Community Forums to Address Alternatives to Underage Drinking

Two community forums designed to help neighborhoods in Montgomery County change local conditions, reduce underage drinking, and, in turn, cut down on juvenile delinquent behavior will be held on June 6 and 7 in Germantown and Silver Spring.

Hosted by the Institute for Interactive Instruction (Institute), and the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Washington, Germantown and Silver Spring Branches, the forums are intended to invigorate members of the community to become more involved in the issue of underage drinking.  The program is funded through the Maryland Governor’s Office of Crime Control & Prevention.

The Germantown forum on June 6 will be held at the Boys & Girls Club, 19910 Frederick Rd. The Silver Spring forum on June 7 will be held at the Boys & Girls Club at 1300 Forest Glen Rd. Both programs will be held from 6 to 8 p.m.

As part of the forums, the Institute will premiere a new public service announcement that showcases youth using their voices to communicate clear messages to their peers that there is an alternative to underage drinking. 

Following the premiere, a community discussion will be held to gather information from youth and the community at large regarding truths about drinking among teenagers. Taking part in the discussion will be local residents, school administrators, community leaders, and local law enforcement and county officials who have made decreasing underage alcohol use a priority.

For more information, visit or call (301) 776-4294. 

MC311 Call Center has New TTY Phone Number

Montgomery County’s Customer Service Center, MC311 has a new Text Telephone (TTY) number -- 301-251-4850 -- for deaf, hard-of-hearing or speech-impaired customers.

Those who use the Maryland or Video Relay services should contact MC311 by dialing 240-777-0311.

The MC311 call center operates Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Online access is available anytime, day or night, at

Navy SEALS and Montgomery Recreation Challenge Local Youths


Mercy Nuhu, the only female participant, approaches the finish line of the 1.5-mile run.


Participants from Montgomery Blair High School celebrate as they are named the top performing school. 

It may seem that Montgomery Recreation and the United States Navy SEALS have little in common. Our Recreation Department provides progressive recreation and leisure programming and the SEALS are recognized as an elite military organization. However, they share a fundamental principle -- optimal physical fitness offers many benefits.

And, that common bond is what recently brought the two entities together to present a fitness challenge that would encourage area teens to reach for the best in themselves.

More than 50 teens who participate in Montgomery Recreation’s Sports Academy accepted the challenge. The ultimate goal was to help participants exceed personal expectations toward achieving mental and physical excellence.

To prepare for the challenge, mentoring and physical training sessions were provided from both Sports Academy staff and the Navy SEALS.

The event, held on May 19 at the Martin Luther King Jr. Swim Center, consisted of a 500-meter swim, push-ups, pull-ups, sit-ups and running. Participants who successfully met the challenge earned the elite status of having achieved the physical capacity necessary to be a Navy SEAL.

The overarching goal for the Montgomery County Recreation’s Teen programming is to offer a positive youth development program. But, a significant peripheral benefit was providing the opportunity for students to learn to swim. Prior to the event, many of the participants had never learned to swim. 

Students from the Montgomery Blair High School program took the top three places for individual achievement with senior Nebiyu Fitta coming in first, junior Elias Yishak, second and freshman Kalabe Arefeayne, third. Montgomery Blair also won the trophy for top performing school.

In the end, however, all participants were winners by demonstrating that teamwork, dedicated effort and commitment were the spirit of the competition.

Annual Street Sweeping Underway 

The annual street sweeping of the County’s 5,000 curb miles of roads is now underway.  This joint effort between the Department of Transportation and Department of Environmental Protection removes abrasives and other debris left behind after the winter snow season and improves the appearance and safety of County streets. Based on past results, officials expect the effort to remove more than 3,000 tons of material that could, otherwise, be washed into County streams. 

Removing excess debris and abrasives from road surfaces helps to keep drainage systems clean.  It also helps to reduce pollutants that flow into local streams and, eventually, into the Chesapeake Bay. 

For more information, including sweeping schedules or to report a pothole, visit Highway Maintenance's website or call 311, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. (TTY, call 301-251-4850). 

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POSTED AT: Thursday, May 31, 2012 | 3:30:00 AM |
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