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n Little Bennett Elementary capacity: 673 students.

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Construction is well underway for a new elementary school in fast-growing Clarksburg, where the number of incoming students has far surpassed capacity in recent years. The new, as yet unnamed school with a capacity of 740 students will relieve overcrowding at Little Bennett and Cedar Grove elementary schools. Due to open late next summer for the 2013-14 year, the new building rising on 9 acres just south of the Clarksburg Village North local park is bounded by Snowden Farm Parkway, Blue Sky Drive and Grand Elm Street. With a design similar to Little Bennett, it will cost an estimated $25.7 million to build, according to project information provided by Montgomery County Public Schools. Parents and staff completed an advisory boundary study in June, with most favoring an option that would keep students from Arora Hills together and

n Cedar Grove capacity: 422 students.

n The new elementary school situated between the two schools has a capacity of 740 students.

those from Clarksburg Village together. That is likely to mean that children from Arora Hills, which is almost fully constructed, will stay at Cedar Grove, and children at Clarksburg Village, which continues to grow, will move to the new school, which would also accept students from

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Enrollment as of Sept. 30: 988 (315 students, or 47 percent, over capacity). The 988 is 28 fewer students than the 1,020 students projected for 2013-14.

Enrollment as of Sept. 30: 735 (313 students, or 74 percent, over capacity). The 735 students is 125 students more than the 610 students projected for 2013-14.

Thousands of federal jobs and employees call Montgomery County home, but many were not working Tuesday after Congress’ inability to compromise on the federal budget, shutting down most government operations. Exactly how many Montgomery County residents were forced to stay home was unclear, but most agencies in the county were slashing operations and mandating that most employees stay home. Employees who are furloughed are required to not work and will not receive pay. Montgomery is also home to many companies that con-

tract with the government. Those companies could see employees furloughed and delays in contract bids and awards. Eighteen federal agencies and installations are in the county, including the Food and Drug Administration, the Department of Energy, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the National Institutes of Health. When Congress failed to pass legislation to fund the government Monday night in an impasse over the health care reform law, it triggered plans for agencies to halt all but essential operations. For the Silver Springbased Food and Drug Administration, 45 percent of its 13,000-member workforce

Little Bennett, said Cedar Grove Principal Lee Derby. System Superintendent Joshua Starr is expected to send his boundary change recommendations to the county Board of Education on Oct. 15. That will be followed by a board worksession on Nov. 7, public hearings on Nov. 11 and 14, and a vote on Nov. 18, said Bruce Crispell with the system’s division of long-range planning.

Flood of students Derby said he had to deal with a large and unexpected influx of new students over the summer. About 200 more students enrolled at Cedar Grove

over last year, a number that was also 125 more than the number projected for the current 201314 year. “[The housing units in Clarksburg Village] were built and occupied much faster than anticipated,” he said. “We didn’t anticipate that they would sell so quickly.” “It was a steady flow over the summer,” he said. “I think we’re the school in the county that came in most above the projection in terms of percentage.” Derby said he spent a lot of time with contractors who have reshaped spaces to accommodate more students, including

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High school students in Montgomery County Public Schools may be one step closer to getting more time to sleep before they wake up for school. Superintendent Joshua P. Starr announced Tuesday his recommendation to move the start time for the school system’s high schools back 50 minutes, from 7:25 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. Starr is also recommending adding 30 minutes to the elementary school day to match the length of the high school and middle school

days, and moving middle schools’ start time 10 minutes earlier to 7:45 a.m. Start and end times would not change until the 2015-16 school year at the earliest, Starr said. Starr said at a press conference Tuesday that the school system will study the feasibility and practicality of his recommendation, partially through engaging students, families, staff and the community and partially through estimating costs. “We’ve heard from some but not all of our community,” he said. He said there’s “a clear link” between sleep and students’ health and well-being, an area of focus for the school

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Lawmakers and government groups are resuming a fight with media representatives over a requirement to buy newspaper advertisements. Known as “legal notices,” the ads are mandatory an-

nouncements of certain government proceedings, such as public hearings and zoning requests. They are a revenue source for newspapers and a longstanding way to inform the public. The main questions: Are these ads the best way to publicize government workings?

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SIZE DOESN’T MATTER Rockville High quarterback lacks traditional size, but is putting up impressive numbers.

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MORE INTERACTIVE CALENDAR ITEMS AT WWW.GAZETTE.NET WEDNESDAY, OCT. 2 The History of Turkish Cuisine and the Sultan’s Kitchen, noon-1 p.m., Sandy Spring Mu-

seum, 17901 Bentley Road, Sandy Spring. Free. 301-774-0022. Bloody Orators Toastmasters Club, 6-7 p.m., American Red Cross-Jerome H. Holland Laboratory, 15601 Crabbs Branch Way, Derwood. Develop public speaking and leadership skills in a positive, friendly environment. Free to guests. contact-614319@toastmastersclubs.org.

THURSDAY, OCT. 3 Red Cross Blood Drive, 1-7 p.m., Damascus

United Methodist Church, 9700 New Church St. Damascus. Free. 800-733-2767. Fables and Tables, 5:30-8 p.m., Smokey Glen Farm, 16407 Riffle Ford Road, Gaithersburg. An evening of community caring and companionship by sharing a humble meal of soup and bread. $40 in advance. 301-315-1101. Toastmasters in Potomac, 6:45-8:30 p.m., Potomac Library, 10101 Glenolder Drive, Potomac. Gain confidence in public speaking. Free. ustmclub@gmail.com. Norbeck Toastmasters, 7:30-8:30 p.m., Sandy Spring Bank, 17801 Georgia Ave., Olney. For those interested in becoming a more effective communicator. 301-570-8318.

FRIDAY, OCT. 4 Bingo, 7 p.m., Upper Montgomery County Volunteer Fire Department, 19801 Beallsville Road, Beallsville. Featuring Longaberger baskets filled with extras, Vera Bradley bags and cash. $20 for 20 games. 301-349-5719.

Meet the Author book signing and presentation, 7-9 p.m., Potomac Presbyterian Church,

10301 River Road, Potomac. U.S. Navy Rear Adm. (retired) Terry McKnight will discuss and sign his book “Pirate Alley,” about fighting Somali pirates. $10 suggested donation. 301527-1235.

Meaningful Movies Olney, 7:30-10:30 p.m., Buffington/REMAX Building Community Room, 3300 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney. The documentary “Harvest of Empire” reveals the direct connection between U.S. intervention in Latin America and immigration. Free. 301-570-0923. Red Molly, 8 p.m., BlackRock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Drive, Ger-

mantown. Trio of Americana and folk music. $25. mwalker@blackrockcenter.org. The Nerd by Rockville Little Theater, 8 p.m., F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre, 603 Edmonston Drive, Rockville, also 8 p.m. Oct. 5 and 2 p.m. Oct. 6. $16 for students and seniors, $18 for other adults. 240-314-8690.

SATURDAY, OCT. 5 Flea Market, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., MARC Com-

muter Parking Lot, Route 118 and Bowman Mill Drive, Germantown. Sponsored by the Germantown Historical Society, The Menare Foundation and Boy Scout Troop 1325. Free admission. info@germantownmdhistory.org. Walk for Food Allergy, 9 a.m., Rockville Civic Center Park, 603 Edmonston Drive, Rockville. Funds food allergy research, education, advocacy and awareness. Free. Kristen.clemens@ gmail.com. Women’s Fellowship Kickoff, 9:30 a.m.noon, Neelsville Presbyterian Church, 20701 Frederick Road, Germantown. Fellowship, food and coffee featuring Charm City Limits, a country bluegrass duo. Free. Kimberlynugent@ hotmail.com. Down Syndrome Network Buddy Walk, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Hadley’s Park, 12600 Falls Road, Potomac. A one-mile walk with games, moon bounces, arts and crafts and refreshments. $15 for adults, $5 for children. 301-502-2041. Antique and Collectible Show, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Montgomery County Fairgrounds, 16 Chestnut St., Gaithersburg, same time Oct. 6. Many vendors with antiques for sale with free

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verbal antique appraisals on Oct. 5. $6. 301649-1915. Wild Game Dinner, 4-8 p.m., Lois Green/ Sligo Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America, 8721 Snouffer School Road, Gaithersburg. $15. 301-869-4943. Eddie from Ohio, 5 p.m., BlackRock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown. Has received WAMMIES for “Best Contemporary Folk Group” six times. $32. mwalker@blackrockcenter.org. Sadie Hawkins Barn Dance, 7-11 p.m., Alfio’s Restaurant, 4515 Willard Ave., Chevy Chase. Transportation provided to Clarksburg for the Junior Women’s Club of Chevy Chase dance, which benefits A Wider Circle. $25. 240223-7426. The Sunrise Quartet, 8-10 p.m., Latvian Lutheran Church, 400 Hurley Ave., Rockville. $20. musicalartsinternational@yahoo.com.

SUNDAY, OCT. 6 Prayers for the City, 7-8:30 p.m., Asbury Methodist Village, Roseborough Theater, 409 Russell Ave., Gaithersburg. A celebration of religious diversity in greater Gaithersburg. Free. 301-948-0122, ext. 12.

MONDAY, OCT. 7 Pain Connection DMV Chronic Pain Support Group, 1-2:30 p.m., 12320 Parklawn Drive,

Rockville. Laurel Rubinstein from Village Green Apothecary will speak on “Nutrition and Chronic Pain.” 301-309-2444.

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 9 History as Beer: Re-creating Local Traditions, 6:30-8 p.m., Sandy Spring Museum, 17901

Bentley Road, Sandy Spring. Learn the history of brewing in D.C. and how historical records can be used to recreate a delicious past. Ages 21 and up. $10. 301-774-0022.

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CROP Walk returns to Damascus The 43rd annual Damascus CROP Walk will take place Oct. 13 at Damascus Regional Park as part of a nationwide event. More than 1000 communities across the country hold CROP walks to combat hunger throughout the globe. Twentyfive percent of funds raised at the Damascus walk will go to Damascus HELP, which helps those in the area get food, clothing, furniture and utilities. Registration begins at 1:45 p.m. The two-and-a-half-mile walk starts at 2 p.m. Participants receive an apple from a local orchard and a water bottle once they finish. Prior to the event, interested walkers can receive a donation envelope to hold the

dium field at Damascus High School on Tuesday to watch the freshmen against the sophomores and juniors matched up with seniors. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and the game begins at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $5 per person. There will be a halftime performance and snack stand. Damascus High School is at 25921 Ridge Road. Call 240-7933374 for more information.

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The Damascus United Methodist Church sends groups of volunteers down to Nicaragua for different tasks and missions throughout the year. The above group is helping lead a Bible school in La Danta, near the community where Between Cultures is based. money they raised from family, friends and community members. However, walk-ins are welcome. The Church World Service sponsors the national CROP Walks. Visit www.cwsglobal. org for more information on the walks and organization. Damascus Regional Park is at 23723 Kings Valley Road. Contact Gail Haag at 301-5151918 for more information about the Oct. 13 event.

Civil Air Patrol to hold open house The Mount Airy Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol will hold an open house from 7-9 p.m. Oct. 10 at the Mount Airy Senior Center. This official auxillary to the United States Air Force will hold a demonstration of radiocontrolled planes, emergency service, drug demand reduction events and aerospace in the 21st century. Additional interactive activities will be available to visitors ages 12 and older. There will be light refreshments. The senior center is at 703 Ridge Ave. in Mount Airy. Call 301-829-3603 for more information.

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The first half of October is filled with activities for area seniors at the Damascus Senior Recreation and Activities Center. Blood-pressure screenings will take place 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday and Oct. 17 through a volunteer nurse from Shady Grove Adventist Hospital. The hospital also will provide flu shots from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday for $25 without Medicare. The center will hold additional screenings from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 16 through Adventist Health Care. Interested seniors can get cholesterol screening and other tests completed. Results will arrive at home within two weeks. Call 1-800-542-5096 to register or learn about the other tests and associated costs. The October birthday party will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, and an ice cream social will be held at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 10, sponsored by Jimmie Cone and Damascus Senior Center Sponsors Inc. DSCSI also will sponsor a casino day trip to Maryland Live from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 17 with lunch at the food court in Arundel Mills. The price is $25, and all interested attendees must register by Oct. 5. Call 240777-6995 with any questions.

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put down some roots in Nicaragua since her first visit, she is far from cut off from her hometown in the U.S. Damascus United Methodist Church raised $1,100 at a church yard sale held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday for her organization Between Cultures, a nonprofit in Managua focused on social justice and bridging the gap between citizens of the U.S. and Nicaragua. It was the church that led her to Nicaragua in the first place. Jones-Dominguez traveled to India with her best friend at the age of 14 to work in a hospital for two weeks. When she was 17 years old, she embarked on her first missions trip to the South American country with DUMC in June 2001. “She has always been a young woman of faith, from the time she was 10 years old,” said Kathy Jones, her mother and organizer of the yard sale. “I think that trip to India made a big impact on her. When she found out I was going to Nicaragua in 2001, she really wanted to come. We did a motherdaughter delegation as three young women and their moms, just feeling a real call to work with people in poverty.” Jones-Dominguez continued to travel around the world on missions trips. After a semester-long global trip to 10 countries and additional missions work, she returned to Nicaragua in 2008 and met her husband, Memo Dominguez. She started Between Cultures with her husband, his best friend and nine others in the country as a way to build relationships between the two countries as well as with churches, schools and rural communities in Nicaragua. “Between Cultures works in Managua with a lot of youth groups, gender equality groups, women’s groups, and then they have other places in the north including universities that come down, five churches up north they work with,” said Jones. “They do a lot for social justice, to make things right and just.” DUMC has had a relation-

ship with the La Danta region since 1991 and sends multiple groups down a year. Dedicated youth trips occur most summers, and the church will send a delegation in November, which will include Jones and the church’s associate pastor. Jones estimates that more than 125 members have traveled to Nicaragua in the 22 years it has been a part of the church’s missions. While the church has a budgeted missions amount of money to pay for their salaries, all other funds for different projects are raised in outside activities. The money raised from the yard sale will go toward a new truck for Between Cultures; the group works with multiple communities, five of which are more than a mile away, and they currently have to rent trucks for each trip due to the state of their current vehicle. While Jones visits occasionally, and her daughter comes home for some holidays, Jones mostly has to support her daughter from afar. She and her husband have supported their daughter in her mission for years, and they understand what that means in terms of getting to see her. “She loves her work; we miss her a lot, but thank goodness for Skype,” she said. “They live the life down there of the way Nicaraguans live. They rent a very modest house and it’s a safe neighborhood, but it’s living a life that doesn’t afford a lot of luxury. When you go to do that work, that’s what you do.”

First outdoor SoundSHAPE event SoundSHAPE Outdoor Family Edition is moving out of the gymnasium and into the outdoors at 6 p.m. Sunday. The interactive musicbased workout event will occur outside Damascus High School. SoundSHAPE events have taken place inside the school’s gymnasium and at MMA and Sport, which was founded by SoundSHAPE leader and mixed martial arts fighter Kyle Sefcik. Participants of all ages and fitness levels are welcome to attend the family-friendly event. The 45-minute workout ramps up in intensity over time, moving from beginner through intermediate to advanced. Gates open at 5 p.m.. There will be live performances leading up to the workout. Damascus High School is at 15921 Ridge Road. Visit www. MMAandSport.com for more information.

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DEATHS Roger B. Gregory Roger B. Gregory, 79, of Germantown, died Sept. 22, 2013. A memorial service will take place at 10 a.m. Oct. 12 at Gaithersburg Presbyterian Church, 610 S. Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg. Roy W. Barber Funeral Home in Laytonsville handled the arrangements.

Julia H. Moxley Julia H. Moxley, 95, formerly of Gaithersburg, died Sept. 25, 2013. A memorial service will take place at 10 a.m. Oct. 26 at Homewood Crumland Farms, 7407 Willow Road, Frederick. Roy W. Barber Funeral Home of Laytonsville handled the arrangements.

Shirley L. Whipp Shirley L. Whipp, 72, of Rockville, died Sept. 28, 2013. A funeral service will take place at 11 a.m. Oct. 3 at DeVol Funeral Home in Gaithersburg.

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When Kayla Naiman’s teammates on the Wheaton High School junior varsity cheerleading squad greet her at the start of practice, she smiles. While her teammates shout and chant their cheers, Naiman doesn’t say a word. She can’t. An undiagnosed intellectual disability has caused her to be nonverbal. But that doesn’t mean Naiman’s role on the squad is any less important. Naiman is new to the squad this year, and is the first Knights cheerleader to have an intellectual disability, special education teacher Kerri Mullins-Levine said. At age 19, Naiman is a senior in Wheaton High’s School/Community Based Program (SCB), which is a specialized program that “serves students with mild/ moderate to severe and profound handicaps.” Naiman was born with the disability which has also caused her to be physically underdeveloped. She can walk and stand on her own, but she needs frequent breaks and communicates with gestures, as well as an application on her iPad called Touch

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Chat HD. Although she can’t participate in the cheers or many other physical aspects of cheerleading, coach Elisia Rivera has made sure Naiman is an active member of the team. From practices to fundraisers to football games, she always has a role. Rivera is also Naiman’s paraeducator during school, working with her the entire school day. The inherent limitations of Naiman’s disability don’t keep her from showing school spirit thanks to Rivera, who created an adapted practice schedule for Naiman to accommodate her needs. When the squad stretches, Naiman works on body part identification. While teammates sprint at practice, she walks alongside them. At football games, she holds signs that go with the cheers. Naiman has physical and intellectual goals to fulfill at each event, but No. 1 is always for her to have fun. Despite her limitations at participating physically or verbally communicating with teammates, Naiman undeniably enjoys being with the team, according to teammates and Rivera. “When they’re rowdy, when they’re loud, she just likes being a part of that,” Rivera said. “So, when they’re running, she smiles and she gets excited because of the loud noise, and I’m sure it’s because she feels like she’s a part of that commotion.”

