Correction Director Named to National Advisory Board

Art Wallenstein, Correction and Rehabilitation director, has been appointed to a three-year term on the National Institute of Corrections Advisory Board. Under federal legislation from 1974, the Advisory Board reports directly to the Attorney General and advises the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) on policy matters in corrections that directly impact the work of the agency.

NIC is part of the Justice Department and for organizational reasons rests within the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Appointments rest with Attorney General and do not require Senate confirmation.

County to Receive Share of Multi-million Dollar Federal Grant for Broadband Expansion

Montgomery County will share in $115,240,581 in federal grant funding that Maryland’s One Broadband Network had been awarded to expand provision of high-speed Internet to County schools and Housing Opportunity Commission (HOC) locations. The funding will enable low-income residents the opportunity to stay competitive in improving their situations. It will also enable some projects to advance five-to-seven years sooner than previously scheduled.

Funding was provided through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and was the second largest broadband grant awarded to date. Montgomery County is expected to be eligible for at least $10 million in reimbursement funding for projects it will undertake.

In Montgomery County, the funding will help provide broadband to 78 elementary schools, 18 HOC housing locations that are home to some of the County’s most impoverished residents and the Takoma Park Library. Statewide, the funding will be used to build more than 1,200 miles of infrastructure to provide high-speed Internet to more than 1,000 community institutions and to enable more broadband to be delivered to homes and small businesses throughout the State.

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County’s Vegetable Oil Exchange is a Bright Idea says Harvard

The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University has selected the County’s Vegetable Oil Exchange Program as one of its Bright Ideas programs.

In its first year, Bright Ideas recognizes promising government programs and partnerships that government officials, public servants and others might find useful when faced with their own challenges. Montgomery County was one of 173 government programs -- out of nearly 600 applicants from across the country -- to be selected.

Operated by the Division of Solid Waste Services (Dept. of Environmental Protection), the online vegetable oil exchange program basically matches generators, usually restaurants, with users.

So, if your car can run on straight vegetable oil (SVO) or, if you have SVO to give away, then join the Vegetable Oil Exchange to offer or request SVO. Restaurants and other waste vegetable oil generators benefit from this free way to recycle their cooking oil.

Just post your oil offer or request on the Vegetable Oil Exchange so that others interested in your posting can contact you. Exchange membership is free, and all exchanges must be free of charge.

Department of Environmental Protection Receives Potomac Champion Award

Montgomery County’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) was awarded a Potomac Champion Award at the 5th Annual Potomac Watershed Trash Summit held September 22 in Washington D.C. DEP Director Bob Hoyt accepted the award, which acknowledged the Department’s leadership in championing the use of regulatory tools, innovative outreach and cooperative management to reduce trash and litter in the Potomac River.

Tracy Bowen, executive director of the Alice Ferguson Foundation, which spearheads the Trash Free Potomac Initiative, recognized that the leadership shown by DEP would inspire other neighboring jurisdictions to also use more aggressive strategies to reduce trash and litter in the Potomac and Anacostia rivers. She praised DEP’s “outstanding dedication to finding innovative solutions to eradicate trash.”

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POSTED AT: Friday, October 15, 2010 | 2:00:00 AM |
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