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Leggett to Celebreate Opening of Renovated Takoma Fire Station

Will Discuss Need for County EMS Fee to

Strengthen Protection at No Cost to County Residents

Friday, October 29, 2010

12:30 p.m.

7201 Carroll Avenue, Takoma Park

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett, County Councilmember Marc Elrich, Takoma Park Mayor Bruce Williams, Fire Chief Richard Bowers and Takoma Park Volunteer Fire Department Chief James E. Jarboe will join other officials and community members in celebrating the completion of the new Takoma Park Fire Station #2.  

The Halt to Foreclosures will have an impact to DC area homeowners

Recently, there has been a halt to foreclosures on homes where the mortgages have fallen into default. The onus has been put on the lenders to prove that they have the right to foreclose. Judges have started dismissing foreclosure actions against homeowners as it has become clear that the banks do not have clear title or standing to foreclose.

What this means to struggling homeowners is that they now have an opportunity to challenge banks that may not have been helpful in the loan modification process. Very few homes have been successfully modified under the HAMP program and the blame for this is being laid right at the banks front door. From the entire modification process being characterized as unhelpful to downright deceptive, this moratorium on foreclosing will give homeowners a chance to negotiate favorable terms with their lenders.

Takoma Park Liquor Sales Proposal

 As first reported by The Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/09/17/AR2010091707347.html, Takoma Park, a long a dry town because of its Seventh Day Adventists' roots may be in for a historical change.

 A proposal before the city council to allow beer and wine sales at spots other than receives no complaints for a town known for its activism. It’s interesting how and why Takoma Park has remained “dry” for this long.

Old Takoma Sidewalk Sale

It's time for the Old Takoma Annual Sidewalk Sale and this year, after a Blizzasterous Winter and a Summer Meltdown, have we got the deals for you! Visit your favorite stores as they offer you some of the best bargains of the year to make room for the Fall/Holiday Season! Amano   Facebook

'Blair Witch' Creators to Film in Maryland

The Gazette reports that an independent thriller film, "Possession," will begin filming next month at several locations in Washington County, according to the state Department of Business and Economic Development, with the project to employ Maryland film crews and boosting the local economy.

The film is being written and directed by Eduardo Sanchez and produced by Robin Cowie and Gregg Hale and their company, Haxan Films. The trio created "The Blair Witch Project," which was shot in Maryland and grossed more than $250 million worldwide, according to DBED officials.

"It feels great to finally shoot another film in my home state," said Sanchez, who said he grew up in Takoma Park and lives in Urbana.

"The last time went pretty well for us," Cowie said "We look forward to creating jobs, hiring local cast and crew and a great production."

Be a Member of the MoCo Public Library Teen Advisory Group

Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) is recruiting members for its Teen Advisory Group, and teens, ages 14-18, who would like to promote library programming for teens and advocate for teen library service are invited to apply online through the library website, www.montgomerycountymd.gov/library.

Teens who like to read, write, and are interested in interviewing authors and public officials for the MCPL Teensite page or would like to work with Facebook, YouTube and/or video productions can check out details on the website.

Applications are due by September 11.  Candidates will be interviewed the week of September 20.  Teens accepted in the program will serve from September 2010 to May 2011 and will meet on a monthly basis.

For more details, check the MCPL website, or for questions, email teensite@montgomerycountymd.gov