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Table of Contents
1.  Excerpt From County Executive on Phase 3 Reopening Click here

2.  Residents Encouraged to Vote by Mail Click here

3.  County Immunization for Children Click here

4.
  A Message from ElderSAFE Click here

5.  Village Zoom Events Click here

6.  Labor Day Trash Collection Schedule Click here
Excerpt From County Executive on Phase 3 Reopening

Dear Friends:

As you may have heard, earlier this week, Governor Hogan announced that the State could move to Phase 3 of reopening. The Governor’s announcement was both surprising and disappointing because it was not in line with the careful, measured approach we are taking to the COVID-19 health crisis in Montgomery County. Local governments continue to be able to decide whether they will further relax restrictions, and we are reviewing what may be possible.

Although I want to see our community reopen as quickly as possible, we also must proceed with care. We will continue to follow the data and science in Montgomery County, as we have done every day throughout the pandemic. We are averaging about 70 cases of positive tests per day, which is concerning because the count is higher than a few weeks ago. Because we did not receive advance notice of the Governor’s decision, we are currently reviewing the situation to determine the best way forward for our residents and businesses while protecting the public health.

Marc Elrich, County Executive

Residents Encouraged to Vote by Mail

Election Day is Nov. 3 and the COVID-19 health crisis has changed the election process in Maryland, including a change from traditional local voting precincts to a system where there will be centralized voting centers on Election Day. Now is the time to develop a voting plan for the upcoming election.

For anyone who is not registered, the deadline for voter registration is Oct. 13.
Click here to register

The Montgomery County Board of Elections encourages voters to start a "Vote Plan" for the upcoming election.

Due to COVID-19, the Board recommends voting by mail. A mail-in ballot can be requested by texting the letters VBM to 77788 or by visiting the Board of Elections website by clicking here

A ballot will not be mailed to voters as was done during for the 2020 primary. An application to request a vote by mail ballot (formerly called absentee ballots) will be mailed to voters next week. A mail-in ballot can be requested now by going to the County’s website.
Click here for website

Voters are strongly encouraged to select the ballot delivery method “In the mail” when they receive a ballot application. The paper ballot received will be the actual ballot that will go through the vote counting scanner.

The application also will have an “internet/email” option. It is intended for people for whom the mail is not a good option. A ballot printed from the internet must be copied onto a scanable ballot by a bipartisan canvass team, which is difficult with COVID-19. The deadline to request a vote by mail ballot is Oct. 20. Registered voters also can request a mail-in ballot online by visiting the Board of Elections website.
Click here for website

Election workers are needed to assist voters on Election Day. Election workers (or election judges) must be registered Maryland voters. Workers can earn up to $310 and Montgomery County students can earn up to 25 Student Service Learning (SSL) hours per day in lieu of a stipend.

To inquire about becoming an election worker, text SERVE to 77788. Information also is available by clicking here and the elections website.
Click here for elections website

County Offers Immunization for Children Returning to School

Montgomery County health officials are offering free immunizations to eligible school-aged children so that immunization requirements are met before the beginning of the upcoming 2020-21 school year. 

Children returning to virtual school on Monday, Aug. 31, are required to have immunizations up to date, and parents must submit documentation by the first day of attendance. If students are not in compliance with immunization requirements, they can be excluded from school beginning Sept. 20.

Free immunizations for students new to Montgomery County Public Schools and children in kindergarten through 12th grade are available Monday through Friday, by appointment, at locations in Silver Spring and in Germantown.

 Appointments are available at:

  • Dennis Avenue Health Center. 2000 Dennis Ave., Silver Spring. Phone: 240-777-1050.
  • Germantown Health Center. 12900 Middlebrook Rd., Germantown. Phone: 240-777-3380.

There will be additional clinics offered on Saturday, Sept. 12, and Saturday, Sept. 19, at the Dennis Avenue Health Center.

Parents can access their child’s vaccination record online at no cost at the Maryland Department of Health’s web portal. Users can view and print official copies of vaccination records without a request to their health care provider.

Click here for web portal

A Message From ElderSAFE
Greetings,
 
September is National Self-Care Awareness Month. As we enter the six month of the pandemic, we encourage you to take a step back and re-focus on self-care. We hope you will find these self-care strategies useful for yourself and your community.



