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CIRS Mold Toxicity Treatment in Rockville, MD

Experiencing mold toxicity is a terrifying thought for most people. Although it may seem like an interesting concept for a medical drama, nobody wants to experience the effects of mold exposure firsthand.

Mold is a fungus that thrives in wet environments, such as under tiles, wood floors, and ceilings, pipes, and roofs. While several types of mold exist, some are more hazardous than others, and some individuals may be allergic or sensitive to mycotoxins, the toxins that mold naturally produces. Exposure to excessive amounts of mold, or the types of mold that trigger health problems, can lead to mold toxicity and even CIRS - Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome. This acute and chronic systemic inflammatory response syndrome is typically acquired after exposure to mold or other producers of biotoxins, usually from damaged water buildings.

If you believe that you're suffering from mold toxicity or mold illness, it can seem like the world is folding in on you. No matter what you do, your symptoms persist, lowering your quality of life and eliminating your peace of mind. Fortunately, there is reason to be hopeful: Proactive Wellness Centers now offers a research-backed, highly effective mold illness poisoning treatment in Rockville, MD for men and women just like yourself and your children as well if they have been impacted.

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CIRS and Mold Toxicity

CIRS and mold illness are on the rise, and accurate diagnosis of the issue plays a major role in this trend. Thanks to Dr. Ritchie Shoemaker, there is a huge body of evidence that covers diagnosing and treating patients with CIRS. Dr. Lawson is one of less than 30 practitioners in the United States that are fully certified by Dr. Shoemaker for diagnosing and treating CIRS. The body of evidence by Shoemaker and many associates is the largest body of scientific evidence that is published in major medical journals. Around 80% of CIRS/Mold cases are caused by indoor air contaminated with mold toxins and other triggers. However, it's important to note that CIRS can also be caused by biotoxin producers such as cyanobacteria and a marine dinoflagellate that produces the Ciguatera toxin found in certain types of fish.

When mold or biotoxins are not processed effectively, a series of biochemical changes known as the Biotoxin Pathway occur. Genetic studies have revealed that approximately 24% of individuals have a genetic makeup that makes them susceptible to developing an illness related to mold or biotoxins. The remaining 76% of the population can typically eliminate these toxins from their system and avoid the development of the Biotoxin Pathway that can lead to various diseases.

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CIRS and Mold Poisoning Misdiagnosis

CIRS and mold exposure symptoms overlap with many other chronic illnesses, which makes diagnosis challenging and can even lead to missed diagnosis of CIRS. Based on research from Proactive Wellness Centers, CIRS is frequently misdiagnosed. Some of the most common misdiagnoses include:

  • Lupus
  • Chronic Pain Syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • PTSD
  • More

Lyme disease, in particular, is often misdiagnosed. We have treated a number of patients whose symptoms were in line with Lyme disease. Fortunately, we were able to confirm the presence of CIRS and mold and were able to successfully help those patients using CIRS treatment in Rockville, MD.

Note that many of these patients have CIRS and Lyme disease and in that case, it is necessary to treat both in order for full recovery. Treating one or the other will invariably leave the patient with debilitating symptoms and even more frustration with their medical team. At Proactive Wellness Centers, we are skilled In diagnosing and treating both.

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CIRS and Mold Poisoning Symptoms

If you're reading this page, chances are you're concerned that you might have CIRS or some form of mold poisoning. You may be wondering what you have - is it CIRS, or is it something else like Lyme disease? We can't provide the answer to that question without consultation and testing at our wellness center in Virginia. However, there are common symptoms of CIRS and mold toxicity you should know.

