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Week in Numbers, Wednesday/Sept. 11

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People have died in the Potomac River since June 26. On Thursday, Sept. 5, rescuers discovered the body of Mark Moore, 22 of Odenton, at 5:45 p.m., three days after river rescue teams were first dispatched to the river on Labor Day, Sept. 2 at 8 p.m. when Moore was reported being swept away downriver after trying to wade in the water near the Great Falls overlook. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070.

3

Others drowned this season: Shannon Christy, 23 of Greenville, S.C., died Thursday, July 11, kayaking the chutes of the Potomac River at Great Falls. On Saturday, June 29, Vincent Crapps, 21, of the Third United States Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) stationed at Fort Myer, Va., drowned on the Potomac River near Bear Island after diving off cliffs on the Virginia side of the river. On June 24, Ngo Tekwe Forchick, 19, of Takoma Park, drowned after attempting to swim near Purple Horse Beach along the Billy Goat Trail with three friends.

70%

County Executive Isiah Leggett wants the county to recycle 70 percent of the waste stream by 2020, according to county documents. On Wednesday, Sept. 4, Leggett announced that many bulk rigid plastic items can now be recycled including: laundry baskets, dish drainers, toys, lawn furniture, wastebaskets, clothes hangers, tote boxes, crates, large buckets, pet carriers and garbage cans. All items dropped off for recycling at the County's Solid Waste Processing Facility and Transfer Station, 16101 Frederick Road, should be empty, rinsed, if necessary, and free of loose dirt, soil, etc. See www.montgomerycountymd.gov/recycling for a complete list, and for items not to be recycled.

5

County Executive Isiah Leggett and County Councilmember George Leventhal announced a new program Sept. 9, 2013 to address panhandling: "give a hand-up, not a hand-out." The new program encourages drivers to contribute to county social services agencies rather than giving cash directly to panhandlers. By texting ‘SHARE’ on a cell phone to 80077, money will be contributed to grassroots efforts throughout the County. Panhandler Mary Josephine Fish was killed at the intersection of Georgia Avenue and Veirs Mill Road last May.

$196,101

County Executive Isiah Leggett and County Councilmember George Leventhal announced a new program Sept. 9, 2013 to address panhandling: "give a hand-up, not a hand-out." The new program encourages drivers to contribute to county social services agencies rather than giving cash directly to panhandlers. By texting ‘SHARE’ on a cell phone to 80077, money will be contributed to grassroots efforts throughout the County. Panhandler Mary Josephine Fish was killed at the intersection of Georgia Avenue and Veirs Mill Road last May.

75

The C&O Canal National Historical Park will celebrate its 75th anniversary at the annual Park after Dark benefit on Sept. 28, 2013. On Sept. 28, 1938, the Department of the Interior purchased the land that eventually became the park. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell is expected to attend. Visit ParkAfterDark.org. The day also marks the 20th anniversary of National Public Lands Day.

198

Traffic stops were conducted during a 10-hour period Labor Day weekend during Montgomery County Police's "Operation Millipede," an initiative to make I-95/I-495 a safer road to travel; 168 traffic citations were issued, 39 warnings were given, 52 orders to repair car equipment were issued, 18 criminal arrests and citations were issued for controlled dangerous substances, 2 warrants were served, and 1 civil citation was issued for an alcohol violation.

13

Montgomery County's Planning, Housing and Economic Development Committee will continue review of the revised zoning ordinance on Friday, Sept. 13. The preliminary PHED committee draft of the zoning ordinance is posted on the project website, but is still under review by the committee. PHED worksessions documents are available on the County website.

2,734

Number of veterans living in Potomac during 2007-2011, according to the 2010 U.S. Census. See story on Ride 2 Recovery and Project Hope on page 3.

12

The Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center, 4805 Edgemoor Lane, 2nd floor, will hold an informational forum on Thursday, Sept. 12, from 7-8:30 p.m., on health care and the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Montgomery County's Department of Health and Human Services will make a presentation and answer questions. The next morning, Sept. 13 at 8 a.m., the Woodmont Triangle Action will host an update on the Bethesda Purple Line station master plan update.

30

Comments on the Purple Line's final environmental impact statement and draft section evaluation can be made during a 30-day period. See www.purplelinemd.com.

2.92

Potomac River's water level was 2.92 feet at Little Falls Pumping Station on Monday, Sept. 9 at halftime of the Washington Redskins first game of the season, according to www.noaa.org, National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration. The temperature of the water was 79 degrees.