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Cabin John Middle School undergoes reconstruction

By Jenna Cantor, Public Relations and Andrea Mirviss, News Editor

January 5, 2010

Cabin John Middle School (CJMS) is currently undergoing a reconstruction that is scheduled to be completed for reopening in August 2011 with an estimated cost of about $48 million.  Demolition on the school began in July shortly after the completion of an asbestos abatement program. Students at CJMS...

Flood at Eggo factory results in waffle crisis

By Alec Fanaroff, Staff Writer and Sophia Tapper, Staff Writer

January 5, 2010

In a long list of shortages our nation is facing, including jobs and money, we are in the midst of yet another crisis–The Great Eggo Shortage of 2009. According its website, the Kellogg Company recently experienced supply constraints due to flood damage in their bakery in Atlanta. “The [people]...

Nepali By TDM Design

By Kirsten Appleton

January 5, 2010

Potomac residents Michelle Baldwin and Michelle Taylor-Spearman visited Kathmandu, a city on the outskirts of Nepal, to import woven rugs in 2007. One of the weavers gave the women cashmere scarves as a gift of thanks. Immediately, the two were inspired. Today, Spearman and Baldwin own a high-quality...

Bulldogs who give back: James Rebelo

By Eshe Hill Features Editor

January 5, 2010

Junior James Rebelo The phone rings and junior James Rebelo picks up and listens intently for a few seconds. He then tells the other men at the station and starts to respond to the emergency call. Rebelo has been a volunteer fireman at Cabin John Park since August. “It’s really cool to have...

Bulldogs who give back: Jen Fink

By Eshe Hill Features Editor

January 5, 2010

Senior Jen Fink It’s 5 p.m. on Thursday and by now most students have already finished their after-school snacks and have begun homework. But for senior Jen Fink the day has not ended quite yet. Fink interns at the American Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces at the National Naval Medical Center....

Bill Stayeas [Seven Locks Barbershop]

By Maddy Flax Staff Writer

January 5, 2010

It may be difficult to conjure up any “real” landmarks in the Potomac area, however, if there were any place that could come close, many would agree on the Seven Locks Barbershop. Known as the “go-to” place in Potomac for a quick and reliable haircut, the Seven Locks Barbershop appeals to...

‘Chicago’ controversy leads to new play selection policy

By Justin Rheingold, Breaking Stories Online Editor

November 25, 2009

After much controversy surrounding the production of the fall musical Chicago, the administration aims to have a new plan in place for the selection of the spring play. According to Principal Joan Benz, a plan has yet to be finalized, although it will likely include a group to support drama director...

Technology puts teens on a virtual leash

By Emily Hall Features Production Editor

November 24, 2009

  A man is showing his parents, brothers, sisters and children around the National Mall, and as he struggles to maintain order he sees a mother across the street doing the same thing—but with apparent ease. No, her children are not a leash, they have arm bands with a GPS so she can keep track ...

Are hovering parents a help or hindrance?

By Joe Haynes Arts Production Editor

November 24, 2009

Sophomore Monica Won’s worst nightmare happened: she came home, got onto her computer and logged into Facebook only to see that her parents had requested to be her friend. Recently, parents have been getting even more involved in their kids’ personal lives. With tools like Edline, parents c...

The miserable, pathetic life of a Redskins fan

By By: Brett Mead: sports editor

October 30, 2009

You know those tests they do in labs where the lab rat is offered something appealing like a piece of cheese, but when they go for it they get zapped, so they eventually learn not to touch it? That pretty much sums up my relationship with the Redskins. Every time I try rooting for them, which is inevitably...

Girls soccer wins division for first time in over a decade

By By: Matt Brothers- staff writer

October 29, 2009

Led by senior captain and Athlete of the Month Pam Vranis, the girls soccer team looks to remain undefeated heading into the playoffs. The Bulldogs have already clinched the Maryland 4A West division thanks to a powerful offense, which most recently propelled them to a 2-0 victory over Wootton Oct. 21. “The...

Ride On unveils redesigned bus fleet

By Dina Khatib, Online Observations Editor

October 28, 2009

The vibrant hues of the new blue, green and yellow Ride On buses have hit the streets of Potomac.  These new eco-friendly buses are a result of new regulations set on public transportation emissions. The regulations are in accordance with the Environmental Sustainability Policy that the Montgomery...

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