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              News for the People in Montgomery County Government                                                             March/April 2002

                                                                                                                     Take Our
                                                                                                                               To Work
                                                                                                                     Daughters To Work
                                                                                                                         The 2002 Take Our Daughters to Work pro-
                                                                                                                     gram will be held on Thursday, April 25 from
                                                                                                                     8:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. The program is de-
                                                                                                                     signed for children, between the ages of 9 – 15.
                                                                                                                     Registration is limited and pre-registration is
                                                                                                                     required. Children may check in at the EOB
                                                                                                                     cafeteria on the 25th, beginning at 8 a.m. The
                                                                                                                     opening program will begin at 8:30 a.m.
                                                                                                                         Participants in this year’s program will get
                                                                                                                     an inside view of the many career and volun-
                                                                                                                     teer opportunities available in the field of fire
                                                                                                                     and emergency medical services. The event will
   DEPEmployee’sBaseballTeamWinsNationalTitle-PeteDilima(frontrow,                                                   be held at the Public Service Training Academy
   third from left) poses for a team picture with the North Yuma Yankees, a                                          on Darnestown Road at Great Seneca Highway.
   national level men’s baseball team in the D.C. Metro Men’s Senior Base-                                               Highlighting the program will be a dem-
   ball League.                                                                                                      onstration by members of the Urban Search
                                                                                                                     and Rescue Team and the canine unit that re-
                                                                                                                     sponded to the Pentagon on September 11. A
For the Love of Baseball                                    final cut for any of the teams, to be asked to
                                                                                                                     Tactical Rescue Team will demonstrate high
                                                                                                                     angle rescues, and there will be an exhibition
                                                                                                                     of the HAZMAT Unit and the Arson Investiga-
    Pete Dilima loves the game of baseball.
Between playing, coaching and watching,                     try out for a major league ball club is some-            tion Unit. Children will participate in a
most of his free time revolves around the sport.            thing few people can boast about.                        scaled-down version of the Candidate Physical
Dilima plays first base for the North Yuma                       In addition to playing baseball several             Ability Testing required of Fire and Rescue re-
Yankees, a national level men’s baseball team               nights a week during the playing season and              cruits, and will observe the re-enactment of a
in the D.C. Metro Men’s Senior Baseball League              traveling around the country to compete in               vehicle collision and extrication. Children
(MSBL).                                                     tournaments, the team finds time to volun-               should be dressed appropriately for the weather
    Last November, Dilima’s team competed                   teer their time in the community. Twice a                and for physical activity.
in the MSBL Fall Classic World Series in                    year, they put on baseball clinics for handi-                For registration information, call the Com-
Clearwater, Florida. After winning eight                    capped and HIV-positive kids in the District             mission for Women at 301-279-8301 or visit
straight games, the North Yuma Yankees be-                  of Columbia.                                   
came the first team in 12 years to go undefeated                 Dilima began his career with the County
in the national tournament. With 105 teams                  more than 16 years ago with the Department
competing from as far away as Puerto Rico,                  of Correction and Rehabilitation before mov-                        Forward
                                                                                                                         Spring For ward
Nicaragua and even Russia, the team became                  ing to Environmental Protection. He works
the U.S. Champions for the 28 and over group.               as a code enforcement inspector, investigat-                 Sunday,
                                                                                                                         Sunday, April 7
Dilima’s personal stats were impressive – he                ing environmental crimes and illegal
batted .535 for the tournament with 17 RBI’s,               dumping. Dilima is married and has three                     Don’t forget to move those
one homerun and no errors.                                  children. His oldest daughter, 14, plays on the              clocks forward for Daylight
    “Baseball has always been my passion. I                 Good Counsel High School softball team and                    Savings Time – and while
grew up playing baseball and played one year                his son, 12, plays baseball for a select travel squad.           you’re at it, change
for Montgomery College,” said Dilima. He also               His youngest child at three months old hasn’t
humbly added that he was invited to try out for             quite mastered the art of gripping a baseball                   the batteries in your
three major league teams – the Rangers, Pirates                                                                               smoke detector!
and Orioles. And, although he didn’t make the                                         See, Baseball on page 2
        In Memoriam                                    Your
                                                  Does Your Home Have
        Denise Foreman, Office of the
    County Executive, passed away on              Working Smoke Detectors?
