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Leggett to Host Town Hall Meeting in Friendship Heights

Residents in the Chevy Chase area will have a chance to speak directly to County Executive Ike Leggett about issues of concern when he hosts a Town Hall Meeting on Thursday, May 3 at 7 p.m. at the Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 S. Park Ave.

The town meeting, which is free, will be videotaped by County Cable 6, the County government channel, for future airing.

Sign language interpreter services will be provided only upon request with notice as far in advance as possible, but no less than 72 hours prior to the event. If these or other services or aids are needed to participate in this activity, call 240-777-6507, TTY 240-777-6505 or email a request to karen.falcon@montgomerycountymd.gov.

For more information about the town meeting or the cable television program schedule, call 240-777-6507.

CATEGORIES: County Executive , Community Forum
POSTED: Thursday, April 26, 2012 | 4:00:00 AM |

NOTEWORTHY NOTES

Board of Education Candidates' Forum

Editors from Silver Chips, the Montgomery Blair HS newspaper, will help moderate the Board of Education Candidates’ Forum to be held on March 15 at the Silver Spring Civic Building, One Veterans' Plaza beginning at 7:30 p.m. The forum is sponsored by the Montgomery County Civic Federation.

For more information, visit www.montgomerycivic.org.


Proposals, Comments Invited on the Bethesda Arts and Entertainment District

Interested parties are invited to provide comments on the re-designation of the Bethesda Arts and Entertainment District at a public hearing scheduled for Tuesday, March 20 at 7 p.m. at the Bethesda Chevy Chase Regional Services Center, located at 4805 Edgemoor La., Bethesda.

In 2002, Bethesda was designated as an Arts and Entertainment District for a 10-year period.  Because the designation was highly successful, the County intends to apply for re-designation.


Comments will be heard by representatives from Montgomery County who will submit a recommendation to the County Executive and County Council.  They, in turn, will submit a request to the State to apply for a re-designation.

Those wishing to speak at the public hearing should call Stephanie Coppula at 301-215-6660, ext. 120. Written comments may also be emailed to scoppula@bethesda.org.


New Parking Garage Opens in Silver Spring

A parking garage, located below the new Galaxy Apartments in Silver Spring, at 8025 13th St., brings a total of 368 parking spaces to the area -- 160 of which are available for public parking, while 208 are set aside for Galaxy residents.

The garage is part of a public-private partnership that created a 195-unit, five-story apartment building with 82 affordable units and an underground parking garage on the site of a former County surface parking lot. 

Rates at the new garage, known as Garage 16, will be 75 cents an hour for short-term parking of four hours or less and 60 cents an hour for long-term parking of more than four hours.

Parkers also have the option of using a Parking Convenience Sticker (allowing unlimited parking on any all day meter in Silver Spring), which costs $113 a month, or a Daily Parking Permit for $7.20 a day. 

To view all the public parking options available in Silver Spring, visit www.montgomerycountymd.gov/parking


More People Leaving the Driving to Ride On 

Ridership on the Division of Transit Services’ Ride On bus system for the first six months in FY12 (July through December 2011) grew by 1.3% compared to the same period in FY11.  The most significant growth occurred in November and December when the system realized growth of 5.4 and 6.1% respectively.

In January 2012, ridership again trended higher by about 2 to 3% compared to the same month in 2011.  And, February’s preliminary ridership figures were up about 3.5% compared to February 2011 levels.

For information about the nearest Ride On route to you, visit Division of Transit Services’ website or call 311 Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Your Chance to Serve: Openings on Boards, Committees and Commissions

Public participation contributes to the work of County government and provides an important service to the community when a variety of issues, concerns and viewpoints are presented. Applicants of diverse backgrounds, professions, gender, geography, disability and ethnicity are encouraged to apply.

Currently, there is an opportunity to serve on any one of the following County boards, committees and commissions:

  • Commission on Landlord-Tenant Affairs
  • Library Board

The deadline for applying is March 19Get details about each group.

An application, consisting of a brief cover letter and resume, should be mailed to County Executive Isiah Leggett, 101 Monroe St., 2nd Floor, Rockville, MD  20850, or emailed to countyexecutive.boards@montgomerycountymd.gov. Home and employment addresses, as well as contact phone numbers and email addresses should be included. If appropriate, applicants should indicate the position for which they are applying.


