County Report This Week Episode 216 June 13, 2014

County Report This Week Episode 216 June 13, 2014


>>welcome to “county report this week.” we start with early voting. The gubernatorial primary election is set for tuesday, June 24 and early voting is now underway in montgomery county at nine designated early voting centers.>>early voting is tremendously important. It gives the voter the opportunity to choose when and where they vote so they are not forced to vote on one day.>>early voting continues through June 19. You can find a complete list of early voting locations and hours of operation on the board of elections website. There was a big community turnout for the official opening of the new third district police station and the white oak section of silver spring this week. A state-of-the-art station replaces a former building on sligo avenue that housed the third district for over 50 years.>>the county executive invited the young residents in this crowd to stand alongside local leaders as they cut the ceremonial ribbon to officially open the county’ s newest police station. [Applause] The two-story police station is located on milestone drive and the white oak section of silver spring. On this day, residents were able to tour cility which houses about 200 officers and other staff who respond to over 43,000 calls for service last year.>>it is the busiest station in the county and it has been for quite some time. That’ s why we have a large contingency of personnel to help to deal with the issues of public safety here in the county.>>this location will be more efficient and keep people safe and the entire east per the county in addition to being able to respond to what’ s happening in downtown silver spring.>>during a tour of the facility, residents discovered the first floor houses operations, rollcall room, community meeting room, and a prisoner holding area. Upstairs, you’ ll find it in a straight of offices and the fitness room or officers can work out.>>there are little things in the station that will help boost morale for our police officers. We’ ve got gas pumps in the back so the officers don’ t have to spend early minutes out of their ship traveling to get fuel. They can get it right here. There are lockers big enough to accommodate all of their equipment.>>this facility is phenomenal. We were at the old station and this is nice and bright and it’ s amazing.>>I have two young children and every time we see the construction, we have been excited.>>I like the [Indiscernible]>>another local you fascinated by the construction of the station decided to build his own police station out of legos. He presented the officers at the third district with his gift and they put his project on display in their new loving.>>the thing I like about it is it’ s not just police cars.>>the third district station is open 24 hours per day, seven days per week. County executive ike leggett announced the creation of a task force to combat human trafficking.>>according to authorities, there were 11 arrests last year but still, human trafficking is one of the most difficult crimes to crack down.>>the victims in these cases are young women who are forced into lives that they did not choose and have no way of escaping. To help them, and to make certain we are keeping up with crime, the task force will be announced — that we are announcing today will provide recommendations for new legislation, new enforcement techniques, as well as new awareness and prevention campaigns.>>human trafficking is third-largest activity in the world with over 800,000 people being exploited every year. In the county, it has been based in areas like gaithersburg, germantown, and montgomery village.>>is our awareness of this despicable crime is heightened, we are discovering more cases tied to human trafficking. Some of them come to our attention in response to domestic disturbances, to runaway investigations and others we in cover during prostitution arrests. While the victims of human trafficking are found throughout the county in different ways, one thing remains constant with human trafficking — it is a human — it is a heinous crime looted encryption and is characterized by greed and it displays a fundamental disrespect for the human spirit.>>the new task force will have members from different law enforcement agencies and will be presided over by the chair of the montgomery county commission for women.>>as members of this task force, we will work to increase our understanding and the public’ s to under — to shine a light on the issue in montgomery county. It’ s hard to believe for all of us that we have it here in montgomery county. As you have heard from my colleagues, we do.>>>>this week, the county was recognized by the white house for its outstanding accomplishments and creating an innovative cyber technology project with the potential to benefit our residents. montgomery county unveiled its achievements in the smart america challenge presenting the county’ s project scale community awareness network. It uses technology that deploys a public-sector automated safety alert and community awareness network that protects vulnerable populations. It is deployed with sensors and I rockville apartment building that’ s the tech different environmental stress factors like smoke, heat, or carbon monoxide and transmit the data to a cloud service and, if necessary, dispatches emergency response services. The county council returned to regular business this week following a brief recess. Council members adopted the fiscal year 2015 budget that is set to go into effect on July 1. At its weekly media briefing, council resident craig rice talked about how some services are being restored and he shed light on what he wants to prioritize during the second half of his term as President.