February 3, 2016

Summer Camp Registration is Open

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Registration for Montgomery County Recreation’s summer camps and programs are now open. Hundreds of affordably priced offerings, including arts, nature, science and sports are featured, among many other options for tots to teens.

Camps and summer programs are available for all skill levels at hundreds of locations throughout the County. Early registration is encouraged because space is limited and signups are handled on a first-come, first-served basis.

More information is available at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/rec.

Al Roshdieh Appointed as Director of Montgomery County Department of Transportation

Al R. Roshdieh as Director
of the Department of
Transportation (MCDOT)
The Montgomery County Council approved the appointment of Al R. Roshdieh as Director of the Department of Transportation  on February 2. Roshdieh has served as Acting Director since December 22, 2014. During the past year, Roshdieh has reinvigorated the department’s mission and staff with a progressive vision for sustainable transportation.

Read more here.

Montgomery County’s Office of Human Rights Co-Sponsors Civil Rights Historic Bus Tour

Online registration is now open for the upcoming annual civil rights historic bus tour that retraces the steps of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights heroes. The tour is hosted by the Montgomery County Office of Human Rights, in collaboration with the Montgomery County Public Libraries, the African American Employees Association, the Lincoln Park Historical Foundation and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. The trip is available to county and non-county residents.

The bus tour leaves Rockville on April 3 and returns on April 10. The tour will travel to Greensboro, NC; Atlanta, GA; Birmingham, Montgomery and Selma, AL; Memphis and Nashville, TN; Little Rock, AR and Jackson, MS to retrace the Freedom Trail to learn about Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Medgar Evers and the Montgomery Bus Boycott, voter’s rights, Little Rock Nine and other significant events of the Civil Rights Movement.

County Executive Ike Leggett Endorses County's Commitment to Library Cards for all Students at White House Summit

County Executive Ike Leggett joined St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman and Denver Mayor Michael Hancock at a White House ConnectED meeting on Tuesday, January 19 to talk about the importance of every student having their own library card. Leggett presented information to leaders from over 40 cities about the essential role local governments play in assuring that all students have access to free library resources.

This meeting is the first-ever national convening of chief elected officials, school superintendents and library leaders to explore how stronger partnerships between schools and libraries build a bridge to ensure all children have the resources to reach their full learning potential.

Director of Public Libraries Parker Hamilton and Montgomery County Public Schools Chief Engagement and Partnership Officer Timothy B. Warner also represented Montgomery County at the meeting. 

Read more about the White House Summit.

New Ride On Bus System Maps Now Available

Ride On has published an updated system map that is available both online and as a paper map to help residents and visitors plan their travel using transit. In addition to Ride On’s 78 routes, the map shows other transportation options including Metrobus, Metrorail, MARC Commuter Rail, MTA Commuter Bus, local shuttles, Amtrak and Greyhound.

Residents may call MC311 at 3-1-1 or 240-777-0311.

Leggett Promotes Friendlier Aging Community

In December County Executive Leggett convened a Summit On Aging to celebrate the accomplishments and understand the priorities for shaping Montgomery County as a lifelong community for residents ages 55 and older. 

Review here for an overview of the County Executive’s Summit on Aging.

Twinbrook Branch Library Celebrates Reopening

Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett participated in a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) Twinbrook Branch located at 202 Meadow Hall Drive in Rockville on January 30. The event marked the official reopening of the branch after being closed to be “refreshed” under the Library Refurbishment Level-of-Effort initiative in the Capital Improvement Program (CIP).

The Twinbrook Branch library is the first MCPL branch to be refreshed under the library refurbishment program which provides important enhancements to a facility. The refurbishment initiative provides the opportunity to implement focused capital improvements in a seven-year rotation rather than waiting for the 20-year to 30-year full renovation cycle.

Berliner Elected to the Board of Directors of the Washington Council of Governments

In January the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) elected Councilmember Roger Berliner, Vice President of the Montgomery County Council, as its Chairman for 2016. Berliner, who served on the COG Board since 2007, shared his two focus issues are the Metro transit system and economic development.

The Board of Directors is COG’s governing body and is responsible for its overall policies, functions, and funds. Board members are appointed each year by the participating local governments and by caucuses of state legislative delegations from the region. Read more at Berliner Wants to Improve Metro, Economic Development as New Chairman of Council of Governments.

Nominations Sought for Montgomery Serves and Neal Potter Volunteer Service Awards

The Montgomery County Volunteer Center, in partnership with the Montgomery County Commission on Aging and The Beacon Newspapers are accepting nominations for the Montgomery Serves and the Neal Potter Path of Achievement awards. The awards honor some of the County’s most dedicated volunteers. Categories include: lifetime service, youth, business, individual and group. 
More information and nomination forms are available at Volunteer Center website. Nominations for all categories will be accepted through Friday, February 26 at 5 p.m.

Charles W. Gilchrist Center for Cultural Diversity FY 2015 Annual Report

The Charles W. Gilchrist Center for Cultural Diversity FY 2015 annual report shows the Center had served over 21,000 residents last year. The report highlights the key programs such as the information and referral, English as a second language classes, workforce development, civic engagement academies, computer literacy and citizenship classes, and pro bono legal assistance.

The Gilchrist Center opened its doors in September 2001 and serves as the County’s welcome center giving the County’s diverse population a connection to volunteer opportunities, civic engagement, cross cultural activities, economic empowerment and information about public and private services. The center provides these services through partnerships with other organizations and the use of skilled volunteers. 

Read the Annual Report (pdf).