Articles by Suzanne Pollak

March 27, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

Takoma Park’s Peace Ambassador, Pat Loveless, Passes Away

Takoma Park’s unofficial peace ambassador, Pat Loveless, passed away at the age of 64 on March 20. In May of 2010, Takoma Park City Council adopted a resolution declaring Loveless the “Takoma Park Peace Delegate.” “He was very active in protests, civil rights. He was opposed to the death penalty,” said Takoma Park Council member […]

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March 27, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

Four Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Workers Have COVID-19

Three additional Montgomery County Fire and Rescue workers have tested positive for COVID-19, for a total of four personnel, Pete Piringer, MCFD spokesperson, said Friday. Another 19 people have been quarantined, he said. “They didn’t catch it at work,” he said. None of the cases are work-related, he stressed. Piringer did not specify which fire […]

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March 26, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

Van Hollen, Cardin Detail How Maryland Will Benefit from Senate Rescue Bill

In a joint phone call Thursday afternoon, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen detailed how the $2.2 trillion rescue bill unanimously passed by the senate Wednesday will benefit Marylanders. The bill, which now goes to the U.S. House of Representatives, adds millions of dollars to unemployment insurance, transportation, hospitals and small businesses, said […]

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March 26, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

Unemployment Claims Jump 15-Fold

Almost 4,000 county residents filed for unemployment compensation last week, according to the Maryland Department of Labor Division of Unemployment Insurance. This marks more than a 15-fold increase over the previous week, which ended March 14. At that time, only 256 residents had applied. During the week that ended March 21, 3,579 claims were filed […]

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March 24, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

Two COVID-19 Cases Confirmed at Montgomery College

A Montgomery College female student and employee tested positive for COVID-19, although the college would not say which campus or campuses were involved. However, Marcus Rosano, college spokesperson, said that all students who may have come in contact with those two people were notified Monday. “Notices have been sent to those who could have possibly […]

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March 24, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

Bethesda’s Marriott Headquarters Furloughs Thousands

Marriott International, which is headquartered in Bethesda, announced it has laid off thousands of employees and temporarily closed some of its hotels throughout the world to help it weather the Coronavirus pandemic. In many of its hotels, “we are moving to shortened work weeks, in the U.S., we are also putting in place [mandatory] temporary leaves […]

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March 23, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

MCPS Expands its Meal Distribution Sites

Montgomery County Public Schools continue to expand the number of locations for its free grab and go meals. Beginning Monday, more than 40 sites will be open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Most are located outside schools but five are at apartment complexes. As of last week, MCPS has distributed 87,000 meals. They are […]

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March 23, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

Motorcyclist Dies in Silver Spring Crash

A 31-year old motorcyclist died Sunday afternoon after his vehicle left the road and struck a utility pole. Rajawhn Eric Clary of Greenbelt was driving on Colesville Road at Southwood Avenue in the Four Corners section of Silver Spring at 1:55 p.m. when the collision occurred, according to Montgomery County Police Department. Police said that […]

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March 22, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

More Than One-Third of COVID-19 Cases are in Montgomery County

  As of Sunday morning, there are 244 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Maryland. Montgomery County residents accounted for 83 of those cases, or 34 percent of all cases in the state. The Montgomery County cases jumped by 15 from Saturday. On Saturday evening, the MDH announced that a Montgomery County woman in her 40s […]

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March 20, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

Elrich Dedicates $20 Million to Aid Small Businesses

County Executive Marc Elrich Friday morning announced the creation of an emergency economic assistance fund designed to help small business owners, their employees and others who are losing money due to coronavirus. “We are going to look to put aside $20 million for small business and another $5 million for food assistance,” Elrich said as […]

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