Articles by Maryam Shahzad

July 9, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Silver Spring Woman Charged With Starving Infant Daughter to Death

A Silver Spring woman has been arrested and charged with first-degree murder in the death of her infant daughter. The Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD) said Kiearra Tolson, 23, was arrested and charged for the death of her daughter, Blair Niles, about 15 months old. The infant’s body has not been found. On Wednesday, Tolson’s […]

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July 9, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Fourth Employee at Darnestown Liquor and Wine Tests Positive for COVID-19

A fourth employee at Darnestown Liquor and Wine has tested positive for COVID-19, according to a statement from the county. On Monday, Montgomery County announced that the store would be temporarily closed after three employees tested positive: one on June 30 and two others a few days later. The store is planned to reopen on […]

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July 8, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Enforcement With ‘The Grille’ Will be Escalated Based Solely on Facebook Post

Montgomery County is “keenly” aware of the now-deleted Facebook post from The Grille at Flower Hill that said employees will not be wearing face masks, Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security Director Earl Stoddard said during a council meeting Tuesday. The Facebook post came after a Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) environmental […]

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July 8, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Owner Upset at County Falsely Reporting Hookah Bar Shut Down for COVID-19 Violations

A Montgomery County press release incorrectly stated on Monday that Vibes Hookah Lounge in Rockville was shut down over the July 4 weekend for violating COVID-19 regulations.  The press release said that Vibes was closed because hookah bars are not included in Phase 2 of reopening in Montgomery County. Montgomery County Department of Health and […]

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July 8, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Five Things to Know for July 8 in Montgomery County

It’s Wednesday, July 8. Here are five things to know in Montgomery County. 1. Free COVID-19 Testing: Free coronavirus testing with no referral requirement will be available from 2-6 p.m. in Chevy Chase. You must register in order to get an appointment. TOMORROW: Free COVID-19 testing with no referral required in Friendship Heights. Thank you […]

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July 7, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

UPDATED: Two Businesses Shut Down for COVID-19 Violations Silver Spring

Updated 7:02 p.m.: Mary Anderson, a spokesperson for the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), told MyMCMedia that the county’s press release is incorrect. Vibes Hookah Lounge was not closed, but was issued a $500 fine for smoking. Vibes owner Ahmed Kamel told MyMCMedia that the lounge is open for retail and […]

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July 6, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Councilmembers Want Property Tax Exemptions for High-Rise Developers at Metro Stations

Montgomery County Councilmembers want high-rise housing at Metro stations. Councilmember Hans Riemer held a press conference at the Forest Glen Metro Station Monday to discuss Bill 29-20, which would offer private developers payment and exempt them from property taxes for 15 years if they build high-rise buildings on Metro property. The housing must be at […]

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July 6, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

‘If That Bothers You Then Please Dine Elsewhere’: Gaithersburg Restaurant Refuses Mask Protocol

The Grille at Flower Hill in Gaithersburg has been receiving attention – not the good kind – on social media after a now-deleted Facebook post from a manager or owner saying that employees will not wear face masks.  “Let me be very clear… my staff will not wear face masks while working here at the […]

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July 2, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Residents Protest Development on Historic Black Cemetery in Bethesda

Protesters gathered off of River Road in Bethesda on Thursday to protest development on part of the River Road Moses Cemetery, an unmarked historic Black cemetery.  According to Montgomery Preservation, a historic preservation organization in Montgomery County, the River Road Moses Cemetery existed between 1911 and 1958 in the area of 5401 Westbard Ave., which […]

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July 1, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

County to Wait for Potential July 4 COVID-19 Spike Before Phase 3 Decision

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich said the county will wait to see if the Fourth of July causes a spike in COVID-19 cases before any Phase 3 reopening announcement is made. The county won’t be able to observe that until at least a week from this weekend, or a little over a week, Elrich said […]

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