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    Montgomery County Council President Craig Rice presented the proclamation to the Montgomery County Chapter of the NAACP Youth elected officers. From Left to Right: Elana Harris,Blake High School ,Vice President; Alex Carter ,Secretary; Nicolas Holt- Barrett ,President; Christopher Holt-Barrett ,Treasurer; and Council President Craig Rice.

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    Montgomery County Council President Craig Rice enthusiastically talks about the many parks and recreational opportunities throughout the County as the Council and County Executive Isiah Leggett on July 29 recognized the national celebration of July as Parks and Recreation Month. Joining the ceremonies were Gabe Albornoz, left, the director of the County’s Department of Recreation, and John Nissel, the deputy director of operations for the Montgomery Parks division of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission.

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    GOING GREEN. . .

    Dave Feldman, CEO of the Livability Project LLC, talks about how that organization provides structure and tools to help communities develop sustainability initiatives. He was honored by the Montgomery County Council on July 29 as he stepped down from his other role as executive director of Bethesda Green. The Livability Project’s first East Coast project was Bethesda Green, which among its projects was the creation of the first green business incubator in Montgomery County. Council Vice President George Leventhal, left, and Councilmember Roger Berliner presented a proclamation to Mr. Feldman on behalf of the Council.

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    Maryland State Delegate Tom Hucker, who in June won a primary to represent Montgomery County Council District 5 and will run unopposed in the general election, on July 22 was an opening speaker as the White House hosted a "Champions of Change" event. The event focused on the need to raise minimum wage rates. He spoke about why both Montgomery County and the State of Maryland each took actions within the past year to establish minimum wage rates significantly above the current federal minimum wage.

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    Jabette Lozupone (right), aide to the VP and Provost of Montgomery College and an MCPS parent discussed the importance of parent participation in their children's schools and also in the PTA with host Julie Rios Little edition of Sintonía con el Concejo del Condado de Montgomery (Tuned In with the Montgomery County Council). Para escuchar este show haga clic al siguiente enlace:Video part 1 Video part 2

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    U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (right) met informally with the members of the Montgomery County Council on July 21, talking about issues that included transportation needs around the White Oak Science Gateway area, pedestrian access to the NIH campus in Bethesda, children being illegally sent across the U.S. border and the impact of world affairs. Among those at the meeting were, left to right: Councilmember Phil Andrews, Council President Craig Rice, Vice President George Leventhal and Councilmembers Nancy Floreen, Marc Elrich and Cherri Branson.

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    Casey Anderson, left, was named by the Montgomery County Council on July 15 as the new chair of the County Planning Board. He has served as member of the Planning Board since 2011.

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    BAN THE BOX. . .

    MoCo Councilmember Marc Elrich talked about the importance of working toward passage of “Ban the Box” legislation in the County. He and Councilmembers Cherri Branson, Nancy Navarro and Hans Riemer were among the speakers at the event to detail a proposed bill that would defer the point at which certain public and private employers can conduct criminal background checks or otherwise inquire into an applicant’s criminal record until after making a conditional offer of employment. For more information on the bill, Click Here

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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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