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Office of Community Partnerships - Community Engagement Cluster 

April 2012
, Issue 48

In This Issue

Bruce Adams

Director, Office of Community Partnerships


I am really impressed with both the quality and quantity of nominations we received for the Neal Potter Path of Achievement Awards and for the Montgomery Serves Awards for 2011. Our Inaugural Montgomery Serves Awards event on Monday April 30 at Imagination Stage in Bethesda is shaping up to be a wonderful celebration of our community's extraordinary commitment to service and volunteerism.


As I have explained in this space, County Executive Leggett has established the "Roscoe R. Nix Distinguished Community Leadership Award" modeled after the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian award. The Volunteer Center, Corporate Volunteer Council, and the Fund for Montgomery are organizing a Montgomery Serves Awards event for April 30 at Imagination Stage in Bethesda where the County Executive will present the very first of these awards posthumously to Roscoe Nix for his half century of service to Montgomery County and to two other outstanding community leaders.


Please join us on Monday April 30 at Imagination Stage in Bethesda from 6:30-8:30 p.m.


There is no charge to attend, but you MUST register in advance.


Click here to register.

GilchristCenterGilchrist Center Registration
We are pleased to announce our Spring programs for the three Gilchrist Center locations:  Mid-County Regional Services Center in Wheaton (240-777-4940), the Wheaton Library (240-777-4950) and the Upcounty Regional Services Center in Germantown (240-777-6950). 
Registration for Wheaton programs will take place on April 11th, 12th and 14th for ESL, Basic Computers and Spanish language classes at our main office: 2424 Reedie Drive, Suite 220, Wheaton. 
Registration for Upcounty ESL and Citizenship classes will take place at our Upcounty satellite office on April 11th and 12th at 12900 Middlebrook Road, Germantown. 
See our website for more information or call at 240-777 4940.  
Earth_DayMC Volunteer Center Promotes Projects For Earth Day
The Montgomery County Volunteer Center is promoting environmentally focused projects during the entire month of April as a time for volunteer groups to get engaged in the recognition of Earth Day.  Springtime provides a great opportunity for volunteers to get out and make a difference cleaning up our environment (litter removal, spring cleaning, organizing, planting, painting, etc.).  Check the Earth Day page on the Volunteer Center website where registered agencies and community groups can post new Earth Day projects, or sign up for existing projects now. 

ArabApril is Arab American Heritage Month!

Join us on Thursday April 26th from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Executive Office Building lobby auditorium as we celebrate Arab American Heritage month with County Executive Isiah Leggett, guest speakers, food and poetry. View artist Ahmed Belal's Arabic artwork in the lobby of the Executive Office Building from April 4th-30th. Please RSVP to

Radio Spanish Language Radio Show on Radio América 1540 AM
The Montgomery County Office of Public Information (PIO) launched "Montgomery al Día" (Montgomery Today), a weekly half-hour County show on Spanish-language Radio América 1540 AM, headquartered in Wheaton.  The live show takes place every Tuesday 2:00-2:30 pm.


"This radio show will serve as an additional tool to continue our ongoing commitment of informing the fast growing Hispanic community in Montgomery about County services, policy and programs," said Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett.


"Montgomery al Día" will involve interviews, pre-taped news, PSAs, and public call-ins, with production assistance as needed provided by Radio América.  County government departments, County Council, and other County agencies will collaborate to bring guests, news, and information to the County's Hispanic community.


The show will be hosted by Lorna Virgili of PIO and a 20 year veteran Spanish language broadcast journalist. 


To listen to the live broadcast of "Montgomery al Día" every Tuesday at 2pm visit:


To view archived television shows visit:

MicrophoneFree Film Screening of "Microphone"

In partnership with Montgomery College, we are delighted to announce that County Executive Leggett will present this year's Proclamation of April as Arab American Heritage Month at Montgomery College's Rockville Campus (TC136) on Tuesday April 17 at 6 p.m. A film Screening of "Microphone" will follow the proclamation. Microphone, filmed in late 2010, prefigures the Arab Spring. For a printable flier and a full calendar of events at Montgomery College in honor of Arab American Heritage Month, please visit: 
LeadersLeadership Montgomery Program Recruitment

Leadership Montgomery is now recruiting for core, senior, and youth programs. Applications and information session dates are available on the website



Youth Leadership Montgomery:  Friday, April 20

Senior Leadership Montgomery : Friday, April 27 

Core Program: Friday, May 4 

GrantsNew Tool to Aid Grants Managers

The Maryland Governor's Grants Office has created an online Grants Manual.  The manual will be updated to keep grants and grants program professionals at state agencies, local governments and non-profits up-to-date with technical information about the grants process on both the federal and state level.  


The manual displays consolidated information on best practices and other federal grants information in one reference document.  Having information about how to run a grant program on hand can help prevent mistakes made with federal funds coming to state agencies, and in many cases, flowing to local governments and community organizations.


