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August 5, 2021 | Bookmark and Share
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A Message from County Executive Marc Elrich

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The increasing number of COVID-19 cases in Montgomery County, and around the nation, are foremost on the mind of County Executive Marc Elrich as he explains why the County must again institute a mask-wearing mandate for indoor public spaces to help control the Delta Variant. He also talks about an upcoming vote by the State’s Board of Public Works that will decide the fate of a proposed expansion plan for I-270 and I-495. Seeing people in person is an important part of recovery from the health crisis as County Executive Elrich offers thoughts on visiting County businesses and meeting neighbors on National Night Out.


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Mask Mandate in Public Indoor Areas to be Reinstituted in County to Help Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 Variant

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Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich’s proposal that will again require face coverings in public indoor areas was unanimously approved by the County Council on Thursday, Aug. 5. The Council approved the regulation in its role acting as the County Board of Health. The mandate will go into effect on Saturday, Aug. 7.


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Montgomery County Agricultural Fair Returns to Fairgrounds in Gaithersburg Aug. 13-21

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The Montgomery County Agricultural Fair will return to the fairgrounds in Gaithersburg from Friday, Aug. 13, through Saturday, Aug. 21. The fair, which was first held in 1945, was not held last year due to the COVID-19 health crisis.


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DEP is Highlighting At-Risk ‘Stream Critters’ During Water Quality Month

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August is National Water Quality Month and the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection is highlighting at-risk stream critters to bring awareness to the water quality in County streams.


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Applicants Sought to Serve on Climate, Energy and Air Quality Advisory Committee

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County Executive Marc Elrich is seeking applicants to fill five vacancies on the Montgomery County Climate, Energy and Air Quality Advisory Committee. All members must be technically knowledgeable and interested in climate change, energy and air quality. Individuals with professional experience, education and knowledge in these fields are particularly encouraged to apply by Friday, Aug. 6.


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Second Round of Grants for County Nonprofits to Have Open Application Period from Aug. 9-18

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Phase Two of the Montgomery County Economic Development Grant Program for nonprofits will have an open application period from Aug. 9-18. The grants are being provided to help nonprofits in their recovery from the impact of the COVID-19 health crisis.


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Highlight of RISE Summer Program: Student Gets to Interview County Executive Elrich

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Summer programs for students often have wide variations of experiences. One highlight for a student in the Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) Summer RISE program was an opportunity to interview County Executive Marc Elrich in a video that will be widely viewed.


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Campaign Launched to Promote Availability of Electric Vehicle Charging Stations in Bethesda, Silver Spring and Wheaton

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The Montgomery County Department of Transportation is installing 42 electric vehicle (EV) charging station wayfinding signs in Bethesda, Silver Spring and Wheaton to make drivers aware that they can easily find opportunities to charge their environmentally friendly vehicles. 


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Libraries Offering Free Age-Appropriate ‘Mini-Comic Book’ Virtual Workshops on Aug. 17 and 19

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Montgomery County Public Libraries will offer two free virtual “Mini-Comic Book” workshops in August, one geared to ages 10 and up and the other to those 50 and up. The workshops will be facilitated by cartoonist, illustrator and animator Leila Cabib.


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‘Painting Style of the Dentzel Carousel Company’ to Focus on Glen Echo Restoration in Webinar on Wednesday, Aug. 11

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Montgomery History will present the final installment in the 100th Anniversary Dentzel Carousel Lecture Series at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 11, with a virtual class on “Painting Style of the Dentzel Carousel Company and Restoration Techniques.”


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Glenstone in Potomac and Montgomery County Renew Program That Guarantees Admission to Those Who Take Ride On Bus to Museum

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Glenstone Museum in Potomac and the Montgomery County Department of Transportation are renewing their cooperative program that guarantees museum entry to passengers who take a Ride On bus to the private, limited-entry facility. The program brings riders to Glenstone via route Ride On 301 at least 10 times each visitor day.


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Free Online Workshops for Job Seekers and Entrepreneurs Offered in August

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Free online workshops and one-on-one sessions geared toward assisting job seekers and entrepreneurs are being offered virtually throughout August. The program is sponsored by Montgomery County Public Libraries. 


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Longwood Community Recreation Center to Close for ADA Improvements Through Winter 2022

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Montgomery County Recreation's Longwood Community Recreation Center will close for Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) remediation work on Monday, Aug.9. The work will improve ADA access to the Center. The facility is expected to reopen in winter 2022. 


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