Naiman’s classmates are also SCB students so during school she doesn’t interact socially with students who don’t have disabilities. Naiman always has a oneon-one aide to help her and make sure she’s safe, due to her “small stature,” her mother, Jeanette Naiman, said. At school, Naiman participates in classroom activities that focus on functional reading, math and writing, as well as fundamental vocational, life and community skills. On two school days per week, she participates in various community activities. She goes to her job site at Giant Food in Wheaton Plaza on the other three. When her mother noticed her “socially blossoming” last year, she asked the school if Naiman could interact with students without disabilities. Rivera suggested that Naiman try out for cheerleading. Jeanette Naiman initially had fears and doubts about her daughter’s safety, ability to participate and social acceptance within the team, but gave it a shot anyway. “I didn’t even think it would work,” she said. “[But now], she has new friends. She’s no longer a teenager with a disability. She’s part of the whole.” Her teammates and the broader school community have been outwardly positive about her being on the team. One squad member, 15-year-

old Merissa Willie, recalled a collective happiness the team felt on picture day. “Every time we held her or gave her the pompoms, she was really smiling, she was really happy, and she really connected with everybody,” she said. “Everybody was nice to her and welcomed her.” Teammate Alma Cyllah, 14, said other members of the squad enjoy having Naiman as much as Naiman enjoys being there. “When we took the picture, she held on to me and Alma, and she was just really happy,” Merissa said. “[Being part of the team] brings happiness to her and the rest of us because we’re able to connect with her and make her feel like she’s a partofsomething,”Almasaid.“Ilike that we are the team that she’s able to be a part of.” Mullins-Levine was not surprised the administration supported having Naiman on the squad. “I’ve been here 11 years, and this school has always been very positive and accepting,” she said. “Wheaton believes in inclusion, which is great,” Jeanette Naiman said. “They embrace diversity, not just with her, but throughout that school. ... The girls themselves are embracing the diversity, and that’s what it’s all about.” stincher@gazette.net

Three of the county planning board’s five members appear to support a cap on the amount of paved surface allowed west of Interstate 270 in the Ten Mile Creek watershed that would limit the amount of buildable land in that part of the county. The three are Chairwoman Françoise Carrier, Vice Chairwoman Marye Wells-Harley and member Casey Anderson, who expressed their opinions during a board worksession on Sept. 26. Carrier said she believes that not enough is known yet about new environmental site design techniques to rely on them alone, without caps to limit development. She also indicated that continued maintenance of systems to control and filter water runoff is not assured by individual property owners. However, Carrier said the 1994 Clarksburg Master Plan did not rule out development west of I-270 as the community continues to develop with envisioned housing, streets and services, She also said it was unrealistic to think that the county could buy land west of I-270 to preserve it as farm or parkland. The 1994 Clarksburg Master Plan, which the board is considering amending with provisions to protect the watershed, calls for balancing the various needs and public policy interests, she said. County planners continue to recommend an 8 percent paved surface cap on 538 acres owned by Pulte Homes west of I-270 and Md. 121 (Clarksburg Road), where Pulte wants to build 1,000 homes. An 8 percent cap would

significantly reduce the amount of buildable land but not necessarily preclude Pulte from building up with taller buildings to maintain density. Opposed to an 8 percent cap was board member Norman Dreyfuss, who said he supports the Master Plan without caps. Member Amy Pressley said she needed a better understanding of the issue before making up her mind. The Sept. 26 meeting was the board’s first worksession since its public hearing on Sept. 10 and 12 in Silver Spring about how much development should be allowed in the watershed. A second worksession is scheduled for Oct. 10. Other major landowners and developers affected by a decision about development limits include The Peterson Cos., which wants to build a mixed-use project on 100 acres east of I-270 on the Miles-Coppola property that would include Tanger fashion outlets, restaurants and housing. Also planning future residential development is Robert Egan, who owns High Point Catering off Md. 355 at the north end of Clarksburg. The Planning Board is expected to submit its final advisory recommendations about whether and how to amend the Clarksburg Master Plan by Oct. 24 to the County Executive and County Council. The council will hold hearings and worksessions from December through February, followed by adoption of a plan and sectional map amendment by the end of April. To watch a video of the Sept. 26 worksession, visit www.montgomeryplanningboard.org/ and click on “Watch Live and Video Archives.” vterhune@gazette.net

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LINDSAY A. POWERS STAFF WRITER

Montgomery County Public Schools’ 2013 SAT results showed movement in both African-American and Hispanic students’ scores — but in different directions. African-American students’ average combined score rose to 1397 this year — eight points above last year’s score. From 2011 to 2012, African-American students’ average score increased seven points. Hispanic students’ average combined score, however, fell 32 points this year after a six-point increase from 2011 to 2012. Both student groups scored significantly higher than their state and national peers this year. The county school system’s overall average combined score fell three

points — from 1651 in 2012 to 1648 this year — but was still 11 points above the 2011 score. The SAT serves as a college placement exam and has a maximum score of 2400 across three areas: critical reading, mathematics and writing. African-American students’ scores improved in all three areas of the test. Hispanic students’ scores fell in all three. About 61 percent of the school system’s 2013 African-American graduates took the SAT and about 47 percent of Hispanic graduates took the test — relatively the same as last year’s participation for both student groups. Superintendent Joshua P. Starr said in an interview Thursday that school system staff will sit down with principals and schools leaders to talk over the scores and evaluate what they did and did not do. “I’m concerned, I’m really concerned,” Starr said of the decline in Hispanic students’ scores. “I don’t understand why that drop exists.” Addressing the county school sys-

tem’s overall combined score, Starr said, “We are essentially stable.” Starr said the school system has focused efforts toward helping students traditionally underrepresented in colleges, including African-American and Hispanic students. Montgomery County Board of Education member Michael Durso said he and others in the school system will need to take time to determine what these scores mean. “I think on the surface that’s disturbing,” said Durso, addressing Hispanic students’ scores. “I think deeper down I’d probably want to talk to some others and maybe talk to some people at the schools to get their impression.” He described “the whole SAT score phenomenon” as “fluid and unpredictable.” Durso, a former principal, said that in all three jurisdictions he’s worked in there were years when SAT scores would change without an apparent corresponding change of the school’s instruction.

“Of all the issues we deal with in education, interpreting those scores is one of the more challenging ones,” he said. School board member Rebecca Smondrowski said she thinks the SAT scores are “one piece of a lot of different things” and that the SAT data will help the school board determine what questions it needs to ask. Smondrowski said the school system’s Hispanic students are “our fastest growing population.” “I’m not confident that we have the resources totally to keep up with the growth,” she said. She said the school system is working hard to target achievement gaps, but that this time that was not reflected in Hispanic students’ scores. Across the school system, four high schools increased their average combined score by 20 points or more, while eight decreased their scores by 20 points or more. Rockville High School’s score rose 57 points to 1582 with the greatest increase and Seneca Valley High School’s score fell 75 points to

1447 for the greatest decrease. Rockville High Principal Billie-Jean Bensen said the school formed a team last year that worked to identify students who, based on their course work and PSAT participation, would be good candidates for the SAT but had not yet taken the test. “We’re certainly continuing that this year,” she said. Marc Cohen, Seneca Valley High’s principal, said his initial reaction to the decrease in his school’s scores was “disappointment.” The school, however, saw a nearly 110-point increase the year before, he said. Cohen said he meets with the school’s SAT and ACT committee on a regular basis and that over the next few months they will discuss what might have changed to affect this year’s scores and what interventions they believe led to the increase last year. The SAT data, Cohen said, will “push us to ask questions.” lpowers@gazette.net

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It’s all about the smoke detectors: that was the message Bethesda firefighters stressed at their open house over the weekend when they weren’t entertaining the children who had turned out to see the department’s fire engines. Last week, fires in Chevy Chase and Bethesda caused hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages to two homes and a 63-year-old woman died in a blaze in Silver Spring. “There’s fire safety for the kids, but now there’s the real meat and potatoes for the adults,” firefighter Fred Silverman said of the department’s initiative. Named the New Normal of Smoke Alarms Program, the initiative aims to inform homeowners about the dangers of inefficient smoke alarms, he said. Earlier this year, Maryland updated its fire safety codes to reflect advice published six years ago by the National Fire Protection Association, he said. Still, many people live in homes built before 2007, Silverman said, explaining that the safety regulations for those buildings are out of date, and that homeowners’ assumptions they are safe could be wrong. “They believe that they are protected if they have a smoke alarm, but that’s an incorrect assumption,” Silverman said. “No smoke alarms over 10 years old are reliable because the sensors get dirty,” Silverman said. On Sunday, a fire on Kingswood Road caused $750,000 in

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damage to a home, but the five people inside — and their cat — all escaped without injury. Firefighters credit their smoke alarms with alerting the occupants to the blaze. The New Normal iniative aims consumers toward alarms with a battery life of 10 years and an interconnected alarm system or smoke detectors so that if one alarm sounds, they all do. The Bethesda Fire Department partnered with Strosniders Hardware Store in Bethesda to spread the word, and educated the store’s employees so they could handle any questions or concerns customers had when purchasing new fire alarms. “Fred [Silverman] did an educational seminar with our employees just so everyone was on the same page and they can help people upgrade correctly,” said Courtney Simmons, the marketing coordinator at Strosniders. Strosniders also had a table at the fire department’s open house where they displayed an old smoke alarm and a new smoke alarm so people could see the difference between the two, Simmons said. In 2011, more than 2,000 people died in house fires according to the NFPA, and high numbers like that upset Silverman and prompted him to begin this program. “That’s wrong, that shouldn’t be this way. [We] need to figure out what you have, and figure out what you should have,” Silverman said.

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SYLVIA CARIGNAN STAFF WRITER

Chuck Fry’s voice is tinged with sadness when he talks about the future of his family’s farm. “I’m worried, worried,” he said. Fry, the Maryland Farm Bureau’s first vice president, runs a dairy farm in Tuscarora, Md., in southern Frederick County. Across the state, the average age of farmers is edging upward — and it’s even higher in Montgomery County. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s census, the average age of farm operators in Maryland is 57. It has reached 60 in Montgomery County, up from 57 in 2002. “It’s hard to get that next generation to follow,” Fry said. Farming at Metro’s Edge — a group assembled by local business owners, elected officials and agricultural stakeholders — held a conference in January about the future of agriculture in Montgomery and Frederick counties. In the group’s subsequent report, released Sept. 16, farmers voiced their concerns about regulations, economic development and a lack of agriculture education for the general public. That worry extends to aging farmers in Montgomery County, where some families and owners are looking toward uncertain futures. “There is great concern

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Fry admitted the work isn’t glamorous. “You work long hours. Your pay scale is not what the government can pay nearby,” he said. “It’ll make you a poor man quick.” According to the Department of Agriculture’s 2007 census, Montgomery County has 561 farms, totaling about 67,000 acres. The average size of a farm has decreased from 130 acres in 2002 to 121 acres in 2007. But with high demand for community-supported agriculture, Butler said, there is an opportunity for new, part-time farmers to start their own small business. The Farming at Metro’s Edge report notes the growing popularity of community-supported agriculture and farmers markets. With community-supported agriculture, customers pay for a share of a farm’s produce, which is then regularly delivered to a home or centrally located community facility. The county has 12 CSAs. Brookeville resident Joan Riser and her husband, Gerald, run Avianmead Produce, a small CSA built from the large garden on their five-acre property. They grow tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, lettuce, spinach and other produce. “We’ve enjoyed it,” Riser said. “It doesn’t make a whole lot of money, but it keeps us going.” The Risers, both 75, are easing out of the produce business. After they started the CSA in 1996, they hit a peak of 25

customers, but only had 12 this year. They delivered their last order of the season on Sept. 26. With her husband in poor health, Riser said they’re not sure how much longer they’ll continue to run the CSA. The couple’s children, who live in other states, are unlikely to take it on. “They love coming out here, but they’re not interested in doing this kind of thing,” she said. Montgomery County’s New Farmer Pilot Program, launched in August 2012, is experimenting with ways to support agricultural entrepreneurs who are new to the business. Similar to an incubator program, farmers start growing on a shared space for about three years, then find a site of their own. But unless more young farmers get involved in the business, the average age will continue to increase. Butler said his three children, in their late 20s and early 30s, are interested in continuing Butler’s Orchard. But Fry said his children have moved away from agriculture. Though he has farmed all his life, he’s not sure who will take on the farm that has been passed down through his family since 1883. “There comes a point where we get beyond 57 — we’re old farmers now,” Fry said. “I worry about our family, and our family’s history.” scarignan@gazette.net

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LINDSAY A. POWERS STAFF WRITER

Montgomery College saw a slight decline in its fall enrollment this year in what a spokeswoman called a “leveling off.” Previously, during a recession, there was a boom in enrollment, she said. Total fall enrollment at the college — which has Rockville, Germantown and Takoma Park/ Silver Spring campuses — is down about 4.7 percent compared to last fall’s enrollment, according to Sept. 18 enrollment data from the college’s website. Elizabeth Homan, the college’s director of communi-

cations, said the college has experienced growth over the last decade and record enrollment during the past couple years. “We’re seeing that level off this year,” she said. “We recognize that once the economy changes, that can impact our enrollment.” More than 26,000 students enrolled in for-credit classes at the college this fall, Homan said, though she added the number is not yet official. Enrollment is also expected to grow during the spring semester, she said. Homan said the fall enrollment numbers are close to what the college saw in fiscal 2011. According to the online fall enrollment report, the college’s Rockville campus is down 6 percent in unduplicated students,

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between 15 and 20 percent increases in financial aid requests. As of around mid-September, the college was still up about 5 percent in its financial aid applications. The college offers its own financial aid and participates in a variety of financial aid programs, including the federal Pell Grant program as well as state programs. “Things may be bouncing back, but family incomes are not as high as they were before,” she said. Montgomery County has a “fairly high median income,” Gregory said, but many families still fall in the low-income scale. “Either we’re attracting more low-income families or more families are becoming lower income,” she said. lpowers@gazette.net

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Potomac dog dies after receiving flu vaccination Veterinarian believes vaccine triggered autoimmune reaction

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SARAH SCULLY STAFF WRITER

A dog that was vaccinated against the dog flu has died, and her owners and veterinarian think the inoculation could be at fault. Honey, a havanese, was only 5 years old when she became sick last month and died Sept. 23. Owner Sara Landy of Potomac, an operating room nurse at the MedStar Center for Ambulatory Surgery, said “this dog was vibrant and healthy,” until several days after a flu vaccination on Sept. 10 at Canal Clinic. Landy took Honey back to the

clinic when she appeared sick, and she was given fluid.But on the day that Honey was scheduled to have her second booster for the vaccine, she died. Dr. Leslie Taylor of the Canal Clinic in Potomac said she believed it was likely that the flu vaccine triggered an autoimmune reaction that led to Honey’s death. Landy’s husband, Dr. Michael Landy, a dentist, had also noticed that Honey’s gums were bleeding after she became sick, a sign of platelet deficiency, the type of autoimmune reaction that Taylor also identified. Autoimmune reactions can be caused by vaccines on rare occasions, Taylor said, adding that “we had one other case over a year ago with this particular brand of vaccine.” They had been using a Merck

vaccine, which was the only dog fluvaccineavailableforsometime after it came out in June 2009. After the first death, Taylor said she stopped administering the vaccine altogether until the late August outbreak of dog flu prompted her to give the vaccine again. Since August, 21 cases and two fatalities have been reported, according to Vanessa Orlando, a Maryland Department of Agriculture spokeswoman. But because veterinarians are not required to report illnesses, it is likely that many have gone unreported. In comparison, there were only three reported cases between 2006 and 2011, Orlando wrote in an email. Orlando called canine influenza “extremely contagious.” It is airborne and easily passed

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Service laborers are supporting Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown in the race to be Maryland’s next governor. The Maryland-DC State Council of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Monday endorsed Brown (D) and his running mate, Howard County Executive Kenneth S. Ulman (D). The union endorsement comes as Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler (D) continues his first statewide campaign tour. Del. Heather Mizeur (D-Dist. 20) of Takoma Park is also seeking the Democratic nomination. SEIU backed Brown for his work on health care reform, worker training and increasing the state’s minimum wage, Jaime Contreras, president of the Maryland-DC council, said. “Also, when we did our in-

terviews, he was the most likable guy,” Contreras said. SEIU sent a questionnaire to all of the candidates vying to be the state’s next governor, Democrat and Republican, but only the three Democratic candidates responded, Contreras said. Members of each local interviewed the three candidates who responded and the membership chose who to endorse, he said. SEIU’s Maryland-DC state council represents about 45,000 health care, property services and government employees among six locals. SEIU’s endorsement will supply the Brown-Ulman campaign with union member as volunteers who will knock doors, make phone calls, and work the polls for Brown, Contreras said. “Our members are fired up and ready to volunteer on the weekends to do what it takes to make sure our endorsed candidate wins,” he said. As for the cash it will use to back Brown, SEIU has a political action committee that Contreras

said will raise money and contribute toward Brown’s campaign efforts. Brown “enthusiastically” accepted the endorsement Monday at an event in Baltimore, his campaign said in a news release. In June, Brown made raising the minimum wage one of his top priorities. Gansler and Mizeur also support increasing wages for workers. SEIU joins a long list of endorsements for Brown, including the Laborers International Union of North America and the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the United States and Canada, Maryland State Council. kalexander@gazette.net

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Honey, a 5-year-old havanese, died Sept. 23 after a flu vaccination that the veterinarian believes triggered a fatal autoimmune reaction.

the autoimmune reaction makes it likely that the vaccine led to Honey’s death. She also said other cases may have gone unreported because reactions usually occur one to two weeks after the vaccination. Canal Clinic since has sent all the Merck vaccines back to the company. Taylor said Merck also

agreed to assist owners of affected dogs with medical expenses, however,Landysaidshehadnotheard about possible compensation. Now Taylor uses a vaccine made by Zoetis, formerly Pfizer Animal Health. So far, she said she has had no problems with the new vaccine. Kelly Goss, Merck Animal Health director of communications, said that the vaccine had “an excellent safety profile,” in testing and use since its release. She also said it is difficult to trace the cause of a pet’s illness, but Merck often assists with testing and diagnosis costs following a report that an illness may have been related to one of their products, regardless of whether they believe there is a link. sscully@gazette.net

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County Councilman George L. Leventhal (D-At Large), explaining that the law closes previous loopholes and that the new law covers any drug that invokes a “cannabinoid-like” response in a user’s brain. Authorities said the drugs have been sold in tobacco shops or in neighborhood convenience stores, or masked as incense.

New seat belt and texting laws Drivers caught talking on a cellphone can be pulled over for not using a hands-free device and drivers and all passengers in a vehicle will be required to wear a seat belt since new laws went into effect Tuesday. Driving and talking on a cellphone without a hands-free device now is a primary offense, meaning police can pull drivers over for that infraction alone, said Montgomery County Police Capt. Thomas Didone. Didone did not know how many stops had been made as of Tuesday afternoon. “I’m happy to say we are seeing a lot more compliance,” he said. There are a few exceptions to the new law, he said. Drivers can have phones in their hand when starting or ending calls, turning phones on or off, or if drivers have to call police or rescue services. Otherwise, “if the vehicle is in motion and a phone in your hand, you will get a citation,” he said. Police will issue an $83 fine for the first offense, a $140 fine for the second offense, and a $160 fine for the third offense.

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Sen. Jennie Forehand (D-Dist. 17) of Rockville speaks at a press conference to announce new laws against talking or texting while driving. Behind Forehand are Montgomery County Police Chief Thomas Manger and Montgomery State’s Attorney John McCarthy. Drivers will not receive points on their license unless they are also in a collision, he said. Distracted driving — failing to pay full time and attention — was one of the main factors causing crashes in 2012, Didone said. “We believe cellphone usage was a significant contributor to those factors,” he said. The other law being changed is one that now mandates all people in a vehicle must wear a seat belt — including passengers in the back seat who are over the age of 16. “Now everyone in the car must wear seat belts,” he said,

adding that it is illegal for passengers to “double buckle,” or put one seat belt around two people. Before the change in the law, people who were over the age of 16 sitting in the back seat were not required to wear their seat belts, even though passengers younger than 16 or who were sitting in the front seat were required to wear theirs. “You’re not safe in the back seat without a seat belt,” he said. The law is a personal one for Didone, whose 15-year-old son, Ryan, died in a car accident in Damascus in 2008. Ryan wasn’t wearing a seat belt, Didone said. “That’s why

I advocated the law,” he said, adding that states with blanket seat belt laws tend to have compliance rates that are 20 percent higher than states that don’t have such laws. “This law now gives officers the tools they need to take some action to save lives,” he said. The offense will be a “secondary enforcement” violation, meaning it cannot alone be the reason officers pull over a car. It carries a fine of $83, he said. sjbsmith@gazette.net

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Colesville’s Tony and Sandy Eichler said that before his death just a few months ago, their son Charlie, 22, was a vibrant and happy young man living in New York and acting. But that was before Eichler, a drug addict who was trying to wean himself off of methadone, began using synthetic marijuana, called “Spice” or “K-2,” to get through the withdrawal symptoms of the methadone. But the drugs, which he bought legally at a tobacco shop, wreaked havoc on their son, Eichler’s parents said on Monday. “He went from a vibrant young person to a person struggling to stay alive,” said Charlie’s father, Tony, recalling how his son lost feeling in his fingers, how he couldn’t sleep, lost the ability to walk and had to use adult diapers. “Every time I wake up, there’s something else wrong with me,” he remembers Charlie telling him. Charlie eventually committed suicide, his parents said Monday, the day before new drug laws went into effect in Maryland, banning synthetic cannabinoids like the ones Eichler used. The law bans the sale of substances that invoke a cannabis-like response in the brain.

