Stories for October 2012


Wednesday, October 31

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'Unsung Hero'

McLean School's Denise Duffy receives grant.

The McLean School’s Denise Duffy signed up for an ASL class her senior year in college.  The communications major took the class — and “just knew.” After graduating, she enrolled in a master’s program at Gallaudet University and worked as an educational interpreter.

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St. Andrew’s Praised for Innovative Educational Approach

National education writer and researcher highlight school’s Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning.

Author, researcher and education blogger Grant Lichtman visited St. Andrew's Episcopal School’s Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning (CTTL) earlier this month as part of a national tour of schools in search of cutting-edge approaches to education.

Local Pastor Celebrates 61 Years in the Ministry

Potomac Presbyterian Church honors its Parish Advisor Emeritus.

Earlier this month, Potomac Presbyterian Church in Potomac, celebrated Miles’ 61 years in the ministry. Miles marked the occasion by giving a sermon titled, “Finding the Elusive Life.”

Joining Celebrity Chefs At Metro Cooking Show

She created sauces using late husband’s recipe to raise money for Lou Gehrig’s Disease research.  

Connie Griffith, president and chief executive officer of Gator Ron's Zesty Sauces & Mixes, will showcase the products created by her husband Ron.  

Letter: Send Message To School Board

Send a message to the Montgomery County Board of Education: Stop wasting taxpayer’s money and work in the public interest, not special interests.

Letter: Unsolicited Advice

Here’s my unsolicited advice for this election — first the local ballot questions, then the local candidates.

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A Haunting for All

The Clara Barton Community Center hosted its sixth annual Haunted House on Sunday, Oct. 28.

Take Time, Slow Down and Smell the Leaves

There’s no better time than autumn to get outside and smell the leaves. Slow down, take a moment, and renew your connection with the natural world.

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Book on Golden Retrievers Offers True Tales

Dave Carter reflects on his experience with golden retriever rescue.

A Potomac resident for over 35 years, Dave Carter knows many of his neighbors and even more dogs — specifically golden retrievers.

Potomac Bulletin Board: Oct. 31, 2012

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Food Festival Celebrates Ethnic Foods

Church hosts its annual three-day food festival and bazaar Friday-Sunday, Nov. 2-4.

St. Mark Orthodox Church will have its annual three-day ethnic food festival and bazaar this weekend, Nov. 2-4. The bazaar will feature homemade Russian and Eastern European food such as piroghi, piroshki, spanakopita, halupki, beef stroganoff, kielbasa and more.

Potomac Calendar: Oct. 31, 2012

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Entertainment Brief: Strathmore Hosts 23rd Museum Shop Around

Museum Shop Around is Strathmore's art-inspired holiday treasure hunt, where 18 of Washington's finest museums are setting up shop in the historic Mansion from Thursday, Nov. 8 through Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012.

Entertainment Brief: ‘An Abstract Approach’

Gallery Har Shalom announces the opening of "An Abstract Approach." The gallery walls will display three abstract painters — Lesley Clarke, Springfield, Va.; Har Shalom member June Plotkin, Rockville; and Edith Sievers, Bethesda, as well as work created by artists Karin Abromaitis, Takoma Park, and Jessica Beels, Washington, D.C.

Monday, October 29

Potomac-Area Woman Joins Celebrity Chefs at Metro Cooking Show

She created sauces using late husband’s recipe to raise money for Lou Gehrig’s Disease research.

When some of the celebrity chefs like Giada De Laurentiis, Jacques Pépin, and other high-profile foodies descend upon the Washington region for the 2012 Metro Cooking Show this weekend, a Potomac, Md., area woman will join them to honor her late husband.

Sunday, October 28

Storm Related Closings

Current list of weather related closings that Connection Newspapers is aware of.

Area Schools Closing in Face of Weather Threat

Threat of flooding, high winds from Hurricane Sandy prompts decision.

Better safe than sorry. Based on that philosophy, Fairfax County Public Schools announced early Sunday afternoon that all FCPS schools will be closed Monday and Tuesday because of the continuing threat of flooding and hurricane-force winds from Hurricane Sandy, a “rare hybrid storm” expected to make landfall on Monday.

Wednesday, October 24

Holy Child’s ‘Tiger Trot’ Yields Fundraising Success

School’s wellness programs and Cabin John Park Volunteer Fire Department to benefit.

Almost 400 runners and walkers participated in the 3rd annual “Tiger Trot” 5K run/walk held on Sunday, April 14 — a beautiful, sunny breezy day. While many participants came from nearby Potomac and Bethesda, many racers journeyed all the way from Alexandria, Warrenton, Germantown, Kensington, Arlington — and even from Hermosa Beach, Calif., Mt. Penn, Pa., — and points beyond to participate with the friends, family, students, parent, alumnae and faculty of the Connelly School of the Holy Child.

Holy Child’s ‘Tiger Trot’ Yields Fundraising Success

School’s wellness programs and Cabin John Park Volunteer Fire Department to benefit.

Almost 400 runners and walkers participated in the 3rd annual “Tiger Trot” 5K run/walk held on Sunday, April 14 — a beautiful, sunny breezy day. While many participants came from nearby Potomac and Bethesda, many racers journeyed all the way from Alexandria, Warrenton, Germantown, Kensington, Arlington — and even from Hermosa Beach, Calif., Mt. Penn, Pa., — and points beyond to participate with the friends, family, students, parent, alumnae and faculty of the Connelly School of the Holy Child.

Be Part of the Children's Almanac

Call for student artwork and writing; deadline Dec. 3.

During the last week of each year, The Almanac devotes its entire issue to the creativity of local students and children. The results are always remarkable. It is a keepsake edition for many families.

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Celebrating Eid-ul-Ahda

Families marks completion of the Hajj.

Many local area children will be missing school this Friday as hundreds of Muslims gather at local mosques, community centers and in their homes to celebrate the Muslim holiday of Eid-ul-Ahda.

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Ah, Potomac Day

Everyone loves Potomac Day — and this year’s celebration was no exception.

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Learning To Walk in Others’ Shoes

Special Needs Awareness Week at Wayside teaches acceptance and empathy.

“I went into someone's shoes,” said Yoon. “I would feel really frustrated. I'm thankful that I don't have a disability." Yoon’s activities were part of a weeklong Wayside initiative called SNAP (Special Needs Awareness Program), which is aimed at fostering empathy and sensitivity to others in the students.

Letter: Where They Stand On Brickyard

The Brickyard Coalition submitted questionnaires to all six candidates who are vying for seats on the Board of Education in the November 2012 election. All of the challengers responded to this questionnaire, but neither of the two incumbents responded.

Letter: Against Free Speech?

Each of the first two Romney/Ryan signs I posted this election season disappeared within 24 hours, a third was defaced and this morning a fourth in my front yard was smeared with excrement, perhaps by one of the many dog walkers who parade up and down our street, plastic baggies in hand.

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Recalling a Potomac Icon

“Mitch” Mitchell of Mitch and Bill’s dies.

Clyde Eastham Mitchell, was the “Mitch” of Mitch and Bill’s. He died from heart failure Oct. 18 at Kingshire Manor Assisted Living, Rockville. He was 86.

Potomac Bulletin Board: Oct. 24, 2012

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Brief: Wootton To Produce ‘Little Shop of Horrors’

“Little Shop of Horrors” will be presented on Oct. 25, 26 and 27 at 7:30 p.m. at Thomas S. Wootton High School, 2100 Wootton Pkwy, Rockville.

Potomac Calendar: Oct. 24, 2012

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Tuesday, October 23

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Friday, October 19

“Hey Beez; Beez, It’s Me”

It was my father all right – in a dream. Standing five feet away, approximately, in a well-lit, local convenience store with which I am extremely familiar. This was no case of mistaken identity. Besides, he was wearing those blue, terrycloth shorts of his that my mother always hated. So yes, I called out to him, surprised as I was to see him, locally as it were.

Thursday, October 18

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Wednesday, October 17

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Bullis Field Hockey Beats St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes

Senior captain Walker scores game’s lone goal.

