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One of Nation's Best, Montgomery County Public Schools Wins $250,000 in College Scholarships

   Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) was named one of the five best urban school districts in the nation Tuesday by the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, earning $250,000 in college scholarships for graduates from the class of 2011.

   MCPS is the first district from Maryland or the Washington D.C. area to be selected as a finalist for the Broad Prize in Urban Education, which is the largest education award in the country.

   Out of the five school districts up for the award, Gwinnett County (Ga.) Public Schools was selected as the 2010 winner of the Broad Prize, earning $1 million in college scholarships.

Bloomingdale's 13th Annual' Love Where You Live' Charity Event

Bloomingdale’s will host Love Where You Live on Thursday, October 20 and 21, 2009 from 10am-10pm in its three area locations: Chevy Chase, Tysons Corner and White Flint.  Dedicated to supporting six of the Washington, D.C. area’s prominent non-profit organizations, this charity event features live entertainment, fashion events, culinary demonstrations, incredible discounts, and more, as well as focuses on giving back to the community.  This year’s charities include Autism Speaks, U.S. Dream Academy, National Capital Area of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Junior League of Washington, Family Support Center and Choral Arts Society.

Leggett to Help Celebrate Opening of International Baccalaureate Americas Global Center in Bethesda

Center Adds 25 New Employees to County, Will Grow to More Than 100

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Press Tour-- 4:00-4:30 p.m.

Official Opening-- 4:45-5:30 p.m.

Ribbon Cutting-- 5:30 p.m.

IB Americas Global Center

7501 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 200 West,

Bethesda, Maryland

New Middle School Proposed for Bethesda-Chevy Chase

The Gazette reports that a new middle school could be built in the Bethesda-Chevy Chase area if a recommendation by Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendent Jerry D. Weast is included in the school system's 2013-2018 Capital Improvements Program next fall.

The new school is needed to relieve overcrowding at the area's existing middle school and elementary schools, and to streamline sixth grade, which is now offered at two elementary schools as well as the area's middle school, Weast wrote in a recommendation released today.

The announcement comes in a school year when staff cuts at elementary schools have resulted in abbreviated curriculum offerings for sixth graders and led parents to question whether an elementary school is a suitable setting for students typically considered middle schoolers.

Chevy Chase and North Chevy Chase are the only elementary schools in the county that offer sixth grade.

The Halt to Foreclosures will have an impact to DC area homeowners

Recently, there has been a halt to foreclosures on homes where the mortgages have fallen into default. The onus has been put on the lenders to prove that they have the right to foreclose. Judges have started dismissing foreclosure actions against homeowners as it has become clear that the banks do not have clear title or standing to foreclose.

What this means to struggling homeowners is that they now have an opportunity to challenge banks that may not have been helpful in the loan modification process. Very few homes have been successfully modified under the HAMP program and the blame for this is being laid right at the banks front door. From the entire modification process being characterized as unhelpful to downright deceptive, this moratorium on foreclosing will give homeowners a chance to negotiate favorable terms with their lenders.

Second Inner Loop Lane Opens In Bethesda

BETHESDA, Md. (WUSA) -- Maryland State Police have opened a second Inner Loop lane after being closed for most of Monday morning's rush hour, officials said. 

A crash, on Old Georgetown Road and Route 355 left one person dead, after a tractor trailer overturned.  It was blocking two of three Inner Loop lanes. Most traffic is being diverted onto northbound I-270.

The driver of the truck was killed.  A person in the car was transported to a local hospital with serious injuries.

Montgomery County Fire and Rescue crews are on the scene, along with hazmat.  Assistant Chief Scott Graham says hazmat crews will have to offload approximately 50 gallons of diesel fuel which is leaking from one of the truck's saddle tanks.

Maryland State Police tells 9NEWS NOW the road will likely be shut down for several hours.  Stay with 9NEWS NOW and WUSA9.com for updates on this traffic mess.

 

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?’”