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Kai Koblentz Scholastic Kids Press Reporter

Chevy Chase Eighth Grader Named Scholastic Kids Press Reporter

Kai Koblentz of Silver Creek Middle School is one of 45 students chosen to cover "news for kids, by kids" during the 2020-2021 academic year.
City Bonfires was started by two Rockville neighbors

Rockville Neighbors Find Purpose During the Pandemic Making and Selling Mini Bonfires

City Bonfires sells portable fire pits perfect for roasting marshmallows and adding ambiance to outdoor hangouts.
Suzanne Brennan Firstenberg at her public art installation at RFK Stadium

Suzanne Brennan Firstenberg: Exploring Social Issues Through Art

The Bethesda-based visual artist's recent public art installation paid tribute to those who have died from COVID-19.
Dominique Dawes opens a new gymnastics studio in Clarksburg

Olympic Gold Medalist Dominique Dawes Continues to Inspire Young Gymnasts

In the midst of the pandemic, the three-time Olympian and MoCo native opened Dominique Dawes Gymnastics & Ninja Academy in Clarksburg.
Melissa Shear of CheezMD makes cheese and charcuterie boards in Bethesda

Melissa Shear of CheezMD: Building a Charcuterie Board Business During the Pandemic

“I’m not like Edible Arrangements. No one board is the same as the next."
Montgomery County Muslim Foundation runs a food bank for the community

Montgomery County Muslim Foundation Serves the Community in the Spirit of Islam

Since 2009, the nonprofit organization has been doing charitable work in the community, and its efforts only increased when the pandemic hit.
Councilmember Will Jawando

Councilmember Will Jawando Finds Ways To Give Back, No Matter the Medium

The at-large member of Montgomery County Council has been hosting virtual storytimes since the start of the pandemic.
Montgomery County Maryland Nonprofit Nourish Now

Local Nonprofit Nourish Now Encourages Food Recovery to Combat Food Insecurity

Founded in 2011, the Rockville-based food bank believes in giving surplus value.
Dress It Up Dressing receives Stacy's Rise grant

Dress It Up Dressing Rises to the Occasion

Bethesda-based salad dressing company wins grant for female-founded businesses.
Volunteer Tom Hill of Gaithersburg

After a Career in Public Service, Tom Hill is Still Serving the Public

The 71-year-old retiree from Gaithersburg manages a busy volunteering schedule that includes Meals on Wheels deliveries.