January 10, 2018

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 (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 office, senior centers and community centers are closed.
  • Montgomery Parks - for operating schedule, including Brookside Gardens, ice rinks and tennis centers.
  • Ride On – Modified Holiday Schedule. Route.
  • Metrorail and Metrobus.
  • TRiPS Commuter Store at Silver Spring Transit Center – Open
  • TRiPS Mobile Commuter Store – Closed 
  • Refuse/recycling pickup – No collection* 
  • The Shady Grove Processing Facility and Transfer Station – Closed 
  • Parking at public garages, lots, curbside meters – Free
  • State offices and courts – Closed 
*Collection provided one day later for remainder of week (last collection day is Saturday).

Montgomery County Ceremony Honors Life and Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., Fulfilling the Dream: A Celebration of Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

A special tribute ceremony to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will be held on Monday, January 15 at 3:30 p.m. This will be the first time in many years the holiday falls on Dr. King’s actual birthday, making this program particularly significant.

The event, produced by the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Committee and the Montgomery County Office of Human Rights, will be held at the Music Center at Strathmore located at 5301 Tuckerman Lane in North Bethesda.

This special presentation will celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. life through dramatic readings, music, dance performances and a special choral performance by the Carlton Reese Memorial Unity Choir.

Free tickets are required for this event, and will only be distributed onsite the day of the performance starting at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are first-come, first served and everyone in line will receive a general admission ticket until the venue is filled. Come early to get the best seating. The line forms in the Music Center foyer, starting near the café. Patrons may enter on the third floor near the skybridge. Seating begins at 3 p.m.

For more information about the event, go to www.strathmore.org/events-and-tickets/mlk-tribute.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Holiday a day ON, not a day off!

Make the upcoming Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday a day ON, not a day off! On Monday, January 15, join thousands of others to honor Dr. King’s life and teachings by serving our community as part of Montgomery County’s 2018 MLK Day of Service.

The Montgomery County Volunteer Center and its partner agencies are hosting a wide variety of family-friendly service projects at three indoor locations providing residents a meaningful way to help others.

The largest site, the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center is located at 5701 Marinelli Road in North Bethesda. This site will feature dozens of service projects and a volunteer fair where participants can learn about nonprofits and government agencies in our region and their year-round volunteer needs. North Bethesda activities will be held from 1 to 3 p.m.

Additional service sites are at the Silver Spring Civic Building located at 1 Veterans Place from 10 a.m. to 12 noon and Seneca Creek Community Church located at 13 Firstfield Road in Gaithersburg from 9 to 11 a.m.

Projects will vary by location and include opportunities such as packaging food for the hungry, crafting costumes for hospitalized children, making dog toys for animal shelters and service dogs, creating hand warmers for the homeless, and writing letters to seniors and military troops. Students are eligible to receive Student Service Learning (SSL) hour credits for participating at any of the three locations.

Several of the Volunteer Center’s partner agencies will hold additional service activities throughout the MLK Day weekend, including Manna Food Center, which seeks volunteers to staff food drives at local Giant Food Stores, and Montgomery Parks, which is coordinating park cleanups and other volunteer activities. Find more details and more ways to serve during the weekend (and all year) at www.montgomeryserves.org.

Statement by Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett On the Corporate Decision to Shift Discovery Communications Headquarters from Silver Spring

“I was disappointed to hear of the corporate decision by Discovery Communications to move its headquarters from downtown Silver Spring, where they have been located since 2003.

“Certainly these are challenging times in the communications industry and the recent Scripps merger involving Discovery undoubtedly had a significant impact.

“Notwithstanding these changes in objective conditions, Montgomery County has been in discussions with Discovery in the past months since the merger in an effort to respond to the challenges faced by an independent television, entertainment, and education channel in a radically-changing industry. The County and State made a substantial proposal designed to accommodate Discovery’s challenges. Together, we were ready to provide considerable incentives to retain their presence in the County.

“I know this was a tough decision for Discovery. I respect the contributions Discovery has made over the last 15 years to Silver Spring and Montgomery County. We will miss them.”a

Statement by Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett On Federal Decision to End Temporary Protected Status for Salvadorans Living in the United States

“The announcement today by the federal Department of Homeland Security ending Temporary Protected Status for citizens of El Salvador resident in the United States under this program is unfortunate and should be condemned by all people of good will. Even though this would not be effective for 18 months, the action threatens to tear apart communities and families who have put down strong roots here.

"Montgomery County is a welcoming community. This action is the opposite of welcoming. I urge the President and the Congress to work together to craft a sensible solution so that this wholly counterproductive action does not come to pass.”

Registration to Open for Summer Camps and Programs on January 16

The 2018 online Montgomery County Summer Camp Guide features dozens of affordable and fun summer camps for a variety of ages and interests.