Some of the most common symptoms of CIRS include:

  • Fatigue
  • Decreased Word Finding
  • Headaches
  • Difficulty Concentrating
  • Morning Stiffness
  • Tremors
  • Excessive Thirst
  • Tingling
  • Night Sweats
  • Frequent Urination
  • Confusion
  • Mood Swings

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Tools for Diagnosing Mold Sickness and CIRS

Identifying and confirming if a patient is being impacted by CIRS and identifying the cause and source of the biotoxin are the two main steps in diagnosing CIRS and Mold Exposure. To diagnose CIRS and Mold Exposure, the following diagnostic tools are commonly used:

To learn more about the debilitating symptoms of mold sickness and to find out whether you have CIRS or something else, contact Proactive Wellness Centers. Our team of medical professionals is here to help you every step of the way.

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Hope for Patients with CIRS: Proactive Wellness Centers' Mold Illness Treatment in Rockville, MD

Our approach to treating CIRS utilizes integrative and functional medicine, The Shoemaker Protocol along with the latest evidence-based approaches to treating mold illness and the related secondary issues that it causes. We begin by utilizing advanced diagnostics to confirm the presence of the condition and identify the specific environment causing continued exposure to biotoxins. Next, we take a stepwise approach to halt the progression of the disease, eliminate biotoxins from the body, and reverse any damage to cellular structures. Our goal is to help patients achieve a full recovery.

To do this, we not only have to identify the primary condition like CIRS or Lyme disease, but we then have to continue looking to see if you have any of the common secondary conditions like reactivated EBV, Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS), and others. Once we understand the totally of your condition, then we can implement a treatment plan tailored for you. Yes, it will leverage the Shoemaker protocol, but we have found that we have to extend the protocol to cover the secondary issues that we uncover.

The steps we follow to reach that goal include:

In order to initiate the recovery process, it is important to address and resolve any affected areas, or, alternatively, relocate the patient from that environment if necessary. Prolonged exposure to mold can hinder the success of the treatment plan and impede the healing process.

Two commonly used binding agents in the process of treating Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome are Welchol and Cholestyramine. Cholestyramine is particularly effective in binding biotoxins that are processed in the liver's bile ducts and helps to eliminate them from the body. It has been scientifically proven, through placebo-controlled studies, to reverse multiple aspects of the inflammatory process associated with CIRS.

Many individuals experiencing mold sickness and other chronic inflammatory illnesses may have a staph infection called MARCoNS (Multiple Antibiotic Resistant Coagulase Negative Staphylococci) residing deep in their nasal cavities. This infection is resistant to antibiotics and needs to be eliminated for the patient to fully recover.

Each patient requires a customized plan based on the affected areas and CIRS severity. Retesting is necessary after each step to confirm balance restoration. Testing may include some or all of the following:
  • VIP
  • TGF Beta 1
  • MMP9
  • ADH
  • Antigliadin
  • Androgen Imbalance
  • C4a
  • More

In order to halt the growth of mold fungi, patients need to avoid foods that can cause mycotoxins. Some examples of these foods include:
  • Barley
  • Cottonseed
  • Peanuts
  • Corn
  • Black Pepper
  • Figs
  • Rice
  • Bread
  • Beans
  • More
Proactive Wellness has a proven track record of treating patients who have experienced severe health issues without any clear explanation. Unlike other "syndromes," our diagnosis process involves specific tests to confirm a diagnosis rather than simply ruling out other diseases.
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Fibromyalgia, Lupus, Chronic Fatigue, and Chronic Pain Syndrome are examples of illnesses that are often diagnosed without such confirmatory tests. If you are experiencing unexplained health issues or have been exposed to water-damaged buildings, it is possible that you are suffering from CIRS or a mold illness.

The good news is that we can diagnose and address this disease with a mold illness treatment program in Rockville, MD tailored to your body and your symptoms. That way, we can help you regain your health as soon as possible.

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5 Symptoms of Mold Exposure

Mold spores can easily be brought into your home on your shoes or clothing or through open windows or doors. If these spores can find a warm, damp, humid environment, they can begin to multiply. Soon, your home can be filled with toxic mold. If you think mold has invaded your home or another environment, like in an office or warehouse, it's important for you to know about the symptoms.

