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Early Voting Opportunities

County residents can take the opportunity to vote early in the upcoming primary election at five centers around the County on March 24 and 26 – 29 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Sunday, March 25 from noon to 6 p.m.

Early voting centers will be located at:
• Bauer Drive Community Recreation Center, 14625 Bauer Dr., Rockville. Free onsite parking.
• Germantown Recreation Center, 18905 Kingsview Rd.. Free onsite parking.
• Marilyn J. Praisner Community Recreation Center, 14906 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville. Free onsite parking.
• Executive Office Building, 101 Monroe St., Rockville. One hour of free parking at the garage on the corner of Jefferson and Monroe sts. On-street metered parking spaces are also available.
• Silver Spring Civic Building, One Veterans Place. Parking is available in public parking garages or at on-street meters.

For additional information, call the Montgomery County Board of Elections at 240-777-VOTE (8683) or visit www.777vote.org.

POSTED: Wednesday, March 14, 2012 | 6:00:00 AM |

Judges Needed for 2012 Elections

Montgomery County’s Board of Elections is seeking individuals to serve as election judges at polling places for the elections to be held on April 3 and November 6.

Voters will be casting ballots for President, U.S. Senate, Congressional representatives, Circuit Court and Court of Appeals judges, Democratic National Committee and Republican National Committee delegates, and members of the Montgomery County Board of Education.

Judges must be registered to vote in the State of Maryland.  They must also be able to speak, read and write the English language, and while acting as a judge must not hold, or be a candidate for, public or party office.  In addition, election judges may not serve as a campaign manager for a candidate or as treasurer for any campaign financial entity.

Judges bilingual in Spanish and election judge alternates are needed throughout the County.  Training will be provided and all judges will be compensated for their services.

To apply, or to receive more information, visit www.777vote.org and select the Election Judge Program link. 

POSTED: Thursday, March 01, 2012 | 4:00:00 AM |

Voter Registration Drives at Public Libraries

Volunteers from the Future Vote Program of the Montgomery County Board of Elections will conduct voter registration drives in February on Saturdays, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Sundays, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., at local public libraries.

See the schedule or for additional information, contact Dr. Gilberto Zelaya at 240-777-8532; email Gilberto.zelaya@montgomerycountymd.gov.

POSTED: Friday, February 03, 2012 | 5:00:00 AM |


Registration Open for Recreation’s Summer Camps and Programs

Montgomery County Recreation began accepting registrations for its popular summer camps and programs on  January 17.

The 2012 Summer Camps and Programs guide is filled with affordable and exciting camp programs designed to serve a wide range of interests.

Early registration is encouraged, because space is limited and registrations are handled on a first-come, first-served basis. Individuals can register one of four ways: by mail, fax, online or in person at the Recreation Department Administrative Offices, 4010 Randolph Rd., Silver Spring. The easiest and most convenient way to register is through RecWeb, the on-line registration link at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/rec.

The Summer Camps guide is available at all Recreation community and aquatic centers or online at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/rec.

For more information, call 240-777-6870.

Public Hearing on School Bus Cameras to Monitor Vehicles Illegally Passing Stopped Buses

The County Council will host a public hearing on January 24 on Bill 37-11 that would allow cameras to be installed on County school buses to monitor vehicles that illegally pass stopped buses. The hearing will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the 3rd floor hearing room of the Council Building at 100 Maryland Ave., Rockville.

Under the bill, the County’s Chief of Police, after consulting with the Board of Education, would be authorized to install cameras on Montgomery County Public School buses to monitor traffic.

According to a Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) survey released in March 2011, on a single day in February, more than 7,000 drivers overtook stopped buses in Maryland. The survey also reported that in Montgomery County 1,645 drivers ignored the stop arm activated on buses when they were stopped and students were entering or leaving the bus.

For more information on the proposed legislation, see the Council's press release. For information on the public hearing, visit the Council's website or call 311, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For information on pedestrian safety and safe routes to schools, visit MCDOT's pedestrian safety site.

