March 23, 2017

Statement from County Executive Ike Leggett Regarding the Rape at Rockville High School



County Executive Ike Leggett made this statement following the allegations of the rape of a Rockville High School Student:

"I was immediately sick and disgusted when it was reported that two young men raped a 14-year-old student at Rockville High School last Thursday. This should not happen. Period. My deepest condolences go out to this young girl and her family.

Thankfully, the alleged rapists were arrested by the police. The judicial process is underway and the County is fully cooperating with the federal authorities, in keeping with our long-standing policy.

In addition, I know that Police Chief Thomas Manger is hard at work with his staff investigating what happened and reevaluating safety procedures to ensure our students are safe and their parents don’t have to worry about their well-being. We are working with School Superintendent Jack Smith, school administrators and the entire Rockville High School community to make certain this type of incident never happens again.

Although these individuals had no previous involvement in the County’s criminal justice system, these alleged rapists do have outstanding U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) orders. After the judicial process is completed, and consistent with our long-standing policy, the County will continue to cooperate fully with ICE to see that the two are deported to their countries of origin.

To the Rockville High School community and the neighborhoods it serves, I want you to know that the County government and the school system will do whatever is necessary to keep your children safe."

A Message from Jack R. Smith, Superintendent of Schools - Serious Incident at Rockville High School

Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett FY18 Operating Budget Closes $138 Million Gap; Boosts Schools Spending by $54 Million; Holds Line on Property Taxes

 FY2018 Recommended Operating Budget

On March 14 County Executive Ike Leggett released his Recommended FY18 Operating Budget of $5.4 billion for the year that begins on July 1, 2017 – a budget that increases County spending on the Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) by $54 million and holds property taxes at the Charter Limit by reducing the tax rate by 2.5 cents per $100 assessed valuation.

Leggett’s FY18 total budget increases spending from $5.3 billion to $5.44 billion, a 2.7 percent increase. This budget provides a blueprint for a sustainable and comprehensive fiscal future for the County. It reflects a balanced approach to meeting the growing needs of the County’s diverse communities and robust business sector while keeping faith with County taxpayers.

Read more on the budget highlights at press release.

County Government Spending

Budget Shortfalls Closed


The full budget and highlights are available on the County’s website at reports.data.montgomerycountymd.gov/omb.

Department of Housing and Community Affairs Expands Focus on Tenant Rights


Montgomery County Department of Housing and Community Affairs (DHCA) is ratcheting up efforts to inform and protect tenants. New DHCA actions include an upgraded tenant rights website, initiating more extensive inspections and compliance efforts and creating an inventory of buildings that require extra attention to achieve and remain in compliance with County codes –while maintaining a marketplace that is fair to both tenants and landlords.

The Montgomery County Council unanimously approved Bill 19-15 to address issues with landlord-tenant relations on November 30, 2016. In addition to a more extensive inspection process, Bill 19-15 includes several other changes in tenant rights and protections. Improvements included greater clarity and flexibility with leases, expanded options for DHCA to deal with landlords who do not make mandated repairs in a timely manner, and a guarantee of free meeting places to gather and form tenant organizations.

More information, vist montgomerycountymd.gov/tenantrights or see press release.

Montgomery County Stands Together to Reaffirm Solidarity in Response to Threats Against the Jewish Community




At an event held on March 3, Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett, the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington and the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington were joined by Federal, State and Montgomery County Government officials to reaffirm the County’s solidarity with the Jewish community following recent threats to Jewish community centers across the country.

The event, held at the Bender Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington located in Rockville, corroborated the strong positive rapport between our elected leadership and the faith based community. It also affirmed that our community stands together when anyone or any group is threatened.

New Property Tax Credit for Longtime Homeowners and Military Retirees 65 years and Older

Longtime property owners and military retirees 65 years and older may be eligible for a break on their property tax. The new property tax credit provided in recently enacted Bill 42-16 provides a tax credit to people over 65 years of age who have lived and owned a dwelling for at least 40 consecutive years, or are retired from one of the U.S. Armed Forces.

This bill, passed by County Council, provides a 20 percent credit on County property taxes for owner-occupied dwellings for which at least one of the owners meets the stated eligibility requirements. For more information

Update on Montgomery County’s Department of General Services Public-Private Partnerships

Progress Place
Public-private partnerships (P3s) save residents money and support County Executive Ike Leggett’s mission to advance economic development, enrich the community and ensure quality modern facilities which effectively serve County residents. P3s create opportunities to work with the private sector to provide optimal use of County land and resources. The Department of General Services (DGS) leverages County assets by working with development partners in the private sector.

DGS’s most recent completed P3, Progress Place, resulted from collaborative work with Bethesda-based Washington Property Company. Progress Place located in downtown Silver Spring, provides services to the homeless. For more information on this recently completed project and future P3s, view presentation.


Get On Board with Bus Rapid Transit



Montgomery County residents, workers and visitors need better ways to get around. Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) is a new mode of transportation coming to Montgomery County that will help relieve the frustration and stress that many drivers face. Driven on the street, often in its own lane on busy roads, it will make fewer stops than a traditional bus so you can get where you need to go quicker. For the latest updates on the BRT check out www.getonboardbrt.com.

