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This Week in Potomac 11-24-04

TOWN HALL MEETING

Montgomery County Council President Steve Silverman (D) and Md. Sen. Brian Frosh (D-16) and Dels. Bill Bronrott, Marilyn Goldwater and Susan Lee (D-16) will host a town hall meeting to discuss community issues.

The meeting will be Tuesday, Nov. 30, 7:30-9 p.m. at the Bethesda Regional Services Center, 4805 Edgemoor Lane, Bethesda.

For more information call Councilmember Silverman's office at 240-777-7960 or e-mail Silverman@stevesilverman.org.

DPWT HEAD TO SPEAK AT WEST MONTGOMERY

The West Montgomery Citizens Association will hold its next general meeting Wednesday, Dec. 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the Potomac Library.

Arthur Holmes, director of the Montgomery County Department of Public Works and Transportation will be the speaker.

POLICE SEARCH FOR SUSPECT IN EXPOSURE CASES

Montgomery County Police are attempting to identify a suspect involved in a series of indecent exposures, including three in Potomac.

Since Aug. 10, there have been six incidents of indecent exposure involving a suspect with a similar description and common mode of operation. In all of the incidents, the suspect was in a black vehicle and passed the victims one or more times before stopping near them. He then got out of the vehicle, wearing nothing below the waist and exposed himself, then got back into his vehicle and left. He never spoke to or approached any of the victims.

In some of the incidents, the vehicle's license plate was covered with paper.

The Potomac incidents were on Aug. 10 on Gainsborough Road and Candlelight Lane; Aug. 26 on Deborah Drive and Inverness Ridge Drive and most recently Nov. 9 on the 7700 block of Ivy Mount Terrace.

The victim of the most recent incident was a female 9th grade student walking home from Winston Churchill High School.

The suspect is described as a white male with pale skin, 50 to 60 years old, 5'8" to 6'0" tall, with salt and pepper hair. He has sometimes been described as having a beard and wearing glasses. In all the cases, he is wearing only a shirt. In some of the cases he was described as balding.

Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to call the 1st District Investigative Section at 301-279-1602 or the 2nd District Investigative Section at 301-657-0112.

CHILDREN'S ALMANAC

It’s time to send in artwork and other material for the Children’s Almanac. The deadline for artwork and writing is Dec. 3.

The last week of the year, The Potomac Almanac turns its pages over to the children and students of the community. The entire publication will be filled with artwork, poetry, short stories, commentary and photographs produced by local students.

We’ll receive many submissions from teachers who will include artwork from many students. We are also delighted to get submissions from individual students, from students who are home schooled, from nursery schools, from high school students.

We prefer to receive submissions via e-mail or on CD. Send digital photos, scanned artwork or text to PhotoP@connectionnewspapers.com or mail or hand deliver hard-copy material to 7913 Westpark Drive, McLean, VA 22102. Questions? Call 301-983-2600.

VENDORS WANTED

The Potomac Community Center Indoor Flea Market and Community Yard Sale is looking for vendors for the event. The event takes place Saturday, Nov. 20, at the Potomac Community Center, 11315 Falls Road, Potomac, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., with setup at 7:30 a.m. Spaces are 8 feet by 8 feet in the gymnasium. Cost is $25 for each space. For further information and to register, call Linda Barlock at 301-983-4471.

TOYS FOR TOTS DRIVE BEGINS

Ladies Workout Express of Rockville's fitness club in the Traville Village Center is a drop-off point for the Marine Corps' 2004 Toys for Tots Campaign. Area residents may bring new, unwrapped toys to this location at 9743 Traville Gateway Drive, starting Nov. 14. A representative from the Marine Corps will pick up the toys on Dec. 17. For directions and club operating outs, call 301-762-0600.

NOMINATIONS SOUGHT FOR GREENBLATT AWARDS

The Marian Greenblatt Education Fund seeks nominations of veteran and first-year teachers for the 17th annual Marian Greenblatt Excellence in Education awards and the Montgomery County Teacher of the Year award.

The Marian Greenblatt Excellence in Education awards are given annually to Montgomery County teachers whose dedication to excellence the late Marian Greenblatt called “the centerpiece of the education process.” Dr. Greenblatt, a member of the Montgomery County Board of Education from 1976–1984, strove to recognize teachers who excelled in educating students and inspiring other teachers to excel.

The Marian Fund awards each of three veteran teachers $1,000 and the first-year teacher $500. Beginning this school year, one of the three veteran Marian Greenblatt Excellence in Education award winners will be selected by a committee to serve as the Montgomery County Teacher of the Year.

The Montgomery County Teacher of the Year will represent MCPS in the competition for the Maryland Teacher of the Year.

Veteran teacher nominations are due before Jan. 6, 2005, and first-year teacher nominations are due before Feb. 15, 2005. Please mail nominations to Dr. Marshal Greenblatt, Marian Greenblatt Education Fund, 11308 Tara Road, Potomac, Maryland 20854-1349. Marian Greenblatt award winners will be notified in March. Each of the veteran teacher winners must be prepared to enter the awards process for Montgomery County Teacher of the Year, and, if selected, the Maryland State Teacher of the Year.

For additional information about the nomination process, please visit www.greenblatteducationfund.org or e-mail info@greenblatteducationfund.org.

SPECIAL NEEDS LIBRARY SEEKS VOLUNTEERS

The Special Needs Library in Bethesda is looking for volunteers to work with people with learning disabilities to help strengthen their literary and learning skills. Volunteers must be 18 and older and have general and current computer skills. They will use the Kurzweil 3000 software package which, using a computer and scanner, allows printed text to be read aloud to persons with learning disabilities.

A training session for prospective volunteers will be held on Nov. 18 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Special Needs Library, 6400 Democracy Boulevard, Bethesda. Included will be a demonstration of the Kurzweil 3000 software by Envision Technology that will give the volunteers hands on experience.

Due to limited space in the library, registration is required for the training. Call the library at 240-777-0960 or TTY 301-897-2217.