September 17, 2021 | Deirdre Byrne

Montgomery County Makes Progress Closing Racial Gap in Vaccinations

Friday afternoon, county health officials offered free vaccinations outside of Afrikutz Barber & Beauty Shop in Silver Spring. Residents who received a free vaccine also received a free haircut. The initiative was aimed at closing the COVID-19 vaccination gap between Black residents and white residents. Black residents currently have a vaccination rate 3% lower than […]

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September 14, 2021 | Michelle Queen

September SBN: Socially Responsible Business Practices

Carrie Fox joins Kelly Leonard for MyMCM’s September episode of Small Business Network.  The series of monthly sessions facilitated by Kelly Leonard addresses topics of interest to small business owners in Montgomery County. This is a virtual event. The presentation and discussion take place on Tuesday, Sept. 28 at 9 a.m. and will be streamed live. […]

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August 31, 2021 | Deirdre Byrne

Ashman: Lakeforest Master Plan Could Bring ‘Redevelopment We’ve All Been Dreaming Of’

The Gaithersburg City Council recently approved the Lakeforest Master Plan, which lays out how community members believe the area can be revitalized. MyMCM spoke to Gaithersburg Mayor Jud Ashman about why he thinks the approval marks a step toward bringing Lakeforest the “redevelopment we’ve all been dreaming of”: Related Post: Gaithersburg Passes Lakeforest Master Plan, […]

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August 17, 2021 | Michelle Queen

August SBN: How to Talk About What You Do and Attract Perfect Clients

Brand and business coach Maggy Sterner joins Kelly Leonard for MyMCM’s August episode of Small Business Network. The series of monthly sessions facilitated by Kelly Leonard address topics of interest to small business owners in Montgomery County. August topic:  “Pitch Power® : How to Talk About What You Do and Attract Perfect Clients.” Watch the entire […]

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August 16, 2021 | Joe Yasharoff

17 Months Later, Popular Landmark’s Bethesda Row Cinema Reopens

Landmark’s Bethesda Row Cinema reopened Friday after being closed for 17 months due to the pandemic. While crowds were not close to pre-pandemic numbers over the weekend, they were “solid” according to a spokesperson. There are no capacity limits although people are encouraged to pick seats social distanced if possible.   View this post on […]

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July 28, 2021 | Joshua Casazza

Airsoft Shooting Range Opens in Wheaton Mall

Battlestar, a sci-fi themed airsoft shooting range, recently opened inside Westfield Wheaton Mall. Described as an airsoft entertainment zone, people shoot at small targets with battery powered guns that use plastic pellets. The store has an open concept that allows mall-goers to watch Battlestar customers fire their guns from the front counter.   View this […]

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July 26, 2021 | Fran Murphy

Hank Dietle’s ReOpens

Friday night marked the reopening of the popular pub on Rockville Pike. Dietle’s had been a local lower county landmark since 1950, when an early morning fire on Valentine’s Day of 2018 destroyed the bar. Rising out of the ashes, thanks to a healthy GoFundMe, the tavern hosted a sold-out crowd. The tunes of King […]

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July 23, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

Grant Applications Close Friday for Nonprofits Focused on Minority Entrepreneurship, STEM Education

Friday is the deadline for Montgomery County nonprofits to apply for a grant from the County Economic Development Corporation (MCEDC). The grant program is open to nonprofits with a mission or program related to: Minority and women entrepreneurship Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education Research and innovation development Small-scale manufacturing Organizations must apply by […]

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July 2, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

Food Truck Owner Described as Beloved, Gentle Giant in Fundraiser for His Family

A GoFundMe online fundraiser has been set up to support the family of Corries Hardy, a barbecue food truck owner who died while working on his food truck on Sunday. “On Sunday June 27th, Corries Hardy, a beloved part of both the Bowie and Bethesda communities passed away while doing what he loved best, Barbecuing […]

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July 1, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

Leaders Celebrate Minimum Wage Increase, Stress That the ‘Fight for 15’ is Not the End 

Montgomery County’s minimum wage has finally reached $15 an hour for large employers with at least 51 employees. July 1 marked another annual incremental increase in minimum wage, which began after the council’s minimum wage bill was passed in 2017. County Executive Marc Elrich was lead sponsor of a bill, as a councilmember. Now, large […]

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