Unfortunately, diagnosing mold issues can be exceptionally difficult. But why? The answer can be quite frustrating.

Understanding the Difficulty of Diagnosing Mold Symptoms

Many doctors fail to recognize the impact of mycotoxins emitted by certain indoor mold species, which can lead to chemical and inflammatory reactions. While conventional medicine acknowledges that mold can cause allergies, it may overlook this crucial aspect of mold-related health issues.

This can happen for several reasons:

  • Standardized treatment protocols for mold toxicity are offered mostly by Functional/Integrative physicians as the conventional physicians are not on board despite over 20 years of published research. Due to this issue, patients spend precious months/years going from doctor to doctor in the conventional channel with no answers.
  • Though ERMI testing has been accepted in the integrative/functional medical community, there isn't a "gold standard" in mold testing that is universally accepted.
  • Mold symptoms can manifest in vastly different ways depending on the patient.
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After understanding the points above, it's no wonder that mold poisoning can be hard to diagnose. Fortunately, integrative and functional holistic medicine providers and wellness centers like Proactive Wellness are flipping the proverbial script. Unlike traditional clinics, our team considers environmental factors that can affect patient health and has advanced training to provide mold poisoning treatment in Rockville, MD.

Now that you understand why mold symptoms are so hard to diagnose let's take a closer look at five of the most common indicators of mold sickness.

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Fatigue

Fatigue is probably the number one symptom of well over 90% of CIRS patients. The level of fatigue varies from 5 on a 10 point scale all the way to 10 on a 10 point scale. Many patients can no longer work or remain productive as in the worst cases, the fatigue is overwhelming. College students living in moldy dorms frequently have to drop out of school until the illness is treated effectively. Older adults have to retire or stop working due the fatigue. If you have overwhelming fatigue, CIRS may be a major contributor to your illness.

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Breathing Problems

Exposure to mold can cause a host of respiratory problems, such as breathing difficulties, allergies, and asthma, especially in individuals with a weakened immune system. Mold can worsen asthma, irritate the nasal passages, lungs, and throat, and lead to symptoms such as wheezing, coughing, sneezing, sore throat, and nasal congestion. Other health issues such as hypersensitivity pneumonitis, sinus congestion, allergic rhinitis, asthma, and allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis have also been associated with mold sickness.

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Sadness and Depression

Mold can cause a variety of illnesses that can show up in different ways, such as psychological symptoms like anxiety, depression, insomnia, concentration problems, and memory loss. It has been reported that nearly 40% of people who live in moldy homes experience depression. Researchers suggest that exposure to toxic mold and dealing with the physical symptoms of mold illness can contribute to mental health issues.

Due to this phenomenon, many mold patients are given antidepressant medications in the conventional channels.

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Feeling "Pins and Needles"

Numbness, twitching, or tingling in the extremities, such as hands, feet, legs, and arms, is another symptom of mold illness. The sensation is similar to pins and needles, which are often felt when the body is held in an uncomfortable position for a long time. While this sensation can indicate serious nerve damage or disease, it can also be a symptom of mold sickness.

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Digestion Problems and Disorders

When exposed to mold, individuals may experience various digestive problems. Some may lose their appetite, leading to unintentional weight loss. Others may suffer from stomach pain, nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting. Furthermore, the influx of mold spores may trigger systemic inflammation, causing bloating and weight gain due to the digestive system's exposure to harmful mold.

Top Tips for

Controlling Mold in Your Environment

It's not possible to completely eliminate all mold and mold spores from your home or place of work. However, since mold spores need moisture to grow, the best way to prevent or get rid of growth is to reduce the moisture in your environment. If you already have mold growing there, it's important to clean it up and address the issue causing dampness. If you only clean up the mold and don't address the underlying problem, the mold is likely to return.

