County Exec Candidates Address Education, Housing Issues During Debate; Former Holton-Arms Student Willing To Testify About Kavanaugh Allegations; Car Lands in Gaithersburg Swimming Pool

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County executive candidates clash over housing issues, agree on education

The three contenders for Montgomery County executive faced off in their first debate over the weekend. A few pointed words were exchanged between Democrat Marc Elrich, Independent Nancy Floreen and Republican Robin Ficker, but the candidates also shared similar perspectives on issues such as addressing the achievement gap and reforming the county’s procurement office. Elrich and Floreen did disagree over the best way of providing affordable housing. During the debate, Ficker said he’s in favor of making the Intercounty Connector free during rush hour. [Washington Post]

Holton-Arms graduate says she’s willing to testify about allegations against Kavanaugh

A woman who attended Bethesda’s Holton Arms School says she is willing to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee about her allegations that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh  assaulted her at a party when the two where in high school decades ago. Kavanaugh was a student at Georgetown Prep in Bethesda at the time of the alleged assault. [Washington Post]


Woman accidentally drives car into Gaithersburg pool

A 60-year-old woman inadvertently drove into a Gaithersburg swimming pool while trying to practice parking Saturday, according to authorities. The car’s two occupants were able to escape the car safely before rescue workers arrived. Crews pulled the car from the pool, and no injuries were reported as a result of the incident. [FOX5] 

Hyatt House Hotel in Gaithersburg transitions to senior housing

A developer is working to transform the Hyatt House hotel in Gaithersburg into affordable housing for seniors. The 140-unit building is in the middle of its transition and currently has about 25 residents. A representative of the property manager said he anticipates all 140 units will be converted and filled b November. To live at Hillside Senior Living, a tenant must be at least 62 years old and earn between $40,000 and $70,000 annually. [Washington Business Journal]

Analysis identifies strategies for energizing Forest Glen, Montgomery Hills

A new market analysis shows public investments and rezoning could help enliven the Georgia Avenue corridor in the Forest Glen and Montgomery Hills area. The D.C.-based firm Partners for Economic Solutions conducted the study for the Montgomery County Planning Department, which is getting ready to create a sector plan for that area. The study stated that the Forest Glen Metro Station and Forest Glen Medical Center could be rezoned for mixed-use projects and higher density development. [Source of the Spring]

Chilly, damp weather to start the week

Showers are likely on Monday, with thunderstorms possible during the afternoon. Temperatures will reach about 76 degrees and fall to about 72 degrees overnight.

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