About Councilmember Navarro

I serve as the Council Vice-President and the Montgomery County Councilmember representing District 4. I am the chair of the Government Operations and Fiscal Policy Committee and also serve on the Health and Human Services Committee.

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August 12, 2009

MD 198 at Good Hope Road Widening Project

The State Highway Administration will begin work on a project along Route 198 at Good Hope Road in the coming weeks. According to the State Highway Administration, the project will consist of road widening and resurfacing, shoulder reconstruction, and the addition of a concrete median.

District Engineer Darrell Mobley says, "during construction, motorists can expect a single lane and shoulder closure along MD 198 Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m."

For more information, contact the district's Community Liaison, Kim Frum, at (301) 513-7405.
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August 11, 2009

Free Swim This Evening!

Due to the extreme heat, the Recreation Department is offering Montgomery County residents the opportunity to swim at the County's seven outdoor swimming pools. The free swim is being offered from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Enjoy a free swim to beat the heat!
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Foreclosure Seminar (Press Release)

From the office of Montgomery County District 4 Councilmember Nancy Navarro:

Montgomery County District 4 Councilmember Nancy Navarro on Thursday, Aug. 27, will host “A Community Foreclosure Seminar” to help residents in the eastern portion of the County who are facing financial struggles during the economic downturn. The free evening of presentations and counseling will be held from 7-9:30 p.m. at the Eastern Montgomery Regional Services Center. Bilingual counselors will be available.

Councilmember Nancy Navarro to Host Free Community Foreclosure Seminar
On Thursday, Aug. 27, at Eastern Regional Services Center, Presentations and Counseling Will Be Available for Residents

ROCKVILLE, Md., August 10, 2009—Montgomery County District 4 Councilmember Nancy Navarro on Thursday, Aug. 27, will host “A Community Foreclosure Seminar” to help residents in the eastern portion of the County who are facing financial struggles during the economic downturn. The free evening of presentations and counseling will be held from 7-9:30 p.m. at the Eastern Montgomery Regional Services Center. Bilingual counselors will be available.

The Eastern Regional Services Center is located at 3300 Briggs Chaney Road in Silver Spring.

Presentations and counseling at the meeting will be provided by Tim Warner of the County Executive’s Community Partnerships, bilingual counselors from HomeFree-USA and the Maryland Association of Realtors.

“Although there are some signs that the economy is slowly improving, for many people, economic hardship—and the threat of losing their home—continues,” said Councilmember Navarro. “For many of these residents, the difference of saving their homes or losing them may depend on having information about foreclosure proceedings and about their rights when it comes to potential foreclosure. We hope people will take advantage of this free seminar to learn important things about their individual situations.”

For more information on what to bring to the seminar and how to participate, contact Councilmember Navarro’s office at (240) 777-7968 or email her at Councilmember.Navarro@montgomerycountymd.gov

Additional information on foreclosures is available at a special site on the County’s Web site. To directly access the site and its various links, go to: http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/dhctmpl.asp?url=/content/DHCA/housing/foreclosure/index.asp

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August 7, 2009

Pedestrian Safety on Fairland Road (Press Release)

For Immediate Release: August 5, 2009

Leggett Announces Pedestrian Safety Improvements on Fairland Road

At Site Where He Encountered Fatal Pedestrian Collision

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett today announced the completion of pedestrian and traffic safety improvements along an approximately two-mile stretch of Fairland Road between Randolph Roadand Old Columbia Pike. Last year, on his way to an event on Randolph Road announcing the use of speed camera revenues for pedestrian safety improvements, Leggett came upon a collision scene where a pedestrian died near the intersection of Fairland Road and Cedar Creek Lane.

The County’s Department of Transportation worked with neighborhood residents to develop and implement enhanced safety measures.

“One of the highest priorities of my administration has been to improve pedestrian safety,” said Leggett. “Everyone talks about the importance of pedestrian safety, but it’s quite another thing to actually witness the destructive effect a car has on the human body. Last year, on my way to a press event to promote safety, I came upon the truly tragic scene of a struck pedestrian who was lying in the road – dead -- from injuries sustained in a collision. I will never forget what I saw that day – and the memory only increases my resolve to makeMontgomery County more walkable and prevent such future misfortunes.”

On September 9, 2008, the day after the death of the 29-year-old woman who was struck and killed, the County Executive and representatives of the Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) and Department of Police met with community residents and followed up with immediate changes to improve both traffic and pedestrian safety. These changes included increasing police enforcement of speed limits; installing more speed limit signs and larger replacements for existing signs; installing on-pavement speed limit markings; and trimming overgrown foliage.

