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Crime Down in County for 2010 – Lower Rates Part of a 12 Percent Decrease over Past Four Years

Montgomery County Police Chief J. Thomas Manger has announced that total crime for 2010 decreased 7.5% from 2009 and Part I violent crimes decreased by 13.5%. 

The new figures contribute to a 12% decrease in total crime reported in the County in the past four years (71,491 crimes in 2007 to 62,944 crimes in 2010).  The data also shows a 15% decrease (25,629 to 21,739) in the Part I violent crimes recorded during this same period. This is in spite of a population increase of nearly 4% in the County from 941,491 people in 2007 to 971,777 in 2010.

Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) statistics for year-end 2009 compared to year-end 2010 show:

  • Part I Crime   decreased by 13.5% (from 25,131 to 21,739)
  • Part II Crime  decreased by 3.9% (from 42,895 to 41,205)
  • Overall, Total Crime (Part I & Part II) decreased by 7.5% (from 68,026 to 62,944)

Part I crimes are defined as: murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny and auto theft. 

Part II crimes are defined as: 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.

Read the entire rundown of categories.

CATEGORIES: Public Safety , News
POSTED: Wednesday, June 15, 2011 | 9:00:00 AM |

The U.S. Open Championship Returns to Congressional CC

Montgomery County is proud to welcome the 2011 U.S. Open Championship, being held through June 19 at Congressional Country Club. Conducted by the United States Golf Association (USGA), the 111th Open is expected to draw large crowds each day.

Since there will be no general spectator parking onsite or around Congressional Country Club, three parking sites with shuttle bus service have been designated to serve spectators. The two Montgomery County sites are at the Fairgrounds and at the Crown Farm, both in Gaithersburg. Signs will direct spectators to both sites.  The third site is at Dulles Airport.  Spectators using these lots will go through security screenings before boarding the buses.

For information on transportation options, traffic impacts and other U.S. Open information, visit the County’s homepage at www.montgomerycountymd.gov and click on the U.S, Open icon.

POSTED: Wednesday, June 15, 2011 | 8:30:00 AM |

We’re Open Discount Card Available through June 30

To help welcome visitors coming to the County for the U.S. Open and to encourage visitors and local residents to dine, shop and stay in the County via a targeted discount card program, the County has introduced the “We’re Open” campaign.

The major component of the campaign is a discount card program that allows anyone with the card, or a U.S. Open ticket, official badge or discount card printout, to take advantage of a variety of discounts from an array of participating local businesses through June 30.

The discount card will be distributed to local residents, spectators and volunteers of the 2011 U.S. Open Championship. In addition, the cards will be placed in each of the nearly 10,000 hotel rooms in Montgomery County during the U.S. Open Championship.

POSTED: Wednesday, June 15, 2011 | 8:00:00 AM |

Montgomery County Schools Make the Top Grade, Again

For the third year in a row, Montgomery County Public Schools has the highest graduation rate among the nation’s largest school districts, according to a national report just released.

The annual Diplomas Count report published by Education Week, calculated MCPS’ graduation rate at 85.7 % -- a 2.6 percentage point increase over last year’s report -- and significantly higher than the national rate of 71.7% and the state of Maryland’s 76.8%.

See more details.

POSTED: Wednesday, June 15, 2011 | 7:00:00 AM |

County to be Home to $40 Million Investment by Chinese Biopharmaceutical Company

Montgomery County will be home to the largest Chinese investment ever made in Maryland when the Tasly Group – a leading biopharmaceutical company in China --  invests $40 million to locate a 430,000 square-foot production facility and training center in the Shady Grove Life Sciences Center.    

The company’s goal is to make Compound Danshen Dripping Pills (CDDP) the first traditional Chinese medicine product to launch as an FDA-approved pharmaceutical in the American market. Once approved by the FDA, the traditional Chinese medicine that would treat coronary diseases and angina could benefit more than 10 million patients a year, according to company estimates.

Dozens of new jobs are expected to be created at the facility over the next three years.

