Councilmember Craig Rice

September 16, 2019 | Staff Writer

New Vaping Laws Aim to Protect Teens

Kellen Leeson, 21, recalls how the proximity of certain stores made buying tobacco products easy when he was a high school student. New laws, introduced today by Councilmembers Gabe Albornoz and Craig Rice, are designed to protect our youth from access to vaping products. Find out more on MCM Connects: Our Vaping Epidemic live-streaming on […]

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September 13, 2019 | Deirdre Byrne

County Leaders Want to Keep Vape Shops Away from Schools

Montgomery County Councilmembers Gabe Albornoz and Craig Rice are holding a press conference in Rockville on Monday to discuss initiatives to address the vaping crisis. During the press conference, they will talk about ZTA 19-06, a zoning amendment that would prohibit vape shops that distribute e-cigarettes from opening within a half-mile of middle and high […]

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August 9, 2019 | Ambika Narula

Stop the Violence Event Set for Aug. 24

Stop the Violence, Save the Youth, Unity and the Community will be Aug. 24 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Plumgar Park in Germantown. The event will pay a special tribute to Estelle Martin and will include special guest speaker Councilmember Craig Rice, with guest choir by Chosen Vessel and dance performance by Kaela […]

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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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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 10, 2019 | Deirdre Byrne

Yale Student Body President Returns Home to Germantown

Germantown’s hometown hero, Kahil Greene, paid a visit to Montgomery County in early July. Greene, a Poolesville  High School alumnus, made headlines this year when he was elected the first black student body president of Yale University in its 318-year history. Germantown's very own, Kahlil Greene, was elected as the first African American student body […]

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June 27, 2019 | Deirdre Byrne

In Germantown, More Than 200 Sound off on Racial Equity

The Montgomery County-wide conversation on racial equity and social justice continued Wednesday night at the BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown. More than 200 people came out to share how they’ve seen inequities play out in their communities and their ideas about how county officials can create policies to address these injustices. County Executive […]

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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 14, 2019 | Staff Writer

Leadership Montgomery Honors Community Leaders

Leadership Montgomery honored its three graduating classes at the Celebration of Leadership event Thursday evening in Rockville. In addition to Senior Leaders, Emerging Leaders, and Core (Connecting Our Region’s Execs), special awards were presented to president and CEO of the Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation Nicky Goren and Nonprofit Village Executive Director Kim Jones. […]

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May 10, 2019 | Deirdre Byrne

Montgomery Police Release Footage Showing MCPD Officer Using N-Word

Montgomery County police are investigating an incident of racial bias involving one of their police officers. MCPD released a statement Thursday evening saying that they take “allegations of racial discrimination seriously.” “We are committed to serving all members of the community in a fair, impartial, and non-discriminatory manner at all times. All allegations of misconduct surrounding […]

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