Articles by Deirdre Byrne

March 27, 2020 | Deirdre Byrne

Bullis Students, Teacher Make Masks for Medical Workers

The Bullis School in Potomac is utilizing its Bullis Innovation and Technology Lab (BITLab) 3D printers to make N95 masks and face shield bands for medical workers and first responders. Ethan Till and Tyler Kuehl — both juniors at Bullis — started 3D printing N95 masks once their school moved to online learning because of […]

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March 27, 2020 | Deirdre Byrne

UPDATE: Police Pursue Shooting Suspect in Olney; ‘Shelter in Place’ Lifted

Update (10:25 p.m): Police have lifted the “Shelter in Place” advisory in the Olney area. An “Alert Montgomery” message sent at 9:49 p.m. says: “Montgomery County Police have lifted the Shelter in Place for residents in the vicinity of Shamrock Dr & Buehler Rd. County police thank residents for their cooperation.” It’s unclear if police […]

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March 27, 2020 | Deirdre Byrne

Education Goes Virtual at Stone Ridge School

With schools closed because of the coronavirus pandemic, teachers have had to do a complete 180 on their lesson plans for the rest of the academic year. Teachers are suddenly having to create online curriculums with little notice. It’s a challenge, but teachers at Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart in Bethesda are rising […]

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March 25, 2020 | Deirdre Byrne

MCPS Online Learning Starts March 30, Chromebook Distribution Begins Thursday

Montgomery County Public Schools is preparing its move to online learning on March 30. Jack Smith, superintendent of MCPS, said in a video following the statewide announcement that Maryland Public Schools will remain closed through April 24, MCPS will start distributing Chromebooks to students in need starting Thursday. In an email to families on Thursday, […]

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March 25, 2020 | Deirdre Byrne

Recreation, Aquatic, Senior Centers to Remain Closed Through April 24

Montgomery County Recreation Department tweeted Wednesday that all aquatic, recreation, and senior centers are going to remain closed through April 24. The news comes after Maryland Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Karen Salmon announced that state public schools will also remain closed through April 24. Montgomery County originally closed recreation and aquatic facilities through March 27 […]

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March 25, 2020 | Deirdre Byrne

Five Things to Know for March 25 in Montgomery County

Today is Wednesday, March 25 and here are five things you need to know in Montgomery County: 1. County Transportation Resources for Adults, People with Disabilities:  Montgomery County Department of Transportation and Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services started a website with transportation services for older adults and persons with disabilities during the […]

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March 24, 2020 | Deirdre Byrne

Five Questions About Voting in Montgomery County During a Pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has already affected Montgomery County residents planning to vote in the the 2020 presidential primary election. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the election has been rescheduled to take place June 2, after it was originally set for April 28. As we continue to respond to the health crisis, Gilberto Zelaya, the outreach […]

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March 24, 2020 | Deirdre Byrne

Five Things to Know for March 24 in Montgomery County

Today is Tuesday, March 24 and here are five things you need to know in Montgomery County: 1. Council in Session:  Montgomery County Council is in session, but remotely, at 12:30 p.m. Here’s a look at the meeting’s agenda. During the meeting Councilmember Nancy Navarro will introduce a resolution calling on the council to “exercise spending restraint” […]

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March 23, 2020 | Deirdre Byrne

Hogan Orders Nonessential Businesses to Close, Announces Business Relief Funds

Gov. Larry Hogan has ordered all nonessential businesses in Maryland to close by 5 p.m. Monday to help combat the potential spread of the coronavirus. “We are not issuing or ordering a sheltering in place directive, or forcing people to stay home,” Hogan said. However, Hogan said the state is saying “unless you have essential […]

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March 21, 2020 | Deirdre Byrne

Montgomery County Police Officer Tests Positive for Coronavirus

An officer from Montgomery County Police Department has tested positive for the coronavirus, according to a Montgomery County press release. The statement says the officer worked “across several sections of the police department,” but had little interaction with the public. County Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles said in a statement that this is the first […]

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