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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.”

Author of “Brain Food: 100 Games That Make Kids Think” To Present Program at Chevy Chase Library

Dr. Paul Fleisher, author of “Brain Food: 100 Games That Make Kids Think,” will share games that explore the fun in learning on Monday, October 18 at the Chevy Chase (MD) Library, beginning at 4 p.m. The library is located at 8005 Connecticut Ave.

The book is a compilation of new and traditional games that have been classroom tested and are tailored toward enhancing the thinking power of students.

Dr. Fleisher is the author of more than three dozen books for children and teachers.

The free program is designed for children ages 10 and up, parents and educators.  To request ADA program accommodations, at least five days in advance of the program, contact the Chevy Chase Library at 240-773-9590; TTY 301-622-6596.    

“Move Over” Law Now In Effect

On October 1st, a newly enacted law went into effect throughout the state of Maryland.  It has been referred to as the “Move-Over” law and is designed to increase the safety of first responders stopped alongside the roadways throughout the State. 

The purpose of this law is to provide an increased layer of separation between the law enforcement officer, fire/rescue personnel, and/or motorists stopped on the shoulder of a highway.  This is accomplished by motorists either safely moving out of the travel lane next to where the emergency vehicle - operating it’s emergency lights is, or if that is not possible, to reduce their speed while passing the stopped emergency vehicle.


Under Transportation Article Title 21, Section 405 (e):

Affordable Time Saving School Lunches That Are Easy To Prepare

CHEVY CHASE, Md. (WUSA) -- The average family spends $4 to $5 a day to pay for their child's school lunch.  For picky eaters, that means money down the drain.

Aviva Goldfarb knows how challenging it can be to prepare a satisfying lunch for her school-aged children and save at the same time.

"I pack a waste-free lunch which is a time saver, and a money saver, and it's also better for the planet," she says.

Aviva packs her waste-free lunches for a paltry price tag, all under two dollars.

She says, "We have this great tortellini lunch for $1.82.  And over here, we have our black bean and corn salsa with a Burrito for only $1.76."

You may ask yourself how is this Chevy Chase author and mom of two able to prepare these tasty midday meals so cheaply.  She says it's easy, and you can do it, too.

Graduation Rate Rises to 90 Percent for Class of 2010- Rate Jumps for 24 of 25 MCPS High Schools

The graduation rate for Montgomery County Public Schools increased to 90 percent in 2010, spurred by dramatic gains among the district’s African American students. The graduation rate for the MCPS class of 2010 showed an increase of more than 2½ percentage points over the Class of 2009, with African American students gaining more than 4 percentage points.

“This is outstanding news for our district. More of our students are graduating on time with the knowledge and skills they need to be successful,” said Patricia O’Neill, President of the Montgomery County Board of Education. “Congratulations to the students, parents and staff that made these results possible.”
   The MCPS graduation rate of 90 percent is 3.4 percentage points higher than the rate for the state of Maryland (86.6 percent).

Maryland County Spends $1 Mil on 'Uncle Tom's Cabin', Turns Out it isn't the REAL Cabin

TheMoneyTimes.com reports, that according to historians, a Maryland county has put more than $2 million into buying and expanding a cabin falsely believed to be the basis of "Uncle Tom's Cabin."

Montgomery County purchased a two-story colonial house in Bethesda with the log cabin extending from one side in 2006 for $1 million and has since spent $1 million more on expanding and studying the property, which was believed to be the former home of Josiah Henson, whose life story inspired Harriet Beecher Stowe's anti-slavery novel "Uncle Tom's Cabin."

However, historians said they have now determined Stowe never lived in the cabin although it did belong to the Riley family who held Henson as a slave from 1795 to 1830.  Henson lived in slave quarters that have long disappeared, and never in the house or the cabin, which was then a kitchen.

Leggett Helps Celebrate Opening of EDF Inc.’s North American Headquarters in Chevy Chase

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett will join EDF Inc. executives and employees this evening to celebrate the grand opening of the company’s new North American headquarters in Chevy Chase.  EDF Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of EDF International S.A. of France and an international, low-carbon energy leader.  The company signed a 10-year lease for 16,000 square feet at 5404 Wisconsin Place.  The company has approximately 25 employees at the new location.

“We are delighted to welcome a global leader like EDF Inc. to Montgomery County,” said Leggett. “A company of their caliber would have been welcomed by any jurisdiction in the nation, so we value their decision to locate in Chevy Chase and bring important new jobs to the County. No doubt our proximity to leading federal agencies, availability of a skilled and educated workforce and our culturally and industry diverse business community played a key role in their decision.”