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WORTH NOTING

Recycling/Trash Collections on Normal Schedule on Independence Day Holiday

The Division of Solid Waste Services reminds residents that all County-provided recycling and trash collections will be made on Monday, July 5 according to the normal schedule, so there will be no holiday slide that week.

The Transfer Station and Poolesville Beauty Spot will be closed July 4. But, the Transfer Station will be open for operations on Monday, July 5.

See holiday details for the complete list of holiday-related collection schedules for 2010, as well as the schedule for operations at the Transfer Station.

Also, to help you plan your holiday weekend activities, check the status of other County services, programs and facilities.


New Hours and Changes in Policies and Fees at Libraries

Effective Tuesday, July 6, Montgomery County Public Libraries will institute the new hours brought about by cuts to the FY2011 Operating Budget.

Although the changes represent an overall reduction in library hours, the new schedule will provide consistent hours of operation at library branches throughout the system and extend hours on Friday and Saturday evenings until 6 p.m. The hours at Noyes Library for Young Children Library will remain unchanged.

See the new hours at your local branch and learn about the changes in policies and fees that will go into effect July 6. Press Release


Total Crime Decreased in 2009

Montgomery County Police Chief J. Thomas Manger has announced that total crime for 2009 decreased 6.2%.

While the Part I crime statistics, those for murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny, and auto theft, were released on April 15, the compilation of Part II crime statistics was delayed and have been released.

The Part II crimes include: minor assaults, arson, forgery-counterfeiting, bad checks, embezzlement, stolen property, vandalism, weapons offenses, prostitution, sex offenses, controlled dangerous substance violations, gambling, family offenses, juvenile offenses, liquor law violations, disorderly conduct, suicide, and non-traffic offenses.

The total year-end crime statistics for 2009 are:

  • Part I Crime decreased by 6.8% (from 26,975 to 25,132)
  • Part II Crime decreased by 5.8% (from 45,518 to 42,895)
  • Overall, Total Crime (Part I & Part II) decreased by 6.2% (from 72,493 to 68,027)

A copy of the crimes statistics, as well as previous statistics, is available on the Montgomery County Police website at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/police.  Go to the Crime Statistics headline in the area below the chief's photo. 

A written copy is available from the Montgomery County Police Headquarters Media Services Division at 2350 Research Boulevard, Rockville, MD 20850.


Montgomery's Smart Growth Successes

Montgomery is one of four Maryland counties whose Smart Growth successes have been documented in a series of booklets produced by the Maryland Department of Planning.

The opening of the 12-page publication states that “Montgomery County is regarded as a national model for Smart Growth,” citing its “pioneering policies on affordable housing, transit-oriented development and traditional “New Urbanist” subdivisions.

The booklet includes a map and 10 examples of Smart Growth developments and projects around the County.

http://planning.maryland.gov/OurWork/smartgrowth.shtml


Get Downtown Wheaton on the Go

The Wheaton Urban District has launched a mobile version of the downtown Wheaton website for use on smart phones such as iPhone, Blackberry and Android. The application allows downtown Wheaton residents and visitors to locate restaurants, shopping and events in the area instantly wherever they are.

The Wheaton Urban District is the first such district in Montgomery County to feature a mobile website application.

The application is viewable on any mobile phone that has a web browser. One can access the application easily by visiting http://wheatonmd.org.


Transportation’s Annual Report Online

MCDOT has published its online 2010 Annual Report.  It begins with a discussion of the accomplishments of the Transportation Department in the last fiscal year. 

A section entitled “Directions” features new initiatives and pilot programs the department will be implementing this fiscal year and beyond.  Read about cell phone-based technology being tested as a new way to pay for parking and see how the County’s keeping some traffic signals fully operational even when the power fails.

See the report at Community Outreach publications website.


Summer Programs in Libraries

A variety of exciting programs will be presented at Montgomery County Public Libraries  from the week of July 12 through August 24. Programs will include Grammy-award winning folk music artists Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer, The Maryland Science Center, Reptiles Alive!, magicians Mike Rose and Joe Romano, and popular children’s performer Tracey Eldridge.

The summer programs are funded by the Friends of the Library, Montgomery County, Inc. and many local Friends of the Library chapters.

A complete list of the programs and events, including registration information, is on the library website at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/library in the Spotlight section or by clicking on the Check Us Out! icon. Also, call Ask-a-Librarian/Línea en otros idiomas at 240-777-0001. TTY users call Maryland Relay at 7-1-1.


DEP Seeks Public Input on Stream Improvement Programs Through Online Survey

The Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) invites the public to participate in an online survey to gauge public opinion and knowledge of programs related to maintaining and improving the health of streams. 

DEP will use the information to develop a Public Outreach and Stewardship Plan to educate residents, instruct them in actions they can take, and engage their help in meeting the County’s watershed improvement goals.

The survey should take no more than five minutes and will be available until July 30 at www.surveymonkey.com/WRIS


County Now Recognizes More Minority Business Certifications

Montgomery County has expanded the recognized Minority, Female, Disabled-owned business certifications beyond the program administered by the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) and will now also recognize the certifications issued by the Maryland/District of Columbia Minority Supplier Development Council and the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council. 

Under Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett’s procurement reform legislation passed by the County Council earlier this year, the Department of General Services Director was given authority to approve other minority business certification programs in addition to MDOT’s. 

Read more details at press release.

Montgomery’s Smart Growth SuccessesTotal Crime Decreased in 2009 New Hours and Changes in Policies and Fees at Libraries
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POSTED AT: Thursday, July 01, 2010 | 2:00:00 AM |
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