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March 31, 2021 | Michelle Queen

County Council to Hold Budget Public Hearings April 6-8

The Montgomery County Council will hold four public hearings on County Executive Marc Elrich’s proposed fiscal 2022 budget from April 6 through April 8. Elrich presented his recommended operating budget to the council on March 15. Over the next two months, the council and its six committees will analyze the recommendations and will take action […]

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March 26, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

Council Approves Limited Number of Spectators at Sporting Events

The Montgomery County Council unanimously agreed on Friday to allow two spectators for each athlete, up to a maximum of 50 people, at sporting events as long as those spectators are in an area with a barrier between them and the athletes and coaches. The new recommendations take effect on April 2 at 5 p.m. […]

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March 16, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

Gayles, Elrich Reemphasize Importance of COVID-19 Testing 

Montgomery County Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles reemphasized the importance of getting tested for COVID-19 during a council meeting Tuesday. In response to a question from Councilmember Craig Rice, Gayles said the county wants to prevent another wave of cases and then another wave of lockdowns that some European countries, like Italy, are currently dealing […]

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March 16, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

Montgomery County Will Have Mass Vaccination Site at Montgomery College Germantown

The state has approved a COVID-19 mass vaccination site at Montgomery College Germantown, County Emergency Management and Homeland Security Director Dr. Earl Stoddard announced during a council session Tuesday. “The positive news is really that the state has given us the go-ahead and they will be actively supporting us with real logistical support to get […]

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March 15, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

MCPS Football Players Rally to Save Their Season

After Montgomery County labeled high school football a “high risk” sport that only can be played when full protective equipment is not worn, more than 100 athletes, coaches and their parents rallied in front of the Montgomery County Council offices in Rockville on Sunday to protest. Soccer and indoor ice hockey were approved but football […]

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March 9, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

County Politicians Begin Declaring Re-Election Decisions for Nov. 2022 Race

Six of the nine council seats as well as the county executive position are up for grabs at the November 2022 election. Already, several council members and County Executive Marc Elrich said they will seek re-election. Because of term limits, three councilmembers cannot run again. They are Hans Riemer, Nancy Navarro and Craig Rice. Elrich […]

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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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January 19, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

County Unlikely to Move to Vaccination Phase 1C Next Week

Montgomery County will likely not move to COVID-19 vaccination Phase 1C next week, officials discussed at a council meeting Tuesday. Last week, Gov. Larry Hogan announced the state will move to Phase 1B of its vaccination plan on Monday, to include residents ages 75+, residents in assisted/independent living, including behavioral health group homes/group homes for […]

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December 17, 2020 | Deirdre Byrne

MCPS Superintendent Proposes Decreased Budget for FY 2022 as Enrollment Drops

Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendent Jack Smith announced in a prerecorded video Thursday that he’s recommending a $2.7 billion operating budget for the fiscal year 2022. The budget is a 1.5% decrease and a $42.6 million decrease from the FY 2021 budget. Smith said the budget was developed recognizing the “profound” impact the coronavirus has had […]

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November 23, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Elrich Cites ‘Need To Go Back To Phase 1’

Update (Nov. 23, 5:30 p.m.): Gov. Larry Hogan did not announce additional restrictions at his 4 p.m. press conference, however he said Maryland State Police will ramp up its COVID-19 compliance enforcement across the state. When asked about Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich’s call to go back to Phase 1 of reopening, Hogan said Elrich […]

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