Free Community Shred Event Comes to County September 11

The Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Solid Waste Services reminds residents that they can shred personal confidential papers free of charge at the next NBC4 Safe &Secure Community Shred event on Saturday, September 11 from 8 to 11 a.m. at Montgomery College’s Rockville Campus, Lot #13 at the intersection of Route 355 (Hungerford Dr.) and Mannakee St.

Residents may bring up to five cardboard boxes and/or paper bags of personal papers for shredding. Cars must be in line by 11 a.m. All paper will be shredded on site. However, in the interest of safety and traffic flow, residents will not be able to observe their paper being shredded.

For details about what can be brought for shredding, plus other information, go to
www.montgomerycountymd.gov/solidwaste and click on “Community Shred” paper shredding event.

Primary Election Results Online

Up-to-the moment election results for the September 14 Primary Election will be accessible on the Montgomery County home page to anyone with Internet access.

Early Voting returns will be tabulated on Election Day and will be available as soon after 8:00 p.m. as possible. Returns from Election Day polling places will be available beginning at 9:20 p.m. on September 14 and will be updated every 20 minutes. Citizens who do not have Internet access are invited to visit the Board of Elections, 18753 N. Frederick Avenue, Suite 210, Gaithersburg, where election results will be displayed in the lower level training room as the votes are counted.

Results may be found at www.777vote.org, or at montgomerycountymd.gov/elections where an election-related logo will provide a link directly to the Board of Elections return page, as well as links to the Prince George’s County, state, and national election returns. The direct link to the Board of Elections returns page is www.777vote.org/electionresults/elec_results.html.

It’s the Smartest Card You Can Have

September is Library Card Sign-up Month, and Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) wants to make sure that local children have the smartest card of all – a library card. 

Activities for children and families at MCPL during Library Card Sign-up Month include preschool story-times, puppet theater performances and Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations. 

Getting a library card is easy.  For more information on how to sign up for a library card, visit any Montgomery County public library, call Ask-a-Librarian at 240-777-0001 or visit the library online at montgomerycountymd.gov/library.

Round Up Dollars for a Good Cause

The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) Round Up program allows customers to round up their bills to the nearest dollar so that the proceeds go to help needy families that cannot afford their bills.

To learn more about the program, visit http://www.wsscwater.com/home/jsp/content/roundup.faces.

Volunteers Needed to Lead Bone Builders Classes in Wheaton, Silver Spring and Germantown

The County is looking for volunteers to teach free Bone Builders classes in several locations. The daytime classes help prevent and slow the development of osteoporosis and help regular participants increase bone density naturally.

Volunteer leaders are needed twice per week. Leaders receive a full day of free training and ongoing supervision by a master trainer. Training is scheduled for Wednesday, September 15 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Holiday Park Senior Center, 3950 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton.

Bone Builders is sponsored by Montgomery County’s Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and the Department of Health and Human Services’ Aging and Disability Services.

For information or to register for the training, contact Shawn Brennan at 240-777-1350 or shawn.brennan@montgomerycountymd.gov.

Ride On Service Changes Begin Sunday, September 5

The following changes in Ride On service will go into effect on Sunday, September 5:

  • Route segment eliminations on Routes 7, 22, 32, 33, 43
  • Frequency reductions on Routes 1 (Saturday only), 15, 17, 22, 23, 24, 29, 30, 34, 36, 43, 46, 47, 48, 49, 56, 57, 60, 61, 70, 83, 93, 97, 100
  • Some shifts in trip times, but no change in the total number of trips operated, on Routes: 31, 39, 41, 45, 51, 63, T2 (Saturday and Sunday service operated by Ride On)

Riders are advised that the changes are likely to result in more crowded buses, but overall service
has been preserved.

Timetables and more information are available at montgomerycountymd.gov/rideon or by calling 311 (from within the County) or 240-777-0311 (outside the County).

FY11 Budget Information Online

The FY11 approved operating budget and capital budget books are available.

RainScapes Rebates Available for Eligible County Residents, Businesses, Faith Organizations, Private Schools

The Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) invites the public to participate in the RainScapes Rewards Rebate Program, which is designed to reduce stormwater impacts on the County’s streams and waterways.

The program rewards eligible residents, businesses, faith organizations, and private schools for installing rain gardens, conservation landscaping, canopy trees, permeable pavers, green roofs, cisterns, rain barrels or dry wells. New this year, pavement removal and replacement with vegetation is also a rebate eligible technique.

Residents can receive a maximum rebate of up to $1,200 per property. Commercial, multi-family and institutional properties can receive up to a $5,000 rebate per property

For more information about the program, go to http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/rainscapes, call Susan Koenig at 240-777-7702 or call RainScapes Rewards Coordinator, Ann English at 240-777-7759.

To apply online, go to RainScapes.application@montgomerycountymd.gov.

County Departments Become More Paper-less    

As directed by the County Executive, last year the County launched a paper and printing reduction initiative intended to reduce costs while reducing the environmental impact of government operations and building on the County’s strong track record of environmental leadership. The goal was to cut paper use 15% in a year and reduce the environmental impact of the approximately 66 million sheets of paper, thereby saving the County roughly $1 million. 

Through the hard work of County employees, the initial goal has been exceeded. In FY10, County departments achieved a 20% reduction in direct paper purchases and a 40% reduction from the original FY10 budget in print and mail expenditures, for a savings of $2.09 million.

A Chance to Give Back: Community Service Day October 23-24

How will you be a part of the 24th Annual Community Service Day? Plan a project now for October 23 or 24 and help make a difference in your community.

If your group already has a project planned for the weekend, tell us here. If your team is interested in signing up for a project, the list will be posted September 15! Tell us about your team, and a reminder will be sent the week of the 15th. For more information or questions, visit www.montgomerycountymd.gov/volunteer or email servicedays@montgomerycountymd.gov.

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POSTED AT: Saturday, September 04, 2010 | 3:01:00 AM |
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