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Verizon Wireless Receives Corporate Legacy Award From Montgomery County


LAUREL, Md., Nov. 8, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Verizon Wireless was presented with the Corporate Legacy Award from the Montgomery County, Maryland, Family Justice Center Foundation.  The Foundation recognized Verizon Wireless for its longtime support of innovative actions to help reduce domestic violence and assist victims, and for the Company's commitment to helping the Montgomery County Family Justice Center fulfill its mission of providing primary services at one location.

In presenting the award, Chair Catherine Leggett proclaimed, "Verizon Wireless' $60,000 contribution to fund a cutting-edge video teleconferencing system has enabled the Montgomery County Family Justice Center to become a model for the rest of the state."

Montgomery Organizational Reform Commission to Hold Public Forum on Wednesday, October 20

        The Montgomery County Organizational Reform Commission, appointed by County Executive Isiah Leggett and the County Council, will hold a public forum on Wednesday, Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. in the Third Floor Hearing Room of the Council Office Building, 100 Maryland Avenue in Rockville.  Residents who can offer suggestions on ways to restructure and improve the current organization of County Government and County-funded agencies are encouraged to attend.

        The eight-member commission, named in July, was created at the urging of Leggett and Councilmember Roger Berliner.  It is composed of County residents who are experienced in government, business and non-profit service delivery. The volunteer commission is scheduled to provide recommendations to the County Executive and Council by Jan. 31, 2011. 

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.”

Montgomery Parks Annual Harvest Festival

Join the Montgomery County Department of Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission for some down-home fun on the farm during the annual Harvest Festival. Sample life on the farm from the 1850s to the present. Families and attendees will enjoy tinsmithing, pumpkin painting, chestnut roasting, scarecrow making, live farm animals, such as chickens, pigs and goats, games and food.  Also featured will be antique farm equipment, gardening talks and demonstrations, live music and more. Admission is $10 per car, which includes parking.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

11:00 am – 6:00 pm

Agricultural History Farm Park

18400 Muncaster Road, Derwood, Maryland 20855

Sugarloaf Grape Stomp Festival 2010

  September 25 & 26 and October 2 & 3 from Noon until 5 pm each day
The featured activity of course is the exciting Grape Stomp contest where visitors can volunteer for a friendly stomping competition. Prizes will be awarded to the winner who stomps the most juice. Tastings of select award-winning vintages and tours of the winery and vineyard will happen throughout the day.

Have Fun at the 2010 Montgomery Country Fair and Help Feed the Hungry While Doing It

The 2010 Montgomery County Agricultural Fair will be held in Gaithersburg, MD from August 13 to 21.

Choose from over 40 carnival rides; participate in BINGO, cake auctions, and dance contests; and eat as many funnel cakes and snow cones your stomach can handle.

General admission is $10.00 per person while children 11 and under are free.  Parking is $5.00 per vehicle.

And please don’t forget to bring a non-perishable food donation for the Countrywide Food Drive benefitting the Manna Food Center.  Your canned food donations will help provide food to neighbors in need.

For more information about the 2010 Montgomery County Agricultural Fair, please click: http://www.mcagfair.com/default.asp