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Public Invited to Dedication of Damascus Skate Park

From the Office of Public Information for Montgomery County:

A public ceremony dedicating the new skate park at the Damascus Community Center will be held on Friday, April 15 at 4 p.m.  The center is located at 25520 Oak Drive, Damascus.

            The park, called Ryan’s Inspiration Skate Park, is being dedicated to Ryan Didone, the son of Montgomery County Police Captain Thomas Didone.  Ryan was a sophomore at Damascus High School when he died in 2008 in a car accident at the age of 15.  Capt. Didone has been actively involved in an effort to ensure that the skate park was built.  The Didone family donated the funds to pay for materials for the park and the Damascus Lions Club will be responsible for maintaining the skate park. 



OPOWER is an industry leader in Energy Efficiency and Smart Grid software. Through their patentpending approach, they have successfully converted large-scale customer engagement into a highly reliable energy efficiency program that delivers unprecedented energy savings to their utility partners. Modern DC Business recently sat down with OPOWER CEO Dan Yates and President Alex Lasky.

What does O stand for in OPOWER?
There’s no one answer: the O represents many different things to many different people, all of them positive. We love it for its openness, optimism, and limitless opportunity.

Your company provides a software solution in the cutting edge business of  Smart Grid. Please explain for non-industry experts why they should get excited about Smart  Grid? What does it mean to the average consumer?

Staying Fit Locally, Quit Making Excuses

Staying Fit Locally, Quit Making Excuses

It is predicted that, over the course of the present decade, Americans will be looking to spend less money on exercise options and a lot less time to it due to tighter budgets and hectic schedules. Combine that with a mostly unregulated commercial food industry that still relies heavily on inexpensive and low quality resources high in fat, salt and processed additives. Not enough time to move and poor food choices at the ready. This is our nation’s crisis with obesity, which is expected to climb as high as 85%, up from an already disheartening 60%. Prevention is possible, through awareness and a little creativity. While nutrition accounts largely for body fat content, exercise raises metabolism and muscle can fill up space previously occupied by fat cells. It’s a package deal. Making wholesome food choices (yes, it really is that easy—just do it) will give you energy to work burning fat.

Vivian Schiller of NPR | Interview by I AM Modern Magazine

Vivian Schiller of NPR | Interview by I AM Modern Magazine

Interview originally posted on I AM Modern Magazine

Avery's Battle

Avery's Battle

Written By: Anita Brikman

POTOMAC, Md. (WUSA)-- Whenever the war against cancer seems overwhelming and unwinnable, its good to take a moment and take stock of what medicine HAS accomplished.

In some pediatric cancers like acute lymphoblastic leukemia (A.L.L.), there has been a major upswing in survival rates since the 1960's, when all but a small percentage of patients died. Today, the survival rate is almost 90%.

Avery Pettway of Potomac, Maryland is a local child reaping the benefits of the gains made in cancer research. Two years ago, just before her 4th birthday, Avery's mother took her to the pediatrician for the second time in ten days. She was on antibiotics for an ear infection, but wasn't getting better. Avery's doctor noticed she was extremely pale, and probably anemic.

Avery's mother Heather Pettway says, "He knew right away. So he took a blood test right there.

US says Cuba has set date to try detained American

US says Cuba has set date to try detained American

HAVANA (AP) — An American contractor jailed since December 2009 on suspicion of spying will go on trial in Cuba on March 4, U.S. diplomats and state-run Cuban media said Thursday, in a case sure to have profound ramifications for relations between the two Cold War enemies.

Cuban prosecutors are seeking a 20-year prison term for Alan Gross, a 61-year-old native of Potomac, Maryland, who was working for a firm contracted by the U.S. Agency for International Development when he was arrested and sent to Havana's high-security Villa Marista prison.

The U.S. government and Gross' family say he was distributing communications equipment to the island's Jewish community when he was arrested. Cuba says he was part of a multimillion-dollar plan to destabilize the government, and charged him with "acts against the integrity and independence" of the country.

The National Broadband Plans' Impact on the Underserved: And What Does It Mean?

Since the announcement regarding the National Broadband Plan efforts - we have seen and heard of education and training centers proping up all over the country. Assisting residents in learning how to use and benefit from getting on the internet.But, with all these efforts - how does it affect the underserved communities?

The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies Media and Technology Institute Invites you to a Technology Policy Forum on

The National Broadband Plan and the Underserved 

One Year Later

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2, 2011 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

National Press Club
Holeman Lounge
529 14th Street, Northwest
Washington, DC  20045