Two MTA Bus Routes Travel the ICC
On March 1, the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) began service of two new intercity bus routes along the newly opened portion of the InterCounty Connector (ICC) toll road (MD Rt. 200).
Routes 201 and 202 will begin at the Gaithersburg Park and Ride lot and follow Phase 1 of the ICC to the Shady Grove Metro station and the Norbeck Park and Ride, where the ICC ends for now. From there, MTA Bus Route 201 will stop at the Burtonsville Park and Ride and Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport's Southwest and International terminals before ending at the BWI MARC/Amtrak station.
MTA Bus Route 202 will make stops at the Savage MARC station and the National Security Agency before ending at Fort Meade.
Both services will be free for the first two weeks. After that, the fare will be $5.00 for a one-way trip. For more information on this new bus service visit MTA's website.
Good Grades Count: Honor Roll Students Skate Free
Now through March 8, Montgomery County students who made the honor roll last semester can get a free skating pass – with skates – at the Silver Spring Skating Rink at Veterans Plaza, 8523 Fenton St.
Students must bring their MCPS report card and student ID.
Teeing Up Your Time and Golf Talents for the Next Generation
The First Tee, Montgomery County uses golf as platform to teach young people how to be successful on and off the course by focusing on youth who would not typically have access to the game and its opportunities
The First Tee is looking for volunteers who enjoy and play golf to assist with the skills instruction for youth ranging in age from eight to 17 years. Spring and fall sessions are held after school, while summer sessions are scheduled during morning hours.
Primary instructional sites are: Laytonsville, Needwood, Northwest and Sligo Creek golf courses and Olney Golf Park. Volunteers are eligible for discounted golf rates Monday through Thursday at the Montgomery County Golf course where he/she volunteers.
Montgomery County Government is a sponsor of First Tee, Montgomery County. The organization’s partners include the Department of Recreation, Montgomery County Golf, an entity of the Montgomery County Revenue Authority, and the Housing Opportunities Commission.
For more information about The First Tee, Montgomery County, visit www.thefirstteemcmd.org. If you are interested in becoming a First Tee volunteer and/or mentor, contact Laura Sildon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Take a Look: New One-Stop Online Source Highlights County Health Data
A new one-stop online source for population-based data and information about community health and the social and environmental determinants of health has been launched by County officials.
The website -- www.healthymontgomery.org -- provides data and information on more than 90 topics related to the health and well being of the community and its residents.
"Having reliable data on which to base our budget decisions on is critical, especially in these lean budget years,” said Uma Ahluwalia, director of theDepartment of Health and Human Services. “In addition, this website will be a great resource for students, health planners and the public.”
Read more from press release.
Integrated BioTherapeutics Expands in Montgomery County
Integrated BioTherapeutics Inc. (IBT), a biotechnology company developing medical countermeasures for biodefense and emerging infectious diseases, recently celebrated the expansion of their Bioservices capacity with the Grand Opening of a new 10,500 square-foot office and lab space in the Gaithersburg Accelerator, located at 21 Firstfield Rd.
The new facility features a dedicated suite of labs to support IBT’s research and development for a multivalent vaccine for Staph aureus infection.
IBT currently has 30 full-time employees and plans to add an additional five to 10 employees within the next year. IBT was named “Maryland’s 2009 Emerging Company of the Year” by the Tech Council of Maryland, which recognized the company’s tremendous growth in funding and personnel and its strong relationships with the U.S. Government and industry partners.
Anne Arundel County’s Ambulance Fee Generates $8.5 million
Since becoming law in April 2009, the fee charged to insurance companies for ambulance transport in Anne Arundel County has generated $8.5 million, according to County Executive John R. Leopold.
"I am pleased that our Fire Department has been able to execute this program without negatively impacting citizens’ access to emergency medical services. Insurance companies are now bearing their fair share of the cost of providing essential services previously borne solely by taxpayers," said Leopold.
Under the Anne Arundel legislation that became effective in 2009, insurance companies are billed $500 per ambulance transport. Deposits began in earnest in January 2010 and now average roughly $525,000 per month. County residents do not pay any portion of the fee not covered by insurance. Medicaid, Medicare and most other private insurance policies already allowed for reimbursement for this service.