Fall Guide for Recreation and Park Programs Now Available; Register This Month

Montgomery County’s Department of Recreation is now accepting registrations for its fall programs and classes. Registration for swim lessons opens on August 18. Copies of the Fall Guide are available at public libraries, as well as community, recreation, aquatic and senior centers around the County.

The latest Guide is full of hundreds of exciting classes and programs, including scuba diving, water aerobics, pottery, ballroom dancing, cooking and zumba classes.  Seniors, age 55 and above, can sign up for day trips to historic and picturesque locales. 

Register by mail or fax, online or in person at the Recreation Department Administrative Offices at 4010 Randolph Rd., Silver Spring.

There is also information on registering for events in the 2010 Maryland Senior Olympics, taking place in September and October.

 To view the guide online, and/or to register, go to www.montgomerycountymd.gov/rec.

Notice of Nighttime Deliveries at Transit Center Site

Beginning the week of August 23, residents and employees in the vicinity of the Silver Spring Transit Center (SSTC) site -- bordered by Colesville Rd., the Metro Red Line Station, Wayne Avenue and Ramsey Avenue -- are advised that crews will begin nighttime concrete deliveries between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. every other week through January.

The nocturnal deliveries are designed to keep the public’s exposure to truck traffic at a minimum and increase safety for transit users near the site.

The concrete work is expected to take place during the weeks of: September 7 and 21; October 5 and 19; November 2, 16 and 30; December 14 and 28; and January 11 and 25. Because the concrete work is weather dependent, dates may vary.

“Green” Volunteers Needed for Paper Shredding/Recycling Event

The Division of Solid Waste Services (Dept. of Environmental Protection) is calling for volunteers who would like to help at a major paper shredding/recycling event to be held on Saturday, September 11 at the Rockville campus of Montgomery College, 850 Hungerford Dr., from 7 a.m. to noon.

The event is presented by NBC News 4-TV, in conjunction with Montgomery County, Montgomery College and other sponsors.

Volunteers will help with pre-event set up, hand out recycling brochures, answer questions, unload boxes/bags from cars and clean up after the event. This event is approved for Student Service Learning credit.

To register, contact Ana Arriaza, Volunteer Coordinator, at 240-777-6445 or via email at ana.arriaza@montgomerycountymd.gov.

Reminder: Voter Registration Deadline is August 24

Montgomery County residents who wish to vote in the 2010 Gubernatorial Primary Election are reminded that they must register by 9 p.m. on Tuesday, August 24.

To register, individuals must be U.S. citizens, live in Montgomery County and be at least 18 years of age on or before November 2, 2010.

Applications may be picked up at County libraries, Regional Services Centers, all offices of the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services, the Motor Vehicle Administration and all U.S. Post Offices. They may be downloaded at www.777vote.org or www.montgomerycountymd.gov/elections.

Individuals may also register at the Board of Elections, 18753 N. Frederick Ave., Suite 210, Gaithersburg.

For more details on voter registration, call the Voter Information Service at 240-777-VOTE, or visit the website at: www.777vote.org or www.montgomerycountymd.gov/elections

Voters May Request Alternate Polling Places for Primary Election on September 14

The Montgomery County Board of Elections reminds voters that they may request a change in polling place for one of two reasons – accessibility concerns or religious principles.

A reassignment request form is available from the Maryland State Board of Elections’ website at http://www.elections.state.md.us/pdf/
, by calling Christine Rzeszut at 240-777-8585, or by e-mail at nancy.rzeszut@montgomerycountymd.gov. The request must be received by 9 p.m. August 24 for the Primary Election.

If a satisfactory substitute polling place is not available, alternatives are: voting at any one of five Early Voting Centers in the County or by absentee ballot. For more information on specific centers, visit www.777vote.org. For information on absentee voting, call 240-777-8550, or e-mail, absentee@montgomerycountymd.gov.

“Consumer Compass” Features Interview with Emmy Award-Winning Consumer Reporter Liz Crenshaw

The newest episode of County Cable Montgomery’s “Consumer Compass” now airing features an interview with NBC-TV 4 consumer reporter Liz Crenshaw.

Other segments include warnings about selling jewelry and coins at “gold parties,” and tips about mail order “gold for cash” businesses; information about pawn shops; and what happens when items are left at a business that is being evicted, and how the Business Eviction Response Team helps consumers reclaim their possessions.

