School bus monitoring continues in county

school busSchoolchildren are not immune to the dangers faced by pedestrians in Montgomery County. One of the most familiar sights of the school year is a bright yellow bus pulling to the side of a neighborhood street, flashing its red lights and extending its “stop arm,” a red stop sign connected to the bus’ left side, as students board or climb off.


Endangered fossa pups reared at local wildlife preserve

fossa-pupTwo fossa pups, highly endangered carnivores native to Madagascar, were born in the Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo in Thurmont on June 17. Now almost two months old, the pups have been successfully reared and cared for by the zoo's veterinarian technician Laurie Hahn, after their mother lost interest in their growth. The litter consists of one boy and one girl.


Facing an uphill battle

jim shalleckGetting his message to the people has been an uphill challenge for James Shalleck, a Gaithersburg attorney who’s taking on Ike Leggett for Montgomery County Executive.

The former Bronx, N.Y. DA who prosecuted David Berkowitz – the infamous Son of Sam killer – said running as a Republican is difficult in this county, but he’s still optimistic and incredibly inspired. Shalleck said he’s happy about how the race is going so far, and he loves the way Republicans are working together.


Play your own kind of music

School of Rock students-2Playing an instrument is the best way to learn about music.

That's the overarching theory of The School of Rock, an international franchise that holds interactive music classes for children and adults. There, students can learn guitar, bass guitar, drums, keyboards, and vocals. Currently, there are 150 locations that span across seven countries, including Brazil and Panama.


Residents appointed to help child abuse victims

CASA of maryland logoTwo Gaithersburg residents have been appointed for the Maryland CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) Board of Directors. The Maryland CASA Association is a nonprofit organization whose mission is “to ensure the rights of all victims of child abuse and neglect grow up in safe, permanent homes.”

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