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PRIZED ARTWORK & Some highlights make a strong showing at the Bethesda Painting Awards. A-11 The Gazette DAMASCUS | CLARKSBURG DAILY UPDATES ONLINE Wednesday, June 11, 2014 25 cents Starr steps back on plan to let students sleep in A celebration for Clarksburg High Cites cost and mixed feedback as obstacles to original proposal n BY LINDSAY A. POWERS STAFF WRITER Montgomery County students won’t be changing their alarm clock settings after all. Superintendent Joshua P. Starr announced Tuesday that, following school system analysis and community feedback, he is stepping away from the recommendation he had made in October to change school start times. Starr said in a Tuesday school system release that implementing the proposed changes would be too expensive and that community feedback on the plan was “mixed.” He initially recommended that high schools start 50 mintues later, middle schools start 10 minutes earlier and elementary schools end their day 30 min- TOM FEDOR/THE GAZETTE Clarksburg High School graduates Francine Eyiram Grey-Theriot (right) embraces Manika Sachdeva as Cristina Maria Guillen looks on following their commencement Friday morning at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg. Summer starts with Clarksburg party n Event unfolds on Saturday CLARKSBURG’S FREE BLOCK PARTY BY KRISTA BRICK STAFF WRITER n Date: Saturday n Time: 2 to 5:30 p.m Clarksburg is celebrating the start of summer with a free block party Saturday. The family-focused event is scheduled from 2 to 5:30 p.m. at the Clarksburg Village Center on Sweetshrub Drive. The afternoon will include demonstrations from Kick’s Karate, tasting samples from Harris Teeter’s Rancher Grill truck, n Where: Clarksburg Village Center, on Sweetshrub Drive as well as samples and give-aways from Clarksburg Village Center merchants. Kid-friendly activities include face and hair painting, a kid’s fun run and a bouncy house. Music fans will have a chance to come out and register for Bruno Mars concert tickets courtesy of Mix 107.3 radio station, who will also be on site pumping the center full of the latest tunes. The Clarksburg band, Toxic Box, will hold a free live concert from 4 to 5:30 p.m. “We have had tremendous support from the Clarksburg community since the center opened last November, and we wanted to host a free, family friendly event for our neighbors as a way of saying thank you. After the tough winter we all have endured, we thought what would be a better way to celebrate and say thank you to the community for their continued support than a good old fashioned neighborhood block party. We hope families will come out and enjoy the day and the long awaited sunshine,” said Mary Linman, marketing representative for Clarksburg Village Center, in a press release about the event. For more information on the Clarksburg Village Center Summer Block Party visit pages/Clarksburg-VillageCent er/711316112229559?ref=hl. utes later. The proposal centered around starting high schools at 8:15 a.m. instead of 7:25 a.m. to allow high school students to get more sleep. Starr said in October that there’s “a clear link” between sleep and students’ health and well-being. The proposed shifts at the middle school and elementary school level were made in part to ensure that the school system’s buses could continue to be used for multiple routes each morning and afternoon. Changing the bell times, however, would translate to significant added costs estimated to be at least $21.6 million per year, Starr said in a memo to county school board members. The school system faces other priorities that need to be funded, including hiring more school counselors and psychologists and expanding technology use, he said. See SLEEP, Page A-8 Early voting stations open on Thursday There will be nine early-voting sites in Montgomery County, open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily from Thursday through June 19. County, state and federal races will be on the ballot. More information is at html. The Gazette’s online voters guide, with candidate profiles and more, is at section/vg2014. Early-voting sites • Activity Center at Bohrer Park, 506 S. Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg • Damascus Recreation Center, 25520 Oak Drive, Damascus • Germantown Recreation Center, 18905 Kingsview Road, Germantown • Jane Lawton Recreation Center, 4301 Willow Lane, Chevy Chase • Marilyn J. Praisner Recreation Center, 14906 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville • Mid-County Recreation Center, 2004 Queensguard Road, Silver Spring • County Executive Office Building, 101 Monroe St., Rockville • Silver Spring Civic Center, 1 Veterans Plaza, Silver Spring • Wheaton Recreation Center, 11711 Georgia Ave., Wheaton Jerry’s Subs and Pizza in Damascus awarded beer, wine license Restaurant is fifth since lifting of ban n BY VIRGINIA TERHUNE STAFF WRITER The owners of the Jerry’s Subs and Pizza franchise in Damascus expect to begin serving beer and wine within the month, making Jerry’s the fifth restaurant in town to win such a license. “We have no choice— for us to survive, we have to provide beer and wine,” said Puru Shrestha who operates the restaurant with his wife Saraswati Shrestha. The restaurant is located at 26400 Ridge Road (MD 27) in the center of Damascus. The county Board of License Commissioners awarded the Germantown couple, who took over the restaurant eight years ago, a beer and wine license SPORTS ELECTION SOMETHING TO PROVE 2014 Learn more about the candidates running in the June 24 primary. Check out our online voters guide at www. guide2014. on June 5, after a hearing in Rockville. “After the economy went down, everybody got hit,” said Puru Shrestha. But competition is even tougher among restaurants in the town of 15,000 people, because in November 2012, area residents voted to allow the sale of beer and wine served with food, lifting an 80-year ban on alcohol. In 2013, the Music Cafe, New York J&P Pizza and Ledo’s Pizza were granted licenses, and in April 2014, Northwest High football player among Maryland’s all-stars at Big 33. B-1 Volume 34, No. 24, Two sections, 28 Pages, Copyright © 2014 The Gazette long-time restaurant Tom & Ray’s was also granted a license. “We couldn’t wait – all our competition had it, and we’re losing customers,” Puru Shrestha said. Jerry’s Subs and Pizza will begin serving beer and wine once all the paperwork is complete, Puru Schrestha said. There is no ceremony planned, and the restaurant hours will stay the same. “We wanted to try this out, because Automotive Calendar Classified Community News Entertainment Opinion Sports B-11 A-2 B-7 A-3 A-11 A-10 B-1 Please RECYCLE June 19, 2014 1910271 we think it will make a difference,” said Puru Shrestha. Jerry’s contributes a share of its sales during fundraisers for local schools and sports associations, and he said he hopes that residents will continue to spend their food dollars close to home. “Support local businesses,” he said.

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