Articles by Suzanne Pollak

July 28, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

5G Small Cell Antennas Coming to a Pole Near You

By a vote of seven to two, Montgomery County Councilmembers approved a change to its zoning ordinance that will increase 5G access throughout the county by allowing small cell antennas on existing or new poles. Councilmember Hans Riemer, the moving force behind bringing 5G to more areas, cited federal studies on the safety of 5G […]

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July 28, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

BOE Rejects Charter School Proposals

Montgomery County Public Schools Board of Education unanimously voted against allowing either of two  proposed charter schools to open next year. At this time, the county continues without any charter schools. Because the the Washington-McLaughlin Charter School for Boys Inc. and The Washington-McLaughlin Charter School for Girls Inc., did not demonstrate a clear understanding of the […]

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July 27, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

Crime Drops 14% During 2020, Homicides and Fatal Crashes Increase

Overall, crime in Montgomery County during 2020 decreased 14%, but the number of homicides, auto thefts, overdoses and fatal accidents increased, according to the recently-released Montgomery County Police Department’s 2020 Annual Report on Crime and Safety. The 37-page report often refers to the pandemic as the reason for the dip in crime. For example, it […]

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July 27, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

Regional Agency Strives for More Electric Cars in Montgomery County

Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments seeks proposals for an Electric Vehicle Purchasing Cooperative program in Montgomery County. The Council hopes to lower the cost of owning electric vehicles and raise interest in the battery-operated vehicles by both individuals and business owners. COG intends to hire a consultant who would plan and implement the pilot program […]

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July 23, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

Potomac Street Names Now Honor Black Community Pioneers

Three streets in Potomac no longer carry the names of Confederate generals. On Friday, the street signs for J.E.B Stuart Road, J.E.B. Stuart Court and Jubal Early Court came down. The new signs bear the the names of two Montgomery County African American community leaders. J.E.B Stuart Road and J.E.B. Stuart Court were renamed Geneva […]

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July 23, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

Two Injured in Shooting in Montgomery Village

UPDATE July 25 Montgomery County Police request that anyone living in the area of Aspenwood Lane and Aspenwood Place in Montgomery Village review their home surveillance camera footage from July 21 to see if there is anything suspicious. Anyone with information should call police at 240-773-5770. Besides the male victim who was shot multiple times, police […]

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July 23, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

‘Humbled and Honored’ Tom Manger Leads U.S. Capitol Police

Former Montgomery County Police Chief Tom Manger took the helm of the United States Capitol Police Friday. He heads up a force in which two officers died and nearly 150 officers were injured following the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. “I am humbled and honored to join the men and women of the […]

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July 23, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

Communities of Color Fight to Get Recreation Centers Back

Council President Tom Hucker called for the reopening of the Long Branch and Coffield community centers to local residents. Those two centers have been used as emergency homeless shelters during the pandemic. All other rec centers in the county have been reopened. Hucker asked that the shelters be located elsewhere, possibly at the former Montgomery […]

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July 22, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

County Looks to Support Minors Coming from the Border

Councilmembers from two committees favored allocating about $5 million to strengthen Montgomery County’s support for children coming across the southern border to live and attend school here. Between January and May, 473 young people came to live with extended family or sponsors in Montgomery County, according to staff with the county, MCPS and several non-profits. […]

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July 22, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

Hyattsville Man Killed in Silver Spring Collision

Julio Aldail Rodriguez-Interiang, 20, of Hyattsville was killed early Thursday morning while driving on New Hampshire Avenue in Silver Spring. According to Montgomery County Police, the single car crash occurred at 5:20 a.m. A preliminary investigation showed the driver of a black 2008 Acura didn’t maintain control of the vehicle while headed north on New […]

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