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February 28, 2021 | Halle Grossett

Councilmember Glass Denounces Hateful Message

On Feb.23 the Montgomery County Council convened to discuss the adoption of a resolution to combat hate, bigotry, and violence. The resolution was made to promote inclusiveness and affirm the long-standing commitment the county has to ensuring all members of the community are protected from harmful, and hateful actions or speech. Councilmember Evan Glass led […]

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December 11, 2020 | Charles Nyonga

Hanukkah Is the Jewish Festival of Lights

The Jewish holiday of Hanukkah began Thursday at sundown with the lighting of the first of eight candles. It continues for eight days, until  Dec. 18. This Festival of Lights celebrates the victory by the Maccabees over the Syrian-Greek army so that the Jewish people could observe their own religion and not have to accept […]

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February 21, 2020 | Marian Merewitz

Connecting Our Community: Rules of the Road with Police Captain McBain

Cars, pedestrians and bikes are all sharing the roads, but can we do it safely? Host Pat Shoemaker discusses pedestrian safety with Captain McBain the Director of the Montgomery County Traffic Division. Captain McBain covers some of the rules of the road for crosswalks, pedestrians, cars, and bikes. A very important show to watch!

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November 8, 2019 | Marian Merewitz

Connecting Our Community: Americorps

On this episode of Connecting Our Community, host Pat Shoemaker discusses volunteer opportunities with guest Nicki Fiocco who is the Executive Director of Volunteer Maryland, an Americorps program.  

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October 24, 2019 | Marian Merewitz

Connecting Our Community: Meet Dr. Kim Ross, D.M.D.

On this episode host Pat Shoemaker discusses some of the latest technology in dentistry with guest Dr. Kim Ross. Be sure to watch!

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September 12, 2019 | Marian Merewitz

Connecting Our Community: Meet ArtStream Co-founder Nic Stearns

On this episode of Connecting Our Community, host Pat Shoemaker talks about ArtStream with one of it’s founders. Nic Stearns is an amazing part of this dynamic group that has created an inclusive environment with lots of opportunities for artistic exploration for adults with intellectual differences. Stearns is also an author of two books, “ArtStream […]

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May 29, 2019 | Marian Merewitz

Connecting Our Community: Financial Aid

Is going to college in your or a family members future? This episode of Connecting Our Community discusses what you need to know to get started with financial aid. Host Pat Shoemaker is joined by Tara Carew, Director of the Financial Aid Department and Shanna Kibler, Assistant Director of Scholarships and Maryland State Programs at Anne […]

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May 9, 2019 | Marian Merewitz

Connecting Our Community: MCPS Choose Respect PSA Contest

On this episode of Connecting Our Community host Pat Shoemaker is joined by Cheryl Kravitz with the Domestic Violence Coordinating Council and the student representative, Lilah Katz. You can watch all of the winning videos but the most important story is that these students are learning that they can choose respect, recognize a problem and […]

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March 14, 2019 | Marian Merewitz

Connecting Our Community: Living a Happy Life with a Special Needs Child

On this episode of Connecting Our Community, host Pat Shoemaker is joined by Robin Williams Evans. Robin is the author of Living a Happy Life with a Special Needs Child. Robin discusses her story and shares how she and her husband have grown to appreciate how their situation has enriched their lives. Robin’s book gives […]

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November 17, 2018 | Marian Merewitz

Connecting Our Community: Maryland Senior Call Check

Projections are that roughly 25 percent of the population will be in the senior category by the year 2030. The Maryland Department of Aging has been looking at ways to help seniors stay independent, out of institutions longer and to “age in place.”  A new pilot program has started for those over 65 that could help […]

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