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Montgomery County Homeowners Invited to One-on-One Foreclosure Prevention Counseling

Montgomery County Homeowners Invited to One-on-One Foreclosure Prevention Counseling

 

The following information was sent to us by: Sue Tucker

The Montgomery County Department of Housing and Community Affairs (DHCA), in partnership with the Montgomery County Housing Fair Planning Committee and the City of Gaithersburg, invites all county homeowners who are falling behind in their mortgage payments or are facing foreclosure to attend a free foreclosure prevention counseling event on Saturday, October 1, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Bohrer Park Activity Center, Summit Hall Farm, 506 S. Frederick Avenue, Gaithersburg.

Homeowners will receive one-on-one foreclosure prevention counseling offered by trained representatives from the following government-approved housing counseling agencies in Montgomery County: Asian-American Homeownership Counseling, HomeFree USA, Housing Initiative Partnership and the Latino Economic Development Corporation.

Copperhead Snake Found in Gaithersburg

Copperhead Snake Found in Gaithersburg

This Information was sent to us by the City of Gaithersburg:

On June 6, 2011, at approximately 7:15 p.m., Gaithersburg Animal Control captured a Copperhead snake in the 100 block of Swanton Lane in the Orchard Park Community.  The Copperhead is one of only two venomous snakes that are indigenous to Maryland; the other is the Timber Rattlesnake. 

Copperheads are the most active in the warmer summer months at dusk and evening hours.  During daylight hours they are prone to lie underneath objects to take cover from the hot summer sun.  Their natural camouflage coloring makes them difficult to detect if they are lying in leaves or brush.

While it is rare that City Animal Control officers encounter Copperheads in Gaithersburg, it is a reminder that residents should be aware of their surroundings when doing yard work and other outdoor activities. 

For quick identification of the Copperhead, visit: 

Firing up the Grill? Keep these Safety Tips in Mind

Firing up the Grill?  Keep these Safety Tips in Mind

With Memorial Day fast approaching, people will be firing up their grills for the first time this year and the last thing on many minds is probably safety, right? Well, it shouldn’t be according to Fire Chief Richie Bowers. Every year, thousands of homes catch fire because of inproper use of grills and the Fire Chief wants to remind residents that preparation is the key to staying safe when using grills this season.

Before you plan your next outdoor cookout, please review these safety tips:

If you haven’t used your grill in a while, give it a good spring cleaning. Scour the grate with a wire brush. Save future cleaning time by using a nonstick cooking spray to prevent food from sticking to the grill.

Before using your grill for the first time this season, go online to check whether your grill has been recalled due to any dangerous defects.

MCFRS Significant Fire & EMS Incidents From May 16 through May 22

Battalion 1 Incidents


• House Fire in the 8600 block of Lynbrook Dr- Fire units responded for a house fire and arrived on scene to find a smoking toaster oven.

• Apartment Fire in the 700 block of Northampton Drive - Report of smoke from the garden apartment. Fire units arrived to find food on the stove with no extension. No reported injuries, displacements or dollar loss.

 

Last Chance to Apply for Commercial and Multi-Family Energy-Efficiency Project Rebate Program

From Montgomery County:

Montgomery County’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is encouraging businesses, non-profits, faith-based organizations and multi-family communities to apply for $1.7 million available for energy efficiency projects through a program funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 under the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Program. DEP announced the launch of the Commercial and Multi-Family Rebate Program, which is designed to overcome the financial barriers to making energy-efficiency improvements, as well as reduce operating costs and carbon emissions.

Applications are due May 15.  DEP received 40 applications, which were due April 15, for the first round of awards.  Projects selected for awards must be completed by June 30, 2012.

5 Tips for Greening the Closet

5 Tips for Greening the Closet

With Earth Day just around the corner, it is a good time to think about greening the home. One place that most people overlook when trying to make environmentally friendly choices is the closet. While it may be tucked way and largely out of site, the closet can play an important role in creating an environmentally friendly home. Greening the closet is not only important, but is actually quite easy!

“Our closets hold so much of who we are, from the clothes we wear on a daily basis to the special vintage items we want to preserve,” says Fred Silber of Creative Organization, a New Jersey-based company that has created a line of sustainable, eco-friendly closet organizing products. “Because they tend to hold so much, and such a variety of things, it is important to make sure that it is an area of the home that is not overlooked when trying to live in an environmentally friendly way.”

Here are five tips to keep in mind when greening the closet: