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Maryland Crab Soup Cook-Off

Cream of Crab


1. Mangos Bar & Grill, Tracys Landing.

2. Buddy’s Crabs & Ribs, Annapolis.

3. Riverwood Village, Silver Spring.

People’s Choice

1. Bella Napoli, Pasadena.

2. Riverwood Village, Silver Spring.

3. Buddy’s Crabs & Ribs, Annapolis.

Vegetable Crab


1. Hell Point Seafood, Annapolis.

2. Riverwood Village, Silver Spring.

3. Mangos Bar & Grill, Tracys Landing.

People’s Choice

1. Riverwood Village, Silver Spring.

2. M&M Catering, Odenton.

3. Hell Point Seafood, Annapolis.

Alternative Crab


1. Hell Point Seafood, Annapolis.

2. Buddy’s Crabs & Ribs, Annapolis.

3. The Granary Restaurant, Georgetown, Md.

AU Green Roof Built With McLean Gardens Neighbors

WASHINGTON DC (WUSA) -- A new environmentally-friendly "green" roof will get the finishing touches Wednesday on the campus of American University, enhancing the school's already strong eco-friendly reputation.

More than 50 volunteers from AU, its alumni, staff, and neighbors from McLean Gardens community of Northwest Washington spent several days installing the roof on the Kogod School of Business. Volunteers put low-maintenance plants on the roof to top it off. The school has dubbed it a modern "old-fashioned barn raising" as the community is actively involved.

GREEN DESIGN: New designs include "green walls"

Be a Member of the MoCo Public Library Teen Advisory Group

Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) is recruiting members for its Teen Advisory Group, and teens, ages 14-18, who would like to promote library programming for teens and advocate for teen library service are invited to apply online through the library website, www.montgomerycountymd.gov/library.

Teens who like to read, write, and are interested in interviewing authors and public officials for the MCPL Teensite page or would like to work with Facebook, YouTube and/or video productions can check out details on the website.

Applications are due by September 11.  Candidates will be interviewed the week of September 20.  Teens accepted in the program will serve from September 2010 to May 2011 and will meet on a monthly basis.

For more details, check the MCPL website, or for questions, email teensite@montgomerycountymd.gov

Early Voting In Maryland Begins

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- Gov. Martin O'Malley is hoping early voting in Maryland for the first time will create higher voter turnout.

O'Malley, a Democrat, was the 222nd voter who cast a ballot in the primary at the Public Safety Training Facility in Baltimore on Friday afternoon, the first day of early voting in Maryland.

Former Gov. Robert Ehrlich, O'Malley's likely opponent in November, also is encouraging people to vote early, even though he's been critical of early voting and vetoed legislation to create it when he was governor.

Ehrlich says it's now the law in the state and he's going to live with it and, it is hoped, take advantage of it. Andy Barth, an Ehrlich campaign spokesman, says Ehrlich is expected to take part in early voting next week.

Maryland schools battle with limited funding and space as enrollment grows by Michael Bimbaum, WAPO

Michael Bimbaum for the Washington Post reports: More than 200,000 Maryland students streamed back to crowded classrooms Monday as school systems dealt with growth but little money to hire more teachers.

In Montgomery County, the state's largest school system, parents said they were anxious about increased class sizes but sanguine about the schools' future under a successor to Superintendent Jerry D. Weast, who is retiring in June. Enrollment swelled by 2,200 students -- 1.5 percent -- this year, hundreds more than forecast. Howard and Charles counties also returned to school Monday.

Where Are Montgomery County's New Speed Cameras?

MONTGOMERY COUNTY (WUSA)  Montgomery County announced 25 new locations for speed enforcement.   All but one of the following locations will be enforced using six mobile speed vans.  Fixed cameras will be installed at the New Hampshire Avenue location.

Deployment begins August 30th.  Enforcement will be rotated among the sites periodically.

Fingerprint Scanners Coming To Montgomery Rec Centers

ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) -- Montgomery County residents will soon be required to scan their fingers to enter recreation centers.

Officials say switching from plastic passes to finger scanners will save the recreation department $50,000 annually. The scanners will be put into use this fall at three centers, and will be expanded to all the county's centers next year.

Privacy advocates say the measure is intrusive and unnecessary. Marc Rotenberg, executive director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, says it isn't appropriate for a community pool.