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Office of Community Partnerships Newsletter
October 2010, Issue 32

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GenElectionGeneral Election Early Voting

General Election Early Voting 


Friday, October 22, through Thursday, October 28, 2010 - 10:00 am to 8:00 pm. Closed Sunday


Voters in Montgomery County may quickly check the wait time at each of the five Early Voting Centers by visiting our website Please click here.

         Gubernatorial General Election Day - November 2, 2010
                                   7 A.M. to 8 P.M.

Montgomery County residents who wish to vote in the 2010 Gubernatorial Election are reminded that the deadline for voter registration is 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 12, 2010.
Applications for the General Election may be obtained by calling the Voter Information Service at 240-777-VOTE until Tuesday, October 5.  Applications are also available in county libraries, regional services centers, all offices of the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services, the Motor Vehicle Administration, and all U.S. Post Offices or may be downloaded at www.777vote.org or www.montgomerycountymd.gov/elections
GenElectionParticipate in Community Service Day

Get out and volunteer with thousands of your neighbors the weekend of Community Service Day, October 23rd and 24th!  The list of projects is now posted.  Find one that interests you and contact the coordinator today! For more information, please email:

If your group has planned their own project in honorof the day, tell us here.  Hosting a project for groups, small or large, is an excellent opportunity to get needed work done, and to let the community know who you are and what you do all year long. It is also a great way for you to establish new relationships with volunteers and businesses. 



Bruce Adams

Director, Office of Community Partnerships


Each one of us has the capacity to make a difference in the lives of others. County Executive Ike Leggett's message that "Together we can accomplish great things" has never been more important. October is a critical month in our effort to build a stronger culture of giving and serving in Montgomery County.


One way to get involved is to organize a project or sign-up to volunteer on our 24th annual Community Service Day weekend October 23 and 24. We are all so busy that many people feel that their hour or two of service won't matter. But on Community Service Day, thousands of our neighbors and friends volunteer. Those thousands of hours make a big difference in helping our neighbors in need and improving the quality of life in our community. Please get involved and bring along family members (especially those who might need Student Service Learning Hours), neighbors, or colleagues at work to collect food for those who depend on Manna, clean-up your local park or school, or collect clothing for the clients of Interfaith Works. Just click here, roll up your sleeves, and get to work.


October is also the month when we kickoff the annual Montgomery County Employee Giving Campaign. Through this campaign, we hope to raise one quarter million dollars for our nonprofit partners. County Executive Ike Leggett will kickoff the campaign on Monday October 18. The campaign will run through December 6. This year, recognizing the difficult economic times, we will be broadening the campaign to encourage volunteer service. We hope those who are not able to contribute money this year will consider donating their time and talents to building a stronger community.

And, of course, we all have the opportunity to exercise our most fundamental civic obligation by voting in the upcoming general election. The early voting option is to be very convenient for the general election. We urge all of you to take advantage of early voting this month starting Friday October 22 and running through Thursday October 28 (with the exception of Sunday October 24) from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Voters in Montgomery County may quickly check the wait time at each of the five Early Voting Centers by visiting our website.  Please click here:


Polling hours for all Election Day precincts are 7 a.m. until 8 p.m.

HispanicHerMonthMontgomery County Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

Now - October 13, XXI American Film Institute Latin American Film Festival, The AFI Silver Theatre: 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring

October 2, 10th Annual Housing Fair and Financial Fitness Day, Activity Center at Bohrer Park: 506 S. Frederick Avenue, Gaithersburg, 10am

October 2, Cantaré, Songs and Rhythms of Latin America, Aspen Hill Library,

4407 Aspen Hill Road Rockville, 10:30am and Germantown Library,19840 Century Boulevard Germantown, 2pm

October 2, Ritmos del Perú (Rhythms from Peru) Peruvian Dance, Marilyn J. Praisner Library, 14910 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville, 2pm

October 6, Workshops of Brazilian Music, Black Box Theatre, Pavilion 4, Montgomery College Takoma Park Campus, 10am and 5pm

October 7, From Storyteller to Advocate: Transforming Experience into Political Change. Student Activity Center Montgomery College Rockville Campus, 51 Mannakee St., Rockville, Advocacy session 11:00 am storytelling session 1:30 pm

October 7, Origem- Concert of Brazilian Jazz, Montgomery College Music Recital Hall, Rockville Campus, 7:30pm

October 9, Family Day / Día de la Familia, Theatre Arts Arena, Montgomery College Rockville Campus, 51 Mannakee St., Rockville, 1:00pm

MontgomeryCollege will provide information and testimonials about the succeeding at the College, and giving them an opportunity to speak to various College representatives.  Dr. Pollard, President of the College, will welcome the attendees, and we will have a panel of current and past students sharing their experiences at the College as well as a keynote speaker.  There will be refreshments, simultaneous interpretation, and a musical performance. For more information please contact Hilda Smith or call (240) 567-5116.

