32nd Annual Women’s Legislative Briefing – January 29
The Commissions for Women of Montgomery and Prince George’s counties will co-host the 2012 Women’s Legislative Briefing on Sunday, January 29, from 12:30 to 6 p.m., at the Universities at Shady Grove, Building II, 9630 Gudelsky Dr., Rockville.
This year’s event will include a panel discussion addressing women’s issues in the U.S. Congress, moderated by Catherine Leggett, senior vice president of Human Resources at ICMA – Retirement Corporation. Panelists include U.S. Senator Benjamin Cardin, U.S. Congressman Chris Van Hollen and U.S Congresswoman Donna Edwards. The conference will open with remarks by Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett; Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker; and Md. Delegate/President of the Women’s Legislators of Maryland Susan Lee.
The briefing will include seminars on a variety of topics: Effective Legislative Advocacy; Health Care and Health Care Reform for Women; Advocating for Older Women’s Issues; Victories for Women in the 2011 Maryland General Assembly; Women in the Public Realm; Work and Women; Women, Families and Poverty; and Safety, Justice and Human Rights. The program will conclude with a reception with County and State elected officials.
Admission is $15 and includes refreshments. To pre-register, visit www.montgomerycountymd.gov/cfw. For more information, call 240-777-8333.
Office of Human Rights Co-Sponsors Civil Rights Historic Bus Tour
The Montgomery County Office of Human Rights, in collaboration with Montgomery County Public Libraries, the African American Employees Association, the Lincoln Park Historical Foundation and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, is again this year hosting a civil rights historic bus tour that retraces the steps of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights heroes.
The bus tour leaves Rockville on April 2 and returns on April 7.
The cost of the tour for a group of four is $445 per person including hotel, transportation, some meals and snacks, and all museum/tour fees. For smaller groups, the fee is slightly higher. All tour costs are paid for by participants’ fees. A deposit for half the fee is due on February 4 with the balance due on March 4.
A pre-tour meeting will be held on Thursday, March 22 at 6:30 p.m. in the Human Rights Conference and Mediation Center, Suite 330, 21 Maryland Ave., Rockville. At least one member of each group is required to attend this meeting. Interested individuals and groups should contact Beverly Marshall in the Office of Human Rights at Beverly.email@example.com.
For more information about the tour, go to www.montgomerycountymd.gov/humanrights.
County Offers Resources for Seniors and Caregivers
Caring for an older adult with a disability? The best way to help is to recognize that it is not all up to you. Ask for help!
Montgomery County’s Aging and Disability Services, part of the Department of Health and Human Services, has a variety of resources available to support seniors, residents of long term care facilities and those who care for them.
Read more about specific services and get details.
For more information about services for seniors and caregivers in Montgomery County, go to www.montgomerycountymd.gov/senior.
Applicants Sought for Council Representative on Investment Policy Boards
The Montgomery County Council is seeking applicants for the position of Council representative on the Board of Investment Trustees for the Montgomery County Employee Retirement Plans and the Board of Trustees for the Consolidated Retiree Health Benefits Trust. The Boards set investment policy, hire investment managers and monitor investment performance for the Trust Funds.
The deadline for applications is 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 8.
The Board of Investment Trustees oversees the investment of approximately $4 billion in assets for nearly 11,000 active and retired members of the three retirement plans: defined benefit, defined contribution and deferred compensation.
The Board of Trustees oversees the investment program for the Consolidated Retiree Health Benefit Trust.
Read about how to apply.
Consumer Protection Wants You to Know
Be careful next time you go through your mail! What might appear to be junk mail may actually be a check for $18.
As part of the Currency Conversion Fee Antitrust Litigation case, more than 10 million checks valued at $18.04 are going out to credit card holders to settle claims over the improper setting and disclosure of foreign currency conversion fees. Consumers who filed claim forms and provided documentation may be entitled to more.
The problem? The envelope looks like junk mail, making it likely that many consumers may unknowingly toss the check in the garbage. What does the mailer look like? Click here for information from abc news.
For questions, contact the Office of Consumer Protection, 100 Maryland Ave., Suite 330 Rockville, MD 20850; call 240-777-3636, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.montgomerycountymd.gov/consumer.
