Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Pretzel shop hits the big leagues

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Batter up! Noah’s Pretzels, named for a young Gaithersburg boy, will have a stand at the Washington Nationals new baseball stadium in Washington, D.C.

The pretzel shop named for Dwayne Herndon’s autistic son Noah held its grand opening at Lakeforest mall in October.

In addition to regular pretzels, the company makes pretzels free of gluten and casein, common proteins credited with causing dietary problems for people with food allergies, including Celiac disease.

Many parents believe that diets free of the proteins calm their autistic children, Herndon told The Gazette last year. He started the store with a plan to feed his son and others’ enjoyment and to promote autism awareness.

On Sunday, he presented donation checks to Community Support Services Inc. and The Arc of Montgomery County Inc., two organizations that have helped to further the cause.

‘‘Noah’s wants everyone to share in the excitement,” about the new stadium stand, which will be located near the centerfield entrance right down the left field line, Herndon wrote in an e-mail to the Gazette. To celebrate, Noah’s will sponsor two raffles per month for tickets to see the Nats play. Game on!

A good deed

Boy Scout Troop 1988 of Montgomery Village recently held a food drive that brought 115 bags of non-perishable food to the pantry of Gaithersburg Help, a nonprofit volunteer network that helps residents in need.

Troop members distributed bags to homes in Montgomery Village neighborhoods Whetstone, Stedwick and The Heights last month and collected the filled bags on March 1. Rising food costs made the Boy Scouts donation all the more appreciated, said Boy Scout parent Bill Houk.

Troop 1988, sponsored by the Montgomery Village Foundation, meets at 7:30 p.m. at the Stedwick Community Center on the first and third Thursday of every month and is always looking for new members, Houk said. The troop’s next meeting is March 20. For more information, contact Troop 1988 Scoutmaster Scott Jordan at 301-990-9310 or visit

Movin on up

Sports Plus, a Gaithersburg nonprofit which offers sports programs for autistic children at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Boyds, was awarded a $10,000 grant from Autism Speaks, a national nonprofit.

‘‘We are very honored to have our programs recognized by this very prestigious national organization,” according to a SportsPlus statement.

SportsPlus, which is run by Gaithersburg residents Tom and Natalie Liniak, is also a beneficiary for the 2008 Washington Capitals Amazing Auction, which was held on Sunday.

SportsPlus has expanded its program to Howard County. The nonprofit offers soccer, swimming, volleyball, baseball, floor hockey and other sports programs.

Registration is underway for spring programs. For more information,


John G. Dellomo, a junior, and sophomores Joseph H. Gibney and Aaron R. Ryden of Gaithersburg were named to the dean’s list at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y. Ryden majors in computer and systems engineering and Dellomo and Gibney are physics majors.

*Mallory Quigley, a 2004 graduate of Gaithersburg High School, made the fall dean’s list at Loyola College in Baltimore. She is the daughter of Daniel and Laura Quigley of Gaithersburg.

*Melanie L. Dollar of Gaithersburg, achieved the dean’s list at Saint Francis University in Loretto, Pa.

*Ama Serwaa Frimpong, daughter of Kwame Fimpong, made the dean’s list at Salem College in Winston-Salem, N.C.

*Alex Fick, son of Bob and Karel Fick of Gaithersburg, was named to the dean’s list at the University of Pennsylvania for the 2007 school year. The 2005 graduate of Quince Orchard High School is a chemical and biomolecular engineering student. He earned the university’s Donald F. Othmer Sophomore Academic Excellence Award in 2007. The award is given annually to a chemical and biomolecular engineering student who has the highest scholastic rating in courses and is a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineer’s Student Chapter. Fick is a member of Tau Beta Pi, a UPenn honor society that recognizes distinguished scholarship and exemplary character.

*Mariko E. Fonseca of Laytonsville received a Master of Science in biomedical forensic science in January from Boston University.

Get down on the prairie

Little House on the Prairie” fans 8-14 are invited to a 2:30 p.m. brunch on Monday at the Gaithersburg Library, 18330 Montgomery Village Ave.

Guests will churn butter and make sourdough griddle cakes Ingalls-style, then enjoy their concoctions. Bring an apron and an appetite — everything else is provided, according to Jan Derry, children’s librarian. Registration required, call 240-773-9497 or visit⁄library. Click on ‘‘Find A Library,” go to ‘‘Gaithersburg,” then ‘‘Programs and Events.”

Submissions for People and Places must be received by 10 a.m. Thursday. Send submissions to Patricia M. Murret via e-mail at, fax at 301-670-7183 or mail to The Gaithersburg-Montgomery Village Gazette, 9030 Comprint Court, Gaithersburg, MD 20877.