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This fun-filled blog provides updates and information and Montgomery County Recreation programs and activities. Please send comments, questions, and anything else you would like to share to T.Recs@montgomerycountymd.gov. Be sure to check back often; you never know…your comments or pictures could be posted next!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Montgomery County Recreation Department Director Gabriel Albornoz has received the National Football League’s (NFL) Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award


Montgomery County Recreation Department Director Gabriel Albornoz has received the National Football League’s Lions Redskins Football(NFL) Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award. The award is presented by Courtyard by Marriott during Hispanic Heritage Month in all 32 NFL markets nationally. The prestigious Hispanic Heritage Leadership Awards were created by The White House to honor notable Latinos who have distinguished themselves in various fields and made an impact on America and beyond.  

Albornoz was recognized onstage during a star-studded 26th Annual Hispanic Heritage Awards ceremony at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and was introduced by NFL Hall of Famer Anthony Muñoz. Additionally, Albornoz was recognized on the field and the Washington Redskins vs. Detroit Lions game on September 22.

Albornoz has dedicated most of his career to fighting for children, youth and families across the Washington Metropolitan region. In addition to serving as director of the Recreation Department, Albornoz has also been appointed by the County Executive to serve as co-chair of the County’s Positive Youth Development Initiative and co-chair of the Senior Sub-Cabinet. He was appointed by Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley to serve on the Commission for State Parks, as well as the Maryland Partnership in Nature Initiative. Albornoz also serves on the board of directors for the Collaboration Council for Children Youth and Families, St. Anne’s Home for Children, Youth and Families, and currently serves as Chairman for the Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee.

Albornoz has earned a reputation for being steadfast and determined to safeguard services for the most vulnerable Montgomery County residents, including programs serving youth identified to be at a greater risk for academic failure and services to ensure that senior adults have ample opportunities to live independent and healthier lives. The award not only reflects the ongoing hard work of Albornoz but is a testament to the commitment and value that Montgomery County places on the richness of all cultures.





POSTED: 10:37:00 AM |

Monday, September 23, 2013

Silver Spring Mini Maker Faire, Sun. Sept. 29, 12-5

Robots, flying machines, interactive art, and so much to do and see –KID Museum is hosting the Silver Spring Mini Maker Faire on Sunday, September 29th at the Silver Spring Civic Building from 12:00-5:00p.m. The Silver Spring Faire will feature free family activities and innovative projects created by inventors, hackers, crafters, artists, and do-it-yourselfers of all kinds.   There is food, entertainment, and fun for children and adults of all ages. For more information visit makerfairesilverspring.com
POSTED: 8:03:00 AM |

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Party poopers? No pooch pool soiree this year in MoCo

A Story from WTOP Reporter Kate Ryan


WASHINGTON - It's a real doggie downer. This year's annual end-of-summer swim for four-footed friends in Montgomery County has been cancelled.
The organizers at the Montgomery County Department of Recreation say they're not party poopers as they hate to let down your Labrador and bum out your Bichon. But they're acting out of an abundance of caution due to the recent outbreak of canine influenza.
As of Aug. 29, there have been 20 cases reported in the county and two fatalities. Canine influenza is highly contagious and close contact in kennels, dog parks and doggie daycare could spread the disease.
Mild cases of canine flue mimic kennel cough, and dogs may have nasal discharge. Severe cases can quickly lead to pneumonia and prove fatal. State officials are working to identify the exact subtype of virus they are dealing with, but that may take two to three weeks.
More information on canine flu is available online from Maryland's Department of Agriculture.
POSTED: 8:00:00 AM |

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Montgomery County Cancels Popular Pooch Pool Party as Precautionary Response to Local Outbreak of Canine Influenza

As a precautionary measure – in response to the recent spread of canine influenza (dog flu) in Montgomery County, the Recreation Department has cancelled its popular Pooch Pool Party scheduled for September 7 and 8.

“In light of the canine flu that has shown up in Montgomery County, we are canceling the Pooch Pool Party scheduled at the Wheaton – Glenmont Pool,” said Gabe Albornoz, Recreation Department director. “It is disappointing to have to cancel this popular event, but we feel it is the right decision to proactively protect our pets from the potential spread of the virus.”

While County Animal Services Division officials confirm there have been cases of the canine flu in the County, they believe that with precautions, such as dog owners limiting dog-to-dog contact with dogs other than their own, the spread of the virus can be minimized. County officials recommend that dog-owners contact their veterinarians with any concerns or questions.

According to a report issued by the Maryland departments of Agriculture, Health and Mental Hygiene, and Natural Resources, the Canine Influenza was reported in Montgomery County on August 21. Initially, six cases and two fatalities were recorded. A week later, up to 20 cases had been reported in the County.

The Centers for Disease Control and Protection indicates that that this virus is not a threat to humans. The symptoms of this illness in dogs are cough, runny nose and fever. However, a small proportion of dogs can develop severe disease. For more information on the virus go to http://www.cdc.gov/flu/canine/.

POSTED: 10:36:00 AM |
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