Nancy Floreen's Montgomery in Focus, July 2017

Fourth of July Events

Dog wearing flag bandana.

Montgomery County will again host two fireworks displays on July 4--Germantown Glory at the SoccerPlex in the South Germantown Recreational Park, 18041 Central Park Circle, Boyds and Mid-County Sparkles at Albert Einstein High School, 11135 Newport Road, Kensington. Both fireworks displays will begin at approximately 9:15 p.m.

In addition to these two displays, several municipalities are hosting celebrations and fireworks. Check out Visit Montgomery for a full list of fireworks and other activities.

To find out what's open and what’s closed as well as parking and trash pick-up information for the County, see the holiday schedule for the Fourth of July on my blog.

Security Changes at Council Office Building

You will want to make note of our new security enhancements the next time you visit the Council Office Building.

All visitors will enter at one of two designated, ADA-accessible public entrances. One is in front of the building near the second-floor cafeteria. The other is adjacent to the first-floor auditorium near the parking garage adjacent to the building. No other entrances will be open to the public, and signs will be posted that identify the two public entrances.

All visitors will pass through a metal detector. Hand-held items, including but not limited to bags, briefcases, cell phones, containers, laptop computers and purses, will pass through an X-ray machine. Those who are unable to go through a metal detector will be screened by security personnel using a hand-held electronic wand.

If you are coming to the COB for public hearings and meetings attended by many visitors, you may experience a line to enter and should plan to arrive a few minutes early. Learn more.

Apply Now for Board of Appeals

Apply by July 19 for a position on the Board of Appeals. Duties include hearing and deciding requests for variances from development standards contained in the Zoning Ordinance; hearing appeals from certain administrative decisions rendered by county government agencies; and hearing oral argument on decisions of the hearing examiner on conditional uses. Members work approximately 15-25 hours a week and are compensated. Learn more.

Update from Metro General Manager

On Tuesday the Council received an update from Paul Wiedefeld, general manager of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, on his plan for continuous improvement to the Metrorail system once the current Safe Track program is completed. He talked about Metro's need for dedicated funding for its enormous capital and operating expenses, plans for Wi-Fi and phone service in the stations and tunnels, and maintenance issues on the Red Line. See the entire briefing.

Fast Fact

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Check out Montgomery Arts Infusion, a new monthly 15-minute television show focusing on the arts and entertainment of Montgomery County.

The first edition of MAI includes a feature on artist Steven Luu, a Vietnamese refugee who joined the U.S. Air Force and left the military with post-traumatic stress syndrome after assignments most people would find unthinkable. He went on to become an artist working in mixed media and recently displayed his works at the Park View Gallery at Glen Echo Park.

Another segment is on Kensington-based Arts on the Block, which offers youth of diverse backgrounds the opportunity to learn first-hand about the intersection of art, design and business by engaging in real-world projects.

You will also find links to venues and events on the show's Web site. Congratulations to everyone who worked hard to get this exciting new resource off the ground.

Green Tip of the Month

leaves on a tree

Download Montgomery Park’s Arboriculture Division's new mobile app called Open Tree Map. There are 76 parks mapped thus far, with new ones coming on board every month. In addition to providing useful information, Open Tree Map offers an interactive experience. You can mark trees as favorites, take photos and share them with friends. The platform also allows you to communicate with Montgomery Parks staff about a park and share your experience with others via social media.

Let's Talk

Is your community organization hosting a public meeting? Please let me know how I can help. I am happy to assist residents in understanding pending bills or in finding ways to get involved in the political process. Even more important, I want to hear about what matters to you. Send your meeting notices to or call 240-777-7959 if you would like me to address a particular topic with your group.

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