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                                                                        Potomac Day:
                                                                        This Saturday
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                                                                        Three members of the
                                                                        Potomac Hunt gather
                                                                        with their hounds to
                                                                        lead the Potomac Day
                                                                        Parade on a previous
                                                                        year. Potomac Day is
                                                                        this Saturday, Oct. 23.
Calendar, Page 9 ❖ Real Estate, Page 13 ❖ Classified, Page 18

                                 Photo by Harvey Levine /The Almanac

                                                                                                                                                                              Car Wipers
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                                                                        Start To Sprout?                                       River Jam           PERMIT #86
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                                                                                                                                                                                 Potomac Almanac Editor Steven Mauren
                                                                                                                                                                            703-778-9415 or

                      News                                                                                                                                                                   See

                                                                                                                                                                               Start To
                                                                                                                                                                               Garden “ban”
                                                                                                                                                                               a misstatement,
                                                                                                                                                                               says school system,
  Event organizer Deanna Tricarico with musicians                                                                                                                              despite memo.
  Timothy James and Brian Gorman of Franklin Flyer.

                                                                                                                                                                                                 By Ken Moore
                                                                                                                                                                                                      The Almanac

                                                                                                                                                                                        egetable gardens are an ac-


                                                                                                                                     Photos by Debbie Stevens/The Almanac
                                                                                                                                                                                        cepted part of schools in
                                                                                                                                                                                        many other school districts
                                                                                                                                                                               around the region, including Fairfax
                                                                                                                                                                               and Arlington in Virginia. These gar-
                                                                                                                                                                               dens have been a part of a national
                                                                                                                                                                               effort, championed by First Lady
                                                                                                                                                                               Michelle Obama, to improve student
                                                                                                                                                                               diets and fight childhood obesity.
                                                                                                                                                                               They have also been a platform for
                                                                                                                                                                               science learning, quantitative learn-
                                                                                                                                                                               ing about nutri-
                                                                                                                                                                               tion and environ-
                                                                                                                                                                               mental education.
                                                                                                                                                                                  Obama       and
                                                                      River Jam                                                                                                Secretary of Agri-
                                                                                                                                                                               culture        Tom
                                                                                                                                                                                                   inflexibility is
                                                                      Pat Selling, Pam Smith and her son Jackson Smith                                                         Vilsack visited one   consistent.”
                                                                      going for a boat ride during River Jam on Sunday,                                                        school in Fairfax
                                                                      Oct. 17 at the C&O Canal National Historic Park.
                                                                                                                                                                                                         — Nancy Floreen,
  Nava and Avigayil Fichman-Charry.                                                                                                                                            County, Hollin
                                                                                                                                                                               Meadows         El-       Council President
                                                                                                                                                                               ementary, to cel-

Resident Invents ‘Invisible’ Wipers                                                                                                                                            ebrate its garden
                                                                                                                                                                               last fall.
                                                                                                                                                                                  But Montgom-
                                                                                                                                                                               ery County Public
                                                                                                                                                                                                   “Thank you
                                                                                                                                                                                                   for that
Clearing vehicle windshields                                                                                                                                                   Schools does not    introduction.”
                                                                                                                                                                               permit vegetable         — Sean Gallagher,
with an electric field.                                                                                                                                                        gardens on school
                                                                                                                                                                               campuses, ac-
                                                                                                                                                                               cording to a Feb.
                                            By Susan Belford
                                                                                                                                                                               26 memorandum issued by Superin-
                                                    The Almanac
                                                                                                                                                                               tendent of Schools Jerry W. Weast.
                                                                                                                                                                                  “MCPS has not allowed community-
          orty years ago, Walter Hernandez was cautiously driving
                                                                                                                                                                               type [vegetable] gardens … for sev-

F         through a punishing rainstorm with his friend Jay
          Rubincam. He was having difficulty seeing the road be
          cause the wipers could not remove the rain fast enough.
“These wipers were invented in 1903. Sixty-seven years later, why
don’t the automakers produce a better one?” asked a frustrated
                                                                                                                                                                               eral reasons,” he wrote. Weast cited
                                                                                                                                                                               concerns about rodents and other
                                                                                                                                                                               pests, food allergies, stormwater man-
                                                                                                                                                                               agement requirements and ease-
                                                                                                                                                                               ments, and the costs associated with
Hernandez. Many years later, Rubincam reminded Hernandez of
                                                                                                                                                                               school gardens including summer
this episode — and five years ago, Hernandez decided to see what
                                                                                                                                                                               months when gardens may fall into
he could do to improve on the current automobile wiper technol-
ogy. After numerous hours developing a theory, testing it and then
                                                                                                                                                                                  Last Tuesday, Oct. 12, County Coun-
producing prototypes, Hernandez has invented the digital electric
                                                                                                                                                                               cil members asked for input from of-
windshield wiper. He calls it the DEW. This new wiper is invisible
                                                                                                                                                                               ficials with the school system and
and has no moving parts, but most importantly, rapidly clears the     Walter Hernandez displays the prototype used for                                                         those advocating for the inclusion of
entire windshield in heavy rains.                                     testing his theory of the movement of water by electri-                                                  vegetable gardens into school
  The new invention works like this: Inside the windshield are        cal fields.                                                                                              grounds and the curriculum.
several thousand invisible wires, made of transparent indium tin
                                                                      driver’s vision and totally from the windshield. Thus, no wiper is                                          “Your inflexibility is consistent,”
oxide (ITO). Layers of quartz (SiO2) separate the wires. To re-
                                                                      necessary and the driver’s visibility is greatly improved.                                               said Council President Nancy Floreen,
move rainwater, voltage is applied to these wires by a small com-
                                                                        “The most important outcome will be that lives will be saved                                           as she introduced members from the
puter. This creates a varying electric field, which moves the water
droplets across the windshield, clearing them rapidly from the                                                See Inventor, Page 7                                               See Seeking Gardens, Page 4                                                                                                                                                Potomac Almanac ❖ October 20-26, 2010 ❖ 3
                                            Seeking Gardens
                                            From Page 3                               “A few of us are quite puzzled
                                                                                   why this is so hard,” Floreen said
                                               school system at the Council’s      to Gallagher.
                                            worksession.                              “We have a wealth of people and
                                               “Thank you for that introduc-       talent to make this happen,” said
                                            tion,” replied Sean Gallagher, with    Councilmember Roger Berliner,
                                            the school system’s department of      who represents Potomac. “I would
                                            facilities management.                 ask you not to have these concerns
                                               The term “ban” — bandied            on the forefront of your minds.”
                                            about during conversations about          Garden advocate Gordon Clark
                                            the school system’s position on        said the school’s policy — what-
                                            vegetable gardens — is a “mis-         ever it is called — has had a “chill-
                                            statement,” Gallagher said.            ing effect,” making schoolteachers
                                               The school system proposes to       or principals who would plant
                                            work with Montgomery County            school gardens afraid since they
                                            Park and Planning to determine         were told such gardens would be
                                            how community gardens can be           shut down.
                                            successful, and to learn best prac-       “Make it publicly clear that the
                                            tices and ways to remedy un-           ban — or whatever we want to call
                                            wanted consequences such as ro-        it — is no longer in effect,” Clark
                                            dents, pests and invasive species,     asked the Council. Clark, project
                                            said Gallagher.                        director with Montgomery Victory
                                               The school system identified        Gardens, said it appears the school
                                            three sites it will donate to Park     system is setting up a multi-year
                                            and Planning, which will operate       process before allowing schools to
                                            the community gardens and teach        start their own vegetable gardens.
                                            the school system how to best op-         More than 30 organizations, in-
                                            erate them. These will give the        cluding West Montgomery County
                                            school system a chance to develop      Citizens Association, supported
                                            a set of “best practices” to prepare   Montgomery Victory Gardens’
                                            schools that want such gardens in
                                            the future, Gallagher said.                     See Gardens, Page 15

4 ❖ Potomac Almanac ❖ October 20-26, 2010                                 
Helping Patients Communicate with Doctors
Tip sheets for those                                                      mammogram and sonogram. The results
                                                                          showed enlarged lymph nodes which led
                                                                                                                                gressive (fast-growing) and indolent
                                                                                                                                (slower growing). Although INHL is not
                                                                                                                                                                                  tip sheets. I can hear
                                                                                                                                                                                  their voices when I read the tip sheets.”
living with lymphoma.                                                     to the diagnosis of indolent non-Hodgkin’s
                                                                          lymphoma (NHL).
                                                                                                                                considered curable, patients may live for
                                                                                                                                many years following diagnosis. However,
                                                                                                                                                                                    The Cancer Support Community provides
                                                                                                                                                                                  psychological and social support through
                                                                            After receiving this news, Cayne and her            treatment is often difficult because patients     community-based centers and online ser-
                                By Susan Belford                          husband decided that this cancer would not            often relapse after chemotherapy or other         vices run by trained and licensed profession-
                                              The Almanac                 defeat them. She began intensely research-            forms of treatment.                               als. They offer cancer patients and their
                                                                          ing her illness. “For me, knowledge was                  The “Framing Life with Lymphoma” edu-          families information about treatment op-
            he diagnosis. The fear. Then the                              most important. I had to make certain that            cational program was developed by the             tions, the health care system, emotional

