Montgomery Update: Protection Against COVID-19 Includes Protecting Renters from Eviction

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August 12, 2021 | Bookmark and Share
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A Message from County Executive Marc Elrich

County Executive Marc Elrich

County Executive Marc Elrich talks about the continued need to stick with tough measures against the COVID-19 variant. He also expresses his disappointment with this week’s vote of the Maryland Board of Public Works regarding the State’s plan to expand I-495 and I-270. He discusses the Climate Action Plan of the U.N. And he also joins the many County residents who are glad historic Hank Dietle’s Tavern is back in business on Rockville Pike.


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County Executive Elrich Announces COVID-19 Rent Relief Program Has Provided More Than 5,800 Households with More Than $32 Million

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Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich was joined by local landlords and tenants this week in Rockville to provide an update on the COVID-19 Rent Relief Program. The program has provided more than $32 million in rental assistance to more than 5,800 households that are, or were, behind on their rent. More assistance is available for those who continue to be financially impacted by the COVID-19 health crisis.


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County Renters May Be Protected from Eviction Via New Order from CDC

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Montgomery County residential renters who are behind on rent may be protected from eviction by a new temporary order issued by the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).



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Montgomery County Agricultural Fair Returns to Fairgrounds in Gaithersburg Aug. 13-21

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The Montgomery County Agricultural Fair will return to the fairgrounds in Gaithersburg from Friday, Aug. 13, through Saturday, Aug. 21. The fair, which was first held in 1945, was not held last year due to the COVID-19 health crisis. 


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Residents Can Choose the Best of Student Videos Produced to Encourage Young People to Get COVID-19 Vaccinations

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The top 16 submissions from more than 300 student-produced videos encouraging Montgomery County’s youngest eligible residents to get COVID-19 vaccines are now viewable and residents can vote on what they feel is the overall best. Voting for the “Take Your Shot” public service announcement (PSA) contest will end Monday, Aug.16.


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Upper County Outdoor Pool Open for Pooch Pool Party on Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 21-22

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Montgomery County Recreation will be closing the Upper County Outdoor Pool in Gaithersburg earlier than other outdoor pools. The closing will provide an opportunity for County dogs to go for a summer swim at the Pooch Pool Party on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 21-22.  


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Animal Services and Adoption Center and Montgomery County Partners for Animal Well-Being Adopt Out 162 Cats During ‘Operation: Feline Freedom’ Event


‘Operation Feline Freedom,’ a special event during the month of July co-sponsored by the Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center (MCASAC) and the Montgomery County Partners for Animal Well-Being (MCPAW) to waive adoption fees for all cats and kittens resulted in one-month record of 162 cat adoptions.


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Save Those Unneeded Bicycles for Department of Transportation’s Annual Bike Donation Event on Oct. 8


It is a time of year when people start planning for fall and begin to clean out garages and storages spaces. Sometimes they find a bike that is no longer needed. The Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) is hoping you will hang onto those bikes just a little longer and donate them to the department’s annual bike collection drive that will be held Friday, Oct. 8.


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Beach Drive in Kensington will close from Aug. 30 through early June 2022 for Bridge Replacement; Pedestrian Path to be Disrupted for a Few Weeks

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Beach Drive in Kensington, between Kensington Parkway and Old Spring Road, will be closed from Aug. 30 through early June 2022 as the two-lane bridge carrying Beach Drive over Silver Creek will be replaced. Traffic will be detoured through MD 185 to MD 192 to Stoneybrook Drive and Beach Drive.


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‘History of Montgomery County Barns’ in Montgomery History Series Viewable Aug. 23-29

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A video exploring the history of Montgomery County Barns will be viewable from Monday, Aug. 23, through Sunday, Aug. 29, as part of the Montgomery History’s organization’s Paths to the Present series.


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‘Businesses and Licensure’ Will Be Theme as Montgomery County Hosts Revitalization and Recovery Virtual Town Hall on Friday, Aug. 20

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“Businesses and Licensure” will be the theme from noon-1 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 20, when Montgomery County’s COVID-19 Economic Revitalization and Recovery program continues its series of virtual town hall meetings to keep businesses informed on strategies for doing business as the health crisis continues.


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Protecting Eels is One Goal of the County’s Efforts to Help ‘Stream Critters’ During Water Quality Month


American eels are the only fish found in the Montgomery County area that begin life in seawater (Bahamas and Bermuda area) and travel to freshwater streams for adulthood. During its campaign to protect at-risk stream critters during National Water Quality Month in August, the County Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) eels are among the at-risk stream critters that DEP is working to ensure their survival.


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County to Host Online Conversation About Mobile Crisis Intervention Services Wednesday, Aug. 25

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An online conversation about the Crisis Assistance Helping Out on The Streets (CAHOOTS) model for mobile crisis intervention services will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 25. The session is part of a series, “Wellness Community Events: Healing and Holding On—One Conversation at a Time for the Community,” which is focused on mental health and wellness issues as the COVID-19 health crisis continues.  


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Free Online Workshops for Job Seekers and Entrepreneurs Offered in August

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Free online workshops and one-on-one sessions geared toward assisting job seekers and entrepreneurs are being offered virtually throughout August. The program is sponsored by Montgomery County Public Libraries.  


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