Friday, December 7, 2018

Elrich Listening Session



This Saturday, December 15th there will be a Listening Session for our County Executive, Marc Elrich, at Bethesda Chevy Chase High School from 3 to 4:30. Make sure to come out to get informed and involved !!




Winter Classes at the Center!

Happy Holidays! As the winter season is in full swing, remember to sign up for our AMAZING Winter Classes! Sign up for County Recreation Department Winter 2019 programming at the BCC Regional Services Center is now underway.  A listing of the classes can be found at this link:



Wednesday, November 14, 2018

March Elrich Transition Process

March Elrich, the Montgomery County Executive elect, has recently announced the formation of his transition process. He has a new website, – www.elrichtransition.com,a transition team, and will have multiple public listening sessions in the upcoming few weeks (listed below). To share your thoughts about the counties communities, neighborhoods, and families, make sure to attend one of these sessions below! 


Schedule and Locations of Listening Sessions:


  • Thursday, November 15, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
    Cabin John Middle School, 10701 Gainsborough Rd, Potomac
  • Saturday, November 17, 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    Kingsview Middle School, 18909 Kingsview Rd, Germantown
  • Tuesday, November 27, 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    East County Community Center, 3310 Gateshead Manor Way, Silver Spring
  • Thursday, November 29, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
    Olney Elementary School, 3401 Queen Mary Dr, Olney
  • Saturday, December 1, 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    Takoma Park Middle School, 7611 Piney Branch Rd, Takoma Park

Meet the staff at the Regional Office

The Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Service welcomes our newest staff member Derrick Harrigan. Derrick will be filling the position of Urban Services Specialist.  Some of the duties seen by the Urban Services Specialist include:
  • Work with downtown Bethesda residents, businesses, property owners, and visitors to identify service needs;
  • Prepare and monitor the Bethesda Urban District budget; the annual agreement between the County and Bethesda Urban Partnership, Inc. (BUP), and other urban services contracts;
  • Review fees and process invoices to property owners for the maintenance of public amenities (trees, brick sidewalks, decorative lampposts);
  • Monitor current, approved, and proposed residential and commercial development projects to proactively identify and mitigate impacts;
  • Coordinate with County departments to provide information about County programs and services to residents and businesses in our urban centers: Bethesda Urban District, Friendship Heights, and the Pike District.

Derrick is a graduate of Hood College of Frederick, MD where he received both his Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Arts degrees. He is a native of Montgomery County, and graduated from Albert Einstein High School. He is an avid cyclist and is a League of American Bicyclists Association Certified Bicycle Instructor. He is passionate about people and community, service and equity. He has previously worked at the Montgomery County Department of Transportation Director's Office in Rockville, and at Bethesda Urban Partnership in Bethesda.

In addition to Mr. Harrigan, there is a new intern this year, Anna Armoza. Some of the duties she will have are:
  • Website and social media updates
  • Researching and writting up posts for this blog
  • Sitting in on meetings to help take notes
  • Helping with any task she can to make everything runs smoothly

Anna is a senior at Bethesda Chevy Chase High School. She enjoys being on multiple sports teams including Cross Country, Swim and Dive, and Track and Field, working at Bibibop, and being a part of clubs at her school. She is a native from Chevy Chase, and is looking forward to helping out in the office and learning how Bethesda is run. 

Friday, August 31, 2018

New Community Recreation Programs at the Center

The Montgomery County Recreation Department will offer new fitness & wellness and young children’s programs this the Fall at the B-CC Regional Services Center.  The recreation classes further improve utilization of the Center for community recreation - a recommendation of the Bethesda Downtown Plan.  

Here’s the list of classes and page numbers from the Fall Recreation Guide:

After-Work Yoga ................................60 
Baby and Me Yoga .............................51 
Children Yoga .....................................51 
Early Morning Yoga and Meditation ..60 
Evening Yoga ......................................60 
Fairy Tale Ballet .................................41 
Introduction to Mindfulness  
Meditation .........................................59 
Mini Doodlers: Tell Me a Story ..........37 
Music Together ..................................48 
Youth Ballet .......................................42

These classes add to the numerous current offerings at the Center which include: fitness, technology, and arts & history classes offered by Live & Learn Bethesda, Suburban Hospital, and Washington Oasis; Spanish & French language classes offered by Montgomery College; and (temporarily) Writer’s Center classes and workshops.  See: 

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Aircraft Noise Expert Solicitation

Montgomery County staff and residents participated in a meeting today with Arlington County about the joint solicitation Montgomery and Arlington Counties are preparing to develop proposals to the Federal Aviation Administration that address aircraft noise increases. Civic leaders from Arlington, Fairfax, and Montgomery were able to  provide feedback for the solicitation scope of work. Arlington County Board members Libby Garvey and John Vihstadt chaired the meeting. (Special thanks to the Montgomery County Quiet Skies Coalition for their invaluable feedback.)

After three years and twelve recommendations by the Reagan National Airport (DCA) community working group, FAA has not implemented a single modification to DCA flights to address community concerns following a 2015 airspace redesign that shifted and channelized flights. Citing Maryland v. FAA, FAA staff did not attend the July community working group meeting and have declined to work with communities North of the airport. 

The airspace expert will complete an analysis requested of the FAA by the working group a year ago and propose procedure modifications to lesson the impacts of aircraft noise. The Counties hope to have the solicitation issued by the end of September. The expert could by under contract by years' end.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Learn about Interfaith Works!

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Interfaith Works is a non-profit organization made up of a coalition of over 165 local religious congregations of different faiths and volunteers that work together to positively impact the poor and homeless communities in Montgomery County, Maryland. The non-profit was founded in 1972, and its mission is to pursue social justice with an emphasis on identifying and meeting the needs of the poor by leading and engaging Montgomery County’s faith communities in service, education, and advocacy. Their staff currently works with individuals and families in crisis to help equip them to lift themselves from poverty and homelessness through prevention, stabilization and empowerment programs. Their website states that in Montgomery County there are 72,000 individuals who are on a living income less than the Federal poverty line, almost 20,000 of those individuals are children. With donations and help from partners, Interfaith works has been able to impact and improve the lives of around 16,000 individuals in Montgomery County.

In 2017 alone, Interfaith Works was able to:

  • Find housing for 817 people through their housing programs.
  • Obtain necessary essential services(food, water, job training, English classes) to more than 1,300 people.
  • Provide clothes and home goods to 13,000 people.
  • Provide vocational services and training to 261 unemployed or underemployed workers.

There is a way for you to get involved with Interfaith Works. They have a multitude of different programs that work to help those in need and educate those who wish to help. Interfaith Works fully supports those who wish to volunteer at their many volunteer opportunities like clothing drives, meal preps, and tutoring. Also listed on the Interfaith Works website is a scroll of events that people can show up to and support, and informational videos about Interfaith Works.You are also welcome to donate to Interfaith Works.

Website: www.iworksmc.org
Administrative Office: 114 W Montgomery Ave, Rockville, MD 20850. (301)762-8682
Clothing Center: 751 Twinbrook Pkwy. Rockville, MD 20851. (301)424-3796