Let’s Talk Recreation: Public MeetingSet for Damascus

Montgomery County Recreation Director Gabriel Albornoz invites residents to share their thoughts, suggestions and ideas about programs and services that the department offers at “Gabbin’ With Gabe,” a public meeting to be held on Thursday, January 26 from 7:30 to 9 p.m., at the Damascus Community Recreation Center, 25520 Oak Dr.

The public meeting is part of the community outreach efforts offered by Montgomery Recreation that encourage residents to be actively involved with Recreation programs and activities. “Gabbin’ with Gabe” will take place quarterly at community centers around the County.

For more information, call 240-777-6875.

School-age Students Sought to Serve as Aides on Election Day

Montgomery County Board of Elections is seeking school-age students, grades 6-12, to serve as Election Day student aides during the 2012 Presidential Primary Election, Tuesday, April 3.

Students and their guardians must attend mandatory training to serve on Election Day and, if applicable, to receive Student Service Learning (SSL) credits. Students are placed in neighboring precincts according to their home addresses.

Interested parents/guardians can register their student(s) before January 27 online by visiting the Montgomery County Board of Elections’ website. For additional information, email future.vote@montgomerycountymd.gov.

Read more information.

Free Children’s Program at Germantown Library Kicks Off Friends of the Library, Montgomery County’s 30th Anniversary Celebration

Friends of the Library, Montgomery County (FOLMC), will kick off a year-long celebration of its 30th anniversary with a free concert featuring the award-winning children’s musical band, Hot Peas ‘N Butter on Saturday, January 28 at 11 a.m. at the Germantown Library, 19840 Century Blvd.

The band is regularly seen on Nick Jr. and is a three-time winner of the “Parent’s Choice Awards.” Their interactive performance features elements of traditional Latin music, Afro-Caribbean rhythms and jazz, folk and rock and is suitable for all ages.

The concert is free, but seating is limited and tickets are required. Tickets can be picked up at the library starting on Tuesday, January 24 at 5:30 p.m.

Learn more about the celebration.

CATEGORIES: Worth Noting , Community Forum , Election
POSTED: Friday, January 20, 2012 | 3:30:00 AM |


New Year, New Parking Rates in Silver Spring

Beginning January 1, 2012, long-term parking rates in the Silver Spring Parking Lot District will increase by 10-cents an hour.

The Montgomery County Council approved the parking rate increase in downtown Silver Spring as part of the fiscal year 2012 budget approved in May. The Division of Parking Management is posting signs in public parking lots and garages to alert parkers about the rate change.

Rate changes in Bethesda went into effect in August.

For additional information on parking options in Silver Spring or the other County parking lot districts, visit the Division of Parking Management’s website at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/parking or call 311.


Filing Deadline for 2012 Primary Candidates Approaching

The Board of Elections reminds potential candidates that the deadline for filing for the 2012 Primary Election is Wednesday, January 11, 2012, at 9 p.m.

Individuals interested in running for Board of Education Districts 2, 4, or At Large positions may file their candidacy with the Montgomery County Board of Elections at 18753 N. Frederick Ave., Suite 210, in Gaithersburg. Candidates for all other offices on the 2012 Primary ballot should contact the Maryland State Board of Elections for deadlines and filing locations.

The Montgomery County Board of Elections is open from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and will be open to accept filings on Wednesday, January 11 from 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

To arrange an appointment, contact Brian McKevitt at 240-777-8502.

“Did You Know?” Cable Show Highlights How to Book Public Facilities

Montgomery County’s latest “Did You Know?” cable show episode highlights Community Use of Public Facilities (CUPF) and its policy-making arm, the Interagency Coordinating Board (ICB).

Hosted by CUPF director Ginny Gong, the 30-minute show provides viewers with valuable information about the public facilities and ball fields that can be reserved and procedures in place for booking these sites. Spaces include school auditoriums, gymnasiums and classrooms; library multi-purpose rooms and conference rooms in government buildings; and even reception halls for weddings and large parties.

CUPF also books all Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission ball fields.

“Did You Know?” is a monthly show that provides viewers with information about services and programs Montgomery County offers residents. It airs throughout the week on CCM – Channel 6 for Comcast and RCN subscribers and channel 30 for Verizon subscribers. To watch online, go to www.montgomerycountymd.gov/ccm and click on Programs. Scroll down to the “Did You Know?” icon.

