Two Years After Amazon Rejection, Leaders Discuss White Flint Metro Station Development

In Nov. 2018 the White Flint area was rejected as a second Amazon headquarters location. Two years later, Metro has potential ideas for development of its White Flint station in order to be better equipped for future...

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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...

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Westfield Montgomery Mall Offering Physically Distanced Photos With Santa

Westfield Montgomery Mall announced on its Instagram page that it will be offering physically distanced photos with Santa Claus Nov. 27 through Dec. 24. Montgomery Mall posted on social media that photos with Santa are by...

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AstraZeneca Says its Coronavirus Vaccine Candidate Shows 70% Average Efficacy

AstraZeneca, a multinational pharmaceutical company with a Gaithersburg campus, announced Monday that its COVID-19 vaccine candidate shows a 70% average efficacy rate. The vaccine candidate AZD1222 was administered in two ways....

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Association Estimates 40% of County Restaurants Could Permanently Close

Since the pandemic began, Maryland’s restaurants and food service industry has lost $1.4 billion in sales. About 150,000 employees have been laid off or furloughed, according to the Restaurant Association of Maryland. MyMCMedia...

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Where to Order Thanksgiving Meals in Montgomery County

Thanksgiving is shaping up to be a little different this year with COVID-19 cases rising and health officials warning against Thanksgiving travel. However, you can still enjoy Thanksgiving without having to put all the work into...

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November 17, 2020 | Toluwa Famuyide

PassionFish in Bethesda Permanently Closed

The popular seafood restaurant, PassionFish, permanently closed its Bethesda location on Nov. 15. five years after opening. A statement on the company’s Facebook account confirmed the decision a few days before the closing. The company explained that in the current environment, “many issues that were beyond our control have affected our ability to continue to operate […]

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November 16, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Montgomery County’s Life Sciences Industry Expanding During the Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has not hurt all industries. In Montgomery County, the life sciences sector, in particular, is expanding. “The pandemic has clearly taken a huge toll on not just our economy, locally, but also as you know, nationally as well. However we still continue to see pockets of growth, especially in the life sciences,” […]

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November 13, 2020 | Jordan Lindsay

County Announces Long-Term COVID-19 Economic Recovery Efforts

Local leaders announced a pandemic Economic Roadmap to Recovery and Long-Term Success during the county’s weekly virtual COVID-19 media briefing on Thursday. The county’s Economic Advisory Group has been meeting since July and is a critical component of overall recovery plans from the COVID-19 health crisis. A diverse group of more than 30 business leaders […]

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November 13, 2020 | Clara Longo de Freitas

County Creates Program Providing Grants for Medical and Dentistry Practices

Independent primary care medical and general dentistry practices who have lost revenue due to the COVID-19 health crisis can now apply for a grant. The “Montgomery County Primary Care and Dental Grant Program,” created by the Montgomery County Council, will provide up to $60,000 to an eligible practice, according to a press release. The program […]

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November 12, 2020 | Sydney Bullock

Council Enacts Bill to Prevent Workplace Discrimination and Promote Fair Screening

Montgomery County Council unanimously enacted Bill 35-20 on Nov. 10, an expansion of the previous bill, Ban the Box. This new legislation prohibits background checks into certain types of arrests and convictions until after a conditional offer of employment has been extended. The council enacted the Ban the Box bill in 2014, which prohibited employers […]

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November 10, 2020 | Deirdre Byrne

Pet Valu Going Out of Business; 43 Employees Affected in Montgomery County

Pet Valu announced on its website that it’s closing all of its U.S. stores permanently. According to Maryland Department of Labor, there are six Pet Valu locations in Montgomery County, and 43 employees will be laid off as a result: Clarksburg location at 22750 New Cut Road — six employees affected. Damascus location at 9809 Main […]

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November 6, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

After Meeting Two Criteria for Suspension, Late-Night Alcohol Sales Program Will Cease

Montgomery County’s Late-Night Alcohol Sales Program will be suspended Friday, Nov. 6 at 5 p.m. The program allowed some restaurants and bars to serve alcohol for on-premise drinking until midnight instead of 10 p.m., if they met certain public health and safety criteria. It went into effect Oct. 1, but after meeting two metrics for […]

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November 6, 2020 | Andrea Sarralde

Se Prohíbe Venta de Alcohol Después de las Diez de la Noche en Montgomery

El Programa de Venta de Alcohol a Altas Horas de la Noche del Condado de Montgomery, que permitía a los establecimientos que sirven comida a vender alcohol después de las 10 p.m., se canceló a partir del viernes 6 de noviembre a las 5 p.m., según el condado. Cuando el programa se lanzó  a principios […]

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November 2, 2020 | Deirdre Byrne

Lawmakers Call on Hogan to Provide $2 Million for Businesses Along Purple Line

Several Maryland and Montgomery County lawmakers gathered outside of Evita’s Bridal Shop in Takoma Park Monday, calling on Gov. Larry Hogan to provide funding for businesses along the Purple Line. Many of those businesses are immigrant-owned, and they face a unique financial challenge because of Purple Line construction and restrictions placed on businesses because of […]

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November 2, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

Biotech Company Working on COVID-19 Vaccine Announces Addition of 400 Jobs

A Gaithersburg company currently working on a COVID-19 vaccine announced it is expanding and expects to add 400 new jobs by the end of 2024, with most of the new positions added by March of 2021, according to a news release from Gov. Larry Hogan. Novavax, a late-stage biotechnology company, intends to expand into a […]

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