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LIFESTYLE LETTER

DECEMBER 2019 PUBLISHER

KC Cole | kc.cole@lifestylepubs.com EDITORIAL COORDINATOR

Jess Bousa | jess.bousa@lifestylepubs.com SOCIAL MEDIA COORDINATOR

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Happy Holidays From My Family to Yours AS THE SAYING GOES, TIME FLIES WHEN YOU’RE HAVING FUN. And time sure has flown by this year as we can’t believe we’ve put together the season end issue of Potomac Lifestyle in 2019! It seems like just yesterday we were sitting down to write our January letter to all of you—talking about resolutions and renewal—and yet, here we are, almost time to do it again.

AD DESIGNER

Matthew Endersbe LAYOUT DESIGNER

Kelsey Proctor COPY EDITOR

Kate Baxendale CONTRIBUTING WRITERS

Lauri Gross, Danielle S. Tepper CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS

Jack Hartzman, Toby Angel, WTA Photographers, Alison Tremblay, Bethany Hicks

There’s a unique perspective that working in publishing brings. While we certainly don’t want to wish our lives away, we’re always looking toward the future. Whether it’s planning our next issue or developing story ideas for the next year, we’re often already fast-forwarded to future months before the current month has even begun. The fastpaced lifestyle this industry calls for can often make it difficult to really settle down and absorb what’s going on around us and, before we know it, the year is over and it’s time to move forward again.

CORPORATE TEAM CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER Steven Schowengerdt

So this December, we hope you take the time to slow down a little bit. Enjoy your time

CHIEF SALES OFFICER Matthew Perry

with family and friends, bask in the magic of the winter season, reflect on past memo-

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER DeLand Shore

ries you hold closely in your hearts and keep the new ones you create in the present for as long as you can. We’ll take your lead, and we can’t wait to see you next year! Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Kwanza and a wonderful Winter Solstice. Happy holidays to you all!

ART DIRECTOR Sara Minor OPERATIONS DIRECTOR Janeane Thompson EDITORIAL MANAGER Nicolette Martin AD MANAGER Chad Jensen REGIONAL SALES DIRECTOR Eric Williams WEB APPLICATIONS Michael O’Connell

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INSIDE THE ISSUE DECEMBER 2019

FEATURES 12 December to Remember New Owner at Ourisman Lexus of Rockville Rolls Out Innovations Galore Plus Incentives in December

15 Money Moves Wealth Management Firm Puts Clients—and Community—First

20 Holiday Memories Potomac VIPs Reminisce about Holiday Traditions and Establish New Favorites

26 Is Nightly Homework a Constant Battle for Your Child? A One-to-One Private School that Helps

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DEPARTMENTS 4

Lifestyle Letter

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Good Times

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Around Town

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Local Limelight

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Giving Back

26 Culinary Creations 30 Renovate & Refine 36 Lifestyle Calendar 38 Our Contributors


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36th Annual Potomac Day The 36th Annual Potomac Day was a hit on Saturday, Oct. 12. Big thank you to Potomac Chamber’s Jennifer Matheson and Adam Greenberg of Potomac Pizza and all the amazing vendors and sponsors that participated. Congratulations to honorees, Friends of Library- Citizens of the Year, Falls Road Veterinary- Business of the Year- A big hand of applause to Potomac Youth of the Year- Caleb Robinson! And hats off to all the business for their contributions to the Potomac Community during the parade! PHOTOGRAPHY BY TOBY ANGEL

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1. The Churchill High Scool Band | 2. Potomac Lifestyle | 3. East West Tae Kwon Do | 4. My Personal Trainer, Wyatt Oring and Nelson Swift | 5. Potomac Rotary Club | 6. Ultimate Amusements courtesy of the Cutler Family | 7. Friends of The Library Potomac Chapter | 8. Potomac Cub Scouts Troop 773 | 9. Elected Potomac Day Grand Marshal Ellen Cromwell, founder of Georgetown Hill School, giving hugs! | 10. Squeals on Wheels provided by The Phillips Family 8