T           overwhelming feeling of how
            little you know about the dis-
            ease that has invaded your body.
A diagnosis of lymphoma is a life-changing
and frightening message — and so often,
                                                                          I was totally informed of all my options. The
                                                                          information provided by the tip sheets
                                                                          would have been invaluable but they were
                                                                          not available when I was going through my
                                                                                                                                Cancer Support Community with support
                                                                                                                                from Cephalon based on a survey of 150
                                                                                                                                hematologists/oncologists and patient fo-
                                                                                                                                cus groups with 133 indolent lymphoma
                                                                                                                                patients. The survey results indicated that
                                                                                                                                                                                  needs of the cancer patient, wellness, sup-
                                                                                                                                                                                  port for caregivers — anything and every-
                                                                                                                                                                                  thing related to cancer. They also provide
                                                                                                                                                                                  group counseling by licensed social work-
                                                                                                                                                                                  ers and family therapists, lifestyle programs,
the patient does not know where to turn or                                  NHL is a complicated disease. She at-               almost all physicians and most patients felt      and networking groups for patients who
who to turn to for information.                                           tended medical conferences. She met with              their communication could be more effi-           share a diagnosis — all at no cost to the
  Now, the Cancer Support Community                                       and questioned oncologists and hematolo-              cient with the development of some form           patient. Last year, more than 300,000 can-
(CSC) in collaboration with Cephalon is                                   gists. She called Hopkins, Sloan Kettering,           of aid or assistance as a guide. The patient      cer patients and family members benefited
offering a program aimed at providing sup-                                and Georgetown University and several                 tip sheets were developed as a direct re-         from the services of the Cancer Support
port for those who must live with lym-                                    other major cancer centers to understand              sponse to the communication needs indi-           Community.
phoma. To help with the often mystifying                                  the latest research and treatment for this            cated in the survey.                                After several chemotherapy regimens
communication between patient and phy-                                    chronic disease. “Indolent NHL is a slow-                Senior Director of Research at the Can-        which failed to put her into remission,
sician, they are providing the patient with                               growing disease, so I had time to do the              cer Support Community, Joanne Buzaglo,            Cayne was enrolled in a clinical trial and
tips through the new educational program                                  research and decide on the best treatment             Ph.D. led the lymphoma patient focus              achieved complete remission. She has re-
“Framing Life with Lymphoma. ” These re-                                  and physician for me,” Cayne said.                    groups. She explains, “In developing the tip      mained in remission for 5 and a half years.
search-based tip sheets provide the patient                                 Through her research, she found Dr. Bruce           sheets, we wanted to be careful not to bom-       “Because I had cancer, I am a completely
with information about the steps follow-                                  Cheson, professor of medicine, head of                bard the patient with too much informa-           different person and I live each day with
ing diagnosis — to ensure effective com-                                  Hematology and director of Hematology                 tion when they had just been confronted           appreciation. Everything has more mean-
munication with their healthcare team.                                    Research at Lombardi Comprehensive Can-               by a scary diagnosis. The message of ‘Fram-       ing,” she said.
  Potomac resident Jana Cayne was feel-                                   cer Center.                                           ing Life with Lymphoma’ is that the pa-             The “Framing Life with Lymphoma ” tip
ing tired and had put on some weight. Dur-                                  NHL, the seventh most common cancer                 tient can live a full life while managing their   sheets are available at the Cancer Support
ing her routine OB/GYN visit, the doctor                                  in the U.S., affects the lymphatic system. It         lymphoma. We were very committed to in-           Community website at www.Framing
found a lump under her arm and ordered a                                  can be divided into two main groups: ag-              corporating the patient experiences into the      LifeWith

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The Potomac Day Parade features as many as 1,000                                        Traditionally, the Potomac Hunt leads the Potomac Day                      
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Saturday, Oct. 23
                                                                                          Every year, the Potomac Cham-         SPECIAL LOVE                                    STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
                                                                                        ber of Commerce and sponsors of           Special Love gives children and                     Louise Krafft
                                                                                        Potomac Day make a contribution         young adults with cancer and their            CONTRIBUTING WRITERS
           otomac Day in Potomac                                                        to a special charity. This year, the    families a chance to enjoy normal             Cissy Finley Grant, Carole Dell,
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P          Village, the annual com-
           munity festival spon-
           sored by the Potomac
Chamber of Commerce, is coming
this Saturday, Oct. 23. Potomac
                                                                                        Chamber will donate to the
                                                                                        Children’s Charities of NIH, which
                                                                                        participates in Saturday’s Potomac
                                                                                        Day and receive its check at the
                                                                                        annual awards dinner at
                                                                                                                                childhood activities that healthy
                                                                                                                                kids often take for granted.
                                                                                                                                  From week-long camps, like
                                                                                                                                Camp Fantastic and BRASS Camp
                                                                                                                                (for siblings), to weekend retreats
                                                                                                                                                                              Geovani Flores, Laurence Foong,
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  The highlight of the day is the                                                         The Youth (Benjamin Kramer            adults,                                           PHONE: 703-821-5050
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   village.                                     activities.                               Its purposes are to keep children       Some patients would not be able               Publisher/Chief Operating
10 a.m. Potomac Day parade, which            Many other activities are scheduled                                                                                                         Officer
   features the people of the year and          including a Classic Car Show, an        together with their families dur-       to participate in NIH research
   often as many 1,000 community                extensive business fair and food from   ing serious illness, reduce their       studies without financial assis-   
   participants. Political candidates will      around Potomac.                         stress, and facilitate their healing    tance from the Friends of the Clini-
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From Page 3
  because drivers will have the
ability to see the road more clearly
during a rain storm,” Hernandez
said. “The DEW is ‘green’ in that
current windshield wipers use 100
or more watts of power. This one
only uses one watt – and there is
no rubber or metal to dispose of.”
  Windshield wipers were in-
vented by Mary Anderson of Ala-
bama in 1903.
  While visiting New York City, she
noticed that streetcar drivers re-
moved the front windows of their
streetcars during rain and snow-
storms because they could not see
to drive. Anderson designed a
mechanical wiper, which was
hand-operated from inside the car.
She received a U.S. patent, but
automakers showed no interest in
her invention. However, by 1913,
this hand-operated wiper was
standard on all vehicles and by
1921, the automatic wiper was
included on all vehicles.
Hernandez was never given credit
or money for her innovative ef-
forts. In 1964, Robert Kearns of
Indiana invented the intermittent
windshield wiper. By 1969, these
  See Clearing Rain, Page 8           Potomac Almanac ❖ October 20-26, 2010 ❖ 7
                                            Clearing Rain without Wipers
                                            From Page 7                                      build a full-size windshield using his imbed-
                                                                                             ded technology. He is also talking to GM
                                               improved wipers were being installed by       and Volkswagen about installing his wind-
                                            Ford, Chrysler and other automakers. How-        shield on their test cars. The U.S. Navy
                                            ever, the automakers, including Ford and         would like the windshield for their ships,
                                            Chrysler, refused to give Kearns recognition     and airplane manufacturers are indicating
                                            or financial reward for his invention. He        interest.
                                            successfully sued both companies and won           Recently, Hernandez’s daughter Betsy, a
                                            — but the personal and emotional toll of         physician’s assistant, realized the technol-
                                            the multi-year battle was enormous. The          ogy could be used on an endoscope to keep
                                            recent movie, “A Flash of Genius” focuses        the end clean to improve the physician’s
                                            on his legal battle with Ford.                   view. It would also be beneficial for cam-
                                               Hernandez began his quest for an im-          eramen and videographers who must film
                                            proved windshield by figuring out that elec-     in the rain.
                                            tric current could move water. He spent            Hernandez majored in physics and math-
                                            countless hours in his River Road residence      ematics at LSU and received his Ph.D. at
                                            testing various materials to prove his theory.   the University of Maryland in astrophysics.
                                            A few years later, under his direction, small    He is married with three grown children.
                                            prototypes (1” x 2”) were fabricated at the      He has worked for several government
                                            microelectronic nanocenters of the Univer-       agencies including NASA, DOD, NSA and
                                            sity of Maryland and Duke University. By         the Naval Research Lab and owned and
                                            applying electric voltage to the wires in the    operated several companies.
                                            prototypes, he found that the droplets             “Since I was 6 years old, I loved to change
                                            moved quickly from the prototype wind-           the way things work and invent new things.
                                            shield.                                          I was always interested in the application
                                               Therefore, his theory was proven, and he      of the sciences of physics and math to a wide
                                            began to study the feasibility of producing      range of problems — including everything
                                            this windshield. He applied and was ap-          from gambling, speech synthesis, and as-
                                            proved for both U.S. and International pat-      tronomy to investment theory, hypnosis and
                                            ents.                                            treasure hunting,” said Hernandez. “All
                                               Hernandez recently reached an agree-          kinds of things that you would never think
                                            ment with a windshield manufacturer to           of can be attached by science.”

