16 To Our Readers
Andy Feffer is the chief operating officer
for the Washington Nationals, but he might
better be known as Mr. “Natitude”—a feisty
promoter of the home team.
By Steve Roberts
Susan Soorenko tried out a number of
different careers before finding the sweet spot:
as the founder of Moorenko’s Ice Cream in
By Sarah Tincher
Can Bethesda and its environs be
transformed into a happening kind of
place? A look at Montgomery County’s
attempt at a possible “hip” replacement.
By April Witt
48 Work Related
A Gaithersburg belly dancer explains what
moves her—from her beginnings in Iran to her
bout with cancer to her work with women.
As told to Sarah Tincher
34 My Stuff
A model boat builder tells how he gets
By Fola Akinnibi
50 Person of Interest
Bethesda’s Melissa Leebaert has made a
career of being vocal with stars ranging
from Paul Newman to James Earl Jones.
By Kathleen Wheaton
263 What Bethesda’s
Best-selling books in the area versus
38 People Watcher
A Chevy Chase couple puts their wedding
online; Academy Award-winning filmmakers
from Chevy Chase come out with a new
documentary that will air on HBO this fall;
and a number of local writers talk about
their new books.
By Maura Mahoney
254 Shop Talk
A Silver Spring woman uses that can-do
attitude to come up with her own skin care
line; a Bethesda company addresses the
issue of concussions; and shop openings
and closings in the area.
By Cynthia Hacinli
264 Driving Range
At Chincoteague Island, the wild ponies roam the
dunes, the waves beckon—and a summer visitor
finally finds her place in the sun.
By Virginia Myers
44 Story of My Life
It seemed like any other assignment at the
time. But decades later, it stands out as the
defining moment of a career: the night he
interviewed John, Paul, George and Ringo.
By Eugene L. Meyer
256 To-Do List
Get some free screen time, as outdoor movies
come to several communities in the area. Plus:
Natalie Cole at Strathmore; the Montgomery
County Agricultural Fair; the Uke Fest at
Strathmore; and more.
By Cindy Murphy-Tofig
278 Once Upon a Time
In the 19th century, Montgomery County’s
Elizabeth Ellicott Lea wrote the book on how
to become a domestic goddess.
By Mark Walston
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280 Domestic Disturbances
At school auctions, it’s all about being the
By Sarah Pekkanen
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