Montgomery County Public 
Libraries’ “Library Matters” 
Podcast Brings the World of Libraries and Information to 
You in a New Way

Montgomery County Public Libraries continues to go beyond the brick and mortar to bring library services to residents wherever they are. MCPL’s new podcast, “Library Matters, optimizes digital communication to deliver information effectively and at the convenience of the listener.   

The podcast produces new episodes every two weeks that explore the world of books, libraries, technology, and learning. Recent topics ranged from “Game of Thrones” to strategies to encourage reluctant readers, to MCPL’s award-winning Workforce Development programs. Future episodes will look into romance novels; exploreMCPL’s second annual comic convention, MoComCon; and review some of the best books of 2017.

“This podcast is an exciting new way for us to reach our residents with information about library services, give them a glimpse at the staff of our system, and share fun and interesting local and national happenings,” MCPL Acting Director Anita Vassallo said.

Podcast users can use apps, including Apple Podcasts, Stitcher and Podcast Republic, to subscribe and listen. Listeners can also download episodes and view episode transcripts on the “Library Matters” homepage

The current season is hosted by Julie Dina, MCPL outreach associate; Lauren Martino, head of children’s services at the Silver Spring branch; and David Payne, manager of the Davis branch. The podcast is produced by Mark Santoro, librarian in the Digital Strategies unit, and Adrienne Miles Holderbaum, senior librarian at the Olney branch.

For more information about the podcast, contact Lennea Bower at 240.777.0091 or

Potomac Businessman and Philanthropist Neal Simon Launches 2018 U.S. Senate 
Exploratory Committee

Potomac businessman and philanthropist Neal Simon announced his interest in running for the United States Senate by launching an exploratory committee. If he decides to run, Simon would challenge incumbent Democratic Sen. Ben Cardin in 2018 as an independent candidate.

“The system is broken,” Simon said. “So many of our elected officials side with partisanship and party loyalty instead of producing results that the people of Maryland and America want and need. We need leaders who are focused on bringing people together at this time when so many are intent on dividing us. This is why, over the next few months, I will explore running for the U.S. Senate as an independent candidate.

“We need to approach complex problems with nonpartisan, consensus-driven solutions that make a lasting, reformative impact on our country,” Simon said. 

Simon, 49, is a business executive, philanthropist and community leader. Born in New York City the son of immigrants, he is a graduate of Brown University and holds an MBA from the University of Chicago. Simon has led five businesses, including in his current position as CEO of Bronfman Rothschild, an independent wealth management and retirement advisory firm based in Rockville that manages $5.4 billion and has 10 offices nationwide. In 2016, Bronfman Rothschild was recognized by Financial Advisor magazine as the second-fastest growing investment advisory firm in the country.

In 2016, he was elected chairman of the board of the Greater Washington Community Foundation. In April 2016, he and his family were recognized by Interfaith Works as Humanitarians of the Year. Simon is married to Jennifer Brown Simon and they have three children.

Simon plans to make a final decision on the pursuit of the seat by the end of the month.

Four Shulman Rogers Attorneys Named to Washingtonian Magazine’s 2017 Top Lawyers Listing

Shulman Rogers is proud to announce that the Washingtonian magazine has listed four of the firm’s attorneys to the 2017 Top Lawyers Listing.  Named to the list were Jay Eisenberg, trusts and estates; Morton Faller, bankruptcy law; Michael Lichtenstein, bankruptcy law; and Michael Nakamura, personal injury.

With almost 30 years of experience in tax and estate/trust laws, Eisenberg crafts estate plans based on the specific circumstances and goals of his clients. As an elected member of The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, he is recognized as being among the top 1 percent of trust and estate counselors in the nation as rated by his peers in terms of competence and experience and as having the highest level of integrity and commitment to the profession.

Faller is nationally recognized and respected as an authority on business bankruptcy, commercial litigation and real estate title disputes. His clients routinely call upon him for business advice, particularly when considering purchase or sale transactions or ownership issues. 

Creditors, financial institutions and debtors in need of assistance with bankruptcy and commercial litigation turn to Lichtenstein because of his successful record of debt restructuring and recovery of distressed loans. He represents companies across a wide range of industries in large Chapter 11 proceedings with debts ranging from $25 to $400 million. 

Nakamura has successfully won compensation for victims of personal injury and medical malpractice claims across the country. Earlier this year, he secured a $5 million award for the Florida family of a birth injury victim.  He regularly secures just and fair compensation for victims of catastrophic motor vehicle accidents, wrongful death, medical malpractice and cerebral palsy or brain damage to infants caused by birth injury. 

“It’s an honor to see our attorneys recognized by the Washingtonian,” Samuel Spiritos, managing shareholder of Shulman Rogers, said.  “We are proud to see this recognition across this range of business and personal legal services.”