Here are some tips to help reduce moisture throughout your home or office:

  • Use A/C or Dehumidifiers. This is especially important if you live in a hot, humid area of the United States.
  • Ensure A/C drip pans are clean, dry, and obstruction-free.
  • Thoroughly dry areas that are damp or wet within 48 hours.
  • Be sure to install insulation in cold areas like your home's exterior walls and windows. Doing so will reduce condensation.
  • Work with an HVAC company to check your HVAC system. Doing so can help ensure your unit is removing as much humidity as possible.
  • Keep the humidity in your home below 60% whenever possible.
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Here are some tips to help reduce moisture in your kitchen:

  • Check for leaks near your ice makers, sinks, and anywhere else water is present.
  • Make sure your exhaust fans are directing moisture outside, not into your attic.
  • If you notice your appliances are causing moisture on windows and other surfaces, turn them off as soon as you're done using them.

Here are some tips to help reduce moisture in crawlspaces:

  • Use a plastic covering on the dirt in your crawlspace. Doing so will prevent moisture from saturating the ground.
  • Ensure that your crawlspace or basement is ventilated well.
  • Check your home's gutters. Make sure they're directing water away from your property, not toward your foundation or crawlspace.

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Mold Toxicity Treatment in Rockville, MD

Trying to "tough it out" through life with CIRS isn't any way to live. If you're suffering from the effects of biotoxin illness, you should know that there are solutions available to help you reclaim your health and your life. With the help of a can-do attitude, healthy living, and mold illness treatment from Proactive Wellness, there's light at the end of the dark tunnel you're trapped within. Contact our office today to get started on your first step toward recovery!

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What's Open, Closed For On New Year's Day In Rockville

ROCKVILLE, MD — New Year's Day falls on a Monday in 2024, so there will be various schedule changes over several days.Below are the openings and closures to know for the New Year's holiday weekend around the City of Rockville and Montgomery County:Rockville City government offices: Closed Monday, Jan. 1.Montgomery County office buildings: Closed Monday, Jan. 1.State offices and courts: Closed Monday, Jan. 1.Montgomery County Schools: ...

ROCKVILLE, MD — New Year's Day falls on a Monday in 2024, so there will be various schedule changes over several days.

Below are the openings and closures to know for the New Year's holiday weekend around the City of Rockville and Montgomery County:

Rockville City government offices: Closed Monday, Jan. 1.

Montgomery County office buildings: Closed Monday, Jan. 1.

State offices and courts: Closed Monday, Jan. 1.

Montgomery County Schools: Closed Monday, Dec. 24 through Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2024.

Post offices: Closed Monday, Jan. 1.

State Motor Vehicle Administration offices and Vehicle Emissions Inspection Program stations: Closed Monday, Jan. 1.

Libraries: Closed Monday, Jan. 1.

Alcohol Beverage Services: All stores open regular hours on Sunday, Dec. 31 and closed on Monday, Jan. 1.

Department of Permitting Services: Closed Monday, Jan. 1.

Ride On: On Sunday, Dec. 31 and Monday, Jan. 1, Ride On will operate on a Sunday service schedule.

Ride On extRa and Ride On Flex: Will not be in service on Sunday, Dec. 31 and Monday, Jan. 1.

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Ride On Flash: On Sunday, Dec. 31, will operate a Weekends and Holidays schedule service for the Orange Route until 10 p.m. The Blue Route will not be in service. On Monday, Jan. 1, will operate a Weekends and Holidays schedule for the Orange Route. The Blue Route will not be in service.

MARC Train: Regularly scheduled Penn Line weekend service on Saturday, Dec. 30 and Sunday, Dec. 31. No service on Monday, Jan. 1.

TRiPS Silver Spring commuter store: Open 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 31. Closed on Monday, Jan. 1.

TRiPS Mobile Commuter Store: Closed Sunday, Dec. 31 and Monday, Jan. 1.

