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Opening Doors for High School Girls

According to a report published by the National Center for Women & Information Technology, the number of women holding computer-related jobs peaked at 36% in 1991. It’s been in decline ever since. Considering how technology-dependent our society has become, that spells bad news. It’s especially concerning for an area filled with companies that deliver cutting edge products and services to the Federal government.

So how, then, do we turn this trend around and encourage young women to go into technical fields? Enter the Girls in Technology Mentor-Protégé program.

Girls in Technology helps high school girls develop skills needed to architect an academic and professional future in technology. It’s a volunteer organization that relies on the generosity of corporate sponsorships.

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. 

Computer Building Competition -- 14th Annual Youth Summit on Technology

Computer Building Competition -- 14th Annual Youth Summit on Technology


                                           *****BRING YOUR TEAM OF 4 TO WIN LAPTOP COMPUTERS*****

10:00am -12:00noon   Saturday, April 16th & April 30th

Charles Flowers High School

10001 Ardwick-Ardmore Road.

Springdale, MD  20774



The Youth Summit on Technology is Patriots’ original and signature event and we are excited to have Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker as our Chairman for this year’s annual event.  Last year, this event was attended by over 500 students from 5th-12th grades and a growing number of parents.  The purpose of the Summit is to get students excited about the possibility of college, study and careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Date:    Saturday, May 7, 2011 

Time:    7:30am-4pm

Where:  CharlesH.FlowersHigh School

             10001 Ardwick-Ardmore Road

Honest Tea Celebrates Joining the Coca-Cola Brand, Investing in the Community, & Staying in Bethesda

Honest Tea Celebrates Joining the Coca-Cola Brand, Investing in the Community, & Staying in Bethesda

Honest Tea® and The Coca-Cola Company announced today that The Coca-Cola Company has exercised its option to acquire the remaining portion of Honest Tea.  The move completes a transaction which began three years ago when Coca-Cola, led by the Venturing and Emerging Brands (VEB) unit of Coca-Cola North America, purchased a minority stake in the company.  Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Unsung Heroes Of Local Brush Fires

Unsung Heroes Of Local Brush Fires
GERMANTOWN, Md. (WUSA) -- Local officials are still assessing the staggering damage caused by the devastating brush fires that swept through parts of Maryland and Virginia. In Montgomery County, more than 400 acres burned, but firefighters were able to save more than 40 homes.

Montgomery County has faced almost every natural disaster this year--an earthquake, blizzards and now brush fires. Firefighters did an extraordinary job containing the fire, but the unsung heroes may be the people who live here who pitched in to help.

"It was absolutely crazy. Just smoke everywhere. Hot flames. It was crazy," said Nina Lopez, who shot photographs with her cell phone camera.

"I was really nervous and scared. I didn't know what was on fire at first. We thought somebody was just burning brush. But then it was so extensive, the smoke was just going everywhere," said Brenda Hungerford, who witnessed the chaos.