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    Montgomery College’s Director of Community Engagement Karla Silvestre (right) talked about the importance of residents joining County advisory boards and the efforts being made by the college and Montgomery County Public Schools to close the achievement gap when she appeared 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 Video part 3

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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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    Montgomery County Councilmember Nancy Navarro makes a point to U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (left) as he met informally with the members of the Montgomery County Council on July 21. Among those at the meeting were, left to right: Councilmembers Hans Riemer, Roger Berliner, Nancy Navarro, Phil Andrews, Council President Craig Rice and Council Vice President George Leventhal.

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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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    Discovery Communications, headquartered in Silver Spring, was recognized by the Montgomery County Council on July 15 for being named by Fortune magazine to the 2014 Fortune magazine list of “100 Best Companies to Work For.” Catherine Carroll, vice president of public policy of corporate affairs for Discovery, accepted a proclamation from Council President Craig Rice.

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    The 2014 U.S. News & World Report Best High Schools rankings included 11 MC schools. Left to right: Councilmember Phil Andrews; Board of Education members Christopher Barclay, Judith Docca and Shirley Brandman; Gaithersburg Principal Christine Handy Collins; Springbrook Assistant Principal Daniel Garcia; Council President Craig Rice; Richard Montgomery Principal Damon Montelecone; Kennedy Principal Joe Rubens; Councilmember Roger Berliner; Poolesville Principal Deena Levine; Magruder Principal Leroy Evans; Blair Principal Renay Johnson; Whitman Principal Alan Goodwin; Quince Orchard Principal Carole Working; Wheaton Assistant Principal Stephanie Valentine; and Councilmember Cherri Branson.

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    Harold Charles, president and CEO of Silver Spring-based CEEPCO Contracting, LLC, was honored by the Montgomery County Council after he was selected by the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Washington Metropolitan Area District Office as the 2014 Small Business Person of the Year. In addition to its U.S. work, CEEPCO has helped with the rebuilding of natural-disaster devastated Haiti. Also at the ceremonies in Rockville were Councilmember Nancy Navarro (left), who presented a proclamation on behalf of the Council, and Mr. Charles’ wife, Martine.

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    Christine Handy-Collins (center), principal of Gaithersburg High School, was honored by the Montgomery County Council after she was selected as a recipient of the 2014 Dr. Edward Shirley Award for Excellence in Educational Administration and Supervision. Councilmember Phil Andrews (left) and Council President Craig Rice presented a proclamation to Dr. Handy-Collins on behalf of the Council.

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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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