Still Time to Provide Feedback on Streamlining the Development Process  

County Executive Ike Leggett recently announced a new cross-agency effort that will further streamline County government operations by making meaningful changes to the development application process. 

The objective is to improve the process and be more user friendly without compromising substance.  For example, an initial step consolidates construction inspections currently being done by the Department of Permitting Services and Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Services. This will save time and money for businesses needing these inspections.

Meanwhile, the County is seeking input from stakeholders on where plans, permit reviews and inspections can be consolidated, redundant reviews minimized and inconsistencies eliminated. Staff from multiple agencies will receive the comments, observations and recommendations about experiences with development approvals in getting a project from idea to occupancy.

A dedicated website has been created to provide each stakeholder a place to submit open ended comments to identify problem areas in the development process. Comments may be posted on the site through March 31.

CATEGORIES: Arts , Transportation , Community Forum
POSTED: Wednesday, March 14, 2012 | 2:00:00 AM |

Two Remaining FY13 Operating Budget Forums for Residents

Residents wanting to provide input about priorities for the Fiscal Year 2013 Operating Budget on a face-to-face basis, can attend one of the remaining forums -- both beginning at 7 p.m:

  • January 23 -- BlackRock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Dr., Germantown
  • January 31 -- Eastern Montgomery Regional Services Center, 3300 Briggs Chaney Rd., Silver Spring

Sign language interpreter services will be provided only upon request, with notice as far in advance as possible, but no less than 72 hours prior to the event. If these or other services or aids are needed to participate in this activity, please call 240-777-6507, TTY 240-777-6505 or email a request to karen.falcon@montgomerycountymd.gov.

CATEGORIES: Community Forum , Budget
POSTED: Friday, January 20, 2012 | 7:00:00 AM |

NOTEWORTHY NOTES -1

Registration Open for Recreation’s Summer Camps and Programs

Montgomery County Recreation began accepting registrations for its popular summer camps and programs on  January 17.

The 2012 Summer Camps and Programs guide is filled with affordable and exciting camp programs designed to serve a wide range of interests.

Early registration is encouraged, because space is limited and registrations are handled on a first-come, first-served basis. Individuals can register one of four ways: by mail, fax, online or in person at the Recreation Department Administrative Offices, 4010 Randolph Rd., Silver Spring. The easiest and most convenient way to register is through RecWeb, the on-line registration link at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/rec.

The Summer Camps guide is available at all Recreation community and aquatic centers or online at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/rec.

For more information, call 240-777-6870.



Public Hearing on School Bus Cameras to Monitor Vehicles Illegally Passing Stopped Buses

The County Council will host a public hearing on January 24 on Bill 37-11 that would allow cameras to be installed on County school buses to monitor vehicles that illegally pass stopped buses. The hearing will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the 3rd floor hearing room of the Council Building at 100 Maryland Ave., Rockville.

Under the bill, the County’s Chief of Police, after consulting with the Board of Education, would be authorized to install cameras on Montgomery County Public School buses to monitor traffic.

According to a Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) survey released in March 2011, on a single day in February, more than 7,000 drivers overtook stopped buses in Maryland. The survey also reported that in Montgomery County 1,645 drivers ignored the stop arm activated on buses when they were stopped and students were entering or leaving the bus.

For more information on the proposed legislation, see the Council's press release. For information on the public hearing, visit the Council's website or call 311, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For information on pedestrian safety and safe routes to schools, visit MCDOT's pedestrian safety site.


Let’s Talk Recreation: Public MeetingSet for Damascus

Montgomery County Recreation Director Gabriel Albornoz invites residents to share their thoughts, suggestions and ideas about programs and services that the department offers at “Gabbin’ With Gabe,” a public meeting to be held on Thursday, January 26 from 7:30 to 9 p.m., at the Damascus Community Recreation Center, 25520 Oak Dr.

The public meeting is part of the community outreach efforts offered by Montgomery Recreation that encourage residents to be actively involved with Recreation programs and activities. “Gabbin’ with Gabe” will take place quarterly at community centers around the County.

For more information, call 240-777-6875.