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“Inspiring self-confidence and good behavior in children to manage the challenges they face at a young age.”

munity, including teachers, friends and neighbors, coming together to share this exciting time with me,” Anna says. Born and raised in Montgomery County, she is completing her final year of dental school in Baltimore while writing her next book. AMRobin.com

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POTOMAC HISTORY BOOK PUBLISHED BY LOCAL JUDITH WELLS NOW AVAILABLE Never-before-published photographs display the history and beauty of Potomac. The Civil War and its aftermath left its mark on Offutts X Roads, the early name of Potomac. The book tells the story of the 1865 gold rush, “Tommyknocker” ghosts and

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the mining that continued until 1940. Rare photographs highlight the celebrated Potomac Hunt. Local author Judith Wells has a record of accomplishments such as executive coach, journalist and columnist. To purchase a copy, it’s available locally at Strosniders Hardware. You can also order online on Amazon or ArcadiaPublishing.com.

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LOCAL LIMELIGHT

DECEMBER TO REMEMBER NEW OWNER AT OURISMAN LEXUS OF ROCKVILLE ROLLS OUT INNOVATIONS GALORE PLUS GREAT INCENTIVES IN DECEMBER

DECEMBER TO REMEMBER In December, Lexus offers massive price incentives, and clients who purchase a car in December from Ourisman Lexus of Rockville will receive a year of complimentary pick-up and delivery service. For the proper presentation on Christmas morning, they can also lend you a big red bow.

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AMERICANS OF A CERTAIN AGE

This month, the dealership is rolling

ARE FAMILIAR WITH TALES TOLD

out another innovation that James

TO THEM BY THEIR PARENTS THAT

says is gaining steam elsewhere in the

START WITH THE ICONIC PHRASE,

country, but he believes his dealership

“WHEN I WAS YOUR AGE …” THE

is among the first in the DMV to offer it.

STORY OFTEN INCLUDES BITS

It’s called a subscription service, and

ABOUT WALKING TO SCHOOL IN

James says it will be app-driven.

THE SNOW, WHICH WAS USUALLY UPHILL BOTH WAYS.

“You just pay a monthly fee, and you can drive any cars on our lot

Today’s version might go like this:

from a fleet of previously owned cars

“When I was your age, we had to

that are not more than a few years

appear in person at a car dealership

old. The fee covers the monthly pay-

to buy a car. And we kept that car

ment, service, insurance and mainte-

for 10 years. And each time it needed

nance. You can come in and out and

service, we had to drive the car to the

swap cars as much as you want,” he

dealership and sit and wait for them

explains, adding that millennials are

to service the car.” At which point,

happy to pay one amount that covers

shocked gasps will fill the air.

everything. “It’s a huge market get-

Don’t believe me? Just ask James Boening, executive general manager of Ourisman Lexus of Rockville.

ting ready to explode.” For those seeking something even bigger and newer to make a huge statement,

“We are doing everything we can to

the dealership offers what James calls a

engage our clients wherever they want

brand within brand but is officially known

to be,” he says. “It’s what clients want,”

as the Ourisman Grand Collection.

he adds, referring to a slew of changes

“We take brand-new cars, and we

being introduced at the dealership since

build them to look completely differ-

Chris Ourisman, the president and new

ent—new wheels, new exterior pack-

owner took over in January 2019.

ages. These are significantly different

“If they want us to come to their home to sell them a car, if they want to

compared to stock cars. These are super high-level impactful cars.”

do paperwork through the mail, we are

A stock Lexus sells for about

no longer like, ‘You gotta come in.’ We

$45,000 to $70,000. Cars in the

are actually creating some apps and

Ourisman Grand Collection sell for

tools to help clients do the total trans-

about $80,000 to $150,000.

action without ever coming into the store if they don’t want,” James says. Ourisman also offers pick-up and delivery for service clients. “You do not have to come in,” James says. “You call and set up an appoint-

“We have already sold 15 of them, and we are building more,” James says. Upgrading the physical appearance of the dealership is another element of the changes being ushered in at Ourisman.

ment or set it up with an app. We bring

“The entire store will be redone,” he

them a loaner. We pick up their car.

says. “It will be way more futuristic and

We service and wash the car, and we

more streamlined and will flow better.

deliver their car back to them. We have

And there will be iPads all over.”

a lot of people who are super interested. They don’t have to waste any time.”

