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The county is seeking applicants to fill six vacancies on the Community Development Advisory Committee. The committee assists the Department of Housing and Community Affairs in reviewing requests for and making recommendations regarding funds for the ongoing Federal Community Development Block Grant and Emergency Shelter Grant programs. It also holds public hearings to determine community development needs and gather citizen input. Funds benefit projects for the homeless, as well as low- and moderate-income persons. Apply by June 7 to County Executive Douglas M. Duncan at the Executive Office Building, 101 Monroe St., Rockville, MD 20850.

The Keep Montgomery County Beautiful Task Force has announced its annual beautification contest. Awards are given each year to recognize community enhancement through landscaping and beautification projects. The county task force encourages landscaping that uses conservation practices to keep pesticides and fertilizers out of the Chesapeake Bay.

Community groups, businesses, public institutions and other organizations undertaking landscaping projects are urged to enter.

There are eight categories in which to enter:

v Commercial/retail: outdoor projects at shopping malls, restaurants, retail centers, gas stations, etc.;

v Public/institutional: outdoor projects at schools, government buildings, hospitals, churches or libraries;

v Cityscape: municipal street plantings in median strips or near traffic ramps and sidewalks;

v Community professional: landscaping projects that are designed and maintained by professional landscape architects or contractors;

v Community nonprofessional: plantings or landscape projects maintained by community residents through homeowner associations, garden clubs or civic organizations;

v Environmental/ecological: wildlife habitat, wildflower plantings, wetlands plantings and organic plantings;

v Youth: special projects initiated by young people, 18 or younger;

v Sustained maintenance: one-, three- and five-year awards to previous three-time Award of Excellence winners.

Each of the categories will be judged on two levels. Level 1 is for projects started since last fall, and Level 2 is for projects begun before that time. Deadline for entries is June 15. Applications may be obtained by calling 240-777-7155, or visit www.dpwt.com. Write to Keep Montgomery County Beautiful, Annual Beautification Awards, 101 Monroe St., 10th Floor, Rockville, MD 20850-2540.

The task force has also announced its annual Amateur Photography Contest, open to all county residents. Photos must be of county locations and will be judged in the following areas:

v Montgomery County by Day: daytime outdoor shots that depict something fun, beautiful or exciting;

v Montgomery County by Night: nighttime outdoor shots of something fun, beautiful or exciting;

v Montgomery County Landmarks: outdoor shots of a natural or manmade landmark or scene that is commonly recognized;

v Montgomery County, Her People: shots of one or more residents engaged in leisure or community service;

v Montgomery County at Work: shots of one or more citizens at work who are contributing to the livability and splendor of the county.

Photographs of up to 8 inches by 10 inches in size and dry-mounted on mat board will be accepted. There is no entry fee, and deadline for entries is June 30. Entries will be judged on originality, interest of subject matter and visual appeal. Visit www.dpwt.com.

Mail entries to Keep Montgomery County Beautiful, Montgomery County Amateur Photo Contest, 101 Monroe St., 10th Floor, Rockville, MD 20850-2540.

County Council seeks applicants to succeed Arthur Holmes Jr. as chairman of the Montgomery County Planning Board. Holmes’ term expires on June 14, 2002.

The Planning Board serves as the Council’s principal adviser on land-use planning and community planning. Planning Board members also serve as commissioners of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission.

The chairman performs a leadership role with respect to the Montgomery County portion of the Commission as well as to chair the meetings of the Planning Board; to assist in developing overall vision and direction for the Commission; to oversee the functioning of the Montgomery County Planning Board staff; to provide guidance on preparation of budgets by Park and Planning staff for presentation to the Board; to represent the Planning Board at official meetings; to present the Planning Board’s position, especially before the Montgomery County Council; and to serve as chairman or vice chairman for the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. The salary will be between $120,000 and $150,000.

Send letters of interest and include a resume to Council president Steve Silverman at County Council Office Building, 100 Maryland Ave., Rockville, MD 20850 by noon on June 14. Interviews by the Council will be held in June or July. Call 240-777-7938.

The county is seeking applicants to fill one vacancy on the Property Tax Assessment Appeals Board. This is a full, five-year term beginning in June. The three-member board is a state administrative agency that hears appeals of real property assessments determined by the supervisor of assessments, as well as appeals of tax credits and tax exemptions. Members currently meet four to six hours per day, four or five days per week. Compensation is $25 per hour up to six hours per day while the board is in session. Deadline for applicants is May 24. Write to County Executive Douglas M. Duncan at the Executive Office Building, 101 Monroe St., Rockville, MD 20850.

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage has named the sales associates winning Honor Roll Achieve- ments for March.

In the Bethesda/Potomac office, Beryl Metzger and Steve Tougias were named top producers and top in sales. Helen Han and Beryl Metzger was top buyer agency contracts, and Beryl Metzger was top listing agent.

Weichert, Realtors announced its top sales associates for April.

The Potomac Village office honored Corinne Soma as the top producer with the most resale revenue units and the highest dollar volume. She was also recognized as the top sales associate.

Joanna Simeone was honored for generating the most listings sold and Anne Trudel was honored for generating the most listings.

In the Potomac office, Helen King was honored as the top producer with the most resale revenue units and the highest dollar volume. She was also honored for generating the most sales and the most listings sold. Mahin Ghadiri was recognized as the top lister.

Chana Sky was honored for generating the most resale revenue units in the Bethesda office. She was also honored for generating the most listings and the most listings sold. Meg Finn was recognized for producing the most sales and the highest dollar volume.

The Rockville/White Flint office honored Celia Blanco as the top producer with the most resale revenue units and the highest dollar volume. She was also honored for generating the most sales and the most listings. Margaret Martinez was recognized for producing the most listings sold.

Long & Foster Realtors announced top sales associates for April.

In the Potomac Village office, Krystyna Litwin was the top producer, top seller, top lister and the agent with the most new listings with a sales volume of $8,140,000.

In the Potomac/Cabin John office, Diann Gottron was top producer and top lister and the agent with the most new listings with a sales volume of $3,458,900. Lonny Odarchenko was the top lister.

In the Bethesda office, Trip Holbrook was top producer, top lister, top seller and the agent with the most new listings with a sales volume of $4,289,600.