The Glass Gazette: April 2023 (en español / 中文普通话)

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April 2023

MCPD Graduation

Congratulations to Montgomery County’s newest law enforcement officers. The 29 graduates of the County’s Public Safety Training Academy will be protecting residents all across the County – with individuals joining the Montgomery County Police Department, Gaithersburg Police Department, Rockville Police Department, Takoma Park Police Department and the Sheriff's Office. 

We appreciate each and every one of you for stepping up at this time.

Side by side: Council President Glass speaks at the podium at the Police Academy Graduation. Graduates take oath on stage.

Upcounty Business Briefing

I recently had the pleasure of attending the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce’s Upcounty Business Briefing in Germantown, along with fellow Economic Development Committee member Marilyn Balcombe. We shared our priorities, which include streamlining regulations and improving transportation in the upcounty. By cutting red tape and making our processes more efficient, we will further open our doors to businesses from around the region and the world. 

My goal is to create a sustainable future for Montgomery County that is open to business, makes us economically competitive and provides opportunities for everyone.

Council President Glass speaking in front of a crowded room.

Wheaton Arts Parade Gallery

It was inspiring to view the 150 artworks by 27 local artists at the Wheaton Arts Parade Gallery’s spring show in the Westfield Wheaton mall. Titled “Scaled-Down for Spring,” the exhibit features art that is 20 x 20 inches or smaller that expresses the artists’ impressions of the transition from winter to spring. The gallery space is donated by Westfield Wheaton as part of its support for the Wheaton Arts Parade, whose mission is to revitalize Wheaton as an Arts & Entertainment District. The spring exhibit runs until April 30.

Council President Glass poses in an art gallery with two community members.

Community Safety in Silver Spring

My appreciation to the hundreds of community members and partner organizations who joined Councilmember Kate Stewart and I at the recent public safety panel discussion and safety walk in Downtown Silver Spring. It was an important opportunity to hear directly from the residents about additional safety measures the county can implement to keep individuals and businesses safe.

Watch a recap of the event.

Side by side: Council President Glass speaks during a panel discussion on stage; Council President speaks with community members at a round table.

National Arab American Heritage Month

Montgomery County is a community of people from diverse cultures, ethnicities and religions. We are proud to celebrate the holy month of Ramadan with all our Muslim friends and neighbors. Islam is a religion of peace and Ramadan is a time of spiritual reflection, self-improvement, heightened devotion and worship. Ramadan Mubarak to all who celebrate!

Council President Glass poses with residents at an event celebrating Ramadan.

Share Your Budget Priorities

The FY24 operating budget deliberations are officially underway. Public engagement is a critical component of this process and helps us develop a budget that meets the needs of community members in every corner of the County. 

I encourage residents to participate in the upcoming public hearings on April 11 at 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. and April 13 at 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Virtual and in-person participation is available. You can also submit written, video or audio testimony if you're unable to join us live. Sign up to testify:

FY24 Operating Budget public hearings infographic

Homeowners: Apply for the Homestead Tax Credit by May 1

Because of changes to Maryland law, homeowners may need to reapply for their Maryland Homestead Tax Credit in order to keep their Income Tax Offset Credit (ITOC), the $692 property tax credit that is given to owner-occupied residences. This property tax credit limits the increase in taxable assessments each year to a fixed percentage. The deadline to apply is May 1, 2023. Watch an informational video and check eligibility.

Homestead Tax Credit application form

Constituent Corner

My office received a call from Delegate Kumar Barve’s office with a request from a constituent who needed help with transportation to see a specialist at Johns Hopkins Medical Center in Baltimore–for an appointment the next day. Unable to walk or use a wheelchair, her health condition required that she be transported to appointments on a stretcher. For local medical appointments she had been using Montgomery County’s Medical Assistance Transportation Program, which provides “last resort” transportation for ambulatory, wheelchair and stretcher-bound recipients. Because the appointment was out of the area, special paperwork had to be processed for the trip. Several people were already engaged, but had not been able to get the forms processed for the appointment. My staff quickly got involved and coordinated with the transit program, her caseworker and Johns Hopkins to make sure the proper paperwork had been completed and sent to the right place so that she was able to get to her appointment the next day.


Did You Know?

Montgomery College (MC) is providing a $500 tuition scholarship to Montgomery County residents who are spring 2023 graduates from a Montgomery County high school and are taking at least six MC credit hours this fall. The $500 “Raptor Ready” Scholarship can only be applied to fall 2023 tuition and fees, and the application must be completed by Tuesday, Aug. 1. The first 1,500 eligible applicants will be considered, with others added to a waitlist. Additional information:  Raptor Ready Scholarship Program | Montgomery College, Maryland

Montgomery College students pose while holding signs.

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