It will be fun to watch the next generation explain that to their grandchildren.

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GIVING BACK

ARTICLE DANIELLE S. TEPPER PHOTOGRAPHY WASHINGTON TALENT AGENCY

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H GIVING BACK

(CON TI N U ED)

“HELPING YOU CREATE A LIFE AND LEGACY YOU DESIRE” IS THE GOAL

Collins Investment Group chose to support

COLLINS INVESTMENT GROUP SEEKS TO ACHIEVE FOR ITS CLIENTS,

the following organizations in 2018—and you

ACCORDING TO THE COMPANY’S WEBSITE TAGLINE. The group strives to leave

can too! Visit their respective websites to

behind a legacy of client-centered, community-focused service.

learn more about their missions and how you

Founded in 2003, the independent wealth advisory practice has grown to be

can get involved.

well-recognized in the D.C. metro area, managing $880 million in assets as of Sept. 30, 2019. With Bob Collins (owner, CEO and managing director) at the helm, the team

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goes out in their annual holiday card.

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Survivors (TAPS) and Feed the Hungry, Inc.

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“I like helping people,” Bob says. “I got into a field that I really love; I’m addicted to it.

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Clients have come to expect a top-notch experience when turning to Collins Investment Group. Bob was nominated and ranked No. 11 in Maryland by Forbes’

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Best-in-State Wealth Advisors list for 2019. The list spotlights more than 3,000 top advisors  across the country who were researched and interviewed.  Barron’s does an annual ranking of America’s Top 1,200 Financial Advisors, organized by state, for which Bob has ranked in the top 20 for Maryland, most recently in 2018. With more than  100 years’ worth of experience on the team, Collins Investment Group has a wealth of knowledge and expertise and is continuing to grow its wealth management practice—and it just so happens to be in your neighborhood. For more information, visit CollinsInvestmentGroup.com. DISCLAIMER Barron’s Top 1,200 Advisors [prior to 2014, the Barron’s Top 1,200 was recognized as the Barron’s Top 1,000 Advisors]—The rankings are based on data provided by thousands of advisors. Factors included in the rankings were assets under management, revenue produced for the firm, regulatory record, length of service, quality of practice and client retention. Forbes—Ranking algorithm based on industry experience, interviews, compliance records, assets under management, revenue and other criteria by SHOOK Research, LLC, which does not receive compensation from the advisors or their firms in exchange for placement on a ranking. Investment performance is not a criterion. Investment and Insurance Products | NOT FDIC INSURED | NO BANK GUARANTEE | MAY LOSE VALUE Investment products and services offered through Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network, LLC (WFAFN), member SIPC, a registered broker-dealer and a separate non-bank affiliate of Wells Fargo & Company. Collins Investment Group is a separate entity from WFAFN.

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HELP MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN PEOPLE’S LIVES

Every holiday season, a portion of revenues is donated to charities and non-profit organizations of our teammates choice so that we can contribute to causes we are passionate about and give back to our community.