Sign Up for Targeted Purple Line Project Updates

Construction work will soon begin on the Purple Line Project. Residents and businesses are encouraged to sign up for targeted notifications to keep up to date on construction.

The Purple Line is a 16-mile, 21-station light rail line that will extend from Bethesda to New Carrollton in Prince George's County. It will provide a direct connection to the Metrorail’s Red, Green and Orange Lines at Bethesda, Silver Spring, College Park and New Carrollton. The Purple Line will also connect to MARC, Amtrak and local bus services. The five stations in and around the University of Maryland campus will be a “fare-free” zone for students and faculty.

The project will include the completion of the Capital Crescent Trail between Bethesda and Silver Spring, the completion of the Green Trail along Wayne Avenue to Sligo Creek Parkway, and the construction of a bike path through the University of Maryland campus.
For general information about the Purple Line project, or to schedule a meeting for your community or business, please call at: 443-451-3706 | 443-451-3705 (Español) or email Purple Line Project Team.

Montgomery County Remembers Child Safety Seat Advocate Emilie Crown


Emilie Crown
Fire and Rescue Service (MCFRS)
Program Manager
Last month, Montgomery County lost a dedicated public servant with the sudden passing of Fire and Rescue Service (MCFRS) Program Manager Emilie Crown. During Ms. Crown’s 26-year career with MCFRS, she tirelessly advocated and championed for children’s safety.

Credited as the architect of Montgomery County’s nationally-recognized and acclaimed child car seat program, she served as one of the first certified “tech” safety seat installers. At the legislative level, Crown helped obtain passage of Maryland’s Booster Seat Law. She was considered one of the Country’s foremost authorities on child passenger safety.

Prior to joining MCFRS, Emilie began her career as an Emergency Department nurse with Montgomery General Hospital and Shady Grove Adventist Hospital. She served as the State’s only certified instructor for Safe Travel for All Children, a course that includes the travel needs of children with special healthcare needs.

Ms. Crown’s vocation will live on and countless more young lives will be made safer and possibly saved during a collision. As we remember her family, friends and MCFRS colleagues who will miss her dearly, we can all celebrate her enduring legacy, maintaining the highest standards of child passenger safety.

Under Maryland law, every child under eight years old must be secured in a federally approved and correctly-used child restraint system (child safety seat or booster seat) when riding in a motor vehicle, unless the child is 4’9” or taller. For more information on the MCFRS Infant and Child Car Seat Safety Program, or to have a car seat installed, checked or inspected, visit website.

Departments of Correction and Rehabilitation and Human Resources Collaborate to Improve Hiring Practices for Correctional Officers

In July 2016, the County’s Department of Correction and Rehabilitation (DOCR) and Human Resources embarked on a change in their recruitment practices to address the need for Correctional Officers. Clear communication, progressive thinking, and resourceful solutions were the fundamental principles of the improved hiring outreach strategies. The changes nearly doubled the number of applications and inquiries regarding positions. In the last hiring process DOCR successfully on boarded one out of every 13 of the qualified applicants who applied. Less than a year ago that number was one out of 26.

Montgomery County Council seeks applicants for Montgomery County Planning Board; Deadline for Applications Is Wednesday, April 12, at 5 p.m.

The Montgomery County Council seeks applicants to fill a vacancy on the Montgomery County Planning Board. The second term of Marye Wells-Harley (Democrat) expires June 14, and she is not eligible for reappointment.

Members serve four-year terms and are limited to two full terms. No more than three members of the Planning Board may be from the same political party, and each member must be a resident and registered voter of Montgomery County when appointed. This position may be filled by a Democrat, Republican, a voter who declines to affiliate with a party, or a member of another party officially recognized by the Montgomery County Board of Elections.

The Planning Board serves as the Council’s principal adviser on land use planning and community planning. Planning Board members also serve as commissioners of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission.

Applications must be received by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 12.

For more information view press release from County Council.

Visit Montgomery's Digital Marketing Summit Sponsored by Washington Post Digital


Does your digital marketing strategy need more direction? Discover the road map to digital marketing success at Visit Montgomery's award-winning Digital Marketing Summit on Tuesday, April 25 at AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center. Panelists from Washington Post Digital, National Geographic, Visit Maryland, Image Factory DC, and Woodstreet will address current trends like Facebook live, video marketing, website development and social media marketing. 

Register today at buytickets.at/visitmontgomery!

Office of Consumer Protection Warns Against Fradulent Letters




The Office of Consumer Protection (OCP) protects consumers by prohibiting unfair and deceptive business acts to ensure a fair marketplace for consumers and businesses. OCP prepared this brief video to give an overview of its services, language capabilities, licensing authority and online resources to help protect consumers.

