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                                                            Rocking                                                            From Burns

                                                                                                                              Serious Play:
                                                                                                                                                   News, Page 3

                                                            Out for                                                           Table Tennis
                                                                                                                           Twins Deliver
                                                                                                                                                   News, page 3

                                                            News, page 4
                                                                                                                           Right on Time
                                                                                                                                               Sports, Page 13
Calendar, Page 8 ❖ Sports, Page 13 ❖ Classified, Page 14

                                                                            Local eighth-graders Jake
                                                                            Harburg, Matthew Schick
                                                                            and David Waldman,
                                                                            and Max Greenblatt
                                                                            performed as their band
                                                                            Riptide at the Bach to
                                                                            Rock Music School on
                                                                            Sunday, Feb. 8 to raise
                                                                            money for the Childhood
                                                                            Brain Tumor Foundation
                                                                            as part of their Bar
                                                                            Mitzvah charity
                    Photo by Aaron Stern /The Almanac

                                                         February 11-17, 2009 ❖
                                                 Volume LIII, Number 6   More online at❖
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2 ❖ Potomac Almanac ❖ February 11-17, 2009
                                                                                                                                                   Potomac Almanac Editor Steven Mauren

                       News                                                                                                                   703-917-6431 or

                                                                                                   Joel Rogozinski has relied on friends, family,

Battling Back                                                                                      and fellow firefighters as he recovers
                                                                                                   from burns sustained in the line of duty.
                        By Aaron Stern                                                                                                                                                  Rogozinski punched the bar out but real-
                              The Almanac                                                                                                                                            ized he wouldn’t fit through the window
                                                                                                                                                                                     with his air tank on, so he took it off and
                  angling from a gaping                                                                                                                                              threw it up through the window. He didn’t

     D            hole in the first floor of a
                  burning home, Joel
                                                                                                                                                                                     know if he would be able to pull himself
                                                                                                                                                                                     through the small, elevated opening, but he

                                                                                                                                                  Photo by Aaron Stern/The Almanac
                  Rogozinski didn’t have                                                                                                                                             tried.
     time to wonder if he would get out                                                                                                                                                 “I figured even if I couldn’t make it out
     alive. Steam and smoke from the base-                                                                                                                                           someone’s going to see that [air tank] and
     ment fire below filled his fire-retar-                                                                                                                                          start thinking, ‘Hmm,’” he said. He grabbed
     dant pants and scalded his legs. He                                                                                                                                             the edge of the window and pulled himself
     only knew that he wouldn’t be going                                                                                                                                             up over the cinder block wall, his chest
     back out the home’s front door that                                                                                                                                             burning as his suit pressed against it. He
     he had come in moments before with                                                                                                                                              got halfway through the window before his
     the other members of his rescue squad                                                                                                                                           fellow fire fighters pulled him out.
     crew from the Rockville Volunteer Fire                                                                                                                                             It was a series of actions that Jim Seavey,
     Department’s Station 3 on Hungerford                                                                                                                                            chief of the Cabin John Park Volunteer Fire
     Drive.                                                                                                                                                                          Department and the Volunteer Operations
                                                                                                                                                                                     Chief for Montgomery County Fire and Res-
                                                 Joel Rogozinski — holding the fire truck pinata — with his parents                                                                  cue the night of the incident, described as
“The level of camaraderie                        Jacques and Janet and his sister Helena Rogozinski. Last October                                                                    a self-rescue that not many firefighters
                                                 Rogozinski, a member of the Rockville Volunteer Fire Department who                                                                 would have had the composure to conduct.
there I’ve never seen in                         grew up in Potomac, fell through the floor of a Rockville home while                                                                   “The presence of mind and the where-
my life. It’s a deep                             battling a fire and sustained burns to 35 percent of his body. After
                                                 spending 36 days in the hospital Rogozinski is still recovering, and is
                                                                                                                                                                                     withal … [that Rogozinski displayed]
                                                                                                                                                                                     showed that he’s definitely in the top five
appreciation for what all                        working towards his M.B.A. He hopes to be fighting fires again within
                                                 the next year.
                                                                                                                                                                                     percentile of our people,” said Seavey.

of them do ….”                                                                                                                                                                       MIKE ADER WAS THE OFFICER in
                                                 hose and escape, the floor swelled, then          else to go, Rogozinski dropped to the base-                                       charge of the rescue squad truck that night.
                  — Jacques Rogozinski           buckled. He fell through the floor, catching      ment floor below. He remembered a base-                                           He and Rogozinski went through training
                                                 himself with his arms and the pike pole he        ment window that he had seen when he had                                          together as 16-year-old junior members in
        “You basically just go through your      was carrying.                                     searched for the gas meter to shut off the                                        the spring of 2001 and have been close
     options,” Rogozinski said. As part of         Having left his radio in the truck, he yelled   home’s utilities on his way into the home.                                        friends since. Ader was helping to put out
     the four-person crew the night of Oct.      mayday, the call for a fire fighter in trouble,   It was a small window located high in the                                         the basement fire when the mayday call
     2, 2008, he had searched both floors        but he quickly realized that no one would         wall, split by a fixed metal bar. He grabbed                                      went out over the radio, but with bad radio
     of the Rockville home, then served as       be able to come back over the compromised         the metal bar but as he did, the air space                                        reception in the basement it wasn’t until he
     fire suppression at the top of the base-    floor to get him. It felt to him like he          between his hand and glove disappeared;                                           was putting out some remaining hot spots
     ment stairs as the basement fire be-        dangled from the floor forever as his legs        his hand burned and the skin slid off. The                                        that he heard it. He didn’t know who was
     low was battled. The house had grown        burned, though in reality it was probably         suits worn by firefighters are baggy in part                                      in trouble, but he searched the basement.
     hotter and Rogozinski had seen flames       30 to 45 seconds.                                 to provide an air space between the body                                          He heard a signal from a Personal Alert
     outside shooting up from a basement           During that time, the main fire in the          and the material to protect them from burn-                                       Safety System device, but the signal stopped
     window, and he knew his crew needed         basement was brought under control. Re-           ing and eliminating that airspace often re-
     to get out. Before he could gather the      alizing that and knowing he had nowhere           sults in burns, Rogozinski said.                                                                See Firefighters, Page 6

Saturday Night Fever
Top table tennis talent invades the Potomac                                                                                                                                                                                      Photo by Aaron Stern/The Almanac

Community Center every Saturday night.
                        By Aaron Stern           shoes designed specially for the sport. Com-
                              The Almanac        petitors emerge from the gym to suck down
                                                 water at the water fountains looking like
     f the idea of playing a casual game of      they just spent a vigorous hour in the weight

I    ping pong on a Saturday night sounds
     like a good way to kick back and relax
after a long week, don’t go to the Potomac
                                                 room. This is not the sport of friendly base-
                                                 ment matches or casual college rec room
Community Center. Fourteen ping pong                “People think that ping pong, table ten-
tables and dozens of local table tennis en-      nis, is still a basement game,” said Stephen
thusiasts replace the pick-up and rec league     Yeh of Rockville as he stood outside the          Table tennis provides a level playing field for competitors young and
basketball games that usually occupy the         entrance to the gym on Saturday, Feb. 7.          old, male and female, said Herman Yeh, the president of the Potomac
gym, but it is not a place for the casual        “It’s not what you think it is, unless you saw    Country Table Tennis Club and a member of the Potomac Community
player.                                          it,” he said jabbing a thumb back over his        Center Advisory Board. Yeh’s club has 100 members with 40 more on
  Players blast balls back and forth across                                                        the waiting list, and hosts some of the most competitive table tennis
the table at a blurring pace, and many wear                          See Center, Page 10           matches on the East Coast, according to Yeh.                                                                                                                  Potomac Almanac ❖ February 11-17, 2009 ❖ 3
       This Week in Potomac                                                         News
  Valentine’s Day Weekend at Park
     Discovery Galleries and the Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts
  and Culture will celebrate Valentine’s Day weekend with a gal-
  lery depicting the historic and iconic buildings of the park. The
  work of Bethesda-based photographer Daniel Schreiber will be
  on display and a portion of the proceeds from this photography
  exhibition and sale will be donated to support the Park’s ongo-
  ing programs.
     The weekend-long exhibition will begin with a Valentine Mar-

                                                                                                                                                                                Photo by Aaron Stern/The Almanac
  tini and Wine Reception on Friday, Feb. 13, from 7 p.m. to 11
  p.m. Another evening reception will be held on Valentine’s Day,
  Feb. 14, also from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Schreiber will be available
  at both receptions to discuss his work. The exhibition and sale
  is also open on February 14, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and on
  February 15, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
     Discovery Galleries is located at 4840 Bethesda Avenue in
  Bethesda. An RSVP is recommended for both evening receptions
  and can be made to 301-913-9199 or www.discovery

  Library Closed Sunday, Monday
    All Montgomery County Public Libraries will be closed on Sun-         Local eighth-graders Jake Harburg, Matthew Schick and David Waldman, and Max
  day, Feb. 15 and Monday, Feb. 16, in observance of President’s          Greenblatt performed as their band Riptide at the Bach to Rock Music School on Sun-
  Day.                                                                    day, Feb. 8 to raise money for the Childhood Brain Tumor Foundation as part of their
                                                                          Bar Mitzvah charity projects.

