January 13, 2017

Holiday Schedule for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Montgomery County government will observe the following holiday schedule for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.
  • County Offices – closed 
  • Libraries – closed 
  • County Liquor stores – all stores will be open 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Recreation – aquatics programs and facilities open; all other classes and programs canceled; administrative offices, senior centers and community centers closed 
  • Montgomery Parks - for operating schedule, including Brookside Gardens, ice rinks, tennis centers, trains and carousels, visit www.MontgomeryParks.org
  • Ride On – will run a special Holiday Schedule. Click on route number in this link to see the timetable for each route: http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/DOT-Transit/SpecialHoliday.html
  • Metrorail – Information available at www.wmata.com
  • Metrobus – Information available at www.wmata.com
  • TRiPS Commuter Stores (Silver Spring and Friendship Heights) – closed
  • Refuse/recycling pickup – no collection on Monday. Trash will be collected on a sliding schedule for the week, which means all collections will be made one day later that week, last collection day is Saturday. Trash should be curbside by 7 a.m. on scheduled pick-up day 
  • The Shady Grove Processing Facility and Transfer Station - closed 
  • Parking at public garages, lots, curbside meters – free
  • MCPS Schools and Administrative Offices – closed
  • State offices and courts – closed

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration

Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett and the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Committee will host a community celebration to honor the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” is the theme for this year’s public celebration.

The free event, scheduled for Monday, Jan. 16 at 3:30 p.m. will be held at the Music Center at Strathmore located at 5301 Tuckerman Lane in North Bethesda.

The Celebration will open with a poem titled “From Montgomery Alabama to Montgomery County,” performed by local actors, students and volunteers. Other performances will include dance ensembles, vocalists, choirs and a special presentation of “Justice In America” by Joy of Motion Dance Center performers.

The event is free, however, each guest is required to have a ticket. Early reservation for tickets are recommended as the event is likely to fill to capacity. Tickets are available through the ticket office at website or by calling 301-581-5100.

The Music Center at Strathmore is located immediately adjacent to the Grosvenor-Strathmore Metro station, on the Red Line. Free parking is available.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a Day ON not a Day OFF!

Join thousands of other local residents in honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and teachings by taking part in Montgomery County’s MLK Day of Service 2017, Monday, January 16. This annual event, organized by the Montgomery County Volunteer Center and our many partner agencies, will feature a wide variety of coordinated family-friendly service projects at locations across the County, providing residents of all ages with ways to help our community. More information is available on website.

County Executive Requests Residents’ Feedback to Determine Priorities for the FY18 Budget

County Executive Ike Leggett will host his final three budget forums in the upcoming weeks. The purpose of the meetings is to gather resident input on their priorities for the upcoming Fiscal Year 2018 (FY18) budget. Join discussion at #MontCoFY18budgetforum. (Presentation Slide | Press Release)
All resident suggestions and ideas submitted during the forums will assist the County Executive to prepare for his FY 18 Budget. The budget will be submitted to the County Council on March 15.

Montgomery County’s 2016 Economic Development Success Stories

Under the leadership of County Executive Ike Leggett, 2016 was a successful year for Montgomery County's Economic Development initiatives. From the Marriott Corporation's decision to build a new headquarters in the county to the privatization of economic development and workforce development, Montgomery County consistently demonstrated its dedication to make Montgomery County a great place for businesses to start, grow and thrive. Learn more about the economic development success stories of 2016.

Good Neighbors Clear Their Sidewalks of Ice and Snow

When winter storms hit, residents are reminded to clear sidewalks in front of and along their property lines within 24 hours of the snowfall. Clearing sidewalks is not only the law but it is the right thing to do to make sure everyone has a safe path to walk. For more information, visit montgomerycountymd.gov/safesidewalks or watch video from YouTube.

Montgomery County Recreation Starts the New Year with the 100 Mile Fitness Challenge

Montgomery County Recreation, for the second year, challenges everyone to get out and walk, jog, run a mile or more, or participate in 20 minutes of continuous physical activity like biking, swimming, yoga, aerobics, skiing, weightlifting, dancing or others.

The goal of the program is to complete 100 miles (or more) in 100 days. Twenty minutes of continuous physical activity also counts as one mile. Registration is available at ActiveMONTGOMERY.org using activity number 26595.

The 100 Mile Challenge will kick off with a fun event at the Holiday Park Senior Center, 3950 Ferrara Drive, Wheaton on Saturday, January 21 from 2 to 4 p.m. The event will include a healthy taste testing reception, fitness activities, a Zumba dance group activity and body fat analysis. All participants will receive a T-shirt, water bottle and swag bag at the event. Speakers will include Nicky and Bob Lowry who will discuss their adventures climbing Mt. Everest this past spring.

For information, call 240-777-6840, or go online to website.

Office of Consumer Protection

The County’s Office of Consumer Protection (OCP) investigates and resolves complaints throughout the year. Take a look at the short video which outlines some of the 2016 resolved complaints.

Registration to Open for Summer Camps and Programs on January 17

Even though we are in the middle of the winter chill, Montgomery County Recreation has their thoughts on butterflies, flip flops and outdoor pools. Registration for summer camps will open on January 17 with hundreds of affordably-priced offerings; including arts, nature, science and sports programs.

Camps and summer programs are available for tots to teens and all skill levels at locations throughout the County. Early registration is encouraged because space is limited and signups are handled on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, go to www.montgomerycountymd.gov/rec.

January is National Radon Action Month

During the month of January, Montgomery County has joined a nationwide effort to educate homeowners and renters on the dangers of radon gas and the importance of testing every home. Radon Action Month focuses on the steps we can take to help ensure our homes are safe and radon free.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, radon is responsible for roughly 21,000 lung cancer deaths each year. It is the second leading cause of lung cancer and the number one cause of lung cancer for non-smokers.

January is an especially good time to test homes for radon because windows and doors are closed tightly and people spend more time indoors. Testing typically happens in the basement or first floor of a building since radon enters a home through cracks and other openings in the foundation.

In awareness of Radon Action Month, the County’s Department of Environmental Protection has developed a new radon brochure with information on testing and the 2016 Radon Home Sale testing law. The brochure is available at website and will be distributed at libraries and regional service centers.

For more information on radon, testing and finding a radon mitigation contractor, visit the new DEP radon website.