Commission on Aging Invites Community to Forum on Montgomery County Age-Friendly Initiative on Wednesday, March 29


Seniors, interested residents, non-profit organizations and businesses serving seniors are invited to attend a forum on Wednesday, March 29 sponsored by the Commission on Aging. The forum will help residents understand the County’s Age-Friendly Initiative and gather feedback about how the program can be customized and publicized to deliver the most benefit to residents.

The forum will be held at the Silver Spring Civic Building from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Following a panel discussion, participants will be invited to join group discussions on topics such as Housing, Transportation, Communication, and Home and Community-Based Services.

Few Tickets Remain for the Upcoming Office of Human Rights Civil Rights Historic Bus Tour

A few tickets are still available for the Office of Human Rights Co-Sponsored Civil Rights Historic Bus Tour. Space is limited and the trip usually sells out. Registration and deposit deadlines have been extended to fill the last few seats. Anyone interested in the trip should register right away as registration will close once seats are filled.

This historic bus tour retraces the steps of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights heroes. The bus tour is scheduled April 8 through April 16, which is during Montgomery County Public Schools spring break. This is a great opportunity for families to learn and immerse in civil rights history

Registration, itinerary and cost of the tour is available at website. Credit cards and checks are accepted as payment for registration. Interested individuals and groups should contact Beverly Marshall in the Office of Human Rights by email or 240-777-8479.

Montgomery Parks Wants Your Input

Montgomery Parks wants to hear your ideas on what you want to see in your community. “Parks and Recreation of the Future” is an on-line Open Town Hall Meeting.

February 27, 2017

Montgomery County Recreation to Host Summer Camp Fair

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Montgomery County Recreation will offer its first ever Summer Camp Fair on Sunday, March 12 from noon to 4 p.m. The free event will take place at the Nancy H. Dacek North Potomac Community Recreation Center located at 12650 Travilah Road in Rockville.

Kids will love the fun games and activities, contests, prizes and snacks. T-Rec, the Recreation mascot will also be making an appearance. Parents will learn more about the full line-up of exciting quality summer camp programs, eligibility requirements for financial assistance, payment plans and more. On-site registration will be available.

Montgomery County Recreation offers a wide variety of exciting summer programs throughout the County with an emphasis on safety, convenience, affordability, and most of all...FUN! With more than 150 summer programs designed to appeal to a variety of campers there is something for everyone!

For more information, call 240-777-6840 or En Español 240-777-6839.

New Montgomery County Travel Guide is Available from Visit Montgomery

Visit Montgomery, the County’s official tourism website, recently released a new travel guide. The slick new brochure provides visitors with exciting tourism information and is a great resource for residents who wish to enjoy the local destinations that out-of-county visitors travel for miles to experience. The travel guide gives information on the entertainment districts, museums, shopping, great dining and more. The online magazine is available at this website.

Montgomery County Public Libraries Will Kick Off a New Speaker Series with National Public Radio Host Kojo Nnamdi

Beginning in March, Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) and Friends of the Library, Montgomery County, will offer a new speaker series called Contemporary Conversations @ MCPL. The series will focus on cultural and current issues with journalists, authors and other relevant speakers.

Kojo Nnamdi, one of the most well-known interviewers and talk show hosts in the Montgomery County/Washington, D.C. area, will be the first speaker in the new series. The free event will take place on Saturday, March 4 at 7 p.m. at the Gaithersburg Library located at 18330 Montgomery Village Avenue.

Host of the National Public Radio “The Kojo Nnamdi Show,” Nnamdi is celebrated for his knowledge on a wide range of social, political and cultural issues relevant to the nation’s capital and beyond. With a reputation for versatility and exhaustive preparation, Nnamdi has received several awards, including Washingtonian of the Year in 2016 and was named one of the one hundred fifty most influential people in the metropolitan area.

David Ignatius, best-selling author and prize-winning columnist for the Washington Post, who has covered the Middle East and the CIA for more than twenty-five years, will be the second speaker participating in Contemporary Conversations @ MCPL. He will speak on April 1 at 7 p.m. at the Gaithersburg Library.

For registration information go to library website.

Open Houses On US 29 Bus Rapid Transit

The Montgomery County Department of Transportation will hold three public Open Houses to provide information and gather community input about the Bus Rapid Transit Service (BRT) on US 29. See the flyer in pdf format. At the Open House you will learn more about the planning and implementation of the BRT on US 29 and meet with project staff to provide valuable input.

Schedule for the Open Houses:
The US 29 BRT will be the first to open and will be a comfortable, reliable, NEW transit option for Montgomery County. Visit getonboardbrt.com for more information.

Montgomery County Public Libraries to Offer “Fake News: How to Spot It” Program



Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) is offering a program, “Fake News: How to Spot It” to help residents determine the kind of fake news that exists and provide tools to evaluate news for reliability and truth.

Fake news is as old as the news industry itself—misinformation, hoaxes, propaganda and satire have long existed. But in this new digital era, fake news can spread quicker than ever and there has been a lot of recent discussion about what is considered real and fake news.

The free program, presented by the Enoch Pratt Free Library/Maryland's State Library Resource Center, is scheduled:

Third Annual GreenFest Takes Place on May 6

The 3rd annual Montgomery County GreenFest will take place on Saturday, May 6 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This year’s event will be hosted by the City of Gaithersburg at the Bohrer Park and Activity Center located at 512 South Frederick Avenue in Gaithersburg.