POSTED: Wednesday, June 15, 2011 | 6:00:00 AM |

Ground Broken for Judicial Center’s New Annex

Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett, County Council members Nancy Floreen, Phil Andrews, Marc Elrich and Craig Rice, John W. Debelius III, administrative judge for the Montgomery County Circuit Court and Sixth Judicial Circuit, participated in a groundbreaking ceremony held recently for the Judicial Center Annex, located next to the existing Judicial Center at the intersection of Jefferson Street and Maryland Avenue in Rockville.

The project will add to the Judicial Center Circuit Court Building 10 additional courtrooms, administrative space, one level of underground parking and a top level for mechanical equipment.  Participating were (from left): retired Judge Ann Harrington, Judge Debelius, County Executive Leggett and County Councilmembers Floreen, Andrews,  Elrich and Rice.

See plans of the project.

POSTED: Wednesday, June 15, 2011 | 5:00:00 AM |

Hot Tips for a Cooler Summer

With summer heat in full swing, Montgomery County health officials are encouraging residents to find places where they can stay cool, and to take precautions to avoid heat-related illnesses. Those most at risk are young children, the elderly, and people with health problems such as asthma, who are more susceptible to heat-related illnesses, such as heat stroke and exhaustion.

Libraries, recreation centers and pools are good places to cool off, along with shopping malls and movie theatres.
To quickly find the location of public facilities, go to http://www2.montgomerycountymd.gov/mymontgomery and type in your location. The website includes the locations of pools, parks, libraries, regional services centers, recreation centers, Metro stations, hospitals and golf courses.

Residents with questions about specific locations and hours of operation should call 311.

See Summer Heat Safety Tips.

CATEGORIES: Public Safety
POSTED: Wednesday, June 15, 2011 | 4:30:00 AM |

More Seasonal Safety Reminders from the Fire and Rescue Service

To help residents have a safe, enjoyable summer season, the County’s Fire and Rescue Service has issued reminders for three important areas of warm-weather living noted below. 

“Splash into Summer Safely: Keep these Water Safety Tips in Mind” 
As the weather heats up, chances are you’ll be heading to the beach or pool to cool off. Whether you’re a seasoned swimmer or just learning how to swim, many water-related accidents can be avoided by knowing what to do and how to stay safe. Drowning is the second leading killer of children ages 14 and under and the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service urges residents to review some important tips to increase safety around the water

“Firing up the Grill? Keep these Safety Tips in Mind”
With the summer season upon us, residents will be firing up their grills for the first time this year and the last thing on many minds is probably safety. Well, it shouldn’t be, according to Fire Chief Richie Bowers. Every year, thousands of homes catch fire because of inproper use of grills and the chief wants to remind residents that preparation is the key to staying safe when using grills.

“Keep it Clean!  Make Safety Part of Your Spring Cleaning Routine”
Spring cleaning is a great time to focus on safety in and around the home and to identify and correct any potential safety hazards. Following some simple safety tips can help get your spring off to a safe start.

Have a safe summer!

CATEGORIES: Public Safety
POSTED: Wednesday, June 15, 2011 | 4:00:00 AM |


Chat Online with the County Executive

County Executive Ike Leggett’s next online chat is coming up on Wednesday, June 22 from 1 to 2 p.m.  County residents can enter questions before or during the chat. Questions and answers can be viewed both during and after the chat.

For more information, call the Office of Public Information at 240-777-6507.

Summer Reading Program Comes to Montgomery County Public Libraries

Children and teens are invited to participate in this year’s Summer Reading Program at Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) which will run from June 18 through August 13.

Participants can register now -- online only -- through the library’s website at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/library. Children and teens can sign up for the program and log the books they read using any computer in the library or at home or school, or using any mobile device.

This year’s Summer Reading Program offers programs on three levels:

  • Babies and Books! is designed for babies and toddlers, birth through pre-K. Parents/caregivers can sign up their children to listen to or read 20 books.
  • One World, Many Stories (Kid’s Read!) is for children in Kindergarten through grade six. Participants may sign up and read 10 books.
  • You are Here (Teens Read!) is for teens in middle and high school. Read four -- or more -- books. Share books and program information on Facebook

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

For more information about programs and events, visit www.montgomerycountymd.gov/library.

Keep Montgomery County Beautiful Nominations due by June 20

The Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) has announced its 25th Annual Beautification and Photography contests, both of which are sponsored by MCDOT in cooperation with the Keep Montgomery County Beautiful Task Force.

