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Candy box scam turning up in county

Photo courtesy Office of Consumer Protection. Those candy boxes you see asking for donations to help or find pets or children? Careful, it’s likely a scam, according to the Montgomery County Office of Consumer Protection. According to an OCP press release, the boxes are actually property of for-profit business ventures that keep all the cash for themselves, and they have been spotted in the area. A genuine charitable organization must list the name and address of the group on the box, according to state law. “Unfortunately, businesses and consumers may not take the time to fully read and research...

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County Executive, Council reaffirm community values

Photo from Wikimedia Commons. Editor’s Note: The Source does not normally post press releases verbatim, especially when there’s no real news involved. However, due to the recent extraordinary events and the large number of immigrants in our coverage area, we decided to post this just as it came to us in the hope that it may ease some concerns. 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....

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Libraries, affordable housing major concerns at budget forum

Councilmember Marc Elrich (D-At Large) addressed the issue of raising the county’s minimum wage at Wednesday budget forum as County Executive Isiah Leggett listens. Photo by Trish Rimo. Library funding and affordable housing were residents’ two biggest concerns at a Jan. 25 FY18 operating budget forum held in the silver Spring Civic Building. The budget, which will be released March 14, will focus on priorities that include affordable housing in an inclusive community, an effective and efficient transportation network, funding that ensures children prepared to learn and live, and healthy, sustainable communities, said County Executive Isiah Leggett. Above all,...

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County executive to hold public budget forum tomorrow night

A public forum on the county budget will be held tomorrow night at the Silver Spring Civic Building. Photo from Christopher Consultants Ltd. County Executive Isiah Leggett will hold a public forum on the Fiscal Year 2018 Operating Budget Wednesday night from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Silver Spring Civic Building, 1 Veteran’s Plaza. “Public forums are the residents’ opportunity to let me know what is important to them as I prepare next year’s operating budget for submission to the county council on March 14,” said Leggett said in a press release. “Input from residents for the FY18 budget is...

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Budget request includes Silver Spring recreation, aquatic center

The county is planning to build a recreation and aquatic center in downtown Silver Spring. Photo of the Olney Swim Center from Wikimedia Commons. Several Silver Spring projects are included in the FY2018 capital budget and amendments to the six-year FY2017-2022 Capital Improvements Program released this week by County Executive Isiah Leggett. Highlighting the budget release is $55.3 million to develop a “South County Regional Recreation and Aquatic Center,” which would be co-located with the Housing Opportunity Commission’s Elizabeth Square affordable housing project in downtown Silver Spring, according to a press release. Phase I of this project would include...

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