Congratulations to Local Teen Annahid Meyssami’s New Book, Hidden Scales

Local author Anna Meyssami just published her debut children’s fantasy novel, Hidden Scales, under the pen name of A.M. Robin. Her book release party in Potomac was featured in The Capital Gazette in September, which more than 100 people attended. “It was amazing to see so many members of our community, including teachers, friends and neighbors, coming together to share this exciting time with me,” Anna says. Born and raised in Montgomery County, she is completing her final year of dental school in Baltimore while writing her next book.

Potomac History Book Published by Local Judith Wells Now Available

Never-before-published photographs display the history and beauty of Potomac. The Civil War and its aftermath left its mark on Offutts X Roads, the early name of Potomac. The book tells the story of the 1865 gold rush, “Tommyknocker” ghosts and the mining that continued until 1940. Rare photographs highlight the celebrated Potomac Hunt. Local author Judith Wells has a record of accomplishments such as executive coach, journalist and columnist. To purchase a copy, it’s available locally at Strosniders Hardware. You can also order online on Amazon or

EMP180° Is Now Open in Potomac Village

Everything you thought you knew about weight loss is likely wrong. Most weight loss programs only focus on calories and weight. But EMP180° knows the most important factors in losing weight, keeping it off and being healthy are a nutrition education, a personalized plan and extensive coaching. Discover what that can mean for you at the new EMP180° center in Potomac Village at 10122 River Road, Suite 203, Potomac, Maryland. EMP180° is the DMV’s most effective weight loss and wellness program. It’s helped clients control or bring type 2 diabetes into remission, prevent the need for knee replacements and gastric bypass surgery, help clients lower their cholesterol and triglyceride levels, reduce/eliminate high blood pressure medications, and add years to their lives through nutrition-based weight loss. EMP180°’s unique approach starts with an in-depth, personalized health assessment that calculates everything from your body and visceral fat percentages to muscle-fat ratios and hydration levels, then tailors a nutrition plan just for you. And EMP180° provides you a coach for life so you can maintain a healthy weight. Explore a new you at

MCPS Employees Now Have Free Access to County Recreation Facilities

All full-time Montgomery County Public Schools employees officially have free and unlimited access to all county recreation and aquatics facilities. Councilmember Gabe Albornoz will hold a press conference to make the announcement formally. He’ll be joined by Recreation Director Robin Riley, Vice President of the Montgomery County Board of Education Patricia O’Neill and Board of Education Chair of Policy Management Committee Judith Docca. Other county employees already had free access to the recreation facilities, so now teachers and other school employees can also enjoy the benefit. MCPS employees who wish to enjoy the benefit can register online, but Gabe says they’ll have to go to a recreation facility in person to obtain a pass.