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WORTH NOTING

A Correction to Note

Anyone who has received a paper copy of the 2010 General Election Voter’s Guide published by the League of Women Voters of Montgomery County (LWVMC), take note.  There is an error on page 3 under the Governor’s race.  The Ehrlich/Kane ticket should be listed as the Republican party.  The LWVMC notes that the online version is correct.

Police Remind Drivers, Pedestrians about Upcoming Time Change 

Residents are reminded that daylight savings time will take place on Sunday morning, November 7 at approximately 2 a.m. when clocks will need to be set back one hour to 1 a.m.  This means that nightfall will occur earlier in the evening, so Montgomery County Police urge increased vigilance by motorists and pedestrians to help to reduce the possibility of pedestrian involved collisions. 

Montgomery County Ride On Announces Modified Schedules for Upcoming Holidays

Montgomery County’s Ride On bus system has announced a new operations schedule for Veterans Day, Thursday, November 11; M.L. King, Jr. Day, Monday, January 17, 2011; and Presidents’ Day, Monday, February 21, 2011.

On these holidays, Ride On will operate a special modified schedule that will provide fewer bus trips during the day on most routes, while still providing passengers service on every Ride On route. Routes will start and end at about the same times as a regular weekday schedule.

The following 13 routes will not be affected by the special modified schedule and will operate on a regular weekday schedule with no changes: 3, 4, 7, 32, 36, 44, 52, 63, 66, 67, 81, 93 and 98.

For schedule information, go to Ride On’s website at www.RideOnBus.com or call 311.

Nominations Sought for Martin Luther King Jr. Day Awards

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Committee is seeking nominations for the Humanitarian Award and the Children of the Dream Awards to be presented at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration on January 17, 2011. All winners and honorable mentions will be acknowledged during the ceremony to be held at Strathmore Music Center, 5301 Tuckerman La., North Bethesda. Nominations must be received by Friday, November 26.

For details about each award or to request a nomination form, contact Kimberly Ham by mail at Montgomery County Office of Human Rights, 21 Maryland Ave., Suite 330, Rockville, MD 20850; by phone at 240-777-8478; or email kimberly.ham@montgomerycountymd.gov.

DEP’s Website Adds Interactive Maps – Residents Can Learn More About Neighborhood Streams, Watersheds and Water Quality Conditions

The Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) website now has three Google-based map applications that are designed to help County residents identify their local streams and watersheds and learn more about their local water quality.

To use the interactive maps, residents type in a street address, city or zip code, or simply click on a location to see the local watershed and a summary of its water quality conditions. The names of streams can also be identified by clicking on them. The interactive maps provide information about the aquatic species found in the stream and their sensitivity to pollution (sensitive, intermediate, or tolerant), as well as a narrated description of the watershed, providing information about key watershed stressors; stream restoration activities and their results; anticipated watershed projects; and reasons, if any, for declining water quality.

To view the interactive maps, go to DEP’s website at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/DEP,click on Water, then select from three maps.Each map option contains more background information and videos on watersheds in the County.

Forest Glen Road Train Crossing is State’s First ‘Quiet Zone’

Trains moving through an at-grade railroad crossing at Forest Glen Road in Silver Spring -- approximately one-quarter mile north of I-495 -- will no longer be required to blow their whistles, thanks to the work of the County’s Department of Transportation. The department’s efforts to provide noise relief resulted in the at-grade railroad crossing being declared the first “Quiet Zone” in Maryland starting November 1.

Although the Forest Glen Road crossing has minimal pedestrian and vehicle traffic, it was still subject to federal rules that require all trains to blow warning whistles when approaching the crossing.

The County has added protection for pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers through a series of safety measures to implement the Quiet Zone. Lighting and signage near the location have been enhanced. In addition, the County installed new lights above the tracks and provided appropriate signage nearby. A median barrier was installed to keep cars from going around the gates that are deployed when a train is coming. The County’s Department of Transportation is planning a sidewalk for either side of the tracks to make the area more walkable.

The Quiet Zone designation is the result of lobbying efforts by local residents and Councilmember Valerie Ervin who first wrote to the State Highway Administration in October 2008 about the concerns of those living near the crossing.

“This is an example of how all branches of government worked together with our residents to implement a long-awaited change to enhance the quality of life for one local community,” said Ervin. Read more. 

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POSTED AT: Monday, November 01, 2010 | 3:00:00 AM |
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