November 20: This Week in Potomac

November 20: This Week in Potomac

<sh>Bone Marrow Drive

<bt>Would-be bone marrow donors will have another chance to sign up locally. An additional bone marrow drive for Dani Shotel, a 26-year-old special education teacher is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 5 at the Washington Hebrew Congregation, 3935 Macomb St., N.W., Washington, D.C., from 6-9:30 p.m.

Shotel is a past graduate of Wootton High School who is diagnosed with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia.

More than 300 people attended last week's drive at Temple Beth Ami, in Rockville.


<sh>Potomac Burglaries

<bt>According to police reports:

Jewelry was taken from a residence in the 8700 block of Criderbrook Way in Potomac, between 5:55 p.m. and 9:55 p.m. on Nov. 8. Burglars pried open the front door.

* Burglars pried open the front door of a residence in the 9200 block of Potomac School Drive in Potomac, between 6 a.m. on Nov. 6 and 7 p.m. on Nov. 7. Nothing was taken.

<sh>Dinner of Champions

<bt>Jason Pinsky, a junior at Churchill High School, and Carly Paige Foxman-Rosin, a senior at Wootton high school, will both be honored at the 11th annual Greater Washington, D.C. Jewish Sports Hall of Fame Dinner of Champions.

Pinsky, a tennis player, and Rosin, a soccer goalie, will receive the Phillip D. Perlo Award on Saturday, Nov. 23 at the JCC, 6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville.

The dinner is held each year to induct new members into the Greater Washington, D.C. Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.

The 2002 inductees include: Larry Bulman, Al Dugoff, Ron Goldman, Buddy Myer, Len Shapiro, Bert Sugar, Sy Wagman and Stephen Zack.

Aviva Kempner, producer of the documentary film, "The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg," will receive the Special Achievement Award.

All proceeds benefit the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington's programs for individuals with disabilities.


<sh>Picasso in Town

<bt>Picasso is coming to the Bindeman Center.

The Washington Hebrew Congregation will hold a fundraising art auction at the Bindeman Center, 11810 Falls Road, on Saturday, Nov. 23.

Preview of the art begins at 7:30 p.m. and the auction begins at 8:30 p.m.

The auction includes approximately 150 works by national, international and lesser known artists in all price ranges, subjects and media. Some artists include: Picasso, Tarkay and Peter Max. There will also be sports memorabilia, sculpture, art glass and estate jewelry.

Proceeds will benefit the scholarship fund and special school programming for Washington Hebrew Congregation Rabbi Joseph Weinberg Early Childhood Center and Primary School at the Julia Bindeman Center.

Tickets are $10 per person or $15 per couple, or $15 and $20 at the door.

For ticket information, call 301-279-7505.

<sh>Construction Fatalities

<bt>Three construction workers were killed and one was injured after a partial collapse of a parking lot under construction on the afternoon of Nov. 15, according to police reports. Eleven members of the construction crew from Buckner Steel Erection in Graham, N.C. escaped safely from the collapse of the garage, which borders Twinbrook Parkway and Fishers Lane in Rockville. Carl Gene Fisher, Hubaldo Medina Andrade and Jose Ramierez of North Carolina were pronounced dead at the scene. Another man, who had life-threatening injuries, was taken to Suburban Hospital for treatment. Montgomery County Police will continue the investigation.

<sh>Inauguration Ceremony

<bt>The public is invited to attend the Inauguration Ceremony for the county executive and members of the Montgomery County Council on Monday, Dec. 2 at 11:15 a.m. The ceremony will be held at Richard Montgomery High School, 250 Richard Montgomery Drive, Rockville. Admission is free of charge, but tickets are required for admission.

Call 240-777-2529 or e-mail

<sh>Sentencing Hearing

<bt>Sentencing hearing for Margery Landry, 48, of Bethesda has been postponed for Dec. 17, 2002. Landry entered a plea of guilty on Sept. 23 to one count of first-degree assault, one count of first-degree burglary, one count of use of a handgun in a felony or crime of violence, one count of reckless endangerment and one count of obliterating the serial number on a firearm.

