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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.”

Thousands Gather for Susan G. Komen D.C. 3-Day Cure

Today, October 8, thousands of women and men are embarking on a three-day, 60-mile journey to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer. The 2010 Susan G. Komen Washington D.C. 3-Day for the Cure® begins at Washington Nationals Stadium and will travel 60 miles through the Washington D.C. area, concluding Sunday at the Washington Monument. The Washington D.C. community will provide encouragement by attending the Opening and Closing Ceremony and supporting walkers at official Cheering Stations along the route. More information on these locations can be found at The3Day.org.  

 

 

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.

Baby Emporium of Bargains Comes To Maryland

GAITHERSBURG, MD (WUSA)-- Oh My GOFF! Angie Goff reports on Great Beginnings' 'Baby Bargain Celebration Event' in Gaithersburg.

Featuring more than 30 local vendors, it was an emporium for parents for all things baby. In addition to winning $10 thousand in raffle prizes - like a 'dream nursery, guests scored huge savings and got to scope out the latest in child safety technology. Author Alan Fields of the 'Baby Bargains Book' was there also, signing autographs. Rachel Macias submitted this report.

Absentee Ballot Applications for Montgomery County Now Available

We received this story from Marjorie Roher of the Montgomery County government:

Voters who are unable to cast their ballot for the Gubernatorial General Election on Election Day (November 2) or during Early Voting (October 22 - 28), may now request an application to vote by absentee ballot.

To obtain the application electronically visit our website – www.777vote.org – and select Absentee Voting.  Follow the instructions for completing the application which may be mailed or, if already a registered voter, faxed (240-777-8560) or e-mailed (absentee@montgomerycountymd.gov) to the Board of Elections.  To obtain an application for another person, please call 240-777-8553 for detailed information.

Montgomery County to Get $2.6M for Snow Removal

(AP)-Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski says Montgomery County will receive $2.6 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to recover some of the costs for snow removal last December.

Mikulski said Friday that the agency had allocated the money to the state of Maryland.

A federal disaster declaration after the heavy snow storm made federal funding available to state and local governments for their cleanup costs.

On Thursday, FEMA also awarded funds to the District of Columbia, Virginia and Baltimore County.