Sheriff’s Office K-9s to Benefit from Steelers Quarterback’s Foundation
Pittsburgh Steelers’ Super Bowl Champion Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger announced the first grant of the 2011 season from the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation at The Giving Back Fund has been awarded to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office
The Sheriff’s Office will use the grant to purchase four “K-9 Storm” bullet-proof vests to help protect the department’s four highly specialized canine teams. All members of the Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit are trained as dual purpose K-9s for the detection of explosives as well as patrol functions.
See our K9 stars and their officers.
County Sheriff Darren M. Popkin said, "The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation program recognizes the importance of well-trained K-9 teams as part of our overall law enforcement efforts. Montgomery County Sheriff's Office K-9 dogs are cross trained for search, patrol and explosive detection duties. The grant funds will provide our dogs with vests that protect them from attacks with firearms and knifes while engaged in their duties."
The foundation is distributing grants to police and fire departments in Pittsburgh and in the cities and surrounding communities of each regular season away game for the Steelers in the 2011 season. Police and fire departments in the nine away-game cities were invited to submit proposals detailing their needs. The Steelers play the Ravens in Baltimore on Sunday, September 11.
For more information about the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation or The Giving Back Fund visit www.bigben7.com or www.givingback.org.
Patch.com Lists Montgomery County Public Libraries’ Volunteers and Staff as One of its “Picks”
Citing people who help make Rockville great in a recent edition, Patch.com (Rockville) included the volunteers and staff of the Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL). In a nod to MCPL’s 60th anniversary celebration, the write-up said, in part: “County libraries offer thousands of books that can be borrowed by county residents with a free library card. They also offer a quiet study environment, children's story hours, meet-the-author events and other free programs.”
Check out the full writeup.
The Senior Connection Recognized for Expanded Service Delivery
The Senior Connection, a nonprofit agency that helps adults age 62 and over live independently in Montgomery County, has been recognized for the second time by the "2011-12 Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington" for its efforts that expanded service delivery by 37 percent over the past year and now assists seniors in Gaithersburg and Germantown.
Based in the Holiday Park Senior Center on 3950 Ferrara Dr. in Silver Spring, the agency helps senior adults live independently by connecting them with volunteers who provide free transportation to medical appointments, grocery shopping, social visits and other basic support needs.
Read more about the Senior Connection’s honor.
Driver Alert: New Ramp Open from US 29 to Fairland Road
A reminder to motorists driving southbound on US Route 29 (Columbia Pike): a new ramp has been opened by the State Highway Administration (SHA) that provides access to both directions on Fairland Road. Motorists will no longer be able to make right or left turns directly onto Fairland Road from US 29.
A new flashing beacon at Fairland Road from the relocated southbound US 29 ramp will guide motorists to either east or westbound Fairland Road. The beacon will flash red for motorists on the ramp and yellow for motorists on Fairland Road. This new configuration is part of SHA’s $2.5 billion Intercounty Connector project.
For more information on the new ramp, including a helpful map, visit SHA’s website.
Get a Sneak Peek of The Fillmore Silver Spring
Local residents eager to check out The Fillmore Silver Spring can now get a sneak peek inside the venue thanks to the official Preview Center, located at 908 Ellsworth Dr. The center educates visitors on the historical legacy of The Fillmore, the construction of The Fillmore Silver Spring project and the amenities that guests can expect at the new venue.
The center will remain open until The Fillmore Silver Spring opens mid-September. The Preview Center will be open Tuesday and Wednesday from noon to 6 p.m., Thursday and Friday, noon to 8 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 8 p.m.
The Fillmore Silver Spring will be the first venue with its historical namesake to be developed from the ground up. The 23,000-square foot, 2,000-capacity music venue will offer leading industry technology in audio, lighting and video as well as share fiber-optic connectivity to American Film Institute’s Silver Theatre located across the street.
Step Right Up! Fillmore Silver Spring Box Office Now Open
The news that local concert goers have been waiting for. The new Fillmore Silver Spring box office is open for business at 908 Ellsworth Dr. in Downtown Silver Spring (between DSW and Borders). There is a $1 service fee for all tickets purchased on site. The box office opens on Sunday and weekdays at 11 a.m. and on Saturday at 10 a.m.
Tickets are now on sale for the opening night show on September 15 with Mary J. Blige, plus other shows to follow. Tickets are also available at www.LiveNation.com, and all Ticketmaster locations. To charge by phone, call 800-551-7328.
Sign-up to receive a newsletter for show announcements and pre-sale opportunities at www.FillmoreSilverSpring.com.