Montgomery County State’s Attorney John McCarthy said letters would be sent to different stores in Montgomery County informing retailers about the ban. Prosecutors can seek a sentence of up to four years for possession of the drug, and up to 20 years for those who seek to distribute it, he said, explaining that the drugs could have a much stronger high than natural marijuana. “The effect of this drug on the receptors of the brain can be 800 times more powerful than a THC high in a marijuana cigarette,” he said. Synthetic cannabinoids are usually made from plant material that has been treated with chemicals similar to the drugs in marijuana, said Leah King, technical leader of the Forensic Chemistry Unit in Montgomery County Police’s Crime Laboratory. The drugs are sometimes packaged to appeal to young users. Police have come across versions of the drug with names like “Mr. Nice Guy” or “Scooby Snacks.” Part of the danger of synthetic drugs is that there is no quality control and no way to verify what’s actually in the drugs, she said. “It’s dangerous — like smoking gasoline-treated vegetation,” she said. The drugs have been tough to prosecute in the past; laws outlawed specific drugs, and chemists could change the drug’s chemical make-up by just a molecule, creating a new, legal substance that elicited a similar high, she said. “The effective gist is, these are products that were legal, and now are not,” said Montgomery

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Prospective restaurant owners in Montgomery County soon may have a less thorny zoning code to contend with that includes much lower parking requirements. New restaurants would only have to build four parking spaces per 1,000 square feet as opposed to 25 spaces, a restriction that may leave some businesses with empty lots and deter new development. “You have big parking lots at shopping centers with a lot of empty spaces,” said Councilwoman Nancy Floreen (DAt Large) of Garrett Park, who chairs the committee. “That’s a foolish use of limited resources,” she said. “And our goal in urban redevelopment is certainly to encourage less driving and more alternative modes of transportation.” The zoning code update is part of a three-year modernization effort to simplify its language and adjust a few other policies, including tak-

Obituary Frances Olivia Reeder

passed away on September 7, 2013 in Gaithersburg, MD at the age of 95. She is survived by her sister Catherine Winifred Newman, one nephew, two nieces, four great nieces and three great great nephews. She was preceded in death by her siblings William Claude Reeder, Doris Lee Heefner, and Marshall Welch Reeder. Ms. Reeder served as a nurse in the United States Army and Walter Reed Hospital Blood Bank from 1942 to 1979. She lived at Grosvenor Place, Rockville, MD prior to moving to Asbury Methodist Village, Gaithersburg, MD. She was a member of Woodside Methodist Church. Memorial services will be in her hometown of Hustontown, PA. Contributions in her memory can be made to Wounded Warrior Project or Our Military Kids. 1894855

ing neighboring priorities into consideration for new and redevelopment. Those changes are in the hands of Montgomery County’s Planning, Housing and Economic Development Committee. A public hearing on the issue is scheduled for Nov. 12, after which the matter will likely go to the full council, said Jeffrey Zyontz, legislative attorney for the County Council. One aspect of the policy remains the same. Building owners may pay a fee rather than provide parking if they are in one of Montgomery’s parking districts: Bethesda, North Bethesda, Wheaton, Silver Spring or Montgomery Hills. New restaurants in mixeduse buildings have even lower requirements, Zyontz said. Restaurants can choose to supply as much parking as they want because there is no maximum. The policy will only apply to new structures, Zyontz added. “An old restaurant would just have too much parking. A tragedy,” he said. “But surface parking in some places really isn’t a good thing if you want people to walk around in that environment.” Several groups, the Mont-

gomery County Sierra Club, Coalition for Smarter Growth and Action Committee for Transit applauded the proposed lower requirements but said they don’t go far enough in shifting focus away from cars. The county’s urban pockets will still have ample parking if the council does away with any minimums, said Cheryl Cort, policy director for the Coalition for Smarter Growth. “There’s a lot of parking available and a lot of parking sitting empty because it’s not available to a certain type of user at a certain time of day,” Cort said. “It needs to be managed more effectively and lot of these zoning requirements are producing too much parking and subsidizing driving and car ownership.” Restaurants and the building owners they rent from would still provide spaces if it was in their best interest, said Ethan Goffman, transit chairman of the Montgomery County Sierra Club. “You don’t want to distort the market to encourage more driving and more parking,” he said. “We want to move away from a jump-in-the-car oriented society.” Outside the fold of parking districts, new businesses shouldn’t see much impact from the new policy, said Marilyn Balcombe, president of the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce.

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Five years after Montgomery County imposed a ban on trans fats in food establishments, nearly 10 percent of restaurant inspections are turning up violations. During fiscal year 2013, there were 308 trans fat violations out of 3,238 inspections, said Clark Beil, a senior administrator for the county’s Licensure and Regulatory Services. If a restaurant is found to use cooking products with more than 0.5 grams of trans fat or without labels, it’s considered a violation of the countywide ban. Trans fat, most of which is artificial, is responsible for raising LDL (bad) cholesterol levels and increasing the risk of stroke, heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. Montgomery County was the first county in the country to ban trans fat in restaurants and supermarkets. The ban started in 2008 for vegetable oils, shortenings or margarines for frying, pan frying and grilling, or for spreads, and took effect in 2009 for oils and shortenings for deep frying cake batter and yeast dough. It applies to any place “in which food or drink is prepared

Obituary Bernice Margaret Dyer Cole, 83, of Point Harbor, died Friday, September 20, 2013, in her residence. Mrs. Cole was born in Washington, DC and retired from WSSC as a mechanical shop manager. She was a member of Holy Redeemer by the Sea Catholic Church. She was predeceased by her parents James Martin and Margaret Jeanette Cooksey Dyer and her husbands Rudolph Kyano and John Cole. Surviving are four daughters: Deborah B. Valentin, Christine A. Burke, Sandra M. Sidman and Donna M. Coen; one sister: Carol Geriak and one brother: Joe Dyer; Grandchildren: James Martin, Amy Cole, Antoinette Agarwal, Debra Verma, Tony Valentin, Jesse Coen, Cassie Coen, Melanie Burke and Ryan Burke; Great grandchildren: Sierra Agarwal, Zane Agarwal, Aria Verma, Armaan Verma, Shannon Martin, Nicole Martin and Sawyer Burke, Madelaine Martin and Phoebe Cole. Mrs. Cole was predeceased by her brother Raymond Dyer. A Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated on Friday, October 25, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. with Reverend Dr. William F. Walsh, o.s.f.s.presiding. Burial will take place on a later date in Hilton Cemetery in Maryland. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Holy Redeemer by the Sea Catholic Church, P.O. Box 510, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949. Twiford Funeral Home, Manteo, NC is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.twifordfh.com. 1894843

for sale or for service on or off the premises,” according to a county fact sheet on the ban. Beil said most of the violations this year were from firsttime offenders. The ban does not apply to food served in a manufacturer’s original sealed packaging, the fact sheet says. “Sometimes people don’t realize their product is a violation,” Beil said. “We ask them to fix it and they always do.” The DoubleTree Hotel Bethesda received a trans fat violation in 2012, but was in compliance with the regulation for its two inspections this year. Mente Lawson, the executive chef of Share Wine Lounge & Small Plate Bistro at the DoubleTree, said that when the ban was implemented in 2008, the only product he had to replace was frying oil. At first, the only issue was purchasing products differently, Lawson said. Most chefs buy through wholesale. Some products containing trans fat had to be sent back. Eventually, the wholesale venues he buys from changed products to match the guidelines. Lawson said trans fat can be found in many processed meals, but he makes most of his dishes from scratch. Lawson believes the countywide trans fat ban is beneficial. “A lot of foods have trans fat leading to obesity,” he said.

“Anything that comes back to what the body can break down naturally is better for us in the long run and short run.” The county’s environmental health specialists do the inspections. According to Beil, the inspections are not complicated. “They simply look on shelves in the pantry and storerooms of the restaurant and they read the labels,” he said. If an establishment is found to have a first-time violation for a product, specialists ask those in charge to replace the product. Beil said restaurants usually replace products immediately. The director of the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services can suspend an establishment’s license for up to three days if the business has “knowingly and repeatedly” violated the ban, the fact sheet says. “Obviously, if someone were to repeatedly not replace a product, we have the ability to issue a citation,” he said. An offense is a Class C civil violation, carrying a $50 fine. Each day in which the establishment is in violation is considered a separate offense. However, “I don’t recall anyone every being fined,” Beil said; offenders comply quickly. Beil said no restaurants have appealed the inspectors’ findings.

Counseling center marks 35 years of family help Last year number of clients topped 1,200

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In its 35 years, Child Center and Adult Services in Gaithersburg has expanded its customer base from about 170 clients to more than 1,200 last year. The nonprofit’s success can be traced to the devotion of 83-year-old founder Maryrose Rogolsky and her mission to help people. While at the University of Chicago, Rogolsky — commonly known as “Posey” — didn’t intend to own a counseling center. It wasn’t until she was in graduate school, when she took her first job in a clinical program, that she realized what she wanted to pursue as a career. “The very first day that I saw a patient I thought, ‘This is it,’” she said. “I knew that was what I’d like to do.” In 1978, Rogolsky established Child Center in a small office rented out of the Rockville Seventh-day Adventist Church. The immediate goal was to create a continuing education program for health professionals, focusing on children. With only three staff members, the nonprofit began by offering therapy programs to help children whose problems fell into one of three categories: family therapy, sex abuse and having parents in cults. Since then, the organization has changed the name to indicate its increase in adult patients, who now account for about 70 percent of its client base. It has expanded its services by adding both adult and child therapy services, community-based programs and continuing education programs. The center is funded by insurance and client co-payments, foundation grants, contracts with local governments and another nonprofit, donations and continuing education fees. It now employs about 25 licensed social workers, counselors and psychologists, a big jump from the original staff of three in 1978. In 2012, the staff served more than 620 patients of all ages dealing with grief from loss; separation or divorce; parenting or work issues; and common mental health disorders, including anxiety and depression. Aside from counseling provided at its Gaithersburg office, the organization also offers community-based programs. They include a Positive Aging Program to serve senior citizens; Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies to help

pregnant women, new mothers and their children with depression; and programs to assist lowincome patients at primary care clinics. The agency also offers free support groups for people with diseases such as multiple sclerosis and six continuing education programs to train mental health professionals in the area. Through these external programs, it helped an additional 600 people, totaling more than 1,200 throughout last year. Child Center and Adult Services reported revenues of $1.02 million in 2011, according to its most recent available tax return, clearing about $17,000. It finished the year with a balance of $671,262. The organization continually strives “to make care available to people who otherwise would not be able to get it because of limitations of insurance, income [or] language,” said co-director Nancy Ebb. “That is truly our mission — to help people ... function in the world with dignity, with good relationships at home and help them be able to thrive on the playground, in school, in the workplace and in their families,” Ebb said. Child Center and Adult Services accepts many forms of insurance and offers a sliding fee scale to those who are uninsured, financed by earmarked money from donors. “That’s one of the most important, special things about us is that we provide help to many people who plain couldn’t find it otherwise,” Ebb said. The center also emphasizes the rapidly growing need for services in several languages, and offers counseling in several foreign languages, including Spanish, German and Mandarin Chinese. According to the most recent census data, 50.7 percent of Montgomery County residents reported being “other than non-Hispanic white,” which is classified as “Black or African American, Hispanic or Latino,AsianorPacificIslander.” The county’s Latino population most recently was reported at 17 percent — a 64.4 percent increase in the last decade — and the Asian and Pacific Islander population at 13.9 percent, up 37.5 percent in the last decade. Rogolsky — who in 2003 was honored with the Montgomery County Volunteer Center’s annual Neal Potter Path of Achievement award for extraordinary senior citizens in the county — said she intends to continually expand and reform the organization to keep it running at least another 35 years.

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Adam Hoffman is pictured Monday afternoon at the Montgomery College Rockville campus. Adam would drop the course and take — and pass — it the next semester. He needed to take some classes outside his major, such as biology and English — each obstacles in their own right, Howard said. “It was more of a stretch as the semesters went on,” he said. Yet, Adam graduated with a 3.2 GPA and made the dean’s list a few times. Adam said he averaged about three courses each semester over the five years while also working part time as an administrative assistant during most of his time in college. “I think some other people may have become discouraged,” Howard said. “He never got that way.” Adam’s goals progressed as he would reach one and take on another. After he passed several courses, Adam decided to work toward a certificate. When the certificate was within reach, he decided to go for an associate degree. “I found out I was heading toward it,” he said of the certificate. “I thought it would be a great thing to have.” He had the same thought process when he went for the degree, he said. Adam worked hard during his time at the college, but also had the benefit of several supporters, Howard said.

“It takes a village to send a special-needs child to college,” Howard said, putting a spin on the familiar phrase. Adam said he received help from several tutors and other assistance from College Learning Experience, an organization that provides support services to college students with autism, Asperger’s syndrome and other disabilities. Ric Kienzle, director of the College Learning Experience’s Rockville location, described Adam as “a wonderful young man” who, despite the struggles he faced, “worked hard and pressed hard to achieve his goal.” Kienzle said Adam’s tutors and others saw him grow over the five years he attended college. “He’s one of those guys who’s driven,” he said. “He really wanted to get it done and he did.” Adam said his favorite class was graphic design, but he doesn’t know if he wants to work in the field. He still works as an administrative assistant and said his newly earned degree has helped him in his job. “It’s great to have everything done and more opportunities,” he said.

Six Montgomery County companies will receive money from the state and county to remain here. The business-growth loans come from the state’s Economic Development Assistance Authority and Fund. They are geared toward expansion or attraction, either helping companies already in Maryland grow or attracting new companies to the state, said Karen Glenn Hood, spokeswoman for the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, which oversees the fund. The Montgomery County Council voted on Sept. 24 to adopt resolutions endorsing the loans, which include county money, to the six companies, part of the process required for the state to process the loans. Each loan is conditional, tied to benchmarks the company must meet to keep the money, she said. Among the factors the state looks at when considering a loan is the fundamental health of a company, whether it has a strong business plan, the company’s bottom line and strong revenues, she said. The county wants to see that a company will stay in the county for a specific length of time, maintain the jobs it has when the agreement is signed and create a certain number of jobs, said Peter Bang, chief operating officer for the county’s Department of Economic Development. Much of the county money often is through tax credits, Bang said. The county money can be converted to grants if a company meets the terms of its

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When Adam Hoffman graduated from Montgomery College in May, his degree marked the end of a five-year college experience some said he might not be able to complete. Adam, 25, of Rockville has high-functioning autism, a disability that made college a challenge for him. But — as he proved by earning a degree — it didn’t take a college education out of his reach. He received an associate degree in applied science, majoring in computer applications. Adam said he knew he wanted to go to college to learn about technology. But others were concerned. According to evaluations provided by his dad, Howard Hoffman of Bethesda, several experts said Adam likely would find college a frustrating experience. “His disability is such that conceptual thinking is more challenging for him,” Howard said. But, he said, he saw his son highly motivated to attend college. He thought it was better for Adam to try and not succeed than to not try and “lose an opportunity.” Howard Hoffman described his son as having “a knack” for learning computer software. “We weren’t sure how far he could get,” Howard said. “The idea was to try and see how it went.” A psychologist wrote in a 2006 evaluation that “due to Adam’s significant learning issues, a traditional two- or four-year college program will be highly challenging, and will potentially generate considerable frustration.” In 2010 — after Adam had completed lower-level computer courses at the college — a Montgomery College guidance counselor recommended that Adam use skills he had learned to make himself a better job candidate. “Taking additional advanced courses in the Computer Applications department will require increased conceptual skills that, from what I have read in his records and experienced in my interactions with Adam, he does not have,” the guidance counselor’s evaluation said, according to Howard. Adam certainly faced challenges, starting with what classes to take when he first started. “I didn’t know what I was going to do at first,” he said. A few classes, including a geography course, proved too difficult the first time around.

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“Our job is not just to play the real estate game.” Peter Bang, chief operating officer, Department of Economic Development agreement, he said. State loans are conditional loans. The six companies to receive loans were: • Meso Scale Diagnostics of Rockville makes biological detection and measurement equipment for the defense and intelligence industries. It has 435 employees around the world, about 75 percent of which are based in Montgomery, according to a county memorandum on the deals. The company plans to increase its local workforce to more than 438 over the next three years, in exchange for a conditional loan of $1.5 million from the state and a loan from the county’s Economic Development Fund of up to $1.67 million. • Social and Scientific Systems of Silver Spring provides technical, research and management support for companies in the health field. It has 310 employees in the county and plans to hire 150 more over five years. The company will receive $650,000 in loans from the state and $350,000 from the county. • Sodexo of Gaithersburg, an international food services company, employs 900 people in the county, according to the county memorandum. The company will stay at its current location on Washingtonian Boulevard for 10 more years, and will receive a loan of $2 million from the state and $1.5 million from the county.

• Sucampo Pharmaceuticals of Bethesda will keep its corporate headquarters and the accompanying 55 employees in Bethesda and receive $300,000 from the state and $200,000 from the county. Sucampo plans to add 55 more jobs by the end of 2017. • Total Wine and More of Potomac has more than 90 superstores in 15 states and about 310 employees in Montgomery County. The company plans to add about 150 more jobs by the end of 2018. Total Wine and More will get $850,000 from the state and $500,000 from the county. •Precision for Medicine, which works to commercialize scientific research, has moved its corporate offices and 16 employees to a new location in Bethesda and will look to add at least 59 more jobs by the end of 2017. The company had previously been located in a much smaller office in Bethesda, Bang said. The company will receive $750,000 from the state and a $200,000 loan from the county. While the corporate headquarters will be in Bethesda, a biolab facility will be in Frederick. All of the companies except Precision for Medicine had leases expiring and were looking at moving to other areas, Bang said. The county can’t offer money to every company thinking about leaving, he said, but it has databases and processes to determine which companies they attempt to focus on. Often, it comes down to what the damage would be to the county or state if a company leaves, and the opportunity cost if a company stays, he said. “Our job is not just to play the real estate game,” he said. rmarshall@gazette.net

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rector of business development for Standard Solar.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology is part of the Department of Commerce, which will keep only about 6,000 of its 46,000 employees on duty during the shutdown, according the department’s contingency plan. Most research at NIST was scheduled to cease as well as most research as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Silver Spring. In Bethesda, the National Institutes of Health will continue patient care for current Clinical Center patients and provide ani-

Lockheed Martin is keeping its facilities open and employees will continue to receive pay and benefits unless directed otherwise by customers, company officials said Tuesday in a statement. The impact on operations, work force and subcontractors during the shutdown “depends on individual contract terms,” Lockheed spokeswoman Jennifer Allensaid.Infiscal2012,Lockheed was the federalgovernment’s largest single contractor with $37 billion in contract dollars obligated to the company, according to federal figures. About $3.7 billion in federal contractors to companies in the Washington region, which is more than 20 percent, were adversely affected by funding delays during the 1996 shutdown, according to a Congressional Research Service

report. Nymeo Federal Credit Union, which has offices in Frederick, Gaithersburg, Germantown and Adelphi, will allow temporary reduced payment for loans and even skipped payments to customers who are furloughed due to a shutdown. While its offices in federal buildings such as at the National Institute of Standards and Technology will likely close, other branches will be open and have increased staff. Some contracts awarded by federal agencies are specified that awardees have the ability to find private funding for those projects. That’s the case with Rockvillebased Standard Solar, which builds and installs solar electric systems, when it was recently selected by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Engineering and Support Center to develop photovoltaic solar systems on Army facilities. Standard Solar was one of 22 companies to be chosen under the Multiple Award Task Order Contracts program, which qualifies those businesses to compete for future solar projects. “The awarded companies have been qualified by the U.S. Army to have the capacity to bring private sector funding to each of the awarded projects, so funding is not impacted by government shutdowns or extended sequestrations,” said John Finnerty, di-

examining what other comparable school systems have done, among other methods. Starr made his recommendation based on a combination of two options. Starr said in a letter to the school board dated Oct. 8, 2013, that “data indicating that changing bell times increases student achievement is inconclusive.” The school system will ask for feedback to the recommendation through avenues including public meetings, focus groups and surveys before a final decision is made. Starr said in the Oct. 8 letter that input from low-income families and others who would potentially be “disproportionately affected” by the changes will be an important part of the system’s outreach. The school system will also look into what the changes

would cost and how they might affect the system’s operations. The work group’s report cites a preliminary figure of about $11.5 million as the net annual transportation cost associated with one option Starr is recommending. A full cost analysis is expected by spring 2014, according to the release. The recommendation to move middle school start times earlier would help the system use the same buses for several different routes, Starr said at the conference. The county school system currently has four different start times so it can reuse buses. Lengthening the elementary school day is “not just a logistical issue,” Starr said, but will also add more instructional time for the students that currently see

the second-shortest elementary school day in the state. Starr and members of the work group will speak on the issue at the Oct. 8 county school board meeting. About 70 percent of high school parents who responded to a school system survey said they considered the current high school start time “too early,” according to the report. About 69 percent of those parents said they wanted the start time 30 minutes or one hour later in the morning. Looking at a school system survey of high school students, the report says that students get an average of about 7 hours or less of sleep each night, compared to the nine hours that experts cited in the report recommend. “Important brain functions

that are part of the learning process—the ability to complete abstract and complex tasks, develop working memory, and consolidate memories of information gathered during the day — are affected negatively by sleep deprivation,” the report said. The work group’s report also says sleep deprivation is associated with obesity, psychological problems and traffic accidents. One study of 18 Minnesota school districts that the work group reviewed said “less affluent” families were more likely to be affected by school start time changes in areas such as transportation and childcare. These families also often needed to change jobs. The report continues that, based on a spring 2013 school system survey, some students

said they thought that, if school started later, it might be harder for them to get a job and participate in after-school activities and athletics. John Matthews, the work group’s project manager, said that, in addition to forming school start time options, the group also recommended the school system incorporate “sleep education” into its curriculum. Mandi Mader — a work group member, a psychotherapist and a parent advocate for later start times — said she thinks the recommended delay of the high school start time would make “a huge difference.” “It gets the high school kids that precious 50 minutes,” she said.

