Thursday, May 9, 2013
Many Democratic leaders are boycotting the event because they side with the police union that's upset with the Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee.
This year's Spring Ball for the Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee, set for May 11, has become a rallying point for Montgomery County's police union and many state and local party leaders to express their unhappiness with the committee. Union backers and some Democratic leaders have said they will boycott and picket the annual fundraising event because the central committee backed a referendum question last year that limited police bargaining rights. However, Montgomery County Councilman Craig Rice (D-Dist 2) said that he will not join the picketers, who will count among their number Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) and state Del. Heather Mizeur (D-Dist 20), of Takoma Park. Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 35…
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Council Vice President Craig Rice and three other Councilmembers say the one-year-old tax was inappropriate for non-food businesses.
Germantown councilman Craig Rice was among Montgomery County Councilmembers to propose a measure aimed at limiting the scope of the county's 5-cent bag tax. "There are things we need to clean up with this bill," said Rice, noting that he has heard the tax was challenging for clothing retailers. The bag tax was a sweeping measure that aimed to reduce plastic bag consumption and litter in Montgomery County. But its days may be numbered, at least in the current iteration. Rice, who is council vice presdient, and councilmembers Roger Berliner (D-Bethesda), Craig Rice (D-Germantown) and Nancy Floreen (D-At Large) proposed Tuesday to limit the scope of the bag tax to only apply to food stores, not retail businesses or take-out restaurants. …
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Councilman Craig Rice, D-Dist. 2, will meet residents at BlackRock Center for the Arts on Monday, Jan. 28.
Montgomery County Council Vice President Craig Rice plans to host a public meeting with Germantown residents Monday at BlackRock Center for the Arts. Rice represents council district 2, which includes much of the Upcounty region. Councilman Rice is expected to discuss development, transportation, schools and crime. Topics of Note At a community forum in Rockville last week, Rice said the county was going to double the number of school resource officers stationed at Montgomery County’s public schools, going from six to 12, Patch has reported. Rice has also weighed in on Adventist HealthCare’s plans to sell 40 acres in Clarksburg, a deal that’s attracted the interest of major shopping center developers, The Washington Post has reported…
Monday, December 10, 2012
Montgomery County Council on Tuesday will honor John Hamman, chairman of the math department at Montgomery College’s Germantown campus.
Montgomery County Council will recognize the achievements of John Hamman, chairman of the math department at Montgomery College’s Germantown campus, who was named 2012 Maryland Professor of the Year. Councilwoman Valerie Ervin, D-Dist. 5, is expected to present the honor at the start of the Council’s regularly scheduled meeting in Rockville. Hamman earned the Teacher of the Year award from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), Patch has reported. It is the fourth consecutive year that a Montgomery College professor has been named Professor of the Year. Music professor Dawn Avery received the honor in 2011. In related Council news, Council Vice President…
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Craig Rice, of Germantown, replaces Nancy Navarro, who is council presdient.
Montgomery County Council elected council member Craig Rice, D-Dist. 2, of Germantown, as its new vice president. Rice, a former state delegate, was elected to the council in 2010. He is a member of the council’s education and health and human services committees. Rice repalces Nancy Navarro, D-Dist. 4, who was elected president—the first Latina at that perch. Navarro replaces Roger Berliner. Rice and Navarro noted how the county’s demographics have changed, shifting to a majority-minority population, The Washington Post reports. In the article, Rice goes on to say: “It is fitting that the face of our [council] reflects that change.” Traditionally, council vice presidents succeed the president from the prior year.
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Future North Potomac Community Center, Travilah Fire Station,
schools and november ballot questions are on the agenda
Montgomery County Councilmembers Phil Andrews and Craig Rice are expected to address the North Potomac Community Association tonight, county officials announced this afternoon. The meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at Quince Orchard High School in Gaithersburg. Discussion topics include at the planned North Potomac Community Recreation Center, the future Travilah Fire Station, school-related issues and key questions that will appear on the November ballot. Andrews (D-dist. 3), of Gaithersburg, and Rice (D-dist. 2), of Germantown, will take questions from the audience.
Friday, September 14, 2012
Products linked to carcinogens found in sediment at Gunners Lake, Lake Whetstone
Montgomery County has banned the use of pavement products containing coal tar, spurred by the discovery of carcinogens in the sediment at Gunners Lake and Lake Whetstone. The bill was unanimously adopted Tuesday. The measure was introduced by Councilman Craig Rice (D-Dist. 2), who lives in Germantown. Rice told Council members in June that the use of such products can contribute to elevated levels of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons or PAH in the environment. Council records cited general studies that linked sediments “spiked” with coal-tar-based sealcoats to delayed growth and mortality in frogs and salamanders. During a public hearing in July, Bob Hoyt, Director of the Department of Environmental Protection, said PAHs were found in …