Worth Noting: January 2010

Register Online for H1N1 Vaccinations—It’s Not Too Late to Vaccinate
Residents can now make an appointment for a free H1N1 vaccination online at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/h1n1flu.  The Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services will offer H1N1 clinics by appointment for all residents at library locations throughout the county.  Both nasal spray and injectable vaccine will be available, and vaccinations are free.
If you prefer to make an appointment by telephone, please call the Flu Appointment Line on Mondays (January 11 and 25) from 1 to 4 p.m. at 240-777-4040.
H1N1 vaccinations are also available at many local pharmacies and from many local physicians.

Feedback invited on local substance abuse and addiction services
The public is invited to attend a community forum on Thursday, January 14 to give feedback about the County’s substance abuse and addiction services.  The forum will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, located at 608 North Horner’s Lane in Rockville. Members of the Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Advisory Council of Montgomery County (AODAAC) will be on hand to hear from residents about their suggestions, concerns, criticisms and kudos of the County’s efforts in the area of substance abuse and addiction services. Speakers may include residents in recovery from addiction, families confronting substance abuse problems, non-profit organizations struggling with community needs and parents, educational organizations or student groups.
For more information, email aodaac@gmail.com or call Tracey Speelmans at 240-777-4392.
Language interpreter services will be provided only upon request with notice as far in advance as possible, but no less than five business days prior to the event.  If other aids or services are needed to participate in this activity, call Tracey Speelmans at 240-777-4392; Tracey.Speelmans@montgomerycountymd.gov

Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy – get involved, get inspired
Montgomery County will celebrate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a weekend of events and activities.
While most of the events will take place on Monday, January 18, a food collection drive will be held January 16 and 17 at 20 Giant Food Stores around the county from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  It’s easy to participate, just shop that day at your neighborhood Giant and buy extra food to donate. 
Partners for the food drive include Montgomery County Government, Census 2010, Fund of the Community Foundation for Montgomery County, Manna Food Center, Jewish Community Relations Council and Giant Food Stores.
Food donations will also be collected at the Day of Service volunteer sites and the Tribute and Musical Celebration at Strathmore on the 18th.
For specific Giant store locations, dates of collections and information on the Day of Service activities and sites, plus the Tribute celebration, go to 1-800-volunteer.org

“What’s the County building in my neighborhood?” There’s an easy way to find out
How many times have you seen County construction equipment in your community and wondered, “What’s that going to be?” Now, there’s an easy online way to find out. Go to
www.montgomerycountymd.gov/neighborhoodprojects. You’ll be connected to the interactive map that shows County construction projects in a particular area or select from the list of Regional Projects that appears below the map.

Census 2010: Take part and be counted
The U.S. Census Bureau has opened a new office in Rockville -- at 2400 Research Blvd., Suite 100 -- to support all field operations in Montgomery County for the 2010 Census Survey.  Households will begin receiving their census questionnaires March 15.
Approximately 1,000 people will be employed in various positions to support field operations in Montgomery County.  The Census Bureau is now recruiting for census takers, who will visit households that did not return a questionnaire.  Interested applicants should call 1-866-861-2010 or go to www.2010census.gov.
For more information about the 2010 census, go to www.montgomerycountymd.gov/census.

Be on the ALERT this winter - Sign Up for Alert Montgomery
Like it or not, winter’s here, with its ever-changing weather and other potential hazards. Keep up with the latest information on approaching weather, traffic hangups and local natural disasters affecting travel and daily life on a year-round basis. Sign up for Alert Montgomery. It’s your personal connection to updates, instructions on where to go, what to do, or what not to do, who to contact and other important information. 
Nearly 100,000 county residents have already signed on to Alert Montgomery. Join us!
For more details and to sign up, click here.

Green Business Certification Program launched
The first 11 businesses and organizations to be certified under the County’s new Green Business Certification Program that recognizes voluntary efforts to protect, preserve and improve the environment have been announced.  To be certified as a green business, a company must demonstrate its commitment to environmental stewardship, conservation of energy and water, carbon footprint reduction, and waste reduction and recycling.
The County’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce and Montgomery College are program partners. 
To view the online certification application and other information about the program, go to http://mcgreenbiz.org/
For a list of upcoming courses at Montgomery College, go to http://www.montgomerycollege.edu/wdce/bits/goinggreen.html

New video phone service at two Montgomery County Public Libraries
Deaf and hard of hearing customers of Montgomery County Public Libraries now have an additional way of communicating with hearing individuals, thanks to the new video phone service at the Rockville and Germantown branches. Using the video phone equipment provided by Sorenson Communications, deaf and hard of hearing individuals can conduct telephone calls with hearing individuals via a high-speed Internet connection, television monitor and a qualified American Sign Language interpreter.
For more information, or to schedule a demonstration of the equipment at either branch during library hours, contact: Library Services to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community at Rockville Library at drcinfo@montgomerycountymd.gov, voice 240-777-0001 or TTY 240-777-0902. 

Skaters welcome at new Germantown Skate Spot
The new Germantown Town Center Skate Spot, located at the 5th District Police Station at 20000 Aircraft Dr., resulted from recommendations County Executive Ike Leggett received from local teens who participated in the Germantown Community-Based Collaboration (CBC). The CBC is a group of local community residents, nonprofits, faith leaders, and business and government representatives established by the Executive, as part of his countywide Positive Youth Development Initiative, to identify existing and missing resources for Germantown’s youths

New online newsletter for business community
e-Biz Update, the Department of Economic Development’s new online bi-weekly newsletter, features items, upcoming events and lots of links to news “for and about Montgomery County’s Business Community.” See it and subscribe at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/ded (click on the e-Biz Update icon).

Welcome Microsoft
Economic Development Director Steve Silverman recently had the honor of welcoming Microsoft Corporation to its first Montgomery County location – a new 134,000 square-foot showcase office in the heart of Chevy Chase at 5404 Wisconsin Avenue. The company’s new office houses a portion of their U.S. Public Sector, including federal, state, local and educational divisions and their Health Solutions Group, which is focused on health IT products and services. Over the next five years, the new facility will house some 500 new and relocated employees.
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