Landry's co-defendant, Elsa Newman, was convicted by a Montgomery County Circuit Court jury on Aug. 6 on one count of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, one count of attempted first-degree murder, one count of first-degree assault, one count of first-degree burglary and one count of use of a handgun in a felony or crime of violence. Sentencing for Newman is scheduled for Dec. 18, 2002.


<bt>Pattie Ferrell's name was mispelled in this week's gift guide, which was published before this week's edition of The Almanac. Ferrell is the owner of Ferrell's Specialty Gifts in the Potomac Promenade in the Village.

<sh>Children’s (and Teens’) Almanac

<bt>Every year between Christmas and New Years, the Potomac Almanac turns its pages over to the contributions of local students.

Artwork, photography, poetry, opinions, short stories and reflections have been featured in previous issues.

We welcome contributions from public schools, private schools and students who are home schooled. Past contributions have come from children from nursery school through high school. Sometimes an art or English teacher will assign a project and submit the work of an entire class. Often, the thoughtful and emotional contribution of a teenager will reach readers on many levels.

Mail or deliver contributions by Dec. 7, The Potomac Almanac, 10220 River Road, Suite 303, Potomac, Md. 20854. E-mail to Please be sure to include the student’s name, age, grade, school and town of residence along with each submission.

For information, call 301-983-2600.


<bt>The Potomac Almanac’s first issue of 2003 will include a look at the year 2002, plus a look at the top issues for the coming year.

We invite short contributions from the community on any topic appropriate to reflections on a year past and a new year on its way — that is to say almost anything.

Please keep contributions under 300 words. We also welcome photographs.

Mail or delivery contributions by Dec. 7 to The Potomac Almanac, 10220 River Road, Suite 303, Potomac, MD 20854. E-mail to

Please be sure to include name, a phone number for verification and town of residence with each submission.

For information, call 301-983-2600.

<sh>Donate, Ride Free

<bt>Ride On bus passengers will receive free bus rides from Saturday, Nov. 16 through Sunday, Nov. 24 by donating canned or non-perishable food on any bus trip during the Ride On's 16th Annual "Give and Ride" food drive.

Food collection bags will be placed near the fare box on all Ride On buses.

Residents who do not ride the bus but wish to donate food can participate by giving food donations to a bus operator at any Ride On bus stop, or by donating food to the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Services Center, 4805 Edgemoor Lane, Bethesda. Checks to the Manna Food Center will also be accepted.

All food donations will be sent to Manna Food Center, a non-profit organization that distributes food to the county's neediest residents.

<sh>Hunger Drive

<bt>Manna Food Center also started its 16th annual Thanksgiving Hunger Drive, a campaign to raise funds to provide food to the county's hungry.

In 2002, Manna will serve almost 60,000 individuals, including 15,000 families in Montgomery County. Those using Manna's services include people in low-wage jobs, the elderly, the unemployed and residents of shelters and low-income housing. More than half (55 percent) of those receiving food are children.

Manna Food Center is located at 614 Loftstrand Lane, Rockville, MD 20850. Call 301-424-1130.

<sh>Access General Plan

<bt>Versions of Montgomery County's General Plan as well as current master plans and sector plans are available to be downloaded at, the Montgomery County Park and Planning web site.

Montgomery County's General Plan, "On Wedges and Corridors," was recognized as a national model in land use planning when it was adopted in 1964.

The General Plan lays broad goals and objectives for planning in Montgomery County, which are implemented through area-specific master plans and sector plans.

The 2001 Potomac Master Plan was approved by the County Council and Park and Planning Commission. This fall, Council is expected to approve the sector plan that accompanies the Master Plan.

Call 301-495-4600.

<sh>Civic Associations

<bt>The Planning Board's Community Relations Office is updating its civic and homeowners associations database. Call 301-495-4600 any time of the day or night with the current president's name, address and phone number.

<sh>Horse News

<bt>The Maryland Horse Industry Board is accepting grant applications for projects that promote the state's equine industry.

Projects will be considered in the area of education, research and marketing. Projects have ranged from educational materials, displays and seminars, horse care education for new horse owners, materials for new horse facilities and a museum exhibit on the history of thoroughbred racing in Maryland.

Proposals are due by Feb. 1, 2003. Grant recipients will be notified of their award within 90 days of submission.

See or call 410-841-5861.