Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Kensington residents receive community service awards

E-mail this article \ Print this article

Charles E. Shoemaker⁄The Gazette
Montgomery County Firefighter Capt. Thomas Foster warms up with Firefighter D.J. Mandeville before Friday night’s annual Charity Basketball Game at Tilden Middle School. Teachers took the court against county firefighters to benefit a summer camp for burn victims, the PTA and a memorial for Luke Carter-Schelp, a Tilden student who died in November 2006.
The Wheaton-Kensington Chamber of Commerce honored several residents of the Wheaton and Kensington community. We want to say thank you to the individuals in these award categories.

Lynn Raufaste, former Mayor of Kensington, received the Chamber President’s award.

Members of the Kensington Volunteer Fire Department earned the Public Safety Award for their efforts to save five children from a house fire in January.

Deputy Fire Chief Michael Kelley, Master Firefighter Steve Cox and firefighters Bert Oudshoorn, David Calloway, Walker Dunbar, George Bonelli and Brendan Lindsey were part of the team that rescued the children from the burning home.

Chamber Member of the Year Award went to Marcia Jacques, head of the Evergreen School in Wheaton.

The Royal Mile Pub, 2407 Price Avenue, Wheaton, received the business of the year award for their modern Celtic food.

Carol Petzold, former state delegate received the Outstanding Community Service Award, and Janet Yu, owner of the Hollywood East Café on the Boulevard earned the Economic Development award.

Volunteers needed to clean up Rock Creek

On Saturday, local groups throughout the Potomac River watershed will be cleaning up trash along our waterways.

Rock Creek is an eyesore with large quantities of accumulated plastic bags, soda cans, and junk littering the floodplain according to Garrett Park officials.

A group will meet from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday to cleanup Rock Creek along Beach Drive, but more volunteers are needed. Groups will meet at the parking lot on Beach Drive. For more information, contact Charles Andrews at 301-942-4567 or e-mail

Pancake breakfast benefits church

St. Paul’s United Methodist Church will hold the monthly all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast from 8-10:30 a.m. on Sunday at Heavener Hall.

Jerry Watkins, church spokesman, said wheat and apple pancakes will be on the menu as a special treat.

Proceeds from the event will go to the West River Center, a United Methodist retreat. The cost is $5 for adults, $2 for children under 12 years old and $15 at most per family. Heavener Hall is at the corner of Fawcett and Mitchell Streets in Kensington.

For more information, call 301-933-7933.

Auditions for ‘Little Shop of Horrors’

The Kensington Arts Theater is looking for actors for the fall production of ‘‘Little Shop of Horrors.”

The musical follows Seymour Krelborn, a plant-shop owner on Skid Row who comes into the possession of a man-eating plant named Audrey II after Seymour’s love, Audrey. Seymour must balance the plant’s carnivorous needs with his own.

Appointments are not necessary to audition, and actors will be seen in the order that they turn in their information sheets. To audition, actors need to sing around 32 measures of an up-tempo song or ballad from a contemporary musical, but not from Little Shop. According to the group’s Web site at, a pianist will be provided and singers may be asked to sing scales with the music director to test their range.

At the discretion of the director and choreographer, the actors will be taught a dance routine and asked to dress appropriately.

Not all actors will be asked for a callback, but this does not mean a person is not cast.

For more information, call 240-396-4307 or visit,

Garrett Park climate club to meet

Several Garrett Park adults and teenagers started Climate Action Now, an environmental club, earlier this month. The group now wants to outline issues to tackle at its first official meeting on Thursday. It will be held from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Garrett Park Town Hall, 10814 Kenilworth Ave.

Carole Douglis, a Silver Spring resident, will give a presentation based on the one featured in Al Gore’s documentary ‘‘An Inconvenient Truth.”

Douglis is one of 1,000 people certified to give the live presentation featured in the movie and has written on climate change for the National Geographic Society and Worldwatch Institute. Recently she authored a children’s storybook on the climate crisis, ‘‘Tore and the Town on Thin Ice,” for the United Nations Environment Program.

Warner Circle update

The Warner Circle Committee is in need of interior dimensions for the Warner Mansion.

GTM Architects of Bethesda agreed to record the measurements at no charge, and now the committee is seeking volunteers to help with the measuring process.

Residents with an interest in Kensington’s history and architectural, design, engineering or planning backgrounds are preferred.

Contact Mayor Peter Fosselman at 301-949-2424 or for more information.

Also, Kensington residents may notice a lot of police cars around Warner Circle over the next three weeks.

The Montgomery County Park Police will use the Warner Circle lawn in Kensington for training exercises from 1-6 p.m. on Thursday and April 10 and 18.