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July 8, 2021 | Bookmark and Share
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A Message from County Executive Marc Elrich

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County Executive Marc Elrich says he hopes Maryland courts will uphold a decision that overruled Governor Larry Hogan’s attempt to block additional Federal payments to unemployed Marylanders. He wants residents to know more about the County’s efforts to Reimagine Public Safety and he thinks a program now in place at the Halpine Apartments in Rockville is an important step in preserving and producing affordable housing in the County. 


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COVID-19 Update: County Closer to Having 70 Percent of All Residents Vaccinated; State Initiates Incentives for Those 12-17 to Get Shots

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Montgomery County is moving closer to having 70 percent of all residents receive at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. This week, the State initiated a new incentive for those 12-17 to get vaccinated and become eligible for college scholarships of up to $50,000.


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Deadline Extended for Grant Program for County Nonprofits Through Monday, July 19

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Competitively selected grants ranging from $10,000 to $20,000 will be awarded to Montgomery County nonprofits whose work aligns with the State’s intent to assist community organizations that create and sustain jobs. In their applications, nonprofits must describe their current or proposed work in support of one of the four identified priorities: minority and women entrepreneurship; STEM education; research and innovation development; and small-scale manufacturing. Applications will be accepted through an extended deadline of Monday, July 19. 


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County Executive Elrich, Councilmembers Hucker and Navarro and ‘Nighthawks’ Concert to Highlight Dedication of Wheaton’s ‘Marian Fryer Plaza’ on Friday, July 9

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Montgomery County will take another step in the revitalization of Downtown Wheaton at 7 p.m. on Friday July 9, as it dedicates its new public gathering and entertainment space that will be known as “Marian Fryer Town Plaza.” County Executive Marc Elrich, County Council President Tom Hucker and Councilmember Nancy Navarro will be among those leading the dedication ceremonies. The ceremonies will be followed by a concert from the legendary band “The Nighthawks.”


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Artist Applications Being Accepted Through Aug. 6 for Downtown Bethesda’s ‘Paint the Town’ Mural on the Woodmont Corner Garage

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The Montgomery County Department of Transportation is partnering with the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District in a call for artists to participate in the “Paint the Town” initiative to promote and bring more public art murals to Downtown Bethesda. The deadline for applications is Friday, Aug. 6.


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What’s Happening MoCo’ Podcast Highlights Best Places to Visit in Montgomery County

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What are the best places to visit in Montgomery County? In the latest episode of the “What’s Happening MoCo” podcast, Kelly Groff, president and CEO of Visit Montgomery, shares a list of some of the County’s most interesting destinations. Some are well-known to people who live in the County—and to visitors who travel a long way to see them. Others are hidden gems.


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County Achieves Significant Housing Goals at Twinbrook’s Halpine View

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Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich this week announced a land transfer agreement with Halpine View Apartments in the Twinbrook community of Rockville that will expand deeply affordable housing when redevelopment occurs. The agreement builds on an Affordable Housing “No Net Loss” requirement, advocated by the County Executive and adopted by the County Council in the 2019 Veirs Mill Corridor Master Plan.


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Qualified Taxpayers Should Make Sure They Will Receive Increased Child Tax Credits, With Assistance Clinics to be Held in Rockville on Friday-Saturday, July 9-10

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To contend with the recent economic downturn that was spurred by the COVID-19 health crisis, President Biden and Congress enacted the American Rescue Plan that included the establishment of new and increased benefits for low-income and working-class families. However, for many families, some of the most important benefits—payments to families with children through the Child Tax Credit (CTC)—could be lost if the families do not have their finances in order.


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Reservations Will Soon Be Open for Fall Fields, Library Community Rooms and School Facilities

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Reservations to use fields in fall, for library community rooms and for school facilities during the 2021-22 school year will soon be opened by the County’s Community Use of Public Facilities (CUPF) interagency coordinating board.


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New ‘Reimagining Public Safety’ Dashboard Now Available

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A new dashboard that allows residents to view the progress of the “Reimagining Public Safety Initiative” is now available. The dashboard advances County Executive Marc Elrich’s commitment for transparency and accountability.


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Ride On to Have Bus Schedule Changes Beginning Sunday, July 18

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Montgomery County’s Department of Transportation will adjust Ride On bus schedules starting Sunday, July 18, to increase overall service and improve efficiency. The changes reflect the continuing shift of resources toward schedule patterns as the County reopens following the COVID-19 health crisis. As part of the increased service changes, the innovative Flex on-demand service will return in the Rockville and Wheaton/Glenmont areas on Monday, July 19.


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Ride On Flex On-Demand Service to Return to Rockville and Wheaton/Glenmont Areas on Monday, July 19


Ride On Flex, a unique on-demand transit service that was piloted in 2019 into early 2020, but has been suspended due to the COVID-19 health crisis, will be returned to operation by the Montgomery County Department of Transportation on Monday, July 19. Flex operates in defined zones in Rockville and Glenmont/Wheaton.


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Free Online Workshops Will Be Offered for Job Seekers and Entrepreneurs in July

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Montgomery County Public Libraries is offering free online workshops and one-on-one sessions geared toward assisting job seekers and entrepreneurs throughout July. All workshops will be offered virtually. 


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