Council to Host Public Hearings on FY13 Capital Budget and CIP

Public hearings sponsored by the County Council on the FY13 Capital Budget and the FY13-18 Capital Improvements Program (CIP) will be held on February 7, 8, and 9 at 7 p.m. 

For information or to testify, call 240-777-7803.

New Website Makes Going Green Simpler for Residents 

The Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection has launched a new website,, that simplifies achieving “green” goals by providing information linking residents with local, state, federal and private incentives. 

The website is an interactive community tool that will evolve to highlight new programs, resources and information, provide a forum for a community conversation, and allow users to ask questions and share success stories. 

Residents who want to get started on a basic green project, such as changing appliance settings to be more energy efficient or do a complete green makeover, can get guidance from the “Green Projects” section where projects are outlined in the following categories: Daily Choices, Energy, Lawn and Garden, Transportation and Water.  Each project is rated according to difficulty to implement, cost and green impact.  Project descriptions provide detailed information and resources, such as tips and “How-to” videos, to help users complete the project.  Users can also create a Green Plan and track their progress. 

Get more details.

New Local Shuttle Service to Germantown MARC Station

In order to ease commutes for Germantown MARC train passengers, the County’s Ride On bus system has partnered with the Maryland Transit Administration MARC Train to provide a new shuttle service to transport passengers during peak commuting times.

Ride On Route 94 will operate between the Kingsview Park and Ride Lot at Clopper Rd. (Maryland Rte. 117) and Kingsview Village Ave. and the Germantown MARC station.

Passengers using the new service will be dropped off and picked up immediately adjoining the train station.

Read more.

If It’s February, It Must Be…

Black History Month

Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) celebrates Black History Month with free programs highlighting traditional West African culture, dance and storytelling.

Anansegromma of Ghana, featuring native Ghanaians Kofi Dennis and Kwame Ansah-Brew, will present a program of traditional music, storytelling and dance. The group performs “call and response” songs, games and drum rhythms on authentic instruments giving the audience first-hand exploration of West African cultural traditions.

With a calm, captivating voice and a drum, Baba Jamal Koram captures audiences of all ages, telling stories in the African American Griotic Traditions.

Check out the program schedule.

Lunar New Year

Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) is also celebrating the Lunar New Year with a variety of free programs marking the New Year 4709. Lunar New Year, which starts with the new moon on the first day of the New Year and ends on the full moon 15 days later, began on January 23.

See the list of programs.

Library Lovers Month

Each year, Friends of the Library, Montgomery County designates February as Library Lovers Month to give residents a chance to recognize and express their appreciation for all that libraries and librarians do for the public year round.

Get more details about what you can do for Library Lovers Month at

Adopt-A-Shelter-Rabbit Month  

The Montgomery County Humane Society has dozens of rabbits waiting for homes at the shelter on Rothgeb Dr. in Rockville.

But before jumping on the bandwagon, take a minute to read some dos and don'ts about bunny care.

CATEGORIES: Worth Noting , Budget
POSTED AT: Friday, February 03, 2012 | 4:00:00 AM |
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