Print copies of the Summer Camp Guide are available at aquatic and community recreation centers and Montgomery County Public Library branches. Summer camp registration officially begins Tuesday, January 16. The online link for summer camp registration is www.ActiveMONTGOMERY.org.

To help you choose a camp, Montgomery County Recreation will host two, free summer camp fairs. Families can meet recreation staff and instructors, learn about financial aid, and register for summer camp.

The summer camp fairs will be held from noon to 3 p.m. at the following locations:
The summer camp fairs are designed to showcase the wide variety of specialized summer camps offered including arts, aquatics, cooking, dance, music, nature, sports, and technology. The fairs will include demonstrations, raffles, and giveaways. T-Rec, the Department of Recreation mascot, will also attend.

Montgomery County 2017 Economic Successes

2017 was an exciting and eventful year for Montgomery County’s Economic Development. With many successes to build on, it is expected that 2018 will continue the economic growth and progression.

Here is a review of some of the 2017 economic highlights:
Montgomery County is one of the best places in the country to do business. Montgomery County is a dynamic, diverse and business-friendly community who cares about local and global issues, the work done in County changes the world.

Watch this video to see how the work done in Montgomery County changes the world every day.

Montgomery County Public Libraries to Host Second Comic Convention

Calling all Jedi, superheroes, wizards and even muggles, to Montgomery County Public Libraries’ second comic convention, MoComCon. The event will be held on January 27, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Silver Spring branch located at 900 Wayne Avenue.

This event is open and accessible to all, build including seasoned comic conventioneers, novices and the curious of all ages. The comic convention will include a variety of presenters, workshops, programs, displays, exhibitors, and cosplay (costume play, dressing up as a character) opportunities – all free of charge.

Event highlights include:
  • Superhero Storytime 10:30 a.m., (prior to the event start);
  • Light Wands with FutureMakers for all ages;
  • Introduction to Illustration with Jason Bunyan (for teens);
  • Presentations: Marc Tyler Nobleman, Matthew Winner, and local authors panel;
  • Harry Potter-Themed Escape Room;
  • DIY Dragon eggs inspired by Game of Thrones;
  • Cosplay contest with prizes for children, teens, and adults.
No weapons, including replica and costume pieces, are allowed at the event.

More information, including lead-up events, schedule, rules and cosplay contest guidelines, is posted on the MoComCon website: montgomerycountymd.gov/mocomcon.

January is National Radon Action Month

This January, Montgomery County joins 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 nonsmokers.

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 here and at libraries and regional service centers.

For more information about radon, testing and finding a radon mitigation contractor, visit the new DEP radon website.

White Oak Science Gateway Newsletter Edition #8 Is Now Available

The White Oak Science Gateway Newsletter Edition #8 is now available. There is a lot happening in White Oak. Stay updated with the latest news in White Oak by following the White Oak Science Gateway Master Plan Facebook page and by visiting the County’s website. Peruse minutes from Friends of White Oak meetings here.

The White Oak Science Gateway Master Plan is designed to leverage the area’s many assets and establish a foundation upon which the area may evolve into a community that offers more opportunities to learn, live, work and play.

Kickoff for the 100 Mile Challenge is Set for January 20

The kickoff event for the Department of Recreation’s 100 Mile Challenge is scheduled for Saturday, January 20 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the cafeteria at the Executive Office Building located at 101 Monroe Street in Rockville.

This popular program encourages residents – and their dogs – to log 100 miles of physical activity in 100 days. For this challenge, you can walk, run, or bike one mile a day or engage in 20 minutes of continuous physical activity. It all counts as you move to a fitter you.

More information is available at the 100 Mile Challenge website. Register online at ActiveMONTGOMERY.org, activity no. 42466.

Author James Quinlan to Speak at January Montgomery County Civil War Roundtable Meeting

James Quinlan will speak on his book “Armed Only With Faith: The Civil War Correspondence of Chaplain William Lyman Hyde, 112th New York Infantry” at the January meeting of the Montgomery County Civil War Round table at 8 p.m. on Thursday, January 11 at the Gaithersburg Hilton, 620 Perry Parkway. A $5 donation is requested.

Montgomery Parks Seeks Public Input on the Renovation Plan for Battery Lane Urban Park

Montgomery Parks seeks public input on the proposed playground renovation plan for Battery Lane Urban Park. All feedback should be posted on the Open Town Hall Forum, located on the MontgomeryParks.org web page. Written comments can also be emailed to the Project Manager at Lucas.Bonney@MontgomeryParks.org, mailed to Lucas Bonney, Project Manager, at 9500 Brunett Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20901, or communicated via phone at 301-495-2572. The deadline for public comment is Friday, January 26.

For additional information about the project, go to www.montgomeryparks.org and search “Battery Lane”.