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January 23, 2020 | Michelle Queen

Montgomery County Celebrates Chinese New Year With Numerous Events

The Chinese New Year, also known as Lunar New Year, is a centuries-old celebration of the new calendar year. The new lunar year will last from Jan. 25, 2020 to Feb. 11, 2021. The new year celebrations, known as the Spring Festival, last for 15 days and this year ends on February 8. Events are […]

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January 22, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Rockville Time Capsule Buried in 1995 to be Unearthed

A time capsule buried in Rockville in May 1995 is going to be unearthed in May – 25 years later.  The capsule was buried at the Rockville Senior Center, filled with memorabilia from the last century, according to a plaque marking the location of the capsule.  People who donated items for the capsule were given […]

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January 21, 2020 | Michelle Queen

Maryland Ranks 2020’s Second Most Educated State

In a new study recently released by WalletHub, Maryland ranks as the second most educated state in the country, just behind Massachusetts. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the higher the level of education one completes, the higher their income potential and the lower their chances of unemployment become. WalletHub compared all 50 states […]

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January 21, 2020 | Deirdre Byrne

Oprah Picks ‘American Dirt’ By Gaithersburg High Grad For Book Club

It looks like Oprah and Gaithersburg Mayor Jud Ashman have similar taste in books. Oprah Winfrey announced Tuesday morning that she’s selected “American Dirt” by Jeanine Cummins — an alumna of Gaithersburg High School — for Oprah’s Book Club. “American Dirt” follows the story of Mexican migrant who flees her home with her son from a […]

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January 15, 2020 | Michelle Queen

What’s Open, What’s Not in Montgomery County for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Montgomery County released the holiday schedule for the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, which is observed January 20. County Offices — closed. Libraries — closed. County Liquor Stores — open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Recreation Centers — closed. Aquatics Facilities — open. For information about Montgomery Parks’ holiday schedule, visit its website. Ride […]

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January 14, 2020 | Michelle Queen

Studio 501c3: Asian American LEAD

Kim Jones and Gabrielle Nash co-host this episode of Studio 501c3, a show that features a new Montgomery County nonprofit organization each week. This episode features Neel Saxena, the executive director for the nonprofit Asian American LEAD with three offices in Rockville, Washington, D.C., and Annandale, Virginia. AALEAD supports low-income and underserved Asian Pacific American […]

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January 10, 2020 | Michelle Queen

Studio 501c3: Community Bridges

Kim Jones and Gabrielle Nash are the co-hosts for this episode of Studio 501c3, a show that focuses on the nonprofit organizations in Montgomery County working to build supportive communities every day. This episode features Shannon Babe-Thomas, the executive director for the nonprofit Community Bridges located in Silver Spring. Community Bridges empowers girls from diverse backgrounds […]

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January 8, 2020 | Staff Writer

County Holiday Giving Project Assisted More than 11,000 Families in 2019

As we look back on 2019 and set goals for the new year, we need to remind ourselves of the importance of giving back to our communities. In Montgomery County, the child poverty rate is over 9 percent and 35 percent of the public school students qualify for free or reduced price meals. A family […]

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January 8, 2020 | Michelle Queen

MCPS Announces Two-Hour Delay Wednesday

Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) officials have announced a two-hour delay Wednedsay, Jan. 8  because of weather conditions affecting roads. According to the MCPS website, bus service will be provided on a two-hour-delayed schedule. All field trips are canceled Morning prekindergarten, morning half-day Head Start, other morning half-day programs are canceled. Other activities and programs […]

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January 7, 2020 | Michelle Queen

Federal Agencies, County Programs Closing Early Tuesday Before Snow Falls

As the region readies for the first snowfall of the new year, government facilities and programs are announcing closings and cancellations. Federal agencies in the Washington, D.C. area will close early on Tuesday, Jan. 7. Montgomery County Government offices and departments are staying open Tuesday with nonessential employees given the opportunity to use “liberal leave” […]

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