Haiti boy finds home with Freishstat family.
Five-year-old Luke Freishstat is exuberant — about his two older brothers and mom and dad, his classes at Georgetown Hill Elementary, his new friends, his new home in Potomac — but particularly about his chocolate Lab.
Chamber names its three honorees.
What better way to celebrate Potomac's honorees for the Citizen of the Year, Youth of the Year and Business Leader of the Year than riding at the head of the Potomac Parade — and recognition at Potomac Day 2016?
Annual parade, classic car show, music and rides returns Oct. 22.
What’s more fun than a parade, clowns and candy? Scurrying up a climbing wall? Sliding down inflatable slides? Riding a pony, petting an alpaca, or cuddling a pig? Listening to music and nibbling Potomac Pizza’s pizza on a beautiful fall day? Checking out an exquisite 1957 T-Bird or a snazzy Impala from the 1960s? Oct. 22 is Potomac Day 2016 — and Potomac residents are already anticipating the excitement of the annual family day.
Raising funds locally for local needs.
See a problem – solve a problem. That’s how the “100 Women Who Care” movement started.
Formerly known as Potomac Pilates.
Ten years ago, Reina Offut Pratt launched the first Potomac Pilates studio in a tiny space next to Big Wheel Bikes in the back of the Potomac Village Shopping Center. She was the first in the area to feature Pilates on a reformer.
“Night at the Yards” to benefit foundation.
“This past year, ‘Living Classrooms’ touched the lives of 35,000 children and young adults who are struggling to succeed against terrible odds,” said Potomac native Thara Taylor, vice president of development for the Living Classrooms Foundation.
Sharing lessons on the value of family.
“I always wanted to be a Dad and my son is the most important person in my life. He is the one who convinced me to speak before you and tell you the impact that Adoptions Together has made on our lives.” said Marc Blumenstein. He recounted the story of the adoption of his son Zachery — now a college student studying in Europe — as photos were displayed before the sell-out crowd at the “Taste in Potomac” Saturday evening.
Fundraiser to benefit Jewish Coalition Against Domestic Abuse.
Have a friend or family member who cancels and changes plans often, has unexplained injuries, apologizes and makes excuses for her or his partner’s behavior, is excessive in calling and texting their partner or has sudden changes in mood or personality? Perhaps the friend is overly anxious, guilty, defensive, depressed and feeling helpless and hopeless. Perhaps she or he is intentionally seeking isolation from friends, family or activities.
From jazz to storytelling.
Jay Gatsby, Daisy Buchanan, and the glorious, decadent Roaring Twenties described in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 novel “The Great Gatsby” will come alive on Friday, Sept. 23 at the Potomac Library. The event, beginning at 4 p.m. will include jazz music from the Gatsby era, storytelling, readings from the book and a viewing of the movie.
The dog days of summer hopefully ended last week with hot steamy days touching the 100 degree mark.
From 20th anniversary of Chinese Immersion to enrichment programs.
Potomac schools, rated among the best in Montgomery County and in the United States, have welcomed students back for another challenging year of education.
My Gym and Zumba offer “Free Family and Fit Party.”
One in three American children and teens is overweight or obese, according to the American Heart Association (AHA).
Expect a few shrieks at Go Ape.
Many have most-likely shrieked a howling Tarzan scream when leaping from a high rock, swinging wildly on a rope, or climbing as high as possible up a tree — and then jumping.
National honor for local rabbi.
In 1988, Rabbi Stuart Weinblatt and his wife Symcha founded Congregation B’Nai Tzedek (CBT) with a few friends, a lot of prayers and many common goals.
Seven Locks Elementary School students pay tribute to 100th anniversary of U.S. National Parks.
Each class at Seven Locks Elementary School looks forward to field trips to the C&O Canal. They study the ecosystem, gain an understanding of the history and the economics, experience the fun of dressing up in the clothing worn by the lock keepers and families who lived on the canal boats, meet the mules and take a ride on the General Jubal T. Early canal boat. They learn to love and appreciate the nearby C&O Canal through their school’s collaborative educational partnership with the National Park Service (NPS).
Business began in effort to help her mother.
“If you asked me 10 years ago what I'd be doing today, I don't think making natural skincare products would have been on my short-list, or even on my long-list for that matter,” said Potomac’s Renan Kennedy.
Opted for tennis over law.
Frank Hatten began his career in tennis in 1976 at Bethesda Country Club (BCC) with five outdoor asphalt tennis courts, an 800-square foot tennis shack and a pay phone.
