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

Council President Glass Fall Newsletter

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November 2023

Veterans Day Message

This Veterans Day, Montgomery County honors all current and former members of the U.S. Armed and Uniformed Services who have served honorably in the military—in times of war or peace. I’m grateful to all Montgomery County veterans for their contributions to national security and sacrifices to keep our country safe.

Veterans Day ceremonies will be held at locations across the County on Saturday, Nov. 11, including in Bethesda, Wheaton and the cities of Gaithersburg and Rockville. Check out the ways you can honor our veterans in Montgomery County this upcoming holiday.

Veterans Day graphic

Pay Equity Report

In 2019, Montgomery County passed the Pay Equity Act, legislation I introduced to ensure gender pay equity for government employees. The Council recently received a briefing on the first Gender Pay Equity Report.

The report found no wage gap in base salaries between genders. In fact, women are earning two cents more per dollar versus male counterparts in base salaries. However, there is more work to do – as more senior employees are still exhibiting a 10-cent gap between male and female full-time employees. 

Compared to the national rate of 81 cents on the dollar and statewide rates of 86 cents on the dollar, we are on the right track. But there is still more we must do to level the playing field.

Introduction of the Pay Equity Act in 2019.

Introduction of the Pay Equity Act in 2019.

Fire Ops 101 Training

I had the opportunity to observe the skill and courage our Montgomery County Fire and Rescue personnel demonstrate every day during a recent “Fire Ops 101” training session. The training was an opportunity to learn more about firefighting, rescue and emergency medical services. We got to see firsthand some of the emergency medical techniques that first responders use and went into a flashover simulator, which simulates the heat, smoke and darkness of a house fire.

Our firefighters, first responders and volunteer personnel save lives in Montgomery County every day. I’m grateful for their dedication and service to our community.

You can watch a recap of the training session.

Council President Glass participates in Fire Ops 101 training.

Wheaton Arts Parade

It’s always great to see friends and neighbors at the annual Wheaton Arts Parade and Festival! The festival featured Montgomery County’s top talent, from arts displays and floats to dance performances and live music. Plus, local restaurants showed off delicious dishes from across the globe. If you missed the parade, there are plenty of reasons to visit Wheaton: check out these upcoming events.

Council President Glass, Councilmember Fani-González and parade participant pose in front of a parade float.

Maryland Commerce Secretary Tours MoCo

Maryland Commerce Secretary Kevin Anderson recently toured several Montgomery County businesses, including The CrossVines in Poolesville, Montgomery County's newest winery and event facility. The tour concluded with a roundtable discussion with business and elected leaders on economic development. My team joined the roundtable and discussed growing the state and local economies, bolstering agritourism, helping small businesses grow and engaging our schools and higher education institutions to best prepare our next generation of workers.

Business roundtable discussion with Maryland Commerce Secretary Kevin Anderson.

Constituent Corner

A Meadowvale resident in Gaithersburg reached out to my office with several concerns about their street that had not been addressed in years. The resident was concerned about potholes along the street that made it difficult to drive on. My office worked quickly to get the potholes filled and the road repaved to improve safety conditions on the street. As always, please don’t hesitate to contact my office if you need assistance with accessing County services.

Before and after photos of road pavement in Meadowvale community.

Did You Know?

Maryland’s Opioid Operational Command Center (OOCC), in partnership with Montgomery County’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), will host a town hall this evening, Nov. 2 from 6-7:30 p.m. in Rockville at the Council Office Building to hear ideas from residents on how Maryland can address the opioid crisis. The town hall will include information about County programs and services, plus there will be on-site training on how to use Naloxone, the nasal spray used to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. Learn more about the event.

If you can’t make it tonight, Montgomery County offers virtual Narcan training several times a month. Training schedules, information on the risks of opioids and fentanyl and resources can be found here.

What you need to know about Naloxone.

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