The Bullis field hockey team defeated St. Stephen's & St. Agnes, 1-0, on Oct. 11.

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Club’s Craft Fair Supports 12 Charities

Twenty-five vendors at Metropolitan Community Club’s annual event.

The Metropolitan Community Club Craft Show is the place to head for all those holiday shopping needs. The preview of the show will be Friday, Oct. 26 from 5 – 8 p.m., and the show will run on Saturday, Oct. 27 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Potomac Presbyterian Church, 10301 River Road in Potomac (next to Potomac Elementary School.)

Gallery To Host Finale Reception for Potomac Days

Potomac Theatre Company to perform songs from “My Fair Lady.”

Potomac Day is Saturday, Oct. 20 — when the first sounds of the parade commence. Clowns, marching bands, civic organizations, churches and the Potomac Citizen, Youth and Business persons of the year will all be cheered as they ride through the River and Fall Crossroads.

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‘Park After Dark’ Draws Crowds

Fundraiser benefits C&O Canal National Historical Park.

About 230 people came out to the C&O Historic Great Falls Tavern on Saturday, Oct. 13 for a boot-stompin’ fun-filled evening of music, dancing, chili with all the fixins’, experiential auction items and re-enactments of the Civil War — and all for a good cause. They partied to benefit the C&O Canal National Historical Park.

Meet Curious George

Friends of the Library, Potomac chapter, are hosting free family events on Potomac Day, Oct. 20.

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A Finishing Touch

Local designers share tips for choosing finishes when remodeling a kitchen.

When remodeling a kitchen, choosing finishes such as countertop materials and paint colors can be daunting for some. Design experts say there are a few guidelines that can simplify the process.

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Arrangements To Fall For

Creating bouquets that celebrate the bounty of the season.

Create a field-inspired arrangement by sculpting a pumpkin to use as a vase. “Sometimes we will hollow out a pumpkin, put a liner in it and make an arrangement with mums, pretty fall leaves and millet or bittersweet,” said Evelyn Kinville of the Behnke Florist Shop in Potomac.

Saving by Going Greener

Company provides data on costs to run common electrical appliances for consumers, now available at Strosniders.

When Susan Marinelli wanted a new coffee maker, she also wanted to shop at a local store. When Marinelli walked in to Strosniders, she found tags on display, educating consumers about different appliances and the different amounts of energy each one uses.

Potomac Calendar: Oct. 17, 2012

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Brief: Night and Day: Celebrate Fall

Montgomery Parks is offering two family-friendly events on the weekend of Oct. 20-21: Locust Grove Nature Center’s Nocturnal Neighbors Festival and the annual Fall Apple Festival at Brookside Nature Center.

Friday, October 12

“Subjectively Speaking”

In my opinion. It’s what I think. It’s what I feel. It’s what I think I feel. It may not be something I know, but it’s certainly something that I hope I know. And if it’s not exactly something that I know, then I hope it’s something I believe.

Wednesday, October 10

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Bullis Football Beats McNamara, Improves to 5-0

Bulldogs to face 5-1 St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes Saturday.

The Bullis football team defeated Bishop McNamara, 26-3, on Oct. 5.

Wootton’s Hoy Scores 2 Goals in Win Against Whitman

Patriots edge Vikings in overtime.

The Wootton boys' soccer team defeated Whitman in overtime on Oct. 8.

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Potomac School Notes: Oct. 10, 2012

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Bermans Celebrate 10 Years as Owners of Hunter’s Inn

Oct. 24 fundraiser to help young leukemia victim.

Murray and Fred Berman purchased the iconic Potomac “Cheers” bar — Hunter’s Inn — 10 years ago in October 2002. To celebrate their 10th anniversary, the Bermans have elected to donate 15 percent of their profits on Wednesday, Oct. 24 to the non-profit “Living with Childhood Leukemia.”

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‘Activity Rocket’ Launches

Speeding the way to better organization for parents.

Ilene Miller and Lisa Friedlander are busy Bethesda moms who had an innovative idea — and now their inspiration is benefiting scores of families throughout Montgomery County, Washington D.C. and Northern Virginia. “Activity Rocket” has taken off and is soaring.

