Affordable Housing - June 1, 2013
AFFORDABLE HOUSING . . . Elected officials, community
leaders and residents gathered in Gaithersburg on June 1 to
celebrate the opening of the newly renovated Montgomery Park
affordable housing apartments in Gaithersburg. The renovations
completed by Landmark Realty ranged from new roofs to security
and internal repairs—and the company was able to keep rents stable.
Landmark also created a community garden to promote healthy living
and a sense of community. Cutting the ribbon were, from left to right,
Montgomery County Councilmembers George Leventhal and Phil
Andrews, Landmark Realty’s Rob Bindeman, former Redskin and
sports broadcaster Rick “Doc” Walker, Gaithersburg Mayor Sidney Katz
and Gaithersburg City Councilmembers Jud Ashman and Cathy Drzyzgula.
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 ... February 12, 2013
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.
Senator Cardin Visits ... December 10, 2012
SENATOR CARDIN VISITS . . . U.S. Senator Ben Cardin met informally with the members of the Montgomery County Council on Dec. 10, talking about serious issues such as transportation, the status of relocating federal facilities to the County, immigration and education funding. However, there was still time for a few lighter moments, as shared here, left to right, by Council Vice President Craig Rice, Councilmember Phil Andrews, Senator Cardin and Council President Nancy Navarro.
1882 Project - November 15, 2012
1882 PROJECT … Michael Lin, a Potomac resident, explains the importance of the 1882 Project at a meeting of the County Council on Nov. 15. Mr. Lin played a key role in the two year-old grassroots effort focused on educating lawmakers and the public on the Chinese Exclusion Laws that were passed by Congress in 1882. The laws imposed a 10-year moratorium on Chinese labor immigration—a moratorium that was later expanded to apply to all persons of Chinese descent. Although the Chinese Exclusion Laws were repealed in 1943, Congress never expressly acknowledged that the laws singling out and ostracizing Chinese persons violated fundamental civil rights until the movement started by the 1882 Project. Among those at ceremonies in Rockville that recognized the efforts of the 1882 Project were, left to right: Councilmembers Phil Andrews and George Leventhal and Ginny Gong, executive director of the
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)
Against Ballot Question 5 - October 15, 2012
AGAINST BALLOT QUESTION 5 … More than two dozen elected officials and community leaders, including six members of the Montgomery County Council, joined together in Rockville on Oct.15 to express their opposition to Maryland’s new Congressional map and to urge voters to repeal it on Nov. 6 by voting against Ballot Question 5. Speakers also called for fundamental redistricting reform including the establishment of an independent redistricting commission. Among those at the event, from left to right, were: Gaithersburg City Councilmember Jud Ashman; Takoma Park City Councilmember Seth Grimes; Gaithersburg City Councilmember Cathy Drzyzgula; community leader Art Brodsky; Democratic
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.
Kohl's Ribbon-Cutting Event - September 26, 2012
KOHL'S RIBBON-CUTTING EVENT ... On September 26 Councilmember Andrews participated in a ribbon cutting event for a new Kohl's store at Northgate Plaza Shopping Center in Aspen Hill. Pictured above are (from left) Gregg Welter of Kohl’s, Montgomery County Councilmembers Craig Rice and Nancy Navarro; Bruce H. Lee of Lee Development Group; Josh Cavaness of Kohl’s, County Councilmembers Andrews and Nancy Floreen, and Steven Silverman, Director of Montgomery County's Department of Economic Development.
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.
Watching the Courts - July 31, 2012
WATCHING THE COURTS … CourtWatch Montgomery, an all-volunteer, non-profit organization that is fighting domestic violence by working to improve the process that abuse victims face as they move through the court system, was honored by the County Council on July 31. Courtwatch volunteers monitor restraining hearings and documents, using their studies to recommend innovative approaches gleaned from other judicial systems and from recent research. In less than two years since the group was formed, CourtWatch has observed more than 1,000 restraining order hearings. At the ceremonies in Rockville were, left to right: Councilmember Craig Rice; volunteers Joyce Batipps, Judy Whiton and Gail Greenberg; CourtWatch Executive Director Laurie Duker; volunteer Eileen Bernstein; and Councilmember Phil
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 - June 22, 2012
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.
