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Table of Contents
1.  Mill Creek Towne Entrance Update Click here

2.  October Village Events From WAVE Click here

3.  ElderSAFE Events Click here

4.
  Kemp Mill Village Event 10/22 Click here

5.  An Important Message on Voting Click here

6.  Thrive Montgomery 2020 Public Hearing 11/19 Click here

7.  Office of Consumer Protection: Holiday Cautions Click here

8.  Montgomery County Offers Renters Assistance Click here
Mill Creek Towne Entrance Update

The Mill Creek Towne Garden Club has been making great progress beautifying the entrances to our community. Once again, we thank Imas General Services LLC (https://www.imasgeneralservices.com/ ) for the outstanding job of refurbishing the walls at the Miller Fall and Roslyn Avenue entrances. Inmar Samayoa, the general contractor provided masonry services on the entrance walls, which included power washing, grout repair, pointing, resurfacing, installing new letters, and clean up at Miller Fall and Roslyn Avenue entrances. We also appreciate the huge cleanup (mowing, mulching, landscaping, and pruning) Kevin Murphy (301-391-6555, click here for email) and his crew completed at both entrances. What an eye-catching difference all this work has made!

Finally, the MCT Garden Club has recently planted new shrubs and perennials at the Miller Fall entrance to further beautify this site. We will also be adding more plantings at Roslyn and eventually at Shady Grove entrances as well. This club is working to make our community even more inviting and we thank you for supporting us! Mill Creek Towne Garden Club – Derwood, Maryland Celebrating 50+ Years of Community Service!

Click here for more information.
October Village Programs from WAVE
At Home in Alexandria (AHA) is offering the following program:
Racial Equity Series: Book discussion on Colson Whitehead’s The Nickel Boys Thursday, October 29, 10-11am. We continue our monthly discussion on the topic of racial equity with this book discussion led by AHA member Jane King. Whitehead’s 2019 novel (based on a real story) has been named one of TIME’s best books of the decade. RSVP by October 28, 12noon by clicking here or by calling 703-231-0824.

Georgetown Village is offering the following program:
Climate and Covid: Tackling the Greatest Challenges” with Sherri Goodman Wednesday, October 28, 5:30pm 
Join us as Sherri Goodman, Senior Fellow at the Wilson Center, provides a thought-provoking session on climate change and Covid, two of the greatest challenges of our time. Climate change remains an existential threat to our globe at the same time the greatest pandemic since 1918 is upon us. Our guest speaker is uniquely positioned to discuss these twin crises and how they relate to one another. Sherri is credited with educating U.S. military and government officials over the last generation about the nexus between climate change and national security.
RSVP by clicking here.


Little Falls Village is offering the following program:
The Power of Grief   Tuesday, October 20, 2pm  The speaker, Julie Potter, has a Master of Social Work from the University of Michigan. She worked with Holy Cross Home Care and Hospice and at area nursing homes. Her major career activity was as a Sibley Hospital Social Worker and then Coordinator of the Sibley Senior Association, a Wellness Program.
At Sibley, she had particular interest in those recently widowed, helping to initiate a Widowed Persons Outreach program in conjunction with dedicated community members, the AARP, and local agencies. She has long experience working with people at the critical moments of life and received two Sibley Hospital Awards for her work, and the Seabury Leadership in Aging Award in 2013. Ms. Potter has recently published a book Harnessing the Power of Grief. 
To register, email here with “Grief” in the subject line.

How to Age with Vitality, Dignity, and Humor with Chris Palmer   Wednesday, October 28, 1:00-2:30pm  
Educator, speaker, author, and environmental/wildlife film producer Chris Palmer is a frequent speaker at conferences and film festivals. He also gives workshops on how to live a fulfilling life, how to raise money, how to give effective presentations, how to network effectively, and how to triple one’s productivity. He is a stand-up comedian and performs every Saturday night at the Bethesda Hyatt in Bethesda, MD. He has jumped out of helicopters, worked on an Israeli kibbutz, and was a high school boxing champion. 
He joined American University in August 2004, establishing the Center for Environmental Filmmaking at the School of Communication. Palmer will give an entertaining and interactive workshop on how to get the most out of life and live with more joy, success, and fulfillment. The workshop is about actively designing our lives rather than simply drifting forward reacting to what happens to us, and how to behave in ways that our true to our most honorable, generous, and best selves.
This event is in Partnership with LFV and the Little Falls Library of Montgomery County Public Libraries. 
For registration Link click here.

