Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Vote and help a Maryland school district win $100,000.
A Maryland school district has the chance to win $100,000 if a home in its community wins our national Deck the House contest. Patch users voted, three Maryland homes—in Columbia, Bel Air and Glen Burnie—as finalists for their holiday light decorations. Now it's up to you to narrow the list down from our 25 finalists to the best decorated home in America. Until Dec. 28, vote for your favorite and that person could win $100,000 for his or her local school district. All you have to do is visit this page to browse a gallery of the finalists and cast your vote. On Dec. 29, we’ll announce the grand prize winner of our Deck the House contest. So, now’s your chance to tell us who has the best “decked” house in the country. Let us know by …
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Toys will be collected at neighborhood Giant locations.
The grocery chain Giant Food has partnered with the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation to collect toys for underprivileged children. Giant, based in Landover, Md., also donated $25,000 last week to support children in need across the mid-Atlantic region. Toys will be collected at 170 Giant stores throughout the holiday season. This year marks the second year of a partnership between the two organizations. The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation is a not-for-profit organization authorized by the U.S. Marine Corps and the Department of Defense to provide fundraising and other necessary support for the annual U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program. Now in its 65th year, Toys for Tots provides gifts to less fortunate children during the …
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Gaithersburg news in brief.
The city of Gaithersburg released the following news over the last week: Spiegel Elected Vice President of Montgomery County Chapter of Maryland Municipal League Gaithersburg City Council Vice President Ryan Spiegel has been named Vice President of the Montgomery County Chapter of the Maryland Municipal League (MML). Spiegel has been involved with MML since his election to the Gaithersburg City Council in 2007. "I am proud to serve an organization that brings together the cities and towns in Montgomery County to advocate for our residents and businesses,” said Council Vice President Ryan Spiegel. “The County’s MML chapter is integral to maintaining and enhancing the quality of life as we work with other community stakeholders to build …
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
An increased police presence will provide extra security and pedestrian safety awareness in some of the county's busiest retail centers.
Black Friday shoppers might notice an increased police presence in some of the county’s busiest shopping areas. Beginning Friday through Dec. 23 the Montgomery County Police Department’s annual “Shop With a Cop” campaign will provide extra security in retail areas in all six county police districts. Officers also will distribute 9,000 reusable bright yellow shopping bags, county police Chief J. Thomas Manger said at a news conference on Tuesday in Rockville Town Square. The bags have a drawing of a pair of eyes above the slogan “Can you see me now?” and are part of a Montgomery County pedestrian safety campaign also announced Tuesday. Shop With a Cop is focused on making drivers aware of increased pedestrian holiday traffic in shopping …
Friday, November 16, 2012
The festivities take place at the City Hall Concert Pavilion in Olde Towne on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, beginning at 6 p.m.
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Friday, November 16, 2012
Santa Claus is coming to town. Gaithersburg will kick off the holiday season with Jingle Jubilee, a traditional tree lighting ceremony, with holiday music performances featuring the Gaithersburg High School Holiday Ensemble Band and Pritchard Music Academy, and a visit from Kris Kringle himself. Hot chocolate, hot apple cider, coffee and kettle corn will be sold at the event by the Gaithersburg Student Union, with proceeds benefitting Autism Speaks. The event is free to the public and starts at 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 1, at the City Hall Concert Pavlion. Should the event be cancelled due to inclement weather, the tree lighting only will take place on Monday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m.
Thursday, November 15, 2012
The county school board asked that absenteeism be monitored on Islamic holidays to determine whether or not adding Islamic holidays to the list of no-school days is warranted.
Islamic holidays will not be added to the Montgomery County Public Schools list of no-school days in the foreseeable future, The Washington Post reported. Members of the county school board said Tuesday that they could not add a school holiday just for religious reasons, but asked that attendance be monitored closely on Islamic holidays to determine if closing school on those days would be warranted, The Post added. Students who miss school for religions reasons are excused from class, but still need to make up the work from the school day. "There are no exact figures on Muslim students or teachers in Montgomery, but Muslim leaders say the population is sizable and growing. ... [Still, in] recent years, absenteeism on Muslim holidays has …