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Things To Do In Winter

Things to do in the winter time.

Many Local Implications in Zoning Rewrite

Four-year project moves from Planning Board to County Council.

Earlier this month when Callum Murray, the county’s chief planner for Potomac, spoke to the West Montgomery County Citizens Association, he told the group that the rewrite of the zoning code was about to move from planning to County Council.

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Save the Soil or Plow Ahead?

Pivotal year ahead in Potomac.

Days before the county was scheduled to take possession of 20 acres of farmland on Brickyard Road to develop the into soccer fields, Gov. Martin O’Malley got involved.

Fireworks In February?

Court of Special Appeals rejects county on Brickyard; legality of school board lease to be argued early next year.

Chief Judge Peter B. Krauser and the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland on Dec. 7, 2012 rejected Montgomery County’s motion that would have allowed moving forward with development of soccer fields on Brickyard Road.

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Potomac River Needs Help

Pollutants identified, solutions mandated for Potomac River with ‘barely passing’ grade.

The Potomac Conservancy released its sixth annual State of the Nation’s River on Nov. 15, handing the Potomac River’s health a “D” or “barely passing grade.”

Time To Wait?

New lawsuit, new proposals, new policies emerge from Brickyard controversy.

After nearly two years of controversy concerning a 20-acre “future school” site on Brickyard Road, some new ideas emerged as Montgomery County Council held a town meeting on Nov. 7 at the Potomac Community Center.

Traffic Lights Evolve

New traffic light at MacArthur and Clara Barton Parkway equipped with small computer.

The new traffic light installed at MacArthur Blvd. and Clara Barton Parkway earlier this month is a smart light.

Moral Obligation Or Old Wounds?

Old roller-hockey rink at community center could be used for adaptive sports.

The county has “moral and legal obligations” to provide opportunities for people with disabilities, Steve Landsman said last week. The county also has a significant resource in the roller hockey rink at the Potomac Community Center. But one resident’s comments showed lack of awareness or understanding of the need.

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Chance for Compromise on Brickyard Site?

County Council calls for hitting “pause button.”

After nearly two years of edict and opposition concerning a 20-acre “future school” site on Brickyard Road, a town hall meeting in Potomac last week with County Council offered a glimmer of hope for advocates of the organic farm.

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New Life for Outdated Rink?

Old roller-hockey rink could be used for adaptive sports.

Last weekend, Mary Cassell and dozens of athletes with disabilities played in this fall’s culminating event for TOPSoccer, an outreach program of soccer for youth with disabilities.

Saving by Going Greener

Company provides data on costs to run common electrical appliances for consumers, now available at Strosniders.

When Susan Marinelli wanted a new coffee maker, she also wanted to shop at a local store. When Marinelli walked in to Strosniders, she found tags on display, educating consumers about different appliances and the different amounts of energy each one uses.

Citizens of the Year

Honorees to be featured at Potomac Day parade on Oct. 20 and chamber ceremony at Normandie Farm in November.

The Potomac Chamber of Commerce named the Potomac citizens of the year this past week. The Citizen of the Year, Youth of the Year, and Businessperson of the Year are scheduled to ride in convertibles in the Potomac Day parade on Oct. 20.

Mock Tragedy or Sober Truth?

Churchill students stage bloody accident to discourage drunk, distracted driving.

Rockville Fire and Rescue personnel covered two Winston Churchill High School students in shrouds last Thursday, Oct 4, at a single car accident scene directly in front of the Potomac school.

Judge: County Complies Reasonably

More legal proceedings loom in Brickyard farm-to-soccer controversy.

Circuit Court Judge Ronald B. Rubin put the county on a specific timetable earlier this summer to execute a freedom of information request.

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Potomac’s October Fest

Potomac Day, Potomac House Tour, Family Fun Fest and more.

Potomac Day, the annual community festival sponsored by the Potomac Chamber of Commerce, is just around the corner. The day-long celebration is scheduled for Saturday Oct. 20 in Potomac Village, kicking off with the annual Potomac Day Parade up River Road to Falls Road at 10:30 a.m.

