This Week in Potomac 10-26-05

This Week in Potomac 10-26-05


The Montgomery County Council approved a measure Oct. 25 that will give businesses a tax credit for allowing telecommuting.

Under the legislation, businesses could receive a credit against county taxes for computers purchased to let employees telecommute.

The legislation, co-sponsored by Councilmembers Howard Denis (R-1) and Marilyn Praisner (D-4), would pay up to 50 percent of the cost of each personal computer purchased, up to an annual total of $2,000.

Employers must certify that the computers are used for business purposes and that the employees use the computer to work from home at least 78 days per year, or one day a week.

"The promotion of telecommuting is an important part of the County's efforts to relieve traffic congestion," Denis said. "Every employee who works from home represents one less car on our highways."


The George Bacchus Salon in Potomac Village Shopping Center will host a "Beauty and The Cure" fund-raiser during Potomac Day Oct. 29.

Demonstrations, a raffle and silent auction are among activities the salon will be conducting to raise money for the Komen National Race for the Cure Foundation as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Visitors are invited to enjoy free haircut and blow-dry services from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

All proceeds from the raffle and silent auction will go to the Komen National Race for The Cure foundation, as well as a portion of the day's sales in products and services.

"This cause is so close to us in every way," said owner George Bacchus. "The majority of our clients are women. ... Over the years we have witnessed the reality of breast cancer as it has affected our clients and their families, so this is our way of giving back and giving thanks while doing what we do best."


U.S. Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-8th) will host a public forum to discuss the Medicare program, including the prescription drug benefit that will take effect Nov. 15.

The forum will be Tuesday, Nov. 1, 9:30-11 a.m. at the Rockville Senior Center, 1150 Carnation Drive. Experts from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will discuss new benefit and respond to questions from the audience.

Call 301-424-3501.


The Johnson family haunted trail, an annual Halloween tradition in Potomac, will be open Saturday, Oct. 29, 6-9 p.m.

The walking trail features ghosts, ghouls, treats and scary surprises. Refreshments will be served.

As always, there is no charge for admission, but donations will be collected for charity. This year, funds will go to the American Red Cross for hurricane relief.

Note that for the first time the trail will not be open Halloween night.

The location of the haunted forest is 11930 Cragwood Way, off of Glen Road just north of Piney Meetinghouse Road. Call 301-299-9164.


The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission announced plans Monday to expand its managed deer hunt program.

New hunt locations include the Serpentine Barrens Conservation Park and Muddy Branch Stream Valley Park in Potomac as well as the Dry Seneca Stream Valley Park in Poolesville, portions of the Great Seneca Stream Valley Park and North Germantown Greenway Park in Goshen.

This decision follows recommendations from an inter-agency work group commissioned to help reduce deer-related traffic accidents and other negative impacts.

Hunts in Potomac will take place at the Serpentine Barrens and Muddy Branch Parks, and Blockhouse Point Conservation Park (an existing hunt location) Tuesdays Nov. 8 and 22 and Dec. 13.

The parks will be closed from sunrise until sunset those days, and closure notices will be posted.

For more information, visit or call the Commission’s deer information hotline at 301-495-3585.