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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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November 5, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Elrich Issues Order to Reinstate COVID-19 Restrictions: ‘This is Something We Just Have to Do’

Updated Post (Nov. 5): The Montgomery County Council said it will not vote on Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich’s executive order to reinstate some COVID-19 restrictions until next week. The changes will not go into effect Friday at 5 p.m. Original Post (Nov. 4): Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich said it is time to reinstate […]

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October 21, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

After Dispute Over Private Schools, County Still Unclear on its Authority to Make Closures

It’s unclear what authority Montgomery County has to make broad school closures if COVID-19 conditions get worse, Emergency Management Director Dr. Earl Stoddard said at a county council meeting Tuesday.  On July 31, Montgomery County was launched into a week-long back and forth with the state when County Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles issued an […]

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October 6, 2020 | Reid Flumbaum

Albornoz on Trump’s Motorcade Ride: ‘Irresponsible’; ‘Totally Tone Deaf’

President Trump’s discharge from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center came Monday evening, after being treated extensively for COVID-19 symptoms over the weekend. Prior to the President’s discharge, MyMCMedia spoke with Montgomery County Councilmember Gabe Albornoz about Trump’s health, his reaction to contracting COVID-19 and his decision to ride in a motorcade outside Walter Reed […]

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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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