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Ellsworth Dog Park Closing for Maintenance

Ellsworth Urban Dog Park at 621 Ellsworth Dr. is scheduled to close today for annual maintenance, according to the Montgomery Parks website. Crews will be replacing the mulch and wood chips in the park, as well as swale work to manage storm water run-off, and digging out and leveling retaining walls, a spokesperson said. The work is expected to take about two weeks, and then the park will reopen for its usual hours of sunrise to sunset. Photo taken at the park by Mike...

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Council Bans Smoking in Some Outdoor Seating Areas

The County Council has unanimously passed a bill to outlaw smoking in some outdoor seating areas where food is served. Bill 35-18, Health and Sanitation – Smoking- Outdoor Serving Areas, and a companion county Board of Health regulation, will prohibit smoking in areas such as patios, decks or porches in order to help protect people from the effects of smoking on health. Lead sponsor and current Council Vice President Sidney Katz originally introduced the bill in October, 2018, with Councilmembers Hans Riemer and Craig Rice and then-Councilmember Marc Elrich as cosponsors. “Prohibiting smoking in outdoor seating areas provides for...

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Northwood Students’ Suicide Prevention PSAs to Air in Local Theaters

Two suicide prevention public service announcements produced by three Northwood High School students were selected to air in local theaters beginning this month. The top two PSAs were “Get Help,” submitted by Sophie Geiger and “See How You Can Help,” submitted by Rowan Arnold and Jay Hutchins, according to a release from the county’s Department of Health and Human Services. The PSAs were chosen from among those entered in a contest aimed at preventing teen suicide that was co-sponsored by Gandhi Brigade Youth Media and the county’s Leading Adaptive Change for Suicide Intervention workgroup. The winners will air in...

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County DOT Seeking Comments on Dale Drive Pedestrian Proposals

The county’s Department of Transportation is seeking public comment on preliminary proposals developed for of the Dale Drive Pedestrian Facility Improvement Project. The department presented several concepts and their potential impacts on the area, which covers the stretch of Dale Drive from Georgia Avenue to Colesville Road, during a Feb. 12 meeting. That presentation was part of on an ongoing number of meetings and discussions that have taken place among stakeholders, including the Dale Drive Safety Coalition, neighboring civic associations and county officials, since planning began last August. The DOT also reviewed the results of a community survey taken...

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Arts Council Wins NEA Grant to Add to Works on Paper Collection

The Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County will be adding to the Montgomery County Contemporary Works On Paper Collection thanks to a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts’ Art Works Grant Program. The collection is part of the county’s public art collection, which currently includes more than 550 prints, drawings and watercolors from regional artists. THE NEA awarded AHCMC a $25,000 Art Works grant that “will purchase and frame two-dimensional artworks on paper acquired from regional artists and galleries through a juried call-for-art process opening this spring,” according to the AHCMC announcement. “In 1975, the Montgomery County Works...

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