This Week in Potomac

This Week in Potomac

Almanac Community Guide

In July, the Potomac Almanac will publish its annual Newcomers and Community guide.

Every year Almanac staff members and interns fan out to ensure that we have up-to-date information, making phone calls and visits to verify material.

We are asking our readers to help with this process. Information from last summer’s community guides is available on our website. We ask that PTAs, clubs, community organizations and others check those listings and let us know if our information is correct. We know there are many more organizations and places of interest in each town than we have included in our community guide, and we welcome input from readers about any club, organization, landmark or service we might have missed.

We welcome, and will print, short letters from readers on what advice they would offer a newcomer to Potomac. What is one thing a newcomer needs to know? Where is the best place to make connections and friends?

Check our website at; then click on “Newcomers,” to see current listings and information.

To make additions, suggestions and corrections, send e-mail to or call Almanac editor and publisher Mary Kimm at 301-983-2600.

Information can be faxed to 703-917-0991 or mailed to The Almanac Community Guide, 10220 River Road, Suite 303, Potomac, Md. 20854.

Potomac Theatre’s Production

The Potomac Theatre Company’s “Chain Links” will finish its run this weekend. The series of one-act plays by local playwrights will be presented at the Bullis School’s Blair Family Center for the Arts. Showtimes are June 20 and 21 at 8 p.m. and June 22 at 2 p.m.

During intermission, there will be a cabaret performance of local vocalists singing pop and broadway songs. Additionally, hand-painted cloths covering the cabaret tables depicting theatre-related scenes will be available by silent auction. Call 301-299-8571.

July 4 Run to Cure Autism

The Cure Autism Now 5K will take place on Thursday, July 4 at the Potomac Library at the intersection of River and Falls roads. Pre-race warmup will begin at 7:30 a.m., the 5-kilometer road race at 8 a.m. and the one-mile fun walk at 8:05 a.m. Register online for $18 at through July 1, or register by mail for $20 through June 27. Make checks payable to Cure Autism Now and mail to Cure Autism Now of the Mid-Atlantic, 7731 Tuckerman Lane, Box 147, Potomac, MD 20854. Volunteers are also needed; no experience necessary. Call 301-419-8198 or visit

Residential Burglaries

  • Potomac, Between May 26 and 11 a.m. on May 31, a house on the 11500 block Broad Green Drive was broken into. Suspects entered through an open garage door and took golf equipment.
  • Between 8:45 a.m. and 1 p.m. on May 30, a house on the 10800 block Hob Nail Court was broken into. Suspects entered through an open garage door and removed a bicycle.
  • Between 3 p.m. on June 4 and 2:30 a.m. on June 5 a house on the 10900 block of Bells Ridge Drive was broken into. Suspects entered through the garage, and a remote was taken.
  • Between 10:30 p.m. on May 30 and 10 a.m. on June 3 a house on the 5000 block of Wyandot Court was broken into. The door was opened, and a remote was taken.
  • Between 1 a.m. and 6 p.m. on May 30, a house on the 5100 block of Brookview Drive was broken into. The lock was twisted. A purse and its contents and 1998 Ford Expedition, burgundy, with Maryland registration M614975 were taken.
  • Between 10 p.m. on May 30 and 5:50 a.m. on May 31 a house on the 5100 block of Westpath Way was broken into. The window was pried. It is unknown what was taken.
  • Between 11 p.m. on June 3 and 7:10 a.m. on June 4, a house on the 5700 block of Rockmere Drive was broken into. Suspects climbed in through the rear window. A camcorder, camera, keys, briefcase and 2000 Mercedes Benz were taken.

Commercial Burglary

Between 6:45 p.m. on May 27 and 9:10 a.m. on May 28, Potomac Nails at 9812 Falls Road was broken into. The front door was broken, currency was taken.


Montgomery County Public Schools have released next year’s revised school calendar. Some staff professional days have been canceled in order to accommodate some budget reductions. The first day of school for the 2003-04 year is Aug. 26. The last day is scheduled for June 15. Visit for a complete schedule.

Volunteers Needed

Bethesda’s Imagination Stage is seeking a variety of volunteers. Individuals are needed to help as an office assistant, archiver, administrative support, or usher during performances. Call 240-777-2600.

Ride-On Fare Hike

On June 29, Ride-On bus fares will increase, and are set to coincide with Metro bus fares.

The base fare will go up to $1.20, and off-peak fares will be eliminated. The bi-weekly pass will go up to $12, and a 20-trip ticket will go up to $13.

Ride-On will continue to offer a youth pass for $10 per month and a summer pass for $15 that is good for June, July and August.

A half-price fare of 60 cents for elderly riders and people with disabilities will remain in effect.

The Bethesda 8 and VanGo shuttles will remain free. The National Capital Region One Day Pass will be raised to $3 and transfers from Metro rail and bus will be discounted, when boarding Ride-On at a Metro station the fare will be 35 cents.

Civic Associations

The Park and Planning Commission is updating its registry of civic associations. All civic associations should keep the planning commission updated so that they may better notify neighborhood of important events. Call 301-495-4600 any time of the day or night and leave a message containing the current president’s name, address and phone number.

Weed Warriors

The M-NCPPC has created the Weed Warrior program to educate those willing to help control invasive plants in Montgomery County. Weed Warrior volunteers receive a short training session from the M-NCPPC Forest Ecologist in the identification of, removal and control techniques for alien invasive plants. Weed Warriors can then work at their own pace and choose a schedule that best suits them.

The over-growth of non-native invasive plants in parks has become a region-wide problem in recent years. They have been introduced into an environment in which they did not evolve and thus are free of the vast and complex array of natural controls present in their native lands (including herbivores, parasites, and pathogens) that might limit their reproduction and spread.

Training is on June 22 for 2-4 p.m. To register, contact Ray Ciesinski at or 703-346-8777 (cell).

The Nominees Are …

The Potomac Chamber of Commerce is starting its search for nominees for Businessperson of the Year, Citizen of the Year and Youth of the Year for 2003.

These awards are given annually by the Potomac Chamber of Commerce and are presented annually at the Potomac Day Parade, this year scheduled for Oct. 25.

Businessperson of the year must work or do business in Potomac (20854 zip code), be a member of the Potomac Chamber and must have benefited the community. Citizen of the year can be a private citizen or organization that has benefited the local, regional or national community. Youth of the year must live or attend high school in Potomac. Youths must be nominated by their school principals or counselors.

Nomination forms and guidelines may be obtained from Fred Goldman 301-294-0007, fax 301-294-9055. The deadline for entries is Sept. 26.