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Honoring Public Service Employees ... May 7, 2013
HONORING PUBLIC SERVICE EMPLOYEES . . . On May 7 the Montgomery
County Council joined in the annual national salute to government employees as
it recognized workers representing numerous aspects of County government. In
this 28th celebration of Public Service Recognition Week, Montgomery County
saluted employees who provide essential services, make remarkable contributions
and find innovative solutions to complex issues. Councilmembers Valerie Ervin
and Phil Andrews presented proclamations on behalf of the Council to
recognize the special week.
Presidential Medal Honorees ... April 9, 2013
PRESIDENTIAL MEDAL HONOREES . . . Two of the 19 people awarded
2012 Presidential Citizens Medals by President Obama are Montgomery
County residents and on April 9 both addressed the Montgomery County
Council. Terry Shima (second from left) was a member of the segregated
442nd Combat Team in World War II that was composed of Japanese-American
volunteers. The unit became the most decorated unit in American military
history. Maria Gomez (second from right) founded Mary’s Center in Silver
Spring. The center provides health care, family literacy and job training to
individuals representing more than 110 countries. Councilmember Valerie
Ervin (left), Council President Nancy Navarro (center) and Councilmember
Phil Andrews presented proclamations on behalf of the Council.
Wootton Golf Hits Big ... February 12, 2013
WOOTTON GOLF HITS BIG . . . The Wootton High School golf team not only won the Maryland 4A/3A team championship in November; the Patriots also became the first school in state history to win a title with females at three of the four spots in the lineup. On Feb. 12, the Montgomery County Council saluted their historic accomplishments at ceremonies in Rockville. At the ceremonies, left to right: Councilmember Phil Andrews, who presented a proclamation to the team on behalf of the Council; Assistant Coach Heidi Grolig; Principal Michael Doran; Coach Paul Williams; team member Justin Feldman; Alison Wise of the Wootton booster club; team member Graysen Bright; Sebrena Pitts of the booster club; and team members Allison Wong and Delaney Shah.
WOOTTON BOYS SOCCER CHAMPIONS . . . The Wootton High School boys soccer team, which in fall won the first-ever Maryland 4A state boys soccer championship in the 42-year history of the Rockville school, was honored by the Montgomery County Council on Feb. 12. The Patriots last advanced to the state tournament in 1990—before any of the current team members were born. They finished the 2012 season by winning their final 10 games. Councilmember Phil Andrews (left) presented a proclamation to the team and Coach Doug Schuessler (right) on behalf of the Council. Wootton Principal Michael Doran and Alison Wise, president of the school’s booster club, also were among those attending the ceremonies.
Congressman Sarbanes Visits ... January 29, 2013
CONGRESSMAN SARBANES VISITS . . . Congressman John Sarbanes (right), whose Maryland 3rd Congressional District now includes part of eastern Montgomery County, visited with the County Council on Jan. 29 in Rockville. The informal meeting touched on a wide variety of subjects, including the County’s hope to get federal help to support its future transportation needs. Councilmember Phil Andrews (left) speaks with Congressman Sarbanes during his meeting with the Council.
Teddy Bears Help ... December 17, 2012
TEDDY BEARS HELP . . . The Argyle Middle School “Foreseeing the Future” afterschool program, which is operated by Crittenton Services of Greater Washington, participated in the Teddy Bear collection drive of Montgomery County’s Family Justice Center by collecting 55 Teddy Bears and donating them to Center, which is devoted to promoting the safety, well-being and healing of victims of family violence. On Dec. 17, the Argyle students came to the Center in Rockville and presented the bears, which will be given to children who are in the Center as their family members seek help. Montgomery County Councilmember Phil Andrews (middle/right), who chairs the County’s Domestic Violence Coordinating Committee, joined the ceremonies.
County’s Department of Community Use of Public Facilities.
