March 2, 2015

Personal Experiences from Local Civil Rights Activists

Six long-time Montgomery County residents whose activism on civil rights and social justice issues played key roles in the Civil Rights movement in the County are featured in a special video that was part of the Black History Month Commemoration hosted by the County Council on February 24.

Christine "Tina" Clarke, Warren Crutchfield, Ruby Reese Moone, James Offord, Odessa Shannon and Harvey Zeigler were among those sharing their historical experiences with councilmembers, invited guests and the public.

County Cable Montgomery producer/editor Barbara Grunbaum and videographer Mike Springirth compiled the recollections into the 14-minute video entitled “A Century of Black Life History and Culture in Montgomery County, Maryland.”

Capital Crescent Garage in Bethesda Now Charging for Parking

The Montgomery County Department of Transportation's Division of Parking is now charging for parking in the 960-space Capital Crescent Garage located at the intersection of Woodmont and Bethesda avenues. Parking has been free since the garage opened on January 20 to give parkers time to become acquainted with the new garage. The hourly rate at the garage is $0.80 an hour from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Garage patrons should insert their tickets into centrally located pay machines prior to returning to their vehicles. The pay machines in the garage’s three pedestrian lobbies accept credit cards and cash. Customers can also pay at garage exits with a credit card.

Detailed information on using this “pay-on-foot” payment system is available online.

More information on parking in Montgomery County’s public lots and garages is available online.

Local Liquor Control: The Facts

It contributes $30 million in annual profit to the County – helping fund schools, transportation, aid for the vulnerable in our midst, and more.

It helps to keep taxes lower.

Lower alcohol consumption and higher revenue for public purposes than other jurisdictions.

There are no liquor stores on every corner.

The system makes it harder for underage individuals to purchase alcohol and provides more education for the public and for servers as well.

Control of local sales better protects the public health, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Read about the benefits of local control.

Learn about the public health benefits.

Visit Department of Liquor Control for more information.

Experience Counts: Nominate Local Businesses that Hire Workers 55+ Years of Age

Older adults are a great asset for businesses and communities because of their knowledge, experience and work ethic.

The Montgom­ery County Department of Economic Development, the Workforce Investment Board and the Jewish Council for the Aging annually recognize best practices of employers in the County who bring skills and diversity to their workforce by hiring and using the talents of workers 55 and older.

Businesses honored in 2014 for their exemplary practices were: the National Institutes of Health, Adventist HealthCare and Sandy Spring Bank. Awards for 2015 will be presented at the Jewish Council for the Aging’s Annual 50+ Employment Expo on June 1.

Nominations for 2015 recipients are now open and will be accepted until March 27.

To receive more information about the award program, to submit suggestions for company nominations and/or to access nomination forms, visit

Another Kind of Madness in March: Book Battles Now at a Library Near You

Local book lovers are invited to participate in Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) second annual “March Book Battle.” Simply go online to and vote for your favorite children’s, teen and adult books. Choose from eight pairs each of children’s and teen/adult titles.

Each week throughout March, new book pairings will be posted for voting. Displays of titles and authors included in the voting will be featured at MCPL branches.

The champions will be announced on the library website on Monday, March 30.

For more information, visit

Nominations Sought for Community Action Awards; Due March 16

The County’s Community Action Board is seeking nominations for several awards that recognize individuals and organizations that have made a difference in reducing poverty or by advocating for low-income residents.

The deadline for nominations is Monday, March 16. Nomination forms are available online. For more information or for a paper copy of the nomination form, call the Community Action Agency at 240-777-1697.

The following awards will be presented at the board’s annual Community Action Month Celebration and Volunteer Event on Tuesday, May 19:
  • Henry L. Dixon Community Action Award for an Organization – for promoting self-sufficiency for adults in the County.
  • Gerald J. Roper, Sr. Community Action Award for a Youth Organization – for helping to improve future success for youth and develop leadership skills. Youth-led organizations receive extra points in the review process.
  • Marcia Plater Community Action Adult Volunteer Award – recognizing an adult whose volunteer services or advocacy efforts help lower-income County residents move towards or achieve self-sufficiency.
  • Marcia Plater Community Action Youth Volunteer Award – honoring a youth volunteer whose services or advocacy efforts help lower-income County residents move towards or achieve self-sufficiency.

Home Tree Care 101

Mature trees have been called the "work horses of the environment." They provide cooling shade, filter air and water pollution, provide psychological benefits and increase property value. Increasing and sustaining tree canopy in Montgomery County is a priority for residents and for the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).

About 85% of the County’s tree canopy is on private residential or commercial property. Because of the importance of tree canopy in sustaining communities, Conservation Montgomery and DEP have partnered to offer “Home Tree Care 101” (HTC101) workshops in County neighborhoods.

Classes are held outdoors with hands-on demonstrations of tree pruning, mulching and other tips on home tree. A long-term goal is to preserve mature tree canopy in the County by improving maintenance of larger trees – keeping these work horses vital and beautiful.

Learn more about HTC 101, including how to sign up for or to organize a class.