Memorial Day Holiday Schedule for County Services

Montgomery County government will observe the following holiday schedule for Memorial Day on Monday, May 28:

  • County Offices – closed
  • Libraries – closed
  • County liquor stores – closed
  • Recreation – administrative offices, senior centers and community centers are closed; all classes, including aquatics classes are cancelled.  Indoor and outdoor aquatic facilities will be open as scheduled.
  • Ride On – Sunday schedule
  • Metrobus – Sunday schedule
  • Metrorail – Sunday schedule
  • TRiPS Commuter Stores (Silver Spring and Friendship Heights) – closed
  • Refuse/recycling pickup – no collection*
  • Transfer Station – closed
  • Parking at public garages, lots, curbside meters – free
  • MCPS Administrative Offices – closed
  • State offices, courts – closed

*All collections scheduled on or after the holiday will be made one day later that week.

Sign Up for Summer Recreation and Parks Programs

The summer issue of the Montgomery County Guide for Recreation and Parks Programs is now available, and residents may register for summer classes and swim lessons.

Registration is available in one of four ways:  by mail or fax, online or in person at the Montgomery County Recreation Administrative Offices at 4010 Randolph Rd., Silver Spring.

Print copies of the guide are now available at public libraries and community, recreation, aquatic and senior centers around the County.  Residents who prefer receiving the guide in the mail can subscribe for $5 to receive a full year of all five issues. 

To subscribe or to view the Guide online, go to

Fenton Street Market Returns for the 2012 Season

Fenton Street Market (FSM) is back and in business at Veterans Plaza in Downtown Silver Spring. Since 2010, the market has converted Veterans Plaza into a bustling, community marketplace. Recently, Montgomery County awarded FSM a three-year contract to continue its operations on the plaza.

This year, FSM welcomes more than 60 vendors each week. Their offerings include original artwork, handmade and imported crafts, antiques, jewelry, furniture, vintage clothing and unique services such as acupuncture and henna tattoos.

The market will run every Saturday through October 27, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Due to large community events on Veterans Plaza, the market will not operate on: August 11, September 8 and September 22. Veterans Plaza is located in front of the Silver Spring Civic Building, at the intersection of Fenton St. and Ellsworth Dr.

To receive weekly market updates, sign up for the FSM e-newsletter at

 For more information, contact Megan Moriarty at



A Chance to Help in El Salvador

If you’ve ever wanted to go to a faraway land to experience something new and do something special, here’s your chance.

The County’s Office of Community Partnerships has announced that  Montgomery County's Habitat for Humanity is sending another group of County residents to El Salvador on the week of July 22nd. They are looking for four more residents to join the team.

 No special construction skills or language abilities are required -- just a positive attitude, and a desire to help others. Volunteers may work in all stages of construction, from digging foundations to painting the houses. Regardless of what stage the house is in when the team arrives, responsibilities will likely include carrying bricks, mixing cement, compacting dirt and moving materials.

On the work site, volunteers will find portable bathrooms and designated resting areas with drinkable water. The team will be supervised by technical advisors and construction experts and they will present written construction goals every day.

The cost is $1,290 in US dollars, not including airfare. A $200 deposit is due upon registration, with the remaining funds due June 6. For more details about what is included in this cost, visit Global Village program cost.

For more information, email the team leader, Sarah Reddinger, at

County Receives Monies for Bikeshare Program

The Maryland Department of Transportation announced recently that the Department of Transportation (MCDOT) has received a $1,008,000 grant for a proposed bikeshare program for the downcounty areas of Friendship Heights, Bethesda, Medical Center, Takoma Park and Silver Spring. 

In addition, during its regular session, the Maryland legislature approved a bill that will provide a $250,000 bond to the bikeshare program.  The grant and bond will help pay for a portion of the construction and equipment costs for 50 bikeshare docking stations and 350 bikes. 

The County also received $252,000 in private-sector funding commitments towards the cost of bikesharing stations in the downcounty, pending assurance that the bikeshare network will be established.

Last year, Montgomery County received funding for 20 bikeshare stations and 200 bikes in the Rockville and Shady Grove/Life Sciences Center area through a Federal Transit Administration Job Access Reverse Commute Grant to serve low-income reverse commuters and job trainees.

Together, the Rockville/Shady Grove/Life Sciences Center and downcounty bikeshare programs will foster bikeshare/transit connections for residents and employees traveling between downcounty and upcounty and improve access to Metrorail, MARC and MTA bus services.

Bikesharing provides short-term bicycle rentals at self-service, automated, solar-powered docking stations at publicly accessible locations.  Bikes may be picked up at one location and returned to another, thus allowing for one-way trips.  Bikesharing is considered ideal for short trips of less than five miles. Trips under 30 minutes are included in the membership fee, while longer trips are charged based on their duration.

Making Home a Safer Place for Many Families

Fire Chief Richard Bowers and local firefighters did just that recently when they joined volunteers working with Rebuilding Together, the nation’s largest non-profit organization that rehabilitates and repairs homes for low-income, elderly and disabled residents.

County firefighters assisted with the installation of 10-year smoke alarms and ensured that each of the homes had a fire escape plan and made homeowners aware of the importance of carbon monoxide detectors and other important safety features for the home.   

“This was a true community effort and the fire department was privileged to team up and work alongside the volunteer groups and sponsors who support this great effort,” said Chief Bowers.

Photo: Fire Chief Richard Bowers installs a smoke detector in a Poolesville home.

Marilyn J. Praisner Community Recreation Center to Celebrate 10th Anniversary

County Executive Leggett will join the East Silver Spring community to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Marilyn J. Praisner Community Recreation Center on Saturday, May 19 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.  The center is located at 14906 Old Columbia Pike in Burtonsville, and there is ample free parking.

Hosted by Montgomery County Recreation, the free event will feature entertainment, children’s activities and interactive workshops and demonstrations for all ages. A jazz concert featuring The Dean Family will take place from 3 to 6 p.m.  

The celebration will also include the Taste of Burtonsville with food samples offered by local restaurants.  Tickets for the food tasting will be available for $1 apiece. 

For more information, call Carol Brown at 240-777-4970.

Common Sense and More Common Sense when Shopping with Reusable Bags is the Best Defense

The following is in response to questions raised by some residents after the recent norovirus incident in Oregon which arose from the handles of reusable shopping bag.

A little common sense can go a long way in ensuring that your reusable shopping bags are clean.

Health experts -- and shoppers who have been using reusable bags for years -- have repeatedly recommended that consumers clean their reusable grocery bags either by laundering in a washing machine or with sanitizing wipes or sprays. Most bags are washable and all are certainly “wipe-able.”

Next, use common sense when shopping. The thin plastic “sleeves” or bags that are found throughout grocery stores are there for a good reason – to protect not only the bag (be it a reusable one or a clean plastic one being re-used) but other foods from possible leakage -- by meats, for instance, or from other substances that might be on fresh-picked fruits and vegetables. Under the Montgomery County Bag Law, you are not charged for these bags. 

Another couple pieces of common sense advice from health officials are that frequent hand washing and washing fruits and vegetables before eating are good ways to proactively reduce the possibility of picking up harmful bacteria from various sources. 

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POSTED AT: Friday, May 18, 2012 | 3:00:00 AM |
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