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Table of Contents
1.  MCV Cancels 2020 Social Events  Click here

2.  Gettysburg Address Event 9/29 Click here

3.  Senior News Resources Click here

4.
  MCT Celebrates 100TH ANNIVERSARY WOMEN'S SUFFRAGE Click here

5.  Radon in the Time of COVID-19 Click here

6.  JCA 50+ Job Search Training Program Click here

7.  Amended County Reopening Guidelines Click here

8.  Seniors Town Hall 9/1 Click here
MCV Cancels 2020 Social Events
MCV BOARD HAS DECIDED TO SUSPEND SOCIAL EVENTS UNTIL 2021

At its meeting on August 11, the Mill Creek Village (MCV) Board of Directors determined that in view of the ongoing pandemic, it would be unwise to proceed with its two remaining planned social events in 2020. Therefore, in the interest of our residents’ health and safety, we will not be hosting either our Annual Picnic in September nor our Annual Wine and Cheese Party in October. These events typically draw sizable crowds and public health precautions would present significant challenges. The Board did approve a calendar of 2021 events and is hopeful we will all be in a better place to proceed on these social activities in the new year. In the meantime, please stay safe and well!
Gettysburg Address Event 9/29
Gettysburg Address: Did You Know?
 
The Village at Kentlands and Lakelands invites you to join Barney Gorin for this discussion of one of the greatest orations ever made in the English Language.

Date: Tuesday, September 29, 2020
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
On Zoom
 
Please register by contacting Jean Mocarski by clicking here
or by phone at 240-449-9002.
Senior News Resources

Take Advantage of Free One-on-One Tech Help
August 3rd to 28th, 2020

  • Get help with your technology (cell phones, computers, tablets, printers, email, Internet, apps, and more)
  • Sign up for 30-minute sessions with our tech assistants
  • Appointments are available Monday through Friday, 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM
  • Can be conducted via phone or video call
  • Available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, French, Amharic, and 6 other languages

To sign up, click here or call 311.

Did You Know…

Low Income Families and Older Adults can get Home Internet Access for as little as $9.95 per month?

Click here for details.

MCT NEIGHBORS CELEBRATE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF WOMEN'S SUFFRAGE
MCT NEIGHBORS CELEBRATE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF WOMEN'S RIGHT TO VOTE IN THE U.S.
 
On Saturday morning, August 22, 2020, 15 female Mill Creek Towne (MCT) neighbors of various ages, gathered on Caddy Court, dressed in white to march and carry signs in celebration of the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage in America. They were led by Sue Richardson, one of Mill Creek Towne's original homeowners more than a half a century ago.



Radon in the Time of COVID-19
At present, due to the COVID-19 virus, it is likely that all of us are spending more time indoors and within our homes. The act of spending more time indoors creates a greater possibility of being exposed to harmful amounts of radon gas if high levels are present in your home.

Radon is a naturally occurring substance resulting from certain elements decaying in the soil. When radon enters a home through cracks in the foundation or through other openings, it can build up to
unhealthy concentrations.

When humans are exposed to unhealthy levels of radon, it acts as a carcinogen, or a substance that can cause cancer in the body. In fact, exposure to radon gas is the 2nd leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. Montgomery County has been identified by the EPA as being a county that ranks in their highest “Zone 1” category for potentially elevated indoor radon levels. However, there are a number of measures a homeowner can take to protect themselves
from exposure to this possible risk.

Montgomery County Law

For more than two decades, Montgomery County has had laws in place to protect residents from exposure to unhealthy levels of indoor radon.

First, in 1995, Montgomery County adopted the requirements of radon resistant building as described in International Residential Code’s (IRC) Appendix F. This portion of the IRC outlines the requirements and guidelines for the installation of a passive radon mitigation system and other requirements of radon resistant building.

Second, Montgomery County now requires that all single-family homes have a radon test performed before a sale takes place. See County Code 40-13C.

Passive v. Active Systems

Radon resistant building requirements adopted by Montgomery County are protective, but in some circumstances, these measures still fail to adequately protect residents. There are two types of radon remediation systems that a home can use. One is a passive system, which is the construction of a pipe that extends through the home's subfloor and into gravel below the home. This passive system effectively takes the radon, and like a chimney, moves the radon gas through the pipe, keeping it from intruding into the home. This is the system required by Montgomery County. The other type of system is an active system, where a fan is installed into the pipe to create suction, thereby drawing more gas from beneath the subfloor and further minimizing its infiltration into the home.

Testing

Consumers can purchase a short-term test from NRPS (at a cost of about $15) or a test can also be purchased from your local hardware store. There are also reputable radon testing companies that can conduct accurate tests of the varying radon levels in the home. Consumers can visit the County's Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) website for further information on testing devices and to find certified radon mitigation contractors. As DEP notes, testing your home is the only way to know if you and those in your household are at risk.

