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Clean Across North America (CANA) and Local Contractors Restore Historic Rockville Church

Clean Across North America is a Nation Wide community service program performed by contractors in the pressure washing industry.  

Local contractors will be donating their services on September 10, 2010 to clean and restore the exterior of a Historic Church in Rockville Maryland as part of Clean Across North America.  

Some other projects performed include cleaning the Lincoln Memorial, The Jefferson Memorial and the Abner Doubleday Stadium. (The home of baseball)  So far pressure washing contractors across the nation have donated over $500,000 in services to different CANA projects. 

To learn more about this project, contributions they are making to your community, and how you can be involved, please click: http://cleanacrossnorthamerica.org/.


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Be a Member of the MoCo Public Library Teen Advisory Group

Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) is recruiting members for its Teen Advisory Group, and teens, ages 14-18, who would like to promote library programming for teens and advocate for teen library service are invited to apply online through the library website, www.montgomerycountymd.gov/library.

Teens who like to read, write, and are interested in interviewing authors and public officials for the MCPL Teensite page or would like to work with Facebook, YouTube and/or video productions can check out details on the website.

Applications are due by September 11.  Candidates will be interviewed the week of September 20.  Teens accepted in the program will serve from September 2010 to May 2011 and will meet on a monthly basis.

For more details, check the MCPL website, or for questions, email teensite@montgomerycountymd.gov

Looking For A Job -- Or Taking Two To Pay The Bills

ROCKVILLE, Md (WUSA) -- Millions of Americans looking for work on this Labor Day. Millions of others are taking second jobs to help pay the bills.

Jennifer Laforest already has a full time job as manager of a downtown DC office building. But she's taken a second job as a babysitter. "It's been a great opportunity to continue doing what I love doing."

Laforest uses the website SeekingSitters.com -- which connects her with parents looking for someone to watch their children.
The American University business school graduate is among the seven million people in the country working two or more jobs. "In this economy, it's great to have a little extra money."

SeekingSitters DC franchise owner got into the business because of her family's own trouble with the economy. "Ethan, my husband, was laid off earlier this year. So we kind of decided, if we're going to do this, we're going to do it now," says Lisa Opolion.

Early Voting In Maryland Begins

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- Gov. Martin O'Malley is hoping early voting in Maryland for the first time will create higher voter turnout.

O'Malley, a Democrat, was the 222nd voter who cast a ballot in the primary at the Public Safety Training Facility in Baltimore on Friday afternoon, the first day of early voting in Maryland.

Former Gov. Robert Ehrlich, O'Malley's likely opponent in November, also is encouraging people to vote early, even though he's been critical of early voting and vetoed legislation to create it when he was governor.

Ehrlich says it's now the law in the state and he's going to live with it and, it is hoped, take advantage of it. Andy Barth, an Ehrlich campaign spokesman, says Ehrlich is expected to take part in early voting next week.

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FEMA Deploys Local Help to Massachusetts

ROCKVILLE, Md. - (WUSA) Eighty specially trained search and rescue firefighters left Rockville for New England Thursday night, deployed there by Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to stand by for potential damage caused by the soon to arrive Hurricane Earl.

"This is the first time we've gone north for a hurricane. We've always gone south," said assistant chief Scott Goldstein.

Eighty percent of the team comes from Montgomery County, 20 percent comes from Anne Arundel County.

The estimated 100,000 dollars they cost is picked up by FEMA which reimburses the county governments.

The 16-vehicle convoy carries 80,000 lbs of search and rescue equipment. It includes team members with expertise in structural engineering, emergency physicians and specially trained dogs like 6-year-old Jesse James, who can find living persons trapped in destroyed buildings.

Maryland schools battle with limited funding and space as enrollment grows by Michael Bimbaum, WAPO

Michael Bimbaum for the Washington Post reports: More than 200,000 Maryland students streamed back to crowded classrooms Monday as school systems dealt with growth but little money to hire more teachers.

In Montgomery County, the state's largest school system, parents said they were anxious about increased class sizes but sanguine about the schools' future under a successor to Superintendent Jerry D. Weast, who is retiring in June. Enrollment swelled by 2,200 students -- 1.5 percent -- this year, hundreds more than forecast. Howard and Charles counties also returned to school Monday.