November 18, 2022

Your Mid-County News For
Aspen Hill, Bel Pre, Brookeville, Glenmont,
Forest Glen, Kemp Mill, Kensington, Layhill, Olney,
Sandy Spring, Upper Rock Creek, Wheaton


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Mid-County Citizens Advisory Board Meeting

Next meeting will be

December 15, 2022 at 7:00PM


Agenda is being updated

Zoom link:

Meeting ID: 829 3133 0898

call in: (301) 715-8592

Wheaton Urban District Advisory Committee Meeting

Next meeting will be

December 13, 2022 at 7:00PM


Agenda is being updated.

Zoom link:

Meeting ID: 832 4623 3594

call in: (301) 715-8592

Meetings are open to the public.

If you have any questions about either one of these meetings, please contact Carmen Kaarid at [email protected]

What's new in Mid-County

FY 2024 Budget & Services Community Conversations

A donations page has been set up to help residents impacted by the explosion and fire that devastated the Potomac Oaks Condominium complex in Gaithersburg The Fire caused serious injuries and displaced residents. Donate to help affected families.

Community Meeting on the Wheaton Streetery

Wheaton Holiday Market

Support Local Economy & Gift Local Goods

The Community Engagement Cluster, Regional Service Office Directors are currently recruiting for four full-time Community Project Managers (Program Manager II), IRC55977 to join four of the five committee regions. For additional information, please see the description, minimum qualifications, and preferred criteria sections of the job announcement at this link: Search Available Jobs and select “General Professional” then click search. 

A Message from County Executive Marc Elrich

County Executive Marc Elrich provides updates on the Nov. 16 explosion and fire at the Potomac Oaks Condominium complex in Gaithersburg, telling how to help the victims while fire investigators search for the cause. He has strong feelings about antisemitic graffiti that has been found in various locations in the Bethesda area. He looks forward to working with Dr. Kisha Davis, a Quince Orchard High School alumnus, who he nominated, and this week was confirmed by the County Council, as the new County health officer. In addition, he is enthusiastic that a leading international company in the biotech industry announced it would be expanding its Rockville operations and eventually adding 500 employees in Montgomery County.  Read more.

Community Updates

Wheaton Metro Station Phase 2 of Temporary Bus Bay Relocations to Start on Monday, November 21

Starting Monday, Nov. 21, and lasting for approximately five weeks, sections of the bus loop at the Wheaton Metro Station will be closed for pavement rehabilitation. During Phase 2, Bus Bays F, G, H, J, and K will be closed. Temporary bus boarding locations can be found on the map above.

This project will result in smoother bus rides and an improved experience for Metro and Ride On customers.

‘Garden of Lights’ at Brookside Gardens Opens Today

The “Garden of Lights” display, which annually transforms Brookside Gardens in Wheaton into a magical winter wonderland, will open for the 2022 winter season on Friday, Nov. 18. The exhibit will be open from 5:30-9:30 p.m. every night through Jan. 1, except Nov. 21-24 and Dec. 24-25.  Read more.

Holiday Special Schedules for Thanksgiving Day on Thursday, Nov. 24

The Montgomery County Government, and programs that impact County residents, will have schedule and program changes for Thanksgiving Day on Thursday, Nov. 24.  Read more.

Resurfacing Project for 3.7-Miles of MD 108 in Olney Area Will Improve Road, But Will Create Traffic Disruptions Through Summer 2023

The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) is beginning a $3.7 million safety and resurfacing project on MD 108 from Olney Mill Road to Brooke Road in Olney. Weather permitting, the 3.7-mile project is expected to be complete by late summer 2023. Read more.

Resurfacing Projects

Upcoming Events

More Marching Bands and Floats Will Be In the Line of March at the Montgomery Thanksgiving Parade on Saturday, Nov. 19, in Silver Spring

The annual Montgomery County Thanksgiving Parade, which traditionally is held the Saturday before Thanksgiving, this year will return in grand fashion—including new special guests— starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19, in Downtown Silver Spring.   Read more.

County Executive Elrich Is Holding Hybrid Forums to Seek Input on FY 2024 Operating Budget, With Next One on Monday, Nov. 21, in Silver Spring

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich, the County’s regional services offices and community partners will host eight hybrid forums in November and December to seek input on the Fiscal Year 2024 Operating Budget. The first forum will be from 7-8:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 14, at the Mid-County Regional Services Center in Wheaton. Residents can attend the forums in person or view them via the internet. Read more.


Countywide Facade Improvement Program

Funds Available Now!

Visit Montgomery County Department of Housing & Community Affairs website for more information or to apply. Read guidelines here.

COVID-19 Updates

Be COVID-Prepared for the Upcoming Holiday Season

The third holiday season with COVID-19 is approaching, and everyone agrees that COVID fatigue exists. A few simple steps of caution can make being with family and friends enjoyable while reducing the risk of illness from COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses such as colds and flu. Read more.

Our Community: Together & Connected

Low Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP), is NOW available to provide funds to assist low income households pay past due water/sewer bills! Funds are limited. Apply today at:

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Food Distribution
Montgomery County has various food distribution events across the County this week, including in Rockville, Gaithersburg, Silver Spring and Olney. To find distribution events or food near you, click here. The website also has more information about food resources in multiple languages. For help with getting food, please call the Food Access Call Center at MC311.
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Montgomery County Executive

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