August 26, 2014

County Schedule for Labor Day Holiday

Montgomery County government will observe the following holiday schedule for Labor Day on Monday, September 1:
  • County Offices – closed 
  • Libraries – closed 
  • County liquor stores – open 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Recreation – Bethesda, Germantown, MLK, Western County and Wheaton/Glenmont 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 will be closed. Administrative offices, senior centers and community centers are closed. 
  • Montgomery Parks – for operating schedules, including Brookside Gardens, ice rinks, tennis centers, trains and carousels, 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 & courts – closed 
*Collection provided one day later for remainder of week (last collection day is Saturday).

Town of Brookeville, US Capital for a Day, Plans War of 1812 Bicentennial Commemoration – Re-enactors Include County Executive, Governor


Located about 20 miles north of the District of Columbia, the Quaker Town of Brookeville played a significant role in local and national history during the British occupation of Washington as “United States Capital for a Day” on August 26, 1814.

In the days before the invasion, Washingtonians – including President James Madison and his staff – sought refuge in the town. Washington’s banks brought their money and a Senate clerk brought the government’s documents to Brookeville for safekeeping.

To commemorate the War of 1812 Bicentennial, visitors and local residents can relive that historic period during a weekend-long, free event, in and around town, on Saturday, August 30 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Sunday, August 31 from noon to 6 p.m. Both County Executive Ike Leggett and Governor Martin O’Malley will participate in the re-enactment of President Madison’s stay in Brookeville – Leggett portraying Attorney General Richard Rush and O’Malley, General John Mason.

Attendees can experience life in 1814, witness the arrival of President Madison, accompanied by a mounted Presidential Guard, and watch costumed living history demonstrations. On Saturday evening, a traditional Quaker supper will be served. Special tours, technology exhibits, children’s activities, a military encampment, craft demonstrations, period food and libations, shopping, etc. will also mark the celebration.

Road closures, Parking Information

Georgia Ave .will be closed to all but pedestrians and horses during the event on Saturday and Sunday. Transportation in and out of town will be by free, handicapped accessible-shuttle buses from satellite parking areas at Camp Bennett (20501 Georgia Ave., Brookeville) and MedStar Montgomery Medical Center’s construction lot (across from 18101 Prince Phillip Dr., Olney). Parking is free at both sites. Shuttle service will also be provided from the Glenmont Metro station.

No dogs except service dogs will be allowed on the shuttle buses. Golf carts will take attendees who are unable to walk comfortably from the shuttle stops to activities.

Get information about road closures and detours around Brookeville.

For more information, call 240-205-2387 or log onto www.uscapitalforaday.org

Preservation Hall Jazz Band Headlines Annual Silver Spring Jazz Festival


The 11th Annual Silver Spring Jazz Festival will feature New Orleans’ own Preservation Hall Jazz Band (PHJB) and an all-star jazz line-up on Saturday, September 6, from 3 to 10 p.m. at Veterans Plaza in front of the Silver Spring Civic Building on the corner of Ellsworth Drive and Fenton Street. Joining the PHJB will be local  favorite Marcus Johnson, funk and R&B performer Elliott Levine, world jazz style band David Bach Consort and an eclectic mix from Silver Spring’s Jazz Academy of Music.

Following is the schedule for this year’s festival:
  • 3 p.m. -- Festival Welcome
  • 3:15 p.m. -- Jazz Academy of Music
  • 4:30 p.m. -- Elliott Levine
  • 5:45 p.m. -- David Bach Consort
  • 7 p.m. -- Marcus Johnson presents The Urban Jam Band
  • 8:30 p.m. -- Preservation Hall Jazz Band
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 240-777-6821 or visit www.montgomerycountymd.gov/rec.

Public Forum on Human Trafficking

A public forum on human trafficking, hosted by the County Executive’s Human Trafficking Task Force (HTTF), will be held on Wednesday, September 10 at 7 p.m., at the Council Office Building, Third Floor Hearing Room, 100 Maryland Ave., Rockville.

The HTTF was appointed by County Executive Ike Leggett to explore possible new County legislation to combat human trafficking, raise awareness of the forms human trafficking takes in the County and review ways to improve services provided by the County to victims of trafficking.

For more information about the hearing, or to be placed on the speakers’ list, call Mike Subin in the Office of the County Executive at 240-777-2530 or Lori Lee-Savage, 240-777-2522. The speakers’ list is limited to 25 speakers, with three minutes allotted for individuals and five minutes for organizations. Speakers are asked to provide 15 copies of their testimony at the forum.

Sign language interpreter services will be provided upon request with notice as far in advance as possible, but no less than 72 hours prior to the event. If these or other services or aids are needed to participate in this activity, call 240-777-8302 or MD Relay 711 or email a request to chickona.royster-edwards@montgomerycountymd.gov.

“Stop! Or Get Bus-ted” – Keep Our Kids Safe


Now that Montgomery County Public Schools are back in session, residents are reminded of the County’s School Bus Camera Enforcement Program.

Maryland law requires that when approaching a stopped school bus with activated Stop sign and flashing red lights traffic from both directions must stop and remain stopped until the Stop sign and lights are deactivated.

This includes driving on a two-lane roadway, a two-lane roadway with a center turning lane and a four-lane roadway without a median separation. The only exception is for a divided highway of four lanes or more with a median separation. The lanes of traffic separated by the median and going in the opposite direction from the bus do not have to stop. Traffic going in the same direction of the bus must stop.

To help enforce the law, last January the County began implementing an automated school bus camera enforcement program that allows the cameras to be moved throughout the County as needed. Violations are reviewed by the Police Department’s Automated Traffic Enforcement Unit, and citations are mailed to the registered owner.

The fine from the automated enforcement is $125 and no points. If a driver is stopped by a police officer for passing a stopped school bus with flashing lights, the fine is $570 and three points.

County Police also remind drivers of the importance of obeying the posted speed limit and paying close attention to their surroundings at all times.

Award-winning ePermitting Services Expand to Meet Customers’ Needs



The Department of Permitting Services' (DPS) award-winning online services for ePermits and ePlans are rapidly expanding.

ePermits allow customers to submit an application, pay fees and receive a permit online.

ePlans, the newest addition to DPS’ online services, gives site users the ability to submit documents to DPS, track the review status and make changes. DPS staff review the plans, make comments, ask for additional information and approve the plans electronically. Currently, customers are required to attend a training session prior to creating an ePlans account. Training dates can be found at the ePlans link.

Currently, both ePermits and ePlans are voluntary. DPS’ goal is to make ePermits and ePlans a mandatory, seamless process. As of June 30, customers had submitted 44% of applications for new home building permits using ePlans.

Learn more about DPS’ online services.

Watch a short video about benefits of e-plans.

Fall Recreation and Parks Guide Available; Register now for Classes

Fall registration for Montgomery Recreation programs opened on August 18. The “Fall Recreation and Parks Guide” has hundreds of classes and programs for every age, ability and interest, including aquatics, sports, special events and travel. Aquatics, art classes, sports, therapeutic recreation services and active adult senior programming, take your pick.

Registration is available by mail or fax, online or in person at the Montgomery County Recreation Administrative Offices at 4010 Randolph Rd., Silver Spring.

Print copies of the guide are now available at recreation centers, park facilities, government buildings and public libraries. Residents who prefer to receive the guide by mail can subscribe for $5 and receive a full year of all five issues (Summer, Fall, Winter, Summer Camps and Spring).

To view the guide online, or to sign up for a subscription, go to www.montgomerycountymd.gov/rec.

For more information, call 240-777-6840.