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March 4, 2021 | Deirdre Byrne

Montgomery County DHHS Receives First Shipment of Johnson & Johnson Vaccines

Montgomery County Government announced on Twitter that the Department of Health and Human Services has received its first shipment of 1,600 doses of the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen COVID-19 vaccines. Unlike the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, only one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is necessary to fight the coronavirus. 🆕 @MoCoDHHS has received its […]

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March 4, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

Hogan Announces Vaccine Equity Operations Plan

Maryland has launched a COVID-19 vaccine equity plan, Gov. Larry Hogan announced at a press conference Thursday. “Today, to build on all of the months of comprehensive effort, we are announcing the very first vaccine equity operations plan of any state in America to further address health disparities and the issue of equity and to […]

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March 4, 2021 | Deirdre Byrne

Raskin, Trone Urge Hogan to Open Mass Vaccination Site in Montgomery County

U.S. Reps. Jamie Raskin (D-Md. 8) and David Trone (D-Md. 6) have written a letter to Gov. Larry Hogan and Maryland’s Acting Secretary of Health Dennis Schrader urging that the state open a mass vaccination site in Montgomery County. “[D]espite Montgomery suffering the worst casualty rate in Maryland and despite having the second-highest number of […]

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March 3, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

Montgomery County Preparing to Move Forward with Vaccine Phases 

The Montgomery County health department (DHHS) is preparing to begin COVID-19 vaccinations for Priority Groups 1B, tiers 2 and 3, and Group 1C Tier 1, to include residents ages 65-74, County Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles said during a media briefing Wednesday. Within the last week, the county has doubled down on sending vaccine appointment […]

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March 3, 2021 | Abby Espiritu

MCPS Adjusts Calendar in Preparation for In-Person Return March 15

Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) will officially begin the phased return of students to in-person instruction on March 15 and, in preparation, will be making schedule adjustments for the week prior. According to MCPS, the following instructional calendar has been set for the week of March 8: Monday, March 8: No virtual or in-person classes […]

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March 3, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

Navarro Calls for Investigation Over ‘Inappropriate’ Background Conversation Heard During Council Meeting

During the March 2 Montgomery County virtual council meeting, voices can be heard in the background that appear to make fun of Councilmember Nancy Navarro’s accent. One person seems to giggle as another person says, “I love how her accent comes out,” specifically referring to Navarro’s pronunciation of the words “represents” and “hologram.” It is […]

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March 3, 2021 | Andrea Sarralde

MCPS Propone Opciones para el Calendario Escolar 2021-22

El Comité de Gestión de Políticas de las Escuelas Públicas del Condado de Montgomery (MCPS) ha propuesto tres opciones de calendario para el próximo año escolar 2021-2022. Los dos primeros escenarios requerirían que los estudiantes regresaran a la escuela antes del Día del Trabajo y el tercero comenzaría el año escolar después del fin de […]

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March 3, 2021 | Gracie Tanner

MCPS Proposes Calendar Options for 2021-22 School Year

Montgomery County Public Schools’ Policy Management Committee has proposed three calendar options for the upcoming 2021-2022 school year. The first two scenarios would require students to return to school before Labor Day and the third would begin the school year after the holiday weekend. If either of the first two options are approved, classes will […]

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March 2, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

Maryland Filmmaker Natalie Harris is Cannes Festival Emerging Showcase Finalist

Filmmaker Natalie Harris, born and raised in Silver Spring, is a Cannes Film Festival Emerging Filmmaker Showcase finalist and recipient of the Directors Guild of America’s Student Film Award for her short film: Pure. Harris graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in May 2020; she submitted “Pure” as her thesis project. […]

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March 2, 2021 | Bryan Gallion and Rachel Clair

Rockville Volunteer Fire Department Deputy Chief Laid to Rest

Rockville Volunteer Fire Department Deputy Chief Scott Emmons was laid to rest Tuesday afternoon. The nearly 30-year veteran of the department and Metropolitan Police detective died last week from complications following a medical event he suffered on Feb. 6. He was 48. Visitation with family and friends was held Tuesday morning at Covenant of Life […]

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