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VIENNA, VIA STRATHMORE & Annual salute serves up a taste of Austrian culture. B-5 The Gazette NORTHERN MONTGOMERY COUNT Y DAILY UPDATES ONLINE Wednesday, December 25, 2013 25 cents Olde Towne developer: Funding may stall complex Developer will look for other financing avenues n BY JENN DAVIS STAFF WRITER PHOTOS BY DAN GROSS/THE GAZETTE Sheri Sankey of Montgomery Village, here with her dog Oreo, keeps a $50 bill from Geneva Presbyterian Church in Potomac on her refrigerator as a daily reminder that she can do something to help others. Jubilee with generosity n ‘I want you to use this money to the glory of God,’ says pastor of Geneva Presbyterian Church in Potomac BY PEGGY MCEWAN STAFF WRITER It was like a collection basket in reverse. Instead of collecting money to help the church’s outreach programs, Anne Benefield, pastor of Geneva Presbyterian Church in Potomac, put money and a challenge in the hands of her parishioners. At the end of her Sept. 8 sermon, each adult parishioner was handed $50 in honor of the Anne Benefield, pastor of Geneva Presbyterian Church in Potomac, with her notebook of stories from parishioners describing how they each used $50 for “the Lord’s work.” Retired racehorses find a second chance through CANTER n BY SAMANTHA SCHMIEDER SPECIAL TO THE GAZETTE THE YEAR IN REVIEW The Gazette recaps the top news stories in Montgomery County of 2013. A-9 Toys for Tots hosts giveaway after landing thousands of surplus gifts SYLVIA CARIGNAN STAFF WRITER A home at the finish line NEWS We’re gonna need a bigger sleigh BY See JUBILEE, Page A-14 BILL RYAN/THE GAZETTE See COMPLEX, Page A-14 n church’s 50th anniversary. Each child received $5. In all she gave out $6,600. The money came with a charge: use it within 90 days to help the community and report back. “I want you to use this money to the glory of God. I want you to make our next 50 years about mission. And I want you to use this money in a way that you have a personal attachment,” Deidra Darsa of Rockville with her retired racehorse, Vinnie, at a stable in Glenwood. RST Development officials say its proposed apartment complex project in Olde Towne Gaithersburg might not be built after the City Council voted Monday not to support the developer’s request for financing through the state’s Department of Housing and Community Development. The Crossing at Olde Towne, located at the Y site at 200 Olde Towne Ave., is a multifamily unit development that is proposed to have a housing mix of 105 low/moderate income units and 94 marketrate units. Principal developer Scott Copeland said he submitted an application to the Maryland Depart- It was Christmas Eve one year ago when Groovy Music entered his last race. The 6-year-old bay gelding pulled a ligament in a race that sidelined his racing career. But, with the help of a nonprofit organization Groovy Music and many thoroughbreds like him are getting a second chance. SPORTS TOP TEN STORIES OF 2013 Montgomery County was full of memorable sports moments in 2013. Find out which was No. 1. B-1 CANTER — the Communication Alliance to Network Thoroughbred Ex-Racehorses — works with trainers at Laurel Park and racetracks across the country to help their horses find new suitable homes when they finish their racing careers. CANTER MidAtlantic caters to racehorse owners and buyers on the East Coast with their horses housed at different farms located in Maryland, Delaware and North Carolina. Finding a suitable home for these retired racehorses isn’t an easy job, according to Wendy Komlo, Groovy Music’s owner. Komlo owns Tan- See HOME, Page A-14 Automotive Business Calendar Celebrations Classified Entertainment Opinion Sports Please RECYCLE Parents and kids of all ages flooded the Toys for Tots warehouse in Gaithersburg at a free-for-all event Monday after the organization collected almost three times as many toys this year as last year. Paul Gunther, who manages Toys for Tots’ Montgomery County efforts, said the organization received 36,000 items last year, but got an overwhelming response this year: almost 100,000 toys. The Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots’ 2-yearold Montgomery County program has been donating toys, collected at its Gaithersburg warehouse, to nonprofits around the county, such as A Wider Circle and Interfaith Works. But after their needs were fulfilled, thousands of toys were left over this year. Bill Grein, spokesman for the nationwide Toys for Tots program, said it’s “not normal” to have a surplus of toys. See TOYS, Page A-8 DAN GROSS/THE GAZETTE Shanee Neal of Gaithersburg picks out puzzles for her six children at the Toys for Tots giveaway in Gaithersburg. B-12 A-10 A-2 A-11 B-10 B-5 A-12 B-1 Check out our Services Directory ADVERTISING INSIDE B SECTION 1906217

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