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Montgomery County Humane Society's Love Ball on Saturday, Nov. 13

Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010 • 7-11pm

Hyatt Regency Bethesda
One Bethesda Metro Center • 7400 Wisconsin Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20814

Note: as of 11.1.10, there are 20 tickets still available (out of 300)

Join hundreds of animal lovers for the most fabulous gala for all animal lovers in the city. Celebrate the compassionate work of the Montgomery County Humane Society, saving thousands of homeless dogs, cats, rabbits, birds and other animals.

2nd Annual “Be Brave and Shave” Heroes against Cancer Fundraiser

Members of the Montgomery County Police Department and Fire & Rescue Service have volunteered to have their heads shaved as participants in this special fundraiser.  Montgomery County Assistant Police Chief Drew Tracy along with approximately 50 officers and firefighters (including at least one female officer and her firefighter husband) will have their heads shaved by volunteer stylists from the Hair Cuttery.

Those who would like to donate in support of the Montgomery County first responders can log unto:  www.firstgiving.com/montgomerypoliceandfire.  The gross proceeds will provide funds to support the McKnew Cancer Research Endowment Fund, hire staff in the Center, and support unbudgeted research initiatives.

Sunday, November 7th, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Montgomery County Public Safety Training Academy: 9710 Great Seneca Highway, Rockville, MD.

Montgomery County Ambulance Fee Fails

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Md. (WUSA) -- With most of precincts reporting, 54% voters in Montgomery County are voting "No" to a proposed ambulance fee. 

Local firefighters tried to dispel, what they were calling, the "myths" about the ambulance fee before Tuesday's vote.

"It is not a tax," said one fire chief. "It is not a fee and no county resident will ever pay a dime or get a bill. It is a revenue stream."

They said a revenue stream would come from insurance companies roughly to the tune of $14 million. People who don't have insurance will not have to pay a fee if they call 911.

"The unfortunate impact is without the the EMS transport fee is the potential for 89 career firefighters and paramedics to be laid off in addition 11 ems units to be de-staffed," firefighters said.

It looks like voters would rather take their chances with their insurance companies, rather than pay the fee.

Gov. Martin O'Malley Wins 2nd Term In Maryland

BALTIMORE (AP) -- Democratic incumbent Gov. Martin O'Malley won a second term in a rematch with Republican former Gov. Robert Ehrlich on Tuesday in a race that featured negative advertising and sniping debates between Maryland's two biggest political rivals.

O'Malley's victory provided a bright spot for Democrats suffering big losses in both congressional and governors' races. His first term was hampered largely by the recession, which made budget cuts routine over the last three years. Still, the governor emphasized throughout the campaign that he has worked hard to protect priorities in public safety and education while positioning Maryland to weather the recession better than most states.

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6 Md. House Members And Sen. Mikulski Re-elected

BALTIMORE (AP) -- Democratic freshman Rep. Frank Kratovil faced a strong challenge Tuesday from Republican state Sen. Andy Harris in Maryland's most competitive congressional race.

The former Queen Anne's County prosecutor narrowly won the 1st Congressional District two years ago after the GOP had held it for 18 years. In Tuesday's rematch, Harris, a Baltimore County physician, sought to win back the seat for the Republicans.

With 6 percent of precincts reporting, Harris had 51 percent of the vote to Kratovil's 46 percent. Libertarian Richard Davis had 3 percent.

County Executive to Host the First Diwali Celebration To Honor Indian Cultural Heritage

Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett will host the County’s first Diwali celebration on Monday, November 8, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in honor of the most important holiday in Indian culture and to highlight one of the largest ethnicities in Montgomery County.  The free event will be held at the Executive Office Building, Lobby Level Auditorium, 101 Monroe St., Rockville.

Known as the Festival of Lights, Diwali is a five-day holiday between mid-October and mid-November observed by people of Indian heritage worldwide.  The public education and celebration program will feature remarks, a lighting ceremony, Indian dance and a reception with refreshments.  All food and supplies are being donated by community sponsors. 

The event is co-sponsored by the County Executive’s Office of Community Partnerships and the County Executive’s Asian American Advisory Group.

Top Democratic Politicians Come Out in Support of Mikulski's Win