Articles by Suzanne Pollak

May 12, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

Some Stations are Out of Gas but Overall, ‘Montgomery County Is In Pretty Good Shape’

Olney appears to be ground zero in Montgomery County for long lines and gas shortages following a ransomware attack that shut down the Colonial Pipelines, the largest pipeline system for refined oil products in America. The 5,500 mile long pipeline carries up to 3 million barrels of fuel daily between Texas and New York. However, […]

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May 12, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

Biden Nominates Two Judges from Silver Spring to Maryland U.S. District Court

The two women President Joe Biden nominated to sit on the Maryland U.S. District Court had their hearings before the U.S. Senate’s Committee on the Judiciary Wednesday morning. Both have ties to Silver Spring. U.S. Claims Court Judge Lydia Griggsby of Silver Spring currently serves as chair of the Court’s Committee on Legislation and Policy […]

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May 11, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

Board of Education Discusses Best Ways to Replace Police Officers in Schools

Members of the Montgomery County Public Schools Board of Education (BOE) spent Tuesday afternoon discussing how best to keep students safe without having a daily police presence in the schools. This after County Executive Marc Elrich removed funding for the School Resource Officers program. “The decision has been taken out of our hands,” said BOE […]

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May 11, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

MCPS Expected to Offer Five-Day-a-Week In-Person Learning This Fall

Multiple times during Tuesday afternoon’s meeting of the Montgomery County Public Schools Board of Education (BOE), school administration staff repeated that there will be a five-day-a-week in-school program in the fall, with a virtual academy offered to those who request them. This will be accomplished using a social distancing guideline of three feet. The BOE […]

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May 11, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

Homelessness Decreased, Especially Among Families with Children, During Area One-Day Count

The number of families with children experiencing homelessness decreased by 52% between the 2020 Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Point-in-Time survey to the 2021 survey. Overall, the number of persons experiencing homelessness in Montgomery County dropped by 14%. During the point-in-time survey, which was conducted on Jan. 27, county staff, members of several nonprofits who […]

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May 10, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

Vice TV Debuts Series on 2002 D.C. Sniper Attacks

Beginning Monday night, Vice TV will air its eight-part series on the 2002 D.C. sniper shooting spree that left 10 dead and Montgomery County residents terrorized for three weeks. Have you heard the Story of the DC Sniper, In His Own Words? https://t.co/waQFHbphnw pic.twitter.com/m7tsY8Xptf — VICE (@VICE) May 8, 2021 I, Sniper is the story […]

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May 7, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

County Honors Child Care Providers on Their Appreciation Day

During Friday’s Child Care Provider Appreciation Day, Montgomery County officials took time out to thank those involved with the 1,271 licensed child care programs in the county that serve about 40,000 children. Of the 1,271 licensed facilities, 789 are family operations and 482 are centers and faith-based organizations. Child Care Provider Appreciation Day is celebrated […]

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May 6, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

Walter Johnson Student Wins Raskin’s 2021 Congressional Art Competition

Yun Ji Choi of Walter Johnson High School in Bethesda took first place in Maryland’s 8th Congressional District’s 2021 Congressional Art Competition. Her digital art piece, titled “Promise to Keep You Safe,” will hang in the U.S. Capitol for one year. “Congratulations to Yun Ji Choi on winning this year’s art competition for 8th District […]

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May 6, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

Bike Lanes Temporarily Added to University Boulevard in Pilot Program

University Boulevard from Amherst to Arcola Avenues in Silver Spring is expected to become a shared streets pilot project to enable bicyclists to have their own travel lanes this summer until late fall. Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration has designed plans with the goal of balancing different forms of transportation to and from […]

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May 6, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

Swiftwater Rescues Increased During Pandemic

Montgomery County Fire and Rescue personnel saved 114 people during 2020, an increase of 22 as compared with 2019. The vast majority of people were rescued on the Potomac River and on the Billy Goat A trail, both in the area of Great Falls. Also during 2019, the county fell victim to numerous flash floods […]

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