Register Now for Recreation Montgomery’s Summer Camps 

It’s not too early to start planning summer activities for the kids, and Montgomery County Recreation has hundreds of summer camp programs that will keep them actively engaged this summer.

There are the traditional camp activities including games, sports, skits and swimming, or the less conventional, such as magic and math. From building robots to twirling batons, there are plenty of opportunities available.

Browse the Summer Camp Guide.

“Smart” Parking Meters Pilot Project Underway in Bethesda

A three-month pilot project, under the auspices of the Department of Transportation’s (MCDOT) Division of Parking, is underway in Bethesda to test parking meters that expand payment options for motorists. The “smart” meters accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discovery credit cards, in addition to coins and pay-by-cell phone payments.

The test meters have been installed on Norfolk Avenue, between Woodmont and Del Ray avenues. They use a solar-powered battery system with a highly visible expiration time indicator. The new meters have real-time communication capabilities that allow web-based identification of broken meters and processing of credit card transactions.

Meters were loaned to the County for the test period. In early summer, they will be removed and the original meters reinstalled. At that time, MCDOT expects to have enough information on the viability of the system to possibly request bids to replace the County’s on-street and parking lot meters.

To view County public parking options in Bethesda and other urban centers of the county, visit the Division of ParkingManagement'swebsite.

Leggett Asks “Exceptional Agers” to Participate in National Institute on Aging Study

County Executive Ike Leggett is urging local seniors age 80 and older, who are mentally sharp and in great health, to consider participation in the National Institute of Health’s IDEAL study. The Insight Into Determinants of Exceptional Aging and Longevity Study (IDEAL), is the longest running study on aging.

Those who qualify for IDEAL will receive complete physical examinations, including tests of strength, stamina and mental sharpness.

For information about the study, call 1-855-80-IDEAL (43325) or email

New Council Districts in Effect; Residents Should Check for Changes

The five Montgomery County Council districts that were recommended by the County’s Redistricting Commission and approved by the Council last fall are now in effect. The district boundaries will remain in effect for the next 10 years.

Some residents will find that they are represented by different Councilmembers than those who have represented their district since the last Council election in November 2010. The new district boundaries will be used in the next Countywide elections in November 2014.

Check out the new districts on the “About the Council” site on the Council homepage.

In addition, the “About the Council” site has a feature that will help residents find out what Council district they live in by simply entering their address. To access the “Find Your Council District” feature directly, go to

Residents can also learn the number of their Congressional district, their State legislative district and their Board of Education district (which are different than Council districts). It also provides the location of the polling place where they will vote.

 Read more about the new districts.

Transportation Options for Seniors

There’s much for seniors to see and do in Montgomery County and many options for getting around and being part of it all.

See and hear the options in a short online video.

And, even more information for seniors on a variety of topics – from health and housing to employment/volunteer opportunities -- may be found on the Senior Site.

MCPL Express @ Olney Now Serving Customers 

Although the Olney Library is closed for major renovations, customers of the branch are now able to check out current materials and return borrowed materials at the new kiosk library service (MCPL Express @ Olney) at the Longwood Community Center, 19300 Georgia Ave. By mid-April, customers also will be able to pick up holds.

The kiosk service is made up of four elements:

  • Lending Library Kiosk with adult fiction and nonfiction, CD books, children’s fiction books, picture books and beginner reader books;
  • Media Box Kiosk with DVDs for adults and children;
  • Book Return; and
  • Holds Lockers (coming mid-April).

The kiosks will operate Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  They be closed on Friday and Sunday.
Read more details about the MCPL Express @ Olney.

For information about the Olney renovation project, visit the Olney Library page.

Long Term Care Volunteers Sought for Ombudsman Program

Montgomery County’s Long Term Care Ombudsman Program is seeking individuals interested in helping to enhance the quality of life for nursing home residents as long-term care advocates with the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services.

Volunteers will be assigned to make regular visits to residents in nursing homes and assisted living facilities at convenient locations throughout Montgomery County. Ombudsmen representatives work to promote the highest quality of life for residents in nursing home settings and help to resolve problems.

Flexible daytime hours during the work week and creativity in developing problem solving strategies are required in addition to an advanced level of commitment. The ability to work autonomously with support and guidance is also a must. Training and on-going technical assistance are provided by experienced professionals.

The intensive orientation program for volunteer candidates provides comprehensive training focused on promoting resident rights in nursing home and assisted living systems. Using advocacy skills and applicable laws, volunteers will work to resolve complaints. The orientation will be held daily from May 21 through May 25 at Holiday Park Senior Center at 3950 Ferrara Dr. in Wheaton, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Class size is limited and pre-registration is required.

Contact Eileen Bennett at or 240-777-1067 to learn more.

CATEGORIES: Worth Noting
POSTED AT: Thursday, April 12, 2012 | 3:30:00 AM |
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