Articles by Suzanne Pollak

September 18, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

Silver Spring Man Arrested By ICE, May Be Deported

A Silver Spring man who has been living with his family on the grounds of Glenmont United Methodist Church was detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Sept. 10 and may be deported to his native Indonesia. Binsar Siahaan, 52, has been in the United States since 1989. His wife has been here since 1994. […]

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September 18, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

Four Smithsonian Museums Open Friday

Four more Smithsonian Museums opened Friday. The National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall; the National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian American Art Museum, both located at Eighth and G Streets N.W.; and the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum near the White House are open but with […]

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September 17, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

Looking for Residents’ Input, Elrich Holds Virtual Budget Forums

County Executive Marc Elrich is holding a series of virtual budget forums to receive input from residents about their priorities for the next fiscal year. Most of the forums will be broken into regions and will cover the county’s capital budget and capital improvements program. Another two forums will be devoted to the county’s operating […]

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September 17, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

Initial Unemployment Claims Rise Slightly

The number of Montgomery County residents who filed initial claims for unemployment during the week that ended Sept. 12 rose slightly. 1,252 residents filed initial unemployment claims last week. That is a an increase of 109 residents since the week ending Sept. 5. Statewide, the number of initial filers increased by more than 2,000. During […]

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September 17, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

Arcola Teacher on Virtual Learning: ‘You Wish You Could Give Them a Hug’

“This is just something that was thrust upon us, and we are doing the best we can,” said Arcola Elementary School kindergarten teacher Margaret Norris about her experiences with virtual learning. Despite the technology glitches and remembering to take herself off mute, Norris said she believes her students are learning and still getting the chance […]

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September 16, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

Three Survivors From Fatal Accident in Gaithersburg are Improving

The driver and two passengers involved in a fatal car collision on Muddy Branch Road in Gaithersburg Sept. 9 are improving. Pete Piringer, Chief Spokesperson for Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Service, said they “were all expected to survive, be treated and released” from the hospital. The two people in the other car succumbed to […]

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September 16, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

Petition Started to Save Silver Spring Plaza Fountain

Concerned that changes to Downtown Silver Spring would cause gentrification, residents started a petition to save the fountain that children have played in for the past 15 years. Downtown Silver Spring currently is undergoing a facelift that includes removing the road on Ellsworth Drive between Fenton Street and Georgia Avenue and replacing it with synthetic […]

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September 15, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

Matriarch of Butler’s Orchard ‘Who Never Really Retired’ Dies

Shirley Brown Butler, whose family owns Butler’s Orchard in Germantown, died Sept. 10 at the age of 91. She died peacefully at home surrounded by her family during pumpkin picking season. Mrs. Butler grew up in Silver Spring and attended Montgomery Blair High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics at Penn State University […]

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September 15, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

Council Demands MDOT Stay Committed To Building Purple Line

Montgomery County Councilmembers adamantly told representatives from the Maryland Department of Transportation that the Purple Line must be completed for the economic health of the area and so the county can meet its climate control goals. MDOT administrator Matt Pollack, Purple Line project director, replied, “We will take this project forward.” However, said Kevin Quinn, […]

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September 14, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

Memorial to Those Who Overdosed on Display all Month in Rockville

During September, National Recovery Month, S.O.U.L. (Surviving Our Ultimate Loss) has staged a visual memorial of Montgomery County residents who have died after overdosing. The memorial, which consists of photos and short writings, can be viewed at the County’s Justice Plaza, located between the Executive Office Building and the Montgomery County Circuit Court. It will […]

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