Rising Stars - May 31, 2012
RISING STARS … The Rising Stars mentoring program that has matched Springbrook High School students with students of nearby Broad Acres Elementary School in Silver Spring celebrated five years of unique learning experiences with a special event on May 31 at Broad Acres. Montgomery County Councilmembers Phil Andrews and Valerie Ervin have been active supporters of the Rising Stars program, which began with the work of the Montgomery Task Force on Mentoring. Many of those who have been involved with the program since its inception attended the celebration.
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.
Haley Streaks Like a Comet - May 15, 2012
HALEY STREAKS LIKE A COMET … Wootton High School senior Haley Skarupa (speaking), who started playing on her high school boys hockey team as a freshman and at age 15 became one of the youngest players ever to be named to the U.S. Women’s National Under-18 team, was honored by the Montgomery County Council on May 15 as she prepares to graduate and head to play for Boston College. She has played on two teams that won the silver medals at International Hockey Federation Under-18 World Championships, including this year’s tournament in the Czech Republic when she scored a record-breaking 11 goals. At the ceremonies in Rockville, were, left to right: Haley’s father,
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.
Choose Respect - March 24, 2012
CHOOSE RESPECT ... The Montgomery County Domestic Violence Coordinating Council held its 3rd Annual Choose Respect Montgomery Teen Dating Conference on March 24 at Montgomery College's Takoma Park/Silver Spring campus. The conference featured workshops for teens in grades 6 through 12, parents and youth service providers on topics related to teen dating violence. Pictured above at the event with Councilmember Andrews (second from left) are Crittenton SNEAKERS program participants Eboni Johnson (far left) and Dajane Barrett (second from right) and Vicki Boston - Verizon Wireless Hopeline Project (far right).
The Lorax Commands Attention - March 9, 2012
THE LORAX COMMANDS ATTENTION … Montgomery County Councilmember Phil Andrews has the full attention of the first grade class of Mrs. Michelle Robinson at Rachel Carson Elementary School in Gaithersburg on March 9 as he read the book “The Lorax” as part of Read Across America Day.
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.
Blue Ribbon School - March 6, 2012
BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL … Rachel Carson Elementary School in Gaithersburg was recognized on March 6 by the Montgomery County Council as one of six public schools in Maryland — and the only one in Montgomery County — to receive the prestigious Maryland State Blue Ribbon School of Excellence Award. At the ceremonies in Rockville, left to right, were: Councilmembers Craig Rice, Valerie Ervin and Phil Andrews; Board of Education member Judy Docca; Rachel Carson Elementary School Principal Lawrence Chep; Rachel Carson staff members Nancy Blumenschein, Patti Connell and Brenda
Long; and County Superintendent of Schools Joshua Starr.
Milken Award Winner - January 31, 2012
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.
Congressional Badge of Bravery Awarded - January 9, 2012
CONGRESSIONAL BADGE OF BRAVERY AWARDED ... On January 9th County Executive Ike Leggett and County Council Public Safety Committee Chair Phil Andrews congratulated Montgomery County Police Officer Edward E. Paden, Jr. for receiving the Congressional Badge of Bravery Award from U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, U.S. Congressman Chris Van Hollen and Maryland U.S. Attorney Rod Rosenstein. Officer Paden was honored for his exceptional bravery during the September 1, 2010, suicide bomber incident at the Discovery building in Silver Spring. Officer Paden, though off-duty, immediately responded and his actions contributed to over 1,000 lives being saved. Pictured left to right are: County Executive Leggett, Officer Paden, Senator Cardin, Congressman Van Hollen, U.S. Attorney Rosenstein, Montgomery County Police Chief Tom Manger, and Councilmember Andrews.
Food for those in Need - November 15, 2011
FOOD FOR THOSE IN NEED … The Montgomery County Council on Nov. 15 recognized the efforts of four County schools to collect food for the Manna Food Center, which since 1983 has been the primary food bank in Montgomery County. Students and administrators from Great Seneca Creek, Lakelands and Summit Hall elementary schools and Roberto Clemente Middle School came to Rockville to hear how their collections will make a difference to County families in need, particularly during the holiday season. Councilmembers Craig Rice (third from left) and Phil Andrews (third from right) presented certificates of appreciation on behalf of the Council.
