Articles by Suzanne Pollak

April 1, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

28 NIH Employees Test Positive for COVID-19

Twenty-eight National Institutes of Health staff members have tested positive for COVID-19, as of March 27. An NIH spokesperson would not say which institutes the affected staffers worked for or whether they worked in one department or were scattered throughout NIH. The 28 cases are listed as part of the Montgomery County total numbers as […]

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March 31, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

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MCPD Coax Man Down from Building Ledge

Montgomery County Police coaxed a man down from a building ledge in downtown Silver Spring, Saturday, thereby preventing a possible tragedy. The Montgomery County Emergency Communications Center received a call around midnight on March 28 from a county garage security employee stating that a man was sitting on a ledge of the seventh floor of […]

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March 31, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

American School of Inspiration in Damascus Bows Out

The American School of Inspiration in Damascus is no more. The school had been operating as part of the Druid Theater Arts in Damascus and was in talks to have Druid take it over, according to a March 28 letter from Druid’s board of directors. But those discussions took place prior to COVID-19. “The world […]

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March 30, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

Gaithersburg Book Festival Moved to Virtual

Like just about everything else, from arts to business to family chats, the Gaithersburg Book Festival is heading toward a virtual-only experience. The festival, which was planned for May 16, will not be held as usual as it has since 2010. Rather than meeting at Bohrer Park, “we will not be coming together – at […]

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March 30, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

County Gets 220 Gallons of Sanitizer from Frederick Distillery

A distillery in downtown Frederick is giving 220 gallons of hand sanitizer at cost to Montgomery County’s First Responders as well as some non-profits and small businesses. Last week, McClintock Distilling Company gave the county 50 gallons of high proof alcohol that was converted into hand sanitizer by another company, said Braeden Bumpers, one of […]

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March 30, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

Original Urban Bar-B-Que in Rockville Closes

The original Urban Bar-B-Que closed permanently Sunday. The restaurant at Chapman Avenue in Rockville has been open for more than 17 years. “We raised our children in this store, we partnered with numerous schools, churches and charities at this store, we have forged life-long friendships at this store,” the Calkins and Howard families posted on […]

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March 29, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

Portions of Sligo Creek Parkway Open to Walkers, Bikers-Only Soon

Beginning April 3, portions of Sligo Creek Parkway will be closed to all vehicular traffic. Sligo Creek Parkway from New Hampshire Avenue to Piney Branch Road will be open for non-vehicular traffic from April 3 to April 5. “At a time when residents are eager for more outdoor recreational space and vehicular traffic is lower […]

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March 29, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

Residents and Staff at 3 Nursing Homes have COVID-19

Residents and staff at three nursing homes in Montgomery County have tested positive for COVID-19, according to Montgomery County public health officials. Three residents at Brighton Gardens on Tuckerman Lane in Bethesda, a staff member at Fox Chase Rehab and Nursing in Silver Spring and a staff member at Fairland Center on Fairland Road in […]

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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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