Chat Online with the County Executive

County Executive Ike Leggett’s next online chat is coming up on Wednesday, June 22 from 1 to 2 p.m.  County residents can enter questions before or during the chat. Questions and answers can be viewed both during and after the chat.

For more information, call the Office of Public Information at 240-777-6507.

Summer Reading Program Comes to Montgomery County Public Libraries

Children and teens are invited to participate in this year’s Summer Reading Program at Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) which will run from June 18 through August 13.

Participants can register now -- online only -- through the library’s website at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/library. Children and teens can sign up for the program and log the books they read using any computer in the library or at home or school, or using any mobile device.

This year’s Summer Reading Program offers programs on three levels:

  • Babies and Books! is designed for babies and toddlers, birth through pre-K. Parents/caregivers can sign up their children to listen to or read 20 books.
  • One World, Many Stories (Kid’s Read!) is for children in Kindergarten through grade six. Participants may sign up and read 10 books.
  • You are Here (Teens Read!) is for teens in middle and high school. Read four -- or more -- books. Share books and program information on Facebook

All programs are funded by the Friends of the Library, Montgomery County, Inc. and local Friends of the Library chapters.

For more information about programs and events, visit www.montgomerycountymd.gov/library.

Keep Montgomery County Beautiful Nominations due by June 20

The Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) has announced its 25th Annual Beautification and Photography contests, both of which are sponsored by MCDOT in cooperation with the Keep Montgomery County Beautiful Task Force.

The Beautification Contest is open to community groups, businesses, public institutions and other organizations undertaking landscaping projects that enhance the appearance of commonly owned sections of commercial or residential properties.  Landscaping along County roadsides, medians or other public locations is also eligible for the award.

The Amateur Photography Contest featuring County locations/residents are judged on effective composition, originality, interest and relevance of the subject matter, and technique. There is also an optional youth category for kids under 18 who want to be judged only against their peers.

For more information or downloadable nomination forms, visit MCDOT’s website or contact the Community Outreach Office at 240-777-7155.

Second White Flint Sector Plan Public Amenities Charette Date Changed to June 30

The date for a second charette to discuss the public amenities for the White Flint Sector Plan, has been changed from June 16 to June 30, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the Walter Johnson High School cafeteria. At the meeting, County staff will present a conceptual amenities implementation plan based on input received from the public at the June 1 charette.

The White Flint Sector Plan provides a framework for developing White Flint into a vibrant, transit-oriented, mixed-use, walkable urban area. Community input is sought on how certain amenities called for in the Plan can be designed and implemented to contribute in a significant way to transforming and defining White Flint as a world-class community. Residents, property owners, businesses, civic groups and other stakeholders are invited to participate in the multi-agency charette process.

Anyone needing ADA, sign language interpreters or other special accommodations to attend the charettes must contact Rob Klein at 240-777-6016 or rob.klein@montgomerycountymd.gov at least three business days before the meeting.

For more information, go to www.montgomerycountymd.gov/dgs and look for “Public Amenities in White Flint” under Building Design and Construction, Neighborhood Page for Bethesda-Chevy Chase.

Pay-By-Cell Parking Now Available in County’s Four Parking Districts -- Bethesda, Silver Spring, Wheaton and Montgomery Hills 

Cell phones can now be used to pay for parking at nearly 10,730 meters in all four County Parking Lot Districts with the recent conversion of 129 County parking meters in Montgomery Hills. Bethesda’s 5,250 parking meters were completed in March, Silver Spring’s 4,520 parking meters, in May and Wheaton’s 830 meters, earlier this month.

By the end of July, the program will be expanded to include another 1,089 meters in North Bethesda. 

To use pay-by-cell, first-time patrons register for the program once by going online anytime to www.mc.goparknow.com or calling 301-830-7074. Parkers set up an account and indicate which credit card will be used for the parking charges. The step-by-step instructions are printed on each meter.

For more information on the pay-by-cell initiative, or to register for an account, go to the Division of Parking’s website at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/parking

Celebrate Montgomery’s Past at Heritage Days 2011

The Heritage Days 2011 celebration will feature 36 special sites around Montgomery County that will be open -- free -- from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 25 and Sunday, June 26.  Sponsored by the Heritage Tourism Alliance of Montgomery County (Heritage Montgomery) the celebration includes musical performances at 16 sites, children’s activities, refreshments and history.

Highlights include:

Olney Theatre Center, Saturday – Enjoy a day of family fun at this cultural campus dating back to 1939 featuring performances, games for children of all ages and cotton candy.  The Eric Byrd Trio caps off the day with a jazz concert at 4 p.m.

Village of Sandy Spring, Saturday – Visit the Sandy Spring Friends School campus and relive the Civil War Battle of Rickett’s Run. Picnic on the grounds and enjoy live music.  At the Sandy Spring Museum at 1:30 p.m. participate in the debate – Maryland 1861: Union or Confederate? You Decide – for anyone over age 12. Younger children can enjoy a scavenger hunt at the museum.  Interact with Civil War-era personas at the Sandy Spring Slave Museum.

Musical entertainment, Saturday -- Enjoy the Washington Revels Maritime Voices at noon at the Seneca Aqueduct/Riley’s Lockhouse and at 2 p.m. at the Monocacy Aqueduct.

Hyattstown Mill Arts Project, Saturday, Sunday – This wooden grist mill, built in 1918, will feature an exhibit of beautiful objects all made of wood, plus demonstrations on wood sculpture and crafts.  Join in a “Song Sing” of old favorites and new tunes at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Heritage Montgomery, located in Germantown, is dedicated to promoting and supporting heritage tourism to County historical, cultural and natural areas, helping to tell their stories and to attract visitors to their sites.

For detailed information on the 14th annual celebration, check the Heritage Montgomery website, www.heritagemontgomery.org.

New Policies at Montgomery County Public Libraries

Montgomery County Public Libraries has announced changes in its policies and fees that are designed to ensure that library materials are accessible to customers in a timely manner, encourage customers to effectively manage their library card accounts and ensure accuracy of customer account information.

The following changes are now in effect:

  • Library card accounts of customers who owe $25 or more in fines will be blocked. This is an expansion of the current policy to include public internet computers.
  • Library card accounts must be clear of all fines and fees before the account can be renewed each year.
  • Customers who do not pick up their hold(s) after 10 days will be assessed a fee of $1 per hold. If holds are no longer needed, customers are encouraged to cancel online or by calling Ask-a-Librarian at 240-777-0001.

Receiving email reminders is an effective way for library customers to receive notices about holds ready for pick up and renewals. To sign up for email notifications, visit www.montgomerycountymd.gov/library.

The Purrfect Gift for Adopt a Shelter Cat Month

To mark June as Adopt a Shelter Cat Month, the Montgomery County Humane Society (MCHS) is partnering with the ASPCA and the makers of Fresh Step litter to help find loving homes for cats.

Now through June 30, MCHS is waiving the fees to adopt adult shelter cats age two years and up. All other adoption policies and thorough match-making procedures remain in effect, as well as County license fees required by law.

Stop by to meet your next purrfect pet.

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POSTED AT: Wednesday, June 15, 2011 | 3:30:00 AM |
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