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Montgomery County Prepares For Budget Cuts

ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA) --- County Executive Ike Leggett, projecting a budget shortfall of between $100 million and $200 million, is asking county departments to prepare for 10% to 15% budget cutbacks to make up the difference.

Slurry Sealing Work to Begin Wednesday, September 29

The Town’s street maintenance contractor, Slurry Pavers, Inc., will be performing roadway improvements beginning September 29, weather dependent.  A map showing the locations of the work can be found here.  Slurry sealing involves applying a protective coating on asphalt pavement.  It is a cost-effective maintenance procedure intended to extend the life of older roads that are still structurally sound. 

157 Montgomery County Public School Students Are National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

There are 157 National Merit Scholarship semifinalists from Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) in the 2011 competition, eight more than the previous year. The semifinalists will go on to compete nationally for scholarships that will be offered in the spring. The competition is sponsored by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. 

The MCPS semifinalists come from 16 high schools. The schools and their number of semifinalists are:

Bethesda-Chevy Chase: 8
Montgomery Blair: 40
Blake: 1
Winston Churchill: 13
Clarksburg: 1
Einstein: 1
Poolesville:  9
Quince Orchard: 2
Richard Montgomery: 30
Rockville: 1
Seneca Valley: 1
Springbrook: 3
Walter Johnson: 7
Walt Whitman: 24
Watkins Mill: 1
Wootton: 15

Upcoming Fire Department Open Houses

The Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service will be hosting ‘Open House’ events at fire stations around the County during Fire Prevention Month. The National Fire Protection Association has designated this year’s theme, “Smoke Alarms: A Sound You Can Live With” and firefighters and safety advocates will focus efforts on the importance of developing a home escape plan, practicing a home fire drill and checking smoke alarms to ensure they are working.

All Open House events are free and will feature many exciting activities including tours of the station, fire safety activities, information/handouts, demonstrations of emergency equipment and

much more. . . please visit the station’s website or call for a comprehensive listing of activities planned. 

9/25     Bethesda Fire Department Station 6               1:00 pm - 4pm

Maryland Cell Phone Ban Begins

Maryland residents and those residents who travel through Maryland need to know that on Friday, October 1, 2010 (this Friday) - cell phone use will become illegal while driving. The offense will be a "secondary" offense, meaning that offenders can only be cited with it if they are pulled over for another primary offense like speeding or running a red light.

Beginning on Friday, people who wish to make a call while driving MUST use a hands free device. The fine will be $40 for the first offense and $100 for subsequent violations of the law.

Texting while driving has been illegal for some time now and already carries a fine.

Maryland is following suit with several other states with cellular phone bans while in operation of a motor vehicle, but it is one of the only (if not the only) state to list the law as a "secondary" offense.

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

City Bikes Teaches You Bike Maintenance

Every Thursday from 6:30pm-8pm, learn how to lube your chain, check your tires, adjust your brakes, and more!

Where: City Bikes
8401 Connecticut Ave
Chevy Chase, MD 20815