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November 15, 2017 | Staff Writer

County Announces New Program Aimed to Serve Ambulance Callers Better

Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett announced a new initiative early Wednesday aimed to serve frequent callers for the county’s ambulance service better. The new program titled, “The Montgomery County Mobile Integrated Healthcare Program,” was designed to reduce the growth rate of system demands on the County’s Emergency Medical Services while providing effective heath care for frequent […]

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October 19, 2017 | Staff Writer

County Tackles Substance Abuse and Suicide Prevention With New Campaign

Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett launched a new campaign titled, “BTheOne,” aimed to prevent substance abuse and suicide in teens, according to a news release. The new campaign includes a new website that provides resources an ways to help others that will be advertised and distributed throughout the county. “As a parent and a grandparent, […]

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August 8, 2017 | Phyllis Armstrong

Montgomery County Officials Identify Changes One Year After Silver Spring Tragedy (VIDEO)

The tragic loss of seven lives in Silver Spring  continues to teach Montgomery County officials lessons about what to do when a catastrophe strikes. An auditor’s report in February made 14 recommendations based on what was learned from the deadly natural gas explosion last August 10 at the Flower Branch Apartments. MyMCMedia’s Phyllis Armstrong reports […]

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August 8, 2017 | Phyllis Armstrong

Montgomery County Plans Exercises As Silver Spring Explosion Nears Anniversary (VIDEO)

The tragic explosion at Flower Branch Apartments on August 10 last year is still prompting in-depth discussions and planning in Montgomery County. The agencies and employees involved continue to assess the response to the emergency in Silver Spring that killed seven people and left dozens of others injured and without homes. Officials at the Department […]

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May 29, 2017 | Mitti Hicks

County Program That Gives Teens Second Chances Celebrates 20 Years (VIDEO)

Teen Court, a program aimed at giving teens second chances in the judicial system, is celebrating 20 years of service in the community. The program was created in March of 1997  for first or second time juvenile offenders who have pleaded guilty to committing misdemeanor offenses. As a result of the guilty plea, respondents appear […]

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February 28, 2017 | Douglas Tallman

County Health Department to Assist Families Facing Deportation

The Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services will provide support services to families who have a family member facing deportation, according to participants in a closed meeting Tuesday of county officials. Councilmember Nancy Navarro said the HHS presentation contained “well thought-out protocols,” which would include, for example, establishing shelters for children who may […]

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November 18, 2016 | Mitti Hicks

Adoptions of 11 Children Finalized During Celebration (PHOTOS)

As county judges finalized the adoptions of 11 children during a special ceremony Friday afternoon, emotions were high. Tears strolled down family members’ faces as each child was introduced with their new last names. “It’s very emotional,” said adoptive parent Stephanie Labetant. “It’s the second adoption we’ve done but it’s still very special.” County leaders […]

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November 3, 2016 | Mitti Hicks

Local Nonprofit in Rockville Receives $100,000 Grant to Help End Poverty (VIDEO)

One local nonprofit in Rockville is one of only three workforce entities in the U.S. to receive a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to address and help break the cycle of poverty. WorkSource Montgomery will receive $100,000 over the next three years along with technical assistance from national experts to promote public policies and […]

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October 8, 2016 | Staff Writer

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County Sponsored Flu Vaccination Clinics Taking Appointments (VIDEO)

Montgomery County’s Department of Health and Human Services is sponsoring eight flu vaccine clinics this month and next. Health officials are reminding all residents to protect themselves against the flu virus and now is the time to make your vaccination appointment. Find out more in this report, below: Check the county’s flu vaccination webpage for […]

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June 29, 2016 | Maureen Chowdhury

Emergent BioSolutions Lands Contract to Develop and Manufacture Zika Virus Vaccine

Gaithersburg based biotech company Emergent BioSolutions has been tapped to develop and manufacture an early stage Zika Virus vaccine. The company announced that its Center for Innovation in Advanced Development and Manufacturing (CIADM) has been awarded a contract from the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) valued up to $21.9 million, this week. BARDA […]

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