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    County Executive Ike Leggett on Nov. 10 signed the “Ban the Box” legislation that will delay the time during the job application process when certain employers can ask an applicant about their criminal background. Among those at the ceremonies in Rockville were the chief sponsors of the legislation, County Councilmembers Marc Elrich, left, and Cherri Branson, right. Also at the ceremonies were Councilmember Roger Berliner (second from left), Council Vice President George Leventhal (center) and Director of the Department of Correction and Rehabilitation Art Wallenstein.

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    Mayra Bayonet of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Montgomery County(HCCMC) and Luis Bonilla of the newly formed Wheaton Business Association 'La Voz Latina de los Empresarios de Wheaton' were featured guests at the latest En Sintonía con el Concejo de Montgomery (Tuned In with the Montgomery County Council), a weekly show on Radio America (WACA 1540 AM) every Friday at 2pm. They talked about how HCCMC and this new association are helping the Wheaton business owners get ready for further urban development in the area. Video Link

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    Councilmember Phil Andrews, who on Dec. 1 will conclude 16 years serving on the Council, was honored on Oct. 30 for his efforts to enhance public safety in his long-term role as chair of the Council’s Public Safety Committee. Above from County Fire Chief Steve Lohr (above). Police Chief Tom Manger, Department of Correction and Rehabilitation Director Art Wallenstein and Eric Bernard and Marcine Goodloe of the Montgomery County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association also presented awards of appreciation to Councilmember Andrews.

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    Councilmember Nancy Floreen leads the celebration after she drops a copy of the old County Zoning Ordinance into its grave at Royce Hanson Park in downtown Silver Spring. Among those helping “bury” the code were, from left: Planning Board member Norman Dreyfuss, Planning Board member Amy Presley, Planning Board Chair Casey Anderson, County Councilmember Cherri Branson and Planning Board member Natali Fani-Gonzalez.

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    CourtWatch Montgomery Executive Director Laurie Duker on Oct. 28 talked about the efforts the all-volunteer, non-profit organization performs in fighting domestic violence by working to improve the process that abuse victims face as they move through in the county courts. Also at the ceremonies in Rockville were, left to right: Maureen Green, Lillian Agbeyegbe, Judy Wilson, Sheila Footer and Councilmember Phil Andrews.

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    Council President Craig Rice leads a standing ovation on Oct. 28 for Jake Jones (center) and Gabe Donato (second from right) as they were honored for their heroic efforts on July 27. While along the Potomac River, they saw Jacob Starrett (right), who dove head first into the shallow water, face down and unmoving. Gabe swam upstream to grab him and both Gabe and Jake moved him out of the water, being careful to secure his head and neck. David Steckel (left) also presented awards to the young heroes on behalf of the County Fire and Rescue Service.

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    FOR THE RECORD . . .

    Montgomery County Council Vice President George Leventhal cuts the ribbon on Oct. 22 to celebrate the official re-opening of the Montgomery County Archives at its new location in Gaithersburg. The archives were established on July 29, 1985, serve as the institutional memory of the County government and contain the government’s official records. Among those at the ceremonies were members of the Montgomery County Historical Society and staff and students from Richard Montgomery and Rockville high schools.Watch the Opening of MC Archives

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    Montgomery County Councilmember Marc Elrich, who spurred an effort to create a County minimum wage, on Oct. 1 spoke at a rally of elected officials, union members and other supporters as the new law went into effect. The County minimum wage will gradually rise to $11.50 per hour over the next three years. Among those who spoke at the rally in Silver Spring were County Executive Leggett, State Delegate Tom Hucker, and Councilmembers Branson, Leventhal, Riemer and Navarro. Minimum Wage Law

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    17th County Council . . .

    The 17th County Council of Montgomery County now includes new District 5 Councilmember Cherri Branson, who was appointed to a vacant position on Jan. 28. All Councilmembers will serve through Dec. 1, 2014. Seated, left to right: Cherri Branson, Council President Craig Rice, Council Vice President George Leventhal and Nancy Navarro. Standing: Hans Riemer, Phil Andrews, Nancy Floreen, Roger Berliner and Marc Elrich.

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