May 21, 2018

Holiday Schedule for Memorial Day, Monday, May 28

Montgomery County government will observe the following holiday schedule for Memorial Day, Monday, May 28.
  • County Offices – Closed 
  • Libraries – Closed 
  • County Liquor stores (DLC) – 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 recreation centers are closed 
  • Montgomery Parks - for special programs, events and operating schedule, including Brookside Gardens, ice rinks, and tennis centers, visit
  • Ride On – Sunday Schedule 
  • Metrorail – Information available at
  • Metrobus – Information available at
  • TRiPS Commuter Store at Silver Spring Transit Center – Open
  • TRiPS Mobile Commuter Store – The Silver Spring TRiPS store will be open on Memorial Day, but the Mobile Store will be closed
  • County refuse/recycling pickup – no collection, all collections for the week will be made one day later than normal with Friday pickup on Saturday.
  • The Shady Grove Processing Facility and Transfer Station – closed
  • Parking at public garages, lots, curbside meters – Free
  • State offices and courts – Closed

Statement by County Executive Ike Leggett on the Council Announcement of a Tentative FY19 County Operating Budget

“I appreciate the hard work and leadership the Council demonstrated on the FY 19 Operating Budget. The Council approved virtually all of what was initially recommended, including full funding for Montgomery County Public Schools — our shared top priority.

“I am concerned, however, that the Council has increased ongoing expenditures by $14 million over and above my recommended budget.

“In addition, by a 5 to 4 majority, the Council opposed the reform of our stormwater management construction program – a decision that threatens our ability to meet important environmental goals and will certainly delay projects designed to meet our State-mandated MS4 permit -- I intend to veto this line item in the Capital Budget.

“We need to make this program more efficient and cost-effective. And we need to be responsive to County taxpayers who – without changes – will be paying more in stormwater management charges to get less. The status quo is unacceptable.”

Most County Outdoor Pools Open on May 26; Long Branch Outdoor Pool Postponed Due to Weather-Related Construction Delays

Most Montgomery County Recreation’s outdoor pools are scheduled to open for the summer season at noon Saturday, May 26. The pre-season (weekends and Memorial Day) runs from May 26 through June 15.

The Long Branch Outdoor Pool, located at 8700 Piney Branch Road in Silver Spring, has been delayed by recent rainfall that resulted in construction delays. Necessary repairs to the pool, which require warm and dry weather conditions, were delayed over the last two weeks due to rain.

The department is working to complete work at the pool and expects repairs to be completed by Saturday, June 9, weather permitting.

The wet weather has also delayed the opening of the “baby” (wading) pools at the Germantown Outdoor Pool, located at 18905 Kingsview Drive in Germantown and the Sergeant Hector I. Ayala Wheaton Glenmont Outdoor Pool, located at 12621 Dalewood Drive in Wheaton. All other pools at Germantown and Wheaton locations will be open to the public for Memorial Day weekend. Work on the baby pools is expected to be completed by Saturday, June 2.

Because safety is always the priority for the Recreation Department, the department will host a free Water Safety Day event on Saturday, June 2 from 5 to 7 p.m. The event will be held at the Sergeant Hector I. Ayala Wheaton/Glenmont Outdoor Pool located at 12621 Dalewood Drive in Wheaton.

The event will include swim skills assessments, mini swim lessons with County police officers, and scuba diving and life-guarding demonstrations. There will be a special session for swimmers with disabilities from 4 to 5 p.m.

Children are at high risk for water-related accidents and it is important that they are always closely supervised while in and around the pool.

County outdoor pools are located at: (see the map of all locations)
  • Bethesda Pool, Little Falls Pkwy. and Hillandale Rd.; 
  • Germantown Outdoor Pool 18905 Kingsview Rd.; 
  • Long Branch Pool 8700 Piney Branch Rd., Silver Spring; 
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Outdoor Pool, 1201 Jackson Rd., Silver Spring; 
  • Sarah E. Auer Western County Outdoor Pool, 20151 Fisher Ave., Poolesville; 
  • Upper County Outdoor Pool, 8211 Emory Grove Rd., Gaithersburg; and 
  • Sergeant Hector I. Ayala Wheaton/Glenmont Pool, 12621 Dalewood Dr.

For more information, call 240-777-6860.

Voter Registration and Party Affiliation Change Deadline Nears

Montgomery County citizens who wish to vote in the 2018 Gubernatorial Primary Election must complete and submit their voter registration application no later than Tuesday, June 5 at 9 p.m.

To vote in a political party’s primary election, you must be registered with either the Democratic or Republican Party The only non-partisan offices which may be elected in the 2018 Gubernatorial Primary Election are the School Board; any voter may vote for these offices.

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 othare er changes to your voter registration? Make sure you update your registration prior to June 5, 2018, so you are ready to vote.

Registering to vote requires that you are a U.S. citizen, live in Montgomery County, Maryland, and are at least 18 years of age on or before November 6, 2018.

For more information go to, or register online.

Montgomery County Unveils Veterans Memorial Wall

Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett unveiled the Montgomery County Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall at Memorial Plaza in Rockville on Monday, May 21.

