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“Shop with a Cop” Initiative Returns for Second Holiday Season

For the second year, Montgomery County Police are able to offer the holiday safety initiative, “Shop with a Cop.”  It begins the day after Thanksgiving, Friday, November 26, and runs through Thursday, December 23.  It was developed to help increase the safety of shoppers, pedestrians, and drivers in the county during this active holiday season.

            Officers in all six of the Montgomery County police districts will be detailed to shopping areas in their districts to provide high visibility, extra security, and to provide reminders about driving and pedestrian safety--especially in parking lots.  Officers will be distributing approximately 5000 bright green reflective and recyclable shopping bags with a driver and pedestrian safety message printed on them.  In some locations these bags will also be distributed by shop owners.

Gaithersburg Marriott Delivers Turkey Dinner to Firefighters

Being away from family on Thanksgiving will be a little easier this year for firefighters at Station #31 in North Potomac, Maryland, thanks to associates of the Gaithersburg Marriott Washingtonian Center (Gaithersburg Marriott). Hotel representatives will be dishing out traditional holiday fare especially for these heroes on Tuesday, November 23, at noon at the station located at 12100 Darnestown Road, North Potomac, MD 20878.

“We rely on the firefighters at station #31 to keep our guests and associates safe,” says Michele Pajot, general manager at the Gaithersburg Marriott. “Bringing them this special meal and presenting it with holiday flare is one way that we can thank them for the selfless work that they do every day.”

Toys for the Holidays.....Help Us Help Others Kickoff

Regions fire/rescue stations are Toy “Drop-off” Sites

Friday, November 19, 2010

 11:30 a.m. 

Community Service Day Weekend

Local residents are invited make plans now to give a few hours of their time to the community by joining family, friends, neighbors, fellow students and co-workers for Community Service Day weekend – October 23 and 24. 

County Executive Leggett is encouraging residents to get involved and make a difference.  “As you meet your friends and neighbors in the coming days, ask them ‘Where will you be serving the community on October 23-24?’”

Montgomery Organizational Reform Commission to Hold Public Forum on Wednesday, October 20

        The Montgomery County Organizational Reform Commission, appointed by County Executive Isiah Leggett and the County Council, will hold a public forum on Wednesday, Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. in the Third Floor Hearing Room of the Council Office Building, 100 Maryland Avenue in Rockville.  Residents who can offer suggestions on ways to restructure and improve the current organization of County Government and County-funded agencies are encouraged to attend.

        The eight-member commission, named in July, was created at the urging of Leggett and Councilmember Roger Berliner.  It is composed of County residents who are experienced in government, business and non-profit service delivery. The volunteer commission is scheduled to provide recommendations to the County Executive and Council by Jan. 31, 2011. 

Montgomery County Public Libraries Hosts"Meet the Author" Programs Featuring Local Writers

Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) will host three “Meet the Author” programs in October featuring local authors.

On Wednesday, October 13 at 7 p.m., Olga Grushin, author of “The Line” and “The Dream Life of Sukhanov,” will be at the Silver Spring Library, 8901 Colesville Rd.

Grushin’s first novel, “The Dream Life of Sukhanov,” won the 2007 New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award and was chosen as a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and a Washington Post Top Ten Best Book of the Year. Her second novel, “The Line,” published in April 2010, was chosen as an Editors' Choice book by The New York Times. She is now at work on her third book.

On Saturday, October 16 at 2 p.m., novelist and short story writer Dolen Perkins-Valdez will be at Marilyn J. Praisner Library, 14910 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville for a reading and book signing of her debut novel, “Wench.”

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.