Hold Your Place in the Holds Line at the Library
Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) is now offering a new feature to help library customers manage holds through their MCPL online library account.
If a customer is going on vacation, has an emergency, or knows in advance that they will be unable to pick up requested materials but want to maintain their position in the holds list, they will be able to use the “Suspend Holds” feature to delay their hold for the dates they will be unavailable.
Under the new feature, customers will keep their place in the holds queue for the item while their request is suspended. Meanwhile, other customers behind them in the queue will be able to receive their item(s) placed on hold.
In addition, customers can choose the date they would like to begin suspending their hold, as well as assign an “End Suspend Date,” by using the calendar icon.
This option is not available for e-books and MARINA and OCLC interlibrary loan requests.
For more information and instructions on using this new feature, visit: www.montgomerycountymd.gov/library.
Sign Up! Become a Maryland Senior Olympian
More than 100 events in 21 sports will highlight the 2011 Maryland Senior Olympics to be held from August 13 through November 6 at venues in Montgomery and Howard counties. New this year will be a trial run with bocce ball.
Registration is easy. Just download the full 2011 MSO Registration Guide and get all the information about events, dates and locations. Or, download the registration forms for individual and team sports. Sorry, there is no online registration. You must register 30 days prior to your event.
Participants must be aged 50 and above. Maryland Senior Olympics welcomes out-of-state athletes, too.
For further registration questions, e-mail email@example.com or call 240-777-8080.
Good Reviews for Community Use of Public Facilities Newsletter
From Ginny Gong, director of the Community Use of Public Facilities, comes word of good reviews for their newsletter. “We’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback from our Summer Newsletter. Would it be possible to put a link in the next Paperless Airplane?” Ginny asks.
Glad to oblige. Here’s the link http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/apps/cupf/documents/newsletter.pdf.
Remember, if you belong to an organization or group that uses public facilities for your meetings and/or events, check out the Summer issue. You’ll learn about the new rates for school use beginning September 1 and new fees for the use of fields that take effect January 1, 2012. Also in the latest issue is information on new sites for rent around the County (see “From the Director”) and details about what’s happening at the Civic Building in Downtown Silver Spring.
Heritage Montgomery Brings Grant Dollars to Local Heritage Groups
The Heritage Tourism Alliance of Montgomery County (Heritage Montgomery) has announced the following the local recipients of FY 2012 Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA) Grants totaling $163,000:
- $47,000 Capital Grant to the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission for the restoration of the Poole (Seneca) Store in Poolesville;
- $9,000 Non-Capital Project Grant to the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission for Oakley Cabin Archeological Analysis & Interpretation in Olney;
- $7,000 Non-Capital Project Grant to Heritage Montgomery for Heritage Days and Civil War Programs; and
- $100,000 Management Grant to Heritage Montgomery.
MHAA oversees 12 locally administered, state-certified Heritage Areas that work with local non-profits, governments, and businesses to preserve and promote Maryland’s historic sites, unspoiled natural landscapes and enduring traditions.
For more information, contact Peggy Erickson at the Heritage Tourism Alliance of Montgomery County at 301-515-0753 or email director@HeritageMontgomery.org.
Consumer Protection Asks: Did You Know…?
You should look carefully at the signs around parking lots to make sure that it’s OK before parking your car. If your car is towed and you believe that the warnings were inadequate, pay the towing charge to avoid storage fees, then contact the Office of Consumer Protection (OCP) to file a complaint.
OCP is the Montgomery County agency responsible for enforcing consumer protection laws that prohibit unfair and deceptive business acts to ensure a fair marketplace for consumers and businesses.
Good News in Tough Times: County Retains AAA Bond Ratings
Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett recently announced that Montgomery County has retained its AAA bond rating from all three bond rating agencies, Standard & Poor's, Fitch and Moody's, with a stable outlook - the highest possible rating.
Among other accomplishments, the rating agencies cited the County's formidable economic base and measures taken to reverse a former structural imbalance that occurred, in part, due to weakened revenues during the recession.
The AAA bond rating allows Montgomery County to issue bonds for its capital borrowing at the most favorable rates, saving County taxpayers millions of dollars a year. The AAA rating applies to $320 million in General Obligation bonds and $260 million in General Obligation Refunding bonds the County issued on August 3.
