May 5, 2010

County News

Leggett, Top Biotech Company Leaders, State and Local Officials Announce First-in-Nation Biotech Investment Tax Credit and Equity Investment Legislation; Strategies Designed to Support and Grow Biotech Sector - Bio International Convention, McCormick Place, Chicago -Representatives from Montgomery County‚s industry-leading biotech firms and state and local officials, including Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett, today briefed industry media on County efforts to further expand its dynamic biotech sector. For more information go to:

UPDATED: New event added ** - Montgomery County Public Libraries Celebrates Children‚s Book-Week with Award-winning Children‚s Illustrator, Author Chris Soentpiet - In celebration of Children‚s Book Week, May 10 -15, several Montgomery County Public Libraries will feature entertaining programs for elementary school children and their families by award-winning children‚s book illustrator and author Chris Soentpiet. For more information go to:

Corrected - United for Jobs ˆ A Regional Forum on Careers in Health ˆ June 3, 2010 - United for Jobs, part of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments' Workforce Competitiveness Initiative, is focusing on careers in health because we recognize that many of the occupations projected to grow the fastest in our economy are concentrated in the healthcare industry. The event will build on existing health-related workforce initiatives across the region and offer an avenue to identify opportunities for enhanced collaboration and capacity building. For more information go to:

Managing Stress Related to Hearing Loss - This program will help in identifying the stressors related to hearing loss, their negative effects on a person's mind and body, the impact on relationships, and what can be done to minimize both the stressors and their negative effects. Will be held at the Rockville Memorial Library on May 15th from 10am-3pm, registration is required. For more information go to:

Eighteen Additional National Merit Scholarship Awards Announced - Eighteen Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) students have won $2,500 National Merit Scholarships after meeting rigorous academic standards and other criteria. They join nine previous winners this year of corporate-sponsored National Merit Scholarships. For more information go to:

Strut Your Mutt -The 5th Annual Strut Your Mutt Dog Parade and Festival will take place on Saturday, May 15, 2010 in downtown Bethesda, MD. Organized and sponsored by the Bethesda Chevy Chase Rotary Club, past years have brought together over 5,000 participants and hundreds of dogs for a day of fun. For more information go to:

Montgomery College Students Take Second in Robotics Competition - Montgomery College engineering students and their miniature robot, McBot, earned second place honors in the Micromouse robotics competition at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Region 2 Student Activities Conference held recently at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. For more information go to:

Benefit Choral Concert for Bethesda Cares, May 22 - The voices of Westmoreland Congregational UCC, Christ Congregational, Woodside UMC and Millan Memorial UMC come together to benefit Bethesda Cares. The concert begins at 7:00 pm, free will offering. Concert will be held at Westmoreland Congregational UCC, One Westmoreland Circle. For more information go to:

Riderwood Community Gives Scholarships to Students -The residents of Riderwood Village Retirement Community in Silver Spring have donated $258,000 in scholarships to 43 graduating seniors in the Washington region, including $150,000 to 25 MCPS students. The scholarships are awarded to some of the 400 students who work at the facility after school and during the summer. Each winner receives $6,000 for postsecondary education. The community‚s residents have awarded more than $1.35 million in scholarships to 325 students since 2002.

Hot Jazz & Cool Blues Gala in the Park - „Hot Jazz & Cool Blues,‰ the 2010 Gala in the Park, takes place on Saturday, May 15. We‚ve got a fabulous evening planned. Cokie and Steve Roberts are our Honorary Chairs and Rob Bamberger of WAMU is the Master of Ceremonies. County Executive Leggett and the Washington Folk Festival are our honorees. This special evening includes a reception, dinner, dancing and performances. Don‚t miss it! For more information go to:

Marriott Spirit to Serve Awards Honor Schools, Individuals, Group for Community Service - Eight Montgomery County individuals, groups and community-minded schools will be honored for their contributions to the Montgomery County community as recipients of the 2010 Marriott Spirit to Serve Community Service awards to be presented on May 6 at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center. For more information go to:

Arson Awareness Week May 2-8, 2010 -This Year's Theme ˆ Community Arson Prevention - Arson is a crime! Did you know that an estimated average of 316,600 intentional fires are reported to fire departments in the US each year causing injuries to 7,825 firefighters and civilians? MCFRS would ask you to take a moment to go to the United States Fire Administration (USFA) web site to learn how you can help to prevent arson in your community. For more information go to:

Input Sought on How Schools are Assessed for Modernization - A committee charged with updating the methodology used to assess schools for future modernization has released its report and is seeking public comment on its recommendations. For more information go to:

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