Author: Scott Harris

County Hit by Child Kidnapping Scam

The phone rings. A garbled voice on the other end speaks. “We have your child.” There is the sound of screaming in the background, as if someone is scared or hurt. We will hurt your child, the voice says, unless…

Watkins Mill Interchange Caught in Political Headwinds

Feb. 22 is shaping up as a big day for the future of the Watkins Mill Road Interchange. For much of the recent past, officials from the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (SHA) and the office of Governor…

Beef Up Your Cybersecurity

The Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD) is reaching out to local citizens to encourage them to be more vigilant when it comes to their online information. According to data released in 2015 by the federal Bureau of Justice Statistics, about…

Officers of the Year Named

Robert Scire likes to stay busy. “My mode of operation,” said the Gaithersburg Police Department detective, “is to always give it 110 percent.” That’s the approach that led Scire to make 46 arrests in 2016, and that in turn is…

Gaithersburg PD Wants to Work More in the Community

Community-oriented policing can mean a lot of things to a lot of different people. In the wake of well-documented tensions between police and citizens around the country, community policing is again gaining traction as an important concept. Although exact definitions…

Gaithersburg Solar Co-Op Forms

Gaithersburg residents now have an opportunity to band together and purchase solar energy as a group. Those who participate in the group, known as a solar co-op, stand to reap substantial savings thanks to their collective power. “It’s essentially a…

Confusion, Controversy Follow Small Cell Antenna Plans

Opinions—and, in some cases, even facts—seem to vary pretty widely over the potential installation of cellular mini-towers in three Gaithersburg neighborhoods. Known as small cell facilities or small cell antennas, the structures, frequently mounted on 30-foot-tall poles, are designed to…

Environmental Honor Only Confirms Gaithersburg’s Green Rep

Gaithersburg is a green leader in the county and the state. A new honor from the federal government is just the latest evidence of that, city leaders said. That was the message from city leaders upon earning its entrance into…

Watershed Restoration Grants Now Available

As part of continued attempts to reduce water pollution from pavement runoff, the city recently announced a collection of grants for groups that created watershed restoration projects. “Watershed restoration projects are designed to go back and increase vegetation to absorb…

City Leaders Hail Funding for New I-270 Interchange

A new interchange for I-270 at Watkins Mill Road will ease traffic congestion in the city and help strengthen the local economy, business and civic leaders say. On July 18, Governor Larry Hogan announced he would earmark $129.6 million for…