Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Marriott honors community volunteers with service awards

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Several individuals and organizations from eastern Montgomery County were recently recognized for their volunteer and community efforts in the 2008 Marriott Spirit to Serve Community Service awards.

Kristina Dittman of Burtonsville was honored for her efforts to open a Christian Day Camp at Liberty Grove United Methodist Church. Dittman’s efforts began in 2003 when she was a sophomore at James Hubert Blake High School. The camp opened with 40 children and 50 teens, according to a news release from Montgomery County government, and has grown to 95 children and 47 teens.

John Lopes of Silver Spring was honored for his years of volunteer service at Forest Knolls Elementary School. Lopes helps in classrooms, on field trips, in after-school clubs and the school office, the release said.

Vias de la Salud Health Program of the Latino Health Initiative in Silver Spring helps to teach individuals and families about good eating habits and healthy practices, such as ‘‘walking programs” to promote exercise. The organization helps provide access to health services, the release said.

Tufail Ahmad of Potomac of the Montgomery County Muslim Council led food drives and distribution efforts and other initiatives that connected area Muslims with the community.

Bannockburn Elementary School, John Poole Middle School, Walter Johnson High School and Stone Ridge School were honored for getting students involved in community projects.

Marriott International provided $500 to a charity of choice for each award winner.

Colesville StrawberryFestival coming

The 25th annual Colesville Strawberry Festival will be held 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 31 on the grounds of the old Colesville School at the corner of Hobbs Drive and New Hampshire Avenue.

Entertainment will be provided by students from area schools, children’s games will be available and all profits will be donated to the C-4 clothes closet and food pantry. Strawberries, hot dogs and ice cream will be available.

For more information, call Jack Sherman at 301-384-8071 or Rosina Mason at 301-384-6651.

On campus

Ryan Scully, a senior at University of Maryland, is being inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. A 2004 graduate of Paint Branch High School, he is the son of Burtonsville resident Audrey Scully.

Silver Spring resident Rachel Melo recently received a bachelor of arts degree from Warren Wilson College, Asheville, N.C. She majored in Latin American studies.

Taundria Cappel of Silver Spring was named to the Alpha Kappa Chapter of the Beta Beta Beta Biological Honorary Society and Alpha Lambda Delta, the national honor society for first-year students, at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

Greater Colesville Civic Association dedicates signs, holds meeting

The Greater Colesville Civic Association will dedicate two new ‘‘Welcome to Colesville” signs 10:30 a.m. at Randolph village Retirement Center, 531 Randolph Road, Silver Spring. Refreshments will be served. The signs will be posted on a median in the 500 block of Randolph Road and at the intersection of East Randolph and Clifton roads. Call Barbara at 301-622-0686.

The Greater Colesville Civic Association will hold its annual meeting 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. May 22 at Colesville Presbyterian Church, 12800 New Hampshire Ave. Speakers from the county permitting services office and the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission will be on hand. Elections will also be held.


Nonprofit seeks fundsto ship medical supplies

Network for Humanity, a nonprofit charity headed by Burtonsville resident Craig Atenidegbe, has collected supplies donated by area hospitals, churches and medical providers to bring to needy patients in Nigeria. The country has a high concentration of residents with the HIV⁄AIDS virus.

The organization has formed a partnership with two Nigerian hospitals but needs to raise funds to ship the supplies.

For more information, call Atenidegbe at 301-792-6593 or visit

Riderwood Lions Clubholds clothing drive

The Riderwood Lions Club recently conducted a clothing drive at the Silver Spring retirement community to benefit the Vietnam Veterans of America. Members collected more than 225 bags of clothes, according to a news release from Riderwood.

The club worked with the College Park Lions Club.

Lunch to supportlocal moms

Moms Inc. of Silver Spring, which supports the needs of stay-at-home mothers attempting to run at-home businesses, will hold a networking lunch noon to 2 p.m. May 21 at Dream Dinners, 720 Cloverly St. in Silver Spring in the Cloverly Towne Center at the intersection of New Hampshire Avenue and Briggs Chaney Road. The lunch will cost $10, in addition to chocolate and meal-making, costs for which will vary. Part of the proceeds and the meals will be donated to a ‘‘business mom” who recently developed cancer. RSVP today to Yihung Mohs at or call 240-515-8983.

Carving to honor teacher

Cloverly Elementary School plans to commission a work of art in memory of Helen Heffner, a teacher in Montgomery County for 30 years who taught fifth grade at Cloverly from 1989 until her retirement in 2001 and died March 23.

The piece will be a carving of Curious Cubs, the school’s mascot, made from the trunk of a 75-year-old oak tree that was taken down during construction of the school’s gymnasium.

A Helen Heffner Memorial Fund is being created to help defray the cost. To donate to the fund, call Terry Long at the school for information at 301-989-5770.

Rock ‘n Soul Revueat Banneker

The annual Rock ‘n Soul Revue featuring Benjamin Banneker Middle School students will be held 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the school, 14800 Perrywood Drive, Burtonsville. Cost is $5. Call 301-989-5747.

Employment counseling

Employment counseling will be offered 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday at Eastern Montgomery Regional Services Center, 3300 Briggs Chaney Road, Silver Spring. Call 240-777-8400.

Send news items, announcements and community events to Fred Lewis at, or call him at 240-473-7561. Send them by mail to Burtonsville Gazette, 13501 Virginia Manor Road, Laurel, MD 20707.