Life in a War Zone - An Emmy Winner - November 13, 2012
LIFE IN A WAR ZONE — AN EMMY WINNER . . . Peggy Erickson, Executive Director of Heritage Montgomery, recounts some of the efforts required by the organization to produce the documentary Life in a War Zone: Montgomery County During the Civil War. The program won a 2012 Washington area local Emmy Award for producer Barbara Grunbaum and the organization was honored on Nov. 13 by the Montgomery County Council for its determination to preserve and document the County’s history. The award-winning program has been broadcast by a variety of local cable stations and can be viewed online from the County web site at http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/. At the ceremonies in Rockville were, left to right: Councilmember Phil Andrews; Peggy Erickson; Councilmember Nancy Floreen; Barbara Grunbaum; and Laurie Ramney, Bethany Mattocks and Scott Whipple of Heritage Montgomery.
Darnestown Heritage Park Opens - November 10, 2012
DARNESTOWN HERITAGE PARK OPENS . . . The Montgomery Parks division of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission on Nov. 10 opened Darnestown Heritage Park, the newest of its system of 417 parks. The park is located along Route 28 and celebrates the history of the town through educational panels and interpretive sculptures by artist Cheryl Foster. The park features seating areas and plaza space to accommodate community gatherings and lunch outings. Among those at the dedication ceremonies, were, left to right: Mary Bradford, M-NCPPC’s Director of Parks; County Councilmembers Phil Andrews and Craig Rice; County Executive Isiah Leggett; Chris Collins and Lisa Patterson of the Darnestown Civic Association; Francoise Carrier, chair of the M-NCPPC Planning Board; Scott Mostrum of the Darnestown Civic Association; and Jamie Kuhns, M-NCPPC historian (Photo by Bob Thompson)
precinct chairs Steve Shapiro and Margaret Greene; County Councilmembers Nancy Floreen and Hans Riemer; Gaithersburg City Councilmember Henry Marraffa; County Councilmember Phil Andrews; Rockville City Councilmembers Tom Moore and Mark Pierzchala; Maryland State Delegate Aisha Braveboy; Democratic precinct chair Michael Cogan; Rockville City Councilmember Bridget Newton; Rockville Mayor Phyllis Marcuccio; County Councilmembers Valerie Ervin and Marc Elrich; State Delegate Ana Sol Gutierrez; and community leader Michael Lin.
County Council Proclaims October As Domestic Violence Awareness Month - October 16, 2012
COUNTY COUNCIL PROCLAIMS OCTOBER AS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH … On Oct. 16 urged all County residents to do their part to stop domestic violence to help victims. The ceremonies in Rockville also saluted the efforts of the County’s Rockville-based Family Justice Center—a one-stop facility that can provide victims and families with a variety of help and services during trying times. At the ceremonies were, left to right: County Sheriff Darren Popkin; County Councilmember Phil Andrews; Hannah Sassoon of the Family Justice Center; Councilmember Valerie Ervin; Resa Levy, executive director of the Family Justice Foundation; Antonio Arenas of the House of Ruth of Maryland; and Thomas M. DeGonia II, president of the Family Justice Foundation.
Domestic Violence Awareness Month - October 1, 2012
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH ... State and local officials and representatives from law enforcement and victims advocacy groups gathered at the Montgomery County Family Justice Center in Rockville on Oct 1 to mark the beginning of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Pictured above at the event are (left to right) Lt. Governor Anthony Brown, County Councilmember Valerie Ervin and County Council Public Safety Chair Phil Andrews.
Travilah Fire Station Groundbreaking - August 2, 2012
TRAVILIAH FIRE STATION GROUNDBREAKING ... Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett celebrated the groundbreaking for the new Travilah Fire Station #32, which will be located in the northwest corner of the intersection of Darnestown and Shady Grove roads, one of the fastest growing areas in the County. Pictured with shovels are Department of General Services (DGS) Division Chief for Building, Design and Construction Ernest Lunsford, State Senator Brian Frosh, Fire Chief Richard Bowers, Leggett, County Councilmember Phil Andrews, Firefighter Steve Edney and DGS Project Manager Behrooz Alemi.
