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UCAB Land Use Subcommittee

April 1, 2024

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Meeting ID: 895 3052 8871

Topic: Master Plan of Highways and Transitways Technical Update

Guest speaker: Stephen Aldrich, Planner IV, Montgomery Planning

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich

County Executive Marc Elrich this week provides details on his recent economic development trip to the Smart Cities Energy Summit in Taiwan, where he sought to recruit international companies to establish roots in Montgomery County. Among the companies he pursued were computer chip manufacturers. He also talks about the grand opening of the new North American headquarters of Sodexo in North Bethesda. One of the world’s largest employers will continue as a major County company. And as April approaches, the County Executive addresses the many ways the County will celebrate “Earth Month” as it works toward the goals in its Climate Action Plan. 

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Montgomery County Board Vancancies

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County Executive Marc Elrich is committed to representation on all of the County’s boards, committees, and commissions that is reflective of, and responsive to, our County’s residents. Public participation contributes to the work of County government and provides an important service to the community when a variety of issues, concerns, and viewpoints are presented.


You may access information regarding boards, committees, and commissions, including application instructions here. Please carefully read application instructions on that page. Then select View and Apply for Vacancies for all currently posted notices.


Currently, there is a valuable opportunity to serve on the following:


The deadline for application is April 15, 2024. 

Applicants of diverse backgrounds, professions, genders, geography, disabilities, ethnicities, and ages are encouraged to apply. Members of County boards, committees, and commissions may not serve on more than one such group at a time. The County Executive’s appointments are generally subject to confirmation by the County Council. Members must complete training on the Maryland Open Meetings Act, Montgomery County Ethics Law, and basic parliamentary procedure. Members are eligible for reimbursement for travel and dependent care for in-person meetings attended. County boards, committees, and commissions may meet virtually by video and/or teleconference.

National Public Health Week, April 1-7, Recognized Through Daily Themes 

Montgomery County will commemorate National Public Health Week (NPHW), April 1-7, by highlighting daily themes through a series of social media posts and hosting community events. This year’s theme is “Protecting, Connecting and Thriving: We Are All Public Health.” 

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Germantown Library Events

All MCPL Libraries will be closed March 31 

Tax Aide - In-person - Free Tax Preparation Services from AARP Tax-Aide Volunteers 

Monday, April 1: 10:00am - 6:00pm 

Free tax preparation assistance will be available February 5 – April 15, 2024, for

low-to-moderate income Montgomery County taxpayers. By Appointment Only. 


Tax Aide - In-person - Free Tax Preparation Services from AARP Tax-Aide Volunteers 

Tuesday, April 2: 1:00pm - 6:00pm 

Free tax preparation assistance will be available February 5 – April 15, 2024, for

low-to-moderate income Montgomery County taxpayers. By Appointment Only. 


English Conversation Club 

Every Tuesday: 2:00pm - 3:30pm 

Join us as we practice English conversation in an informal, friendly, relaxed.

setting. New members are always welcome. 

French Conversation Club 

Every Tuesday: 6:00pm - 7:00pm 

Join us as we practice French conversation in an informal, friendly, and relaxed

setting. New members are always welcome. 

Illumination Stations -Shedding a Light on Energy Programs - Find out how to lower your

energy costs! 

Wednesday, April 03: 10:30am - 2:30pm 

Illuminations Stations shine a light on ways for people to lower their utility bills, apply

for energy assistance and receive items to help them keep money in their pockets! 


Germantown Library Chess Club 

Wednesday, April 3: 5:00pm - 7:00pm 

On the first Wednesday of the month, the Potomac Chess Club will come to the

Germantown Library to share their love of chess with new and experienced players alike. 


Germantown Novel Views Book Club 

Wednesday, April 3: 7:00pm - 8:00pm 

Join the Germantown Novel Views Book Club to discuss "The Maidens" by Alex Michaelides. 


Family Storytime at Germantown 

Saturday, April 6: 11:00am - 11:30am; 11:40am – 12:10am 

These 25-30-minute programs are designed to delight children of all ages and are

filled with diverse stories and activities that promote and develop language

skills and imagination. Repeat at 11:40am. 


Club Español de Conversación - In-person - Learn Spanish and English together 

Saturday, April 06: 3:00pm - 4:30pm 

Learn Spanish and English together Learn Spanish and English together Aprendamos

juntos inglés y español 

Maryland Secretary of the Environment Serena McIlwain to Address 2024 County Energy Summit on Tuesday, April 16

Maryland Secretary of the Environment Serena McIlwain will provide the keynote address at the 2024 Montgomery County Energy Summit on Tuesday, April 16. The summit will be held at the Silver Spring Civic Building, located at 1 Veterans Plaza in Downtown Silver Spring.  

GreenFest Coming Soon at a New Location.

Save the Date April 27

The Montgomery County GreenFest is the largest annual environmental festival in

Montgomery County, organized by a coalition of public and non-profit partners.

This year's event will be at a new location at Black Rock Arts Center in Germantown on

April 27, 2024.

See photos from last year's events.

Learn more about the event.

