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Practical links for village members in Montgomery County, MD

Updated 10-12-2020

(Bethesda, MD)

Crisis hotlines
Safety info, preparing for disaster, emergencies
Election info
Coronavirus-related links
Buying groceries or takeout and dining out
Food assistance programs in MontCo MD
Things to do while sheltering in place
Outdoor Maryland
Where to donate used computers and other stuff
Potential sites for installation of small cell / 5 G antennae

Composting info from Mom's
Village organizations in MontCo MD
 Parkside Village website and resources


This is not an official Parkside Village page, though I originally created it for that village (my village). It's MY personal information page, geared to Montgomery County.  Let me know in Comments section if you have further suggestions. Leave your email address in case I have questions. -- Pat McNees



• Montgomery County Crisis Center (24-hour): 240-777-4000
DHHS Building 1301 Piccard Dr., Rockville, MD 20850
1-855-634-HOPE (4673)
Suicide and crisis hotlines, Maryland
• EveryMind Hotline: 301-424-0656



Voter search (where to find out if you are registered to vote, or vote by mail, in Maryland--if you aren't sure, this is where to find out.) You can use this site to
    Review your voter registration record.
    Request a duplicate voter registration card.
    Find out where to vote.
    Find out your voting districts.
    Find out your local board of elections.
    See the status of your mail-in or provisional ballot.
    View your sample ballot.

Voting Center Lookup Find your polling place.
Rules and Information for Voters (and Rumor Control)
Voters' Guide (for Nov. 3, 2020 election, League of Women Voters) Clear and unbiased. Consistently reliable. For ballot initiatives, the explanation of the question is always followed by an argument in support and an argument opposed.
Why Montgomery County residents should reject these four ballot initiatives (Opinion, Washington Post, 9-11-2020)

• Al Carr (a reliable House delegate) suggests voting Nov. 3:
     YES on Question 1 (puts the Maryland General Assembly on par with 49 other state legislators for flexibility in crafting a balanced budget)
     YES on Question A (modernizes the County Council's annually setting of property tax rates)
     No on Question B  (a rigid austerity measure that should be rejected).
Vote ‘No’ on Montgomery Questions B and D (Isiah Leggett,, Connie Morella, David Blair and Carmen Ortiz Larsen, Washington Post, 10-2-2020)
Maryland voting guide: What you need to know about dropboxes, early voting, mail-in ballots (Erin Cox, WaPo, 9-25-2020)
Election 2020 Maryland voter guide: What to know (Jack Moore, WTOP, 9-17-2020)
Protecting the Vote: How Internet Platforms Are Addressing Election and Voter Suppression-Related Misinformation and Disinformation (Spandana Singh, Margerite Blase, New America, 9-30-2020)



File of Life (MontCo Fire Department) Fill this out and post it on your fridge. It enables Montgomery County Fire and Rescue personnel to obtain a quick and accurate medical history when a patient or family member is unable to do so.
Maryland Medical Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (MOLST) (PDF) Advance directives are legal forms, but they are NOT medical orders. Give your doctor a copy of your advance directive, but be aware of situations in which your advance directive may be ignored.

       Before you undergo a procedure or surgery, or if you have an advanced illness, it may be even more important to be sure your medical team has a copy of your Medical Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (MOLST), as it in called in Maryland (in other states it may be called a MOST, POLST, POST, COLST, TPOPP, LaPOST, etc. The POLST form (aka MOLST, POST, MOST, ETC.) is a medical order--that's the one emergency and medical personnel are supposed to obey in a medical emergency or a life-threatening situation.

