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Youth Center Wins Sustainable Building Award

Youth Center Wins Sustainable Building Award

Gaithersburg, MD – (January 4, 2010)  The Maryland Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has announced that Gaithersburg’s Youth Center in Olde Towne will be given an award in the Sustainable Buildings New Construction category at the organization’s annual Wintergreen Awards Celebration on January 27, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland.  The keynote speaker and award presenter is Scott Plank, Executive Vice President of Business Development for Under Armour, Inc.  

Gaithersburg’s newest facility serving middle and high school students attained LEED Platinum certification in June of 2010, making it the first youth center in the country and the fourth building in Maryland to achieve this certification, the highest level possible.

Montgomery County's New Sunday Liquor Sales Prove Vodka is a Residential Favorite

Montgomery County's New Sunday Liquor Sales Prove Vodka is a Residential Favorite

By Scott Broom

KENSINGTON, Md. (WUSA) -- Vodka dominates the taste of Washington area drinkers according to statistics from Montgomery County's Department of Liquor Control and Virginia's ABC.

In Montgomery County, 5 of the top 6 selling brands are vodkas, according to George Griffin, Director of the Department of Liquor Control.

"It reflects a national trend that's gone on for over a decade," Griffin said. "There's sort of a return to the cocktail culture. Some people blame it on the Cosmopolitan being popular again after 'Sex in the City'."

Virginia's Alcohol Control Board also reports Vodka brands as the biggest sellers statewide.

In Montgomery County, the top six brands are:

Holidays 2010 – ‘Tis the Season to Grow

Holidays 2010 – ‘Tis the Season to Grow

Year-end holiday stress on top of double-digit unemployment and an economy that threatens to relapse into recession has left many Americans feeling utterly helpless and hopeless.  This makes winter 2010 a perfect season for personal growth. 

We all experience key moments in both our personal and professional lives.  I define a ‘key moment’ as a triggering event or situation which presents a challenge and elicits (or demands) a response.  The important thing is not so much the moment itself, but how we respond to it.  

Because when a key moment occurs, we make an important choice to make.  Consciously or unconsciously, we will choose how we will respond.  In large measure, the quality of our lives, our happiness, and our personal effectiveness are determined by that response and how we handle the challenge of a key moment.  

Wiki Leaks and Whistleblowers: Why Private Information Goes Public

Ask an average person to name a whistleblower and they’re likely to think of ‘private citizens’ like Erin Brokovich, Karen Silkwood, and Jeffrey Wigand or journalists like Carl Berstein and Bob Woodward.  These red, white and blue American whistleblowers have been portrayed in Academy Award-winning movies as admirable people who had the courage to reveal wrongdoing in workplaces and government agencies in a spirit of justice.  

But are there other motivations that drive people to release sensitive documents and information that bring down companies and governments?  I believe the answer is yes.  Fame is certainly a motivator...and so is vengeance.  Employers in the private and public sectors that stubbornly refuse to acknowledge the link between employee engagement and corporate security are likely to find themselves the victims of leaks. 

Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce Networking Event

Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce Networking Event

It's the last Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber event of 2010, let's make it a good one at Pinky & Pepe's Grape Escape. Enjoy fine wines, cheese and lagers from around the world. Take some time for yourself and your business, sit back, relax, mix, mingle and don't worry about your holiday shopping and planning. Advanced registration is required. Tickets: Buy Tickets

FOOD DRIVE - PLEASE BRING A CAN OF NON-PERISHABLE FOOD AND/OR $5 DONATION TO SUPPORT MANNA FOOD CENTER. LET'S HELP THE MONTGOMERY COUNTY RESIDENTS THAT ARE LESS FORTUNATE THAN US, PLEASE. ?

  • Where: 223 Kentlands Blvd, Gaithersburg, MD 20878 (Pinky and Pepe's Grape Escape)
  • Date: December 15, 2010
  • Time: 5:30pm–7:30pm
  • Website: http://www.ggchamber.org

 

Gaithersburg Marriott Staff Served Thanksgiving to Firefighters

Being away from family on Thanksgiving was a little easier this year for firefighters at Station #31 in North Potomac, Md., thanks to associates of the Gaithersburg Marriott Washingtonian Center (Gaithersburg Marriott). Hotel representatives dished out traditional holiday fare especially for 10 of these heroes on November 23.

“We rely on the firefighters at station #31 to keep our guests and associates safe,” says Michele Pajot, general manager at the Gaithersburg Marriott. “Bringing them this special meal and presenting it with holiday flare is one way that we can thank them for the selfless work that they do every day.”

The executive chef and other hotel associates planned and created a special meal for the firefighters, in the midst of the hotel’s own busy holiday season. Firefighters feasted on honey poached turkey, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, pecan, pumpkin and sweet potato pies and other holiday favorites.

Gaithersburg Marriott Delivers Turkey Dinner to Firefighters

Being away from family on Thanksgiving will be a little easier this year for firefighters at Station #31 in North Potomac, Maryland, thanks to associates of the Gaithersburg Marriott Washingtonian Center (Gaithersburg Marriott). Hotel representatives will be dishing out traditional holiday fare especially for these heroes on Tuesday, November 23, at noon at the station located at 12100 Darnestown Road, North Potomac, MD 20878.

“We rely on the firefighters at station #31 to keep our guests and associates safe,” says Michele Pajot, general manager at the Gaithersburg Marriott. “Bringing them this special meal and presenting it with holiday flare is one way that we can thank them for the selfless work that they do every day.”