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Police (SROs) in schools - a good or bad idea? Join us on April 8, 8pm. The Agenda:Brief background of the SRO program, ...
04/07/2021
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Police (SROs) in schools - a good or bad idea? Join us on April 8, 8pm.

The Agenda:
Brief background of the SRO program, training, and responsibilities
Summary of the data presented in official reports (Re-imaging Public Safety Task Force and MCPD SRO Program FAQ)
Discussion of Pro and Cons for removing SROs from schools
Marc Elrich
A current SRO

How to watch:
YouTube stream will be accessible via GOCA's channel, located here:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAksTDuaGpU6WWUr-Ptk2Fw

This channel is the official video content location for the Greater Olney Civic Association. We post content relating to the amazing Greater Olney community.

Police (SROs) in schools - a good or bad idea? The County Executive's current budget removes School Resource Officers (S...
04/06/2021
Is MoCo Ready to Reimagine the Police?

Police (SROs) in schools - a good or bad idea?

The County Executive's current budget removes School Resource Officers (SROs) in all high schools. Security in our schools is under review and there are different County Council bills involving the roles of SROs.

GOCA is holding a Zoom information session on Thursday, April 8 at 7 pm. We urge those involved with the schools (teachers, students, administrators, and parents) to participate and we invite the community at large to engage. You will have the opportunity to learn about this issue and share your experiences and thoughts. Both County Executive Elrich and a School Resource Officer (SRO) will participate.

This information session is sponsored by the Greater Olney Civic Association (GOCA) which is an umbrella organization with representatives from over 30 civic and homeowners' associations whose mission is to advocate for the Olney community.

Links to some background information:

County Council Bill 7-21 (Building Positive Law Enforcement Relationships Within Schools) -https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/council/Resources/Files/agenda/col/2021/20210202/20210202_8B.pdf

County Council Public Hearing on Bill 7-21 - https://archive.org/details/mccmd-March_4_2021_-_Council_Session_-_Public_Hearing_-_Bill_7-21_SRO_B-PLERS

County Council Bill 46-20 (Prohibiting SROs) -https://apps.montgomerycountymd.gov/ccllims/DownloadFilePage?FileName=2684_1_12063_Bill_46-2020_Introduction_20201117.pdf

County Council Public Hearing on Bill 46-20 -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKyEaFkLD1k

MCPD School Resource Officer Program FAQ Document https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/pol/Resources/Files/SRO/MCPD-SRO-FAQ.pdf

Reimagining Public Safety Task Force Recommendations Report
SRO discussion starts on page 26 -https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/rps/Resources/Files/reports/rps-task-force-recommendations-report.pdf

Averting Targeted School Violence - from the National Threat Assessment Center - https://www.secretservice.gov/newsroom/reports/threat-assessments/schoolcampus-attacks/details-0

Is MoCo Ready to Reimagine the Police? - from The Seventh State - http://www.theseventhstate.com/?p=14704

Board of Education Meeting Memorandum 1/12/2021 - https://go.boarddocs.com/mabe/mcpsmd/Board.nsf/files/BX3TVP6E4949/$file/Student%20Arrest%20Data%20SRO%20Program%20210112.pdf#:~:text=County%20Public%20Schools%20%28MCPS%29%2C%20which%20respects%20the%20charge,Department%2C%20the%20Gaithersburg%20P

Information on how to join this session will be shared tomorrow, as well as at goca.org.

By Adam Pagnucco. “Reimagine the police” is a phrase that has been thrown around quite a bit in the last year, although its meaning has often been nebulous. County Executive Marc Elrich’s Reimagini…

The County Executive's current budget removes School Resource Officers (SROs) in all high schools. Security in our schoo...
04/02/2021

The County Executive's current budget removes School Resource Officers (SROs) in all high schools. Security in our schools is under review. We are holding a Zoom information session on Thursday, April 8 at 7 pm. We urge those involved with the schools (teachers, students, administrators, and parents) to participate and we invite the community at large to engage. You will have the opportunity to learn about this issue and share your experiences and thoughts. County Executive Elrich will also participate to explain his position.

