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    CourtWatch Montgomery Executive Director Laurie Duker on Oct. 28 talked about the efforts the all-volunteer, non-profit organization performs in fighting domestic violence by working to improve the process that abuse victims face as they move through in the county courts. Also at the ceremonies in Rockville were, left to right: Maureen Green, Lillian Agbeyegbe, Judy Wilson, Sheila Footer and Councilmember Phil Andrews.

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    Council President Craig Rice leads a standing ovation on Oct. 28 for Jake Jones (center) and Gabe Donato (second from right) as they were honored for their heroic efforts on July 27. While along the Potomac River, they saw Jacob Starrett (right), who dove head first into the shallow water, face down and unmoving. Gabe swam upstream to grab him and both Gabe and Jake moved him out of the water, being careful to secure his head and neck. David Steckel (left) also presented awards to the young heroes on behalf of the County Fire and Rescue Service.

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    FOR THE RECORD . . .

    Montgomery County Council Vice President George Leventhal cuts the ribbon on Oct. 22 to celebrate the official re-opening of the Montgomery County Archives at its new location in Gaithersburg. The archives were established on July 29, 1985, serve as the institutional memory of the County government and contain the government’s official records. Among those at the ceremonies were members of the Montgomery County Historical Society and staff and students from Richard Montgomery and Rockville high schools.Watch the Opening of MC Archives

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    The Montgomery County Council and its staff on Oct. 21 joined together for their annual Community Service Week project, which this year benefited the Helping Kids Eat Backpack Weekend Meal Program. Working with the Women Who Care Ministries, Inc., the Council and its staff collected food items that were then divided into bags to be delivered to schools for distribution. At the schools, food will be placed in the backpacks of students who qualify for Free and Reduced-Price Meals. The Council project filled more than 240 bags of weekend food.

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    Susan D’Antoni of Rockville shared a lighter moment while also talking about the important functions performed by the American Association of Medical Society Executives in its commitment to educating and supporting medical society professionals to help advance the profession of medical society management, medical societies and the physicians they serve. Council Vice President George Leventhal presented her with a proclamation on behalf of the Council.

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    The Montgomery County Office of Consumer Protection (OCP) has relied upon a dedicated team of talented volunteers working with paid staff to provide exceptional service. At the ceremonies in Rockville were, left to right: Councilmember Phil Andrews, who presented a proclamation recognizing the volunteers; John Lewis of OCP; volunteer Eve Dempsher; Joy Matthews of OCP; volunteer (and former OCP employee) John Creel; Ralph Vines of OCP; volunteer Bill Blandford; OCP Director Eric Friedman; and Bernie Vega of OCP.

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    Montgomery County Councilmember Nancy Floreen was the featured guest on the latest En Sintonía con el Concejo de Montgomery (Tuned In with the Montgomery County Council). Among the topics she talked about housing matters in the County, the importance of voting in midterm elections, and health topics including breast cancer awareness, the ebola virus and the flu. Video Part 1 Video Part 2 Video Part 3

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    Montgomery County Councilmember Marc Elrich, who spurred an effort to create a County minimum wage, on Oct. 1 spoke at a rally of elected officials, union members and other supporters as the new law went into effect. The County minimum wage will gradually rise to $11.50 per hour over the next three years. Among those who spoke at the rally in Silver Spring were County Executive Leggett, State Delegate Tom Hucker, and Councilmembers Branson, Leventhal, Riemer and Navarro. Minimum Wage Law

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    17th County Council . . .

    The 17th County Council of Montgomery County now includes new District 5 Councilmember Cherri Branson, who was appointed to a vacant position on Jan. 28. All Councilmembers will serve through Dec. 1, 2014. Seated, left to right: Cherri Branson, Council President Craig Rice, Council Vice President George Leventhal and Nancy Navarro. Standing: Hans Riemer, Phil Andrews, Nancy Floreen, Roger Berliner and Marc Elrich.

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