Working in a vacation spot.
This summer, one lucky Potomac family will have the opportunity to travel to northern Spain to hike, and explore, practice their Spanish, enjoy the mountains and assimilate into the culture. However, it’s not all about pleasure ….
Seeking to raise $250,000 for research.
Independence Day commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring the 13 American colonies a new nation.
... and all Vietnam War veterans.
Retired Navy Captain Michael Cronin graduated in 1963 from the Naval Academy from pilot training in Cecil Field, Fla. in 1965.
Still time to volunteer.
On Sunday, June 5, the fields of Avenel’s Community Park will come alive with the squeals, grunts, cheers and high-fives of more than 500 athletes vying in tug-of-wars, kick-ball, volleyball and obstacle course challenges. The KEEN (Kids Enjoy Exercise Now) Sportsfestival 2016 is an annual afternoon of activities and games for children and young adults with disabilities, their volunteer coaches, family members and supporters.
New law, cousin’s death inspires effort.
Churchill junior Noah Perales “a-ha” moment came as he was engaged in reading about Breanna’s Law in The Washington Post. He read that Maryland ninth-grade students will be required to learn CPR as a graduation requirement.
Event organized by Bullis KEEN Club members.
For the past two years, Bullis students Carly Morgan and Sabrina Epstein have changed the lives of numerous KEEN (Kids Enjoy Exercise Now) athletes and their parents, as well as those of many Bullis students. Sabrina and Carly founded the Bullis KEEN Club, searching for students to volunteer their time every other Sunday to meet with KEEN participants with special needs.
Potomac United Methodist Church hosts fundraiser event.
Spring has arrived and it is once again time for the Potomac United Methodist Church (PUMC) Strawberry Festival.
Bells Mill students to compete in Odyssey of the Mind World Finals.
Next week, the Rhino Team, composed of seven fifth-graders from Bells Mill Elementary School, will board a plane to Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, determined to capture victory in the 2016 Odyssey of the Mind (OotM) World Finals competition.
“The Humane Economy: How Innovators and Enlightened Consumers are Transforming the Lives of Animals”
"There's no shortcut to long-term reform," said Wayne Pacelle, president of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and author of a New York Times’ best-selling novel, “The Humane Economy: How Innovators and Enlightened Consumers are Transforming the Lives of Animals.”
Interaction of show tunes and religion at St. James.
Broadway songs emanated from St. James Episcopal Church on Monday, April 18, when members of the cast of the Jersey Boys National Tour and the St. James Chancel Choir came together to perform tunes from Broadway musicals.
Volunteers complete clean-up.
On a rainy and cold Saturday, April 23, more than 100 volunteers braved the elements for Canal Pride Day at the C&O National Historical Park at Great Falls.
Park staff and volunteers install replacement.
Walkers, bikers, hikers, birdwatchers — and all who love the C&O Canal Towpath — will appreciate the new bridge over the canal at Marsden Tract near the intersection of MacArthur and Brickyard roads.
Joining in a mom’s battle.
Seventh-grader Sam Benaim didn’t know a lot about colon cancer until his mom, Michelle was diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer. Life as the family had previously known it totally changed to focus on supporting Michelle Benaim in her fight.
Authentic Jewish-style deli returns but in new site.
“We’re back,” said Potomac Village Deli owner Adam Greenberg.
Current and former members of Potomac Tennis Club share memories.
Since 1977, Potomac Tennis Club (PTC) has been teeming with enthusiastic tennis players from 6 in the morning until 10 at night — seven days a week throughout the year. Thirty-seven years of close friendships, serious competitions and meaningful memories were celebrated by more than 160 current and former members on Friday evening, April 15.
6th annual 5K run/walk returns April 17.
Potomac will come alive on Sunday, April 17 as more than 400 runners and walkers await the starting gun and then leap forward to sprint or stroll in the 6th Annual “Tiger Trot.” The 5K run/walk, sponsored by the Connelly School of the Holy Child, benefits the Cabin John Park Volunteer Fire Department as well as the wellness and fitness programs at the school.
Sasha Berman to display fused glass.
“Glass is interesting because it moves between liquid and solid stage and can be manipulated into beautiful pieces of art,” said Potomac’s Sasha Berman. Three years ago, she attended a class at Seattle’s Chihuly Museum in glass-blowing and became fascinated with the unique properties and malleability of glass. She spent a year experimenting with an array of methods for working with glass, choosing fused glass as the medium for her bowls and plates. Berman will exhibit her pieces this coming weekend — April 15, 16 and 17 — at the Sugarloaf Craft Festival in Gaithersburg.