The Beautification 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.  Landscaping along County roadsides, medians or other public locations is also eligible for the award.

The Amateur Photography Contest featuring County locations/residents are judged on effective composition, originality, interest and relevance of the subject matter, and technique. There is also an optional youth category for kids under 18 who want to be judged only against their peers.

For more information or downloadable nomination forms, visit MCDOT’s website or contact the Community Outreach Office at 240-777-7155.

Second White Flint Sector Plan Public Amenities Charette Date Changed to June 30

The date for a second charette to discuss the public amenities for the White Flint Sector Plan, has been changed from June 16 to June 30, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the Walter Johnson High School cafeteria. At the meeting, County staff will present a conceptual amenities implementation plan based on input received from the public at the June 1 charette.

The White Flint Sector Plan provides a framework for developing White Flint into a vibrant, transit-oriented, mixed-use, walkable urban area. Community input is sought on how certain amenities called for in the Plan can be designed and implemented to contribute in a significant way to transforming and defining White Flint as a world-class community. Residents, property owners, businesses, civic groups and other stakeholders are invited to participate in the multi-agency charette process.

Anyone needing ADA, sign language interpreters or other special accommodations to attend the charettes must contact Rob Klein at 240-777-6016 or rob.klein@montgomerycountymd.gov at least three business days before the meeting.

For more information, go to www.montgomerycountymd.gov/dgs and look for “Public Amenities in White Flint” under Building Design and Construction, Neighborhood Page for Bethesda-Chevy Chase.

Pay-By-Cell Parking Now Available in County’s Four Parking Districts -- Bethesda, Silver Spring, Wheaton and Montgomery Hills 

Cell phones can now be used to pay for parking at nearly 10,730 meters in all four County Parking Lot Districts with the recent conversion of 129 County parking meters in Montgomery Hills. Bethesda’s 5,250 parking meters were completed in March, Silver Spring’s 4,520 parking meters, in May and Wheaton’s 830 meters, earlier this month.

By the end of July, the program will be expanded to include another 1,089 meters in North Bethesda. 

To use pay-by-cell, first-time patrons register for the program once by going online anytime to www.mc.goparknow.com or calling 301-830-7074. Parkers set up an account and indicate which credit card will be used for the parking charges. The step-by-step instructions are printed on each meter.

For more information on the pay-by-cell initiative, or to register for an account, go to the Division of Parking’s website at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/parking

Celebrate Montgomery’s Past at Heritage Days 2011

The Heritage Days 2011 celebration will feature 36 special sites around Montgomery County that will be open -- free -- from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 25 and Sunday, June 26.  Sponsored by the Heritage Tourism Alliance of Montgomery County (Heritage Montgomery) the celebration includes musical performances at 16 sites, children’s activities, refreshments and history.

Highlights include:

Olney Theatre Center, Saturday – Enjoy a day of family fun at this cultural campus dating back to 1939 featuring performances, games for children of all ages and cotton candy.  The Eric Byrd Trio caps off the day with a jazz concert at 4 p.m.

Village of Sandy Spring, Saturday – Visit the Sandy Spring Friends School campus and relive the Civil War Battle of Rickett’s Run. Picnic on the grounds and enjoy live music.  At the Sandy Spring Museum at 1:30 p.m. participate in the debate – Maryland 1861: Union or Confederate? You Decide – for anyone over age 12. Younger children can enjoy a scavenger hunt at the museum.  Interact with Civil War-era personas at the Sandy Spring Slave Museum.

Musical entertainment, Saturday -- Enjoy the Washington Revels Maritime Voices at noon at the Seneca Aqueduct/Riley’s Lockhouse and at 2 p.m. at the Monocacy Aqueduct.

Hyattstown Mill Arts Project, Saturday, Sunday – This wooden grist mill, built in 1918, will feature an exhibit of beautiful objects all made of wood, plus demonstrations on wood sculpture and crafts.  Join in a “Song Sing” of old favorites and new tunes at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Heritage Montgomery, located in Germantown, is dedicated to promoting and supporting heritage tourism to County historical, cultural and natural areas, helping to tell their stories and to attract visitors to their sites.

