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This Weekend WalkingTown DC and BikingTown DC Offering Tours All Over the City

This story about this weekend's WalkingTown DC and BikingTown DC events comes to us from Pat Wheeler of the Cultural Tourism DC Board:

Cultural Tourism DC celebrates the history and heritage of Washington, DC with the Fall Edition of WalkingTown DC and BikingTown DC on Saturday and Sunday, September 25 and 26. This two-day event of DC features guided tours in all eight wards of the city. Healthy for both body and mind, this weekend of more than 100 free walking and biking tours allows visitors and residents to explore both new and familiar places throughout the city. From the well-known to the unfamiliar, tour topics explore all things DC, including neighborhood history, art, community heritage, environmental initiatives, and much more. 


DC Cupcake Couple Inspire Reality Romance Novel

WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA)-- Oh My GOFF! Angie Goff reports on a true-life love story based on a sweet Maryland business. Also, Redskins and a star chef walk in the March of Dimes fashion show at Tysons Galleria.

Montgomery County Executive Isaiah Leggett to Celebrate Completion of Pedestrian Safety Improvements

This story comes to us from Esther Bowring about a safety announcement and event that will affect Friendship Heights as well as the greater Chevy Chase community:

On Tuesday, September 21 at 10 a.m., Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett will announce pedestrian safety improvements for the Chevy Chase area in the Rock Creek Shopping Center at 8325 Grubb Road. 

The improvements are for the area across from Rock Creek Forest Elementary School on Grubb Road that is enhancing safety not only for children, but for the entire community. 

The innovative pedestrian protection improvement installed has successfully been used by the Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) in other locations and has proven to be very effective in reducing motorist speeds, calming traffic and enhancing safety.  The school is located across the street from the Rock Creek Shopping Center, which is a popular destination for students and residents. 

Friendship Heights Poll of the Week: How Will Vince Gray Affect Ward 3?

The city will soon be under new leadership...how do you feel as though Ward 3 will be affected?

New Voting Machines Cause of Delays

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) -- A couple dozen voters waited until 2 a.m. for election results that they had hoped to have in their hands by 8:30pm.

All indications point to problems with pollworkers new voting machines and pollworkers using them correctly.  By 2am, election officials announced they would have to leave 15 precincts uncounted until morning because the ballot cartridges for those precincts were incompletely closed by pollworkers.  Most of those uncounted precincts were located east of the Anacostia River.

"We have partial results from those precincts," said Paul Stenbjorn, Chief Technology Manager.  "But we will not release them until we have all of the votes counted in those precincts."

Stenbjorn added that better training may be needed with the new voting system, a system that included final results posted for each precinct at that polling location after the last ballot was cast. 

Friendship Heights Local Headed for Primetime TV

Steuart Martens, who many Friendship Heights locals might recognize from the Martens Volvo Volkswagen dealership on Wisconsin Avenue, is taking his act national.

This Thursday, September 16, Martens will begin his quest to become Donald Trump's "Apprentice", on NBC. 

Martens is 27 years old.  In addition to the dealership, Martens is involved in the On the Fly food-cart company, and he also owns Tradewinds Speciality Imports, a wine distribution company.

Watch NBC's "The Apprentice" this Thursday to see what happens with your Friendship Heights' representative!

Local Young People Remember 9-11

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) - "Thank you for serving our country, I feel very safe with you out there," read a fifth grader at D.C.'s Murch Elementary where children are writing letters to soldiers, marines, and first responders, thanking them for their service on September 11, 2001.

"That day was a horrible day, lots of lives were lost," wrote another.

Student Government President and fifth grader Justin Atwood said, "We were too young to comprehend what was happening. I myself was only one. We didn't realize the effort that they made. They risked their lives for your country, and that's a good thing. We want to tell them so."

Each letter will be distributed by the non profit D. C. Cares. At Virginia's Langley High School, students made a vivid display with 2,977 flags.