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Ken Moore

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Evictions Imperil Thousands of Families in Montgomery County

Economic devastation of the pandemic has 14,000 eviction cases waiting to be heard for failure to pay rent, mostly held in check by a moratorium

A “tsunami of evictions is on the horizon,” said Gabe Albornoz, at-large councilmember, at a session on Covid Rental Relief and Eviction Prevention on Feb. 11, 2021.

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Once and Future White’s Ferry?

Operating since 1786, the ferry could begin running again soon.

White’s Ferry has operated since 1786, recently as an $8 cable ferry service that carried vehicles across the Potomac River from Poolesville to Loudoun County.

New Visions for Public Schools in Montgomery County

Restorative justice practices offer hope to reduce racial disparities in school discipline.

“It’s not easy to do what my colleagues did today,” said Craig Rice, chair of the Montgomery County Council’s education committee, “which is to open themselves up.”

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Simultaneously: Different Directions in Montgomery County

Council introduces another bill to keep and reimagine SROs before the public responds to bills that prohibit SROs

Two days before the public hearing on council member Will Jawando’s bill to remove School Resource Officers in public high schools because of the disproportionate impact it has on Black and brown students, councilmember Craig Rice introduced a bill to build positive law enforcement relationships within schools.

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SRO Program: ‘Fundamentally Mismatched for Schools’ in Montgomery County

Kyson Taylor told Montgomery County Council that every school day before the pandemic he would dread the walk to portable classrooms at Richard Montgomery High School.

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MDOT Prefers 4 Toll Lane Option

‘Surprise announcement’ raises concerns of rushing forward with a PPP.

Hundreds of people testified against Gov. Larry Hogan’s proposed public-private partnership to build toll lanes – nearly 83 percent of responders voiced disapproval – but the Maryland Department of Transportation chose the option to add four toll lanes to the American Legion Bridge and up I-270 as the best choice to mitigate traffic congestion.

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Final Tweaks Protect the Reserve in Montgomery County

Solar will be permitted but restricted in the Agricultural Reserve.

Soil is important enough that the Office of Agriculture rates it by levels based on how fruitful it is for farming.

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Will Police Remain a Force in Montgomery County Schools?

Registration already full for public hearing on School Resource Officers program Thursday, Feb. 4, at 7:30 p.m.

Let’s repeat the known facts: Black and Hispanic students are suspended twice as often as their white peers in elementary, middle and high schools.

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Three Down to Two Stories in Potomac

Consensus reached when Spectrum Retirement Communities revised plans for a 100-unit building at Behnke’s property on River Road

Instead of arguing, debating or even objecting, land use attorney David Brown told hearing examiners with the Office of Zoning and Administrative Hearings, “I’ll be sitting back and listening.”

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Maryland Moves Forward on Preliminaries for Toll Lanes

$11 billion project still faces many unanswered questions on environment, community impact and need.

Last Friday, Jan. 8, 2021, the State Highway Administration released names of three bidders to do preliminary work necessary before building $11-billion toll lanes.

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This Year in Montgomery County, Keep Your Eye On….

Will the Agricultural Reserve be preserved in perpetuity, as intended, or will County Council press forward in 2021 to permit industrial solar power on agricultural land in its effort to combat climate change?

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New Spikes, Same Worries in Montgomery County

At least 912 people have died from Covid in County; more than 33,400 cases have been reported.

Covid Cases in Montgomery reached a new high on Nov. 19. 2020.

Stopping the Combine: Farmers Can’t Compete for Land in Montgomery County

Making room for enough solar to make a difference.

Randy Stabler stopped his combine in the middle of a field in the Agricultural Reserve to join Montgomery County Council’s virtual Town Hall meeting.

Skipping the No-Build Option on Maryland Beltway Toll Lanes?

Montgomery County Council committee seems poised to endorse adding toll lanes to American Legion Bridge and Potomac/Bethesda part of Beltway

County Council appears prepared to go along with adding four toll lanes, plus more, to the American Legion Bridge, and all the way to the I-270 spur and for miles north.

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Solar Shines Spotlight on Montgomery County Ag Reserve

Ag Reserve and Solar Update: Town Hall scheduled Nov. 5, 2020; workgroup anticipated; decision expected in January 2021.

On Tuesday, Oct. 20, Council sent a zoning text amendment that would permit industrial solar in the Agricultural Reserve, land the 1980 Council set aside permanently for agricultural use, back to committee worksessions for more discussion.

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Pausing for Farmland in Montgomery County?

Council rejects task force, but sends solar proposal back to committee; vote by end of this year could allow solar in the Agricultural Reserve

Advocates on two sides of important long-term environmental goals: solar power for sustainable clean energy, and the preservation of farmland for food, have three council work sessions to get in sync.

The Buck Stops Here? Or Never Got Going in Montgomery County?

Millions in grant and relief funding to help residents and businesses in need have yet to be distributed by the county.

Montgomery County received $183,336,953 under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to help county residents and businesses survive the pandemic.

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U.S. Park Police Charged in Killing of McLean Resident

Family has waited for justice since November 2017 when Bijan Ghaisar was shot.

Latest: Police Officers Turn Themselves In

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Disparities in Arrests Lead to Questions about Police in Montgomery County Public Schools

Black and Hispanic students twice as likely to be disciplined with suspension all the way back to elementary school.

Black and Latino students are disproportionately affected by routine school discipline, suspensions, and by arrests in Montgomery County Public Schools.

Montgomery County News in Numbers

2.5 Miles of suggested pedestrian and bicycle safety improvements along MacArthur Boulevard from Old Angler’s Inn to Eggert Drive were presented to the Montgomery County Planning Board on Thursday, Sept. 17.