This information session is sponsored by the Greater Olney Civic Association (GOCA) which is an umbrella organization with representatives from over 30 civic and homeowners associations whose mission is to advocate for the Olney community.

Information with links to latest reports on this topic to be shared on April 5th.

Information to join this session will be shared on April 7th on this platform as well as on www.goca.org.

Stayed Tuned!

The County Executive's current budget removes School Resource Officers (SROs) in all high schools. Security in our schools is under review. We are holding a Zoom information session on Thursday, April 8 at 7 pm. We urge those involved with the schools (teachers, students, administrators, and parents) to participate and we invite the community at large to engage. You will have the opportunity to learn about this issue and share your experiences and thoughts. County Executive Elrich will also participate to explain his position.

This information session is sponsored by the Greater Olney Civic Association (GOCA) which is an umbrella organization with representatives from over 30 civic and homeowners associations whose mission is to advocate for the Olney community.

Information with links to latest reports on this topic to be shared on April 5th.

Information to join this session will be shared on April 7th on this platform as well as on www.goca.org.

Stayed Tuned!

Free Olney magnets (donations welcome) at National Night Out.  Come see us!
08/07/2018

Free Olney magnets (donations welcome) at National Night Out. Come see us!

06/27/2018
The Greater Olney News

The Greater Olney News

Giant confirms grocery store will open at site of former Shopper’s Food & Pharmacy; current site will close

by Terri Hogan
Senior Staff Writer
Giant Food officials today announced they will open a new store in the former site of Shoppers Food & Pharmacy in the Olney Village Center next spring and close the existing Olney store.
Citing a $21 million investment, Giant says the new store will provide over 41,000 feet of selling space, which will accommodate more options and expanded departments for shoppers.
That marks an increase from the current location, which has 29,000 feet of selling space.
Store amenities will include a full-service florist, a sushi bar, an expanded natural and organic department, a cheese shop, a prepared food bar, full-service meat, seafood and deli departments and more, company officials reported.
The store will also feature a full-service pharmacy and self-checkout. Additional retail amenities will include a PNC bank branch and a Starbucks.
The expanded departments and additional in-store amenities will pave the way for more than 30 new jobs in the greater Olney community, company officials reported.
“We are extremely excited to be announcing our work on our new store in Olney,” Gordon Reid, president of Giant Food, says in a press release. “The new store has many convenient features and expanded departments for our customers such as our ever-changing sushi bar and cheese shop. We look forward to continued investment in new store openings and remodels in the coming year to further benefit our local communities.”
Loyal shoppers of the Giant Food store at 17821 Georgia Ave. will not experience an interruption in service, as the new store will open the same day the current location closes its doors, company officials said.
Giant officials were unable to comment on plans for the existing property.
According to state property records, the nearly 5-acre site is owned by Olney Giant LLC.

Olney Chamber of Commerce
04/27/2018
Olney Chamber of Commerce

Olney Chamber of Commerce

We will be presenting an informational workshop on the new tax laws passed in December of 2017 (Tax Cuts & Jobs Act), and their impact on business and personal returns. A slide presentation on highlights of the new law will be led by two Chamber members in the financial planning field: Savant Capital and EagleStone Tax & Wealth Advisors. That will be followed by a Q&A session fielded by a panel of subject matter experts featuring three or four additional Chamber members. Register now!

The Olney McDonalds on Georgia Avenue has proposed renovations to "upgrade the appearance and functionality of the exist...
04/09/2018

The Olney McDonalds on Georgia Avenue has proposed renovations to "upgrade the appearance and functionality of the existing building and site." Site plans attached.

The main aspects of the project are:
1. Reconstructed building with modern exterior
2. Upgrade the drive-thru with two drive-thru stations
3. New accessibility features - new ADA ramps and accessibility sidewalks

We will be discussing this project during Tuesday's GOCA Meeting and want to hear from the community.

7:30PM on 4/10 in the Community Room of the Re/Max Building - 3300 Olney-Sandy Spring Road.

What do you think of these proposed changes? Comment below!

