Local Leads: 5/21/09

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With so many major road projects going on in the D.C. region, you would expect that local road crews would be communicating with one another. But there's bickering between two transportation agencies, and it could have a direct impact on your commute.  The issue came to a head Wednesday during a meeting of the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board. Virginia Department of Transportation representative Jo Anne Sorenson lashed the D.C. Department of Transportation for a lack of a heads up with upcoming projects. (wtop.com)

The Montgomery County Council has postponed moving a clinic for drug addicts away from a elementary school, saying it wants to wait to move the clinic to a permanent home instead of moving it immediately to a leased space. The methadone clinic is in a neighborhood in Rockville and is next to Meadow Hall Elementary School and Rockville High School. It has been in the community for about 20 years, much to the chagrin of its neighbors.  "These individuals do not belong next to a school," said Christine Finney, who lives near the clinic and said her family has been harassed and threatened repeatedly by people being treated by the clinic and their friends.  (Examiner / wtop.com)

Frederick police are investigating a "skimming" device that was installed on a PNC Bank ATM in April. The device recorded the information on the magnetic strips of credit or debit cards used at the machine, according to police. A camera also recorded customers' fingers as they typed in their PIN at the free-standing ATM at Opposumtown Pike and Thomas Johnson Drive near Fort Detrick, said Frederick police spokesman Lt. Clark Pennington. The information was used to make fraudulent credit cards for withdrawing money in Maryland and surrounding states, police said.  (Baltimore Sun)

With concerns about a summer drought all but washed away with heavy rains this month and last, northern Virginia officials say there is little chance of homeowners' facing water restrictions this year. But water officials urge those who plan to regularly irrigate their yards and gardens to be conservative with their water use to save money and to practice good habits for the future. Although the Potomac basin is considered drier than normal overall, the regional water supply is above average, reservoirs are full and the Potomac River is roaring, according to the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. That should mean an ample supply even as temperatures rise and rains abate in summer. (Loudoun Extra)

High school and college students looking for summer jobs could find that work is harder to come by this year. "There just aren't as many jobs [this year] as there have been in the past," said Jo Scott, the Career Center director at Liberty High School. This year, Scott said most of the bulk postings she's received re for positions in the county's Department of Parks and Recreation, mostly for lifeguard positions. Currently, only one position for a lifeguard is posted on the county's Web site. As of Tuesday, the Parks and Recreation Department also had openings for a swimming instructor and assistant swimming instructor at the Larry Weeks Community Pool at Vint Hill. (Fauquier Times)

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