Making a world in miniature

By Carol Sorgen
Posted on February 15, 2016

Paula Setters Driftmeyer didn’t have a dollhouse when she was a little girl. Now 58, the Perry Hall resident is making up for lost time with her collection of “room boxes” — think dollhouse rooms but without the house surrounding them.“I’m fascinated by their small size,” said Driftmeyer, the executive director of a nonprofit organization.... READ MORE

County seeks friendlier aging

By Barbara Ruben
Posted on February 01, 2016

Silver Spring resident Beverly Blakey, 64, doesn’t drive, and says it can take her two hours to get to some destinations via circuitous routes on public transportation.On the other hand, one of Rosemary Arkoian’s main concerns is too much traffic and not enough roads in the northern part of Montgomery County. The 75-year-old Gaithersburg-area resident, who has lived in... READ MORE

Imagining Nancy Drew at 90

By Robert Friedman
Posted on January 25, 2016

Nancy carried the two bags of groceries out to her car, refusing the offers of help that greeted her every step of the way. Really, she thought, you’d think I was over 100 years old instead of just 90…She reached her new silver-toned Prius, opened the trunk, and lifted the bags into it. Then she closed the trunk and stepped back, looking up into the startled eyes of the man at... READ MORE

Brightening ill children’s days

By Carol Sorgen
Posted on January 18, 2016

When a child is critically ill, the entire family is affected, as Debi Katzenberger knows all too well. Her granddaughter, Kamryn, was diagnosed with leukemia in 2004 and passed away three years later when she was just 8 years old.As Kamryn endured treatments and innumerable hospital stays, her days were brightened by tickets to shows, birthday presents and other gifts from the Casey Cares ... READ MORE

A long career helping others

By Judith Salkin
Posted on January 11, 2016

Maureen Forman’s parents were university music professors and activists dedicated to social justice. They taught her solid principals about respecting the lives of others, and to do all she could to help those in need of compassion and assistance. “It was inculcated in me from a very early age to take care others,” says Forman, executive director of Jewish Family... READ MORE

Losing their long-time homes

By Ben Nuckols
Posted on January 04, 2016

In the rapidly gentrifying nation’s capital, real estate investors aren’t the only ones flipping houses for profit. The city’s public housing authority is getting in on the action — moving older tenants out of homes where they’ve lived for decades, renovating them, and selling them to wealthy buyers.The renovations, at a cost of more than $300,000 per home,... READ MORE