Of Interest in Montgomery County

May 12, 2014 | Valerie Bonk

A Dialogue With the Faith Community in Silver Spring

On Thursday, May 8, members of the Silver Spring community met at the Civic Center to discuss how to best engage the community. Regional Center Director Reemberto Rodriguez says the meeting was organized as an effort to stay connected with the community This year the dialogue was in collaboration with the County’s Office of Community […]

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April 21, 2014 | Valerie Bonk

County Welcomes New Middle Eastern Liaison

The Montgomery County Office of Community Partnerships is welcoming a new liaison responsible for connecting and representing the Middle Eastern community. Mimi Hassanein lived in Egypt and completed her Bachelors of Arts degree from Cairo University. For several years, she chaired the Bilingual Advisory Committee for the Montgomery County English for Speakers of Other Languages Division […]

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April 18, 2014 | Valerie Bonk

Local Students to ‘Light the Way Home’

“Lighting the Way Home,” an event to unveil handmade and illuminated mosaic address signs created by the students to promote public safety, will take place on April 27 at 7 p.m. at the Carroll Avenue Community Center in Silver Spring. The event was originally scheduled for March 18 but was rescheduled for inclement weather. The […]

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April 11, 2014 | Valerie Bonk

County Welcomes New Latino Liaison

The Montgomery County Office of Community Partnerships is welcoming a new Latino liaison responsible for strengthening the Gilchrist Center network in the upcounty. Nestor Alvarenga started his new position this week and will be looking for ways to better engage the Latino community in Montgomery County. Alvarenga was born in El Salvador and raised in Montgomery […]

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April 4, 2014 | Valerie Bonk

MCPS Works to Reach Non-English Speaking Parents

UPDATED An email that came through my inbox last week piqued my interest as a community engagement specialist.  The announcement was from the Montgomery County Public School system  for their “resource fair” for families to learn about resources, social services and educational programs available for residents. The email began like this: “This is a bilingual […]

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March 28, 2014 | Valerie Bonk

Gaithersburg Man Runs for Young Boy With Cancer

He’s an avid runner who hits the road during racing season, running for various causes through the years. But this year, Adrian Morales of Gaithersburg was inspired by a young boy fighting for his life, and decided he wanted to do his part to give back. “I lost both my grandmothers two years ago to cancer, […]

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March 21, 2014 | Valerie Bonk

Singer Bri Cooper Brings Opera to Sandy Spring

Sandy Spring Museum is going classical, bringing independent opera artist Bri Cooper to the mic for a unique recital.  On March 22 at 7 p.m., Cooper will present “Operalicious: Art of the Song Recital,” a concert that will feature music by well known composers such as Richard Strauss, Claude Debussy, and George Gershwin. I caught up […]

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March 14, 2014 | Valerie Bonk

Women’s History Month Profile: Bernice Grossman

In honor of Women’s History Month, we’re profiling influential women who are giving back to the communities of Montgomery County in various ways. Read below to learn more about Bernice Grossman, who is still working at the age of 90 as an alumni assistant with the Montgomery College Alumni Association. What is your role in […]

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March 13, 2014 | Valerie Bonk

Women’s History Month Profile: Jeannette Feldner

In honor of Women’s History Month, we’re profiling influential women who are giving back to the communities of Montgomery County in various ways. Read below to learn more about Jeannette Feldner, Co-President and Membership Chair for the Montgomery County Chapter of the National Organization for Women (MCNOW). What is your role in the community? “Legislative advocacy is […]

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March 11, 2014 | Valerie Bonk

photo Kathy Stevens

Women’s History Month Profile: Kathy Stevens

In honor of Women’s History Month, we’re profiling influential women who are giving back to the communities of Montgomery County in various ways. Read below to learn more about Kathy Stevens, Executive Director of the Montgomery Coalition for Adult English Literacy. What is your role in the community? “As the executive director at MCAEL, it is […]

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