Additionally, webinars on advance care planning are offered throughout the month of October. Visit here
ElderSAFE Events
October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. While we often think of younger adults, there is no age limit for experiencing domestic violence. Elder abuse is most often committed by someone the older adult trusts, such as a spouse or intimate partner. Learn more about domestic violence in later life and resources to support survivors.

Understanding Intimate Partner Violence in Later Life
October 22nd  10am - 11:30am
Register online
In honor of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the ElderSAFE Center is exploring intimate partner violence in later life. Experts will discuss how intimate partner violence intersects with elder abuse, including the unique experiences and barriers faced by older survivors. Attendees will learn how to support older survivors, available resources, and how to effectively advocate within systems. This webinar offers 1.5 Category 1 Social Work CEUs.
 
Elder Abuse and the Opioid Epidemic: A Rural and Urban Perspective
November 9th 1pm – 3pm
Register online
In 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services declared the opioid epidemic a public health emergency. However, even three years later we are still uncovering the effects this epidemic has had on our society, specifically the toll it has taken on older adults. This webinar will explore the connection between the opioid epidemic and elder abuse from both the rural and urban perspective. This webinar offers 1.5 Category 1 Social Work CEUs.
 
Recharge and Connect: A Yoga Workshop for Caregivers
November 17th 2pm – 3pm

Register online
In honor of National Family Caregiver’s Month, the ElderSAFE Center will host a free virtual yoga workshop for caregivers. The class will be led by yoga instructor and Silver Spring native, Cheryl Kravitz. She has a special interest in working with individuals with dementia and their caregivers. Cheryl will lead caregivers through a gentle practice designed to reduce stress, fear, and agitation by teaching relaxation breathing, and incorporating moderate movements that can be adapted to the individual. The workshop will end with a discussion on additional community resources to support caregivers.

The ElderSAFE Center, a program of Charles E. Smith Life Communities, is dedicated to protecting older adults experiencing abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation.
 
Our language-accessible helpline (301-816-5099) remains open Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm. You can call ElderSAFE to make a referral to our temporary shelter program or for more information on community services for victims of elder abuse.
Kemp Mill Village Event 10/22
An Important Message on Voting
Vote by mail

Step 1: Request your ballot
If you are registered at your current address, you should have received a piece of mail from the state Board of Elections with an application to request a ballot by mail.

If you plan to vote by mail, fill out this form ASAP and return it according to the instructions. The deadline for requesting a mail-in ballot is October 20.

Rather than sending the paper form, you can also request your ballot online. Simply fill out the online form, and the State will process your request and send you a ballot. You can track the status of your request via the state’s voter lookup tool.

(Just please do not request email delivery of your ballot unless you really need it that way, as the procedure to count those ballots is more laborious and adds to the strain on the system.)

If you had already requested a ballot online you can ignore the paper application you recently received. But before doing that you should use the online lookup tool to make sure the state is processing your request. The lookup tool is very easy to use and only takes seconds to verify your ballot request.

To ease concerns about the postal service, please do anything requiring mail delivery early. Please don’t wait for the last minute to mail anything. You have easy alternatives. If we ALL act early, the system will work much better.

Step 2: Return your ballot
Mail-in ballots will start hitting mailboxes at the end of September.

With your completed ballot, you can either

a) return your ballot by mail
The ballot must be postmarked by November 3 to be counted, but local elections officials strongly urge you to mail your ballot by October 28. Ballots placed in the mail on November 2 or 3 run some risk of not being actually postmarked by November 3 and thus rejected.

b) use a voting drop box.
There will be secured and monitored voting drop boxes at the early voting and election day voting centers + more locations. See the full list and when they will be installed here. Ballots deposited at voting drop boxes will be accepted until 8pm, November 3.

 

In person voting

Due to the pandemic, the Board of Elections has consolidated the County’s precincts. You will almost certainly not have your usual precinct voting location. Compared to the last election, there will be fewer, but larger, voting centers. You can vote at any of these voting centers in Early Voting or on Election Day. However, there could be very long lines due to distancing requirements.

All of the voting centers will have secure voting drop boxes, if you received a ballot in the mail and would rather drop it off in person.