    March 22 .                                                                                        tion. All homes should have a smoke alarm
                                                     Did you know that about two-thirds of
        Foreman, 42, had worked for the                                                               installed outside of each sleeping area and on
                                                  our nation’s fire deaths happen in the victim’s
    County since1981. She began her career                                                            each additional level of your home.
                                                  own home, and that they tend to occur be-
    in the Department of Information                                                                      For more information on smoke detectors
                                                  tween 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. when occupants are
    Systems and Telecommunications as an                                                              and helpful tips, visit the Fire and Rescue Ser-
                                                  more likely to be asleep? In fact, most deaths
    operator on the County’s switchboard,                                                             vices website at
                                                  occur from inhaling smoke or poisonous gases,
    and has worked as an Information and                                                              dfrs. To schedule a free home safety survey,
                                                  not from the flames.
    Referral Aide in the County Executive’s                                                           contact your local fire station or call Fire and
                                                     Recent surveys throughout the County
    Office since1996.                                                                                 Rescue Services Home Fire Safety Evaluation
                                                  have found that an alarming number of homes
        She is survived by one son, her                                                               Hotline at 240-777-2476.
                                                  do not have adequate smoke alarm protec-
    mother and three sisters.

Summer Camps                                      Bike to Work Day 2002
    The Recreation Department offers hun-              Grab your bicycle and helmet on May                    drawings and get useful information
dreds of summer camps and playground              3 and join thousands of others in the                       and tips on biking to work. If your
programs throughout the County for ages five      Metropolitan Washington area for                             commute is a little too long to bi-
through teens, and the variety is endless. With   fun, breakfast and information at                               cycle the entire way, Ride On buses
summer rapidly approaching, it’s not too early    “Bike to Work Day 2002.” This                                   with bicycle carriers will offer free
to start thinking about signing your kids up      year, the event is nearly doubling                              rides to all participants.
for one of these camps or playgrounds.            in size with 11 pit stops through-                                        For additional informa-
    This year, for the first time, the schedule   out the Washington Metropolitan                               tion about this event, log on to
for summer camps and playgrounds is in-           area. At each pit stop, cyclists and enthusiasts, or call Commuter Services
cluded in the Spring issue of the “Guide to       can enjoy a breakfast treat, participate in prize   at 301-565-5870.
Recreation and Leisure,” which was issued in
February. The Guide is available at all Mont-
gomery County community centers, swim
                                                  Serving Customers with Disabilities
centers, senior centers, regional services cen-   A Guide for County Employees
ters and public libraries.
    Residents can register via the Internet at        Does your department hold meetings or               are designated accessible parking spaces,, or by calling STARline       events open to the general community? If so,            including van accessible spaces.
at 240-777-8277. Registration forms may also      as a County employee it is your responsibility
                                                                                                          Additional information is available in a bro-
be mailed to the Recreation Department,           under the Americans with Disabilities Act to
                                                                                                      chure entitled, Serving Customers with
12210 Bushey Dr., Silver Spring 20902, or         make sure that these meetings are accessible to
                                                                                                      Disabilities: A Guide for County Employees,
dropped off at the department.                    everyone, including people with disabilities.
