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Humane Society Teams Up with Kitty Cats to Help Scratch Out Bullying

Humane Society Teams Up with Kitty Cats to Help Scratch Out Bullying

The Montgomery County Humane Society and dreamBIG Press, publisher of the new Kitty Cats book series, are partnering in an effort to raise awareness about bullying in the community. The move comes just as kids around the country are heading back to school. Bullying has become an important issue that parents and schools are facing across the nation.

“It’s exciting for us to team up with dreamBIG Press to help address the issue of bullying in our community,” says BJ Altschul, director of humane education at the Montgomery County Humane Society. “Using animals in this awareness is a win-win situation, because children learn to be more compassionate toward each other, as well as toward animals.”

2 Prince George's Firefighters Injured In Crash

GREENBELT, Md. (AP) - Authorities in Prince George's County are investigating a crash involving a fire truck from the Greenbelt fire station that injured two firefighters.

The county fire department says the fire engine was responding to a possible house fire in Berwyn Heights on Saturday morning when the truck collided with a vehicle. It happened on Kenilworth Avenue near the Capital Beltway.

Two firefighters sustained minor injuries. They have been taken to a hospital for treatment. The driver of the vehicle also is being taken to a hospital for evaluation.

The possible house fire turned out to be a malfunctioning electrical outlet.

5 Back-to-School Time-Saving Tips

5 Back-to-School Time-Saving Tips

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 79 million students will be heading back to school this fall. With the relaxing, and often even boring, summer break officially coming to a close, it will mean a drastic change for most families. The school year goes hand in hand with a busy family schedule – one that leaves many families unsure how to slow things down and make it a little less hectic.

“Families across the nation experience a major time crunch once the school bell rings,” explains Shawn Davis, otherwise known as Chef Big Shake, the founder of CBS Foods and The Original Shrimp Burger. “We only have so many hours in a day, and we have many things we need to fit into them. It’s crucial that we take the time to find ways to slow the pace, if only for our peace of mind.”

Here are 5 back-to-school time-saving tips that families can use to help slow the pace and help make life a little less hectic:



Advantage Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation, LLC of Gainesville and Manassas Va. offers safety tips for kids’ carrying school backpacks to avoid strains and injury. For more information, go contact 703-753-1005 or visit www.aptronline.com.

“Many students and parents are inclined to overload their backpacks with books, lunches and jackets,” said Lisa Kerrigan, physical therapist and president of Advantage Physical Therapy in Gainesville and Manassas, Va. “Over time, children who carry excessive heavy loads can experience issues with back strain, posture and injury,” said Aram.

Advantage Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation, LLC suggests top 10 tips when choosing a student’s backpack:

School Starts In Prince George's County With Outgoing Superintendent

GREENBELT, Md. (WUSA) - Students heading back to class at Greenbelt Middle School seemed eager to see the and new building, which was officially opened in a ribbon cutting ceremony this morning.

There's a lot of positive vibe going on thanks to the achievements made under the leadership Superintendent Dr. William Hite, who is leaving in October to run Philadelphia's school system. Hite says positive change came from choosing and developing good leaders for each school. In the last six years during Hite's tenure, 75 percent of the system's 200 principals were replaced.

At Greenbelt Middle, after many years of disappointing performance, last year brought an upswing in math and reading test scores, so much that the school made AYP, annual yearly progress, and is now considered a proficient school, according to Principal Warren Tweedy.

Cats and Kids Scratch Out Bullying – What to Teach Kids About Bullying

Cats and Kids Scratch Out Bullying – What to Teach Kids About Bullying

Over the next few weeks, roughly 79 million students will head back to schools around the nation, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. When the school year resumes, so too will the perpetual cycle of students missing days of school because they fear bullying. Each day, it is estimated that 160,000 students stay home from school to avoid being bullied.

“The first step in preventing bullying is to realize that we all share common traits and we all need to feel safe, accepted, and liked for who we are,” explains Peter J. Goodman, author of the book “We’re All Different But We’re All Kitty Cats.” “One of the main themes in my book is tolerance, because it is crucial, especially when we live in such a diverse world.”


Although born and bred in upstate New York, I have lived in Northern Virginia for 31 years. This election cycle, the Commonwealth is a battleground in the Presidential race, and by virtue of anticipated coattails, negative or positive, in the Senatorial one as well. For what seems like an eternity, residents have endured increasingly nasty TV ads, and it isn't even post convention, post Labor Day!  Candidates have been crisscrossing the state in attack dog mode, spewing gall and gaffes, attempting to drum up support. I want to buy earplugs.