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Montgomery County Asked to Investigate Turf Fields

ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA) The Western Montgomery County Citizen's Advisory Board is asking Montgomery County officials to the safety, health, environmental and financial impacts of artificial turf.

"We've had citizens come to us with questions and the board was not able to take a position," said Sue Knapp, chairman of the MCCAB. "We voted to ask the county to look into it."

Most recently a new turf field has been installed at Walter Johnson High School.

Concern about artificial turf fields dates to 2007, when several fields in New Jersey and New York were taken out of commission because of lead contamination.

Since then, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission determined that children are not at risk from exposure to lead on the fields.

Montgomery County Marks Fire Prevention Month

(WUSA) -- The Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service plans to hold several open houses at fire stations around the county for Fire Prevention Month. This year's theme is "Smoke Alarms: A Sound You Can Live With".

All open house events will be free and feature tours of the station, fire safety activities, information and handouts and demonstrations of emergency equipment.

Here's a list of the open houses:

1 - 4pm
Bethesda Fire Department Station 6
6600 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, MD

11am - 4pm
Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad 5020 Battery Lane, Bethesda, MD

Montgomery County Police Want You to Participate in “Prescription Drug Take-Back Day”

Montgomery County health officials and the Montgomery County Police Department urge residents to drop off expired, used or unwanted prescription drugs in Rockville and Bethesda on Saturday, September 25, as part of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

            Drop-off locations will be at the following locations:

  • Montgomery County Police Headquarters, 2350 Research Boulevard, Rockville
  • Second District Police Station,7359 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda

            Collection hours will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at each location.  Look for police officers with collection boxes in the parking lots.

2010 NEA National Heritage Fellows Perform at the Music Center at Strathmore

On Friday, September 24, at 8:00 p.m., the 2010 NEA National Heritage Fellows will perform at a free special concert, held at the Music Center at Strathmore, located at 5301 Tuckerman Lane in Bethesda, Maryland.

Afro-Cuban drumming, classical Indian dancing, and Bluegrass music are just a few of the folk and traditional arts that will take center stage at this concert, which features lively music and dance performances alongside demonstrations of centuries’ old crafts, and engaging interviews with the artists. Nick Spitzer, host of public radio’s American Routes, will emcee the concert.

The concert will also be available through a live webcast at arts.gov. To access the webcast, visit arts.gov the afternoon of September 24 for instructions. An archive of the concert will be available following the event.

The 2010 NEA National Heritage Fellows are:

Maryland Schools Must Teach Environmental Education

BALTIMORE (AP) -- Maryland officials have ruled that schools must include environmental education in their pre-kindergarten through 12th grade classes.

The Maryland State Board of Education voted Tuesday to make environmental education part of students' education, but it will not be an official graduation requirement. Still, all students must complete a "local action" project to improve the environment either individually or with their school.

It's not clear how much schools will change as a result. In Montgomery County, for example, students already create butterfly gardens and vegetable patches, and "Green Teams" collect recycling items.

Beginning in 2015, superintendents will have to certify every five years that the regulation's requirements are met.

Montgomery County Housing Fair

Montgomery County's annual Housing Fair and Financial Fitness Day will be held, rain or shine, on Saturday, October 2 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Bohrer Park Activity Center, Summit Hall Farm, 506 S. Frederick Avenue, Gaithersburg, MD 20877.  To celebrate the tenth anniversary, the fair will expand its educational outreach to the community and provide new networking opportunities and publicity benefits for Sponsors and Exhibitors: housing providers, businesses, banks, credit unions, realtors, government agencies, community organizations, and nonprofits.

Bethesda Row Boutique Week

What are you falling for this season? 
A fringe handbag?  A slouch beret?  A tailored blazer?

From October 2 to October 9th, whatever your fall fashion craving, chances are you’ll find it at Boutique Week.

The event is an entire week of fashion events, gifts with purchase, styling tips, celebrity appearances and more—all at your favorite Bethesda Row boutiques.