Articles by Douglas Tallman

August 23, 2019 | Douglas Tallman

Montgomery Talks: Fire and Rescue’s Social Media Maven Pete Piringer

He doesn’t fritter when he’s on Twitter. Chief spokesperson for Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service Pete Piringer — Tweety Petey as he is called by some — tells MCM how social media has changed how he informs the public when first responders are on the scene of a fire or accident. He’s a trusted […]

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August 16, 2019 | Douglas Tallman

Montgomery Fair Gives a Taste of Milking

The Montgomery County Agricultural Fair gives its fair-goers a chance to milk a cow.

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August 16, 2019 | Douglas Tallman

County Council Promises to Assist 11-Year-Old Rape Victim, Family

The Montgomery County Council has pledged to assist the 11-year-old victim at the center of a case in which two Salvadoran nationals have been charged with rape. We are heartbroken to learn about the rape of an 11-year-old girl in Germantown and will continue to keep her in our thoughts, but most important we will […]

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August 15, 2019 | Douglas Tallman

Appeals Court Upholds Judge’s Decisions in Teacher’s Sex Abuse Trial

John Vigna Serving 48 Years The Maryland Court of Special Appeals upheld a Montgomery County Circuit Court judge’s actions in the trial of a Montgomery County teacher convicted of inappropriately touching students. John Vigna had disputed the judge’s decision to disallow character witnesses, the introduction of reprimands he received in 2008 and 2013, and the […]

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August 15, 2019 | Douglas Tallman

Elrich Says County Will Tell ICE When Accused Rapists Are Released

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich says the county will notify federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents when two illegal immigrants from El Salvador, accused of raping an 11-year-old girl, are released from custody. Elrich issued the statement late Wednesday. The statement follows his “Promoting Community Trust” executive order in which Elrich outlined the county’s role […]

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August 14, 2019 | Douglas Tallman

Montgomery Talks About the Weather

Everyone talks about the weather—and the past few months have given us plenty to talk about. Dr. Philip Arkin with the Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center at the University of Maryland helps us make a little sense about all this rain. Available now on MyMCMedia, Overcast, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, RadioPublic, Spotify and Stitcher, TuneIn, […]

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August 14, 2019 | Douglas Tallman

Five Things to Know for Aug. 14 in Montgomery County

Today is Wednesday, Aug. 14, and it’s the 74th anniversary of the U.S. victory over Japan. Here are five things to know in Montgomery County. 1. Takoma Park Meets: The City Council meets at 7:30 p.m. in the Auditorium of the Community Center, 7500 Maple Ave. 2. Disaster Loans Available: The Small Business Administration is making […]

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August 13, 2019 | Douglas Tallman

Five Things to Know for Aug. 13 in Montgomery County

Today is Tuesday, Aug. 13. Here are five things to know in Montgomery County. 1. Yappy Hour: Montgomery Parks hosts a “yappy hour” from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Olney Manor Dog Park, 16601 Georgia Ave. 2. Why I Majored in Biology: Louise Chatlynne will tell us what made her major in biology and […]

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August 12, 2019 | Douglas Tallman

D.C. Law Firm Reviewing Damascus High Rape Cases

Montgomery County Public Schools has hired powerhouse law firm WilmerHale to conduct an external review of Damascus High School, in the wake of last year’s sexual assault of junior varsity football players. The contract says the review will cost $250,000 less a redacted discount. The report was expected to be complete by June 30 but […]

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August 12, 2019 | Douglas Tallman

New Lakeforest Owner Says ‘Moratorium’ Would Hurt Redevelopment Plans

The new owner of the Lakeforest mall property asked Gaithersburg officials not to impose an 18-month moratorium on development at the mall for fear it will “stifle our ability to finance” its plans. WRS Inc. of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, wrote the city that it wants housing, a theater, restaurants and a grocery on the […]

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