OCP Administrator: Beware of Certain Scams

Montgomery County Office of Consumer Protection Administrator Tracy Rezvani appeared this week on County Cable Montgomery’s “What’s Happening MoCo” podcast to discuss scams that have been circulating in the area.

New or Expanding Businesses Could Be Eligible for State Grant Program

Local businesses that are planning to open or expand into vacant space in commercial properties could be eligible for state grants to help pay rent or grow the business, according to an announcement from the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development.

County to Expand Hours for Most Libraries to Pre-Pandemic Levels

The county libraries, with two exceptions, will expand the hours open to patrons back to pre-pandemic levels, officials announced. Maggie Nightingale in Poolesville currently is closed for a refresh and Noyes Library for Young Children in Kensington will maintain current operating hours.

County Brings Back Thanksgiving Parade for 2021

Montgomery County will bring back the Thanksgiving parade on Saturday, Nov. 20 this year after canceling in 2020 due to the pandemic. The county is now accepting applications for parade participants.

MCASAC Joins Nationwide “Clear the Shelters” Adoption Event

The Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center joined NBC/Telemundo’s nationwide “Clear the Shelters” adoption event today, reducing adoption fees for all animals by 50% from today (Aug. 23) through Sept. 19. In addition, the fee will be completely waived for any animal that has been at the shelter for more than 30 days.

DHHS Awarded $3.7 Million Grant to Support Crisis Services

The county’s Department of Health and Human Services has been awarded a two-year, $3.7 million grant to provide support for Mobile Crisis Outreach Teams and the Crisis Center, expanding intervention services to those with mental illness or a disorder due to substance abuse.