>>I was just meeting with the developer this morning that was looking at affordable housing options in montgomery county and was frustrated with the time it took to provide something that is so important. How often do we sit here and talk about affordable housing opportunities in montgomery county? To really have it be a challenge for a developer to deliver on that — we are talking about truly affordable housing, every single unit in affordable. It does not make sense for us so we’ ve got to fix those policies. We’ ve got to fix those rates that are assigned to things that are a core priority for us in montgomery county.>>on the campus of the university of maryland, local leader was recently honored for her compliments in her profession and community. Mctv has more.>>last week, montgomery college President Dr. Derien power was recognized. Known to the university of maryland college, other awardees included the television anchor hattie kauffman, cofounder of public stuff, nasa astronaut and founder of President And smith and company. During her acceptance speech, Dr. Pollard credited those who inspired her and encouraged others to believe more in themselves.>>I have been indelibly shaped and molded not only by the social movement that came before me but also by the individual movements of my life, my family, leaders, educators and others particularly mentors who saw something in me that I never saw in myself. You are here tonight because somebody else believed in you as much as you should believe in yourself. i am able to work for an organization, montgomery college, that means something to its community, that has breadth and depth and believes every person who wants to go to college should have the right and the ability to do so. [Applause]>>following the ceremony, Dr. Pollard met many attendees during the reception.>>she said when you are comfortable standing in your own space and you know who you really are — it was empowering because I have been going through not really sure what career path I wanted to take and hearing her say that it’ s ok and seeing how successful she is, reassured me I would be ok and anything I wanted to pursue would turn out great. It’ s great to meet her. I am so happy.>>coming up, we will go to downtown wheaton or the taste of wheaton brought people out to try local restaurants.>>history comes alive during heritage days weekend June 28-29. The two-day festival offers visitors an opportunity to sample numerous sites revisiting the history, culture, natural beauty of montgomery county. Join us June 28 and 29 from noon until 4 P.M.. Call301 or go to heritage montgomery.Org.>>there are more than 10,000 county government fund numbers but there is only one number you need to remember for nonemergency calls — 311. Mc 311 is the montgomery county online television — telephone system. Our you trying to locate a government facility? Call 311 which is open 7 A.M. To 7 P.M. On the website is open 24 hours per day, seven days per week.>>county executive ike leggett announced a collaborative effort between the police, the officer of consumer protection and several state agencies to crack down on unlicensed home-improvement contractors. Law enforcement agencies in the region will share information and work cooperatively to file criminal charges against those individuals who have victimized homeowners, stealing millions of dollars.>>each year consumers and maryland, montgomery county, alone have lost hundreds of thousands of dollars to unlicensed contractors to incomplete, and abandoned, or home-improvement projects. We will not tolerate the victimization of our residents, especially our seniors.>>to make sure the home-improvement contractor is licensed, call the maryland home improvement commission at 410-230-6309 or call the county’ s office of consumer protection at 240-777-3636 or visit the website. World elder abuse awareness day is recognized every year on June 15 but montgomery county dedicates an entire week to the issue. We were at the rockville senior center for the elder abuse presentation.>>the senior center took part of the montgomery county world elder abuse awareness week with an informational session on senior safety. The event drew community members from all over montgomery county who came to learn about how to protect themselves and their loved ones from the horrors of elder abuse.>>I feel really confident that everybody here knows somebody who has been taken advantage of, neglected, treated poorly, isolated. That makes this our issue. It is all of our issues. It affects all of us.>>the event included vendors, exhibitors, speeches by maryland and montgomery county officials, and a class on how to stay safe from elder abuse and exploitation.>>we have in this country of national government service called adult protective services. Every state has put together their own response to elder abuse and younger people who are vulnerable. We have that in montgomery county and maryland. The approach is very localized because the problem of elder abuse really goes where the elders are living. It was reflected here this morning, we are working on building the layers we meet at every level. it starts with elder adults, talking to them, listening to them, working with the prosecutors, law enforcement was here today and they are critical to this work, working with the state — this is happening everywhere in every state — in my role, is to help at the federal level and make sure the federal government can be a better partner in supporting all of this work.>>recent research has found that one in 10 elder americans are abused each year. For every case reported, there are approximately 23 that go unreported. For more information, visit montgomery county maryland.Gov. The diversity of our area restaurants were on display at the taste of wheaton.>>it brings people out and get them involved with our neighbors. We are a very diverse community here in wheaton. We have people from all over the world.