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Archive for November, 2009

Homebuyers Tax Credit Extended and Expanded!

The U.S. government recently extended and expanded the homebuyer tax credit.  The $8,000 first-time homebuyer tax credit that was scheduled to expire December 1, 2009, will continue in effect until April 30, 2010. 

In addition, beginning December 1, 2009, many current homeowners will qualify for a $6,500 tax credit if they’ve lived in their current home for a least 5 years and are seeking to relocate.  Plus, the income limits for single buyers and married couples were also raised.

There has never been a better time for you or someone you know to take advantage of this tax credit because hundreds of homes are now priced below market value.  Also, because this program is a tax credit – it does not have to be repaid.

For a detailed comparison of the 2009 tax credit versus the extension, click here.  
For FAQ on the tax credit changes, click here.     

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Can’t wait for the Silver Spring parade? A preview and Fall Fest Event at Northwood HS this weekend

If you love the drums and a marching band, (like this man) come see a local competition of high school drum lines! Held at the football stadium at Northwood High School – 919 University Blvd W, Silver Spring, Maryland, 20902 (near the intersection with Arcola Ave.) this Saturday, November 14th, 2009

The 3rd Annual Drumline Competition with 9 Competing Drumlines including drumlines from Kennedy HS, Wooton, Springbrook, Whitman, Annapolis Area Christian and Northwood High School

Also 2 featured performances by The Washington Redskins Marching Band and Montgomery County Firefighters Bugle and Drum Corps

The Competition begins at 4:30 pm!
BBQ, Hot Dogs, Pizza, and Popcorn will be sold.

Cost of Admittance: $10 for Adults, $6 for Students, Kids 5 and under are admitted FREE.

IF IT RAINS the event MOVES INSIDE the Northwood High School AUDITORIUM.

At 6:30 pm you can move freely back and forth from the competition to the Silent Auction to support After Prom and indulge in a plateful of Italian cuisine provided by the original “Mama” Lucia!

Last and most fun for students is Game Night featuring card games aimed at high school students to benefit the Class of 2010.   Come to the Cafeteria at 6 to enjoy the whole scene and one or all of these happenings.  It’s a great community event, especially fun for parents of middle-schoolers who are curious about what Northwood has to offer.

Northwood is one of the 5 High Schools serving the Silver Spring area through the Downcounty consortium giving students a choice regarding their academic area of study.  

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Goodbye Halloween – Time to Think About Turkey

Somewhere in Silver Spring . . . . the skeleton house was my pick for the best Halloween Display I saw this year. 

My photos do not do it justice because they are taken in the daytime.  There are skulls mounted on the gutters with fire spewing out of them (at night) like funeral pyres.  Still can’t figure out how they did that?

At night this yard really looks
like a graveyard with skeletons 
hanging in trees, coffins, sitting in chairs, hanging from the highest window, sprawled on the ground in pieces. Someone is very talented and would be super at settting scenes.

Now that we are into November that means the annual Montgomery County Thanksgving Parade is around the corner.  The Parade takes place the weekend before Thanksgiving, Saturday November 21st this year.  Time: 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon

Save the Date for the event that heralds the beginning of the Holiday Season!
Downtown Silver Spring on Georgia Avenue from Sligo to Silver Plaza on Ellsworth Drive to Fenton Street.

There will be Marching Bands, including the Redskins Marching Band and many High Schools from around the county, Macy’s Parade type Balloons, floats, vintage cars, dogs, horses, ethnic dancing groups, police groups and fire trucks with Isiah Leggett as the grand marshall this year.

The Silver Spring Regional Center is looking for volunteer help with the Parade: 
Volunteers needed for the Montgomery County Thanksgiving Parade to act as balloon handlers- leading the giant Macy-like Thanksgiving balloons and dressing up in costumes to be on the floats. Also, we need assistance with set-up and break-down. 

This opportunity is great for Groups!
Small Grp: 3-10: YES
Medium Grp: 10-25: YES
Large Grp: 25-50: YES
X-Large Grp: 50+: YES

The hours are from 7:30am to 1:30pm (you need to be present the whole time) on Saturday, November 21. Dress warmly, as you will be outside. You should try and wear black as your outside layer color. Once you arrive, you will be assigned a position and given directions about your volunteer job. Volunteers meet at the new fire station at 8110 Georgia Avenue.  If you or your group is up for this Contact:
Elizabeth Gallauresi     301-793-2928

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