School-age Students Sought to Serve as Aides on Election Day

Montgomery County Board of Elections is seeking school-age students, grades 6-12, to serve as Election Day student aides during the 2012 Presidential Primary Election, Tuesday, April 3.

Students and their guardians must attend mandatory training to serve on Election Day and, if applicable, to receive Student Service Learning (SSL) credits. Students are placed in neighboring precincts according to their home addresses.

Interested parents/guardians can register their student(s) before January 27 online by visiting the Montgomery County Board of Elections’ website. For additional information, email future.vote@montgomerycountymd.gov.

Read more information.


Free Children’s Program at Germantown Library Kicks Off Friends of the Library, Montgomery County’s 30th Anniversary Celebration

Friends of the Library, Montgomery County (FOLMC), will kick off a year-long celebration of its 30th anniversary with a free concert featuring the award-winning children’s musical band, Hot Peas ‘N Butter on Saturday, January 28 at 11 a.m. at the Germantown Library, 19840 Century Blvd.

The band is regularly seen on Nick Jr. and is a three-time winner of the “Parent’s Choice Awards.” Their interactive performance features elements of traditional Latin music, Afro-Caribbean rhythms and jazz, folk and rock and is suitable for all ages.

The concert is free, but seating is limited and tickets are required. Tickets can be picked up at the library starting on Tuesday, January 24 at 5:30 p.m.

Learn more about the celebration.

CATEGORIES: Worth Noting , Community Forum , Election
POSTED: Friday, January 20, 2012 | 3:30:00 AM |

FY2013 Budget Forums Scheduled; Resident Input Invited

Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett is sponsoring five budget forums throughout the County in January to seek input from residents about Fiscal Year 2013 Operating Budget priorities.

Residents are encouraged to attend the forums to provide input in light of budget shortfalls predicted in the coming fiscal year.

All of the forums are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m., on the following dates:

  • January 9, Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center, 4805 Edgemoor La., 
  • January 12, Silver Spring Civic Building, One Veterans Place;
  • January 17, Mid-County Community Recreation Center, 2004 Queensguard Rd., Silver Spring;
  • January 23, BlackRock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Dr., Germantown; and
  • January 31, Eastern Montgomery Regional Services Center, 3300 Briggs Chaney Rd., Silver Spring.

Sign language interpreter services will be provided only upon request with notice as far in advance as possible, but no less than 72 hours prior to the event. If these or other services or aids are needed to participate in this activity, call 240-777-6507, TTY 240-777-6505 or email a request to karen.falcon@montgomerycountymd.gov.

CATEGORIES: Community Forum , Budget
POSTED: Friday, December 09, 2011 | 3:00:00 AM |

County Council to Host Town Hall Meeting for Students

As part of its efforts to find out what issues most concern residents, the County Council will next focus on what is on the mind of younger residents at its second Town Hall Meeting for Students on Wednesday, Oct. 12, at the Council Office Building (COB), 100 Maryland Ave. in Rockville. The meeting, to be held in the Council's Third Floor Hearing Room, will start at 7 p.m. A pre-meeting reception will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the building's second-floor cafeteria.

The COB is about a three-block walk from the Rockville Metrorail station, which also is a main stopping point for many RideOn bus lines. Students driving to the meeting can park free in the Council parking garage (use the Fleet St. entrance).

The meeting is open to public and private high school, middle school and elementary school students from around the County. It will be broadcast live on County Cable Montgomery (CCM -- Channel 6 on Comcast and RCN, Channel 30 on Verizon) and rebroadcast at various times in the following weeks.

Students attending the meeting are asked to RSVP by calling 240-777-7931.

CATEGORIES: County Council , Community Forum
POSTED: Friday, September 30, 2011 | 5:30:00 AM |

Noteworthy Notes - 1

Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Executive to Host Town Hall Meeting in Bethesda

County Executive Ike Leggett will host a Town Hall Meeting in the Bethesda area on Wednesday, September 21 at 7:30 p.m. at Westland Middle School, 5511 Massachusetts Ave. The free meeting is designed to give residents an opportunity to present issues of concern directly to the Executive. County Cable Montgomery (the County government channel that is channel 6 on the Comcast and RCN cable systems and channel 30 on Verizon) will videotape the meeting for future airing.

