Stories for June 2012


Saturday, June 30

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Severe Storms Rock Region; 1.5 Million Homes Without Power

Virginia Governor announces State of Emergency.

Following the aftermath of last night's surprise thunderstorms, many local residents woke up to significant amount of damage. Fallen trees and branches were spread across the area, and power outages were abundant.

Friday, June 29

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Thursday, June 28

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Potomac Summer Fun

Potomac summer events.

Wednesday, June 27

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Potomac Real Estate: Sales in May 2012, $1.2~$1.49 million

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

Potomac Real Estate: Sales in May 2012, $1.2~$1.49 million

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Congressional Club Hosts Sixth Annual AT&T National

Tiger Woods is back in town. The sixth annual AT&T National golf tournament is scheduled to be played at River Road’s Congressional Country Club June 28 - July 1.

Potomac Bulletin Board 6/27/12

Upcoming Potomac events.

Potomac Calendar 6/27/12

Upcoming Events

Commission To Honor 10 Women

The Montgomery County Commission for Women will host a 40th anniversary celebration on Wednesday, July 11 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Rockville Hilton Hotel, Atrium Room, 1750 Rockville Pike. To commemorate the anniversary, the CFW will announce 10 new honorees for the Montgomery County Women’s History Archives, created in 2002 to recognize the contributions of women of historical significance to the County.

Summer Fun

Residents describe their plans for the summer.

Former Potomac Resident To Star in New TV Series

Former Potomac resident Corey Jean has been cast to star in the new television series, “The Hollywood Dream.”

Cooling Off in Summer Camp

Campers at Summer at WES, held at Washington Episcopal School in Bethesda, enjoyed rides down a waterslide on the school’s field, and trekked on the Capital Crescent Trail to the Bethesda Pool on Wednesday, June 20, to cool off on a day in which the temperatures climbed into the high 90s.

Column: A GAP In My Thinking

Recently, due to circumstances beyond my control, I was forced to buy a new car (in this instance, “new” means different, not a current model year). Estimated repairs at 137,000 miles that could have escalated into the unknown – and unaffordable – thousands compelled me to fish so I wouldn’t have my bait cut (and I don’t even like to fish).

Tuesday, June 26

Editorial: Case Closed. Why the Secrecy?

No reason for police to exercise "blanket" approach, shielding every document in every case.

Connection readers know that we respect and appreciate our public safety professionals.

Monday, June 25

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Even in Closed Cases, Police Maintain Culture of Secrecy

Public must rely on information police agencies choose to share, even if it's wrong.

In December of 2008, the Fairfax Police Department chased 19-year-old Hailu Brook across the county line into Arlington and shot him dead.

Thursday, June 21

Fairfax Board Objects to Governor’s Transit Funding Game

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors signed a regional letter to Transportation Secretary Sean Connaughton on Tuesday, June 19, objecting to the administration’s attempt to circumvent the efficient transit funding system used successfully in Northern Virginia for decades.

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Wednesday, June 20

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Manager Colangelo to Big Train: ‘Perform or Quit’

Bethesda falls to last place in 10-team CRCBL with loss to Rockville.

The Bethesda Big Train fell into last place in the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League after a loss to the first-place Rockville Express on June 18.

Potomac Sports Briefs

George Washington University is hosting a softball camp and Catholic University is hosting a baseball camp.

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Squeals On Wheels Delivers Fun for All

Teaching children about animals.

Instead of purchasing a tractor or lawn mower, Jill Phillips decided they should acquire a couple of alpaca to graze in their yard — and then they would not need to mow it.

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Venturing into Rent-a-Coop Business

Tyler Phillips and Diana Samata have found a way to bring the feel of the country to the urban environs of Potomac, Bethesda and other D.C. suburbs.

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In the Race Against Autism

Annual “Autism Speaks” 5k Race/Fun Walk returns July 4.

Potomac will be teeming with runners and walkers celebrating the 4th for a special cause — Autism Speaks.

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Beautifying Children’s Center

On Friday June 1, the Potomac Country Gardeners founded in 1950, gathered to weed, plant and mulch the garden they have established and maintain at the Alfred D. Noyes Children's Center on Blackwell Road in Rockville.

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Spring Horse Trials

Hundreds of horses and riders, including at least one rider headed to London on the shortlist for the Olympics — Allison Springer — converged at Bittersweet Field this weekend, June 16-17, for the Seneca Valley Pony Club Horse Trials.

Letter: Brickyard Fight Is Far from Over

It is dismaying to hear people say that the Brickyard Road School site issue is a done deal and the land lost forever to an MSI (Montgomery Soccer Inc.) soccerplex.

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Making the Most of Summer

Advice for planning warm weather activities for children.

“I’m bored, there’s nothing to do,” is a phrase often uttered by children during the summer.

Column: Where To Begin?

I realize this admission may sound weird, but having cancer is boring. Don’t get me wrong, I’m lucky to be alive, and quite happy about it, too. But waiting for the other shoe to drop, i.e. some bad cancer news to appear (lab work, scan, advisory from my oncologist), is tiresome because it’s always so worrisome.

