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September 22, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

County May Extend Alcohol Curfew With ‘Severe Consequences’ for Health Violations

In early August, Montgomery County mandated that restaurants and bars can not sell alcohol for on-premise consumption after 10 p.m. Now the county is considering letting establishments extend that to midnight if they agree to certain guidelines.  The directive went into effect Aug. 5 after Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security Director Dr. Earl […]

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August 14, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Some Concerned Over Lack of Muslims on Racial Equity and Social Justice Committee

In November 2019, the Montgomery County Council passed a racial equity and social justice bill in hopes of helping combat institutional inequity.  The bill established the 15-member Racial Equity and Social Justice Advisory Committee. The committee was established to advise County Executive Marc Elrich, the council and county agencies about equity issues and make recommendations […]

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July 31, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Over 200 Applicants Later, Policing Advisory Commission Members Finalized

On Tuesday the Montgomery County Council approved members for the Policing Advisory Commission. The commission was established in December 2019 and is meant to provide oversight of the Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD) and improve community relations with police. The group will also update councilmembers about policing matters and give recommendations about policies and best […]

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July 15, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Five Things to Know for July 15 in Montgomery County

It’s Wednesday, July 15, and here are five things to know in Montgomery County. 1. Superintendent Press Conference: MCPS Superintendent Dr. Jack Smith will hold a press conference at 11:30 a.m. He will discuss planning and considerations for the fall semester. The conference will be streamed on YouTube. 2. MCPS Virtual Conversation: MCPS will host […]

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July 9, 2020 | Samantha Subin

Councilmembers and Political Groups Concerned With Proposed $66M County Budget Cut

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich proposed $66 million in budget cuts for the upcoming fiscal year, including an $8.5 million reduction to police department funding that would eliminate more than twenty positions countywide. Last month, county departments were asked to cut their approved budgets by 6% for the upcoming year as the county could lose […]

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July 7, 2020 | Deirdre Byrne

Five Things to Know for July 7 in Montgomery County

It’s Tuesday, July 7, and today is National Strawberry Sundae Day. Because scattered thunderstorms are expected later in the day, this is something sweeter that we can look forward to. In the meantime, here are five things to know in Montgomery County. 1. Council in Virtual Session:  Montgomery County Council meets virtually at 9:30 a.m. […]

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July 6, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Councilmembers Want Property Tax Exemptions for High-Rise Developers at Metro Stations

Montgomery County Councilmembers want high-rise housing at Metro stations. Councilmember Hans Riemer held a press conference at the Forest Glen Metro Station Monday to discuss Bill 29-20, which would offer private developers payment and exempt them from property taxes for 15 years if they build high-rise buildings on Metro property. The housing must be at […]

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July 6, 2020 | Shauneen Miranda

Councilmember Glass Will Introduce LGBTQ Rights Legislation

Councilmember Evan Glass will introduce an “LGBTQ Bill of Rights” Tuesday, which could improve legal protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer residents in the county.  Tomorrow, Councilmember @EvanMGlass will introduce the “LGBTQ Bill of Rights,” which would broaden and strengthen Montgomery County’s legal protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer residents. 👀➡️Learn […]

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June 16, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

County Has Not Seen Uptick in COVID-19 Cases Since Protests Began, Gayles Says

Montgomery County has not seen an increase in COVID-19 cases due to large-scale Black Lives Matter protests, said County Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles. “What we have observed here is since that started within the county, we have not seen an uptick in cases,” he said at a county council meeting Tuesday. He emphasized that […]

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June 9, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Gayles Explains Incongruity Between Decline in Hospitalizations and Shortage of Acute Care Bed Space

Although the number of people going to the hospital with COVID-19 is decreasing, patients stay for longer periods of time which helps explain why the acute care bed capacity metric falls behind others.  Montgomery County Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles discussed this ?? at a county council meeting Tuesday. The three-day average for acute care […]

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