Exhibitor, plant and food truck vendor registration is now open. Exhibitors may be for-profit or nonprofit organizations who focus on the environment. To apply, exhibitors can go to www.montgomerycountygreenfest.org/become-an-exhibitor. For priority consideration, prospective exhibitors/vendors should submit applications by March 1.

GreenFest, the County’s largest one-day environmental celebration, is a free, family-friendly event dedicated to help County residents explore paths to a greener and economically vibrant life by connecting with neighbors, local and national environmental leaders, and green businesses and products. In addition to the family-friendly activities and workshops, this year’s event will introduce a new “Kids Pavilion” which will feature water-themed games and activities.

For more information on GreenFest go to montgomerycountygreenfest.org.

Lifelong Learning Opportunities for Older Adults

Older adults in Montgomery County have access to many free and low-cost educational opportunities. The Lifelong Learning Opportunities for Older Adults fact sheet is a new resource developed to give a concise list of educational opportunities available for older adults. The resource provides options for seniors to learn something new, rekindle an old interest, build job skills, and stay engaged in the community. The Lifelong Learning Opportunities for Older Adults fact sheet is available for downloading (pdf).

Montgomery County Ranked Most Culturally Diverse and Named one of the Best Places to Live

Montgomery County continues to earn national rankings as one of the best places to live. In a recently released report, 24/7 Wall Street named Montgomery County as the 14th best county in the country based on three social measures — educational attainment, poverty rate and life expectancy.

Montgomery County’s rich cultural diversity has earned recognition for four of the County’s municipalities. A 2017 Wallethub study ranked Germantown as the nation’s second most culturally diverse city. Gaithersburg was ranked as the third, Silver Spring as the fourth and Rockville ranked ninth.

The Wallethub study compared 501 of the largest U.S. cities using three key metrics: racial and ethnic diversity, language diversity and U.S. region-of-birth diversity. The recent analysis highlights Montgomery County’s commitment to be a community which values and welcomes cultural differences and backgrounds.

Montgomery County’s Office of Human Rights Adds Two Special Programs for the Maryland Civil Rights Educational Freedom Experience

Two unique events have been announced for the Maryland Civil Rights Educational Freedom Experience, which is an annual civil rights historic bus tour that retraces the steps of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights heroes. The two exceptional programs accentuate the violence and struggles of those who steadfastly fought for social justice and human rights.

Prosecuting Attorney Doug Jones will tell the gavel-to-conviction story of the trial of the murderers who bombed the Sixteen Street Baptist Church on September 15, 1963. The bombing killed four innocent young girls preparing for Sunday School.

The Carl Reece Memorial Mass Choir will perform an inspirational concert exclusively for those on the Civil Rights Educational Freedom Experience tour. More than 50 years ago, the Choir sang at the Sixteen Baptist Church Mass Meeting inspiring the Birmingham Freedom Fighters to keep fighting for freedom. Today the choir continues to lift its voice with the songs of freedom and justice

For more information, visit website.

Free Employment Expo for Adults 50 and Older Returns to the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center on April 3

Mark your calendar for the 50+ Employment Expo that will be held on April 3 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Recruiters from dozens of employers, including nonprofits, government, healthcare, retail, technology and more will attend the expo. The event will take place at the North Bethesda Marriott Hotel & Conference Center located at 5701 Marinelli Road in North Bethesda.

Seminars and continuing education sessions on topics such as completing applications, preparing resumes, changing careers, job training, optimizing online employment resources and more will provide job seekers tools to assist with an effective job search.



Employer registration is available at 50+ Employment Expo.

Public Invited to Attend Special Pedestrian Bicycle and Traffic Safety Advisory Committee Meeting on March 2

The Pedestrian Bicycle and Traffic Safety Advisory Committee (PBTSAC) will hold a special meeting to discuss the development of a Two-Year Vision Zero Action Plan and other actions to implement Vision Zero in Montgomery County. The meeting is scheduled for Thursday, March 2 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the 1st floor Lobby Auditorium of the Executive Office Building, 101 Monroe Street, Rockville.

Vision Zero is an initiative adopted in many U.S. communities and abroad to develop and implement a plan to prevent traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries among vehicle occupants, bicyclists and pedestrians. The ultimate goal is to eliminate traffic-related deaths and serious injuries. The Montgomery County Vision Zero Action Plan will expand upon the Maryland Strategic Highway Safety Plan.

The office of Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett is preparing the draft of the Vision Zero Action Plan. At the March 2 meeting, the PBTSAC and members of six working groups will convene for the first time, as a committee, to review and discuss their comments related to the draft.

Based on the PBSTAC review, the Vision Zero Team will address the committee's comments for potential edits to the plan. That updated preliminary Two-Year Vision Zero Action Plan will then be shared with the broader public. Members of the public and community organizations are invited to listen and observe at the March 2 special PBTSAC meeting; and will be invited to offer their comments and suggestions regarding the revised Montgomery County Vision Zero Action Plan at a subsequent public meeting, as well as online. After final revisions, the Two-Year Vision Zero Action Plan will be submitted to the Montgomery County Council for approval.


