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Healthy Kids Running Series Comes to Town

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ROCKVILLE — The Healthy Kids Running Series, a national non-profit designed to promote healthy lifestyles and to combat childhood obesity, is now active in Montgomery County. 

Founded in 2009 in West Chester, Pennsylvania by Jeff Long, founder and president of Pattinson Sports Group, HKRS now operates in over 200 communities nationwide.

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Seneca Valley senior sews her way to help

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Rosie BlissRosie Bliss Photo by Suzanne PollakWhat can you do when you are only 17 years old, know you like to sew and want to help the world?

For Seneca Valley High School senior Rosie Bliss, the answer to that question enabled her to meet and work with several like-minded people, culminating in a five-day working trip to Haiti.

Her desire to help out in a developing country began several years ago, when her older brother, Gareth Bliss, returned from Haiti, where he volunteered in the pediatric ward of a clinic. 

Bliss didn’t want to help out in a medical clinic. Instead, she decided to combine her love of sewing and all her mother’s cloth scrap pieces into something meaningful.

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Takoma Park nonprofit promotes healthy eating and organic enterprise

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With a $20,000 grant from the City of Takoma Park, the Crossroads Community Network aims to expand healthy food access for the city’s residents.

“This year we were up yet another 19.6 percent in sales … it shows our growth and sustainability as we become less dependent on federal nutrition benefits sales for our success which was the case in earlier years,” said Michelle Dudely, the Farmers Market and Healthy Eating manager of the organization, while giving an update on their progress to the City Council Wednesday evening.

“I cannot stress enough how much I appreciate … you bring together not only healthy eating classes but also recognize and embrace the cultural diversity that exists in the crossroads area and bring it to life,” said Council member Talisha Searcy (Ward 6).

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Aid groups make final push for the coming holiday season

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As the holiday season enters its final days, local governments and aid agencies still welcome contributions to their efforts to provide cheer to economically disadvantaged families.

The Silver Spring-based antipoverty organization, A Wider Circle, opened its “North Pole” facility at its warehouse on December 4. Referred families and individuals are invited to visit and select gifts from the group's supply of donated toys, clothes, books, and electronics.

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Unused SmarTrip cards find home with charity

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WMATA SmarTrip CardUnused and unneeded SmarTrip cards with remaining balances have a new home at a Washington-based charity.

Since January 2017, Miriam’s Kitchen, a nonprofit organization aimed at ending chronic homelessness, has been running a program that repurposes unneeded SmarTrip cards for the homeless and low-income owners.

“After we had heard about the Women’s March and the volume of people that were coming, especially from out of town that needed to buy the SmarTrip card and wouldn’t really have a purpose for it after they were returning to their places of origin, it dawned on us that this would be a good way to get a valuable resource that our guests really need,” said Miriam’s Kitchen case manager Margaret Dominguez.

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Muslim center celebrates 40 years in the county

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SILVER SPRING – While anti-Islamic hate crimes have risen nationally in recent years, the members of the Muslim Community Center on New Hampshire Avenue say they feel as welcome in Montgomery County as they have since the center opened in 1976.

The center was the brainchild of several Montgomery County residents who, at the time, attended the Islamic Center of Washington on Embassy Row in Washington, D.C., and were interested in starting a community center to service the county. Sajjad Durrani, a founder of the center who still serves on its board of trustees, recalls that the center received support from the community during its construction. 

“When we applied for a permit, there was a public hearing with the County, of course,” Durrani said. “Many people around here came to the hearing to support us, which made a big impression on us. During construction, the church next door allowed us to use their power and brought water over to us.”

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