>>the 19th annual event brought thousands of people to the streets of downtown wheaton for a taste of the area. Local restaurant owners were grateful for the opportunity to show off their menu.>>we are a mom-and-pop store and we offer specialties to the people coming over here to wheaton. Everybody tries and many people come back. They support us all year round.>>the festival for our local businesses, it rings — you can see what other businesses are in the area. It puts us in touch with our community.>>what’ s new this year? A special wine tasting test where visitors can pair up food from local restaurants with local wines. The people here said they are happy to see attention focused on bringing people to downtown wheaton.>>we have seen a lot of growth and development around the area. We think a lot of the restaurants bring a lot of people to the area. It’ s because they are very diverse. You can get american food or asian food and all this stuff. I think that is a real draw to the area.>>it brings a lot of people in and I noticed even today that the event has gotten larger over the years. They used to be quite small but more vendors are coming out and I think it will be good for wheaton in terms of showing people what is here.>>it’ s a great promotional weekend for wheaton with the weather and people coming out. It shows everybody that we have a lot of independent spirit in the wheaton area and that these businesses are very worth supporting.>>you can find out more about what’ s happening this summer in wheaton on its website.>>when we come back, county executive ike leggett shares advice with the class of 2014. remembering the founder of a community hero and we come back.>>vote early in montgomery county, early voting locations are open from 10 A.M.-8:00 P.M. June 12-June 19. You can find a way times and get google map directions and public transit and walking to any of the nine early voting locations. 777- vote.Org for mobile remember, your time, your votes, your vote.>>welcome back. After months of review, superintendent joshua starr is recommending against hedging the start and end time for montgomery county public schools. His belt time recommendation was released this week along with the report that cites costs and missed feedback from the community as converting factors to its decision. The board of education is expected to discuss the superintendent recommendation at a meeting on June 17. You can review the bell times report online. This week, executive ike leggett delivered the commencement address at john f. Kennedy high school. The ceremony took place at dar constitution hall in washington, d c where he talked about education and hard work in front of a crowd of over 5000 attendees.>>it’ s a fact in life — you are always tested. It’ s a fact in life. The question for you is whether you meet that in a successful manner as you go forward.>>as we come to the close of high school graduation, let’ s remember our multitalented students and the many of whom are moving on to college in the fall. Some of the students are from einstein high school’ s visual arts center program. We visited their showcase earlier this spring.>>the v ac is an unusual program, unique in the united states. It’ s a portfolio development program that is sponsored and supported by mcps for 40 years. We are a small learning community designed to develop talent and get kids ready for college. Many of the ac kids past different tests so we have a bright community. Where different — we are interested in the kids developing in a creative way but they understand industry and are looking forward to the future so we are teaching kids to solve problems, how to analyze situations, and become artists in the future.>>when people see my art, they know me a little bit and they understand what I am communicating her it I’ m just an illustration and communication is the root of that.>>I believe is an artist you can use anything to express what you want to create. You can use paint, acrylic, ebony pencil, it doesn’ t matter as long as you are expressing what you feel is an artist.>>I have always been doing art and have loved it since I was little kid. This is my family the day I came home after I was adopted to america and these letters are May introducing myself and chinese and that I was adopted and this was a little area right by the orphanage that I was adopted in. I think everything is really important ties together well.>>this is data from boston, massachusetts, texas, maryland. I wanted to combine objective and subjective thinking. It showed my personality and showed my interest at navy stand out and I got to carnegie mellon and this was definitely something that contributed to my acceptance.>>a lot of the pieces have the word zero tolerance across them, trying to bring this policy into the forefront. I want people to think about and talk about.>>I think the public will be shocked that students that are from 15-18 have created a body of work that is so strong and pieces that really talk to you.>>richard jakey was remembered at a community hero at the recent youth media festival. the silver spring-based organization celebrated the life and impact of its founder who passed away a few days before this event.>>there were laughs and tears as members and supporters of the gandfhi brigade gather together. He passed away less thaa week before the organization’ s biggest event of the year.>>I was a friend of richard. I have known him longer than I’ ve known the gandhi brigade. To see the kind of work he did and to have had no idea that he wassick, I wanted to be here in honor of him.>>this is one of the ways community members are remembering his legacy, a man many call a community hero.>>he was my mentor, my friend, my father figure, and today was a way for me to remember him and let him know that he May be gone for now but people like me will always remember him and love him and we will support his dream.