10 tips for exercising after a winter’s delay.
The minute the weather edges up over the 60s and sunshine abounds, streets and sidewalks are crammed with bikers, joggers, walkers, strollers — everyone thinking about fitness and squeezing into spring clothes and swimsuits after a winter of sitting on the couch. However, to launch a springtime exercise routine, one needs to consider a number of factors.
Neil Currie crafts “The Stanstead Incident.”
“I hated to see my words just disappear into thin air.” Neil Currie, longtime news anchor for the Voice of America, Congressional correspondent for Westinghouse Broadcasting and writer for ABC News spent his career writing for media presentations – and listening to the words he had written evaporate as soon as they were spoken.
Hungerford’s Tavern chapter encourages new members.
On June 7, 1974, the Hungerford’s Tavern Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) was founded in Potomac. Ever since the organization was begun, they have provided patriotic service to the nation, the state and community. Their motto, “God, Home and Country” serves to define their mission: dedication to promoting patriotism, preserving American history and securing America’s future through better education.
Musical performances to revolve around “elements” theme.
Earth, wind, fire, water — these elements have influenced culture throughout history as well as music since society’s early beginnings. “Blast From the Past 27 – Elements” will present a testimony to their power through vocals and dance performances of songs such as “We Didn’t Start the Fire” by Billy Joel, “Rain” by the Beatles, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, “Great Balls of Fire” by Jerry Lee Lewis and “I Feel the Earth Move” by Carole King.
Kumon relocates to Potomac Promenade Mall.
Karen Forng of Potomac is the owner of the newly renovated and relocated Potomac Kumon Math and Reading Center. Because of her first-hand experience with the Kumon program, she is a true believer — and she opened her business to share Kumon with the many students who need academic support in reading, math and study skills.
Activities for all ages.
Although we think of Valentine’s Day, President’s Weekend and snow days when we think of February, it is also Library Lover’s Month — a month for the Potomac Library to demonstrate its versatility in appealing to everyone from aged 2 to 102.
Potomac Kiwanis Club committed to help.
Would you like to help Wounded Warriors? Serve meals at the Children’s Inn? Tutor a child? If “yes,” then attend a meeting of the Potomac Kiwanis Club to learn about its commitment to making the community as well as the world a better place to live.
Friendship Circle brings youths together.
Seventeen-year-old, Reuben Winston ran the Miami Half-Marathon on Jan. 24, placing 90th out of nearly 15,000 runners.
Performances set for Feb. 20-21.
There may be “Trouble in River City” according to Professor Harold Hill, but there will also be toe- tapping and singing along to the well-known tunes of “The Music Man” presented by the Har Shalom Players.
Bullis pair’s experiment selected for International Space Station.
As the winners of the Bullis Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP), Amanda Kay and Skylar Jordan’s experiment will be launched on the spring/summer 2016 International Space Station (ISS) payload. What an accomplishment for these Bullis sophomores!
Assumes role of district governor-elect.
"Service Above Self” is the motto of Rotary International — an organization that Potomac’s Ronnie Chantker has been chosen to lead. She has adopted the motto as her creed and lives it every day as she dedicates her time and talents to local, national and international projects that make our world a better place to live for scores of people and families.
Larger site to accommodate more students.
The Potomac Pilates studio will be relocating to the heart of Potomac Village from the Potomac Tennis Club on Potomac Tennis Lane. Helen Marshall, owner of Potomac Tennis Club, has decided that the multi-use facility, frequented by hundreds of Potomac residents each month, will be closing permanently in April.
With long drives, solid putts and confident chips, the 18-hole women of Bethesda Country Club (BCC) won the Challenge Cup for the first time since the competition began eight years ago.
BRAVO Productions presents Jan. 16-17 performances.
Peter, Pan, Wendy, John, Tinker Bell, the Lost Boys, Tiger Lily and definitely the notably evil Captain Hook will be “flying into” the Randolph Road Theatre on Jan. 16 and 17 to entertain youngsters and their families.
“Many professionals are really interested in exploring their creative bent.”
It’s not unusual to spot Potomac’s South Glen Band unloading their amps, drums, keyboard and other instruments at Old Angler’s Inn on MacArthur Boulevard.
Collecting toys for The Children’s Inn at NIH.
Santa came roaring into Potomac Village on Wednesday, Dec. 16 — not on a sleigh pulled by tiny reindeer — but on a Harley surrounded by elves and a bevy of police officers on motorcycles.