Government

April 26, 2017 | Staff Writer

Montgomery County Has Three Members on ‘Reform on Tap’ Task Force

Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot’s task force to modernize beer laws has tapped three Montgomery County residents — including two associated with county breweries. Julie Verratti, co-founder and director of business development for the Denizens Brewing Co. in Silver Spring, and  John (Phil) Muth, co-owner of Brookeville Brewing LLC, have been selected as has Gary Hailey a lawyer […]

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April 25, 2017 | Douglas Tallman

Church Takes Protest over Unmarked Graves to Leggett, Council (VIDEOS)

About a dozen people took their protest of Montgomery County’s actions on unmarked graves in Westbard to County Executive Ike Leggett’s office and the County Council meeting Tuesday morning. The graves are believed to be under a parking lot where new development is planned. The demonstrators said they have lost faith in the county Planning […]

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April 25, 2017 | Sonya Burke

Planning Chair Casey Anderson on the Bethesda Downtown Sector Plan: ‘We are at the End of the Road’ (VIDEO)

Casey Anderson, chair of the Montgomery County Planning Board, answered some questions (see video above) about the Bethesda Downtown Sector Plan, shortly before a work session on the plan with the Montgomery County Council on Tuesday morning. The sector plan is a blueprint for development in Bethesda over the next 20 years or so. “We […]

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April 24, 2017 | Douglas Tallman

Berliner: ‘Historic Injustice’ on Westbard Cemetery (VIDEO)

As Macedonia Baptist Church plans a “Justice Tuesday,” Montgomery County Council President Roger Berliner said that “all county government is committed that a historic injustice is not perpetrated into the future.” The church, as well as the “Save Westbard” group, plan to gather at the County Executive Building at 10 a.m. Tuesday. The rally will be […]

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April 24, 2017 | Douglas Tallman

Shalleck: ‘Zero Tolerance’ for Voter Fraud (VIDEO)

About a dozen residents spoke before the Montgomery County Board of Elections on Monday asking for action to prune voter rolls in the wake of a statement by a watchdog group that found the county has more registered voters than voting age adults. The organization Judicial Watch believes Montgomery County, and jurisdictions in 10 other […]

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April 24, 2017 | Staff Writer

Gaithersburg Mayor Jud Ashman Delivers “State of the City” Address (VIDEO)

Gaithersburg Mayor Jud Ashman delivered the 2017 “State of the City” address at the city’s annual event at Asbury Methodist Village. In his remarks, Ashman shared three stories about three city employees: Tawana Lofton from Community Services, Marlon Ramirez from the Gaithersburg Police Department and Carolyn Crosby from Arts and Events. “These are stories of people […]

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April 24, 2017 | Douglas Tallman

County Council Progressing on Fiscal 2018 Budget (VIDEOS)

The Montgomery County Council is in the middle of deciding the modifications it will make to County Executive Ike Leggett’s fiscal 2018 budget. Council President Roger Berliner said he and his colleagues will be making changes on the margin that “reflect our values.” Among the changes could be restoring money to nonprofits that Leggett removed […]

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April 24, 2017 | Douglas Tallman

Berliner Meets with Reporters (VIDEO)

Montgomery County Council President Roger Berliner met with reporters Monday and his topics included: restoration of 1% cut to nonprofits, expectation that Md. congressional representatives to prevent draconian cuts to NIH budget, status of his fossil fuel divestiture bill, thoughts on voter fraud, Metro.

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April 24, 2017 | Sonya Burke

Van Hollen: “We Want to Make Sure That WMATA is a Success” (VIDEO)

Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld recently released his financial plan to keep the Metrorail “safe, reliable and affordable.” “I am still taking a look at that plan,” said Senator Chris Van Hollen, one day after the plan was made public. “He and I are actually in the process of trading phone calls. We want to […]

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April 24, 2017 | Douglas Tallman

Nonprofits Seek Reversal of $600,000 Cut in Budget (PHOTO & VIDEO)

About 150 people representing dozens of nonprofits gathered at the Council Office Building in Rockville on Monday, seeking to overturn a 1 percent cut in county funding proposed in County Executive Ike Leggett’s fiscal 2018 budget. The cut would hit contracts awarded by the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services, which serve “the […]

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