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Veterinarian Scully Cycles to Raise $2,500 for Lymphoma Research Bike Ride

The Palm Beach Daily reports that on Sunday, Island Animal Hospital veterinarian Mary Ellen Scully found herself cycling through the picturesque, orchard-dotted hills of suburban Maryland.

Though the scenery in Poolesville, a suburb of Washington, D.C., was beautiful, Scully was unprepared for the steep climbs she would face on her bike.

“I pushed it up a few hills. I’m not proud,” Scully said with a laugh Wednesday. “It’s all for a good cause.”

The veterinarian, who has worked at Island Animal Hospital for 10 years, was in Montgomery County to complete the 25-mile option in the 2010 Lymphoma Research Bike Ride, a Lymphoma Research Foundation fundraiser.

As part of Team McAuley Woods, Scully committed to raising at least $1,000. She has raised $2,500 and is still pulling in donations through a website, mwateam.com.

This is Scully’s second year competing in the event with her husband, Chris Militello.

Montgomery Workers Get Word out on Ambulance Fee

The Gazette Reports that uniformed firefighters in Montgomery County, according to County Executive Isiah Leggett (D), are allowed to distribute information during their shifts about ambulance fees — an issue that is the subject of a general election ballot question.

Leggett's viewpoint is backed by the county attorney and Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler (D), but is drawing criticism from at least one County Council member, who says it is inappropriate and a waste of taxpayers' money.

An attorney, representing a group opposed to the fees, says the action violates a state law that prohibits government employees from campaigning while on the job.

"This is highly inappropriate," said Councilman Philip M. Andrews (D-Dist. 3), referring to Leggett's actions. "It's an abuse of taxpayer dollars, and I think the public would agree."

Avon Foundation for Women Program Awards Montgomery County Sheriff's with $50,000 Grant

The Avon Foundation for Women has awarded a ($50,000) one-year grant to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office at the Family Justice Center (FJC) for the creation and funding of the Avon Empowerment Self-Sufficiency Program to make an immediate, tangible difference for Domestic Violence survivors by providing them with guidance and assistance to create independent, violence-free lives. The Avon Empowerment Self-Sufficiency Program is the focus of the 2010 Avon Foundation for Women's annual awards program under the auspices of the Foundation's Speak Out Against Domestic Violence initiative.  The Montgomery County Family Justice Center is among one of the 32 grant recipients selected from among close to 150 applicants nationwide.

One of Nation's Best, Montgomery County Public Schools Wins $250,000 in College Scholarships

   Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) was named one of the five best urban school districts in the nation Tuesday by the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, earning $250,000 in college scholarships for graduates from the class of 2011.

   MCPS is the first district from Maryland or the Washington D.C. area to be selected as a finalist for the Broad Prize in Urban Education, which is the largest education award in the country.

   Out of the five school districts up for the award, Gwinnett County (Ga.) Public Schools was selected as the 2010 winner of the Broad Prize, earning $1 million in college scholarships.

WUMCO Fun-Raiser: Fall Festival & Walk in the Park

Saturday, October 30, 2010
11:00 am - 4:00 pm

"Walk in the Park" - a mini-walk around Whalen Commons to raise money for WUMCO. Check in begins at 11:00 a.m., walk begins at 1:00 p.m.

Registration Fees:
Adults - $25.00
Youth (18 & under) - $15.00

Costume Contest
Judging starts at 2:00 p.m.
Three age groups - (1-12, 13-20, 21&up)
Prizes for the Winners!
Most Original
Best Dog Costume - Cutest, Most Original

Craft & Food Vendors
Moon Bounce - Paint a Pumpkin - Build a Scarecrow
Local Musicians

Markoff's Haunted Forest

There is only one!
Markoffs is Maryland's original and greatest Halloween event. There is so much going on that you're sure to soil yourself! Choose from 2 terrifying trails and while you wait, indulge in a dozen other spine tingling events from zip-lines to ghost hunts. The Markoffs have been freaking patrons out for the past 18 years, and every year it gets a little crazier! Don't be a chicken, come walk through our woods.


Study Touts Economic Integration In Md. Schools

ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) ? A new study shows low-income students in Montgomery County perform better when they attend affluent schools instead of schools with high poverty.