Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Annual Reunion
County Executive Ike Leggett and other veterans will address the "Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans 2nd Annual Reunion" on Wednesday, March 30 at the Silver Spring Civic Building at Veterans Plaza from 6 to 9 p.m. The veterans will talk about their experiences during the Vietnam War and life today.
Veterans of all eras and the public are encouraged to attend.
See the flyer (PDF) for more details.The Recreation Guide: Subscriptions Only Beginning April 1
Beginning with the Summer 2011 issue of Montgomery County Guide to Recreation and Park Programs, any resident who wishes to receive the Guide by mail must sign up for a paid subscription.
Currently, only those who already participate in programs receive the Guide in the mail. However, beginning with the Summer issue, residents who wish to continue to have the Guide mailed to their home must purchase a $5 annual subscription which will deliver a full year of five issues (Summer, Fall, Winter, Summer Camps and Spring). The Guide continues to be available online at either www.MontgomeryParks.org/Guide or http://RecWeb.MontgomeryCountyMD.gov.
Print copies of the Guide will still be available at recreation centers, park facilities, government buildings and libraries while quantities last.
To subscribe to the Guide, or for more information, go to http://RecWeb.MontgomeryCountyMD.gov.
Pedestrian Safety for All
As you can see, the County’s pedestrian safety message has gotten through to these drivers who, despite having the green light, have yielded the right of way to a gaggle of Canada geese making their way across Rockville Pike at Federal Plaza/Pike Center (just north of Bou Avenue).
Humans, take note, our feathered friends know to cross at a crosswalk. Granted, they’re, going on a red light, but maybe we can work on that.
More information about pedestrian safety for walkers and drivers is available at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/walk.
Thanks to Dan Nabors of VHB (Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc.), a member of the consultant team that led the Pedesterian Road Safety Audit, who photographed the geese.
Online Resource Guide for Vital Living After 50
While age 50 may be the new 30, for many residents, reaching that milestone still involves opportunities and challenges associated with lifestyle issues such as changing work schedules, households and personal needs.
Now, a new online resource guide entitled “Navigator: Vital Living After 50 (PDF)” offers information on how to find:
- support during transitions
- resources for keeping as fit as possible
- ways to explore new interests, meet people, and share talents
- organizations that can help with employment and/or volunteer goals
The navigator was compiled by the Montgomery County Vital Living Committee.
eNewsletters get an “A” for Spreading the Word of County Programs and Services
With the advent of the internet, computers in more homes and cell phones in more hands than ever, news and information is literally at our fingertips. Recognizing this fact, County departments and agencies are, increasingly, going to the web to get word out to residents about their programs and services.
To see a list of County-produced newsletters you can receiveonline, go to montgomerycountymd.gov/eSubscription. Click 'Update an Account' and enter your email address. Here, you may add or delete subscriptions.
Below are some others not found on the County's eSubscription list that might be of interest.
NEW – Better Ways to Work, published bi-monthly by MC Commuter Services. Features commuting options and transportation news.
e-Biz Update, published bi-weekly by the Department of Economic Development with news of local businesses and upcoming events of interest to the business community.
Montgomery Volunteer, published monthly by the Montgomery County Volunteer Center. News of volunteer opportunities – both one-time and ongoing, how to get involved with various local organizations needing help and awards/special recognitions for volunteer service. Volunteer opportunities are geared for individuals and groups.
Six Rabies Vaccination Clinics Scheduled
The Montgomery County Police Department’s Animal Services Division will sponsor six rabies vaccination clinics -- from April through September -- at the Montgomery County Animal Shelter located at 14645 Rothgeb Dr., Rockville, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on the following Sundays: April 17, May 15, June 19, July 17, August 21 and September 18.
Maryland law requires that all dogs, cats and ferrets over the age of four months be vaccinated against rabies. Failure to vaccinate an animal as required may subject the owner to a $500 fine. When brought in for vaccination, all dogs must be leashed. Cats and ferrets must be in carriers or otherwise contained.
The vaccinations are free for dogs and cats owned by County residents. There will be a minimal $4 charge for ferrets and out-of-county pets. County residents, as well as City of Rockville and City of Gaithersburg residents, will be required to purchase a pet license if their pet is not currently licensed.
For more information, contact the MCPD Animal Services Division at 240-773-5925.
Federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program Vitally Important to Low-Income Residents Faces Funding Cut in FY12
Each year, the County receives a Federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to serve our neediest residents with a variety of programs and activities designed to enhance their quality of life. In the current fiscal year, just over $6 million dollars is being used to serve roughly 10,000 low-income beneficiaries.
Activities include housing rehabilitation, workforce skills training, emergency assistance to avoid evictions/foreclosures, youth programs -- including mental health services and a variety of out-of-school time activities -- infrastructure improvements for pedestrian mobility and safety, and assistance to businesses for façade enhancements.
The financial crisis and ensuing recession has left public finances in poor shape, and there is a federal proposal to cut 7.5% in funding to the FY12 CDBG program. This means an approximate $400,000 cut to Montgomery County’s program. It will also translate into job reductions, as less money will be available to support both public and non-profit sectors in administering a reduced work program.
The County Executive has expressed his concerns about the proposed funding cut in a letter to federal officials and has urged them to support full funding. The Montgomery County delegation has also taken a firm stance against the proposed reduction in funding.
Read more about the CDBG program in the FY11 Action Plan, part of the Consolidated Plan for Housing and Community Development.
Also read more about the proposed FY12 HUD budget here.
CONSUMER PROTECTION ASKS: DID YOU KNOW?
More than eight million people fell prey to Identity Theft last year. Avoid becoming a victim. Visit http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/microsites/idtheft/ or call the Office of Consumer Protection (OCP) at 240-777-3636.
OCP is the County’s nationally recognized agency responsible for enforcing consumer protection laws that prohibit unfair and deceptive business acts to ensure a fair marketplace for consumers and businesses.
Note: This is the first in a regular series of helpful tips for consumers provided by the Office of Consumer Protection that will appear in each issue of The Paperless Airplane.