November-December 2020

‘A sense of peace’

Before the pandemic, hospice volunteers could hold patients’ hands and talk with them face-to-face. They’re still finding ways to keep patients comfortable—and that connection helps the volunteers, too.

An unforgettable year

Quiet streets, an empty football field, a protest against racial injustice. Two photographers from Bethesda captured the fear, uncertainty, hope and raised voices of 2020.

Signing off

In his 18 years at The Universities at Shady Grove, recently retired Executive Director Stew Edelstein embraced students’ diversity and determination and helped create a unique model of education


Once dominant, Montgomery County’s public employee unions have seen their clout wane. Leaders are plotting a comeback.

A time to give

In one of the wealthiest counties in the country, some families are struggling like never before. Amid the pandemic, about 100,000 Montgomery County residents don’t have enough to eat. Nonprofits are helping, but they’re facing tough times, too.


When the coronavirus upended our writer’s plans to go to Europe in June, she and her husband loaded up on sanitizer, face masks and cleaning supplies, and set off on a four-week road trip