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Senior Forum - November 18 at Liesure World
Community's Crystal Ballroom


On November 18th, join Councilmembers Roger Berliner and Sidney Katz as they will be hosting a Senior Forum on preventing senior scams, encouraging volunteerism and civic engagement in our senior community, and stopping elder abuse. 

Their goal for this forum is that members of the senior community will leave with a better understanding of what services are available to them in these areas and more confident in their ability to live without fear and to the fullest as they grow older.

The Forum will be held from 10 am to noon in the Crystal Ballroom at Leisure World (3701 Rossmoor Boulevard, Silver Spring, MD 20906).  From 10 to 10:30 am, there will be a Resource Fair with organizations that provide services to seniors hosting informational tables and providing materials to attendees.  From 10:30 am to noon, there will be a speaking program, with confirmed speakers including Montgomery County State’s Attorney John McCarthy; Eric Friedman, Director of Montgomery County’s Office of Consumer Protection; and Kathleen Meaney Stobie, Director of the RSVP Program in the Montgomery County Volunteer Center.

For additional information or any questions, please contact our office at 240-777-7898 or  


Metro Forum Update

On July 22, our Committee held a Forum about the current challenges and future possibilities for the Metro system. At the Forum and on e-mail, residents had a host of questions for WMATA. Please find WMATA’s answers to these questions here. Even after the Forum, Councilmember Berliner has continued to work to reform Metro. You can find more about his recent efforts, a letter to Governor Hogan calling for serious reforms and a regional approach to achieving those reforms, here.


Infrastructure & Growth Symposium

UPDATE - 9/17/15

We received many questions before, during, and after the forum. After reaching out to the Planning Department and Montgomery County Public Schools, we have put together answers to those questions. Take a look and feel free to contact my office, the Planning Department, or MCPS if you have any follow-up questions. 

Thank you to all who came out and participated in the forum. The feedback I received has been very positive - I was pleased to hear that participants felt their day was spent in a productive way. If you missed this important conversation about growth and our county’s infrastructure, check out all the materials and presentations from the event here:  

Were you unable to attend the Forum? Check out these highlights from the Infrastructure and Growth Forum (only 4 and a half minutes! Take a look) or the full video recap of the entire event below:


Bethesda Downtown Plan

After 20 years, the Bethesda Master Plan is getting a fresh new look. With the help of residents, businesses, and community groups, the Montgomery County Planning Department is looking to create a more modern Downtown Bethesda, while enhancing what has made this part of of our community such a success. The work on the Plan will be organized around three themes: social sustainability, economic sustainability and environmental sustainability.

To begin this undertaking, the Planning Department and Parks Department collected information on the existing conditions found in Downtown Bethesda, including the environmental conditions, the historic resources, demographics and market/economic data (Which can be found in the Bethesda Briefing Book). With all of this information, the Planning Department will create a work plan and determine the scope of the work needed to properly meet the needs of all parties involved. Throughout the Spring of 2014 the Planning Department held public workshops & community meetings in order to take the current pulse of Bethesda residents, business owners, & stakeholders 

This month the Planning Department will release its initial staff recommendations. After the initial set of recommendations are completed, the staff will create a draft for the Downtown Plan. After both of these documents are released, public comment will be solicited to help shape the collective vision of Downtown Bethesda. A helpful schedule of these proceedings can be found here

Once the Planning Board reviews and approves a Draft Plan, it will go to the County Council for review. In its review process, the Council will hold another set of Public Hearings in order to hear your thoughts on the plan before the Council. After the public hearings and the review processes of the Executive & Council, the Council will vote on adopting the Master Plan. 

For more information on the Bethesda Master Plan visit

Latest News

Fighting Predatory Towing - On April 13, with the support of all 8 of my colleagues, I introduced a bill (Bill 17-15) to fight back against the use of spotters and predatory practices of certain tow companies. WUSA9 invited me on their program to discuss the issue and how we are trying to fix this issue that plagues many in our County. Watch it here


Council Unanimously Passes Resolution About Proposed Exelon Pepco Merger - On Tuesday March 31, my colleagues unanimously endorsed a resolution that tells the Maryland Public Service Commission that the settlement that our County Executive reached with Exelon/Pepco isn't enough to make the proposed merger in the public interest.  It isn't a bad deal; it is just the wrong deal. Exelon must put more on the table, much more, to come close to meeting the public interest. See my comments to MCMedia here


What’s the Deal with River Road?  -  Many residents have reached out about the roadwork being conducted on River Rd. Here’s the deal: Pepco has identified the need to construct a new distribution substation within the Friendship Heights community by the June 2017.  The proposed 138 kV substation, named the Northwest Substation, will replace the Harrison Street Substation, which was built in the 1940s. The work going on now on River Road is intended to provide the feeder cables for that new substation. According to representatives from Pepco, the work should be completed by late March of this year. After that, they will move to Western Avenue on their way to Harrison Street. A fact sheet for that portion of the project is available here.  Pepco will be responsible for repaving River Road in the section between Little Falls Parkway and Western Avenue. Road restoration will take place in April.


CM Berliner speaks at 2015 Maryland Association of Counties Winter Conference -  I was asked to speak to our role as legislators in leading the charge for smart growth. As I thought about this presentation, I asked myself what is the biggest lesson I have learned over the past eight years as we in Montgomery County have sought to implement smart growth principles.  And the answer I would offer is simply this – change is hard, and changing a deeply rooted culture is even harder. The whole speech can be found here.  


Earth Day Art Contest 2015 - This year I invited MCPS student in grades 3 through 8 to celebrate Earth Day by participating in my 1st Annual Earth Day Art competition. The theme was Making A Difference. We got many submissions, showing the immense artistic abilities and environmental stewardship we have amongst our County's students. Please find all the winners & runner-ups here


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