         State forms allow you to create these documents which specify the type of care you would like in an emergency medical situation; because these are medical orders signed by doctors, they are the forms emergency medical personnel are most likely to follow. Figure out what your own wishes (and possible options) are or may be in future, share your choices, and talk with your family about what you prefer. If you wish to have no life-sustaining measures taken, the family member who lives near you and sees you all the time may know that and honor your wishes; the family member who rarely sees you and feels guilty about it may want to save your life no matter what (or may want to spare you suffering, despite your wishes to make every effort to extend your life). If the family cannot agree on what care to provide, and if there is no MOLST or POLST, the emergency care medical team is likely to try to save your life, no matter what. Talk with everyone but also express your wishes in writing in a place where your wishes can be found. File one copy with your doctor(s).
Check for safety: A home fall prevention checklist for older adults (CDC and MetLife)
Preventing falls, or learning how to do them right (elsewhere on this website)
Preventing or dealing with frailty
ElderSAFE Community Resource Guide Education, advocacy, and shelter. The first program of its kind in the Washington, DC metropolitan area to provide safe temporary shelter to older adults experiencing elder abuse. (SmithLife Communities)
Preventing fraud, elder abuse, guardianship problems and romance scams (general, housing and financial fraud; home improvement scams; telemarketing and phone fraud, including IRS scams; ATM and tax fraud and identity theft; elder abuse; fraud, abuse, neglect in elder guardianship system; where to monitor credit reports, check a charity's status.
The Costs of Aging Handbook (National Aging in Place Council) Tools to make plans for late in life.
Resources for Seniors in Montgomery County (Jewish Council on Aging)
Seniors: Prepare for Emergencies (Maryland Emergency Management Agency, or MEMA) see also MEMA publications and News.



Maryland Cases of Coronavirus
COVID-19 Information Portal (Montgomery County)
Montgomery County Volunteer Center
FAQs about coronavirus in Maryland
COVID-19 Testing sites Available for Maryland residents with a valid ID (driver’s license, U.S. passport, Social Security card).
What to do if you are sick (CDC information)
Grandiff Medical Supplies (11631 Nebel Rd. in Rockville, 301-816-9100). One place to buy a pulse oximeter. One way to identify "more patients who have Covid pneumonia sooner and treat them more effectively," without waiting for a test, "requires detecting silent hypoxia early through a common medical device that can be purchased without a prescription at most pharmacies: a pulse oximeter." ~ NY Times piece about hypoxia, The Infection That’s Silently Killing Coronavirus Patients. "Covid pneumonia initially causes a form of oxygen deprivation we call "silent hypoxia" — "silent" because of its insidious, hard-to-detect nature." Even patients without respiratory complaints had Covid pneumonia.
Coronavirus: Nearly everything you need to know (links and brief summaries)
Reopening Montgomery (which phase of reopening is going on in which segments of the economy)
AARP Coronavirus Information Tele-Town Halls Thursdays | 1:00 pm | 855-274-9507. Experts share information about COVID-19 and how to protect yourself.
Montgomery County Volunteer Center Find a volunteer opportunity.

• Medical Equipment Donations. The Maryland Department of Aging has announced the launch of its statewide Durable Medical Equipment (“DME”) Reuse Program. Many residents of Maryland require the use of durable medical equipment such as wheelchairs, walkers, bathroom aids, and other assistive devices, to maintain their safety and mobility. For more information, see the attached flyer to donate or receive equipment or call 240-230-8000, email or visit




COVID-19 Essential Delivery Services - Call-N-Ride
Older Adults and Adults with Disabilities: Explore Your Transportation Options in Montgomery
Senior Transportation, Montgomery County, MD
Transportation Network Directory for People with Disabilities & Adults 50+ (PDF, February 2017) Don't know how to get where you want to go? Call CONNECT-A-RIDE for answers and assistance: 301-738-3252 (V)  703-323-6494 (V)  Basically, few rides will be given during pandemic.




Teens Helping Seniors for contact-less grocery delivery
Guide to reopened restaurants (Bethesda Magazine, 6-10-2020)
Bethesda Streetery Beginning June 10, sections of Norfolk, Cordell, and Woodmont Avenues, as well as Veterans Park. These streets will be shut down to vehicular traffic, set up with socially-distanced tables and seats that will be cleaned after each use, and we'll be able to buy food from local restaurants and enjoy it right outside their doors.
Local restaurants that are providing carryout and delivery (Bethesda Magazine, March 2020)
Groceries/Transportation in Montgomery County
Grocery delivery (the ultimate pandemic lifeline) is falling short. Consumers are reporting weeks-long waits on Instacart, Shipt and other leading platforms as demand far outpaces the supply. Check with your local village to see if they have volunteers to help elderly shoppers, in particular.




For food assistance, please call the Food Access Call Center at 311.
Food Resources / Recursos Alimenticios
Multilingual info about food assistance programs
Food Assistance Resource Directory (FARD) (Montgomery County)
Capital Area Food Bank
Adventist Community Services food pantries
Food Assistance Resource Map (Montgomery County Food Council)




85+ things to do while sheltering in place
Find a Little Free Library near you (wherever you are) This by no means links to all of them--just those that bothered to register.
Montgomery County MD Library Databases Much material for looking things up or just reading online.
24/7 e-Resources (also MontCo Libraries). Under Movies, click on Acorn, IndieFlix, or Kanopy for free on-demand access to films, among many resources.
Rec Room (Montgomery County Recreation) A virtual recreation hub for residents to enjoy from home. DIY arts & crafts, fitness videos, virtual classes, trips, tours and enjoyable recreational ideas for any age.
Oasis Lifelong Learning Online Progamming
Engage@HOME You Tube Channel (for caregivers) from Montgomery County Caregiver Support Program
Suburban Hospital online programming
Bringing Out the Best in Us During the Pandemic (Dr. Francis Collins, NIH Director's Blog, 5-19-2020) The term “good neighbor” definitely applies to Pablo Vidal-Ribas Belil, a postdoctoral fellow at NIH’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). Though Vidal-Ribas has his hands full caring for his 4-year-old son in their condo, which is located near NIH’s main campus in Bethesda, MD, he wasn’t too busy to notice that some of his neighbors were in need of help.
Montgomery County Volunteer Center Find a volunteer opportunity.



Maryland Dept of Natural Resources Links to lots of interesting outdoor stuff: Angler's log, boat registration, COMPASS Portal, Find a licensed tree expert, interactive maps, licensing and registration, Maryland fishing report, Maryland Natural Resources Police, Mobile App, online store, outdoor adventures, park and camping reservations, state tree nursery, tide finder, water access guide.
AccessDNR Official mobile app for MD Dept of Natural Resources
Parkside GREEN Nature and Wildlife at Parkside  (Susan Pourian's brainchild. Lots of birds and deer. Pablo Vidal-Rivas Belil's photos in particular are stunning. Do these as a slide show and see the photos enlarged.)





Where to donate used computers in Montgomery County, MD (MontCo Libraries excellent list and links)
Where to Donate or Recycle Electronics (EPA)
Certified Electronics Recyclers
Electronics Donation and Recycling (EPA)
How to Find a Certified Recycler (EPA)
Recycling electronics and other stuff
Downsizing and decluttering
Downsizing and decluttering
Selling, donating, or recycling books


Potential sites for installation of small cell / 5G antennae

If you are interested in keeping up with where small cell / 5 G antennae are being considered for installation near your home, office, or schools in Montgomery County, here are useful links, including a database of application locations  and an interactive map. (H/T Gerilee of Garrett Park)

Tower Committee Webpage.  Find meeting agendas, location of site application presentations, an interactive map and summaries of Committee actions
From the home page you can navigate to these pages:

Facility locations (application database)

Interactive map:



Parkside Village website and resources (lots of useful links to resources!)
Events calendar (hosted by Village at Kentlands and Lakelands, all MontCo village events can be listed)
Villages in Montgomery County, Maryland (a map from HHS)
Resources for Active and Developing Villages (Montgomery County, MD, HHS) MontCo has the most dynamic village coordinator in the country: Pazit Aviv.  And Montgomery County surely has the most villages of any county in the country.
Washington Area Village Exchange (WAVE) Villages in the DC metropolitan area
Village to Village Network (a national network)




If you don't have a compost service at home*, you can bring your compostable items, food scraps, etc. to MOM's all year round.

MOM's explains the compost cycle:

"1. Eat tasty food.

2. Throw food scraps in the compost bin at MOM's.

3. Microorganisms and critters like earthworms break down the food scraps.

4. Food scraps decompose into a nutrient-rich soil amendment which helps plants grow."

Composting helps reduce your trash output and reduces landfills, trash burns, methane gasses and more. Put food waste back to work for the earth! *Compost Crew has weekly service at Parkside and a special rate for Parksiders of $20/month -- use the code PARKSIDECOMPOSTS at checkout and learn more about composting

Learn about other ways to get involved from home to help protect and restore the environment via many of MOM's partnerships with groups including the Rock Creek Conservancy, Chesapeake Bay Foundation and more! Check it out!

Toilet paper sustainability scorecard Plenty of competitively priced varieties of tissue with minimal impact on forests. The Issue With Tissue report’s scorecard assigns grades to all the major brands of toilet paper, paper towels, and facial tissues, as well as popular house brands at leading supermarkets and brands that have adopted more sustainable practices. (National Resources Defense Council)

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