August 20, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

AdvaGenix: State Health Department Incorrectly Said Permit Was Suspended

AdvaGenix, the Rockville lab that was supplying and processing COVID-19 tests for the county’s free sites, says the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) incorrectly said their laboratory permit was suspended.  On Friday the MDH ordered AdvaGenix to stop processing COVID-19 tests. The MDH said that federal and state investigators found “certain improper laboratory and COVID-19 […]

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August 18, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

After Procedure Concerns, County Ends Testing Contract With AdvaGenix

Montgomery County will no longer be using COVID-19 tests from AdvaGenix, the Rockville lab that was supplying and processing tests for the county’s free sites.  The county announced Tuesday that its contract with AdvaGenix was terminated after the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) ordered the lab to stop processing tests on Friday. The MDH said […]

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March 5, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Safeway Contract ‘Overwhelmingly’ Approved by Workers

The new contract proposed by Safeway was “overwhelmingly” voted through Thursday, according to a statement from UFCW Local 400, the union representing Safeway employees. Key points in the contract are the same as in the Giant Food contract: maintaining pensions and protecting retiree benefits, wage scales that are above the minimum wage and will increase, […]

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March 5, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Safeway Workers Reach Tentative Agreement to Avoid Strike

At 2 a.m. Thursday morning, Safeway union members reached a tentative agreement with the company for a new contract, according to Jonathan Williams, communications director for UFCW Local 400, the union representing Safeway employees.  The union will go over Safeway’s offer at a 1 p.m. meeting Thursday at the Gaylord National Resort and Conference Center […]

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February 3, 2016 | Sonya Burke

Board of Education to Announce Selection of New MCPS Superintendent at Special Meeting

The Montgomery County Board of Education (BOE) has called a special meeting on Feb. 4th to take action on the conditional appointment of the new superintendent for Montgomery County Public Schools. According to a news release, the appointment, effective July 1, 2016 thru June 30, 2020 – will be contingent upon final written approval of […]

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February 5, 2015 | Krista Brick

MCPS Students React to Starr’s Resignation (VIDEO)

Superintendent Dr. Joshua Starr has just days left in his role heading up one of the state’s largest school districts but some students say they are confused about why his contract was not renewed. MyMCMedia spoke with two student leaders at Richard Montgomery High School Thursday about the decision. “I think a lot of people […]

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January 31, 2015 | Krista Brick

Starr Touts Accomplishments But Stays Mum on Future Plans

Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Joshua Starr has just days to let the county’s school board know if he wants his contract as head of the school system renewed. Although not a letter of intent, Starr submitted to the school board last week a letter touting the school system’s accomplishments under his tenure. You […]

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January 30, 2015 | Krista Brick

County School Board Releases Statement on Starr’s Future

The Montgomery County School Board released a statement Friday afternoon about the ongoing discussion surrounding the renewal of Superintendent Dr. Joshua Starr’s contract. The statement from MCPS Board President Patricia O’Neill reads: “A superintendent’s appointment and contract are among the most important responsibilities that the Board of Education has and every member takes these responsibilities […]

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January 22, 2015 | Krista Brick and Sonya Burke

Questions Swirl About Starr’s Future at MCPS (VIDEO)

UPDATED The Montgomery County Board of Education has a closed session scheduled Friday and it would appear that Superintendent Dr. Joshua Starr’s $250,000-plus yearly contract hangs in the balance. The closed door meeting is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Starr’s contract expires June 30, but school board policy requires the superintendent to indicate whether he wants […]

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December 29, 2014 | Staff Writer

Trash Strike Continues, The Impact in Montgomery County Described as “Minimal”

UPDATED 12-29-14 The Montgomery County Division of Solid Waste Services (Department of Environmental Protection) is reminding residents scheduled for trash and recycling collections in the areas affected by the strike at Unity Disposal and Recycling LLC, to put their trash and recyclables out by 7 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 29. Residents in the affected areas […]

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