Your Mid-County News
Aspen Hill, Bel Pre, Brookeville, Glenmont,
Forest Glen, Kemp Mill, Kensington, Layhill, Olney,
Sandy Spring, Upper Rock Creek, Wheaton
July 5, 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, July 16, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
2004 Queensguard Rd, Silver Spring

The Wheaton Urban District Advisory Committee (WUDAC) Meeting

Next Full Committee Meeting is
Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.  
2400 Arcola Ave, Wheaton, MD 20902

TOPIC: Traffic Flow/Safety in the Wheaton Urban District
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 .

The placement of underground conduits for Verizon communication lines began June 20 and is expected to continue for three (3) weeks. The work will take place between Lot 13 and Reedie Drive. Triangle will be fully-open to traffic each morning at 5am.

MCDOT to Install Parking Meters on Georgia Avenue
M CDOT is installin g 56 new meters on portions of Georgia Avenue in the Wheaton Parking Lot District. The meters will add to existing capacity and provide convenient parking for nearby businesses. The duration will be 2-hours ONLY during non-rush hours. For details, including a map of the meter locations, click here .
Online Chat with the County Executive  

Join County Executive Elrich for an online chat from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 11 via the Montgomery County website . You may submit questions to the County Executive before and during the online event at Live Discussion with County Executive Marc Elrich here.

Community Conversation on Racial Equity and Social Justice
County Executive Elrich and Council President Navarro will host a Community Conversation on Racial Equity and Social Justice on Wednesday, July 10th at 7 p.m. at White Oak Community Recreation Center (1700 April Lane, Silver Spring). This is another in a series of forums to engage residents on how county leaders can build a better and stronger Montgomery County that meets the needs of all residents through the creation of a new Racial Equity and Social Justice Policy.

If you, or someone you know, needs immigrant assistance, click here .

Montgomery County is committed to building and maintaining a safe and inclusive community for our residents. Understanding, tolerance, and respect are hallmarks of the Montgomery County way. Social justice for all is what we strive to achieve in our County.

Wheaton TGIF Concert Series Back This Year
First Concert Next Friday - THE NIGHTHAWKS!

2019 Online Resident Survey
Let County Government know how you feel......County Executive Elrich wants residents to know the County has launched an online survey to gauge residents’ assessment of their local government, its services and their quality of life. The 2019 Resident Survey was mailed to 5,000 randomly selected County households in the first week of June, and residents who did not receive the questionnaire in the mail are invited and encouraged to participate online here .
The online survey for all residents will be open from June 28 to July 19 and can be taken in English, Spanish, or Chinese. Households who received the randomly selected mailed survey, but have not yet completed and returned it, are asked to use their mailed survey not the link above. For more information, click here.
Excessive Heat
When the County's extreme heat plan is activated, County officials urge residents to take precautions to protect themselves, and their pets , against heat-related illnesses such as heat stroke and heat exhaustion.
Residents are asked to check on elderly friends, relatives and neighbors who may be isolated to be sure they are not showing signs of heat-related illnesses. County facilities, including libraries, swimming pools, recreation and senior centers, as well as regional services centers are places to cool off during normal operating hours.
  • Pets must not be left unattended outdoors. Under Executive Regulations 17-17, the Montgomery County Police Department, Animal Services Division, has the authority to enforce Anti Cruelty Conditions for Dogs and Other Pets.
For more information and to sign up for County alerts, click here .
Montgomoery County Police Chief Survey Results
County Executive Elrich has engaged residents to be part of the hiring process for a new Police Chief. Executive Elrich launched a survey to garner and assess the qualities and character traits the County should seek in the candidates for this highly visible and responsible leadership role.

The survey results thus far show respondents rated the top-five leading characteristics in the area of “Most important characteristic / competency for police chief” are:
  • Integrity – 26 percent
  • Appreciation of Diversity – 17 percent
  • Honesty – 15 percent
  • Apolitical – 14 percent
  • Good Judgement – 10 percent
The survey results can be found here .
Comments from the Community Forum on Policing held June 6 are here .
The Elrich administration organized an interview panel, including representatives from the community, legislative and executive branches; and conducted interviews, utilizing data gathered from both the online survey and community forum. The Elrich Administration will also identify community stakeholders for Meet & Greet session with the top two candidates in July.
Lottery for Farmer’s Market Checks
Free farmer’s market “checks” worth $30 will be distributed by lottery to low-income seniors in Montgomery County on July 9 at 10:00 a.m. The checks are available to Montgomery County residents age 60 years and older whose income is less than $23,107 (family of one).
The checks may be used at farmer’s markets in Montgomery County and participating markets in the District of Columbia until November 1, 2019. 
The lottery for the checks will be held at the following locations:
  • Elizabeth House, 1400 Fenwick Lane, Silver Spring
  • Bemjamin Gaither Senior Center, 80A Bureau Drive, Gaithersburg                
  • Holiday Park Senior Center, 3950 Ferrara Drive, Wheaton 
  • Long Branch Community Center, 8700 Piney Branch Road, Silver Spring
  • Rockville Senior Center, 1150 Carnation Drive, Rockville  
  • Waverly House, 4521 East West Highway, Bethesda
  • White Oak Community Center, 1700 April Lane, Silver Spring
 For more information, call 240-777-3810.
Wheaton Arts & Cultural Facility
The Wheaton Arts and Cultural Facilities Feasibility Study report has been submitted to the County and is available to view here .