  Yellow Barn High School Art
     Yellow Barn Studio instructor and artist Glen Kessler will present
  the work of his first “High School Scholarship Class” at The Yel-
  low Barn Gallery, Saturday, Feb. 14 through Sunday, Feb. 15.ºThe
  Gallery is open from noon to 5 p.m. daily.ºA reception for the
                                                                          Rocking Out for Charity
  artists is scheduled for 3 to 5 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 15, in the gal-
  lery. The event, which is hosted in cooperation with the National
                                                                          Riptide performs in Bethesda to raise money to fight
  Park Service and the Glen Echo Partnership for Arts and Culture,        childhood brain tumors for Bar Mitzvah charity project.
  is open to the public. Light fare and live music is available at the
  reception. For more information contact the Yellow Barn Gallery                                        By Aaron Stern          brain tumors, and improves the quality of life
  at 301-371-5593 or the National Park Service, Glen Echo, at 301-                                              The Almanac      for those affected.
  492-6229.                                                                                                                        “It’s a great way for us to
                                                                                           usic fans young and old filled the    incorporate our love of      “It’s a great
  March Senior Forum
     Montgomery County Councilman Roger Berliner (D-Potomac,
  Bethesda, Chevy Chase) will host a forum for local seniors on
  Friday, March 6 from 2 to 4 p.m. in Bethesda to provide advice
  on financial, personal, and home safety matters. Speakers will
                                                                          M                lobby auditorium of the Bach to
                                                                                           Rock Music School in Bethesda on
                                                                                           Sunday, Feb. 8, packing the small
                                                                          space and spilling out the front door onto the side-
                                                                          walk, cameras aloft, trying to digitally capture the
                                                                                                                                 music with the Jewish
                                                                                                                                 cause,” said bassist Jake
                                                                                                                                 Harburg, a Thomas W. Pyle
                                                                                                                                 Middle School eighth
                                                                                                                                 grader. Together with
                                                                                                                                                             way for us to
                                                                                                                                                               our love of
                                                                          moment.                                                bandmates               Max
  include U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.), author Stan Hinden,
  Montgomery County Police Commander Russ Hamill. The meet-
                                                                             Inside, the band Riptide opened their four-song     Greenblatt,       Matthew     music with
                                                                          set with “Carry on My Wayward Son,” by Kansas,         Schick       and      David
  ing will be held in the Anastasia Room of the Bethesda Chevy
  Chase Rescue Squad located at 5020 Battery Lane, Bethesda
                                                                          then moved on to cover Ozzy Osbourne and Nir-          Waldman, they are Rip-        the Jewish
                                                                          vana covers before finishing with their own origi-     tide. Greenblatt attends
  (the intersection of Old Georgetown Road and Battery Lane).
  Call 240-777-7828 for more information.
                                                                          nal song, “Wonderful.” That may sound like an          the McLean School in               cause”
                                                                          ambitious playlist for a group made up of four 13-     Potomac, Schick goes to            — Jake Harburg
     Exhibitors at the event will include: Bethesda Chevy Chase
                                                                          year old boys, but then their goal is ambitious too.   Landon, and Waldman is a
  Chamber of Commerce, Bethesda Chevy Chase Regional Ser-
                                                                             The group performed last weekend as part of their   student at Jewish Day School. With wide-
  vices Center, Community Partners, Family and Nursing Care
                                                                          bar mitzvah charity projects in an effort to raise     ranging influences — they cited Led Zeppelin,
  Inc., G.R.O.W.S, Interages, Jewish Council on Aging, Meals on
                                                                          money for the Childhood Brain Tumor Foundation         the Beatles, and Boston as their favorite bands
  Wheels, Montgomery College, Montgomery County Department
                                                                          (CBTF), an organization that raises funds for scien-
  of Recreation, Montgomery County Fire/Rescue Service, Mont-
                                                                          tific research, heightens public awareness of child                             See Rocking, Page 6
  gomery County Police Department, Montgomery County Of-
  fice of Aging and Disability, OASIS, Senior Checked, Senior
                                                                                                                                                      Eighth-graders Jake
  Connection, Senior Health Insurance Program, Strategies for
                                                                                                                                                      Harburg, Matthew
  Independent Living, Suburban Hospital, The Beacon, Top Ba-
                                                                                                                                                      Schick and David
  nana Home-Delivered Groceries, and Vamoose Bus.
                                                                                                                                                      Waldman, and Max
                                                                                                                                                      Greenblatt performed
  Garagiola To Host Meetings                                                                                                                          as their band Riptide at
    State Sen. Rob Garagiola (D -15) will host a series of town                                                                                       the Bach to Rock Music
  hall-style meetings at Giant food stores over the next few weeks                                                                                    School on Sunday, Feb.
  as he does each year during the Maryland General Assembly to                                                                                        8 to raise money for the
  get input from constituents. He will also hand out questionnaires                                                                                   Childhood Brain Tumor
  soliciting opinions on fiscal, health care, transportation and en-                                                                                  Foundation as part of
  ergy issues.                                                                                                                                        their Bar Mitzvah char-
    The meeting times and locations are scheduled as follows:                                                                                         ity projects. After the
    ❖ March 7, 1-2 p.m.: Selby Market, 19610 Fisher Ave.,                                                                                             show they chatted with
  Poolesville                                                                                                                                         nine-year-old Kayla
    ❖ March 7, 11 a.m. -noon: Traville – Giant, 9719 Traville Gate-                                                                                   Wenger, who has
  way Drive, Rockville.                                                                                                                               benefitted from the
4 ❖ Potomac Almanac ❖ February 11-17, 2009                                                                                               
         Bulletin Board

  To submit an item for the Civic Cal-     and widowers who want to honor             Women can enjoy music, exercises and         introduce the season of Lent. The        mymontgomery and visitors to the site need
endar, e-mail almanac@connectionne-        and remember their loved ones. 1:30-       more. $36-$45/person. Registration           service will feature the imposition of   only type in their address and zip code. or fax the submission to      3 p.m. Free and open to any                required, 301-299-7087 ext. 410 or           ashes, the poetry of Ann Weems and
703-917-0991. Deadline is Thursday at      Montgomery County resident.       for more.                  more. 301-424-4346.                         JSSA (Jewish Social Service Agency),
noon two weeks prior to the event. For     Montgomery Hospice, 1355 Piccard        Transfiguration. Geneva Presbyterian                                                     a non-sectarian community agency, is
questions, call 703-917-6407.              Drive, Rockville. Registration             Church, 11931 Seven Locks Road,                                                       seeking volunteers over the age of 18 to
                                           required: 301-921-4400.                    Potomac, will celebrate Transfiguration   WEDNESDAY/MARCH 4
                                                                                                                                                                            help enhance the quality of life of indi-
                                                                                      at 10:30 a.m. with a special service      Workshop. 7 p.m. at Potomac Library,
MONDAY/FEB. 9                                                                                                                                                               viduals      and     families     facing
                                                                                      featuring the “Masterpieces of Lent” —     10101 Glenolden Drive. Parents can
                                         SATURDAY/FEB. 21                             a slide presentation of classical art,     learn how to interact with children.       life-threatening or terminal illness. The
Making Montgomery Green. 7:45
                                         Free Practice Test. All students can         with accompanying narrative,               Free. 301-229-1347 to register.            next training course is scheduled for
 p.m. at County Council Office
 Building, 100 Maryland Ave. Learn         take a practice SAT or ACT test at         highlighting the events leading up to                                                 Mondays, Feb. 23, March 2, March 9,
 about how to make Montgomery              Winston Churchill High School. To          Holy Week. 301-424-4346.                                                              March 23, and March 30, from 5:30-9
 green. Free. Visit                        register, visit or 1-                                                ONGOING                                     p.m. at JSSA’s Montrose Road office, for more.         800-698-8867.                                                                           Montgomery County has launched a         6123 Montrose Road, Rockville. For
                                                                                   WEDNESDAY/FEB. 25                            new Web site feature called “My             more information, contact Amy
                                                                                   Ash Wednesday. Geneva Presbyterian           Montgomery,” which helps residents lo-      Kaufman Goott, Volunteer Coordinator
FRIDAY/FEB. 13                           SUNDAY/FEB. 22                              Church, 11931 Seven Locks Road,            cate a variety of County facilities and     for JSSA Hospice and Transitions at
Hospice Valentines Day Grief             Mind, Body and Soul. 2:30-7 p.m. at         Potomac, will hold an Ash                  services. “My Montgomery” can be found      301-816-2650, or visit
  Workshop. A workshop for widows          Har Shalom, 11510 Falls Road.             Wednesday service at 7 p.m. to             at              JSSA on the web at

