County joins national citizenship initiative

The county executive speaks to the press following this morning’s announcement. Photo by Mike Mowery. County Executive Isiah Leggett was on Veterans Plaza in downtown Silver Spring Tuesday morning to help launch an initiative to promote and assist eligible residents in the county to become U.S. citizens.  The county has joined Cities for Citizenship and the “Naturalize Now! Summer Citizenship … Read More

Ellsworth Urban Park will be expanded after house demolition

This house will be torn down to allow more space for the adjoining park. Photo by Mike Diegel. Montgomery Parks plans to demolish a house the department owns at 8915 Colesville Rd. to expand Ellsworth Urban Park, which abuts the property. The addition will expand the park’s acreage by about 30 percent, said Dominic Quattrocchi, planner coordinator for the department. … Read More

Council to approve budget with BRT, Ride On funding

The new budget will include additional transportation funding. Graphic from the BRT website. The County Council is expected to formally approve the county’s Fiscal Year 2018 budget this Thursday. The budget includes $31.5 million for Fiscal Years 2018-2020 for the study, design and right-of-way purchases for the planned Bus Rapid Transit. Six million dollars of that amount is intended for … Read More

Council passes bill to fine certain owners of foreclosure properties

County owners of foreclosed properties must register the purchase or face a fine. Photo from Wikimedia Commons. Property owners who fail to register a foreclosure purchase as required under Maryland law will face a $1,000 fine under legislation the County Council passed unanimously last week. “We have hundreds of vacant properties that were foreclosed all over Montgomery County, many, many … Read More

Summer programs extended due to later school start date

The county’s summer programs will be extended. Photo from CERDEC via Flickr. In a move likely to please a number of parents of school-age children, the county’s Department of Recreation and the school system announced they are extending their summer programs. The extension will accommodate parents without childcare options and is driven by the executive order signed last fall by … Read More

Bus Rapid Transit to be branded “Flash,” public hearing set

Residents along the Route 29 corridor view BRT plans at a recent open house. Photo by Mike Diegel. The county’s proposed Bus Rapid Transit system will be branded with the name “Flash” following a two-month long contest during which residents could vote on three suggested names, or offer one of their own. The first BRT line is expected to open … Read More

County extends public outreach on Bus Rapid Transit system

Staff members from the county’s Department of Transportation explained the plans for a Bus Rapid Transit system during an open house last night. Photo by Mike Diegel. Montgomery County’s Department of Transportation last night held the second in a series of three open houses on the work that’s been done so far to study a bus rapid transit system along … Read More