Sign language interpreter services will be provided only upon request with notice as far in advance as possible, but no less than 72 hours prior to the event. If these or other services or aids are needed to participate in this activity, call 240-777-6507, TTY 240-777-6505 or email a request to karen.falcon@montgomerycountymd.gov.

For more information about the town meeting or the cable television program schedule, call 240-777-6507.


Hiring Contractors to Make Post-Quake/Storm Home Repairs: Proceed with Caution

The Montgomery County Office of Consumer Protection (OCP) warns County residents to be cautious when hiring contractors to repair damage caused by the recent earthquake and hurricane. Consumers should do their homework before signing a contract for any home repair or improvement, or tree service work.

The Office of Consumer Protection offers the following advice to homeowners:

  • Don’t panic and hire someone because they are the only company that can come out right away. Make sure the home improvement contractor is licensed with the Maryland Home Improvement Commission (MHIC).  Call 410-230-6309 or check online at the State Dept. of  Labor, Licensing and Regulation.
  • For tree service or removal, check to see if the business is a licensed tree expert with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Forestry Division at 410-260-8521 or online at www.dnr.maryland.gov.
  • Get estimates from three contractors.
  • State law prohibits home improvement contractors from collecting more than one-third of the contract amount as a deposit
  • Check the contractors’ complaint records with the Office of Consumer Protection at 240-777-3636 or online at http://montgomerycountymd.gov/consumer and the Better Business Bureau at 202-393-8000 or online at www.dc.bbb.org, and with the MHIC and DNR.

For more information, call 240-777-3636 or visit OCP’s website at http://montgomerycountymd.gov/consumer.


Try It, You Might Like It: Go Car-Free on September 22  

Join others throughout the Washington region and worldwide in celebrating Car-Free Day on September 22 this year. 

Last year, about 7,000 people took the pledge to go Car-Free or Car-Lite and contributed to improving the region’s air quality and reducing their carbon footprint.  Pledge today to go car-free on September 22, and enjoy a chance to win great prizes, including an iPad and a bicycle. 

Montgomery County’s Commuter Services can assist employers in organizing Car-Free Day events, as well as help individual commuters find new ways to get to work. Email Commuter Services for assistance. 


Figures Show Pedestrian Safety Initiative is Working

Data recently presented by the Transportation and Police departments to CountyStat indicate that -- thanks to County Executive Ike Leggett’s Pedestrian Safety Initiative -- pedestrian collisions and the severity of collisions are heading downward. The initiative was released in December 2007.

One of the biggest successes of the Initiative has been the Safe Routes to School program where engineering improvements, bolstered by education and enforcement actions, at more than 50 schools have reduced pedestrian collisions by about 78 percent when comparing collision statistics from three years before the improvements with the time period after the improvements.

A key strategy of the Pedestrian Safety Initiative is also to target engineering, education and enforcement activities on County roadways with the highest number of pedestrian collisions, or the High Incidence Areas (HIAs). Since the first HIA safety audit was conducted in 2008, HIA collisions, as a percent of total pedestrian collisions in the County, have decreased from 10 percent to four percent in 2010.

CountyStat conducts periodic reviews of the components of the Pedestrian Safety Initiative that have played a critical and valuable role in the program to ensure that effective strategies are being employed to improve pedestrian safety.

The full CountyStat presentation is available on the County’s website at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/countystat. For more information, contact CountyStat Manager Chris Cihlar at 240-777-2627 or chris.cihlar@montgomerycountymd.gov.


Bring Some Good Luck to a Black Cat

Did you know: Black cats are the least likely to be adopted in a shelter due to undeserved myths.

The Montgomery County Humane Society (MCHS) wants to change that!

So throughout September, the society is WAIVING ADOPTION FEES for the lucky adopters of a solid black cat or kitten over six months old from the MCHS shelter or in foster care.

Adoption applications must be completed in person. Bring a valid driver’s license, proof of rabies shots for other pets in the home, landlord’s name and phone number if applicable and veterinary reference. Montgomery County applicants take priority over others. Youths under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. For more details about adoption, click here.


Is Bus Rapid Transit the Ride of the Future in Montgomery County?

Last year, the Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) began a study to identify key transportation corridors in the County that could accommodate bus rapid transit (BRT) service -- a more predictable, streamlined bus service similar to light rail but with a lower cost. 

