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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. Read the full press release

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    Clark Lobenstine, who served as the first executive director of the InterFaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington, was honored by the Montgomery County Council on Sept. 30 for his 35 years of leading the organization that has brought together people from many cultural and religious backgrounds for the dual purpose of interfaith dialogue and collaboration for social justice. Councilmembers Roger Berliner (left) and George Leventhal (right) presented a proclamation to Dr. Lobenstine recognizing his accomplishments.

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    Karma Beal, a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, offers some lesser known facts about the U.S. Constitution as the Montgomery County Council on Sept. 24 issued a proclamation recognizing “Constitution Week.” The delegates to the constitutional convention in Philadelphia in 1787 signed the Constitution of the United States on Sept.17 that year. By June 21, 1788, the constitution was effective, having been approved by nine of the 13 states. Councilmember Phil Andrews presented the proclamation on behalf of the Council.

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    Montgomery County Council President Craig Rice, who represents the Council district that includes Montgomery Village, held a community meeting on Sept. 22 at the Gaithersburg Library that concentrated on issues impacting one of the nation’s oldest planned communities. More than 100 residents attended, with the main topics of interest focusing on the future development of the Montgomery Village golf course, the possible northern extension of Mid-County Highway, the future of Lakeforest Mall and the increased public safety efforts in the area.

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    Montgomery County Small Business Navigator Judith Stephenson was featured guest on Friday September 26 on En Sintonía con el Concejo del Condado de Montgomery (Tuned In with the Montgomery County Council). The main topics of conversation were the small business navigator office and procurement opportunities for minorities. Video Part1 Video Part2 Video Part3

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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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    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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