January 6, 2016 | Sonya Burke

Gaithersburg Leaders to Prohibit Smoking at Water Park

Gaithersburg’s elected leaders are in agreement with a recent staff proposal to declare the popular Water Park “smoke free.” Until now, smoking has been allowed up to the perimeter fence line at the Water Park. That’s not something you would find at the county’s outdoor pools. “Montgomery County prohibits the use of tobacco, within the […]

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November 17, 2015 | Staff Writer

County Council Approves Increased Penalties for Selling Tobacco Products to Minors

The Montgomery County Council today unanimously enacted Bill 41-15 that will increase penalties for selling tobacco to minors. The Council, sitting as the County’s Board of Health, also introduced a resolution today that, if approved, would make the legislation apply in the municipalities of Montgomery County. A public hearing on that resolution is scheduled for […]

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October 7, 2015 | Staff Writer

photo of councilmember Nancy Floreen

Councilmember Nancy Floreen to Receive CEASE Policy Advocacy Award

Montgomery County Councilmember Nancy Floreen is scheduled to receive the 2015 Policy Advocacy Award on Oct. 10 from Communities Engaged in Advocating for Smoke-free Environments (CEASE) for her work to ban electronic cigarette use in places where traditional tobacco smoking is prohibited. The award will be presented at the CEASE annual conference that will start […]

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August 3, 2015 | Cindy Peña

Starting Aug 3 – No Smoking and New Dog Rules for Gaithersburg Parks

The City of Gaithersburg have new park regulations starting August 3.  Smoking (including e-cigarettes) is now prohibited within a 25 foot radius of playgrounds.  Additionally, the Dog Exercise Area at Green Park will only be available to city residents with licensed dogs.  Fines for violating new regulations are $100. The Gaithersburg Mayor and City Council adopted new regulations affecting […]

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June 12, 2015 | Krista Brick

Five Things to Know Today, June 12th, in Montgomery County

The mini heat wave continues today! The National Weather Service says we could reach the low 90s. Here are five things to know today, June 12th, in Montgomery County: 1. School Year Countdown: Today is the last full day of school for Montgomery County Public Schools students. 2. Weekend Happenings: There’s lots going on this weekend. Here’s a […]

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May 25, 2015 | Staff Writer

Deck Fire Displaces Two Clarksburg Families (PHOTOS)

A two-alarm fire at a four-level townhouse in Clarksburg has displaced two families and caused an estimated $500,000 in damages, according to a county fire spokesperson. Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Services Spokesperson Pete Piringer said 100 firefighters responded to the blaze at 22187 Fair Garden Lane on Sunday evening. Piringer said smoke alarms alerted […]

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April 25, 2015 | Sonya Burke

Apartment Building Fire Displaces 12 Families in Burtonsville

A two-alarm apartment building fire at 3904 Blackburn Lane in Burtonsville has displaced 12 families, according to a Montgomery County fire official. Fire and Rescue Spokesperson Pete Piringer said the overnight fire originated in a mattress in a bedroom on the third floor of the four-story building on April 25. He said one person was […]

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April 15, 2015 | Sonya Burke

Kitchen Fire in Gaithersburg Displaces Residents (PHOTOS)

UPDATED A kitchen fire in a first floor apartment at 392 North Summit Avenue caused $75,000 in damage and displaced nine residents, according to a Montgomery County fire official. Fire and Rescue Spokesperson Pete Piringer said some of the building’s occupants had to be helped out of their apartments by firefighters on April 15. Piringer […]

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March 28, 2015 | Sonya Burke

Girard Street Fire Causes $100,000 Damage in Gaithersburg (PHOTOS)

Montgomery County firefighters battled an early morning blaze at a four-story apartment building at 410 Girard Street on March 28. Fire and Rescue Services spokesperson Pete Piringer said the fire occurred near a balcony at the Villa Ridge condominium building in Olde Towne Gaithersburg. Piringer described the fire department’s efforts to battle the blaze as […]

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February 21, 2015 | Krista Brick

Fire Causes $600,000 Damage to Derwood House (PHOTOS & VIDEO)

Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Services Spokesperson Pete Piringer said a large house fire on Friday night at 7704 Yellowstone Way in Derwood caused an estimated $600,000 in damage. Piringer said the cause of the fire was discarded smoking materials in a potted plant. 7704 Yellowstone Wy, 2285 Sq ft, 2-sty house; Damage, >$600K; Cause, […]

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