Articles by Grace Mottley

April 1, 2020 | Grace Mottley

Second Montgomery County Death from COVID-19

A man in his sixties died at a local hospital on Friday after being admitted for experiencing symptoms for COVID-19, according to a Montgomery County government press release. This is the second COVID-19-related death in Montgomery County. There have been 31 related deaths in Maryland as of April 1. Upon investigation, it was determined the […]

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April 1, 2020 | Grace Mottley

Council Approves $10 Million to Help Hospitals Fight COVID-19

On Tuesday the Montgomery County Council approved $10 million in appropriations for Montgomery County hospitals to help address COVID-19 emergency measures, according to a press release from the council. In order to prepare for additional COVID-19 cases in Montgomery County as well as in the state of Maryland, local hospitals need to increase the number […]

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April 1, 2020 | Grace Mottley

County Council Approves $20 Million Fund for Grants to Businesses Hurt by COVID-19

The Montgomery County Council approved $20 million for the Public Health Emergency Grant program, which grants businesses and non-profits up to $75,000 each to cover COVID-19-related financial burdens.  The bill aims to “support our non-profits, small businesses, their employees and workers,” Councilmember Will Jawando said during the council session.  County businesses or nonprofits with 100 […]

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April 1, 2020 | Grace Mottley

MoCo Department of Corrections: Prepared to Handle COVID-19 Cases in Prisons

The Montgomery County Department of Correction and Rehabilitation (DOCR) announced it is prepared to respond to COVID-19 in all its facilities, and has established new procedures to help prevent the spread amongst staff and inmates. DOCR facilities include the Montgomery County Correctional Facility in Boyds and the Montgomery County Detention Center in Rockville.  DOCR has […]

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April 1, 2020 | Grace Mottley

Jawando Introduces Bill to Suspend ‘Carryout Bag Tax’

The Montgomery County Council introduced legislation to suspend the “carryout bag tax,” until the end of the COVID-19 health crisis.  Grocery stores and other establishments are currently prohibiting customers from bringing and using their own reusable bags in stores, due to health concerns for workers. This bill allows residents to use plastic, disposable bags provided […]

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March 30, 2020 | Grace Mottley

Workers from Grocery Delivery Service Strike Over Lack of ‘Essential Protections’

Instacart workers across the country including Montgomery County have gone on strike due to Instacart’s lack of protective measures for workers, according to a press release from the Gig Workers Collective, a union helping to run the strike with Instacart employees. Instacart is a grocery delivery service similar to Uber Eats or DoorDash. Users can […]

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March 30, 2020 | Grace Mottley

MCPD Investigates Gunfire in Montgomery Village

Montgomery County Police are investigating shots that were fired in the parking lot of an apartment complex in Montgomery Village on March 27, according to a press release from MCPD.  No victims were struck by gunfire and no property damage was found, but officers are looking for information regarding the identities of those who fired […]

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March 30, 2020 | Grace Mottley

Germantown Man Arrested in Connection to Drug, Gang Activity

Montgomery County Police arrested a suspect in connection to drug-related activity on March 25, less than a month after an arrest in connection to gang-related activity. On Feb. 28, MCPD officers arrested 19-year-old Shamauri Scott on a warrant for charges related to participation in a criminal gang, according to a press release from MCPD.  During […]

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March 25, 2020 | Grace Mottley

Jawando Sponsors Bill to Better Address Workplace Sexual Harassment

On March 25, the Montgomery County Council introduced legislation to define the terms “harassment” and “sexual harassment,” in order to help victims better confront workplace harassment, according to a press release from the Montgomery County Council.  Councilmember Will Jawando sponsored the bill and Councilmember Nancy Navarro is a cosponsor.  The legislation would define harassment as […]

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March 25, 2020 | Grace Mottley

Council Approves Bill Limiting Sidewalk Closures

On Tuesday the Montgomery County Council unanimously passed legislation aimed at limiting the closure of sidewalks in the county. The legislation limits the conditions under which sidewalks can be closed due to proximity to a construction site, according to a press release from the council.  The goal of the bill is to “increase pedestrian safety, […]

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