"With the tough decisions and actions the County has taken during my administration, we are successfully rebuilding our financial foundation and are on the right path to fiscal sustainability," said Leggett. "We continue to make the hard choices necessary to put ourselves on a much stronger fiscal footing, lowering our revenue estimates to reflect economic conditions and building our revenue base by planning for growth and attracting businesses and jobs.
"Our challenges remain,” he said, “but the decisions by the bond rating agencies show that Montgomery County is on the right track."
Montgomery County Ranked among Nation’s Top Digital County Governments
Montgomery County has been named America’s 3rd ranked digital county government in the United States by the Center for Digital Government and the National Association of Counties. Montgomery County received third place honors in the competition for jurisdictions with populations of 500,000 or greater.
Thousands of counties from across the nation competed for the top award by participating in the 2011 Digital Counties Survey that covers all aspects of technology adoption, integration and deployment.
See the full list of 2011 winners.
The bad news is heat illness can be deadly. Every year, thousands of workers become sick from exposure to heat, and some even die.
The good news is there’s a simple way to prevent heat-related illnesses and it boils down to three little words – water, rest, shade.
The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) in the U.S. Department of Labor has initiated a nationwide outreach campaign designed to let employees and employers know about the hazards faced by outside workers exposed to summer heat.
For more information, visit osha.gov/SLTC/heatillness.
POSTED: Friday, July 15, 2011 | 4:39:00 PM
The Senior Connection’s Shoppers Program helps seniors who are unable to get their groceries into their homes on a regular basis.
The program matches individuals 60 years and older -- with incomes of $30,450/year or less for singles and $34,800/yr for couples -- with a volunteer shopper. Seniors and shoppers are matched on a one-to-one basis and will shop either for or with a senior.
Volunteer shoppers are needed to escort a senior to the grocery store and assist with reading product labels, reaching stock, handling carts and once home, help put away groceries. Volunteers may also shop for an individual from a prepared list and put groceries away upon returning. Some may also provide companionship for seniors. Commit to serving two to three hours a week for six to 12 months.
For more information about the Senior Connection’s Shoppers Program or to volunteer as a shopper, contact Program Director Greg Muncill at 301-942-1049 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Welcome to this special edition of the Paperless Airplane marking May – not only across the United States but here in Montgomery County -- as “Older Americans Month.” The theme this year is “Older Americans: Connecting the Community,” paying homage to the many ways in which seniors bring inspiration and continuity to the fabric of Montgomery County. We are a community of more than 170,000 residents aged 60 and above, myself included!
Later this month, I will officially proclaim May as Older Americans Month, and we have several special activities planned this month to commemorate and recognize our fellow residents.
I have long realized the value that older residents bring to their communities. That is why, in November 2008, I convened a Senior Summit, bringing together nearly 200 interested residents, County government staff and other professionals working with seniors. The Summit focused our efforts on planning for the future, when we’ll see a dramatic increase in the number of seniors who call Montgomery County home. Several subcommittees have been working since then to bring attention to issues affecting seniors and their families.
Please read on to learn more about programs and services we offer to seniors and their families here in Montgomery County.
Montgomery County Executive
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.
The County is pleased to offer a new resource guide for residents over 50 -- the Montgomery County Navigator: Vital Living After 50 -- that includes information and resources to support a challenging, rewarding and vital lifestyle.
Created by volunteer members of the Vital Living Committee of Montgomery County, the Navigator describes how to find support during transitions; resources for keeping physically fit; ways to explore new interests, meet people and share talents; and organizations that can help with employment and/or volunteer goals.
Download Navigator; vital living after 50 (PDF)
To request a copy, call 240-777-3000.
POSTED: Friday, May 06, 2011 | 4:00:00 AM
Montgomery County’s “Village Blueprint,” a step-by-step guide created to support communities within the County and throughout the region that want to start a Senior Village organization in their neighborhood, is now available at all branches of Montgomery County Public Libraries. Senior “Villages” provide grassroots services to combat social isolation, improve mobility and enhance access to services for seniors.
The Village Blueprint is a “how-to” manual on starting, organizing, administering and sustaining a Village. In addition to public libraries, copies of the Blueprint are available at the County’s five regional services centers. Download Village Blue Print: Building a Community For All Ages (PDF).
Villages are a national movement that began in Beacon Hill, MA. A Senior Village is a grass roots organization created to provide older adults with lifestyle choices that include continuing to live in their own homes.
According to an AARP study, nearly 90 percent of adults 50 and older want to stay in their current home and community as they age. The Village movement supports “aging in place.” County Executive Ike Leggett has been actively engaged in and committed to supporting the growth of Villages in Montgomery County.