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First County Shelter Becoming ‘Residences at Mondloch’

Mondloch House undergoes renovation, will include 20 affordable housing units.

Fairfax County’s focus on ending homelessness took a step forward this month when the county began renovating its first ever homeless shelter - Mondloch House - to increase housing opportunities for single adults.

Tuesday, June 19

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Potomac Real Estate: April 2012 Sales in $800,000s

In April 2012, 248 Arlington homes sold between $3,100,000-$70,000.

Potomac Real Estate: April 2012 Sales in $800,000s

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Making the Most of Summer

Advice for planning warm weather activities for children.

"I’m bored, there’s nothing to do," is a phrase often uttered by children during the summer. The end of the school year leaves many parents scrambling for activities to keep their young ones active and stimulated. Experts say it is important to plan activities to keep children safe and out of trouble.

Editorial: Summer Projects

Reader input needed for community guides, Pet Connection.

The summer is in full swing at the Connection, with many interns and staff members focused on some light and some more serious summer projects.

Potomac Home Sales: May, 2012

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

Potomac Home Sales in May, 2012

Friday, June 15

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Father's Day Photo Gallery 2012

We asked our readers to send in pictures in honor of Father's Day on Sunday, June 17. Here are their submissions.

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Me & My Dad Potomac Father's Day 2012

Potomac Father's Day 2012

A gallery of photos submitted for Father’s Day 2012.

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Winston Churchill Class of 2012 Celebrates Graduation

Winston Churchill seniors gather June 8 at D.A.R. Constitution Hall.

Winston Churchill Seniors gather at D.A.R. Constitution Hall for 2012 Graduation.

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Walt Whitman seniors line up June 6 at D.A.R. Constitution Hall

Walt Whitman Seniors gather gather at D.A.R. Constitution Hall for 2012 Graduation.

Thursday, June 14

Potomac Sports Briefs

Former Churchill guard Will Lewis (2011) was recently named to the 2011-12 Founders League All-League team while playing for The Loomis Chaffee School (Windsor, Conn.) as a post-graduate.

Big Train Opens Season as 3-Time Defending Champion

Big Train Opens Season as 3-Time Defending Champion

The Bethesda Big Train enters its 14th season of existence.

Wednesday, June 13

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Editorial: Partnerships That Make a Difference

Strategic partnerships with businesses, community organizations, benefit public good and fill gaps since government cannot do it all.

A few weeks ago, the Connection was lucky enough to be included in a group of Fairfax County organizations honored for their efforts in giving back to the community.

Staving Off Mosquitoes

Chemical-free methods for controlling backyard pests.

Nothing spoils a backyard barbecue like a swarm of bloodthirsty mosquitoes. How does one keep bugs at bay without harsh chemicals? Local experts offer tips.

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Trends in Landscape Design

Local tastemakers offer suggestions for making the most of backyard space.

Whether creating a tapestry of bold colors, a sanctuary to escape stress or simply a low maintenance landscape, local designers say taking a backyard from dull to dazzling is easier than one might think, and offer insight into hottest landscape elements as well as trends in sustainable design.

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Home Work

A Primer on Roofs

Some might say roofs are not a sexy topic. I beg to disagree. Roofs can be and often are the beautiful crowning glory of a home. Many roofs require careful craftsmanship and careful attention to detail.

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Walt Whitman High Wins Five Cappie Awards

Tech skills triumph

Walt Whitman High won five starry statuettes for technical excellence at Sunday night’s 13th annual Cappie Awards at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

Column: Apparent, Now More Than Ever

I last celebrated my father’s day six years ago, in 2006. Six months later, in early December, he finally succumbed to that which had been ailing him: old age for sure, the effects of two strokes for certain and the realization that it was, as we like to say in our family: “Enough already.”

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The Father Factor

Fairfax County’s "Fathers In Touch" program teaches men how to be fathers.

Calvin Robertson slams his fist down on the table and barks instructions to the 11 fathers seated around the table at the South Gate Community Center in Reston.

Wednesday, June 6

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The Power of Touch

Reiki masters credit the practice with promoting healing.

"May I touch you?" asks Marion Werner, a willowy woman with shoulder-length blonde hair. Her hands descend lightly on her patient’s chest.

Editorial: Primary Voting

Statewide primary on Tuesday, June 12.

On Tuesday, June 12, Virginia will hold a statewide Republican primary for U.S. Senate, plus numerous more local primaries for U.S. House of Representatives and localities.

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Column: Haven’t I Learned Anything?

I’m not going to beat myself up too badly; after all, I do have terminal cancer. However, I am disappointed in my behavior of late, especially as it relates to my status as a still-active (thank God!) cancer patient/survivor undergoing treatment.

Friday, June 1

Weather Alert: Fairfax County, Entire National Capital Area (Friday, June 1, 2012)

Severe Weather to Impact Area; Tornado Watch Until 9 p.m.

The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch until 9 p.m. for Fairfax County and the entire National Capital Area. Thunderstorms, heavy rains, wind, large hail and potential flooding are also expected beginning this afternoon.