The Silver Spring Regional Center occasional "e-blast"                
(Reemberto Rodriguez, Director)
Released 4:00pm, Tuesday, April 27th, 2021

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Coronavirus COVID-19 info

for the latest, please see the Press Releases.

Coronavirus Vaccine Information


Who is currently receiving vaccines?

As vaccine supply allows, County Clinics are currently vaccinating:
  • Residents 60 and older
  • Essential workers (a priority group which includes transit workers, teachers, child care workers, grocery store workers)
  • Individuals with developmental disabilities
  • Residents 16 and older with underlying medical conditions
Everyone 16 year of age and older are encouraged to preregister now!:  
For much more:
visit the County’s
main website and/or the COVID-19 website 
follow Montgomery County on 
Facebook @MontgomeryCountyInfo 

Comedian and WPGC 95.5 Radio Host Joe Clair Speaks on the Importance of Covid-19 Testing to the Black Community 

It's getting warm in these streets, and I know everyone is about to start playing. But COVID-19 is no joke! So, know your status and protect one another.

Don't Stress, Take the Test!

The African American Health Program and Fit Fathers are hosting free COVID-19 test sites in Montgomery County, MD. You'll also receive free school supplies, groceries, backpacks, and pandemic swag such as gloves and masks. 

Visit for locations and dates. Now go get tested, people!

Watch the Video

Free Pandemic Swag & Covid-19 Testing in MoCo MD

The spring season is on full display with sunnier days and the desire to get out and about. However, COVID-19 continues to be a major health concern in our community. So it's still important knowing your status to protect one another. But no worries, the African American Health Program (AAHP) has you covered.


Don't Stress, Take the Test!

AAHP is hosting free COVID-19 testing at various locations in Montgomery County, MD. More importantly, you will receive free school supplies, groceries, a backpack, and pandemic swag such as gloves, masks, and a digital thermometer. 

Visit for almost daily locations and dates. No appointment required!

Community Health Needs Assessment Conversation TONIGHT!

Tuesday, April 27th at 6:00 pm


You are invited to participate in an online/telephonic Zoom Community Conversation of Silver Spring residents to discuss your thoughts about health and wellness in Montgomery County. The Community Conversation will occur on Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 6:00 pm.   You will receive a $20 grocery store gift card for your participation.

The online/telephonic Zoom Community Conversation will take no more than 90 minutes. To register to participate please see the attached flyer, or simply click on this web address or copy and paste the entire URL into the address field of your web browser.

The information you share will help Montgomery County address health concerns and identify potential solutions to improve the health and wellness of our community.

We know you’re very busy and we appreciate the time you take to give us your thoughts and suggestions.


The Healthy Montgomery Team at Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services


Phone: 240-777-4898




for some virtual events coming up

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


Silver Spring Transportation Management District

Representative Opening

SSCAB is looking to appoint a 3rd representative to the SS TMD to represent North Silver Spring/West Silver Spring . This representative will join current representatives Harriet Quinn for Kemp Mill/4-Corners/East Silver Spring Sector Plan and Chris Perry for the Silver Spring Central Business District.

For more information on the SS TMD:
For more information on the SSCAB:

If you're interested in representing this area please email me your humble newsletter editor:

Temporary Lane Closures on Wayne Avenue


Beginning on or about April 28, 2021

Crews will perform underground utility relocations on Wayne Avenue (MD 594A) at Fenton Street for approximately five weeks, weather permitting. Temporary closures of the right lane of westbound Wayne Avenue will occur. Work may take place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays, and as needed, on weekends.

Cierres Temporales De Carriles En Wayne Avenue

A partir del 28 de abril de 2021 o alrededor de esa fecha

Los equipos realizarán reubicaciones de servicios públicos subterráneos en Wayne Avenue (MD 594A) en Fenton Street durante aproximadamente cinco semanas, si el clima lo permite. Se producirán cierres temporales del carril derecho de Wayne Avenue en dirección oeste. El trabajo puede realizarse de 7 a.m. a 7 p.m. entre semana y, según sea necesario, los fines de semana.

