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Roger Berliner

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Senior Forum - November 18 at Liesure World Community's Crystal Ballroom

On November 18th, join Councilmembers Roger Berliner and Sidney Katz as they will be hosting a Senior Forum on preventing senior scams, encouraging volunteerism and civic engagement in our senior community, and stopping elder abuse.

Their goal for this forum is that members of the senior community will leave with a better understanding of what services are available to them in these areas and more confident in their ability to live without fear and to the fullest as they grow older.

The Forum will be held from 10 am to noon in the Crystal Ballroom at Leisure World (3701 Rossmoor Boulevard, Silver Spring, MD 20906). From 10 to 10:30 am, there will be a Resource Fair with organizations that provide services to seniors hosting informational tables and providing materials to attendees. From 10:30 am to noon, there will be a speaking program, with confirmed speakers including Montgomery County State’s Attorney John McCarthy; Eric Friedman, Director of Montgomery County’s Office of Consumer Protection; and Kathleen Meaney Stobie, Director of the RSVP Program in the Montgomery County Volunteer Center.

For additional information or any questions, please contact our office at 240-777-7898 or

Infrastructure & Growth Symposium

We received many questions before, during, and after the forum. After reaching out to the Planning Department and Montgomery County Public Schools, we have put together answers to those questions. Take a look and feel free to contact my office, the Planning Department, or MCPS if you have any follow-up questions. 

Thank you to all who came out and participated in the forum. The feedback I received has been very positive - I was pleased to hear that participants felt their day was spent in a productive way. If you missed this important conversation about growth and our county’s infrastructure, check out all the materials and presentations from the event here:  

Were you unable to attend the Forum? Check out  these highlights from the Infrastructure and Growth Forum (only 4 and a half minutes! Take a look) or the full video recap of the entire event below:

Bethesda Downtown Plan

After 20 years, the Bethesda Master Plan is getting a fresh new look. With the help of residents, businesses, and community groups, the Montgomery County Planning Department is looking to create a more modern Downtown Bethesda, while enhancing what has made this part of of our community such a success. The work on the Plan will be organized around three themes: social sustainability, economic sustainability and environmental sustainability.

To begin this undertaking, the Planning Department and Parks Department collected information on the existing conditions found in Downtown Bethesda, including the environmental conditions, the historic resources, demographics and market/economic data (Which can be found in the Bethesda Briefing Book). With all of this information, the Planning Department will create a work plan and determine the scope of the work needed to properly meet the needs of all parties involved. Throughout the Spring of 2014 the Planning Department held public workshops & community meetings in order to take the current pulse of Bethesda residents, business owners, & stakeholders 

This month the Planning Department will release its initial staff recommendations. After the initial set of recommendations are completed, the staff will create a draft for the Downtown Plan. After both of these documents are released, public comment will be solicited to help shape the collective vision of Downtown Bethesda. A helpful schedule of these proceedings can be found here

Once the Planning Board reviews and approves a Draft Plan, it will go to the County Council for review. In its review process, the Council will hold another set of Public Hearings in order to hear your thoughts on the plan before the Council. After the public hearings and the review processes of the Executive & Council, the Council will vote on adopting the Master Plan. 

For more information on the Bethesda Master Plan visit

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