Students Discuss Legislation with Councilmember Andrews - November 15, 2011
STUDENTS DISCUSS LEGISLATION WITH COUNCILMEMBER ANDREWS ... Councilmember Andrews met with Churchill High School student Colin Kincaid (left) and Richard Montgomery High School student Jessica Li (right) in his office on November 15th to discuss Expedited Bill 25-11, Offenses - Curfew - Established and Bill 35-11, Offenses - Loitering or Prowling - Established.
Great American Smokeout - November 8, 2011
GREAT AMERICAN SMOKEOUT … The Montgomery County Council on Nov. 8 recognized the 36th annual Great American Smokeout by urging smokers around the County to join thousands of other smokers around the nation on Nov. 17 in an attempt to quit smoking. Surveys have shown that 70 percent of all smokers have indicated that they want to quit smoking. This year, the Council saluted the efforts of Hypnosis Maryland, Hypnosis Silver Spring and Soul Source to help people quit. At the ceremonies in Rockville were, left to right: Councilmember Phil Andrews, the major supporter of the legislation that outlawed smoking in Montgomery County restaurants; hypno therapists Laura West and Donald Pelles; and Council President Valerie Ervin.
45 Years of Leisure - November 8, 2011
45 YEARS OF LEISURE … Leisure World, the northern Silver Spring community that was established in October 1966 as the first age-restricted planned retirement community for active adults in Montgomery County, was recognized by the County Council on Nov. 8 as the community celebrated its 45th anniversary. Leisure World has evolved into a friendly, safe and active home to more than 8,000 residents. At the ceremonies in Rockville were, left to right: Councilmember Phil Andrews, residents Paul Bessel and Billie Saunders, Councilmember Nancy Navarro, and residents Marian Altman, Phil Marks and Sandy Marks.
Fighting Domestic Violence - November 1, 2011
FIGHTING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE … The Montgomery County Council on Nov. 1 emphasized the County’s efforts to combat domestic violence by saluting the efforts of the County’s Family Justice Center, which opened in Rockville in 2009. Resa Levy, executive director of Justice Center Foundation, was among those who spoke about the many avenues the County pursues to help victims of domestic violence. Also at the ceremonies, left to right, were: County Sheriff Darren M. Popkin; Council President Valerie Ervin; Councilmember Phil Andrews; Hannah Sassoon, chair of the Domestic Violence Coordinating Council; and David Belkin, a member of the County Justice Center’s Board of Directors.
White Cane Safety Day - October 11, 2011
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.
Prepared & Ready - September 13, 2011
PREPARED AND READY … With fall storm season approaching, the Montgomery County Council on Sept. 13 urged residents to be prepared for severe circumstances by declaring October “Emergency Preparedness Month.” Chris Voss (holding proclamation), director of the County’s Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, and members of his Office accepted the proclamation. Attending the ceremonies in Rockville, left to right: Chuck Crisostomo, Michael Goldfarb, Earl Stoddard, Tony Alexiou, Council President Valerie Ervin, Chris Voss, Councilmember Phil Andrews, Lisa Connor, Katherine Shea and Jennifer Shahabuddin.
The Right Choice - August 30, 2011
THE RIGHT CHOICE … About 200 people came together on Aug. 30 to celebrate the groundbreaking of Choice Hotels International's new corporate headquarters at the future Rockville Metro Plaza II in downtown Rockville. When completed in approximately two years, the new building will house about 475 Choice employees. Marking the groundbreaking were, left to right: Dan Slear of Choice; Jed Millard, representing Montgomery County Councilmember Nancy Floreen; Councilmembers George Leventhal, Craig Rice and Phil Andrews; Choice CEO Steve Joyce; Councilmember Roger Berliner; Congressman Chris Van Hollen and property owner Clayton Foulger.
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.