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President Michele Tregoning said students have adapted. “The kids are fine,” she said. “The kids have had to change locations, but it’s not impacting what they’re learning every day.”

very responsive to our staffing needs,” said Miller. But it has also meant that Little Bennett has had to staff six 30-minute lunch periods and also add extra performances by visiting artists in the cafeteria/ multi-purpose room, Miller said. “It becomes a factor when we schedule things,” he said. The portable classrooms situated on top of the school’s paved play area have meant less space for recreation, and there is also a lot more bus and car traffic, extending pick-up and dropoff waits. “We have 19 buses this year compared to 15 last year, and there are additional daycare shuttle vans,” Miller said. Little Bennett’s president of the Parent Teacher Association, Paulette Forrest, said despite the overcrowding, required student-teacher ratios have stayed steady. “They’re pretty good at adhering to that,” she said . “You wouldn’t really know we’re overcrowded.” Nonetheless, parents have lingering concerns about security when students leave the portables to use the bathrooms in the main building. “Nothing’s ever happened — they walk as buddies, they’re never by themselves,” she said. “But what if they walk off the path? I think most parents would prefer kids to be in the school.” Derby and Miller said it will certainly be easier to manage their schools when numbers drop back down to capacity

levels, but they also said that boundary changes mean losing students they’ve come to know and that won’t be easy. “We’ve grown to love the families, it will be difficult,” Miller said. At least in Little Bennett’s case, relocated students will be moving into a similar building. “They’re repeating this design and that’ll be a comfort,” Miller said. Once the approved boundary changes are announced, both principals said they will work with families and children to work out any concerns. Counselors could be available to talk with kids about friendship and change, and visits could be arranged to the new building. Forrest said most parents at Little Bennett seem satisfied with the coming shift. “I haven’t gotten a lot of complaints or concerns,” she said about the proposed boundary changes. The help ease the transition, the PTA is planning to donate a sum to the PTA at the new school to help get going. “I think most people are excited to go to the new school,” said Forrest. “They’re excited to get to the new place and get started.” To see the June advisory boundary change report, with options and maps, visit www. montgomeryschoolsmd.org/ departments/planning/CommunityInfo_Boundary2.shtml.

$60 million in fiscal 2014, he said. Whether $60 million is enough cushion, Leggett said remains to be seen. In 2011, federal jobs totaled 46,020 in Montgomery, according to county data. The U.S. Department of Labor estimated the number of federal jobs in both Montgomery and Frederick counties at 51,400 in August 2013. Many county residents work in federal jobs in Washington, D.C., or Northern Virginia. Of the county’s 971,771 residents recorded in the 2010 U.S. Census, 72,492 worked for the federal government.

Federal agencies prepare contingency plans

mal care services to protect the health of its animals, according to information from the Office of Management and Budget. It will maintain only minimal staff to safeguard facilities and infrastructure and will not admit new patients unless deemed medically necessary by the NIH director, and will discontinue some veterinary services.

Contractors could see furloughs, bid delays

Continued from Page A-1 converting a teachers’ lounge into a classroom. Derby has said he had to give up an art, music and computer rooms, but the instructors now visit each classroom, and students are using laptops from a mobile cart. Cedar Grove added three more bus routes this week and will receive three more portable classrooms next week. “It’ll take pretty much all of October to install the electricity and the covered walkways,” he said. Despite the changes, PTA

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Grow and adapt Like Derby, the principal at Little Bennett, Shawn Miller, said they have been able to accommodate growth without sacrificing programs. As they’ve exceeded teacherstudent ratios, the school system has quickly approved money to hire more teachers and lease more portable classrooms. “The school system has been

National park visitors asked to leave Visitors to national parks, including the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal and Glen Echo parks in Montgomery County, were asked to leave Tuesday as Park Service employees worked to close and secure park facilities and grounds. The park service will suspend all activities during the shutdown, except those needed to respond to emergencies, and will furlough 21,379 of its 24,645 employees, according to Management and Budget data. Adventure Theatre MTC had to abandon its site in Glen Echo Park because of the shutdown, moving all activities to its Wintergreen Plaza location in Rockville, according to a news release. Adventure Theatre MTC provides children with theater classes, camps and productions. Not all government operations ground to a halt Tuesday, including the office of U.S. Rep. John K. Delaney (D-Dist. 6) of Potomac. The U.S. Constitution mandates legislative operations continue and in response to a “constitutional duty” to represent District 6, Delaney’s Capitol Hill and district offices would remain

open, the office said in a news release. Among the agencies open Tuesday was the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, based in Rockville. The commission had enough unspent funds from the previous year’s budget, which ended Monday, to keep it open and operating for one week, spokeswoman Holly Harrington said. Should the government remain unfunded for longer, the commission faced keeping about 90 percent, or all but 300 of its 4,000 total employees off the job. Most NRC employees, about 3,000, work in Rockville, Harrington said. The Department of Energy also had some money to stay open, spokesman Steven Thai said. While Department of Energy employees reported to work Tuesday, Thai said how long the agency could sustain operations was unknown. Department of Energy employees 13,814 workers and has a facility in Germantown. Once its money runs out, the agency plans to keep only 1,113 workers on the job along with 3,106 workers who are paid with funds from outside the general budget. kalexander@gazette.net kshay@gazette.net

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Most teenagers dream of getting a car or throwing a big bash for their 16th birthday. For his special day, Youssef Selim set his sights high: flying an airplane solo for the first time. On Monday evening at dusk, the Urbana High School junior flew a PA-28-161 Piper Warrior plane without anyone else in the aircraft for two consecutive takeoffs and landings at Montgomery County Airpark in Gaithersburg. The flight, which included two circles around the airport at an altitude of 1,500 feet, sealed Youssef’s position as one of the youngest pilots to fly solo in the area, according to his flight instructor. Following the flight, more than 40 friends and family members waited in the airpark’s cafe to surprise him with a celebratory dinner. “I’m pretty psyched,” Youssef said about his accomplishment. After turning 16 on Saturday, the Urbana resident became eligible for his student pilot certificate, a document issued to pilots in training. It is a prerequisite to

fly alone in the plane. To qualify, the pilot must be 16 years of age, demonstrate English language fluency and pass a flight physical administered by an aviation medical examiner, according to the Federal Aviation Administration’s website. For his solo flight, Youssef’s flight instructor had to endorse the student pilot certificate, deeming his student competent to fly on his own and giving written permission for the event to proceed. The FAA’s website says there is no minimum number of flight instructional hours to achieve the certificate or fly solo. The certificate carries certain restrictions, such as not being able to fly at night or take passengers. Montgomery County Airpark instructor Sharif Hidayat, who has been teaching Youssef since July 2013, said he was pleased with Youssef’s performance. “I would not have ever signed off on him if I didn’t think he was ready, and he proved he was,” he said. Hidayat said he hoped Youssef’s milestone would inspire other youths to learn about aviation and take advantage of the opportunities that the small airpark offers. Youssef reached this milestone at a young age, but it was

years in the making. The International Baccalaureate student said aviation has intrigued him since childhood. He began taking lessons at age 12 at Frederick Flight Center Inc. Twice a week during the summer, Youssef attended three-hour training sessions that were split into ground and in-flight instruction. After taking lessons for a year and a half, Youssef took a break to make more time for school and football. He started training again this July, spending about three hours each week at the Montgomery County Airpark with Hidayat. “I feel free when I’m flying,” Youssef said. “You can see the world from up there. You can see it from a different perspective.” Learning to fly isn’t a cheap hobby, according to Selim’s mother, Hwaida Hassanein. A two-hour training session runs about $200 to $250. Youssef belongs to the Octopus Flying Club, a nonprofit organization at the Gaithersburg airpark. The group has helped offset training expenses, Hassanein said. By paying a monthly fee of $75, Youssef gets access to three planes at the airpark, which he can fly at any time. There is still an hourly rate to use the aircraft,

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Youssef Selim of Urbana made his first solo flight in a Piper Warrior aircraft over the Montgomery County Airpark on Monday in Gaithersburg. Here, he performs his pre-flight checks. but the price is lower because of the club membership. Hassanein said she is proud of her son, but was glad he was safely back on the ground. “I am so relieved,” she said right after the flight. “I was

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Fifteen shiny new bikes lined up, ready to roll, as the county unveiled its 14 Capital Bikeshare stations Friday. The first Capital Bikeshare station in Maryland opened in Rockville with city and state officials hosting a grand opening event at the station, located at the corner of Maryland and Montgomery avenues. The Rockville station is one of 14 stations opening in Montgomery County Friday with 51 total planned to span the area. The expansion of Capital Bikeshare in Washington, D.C., marks the first bike-sharing program in Maryland. The network includes stations on both sides of Metro’s Red Line inside the Beltway, and stations clustered around the Rockville and Shady Grove Metro stations. “The sturdy red bikes are finally rolling into Bethesda,

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Rockville, and Silver Spring,” said Councilman Roger Berliner (D-Dist. 1) of Bethesda, chairman of the Council’s Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy and Environment Committee. “This is a significant step in creating a less car-centric culture. We want an environment that encourages healthier and greener mobility options and Bikeshare does just that.” Steve Friedman, a member of the county’s Pedestrian, Bicycle and Traffic Safety Advisory Committee, biked up to the bikeshare launch, saying the advisory committee was happy to put its weight behind the program. “We support it and recognized the value of it,” Friedman said while sitting atop his own bicycle. To use the bikes, memberships for 24 hours or three days can be bought with a credit card directly at the station and monthly and yearlong memberships can be purchased online or over the phone. Within the membership time, bikes can be used free of charge as many times as necessary for 30-minute increments, with longer trips

costing a small fee. One of the main draws of the program is that, unlike traditional bike rentals, bikes don’t have to be returned to the same place they were picked up. Instead, renters can leave the bike at the most convenient station to their travels. Maryland Secretary of Transportation James Smith attended Friday’s event, praising the county for taking the initiative and saying Montgomery County residents and politicians always “show up, stand up and pay up” when they want something done. “[Residents can] use mass transit to get to a location and the Bikeshare to get to their ultimate destination,” Smith said. Safety was another theme of the grand opening, with many of the speakers commenting on bike paths and lanes and the safety manuals being handed out. Casey Anderson, a member of the Montgomery County Planning Board, suggested riders attend a $10 bicycle safety course being taught at Montgomery College. A group of Richard Montgomery High School students

passing by the Bikeshare celebration were interested in the program, but not enough to consider a membership. Though the teens said they didn’t think they would ever really use it to travel anywhere specific, they all agreed they would consider using them as a fun group activity for a day. To learn more about Capital Bikeshare or to sign up for one of six different membership options, visit www.capitalbikeshare.com.

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counting down the seconds until he touched back down.” The young pilot doesn’t plan on stopping here. When he turns 17, he will be eligible to fly crosscross country on his own, and can take another step toward his

ultimate goal of making a career out of his hobby. “I’d like to become a commercial pilot, without a doubt,” he said. jedavis@gazette.net

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VOICES IN EDUCATION

Andrew Leddy

Do you think the schools are ignoring reading for STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering and Math]?

Sure we do. I really think we need to up our requirements and give them more reading of the classics and emphasize writing on what they read.

n Age: 53 n Job title: English teacher, Springbrook High School, Silver Spring

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n Hometown: Colorado Springs, Colo. n Education: Bachelor of Arts, Russian Studies, University of Virginia, 1982; Master of Arts, Slavic Languages and Literatures, UVA, 1986; Masters of Teaching, Johns Hopkins University 2006

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Andrew Leddy, an English teacher at Springbrook High School, Silver Spring, in his classroom on Friday.

n Favorite activity/vacation spot: Avid runner; Colorado mountain climber n Lesson to live by: “The imagination will not perform until it has been flooded by a vast torrent of reading.” Petronius (27-66 A.D.)

Andrew Leddy is an English teacher at Springbrook High School in Silver Spring. He was interviewed at the school Sept. 25. In an email you sent, you stressed the importance of reading for high school students. You wrote, “Simply put,

we are in the midst of a reading and knowledge crisis.” Can you tell me more about this?

[The students] are not reading, they simply don’t read. So I created a Springbrook Reading List. Last spring I asked every English teacher: tell me what you think are the most important books [for students] to read in high school. There were 18 teachers. This list is limited to novels. We need another for plays, poems and speeches.

So you turned the list into a poster [listing 60 books] and that is in every classroom?

The English Department created

the graphic. The larger the type size [on the poster], the more frequently the novel title was mentioned by teachers. This isn’t an absolute, its representing a real nice foundation in literature, a core of books we think are really important. Have you presented this to your class?

Oh yeah! The problem is, it’s as though they didn’t know these books were out there. What I didn’t want was for a kid to get out of school and say nobody ever told me to read. If they look at all the people who made this list and talk to them about it or ask why, that’s a

Do you have a favorite book on this

So much of what I’m into is things that are culturally significant. When they miss reading them they miss out on cultural allusions. Take Frankenstein [by Mary Shelley]. The idea of an experiment overtaking us. That’s relevant when you talk about science, genetically modified seed. It seems small but I think it’s big, the beginning of industrial agriculture, worries and fears. At the end it’s just a great chase story. Who is the monster? The creator or the created? What is your plan for the list?

At Back to School Night get every English teacher to talk about it. I want this to be schoolwide, to get parents to know the way to get into IB [International Baccalaureate] and AP [Advanced Placement], you need to read. I only have 45 minutes a day [with the students] so it’s about impressing on the student the need to read. I read a lot of books, one is “The Shallows” [by Nicholas Carr] about what the Internet is doing to our brains,

another is “The Dumbest Generation” [by Mark Bauerlein]. The evidence is that despite all the information [young people] have at their hands, they aren’t smart. I don’t want to be Chicken Little here, but I don’t want to understate it either. So what is the role of parents?

I can’t say it enough, parents need to be impressing upon students how important [reading] is. I defy the world to find a Nobel Laureate that did not start off with books. It’s about curiosity, it’s of enormous cultural importance, it’s a big deal. Everybody is saying they are going to college but I can say they would do much better [in college] if they start here. Is this a new mission for you?

In a sense it is. I’m getting really worried about this generation. We’re not getting the best citizens we could have. I would like to challenge other teachers, other schools, to come up with their own lists. It would be interesting to see [them], every school would be different. To see the Springbrook Reading List visit www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/ schools/springbrookhs.

“Voices in Education” is a twicemonthly feature that highlights the men and women who are involved with the education of Montgomery County’s children. To suggest someone you would like to see featured e-mail Peggy McEwan at pmcewan@gazette.net.

EDUCATION NOTEBOOK Baker students get firsthand career knowledge Eighth-grade students at Baker Middle School in Damascus got a head start making career choices at the school’s annual Career Day on Sept. 27. Almost two dozen parents, teachers and community members spent the morning at the school talking to students about what they do and the training it took to get where they are. Students selected five talks they would like to attend. They got to attend three of their choices. Each session lasted 30 minutes. “It was a fabulous day. We had a good bunch of presenters,” said Cindy Loweth, counseling secretary at Baker. “They kept the kids involved and answered lots of questions.” Among the 21 career professionals speaking with the students were teachers, medical professionals, business people, engineers, public safety chiefs, accountants, contractors and computer specialists.

Residents encouraged to participate in Walk to School Day County’s focus school for the event will be Kensington Parkwood Elementary School Students, parents and community members throughout

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Jennifer McCloskey (far left), a civil engineer with the Department of Energy, gets ready to place a fifth tuna can on a structure built from toothpicks and soft candy by John T. Baker Middle School eighth-graders (seated at table, from left) Blake Schmaltz, 14, Jordan Anderson, 13, Jacob Hamrick, 14, and Ryan Commarota during a career day activity at the school. Algebra teacher Karen Emmerick (far right) points out the inevitable collapse, which is about to occur. Montgomery County will celebrate International Walk to School Day Oct. 9 by walking or bicycling to school as a healthy way to start the day. Walk to School Day was founded in 1997 as a way to bring community leaders and children together to promote more walkable communities, safer streets for walking and biking, healthier habits and cleaner air. It become “International” in 2000, when Canada and the United Kingdom joined with the U.S. to celebrate. Around the globe, International Walk to School Month brings together more

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than 40 countries in recognition of the common interest in walking to school. The first-ever National Bike to School Day took place on May 9, 2012, as part of National Bike Month. Nearly 1,000 local events in 49 states across the U.S. encouraged children to safely bicycle or walk to school. Last year, 47 schools in Montgomery County participated in Walk to School Day and this year all schools are encouraged to organize an event. Students who would like to participate but live too far from school are encouraged to

carpool part of the distance and walk the rest of the way. This year, the county’s focus school for the event will be Kensington Parkwood Elementary School, 4710 Saul Road, Kensington. For more information about Walk to School Day or organizing an event at a local school, contact Nadji Kirby, 240-7777169 or nadji.kirby@montgomerycountymd.gov or visit the county’s website.

in responding to life’s stressors with clarity and balance. Attendees will be able to explore meditation practice first-hand. Suggested donation for the evening is $10, cash or check only. No reservations are necessary. For more information call 301675-3177.

Discussion on mindfulness to be held at Whitman HS

Montgomery County Public Schools, in collaboration with county and nonprofit partners, is scheduled to host a community forum on youth substance abuse and prevention from 6:30-9 p.m. Monday at Richard Montgomery High School, 250 Richard Montgomery Dr.,

Walt Whitman High School Stressbusters Committee invites parents and students of all ages to learn about and experience mindfulness and meditation at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Walt Whitman High School auditorium, 7100 Whittier Blvd.,

Bethesda. Tara Brach, founder of In-

sight Meditation Community of Washington, and U.S. Congressman Tim Ryan, (D-Ohio), author of “A Mindful Nation,” will lead a discussion: Cultivating Resilience: How Mindfulness Training can Benefit Students and the Adults who Nurture Them. They will share the growing body of empirical and anecdotal evidence on the benefits of mindfulness for youth, educators and parents both in the classroom and out, as well as how to use mindfulness to manifest our full potential and

MCPS to host forum on alcohol and drug abuse prevention

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The event, titled “Time to Talk: Alcohol and other Drug Abuse Prevention Forum,” is being coordinated by MCPS, the Montgomery County Police Department, the Montgomery County Collaboration Council, the Montgomery County Alliance to Prevent Youth Substance Abuse and the Brave and Bold Coalition. There will be a resource fair, presentations, and a question-and-answer session. “Recognizing and preventing substance abuse in our children is a very important topic for our schools, our families, and our community at large,” said Superintendent of Schools Joshua P. Starr in a statement.

“It is an issue that will require us to collaborate on solutions that will help our young people making healthy choices, so they can lead productive lives.” Among those expected to speak at the event are Starr and other MCPS staff members, as well experts in the area of substance abuse and prevention, including: Dr. James M. Bjork, program officer, National Institute on Drug Abuse; Dr. Raymond Crowel, chief, Montgomery County Behavioral Health and Crisis Services; and Sgt. Keith Matthis, Montgomery County Police Department. To register for the forum visit www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org.

Norwood to host Secondary School Fair The 15th Annual Secondary School Fair is scheduled to be held from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Norwood School, 8821 River Road, Bethesda. Admission representatives from more than 100 day and boarding schools will be available to answer questions as well as provide information on the application process, tuition and financial aid, curricular and extracurricular offerings, class size and what makes their schools unique. Admission to the fair is free. For more information contact Cathy Russo at Norwood School, 301-841-2101, or email crusso@norwoodschool.org.

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The first in a two-part series

“They just don’t come to grips that newspapers have far greater readership than government websites.” Jack Murphy,

Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association executive director

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[Listservs in small communities] “are essentially the digital town square that much of the community is engaged with.” Jeffrey D. Waldstreicher, state delegate

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Competition boosts availability BY

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Garrett Park Mayor Peter Benjamin straightens items on the official town bulletin board inside the Garrett Park post office.

Continued from Page A-1 trade group, says newspapers are widely read and their websites visited far more often than local government sites. The debate is destined to rekindle in January, when the Maryland General Assembly reconvenes for its 2014 session. Government groups have an ally in Del. Jeffrey D. Waldstreicher (DDist. 18) of Kensington, whose 2013 session bill would have let local governments post most legal notices on their own websites. Similar bills in the legislature failed in 2010, 2011 and 2012. Several Montgomery County state legislators have signed on to past versions of the bills. Conversely, Sen. Karen S. Montgomery (D-Dist. 14) of Brookeville helped defeat a proposal in a Senate committee in 2011. She said in a recent interview that printed newspapers are valuable and more reliable resources than the electronic world, especially for older people. This year, the House Environmental Matters Committee referred Waldstreicher’s bill to “summer study,” or further discussion after the session. Waldstreicher said a compromise could come by figuring a reasonable transition from print to online, although he wasn’t ready to be specific. Jack Murphy, MDDC’s executive director, can’t imagine a middle ground if it means pulling back on newspaper notices. The association

firmly believes printed notices are effective in relaying information. “They just don’t come to grips that newspapers have far greater readership than government websites,” said Murphy, a former editor of The Gazette. Karen Acton, the president and CEO of Post-Newsweek Media LLC, which includes The Gazette, said some rural areas still use dial-up Internet access. Minorities and senior citizens, with less Internet access, would be disproportionately inconvenienced if they had to get information online, she said. Legal notices cover an array of government-related proceedings and proposals, such as annexations, charter amendments and zoning regulations. They give the public a chance to react and participate in the process. Lawmakers who support a shift in notices have proposed accommodations for those needing printed information. Governments would be required to mail printed copies of legal notices to anyone who signs up, at no charge. In addition, governments would have to annually buy a newspaper ad telling the public where to find future legal notices. Garrett Park Mayor Peter Benjamin backs Waldstreicher’s legalnotice bill. He thinks the current structure unfairly imposes a onesize-fits-all requirement. Residents there have several ways to stay apprised of their government: by email, an online listserv, a town newspaper, the town’s website, Ben-

jamin said. In addition, Garrett Park, with a population of about 1,000, has no home mail delivery. So, people regularly go to the post office, where the town hangs notices, Benjamin said. He objects to small governments being directed to spend money on an ad buried in the back of a larger regional newspaper. Listservs in small communities “are essentially the digital town square that much of the community is engaged with,” Waldstreicher said. But Murphy said larger municipalities need a good central repository for information. Legal notices in newspapers reach people who might not even know to look for them, he said. Money is an undercurrent in the battle. But Acton said communication, not money, is the driving force. For The Gazette, legal notices covered under the bill make up less than 2 percent of the newspaper’s advertising revenue. They’re sold at a lower rate than other ads. Other types of required legal notices in newspapers, such as for foreclosure auctions or people legally changing their name, come from private entities — usually lawyers — and are excluded from the bill. Those notices make up most of the ads in The Gazette’s business and politics edition, known as the Business Gazette. A Maryland Association of Counties chart shows that 15 counties and Baltimore City spent $1.9 million to publish legal notices in fiscal 2010. Spending from the other eight counties was not available.

Costs didn’t necessarily correspond to size. Montgomery County was listed at $213,894, about half as much as Anne Arundel County, despite having about twice Anne Arundel’s population. A Maryland Municipal League chart shows total legal-notice expenses for some municipalities covering fiscal years 2008 to 2010. Among them: Rockville ($41,000), Poolesville ($9,792) and Kensington ($4,000). Waldstreicher said his goal is “to save my municipalities money.” Sen. Montgomery, though, said newspapers are local businesses, too, and wondered why government wouldn’t help them survive. In written testimony earlier this year, Candice Donaho, MML’s director of governmental relations, wondered why newspapers claim to be the best source of information while their circulation drops “drastically year after year” and people turn more to the Internet. Media representatives counter that newspapers also post legal notices on their websites, which have many times more visits and clicks than government websites get, and on the press association’s website. The press has an essential civic duty of being a watchdog and ensuring transparency, said Acton, a former MDDC board president. Murphy sees an inherent flaw in the cost-saving claim driving recent bills: If everyone who reads legal notices asks for mailed printed copies, “it would be ferociously expensive.” aschotz@gazette.net

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The suburbs are wired. High-speed Internet access is available to more than nine of every 10 households in Montgomery County, making it one of the nation’s most connected communities. “Government [online] services will go where the technology enables,” said Gary H. Arlen, whose Bethesda-based research company Arlen Communications LLC has monitored industry and government information-technology trends for more than two decades. “We are one of those rare markets with multiple sources for broadband, both wired and wireless.” The Federal Communications Commission’s annual look at broadband penetration found cable-television services were within reach of 93 percent of Montgomery’s households and newer, fiber-optic conduits were available to 78 percent of the county’s homes last year. Commercial Internet service providers closely guard customer subscription data, but analysts say the pace of broadband access connections is accelerating nationwide. Seventy percent of adults have an Internet connection at home, up 4 percent from a year earlier, according to a survey from the Pew Internet & American Life Project released in late August. As wireless phone companies upgrade their networks and adjust pricing, more customers are expected to access the Internet with wireless smartphones, tablets and other portable devices, analysts say. At the same time, gaps remain because of escalating monthly costs, the location of cables and transmission towers. “Anecdotally, there are places in my house where my wireless service doesn’t work, and I’ll walk 20 feet to another room and it does,” Arlen said. “Those are infrastructure issues that are beyond the grasp of local governments.” Reliability is improving. A separate federal study published last winter confirmed most Internet providers were delivering on the guarantees of speed — about 96 percent of the time, the advertised speed was being met during prime-use hours, when demand is greatest. As performance increases, so do prices, even in markets with fierce competition. That poses a problem for government services online, since some families have limited access, having to rely on often-crowded libraries or government centers for Internet-connected computers. A springtime Commerce Department report showed less than half of U.S. households with incomes less than $25,000 a year had broadband connections. “Clearly, there is the question of affordability,” Arlen said. “The poor can get exploited and can’t get access.” Maryland is one of six states participating in a test program funded by the FCC to provide wireless broadband access to the poor, similar to a generations-old “lifeline service” that subsidized dial-up telephone service. Findings are due within a year.

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Each year, before “American Idol” kicks its singing competition in high gear, the show focuses on the people who audition to be a part of the show. Though viewers see a number of talented singers progress, the show has capitalized on the clueless contestants who miss the high notes, who can’t keep a beat, who don’t know the lyrics. Something similar is playing out at the Council Office Building in Rockville. The Montgomery County Council has received a proposal to increase the salaries of the county executive and the nine members of the council. It is, sadly, an excellent example of political cluelessness. COMMISSION Under the proMISSES NOTES posal — submitted by a IN EXECUTIVE, commission seated to consider the compenCOUNCIL PAY sation levels of elected RAISES officials — the county executive’s pay would increase from $180,250 to $190,000 per year, a 5.4 percent increase. For the next three years of the executive’s term, he or she would get a pay increase equal to inflation. A council member’s salary would climb from $104,022 per year to $125,000, a 20 percent increase. Likewise, council members also would receive annual inflationbased raises for the remaining years of the term. The council president, elected by members of the council to one-year terms, would continue to receive a 10 percent increase over the council member’s base pay. Current officeholders would not see the raises unless they are re-elected in the November 2014 elections. And the raises are not a done deal. The council can accept the recommendations as they are, lower them or reject them. They should be rejected. According to the report that came with the commission’s recommendations, the county executive deserves the raise because of the complexity of running the county. It also noted that the Prince George’s County executive is paid more. “Both counties are part of the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area and share similar characteristics, but Montgomery County has a higher population; fairness dictates that the salary of the County Executive for Montgomery County be comparable to or slightly high than the County Executive salary for Prince George’s County.” In a perfect world, the comparison might make sense. But in this imperfect world, such a comparison just means the two counties will get into an endless cycle of one executive’s salary increase justifying the next one’s. For the council members, the same panel looked through the opposite end of the telescope. What other jurisdictions pay their legislative body was ignored in favor of far less tangible considerations: “The Councilmember salary should more accurately reflect the scope, complexity, and leadership responsibilities of the job and the value and the demands placed on the position by the community.” Curiously, while the commission believes Montgomery County Council members deserve to be paid $125,000 a year, it barely acknowledges that Fairfax County, Va., pays its supervisors $75,000. That county is a bit larger, and equally complex. By its earlier logic, the panel should be recommending the same salary, or slightly lower. No one should object that a county executive or County Council member should be well paid. It is a tough job. But such large pay increases now, when the region hasn’t convincingly escaped the Great Recession, is not much better than a tone deaf “American Idol” contestant. Except with the TV show, viewers can change the channel and such silliness is soon forgotten. These recommendations will be around, possibly for four more years, and taxpayers can’t switch them. Then there’s Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.), who shared last month he felt “stuck” making $172,000 a year in Congress. There’s no reason to believe any of our council members feel similarly “stuck,” but Councilwoman Valerie Ervin (D-Dist. 5) of Takoma Park did say many people choose not to run for office because of concerns over whether they can make it work financially. The salary commission’s report says the county’s median household income is $95,000. Anyone interested in serving the people of Montgomery should be able to provide for his or her family comfortably. The council should recognize that they and the county executive are already paid handsomely. If they feel compelled to approve any increase, leave it to cost of living. That’s a tune almost everyone can sing.

The Gazette Karen Acton, President/Publisher

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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month As state’s attorney and as sheriff for Montgomery County we review numbers and statistics daily. However, there is no number of which we are more proud than the number zero. That’s because we experienced zero domestic violence related homicides in this county in the entire calendar year of 2010 and the same so far this year. As a long-time prosecutor and a career sheriff, we are both painfully aware of the fact that all too often, if a woman living in this county were the victim of a homicide, it likely would have occurred during the course of a domestic violence incident. It is with this in mind, and because of our joint concern, we came together to attack this problem with innovative and holistic approaches; not only to address murders but also to address the associated problems of domestic abuse. On April 29, 2009, Montgomery

seek a life without abuse. The majority of them return multiple times for services. This program is meeting the needs of these families. The Montgomery County FJC has become the model of services for the entire mid-Atlantic region with innovations such as video links to the courts for protection orders, collaborations with private nonprofits and the generous support of more than 1,000 donors from the community and the corporate world to the FJC Foundation. We realize that the FJC may be our finest example of how public and private partnerships can together help us build a safer and more caring community. We would like to extend our appreciation to Verizon and Kaiser Permanente, among others, for their continued generosity and support of our efforts through the FJC Foundation. The Annual FJC Foundation’s Benefit Gala will be held from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 13 at the Bethesda Hy-

County opened the doors of the Family Justice Center and changed the way we, as a county, respond to domestic violence victims. No longer do victims have to travel from place to place, retelling their stories (often with children in tow) in order to seek protection, counseling, investigations of criminal acts, emergency and legal services. The new FJC relocated these services in one family-friendly space. Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women in the United States. The U.S. Department of Justice estimates that in more than half of families affected by domestic violence, children witness the abuse. These children are at greater risk of entering child protective services, the juvenile justice system and later in life; the adult criminal justice system. The FJC has served nearly 5,000 victims and their children. [“County volunteers provide 24hour support to victims of sexual assault,” Sept. 4] These survivors

Texas has nothing on Maryland, except opportunity

President George W. Bush famously admonished his political foes, “Don’t mess with Texas.” But Texas now is messing with Maryland. Texas Governor Rick Perry is filling Maryland’s airwaves with 60-second spots aimed at luring many of Maryland’s residents and business owners to the Lone Star state. What is Texas’s allure? It certainly is not the climate. Maryland has four real seasons, with glorious springs and unforgettable autumns. Texas has two — hot and hotter (and more humid). It certainly is not the schools. K-12 public schools in Maryland, particularly in Montgomery and Howard counties, are some of the top rated in the country. Texas’s schools, with a few exceptions, are inferior. It certainly is not the colleges. Johns Hopkins and the University of Maryland system are second to none in higher education, and they certainly are not second to any colleges and universities in Texas. It certainly is not transportation. Maryland is served by multiple world class airports and interstate highways that connect the state with the largest markets

and population centers in the country.Marylandhasoneofthe best ports (the port of Baltimore) inthewholecountry,connecting Maryland with the commerce of theworld.Texas’stransportation system does not measure up. It certainly is not the culture. Maryland’s cultural opportunities in the arts and sports compare very favorably to those in Texas. The Rangers and the Cowboys have nothing on the Orioles and the Ravens. But Texas trumps all of Maryland’s advantages in climate, culture, transportation and education with a single concept: Opportunity. Opportunity to start a business. Opportunity to grow a business. Opportunity to keep more of what that business earns. For the past five years, Maryland’s taxes have been increasing, and its business regulations have been multiplying. This business unfriendly environment has forced thousands of residents and small businesses to seek shelter out of state. Many of Maryland’s overtaxed upper bracket earners have moved across the river to more business-friendly Virginia, saving thousands in

yearly taxes, while reducing their businesses’ regulatory burdens. Indeed, between 2001 and 2010, more than 66,000 Marylanders fled the “Free State” (or more aptly, the “fee state,” as Gov. Perry refers to Maryland in his radio ads). Thousands more Marylanders are planning to follow suit this year, as some Maryland counties, like Montgomery, flirt with even more egregious business regulations, like a $15 minimum wage and even higher taxes on upper bracket earners. All the while, Texas’s business climate has become increasingly business-friendly, and it charges no state income tax. As Maryland has lost $5.5 billion in state income, as it has shed thousands of upper bracket earners and their businesses, Texas has gained $17.6 billion. While Texas understands that you can collect the golden eggs (jobs and tax revenues) produced by the golden goose (business), Maryland is about to learn that when you choke the golden goose, there are no more golden eggs.

Dan Bongino, Severna Park The writer is a Republican candidate for Maryland’s 6th Congressional District.

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att Regency (registration at www. mcfjcfoundation.org). This is the public’s chance to see how benefactors and practitioners collaborate to help survivors. Our daily mission with the FJC remains simple yet challenging — saving lives. We are committed to that goal. And with further public awareness, more resources and continued community and corporate commitment we can make every month (not just October) less about domestic violence abuse and more about the number zero — zero murders, zero domestic violence victims and zero tolerance of domestic abuse.

John McCarthy, Rockville Darren Popkin, Olney The writers are, respectively, the Montgomery County state’s attorney and the Montgomery County sheriff.

Turn panhandlers into workers I refer to the news item, “Montgomery program tries to discourage donations to panhandlers” [Sept. 9]. These panhandlers pace along the median strips for several hours each day with a cardboard sign in hand. They are actually working long hours supporting themselves under difficult personal circumstances. Just look across the median strip to the sidewalk and one will find young people twirling signs asking people to visit a furniture store, or a gold jewelry shop, or some other commercial enterprise. This second category are paid by the businesses and from the economy point of view, they are contributing to society. Then, how do we convert the effort of the first category into an economic activity? The county (or city), businesses, and charities (representing donors) form a partnership and do the following: • Ban panhandling. • Give them jobs doing the same thing, i.e. pacing while holding a card board sign — but with a different message. • Pay them wages to compensate the earnings they would have made by their discontinued profession, viz., panhandling. For example, they can stand about 500 feet ahead of a red light camera or a speedzone camera warning drivers that there is such a camera. Another cardboard sign might say, “stop using cellphones while driving.” In general, we should look for ways to convert them into beneficial workers. Hold a contest and people will give ideas on how to use their skills in ways beneficial to the society.