Montgomery Parks Wants to Hear from YOU! park


Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) needs your help. Parks staff are planning for future parks and want to hear what you would like to see in your parks. 

People may submit ideas via a new online open town hall, the centerpiece of this interactive outreach campaign, “Parks of the Future: Voice Your Vision.”

A public meeting will be held on February 28 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission Regional Office Building Auditorium located at 8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring. Other channels for providing input include email and mail.

The information provided will impact the future of parks as determined by three park plans: the 2017 Parks, Recreation and Open Space Plan, a new county-wide Energized Public Spaces Functional Master Plan and the Capital Improvements Program update—which takes place every two years.

For more information on the “Parks of the Future: Voice Your Vision” campaign please visit www.Montgomeryparks.org and click on the Open Town Hall in the Quick Links on the left hand side of the web page.

February 10, 2017

Holiday Schedule for Presidents’ Day, Monday, February 20


Montgomery County government will observe the following holiday schedule for Presidents' Day, Monday, February 20.
  • County Offices – closed 
  • Libraries – closed 
  • County Liquor stores – all stores will be open 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Recreation – aquatic facilities and community centers open; aquatics programs will meet as scheduled; all other classes and programs cancelled; administrative offices and senior centers closed; 55+ Active Adult Programs are cancelled 
  • Montgomery Parks - 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
  • County-provided refuse/recycling pickup – no collection, all collections scheduled on or after the holiday will be made one day later in the week. Monday collections on Tuesday; Tuesday collections on Wednesday; Wednesday collections on Thursday; Thursday collections on Friday; and Friday collections on Saturday 
  • The Shady Grove Processing Facility and Transfer Station - recycling and trash drop-off open with normal hours. Recycling Center and administrative offices closed 
  • Parking at public garages, lots, curbside meters – free
  • MCPS Schools and Administrative Offices – closed
  • State offices and courts – closed

Montgomery County Reaffirms Commitment to Community, Diversity and Inclusion and Tout Immigration Resources


In a joint statement released on January 30, County Executive Ike Leggett and County Council members reaffirmed their commitment to continue to speak-up on behalf of all residents to promote our County’s values of acceptance and inclusion for everyone. The statement addressed community concerns about safety, discrimination, legal status and harassment.

In a February 8 news conference, which discussed the County’s response to recent federal immigration initiatives, Leggett reconfirmed that Montgomery County will continue to ensure that everyone in Montgomery County feels safe and has the support they need to thrive in an inclusive community. The County Executive highlighted County publications that list resources available for County residents.
  • Montgomery County Legal Immigration Service Providers Directory (English)
  • Community Guide for Immigrant Residents in Montgomery County, MD (English | Español)
  • Joint Statement of County Executive and County Council Reaffirming Community Values (English | Español).

Montgomery County Offers Multiple Transportation Options for Older Adults

Montgomery County offers many transportation options to serve residents who are older or disabled to get around. Updated factsheets are available that include descriptions of the range of services, including eligibility, access and contact information. Additional information on free and reduced fares for Ride On, Metrobus, and Metrorail; MetroAccess service; volunteer-provided transportation services; taxi service - including discounted taxi fares; and, free transportation to/from senior centers for those who live nearby. The factsheet also includes contact information for Connect-A-Ride, a service that residents can call to learn about transportation options most relevant to their needs.

County Executive Ike Leggett to Present Fiscal Year 2018 Recommended Operating Budget


Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett will present his proposed recommended operating budget for fiscal year 2018 on Tuesday, March 14 at noon. The presentation will take place at the Executive Office Building, 101 Monroe Street, Lobby Level Auditorium in Rockville.

Robert Dorfman Confirmed as New Director for the Department of Liquor Control

Robert Dorfman,
Director of Department of Liquor Control
Robert Dorfman officially became the new director for the Department of Liquor Control (DLC) following confirmation from the Montgomery County Council on January 31. Dorfman brings years of executive-level experience in business operations and management of liquor sales.

Dorfman’s impressive resume includes several senior-level positions at Marriott International. Among those, he was President of Host International, the world leader in airport, travel plazas and sports and entertainment food and beverage operations (responsible for $1.5 billion in annual income and 25,000 employees.) He was the nation’s second largest franchisee of Five Guys (operating 35 locations in Florida, Texas, and Ohio), and was President and Chief Operating Officer of TrustHouse Services Group, the sixth-largest contract services company in the United States.

Most recently, he served as Managing Partner of two World of Beer franchises in Virginia.

As Director, Dorfman will lead the DLC, a department which generates nearly $21 million annually in profit to County taxpayers while better protecting public health and public safety.