“We need to keep improving pedestrian access throughout the County, but particularly in areas like this that have proven to be dangerous,” said District 4 County Councilmember Nancy Navarro, whose district includes the Fairland community. “The completion of this project will mean this stretch of Fairland Road will be much safer for all who walk in this area.”

MCDOT then undertook a comprehensive two-month study to determine what else could be done to calm traffic and improve safety. After meeting with residents, MCDOT installed the additional improvements that are listed below:

  • Bus stop improvements near Colefair Drive, Fairridge Drive, and Westwind Drive that included bump-outs to calm traffic, bus pads with kneewalls, sidewalk connections, crosswalks and signing;
  • Bump-outs with a crosswalk and signing near the Twin Farms Swim Club;
  • Bump-outs at Partridge Drive; and
  • Traffic signals at Tamarack Road and Serpentine Road.

The net results of these efforts are:

· Average travel speeds have been reduced from nearly 50 miles per hour (MPH) to about 40 MPH;

· Well signed and marked bus stop crossings enhance safety for transit passengers;

· Signalized crossings at Tamarack and Serpentine Way enhance safety for both pedestrians and motorists; and

· Traffic signals provide gaps in traffic, giving motorists traveling into or out of neighborhoods at non-signalized locations more opportunity to turn onto Fairland Road.

During the spring, MCDOT’s Division of Highway Services also made improvements in the work area that included enhancements to curbs and gutters where needed, sidewalk modifications where necessary to ensure compliance with Americans With Disabilities Act standards and additional roadway repairs.

One of the Leggett administration’s highest priorities is to improve pedestrian safety, and in December 2007, the Executive released his Pedestrian Safety Initiative - - a strategic plan that outlines the action stepsMontgomery County is aggressively pursuing to achieve the goal. Enhanced engineering and enforcement along with increased education are important components of the strategy. Enhanced initiative efforts are being funded by a newly approved fiscal year 2010 budget of $4.9 million, part of which comes from speed camera revenues.

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Media Contact: Esther Bowring, 240-777-6507

Mary Depenbrock of the Fairland Estates Homeowners Association speaks during the press conference.

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August 4, 2009

National Night Out

As many of you are aware, today is National Night Out 2009. Below is a statement provided by the Eastern Montgomery Regional Services Center. Members of my staff will be attending National Night Out events throughout District 4 this evening.

Today is National Nite Out – Against Crime !

Join us for the
26th Annual National Night Out on August 4th from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at The Eastern Montgomery Regional Services Center, 3300 Briggs Chaney Road, Silver Spring, MD.

The purpose of the event is to raise awareness of and support for crime and drug prevention programs while sending a message that neighborhoods are fighting back.

The program will feature
finger printing, photo ID for children, bicycle registration, face painting, gang and violence prevention, 3 on 3 basketball tournament, crafts, music and lots of fun activities for families to enjoy. Questions, call 240-777-8400 or go to:

Eastern Montgomery Regional Services Center

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District 4 Photo of the Week

To all of the District 4 Amateur Photographers :

Submit your photos of District 4 events, people, pets, etc. during the week, and I will post the winning photo each Friday!

Photos may be submitted by emailing me: Councilmember.Navarro@montgomerycountymd.gov

Along with your photo, please send your name, city/neighborhood, and a brief description of the image.

Good luck!
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A Step Forward for the Purple Line

Governor O'Malley announced his endorsement for light rail for the Purple Line today. Check out the Washington Post article here.
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August 3, 2009

Allow Me to Introduce Myself

Dear Neighbor,

I wanted to take a moment and introduce myself as the newly elected District 4 representative on the Montgomery County Council. I look forward to reaching out to all members of the community and providing the steady, responsive representation that the late Councilmembers Marilyn and Don Praisner were so well-known for. I hope you'll provide your input and come to me with the issues of concern to you, because I am humbled to be able to give back to the community that has been so wonderful to my family for the past two decades.

In the meantime, I'm rolling up my sleeves, so please read about some of the initiatives we have already kicked off. Also, stay tuned for the announcement of a schedule of community conversations I will be hosting throughout our neighborhoods.

Thanks so much!


P.S. Please let me know about any upcoming community events or meetings that you would like me to attend. My staff have also been diligently working on solving a range of constituent issues. Please do not hesitate to seek the assistance of my office. My contact information is below.

To read more, check out my Summer 2009 Community Newsletter!
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