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Crack Cocaine Dealer Sentenced to Over 17 Years in Prison

        U.S. District Judge Roger W. Titus, sentenced Charles Aboke, age 28, of Gaithersburg, Maryland, today to 210 months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine.  Judge Titus enhanced Aboke’s sentence upon finding that he is a career criminal, based on two previous felony drug convictions.  Judge Titus also ordered Aboke to forfeit $13,783 seized during a search of his home.

        The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Theresa R. Stoop of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives - Baltimore Field Division; Chief J. Thomas Manger of the Montgomery County Police Department; and  Montgomery County State’s Attorney John McCarthy.

Car Free Day on September 22-Montgomery County Offers Tips on How You Can Participate

Montgomery County Commuter Services (MCCS) invites residents and employees to join the Washington region in celebrating Car Free Day on Wednesday, September 22.  This annual, worldwide event encourages the public to find alternatives to using cars or reduce the amount of driving that day.  Organizers promote the idea that using transit, biking, and walking – instead of driving – will reduce noise, pollution and stress.

            “People throughout the region are re-evaluating their relationship with the car,” said Montgomery County Department of Transportation Director Art Holmes.  “This is great news for transit and great news for the environment.  I encourage everyone to try transportation alternatives that will help us relieve congestion and the stress of commuting.”

Residents 78 and 80 Years Young Show They’ve Still Got it!

Residents of Asbury Methodist Village, a retirement community of more than 1,300 residents, have found the secret to staying young and active—HealthAbility.  Phyllis Skiba, 78, and Harlene Buchanan, 80, can still dance the night away thanks in part to the strides they’ve made in Asbury’s special wellness program geared to seniors’ unique health needs.

Proposal For Changes to Wheaton HS, Thomas Edison HS & Watkins Mill HS

The Parents' Coalition obtained a copy of a federal grant application submitted by MCPS to transform three local schools: Watkins Mill HS, Thomas Edison HS of Technology, and Wheaton HS. According to the grant abstract:

"Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS), Maryland is requesting federal Magnet Schools Assistance Program (MSAP) funds to transform two of its lowest performing, highest poverty high schools-Wheaton and Watkins Mill-into whole school magnets. Wheaton High School and the collocated half-day Thomas Edison High School of Technology career and technology education program will be transformed into the comprehensive Montgomery County High Tech High School (MCHTHS). Watkins Mill High School will become the International Baccalaureate School of Engineering, Digital Design, and Performing Arts (IBEDPA) at Watkins Mill."

Local Business Wins Big at National Buffalo Wing Festival

Gaithersburg, Md., September 13, 2010 – Ira Levy, Owner of Buffalo Wings & Beer restaurant has just returned from the National Buffalo Wing Festival with a first place win. 

The National Buffalo Wing Festival is held on Labor Day weekend every year in Buffalo, New York.  Hundreds of restaurants apply to compete at the festival, but only thirty are chosen to attend.  The festival, held at Coca Cola field, draws a crowd of nearly 80,000 visitors every year.  It is estimated that a quarter of a million people have attended the event since its inception and 2.4 million wings have been consumed.

Metropolitan Maryland September 2010 Chapter Meeting

Program: As the watchdog of the federal government, the Government Accountability Office often describes itself as "living in a glass house." Identifying issues and providing recommendations to other agencies means that GAO has to be a model agency and practice what it preaches. Catherine Teti, Managing Director of Knowledge Services and the Chief Agency Privacy Officer, will talk about life in the glass house and GAO's approach to knowledge management that strives to integrate information management functions, such as records management, information services (ranging from libraries to social media), and privacy, and to ensure their coordination with other business and mission functions.

Speaker: Catherine Teti, Managing Director for Knowledge Services, Chief Agency Privacy Officer, US Government Accountability Office (GAO)

Hunting for Courageous Legislators to Ban Pigeon Shoots

YDR.com reports, Twenty minutes South of Harrisburg, on a two-hour drive to her home near Gaithersburg, Md., Heidi Prescott shed a tear. No one else saw it, only one other person could hear it in her voice. It was about 9 p.m., June 29.

Prescott, senior vice-president of campaigns for the Humane Society of the United States, values her reputation as a compassionate but tough lobbyist, but more than two decades of grief and hope was in that tear.

For five straight days, she had driven to the state Capitol; this would be the week, she was led to believe by the House leadership, that the Legislature would finally bring forth a vote to ban live pigeon shoots. But, in a late night deal, the Legislature had come to a decision about the next year's budget, and that meant it would recess before voting on the bill to ban pigeon shoots.