pandemic

October 1, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

On Radio, Albornoz Endorses Vaccine Mandate for County Employees

During a Friday afternoon interview on The Politics Hour with Kojo Nnamdi on radio station WAMU, Montgomery Council Vice President Gabe Albornoz spoke of his support to mandate that all county employees get vaccinated. He also explained his support of a Silver Spring Business District and predicted that the University of Maryland would triumph in […]

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October 1, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

Metro Hits Highest Weekday Rail Ridership Mark Since Start of Pandemic

For the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began, weekday Metrorail ridership surpassed 200,000 trips last Friday, Sept. 24, according to Metro. The agency said numbers were influenced by strong midday and evening traveling. On July 4 — a Sunday — Metro reported that rail ridership topped 210,000 trips, the highest number since pre-pandemic levels. […]

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September 29, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

B-CC High School Wins Capital Emmy Student Award for ‘Social Distance TV’ 

Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School won a Student Production Award from the Capital Emmys for its Social Distance Television program. Recipients include Aidan O’Connor, Editor; Devin Handy, Anchor/Writer; Elena Pitman, Anchor/Writer; Griffin Boswell, Editor; Nicholas O’Connor, Editor; Kelsea Petersen, Graphics/Animation; Laila Nickelson, Anchor/Writer; Lola Nordlinger, Anchor/Writer and Matt Compton, Editor. David Lopilato, a teacher at B-CC […]

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September 3, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

County Libraries Will Not Expand Hours as Previously Announced 

Montgomery County says operating hours for public libraries will remain the same, retracting an announcement made earlier this week stating libraries would soon return to pre-pandemic hours. “Montgomery County Public Libraries’ (MCPL) hours will continue to remain as they currently stand while MCPL continues to evaluate restoring hours back to pre-pandemic levels,” a county release […]

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August 31, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

County Libraries Returning to Pre-Pandemic Hours Starting Sept. 12

Update (Sept. 3): In a release Thursday, Montgomery County said operating hours for public libraries will remain the same, retracting Tuesday’s announcement saying libraries would soon return to pre-pandemic hours. Original (Aug. 31): County libraries will soon return to pre-pandemic hours of operation, according to a release from the county. Effective Sunday, Sept. 12, Montgomery […]

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August 27, 2021 | Michael Hernández

Residents with Compromised Immune Systems Eligible for Third COVID-19 Vaccine Dose

Montgomery County residents with compromised immune systems can now receive a third dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, the county said. Residents can get the third dose of the vaccine at various locations, including local pharmacies, doctor’s offices and county-operated clinics. Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shared […]

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August 25, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

County’s Shared Streets Program, Including Alcohol Sales, Extended Through Thanksgiving

A Montgomery County program that prohibits vehicular traffic on designated streets so bikers, diners and pedestrians could find safe outdoor spaces during the pandemic will continue until at least Nov. 28. The Shared Streets program, managed by the county’s Department of Transportation, allows residents to have take out food delivered right to them. This originally […]

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August 11, 2021 | Michael Hernández

‘La Abuelina’ Has Helped More Latinos Get Vaccinated in Montgomery County

The Abuelina COVID-19 campaign was created by the team at Communications Shop as part of the initiative Por Nuestra Salud y Bienestar of the Montgomery County Government. The campaign was promoted by the Hispanic Councilmembers Nancy Navarro and Gabe Albornoz at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Abuelina, her husband Don Carlos, and now their […]

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August 4, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

After Pandemic Cancellation Last Year, Police and Residents Connect In-Person for National Night Out

Montgomery County leaders and public safety officials joined residents at neighborhood events Tuesday for National Night Out. The annual event is meant for police to connect with residents and for leaders to encourage community relationships with law enforcement. Residents could also learn about crime prevention and other safety information or about county resources like COVID-19 […]

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August 4, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

Alcohol Delivery May Return to a Montgomery County Park Near You

Maryland Delegate Marc Korman and Councilmember Evan Glass asked the National-Capital Park and Planning Department to reinstate the alcohol in the parks program, noting that they believed it could be done without changing any laws. When Maryland was under a state of emergency due to the pandemic, people were encouraged to enjoy a glass of […]

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