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With the Help of Friends, Family, Fellow Firefighters
From Page 3                                                                                     Joel Rogozinski, 23, on his way                  have that support … you’d have time to
                                                                                                home after being released after 36               mope, you’d have time to think about it too
      and he never found its source.                                                            days at the Washington Hospital                  much. That made it definitely a lot easier.”
        By the time he got out to                                                               Center’s Burn Center. During that
      where the rescue crews were                                                               time he was never without at least               JOEL ROGOZINSKI was discharged from
      assembled Rogozinski was on                                                                              one member of the                 the Washington Hospital Center on Nov. 7,
      his way to the hospital. He knew                                                                         fire department                   2008. He went home to his parents’ house
      his friend had been burned, but                                                                          sitting watch over                to continue his recovery which included
      a rumor that he had been intu-                                                                           his room. Taking                  periodic checkups, physical therapy, and
      bated was quickly quashed and                                                                            eight-hour shifts,                navigating a litany of pain killers and anti-
      he thought then that Rogozinski                                                                          the members of                    biotics. He still wears compression garments
      was going to be fine.                                                                                    Rockville Volunteer               on his legs and his right arm to protect his
        “Obviously we were worried                                                                             Fire Department                   new skin and to promote nerve regenera-
      about it, [but] I don’t think any-                                                                       Station 3 and other               tion. He can’t do all the things he likes to
      body understood the degree or                                                                            firefighters from                 do yet — working out is painful, running
      how badly he was burned until                                                                            around Montgom-                   isn’t an option, and even walking around
      after when we saw him in the                                                                             ery County logged                 campus is uncomfortable. Pain comes and
      hospital,” said Ader.                                                                                    more than 1700                    goes randomly, and sometimes he gets a 10-
                                                                                                               hours by his side.                second burst that feels like his legs are get-
      HELENA ROGOZINSKI,                             Photo courtesy of the Rockville Volunteer Fire Department                                   ting an inch-deep tattoo. But pain is a good
      Joel’s older sister, in town from Nash-   ington Hospital Center’s Burn Center                                                             sign, he said, because it means his nerves
      ville, Tenn. to celebrate Rosh            Rogozinski underwent five surgeries and 11      “The only true worry I                           are coming back to life.
      Hashanah, had just gone to sleep in       blood transfusions. He spent days on end                                                            True to the way he has always been, his
      the Rogozinski’s Potomac home when        completely immobile so that the skin grafts     have is that I might not                         parents said, he has progressed ahead of
      the phone rang. She let it go, but
      when the ringing started again she
                                                — which were done first with pig and ca-
                                                daver skin, and then with auto grafts from
                                                                                                be able to go back in.”                          schedule and isn’t slowing down his frenetic
                                                                                                                                                 pace of life.
      picked it up. Moments later she was       his upper thighs — could set on his legs,                              — Joel Rogozinski            Last month Rogozinski moved into an
      pounding on her parents’ bedroom          arms, and torso. He couldn’t scratch his new                                                     apartment in college park where he is tak-
      door. Within minutes they were on         skin that itched constantly, and as his body    was the 20-pound bag of peanuts for no           ing classes now in preparation for enroll-
      their way to the hospital. She told her   constantly leaked fluids his thirst was un-     discernible reason, and the fake set of gold     ment in the University of Maryland’s M.B.A.
      parents, Jacques and Janet, that she      quenchable, particularly in the early days      teeth — Grillz — because, why not? But           program. He remains a constant presence
      would tell her ordinarily stoic, un-      of his recovery. His recovery didn’t follow a   there was no better articulation of the typi-    at the firehouse and last month was voted
      emotional brother that she loved him.     linear progression like that of a broken        cal fire fighter’s sense of humor than the       onto the station’s board of directors, giving
      If he told her he loved her she would     bone, said his mother, Janet Rogozinski.        intravenous bag full of gravy — “because         him organizational experience uncommon
      know it was bad. She got there and        Instead good days were often followed by        he was oozing something that looked like         for firefighters his age, Ader said.
      told him she loved him. He told her       bad days, steps forward often followed by       gravy,” Helena Rogozinski said.                     “Joel doesn’t ever let anything hold him
      he loved her too.                         steps backwards.                                  Through the jokes, a sense of unrivaled        down or let anybody tell him what to do,”
                                                   It was a difficult time for Rogozinski and   brotherhood pervaded that, until the acci-       said Ader.
                                                his family, but they had the benefit of an      dent, Rogozinski’s parents had not fully re-        He can’t go back to fighting fires yet be-
“Joel doesn’t ever let                          unparalleled support network. There wasn’t      alized.                                          cause his skin doesn’t have the sensitivity
                                                a single hour of the 36 days that he didn’t       “That for me is an amazing thing …,” said      to distinguish hot from cold, but when it
anything hold him down                          have at least one person from the fire de-      Jacques Rogozinski. “The level of camara-        does — hopefully a year or so from now —
or let anybody tell him                         partment there with him. They took eight-
                                                hour shifts and brought him homemade
                                                                                                derie there I’ve never seen in my life. It’s a
                                                                                                deep appreciation for what all of them do
                                                                                                                                                 he plans to get back to doing what he
                                                                                                                                                 wanted to do ever since his older brother
what to do.”                                    meals or meals from anywhere he wanted,
                                                including one pizza that travelled all the
                                                                                                but it’s like you’re hurting in your own
                                                                                                                                                 Jaime became a volunteer fire fighter when
                                                                                                                                                 Joel was 14.
                             — Mike Ader        way with Seavey from Florida. They                Janet Rogozinski described the sense              For Jacques and Janet Rogozinski that will
                                                brought him games, DVDs, and anything           among the visitors from the fire department,     mean reassuming the mindset that they had
        Rogozinski suffered burns to 35         else he wanted. There were so many gifts        whether they knew Joel or not, as one of         towards their son’s line of duty before the
      percent of his body that night, includ-   the hospital had to use a spare room to store   communal pain. In all, Rogozinski’s bunk         accident, of loving him and trying not to
      ing second and third degree burns to      them all, Rogozinski said.                      mates from Station 3 and firefighters from       worry too much about the danger he could
      both hands, his right arm, stomach,          The gifts ranged from the expected and       elsewhere around the county logged over          be in on any given night of the week. Janet
      and some on his left arm, but it was      the requested to the unexpected and the         1700 straight hours standing watch in            Rogozinski described being the mother of a
      his legs that were burned the worst.      bizarre, and many were humorous. There          Rogozinski’s room.                               firefighter as a mixture of pride and denial.
      From mid-thigh down to his feet he        was the fire truck piñata filled with Snick-      “It was a huge part, I think, of his recov-       “We bring them to life and then they’re
      sustained circumferential second and      ers bars in homage to Rogozinski’s Mexi-        ery and how he emerged from it,” Janet           out risking their lives,” she said.
      third degree burns; the burns to the      can heritage — he moved with his family         Rogozinski said.                                    Joel Rogozinski wouldn’t have it any other
      backs of his legs were mostly third       to Potomac from Mexico at the age of 12 —         “It was absolutely incredible to see so        way.
      degree.                                   and there was the balloon one firefighter       many people, and what people are willing            “The only true worry I have is that I might
        Over the next 36 days at the Wash-      brought that proclaimed “It’s a Girl!” There    to do,” Joel Rogozinski said. “If you didn’t     not be able to go back in,” he said.

They’re Rocking Out for Charity in Bar Mitzvah Style
From Page 4                                     his older sister Leah, a Walt Whitman High      this cause,” said Wenger’s mother, Laurie        can be an inspiration to others their age.
— the four began playing together at Bach       School junior, volunteers with nine-year-old    Wenger. “It’s not just for Kayla.”                  “Maybe [we can] show kids that they
to Rock two years ago.                          Kayla Wenger at their synagogue, Congre-          “We were very touched by it,” said Eric        don’t have to hide what they want to do,”
                                                gation B’nai Tzedek each weekend. Wenger,       Wenger, Kayla Wenger’s father.                   Schick said. And worldwide fame wouldn’t
LAST YEAR they decided they wanted to           who had a brain tumor and benefited from          Beyond raising money for children suf-         be bad either. “Maybe we could become a
do a benefit concert for their traditional      the Childhood Brain Tumor Foundation, was       fering from brain tumors, Schick said that       little more famous than we already are,” he
charity project. Harburg suggested CBTF be-     one of at least 100 Riptide fans that packed    hopefully the fact that the four friends have    said. To learn more about CBTF’s mission
cause of two personal connections. He had       Bach to Rock Sunday afternoon.                  conquered the insecurities of adolescence        or how to donate, visit www.childhood
an uncle that died from a brain tumor and         “We’re truly so proud for them to choose      and literally put themselves on center stage
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Representatives from the Montgomery County Police, First and Second Districts; Cabin
John Volunteer Fire Department; Maryland State Police, Aviation Division; and the
United States Park Police, Aviation Division gather with Norwood School’s Susie
Rosenbaum, Middle School Principal, and Nalini Rogers, Chair of the Board of Trustees.
                                                                                                                                                                            A new special monthly
Rescuers Receive More Recognition                                                                                                                                          publication that features
             he men and women of the various agen-
                                                                                                                                                                             the lifestyles, homes,
                                                         Department’s, Station 10, on River Road, less than
T            cies who rescued nine drivers from the
             torrent of water unleashed on River Road
             on Dec. 23 by a ruptured water main con-
tinued to be honored last week during two separate
ceremonies on Friday, Feb. 6.
                                                         half a mile from the site of the water main
                                                         break.ºSponsored by Corstone, Inc., a Rockville-base
                                                         human resources company, the luncheon reunited
                                                         rescuers with the victims who were trapped in their
                                                         cars that morning.ºAlso, the Cabin John Park Volun-
                                                                                                                                                                           and people of Potomac.

                                                                                                                                                          A targeted publication of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Community Newspapers
  In the first ceremony, the Norwood School on River     teer Fire Department and the county’s Swift Water                                                                                                              Since 1784
Road gave the emergency responders plaques and           Rescue and Tactical Services Team received a United
drawings to thank them for executing the swift wa-       States Flag flown over the U.S. Capitol from U.S.
ter rescue similar to those done typically on the        Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) and U.S. Rep. Chris
Potomac River. Located less than a quarter mile from     Van Hollen (D-Md.).ºThe helicopter crews from the
where the incident occurred, the school was closed       United States Park Police and the Maryland State Po-
the day of the incident but helicopter crews that        lice also attended, as did Montgomery County
pulled stranded drivers from their deluged cars          Councilmember Nancy Floreen (D -At large).
landed at the school to briefly secure their iced-over   Corstone presented the fire department with a $5,000
rescue baskets before proceeding to local hospitals.     check that Cabin John chief Jim Seavey said would
  The second ceremony of the day was a luncheon          be earmarked for river rescue equipment.
held at the Cabin John Park Volunteer Fire                                                — Aaron Stern

DAR Honors Volunteer’s Dedication
          ever underestimate the power of unsolic-

N         ited, unexpected kindness and compassion.
          “Every contact you make with people …
in your daily life, you always want to come across
                                                                                                           Photo by Aaron Stern/The Almanac