Metrorail: On New Year’s Eve on Sunday, Dec. 31, Metrorail will operate on Sunday schedule, with service starting at 7 a.m., but ending at a time to be determined after midnight. On Monday, Jan. 1, Metrorail will operate on a Sunday holiday schedule from 7 a.m. to midnight. For more details, go to https://www.wmata.com/schedules/timetables/index.cfm.

Metrobus: Will operate on a Sunday schedule on Dec. 31 and Jan. 1. More details at https://www.wmata.com/schedules/timetables/.

Public Parking Garages, Lots, Curbside Meters: Free on Monday, Jan. 1.

Rockville City trash and recycling: All collections occur one day later than usual this week.

County-provided trash and recycling: No collections on Monday, Jan. 1. Collections for the remainder of the week will slide one day, with the final collections on Saturday, Jan. 6.

Shady Grove Transfer Station and Recycling Center: Closes early at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 31. Closed on Jan. 1.

Aquatic Centers: Will close at 3 p.m. on Dec. 31. Closed Jan. 1.

Community Recreation Centers: Closed Dec. 31 and Jan. 1.

Senior Centers: Closed Dec. 31 and Jan. 1.

Montgomery Parks: Visit MontgomeryParks.org for complete information.

New Year's Eve 2023 In Rockville: When And Where To Celebrate

ROCKVILLE, MD — With Christmas in the rearview mirror, many people in Rockville are making plans and reservations for where and when they will be celebrating New Year's Eve on Sunday.Get in touch with nature on Happy Noon Year's Eve at Meadowside Nature Center, which is located at 5100 Meadowside Lane in Rockville. Bring your favorite drink to toast the new year from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., on Sunday, Dec. 31, A small snack will ...

ROCKVILLE, MD — With Christmas in the rearview mirror, many people in Rockville are making plans and reservations for where and when they will be celebrating New Year's Eve on Sunday.

Get in touch with nature on Happy Noon Year's Eve at Meadowside Nature Center, which is located at 5100 Meadowside Lane in Rockville. Bring your favorite drink to toast the new year from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., on Sunday, Dec. 31, A small snack will be provided.

Countdown to midnight at Twin Valley Distillers' New Year's Eve Party. Doors open at 8 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 31, at 1029 E. Gude Drive in Rockville.

Here is a look at some additional events happening in and around Rockville:

If you have any New Year's celebrations you'd like to be added to this list, email all the details to rockville@patch.com.

In the United States, one of the most popular New Year’s Eve traditions is the dropping of the giant ball in New York City’s Times Square. Other U.S. cities have adopted iterations of the ball drop — the Chick Drop in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and the giant Potato Drop in Boise, Idaho, for example.

The end of one year and beginning of another is often celebrated with the singing of “Auld Lang Syne,” a Scottish folk song whose title roughly translates to “days gone by,” according to Encyclopedia Britannica and History.com.

The history of New Year’s resolutions dates back 8,000 years to ancient Babylonians, who would make promises to return borrowed objects and pay outstanding debts at the beginning of the new year, in mid-March when they planted their crops.

According to legend, if they kept their word, pagan gods would grant them favor in the coming year. If they broke the promise, they would fall out of God’s favor, according to a history of New Year’s resolutions compiled by North Hampton Community College New Center in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

Many secular New Year’s resolutions focus on imagining new, improved versions of ourselves.

The failure rate of New Year’s resolutions is about 80 percent, according to U.S. News & World Report. There are myriad reasons, but a big one is they’re made out of remorse — for gaining weight, for example — and aren’t accompanied by a shift in attitude and a plan to meet the stress and discomfort of changing a habit or condition.

What's Open, Closed For Christmas 2023 In Rockville

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As Christmas Eve falls on a weekend, various schedule changes will happen on the surrounding days around Rockville.

ROCKVILLE, MD — Christmas Day falls on a Monday in 2023, so there will be various schedule changes over several days.

