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SILVER SPRING – Montgomery County spends about $12 million a year picking up trash, much of which could be recycled and reused if properly sorted, said Adam Ortiz, director of Montgomery County’s Department of Environmental Protection. Ortiz, who oversees the $140 million agency with 300 employees and contractors, was the featured speaker at the Dec. […]

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ROCKVILLE – There may be fewer animals to see at next summer’s Montgomery County Agricultural Fair. On Nov. 18, Gaithersburg City Councilmembers introduced an ordinance that would prohibit exhibiting wild animals in traveling acts and circuses. Unless an animal lives in a permanent place, like a zoo or education center, it may not be allowed […]

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By Joshua M. Freedman Special to the Sentinel ROCKVILLE – The Department of the Interior recently proposed weakening large aspects of the Endangered Species Act. Almost immediately, on Aug. 12, the Trump Administration received backlash from U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), who is the senior member of the Environment and Public Works Committee. “The new […]

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By Lyna Bentahar ROCKVILLE – The Montgomery County Farm Tour & Harvest Sale was held last weekend for two days starting on July 27, to celebrate the event’s 30th anniversary. The county’s Office of Agriculture presented the tour as a promotion of the agricultural industry, which often goes unnoticed by people who live in cities. […]

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TAKOMA PARK – In the long journey that is the tree ordinance review, Takoma Park officials met with members of its Tree Commission on July 22 to discuss how to improve the current process. The Tree Commission presented improvements to the tree ordinance and recommendations on how to make the process more streamlined and effective. […]

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By Joshua M. Freedman Special to The Sentinel GLENMONT – Brookside Gardens, located within Wheaton Regional Park, celebrated its 50th anniversary on July 12 with numerous speakers and refreshments to kick off the commemoration.  The celebration also included time for attendees to explore the grounds and visit the Wings of Fancy Butterfly and Caterpillar Exhibit […]

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By Lyna Bentahar Special to The Sentinel ROCKVILLE –The University of Maryland School of Pharmacy (UMSOP) is now introducing a Master of Science in medical cannabis science and therapeutics at the Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville. It will be the first graduate program in the country to specialize in medical cannabis. As state legalization […]

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ROCKVILLE – Officials from the county parks and planning departments spent more than two hours on July 8 explaining to members of the Montgomery County Council their limited use of pesticides in the past year. However, they noting there will not foresee a day when all county parks will be pesticide-free. When the county council […]

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GAITHERSBURG – When Montgomery County Council voted in 2015 to outlaw the use of cosmetic pesticides, weed killer chemicals whose purpose is to make lawns look presentable, they included several loopholes. Currently, it is illegal to use cosmetic chemicals that include EPA warning labels on private lawns and in childcare facilities.  Exempted from the ban […]

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With two spots open on the Montgomery County Planning Board, the Montgomery County Council spoke to several applicants who hope to have a say in the area’s future development. Last week, the council interviewed candidates for the planning board, a five-member panel that oversees the county’s parks and overall growth in the county. While it […]

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[See photos and more from GreenFest in our gallery by clicking here!] WHEATON—The fifth annual Montgomery County GreenFest brought together nonprofits, businesses and residents to celebrate the environment. Held on April 28, the eco-friendly event combined Brookside Gardens’ annual Earth Day celebration with Montgomery County’s GreenFest. In previous years, GreenFest had been held in Jesup […]

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By Kathleen Stubbs    @kathleenstubbs3 ROCKVILLE — Patients who seek to purchase medical marijuana will be able to do so in Rockville, perhaps in 2019. People driving on Hungerford Drive may notice a sign for “Sugarloaf Wellness Center” near Mannakee Street. The property owner has permits from the City of Rockville for the space to […]

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