April 22, 2010

County News

Planning Board Approves the Planning Board Draft Purple Line Functional Plan -The Planning Board approved the Planning Board Draft Purple Line Functional Plan on April 8, 2010. This Functional Plan establishes the alignment, mode, and station locations between Bethesda and the Prince George‚s County line. You can also view the Planning Board Draft Purple Line Functional Plan on our website at: http://www.montgomeryplanning.org/transportation/projects/purple_line.shtm .

31 Cent Scoop Night - Join us for 31 Cent Scoop Night at Baskin-Robbins® on Wednesday, April 28 from 5-10 pm and help us honor America's firefighters. The Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation is donating $100,000 to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation˙ (NFFF). Participating stores will reduce prices of ice cream scoops to 31 cents. At some locations, you may also have an opportunity to make a donation to your local fire charities. For more information go to: http://www.baskinrobbins.com/Spotlight/31CentScoopNight.aspx?cid=2761561&jid=38652433&mc=XX&eid=307138&cmpid=email_ext_000124

Twinbrook Parkway Paving Project - Upcoming road repairs and resurfacing of Twinbrook Parkway, from Veirs Mill Road (MD 586) to the CSX Rail Road Bridge will begin on May 3, 2010. For more information go to: http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/content/dot/highway/2010.15twinbrookhma.pdf

Small Business Counseling Services - The Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center (B-CC RSC) has partnered with SCORE „Counselors of America‚s Small Business Owners‰ to offer free one-on-one small business counseling services at the B-CC RSC. The B-CC RSC is conveniently located one block from the Bethesda Metro Station at 4805 Edgemoor Lane, Bethesda, Maryland 20814. You can visit us online at: www.montgomerycountymd.gov/bcc . Call 240-777-8203 to schedule your free counseling session today!

Nine MCPS Students Receive Corporate Merit Scholarships - Nine Montgomery County Public Schools students have won corporate-sponsored National Merit Scholarships financed by companies, foundations, and other business organizations. For more information go to: http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/press/index.aspx?page=showrelease&id=2741

Customers Should Expect Lengthy Delays on Metrorail This Weekend - Customers can expect lengthy delays of up to 40 minutes this weekend (April 23-25) as old track components are replaced on the Red, Blue and Orange lines, causing inbound and outbound trains to take turns sharing one track on portions of the rail system. For more information go to: http://www.wmata.com/about_metro/news/PressReleaseDetail.cfm?ReleaseID=4422

Appliance Rebate Program Overview - Rebate applications will be available beginning April 22, 2010 and are offered for qualified products on a first-come, first-serve basis until funds run out. Applications will be available from your electric utility provider. You may also be eligible for an additional rebate from your utility, made possible by the EmPOWER Maryland Energy Efficiency Act. If you are a customer of Maryland's municipal and cooperative utilities, MEA will have a special rebate program for you beginning on April 22, 2010. For more information go to: http://energy.maryland.gov/appliancerebateprogram.asp

Human Rights Art Festival - More than 40 Silver Spring venues - including local restaurants, art spaces, theaters and community spaces - are participating in the this weekend of events, which includes visual art shows, performance art, film, dance, spoken word, theater, book readings, panel discussions, music, hands-on workshops, art walks from exhibit to exhibit all centered on raising awareness of human rights issues. For more information visit www.humanrightsartfestival.com .

BRAC Implementation Committee Meeting ˆ On Tuesday, April 27, 2010: Meeting of Montgomery County's BRAC Implementation Committee, 7:30 pm at the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center. Tentative agenda includes a presentation by NNMC on its Consolidated Master Plan, a brief follow-up discussion by NNMC on its traffic mitigation measures, and a follow-up presentation by Park & Planning Commission staff on long range community vision. Agenda, directions and more info on the Community Involvement Page: http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/brctmpl.asp?url=/content/exec/brac/community.asp Montgomery County Hosts Eighth Annual Responsible Retailing Forum - Montgomery County‚s Department of Liquor Control (DLC) this week hosted the eighth annual Responsible Retailing Forum. More than 25 states were represented at the two-day national conference held in Rockville. For more information go to: http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/apps/News/press/PR_details.asp?PrID=6519 Political Historian Allan Lichtman to Speak at Montgomery College May 4 - Dr. Allan Lichtman, an American University professor and political historian who ran for the United States Senate in 2006, will speak on Tuesday, May 4 at 7 pm at Montgomery College-Rockville. Free and open to the public, the event will be held in the Technical Center, Room 136. For more information go to: http://insidemc.montgomerycollege.edu/showStory.php?id=18921 2010 Free Family Film Festival - We have planned a fun-filled summer of select movies for kids and parents. Regal Entertainment Group has proudly offered this free summer fun since 1991. Oh, did we mention that it‚s FREE! Selected G or PG movies start at 10:00 am every Tuesday and Wednesday during the festival. Tickets and seating are first-come, first-served and are limited to theatre capacity. For more information go to: http://www.regmovies.com/nowshowing/familyfilmfestivalschedule.aspx?state=MD

Councilmember Roger Berliner to Introduce Tax on Major Carbon Dioxide Emitters on Thursday, April 22, in Rockville - Montgomery County Councilmember Roger Berliner (District 1) will hold a press conference at 12 noon on Thursday, April 22, in Rockville to announce the introduction of a $5 per ton carbon tax on major emitters of carbon dioxide in Montgomery County. The proposed tax, which would generate $15 million per year, would have no discernable impact on taxpayers and would make Montgomery the first County in the nation to have a tax of its kind. For more information go to: http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/Apps/Council/PressRelease/PR_details.asp?PrID=6524

Metro Makes New FY2011 Budget Proposal - Richard Sarles, Metro‚s interim general manager, presented the Metro Finance Administration and Oversight Committee today (April 22) with recommendations to close the agency‚s $189 million budget gap for fiscal year 2011. The recommendations considered public input provided during six public hearings, in letters to Metro and responses to an on-line questionnaire. For more information go to: http://www.wmata.com/about_metro/news/PressReleaseDetail.cfm?ReleaseID=4423

Invitation to Attend the Wisconsin Place Recreation Center Focus Group - The Wisconsin Place Community Recreation Center invites community members to attend a focus group on May 12th from 6;30-8:30 pm to discuss what classes and program interests for the Wisconsin Place Community Center. Space is limited; please call Judy Stiles at 240-777-6875 to reserve your space today.

Montgomery‚s Got Talent - On Saturday May 22nd from 12-3 pm at the great Bethesda Theatre on Wisconsin Avenue, Montgomery County will sponsor its premier senior event Montgomery's Got Talent. Over 650 Seniors with their families are expected. There are exhibitor opportunities and program advertisement opportunities for local businesses and organizations. It‚s a great event right in the heart of Bethesda. Visitors, guests, advertisers, exhibitors should contact charles@kauffman.com

Tilden Lane to be Resurfaced ˆ Prep work has begun; resurfacing of Tilden Lane, from Old Georgetown Road to Old Stage Road to begin May 10, 2010. For more information go to: http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/content/dot/highway/2010.19tildenlane2xmicro.pdf

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