The 30-minute show, hosted by Eric Friedman, director of the Office of Consumer Protection, is written and produced by Cathy Grubman, County Cable Montgomery producer in the Office of the County Council.

“Consumer Compass” is seen on Channel 6 on Comcast and RCN and Channel 30 on Verizon. For a schedule of show times or to view it online, go to www.montgomerycountymd.gov/CCM, and click on Schedule.

For more information about the show, call 240-777-3636.

Got Weeds, Insect Pests, Other Garden Problems? Who Ya Gonna Call?

It’s simple. Talk with Montgomery County Master Gardeners. Bring your full and intact plant and insect samples, garden problems and questions to any one of the 10 locations below during gardening season and get free answers.

  • Bethesda: Davis Library, 6400 Democracy Blvd., April - Sept., Sat. 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Bethesda: FRESHFARM Market. Norfolk Ave., between Fairmont Ave.. & St. Elmo Ave., July - Oct., 3rd Sat. of each month, 10 a.m.-1p.m.
  • Chevy Chase: Audubon Naturalist Society, 8940 Jones Mill Rd., April - Sept., Sat., 10 a.m.-noon.
  • Derwood: Montgomery County Extension Office, 18410 Muncaster Rd., Mar - Nov.,  M-F, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Gaithersburg: Quince Orchard Library, 15831 Quince Orchard Rd., May - Sept.,   Sat,.10 a.m.-1p.m.
  • Germantown: Germantown Library, 19840 Century Blvd., May - Sept., Wed., 6:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Poolesville: Poolesville Library, 18633 Fisher Ave., May - Sept., Wed., 1:30–3 p.m.
  • Rockville: Twinbrook Library, 202 Meadow Hall Dr., May - Sept., 3rd. Sat. of each month, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Silver Spring: FRESHFARM Market, Ellsworth Dr. between Georgia/Fenton; April - Sept., 4th Sat of each month, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (5th. Sat.in July).
  • Wheaton: Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Ave., year-round, Sat., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and Sun. 1-4 p.m. Plus, April – Oct., Wed., Thurs., 1-4 p.m.

Master Gardeners of Montgomery County are 250 volunteers trained by the University of Maryland/ MontgomeryExtension Service. The organization’s free programs educate residents about environmentally sound horticultural practices that build healthy landscapes. Programs include clinics to identify gardeners’ plant and tree problems; therapeutic horticulture; demonstration gardens; speakers bureau; and design services for government and non-profit organizations.

For further information, call the Plant Hotline at 301-590-9650, weekday mornings or email mgmont@umd.edu.

Transit Improvements In Place for White Oak Customers

The County’s Department of Transportation recently completed construction of a series of customer service enhancements for Ride On and Metrobus riders in White Oak. The upgrades will help meet increasing transit needs in this area.

Since 2003, with the consolidation of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in White Oak, almost 4,600 employees have relocated to the campus. By 2013, this number will double.

The $1.6 million upgrades include six new bus shelters on Lockwood Drive at the White Oak Shopping Center. Passenger waiting areas now have benches, low-level lighting, trash cans, streetlights, pedestrian crossings, and landscaping. Additionally, curbs and sidewalks on both sides of Lockwood were reconstructed and traffic calming devices installed, including two additional concrete medians.

County Begins Work to Improve, Extend Watkins Mill Road

The County Department of Transportation’s Division of Transportation Engineering has begun construction of Watkins Mill Rd. Extended. This vital east-west link will connect Watkins Mill Rd. east of I-270 to Frederick Rd./Maryland Rte. 355 and, ultimately, to the Metropolitan Grove station and interim terminus for the Corridor Cities Transitway.

Watkins Mill Road Extended will be a six-lane highway that includes a sidewalk, a bike path and street lighting. A wildlife management plan, conducted in partnership with the Humane Society of the United States, has helped move vulnerable animals away from the path of the project.

The $7.7 million project should be completed next summer. Read more.

New Hours for Bethesda Circulator

The Bethesda Circulator, the free transportation service that connects parking garages and Metro in Downtown Bethesda, has announced new hours of operation:

  • Monday - Thursday 7 a.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Friday 7 a.m. - midnight
  • Saturday 10 a.m. - midnight


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POSTED AT: Tuesday, August 17, 2010 | 3:00:00 AM |
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