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County Joins Top Locations for Vaccine Research

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Montgomery County, particularly Gaithersburg, has become a central hub for vaccine research and development, and to a lesser extent for vaccine manufacturing.

The County is a key vaccine development center “not only for the country, but the world,” said Brad Fackler, senior director for life sciences at the c.

There are no figures available for revenues brought into county companies for vaccines, or number of people employed here in the industry. However, the state Department of Commerce website says that the overall life sciences industry was responsible for $17.42 billion in gross state product (2015), 41,570 jobs with $4.28 billion in wages (2016), and $1.55 billion of federal procurement to contractors in the state (fiscal year 2016).

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Singer-songwriter uses real life tragedy as inspiration

Craig Cummings PhotoCraig Cummings (left) and bassist Greg Hardin (right) performing at the Gaithersburg Arts Barn. COURTESY PHOTO BY MAX HORAN   GAITHERSBURG — Inspired by friends who were forced to redefine themselves after the end of a relationship, D.C. area singer-songwriter Craig Cummings sang about the joys and downfalls of love in the Gaithersburg Arts Barn on Saturday to celebrate the release of his new album “Gone Baby Gone.”

The seven-track, 27-minute-long album, issued on Takoma Park’s Azalea City label, tells the story of a man dealing with a long-term relationship falling apart. The album shows all facets of the relationship, from the man's first attempts to win the unnamed woman’s love to the aftermath of the breakup.

“I was running into people that had been in relationships that were ending, and they were struggling with how to be alone after all that time. They were asking themselves, ‘How do I redefine myself as a person without the context of a relationship?’” said Craig.

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Palakovich Carr announces bid for House of Delegates

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Rockville City Council member Julie Palakovich Carr filed her paperwork this week to run for District-17 in the Maryland House of Delegates.

Palakovich Carr, a two-term member on the Rockville City Council, said she wanted to run for state government because she believes she can have a greater impact on education, transportation and economic issues at the state level.

“I decided to run because I think it's important to be pushing progressive reforms in Annapolis,” Palakovich Carr said.

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State senator defends future frontline Metro workers’ pensions

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GAITHERSBURG – A state senator representing Montgomery County on Thursday defended pensions for future Metro employee pensions, which the general manager proposed replacing with fixed contribution, and suggested changes for state funding of Metro.

State Sen. Richard Madaleno (D- 18) said after a news conference Thursday he believes the presence of pensions and sufficient benefits improves Metro workers’ performance in their jobs.

Madaleno cited a 2015 article by Justin Wolfers and Jan Zilinsky of the Peterson Institute for International Economics, who said, on the basis of numerous studies, that workers with higher wages and pensions were likely to perform better as employees because they were happier.

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Sayles makes fourth bid for Gaithersburg council seat

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Laurie Anne SaylesLaurie-Anne Sayles. FILE PHOTO  GAITHERSBURG – A longtime civic activist in the city is launching her fourth bid to become a member of the City Council.

Gaithersburg resident Laurie-Anne Sayles is seeking a City Council position in the city’s municipal elections this fall, her fourth time running.

“I am learning to continue the work I have been doing, but with the power of the people behind me and (with) the resources of government to activate and mobilize others to turn a collective vision into reality," Sayles said.

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Local man wins big in state lottery action

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We often dream of what we would do if we were to one day win the lottery.

For one Gaithersburg man, that dream became a reality this past Independence Day weekend when the Multi-Match subscription holder claimed the game’s $500,000 jackpot.

With the odds of winning at a one in 6 million chances, the 67-year-old grandfather could hardly believe his luck when Communications Director Carole Gentry called him on July 3 to share the news of his win.

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Ashman will run for re-election in Gaithersburg

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GAITHERSBURG –City mayor Jud Ashman is running for his first four-year term.

In 2015, he won by a wide margin the election to serve the remaining two years of longtime Mayor Sidney Katz’s final term. He was appointed from his city council position to serve as mayor the previous year following Katz’s election to the Montgomery County Council. This fall, Ashman is running for a full four-year term.

He attributes his accomplishments while in office to group efforts and not solely to himself. “Most of the accomplishments from my time in office have been collective accomplishments,” Ashman said. “I feel like I’ve played an essential role, but it has been a group effort. Gaithersburg has a beacon, a terrific example for local governments about how a well-intentioned, well-prepared, thoughtful, mature group of representatives, can work together to get things done. We have the lowest tax-rate of any of Maryland's large cities. We remain debt free, and there are not a lot of municipalities out there that can make that claim.”

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Gaithersburg signs on to Climate Action Letters

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GAITHERSBURG — Mayor Jud Ashman has signed onto two open letters affirming commitment by local governments across the country to remain committed to the carbon-reduction goals stipulated by the Paris Climate Accords, despite President Donald J. Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the agreement three weeks ago.

Ashman signed an open letter to the international community from the World Wildlife Fund titled “We Are Still In.”  The letter states in part, "In the U.S., it is local and state governments, along with businesses, that are primarily responsible for the dramatic decrease in greenhouse gas emissions in recent years. Actions by each group will multiply and accelerate in the years ahead, no matter what policies Washington may adopt.

"In the absence of leadership from Washington, states, cities, colleges and universities, businesses and investors, representing a sizable percentage of the U.S. economy will pursue ambitious climate goals, working together to take forceful action and to ensure that the U.S. remains a global leader in reducing emissions.”

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