R.A.K. — random acts of kindness,” said Norman
Liebow, the coordinator of the C&O Canal National
Historical Park’s volunteer-operated Bike Patrol as
he received the Potomac Chapter of the Daughters
of the American Revolution’s Community Service
Award on Saturday, Feb. 7.
  Liebow received the award, given nearly each
year to local volunteers who make significant so-
cial contributions without being paid, for his ser-
vice to the Canal. The members of the bike patrol
volunteer their time to ride up and down the
Canal’s towpath providing guidance and educa-
tional information to the park’s visitors, and are
also equipped to provide first aid care if neces-        Norman Liebow, the coordinator of the
sary. Liebow was among the program’s first mem-          C7O Canal National Historical Park’s
bers in 1999 and over the years has garnered sev-        volunteer Bike Patrol program, received
eral awards for his service.                             the Potomac Chapter of the Daughters of
  An avid cyclist who also volunteers his time with      the American Revolution’s Community
local Boy Scout groups, Liebow said at Saturday’s        Service Award on Saturday, Feb. 7.
ceremony at Normandie Farms restaurant that now,
more than ever, unsolicited kindness and the selfless    ers during these very, very difficult times,” Liebow
dedication to the greater good was necessary.            said.
  “We have a responsibility to ourselves and to oth-                                      — Aaron Stern                                                                                                                                                          Potomac Almanac ❖ February 11-17, 2009 ❖ 7
                                                                                                               To have community events listed free in                                                                                             10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. in the Mansion        7300 MacArthur Blvd. Free for              performing at 1 p.m. at the Mansion        and the Beast” at 7:30 p.m. at Reeve or 202-488-
                                                                                                            The Potomac Almanac, send e-mail to                                                                                                    at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike,       members and children under 2, $5/          at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike,       Studio Theatre, 4908 Auburn Ave.            0627.
                                                                                                                                                                                                        North Bethesda. Tickets: $75; call         non member. Visit                          North Bethesda. Prepaid reservations       $10/person. Visit                        Theater Performance. Imagination
                                                                                                            Deadline is Thursday at noon for the fol-                                                                                              301-581-5100.                     or 202-488-         required; $21 plus tax. Call 301-581- or 301-            Stage presents “The Magic of Beauty
                                                                                                            lowing week’s paper. Photos and artwork                                                                                             Park Movie. 4 p.m. at Arcade Building         0627.                                      5108.                                      280-1660.                                   and the Beast” at 7:30 p.m. at Reeve
                                                                                                            encouraged. Unless otherwise noted, all                                                                                                at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur       Dog Talk. 2 p.m. at Potomac                Concert. Violinist Julia Fischer performs   Contra Dance. 7:30-11:30 p.m. at              Studio Theatre, 4908 Auburn Ave.
                                                                                                            events are in Potomac. For more informa-                                                                                               Blvd. Watch a movie documenting the        Community Center, 11315 Falls Road.        at 8 p.m. in the Music Center at           Spanish Ballroom in Glen Echo, 7300         $10/person. Visit
                                                                                                            tion, call 703-917-6407.                                                                                                               park’s 115-year history. Free. Visit       Hear a dog trainer talk about how to       Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane,           MacArthur Blvd $9/person. E-mail   or 301-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          or 301-320-1400.          train difficult dogs. Free, but            North Bethesda. Tickets: $38-78; call for more.               280-1660.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Carousel Tours. Noon at Glen Echo             registration required,                     301-581-5100.                                                                       Art Show. Noon-5 p.m. at Yellow Barn
                                                                                                            THURSDAY/FEB. 12                                                                                                                       Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. See how or 301-983-     Tiny Tot Tuesdays. 10 a.m. or 11:30                                                       Gallery, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   it was made, how it works and more.        5913.                                      a.m. at Glen Echo Park, 7300             SATURDAY/FEB. 28                              Echo. See the “Paintings by Amanda
                                                                                                            Celebration. 2-4 p.m. at the Executive
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Free. Visit or 301-    Art Show. Noon-5 p.m. at Yellow Barn          MacArthur Blvd. The Puppet                Painting Workshop. Lillian Fitzgerald        Horowitz.” Free. 301-371-5593 or
                                                                                                              Office Building, 101 Monroe St.,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   320-1400.                                  Gallery, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen        Company has performances for                leads a painting workshop from 10:30 for more.
                                                                                                              Rockville. Theme is “Heritage and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Nature Programs. Enjoy activities,            Echo. See the “Paintings by Zoe            children up to age 4 to enjoy. $5/          a.m.-2:30 p.m. in the Mansion at        Dance Party. 7:30-11 p.m. at Unitarian
                                                                                                              Horizons: The African American
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   stories, animals, hikes and more from      Polach.” Free. 301-371-5593 or             person. Registration recommended,           Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike,          Universalist Church of Rockville.
                                                                                                              Legacy and the Challenges for the 21st
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Glen Echo Park, for more. or 301-320-             North Bethesda. Tickets: $50 plus $25      Dance to music by Pine Leaf Boys.
                                                                                                              Century.” Hear music and speakers.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   7300 MacArthur Blvd. Free for           Contra and Square Dance. 7-10:30              6668.                                       material fee; call 301-581-5100.           $18/person. Visit
                                                                                                              Free. Visit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   members and children under 2, $5/          p.m. at Spanish Ballroom in Glen                                                    National Philharmonic. The National  or
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   non member. Visit                          Echo, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. $12/                                                        Philharmonic Orchestra performs at 8       301-762-6730.
                                                                                                              240-777-1293.                                                                                                                                                                                                           WEDNESDAY/FEB. 25
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          or 202-488-         nonmember; $9/member.                                                                  p.m. in the Music Center at
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   0627.                                                                               Afternoon Tea. Guitarist Paul Bangser         Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane,
                                                                                                            FRIDAY/FEB. 13                                                                                                                      Art Show. Noon-5 p.m. at Yellow Barn                                                     is performing at 1 p.m. at the              North Bethesda. Tickets from $29,       SUNDAY/MARCH 1
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Gallery, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen     MONDAY/FEB. 23                                Mansion at Strathmore, 10701                children 7-17 free. Call 301-581-       Dance Performance. 3 p.m. at
                                                                                                            Home Tours. Guided tours showing the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Echo. See the “Paintings by Zoe         Singing Workshop. John Horman                 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda.             5100.                                     American Dance Institute, 1570 E.
                                                                                                              history and personal stories of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Polach.” Free. 301-371-5593 or             leads a multi-session workshop for         Prepaid reservations required; $21       Dance Performance. 8 p.m. at                 Jefferson St. See Robert Moses’ Kin
                                                                                                              Mansion at Strathmore, 10701
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          for more.         aspiring singers from 7:30-9 p.m. in       plus tax. Call 301-581-5108.                American Dance Institute, 1570 E.         and Edgeworks Dance Theatre. $25/
                                                                                                              Rockville Pike, North Bethesda, 11
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Tot Shabbat. 11 a.m. at Congregation          the Mansion at Strathmore, 10701        Artist in Residence. Herb and Hanson           Jefferson St. See Robert Moses’ Kin       adult; $15/student, senior, member.
                                                                                                              a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Call 301-581-5100.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   B’nai Tzedek, 10621 S. Glen Road.          Rockville Pike, North Bethesda.            perform at 7:30 p.m. in the Mansion         and Edgeworks Dance Theatre. $25/         Visit or 301-
                                                                                                            Symphony with a Twist. Marvin
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Preschoolers and early elementary          Tickets: $120; call 301-581-5100.          at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike,        adult; $15/student, senior, member.       984-3003.
                                                                                                              Alson and Savion Glover perform at 8
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   school age children can enjoy. Free.    Book Discussion. 8 p.m. at Beth               North Bethesda. Tickets: $10; call          Visit or 301-     Park Movie. 4 p.m. at Arcade Building
                                                                                                              p.m. in the Music Center at
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   301-299-0225.                              Sholom Congregation, 11825 Seven           301-581-5100.                               984-3003.                                 at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur
                                                                                                              Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Locks Road. Free. Discuss “Not Me” by   London Philharmonic. The London             Park Movie. 4 p.m. at Arcade Building        Blvd. Watch a movie documenting the
                                                                                                              North Bethesda. Visit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Michael Lavigne. E-mail                    Philharmonic Orchestra performs at 8        at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur         park’s 115-year history. Free. Visit
                                                                                                     for tickets.                                                                                                     SUNDAY/FEB. 22                       for more.              p.m. in the Music Center at                 Blvd. Watch a movie documenting the or 301-320-1400.
                                                                                                            Bethesda Art Walk. 6-9 p.m. in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Park Movie. 4 p.m. at Arcade Building      Discussion. 7:30 p.m. at the Writer’s         Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane,            park’s 115-year history. Free. Visit    Carousel Tours. Noon at Glen Echo
                                                                                                              downtown Bethesda. Browse 13
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur           Center, 4508 Walsh St. Enjoy a             North Bethesda. Tickets: $47-117; call or 301-320-1400.         Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. See how
                                                                                                              galleries and more. Free. Visit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Blvd. Watch a movie documenting the         discussion with Ellen McLaughlin and       301-581-5100.                            Carousel Tours. Noon at Glen Echo            it was made, how it works and more.
                                                                                                     for more.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  park’s 115-year history. Free. Visit        Tony-nominated Kathleen Chalfant,                                                      Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. See how        Free. Visit or 301-
                                                                                                            Contra Dance. 7:30-11:30 p.m. at
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         or 301-320-1400.           actors in the upcoming Arena Stage                                                     it was made, how it works and more.       320-1400.
                                                                                                              Spanish Ballroom in Glen Echo, 7300                                                                                                                                                                                     FRIDAY/FEB. 27
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Carousel Tours. Noon at Glen Echo             production of Edward Albee’s “A                                                        Free. Visit or 301-    Nature Programs. Enjoy activities,
                                                                                                              MacArthur Blvd $9/person. E-mail
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. See how          Delicate Balance.” General admission    Peking Acrobats. Chinese acrobats              320-1400.                                 stories, animals, hikes and more from
                                                                                                     for more.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  it was made, how it works and more.         is $5. For details, call 301-654-8664     perform at 8 p.m. in the Music Center     Nature Programs. Enjoy activities,           10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Glen Echo Park,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Free. Visit or 301-        or e-mail          at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane,          stories, animals, hikes and more from     7300 MacArthur Blvd. Free for
                                                                                                            SATURDAY/FEB. 14                                                                                                                      320-1400.                                                                             North Bethesda. Tickets: $18-45; call        10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Glen Echo Park,         members and children under 2, $5/
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Nature Programs. Enjoy activities,                                                      301-581-5100.                                7300 MacArthur Blvd. Free for             non member. Visit
                                                                                                            Park Movie. 4 p.m. at Arcade Building                                                                                                                                          TUESDAY/FEB. 24
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  stories, animals, hikes and more from                                               Theater Performance. Imagination               members and children under 2, $5/ or 202-488-
                                                                                                               at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Glen Echo Park,        Afternoon Tea. Pianist Becky Dukes is        Stage presents “The Magic of Beauty          non member. Visit                         0627.
                                                                                                               Blvd. Watch a movie documenting the
                                                                                                               park’s 115-year history. Free. Visit
                                                                                                      or 301-320-1400.
                   YMCA Youth & Family Services                                                             Carousel Tours. Noon at Glen Echo
                                                                                                               Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. See how
                  Parenting Programs: Spring 2009                                                              it was made, how it works and more.       The Ahn Trio will perform 8 p.m. on Feb. 20 at the Music
           Library Workshops: Free, donations appreciated
                                                                                                               Free. Visit or 301-
                                                                                                            Nature Programs. Enjoy activities,
                                                                                                                                                         Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North
                                                                                                                                                         Bethesda. Visit for more.                                               Galleries
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Potomac Village Deli Catering
                         Registration and Information:                                                         stories, animals, hikes and more from
             Call (301) 229-1347 or email:                                                10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Glen Echo Park,
                                                                                                               7300 MacArthur Blvd. Free for
                                                                                                                                                            members and children under 2, $5/
                                                                                                                                                            non member. Visit
                                                                                                                                                                                                        required; $21 plus tax. Call 301-581-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Thousands                                                                                                                                             Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Catering
                                                                                                               members and children under 2, $5/                                                        5108.
 Ending Power Struggles Without Casualties                         Two sites!!

