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One of our favorite bumper stickers reads Hang Up and Drive. It's also a message the Montgomery County Police Department has been delivering personally to county drivers in an effort to combat distracted driving. As part of Distracted Driving Awareness Month, county police have been ticketing drivers for improperly using their cellphones while driving. In one effort, an officer disguised as a construction worker identified drivers illegally using their cellphones and called ahead to waiting officers. Similar operations are expected to continue throughout April. montgomerycountymd.gov/pol
YOUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK
Arguably, the most powerful entity in the county is the Montgomery County Council. Its nine councilmembers are elected every four years (next election is 2018) and the council sets policy and approves all laws and regulations for the county. It approves all budgets, meaning that it has final say over how every penny is spent. So it's important for residents to pay attention to how members earn their annual salary of $120,675 ($132,742 for the council's president).
The council in Rockville holds open hearings, unless it votes to discuss select personnel or legal matters in closed session. The council Web site is updated frequently to reflect committee meetings and council business and County Cable Montgomery Channel 6 carries sessions and council meetings live and on a rebroadcast basis. Residents can contact the council at or 240.777.7900. You can sign up to receive the council's agenda automatically by contacting legislative information services at 240.777.7910.
Need a birthday party, rainy day or just plain fun idea for the little tyke or teen in your family? Here are three MoCo businesses that cater to kids.
GERMANTOWN INDOOR SWIM CENTER
Located in the South Germantown Recreational Park in Boyds, the 60,000-square-foot facility is a water wonderland. The state-of-the-art indoor pool includes lanes for competition, lessons, recreation and leisure plus a diving platforms and a water slide. montgomerycountymd.gov/rec
The outdoor season is here and Go Ape offers an adventure course of six zip lines, several rope ladders, 44 crossings, including the Stirrups and Twister, and two Tarzan swings. The course is centered around Lake Needwood in Rockville. goape.com
A new kind of museum for children and their families, KID Museum at Davis Library in Bethesda is built on the philosophy of cultivating creativity, curiosity and compassion to build a better world. It features unique, interactive programs and workshops for elementary and middle-school children.