Consumer Representatives Sought for WSSC Plumbing and Fuel Gas Board Opening


The Plumbing and Fuel Gas Board of the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission is in search of Consumer Representatives to serve for a three-year-term.  The Board is responsible for reviewing and recommending Code requirements for plumbing, fuel gas, site utility installations, fats, oil and grease regulations and industrial discharge requirements.

Anyone interested should have a general understanding of technical issues, and not have any financial interest in any person regulated by the Board.  This is an honorary volunteer position without any compensation.  See Section 112 of the WSSC Plumbing and Fuel Gas Code for more details.

Essay, Poster, Video Contest for Students Announced

In conjunction with its annual Human Rights Day Celebration. the Montgomery County Office of Human Rights (OHR) is sponsoring essay, poster and video contests for students -- with the theme “The Faces of Human Rights, Then and Now.” Students who attend Montgomery County Public Schools, as well as private and parochial schools in the County, children who are home-schooled and students living in the County and attending school elsewhere may apply.

Winners will be announced at the annual Human Rights Day celebration in December.

Entries must be postmarked or hand-delivered to the Office of Human Rights by October 29. Additional guidelines and the contest entry form are at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/humanrights. For more information, call Kimberly Ham at 240-777-8478.

Reminder to Drivers: New Cell Phone Law in Effect

Area drivers are reminded that using a hand-held cell phone while operating a motor vehicle on a street or highway in Maryland is now prohibited. Phone calls placed to 911, ambulance, hospital, fire or law-enforcement agencies are permitted, as are calls made by emergency and law-enforcement personnel.

Drivers under the age of 18 already are prohibited from using cell phones while driving.

For more details visit www.maryland.gov.

Thanks a Ton – and More!

The figures are in and it’s official…the NBC4 Safe & Secure Community Shred event hosted by Montgomery County’s Division of Solid Waste Services (Department of Environmental Protection/DEP) and Montgomery College last month was a huge success, with more than 1,700 persons taking advantage of the opportunity to shred and recycle personal papers and bring in cardboard for recycling.

The figures speak for themselves:

  • 1,715 cars drove through; the event was advertised from 8 to 11 a.m. and the first cars were in line at 6:40 a.m.
  • 31 tons of paper were shredded and recycled
  • 1.5 tons of cardboard were recycled
  • Total recycled: 32.5 tons (65,000 pounds)

Thanks to DEP’s partner, Unity Disposal and Recycling, two of the County’s new compressed natural gas recycling trucks were on site to transport cardboard boxes and paper to the Recycling Center to be recycled.

The event was a partnership between NBC4, PNC Bank, Shred-It, Montgomery College, Montgomery County Government and Unity Disposal and Recycling.

Rock Creek Elementary School Pedestrian Protection Improvements

The innovative pedestrian protection improvements installed recently at Rock Creek Elementary School have successfully been used by the Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) in other locations and have proven to be effective in reducing motorist speeds, calming traffic and enhancing safety. The school is located across Grubb Road from the Rock Creek Shopping Center, which is a popular destination for students and residents.

MCDOT installed a concrete pedestrian refuge island, which is an area between lanes of traffic where pedestrians may safely wait. The refuge islands not only help calm traffic, but also reduce the crossing distance for pedestrians. The improvement project narrowed the travel lanes on the roadway to reduce vehicle speeds. MCDOT also installed a marked crosswalk, school crossing signs, “State Law: Stop for Pedestrians” signs, lane markings and raised pavement markers.

The project was initiated by a request from two members of Rock Creek Forest ES’s Parent-Teacher Association.

For more information about the County’s Pedestrian Safety program, go to www.montgomerycountymd.gov/walk or call 240-777-7170.

Health and Human Services STD/HIV Program Expands Service to Upcounty Area

The Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services STD/HIV Program has expanded services to the upcounty area.

Comprehensive STD screening, including HIV testing, is now available Tuesdays from 8:30 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. at the Germantown Health Center, 12900 Middlebrook Rd.  Services, including diagnostic testing, exams and treatment of STD's and follow up, will be offered by appointment only. 

For information or to make an appointment, call the STD/HIV Program at 240-777-1760.

New Road Maintenance Project

Rehabilitation of three neighborhoods in Forest Glen is underway through a program that is taking a more systematic and comprehensive approach to maintaining the County’s transportation infrastructure.

The Forest Glen neighborhood is comprised of three Homeowners Associations: Forest Estates, Forest Grove and Northmont. Due to the size and scope of the project, the improvements will be phased in over two fiscal years and are scheduled to be completed next summer in fiscal year 2012. Seventeen lane-miles of road will be reconstructed in the three neighborhoods.The Department of Transportation (MCDOT) will not widen or alter the character of the streets throughout the community.

For more information, call MCDOT’s Customer Service Line at 240-777-6000 or go to “Forest Glen Subdivision Ph. I.

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POSTED AT: Friday, October 15, 2010 | 3:30:00 AM |
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