The study recommends developing bus rapid transit along 16 corridors, totaling 150 miles.  Passengers would pay in advance and enter low-floor buses directly through multiple doors -- no steps or lifts.  Buses would arrive at stations every 10 minutes or less, preferably operating in the median of major roads such as Veirs Mill Rd., Georgia Ave. and Randolph Rd. 

Next comes further discussions with neighboring agencies, jurisdictions and the general public.

For a copy of the bus rapid transit study, visit MCDOT’s website


Spanish-speaking Election Judges Sought

Montgomery County Board of Elections is seeking individuals with Spanish speaking fluency to serve as election judges at polling places on Primary Election Day, Tuesday, April 3, 2012.

In accordance with the Election Law of Maryland, judges must be registered to vote in the State of Maryland, 18 years of age or older and a U.S. citizen. Judges must also be able to speak, read and write in English. Montgomery County residency is not a pre-requisite to serve. All judges will be compensated for training and for Election Day service.

If you are interested in taking a leadership position in your community on Election Day, contact the Montgomery County Board of Elections at 240-777-8532, download an election judge questionnaire from our website at www.777vote.org, or e-mail Dr. Gilberto Zelaya at gilberto.zelaya@montgomerycountymd.gov.

CATEGORIES: Worth Noting , County Executive , Community Forum , Transportation
POSTED: Thursday, September 08, 2011 | 4:00:00 AM |

50 Plus Employment Expo

The Jewish Council for the Aging’s (JCA) 50+ Employment Expo will be held Tuesday, May 17 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the North Bethesda Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, 5701 Marinelli Rd.

Attendees can visit more than 50 recruiters from non-profit, government, health care, retail and technology industries and attend workshops on changing careers and completing online applications, as well as receive resume assistance and critique and learn more about local resources for seniors. WJLA’s meteorologist Bob Ryan will be the keynote speaker.

The expo and parking are free. The Conference Center is accessible by public transportation, via Metro’s White Flint Station (Red Line).

The expo is co-sponsored by Montgomery County; Comcast; the Beacon Newspapers; Senior Service America, Inc.; Montgomery Works; Senior Community Service Employment Program; and Rockville Economic Development.

For more information, go to www.accessjca.org and click on Upcoming Events.

CATEGORIES: Senior , Community Forum
POSTED: Friday, May 06, 2011 | 5:00:00 AM |

Leggett to Host Town Hall Meeting in Wheaton-Kensington Area

Residents in the Wheaton-Kensington area are invited to share their comments and concerns about County issues with County Executive Ike Leggett at a Town Hall Meeting on Wednesday, March 23 at 7:30 p.m. at Crossway Community, 3015 Upton Dr., Kensington.

While the meeting is open to all, it will be videotaped for future rebroadcast by County Cable 6, the County government channel.

Sign language interpreter services will be provided only upon request with notice as far in advance as possible, but no less than 72 hours prior to the event. If these or other services or aids are needed to participate in this activity, call 240-777-6507, TTY 240-777-6505 or email karen.falcon@montgomerycountymd.gov.

For more information about the meeting and/or cable schedule, call 240-777-6507.

CATEGORIES: Community Forum , County Executive
POSTED: Friday, March 18, 2011 | 7:00:00 AM |

Being Good Neighbors

Residents interested in learning about upcoming new laws affecting the residential character of their neighborhoods are invited to attend any one of five upcoming meetings to be held around the County in March.

The new laws that will go into effect later in the Spring will address the following issues: home-based businesses; parking for heavy commercial and recreational vehicles; off-street parking; and paving of front yards.

The meetings will be held according to the following schedule:

  • Wednesday, March 2, 7:15 p.m. -- Eastern Montgomery Regional Services Center, 3300 Briggs Chaney Rd., Silver Spring;
  • Monday, March 7, 7 p.m. -- Upcounty Regional Services Center, 12900 Middlebrook Rd., Germantown;
  • Tuesday, March 8, 7 p.m. -- Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center, 4805 Edgemoor La., Bethesda;
  • Thursday, March 10, 7:30 p.m. -- Silver Spring Regional Services Center, Silver Spring Civic Building, One Veterans Place; and
  • Tuesday, March 15, 7 p.m. -- Mid-County Regional Services Center, 2424 Reedie Dr., Wheaton.