Below are the openings and closures to know for the Christmas holiday weekend around Rockville and Montgomery County:

Rockville City government offices:

Montgomery County office buildings: Closed Monday, Dec. 25.

State offices and courts: Closed Monday, Dec. 25.

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Montgomery County Schools: Closed Monday, Dec. 24 through Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2024.

Post offices: Closed Monday, Dec. 25.

State Motor Vehicle Administration offices and Vehicle Emissions Inspection Program stations: Closed Monday, Dec. 25.

Libraries: Closed Sunday, Dec. 24 and Monday, Dec. 25.

Alcohol Beverage Services: All stores open regular hours on Sunday, Dec. 24 and closed on Monday, Dec. 25.

Department of Permitting Services: Closed Monday, Dec. 25.

Ride On: On Sunday, Dec. 24, Ride On will operate on a Sunday service schedule until 10 p.m. On Monday, Dec. 25, Ride On will operate on a Sunday schedule.

Ride On extRa and Ride On Flex: Will not be in service on Sunday, Dec. 24 and Monday, Dec. 25.

Ride On Flash: On Sunday, Dec. 24, will operate a Weekends and Holidays schedule service for the Orange Route until 10 p.m. The Blue Route will not be in service. On Monday, Dec. 25, will operate a Weekends and Holidays schedule for the Orange Route. The Blue Route will not be in service.

MARC Train: Regularly scheduled Penn Line weekend service on Saturday, Dec. 23 and Sunday, Dec. 24. No service on Christmas Day, Dec. 25.

TRiPS Silver Spring commuter store: On Sunday, Dec. 24, open 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed on Sunday, Dec. 25.

TRiPS Mobile Commuter Store: Closed Sunday, Dec. 24 and Monday, Dec. 25.Metrorail: On Sunday, Dec. 24, will operate on regular Sunday schedule from 7 a.m. to midnight. On Monday, Dec. 25, will operate on a Sunday Holiday schedule from 7 a.m. to midnight. For more details, go to https://www.wmata.com/schedules/timetables/index.cfm.

Metrobus: Will operate on a Sunday schedule on Sunday, Dec. 24 and Monday, Dec. 25. More details at https://www.wmata.com/schedules/timetables/.

Public Parking Garages, Lots, Curbside Meters: Free on Monday, Dec. 25.

Rockville City Trash and Recycling: No collections on Monday, Dec. 25. Trash normally collected on Mondays, will be picked up on Tuesday, Dec. 26.

County-provided trash and recycling: No collections on Monday, Dec. 25. Collections for the remainder of the week will slide one day, with the final collections on Saturday, Dec. 30.Shady Grove Transfer Station and Recycling Center: Closes early at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 24. Closed Monday, Dec. 25.

Rockville Senior Center and fitness room: Closed Sunday, Dec. 24 and Monday, Dec. 25.

Glenview Mansion and the Rockville Civic Center: Closed Sunday, Dec. 24 and Monday, Dec. 25. Theater tickets can still be purchased online.

Croydon Creek Nature Center: Closed Dec. 24 and 31, open 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 26 and open normal hours Jan. 2.

Aquatic Centers: Will close at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 24. Closed Monday, Dec. 25.

Community Recreation Centers: Closed Sunday, Dec. 24 and Monday, Dec. 25.

Rockville Swim and Fitness Center: Open for limited service on Sunday, Dec. 24.

The Rockville Skate Park: Closed Sunday, Dec. 24

Senior Centers: Closed on Sunday, Dec. 24 and Monday, Dec. 25.

Montgomery Parks: Visit MontgomeryParks.org for complete information.

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New Year's MD Grocery Store Hours: Walmart, Aldi, Wegmans, Food Lion

Find out when you can pick up last-minute New Year's staples from Giant, Harris Teeter, Wegmans, ShopRite, and Walmart stores in Maryland.MARYLAND — If you need bubbly refreshments or snacks for New Year's Eve or New Year's Day, it’s a good idea to plan ahead, as some grocery stores in Maryland adjust their hours for the holidays.Many major retail grocery stores will be open on New Year's Day, but there are exceptions, including .It’s always a good idea to call ahead. Some grocery stores and food reta...