Upcoming Virtual ElderSAFE Events

Believing You Know What’s Best: Understanding and Assisting in Cases of Hoarding and Self-Neglect with Older Adults
September 24th at 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Register by clicking here

1.5Social Work CEUs
Do older adults have the right to self-neglect or make ‘bad’ decisions? What are the ethics behind self-neglect and decision-making capacity? What is hoarding? Why do people start hoarding? How do things get so bad? How and when can you intervene? While cases of self-neglect and hoarding can be extremely complicated, these are questions we will address in our upcoming webinar. Using case examples, experts will discuss balancing safety and self-determination, the psychology behind hoarding, and the resources and interventions available to older adults in need of assistance.
Speakers:
·     Frederika Granger, LCSW-C, Clinical Social Worker, specializing in older adults, anxiety, depression, hoarding and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
·     Julia Frank McGlamary, LCSW-C, Montgomery County Adult Protective Services Supervisor

 
Understanding Intimate Partner Violence in Later Life
October 22nd 10am -11:30am
Register by clicking here

Description: 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 is designed for professionals serving older adults, domestic / sexual violence advocates, Villages, and community members.
Speakers:
·     Bridgette Stumpf, Executive Director of Network for Victim Recovery of DC (NVRDC)
·     Zaneta Green, Community Housing Programs Advocate at the District Alliance for Safe Housing (DASH)


 
Village Zoom Events
 A NEW CONTRACT FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS

The Georgetown Village is offering the following ZOOM program: A New Contract for the Middle Class featuring Isabel Sawhill, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at 5:30 PM.

A renowned expert at Brookings Institution on children, families, and the middle class in America, Sawhill also served in the Clinton Administration as an Associate Director at the Office of Management and Budget and is the winner of many prestigious awards.

Her most recent book, "A New Contract for The Middle Class," is about the American middle class, currently under tremendous strain through the place in history that we find ourselves, and the current emergencies of Covid and unemployment. Her book examines income stagnation, fragmented families, and time pressure, among other topics.

RSVP: By phone to 202-999-8988 or email by clicking here

BETHESDA METRO AREA VILLAGE OPENS PROGRAMS TO OTHER VILLAGES

You are invited to participate in any of the following ZOOM programs from the Bethesda Metro Area Village:

--Author and Historian Mary McAuliffe Tuesday, September 8, 2020 at 10:00 AM. McAuliffe will discuss her most recent book, "Paris, City of Dreams: Napoleon III, Baron Haussmann, and the Creation of Paris."
RSVP by clicking here by September 7.

--Adapting Your Coping Skills Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at 2:00 PM. The senior stage of life with its unique challenges often requires new or not often used coping skills. Frederika Granger, LCSW-C, will help participants get perspective on how experience and wisdom serves us and help develop a revised toolkit of coping skills.
RSVP by clicking here by September 15.

--Author David Roll on his latest work, "George Marshall: Defender of the Republic," on Monday, September 21, 2020 at 4:00 PM. Co-hosted with Connie Morella Library.
Zoom link click here  or dial in: 301-715-8592, Meeting ID: 991 2280 1651. (Note: the event will be closed to latecomers at 4:05 PM.)



POLITICS, JOURNALISM AND THE WAY THINGS WERE

At Home in Alexandria will host its Politics Forum on Friday, September 11, 2020 from 1:30 to 3:00 PM with special guest and Martin Tolchin will discuss his new book "Politics, Journalism and the Way Things Were." Mill Creek Village supporters are invited to participate.

Tolchin has served as bureau chief for the New York Times, was founder of The Hill newspaper, and was part of the editorial founding team at Politico. He is an award-winning author of several books on domestic and global politics and on Congressional ethics . This latest offering is more memoir based.

The Politics Forum will be held on ZOOM and moderated by Dr. Helen Desfosses, a retired Public Policy professor from the University at Albany-SUNY and AHA board member. RSVP by September 9 by phone to 703-231-0824 or email by clicking here
The ZOOM connection information will be sent to you thereafter.

ART TALK: WARS AT HOME AND ABROAD

At Home in Alexandria invites you to participate via ZOOM in a discussion of "How Artists were Affected by WWI, the Depression and WWII." The program will be held on Monday. September 14, 2020 from 10:00 - 11:00 AM and led by Lee Ann Lawch, a volunteer docent with the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

RSVP by September 11 by phone to 703-231-0824 or email by clicking here The ZOOM online link and call-in information will be sent to you thereafter.

