Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Local man honored for civic service

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Wayne Goldstein received the 2008 Star Cup from the Montgomery County Civic Federation. The award was meant to honor Goldstein for outstanding public service on behalf of the county and its residents.

Goldstein has served as an officer in the Kensington Heights Citizens Association since 1999 and as president since 2005.

Goldstein has participated on planning and public safety committees as a member of the civic federation and has served as the First Vice President from 2004 to 2006, then as president from 2006 through 2008.

A lifelong resident of Montgomery County, Goldstein’s commitment to public service began in elementary school and continued through his adult life, according to the civic federation.

In addition to working with the federation, Goldstein has served on the Montgomery Preservation Inc., a group that promotes and lobbies for historic preservation.

Kensington girl earns nod from Johns Hopkins

Adelaide Nolan, 13, of Kensington, was honored at an awards ceremony for gifted children held by The Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth.

The Eastern Middle School seventh-grader, along with other award recipients from around the state, was honored by Johns Hopkins for her academic performance and promise.

Students in seventh and eighth grades took the SAT or ACT, college admissions tests. Adelaide’s high scores in the ACT earned her the award she received on May 4.

‘‘Addie has participated in the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth summer program since third grade. It’s basically a summer camp with fun and educational activities - and really good food, Addie reports,” her father Tom Nolan wrote in an e-mail to The Gazette.

Her reading score placed her in the top 91 percent with 30 points out of 36, the and her composite score was 23 out of 36 according to her father.

SPARK tutors say farewell

After tutoring hundreds of students since 1995, Students Practicing And Respecting Knowledge, or SPARK, will close its doors on Tuesday.

A farewell reception will be held from 6:30-8 p.m., at the Ken-Gar Community Center, 4111 Plyers Mill Road in Kensington. The center has been home to the tutoring service for 13 years.

SPARK is a nonprofit that offers free tutoring to students with volunteer from nearby high schools and the National Institutes of Health.

Co-founders Karen Jackson-Knight and Wendy Lesko said the event is open to the public, but people must RSVP for the dinner by calling 301-942-3514.

Ten Drum percussion group comes to visitors’ center

The Ten Drum Art Percussion group will make their debut appearance at the Washington D.C. Temple Visitors’ Center at 7 p.m., Monday.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints visitor center hosts secular and religious music acts. The award-winning professional performance team from Taiwan is great entertainment that will appeal to all ages.

The group was founded by Hsieh Shi, who started playing drums at the age of 3. He founded the Ten Percussion School in Taiwan and is skilled at performing traditional drum compositions, especially on the Teochew’s Drum, Walken Lion Drum, and on row-drums.

The ensemble performed in Korea at the opening ceremony of the 2006 World Cup Soccer finals and the 2002 Olympics in Sydney, Australia.

The event is free and open to the public.

The visitor center, at 9900 Stoneybrook Drive, Kensington is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. For more information and directions, call 301-587-0144.

Put those old jeansto good use

Christa Guild, an eighth-grader at Thomas W. Pyle Middle School, wants county residents to know that jeans can change people’s lives. But not in a way that you might think. Guild is helping to collect jeans for a denim drive sponsored by Cotton Inc. and Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County ReStore.

The jeans will be collected, transported to California, where the Allen Company donates their resources to bale the denim. It is then sent to JBM Fibers in Texas, which converts the denim back into cotton fiber. Then it goes to Arizona, where Bonded Logic, Inc. makes it into UltraTouch Natural Cotton Fiber Insulation, which Habitat for Humanity will use in new houses built in New Orleans and the Gulf region.

‘‘I’m working for [student service learning] hours this year and I found this idea online and wanted to get involved,” Guild said.

Guild coordinated a drop off spot at her school.

‘‘Already we have 114 jeans,” she said. We’re trying to get 500 because that’s how much it takes to insulate one house.”

Cotton Inc. partnered with Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County ReStore to bring the drive to Montgomery County for the first time this year, said Adeela Abbasi, marketing and communications manager with Habitat for Humanity ReStore. The goal for the county is to collect 2,500 pairs of jeans and insulate five homes, she said. Originally she hoped to use the jeans for insulation at Habitat for Humanity Homes in the county, but the houses currently under construction are past the insulation stage, she said. Instead, the insulation made from county jeans will most likely go to areas affected by Hurricane Katrina.

‘‘We want to raise awareness of the need for affordable housing, not only in areas affected by such a large natural disaster, but right here in Montgomery County,” Abbasi said.

Drop off locations include:

*Habitat for Humanity ReStore, 9100 Gaither Road, Gaithersburg

*Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County, Construction Site, Linganore Woods, Burtonsville

*Walt Whitman High School, 7100 Whittier Boulevard, Bethesda

*Amicus Green Building Center, 4080A Howard Ave., Kensington

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