Som Karamchetty, Potomac

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Why Baltimore is not Detroit

There was considerable rejoicing in Baltimore city this week when George Mason University released a study saying that, compared to Detroit, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Providence and San Bernardino, Baltimore is on “reasonably solid financial footing” and is demonstrating “financial resiliency.” Of course those other five cities are all basket cases (two are in bankruptcy), so being best of the lot isn’t so hot. The Baltimore Sun highlighted the parts of the report crediting Baltimore’s success to sound city management provided by a strong-mayor MY MARYLAND system which lets the city’s BLAIR LEE Board of Estimates (controlled by the mayor) write the city budget and run the city’s finances without interference from the City Council, which can only lower the spending levels, not increase them. But if you actually read the George Mason report it tells a much different story. What’s really keeping Baltimore afloat isn’t its mayor or its charter, it’s the billions of dollars the state of Maryland pours into the city every year. Baltimore runs on OPM: other people’s money. Much of what taxpayers in Maryland’s 23 counties send to Annapolis is recycled to Baltimore as direct and indirect state aid. Thanks to the city’s political muscle, decades of governors who were former Baltimore mayors (Schaefer, O’Malley) or city politicians (Mandel, Hughes) and a liberal state legislature, Baltimore now is the most subsidized city in America. State taxpayers pick up the tab for the city’s community college (other community colleges are mostly locally funded); for the city’s metrorail, metrobus and light rail operating and capital costs; for the city jail’s construction and operating costs (county jails are locally funded); 71 percent of the city’s K-12 school budget (the feds pay another 10 percent); all of the city’s social services costs; most of the

city’s road/bridge maintenance costs ($134 million a year); the operating and capital costs of what used to be the city’s port and airport (Friendship); annual grants to run the city’s zoo, museums, theaters, concert halls and libraries; and now the city wants the state to pay for its courts, as well. To help boost the city’s economy, the state located a host of state agencies and departments in Baltimore; paid for the Ravens and Orioles stadiums, the Convention Center, the Aquarium expansion, the Science Center, the Meyerhoff concert hall, the Hippodrome Theater, the Christopher Columbus Center, the Lyric, Center Stage, a new $1 billion school construction deal ($20 million a year for the next 30 years) and a new $2.5 billion light-rail system. Meanwhile, the city wants the state to participate in a $900 million convention center/ hotel/arena project in hopes that an NBA or NHL team will come if they (the state) build it. Then there are all the hidden state subsidies: historic tax credits to rehab city buildings (the city gets more than half), enterprise zone tax credits (Baltimore gets 61 percent of the state total), a special city cut of the state’s casino tax, a $79 million annual “disparity grant,” special police aid grants and impact aid that the counties don’t get, using state police to supplement the city’s police force, rebuilding the city’s failing wastewater treatment plants and scores of other subsidies embedded in state law. Ironically, on the same day that the George Mason study was released, so was an account of the city’s failed Reginald Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture, which the state built for $30.6 million. The state also pays half ($2 million) of the annual operating costs and now is paying an additional $450,000 of the other half because the museum is a dud (the 150,000 estimated annual attendance turned out to be 38,000). But the city isn’t chipping in, and Baltimore state Sen. Bill Ferguson said, “The state has an obligation to ensure that the Reginald Lewis Museum continues to function.” An obligation? That’s the city’s pervasive attitude — the state owes us. When Martin O’Malley was mayor, the city foolishly spent $305 million building a Hilton Hotel that’s now going broke, costing the city $28 million a year by 2023. When asked recently about the Hil-

ton boondoggle, O’Malley blamed it on former Gov. Bob Ehrlich. Why? Because, said O’Malley, “You may recall, at the time, that we asked (and) we were told ‘no’ by the then-governor.” In other words, when O’Malley and the city tried to get the state to pay $305 million to build a loser hotel that private investors wouldn’t touch, Ehrlich dared saying “no.” You see, in Baltimore’s view, the city is entitled to special status. Baltimore doesn’t owe the state taxpayers any gratitude; state taxpayers owe Baltimore more assistance. When state and city assessors recently miscalculated city residents’ historic tax credits, costing them huge new taxes, city politicians argued that state taxpayers should pay the costs. And the city is lobbying Annapolis to shift city residents’ high auto insurance burden to suburban motorists. The audacity is stunning: When Detroit went bankrupt this summer, The Baltimore Sun editorialized “Why Baltimore Isn’t Detroit,” citing the city’s willingness “to make difficult decisions” without one word about the city’s massive state bailouts — the real reason why Baltimore isn’t Detroit! The city has benefited, so far, from the largess of liberal Montgomery state legislators who don’t mind raising Montgomery taxes and cutting its state aid to help the city, from P.G. lawmakers with whom the city shares the loot and from Baltimore County lawmakers who feel linked to the city as long as the city’s problems don’t flow across the county line. But things are changing: The city’s political muscle is dwindling (only 11 percent of the state’s population and 8.5 percent of the statewide vote), for the first time in memory there’s no Baltimore candidate running for governor, and federal spending cuts are squeezing the D.C.-area counties, which may not feel so charitable in the future. Living on other people’s money only works until the “other people” decide differently. When that happens, what’s Baltimore’s “Plan B”? Blair Lee is chairman of the board of Lee Development Group in Silver Spring and a regular commentator for WBAL radio. His column appears Fridays in the Business Gazette. His past columns are available at www. gazette.net/blairlee. His email address is blairleeiv@gmail.com.

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Questions to ask before council gets pay raise When considering the merits of the recommendation to raise by 17 percent the salaries of County Council members from $106,394 to $125,000, Montgomery County citizens might ask the following questions. When they do, they will certainly see that the answer is “no raise.” • The proposal, in effect, treats council membership as merely a “job” at which someone “works” for a “salary” which must be “raised” if not “adequate.” Is this in our country’s best traditions? Isn’t elected office in these United States not a “job” but a position of trust in which a citizen is placed by his or her fellow citizens to represent them? If we treat elected office as something less, are we trivializing the ideals of democracy and representative government on which our country is built? Will that cause us to lose them? $106,394 is more than enough to serve as our representative. • When considering the merits of this “raise,” citizens in this miserable economy — assuming they even have a job — should ask themselves when the last time was that they received a

“raise,” a raise of 17 percent no less? If county government is so large that council members must devote more time to it, might the answer be not to pay them more but to reduce the size of government? • Should so-called “constituent services” be factored into the equation since they are little more than electioneering on the taxpayer’s dime? • Finally, given that the council’s membership has been completely Democratic since 2006 and that the “citizens panel” which recommended the 17 percent increase consisted of six Democrats and one Republican, does it reflect and help maintain a healthy, two-party democracy if Democrats do nothing more than recommend more money for Democrats? Having suffered through Democrats gerrymandering themselves into control across Maryland government at all levels, must citizens also suffer through them bootstrapping raises for themselves in Montgomery County? How much oneparty dictatorship is enough?

Paul Schilling, Bethesda

Appalling policy on unusable fares I was appalled to read the letter from Michael Gooden and Margaret Nolan about Metro’s refusal transfer the value of unused (and unusable) farecards of seniors who are medically unable to use the fares remaining on their paper cards to the current Smartrip cards. No “free ride” or refund was requested. The writers obviously understand that they, or other family members who would receive such a transfer, would have to expend it at the going rate for riders in general, with no senior discount. And it is clear that the owners of the unusable tickets have no objection to such a transfer. The most benign explanation for Metro’s response is that some inexperienced staff member simply saw the “no refunds” policy and jumped to an incorrect conclusion. Equally plausible, unfortunately, is the conclusion that

Metro is just looking for a quick windfall in the form of unused cards. Response to the writers’ appeals suggests the latter scenario is closer to the truth. I don’t use public transportation extensively because my ability to walk and drive is, thankfully, fine at this time. My late husband could not drive, and his ability to get around on foot, Metro, and Ride On was legendary. I do use and appreciate the Senior Smartrip card when it is the most efficient or most economical way to get around. Based on Metro’s policy, I have concluded that at no time will I carry more than $10 on my Senior Smartrip card so that my family will not have to go through a similar frustrating dialogue with Metro. So I ask: Was Metro’s ruling financially sound, humanely equitable, or good public relations?

Mary L. Miers, Bethesda

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Stephon Jacob, who hadn’t played football in two years, went through the banner and saw the Damascus High School stands packed with more fans than he’d ever seen for one of his games. After playing basketball for two years at Our Lady of Good Counsel, Jacob was back home beside the friends with whom he’d grown up, and he just wanted to savor the moment before the 2012 opener against Clarksburg. “There’s no greater feeling than Friday nights in Damascus,” Jacob said.

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Rockville High School quarterback Chuck Reese throws a pass during the first half of Rockville’s game at Wheaton.

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Since last season, the Rockville High School football team moved its starting quarterback to receiver, made the 5-foot-8, 140-pound junior varsity quarterback the varsity starter and completely changed its offense. By halftime of its first game, Rockville had

scored zero points. Rockville coach Seth Kenton said he scanned the locker room’s many concerned faces until his eyes met new starting quarterback Chuck Reese’s. Reese winked, Kenton said. That’s the moxie that convinced the coach to start Reese, and the junior has rewarded its faith, starting with leading a season-opening comeback win against Richard Montgomery. Reese is 116for-179 (65 percent) for 1,306 yards with 16 touchdowns and just four interceptions this season. “If you were to come to a game or come to practice, you would say which one is Chuck?” Kenton said. “It’s not going to be the first person you pick and go, ‘Oh, it’s that guy.’ It’s not that guy.”

As a freshman, Reese joined Rockville’s junior varsity team as an undersized and position-less player. He tried slot receiver, safety and even kicker. Eventually, he became the scout-team quarterback. “He ran our scout team to try to beat our first defense every day of practice,” said Jason Lomax, who wasthentheJVoffensivecoordinator.“Andyoucould see the fire and the drive. It was just in that little body. “There were many frustrating days for the firstteam defense, because he would go out there, and he would audible at the line, and he would do things that a normal, prototypical scout-team quarterback is not going to do. He’s out there literally like he’s

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Clare Nolan said she honestly didn’t remember the first one, the lone goal in a 1-0 season-opening win over Quince Orchard High School. She did remember the next two, the second against Walt Whitman and the third to top Poolesville, which ran her total to three game-winning goals in Winston Churchill’s opening five field hockey games. Simply put, the senior has an undeniable

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nose for the goal. “The best word to describe Clare is hustle,” Churchill coach Cay Miller said. “She always goes all out and she’s dependable in high-pressure situations.” Keeping tune with Miller’s assessment of the tireless midfielder, it was Nolan’s hustle that landed her in the right place at the right time against the three teams which she struck. Though she claims not to recall the game’s lone goal when Churchill handed Quince Orchard its first of four one-goal losses thus far, the stats say she took a pass from Carly Kabelac and Annie Moshyedi,

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Ashley and Alexis Wong have spent virtually every waking minute together since Ashley came along one year after Alexis was born. Even when a reporter gave Alexis a call on a Saturday afternoon, she made sure her sister was right next to her, listening on speaker phone so the two could pinball answers off one another. “We work better as a team,” Alexis said with a laugh. As comes with every sibling relationship, they have inevitable squabbles both on and off a field hockey field. But, just as natural as it is for the two to butt heads with one another, they have an enviable connection on a field that nobody other than siblings can fully understand. “Since we’re sisters, we’re automatically telepathical,” said Ashley, a junior at Clarksburg High School. “Really we just go out and play. Actually, we’re like a duo.”

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A long road back to full health After multiple knee surgeries, Whitman grad starting for Duke football

After dealing with nagging knee injuries and multiple surgeries during his four previous seasons at Duke University, Anthony Young-Wiseman, a 2009 Walt Whitman High School, made his second collegiate football start on Sept. 21. The Blue Devils lost the game to the University of Pittsburgh, but for the redshirt senior safety, the feeling of playing an

entire game from start to finish at Wallace Wade Stadium in Durham, N.C. was a long time coming. “It had been awhile since I played a full football game,” Wiseman said. “I had a fun time. … I felt like I played well, but there’s room for improvement.” Added Duke defensive backs coach Derek Jones. “He understands what we’re trying to do and he’s now just able to use his full ability. ... When you are hurt it’s hard to execute when you don’t have full strength or the ability to be able to run, plant and change directions. It’s light years different now.” During preseason drills prior

to his true freshman season in 2009, Wiseman tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee and was immediately placed behind the proverbial eight-ball because his development mentally and physically on the field had to be delayed. He successfully rehabilitated the injury, but suffered another setback in the same knee late during the 2010 season after playing just 98 snaps off the bench. In 2011, he played in all 12 games (351 snaps) and made one start against Florida State. Wiseman, who has also had to deal with a cyst in his knee, was in and out of the lineup during the 2012 season, participating in eight games (210 snaps), before tearing

his lateral meniscus, but was able to return for the Belk Bowl (a 4834 loss to Cincinnati), Duke’s first bowl appearance since the 1995 Hall of Fame Bowl. “Anthony’s college career hasn’t gone as planned, but he’s never complained,” Jones said. “… I’m glad he can go full speed and trust himself playing now. We see the real Anthony now.” Wiseman, who made just one start in 29 previous game appearances prior to this fall, totaling 37 tackles (15 solo) and one sack, hopes to make his final season in a Duke uniform (3-2) a memorable one.

his celebration, showing, for all his potential, he still had a few kinks to work out in his first high school football season. After beginning the year as a special teamer, Jacob earned steady roles as a tight end and outside linebacker. This season, he’s starting and excelling at both positions. “Now, he’s one of the top players in Maryland,” Damascus coach Eric Wallich said. Jacob transferred to Damascus and switched to foot-

ball from basketball to improve his chances at getting a college scholarship. So far, he hasn’t received an offer, but University of Virginia, Old Dominion, Appalachian State, Elon, James Madison, Richmond, Delaware, Coastal Carolina, Monmouth, Stony Brook, Albany, Duquesne, Towson and New Hampshire have all shown interest. Theseniormustprovehimself to college football coaches who hadn’t heard of him before last season. If how quickly Jacob im-

pressed Wallich is any indication, college offers should roll in soon. “A lot of times, basketball kids, when they haven’t played football, you don’t expect a lot of toughness from them,” Wallich said. “But he actually was very tough, and I think his best quality is how smart he is. You tell him one time, he locks it in his brain. He was like a sponge. He learned the offense and defense — pretty amazing for just one year.” Once Jacob acclimated to wearing pads, his talent began to

show, and a list of his best traits on the football field reads like a basketball scouting report: Athletic. Good hands. Long wingspan. Boxes out well. Ambidextrous. (Jacobs writes with both hands. Primarily, he dribbles and eats with his right hand and leads with his right shoulder, and he throws and shoots with his left hand and kicks with his left foot). By playing basketball and

football, Jacob might have delayed his first scholarship offer, but Wallich expects one will come soon. It’s not just that he has seen Jacob up close for more than a year, but Wallich has noticed how Montgomery County opponents have increasingly paid attention to Jacob and believes college recruiters will follow suit. “Any school that is scouting Damascus, he’s not under the radar to them,” Wallich said.

found her so wide open on a cross that, despite Nolan fumbling around with the trap for a few seconds, she still managed to get a decent enough drive off to beat the Viking keeper. “She’s just on her game all the time,” said keeper Sophie Ascher, who had allowed just five goals in six games as of Sunday. Nolan wasn’t quite done yet.

Her final clutch moment came via the rebuilding Falcons in overtime, and she “didn’t even look at the goal.” “I just drove it and it went in,” she said. “I remember when we were going into overtime. I said, ‘We got this. We’re going to get this.’” And, as she always has this year, she did. Without Nolan

working to get to where her teammates needed her to be, Churchill could have just as easily been 2-4 as it was 5-1 prior to Monday’s matchup with Bethesda-Chevy Chase, which very nearly upset Walter Johnson earlier in the week. “She’s similar to [Churchill graduate] Jennifer Shim,” Miller said. “When everybody is out of

gas,Clarekeepsgoing.That’sClare. She hustles as much as any of the best players that I’ve coached.” Ascher may not have to go through a lung-searing workout every game like her teammate does, but the goalie has been every bit as valuable to Churchill’s early season success. There would have been no Nolan gamewinner had Ascher not stuffed every last one of Quince Orchard’s shots. There would have been no Nolan game-winner had Ascher not kept Whitman scoreless. And there would have been no Nolan game-winner had she not limited Poolesville to just two goals after the Falcons pounded in 16 in the two games prior. “We wouldn’t be the same team without Sophie,” Nolan said. “She’s unbelievable. It’s just such a nice feeling to know that we have Sophie back in goal.” The funny thing is that Miller didn’t know who would be starting in goal less than six weeks ago. Ascher had transferred from Brighton High in upstate New York, and Miller didn’t know all that much about her. She sifted through a few newspaper articles online but that was the extent of her knowledge. Compiling onto that was the new heat rules that prohibit keepers from dressing in full pads for much of the preseason. But Ascher did enough to earn the starting spot by the first

game, and she vindicated Miller’s choice with four consecutive shutouts to open the season. “Sophie has been incredible,” Miller said. “She’s a very strong player and she’s been stepping up this year.” One of the most important aspects of goalkeeping that Ascher has brought with her is not necessarily her ability to keep shots out of the net, but her penchant for keeping her defense constantly aware of where they need to be at all times. When Ascher first earned her starting spot, her platoon of defenders approached her and told her to be vocal, to make sure they are in the right position for the attack she sees unfolding. “They know I’m not being mean when I tell them something,” Ascher said. “It’s just when I tell them that they have to move, they know they have to move.” Miller, while she said she is getting better at handling the stress of the overwhelming amount of close games, has admitted that the anxiety has died down a bit since the beginning of the year. But, just in case, how many game winners does Nolan have left in her? “I don’t know,” Nolan said with a laugh. “I hope enough to get us to 9-1.”

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like Brigman, who has become one of Reese’s top targets, was forged while eating lunch together daily in Lomax’s office last year. In the summer, Reese hosted teammates at his house for video games, and they walked to workouts together afterward. “At Rockville, we have such a diverse background. We have Asian kids, Hispanic kids, black kids, white kids. And they all come from different economic backgrounds. They all come from all different kinds of religions. It’s just a melting pot at our school,” Lomax said. “And Chuck is able to reach into all those guys and be able to pull them in together and give them that family feel. That kind of quality alone is enough for him to lead our team.” Said Reese: “I’m just friendly with everybody. There’s not one type of person I wouldn’t want to talk to. For me, it’s always fun being social with people, making new friends, joking around with everybody.” But there was no joking while Rockville trailed Richard Montgomery 25-0. Reese said, “You could obviously see our fans putting their heads down, like, ‘Dang it. Not another 0-10 year.’” At that point, Lomax approached him and said it was time to step up. “He nodded. He said, ‘OK, we’re going to go score right now.’ And that’s what he did,” Lomax said. “From there, it was just a snowball going downhill. It just kept getting better and better every time he touched the ball.”

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playing in a game. He wants to win every day and everything we cover.” The next year, Reese became the starting JV quarterback when classmate Spencer Brigman moved up to the varsity as starting quarterback. During that season, Lomax met with his players about their long-term goals in the program. Seeing Brigman entrenched in frontofhim,ReesetoldLomaxhe’d do his best as the backup quarterback the following two seasons. Lomax admired Reese’s maturity, though he agreed the backup path looked inevitable for Reese. But this offseason, Kenton realized his team needed an edge after 1-9 and 0-10 seasons. Rockville has a lower enrollment than eight of the 10 schools on its schedule. The other two, Damascus and Poolesville, made the playoffs last season. Kenton promoted Lomax to varsity offensive coordinator, and Lomax implemented the up-tempo, four-receiver offensive he’d used on JV. During the summer passing league, Reese earned the starting job and since has helped engineer a 2-2 start. Reese’s diminutive build stands in even starker contrast to opposing defenders now that he’s on varsity. Is that intimidating? “No!” Reese said. “I’m not normally that easily intimated person. I don’t feel that intimated, because I trust my offensive line and I trust everybody around me to do their jobs.” That trust with teammates

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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL HOW THEY RANK The 10 best football teams in Montgomery County this week as ranked by The Gazette’s sports staff.

Rank

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

School

Quince Orchard Cougars Good Counsel Falcons Damascus Swarmin’ Hornets Bullis Bulldogs Gaithersburg Trojans Wootton Patriots Paint Branch Panthers Northwest Jaguars Seneca Valley Screaming Eagles Poolesville Falcons

Record Points

4-0 60 3-3 54 3-1 47 3-1 42 4-0 37 3-1 30 4-0 24 3-1 18 3-1 12 3-1 3

Also receiving votes: Whitman 2 points; Sherwood 1 point.

LEADERS Top rushers

Carries Khalil Wilson, Einstein 53 Charles Lyles, Poolesville 89 Zac Morton, Whitman 89 Dage Davis, Geo. Prep 59 Devonte Williams, Bullis 67 Liam Duffy, R. Mont. 79 Chris Dawson, G. Counsel 75 Perry Stefanelli, G. Counsel 89 Kevin Joppy, Q. Orchard 53 E. Spottswood, Sherwood 72

Top passers

Cmp-Att. Sam Ellis, Wootton 93-145 Chuck Reese, Rockville 116-179 G. Cooper, P. Branch 56-100 Renzo Farfan, R. Mont. 55-95 Mike Murtaugh, Q. Orch. 39-61 Evan Smith, Whitman 35-65 Nick DeCarlo, G’burg 37-57 Raymond Burtnick, Blair 37-78 S. Morningstar, Pooles. 34-56 C. Hennessey, N’wood 41-77

Top receivers Joey Cornwell, Rockville Jibri Woods, Wootton Darrell Blue, Blair Trevon Diggs, Wootton Anthony Albert, Rockville Michael Scott, Kennedy Ryan Stango, P. Branch Elliott Davis, Q. Orchard Keon Paye, G. Counsel Javonn Curry, P. Branch

Catches 35 31 31 32 23 20 18 9 8 18

Yards 809 675 541 519 472 454 448 442 428 424

Avg. TDs 15.2 8 7.6 6 6.1 5 8.8 7 7.0 7 5.7 2 6.0 6 5.0 2 8.1 6 5.8 5

Yards 1319 1306 685 676 633 516 671 528 415 364 Yards 425 412 411 402 330 281 264 226 224 220

Int. TDs 4 13 4 16 3 7 2 8 1 9 4 3 2 3 5 5 4 3 2 2

Avg. TDs 12.1 5 13.3 4 13.3 4 12.6 7 14.3 4 14.1 0 14.7 3 25.1 4 28.0 3 12.2 3

Northwood coach tackles bigger issue After kidney failure, Gladiators’ Harris hopes to raise awareness for organ donations

for people to register during the game as organ donors. “I want to do something to show how thankful I am to have a second chance at life and to encourage everyone to register as an organ donor and consider giving a loved one or even a stranger a gift of life,” Harris said in a statement announcing the event, which he became committed to creating once his own experience taught him about the issue.

