Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Silent Art Auction to benefit the National Center for Children and Families!



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Donate art for auction and/or buy art to raise money for The National Center for Children and Families (an organization that helps local children and families in crisis). Want to donate? Have any questions? email Marisa.Arsenault@montgomerycountymd.gov





Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Statement by Chair of the Citizens Advisory Board

Statement by Ann Marie Mehlert, Chair of the Western Montgomery County Citizens Advisory Board.


I want to thank my fellow board members for electing me to the role of Chair of the Western Montgomery County Citizens Advisory Board for 2017. 

Our role as representatives of local neighborhoods and businesses is to advise the County Executive, Council, and their staff on needs in our part of the County.

I want to thank former chair Scott Goldberg for his outstanding leadership in 2016.

Last year, our residential and business members testified that additional investment was needed for key priorities including:

    increased resources for school instruction;
    effective economic development;
    and bikeable/walkable streets.

Other specific local issues we advocated for included:

• Increased investment in replacing aging infrastructure - and meeting the demands created by new development - including county roads, WSSC infrastructure, and WMATA;
    The need for circulator services in the North Bethesda's Pike District;
    An improved and accurate snow removal tracking system;
    And bikeshare in North Bethesda.

Our meetings are open to all and always focus on issues important to our local communities.

Over the last few months the Board sponsored a budget forum with County Executive Leggett, held a General Assembly preview with State Senators and Delegates, and testified to the County Council on the Bethesda Downtown Plan.

On Feb 6 our subcommittees will meet at the BCC Regional Services Center at 7pm to discuss recreation needs and a proposal to redevelop Grosvenor Metro.

On Feb 27, 7pm the full board will meet at Washington Oasis at Westfield Montgomery with the director of the County Economic Development Authority and to discuss the Rock Spring Sector Plan.

I hope you will consider us when you think about how the County can better serve our community.  Your thoughts and feedback are essential to us!


Thursday, January 5, 2017

Ulder J. Tillman

In Memory Of

Ulder J. Tillman



Ulder J. Tillman, MD, MPH, became Public Health Officer for Montgomery County (Maryland) and Chief of Public Health Services in the County’s Department of Health and Human Services in October, 2003.

Dr. Tillman oversaw 500 staff and services including:
·         communicable disease/ epidemiology;
·         health planning; Local Health Improvement Coalition (Healthy Montgomery);
·          licensure and regulatory services (& residential health facility inspections);
·         school health services and school-based health& wellness centers;
·         community health services;
·          public-private partnerships for primary care to uninsured children, adults and pregnant women; oral health services  
·         emergency preparedness and response, Ryan-White HIV/AIDS, cancer and tobacco programs

She received a B.A. degree from the University of Pennsylvania; medical degree from Harvard MedicalSchool (1975) and a master’s in public health from Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health(1982). She completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Hopkins in psychiatric epidemiology. Dr. Tillmanholds adjunct faculty appointments at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (Baltimore)and Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (Bethesda).

She served as state health officer in Delaware (1998 to 2002); local health officer in Waterbury, CT (1989to 1998). Her interests focus on increasing access to quality health care, eliminating health disparities andincreasing community emergency preparedness.



Tuesday, December 6, 2016

White Flint Committee supports BID legislation

The following letter was provided to the Montgomery Country Delegation, the Honorable Nancy King and the Honorable Shane Robinson, by the the White Flint Downtown Advisory Committee on December 5th, 2016. 


Dear Senator King and Delegate Robinson,

I am writing to you on behalf of the White Flint Downtown Advisory Committee to express the Committee’s strong support for MC 12-17, to alter the approval requirements to create and expand a Business Improvement District (BID) in Montgomery County. We thank Delegate Will Smith for his leadership on this important legislation.

The White Flint Downtown Advisory Committee was charged by the County Executive and County Council to make recommendations on the eventual establishment of an urban services district in the White Flint Sector Plan Area, also known as the Pike District. Our committee includes local residents, businesses, and property owners.

After reviewing the tools available to accomplish this, we believe BIDs are a proven model to supplement existing government services and enhance public safety, marketing and events, neighborhood beautification, and infrastructure. BIDs are the future of economic development and have swept across the nation in the last few decades. BIDs are successful because they place these important services in the hands of local stakeholders. Unfortunately, the current 80% approval requirement makes forming a BID a daunting task and none have been formed in the state since the original legislation in 2010.

The White Flint Downtown Advisory Committee strongly supports MC 12-17 because it will facilitate the formation of BIDs in Montgomery County and provide the County a real mechanism to compete with D.C. and Virginia in terms of economic development, marketing, and place-making.

MC 12-17 changes the approval requirement to 51% of individual property owners AND 51% of the assessed value within the proposed district. This lower requirement puts us in line with BIDs in the District of Columbia and Virginia. Additionally, the bill allows rental residential properties – a commercial use - to benefit from BID services.

In addition, we respectfully request two edits to improve the governance provisions in the legislation. The legislation currently specifies that a BID would have five (5) Board members, with three (3) Board members required for a quorum. We think this should be revised to allow flexibility in determining the appropriate size of a Board based upon specific circumstances, as follows:

1. Sec. 12-605(B)(1) currently provides that a Board “consists of five members.” (See Page 4, Line 22). We would propose that a Board “consists of a minimum of five members.”

2. Sec. 12-605(D)(1) currently provides, “Three voting members of the Board are a quorum,” (See Page 5, Line 3). We would propose, “A majority of members of a Board are a quorum.”

Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,

Thomas D. Murphy
Chair

Robert M. Schwarzbart


In Memory Of

Robert Schwarzbart


The Western Montgomery County Citizens Advisory board is saddened by the passing of Board member Bob Schwarzbart, who passed away on Friday, November 18, 2016, with his loving wife Sandra at his side. He is also survived by wonderful cousins and friends.

He was born and raised in New York City. A graduate of NYU and Brooklyn Law School, he served in the U.S. Army for two years prior to a 44 year legal career, mostly at the National Labor Relations Board; assuming progressively more responsible positions, including Assistant Regional Attorney. He was very active in the community.

He was appointed as Administrative Law Judge at the Board in Washington DC in 1975 and proudly served in that position for 27 years until he retired in 2002. Then he greatly enjoyed participating in local community and government activities, including 13 years as an elected member of the Friendship Heights Village Council. His ever enduring love of books and literature is legendary.

"Let his soul be bound up in the bond of eternal life"

Annual Zoo Lights

Zoo Lights

 The Annual ZooLights exhibit is open late through the holidays so make sure to stop by with your families!

The National Zoo's annual exhibit of 500,000 lights, which decorate zoo walkways, trees and buildings and in sculptures featuring elephants, giant pandas and other popular zoo residents, is open 5-9 pm through January 1. The Kids' Farm, Reptile Discovery Center, Small Mammal House, Think Tank (orangutans) and Great Cats exhibit also are open in the evening. Free, but there are charges for tubing, train rides and carousel rides. Limited parking is available for $22. 

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Friday, December 2, 2016

Local Writing Contest!

Writing Contest


The Bethesda Urban Partnership and Bethesda Magazine have partnered to honor local writers at the Bethesda Literary Festival, April 21-23, 2017. All essay and short story contest winners will be published on the Bethesda Urban Partnership and Bethesda Magazine websites and honored at a special event during the festival. The deadline to apply for the essay contest is Friday, January 7, and Friday, January 22 for the short story contest. There are separate contests for adults and high school students and monetary awards in each category.


You can find more information at the Bethesda magazine Website!