To access the Grants Manual, go to the center of the Governor's Grants Office's  homepage at

 FoodDrive Ride On's Annual Food Drive

Ride On bus passengers in Montgomery County can help needy families and receive free bus rides by donating canned or nonperishable food during Ride On's annual food drive from Sunday, April 22 through Saturday, April 28.  Or, those who do not ride the bus but wish to donate food can participate by giving their donations to a bus operator at any Ride On bus stop.  Food collected through the drive goes to Manna Food Center, which feeds 3,000 hungry families a month. 


During the Give and Ride promotion, food collection bags will be placed near the fare boxes on all Ride On buses. Riders using free shuttles and other transit services can participate by bringing their donations to a Ride On bus. In addition to non-perishable food, children's items are also needed. Disposable diapers, formula, baby or toddler food and juice are especially useful to families in need.  Plastic containers are preferred.


All food donations, regardless of the number of cans, will be valued at the regular fare rate of $1.70. Passengers who transfer buses will need an additional food donation to ride free on the second bus. 


Checks made out to Manna Food Center will also be accepted. Writing in "Ride On" on the "For" or "Memo" line in the lower left corner of a check will make it easier to track the success of the program. 

CommissionCommission for Women Roundtable

The Montgomery County Commission for Women, in partnership with the Bar Association of Montgomery County, Family Law Section; the Montgomery County Women's Bar Association; and the Montgomery County Divorce Roundtable will present two seminars that focus on the legal process of separation and divorce in Montgomery County.   Both seminars will take place at the Rockville Memorial Library, 21 Maryland Avenue, Suite 330.


The first seminar, entitled "When a Marriage Ends:  Financial, Property and Practical Issues Both Wife and Husband Must Consider," is scheduled for Thursday, April 19 from 7 to 9 p.m. Some of the topics that will be covered include grounds for divorce; types of divorce; what to expect in court and alternatives to court; alimony; property division; domestic violence and role of the attorney. 


The second seminar, "What About the Children?" is scheduled for Thursday, April 26 from 7 to 9 p.m.  Topics include parental responsibilities during and after divorce; powers of the court; family property; child custody and support; and tips for divorcing parents. 


The seminars will be presented by mediator/arbitrator Robert L. Baum, Esq. and P. Lindsay Parvis, Esq., Draggs, Hannon, Hessler & Willis, LLP.  To pre-register for one or both seminars, go to  The fee is $10 per seminar if pre-registering and $15 at the door.


For more information, call 240-777-8300.

AcademyCongressman Chris Van Hollen's Service Academy Forum

The Service Academy Forum will have representatives from:


U.S. Air Force Academy (Colorado Springs, Colorado)

U.S. Coast Guard Academy (New London, Connecticut)

U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (Kings Point, New York)

U.S. Military Academy (West Point, New York)

U.S. Naval Academy (Annapolis, Maryland)


All interested 9th, 10th and 11th grade students and their parents are invited to attend to learn about the academies and their admission requirements for class entering July 2013 on April 11, 2012 from 7:00 - 8:30 pm (Panel convenes at 7:15 pm).



Montgomery County Council Office Building, Cafeteria

100 Maryland Avenue, Rockville, Maryland 20850

For information, please contact Representative Van Hollen's district office at 301-424-3501.


County Executive Isiah Leggett urges seniors age 80 and older to consider participation in the National Institute of Health's IDEAL study.  The longest running study on aging, the Insight Into Determinants of Exceptional Aging and Longevity Study, is looking for individuals age 80 and older to participate who are mentally sharp and in great health.


"Montgomery County is home to many seniors who are active and contribute immensely to the community," said Leggett.  "I urge them to consider participating in this important study to help researchers learn more about healthy aging."


Those who qualify for the IDEAL study will receive complete physical examinations, including tests of strength, stamina and mental sharpness.


For information about the study, call 1-855-80IDEAL or email

HeroesLeggett Recognizes "Everyday Heroes"
Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett, County Council President Roger Berliner, Councilmember Phil Andrews and Fire Chief Richard Bowers paid tribute to a group of "Everyday Heroes" - ordinary people who took extraordinary actions to save lives and help others. In a ceremony at the Public Safety Training Academy in Rockville, five individuals, including one teenager, were recognized for their roles in three different incidents.   

(1) On Friday, June 24, 2011, Mr. Oliver Manuel, a Maryland-National Capital Park Police Commission employee, noticed smoke coming from a house in the White Oak area.  He quickly gained entry into the house and assisted the residents, an elderly woman and young child, to safety.


(2) On Tuesday, October 4, 2011, Mr. Jeff Black, an employee of Fire and Life Safety America, was working at the Extended Stay America Hotel in Gaithersburg and heard the fire alarm sounding in one of the units.  He quickly grabbed a fire extinguisher to put out the fire and rescued the elderly occupants, including one who depended upon a wheelchair for mobility.