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ARTICLE LAURI GROSS | PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED

HOLIDAY MEMORIES POTOMAC VIPS REMINISCE ABOUT HOLIDAY TRADITIONS AND ESTABLISH NEW FAVORITES

ELLEN CROMWELL As the grand marshal of the Potomac Day Parade in October, Potomac resident Ellen Cromwell sat back and waved to her admirers along the parade route. It’s practically the only time in her life she has done so, as she has always instead preferred to be in the action. As the founder of Georgetown Hill Early School, being in the action for Ellen has always meant teaching. Ellen retired seven years ago at age 78 after expanding Georgetown Hill to 10 campuses serving more than 1,000 early-childhood students. Reflecting on traditions and memories of the holiday season, Ellen says, “I grew up in a small apartment in the Bronx with very few toys. My friends and I mostly played imagination outside. One year, I remember receiving a family of Raggedy Anne dolls who were very important to me.” These days, she said, her favorite holiday tradition is “to unpack the boxes of old Christmas tree ornaments that hold so many memories and carefully place them on the tree.” Early in Ellen’s career, she authored three groundbreaking books about early childhood education. After retiring from Georgetown Hill, she began writing books for children, including Are You Listening, Potbelly?, TALASI... A Story of Tenderness and Love and The Bus Ride: A Timeless Story That Bonds Generations Through Shared Memories. Today, Ellen enjoys seeing others give her books as gifts. “Now that I live in a senior community, I have been so happy to see grandmothers purchase my books and share them with their grandchildren. They are all loving stories about diverse families, and they encourage conversations about values, memories and childhood.” As for gifts she likes to receive, Ellen says, “My favorite gift is to spend time with my children and grandchildren. I always loved seeing all of my grandchildren play sports, play instruments or sing. Recently, my two youngest grandsons have become interested in writing and publishing their own stories. I love that we can share this hobby together. They come to me for advice!” 20

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BRUCE AND MARGO FONOROFF

Ellen Cromwell

Anyone invited to a Hanukkah party at Bruce and Margo Fonoroffs’ should plan to bring a menorah. It’s not that Bruce, a retired senior executive in the Department of Defense, or Margo, a retired Montgomery County school principal, don’t have their own. It’s just that their Hanukkah parties feature a group candle lighting before dinner, so, the more menorahs, the better. As for the meal, Margo makes homemade latkes and slow-cooks brisket sliders for the more than 50 people attending. Bruce

and

Margo

established

this

annual party soon after their 2007 move from their single-family Potomac home to the condos at Park Potomac, a planned mixed-use community. Bruce serves on the Park Potomac Condo, HOA  and Master Association boards of directors and was appointed by former County Executive Ike Leggett to the Commission on Common Ownership Communities. He is also the chairman of the Park Potomac Ice Cream Social for Charity, and Margo is the co-chair. Bruce and Margo Fonoroff

Reflecting the Fonoroffs’ passion for helping underprivileged children, Bruce and Margo ask their Hanukkah guests to bring items for needy families, such as canned goods, disposable diapers, hats, etc., which they donate to Interfaith Works of Montgomery County. That way, they say, they are not only celebrating the holiday but also practicing the Jewish concept of Tikun Olum: acts of kindness performed to perfect or repair the world. CONTINUED >

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HOLIDAY MEMORIES

(CON TI N U ED)

Photography by Bethany Hicks

SUSAN PAGE USA Today Washington Bureau Chief Susan Page covered six White House administrations and interviewed the past nine presidents. She is also a frequent analyst on television. But since she is usually the one asking questions, it’s possible that none of her interview subjects know that on Christmas Eve, her favorite night of the year, Susan’s traditional family dinner is takeout pizza. “We start by attending the Christmas pageant at our church,” she says. “When my kids were little, they participated in the pageant,” she adds,  referring to her sons, Ben and Will. “They were initially cast as sheep but graduated to bigger parts, eventually filling just about every role.” After the pageant, Susan says  the family heads home and orders takeout pizza before opening presents. One year, Susan gave her boys a play kitchen, which included a pretend phone. “Ben marched over to the phone and tried to call Domino’s to order pizza. This may indicate that they hadn’t seen me doing a lot of home cooking in our actual kitchen,” she laughs. Susan is the author of The Matriarch: Barbara Bush and the Making of an American Dynasty, a  New York Times  bestselling book. She is now working on another biography,  Madam Speaker: Nancy Pelosi and the Arc of History. Books are Susan’s favorite gifts to give. “I love to find a book for someone that they might never have considered but that I think they would end up treasuring,” she says. “One year I found a used book of portraits taken by August Sander, a renowned German photographer, called Citizens of the 20th  Century: Portrait Photographs 1892-1952.” The book includes  portraits taken during the Nazi era and includes  a portrait of her husband’s grandfather, Hermann Leubsdorf, labeled “Persecuted Jew.” When Susan corresponded with the Sander estate in Germany, “They were glad to learn that (Hermann) and his wife managed to immigrate to the United States, to safety,” she says. 22

