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Groovelily

Tomorrow night at 8:00pm, come check out Groovelily!

Their unbeatable combination of wit, charisma, and extraordinary musical talent has made GrooveLily a BlackRock audience favorite. With backgrounds in classical music, musical theater, jazz, and rock, the power pop trio of Valerie Vogoda on electric violin, Brendan Milburn on piano, and Gene Lewin on drums are creating a new musical genre that’s all their own.

Where:

The BlackRock Center for the Arts: 12901 Town Commons Drive Germantown, MD 20874

New Fire and Rescue Station in Germantown

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett, County Council President Nancy Floreen, Councilmember Mike Knapp, Delegate Charles Barkley, Fire Chief Richard Bowers, Department of General Services Director David Dise and other officials will participated in a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of the Germantown/Milestone Fire and Rescue Station #34. The station is the third for the growing Germantown area, which is now home to about 86,000 residents. The second – the Germantown/Kingsview Fire and Rescue Station #22 -- was opened in March 2009 and the original Germantown Fire and Rescue Station on Crystal Rock Drive has served the community since 1989. The new, one-story station provides direct emergency response services to a 12.7 square-mile area that includes Milestone, Neelsville, Fox Chapel and Middlebrook, as well as the Ridge Road Recreation Park.

Court Orders Vote On Montgomery Co. Ambulance Fee

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- Maryland's highest court has ordered a public vote on a recently passed ambulance fee in Montgomery County.

The Court of Appeals on Wednesday reversed a lower court ruling and ordered the referendum on the ballot for Nov. 2.

The lower court had ruled that elections officials were correct to bar referendums because thousands of people signed their names on petition forms in a manner that conflicted with state law. The county board of elections rejected thousands of petition signatures, including illegible ones and some from people who signed without a middle initial.ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- Maryland's highest court has ordered a public vote on a recently passed ambulance fee in Montgomery County.

The Court of Appeals on Wednesday reversed a lower court ruling and ordered the referendum on the ballot for Nov. 2.

Handsfree In Maryland

LAUREL, Md. (WUSA) - - The first time you're caught driving in Maryland with your cell phone to your ear it will cost you $40.00 every violation after that carries a penalty of $100 and a point on your driving record.

"People really get distracted when they're on their phone," said Tia Goodwater.

MORE: 9NEWS NOW's Great Hang Up Campaign

But admit it. We've all done it before.

Roger Sullivan said, "I feel a need to see what's happening in my other world when i'm driving so it is a temptation."

"Yes, I have and it's dangerous because i have a kid and i shouldn't be doing it," admitted Sherreen Tolliver.

"It's going to be difficult to enforce." 

County Facing $140M Shortfall for Fiscal 2012

The Gazette reports that Montgomery County has a $145 million budget shortfall that officials already have identified for fiscal 2012, which begins next July.

On Tuesday, county officials told the County Council that known expenditures will be 4.3 percent higher in fiscal 2012 than this year. A fiscal plan approved by the council earlier this year allows for growth of one-tenth of one percent.

To help curb government expenses, County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) has directed all county agencies to prepare to trim their budgets by as much as 15 percent. County spokesman Patrick K. Lacefield said such a scenario might not even be the worst case if decisions during the next Maryland General Assembly session, which begins in January, transfer more state expenses — such as teacher pensions — to county government.

Heavy Rainfall Possible Thursday

With the area drying out after showery conditions for the last few days, another storm system is brewing and could threaten the Washington D.C. Metro area with more rainfall by Thursday.

Current weather model forecasts indicate the potential for some very heavy rainfall in association with a tropical weather system that is currently developing in the Caribbean. This storm system could intensify and stream tropical moisture and rainfall over the area. Most forecasts indicate the potential for greater rainfall that was experienced during the most recent rain event.

Residents should stay tuned for local media and the local weather service office for the latest details and updates. It should be noted that rainfall of the magnitude forecasted COULD cause areas of flooding.

On the positive side, however, more rainfall will provide great relief for the farmers currently being impacted by moderate to severe drought.

Montgomery County Prepares For Budget Cuts


ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA) --- County Executive Ike Leggett, projecting a budget shortfall of between $100 million and $200 million, is asking county departments to prepare for 10% to 15% budget cutbacks to make up the difference.