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Doses of the highly anticipated coronavirus vaccine could start arriving in Maryland as soon as next week, with the firs...
12/09/2020
Maryland could receive coronavirus vaccine by next week

Doses of the highly anticipated coronavirus vaccine could start arriving in Maryland as soon as next week, with the first shots reserved for hospital workers and nursing home residents and employees.

Distribution of 50,700 doses of a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine could begin as soon as Monday, with 104,300 doses of a Moderna vaccine arriving a week later.

“All of that soil is added on top of the root system of that tree and it basically kills those roots that were under the...
12/09/2020
Arborists say 300-year-old White Oak tree in North Bethesda is close to dying

“All of that soil is added on top of the root system of that tree and it basically kills those roots that were under there. And the tree has to regenerate it in another part of the root system, and that takes a lot of energy,” said arborist Keith Pitchford

One thinks construction grading in 1970s weakened root system, base

Three-fifths of Montgomery County Public Schools students will remain in a virtual-only model for the second semester, a...
12/08/2020
60% of MCPS students will remain fully virtual second semester

Three-fifths of Montgomery County Public Schools students will remain in a virtual-only model for the second semester, according to the final results of a questionnaire sent to families.

About three-fifths of MCPS students will continue learning virtually during the second semester of the academic year, according to survey results.

Gaithersburg Mayor Jud Ashman said he doesn't agree with the state requirements. "In fact, not only do I think that our ...
12/08/2020
Gaithersburg considering more disclosure requirements in ethics code

Gaithersburg Mayor Jud Ashman said he doesn't agree with the state requirements. "In fact, not only do I think that our ordinance effectively serves our community’s needs, it makes more sense and strikes a better balance than the state model,” he said.

Mayor says state has overreached in requirements for municipalities

Police say officers stopped a vehicle on southbound I-270 and Sam Eig Highway for a traffic violation, but when an offic...
12/08/2020
Traffic stop leads to crash in Gaithersburg; 6 taken into custody

Police say officers stopped a vehicle on southbound I-270 and Sam Eig Highway for a traffic violation, but when an officer approached the vehicle, it took off, then crashed

After a vehicle was stopped at southbound I-270 and Sam Eig Highway for a traffic violation, the driver took off, then crashed on Washingtonian Boulevard.

Council Member Will Jawando is also proposing a bill that would prevent price gouging of renters near transit.
12/08/2020
Multifamily zoning proposed near Metro stations

Council Member Will Jawando is also proposing a bill that would prevent price gouging of renters near transit.

Another bill by Jawando would prevent price gouging of renters near transit

Some local leaders concerned about students struggling with virtual classes during the COVID-19 pandemic have suggested ...
12/08/2020
Some county leaders say more COVID-19 restrictions could help schools reopen

Some local leaders concerned about students struggling with virtual classes during the COVID-19 pandemic have suggested that new countywide restrictions could expedite school reopenings.

Approaching nine months since the coronavirus pandemic closed Montgomery County Public Schools, some leaders say new restrictions could help schools reopen.

In a message to community members, Montgomery County Public Schools announced it will not begin offering in-person sport...
12/07/2020
School Notes: No in-person sports for MCPS students in December

In a message to community members, Montgomery County Public Schools announced it will not begin offering in-person sports this week as COVID-19 cases surge across the state.

Plus: COVID-19 ‘outbreaks’ at two private schools; Timeline set for next student school board member election

Spice Street, an Indian restaurant in downtown Silver Spring, is opening on Wednesday and will initially offer only carr...
12/07/2020
Spice Street opening in Silver Spring on Wednesday

Spice Street, an Indian restaurant in downtown Silver Spring, is opening on Wednesday and will initially offer only carryout and delivery

Indian restaurant will initially open for carryout, delivery

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