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   581-5100 or visit www.

WEDNESDAY/OCT. 20                               Bob Sima                                      Ellen Bukstel
Book and Author Luncheon. 10 a.m.               TUESDAY/OCT. 26
   Kitty Kelley will discuss her latest book,   Ellen Bukstel and Bob Sima. 8 p.m. Tickets are $18/door; $15/advance. At the
   “Oprah,” Kay Shaw Nelson will talk              Unitarian Universalist Church of Rockville, 100 Welsh Park Dr., Rockville. Contact
   about “Cloak and Dagger Cook,” and              David Spitzer at or 301-275-7459 or visit
   Jason Meath will speak about          
   “Hollywood on the Potomac.”
   Sponsored by the Greater Washington
   Women’s Chapter of the Brandeis                mystery writer and New York Times           Swing Dance. 8 p.m. to midnight.
   National Committee. Cost is $70 for            best-selling author Carolyn Parkhurst         Admission is $14. Introductory swing
   members, $80 for non-members.                  will read from her books, The Dogs of         lesson with Donna Barker and Mike
   Reservations are required. At the              Babel, The Nobodies Album.                    Marcotte from 8 to 9 p.m.; dancing to
   Lakewood Country Club, 13901 Glen              Sponsored by Montgomery County’s              the Boilermaker Jazz Band from 9 p.m.
   Mill Road, Rockville. For information          Friends of the Library. At Strathmore         to midnight. At the Bumper Car
   and reservations, contact Jackie               Mansion, 10701 Rockville Pike in              Pavilion at Glen Echo Park, 7300
   Sherman at 301-294-8069 or                     North Bethesda. Call 240-777-0020 or          MacArthur Blvd. in Glen Echo. Email:                       visit                
Preschool Fair. 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.           Midori performs Shostakovich. 8               Readings by Authors. 7:30 p.m. Free.
   Free. Learn more about local                   p.m. Tickets start at $28. At the Music       Reading by authors recently published
   preschools at the 13th Annual                  Center at Strathmore, Concert Hall.           by Alan Squire Press. James J.
   Preschool Fair sponsored by the MOMS           Violinist Midori and the Baltimore            Patterson reads from Bermuda Shorts,
   Club of Potomac. Approximately 30              Symphony Orchestra conducted by               his collection of essays; novelist Joanna
   preschools from the Potomac,                   Gilbert Varga. Call 301-581-5100 or           Biggar reads from That Paris Year; and
   Rockville, Bethesda, Chevy Chase and           visit                     Linda Watanabe McFerrin reads from
   surrounding areas will be represented.                                                       Dead Love. At the Writer’s Center,
   At the Potomac Community Center,                                                             4508 Walsh Street, Bethesda. Visit
                                                OCT. 22-24                             301-654-8664.
   11315 Falls Road, Potomac. Call Stacy
   Yu at 301-461-6770, or                       Heavenly Harvest. Friday 3 to 8 p.m.;         Chuck Berry with the Daryl Davis                         Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday             Band. 8 p.m. Tickets are $38 to $65.
Afternoon Tea. 1 p.m. $21 reservation.            10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. All three days:          At the Music Center at Strathmore,
   At the Mansion at Strathmore.                  harvest market, gifts, books, baked           5301 Tuckerman Lane, North
   Guitarist Dave Almy and vocalist               goods, pumpkins, handicrafts, food            Bethesda. Visit or
   Cheryl Gearheart performing. Call 301-         and more. Saturday only: Kidville,            call 301-581-5100.
   581-5108.                                      photo booth, flu shots. At Faith United     Ruth. 9 p.m. $10 tickets in advance (Stars
Andras Schiff, piano. 8 p.m. $21                  Methodist Church, 6810 Montrose               &9); $12 at the door. At the Mansion
   reservation. At the Music center at            Road, Rockville.                              at Strathmore, Shapiro Music Room.
   Strathmore, Concert Hall. Schiff                                                             Jamaican singer and songwriter
   performs works by Schumann.                                                                  performs reggae music. Doors at 8:00
                                                FRIDAY/OCT. 22                                  p.m. Call 301-581-5100 or visit
   Presented by the Washington
   Performing Arts Society and                  Contra Dance. 7:30 to 11:30 p.m.      
   underwritten by Betsy and Robert                Admission is $9. Contra dance lesson       Book Arts. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. $260
   Feinberg. Call 301-581-5100 or visit            from 7:30 to 8:15 p.m.; dancing to live      tuition plus $30 material fee (Stars                             music from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. This           $234). At Mansion at Strathmore,
                                                   week Anna Rain calls to Crowfoot with        Shapiro Music Room. Professional
THURSDAY/OCT. 21                                   Adam Broome on guitar and cittern;           artist and educator Karen O. Brown
Fill in the Gap Program. 9:15 a.m. to              Jaige Trudel on fiddle; and Nicholas         teaches an in depth approach to
    12:30 p.m. Fall fun activities. Cost is        Williams on flutes, accordian, and           bookmaking in three intensive
    $45/members; $55/nonmembers.                   piano. At the Spanish Ballroom of Glen       sessions. Call 301-581-5100 or visit
    Sponsored by the Har Shalom Early              Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. in 
    Childhood Education Center, 11510              Glen Echo. Email:
    Falls Road, Potomac. RSVP to Liran   
                                                La Divina Milonga Party. 8:30 p.m. to         SATURDAY/OCT. 23
    Laor at 301-299-7087, x244.
Slow Blues and Swing Dance. 9 to                   midnight. Admission is $15. The            The Laserface Show. Noon. Free.
    11:30 p.m. Admission is $8. Beginner           evening will include a lesson for             Jerome Benton will be visiting the
    lesson from 8:15 to 9 p.m. DJ Mike             Argentine Tango beginners and up              Potomac Library to present juggling,
    Marcotte & Guests will play a variety of       from 8:30 - 9 p.m.; dance party to            pantomime and a laser-light show.
    styles. At the Back Room of Glen Echo          recorded music from 9 p.m. to                 Arrive early as seating is limited. At the
    Park. Call Donna Barker at 301-634-            midnight with teacher and DJ Fabio            Potomac Library.
    2231 or go to or         Bonini playing Traditional Tango,          Salsa Dance. 8 p.m. to midnight.                          Milongas, Waltz and Tango Nuevo. At           Admission is TBA. Salsa lesson taught
Literary Luncheon Lecture Series.                  the Ballroom Annex at Glen Echo Park,         by Keith Givens from 8-9 p.m.,
    Lectures at 11:30 a.m.; Book signing           7300 MacArthur Blvd. in Glen Echo.            followed by dancing to live music until
    and luncheon at 12:30 p.m. Local               Email:           midnight. At the Spanish Ballroom of
                                                                                                 Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd.
                                                                                                 in Glen Echo. Email:
    SATURDAY/OCT. 23                                                                   
                                                                                              Imagination Stage Gala. “Be
    Potomac Day. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. The highlight of the day is the Potomac                 Immortal. Let your Love of the Arts
       Day Parade beginning at 10 a.m. Lots of fun for adults and kids. Scarecrow                Live Forever.” Chaired by Mikel and
       making and pumpkin decorating; new 30-foot mobile, walk-thru aquarium;                    David Blair. $250 per ticket; $1,000
       fingerprinting and photo ID by MCPD; games, inflatables, entertainment,                   per sponsorship. Cocktails and silent
       deejay, food, sidewalk sales and more. From 3 to 4:30 p.m., Strosniders                   auction at 6:30 p.m.; performance at
       Hardware will sponsor David Bromstad of HGTV who talk about color and                     7:30 p.m.; buffet reception at 8:30
       design. Pick up a complimentary ticket in advance at Strosniders in Potomac.              p.m. At Imagination Stage, 4908
       Event sponsored by Potomac Place Merchants. At the Potomac Place                          Auburn Ave., Bethesda. Contact Lilly
       Shopping Center, intersection of River and Falls Roads in Potomac. Call 301-              Goldberg at 301-280-1626 or
       299-2170 or visit
                                                                                              See Entertainment, Page 10                                                                                                                  Potomac Almanac ❖ October 20-26, 2010 ❖ 9
          From Page 9 or                                                                                                             Massachusetts and Western Avenues,            in the Rockville Town Square. For                                                                                                                 the boundary of D.C. and Bethesda.            information on how to purchase
Buyer Seminar. 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.                                                                                                        Waltz Dance. 3:30 to 6 p.m. Admission           tickets, visit
    How to Prepare For, Find, and get the                                                                                                     is $10. With the band Crowfoot. Waltz      Matt Wigler, jazz and blues piano.
    Home You Want. At the Cabin John                                                                                                          Workshop from 2:45 to 3:30 p.m. Lisa          7:30 p.m. $12 tickets (Stars $10.80).
    Park Volunteer Fire Station, 8001 River                                                   FRIDAY/OCT. 22                                  Brooks and Dan Kahn will teach a free         At the Mansion at Strathmore, Shapiro
    Road, Bethesda. For seminar outlines,                                                     The Carl Palmer Band Solo Tour.                 Hambo workshop (a classic Swedish             Music Room. Wigler, a 16-year-old
    see or call Hill                                                      8 p.m. Known for Emerson, Lake &              couple turning dance that is in 3/4           pianist and composer who fell in love