Renters Town Hall

Wednesday, April 28th at 7:00 pm

The 2021 Maryland General Assembly session produced some modest progress for renters in some areas, and substantial disappointment in many others including emergency rental assistance and eviction prevention during the pandemic and after. Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh headed 43-person task force of lawyers, legislators and nonprofit leaders to help families get through the coronavirus pandemic, including a proposal to raise court fees from among the lowest in the nation in an attempt to stop landlords who file “serial evictions,” and creating a right to an attorney for renters facing eviction. The Attorney General’s COVID-19 Access to Justice Task Force (AJTF) members worked for six months to come up with ways to help Marylanders, and produced the AJTF Report which proposed 59 legislative and policy recommendations.

Joining AG Frosh will be Maryland Senator Will Smith and Delegates Jheanelle Wilkins and Vaughn Stewart. Senator Smith Chairs the Judicial Proceedings Committee in the state senate which oversees housing legislation. Sen. Smith was lead sponsor in the senate for Delegate Wilkins' house bill 1312.  Delegate Wilkins was the lead sponsor for the COVID-19 Emergency Eviction and Housing Relief Act (HB 1312) and Just-Cause protection legislation. Delegate Stewart was a member of of the AG's task force and lead sponsor of the Tenant Protection Act of 2021 (HB 50). Join us for what will be a very lively discussion.

Additional information on the COVID-19 Rent Subsidy Program, Renters' Rights and Code Enforcement will also be shared, and attendees will be invited to ask questions and raise concerns with the panelists.

Register HERE

Vision Zero Plan Listening Sessions

Silver Spring: Wednesday, May 5th at 7:00pm!



Help our county eliminate serious and fatal traffic crashes in the coming decade by sharing your input at one of five virtual listening sessions. Learn about the draft Vision Zero 2030 Plan and offer feedback by attending a 90-minute Zoom session open to all Montgomery County residents.

On May 5, the conversation will be focused on the Silver Spring region, but anyone can attend. Preregistration is required to get the meeting link.  Click here to register!

Blumen Lumen: Now Open!

Spring is officially in full BLOOM at Downtown Silver Spring! Blumen Lumen, a kinetic, luminous and interactive public art installation by FoldHaus is NOW OPEN!

It features a bouquet of 18- to 24-foot folded stainless-steel flowers that respond to weather patterns and open and close as the sun rises and sets. At night, their colorful display can be influenced by people’s voices. Say words like blue, purple, daisy, and rose .. and see what happens.

Blumen Lumen is located at the bustling intersection of Georgia Avenue and Colesville Road.

Learn more!

Taste the World in Fenton Village

May 16-22

Taste the World in Fenton Village is an annual event that showcases the incredible diversity of restaurants just south of downtown Silver Spring and the hard-working entrepreneurs who operate these small businesses.  This event will take place in downtown Silver Spring on Fenton, Wayne, Georgia and Sligo Avenue.  Click the image above for more information!

Silver Spring Town Center Inc Virtual Schedule


Silver Spring Downtown and
Adjacent Communities
Plan Updates TONIGHT!

Join us for Virtual Visioning Sessions!

We are thrilled to announce the launch of our Visioning Phase! This is the phase where the Montgomery Planning team works with you to craft the vision for the future of Silver Spring. We will start in mid-March with the goal of arriving at a draft plan by the fall of 2021. There will be many ways to participate!
To get started, we will host five community virtual Visioning Sessions. These sessions will be held on Tuesdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. throughout March and April. All of these sessions will be interactive - we will 'sketch' a plan and gather virtual sticky notes full of ideas for different areas of the plan. Because of the interactive format, we will be capping attendance at 40 people for each session.
We are organizing this initial stage of sessions by "Visioning Districts" to help us focus the discussion on each of these areas; all of the work from these sessions will be pulled together into one cohesive vision for the plan area. Please refer to the map below to understand how these “districts,” which are only a tool for the Visioning Sessions, are organized.
To register, click the links below (all events will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m.):
April 27 - Adjacent Communities TONIGHT!
If you register, you will receive a reminder 48 hours before the event, and a request to let us know if you cannot make it, so we can ensure we are not holding spots for those who are unable to attend. All sessions will be recorded and posted on the website.
We recommend participants join these sessions via computer or tablet, as it will be more challenging to follow the session on a smartphone. Participants will be allowed to join via phone, and facilitators will work to include them in the event, even if they cannot see the screen.



