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By June Piper-Brandon, Creating Generational Wealth Through Homeownership
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
National Margarita Day - February 22 I completely forgot that today was National Margarita Day until I stopped at my favorite Mexican Restaurant, El Salto in Perry Hall on the corner of Ebenezer and Belair Road. My favorite is a Peach Margarita with a salted rim.  It is so good!! But, then again, I like anything peach-flavored.We started going to El Salto when they first opened in Brooklyn Park about 25 years ago and we've made so many friends there and tonight was no exception. The family-owned business now has 3 locations and every time I go I see family there.  Today they had Happy Hour all Day and I ordered my old standby the Jalisco Special. What's your favorite Margarita?
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By Andrea Bedard, Fluent in Real Estate & German, M.A. ABR ASP CIPS
(Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860)
Another 5-star review is making my week! I am always so appreciative when my clients take the time to pen a review. Since Google's AI bot is a review thief, I have resorted to screenshotting and sharing it on my blog, too. This was a memorable transaction for so many reasons. The sellers and I bonded throughout the weeks we prepared their home for sale. It was an extraordinary property in Brookeville, MD that showed like a model home. It was a large home with a many special features. So many, in fact, that I had to show the house myself to any prospective buyer and their agent to make sure none of it was overlooked. I am still thrilled about the outcome we achieved, and the timing that turned out to be just perfect for my clients. Thank you, Stephanie and Fred, for your confidence in me...
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By Roy Kelley
(Retired)
Use and Occupancy Certificates  Visit the Deptment of Permitting Services website for information about use and occupancy certificates, including frequently asked questions and answers. https://ow.ly/QhTp50QG8Yl.This is a Montgomery County, Maryland announcement.  Winterberry, ilex verticillata, Longwood Gardens,Kennett Square, Pennsylvania USA IMG 5452Canon PowerShot G11 CameraPhotograph by Roy KelleyRoy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
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Montgomery County Seeking Crisis Counseling VolunteersMontgomery County’s Trauma Services, part of the County’s Department of Health and Human Services, is seeking volunteers to assist victims of sexual assault and domestic violence—and their families. Interviews are currently being conducted for the 2024 winter training session.A training session will be held once a group of interested individuals is identified. Volunteers provide 24-hour crisis counseling and companion services at County hospitals and police stations for victims of rape, sexual assault and domestic violence. Bilingual volunteers are encouraged to apply.Volunteers must attend a training program that covers crisis intervention skills and the specialized knowledge of the emotional, medical and legal issues that victims f...
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Montgomery County Recreation Summer Jobs Dive into summer with a job at Montgomery County Recreation! We're hiring camp directors, lifeguards, and more. Join us at our job fairs in February, March and April. Great pay, rewarding work! Details https://ow.ly/533R50QFLRBThis is a Montgomery County, Maryland announcement. Thistle, Meadow Garden, Longwood Gardens,Kennett Square, Pennsylvania USA IMG 5461Canon PowerShot G11 CameraPhotograph by Roy KelleyRoy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
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By Roy Kelley
(Retired)
Montgomery County Disparity Study Your voice matters! Montgomery County is examining business equity with a Disparity Study & needs YOU! Share your experiences with the county's markets. Women, minorities, & disabled business owners, we're listening. Visit http://montgomerycountymddisparitystudy.com to contribute.This is a Montgomery County, Maryland announcement. Kentlands Photowalk, Gaithersburg, Maryland USA IMG 6290Canon PowerShot G11 CameraPhotograph by Roy KelleyRoy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
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By Michael J. Perry, Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist
(KW Elite )
.       My favorite Christmas present this year was a pareof Socks (lol) . But as you can see these weren’t ordinary old socks . As a young boy I became a hugefan of the 1966 Baltimore Orioles and my favorite player Frank Robinson . Anchoring 3B was future Hall of Famer and the most beloved Oriole ever ,Brooks Robinson . Finally there was a 3rd future Hall of Famer , 20 year old Jim “ Cakes “ Palmer, whoshowed up big in his World Series win. In addition,larger than life Boog “BQ” Powell hit a ton of HR’s playing 1B. At SS was veteran Luis Aparicio one of the best Shortstops for over 10 years and a very dangerous baserunner ( SB Leader ) .   The O’s won the American League Championship and were huge underdogs against the reigning Champs the LA Dodgers . Everyone ( but the O’s) knew it wa...
