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County now offering health and dental discount programs

Illustration from the Montgomery County website. Silver Spring and Takoma Park residents now can get discounts on a variety of dental and health services through the county’s participation in the National Association of Counties’ Live Healthy program. The program expands on a free prescription discount program the county has offered in conjunction with NACo since 2004. Live Healthy is open to anyone regardless of whether they have insurance for a monthly fee of $6.95 a month for either the dental or the health program, or $13.90 per month to enroll in both programs. Live Healthy can supplement an insurance...

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County government will be open Inauguration Day

The Silver Spring Civic Building and other county offices will be open Inauguration Day. Photo from Christopher Consultants Ltd. Unlike at least two other jurisdictions in the area and the federal government, Montgomery County’s government offices will be open on Inauguration Day Jan. 20. The county schools and the school system’s administrative offices will be closed, however. The county’s park system offices will be closed but most of their facilities will be open. See their website for a complete list. Recreation facilities, libraries and county liquor stores will be open, as will Maryland state offices and courts. Regular parking...

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Riemer appointed to FCC advisory commission

In his position on an FCC advisory commission, Councilmember Hans Riemer will advocate for sensible ways to increase broadband services, among other issues. Photo from Wikimedia Commons. Councilmember Hans Riemer (D-At-Large) of Takoma Park has been appointed to the Intergovernmental Advisory Committee of the Federal Communications Commission by Chairman Tom Wheeler. The IAC advises the commission on telecommunication issues for which local, state and tribal governments share responsibility or administration with the commission. One of his concerns, Riemer said, is what kind of influence the IAC will have in the next administration. “George W. Bush apparently actually abolished the...

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Four Olympians honored during ceremony in Silver Spring

County Executive Isiah Leggett speaks about the accomplishments of three Montgomery County residents who competed in the 2016 Olympics (seated left to right), Ashley Nee, Jack Conger and Katie Ledecky. Photo by Mike Diegel. Four Montgomery County Olympians who will be the first inductees into a new county sports hall of fame were honored Monday night in a ceremony at the Silver Spring Civic Building. County Executive Isiah Leggett recognized swimmers Jack Conger and Katie Ledecky along with canoeist Ashley Nee (wrestler Helen Maroulis was invited but unable to attend) with framed prints and proclamations celebrating the athletes’ successes....

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Animal Services Division enforcing anti-cruelty regulation

Some dogs are bred to thrive in cold weather. Most animals are not and should be kept indoors. Photo by Mike Diegel. The Montgomery County Animal Services Division has announced that it will enforce the county’s anti-cruelty regulations through Friday night. The regulation reads in part “a person must not tether a dog under circumstances that endanger its health, safety, or well-being including: unattended tethering of the dog during a weather emergency.” This period of cold and wind is considered to be a weather emergency for the purposes of the regulation, according to an ASD press release. The penalty...

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