Montgomery Update: Thanksgiving Plans Should Include Commitment to ‘Shop Local’

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November 24, 2021 | Bookmark and Share
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A Message from County Executive Marc Elrich

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As Thanksgiving approaches, County Executive Marc Elrich appreciates that Montgomery County has COVID-19 vaccines available to provide booster shots for residents 18-and-over and pediatric vaccines for those ages 5-11. He talks about how County farmers are making great contributions toward providing food for those in need and addresses how the County is assisting renters who have fallen behind in payments. He discusses how the County is responding to organized gatherings of vehicles that lead to reckless behavior. And for the upcoming holiday, he urges residents to shop local, especially on “Small Business Saturday.”

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County Now Providing COVID-19 Booster Shots for Residents 18 Years and Older

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The Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services is now providing booster shots to an expanded group of eligible residents after Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced that the State has expanded eligibility for COVID-19 boosters to include all adults.

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Indoor Mask Mandate Again in Effect in County

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Montgomery County is again under an indoor mask mandate after it returned to the status of “substantial transmission” of COVID-19 based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines. 

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County Holiday Special Schedules for Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 25

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The Montgomery County Government will observe special schedules for the Thanksgiving Day holiday on Thursday, Nov. 25.

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County Encourages Residents to Shop Local, and Look for ‘MoCo Made’ Products, During the Holiday Season

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As the world continues to emerge from the still-present COVID-19 health crisis, many aspects of life continue to reach toward conditions that were once considered normal. Among those is holiday shopping, and as the shopping season approaches, Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich is leading the County’s “shop local” campaign.

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Sites and Scenes from the Annual County Thanksgiving Parade That Kicked Off the Holiday Season in Spectacular Fashion

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The annual Montgomery County Thanksgiving Parade again ushered in the holiday season on Nov. 20 in Downtown Silver Spring. The parade included marching bands, spinners with gold and orange hoops and streamers and Thanksgiving-themed costumes and units. The line of march also included a 12-foot turkey; gymnasts and tumblers; performing dogs; colorful Mexican, Peruvian and Bolivian dance groups; fire trucks; music; and colorful inflatable characters.

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COVID-19 Information Portal Has Statistics on the Virus Including Infections and Vaccinations Given by Zip Codes  

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Montgomery County’s COVID-19 Information Portal provides a variety of breakdowns on how the virus has impacted the County. The statistics are updated to reflect the most recent reports from the State of Maryland during the health crisis. Among the information available is how many positive cases have been reported in each zip code in the County.    

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Spectacular Light Shows Brighten Holiday Season at Brookside Gardens in Wheaton and Seneca State Park in Gaithersburg

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Two major holiday light displays will be back in spectacular fashion this winter to brighten the season. The Garden of Lights at Brookside Gardens in Wheaton is now open and the City of Gaithersburg’s Winter Lights Festival will open at Seneca Creek State Park on Friday, Nov. 26.

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Silver Spring Arts and Entertainment District Will Be Filled with Holiday Happenings

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The Silver Spring Arts and Entertainment District has a season full of holiday events to enjoy this winter. Upcoming events in Silver Spring include activities from the more than 100 arts and humanities organizations, popular arts venues, attractions and entertainment businesses in the Arts and Entertainment District.

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Public Comment Period for I-495 and I-270 Managed Lanes Study Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement Closes on Tuesday, Nov. 30

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Residents have until Tuesday, Nov. 30, to submit comments on the proposed I-495 and I-270 Managed Lanes Study Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement to the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration and Federal Highway Administration. Comments can be submitted through 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday.

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‘Mills of Montgomery County’ Will Be Focus of Montgomery History Online Seminar on Tuesday, Nov. 30

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The “Mills of Montgomery County,” including the rise and fall of the milling industry in the County, will be the focus of an online presentation from Montgomery History at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 30.

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Residents Can Virtually Join ‘World AIDS Day Solidarity for Health Equity’ Breakfast on Wednesday, Dec. 1

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Montgomery County’s HIV/STI Services, part of the County’s Department of Health and Human Services, will partner with the Montgomery County (MD) Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. to host a “World AIDS Day Solidarity for Health Equity” breakfast at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 1, at the VisArts Gallery at 155 Gibbs Street in Rockville. The goal of the event is to raise awareness of health inequities driving the County’s persistent HIV epidemic.

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