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(Reemberto Rodriguez, Director)
Released Sunday, February 12, 2021 4:00 p.m.


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Coronavirus COVID-19 info

for the latest, please see the Press Releases.

Coronavirus Vaccine Information


Who is currently receiving vaccines?

  • County staff are vaccinating frontline health care workers and first responders (those who come into contact with ill and injured residents)
  • The State is providing vaccines to hospitals, who are administering vaccine to their staffs
  • federal contract through CVS and Walgreens is providing vaccine directly to nursing home staff and residents.
Montgomery County Government is vaccinating people in Tier 1* of Priority Group 1A* and 1B*. Priority Group 1B* includes teachers, childcare workers, essential workers, and individuals with developmental disabilities. People in Priority Group 1C*, Tier 1* (65-74 years old) are also invited to preregister. For more detailed answers to questions about COVID-19 vaccinations in Montgomery County, please visit the County's Vaccine and Priority Group Information website. Or sign up for Vaccine Updates.

Montgomery County is committed to distributing the COVID-19 vaccine equitably.   Montgomery County Health and Human Services - MD  is vaccinating healthcare workers, and those 75 and older. Those 65 and older, frontline workers (teachers), and those with high risk medical conditions can preregister:  
For much more:
visit the County’s
main website and/or the COVID-19 website 
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Facebook @MontgomeryCountyInfo 




for some virtual events coming up

(Scroll down or link takes you to more info in this newsletter)

What is Going on

(in the Real Estate Development World)

in Silver Spring? 

Wednesday, February 17 at 7:00pm


A Special Presentation by the Planning Department in collaboration with the Regional Director on the major projects recently built, under construction, and approved in the Silver Spring Region

Through the years the Planning Department has done these informative presentations highlighting what is happening in the real estate market in Silver Spring. This year, Elza Hisel-McCoy, DownCounty Chief Planner will be making the presentation. Please join us!

Register in advance for this meeting: 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Silver Spring Urban District Advisory Committee Meeting
Thursday, February 18th at 3:30 p.m.

Key Agenda Items: Proposed Business Improvement District (BID) Q&A & Pathways Contract for Homelessness Services
The Silver Spring Urban District Advisory Committee (SSUDAC) advices to the County on matters relating to the operations of the Silver Spring Urban District. The Silver Spring Urban District (SSUD) provides enhanced services to the Central Business District to ensure that downtown Silver Spring is maintained as a clean, safe and attractive environment to promote a vibrant social and business climate to support the long-term economic viability and vitality. SSUD services include ambassadorship, security, streetscape maintenance, walkway repairs, tree maintenance, marketing, promotions and special events.

In non-covid times, the Silver Spring Urban District sponsors a summer concert series, the Silver Spring Jazz Festival, the Montgomery County Thanksgiving Parade, and other events to attract people to downtown Silver Spring. 

More information on the Silver Spring Urban District Advisory Committee can be found Here and Here.

To Join Meeting:


New Ave Bikeway - Community Meeting
Thursday, February 18th at 6:00p.m.

You are invited to a virtual meeting about the next steps in the New Ave Bikeways project, Section B. Please help spread the word.

The goal of this project is to creatively redesign space on the southbound side on New Hampshire Avenue as a two-directional bikeway, while still providing vehicular access to properties. The City has been doing the project in stages as grant money becomes available. 

Section A of the New Ave Bikeways is from Holton Lane to Auburn Avenue.
Section B of the project is the stretch of New Hampshire from Auburn Avenue to Poplar Avenue. 

Check out the map of the project here: 

Community Meeting for the New Ave Bikeway - Section B from Auburn to Poplar Avenues:
Come see the 30% designs and give feedback!

Date:  Thursday, February 18
Time: 6 pm to 7 pm

Register in advance:
Zoom – Virtual  – for this meeting in Zoom:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. We will record the meeting and make it available for those who are not able to attend.

There is more information available for both Section A and Section B on the City's website: 


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County Council Calendar

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Montgomery Planning Board

February Online Events

The Montgomery County Planning Board and the Montgomery County Planning Department, both part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), have announced their February 2021 calendar of online meetings. For more details, review the list of events below and visit

During this time of social distancing in response to the COVID-19 crisis, the Planning Board will continue to hold public meetings online while Montgomery Planning’s new headquarters (2425 Reedie Drive, Wheaton, MD) is closed to the public. Community members may sign up to testify and provide comments to the Board, during the meeting, on specific agenda items through Microsoft Teams or phone. Written testimony may be submitted in advance of the meeting. The February schedule of events is subject to change based on the ongoing response to the COVID-19 virus.