                                                                                                      available through the Department of Health
    For more information, call 240-777-6930.      Some key elements to keep in mind when plan-
                                                                                                      and Human Services Customer Services sec-
                                                  ning a meeting include:
                                                                                                      tion at 240-777-1098 (voice) or 240-777-1398
                                                      Publicize on your meeting flyer or an-          (TTY) and on the County intranet site at http:/
Baseball                                          s
                                                      nouncement a statement on how to                / Look in the section entitled,
Continued form page1                                  request a sign language interpreter or other    ADA County Guidelines. If you have ques-
bat. In his spare time, Dilima coaches the Good       accommodation.                                  tions or need further assistance, please call
Counsel boys’ baseball team.                                                                          Nancy Greene, Montgomery County ADA
                                                  s   Make sure that there is a level entry or
    For information and playing schedules on                                                          Compliance Officer at 240-777-3247 (voice)
                                                      ramp to the building and meeting room,
Dilima’s baseball team, visit the website at                                                          or 240-777-1398 (TTY) or Betsy Tolbert
                                                      with no obstacles blocking the pathway.                                                                                       Luecking, Program Manager and staff to the
                                                  s   Check to see that the restrooms are acces-      Commission on People with Disabilities at 240-
                                                      sible for wheelchair users and that there       777-1256 V/TTY.
    Overtimes                                              A reminder that the
                                                                                 Translation Help to find translation help
                                                      L a n g u a ge      L i n ks                when you ne ed i t,
       is published bimonthly by the                  Directory of Translation Resources for          including sign language interpreters.
    Montgomery County Government,                     County employees is available on the                If hard copies are needed, they can be
       Office of Public Information,                  Intranet ( by           ordered directly from the County Print
    4th Floor, Executive Office Building.             clicking the Language Links button on the       Shop, Judicial Center, room T-35. Call Rick
                                                      left side of the screen. The resource guide     Taylor at 240-777-6135 orTommyTucker at
              Sue Tucker, Editor                                                                      240-777-6134.
                                                      offers information about a variety of ways

                                                                                                        HR Notes
 Employees Display True                                                                                 Office of Human Resources

 Holiday Spirit                                                                                         Health Yourself Programs in
                                                                                                        Resource Library
                                                                                                        Check out OHR’s on-line Resource Library for
                                                                                                        current information and upcoming events
                                                                                                        from Health Yourself, Montgomery County’s
                                                                                                        Employee Wellness Program. Go to
                                                                                                        < w w w. e m o n t g o m e r y. o r g / o h r /
                                                                                                        index_frameset.htm>, then click on Resource
                                                                                                        Library. Under Benefits, you will find links to
                                                                                                        the Health Yourself calendar, best prices for
                                                                                                        fitness centers and more.

                                                                                                        Buying a New Home?
                                                                                                        Thinking of buying a house for the first
                                                                                                        time or moving up to a bigger home? If so,
                                                                                                        remember that your bank or mortgage
                                                                                                        company will need verification of your em-
                                                                                                        ployment. Please help us to serve you better
                                                                                                        by asking your mortgage lender to request
                                                                                     ystems and
                                                                        formation S                     the verification as early as possible in the
                                                         a rt ment of In g an auction to benefit
                                            s in the Dep it by organizin                                lending process. Please allow at least five
                              r, employee                   ir                          an $3,946.
      the sixth straight y ea displayed their holiday sp ices and raised more th spital are             working days for us to complete the verifi-
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                ications (DIS                 d goods and                 f Children’s H                cation. Don’t wait until the day before
 Telecommun ital. Employees donate eck to representatives o ie King and Howard                          settlement! Questions? Call Records Man-
               osp                           a ch                        Jam
  Children’s H own above presenting Moore, DIST Director; l; Bruce Romer, Chief                         agement at 240-777-5112.
                 Sh                    Alisoun                     Hospita                  el, Sunil
                             (l to r):                  Children’s             Mike Knupp
                                           Silberstein,          ative Officer; Stan Waskiewicz,
                                                                   Pandya and T employees.              Earned Income Tax Credit
                                                                                                        Call 1-800-492-0618 for guidelines on eli-
                                                                                                        gibility for the Earned Income Credit, a tax
                                                                                                        benefit for low and moderate-income
                                                                                                        workers. If you’re eligible for the EIC,
                                                                                                        ask for information on free tax prepara-
                                                                                                        tion assistance.

