Wireless Internet, Free

Montgomery County and Silver Spring-based Atlantech Online Inc. have collaborated to provide free, outdoor Internet access in downtown Silver Spring.

Anyone with a laptop computer and a wireless adapter can have access to the Internet 24 hours a day in the area bounded by Colesville Road, Fenton Street, Wayne Avenue and Ramsey Avenue. However, there is no guarantee of privacy or performance. For information, visit www.silverspringwifi.com.

Wireless access is also available in five county library branches: Bethesda, Gaithersburg, Rockville, Silver Spring and Wheaton.

Library Site is All Business

Montgomery County's library system has launched a business information Web site that offers Web links, magazines, books and databases geared to starting a business or locating resources. Information is available on contracting, procurement, marketing statistics, investment, personal finance, licensing, business counseling and more.

The site is accessible by clicking "Biz Info" on the library system's home page: www.montgomerycountymd.gov/library.

Forum Looks at Twinbrook

Montgomery County's Department of Park and Planning invites the public to discuss the Twinbrook Draft Plan, focused on a mixed-use community around the Twinbrook Metro station, from 7 to 9 p.m. Aug. 29 at Twinbrook Community Recreation Center in Rockville. The plan includes "biotechnology and advanced technology employment" and "light industrial uses," as well as residential uses around the station. For more information, call 301-495-4555.

Homeowner Tax Credits

Lower -income homeowners who live in Rockville and who have household incomes of $35,000 or less may be eligible for property tax credits through the city's Homeowners Property Tax Credit Program.

To apply, call the Department of Finance at 240-314-8400 or the Maryland State Department of Assessments and Taxation at 800-944-7403.The Maryland toll-free number can be reached only from a Maryland telephone number. The application deadline is Sept. 1.

Historic Project Grants

The Montgomery County Historic Preservation Commission is accepting matching-fund grant applications for local preservation projects to be completed in 2006.

Eligible projects for historic districts include signs, walking tours and brochures. Other possible projects include feasibility studies for restoration of buildings, sites and artifacts owned by non-profit groups.

For application forms and guidelines, call 301-563-3400. Applications will be accepted if they are postmarked no later than Sept. 30.

-- Compiled by ARUNA JAIN