We take another trip on the shutdown misery express courtesy of WAMU, Washington Business Journal reports on Montgomery County’s changing economic fortunes, and a profile of a former St. Jerome educator now making waves in the national Catholic education scene. All this, and more news and views for Prince George’s County residents in our Jan. 23, 2019 edition of Required Reading!
“When Lomax arrived for the afternoon session, he joined the many who lined up at various tables to collect free boxed lunches and groceries. Representatives from the Prince George’s County Department of Social Services were on hand, offering pamphlets on mental health counseling, rent and mortgage support, and medical and unemployment assistance. Lomax waited patiently, but reluctantly, for his turn to chat with a woman from the department.”
“‘Very slow economic growth’ has forced Montgomery to rely disproportionately on its residential tax base, which has increased over the past decade while county budget shortfalls have persisted.”
National Catholic education leader takes cues from St. Jerome experience – Arlington Catholic Herald
“Today the brick school building has waiting lists for nine of its classes and is in the process of adding one class per grade each year. Families are moving to the area just to attend the school, which now goes by the name St. Jerome Academy.”
“Detectives placed fake ads on websites that they allege are used for prostitution. Those calling the number in the ad spoke with an undercover officer who provided a meeting location upon request, according to officials.”