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Aspen Hill, Bel Pre, Brookeville, Glenmont,
Forest Glen, Kemp Mill, Kensington, Layhill, Olney,
Sandy Spring, Upper Rock Creek, Wheaton
May 10, 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 monthly and open to the public.

The Mid-County Citizens 
Advisory Board (MCCAB) Meetings

Next Full Board Meeting is
Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
MID-COUNTY RECREATION CENTER 
2004 Queensguard Rd, Silver Spring

Next Committee Meeting is
Thursday, June 6, 2019
from 7:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
MID-COUNTY RECREATION CENTER


The Wheaton Urban District Advisory Committee (WUDAC) Meeting

The next full committee meeting is
Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.  
WHEATON VOLUNTEER RESCUE SQUAD
2400 Arcola Ave, Wheaton, MD 20902
Green Room

TOPIC: Wheaton Safety Walk
Wheaton Revitalization Project Update

WHEATON REVITALIZATION PROJECT
Check out the camera shots from the top of the Exchange Building for a view of the progress of the the  Wheaton Revitalization Projec t. C lick  here
COUNTY NEWS
Happy, Healthy Homes
The “Happy, Healthy Homes Green Initiative” is a partnership between the Department of Environmental Protection and Montgomery Housing Partnership. DEP and MHP are jointly working to address a national issue that finds low-income households spending a larger portion of their income on home energy costs than other households.
Part of the initiative will work toward making low-income families aware of energy assistance programs that are available. Please click here for more information on this initiative, here for information on DEP's Residential Energy Program, and here for information on MHP.
Wheaton Safety Walk
Saturday, May 18th, starting at 10:00 am.



Meet at the corner of Grandview & Bluedridge
Join the County Executive, SHA Administrator, Council President, State delegates and many more for a safety audit walk to highlight opportunities for pedestrian and traffic safety improvements in Wheaton.
Families, friends, business owners, residents are all encouraged to participate. To register, click here. For more information, contact luisa.montero@montgomerycountymd.gov or call 240-777-8101.
HAWK Signal Activated in Aspen Hill
A newly activated HAWK beacon on Aspen Hill Rd between Connecticut and Georgia Avenues is the latest example of the County's commitment to keep pedestrians & drivers safe. Executive Elrich and Council members Katz and Glass were on hand to activate the signal on May 10th. HAWK beacons flash yellow when a pedestrian presses the signal button, then turn solid yellow and finally red to stop oncoming motorized vehicles; pedestrians are then given a walk signal. Click here for more information on this signal and here for HAWK signals in general.
Be the Best for Business:
MID-COUNTY
Join County Executive Elrich and Council Vice President Sidney Katz in identifying how the County can reduce obstacles to success, build positive relations and help the county to be the best for business. Here are the remaining 4Business listening sessions. All sessions are from 7:00 to 8:30 pm.
  • Monday, May 13, at Charles W. Gilchrist Immigrant Resource Center (Mid County service area), 11002 Veirs Mill Road, 5th Floor, Wheaton (beside Party City at the Westfield South Tower)
  • Wed, May 22, Silver Spring Civic Building, One Veterans Plaza in Silver Spring
  • Mon, June 10th, Upcoming Regional Service Center, 12900 Middlebrook Rd, Ste 1000, Germantown.
For those who can’t attend the sessions, an email has been established to receive comments and feedback:  4Business@montgomerycountymd.gov . For more information, please click here .


Town of Kensington Community Meeting

Montgomery Parks Community will hold a meeting in the Town of Kensington on Tuesday, May 14, 2019, at 7:00 PM. It will be in Drill Hall in Kensington Town Hall, 3710 Mitchell Street. Attend to learn about updates on Warner Special Park and Kensington Cabin Local Park. The Noyes Library Foundation will also be on hand to provide an update on their project. See below for more information:
Save The Date: Taste of Wheaton 2019
Taste of Wheaton highlights the deliciously diverse restaurants in downtown Wheaton. This fun-filled event will take place on Sunday, June 2, from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. The event will take place rain or shine. For more information and updates, click here.
Please click here for the latest Constructive Comments issue featuring announcements and updates from the Department of Permitting Services.
Monitor Your Home's Energy Use with Cameras
The Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection has recently made thermal imaging cameras available through Montgomery County Public Libraries. Library cardholders can borrow the cameras to monitor energy use in their homes.
The easy-to-use cameras are designed to create visual heat maps to reveal hot and cold spots via color-coded images so users can easily identify areas in their homes that are losing or gaining energy. For more information about the camera program or how to save energy in your home, contact Larissa Johnson at 240-777-7711. Questions can also be emailed to energy@montgomerycountymd.gov.
Please click here for the latest issue of GoMontgomery! featuring announcements and updates from the Montgomery County Department of Transportation.
Spanish Language Telenovelas and Movies
Montgomery County Public Libraries in partnership with Recorded Books, now offers unlimited streaming access to Spanish language telenovelas and movies on Póngalo. Póngalo offers unlimited access to the largest collection (over 10,000 episodes) of Spanish-language telenovelas and TV series. Watch more than 13,000 hours of major U.S. studio content translated to Spanish, and popular translated Hollywood favorites. Póngalo can be accessed on mobile devices and desktop computers through the RBdigital app. For more information, click here.
Summer Recreation Jobs
Montgomery County Recreation (MCR) is hiring camp staff to lead a variety of activities over the summer months. These positions are perfect for teachers, paraeducators and recent college graduates. Call 240-777-6870 to learn more.
Lifeguards are also needed. For more information, call the Aquatics office, 240-777-6860 or click here.
Summer Recreation Programs - Sign Up Now!
Registration for Montgomery County Recreation Summer 2019 programs and activities begins ‪May 13. ‬ Click here to view the digital guide and click here for more information.
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Citizen Advisory Boards Host Capital Improvements Program Budget Forums
Provide input into the County's next six-year capital construction budget by attending public forums held by the local citizen advisory boards. The forums will help define construction and planning priorities for the various regions in the County as officials develop the Fiscal Years 2021 to 2026 Capital Improvements Program (CIP) budget. For more information:

