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January 25, 2019 | Michelle Queen

Five Things to Know for Jan. 25 in Montgomery County

Here are five things to know Friday, Jan. 25, in Montgomery County. 1. Schools Close Early:  Montgomery County Public Schools close early today as the second marking period comes to an end. 2. Assistance for Furloughed Workers: Montgomery County provides a web portal for federal employees and contractors to find assistance provided by organizations throughout the County. The web […]

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January 24, 2019 | Deirdre Byrne

Montgomery County Business Leaders Explain How Shutdown Affects Their Companies

Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen visited Dawson’s Market in Rockville Thursday morning to discuss the shutdown with local business leaders. Here’s what Montgomery County’s business leaders had to say about the event, followed by a Tweet recap of the roundtable discussion. Two Montgomery County Business Leaders React to Shutdown Roundtable Discussion MCM spoke […]

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January 24, 2019 | Deirdre Byrne

Dawson’s Market Offers Help to Furloughed Federal Workers

Bart Yablonsky, the owner of Dawson’s Market, announced two ways the grocery store will help furloughed workers. Through Monday, Dawson’s is offering a 10 percent discount on groceries to furloughed workers who show their government ID at checkout. Also, Monday night from 6 to 8 p.m., Dawson’s will host a chili dinner for furloughed workers […]

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January 24, 2019 | Deirdre Byrne

Hogan Announces Maryland Food Drive Initiative, MTA Fees Waived for Federal Workers Reporting to Work

Gov. Larry Hogan announced a major statewide initiative to help furloughed federal workers on Thursday. The initiative is called #MDHelps. Through #MDHelps, the Hogan administration is organizing a food drive for furloughed workers across the state of Maryland. According to Secretary Ellington Churchill, from the Department of General Services, Maryland will have a total of […]

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January 23, 2019 | Deirdre Byrne

Gaithersburg Dog Groomer Helps Furloughed Pet Parents

As we enter the fourth week of the federal government shutdown, more organizations and small businesses in Montgomery County are lending a hand to furloughed workers. We’ve seen pet stores distribute dog food, restaurants offer free lunches, MCPS host a job fair — now one small business is helping furloughed “pet parents” who have dogs that need […]

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January 23, 2019 | Staff Writer

Montgomery Council Calls for Federal Leaders to End Government Shutdown

The Montgomery County Council sent a letter to President Donald Trump and members of Congress urging them to reopen the government. “As the partial federal government shutdown stretches past the month mark, it is having a dramatically negative fiscal impact on Maryland and Montgomery County,” the letter states. “Every two weeks, federal working families across […]

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January 23, 2019 | Deirdre Byrne

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Glen Echo Park Offers Discounts and Free Activities for Furloughed Workers

Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture is offering discounts and free activities to furloughed federal workers for the week of Jan. 21 through Jan. 27. The announcement came on Tuesday in a statement of support for federal workers. The statement on the website says, “We know this is a difficult time for so many, […]

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January 23, 2019 | Deirdre Byrne

Five Things to Know for Jan. 23 in Montgomery County

It’s supposed to rain today, Wednesday, Jan. 23, but on the bright side, it’s getting warmer. In the meantime, here are five things to know in Montgomery County. 1. Kensington-Wheaton Business Networking Expo:  Today is the third annual Kensington-Wheaton Business Networking Expo from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Kensington’s Town Hall on Mitchell Street. This is an opportunity […]

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January 22, 2019 | Deirdre Byrne

Rockville United Church to Host ‘Furlough Feast’

Rockville United Church is hosting a “Furlough Feast” from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday. The Facebook event description says that the feast is open to all furloughed federal employees. “While we host the meal, an opportunity will be had for those on furlough to share their stories and to discuss the support they […]

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January 17, 2019 | Deirdre Byrne

Gaithersburg Offers Assistance to Furloughed Residents Struggling Financially

The City of Gaithersburg has adopted a resolution which allows “fee waivers for its residents, providing them free access to select recreation programs during the shut-down period.” Gaithersburg residents who are struggling financially—because they are either a furloughed government employee or a federal contractor—are eligible to use the waiver. In a press release, Gaithersburg Mayor […]

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