For more information about any of these meetings, call the Office of Public Information at 240-777-6507 or see the flyer in English and Spanish.

CATEGORIES: Community Forum
POSTED: Wednesday, March 02, 2011 | 7:30:00 AM |

County Extends Online Survey for Residents, Businesses on Pepco Service to February 14

The deadline for the online Pepco feedback survey conducted by the Pepco Work Group appointed by County Executive Ike Leggett has been extended through Monday, February 14.

The survey is designed to obtain information on how the public views Pepco’s service, the extent to which customers have experienced outages, the economic impact of those outages and some insight as to what additional costs customers would be willing to incur in exchange for improved service.

Two different surveys, one for business customers and one for residential customers, are offered. Click on the appropriate link to take the survey that applies:

CATEGORIES: Community Forum
POSTED: Thursday, February 10, 2011 | 8:00:00 AM |

Department of Recreation and Department of Parks To Host Community Meetings on Services and Programs

Montgomery County’s Department of Recreation and the Montgomery County Department of Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, will co-host two community meetings to gather input from the public on the draft plans for Vision 2030, the County’s 20-year vision planning process for facilities and programs offered by each agency.

The two departments hosted a number of community meetings last year to solicit the public’s comments regarding the delivery of recreational services and programs being offered by both agencies. Comments received at those meetings helped guide the agencies in developing the draft plan.

Both public meetings will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. according to the following schedule:

  • Tuesday, January 25 – M-NCPPC Montgomery Regional Office, 8787 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring; and
  • Wednesday, January 26 – Upcounty Regional Services Center, Meeting Room A, 12900 Middlebrook Rd., Germantown

For more information about the project, visit http://www.montgomeryparks.org/about/vision.

CATEGORIES: Community Forum
POSTED: Tuesday, January 18, 2011 | 4:00:00 AM |

County to Hold Public Hearing on Pepco Service Reliability on January 5

The Pepco Work Group, established by County Executive Ike Leggett, will hold a public hearing on January 5, beginning at 6:30 p.m., to seek comments from members of the general public on their experiences with Pepco outages and their overall level of satisfaction with Pepco’s service.  The hearing will be held in the Stella Werner Council Office Building, 100 Maryland Ave., Rockville. 

Registration for speakers is on a first-come, first-served basis. The number of speakers is limited to 50 and each speaker will have a maximum of three minutes for their presentation.   Speakers must pre-register by calling 240-777-3764.  

Written comments from the public, businesses and organizations are due by January 6 to the Montgomery County Office of Consumer Protection at ConsumerProtection@montgomerycountymd.gov with “Pepco Comment” in the subject line. Comments should focus on the nature of service reliability issues experienced over the past five years. If possible, responders should differentiate between storm-related events, and those that are not storm related. Elected officials who wish to comment should file written comments. 

Comprised of community leaders, the work group was formed by Leggett in October to investigate the underlying reasons for Pepco’s poor service reliability throughout the County.

CATEGORIES: Community Forum
POSTED: Tuesday, January 04, 2011 | 6:00:00 AM |

Celebrate Winter on Ice in Silver Spring

An official dedication of the newly opened ice rink at Veterans Plaza in Downtown Silver Spring (corner of Fenton St. and Ellsworth Dr.) will be held on Saturday, January 8, at noon. County Executive Ike Leggett will join other elected officials, community leaders and local residents for skating, refreshments, entertainment and raffles.

Skating will be free for a 50-minute session for those who bring a donation of a winter coat (all sizes) or canned foods. Donated items will be collected by local non-profit organizations serving those in need in the community.
The rink is open to the public Monday through Friday from noon to 10 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Individual and family season passes, group rates and admissions discount cards are available. Skating lessons are available at the ice rink throughout the season.

For more about Downtown Silver Spring’s newest attraction, visit www.silverspringiceskating.com.

CATEGORIES: Community Forum , News
POSTED: Tuesday, January 04, 2011 | 5:00:00 AM |

Public Forums Scheduled on FY12 Operating Budget

Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett is sponsoring five budget forums throughout the County in coming weeks to seek input from residents about Fiscal Year 2012 Operating Budget priorities. With a projected $300 million budget gap looming, Montgomery County is again facing a challenging fiscal forecast.