There are many ways to participate in Planning Board meetings:

  • Watch the Planning Board meeting live online and on demand.
  • Listen live over the phone to the Planning Board meeting by calling: 866-774-0898 Password: 24252020
  • Sign up to testify via phone during the Planning Board meeting. To testify, fill out the Sign Up to Testify form by 12 noon on the day before the Planning Board meeting. On the afternoon before the meeting, you will receive an email with a phone number to call during a designated time to provide your testimony for a specific agenda item. Submitting this form online by the deadline is the only way to testify on meeting items.
  • Email your written testimony with comments on specific Planning Board agenda items to by 12 noon on the day before the Planning Board meeting.
  • If you have questions, send an email to or leave a message at 301-495-4605 and a staff member in the Planning Board Chair’s office will contact you.

February 18 – The Planning Board will hold its meeting online. The Board will hold its eighth work session for the Thrive Montgomery 2050 plan, which will focus on complete communities. The Board will also be briefed on updated alternatives for the Corridor Forward: I-270 Transit Plan. Consult the Planning Board’s agenda, posted 10 days before the meeting for more information. Watch the meetings online via live stream or review previous meetings on demand.

February 23 – The Montgomery County Council will hold a public hearing for the Shady Grove Minor Master Plan Amendment. Visit the Council’s website to learn more about the hearing and how to get involved.

February 24 – The Historic Preservation Commission will hold its meeting online. Consult the HPC meeting webpage for agenda information. Watch the meetings online via live stream or review previous meetings on demand.

February 25 – The Planning Board will hold its meeting online. The Board will hold its nineth work session for the Thrive Montgomery 2050 plan. The work session will focus on plan implementation. Consult the Planning Board’s agenda, posted 10 days before the meeting for more information. Watch the meetings online via live stream or review previous meetings on demand.

Montgomery County to Host COVID-19 Economic Revitalization and Recovery Virtual Town Hall on Friday, Feb. 19, with Focus on ‘Human Resources Issues During the Pandemic’

Friday, February 19th at 12:00p.m.

“Human Resources Issues During the Pandemic” will be the theme from noon-12:45 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 19, when Montgomery County’s COVID-19 Economic Revitalization and Recovery program continues its series of virtual town hall meetings to keep businesses informed on strategies for doing business as the health crisis continues. The upcoming town hall will feature Silvia Kinch, the County’s chief of the Division of Labor Relations and Public Safety in the Office of the County Attorney.

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich initiated the series of town halls held every other Friday as a way to share timely updates on COVID-19 topics of interest to the business community. The town halls give businesses an opportunity to hear directly from County leaders. Jerome Fletcher, the County’s assistant chief administrative officer (ACAO) for economic development, hosts the sessions. He also provides updates on grant programs available to County businesses and offers ideas that can help economic recovery.

During the town hall, Ms. Kinch will focus on human resources topics that businesses may be grappling with during the pandemic. The Feb. 19 town hall overall will address how employers should prioritize and incentivize employees for getting vaccines and whether vaccines can be mandatory. The town hall will be broadcast live via Teams. To join the broadcast, go to

The town hall will be broadcast on County Cable Montgomery (cable station CCM), which is available on Comcast and RCN (channels 6 and HD996) and Verizon (channel 30). The town hall can be viewed live via County social media at

Town halls are recorded and available for 90 days at the Montgomery County Business Portal at

If business owners, employees or residents have questions they would like to see addressed at the Feb. 19 town hall, they can be submitted by Wednesday, Feb. 17, to

Montgomery County Recreation Announces Return to Limited In-person Programs; Spring Registration Now Open

Montgomery County Recreation will begin offering a limited number of indoor, instructor-led sports and fitness activities at four community recreation centers beginning Tuesday, Feb. 16. The program, RecFit-Limited, is the first in-person recreation program offered at community recreation facilities since last March when the facilities closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This has been a hard year on everyone and getting our residents safely back into our programs is our highest priority,” said Montgomery County Recreation Director Robin Riley. “While it is not business as usual; we are excited to launch these safe small group, instructor-led fitness classes as a positive step toward our goal.”

RecFit -Limited will be offered evenings at Bauer DriveNancy H. Dacek North PotomacPlum Gar and White Oak community recreation centers. Programs are available for youth and adults. Early registration is encouraged as the activities are expected to fill. Registration is available on the ActiveMontgomery website.

Registration for spring programs opened on Monday, Feb. 8. The Spring Guide features a full lineup of virtual and in-person classes and programs designed to help participants stay active and have fun. All in-person activities, offered in the Guide, will take place outdoors.