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By Roy Kelley
(Retired)
Community Resource Fair & Forum Join the conversation on safety and wellness at the Montgomey County Department of Police Community Resource Fair & Forum on March 1! Get Naloxone training, plus meet local orgs ready to assist. Don’t miss it at Long Branch Community Center, 6-9 PM.This is a Montgomery County, Maryland announcement. Chrysanthemums, Kentlands Photowalk, Gaithersburg, Maryland USA IMG 6299Canon PowerShot G11 CameraPhotograph by Roy KelleyRoy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
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By June Piper-Brandon, Creating Generational Wealth Through Homeownership
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
Renew Baltimore - Breathing Life Back into Our CityFor as long as I can remember Baltimore City and its residents have been paying higher property taxes than surrounding counties.Renew Baltimore is encouraging registered voters in the City of Baltimore to sign their petition to limit and lower Baltimore City's Property tax rate.  Their goal is to help every neighborhood in the city by lowering the cost of living and increasing property values.  Lowering the property tax rate will encourage job growth in the city by helping businesses.  More people would be encouraged to stay in the city and to move to Baltimore if the property tax rates were lower.  And, with a lower tax rate investors would be more interested in converting the high number of vacant and boarded-up homes to livable resid...
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Maryland Freedom Seekers on the Underground Railroad Online Presentation Maryland was the starting point of many unsung heroes of the Underground Railroad. Freedom seekers embarked on the perilous journey from slavery to freedom in whatever way they could. “Maryland Freedom Seekers on the Underground Railroad” will be an online presentation from Montgomery History that will be available for a one-week period starting Monday, Feb. 19.Jenny Masur, a former National Capital Region manager for the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom, will tell the stories of those involved. To access the free presentation, go to History Conversations (montgomeryhistory.org).Among the stories are those involving John Thompson, who signed onto a whaling ship; James Watkins, who sailed to England ...
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Project Prom Dress: Donate New or Gently Used Items Attending prom is a big milestone for high school students and Montgomery County Recreation is working to make that dream a reality. The department is collecting gently used and new dresses, suits and accessories that students will be able to choose from during the third “Project Prom Dress” giveaway event.From Monday, Feb. 12, through Thursday, Feb. 29, dresses, suits and accessories can be donated at the Marilyn J. Praisner Community Recreation Center in Burtonsville from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Fridays and from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturdays. The Marilyn J. Praisner Community Recreation Center is located at 14906 Old Columbia Pike in Burtonsville.Donations should be cleaned garments, made in 2010 to ...
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Free Income Tax Preparation in Montgomery County, MD Free income tax preparation through the VITA program is available for Montgomery County residents with a household income of $64,000 or less. Appointments are available at Casey Community Center on Mondays from 2:30 to 8 p.m. through April 11. Services are offered in both English and Spanish.  Read more here.This is a City of Gaithersburg, Maryland announcement. Leaves, Kentlands Photowalk + Imagination, Color Edited for ourImagination Series, Gaithersburg, Maryland USA IMG 0499Canon PowerShot G11 CameraPhotograph by Roy KelleyRoy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
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By Andrea Bedard, Fluent in Real Estate & German, M.A. ABR ASP CIPS
(Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860)
Are you planning on selling your Silver Spring, MD home this spring? Then the time to start preparing is now. Don't underestimate the time it takes to properly prepare your home for sale! You want your home to be in the best possible showing condition to attract the most buyers and the best offers. A properly prepared and staged home (at Thompson Company, home staging is part of our listing service and always included) is key to making a great first impression - virtually (professional photography is also part of our listing package) and in person. Keep in mind, that you only get one chance to make a great first impression. What are some of the things you'll need to tackle?Decluttering: having lived in a home for many years often means having accumulated lots of stuff. You want to go th...
