April 9, 2018

Montgomery County Council to Hold Public Hearings on Proposed FY 2019 Budget

Residents will provide comments and suggestions on the County Executive’s recommended FY 2019 Operating Budget.

The public hearings are scheduled for:
Hearings will be held in the third-floor hearing room of the Council Office Building located at 100 Maryland Ave. in Rockville.

The number of speakers for public hearings is limited. Anyone interested in testifying can sign up online or by calling 240-777-7803. Comments and suggestions are welcome online or via email at county.council@montgomerycountymd.gov., through postal mail to County Council, 100 Maryland Ave., Rockville, MD 20850 or by calling the Council’s budget hotline at 240-777-7802. 

Information on the budget can be found on the Council website or by going to the Council’s web page atwww.montgomerycountymd.gov/council and clicking on “Operating and CIP Budgets”.

Stay Alert, Stay Alive

Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett has announced an awareness and enforcement campaign regarding distracted driving and distracted walking. The “Stay Alert, Stay Alive” campaign is part of the County’s Vision Zero initiative to reduce fatalities and serious injuries on our roadways.

Distracted driving or walking is a leading cause of crashes in Montgomery County. In the County, nearly half of all drivers and four in 10 pedestrians involved in severe or fatal crashes were distracted. The good news is that this is something that can be changed.

To learn more, go to VisionZero.

Stay Alert, Stay Alive

Hundreds Attend Ribbon-Cutting Celebration for the Montgomery County Public Libraries’ White Oak Branch

Hundreds of residents turned out to celebrate the reopening of the Montgomery County Public Libraries White Oak Library on April 2. The library, located at 11701 New Hampshire Ave. in Silver Spring, was closed to be “refreshed” under the Library Refurbishment Level-of-Effort initiative in the County’s Capital Improvements Program.

Partial funding for the project was provided by the County Library Capital Grant Program of the Maryland State Library program as authorized by the Maryland General Assembly and supported by the Montgomery County Delegation.

The library opened immediately following the ribbon-cutting ceremony. More information about the improvements is available HERE.

More information about the library, including hours of operation and upcoming events, is available at HERE.

Montgomery County Celebrates Earth Month with Events Throughout April; Activities Culminate at the Montgomery County GreenFest on May 5

To celebrate April as Earth Month, the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection is hosting or participating in numerous events focused on the environment. These events offer opportunities for residents and businesses to help make the County a greener, cleaner place.

County Executive Ike Leggett and County Council President Hans Riemer will officially proclaim April as Earth Month in Montgomery County with a joint proclamation on April 17. With this action, County officials affirm the importance of protecting the environment, not only during Earth Month but throughout the year.

For more information about all of the activities go to Department of Environmental Protection Earth Month Activities.

"Montgomery Serves Awards" Recognizes Service to the Community

Montgomery County will honor nine individuals and groups for their exemplary service to the community at the seventh annual Montgomery Serves Awards ceremony, set for Monday, April 23 at 6:30 p.m. The event will be held at Imagination Stage located at 4908 Auburn Ave. in Bethesda.

The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required as seating is limited. Register here.

Learn more about the winners, the awards, and ways to get involved in serving our community at montgomeryserves.org. That is the website of the Montgomery County Volunteer Center, which coordinates the awards and thousands of volunteer opportunities countywide.

Fund for Montgomery provided a generous contribution from the Carl M. Freeman Foundation to sponsor the event.

Design for Life Showcase Returns to Silver Spring on May 5

The Design for Life Showcase is scheduled for Saturday, May 5 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will be held at the Silver Spring Civic Building located at 1 Veterans Pl.

This is the event to meet building professionals who are designing and renovating accessible homes for all ages and stages of life. Whether you are a homeowner buying a new home or renovating your current home, the Design for Life program offers a variety of benefits for you.

Learn more about the Design for Life program by visiting its website. Register for the showcase, HERE.

Construction Continues at Wheaton Revitalization Project Site

Significant progress continues at the site of the Wheaton Revitalization Project, where construction is underway on a 14-story Montgomery County government office building and the public square.

