Category: County News

Jawando, Council Urge Public Involvement in Search for New Chief

Councilmember Will Jawando (D-At Large) has sent a letter to County Executive Marc Elrich asking him to seek community involvement in the search for a new police chief. The letter, co-signed by the other eight councilmembers, suggests that, “An open and inclusive search for a new police chief is an important first step as we usher in a new era here in Montgomery County.” Chief Thomas Manger recently announced that he would retire in April after 15 years serving as the head of the county police department. “Choosing a new police chief will set the tone and culture for...

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Park Police Investigating Alleged Embezzlement from Foundation

The Maryland-National Capital Park Police are investigating an alleged case of embezzlement from the Montgomery Parks Foundation, according Lt. Jeffrey Coe, public information officer for the Montgomery County division of the park police. There has not yet been an arrest in the case, Coe said, which the department estimated involves five or six figures. “It’s still under investigation,” Coe said. “We haven’t got the exact amounts yet.” An employee of the Maryland-National Park and Planning Commission assigned to support the foundation was described as a “person of interest” in the case, according to an earlier statement from the police....

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Ellsworth Dog Park Closing for Maintenance

Ellsworth Urban Dog Park at 621 Ellsworth Dr. is scheduled to close today for annual maintenance, according to the Montgomery Parks website. Crews will be replacing the mulch and wood chips in the park, as well as swale work to manage storm water run-off, and digging out and leveling retaining walls, a spokesperson said. The work is expected to take about two weeks, and then the park will reopen for its usual hours of sunrise to sunset. Photo taken at the park by Mike...

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Council Bans Smoking in Some Outdoor Seating Areas

The County Council has unanimously passed a bill to outlaw smoking in some outdoor seating areas where food is served. Bill 35-18, Health and Sanitation – Smoking- Outdoor Serving Areas, and a companion county Board of Health regulation, will prohibit smoking in areas such as patios, decks or porches in order to help protect people from the effects of smoking on health. Lead sponsor and current Council Vice President Sidney Katz originally introduced the bill in October, 2018, with Councilmembers Hans Riemer and Craig Rice and then-Councilmember Marc Elrich as cosponsors. “Prohibiting smoking in outdoor seating areas provides for...

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Northwood Students’ Suicide Prevention PSAs to Air in Local Theaters

Two suicide prevention public service announcements produced by three Northwood High School students were selected to air in local theaters beginning this month. The top two PSAs were “Get Help,” submitted by Sophie Geiger and “See How You Can Help,” submitted by Rowan Arnold and Jay Hutchins, according to a release from the county’s Department of Health and Human Services. The PSAs were chosen from among those entered in a contest aimed at preventing teen suicide that was co-sponsored by Gandhi Brigade Youth Media and the county’s Leading Adaptive Change for Suicide Intervention workgroup. The winners will air in...

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