Summer of Peace Event in Wheaton

Thrive Montgomery
For more information on how to p articipate in Thrive Montgomery 2050, click here. Help identify and examine the changes occurring, put forth what you want for tomorrow, and develop a shared vision that allows us to keep what we love about Montgomery County while taking the actions needed to thrive over the next 30+ years.

Ride On Flex HERE!

Try Flex, Ride On’s first on-demand service, by downloading the free Ride On Flex app. You will be able to use the app to request rides in the Glenmont/ Wheaton & Rockville service areas during the pilot phase.  Click here to learn more.
Kids Ride Free
 Effective July 1, 2019, K-12 student residents can ride any Ride On bus free with their school ID or Youth Cruiser SmarTrip card. Youth Cruiser SmarTrip cards can be obtained at any County library, the Silver Spring TRiPS store, the mobile commuter store, select schools, and the Treasury office, if you bring proper identification for the child. See for additional information on the Kids Ride Free program.
 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.
The GOCA July meeting will engage County Councilmembers in a conversation. It has been moved to 7:00pm on July 17th at Our Lady of Good Counsel High School (17301 Old Vic Blvd, Olney). This is to accommodate the Montgomery County Council members invited.
Head Start Party in the Park
Montgomery County families are invited to attend the Head Start Party in the Park on Saturday, July 13 at Wheaton Regional Park (2000 Shorefield Road) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Parents of four-year-olds are encouraged to attend this event, which will include information about the County’s Pre-K/Head Start program, along with on-site registration. Several community agencies and organizations will participate in the event, providing helpful resources to attendees. This free event includes a DJ, food trucks, face painting, balloon animals, and other activities for children. To learn more about this event, please click here for information. 
Please click here to learn more about Head Start/Pre-K registration or call 240-740-4530.
Please click here for the latest Senior News from Aging and Disability Services.
Call For Art!
Turn Montgomery County’s empty walls into public canvases that build community! The Arts and Humanities Council is creating an Artist Roster for commissions on walls in the county. First up, is an opportunity at the Clarksburg Premium Outlets. Submission Deadline for both opportunities: July 22 | Learn more here .
Computer Classes
Want to learn how to use computers? The Gilchrist Immigrant Resource Center offers basic computer literacy classes at different locations (Wheaton, East County, White Oak, and Gaithersburg). There are classes for Seniors, and one class in Spanish this Summer. Learn basic computer skills, Microsoft Office, QuickBooks, practice keyboarding, and get one-on-one help. Click here to view flyers on the Gilchrist website or call 240-777-4940 for more information.
The Kensington Historical Society 
Free Summer Concert Series
Enjoy live music every Saturday from 10 - 11 am ~ through September in the Howard Avenue Park (across from the Kensington Farmers Market at the Train Station) in Kensington..

  • July 6: 2nd Story Band ~ Folk, blues, alternative & world beat
  • July 13: Mystic Warriors ~ World music from the Andes
  • July 20: Sisters Uke & Friends ~ Fun, friendly, ukulele music
  • July 27: Ruthie Logsdon ~ Country
  • August 3: Rick Franklin ~ Piedmont Blues
  • August 10: Blue Book Value ~ Rhythm & blues swing band
  • August 17: Natalie & Michael ~ Songs to sing to, all genres
  • August 24: Dede Wyland & Ira Gitlin ~ World renowned bluegrass and Americana
  • August 31: Silver Creek (the O'Malleys)~ Country, Hawaiian, ragtime
  • Sept. 7: Janine Wilson & Max Evans ~ Rock/roots/blues
  • Sept. 14: Take Two ~ Top 40's, oldies, and current country songs
  • Sept. 21: Ester Haynes & Keith Grimes ~ Vintage jazz, swing, blues
  • Sept. 28: Silver Strings ~ Folk, traditional, & contemporary
Kensington Volunteer Fire Department 
Free Summer Movie Night 
in St. Paul Park, Kensington, MD 20895 
Partnership between the Town & the Kensington Volunteer Fire Department
- Moana - Saturday, July 27
Food trucks and Safety House at 6:30 pm along with games & firefighter demos.
Movies at dusk (around 8:30 pm) **No rain date**
Call KVFD: 301-929-8000 

Brookside Gardens Celebrates 50 Years!
The community is invited to celebrate Brookside Gardens’ golden anniversary on Friday, July 12.
There will be a short presentation with light refreshments to follow. Guests can engage with the Gardens on a self-guided stroll, soaking in the beauty and serenity of the landscapes and water features!
Friday, July 12 | 9:30 am | Brookside Gardens | 1800 Glenallan Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20902
Enjoy Events at Your Regional Park!

A PHOTOVOICE EXHIBIT: Wheaton Photography and Oral History
A group of fifteen ESOL students, guided by teaching artist Joanne Miller and the Wheaton HS Wellness Center staff, explored the redevelopment of their downtown Wheaton community through photos and oral histories, and presented them to a crowd of over 70 people on June 19 th  at Westfield Wheaton Mall. Council President Nancy Navarro and Delegate Alfred Carr Jr, on behalf of the County Council and District 18 lawmakers congratulated the young photograhers. The students say their perspectives on community were drastically changed by their photovoice experience. For the last six months, they interviewed small business owners, construction company leadership, and County Council staffers and documented their research and observations with photography. For more information and select photos, click here . OR go by Westfield Wheaton mall to see the actual exhibit with the photos of familiar and iconic places and people in Wheaton.

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