April 23, 2018

Montgomery County Delegation Announces 2018 Session Accomplishments for the County

The 32-member Montgomery County Delegation to the Maryland General Assembly has announced its 2018 legislative accomplishments for the County. Read more.

2018 Primary Election is Scheduled for June 26; Board of Elections Seeks Election Workers

The 2018 Primary Election is scheduled for June 26 and early voting begins on June 14. The Board of Elections website has information to keep you informed on many voter services including voter registration, polling places, and more.

The Board of Elections needs registered voters to serve as election workers for the upcoming primary election. Due to the diversity within the county, voters who speak multiple languages are also needed. Voters who are fluent in both English and Spanish are especially needed.

More information on election workers is available at montgomerycountymd.gov/elections.

Montgomery County to Participate in Drug Enforcement Administration’s 15th Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

On Saturday, April 28 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. community members may drop off unused, unwanted, or expired prescription drugs when the County once again participates in the Washington Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA’s) National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

Understanding the prevalence of opioid overdoses and abuse, this event provides a means for the public to safely dispose of unused and unwanted opioid prescriptions and prevent their life-threatening abuse.

The biannual event is coordinated in our County by the Montgomery County Department of Police (MCPD) and the County’s Department of Health and Human Services.

Learn more and find drop-off sites throughout the County in the press release.

Bethesda Library Reopens with as the Connie Morella Library with a Fresh Look and New Name

On April 14, hundreds of residents turned out to celebrate the renaming and grand reopening of the newly refreshed Montgomery County Public Libraries’ Connie Morella Library, formerly called the Bethesda Library. The library is located at 7400 Arlington Road.

The facility is renamed to honor Connie Morella who served Montgomery County in the Maryland General Assembly from 1979 to 1986 and represented Montgomery County and Maryland’s 8th Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives from 1987 to 2003. Following her congressional service, Morella was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve as Ambassador to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development from 2003 until 2007. Morella is a founding member of the Maryland Women’s Hall of Fame and served as second President of the Montgomery County Commission for Women.

The refresh for the library includes new sit-stand circulation, information, and self-checkout desks; renovation of the public restrooms; new roof, painting and flooring; two new collaboration spaces; upgraded-lighting with improved energy-efficient and brighter LED lamps; outside enhancements which include book drops, bike racks, additional new furniture; motorized window shades, and many other enhancements.

Enhanced interior and exterior updates, including upgraded walkways and entrances that improved accessibility for people with disabilities.

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

See the press release for more about the ceremony and refresh project.

Montgomery County’s GreenFest Returns on May 5

GreenFest, the County’s largest, annual environmental festival returns on Saturday, May 5. The event will take place at Jesup Local Park located at 900 Jesup Blair Drive in Silver Spring from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Join your friends and neighbors for this fun-filled day focused on how we can all work toward a cleaner, greener world. To learn more about the entertainment and activities go to the GreenFest website.

Montgomery County Department of Recreation to Host Community Meeting for the Good Hope Neighborhood Recreation Center

The Department of Recreation will host a community meeting on Tuesday, May 8 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The session will be held at the Good Hope Union United Methodist Church located at 14680 Good Hope Road in Silver Spring.

Residents are invited to provide input on the programs and services that may be provided at the new Good Hope Neighborhood Recreation Center when it opens later this year. For the first time, Montgomery County Recreation is partnering with Strathmore to provide art, music and educational activities at the new center.

Construction of the new Good Hope Neighborhood Recreation Center is underway at 14715 Good Hope Road in Silver Spring. The new facility will include a full-size gymnasium, kitchen and social hall. For more information about the status of construction, visit the project’s website, here.

Free Housing Educational Forum to be Held on April 30 in Silver Spring

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April is Fair Housing Month and housing professionals and providers can join fair housing regulators in Montgomery County at the free “One-Stop Fair Housing Shop” to learn more about fair housing. The fair housing educational forum will be held on Monday, April 30, from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the Silver Spring Civic Center located at 1 Veterans Place.

“One-Stop Fair Housing Shop” focuses on the fair housing requirements for people with disabilities, reasonable accommodations, use of service animals, parking requirements, common ownership communities’ responsibilities, legal updates on the county, state and federal levels, and new trends for a changing housing consumer base.

Guest speakers will include: representatives from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, Maryland Commission on Civil Rights, Office of Human Rights, Office of Consumer Protection, Office of Landlord-Tenant Affairs, Department of Housing and Community Affairs, Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission.

Preregistration and more information is available HERE.

Bethesda Summer Concert Series Begins May 17

With hopes of consistent warmer weather, folks are looking forward to the return of the weekly outdoor concerts in downtown Bethesda. This series, produced by the Bethesda Urban Partnership, will feature free Thursday evening concerts during May, June and July. The concerts offer a diverse range of music including rock, funk, jazz and reggae.

The concerts begin on May 17 and will take place on Thursday evenings, from 6 to 8 p.m. in Veterans Park, located at the corner of Woodmont and Norfolk Avenues. See the full schedule.

On April 24, Montgomery College Presents Climate Change: What Is Happening and What Can We Do About It?

On April 24 at 7 p.m., Montgomery College will present Climate Change: What Is Happening and What Can We Do About It? The free event will take place at the Montgomery College Germantown Campus in Globe Hall located in the High Technology and Science Center.

Ilissa Ocko, a climate scientist at the Environmental Defense Fund, will discuss Earth’s climatic past; scientific views on the current warming trend, including how it affects societies and ecosystems; and what might be done to affect change. Ocko will share highlights of her research on the short- and long-term climate impacts of greenhouse gases and aerosols and mitigation measures.

The program is part of the Frank Islam Athenaeum Symposia speaker series that features timely topics presented by leading experts.

Montgomery Parks Wants to Hear from You

Join Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission at a public meeting to discuss possible improvements to the hard-surface courts in the northern section of Columbia Local Park. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 24 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Marilyn J. Praisner Community Recreation Center located at 14906 Old Columbia Pike in Burtonsville.

Parks staffers are asking for help to determine the future uses for the existing courts. The courts are located on the northern section of the park.

More information about the project is available at the Montgomery Parks web page.