Montgomery County Innovative Public-Private Partnership to Bring Microgrids to County Key Public Facilities

Montgomery County has entered into an innovative public-private partnership with Schneider Electric and Duke Energy Renewables to construct microgrid systems at two of the County’s critical public safety buildings; the Public Safety Headquarters and Montgomery County Correctional Facility in Clarksburg by mid-2018. The microgrids generate clear power using solar energy systems and natural gas generators.

This will permit these public safety buildings to operate independently of the electrical grid, ensure uninterrupted public services during emergencies, replace aging equipment, and install cybersecurity measures, without any upfront costs to the County. The Microgrids will provide more reliable and efficient power and improve resiliency for Montgomery County following major storms or extended outages.

The microgrids are a natural extension of Montgomery County’s successful deployment of advanced renewables and other eco-friendly technologies on County facilities. This includes 11 solar arrays already installed as part of a project that will generate a total 11 million kilowatt hours of electricity each year (enough to power more than 1,100 single family homes) and save $15 million in utility costs over the next 20 years. The County also successfully implemented a combined heat and power system at the County’s Pre-Release Center last year.

To learn more visit the County Department of General Services Office of Energy and Sustainability website. Read full press release.

See recent article in the Washington Business Journal http://www.bizjournals.com/washington/news/2017/02/10/montgomery-county-is-taking-two-large-buildings.html


Montgomery County Department of Recreation Director Gabriel Albornoz Selected to Participate in Presidential Leadership Scholars Program

Gabriel Albornoz
Director of Department
of Recreation
Montgomery County Department of Recreation Director Gabriel Albornoz has been selected to participate in the Presidential Leadership Scholars program. This unique leadership development initiative draws upon the resources of the presidential centers of George W. Bush, William J. Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and Lyndon B. Johnson.

After a rigorous application and review process, Albornoz was selected based on his leadership growth potential and the strength of his personal leadership projects aimed at improving Montgomery County.

Over the course of several months, Albornoz will travel to each participating presidential center to learn from former U.S. presidents, key administration officials, and leading academics.

Read more from press release.

Montgomery County Police Department’s Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Program Named Maryland CIT Program of the Year

Montgomery County Police Department’s (MCPD) Crisis Intervention Team (CIT)
The Montgomery County Police Department’s (MCPD) Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) program received the CIT Program of the Year at the 1st Annual Maryland CIT Conference, held on January 26 by the Maryland Behavioral Health Administration.

A Crisis Intervention Team is a specialized form of community policing that brings together law enforcement, mental health providers, hospital emergency departments and individuals with mental illness and their families to improve responses to people in crisis.

The MCPD recognized the need for specialized training in this area and created its first CIT program in 2001. Since that time, the program has expanded and evolved as have the needs and concerns of the mental health field. There were 6,449 calls for service in Montgomery County in 2015 that involved mental health issues. The MCPD CIT includes three officers and one social worker from the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services.

Over 2,000 sworn and non-sworn personnel have taken the MCPD CIT training. Working with the County’s Crisis Center and due to the increasing demand and attention to Crisis Intervention, MCPD training has expanded to include the department’s School Resource Officers, County Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation staff, social workers and surrounding police jurisdictions. Everyone comes away with a new understanding of mental illness and how it affects all facets of communities. Last year, the MCPD CIT was requested to be part of a blue ribbon panel for the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) to raise awareness of mental health concerns impacting law enforcement agencies across the country.

The MCPD CIT mission of focusing on building partnerships and increasing mental health awareness continues to advance and provide better-informed service beyond the boundaries of Montgomery County.

Montgomery County’s Inaugural Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Summit Comes to Silver Spring


Councilmember Hans Riemer cordially invites the public to the County’s first Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Summit to be held on Sunday February 26 from 12:30 to 4 p.m. The summit will be held at the Silver Spring Civic Building located at One Veterans Place in Silver Spring. This free event and opportunity, that will help build the County’s STEM community, is open for educators from pre-K to college; business leaders and employers; County leaders and service providers, industry practitioners, interested parents and students. The summit will showcase best practices, lay out a vision and ask for input on an effective STEM engagement strategy for Montgomery County. For more information including agenda, please visit: councilmemberriemer.com/stem
  • Attendees should RSVP here.

Shop Maryland Energy Tax-Free Weekend to Save on New ENERGY STAR Appliances

During Presidents’ Day weekend, shoppers across Maryland will get a break from the state’s 6 percent sales tax on qualifying ENERGY STAR products. Shop Maryland Energy (February 18-20) is a statewide sales tax holiday that highlights the importance of energy efficient appliances to the environment and residents’ pocketbooks.

Eligible ENERGY STAR appliances and lighting include: air conditioners, clothes washers, clothes dryers, furnaces, heat pumps, standard-size refrigerators, LED light bulbs, dehumidifiers, boilers and programmable thermostats. For a full list of exempt items visit, Shop Energy Maryland. Residents using the weekend to upgrade appliances may have the advantage of additional rebates to recycle old appliances, such as old working refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners or dehumidifiers. Prior to purchasing new appliances, residents can contact their electric utility to see if they are eligible for rebate and pick up of the old appliance. Each appliance may be eligible for up to $50 in rebates.

