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Sunday, April 17, 2016

WINGS Scholarship Breakfast tickets are on SALE now!

Women In Government Service (WINGS) is moving rapidly toward its first annual Scholarship Breakfast. WINGS needs YOUR help to make this breakfast a success. WINGS Scholarship Breakfast is Wednesday, June 28, 2015, at 8:30 am at the Ocean City Convention Center, Room 215. Tickets are ONLY $35, and the guest speaker is the Honorable C. Gail Bassette, Secretary of Maryland General Services.

The scholarships funds are used to send two women to the MML Summer Convention each year. The women selected are women that have not attended an MML convention or conference or women that are NOT sponsored by their municipality.

The scholarship pays for MML Convention registration, hotel, and meals at the Convention. So far, WINGS has sponsored more than six women to the MML Convention and most of those women have gone on to serve on MML committees or become mayors in their municipalities.

WINGS is an active organization, and its Executive Committee meets monthly via teleconference to act on and carry out WINGS business. For more information, visit WINGS website:http://www.womeningovernmentservice.com/ of you may visit WINGS on Facebook.

WINGS will also honor a few municipal women a the Scholarship Breakfast and recognize its sponsors.

TICKETS may be purchased by sending your check or money order to Councilmember Vivian Viviana Jackson, c/o Town of Colmar Manor
3701 Lawrence St, Colmar Manor, MD 20722, (301) 277-4920.


Friday, April 15, 2016

EVERY vote COUNTS ! NOT REGISTERED? Register and vote the same day during early Voting.

OKAY, you meant to register to vote in this year's election, but just did not get around to it! Shame on you, but NO WORRIES! YOU CAN REGISTER TO VOTE and VOTE during this year's early voting process April 14-April 21. No, excuse for not VOTING!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Pepco Residential Customers in Maryland Receive First of Two $50 Bill Credits from Exelon Merger Commitment

Pepco Residential Customers in Maryland
Receive First of Two $50 Bill Credits from Exelon Merger Commitment


WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 12, 2016) – Starting today, Pepco Maryland residential customers will receive the first of two $50 bill credits as a result of the merger between Exelon and Pepco Holdings, Inc., the parent company of Pepco. The more than $50 million in credits will be distributed in two $50 installments – one now and one a year from now - for Pepco customers in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties.

The credits will be automatically applied to each household’s bill as part of a broader package of benefits that will make energy more affordable for Pepco Maryland customers as a direct result of the merger. The credits are applied to the bill balance and will be reflected on each customer’s bill. Information about bill credits for Pepco customers who live in the District of Columbia, as well as for Delmarva Power and Atlantic City Electric customers, will be forthcoming.

“I am pleased that our valued customers are beginning to realize the important benefits of the merger," said Donna Cooper, Pepco region president. “This is only the beginning of the direct benefits that our customers will receive which is in the millions of dollars. In addition to funding residential customer credits, we are investing tens of millions of dollars for energy efficiency, with a defined emphasis on customers who are most in need. We have set new higher reliability requirements and will continue to provide over $6 million over the next 10 years in charitable contributions to local nonprofits.”

Other merger benefits for Pepco customers in Maryland include:
· $31.5 million for energy efficiency, including 20 percent for low-income customers.
· $14.4 million to establish a Green Energy Fund to stimulate investment in sustainable solutions.
· $5 million worth of loans for development of renewable energy in Montgomery County.
· Pilot microgrid projects in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties.
· $1.2 million to Prince George’s County and $1.7 million to Montgomery County for workforce development.
· Debt forgiveness for residential customers with debts more than two years old.
· Maintain annual charitable contribution level in Maryland of more than $656,000 for 10 years.
· Development of 10 MW of solar generation in Pepco Maryland service territory-5MW each in Prince George’s and Montgomery counties.


Exelon and Pepco Holdings completed their merger transaction on March 23, following the approval of the merger by the Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia. The merger has brought together Exelon’s three electric and gas utilities — BGE, ComEd and PECO — and Pepco Holdings’ three electric and gas utilities — Atlantic City Electric, Delmarva Power and Pepco — to create the leading mid-Atlantic electric and gas utility company.

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About Pepco: Pepco, a public utility owned by Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), provides safe and reliable energy to more than 815,000 electric delivery customers in Maryland and the District of Columbia.