Find out when you can pick up last-minute New Year's staples from Giant, Harris Teeter, Wegmans, ShopRite, and Walmart stores in Maryland.

MARYLAND — If you need bubbly refreshments or snacks for New Year's Eve or New Year's Day, it’s a good idea to plan ahead, as some grocery stores in Maryland adjust their hours for the holidays.

Many major retail grocery stores will be open on New Year's Day, but there are exceptions, including .

It’s always a good idea to call ahead. Some grocery stores and food retailers observe reduced hours during the holidays. Stores on this list either confirmed their hours in an email to Patch or listed them on their websites.

Aldi: Stores are closed on New Year’s Day, and operate on a limited schedule on New Year’s Eve. Aldi holiday hours vary by location.

BJ’s Wholesale Club: Hours are 8 a.m.-7 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. Stores are open from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. on New Year’s Day.

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CVS: On New Year’s Eve, stores open at 9 a.m. and close at 5 p.m., then operate on the regular 9 a.m.-7 p.m. schedule on New Year’s Day.

Costco: Warehouse stores are closed on New Year’s Day but open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on New Year’s Eve.

Food Lion: Stores are open regular hours on both New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

Giant Food: Stores are open regular hours on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

Harris-Teeter: Stores are open regular hours on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

Lidl: Stores are open from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, and closed New Year’s Day.

Rite Aid: Stores are open regular hours on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, although some locations may adjust hours.

Safeway: Stores are open for regular hours on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

Sam’s Club: Warehouse stores are closed on New Year’s Day and open until 6 p.m. on New Year’s Eve.

Save A Lot: Stores are open on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, although hours may vary by location.

Sheetz: All stores are open around the clock every day of the year, including New Year’s. Sheetz invites customers to enjoy a cup of coffee on them on New Year’s Day.

ShopRite: Stores are open regular hours on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

Target: All stores are open regular hours on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

The Fresh Market: Stores will be open from 7 a.m.-8 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and 9 a.m.-7 p.m. on New Year’s Day.

Trader Joe’s: Stores are closed on New Year’s Day, and open regular hours on New Year’s Eve.

Walgreens: Depending on the region, stores will be open from 8 a.m.-10 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. The chain’s 24-hour stores will operate as usual. Check Walgreens holiday hours at stores in your area to be sure.

Walmart: Stores will be open regular hours on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

Wawa: Stores are open regular hours on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

Wegmans: On New Year’s Eve, stores close at 8 p.m. and reopen at 6 a.m. on New Year’s Day.

Whole Foods: Hours vary by location on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Customers should check Whole Foods holiday hours for their location.

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Local Md. election unofficial results: Rockville, Laurel selects new mayor, Greenbelt approves votes for noncitizens

Voters in parts of Maryland casted their ballots on several issues, including allowing noncitizens and young residents to vote in local elections.Here are some of the unofficial results in Maryland races WTOP has been monitoring. Leading candidates and results are in bold.More election newsRockvilleVoters in the City of Rockville decided on whether to allow noncitizens and residen...

Voters in parts of Maryland casted their ballots on several issues, including allowing noncitizens and young residents to vote in local elections.

Here are some of the unofficial results in Maryland races WTOP has been monitoring. Leading candidates and results are in bold.

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Rockville

Voters in the City of Rockville decided on whether to allow noncitizens and residents as young as 16 to vote in local elections, among other referendums.

In the unofficial results, on the question, “should Rockville allow 16-17-year-olds to vote in city elections,” the answer “No” received 69.39% of votes, while “Yes” received 28.6% of votes.

