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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 1, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Silver Spring Restaurant Declared ‘Unsafe Facility’ After COVID-19 Violations

The Society Restaurant & Lounge in Silver Spring has been declared an “Unsafe Facility” by Montgomery County Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles after repeated COVID-19 violations. The Georgia Avenue establishment was ordered to close on Tuesday following an inspection on Saturday. It must remain closed for 30 days or until Gayles approves reopening. Society previously […]

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September 11, 2020 | Reid Flumbaum

Thursday Downpours Force Rescheduling of Bethesda Repaving Project

Inclement weather Thursday left the Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) and M.T. Laney Company, Inc. no choice but to postpone the partial closure of Wisconsin Avenue at Montgomery Avenue/Old Georgetown Road. According to an MCDOT press release, M.T. Laney Company, Inc. will now close two northbound and southbound lanes of Wisconsin Avenue beginning at […]

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September 10, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Flooding Causes Road Closures, Leaves Cars Stranded in Montgomery County

Montgomery County is under a Flash Flood Warning until 6:45 p.m. Thursday due to huge afternoon downpours. Affected areas include Bethesda, Kensington and Aspen Hill. Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service (MCFRS) Chief Spokesperson Pete Piringer said that downcounty was most affected by rain and flooding, causing roads like Beach Drive to close. Montgomery Parks alerted […]

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July 30, 2020 | Tori Bergel

White Oak Bowling Lanes Angered by Forced Re-Closure

White Oak Bowling Lanes in Silver Spring is enlisting the public to help them overturn an executive order causing the business to close down despite continued reopening efforts throughout the county. On Tuesday, the bowling alley surprised customers when it posted to Facebook saying that it would be closing its doors again after over a […]

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July 27, 2020 | Isabel Cleary

Restaurant Closed for Second Time Due to Social Distancing Violations, Other Fined

The Republic Garden in Silver Spring has been closed by the county for the second time, for not maintaining six-feet physical distancing. The restaurant was given a 30-day closure order on Sunday, July 26 because the written plan that had been submitted to ensure physical distancing was not being followed. The Republic Garden’s license was […]

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July 27, 2020 | Isabel Cleary

Darnestown Liquor and Wine Store Reopens After Closure Due to COVID-19

Darnestown Liquor and Wine Store reopened on Monday after being closed for three weeks due to several employees testing positive for COVID-19. The store closed because of staffing shortages after many employees were forced to quarantine and was expected to tentatively reopen on July 20, according to an earlier press release. During the closure, a […]

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July 24, 2020 | Emma Shuster

Takoma Park Red Line Station To Experience Closure From July 26-August 1

Beginning Sunday, July 26, the Takoma Park Red Line Station will be closed. The closure comes as a result of several repairs occurring on the Red Line throughout the summer. The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority website states: “Ridership levels are extremely low (down 90-95 percent), and buses are able to run in place of […]

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July 9, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Fourth Employee at Darnestown Liquor and Wine Tests Positive for COVID-19

A fourth employee at Darnestown Liquor and Wine has tested positive for COVID-19, according to a statement from the county. On Monday, Montgomery County announced that the store would be temporarily closed after three employees tested positive: one on June 30 and two others a few days later. The store is planned to reopen on […]

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April 3, 2020 | Staff Writer

Germantown Transit Center Closes for Two Weeks

The Germantown Transit Center and Aircraft Drive between Century Blvd and Route 118 will be closed for two weeks from Sunday, April 5 until Sunday, April 19. The County plans to repave Aircraft Drive during this timeframe. The transportation department rated Aircraft Drive’s pavement as poor to fair during their annual county-wide road survey. Five […]

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