Miracle Field Opening Day - August 1, 2011
MIRACLE FIELD OPENING DAY … Maryland’s first ‘Miracle Field,’ a specially designed field which will allow children and young adults with mental and/or physical disabilities to enjoy the opportunity to safely play baseball, was dedicated on Aug. 1 as part of the South Germantown Recreational Park complex. The ‘Washington Nationals Miracle Field’ was significantly funded by the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation and the Annette and Theodore Lerner Family Foundation. Among the hundreds who attended the dedication, ribbon-cutting and first game, were, left to right: Nationals broadcaster Charlie Slowes; Nationals Manager Davey Johnson; Judy Lerner; Nationals coach Bo Porter; Mark Lerner; mascot Screech; Maryland Lt. Governor Anthony Brown; County Councilmembers Phil Andrews and Craig Rice; Montgomery Recreation Director Gabriel Albornoz; James Leder, Jr., who spearheaded to drive to build the field; County Executive Isiah Leggett; Nationals pitcher Jordan Zimmerman; and Mary Bradford of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission.
Fabulous Freshmen - June 14, 2011
FABULOUS FRESHMEN ... Whitman freshmen Aries Wong (second from left) and Sean Ngo (center) paired their skills in May to win the Maryland state boys doubles tennis championship. They defeated Eichiro Okuyama and Titas Bera of Wootton in the final, 6-4, 7-5. The County Council recognized their winning effort on June 14 as Councilmember Phil Andrews (left) and Roger Berliner (right) presented certificates marking the victory for the Bethesda pair. Coach Jason Gohn also attended the ceremonies.
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.
Four-Time Champion - June 14, 2011
FOUR-TIME CHAMPION … Kennedy High School senior Thea LaFond, who won four individual events at the Maryland 3A Girls Outdoor Track and Field Championships in May, was honored by the Montgomery County Council on June 14 for her remarkable performance. The Maryland-bound standout set a state record in winning the triple jump and went on to also claim titles in the high jump, long jump and 100-meter hurdles. At the ceremonies were, left to right, Kennedy Coach Kevin Monroe and Councilmembers Nancy Navarro and Phil Andrews.
Everyday Heros - May 19, 2011
EVERYDAY HEROS ... On May 19 County Executive Ike Leggett, County Councilmember Phil Andrews (Chair of the County Council's Public Safety Committee) and Fire Chief Richie Bowers recognized a group of "Everyday Heroes" for helping to save the lives of others. Pictured above, from left to right are County Executive Leggett, Lee Kiang, Councilmember Andrews and Chief Bowers. Mr. Kiang was instrumental in saving the life of a kayaker stranded in the frigid water of the Potomac River near Violets Lock on April 18 after being thrown from her kayak.
Gaithersburg Girls Unbeaten - April 26, 2011
GAITHERSBURG GIRLS UNBEATEN … The Gaithersburg High School girls basketball team, which finished 25-0, was the only unbeaten girls high school basketball team in the Washington metropolitan area and went on to win the Maryland 4A state championship, was honored by the Montgomery County Council on April 26. In becoming only the third Montgomery County team to capture the Class 4A state championship in the past 24 years, the Trojans defeated opponents by an average margin of 28 points. Councilmembers Phil Andrews and Craig Rice presented a proclamation on behalf of the Council to Gaithersburg Coach Adrian McDaniel and his players. Gaithersburg Mayor Sidney Katz, left, helped the team celebrate its No. 1 status.
Jack and Jill Issues - April 5, 2011
JACK AND JILL ISSUES ... The Potomac Valley Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc., visited the Montgomery County Council on April 5. Jack and Jill is a family organization, with the local chapter representing families from Potomac, North Potomac, Bethesda and parts of Rockville. Its objective is to inspire children to pursue public office. Councilmember Phil Andrews, right, and Councilmember Roger Berliner talked with group members about issues that included education, healthcare, juvenile justice and environmental justice.