First released in September 2010, the Blueprint was produced in partnership with Family & Nursing Care, a local resource for private duty home care since 1968.
POSTED: Friday, May 06, 2011 | 3:00:00 AM
Leggett Announces “Safety & Health” Provisions for New County Construction Contracts
County Executive Ike Leggett has announced that all solicitations for County construction contracts are factoring in company records on employee safety and health – and the existence of strong workplace safety programs.
This means that contractors seeking to be qualified to construct County facilities will lose “points” for inadequate safety and health results or for the lack of strong health and safety prevention programs.
In addition, Leggett rolled out a new County website -- http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/workersafety -- to provide informationm tothose working in the County about workplace safety and health, as well as information and forms necessary to lodge complaints with the Maryland Office on Safety and Health (MOSH).
The Executive also appointed an ongoing Commission on Workers Safety and Health to advise him on further policy changes as part of the County’s Workers Health and Safety Initiative.
“Pay-by-cell” Program a Success; More Meters to be Added this Spring
In early 2010, the Division of Parking (Dept. of Transportation/MCDOT) began a pilot project to test a “pay-by-cell phone” system at selected parking meters in Bethesda. The test was successful, and now, MCDOT has decided to expand the system this spring to 11,000 meters in Bethesda, Silver Spring, Wheaton, Montgomery Hills and North Bethesda.
A great feature of pay by cell is the ability to receive a text message reminder when your parking time is about to expire. If this happens and you need more time, simply extend the parking session by phone, as long as the maximum parking time on the meter is not exceeded. There is a 35 cent transaction fee for each parking session.
For more information on the pay-by-cell initiative or to register for an account, visit the Division of Parking's website.
Silver Spring Parking Garage Partially Closed for Repairs
The Bonifant-Dixon Garage (Garage 5) in downtown Silver Spring is partially closed for approximately12 months for deck restoration. The Dixon Avenue Entrance will be closed during construction. More than 950 parking spaces remain open and can be accessed using the Bonifant Street Entrance. Just follow detour signs to the BonifantStreet Garage Entrance.
The garage serves the Silver Spring Metro Rail Station as well as surrounding businesses.
Lunar New Year and Black History Month Programs at Public Libraries
Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) welcomes the Year of the Golden Rabbit and celebrates Black History Month with a variety of programs throughout February.
Lunar New Year began this year on February 3. According to Chinese tradition, the Rabbit brings a year in which you can catch your breath and calm your nerves.
Programs at various branches include an introduction to customs behind the Lunar New Year, traditional dances, hands-on art activities, storytelling, shadow puppet shows, arts and crafts activities, Chinese yo-yo demonstrations, workshops and traditional Chinese lion dance performances.
Black History Month is a nationwide observance that provides an opportunity to reflect on the significant contributions of African Americans throughout U.S. history.
Local speakers and authors will discuss the history of African Americans in Montgomery County in a five-part series of community discussions entitled, “Journey through African American History” to be held at branches around the County.
Other programs include Discovery Theater’s live performances of “Black Diamond: Satchel Paige and the Negro Baseball League” for young audiences about the struggles and triumphs of early African American baseball players, and African dance and drumming by the Soul in Motion Ensemble
For complete schedules of Lunar New Year and Black History Month programs, visit “Spotlight” at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/library.
Spring into Activity with Recreation, Park Classes: New Guide Now Out
Registration for the Recreation Department’s spring classes will begin Monday, February 14, followed by registration for swim classes on the 16th. The new Spring Guide of Recreation and Park Programs lists a wide variety of classes from yoga and Zumba to pottery, cooking and ballroom dancing. Copies of the Spring Guide are at public libraries and community, recreation, aquatic and senior centers throughout the County.
Register in any one of four ways: by mail or fax (240-777-6818), online or in person at the Recreation Department offices, 4010 Randolph Rd., Silver Spring.
For more information, call 240-777-6840 or visit the Recreation Department website.
County History Book Updated Online
What is the County’s official bird? Blossom? Who was Richard Montgomery? And, why does our County bear his name? What was the original name of the County Seat (now, of course Rockville)? Which Washington, DC neighborhood was once part of Montgomery County?
The answers to these and just about any other questions you might have about any aspect of Montgomery County’s history are found in “Montgomery County, Maryland Our History and Government,” a 30-page booklet, just updated, following the most recent election. From the earliest days to the present, it’s a handy, brief look at what and who has shaped Montgomery County.