Conclusion

It’s never the wrong time to consider the quality of the air in our homes. Luckily, there are steps that you can take to protect yourself and your family. To learn more, visit the National Radon Program Service website. DEP also has a brochure titled “Quick Guide to Protecting Your Home” which you can download.

Click here for guide.

JCA 50+ Job Search Training Program
Job Search Training Program for those 50+ Professional Job Seekers
 
Are you over age 50 and frustrated by your job search?  JCA’s Career Gateway Program can help you hone your resume, polish your networking and interviewing skills, use Internet job search resources more effectively, and turn your age and experience to your advantage.  Each session of the Career Gateway features 30 hours of small-group classroom instruction over five days, comprehensive take-home materials, practical exercises, and a long-term mentor – all for only $75!  Sessions run from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. 
 
NEW SESSION DATES AVAILABLE FOR FY 2020-2021!
 
2020 Sessions:
                          #1:  September 14, 16, 17, 21, 23 – 2020 (Interactive and Online)
                          #2:  November 9, 11, 13, 16, 18 – 2020
2021 Sessions:
                          #3:  January 19, 20, 22, 25, 27 – 2021
                          #4:  March 1, 3, 5, 8, 10 – 2021
                          #5:  April 19, 21, 23, 26, 28 – 2021
                          #6:  June 7, 9, 11, 14, 16 - 2021
 
Optional Employment-Related Tech Classes Available.
 
*In-person classes (after COVID) will be held at JCA’s Headquarters at 12320 Parklawn Drive, Rockville, MD.  Check whether your session will be in-person or virtual. 
 
**Due to health concerns relating to the COVID-19 outbreak and out of concern for the health of our participants and volunteers, our September, 2020 session and tech classes will be an interactive, Zoom, online experience.  Same curriculum, class facilitator, presenters and volunteers addressing all of the important job-seeking skills as in our in-class programming AND all from the comfort and safety of your own home!  Prior online sessions have been a resounding success!  Don’t be intimidated by online instruction!  We’ll train you and will work through this together! 
   
For more information, call Jodie Rasch at 301-255-4215 or email her by clicking here.

Click here for our website.

Click here for brochure 1 information.
Click here for brochure 2 information.
Click here for brochure 3 information.

For more Information about JCA's services. Click the flyers below.
Click here for flyer 1
Click here for flyer 2
Amended County Reopening Guidelines
County Executive Elrich’s Amended Executive Order to Allow More Businesses to Reopen Under Phase 2 Approved by County Council
 

The full text of updated Executive Order 87-20, which went into effect at noon on Wednesday, Aug. 5, can be found at website.
Click here for full text.

The highlights of the updated executive order include:

  • Face coverings section was changed so the text is consistent with the most recent executive order issued by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan to require face coverings in outdoor public areas. Montgomery County’s local health officer had previously issued a directive with similar provisions.
  • Businesses allowed to reopen will include those providing services for tanning, tattooing, waxing, threading, electrolysis, cryotherapy, facials and massages. They will be allowed to operate by appointment only.
  • Ice skating rinks will remain closed to the public. However, they may operate as a “fitness center” for the purpose of individual or group training.
  • Clarified guidelines for cigar bars, hookah bars and vape shops to state they “may open solely to sell retail goods. Smoking on site is strictly prohibited.”
  • Food service establishments may not serve alcohol after 10 p.m.
  • Clarified guidelines under which “fitness centers” can operate. Fitness centers include dance studios, health clubs, health spas, gyms, training facilities and other indoor physical activities.
  • Clarified that food courts in malls may only serve food for carryout.
  • Malls must remove tables, chairs and benches to discourage congregating.
  • Religious facilities can hold outdoor services with an increased limit to 150 participants.
  • Clarified guidelines regarding sports activities, categorized by level of risk as detailed in the “Maryland Sports Commission Return to Play Report,” with the following exceptions:
    • Soccer and flag football are considered to be high-risk sports (The play of high-risk sports is prohibited. However, non-contact skills-building drills are permitted. High-risk sport scrimmages, games, matches and competitions are prohibited.).
    • Solo kayaking/canoeing are considered to be low risk (allowed in Montgomery).
    • Tandem kayaking/canoeing are designated as low risk provided participants are from the same household (allowed in Montgomery).

Officials will continue to review these designations and may alter recommendations for sports if they are deemed to be a safer category.

Seniors Town Hall 9/1
SENIORS TOWN HALL MEETING SEPTEMBER 1
 
At-Large Montgomery County Councilmember Evan Glass will host a town hall meeting on Tuesday, September 1 from 7:00 to 8:30 PM via Zoom.
The link is bit.ly/seniortownhall and you can submit questions in advance at bit.ly/askevan. The discussion will focus on health and other issues of importance to older residents. He will be joined be joined by Travis Gayle, MD, the county's public health officer. Hear the latest on the efforts to stem COVID-19 and be responsive to the needs of seniors.

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