And, a Good Time Was Had by All

After being tested for a couple weeks by plenty of local residents, the new Silver Spring ice rink at Veterans Plaza was officially dedicated at a ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday, January 8. The weather cooperated with providing a seasonably cold (not chilly, but cold) day as County Executive Ike Leggett and a young friend cut the ribbon proclaiming, in effect, that the rink is here and open for business. Joining the Executive were Jennifer Nettles, manager of Downtown Silver Spring for Peterson and Company; Mal Curran, co-owner of Tri-State Ice Management and the Silver Spring Penguin.

For more information about the rink, visit http://www.silverspringiceskating.com/.

2011 Women’s Legislative Briefing: Two Keynoters, Variety of Workshops Highlight Program

Two powerful women -- Sara Manzano-Diaz of the Women’s Bureau and Dr. DeRionne Pollard, president of Montgomery College -- will anchor the 2011 Women’s Legislative Briefing to be held on January 30, from 12:30 to 6 p.m., at the University of Maryland, Shady Grove, Building II, 9630 Gudelsky Dr., Rockville.

Manzano-Díaz is the 16th Director of the Women's Bureau at the U. S. Department of Labor. Dr. Pollard is the ninth chief executive of Montgomery College, Maryland's largest two-year college. She oversees the education and student services for 60,000 credit and noncredit students.

The briefing will include workshops covering a variety of topics, including: Women in the Workplace; Women, Families and Poverty; Older Women and Economic Security; Women and Girls, Safety and Justice; Women, Health Care and Reform; Women in Elective and Appointive Office; and Effective Advocacy in the Legislature.

Admission is $15 and includes refreshments at the opening and the reception. Pre-registration is required. To pre-register, visit www.montgomerycountymd.gov/cfwor call 240-777-8330.

Radon: Test Your Home and Protect Your Family

During January, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is recognizing National Radon Action Month by encouraging residents to take action to protect their homes and families.

January is an especially good time to test homes and schools because windows and doors are closed tightly and people spend more time indoors. Radon is a naturally occurring, invisible, odorless, tasteless gas. It is released from soils and disperses outdoors, but can reach harmful levels when trapped in buildings.

The Surgeon General has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States behind smoking. However, by making simple fixes in a home or building, people can lower their health risks from radon.

Radon test kits can be purchased at local hardware and home improvement stores or directly from radon testing companies. Many are priced under $25. Radon problems can be fixed by qualified contractors, with repairs typically costing between $800 and $2,500.

For more information on radon, testing, mitigation and radon-resistant new construction, call 311 or visit the County’s website at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/depand click on “Air.” Additional information is also available at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s website at www.epa.gov/radon.

Youth Advisory Council Collects Coats 4 Kids

Many local children do not wear proper winter apparel as they travel to and from school. But, the County Executive’s Youth Advisory Council (YAC) wants to change that.

That’s why from now through January 25, YAC is collecting “Coats 4 Kids!” Monday through Friday, from 8:30a.m. – 5p.m.at the following sites in the eastern part of the County:

  • Paint Branch High School, Counseling office, 14121 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville
  • Springbrook High School, Counseling office, 201 Valley Brook Drive, Silver Spring
  • Marilyn J. Praisner Recreation Center, 14906 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville
  • East County Recreation Center, 3310 Gateshead Manor Way, Silver Spring
  • Eastern Montgomery Regional Services Center, 3300 Briggs Chaney Road, Silver Spring

The YAC is accepting new or gently used winter-wear including scarves, hats, gloves and other winter apparel items that will, in turn, be donated to needy children in grades K – 5 at a local elementary school.

For more information email Joy.nurmi@montgomerycountymd.gov or call 240-777-8411.

Civil Rights Historic Bus Tour Planned

The Montgomery County Office of Human Rights, in collaboration with Montgomery County Public Libraries, the African American Employees Association, the Lincoln Park Historical Foundation and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, is again hosting a civil rights historic bus tour that retraces the steps of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights heroes.

The tour – that features stops in Atlanta, GA; Selma and Tuskegee, AL; and Memphis, TN -- leaves Rockville on April 18 and returns April 23.

The cost of the six-day tour for a group of four is $430 per person including hotel, transportation, some meals and snacks and all museum/tour fees For smaller groups, the fee is slightly higher. All tour costs are paid for by participants’ fees. A deposit for half the fee is due on January 28, with the balance due on March 18.

A pre-tour meeting will be held on Thursday, April 14 at 6:30 p.m. in the first floor meeting room of the Rockville Library, 21 Maryland Ave. At least one member of each group is required to attend.

Anyone interested should contact the Office of Human Rights at 240-777-8450 or email Human-Rights.Administration@montgomerycountymd.gov.
For more information about the tour, visit www.montgomerycountymd.gov/humanrights.

Green Business Certification Program Attracts National Attention; Local Businesses Invited to Get on Board

The Montgomery County Green Business Certification Program is an exciting initiative that helps and recognizes businesses and organizations that voluntarily go above and beyond basic day to day green office measures to reduce their environmental impact. Certified businesses are listed in the County’s online Green Business Directory and showcased through press releases, short videos and other promotional activities.

To date, the Program has certified 23 organizations ranging in size and diversity from a multi-national hotel chain to a small orthodontics office. The Program has also attracted the attention of nearly 20 jurisdictions across North America,including Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Montgomery College provides on-going training courses to assist businesses in making the changes necessary to get certified.

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National Mentoring Month

January is National Mentoring Month and, in observance, the Montgomery County Volunteer Center is encouraging residents of all ages to become a mentor and help make the path to success easier for a friend or neighbor.

Find mentoring opportunities from the Volunteer Center.

There is a great mix of positions. While some are traditional mentor roles, others are not direct mentoring positions but the organization has used the keyword for other ways you can support mentoring organizations.

For information on other volunteer opportunities, call 240-777-2600 or visit www.montgomerycountymd.gov/volunteer

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POSTED AT: Tuesday, January 18, 2011 | 3:00:00 AM |
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