>>it’ s only just so often and that people comes along with a special spirit that inspires people.>>part of art challenge is to keep the doors open and keep the vision going and that was a large part of today. Today was a tribute to richard and what he has meant to the community. I think we would be letting down everything he has built if we did not find a way to keep everything going.>>richard created the gandhi brigade in 2005 to empower local youth to deliver positive messages to the public through media.>>the only way I can go through with a positive mentality is to embody his passion and his ideals and his kindness and humility and inspire other people to do the same.>>I think richard would have loved today. I think he is here and loves it.>>for “county report this week.”>>coming up, we will share historic flower facts about the popular flowers at seneca state creek art. We will introduce you to our pets of the week. Stay tuned as “county report this week” will come right back.>>13 track and field athletes have been named to the all-american team. They were honored for their outstanding performances at the recent national track and field championships. The men’ s team finished d the women’ s team finished 11. Two mc baseball players have a name to the mcaa baseball team. Two mc teams are hosting clinics for kids this summer. The women’ s basketball team offers weeklong sessions from June 23-June 25. The mc men’ s soccer team is holding weeklong sessions from June 23-July 31.>>welcome back. Peonies are in full bloom this week at seneca state park, there is an historic collection of the blossom. Susan kenedy took a tour of the garden learned out these elite annuals got their start at the park.>>we are here at this useful p[Eony garden with eric leadbetter who is a park ranger and he will give us a good idea of how these flowers came to be in this beautiful park. Talk about the history of these beautiful flowers.>>the story begins nearly 100 years ago around 1913. There was a man named edwin p schwarzer was a wealthy real estate developer. He was an avid gardener and wanted to have a rose garden but the first few bushes he planted did not flourish. He found the beautiful flowering plant much like these. He did not know what it was so he took a sample of it to the department of agriculture. They said this is a peony. He was head over heels. Within a year, he had ordered 100 different for righties of dnas from a dealer in new jersey and began an enormous flower bed that once spread from the gaithersburg city hall all the way to the railroad tracks.>>how did the flowers and up here at seneca creek state park?>>Mr. Swartz did not live very long after he started the garden. He died in 1924 but his wife continued the garden and it became a business. They bought 18 acres from the clopper road family on clopper road, probably 30,000 individual lance were moved by hand — individual plans were moved from downtown gaithersburg to hear.>>that smells really nice. Who takes care of all this?>>it’ s almost entirely the work of a dedicated corps of volunteers. Our leader is a man named earl who is retired.>>do people come here to look at it and they are puny experts?>>we get local gardeners who have some in her own garden and we have families with kids who are looking for a fun day out for the afternoon.>>another jewel in the crown in montgomery county.>>we like to think so.>>visitors can see the historic peonies in gaithersburg. Let’ s meet our pet of the week. Here is cap the stanhope from the humane society.>>hi there. I am here with too little darlings. This is sharvee and her brother. They are three months old and looking to go home with you. They will be spayed and neutered upon adoption so visit them on the web or give us a call at 240-252-2555.>>the next time you are traveling to the takoma langley crossroads, stop by the crossroads farmers market at their new location on anne street and university all of art from alone A.M.-3:00 P.M..>>this is the beginning of our eight season here at crossroads. We have a new location on anne street thanks to the takoma park city council. Everyone is within 125 miles. We want to support our local economy and be inclusive of our entire community.>>state senator jamie raskin talks about the importance of community while enjoying the beautiful day at the market, learning how to juggle and enjoy nutritious and delicious food.>>it’ s great to see all of the local maryland farmers coming together. And people from the neighborhood and trinity come out and are buying fresh and nutritious and delicious fruits and vegetables and baked goods and prepared lunches. I love to see local food sustainability in action. There is a great culture that grows up around it. This young man is teaching me how to juggle. It will be a great season for the crossroads market.>>since the market opened in 2007, it has distributed over 243,000 fresh fruit. It has allowed low income individuals and families to add an additional benefit to their program offered at the weekly market.>>we were the first farmers market in maryland to accept food stamps and the first in the country to double those benefits. We continue to do that. this is our eighth year running those programs. We also run a senior eligibility program. Any senior from prince george’ s county or montgomery county that comes with an id that says they are 65 or older, they are eligible for five dollars for fruits, vegetables, meat, eggs, honey on a weekly basis.>>to find out more, visit crossroads community food network.Org.>>with that, we close this addition of “county report this week.” you can like us on facebook and join us at this time every week to look at what goes on inside montgomery county. I am sonja burke. 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