Stories for July 2012


Thursday, July 26

Classified Advertising (July 25, 2012)

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Wednesday, July 25

Potomac Entertainment Calendar 7/25/12

Potomac Calendar Events

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Master Plan Bows Before Art

Sewer extension paves way for “one of the world’s most important collections of art” to expand in Potomac.

Glenstone, a 150-acre estate in Potomac that is home to one of the world’s most important collections of contemporary art, will get its own sewer line.

Column: A Life Worth Living, Still

It might be my age (as in getting older), or it might be the fact that I have cancer (you think?), but my brain and the related physical and mental tasks it coordinates are not exactly working at peak efficiency.

Pets for Adoption

Pets up for adoption.

Montgomery County Humane Society Competes in ASPCA Challenge

The weekend of Aug. 3-5 kicks off the Montgomery County Humane Society’s Home Run Adoption Challenge, as MCHS competes in the 2012 ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge.

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A Second Chance

A 14-year-long circle of life.

Sheila and Jan Rosenberg’s Briard named Chase was the light of their lives. They had purchased him from Deja-Vu Briard breeders in Cleveland, Ohio when their son Adam was six and their daughter Allie was eight.

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New Animal Services Center Construction Underway

Help mcpaw raise funds.

“After so many years of waiting, the construction of the new Montgomery County Animal Services Center is on schedule with completion set for delivery in the fall of 2013,” said Bruce Garnant, senior project manager for Coakley Williams Construction.

Potomac School Notes 7/25/12

Potomac School Notes

Tuesday, July 24

Derek Lee, South Lakes Baseball, 1983

South Lakes slugger was drafted five times before playing for Minnesota Twins.

Derek Lee is remembered at South Lakes high school, and by those that watched him play baseball, for his ability to do one thing — swing the bat.

Taline Tahmassian, Langley Soccer, 2001

Langley star recorded 96 goals and before winning NCAA title at Santa Clara.

How good Taline Tahmassian was on the soccer field can be measured by the pages of old newspapers. Tahmassian and the Saxons could be seen celebrating in photographs while snappy headlines chronicled their victories in a week-by-week scrapbook of archived clippings.

Nate Friends, McLean Soccer, Basketball, 1991

Friends dominated the basketball court and soccer field to help McLean to several regional tournament appearances.

Chantilly coach Jim Smith was a relative unknown when he took over the reeling McLean High School boys basketball team back in 1989.

Editorial: Separate and Unequal?

If we don't believe that poor students are less innately talented, then the disparities in Northern Virginia are truly unfair.

The numbers are eye-popping. Latino students are 22 percent of Fairfax County Public Schools students, but 2.7 percent of the incoming Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology freshman class, the class of 2016. Of the 480 students, seven are black. That's 1.4 percent, while black students are 10 percent of the county school system.

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Consumer Confidence on the Rise in Washington Region

Survey participants perceive regional economy better than broader national picture.

Consumer confidence is on the rise, according to results of a new survey by the Greater Washington Board of Trade.

Friday, July 20

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Potomac Real Estate: Sales in May 2012, $1 million to $1.199 million

In May 2012, 62 Potomac homes sold between $2,525,000-$254,000.

Potomac Real Estate: Sales in May 2012, $1 million to $1.199 million

Potomac Home Sales: June, 2012

In June 2012, 56 Potomac homes sold between $2,910,000-$475,000.

Potomac Home Sales in June, 2012

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Pedaling with Pals

Potomac Pedalers provides group rides for area cyclists.

Cyclists of all ages and ability levels can participate in group rides with the Potomac Pedalers.

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Title IX Marks 40 Years (Potomac)

Area coaches reflect on the law’s impact and societal changes.

Title IX's impact is felt 40 years later.

Wednesday, July 18

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‘The Healthy Gourmet’

Rosenberg teaches healthy can be tasty.

“Cooking is such a wonderful way to show people that you care and love them — and I want to be a part of it.” These were words written in a letter to “The Healthy Gourmet” Sheila Rosenberg of Potomac.

This Week in Potomac

County Launches ‘Small Business Plus!’

Through a collaboration between Montgomery County and community banks headquartered in the County, “Small Business Plus!” was developed to promote job growth through small business lending and earn a competitive rate of return for the county on its investment.

5-Year Crime Reduction

Montgomery County Police reported that for the fifth year in a row, crime has decreased. Based on statistics from 2007 through 2011, there has been an 18.8 percent decrease in total crime over the past 5 years.

Police Launch New Website

The Montgomery County Police Department has created a new police website,, to provide timely and accurate information to everyone in Montgomery County.

Potomac Bulletin Board 7/18/12

Potomac Bulletin Board Events

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U.S. Air Force Singing Sergeants perform July 12 at Glen Echo Park for the summer concert series

Several of the U.S. Air Force Singing Sergeants perform during the July 12 performance at Glen Echo Park.

Column: Circumstances Be Damned

If only it were as easy to actually live it as it is to write it. As much as I believe what I write, it’s still difficult to ignore certain facts (“the underlying diagnosis,” as I often refer to my diagnosis) and the feelings associated with it.

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Please Work Together

Judge rejects county’s filing to dismiss Brickyard Coalition complaint.

Like a parent, Circuit Court Judge Ronald B. Rubin intervened. “Don’t delete it, don’t destroy it. We will fight about it … but please do it,” said Judge Rubin. “County, please try to get this done, please,” he said.

Letter: Fame Rather Than Shame

Opinions on creation of MSI Soccer Complex on Nick's Organic Farm

Letter: Choose Different Location

Opinions on the decimation of Nick's Organic Farm

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Fairfax County, VDOT File Suit Against EPA

New EPA rules will impact homeowners, developers and could cost taxpayers nearly $500 million.

Fairfax County and the state of Virginia filed a federal lawsuit Thursday, July 12, challenging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) new storm water regulations for the Accotink watershed, claiming the agency’s requirements are costly, onerous and vastly exceed its legal authority.

Letter: Frustration with PEPCO Motivates

Opinions on PEPCO Motivates

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Art Gallery of Potomac Relocates within Potomac Village

New site improves display.

The Art Gallery of Potomac has a new home. The gallery has relocated just minutes away from its space in the former “Surrey” building to next to Big Wheel Bikes at the end of the Potomac Village shopping center, behind the Verizon store.

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President Comes to the Area

Obama rallies his supporters during the campaign stop at Centreville High.

Before President Barack Obama addressed the huge crowd inside Centreville High, Saturday afternoon, Jerry Foltz of Wellspring United Church of Christ gave the invocation.

Herrity, Hugo Respond to Obama’s Visit

Both Supervisor Pat Herrity (R-Springfield) and Del. Tim Hugo (R-40) held a joint press conference Saturday afternoon, speaking to local Romney supporters prior to President Obama’s campaign rally at Centreville High. Said Herrity: "It was nice to see so many people from Little Rocky Run stop by and pick up Romney signs and stand with us."

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Businessman, Philanthropist, Inventor — and Knight

An interview with Potomac’s Sir Charles Dahan.

In the midst of Potomac lives a knight — and that knight is also known as the “Johnny Appleseed” of Morocco.

Classified Advertising (July 18, 2012)

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Tuesday, July 17

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In Search of a ‘Forever Home’

Humane Society of Fairfax working for animal and human welfare.

Look up on your Internet browser page. It’s a site where animal welfare groups can promote animals they have available for adoption. Type in a town or zip code. Let’s use Alexandria as an example. Check "Cat" for "Type of Animal." Hit "Search."

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Childhood Hobbies: Finding the Right Fit

Experts offer suggestions for choosing extracurricular activities for the fall.

While many are still basking in the lazy days of summer, Anna Faust is planning her 5-year-old son’s after-school activity schedule for the fall.

Editorial: Leaving Millions on the Table

Virginia should embrace opportunity for more health care coverage for poor residents.

Chances are that if you are reading this, you have employer-provided health insurance. While you might worry about the young adults in your family or the lower wage workers in your organization, you also know that if you are sick, you can go to the doctor.

Friday, July 13

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Potomac Real Estate: Top Sales in May 2012

In May 2012, 62 Potomac homes sold between $2,525,000-$254,000.

Potomac Real Estate: Top Sales in May 2012

Wednesday, July 11

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Home Remodeling 101

Experts offer suggestions for a timely and efficient renovation.

Whether expanding a home or just remodeling an existing interior space, building projects can be daunting, especially if the goal is to be finished by a certain date. "If you wanted to get going on a project and your goal was to be done by Thanksgiving, the planning process and permit process is probably as long as the building process, but you don’t want to rush through those aspects of it and then wish you’d done something differently," said David Vogt of Case Design/Remodeling, Inc.

Bethesda’s Renfroe Is Ripken League’s Top Slugger

Mississippi native leads league in home runs, RBIs, fourth in batting average.

Bethesda Big Train slugger Hunter Renfroe leads the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League in home runs and RBIs, and is fourth in batting average.

Potomac Native Wins World Series of Poker Event

Churchill graduate wins nearly $560,000.

Potomac native and 2005 Churchill graduate Cliff Goldkind won nearly $560,000 in a World Series of Poker event.

Column: A Victim of My Own Circumstances

Outliving one’s prognosis leads to all sorts of twists and turns and treatment conundrums: the longer one lives, the fewer the treatment options.

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Interfaith Dialogue

Three local faith communities — Bethesda Jewish Synagogue, Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church and the Idara e-Jaferia Mosque — hosted a dialogue on Sunday, July 8, with 10 young adult leaders from Israel and Palestine who are participating in the New Story Leadership Summer Intern program.