On Thursday, April 5th between 10-11 am, people in Montgomery County will receive an emergency yet to their cell phone. ...
03/30/2018
Montgomery County Maryland

On Thursday, April 5th between 10-11 am, people in Montgomery County will receive an emergency yet to their cell phone.

The message will be: “A test of the Montgomery County Wireless Emergency Alerts System. No action required.” The alert will trigger a loud (somewhat annoying) noise and will cause the receiving device to vibrate. Both the loud audio signal and vibration will be repeated twice, while displaying the text-like message on cell phones and mobile devices.

http://www2.montgomerycountymd.gov/mcgportalapps/Media_Detail.aspx?NaID=4253

On Thursday, April 5 between 10 and 11 a.m., 20 Washington metropolitan-area jurisdictions, which include all of Montgomery County, will simultaneously issue a test message to the public through the national Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) system. This will be the first live regional test using WEA....

Stay safe everyone!
03/21/2018

Stay safe everyone!

Montgomery County Public Schools are closed Wednesday March 21, 2018 due to emergency weather conditions. All school and community activities in school buildings also are canceled. All administrative offices are open. Day care programs in school buildings may remain open as scheduled. MCPS will reevaluate this decision by 5:00 a.m. to determine if closure of offices is necessary.

MENSAJES DE EMERGENCIA: 3/20/2018, 8:42 PM -- Refresque la página para actualizar mensaje

Las Escuelas Públicas del Condado de Montgomery (MCPS) permanecerán cerradas el miércoles, 21 de marzo de 2018 debido a las condiciones del tiempo. Todas las actividades escolares y comunitarias en los edificios escolares quedan canceladas. Las oficinas administrativas abrirán en horario regular. Los programas de cuidado infantil en los edificios escolares podrán operar en horario regular. MCPS reevaluará esta decisión a las 5:00 a.m. para determinar si es necesario cerras las oficinas administrativas.

Congratulations to the 2018 GOCA Award Recipients!  Left to right; Back row: Ambika Sikri, Dave Miller, Mike Kelley, Hal...
03/21/2018

Congratulations to the 2018 GOCA Award Recipients!

Left to right; Back row: Ambika Sikri, Dave Miller, Mike Kelley, Halsey Smith, Scott Goldstein. Front row: Greg Intoccia, Emily Grunwell, Jennifer Clark, Dee Hawkins

Photo Credit: George Smith

03/14/2018

Thank you to everyone who came to the GOCA meeting this evening. Here are the ideas discussed during the brainstorm session as suggested topics to address in the 2018 term. If you weren't able to make it, comment with your ideas.

Traffic congestion in the Greater Olney area, including Dunkin Donuts and Wickham Rd/Rt 108
Traffic sign improvement
Inter-neighborhood speed control
Sidewalk repairs needed in several neighborhoods
Storm drain improvements in older communities without sidewalks
Aging trees in common areas
County Capital Improvements Program - ensure we are providing input to the county

On Monday, March 12, Congressman John Sarbanes will be holding two live telephone towns hall to get your thoughts and op...
03/09/2018
Rep. Sarbanes Live Telephone Town Hall

On Monday, March 12, Congressman John Sarbanes will be holding two live telephone towns hall to get your thoughts and opinions on issues facing our nation.
The first session begins at 5:50 PM. The second session begins at 7:20 PM.
If you'd like to participate or ask him a question, you can join either session by dialing in at 877-229-8493 and entering PIN code 116416.
The telephone town hall will also be streamed online at https://sarbanes.house.gov/live.

Greater Olney Civic Association - GOCA's cover photo
03/08/2018

Greater Olney Civic Association - GOCA's cover photo

Greater Olney Civic Association - GOCA's cover photo
02/21/2018

Greater Olney Civic Association - GOCA's cover photo

02/21/2018

On March 5th at 6:30 pm at Olney Theatre, GOCA is hosting a County Executive Debate. All are welcome to come. What question would you want to ask the candidates?

