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Going to Europe soon? You may have to pay a new entry fee.

Starting in mid-2025, an $8 European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) application will be required for U.S. travelers to enter E.U. countries. Most applications should be processed within minutes of applying, but prospective travelers should expect to receive an application decision within four days. Learn more from the E.U. website and from the Washington Post (note that the July 2023 Post article is now outdated in that it states that the program starts in 2024; the program will now start in 2025).


MoCo Expands List of Electronics for Recycling

The Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection has expanded its electronics recycling program to promote sustainability and environmental responsibility. The County is now accepting for recycling:

  • Audio tapes
  • Cameras
  • Clocks
  • Drones !!
  • Empty printer ink and toner cartridges
  • Remote controls
  • Small handheld electric tools
  • Small handheld vacuum cleaners
  • Surveillance cameras
  • VHS/cassette tapes

Learn more here.


CSX Train Blocking Aitcheson Crossing? You Can Report It.

Although trains that block crossings are not breaking any federal laws, they may put public safety at risk.  The Federal Railroad Administration tracks the location and impacts of blocked crossings in order to learn where, when, for how long, and what impacts result from blocked highway-rail grade crossings.  There may be legitimate operating and/or safety-related reasons for a crossing to be occupied by a slow or idling train.  You can locate the at-grade Aitcheson Crossing on a map and report that a train is blocking it here (the crossing number is 140 505 S, and CSX refers to it as the “Ridge” crossing).  Note that this form should not be used to report emergencies.


MoCo Now Accepting Mattresses and Box Springs for Recycling

Residents can now drop off mattresses and box springs at the Transfer Station and Recycling Center in the upper lot, across from the household hazardous waste program area.  Before you drop your items off, make sure they are deemed acceptable (crib mattresses, futons, pillows and pillowtop mattresses, for example, are NOT acceptable).  View more information on mattress recycling from MoCo  |  View the flyer (PDF)


Resources to Learn More about the 2023 Tax Credits for Electric Vehicles (EVs)


Running Low on Covid Test Kits?

Also, from WaPo, when you have Covid, here’s how you know you are no longer contagious.


Stay Up to Date with COVID-19 Vaccines Including Boosters

Pfizer and Moderna have developed updated COVID-19 boosters, called “bivalent” because they protect against both the original virus that causes COVID-19 and the Omicron variant BA.4 and BA.5.  As of the middle of February, only about 35% of MoCo residents have received the bivalent booster shot [source].  If you have not yet received the bivalent booster, consider doing so.  If you’ve already had it, then you should wait until the next booster variation is produced and available.  Here’s more information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Save a Life!

Montgomery County participates in Maryland’s Overdose Response Program and provides free Naloxone training and kits to the community.  The training provides information on common opioids, instructions on how to recognize an overdose and how to administer Naloxone properly.



Move Over!

A new Maryland law took effect Saturday, October 1, that requires drivers to slow down or change lanes when vehicles are parked or stranded on the side of the road — all part of an effort to reduce the number of roadside deaths. The beefed up Move Over Law — the fourth version of the law in 12 years — covers all vehicles displaying hazard lights on the side of the road.

Drivers must move over when approaching emergency, law enforcement, tow truck, utility and transportation vehicles that are stopped, standing or parked on a highway with lights flashing. If moving over is not possible, then drivers need to slow down. Beginning Saturday, drivers must also change lanes or slow down when they approach any stopped, standing, or parked vehicle with warning signals.  Learn more here.


Out, Out, Damned Spot[ted Lanternfly]!

Montgomery County is now part of a spotted lanternfly quarantine zone.  What does that mean and what should we do?  Learn more here.


It’s Tick Season



Unfortunate Experience with a Local Cop?

You can now file a complaint through the new Montgomery County Police Accountability Complaint Form.


What is a Thunderclap Headache (TCH) and What MUST You Do IMMEDIATELY If You Have One?

Excruciating thunderclap headaches strike the entire head suddenly like a clap of thunder. The pain of these headaches peaks within 60 seconds and then slowly dissipates. These headaches are uncommon, but can be symptoms of potentially life-threatening conditions like aneurysms and stroke. Even if your headache has ended, call 911 or get to a hospital as soon as possible and insist on receiving a CT scan. Learn more about TCHs here.


Find Out How You Can Support Ukraine

Discover what these highly-rated charities are doing, and how you can help.


Updated! Flyer re: Roadside Recycling and Yard Waste Collection in the Grove

Print it and stick it to your refrigerator door! (PDF)


Uh-oh! I Need a Plumber!

Find out which restaurants and other service providers your neighbors recommend on these lists managed by Washington Grove Cares.


Need to Host a Grove Meeting on Zoom But Not Sure How to Do It?

Here’s some information that might be helpful.


MD Announces Tax Filing Extension

Maryland taxpayers have until July 15 to file and pay with no penalty or interest; Federal income tax deadline is April 18.


Never Lose Your Covid Vaccination Record

If you are a Maryland resident, you can access and print your vaccination record through MyIR (My Immunization Record).

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