored Rose's reputation by nominating him for the local Gazette newspaper's "My Favorite Teacher Contest," a competition for teachers of all grades in 10 designated regions of Montgomery County.
Blair will showcase and celebrate its academies during its first Academy Week, Dec. 15 - 19, to foster academy interest. The five-day event was planned in lieu of Academy Day to allow more speakers and activities, according to Academies Coordinator Vafolay Tulay. The events will not change this week's schedule, but will take place during classes.
Apparently, the going price for witnessing history can reach thousands of dollars a night.
A mouth-watering smell of turkey wafts out of the kitchen. A vibrant deep red cranberry sauce, concocted to sweet and sour perfection, sits ready to be gobbled up by guests. The oven opens to reveal a warm pumpkin pie surrounded by a golden crust.
In a flash of old English skirts, witty delivery and heart-warming romance, the Montgomery Blair players swept the stage with Jane Austen's timeless tale "Pride and Prejudice." Superb acting led the show, soaring on the wings of Austen's characteristic language - winding but beautiful. With convincing British accents and musical proficiency from the cast, the play embodied an unassuming quality that amplified its magnificence.
County officials, Blair administrators and other members of the Silver Spring community gathered Monday night to address the concerns of parents and students in relation to the death of freshman Tai Lam, 14. The forum, held in Blair's auditorium, discussed methods for increasing safety in Montgomery County and promoted the importance of a strong sense of community. A question-and-answer session followed a series of community speakers.
A fresh start. Slack rules. Less parental pressure. These are terms high school students associate with the college lifestyle. But the application process is a bit more of a fiasco, filled with seemingly never-ending deadlines and concerns. Many wonder how they will balance their parents' wish that they remain close to home with their own need for privacy and solitude. Others are worried about the cost of college and the possibility of rejection.
It's almost Halloween night. Kids will be crowding the doorways of every house yelling "trick-or-treat!" in various silly, frightening and unusual costumes, enthused about the prospect of free candy. But a group of adolescents will spoil the excited and spirited atmosphere, approaching houses in everyday jeans and t-shirts, expecting to fill enormous garbage bags with free candy.
The JV field hockey team fell to 2-6 after a loss to the Churchill Bulldogs Tuesday afternoon, surrendering three goals in a rough 3-0 match plagued by unsuccessful offense on the part of the Blazers. The majority of the game was played near Blair's defensive end, as the team was consistently unable to push the ball past the 50-yard line.
There is much more to "Eagle Eye" than nonstop glass shattering, intense police chases and gun-pointing associated with most action films. With a distinctively alarming plot and exceptional cinematography, the film almost reaches the ranks of the Bourne series. "Eagle Eye" is gripping, incorporating issues such as terrorism and the conquest of technology that are frighteningly relevant in the world today.
When Republican presidential candidate John McCain finalized his pick for vice president, Governor Sarah Palin (R-Alaska) began to endure the usual ruthless media probing associated with being a top executive figure. As a result, the media has nitpicked and scrutinized the pregnancy of her 17-year-old unmarried daughter, Bristol. They've got all the irrelevant details covered - her boy toy, his background, their hobbies, their future plans - except the most relevant piece: her mother's support for abstinence-only education, as publicized during her 2006 campaign for governor. Bristol is living proof that this type of sex education is inadequate.
As the rain sprinkled over Downtown Silver Spring Friday night, more people than usual were out braving the drizzle, crowding around a stage set up opposite the fountain for a night of musical entertainment. And that's just what they got - and more. The bands and solo artists that performed were not only promoting their music, but also an important cause: to give girls in Mali the chance to go to school.
A disappointing end to the two-film series, "Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2" is a sweet but choppy adaptation of the last three books in Ann Brashares' renowned series. A movie most likely to be enjoyed solely by teenage girls, it doesn't attempt to be more than a light chick flick. Although the acting and predictable ending leave much to be desired, the movie does manage a few valuable lessons about love and friendship that will be able to stand the test of time.
This colorful meal prepared to taste is also a feast for the eyes!
With the corn thawed and the rice done, all the meal components are now ready to go into a tortilla.
Add strained black beans to onions and meat. Cook together for an additional three minutes.
Add onions to pan and allow to cook with meat for about five minutes.
Slice the avocado to make it easier to mush. Mince the onions.
Tear the meat into bite-sized pieces and cook for five minutes in the pan.
Start cooking the rice before pouring olive oil into a pan to brown the beef.
There are a wide variety of ingredients for burritos, making them accessible to many different palates.
Loaded with all kinds of ingredients, Ben and Jerry's ice cream is complex, but fun.
Many people in Downtown Silver Spring frequent Coldstone because of the creativity it allows customers.
Rose makes math fun for his eighth period students.
Students can enter the Academy Week contests by picking up forms in the Academy Office in Room 342.
Tofurkey, an excellent vegetarian substitution for turkey, is on sale at Whole Foods.
Blair's Career Center currently collects some information from alumni in college.
Cathy Henderson is a ready ear for college-bound students in the Career Center.