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Good Counsel, good defense

FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK BY DAN FELDMAN fore his team’s homecoming game against Rockville. What’s so important to disrupt routine? Organ donations. Harris intends to wrap up his team’s pre-game warm-ups a little early, leaving himself time to speak shortly before kickoff to the crowd about kidney donations. He’ll tell his own story, how his kidneys failed him during the 2011 season and how his wife donated him one of her kidneys in July 2012. Most of all, he’ll encourage fans to join the Maryland Donor Registry. “If you’re able to be a donor, be a donor,” Harris said, “because the second

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Northwood High School football coach Dennis Harris rounds-up his team during a practice.

chance that people can get from that. With a kidney, you can function perfectly with one, so if there’s anybody that you can help, whether it’s a person that you know or don’t know, just being able to provide that person with a second chance is something that you cannot put a price tag on.” Harris said the National Kidney Foundation will be on hand, potentially providing green pom poms for cheerleaders and green wristbands for fans. Most importantly, there will be forms provided

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The Gazette sports staff picks the winners for this week’s games involving Montgomery football teams. Here are this week’s selections:

Montgomery County record All games

Kennedy vs. Wheaton Springbrook at Watkins Mill Rockville at Northwood Paint Branch at Einstein Richard Montgomery at Whitman Blair at Bethesda-Chevy Chase Churchill at Quince Orchard Blake at Northwest Walter Johnson at Magruder Wootton at Gaithersburg Damascus at Clarksburg Seneca Valley at Sherwood St. Albans at Georgetown Prep Poolesville at Catoctin Bullis at Cape Henlopen (Del.) Good Counsel at McNamara Episcopal at Landon Avalon at Riverdale Baptist

Team

R. Montgomery Wootton* Whitman B-Chevy Chase Churchill Walter Johnson*

All Div.

1-3 3-1 2-2 1-3 1-3 1-3

1-0 3-1 1-1 1-2 1-2 1-2

PF PA

97 118 149 34 72 85 59 105 36 120 28 134

Montgomery 4A East Division Team

Paint Branch Sherwood Blair Springbrook* Blake Kennedy

All Div.

4-0 3-1 2-2 1-3 1-3 0-4

3-0 2-0 1-2 1-2 0-1 0-2

PF PA

153 25 84 75 81 59 66 50 20 108 25 96

Montgomery 4A West Division Team

Gaithersburg Quince Orchard Northwest Clarksburg* Magruder

All Div.

4-0 4-0 3-1 2-2 0-4

2-0 2-0 2-1 0-2 0-2

PF PA

110 20 140 13 121 52 64 56 38 169

Montgomery 3A Division Team

Damascus Seneca Valley Einstein Watkins Mill Rockville Northwood Wheaton

All Div.

3-1 3-1 2-1 2-2 2-2 0-4 1-3

3-0 2-0 2-1 1-1 1-2 0-2 0-3

Montgomery 2A Independent Team

Poolesville

PF PA

147 42 124 55 111 84 78 97 137 149 20 155 62 164

All

PF

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All

PF

PA

3-1 104 54

Private schools

Bullis 3-1 92 70 Good Counsel 3-3 130 80 Avalon 2-3 103 91 Landon 1-2 63 49 Georgetown Prep 1-3 76 133 * Includes forfeit result

Last week’s scores

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59-14 122-28

59-14 121-29

59-14 119-31

57-16 119-31

54-19 118-32

57-16 114-36

Kennedy Springbrook Rockville Paint Branch Whitman B-CC Q. Orchard Northwest Magruder Wootton Damascus Seneca Valley Geo. Prep Catoctin Bullis Good Counsel Landon Riv. Baptist

Kennedy Springbrook Rockville Paint Branch Whitman B-CC Q. Orchard Northwest Magruder Gaithersburg Damascus Seneca Valley Geo. Prep Catoctin Bullis Good Counsel Episcopal Riv. Baptist

Kennedy Springbrook Rockville Paint Branch Whitman B-CC Q. Orchard Northwest W. Johnson Wootton Damascus Seneca Valley Geo. Prep Poolesville Bullis Good Counsel Landon Riv. Baptist

Wheaton Watkins Mill Rockville Paint Branch Whitman Blair Q. Orchard Northwest Magruder Gaithersburg Damascus Seneca Valley Geo. Prep Poolesville Bullis Good Counsel Episopal Riv. Baptist

Wheaton Springbrook Rockville Paint Branch Whitman B-CC Q. Orchard Northwest W. Johnson Wootton Damascus Seneca Valley Geo. Prep Poolesville Bullis Good Counsel Episcopal Riv. Baptist

Wheaton Springbrook Rockville Paint Branch Whitman B-CC Q. Orchard Northwest Magruder Gaithersburg Damascus Seneca Valley Geo. Prep Poolesville Bullis McNamara Landon Riv. Baptist

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Clarksburg High School field hockey player Alexis Wong turns the ball away from Rockville’s Yuni Higgs during Monday’s game in Clarksburg. we’d be undefeated through eight games.” “It was very unexpected for us to be doing this well,” Alexis added. “Last year we didn’t connect as well off the field. We wouldn’t pass as well because we didn’t talk that much and didn’t know where each other were.” Well, except the two sisters and Howard. Those three claim to know where one another is at all times without speaking a single word or flashing a signal — they just know. “We don’t have to call each other for the ball,“ Alexis said. “We just know where we are.” As for Howard, “She’s so fast,” Ashley said. “She can get to pretty much any ball. We’re in sync all the time.” And Howard is just about always in sync with her partner up top, Danielle Lee. With that duo continuously putting shots on the net, Clarksburg outscored its first nine opponents 23-5, a testament to the defense as much as the offense. Goalie Rachel Brenowitz began the season with four consecutive shutouts and has allowed more than one goal just a single

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And, through the years, the duo has devised a little catchphrase for themselves: ‘Two Wongs make a right.’ Apparently, two Wongs also make an excellent tandem on a field hockey team. Through the first nine games of the season, the sisters have led the Coyotes to an 8-1 record. They combined for 11 assists in a five-game stretch and have helped turn Daysia Howard into one of the county’s more dangerous scorers. “Yeah, I think so,” Howard said when asked if she shares a part of that telepathic relationship with the Wongs. “They’re such amazing players. They help us so much. They’re always setting somebody up, getting assists.” The sisters have made a peculiar habit of assisting others more than finding the net for themselves, though they have proven they can score as well. In a Sept. 11 matchup with Col. Zadok Magruder, half of the six goals were set up by a Wong. Two weeks later against Gaithersburg, half were set up by Alexis. Against Wheaton, Ashley finished with two assists and Alexis added one more in the 4-1 win. Two more goals in a 3-1 win over Paint Branch were Wong-aided. “They’re probably some of the two best assist players I’ve seen in all my years of field hockey,” coach Sissy Natoli said. “They have great field hockey vision. They just know the field very well.” Even with the assist siblings returning from last year’s squad, Clarksburg’s 8-0 record through the first three weeks startled even themselves, especially after the 2012 season was a stumble to the finish. “It really was unexpected,” Howard said of the hot start. “I didn’t think we were going to start that good. I didn’t think

Despite its uncharacteristically mediocre record, Our Lady of Good Counsel (3-3) has held five of six opponents below their season average for points scored. During the lone exception, a Sept. 20 game against Gonzaga, defensive end Jesse Aniebonam, who committed to University of Maryland, College Park, and safety Kobe Walker (Kentucky) suffered injuries that knocked them from the contest. Walker, whom Good Counsel coach Bob Milloy called “a great player,” returned in a 21-0 loss to DeMatha Catholic on Friday, registering 3.5 tackles. “He’s a leader back there in that secondary, so I just hope he’s still healthy,” Milloy said.

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time, a 2-1 loss to Northwest on Friday. “Our defense is amazing. They’re always so focused,” Howard said. “It’s wonderful. I feel like we can trust our defense a lot. Our goalie, Rachel, is awesome. It’s so nice to know that they’re behind you.” While losing is never a good thing, there are certain positives that can be gleaned from it, especially for a team that hadn’t felt the sting of a loss and the subsequent uptick in motivation to not let that happen again. “They should really be surprised they beat us,” Ashley said. “Our winning is not from luck, we’ve earned everything we’ve got. Winning can never be expected but we’ve put in a lot this season.” That work hasn’t gone unnoticed by Natoli, who continues to hold high hopes for the Coyotes. “We’re having a great season, one of the best in Clarksburg history,” she said. “Our kids have a different look this year. They have a different attitude. They don’t want to lose.” tmewhirter@gazette.net

Seneca Valley 42, B-CC 20 Einstein 41, Northwood 0 Damascus 49, Watkins Mill 7 Wootton 43, Whitman 20 Poolesville 41, Walter Johnson 6 Sherwood 28, R. Montgomery 15 Quince Orchard 56, Magruder 0 Springbrook 26, Blair 6 Paint Branch 48, Churchill 0 Clarksburg 24, Blake 0 DeMatha 21, Good Counsel 0 Bullis 37, John Carroll 8 W. Wilson (D.C.) 21, Kennedy 7 Landon 49, Annap. AC 11 Avalon 41, Chavez 6 Rockville 54, Wheaton 22 Gaithersburg 26, Northwest 6

BEST BET Wootton vs. Gaithersburg,

6:30 p.m. Friday at Richard Montgomery. Both teams are undefeated on the field and eyeing the playoffs after missing them last season. Sam Ellis, Trevon Diggs and Jibri Woods lead Wootton’s offense. Gaithersburg’s Solomon Vault’s health, who didn’t play last week, could be crucial.

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Quince Orchard field hockey spreads it out

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It’s five games into the season and Quince Orchard High School girls’ soccer coach Peg Keiller is still a bit unsure of exactly what type of team she’s got. The Cougars’ record is good, of course, as they were 4-0-1 as of Monday night. But

Since the first day of volleyball tryouts, the overarching theme of the 2013 season has been one of parity and question marks. Coaches couldn’t quite pin down what team would be the top prospect, though the de facto leader in the public ranks

SOCCER NOTEBOOK BY NICK CAMMAROTA AND JENNIFER BEEKMAN the meatiest portion of QO’s schedule has yet to hit, which leaves Keiller wondering what will happen during the season’s busiest stretch. “It is a bit weird,” Keiller said. “Especially that fact that our first game was [a 0-0 draw] against [Walt] Whitman and to have such an incredible opponent and such a nail-biting game followed by a bit of cruising through the next four games makes it a very odd feeling.” Quince Orchard, which lost to BethesdaChevy Chase in the 4A West Regional semifinals last season, has scored 18 goals through the first five matches and allowed only two (both in a 4-2 victory against Paint Branch). Four of the Cougars’ five games have resulted in clean sheets from the defense — bolstered by strong performances by center backs Sam Sullenger and Sarah Gutch and goalkeepers Ricki Shultz and Rachel Hollander. Keiller said the early-season schedule has allowed her to better evaluate her players’ performances and focus on things that need fixing once the matches become more intense. “You can tell what’s going to work against the higher competition and what’s not,” Keiller said. “We’ve still seen many things we need to work on and improve and we definitely know it’s going to be a battle from here on out.”

Special honor for Magruder player Thanks to an 11-goal outburst against Northwood, Col. Zadok Magruder’s boys’ soccer team has scored 17 goals this season in seven matches and allowed six. Still, despite the favorable goal differential, the Colonels, like so many other teams in Montgomery County, are 4-3-0 this season and sitting in the middle of the pack. One player, however, who’s stepping into the spotlight is sophomore forward Bryan Argueta. The multi-talented striker in April was a national finalist with D.C. United in Major League Soccer’s Sueño competition — a program that affords players ages 14-18 the opportunity to earn a week-long trial with their host club’s developmental academy — and two weekends ago, he competed in the national finals of Sueño Alianza at Stub Hub Center in Carson, Calif. According to Magruder coach Juan Gomez, Argueta impressed many onlookers at the event, which was capped by a scrimmage against Liga MX side Club Tijuana’s youth team. Argueta also piqued the interest of MLS’s Chivas USA and reportedly has been invited to go on trial with the Los Angelesbased club. “He’s a playmaker and has great footwork,” Gomez said. “It’s like a lottery. In Maryland, how often do you receive some attention like that? He’s a good student from a humble family.” Argueta didn’t play last season because

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HOW THEY RANK Girls’ soccer n 1. Good Counsel n 2. Walt Whitman n 3. Winston Churchill n 4. Damascus n 5. Bethesda-Chevy Chase

Boys’ soccer n 1. Georgetown Prep n 2. Northwest n 3. Walter Johnson n 4. Montgomery Blair n 5. Gaithersburg

he was recovering from a broken leg, but has scored three goals and assisted another so far this year.

400 victories The Our Lady of Good Counsel High School girls’ soccer team’s 3-0 win over Independent School League power National Cathedral School Thursday was the program’s and 26th-year coach Jim Bruno’s 400th since the program’s inception in 1987. The eight-time Washington Catholic Athletic Conference champion Falcons (6-03) have never endured a losing season in that time and have proved incredibly consistent with an average of 16 wins in each of the past 25 seasons. Good Counsel achieved Thursday’s

milestone win with relative ease despite missing one of its best playmakers, midfielder Imani Dorsey, who was on her official visit to Duke University, where she gave her verbal commitment to play on scholarship in 2014-15 a year ago. But tthat perfectly exemplified what impresses Bruno so much about this year’s squad, he said. WIthout a dominant scorer Bruno said he expected more players to get involved, offensively. But even he couldn’t predict how truly spread out scoring would be. Through nine games, 10 players have two goals or more. Sophomore Nia Dorsey leads the way with six goals. Sister Imani has five to go with her seven assists. Thursday’s win was also Good Counsel’s third shutout in four contests. “I’m a little surprised,” Bruno said. “I felt like we would be getting contributions from a lot of people but this has surpassed my hopes and expectations. I’m really pleased.”

Perfection Damascus is the only remaining team with a perfect record. While the Swarmin’ Hornets’ success is often attributed to its less competitive Montgomery 3A/2A West Division, their 7-0 start to 2013 includes wins over five-time defending Class 4A West Region champion Bethesda-Chevy Chase, defending 4A North champion Sherwood and perennial county power Walter Johnson. Montgomery County Public Schools’ most productive offense with 27 goals is lead by Steph Cox and Katie Kirschenmann, who have scored eight goals apiece. ncammarota@gazette.net; jbeekman@ gazette.net

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Golf n 2. Winston Churchill

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Quince Orchard High School’s Sam Sullenger warms up before a scrimmage with the Academy of the Holy Cross in August.

Volleyball

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will always be Sherwood High School, the three-time defending state champs, until proven otherwise. Through the first three weeks, very little light was shed on how the new hierarchy would shake out. Until last week, No. 3 Poolesville, Damascus, Col. Zadok Magruder, No. 2 Sherwood, No. 4 Winston Churchill, and No. 5 Thomas S. Wootton — the relative consensus for which public school teams would likely be the front runners — hadn’t had much of a chance to prove themselves against opponents of equal or better talent. Some of that changed last week, when then-No. 4 Poolesville came back from down two sets to top then-No. 3 Damascus in the county’s first big clash of the season. This week portends a wave of volleyball equally as exciting. It begins tonight, when Lizzi Walsh and Magruder host Makayla Roy and Sherwood. The two have met before, in Magruder’s annual early-season tournament, and the Warriors took a 2-0 win over the Colonels, but that was also a three-set match. Had Poolesville and Damascus played under that same threeset format, the Falcons wouldn’t have been the ones with the earto-ear smiles afterwards. Then, on Friday, Sherwood will match up with newly ranked No. 5 Churchill, which survived a 3-2 squeaker against Wheaton but has otherwise been operating with smooth sailing all year. “This type of schedule is really difficult because it simulates what the playoffs will be like,” Sherwood coach Brian McCarty said. “It’s good for the players in practice to prepare for a quick turnaround.” As he has already played Magruder, McCarty knows where his best blockers will be assigned: Walsh. But Friday will be his first time seeing undefeated Churchill, which boasts three talented hitters in Kaitlyn Hillard, Sarah Chang, and Olivia Chao. “They’re tough,” he said.

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“They’re really good. They don’t have any holes. They’re a team that doesn’t beat themselves.” So, for the first time all year, there may be some clarity at the top. Or, depending on what happens, even more confusion. And it’s not just the elites that are getting a crack at truly establishing themselves. Northwest and Watkins Mill, who combine for a 9-4 record, will match up on Wednesday and the Jaguars host Damascus on Monday for a potential upset.

Field hockey Another week, another bizarre scoring line from Quince Orchard. On Sept. 25, visiting senior-laden Springbrook, the Cougars posted five goals from five different players — two being freshmen — for their fourth win in the past five games. Dani Tapiero, Skylar Saffer, Ashley Plante, Rachel Feidelman and Sarah Husted all found the net in the victory over the Blue Devils. That type of spread effort has been the theme all season for Quince Orchard. Four scored in a 6-1 win over Paint Branch, two did to top Gaithersburg 3-0, and there was a new Cougar finding the net for each of the three goals in a shutout against Northwest. “That’s the good thing about this team,” coach Alicia Vincenty said. “I don’t really have any superstars. We’re very well rounded. It’s very hard to defend because you can’t just focus on one girl.”

Girls’ tennis Though Thomas S. Wootton girls’ tennis coach Nia Cresham was clearly proud of her team’s monumental 5-2 win over Winston Churchill, she spent a large portion of Wednesday’s match vocally worrying about the two flights that lost. No. 2 singles player Aishu Iyer missed the previous two days of school with an illness and still wasn’t 100 percent during her loss to Hayley Keats. Cresham repeatedly suggested Iyer consider retiring, the worry etched all over the coach’s face, but Iyer had none of it and finished her match. At No. 4 singles, Hannah Hwong fell to the court multiple times with cramps, the last late in the second set. After a stoppage to stretch, Hwong returned to court near tears as she limped through the final points of a lost game that tied the match at one set apiece. Her opponent, Churchill’s Alissa Le suggested a shorter tiebreaker to determine the match, but Hwong insisted on a full third set. Before they could complete the final set, the match was delayed due to darkness as Hwong’s teammates rushed to her, clearly impressed by her resolve. “She’s very quiet. She’s very sweet,” Cresham said of Hwong. “But she’s one of those people that has that inner steel, because when she’s made up her mind, you can’t push her one way or the other. She just won’t stop.” Gazette reporters Travis Mewhirter and Dan Feldman contributed to this report.