For detailed information on the 14th annual celebration, check the Heritage Montgomery website, www.heritagemontgomery.org.

New Policies at Montgomery County Public Libraries

Montgomery County Public Libraries has announced changes in its policies and fees that are designed to ensure that library materials are accessible to customers in a timely manner, encourage customers to effectively manage their library card accounts and ensure accuracy of customer account information.

The following changes are now in effect:

  • Library card accounts of customers who owe $25 or more in fines will be blocked. This is an expansion of the current policy to include public internet computers.
  • Library card accounts must be clear of all fines and fees before the account can be renewed each year.
  • Customers who do not pick up their hold(s) after 10 days will be assessed a fee of $1 per hold. If holds are no longer needed, customers are encouraged to cancel online or by calling Ask-a-Librarian at 240-777-0001.

Receiving email reminders is an effective way for library customers to receive notices about holds ready for pick up and renewals. To sign up for email notifications, visit www.montgomerycountymd.gov/library.

The Purrfect Gift for Adopt a Shelter Cat Month

To mark June as Adopt a Shelter Cat Month, the Montgomery County Humane Society (MCHS) is partnering with the ASPCA and the makers of Fresh Step litter to help find loving homes for cats.

Now through June 30, MCHS is waiving the fees to adopt adult shelter cats age two years and up. All other adoption policies and thorough match-making procedures remain in effect, as well as County license fees required by law.

Stop by to meet your next purrfect pet.

CATEGORIES: Worth Noting
POSTED: Wednesday, June 15, 2011 | 3:30:00 AM |


Opportunity:  Animal Lovers Need Apply

It's kitten season and shelters, already overflowing with cats, will be taking in even more kittens. If you love animals -- especially cats -- volunteer at an animal shelter. Volunteers are always needed, including fostering kittens in your home until a permanent home is found.

Check out the opportunities at these shelters:

Healthy Ways to Help Your Brain

The County (Aging and Disability Services)-supported Brain Health Initiative of the Alzheimer’s Association National Capital Area Chapter focuses on teaching a new perspective on fitness and quality of life. The health of your brain plays a critical role in almost everything you do: thinking, feeling, remembering, working and playing - even sleeping. The good news is that there is a lot you can do to help maintain a healthy brain.

The following Brain Health Blitz Races and special event reinforce the mission of the Alzheimer’s Association and the National Capital Area Chapter to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

June 19 -- Washingtonian Center, Gaithersburg; 8 a.m. - 2k Run; 9 a.m. - 5k Run
Washingtonian Boulevard.

June 25 -- Sunrise at Fox Hill, Bethesda; 8 a.m. - 2k Run; 9 a.m. - 5k Run
8300 Burdette Rd., Bethesda.

For more information about the Blitz Race Series or to register, click here, call 800-272-3900 or e-mail BrainHealth@alz.org.

June 23 -- Arts and the Healthy Brain: An Open House
Strathmore Mansion 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. 7 – 8:30 p.m. Explore the connection between music and the brain.  Enjoy live music and hands-on activities that demonstrate how music and visual art help keep the brain healthy and strong. Listen to Strathmore Artists in Residence, pop-folk duo, The Sweater Set; hear brief presentations; and engage with local experts in the field. This event is free with light refreshments. RSVPs are encouraged. Learn more and sign up here.

Read more information about healthy aging and ways to Maintain Your Brain® here.

Give the Gift of Reading: Be a Literacy Council Volunteer

The Literacy Council of Montgomery County will hold an information session for volunteers interested in helping adults learn to read, write or speak English on Wednesday, June 29 at 10:30 a.m. at the Rockville Library.

Once volunteers have completed the orientation, they can select a two-part training session that fits their schedules. No foreign language skills are necessary. Tutors work one-on-one or with small groups and typically meet with students in libraries or community centers at mutually convenient times.

For details, call 301-610-0030, email info@literacycouncilmcmd.org or visit www.literacycouncilmcmd.org

Elder Financial Exploitation is a Crime; the Montgomery County State’s Attorney Can Help

Elder financial abuse is widespread and growing. No one really knows how much money is lost this way, but any amount is too much.

The good news is that Maryland law makes it a crime to financially exploit “vulnerable adults” -- those who are unable to manage their daily needs due to mental or physical disability and those 68 and older.

