June 14, 2016 | Sonya Burke

Commuting in Montgomery County During SafeTrack (VIDEO)

The Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) is developing plans to help commuters during WMATA’s SafeTrack. SafeTrack is a year-long effort to improve the safety and reliability of the Metrorail system. Three planned line segment repairs and around-the-clock single tracking projects, referred to as “safety surges,” will affect Metro’s Red Line service beginning in August. […]

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May 6, 2016 | Sonya Burke

Metro’s GM Unveils Maintenance Plan, Leggett Says Plan is “Necessary” (VIDEO)

Metro’s General Manager Paul Wiedefeld has unveiled SafeTrack, an aggressive maintenance plan to improve Metrorail safety and restore service reliability. Wiedefeld’s SafeTrack plan includes 15 “safety surges” over the next year that should accelerate maintenance on Metro’s rail system from the ballast up. By closing the system at midnight on weekends and expanding weekday maintenance […]

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February 26, 2016 | Sonya Burke

Jennifer Toole Headlines Planning Department’s Speakers Series, Her Topic is Cycling (VIDEO)

Jennifer Toole headlined the Planning Department’s Winter Speaker Series this month. Bridget Schwiesow has a recap. The next Speaker Series event takes place on Wednesday, March 16 at 6 p.m. at the Planning Department’s auditorium, 8787 Georgia Avenue, in Silver Spring. Transportation planner Jeffrey Tumlin, principal and director of strategy for San Francisco-based Nelson/Nygaard, will […]

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November 30, 2015 | Sonya Burke

Montgomery Parks Staff Prepares for Dead Ash Trees (PHOTO)

Talk about a pest. Montgomery Parks officials announced this week that a non-native invasive beetle from Asia, the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), has been detected in the county and it is destroying Ash trees across the county. The beetle feeds on the trees causing them to die within three years. While only two percent of […]

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November 30, 2015 | Staff Writer

Community Invited to Damascus Meeting at Baker Middle School

The community is invited to a meeting with county planners on Monday night to discuss pending development applications in Damascus as well as the Damascus Master Plan. The Nov. 30th meeting will be held from 7 – 8:30 the Baker Middle School cafeteria, which is located at 25400 Oak Drive in Damascus. Before the meeting […]

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July 13, 2015 | Sonya Burke

Leventhal Addresses FY 16 Savings Plan in Memo to Councilmembers

Montgomery County Council President George Leventhal transmitted a memo to the County Council today about County Executive Ike Leggett’s recommended $51 million fiscal year 2016 savings plan. “In my view, a savings plan is needed now, at the start of FY 16, because there have been major changes in the county’s revenue picture since May […]

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December 1, 2014 | Sonya Burke

Hucker Describes Leggett’s Plan as Ambitious (VIDEO)

In this MyMCMedia Extra Video, new Montgomery County Councilmember Tom Hucker said he wants to know more about County Executive Ike Leggett’s six point economic plan. Take a look: Hucker was sworn in as one of Council’s newest members at the Dec. 1 Inaugural Ceremony. Related:

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November 12, 2014 | Sonya Burke

Montgomery Village Grafitti Wall Awaits Your Feedback at Gaithersburg Library

The Montgomery County Planning Department is inviting anyone with an interest in the future of Montgomery Village to participate in the Graffiti Wall exhibition at the Gaithersburg Library. The poster-board “wall” is up from now until November 17 at the library. The idea of the graffiti wall is to provide a place and an opportunity […]

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September 5, 2014 | Staff Writer

photo from Rockville Pike Plan draft

Rockville Pike Plan Hearings Set for This Month (Video)

The Rockville Mayor and Council will hold meetings to discuss the Rockville Pike Plan later this month: The Rockville Mayor and Council will host an open house to discuss the Planning Commission’s draft Rockville Pike Plan with the public on Tuesday, September 16 at 7 p.m. in the Mayor and Council Chambers. The evening will […]

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June 5, 2014 | Sonya Burke

photo of Pete Pederson, Manager, Emergency Preparedness, Pepco

Pepco’s Restoration Process (Video)

In this MyMCMedia extra, Pepco’s Emergency Preparedness Manager Pete Pedersen tells us how the utility prioritizes restoration during a power outage.  Pedersen says severe weather is not the only cause of power outages. For example, he said a downed tree or a limb on a wire, wild animals, equipment failure and car accidents can result […]

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