The Memorial includes the names of 130 service members from Montgomery County who lost their lives or were reported missing in action in Vietnam, during the Vietnam War. There are four Montgomery County residents who remain missing.

Dozens of Vietnam War veterans attended the dedication ceremony, including Everett Alvarez, one of the longest-held prisoners of war, who provided remarks.

During the dedication ceremony, Leggett unveiled a Vietnam Era Honor & Gratitude plaque to pay tribute to all the Montgomery County veterans who served our country during 1955-1975.

For more information about the 130 service members whose names are etched on the Memorial Wall, visit the Commission on Veterans Affairs website.

Read more about the ceremony here.

For more photos of the dedication ceremony, visit Montgomery County’s Flickr page.

To view a recording of the event, click here (ceremony starts at minute 17:40).

Montgomery County Public Libraries Extends Summer Weekend Hours at Five Branches

Montgomery County Public Libraries extends weekend evening hours for the summer at five branches: Connie Morella (Bethesda), Gaithersburg, Germantown, Rockville Memorial, and Silver Spring beginning June 1.

These branches will be open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays during the summer. The extended weekend hours run through August 25.

Information about all MCPL branches is available at

Free Summer Outdoor Movies Return to Bethesda and Strathmore

Comcast Xfinity Outdoor Film Festival
The Bethesda Urban Partnership Bethesda Outdoor Movies: Stars on the Avenue returns for a week of free movies. Five evenings of major motion pictures in a variety of genres will be showcased, including new releases, classics, drama and comedy films.

The outdoor film series will take place at the corner of Norfolk and Auburn Avenues in Bethesda’s Woodmont Triangle. Moviegoers are encouraged to arrive early and bring their own lawn chairs.
  • Remember the Titans - Tuesday, July 24 
  • Casablanca - Wednesday,July 25
  • The Big Sick -Thursday, July 26 
  • Mean Girls - Friday, July 27 
  • The Post - Saturday, July 28 
The Comcast Xfinity Outdoor Film Festival returns to Strathmore in August. The event features four nights of free flicks benefitting the National Institutes of Health Children’s Charities. The gates open and activities begin at 7:30 p.m. The movies begin at dusk.
  • Coco - Thursday, August 23
  • Black Panther - Friday, August 24
  • The Lion King - Saturday, August 25
  • Wonder Woman - Sunday, August 26
For more information, go to Bethesda Outdoor Movies or Comcast Xfinity Outdoor Film Festival.

Hometown Holidays Returns to Rockville Over the Memorial Day Weekend

The City of Rockville presents the 30th annual Hometown Holidays over the Memorial Day weekend. The event includes a Music Festival, Taste of Rockville and 74th annual Memorial Day Ceremony and Parade. The event is located at Rockville Town Center.

The festival will feature performances by more than 30 local, regional and national performing artists, from 2 to 10 p.m. Saturday, May 26 and Sunday, May 27. The festival spans six city blocks with four stages, kids amusements and the return of “the beach” sand pile.

Taste of Rockville, which opens at noon on Saturday, May 26 and Sunday, May 27, offers a taste of diverse offerings from Amici Miei, Armand’s Pizzeria and Grill, Botanero, Brooklyn’s Deli & Catering, Dawson’s Market, Fresh Baguette, Golden Samovar, Mellow Mushroom, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Pandora Seafood House & Bar, Pinstripes, Saffron Indian Cuisine, Spice Xing and Trapezaria.

More information on the schedule of activities is available at the new, mobile-friendly website at

Montgomery County Recreation to Host Youth Summit

Montgomery County middle and high school students are invited to participate in a free Youth Summit from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 31. The event is located at the Silver Spring Civic Building located at 1 Veterans Place.

This free event is sponsored by members of the County Executive’s Youth Advisory Council to give young people an opportunity to share their experiences, insights, and solutions with County Executive Ike Leggett, Montgomery County Recreation and other representatives from Montgomery County Government.

For more information, call 240-777-8080.

Department of General Services Leads the Region with Sold Out State of the Infrastructure Conference

The County’s Department of General Services, featuring Architectural Engineering Institute and Construction Institute, hosted a 2018 Regional Government Conference on Monday, May 21 at the Silver Spring Civic Building.

This sold-out event brought together professionals from government, private sector, and academic settings to collaborate on best practices in building and improving infrastructure. The sessions emphasized the importance of collaboration and management of projects with focus on cost effectiveness, quality control, risk management and sustainability.

The event included opening remarks by DGS Director David Dise. Dr. Joseph Martens served as the keynote speaker who spoke on innovative ways to manage projects and deliver actionable solutions and strategies to help program and project managers be more impactful and influential. 

Following the keynote speaker, industry professionals led group panel discussions and encouraged discussions and idea sharing.

In addition to Montgomery County six regional counties sponsored the event including Arlington, Fairfax, Frederick. Howard, Loudoun, Prince George’s and St. Mary counties. 

Registered sponsors for the event included MBP; O’Connell & Lawrence, Inc.; Pype; Arcadis U.S., Inc.; The Robert B Balter Company; Noresco; The Catholic University of America; Facility Dynamics; and Keller Brothers, Inc.