Articles by Mitti Hicks

June 26, 2017 | Mitti Hicks

Leggett Announces Security Grant Guidelines For Faith-Based Groups

Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett announced the guidelines for a new grant program aimed to help faith-based groups that have experienced hate crimes in the county make security improvements. The grant program titled, “Faith-based Facilities Security Improvement Grant,” is a one-time program of $225,000 that was approved by the Montgomery County Council in response to […]

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June 22, 2017 | Mitti Hicks

MCPL Staff Using Lights, Cameras & Book Action to Help Combat Digital Illiteracy (VIDEO)

Staff from Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) teamed up with Montgomery Community Media early Thursday to learn the art of lights and cameras in an effort to combat digital illiteracy. In 2016, Montgomery Community Media was awarded a $25,000 grant by the NBCUniversal Foundation and NBC Washington for creating an innovative program that would implement […]

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June 22, 2017 | Mitti Hicks

Takoma Park Recognizes Immigrant Heritage Month (VIDEO)

During a recent council meeting, Takoma Park City Mayor Kate Stewart issued a proclamation recognizing June as Immigrant Heritage Month. “America has benefited from the culture, ideas, skills and abilities of those who have come here to work, to learn and to find freedom and shelter,” Stewart said. Dozens of residents gathered at the Takoma Park […]

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June 22, 2017 | Mitti Hicks

Takoma Park Residents Discuss Qualities Wanted in Next Police Chief (VIDEO)

Someone who listens, willing to apologize to the community when they’re wrong and ensuring  racial equity and department transparency are among the qualities that some Takoma Park residents said they want in a new police chief. Takoma Park Mayor Kate Stewart and the Takoma Park City Council held a public hearing Wednesday evening to discuss […]

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June 22, 2017 | Mitti Hicks

County Recognizes Hundreds of Foster Families During Annual Picnic

Montgomery County foster families provide care to more than 300 children each month, which is why county officials decided to recognize them for their contributions. Hundreds of foster families gathered at High Point Catering on Wednesday to enjoy music, food and more. “We do this to celebrate all of the hard work that our family […]

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June 20, 2017 | Mitti Hicks

UPDATED: Muslim Communities Considering More Security

UPDATED: “People are really upset and I don’t know why,”Mimi Hassanein, Middle Eastern liaison for the Montgomery County Office of Community Partnerships said. Hassanein is responding to the death of a teenage Muslim girl in Reston, Virginia Sunday. She said there has been a lot of anger toward Muslim communities, and she’s not sure why. WTOP […]

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June 20, 2017 | Mitti Hicks

photo of Takoma Park sign

Takoma Park City Officials Seeking Public’s Help With Police Chief Search

Takoma Park City officials will begin their search for a new police chief in the next few weeks but not without the public’s help first. Before city leaders begin the recruitment process, they want to hear what qualities residents want in the person replacing former police chief Alan Goldberg, who resigned back in March. “At […]

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June 19, 2017 | Mitti Hicks

School Bus Driver Makes His Final Ride ( PHOTOS & VIDEO)

It was the last day of school for Montgomery County Public School students and it’s the day that a beloved bus driver made his final route. Behind the wheel of bus 4221, is Melvin Frizzelle, who is retiring after 20 years. “It’s been a pleasure,” Frizzelle said. “I’m going to miss you so much […] […]

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June 15, 2017 | Mitti Hicks

Celebrate Gaithersburg street scene

A Guide to 2017’s Summer Festivals, Concerts and More

It’s officially that time of the year where the days are longer, warmer and sunnier.   Here’s a list of some places and activities where you, your family and friends can soak up some sun while enjoying music, food, art and culture. Sandy Spring Community Day, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. June 24 at the Ross Body […]

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June 15, 2017 | Mitti Hicks

Montgomery County Officials Hosts Annual Senior Safety Forum

In honor of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, Montgomery County officials hosted the seventh annual Senior Safety Forum on Wednesday. The United Nations General Assembly designated June 15 as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, where people from around the world could voice their opposition to the abuse of older generations. Since the 60-and-over population in Montgomery […]

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