Adult Bike and E-Scooter Classes to be Offered in

April, May and June 

The Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) will be offering low-cost adult bike classes in April, May and June. The classes will include Learn to Ride and Basic Skills classes. MCDOT also will offer four free, walk-up electric scooter classes following select bike classes. Read More

Montgomery Parks invites the public to select a design concept for the new Ovid Hazen Wells Skate Park

WHEATON, Md. — Montgomery Parks is inviting the public to select one of two design options proposed for a new skate park at Ovid Hazen Wells Recreational Park. The concepts were developed by Los Angeles-based Spohn Ranch Skateparks, a skate park design/build firm, which incorporated feedback from community meetings and survey results from Montgomery Parks’ county-wide skate park study.


What: Ovid Hazen Wells Skate Park design survey

When: Now - April 5, 2024

How:  Take the online Ovid Hazen Wells Skate Park design survey

Please visit the Ovid Hazen Wells Recreational Park project page to learn more about the proposed skate park. The skate park project is expected to be completed and open to the public in spring 2025.


This project is part of a larger initiative to construct five new skate parks. Find out more about the Montgomery Parks’ Skate Park study.


      ‘Year of the Cicada’ Will Be Topic of Lecture on

Wednesday, April 10 

There is evidence that 2024 will turn out to be the “Year of the Cicada.” There are many cicadas landmarks this year, and it is the first time since 1803 that broods 13 and 17 will co-emerge. More about this phenomenon will be the subject of a free lecture, led by area naturalist and historian Clarence Hickey, at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 10, in Gaithersburg. 

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Father Hurley Boulevard at Dawson Farm Road

New Traffic Signal Construction

The Division of Traffic Engineering and Operations (DTEO) will be constructing a new traffic signal at Father Hurley Boulevard and Dawson Farm Road. The project involves constructing a full-color traffic signal with ADA-compliant pedestrian ramps and marked crosswalks. The traffic signal equipment will include Steel poles and mast arms, light-emitting diode (LED) traffic signal indications with backplates (to provide better visibility of the traffic signal displays), along with accessible pedestrian and countdown pedestrian signals (APS/CPS),


DTEO anticipates starting construction in late March 2024, with project completion by December 2024. If you have questions about this project, you may contact Mr. Kamal Hamud at [email protected] or 240-777-2190.


Our summer camp season is right around the corner and we’re looking for energetic individuals with a passion for recreation to join our team! Want to learn more about available positions and how to apply? Join Montgomery County Recreation this spring as the department will hold several job fairs:

  • Friday, March 8, 6 – 8:30 p.m. at Long Branch Community Recreation Center 
  • Saturday, March 9, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at Nancy H. Dacek North Potomac Community Recreation Center
  • Saturday, March 9, 3 – 5:30 p.m. at Germantown Community Recreation Center
  • Tuesday, March 12, 6 – 8:30 p.m. at White Oak Community Recreation Center 
  • Thursday, April 4, 6 – 8:30 p.m. at Upper County Community Recreation Center 
  • Saturday, April 6, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at Bauer Drive Community Recreation Center 
  • Saturday, April 6, 3 – 5:30 p.m. at East County Community Recreation Center

Applicants should bring their resumes, come dressed for success and be prepared to discuss their experience. The department is looking for dedicated, hardworking and motivated individuals. Applicants should note these job fairs are not job or location specific. Applicants may attend any job fair regardless of where they are seeking to work in the County. 


The part-time/seasonal pay rate begins at $16.70 an hour and increases based on experience. Applicants must be at least 16 years of age at the start of camps (lifeguards must be at least 15). Bilingual applicants are encouraged to apply. 

As a condition of employment, applicants will be required to pass a criminal background investigation. The investigation will include state, federal and sex offender background checks.

April 2024

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Teen Mental Health

Join us for a week dedicated to addressing the pressing mental health challenges facing teenagers in Montgomery County, Maryland, as they navigate the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. At Montgomery County Public Libraries, we understand the importance of supporting our youth through serious challenges, which is why we are working to providing teens and their support networks with important information regarding Teen Mental Health Resources in our county.

From April 6th - April 13th, we invite teenagers, parents, educators, and community members to come together for a series of informative and empowering events designed to shed light on mental health issues and provide resources for support. Our aim is to create a safe and welcoming space where teens can openly discuss their struggles and find solidarity in knowing they are not alone.

Fourth graders in Gaithersburg are encouraged to write essays telling us what they would do if they were mayor. The theme, to be explored in 275 words or less, is “Inspiring Leadership in your City/Community.”  Students are asked to write about the ways elected officials inspire leadership in their communities and to share a project they would take on that would make others want to help make the City better. Finalists will be invited to a panel interview, with the winner being selected as Gaithersburg’s next Junior Mayor. The submission deadline is April 5. 

Click here for entry details

Want to use captivating works of art to help educate your fellow neighbors about water quality issues? The Gaithersburg Parks, Arts and Recreation Corporation (G-PARC) Arts and Culture Alliance and the City’s Stormwater Management Program and Cultural Events and Services Division invite artists of all ages to submit designs for a Storm Drain Art project to call attention to the importance of protecting our Chesapeake Bay watershed. The deadline is March 22 (World Water Day). Selections will be announced on Earth Day, April 22. 

Complete details here

What is the Future for Poolesville?

If you are interested in the future of the town of Poolesville, you should study the 2024 Town of

Poolesville Comprehensive Plan just released by the town. The plan serves as a guide for the future growth, development, and provisioning of public services for the Town of Poolesville and its residents.

In support of our mission to Stay Active! Poolesville Seniors is sharing activities from our greater community; we hope you can join us in getting out and enjoying the fall weather. Farmers markets, art, entertainment and more - check it out here!

Community Activities


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