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A SAFE HAVEN... Councilmember Elrich attended the Grand Opening event for Montgomery County’s new Family Justice Center, which will provide one-stop service for families who find themselves in crisis and in need of assistance maneuvering through our justice system. The new facility provides private rooms, family-friendly facilities, a play area and easy access to not only the courts, but also to social service providers, from County agencies to local non-profits. Councilmember Elrich is joined by Police Chief Thomas Manger, Council President Phil Andrews, Councilmember Duchy Trachtenberg, Montgomery County State's Attorney John McCarthy and County Executive Isiah Leggett as Congressman Chris Van Hollen takes the podium at the event.

 

TRAILING SILVER SPRING HISTORY ? The first six of an eventual 20 Hertiage Trail sign markers that will create a walking tour of historic sites in downtown Silver Spring was unveiled April 17. Among those at the ceremonies in front of the Silver Spring Regional Services Center?original site of the 1927 Masonic Temple?were, left to right, County Councilmembers Marc Elrich and Duchy Trachtenberg, County Executive Isiah Leggett and Councilmember Valerie Ervin.

 

 

CELEBRATING INDEPENDENCE... Takoma Park celebrated the 120th year of its annual Independence Day Celebration in 2009, with a family-friendly parade, evening concert, fireworks and more. Councilmember Elrich, a 30 year resident of Takoma Park, was happy to participate in the parade again this year, accompanied by his grandchildren.

 

 

HONORING WAYNE GOLDSTEIN... The Montgomery Civic Federation honored the contributions of long-time civic activist Wayne Goldstein at its annual awards banquet on May 15, 2009. Wayne Goldstein was a passionate, knowledgeable and tireless activist in the county for over 30 years. His unexpected death in April robbed the county of one of its most effective advocates for many causes, chief among them transparency and historic preservation. Councilmember Elrich is joined on the dais by Council President Phil Andrews, Mr. Goldstein's longtime companion Judith Pont, Council members Duchy Trachtenberg and Roger Berliner, and County Executive Isiah Leggett.

 

Brookside Gardens - July 19, 2009

 A GREEN BIRTHDAY... Brookside Gardens celebrated its 40th Anniversary on Sunday, July 19 with birthday cake, family-friendly activities, a dedication ceremony for the 40th Anniversary Grove, and an early evening concert in the Gude Garden. Councilmember Elrich, who has visited the gardens for much of those 40 years, was there to congratulate them and participate in the unveiling of the 40th Anniversary Grove. He is pictured here on the left, next to Brookside Director Stephanie Oberle, Parks Department Director Mary Bradford, County Executive Isiah Leggett, and Park and Planning Director Royce Hanson.

 

Senator Cardin Meeting ? June 15, 2009

Senator Benjamin Cardin joined the county council members at a meeting on June 15, 2009 to discuss issues of concern for Montgomery County and how legislation and the stimulus money in particular might impact the county and state.
COMMON CAUSE... Senator Benjamin Cardin joined the county council members at a meeting on June 15, 2009 to discuss issues of concern for Montgomery County and how legislation and the stimulus money in particular might impact the county and state. Councilmember Elrich is joined at the table by Council President Phil Andrews and Senator Cardin.

 

Breaking New Ground ? November 29, 2008

Elected officials and representatives from Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Services joined community members on Thursday, Nov. 29, to break ground for the new one-story, 16,770-square foot Germantown/Kingsview Fire Station at the intersection of Route 118 and Clopper Road.
BREAKING NEW GROUND? Elected officials and representatives from Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Services joined community members on Thursday, Nov. 29, to break ground for the new one-story, 16,770-square foot Germantown/Kingsview Fire Station at the intersection of Route 118 and Clopper Road. When completed in late 2008, the station will be the first new Fire and Rescue facility built in Germantown since 1980. Getting the construction started, left to right: International Association of Fire Fighters No. 1664 President John Sparks, Maryland State Senator Charles Barkley, Montgomery County Fire Chief Thomas Carr, County Executive Isiah Leggett, County Councilmembers Phil Andrews and Mike Knapp, State Delegate Craig Rice, State Senator Nancy King, Councilmember Marc Elrich and County Volunteer Fire Rescue Association President Marcine Goodloe.

 

Town Hall Meeting ? November 19, 2008

Montgomery County Councilmember Duchy Trachtenberg (at podium) has proposed legislation that would outlaw discrimination against trans gender people.
A MOMENT OF LEVITY... Council members Nancy Floreen, Phil Andrews, Mike Knapp, Marc Elrich and Roger Berliner share a moment of laughter at a town hall meeting at the Judith Resnik Center in Gaithersburg on November 19, 2008. The meeting was moderated by Council In Brief host Susan Kenedy.

 

Former Fire Chief Tom Carr - September 29, 2008

Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service Chief Tom Carr, the first uniformed County Fire Chief of the combined service, left the county after 32 years of service to join the City of Charleston (SC) Department as their new Fire Chief in the fall of 2008.
A LEADER DEPARTS... Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service Chief Tom Carr, the first uniformed County Fire Chief of the combined service, left the county after 32 years of service to join the City of Charleston (SC) Department as their new Fire Chief in the fall of 2008. His professionalism, warmth, and calm, diplomatic manner were key to bringing together the newly combined Fire Service when the career and volunteer services were brought together under one fire chief with his hiring in 2004. Councilmember Elrich thanked Chief Carr for his years of dedicated service to the county and wished him the best of luck in his new department.

