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Finding Their Strength

Three years ago, a private jet crashed into Ken Gemmell’s home in Gaithersburg, killing his wife and sons. Gemmell decided he wasn’t going to let the tragedy destroy him or his daughter.


Our teens can't live without their phones—and the consequences are troubling

A Bethesda Couple Adopts 4 Sisters from Costa Rica

They were looking for one child at first, then the process took an unexpected turn

Kids and Water Safety

A Potomac mother shares the story of her son's nonfatal drowning. Find out what she's doing to promote CPR training and prevent drownings.

Family Portrait: Meet the Flynns

What life is like for a Bethesda family with six kids—including twins

How Adopting a Haitian Boy Changed a Potomac Physician's Life

In 2013, Rob Freishtat met a toddler while volunteering in Haiti. Now, that child is his son.

Meet the Thomases

Bethesda couple first kept relationship secret over parents' friendship

Family Portrait: Meet the Ateeks

College sweethearts live in Silver Spring with their son and daughter

Becoming a Foster Parent

When Karla and Jake Azachi signed up to be foster parents they didn't know two of the newborns they cared for would change their lives forever

Living in Your Childhood Home

Five Bethesda residents discuss moving back to the house where they grew up

Babies By the Numbers

The number of babies born in Montgomery County, the most popular names, average age of birth mothers and much more

Trial Pets

Borrowing an animal is a low-commitment stepping stone to owning one

The Mother-Daughter Book Club

What started as a way to spend more time with their daughters became a 10-year-long tradition

The Art of Teaching Special Needs Students

At Gaithersburg High School, a simple approach brought unexpected results

Fostering Her Spirit

When Sabrea Woodberry said she wanted to take part in a beauty pageant, her case workers did everything they could to make it happen

Beloved Teachers

How six educators are making their classrooms -- and their students -- better

Are Montgomery County Public Schools Still the Best?

Overcrowding and competing priorities pose serious challenges for school system

A Year in the Life of a High School Principal

We shadowed Whitman's Alan Goodwin for a year to find out what it's like to head one of the nation's top public schools

Sending a Kid Off to College

Our children's last year living at home before they head off to college is an emotional time for both them and us

Family Portrait: Meet the Conleys

Family of five lives in Kensington with two pygmy goats, two ducks and five chickens
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