September 1, 2015

Labor Day Holiday Schedule


Montgomery County government will observe the following holiday schedule for Labor Day on Monday, September 7:
  • County Offices – closed 
  • Libraries – closed
  • County liquor stores – all retail stores are open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Recreation – Bethesda, Germantown, Western County, Wheaton/Glenmont and MLK outdoor aquatic facilities will be open from noon to 6 p.m. Olney Indoor Swim Center will be open normal hours; all other indoor aquatic facilities, as well as the Long Branch and Upper County outdoor pools, will be closed. Administrative offices, senior centers and community centers are closed.
  • Montgomery Parks -- most Parks facilities are open during holiday weekend. For operating schedules, visit www.MontgomeryParks.org.
  • Ride On – Sunday schedule
  • Metrobus – Sunday schedule 
  • Metrorail – Sunday schedule 
  • TRiPS Commuter Stores (Silver Spring and Friendship Heights) -- closed
  • Refuse/recycling pickup – no collection*
  • Transfer Station – closed 
  • Parking at public garages, lots, curbside meters – free
  • MCPS Administrative Offices – closed
  • State offices and courts – closed
*Collection provided one day later for remainder of week (last collection day is Saturday)

Library of the Future Summit: Public Invited to Speak Up, Share Thoughts


The public can have a unique opportunity to help determine the shape, tone, function, look, contents, programs and services of libraries in Montgomery County for years to come by participating in the County Executive’s Library of the Future Summit to be held September 24 at the Silver Spring Civic Building from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

In a new feature of this summit, the morning portion of the program at the Silver Spring Civic Building will use “Google Hangout on Air” live to the Gaithersburg Library at 18330 Montgomery Village Ave., providing an opportunity for feedback from an audience in another part of the County.

Registration is required for in person attendance at either location. Registration will close on September 17. Register here for either site.

For those who cannot attend in person, other ways to participate are:
  • Participate online from any location at #MCPLFuture.
  • Share comments, questions and ideas on Twitter (#MCPLFuture) and Facebook.
  • Submit thoughts via the online feedback form available at MCPL’s Summit website, http://montgomerycountymd.libguides.com/summit.
For more information and details, visit http://montgomerycountymd.libguides.com/summit or call 240-777-0002

Independent Study finds Montgomery County’s Speed-Camera Program Yields Long-Term Safety Benefits and Serves as National Model

A study released on September 1, 2015 by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) shows that “Montgomery County’s speed-camera program has led to long-term changes in driver behavior and substantial reductions in deaths and injuries. The IIHS is an independent, nonprofit scientific and educational organization dedicated to reducing the losses, deaths, injuries and property damages from crashes on the nation's roads. The study compared speeding in Montgomery County, which began utilizing a Safe Speed automated enforcement program in 2007, to the same time period and similar roads in Fairfax and Arlington counties which do not have speed camera programs.

Comparison safety gains in Montgomery County attributed to the speed-camera program include:
  • 19% reduction of the likelihood that a crash would involve a fatality or an incapacitating injury as reported by police officers at the scene; 
  • 59% reduction of the likelihood of a driver exceeding the speed limit by more than 10 mph; 
  • 39 % reduction of fatal or incapacitating injuries on residential roads with speed limits of 25-35 mph; 
  • 27% reduction of fatal or incapacitating injuries on 40 mph roads as a result of the camera program on roads with limits of 35 mph or less; and 
  • An additional 30% reduction in the likelihood of a crash involving fatal or incapacitating injury was produced by the “Corridor Approach,” which utilizes more than one camera on a stretch of roadway.
Read more about the study in the Washington Post; or view the full report.

Silver Spring Jazz Festival Brings Mix of Sounds to Downtown


Al Chez and the Brothers of Funk Big Band will headline the Silver Spring Jazz Festival on Saturday, September 12, from 3 to 10 p.m. at Veterans Plaza at the Silver Spring Civic Building, One Veterans Pl. (at Ellsworth Dr. and Fenton St.).

Each year, the festival has presented a mix of many jazz genres, including straight ahead, smooth, Latin and other popular jazz forms. This year the festival will offer original eclectic jazz from Al Chez and the Brothers of Funk, smooth jazz from popular local favorite Marcus Johnson, Latin Jazz from Dani Cortaza Latin Jazz Band, swing from the Halley Schoenberg Jazz Sextet and an eclectic mix from Silver Spring’s Jazz Academy of Music.

Attendees are encouraged to use public transportation – the Silver Spring Metro (Red Line) is two blocks away – and to bring folding chairs. Limited parking is available in the Wayne Avenue garage, the Town Square garage, and the garages on Bonifant Street, Cameron at Ramsey Avenue, and Cameron at Fenton.

For more information, call 311 or 240-777-0311 (from outside the County) or see press release.

An Age- Friendly Community Survey

If you're age 55+, we want to hear from you!

Please click on this survey to offer your thoughts and ideas about Montgomery County as a place to live and retire. And, if you know others who might like to provide their thoughts, feel free to forward this link to friends, family, and others in your community.

Results of the survey will be used to plan the upcoming County Executive's Summit on Aging in Montgomery County, which will focus on ways to make Montgomery County an even better "community for a lifetime."

Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

On Saturday, September 26 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Montgomery County law enforcement agencies will be conducting a Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, a safe, free and anonymous opportunity to dispose of unused, unwanted or expired prescription drugs.

Drop-off locations throughout Montgomery County will accept prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications only. Liquids, illicit drugs, needles, sharps and syringes cannot be accepted as part of the take-back program.

Officers will staff collection boxes in the parking lots or in the lobbies of selected facilities. See the list in the news release.

September is National Preparedness Month: Don’t wait, Communicate!


The Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (OEMHS) reminds residents that September is National Preparedness Month. Every year, emergencies affect millions of people globally, causing injuries, fatalities, economic losses and emotional stress. However, simple emergency planning and preparedness can greatly decrease losses.

This year’s theme of “Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today” emphasizes taking action now to be prepared for eventual emergencies. Planning strategies should be in place for family and pets, as well as the workplace and the greater community.

See the list of tips and links to more information from press release.