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LESS WATER, HIGHER COSTS WSSC: Must charge more to maintain infrastructure. A-3 The Gazette A&E: BandHouse Gigs celebrates 10th anniversary of tributes at Strathmore. B-5 BETHESDA | CHEVY CHASE | KENSINGTON DA I LY U P DAT E S AT G A Z E T T E . N E T Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014 NON-LEVEL PLAYING FIELD Montgomery sets standard in sports facilities Neighboring Prince George’s invests far less in its athletics programs n BY PRINCE J. GRIMES STAFF WRITER The 25 public high schools in Montgomery County with varsity sports teams governed by the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association are tied with Baltimore City for the most MPSSAA-sanctioned programs in one school system. Next is neighboring Prince George’s C o u n t y , Each school gets with 22 high schools that participate in Montgomery in varsityfor athletics. level sports. B u t Each school gets even with m o r e schools, and a bigger in Prince George’s for athletics. selection of varsity sports provided to its students, Montgomery has managed to build and maintain better athletic facilities than Prince George’s. While there are exceptions on both sides, and even some similarities, sports facilities appear better overall for Montgomery County students. The SPORTS: Bethesda’s Katie Ledecky says she’s just trying to set personal bests. B-1 Developer continues its foray into fashion n Bethesda Row focusing more on clothiers and other stores, less on food BY ELIZABETH WAIBEL STAFF WRITER $65,000 $17,000 BILL RYAN/THE GAZETTE Bethesda-Chevy Chase 2011 alumni Stephen Sawicki and Matt Bookman work out at the school’s track Thursday. n Public use of school facilities, A-9 n Schools spend big to update equipment, A-10 n County maintains some facilities, A-10 n Private clubs pay some of the bill to get artificial turf fields, A-10 Cap acit y Fiel d (T u Con rf or G ras ces s) Res sions troo Ligh ms ts INSIDE Oxon Hill Parkdale Northwestern Henry A. Wise Frederick Douglass 5,000 4,000 3,000 2,800 1,000 T G G G G Y Y Y Y N N N Y Y N N N N N N Thomas S. Wootton Walt Whitman Walter Johnson Montgomery Blair Richard Montgomery 4,000 3,500 3,500 3,200 3,200 T G T T T Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Fairmont Heights Gwynn Park Frederick Douglass Potomac Crossland 750 800 1,000 1,000 2,500 G G G G G Y Y N Y Y N N N N N N N N N N Rockville Albert Einstein Bethesda-Chevy Chase John F. Kennedy Sherwood 1,500 1,900 2,000 2,000 2,000 G G G G G Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Prince George’s The Gazette analyzed the athletic facilities at the 47 public high schools in its coverage areas of Montgomery and Prince George’s counties. High school Montgomery IN DEPTH Many sports, other than football, must travel to train Comparing the five largest and smallest in Prince George’s and Montgomery counties. BY JENNIFER BEEKMAN STAFF WRITER The solution seems quite simple: If there is not enough space for something, create more. That, of course, is a lot easier said than done when referring to actual land. As Montgomery County high school athletic programs continue to flourish finding space on campus for all of them to hold daily practices has become an obstacle for athletic directors. Though this is not a completely new issue it has not become any less challenging, county athletic directors agreed. Bethesda-Chevy Chase is home to the county’s smallest campus by far, built on 16 acres of land, according to the Montgomery County Public Schools website — Springbrook’s is the next See SPACE, Page A-9 See FASHION, Page A-12 Prince George’s n See STANDARD, Page A-9 FOOTBALL FACILITIES Montgomery County schools contend with limited practice space The retail face of Bethesda Row keeps changing, as its developer is moving away from restaurants in favor of clothing and other stores. Clothing retailer Kate Spade has signed a lease to open a store on Bethesda Row, said Stu Biel, leasing associate for Federal Realty Investment Trust of Rockville, which owns the Bethesda Row property. Biel said the company has been trying to bring in more nonfood retailers. “That’s a direction we want to keep going that we’ve gotten momentum on,” he said. Another clothier, Calypso St. Barths, opened Aug. 1 on Bethesda Row after opening a location in Georgetown in Washington in early Febru- No horse? No problem n 4-H provides a way for Bethesda teen to enjoy and learn equestrian skills BY ELIZABETH WAIBEL STAFF WRITER Not having her own horse hasn’t stopped one Bethesda girl from participating in 4-H equestrian programs. This week, she’s at the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair, sharing her enthusiasm with other people who don’t have space for farm animals in their backyards. Margaret Nowack, 15, said she has always liked horses. A family friend who participated in 4-H piqued her interest in joining the horse club. Margaret now leases a horse from a friend in 4-H, which she said isn’t uncommon for the organization. See HORSE, Page A-8 After 50 years, it all adds up to retirement for math teacher n ‘Don’t be afraid of hard work,’ says former instructor BY PEGGY MCEWAN STAFF WRITER DAN GROSS/THE GAZETTE “I think one of the biggest [changes] is the greater demands on teachers,” says Jean Bone, who retired in June after teaching math for 50 years in Montgomery County. closed, she transferred to Sligo Junior High in Silver Spring — Montgomery County didn’t begin the switch from junior high to middle schools until 1978 — then to Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville, and back to middle schools, teaching at Ridgeview in Gaithersburg, Westland in Bethesda, Forest Oak in Gaithersburg and ending her career at Tilden Middle School in North Bethesda. There have been some changes, to NEWS INDEX Automotive Calendar Classified Entertainment Obituaries Opinion Sports A half-century ago, Jean Bone borrowed a car and drove from her home in Pennsylvania to Leland Junior High School in Chevy Chase for a job interview. “A friend told me they had an opening for a math teacher,” she said. “I was hired on the spot.” When school opens this month, Bone will not be in the classroom for the first time in those 50 years, having retired from the county school system at the end of the 2013-14 school year in June. Bone, 75, who lives in Gaithersburg, has taught at schools throughout the county. When Leland Junior High B-12 A-2 B-9 B-5 A-11 A-14 B-1 THREE YEARS OF CAPTIVITY HIs family works for kidnapped man’s release from Pakistan. A-5 Volume 3, No. 26, Two sections, 32 Pages Copyright © 2014 The Gazette Please RECYCLE August 21, 2014 1934323 put it mildly, over the years, she said. Not only the curriculum has changed significantly, she said, but the use of technology. She said she learned to use a computer for lessons, papers and grades, and to teach using a Promethean board, which connects information on a computer to an interactive whiteboard, learning as she was teaching. See TEACHER, Page A-12

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