Military Notes: Oct. 10, 2012

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Bringing Home Colors of Fall

Late-blooming flowers are exploding with orange, yellow, purple and other vivid shades.

“Fall is a great time to plant,” said Claire Seesman of the Potomac Garden Center in Potomac. “There are a lot of fall blooming perennials: Echinacea (also known as purple cone flowers), ornamental fall grasses, mums, pansies, cabbage and kale are huge right now.”

Letter: Harmful Dispute

Please don't let a dispute with the Soccerplex end up destroying a national resource. It is creating nothing but ill-will.

Citizens of the Year

Honorees to be featured at Potomac Day parade on Oct. 20 and chamber ceremony at Normandie Farm in November.

The Potomac Chamber of Commerce named the Potomac citizens of the year this past week. The Citizen of the Year, Youth of the Year, and Businessperson of the Year are scheduled to ride in convertibles in the Potomac Day parade on Oct. 20.

Mock Tragedy or Sober Truth?

Churchill students stage bloody accident to discourage drunk, distracted driving.

Rockville Fire and Rescue personnel covered two Winston Churchill High School students in shrouds last Thursday, Oct 4, at a single car accident scene directly in front of the Potomac school.

‘Bless this Creature’

Mouth open, Noah Bumanis, of Potomac, looked skyward as the Rev. Dr. Ann Laprade placed her hands on his back and blessed him Saturday, Oct. 6 at Potomac United Methodist Church.

Potomac Bulletin Board: Oct. 10, 2012

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Editorial: Cancer Awareness

Success with breast cancer awareness should help other cancers.

October is breast cancer awareness month. Anyone connected to media of any variety already knows this. A massive marketing success, we all know that pink shows support for breast cancer prevention, especially in October.

Potomac Calendar: Oct. 10, 2012

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Classes at VisArt

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Potomac River Jam Returns

On Sunday, Oct. 14, the public is invited to the River Center at Lock 8 to celebrate the Potomac River and C&O Canal with Potomac Conservancy. Activities will begin at 9 a.m. and continue through 4 p.m.

Draw Til You Drop — Benefits Wounded Warrior Project

VisArts invites beginners, skilled and professional artists for a day of creative exploration.

Friday, October 5

Column: “Less Fluid, Most Nodules Stable, Minimal Growth.”

Given how I feel now, three-plus years later, and considering the results of this most recent scan, the future may simply be what it is: not now, but later. At least, that’s the way I see it, subjectively speaking. (Now whether “subjectively speaking” is just a euphemism for “unrealistic” is likely a topic for a “future” column.)

Welcome to ‘Boutiques of House Tour’

Event occurs during annual Potomac Country House Tour.

The “Boutiques of House Tour” will take place in conjunction with the St. Francis annual Potomac Country House Tour, Oct. 13 and 14.

Art Gallery of Potomac Features Scenes by Local Artists

Opening reception planned for Oct. 6.

October at the Art Gallery of Potomac will feature the work of guest artist Susan Gibbs alongside the work of two resident artists, Terri Cunningham and Carol Dyer. The theme for the show is Potomac – Yesterday and Today.

Potomac Country House Tour

St. Francis Episcopal Church will host the 57th annual Potomac Country House Tour, Oct. 13-14.

Thursday, October 4

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Wednesday, October 3

Judge: County Complies Reasonably

More legal proceedings loom in Brickyard farm-to-soccer controversy.

Circuit Court Judge Ronald B. Rubin put the county on a specific timetable earlier this summer to execute a freedom of information request.

Column: A Still Very-Relevant Master Plan

A lot has happened since West Montgomery County Citizens Association’s last General Meeting in May. It has been part of several Circuit Court hearings over the summer on the Brickyard Road School site.

Potomac Bulletin Board: Oct. 3, 2012

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Potomac Calendar: Oct. 3, 2012

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Tuesday, October 2

Pascal Leads Wootton Field Hockey Past Churchill

Rivals each experiencing strong 2012 seasons.

Wootton beat Churchill on Sept. 28 in a matchup of successful field hockey teams.