    Slowinski at 301-320-8430.                                                                  Palmer and the band, Asia. Tickets            time, but with a rhythm different from        with jazz and blues at age eight, has
Family Light Saber Workshop. 11                                                                 are $25/regular; $23/seniors and              the waltz) after the waltz from 6 to 7        played festivals and venues throughout
    a.m. Cost is $10/person. Fight the dark                                                     students. At the Robert E. Parilla            p.m. At the Spanish Ballroom at Glen          the U.S. Call 301-581-5100 or visit
    side right alongside your kids with our                                                     Performing Arts Center, Montgomery            Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen
    Family Light Saber Workshop! Learn                                                          College, 51 Mannakee St., Rockville.          Echo.                                         Specialty Tea: Halloween Tea. 1
    stage combat techniques with Light                                                          Box Office: 240-567-5301.                   Contra and Square Dance. 7 to 10:30             p.m. $26 reservation. At the Mansion
    Sabers from a stage combat master and                                                                                                     p.m. Admission is $12/nonmembers;             at Strathmore. Murder mystery tea
    fellow Jedi enthusiast! At Adventure                                                                                                      $9/FSGW members. The evening can              party with Celtic harpist Jo Morrison.
    Theatre, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen                                                                                                       include square dances, mixers, waltzes        Call 301-581-5108.
    Echo. Call 301-634-2268.                                                                  SUNDAY/OCT. 24                                  and other couple dances. All Contras       Joan Baez with Steve Earle. 8 p.m. At
Theatre Costume Sale. 11 a.m. to 3                                                                                                            and Square dances are taught, no              the Music Center at Strathmore. For
    p.m. Need a Halloween costume? At                                                         The Commonwealth Brass Concert.                 partner is necessary. There is a lesson       tickets, visit or
    Adventure Theatre, 7300 MacArthur                                                            4 p.m. Free admission. Offers a wide         is at 7 p.m., followed by dances with         call 301-581-5100.
    Blvd., Glen Echo.                                                                            variety of musical styles from the           the Crowfoot from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.
Master Class with Menahem                                                                        Renaissance to 20th century with             At the Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo
    Pressler, piano. 11 a.m. Free.
    Reservation required. At the Music
                                                                                                 humor and virtuosity. At The Chevy
                                                                                                 Chase Presbyterian Church, One Chevy
                                                                                                                                              Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. in Glen
                                                                                                                                              Echo. Phone 202-518-1299.
                                                                                                                                                                                         Boy Scouts Collect
    Center at Strathmore, Education                                                              Chase Circle, NW, Washington, D.C.
    Center, Room# 309. International
    performer and pedagogue Menahem
                                                    New World Symphony. 8 p.m.
                                                    Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday. At the Music
                                                                                              Cabin John Fire Station Open
                                                                                                 House. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This year’s       MONDAY/OCT. 25
                                                                                                                                                                                         and Retire Old
    Pressler coaches select piano students
    from the Levine School of Music. Call
                                                    Center at Strathmore, Concert Hall.
                                                    Tickets start at $32. Children 7-17 are
                                                                                                 theme is “Smoke Alarms: A Sound You
                                                                                                 Can Live With.” Tours of the station,
                                                                                                                                            Lecture on Dinah Washington,
                                                                                                                                               Queen of the Juke Box. 11 a.m. to
                                                                                                                                                                                         American Flags
    202-686-8000 ext. 1599 or visit                 free. Free pre-concert lecture one hour      fire safety activities, information/          12:30 p.m. $15 tuition (Stars $13.50).       Boy Scout Troop 773 is collecting                           before each performance. National            handouts, demonstrations of                   At the Mansion at Strathmore, Shapiro     flags that have given good service are
Fall Foliage Bus Tours. 10 a.m. to                  Philharmonic with cellist Zuill Bailey       emergency equipment and more.                 Music Room. Jessica Boykin-Settles,       ready to retire. As a community service,
    3:30 p.m. Cost is $65, which includes           and conductor Piotr Gajewski. Call           Activities include petting zoo; moon          jazz vocalist and lecturer on the music   they will have a flag collection point at
    lunch at the Comus Inn. Enjoy a bus             301-581-5100 or visit                        bounce; free blood pressure checks;           faculty at Howard University, explores    the Potomac Day Fair on Saturday, Oct.
    tour through the up-county/                                     911 simulation booth; stickers and fire       the life of vocalist DinahWashington.
                                                                                                 hats for kids; a fire hose demonstration
                                                                                                                                                                                         23, with a booth located in front of
    Agricultural Reserve. Join the staff of                                                                                                    Call 301-581-5100 or visit                Wachovia Bank. Look for the uniformed
    Heritage Montgomery as they share                                                            where kids can man the nozzle;      
                                                 FROM OCT. 23 TO NOV 7
                                                                    .                            rappelling and auto-extrication                                                         Scouts and they will accept your flag for
    many of the region’s fascinating stories                                                                                                                                             retirement at a later date. The Troop
    and legends while pointing out               Drawing for Art Fundraiser and                  demonstrations and more. At 8001           TUESDAY/OCT. 26
                                                                                                 River Road, Bethesda. Call 301-365-                                                     will be performing retirement ceremo-
    orchards ripe with juicy apples,               Exhibition. At the Mansion at                                                            Afternoon Tea. 1 p.m. $21 reservation.
                                                                                                 2028.                                                                                   nies at various points across the year
    bountiful fields of pumpkins, and              Strathmore. Patrons peruse a broad                                                          At the Mansion at Strathmore. Pianist
    spectacular vistas adorned with                selection of fine art and craft, plus a    Pianist José Ramos-Santana. 3 p.m.               Becky Dukes performing. Call (301)
                                                                                                                                                                                         with the collected flags.
    autumn’s changing leaves. Call 301-            drawing where every ticketholder              Free. Will perform a concert featuring        581-5108.                                    If you miss the collection point on
    515-0753 or email                              leaves with a piece of art. Reception         the complete Books I and II of the                                                      Potomac Day, drop off your flag at the               and drawing 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov.            Iberia Suite by of the Spanish Cantalan    WEDNESDAY/OCT. 27                            773 Troop meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 9
                                                   7. Call 301-581-5100 or visit                 pianist and composer, Isaac Albéniz. At    Read, Eat & Give. 7 p.m. Featuring           from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the Potomac
OCT. 23 AND 24                                                      Westmoreland Congregational UCC              author of The Fortune Cookie               United Methodist Church Meeting Hall,
National Philharmonic: Dvorák's                                                                  Church, One Westmoreland Circle, at          Chronicles Jennifer B. Lee. At VisArts     corner of Falls and Glen Roads.