RACIAL EQUITY: UNDERSTANDING QUALIFIED IMMUNITY

At Home Alexandria (AHA) invites you to participate in a discussion led by AHA member and retired attorney Howard Weiss about systemic racism. The discussion will focus on defining and analyzing the impact of the legal doctrine of "qualified immunity," applied as a shield to block lawsuits under federal law against police for violations of Constitutional rights. Thursday, September 24, 2020 from 10:00 to 11:00 AM.
RSVP by September 22 by phone to 703-231-0824 or email by clicking here The ZOOM log-in information will be sent to you thereafter.

AUTHORS' EVENT FROM MCPL

The Montgomery County Public Library will host Rajia Hassib as part of its Middle Eastern American authors series on Thursday, September 10 from 2:30-3:45 pm
Click here for more information

Hassib will discuss her latest novel, "A Pure Heart," the story of sisters Rose and Gameela Gubran, one an Egyptologist who married an American journalist and immigrated to New York City, and the other a devout Muslim living in Cairo.

When Gameela gets killed in a suicide bombing, Rose returns to Egypt, collects her sister’s belongings, and uses them to guide her on a journey to understand who her sister was and how she came to die. Set in the aftermath of the Arab Spring and interwoven with themes of ancient Egypt, the novel explores how faith, family, and love can unite and divide us.

THE EVOLUTION OF THE HUMAN DIET

Little Falls Village and Library invite you to participate on Thursday, September 10 from 1:00 - 2:30 PM (recommended log-in by 12:45 PM as the session will be locked out at 1:05 PM) in a discussion on how the human diet has evolved.

When you hear about the “paleo diet,” you probably think of the modern diet trend which is often centered around eating significant amounts of meat. But what role did meat-eating play in human evolution? When did our ancestors first start eating meat, and how did that change over time? How did meat-eating change our bodies, our brains, and our behavior – and how do we know?

RSVP by clicking here. This is a new registration process, and is very easy to do, just follow the prompts, including searching for your name if you have registered for a prior LFV Speaker Event.
If you have any difficulties with the new registration process,click here or leave a message at the LFV office (301) 320-3267.

When leaving a VM or email, include your email address in the message. Please register at least a day prior to the event.

MAKING SURE YOUR VOTE COUNTS IN NOVEMBER

Greater Stonegate Village is partnering with the League of Women Voters of Montgomery County to provide critical bipartisan information on voting in this year's election. They invite you to attend a ZOOM presentation on this topic on either:

Thursday, September 10, 11:00 am – 12 pm or
Friday, September 11, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm.

The program will include information on how to confirm that you are a registered voter and apply for, complete, and submit a mail-in ballot. The session will also cover changes to voting in person. A question and answer period will provide an opportunity for you to get your concerns addressed.

The presenter is Marge Wexler who has served with the League of Women Voters since 2014. Marge is currently the League's Voter Registration Coordinator and has participated in developing the League's "Voters' Guide."

To attend, please RSVP by Tuesday, September 8
Click here to email and indicate which session you will attend. The ZOOM login information will be sent to you the day before the event.
Labor Day Trash Collection Schedule
County-provided recycling and trash collections is postponed on Monday, September 7, 2020 Labor Day and will slide by one day with last pick-up Saturday, September 12. The Shady Grove Transfer Station is closed Monday, September 7, 2020.
 
Normal Collection Day   Your Collection Day this week is
Monday   Tuesday, September 8, 2020
Tuesday   Wednesday, September 9, 2020
Wednesday   Thursday, September 10, 2020
Thursday   Friday, September 11, 2020
Friday   Saturday, September 12, 2020
 

If you have questions or concerns about your County-provided collection, please contact the Montgomery County Customer Service Center at 311 (out-of-County: 240-777-0311) or click here .
If you (or your community) have a private contract for your trash collection, or if you live in a municipality, our schedule announcements may not apply to your collection service -- check with your hauler or community manager.
Click here for more detail

 

Drop-off Facilities

Locations, hours and other details
Click here for schedule

Shady Grove Processing Facility and Transfer Station
  • Monday, September 7, 2020: Entire facility closed.
Household Hazardous Waste

The Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) drop-off at the Shady Grove Transfer Station will reopen Saturday, September 5, 2020 at 7 am. All materials, including batteries and fluorescent tubes, must be placed on the table for site personnel to handle and process. View our hazardous waste guide for more information.

Click here for hazardous waste guide
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