Early Voting Centers

  • Activity Center at Bohrer Park
  • Damascus Community Recreation Center
  • Executive Office Building
  • Germantown Community Recreation Center
  • Jane E. Lawton Community Recreation Center
  • Marilyn Praisner Community Recreation Center
  • Mid-County Community Recreation Center
  • Potomac Community Recreation Center
  • Sandy Spring Volunteer Fire Department (The Ballroom)
  • Silver Spring Civic Building
  • Wheaton Library & Community Recreation Center

Election Day Voting Centers

  • Albert Einstein High School
  • Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School
  • Clarksburg High School
  • Colonel Zadok Magruder High School
  • Damascus High School
  • Gaithersburg High School
  • James Hubert Blake High School
  • John F. Kennedy High School
  • Montgomery Blair High School
  • Montgomery County Conference Center at No. Bethesda Marriott
  • Nancy H. Dacek North Potomac Community Recreation Center
  • Northwest High School
  • Northwood High School
  • Paint Branch High School
  • Poolesville High School
  • Quince Orchard High School
  • Richard Montgomery High School
  • Rockville High School
  • Seneca Valley High School
  • Sherwood High School
  • Springbrook High School
  • Thomas S. Wootton High School
  • Walt Whitman High School
  • Walter Johnson High School
  • Watkins Mill High School
  • Wheaton High School
  • White Oak Community Recreation Center
  • Winston Churchill High School

Important Dates
End of September: Mail-in ballots begin arriving in the mail
October 13: Deadline to register to vote
October 20: Deadline for mail-in ballot request to be received by State
October 26 to November 2: Early voting
October 28: Recommended latest date for mailing ballots
November 3: Election Day and postmark deadline for mail-in ballot

Message by Hans Riemer, Montgomery County Councilmember

Thrive Montgomery 2050 Public Hearing 11/19
On November 19, 2020, the Montgomery County Planning Board will conduct a public hearing on a comprehensive amendment to Montgomery County’s General Plan, called Thrive Montgomery 2050. The public hearing will be conducted in the auditorium of the Wheaton Headquarters Building, 2425 Reedie Drive, Wheaton, Maryland, during the Planning Board’s scheduled agenda. If the Wheaton Headquarters Building is closed because of COVID-19, the public hearing will occur online as a virtual meeting with online streaming and public testimony.
Please click here for updates on the public hearing and COVID-19.
 
Thrive Montgomery 2050 is the long-term policy document that will guide the future growth and development in the county over the next 30 years. The updated General Plan will include recommendations for land use, housing, the economy, equity, transportation, parks and open space, the environment, historic resources, urban design, and arts and culture.
 
Community members can provide written, video and audio testimony. Those wishing to testify at the public hearing are requested to sign up beginning 10 days prior to the hearing. To check the approximate hearing time, or to sign up to testify, click here Live Spanish translation will also be provided upon request for the public hearing.
For questions regarding the hearing or to sign up to testify, please send an e-mail by clicking here or call 301-495-4605..
 
Written comments must be submitted no later than 12 noon on Wednesday, November 18, 2020. Written testimony may be submitted to: Chair, Montgomery County Planning Board, 2425 Reedie Drive, Wheaton, Maryland 20902; forwarded via email by clicking here or faxed to 301-495-1320.
 
The public hearing record will stay open until December 10, 2020. Written comments received between now and the close of the record on December 10, 2020 will be considered by the Planning Board as part of its review of the Public Hearing Draft Plan during its work session starting on or after December 17, 2020.
 
The Public Hearing Draft Plan is available by clicking here or online by clicking here or click here.
For more information about Thrive Montgomery 2050, please visit Thrive Montgomery by clicking here 

Thank you for your interest in Montgomery County’s future development.
The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission encourages the participation of individuals with disabilities in its programs and facilities. For support in using facilities, staff support or adaptive equipment, contact the Montgomery Planning Americans with Disabilities Act coordinator by email  or call 301-495-1324,  301-495-1331 (TTY), 7-1-1 or 800-552-7724 (MD Relay). Please provide requests one week in advance of event.
Office of Consumer Protection: Holiday Cautions
Montgomery County Office of Consumer Protection Warns: The Holidays Bring More than Festive Times ... They Also Bring Scammers

The holidays are approaching. While the COVID-19 health crisis fueled a lot of new twists on old scams, the holidays are sure to bring out the criminals. Just like snow, decorations, cookies baking and gifts, the Montgomery County Office of Consumer Protection (OCP) is warning that additional traditions sure to be around for the holidays are scams.

Click here for more information.

A helpful guide on phone scams from the Federal Trade Commission.
Click here for more information.
Montgomery County Offers Renters Assistance
Montgomery County surveys indicate an estimated 20,000 households, or 15 percent of the 130,000 rental households in the County, are behind on their rent and at risk of eviction due to the COVID-19 pandemic and need rental assistance. County Executive Marc Elrich encourages all concerned renters to act now to take advantage of available financial, legal and counseling resources to help avoid eviction actions. Montgomery County is providing support to renters in need. Renters should apply now for rent payment assistance here and, access free guidance about their situation & help in the event of an eviction notice. Read the release for more info here. Go directly to the Rent Relief page.
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