County Installs Signals

At Key Crosswalks Montgomery County this week unveiled the latest in pedestrian crosswalk technology: signals that display a countdown to let people know how much time they have left to make it to the other side of the street.

The countdown signals were installed at the following five intersections: Fenton Street at Wayne Avenue and Colesville Road at Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring; Georgia Avenue at Reedie Drive and Arcola Avenue at Lamberton Drive in Wheaton; and Montgomery Avenue at Wisconsin Avenue in Bethesda.

County Executive Douglas M. Duncan (D) said the new signals should help make those communities more friendly to pedestrians, and discourage them from crossing anywhere besides the crosswalks.

'Thanksgiving in February'

To Help Feed the Poor

Restaurants across Montgomery County will participate Tuesday in the annual "Thanksgiving in February" program, donating as much as 20 percent of their revenue that day to nonprofit organizations that feed the poor.

The 16-year-old program supports 11 agencies and is coordinated by Community Ministry of Montgomery County. More than $30,000 was raised last year, said Jeffrey N. Stinehelfer, development director for Community Ministry.

To see a list of the 125 participating restaurants, go to the Web site www.gazette.net/specialfeatures/thanksfeb.html.

Police Outreach Program

Focuses on 5th-Graders Fifth-graders in Gaithersburg soon will get lessons on avoiding delinquency, drug education and the role of police.

The city's police department has developed a one-week program designed to teach students the importance of character, ethics and integrity and the perils of drugs and substance abuse.

"We wanted to keep the police staff involved in the schools so that students, teachers, parents would see a police presence," said Don Pike, police administration director for the City of Gaithersburg. "We recognize the value of having police involved with the kids from a positive stand point."

Officials hope to start the program in April.

City Meetings to Air

Online Via Streaming Video

Streaming video, the simultaneous playing of a television program on the Internet, is now available to Rockville residents who want to watch City Council and planning commission meetings, as well as special events.

The programs air on Montgomery Cable, Channel 11, known as the Rockville Channel. To access the streaming video, log on to www.ci.rockville.md.us and click on the TRC logo. For more information, call 240-314-8189.

Staff writers Matthew Mosk and Mark Jones contributed to this report.