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BOB LEVEY Bob Levey says he does not have the “business gene.” “I’ve never been anything but a journalist,” he says. Yet he knows how to craft a deal hard to refuse: He is currently offering two sausage factories for the price of one. “If you like the political sausage factory, you get that. If you want the journalism sausage factory, you get that,” he says, referring to his new novel Larry Felder, Candidate, which Bob says is “a real good ground-level look at the reality of Congress, political campaigns and big-time downtown journalism, which are my worlds.” A renowned Washington Post journalist from 1967-2004, Bob is also a well-known radio and television talk-show host and commentator. Of his several books, Larry Felder, Candidate is Bob’s first novel. Bob self-published the book and is also promoting and selling it himself (from BobLeveyPublishing.com or BobLevey@Comcast.net). Bob is happy when people tell him they are giving his novel as a gift for Christmas, Hanukkah or any occasion. It happens “all the time,” he says, adding that the book is a “great gift for anybody who knows or cares about this community and is curious about what really happens.”  Bob’s own holiday traditions are low-key. “Our Hanukkah celebrations are only slightly about gifts and very little about religion, but all about family,” he says. His wife, Jane, a historian, and their two grown children join them, along with some extended family members. None bring as big a smile as the family’s littlest member, who Bob refers to as the “world’s greatest grandson,” also known as Robin Levey. The Levey family is a musical bunch, with singing and/or instrumental talent on each of their resumes, so their holidays always include lots of tunes. Bob’s Hanukkah gift to himself, he says, would be to finish his second novel, which will be about the world of radio.

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lost or injured in one of the bloodiest

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into a half-mile walk of lights. Revisit

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the Lakeside Lights, the Fountain of

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tunity to take a drive into Maryland

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to experience some local Civil War

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including live music, skating on

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OUR CONTRIBUTORS

Our Contributors HAPPY HOLIDAYS! WE COULD NOT DO IT WITHOUT YOU!

JACK HARTZMAN

MONICA VIDAL

JESS BOUSA CEO of Exponential Media and

Partner of WTA Photo, the photo-

Partner of WTA Photo. Senior

graphic division of the Washington

Event Producer, Photographer, and

Editorial Coordinator

Talent Agency; Lead Photographer,

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Jess fell in love with the unstoppable

Creative Director and Producer

Monica is one of the most highly

power of the internet more than 10

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years ago and learned how to leverage

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LAURI GROSS

BETHANY HICKS

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Potomac Lifestyle for two years and is

worked in corporate PR with Discovery

loves photography. She has run her

a content creator whose work has been

Channel, TLC and Animal Planet. Lauri

business, Bethany J. Photography, for

published both nationally and at the

switched to freelance work, helping

six years while earning her degree in

community level. Her full-time gig at

clients with corporate communications

the subject. In addition to photogra-

HumaneSociety.org brings her love

and media relations. Since 2000, Lauri

phy, she works as a graphic designer

of words and animals together. She also

has been writing feature stories and col-

and social media manager. Her goal

enjoys photography, foodie adventures,

umns on a freelance basis for local and

is to create simple, expressive and

pop culture and hazelnut coffee.

regional magazines and newspapers in

beautiful photography.

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written

articles

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