Remembering Minna Davidson - November 30, 2010
REMEMBERING MINNA DAVIDSON … For nearly 25 years Minna Davidson was one of the Montgomery County Council's most respected legislative analysts. She was known for her mastery of complex topics ranging from the Fire and Rescue Service, libraries, human resources, the arts, emergency management and community development. The excellence of her work on Fire and Rescue issues led to the Fire & Rescue Service dedicating Engine 734 to her. This Autumn she passed away soon after being diagnosed with cancer. On Nov. 30, the Council honored Minna with a proclamation remembering her hard work and dedication. At the ceremonies in Rockville were, left to right: Montgomery County Fire Chief Richard Bowers, Councilmember Phil Andrews, Minna’s husband Craig Ludwig, Minna’s father David Davidson and Councilmember Nancy Floreen.
Protecting Victims of Abuse - October 26, 2010
PROTECTING VICTIMS OF ABUSE … The Montgomery County Council on Oct. 26 recognized the success of the County’s Family Justice Center and its supporting foundation. Since its establishment in 2009, the Center has served more than 2,000 individuals and families who have been victims of domestic abuse and violence. The Center provides domestic violence victims with a broad array of critical Montgomery County services at a single Rockville location. At the ceremonies were, left to right, foundation members Tom Degonia and Lewis Selis; Councilmember Duchy Trachtenberg, who played an instrumental role in founding the center; foundation member Resa Levy; and Councilmember Phil Andrews, Chair of the County Council’s Public Safety Committee.
50 Years of Flying - October 9, 2010
50 YEARS OF FLYING … The Montgomery County Airpark in Gaithersburg, which is operated by the Montgomery County Revenue Authority (MCRA), celebrated its 50th anniversary on Oct. 9. At the event, County Councilmember Phil Andrews, left, and County Executive Isiah Leggett, right, presented a joint proclamation marking the event to master flight instructor Bob Gawler, who accepted it on behalf of the Civil Air Patrol. [MCRA Photo by Scott Reilly]
'Everyday Heroes' Honored - October 5, 2010
‘EVERYDAY HEROES’ HONORED … On Oct. 5 Montgomery County honored four people whose reactions during emergency situations saved the lives of other Montgomery County residents. At the ceremonies were, left to right: County Councilmember Phil Andrews, Council President Nancy Floreen; Everyday Heroes honorees Nicholas Ayers, Tiffany Miles, Steve Cumpston and Earl Spence; County Executive Isiah Leggett and Fire Chief Richard Bowers.
Mentors - September 28, 2010
MENTORS … The Montgomery County Council on Sept. 28 recognized the importance of mentors and their contributions to young residents of the County by declaring October as “Mentor Month.” The proclamation encouraged more people to share their skills and talents with others. Councilmember Phil Andrews, left, presented the proclamation to representatives of the Task Force on Mentoring of Montgomery County: John W. Smith (holding proclamation), Fred Evans and Vernon Ricks.
Public Safety Awards Breakfast - August 13, 2010
PUBLIC SAFETY AWARDS BREAKFAST… County Councilmember Phil Andrews attended the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce Public Safety Awards Breakfast on August 13, 2010. From left to right are County Councilmember Andrews (Chair of the County Council's Public Safety Committee), Commander Luther Reynolds of the Montgomery County Police Department's 5th District, County Police Chief Tom Manger, Montgomery County State's Attorney John McCarthy, District 15 State Delegate Craig Rice, and Executive Director Eric Bernard of the Montgomery County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association.
Teaming Up - June 15, 2010
TEAMING UP … Wootton High School freshmen Alex Hahn (center) and Mateo Cevallos (second from right), who each went undefeated in singles while helping the Patriots to the Montgomery County boys tennis championship, teamed to win the Maryland state boys doubles championship by defeating Whitman’s Pablo Gottret and Aaron Hoffman in a three-set state final by the scores of 7-6 (7-4), 3-6, 7-5. The Montgomery County Council honored the champions on June 15, with Councilmember Phil Andrews (left) presenting a proclamation on behalf of the Council. Also at the ceremonies were Wootton Principal Michael Doran (second from left) and Wootton Coach Nia Dresham.
High Sticking - June 15, 2010
HIGH STICKING … The Wootton High School boys lacrosse, which completed the spring season with a 64-game winning streak against Montgomery County opponents and won its fifth straight Maryland 4A/3A West Region title, was honored by the Montgomery County Council on June 15 for its season of accomplishments that included reaching the state title game. The Patriots lost a competitive 13-7 game to unbeaten Severna Park in the Maryland 4A/3A championship. Montgomery County Councilmember Phil Andrews, left, presented a proclamation on behalf of the Council to the Patriots and Coach Colin Thompson, right.
