Fire and Rescue Service Teams with Washington Freedom to Promote Safety 


The County's Fire and Rescue Service (MCFRS) was featured as part of First Responders Night at a recent Washington Freedom soccer game at the Germantown Sportsplex and got a chance to promote fire safety to the many families attending the game. Kids had a chance to see some trucks and meet fire fighters. Two of the Freedom players -- Allie Long (left) and Christie Welsh  -- stopped by Fire Station 6 at 6600 Wisconsin Ave. in Bethesda to help DFRS promote their Spring into Summer Safely Campaign. These seasoned athletes are going the extra mile to ensure that the community also has what it takes to be fire safe -- working smoke alarms. 

Montgomery County Fire Rescue Service has a new Safety in Our Neighborhood portal, so residents are reminded to change their web browser's bookmarks/favorites to http://montgomerycountymd.gov/content/frs-safe.  

A Wonderful Opportunity for Middle School Girls

Computer camp programs specially designed for girls in grades six to eight are being offered this summer at three locations by Montgomery College in partnership with the Montgomery County Commission for Women.  All camps will run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and are staffed by MCPS faculty.

The Gurl Power Web Design Camps will be held at the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus from June 21 to July 2 and at the Germantown Campus from July 6 to 16.  Students will create cool digital graphics and design their own website while using their creativity and sense of style. The two-week camp will include sports, arts and crafts, and other exciting events to see how technology is used in interesting ways, as well as meeting with invited guests to explore technology careers. Basic computer familiarity is required.

The Computer Programming Camp will be held from July 19 to 30 at the Rockville Campus. Students will learn what it takes to write a computer program through this camp designed to teach the fundamentals of programming in a fun environment with cool projects to try out your new programming skills. The camp will focus on Visual Basic programming language and present programming logic and problem solving. Experience in Windows, on or above grade-level math, is required. 

For information on costs and scholarship assistance and to access copies of all materials and forms, visit the Commission’s website at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/cfw or call (240) 777-8330.  The materials and forms may be duplicated as needed. 

Leading International Energy Company, EDF Inc., to Locate North American Headquarters in County

The Montgomery County Department of Economic Development has announced that EDF Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of EDF International S.A. of France, has selected Montgomery County for its new North American headquarters.

EDF Inc. signed a 10-year lease for 16,000 square feet at Wisconsin Place, 5404 Wisconsin Ave., in Chevy Chase. Approximately 25 employees will work from the new facility when it opens later this year.

Operating in more than 20 countries worldwide, the EDF Group is recognized as a leading expert in low-carbon energy options, including nuclear, wind, hydro and solar power. The Group is involved in supplying energy and services to approximately 38 million customers worldwide.

QIAGEN to Expand North American HQ in Germantown

QIAGEN Inc. will expand its North American headquarters in Germantown, adding 117,000 square feet of new manufacturing space and office space to accommodate at least 90 new, fulltime jobs by 2015.  The company expects to invest approximately $52 million in the project.

Groundbreaking for the expansion is anticipated this fall, with completion expected in 2012.  The project will increase square footage at QIAGEN’s Germantown campus from 230,000 347,000. Read more.

Spring Cleaning?  Here’s Where to Take Your “Stuff”

The Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD), in conjunction with the department’s Victim Assistance Unit, is seeking donations for its annual Yard Sale on May 15 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Rockville Elks Lodge #15 at 5 Taft Ct., off E. Gude Dr. Money raised will be used to provide holiday gifts for needy crime victims’ families and other emergency work of the unit.

Donations of household goods, books, clothing, toys, small furniture, etc. will be accepted from May 3 through 13.

To donate items or to receive more information, contact your district station’s victim assistant or call Unit Director Ellen Alexander at 240-773-5626.

Inviting Feedback: Mid-County Regional Services Center Launches Community Blogs

To encourage and strengthen community ties and participation, the Mid-County Regional Services Center, located in Wheaton, recently launched three new blogs that allow residents to reflect, share opinions and discuss various topics.    

For more information, call 240-777-8103 or visit the Mid-County Regional Service Center’s website at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/midcounty.

County Seeks Foster and Adoptive Parents

Touch a child’s heart by becoming a foster or adoptive parent for Montgomery County children. 

Montgomery County’s Child Welfare Services, part of the Department of Health and Human Services, is seeking individuals and families who can open their homes and hearts to teenagers, teenage parents and their children, children with special needs and sibling groups. There are currently more than 500 children living in foster care homes in Montgomery County, and there is an ongoing need for homes for these children.

For information on becoming a foster or adoptive parent, call 240-777-1664 or go to www.montgomerycountymd.gov/kidsneedyou

How to Report a Vacant Property

Vacant properties pose a number of potential problems for our neighborhoods, including blight, graffiti, rodents and crime.   If you suspect or know that a property in your neighborhood is vacant and is not properly monitored and/or maintained by the owner or a representative of the owner, such as a realtor, you can assist the Department of Housing and Community Affairs (DHCA) by completing and submitting the online vacancy reporting form at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/hce.  Any and all information about the identity of the person or persons reporting a vacant property can be kept confidential, when requested.

Residents can check the status of a property on  the DHCA home page -- click on the “Resource Center” link, then click on “eProperty Data Mining,” www.montgomerycountymd.gov/apps/DHCA/pdm_online/pdmfull.asp to obtain property information from seven different sources by entering a street number and name.

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POSTED AT: Friday, April 30, 2010 | 2:00:00 AM |
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