Category: County News

Local students stage walkout, march to Washington for gun control

Students head down Colesville Road for a march on Washginton. Several hundred Montgomery Blair High School students joined others from the area yesterday to march on Washington to demand new gun controls in the aftermath of the high school killings last week in Parkland, Fla. The students began gathering at 9:30 a.m. and walked down Colesville Road accompanied by a police escort to the Silver Spring Metro. From Union Station, the marchers went to the Capitol to link up with other students from the region, meeting with U. S. Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-8th District) before heading, via the National...

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Presidents Day closings, other changes announced

Image from The county has released the schedule of closings and other changes to mark the Presidents Day holiday Monday, Feb. 19. All county offices and libraries will be closed for the holiday, as will state offices and courts. The county’s liquor stores will be open from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. The Recreation Department’s aquatics programs and facilities will be open, though all other classes and programs for that day are canceled. The department’s administrative office, senior centers and community centers will be closed. Park patrons should check for operating schedules, including Brookside Gardens, ice rinks and tennis...

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Police asking residents to complete survey about department, crime and safety

Graphic from Wikimedia Commons The county’s police department is looking for residents to participate in a short survey about the department, neighborhood crime and public safety issues. According to the survey’s introductory statement, “Understanding community views of the police is important to ensure MCPD is operating with appropriate enforcement and social service responses, improving police-community relations, and enhancing the performance of police officers in Montgomery County.” The study is being conducted by Naya Patterson, a University of Maryland student, as part of her policy engagement project course at the university. The police department’s Planning Section is overseeing the project....

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Preparations underway to market Discovery headquarters to buyers

Photo of the Discovery headquarters, which will be vacated in mid-2019, with the beloved Chompie from Wikimedia Commons A group of county and state officials were among those who came to Silver Spring as preparations get underway to market Discovery Communications’ headquarters building to potential buyers. “We need to understand the ins and outs of the building,” said David Petr, president and CEO of the Montgomery County Economic Development Corp. “We had a tour there last week with representatives from Discovery. We had a chance to actually walk the physical space to understand the configuration and how it could...

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County Council votes to approve FY18 budget savings plan

Photo from Pexels The County Council yesterday approved a resolution calling for $53.4 million in cuts to the FY18 operating budget and $9.3 million in cuts to the Capital Improvements Program. County Executive Isiah Leggett had proposed a FY18 savings plan that included $58.7 million in operating budget savings and $13.5 million in current revenue capital budget savings to reduce costs in the current year. The latest fiscal estimates showed a net decrease in anticipated county revenues of $180.9 million ($94.9 million in FY18 and $86 million in FY19), compared to estimates assumed at the time the FY18 budget...

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