May 19, 2017

Holiday Schedule for Memorial Day, Monday, May 29

Montgomery County government will observe the following holiday schedule for Memorial Day, Monday, May 29.
  • County Offices – closed 
  • Libraries - closed
  • County Liquor stores – all stores will be open 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Recreation –all indoor and outdoor aquatic facilities will close at 6 p.m.; administrative offices, senior centers and community recreation centers will be closed
  • Montgomery Parks - Information available at website.
  • Ride On – will operate on a Sunday schedule. Check ride on holiday schedule.
  • Metrorail & Metrobus.
  • TRiPS Commuter Stores (Silver Spring and Friendship Heights) – closed
  • Refuse/recycling pickup – no collection, collections scheduled on or after the holiday will be made one day later in the week
  • The Shady Grove Processing Facility and Transfer Station - closed Memorial Day; will be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 30. The Public Unloading Facility at the Route 355 (Frederick Road) entrance will operate with normal hours from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Parking at public garages, lots, curbside meters – free
  • MCPS and Administrative Offices – closed
  • State offices and courts – closed
Check for upcoming holidays.

Montgomery County Council Reaches Unanimous Agreement on Fiscal Year 2018 Operating Budget

The Montgomery County Council reached unanimous preliminary agreement on a $5.4 billion County operating budget for Fiscal Year 2018 (FY18) on May 18. The budget included a 2.7 percent increase over on the approved budget for FY 2017. The budget strongly supported Montgomery County Public Schools, Montgomery College, the County’s public safety programs and the safety net services provided by the County and non-profit organizations.

The County Council is scheduled to formally adopt the FY18 operating budget on Thursday, May 25. The budget will go into effect on July 1. Updated information about the budget is available at

County Executive Ike Leggett on County Council Announcement of Operating Budget for FY18

County Executive Ike Leggett released this statement following the announcement of  tentative  County Council agreement on the Fiscal Year 2018 Operating Budget. The Council finally approves the budget on May 25.

Leggett stated, "I want to congratulate Council President Roger Berliner, the entire County Council, and Council staff on their constructive work on the County's Operating Budget for the fiscal year that begins this July 1.”
"This approved budget reflects our common priorities and values for the County for the upcoming years. It is prudent and provides a blueprint that should help us to weather some of the potential challenges posed by possible federal budget cutbacks as well as by slower revenue growth and needed ongoing expenditures. Together, we have balanced our County’s needs and top priorities with the resources available."

County Executive Ike Leggett Celebrates the Completion of Another Smart Growth Initiative Project

County Executive Ike Leggett celebrated the ribbon cutting for another of his Smart Growth Initiative projects, the Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) Central Maintenance Depot and Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Green Farm Maintenance Facility.
On May 17 County Executive Ike Leggett celebrated the completion of another of his Smart Growth Initiative projects, the Montgomery County Public Schools Central Maintenance Depot and Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Green Farm Maintenance Facility. This new campus of buildings will serve 204 schools and the vast Montgomery Parks system of parkland and facilities. More information is available from press release.

The Smart Growth Initiative is an award-winning comprehensive program initiated by Leggett to provide substantial economic opportunities for future growth in Montgomery County.

Montgomery County’s Department of General Services Continues to Build a Greener Montgomery County

As part of Montgomery County's commitment to achieving energy efficiency, the County purchased 16 new Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicles (EV) that will be used by the Montgomery County Department of General Services and other agencies for miscellaneous purposes.

The Chevrolet Bolt is a 100%, electric-powered vehicle that utilizes energy stored in a lithium-ion battery pack produced by LG Chem. These 16 new Bolts are replacing 15 Chevrolet Cavaliers and Cobalts, and a Toyota Prius that will retire from service to the County.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy EVs, which run on electricity only, have several advantages over conventional vehicles. EVs convert 59 to 62 percent of the electrical energy from the grid to power at the wheels. Conventional gasoline vehicles only convert 17 to 21 percent of the energy stored in gasoline to power at the wheels. They are more environmentally friendly than fossil-fuel vehicles as they emit no tailpipe pollutants; and EVs provide quiet, smooth operation and stronger acceleration and require less maintenance than internal combustion engines.

Registration for Department of Recreation Summer Classes and Programs is Open

Registration for the Department of Recreation summer classes and programs is now open.
Among the many offerings are aquatics, art classes, sports, therapeutic recreation services, active adult senior programming and much more.

To view the guide and register online, go to Print copies are available at community recreation centers, park facilities, aquatic centers, senior centers and public libraries.

County Executive Ike Leggett Announces New Homeownership Program

County Executive Ike Leggett announced a new program to help qualified applicants purchase a home with the support of the Montgomery Homeownership Program. The down payment assistance program is available for buyers with qualified incomes to purchase a Montgomery County home as their primary residence, up to a $429,000 sale price (up to $525,000, in certain neighborhoods.)

Applicants who qualify and are approved may access Down Payment Assistance loans in amounts up to $40,000 – or up to 40 percent of the household income of the prospective homeowner – whichever is less. Approved buyers also will receive a below-market rate Maryland Mortgage Program Loan.

Montgomery County has committed $1 million to this program; applications will be accepted while funds remain available.

For more information to apply, visit Montgomery Homeownership Program or press release.

Water Safety Day Offers Tips to Keep You Safe During the Summer Swim Season

The Montgomery County Department of Recreation and the cities of Gaithersburg and Rockville will host a free Water Safety Day event on Friday, June 2 from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. The event will be held at the Water Park at Bohrer Park located at 512 S. Frederick Avenue in Gaithersburg.

The event will include information booths, lifeguard demonstrations, the proper use of personal flotation devices, how to safely assist someone struggling in the water, the importance of sunscreen to prevent skin damage and free swim lesson screenings.

Anyone attending Water Safety Day who visits the various information booths can stay for a free swim. Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult.

City of Rockville Presents Hometown Holidays Over the Memorial Day Weekend

The City of Rockville will host the Hometown Holidays Music Festival, Taste of Rockville and the annual Memorial Day parade over the Memorial Day weekend. The Hometown Holidays activities will include live entertainment on the Town Square Stage, the “the beach”, children’s activities include inflatables and amusements (for a fee). The event also features community groups located along East Montgomery Avenue. Learn more about all festival Happenings here.

County Cable Montgomery’s Bottom Line features story on Sean Pang, The Washington Post’s Montgomery Teacher of the Year

Sean Pang came to the United States from Hong Kong at age 6, knowing little English. While a student in Montgomery County Public Schools he learned English and went on to earn a teaching degree at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County.

Recently, his enthusiasm for teaching at Rockville High School earned him the distinction of being named the Montgomery County Teacher of the Year by The Washington Post. His remarkable story is one of three featured segments on the current edition of Bottom Line on County Cable Montgomery (CCM).

Bottom Line is viewable on Cable Channels 996 (high definition) and 6 (standard definition) on Comcast; Channels 1056 (HD) and 6 (SD) on RCN; and Channel 30 on Verizon. Bottom Line airs on Wednesdays on CCM on Monday at 12 noon, on Saturdays at 12:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. and on Sundays at 11:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Susan Kenedy hosted and produced Bottom Line and Mike Springirth served as chief videographer and editor.

The 15-minute show is available on demand: .The segment on Sean Pang can viewed at .