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Maryland lifts outdoor mask mandate and outdoor dining restrictions

Maryland – Governor Larry Hogan lifted Maryland’s statewide outdoor mask mandate on Wednesday and announced there will no longer be restrictions for outdoor dining. Both Howard and Montgomery County are still enforcing outdoor masking, but Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks has yet to announce the county’s plans. Masks are still required indoors, at large ticketed venues and on public transportation.

Fidos for Freedom at UMD has continued to raise service dogs amidst the pandemic

College Park, MD – While the pandemic has affected how many clubs at the University of Maryland operates, Fidos for Freedom has been able to safely meet in person and raise service dogs together that will one day help those…

A Montgomery County aid group raises over $100,000 to help local community

Montgomery County, MD.-The group Silver Spring/Takoma Park Mutual Aid is providing local residents with food, diapers, and more. Since forming last year, the group has raised over $100,000 and has helped more than 3,000 local residents. 

Desperate for Diapers

The Tyler Heights Resource Fair provides essential items to those in need, including diapers and feminine care products, which are often overlooked. Maryland Delegate Dana Jones, D-District 30A, spearheaded HB7/11, a bill that allows tax deductions for those who donate…

Crystals in Commemoration

Brookside Gardens, located in Montgomery County, Maryland, hangs more than 1,450 crystals for its “Facets of Hope” art installation. Each crystal represents a county resident’s life lost due to COVID-19. New crystals are added every week.

DOTS is giving away parking spots so artists can display their work after virtual classes brought less cars to campus

College Park, MD- The Department of Transportation at the University of Maryland is giving out free space in parking lots so artists can create their work. The participants showcased art installations that express their thoughts and feelings during this time.…

Montgomery County is working to reimagine police authority in the aftermath of encounter

Silver Spring, MD – In the aftermath of a January 2020 incident involving Montgomery County police and a five-year-old Black student at East Silver Spring Elementary School, the Montgomery County Council and Board of Education has begun to take steps…

Dr. Darryl J. Pines makes history as the University of Maryland’s first Black president

College Park, MD- The University of Maryland celebrates the inauguration of Darryl J. Pines as its 34th president with a formal investiture ceremony.

The University of Maryland has received 5400 vaccine doses to be administered on campus

College Park, MD – After announcing that campus would reopen in the fall, the University of Maryland has received 3000 vaccine doses, in addition to an original 2400, for the campus community. The University Health Center Director says he believes…

Food truck vendor thrives during pandemic shutdowns and challenges

Rockville, MD – Since December 2020, restaurant manager Chris Van Jura has been selling signature hot dogs in his eight square foot mobile shop. Catalyst Hot Dogs was his way of making money after being furloughed, twice, as a result…