Greater Olney Civic Association - GOCA's cover photo
05/10/2016

Greater Olney Civic Association - GOCA's cover photo

03/11/2016

The 2015 GOCA Award winners have been announced. Congratulations to this year's winners:
Citizen of the Year: The Greater Olney News Staff
Heritage Award: Darlene Saulsbury
Contribution to the Community: Olney Post Office Employees
Contribution to the Community: Barbara Falcigno
Youth Contribution to the Community: Matthew McDonald
GOCA Worker of the Year: Matthew Quinn

08/23/2015
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PEPCO Vegetation Management Program
Several Olney residents have raised questions about aggressive tree trimming by PEPCO in the Olney area. Click below for more information about PEPCO's vegetation management program.

https://gallery.mailchimp.com/931d483d9d1a8e8dd089b999c/files/Pepco_Vegetation_Management_Olney.pdf

Good afternoon everyone, I just wanted to pass along the link to the County's "Summer of Safety" campaign. If you click ...
07/26/2015
Welcome to Summer of Safety - Montgomery County, MD

Good afternoon everyone,

I just wanted to pass along the link to the County's "Summer of Safety" campaign. If you click on "Week # 4 - Out and About", it will take you to information about hot cars & child safety.

This is an issue that CFR member Corey Talcott suggested we highlight, particularly during the summer months. CFR Team Co-Chairs Dr. Scott Freedman and Bev Byron supported the idea as well.

We adapted the tip sheet from the Howard County Child Fatality Review team (with permission) and included links to similar efforts at the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration and Safe Kids Worldwide.

Montgomery County (Child Welfare Services) had already developed a poster in English & Spanish, and we used that rather than our own flyer to ensure a consistent message. Here's the link: http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/summersafety/index.html

Montgomery County government also tweeted about hot car & child safety, and the County Council re-tweeted it. Here's the link https://twitter.com/hashtag/MoCoSafety

Have a great rest of summer & see you in the fall.

Regards,

Sheilah

Sheilah O'Connor
FIMR/Community Action Team & CFR Coordinator
Montgomery County Dept. of Health & Human Services
Public Health Services
1335 Piccard Drive, 2nd Fl.
Rockville, MD 20850

240-777-3967
sheilah.o'[email protected]

Welcome to Summer of Safety - Montgomery County, MD

07/05/2015
www.goca.org

July 14 GOCA Meeting

The next GOCA meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 14 at 7:30PM. The meeting location is the Community Room in the Buffington RE/MAX Building located at 3300 Olney-Sandy Spring Road. The meeting room will be available starting at 7:15PM, and everyone is welcome to arrive at that time to spend 15 minutes socializing with your neighbors. We ask that everyone please review and observe our meeting rules.
http://goca.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=931d483d9d1a8e8dd089b999c&id=d96374db4c&e=a003fbf8c0

Click here to download the meeting agenda
http://goca.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=931d483d9d1a8e8dd089b999c&id=9fa983098e&e=a003fbf8c0


At our July meeting, we will consider adopting the recommendations of the Traffic Camera Task Force.
http://goca.us1.list-manage2.com/track/click?u=931d483d9d1a8e8dd089b999c&id=c76b6f62b0&e=a003fbf8c0
There has been considerable community feedback on the topic of speed cameras since the Task Force issued its final report.

Click here to review community feedback on the Task Force Report
http://goca.us1.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=931d483d9d1a8e8dd089b999c&id=07ce5fe52a&e=a003fbf8c0

Click here to review MCPD's response to the Task Force Report
http://goca.us1.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=931d483d9d1a8e8dd089b999c&id=e2d00fb4c8&e=a003fbf8c0

Also at our July 14 meeting, we will be conducting our annual and very popular HOA forum. This special format discussion is designed for folks who reside in and volunteer to lead HOA communities to bring their questions and issues regarding best practices for common ownership communities. We will have multiple HOA experts on hand to address various topics of interest, such as finances, legal matters, community pools, landscaping, parking, community covenants, etc. Speaker bios are included in the meeting agenda.
http://goca.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=931d483d9d1a8e8dd089b999c&id=5442d93b4b&e=a003fbf8c0

We look forward to seeing everyone on Tuesday, July 14.

