This Week in Potomac 10-06-04

This Week in Potomac 10-06-04


The Montgomery County Civic Federation is sponsoring a debate on Ballot Question C, which would change the composition of the Montgomery County Council.

Currently the council is made up of five members elected by district and four members elected at large by all the voters of the county. Question C proposes to change the structure so that all of the council members are elected by district.

The debate will take place Monday, Oct. 11 at 7:45 p.m. in the third floor hearing room of the County Council Office Building, 100 Maryland Ave., Rockville.

Council president Steve Silverman (D-at large) will argue against the measure and council member Phil Andrews (D-3) will argue for it.


Winston Churchill student Jordan Silberman and his friends have started a project to recycle used cellphones to raise funds for breast cancer research.

The students will collect used, working cell phones at the Churchill home football games on Friday October 8, 15 and 29. A collection box will also be placed in the Churchill High School mail room at 11300 Gainsborough Road.

Silberman is working with Recycle for Breast Cancer, a national organization that helps turn used cell phones, printers and other items into money to fight breast cancer.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

For information contact Jordan Silberman at 301-251-1963 or For information on Recycle for Breast Cancer, visit


Costumed park rangers and volunteers will reenact 11 historic tragedies during a lantern-lit walking tour on Saturday, Oct. 23, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center at C&O Canal National Historical Park in Potomac. Reservations are required.

The actors will guide visitors along the towpath, where tragedies which befell people living along the canal will be portrayed. Visitors will encounter frightening scenes, including those that took place during the Civil War.

Each tour will last approximately one hour. Visitors are encouraged to wear good walking shoes and bring a flashlight. Fees are $6 for adults and $4 for seniors, ages 62 and older, and children, ages 4 to 14. Children under 4 are free, but parents are advised that some scenes may be too intense for young children.

To make reservations, contact the visitor center at 301-767-3714 or 301-299-3613.


On Sept. 25, at 8:40 p.m., a 22-year-old Bethesda woman was the victim of an armed robbery while another 22-year-old woman, also from Bethesda, was the victim of an aggravated assault, according to police reports. Both victims were walking in the 7500 block of Woodmont Ave. when the suspect, a black male, 20-30 years old, 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighing 210 to 215 pounds, with a goatee, wearing a plain black shirt, blue jeans, baseball cap approached both victims and displayed a gun, police said. After obtaining cash and credit cars, the suspect fled on foot east bound on Edgemoor Lane, said police.


Cabin John Park Volunteer Fire Department will hold its annual open house at station 10 on River Road on Sunday, Oct. 10, from noon to 5 p.m.


A Bethesda Artist Market is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 10, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. The events feature artwork and crafts for sale by local and regional artists who were selected by artists from the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District Advisory Committee. The Bethesda Artist market is free to the public and takes place in the Bethesda Place Plaza located at 7700 Wisconsin Ave. Visit, or call 301-215-6660.


The Board of Education will have a community forum on Oct. 7 as part of a new process to involve the public in the early stages of the development of the school system's operating budget. The meeting will provide an opportunity for the public to give input about the future of MCPS through its annual update of the strategic plan and to discuss budget issues related to the plan. The forum is scheduled for 7-10 p.m., in the auditorium of the Carver Educational Services Center at 850 Hungerford Drive, Rockville.

<sh>County Council Meeting on Ambulance Fees

<bt>The County Council will hold a public hearing on the County Executive's proposal for an Emergency Medical Services Transport Fee on Tuesday, Oct. 19, at 7 p.m., in the County Council Building, 100 Maryland Ave., Rockville, in the Seventh Floor Council Chamber.

Those wishing to testify on the proposal should call 240-777-7931.


George Leventhal, chair of Montgomery County Health and Human Services, invites parents, school staff, students, community and business leaders, and health professionals are invited to “Growing Healthy Kids: Taking Action — Making Changes,” meetings dedicated to identifying strategies to improve nutrition and fitness in our community, child care settings, schools, clubs and organizations.

Meetings will run from 7-9 p.m. Nov. 17, Suburban Hospital, 8600 Old Georgetown Rd., Bethesda.

Call Linda Goldsholl at 240-777-1701 or e-mail for more information.


* Tally-Ho Restaurant, 9923 Fall Road, Potomac, between 9:15 p.m. on Sept. 20 and 7 a.m. on Sept. 21. Broke out front door glass, took U.S. currency.

* Country Squire Cleaners, 9919 Falls Road, Potomac, between 9:15 p.m. on Sept. 20 and 7 a.m. on Sept. 21. Broke rear window pane, attempt only.

* Fortune Garden, 9812 Falls Road, Potomac, between 11:30 p.m. on Sept. 20 and 7:30 a.m. on Sept. 21. Broke through front door, took U.S. currency.

* Michelle Fill and Associates Inc., 4915 Auburn Ave., Bethesda, on Sept. 23, between 11 and 11:10 p.m. Broke out window, took flat screen monitor.

* The Ruth Cos., 4915 Auburn Ave., Bethesda, on Sept. 23, between 7:25 and 11 p.m. Broke out window, took flat screen monitors.


* 900 block of Wade Avenue, Rockville, on Sept. 24, between 2 and 6 a.m. Pried open lock on shed, took power tools and lawn maintenance equipment.

* 4100 block of Sampson Road in Rockville, on Sept. 24, between 6:45 and 10:45 p.m. Pried open window, took computer and jewelry.

* 9200 block of Pegasus Court in Potomac, on Sept. 27, between 6 a.m. and 11:30 p.m. Kicked in front door, took jewelry.

12500 block of Village Square Terrace in Rockville, on Sept. 27, between midnight and 8:30 a.m. Entered unlocked door, took DVDs and keys.

* 9100 block of Kendale Road on Sept. 20. Possibly used key, took electronic equipment.