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Federation looking for young activists to step up and get involved

mccivicfedDuring the twelve years I have been a delegate to the Montgomery County Civic Federation, I have known thirteen colleagues who "died in the saddle."  That's an old cowboy expression for someone who passes on to the next world while still working--in this case, working as civic activists for the betterment of the county.

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Aging residents and county service access

mccivicfedThe first time I called the county government for a "special trash" pick-up was about forty years ago.  I was twenty some years old, and living in a home in Takoma Park that I had rented with four friends who were former college chums.  As I recall, we called for the pick-up in order to dispose of an old, beat-up sofa and a few other items too large to fit in the can used for our "regular" weekly trash pick-ups.

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Introducing the Federation

mccivicfedAs I have been involved with the Montgomery County Civic Federation (MCCF) for several years now, it always comes as a surprise when I happen upon a county resident who does not know of the group's existence or function.  For those readers who may not be familiar with the MCCF, allow me to introduce you to the organization.

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A letter to Planning...

mccivicfedThe following are portions of a letter sent to the Planning Board on July 14 by Ulysses Glee, a self-described small minority developer in Montgomery County.  Dr. Glee details the problems his staff had using the new ePlans software program now required for electronic submission to the Planning Department of all developer project plans and, in his case, requested changes to an already approved plan.  The letter shows dissatisfaction with government processes is not limited to county residents.  Fortunately for him, on July 24 the Board approved Dr. Glee's request.

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A letter to Planning...

mccivicfedThe following are portions of a letter sent to the Planning Board on July 14 by Ulysses Glee, a self-described small minority developer in Montgomery County.  Dr. Glee details the problems his staff had using the new ePlans software program now required for electronic submission to the Planning Department of all developer project plans and, in his case, requested changes to an already approved plan.  The letter shows dissatisfaction with government processes is not limited to county residents.  Fortunately for him, on July 24 the Board approved Dr. Glee's request.

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Stumped by wood stumps

mccivicfedA lot of what we are taught about gardening, or what we have learned by watching others, actually results in needless work.  Sometimes this extra work is actually counter productive.  A case in point is the effort and expense that many homeowners will undergo in order to remove the stump after having a tree cut down.  Professional stump removal can cost between $80-$400. 

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