(3) On Saturday, September 3, 2011, a referee for an Olney Boys and Girls Club Labor Day Tournament game collapsed on a soccer field at Farquhar Middle School in Olney.  Sixteen-year-old junior referee Duncan Seguin quickly went into action and began Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and chest compressions with the help of two parents on the sidelines. The referee was defibrillated twice in the medic unit on the way to the hospital and survived in part due to the quick response of Duncan Sequin, parent and Physical Education teacher Ms. Lindsey Young and Chris Trainer, a parent and special agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF).

Fitness 12th Annual Housing Fair and Financial Fitness Day

 The Montgomery County Department of Housing and Community Affairs (DHCA), in partnership with the Montgomery County Housing Fair Committee, will host the 12th Annual Montgomery County Housing Fair and Financial Fitness Day on Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Bohrer Park Activity Center, Summit Hall Farm, 506 S. Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg.  County residents with questions about housing resources and programs are invited and encouraged to attend.


This year's fair will offer loan modifications on site, as well as free foreclosure prevention counseling, free credit reports and analysis, guidance for people looking for affordable rental properties, information on avoiding housing scams and information on the legal implications of housing problems, including the tax consequences of short sales.  In addition, homeowners interested in refinancing and homeowners who have been foreclosed upon can find out if they meet the criteria for financial assistance under a recent settlement between the Maryland Office of the Attorney General; the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation's Office of the Commissioner of Financial Regulation; the federal government; and five leading bank mortgage services.


For more information about the fair, call 240-777-3602 or visit

MCAELMCAEL Grants Reminder

In partnership with Montgomery County Government, MCAEL is pleased to continue to support Adult English literacy services in FY12 through two distinct grant tracks: Program Grants and Micro Literacy Grants. The goal of the MCAEL grants program is to increase the availability of adult ESOL and literacy services that support identified community needs and diverse populations while also supporting the improvement of quality of services.


Click here to view more information and the Requests for Proposals for Program and Micro Literacy Grants

  • Click here or visit the website for a copy of the questions and answers from the RFP public meeting that was held in March.
  • Contact MCAEL at if you have any questions about the TESOL standards, would like to see a copy of the standards or have any questions on the the RFP.
  • Make sure all documents have the correct headers - (one note, in the excel document, please make sure to submit one set of Revenue and Expenses for FY12 and one for FY13 - in one version of the excel document, the headers were not correct - please check the pages to be submitted).
  • Please make an appointment ASAP in order to submit an application by emailing - applications are due no later than Friday, April 13, 2012 at 4pm. No materials/sections of a proposal will be accepted after the 4pm deadline
ZoningZoning Rewrite Project Open Houses

Planners are rewriting the Zoning Code to modernize antiquated, redundant zoning regulations and create new tools to help achieve goals in community plans. Attend one of six open houses scheduled around Montgomery County in April and early May to learn more about the project.


At the open house meetings, attendees can view graphics and other materials that explain what's being considered, such as potentially reducing the number of zones and how new zones might apply in communities.  


Participants at each open house will see exactly how what's proposed applies to their neighborhood. Each meeting will provide information on six different master plan areas. To see what master plan area applies to your property, go to  

For a list of which master plans will be addressed at the open houses, see below or go to     


5-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 10
Park and Planning Headquarters
8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring

Master plans: Capitol View, East Silver Spring, Forest Glen, Four Corners, North & West Silver Spring, Silver Spring Central Business District, Takoma Park


5-8 p.m. Thursday, April 12
Eastern County Regional Services Center

3300 Briggs Chaney Rd, Silver Spring

Master plans: Cloverly, Fairland, Kemp Mill, Sandy Spring/Ashton, White Oak


5-8 p.m. Monday, April 16

Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center

4805 Edgemoor Lane, Bethesda

Master plans: Bethesda Central Business District, Bethesda-Chevy Chase, Friendship Heights Central Business District, North Bethesda/Garrett Park, Potomac Subregion, Westbard, Woodmont Triangle


5-8 p.m. Monday, April 23

Upcounty Regional Services Center

12900 Middlebrook Road, Suite 1000, Germantown

Master plans: Agricultural & Rural Open Space, Boyds, Clarksburg, Damascus, Germantown (1989 and 2009)


5-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 24

Wheaton Regional Library

11701 Georgia Avenue, Wheaton

Master plans: Aspen Hill, Kensington/Wheaton, Olney, Upper Rock Creek, Wheaton Central  Business District


5-8 p.m. Tuesday, May 1
Rockville Memorial Library, 2nd floor

21 Maryland Avenue, Rockville

Master plans: Gaithersburg & Vicinity, Great Seneca Science Corridor, Shady Grove, Twinbrook, White Flint

PepcoPepco's Smart Meters

In June 2011, Pepco began installing advanced digital electric meters, also referred to as smart meters, throughout its Maryland service area. The meter exchange program is the first step in the utility's long-term investment to build a smart power grid that will help customers better manage their energy use and costs and improve customer service and reliability. Crews will continue with the installation process through December 2012 until all of Pepco's Maryland customers receive a new meter. 


