Your Mid-County News
Aspen Hill, Bel Pre, Brookeville, Glenmont,
Forest Glen, Kemp Mill, Kensington, Layhill, Olney,
Sandy Spring, Upper Rock Creek, Wheaton
September 27, 2019
Advisory Boards
Keep up to date on issues affecting your communities and take an active role by participating & engaging in your local Advisory Boards.
Mid-County and Wheaton Advisory Board meetings are open to the public.
MCCAB and WUDAC both now meet in the WHEATON Library/Recreation Center

The Mid-County Citizens Advisory Board (MCCAB) will meet on Tuesday, October 15, 2019, 7:00 pm
Wheaton Library/Recreation Center
11701 Georgia Ave, Wheaton

TOPIC: Transportation Activities/ Projects in Mid-County
Councilmember Evan Glass

Next Committee Meeting
October 3, 2019 at 7 pm

The Wheaton Urban District Advisory Committee (WUDAC) will meet on Tuesday, October 8, 2019, 6:30 pm
Wheaton Library/Recreation Center
11701 Georgia Ave, Wheaton, MD 20902

TOPIC : HOC/Duffie Companies
Gateway Project
Click here for information on the Wheaton Gateway project
Wheaton Regional Park Master Plan Update

(Georgia Avenue to Grandview Avenue)

Reedie Drive will temporarily become one-way westbound traffic on or about September 28, 2019, between Georgia Avenue and Grandview Avenue. The one-way westbound configuration will remain in effect for approximately 12-weeks. 

This temporary Traffic Control Plan (TCP), approved by the Department of Permitting Services (DPS), is necessary to install multiple storm drain lines across Reedie Drive from the new Office Building to the Town Square. Additionally, this configuration will allow for the lateral connection of new fiber optic lines currently in Reedie Drive to connect to the new building. Finally, this configuration will facilitate new permanent construction along the north side of Reedie Drive. 


To access the Retail Marketing Plan for retail space in the new building, click here. For more information, please contact:
Andy Corno O: +1 202 719 6137 M: +1 301 520 2620,
Thomas Jackman O: +1 202 719 5624 M: +1 301 580 1512

For more information on the progress (75% complete) of the the  Wheaton Revitalization Projec t. Click  here .
Operating Budget Forum Flyer
Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich is holding the first of five budget forums on Monday, Oct. 7, at the new Wheaton Library/Recreation Center to seek input from residents about Fiscal Year 2021 (FY20) Operating Budget priorities.    

Sign language interpreter services will be provided only upon request with notice as far in advance as possible, but no less than 72 hours prior to the event. If these or other services or aids are needed to participate in this activity, call 240-777-6507, Maryland Relay 711 or email a request to .
Here is the schedule of all FIVE budget forums: 
Mid-County: Monday, October 7 th  – Wheaton Library and Community Recreation Center, 11701 Georgia Avenue, Wheaton, MD 20902

Bethesda-Chevy Chase : Monday, October 21 st  – Bethesda Chevy Chase Regional Services Center, 4805 Edgemoor Lane, Bethesda, MD 20814

Upcounty : Monday, October 28 th  – BlackRock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown, MD 20874

Silver Spring : Wednesday, October 30 th  – Silver Spring Civic Building, One Veterans Place, Silver Spring, MD 20910 - Buffalo Soldiers Great Hall

East County: Wednesday, November 6 th  – Eastern Montgomery Regional Services Center, 3300 Briggs Chaney Road, Silver Spring, MD 20904 

County Police Hosts Hurricane Relief Drive for Bahamas
Montgomery County Department of Police (MCP) in coordination with  The Embassy of the Bahamas  is collecting items to send to the Bahamas to assist in the hurricane recovery efforts.
Major Crimes detectives previously traveled to the Bahamas to provide training to the  Royal Bahamas Police Force  and have continued to stay in contact with the officers they met. If residents are interested in donating to the relief effort, they can drop off items at any of the six district police stations through Thursday, October 10th. Residents can place donated items in boxes that are located in the lobbies of the stations. Click here for more info .
MDOT SHA Planned Lane Closures
Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) has announced planned major construction and maintenance lane closures in District 3 (Montgomery and Prince Georges Counties). The construction and lane closures begin September 27, 2019. Please click here for details.
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month in the Park

