Of Interest in Montgomery County


Valerie Bonk is a multimedia reporter and community engagement specialist with Montgomery Community Media as well as a dance teacher, choreographer and proud former homeschooler. Her blog will uncover the untold stories of Montgomery County and introduce diverse people and businesses of interest in the community. She can be reached at VBonk@mymcmedia.org and on Twitter at @ValerieBonk.

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A Dialogue With the Faith Community in Silver Spring

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On Thursday, May 8, members of the Silver Spring community met at the Civic Center to discuss how to best engage the community. Regional Center Director Reemberto Rodriguez says the meeting was organized as an effort to stay connected with the community This year the dialogue was in collaboration with the County’s Office of Community […]

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County Welcomes New Middle Eastern Liaison

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The Montgomery County Office of Community Partnerships is welcoming a new liaison responsible for connecting and representing the Middle Eastern community. Mimi Hassanein lived in Egypt and completed her Bachelors of Arts degree from Cairo University. For several years, she chaired the Bilingual Advisory Committee for the Montgomery County English for Speakers of Other Languages Division […]

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Local Students to 'Light the Way Home'

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“Lighting the Way Home,” an event to unveil handmade and illuminated mosaic address signs created by the students to promote public safety, will take place on April 27 at 7 p.m. at the Carroll Avenue Community Center in Silver Spring. The event was originally scheduled for March 18 but was rescheduled for inclement weather. The […]

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Gaithersburg Man Runs for Young Boy With Cancer

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He’s an avid runner who hits the road during racing season, running for various causes through the years. But this year, Adrian Morales of Gaithersburg was inspired by a young boy fighting for his life, and decided he wanted to do his part to give back. “I lost both my grandmothers two years ago to cancer, […]

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Singer Bri Cooper Brings Opera to Sandy Spring

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Sandy Spring Museum is going classical, bringing independent opera artist Bri Cooper to the mic for a unique recital.  On March 22 at 7 p.m., Cooper will present “Operalicious: Art of the Song Recital,” a concert that will feature music by well known composers such as Richard Strauss, Claude Debussy, and George Gershwin. I caught up […]

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Women’s History Month Profile: Bernice Grossman

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In honor of Women’s History Month, we’re profiling influential women who are giving back to the communities of Montgomery County in various ways. Read below to learn more about Bernice Grossman, who is still working at the age of 90 as an alumni assistant with the Montgomery College Alumni Association. What is your role in […]

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Women’s History Month Profile: Jeannette Feldner

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In honor of Women’s History Month, we’re profiling influential women who are giving back to the communities of Montgomery County in various ways. Read below to learn more about Jeannette Feldner, Co-President and Membership Chair for the Montgomery County Chapter of the National Organization for Women (MCNOW). What is your role in the community? “Legislative advocacy is […]

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Women's History Month Profile: Kathy Stevens

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In honor of Women’s History Month, we’re profiling influential women who are giving back to the communities of Montgomery County in various ways. Read below to learn more about Kathy Stevens, Executive Director of the Montgomery Coalition for Adult English Literacy. What is your role in the community? “As the executive director at MCAEL, it is […]

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Women's History Month Profile: Vivian Levi

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In honor of Women’s History Month, we’re profiling influential women who are giving back to the communities of Montgomery County in various ways. Read below to learn more about Vivian Levi, Director of the Betty Ann Krahnke Shelter, a 54-bed facility that provides safety for women suffering from domestic violence. It is the only domestic violence shelter […]

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Women’s History Month Profile: Marie Maffey

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In honor of Women’s History Month, we’re profiling influential women who are giving back to the communities of Montgomery County in various ways. Read below to learn more about Marie Maffey, program director of Hope Connections for Cancer Support in Montgomery County. What is your role in the community? “Through my work at Hope Connections […]

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