History Day Winners - July 28, 2012
HISTORY DAY WINNERS … Montgomery County winners in the 2012 Maryland History Day Competition for middle and high school students were honored on July 17 by the Montgomery County Council. This year, more than 18,000 students participated in the state-wide competition, which was themed Revolution, Reaction, Reform in History. Councilmember Phil Andrews (left) presented proclamations to the winners for their achievements. At the ceremonies in Rockville were, left to right: Thomas Kuehhas, executive director of the Maryland Historical Society, Bullis students Jai Payton, Zoe Goldberg and Lauren Montgomery; and Bullis teacher Sara Romeyn.
Wheaton Volunteer Rescue Squad Groundbreaking - July 14, 2012
WHEATON VOLUNTEER RESCUE SQUAD GROUNDBREAKING ...On July 14th a groundbreaking ceremony took place to celebrate the start of construction for the Wheaton Volunteer Rescue Squad's new facility. The Rescue Squad's operations will move to the new station in late 2013. The new station will include four drive-through bays, sleeping accommodations for 28 and a community hall with a seating capacity of 250. Pictured above at the groundbreaking ceremony are (from left to right): Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service Chief Richard Bowers, Wheaton Volunteer Rescue Squad President Thomas Brown, County Councilmember (and Public Safety Committee Chair) Phil Andrews, County Executive Isiah Leggett, Wheaton Volunteer Rescue Squad Chief Allan Platky, Reverend Rory Crawford and Lt. Gamunu Wijetunge, Chairman, Mid-County Citizen Advisory Group.
NO BOUNDARIES… Montgomery County Councilmember Phil Andrews and Rockville Mayor Phyllis Marcuccio made many points, exchanged views on numerous issues and shared a few laughs when discussing the aspects of their jobs that the public does not normally see when they were together for the taping of the unique show for County Cable Montgomery (CCM) called No Boundaries. The show’s conversational format has Montgomery County leaders informally discussing subjects of all types with leaders from other jurisdictions. This edition, recorded at Hershey’s Restaurant in Gaithersburg, will begin airing on CCM (Channel 6 on Comcast and CCM, Channel 30 on Verizon) in July.
Hiring People with Disabilties - June 21, 2012
HIRING PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES … Aaron Kaufman, one of the area’s strongest advocates to help people with disabilities, was among the speakers on June 21 as Councilmembers Phil Andrews (second from left) and Craig Rice (right) joined County Executive Isiah Leggett (second from right) and Trish Gallale (left), chair of the County’s Commission on People with Disabilities, to urge the County Council to place a Charter Amendment on the November ballot to establish “a special hiring authority within the County merit system to recruit, select and hire persons with significant physical or cognitive disabilities that substantially limit one or more major life activity.” The County Council will hold a public hearing on June 28 on issues that residents believe should be changed in the Charter. However, at this point, the Commission has indicated it was unlikely to recommend a change in the County’s policy on disability hiring.
Rockville Memorial Day - May 28, 2012
ROCKVILLE MEMORIAL DAY 2012 - Councilmember Andrews participates in City of Rockville's Memorial Day parade. Photo courtesy of Jeff Zyontz.
Tony; her brother, Dylan; Wootton Principal Michael Doran; Haley’s mother, Penny; Kush Sidhu, who coaches Haley’s travel team, the Washington Pride; and Councilmember Phil Andrews, who presented a proclamation on behalf of the Council.
Team River Runner - May 8, 2012
TEAM RIVER RUNNER … Team River Runner (TRR), a Montgomery County-based non-profit organization, gives active duty service members and veterans an opportunity to find health, healing and new challenges through whitewater boating and other paddling sports. On May 8, the Montgomery County Council honored TRR, whose benefits have as much to do with creating a social network and support system as they do with learning water sports skills that provide an exciting adventure lifestyle that suddenly seemed lost due to injury. The program also encourages family members to participate whenever possible. At the ceremonies in Rockville were, left to right: Council President Roger Berliner; Joe Mornini, Executive Director of Team River Runner; Gordon Bare, a Vietnam Veteran who volunteers with the program; and Councilmember Phil Andrews.