                                                                                                                                                   or 202-488-
 Fighting or giving in tends to increase the child’s or teen’s desire for power. Come and learn new            non member. Visit
                                                                                                                                                            0627.                                                                                   of pictures
                                                                                                      or 202-488-
 approaches that will change the patterns of interaction and develop cooperation within the family.
                                                                                                                                                         Artist Showcase. Noon-5 p.m. with a         WEDNESDAY/FEB. 18                              of sports,
 Interpretación en Español disponible si se registran con anticipación.                                                                                     reception starting at 3 p.m. at Yellow   Afternoon Tea. Pianist Fran Hrastar is
 Wednesday, March 4, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Free Potomac Library, 10101 Glenolden Dr., Potomac
                                                                                                            Reception. 6-8 p.m. Potomac artist
                                                                                                                                                            Barn Studio at Glen Echo, 7300             performing at 1 p.m. at the Mansion          gradua-
 Monday, March 9, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Free Long Branch Library, 8800 Garland Avenue, Silver Spring
                                                                                                               Marshetta Davis is showcasing her art
                                                                                                               at DeJaBel Café, 2519 University
                                                                                                                                                            MacArthur Blvd. See works from
                                                                                                                                                            “High School Scholarship Class.” Free.
                                                                                                                                                                                                       at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike,         tions,                                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                               Blvd. West, Wheaton, through                                                            North Bethesda. Prepaid reservations
 RESPETO: cómo manejar la actitud negativa.                                                                    February. All artwork is on sale. Visit
                                                                                                                                                            Visit for         required; $21 plus tax. Call 301-581-        current
 ¿Está observando mucha ‘actitud’ negativa en sus niños? Este taller le ayudará a menjar respuestas
 contradictorias, la conducta insolente, el lenguaje inadecuado y los comportamientos no cooperati-
                                                                                                                                                         Contra and Square Dance. 7-10:30
 vos. Se discutirán las estrategias para construir un ambiente familiar más respetuoso. Se agradecen        Artist Showcase. Noon-5 p.m. at
                                                                                                                                                            p.m. at Spanish Ballroom in Glen
                                                                                                                                                            Echo, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. $12/          THURSDAY/FEB. 19
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    and more—
 donaciones. Este taller será en español.
 Registración/información en español: (301) 252-4154
                                                                                                               Yellow Barn Studio at Glen Echo,
                                                                                                               7300 MacArthur Blvd. See works from
                                                                                                                                                            nonmember; $9/member.                     Master Class. The Baltimore                   never
 Miércoles 11 de Marzo, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Gratis.
 Biblioteca de Silver Spring 8901 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring

 Take out the papers and the trash!!! Giving Kids a Purpose through Chores
                                                                                                               “High School Scholarship Class.” Free.
                                                                                                               Visit for
                                                                                                            Book Sale. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Potomac
                                                                                                                                                         MONDAY/FEB. 16
                                                                                                                                                         Singing Workshop. John Horman
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Symphony Orchestra has a master
                                                                                                                                                                                                       class with the Maryland Classic Youth
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Orchestra at 5 p.m. in the Music
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Center at Strathmore, 5301
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    but posted
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    on the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Home of Your
                                                                                                                                                            leads a multi-session workshop for         Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda.
                                                                                                               Library, 10101 Glenolden Drive. Free.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Corporate & Residential
  An essential aspect of raising confident and caring children is to involve children at an early age in
 activities that contribute to something greater than themselves. Discover how to design a family plan         Books range in price from $1 to $.50.
                                                                                                                                                            aspiring singers from 7:30-9 p.m. in
                                                                                                                                                            the Mansion at Strathmore, 10701
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Free. Reservations required; call 301-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Web. Free
 including logical consequences that reduce the need for punishments whenever chores are
 neglected. Interpretación en Español disponible si se registran con anticipación.
                                                                                                                                                            Rockville Pike, North Bethesda.          Symphony. The Baltimore Symphony               for evalua-
                                                                                                            SUNDAY/FEB. 15                                  Tickets: $120; call 301-581-5100.
 Wednesday, March 18, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Free White Oak Library,                                                                                           Mondays in the Mansion. Listen to
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Orchestra performs at 8 p.m. in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Music Center at Strathmore, 5301
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    tion, avail-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Catering Headquarters
 11701 New Hampshire Avenue, Silver Spring                                                                  Discover Strathmore. Jugglers,
                                                                                                               clowns and acrobats will perform on
                                                                                                                                                            music with Aniko Debreceny from 11
                                                                                                                                                            a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Mansion at
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda.              able for
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Visit for tickets.
 Step-Parenting: Realistic Expectations                                                                        the stages at the Music Center at
                                                                                                               Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane,
                                                                                                                                                            Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike,                                                       prints.
 What are the factors that make it more difficult to earn the respect and cooperation of step children?                                                     North Bethesda. Tickets: $15. Call
                                                                                                               North Bethesda. Free, no tickets                                                      FRIDAY/FEB. 20
 We will explore the importance of creating new rituals in the family while maintaining respect for dif-                                                    301-581-5108.
                                                                                                               required. Call 301-581-5100.
 ferences among family members.                                                                                                                          Open House. 11 a.m. at Fitness for          Chamber Concert. The Ahn Trio
                                                                                                            Park Movie. 4 p.m. at Arcade Building
 Interpretación en Español disponible si se registran con anticipación.
 Thursday, March 26, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Free Bethesda Library, 7400 Arlington Rd., Bethesda
                                                                                                               at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur
                                                                                                               Blvd. Watch a movie documenting the
                                                                                                                                                            Health, 11140 Rockville Pike,
                                                                                                                                                            Rockville. Families can enjoy
                                                                                                                                                            activities, wall games and more. Free.
                                                                                                                                                                                                       performs at 8 p.m. in the Music
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Center at Strathmore, 5301
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Serving the
                                                                                                               park’s 115-year history. Free. Visit
 Life Lessons Learned Through Sports Dr. Caroline Silby
 Sports have the potential to empower or defeat young people. Dr. Caroline Silby, Sport
                                                                                                      or 301-320-1400.
                                                                                                            Carousel Tours. Noon at Glen Echo
                                                                                                                                                            Register at
                                                                                                                                                            openhouse or 301-231-7138.
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Tickets: $18-45; call 301-581-5100.
                                                                                                                                                                                                     Contra Dance. 7:30-11:30 p.m. at                                                                                                                                                        Community
 Psychologist, will detail ways that parents can use athletics to encourage the development of a
 healthy child and maximize the positive benefits for a lifetime.
 Interpretación en Español disponible si se registran con anticipación.
                                                                                                               Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. See how
                                                                                                               it was made, how it works and more.
                                                                                                               Free. Visit or 301-
                                                                                                                                                         TUESDAY/FEB. 17
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Spanish Ballroom in Glen Echo, 7300
                                                                                                                                                                                                       MacArthur Blvd $9/person. E-mail
                                                                                                                                                                                              for more.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              for over
 Tuesday, March 31, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Free Davis Library, 6400 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda
                 To foster the spiritual, mental and physical development of individuals, families,
                                                                                                            Nature Programs. Enjoy activities,
                                                                                                                                                         Afternoon Tea. Piano duo Hsein-Ann
                                                                                                                                                           Meng and Wei-Der Huang are
                                                                                                                                                           performing at 1 p.m. at the Mansion       SATURDAY/FEB. 21
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      35 Years
                                                                                                               stories, animals, hikes and more from
           and communities according to the ideals of inclusiveness, equality and mutual respect for all.
                                                                                                               10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Glen Echo Park,
                                                                                                                                                           at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike,      Clay Workshop. Carol Zilliacus will               Click on
                                                                                                               7300 MacArthur Blvd. Free for
                                                                                                                                                           North Bethesda. Prepaid reservations         lead a polymer clay workshop from           “Photo Gallery”
8 ❖ Potomac Almanac ❖ February 11-17, 2009                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Potomac Almanac ❖ February 11-17, 2009 ❖ 9
Top Table Tennis Talent Invades Community Center
From Page 3                                                        Tennis, the national governing                                      “It’s hard to play here un-
                                                                   body for the Olympic sport of table                              less you’re at a certain level,”
  shoulder to the frenetic activity                                tennis, attract players from up and                              said Bob Benson, a computer

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Photo by Aaron Stern/The Almanac
behind him.                                                        down the East Coast, and many of                                 programmer from Northern
  The Potomac Country Table Ten-                                   those who come to play at the                                    Virgnia. “I mean you can’t
nis Club plays at the Potomac                                      Potomac Community Center are                                     just come here at first. You
Community Center every Saturday                                    ranked nationally, as the club is                                gotta start somewhere first.
and Wednesday night, though                                        one of the most competitive in the                               It’s good just to play with
membership is not required to play                                 country, said club president                                     friends or play just [casually].
on those nights. Bi-annual tourna-                                 Herman Yeh of Potomac, no rela-                                  Then you get where you
ments sanctioned by USA Table                                      tion to Stephen Yeh.                                             think you’re fairly good and
                                                                                                                                    then you come here and you
                                                                                                                                    find out — you’re not good,”
                                                                                                                                    he said with a laugh.
                                      February 14 & 15                                                                              THE CLUB got its start in the
                                                                                                                                    late 1980s when local fami- Nationally-ranked table tennis players Stephen Yeh and
                                                                                                                                    lies started putting together Raghu Nadmichettu played one another on Saturday, Feb. 7
                                                                                                                                    weekend games in local high at the Potomac Community Center. Nadmichettu won. He
                                                                                                                                    school gyms and cafeterias hopes to make U.S. National Team and the 2012 Olympics
                                                                                                                                    before moving into the for table tennis.
                                                                                                                                    Potomac Community Center
                                                                                                                                    in 1988, the same year that table tennis became an which offers a level playing field place where reflexes,
                                                                                                                                    Olympic sport. Over the years it has grown to 100 wits and stamina determine winners and losers, and
                                                                                                                                    members today, with a waiting list of around 40 where age and strength mean far less than foresight
                                                                                                                                    people.                                              and sidespin.
                                                                                                                                       The club has members of all ages and genders,       Benson took up the sport nearly a decade ago after
                                                                                                                                    which is part of the beauty of table tennis, said rupturing his Achilles tendon playing tennis, and table
                                                                                                                                    Herman Yeh. The games at the Potomac Commu- tennis offers him a rigorous physical challenge while
  When you visit one of these Open Houses, tell the Realtor you saw it in the Almanac.                                              nity center provide a microcosm of the sport itself, being easier on his body.
  For more real estate listings and open houses visit,
                       click the Real Estate links on the right side.                                                                                                                      Playing table tennis strengthens the senses and
        Call Specific Agents to Confirm Dates & Times.                                                                                                                                   abilities that it requires — cardiovascular stamina,
                                                                                                                                                                                         hand-eye coordination, strategic thinking — mean-
                                                        Potomac                                                                                                                          ing that it can be played for many years and can si-
                                                                                                                                                                                         multaneously help older players stay fit and healthy,
 10716 Barn Wood Ln......$1,795,000..Sun. 1-4...Leslie Friedson............Long & Foster.....................301-455-4506                                                                Herman Yeh said.
 9227 Cherbourg Dr.........$1,099,000..Sun. 1-4...Leslie Friedson............Long & Foster.....................301-455-4506                                                                “You can play your whole life until you’re sick or
                                                                                                                                                                                         can’t move. But I’m almost 70 … and we have people
 7623 Coddle Harbor Ln...$559,000.....Sun. 1-4...Nancy Mannino...........W.C. & A. N. Miller..............301-915-9393
                                                                                                                                                                                         80 still running,” he said.
 9332 Reach Rd...............$799,000.....Sun. 1-4...Joyce Rausnitz............Long & Foster.....................301-785-2009
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 THOUGH ORIGINALLY an English derivative of
 2416 Stratton Dr.............$585,000.....Sun. 1-4...Diann Gottron.............Long & Foster.....................301-523-1811
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 tennis, table tennis is popular in Asian countries -
 9800 Tibron Ct................$1,649,000..Sun. 1-4...Leslie Friedson............Long & Foster.....................301-455-4506                                                                                  China in particular - and at least 40 percent of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 club’s membership is of Asian background, said
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Herman Yeh.
                                                  North Potomac                                                                                                                                                     “It’s more like a national sport there,” he said.
 23 Arch Pl. #378.............$365,000.....Sun. 1-4...Alma Brito...................Long & Foster.....................240-497-1700                                                                                   The rules of table tennis are more specific than the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 casual player probably realizes, said Stephen Yeh. For
 227 Midsummer Dr.........$674,900.....Sun. 1-4...Debbie Cohen..............Long & Foster.....................202-288-9939
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 one the ball must be served after tossing it at least
 14013 Natia Manor Dr.....$774,900.....Sun. 1-4...Gary Rudden...............Congressional Residential..240-403-0399                                                                                              six inches above an open palm, and serves must be
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 directed off the back end of the table and not the
                                                       Bethesda                                                                                                                                                  sides. Games are played to 11 with players switching
                                                                                                                                    Photo by Aaron Stern/The Almanac

