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February 13, 2019 | Sam Merrill

Garrett Park Councilman: Straw Ban Is ‘Simple Place to Start’

Just under 1,000 people, only one full service restaurant, and now, a straw ban. Although Garrett Park is a small town between Kensington and North Bethesda, they are leading the state in banning single-use plastic straws. Town Councilman Dan Simons believes doing without plastic straws is a step in the right direction, and he hopes […]

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February 12, 2019 | Sam Merrill

Garrett Park Bans Single-Use Plastic Straws

Garrett Park became the first town in Maryland to ban single-use plastic straws, plastic stirrers, or plastic “splash sticks” for all businesses and permitted events. The ordinance, which creates a fine for violators, was passed unanimously by the town council. This ordinance comes from a worldwide effort to cut down on plastic waste, particularly in single-use items […]

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February 8, 2019 | Douglas Tallman

Dispute Brewing: Comptroller, Senator Spar Over Campaign Conflicts

Comptroller Peter Franchot on Friday asked House Speaker Michael Busch to replace his campaign treasurer because his job as a beer distributor creates a conflict of interest in the ongoing dispute over beer regulations. Franchot says Busch, who leads the 141-member House of Delegates in Annapolis, should replace Neal Katcef. Franchot claims Katcef is the […]

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February 8, 2019 | Michelle Queen

MCM’s February Small Business Network Features Mikel and David Blair

Mikel and David Blair are the featured guests of Montgomery Community Media’s February Small Business Network (SBN) session. The event takes place Feb. 21 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at our studios in Rockville located at 7548 Standish Place. Tickets are $20 and may be purchased online, here. The series of monthly morning sessions facilitated […]

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February 5, 2019 | Staff Writer

Montgomery County’s Opportunity Zone Workshop (VIDEO)

MCEDC Opportunity Zone Workshop The Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation and the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond present Montgomery County, Maryland’s Opportunity Zone Workshop Tuesday, February 5. The workshop takes place at AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in Downtown Silver Spring. The all-day workshop is intended for investors, developers, and others with potential business […]

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January 30, 2019 | Staff Writer

New Adventist HealthCare Medical Center in White Oak to Open in August

An Adventist HealthCare statement released Wednesday said its $400 million, 180-bed hospital will open Sunday, Aug. 25, to serve patients in Montgomery, Prince George’s and surrounding counties. Exterior work on the Adventist HealthCare White Oak Medical Center is nearly complete and interior work in patient care areas will continue over the next few months. White […]

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January 28, 2019 | Michelle Queen

County Residents Can Get New LED Light Bulbs at Local Breweries. Wait, What?

Montgomery County residents have the opportunity to save money and energy by trading in old incandescent or compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs for free LED light bulbs thanks to a program by local breweries and the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). Participants may bring as many bulbs as they have available to receive a […]

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January 23, 2019 | Deirdre Byrne

Marriott Headquarters in North Bethesda Will Be Converted Into Retirement Community

Marriott International Inc.’s Headquarters in North Bethesda has been acquired by Erickson Living. Erickson Living is a Baltimore-based developer of retirement communities. With this acquisition, Marriott’s headquarters in Bethesda will be converted into a senior living community. The specifics of the senior living community are unclear in terms of how many units and care facilities the community will […]

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January 22, 2019 | Douglas Tallman

Montgomery Facing ‘Constrained Quality of Life’

A pro-business Montgomery County group released a report Tuesday morning that said the county was experiencing a “constrained quality of life.” Empower Montgomery, which tried to influence the 2018 Democratic primary, said the county’s low private job growth, ballooning county government salaries and an expensive public liquor business have contributed to the county’s financial malaise.  […]

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January 17, 2019 | Michelle Queen

Elrich and Navarro Talk Business at MCM’s January Small Business Network Session

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich and Council President Nancy Navarro were the guests of Montgomery Community Media’s Small Business Network (SBN) session on January 17. The event was sold out. Watch the full video from the event below.   .@nancy_navarro said the council has put in place strong tools to help small businesses, but now […]

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