During Maryland Energy Tax Free Weekend, Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection staff will have informational tables at three County appliance stores to provide residents with energy saving tips and information on local programs and rebates available through utility suppliers, including BGE, Pepco and Potomac Edison:
  • Bray and Scarff Bethesda: Saturday, Feb. 18 from 10 a.m. – 12 noon 6801 Wisconsin Avenue, Chevy Chase
  • Nolan’s Apache Appliance: Saturday, Feb. 18 from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. 13866 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring
  • Bray and Scarff Rockville: Monday, Feb. 20 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. 831C Rockville Pike, Rockville
For more information, go to Shop Energy Maryland website.

Montgomery County Recreation and Montgomery Parks Spring Programs Registration to Open on February 13

Spring is right around the corner! Don’t miss out on spring classes and programs with Montgomery County Recreation and Montgomery Parks. Registration for spring programs begins February 13 at ActiveMONTGOMERY.org

RSVP/AARP Tax-Aide Program Offers Free Tax Preparation

The Montgomery County Volunteer Center's RSVP/AARP Tax-Aide Program is providing free tax preparation assistance available to low-to-moderate income taxpayers who live or work in Montgomery County. Special attention is given to those age 60 and older.

There are 20 locations across Montgomery County where volunteers can assist with simple federal and/or state tax forms. The program begins the second week of February through Tuesday, April 18.

For more information or to schedule an appointment on-line go website or call 240-777-2577.

County Executive Leggett and Department of Technology Services Celebrate Chinese New Year



County Executive Isiah Leggett joined the Department of Technology Services to celebrate Chinese New Year. Members of Hung Tao Choy Mei Leadership Institute to celebrate Chinese New Year performed a traditional lion dance that is thought to bring good luck in the new year.

January 26, 2017

County Executive Ike Leggett Responds to $15 Minimum Wage Bill


After considerable review, County Executive Ike Leggett responded to Bill 12-16, (Human Rights and Civil Liberties – County Minimum Wage Bill) on January 23. Bill 12-16 called for the gradual increase of the County’s minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2020. County Council sent the Minimum Wage Bill to Leggett after approving it in a 5 to 4 vote. Although Leggett supports a movement toward a $15 wage, Leggett cited reservations about the timing, circumstances and conditions of the bill.

In a January 23 memorandum to County Council, Leggett summarized three stipulations necessary for him to fully agree to the bill:
  • Be based on an expeditious study on the direct and indirect financial impacts on private employers, non-profits and County government; 
  • Include an exemption for small business, the definition of which can be informed by the study; 
  • Include an exemption for youth workers; and, 
  • Provide for reaching $15 per hour in 2022. 
Please see more at Washington Post on Leggett's strategy. Please click here to view a copy of the County Executive’s memo to the County Council.

Montgomery County Launches Partnership with National Association of Counties to Provide Low-Fee Dental and Select Health Services

County Executive Isiah Leggett and Councilmember George Leventhal announced at a news briefing on January 12, that Montgomery County will begin participating in the National Association of Counties (NACo) Live Healthy program.

Montgomery County has offered NACo’s free prescription discount program (Montgomery RX) since 2004. This has saved residents more than $32 million on the cost of prescription medications. This new enhanced program provides residents with low-fee dental discounts on such services as check-ups, cleanings, fillings, crowns and more. The low-fee health discount program provides discounts on vision services, hearing aids and screenings, diabetes supplies and more.

For more information on how to participate go to www.montgomerycountymd.gov/live-healthy or Watch video about the program.

Leggett Announces Capital Construction Budget: Full Funding for School Needs, Resources to Rapid Transit, White Oak Redevelopment, South County Rec & Aquatic Center, Core Infrastructure

County Executive Ike Leggett released his recommended Fiscal Year 18 Capital Budget and amendments to the six-year FY17-22 Capital Improvements Program on January 12. The budget recommends over $2 billion for education, including $1.73 billion for the Montgomery County Public Schools, the highest funding level ever provided, as well as $332 million for Montgomery College.

For more information, visit reports.data.montgomerycountymd.gov/cip.

Leggett will release his proposed operating budget on March 14.

County Executive Ike Leggett Joins Thousands of Residents in Community Service Projects on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

County Executive Ike Leggett and the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority work on a community service project
 at the Silver Spring Civic Building.
More than 3,000 volunteers across Montgomery County pitched in to help make our community a better place on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The annual event, organized by the Montgomery County Volunteer Center and many other partnering agencies, featured a wide range of family-friendly service projects at locations throughout the County. 

Projects included everything from packaging food for the hungry and making dog toys for an animal shelter to creating blankets for hospices and crafting appreciation cards for military troops.

Montgomery County’s Office of Human Rights Co-Sponsors Maryland Civil Rights Educational Freedom Experience



Registration is open for the Maryland Civil Rights Educational Freedom Experience that will retrace the steps of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights heroes. The tour is hosted by the Montgomery County Office of Human Rights, in collaboration with the Montgomery County Public Libraries, the African American Employees Association, the Lincoln Park Historical Foundation and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

The trip will take place April 8 through April 16, which corresponds with Montgomery County Public Schools spring break.

