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    Liliana Arango (right), director of the Montgomery College Hispanic Business Institute, talked about classes offered at the institute when she appeared with co-host Alexandra Arata on the April 11 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: Click here to listen to an audio broadcast of the show.

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    Jasper Young, a formerly homeless person who was placed in permanent housing by Montgomery County, draws some smiles while putting in perspective some of his experiences at the Montgomery County 100,000 Homes Campaign event on April 9. Among those at the event in Rockville were, left to right: Council Vice President George Leventhal; Roberto Pinero, chair of the County’s Housing Opportunities Commission; Council President Craig Rice; Mark Bergel, director of A Wider Circle; Councilmember Roger Berliner; and Susie Sinclair-Smith, executive director for the Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless.

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    Year-round, full-time working women in 2012 earned only 77 percent of the earnings of year-round, full-time working men. On April 8, the Montgomery County Council joined in the movement to have employers provide equal pay for all by declaring “Equal Pay Day.” Wearing red at the ceremonies (to show that women are still in the red when it comes to pay), left to right, are: Councilmember Nancy Floreen; Jeanette Feldner and Holly Joseph, co-presidents of the National Organization for Women; and Councilmembers Nancy Navarro and Cherri Branson.

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    The achievements of women, who compose 52 percent of Montgomery County’s population and represent nearly half of the workforce, were celebrated by the County Council on March 25. The Council declared March “Women’s History Month” and urged all residents to reflect on the contributions women have made to the County. At the ceremonies in Rockville were, left to right: Councilmembers Cherri Branson and Nancy Floreen; Lorna Forde and Judith Vaughan-Prather of the Montgomery County Commission for Women; and Councilmember Nancy Navarro.

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    US VEGWEEK . . .

    Choosing a vegetarian diet was recognized by the Montgomery County Council as an option residents may want to explore as it joined a nationwide movement to proclaim April 21-27 as US VegWeek. On April 8, Erica Meier, left, executive director of the Takoma Park-based national non-profit Compassion Over Killing which encourages people to follow vegetarian diets, received a proclamation from Councilmember Cherri Branson.

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    A DAY IN THE LIFE . . .

    For 24 complete hours on Tuesday, April 22, Montgomery Community Media (MCM), in partnership with the Montgomery County Employees Federal Credit Union (MCEFCU) and Giant Foods, will seek to document “A Day in the Life of Montgomery County” through photos and videos from volunteer contributors. At March 25 ceremonies in Rockville were, left to right: Gregg Zolkiewicz and Mel Tull of MCEFCU; Councilmember Nancy Navarro; Jim Norris of MCEFCU; Merlyn Reineke of MCM; Councilmember Cherri Branson; Jowilene Musser and Teresa Morillo of MCEFCU; and Jamie Miller of Giant.

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    Montgomery County Council on Feb. 25 sought to bring attention to a credit available to certain low-income families by declaring Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Awareness Day. Montgomery County is one of only three local jurisdictions in the U.S. to provide a local supplement to the federal EITC. At the ceremonies in Rockville were, left to right: Pam Luckett of Hope Worldwide Mid-Atlantic, Sue Rogan of the Maryland Cash Campaign, Councilmember Nancy Navarro, Denise Fredicks of Stepping Stones, Robin Camille Henry of the Community Action Agency and Councilmember Hans Riemer.

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    Councilmember Phil Andrews (speaking) on Feb. 3 explained his bill that would provide a public financing option for candidates for County Council and County Executive in future elections. From left to right: Ron Levin of the Sierra Club of Montgomery County; Jennifer Bevin–Dangle Common Cause of Maryland; Meredith Curtis of the ACLU of Maryland; Carole-Ann Barth of the County Civic Federation; Councilmember Hans Riemer; Kate Planco-Waybright of Progressive Maryland; and Councilmembers George Leventhal, Craig Rice and Marc Elrich.

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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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