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June 28, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

Pride Flag Hoisted in Downtown Silver Spring Sunday

For the third time this month, a Pride flag was raised Sunday by Montgomery County officials. County Executive Marc Elrich, Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles, Councilmember Will Jawando, Takoma Park Mayor Kate Stewart and Maryland Delegate Lorig Charkoudian joined other officials to raise a pride flag at Veterans Plaza in Downtown Silver Spring. Kicking off […]

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June 3, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

MCPS Virtual Academy Applications Open Until July 2

Applications are open for Montgomery Virtual, Montgomery County Public Schools’ (MCPS) virtual learning academy for the 2021-2022 school year. In order to be eligible for the K-12 online academy, the MCPS student or student’s family must be experiencing extenuating health circumstances that could be helped through virtual learning, according to the application form. Families must […]

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May 26, 2021 | Jordan Lindsay

New Face Covering Guidance Effective Friday at 6:00 am

Most restrictions will be lifted as the county enters Phase 3 of reopening on Friday, May 28 just in time for the Memorial Day weekend. During a virtual media briefing on Wednesday, local leaders announced new face-covering guidance. Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich explains what the guidelines mean for residents. This Friday, May 28, right before Memorial […]

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May 14, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

Cicada Invasion Could Lead to Increase in Rat Population

With cicadas may come rats, Montgomery County health officials caution residents. Officials urge residents to take measures to stop an increase in the rat population as Brood X cicadas emerge, after health inspectors noticed a large increase in rat complaints during the last invasion 17 years ago. In June 2004, during the last Brood X […]

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May 6, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

Hogan Launches ‘Project Bounce Back’ to Help Youth Recover from Pandemic Effects

Gov. Larry Hogan announced a new initiative to help young Marylanders recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. “This global pandemic has been an extremely difficult time for nearly everyone. But it has been perhaps most difficult for our children,” Hogan said during a press conference Thursday. Uncertainty and isolation combined with prolonged school closures has been […]

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May 1, 2021 | Halle Grossett

County Hosting Virtual Series for Mental Health Awareness Month

Montgomery County will be hosting a virtual series called Healing and Holding On – One Conversation at a Time for the Community, in honor of mental health awareness month which starts May 1. The series will feature mental health experts and community partners that will speak openly on mental health and wellness issues. Since the start […]

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April 6, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

Council Proposes Doubling Tax on E-Cigarettes

Montgomery County Council President Tom Hucker Tuesday proposed doubling the county’s excise tax rate on the wholesale price of electronic cigarette products from the current 30% to 60%. A public hearing on the increase will be held April 27 at 1:30 p.m. If approved, the higher rate would go into effect on July 1. Hucker […]

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March 17, 2021 | Jordan Lindsay

County ‘Confident’ Mass Vaccination Site Will Begin Operating by April 1

Local leaders announced this week that a mass vaccination site is expected to open in Montgomery County soon. It will be located at the Montgomery College Germantown Campus, and health officials say they are preparing how it will operate once more much-needed COVID-19 vaccine doses become available. During the county’s weekly virtual COVID-19 media briefing […]

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March 10, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

Suspected Mental Illness is Key Risk Factor for Use of Force by MCPD, Report Finds 

The Montgomery County Council’s Office of Legislative Oversight (OLO) released a comprehensive report Tuesday analyzing the county’s public safety response to mental health situations. The report found that suspected mental illness is a key risk factor that leads to uses of force by Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD) officers. It cites MCPD’s latest Use of […]

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March 10, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

In Video Message, Fauci Urges Residents to Continue Following Health Measures

Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and Chief Medical Adviser to President Joe Biden, urged Montgomery County residents to continue following health safety measures. In a video message played during Tuesday’s county council meeting, Fauci said, “Now is the time to keep our foot on the accelerator with […]

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