October 13, 2016

World of Montgomery Comes to Rockville on Oct. 16

The World of Montgomery Festival is held each year in Oct. to celebrate the rich diversity of the DC Area through international music, food, dance, culturally authentic arts demos, hands-on activities and more. The festival will be held on Oct.16 from noon to 4 p.m. at Montgomery College Rockville campus. For more information, go to worldofmontgomery.com.

Voter Registration and Party Affiliation Change Deadline is Oct. 18

Is your voter registration up to date?  Is your political party affiliation correct?  Do you wish to change your political party affiliation or make any other changes to your voter registration?   Make sure you update your registration prior to October 18 so you are ready to vote.

Montgomery County citizens who wish to vote in the 2016 Presidential General Election need to complete and submit their voter registration application no later than Tuesday, October 18, by 9 p.m. 

For more information, go to www.777vote.org

Department of Permitting Services Nationally Recognized for Improvements to Permitting Process

The National Association of Home Builders highlighted the work of the Montgomery County Department of Permitting Services (DPS), in a recent national report. The report, Development Process Efficiency: Cutting Through the Red Tape, highlighted the efforts of DPS as a leader in streamlining the permitting review process while maintaining the thoroughness of the review.

The report lauds the work of County Executive Ike Leggett in the streamlining initiative he introduced in 2012, which significantly trimmed the time of the permitting process. The process had been 20-30 weeks and is now reduced to 8 to 12 weeks. Site plan reviews that used to take more than a year are now required to be completed within 120 days. The time frame for building permit reviews dropped from 12 weeks to less than 30 days.

Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett Joins in Signing of the Anacostia River Accord to Preserve and Protect the Anacostia Watershed

Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett joined District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser and Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III to sign the Anacostia River Accord on October 13. The signing of the Accord signifies a renewed multi-jurisdictional commitment to work collaboratively toward removing trash and preserving the Anacostia River, its tributaries and watershed.

The signing event took place at the District of Columbia’s Aquatic Resources Education Center located at 1900 Anacostia Drive inside Anacostia Park by the Anacostia River. The Anacostia River Watershed spans approximately 176 square miles and covers portions of Montgomery and Prince George’s County and Washington, D.C. The Anacostia River begins at the confluence of its northeast and northwest branches near Bladensburg, Maryland, and runs for 8.5 miles before meeting the Potomac River at Hains Point in Washington, D.C.

The Anacostia watershed is one of the most densely populated watersheds within the Chesapeake Bay drainage basin. Efforts to restore the Anacostia watershed began nearly three decades ago and since that time, the three jurisdictions have had a leading role along with state and federal agencies and environmental groups. Each respective jurisdiction is nationally recognized for the implementation of progressive environmental policies and programs.

Anacostia River Accord

Read more at Press release

It is Time to Get Your Flu Shot; Seasonal Flu Vaccination Now Available

Montgomery County Health officials announced the dates for the annual flu vaccination campaign and urged residents to get a flu vaccination. Vaccination is the best way to protect against illness during flu season. Seasonal flu will be circulating in the fall and winter and can cause serious illness. To find more information, and make appointment online, visit montgomerycountymd.gov/flu.

Executive’s Hispanic Gala Provides Record-Breaking Number of Scholarships

The 2016 Executive’s Hispanic Gala presented scholarships to 78 deserving young people of diverse backgrounds. The event brought together stakeholders and organizations committed to assist Hispanic youth achieve a high level of education while building strong, diverse and united communities in Montgomery County and throughout the State of Maryland.

The Gala was held at The Fillmore Silver Spring on Sept. 22. The event is a completely volunteer-run event. See more photos from the event.

Comments Wanted on the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Service Along MD 586/Veirs Mill Road between Wheaton & Rockville

The Maryland Department of Transportation, in partnership with the Montgomery County Department of Transportation, held a public meeting on September 28 to provide information and gather public comment on the evaluation of alternatives for Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) service along MD 586/Veirs Mill Road between Wheaton and Rockville.

The public is invited to review the information from the meeting materials and the Corridor Study Report at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/BRT/openhouses_md586.html.

This webpage will allow you to review display boards, alternatives mapping, watch a video, review the Study Report and submit comments about the MD 586 BRT project. The Corridor Study Report is available for public review and comment through Friday, October 14. Community input is vital to the MD 586 BRT project.

County Office of Human Rights Seeks Nominations for Hall of Fame

The Montgomery County Office of Human Rights is accepting nominations for its Ninth Hall of Fame. Nominations should be individuals – either living or deceased – whose ongoing work, service and contributions have positively impacted human and civil rights in the County. The deadline for nominations is November 4.

A select number of nominees will be recommended for induction into the Hall of Fame by a panel of Hall of Fame members who will act as the selection committee. The induction ceremony is planned for Sunday, December 4, at the BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown. For a complete listing of inductees or to find the nomination form go to montgomerycountymd.gov/humanrights.

The New Americans Expo to Outreach to Hundreds of Americans

The New Americans Expo is an informational fair and celebration to welcome immigrant communities. The event will be held on October 23 from 12 to 6 p.m. at the Silver Spring Civic Building located at 1 Veterans Place.

The event will include free health screenings, opportunities to meet for free with attorneys, and speak with experts on everything from affordable housing solutions to financial planning to labor rights. Informative panels and workshops will address important concerns, including single-parent households, racial profiling and civic engagement. The celebration will include prizes, children’s activities, and musicians and dancers who will share traditions from around the world.

Bethesda Row Arts Festival to Showcase World-Class Artist on Oct. 15 and 16

Downtown Bethesda will become an outdoor art gallery during the 19th Annual Bethesda Row Arts Festival. The free event, recognized as one the leading fine art and crafts festivals in the United States, will bring together 190 world-class artists. 

The festival takes place, rain or shine, Saturday, Oct. 15 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 16, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.  The Bethesda Row Arts Festival offers an art sale benefiting the NIH Children’s Charities, thanks to generous donations from participating artists.

More information is available at www.bethesdarowarts.org or www.facebook.com/BethesdaArtsFestival/ or by calling 301-637-5684.