This Week in Potomac

This Week in Potomac

Garden Center Approved

The Good Earth Garden Center, at the corner of Falls and Glen roads was granted unanimous approval by the Board of Appeals on June 25.

The center has been seeking a modification to its special exception to expand its operations, construct some new facilities, offer expanded hours and hire some more staff.

The center had also sought approval to sell produce, but that request was denied by the board.

“They are free to re-apply,” said Norman Knopf, attorney for the center.

The owners could not be reached for comment before The Almanac’s Monday press deadline.

The sale of produce had been one of the sticking points which prompted the review process which began last December.

The center had been selling produce, but had not realized that they were not allowed to do so.

The center had recently changed owners, and neighbors praised the new owners for cleaning up the site.

Good Earth will now apply for building permits sometime in the fall.

Commercial Burglaries

* Mohican Swimming Pool at 7117 MacArthur Boulevard was broken into at 10:15 p.m. on June 19. Suspects climbed in the window and took tee shirts and food.

* Simply Wireless at 7101 Democracy Boulevard was broken into between 9:40 p.m. on June 21 and 10:30 a.m. on June 22. Kiosk cabinet locks were pried and phones were taken.

Residential Burglaries

* Between 8:45 and 8:50 a.m. on June 18, a house on the 5600 block fo Namakagan Road in Bethesda was broken into. The door was broken through, nothing was taken.

* Between June 19 and 1:19 p.m. on June 22, a house on the 7200 block of MacArthur Boulevard was broken into. The door was broken through, nothing was taken.

* Between 8:20 a.m. and 10:26 a.m. on June 18, a house on th 6500 block of Bannockburn Drive was broken into. A window was pried and clothing, computer equipment, currency, jewelry and a Playstation II video game console were taken.

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 at Potomac Promenade (next to Potomac Pizza, 9812 Falls Road, Potomac) 5-7 p.m. on July 3; or at Potomac Library 7-7:45 a.m. on July 4. 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 sought; no experience necessary. Call 301-419-8198 or visit

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.

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.

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.


<bt>In the June 18 issue of the Potomac Almanac, we incorrectly identified the workplace of murder victim Lydia Medina as Potomac Hair Design. Medina was an employee of the George Bacchus Salon.

The Almanac offers sincere apologies to Potomac Hair Design for the error. Medina worked in Potomac and was killed by Mich in Germantown. Mich was convicted of her murder on June 16 ans is scheduled for sentancing on Sept. 16.