To learn more about Pepco's meter exchange plan, customers are encouraged to visit the "Smart Grid" section on under "Our Energy Future." Customers will find information on the new meters, a fact sheet on how to prepare for installation, and answers to frequently asked questions.

CalendarCommunity Calendar
Montgomery Serves Awards
Montgomery County will recognize the extraordinary commitment and dedication of individuals, businesses, community-based organizations, and youth whose work has made a positive difference in Montgomery County.  Register to attend the Montgomery Serves Awards.  Monday, April 30, 6:30-8:30pm.  Click here to register.
Support A Wider Circle 
The average annual income for families coming to A Wider Circle for help this year is $11,637, or $970 per month.  Average family size is 3.5.  Three - four people living on a monthly income of $970, which is less than half of the federal poverty line.  If you click on that link, you will see how low these poverty guidelines are - hardly a measure of need.  To be at half that level means our work is cut out for us!

In Montgomery County alone, the average annual income for those coming to us is $12,121, or $1,010 per month.  The average family size is 4.  Four people living with a total monthly income of $1,010 in Montgomery County.

In DC alone, the average annual income is $10,779, or $898 per month.  The average family size is 3.  Three people living with a total monthly income of $898 in our nation's capital.

How can you help?  

1. Volunteer!  We love volunteers every day of the week.  From helping to manage the flow in our parking lot to helping with phones (Saturdays are especially important days for these two areas).  We would love for you to join the team.  Volunteer leaders are also welcome! Pick a shift once per week or per month.  Email for more info.

2. Walk or Run in The Race to End Poverty.  April 28 at 8:00 a.m. - it is a race we can all enter.

3. The Feinstein Challenge: From March 1 - April 30, every food item you donate to A Wider Circle results in a cash donation - up to $35,000.  When it comes to food, A Wider Circle specializes in healthy non-perishables, and we are open seven days/week for drop-offs.  This is another great way for everyone to get involved - hold a drive and spread the word at work, school, church, temple, or in your neighborhood.  For more info, please email lucy@awidercircle.orgFor more information on A Wider Circle visit us at out website
 Celebration of Baisakhi Honoring Sikh Heritage 

The Cultural & Ethnic Affairs Committee with the Office of Community Partnerships in collaboration with the Kaur Foundation invite you to a Celebration of Baisakhi Honoring Sikh Heritage at the Executive Office Building on Saturday, April 21, 2012, from 3-5pm. There will be cultural performances, family activities and light refreshments. Please RSVP to by April 17.

 Identity Celebracion 2012 
Save the Date for Celebracion 2012 on Thursday June 21, 2012 at 6:00pm Join Identity for a tapas fiesta to celebrate their success.  Dr. Frieda Lacey, Superintendent of Montgomery County Public Schools will be honored with the Teresa Rios Wright Award for "Excellence in Service to Latino Youth."  For more information please visit  
50+ Employment Expo

We invite you to join our 50+ Employment Expo.  It will be held on May 21, 2012, at the North Bethesda Marriott Hotel & Conference Center 5701 Marinelli Road, North Bethesda MD, 10:00am - 3:00pm.


Join the more than 3,500 seniors looking for full time, part time and seasonal employment.


Visit the JCA website for more information.

Save the Date

IMPACT Silver Spring Celebrity Basketball Game

Join local basketball celebrities and Honest Tea TeaEO Seth Goldman in a celebration and announcement of the partnership between American Beverage Association and IMPACT Silver Spring.  Saturday April 21st from 2:00-5:00pm at Montgomery Blair High School Gymnasium, 51 University Blvd East, Silver Spring, MD 20901.
Rockville Women's Business Center
Writing Your Business Plan, Friday, April 13, 10:00am to 1:00pm New and existing businesses benefit from a strong business plan. Join the staff of the RWBC to learn why you need one and how to develop a good one, the right way. Fee: $10, Register here

Networking Lunch with Maryland Women Ambassadors for Business, Thursday, April 26, 11:00am - 1:30pm. Join fellow business women and entrepreneurs for lunch and an informative presentation by a local entrepreneur. Location: VisArts, 155 Gibbs Street, Rockville. Fee: $45 includes lunch. Register here

20th Leadership Montgomery Outstanding Leader Award
Charles "Chuck" Lyons will be honored at the Celebration of Leadership on Thursday, June 7.   For tickets and/or sponsorship opportunities, go to

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