If you think you or someone you know has been the victim of financial abuse, the State’s Attorney’s Office can help.

Signs of possible financial abuse:

  • New spending patterns, increased use of credit and/or debit card;
  • Purchase of expensive, uncharacteristic items (e.g., car by a person who doesn’t drive);
  • Change in ability to pay bills, bounced checks;
  • Presence of new “friends,” relatives, caretakers, companions, especially if much younger; person speaks for the senior and/or keeps others away;
  • Revisions to wills, powers of attorney, other legal or financial documents, such as
    changes to account beneficiaries;
  • Suspension of usual activities, social isolation

Who's committing the crime?

  • It can be a staff member at a care facility who is able to cozy up to a resident to get
    jewelry, money or power of attorney;
  • It can be family members who believe they are entitled to an inheritance before their
    parents or grandparents pass away;
  • It can be a stranger. Con artists prey on older people because, as a group, they control a
    large amount of money.

If you suspect that you or someone you know is the victim of financial exploitation, report your concerns. The people committing these crimes need to be caught and punished. Do not assume that someone has already reported a suspicious situation.

Contact Deborah Zuckerman, Senior Financial Exploitation Prevention Initiative 240-777-7340; or email deborah.zuckerman@montgomerycountymd.gov.

Join the Election Day Team: It’s Not too Soon to Sign Up

The Montgomery County Board of Elections is looking for registered voters to serve as Election Judges in the upcoming 2012 Elections.

Volunteers are needed who are willing to be trained to conduct fair and efficient elections and who will provide voters with a courteous and friendly environment in which to vote.

Volunteer judges of all party affiliations are needed, however Republicans and Spanish speaking Election Judges are needed the most.

The Primary Election will be held on April 3, 2012, and the General Election on November 6, 2012. Sign up today to add your name the Board of Elections database. Training will begin early next year and enrollment information will be sent closer to that time.

For more information, visit the Board of Elections website at www.777vote.org, email election.judge@montgomerycountymd.gov, or call 240-777-8533.

Montgomery County Master Gardeners Announce Free, Walk-in Plant Clinics

It’s the growing season and Montgomery County Master Gardeners are answering gardening questions at 11 locations around the County. Bring your full and intact plant and insect samples, garden problems and questions to any of the following locations and get free answers.

  • Bethesda: Davis Library, 6400 Democracy Blvd., through Sept., Saturdays, 10 a.m. -1 p.m.
  • Bethesda: FRESHFARM Market. Norfolk Ave. (between Fairmont Ave. and St. Elmo Ave.), through Sept., first Saturday of each month, plus second Saturday in Oct. 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Chevy Chase: Audubon Naturalist Society, 8940 Jones Mill Rd., through Sept., Saturdays, 10 a.m. - noon.
  • Derwood: Montgomery County Extension Office, 18410 Muncaster Rd., through Nov., Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Gaithersburg: Quince Orchard Library, 15831 Quince Orchard Rd., through Sept., Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Germantown: Germantown Library, 19840 Century Blvd., through Sept., Wednesdays, 6:15 – 7:45 p.m.
  • Olney: Olney Farmers Market, 2801 Olney/Sandy Spring Rd.(Rt. 108) at Prince Philip Dr., through Sept., first and second Sunday of each month, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Poolesville: Poolesville Library, 19633 Fisher Ave. through Sept., Wednesdays, 1– 3 p.m.
  • Rockville: Twinbrook Library, 202 Meadow Hall Dr., through Sept., first and third Saturday of each month, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Silver Spring: Silver Spring FRESHFARM Market, Ellsworth Dr. between Georgia/Fenton; April - Oct., 3rd Saturday of each month, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Wheaton: Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Ave., year-round. Saturdays,10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Sundays, 1p.m. - 4 p.m., plus April - Oct., Wednesday and Thursday 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

For further information call the, Plant Hotline -- 301-590-9650 -- weekday mornings or email mgmont@umd.edu.



Consumer Protection Asks: Did You Know?

One of the notable victories for Maryland consumers from the 2011 Maryland legislative session: New credit check legislation that will prevent many Marylanders from being denied jobs they need as a result of credit issues unrelated to their job application.

