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    The Montgomery County Council and its staff on Oct. 21 joined together for their annual Community Service Week project, which this year benefited the Helping Kids Eat Backpack Weekend Meal Program. Working with the Women Who Care Ministries, Inc., the Council and its staff collected food items that were then divided into bags to be delivered to schools for distribution. At the schools, food will be placed in the backpacks of students who qualify for Free and Reduced-Price Meals. The Council project filled more than 240 bags of weekend food.

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    Susan D’Antoni of Rockville shared a lighter moment while also talking about the important functions performed by the American Association of Medical Society Executives in its commitment to educating and supporting medical society professionals to help advance the profession of medical society management, medical societies and the physicians they serve. Council Vice President George Leventhal presented her with a proclamation on behalf of the Council.

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    The Montgomery County Office of Consumer Protection (OCP) has relied upon a dedicated team of talented volunteers working with paid staff to provide exceptional service. On Oct. 21, the Council recognized the efforts of the volunteers, including many who have worked with OCP for 10 or more years. At the ceremonies in Rockville were, left to right: Councilmember Phil Andrews, who presented a proclamation recognizing the volunteers; John Lewis of OCP; volunteer Eve Dempsher; Joy Matthews of OCP; volunteer (and former OCP employee) John Creel; Ralph Vines of OCP; volunteer Bill Blandford; OCP Director Eric Friedman; and Bernie Vega of OCP.

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    Montgomery County Council President Craig Rice talks with a senior from Northwest High School following the Council’s fifth annual Town Hall Meeting for Students. More than 100 people attended the meeting, including about a dozen students who participated via “Google Hangout” from the Long Branch Library in a first-ever Council pilot program. Questions and suggestions for Councilmembers ranged from changing school start times to bullying problems to a thought of building residence dorms at Montgomery College.

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    Montgomery County Council President Craig Rice was featured guest on the latest En Sintonía con el Concejo de Montgomery (Tuned In with the Montgomery County Council), Among the topics he talked about were the Youth Town Hall Meeting, the YOLO Walf Safe Initiative, cameras on school buses, minority business issues and health prepareness related to the ebola virus. Video Part 1 Video Part 2 Video Part 3 Video Part 4

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    Ulder Tillman, left, the Montgomery County Health Officer, on Oct. 14 presented updates to the County Council on a number of health-related issues that could impact the County. One of the issues she spoke about was the County’s preparedness in case potential Ebola cases are reported. A summary of Dr. Tillman’s presentation can be found at Board of Health Presentation

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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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