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This Week in Potomac

Clothing Drive

The Potomac Community Center is holding its 9th annual clothing drive. The center is seeking donations of clean, reusable clothing and shoes which may be dropped off at the center. Donations will go to the interfaith clothing center for free distribution to needy and at-risk county residents.

Clothing may be dropped off Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday noon-6 p.m. through Jan. 25.

Call 301-983-4471.

Commercial Burglary

Between 7 and 8:10 a.m. on Dec. 31, Slades Restaurant in Montgomery Mall was broken into. Suspects pried off the double front door and took cash.

Residential Burglaries

* Between 12 and 5 p.m. on Dec. 30, 2003, a house on the 13900 block of Natia Manor Drive was broken into. Suspects pried the lock on the door and took a purse, cash, a DVD player and a computer.

* Between 10:33 and 10:38 p.m. on Jan. 4, a house on the 9900 block of Potomac Manor Drive was broken into. Suspects entered the garage but took nothing.

* Between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Jan. 7, a house on the 13200 block of Query Mill Road was broken into. Suspects forced open a door and took a handgun.

Pedestrian Fatality

At approximately 6:45 p.m. on Jan. 9, June Bray, 78 of the 10300 block of Westlake Drive was struck by a UPS van driven by Randal Catzen, 37 of Columbia, Md., Montgomery County Police. Bray was crossing Westlake Drive.

Bray was taken to Suburban Hospital where she died. The County’s Collision Reconstruction Unit is investigating the incident.

Honoring MLK

On Monday, Jan. 19, the Montgomery county Volunteer Center will observe Rev. Martin Luther King’s legacy of service by participating in community service projects. It offers an opportunity to celebrate this “day on — not a day off.” Call the Montgomery County Volunteer Center at 240-777-2600.

Looking for CHAMPS

Montgomery County is seeking citizens who are interested in becoming Community Hazard Awareness and Mitigation Program Safety Advocates and front-line assistants during large emergencies.

Participants will attend seven classes over a three-week period.

At the end of the training period, participants will be able to identify and mitigate hazards to themselves and others at home and work, work with a team in their neighborhoods, maintain a relationship with the agency that sponsors the program, and will be able to set up medical treatment areas and triage and treat victims.

Participants will not suppress large fires, enter heavily damaged structures, cleanup hazardous materials, perform search and rescue operations beyond their level of training.

Participants must be 18 or older. The class if free, but participants are asked to purchase protective equipment such as hard hats, vests, goggles, work gloves and a flashlight.

Attendance at all sessions is mandatory. Sessions are scheduled for Jan. 26, Jan. 28, and Feb. 2, 4, 9, and 11 from 7-9:30 p.m. and Feb. 14 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Register on-line at www.mcfrs.org.

Correction

In the Nov. 26 issue, in our story about the Potomac Chamber of Commerce’s annual awards dinner the name Marilyn Van Degrift was spelled incorrectly. Van Degrift was named co-citizen of the year, along with the entire Potomac Master Plan Advisory Group.