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This Week in Potomac 5-17-06

CONDO CONVERSION BILL BECOMES LAW

Gov. Robert Ehrlich Jr. (R) signed into law May 16 a bill that protects developmentally disabled renters during condominium conversions. The law, which gives developmentally disabled renters a three-year rental extension when condo conversions take place. It is effective immediately.

The legislation was sponsored by Del. Brian Feldman (D-15) and Sen. Brian Frosh (D-16) in the 2006 session of the General Assembly, which ended last month.

The law extends the same protections to people with developmental disabilities that already apply to people with physical disabilities and the elderly.

POLICE READY FOR PROM SEASON

The Montgomery County Police's prom task force is in action through June 6. The task force involves extra police and Sheriff's Office officers working to address underage drinking and drug use and underage impaired driving as well as alcohol sales to minors.

The task force keeps a list of the location and hours of all public and many private county high schools' prom and post-prom parties. District patrol officers will monitor the prom locations and at least two Alcohol Enforcement Officers will be assigned to each school-sponsored post-prom party. Other officers will work a “party patrol” to assist in responding to reports of private underage drinking parties.

The law enforcement agencies are working with Montgomery County Public Schools, the Maryland Highway Safety Office, Project Prom, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Students Against Destructive Decisions, and the Montgomery County Department of Liquor Control.

Montgomery County officials urge parents, members of the hospitality industry, limousine companies, and licensed alcoholic beverage establishments to help keep young people safe during prom season by not allowing teens to attend parties where alcohol may be served and not allowing them to drink in hotels, limousines, or licensed establishments.

'THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK'

See a powerful and intimate performance of “The Diary of Anne Frank” at the Gaithersburg Arts Barn, now through June 4, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays. The City of Gaithersburg, in partnership with Silver Spring Stage, presents Wendy Kesselman’s new adaptation of “The Diary of Anne Frank” at the Arts Barn, 311 Kent Square Road in Gaithersburg. With Mark Shullenbarger as Otto Frank and Arielle Goldman as Anne Frank. $10 for residents and $12 for nonresidents. The Arts Barn houses an intimate, 99-seat theatre. For tickets call 301-258-6394 or use RecXpress online at www.gaithersburgmd.gov/RecXpress.

POLICE EXPLORERS HOST FAMILY FUN NIGHT

The Montgomery County Police Department will host a Family Fun Night, dinner and silent auction May 21 at Dave and Buster's at White Flint Mall.

The event raises money for Police Explorer Post 1986. The Explorers program involves young men and women ages 14-20 who interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement. Explorers take classes in police situations such as Arrest and Search, Traffic Stops, Burglary in Progress, and Accident Investigation collectively contribute over 2,000 volunteer service hours annually to community organizations.

The event begins at 4 p.m. with free child fingerprinting, demonstrations of police equipment and McGruff the Crime Dog in the Dave and Buster’s parking lot.

A dinner and silent auction portion of the event will follow, and tickets must be purchased in advance.

Dave and Buster's is located at 11301 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda

For more information, please contact Charles Carpenter at 301-840-2697 or charles.carpenter@montgomerycountymd.gov or visit www.mcpexplorers.org.