The CIP includes costs for new/renovated, major projects such as roads; public schools and Montgomery College facilities; water and sewer lines; parks, libraries, health and recreation facilities; and other public buildings and projects. The schedule is listed below:
  • Upcounty: Tuesday, May 14, 7 p.m. - BlackRock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown, 240-777-8040.
  • Mid-County: Tuesday, May 20, 7 p.m. - Mid-County Community Recreation Center, 2004 Queensguard Road, Silver Spring, 240-777-8101 or 240-777-6820.
  • East County: Thursday, May 23, 7 p.m. - East Montgomery Regional Center, 3300 Briggs Chaney Road, Silver Spring, 240-777-8414.

Suggestions and comments from participants will be considered by the regional citizen advisory boards for inclusion in the funding priority lists they submit to the County Executive. The lists will also be shared with County departments and agencies for consideration as they formulate the CIP for their departments.
Bike to Work Day
Montgomery County will have 16 pit stops located throughout the County as it joins the annual region-wide celebration of “Bike to Work Day” on Friday, May 17. Commuter Connections and the Washington Area Bicyclist Association host the free event that offers the first 20,000 to register and participate a free T-shirt, refreshments and entry into a raffle for a new bicycle.
Montgomery County Department of Transportation will host pit stops from 6:30 to 9 a.m. in:
  • Downtown Bethesda
  • Friendship Heights
  • North Bethesda at Pike and Rose
  • Rockville Fallsgrove
  • Rockville Town Center at Dawson’s Market
  • Silver Spring at Veterans Plaza
Details on the locations and operating hours of each pit stop in Montgomery County, and instructions on how to register for the event, can be found at http://www.biketoworkmetrodc.org/. Bike to Work Day is open to riders of all ability levels.
COUNTY COUNCIL NEWS
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  https://apps.montgomerycountymd.gov/ccllims/bill_List.aspx  and selecting the bill you would like to follow.
COMMUNITY NEWS & INFORMATION
Please click here for the latest announcements and updates from the Wheaton-Kensington Chamber of Commerce.
Upcoming Events at Twinbrook Library
( 202 Meadow Hall Dr, Rockville, MD 20851)
TOMORROW: Songs of Africa
On May 11 from 2pm-3pm, come to Twinbrook's 'Library of Things: Music program' to enjoy and actively participate in the "Songs of Africa". World renowned artist and educator Dr. Devonna B. Rowe will demonstrate the Game Songs, Story Songs, and Recreational Songs of Ghana and Zimbabwe. Participants will take part in these songs and games. Free. All ages are welcome, no registration is required. https://bit.ly/2UUyidy
NIH Chamber Singers: Stories in Song
On May 14 from 6:30pm-7:45pm, join the NIH Chamber Singers, a group of 17 musicians under the direction of Dwight Brock, as they present "Stories in Song". This Spring concert of choral music will be enjoyable for both singers and listeners alike. The selections cross many styles, subjects, and times, but each presents music in its best form. Free, no registration. All are welcome. https://bit.ly/2DtuogI
2019 Youth Development & Mentoring Symposium
Montgomery County Professionals Dedicated to Youth Success
On May 14-16, the Montgomery County Collaboration Council will host more than 150 youth development professionals at its annual Youth Development and Mentoring Symposium. The symposium is specifically designed to increase and reinforce the critical knowledge and skills needed for practitioners who work with Montgomery County youth. Held at the Universities at Shady Grove, the three-day symposium will feature breakout sessions, panels, discussions, and networking opportunities led by local and national experts on a wide range of youth development topics.
For more information about the Montgomery County Collaboration Council, please visit www.collaborationcouncil.org or call Peter Garza at (301) 610-0147 ext. 219.
GET INVOLVED
  There 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:   http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/boards/index.html