June 2, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

State’s Attorney Announces Project to Evaluate Criminal Prosecutions in Montgomery County 

During a press conference Wednesday, Montgomery County State’s Attorney John McCarthy announced a new project to analyze criminal prosecutions in the county and ensure fairness in criminal justice. “As State’s Attorney for Montgomery County, my primary objective is to maintain public safety for all members of our diverse community,” McCarthy said in a statement. “Critical […]

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March 5, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

Council ‘Stands in Solidarity’ with Navarro Following ‘Unacceptable’ Comments

Montgomery County Council issued a statement saying it “stands in solidarity with Councilmember Nancy Navarro,” following an incident during its March 2 meeting in which two people could be heard in the background apparently making fun and giggling at her accent. In its statement, the council called it “a troubling and unacceptable incident,” especially in […]

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March 4, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

Hogan Announces Vaccine Equity Operations Plan

Maryland has launched a COVID-19 vaccine equity plan, Gov. Larry Hogan announced at a press conference Thursday. “Today, to build on all of the months of comprehensive effort, we are announcing the very first vaccine equity operations plan of any state in America to further address health disparities and the issue of equity and to […]

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March 4, 2021 | Deirdre Byrne

Raskin, Trone Urge Hogan to Open Mass Vaccination Site in Montgomery County

U.S. Reps. Jamie Raskin (D-Md. 8) and David Trone (D-Md. 6) have written a letter to Gov. Larry Hogan and Maryland’s Acting Secretary of Health Dennis Schrader urging that the state open a mass vaccination site in Montgomery County. “[D]espite Montgomery suffering the worst casualty rate in Maryland and despite having the second-highest number of […]

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March 3, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

Panel: More Vaccines Needed for Marylanders of Color

U.S. Sen. Van Hollen and several state leaders gathered Wednesday to discuss ways to enable more Marylanders, and in particular Marylanders of color, to become vaccinated against COVID-19. Maryland ranks 45 out of the 50 states when it comes to getting the vaccine into people’s arms, Van Hollen said. “We are lagging well behind other […]

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February 24, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

Some MCPS Middle School Staff Will be Trained in Restorative Justice

Montgomery County Councilmembers unanimously approved Feb. 23 spending $750,000 to train middle school teachers and staff in restorative justice with the goal of reducing disproportionate discipline and arrests. Councilmembers Will Jawando and Hans Riemer want to oust Student Resource Officers out of Montgomery County Public Schools. While this training won’t accomplish that, it is also […]

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February 23, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

Council Proposes Bill Making County Responsible for Shoveling Some Sidewalks

Residents and business owners are responsible for clearing snow and ice off their sidewalks within 24 hours following a snowfall. A bill introduced Tuesday would require the Montgomery County Department of Transportation to remove snow from narrow sidewalks where there is significant pedestrian traffic. Councilmember Evan Glass sponsored the bill, which already has support from […]

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February 2, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

Gayles: County Needs More Partners to get Residents Vaccinated Quicker

If Montgomery County continues to receive only 5,500 doses of the COVID-19 vaccination weekly, it could take years for all residents to receive the shot, County Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles predicted during his appearance on WAMU’s Kojo Nnamdi radio show Feb. 1. The state also allocates doses for county residents at several area hospitals, […]

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November 12, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

Board of Education Hires Firm to Conduct Anti-Racist Audit

Members of the Montgomery County Board of Education unanimously agreed to spend $455,000 to hire an anti-racist audit consultant for one year. Mid-Atlantic Equity Consortium of Bethesda was awarded the contract to review such areas as curriculum, school culture, work force diversity, community engagement and working conditions, explained Monifa McKnight, deputy superintendent during the Nov. […]

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August 27, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Elrich’s Reimagining Public Safety Task Force Will Hold First Meeting Monday

The Montgomery County Reimagining Public Safety Task Force will have its first meeting Monday, Aug. 31 at 6:30 p.m. according to a statement from the county.  In late June, Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich announced that he was creating the task force. He said he would hire an outside consultant to conduct a full review […]

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