Montgomery Update: The State of Our County is Strong

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April 14, 2022 | Bookmark and Share
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State of the County

County Executive Marc Elrich today in Silver Spring delivered his annual ‘State of the County’ addresses and wants residents to know the County is ‘strong’ and ‘robust.’ He also thanks the Montgomery delegation to the Maryland General Assembly for bringing back significant funding for County projects. He remains concerned about COVID-19, noting that County infection rates are about three times higher than they were a month ago. He encourages residents to explore ‘Test to Treat’ services. And the County Executive takes pride in the efforts that helped create affordable housing for seniors at Silver Creek Apartments in Kensington.

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County Executive Elrich Applauds Montgomery Delegation on 2022 General Assembly Successes

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Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich this week applauded the Montgomery County Delegation to the Maryland General Assembly for its work during the 2022 session, which concluded on Monday, April 11. During the session, the General Assembly addressed the systemic underfunding of key priorities by using the State’s historic budget surplus. 


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County to Host PGA Wells Fargo Championship May 5-8 at TPC Potomac at Avenel and KPMG Women’s PGA Championship June 23-26 at Congressional

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Men’s and women’s professional golf will be returning to the Greater Washington area for the first time in three years with the PGA Wells Fargo Championship to be held May 5-8, at TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm in Potomac and the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda from June 23-26. 

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Free Residential Deck Inspections Will be Made in May by the County Department of Permitting Services to Celebrate ‘Building Safety Month’

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The Montgomery County Department of Permitting Services will offer homeowners free residential deck inspections as part of its annual celebration of May as “Building Safety Month.”  

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Rebates Available for Purchasing Electric Leaf Blowers

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Montgomery County residents or companies that purchase electric leaf blowers are eligible for rebates of $50 or $100 through a special program that supports the County’s Climate Action Plan whose goals include reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Each individual or company is eligible for up to two rebates on either handheld or backpack electric leaf blowers. 

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Earth Month to be Celebrated with Events Throughout April Hosted by Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection

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Earth Month will be celebrated throughout April by the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection with volunteer, community and environmental events that are fun, educational, and bring attention to the importance of caring for the environment. 

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Second COVID-19 Booster Shots Now Available at County-Operated Clinics

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have approved giving a second booster dose of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for certain groups. Montgomery County-operated clinics are now providing the second booster dose to eligible residents. 

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Free At-home COVID-19 PCR Test Kits Available at County Multiple Locations

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Montgomery County residents can pick up free at-home polymerase chain reaction COVID-19 test kits at locations throughout the community. The "20/20 GeneSystems" tests are available to County residents while supplies last. Residents can receive a maximum of two test kits per person (each kit contains one test) per visit.

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Department of Health and Human Services to Host Virtual Town Hall to Discuss Health in County on Thursday, May 5 

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Montgomery County’s Department of Health and Human Services will host a virtual town hall from 3:30-5 p.m. on Thursday, May 5, to focus on the status of health in the community. Partners from clinical care settings, government agencies, community-based organizations, nonprofit organizations and academic and research institutions, as well as interested residents, are invited to the free event.   

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Author Series ‘Stories to Broaden Understanding' Will Feature Eman Quotah, Ruby Namdar and Laila el-Haddad at Free Virtual Upcoming Talks

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A series of free virtual author talks from April to June will be sponsored by Montgomery County Public Libraries in partnership with the County’s Office of Community Partnerships’ Middle Eastern American Advisory Group and the Baltimore Luxor Alexandria Sister City Committee. Upcoming featured authors will be Eman Quotah on Tuesday, April 19;  Ruby Namdar on Tuesday, May 10; and Laila el-Haddad on Tuesday, June 14. 

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‘Project Prom Dress’ Event to be Held at Praisner Community Recreation Center in Burtonsville on Saturday, April 16 

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“Project Prom Dress,” Montgomery County Recreation’s first event to provide prom dresses to students who may not otherwise be able to experience all that goes with attending a high school prom, will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, April 16, at the Marilyn Praisner Community Recreation Center in Burtonsville.  

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Temporary Foster Homes Sought for Animals, Particularly for Large Dogs

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The Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center (MCASAC) is seeking animal lovers to bring pets from the shelter into their homes on a temporary basis to prepare them for adoption. Every pet that is fostered has a better chance at a happier and healthier life. MCASAC is currently in need of foster homes for large dogs. 


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Cartooning and Graphic Novel Free Five-Session Classes to be Offered in April and May


Five-session classes about cartooning and creating a graphic novel will be offered free by Montgomery County Public Libraries during April and May. The classes will be facilitated by cartoonist, illustrator and animator Leila Cabib. 

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Residents Can Share Views on Recommended County Operating Budget for Fiscal Year 2023 at Council’s Public Hearings on April 19, 20, 21

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Sign up opportunities are now underway for residents to offer their views on County Executive Marc Elrich’s proposed $6.3 billion Fiscal Year 2023 operating budget at public hearings that will be held by the County Council on April 19, 20 and 21.

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‘Teaching Naval History at the U.S. Naval Academy Museum’ to be Featured Topic of Montgomery History Virtual Presentation on Tuesday, April 19

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Claude Berube, director of the nation's oldest navy museum and an assistant professor in the history department at the U.S. Naval Academy, will be the main speaker at a virtual presentation of Montgomery History at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 19.

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‘Natur(ally)--A Virtual Community Art Exhibition in Celebration of Earth Day’ Will Allow Residents to Showcase Their Art on Friday, April 22    


Residents can showcase their art in the online exhibition “Natur(ally)—A Virtual Community Art Exhibition in Celebration of Earth Day” taking place from 7-9 p.m. on Friday, April 22, on Zoom. The exhibition, presented by Silver Spring Town Center, Inc., will be hosted by artist Marcie Wolf-Hubbard.  


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Special Events from Montgomery Parks Will Fill April Calendar  

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April will have a lot of opportunities to dust off the winter cobwebs and get moving with a month of special events from Montgomery Parks, including Sunset Yoga, Chess in the Park and  Acoustics & Ales.     

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Free Online Workshops for Job Seekers and Entrepreneurs Available in April

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Free online workshops and one-on-one sessions geared toward assisting job seekers and entrepreneurs will be held throughout April. The workshops are sponsored by Montgomery County Public Libraries.

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