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By Neal Earley BETHESDA — During the past few months, Montgomery County residents have been introduced to a new phenomenon – a competitive general election. Monday at Beth El synagogue was the latest stop on the traveling debate and forum show, where the three candidates running for Montgomery County Executive spent nearly two hours answering […]

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After heated debates and discussion, the County Council on Tuesday finally reached an agreement on what to do about the proposed Montrose Parkway East road project – delay it for at least year.

The compromise keeps the idea of the project alive while pushing the decision to build down the road. Although it has been on county planners’ minds for years, the project became more significance after Amazon listed Montgomery County – specifically a site close to the proposed road near the former White Flint mall – on a list of possible destinations for its proposed second headquarters.

GAITHERSBURG — City Council hopeful Jim McNulty says his commitment to public service began after the Montgomery County Police saved his life in 2010.

A longtime media producer, McNulty was working at Discovery Communications in Silver Spring when he and two others were taken hostage at gunpoint. The hostage-taker, John Jay Lee, was eventually fatally shot by the SWAT team.

“That brush with my mortality gave me a newfound perspective on what is truly important in life,” McNulty said.  He subsequently founded The Upper Room, a support group for veterans and victims of violent crime who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. He joined Gaithersburg’s Olde Towne Advisory Subcommittee and was elected president of the Saybrooke Homeowner’s Association.

GREENBELT – A decision on the new home for the FBI is expected next month, and the General Services Administration (GSA) is reaching out to the communities around the shortlist sites in advance.

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Police warn of rising pedestrian and bike accidents as winter approaches

Citing a recent surge in pedestrian and bicycle collisions, Montgomery County Police held a press conference in Bethesda Thursday hoping to raise awareness about the spike in the County.

The press conference came three days after Chevy Chase resident Ned Gaylin, 81, was struck and killed while attempting to ride his bicycle across Little Falls Parkway, near the Capital Crescent Trail in Bethesda.

Four days after the press conference, Silver Spring resident Robert Michael Grossman, 64, died after being struck by a vehicle while crossing Georgia Avenue in Aspen Hill.

Captain Tom Didone, director of the traffic division for Montgomery County Police, said there had been five major pedestrian and bicycle collisions in the County in the 16 days leading up to Thursday.

According to Didone, the recent surge in pedestrian and bicycle collisions is a yearly average of about 400 pedestrian and bicycle collisions with about 10 being fatal.

“If this trend continues, we are set to have one of the worst years that we’ve had in a very long time,” Didone said.

FORT WASHINGTON – MGM officials say their new resort and casino could attract as many as 15,000 visitors each day, and local residents want reassurance that the ensuing traffic will be handled effectively.