The Glass Gazette: April 4, 2024

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April 4, 2024

Helping Homeowners Go Green

Residents regularly ask me about how they can make their homes more energy efficient. I recently joined a conversation with the Montgomery County Green Bank to discuss opportunities for homeowners associations, condo boards, and other multifamily buildings to make environmentally sustainable upgrades. 

The Montgomery County Green Bank is a nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating energy efficiency, renewable energy and clean energy investment through partnerships with the private sector to provide more affordable and flexible financing options for projects.

As we continue working to address the climate emergency, know that the Green Bank and I are here to help you reduce your greenhouse gas emissions and go green.

Councilmember Glass speaks at a lectern with the Montgomery County Green Bank logo on it

Councilmember Glass speaks at an event hosted by Montgomery County Green Bank

Increasing Public Safety

I have heard from many residents that public safety is a top priority. On Wednesday, I recently joined local leaders, county and state police, business owners and residents to discuss the actions we are taking to prevent crime and keep our communities safe. 

Our recent efforts include using drones as first responders to reduce emergency response times, assisting businesses to develop late-night safety plans, aligning the hours of nightlife establishments in the county, expanding eligibility for the private security camera reimbursement program, and providing funding to protect houses of worship from hate incidents. So far in 2024, we have seen positive trends, which we intend to build upon to make our community safer.

Councilmember Glass speaks at a press conference. Behind him stand other Councilmembers, the County Executive, and the Police Chief.

Councilmember Glass speaking at the press conference about recent public safety initiatives.

Governor Moore Bus Tour

Last month, I joined Governor Wes Moore on a bus tour of Montgomery County. We visited the Fire and Rescue Service’s Search and Rescue Team headquarters, where we learned about emergency response resources and the Police Department’s new Drone Command Center.

Lieutenant Governor Aruna Miller and other members of the Moore-Miller administration also toured sites to learn more about local transportation, economic development, and affordable housing projects in the county. I am proud to continue working with our state partners in Annapolis and across Maryland.

Councilmember Glass and colleagues ride a bus with Governor Wes Moore and members of his administration

Councilmember Glass and colleagues join Governor Moore on his bus tour of Montgomery County

Wheaton Arts Parade Poster Design Contest

The Wheaton Arts Parade (WAP) is accepting submissions for its annual poster design contest. Any county resident can submit an original design to be used for the fall event. WAP’s annual Arts Parade & Festival is a chance to showcase local artists and celebrate the diverse cultures in the Wheaton community and throughout the county. The 2024 parade is scheduled for Sunday, September 29.

The creator of this year’s winning poster design will receive a $500 prize and have their artwork featured on T-shirts and other promotional materials. 

Submissions are due by Sunday, April 14 and can be submitted online here or emailed to with the subject line “Poster Contest.” 

A banner reading "Wheaton Arts Parade" with the WAP logo

Reminder: Operating Budget Public Hearings

The council is holding public hearings on the operating budget on Monday, April 8 and Tuesday, April 9 at 1:30 and 7 p.m. If you are interested in testifying in person or on Zoom about specific items, remember to sign up on the council website or by calling 240-777-7803. You can also provide input by submitting comments online.

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Constituent Corner

A concerned resident reached out to me about an abandoned van in her Bethesda neighborhood. The vehicle had been sitting idle for several weeks and was blocking a curb scheduled for repairs. My team contacted the district commander and the vehicle was removed a few days later, ensuring the curb repair was completed on schedule.

A suburban street with no cars obstructing its curb

Did You Know?

MCDOT is partnering with the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) to offer bike and e-scooter classes for adults over 18 in April, May, and June. Biking is a great way to get some exercise, spend time outdoors, and reduce your carbon footprint. Classes are only $10 for county residents, and free for members of WABA or Capital Bikeshare for All. Space is limited and classes fill up quickly, so be sure to register online to reserve your spot today!

A photograph of a person sitting on a bike. Only their legs and torso are visible, but they are positioned like they are about to start pedaling.

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