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$20M upgrade to county recycling center proposed

Plus: Vaccine CEO sold $10M in stock before company ruined Johnson & Johnson doses; Josiah Henson museum opens in Rockville

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$20M upgrade to county recycling center proposed

The Montgomery County Council is considering a $20 million upgrade to the existing Material Recycling Center to make it more efficient, increase its capacity and eliminate the need to take recycling elsewhere for processing.

On Friday, the three-member Transportation and Environment Committee recommended the upgrade. [Montgomery Community Media]

Vaccine CEO sold $10M in stock before company ruined Johnson & Johnson doses

The stock price of government contractor Emergent BioSolutions has fallen sharply since the disclosure at the end of March that production problems at the firm’s plant in Baltimore had ruined 15 million doses of Johnson & Johnson’s coronavirus vaccine.

Since then, AstraZeneca moved production of its own vaccine out of the facility, and Emergent — which is based in Gaithersburg — temporarily halted new production there altogether. [Washington Post]

Josiah Henson museum opens in Rockville

A new museum has opened in Montgomery County dedicated to the life and enslavement of author, writer and abolitionist Josiah Henson.

The museum and park are in Rockville on the former Century Riley Plantation, where Henson was a slave. [WDVM]

New kinetic flower sculpture coming to Silver Spring

Silver Spring is getting a new permanent piece of art, thanks to an art collective based in San Francisco.

A new statue of three large flowers at Georgia Avenue and Colesville Road is called Blumen Lumen and is kinetic, which means the flowers move, opening and closing based on the weather. [WUSA]

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