Category: County News

County Executive to Eliminate Jazz Festival, Consider Smaller Events

County Executive Marc Elrich will eliminate the Silver Spring Jazz Festival and consider repurposing that funding to a series of smaller events, according to a presentation from Silver Spring Regional Director Reemberto Rodriguez. Speaking yesterday at the monthly meeting of the Silver Spring Urban District Advisory Committee, Rodriguez said, “As a new administration, we wanted to take a fresh look at some of what we do, and now in my sphere as regional director and Urban District director, we ask, ‘What are you doing that might be done differently?’” The festival marked its 15th year in 2018 and consistently drew...

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County Establishes Initiative Designed to Assist Local Businesses

County Executive Marc Elrich and Council Vice President Sidney Katz (D-District 3) are kicking off an initiative this week designed to gather information about how assist county businesses. 4Business–Benchmarking to Be the Best for Business will open with a series of six listening sessions with the business community and other stakeholders around the county in what’s being called “a grassroots campaign to assist businesses to locate, grow and prosper in Montgomery County,” according to a press release. The initial session in the series will be held tomorrow (April 17) from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the third-floor hearing...

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Arts Council Issues Call for Works on Paper

The Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County has issued a call for submissions of works to be considered for addition to the county’s Contemporary Works on Paper Collection. The council is specifically looking to purchase original, unframed, two-dimensional works such as paintings and drawings in various media, photographs, mixed media and limited-edition prints. The selections will be juried by the Public Arts Trust, which is particularly interested in works of contemporary and modern style and those that “reflect the unique and diverse character of Montgomery County.” Artists from the county and the metropolitan area are eligible to enter...

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School Board to Consider Recommendation for Northwood Expansion

CORRECTION: We mistook the date on the .pdf for the date of action. The board is scheduled to consider this recommendation from the superintendent at tonight’s meeting. The March 14 document (linked to below) was the final report to the board. The Montgomery County School Board has approved a recommendation to proceed with a two-year expansion project at Northwood High School on University Boulevard West. The board also approved using what would become a reopened Charles W. Woodward High School as a holding school for Northwood students in the 2023-24 school year. The Woodward location at 11211 Old Georgetown...

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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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