                                                                                                        Blood Drive April 10
                                                                                                        Blood donations are always needed, so please
                                                                                                        help if you can. A blood drive will be held
                                                                                                        Wednesday, April 10, in the EOB lobby
                                                                                                        auditorium from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
                                                                                                        Call 1-800-448-3543 to schedule an ap-
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             n’s Betty A tions: Manna Food tions. In 2001, mo day tradition — an a                      The Benefits Team offers group insurance
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Steve Silve ALS; Tom Lowr y, hnke, husband of fo are: Joan Dye, Na ateral Sclerosis                     workshops monthly. Check the Resource
            rman, Cou              Manna Fo              rmer Cou              tional Cha               Library or training catalog for dates and
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          t, and She ncil President; and d Center; Steve Fa cilmember Krahn ter of                      times. These classes fill up quickly, so plan
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                                                     aff memb               n
                                  .                             ers Sonya cil Staff Director;           ahead and reserve your space. For employ-
                                                                           Healy, Caro
                                                                                       l Bowis,         ees who are required to have training on
                                                                                                        blood-borne pathogens, a new class is avail-
                                                                                                        able for the first time in April. See OHR’s
                                                                                                        Resource Library or training catalog for
                                                                                                        more information, and register for classes
                                                                                                        using the Automated Training Registration
                                                                                                        line at 240-777-5122.

BASEMENT APT. FOR                                                                                                                        SKATES – Inline hockey
RENT – Glenmont. Two
bdr., 1 bath, kitchen,
                                                         Backpage Bargains                                                               skates, size 5. Used for in-
                                                                                                                                         door hockey, good as new.
washer/dryer. Close to                                                                                                                   Retail value is $160, will
Metro and bus line. $900/                                                                                                                sell for $35. Call 240-777-
month, plus 1/3 electricity                                                                                                              8907 or 301-698-2559.
and one month security de-          County employees may submit ads, non-commercial only, with name and home and office
posit. No pets or smoking.          phone number to Information Office, 4th floor, EOB. Ads may appear one time only.                   LUGGAGE – two-piece
Call 301-933-0959.                  Deadline for the next issue is, May 3, 2002.                                                        Hartford, brown tweed/
                                                                                                                                        leather. Medium bag (no
TOWNHOUSE FOR                                                                                                                           wheels) and tote, $100.
RENT -- Briggs Chaney Road and Rte. 29. Two              BOAT – ’88 Cruisers, Inc. “Sea Devil.” Twenty-six      Small vinyl totes, $5. Call Sara, 301-279-1017.
bdr., 1.5 baths, good condition. Available 5/2. $800/    ft., sleeps two, single 5.7 liter engine w/bravo
month, plus utilities. No smoking, no pets. Call                                                                FOR SALE – pet carrier, $10. Oak TV stand, $10.
                                                         outdrive. New camper cover and bimini top, engine      Bathroom cabinet w/doors, $15. Also, assorted deco-
301-948-6516.                                            overhauled in 2001. Equipped with refrigerator, sink   rative items and collectibles, prices vary. Call
’99 DODGE INTREPID – charcoal gray. $11,900.             and head. Seats six comfortably. Housed in boatel      240-777-4342 or 301-320-0537.
Call 301-318-5866.                                       and shrink wrapped every year. One owner, all main-
                                                         tenance records available. Runs great. $11,850.        FOR SALE – X-Box video game – “CEL DAMAGE.”