Highlights on the tour include the Birth Home Museum of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.; the new National Center for Civil and Human Rights; the Civil Rights Memorial Museum; the International Civil Rights Center and Museum; the Rosa Parks Museum; the Freedom Rides Museum; the National Voting Rights Museum; the famed Sixteenth Street Baptist Church; the historic Edmund Pettus Bridge; the Central High School, Fisk University, Medgar Evers’ Home and the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel.

For registration, itinerary and information on the cost of the tour, visit County website.

Takoma Park to Hold Community Teach-In On its Sanctuary City Status and Commitment

The City of Takoma Park and several community organizations will host a public forum, Takoma Park: Sanctuary City — Then & Now on Saturday, February 4 at 3 p.m. The program will explore the City’s 30-year-old Sanctuary ordinance and its amendments, and will underscore the City’s ongoing commitment to protect its immigrant residents under the letter and spirit of the law. Takoma Park is one of 300+ sanctuary jurisdictions throughout the nation.



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Montgomery County Public Libraries Celebrates Library Lovers Month

Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) will kick off Library Lovers Month on January 28 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with an enjoyable family-friendly event. The event will take place at the Twinbrook branch located at 202 Meadow Hall Drive in Rockville. Library Lovers Month is held annually to celebrate and showcase the importance of libraries in Montgomery County.

County Executive Ike Leggett and Council President Roger Berliner will join the celebration to officially proclaim February as Library Lovers Month. MCPL Director Parker Hamilton and Friends of the Library Montgomery County Executive Director Ari Z. Brooks will make brief welcoming remarks.

Family entertainer, Groovy Nate, will perform a lively concert emphasizing how music promotes peace, love and understanding. Door prizes and family activities will be featured throughout the day.

For more information on Libraries Loves programs offered throughout the month of February.

Montgomery County Recognizes Bell Nursery’s Veriflora Sustainably Grown Certification and Innovative Efforts to Become a Leader in Environmental and Social Responsibility

Montgomery County's Green Business Certification Program recently added Bell Nursery to the Green Business Directory for their business practices which reduce harmful impacts on the environment. Bell Nursery is the largest wholesale nursery grower in the mid-Atlantic, producing and shipping tens of millions of plants annually.

Montgomery County, Maryland’s Green Business Certification Program is a voluntary recognition program designed to encourage businesses and other organizations to take steps that reduce their ecological footprint. Earning Green Business Certification demonstrates that businesses are part of an innovative leadership movement to green their business operations and help transition to a sustainable future.


Watch this video which gives more information about the program.  More information is available on Montgomery County’s Green Business Certification Program at www.mcgreenbiz.org.

Peerless Rockville to Kick-off Spring Educational Series

County Executive Ike Leggett will participate in the Peerless Rockville event to kick-off off their spring education series. This year’s theme is "Emancipation to Integration: 150 Years of Advancement in Educational Equality."

This exhibit and series celebrates the fight for educational equality in Rockville with monthly programs that will highlight the efforts of the local African-American community to secure quality educational opportunities for their children after emancipation, through the

challenges of separate and unequal segregated schools, and the experiences of desegregation following Brown vs. Board of Education.



For more information on the dates and times of the event go to flyer and www.peerlessrockville.org.

Author David O. Stewart to Speak on Lincoln's Legacy

Author David O. Stewart will speak to the Montgomery County Civil War Roundtable on Thursday, February 9 at 8 pm on his book “Impeached: The Trial of President Andrew Johnson and the Fight for Lincoln’s Legacy.”

The presentation will be at the Gaithersburg Hilton, 620 Perry Parkway in Gaithersburg. A $5 donation is requested. Call 301-253-3485 for more information.

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.

Senior Groups Encouraged to Schedule a Keeping Seniors Safe Presentation

Did you know that the Montgomery County Police Department’s Volunteer Resources Section coordinates free Keeping Seniors Safe (KSS) presentations for County senior organizations and neighborhood groups? The KSS program provides outreach to seniors on topics such as frauds and scams against seniors, identity theft, elder abuse, emergency preparedness and County resources especially for senior residents. Everyone can benefit from learning more about how to improve personal safety. For additional information visit website. To schedule a presentation at your organization’s meeting or event, contact the Volunteer Resources Section at 240-773-5625 or email Police.KSS@montgomerycountymd.gov.

Firefighters Battle Resource Recovery Facility Fire

Firefighters were called to a fire at the Resource Recovery Facility on December 8. The facility is located at 21204 Martinsburg Road in Dickerson. The fire began on the tipping floor, which is the area where trucks drive in to dump waste. Firefighters remained on site monitoring the fire through December 19.

The Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) remained on the scene throughout the incident. DEP installed air portable monitors in four locations to measure both particulates and toxics and conducted water sampling from the discharge pond.

The Office of Emergency Management used the Alert Montgomery and land-line notification systems to update residents about the fire. The fire did not impact single-family residential curbside trash pick-up, however, commercial customers were temporarily diverted to other facilities.