 It is also available on YouTube by searching “Did You Know Montgomery County.”

Consumer Protection: Wants You to Know… 

If a car repair doesn’t fix the problem, get a second opinion from a trusted mechanic.

Only do business with auto repair shops that you know and trust or that have good reputations based on other people’s experiences. If you have any doubts about the diagnosis of your car’s problem, bring it to another shop for a second opinion, if possible.

To check a repair shop’s licensing status and complaint history before getting your car fixed, call the Office of Consumer Protection (OCP) at 240-777-3636.

If you have a problem with a repair, file a complaint with OCP.

CATEGORIES: Worth Noting , Election , Consumer , Parking
POSTED: Friday, December 16, 2011 | 2:00:00 AM |

Question A: Hereĺs What the Ballot Looks Like

On November 2, voters will have the opportunity to vote either for or against County Question A: Emergency Medical Services Transport Fee. Below is the sample wording for County Question A as it will appear on the ballot:

What does this mean?

A vote FOR will allow the County to bill residents’ insurance companies, Medicare or Medicaid for ambulance transport. County residents would not pay anything additional. Residents without medical insurance would not be billed. Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Service will continue to serve anybody in need, regardless of ability to pay.

A vote AGAINST would mean the County could not seek reimbursement from residents’ insurance companies, Medicare or Medicaid for ambulance transport and the County would continue to pay the full cost for all. Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Service will continue to serve anybody in need, regardless of ability to pay

POSTED: Monday, November 01, 2010 | 8:00:00 AM |

Area Fire Chiefs Tout Successes of EMS Fees in Respective Jurisdictions

Montgomery County Fire Chief Richard Bowers (at podium) was  recently joined by (from right to left in photo) Frederick County Assistant Fire Chief Richard Himes, Prince George’s County Fire Chief Eugene A. Jones, District of Columbia Chief of Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department Dennis L. Rubin; Stafford County Fire Chief J. Robert Brown, Jr. and Prince William County Assistant Fire Chief Brett Bowman to discuss the success of their Emergency Medical Services (EMS) revenue recovery programs.

Montgomery County voters will decide on November 2 whether to approve County Question A, which will allow County Council Bill 13-10: Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Transport Fee to become law.

See Washington Post article for details about Fire Chiefs support (pdf). See more info about Ambulance Reimbursement. For a video presentation go to

POSTED: Monday, November 01, 2010 | 7:00:00 AM |

Community Action Board Votes to Support Ambulance Fees

The Montgomery County Community Action Board (“CAB”), which advises the government regarding the needs of Montgomery’s low-income people, voted at its October 26 meeting to support the passage of Ambulance Fees, concluding that low-income families would not be adversely affected by the passage of Ballot Question A.

The CAB expressed its concern regarding the need to maintain funding for critically needed safety net services during a very difficult budget year. The board noted that it is not possible to further reduce the budget without seriously harming the County’s low-income and working poor families, who continue to struggle to make ends meet during this recession.

POSTED: Monday, November 01, 2010 | 6:00:00 AM |

Ready, SetůVote!

For any information about the upcoming election procedures, polling places, absentee ballots, etc. go to www.777vote.com.

POSTED: Monday, November 01, 2010 | 5:00:00 AM |

Judges Needed for 2010 Elections

Montgomery County’s Board of Elections is seeking individuals to serve as election judges at polling places for the Gubernatorial Elections to be held on September 14 and November 2, 2010.

In accordance with the Election Code, judges must be registered to vote in the State of Maryland. They must also be able to speak, read, and write the English language, and while acting as a judge must not hold, or be a candidate for, public or party office. In addition, election judges may not serve as a campaign manager for a candidate or as treasurer for any campaign financial entity.

Specifically, voters registered as either Republican or Unaffiliated, and those voters bilingual in Spanish are needed throughout the County; there is no current need for Democratic affiliated judges as all positions have been filled. Training will be provided and all judges will be compensated for Election Day.

To apply, or for more information, visit the Board of Elections website at www.777vote.org and select the Election Judge link.

POSTED: Friday, July 23, 2010 | 5:00:00 AM |
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