John Webster
President

MCPD Warns of Distraction Burglaries:Suspects pose as utility workers or salespersons to gain access to victims' homes. ...
06/27/2015
myMCPnews - Police Warn of Distraction Burglaries: Suspects Posing as Utility Workers and...

MCPD Warns of Distraction Burglaries:

Suspects pose as utility workers or salespersons to gain access to victims' homes. Click below for more information. http://www.mymcpnews.com/2015/06/23/police-warn-of-distraction-burglaries-suspects-posing-as-utility-workers-and-salespersons/

Detectives from the 2nd District Investigative Section are investigating two burglaries during which the suspects posed as utility workers to gain entry into the homes. Detectives believe that these two burglaries are related. Detectives are also investigating a distraction burglary during which t…

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INTERESTED IN PEDESTRIAN SAFETY IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD? RESCHEDULED from January, join the Montgomery County Civic Federation on Monday, February 11, 2019 at 7:45 pm in Rockville for a very important discussion of pedestrian safety issues in Montgomery County. The meeting will be held in the Auditorium of the Executive Office Building, 101 Monroe Street, Rockville, Maryland 20850. Everybody is welcome and it's free! Have questions? Get answers! We will have speakers from State and local government as well as community leaders who are working hard to make Montgomery County streets, highways and neighborhoods safer. At this meeting, we will provide critical and useful information to help the County's civic associations and homeowner associations (HOAs) make their neighborhoods safer. All of your questions will be answered. We are proud that one of our guest speakers will be Corinne Hart, President of the Woodside Park Civic Association and founder of the Dale Drive Safety Coalition (Silver Spring) who has very effectively worked to mobilize her neighbors to secure many pedestrian safety and traffic calming measures along Dale Drive (between Colesville Road and Georgia Avenue). Our speakers-- Corinne Hart, President, Woodside Park Civic Association, co-chair, Dale Drive Safety Coalition Jessica McVary and David Anspacher, Montgomery County Planning Department. Wade Holland, CountyStat/Vision Zero Program, Montgomery County Peter Sotherland, MDOT SHA Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator John Wetmore, Producer, Perils for Pedestrians This is an important meeting. Please share this note and tell all of your friends, neighbors and colleagues. For more information, check out our Facebook event page https://www.facebook.com/events/2251819385142454/ For the Montgomery County Civic Federation Karen Cordry, Kensington Heights Civic Association Alan Bowser, Park Hills Civic Association
Join the Montgomery County Civic Federation on Monday, January 14, 2019 at 7:45 pm in Rockville for a very important discussion of pedestrian safety issues in Montgomery County. The meeting will be held in the Auditorium of the Executive Office Building, 101 Monroe Street, Rockville, Maryland 20850. Everybody is welcome and it's free! We will have speakers from State and local government as well as community leaders who are working hard to make Montgomery County streets, highways and neighborhoods safer. At this meeting, we will provide critical and useful information to help the County's civic associations and homeowner associations (HOAs) make their neighborhoods safer. All of your questions will be answered. We are proud that one of our guest speakers will be Corinne Hart, President of the Woodside Park Civic Association and founder of the Dale Drive Safety Coalition (Silver Spring) who has very effectively worked to mobilize her neighbors to secure many pedestrian safety and traffic calming measures along Dale Drive (between Colesville Road and Georgia Avenue). Our speakers-- Corinne Hart, President, Woodside Park Civic Association, co-chair, Dale Drive Safety Coalition David Anspacher, Vision Zero Program, Montgomery County Maren Hill, Senior Planner, Montgomery County Planning Department John Hoobler, Montgomery County Department of Transportationm Montgomery County Vision Zero Initiative Peter Sotherland, MDOT SHA Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator This is an important meeting. Please share this note and tell all of your friends, neighbors and colleagues. For more information, check out our Facebook event page https://www.facebook.com/events/237460367143828/ For the Montgomery County Civic Federation Karen Cordry, Kensington Heights Civic Association Alan Bowser, Park Hills Civic Association
Thank you so much for hosting the debate on Monday. Here's the blog post I wrote about it.