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Jerry Pasternak | Vice President

Pepco | Government Affairs & Public Policy
701 Ninth Street N.W. | Washington, DC 20068
o: 202-872-2524 | f: 202-872-2032
jpasternak@pepco.com | pepco.com

Thursday, April 07, 2016

Mount Rainier hires new City Manager, Miranda Braatz

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  April 7, 2016

For information contact: Interim City Manager. Larry Hughes
Email: lhughes@mountrainiermd.org,                                                                Phone: 301-985-6585       
PRESS RELEASE

MOUNT RAINIER, MD, ANNOUNCES A NEW CITY MANAGER
~ Mount Rainier’s nationwide search for their ideal city manager comes to an end. ~
Mount Rainier, MD ----- The Mayor and City Council welcome the new City Manager, Ms. Miranda Braatz, who will officially assume office on May 2, 2016.
“We found someone whose record of initiative and vision is a great fit with the City Council’s hopes for the community,” Councilmember Jesse Christopherson said. “She’s been dynamic and fully engaged in improving all the places she has worked.”

Mayor Malinda Miles said she was impressed with the city manager applications gathered by the Novak Consulting Group. “There was a great pool of candidates with experience running cities all across the country. The four finalists were so impressive we could have done well with any one of them,” she said.

But she said Braatz’s local ties and experience were a strong factor in the decision to hire her.

“She knows municipalities and she knows Prince George’s County,” Miles said. “To know where to go for information and resources is a major advantage when advocating for our residents.”

At her previous job as assistant city administrator in New Carrollton, Md., Braatz founded the Economic Development Department and created an incentive program to revitalize the city center.

“Just like in Mount Rainier, the challenge in New Carrollton was to bring as much positive change as possible while maintaining the character of the community,” Braatz said. “The Council and I want Mount Rainier to see economic progress and keep its identity at the same time.”

Councilmember Tracy Loh said Braatz is a “dynamic rising star” in Prince George’s County public administration. “Her economic development experience is going to be invaluable to us because Mount Rainier is in a critical development phase,” she said.

Braatz also has experience with annexation, capital improvement, and charter revisions, which are priorities for the current mayor and Council.  
“We have been in a sort of holding pattern since [former City Manager] Jeannelle Wallace left us last summer,” Christopherson said. “Our interim manager Larry Hughes has done a fantastic job putting out fires and preparing the city for new management. Thanks to him, the transition should be relatively smooth and Ms. Braatz will be able to focus on important issues immediately.”
The city’s manager-style government means Braatz will direct all executive functions, including supervision of the police, public works, finance, economic development, and code enforcement departments.

Councilmember Bryan Knedler said the Council will also expect her to be a leader and a focal point for the mayor and Council’s vision for the city.
“She’s going to have to tread that slippery ground between implementing the elected officials’ policy mandates and being a leader who takes ownership of the city’s direction,” Knedler said. “It’s not an easy task, but I think in Ms. Braatz we found someone who has the qualities that will make her successful.”
A city committee composed of Interim City Manager Hughes, Councilmembers Loh and Shivali Shah, and residents Michelle Lee and Tracy Velasquez was charged with creating and implementing the process for filling the city manager vacancy. Shah also organized two focus groups to get residents’ views on what makes a good city manager.

“I was really pleased with the committee’s dedication and the final outcome,” Shah said. “Ms. Braatz has a dynamic personality and residents will find that she fits in with the spirit of Mount Rainier very well. She will bring a fantastic energy to city hall.”

Braatz said she was eager to meet more Mount Rainier residents and take in their views.

“I love this area, and I am excited to work hard to implement the city’s vision of its best self,” she said.

Braatz earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from The George Washington University and a Masters of Public Administration from George Mason University.  

   

Sunday, April 03, 2016

MOUNT RAINIER NEEDS YOUR HELP TODAY!

Mount Rainier has applied for a grant for its community gardens.  TO WIN, we need you to vote for my Rainier.  It's simple and easy.  Just click on the link below ONCE EVERY DAY and vote for our project.

Vote early and often...though only.once a day....

YOUR VOTE IS A VOTE FOR A SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITY -- Mount Rainier, MD!