May 28, 2019 | Douglas Tallman

Residents ‘Blindsided’ By Re-Routed Planes

A citizens group trying to reroute airliners taking off and landing at Reagan National Airport say they were “blindsided” by an Federal Aviation Administration decision to fast track changes to flight paths. The group, the Quiet Skies Coalition, said they expected to be able to provide income or comment. “The upshot of this covert move […]

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April 11, 2019 | Deirdre Byrne

Community Members Divided Over Montgomery School Boundary Analysis

More than 100 Community Members Offer Feedback on School Boundaries at Kennedy High School Montgomery County Public Schools’ second boundary assessment community conversation at John F. Kennedy High School in Silver Spring brought out students activists, parents, and teachers. Derek Turner, a spokesperson for MCPS, estimates that between 65 to 70 people attended the first […]

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January 23, 2019 | Douglas Tallman

Maryland Claims FAA Violated Federal Laws in Rerouting Jets

Maryland has argued the Federal Aviation Administration violated federal laws when it changed flight paths in 2015 for arriving aircraft at Reagan National Airport. The FAA failed to take into account requirements in the National Environmental Policy Act, the National Historic Preservation Act and a section of the Department of Transportation Act when the agency […]

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October 26, 2017 | Staff Writer

Senators Support Legal Action Against FAA on Flight Noise

U.S. Sens. Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen on Thursday expressed their support for Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh to pursue legal action against the Federal Aviation Administration over airplane noise near large airports. Residents have complained about the excessive noise from Baltimore-Washington Thurgood International Airport in Hanover and Reagan National Airport in Washington. In […]

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July 10, 2017 | Staff Writer

Berliner Meets with Reporters, July 10, 2017 (VIDEO)

Council President Roger Berliner talked about Montgomery County’s opposition to a “second crossing” across the Potomac River, a legal memorandum on whether the county can bring suit against the Federal Aviation Administration over airplane noise from Reagan National Airport, problems with the county’s Department of Liquor Control, opioids and other topics.

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June 12, 2017 | Douglas Tallman

Berliner: County to Take Step Toward Suing FAA over Airplane Noise

Council President Roger Berliner said Monday the county would take the first steps toward taking the Federal Aviation Administration to court over airplane noise from jets taking off and landing at Reagan National Airport. That step involves a legal memorandum from Dentons Law Firm, which will be funded by a $7,500 supplemental budget request from County […]

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June 12, 2017 | Douglas Tallman

Berliner Discusses Issues with Trash Collection

Council President Roger Berliner met with reporters Monday and hit on three big issues: The continuing difficulties in getting trash, yard waste and recycling picked up in some areas of the county; The problems that led to the Dickerson incinerator fire in December; and And the possibility that the county would join other jurisdictions in suing […]

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June 5, 2017 | Douglas Tallman

Raskin Discusses Infrastructure Plan at Committee for Montgomery (VIDEO)

Rep. Jamie Raskin addressed the Community for Montgomery on Monday morning, hitting a number of topics about the changes in the federal government since he took office in January. We asked Raskin about President Trump’s infrastructure plan. Trump has announced that his infrastructure plan would include privatizing the nation’s air traffic control system, which some […]

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May 16, 2017 | Douglas Tallman

Hogan Calls on FAA to Change Flight Patterns

Gov. Larry Hogan asked the Federal Aviation Administration to route commercial airliners taking off and landing at Reagan National Airport using old flight patterns until the agency can engage state and local stakeholders. “I sincerely hope that we are able to find common ground and an amicable resolution,” Hogan said in a letter to FAA […]

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October 17, 2016 | Sonya Burke

Council President Nancy Floreen Touts New Bill to Create Property Tax Credit for Seniors at News Briefing (VIDEO)

At her weekly briefing today, Montgomery County Council President Nancy Floreen announced that she’s introducing a bill at this week’s County Council meeting that would create a new property tax credit for residents who are 65-years-old and who have lived in the same dwelling for at least 40 years. Retired members of the U.S. armed […]

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