Good Grades Pay Off

In recognition of their scholastic achievement, honor roll students from all Montgomery County public schools can receive an hour of free skating -- and skates -- at the Silver Spring Skating Rink at Veteran’s Plaza, 8523 Fenton St. through March 8. Students must show a copy of their (honor roll) report card and their student ID.

The offer of appreciation is presented by Tri State Ice Management which operates the rink and the County’s Community Use of Public Facilities-Silver Spring Civic Building at Veterans Plaza.

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Your Chance to Serve: Openings on Boards, Committees and Commissions

Public participation contributes to the work of County government and provides an important service to the community when a variety of issues, concerns, and viewpoints are presented. Applicants of diverse backgrounds, professions, gender, geography, disability and ethnicity are encouraged to apply.

Currently, there is an opportunity to serve on any one of the following boards, committees and commissions:

  • Agricultural Preservation Advisory Board
  • Cable and Communications Advisory Committee
  • Cable Compliance Commission
  • Western Montgomery County Citizens Advisory Board
  • Workforce Investment Board

Get details about each group.

An application consisting of a brief cover letter and resume should be mailed to County Executive Isiah Leggett, 101 Monroe St., 2nd Floor, Rockville, MD  20850, or by email to  Home and employment addresses, as well as contact phone numbers and email addresses, should be included. If appropriate, applicants should indicate the position for which they are applying.

The deadline for applying for these openings is March 9.

Residents Beware of Pigeon Drop Schemes and Distraction Thefts

As warmer weather approaches and outdoor activities increase, the Montgomery County Police Department warns residents to be aware of Pigeon Drop schemes and distraction thefts  that typically occur in parking lots and in grocery or other retail stores respectively.

Remaining alert to your surroundings and being aware of the people around you are keys helping to ensure that you don’t become a victim.

There’s a New Galaxy in Silver Spring

The rental housing market in downtown Silver Spring is brighter now by nearly 200 units with the opening of the Galaxy, a new five-story, 195-unit, mid-rise rental apartment building on 13th Street.

Leased and managed by Hercules Real Estate, the building contains 82 affordable apartments (already all taken) and 113 market units.

 “The Galaxy team is fulfilling its promise to bring affordable and market rate housing as well as additional parking to downtown Silver Spring,” said Richard Y. Nelson, Jr., director of the Montgomery County Department of Housing and Community Affairs. “This public-private initiative demonstrates the opportunity we have for win-win-win developments in Montgomery County. The Galaxy is a win for residents of many income levels, a win for the County in bringing additional parking for a 24-7 neighborhood and a win for a development team that is opening the right product at exactly the right time.”

Amenities include a large, luxurious clubroom with pool table, flat screen televisions and a Wii™ station, a cyber café with a Wi-Fi Hotspot and a fully equipped private fitness center. Apartments are designed with condo-grade finishes, from custom cabinetry to granite countertops and stainless steel appliances to ceramic floors, full-size washers and dryers, walk-in closets, patios and balconies.

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New Park and Ride Lot on Georgia Avenue Served by Intercity Buses

A new Georgia Avenue Park and Ride lot, west of Georgia Avenue (Maryland Rte. 97) and just south of the InterCounty Connector (ICC), is now open.  The lot, which has more than 200 parking spaces and two bus shelters with benches, was part of the ICC/MD200 project and was built by the State Highway Administration.

With the opening of the new lot, the Maryland Transit Administration's (MTA) intercity buses for routes #201 and #202 has discontinued service to the Norbeck Park and Ride lot.

Consumer Protection Wants You to Know

Many consumers don’t know their rights when it comes to debt collectors. For example, they are unaware that they have the right to not be sued when it comes to old debt.  Debt collectors have a limited number of years to sue you and collect their money; this is known as the statute of limitation. It varies by state and circumstance, but after that time has passed, your unpaid debt is classified as “time-barred” and is no longer collectible. 

Debt collectors may still try to collect on a time-barred debt; however, the decision to pay is yours. You can choose to not pay anything, make a partial payment or pay off the debt completely.  Each option has its consequences and you may want to talk to a lawyer before you make a decision. To learn more about how to deal with Time-Barred Debts read the Federal Trade Commission’s article, Time-Barred Debts.

The Office of Consumer Protection investigates thousands of complaints each year involving new home purchases, home improvements, credit issues, automotive sales and repairs, retail sales, Internet services and most other consumer transactions.

For additional information on consumer issues, contact the Office of Consumer Protection at 240-777-3636 or e-mail

CATEGORIES: Worth Noting , Consumer
POSTED AT: Thursday, March 01, 2012 | 2:30:00 AM |
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