First Annual Montgomery Serves Awards Coming Up

The Inaugural Montgomery Serves Awards Ceremony, hosted by the Fund for Montgomery, the Montgomery County Volunteer Center and the Corporate Volunteer Council, will be held on April 30 at Imagination Stage in Bethesda, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Numerous local residents will be honored for outstanding, exemplary service to their community.

For information about the Montgomery Serves awards event and to reserve free seats, visit or call the Volunteer Center at 240-777-2600.

Drug Take Back Day: Clean Out the Medicine Cabinet

Police Chief J. Thomas Manger has designated each of the County’s six Police District Stations and Police Headquarters as DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) Prescription Drug Take Back locations for Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 28. Expired, unused, or unwanted prescription drugs will be accepted at each location.  Illicit drugs and needles cannot be accepted as a part of this program.

A collection box will be available for parking lot drop-off if weather permits. If there is inclement weather the drop-off will take place in the lobby of each station. The locations are: 1st District: 1451 Seven Locks Rd., Rockville; 2nd District: 7359 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda; 3rd District: 801 Sligo Ave., Silver Spring; 4th District: 2300 Randolph Rd., Wheaton; 5th District: 20000 Aircraft Dr., Germantown; 6th District: 45 West Watkins Mill Rd., Gaithersburg; Headquarters: 2350 Research Blvd., Rockville

The DEA is particularly interested in medications containing controlled substances but will accept any prescription medicines brought for disposal. Each site will take pills of all kinds.

If possible, prescription labels should be removed or personal information should be blacked out; but pill bottles will still be accepted if the labels are attached. No questions will be asked.

For additional ways of disposing old medications safely and legally, go to:

All medications returned on Drug Take Back Day will be incinerated by the DEA according to federal and state environmental guidelines.

The New Glenmont Metro Parking Garage Open for Business

Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett recently joined federal, state and local officials at an opening ceremony for the new Glenmont Metro Station parking garage that nearly doubles parking for riders.

Located on the west side of Georgia Ave., the second garage at the Glenmont Station replaced one of the station’s Kiss & Ride lots and adds an additional 1,200 parking spaces. The total number of parking spaces at Glenmont is now 3,000.

A canopy connects the garage entrance to the Metrorail entrance. The garage features customer assistance phones, extra lighting, digital security cameras and a police room to enhance security. The garage has six levels of parking, with one level below ground.

Parking at the garage costs $4.75. Parkers can use a ‘SmartTrip’ fare card or credit card for payment.

The Glenmont Metro Station first opened in 1999. With an average of about 6,000 weekday boardings, the station has the fifth highest ridership of transit stations in Montgomery County.

For more information about riding Metro or parking at the station, go to

International Yum and Fun, All in One in Silver Spring 

Nearly two dozen restaurants featuring cuisine from around the globe will be showcased in the second annual Taste the World in Fenton Village on Sunday, May 6, from 1 to 5 p.m. Fenton Village is located just south of Downtown Silver Spring between Wayne, Georgia and Burlington avenues and Fenton Street.

Taste the World welcomes participants into restaurants to sample not just their specialties but their special atmosphere.  Appetizers or small tasting plates will be offered at a minimal cost of $2 to $5 apiece.

Restaurants ranging from Abyssinia Restaurant (Ethiopian) to ZED’s Café (Internet coffee shop) will participate.  Hosted by the Silver Spring Citizens Advisory Board, with help from Silver Spring Town Center Inc., the event also features musical entertainment.

Beginning at 1 p.m., attendees may pick up their Taste the World passports at Parking Lot 3 on Fenton St. between Thayer and Silver Spring aves.  Once participants have their fill of the range of tastes, they can enter a free drawing for prizes from local merchants.

For more information, including maps, a list of participating restaurants and other event details call 240-832-3078 or visit

Additional information about Fenton Village and Downtown Silver Spring is available at

Free Deck Maintenance Inspections Offered in May

To help raise awareness of building safety, Montgomery County’s Department of Permitting Services (DPS) is celebrating Building Safety Month by offering free deck maintenance inspections for single-family detached homes, townhouses and duplex dwellings.

The inspections are available to all Montgomery County residents -- excluding those in the City of Rockville and the City of Gaithersburg -- and include a checklist for homeowners to help them maintain a safe and sound structure.

Residents interested in scheduling a deck inspection should contact Montgomery County during the month of May by calling 3-1-1 or by faxing at 240-777-6258.  Homeowners will be contacted before the inspection is performed. All requests will be honored as the inspectors’ workloads permit.

For more information about Building Safety Month, visit the DPS website at

Game On!  Ground Broken for New Tennis Center at South Germantown Recreational Park 

A groundbreaking ceremony was held recently for the new Montgomery TennisPlex (MTP) center at the South Germantown Recreational Park. The new facility, the result of a public-private partnership between M-NCPPC, Montgomery Parks and Jack Schore Tennis, is slated to open in the fall of 2012.

Participating in the groundbreaking were (left to right): Anne Pallie, MTP CFO; Mary Bradford, Montgomery Parks director; Kevin Dowdell, MTP general manager; Jack Schore, MTP CEO and tennis director;  County Executive Ike Leggett; Barry Ford, director, Public Affairs and Advocacy, USTA; Mark Ein, founder and CEO of Venturehouse Group and owner of  the Washington Kastles; and Francoise Carrier, Montgomery County Planning Board chair.

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POSTED AT: Thursday, April 26, 2012 | 3:00:00 AM |
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