October 9,Community and Job Fair, Legacy Hotel, 1775 Rockville Pike, Rockville, 10am


For more information regarding Hispanic Heritage Month, call Karla Silvestre at 240-777-2525 or email at Karla.Silvestre@montgomerycountymd.gov

AmbulanceMontgomery County's Ambulance Reimbursement Program

Montgomery County's Emergency Medical Services (EMS) are world class, and it is important that we do everything possible to keep them that way. Unfortunately, it's not easy as we are facing increasing resource demands and decreasing revenue due to current fiscal constraints. The choices are clear. Either a dedicated revenue source is needed to help keep our emergency medical services first class, or taxes may have to be increased to make up the difference.


An Ambulance Reimbursement program will keep our emergency medical services strong. It is projected to raise at least $14 million a year. One hundred percent of the net proceeds will be dedicated to meeting the rising costs and increasing resource demands, and to fund enhancements. New fire apparatus, additional staff, new stations in the growing upcounty area, and incentives for volunteer opportunities will all be supported by Ambulance Reimbursement.


Click here to get the facts.


For information in Spanish


TueTogetherJoin Tuesdays Together, Connect People
IMPACT, a non-profit organization in Silver Spring, working on challenging community issues.

IMPACT is working with the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services, diverse residents, and other nonprofits to lead the Neighborhood Opportunity Network - reengineering emergency service delivery to residents and helping them embark on a clear path of long-term economic recovery and civic empowerment. The Campaign targets three neighborhoods: Long Branch, Wheaton, and Gaithersburg that includes: 

-An extensive door-knocking effort to link residents to available county and nonprofit services at new neighborhood-based service centers

-Community-building activities to create new networks of mutual support in the neighborhoods

IMPACT tuesdays together

Samamtha Frank, a Speech Giver of IMPACT, shared power within community. Please read Samantha's article and Yom Kippur speeches.Click Here
If you want to learn more about IMPACT's work, you can check out their website at www.impactsilverspring.org or check out their block at www.neighborscampaign.wordpress.com

NewCellPhoneLawNo Texting or Holding/Talking On the Cell Phone While Driving

NEW CELL PHONE LAW - Starts Friday, October 1st

This is a reminder that beginning tomorrow, Friday, October 1st, Maryland's new cell phone law will go into effect.  While the laws changed last year this time to make "texting" illegal while driving, this year's change now makes it illegal to hold and talk on a cell phone while driving. Remember, NO "texting" or "holding and talking on a cell phone" while driving.  This law begins this Friday, October 1, 2010. For more information, please go to: http://www.drivinglaws.org/maryland.php

FallFoliageCelebrate Fall Foliage In Montgomery County

Join the Heritage Tourism Alliance of Montgomery County for a drive through the county's spectacular rural landscapes in all their autumn glory!
Fall Foliage Bus Tours
Saturday, October 16 & Saturday, October 23
Enjoy a special bus tour through the Up-county/Agricultural Reserve!  Join the staff of Heritage Montgomery as they share many of the region's fascinating (and often amusing) stories and legends while pointing out orchards ripe with juicy apples, bountiful fields of pumpkins, and spectacular vistas adorned with autumn's changing leaves!
Photo opportunities will abound as we drive through the countryside and stop and enjoy:
· The John Poole House & General Store
· Poolesville Museum in the Old Town Hall
· Lunch at the Comus Inn
· Pumpkins at the Comus Market
· The beauty of Sugarloaf Mountain
The bus tour will leave from the historic Waters House in Germantown at 10 am and return at 3:30 pm.  Ticket price of $65 includes a choice of 3 luncheon entrees at the Comus Inn. Space is limited, so save your seat on the Fall Foliage Tour today!  Call Heritage Montgomery at 301-515-0753 or email director@heritagemontgomery.org for details and to make your reservation. For all this and more information about scenic and historic Montgomery County, please visit www.HeritageMontgomery.org

QIAGENLeggett Congratulated QIAGEN Officials at Groundbreaking Ceremony

Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett recently joined QIAGEN executives and staff, and representatives from the region's biotech community to celebrate the groundbreaking for QIAGEN's 117,000-square-foot, $52 million North American headquarters and manufacturing facility expansion that will allow the company to consolidate many of its Maryland operations and add more than 90 new jobs within the next five years. QIAGEN is a global biotechnology industry leader and one of Montgomery County, Maryland's most prominent, fast-growing companies.  

                   Leggett joined QIAGEN groundbreaking 

"QIAGEN's growth over the past decade, witnessed by this significant expansion project, demonstrates once again why Montgomery County is such a premiere location for bioscience and technology companies," said Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett. "Not only is QIAGEN a true global leader, but also an outstanding corporate citizen; we applaud them on their continued job creation in the County and on their important contributions to medical science.

ClassArtsCelebrate Class Acts Arts' 15th Anniversary

Class Acts Arts presents FIESTA! Feasting and Feting the Arts, an evening of international cuisine and arts. FIESTA! will take place at Montgomery College's new Cultural Arts Center (7995 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD) on Saturday, October 9, from 6 to 9:30 p.m. FIESTA! is an inspired evening of international cuisine and art.  The honorary host committee includes co-chairs First Lady of Montgomery County Catherine Leggett and Maryland State Senator Jamie Raskin.


