Articles by Suzanne Pollak

October 26, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

‘We Are Drowning’: Hundreds of Teachers Rally Against Understaffing

For more than a half hour, hundreds of cars driven by Montgomery County Education Association members circled the large Montgomery County Public Schools’ (MCPS) Board of Education parking lot and drove out into the street. They were rallying to demand the hiring of additional teachers, bus drivers and other support personnel. They also urged MCPS […]

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October 26, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

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Students Urge Board of Education to Add Financial Literacy Graduation Requirement

About a dozen speakers at Tuesday’s Montgomery County Board of Education (BOE) meeting urged the school district to adopt a financial literacy graduation requirement so students will be able to buy a home and car, fill out financial forms, pay taxes and learn how to save and plan for the future. Earlier this month, members […]

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October 26, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

Retired Montgomery County Planner Appointed to Planning Board

Carol Rubin, who worked for 16 years with Montgomery County Park and Planning, was appointed Tuesday to the Montgomery County Planning Board. Rubin retired as a special project manager for the county planning department and previously served as acting deputy planning director. She coordinated the Maryland-National Capital Planning Commission’s response to the state’s I-495 and […]

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October 26, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

MCPS Educators Plan Rally to Expose Understaffing Problems

Educators from Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) “will take to the streets Tuesday afternoon” to demand the hiring of additional teachers, paraeducators and bus drivers and increased compensation for those forced to do extra duties due to the hiring shortage. Montgomery County Education Association (MCEA) will hold a car picket and rally at 5 p.m. […]

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October 25, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

Gaithersburg Residents Vote for Mayor, Council on Nov. 2

This story was updated Oct. 26 to correct the list of candidates for mayor and council.  Registered voters in the City of Gaithersburg will vote for mayor and two city councilmembers on Nov. 2. All voting will take place at the Activity Center at Bohrer Park. Early voting was held Oct. 23 and 24. According […]

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October 22, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

Seneca Valley Holds Virtual Meeting to Reassure Families, Ask for Their Help

In light of fights during a recent football game and two recent shelter in place events at Seneca Valley High School in Germantown, Principal Marc Cohen held a one-hour informational meeting that mostly included answers to questions from concerned parents. Speakers at the virtual meeting included Seneca Valley administrators, two representatives from Montgomery County Police […]

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October 22, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

Downtown Rockville Public Art Focuses on Lynchings in County’s Past

During November, the Montgomery County Remembrance and Reconciliation Commission  urges residents to reflect on the county’s past, including the fact that at least three men were lynched here in the late 1800s. As part of the remembrance, six pieces of artwork will be projected onto eight buildings in downtown Rockville. The locations are close enough […]

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October 22, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

County Ethics Commission: Councilmember Riemer Can Vote on Vaccine Mandates

Councilmember Hans Riemer does not have a conflict of interest and can continue to push for all county employees to be vaccinated even though his wife works for Pfizer, which makes one of the vaccines, the Montgomery County Ethics Commission ruled Oct. 18. The commission noted that the county’s vaccine policy has no impact on […]

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October 21, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

MCPS Proposes Three Calendar Options for Next School Year

The Montgomery County Public Schools created three calendar scenarios for the 2022-2023 school year. After public comment and discussion by Board of Education members, the new calendar will be adopted Dec. 2. All three calendars bring back a full-length spring break. All three options call for no school on Sept. 26, Oct. 5, Dec. 23 […]

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October 21, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

Williams Sentenced to 45 Years for 2017 Rape in Gaithersburg

David L. Williams of Boyds was sentenced to 45 years after pleading guilty to first degree rape in a 2017 assault that Montgomery County State’s Attorney John McCarthy called “an incredibly vicious and heinous crime.” Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Steven Salant also sentenced Williams, 31, to five-years of supervised probation once he is released […]

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