’99 OLDSMOBILE ALERO – 4-dr., auto, rear                 Call Peggy, 410-313-8820.                              New, unopened. Retails for $49.99, will sell for $40.
spoiler, CD & cassette player, PW, PD, security alarm,                                                          Call Cyndi, 240-777-6089 or 301-947-8948.
cruise control. 45k miles. Blue book value is            FOR SALE – Queen size sleigh bed w/box spring
$11,890. Asking $9,890/neg. Call 240-777-6281 or         and mattress, $200. Busch entertainment center for     FOR SALE – adult Iguana and aquarium w/heat
301-371-0556.                                            27” TV w/shelves/doors, $25. Technique dual cas-       lamps, fixtures and warm rocks. Friendly disposi-
                                                         sette deck, $125. Call 240-777-6418.                   tion. Needs home, owner is college bound. Best
’94 TOYOTA COROLLA – automatic. Good con-                                                                       offer. Call Rich, 301-353-8535.
dition. $5,000/best offer. Call 301-674-1608 or
                                                         PIANO – antique upright, great to excellent condi-     CATS–needlovinghomefortwotabbycats,one4-year-
                                                         tion. $800/best offer. You haul. Call 301-916-5186.    old female and one year and a half male. Both are
’00 YAMAHA MOTORCYCLE – 650 V-Star                                                                              caramel and white color. Free. Call 240-777-1043.
Cruiser Classic. Onyx color, Yamaha windshield,          SPEAKERS – two Infinity Interlude 10 (IL10) shelf
leather saddlebags and passenger backrest, two HJC       speakers (8.5”x12”x15”). Speaker stands included.      WANTED – townhouse or condo to purchase in Silver
helmets. Immaculate condition, 2k miles. $4,400.         Paid $200 apiece in May 2000, will sell for $125 ea.   Spring/Wheaton area, with three bedrooms, one or
Call 240-876-7899 or 301-253-1553.                       Call 240-777-5020.                                     more baths, under $150,000. Call 240-777-4135.

Paws in the Park
    Join the Montgomery County Humane                    tered in a drawing for a bonus prize.
Society on Sunday, April 28 for its fourth an-           In addition to the walk, other activities in-
nual “Paws in the Park” 5K Dog Walk                           clude canine games and contests, pet first
at Wheaton Regional Park. Par-                                     aid demonstrations, breed rescue
ticipants can walk with or                                           groups, Pentagon rescue workers
without a dog. Proceeds from                                          and their dogs, music, refresh-
the walk will benefit the home-                                        ments, kids’ scavenger hunt,
less animals of Montgomery                                             vendor booths, and more.
County.                                                                         The walk will be held rain
    Based on the amount of                                            or shine. Registration will begin
pledges collected, participants                                         at 10 a.m., followed by the walk
                                                                                                                       Get your taste buds
will be eligible to receive an as-                                       at 11 a.m., beginning at the car-          ready for the annual Taste
sortment of prizes, ranging from                                         ousel entrance of the park on              of Wheaton on Sunday, May
water bottles to breed personalized                                      Shorefield Road. Pre-registration          19 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., in
cookie jars. The grand prize of a Califor-                        is free. However, registration on the             downtown Wheaton. Once
nia winery trip will be awarded to the person            day of the event will be $15. To register online,          again, the annual event will
who collects the most pledges over $1,000.               go to: or call Susan Share
Participants who raise at least $500 will be en-         at 301-279-1969.                                           feature some of the best
                                                                                                                    American and ethnic res-
                                                                                                                    taurants in Wheaton with
    New Merit Protection Board Members                                                                              “tastes” going for $1 each.
                                                                                                                    The event will also include
       The members of the Merit System                   protect employees’ rights under
    Protection Board for 2002 are:                       the system.                                                free children’s activities,
    Rober t C. Hamilton ser ving as                         Offices of the Merit System                             musical entertainment and
    chairperson, Harold D. Kessler                       Protection Board are located in the                        a special appearance by
    serving as vice-chair and James B.                   Council Office Building, suite 113.                        Channel 9 Chief Metero-
    McDaniel as an associate member.                     Hours are Monday through Thurs-                            logist Topper Shutt.
       The board’s mission is to oversee                 day, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The phone
    the County’s merit system and to                     number is 240-777-6620.