Give…and Ride Free
Ride On bus passengers in Montgomery County can help needy families and receive free bus rides by donating canned or nonperishable food during Ride On’s annual food drive from Sunday, April 10 through Saturday, April 16. Food collected goes to Manna Food Center, which feeds 3,000 hungry families a month.
During the Give and Ride promotion, food collection bags will be placed near the fare boxes on all Ride On buses. In addition to non-perishable food, children’s items are also needed. Disposable diapers, formula, baby or toddler food and juice are especially useful to families in need. Plastic containers are preferred.
Residents who don’t ride the bus but wish to donate food can participate by giving their donations to a bus operator at any Ride On bus stop. Checks made out to Manna Food Center will also be accepted. Writing in “Ride On” on the “For” or “Memo” line in the lower left corner of a check will make it easier to track the success of the program.
For bus stop locations or bus schedules, call 311 or TDD/TTY 240-773-3556. Route and timetable information is also available on Ride On’s web site at montgomerycountymd.gov/rideon. SmarTrip® cards and passes can also be purchased online.
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Education and Involvement Mark Earth Month Activities
Montgomery County will celebrate April as “Earth Month” with a variety of events scheduled throughout the County.
Things get underwaySaturday April 9 with an Earth Day Proclamation presented by County Executive Ike Leggett at the groundbreaking for the Emory Grove Community Garden, 18100 Washington Grove La., Gaithersburg. 10 a.m. The garden is a collaboration between Montgomery County Parks, Montgomery County Public Schools and Neighbors For Neighbors. Contact Rev. Tim Warner at 240-777-2503 or email Tim.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Throughout the month, there will be opportunities to volunteer in addition to events and activities for the entire family.
Check out the list of happenings and how to get involved.
County Launches Commercial and Multi-Family Rebate Program for Energy Efficient Projects
Montgomery County’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) encourages businesses, non-profits, faith-based organizations and multi-family communities to apply for funding for energy efficiency projects through a program funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 under the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Program.
The Commercial and Multi-Family Rebate Program is designed to overcome the financial barriers to making energy-efficiency improvements, as well as reduce operating costs and carbon emissions.
Projects eligible for funding include efficient lighting; insulation; heating, venting, and air conditioning upgrades; high-efficiency showers/faucets; and replacement windows and doors.
The deadlines to apply for funds are April 15, 2011 for Round 1 and May 15, 2011 for Round 2. About half the funds will be distributed in each round. Projects selected for awards must be completed by June 30, 2012.
Program details are available at the County’s energy incentive web portal at www.mcenergyfunding.com.
Bicyclist and Drivers Sharing the Road Safely
A reminder to local drivers: Maryland Law now requires motorists to safely overtake a bicycle, electric personal assistive mobility device (EPAMD), or a motor scooter at a distance of at least three feet.
This passing rule does not apply if the highway on which the vehicle is being driven is not wide enough to lawfully pass the bicycle, EPAMD, or motor scooter at a distance of at least three feet. There are also additional exceptions:
- If the bicyclist fails to ride to the right
- If the bicyclist is in a bike lane
- If the bicyclist, EPAMD, or scooter doesn’t keep a steady course
For more information, visit http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/apps/dot/pressrelease/PR_details.asp?PrID=7435
Spring Cleaning Time for Local Streets
MCDOT’s highway maintenance crews are giving the county’s streets a good spring cleaning. Street sweeping on arterial roads and residential streets commenced in late-March.
This joint effort with the Department of Environmental Protection removes abrasives and other debris after the winter snow season. Sweeping typically collects more than 3,000 tons of road debris each year that would otherwise be washed into our streams.
For more information, including sweeping schedules or to report a pothole, visitHighway Maintenance'swebsite or call 311, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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