Category: County News

Takoma Police to Conduct Active Shooter Training

The Takoma Park Police Department will be conducting four active shooter training scenarios beginning tomorrow at John Nevins Andrews School, according to a department announcement on Twitter. The school building, located at 117 Elm Ave., is currently unoccupied. The training will be held Dec. 12, 13, 19 and 20, the department said. “You may at times hear what sounds like gunshots; the officers will be using non-lethal training ammunition called simunitions, which may sound real,” the announcement continued. A recent “active shooter” alert, apparently sent by mistake during a training session, caused a lockdown of Walter Reed National Military...

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Elrich Names Department Heads; Navarro Elected Council President

County Executive Marc Elrich has nominated three people to serve in his administration and will keep eight department heads from the Leggett administration, according to announcements from his office. As expected, Indian Spring resident Andrew Kleine, former Baltimore budget director, has been nominated to serve as chief administrative officer. The CAO supervises the county’s departments and oversees day-to-day operations of the government. “I am honored to be Marc’s nominee for Chief Administrative Officer,” said Kleine said in a press release. “I have been a resident of Montgomery County for half of my life, and I’m excited to get to...

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County DHHS, Gandhi Brigade Sponsoring Video PSA Contest

The county’s Department of Health and Human Services and Gandhi Brigade Youth Media are sponsoring a contest for middle and high school students who create a video public service announcement. The purpose of the video is to support the campaign by BTheOne.org to raise awareness about teen suicide prevention. The contest, open to county students only, asks students to produce a 30-second PSA based on the themes and information found on the BTheOne website. Some of the themes student can consider include, among others: Why suicide is a public health concern Warning signs of suicidal thoughts or mental health problems...

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Councilmember-Elect Will Jawando

Councilmember-Elect Will Jawando finished in third place (268,131 votes, 18.69 percent) in the general election in his third run for public office. Jawando had previously run for state delegate in District 20 (2014) and the Congressional primary in the Eighth District (2016). “It’s really just the basic desire to want to help improve the lives of my neighbors and also the community that I grew up in and owe a lot to,” Jawando said about wanting to serve in office. “That’s why I also became a lawyer. It’s why I’ve also worked in government and in nonprofits. It’s kind...

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County Thanksgiving Holiday Schedule Announced

The county has announced its schedule of closings for the Thanksgiving Day holiday Nov. 22. All county offices, libraries and the Department of Liquor Control retail stores will be closed, as will all recreation programs and facilities. For Montgomery Parks programs, events and operating schedule, including Brookside Gardens, ice rinks and tennis centers, go to www.MontgomeryParks.org.  Ride On will operate on a Sunday schedule, while riders can check the WMATA site for information about Metro and busses.  The TRiPS Commuter Store at Silver Spring Transit Center and the TRiPS Mobile Commuter Store will be closed. All county-provided trash and recycling collection will...

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