Council Vice President Sidney Katz

August 1, 2019 | Deirdre Byrne

Council Expands Property Tax Credit for Surviving Spouses of Retired Military Members

The Montgomery County Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to expand the property tax credit for surviving spouses of retired military service members. To be eligible for the credit, a person needs to be a surviving spouse of a retired member of the uniformed services, who’s at least 65 years old and hasn’t remarried. Eligible people […]

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August 1, 2019 | Abigail Brooke

Katz Family Honored for Generational Influence in Gaithersburg

Council Vice President Sidney Katz joined the City of Gaithersburg in dedicating a clock tower to his parents on July 29. Katz’s parents, Jacob and Rose Wolfson, opened Wolfson’s Department Store on Diamond Avenue in 1918. The store remained open for 95 years and was recognized as a staple of Old Towne Gaithersburg. The store […]

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July 17, 2019 | Ambika Narula

County Council Honors Gaithersburg Lifeguard

Council Vice President Sidney Katz and councilmember Gabe Albornoz recognized lifeguard Marisa Arnold’s achievement of saving a child and rewarded her with a proclamation Tuesday.  Arnold, a lifeguard at Stonebridge Community Pool in Gaithersburg, saved a 4-year-old on June 24. Arnold acted quickly when she witnessed the child was in distress and had turned purple. […]

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July 17, 2019 | Douglas Tallman

DeVaul Pulls Name from Contention for County Chief Position

Takoma Park Police Chief Antonio DeVaul pulled his name from contention to be the next Montgomery County police chief. News reports have named Tonya Chapman, the former chief of Portsmouth, Va., as the other contender for the position. It was unclear Wednesday evening whether County Executive Marc Elrich would consider any of the other applicants. […]

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July 12, 2019 | Deirdre Byrne

County Leaders Recognize Outstanding Public Safety Officers

On Friday, the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce honored public safety officials at its annual Public Safety Awards Breakfast at the Montgomery County Agricultural Center in Gaithersburg. View this post on Instagram @gburggermantownchamber and county officials honored many public safety officers on Friday for their service and dedication to keeping the Montgomery County community safe. Stay […]

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July 11, 2019 | Deirdre Byrne

In White Oak, Community Participates in Racial Equity Forum

Dozens of people came out to the Community Conversation on Racial Equity and Social Justice at the White Oak Recreation Center on Wednesday. MyMCMedia spoke to Council President Nancy Navarro and Councilmember Evan Glass about why Montgomery County has been organizing these forums. Here’s a look at how the event went down. Seven of the […]

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July 5, 2019 | Michelle Queen

Navarro, Katz Release Statement on Police Use of Force During Aspen Hill Arrest

Montgomery County Council President Nancy Navarro and Vice President and Chair of the Public Safety Committee Sidney Katz made the following statement after viewing cell phone videos from community members showing the use of force by a Montgomery County Police officer during an arrest at McDonald’s in the Aspen Hill Shopping Center. “We are outraged […]

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June 25, 2019 | Abigail Brooke

Friedson Bill Would Waive Housing Fee for Disabled Individuals

Councilmember Andrew Friedson introduced legislation that would waive fees for individuals with disabilities living in accessory dwelling units, or ADUs. The County Council is currently considering Zoning Text Amendment 19-01, which would loosen restrictions for ADUs. This would allow residents to create ADUs for their loved ones with disabilities so that the individuals can have […]

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June 21, 2019 | Douglas Tallman

Montgomery Talks: Katz on Police Chief, Business Climate

Councilmember Sidney Katz talks about the process to appoint a new chief of police. Plus, he practically grew up in a local department store, so he’s been tasked with helping County Executive Marc Elrich to improve the county’s climate for small businesses. Available now on MyMCMedia, Overcast, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, RadioPublic, Spotify and Stitcher, […]

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June 13, 2019 | Abigail Brooke

Smoke-Free Outdoor Dining Law Begins Thursday

The smoke-free outdoor dining law goes into effect Thursday. The law will prohibit smoking in outdoor seating areas where food is served, such as restaurants or bar patios. Adam Zimmerman, Rockville resident and smoke-free advocate, believes that the law only makes sense for the area. “The vast majority of county residents are nonsmokers and research […]

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