The Maryland-National Capital Park Police survey

The Maryland-National Capital Park Police, Montgomery County Division, is committed to working in partnership with the community to provide quality public safety services in a professional and timely manner.  Therefore, your on-going feedback is vitally important to us as we evaluate our performance in meeting that expectation while simultaneously seeking to ever improve.  Please help us in this endeavor by completing the short survey available at this link:

La Policía Nacional-Capital, División del Condado de Montgomery, está comprometida a trabajar en asociación con la comunidad para brindar servicios de seguridad pública de calidad de manera profesional y oportuna. Por lo tanto, sus comentarios continuos son de vital importancia para nosotros a medida que evaluamos nuestro desempeño en el cumplimiento de esa expectativa y, al mismo tiempo, buscamos a mejorarnos. Ayúdenos en este esfuerzo completando la breve encuesta a continuación.

Todas las respuestas son opcionales

Middle Eastern American Authors Series at Montgomery County Public Libraries

In partnership with the Office of Community Partnerships’ Middle Eastern American Advisory Group (MEAGG), Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) will offer a series of programs focusing on various Middle Eastern American authors and illustrators.

The free virtual author series will take place monthly on the third Tuesday from 7 to 8 p.m. February through July. The events will be moderated by Debbie Trent, MEAGG chair, or Karen Leggett, co-chair of the Maryland Friends of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina (Egypt). Registration is required for the free programs.

The Feb. 16 program features Lebanese-born Helen Zughaib, an internationally acclaimed artist who will talk about Stories My Father Told Me – in which her paintings accompany her father’s stories of growing up in Syria. Zughaib’s art has been widely exhibited in the U.S. and overseas and gifted to heads of state. She will discuss art and literature as a way to encourage dialogue, understanding and acceptance.

Other monthly authors series include:

Hena Khan; March 16

Hena Khan, award-winning Pakistani-American children’s author, whose works include Amina’s Voice, named a Best Book of 2017 by the Washington Post, Kirkus Reviews and NPR, and its sequel Amina’s Song.

Rashin Kheiriyeh; April 20

Rashin Kheiriyeh, internationally recognized author/illustrator, who has published more than 80 books in the U.S, Europe, and Asia, including her native Iran. 

Nadia Hashimi; May 18

Nadia Hashimi, Montgomery County pediatrician turned novelist, whose parents came to the U.S. from Afghanistan before the Soviet invasion and author of Sparks Like Stars.

Susan Muaddi Daraj; June 15

Susan Muaddi Daraj, author of A Curious Land: Stories from Home, a short story collection which won the 2014 AWP Grace Paley Prize for Short Fiction and a 2016 Arab American Book Award.

Pauline Kaldas; July 20

Pauline Kaldas, Professor of English and Creative Writing at Hollins University in Roanoke, VA and author of Looking Both Ways, a collection of essays and The Penguin Book of Migration Literature.


Montgomery County Food Access Survey

Today, the Food Council launched a short 8-question COVID-19 Community Food Access survey seeking input from residents to guide Montgomery County food security initiatives in 2021. Residents’ feedback on how the County can best serve our communities and improve food access during and after the COVID-19 pandemic is essential to informing program implementation, policy development, and future funding priorities.

The deadline for survey responses is Wednesday, March 17th, 2021. The survey is currently available in English and Spanish, and we will be launching the survey in French, Amharic and Mandarin in the coming weeks. 

Residents who complete Part I of the survey will be entered in a drawing to win a $25 gift card, and residents who complete Parts I and II of the survey will be entered to win a $50 gift card. 

Online Process to Request Food Assistance
Resources Available 24/7

Residents looking for information on food assistance resources can now request help by completing a simple online form. Available in seven languages (Amharic, Chinese, English, French, Korean, Spanish, and Vietnamese), the form is reviewed by a trained resource specialist, and residents receive a return phone call within one business day. The specialist will determine a resident’s individual food needs and help them locate food assistance in their community. No Personally identifiable information is needed to get help.

Information is available about free food distribution sites, free meal and grocery delivery, SNAP (Food Stamps), local food assistance providers, and other resources in Montgomery County. Residents can also call 311 and ask for the Food Access Call Center to get help with their food needs.

The Food Access Call Center opened in June 2020 and has been working throughout the COVID-19 pandemic to address the increasing need for food assistance across the County. As of mid-December, the Food Access Call Center has responded to more than 2,000 calls/referrals.

Internet to Go - Mobile Hotspot Lending Program


Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) is pleased to announce the launch of "Internet to Go," our mobile hotspot lending program for the public. MCPL has a collection of 250 Verizon Mifi Mobile hotspots that are available at all MCPL locations currently providing public service. Customers may place a hold on a hotspot via MCPL's catalog or by calling Ask A Librarian at 240-777-0001 and schedule a pickup at their library of choice. Hotspots will be lent for 2 weeks with no renewals.

Montgomery County Press Releases
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County Executive

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State Government


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