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Of Note….

Summer Fun Center at East County Community Recreation Center
Need a safe, organized, affordable camp for kids 5-12 in the Silver Spring area this summer? Check out the Summer Fun Centers which begin June 23, 2014 and end on August 1, 2014.  The time is 8 am to 6 pm, Monday through Friday; except the 4th of July.  The cost is $350 per child, and activities include dance, theater, swim instruction, arts & crafts, field games and more. Your child can go every day or take some days off! Flexible, convenient, and affordable – Summer Fun Centers are the perfect camp!
372159 6/23 – 8/1 at East County Community Recreation Center from 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

Additional Summer Fun Center information and locations can be found on pages 32 and 33 of the Summer Camp Guide.

Ground Breaking Ceremony for the North Potomac Community Recreation Center

Date: June 14, 2014
Time: 10:30 am
Location: 13860 Travilah Road, Rockville, MD

Join Montgomery County Executive Isiah (Ike) Leggett, Department of Recreation Director Gabriel Albornoz, Department of General Services Director David Dise, and Montgomery County Council Members for the groundbreaking of the new North Potomac Community Recreation Center. The center will feature a gymnasium, fitness room, classroom, art/pottery room, game room, in addition to ball fields and courts outside!

First Ever Employee Excellence Awards

On Monday, May 5, 2014, Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett presented the first Montgomery County Recreation Employee Excellence Awards, on behalf of the Countywide Recreation Advisory Board, to three of our most deserving employees, Morris Buster, Marco D’Ottavi, and Trish Gill.  The presentation took place at the White Oak Community Recreation Center. 

First, a little background.  The Countywide Recreation Advisory Board expressed an interest in recognizing our hardworking staff.  Each Montgomery County Recreation manager was asked to make recommendations to the Board in the following categories:  Fulltime staff, Seasonal staff and Volunteer.  A sub-committee of the Board then reviewed the recommendations and forwarded three to the full Board for a vote. 

The plaques read as follows:
Morris Buster began his career over 30 years ago with Montgomery County Recreation as a seasonal staff, followed by his service as a Recreation Coordinator at Good Hope Community Center, and now is the Director of the Long Branch Community Recreation Center.  Long Branch serves the most diverse community within the County.  Morris volunteers to help at other centers and covers for other Center Directors when they are on leave.  He is a liaison for the Department in the Long Branch community.  Morris shows everyone that approaching his work with serenity and professionalism, while working in a collaborative manner, is the best way to achieve teamwork.
Marco D’Ottavi is a seasonal staff person who coordinates all of the volunteers and mainstreaming companions for the Therapeutic Recreation Team, as well as Montgomery County Recreation.  He spends many hours on the phone with parents and participants, listens to their needs and then matches them with a volunteer companion for a successful recreation experience.  Marco does outreach to schools and youth groups to recruit volunteers into this program.  Marco puts in long hours beyond the workday, and always has a smile on his face and is willing to go the extra mile to accommodate the needs of our participants.

Trish Gill is an amazing employee who always gives 120 percent and rarely says no to any request for assistance.  Trish is called upon by Montgomery County Recreation staff, the County Executive’s Office, Police, Fire and Rescue, Montgomery Parks, the Public Information Office, the Regional Government Centers, and more, to provide assistance with events.  In addition, Trish coordinates 300+ youth basketball teams, adult softball teams, senior softball teams, the Miracle League programs for individuals with disabilities, and all of the Montgomery County Recreation’s Community Use of Public Facilities.  Montgomery County Recreation is indeed lucky to have such a dedicated and hardworking employee.

Congratulations Trish, Morris and Marco!

Celebrate July 4th!

Germantown Glory at the South Germantown Recreational Park
Always a crowd pleaser, Germantown Glory kicks off at 7:00 pm with live music including In Gratitude, a Tribute to Earth, Wind & Fire. Bring your chairs, blanket, and snacks or feast on any one of the delicious food vendors who will be present.
Location: 18041 Central Park Circle, Boyds, MD

Mid-County Sparkles at Einstein High School
Join us July 4th for fun and festivities starting at 7:30 pm with a terrific lineup of live music. Bring your camp chairs, picnic blanket, and dinner or purchase food from the Wheaton Fire and Rescue. Fireworks start at 9:15 pm!
Location:  11135 Newport Mill Rd., Kensington, MD
Shuttle Bus at Westfield Wheaton Plaza- JC Penney, and the Metro parking garage