Caregiving, Finances, Nutrition featured on latest “Seniors Today”
County Cable Montgomery’s (CCM) latest “Seniors Today” features discussions on three topics of special interest to seniors and their families -- caregiving, financial management and nutrition.
Hosted by Austin Heyman, “Seniors Today” is seen weekly on Sundays at 2 p.m., Tuesdays at 6 p.m., Fridays at 9:30 a.m. and 8 p.m.,and Saturdays at 12:30 p.m. on CCM -- channel 6 for Comcast and RCN subscribers and channel 30 for Verizon subscribers. To watch online, go to “Seniors Today” at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/seniors.
The show is produced by Montgomery County’s Office of Public Information and the Commission on Aging.
Applicants Sought for Charter Review Commission
The County Council is accepting applications for membership on the County's Charter Review Commission. Applications for the four-year appointments are due by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 2.
The commission researches and evaluates Charter issues raised by the County Executive, County Council, other government officials and the public. Commission reports are submitted no later than May 1 of every even-numbered year. These reports contain recommendations concerning any proposed Charter amendments.
Get more details or call 240-777-7979.
Online Application Makes Applying for Rainscapes Rewards Rebate Program Even Easier
The Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has streamlined its RainScapes Rewards Rebate Program application by creating a new, online interactive format that is more user-friendly and provides a faster rebate turn-around time.
The program is designed to reduce the effects of stormwater pollution on the County’s streams and waterways.
Residents interested in the latest information about RainScapes can sign up to receive the RainScapes Gazette by visiting the County’s e-subscription page.
For more information about the program, including projects and resident eligibility or to apply, go to http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/rainscapes or contact RainScapes Rewards Coordinator Ann English at 240-777-7759 or RainScapes.email@example.com.
Success of Consumer Protection Volunteers Told in Post Article
In carrying out its mission to enforce consumer protection laws prohibiting unfair and deceptive business acts or practices, the County’s Office of Consumer Protection has found success in using volunteers to support the work of its staff investigators.
The story of some of these volunteers and the cases they have worked on was detailed in a recent Washington Post article.
For more about the award-winning Office of Consumer Protection, visit www.montgomerycountymd.gov/consumer.
Maryland Senior Olympics Website Earns Top Award
For the second straight year, the website of Maryland Senior Olympics (MSO) has been named the nation’s top Senior Games website by the National Senior Games Association (NSGA).
The site is produced by veteran sports journalist, editor and former Recreation Department employee Dennis Tuttle of Silver Spring who develops, writes and designs the content and images on www.mdseniorolympics.org.
MSO Executive Director Ted Wroth said, “Our athletes love the newspaper-quality combination of human interest storylines, news, information, results, records and historical perspective. It’s obviously a winning formula.”
Montgomery County has administered the State games since 2008.
The Maryland Senior Olympics is a non-profit organization for proactive residents aged 50 and above.
County’s Volunteer Center Receives State Grant
The Montgomery County Volunteer Center has received a $25,000 Volunteer Generation Fund (VGF) grant from the Governors Office on Service and Volunteerism to increase the ability to recruit and retain volunteers in a range of opportunities.
The center will use the state grant to increase volunteerism through the new "Pledge 25" initiative which encourages residents to volunteer 25 hours between Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in January and Make a Difference Day on October 22. Montgomery County will also use funding for website updates and to transition to the new HandsOn Connect database.
Montgomery County’s Volunteer Center was one of six centers throughout Maryland to receive a grant passed through the state from the Corporation for National and Community Services Volunteer Generation Fund.
The funds will support activities through the end of this year.
County Executive Ike Leggett recently unveiled a blueprint for community-building strategies aimed at providing neighborhood groups with tools to start senior “Villages” that will provide grassroots services to combat social isolation, improve mobility and enhance access to services for seniors.
A Village is a grass roots organization created to provide older adults with lifestyle choices that include continuing to live in their own homes.
Participants in Leggett’s 2009 Senior Summit identified the need to encourage and support the creation of Villages in Montgomery County. Neighbors in Bannockburn, Chevy Chase, Burning Tree, Cabin John and Somerset have created Villages and communities that serve their residents. Other communities in Montgomery County are beginning work on Villages.
Electronic copies of the Blueprint are available by calling the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center at 240-777-8200.
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