Articles by Suzanne Pollak

February 25, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

School Officials Update Council on School Reopening

Montgomery County councilmembers used the “thousands” of questions and concerns they have received from residents to question Montgomery County Public School officials about the specifics of reopening schools. “All of us have received thousands of constituent correspondence,” noted Councilmember Gabe Albornoz. Ventilation, vaccines, mental health, quarantining and staffing were just some of the many topics […]

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February 25, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

Initial Unemployment Claims Drop By Half in Montgomery County and Maryland

Initial claims for unemployment filed by Montgomery County residents continued to fall. During the week that ended Feb. 20, 1,410 county residents filed initial claims. During the week that ended Feb. 13, 2.899 residents filed initial claims. The prior week, 3,033 residents had filed initial claims, according to the Maryland Department of Labor (DOL). During the week, […]

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February 25, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

Marriott Establishes Hospitality Leadership Center in Memory of Former CEO

The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation announced the establishment of a $20 million endowment at Howard University in memory of its former CEO, the late Arne M. Sorenson, who was president and CEO of Marriott International and a Chevy Chase resident. Sorenson died Feb. 15. The endowment will be used to create the […]

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February 24, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

Some MCPS Middle School Staff Will be Trained in Restorative Justice

Montgomery County Councilmembers unanimously approved Feb. 23 spending $750,000 to train middle school teachers and staff in restorative justice with the goal of reducing disproportionate discipline and arrests. Councilmembers Will Jawando and Hans Riemer want to oust Student Resource Officers out of Montgomery County Public Schools. While this training won’t accomplish that, it is also […]

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February 24, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

Council Denounces Storming of U.S. Capitol; Vows to Combat Hate

Montgomery County Council unanimously adopted a resolution Feb. 23 that reaffirms the county’s commitment to combat hate and extremism, especially in light of the storming of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. “A domestic terrorism incident at the United States Capitol caused incredible pain, fear and stress for many Montgomery County residents who were working […]

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February 24, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

Trash Sent to County Dump Increases by 15% During Quarantine

It’s been almost a full year since Gov. Larry Hogan’s stay at home order went into effect March 30, 2020. Since then, Montgomery County residents apparently have been eating a lot more take out and creating piles of trash. “[T] he County has seen an average 15 percent increase in residential trash and recycling for […]

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February 24, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

Teachers Rally Against MCPS’ Return-to-School Plans

Hundreds of Montgomery County Public School (MCPS) employees drove around the headquarters of the district’s headquarters in Rockville on Tuesday, honking horns and demanding they not return to the classroom until it is safe. Their demonstration held up traffic, according to Montgomery County Police. The route included Hungerford Drive, MD 355 and Mannakee Street. According […]

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February 23, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

Council Proposes Bill Making County Responsible for Shoveling Some Sidewalks

Residents and business owners are responsible for clearing snow and ice off their sidewalks within 24 hours following a snowfall. A bill introduced Tuesday would require the Montgomery County Department of Transportation to remove snow from narrow sidewalks where there is significant pedestrian traffic. Councilmember Evan Glass sponsored the bill, which already has support from […]

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February 23, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

Board of Education Reduces Graduation Requirements; Clarifies Opening Procedures

The Montgomery County Public School Class of 2021 will be required to complete only three math credits and a half credit of physical education prior to graduation. Before the pandemic, seniors needed four credits in math and a full credit in physical education in order to graduate. These reduced requirements now match what is required by […]

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February 23, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

Despite Bad Weather, Montgomery County Receives its Vaccine Doses

After a delay due to inclement weather, Montgomery County has received its COVID-19 vaccine doses from the state. The county received 9,000 first doses late Feb. 22, half of which were supposed to be received last week, according to Mary Anderson, spokesperson for the Department of Health and Human Services. Therefore, vaccine appointments for Feb. […]

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