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This Week in Potomac

Family FunFest

The Potomac Community Center is hosting a Family FunFest on Sept. 20 from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. There will be a moonbounce, obstacle course, and many other carnival games. The Center will also have face painting, a DJ, spin art, tae kwon do, clowns, and alot more.

The cost is $6 for an all day unlimited ride and game ticket.

From 5-8 a family bingo night will be held. Many prizes will be offered including Club Friday memberships. One bingo booklet costs $5 will allow attendees to play between 15-20 games.

All proceeds will benefit programs at the Potomac Community Center. Call 301-983-4471.

Power Inquiry

The Maryland Public Service Commission will be hearing resident’s concerns about the recent power outage, and other power problems. A public meeting has been scheduled for Sept. 18 at 7:30 p.m. at Jones Lane Elementary School, 15110 Jones Lane, Gaithersburg.

Speakers are not required to register prior to the event.

Two Teens Found

Two more of the four teens who left from a Rockville treatment facility without authorization have been found, but former Whitman student Claire Satter is still missing.

Satter and three other juveniles, Amanda Pierotti, 16 of Rockville, Joseph Jenkins, 15 of Frederick and Henry Washington, 17 of Clinton escaped form the facility on Aug. 19.

Washington was found on Aug. 29 in Baltimore. Pierotti and Jenkins were both found on Sept. 3, also in Baltimore. All three have been returned to the facility.

Detectives believe that Satter is still in the Baltimore area. She is described as a white female, 5 feet 7 inches and 130 pounds with red hair and blue eyes. Anyone with information is asked to call 240-773-5400.

AGP Education

On Sept. 13, the County Council will hold an education session about the Annual Growth Policy (AGP). The AGP governs the amount of development allowed in the county from year-to-year. This spring, the Park and Planning Commission, at the request of the County Council, engaged in a wholesale revision of the AGP.

Park and Planning’s proposal included a substantial tax on new developments, coupled with a growth cap.

The County Council will now begin the process of discussing the proposal and are scheduled to adopt a version of it this fall.

Residential Burglary

Between 8 p.m. on Aug. 26 and 9 a.m. on Aug.. 27 a house on the 11300 block of Gainsborough Road was broken into. The rear door was unlocked and a leaf blower was taken.

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.

Service Academies

U. S. Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-8) announced that his office is accepting applications from students in the Eighth Congressional District, which includes Potomac, for nominations to one of the uniformed service academies.

The academies for which nominations will be made are the United States Naval Academy, United States Military Academy, United States Air Force Academy, and the United States Merchant Marine Academy.

Applications may be obtained in person or by writing to Van Hollen’s office at 51 Monroe Street, Suite 507, Rockville, MD 20850. Those requesting an application are asked to include a brief biography and some information to allow the office to open a file on the applicant.

Completed applications and supporting materials must be postmarked or hand-delivered to the Rockville Office by Friday, Oct. 17. Call (301) 424-3501.

Mentoring Conference

The Task Force On Mentoring of Montgomery County is sponsoring its 12th annual mentoring conference.

The breakfast event is scheduled for Oct. 2 from 8:30-10 a.m. at the Johns Hopkins Academic and Research Building, 9601 Medical Center Drive, Rockville.

This year’s theme is “Mentoring in Challenging Times.” Keynote speakers are Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Katherine Savage and Fred Evans, former principal of Gaithersburg High School.

There is a $15 registration fee. Call 301-330-0330 by Sept. 30.

Volunteers Needed

The Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services is seeking people interested in assisting sexual assault victims and their families.

Volunteers provide 24-hour crisis assistance at county hospitals and police stations.

All volunteers must attend a training program and agree to a 12-month commitment. Volunteers must have a driver’s license and access to transportation. Call 240-777-1355.