On the question, “should Rockville allow residents who are not U.S. citizens to vote in city elections,” the answer “No” received 63.96% of votes, while “Yes” received 33.78% of votes.

On the question, “should Rockville limit the Mayor and City Council members to three consecutive terms,” the answer “Yes” received 74.03% of votes, while “No” received 22.31% of votes.

On the question, “should some or all of the six council members be elected by representative districts,” the answer “No” received 51.32% of votes, while “Yes” received 40.72% of votes.

The results from the referendum questions won’t automatically change city law as they head to Rockville City Council to address in the future.

Rockville residents were also asked to picked either city council member Mark Pierzchala or council member Monique Ashton as their next mayor. There were also a dozen candidates running for one of six spots on the city council.

Mayor

Vote for one

City Council

Vote for six

Danniel Belay | 3.23%

Kate Fulton | 14.47%

Richard Gottfried | 6.63%

Harold Hodges | 1.04%

Barry Jackson | 9.66%

Ricky Mui | 5.16%

David Myles | 9.98%

Anita Neal Powell | 6.18%

Paul Scott | 8.25%

Izola Shaw | 12.27%

Marissa Valeri | 9.64%

Adam Van Grack | 13.05%

Gaithersburg

Voters in the City of Gaithersburg chose three council candidates.

City Council

Vote for three

Neil Harris | 24.57%

Yamil Hernández | 18.55%

Daniel Lukomsky | 7.50%

Shanika Whitehurst | 17.56%

Omodamola Williams | 6.98%

Robert T. Wu | 24.84%

Bowie

Voters in the City of Bowie chose a mayor and two council members.

Mayor

Vote for one

At-Large Council

Vote for two

District Council

Vote one for each district

District 1

Jenmaire Dewberry | 27.57%

Michael Estève | 72.43%

District 2

Lisa Martin | 15.18%

Monica Roebuck | 25.57%

Dufour Woolfley | 59.19%

District 3

Babatunde Alegbeleye | 13.60%

Iyamide House | 38.63%

Clinton Truesdale | 47.59%

District 4

Robert W. Day Sr. | 38.49%

Craig M. Muckle | 10.60%

Roxy Ndebumadu | 50.69%

Greenbelt

Voters in the City of Greenbelt decided whether or not non-U.S. citizens who live in Greenbelt should have the ability to vote in city elections.

In that referendum, “Yes” received 66.58%, while “No” received 33.42%.

Greenbelt residents chose up to seven candidates their city council.

City Council

Vote for up to seven

Ric Gordon | 12%

Matthew Inzeo | 7.55%

Jennifer Pompi | 11.71%

Rodney Roberts | 9.32%

Moses Sekatawa | 3.57%

James Whipple | 4.53%

William Orleans | 2.48%

Emmett Jordan | 14.08%

Kristen Weaver | 12.13%

Danielle McKinney | 11.01%

Silke Pope | 11.22%

Laurel

Voters in the City of Laurel elected a new mayor from one of five candidates.

Mayor

Vote for one

Voters also casted ballots for five city council seats.

Council Member At-Large

Vote for one

Council Ward 1

Vote for two

Council Ward 2

Vote for two

Upper Marlboro

Voters in the City of Upper Marlboro chose five of the eight candidates for the city’s Board of Commissioners.

Board of Commissioners

Vote for five

Derrick Brooks | 12.66%

Patti Callicott | 9.56%

Charles Colbert | 13.64%

Sarah Franklin | 14.06%

Thomas Hanchett | 9.28%

Joe Hourcle | 5.2%

Karen Lott | 12.38%

Linda Pennoyer | 10.69%

Alma Prevatte | 11.95%

William Vitka is a Digital Writer/Editor for WTOP.com. He's been in the news industry for over a decade. Before joining WTOP, he worked for CBS News, Stuff Magazine, The New York Post and wrote a variety of books—about a dozen of them, with more to come.

will.vitka@wtop.com

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