March 10, 2023

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


Community Advisory boards are a way to keep up to date on issues affecting your communities and to have a voice. Take an active role by participating & engaging in your local Advisory Boards.

Mid-County Citizens Advisory Board Meeting

Next meeting will be

March 16, 2023 at 7:00PM


Department of Housing and Community Affairs - Nathan E. Bovelle

Zoom link:

Meeting ID: 829 3133 0898

call in: (301) 715-8592

Wheaton Urban District Advisory Committee Meeting

Next meeting will be

March 14, 2023 at 7:00PM


MDOT State Highway Administration - Joseph Moges, Assistant Director


In person at

2425 Reedie Drive, 2nd Floor

Wheaton MD 20902

Virtually on:

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 Luisa Cardona at

What's new in Mid-County

St. Patricks Day Events

Join us Next Friday and Saturday!

Downtown Wheaton will be a “Shamrockin’ Good Time’ as it stretches St. Patrick’s Day to a two-day celebration on Friday-Saturday, March 17-18.

The celebration will include an “all-day” event on Friday, March 17, at the Limerick Pub, located at 11301 Elkin St. in Wheaton. On Saturday, March 18, there will be free St. Patrick’s activities from noon-4 p.m. at Marian Fryer Town Plaza, located at 2424 Reedie Dr., presented by the Wheaton Urban District and Montgomery County Recreation.

Each event will include performances by the Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance and Brendan Pelan.

The March 17 event at the Limerick Pub will include food, music and dancing. More information about the events at The Pub can be found at

The March 18 event will include music, food, arts and crafts, face painting, balloon art and games. Food will be provided at the March 18 event (while supplies last). The Limerick Pub will provide free food samples and Green Plate Catering will be distributing shamrock sugar cookies for cookie decorating.

More information is available about the Downtown Wheaton celebration can be found at

Pedestrian Master Plan Public Hearing Draft Plan

The Pedestrian Master Plan is the first countywide plan in Montgomery County to make recommendations to improve the pedestrian experience in a holistic way. An important element in the county’s 2017 Vision Zero Action Plan and 2021 Climate Action Plan, the Pedestrian Master Plan supports the Thrive Montgomery 2050 goal to “develop a safe, comfortable and appealing network for walking, biking and rolling.” The plan documents the pedestrian experience in Montgomery County today, and makes recommendations in line with national and international best practices to improve the pedestrian experience, from more and better places to cross the street to a data-driven, equity-focused approach for the county's future pedestrian/bicycle capital investments.

The Planning Board’s public hearing will be held on Thursday, March 23, 2023 in the Auditorium of the Wheaton Headquarters Building at 2425 Reedie Drive, Wheaton, MD. To check the approximate hearing time, or to sign up to testify, go to

There is also an option to join the public hearing as a virtual meeting with online streaming and public testimony. Online access can be found at the following link:

The attached letter provides more information about the plan, and I encourage you to read the Public Hearing Draft at

Entries Can Now Be Submitted for Seventh Annual Wheaton Arts Parade & Festival Poster Contest

Entries are now being accepted for the Seventh Annual Wheaton Arts Parade & Festival poster contest. The winning design will be used on all promotional materials for the parade and festival, which will take place in Downtown Wheaton on Sunday, Oct. 15. The winner will receive a $500 commission. Read more.

The Community Engagement Cluster, is currently recruiting for a fulltime Program Specialist, Grade 21 IRC56164 to join the Wheaton Urban District. 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. If you require assistance or the link is not functioning please do not hesitate to contact me directly or send an email to

Community Updates

Doing Business With Montgomery County Government

Join us for a 3-part series where you'll learn everything you need to know about doing business with the Montgomery County Government. Topics will include certification and resources, the solicitation process, how to do business with other entities, and much more!

Click the box below to register today or go to:!

Click here to Register!

Montgomery Parks to Hold Special Events in March

 for All Ages and Interests

Montgomery Parks will host a busy lineup of special events and programs in March, including a variety of hikes, birdwatching and a ParksAle Trail adventure. Read more.

