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B'nai Israel Congregation Hosts Biennial Political Forum with Guest Speaker Gov. O'Malley

Rockville, Md. -- Governor Martin O'Malley and a supporter of former Governor Bob Ehrlich are scheduled to speak Sunday, Oct. 17, at B'nai Israel Congregation men's club biennial political forum.

Governor O'Malley appeared at the synagogue's forum in 2006 during the campaign in which he defeated Governor Ehrlich after one term in office. He is a former mayor of Baltimore and is seeking his second four-year term as Maryland's chief executive. 

Representing Governor Ehrlich at the forum will be Lee Cowen, managing director of Dutko Worldwide, a government relations firm, and a top adviser to Ehrlich's campaign. Mr. Cowan has served on the board of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington.

``Hosting such a forum every two years gives our congregation and members of the local community a chance to question those candidates who want to represent them,'' said Jeff Fredman, president of the B'nai Israel men's club.

21 MCPS Students Named Achievement Scholarship Semifinalists

Twenty-one Montgomery County Public Schools students have been named semifinalists for the National Achievement Scholarship. The scholarship program, administered by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, recognizes promising African American students throughout the nation.

More than 1,600 public, private and home school students, nationwide, were identified as semifinalists for the 2011 scholarship program, based on their performance on the PSAT. These students can now compete for up to 800 Achievement Scholarships.

Last year, 14 MCPS students from six schools were named semifinalists for the award, and eight received the scholarship. This year, the 21 MCPS semifinalists are from seven high schools across the county—Blair, Blake, Magruder, Richard Montgomery, Poolesville, Watkins Mill and Whitman. Overall, MCPS accounts for more than one-third of the public school semifinalists in the state of Maryland.

 

Everyday Heroes Recognition Ceremony

Leggett Recognizes "Everyday Heroes" for Risking Their Lives to Save Others Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett will pay tribute to a group of “everyday heroes” – local residents who risked their own lives to save others. Last year, Leggett was joined by Fire Chief Tom Carr and Council Public Safety Committee Chair Phil Andrews at the event in Rockville.

“When ordinary residents, through their quick thinking and decisive action, get involved, they can accomplish extraordinary feats of courage and save lives,” said Leggett. “I am proud to recognize our community heroes, many of whom put their own lives at risk in order to help others.”

Rockville Police Charge Man in Kidnapping, Assault

The Rockville City Police Department charged a Bethesda man for his role in the assault and kidnapping involving a former girlfriend.

Rockville City Police charged today Michael Andrew Davila, age 22 (9/20/88), with one count each of kidnapping, first-degree assault, second-degree assault, stalking and violation of a protective order.

Davila was charged following an incident at approximately 7:50 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 21, in which he entered the passenger side of his ex-girlfriend's vehicle as she sat parked outside a friend's place of work in the 700 block of King Farm Boulevard. While parked, Davila got into the vehicle, displayed a six-inch knife then told the woman to drive, according to police. While in the vehicle, police report that Davila held the knife to the woman's throat and threatened to kill her.

The victim's friend saw the two drive off and called 911. Police responded to the area looking for the victim's vehicle.

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