Montgomery County Councilmember Phil Andrews, who chairs the County Council’s Public Safety Committee, Associate District Court Judge Karla Smith and Associate Circuit Court Judge Joseph Quirk talked about the inside aspects of the judicial system that the public would not normally see in the newest edition of County Cable Montgomery’s television show, “No Boundaries.” The show is now running on the cable channel, is viewable on demand and can be seen on YouTube.
Councilmember Andrews sat down for informal conversations with Judge Smith and Judge Quirk recently at the historic Red Brick Courthouse in downtown Rockville. Both judges talked about influences in their personal lives that led them to careers in law, and eventually, to seek positions on the bench.
Judge Smith, who formerly was the chief of the Family Violence Division in the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office, talked about how her experiences in that position carry over to her work as a family court judge.
Judge Quirk talked about his work with the Drug Court program that implements innovative measures to help repeat offenders. He discussed growing up in a family of 12 children (he was the first in the family to go to college) and how the death of a brother from a drug overdose led him to dedicate extensive time to the Drug Court program in an effort to help others avoid the life path that led to his brother’s death.
The half-hour show can be viewed at numerous times on CCM in June. Upcoming viewing times include Sundays at 11:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.; Mondays at 6 p.m.; Wednesdays at 10 p.m.; Fridays at 11:30 a.m.; and Saturdays at 6 p.m.
The show is available for viewing on demand from the Montgomery County web site at http://montgomerycountymd.gov/ccm/noboundaries.html
It also available on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PMSVYgFqVoc
Striving to go beyond the way residents normally hear views of local leaders, “No Boundaries” aims to show not only the views of local leaders on certain issues, but also what has led them to take these positions. Future shows will feature discussions between Montgomery Councilmembers and decision makers from other jurisdictions in the Washington region and from major businesses located in the region.
Previous episodes of “No Boundaries” featured conversations between Montgomery Councilmembers and guests including Congresswoman Donna Edwards; Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker; Howard County Executive Ken Ulman; Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chair Sharon Bulova; Maryland Lt. Governor Anthony Brown; Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake; Gaithersburg Mayor Sidney Katz; former Rockville Mayor Phyllis Marcuccio; D.C. Council Chair Phil Mendelson; D.C. Councilmembers Muriel Bowser and Mary Cheh; and Prince George’s Councilmember Andrea Harrison.
County Cable Montgomery (CCM—Channel 6 on Comcast and RCN, Channel 30 on Verizon) created the show to allow local leaders to express their views in an informal atmosphere. New episodes will bring together leaders from around the area as they look for common ground on current and long-term issues that will have impact beyond the geographic boundaries of Montgomery County.
“No Boundaries” producer Barbara Grunbaum said the series strives to offer viewers much more than most discussion shows. It is unique among programs offered on local government cable channels in the Washington region.
“We created ‘No Boundaries’ to be a format where our local leaders would be able to go beyond the press release,” she said. “It is a forum for leaders to discuss not only the issues, but also their personal experiences that have driven them to take positions. We feel we more than accomplished that in the episodes we have done over the past four years, and we are enthusiastically looking forward to the lineup of leaders and guests from around the region who have agreed to participate in future shows.”
The video editor for “No Boundaries” is Loren Olson. Mike Springirth and Bryan Lyles were the chief videographers on this show. Terry Weisz was the program announcer.
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