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We are reaching a critical moment in our continued fight against COVID-19. As summer turns to fall, many states are seeing increases in their number of cases. This could not come at a worse time; this rise in COVID cases coincides with the start of flu season. Over the past few months, Maryl…

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On March 12, the state superintendent issued an order for all public schools in the state to close for two weeks in response to the growing COVID-19 pandemic. While students were excited about the prospect of an extended spring break, what they didn’t know was that they wouldn’t be going back.

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TODAY: I'm going live for an update on #COVID19 in Maryland. I'll be joined by Josh Sharfstein, of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Beth Anne Langrell, of For All Seasons Behavioral Health and RCC, to give an outlook on fighting the disease in the winter months ahead and …

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Stuck inside? During these tough times, it’s important for us to get out of the house once in a while, whether that means going on a walk or taking a road trip with your family. Fortunately for the WJ community, Maryland and surrounding states are filled with COVID-safe travel destinations f…

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LANHAM — Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks kicked off her Proud to Give Back Campaign for this year’s holiday season on Nov. 1 in the county’s Public Safety Warehouse. This year’s food drive is especially important, given the incredibly low amount of food the county currently has to give away to families. Officials explained […]

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COLLEGE PARK — Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05), Sens. Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressman Anthony G. Brown (all D-MD) announced $280,000 in grant funding to support a partnership between the University of Maryland (UMD), Bowie State University and Prince George’s County to recruit and train mental health professionals to work in Prince […]

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COLLEGE PARK — The University of Maryland Extension (UME) was awarded $1,099,865 in federal funding for their Strengthening the Capacity of Rural Maryland to Address Opioid Misuse project where they will deliver training and resources to communities struggling with mental and behavioral health issues. The funding, announced by Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05) and Sens. […]

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SEABROOK — A new law passed with unanimous support in the Maryland General assembly giving residents access to convenient at-home medical lab testing went into effect on Oct. 1. The new law, HB 526, would allow Marylanders to purchase at-home kits for laboratory tests, which are available for conditions like diabetes, high cholesterol, sexually trasmitted […]

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LANHAM — Doctor’s Community Health System and the Anne Arundel Medical Center took the first step in rebranding their system since they announced they would be merging as one health system in July. The two medical systems announced Luminis Health as the new name of their combined medical facility on Sept. 17. According to their […]

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SEABROOK — Maryland members of Congress wrote a joint letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) opposing a proposed change to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) where 50,000 Marylanders would be at risk for losing their SNAP benefits. According to the USDA, the proposed rule would close a loophole, known as categorical eligibility, […]

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LARGO — Congressman Steny Hoyer (MD-05) released a report compiled by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee highlighting the impact of the high cost of healthcare and prescription drugs on the residents in Maryland’s Fifth District on Aug. 21. The “Prices of Diabetes Drugs for Seniors and the Uninsured in the United States and […]

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SEABROOK – As the state of Maryland prepares to release $10 million in grants to all its counties to fight the heroin and opioid epidemic, one local facility will be receiving federal funding to support its fight against the crisis. The Greater Baden Medical Services in Brandywine was one of three medical facilities selected to […]

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BOWIE — Immediately following the series closing match between the Bowie Baysox and the Portland Sea Dogs on Aug. 4, local community organizers, activists and celebrities assembled to show support and advocacy for mental health awareness and suicide prevention. Prince George’s Stadium partnered with local nonprofits Lauryn’s Law and the Leigh Bodden Foundation to host […]

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ROCKVILLE – Many residents will be required to pay more for water on July 1 due to a rate increase with the start of an upcoming inauguration of the new structure.  The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC), which supplies water and sewer services to customers in Prince George’s and Montgomery counties, adopted a new rate […]

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LARGO — Congressmen Steny Hoyer (D-05) and Anthony Brown (D-04) held a roundtable discussion on health care disparities among minorities in Maryland, particularly Prince George’s County, and improvements that can be made in the future on June 14. The discussion was part of Health Care for All Americans Weekend, where Democrats and participating organizations around […]

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SUITLAND  — County Councilmember Rodney Streeter (District 7), along with At-Large Council Members Mel Franklin and Calvin Hawkins, held a roundtable discussion to identify needs and opportunities within small, local, minority, veteran and women-owned businesses on June 19. During the meeting, the county councilmembers and the business community discussed financial assistance for small businesses, certification […]

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HYATTSVILLE — The Hyattsville City Council, in collaboration with a community group of Hyattsville residents, declared June 21 as Asking Saves Kids (ASK) Day to bring awareness to gun safety. “The idea is to raise awareness of the potential for kids to get hurt by unlocked guns,” said Hyattsville Community Services Director Jake Rollow. “In […]

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COLLEGE PARK — The Maryland Health Benefits Exchange (MHBE) held a forum with state and community leaders to discuss the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and ways to strengthen Maryland Health Connection ahead of the 2020 enrollment period on June 13. MHBE, a public corporation which operates intending to make health coverage more affordable for all […]

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RIVERDALE — During a press conference on May 30, County Executive Angela Alsobrooks announced the expansion of the Prince George’s County Department of Social Services Maryland Market Money Program. The Maryland Market Money program is an initiative that allows residents who receive federal nutrition assistance benefits to get matching dollars when they shop at local […]

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OXON HILL — Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS), in collaboration with the Prince George’s County Health Department and Department of Social Services, held its third Mental Health Symposium to educate families on the mental health and behavior challenges that students may face on May 28. The symposium, held at Oxon Hill High School, was […]

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Tracy Arnold was not fully aware of the extent that the effects of homelessness can have on a person until she lost her real estate business in 2009. A victim of the recession at the time, the mortgage broker was forced to close down her business of 32 employees. She tried to seek help for […]

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LANHAM — With opioid-related deaths on the rise throughout Maryland, a study conducted and released by Johns Hopkins University and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Maryland showed that 10 percent of all driver deaths in Maryland are due to opioids. “Opioid overdose and motor vehicle crashes are the leading causes of injury-related […]

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UPPER MARLBORO — With 15 percent of students in the U.S. being chronically absent from school and Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) students nearly twice that amount, The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) explored reasons for such high rates and solutions in a recently published study on chronic absenteeism and its link to student […]

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