Sixth Annual ‘Girl Power Contest’ Recognizing March as Women’s History Month Accepting Entries Through Friday, March 31

In recognition of March as Women’s History Month, the Montgomery County Commission for Women, Montgomery County Public Libraries and Friends of the Library, Montgomery County is holding its Sixth Annual “Girl Power Contest.” County residents, ages 5 and up, are encouraged to submit a short story, poem, drawing or entry in the medium of their choice that addresses this year’s theme. Read more.

Become a Summer RISE 2023 Host!

Interested in preparing the next generation for the workforce and growing your talent pool?

Help rising Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) high school juniors and seniors learn about your workplace and career field as part of the Summer RISE 2023 program. MCPS is seeking hosts in all career fields, particularly those in arts and entertainment, architecture, bioscience, business management, cybersecurity, engineering, healthcare, information technology, law and veterinary services. Summer RISE is an MCPS initiative to help students learn about career opportunities. If you are interested in offering a student(s) an in-person, virtual or a hybrid experience between June 26 and July 28, sign up to become a host today! Host registration will close Friday, April 14. For more information or to attend an informational session, visit Email or call Davida Gurstelle at or 240-740-5599 with questions.

Homeless Information Line

A reminder that on frigid days we want to keep as many people safe as possible. Please use the phone number 240-907-2688 to help someone who is homeless get out of the cold and in touch with support and resources that can help.

Become a Research Blood Donor

Resurfacing Projects

Upcoming Events

Montgomery County Bienvenidos

Resources and Services Fair

This event is in Spanish, for families newly arrived in Montgomery County and/or minors reunified with family member.

Click on the banners below for more information.

Feria de Recursos y Servicios

del Condado de Montgomery

Este evento es en español, para familias que son nuevas en el Condado de Montgomery y/o para menos reunidos con un miembro de su familia.

Click en el anuncio arriba para más información.

Spring Festival


Apply to be a Grants Panelist

Grants Program for Artists in Maryland Open

Employment Opportunities

$20,000 Incentives Proposed for

Joining County Police Department

Montgomery County and the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Lodge No. 35 have come to an agreement to begin offering a $20,000 bonus for new sworn police recruits. Full implementation of the bonus program would require County Council approval for Fiscal Year 2024 and beyond budgets.  Read more.

One Montgomery Green is hiring!


We are looking for individuals with a drive to make a positive impact on the community and help shape a more sustainable future. This is a fantastic opportunity to create invaluable career connections within the environmental, business and public service communities.

Community Outreach Coordinator

Job Opportunities at Montgomery County Council - Post Graduate Fellows Program

The Council is seeking three outstanding students with Master’s degrees in policy-related programs (policy, public administration, planning, public health, law, etc.) who will graduate in spring 2023 or have graduated in the past 36-months. They will begin work on September 11, 2023, for a one-year term with a possible second year extension.


Fellows will work as part of the Council’s non-partisan central staff team, providing objective analysis of policies to the entire County Council. They will have the opportunity to work directly with other Council staff, Councilmembers, and staff in the Executive Branch and other agencies of County Government.


The County Council hires outstanding professionals who are dedicated to public policy work that influences and shapes our community. Our synergy of talent, resources and support makes the Council an ideal employer for individuals who are looking to innovate, work on a diverse range of issues and create blueprints for bold thinking. Council staffers work with elected leaders, community groups, subject-matter experts, and residents on a wide range of issues implemented through new policies and programs, legislation, budgeting, and land use decisions.


Additional information about the program and the application can be found at The deadline for application is March 14, 2023. For further information, please feel free to contact me.

Our Community: Together & Connected

Washington Metropolitan Oasis

a non-profit organization offering lifelong learning classes

Click here and take a look at all their class offerings.

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:

Click the banner above to check out the latest from the Wheaton and Kensington Chamber of Commerce Newsletter!
To check out the latest from Explore Kensington, click the banner above.
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.
Luisa F. Cardona

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Marc Elrich
Montgomery County Executive

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