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       Fine Arts
                                                p.m. Glen Echo Park is located at 7300 MacArthur Boulevard. Visit
OCT. 23 - 24                          
Paintings by Arnie Casavant. 12
   p.m. to 5 p.m. The Yellow Barn
   Studio, Glen Echo Park’s resident         NOW THROUGH OCT. 31
   painting and drawing studio,              Four Vibrant Visions. Free admission. Artists David Cochran, Gavin
   presents works by Arnie Casavant. In        Glakas, Donna Golden, and Matthew Johnston. Museum hours are
   the Yellow Barn Gallery. Call 301-          Sundays 10-4:30 p.m.; Mondays through Thursdays, noon to 4 p.m.
   371-5593 or visit                           At the Dennis and Phillip Ratner Museum, 10001 Old Georgetown                       Road, Bethesda. Call 301-897-1518.                                                                                  .
                                                                                                                                                                NOV 9 TO DEC. 4
                                                                                                                                                                Elsewhere. Photographs by Richard Lasner and
                                                                                                                                                                   New Work by Gallery Artists. The artist presents
NOW THROUGH OCT. 24                          NOW THROUGH NOV 2
                                                            .                                                           .
                                                                                                                     NOV 1 TO DEC. 20                              new photographs from Italy as well as from
Contemporary Designs in Glass.               Potomac Artists Exhibit. Anna Shuman’s paintings are focused on         “Fabric: On and Off the Wall.” An             several other locations, including Croatia, the
  Glassworks Presents: “Contemporary           Flowers and Figures. Irene Glaser’s paintings are focused on            exhibit by Bethesda artist Dominie          Czech Republic, Cambodia, Montenegro, Vietnam,
  Designs in Glass.” Featuring blown           Multiples, four or five paintings joined together to form a unique      Nash and Alexandria artist Anne             New Zealand, Bosnia, and the Berkshire
  glass artwork by Paul Swartwood,             whole. The other artists in this exhibit include Susan Stregack and     Buchal. Artists’ reception Sunday,          Mountains in Massachusetts. Reception is Friday,
  Mark Hill, and Kevin Lurie. In the           Rollin Frasier (Photography) and Bill Moore and Judy Sutton Moore       Nov. 14 from 1 to 3 p.m. At Gallery         Nov. 12 from 6 to 9 p.m. At Waverly Street
  Popcorn Gallery. Open Saturdays and          (Sculpture). At The Glenview Mansion Art Gallery, Rockville Civic       Har Shalom, 11510 Falls Road,               Gallery, 4600 East-West Highway, Bethesda. Call
  Sundays, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Call 301-         Center Park, 603 Edmonston Drive, Rockville. Call 240-314-8682.         Potomac. Call 301-299-7087.                 301-951-9441. Visit
  634 -2222 or visit

Voices of the River: Scenes from             LET’S TALK
  the River. 3-6 p.m. Come to an art
  exhibit at the Lockhouse at Great
  Falls Park, featuring the work of local
  artist Leea Baltes. Enjoy Leea’s acrylic
  landscape paintings which capture
                                             Real Estate
  the beauty and serenity of nature.

Analogue: Work by Photoworks’
  Master Printing Class.
  Photoworks, Glen Echo Park’s
  resident photography studio and
  teaching facility, presents works by
  its Master Printing students. In the
  Photoworks Gallery at Glen Echo
  Park. Open Saturdays, 1 p.m. to 4                        by
  p.m., and Sundays and Mondays, 1
  p.m. to 8 p.m. Call 301-634 -2274 or
                                                      Michael Matese
                                                 QUESTIONS TO
“Watercolor and Wood.” Free. An
                                                ASK BEFORE YOU
  exhibit of paintings by Judy
  Wengrovitz and wood sculptures by             HIRE A STAGING
  Sy Wengrovitz. At Gallery Har
  Shalom, 11510 Falls Road, Potomac.             PROFESSIONAL
  Call 301-299-7087.                           So you want your home staged, but you
                                               don’t think you could do it yourself.
                                               How do you find a professional stager?
OCT. 29 – DEC. 5
                                               Here are some questions you can ask
Gabriela Bulisova: The Option of               once you’ve compiled your list of
  Last Resort-Iraqi Refugees in
  the United States. Photoworks,
  Glen Echo Park’s resident                    1. Can I see your portfolio? Are the pic-
  photography studio and teaching              tures attractive and presented well?
  facility, presents works by Gabriela         Does the stylist’s vision mesh with your
  Bulisova, a documentary                      home owners?
  photographer from the former                  2. What kind of training do you have?
  Czechoslovakia. In the Photoworks            Largely unregulated, it’s important to
  Gallery. Open Saturdays, 1 p.m. to 4         find out if the stager has any formal
  p.m., and Sundays and Mondays, 1             training and what kind of certification as
  p.m. to 8 p.m. Call 301-634 -2274 or         well.
                                                3. Do you have a specialty? Many stag-
                                               ers have a specialty, whether it be lofts or
OCT. 30 - 31                                   condo, starter or luxury home. Do your
“Faces of the Future.” High School             homework to make sure the stager’s spe-
  Portfolio Class Show. 12 p.m. to             cialty is what you’re looking for.
  5 p.m. Yellow Barn Studio instructor          4. How do you communicate with home
  and artist Glen Kessler presents work        owners? Make sure the stager has a
  from last year’s three sessions of the       sense of tact. If you don’t think they can
  ‘High School Scholarship Class.’ The         talk to you professionally, pass of them.
  students’ tuition as well as this             5. Do you have any other ideas to
  exhibition are funded by a generous
                                               bring to the table? Some stagers see
  gift from Friend of The Yellow Barn,
  Carol Berman. Mrs. Berman will be            their role as going beyond just prepping
  honored at the artists’ reception. A         a home and have other thoughts on
  reception for the artists is scheduled       strategies for stimulating sales.
  for Sunday, Oct. 31 from 3 to 5 p.m.         Ask if there are other ways of working
  At the Yellow Barn Gallery, 7300             together, asking if perhaps they’d be
  MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Call             interested in co-hosting a staging class as
  301-371-5593 or visit                        a way to interest potential buyers.
                                               For professional advice on all
NOW THROUGH OCT. 31                            aspects of buying and selling
                                               real estate, call:
Paintings by Robinwyn Lewis. As
   Resident Artist in the Yellow Barn
   Studio at Glen Echo Park, Ms. Lewis
                                               MICHAEL MATESE
   will bring her Chautauqua                    Long & Foster Realtors
   sensibilities and display her art and
   greet visitors five days a week —               301-806-6829
   Wednesday and Thursday from 10 to     
   3 p.m., Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. and
   Saturday and Sunday from 10 to 7                                                                                                                                 Potomac Almanac ❖ October 20-26, 2010 ❖ 11
    Potomac REAL ESTATE                                                                                                           For information about appearing on this page,
                                                                                                                                          contact Deb Funk at 703-778-9444 or

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                                                                                                        pool, landscaped gar-
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    Profiles in Real Estate – Helen and Kurtis King
      It’s all in the family...Helen and Kurtis (mother and son), of      to sell anywhere in the DC Metro area, but find most of
    the King “family” Real Estate Team which includes the other           their business originates in the Bethesda/Potomac/Rockville
    two family members as well. Kevin (other son) and Donald              triangle.
    (husband) represent more than 100 years of combined serv-               Their many years of success have generated a substantial
    ice for this group of full-time Realtors.                             referral network which enables them to focus their energy
      Helen has been selling real estate for the past 39 years from       on representing clients. They receive approximately 80% of
    the same office location, ideally situated on the border of           new business from their past satisfied clientele. Contrary to
    Potomac and Bethesda. She is the proud recipient of all the           the majority of other high volume agent’s use of less experi-
    sales awards including Montgomery County Board of Realtors            enced assistants, their philosophy is simple: “personal
    “Hall of Fame Lifetime Sales Club” as well as her company’s                                                                                 Helen and Kurtis King
                                                                          attention and focused guidance provided directly from the             Weichert Realtors of Potomac
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12 ❖ Potomac Almanac ❖ October 20-26, 2010                                                                                             
        News                                                                                                           OPEN HOUSES
Rain Washes Away Drought                                                                                                        IN POTOMAC SAT./SUN. OCT. 23 & 24

                        By Ken Moore
                             The Almanac

  Part of an occasional series on the
Potomac River, water quality, and the
people and agencies who advocate for its

                n Oct. 7, the Metropolitan

O               Washington Council of Gov-
                ernments lifted the drought
                watch for the region that
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                                                                           age treatment plant output.
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concerns of metropolitan resi-                                             supply.
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                                                            “These studies suggest that EDC’s are prevalent
of intersex characteristics was found in smallmouth throughout the Potomac River,” according to the                727 Ridgemont Ave..........................$668,000........Sat 1-3.................Georgette Hoponick.......Weichert ................................301-718-4100
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bass collected from several sites on the Potomac River Potomac Conservancy report.
watershed. Most of the region’s drinking water              The federal government “needs to employ 21st-
comes from the Potomac River.                                                                                                 For an Open House Listing Form,
                                                          century scientific testing and update the regulatory
   “The fish are a sentinel, alerting scientists and au- framework to deal with the emerging threat of en-               call Deb Funk at 703-778-9444 or e-mail
thorities to the toxic levels and additive effects of docrine disrupting compounds found in the Potomac         
[endocrine disrupting compounds], which can have River and its tributaries,” said Potomac Conservancy
significant implications for both humans and wild- President Hedrick Belin.                                                        All listings due by Monday at 3 P.M.
life alike,” according to the report.                       See                                                                                                                                          Potomac Almanac ❖ October 20-26, 2010 ❖ 13
                                                                                                                                                                         Potomac Almanac Sports Editor Jon Roetman
                                                                                                                                                                   703-224-3015 or