Fit Third Graders - May 1, 2012
FIT THIRD GRADERS... Throughout its long history, Flower Valley Elementary School has emphasized fitness for its students, and on May 1, the Montgomery County Council recognized the school’s third graders for their efforts to stay fit. The third graders have researched the importance of physical fitness and have been keeping a calendar to track their physical fitness activities. At the ceremonies in Rockville were, left to right, in front: students Amara Mnawuchi, Casey Majewski, Jessica Rogers, Spencer Hughes, Madison Reese, Jordon Ibrahimi and DJ Flowers. In back: Councilmember Phil Andrews, Flower Valley Principal Wilma Holmes, Councilmembers Valerie Ervin and Craig Rice, and Flower Valley third grade teacher Mary Kohler.
Gaithersburg Girls: Twice Is Nice - April 24, 2012
GAITHERSBURG GIRLS: TWICE IS NICE … The Gaithersburg High School girls basketball team, which finished 27-0 and extended its two-year winning streak to 52 straight games, was honored by the Montgomery County Council on April 24 after it became only the second Montgomery County team to win back-to-back Maryland 4A state girls championships. During its two-year domination, Coach Adrian McDaniel’s team won every game by eight points or more. County Councilmembers Phil Andrews (far left) and Craig Rice (second from left) presented a proclamation on behalf of the Council. Gaithersburg Mayor Sidney Katz (second from right) and Gaithersburg City Councilmember Cathy Drzyzgula (far right) were among those attending the ceremonies.
Stop Passing the Bus - March 6, 2012
STOP PASSING THE BUS … The Montgomery County Council on March 6 unanimously approved Bill 37-11 that authorizes installation of cameras on County school buses to monitor vehicles that illegally pass stopped buses. Drivers caught on camera illegally passing a stopped bus will be subject to a maximum civil fine of up to $250. At the news conference, it was reported that each of the County’s 1,500 drivers reports approximately 500 incidents a year where vehicles illegally pass stopped buses. Among those at an event in Rockville to stress the importance of the bill were, left to right: Councilmember Valerie Ervin, the chief sponsor of the bill; David Rodich of SEIU Local 500, bus driver Bob Herron, Councilmember Phil Andrews, chair of the Council’s Public Safety Committee; Board of Education President Shirley Brandman, School Superintendent Joshua Starr and Police Chief J. Thomas Manger.
Long; and County Superintendent of Schools Joshua Starr.
MILKEN AWARD WINNER … Gaithersburg Middle School English teacher Madeline Hanington was recognized by the Montgomery County Council on Jan. 31 for winning a prestigious Milken Award, which is considered one of the top national honors for teachers. At the ceremonies in Rockville were, left to right: Councilmembers Craig Rice and Phil Andrews, Ms. Hanington, Gaithersburg Middle School Principal Carol Godard and Councilmember Valerie Ervin.
Animal Shelter Groundbreaking - January 28, 2012
NEW ANIMAL SHELTER GROUNDBREAKING ... The groundbreaking for Montgomery County's new Animal Services and Adoption Center took place on January 28th. The new facility will be operated by the Police Department’s Animal Services Division and is expected to open in the summer of 2013. Pictured from left to right are: Director of the Animal Services Division Captain Michael Wahl; Assistant Police Chief Betsy Davis; Director of MCPAW Allan Cohen; County Council Public Safety Committee Chair Phil Andrews; County Council President Roger Berliner; County Executive Ike Leggett; Maryland Delegate Sam Arora; Miss Teen Montgomery County Sylvia Greene; Montgomery County Humane Society President and CEO Cris Bombaugh; Department of General Services Director David Dise; and K-9 Sergeant Ari Elkin with
Knighted As Champions - January 24, 2012
KNIGHTED AS CHAMPIONS … Coach Kelly Wakeman amused everyone on Jan. 24 as the Montgomery College women’s soccer team was honored by the Montgomery County Council for winning the school’s first-ever National Junior College Athletic Association women’s soccer championship. The Knights finished 17-3 in 2011, earning Coach Wakeman honors as national coach of the year. In the season before she became coach, the Knights won only one game. In the last five seasons, they are a combined 62-12-1. In recalling some of the lighter moments on the path to becoming national champions, Coach Wakeman (center) drew laughs from her players and Councilmembers (in front, left to right) Craig Rice, Phil Andrews and Valerie Ervin.