                                                                                                                                                                                                                 serve every two points.
 4914 Brookeway Dr.........$788,500.....Sun. 1-4...Danielle Montgomery..Danielle Montgomery.........301-346-8122                                                                                                    Quick reflexes and good stamina are essential to
 5908 Lone Oak Dr...........$1,879,000..Sun. 1-4...Traci Levine.................Long & Foster......................301765-0161                                                                                   being a good player, said Dominique Flexer of Tysons
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Corner, Va.
 9000 Quintana Dr............$779,000.....Sun. 1-4...Betty Gardiner.............Long & Foster.....................301-325-0599                                                                                      “You need to get very fit to play table tennis be-
 6105 Walhonding Rd......$1,850,000..Sun. 1-4...Hans Wydler...............Long & Foster......................301986-6405                                                                                         cause it’s a lot of reflex,” said Flexer, who is a serious
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 badminton player and is currently training for a
 5408 Whitley Park Terr....$627,300.....Sun. 1-4...Leslie Friedson............Long & Foster.....................301-455-4506
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 triathlon. “In term of physical [abilities] you need to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 be really quick but very soft at the same time … I
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 play other sports and I find table tennis the most chal-
      To add your Realtor-represented                                                                                                                                                                            lenging.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    As important as being physically fit is being men-
    Open House to these weekly listings,                                                                                                                                                                         tally agile, said Stephen Yeh, who began playing at
         please call Kenneth Lourie                                                                                                                                    The Potomac Country Table Tennis Club
                                                                                                                                                                       takes over the gymnasium of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 the age of 12 growing up in New York City.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    “You need [reflexes], but your mind has to think
                                                                                                                                                                       Potomac Community Center every            fast to play on a high level,” he said. “The ball’s go-
       703-917-6475 or e-mail the info to:                                                                                                                             Wednesday and Saturday night, attract-    ing back and forth and you’re already thinking three
                                                                                                                                                                       ing highly-skilled players, many of       or four shots ahead what you want to do to the guy.                                                                                                                                whom are ranked nationally. Newcomers     I play everybody different. I don’t play the same game.
                                                                                                                                                                       are welcome, but should be prepared for   Everybody [has a] weakness, so I see the weakness
                 All listings due by Monday at 3 pm.                                                                                                                   a game that is not the casual basement    and I just pound on it. And they do the same to me.
                                                                                                                                                                       sport many people consider it to be.      That’s where the fun begins.”
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         Schools                                                                                                                                            HIGHER LEVEL BASKETBALL CAMP
                                                                                                                                                                                      SUMMER 2009
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                                                                                                                                                                           ---GIRLS SUMMER 2009 SESSIONS---
                                                                                                                                                                            Camp Director: Maggie McDermott Dyer
                                                                                                                                                                    Girls Varsity Basketball Coach at Wootton High School
                                                                                                                                                             Session 1                   Session 3                Session 5
                                                                                                                                                             Shooting & Offensive        Shooting & Offensive     Shooting & Offensive
                                                                                                                                                             Moves                       Moves                    Moves
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                                                                                                                                                             $250                        $250                     $250
                                                                                                                                                             Session 2                   Session 4                Elevate Your Game.
                                                                                                        Lieberman’s                                                                                               For more information and to
                                                                                                                                                             Fundamentals Camp           Fundamentals
                                                                                                        Morning Class                                                                                             register online, visit us at:
                                                                                                                                                             Mon. 7/06 to Fri. 7/10      Mon. 7/20 to Fri. 7/24
                                                                                                        at Geneva Day                                                                    9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
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                                                                                                        School were                                          $250                        $250
                                                                                                        an attentive
                                                                                                        audience for
                                                                                                        local author
                                                                                                        and former
                                                                                                        teacher Bobbie

Literature                                                                                                                                                                            One year program with rolling admission
For Little Ones                                                                                                                                                                        Fall 2009 deadline is July 1, 2009
Author Bobbie Hinman                                                                                                                                                              Contact the Program Coordinator for details
shares her two award-                                                                                                                                                                             202-687-1070
winning books with Geneva
Day School preschoolers on                                                                                                                                     E-mail:
Thursday, Feb. 5. Hinman is
the author of children’s
books about mischievous
fairies. Her first, 2007’s
“The Knot Fairy,” features
                                                                                                                                 Photo by Debra Lieberman

the fairy who visits sleeping
children and purposefully
tangles their hair. In 2008,
she followed with “The Sock
Fairy.” This fairy steals
socks, leaving only mis-
matches. More information
is available at her Web site,

   Counseling & Career Center is    Located at 401 N. Wash-      per in this program will receive a list, by
looking for volunteers to help in the        ington St., Suite 100, Rockville.          phone or in person, from the older
lives of women. Opportunities include                                                   adult, purchase the items and then de-
information and referrel specialists, gen-     JSSA, a nonsectarian social service      liver the groceries.
eral office assistants, internships and      agency serving the greater Washington,        Volunteers must have their own
externships in couseling and more. Call      D.C., area, needs volunteers to shop for   transportation. For more information or
Alyssa Philipp at 240-777-8300 or e-         and visit with frail elders who live in    to volunteer, call Diane Hays-Earp, 301-
mail alyssa.philipp@montgomery               their own homes. Each volunteer shop-      816-2639.

     School Notes
  To have an item listed mail to
Deadline is Thursday at noon for the fol-
lowing week’s paper.
   Tamara Freilich of Potomac,
daughter of Dr. Daniel Freilich and Dr.
Erin Freilich, and Gabrielle Sandler of
Potomac, daughter of Robert S. Sandler
and Benita Sandler, were named to the
dean’s list at Emory College.

  Margaret Relle, Class of 2011 at
Skidmore College, earned honors for the
fall semester. She is the daughter of
Brian and Mary Lou Relle of Potomac.

  Urania Dagalakis of Potomac,
daughter of Dr Nicholas G Dagalakis and
Artemis K Dagalakis, was named to the
honor list of Oxford College, the two-
year liberal arts division of Emory
University located in Oxford, Georgia,
for the 2008 fall semester.                                                                                                                                                          Potomac Almanac ❖ February 11-17, 2009 ❖ 11
                                                                                                                                                                                 Pets of the Week
   To have an item listed free in 7913 Westpark         Children with Asperger’s, Autism, POD-                   People with Disabilities; April 1 Guardianship:
Drive, McLean VA 22102, e-mail to                       NOS. Parent group to share coping strategies and         Who, What, Where, When, Why and How; and May, or fax to 703-        community resources, develop networks, and gain          6 Technology and Assistive Equipment Options.
917-0991. Deadline is Thursday at noon for the          support. No charge. Group meets on the first Tues-       Programs held from 6:45-8:45 p.m. at the Rockville
following week’s paper. Photos encouraged. Unless       day of every month: Feb. 3, March 3, April 7 and         Public Library, 21 Maryland Ave., Rockville. No
otherwise noted, all events are in Potomac.             May 5; 7-8:15 p.m. at JSSA, 200 Wood Hill Road,          charge. Call 240-777-1216 to register.
                                                        Rockville. Call 301-816-2633 to register.
   JSSA — High Schoolers Can Relate! This                                                                          The Jewish Social Service Agency (JSSA) is host-
co-ed eight-session group will address social skills       JSSA — Family Support Group. In this on-              ing a support group separated and divorced
issues for high schoolers with disabilities who have    going monthly group, parents and family members          women Tuesdays, 6-7:30 p.m. at JSSA, 200 Wood                Reba
difficulty relating to their peers. Learn skills for    of children with disabilities share their joys and       Hill Road, Rockville. Find mutual support and                   Reba is a 3-year-old, 40 pound, spayed,
making friends, initiating and maintaining conver-      sorrows, hopes and fears, coping mechanisms and          emotional sharing. Call 301-816-2633 to register.            female Shepherd mix. Reba is a little shy at
sation, expressing feelings, and understanding          strategies for living for today and planning for the                                                                  first, but bonds quickly with humans. She’s
nonverbal cues. Group meets on Mondays, March           future. No charge. Two groups offered: third Tues-         The Wellness Community - Greater Wash-                     smart, knows many commands and loves
16-May 4; 4-5 p.m. at JSSA, 200 Wood Hill Road,         day of every month, Feb. 17, March 17, April 21,         ington, D.C. offers free, regularly scheduled                chasing balls or going for car rides. Reba
Rockville. Call 301-816-2633 to register.               May 19 and June 16; 7:15-8:45 p.m. at JSSA, 6123         support groups for people with cancer and their              would do best with a patient adopter who
                                                        Montrose Road, Rockville. Pre-registration re-           caregivers. Location: The Wellness Community-                will cherish her.
   JSSA — Sibling Support Group. This co-ed             quired: 301-610-8371. Second group meets on              Greater Washington, D.C., 5430 Grosvenor Lane,
six-session group is for siblings of children with      Tuesdays, beginning Feb. 4; 10:30-11:30 a.m. at          Suite 100, Bethesda. Call 301-493-5002 or
physical or developmental disabilities. Topics in-      JSSA, 200 Wood Hill Road, Rockville. Pre-registra-
clude: education on different disabilities, coping      tion required: 301-610-8357.
strategies (e.g., anxiety, anger and other emotions                                                                 The Jewish Social Service Agency (JSSA) is host-
related to having a sibling with a disability), and       JSSA — Educational Seminars for Family                 ing a support group for newly widowed
how to improve communication between parents            Members Caring for Children and Adults                   spouses on the second and fourth Wednesday and
and children. Dates and times TBD. Group meets          with Developmental Disabilities. Sponsored               Friday of every month, 9:30-11 a.m. at JSSA, 6123
at JSSA, 200 Wood Hill Road, Rockville. Call 301-       by JSSA, Montgomery County DHHS Aging and                Montrose Road, Rockville. For adults who have lost
816-2633 to register.                                   Disability and ARC of Montgomery County. Feb. 4          a spouse in the last year. Prospective members are
                                                        Camp, Recreation and Social Opportunities; March         requested to wait 2-3 months have passes since the
  JSSA — Support Group for Parents of                   4 Employment and Volunteer Opportunities for             death. Pre-registration required, call 301-816-2669.

