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Move Over, It's The Law

BETHESDA, Md. (WUSA) -- State Police in Rockville issued a traffic citation using the new 'Move Over Law' for the first time, charging a woman who hit a state trooper and left the scene.

The law that went into effect October 1, 2010, requires drivers to move over a lane or slow down when they see red and blue emergency flashing lights.

Wednesday night a trooper responded to a traffic accident on the Capitol Beltway near River Road when The Plains, Virginia woman swiped the trooper.

The trooper was hit in his leg and he smashed his hand breaking the side mirror. State Police say the woman didn't know she hit the officer, waited for two minutes and left the scene. Police say when she arrived home she figured out what happened and has been cooperative.

On October 5, 2010, a Virginia State trooper was seriously injured when a tractor trailer driver hit a car and rammed into the trooper who was also on a scene of a crash.

Surburban Hospital To Expand

BETHESDA, Md. (WUSA) -- Montgomery County has approved Suburban Hospital's plan to build a big addition and a parking garage.

The expansion would add 300,000 square feet to the hospital. The garage would offer 1,200 parking spots.

But the county told Suburban it cannot tear down 12 houses it owns on McKinley and Grant Streets - to make way for a garden.

Neighbors successfully argued - demolishing those houses would tamper with the feel of the neighborhood.


Bethesda Restaurant Week Boasts Big Deals & Metromix Halloween Party

WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA)-- Oh My GOFF! Angie Goff reports a dozen eateries offer big deals during Bethesda Row Restaurant Week through the weekend. Plus, details on Capitol Skyline Hotel's Metromix Halloween Bash

Montgomery Workers Get Word out on Ambulance Fee

The Gazette Reports that uniformed firefighters in Montgomery County, according to County Executive Isiah Leggett (D), are allowed to distribute information during their shifts about ambulance fees — an issue that is the subject of a general election ballot question.

Leggett's viewpoint is backed by the county attorney and Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler (D), but is drawing criticism from at least one County Council member, who says it is inappropriate and a waste of taxpayers' money.

An attorney, representing a group opposed to the fees, says the action violates a state law that prohibits government employees from campaigning while on the job.

"This is highly inappropriate," said Councilman Philip M. Andrews (D-Dist. 3), referring to Leggett's actions. "It's an abuse of taxpayer dollars, and I think the public would agree."

Montgomery County Schools Win Cash For Scholarships


ROCKVILLE, Md., (WUSA) -- Montgomery County Public Schools won a $250,00, second place prize in a national contest Tuesday.


The money will be used for college scholarships for graduates from the class of 2011.

"Being a finalist for the Broad Prize is a wonderful tribute to the progress that MCPS has made over the past 11 years to raise student performance and narrow the achievement gap," said Board of Education President Patricia O'Neill. "Our students are making tremendous strides thanks to the hard work of our teachers and staff, and the continued support of the community."

The Eli and Blythe Broad Foundation gave $1 million for the first place school district, Gwinnett County, Ga. schools.


“Golf for a Cure” Event Raises More Than $85,000 for Cancer Research

Bethesda, Md. — Oct. 20, 2010 — The National Foundation for Cancer Research held its 7th Annual Golf for a Cure event at the Kenwood Golf and Country Club in Bethesda, Md. Sept. 13, raising more than $85,000 for cancer research.

Nearly 200 people attended the event, which featured an 18-hole tournament and live auction, two meals, an open bar following the tournament, and more.

“The day went off without a hitch, and we are so thankful for everyone who participated and helped put the event together,” said Sarah Funt, a successful real estate agent at Long and Foster Realtors and Co-Chair of the 7th Annual Golf for a Cure.  “Research is crucial to improving and saving the lives of cancer patients, and we are proud to contribute these funds from Golf for a Cure to help make that happen.”

Avon Foundation for Women Program Awards Montgomery County Sheriff's with $50,000 Grant

The Avon Foundation for Women has awarded a ($50,000) one-year grant to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office at the Family Justice Center (FJC) for the creation and funding of the Avon Empowerment Self-Sufficiency Program to make an immediate, tangible difference for Domestic Violence survivors by providing them with guidance and assistance to create independent, violence-free lives. The Avon Empowerment Self-Sufficiency Program is the focus of the 2010 Avon Foundation for Women's annual awards program under the auspices of the Foundation's Speak Out Against Domestic Violence initiative.  The Montgomery County Family Justice Center is among one of the 32 grant recipients selected from among close to 150 applicants nationwide.