Aggressive Drivers Beware: “Smooth Operator” is Back

The Montgomery County Police Department is once again participating in the regional “Smooth Operator” campaign, which began Sunday, June 6, and will take place one week out of each of the summer months and two weeks in September.

The campaign targets aggressive drivers in Maryland, Northern Virginia, the District of Columbia, and Pennsylvania.  Aggressive driving behaviors include: speeding, tailgating, unsafe lane changing, failing to yield the right-of-way, and running red lights and stop signs. 

The 2010 campaign will take place during the following weeks:

  • July 4 – 10
  • August 1 – 7
  • September 5 – 18

During these waves, Montgomery County Police will be especially committed to enforcing aggressive driving laws and traffic violations.  Read tips on how to decrease the tendency toward aggressive driving.

Nominations for Landscaping, Photography Contests Still Accepted Through June 18

Applications are being accepted now through June 18 for the Montgomery County Department of Transportation’s (MCDOT) annual Keep Montgomery County Beautiful (KMCB) landscaping and photography competitions.

The landscaping contest is open to community groups, businesses, public institutions and other organizations undertaking landscaping projects that enhance the appearance of commonly owned sections of commercial or residential properties

Categories for the Annual Amateur Photography Contest include Montgomery County by day or by night, county landmarks, people and persons at work. There is also an optional youth category for kids under 18.

To see last year’s winning entries in both categories go to MCDOT’s Community Outreach website; also access the landscaping (pdf) and photography contest applications (pdf), including guidelines and judging criteria. 

For more information, call Community Outreach at 240-777-7155 or email mcdot.outreach@montgomerycountymd.gov to request a nomination form.

Monthly Rabies Clinics Offered

The Montgomery County Police Department’s Animal Services Division will be sponsoring six rabies vaccination clinics during the coming months at the Montgomery County Animal Shelter located at 14645 Rothgeb Dr., Rockville.  The clinics will operate from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on the following Sundays: June 20, September 19, July 18, August 15 and October 10.

 All dogs must be leashed, and cats and ferrets must be in carriers or otherwise contained. Vaccinations are free for dogs and cats owned by Montgomery County residents.

There will be a minimal $4 charge for ferrets and out-of-county pets. County residents, as well as residents of the City of Rockville and the City of Gaithersburg, will be required to purchase a pet license if their pet is not currently licensed.

For more information, contact the MCPD Animal Services Division at 240-773-5925.

Board of Elections Seeks 2,000 Student Election Aides to Work for 2010 Elections

The Montgomery County Board of Elections is seeking 2,000 school-age students, grades 6-12, to serve as Election Day student aides during the 2010 Gubernatorial Elections.

Students and their guardians must attend mandatory training. The aides will be placed in neighboring precincts according to their home addresses.This program is available to all students within a public, private, independent, religious or home-school setting located in Montgomery County.

Interested parents/guardians can register their student(s) online before the August 6 deadline by visiting the Montgomery County Board of Elections website at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/elections.

Absentee Ballot Applications Available

Voters who are unable to cast their ballot for the Gubernatorial Primary Election on Election Day (September 14) or during Early Voting (September 3 – 9), may now request an application to vote by absentee ballot.

To obtain the application electronically visit the Board of Elections website at montgomerycountymd.gov/elections and select Absentee Voting. The application may be mailed or, if the person applying is already a registered voter, faxed (240-777-8560) or e-mailed (absentee@montgomerycountymd.gov) to the Board of Elections.

To obtain an application for another person, call 240-777-8553 for detailed information.

Commission for Women Moving to New Location

Due to the move of the Montgomery County Commission for Women to its new location at 401 Hungerford Dr. (first floor), the office will be closed from June 21 to 25 and will reopen On June 28. The commission is moving into the space formerly occupied by the Volunteer Center on the first floor of the building just a couple blocks from the Rockville Metro Station.

Linkages to Learning Seeks Donations to Send Kids to Summer Camp

Residents can help send a child to camp this summer by supporting Linkages to Learning’s summer camp campaign. With more than 40,000 school age children living in poverty in Montgomery County, Linkages to Learning works to provide funding so all children can enjoy the summer camp experience.

There are two ways to help -- either sponsor a child for a full or partial camp scholarship by making a tax-deductible donation or check with your company or local organization to see if a matching donation program can be established.  The deadline for donations is July 1.

Send contributions to Linkages to Learning, 51 Monroe Street, 17th floor, Rockville, MD 20850.

For more information, call Haifa Peter at 240-777-1291 or email Haifa.Peter@montgomerycountymd.gov.

Spring Paving and Concrete Repair Projects Continue

The Montgomery County Department of Transportation’s pavement preservation program is using long-term strategies to preserve and enhance the County’s transportation infrastructure

Work on the following residential neighborhoods is scheduled to begin this spring: Wildwood Hills, Bethesda; Olney Mill, Olney; Kemp Mill Estates, Silver Spring; and Maplewood, Bethesda.

While DOT is in the neighborhood, residents can take advantage of the competitive price offered by the County to replace driveway aprons (the portion of the driveway that is within the public right-of-way) and lead walks (the sidewalk from the edge of the road to a homeowners property line).

Get details on arterial roads to be paved and neighborhood sidewalk work. For more information, visit Highway Services' website or call MCDOT's Customer Service Center at 240.777.6000. 

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POSTED AT: Monday, June 14, 2010 | 3:00:00 AM |
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