To learn about other victories, visit http://www.marylandconsumers.org.

CATEGORIES: Worth Noting
POSTED: Wednesday, June 15, 2011 | 3:00:00 AM |


County Recognized for Workplace Excellence, Health and Wellness Initiatives

Montgomery County government has earned the Workplace Excellence Award and the Health and Wellness Trailblazer Award from the Alliance for Workplace Excellence (AWE) for its exemplary commitment to the workforce by creating a culture that allows employees to be successful in the workplace, at home and in the community.

The County was among 63 employers, representing more than one million employees, that met stringent standards regarding the benefits and work environments that they provide. Organizations were judged on supportive corporate culture and management practices, family and employee friendly practices, health and wellness initiatives, growth and learning opportunities, and commitment to social responsibility and employee volunteerism.

AWE is a public/private, nonprofit coalition committed to empowering employers to create and become recognized as “excellent places to work.”

Speaking Up Pays Off

Call it “rewarding excellence,”  “gainsharing” or “incentivizing,” the bottom line is the same – County employees are being rewarded for coming up with money saving initiatives for their employer. In these tight economic times, the County has determined that paying employees for helping save the government money pays dividends for all involved.

A case in point is the story of David Rivas, a mechanic in the Department of General Services who discovered that the County had been changing transmission fluid in its Ride On buses more often than necessary.

David’s story and details behind the County’s initiative were told in a recent Washington Post article.

Firefighter Works to Turn Personal Losses into Gains for Others 

The long and short of a bittersweet story is this: Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service Firefighter Marshall Moneymaker lost three sisters to breast cancer and is on a personal mission to raise awareness about the disease as a tribute to his sisters.

Before the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure came to the area shortly after his third sister’s death in the fall of 2010, Moneymaker was presented with pink firefighter gear as a surprise from co-workers in support of his efforts and passion to find a cure.

Manufacturers from Municipal Emergency Services, Globe Manufacturing and Bullard Safety Products all donated the special gear and equipment in support of Moneymaker. And, while the gear won’t be worn to fight any fires, it will be worn to ignite and promote breast cancer awareness and the importance of early detection. Moneymaker hopes that people are checking him out … and getting checked.

Visit www.for3sisters.com  for more information and read Firefighter Moneymaker’s story in The Washington Post.

County Recognized for Innovation in Web 2.0 Technology and Civic/Social Media Tools

The Public Technology Institute (PTI) and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation have recognized Montgomery County as a leader in the innovative application of Web 2.0 technologies and civic/social media tools to achieve impressive results in citizen engagement, government accountability and operational efficiencies.

Montgomery County is one of only 17 U.S. jurisdictions, and one of just four counties, to be recognized with this prestigious award.

The County’s winning entry noted the use of several Web 2.0 and social media tools and platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Alert Montgomery and MC311, which is the County’s on-line and telephone information system.

“Web 2.0 implementation…is becoming a strategic and inherent way for government to do business,” said Alan Shark, PTI executive director. “Innovative and leading organizations like Montgomery County that adopt and leverage Web 2.0 tools will ultimately deliver more effective services to their citizens."

PTI is a national technology organization created by and for cities and counties. The organization promotes innovation and collaboration for government leaders, and advances the use of technology to improve the management and delivery of services to residents.

Additional information about the award may be found on-line at http://www.pti.org/index.php/ptiee1/more/723

POSTED: Wednesday, June 15, 2011 | 2:00:00 AM |


Saturday, June 18 – Third Annual Blues Block Party in downtown Silver Spring. An all-day, family-friendly party stretching from the Fenton Street Market on Veterans Plaza to the fountain on Ellsworth Drive. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Two stages will feature 13 live acts, including a noon-time Blues storytime with Ayaba Bey. A musical instrument petting zoo, harmonica workshops, and 50 exhibitors round out the offerings. An afternoon Margarita Garden and late-night after-parties rock the ‘hood for grown-ups. The event is the result of the partnership between the Fenton Street Market, Downtown Silver Spring, and Blues Festival organizers D.C. Blues Society and Silver Spring Town Center, Inc.

Get complete info on the festival.

POSTED: Wednesday, June 15, 2011 | 1:00:00 AM |
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