County Improves Web Site

A redesigned, more user-friendly Montgomery County Web site is available on the Internet. Improvements in the four-year-old 15 new links to major topics most requested by users. Information on departments, education, public safety, tourism and help for new residents is easily found. A feature article highlighting places of local interest--changed on a rotating basis--is another addition.

In a statement, County Executive Douglas M. Duncan (D) said the site is "an information resource for users that goes beyond the strict confines of county government to connect community services and programs with those who can use them."

Hazardous Waste Drop-Off

Household hazardous waste may be dropped off for safe disposal at various county locations twice a month this fall. The next collection is Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Upcounty Regional Services Center, 12900 Middlebrook Rd., in Germantown.

Materials accepted for collection are liquid oil and latex paints, thinners, solvents, pesticides, fuels, swimming pool chemicals, photographic chemicals, brake fluid, car batteries, Nickel-Cadmium (Ni-Cd) batteries and mercury button batteries. Used oil and antifreeze also are collected for recycling, or they may be dropped off at the county's Solid Waste Transfer Station (16101 Frederick Rd., Derwood) every day during operating hours.

For a schedule of upcoming collections, or to get information about items accepted and tips for using less toxic materials, call the Division of Solid Waste Services at 301-840-2370, or the Recycling Hotline, 301-590-0046.

'Spay and Neuter' License Plate

Drivers in Maryland may now purchase special "Spay and Neuter" license plates to show support for the spaying and neutering of dogs and cats. The plates are $50 each and feature the image of a dog and a cat next to the word "Pet." They must be purchased at a participating animal protection agency, which will receive $25 from each sale to help fund local spay and neuter programs.

Purchase of a new plate does not alter the registration renewal date. When drivers receive their new plates, they must return their old license plates. For purchasing information, contact your local animal shelter.

Gallery to Exhibit Poets' Work

Poets living in Montgomery County are invited to submit one or two short poems to be considered for display in the new, permanent gallery in the Executive Office Building in Rockville. Eight poems will be exhibited in large format every three months in the gallery.

Writers must live or work in the county and have been published in at least three journals, magazines or books or have won or been a finalist in a major writing competition since 1995.

Send one or two poems (under 20 lines), along with a brief biography, to Poetry Gallery, Offices of the County Executive, 101 Monroe St., 2nd Floor, Rockville, Md. 20850. Deadline for submissions is Oct. 15. For more information, call 240-777-2500.