Montgomery Parks, is hosting a series of special programming and events in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. Events include nature programs, 5k fun run and walk, live music and salsa, and the Hispanic Heritage Celebration. All programs are free.  
For more information click here .
Business Input Sought
Provide your feedback on the business climate in the County and how it might be enhanced. This survey is part of 4Business - Benchmarking to be Best for Business, an initiative that Executive Marc Elrich and Council Vice President Sidney Katz launched. Responses to this survey will help inform actions that the County can take to encourage businesses to locate, expand and thrive in Montgomery County and to identify areas to enhance business and County relations. Click here to access the survey .
Permitting Services Newsletter
Please click here for the latest news and updates from the County's Department of Permitting Services.
Wheaton Cultural Grants
 Again this year, funding for the arts in Wheaton is available through the Arts & Humanities Commission. Deadline is October 18th at 11:59 pm. Projects must take place January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020. The award amounts for Wheaton Cultural Project Grants will range from $1,000 to $10,000. The grant guidelines are available  here . Sign up here for information on upcoming workshop and webinar. 
Celebrate Active Aging Week
Montgomery County Government invites residents to participate in the second annual Active Aging Week, which is part of a national initiative to promote healthy lifestyles. This year’s theme is “Redefining Active.” The Active Aging Week kickoff event will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 2, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Brookside Gardens in Wheaton. The free event includes a stroll around Brookside Gardens and multiple activity demonstrations, such as Zumba and Tai Chi. Food will be available for purchase. The calendar of free, “Active Aging Week” events in Montgomery County can be accessed her e.
Senior Planet Montgomery Fall Classes
Fall registration is open for free Senior Planet Montgomery technology classes starting Monday, Sept. 30. Designed for learners age 60 and older, participants learn to confidently use technology to improve their financial security and health, open a new business, improve their ability to live independently, or just use the internet for better daily living. Click here for the course schedule/description and registration information.
CALLING ARTISTS: Climate Change in Public Art
This is a collaboration between DEP and the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, calling on artists and community organizations to help facilitate the County’s collective reflection about the state of our environment, particularly as it relates to climate change.
Three mini-grants will be awarded for Montgomery County artists ($3,000 each) to develop temporary artworks that engage the community around the issue of climate change.  The idea is to engage the community in a way that charts, scientific studies and incentive programs cannot.
Grant application deadline is November 8, 2019. Please see the RFQ at:
Note that there will be an October 11 th workshop (10:00 to 2:00) in the Silver Spring Civic Building that will include a public art trainer and environmental speakers.
Public Meeting on the Amherst Ave Bikeway Project
For more information on the Bicycle and Pedestrian Priority Areas (BiPPA) click here . To join the meeting live streaming, click here.
Provide Input for Federal Grants
The Montgomery County Department of Housing and Community Affairs (DHCA) is holding a public hearing beginning at 7:15 P.M., October 23 in the Council Office Building in downtown Rockville. The subject is the community development needs of the community and input from residents will help guide decisions on spending federal community development grant funds. More information is available on DHCA’s website here: or you can call (240) 777-3621. 
 Montgomery Council News
For information on past agendas for Council sessions, committee meetings, prior meeting minutes, actions, access to informational packets for every issue to be discussed at meetings, viewing of live meetings and archived videos of past meetings, and more, go to the Council   web site . Click the box titled "Council Meeting Portal".  

Sign up to receive notifications about Council legislation by visiting  and selecting the bill you would like to follow.
Family Game Day
It’s “game on” at Kensington Town Hall on Sat., Oct. 5, 2019, at Family Game Day . The event, hosted by the Noyes Children’s Library Foundation, will be packed with family fun. It will feature Kids Bingo, Toss Tic-Tac-Toe and Connect Four; fun crafts; a Story Corner with game-themed story time; and music to shake the sillies out. The fun is for kids of all ages, with activities geared toward children 2-8 years old.
Sat., Oct. 5, 2019; 3-5pm
Kensington Town Hall (3710 Mitchell St., Kensington, MD 20895)
$5 per person; $20 max per family

Events at the Sandy Spring Museum
Click here .

So Much to do at Your Local Libraries - See Below
Twinbrook Library
(1) Financial Literacy Seminar: Life Insurance
Date:  9/28/2019
Start Time:  3:00 PM
End Time:  4:30 PM
Library: Twinbrook Library, 202 Meadow Hall Drive, Rockville, MD 20851
Description:  Before you buy life insurance, find your fit! It’s best to have an understanding of the two basic types: term and permanent, so come and gather information during the seminar. Free, no registration. All are welcome.
Mid-County Community Book Swap
Velocity of Books is hosting a book swap on October 12th, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm. For more information, click here.

Mid-County Recreation Center.
Address: 2004 Queensguard Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20906
The Montgomery County Board of Social Services (MCBSS) will be hosting a screening of the documentary "Resilience" and a panel discussion. See below for more information; To register, click here.
To RSVP to the "Black and Brown Forum" click here.
  T here are multiple ways to get involved in your communities by serving on the County's boards, committees and commissions.

To serve on boards, committees and commissions, review ALL CURRENT vacancy announcements and read instructions carefully at:
Community Service Month 2019
Join residents across the area for Montgomery County’s annual celebration of volunteerism—Community Service Month, which began September 11 and runs through October 31. By engaging in one or more volunteer activities you’ll be part of a larger movement demonstrating the power and joy of serving others. Choose a date-specific volunteer project from the September  or  October calendar  or sort through the hundreds of  ongoing volunteer opportunities  using our website search filters to find the volunteer activities that are most meaningful to you.
50+: Vital Living Through Volunteering Events
The Montgomery County Volunteer Center will hold a second free program Oct 1 from 2-3 pm at Twinbrook Library, 202 Meadow Hall Dr. in Rockville to help attendees find their best volunteer fit. 
Program topics will include:
  • Resources for exploring volunteer opportunities
  • The 50+ Volunteer Network that offers personal consultations and guidance in finding an opportunity that is the right fit
No registration is required. Attendees will also receive a free copy of the 50+ Vital Living Networker containing resource information about living well and aging in Montgomery County. Questions should be emailed to, . For more information, visit the  website