You can watch the construction progress via a camera that is fixed on the downtown Wheaton construction site and posted on the project’s website at wheatonproject.com.

Demolition of the former Mid-County Regional Services Center, which began in late January, is  completed.

The new town square of approximately 20,000 square feet will be built at the site of the former services center site on the Reedie Drive side of the project. The town square will provide space for public use and entertainment purposes. It will include an amphitheater and covered stage.

Major steps in the revitalization of Wheaton are evolving around the Wheaton Triangle Business District as the three-year project continues to be on schedule for completion in 2020—and it continues to be on budget.

More information is available at the Wheaton Revitalization Project website.

Montgomery College Board Approves Naming of Math and Science Building in Honor of County Executive Ike Leggett and Catherine Leggett

The Montgomery College Board of Trustees passed a resolution to name a new Math and Science Building to honor County Executive Ike Leggett and his wife Catherine Leggett. The building will be located on Montgomery College’s Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus.

For students, the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus Building will be a key component in their paths to completion since every college student in Maryland must take math and science courses to obtain a degree. The Catherine and Isiah Leggett Math and Science Building will replace the out-of-date classrooms and labs in buildings that are 56 and 38 years old. The plans for this modernization have been in place for almost 15 years. The College anticipates construction of the new math and science building to start in December 2019 and to open for the fall semester of 2022.

Read more about the renaming at the Montgomery College website.

Bethesda’s Local Writers Showcase Honors Writers and Poets on April 19 and 20

Bethesda Urban Partnership and Bethesda Magazine will host the Local Writer’s Showcase, celebrating writers from Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia on April 19 and 20. The Showcase will include two award ceremonies and readings, honoring the winners of the annual Bethesda Essay and Short Story Contest and the Bethesda Poetry Contest. Both ceremonies are open to the public.

The Showcase begins at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 19, with a Poetry Contest Awards Ceremony and Reading by award-winning poet E. Ethelbert Miller at Gallery B, 7700 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite E located in Bethesda.

The Annual Bethesda Essay and Short Story Contest Awards ceremony will be held on Friday, April 20 at 7 p.m. at the Bethesda Hyatt located at 7400 Wisconsin Ave. Winners will receive their awards and can read an excerpt from their work.

Kidde Recalls Dual Sensor Smoke Alarms

The Montgomery County Office of Consumer Protection, the Department of Permitting Services and the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service are alerting residents of a smoke alarm recall.

Kidde is recalling almost 500,000 dual sensor smoke alarms because of a manufacturing malfunction that may compromise the alarm’s ability to detect smoke. Specifically, a yellow protective cap may have been left on one of the two smoke sensors during the manufacturing process.

For more information about the recall, visit the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission website.

Montgomery County Provides Opportunities for Artist to Showcase Works

With dozens of museums, galleries, and art shows, Montgomery County is a cultural hub that provides many opportunities for the artist to showcase their arts.

To reactivate the Montgomery County Contemporary Works on Paper Collection, the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County and the Montgomery County Public Art Trust, have announced a call for the visual artist. For more information, go to www.bettymaekramergallery.com/mcwopcallforart. The deadline for submissions is Friday, April 20.

The Beacon Celebration of the Arts invites amateur artists, age 50 years and older, to enter the best works in the Beacon Celebration of the Arts competition. Original works are accepted in four categories: Painting or drawing, sculpture/jewelry/pottery/mixed media, photography and poetry. Entries will be accepted through June 29. For more information go to bit.ly/BeaconCelebration.

A-Rts Returns to Rockville Town Square May 5-6, 2018

The Sixth Annual A-RTS at Rockville Town Square will showcase the work of 150 nationally recognized artists from around the United States in a spectacular outdoor gallery. The event takes place on Saturday and Sunday, May 5 and 6. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free.

A-RTS will be held rain or shine at Rockville Town Square, located at 200 East Middle Lane and on surrounding streets (Maryland Avenue and E. Middle Lane). Streets are closed to traffic for the festival. The event is within walking distance from the Rockville Metro station. Parking is available at numerous garages located around the site.

More information about A-RTS is available at www.a-rts.org.