Montgomery County Councilmember Will Jawando

August 11, 2021 | Michael Hernández

Fifth Anniversary: Leaders Remember the Victims of the Flower Branch Explosion

On the fifth anniversary of the Flower Branch Apartments explosion in Silver Spring, local leaders came together to remember the seven victims who lost their lives on the summer night of August 10, 2016. The remembrance event was led by Gustavo Torres, executive director of CASA, an organization that advocates for immigrants and Latinos. Torres […]

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August 10, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

Five Years Later, Community Continues to Grieve for Flower Branch Victims

During a somber event that was moved indoors during a thunderstorm Tuesday evening, officials and members of the Flower Branch Tenants Association remembered the seven lives lost, dozens injured and hundreds displaced on the fifth anniversary of the Flower Branch Apartments gas explosion. The Aug. 10, 2016 explosion and fire occurred when a failed indoor […]

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August 2, 2021 | Jordan Lindsay

Rockville Catholic School Changes Hairstyle Rules

Cassandra Forrester anticipates sending her two children to St. Jude Regional Catholic School in Rockville, but she also has concerns about their hairstyle policy. Here’s what it said when she read the school’s Student/ Parent Handbook: “hair should be neat and clean” and “any forms of braids, cornrows, twists, or dreadlocks are prohibited.” Forrester says […]

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July 6, 2021 | Deirdre Byrne

Jawando to Celebrate 100th Storytime at Rockville Memorial Library

Since the start of the pandemic, Councilmember Will Jawando has held 99 virtual storytimes, where he reads children’s books aloud to families. To mark his 100th storytime reading, Jawando will read books aloud to families at 10 a.m. on Saturday outside the Rockville Memorial Library. This celebration will be Jawando’s first time holding the program […]

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May 11, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

Board of Education Discusses Best Ways to Replace Police Officers in Schools

Members of the Montgomery County Public Schools Board of Education (BOE) spent Tuesday afternoon discussing how best to keep students safe without having a daily police presence in the schools. This after County Executive Marc Elrich removed funding for the School Resource Officers program. “The decision has been taken out of our hands,” said BOE […]

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April 14, 2021 | Deirdre Byrne

Jawando Plans to Continue Virtual Stories Throughout Term on Council

Since the start of the coronavirus closures in March 2020, Councilmember Will Jawando has been live streaming videos of himself and guests reading children’s books. “Virtual Storytime with Councilmember Jawando” launched in March 2020 after schools were abruptly closed and families were adjusting to virtual learning. One year into the pandemic, Jawando has filmed more […]

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April 7, 2021 | Deirdre Byrne

One Year Later, County Public Library Buildings Still Not Fully Open

As more people get the coronavirus vaccine, life is beginning to resemble a “new normal” — children are returning to classrooms, people are eating outside, and recreation centers are allowing some patrons to use its facilities. As restrictions for establishments are loosening, library buildings in Montgomery County still remain mostly closed. Anita Vassallo, director of Montgomery […]

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March 26, 2021 | Andrea Sarralde

‘Indignación y Disgusto’ por el Video de los Oficiales de Policía y un Niño de 5 Años

La policía del condado de Montgomery publicó un video de 51 minutos y 22 segundos de un incidente del 14 de enero de 2020, en el que un estudiante de Kínder de East Silver Spring, que se había alejado de su escuela, fue localizado por agentes de la policía del condado de Montgomery (MCPD). El […]

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March 26, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

‘Horrified and Disgusted’: Elrich, Councilmembers Express Outrage Over Video of Police Officers and 5-Year-Old Boy

This story was updated with new information at 2:35 p.m. on Friday.  Montgomery County Police released a 51-minute-and-22-second video of a Jan. 14, 2020 incident in which an East Silver Spring kindergarten student — who had walked away from his school — was located by Montgomery County Police (MCPD) officers. The video shows two police […]

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March 12, 2021 | Deirdre Byrne

Jawando Calls Hogan’s Lifting of Capacity Restrictions ‘Irresponsible’

Before the Montgomery County Council approved several county-wide COVID-19 measures easing coronavirus restrictions for businesses and establishments on Friday, MyMCM spoke to councilmember Will Jawando. Jawando addressed why Montgomery County is not following Gov. Larry Hogan’s new public health executive orders went into effect at 5 p.m. allowing restaurants, bars, places of worship, and establishments […]

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