18 To Our Readers
They grew up in the same neighborhood,
went to the same high school, married
sisters—and both went on to become the
heads of Quaker schools. Meet two Friends
By Steve Roberts
Where man goes, rats will follow—including
into the upscale neighborhoods of suburbia.
By April Witt
36 My Stuff
A painter of Russian icons talks about her
brush with the divine.
By Anya Grenier
38 People Watcher
A former Potomac resident gets her own
reality wedding show; a physical therapist
from Bethesda helps Serena Williams on her
path to French Open victory; and several local writers talk about their new books.
By Maura Mahoney
48 Story of My Life
Sometimes the hardest thing about having
a child with a life-threatening illness is
remembering to breathe.
By Joanne Meszoly
A lawyer-turned-acupuncturist figures
out the best way to get her point across.
By Amanda Abrams
54 Work Related
The founder of Do or Die Mysteries tells
how crime plays.
As told to Sarah Tincher
56 Person of Interest
With his Bethesda-based film company,
adventurer Peter Getzels is all about
exploring reel life.
By Virginia Myers
60 Whatever Happened
After losing his wife to AIDS, Stu Shapiro
devoted himself to stamping out the
disease. Now, his daughter is following
in his footsteps.
By Lisa Braun-Kenigsberg
356 Shop Talk
This fall, you’ll be seeing red—in everything
from purses to pumps. Plus: a Gaithersburg
resident’s body oil takes off; and shop
openings and closings in the area.
By Cynthia Hacinli
358 To-Do List
From Labor Day parades to the Taste of
Bethesda—it’s all coming our way this fall.
By Cindy Murphy-Tofig
365 What Bethesda’s
Best-selling books in the area versus
366 Driving Range
The Waterford Festival is a fair to remember.
But there are plenty of other fall festivals worth
By Kim O’Connell
374 Once Upon a Time
The strange tale of the German POW who
By Mark Walston
375 Since You Asked
What’s happening with the Bethesda Community
Store? We answer that and more.
By Amy Reinink
376 Domestic Disturbances
Sports parents can be so rah-rah wrong.
By Sarah Pekkanen
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Cover photo of model Mike Frank shot on
location at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High
School by Mike Olliver
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