Articles by Suzanne Pollak

December 2, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

Council Votes to Strengthen Racial Equity Legislation

The Montgomery County Council voted unanimously to require a racial equity and social justice impact statement for every new zoning text amendment. The aim of the legislation, that was voted on during council’s Dec. 1 meeting, is to ensure that all zoning decisions undergo evidence-based assessments on how they will impact minority residents and communities. […]

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December 1, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

Renovations at South Lake Elementary Expected to be Completed by Fall of 2023

Renovations to South Lake Elementary School in Gaithersburg will no longer be postponed and instead are expected to be completed by September of 2023, following a unanimous county council vote Dec. 1. The council allocated $5,853,000 from general obligation bonds for site improvements and utility construction at the overcrowded school. Councilmember Craig Rice praised the action, […]

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December 1, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

In Response to Pandemic, County Approves Funds to Improve Ventilation in Schools

Montgomery County Council unanimously agreed to spend $3 million to update the HVAC systems in the public schools so that when students do return to the classrooms, their rooms will be better ventilated. In response to the pandemic, the council agreed to fund enhancements to Montgomery County Public Schools’ HVAC system to reduce the airborne […]

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December 1, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

County to Hold Virtual Forum on Public Safety Thursday

A virtual community forum on Dec. 3 at 6 p.m. on Reimagining Public Safety in Montgomery County is the next step for the County’s Reimagining Public Safety Initiative. Results of a recent survey on what residents think about the Montgomery County Police Department, its structure, services and funding will be presented during the meeting, which […]

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December 1, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

Metro’s ‘Barebones’ Proposed Budget Would Eliminate Weekend Rail Service

Due to reduced ridership and revenue during the pandemic, Metro has proposed drastic cuts, including eliminating weekend rail service and scheduling daily trains at 30 minute intervals, in its proposed Fiscal year 2022 budget. That budget, which is described as including “barebones service,” will be discussed Dec. 10 during a Finance Committee and full board […]

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November 30, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

Silver Spring Ice Skating Rink Opens But Reservations Required This Year

The ice skating rink at Veterans Plaza in Silver Spring is open, but this year reservations are required. You can reserve an hour of skating time up to two weeks in advance. You also can rent skates right there. They offer skating and ice hockey lessons. The rink opened in 2010. View this post on […]

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November 30, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

Skateboarder in Serious Condition Following Collision

UPDATE: As of Monday noon, the juvenile is still hospitalized. ________________________________________________________ Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – Collision Reconstruction Unit (CRU) are investigating a serious collision involving a juvenile on a skateboard and a car that occurred Friday night at 10:10 p.m. Police officers from the First and Second Districts and Montgomery […]

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November 30, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

Sweeteria Opens in Silver Spring

A new dessert and coffee cafe debuted in Silver Spring this weekend. Sweeteria, 8646 Colesville Rd., had a ribbon cutting for its soft opening Nov. 28, rewarding its first customers with discounts and gift certificates. Some of the featured items include Thai tea, French toast, sandwiches on roti and lots of items for those with […]

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November 28, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

Fatal Fire at Leisure World Displaces More Than 50 Residents

One woman died and 50 residents were displaced due to an early morning fire on Saturday in the 15000 block of Elkridge Way in Leisure World in Silver Spring. Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police, Major Crimes Division and Fire Explosive Investigators from the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service are conducting a […]

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November 25, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

Townhouses in Gaithersburg Destroyed in ‘Significant Fire’

A fire in the 8800 block of Swallow Court in Montgomery Village East in Gaithersburg Tuesday evening probably was started at an electrical outlet on an exterior wall, according to Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Squad. It spread rapidly and caused about $1.5 million in damages. Fifteen people living in three of the townhouses were […]

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