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Google Gives a Boost to Local Bethesda Businesses

Millions of people order products online -- and now Google has found a way to take the online shopping experience to a whole new level.

Google is collaborating with local businesses in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area and 29 other U.S. cities, as well as Japan and Australia, to bring online shoppers a 360-degree tour of their favorite stores. Forget simply clicking on a picture of the item and purchasing; online shoppers now have the chance to see the entire inside of the store, from the floor to the ceiling.

“Zelaya”, a shoe store in Bethesda, was contacted by Google to be a part of this new project. Store owner Tony Zelaya, jumped at the chance to have this kind of exposure and marketing. He also uses social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter to promote his store and considers this to be an amazing opportunity.

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FREE Speech and Language Screenings

The National Speech/Language Therapy Center in Bethesda, Maryland is offering FREE screenings through the Early Detection Program (EDP) for the next six months.

The EDP is a community outreach initiative designed to help with the early detection of children who may be at risk for language or learning struggles (including autism)--when intervention is shown to be most effective. 

Early identification of children at risk for delays can lead to intervention services and family assistance at a young age, when the chances for improvement are best. 

The appointments must be made by calling the phone number below. To see if your child or the child of someone you know should be screened, please visit www.nationalspeech.com or call (301) 493-0023.

Rooftop Thursday Summer Pool Parties

Now through September 1, the Bethesda Double Tree Hotel is hosting the hottest happy hour in town!

The party takes place at their rooftop pool and features blended tropical drinks, beers, and appetizers.

Come join in on the fun every Thursday from 6pm to 9pm!

Pepco Defends Storm Response To Maryland Regulators

BALTIMORE (WUSA/AP) -- Pepco is defending its response to recent storms that left many without power for days to Maryland utility regulators.

But during a hearing before the Maryland Public Service Commission on Tuesday Pepco officials also admitted that they've had problems communicating with customers.

The PSC noted in its order calling Tuesday's hearing that outages since late July have affected nearly a half million customers and customers complain the company has not communicated effectively during outages.

PSC Chairman Douglas Nazarin engaged in a long round of questioning. He says from hundreds of letters and complaints, the perception among customers is that "the power goes out too often, too easily, and takes too long to restore."

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School Lunches Affected by Slow Economy and Budget Cuts

Education Week reports that due to summer school and transportation budget cuts in Montgomery County schools (and in counties across the country) fewer children are getting free lunches in at least one school district.

The recession has made an impact in school lunch and nutrition programs funded by the Department of Agriculture.  The number of free lunches provided to children in the summer has dropped drastically, and the outcome is proving to be detrimental to low income families.

While the cuts in free lunch assistance are heavy this summer, the program should be stabilized for the fall school year.

To read more, visit: http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2010/08/16/01nutrition.h30.html?tkn=MMLFZq6PoVB8iFvgg7dQ1KSCyQH0m549TsDC&cmp=clp-edweek

Montgomery County Council Members Meet Head-On with Pepco

Montgomery County Council President Nancy Floreen, Vice President Valerie Ervin and Council members Phil Andrews, Roger Berliner, Marc Elrich, George Leventhal, Nancy Navarro and Duchy Trachtenberg are set to meet in Baltimore on August 17 with Pepco’s chief operating officer and senior officials as the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) performs “a proceeding to investigate the reliability of Potomac Electric Power Company’s (Pepco) electric distribution system and the quality of electric distribution service that Pepco is providing its customers.”

According to the Commission, Pepco’s response to power outages and their communication with customers has been far from superior with the recent summer thunderstorms that have occurred in the area.

The continual year-round power outages that occur in Montgomery County have made the need for a more trustworthy electric company a “top priority”, says President Floreen.

Mac Illiterate? No Problem!

If you’re contemplating making the switch from Windows to Mac and are not sure how to use a Mac, come get all of your questions answered at a free hands-on workshop offered by the Apple store of Bethesda.

On August 16th from 11am-12pm, the employees will show you the basics to using your computer.

iTunes and iPods still got you confused?   Don’t worry, the hands on training for these items begin at 6pm.