           Sports                                                                                                                                                                         See

Wootton Beats Churchill in 4-Overtime Thriller
Patriots quarterback
Papadopoulos throws
for 296 yards, four
                he Wootton football team

     T          suffered straight losses to
                open the 2010 season.
                During their Oct. 15
    homecoming game against Churchill,
    the Patriots used dramatics to make
    up for lost time.
       Quarterback Chris Papadopoulos
    came off the bench to pass for 296
    yards and four touchdowns and
    Wootton defeated the rival Bulldogs
           48-42 in four overtimes. The
           teams ended regulation tied at
Sports 21 after Wootton (1-6) blocked

                                                                                                                    Photos by Harvey Levine/The Almanac
Briefs a 22-yard Churchill field goal at-
           tempted at the end of the fourth
    quarter. Four overtime periods later,
    the Patriots won the game on a touch-
    down run by Greg Potemken.
       “They played great,” Wootton head
                            coach Eddie
                            Tolliver said.
“They showed                “They showed
                            great heart —
great heart —               never gave up.
                            We overcame a
never gave up.              couple of mis-
                            takes. They
We overcame a               just wouldn’t
                                               Wootton quarterback Chris Papadopoulos came off
                                               the bench to lead the Patriots to a victory over rival
                                                                                                                                                          Churchill running back Curtis Kamara rushed for 170
                                                                                                                                                          yards and two touchdowns in the Bulldogs’ loss to
                            quit. It’s what
couple of                   you want to
                                               Churchill on Friday.                                                                                       Wootton on Friday.
                            see out of a
mistakes. They              homecoming         fewer than 10 points on four occasions.        Churchill defeated Magruder, 16-14 for                                         interception. Michael Flack led Whitman
just wouldn’t               game.”
                              To l l i v e r
                                                  Churchill (4-3) posted season highs in
                                               points and passing yards. Quarterback
                                                                                              homecoming. The Bulldogs trailed 14-3
                                                                                              entering the fourth quarter but Keita ran
                                                                                                                                                                             with six catches for 83 yards.
                                                                                                                                                                               Whitman will travel to face Springbrook
quit. It’s what             coached the
                            Patriots one
                                               Lansana Keita completed 10 of 18 passes
                                               for 170 yards and two touchdowns. He was
                                                                                              for a touchdown and threw for another
                                                                                              score to guide Churchill to victory. Bret
                                                                                                                                                                             at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 22. The Vikings face
                                                                                                                                                                             some tough competition down the stretch
you want to                 week after a       intercepted once. He completed passes to       Sickels finished with 18 tackles and Jake                                      as the team looks to earn a spot in the play-
                            health scare       five different receivers, led by Dominique     Sickels recorded 11 tackles and an inter-                                      offs. Whitman’s final three opponents —
see out of a                during a game      Williams, who hauled in four catches for       ception.                                                                       Springbrook, Seneca Valley and Churchill —
                            a g a i n s t      106 yards. Sam Edens and Justin Settlage          Wootton will travel to face Northwest at                                    have a combined record of 16-5. Springbrook
homecoming                  Whitman            each caught a touchdown pass.                  6:30 p.m. on Oct. 22. Tolliver said the Pa-                                    and Seneca Valley are both 6-1.
                            forced Tolliver       Curtis Kamara led Churchill with 33 car-    triots should be able to use their victory over
     — Wootton head
                            to the hospital.
                                               ries for 170 yards and two touchdowns.
                                               Keita rushed 11 times for 45 yards and a
                                                                                              the Bulldogs as momentum to close the sea-
                                                                                              son. It should also be a building point for
                                                                                                                                                                             Churchill Boys
         football coach who took over          score.                                         those returning in 2011.                                                       Soccer in 3rd
         Eddie Tolliver at quarterback            Defensively, Mitch Rampp and Devyn             Churchill will host Sherwood at 6:30 p.m.
                                                                                                                                                                               The Churchill boys soccer team was in
                            on Wootton’s       Walton led Wootton with 11 tackles each.
                                                                                                                                                                             third place in the 4A West standings as of
                            second posses-
    sion, sparked the Patriots offense. He
                                               Ben Zacks and Sadiq Olanrewaju each fin-
                                               ished with 10. Taariq Elliot intercepted a
                                                                                              Whitman Suffers                                                                last weekend with a 6-2-1 record. Defend-
                                                                                                                                                                             ing state champion Whitman is in ninth
    completed 23 of 36 passes, including
    three touchdown tosses to Mack
                                               pass for the Patriots and Peter Dunlop re-
                                               covered a fumble.
                                                                                              Loss No. 2                                                                     place at 3-5-1, followed by 10th-place
    Hollins and one to Curt Brooks.                                                             The Whitman football team matched its                                        Wootton at 3-5.
       “I think he stayed really poised,”      FOR CHURCHILL, Bret Sickels finished           lowest offensive output of the season during
    Tolliver said, “in some critical situa-
                                               with 10 tackles and Robert Bowis and Jacob
                                               Suissa each recorded six. Edens, Alex Ha and
                                                                                              a 26-7 loss to Gaithersburg on Oct. 15. The
                                                                                              defeat dropped the Vikings’ record to 5-2.
                                                                                                                                                                             Bullis Improves
       Potemken led Wootton with 52            Joe Kale each finished with one sack for the     Whitman trailed 20-0 in the first quarter
                                                                                              and never recovered. The Vikings’ lone
                                                                                                                                                                             To 4-2
    rushing yards and two touchdowns.          Bulldogs and Williams intercepted a pass.                                                                                       The Bullis football team defeated St.
    Matt Greenblatt rushed for 30 yards          Churchill had won four consecutive           touchdown came on a run by Val Djidotor
                                                                                              in the second quarter. Djidotor carried 19                                     Stephen’s & St. Agnes 42-31 on Oct. 16,
    and a score. He also caught six passes     games after starting the season 0-2. The                                                                                      improving its record to 4-2. The Bulldogs
    for 73 yards — both team highs.            Bulldogs allowed only 20 points during the     times for 133 yards.
                                                                                                Quarterback Henry Kuhn completed 13                                          will travel to face St. Albans at 2:30 p.m.
       The 48 points were a season high        four-game win streak after being outscored
    for Wootton, which had been held to        76-0 in their first two games. Last week,      of 30 passes for 120 yards. He threw one                                                  See Sports Briefs, Page 15
14 ❖ Potomac Almanac ❖ October 20-26, 2010                                                                                                                                    
From Page 14
  on Oct. 23.
Whitman                                                                                                                                                                                                   From Page 4
                                                                                                                                                                                                            June letter to the Board of
Volleyball                                                                                                                                                                                                Education urging the school sys-
                                                                                                                                                                                                          tem to reconsider its stance.
Loses to                                                                                                                                                                                                    The county’s Commission on
Magruder                                                                                                                                                                                                  Health voted to promote school
                                                                                                                                                                                                          vegetable gardens.
  The Whitman volleyball team                                                                                                                                                                               “The benefits of these commu-
dropped to 3-7 with a 3-0 (25-10,                                                                                                                                                                         nity gardens are clear,” said
25-15, 25-21) loss to Magruder on                                                                                                                                                                         Council Vice President Valerie

                                                                                                                                                                    Photo by Harvey Levine/The Almanac
Oct. 14. Emma Bird led the Vikings                                                                                                                                                                        Ervin. “Community gardens en-
with eight kills. Alex Rosenthal                                                                                                                                                                          hance the lives of residents by
and Catherine Benz each had two                                                                                                                                                                           providing hands-on food pro-
and Vera Ivezic had one.                                                                                                                                                                                  duction for adults and children;
  Whitman will host Wheaton at                                                                                                                                                                            promoting social interactions
6:30 p.m. on Oct. 20.                                                                                                                                                                                     among neighbors; encouraging
                                                                                                                                                                                                          self-sufficiency [and] beautify-
                                                                                                                                                                                                          ing areas.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                            “There are real issues, but I’m
         Running back Kevin
                                                                                                                                                                                                          optimistic that we can work
          Jones helped Bullis
                                                                                                                                                                                                          through these,” said George
    defeat St. Stephen’s & St.
    Agnes, 42-31, on Oct. 16.