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Reimagining Public Safety in Montgomery County?

When officers use force, black people are on the receiving end 55 percent of the time despite being 18 percent of the county population.

Professor Rashawn Ray trains police officers on racial equity with a virtual reality program that allows evaluators to examine how bias creeps into traffic stops, mental health crises and suspicious person encounters.

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From Nursery to Nursing in Potomac

Planning Board recommends approval of 152,655 square-foot, three story retirement community on River Road.

Up Next: Office of Zoning and Administrative Hearings on Sept. 21.

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Be Smart: Press Pause

Informal tally: 54 comments oppose 495/270 expansion and toll lanes; nine support. Final day of public hearings scheduled for Sept. 10.

Seth Glinski works in construction and development. An uncertain future because of the 2020 pandemic, he said, is actually cause for “feeling lucky” when it comes to the possible widening of the Capital Beltway and I-270 and the American Legion Bridge.

Clean Energy or Farmland? Or Both? in Montgomery County: Solar Could Supplant Agricultural Reserve

Council moves forward with zoning amendment to allow solar fields, an industrial use, in the agricultural reserve.

Andrew Friedson was the lone dissenting voice, advocating for the Agricultural Reserve, land preserved 40 years ago by zoning laws to remain farmland forever.

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‘We’ve Seen an Awakening’ in Montgomery County

Council passes use of force policy that prohibits a police officer from using deadly force unless as a last resort.

Craig Rice beamed and Will Jawando teared as a unanimous roll call of Montgomery County’s Council effected change and policy hundreds of years in the making.

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Look Below the Impervious Surface

The public has 90 days to respond to a proposed $11 billion project that would impact 48 miles of the Beltway, the American Legion Bridge, and land and water below for generations to come.

The risk is $11 billion and contamination of waterways and parkland for generations to come.

Covid Week in Potomac

FIREWORKS? NEXT YEAR: Fourth of July celebrations; “Germantown Glory” and “Mid-County Sparkles” have been cancelled.

Covid-19 Response in Potomac

Metro announced that 15 rail stations that had been closed as part of the transit agency’s Covid-19 response will reopen on Sunday, June 28.

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Racism: As American as Apple Pie?

One bill passed, one introduced, to start untangling systematic and institutional racism here in Montgomery County.

“We are in a historic moment here in our country and in the world,” said Councilmember Will Jawando.

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COVID-19: Not a Fair Fight

Regional perspective: pandemic exposes health inequality leading up to discrepancies in life expectancy.

The zip codes with higher concentrations of poverty, lower education levels, and crowded housing conditions tend to have the highest rates of COVID.

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Potomac’s Week in Coronavirus

Montgomery County metrics still higher than rest of the state, and an election during a pandemic within a pandemic.

PANDEMIC WITHIN PANDEMIC: Racism will be declared a public health crisis, according to a Montgomery County Council resolution spearheaded by Councilmember Will Jawando and sponsored by the full Council.

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Potomac’s Week in Coronavirus

RULES AND REGULATIONS: Montgomery County has developed reopening guidelines for businesses as we move into Phase 1 on Monday, June. 1.

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George Floyd on Our Minds in Montgomery County

Police use of force incidents in Montgomery County involve African Americans 55 percent of the time, even though they make up just 19.9 percent of the population.

While protests spread coast to coast, and local law enforcement condemn the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis, data show that police use of force locally targets African Americans disproportionately.

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George Floyd on Our Minds

While protests spread coast to coast, and local law enforcement condemn the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis, data show that police use of force locally targets African Americans disproportionately.

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Potomac’s Week in Coronavirus

200,000: Maryland surpassed 200,000 tests and completing testing of 3.5 percent of the state’s population, and now has the capacity and supplies to offer testing to Marylanders who may have been exposed to the disease even if they do not have symptoms.

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Potomac Week in Coronavirus

Maryland passes 40,000 cases; cases increased more than 6,000 last week in the county, but state reduces restrictions; county takes an exemption.

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Fairfax Week in Coronavirus

Fairfax County cases increase more than 1,600 in last week, and Virginia rises more than 6,000 cases as most of the state eases restrictions.

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This Week in Coronavirus in Potomac

More than 200 cases in Potomac, more than 1,500 deaths in Maryland. County officials say they will be deliberate and thoughtful when lifting restrictions.

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This Week in Coronavirus in Potomac: Thank You to Heroes

Montgomery County surpasses 5,000 Covid-19 cases, Potomac 150 cases, while health care workers continue to sacrifice their health for our loved ones.

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Nursery to Nursing Home, Up to 120 Beds in Potomac

Will the community have the ability to participate in the public process during Covid-19 pandemic?

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This Week in Coronavirus in Potomac

United States approaches one million Covid-19 Cases, (988,810 reported as of Tuesday) and more than 50,000 deaths, while here at home we cope with hunger, eviction relief, relief for small businesses.

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This Week in Coronavirus in Potomac

Week of April 21

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This Week in Coronavirus in Maryland

Surging unemployment claims to mandatory face masks: weekly synopsis of local news on pandemic.

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Suspect Lay Bleeding on the Floor

Verbatim accounts. Which to believe?

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Coronavirus Could Hit Families’ Finances

Millions of workers lack the sick leave that coronavirus could demand.

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American Legion Bridge Widening Back On

Potomac River, canal and habitat will be affected by new plan to widen the American Legion Bridge and add toll lanes.

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Trying to Slow Fast Tracking the Toll Lanes

How will Potomac environment, houses and land be impacted?

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‘Grave Concerns’ About Beltway

“In the era of climate crisis, making room for more greenhouse gas emitting vehicles on our roadways is irresponsible.”

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