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           LOCAL RESOURCES
Montgomery County Public Libraries (Catalog plus links to county, regional, and national resources)
Montgomery County Home Page Traffic advisories, school closings, county services, and more.
      [Also see the quick, short list of phone numbers or
      the pdf version of most used numbers or
      an e-mail and phone list for County representatives or
      the complete e-mail/phone list from the County site.
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Delays, Closings, & Other Information Due to Winter Storms and Emergencies, from the County
Index for waste collection, recycling -- what is allowed
Maps of almost any possible feature, e.g., biketrails, fire stations
Bethesda Chevy Chase Regional Services Center (The County office for our region)
Montgomery County Code and Zoning Ordinance (the law)
Montgomery County Tree Planting and Maintenance
       These two sites show how the trees look:
       e Nature
       Virginia Tech

Bethesda Urban Partnership.
Montgomery County Civic Federation
The Transportation Management District (TMD) for Friendship Heights
CapAccess (our host)
Maryland Tourism
The Recreation Department's online registration website, Rec Web, shows all Montgomery County classes. This link will allow a search for classes at the Wisconsin Place Recreation Center.

        For information on Montgomery County's parks, recreation facilities, historic sites, and performing arts centers, visit the Parks Foundation's on-line guide to leisure time activity, www.playmoco.org.
Related Montgomery County links:
Results of the BRAC in Montgomery County: Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda , traffic and related impacts
Rock Creek Park (Includes maps)
Glen Echo Park (Includes events)
Capital Crescent Trail
Montgomery County Public Schools
     This index directs you to each school.
Selected Area Schools (a commercial site containing other education links)
Montgomery County Planning Board - includes meeting agendas
The Planning Department includes downloadable versions of the County's current master plans and sector plans, including the 1998 plan for Friendship Heights.     {This page for our planning area.}
State and Metropolitan Area Data (From the Census Bureau)
The County Board of Elections answers questions about technicalities of voting and lists voting results.
Metro Washington Council of Governments (Transportation planning, growth trends, et al.)
A Chevy Chase resident maintains Theagendanews. com, a site with local news.

Montgomery County general response site - MC311
DC Service requests - DC311

Nearby communities & sites:


            STATE GOVERNMENT
Maryland State Government - The Maryland Electronic Capital (Links to the General Assembly and other branches)
General Assembly (State Legislature) - Includes status of bills
Montgomery County delegates and legislation
Home page for the Maryland Governor (Speeches, policies, state information)
Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (To renew car registration on-line)
Maryland Public Service Commission
The Rural Legacy Program of Maryland
The State Highway Administration Site about the Intercounty Connector (Reports and analysis on the ICC)

           TRANSPORTATION
Postlocal is supposed to give current news on local transportation (along with weather).
Ride-On Bus routes and schedules
Metro Trains and Buses Includes maps and fares between any points in the Washington area.
Montgomery County Department of Public Works & Transportation (DPWT) From bus schedules to potholes
Traffic cameras around the metro area from DPWT
T raffic cameras within the District of Columbia
Current traffic conditions from the Washington Post
Washington Area Bicyclist Association (Maps, suggestions on commuting, bike issues)
Bethesda Transit Solutions Includes ride sharing and the "Bethesda Circulator," the free shuttle service around town.
      See the map.
Traveling to Virginia? See highway and weather alerts.


            THE PRESS
The Washington Post
      Search the last 14 days of the Post for free.
      Post Subscriber Services
The Gazette (regional newspapers);
      click on the county you want.
Washington City Paper
            POLITICS & ACTION GROUPS
Federal Election Commission Information
The Maryland State Board of Elections reports financial contributions.
League of Women Voters of Maryland provides position papers and voting information.
Project Vote Smart tracks the performance of over 13,000 candidates and elected officials.
Political Information -- A search engine for politics & policy
Center for Responsive Politics -- Money's influence on U.S. elections and public policy
The State Public Interest Research Groups (PIRGs)
Montgomery Politics Watch is a blog on the State's political scene with various contributors, tending to focus on Montgomery County.

