The Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) announced seventy-one winners of its 28th annual Keep Montgomery County Beautiful (KMCB) community beautification awards. Fifty-five amateur photographers were also honored in addition to two Clean Sweep Awards for the Adopt A Road.
The beautification competition is open to community groups, businesses, public institutions and other organizations undertaking landscaping projects that enhance the appearance of commonly owned sections of commercial or residential properties. Landscaping can also take place along County roadsides, medians, or other public locations. More than twenty years ago, concerned volunteers formed the Keep Montgomery County Beautiful Task Force to work with the County to develop beautification projects and anti-litter and recycling programs. The group also conducts public education to change resident attitudes about littering and graffiti. Business and organization sponsors that assist MCDOT in staging this annual ceremony included the Bethesda Urban Partnership and Bethesda Florist.
View a list of the seventy-one awardees of the Beautification Contest
For the 23rd Annual Amateur Photography Contest, photos of county locations and/or residents were judged on effective composition, originality, interest and relevance of the subject matter, and technique. Subject categories included Montgomery County By Day or By Night,Landmarks, Her People, and At Work. There is also an optional Youth category for aspiring photographers aged 18 and younger who wish to be judged against each other.
View more winning photos in the Photo Contest
For fiscal year FY14 (July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014). The first award was created to recognize the highest number of reported cleanings by an individual or group in the past fiscal year. The second award was created to recognize the highest number of bags of trash reported being picked up by an individual or group in the past fiscal year. Reporting the number of bags collected is a data gathering initiative MCDOT uses to measure results of the program.
The two Clean Sweep Awardees for the Adopt-a-Road program were:
Most Bags Collected Award of Excellence – Park Hills Civic Association was recognized as the volunteer who reported the largest amount of trash collected – picking up 98 30-gallon bags (totaling over 2,940 gallons of trash). They have been with the program since 2008 adopting a segment of Sligo Creek Parkway in Silver Spring.
Most Cleanings Performed Award of Excellence – Gold, Leins, and Adoff CPA’s was recognized as the volunteer who cleaned their road segment the highest number of times totaling 95 reported cleanings (they clean twice a week). They have been with the program since 2003 adopting Rustic Road- Glen Road in Potomac.