The forums will begin at 7 p.m., on the following dates:

  • January 10, Upcounty Regional Services Center, 12900 Middlebrook Rd., Germantown
  • January 13, Silver Spring Civic Building, One Veterans Plaza, Silver Spring
  • January 18, Crossway Community, 3015 Upton Dr., Kensington
  • January 20, Eastern Montgomery Regional Services Center, 3300 Briggs Chaney Rd., Silver Spring
  • January 24, Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center, 4805 Edgemoor La., Bethesda

The County Executive announces his recommended fiscal year 2012 operating budget on March 15. The County Council approves the operating budget at the end of May.

Visit website montgomerycountymd.gov/townhall for more information.

CATEGORIES: Budget , Community Forum , County Executive
POSTED: Tuesday, December 21, 2010 | 6:00:00 AM |

Organizational Reform Commission Invites Public Input at Forum

The Montgomery County Organizational Reform Commission, appointed by the Montgomery County Council and County Executive Ike Leggett, will hold a public forum at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, October 20 in the Third Floor Hearing Room of the Council Office Building at 100 Maryland Ave. in Rockville. Residents are invited to offer opinions on restructuring the current organization of County Government and County-funded agencies.

The eight-member, volunteer commission, that is scheduled to provide recommendations to the Council and the Executive by January 31, will draft and adopt written criteria to evaluate which suggestions merit further consideration.

Persons wishing to speak may sign up in advance by calling 240-777-7814 or 240-777-7938. If time allows, speakers who do not sign up in advance will also be able to offer suggestions.

CATEGORIES: Community Forum
POSTED: Friday, October 15, 2010 | 5:00:00 AM |

More Storms Take Their Toll on Montgomery County Residents and Services; Leggett Hosts Meeting with Pepco Officials About Storm Performance

Much like a recurring nightmare, natural disasters have pounded Montgomery County residents, roads, traffic signals and services this year.  From the record snow storms in February to severe thunderstorms within a month of each other in late July and early August, residents, government agencies and departments, and local utility companies are feeling the strain.

During the latest storms in August -- two in one day -- County Executive Ike Leggett once again found himself surveying damage with Fire Rescue and other emergency response personnel. That same day, he also hosted a meeting with Pepco officials to discuss the company’s performance in delivering reliable electric power to Montgomery County homes and businesses. Making a point to Pepco CEO Joseph Rigby, Leggett was joined by the County’s Chief Administrative Officer Timothy Firestine and Special Assistant Jennifer Hughes.  See Leggett’s letter to Rigby. Residents are reminded that the best way to be advised of approaching storms and other emergencies is to sign up for Alert Montgomery. Receive messages from authorized senders on updates, instructions on where to go, what to do, or what not to do, who to contact and other important information.  It provides vital information on the go and is as close as your phone or electronic messaging device. 

 

CATEGORIES: County Executive , Community Forum
POSTED: Tuesday, August 17, 2010 | 9:00:00 AM |

With Volunteer Support, Prince William County, VA Passes Emergency Medical Transport Revenue Recovery Initiative

text of get the facts about county ambulance reimbursement it's all about saving lives... ambulance reimbursement

Prince William County, VA recently approved, with the support of its volunteers, an Ambulance Reimbursement program like the one that was approved by the County Council and signed into law this year in Montgomery County.

Both counties now have programs that recover the costs of emergency transports from individual insurance companies, Medicare and Medicaid and use those proceeds to save lives – at no additional cost to County residents.

Nearly all local jurisdictions have successfully enacted EMS transport reimbursements including Fairfax County, Frederick County, Prince George’s County, the District of Columbia, Arlington County, Anne Arundel County and the City of Alexandria. There is no evidence from jurisdictions that have successfully implemented a user fee that it deters anyone from calling for needed emergency medical transport assistance, negatively impacts volunteers, or increases health insurance premiums.

“In Montgomery County, we know that the EMS transport fee will save lives because we will be able to better meet the growing emergency services needs in our community,” said County Executive Ike Leggett. “Council passage of the bill this year means that this County will initially recover $14 million from funds already set aside by private insurance companies, Medicare, and Medicaid for transports. In 10 years, we expect to recover nearly $170 million in costs for EMS transports. That is significant.