County Council Calendar

Click the image below for more information

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MOCO Eats Week April 23rd - May 3rd

Visit Montgomery, in partnership with Montgomery County ABS, are launching the first ever countywide MoCo Eats Week on April 23 – May 3, 2021. This is not a typical restaurant week. There are no set menus or pricing and participation is open to all food and beverage businesses.
What to Expect:
  • Over 50 businesses agreed to participate and are offering deals or promotional incentives during the week long event.
  • Visit Montgomery created a free Digital Savings Pass that consumers download to their phone to check-in and redeem restaurant deals.
  • For each check-in, consumers are entered to win restaurant gift cards and one of six MoCo staycation packages.
  • Virtual and in-person events are occurring throughout the week including a MoCo Drinks Tastemakers Panel, hosted by Montgomery County ABS.

Montgomery County Covid Rent Relief Program Phase 3


The Department of Health and Human Services is excited to share with you the details for the third phase of the COVID Rent Relief Program and express our gratitude for your partnership to make this vital resource available to Montgomery County residents. While funds are available, the program will provide up to $12,000 in rent relief for eligible households that can be used for rent arrears and a rent credit for future months.  The program is funded through a $59 million in Department of the Treasury Emergency Rental Assistance Funds, provided to the County through direct Federal and State allocations.  

The full program details, flyers in multiple languages, extensive set of FAQs, and the online submission link are on our website

Montgomery County Greenfest

All of April!

Montgomery County’s annual GreenFest—a celebration of the environment—will this year will be a month of free online and in-person events throughout April. The series of activities will include educational workshops, an environmental film festival and family friendly games and scavenger hunts.  

GreenFest is a chance for residents, businesses, nonprofits and neighbors to come together, share ideas and get involved in finding ways to make the County a cleaner, greener place.

GreenFest partners include the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), Montgomery Parks, Brookside Gardens, the County Department of Transportation, Poolesville Green, Bethesda Green, One Montgomery Green and University of Maryland’s Sea Grant Extension.

Greenfest kicks off today, Thursday, April 1, with a series of educational workshops by industry experts on a variety of topics that will help resident to “green” the Earth and their home environments. GreenFest partners are also will join the DC Environmental Film Festival to offer free online documentary screenings in April.

All lectures and screenings will be held online using Zoom. After registering, a link will be emailed to 24 hours prior to the live webinar.

Click on the image above or here for all of the events!

Bike To Work Day

Friday, May 21st

On Friday, May 21, MCDOT, MWCOG, and WABA will celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Bike To Work Day. The first 15,000 people in the DC, MD, VA region to register will receive a free BTWD t-shirt.

Due to COVID protocols, this year's celebration will feature non-traditional pit stops throughout Montgomery County, where people biking to work, and telecommuters can bike to pick up their free BTWD t-shirts.

People biking to work can continue to their place of business and telecommuters are encouraged to bike a “fake commute” or take a break during their workday.

Registration is currently open for all 14 Montgomery County; Maryland non-traditional pit stops. (see web page for locations and times)

To register for this free event, please use this web link.

Por Nuestra Salud y Bienestar weekly testing scheduled for next week  

To view a summarized list of Next Week's Testing Schedule, click here.

Check out some videos from Mary's Center explaining why getting vaccinated is so important!

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.

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.

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.


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