Featured artists include Baba Jamal Koram (The Story Man), Cantaré (Latin American Songs and Rhythm), Dovie Thomason (Native American Stories), Kirov Academy of Ballet of Washington, DC, Noa Baum (American-Israeli Storyteller), Shizumi (Arts of Japan), Smithsonian Associates Discovery Theater on Tour (African Roots, Latino Soul), and The Spilling Ink Project (Dances and Tales from India). Participating restaurants and markets include Austin Grill, Ben & Jerry's, CakeLove, Caribou Coffee, El Golfo, Hollywood East, Mi Rancho, Sabroso Grill, Starbucks, Whole Foods Market, and many more!  All proceeds will go toward Class Acts Arts arts education programs.  For more information or to purchase a ticket, go to


HumanRightsLeggett Will Honor 2010 Nominees for Office of Human Rights

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett will host a lunch honoring the 10 nominees for this year's Human Rights Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony scheduled for Sunday, October 24 at the BlackRock Center for the Arts.


Five individuals will be selected to this year's Human Rights Hall of Fame.  Following are the 10 nominees:  Karen Britto, Chevy Chase; Ann Chapman, Rockville; Esther Delaplaine, Glen Echo; Warren Fleming, Damascus; Dr. Suresh Gupta, Rockville; Henry Hailstock, Rockville; Monsignor Ralph Kuehner, Derwood; June Sampson, North Potomac; Betty Valdes, Germantown; and Kim Watson, Germantown.

AsianCtyCnclForumMontgomery County Celebrated Ramadan Iftar

Lily Qi, Language Access Coordinator and Community Liaison

Montgomery County held its 2nd public celebration of Ramadan Iftar (breaking of the fast) on Friday, September 3.  Organized and sponsored by the Montgomery County Muslim Council (MCMC) and the Montgomery County Muslim Foundation (MCMF), the event drew a crowd of over 250.  County Executive Ike Leggett spoke at the Iftar celebration along with Council President Nancy Floreen, Councilmembers George Leventhal and Marc Elrich.  Leaders from both MCMC and MCMF shared the meaning of the month and the Muslim community's community service and civic involvement year round including feeding the hungry, donating meat and backpacks to the needy in our County, and treating the uninsured through free clinic.  An Iftar dinner was offered by the two organizations following the program.  
County Executive Ike Leggett spoke at the Iftar celebration
Ramadan is a month of fasting and reflection, and the holiest month in the Islamic culture.  This year's Ramadan was from August 11 to Sept. 9.  It is estimated that about six percent of the County's residents are Muslims, a highly diverse community from a wide variety of cultural, linguistic and professional backgrounds.

HousingFairAnnual Montgomery County Housing Fair and Financial Fitness

The Montgomery County Department of Housing and Community Affairs (DHCA) and its dedicated community partners will host the 10th Annual Montgomery County Housing Fair and Financial Fitness Day on Saturday, October 2, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Bohrer Park Activity Center, Summit Hall Farm (next to Gaithersburg High School), 506 S. Frederick Avenue, Gaithersburg.

Fairgoers who are facing foreclosure or who have other housing issues can meet with a certified housing counselor for free. Information on the new Foreclosure Mediation Law will be available. The new law provides an opportunity for homeowners to meet with lenders in an effort to prevent foreclosures and save homes. Credit counselors will provide free copies and analysis of credit reports. Lenders will answer financing, refinancing and loan modification questions. This year, educational institutions and nonprofit employment agencies will help people looking for work learn how to improve their resumes, hone their job hunting skills, prepare for job interviews, and take advantage of other "job readiness" resources.
To become a sponsor or exhibitor, contact Myriam Torrico at 240-777-3627 or email myriam.torrico@montgomerycountymd.gov   For more information about the fair, call 240-777-3602 or visit www.montgomerycountymd.gov/dhca

AwardsforArtsAwards for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities

County Executive Isiah Leggett and Catherine Leggett cordially invite you to attend the 9th Annual County Executive's Awards for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities on Monday, October 18, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. at the Music Center at Strathmore. The event is free and open to all.  For more information see the Arts and Humanities website, or contact Megan Pagado at megan.pagado@creativemoco.com or call 301-565-3805

CareerFair2nd Annual College and Career Fair Hosted by Congresswoman Donna F. Edwards

Sunday, October 16,  8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Northwestern High School
Address: 7000 Adelphi Road, Hyattsville, MD 20782
Planning for Future Success:

Helping students and families understand and navigate the college and career preparation and application process. For more information visit Congresswoman Donna F. Edwards or call 301-516-7601

Committee for Ethnic Affairs: First Thursday of every other month, 7 pm at the Executive Office Building Auditorium. Contact Lisa Austin for additional information: lisa.austin@montgomerycountymd.gov

Down CountyLatino Network: October 27th at Wheaton Library (free parking) Time: 3:30-5:00 PM. Contact Karla Silvestre for more information:karla.silvestre@montgomerycountymd.gov.  

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