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October 26, 2020 | Michelle Queen

SBN At-Home: Hiring in a Covid World

Ellen Grealish and Stacey Jungreis joined Kelly Leonard for Montgomery Community Media’s October episode of Small Business Network at Home. The series of monthly sessions facilitated by Leonard addresses topics of interest to small business owners in Montgomery County. October’s topic was “Hiring and Retaining Top Talent in a Covid World.” Watch a video of […]

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October 23, 2020 | Clara Longo de Freitas

North Pole Quarantine: Macy’s Announces Santa Will Not Visit Department Stores

For the first time in nearly 160 years, Santa Claus won’t be coming to town… well, more specifically, he won’t be stopping by at Macy’s department stores, including the Bethesda, Gaithersburg and Wheaton locations. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Macy’s announced it will instead host a “virtual experience” -to preserve the safety of customers and […]

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October 22, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

Washington Sports Club in Silver Spring Permanently Closed

The Washington Sports Club on Wayne Avenue in Downtown Silver Spring is permanently closed. According to a sign on the front door, members will be given prorated refunds. Washington Sports Clubs’ other locations in Washington, D.C. are still open. The club featured a swimming pool, courts for tennis, racquet ball and squash and hi-tech fitness […]

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October 21, 2020 | Deirdre Byrne

Riemer Warns More Reopenings Mean ‘We Are Painting Ourselves Into a Corner’ with Schools

Councilmember Hans Riemer is concerned schools are not being prioritized when it comes to Montgomery County’s reopening strategy. “Yes small businesses are paying a price from covid, kids are paying a price from covid too,” Riemer said in an interview with MyMCMedia. Montgomery County Public Schools has been offering virtual learning since March and will […]

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October 21, 2020 | Toluwa Famuyide

Over $200,000 in Grants Awarded to 22 Montgomery County Farms

Twenty-two local food-producing farms in Montgomery County have been awarded $236,804 to improve their infrastructure and expand their capacity. The funds also serve to help the farms contribute local food to the Montgomery County Farm to Food Bank program in 2021. Grants were funded by the Montgomery County Government, Manna Food Center, and Food for Montgomery. We are […]

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October 20, 2020 | Sydney Bullock

County Fines Pinstripes in North Bethesda for COVID-19 Violation

Montgomery County fined Pinstripes, a bowling alley and restaurant in the Pike & Rose development located in North Bethesda, for COVID-19 violations last Saturday, Oct. 17. Pinstripes failed to comply with Montgomery County executive order 117-20, according to the citation, and received a $500. The inspection report wrote up the business for violating “social distancing” […]

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October 20, 2020 | Reid Flumbaum

New Grant Opportunity Available for Struggling Small Businesses

Eligible restaurants and retailers looking for financial assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic can now apply for a grant provided by the Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation (MCEDC). Announced Tuesday morning, MCEDC says the 3R (Reopen, Relaunch, and Reimagine) Initiative is guided towards businesses that have experienced unanticipated costs, helping with e-commerce solutions, delivery service fees […]

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October 20, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

County Continues Late-Night Alcohol Program Despite Meeting Suspension Requirement

Although Montgomery County has met one of the criteria that requires suspending its Late-Night Alcohol Sales Program, it is not yet planning on doing so. “By the definition we have met at least one of the criteria to suspend that program,” Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security Director Dr. Earl Stoddard said at a […]

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October 20, 2020 | Toluwa Famuyide

Kaiser Permanente to Build New Medical Center in Aspen Hill

Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States will be opening a new medical center in Montgomery County. The medical provider is planning to build the new center in the Aspen Hill area of Silver Spring. Kaiser released a statement in early 2019 explaining its acquisition of 10.4 acres of land at 13900 Connecticut Avenue in Aspen […]

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October 19, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

Denizen Brewery Turns Act of Vandalism Into Opportunity to Help Others

Someone smashed a window and stole a few bottles of alcohol at Denizens Brewing Company, East West Highway in Silver Spring Oct. 18. Rather than lament their losses, the owners are encouraging everyone to vote and donate to social service charities. The owners received a call from the alarm company as the break-in occured, said […]

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