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    The Montgomery County Council, is hosting its fifth annual Town Hall Meeting for Students on Wednesday, Oct. 15, at the Council Office Building in Rockville. The meeting, in the Council’s Third Floor Hearing Room, will start at 7 p.m. A pre-meeting reception will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the building’s second-floor cafeteria.

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    Montgomery County Council President Craig Rice, along with Councilmembers Cherri Branson and Roger Berliner, were among the speakers when Montgomery County launched its new YOLO (You Only Live Once) campaign to make students aware that they cannot safely cross streets while being distracted cell phones or other devices. The launch was held at Seneca Valley High in Germantown, with remarks in memory of Christina Morris-Ward, who was 15 when she was killed by a car as she walked distracted near the school.

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    Montgomery County Police Traffic Division Director Captain Thomas Didone, who received a national “Highway Safety Hero Award” for his dedication to advancing highway-safety initiatives was recognized by the County Council and County Executive Isiah Leggett for his recent award and 28 years of protecting County drivers and pedestrians.At the ceremonies in Rockville were, L to R: Councilmembers Marc Elrich, Roger Berliner, Craig Rice; Captain Didone; Assistant Police Chief Betsy Davis; and Councilmember Phil Andrews.

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    10 YEARS OF HELPING . . .

    Jacki Coyle, executive director of Shepherd's Table, which provides a variety of services to the homeless in the Silver Spring area talks about her experiences as she is being recognized by the County Council on Sept. 16 for her 10 years in leading the 31-year-old organization. At the ceremonies in Rockville were, left to right: Council Vice President George Leventhal and Shepherd’s Table staff members Haile Gebregziabher, Charles Crumb, Scott Davison and John Eckenrode.

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    Montgomery County Police Latino spokesperson Blanca Kling and Ayuda's Trafficking Case Manager Maria Victoria Espinosa Peterson main topic of conversationwas on human trafficking, with host Julie Rios Little on September 12 edition of Sintonía con el Concejo del Condado de Montgomery (Tuned In with the Montgomery County Council).Video Part1 Video Part2

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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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    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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    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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