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 3, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

Carousel at Glen Echo Park Reopens for First Time Since 2019

The Dentzel Carousel at Glen Echo Park reopened May 1 for its 100th anniversary season. The ride was installed in 1921; it’s one of the few working antique carousels in the U.S. in its original location. It closed for repairs in 2019 and then stayed closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For now, the carousel […]

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April 23, 2021 | Grace Kpetemey

MCPS Addresses Challenges in Virtual Learning

The Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) Department of Curriculum and Instructional Programs has developed a long-term plan to address the learning loss during the pandemic.  According to MCPS, national research has shown that math achievement has been impacted by the pandemic more than any other content area in K-12 education.  The department’s long-term plan will […]

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March 31, 2021 | Grace Kpetemey

Maryland Offers COVID-19 Relief Grant for Small Businesses

In an effort to support small businesses in Maryland that have been impacted by the pandemic, the state has established the Maryland Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program. The grant program includes $10 million in state RELIEF Act funding and offers working capital to provide assistance to Maryland small businesses that halted operations due to COVID- […]

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March 5, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

One Year Later: A Pandemic Timeline in Montgomery County

On March 5, 2020, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced the first three official COVID-19 cases in the state — all in Montgomery County. As of March 5, 2021, Montgomery County has reported 63,796 cases and 1,379 deaths. The following is a timeline of events and stories related to the pandemic, beginning in January 2020: On […]

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March 5, 2021 | Carey Heller, Psy.D.

Dr. Carey Heller

Blog: Not All Child and Teen Pandemic Related Mental Health Issues Look Alike

For many parents, besides their own worries in general and those related to how the pandemic is impacting them, often there is a concern for how it impacts their children and teens. Some issues are frequently somewhat easier to identify such as a child or teen who refuses to participate in distance learning school, won’t […]

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March 1, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

For First Time Since Last March, Some MCPS Students Return to School Buildings

Monday, March 1 was the first time some Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) students attended school in-person since March 13, 2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic prompted leaders to shift to virtual learning. Beginning Monday, students in specific career technology education (CTE) and specific special education programs will begin phasing back into school buildings. A broader […]

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February 28, 2021 | Halle Grossett

Flags Fly at Half-Staff to Honor Lives Lost to Covid-19

Flags around the county are flying at half-staff  to mourn the loss of Montgomery County residents due to COVID-19. County executive Marc Elrich announced the move on Feb. 26. Since the arrival of the pandemic, Montgomery County has lost 1,363 residents.  The first COVID-related death in Montgomery County took place on March 21. Flags are […]

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February 9, 2021 | Rachel Clair

County Workshops Focus on Impact of COVID-19 and Mental Health

Montgomery County is holding a free online event, discussing mental health and the COVID-19 pandemic, on Wednesday, Feb. 10 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The conversation will focus on the different types of grief those in the community have endured over this past year, how to cope and move forward. This video event is one […]

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February 3, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

In State of the State Address, Hogan Reflects, Looks Ahead on Pandemic and Urges ‘Maryland Strong’

Gov. Larry Hogan delivered his seventh State of the State address Wednesday evening. In his virtual speech, Hogan warned Marylanders of the long COVID-19 vaccination process ahead. “…I have always been a straight shooter, so here’s the truth. Getting a vaccine to everyone who wants one will be a much longer and much more difficult […]

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