October 10, 2018

Leggett Legacy Forward Event

County Executive Ike Leggett will complete his term and leave elected office on December 3 after serving as County Executive for the past 12 years. Enjoy this video that overviews Leggett’s nearly 40 years as a Montgomery County public servant. The video premiered at a special event that celebrated Leggett and his wife Catherine Leggett. The event was held at The Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda on Sept. 23.

Leggett is the first African American elected to the Montgomery County Council and to hold the office of county executive. Prior to his three terms in the executive position, he served 16 years as an at-large county council member.

He served as professor of law at his alma mater, Howard University Law School from 1975 to 2006, and as assistant dean of the law school from 1979 to 1986. He is a decorated military veteran, having served as a captain in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam conflict. After service, he became an administrative aide for Congressman Parren Mitchell (MD 7th congressional district), worked as a Social Security Administration claims examiner, and served as staff attorney for the Department of the Navy. In 1977, he was selected as a White House Fellow under President Jimmy Carter.

The full Leggett Legacy Forward event can be viewed here.

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Montgomery County Council Wants to Hear from Youth

The Montgomery County Council hopes to hear from community youth at a youth town hall scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 24 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The meeting will take place in the Council’s third floor hearing room at the Council Office Building third-floor at 100 Maryland Ave. in Rockville.

Doors open at 6 p.m. for a pre-meeting pizza reception for students and councilmembers in the building’s second-floor cafeteria.

More information is available here.

Ribbon-Cutting Celebration Opens the Good Hope Neighborhood Recreation Center

Hundreds of residents turned out to celebrate the opening of the Good Hope Neighborhood Recreation Center on Saturday, Oct. 6. The new facility is in the Good Hope Local Park located at 14715 Good Hope Road in Silver Spring.

The 14,000-square-foot center doubles the size of the previous facility. The building features a full-size gymnasium, social hall, kitchen, multipurpose room, fitness, and weight room and more. The park amenities include a playground, softball fields, a lighted baseball field, tennis and basketball courts.

Montgomery County Recreation and the Strathmore Hall Foundation, Inc. are partnering to offer community arts programs.

The Good Hope Neighborhood Recreation Center is open Tuesday through Saturday. It is closed Sundays and Mondays. For the facility’s specific hours of operation and programming information, visit the Montgomery County Recreation website.

Maryland Voter Registration Deadline

Montgomery County citizens who wish to vote in the 2018 Gubernatorial General Election need to complete and submit their voter registration application by 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 16, to vote in the Nov. 6 election.

Is your voter registration up to date? Is your political party affiliation correct? Do you wish to update your political party affiliation or address? Make sure you update your registration prior to October 16, so you are ready to vote. Registering to vote requires that you are a U.S. citizen, live in Montgomery County and be at least 18 years of age on or before Nov. 6.

The Montgomery County Board of Election has more information here.

League of Women Voters Presents Voters’ Guide Available for 2018 General Election

The League of Women Voters of Montgomery County publishes the Voters’ Guide that includes information on voting, candidates’ responses to questions on issues in their own words, and information to help you make sense of the Ballot Questions. The Voters’ Guide may assist you in your decision-making process as you prepare to vote in the General Election on Nov. 6 or at early voting locations from Oct. 25 to Nov. 1.

This election includes voting for candidates for U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, Governor, State Senate and House of Delegates, County Executive, County Council and Board of Education.

The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan organization of women and men that promotes informed participation in government. The do not support or oppose any political party or candidate.

Three Ways to get the Voters’ Guide:
  • Online interactive guide for voting information and comparisons of all the candidates’ responses is available here.
  • Paper copy - at Montgomery County libraries, regional service, senior and community centers, etc. Contains all candidates on the ballot, but due to space limitations, a few offices have only some of the candidates’ responses that are available in vote411.org
  • The printable copy of the Voters’ Guides in a PDF format is available here.

Montgomery County Ranked 4th Biopharma Centers in the Nation

The BioHealth Capital Region, including Montgomery County, is ranked #4 on the list of top U.S. biopharma centers by Genertic Engineering & Biotechnology News (GEN). GEN ranks regions based on National Institute of Health funding, venture capital investment, patents, lab space and jobs in biotech.

Learn more about the BioHealth Capital Region here.

Resources for Sexual Assault Victims and Survivors in Montgomery County

Recently, much of the nation’s attention has been focused on sexual assault, sexual harassment, reporting laws, and the impact sexual violence has on our society.

The Montgomery County Commission for Women encourages victims and survivors of sexual assault, who are ready, to reach out for assistance. Your fear is normal, your assault was not.

Montgomery County has excellent resources to help victims, including the Victim Assistance and Sexual Assault Program. The Special Victims Investigations Division of the Montgomery County Police Department has a Sexual Assault Unit, which is highly trained, victim-centered, and also ready to assist as needed.

The Victim Assistance and Sexual Assault Program (VASAP) assists victims of crimes such as rape/sexual assault and provides crisis and ongoing counseling, information and referral, advocacy and support and compensation for victims of crimes committed in Montgomery County or crime victims who live in Montgomery County.

More information is available here.

World of Montgomery Festival Celebrates the Cultural Heritages of Montgomery County

Montgomery County celebrates the global cultural heritages of Montgomery County at the annual World of Montgomery Festival. The festival will be held at Montgomery College (Rockville) on Sunday, October 21 from noon to 4 p.m.

The free festival includes ethnic foods, a Parade of Cultures, two performance stages of traditional dance and music and fun interactive activities for the whole family.

Montgomery County has become one of the most culturally diverse communities in the nation. Today, one-third of our one million-plus residents were born in other countries. Among the 156,000 students enrolled in our public schools,138 distinct languages from 157 different countries are spoken at home.

More information on the festival is available here.

Register for Youth Basketball Leagues

Registration is now underway for Montgomery County Recreation’s youth basketball leagues.

The recreation department offers instructional, recreational and competitive leagues for children in grades K - 12.

For more information, visit the Montgomery County Recreation website.

Call for Nominations for the Montgomery County Human Rights Hall of Fame

Nominations are open for the Montgomery County Human Rights Hall of Fame through Oct. 17. Nominations should be individuals – either living or deceased – whose ongoing work, service and contributions have positively impacted human and civil rights in the county.

A select number of nominees will be recommended for the Hall of Fame by a panel of current Human Rights Hall of Fame member judges. The inductees will be honored for the great personal sacrifices and contributions made to human and civil rights in Montgomery County at an induction ceremony scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 29 at the BlackRock Center located at 12901 Town Commons Drive in Germantown.

Nomination forms are available here, or by calling the Office of Human Rights at 240-777-8450.