The Mid-County Regional Service Center (RSC) serves a population of approximately 220,000 individuals and businesses in an area that extends from the Beltway to Howard County and includes such communities as Ashton, Aspen Hill, Brookeville, Capital View, Derwood, Forest Glen, Glenmont, Kemp Mill, Kensington, Layhill, Norbeck, Olney, Sandy Spring, Upper Rock Creek, and Wheaton.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Mid-County National Night Out is August 7th!

August 7th is National Night Out!  This is a time when our nation draws attention to crime prevention and police awareness.  Communities conduct a variety of events to bring their neighbors together and inform them of their efforts around crime prevention and awareness.  

Below is a listing of all the events happening throughout Mid-County:

The Olney Chamber partners with the Montgomery County Police, the MD-National Capital Park Police, Montgomery County Crime Solvers, the Sandy Spring Volunteer Fire Department, and the Longwood Community Center to bring the greater Olney community this important event.  This will take place at the Fair Hill Shopping Center from 5-8pm.

The Mid-County Community Workgroup is hosting their NNO at the MID-COUNTY RECREATION CENTER, 2004 Queensguard Road, from 5-8pm.  There will be activities inside and outside, including an ANTIQUE CAR SHOW around 6 - 6:45, Police and Fire personnel and demonstrations, activities for youth and children, and a visit from Co. Exec. Leggett and other officials.  Project Reboot (, and the Mid-County United Ministries (MUM) ( in Wheaton. Bring some canned or packaged food for MUM and the Oak Chapel Food Pantry.

The Greater Glenmont Civic Association also participates in National Night Out. Their purpose in carrying out this event is to raise awareness about crime and drug prevention, generate support for local anti-crime programs, strengthen police-community partnerships, and send a message to criminals that neighborhoods are taking a stand against crime!  They will meet in front of Weller Road Elementary, 3301 Weller Road, Silver Spring at 7pm.  

Lastly, Forest Estates Community Association will again be holding its annual Ice Cream Social / National Night Out in Getty Park at 10000 Woodland Avenue from 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Their ice cream is a decades-long tradition and is well attended by neighbors, County officials and the 4th District police.

Come out and support these great efforts in Mid-County!

Ana Lopez van Balen
Mid-County Regional Services Director

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Salvadoran Festival

After almost a year, I'm back.  I've visited many civic groups, held events for nonprofits and now, I'm coming back to Wheaton to start a series of events and meetings dedicated to building up the commercial business district.  Our first upcoming event is the Salvadoran Festival to be held this weekend, Aug. 5th from 12-5pm.  Hope to see you there!