“Our neighboring jurisdictions are collecting tens of millions of dollars and using those monies to save lives – with no adverse effects; we should do the same. And, it won’t cost County residents one additional dime.”

Get the facts. Click here for “It’s About Saving Lives” flyer and/or the “Ambulance Reimbursement” brochure. Download, forward and spread the word.

For even more information about Montgomery County’s EMS transport fee, go to http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/emstransportfee .

CATEGORIES: Code Enforcement , Community Forum
POSTED: Tuesday, August 17, 2010 | 8:00:00 AM |

Do the Barnyard Boogie

It's August and that means fair time. The 62nd Montgomery County Agricultural Fair began August 13 and runs through Saturday the 21st at the Fairgrounds in Gaithersburg.

There will be more than 40 carnival rides, pig races, Carrie McQueen the stilt walker, Steve Trash the Rockin' Eco Hero, Equipment Expo, Trailer Racing, the popular So you think you can DANCE? contest and so much more.

Check out what’s happenin’ at the Fair this year at www.mcagfair.com.

 

CATEGORIES: News , Community Forum
POSTED: Tuesday, August 17, 2010 | 5:00:00 AM |

The President Comes to Wheaton

Against the backdrop of the Holiday Park Multipurpose Senior Center in Wheaton, President Obama hosted a nationwide Tele-Town Hall Meeting on June 8 (aired live on C-Span) focusing on the Affordable Care Act and its impact on Medicare benefits. The President, accompanied by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, was welcomed by County Executive Ike Leggett, Recreation Director Gabriel Albornoz and Center Director Carol Fuentevilla. Also attending were Maryland Senators Barbara Mikulski, Congresswoman Donna Edwards, Congressman Chris Van Hollen and Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley. Joining the seniors present were Council President Nancy Floreen and Councilmember George Leventhal.

To view the video of the Affordable Care Town Hall Meeting, visit the White House website.

CATEGORIES: Community Forum
POSTED: Monday, June 14, 2010 | 11:00:00 AM |

Council to Host Town Hall Meeting at Leisure World

The Montgomery County Council will continue its efforts to find out what issues most concern residents when it hosts a Town Hall Meeting for the Leisure World / Northern Silver Spring area on Wednesday, June 16. The meeting at the Leisure World Social Hall will start at 2 p.m. > Press Release.

CATEGORIES: County Council , Community Forum
POSTED: Monday, June 14, 2010 | 9:00:00 AM |

Contributions of Military Memorabilia, Mementos Sought for Displays Honoring Local Veterans

To honor the dedication and memory of local service men and women, the Montgomery County Commission on Veterans Affairs, in partnership with Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL), is seeking military memorabilia/mementos from local armed services members, veterans and their families to be featured in special displays that will appear in a number of Montgomery County Public Libraries’ branches during May and November.

Items loaned for display could include uniforms, dog tags, photos, letters, medals, or the type of personal items often left at the Vietnam Memorial. 

Materials to be loaned for the May/Memorial Day displays should be taken -- no later than Friday, April 16 -- to the Broome School (first floor/use blue awning entrance) at 751 Twinbrook Parkway, Rockville, Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Get details about how to prepare and turn in submissions and arrange for pick-up and return of the items, plus contact information.   (see press release or flyer in pdf format)

CATEGORIES: Community Forum
POSTED: Wednesday, April 07, 2010 | 4:00:00 PM |

FY 2011 Operating Budget: Resident input invited

County Executive Ike Leggett will sponsor five budget forums in January to seek input from residents about the challenges facing the County in the upcoming Fiscal Year 2011 Operating Budget.

The sessions are hosted by the Regional Services Center Directors and the Regional Services Center Citizen Advisory Boards. Residents from any part of the county may attend. Staff from the County’s Office of Management and Budget will make presentations and be available to answer questions.

 The forums will begin on January 11 in Germantown.  The first forum will be broadcast live on County Cable Montgomery (channel 6 for Comcast and RCN customers and channel 30 for Verizon subscribers). Take a look at the complete schedule.

 

CATEGORIES: Budget , Community Forum
POSTED: Monday, January 04, 2010 | 12:30:00 PM |
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