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After a brief hiatus, the renowned Washington, D.C. Green Festival returned to the nation’s capital during the last weekend of September.  Thousands of visitors flocked to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center to see what they could learn about living sustainably, in a world where every action matters.

After more than five years of suspense, residents of Rockville were introduced to a brand new grocery store over this past weekend located in the ever popular Rockville Town Square. Patrons swarmed the new retailer's first entry into the D.C. area market to participate in the highly publicized grand opening event.

Fifteen days into September, the Small Press Expo of Bethesda, Maryland celebrated its 15th year of operation.  The exposition showcases some of the nation’s most innovative and inspiring graphic novels, comics, and cartoons.  In tradition, the event organizers invited only independent artists to speak and/or sell their works to fans and curious newcomers over the weekend.

This seasons sweltering heat may be keeping most indoors, but a fashionable function at the Carnegie Library this past Saturday drew in quite a crowd.  Fashion du Soleil: A Fashion Wonderland manifested as collaboration between non-profit The Jarmal Harris Project, local fashion ambassadors, and high profile designers from the D.C. Metro area and beyond.

A swarm of frustrated Americans descended upon the District of Columbia on Saturday afternoon, to participate in the first national mobilization against hydraulic fracturing.  The process involves injecting incredible amounts of water and chemicals into the earth, which cracks, thus creating a pathway for trapped natural gas to escape.

GEICO, the large insurance company based in the Friendship Heights section of Chevy Chase, MD, once again, presented its case for an extension request in front of the Montgomery County Planning Board.

The first weekend of April brought about an important milestone for the Richmond, VA art scene. Shane Pomajambo, Executive Director and Editor in Chief of Maryland based gallery Art Whino, hosted the third annual G40 Art Summit throughout galleries along W. Broad St. and surrounding areas. The newly developed Arts District received an influx of over 2,000 visitors as the exhibit kicked off on Friday April 6th, during Richmond’s First Fridays Art Walk.

Rockville-based Catalyst Health Solutions (NASDAQ:CHSI), the fast growing prescription drug benefits provider, is in talks with Lisle, Illinois-based SXC Health Solutions (TSE:SXC) for a merger agreement valued at an estimated $4.4 Billion.

While the nation's capital continued its usual lead in office space construction, another surprise quarter occurred with the Maryland National Capital region leading the surrounding region.

According to March data from the Bethesda, Mid-Atlantic regional office of Transwestern and its research subsidiary, Alexandria-based Delta Associates, there was an estimated 7,204,726 square feet of office space under construction or reconstruction in the D.C. area.