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‘DESERT’ STORM & Family drama stirs up a battle of emotions. B-4 The Gazette DAMASCUS | CLARKSBURG DAILY UPDATES ONLINE Wednesday, April 9, 2014 25 cents Clarksburg school looks for child care help Hail, victory! n Wilson Wims Elementary will chose from bids due by April 23 BY VIRGINIA TERHUNE STAFF WRITER PHOTOS BY BILL RYAN/THE GAZETTE The final auditions for new Redskins cheerleaders were held at the Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club on Sunday. (Below) Brooke Early, 2, of Northern Virginia, tagged along with her mother, former Redskin cheerleader Megs Early, to watch the auditions. ‘First ladies of football’ make the cut Women balance careers, other commitments with passion for dance n BY ELIZABETH WAIBEL STAFF WRITER After months of preparation and three rounds of auditions, a new team of cheerleaders danced to “Hail to the Redskins” together for the first time Sunday in Bethesda. The final stop in the audition process to pick the 2014 Redskins cheerleaders was a ticketed event at the Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club. For a full house of friends and fans, 60 women showed off their dance, cheer and modeling skills in a bid to join the “first ladies of football.” From a pool of about 200 who came to the first audition, 60 were selected to audition Sunday in a final that was part showcase of athletic dance skills, part beauty pageant. While the women walked across the stage in bikinis and posed with footballs, audience members cheered for their favorite candidates. An announcer said what each contestant does when she is not cheering. They came from different states and hold different jobs — federal employees, personal trainers, an eighth-grade science teacher, an auditor and CPA, and a bartender. Some are former pageant winners. Some listed shoe collecting or walking their dogs as hobbies; some had master’s degrees or were planning to go to law school. New program to direct funds to public, private providers See FOOTBALL, Page A-10 BY LINDSAY A. POWERS STAFF WRITER Maryland school systems and private providers will soon have access to a new grant program aimed at expanding prekindergarten services in the state. Gov. Martin O’Malley signed on Tuesday the PreKindergarten Expansion Act of 2014, which sets aside grant money to help programs take in more children, jump from halfday to full-day services or open their doors for the first time. The O’Malley administration labeled the act one of its priorities in the state’s 2014 legislative session, which ended Monday. The program will start in fiscal 2015 with about $4.3 million. Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown (D) said the legislation marks another step toward the larger goal to provide universal, halfday prekindergarten by 2018. The state will seek out the best, most innovative public and private programs to channel grant funds to, he said. “Our intent is to see an equitable distribution around the state,” Brown said. “We would like to see, if not every county, every region of the state have a program that is funded [through the grant program].” He said the new grant funds will allow about 1,600 more children to attend prekindergarten programs than the current 29,000 low-income children in the state who use the services. Janine Bacquie — director of Montgomery County Public Schools’ Division of Early Childhood Programs and Services and co-chairwoman of the Montgomery County Early See GRANTS, Page A-10 NEWS Georgetown Prep freshman golfer views life differently after facing down brain cancer. Volunteers help remove invasive plants around the county. FINDING A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE B-1 1910233 WEED WARRIORS WAGE WAR A-13 n Childhood Advisory Council — said she thinks it will benefit the state that many different types of prekindergarten providers could receive the grant funds. Bacquie said the school system will support the three child care programs it currently partners with, should they decide to apply for grant funds. The system is also open to working with other programs interested in applying for grant funds and seeking the school system’s endorsement, she said. Bacquie said the county advisory council she co-chairs has determined through its studies SPORTS Automotive Business Calendar Classified Entertainment Opinion School News Sports Please DAN GROSS/THE GAZETTE A worker lays brick as construction continued Thursday on the new Wilson Wims Elementary School in Clarksburg. dar Grove elementary schools host child care programs run by KidsCo, a company based in Gaithersburg offering beforeand after-school programs in 17 locations, including Damascus Elementary School. Cedar Grove Principal Lee Derby said staff and parents selected KidsCo several years ago to run the program at Cedar Grove Elementary, and the results have been good. “They’re at maximum capacity, and there’s a waiting list,” Derby said. See SCHOOL, Page A-10 Damascus family has court date over fracas at beer party State passes law for prekindergarten grants n Montgomery County Public Schools has set a deadline of April 23 to accept bids for a child care program at the new Wilson Wims Elementary school in Clarksburg. Still under construction, the school for up to 734 students is set to open in August to serve students drawn from Little Bennett and Cedar Grove elementary schools, which are over capacity. Once the bids are in, a committee made up of Wilson Wims staff and parents will evaluate the applicants by using a point system for each application, according to the school system’s request for proposal. Applicants are asked to provide information about qualifications, experience, programmed services, insurance, budget, fees and staffing, as well as chances for parental involvement and approach to conflict mediation. The committee will then interview the three top-rated applicants and announce its selection by mid-May, according to the announcement. Both Little Bennett and Ce- Police claim they were assaulted BY TIFFANY ARNOLD STAFF WRITER A mother, a father and a son charged with attacking police and providing alcohol to teens during their son’s 21st birthday celebration are scheduled to appear in Montgomery County District Court on Thursday. The parents — George Magas, 54, and Cathy Magas, 46, and their sons, Nicholas Magas, 21, and Eric Magas, 18 — were charged with 21 counts of furnishing alcohol to minors, in addition to obstruction and hindering, according to online court records. The charges stem from what police allege happened when officers responded to a complaint about a party at the family’s house in the 9400 block of Damascus Road on Jan. 4, just prior to midnight. Police described seeing teens drinking in the yard and said there was a keg outside a stairwell of a basement, where 35 underage partiers were allegedly drinking. Police said residents wouldn’t let officers inside the home. A struggle ensued when officers tried to obtain the keg outside and saw someone coming out of a basement door trying to grab several cases of beer, police alleged. Police said attendees tried See PARTY, Page A-10 B-14 A-11 A-2 B-9 B-4 A-14 A-12 B-1 RECYCLE Check out our Services Directory ADVERTISING INSIDE B SECTION

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