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    The Montgomery County Council on Nov. 25 saluted Councilmembers Phil Andrews and Cherri Branson (holding proclamations), who attended their final Council meetings. Neither sought re-election to the Council. Councilmember Andrews served 16 years as the District 3 representative. Councilmember Branson was appointed in January to complete the vacant term as the District 5 representative. Offering congratulations, left to right, were Councilmembers Hans Riemer, Nancy Floreen, George Leventhal, Craig Rice, Roger Berliner, Nancy Navarro and Marc Elrich.

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    The Montgomery County Council on Nov. 25 saluted Councilmember Phil Andrews, who was attending his final meeting after serving on the Council for 16 years. Councilmember Andrews, who chaired the Council’s Public Safety Committee for many those years, never missed a Council meeting in his four terms. Among the legislation he worked hard to pass was a bill that made Montgomery County the first jurisdiction in Maryland to ban smoking in restaurants. Among those offering congratulations, left to right, were Councilmembers Hans Riemer, Nancy Floreen, George Leventhal and Craig Rice.

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    County Executive Ike Leggett on Nov. 10 signed the “Ban the Box” legislation that will delay the time during the job application process when certain employers can ask an applicant about their criminal background. Among those at the ceremonies in Rockville were the chief sponsors of the legislation, County Councilmembers Marc Elrich, left, and Cherri Branson, right. Also at the ceremonies were Councilmember Roger Berliner (second from left), Council Vice President George Leventhal (center) and Director of the Department of Correction and Rehabilitation Art Wallenstein.

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    Eduardo Lopez, Executive Producer of the popular TV program Linea Directa, was featured guest on the latest En Sintonía con el Concejo de Montgomery (Tuned In with the Montgomery County Council) on Radio America (1540 AM). He talked about how he has shared key information on health, education, immigration and social services with the Latino community for the past 25 years. Linea Directa has been sponsored by the Council with its community grants. Video Part 1 Video Part 2

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    Councilmember Phil Andrews, who on Dec. 1 will conclude 16 years serving on the Council, was honored on Oct. 30 for his efforts to enhance public safety in his long-term role as chair of the Council’s Public Safety Committee. Above from County Fire Chief Steve Lohr (above). Police Chief Tom Manger, Department of Correction and Rehabilitation Director Art Wallenstein and Eric Bernard and Marcine Goodloe of the Montgomery County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association also presented awards of appreciation to Councilmember Andrews.

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    Councilmember Nancy Floreen leads the celebration after she drops a copy of the old County Zoning Ordinance into its grave at Royce Hanson Park in downtown Silver Spring. Among those helping “bury” the code were, from left: Planning Board member Norman Dreyfuss, Planning Board member Amy Presley, Planning Board Chair Casey Anderson, County Councilmember Cherri Branson and Planning Board member Natali Fani-Gonzalez.

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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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