Winners from Whitman - June 15, 2010
WINNERS FROM WHITMAN … Whitman High School junior Sarah Macy (middle) and sophomore Nicky Gottret (second from right) were honored by the Montgomery County Council on June 15 after defeating Sarah Andrews and Sarah Bernstein of Walter Johnson, 6-1, 6-4, to win the Maryland 4A girls state doubles championship. They won their early round matches in the state tournament in overwhelming fashion, losing only one game in the first round, only two in the second and only four in the third. Also at the ceremonies, left to right, were: Councilmembers Phil Andrews and Roger Berliner and Whitman Coach Julie Frank (far right).
Rockville Library Renaming - May 28, 2010
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.
Golden Shovel Awards - April 27, 2010
GOLDEN SHOVEL AWARDS… On April 27, The Montgomery County Council recognized 19 residents for making extraordinary efforts to help others during a winter that saw the Washington area receive its largest overall snowfall in history. Jeff Hopkins, (second from the left) Takoma Park, was nominated by Randy Cohen who stated, "A couple of blizzards like we had in February remind us that 'we are all in this together.' Jeff's selfless energy additionally reminds us that, 'It really does take a village to get through this world together.'" Pictured left to right are Councilmember Phil Andrews; Councilmember Nancy Navarro; Council President Nancy Floreen; and Councilmember Marc Elrich.
Learning For Independence - March 2, 2010
LEARNING FOR INDEPENDENCE … Students from Wheaton High School’s Learning for Independence Program visited the Montgomery County Council on March 2. They toured the Council Office Building and had a question-and-answer session with Councilmembers Phil Andrews (back row, center), Duchy Trachtenberg and Marc Elrich. The students said they hoped the County would maintain the funding that helps support their program.
Bridging the Age Gap - January 26, 2010
BRIDGING THE AGE GAP … Intergenerational Bridges, a mentoring program that focuses on impoverished, at-risk, immigrant youngsters and pairs them with supportive older adult mentors to assist with the transition to U.S. culture, language and personal development, was recognized on Jan. 26 by the Montgomery County Council for 20 years of helping County residents. Councilmembers Phil Andrews (third from left) and Valerie Ervin (right) presented a proclamation on behalf of the Council. Intergeneral Bridges volunteers attending the ceremony included, left to right: Austin Heyman, Margaret Levchenko (Councilmember Andrews’ mother), Carol Croll and Mary Ann Larkin.
Feats Beyond Compare - January 26, 2010
FEATS BEYOND COMPARE … The Montgomery County Council on Jan. 26 recognized Wootton High School’s Jessie Rubin (center) for her many accomplishments during the recent cross-country season. The Duke-bound senior won the Maryland 4A State championships, was seventh overall in the prestigious Nike Southeast Region Meet and 42nd out of 199 of the best national runners at the Nike National Championships in Portland, Ore. She was named All-Met Girls Cross-Country Runner of the Year by The Washington Post. At the ceremonies were, left to right: Councilmember Phil Andrews, who presented the proclamation on behalf of the Council; Wootton Coach Kellie Redmond; Jessie’s mother Liz; and Wootton Principal Michael Doran.
Honored by Volunteers - January 5, 2010
Honored by Volunteers … Montgomery County Councilmember Phil Andrews, center,
was honored on Jan. 5 as the “Legislator of the Year” by the Montgomery County Volunteer Fire-Rescue Association, which represents the 19 volunteer fire departments in Montgomery County. The award was presented at the association’s annual dinner in Bethesda. Presenting the award were President Marcine Goodloe, left, and Eric Bernard, the Association’s Executive Director.
County Municipal League Honors Andrews - December 10, 2009
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 Rockville. She got a laugh from Council Vice President Roger Berliner, left, and Council President Phil Andrews as she enthusiastically emphasized one point. Conversation topics included the Council’s future transportation needs, its desire to keep in place federal jobs already located in the County and additional funding for health and human services programs.
