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Out to Lunch Wednesdays

Since the beginning of the summer from 11am-2pm, Eastern Montgomery Avenue becomes a feast of food from the best local restaurants in the area with live music to boot!

Participating restaurants include: Ben and Jerry’s, California Tortilla, Giuseppi’s Pizza Plus, Potbelly Sandwich Works, QL Barber and Tara Asia.  Baked goods, farm-fresh fruits and vegetables will be available for purchase from the Rockville Farmer’s Market.

Live music will be featured from noon to 1:30pm.

Missed out on the fun so far? Don’t worry, there’s still five weeks of entertainment left:

Sept. 1

ilyAIMY

Acoustic Rock

Sept. 8

The Don't Wannabees

Indie

Sept. 15

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Close to Home: Federal jobs help stability in Rockville, Md. By Christine Dugas, USA Today

Christine Dugas for USA Today reports:

Rockville, Md., is so close to Washington, D.C., that it has escaped the worst of the housing bust and the recession. Federal government jobs are so resilient that they have provided a buffer against the economic downturn.

That doesn't mean that Rockville, the Montgomery County seat, has been sheltered from the ups and downs in the housing market.

Like the national market, its home sales recently plunged.

CLOSE TO HOME: Real estate markets across the USA

Montgomery County Public Schools Get 2,200 More Students

ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA) -- There are 144,000 students enrolled in Montgomery County. District officials say it's nearly 2,200 more than last year.

"It's definitely harder to do one-on-one attention with 28 students in a classroom," says Heather McGilvray, 4th grade teacher at Twinbrook Elementary.

Superintendent Jerry Weast says there is roughly one additional student in each class.

"But the problem is, the one never comes in the right place. You get five here, or four there. So you have to move some things around," he says.

"Last year I had 21 people in my class and this year I have 28," says

Many kids say like bigger classes because they can make more friends. But some parents say it's cause for concern.

"If it's a larger size, they think to just be in the crowd, and they don't bond with the teacher as much," says Lily Assefa, parent.

Pepco Maryland Public Hearings

Tonight the Maryland Public Service Commission will hold an evening hearing on the reliability and quality of Pepco's distribution service beginning at 6pm.

This meeting is open to the public and all persons entering the building will be required to have a photo I.D.

The event will be held at the Rockville at the Council Office Building, 3rd Floor Council Hearing Room, 100 Maryland Avenue, Rockville, Maryland 20850.

A sign-up sheet will be available ½ hour prior to the hearing for those who wish to speak during the meeting.  In order for everyone who attends to have an opportunity to speak, oral comments are limited to a maximum of five minutes.

Representative Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) will also be testifying at the hearing.

Another hearing will be held Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010 at 6pm at:

Prince George’s Community College
Queen Anne Fine Arts Building
301 Largo Road
Largo, Maryland 20774

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Superintendent Jerry Weast To Retire At End Of School Year

ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA/AP) - Montgomery County Superintendent Jerry Weast announced that he plans to retire at the end of the school year.  His contract expires on June 30, 2011.

LINKS:
Letter to MCPS Board of Education 
Montgomery County Public Schools Website
VIDEO: Dr. Weast Discusses Retirement

For 35 years, Weast has been a superintendent, notably in schools districts in Kansas, Montana, North Carolina and joining Montgomery County Public Schools in 1999.  He was named Maryland Superintendent of the Year and was one of the finalists for National Superintendent of the Year.  

Where Are Montgomery County's New Speed Cameras?

MONTGOMERY COUNTY (WUSA)  Montgomery County announced 25 new locations for speed enforcement.   All but one of the following locations will be enforced using six mobile speed vans.  Fixed cameras will be installed at the New Hampshire Avenue location.

Deployment begins August 30th.  Enforcement will be rotated among the sites periodically.

Fingerprint Scanners Coming To Montgomery Rec Centers

ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) -- Montgomery County residents will soon be required to scan their fingers to enter recreation centers.

Officials say switching from plastic passes to finger scanners will save the recreation department $50,000 annually. The scanners will be put into use this fall at three centers, and will be expanded to all the county's centers next year.

Privacy advocates say the measure is intrusive and unnecessary. Marc Rotenberg, executive director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, says it isn't appropriate for a community pool.