COVER by Amanda Smallwood
126 Grading Joshua Starr
The superintendent hopes to spend another
four years running the county’s schools. Does
he deserve to keep the job?
By Miranda S. Spivack
134 A Place to Start
Most people don’t know what happens to
the old couches, tables and lamps they donate
to charity. Karen Murley uses them to create
By Amy Reinink
144 Meet Andy Raymond
Have you ever wondered who owns a gun
shop in Montgomery County?
By Eugene L. Meyer
154 Our Turn
After years of shuttling kids to practice
and freezing in the stands, these hockey
moms were ready to get on the ice.
By Julie Rasicot
161 Weddings of the Year
We introduce several couples who got
married in style—from a bash at the
beach to a ceremony at a French chateau.
184 Bethesda Interview
NBC4 meteorologist Doug Kammerer on
landing his dream job, chasing hurricanes,
and Jim and Doreen
By Cindy Rich
volume 12/ issue 1 January/February 2015
74 Best of Bethesda
From delicious chocolate chip cookies and wintry drinks with a kick to beautiful
hikes and a cool summer camp for kids, here are some of our favorite things about
the Bethesda area. Plus—readers’ picks of dining, beauty, schools and more.