Category: County News

Volunteers needed to assist sexual assault, other victims

The county is looking for those willing to help. Photo from Ellsworth Air Force Base. The county’s Department of Health and Human Services is looking for volunteers to help sexual assault, rape and domestic violence victims and their families through the department’s Victim Assistance and Sexual Assault Program. Volunteers are expected to serve for one year and be on call for one 12-hour shift, or two 6-hour shifts, per week to provide crisis counseling and companion services at county hospitals and police stations. The department is particularly interested in finding bilingual volunteers. The program will train volunteers in crisis...

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Memorial Day schedules announced

Memorial Day is Monday, May 29. Photo from Wikimedia Commons. Memorial Day schedules for the county and several local businesses have been announced. All county offices and libraries, along with Montgomery County schools and administrative offices, will be closed in recognition of the holiday, which honors those who died while serving in the armed forces. The Recreation Department’s administrative offices, senior centers and community recreation centers also will be closed. The county’s liquor stores will be open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Ride On will operate on a Sunday schedule, though the TRiPS commuter store in Silver Spring will be closed, and parking...

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County joins national citizenship initiative

The county executive speaks to the press following this morning’s announcement. Photo by Mike Mowery. County Executive Isiah Leggett was on Veterans Plaza in downtown Silver Spring Tuesday morning to help launch an initiative to promote and assist eligible residents in the county to become U.S. citizens.  The county has joined Cities for Citizenship and the “Naturalize Now! Summer Citizenship Campaign,” a coordinated naturalization event and communications outreach effort to encourage 1,000,000 eligible community members to naturalize this year, according to a county press release. “We all know the great benefits and privilege of being citizens of this great...

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Ellsworth Urban Park will be expanded after house demolition

This house will be torn down to allow more space for the adjoining park. Photo by Mike Diegel. Montgomery Parks plans to demolish a house the department owns at 8915 Colesville Rd. to expand Ellsworth Urban Park, which abuts the property. The addition will expand the park’s acreage by about 30 percent, said Dominic Quattrocchi, planner coordinator for the department. Montgomery Parks has owned the house for about 30 years, he said. A number of entities have occupied the house during that time, including a group using it as a home for developmentally challenged adults and one operating a...

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Council to approve budget with BRT, Ride On funding

The new budget will include additional transportation funding. Graphic from the BRT website. The County Council is expected to formally approve the county’s Fiscal Year 2018 budget this Thursday. The budget includes $31.5 million for Fiscal Years 2018-2020 for the study, design and right-of-way purchases for the planned Bus Rapid Transit. Six million dollars of that amount is intended for the U.S. Route 29 line to the Silver Spring Transit Center. The details of the BRT station locations and other elements of that line will be identified during FY18, according to a council press release. In the last two...

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