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Potomac’s Sir Charles Dahan – Businessman, Philanthropist, Inventor- And Even A Knight

In the midst of Potomac lives a knight — and that knight is also known as the “Johnny Appleseed” of Morocco.

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Father and Daughter ‘Ride To Cure Juvenile Diabetes’

Raising funds for research.

Lauren Rapaport has been battling juvenile diabetes for 33 years. Diagnosed at the age of 3, she has learned to regulate her insulin and check her blood sugar. She carefully balances her food intake with her exercise. It’s life-long and 24/7 — a disease that has no cure — and one that she will never outgrow.

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Tomorrow’s Pros To Play in Local Tournament

American Junior Golf Association tournament coming to Bethesda Country Club.

What do Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Davis Love III, Jim Furyk, Charles Howell III, Paula Creamer and Morgan Pressel have in common? Each of these golf professionals competed in American Junior Golf Association golf tournaments as teenagers and all went on to become PGA and LPGA Tour players.

Classified Advertising (July 11, 2012)

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Tuesday, July 10

Editorial: Every Vote in Virginia Will Count

Top presidential donor zip codes in this area show Virginia is purple; Romney or Obama to be decided on Election Day.

If you wonder if presidential politics really matters in this area, consider that Northern Virginia and suburban Maryland hold some of the top zip codes for contributions to the two major party candidates.

LINK Provides Food, Hope

A Herndon-based nonprofit aims to deliver food to those in need.

In 1972, a group of churches in Sterling and eastern Loudoun County got together with the idea of providing food for the needy, with members storing donated food in their basement. Three years later, they made inroads into Fairfax County and it was eventually chartered as a nonprofit. Forty years later, the group consists of 17 member churches in Herndon, Sterling Chantilly and Potomac Falls and has provided tens of thousands of families with assistance.

Monday, July 9

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9th Asian Festival Celebrating the Year of the Dragon

Festival will take place July 21-22 at GMU.

This year, the 9th Asian Food and Tennis Festival is celebrating the year of dragon. The Festival is a two-day, free admission event to promote greater understanding of the Asian countries and cultures. It will be held at the George Mason University on July 21, Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and on July 22, Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. It is open to the public.

Wednesday, July 4

Column: Writing On!

It was June ’09 when I published my first column in the Connection Newspapers about being diagnosed with cancer. It was actually a column detailing the diagnostic steps I had taken during the first few months of the year attempting to identify the pain I had initially felt under my right-side rib cage in late December.

Tuesday, July 3

Letters to the Editor

Environmental Degradation

We are writing with significant concern about work that is being undertaken along a number of the county's designated rustic roadways. Important roadside trees and vegetation are being cut back, we understand, with rented equipment that operates as a sort of massive vertical shredder.

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Coping with Storm’s Aftermath

Virtually all homes and businesses were without power in 100 degree heat after intense storm.

Winds more than 70 miles per hour swept through Potomac Friday night, June 29. Power went as the storm blew into Potomac with hurricane force winds sounding like a freight train.

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Music for Wounded Warriors

Charles Croner shares healing power of music.

Potomac’s Charles (Chuck) Croner has been making the world a bit brighter for wounded warriors, their families and the staff at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center by playing and singing a variety of gospel, bluegrass, country and patriotic songs. Croner, a Potomac resident for more than 20 years, finds that sharing his music has a special meaning for him.

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Storms Bring Disruption to Potomac

Strong storms upended trees and broke limbs as branches fell on roofs and destroyed parked cars.

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Finding a Home for the Golden Years

Experts offer advice on choosing a retirement community.

When Jim Upp’s wife Jeannie died in 2006, the Fairfax senior citizen found himself surrounded by a lifetime of memories in the spacious home where the couple had raised three children.

Editorial: New Laws, Assault on Freedom?

oting restrictions, abortion restrictions, DUI restrictions, fewer gun restrictions, more go into effect July.

A plethora of new laws will go into effect in the Commonwealth on July 1, including restrictive new procedures for voting, and the loosening of multiple gun regulations.

Monday, July 2

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Storms Leave 2 Dead, Power Out

At least two dead in Fairfax; 285,000 residents still without power after Friday night’s hurricane force winds.

Winds of more than 70 miles per hour swept through Fairfax County Friday night. Power went out as the storm blew into the area around 10:30 p.m. with hurricane force winds sounding like a freight train. The sound made some residents think a tornado was upon them, and many took refuge in basements.

Sunday, July 1

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18,000 Lose Power in Potomac

Virtually all homes and businesses were without power in 100 degree heat after intense storm.

Winds of more than 70 miles per hour swept through Potomac, Montgomery and Fairfax counties Friday night. Power went as the storm blew into Potomac with hurricane force winds sounding like a freight train.