Top Headlines: Sponges in the Potomac, Blind Runner and Glee Star at B-CC.

Top headlines of the week from around Montgomery County.


The latest news in Montgomery County includes a profile of a blind high school cross-country runner, the reappearance of the elusive Potomac River sponge and plans to build an energy efficient test home in Gaithersburg:


Planners Envision Chevy Chase Lake Sector Development

CHEVY CHASE — At a Montgomery County Planning Board work session earlier this month, county planning staff presented drawings of what the Chevy Chase Lake sector could look like if built up according to staff recommendations for height and density. Planning staff also presented drawings illustrating what the sector could look like if built up according to the heights and densities requested by property owners in the Chevy Chase Lake sector. See the drawings and compare them for yourself on Chevy Chase Patch.


Construction of Victory Court Apartments Underway in Rockville Town Center

ROCKVILLE—After years of controversy and a court case, Victory Housing Inc. welcomed a new phase for its senior housing project in Rockville Town Center on Tuesday: Construction. Read more on Rockville Patch.


Blind Runner Goes the Distance at Seneca Valley
GERMANTOWN — High school cross-country runner Angie Fuentes faces a challenge most runners don’t — she can’t see the course. “I was born blind,” Fuentes said during a recent practice at Seneca Valley. Patch chatted with Fuentes about overcoming obstacles and why she loves running. “To me, it's freedom,” Fuentes told Patch. “Nothing stops you from anything. You just go.” Read more about Fuentes at Germantown Patch.


BOYDS — We hear about the Tuskegee Airmen, and prior to them, the Buffalo Soldiers. But we don’t hear a whole lot about the Montford Point Marines, the first wave of black Marines called to serve once the Coprs opened its doors to African-Americans during World War II  — the last branch of the military to do so. Patch caught up with a Montford Point Marine and Congressional Medal recipient John Chaney, 92, of Boyds, ahead of a veterans ceremony in Rockville. Read the interview at Germantown Patch.


Reports of Romney Fundraiser in Potomac False

The DC media world got itself into an election-year tizzy today, when Politico falsely reported that Dan Snyder planned to host a fundraiser for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in Potomac. Read more on Potomac Patch.


Young Broadway Stars to Visit Montgomery County to Talk to Students

Jonathan Groff of Fox's hit show "Glee," and Anthony Rapp of Broadway's "Rent" will appear at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School for ArtSpeak! Read more on Potomac Patch.


Elusive Potomac River Sponge Reappears―But Just Barely

A shape-shifting river nearly foils a naturalist explorer’s bid to reestablish contact with an enigmatic creature. Read more on Potomac Patch.


VIDEO: Government Develops Energy Efficient Test Home in Gaithersburg

GAITHERSBURG—A 2,700-square-foot home built on the campus of a national technology testing site in Gaithersburg will be used by government scientists and engineers as a test-bed to develop ways to measure products, materials and systems that make a house energy efficient and green, according to a report by CNN. Read the full story on Gaithersburg Patch.


Suspect in Custody in Takoma School Shooting

A suspect is in custody in a shooting at Coolidge High School, across the Takoma Park border in Takoma, D.C., according to an NBC 4 Washington report. The victim, an 18-year-old male, was shot in the leg, according to the report. The shooting happened in the school's rear parking lot.


Kensington/Wheaton Chamber of Commerce Breakfast Mixer with Sen. Madaleno

Sen. Rich Madaleno (D-Dist. 18) will speak about initiatives that will be on the ballot in November, as well as his plans for the Maryland legislative session in January.


New Construction at Walter Reed Bethesda Could Tack On Commute Time
BETHESDA -- A traffic study conducted by the Navy has concluded new construction on the campus of Walter Reed Bethesda could tack 15 seconds onto commute times on surrounding thoroughfares by 2018. Read more on Bethesda Patch.

Mall Burglar Arrested
BETHESDA -- Montgomery County Police arrested a man they say burglarized two businesses in the Westfield Montgomery Mall, including the newly opened Dumpling Dojo. Read more on Bethesda Patch.


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