WHITE CANE SAFETY DAY … The Montgomery County Council on Oct. 11 continued its efforts to emphasize the rights of the blind as it declared White Cane Safety Day. The history of the white cane is traced to Europe in the early 20th century, and its introduction in North America has been attributed to 1930, when a member of the Lion's Club International, in watching a blind man attempt to make his way across a busy street using a black cane, realized that cane was barely visible to motorists. The club decided to paint his cane white to increase its visibility to oncoming motorists. At the ceremonies in Rockville were, left to right: Charlie Short, Debbie Brown and Councilmember Phil Andrews.
Tai Chi Court Dedication - September 17, 2011
TAI CHI COURT DEDICATION … The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission's Department of Parks and the Wu Wei Tai Chi Club on Sept. 17 dedicated the new Tai Chi Court in Cabin John Regional Park. The court is one of a few in the nation. Dedicated to the memory of David C. Chen, a Rockville resident and founder of the Wu Wei Tai Chi Club, the court is a 48-foot-diameter circle of flagstone incorporating the shape of a yin/yang symbol and surrounded by elegant benches in a serene natural setting. More than 300 people attended the dedication, including Montgomery County Councilmember Phil Andrews (speaking) and, left to right, Parks Director Mary Bradford, Planning
Board Chair Françoise Carrier, Councilmember Nancy Floreen and State Delegate Brian Feldman.
Miracle Field Opening - Talking to the Manager -- August 1, 2011
MIRACLE FIELD OPENING - TALKING TO THE MANAGER … Montgomery County Councilmembers Phil Andrews, left, and Craig Rice, right, were among the hundreds of people who attended the Aug. 1 dedication of Maryland’s first ‘Miracle Field’ at South Germantown Recreational Park. The Councilmembers had the opportunity to talk strategy with Washington Nationals Manager Davey Johnson, center.
Girls Doubles Champion - June 14, 2011
GIRLS DOUBLES CHAMPION . . . Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School is the home of the Maryland state girls doubles tennis champions as Emma Baker (second from right) teamed with Anna Rozenberg (not pictured) in May to defeat Rena Shi and Audrey Cheng of Howard County’s River Hill High, 7-6, 7-3, 6-2 in the final. The County Council recognized their victory at ceremonies on June 14. Pictured, left to right, are Councilmember Phil Andrews, Jeff Baker (Emma’s father), Emma and Councilmember Roger Berliner.
Mixing It Up - June 14, 2011
MIXING IT UP … Wootton High School’s Gabriel Fan (center) and Megan Hahn (second from right) combined to capture the Maryland state mixed doubles tennis championship in May, defeating Emily McWilliams and Tyler North of Cambridge-South Dorchester in the final, 6-4, 6-0. Wootton's victory was recognized by the County Council on June 14 as Councilmembers Phil Andrews (left) and Roger Berliner (right) presented certificates to the winning duo. Wootton Coach Nia Cresham also attended the ceremonies.
Speed of the Jaguars - June 14, 2011
SPEED OF THE JAGUARS … The Northwest High School girls outdoor track and field team, which in May became the first Montgomery County team in the 36-year history of the Maryland Girls Outdoor Track and Field championships to win a state title, was honored by the Montgomery County Council on June 14. The Germantown school won all four relays in the state meet, senior Olivia Ekpone won individual state titles at 100, 200 and 400 meters and senior Britt Eckerstrom won the 800 meters. Northwest Principal Lance Dempsey, center, accepted a proclamation recognizing the team’s achievements from Councilmembers Phil Andrews, left, and Craig Rice.
ROCKVILLE LIBRARY RENAMING… County Councilmember Phil Andrews (third from left) joined approximately 100 persons in the Rockville Town Square Plaza at the beginning of the Memorial Day weekend for the official ceremony marking the renaming of the Rockville Library to the Rockville Memorial Library. Standing by one of the new signs are (from left): Gayle Selkin-Gutman and Jacques Gelin, Friends of the Library, Rockville Chapter; County Councilmember Andrews and County Councilmember Duchy Trachtenberg; former Rockville City Councilmember Anne Robbins; Irwin Cohen, community activist and advocate for renaming the library to honor local service people who lost their lives in the line of duty; Rockville Mayor Phyllis Marcuccio; County Executive Ike Leggett; and Bill Gray, chairman of the Montgomery County Commission on Veterans Affairs.