          School Notes
  To have an item listed mail to               Birahim Thiam of North Potomac          the India Flight Sergeant.                 member of the Class of 2014 at                                         has been selected to be part of the            has been appointed to the student lead-                                              McDaniel College in Westminster, Md.                                   Academy’s inaugural “High Flight”
Deadline is Thursday at noon for the fol-    ership organization of cadre within the      Arya J. Mortazavi of Potomac is                                                                                Class. High Flight is R-MA’s specialized
lowing week’s paper. Call 703-778-9412.      Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Train-   enrolled at Colby College in Waterville,      Michael Hess of Potomac earned an                                   track for students who have aspirations
                                             ing Corps at Randolph-Macon Academy.      Maine. He is the son of Ala Mortazavi      MBA in marketing from Wagner College                                   of attending a United States service
   Adam Fox of Potomac was named             Birahim is the son of Oumou and Idrissa   and Firoozeh Shahidi of Potomac. He is     in Staten Island, N.Y.                                                 academy and pursuing a career as a
to   Millersville     University       of    Thiam. A junior at the academy, he re-    also a graduate of St. Albans School.                                                                             military officer.
Pennsylvania’s dean’s list for the spring    ceived the rank of technical sergeant                                                 David Lee, a freshman at Randolph-                                       David is the son of Hong Gang Li and
2010 semester.                               and will perform the duties assigned to     Braeden L. Lovett of Potomac is a        Macon Academy (R-MA) in Front Royal,                                   Chun Qing Lei of Potomac.

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                                                              Spirit Week at Churchill
                                                                      By Danielle Collins
                                                                              For the Almanac

                                                                M o n d a y,
                                                              Oct. 4: Ahh,
                                                              Pajama Day,
                                                              my favorite
                                                              day of Spirit
                                                              Week. Thank
                                                              goodness I can
                                                              waltz      into
                                                              school in my
                                                              pajamas with- Danielle
                                                              out people Collins
                                                              staring! Flan-
                                                              nel pants: check. Slippers: check.
                                                              (Must try my best not to fall asleep
                                                              during class today.)
                                                                Tuesday, Oct. 5: Sports Day,
                                                                                                     Seniors (back row, from left) Ryan Kanfer, Alex Kim,
                                                              finally! Can you say Redskins jer-
                                                                                                     Brian Green, John Talbot, Kyle Grissen, Harry Simon,
                                                              sey, Redskins jersey, Redskins jer-
                                                                                                     Petey Liakakis, Alex Askinazi. Front row, from left, are
                                                              sey? Note to self: stare down Cow-
                                                                                                     Emily Shapiro, Janey Asher, Molly Shutt, Danielle
                                                              boys fans in the hallways.
                                                                                                     Malament, Danielle Kram, Lauren Pinsky, Danielle
                                                                Wednesday, Oct. 6: Wacky
                                                                                                     Mandir, Noelle Hunsinger, and Allison Furfine.
                                                              Day! Let’s think … how can I dress
                                                              as crazy as possible? I know:
              Open House November 4, Thurs., 9 a.m.-11 a.m.     Step 1: Spray Paint hair
                                                                Step 2: Wear mismatched shoes
                                                                Step 3: Put bikini top over
                                                              clothes (I don’t know why, but it’s
                                                              always funny)
                                                                Thursday, Oct. 7: Corner Day!
                                                              Show class spirit by dressing up
                                                              according to Homecoming corner
                                                              theme. (Best part: We are allowed
                                                              to wear hats today!)
                                                                Friday, Oct. 8: Game Day and
                                                              pep rally! I bleed blue and green,
                                                              my face is covered in bulldog paw
                                                              prints, and most importantly, I’ve
                                                              got my cheering voice ready!
                                                                Saturday, Oct. 9: Homecom-
                                                              ing Dance! Let the fun begin!
                                                                Homecoming at Churchill
                                                              means planning weeks ahead to
                                                                                                     Seniors (from left) Melanie Landsman, Tommy Eastman,
                                                              ensure the perfect evening. For
                                                                                                     Maddy Jacobs, Joe Ulica, Arielle Arnold, and Cameron
                                                              many girls, this means jamming
                                                              the local salons for manicures and
                                                              blow-outs and hitting the mall for just the right dress. til 10 p.m. It’s a really long day, but in the end it’s
                                                              For many boys, it means securing a date and choos- worth it.”
                                                              ing a tie to wear 10 minutes before the photo-op            Anna Kimelblatt, Churchill senior says, “I’m on the
                                                              begins. Dinner plans are arranged, and limousines senior class Executive Board to plan homecoming
                                                              (or party buses in some cases) are hired for many corners, and this year was pretty hard for the se-
                                                              groups. The spirit at school is one of excitement and niors because our corner scored third place. We
                                                              students’ expectations are high in hopes that the scored first place during sophomore and junior years,
                                                              Homecoming dance is fun. The evening continues so it was a bit embarrassing that we didn’t do as well
                                                              with many students going to “after-parties” at this year. The planning was not as extensive as it
                                                              someone’s home.                                          had been in years past, and I think it was because
                                                                In Churchill tradition, each grade creates decorated more seniors were inclined to do college apps than
                                                              homecoming corners based on a chosen theme, to help out. In the end though, it was great to help
                                                              which are eventually judged by teachers for a con- build and see all the finished products.”
                                                              test. Janey Asher, Churchill senior class president and     Mr. Justin Ostry, the teacher who heads the Stu-
                                                              member of the class Executive Board says, “The dent Government Association (SGA), agrees, saying,
                                                              homecoming theme this year was ‘Cities around the “While there were plenty of kids staying to help with
                                                              World.’ Seniors had Paris, juniors had Washington, Homecoming corners until 10 p.m., some of the
                                                              D.C., sophomores had Venice, and freshman had New school work and tests prevented some students from
                                                              York City. Everyone put in a really good effort this participating. I think it would be great if the school
                                                              year and all the corners turned out to look amazing could coordinate even more to create more involve-
                                                              in the end. In the weeks leading up to Homecoming, ment, and maybe one year we could even do some-
                                                              each grade paints and builds things that are going thing like homecoming floats or a parade. As for the
                                                              to be put in their corner. On the day of set-up, we
                                                              organize and put the corner together from 2:30 un-                                       See Diary, Page 17
16 ❖ Potomac Almanac ❖ October 20-26, 2010                                                                                        
Diary of a Churchill Student During Spirit Week
From Page 16                                                                                                                                   everyone seemed enthralled with all the
                                                                                                                                               performances and events. We had some
   corners, however, they were all fabulous.                                                                                                   great pep rally activities this year.”
They were so unbelievable I wish they could                                                                                                      As for the dance itself, most people ended
stay up even longer.”                                                                                                                          up going with a big group of friends to din-
   Sophomore Matt Balfour explains that he                                                                                                     ner, the dance, and an after-party. Janey
“didn’t have the chance to help with Home-                                                                                                     Asher says that she and her friends “took
coming corners this year. Our theme was                                                                                                        pictures in my backyard. Lebanese Taverna
Venice and our corner was really great. My                                                                                                     catered dinner at my house and we had
favorite part was the bridge we made in our                                                                                                    Georgetown Cupcake for dessert. It was by
corner. It really added to the theme and                                                                                                       far the best Homecoming dinner and pic-
looked great with all the decorations.”                                                                                                        tures I have been to.
   As for freshman Lauren Farrell, “Home-                                                                                                        The dance was much better than it has
coming corners this year were good, but                                                                                                        been in previous years. My group wanted
being freshmen, we had to improvise on a                                                                                                       to stay even longer than we had planned
lot of stuff because we were new to the                                                                                                        on staying! My favorite part was definitely
whole thing. Our theme was New York City,                                                                                                      the party bus we rented to go to the dance.
and my favorite part about our corner was                                                                                                      Everyone on the bus was dancing and hav-
the Lion King playbill we set up to repre-                                                                                                     ing a really good time.”
sent Broadway.” Anna Tapparo, freshman,                                                                                                          Party buses seem to be a new trend. One
says, “Spirit week was really fun even                                                                                                         enterprising group of freshmen rented two
though Corner Day was kind of stressful for                                                                                                    party buses for themselves and 60 of their
the freshmen decorating. My favorite day       A group of freshmen taking their first Homecoming pictures.                                     closest friends. Anna Tapparo says, “The
was definitely Wacky Wednesday. I wore                                                                                                         party bus was actually one of the most fun
clothes with all different crazy colors and    Asher says, “For the pep rally, each grade      “Watching all the sports teams run through      parts of Homecoming. Everyone was talk-
mismatched my whole outfit. It was really      competes against each other in an obstacle      the banners and watching the obstacle           ing, laughing, and dancing and it really
fun.”                                          course, tug of war, and cheering competi-       courses and activities was a great way to       made the night great.”
   After the Homecoming corners are            tion. The winner gets the Churchill spirit      get in the Homecoming spirit.”                    For their first high school Homecoming
viewed, the school congregates for a spir-     stick. This year, the seniors won the spirit      Mr. Ostry believes that, “This year was the   dance, the Churchill freshmen had rave re-
ited pep rally, drawing students and teach-    stick which was really great.”                  best pep rally we’ve seen in several years      views! Dominic Singer says that he “went
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and an afternoon of school cheer. Janey        to the pep rally the Friday before the dance.   students didn’t leave early this year and                        See Students, Page 19                                                                                                             Potomac Almanac ❖ October 20-26, 2010 ❖ 17
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  Driven to
       As much as I agree with, and commend the
  Maryland State Legislature for passing, a law
  penalizing drivers who talk on their cell phones
  while driving — those not using a hands-free
  device (heretofore known as “distracted drivers”),
  there is a part of me which, after semi-adhering to
  the law for not even one day, coincidentally its first
  day, October 1st, sees a hopefully-not-fatal flaw.
       Although I am guilty, as yet to be charged,
  though, primarily or “secondarily” as the new law
  states, meaning drivers have to be cited for some
  other driving infraction (primary) before they can
  be given a warning first, then a ticket for the “sec-
  ondary” infraction (talking on their hand-held cell
  phone), I am completely clear on the concept.
                                                                                                                                                            One of the party buses taken by the group of
  Nevertheless, I am curious if perhaps this recently      Churchill students cheering at the pep rally.                                                    60 freshmen.
  enforceable law might in fact be an inadvertent
  and convoluted cause for concern rather than a