 

Prevailing Wage Law - September 9, 2008

Councilmember Elrich discusses the ongoing work of the Sustainability Working Group, formed to determine the best practices for the county to follow in implementing the innovative climate protection legislation passed in 2008 by the council.
CONSTRUCTING A FAIR DEAL... Representatives of the construction labor community thanked members of the Montgomery County Council on Sept. 9 for approving a bill that provides prevailing wages be paid to workers on construction projects valued at more than $500,000 that are awarded or financed by County government. Joining with ceremonies were, left to right: Mark Coles of the Washington Building Trades Council; Councilmember George Leventhal; Nooshin Mahalia of the Economic Policy Institute; Councilmember Valerie Ervin, chief sponsor of the bill; Sean Dobson of Progressive Maryland; Councilmember Nancy Floreen; construction worker Jhunio Medina; Councilmembers Duchy Trachtenberg and Roger Berliner; Bill Halbert of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council of Carpenters; Denny Martire of the Mid-Atlantic Laborers Union; and Councilmember Marc Elrich, one of the bill?s original co-sponsors.

 

Sustainability Working Group Report - September 8, 2008

Councilmember Elrich discusses the ongoing work of the Sustainability Working Group, formed to determine the best practices for the county to follow in implementing the innovative climate protection legislation passed in 2008 by the council.
MAKING SUSTAINABILITY A REALITY... Councilmember Elrich discusses the ongoing work of the Sustainability Working Group, formed to determine the best practices for the county to follow in implementing the innovative climate protection legislation passed in 2008 by the council.

 

Anti Slots Rally - September 8, 2008

Councilmember Elrich joined countless elected officials in Montgomery County to address the social, ethical and financial pitfalls of the 2008 Slots initiative at an Anti-Slots Rally in Rockville.
GAMING THE SYSTEM... Councilmember Elrich joined countless elected officials in Montgomery County to address the social, ethical and financial pitfalls of the 2008 Slots initiative at an Anti-Slots Rally in Rockville. He was joined by Delegate Karen Montgomery, Takoma Park Mayor Bruce Williams, Delegate Susan Lee, Delegate Heather Mizeur, and Councilmember Duchy Trachtenberg, among others.

 

Domestic Workers Law Signing - July 22, 2008

Councilmember Elrich discusses the ongoing work of the Sustainability Working Group, formed to determine the best practices for the county to follow in implementing the innovative climate protection legislation passed in 2008 by the council.
PROTECTING THE RIGHTS OF THE PROTECTORS... Councilmember Elrich celebrated the passage of the groundbreaking Domestic Workers Law, which he authored together with Councilmember Leventhal to protect the people who care for our children, homes and loved ones from abuse and exploitation. The sample employment contract now required for those working more than 20 hours a week will help ensure that domestic workers and their employers come to an agreement on crucial details about wages, job duties, work schedules and employment benefits. The legislation was passed at the initiative of a group of dedicated domestic workers, the ?Mujeres Buscando Justicia? or Women Seeking Justice, and other advocates from the community, whose efforts resulted in the introduction of the bill. Joining Marc are County Executive Isaih Leggett, CASA Director Gustavo Torres, Women Seeking Justice President Herminia Licona Sandoval, and Alexis De Simone.

 

CHI Centers Anniversary  - June 28, 2008

CHI Centers Chief Executive Officer Alan Lovell and CHI?s Past Board President Ken Savell accepted a proclamation on behalf of the county from Councilmember Elrich in recognition of the 60th anniversary of the Centers at their Annual Family Picnic on June 28, 2008.
60 YEARS OF SERVICE... CHI Centers Chief Executive Officer Alan Lovell and CHI?s Past Board President Ken Savell accepted a proclamation on behalf of the county from Councilmember Elrich in recognition of the 60th anniversary of the Centers at their Annual Family Picnic on June 28, 2008. CHI Centers further the independence, self-reliance and dignity of individuals with developmental disabilities by providing adult programs, residential, employment, recreation and transportation services.

 

Marilyn J. Praisner Recreation Center and Library - June 7, 2008

More than 200 people gathered on June 7, 2008 in Burtonsville to dedicate the adjoining library and recreation center on Old Columbia Pike as the Marilyn J. Praisner Recreation Center and the Marilyn J. Praisner Library.
HONORING A COUNTY ICON... More than 200 people gathered on June 7, 2008 in Burtonsville to dedicate the adjoining library and recreation center on Old Columbia Pike as the Marilyn J. Praisner Recreation Center and the Marilyn J. Praisner Library. Mrs. Praisner represented District 4?the Eastern portion of the County?for 17 years until her passing on Feb. 1, 2008. Participants in the ceremonies included, left to right: Karen Cheek, Mrs. Praisner?s daughter; nieces Kaitlin and Rachel Klumpp; Councilmembers Nancy Floreen, Mike Knapp and George Leventhal; Mrs. Praisner?s husband Don Praisner; Councilmember Duchy Trachtenberg; County Executive Isaih Leggett; Director of the Department of Recreation Gabriel Albornoz; Councilmember Marc Elrich; Mrs. Praisner?s daughter Alison Klumpp; former Director of the Eastern Montgomery Regional Center Anise Key Brown; and Mrs. Praisner?s son Michael Praisner.

