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

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August 2023

National Night Out

From Clarksburg to Germantown to Gaithersburg to Rockville, it was wonderful celebrating National Night Out with so many neighbors. All across the country, people come together to raise awareness of public safety initiatives and foster a sense of community. My appreciation to our law enforcement and public safety officers for their commitment to fostering a safe and vibrant community for everyone.

Council President Glass poses for a photo with 3 officers and a child at National Night Out.

New Life Sciences Facility

I was honored to join the ribbon-cutting of the new 45,000 square foot life sciences facility in Rockville. South Duvall, a commercial real estate investor based out of Rockville, converted 1450 Research Boulevard from a conventional office building to a state-of-the-art lab space for multiple tenants. Located right off I-270, this new lab space is yet another indicator of Montgomery County’s growing status as a leading hub for biohealth and life sciences.

Council President Glass tours the new lab facility.

Mary’s Center’s 15th Anniversary

For 15 years Mary’s Center has been making a positive impact in the lives of thousands of residents. Their healthcare center in Silver Spring has dedicated space to provide medical, dental, behavioral health, laboratory and sonography services. For so many of our county’s residents, healthcare is too expensive, too complex and too limited. 

I was proud to join U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin in celebrating Mary’s Center’s work. The combined resources of government, advocacy organizations and philanthropic donations creates a collective power that sustains Mary’s Center and other community health clinics. 

Together, we will realize our vision for healthy, vibrant communities everywhere.

Council President Glass speaks at a podium with the Mary’s Center logo as a backdrop.

Montgomery County Agricultural Fair

The best nine days of summer are here! The Montgomery County Agricultural Fair kicks off on Friday, August 11 and runs through Saturday, August 19. The Montgomery County Agricultural Center has been home to the fair since 1949 and features food, games, arts and crafts, entertainment and more than 5,000 animals every year. Bring the whole family out and enjoy all the fair has to offer. I hope to see you there!

Buy tickets and learn more.

Montgomery County Agricultural Fair logo

Dog Adoption at Critical Capacity

As the owner of two rescue dogs, Daisy and Poppy, I know the importance of adopting. If you have considered adding a dog to your household, the Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center is waiving adoption fees for the next 50 large dogs. They are also looking for foster homes. The shelter is at capacity with a record number of animals coming into the adoption center. More information on the Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center and the animals available for adoption can be found here.

Council President Glass takes a selfie with his two rescue dogs.

Constituent Corner

A Bethesda resident recently contacted my office because she was worried about the safety of the elevators in her building. She told us that the elevators had not been functioning properly and that they were missing their inspection certificates. My office contacted Montgomery County’s Department of Housing and Community Affairs and they inspected the conditions of the elevators and ordered the building’s management to make the repairs and to obtain the certificates/inspections through the state. 

The state of Maryland performs all safety inspections and issues the certificates for inspections. If the property fails to comply with the law, the state will take enforcement actions. If you have concerns about the safety of an elevator in your building, here is the link to file a complaint through the state.

Elevator buttons

Did You Know?

Outdoor air pollution impacts our daily health and causes long-term health issues such as cardiovascular and respiratory diseases. It can also damage the environment around us, impacting crops and water quality. With the recent smoke from Canadian wildfires affecting air quality in our region, it’s important to know what you can do to protect yourself and your family when air quality is bad. 

  • Avoid exercising outdoors when pollution levels are high;
  • Combine trips and use buses, subways, light rail systems, commuter trains or other alternatives to driving your car;
  • Use less energy in your home–generating electricity and other sources of energy creates air pollution;
  • And support national, state and local efforts to clean up sources of pollution. Your life and the life of someone you love may depend on it.

Check out the Maryland Department of the Environment’s air quality forecasts and the Air Quality Action Guide to make smart decisions on bad air days.

Map of air quality forecasts in Maryland.

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