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August 11, 2017 | Staff Writer

County Report This Week (VIDEO)

Lorna Virgili hosts the latest episode of County Report This Week, which begins with the lessons learned from the Flower Branch Apartments tragedy one year ago. There are also reports on the Zika virus, the upcoming solar eclipse and more. Watch the show in its entirety below:

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August 9, 2017 | Sonya Burke

County Councilmember Sidney Katz Files For Re-Election (VIDEO)

With his wife Sally by his side, Montgomery County Councilmember Sidney Katz, a Democrat, filed his paperwork at the Board of Elections Wednesday as he prepares to run for re-election to his District 3 seat in 2018.  A former mayor of Gaithersburg, Katz is finishing his first term on the County Council and it’s a […]

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August 8, 2017 | Staff Writer

Flags Lowered in Maryland in Memory of Naval Officer Xavier Martin

Flags in Maryland will be lowered to half staff on Wednesday in memory of Navy Petty Officer First Class Xavier Alec Martin of Halethorpe. Martin was killed on June 18, while serving aboard the USS Fitzgerald. Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has ordered the state flag to be flown at half staff from sunrise to sunset […]

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August 8, 2017 | Phyllis Armstrong

Montgomery County Plans Exercises As Silver Spring Explosion Nears Anniversary (VIDEO)

The tragic explosion at Flower Branch Apartments on August 10 last year is still prompting in-depth discussions and planning in Montgomery County. The agencies and employees involved continue to assess the response to the emergency in Silver Spring that killed seven people and left dozens of others injured and without homes. Officials at the Department […]

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August 7, 2017 | Phyllis Armstrong

Stepped Up Housing Code Inspections Unrelated to Silver Spring Explosion (VIDEO)

Nine new housing code specialists are being hired to increase the frequency of inspections at multi-family dwellings in Montgomery County. The County Council approved a new Landlord-Tenants bill in November, a little more than three months after a natural gas explosion and fire killed seven people at the Flower Branch Apartments in Silver Spring. The […]

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August 7, 2017 | Staff Writer

Shop Maryland Tax Free Week, Aug. 13 – 19 (VIDEO)

Have you done your back to school shopping? Shop Maryland tax free week from Aug. 13 – 19 in Maryland. Find out more in this video, below: What’s better than a shopping spree? A shopping spree without paying sales tax! 🛒#ShopMDTaxFree Aug 13-19! https://t.co/xR4i13K8G1 pic.twitter.com/wvBcLYB7uY — Peter Franchot (@peterfranchot) July 31, 2017

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August 7, 2017 | Staff Writer

Nominations Wanted for 2017 William Schaefer Helping People Award

Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot is looking for nominations for the 2017 William Donald Schaefer Helping People Award. The deadline is Aug. 31. Established in 2012, the award honors the legacy of public service by former Mayor, Governor and Comptroller Schaefer. The award is presented in each of Maryland’s 23 counties and Baltimore City to individuals […]

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August 7, 2017 | Staff Writer

Councilmember Marc Elrich Releases Statement About Deportation of Claros-Saravia Brothers

Montgomery County Councilmember Marc Elrich has released a statement on the deportation of Lizandro Claros-Saravia and his brother Diego who lived in Gaithersburg and were deported to El Salavador last week. “The deportation of the Claros-Saravia brothers is a tragic situation and a waste of public resources. Our tax dollars should not have been used […]

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August 4, 2017 | Staff Writer

County Report This Week (VIDEO)

Anqoinette Crosby hosts the latest episode of County Report This Week, which begins with the results of a new study about the county’s minimum wage. Watch the show, below:

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August 3, 2017 | Douglas Tallman

Firefighters Called to Council Office Building (VIDEOS & PHOTOS)

A slipped belt on a rooftop air conditioning unit prompted a call for fire trucks at the Council Office Building in Rockville on Thursday. David Dise, director of the Montgomery County Department of General Services, said the belt caused smoke, which got into the building’s ventilation system. The unit was replaced, Dise said. By about […]

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