Council Asks for Public Input

On Budget Development Process

Members of the Montgomery County Council want to hear what residents think about how county officials develop and review budgets and ways to make improvements.

A meeting will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. next Thursday in the council chambers at the County Council Building, 100 Maryland Ave., Rockville.

"We want to hear from the community about how we can do a better job of putting together the county's budget," council member Marilyn Praisner (D- Eastern County) said in a statement. "For example, is the budget document useful and understandable? Does it provide clear information about budget projects and priorities? Is the public hearing process adequate?"

Those who wish to speak should register by calling Delphine Harriston at 240-777-7931.

Childhood Obesity to Be Discussed

At Series of Community Meetings

The growing epidemic of childhood obesity and ways to encourage children to be healthy are the subjects of meetings that begin Wednesday and continue weekly into November.

"More and more of the county's children are overweight, and that condition carries with it adverse health effects now and into the future," said George L. Leventhal (D- At large), chairman of the council's Health and Human Services Committee. "These meetings will help raise consciousness about this growing problem and help us identify what changes we ought to make."

The dates and locations of the meetings, which will run from 7 to 9 p.m., are as follows:

Wednesday -- Sligo Middle School, 1401 Dennis Ave., Silver Spring.

Oct. 20 -- Adventist HealthCare Conference Center, 1801 Research Blvd., Lower Level, Rockville.

Oct. 27 -- Gaithersburg Middle School, 2 Teachers' Way, Gaithersburg.

Nov. 3 -- People's Community Baptist Church, 31 Norwood Rd., Silver Spring.

Nov. 10 -- Roberto Clemente Middle School, 18808 Waring Station Rd., Germantown.

Nov. 17 -- Suburban Hospital, 8600 Old Georgetown Rd., Bethesda.

Perez, Hixson to Tackle Numerous Issues

During Joint Town Hall Meeting

Council member Tom Perez (D-Silver Spring) and state Del. Sheila E. Hixson (D-Montgomery) will hold a joint town hall meeting from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Blair High School.

The two officials will discuss health care, education and diversity issues -- including whether the state should grant in-state college tuition to illegal immigrants -- and take questions from the audience.

Isiah Leggett, chairman of the Maryland Democratic Party, will also speak about the state of John F. Kerry's campaign for president.