                                                           Students Participate in Spirit Week
  cause for legislative self-congratulation.
       As logical and well-meaning as the attempt to
  curb such common and regularly occurring phone
  practices is (pervasive is not too harsh a characteri-
  zation; everyone is talking on their cell phones
  while driving: young, old, citizens, immigrants;         From Page 17                                                                                     party with our whole group.”
  legal or otherwise, and everyone in between), I                                                                                                             Churchill homecoming was a resounding success. Anna
  fear the ingenuity of many drivers who, accus-             out with a big group in a limo and ate at Mama Lucia’s restau-                                 Kimelblatt, stated, “The goal this year was to modernize the dance.
  tomed to their communication cake and wanting            rant. We went to the dance for a while and then went downtown                                    Our goal was to really get the songs on the Top 20 list playing and
  still to be eating it — metaphorically speaking,
                                                           to D.C. and walked around near the Capitol afterwards. It was a                                  make the dance more fun. We spent a bit more money, got a great
  while driving, will attempt to circumvent the new
  law.                                                     great night.”                                                                                    D.J. and really got people dancing to all the songs. We got a lot of
       Our 24/7 availability, combined with the tech-        Annie Frentsos says that she “had a lot of fun at my first Home-                               positive feedback this year.”
  nological improvements/enhancements with which           coming! We took a lot of pictures and then went to dinner. The                                     And last but not least, thanks to the football team for pulling out
  many of us are familiar, has created a feedback          dance was really crowded and fun but we left to go to an after-                                  that “come from behind” fourth quarter victory! Go Dawgs!
  loop which seems to require instant access and
  communication — whenever and wherever. The
  genie is out of the bottle, and unlike Barbara Eden,
  I don’t see it returning — with or without folded
  arms and a nod. Putting toothpaste back in the
                                                                                                                                                      What’s New at Walt Whitman High
  tube seems like child’s play compared to the effort                                                                                                   Walt Whitman High School’s principal Dr. Alan S. Goodwin spoke
  required to change these new (comparatively                                                                                                         with the Almanac about the upcoming school year:
  speaking) habits of today’s “cell phoning” drivers.
       For those of us drivers/cell phone users too
                                                                                                                                                      Did you make any renovations to the school building(s)
  stubborn or stupid or disinclined to figure out how                                                                                                 this year?
  to integrate and/or connect a hands-free device                                                                                                       We renovated one classroom.
  into our talking-while-driving routine, unfortu-                                                                                                    Has your enrollment went up this year?
  nately, not talking on the phone is not really an                                                                                                     Our enrollment is up by about 30 students.
  option anymore. Continuing to talk on the non
  hands-free phone is, though admittedly unsafe —
                                                                                                                                                      Are there any new teachers at Walt Whitman this year?
  and distracting, and now against the law as well.                                                                                                     We have three new English teachers, three new special education
  However, this new requirement/law is still a proc-                                                                                                  teachers, one new science teacher and one new math teacher.
  ess with which many of us are unfamiliar. And                                                                                                       What are your goals for the upcoming school year?º
  though it may be dangerous, it is a danger that is                                                                                                    We hope to make more students eligible this year which means help-
  known. What danger isn’t known is what will hap-
  pen when police officers start unexpectedly blaring                                                                                                 ing students improve their grades. We are looking forward to a fine
  their sirens and pulling cars over for erratic driving                                                                                              school year and we are off to a good start.
  (as a semi pretense), and then ticket the drivers                                                                                                                                               — Senitra McCombs
  “secondarily” for cell phone usage without a
  hands-free device.
                                                                                                                                                            School Notes
                                                                                                                     Photo courtesy of Karen Hinton

       And so, to avoid this inevitability, what did I
  find myself doing on that first day of the new law,                                                                                                    To have an item listed mail to Deadline
  something that I had never done before — and                                                                                                        is Thursday at noon for the following week’s paper. Call 703-778-9412.
  have no experience doing? Not only looking at the
  road on which I was driving; front, back, side view,                                                                                                  Some 14 members of the Landon Class of 2011 received national honors based
  but looking as well at the adjacent cross and paral-                                                                                                on their performances on the PSAT. John Donelan was selected as a semi-finalist,
  lel roads for police cars ready to pinch my “cell                                                                                                   one of approximately 16,000 in the nation. Alex Selowsky was named a finalist in
  phoning” butt even though I was not committing                                                                                                      the National Hispanic Recognition Program. He is one of nearly 5,000 outstanding
  any other driving infraction. Now that’s distracting,                                                                                               Hispanic students selected based on PSAT scores and grade point average.
  all that looking around. (If ticketed, I don’t see                                                                                                    Twelve Landon seniors were named National Merit Commended Scholars. They
  myself taking a day off from work either in order to                                                                                                are Alexander Becker of Potomac, Noah Bern of Potomac, James Craig, Jack Falvey,
  go to court to dispute the officer’s recollection of                                                                                                Michael Henochowitz of Potomac, Frederick Holcomb, Devin Jones, Michael Liu,
  my alleged “erratic” driving which led to my                                                                                                        Greg Russell, Alex Selowsky, Jonathan Slack and Sean Stouffer of Potomac. Ji Yu
  “secondary” infraction.)                                                                                                                            Zhao, an exchange student from China who studied at Landon last year, was also a
       When I’m talking on the cell phone now, I’m                                                                                                    Commended Scholar.
  not looking around. I’m looking and driving as I
  normally do but with my focus on two places: on
                                                              Tiger Trot                                                                                Five students at Potomac’s McLean School of Maryland have earned AP Scholar
                                                              Connelly School of the Holy Child first                                                 Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievement on AP Exams. The College Board
  what I’m seeing and what I’m hearing. If my cell
                                                              annual Tiger Trot 5K kicked off in fine                                                 recognizes several levels of achievement based on students’ performance on AP Exams.
  phone rings now while I’m driving, to avoid being                                                                                                     ❖ Noah Tomares was awarded the AP Scholar with Distinction Award.
  ticketed, I’ll need to be looking around for what I         fashion, with Holy Child senior Alex Guntle                                               ❖ Lauren Hoffman was awarded the AP Scholar with Honor Award.
  can’t see and can’t hear (a police cruiser/siren) in        (left), winning her age group. The top                                                    ❖ Andrew Luckett, Jonathan Slotkin and Ben Spiegel were awarded the
  addition to what I can see and can hear; in effect,                                                                                                 AP Scholar Awards.
  doubling my distractions. Now that’s scary.
                                                              finisher (to her right) Max Furman, 15,
       And though I’m sure the intention of the law           brother of Holy Child sixth grader Nat                                                    Congratulations to the following local students who were named semifinalists in
  was not to make drivers and driving matters worse,          Furman. Guntle is the captain of the Holy                                               the 2011 National Merit Scholarship Program.
  I wonder if maybe it has. It’s not the law that wor-        Child Cross Country Team. She recently                                                    ❖ Bullis School — Nina Randazzo and Kevin Tenenbaum
  ries me, it’s my reaction to it.                            came in third place for her age group in the                                              ❖ Winston Churchill High School — Michael C. Ahn, Afif F. Bandak, Garrett
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