Councilmember Sidney Katz

May 17, 2019 | Deirdre Byrne

Local Officials Excited to Meet Authors at Gaithersburg Book Fest

Some of the biggest authors are coming from around the world to attend the 10th annual Gaithersburg Book Festival on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The night before the big event, authors are invited to mingle with one another at a VIP Authors Reception. Local politicians came up for the pre-festival celebration, including Gaithersburg […]

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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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May 7, 2019 | Deirdre Byrne

Holocaust Survivors Honored By County Council

Holocaust Survivors, Family Members Honored By Montgomery County Council A Montgomery County Council proclamation recognized Holocaust Remembrance Day, or Yom HaShoah, at Tuesday’s council meeting. The councilmembers were joined by Holocaust survivors, relatives of Holocaust survivors, and community leaders. County Executive Marc Elrich warned about the consequences of hateful rhetoric when presenting the proclamation. Elrich […]

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April 17, 2019 | Deirdre Byrne

Five Things to Know for April 17 in Montgomery County

Today is Wednesday, April 17. Here are five things to know in Montgomery County. 1. MCPS Spring Break: Nice weather has arrived just in time for spring break for students! MCPS students and teachers have the day off from now through Monday, April 22. 2. 4Business Public Hearing: County Executive Elrich and Council Vice President Sidney Katz […]

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March 7, 2019 | Deirdre Byrne

Student Leaders at Richard Montgomery Meet Civil Rights Icon John Lewis

Students involved in Richard Montgomery High School’s Jaguar Scholars Leadership Program see John Lewis as a rockstar. Because of history teacher Jerome Price, 25 freshmen leaders met with Rep. Lewis for about an hour and a half on Wednesday (they only expected to speak with him for a half hour!). What an honor! @MCPS Richard Montgomery […]

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March 7, 2019 | Deirdre Byrne

Nourish Now Launches ‘Neighborhood Program’ to Help Feed County Residents In Need

Nourish Now in Rockville has announced that it’s working to improve its efforts to feed vulnerable families in Montgomery County through its new Neighborhood Program. According to Nourish Now’s website, the food bank helps provide food to 700 families each month. Since the organization started 7 years ago, Brett Meyers, the founder, and executive director […]

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March 6, 2019 | Ashley Profitt

Montgomery County Passes Smoking Ban in Outdoor Seating Areas

In a unanimous vote, the Montgomery County Council passed a bill Tuesday that will ban smoking in outdoor areas where food is served. The ban applies to patios, decks and porches. Council Vice President Sidney Katz, who is the lead sponsor for the bill, says this is a public health issue, “Prohibiting smoking in outdoor […]

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February 9, 2019 | Deirdre Byrne

Two Weeks After Government Re-Opens, Federal Workers Attend Potluck at Blair

Two weeks since the federal government re-opened Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Services organized a potluck dinner for those community members who were hurt by the shutdown. The event took place Friday night at Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring. Charles Bailey, division chief for the Fire and Rescue Services, said Lt. Irvin Smith, Capt. […]

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October 12, 2018 | Laura Rowles

New Drug Addiction Treatment Center Opens in Gaithersburg, Maryland

A new drug treatment center has opened in Gaithersburg to help addicted individuals stop compulsive drug seeking and use. The Gaithersburg-Germantown  & Clarksburg Chambers of Commerce (GGCC) supported The Freedom Center and celebrated the grand opening of their new location by conducting a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Thursday, October 11. They are located at 202 […]

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October 2, 2018 | Douglas Tallman

Katz Introduces Outdoor Smoking Ban

Councilmember Sidney Katz introduced legislation Tuesday that would prohibit smoking in a restaurant’s outdoor seating area. “In general, most people are in agreement with this legislation,” Katz told reporters Tuesday. “That does not mean that that will continue to be, but in general that’s what I’ve heard from constituents.” Here are excerpts from what he […]

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