Honoring a Buffalo Soldier - November 10, 2009
Honoring a Buffalo Soldier … On Nov. 10 the County Council honored James Daugherty of Silver Spring, who at age 19 during World War II joined the Army's 92nd Infantry Division, a segregated unit made up of African Americans whose members became known as the “Buffalo Soldiers.” The unit has been recognized for its heroic achievements and Mr. Daugherty was awarded a Bronze Star. Mr. Daugherty went on to a distinguished career in the U.S. Public Health Service and he became the first African American to serve on the Montgomery County Board of Education. Mr. Daugherty’s first-person account of his military experiences are chronicled in his just released book, The Buffalo Saga. At the ceremonies in Rockville recognizing Mr. Daugherty were, left to right: his wife, Dorothy; his son, Derek; Councilmember Mike Knapp, a military veteran; Mr. Daugherty; Councilmember Valerie Ervin and Council President Phil Andrews.
Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month - November 3, 2009
PANCREATIC CANCER AWARENESS MONTH … Montgomery County’s executive and legislative branches of government joined together on Nov. 3 to raise awareness of pancreatic cancer, which is known as one of the most serious forms of cancer, and to encourage residents to watch for its warning signs. Montgomery County is supporting the national Pancreatic Cancer Action Network to educate communities about the need for research funding, early detection methods and effective prevention and early treatment programs. At a ceremony in Rockville declaring November as Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month were, left to right: County Executive Isiah Leggett; Councilmember George Leventhal, who chairs the Council’s Health and Human Services Committee; Mary Zapor, Marsha Garil and Janice Walden of the National Capital Area Affiliate of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network; and Council President Phil Andrews.
Disability Employment Awareness Month - October 20, 2009
DISABILITY EMPLOYMENT AWARENESS MONTH … The Montgomery County Council has declared October as Disability Employment Awareness Month to encourage local employers to strongly consider the disabled when hiring. Participating in the ceremonies, from left to right, were the members of the Council’s Health and Human Services Committee George Leventhal, Duchy Trachtenberg and Nancy Navarro; Sharon Freiman, a commissioner of the Montgomery County Commission on People with Disabilities; Council President Phil Andrews; and members of the Council on People with Disabilities Mark Maxion, Seth Morgan and John Myers.
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 Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and played a key role in the rescue of stranded motorists after a major water main break on River Road in December 2008. Joining the ceremonies to honor Chief Seavey were, left to right: Eric Bernard, Executive Director of the Montgomery County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association; Alan Hinde, division chief of volunteer services for the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service; Marcine Goodloe, president of the County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association; Chief Seavey; Council President Phil Andrews; Council Vice President Roger Berliner; Councilmember Marc Elrich; and Montgomery County Fire Chief Richard Bowers.
White Cane Day - October 15, 2009
WHITE CANE DAY … The Montgomery County Council declared Oct. 15 as “White Cane
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 Montgomery County Council on Sept. 29 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. Attending the ceremonies were, left to right: Councilmember Valerie Ervin, chair of the Council’s Education Committee; representatives of the Task Force on Mentoring of Montgomery County Joy Rafey, Fred Evans and John W. Smith (holding proclamation) and; Councilmember Nancy Navarro and Council President Phil Andrews.
Towering Green - September 22, 2009
TOWERING GREEN … The Montgomery County Council on Sept. 22 recognized 2000 Tower Oaks Boulevard in Rockville as the first new office building in the Washington region to receive a Platinum Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) designation from the Green Building Council. The 2,000,000 square-foot building, which was co-developed by the Tower Companies and Lerner Enterprises, serves as headquarters for both companies. The building’s green features reduce energy consumption by 28 percent, water consumption by 41 percent and have an HVAC system 39 percent more efficient than typical for offices. Council President Phil Andrews, left, and Councilmember Nancy Floreen, right, presented a proclamation to Art Fuccillo (second from left), Lerner’s executive vice president for development and construction, and David Borchardt, director of sustainable development.
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 Richard Montgomery High School in March. The top local projects advanced to the Maryland History Day competition. Council President Phil Andrews, far right, presented certificates to the winners.