Category: County News

Leaf collections to begin next week

Posters will announce the planned date(s) of leaf collections in individual neighborhoods. Photo by Mike Diegel. Posters have begun appearing in Silver Spring neighborhoods announcing the annual vacuum leaf collection, which will begin Nov. 7. The county plans two rounds of collections, with a third one possible if needed. The leaf vacuum collection district is defined by I-495, I-270, the Rockville city limits, Norbeck, Bel Pre and Bonifant roads, Northwest Branch Park, and the District of Columbia and Prince George’s County lines. As the posters demonstrate, residents should place leaves near, but not in, the street and avoid piling...

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Early Voting in Silver Spring ends tomorrow

Early voting photo from Wikipedia Tomorrow is the last day for early voting in the general election at the county’s 10 early voting locations, including the Silver Spring Civic Building. “As of close of early voting on Nov. 1, we had 114,116 registered voters vote,” said Marjorie Roher, public information officer for the Montgomery County Board of Elections, “which is approximately 15 percent of our entire voting population. “Specific to Silver Spring, we have seen so far 15,654 people come out to that location,” she continued. “In 2014, the total number in the general election for Silver Spring was...

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Local businesses now must offer paid parental leave

Photo from Public Domain Photos Employees in Montgomery County are now eligible for paid parental leave under an expansion of the county’s Earned Sick and Safe Leave Law unanimously passed by the County Council yesterday. “Generally, local governments don’t pass parental leave,” said Councilmember Tom Hucker (D-District 5), who was the lead sponsor on the bill. “The U.S. is the only developed country that doesn’t have parental leave as a right, and then there’s a few U.S. states that offer parental leave, but not Maryland. “So every year there’s a bill in Annapolis and it doesn’t pass,” he continued....

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Reduce any library fines today

Photo of the Silver Spring branch of the county library from Wikipedia. Today is the last day borrowers can reduce any Montgomery County library fines they may have during Food for Fines 2016. Each canned good or non-perishable food item delivered to the any library branch will reduce fines or hold fees by $1. The food will be donated to the Manna Food Center. Of particular interest are shelf-stable foods such as canned fruits, vegetables and meats, dried beans, brown rice, quinoa, low sugar cereals, baby food, formula, and vegetarian items. No opened food or home-canned items will be accepted....

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Same-day early voter registration option available

Early voting photo from Wikipedia. Even if you haven’t registered to vote yet, you can still participate in early voting, which begins Oct. 27, according to a Board of Elections press release. Anyone with a valid Maryland driver’s license or MVA-issued photo ID, and proof of residency can register at an early voting site and vote that same day. You must take advantage of this opportunity during early voting; it will not be an option on Election Day Nov. 8. The early voting period runs through Nov. 3. The Silver Spring Civic Building is one of 10 early voting...

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