Abandoned Homes: A Growing Problem in Our Community

Abandoned Homes: A Growing Problem in Our Community

Abandoned Homes: A Growing Problem in Our Community

The Great Recession may be over, but the aftermath is still being felt in communities all across the country. Here in Montgomery County, we have more than 400 abandoned properties that continue to drive down nearby home values and attract neighborhood crime. Abandoned homes are a magnet for dangerous criminal activities, such as squatting, arson and defacement. Unused houses are nearly twice as… read more

Great Week for East County

Great Week for East County

East County is on the rise! Last week, the County Council unanimously supported my amendment to restore funding for the Maydale Nature Center, we passed $7.5 million to revitalize Hillandale Park, and we broke ground on the new Washington Adventist Hospital in White Oak. Hillandale Park Hillandale residents will be able to enjoy long-overdue renovations to Hillandale Park, which includes, a new… read more

County Delegation Supports Student Loan Refinancing

County Delegation Supports Student Loan Refinancing

Many of us know how hard it can be to keep up with student loans. With national student loan debt soaring over one trillion dollars, this issue has become a crisis for those wishing to purchase a home or start a family. Student loan refinancing is a critically important public policy challenge, and we now have the chance to implement a program that could allow teachers, nurses, attorneys and… read more

Offshore Drilling Endangers Maryland Coast

Offshore Drilling Endangers Maryland Coast

Today, Montgomery County Councilmember Tom Hucker introduced a resolution to formally oppose offshore drilling and seismic testing along the Atlantic Coast. If it passes, Montgomery County will become the largest local jurisdiction to oppose offshore drilling – Ocean City, Baltimore and 100 other local jurisdictions have already taken a stand. Councilmember Hucker made this statement after… read more

CMs Todd & Hucker Meet on 16th Street Traffic Circle

CMs Todd & Hucker Meet on 16th Street Traffic Circle

Today, Montgomery County Councilmember Hucker and DC Ward 4 Councilmember Brandon Todd met in Silver Spring to coordinate efforts around the 16th Street Traffic Circle. The Traffic Circle has been the site of routine traffic and safety incidents for several years. Both representatives are in the first years of their respective terms, and they are looking at this problem with fresh perspectives,… read more

Early Voting & Student Debt: Bethesda Magazine Coverage

Early Voting & Student Debt: Bethesda Magazine Coverage

Proposed State Laws for Montgomery County Focus on Changes in Alcohol, Election Regulations One bill would enable the county to set up a student loan authority to help local students finance college educations By Andrew Metcalf of Bethesda Magazine Excerpt: The Maryland General Assembly will return to work in January and Montgomery County’s state representatives are preparing a number of bills… read more

Hucker Urges School System Against Buying Artificial Turf Fields

Hucker Urges School System Against Buying Artificial Turf Fields

Hucker Urges School System Against Buying Artificial Turf Fields Until Other Maintenance Needs Are Met County Council member testified before Board of Education in opposition to $11 million artificial turf field plan By Aaron Kraut of Bethesda Magazine The county school system’s proposal to outfit all high schools with artificial turf playing fields ran into some early opposition this week from… read more

Park Wayne Apartment Fire in Silver Spring

Park Wayne Apartment Fire in Silver Spring

We’re still working with A Wider Circle to assist our Silver Spring neighbors displaced by the fire in the Park Wayne Apartment. They are accepting online donations here: https://awidercircle.networkforgood.com/…/7355-a-wider-circ…. Checks can be sent to A Wider Circle, 4808 Moorland Lane, Suite 802, Bethesda, MD 20814. Please write “Park Wayne apartments” in the memo. The point of contact is… read more

By Authority: Friends of Tom Hucker, Dennis Desmond, Treasurer.