County Municipal League Honors Andrews ... On Dec. 10 the Montgomery County Chapter of the Maryland Municipal League honored Councilmember Andrews for his "dedication and leadership as President of the Montgomery County Council (Dec. 2, 2008 to Dec.1, 2009) and your support and advocacy to secure the well being for all the municipalities." MML Montgomery County Chapter President Peter Fosselman (right) presents the Certificate of Recognition to Councilmember Andrews.
Councilmember Andrews Meets Liberty's Promise Class - December 10, 2009
Councilmember Andrews Meets Liberty's Promise Class ... On Dec. 10 Councilmember Andrews (back row, center) met with Gaithersburg High School's Liberty's Promise Class.
The Guiding Light - December 1, 2009
The Guiding Light … Joseph Monte, who has been an integral part of Albert Einstein High School
in Kensington since the school opened in 1962 and who has reached legendary status among
Montgomery County guidance counselors over the past four decades, waves to a crowd of people
whom he has influenced and surprised him with their attendance as the County Council honored him
on Dec. 1 for his longtime dedication to students. Mr. Monte has inspired many, and when he was a
10th grade English teacher at Gonzaga High School in Washington, D.C., in 1960, he ignited an
interest in literature to student—and future award-winning author—Pat Conroy. In his book, "My Losing Season," the author wrote, “I wanted to follow Mr. Monte around for the rest of my life, learning everything he wished to share or impart.” At the ceremonies in Rockville were, left to right: Einstein
Principal James Fernandez, Councilmembers Phil Andrews and Marc Elrich (both are Einstein
graduates) and Mr. Monte’s wife, Mary Catherine.
The Senator Makes a Point - November 12, 2009
The Senator Makes a Point … U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski showed many ranges of emotions as she covered numerous subjects in meeting with the Montgomery County Council on Nov. 12 in
Honoring a Buffalo Soldier - November 10, 2009
Honoring a Buffalo Soldier … On Nov. 10 the County Council honored James Daugherty of
Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month - November 3, 2009
PANCREATIC CANCER AWARENESS MONTH …
DISABILITY EMPLOYMENT AWARENESS MONTH … The
Chief of Chiefs - October 20, 2009
CHIEF OF CHIEFS … James P. Seavey, Sr., chief of the Cabin John Park Volunteer Fire Department and board member on the National Volunteer Fire Council, was honored recently by the Montgomery County Council for being named the national Volunteer Fire Chief of the Year by Fire Chief Magazine. He led Cabin John personnel as they helped with rescue operations at the Pentagon during the
Safety Day” to help raise public awareness of the rights and abilities of the legally blind.
Montgomery County Council President Phil Andrews, right, presented a proclamation on behalf
of the Council to, left to right: Charlie Short, an employee of the County’s Department of Health
and Human Services; Debbie Brown, president of the Sligo Chapter of the Federation of the
Blind; and Tom Bickford. Council President Andrews reminded everyone that when
given opportunities, the legally blind can compete on equal terms with sighted persons within a broad spectrum of professions.
Recognizing Mentors - September 29, 2009
RECOGNIZING MENTORS … The
Towering Green - September 22, 2009
TOWERING GREEN … The Montgomery County Council on Sept. 22 recognized
Reaching Out for Success - July 21, 2009
REACHING OUT FOR SUCCESS … The Montgomery County Council on July 21 recognized the 20 years of success of the BROTHERS (Brothers Reaching Out to Help Each Reach Success) program, which was established to improve outcomes for minority male students in the Montgomery County school system. The program is designed to help participants make decisions that will lead to greater academic achievement, lead to opportunities for a productive future and increase access to positive role models. Councilmember Valerie Ervin, chair of the Council’s Education Committee, presented a proclamation of behalf of the Council. In addition to program participants, attending the ceremonies were program sponsor Morris Hudson, left, and Council President Phil Andrews, right.
