Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2007

A serious summer vacation

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Germantown resident Stephen Wong, 19, a 2006 graduate of Seneca Valley High School recently returned from a two-week case-study trip to Israel as part of a yearlong fellowship awarded by the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies.

Wong, who will be a sophomore at Grove City College in Pennsylvania, was one of 40 people selected for the fellowship.

During his time in Israel, he learned about terrorism from military, intelligence and political officials and academic experts, he wrote in an e-mail to The Gazette.

‘‘The fellowship is unique because there is no other program in the nation that aims to educate its fellows in such an intense way with the goal that the students then turn around and educate their college campuses and communities about the threat democracies face,” he wrote.

Now that Wong is back, he is preparing to use what he learned at college. He’ll plan events at Grove City College such as debates, film screenings, panel discussions and lectures, he said. Every person in the fellowship will conduct a Sept. 11 memorial event.

Wong, who is a political science major, plans to pursue a graduate degree in international relations.

Fleet feet wanted

The nonprofit Upper County Steppers Inc. is hosting tryouts for boys and girls ages 10 to 18 for the Junior and Varsity step teams.

Stepping is an activity where participants create a melody through the use of their bodies, and competitive performances often unite elements of dance and theatre. The style was widely popularized by the film ‘‘Stomp the Yard,” released in January.

Upper County Steppers participates in competitions as well as charitable community events throughout the region.

Tryouts are from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 29-30 and Sept. 5-7 at the Upper County Community Center, 8201 Emory Grove Road in Gaithersburg.

For more information, call the Steppers at 301-528-9697 or e-mail

Books wanted

The Poolesville Library will begin to accept donations Monday for the Library Advisory Committee’s Poolesville Day Book Sale. The library, at 19633 Fisher Ave., will collect books through Sept. 8.

Materials in good⁄readable and usable condition are desired. Adult and children’s tapes, records, books, magazines, CDs, videos and DVDs can be donated.

The library does not accept textbooks.

Tax receipts are available upon request, but the number of items by each type must be known.

Donations will be accepted during library hours in the library’s meeting room.

The Library Advisory Committee Book Sale is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Poolesville Day, Sept. 8.

Walk for the Homeless

Register now for the Germantown Walk for the Homeless that will kick off at 8 a.m. Sept. 29 at the Maryland SoccerPlex, 18031 Central Park Circle, Boyds.

The walk benefits The Bernie House and The Upper Montgomery Assistance Network.

A minimum of $15 for each youth younger than 25 and $25 for each adult must be collected to receive a T-shirt. The walk is affiliated with the Fannie Mae Foundation.

For more information, contact Lawrence Evans at 301-916-2285 or

Waiting list for willing tutors

The Literacy Council of Montgomery County has more than 200 adult students on its waiting list for tutors and is in dire need of volunteers willing to teach. No foreign language skills are necessary. Tutors work one-on-one or with small groups, and meet with students in libraries or community centers at mutually convenient times. A tutor orientation is 7:30-9 p.m. Aug. 29 at the Rockville Library, 21 Maryland Ave. Call 301-610-0030 or e-mail to register.

Campus Congratulations

Lindsay Clarke of Poolesville, Jennifer D’Alessio of Germantown and Husain Suterwala of Germantown were named to the spring 2007 dean’s list at American University in Washington, D.C.

Misha Varma, of Germantown, graduated in May magna cum laude from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y., with a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering.

Last day for summer reading

Saturday is the last day to submit entries for Montgomery County Public Libraries’ 2007 Teen Summer Reading Club. Participants complete summaries of books they have read for a chance to win weekly prize drawings. An iPod Nano will be given away at the end of the summer, and some entries will be selected for publication in ‘‘Teen2Teen: Book Recommendations by Teens4Teens,” a booklet that will be distributed throughout the county in October.

For more information, visit⁄content⁄libraries⁄teensite⁄summerreading.asp.

Break in your sneakers

The Poolesville Area Chamber of Commerce is now accepting registration for the 16th Annual Poolesville Day 5k Run⁄Walk on Sept. 8. Cost is $25.

For more information, visit or call Laura Yeatts at 301-785-5889 or e-mail her at

Submissions for People and Places must be received by 10 a.m. Thursday. Send items to Melissa Chadwick via e-mail at, fax at 301-670-7183 or mail to The Germantown-Boyds-Poolesville Gazette, 1200 Quince Orchard Blvd., Gaithersburg, MD 20878.