government shutdown

January 23, 2019 | Deirdre Byrne

Gaithersburg Dog Groomer Helps Furloughed Pet Parents

As we enter the fourth week of the federal government shutdown, more organizations and small businesses in Montgomery County are lending a hand to furloughed workers. We’ve seen pet stores distribute dog food, restaurants offer free lunches, MCPS host a job fair — now one small business is helping furloughed “pet parents” who have dogs that need […]

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January 23, 2019 | Staff Writer

Montgomery Council Calls for Federal Leaders to End Government Shutdown

The Montgomery County Council sent a letter to President Donald Trump and members of Congress urging them to reopen the government. “As the partial federal government shutdown stretches past the month mark, it is having a dramatically negative fiscal impact on Maryland and Montgomery County,” the letter states. “Every two weeks, federal working families across […]

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January 23, 2019 | Deirdre Byrne

Glen Echo Park

Glen Echo Park Offers Discounts and Free Activities for Furloughed Workers

Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture is offering discounts and free activities to furloughed federal workers for the week of Jan. 21 through Jan. 27. The announcement came on Tuesday in a statement of support for federal workers. The statement on the website says, “We know this is a difficult time for so many, […]

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January 23, 2019 | Michelle Queen

County Provides Web Portal for Furloughed Federal Employees and Contractors

Montgomery County established a new web portal where federal employees and contractors who live in the County, and who are impacted by the partial federal government shutdown, can go to find assistance provided by various organizations throughout the County. The web address is montgomerycountymd.gov/shutdown. “It is imperative that we do what we can to help […]

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January 23, 2019 | Deirdre Byrne

Five Things to Know for Jan. 23 in Montgomery County

It’s supposed to rain today, Wednesday, Jan. 23, but on the bright side, it’s getting warmer. In the meantime, here are five things to know in Montgomery County. 1. Kensington-Wheaton Business Networking Expo:  Today is the third annual Kensington-Wheaton Business Networking Expo from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Kensington’s Town Hall on Mitchell Street. This is an opportunity […]

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January 22, 2019 | Deirdre Byrne

Rockville United Church to Host ‘Furlough Feast’

Rockville United Church is hosting a “Furlough Feast” from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday. The Facebook event description says that the feast is open to all furloughed federal employees. “While we host the meal, an opportunity will be had for those on furlough to share their stories and to discuss the support they […]

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January 17, 2019 | Deirdre Byrne

Gaithersburg Offers Assistance to Furloughed Residents Struggling Financially

The City of Gaithersburg has adopted a resolution which allows “fee waivers for its residents, providing them free access to select recreation programs during the shut-down period.” Gaithersburg residents who are struggling financially—because they are either a furloughed government employee or a federal contractor—are eligible to use the waiver. In a press release, Gaithersburg Mayor […]

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January 16, 2019 | Deirdre Byrne

Raskin, Glass Discuss Shutdown Resources for County Residents

Rep. Jamie Raskin teamed up with Montgomery County Councilmember Evan Glass on Facebook Live this morning to discuss resources for Montgomery County residents impacted by the federal government shutdown. Raskin said that he decided to take to social media to talk about resources for those hurting from the government shutdown because he’s been hearing directly […]

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January 15, 2019 | Deirdre Byrne

Local Pet Store Chain Helps Furloughed Employees

The pet store Bark is offering free bags of pet food to furloughed employees and federal contractors hurt by the government shutdown. To receive a bag of pet food, show a government-issued ID to the cashier. Bark has locations in Rockville, Olney, Gaithersburg, Silver Spring, and Clarksville. Show your government employee ID and get a free […]

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January 15, 2019 | Staff Writer

Rockville Offers Assistance to Residents Struggling During Federal Shutdown

Delayed Payment Available on Some City Bills The City of Rockville announced assistance for Rockville residents who are furloughed and experiencing financial hardship. Struggling federal employees and contractors may be eligible for delayed payment, with no penalties, on certain city services, such as preschool and before and after-school care, water bills and animal registration fees. […]

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