This Week in Potomac

What's going on in Potomac this week.

Stay to Grow (Restrictions Apply)

Brickyard farm allowed to operate through growing season. Next step: court in September.

Organic farmer Nick Maravell is farming along Brickyard Road on an expired lease. Schools Superintendent Joshua P. Starr made parameters clear in a letter he sent to Maravell on Aug. 17.

Potomac’s Got Talent

Potomac Community Center gears up for its flagship events to start new school year.

The Potomac Community Center will kickoff the new with Potomac’s Got Talent, a new talent show to be held in conjunction with the Potomac Family Fun Fest on Friday, Sept. 28.

This Week in Potomac: Aug.29, 2012

This week in Potomac: First Day of School, Montgomery’s Gold, Flora Singer Elementary, Safety Tips, Honoring Fallen Ranger, Fall Recreation, Great Falls Stewards, Park After Dark, Democracy in Action, Fluent Election Judges, C&O Canal 5K, Get Involved: County Committees and Honoring WWII Veterans.

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Potomac History by the Numbers

Potomac History by the Numbers

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Don’t Miss: 2012-2013 Potomac Event Highlights

2012-2013 Potomac Event Highlights

The Week in Potomac, Aug. 15, 2012

The Week in Potomac: No Referendum?; Honoring WWII Veterans; November Ballot Charter ; Zoning Rewrite Project; Repairs at Angler’s; Fall Recreation; Great Falls Stewards; C&O Canal 5K; Honoring Fallen Ranger; Park After Dark; Democracy in Action; Fluent Election Judges; Get Involved: County Committees

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Residents Blast Pepco

‘It Wasn’t a Sustainable Place To Live’

The Maryland Public Service Commission held the first of eight public hearings across the state this month to ask residents about experiences during the June 29 Derecho Storm. More than 200 citizens attended the public hearing at Montgomery County Council headquarters in Rockville Tuesday, Aug. 7.

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Organic Farmer Sent Packing?

Judge Robert A. Greenberg of Circuit Court issues stay Tuesday, effects unclear.

Editor’s note: As the Almanac headed to press on Tuesday, the effects of two court proceedings and the governor’s opinion cast uncertainty over county plans to take control of the Brickyard organic farm on Aug. 16 to turn it into soccer fields. This story was written Tuesday before the conclusion of the hearings.

Will Maravell Go or Stay?

Organic farmer told to vacate land Aug. 15; challenge to occur in Montgomery County Circuit Court Aug. 14.

The county told Nick Maravell that he must vacate Brickyard Road by Aug. 15 so it can move forward with plans for soccer fields. Maravell asked to stay.

County To Take Over Land; Lawsuits Upcoming

Organic farmer told to vacate Brickyard Road by Aug. 15; county to take possession the next day.

The tongue lashing began in the form of a footnote — the ninth footnote — on page 11 of the State Board of Education’s legal opinion.

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Please Work Together

Judge rejects county’s filing to dismiss Brickyard Coalition complaint.

Like a parent, Circuit Court Judge Ronald B. Rubin intervened. “Don’t delete it, don’t destroy it. We will fight about it … but please do it,” said Judge Rubin. “County, please try to get this done, please,” he said.

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Storms Leave 2 Dead, Power Out

At least two dead in Fairfax; 285,000 residents still without power after Friday night’s hurricane force winds.

Winds of more than 70 miles per hour swept through Fairfax County Friday night. Power went out as the storm blew into the area around 10:30 p.m. with hurricane force winds sounding like a freight train.

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Coping with Storm’s Aftermath

Virtually all homes and businesses were without power in 100 degree heat after intense storm.

Winds more than 70 miles per hour swept through Potomac Friday night, June 29. Power went as the storm blew into Potomac with hurricane force winds sounding like a freight train.

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Garlic Mustard Challenge

Invasive plant threatens forest understory, bird habitat.

The invasive garlic mustard plant has advanced rapidly into the C&O Canal National Historical Park and endangers the ecology of native plants and animals.

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County Awards Brickyard to MSI

Farmland could be turned over for soccer fields in August.