                                                                                                                                                                                 Gremlin is a 9 and half-month-old,
          Faith Notes                                                                                                                                                         spayed, female DSH kitten. Gremlin is a little
  To have an item listed free in The Potomac Alma-      Road, Potomac. Call 301-299-7087. This is a con-         all Presbyterians for Sunday School, worship ser-            busy imp that loves to explore and tussle.
nac, e-mail to        tinuing course for those who have completed a basic      vice, refreshments and fellowship after worship.             She cuddles with humans and gives away
Deadline is Thursday at noon for the following week’s   Hebrew siddur series of classes using Level I of “Alef   They alsoºprovide comfort and solace with spiritual          “love nips” if she likes you. Active Gremlin
paper. Photos encouraged. If you have any questions,    Isn’t Enough.” This course is designed to open the       support andºorganized funeral services.ºLocated at           will do best with an equally active playmate
call 703-917-6407.                                      door to understanding the Hebrew of prayers. The         215 West Montgomery Ave., Rockville. Call 301-               at an adopter’s home.
                                                        fee is $30 in addition to registration fee.              762-3363.ººº
                                                                                                                                                                                 Partnership for Animal Welfare (PAW) is an
   The Seven Locks Baptist Church, 11845
                                                                                                                                                                              all-volunteer, not-for-profit group. To adopt an
Seven Locks Road, Potomac, holds weekly                   First Church of Christ, Scientist holds                   Shalem Institute offers a guided mid-day
                                                                                                                                                                              animal, volunteer or make a tax-deductible do-
prayer meetings, Wednesday in the sanctuary             testimony meetings every Wednesday at 7:30               Prayer Peace Circle, on Wednesdays from noon-
                                                                                                                                                                              nation, visit, call
at 6:45 p.m. Call 301-279-9388.                         p.m. at 100 Nelson St. Rockville. Free child care        12:45 p.m. in the Shalem Meditation Room &
                                                                                                                                                                              301-572-4729 or write to PAW, P.O. Box
                                                        and parking is provided. Call 301-762-8222.              Library, 5430 Grosvenor Lane, Suite 140, Bethesda.
                                                                                                                                                                              1074, Greenbelt, MD 20768.
  “Prayer Book Hebrew,” Tuesdays from 6:45-                                                                      For more information, contact 301-897-7334 or
7:45 p.m. at Congregation Har Shalom, 11510 Falls         Rockville Presbyterian Church welcomes                 visit

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12 ❖ Potomac Almanac ❖ February 11-17, 2009                                                                                                                                   

                                                                                                                 Photos by Mark Giannotto/The Almanac
                                                                                                                                                        Churchill freshman Chris Wysocki prepares to start the
  Whitman junior Danielle Schulkin came in second place in both the 100-yard butterfly                                                                  200-yard freestyle race of last Saturday’s swim meet at
  and 100-yard backstroke races.                                                                                                                        Germantown Indoor Pool.

Twins Deliver Right on Time                                                                                                                                                   “It’s … a sister rivalry
                                                                                                                                                                              no matter who wins.”
                                                                                                                                                                                       —Churchill junior Karen Chen
Churchill sweeps                               lead had been shrinking — from 26 points
                                               through four events, to 11 points through
                                                                                                with a score of 432, 13 points ahead of WJ.
                                                                                                Meanwhile, the boys dominated the rest of                                     off grabbing first-place medals this
boy’s and girl’s division                      12 events, and nine through 20 events.
                                                 Still, with just four events left, Churchill
                                                                                                the field with a team score of 451, almost
                                                                                                100 points ahead of second-place WJ.
                                                                                                                                                                              year. Usually the winner gets to de-
                                                                                                                                                                              cide where the two get to eat after-
swimming titles.                               trailed after coming into the championships
                                               undefeated and the prohibitive favorite to
                                                                                                  The tense build-up has become a famil-
                                                                                                iar theme for the two sisters, who all sea-
                                                                                                                                                                                “It’s kind of like a sister rivalry no
                                               win the county title over perennial con-         son long have been swimming’s version of                                      matter who wins,” said Karen, who
                 By Mark Giannotto             tender Walter Johnson.                           a baseball closer since the breast stroke is                                  along with her sister also competed
                             The Almanac         “Don’t worry,” Van Tassell said pointing       ordinarily late in meets.                                                     in the 200-yard individual medley.
                                               on the meet sheet to the entries of top-           “Usually what happens is it really comes                                    (Cathy finished in fourth with a time
      t was surprising to see head Churchill   seeded juniors and twins Kathy and Karen         down to the breast stroke in most of the                                      of 2:16.15, while Karen came in fifth

I     swim and dive coach Rodney Van
      Tassell so calm with his dominant
      girl’s team trailing Walter Johnson
throughout last Saturday’s Division I Cham-
                                               Chen. “We’re gonna dominate the breast
                                                 The Chens did not disappoint, cruising to
                                               the top-two spots in the day’s 22nd event —
                                               the girl’s 100-yard breast stroke — to give
                                                                                                dual meets,” said Cathy, after winning the
                                                                                                100-yard breast stroke in 1:07.84 followed
                                                                                                closely by second-place sister Karen’s time
                                                                                                of 1:08.27. “So we were just saying we had
                                                                                                to do whatever we do normally and make
                                                                                                                                                                              with a time of 2:16.64).
                                                                                                                                                                                “They have a lot of pride in their
                                                                                                                                                                              breast stroke and for being twins and
                                                                                                                                                                              being so close together, they really do
                                                                                                                                                                              a nice job of competing with each
  Team score updates had been posted pro-      Churchill a clean sweep of the Division I        sure we maintained that intensity.”                                           other but not getting too bent out of
gressively during the morning’s proceed-       Championships, winning both the boy’s and          Because they are both so strong in the
ings, and little by little Walter Johnson’s    girl’s team competitions. The girls finished     breast stroke event, the two have switched                                                    See Churchill, Page 15

‘33-29:’ Vikings Looking for Vengeance
After one-loss season, Whitman wrestling has                                                       But this season’s march towards the
                                                                                                postseason has been far different for this
                                                                                                                                                                                                     Whitman senior
                                                                                                                                                                                                     Aaron Norris
its eyes on a second-straight regional title.                                                   senior-laden squad. Last year, the Vikings
                                                                                                were almost nobody’s pick to make it
                                                                                                                                                                                                     (171 pounds) is
                                                                                                                                                                                                     one of five
                                                                                                through the regionals, and responded by                                                              veteran Viking
                 By Mark Giannotto             king squad, whose loss to the Warriors two       shocking all the doubters. This year, with                                                           wrestlers with
                             The Almanac       weeks ago goes down as the lone blemish          almost every significant contributor return-                                                         more than 18
                                               on its dual-meet record this season. A year      ing, Whitman was all but given the mantle                                                            wins this season,
        s Whitman wrestling coach Derek        after making it to the state semi finals,        of best team in the region.                                                                          helping the team

A       Manon and captain Steven Fisher
        walked into their practice room last
week, the question of what the final score
                                               Whitman has followed it up by building its
                                               case to be considered a full-fledged dynasty
                                               and will look to cement its status Wednes-
                                                                                                   “There was a lot of talk early in the year,
                                                                                                like Whitman should breeze through the re-
                                                                                                gion,” said Manon after his Vikings officially
                                                                                                                                                                                                     live up to much
                                                                                                                                                                                                     of the preseason
                                                                                                                                                                                                     hype surround-
of the team’s match a week earlier against     day at the 4A/3A regional duals —                solidified a spot in the regional duals with                                                         ing it early on.
Sherwood was brought up.                       wrestling’s version of a playoff.                wins over Bethesda-Chevy Chase and Walter
  “33-29,” they both responded simulta-          The Vikings are the No. 2 seed and will        Johnson this weekend. “I told them, ‘We’re                                    let everyone here know we aren’t invin-
neously.                                       face No. 3 seed Springbrook in the opening       going to get everyone’s best effort,’ and                                     cible,” said senior Aaron Norris. “We do
  “That score is burned in my brain,” added    round Wednesday at 5:30. The winner              Sherwood came out wrestling hard, guns                                        need to keep working hard and getting bet-
Manon.                                         moves onto the regional finals that follow       blazing.”                                                                     ter. We had a lot of mistakes, I feel, in that
  Such fired-up talk is merited for this Vi-   later that night.                                   “It was an eye opener in the sense that it                                                      See Eyeing, Page 15                                                                                                                                               Potomac Almanac ❖ February 11-17, 2009 ❖ 13
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14 ❖ Potomac Almanac ❖ February 11-17, 2009                                                                                                                                                       
 Dying To Find
 Out, Sort Of                                              Wootton Beats Churchill in Hockey
     I have to admit, the pain was a bit unusual,
                                                           Patriots turn to the                              left leg pad and caromed
                                                                                                             straight to Wootton’s PJ
                                                                                                                                                                           and in transition. They
                                                                                                                                                                           really thrive off of that,”
 and it had migrated so, at my wife, Dina’s, insis-
 tence, I made the trek to my HMO’s emergency              intangibles to grind                              Hall, who knocked the
                                                                                                             puck home for what
                                                                                                                                                                           said coach Dave Evans.
                                                                                                                                                                              Churchill made sure
 room, relayed my symptoms to the receptionist
 and took a seat in their waiting room.
     All things considered, the wait wasn’t intermi-
                                                           out 3-2 victory.                                  would go down as the
                                                                                                             deciding goal.
                                                                                                                                                                           early that this game
                                                                                                                                                                           would be nothing like
 nable, nor was it hours; of course, it wasn’t min-

