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This Week in Potomac 10-27-04

T-BONE ACCIDENT ON RIVER ROAD

A late-model Chevrolet Tahoe hit the side of a Chevrolet work van on the 11900 block of River Road at about 6:45 Monday morning. The crash backed up traffic during the early part of the morning rush hour.

Several workmen were in the van, which appeared to be entering the home of Redskins owner Dan Snyder. One was trapped and was extricated by fire and rescue officials.

"These things are becoming more and more dangerous as days go on. ... [They're] absolutely treacherous these days," said Eugene Roesser, Jr., spokesman for Cabin John Park Volunteer Fire Department.

In this case, no serious injuries were reported. "Thankfully it was two vehicles of comparable size," Roesser said.

COMMERCIAL BURGLARY

* Glynn Technologies, 7501 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda, between 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 11 and 9 a.m. on Oct. 12. Pried door lock, took computer equipment and digital cameras.

* Elegant Nails, 7211 Arlington Road. Bethesda, between 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 12 and 8:56 a.m. on Oct. 13. Broke out front window, nothing taken.

RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY

* 5200 block of Duvall Drive in Bethesda, between 2:15 and 2:45 a.m. on Oct. 14. Entered and unlocked side door, took flat screen computer monitor.

VOLUNTEER FOR SAVIE

The Montgomery County Public Schools and the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program are cosponsoring the Senior Adult Volunteers in Education (SAVIE) program during the 2004-2005 academic year. Thirty public schools throughout Montgomery County have requested the service of senior volunteers. Kindergarten through high school students at risk of failing or dropping out of school need support. Volunteers can select the grade or age of students with whom they feel most comfortable working. They can also decide the number of hours they want to volunteer each week (one to four) and which days and times are most suitable.

Volunteer opportunities include tutoring students in reading or math, working with small groups of students as a reading buddy, assisting with a homework club, reading to individual children, assisting with writing workshops, mentoring students, eating lunch once a week with at-risk students, facilitating student book discussions, assisting teachers in the classroom, shelving library books, collecting and distributing program materials, and assisting with special learning events. Volunteers will receive training and ongoing support from the school staff.

SAVIE orientation is Friday, Nov. 5, 2-4 p.m., in Potomac. For additional information, contact the Montgomery County R.S.V.P. Program office at 240-777-2610.

TOWPATH RESURFACING UNDERWAY

The Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park towpath will be resurfaced in Potomac from milepost 14, Olmsted Island area, to milepost 22, Violettes Lock, beginning immediately. According to the National Park Service, the towpath will remain open to the public, but visitors may encounter minor delays, and towpath users are encouraged to use extra caution.

JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER HOSTS BOOK FESTIVAL

A dynamic array of authors are scheduled to speak and sign books at the 35th Annual Book Festival, Nov. 7-14, at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, located at 6125 Montrose Road in Rockville.

This year the festival celebrates its 35th year and there are 35 special events including the second annual cookbook author series, a family cooking demonstration, an Israeli wine tasting, musical programs, two popular lunch and lectures, a Sunday brunch and fashion event, and our most extensive schedule of family and children’s events to date. In addition over 8,000 books, compact discs, audiotapes and videos will be offered for sale.

All events are open to the public. Prices vary, but author lectures start at just $5. Several events are free.

Book festival hours are Sunday through Thursday, November 7-11, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, November 12, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, November 14, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The festival is closed on Saturday.

To volunteer for the Book Festival, call 301-348-3804. For ticket reservations or further information, call the JCC Box Office at 301-348-3805. Visit www.jccgw.org.

GROWING HEALTHY KIDS

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.

The closest meeting to Potomac 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 linda.goldsholl@montgomerycountymd.gov for more information.