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August 7, 2020 | Jordan Lindsay

BikeMatchMoCo Gets Over 300 Requests for Donated Bikes

BikeMatchMoco is a new program that helps connect people throughout Montgomery County who have a bike to donate with people who need one. Although more than 300 requests have been made, only 40 bikes have been donated so far. The Montgomery County Department of Transportation says bicycles are vital for many people who have to […]

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August 7, 2020 | Samantha Subin

Wheaton Train and Carousel, Cabin John Train Close Following Updated Executive Order

An updated county executive order has ordered the closure of the Wheaton Train and Carousel and Cabin John Train. “We are hoping we can open up in the fall but for now they are closed until further notice,” said Montgomery Parks Spokesperson Melissa Chotiner. Wheaton Train and Carousel and Cabin John Train are temporarily closed […]

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August 7, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Gayles, County Back Down Over Virtual-Only Order for Private Schools

After a week-long back and forth over private schools, Montgomery County has backed down.  On Friday, County Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles rescinded his order to keep private schools virtual until at least Oct. 1. The announcement comes after the state health department said on Thursday that it is policy that private schools can’t be […]

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August 7, 2020 | Samantha Subin

New Round of Emergency Relief Funding for Nonprofits Opens Aug. 17

Beginning Aug. 17, some Maryland organizations that have been impacted by the pandemic can apply for a grant through the Maryland COVID-19 Emergency Relief Grant Fund for 501(c)(6) Nonprofits. Through the program, applicants can obtain up to $10,000 to cover quarterly operating expenses. The application, available through OneStop portal, will be open until August 24 […]

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August 7, 2020 | Jordan Lindsay

Elrich ‘Data on Children and Transmission is Actually Getting Worse, Not Better’

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich – in his weekly virtual media briefing on Wednesday – said that data shows that children can carry higher viral loads, and can be more effective transmitters of the disease than most people assume.  “The data on children and transmission is actually getting worse, not better… it’s not just a […]

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August 7, 2020 | Samantha Subin

Germantown Man Pleads Guilty to 2015 Murder of Transgender Woman

A Germantown man has pleaded guilty to the 2015 killing of a transgender woman. The plea comes nearly five years after Deandre Smith, 21, who had been living as Zella Ziona, was shot in the head in an alleyway in Gaithersburg. Rico LeBlond, 25, was twice charged in connection with the shooting. In the first […]

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August 6, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

In New Draft Plan, MCPS Students Would Have Three Ways to Get Attendance Credit

In a new potential plan presented at a school board meeting Thursday, Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) students would have three options to virtually fulfill their attendance requirement.  Students can attend a live Zoom class, fill out an attendance check-in on myMCPS Classroom during a live or recorded class, or join an online discussion on […]

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August 6, 2020 | Tori Bergel

3 Food Distribution Events Happening Saturday

Three food distribution events are scheduled for Saturday, August 8. Two in Silver Spring and one in Germantown. All three will begin at 10 a.m. and operate until noon. The first in Silver Spring, taking place at Francis Scott Key Middle School at 910 Schindler Drive, is a drive-thru style “grab & go.” They have […]

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August 6, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

‘Who Elected You?’: Parents Protest Gayles’ Order for Private Schools to Stay Virtual

Montgomery County residents rallied against the ordered closure of private schools by County Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles at a protest Wednesday. It was organized by the “Open Montgomery County, MD Private Schools” Facebook group. Parents say their private schools are taking reopening seriously and are following CDC and state guidelines. During the protest, Gayles […]

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August 6, 2020 | Tori Bergel

New Amazon 4-Star Store Opens in Westfield Montgomery

A new store opened Wednesday in Westfield Montgomery Mall in Bethesda: Amazon’s 4-star store. Westfield Montgomery announced the news on its social media platforms. “We’re excited to welcome you to our new Amazon 4-star store, now at Westfield Montgomery. 4-star is a great place to discover products you’ll love. The store is curated around customers – […]

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