Category: County News

County Thanksgiving Holiday Schedule Announced

The county has announced its schedule of closings for the Thanksgiving Day holiday Nov. 22. All county offices, libraries and the Department of Liquor Control retail stores will be closed, as will all recreation programs and facilities. For Montgomery Parks programs, events and operating schedule, including Brookside Gardens, ice rinks and tennis centers, go to www.MontgomeryParks.org.  Ride On will operate on a Sunday schedule, while riders can check the WMATA site for information about Metro and busses.  The TRiPS Commuter Store at Silver Spring Transit Center and the TRiPS Mobile Commuter Store will be closed. All county-provided trash and recycling collection will...

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Elrich Transition Underway, Focus is on Outcomes, Personnel

The transition to County Executive-elect Marc Elrich’s administration is well underway, as his team focuses on seven broad “priority outcomes” and potential candidates for government positions. While Elrich has announced that Andrew Kleine, his transition team chair, will serve as chief administrative officer, other positions are still in flux—except for one area. “I feel pretty good about the people that we have at the regional services level,” Elrich said. “They’re staying,” including Silver Spring Regional Director Reemberto Rodriguez. In the meantime, Elrich said, “I hope to have a group of people to present to the council for interviews on...

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More Than 110 Units Set to March in Thanksgiving Parade

More than 110 units will participate in the annual Montgomery County Thanksgiving Parade in Silver Spring Saturday, Nov. 17, from 10 a.m.-noon. The marchers will begin at the corner of Ellsworth Drive and Fenton Street, continue down Ellsworth to turn south on Georgia Avenue, and end at Silver Spring Avenue. Units will include college and high school marching bands, Thanksgiving- and Christmas-themed floats, performances by the Maryland Youth Ballet and Princess Mhoon Dance Institute, South American musical groups and 12-foot inflatables, including a turkey, a dinosaur and a penguin. Others participating the parade include motorcycle-riding and horse-mounted police, pageant winners,...

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County Councilmember-Elect Evan Glass

Indian Spring resident Evan Glass won the most votes (263,275) in the Nov. 6 general election for an at-large position on the County Council. Prior to the primary earlier this year, Glass was one of the many candidates who responded to a questionnaire from Source of the Spring that asked contestants why they were running, as well as about policies and programs they would pursue to expand the county’s tax base. In an interview this week with the Source, Glass revisited some of those answers in light of the fact that he would now be serving on the council....

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Local Author Writes Book on Changing Government Budgets

A local author and municipal budgeting expert has written a book about the principles and practices that can change how governments create and manage budgets. Indian Spring resident Andrew Kleine published “City on the Line: How Baltimore Transformed Its Budget to Beat the Great Recession and Deliver Outcomes,” based on his 10 years as the city’s budget director under three mayors. Described as “parts memoir, manifesto, and manual, this book tells the story of Baltimore’s radical departure from traditional line item budgeting to a focus on outcomes like better schools, safer streets, and stronger neighborhoods.” Kleine said he was...

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