                                                                                                                                                                          Photo by Mike Weiner/The Almanac
 utes, either, but given the holiday-nature of the                                  By Mike Weiner              Cohen’s hustle to steal                                    their 6-0 loss to the Pa-
 day, it could have been much worse.                                                      The Almanac        the puck is merely one                                        triots in the regular sea-
     And apparently, so could the diagnosis. After                                                           example of a mindset                                          son, during which they
 having my vital signs taken by a nurse, and
 answering questions from a physician’s assistant,                 n 2008, Wootton’s ice hockey club         that has become a trade-                                      were dominated in every
 there was no clear picture (heck, at this point, it
 wasn’t even blurry, it was completely befuddling,
 even after the chest x-ray was viewed) to explain
 my discomfort. It was so befuddling that the phy-
 sician’s assistant actually involved a doctor.
     He asked me the standard questions. My
 answers offered no standard help. So much so,
                                                           I       won the public school state champi-
                                                                   onship with a deadly combination of
                                                                   skill and depth. After graduating two
                                                           full lines worth of impact seniors, though,
                                                           this year’s unbeaten Patriots rely on a fun-
                                                                                                             mark of this Patriots’
                                                                                                                “It’s our bread and but-
                                                                                                             ter,” said Cohen, who had
                                                                                                             a goal and an assist in the
                                                                                                                                                                           facet of the game.
                                                                                                                                                                           Churchill asserted them-
                                                                                                                                                                           selves early, dominating
                                                                                                                                                                           the puck for minutes at a
                                                                                                                                                                           time. The Bulldogs were
 that I remember asking the doctor, if it only hurt        damental aspect of hockey — hustle. In the        victory. “Rebounds, what                                      not at a loss for opportu-
 when I make certain movements, perhaps I                  first round of the MSHL Public School Play-       people call ‘dirty goals’,                                    nities as well, and had a
 shouldn’t make those movements; and then                  offs against rival Churchill, Wootton’s hustle    it’s our thing.”                                              number of breakaway
 watching as the doctor shrugged his shoulders
 and said, “Yes, probably.” And so I was excused,
                                                           saw it through its most challenging contest          After scoring 96 goals                                     chances throughout the
 with the ever-popular: “If it gets worse, come            yet en route to a 3-2 victory.                    this season, Wootton may Wootton senior Jon Cohen             course of the contest.
 back.” And symptom-wise, it didn’t; it got better,           Wootton, a team that has employed the          be regarded as an offen- contributed to the winning           David Finder, a senior for-
 until five days later.
     That’s when the same physician’s assistant
                                                           10-goal mercy rule in five of its 12 games        sive juggernaut. But it is goal in Monday night’s 3-2         ward, had three separate
 called back. Still puzzled by my pain and lack of         this season, finally broke free of an unre-       their commitment to de- Patriot victory over                  breakaway opportunities
 symptoms, she had, on her own initiative sought           lenting Churchill squad on a critical             fense, hustle, and inten- Churchill in the first round        against Wootton’s Chris
 out the opinion of a Radiologist to review my
 chart/x-ray. Based on that consultation, I was
                                                           forecheck that came with only 2:27 left to        sity that make them the of the MSHL Public School             Hogan but was unable to
 urged to go to my nearest HMO pharmacy, that              play. Senior winger Jon Cohen intercepted         odds-on favorite to win                                       capitalize. Churchill’s de-
 evening, to pick up a precautionary prescription          an errant pass in the Bulldogs’ offensive         the state championship for the second- fensive effort was impressive as well, hold-
 to begin taking immediately. The concern was,             zone and shuffled the puck across the ice         straight season. Wootton elected to play ing down a Wootton team that averaged
 despite being asymptomatic, perhaps I had a
 touch of pneumonia. And so it continued.                  to fellow senior front-liner Dylan Skarupa,       with only two lines against Churchill, and eight goals per game in the regular season.
     The next day, still improving and symptom             setting up a two-man breakaway against            yet it was the hustle of apparently tireless   “We knew they were going to fight every
 free, my HMO called to tell me that they had              Churchill’s Griffin Farha. Skarupa fired a        forwards that won them the game.             last second and they did,” Evans said. “It
 ordered a CT Scan. Somewhat perplexed by their
 uncharacteristic speed, I nonetheless complied            slapshot at the net that glanced off of Farha’s      “Our guys are really strong off turnovers was a very tough game.”
 and went the very next day. TWO HOURS after
 completing the scan, my primary doctor called to
 discuss the results. Unfortunately — and surpris-
 ingly — there was cause (given my age and
 health history) for concern.
     Perhaps I’d like to schedule an appointment
                                                           Churchill Sweeps Swim Division Titles
 to discuss the findings, my doctor suggested. “No,        From Page 13                                                       Senior Dorothy Yu            fourth in the 100-yard backstroke, while
 just tell me,” I said. And so he did. There were
 lesions on my lungs that might be malignant.                shape when one beats                                             was one of several           Ares finished in third place in the 100-yard
 WHAT! Still unsure, however, the doctor sched-            the other,” added Van                                              impressive swim-             butterfly and 50-yard freestyle.
 uled an appointment with a pulmonary specialist           Tassell.                                                           mers for Churchill,            Whitman came in third place in the girl’s
 as soon as possible. Two hours later, ON THE
 SAME DAY, the appointment was made for the                                                                                   which now moves              competition, led by juniors Lauren Poole
 next afternoon, with a P   .E.T. scan to follow, all of   ON THIS DAY, though,                                               onto this weekend’s          and Danielle Schulkin. Both were a part of
 which seemed incredibly fast and efficient given          the two decided to go                                              county champion-             the Vikings first-place 200-yard medley re-
 my previous experiences with this same HMO.
 Nevertheless, I was appreciative of their record-
                                                           with the rest of the team                                          ships.                       lay team, while Schulkin finished second
 breaking haste.                                           to a nearby Wing Stop.                                                                          in the 100-yard butterly and 100-yard back-
     The pulmonary doctor didn’t interpret the x-          There certainly was                                             Michael Stanton also won        stroke. Poole took first in the 200-yard
 ray and CT scan as the cancer threat that my pri-                                            Harvey Levine/The Almanac
 mary care doctor and radiologist had (canceling
                                                           plenty to celebrate once                                        the diving competition.         freestyle. Freshman Victoria Kuhn won the
 the P .E.T. scan in the process), but nonetheless,        they got there as Churchill heads into this     Aside from the Chen sisters, senior Dor-        100-yard backstroke The Whitman boy’s fin-
 suggested I return in a week, take a second x-ray         weekend’s county championships. Among othy Yu and freshman Natalya Ares were                    ished in sixth place.
 and see what develops. And so I did. Still symp-
 tom free.
                                                           the standouts on the boy’s side for the team the superlatives amongst a number of solid           Wootton finished in fourth place in the
     A week later, I’m back with the pulmonary             were junior Chris Verbancouer (2nd 200-yard Churchill girls. Yu and Ares were both a part       girl’s competition and third place in the
 specialist, second x-ray in hand. The second x-ray        IM, 2nd 100-yard butterfly, 2nd 200-yard of the Bullfrogs’ second-place 200-yard                boy’s side of things. Junior Jordan Lesser
 confirmed the doctor’s suspicions that maybe I            medley relay) and senior Drew Fisher (2nd medley and 400-yard freestyle relays. Yu              led the way with a third place finish in the
 had indeed had pneumonia and so two weeks
 after the initial fact, I was once again excused;         200-yard IM, 3rd 100-yard freestyle). Senior also took third place in the 200-yard IM and       diving competition.
 with the “We’ll call you if ... “ goodbye.
     THE NEXT DAY, the pulmonary doctor calls
 back to say that, upon further review with yet
 another radiologist, he now wants to me to see
 another doctor, a thoracic surgeon.
     Five days later, I see the thoracic surgeon, x-
                                                           Eyeing Second-Straight Regional Title
 rays and CT scan in hand. Likewise puzzled by             From Page 13                                      classes. Many teams struggle to find expe-    where the matches are long, arduous, and
 what he sees, he apologized for his inconclusive-           match and we’ve been working to im-             rienced wrestlers in the upper weights —      intense, with no one wanting to give an
 ness and says he too, would like to review the x-
 ray and scan with his radiologist to get a better         prove on them.”                                   let alone several of them. Whitman has no     inch. One bonus Whitman already has is
 understanding A biopsy and/or surgery are cer-              If things go according to plan, No. 2 seed      such problem.                                 that with so many wrestlers back from last
 tainly possible but he’s not sure. Moreover, he’s         Whitman (13-1) and No. 1 seed Sherwood               The Vikings’ Eric Beverly (152-pound       season, they’ve been through and emerged
 not sure another diagnostic test (P   .E.T. scan,
 M.R.I.) would clarify anything. Let him review            (13-1) should get a chance to rekindle the        weight class, 18-0 record), Fisher (160-      victorious from this process before.
 everything he asks, and he’ll get back to me,             magic from a dual meet that saw the two           pounds, 22-4 record), Norris (171 pounds,       “The regional duals, it all comes down to
 probably in the next day or two.                          teams split 14 matches right down the             24-3), Taylor Leighton (189 pounds, 22-3),    … getting pins and not getting pinned and
     THE NEXT DAY, the thoracic surgeon calls
 back to tell me that he now thinks I should have          middle at seven wins apiece. The final mar-       and Danny Lee (215 pounds, 22-2) have         that’s what it came down to in the Sherwood
 the P .E.T scan and to schedule it as soon as it’s        gin came down to bonus points — winning           all delivered with lofty preseason expecta-   match,” said Fisher.
 convenient. And so it continues.                          by pin, technical fall, or major decision.        tions following them around throughout the      “We know everyone wants to beat us, we
     Four weeks later and still wondering. I would-
 n’t say I’m worrying yet, however, but I am begin-
                                                             The main reason for Whitman’s stagger-          season.                                       have a target on our backs,” Norris said.
 ning to have a little trouble falling asleep.             ing success the past two seasons has been            Or as Manon puts it, “Those are our big    “We’re trying to ward everyone off and just
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