Tuesday, December 5, 2017

New Community Advisory Board Members!

We would like to welcome our newest Members who joined the 19-member Western Montgomery County Citizens Advisory Board in 2017:

Joshua Berman (Business Representative) grew up in Gaithersburg and Potomac and is a proud resident of Montgomery County. He currently is a local business owner and civil litigation attorney.

Kay Bowman (Non-Profit Representative) has been a resident of Montgomery County for the past 40 years. She has recently retired from Montgomery County Public Libraries where she worked for 30 years as a manager of many Montgomery County Public Libraries.

Tim Dugan (Business Representative) has been a land use and real estate attorney of over 30 years. He was previously a member of the Maryland State Highway Administration's Land Use Expert Panel for the Inter-county Connector and the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission's Transportation Policy Task Force.

Eric Grosse (Residential Representative) has been a educator and administrator at five different Montgomery County schools. He has explored multiple volunteer opportunities with various  community organizations.

Linda Kohn (Residential Representative) recently retired from the Government Accountability Office after a 40 year career with health care services and issues. She is a happy resident of Bethesda.

Katya Marin (Residential Representative) is active in the community, volunteering as PTA Treasurer and PTA Cluster Rep, Vice President of the East Bethesda Citizen’s Association, Treasurer of the Coalition of Bethesda Area Residents, and Girls on the Run coach and site liaison.

Katharine Manning (Residential Representative) is an attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, where she drafts policy and trains prosecutors on crime victims' rights. She also serves as the PTA President for Chevy Chase Elementary school.

Anirudh 'Rudi' Sarna (Residential Representative) is a life long resident of Montgomery County.  He has gained a passion for public service while working at the FDIC and most recently as a Presidential Management Fellow at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Danielle Socher (Residential Representative) is a life long resident of Montgomery County. She has held employment at many government appointed offices.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Matching mini grants now available for neighborhood events!

Sometimes all that is keeping a wonderful neighborhood event from materializing is a relatively small amount of resources... Well, now there is a local source for that!
The Neighborhood Events Matching Fund was established by Montgomery County to encourage capacity building, networking and to stimulate the local economy.

Maximum grant amount is $1,000. Funds must be matched and the event must take place this Fiscal Year - by June 30, 2018. 
Applying is easy. Download the PDF application form, complete it, and submit it to your Regional Services Area Director.There is no deadline for application, but funding is limited. So, regardless whether your event is next month or months away apply now!

See application for more details and instructions.

Monday, October 9, 2017

How to Help Those Affected by Natural Disasters


The best way to to support the people who have been damaged is donate money to various different and well respected, trusted, and reputable relief organizations. Organizations will put this money to use by purchasing materials that will directly help those who need assistance after a natural Disaster.

Do Not send unsolicited goods such as used clothing, miscellaneous household items, medicine, or perishable foodstuffs. Even if these items are sent with good intentions they tend to have negative effects by having the helping agencies having to redirect their staff from helping those in need, to sorting, packaging, transporting, housing, and distributing items that may not be needed by those who are affected by natural disasters.


The best way to volunteer to directly help the areas that are affected by natural disasters is to sign up with well respected, trusted, and reputable volunteer organizations that are working in the affected areas. Organizations will greatly appreciate the addition help that volunteers can provide to damaged areas.

Do Not self deploy yourself into damaged areas. Working alone in natural disaster areas can be dangerous and cause additional burdens to first responders who are working in the area. It is a safety risk to volunteer without the supervision or input of a highly skilled disaster organization.

For more information on how to help those who have been affected by natural disasters, visit: www.fema.gov, www.nvoad.org, www.redcross.org
Remember to always look for local charity events for natural disaster movements.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Taste of Bethesda 2017!

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Come join Bethesda Urban Partnership as they host the 2017 Taste of BethesdaOn Saturday, October 7th, from 11 A.M. till 4 P.M. come down to the Woodmont Triangle in Bethesda to enjoy entertainment and food from over 45 locally participating restaurants. Entertainment includes five stages of different musical and cultural entertainment. General admission is free, and food tickets will be sold in bundles of 4 for $5. (Tastings cost between 1-4 of the food tickets.)
Parking is free in the surrounding areas. Woodmont Triangle is within walking distance of the Bethesda Metro.
For further information call 301-215-6660, or visit www.bethesda.org.

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.