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September 16, 2021 | Bookmark and Share
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A Message from County Executive Marc Elrich

Message from the County Executive

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich joined the entire community in mourning the sudden death of long-time Board of Education member Patricia O’Neill. He also talks about the efforts to control COVID-19 in schools and minimize the class time students could miss if they have symptoms. He addresses the importance of Hispanic Heritage Month and encourages residents to attend some of the many exciting events scheduled to happen all around the County this weekend.


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Poolesville Day on Saturday, Sept. 18, Will Include Electric Vehicle Show That Will Be One of Nation’s Largest for ‘National Drive Electric Week’

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The annual Poolesville Day on Saturday, Sept. 18, will include Poolesville Green’s display of more than 200 electric vehicles. The electric vehicle show from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. is expected to be one of that nation’s biggest events for 2021 “National Drive Electric Week.” 


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COVID-19 Information Portal Has Statistics on the Virus Including Infections and Vaccinations Given by Zip Codes  

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Montgomery County’s COVID-19 Information Portal provides a variety of breakdowns on how the virus has impacted the County. The statistics are updated to reflect the most recent reports from the State of Maryland during the health crisis. Among the information available is how many positive cases have been reported in each zip code in the County.   


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State Highway Administration Turns on Ramp Metering Signals at 18 Interchanges Along Southbound I-270

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The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) has fully activated new ramp meters on 23 ramps to southbound I-270 in Montgomery and Frederick counties. The state agency said ramp metering is a part of the I-270 Innovative Congestion Management (ICM) project to help improve safety, reduce congestion and save drivers up to 30 minutes on morning commutes between Frederick and I-495 (Capital Beltway).  This is the first system of its kind to be implemented in Maryland.  


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Wheaton Arts Parade & Festival to be Held on Sunday, Sept. 19, With New Marian Fryer Town Plaza as Main Site


The Wheaton Arts Parade & Festival returns to the streets of Wheaton on Sunday, Sept. 19. For the first time, the festivities will take place in the new Marian Fryer Town Plaza that is part of the Wheaton Revitalization Project on Reedie Drive in Downtown Wheaton.  


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Celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month Will Include Events Throughout the County

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Montgomery County will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month--Sept. 15 through Oct. 15—with a series of events recognizing several Latino and other immigrant-serving community partners. The free recognition events are being co-hosted by the County Executive’s Office of Community Partnerships in collaboration with the County’s regional services centers. 


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Eighth Annual Free Friendship Picnic Returns to Wheaton Regional Park on Sunday, Sept. 19

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The Montgomery County Committee Against Hate and Violence will host the eighth Montgomery County Friendship Picnic from noon-5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 19, at Wheaton Regional Park The free event brings people of diverse cultures and faiths together to make new friends and discuss ways to build a stronger community. 


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‘What’s Happening MoCo’ Podcast Focuses on County Office of Consumer Protection Warnings to Beware of Certain Scams

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The latest episode of the “What’s Happening MoCo” podcast provides residents with information to identify and react to scams that are currently circulating. The episode features Montgomery County Office of Consumer Protection (OCP) Administrator Tracy Rezvani, who talks about “parking lot pirates,” unsolicited door knockers and COVID-19 scammers. Ms. Rezvani also discusses the limited protections of popular payment options such as Venmo, Cash App and debit cards.    

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‘Unwritten Law: A Symposium on the Lynchings in Rockville’ Webinar to be Presented on Saturday, Sept. 25


The webinar “Unwritten Law: A Symposium on Lynchings in Rockville” will be presented from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25, as Montgomery History, the Montgomery County Lynching Memorial Project and the Montgomery County Remembrance and Reconciliation Commission join together to create a Remembrance Weekend.  


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Nonprofits Can Apply for Montgomery County Watershed Restoration and Outreach Grants


Nonprofit organizations such as local watershed groups, community associations, faith-based organizations, service and civic groups can now apply for grants ranging from $30,000 to $100,000 through the Montgomery County Watershed Restoration and Outreach Grant Program. The Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Chesapeake Bay Trust (the Trust) are partners in the program through the Trust’s grant process. 


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Registrants for ‘Car Free Day’ on Wednesday, Sept. 22, Will Be Eligible for Prizes

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Montgomery County residents are encouraged to participate in “Car Free Day” on Wednesday, Sept. 22. Car Free Day is a worldwide event that encourages traveling in ways that are greener than driving alone, such as walking, riding a bicycle, bus, in a carpool or teleworking. Each registrant also will be eligible for prizes. 


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‘Incorporating Changes from the Pandemic into Ongoing Operations’ Will Be Theme as County Hosts Revitalization and Recovery Virtual Town Hall on Friday, Sept. 24

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“Incorporating Changes from the Pandemic into Ongoing Operations” will be the theme from noon-1 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 24, when Montgomery County’s COVID-19 Economic Revitalization and Recovery program continues its series of virtual town hall meetings to keep businesses informed on strategies for doing business as the health crisis continues.


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Native Plants and Pollinators Highlight September Nature Programs of Montgomery Parks  

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Native plants and pollinators will be among the highlights of the September nature programs at parks across Montgomery County offered by Montgomery Parks, which is part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission   


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County Public Libraries and County Board of Elections to Celebrate National Voter Registration Day on Sept. 28

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The Montgomery County Board of Elections (BOE) will provide information tables at select branches of Montgomery County Public Libraries on Tuesday, Sept. 28, in celebration of National Voter Registration Day.  


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Input Sought Regarding Improvements for Long Branch-Garland Neighborhood Park in Online Meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 21  

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Residents will have an opportunity to offer input on a park improvement project to update and improve Long Branch-Garland Neighborhood Park, a 3.8-acre park located at 8601 Garland Avenue in Silver Spring.  Montgomery Parks, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, will begin the public input process with an online community meeting, hosted in English with Spanish interpretation, from 7-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 21 


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Free Online Workshops for Job Seekers and Entrepreneurs Available in September

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Free online workshops and one-on-one sessions geared toward assisting job seekers and entrepreneurs will be offered throughout September in programs sponsored by Montgomery County Public Libraries.


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