MCPD Reminds Residents to “Click It or Ticket”

From May 1 through May 31 law enforcement officers in Montgomery County -- and across the country -- will focus on enforcement of local seat belt laws as part of the nationwide “Click It or Ticket” campaign.

County residents are reminded that the driver, front seat passenger and all other occupants under the age of 16 must wear a seatbelt or be restrained by a child safety seat.  The penalty for this violation is $25.  A child under the age of eight, less than 4’9” tall, and weighing less than 65 pounds should be secured in an approved child safety seat if the vehicle is registered in Maryland.  The penalty for this violation is $50.00. 

The Message is Clear – Visit Montgomery

To celebrate the recent National Travel and Tourism Week, the Montgomery County Conference and Visitors Bureau (CVB) has launched a new, user-friendly website -- www.visitmontgomery.com.

The site features more than 700 restaurant listings with the option to make reservations on OpenTable and at all major County hotels, plus the option of making hotel, airline and car rental reservations with Expedia. There is also an interactive map of the County featuring 25 pages for local towns and municipalities. Event and sports planners can submit requests for proposals (RFPs), CVB members can update business listings and organizations can submit event calendar listings.

County Offers Farmer’s Market Coupons to Low-Income Seniors

A limited number of free farmer’s market coupon books will be distributed to low-income seniors in Montgomery County beginning June 1. The coupons may be used at farmer’s markets in Montgomery County between June 1 and October 31, 2010. Coupon books will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis at community centers around the County. Press Release.

Volunteer Center on the Move

The Volunteer Center is moving to a temporary office location on May 21 due to changing office needs within Montgomery County Government.  The Center will move to its permanent location in downtown Rockville in mid-August.  During this time, the Center will not provide in-person advising to prospective volunteers, however, the service will be available by appointment -- via phone or by e-mail.  The Center's website will remain fully operational and the e-mail address remains volunteer@montgomerycountymd.gov.    

Department of Environmental Protection Updates Website

The Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has launched an updated website at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/dep that reflects DEP’s key initiatives and shows residents how to help achieve the environmental goals of the County -- e.g., increasing recycling; keeping pollutants out of our streams; reducing energy use and greenhouse gas emissions; and timely enforcement of environmental laws.

A user-friendly section called I Need Assistance takes the guesswork out of finding help and was developed around key themes derived from data on incoming calls, emails and walk-in requests. 

Topics include how to order a blue recycling bin, obtain a bulk trash or scrap metal pick up, report a noise complaint, report trash or illegally dumped materials, and what to do about neighborhood environmental problems such as drainage issues or downed trees.

Tropical Storm and Hurricane Season Starts June 1

With Tropical Storm and Hurricane Season starting June 1, residents are urged to heed any hurricane watches and warnings, and plan for a more active hurricane season this year. Weather forecasters are predicting as many as eight major storms in 2010.

Residents are advised to be alert to weather advisories and to prepare for high winds and flooding, as well as power outages. A “watch” is issued when there is a threat of hurricane conditions within 48 hours. A “warning” is issued when hurricane conditions are expected in a specified area in 36 hours or less. Hurricane conditions include winds of 74 miles per hour (64 knots) or greater and/or dangerously high tides and waves. Actions to protect life and property should begin immediately when the warning is issued.

Click here for tips and helpful phone numbers during storm emergencies.

Fire Safety Tips for Warmer Weather

The Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service (MCFRS) reminds residents to use caution and common sense when it comes to fire safety as warm weather arrives. Special attention should be given to the dangers of improperly discarded cigarettes, particularly around landscaping. Chief Richard Bowers notes that “We have seen a steep increase in mulch fires as commercial and public facilities ban smoking inside buildings and smoking materials are discarded into landscaped areas as people enter and/or exit a building presenting a significant safety hazard.”

To reduce the potential for a fire in landscaping materials and mulch, MCFRS has issued guidelines for residents to follow. 

New Edition of “Seniors Today” Covers Day Trips, Affordable Housing, Transportation Alternatives 

This month on County Cable Montgomery's "Seniors Today" show, host Austin Heyman interviews Phil Weinstein, director of the County’s Senior Outdoor Adventures in Recreation (SOAR), about a wide range of day trips for seniors sponsored through the Recreation Department.  Leslie Marks of Marks Collaborative talks about the challenges of affordable housing for those on a fixed income. Also, Sue Dollins, executive director of The Senior Connection, and Amy Cole, manager of the Jewish Council for the Aging’s (JCA) Connect-A-Ride Program, will provide information on transportation alternatives for seniors.

“Seniors Today” can be seen weekly on Sundays at 2 p.m., Tuesdays at 6 p.m. and Fridays at 8 p.m. on channel 6 for Comcast and RCN viewers and on channel 30 for Verizon subscribers. To watch on-line, go to "Seniors Today" at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/ccm.

Gaithersburg Library Closed for Major Renovations; Book Drop Still Open

Although the Gaithersburg Library has closed for major renovations, the exterior book drop will be open through June 7. After that date, customers may take their returns to any MCPL branch. The two branches closest to Gaithersburg are Quince Orchard and Germantown

An interim facility is tentatively scheduled to open in late summer, with actual construction at the current site slated to begin in mid-October. The renovation is expected to be completed by spring 2012. Customers should check the library’s website -- www.montgomerycountymd.gov/library  -- for updates on the location and opening date of the interim facility.

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POSTED AT: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 | 3:00:00 AM |
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