October 30, 2020 | Clara Longo de Freitas

Raskin Launches Reading Program For Elementary Students

Rep. Jamie Raskin is launching a reader’s program encouraging elementary school students and their families to read, according to a press release. The program, called Raskin’s Readers, will start Saturday, Oct. 31, and it will go through Jan. 31, 2021. The program challenges students from kindergarten to fifth grade, along with family members or guardians, […]

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October 30, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

County Discourages Trick-or-Treating; Recommends Alternative Ways to Celebrate Halloween

Halloween is on Saturday and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) wants people to find new ways to participate. According to the CDC, “Many traditional Halloween activities can be high-risk for spreading viruses.” The health institute said that includes door-to-door trick-or-treating and even trunk-or-treating, where cars gather in a parking lot and treats […]

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October 30, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

Maryland Has 10th Highest Childhood Obesity Rate in U.S.

Almost 18% of children in Maryland between the ages of 10 and 17 are obese, according to a recently released study by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. That is the tenth highest rate in the United States, where the average obesity rate for this age group is 15.5%, according to the study. In Montgomery County, […]

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October 26, 2020 | Nicolle Schorchit

County Council Virtual Youth Town Hall Planned for Oct. 28

The Montgomery County Council will host a virtual Youth Town Hall meeting on Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. with Montgomery County School Board President Shebra Evans and Student Member of the Board Nick Asante. They would like to learn more about the issues currently impacting young people across the county. The virtual Youth Town Hall […]

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October 21, 2020 | Jordan Lindsay

Two Local College Students Win Scholarship for Helping Businesses During Pandemic

College students from across the state applied for the Shop Maryland-Tax Free Week Scholarship. Participants were asked to explain how they helped businesses survive during the COVID-19 pandemic. The two statewide winners are from Montgomery County. They were recognized by the Maryland Retailers Association and Comptroller Peter Franchot during a virtual presentation on Friday. Mirian Fuentes […]

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October 21, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

After Dispute Over Private Schools, County Still Unclear on its Authority to Make Closures

It’s unclear what authority Montgomery County has to make broad school closures if COVID-19 conditions get worse, Emergency Management Director Dr. Earl Stoddard said at a county council meeting Tuesday.  On July 31, Montgomery County was launched into a week-long back and forth with the state when County Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles issued an […]

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October 20, 2020 | Staff Writer

MCPS Shares New Interactive Tool for Districtwide Boundary Analysis

Montgomery County Public School officials say the second phase of the Districtwide Boundary Analysis will focus on engagement with a new Interactive Boundary Explorer tool. The tool will offer a more in-depth look at MCPS school boundaries and was designed to provide a comprehensive assessment by analyzing various data points. The interactive tool will be […]

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October 19, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Police: Former Wootton Football Coach Sexually Assaulted Players, Asked for Explicit Photos

Additional charging details allege that former Wootton High School football coach Christopher Papadopoulos inappropriately touched student players and pressured one for explicit photos. Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD) detectives charged Papadopoulos, 26, of Gaithersburg with two counts of sexual abuse of a minor and four counts of fourth degree sexual offense, according to online case […]

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October 19, 2020 | Jordan Lindsay

Deadline to Request Mail-In Ballot is October 20

For voters who are opting to vote by mail, the deadline to request mail-in ballots is Tuesday, October 20. It is important to note that ballots will not be automatically mailed to voters for the November 3, 2020 election. “You can easily do it on your cell phone- text the letters VBM to 77788,” said […]

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October 16, 2020 | Reid Flumbaum

Haunted Hustle Fun Run Offers Chance to Strut Your Spooky Costume

Halloweeners rejoice! Montgomery Parks is hosting a Haunted Hustle Fun Run at Black Hill Regional Park the morning of Halloween, where you can show off your spooky (or not spooky) costumes. The event is slated to begin at 8 a.m. and run through 12 p.m., Oct. 31. Those interested in attending can run or walk […]

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