June 19, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Council Pushes to Change Streets Named After Confederates

The Montgomery County Council is asking the county to rename all county-owned streets and public facilities that are currently named after Confederates.  “When we name a street or a building, we are not merely reflecting history. We are using our public funding and assets to bestow a high honor. These public tributes should appropriately reflect […]

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June 15, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

BREAKING: Montgomery County Phase 2 Reopening Will Begin Friday

Montgomery County announced that Phase 2 of reopening will begin this Friday, June 19 at 5 p.m. This next step includes indoor retail services and restaurant seating, and childcare services with restrictions. The following will be allowed:  Retail: Curbside, one person per 200 sq. ft indoors Restaurants: Outdoor seating, and 50 percent indoor capacity if […]

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June 12, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

DOJ Asks County for Same Freedoms Between Religious Assembly and Protests

The Department of Justice (DOJ) sent a letter to Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich and the county council on Wednesday with concerns about the county neglecting religious freedoms under the First Amendment while allowing the freedom to protest.  In the letter, Assistant Attorney General for the DOJ Civil Rights Division Eric Dreiband asks Elrich and […]

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June 10, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Indoor Dining Can Resume on Friday, Hogan Announces

Indoor dining can resume at 50 percent capacity in Maryland beginning this Friday, June 12 at 5 p.m., Gov. Larry Hogan announced at a press conference Wednesday.  Outdoor graduation ceremonies and amusements like rides and miniature golf can also start again. Outdoor pools can increase capacity to 50 percent. All of these additional Phase 2 […]

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June 10, 2020 | Jordan Lindsay

Elrich: Phase 2 Reopening Likely to Begin Sometime Next Week

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich announced during a Wednesday afternoon media briefing plans for Phase 2 reopening. If county COVID-19 data trends continue, Elrich, accompanied by county Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles and county Emergency Management Director Dr. Earl Stoddard during the briefing, said the next phase of reopening would likely begin the week of […]

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June 3, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Hogan Announces Stage 2 of Reopening Begins Friday

  Stage 2 of Maryland’s reopening begins Friday, June 5 at 5 p.m., Gov. Larry Hogan announced at a press conference Wednesday.  Hogan is leaving it up to counties to decide whether to follow his plan or reopen more slowly. Montgomery County began Stage 1 of reopening on Monday, while most other counties began on […]

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May 29, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Council Approves Phase 1 Order, Denounces Offensive Language from Residents

The Montgomery County Council unanimously approved County Executive Marc Elrich’s new executive order to enter Phase 1 of reopening. On Thursday, Elrich held a press conference to announce that the county will begin a slow reopening starting Monday, June 1 at 6 a.m. He was met with booing and name-calling protesters, who believe the process […]

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May 28, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Elrich Reopening Announcement Marred by Protesters

What was expected to be a joyous announcement Thursday afternoon unexpectedly turned ugly. Protesters booed, heckled and name-called during a press conference in which County Executive Marc Elrich announced that Phase 1 of reopening Montgomery County would occur on Monday, June 1 at 6 a.m. The press conference took place in Kentlands Market Square in […]

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March 17, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Elrich Lauds Hogan’s Order to Close Bars, Restaurants

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich commended Gov. Larry Hogan’s executive order to close all restaurants, bars, movie theaters and gyms in order to slow the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. Hogan announced an executive order to close such establishments in Maryland starting at 5 p.m. Monday. Drive-thru, carryout and delivery will continue, as well as […]

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March 12, 2020 | Jordan Lindsay

Five Things to Know for March 12 in Montgomery County

It’s Thursday, March 12 and here are five things to know in Montgomery County. 1. Montgomery College Public Safety Advisory: All Montgomery College classes for Thursday, March 12, Friday, March 13, and Saturday, March 14 are cancelled. MC students are strongly advised to monitor their emails and http://montgomerycollege.edu/coronavirus for further information. MC Public Safety Advisory: […]

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