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July 24, 2017 | Phil Fabrizio

“A” Divisionals – Memories at the Top of the MCSL (PHOTOS)

This weekend I left the early morning sunflower fields in Poolesville to the crowds gathering there and headed a few miles eastward to the Germantown Pool near Kingsview Middle School to briefly capture the top league swim teams – to find the pool and pool area packed. There are many great rising talent swimmers across […]

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July 24, 2017 | Alvin Carlos, CFA, CFP®

Three Simple Steps to Revolutionize Your Budget

Do you want a vacation in the Caribbean next year? Save for a new couch? Watch concerts at Strathmore regularly? Having an effective budget can help us reach specific life goals. Contrary to public opinion, budgeting helps us achieve financial freedom. Less than half of Americans have a budget, and only a fraction of them […]

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July 20, 2017 | Dan Amzallag

Message From the Universe: Learn to Believe in Yourself

“I always knew I could count on you to uncover the truth, when others just played “follow the leader.” I wasn’t surprised at all to find you standing by your principles when the going got tough. And there was never any doubt in my mind that when faced with a fork in the road, you’d […]

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July 19, 2017 | Phil Fabrizio

Fields of Gold in Poolesville (PHOTOS)

Updated views of the Sunflower Fields at the McKee-Beshers Wildlife Management Area in Poolesville as of Wednesday, July 19.  

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July 19, 2017 | Laura Rowles

Twenty Public Safety Officials Honored at Chamber’s Public Safety Breakfast

The Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce (GGCC) honored twenty Upcounty Police Officers and a Firefighter at their 22nd Annual Public Safety Awards Breakfast on Friday, July 14. The event was held at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds. The Annual Public Safety Awards honor the Law Enforcement, Fire & Rescue, and Emergency Service professionals protecting the Upcounty of […]

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July 19, 2017 | Dan Amzallag

Message From the Universe: Compassion at Its Best

“Holy Hannah! I just realized how few people there are in the world like you. Who have your sense of compassion. Your penetrating insights. And your extraordinary zest for life. What was I thinking about? Oh yeah, my image. We rock, The Universe”©Mike Dooley, http://tut.com It is very common to underestimate yourself daily because of the […]

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July 18, 2017 | Phil Fabrizio

10 Photo Tips for Taking Sunflower Pics (PHOTOS)

Sunflowers. Everyone is going crazy about the sunflower bloom. In the next 14 days all focus (ahh!) will be on the McKee-Beshers Wildlife Management Area (MBWMA) in Poolesville. I got out this weekend to take a sneak peak at the fields. Believe what the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is telling you. The bloom […]

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July 18, 2017 | Elaine Blackman

Historical Notes Highlight Pentagon Players – Part 3

On this page we see more reflections from Harry’s early Pentagon years. Whether he intended anyone to see them (other than the original recipient) we’ll never know. As our family reads these notes, however, we can pair some of his experiences with the Pentagon photos taken during his career. I found these notes dated Jan. […]

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July 17, 2017 | Juanita Farmer, CPA

Minimizing Tax on Mutual Fund Activities

Tax law generally treats mutual fund shareholders as if they directly owned a proportionate share of the fund’s portfolio of securities and you must report as income any mutual fund distributions, whether or not they are reinvested. Thus, all dividends and interest from securities in the portfolio, as well as any capital gains from the […]

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July 17, 2017 | Dan Amzallag

Message From the Universe: The Joy of Success

“I know how you feel about being famous. It’s not something you consider important, nor something you’ve ever aspired to. Bravo. Hey, it might happen one day, probably will, but it’s not what you’re about. After all, there are so many more delights, surprises, indulgences, and treats that are far more meaningful in time and […]

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