Yard salesto benefit nonprofit

Yard sales will be held at the Eastern Montgomery Regional Services Center 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the third Saturday of the month. The sales will take place in the parking lot of the center, located at 3300 Briggs Chaney Road, Silver Spring.

Rates are $10 for one space, $15 for two and $25 for three or four spaces.

Proceeds will be donated to The Eastern Montgomery Emergency Assistance Network, which provides assistance for housing, utilities and prescription medication expenses.

Call 240-777-8411.

Northwood High seeks alumni to celebrate reopening

Northwood High School in Silver Spring is commemorating the first graduation at the school since the site reopened in 2004 with a celebration that will honor alumni from the years it originally opened.

Administrators hope the graduation ceremony, ‘‘Continuing the Legacy,” will include alumni from each of the graduating classes between 1959 and 1977, but they are still looking for alumni to represent the following years: 1959, 1960, 1961, 1963, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1969 and 1977.

Alumni interested in participating may call Ruschelle Reuben at 301-649-8288. Northwood is located at 919 University Blvd. W.

Make-A-Wish youth triathlon

The annual Make-A-Wish Kids’ Triathlon will take place 9 a.m. Sunday at Martin Luther King Jr. Recreational Park, 1201 Jackson Road, Silver Spring.

Children ages 5-8 compete in a biathlon (run, bike, run) and children ages 9-14 compete in a triathlon (swim, bike, run). Children may race as an individual or as a member of a relay team. Any mix of boys and girls is permitted.

Participants will be raising money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Mid-Atlantic Inc., a nonprofit that fulfills the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses.

For more information or to register, visit or call Nikki McDermott at 301-962-9474. Race day signups begin 7:30 a.m.

Workplace attiresought for women

Donations of professional clothing for women are being collected between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays at the Eastern Montgomery Regional Services Center, 3300 Briggs Chaney Road, Silver Spring, for the center’s Wonderful Opportunities for Women shopping spree to be held in April.

Women in the program are getting back into the workforce after being victims of poverty, domestic violence or abuse, according to a news release from Montgomery County Government. The clothing is meant to bolster the women’s confidence and self-esteem.

Organizers ask that suits, blouses, shoes and accessories be cleaned, on hangers and ready to wear. For information about the program, call 240-777-8400.

Plan next community forum

The East County Citizens Advisory Board is seeking community input to determine topics for its next several community forums. The forums focus on a specific issue in eastern Montgomery County, informing citizens while also giving them the chance to speak with government and county officials. The topics under consideration are crime⁄gang activity, affordable housing, transportation and health care. E-mail preferences to

Alzheimer’s supportgroup forming

Arden Courts, an assisted living facility for Alzheimer’s patients, will begin a free support group for caregivers in March. Meetings, facilitated by a licensed clinical social worker, will be held 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month at Arden Courts, 2505 Musgrove Road in Silver Spring. For more information or to register, call 301-847-3051.

Volunteer firefighters wanted

The Burtonsville Volunteer Fire Department is offering live-in opportunities at its firehouse, 13900 Old Columbia Pike in Burtonsville. The station receives more than 5,000 emergency calls annually and offers dormitory-style housing as well as tuition reimbursement for college students.

For more information, call Sharon Yetter at 301-384-8058 or 301-285-9097.

Play bridge

Bridge for beginners and players at more advanced levels will be played 10:30 a.m. Mondays and Fridays at the Church of the Resurrection, 3315 Greencastle Road in Burtonsville. Participants can come with or without a partner and snacks will be provided. Players must bring their own lunch. For more information, call 301-785-4441.

Volunteers soughtfor blood collection

The American Red Cross is looking for volunteers age 14 and older to assist its blood collection staff at blood drives and blood donor centers. Specific responsibilities include greeting donors and providing them with essential reading materials, serving refreshments, and observing donors for post-donation reactions to giving blood.

Volunteers will be trained and must make a commitment of two or more blood operations each month. Blood drives last four to six hours. To register for training or for more information call the American Red Cross Volunteer Office at 1-800-272-0094, ext. 1, or e-mail at

Volunteer withMeals on Wheels

Colesville Meals on Wheels needs volunteers to deliver meals to the homebound in Burtonsville, Woodmoor, Four Corners, Burnt Mills, White Oak, Colesville and Calverton.

Meals are delivered 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. five days a week except when schools are closed or on major holidays. Commitment can be two hours per week or every other week. Call Sarah Day at 301-384-5735.

Anxiety disorders group

A free self-help group for people with anxiety, panic disorder, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder and other nervous disorders meets 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Glenmont United Methodist Church, 12901 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring.

The group is run by Recovery Inc., an international organization that advocates for the use of self-help methods along with cognitive therapy. Participants will learn how to manage stress, panic, anxiety, depression, anger, irrational fears, phobias, compulsions, obsessions and other emotional or behavioral problems.

For more information, call Trish at 301-231-7687 or visit

Theodore Roosevelt class to hold 60th reunion

The Theodore Roosevelt High School class of 1948 will hold a luncheon for its 60th reunion June 7. For more information, call Linda Mae Fleishman at 301-649-5877.

Calverton swim clubhosts open house

An open house for the Calverton Swim Club will be held 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. May 25 and May 31 at the community outdoor pool, 12615 Galway Drive in Silver Spring. Memberships and rentals are available now. For more information, visit the pool Web site at or call Rose Melendez at 301-483-6775.