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School Lunches Affected by Slow Economy and Budget Cuts

Education Week reports that due to summer school and transportation budget cuts in Montgomery County schools (and in counties across the country) fewer children are getting free lunches in at least one school district.

The recession has made an impact in school lunch and nutrition programs funded by the Department of Agriculture.  The number of free lunches provided to children in the summer has dropped drastically, and the outcome is proving to be detrimental to low income families.

While the cuts in free lunch assistance are heavy this summer, the program should be stabilized for the fall school year.

To read more, visit: http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2010/08/16/01nutrition.h30.html?tkn=MMLFZq6PoVB8iFvgg7dQ1KSCyQH0m549TsDC&cmp=clp-edweek

Hate Crime Leads to Arrest in Takoma Park

An 18-year-old male and a 16-year old juvenile have been arrested in Takoma Park, MD.

The pair were among a larger group who harassed two people leaving a neighborhood IHOP on New Hampshire Avenue at 2:20am.  As the victims were leaving, the group yelled slurs and insults based on sexual orientation.

It is confirmed by police that one suspect reached into the car to assault one victim while the other suspect damaged the hood of the vehicle.

Montgomery County Council Members Meet Head-On with Pepco

Montgomery County Council President Nancy Floreen, Vice President Valerie Ervin and Council members Phil Andrews, Roger Berliner, Marc Elrich, George Leventhal, Nancy Navarro and Duchy Trachtenberg are set to meet in Baltimore on August 17 with Pepco’s chief operating officer and senior officials as the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) performs “a proceeding to investigate the reliability of Potomac Electric Power Company’s (Pepco) electric distribution system and the quality of electric distribution service that Pepco is providing its customers.”

According to the Commission, Pepco’s response to power outages and their communication with customers has been far from superior with the recent summer thunderstorms that have occurred in the area.

The continual year-round power outages that occur in Montgomery County have made the need for a more trustworthy electric company a “top priority”, says President Floreen.

Have Fun at the 2010 Montgomery Country Fair and Help Feed the Hungry While Doing It

The 2010 Montgomery County Agricultural Fair will be held in Gaithersburg, MD from August 13 to 21.

Choose from over 40 carnival rides; participate in BINGO, cake auctions, and dance contests; and eat as many funnel cakes and snow cones your stomach can handle.

General admission is $10.00 per person while children 11 and under are free.  Parking is $5.00 per vehicle.

And please don’t forget to bring a non-perishable food donation for the Countrywide Food Drive benefitting the Manna Food Center.  Your canned food donations will help provide food to neighbors in need.

For more information about the 2010 Montgomery County Agricultural Fair, please click: http://www.mcagfair.com/default.asp