County Police Officer Medals at World Police & Fire Games in New York

Officer Sherif Almigabber, a seven-year veteran of the Montgomery County Police Department, not only competed in the 2011 World Police & Fire Games (WPFG) held recently in New York City, he came home with medals.

Officer Almigabber competed in free style wrestling and Greco-Roman wrestling and earned a silver medal in each event, an accomplishment magnified by the fact that, due to a prior injury, he was able to train for only one month prior to the Games.

He attributes much of his success to fellow officer, David Kovecar, a five-year veteran of the police department, who provided a training facility and served as a training partner prior to the Games.

The WPFG are a biennial athletic event open to active and retired law enforcement and fire service personnel throughout the world. The Games are currently the second largest multi-sport event in the world, surpassed only by the Summer Olympics.

Washingtonian Names Council President Ervin one of "Washington's 100 Most Powerful Women"

Montgomery County Council President Valerie Ervin has been named one of "Washington's 100 Most Powerful Women" by Washingtonian magazine, joining an impressive region-wide list that includes Supreme Court justices, members of Congress and some of the area's top government and business leaders

The magazine said Council President Ervin, in leading the Council since December, "has steered the body through rough budget waters, including taking on public-employee unions."

Ervin said of the recognition: "The Washington Region is blessed with women from all walks of life who are instrumental in shaping this area and the nation. I am honored to be among a group of such accomplished women and appreciate the recognition from the Washingtonian."

The article on Washington's 100 Most Powerful Women appears in the October issue of the Washingtonian.

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Silver Spring Civic Building Rakes in the Awards

The new Civic Building at Veteran's Plaza in downtown Silver Spring has been open for just 14 months but has already earned its share of recognition from the building industry.

The building received a Gold Award from Building Design + Construction magazine in its 2011 Building Team Awards program. The annual awards "recognize newly built projects that best exemplify the collaboration between owner, architect, engineer, and contractor to produce buildings that exhibit architectural and construction excellence."

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In addition, the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Metro Washington selected the Civic Building to receive an "Excellence in Construction Award" in the C2 Institutional Category ($10-$30m).

The Civic Building at Veterans Plaza also was recently selected as the Public Building of the Year in AIA Maryland's 2011 Design Awards Competition.

Small Press Expo Donates Graphic Novels to Montgomery County Libraries' Collection

Montgomery County Public Libraries' (MCPL) collection of graphic novels (works of fiction and non-fiction that are presented through art works) for all ages grew by more than 230 copies thanks to a donation by the Bethesda-based Small Press Expo (SPX).

The copies were presented at the Rockville Memorial Library by Warren Bernard, executive director of the Small Press Expo to MCPL Director Parker Hamilton who accepted on behalf of the system.

The Small Press Expo is an alternative comics convention held every September or October in Bethesda. It is one of the premiere conventions for alternative comic creators and fans. The SPX was founded in 1994 by a group of Washington-Baltimore area retailers to promote diversity in the comics marketplace.

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POSTED AT: Friday, September 30, 2011 | 2:00:00 AM |
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