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CountyStat Updates

To help residents understand how CountyStat impacts them, The Paperless Airplane will feature regular updates on positive performance measures turned in by County departments.

You can learn more about CountyStat and view the data driven presentations addressing a range of high priority subjects at the CountyStat website www.montgomerycountymd.gov/CountyStat.

Meanwhile, here’s good news from the Fire and Rescue Service and the Department of Recreation.

County Fire and Rescue Service on Pace to Outperform Performance Projection

As part of the annual CountyStat departmental performance review process, Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service (MCFRS) recently presented their annual performance update to the Chief Administrative Officer.

Of particular note was the drastic improvement in MCFRS performance on, “Percent of Residential Structure Fires Contained to the Room of Origin.” This is a very critical measure, since a residential structure fire doubles in size for each minute of fire growth with no suppression actions.

Historically, MCFRS’s success rate for containing residential structure fire to its room of origin ranged between 62% and 71%. Through the first three quarters of Fiscal Year 2010, MCFRS performance in this area improved drastically and now has achieved an 85.7% success rate.

For more information on Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service’s FY10 performance strategies and to view the recent CountyStat presentation on MCFRS results, please click the following link. FY2010 MCFRS Performance Review

Recreation Department’s Support of Positive Youth Development Initiative Pays Off

Since Fiscal Year 2007, the Department of Recreation has surveyed participants in their Sports Academies programs to gauge the impact of the programming on participants’ ability to make positive life choices.

Each fiscal year, an increasing portion of participants has reported benefiting from participating. In Fiscal Year 2007, 55% of participants reported benefiting from programming, 67% in Fiscal Year 2008, and 73% in Fiscal Year 2009. Currently, the Department of Recreation is on track to report that 77% of the  Sports Academies participants are reporting program benefits.

The figures document the County’s commitment to improving the ability of youth to make positive life choices through the use of effective and efficient prevention programming.


Voter Registration Drives on Saturdays at Public Libraries

The Montgomery County Board of Elections will conduct voter registration drives on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at public libraries throughout the County during July and August.

For a complete schedule visit www.777vote.org and click on Press Releases.

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


Affordable Counseling Sessions at Commission for Women’s Center

The County Commission for Women’s Counseling and Career Center provides short-term goal-oriented personal counseling to help persons deal with anxiety, stress, and emotional issues relating to separation and divorce, loss, low self-esteem and difficult transitions.

Counselors are available for one-on-one sessions to help you cope with:

  • job loss career planning
  • entering or re-entering the workforce
  • job retention
  • career advancement
  • goal setting
  • skill identification
  • interviewing techniques
  • networking skills
  • resume development

Counseling fees are $50 each, and a sliding scale discount is available. Credit cards, check, or money order are accepted. To schedule an appointment, call 240-777-8300.


Gallery in New Civic Building Named in Memory of Betty Mae Kramer

During opening ceremonies for the new Civic Building at Veterans Plaza in downtown Silver Spring, County Executive Ike Leggett announced that the gallery in the building will be named the Betty Mae Kramer Gallery and Music Room as a tribute to the former First Lady of Montgomery County.

Kramer, who passed away in March of this year, led the volunteer efforts to establish the Executive’s Ball for the Benefit of the Arts in 1986 when her husband, the Honorable Sidney Kramer, was elected County Executive. Since then, the ball has raised more than $1 million to benefit a variety of nonprofit arts and humanities organizations.

The Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC), the non-profit arts agency designated to distribute County funds for arts and humanities, will manage the Gallery and Music Room.

The Kramer family has given a leadership gift to begin an endowment fund to be established by AHCMC to manage the gallery and music room in perpetuity. Additional donations are being sought from others who wish to honor Mrs. Kramer’s contribution to Montgomery County.

To donate to the Betty Mae Kramer Gallery and Music Room, contact Suzan Jenkins, CEO of AHCMC, at 301-565-3805 ext. 23.


Burtonsville VFD Celebrates New Addition

County Executive Ike Leggett recently joined Fire Chief Richard Bowers and members of the Burtonsville Volunteer Fire Department (BVFD) to celebrate the new 2,400 sq. ft. addition to the existing facility located at the intersection of Briggs Chaney Rd. and Old Columbia Pike. The station opened in March 1995.

Some of the features of the newly-constructed addition include permanent sleeping accommodations for firefighters assigned to the station; a new training and meeting room with audio/visual equipment that will also serve as a multi-purpose room for the community; new laundry facilities; and additional parking spaces.

For more information, contact Assistant Chief Scott Graham at 240-777-2493.


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