Making History - April 28, 2009
MAKING HISTORY … On April 28 the County Council recognized the winners of the annual Montgomery County History Day competition. More than 300 students from 20 schools participated in the event held at
Ice Hockey Champions Recognized - April 21, 2009
ICING ON THE CAKE … The Wootton High School ice hockey team was honored by the Montgomery County Council on April 21 after winning its second straight Maryland Scholastic Hockey League public school championship. The Patriots from Rockville completed the season with a 16-1 record and finished No. 1 in The Washington Post’s ranking of Washington region ice hockey teams. Council President Phil Andrews presented the proclamation to the team. Among those attending the ceremonies in Rockville were Montgomery Board of Education President Shirley Brandman, far left, and Board of Education Vice President Patricia O’Neill, far right.
West Germantown Fire Station Opens - March 13, 2009
WEST GERMANTOWN FIRE STATION OPENS … Montgomery County officially opened Fire Station 22 in Germantown on March 13. Council President Phil Andrews joined County Executive Isiah Leggett and District 2 Councilmember Michael Knapp to mark the celebration.
Recognizing a Hero - February 24, 2009
RECOGNIZING A HERO...On Feb 24 the
Year of the Ox – January 27, 2009
YEAR OF THE OX … Members of the Montgomery County Council and County Executive Isiah Leggett joined members of Montgomery County’s Chinese community on Jan. 27 in Rockville to help celebrate the Asian Lunar New Year, which will be symbolized by the Year of the Ox.
River Road Rescuers Honored – January 13, 2009
RIVER ROAD RESCUERS HONORED… The Montgomery County Council and County Executive Isiah Leggett on Jan. 13 honored the six agencies whose personnel rescued stranded motorists after a 66-inch water main burst and flooded River Road in Potomac with a fast-moving torrent of water on Dec. 23. Some of those stranded were rescued by helicopter or swift boat. At the ceremonies in Rockville were, left to right: Commanding Officer Scott Merritt and Division Captain Mark Thomas of the Naval Surface Warfare Center-Carderock Division; Councilmember Roger Berliner; Maryland State Police Colonel Terrence Sheridan; Council President Phil Andrews; Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service Chief Richard Bowers; County Executive Leggett; Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Battalion Chief Robert Zoldos II; and Montgomery County Police Chief Thomas Manger. The U.S. Park Police also participated in rescue efforts.
Five Years Smoke Free – October 8, 2008
Five Years Smoke Free… Montgomery County marked its fifth year of requiring smoke-free restaurants on Oct. 8, 2008 at an event at Black’s Bar and Restaurant in Bethesda. Councilmember Phil Andrews (at podium), the chief sponsor of the legislation, was joined by, left to right, Angela Bradbury and Michael ‘Tac’ Tacelosky of Smokefree D.C.; Uma S. Ahluwalia, director of the County’s Department of Health and Human Services; and Kari Appler and Doug Tipperman of Smoke Free Maryland. After Montgomery passed its law, many jurisdictions followed—including the District of Columbia and the State of Maryland, whose smoke-free restaurant law took effect earlier this year. Many of the speakers, including Councilmember Andrews, called for Virginia to join Maryland and the District in requiring smoke-free restaurants.
Rally Against Slots – September 8, 2008
RALLY AGAINST SLOTS... Four members of the Montgomery County Council on Sept. 8, 2008 joined elected officials from Maryland’s General Assembly and from various municipalities in front of the historic Red Brick Courthouse in Rockville Town Center urging voters not to support the November ballot referendum that would allow slot machines to be placed at five sites in the state. The Councilmembers who attended the rally were George Leventhal (at podium), Phil Andrews, Marc Elrich and Duchy Trachtenberg.
New Council Officers – December 4, 2007
NEW COUNCIL OFFICERS… The Montgomery County Council on Dec. 4 unanimously elected Michael Knapp, right, as the new president of the Council and Phil Andrews as the new vice president. Each will serve one-year terms.
