Articles by Maryam Shahzad

September 28, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

County Public Safety Task Force Will Focus Work in Five Areas

Montgomery County’s Reimagining Public Safety Task Force will break up much of its work into five categories before presenting recommendations next year. In late June, Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich announced he was creating the task force. Members will discuss racism in policing and examine how to fix policies that impact certain groups disproportionately in […]

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September 28, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

MCPS Notifies Employees That Formal Reopening Planning is Underway

Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) employees were notified on Friday that formal planning for some in-person instruction is beginning.  Last week Gov. Larry Hogan announced that all 24 Maryland jurisdictions have state-approved plans to bring at least some students back into school buildings this fall. In late August Hogan said eight school systems did not include […]

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September 25, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Two Men Arrested in Silver Spring for License Plate Theft, Drug Possession

Two Baltimore men were arrested in Silver Spring Wednesday and charged with crimes including license plate theft and possession of crack cocaine and burglary tools.  Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD) officers arrested Mateo Reyes-Vanega, 18, and Manuel Vasquez-Chavarria, 27. According to a police statement an officer was patrolling the Colesville Road/Georgia Avenue area around 2:30 […]

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September 25, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Hogan Says All School Systems Have Submitted In-Person Learning Plans

Gov. Larry Hogan announced Thursday that all 24 Maryland jurisdictions have state-approved plans to bring at least some students back into school buildings this fall.  On Aug. 27 Hogan said eight school systems did not include any in-person learning in their fall semester plans, which he said was not acceptable. “It is essential that we […]

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September 24, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Hogan Tours Vaccine Development Company Novavax in Gaithersburg

On Thursday, Gov. Larry Hogan toured Novavax, a Gaithersburg company that is developing a COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine candidate is currently in Phase 2 of clinical trials in the U.S., and is expected to begin Phase 3 in a few weeks. Novavax CEO Stanley Erck hopes to see results by early 2021, but said it’s […]

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September 24, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

State Authorizes Schools to Begin Fall Sports Season, MCPS Stays Virtual

All Maryland school systems can begin an in-person formal fall sports season on Oct. 7, State Superintendent Dr. Karen Salmon announced at a press conference Thursday. Practices can begin Oct. 7 and competition season begins Oct. 27.  The golf competition season is the exception and it begins Oct. 7, also. School systems that choose not […]

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September 23, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Two County Businesses Shut Down for COVID-19 Violations

Montgomery County inspectors visited four businesses last weekend, temporarily closing one and ordering another to cease and desist.  Rockville Escape Room was ordered to cease and desist and will also receive a civil citation, according to inspection documents from the county Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). Inspectors visited Friday and found the business […]

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September 23, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Montgomery County Working with State on COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Plan

Montgomery County is working on a COVID-19 vaccine dissemination plan with the state and other local jurisdictions.  There is currently no COVID-19 vaccine. Montgomery County Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles has warned residents to be wary of reports that a vaccine could arrive as early as October. CBS News reported that Pfizer and BioNTech may […]

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September 23, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Five Things to Know Today, Sept. 23, in Montgomery County

It’s Wednesday, Sept. 23 and here are five things to know today in Montgomery County. 1. County Weekly Media Briefing: County Executive Marc Elrich and County Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles will hold their weekly media briefing at 12:30 p.m. You can watch live on MCM channels 21 and 995 (HD) and Facebook and County […]

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September 22, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

About 2,000 MCPS Students Did Not Log Into Online Platforms Last Week

About 2,000 Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) students did not log into myMCPS Classroom or Zoom last week.  Most students have successfully logged into virtual classes, Chief Technology Officer Pete Cevenini said at a school board meeting Tuesday. However 2,149 students, or about 1% of total students, did not log in last week. That is […]

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