Articles by Maryam Shahzad

December 6, 2019 | Maryam Shahzad

Hucker Wants to Install Cameras to Catch Distracted Drivers

Montgomery County Councilmember Tom Hucker wants the Maryland General Assembly to pass a bill that would install road cameras to film and catch distracted drivers in the county.  Sen. Jeff Waldstreicher introduced the bill on Hucker’s behalf.  MC 24-20 would let the county put “distracted driving automated monitoring systems” on highways, and the systems would […]

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December 5, 2019 | Maryam Shahzad

MCPS Latin Dance Competition Celebrates 20 Years

Hundreds of students from Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) participated in the 20th edition of the annual Latin dance competition organized by the After School Dance Fund. Community leaders, politicians, parents and fans were present at the Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda.

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December 4, 2019 | Maryam Shahzad

2020-21 Montgomery County School Year to Start Before Labor Day

Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) will open before Labor Day next school year, for the first time since 2016.  On Dec. 3, the county school board unanimously approved that in the 2020-2021 school year, classes will start on Aug. 31, 2020 and end on June 16, 2021. Labor Day will fall on Sept. 7. The […]

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November 22, 2019 | Maryam Shahzad

Eight Adoptions Confirmed in Celebration of National Adoption Month

Judges confirmed the adoptions of eight children today in a ceremony at the Montgomery County Circuit Court in Rockville. The event was a celebration of National Adoption Month.  Children and their families took their turns behind the judges’ desk, where the judge confirmed their petitions for adoption and name changes.  Associate Judge Cynthia Callahan said […]

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November 22, 2019 | Maryam Shahzad

MCPS Class of 2019 Scored 48 Points Lower on SAT, but Participation Rises

The Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) Class of 2019 scored 48 points lower on the SAT than the Class of 2018. The average combined score for 2019 was 1119.  The average combined score for all Maryland public school graduates in 2019 was 1041, a 25-point decrease from 2018. MCPS graduates earned 78 points more compared […]

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November 20, 2019 | Maryam Shahzad

Student Board Member Makes Pointed Comment about Education Secretary DeVos

Student Member of the Montgomery County Board of Education (SMOB) Nate Tinbite made a wry remark about U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos in a tweet on Friday.  The tweet featured a photo of straight-faced Tinbite standing with a smiling DeVos. The caption read, “Only one of us believes in public education.” In a follow-up […]

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November 15, 2019 | Maryam Shahzad

County Launches Campaign to Encourage Green Gift-Giving this Holiday Season

The Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) launched a campaign Friday called “Gift Outside the Box” to motivate sustainable gift-giving this holiday season.  The campaign kickoff took place at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Rockville.  Montgomery County launched a campaign today called 'Gift Outside the Box,' to encourage green-gift-giving this holiday season. Also, […]

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November 15, 2019 | Maryam Shahzad

Elrich Unveils New Park Valley Road Bridge as Part of Vision Zero Initiative

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich, other officials and Silver Spring residents unveiled the new Park Valley Road Bridge over Sligo Creek in Silver Spring. The original bridge was built in 1931.  (PHOTOS) County Executive @Marc_Elrich joined Silver Spring community members and federal, state and local officials to dedicate the new Park Valley Road Bridge over […]

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November 8, 2019 | Maryam Shahzad

Music Promoter Hurwitz Pleads Guilty to Soliciting Prostitution from Massage Therapist

Concert promoter and Bethesda resident Seth Hurwitz, 61, pleaded guilty on Thursday to soliciting prostitution from a licensed massage therapist in Montgomery County. He was sentenced to three years of probation.  Hurwitz is the co-owner of 9:30 Club and The Anthem, two music venues in Washington, D.C. He’s also the chairman of I.M.P., a concert […]

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November 7, 2019 | Maryam Shahzad

Elrich, County Leaders Discuss Kirwan Recommendations for MCPS

The Coalition for the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future held a School Funding and Policy Community Forum Wednesday at Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring.  The forum was a space to discuss the Kirwan Commission’s education policy recommendations and what they mean for Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS). The Kirwan Commission, created in 2016, is […]

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