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett officially awarded 20-acres of farmland on Brickyard Road to Montgomery Soccer, Inc. to develop into four soccer fields. MSI will develop the fields under a sublease from the County.

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Churchill Student Honored as Everyday Hero

Teenager honored for saving the life of a cardiac victim on the soccer field.

Duncan Seguin, 16, saved his co-referee’s life at a Labor Day soccer tournament in Olney last fall.

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Emergency Legislation Could Impact Brickyard

County executive and council authority on land disposition to be discussed at Tuesday’s public hearing.

Council President Roger Berliner faced more than 100 angry citizens in January, the day before County Executive Isiah "Ike" Leggett and the county issued a request for proposals to build soccer fields on Brickyard Road.

FOI Request Illuminates Early County Plans

Council prepares legislation to reduce Executive’s power; citizens prepare for $40 million lawsuit.

The County Council introduced emergency legislation Tuesday, March 13 that would require the Council to approve any sale or lease of County property before it becomes final.

‘No Child Left Inside’

2nd generation farmer seeks to continue educational agriculture on Nick’s Organic Farm.

The movement for “No Child Left Inside” encompasses both environmental education and efforts to combat childhood obesity.

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Old Tensions Delay Falls Road Fire House Expansion

Montgomery County declines to fund its share of project.

County Executive Isiah Leggett removed the $7 million renovation and addition project to Cabin John Park Volunteer Fire Department Station No. 30 on Falls Road from his current proposed Capital Improvement Program. What was originally supposed to be a joint project between the county and the Cabin John volunteers is now on hold because of a disagreement over ownership.

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Proposal for Reducing Odor Causes Stink

Construction seeks to eliminate stench from sewer line vents.

Construction along the C&O Canal to help eliminate stench is currently causing a stink. The parking lot at Anglers Inn on MacArthur Boulevard, used by kayakers enjoying the Potomac River as well as runners, hikers and bikers traversing the Billy Goat Trail and towpath, is now filled with construction equipment and no parking signs. The public can’t access the lower lot at this time.

River Road Bike Path Moves Forward

Montgomery County’s Department of Transportation intends to build a 1,200-foot, five-foot wide bike path on the north side of River Road, from Riverwood Drive to River Oaks Lane. The county will need to acquire the land, finalize engineering and begin construction. The target completion date of the $400,000 project is Spring 2013.

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County Shoots For Solution to Deer

Long concerns about deer could shorten safety zone for bow hunters.

Bow hunters have to be precise and accurate, said Mark Eakin, who testified before Montgomery County Council’s Public Safety Committee late last month.

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Long Concerns About Deer Could Shorten Safety Zone For Bow Hunters

County Shoots for Deer Solution

Bow hunters have to be precise and accurate, said Mark Eakin, who testified before Montgomery County Council’s Public Safety Committee late last month.

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Roller Rink Adapts to Need

County hopes to adapt roller hockey rink for accessible sports this fiscal year.

Some of Pam Yerg’s players use crutches and walkers and "struggle through the ruts and grass and the mud" to be part of soccer activities and games

Nation’s River Is ‘Struggling’

Volunteers encouraged to join clean-up effort.

The Potomac River is struggling, according to the Potomac Conservancy’s State of Nation’s River. The Conservancy cites the challenge of protecting the river in a variety of settings in its annual report, which lowered the letter grade given to the health of the river late last year to a "D." Since 2007, the grade has been "D+."

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Appeal Filed over Oaklyn Tennis Bubble

West Montgomery County Citizens Association has formally challenged the Montgomery County Circuit Court ruling that permitted the Potomac Swim and Recreation Association to install and operate its tennis bubble on Oaklyn Drive.

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County Dribbles to Goal

County issues request for proposals for soccer fields on Brickyard Road farm site.

Council President Roger Berliner (D-1) looked to the colorful banners in Potomac Presbyterian Church — "peace, love, joy" — before he alerted more than a hundred angry citizens that Isiah "Ike" Leggett and the county would issue its request for proposals to build soccer fields on Brickyard Road the next day.