           CHARITIES
           These sites, providing data and judgments about non-profit organizations, may assist your decisions about charitable giving.
      www.give.org - The 'Better Business Bureau' provides info on charities.
      www.guidestar.org - 'GuideStar USA' allows you to check on nonprofits.
      www.charitynavigator.org - 'Charity Navigator' evaluates charities.
      cfp-dc.org - The 'Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington' recommends smaller, local charities.
The Charities Division of the Secretary of State tells whether a charity has registered in Maryland and gives information on its fund raising.

           CONSUMER INFORMATION
The Better Business Bureau Central Web Server
The Better Business Bureau for Metro Washington, DC Lets you "obtain a report" on a local firm or get a quote on a service or product through "eQuote."
Washington Checkbook (Local Businesses)
Although it is dominated by restaurant reviews, Yelp.com reviews other local businesses such as auto repair and dry cleaning.
1700 links compiled by Consumer World
Ratings of business sites/ways to make purchases online
Commercial guide to shopping and activities in Bethesda
Pick-your-own farms in central Maryland
Obtain your free annual credit report.
Federal Trade Commission's site on 'identity theft' -- If any item identifying you (such as a credit card) is stolen, check the FTC site about misuse. Read this page about prevention and recovery before there is a possibility of identity theft.
           For alternatives to consumerism
NWEI, an environmental group teaching people to question their habits of personal consumption
Rocky Mountain Institute
Redefining Progress a group developing policy to reorient values
Simple Living, A Cornell program trying to move people toward a simpler existence
New Dream, Live Consciously/Buy Wisely
"Use It Again," a pdf brochure from the County on donating and obtaining used items

           TAXING
Value of Real Property in Maryland       Assessed value of real estate and sale prices of homes (all counties).
IRS forms and info
Maryland tax forms and info - allows electronic filing
Essential tax links (to other tax web sites.)

            INFORMATION FOR HOMEOWNERS (AND SELLERS)
Caring for the home e.g., energy efficiency
Resources on using energy efficiently and renewable energy
Information on major home appliances, purchase and repair
Hardware and tools for home owners Links to stores and to tips.
Home Repairs Etc.- A Home Improvement Community Website Still another site on repairs and improvements.
Better Homes and Gardens - from landscaping to entertaining.
National Gardening - flowers, houseplants, composting, greenhouses, landscaping, gardens, and horticulture
Neoflora claims to be the world's largest data base on plants.

Home sales:
Realtor.com Oodle.com (Washington real estate and other classifieds)
'Move' Real Estate Listings'Trulia' Real Estate Listings
Actual price of all property sales in Maryland Zillow's estimate of the resale value of any house in the US.
The availability of data, hence the accuracy, depends on the area. Montgomery County is reasonably complete.

            GENERAL REFERENCE AND LINKS FOR EVERYONE
Instruct telemarketers not to call you and report infractions
This "portal" for government information and services will direct you to the right place if you know what you want but do not know what agency or level of government is in charge, whether federal, state, or local. Example of link: reporting a change of address.
LibrarySpot - encyclopedias, maps, libraries and more.
Britannica gives not only access to its encyclopedia but also links to related web sites.
MapQuest: Maps and Directions
The alternative, Maps from Google
The Weather Underground, Inc.
The Weather Channel
The National Weather Service
Internet Address Finder - Email Directory
Yahoo! People Search allows a search of either phone or e-mail address.
Find a Person's Phone Number and Address with Switchboard
AnyWho: Reverse Telephone Number Search - Find a person or business using a telephone number.
Maryland Super [Yellow] Pages centers on Washington
Maryland Yellow Pages centers on Chevy Chase
Reverse Address - Learn who lives at the address you enter (if their phone is listed).
Area Codes of Cities
How to call abroad - country codes +
United States Postal Service
          Postal rates
                  First class as of June 2011[Regular envelope, 1 ounce, 44 cents]
         Services such as holding mail
SAILOR, Maryland's Public Information Network, gives links to Maryland resources you might miss otherwise.
The website of the Family Self-Sufficiency Program of Montgomery County is directed toward families with low incomes, wanting to do better. Your webmaster provides information there that may be helpful to Brookdale residents, e.g., the Washington Post's article regarding websites on investing and finances. Additionally, anyone can benefit from knowing about free stuff.

-- The links from this site are provided as a convenience only. Selection or omission of any site implies neither approval of content nor a judgment of suitability. Neither the Association nor the webmaster has any responsibility for use of any link.
© 2000 - 2011 David C. Montgomery

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