Israel Mayor Daniel Vaknin – October 10, 2007
Montgomery County Councilmember Phil Andrews and staff member Lisa Mandel-Trupp on Oct. 10 in Rockville greeted Beit Shemesh, Israel Mayor Daniel Vaknin. Vaknin was visiting the Washington area to celebrate the bond between Beit Shemesh and the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington as part of its Partnership 2000 program, which includes educational, social and cultural exchanges, as well as volunteer and travel opportunities between the two communities.
Saluting Mentors – October 2, 2007
Saluting Mentors… The Montgomery County Council on Oct. 2 issued a proclamation declaring October as “Mentor Month” in the County. The proclamation praised the work of those who volunteer as mentors and encouraged more people to share their skills and talents with others. The proclamation was presented by Councilmember Phil Andrews, left, and Council President Marilyn Praisner, fourth from left. Accepting the proclamation were representatives of the Task Force on Mentoring of Montgomery County, including, left to right, Joy Shindler Rafey, Daryl Ellen Gincherman, John W. Smith and Vernon Ricks.
Our Thanks – March 14, 2007
Our Thanks… County Councilmembers Phil Andrews, left, and Mike Knapp were among those who attended a farewell party on Wednesday, March 14, for Deborah Yancer, who has served as president of Shady Grove Adventist Hospital since 2000. She was presented with a proclamation from the Council, expressing thanks for her contributions to the community. Yancer is leaving to become the chief executive officer of Enloe Medical Center in Chico, Calif.
Serving America – September 17, 2007
Serving America… Montgomery County Councilmembers Phil Andrews and Nancy Floreen on Monday, Sept. 17, attended the graduation ceremony of 23 members of the Project CHANGE program of AmeriCorps. The graduates completed one year of training that will help them better serve their communities. The graduation ceremony, at Glenview Mansion in Rockville, was hosted by the George B. Thomas Learning Academy. Congratulating the graduates, above, are Councilmember Andrews, the former managing director of the AmeriCorps program in Montgomery County, and current director Judy Lapping. [Photo by Bill Mills.]
Sticking It to ‘Em – May 24, 2007
Sticking It to ‘Em… The Wootton High School boys lacrosse team, which became the first Montgomery County team to reach the Maryland 4A/3A state championship game, was honored by the Montgomery County Council on May 24. Councilmember Phil Andrews (second row, fourth from left) presented a proclamation that recognized the Patriots for their 18-1 season—the best ever in the Rockville school’s history. Later on May 24, the Council passed the $4.1 billion FY 2008 operating budget, which for the first time, will include funding for junior varsity lacrosse programs throughout the County
Cougars Roar… The achievements of several Quince Orchard High School athletic programs were recognized with proclamations by the Montgomery County Council in April. The Cougars field hockey team (above) was honored for winning a Maryland 4A state championship. Councilmember Phil Andrews (second from left) presented the proclamation. Also honored were the state champion boys cross-country team and Mike Mascio, who won the Maryland 3A/4A 160-pound state wrestling championship.
Speeders Targeted – March 12, 2007
Speeders Targeted… Phil Andrews, chair of the Montgomery County Council’s Public Safety Committee, was among the speakers on Monday, March 12, at Meadow Hall Elementary School in Rockville as the County launched a new program to slow down traffic and protect pedestrians. The new program will use speed radar cameras to issue tickets to violators. Montgomery County is the only county in Maryland that will be allowed to use the technology as part of a three-year pilot program. “The goal of the program is not to issue tickets,” said Andrews. “The goal is to slow down traffic in residential neighborhoods and near schools.”
Councilmember Phil Andrews with Theodore Cardinal McCarrick
Councilmember Phil Andrews with Theodore Cardinal McCarrick, Archbishop of Washington in Rockville
Councilmember Phil Andrews Honored – 2005
Councilmember Phil Andrews was honored, along with former Councilmember Ike Leggett, by the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services for their leadership in bringing smoke-free restaurants to Montgomery County at a recent gathering at the People's Community Baptist Church in Silver Spring.
Restaurant Revenues and Applications Up After Smoking Ban – February 22, 2005
Councilmember Phil Andrews highlights statistics demonstrating that restaurant revenues and applications are up one year after the Montgomery County smoking ban took effect. February 22, 2005