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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
Photo by Aaron Stern /The Almanac
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Potomac Almanac Editor Steven Mauren
News 703-917-6431 or Potomacalmanac@hotmail.com
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.
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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-
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
Connection, Senior Health Insurance Program, Strategies for
Independent Living, Suburban Hospital, The Beacon, Top Ba-
Schick and David
nana Home-Delivered Groceries, and Vamoose Bus.
Waldman, and Max
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
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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.
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703-917-0991. Deadline is Thursday at Montgomery County resident. www.harshalom.org 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
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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,
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www.montgomerycivic.org 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, email@example.com or visit
Workshop. A workshop for widows Har Shalom, 11510 Falls Road. Wednesday service at 7 p.m. to at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/ JSSA on the web at www.jssa.org.
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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 braintumor.org.
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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
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
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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 www.discoverycreek.org 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.
firstname.lastname@example.org. 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. www.discoverycreek.org or 202-488- required; $21 plus tax. Call 301-581- www.imaginationstage.org 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 www.imaginationstage.org or 301-
www.nps.gov/glec or 301-320-1400. train difficult dogs. Free, but North Bethesda. Tickets: $38-78; call email@example.com 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 www.yourdogsfriend.info 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 www.nps.gov/glec 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 www.yellowbarnstudio.com 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, www.yellowbarnstudio.com for more. www.thepuppetco.org 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
members and children under 2, $5/ p.m. at Spanish Ballroom in Glen National Philharmonic. The National www.DancingbytheBayou.com or
non member. Visit Echo, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. $12/ Philharmonic Orchestra performs at 8 301-762-6730.
240-777-1293. WEDNESDAY/FEB. 25
www.discoverycreek.org 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
www.yellowbarnstudio.com 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 www.americandance.org 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 www.americandance.org 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
www.BSOmusic.org for tickets. SUNDAY/FEB. 22 firstname.lastname@example.org for more. p.m. in the Music Center at Blvd. Watch a movie documenting the www.nps.gov/glec 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 www.nps.gov/glec 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.
www.bethesda.org for more.
park’s 115-year history. Free. Visit Tony-nominated Kathleen Chalfant, Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. See how Free. Visit www.nps.gov/glec or 301-
Contra Dance. 7:30-11:30 p.m. at
www.nps.gov/glec 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 www.nps.gov/glec 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
email@example.com 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 www.nps.gov/glec or 301- or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. 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/ www.discoverycreek.org 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
www.nps.gov/glec 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 www.nps.gov/glec or 301-
Nature Programs. Enjoy activities,
Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North
Bethesda. Visit www.strathmore.org for more. Galleries
Potomac Village Deli Catering
Registration and Information: stories, animals, hikes and more from
Call (301) 229-1347 or email: email@example.com 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!!
www.discoverycreek.org 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
www.discoverycreek.org 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, www.potomacvillagedeli.com
Blvd. West, Wheaton, through North Bethesda. Prepaid reservations
RESPETO: cómo manejar la actitud negativa. February. All artwork is on sale. Visit
Visit www.yellowbarnstudio.com 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
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 www.yellowbarnstudio.com for
Book Sale. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Potomac
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
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-
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
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 www.BSOmusic.org 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.
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
www.nps.gov/glec or 301-320-1400.
Carousel Tours. Noon at Glen Echo
Register at www.fitnessforhealth.org/
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 www.nps.gov/glec or 301-
Spanish Ballroom in Glen Echo, 7300
MacArthur Blvd $9/person. E-mail
firstname.lastname@example.org for more.
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
Newspapers.com 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”
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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.
SPECTACULAR OPEN HOUSES
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 www.ConnectionNewspapers.com,
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
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
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.
email@example.com 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
ALL SESSIONS HELD AT WOOTTON HIGH SCHOOL
---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
Mon. 6/22 to Fri. 6/26 Mon. 7/13 to Fri. 7/17 Mon. 7/27 to Fri. 7/31
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM 9:00 PM to 4:00 PM
$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
9:00 PM to 4:00 PM 301-926-9363
School were $250 $250
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 countymd.gov. 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.
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.
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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
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
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
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Dying To Find
Out, Sort Of Wootton Beats Churchill in Hockey
By KENNETH B. LOURIE
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
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-
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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