Consumer office investigating two scams

County looking for help with telephone scam

Image by Alachua County on Flickr. The county’s Office of Consumer Protection is investigating two scams recently reported to the office, according to Director Eric Friedman. The more serious of the two is a variation of a water quality scam that’s been seen in the past, while the other is a Pepco billing scam. “The door-to-door water purification scam is … Read More

New show on the arts debuts on television, web

Arts show includes look at Silver Spring Blues Festival

Montgomery Arts Infusion is now live. Photo from Pexels. The stations that make up Montgomery County PEG (public/education/government) network have debuted Montgomery Arts Infusion, a monthly 15-minute show featuring the arts and entertainment in the county and the people behind the scenes, according to a press release. The PEG network that includes County Cable Montgomery (CCM—County Government); MCM (Montgomery Community … Read More

County issues tips for severe weather emergencies

Be prepared for bad weather. Photo from Simple Wikipedia. Today marks the official start of hurricane season, which runs through November. In addition, summer brings with it greater chances for severe storms, so we’re passing along these tips from the county’s Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security. Before a Storm Build an emergency supply kit, which includes such items … Read More

Regulation for short-term rentals recommended by Planning Department

Council Passes Zoning Changes for Accessory Dwelling Units

The County Council will consider recommendations for regulating short-term rentals. Photo from Wikimedia Commons. Owners who rent out their homes on a short-term basis through services such as Airbnb, HomeAway and similar companies would face regulation under terms of a recommendation for a zoning text amendment from the Montgomery County Planning Department. The County Council introduced ZTA 16-03 in February … Read More

Volunteers needed to assist sexual assault, other victims

The county is looking for those willing to help. Photo from Ellsworth Air Force Base. The county’s Department of Health and Human Services is looking for volunteers to help sexual assault, rape and domestic violence victims and their families through the department’s Victim Assistance and Sexual Assault Program. Volunteers are expected to serve for one year and be on call … Read More

Memorial Day schedules announced

Memorial Day Schedule for County Facilities Released

Memorial Day is Monday, May 29. Photo from Wikimedia Commons. Memorial Day schedules for the county and several local businesses have been announced. All county offices and libraries, along with Montgomery County schools and administrative offices, will be closed in recognition of the holiday, which honors those who died while serving in the armed forces. The Recreation Department’s administrative offices, senior … Read More