Articles by Gracie Tanner

June 29, 2021 | Gracie Tanner

County to Host COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic for MCPS Students Wednesday

The Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services is hosting a free vaccination clinic for Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) students on Wednesday, June 30 from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Montgomery Blair High School. The clinic will offer the Pfizer vaccine. The county is restricting initial access to appointments to MCPS families. […]

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May 3, 2021 | Gracie Tanner

Rockville Time Capsule to be Unearthed After 26 Years Underground

The Rockville time capsule will be unearthed on May 13 at the Rockville Senior Center after being underground for 26 years. The event will take place at 5 p.m. The time capsule was buried in May 1995 with an original plan to be unearthed 25 years later in 2020. Unfortunately, the pandemic caused the event […]

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May 3, 2021 | Gracie Tanner

MCPS Reduces Quarantine and Isolation Periods to 10 Days

Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) updated its guidelines for quarantine and isolation periods on April 29. In alignment with updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state and local officials, required isolation periods have now been reduced to 10 days, effective immediately. Previously, MCPS required individuals that tested positive for […]

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May 3, 2021 | Gracie Tanner

Juvenile Charged as Adult with Home Invasion, First-Degree Rape

Rockville resident Cristian Vasquez, age 15, was arrested and charged with first-degree rape, first-degree assault and home invasion, according to the Montgomery County Department of Police. Vasquez is being charged as an adult for the crimes. On April 29, Vasquez entered the victim’s home through an unlocked door and sexually assaulted her when she returned […]

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April 28, 2021 | Gracie Tanner

County Council Passes Second Resolution in Support of D.C. Statehood

The Montgomery County Council passed a resolution on Tuesday in support of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments’ (MWCOG) latest resolution calling for statehood for the District of Columbia. The resolution was first introduced on April 20. The county had originally expressed its formal support for D.C. statehood in February with a resolution spearheaded by […]

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April 28, 2021 | Gracie Tanner

Raskin Invites Wheaton Restaurant Owner as Virtual Guest to Presidential Address

U.S. Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) has invited Wheaton restaurant owner Chris Pyon, a second-generation Korean-American and co-owner of Mobydick Sushi, as his virtual guest to President Joe Biden’s Joint Address to Congress on Wednesday. Pyon was also named this week’s 8th District Local Hero by Raskin. Pyon was able to keep his family’s business afloat […]

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April 28, 2021 | Gracie Tanner

Homeland Security Extends Deadline for REAL ID Enforcement by 19 Months

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has extended the deadline for the REAL ID enforcement date by 19 months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The deadline for enforcement has been extended from Oct. 1, 2021 to May 3, 2023. According to a press release, the pandemic has significantly impacted states’ ability to issue REAL ID-compliant […]

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April 28, 2021 | Gracie Tanner

MCDOT Offers Free Shuttles to Germantown Mass Vaccination Site

The Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) will continue to offer a free, direct shuttle service to the Montgomery College Germantown Campus mass vaccination site from the Shady Grove Metro Station. The shuttle operates Monday through Friday, with shuttles available every 30 minutes between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.  The shuttle service is marked “Vaccine […]

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April 26, 2021 | Gracie Tanner

Silver Spring-Based Researchers Looking for Volunteers for COVID-19 Vaccine Trial

Researchers at the Silver Spring-based Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) are looking for volunteers to participate in a Phase 1 clinical trial of a new type of COVID-19 vaccine. Phase 1 of the trial will examine the vaccine’s safety and will look to generate an immune response that researchers expect to find, according […]

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April 26, 2021 | Gracie Tanner

City of Takoma Park Proposes Property Tax Increase

The Takoma Park City Council is holding two public hearings on Wednesday, April 28 to discuss the proposed FY22 tax rate and budget. At the hearings, the city will propose to increase real property taxes. For the tax year beginning July 1, 2021, the estimated real property assessable base will increase by 1.9%, equivalent to […]

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