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Gaithersburg Book Festival - Volunteers Needed! Sign up for a day full of books, authors, and fun! Volunteer with the Gaithersburg Book Festival and meet some amazing authors while promoting literacy in our community. Volunteers are needed to assist with author presentations, book signings, information booths, children’s activities, and writing workshops. You must be at least 16 years old to apply. SSL hours are available. Learn more here.This is a City of Gaithersburg, Maryland announcement. Leaves, Kentlands Photowalk + Imagination, Color Edited for our Imagination Series, Gaithersburg, Maryland USA IMG 0516Canon PowerShot G11 CameraPhotograph by Roy KelleyRoy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
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Gaithersburg Spring Sports Registration Reminder  Register now for Spring Youth and Teen Sports programs, including t-ball, baseball, softball, soccer, volleyball, track & field, speed & agility, and Start Smart™ programs for 3 to 5 year-olds in tennis, baseball and golf. Registration deadline is February 28. Register here.This is a City of Gaithersburg, Maryland announcement. Grass and Leaves, Kentlands Photowalk + Imagination, Color Edited for our Imagination Series, Gaithersburg, Maryland USA IMG 0501 ACanon PowerShot G11 CameraPhotograph by Roy KelleyRoy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
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Shop Maryland Energy Weekend, Feb. 17-19The “2024 Shop Maryland Energy Weekend” from Feb. 17-19 will save consumers money on select energy-efficient appliances. During the annual three-day period, Maryland’s sales and use tax does not apply to the sale of solar water heaters and certain Energy Star products.Among the items that will be free of Maryland sales tax during the weekend are solar water heaters. Other qualifying Energy Star products could include the following: air conditioners, clothes washers, clothes dryers, furnaces, heat pumps, standard size refrigerators, compact fluorescent light bulbs, dehumidifiers, boilers or programmable thermostats.When shopping for a qualifying Energy Star product, look for the Energy Star label. The Energy Star logo is on all qualified products t...
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Gaithersburg Summer Camp Registration Summer Camp registration is now open for City of Gaithersburg residents; open registration begins February 21. Summer offerings include all-day youth camps, preschool and kindergarten programs, teen and tween camps, mini camps and clinics, sports camps, and specialty camps in dance, visual and performing arts, video and music production, STEM, and skateboarding for youth and teens. Explore the summer camps here.This is a City of Gaithersburg, Maryland announcement. Ficus elastica "Variegata", Variegated Rubber Plant, Longwood Gardens Conservatory, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania USA IMG 5843Canon PowerShot G11 CameraPhotograph by Roy KelleyRoy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
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By Fernando Herboso - Associate Broker MD, & VA, 301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA
(Maxus Realty Group of Samson Properties )
Montgomery County, MD, is renowned for its diverse communities, excellent schools, and vibrant cultural scene, making it a sought-after destination for homebuyers. In this article, we'll explore the top five cities in Montgomery County that offer attractive real estate opportunities in 2024.1. BethesdaAs one of the most affluent and cosmopolitan cities in Montgomery County, Bethesda boasts a thriving downtown area, upscale shopping, and dining options, and top-rated schools. Homebuyers in Bethesda can choose from a mix of luxurious single-family homes, condominiums, and townhouses, many of which offer modern amenities and stunning views.Search Bethesda Homes2. Rockville  READ MORE: https://www.maxusrealtygroup.com/blog/6866/The+Top+5+Cities+To+Buy+A+Home+In+Montgomery+County%2C+Md+In+20...
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By Fernando Herboso - Associate Broker MD, & VA, 301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA
(Maxus Realty Group of Samson Properties )
IntroductionFrederick County, MD, offers an array of charming cities and towns that are ideal for homebuyers seeking a blend of modern amenities and picturesque surroundings. In this article, we'll explore the top five cities in Frederick County that stand out for their real estate opportunities. 1. Frederick   READ MORE: https://www.maxusrealtygroup.com/blog/6865/The+Top+5+Cities+To+Buy+A+Home+In+Frederick+County%2C+Md ???Thinking of selling your home? Let Fernando take over the marketing of your property with our unique 99 STEPS system www.reallynicehomes.com/sell  - Call or text 240-426-5754 for more
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Gaithersburg Housing & Community Development Survey  The City’s Housing and Community Development Division is seeking feedback on affordable housing and community needs as it prepares its Fiscal Year 2024 Annual Action Plan (FY24AAP). An online survey is available in English here and in Spanish here. Survey responses are requested by 5 p.m. on April 26, 2024. A virtual public meeting will be held on March 28 at noon. Join the Zoom meeting here. Read more here.This is a City of Gaithersburg, Maryland announcement. Orchids, Longwood Gardens Conservatory,Kennett Square, Pennsylvania USA IMG 8364Canon PowerShot G11 CameraPhotograph by Roy KelleyRoy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
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