Montgomery Update: We Have a Mental Health Crisis in Our Nation

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June 9, 2022 | Bookmark and Share
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Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich this week talks about how a variety of incidents—including one in Montgomery County this week—show that the nation has a wide mental health crisis that must be addressed. On a more positive note, he provides insight on how the biotech industry is so important to the County economy. He notes that COVID-19 cases are currently in slight decline. He offers details on the nine residents he has nominated to serve on the County’s first Police Accountability Board. And as summer approaches, the former elementary school teacher reminds parents that summer break is a great time to help struggling students catch up on their classes.

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Silver Spring Blues Week Returns as Free, Mostly In-Person, Event from June 8-18, Concluding with 13th Silver Spring Blues Festival

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Silver Spring Blues Week is continuing with mostly in-person events and a few virtual programs. It will conclude with a star-filled lineup for the 13th Annual Silver Spring Blues Festival on Saturday, June 18. The event is presented by Silver Spring Town Center, Inc. 

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Meetings Being Held In-Person to Address Progress of Purple Line Construction, with Next Meeting on Tuesday, June 14, in Silver Spring


Progress of continuing work on the Purple Line, including introduction of the new contractor, are the focus of a series of in-person meetings being held by the Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT MTA).

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Online and In-Person Events to Seek Input on Flash Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Plans for North Bethesda, New Hampshire Avenue and Rockville Pike/Frederick Road


The Montgomery County Department of Transportation will have a series of events to seek input on the planned expansion of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) service, branded Flash, on New Hampshire Avenue, North Bethesda and MD 355. Flash bus corridors provide frequent, upgraded bus services on highly traveled corridors. The next scheduled event will be in-person regarding the North Bethesda line from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 13, at the Davis Library in Bethesda.

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Taste of Wheaton Returns with Full Day of Food, Music and Activities for Whole Family on Sunday, June 12, in Downtown Wheaton

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The Taste of Wheaton will return after a two-yar hiatus with a full day of food, music and activities for all ages from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday, June 12, at Marian Fryer Plaza in Downtown Wheaton. Rides and activities are free, with food and drinks available for purchase from local Wheaton restaurants.

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12th Annual Senior Safety Forum June 13-16 Will Offer Virtual and Live-Streamed Sessions on ‘Staying Connected Safely’

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In recognition of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day and Maryland Protect Week, leaders of the Montgomery County Elder and Vulnerable Adult Abuse Task Force will host the 12th Annual County Senior Safety Forum from June 13-16. This year's forum, which can be joined online or viewed on live stream at County senior centers, will be a series of informative and fun sessions discussing “Staying Connected Safely.”

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Free Electric Scooter Training and Safety Clinic for Those 18-and-Older Will Be Available on Saturday, June 11, in Rockville


Residents 18-and-older who are interested in electric scooter lessons will have the opportunity to attend a free clinic in Rockville on Saturday, June 11, sponsored by the Montgomery County Department of Transportation. Participants can take a test ride, learn safety tips and get details on basic scooter laws. 

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County Launches First-Ever LGBTQ+ Community Survey for ‘Pride Month’

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Montgomery County is continuing its celebration of June as “Pride Month” with the release of its first-ever survey of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning (LGBTQ+) residents. The survey will collect anonymous information about health and wellness, access to resources and services, experiences of discrimination and other aspects of residents’ life in the community. The deadline to complete the survey is Friday, July 15.

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Free Six-Week Diabetes Management Program Starts Wed., June 22, at Germantown Library

The Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services, in partnership with the Maryland Living Well Center of Excellence, will offer a free community-based Diabetes Self-Management Program beginning Wednesday, June 22.  The six-week series will be held from 5-7 p.m. at the Germantown Library.

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Third Quarter Updates of Climate Action Plan Implementation Include Progress on More Than 70 Recommendations

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Montgomery County has released the third-quarter updates of its Fiscal Year 2022 Climate Work Plan that highlights the progress to implement actions in the County’s Climate Action Plan. The County has continued to make progress on more than 70 actions to help reach the goals of the plan.

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Members Sought for New Montgomery County ‘Building Performance Improvement Board,’ with Applications Due Friday, June 10

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The Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection is looking to fill 15 vacancies on the County’s new “Building Performance Improvement Board.” The application deadline is Friday, June 10. 

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Gwendolyn E. Coffield Community Recreation Center in Silver Spring to Reopen to the Community on Monday, June 13, and Have Special Celebration on Saturday, June 18

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The Gwendolyn E. Coffield Community Recreation Center in Silver Spring will reopen to the public on Monday, June 13 with a special celebration on Saturday, June 18.

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Montgomery Parks to Host Special Events Throughout June

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Montgomery Parks will host a full month of special events in June that celebrate Father’s Day, Juneteenth, Pride Month and highlight the County’s outstanding parks.

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COVID-19 Updates: Boosters Available for 5-11 Year Olds, Mulitple Testing Options Available, Continue Preventative Measures as COVID-19 Has Not Ended        

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Additonal COVID-19 booster shots for children ages 5-11 were recently approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and County-operated clinics are providing them for children who had their second dose at least five months ago. 

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

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Montgomery County residents have several ways to get tested for COVID-19.

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County to Host 25th Juneteenth Free Celebration on Saturday, June 18, with Events at BlackRock Center in Germantown


Montgomery County’s 25th Juneteenth Celebration will be held at the BlackRock Center for the Arts from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. on Saturday, June 18. This will mark the first official observance of Juneteenth as both a national and County paid holiday.

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‘Crafting Queer Resistance: The Emergence of LGBTQIA+ Voices in Contemporary Craft’ Will Be Presented on Monday, June 13

“Crafting Queer Resistance: The Emergence of LGBTQIA+ Voices in Contemporary Craft” will be presented online by Montgomery History at 7 p.m. on Monday, June 13. John-Duane Kingsley, an author and independent consultant on the intersection of design history and the queer experience, will lead the presentation.

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Ron Holloway Band Will Highlight ‘Evenings in Olde Towne’ Free Thursday Series in Gaithersburg on June 16

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The free, family-friendly “Evenings in Olde Towne” concert series will have performances on Thursday nights in June, July and September at the City Hall Concert Pavilion in Olde Towne Gaithersburg. All concerts will take place from 6:30-8 p.m. The next show will feature the Ron Holloway Band on Thursday, June 16.

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Children’s Summer Concert Free Series Continues in Olde Towne Gaithersburg with Music of Mr. Jon & Friends on Wednesday, June 15

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Gaithersburg’s Children’s Summer Concert Series returns to the City Hall Concert Pavilion on Wednesdays in June and July, with free performances from 10:30-11:15 a.m. on Wednesdays. The series will begin with the music of Mr. Jon & Friends on June 15. 

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Three County Departments to Cohost ‘CDL Job Fair’ on Saturday, June 11

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A job fair for holders of Commercial Driver’s Licenses (CDL licenses) and for individuals who would like to pursue earning a CDL license to get jobs with Montgomery County will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, June 11, at the County Executive Office Building in Rockville. The job fair will offer details on CDL-related jobs, and other positions, with the County’s Department of Transportation, the Department of Alcohol Beverage Services and the Department of General Services.

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Free Online Workshops for Job Seekers and Entrepreneurs Available in June


Free online workshops and one-on-one sessions geared toward assisting job seekers and entrepreneurs will be available in June. All workshops are free and offered virtually. The workshops are sponsored by Montgomery County Public Libraries.

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