March 27, 2020 | Michelle Queen

Montgomery Parks: ‘Use of Playgrounds in our Parks is Prohibited’

Montgomery Parks announced Friday that use of the playgrounds is prohibited. Apparently, visitors to some of the playgrounds have ignored the posted signs about the potential danger of using the playgrounds. Montgomery Parks will use fending to close off some of the playgrounds. Use of playgrounds in our parks is prohibited. Some playgrounds will be […]

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March 27, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

UMD Says Student Crisis Fund Has Almost Run Out, Asks for Donations

The University of Maryland (UMD) is asking for donations to its Student Crisis Fund.  The fund helps students who are hit with emergency financial needs, according to its page. The crisis fund usually gets a few requests for assistance per week, but recently has gotten at least 50 per day due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  […]

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March 25, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Police Ask For Help in Finding Missing White Oak Teenager

Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD) detectives are asking the public for help finding Tatyana Brooks, a missing teenager from the White Oak area.   Brooks, 17, is about 5’6’’, 140 pounds, with dark hair and brown eyes. She was reported missing by her family, according to police. She lives on Featherwood Drive. Police and family are […]

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March 25, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Maryland Pursuing Waiver For Standardized Tests

Maryland State Superintendent Karen Salmon on Tuesday requested permission from the state Board of Education to submit a waiver for standardized testing. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the U.S. Department of Education is allowing states to apply for waivers to exempt them from administering standardized tests this school year.  On March 12, Gov. Larry Hogan […]

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March 25, 2020 | Andrea Sarralde

Escuelas Públicas de Maryland Cierran hasta el 24 de Abril

Todas las escuelas públicas de Maryland están cerradas por cuatro semanas adicionales, hasta el 24 de abril. La superintendente estatal Karen Salmon anunció la decisión en una conferencia de prensa, el miércoles. El 12 de marzo, el gobernador Larry Hogan anunció que las escuelas permanecerían cerradas hasta el 27 de marzo para frenar la propagación […]

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March 25, 2020 | Gaynelle Evans

How Families Can Deal With Stress During the Coronavirus Crisis

Age determines how social distancing may affect your family members during the coronavirus crisis, says Kirsten Andersen, senior director of Intervention Services for the YMCA’s Youth and Family Services. Adults, teens and children will have different reactions to the stress it causes. Here, Andersen breaks down what to look for in adults: In children, toddlers […]

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March 25, 2020 | Deirdre Byrne and Maryam Shahzad

All Maryland Public Schools Closed Until April 24

All Maryland public schools are closed for an additional four weeks until April 24. State Superintendent Karen Salmon announced the decision at a press conference Wednesday. On March 12, Gov. Larry Hogan announced that schools would be closed through March 27 to slow the spread of COVID-19. “I know how incredible difficult this last couple […]

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March 24, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Montgomery Parks Is Asking Residents To Stay Off Playgrounds

Montgomery County is asking people to refrain from using playgrounds and touching park surfaces like benches and water fountains, said Montgomery Parks Spokesperson Melissa Chotiner.  The guidance is in response to the ongoing COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. “We are posting signs and asking that people refrain from using the equipment for their own health and safety […]

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March 24, 2020 | Jordan Lindsay

‘MoCo Students for Change’ Provides Platform to Cope with Coronavirus Crisis

Cancellations and closures have become commonplace the last couple of weeks. Social distancing guidelines have been put in place to help prevent the spread of the virus and with schools closed, students are adapting to the new way of life just like the rest of the population. “MoCo Students For Change” is an organization made up […]

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March 24, 2020 | Michelle Queen

Montgomery Libraries Now Offer Virtual Storytime

Montgomery County Public Libraries is now offering virtual events, including the popular storytimes for young children. The libraries are using the web conferencing service, Zoom, to deliver storytimes virtually while most families are staying at home. Tuesday morning, a family storytime was held at 9 a.m. for young children. Two more family storytimes are scheduled […]

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