 

It's History Now -  May 1, 2008

The Montgomery County Council and County Executive Isiah Leggett on Tuesday, May 1, recognized the winners of the 2007 Montgomery County History Day Competition. Helping honor the winners were County Councilmember Phil Andrews (seventh from left), County Executive Leggett (middle, beige suit) and Councilmember Marc Elrich (fourth from right).
IT?S HISTORY NOW? The Montgomery County Council and County Executive Isiah Leggett on Tuesday, May 1, recognized the winners of the 2007 Montgomery County History Day Competition. Helping honor the winners were County Councilmember Phil Andrews (seventh from left), County Executive Leggett (middle, beige suit) and Councilmember Marc Elrich (fourth from right).

 

Taking A Bite Out of Trans Fats -  March 26, 2008

Montgomery County Councilmember Duchy Trachtenberg (front right) on Monday, March 26, hosted a food tasting event in Rockville to demonstrate the benefits of cooking without trans fats. On March 27, she will introduce a bill that would make Montgomery County the first county in the U.S. to ban trans fats in restaurant-cooked foods.
TAKING A BITE OUT OF TRANS FATS? Montgomery County Councilmember Duchy Trachtenberg (front right) on Monday, March 26, hosted a food tasting event in Rockville to demonstrate the benefits of cooking without trans fats. On March 27, she will introduce a bill that would make Montgomery County the first county in the U.S. to ban trans fats in restaurant-cooked foods. Among those at the March 26 event were Jeff Black (front left), who has eliminated trans fats in most foods cooked in his four restaurants. Also attending were (back, left to right): Councilmembers Marc Elrich and George Leventhal and Michael Jacobson, executive director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest.

 

Concern for Darfur - Febuary 27, 2008

About 30 students representing seven Montgomery County high schools visited the County Council on Feb. 27, 2008 asking Councilmembers to support a bill that would prohibit the Montgomery County Employees? Retirement System from investing in certain businesses conducting operations in the war-torn Republic of Sudan under certain circumstances.
LOCAL YOUTH MAKE A GLOBAL IMPACT? About 30 students representing seven Montgomery County high schools visited the County Council on Feb. 27, 2008 asking Councilmembers to support a bill that would prohibit the Montgomery County Employees? Retirement System from investing in certain businesses conducting operations in the war-torn Republic of Sudan under certain circumstances. The students represented Bethesda-Chevy Chase, Montgomery Blair, Magruder, Northwest, Quince Orchard, and Walter Johnson high schools, as well as Silver Spring International Middle School. The students joined Councilmember Elrich, who was the chief sponsor of Bill 3-08, enacted by the council on April 1, 2008.

 

Gun Violence Awareness - January 22, 2008

The Montgomery County Council on Jan. 22 joined the campaign against gun violence by showing its support of Reaching Out To Others Together (ROOT).
GUN VIOLENCE AWARENESS? The Montgomery County Council on Jan. 22 joined the campaign against gun violence by showing its support of Reaching Out To Others Together (ROOT). ROOT is a non-profit organization, founded in June 2002, that is committed to advocacy, awareness and education to reduce the number of incidents of youth violence and gun violence perpetrated by and against youth. At the proclamation presentation in Rockville were, left to right: Ava Harrison of ROOT; Kevin Dwyer, an educational and child mental health consultant; Councilmember Duchy Trachtenberg; Kenneth Barnes, Sr., who founded ROOT following the murder of his son; Franklin Tucker of ROOT; and Councilmembers Valerie Ervin, Nancy Floreen and Marc Elrich.

 

Fighting for Rights -  October 2, 2007

Montgomery County Councilmember Duchy Trachtenberg (at podium) has proposed legislation that would outlaw discrimination against trans gender people.
FIGHTING FOR RIGHTS? Montgomery County Councilmember Duchy Trachtenberg (at podium) has proposed legislation that would outlaw discrimination against trans gender people. Helping explain the need for the bill at an Oct. 2 news conference in Rockville were, left to right: Dan Furmansky, executive director of Equality Maryland; Dana Beyer, a trans gender person who is on the staff of Councilmember Trachtenberg; Councilmember Marc Elrich, a co-sponsor of the legislation; and Ron Halber, executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council.

 

2007 Takoma Park Independence Day - July 4, 2007

Board of Education member Chris Barclay talks with Councilmember Elrich at the annual Takoma Park Independence Day celebration on July 4, 2007.
EDUCATION AND INDEPENDENCE? Board of Education member Chris Barclay talks with Councilmember Elrich at the annual Takoma Park Independence Day celebration on July 4, 2007.

 




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