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ill Engvall is a man of many talents. He’s a successful comedian, a loving husband and a doting father. Engvall, however, is not known for his dancing prowess. So why did the 56-yearold entertainer decide to join a TV show such as “Dancing With the Stars?” “I don’t know,” Engvall said. “You know what, I joke about it but I do know. When they called and asked me I actually said, ‘Let me think about it for a day.’ I thought, you know, this is something that I’ve never done before and I probably won’t have a shot to do this again. I always like to try things that I haven’t tried before to prove to myself that I could do it.” Engvall is still dancing on the show, but he’ll take time away from the dance floor to bring his standup routine to Strathmore for two shows on Sunday. “I don’t know how long this will last,” Engvall said. “If I get bumped on the first night of elimination, I was proud of what we did. I don’t think anybody expected anything out of us.” Engvall avoided elimination the first night — former NFL wideout Keyshawn Johnson was kicked off the show — but he’s under no illusions about his time on the show and knows he’ll eventually be done. “[I don’t worry about it] because I know my life’s not going to change,”

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When describing his works of art, puppeteer Matthew Pauli resembles a father talking about his newborn child. “There have actually been times in the past, and I expect LULU AND THE it’ll happen again, BRONTOSAURUS where I look at it and it becomes difficult to n When: 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays through believe that I actually Fridays; 1:30 p.m. helped make it,” Pauli and 4 p.m. Saturdays said. and Sundays, Pauli’s newest 11 a.m. select baby has a head that’s Saturdays, to Oct. 2 1/2 feet wide and 27 (special 7 p.m. a neck that’s 15 feet performance on Oct. long. The puppeteer 25) is the designer and creator of Mr. B, the n Where: Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn brontosaurus in ImagAve., Bethesda ination Stage’s first show of the 2013-2014 n Tickets: $12-$25 season, “Lulu and the n For information: Brontosaurus.” 301-280-1660, “Lulu” is the first imaginationstage.org book in a series by Judith Viorst, the author of “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.” Viorst also wrote the lyrics for “Lulu’s” stage adaptation.

BILL ENGVALL n When: 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Sunday n Where: Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda n Tickets: $28$68 n For information: 301-581-5200; strathmore.org

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Bill Engvall and partner Emma Slater finish their routine on this season’s “Dancing with the Stars.” KELSEY MCNEAL/ABC BLAKE ECHOLS/IMAGINATION STAGE

Casie Platt as Lulu and Vaughn Irving as Mr. B’s voice and puppeteer in “Lulu and the Brontosaurus” now showing at Imagination Stage.

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The cast of Olney Theatre Center’s “Rancho Mirage.”

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On Thursday, the Olney Theatre Center kicked off the National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere of Steven Dietz’s black comedy “Rancho Mirage.” The network is a cohort of nonprofit theaters dedicated to the evolution of new plays. Their Continued Life of New Plays

Fund allows multiple theaters to produce the same new play within the same oneyear period. The program results in a Rolling World Premiere where several artistic teams, directors and actors develop the new work for their respective communities. “The idea behind it is that if we all agree to do this play before any of the reviews come out, we are taking a real risk and launching it into the cannon of American plays,” said Jason Loewith. Loewith

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Jessica Damen’s “Hold on Tight, This is Gonna Hurt Like Hell” will be on view throughout October as part of “The Body Beautiful” exhibit at the Capitol Arts Network in Rockville.

Celebrating the human form Singer-songwriter Laura Burhenn will kick off Strathmore’s AIR Alumni Concert Series at 7:30 p.m. tonight.

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Jaime Salazar (Gato + The Palenke Music Co.) will follow Burhenn on Oct. 9 at Strathmore. For more information, visit www.strathmore.org.

Barry Baugass and the rest of Bach Sinfonia will perform on Saturday at the Cultural Arts Center in Silver Spring. BACH SINFONIA

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Strathmore will introduce a month-long retrospective AIR Alumni concert series, celebrating graduates from the venue’s Artist in Residence education program, now in its ninth season. The series kicks off at 7:30 p.m. Friday with Laura Burhenn of The Mynabirds. Burhenn, who went on to tour with supergroup The Postal Service, will share new material during Friday’s intimate concert at the Mansion. Upcoming performances include Latin American sounds from Jamie Salazar and Gato + The Palenke Music Co.; an album release from rock cellist Loren Westbrook-Fritts and Primitivity, and eccentric jazz duo The Mancuso-Suzda Project. For a complete schedule, visit www.strathmore.org.

“The Body Beautiful,” a juried exhibit highlighting the human figure in various forms, opens Friday at the The Capitol Arts Network gallery in Rockville. Featuring painting, photography and mixed media, October’s featured artist will be Baltimore’s Jessica Damen, acclaimed for her ability to capture youthful emotion in her images. An opening reception is scheduled from 6-9 p.m. Friday. The exhibit runs throughout the month. For more information, visit www.capitolartsnetwork. com.

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The Bach Sinfonia will present “100 Feet of Brass” at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Cultural Arts Center in Silver Spring. A pre-concert discussion is scheduled for 7:20 p.m. The program will include rarities from 17th and 18th centuries such as Johann Ernst Altenburg’s brilliant concerto for seven trumpets and timpani, solo sonatas, and works for four, five and seven trumpets by Biber, Zelenka and others. For more information, visit www.bachsinfonia.org.

Renowned pianist Haskell Small will kick off his national tour, “Journeys In Silence,” with a free concert at 8 p.m. Saturday at Westmoreland Congregational UCC Church, 1 Westmoreland Circle, Bethesda. Presented by the Washington Conservatory of Music, Small will perform the complete “Musica Callada,” by Catalan Spanish composer Federico Mompou. This rarely performed work, a delicate set of 28 miniatures, was composed between 1959 and 1967. Its title refers to a poem by the Spanish mystic St. John of the Cross, who expressed the idea of music as the voice of silence. For more information, visit www.washingtonconservatory.org.

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The Washington Conservatory of Music will present pianist Haskell Small in concert at 8 p.m. Saturday at Bethesda’s Westmoreland Congregational Church. For more information, visit www.washingtonconservatory.org.

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Everything’s coming up haunted! Scary sites around the region BY

WILL C. FRANKLIN STAFF WRITER

It’s about that time again. The air gets a little chilly and folks are a little more susceptible to a good fright. … Boo! OK, maybe not that susceptible, but a good haunted house, field or even hospital can make things downright creepy for the most stoic of Halloween fans. This year, Montgomery and Prince George’s counties are filled with things that go bump in the night. Here is just a small sampling of what’s around. Be sure to visit our website at gazette.net for updated haunted attractions in the area.

Montgomery County Markoff’s Haunted Forest

(19120 Martinsburg Road, Dickerson, 301-216-1248, Oct. 4-5, 1112, 17-19, 24-26, Oct. 31 to Nov. 2, $20 and up) — Much like with the hot sauces with the little skull and crossbones on the label, you’ll have to sign a waiver to wander through Markoff’s Haunted Forest. You don’t have to be a connoisseur of the macabre to enjoy

your time there, however. Markoff’s will have a variety of attractions, from zip-lines, strongman challenges, concessions, high wire acts, carnival games and flaming flying Frisbees. Careful with that last one! markoffshauntedforest.com Field of Screams/Scream City (4501 Olney-Laytonsville

Road., Olney, now through Nov. 2, $10 - $84) — One of the great things about this time of year is the selection of different scares horror enthusiasts get to enjoy. At Field of Screams, folks can choose from a haunted hayride, a haunted house, a haunted trail or a haunted paintball apocalypse with zombies — any way you look at it, it’s haunting! screams.org

Fall Frolic (Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, 301-634-2222, Oct. 27, admission is free) — While some enjoy the heart-stopping shrieks from ghosts and ghouls, others prefer their spookiness to be as minimal as possible, especially if there are children involved. Glen Echo Park has you covered

with its Fall Frolic. Visitors of all ages are invited to participate in Halloween activities, crafts and even a costume parade. Adults might enjoy visiting the park’s open studios and galleries. There is a small fee for pumpkin decorating ($1) and face painting ($1-$2). Otherwise the event is free and runs from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. glenechopark.org Halloween at the Medical Museum (National Museum

of Health and Medicine, 2500 Linden Lane, Silver Spring, 301319-3303, Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. until noon, free) — Contrary to what some adults might say, Halloween really is a great time of year for children. The folks over at the National Museum of Health and Medicine understand that some children might be intrigued by the “creepiness” of skulls! The museum invites children and family members of all ages to participate in a morning dedicated to all things skulls. medicalmuseum.mil

Prince George’s County Six Flags America Fright

Fest (13710 Central Ave., Largo, $34.99-$49.99, 301-249-1500) — Evil clowns, terrifying roller coasters and sinister zombies … what else do you need for a great Halloween? Six Flag America’s yearly Fright Fest has more events than you could possibly shake a full bag of candy at — from the time you walk into the park until the time you leave. The festivities begin on Saturday and run through Oct. 27, so get your goosebumps before it’s over. frightfest.sixflags.com Nightmares (4101 Crain Highway, Bowie, $15 in advance, $17 at the gate) — What’s scarier than a haunted house? How about a haunted minor league baseball stadium? Have you ever been inside a baseball stadium when no one was there? It can be a little creepy. Tack on the ghosts that haunt the place and yeah, you’ll have nightmares. That’s pretty much what the folks at Prince George’s Stadium are going for. The Tulip Gulch’s Nightmares Haunted House, which they rate a PG-13 experience, features live actors and takes about 20 minutes to

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Jason Robinson, 22, of Olney, in the morgue at Field of Screams. walk through — 20 minutes of evil! Gates open at 6:30 p.m. and the show runs until 11 p.m. The haunted house is entirely indoors so you don’t have to worry about the rain. The event starts on Oct. 4 and runs every Friday and Saturday from then until Oct. 26, and then Halloween night until Nov. 2. baysox.com Haunted Hangar (College Park Aviation Museum, 1985

Cpl. Frank Scott Drive, College Park, 301-864-6029, Oct. 26, $4, $3 seniors 60+, $2 ages 2-18, 1 and under free) — Halloween fun can be had by all at the College Park Aviation Museum. The Haunted Hangar event, from 7-9 p.m., will have arts and crafts, hayrides and spooky fun for the whole family. collegeparkaviationmuseum.com wfranklin@gazette.net

IN THE ARTS DANCES Hollywood Ballroom, Oct. 2, free International Quickstep Routine lesson at 7:30 p.m., Social Ballroom Dance at 8:15 p.m. ($16); Oct. 4, Drop-in lessons at 7:30 p.m., West Coast Swing Dancing with Dance Jam Productions at 9 p.m. ($15); Oct. 6, free Rumba lesson at 7 p.m., Social Ballroom at 8 p.m. ($16); Oct. 9, free International Quickstep Routine Lesson at 7:30 p.m., Social Ballroom at 8:15 p.m. ($16); Oct. 10, Tea Dance from 12:30–3:30 p.m. ($6), 2126 Industrial Highway, Silver Spring, 301-326-1181, www.hollywoodballroomdc.com Glen Echo Park is at 7300 MacArthur Blvd. Blues, Capital Blues: Thurs-

days, 8:15 beginner lesson, 9-11:30 p.m. dancing to DJs, Glen Echo Park’s Spanish Ballroom Annex, $8, www.capitalblues.org. Contra, Oct. 4, Sargon de Jesus calls to Devine Comedy; Oct. 11, April Blum with the fabulous Glen Echo Open Band; Oct. 18, Steve Gester calls to Triple Helix; Oct. 25, Will Mentor with Perpetual Emotion, 7:30 p.m. lesson, 8:30 p.m. dance, Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom, $10, www.fridaynightdance.org. Contra & Square, Oct. 6, Brian Hamshar calls with Larry Unger and Elke Baker; Oct. 13, Ann Fallon calls with Devine Comedy; Oct. 20, Jean Gorrindo with Crab Apples; Oct. 27, Costume Dance with Perpetual e-Motion, Will Mentor calling, 7:30 p.m., Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom, $12 for general, $9 for members, $5 for students, www.fsgw.org. English Country, Oct. 2, Caller:

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Michael Barraclough; Oct. 9, Caller: Dan Gillespie; Oct. 16, Caller: Stephanie Smith; Oct. 23, Special Guest Jacqueline Schwab on piano; Oct. 30, Caller: Marth Siegel, 8 p.m., Glen Echo Town Hall (upstairs), www.fsgw.org. Scottish Country Dancing, 8-10 p.m. Mondays, steps and formations taught. No experience, partner necessary, T-39 Building on NIH campus, Wisconsin Avenue and South Drive, Bethesda, 240505-0339. Swing, Nov. 9, WWII Canteen Dance with the Eric Felten Jazz Orchestra; Dec. 14, Daryl Davis, lesson at 8 p.m., dancing at 9 p.m., Glen Echo Park, $15, www.flyingfeet.org. Waltz, Oct. 6, Larry, Elke and Friends; Oct. 20, Gigmeisters, 2:45-3:30 p.m. lesson, 3:30-6 p.m., dance, $10, www.waltztimedances.org.

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BlackRock Center for the Arts,

Red Molly, 8 p.m. Oct. 4; Eddie from Ohio, 8 p.m. Oct. 5; Buskin & Batteau, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17; Furever (film), 8 p.m. Oct. 18; The Spooky Magic of Joe Romano, 1 p.m. Oct. 19; Carolyn Malachi, 8 p.m. Oct. 19; Julie Fowlis, 8 p.m. Oct. 25-26, call for tickets, 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown. 301528-2260, www.blackrockcenter. org. Fillmore Silver Spring, Trivium & Devildriver, 7 p.m. Oct. 2; The Vinyl District Presents Drop Electric, Technophia and Honest Haloway, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 3; Chase Rice, 8 p.m. Oct. 4; Wild Eyes (Tool Tribute Band) with Coda,The Wrecking Crew and Clockbreaker, 8 p.m.

MUSIC & DANCE Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, The Johnny Artis Band,

8 p.m. Oct. 4; Cathy Ponton King with Bobby Parker, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 5; Perry Conticchio Quintet, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 6; Cloudburst, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 9; New West Guitar Group, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 10; Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers, 8 p.m. Oct. 11; The Soul Crackers with Tommy Lepson, 8 p.m. Oct. 12; Blue Moon Big Band, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 13; Abbe Buck, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 16; Ingratitude: A Tribute to Earth, Wind & Fire, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18; The Fabulous Hubcabs, 8 p.m. Oct. 19; Deaf Dog and the Indictments & Feels So Good Band, 7 p.m. Oct. 20, call for tickets, 7719 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda. 240-330-4500,

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Oct. 5; All Time Low with special guests The Wonder Years & Rivers Monroe, 8 p.m. Oct. 7; Julieta Venegas, Los Momentos Tour 2013, 8 p.m. Oct. 10; Lee Brice, 8 p.m. Oct. 11; Atlas Genius, 8 p.m. Oct. 13; Rusko - The Lift Off Tour with Special Guests Roni Size and Dynamite MC, 8 p.m. Oct. 18; Aaron Carter, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 20, 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, 301960-9999, FillmoreSilverSpring. com, www.livenation.com.

Institute of Musical Traditions — Takoma Park, Celtic Voices:

Lisa Moscatiello, Barbara Tresidder Ryan & Loralyn Coles, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 16; Takoma Park Community Center, call for prices, times, Takoma Park Community Center, 7500 Maple Ave., Takoma

Park, 301-960-3655, www.imtfolk. org.

Institute of Musical Traditions — Rockville, The Sweetback Sis-

ters, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 7, Saint Mark Presbyterian Church, 10701 Old Georgetown Road, Rockville, call for prices, www.imtfolk.org. Strathmore, Laura Burhenn, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 2; Aeolus Quartet with Michael Tree, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 3; Strathmore Cabaret, 7 p.m. Oct. 4; Advanced Jazz Vocal Intensive: Jazz Singing Outside of the Box, 10 a.m. Oct. 5; Bill Engvall, 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Oct. 6; So You Think You Can’t Sing, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 7; Afternoon Tea, 1 p.m. Oct. 8-9, Oct. 12, Oct. 15-16; The U.S. Navy Birthday Concert, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 9, Jaimie Salazar a.k.a. Gato, 7:30 p.m. Oct.

9; BSO: The Streisand Songbook, 8 p.m. Oct. 10; Orion Weiss, piano, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 11; Sutton Foster, 8 p.m. Oct. 12; Sutton Foster Masterclass, 10 a.m. Oct. 13; Les Violins Du Roy with Stephanie Blythe, 8 p.m. Oct. 15, call for venue, Locations: Mansion, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda; Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, 301-5815100, www.strathmore.org.

ON STAGE Adventure Theatre, “Goodnight Moon,” to Oct. 27, call for prices, times, Adventure Theatre MTC, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, 301-634-2270, www.adventuretheatre-mtc.org.

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Blues singer/guitarist Cathy Ponton King will return to perform on Saturday at the Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club. The day will mark her birthday and it will also be a chance for her to perform with special guest, veteran bluesman Bobby Parker. “When management asked me who I’d like to share the stage with, that’s who I named,” said King, who grew up in Hyattsville and now lives in Northern Virginia. “He’s an unbelievable guitar player,” King said about Parker, who lives in Upper Marlboro. The two will perform with their respective bands at the club. The performance will also honor the memory of King’s cousin, U.S. Navy SEAL Brendan Looney, who died in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan in 2010. Looney’s family has established a scholarship fund to

BRENDAN LOONEY SCHOLARSHIP FUND A popular student and athlete at DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, Brendan Looney, class of 1999, graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 2004.

CATHY PONTON KING AND BOBBY PARKER n When: 8 p.m. Saturday. Doors open 7:30 p.m. n Where: Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, 7719 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda n Tickets: $20 n For information: 240-3304500, bethesdabluesjazz. com, cathypontonking.com, bobbyparkerblues.net

cover tuition at his alma mater, DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville. “There’ll be a big jar in the lobby [for donations],” said King. Born in Louisiana, Parker played lead guitar with Bo Diddley and toured with Sam Cooke, Jackie Wilson, Clyde McPhatter, the Everly Brothers and Buddy Holly in the 1950s. In 1961 he recorded the single “Watch Your Step,” the inspiration behind the 1964 Beatles hit song “I Feel Fine.” Now in his 70s, Parker plays regularly at Madam’s Organ Blues Bar and Soul Food Restaurant in the Adams Morgan neighbor-

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Singer/guitarist Cathy Ponton King and her band will perform with Bobby Parker and his band at the Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club on Saturday. hood of Washington, D.C. King said she will be performing with longtime bandmates drummer Pete Ragusa, guitarist Andy Rutherford, keyboardist Bill Starks, saxophonist Bruce Swaim and bassist Jan Zukowski. King, who went to the University of Maryland, College Park, came under the spell of Muddy Waters in the 1980s. She started a blues band of her own called Rhythmasters, touring the East Coast from 1980 to 1986. She currently performs regularly at Flanagan’s Harp & Fiddle in Bethesda. King, who writes most of the tunes that she performs, has released three CDs: “Lovin’ You Right” in 1993, “Undertow” in 2007 and “Crux” in 2012. She recently released two

new songs on an extended play CD, “Quartet/Duet.” One song, “That’s When a Woman Calls the Blues by Name,” is a joint effort with friends Sista Pat, Mary Ann Redmond and Caz Gardiner. “It’s four women testifying the blues,” King said on her website. The second song, “Famous Last Words,” is a duet with Joe Triplett with the Rossyln Mountain Boys. “I never stop writing,” said King, who is working on songs for her next CD, “No Friction, No Fire.” “I’ll be walking down the street, and I’ll think of a new song,” she said. vterhune@gazette.net

Looney, who lived in Owings in Calvert County, was a lieutenant with the Navy SEALs and died in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan on Sept. 21, 2010, at the age of 29. His family has established in his memory the Brendan Looney Scholarship Fund to help students cover DeMatha tuition costs.

Costs currently run $14,500 a year, said Thomas Ponton, DeMatha’s development director. Anyone who would like to donate may contribute cash at the Cathy Ponton King and Bobby Parker blues concert on Saturday at the Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club. Contributors may also send a check to Brendan Looney Scholarship Fund, c/o DeMatha Catholic High School, 4313 Madison St., Hyattsville, MD 20781. Donations are tax deductible. — VIRGINIA TERHUNE

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U.S. Navy SEAL Brendan Looney was a 1999 graduate of DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville.

One foot on the brake in Ron Howard’s ‘Rush’ BY

MICHAEL PHILLIPS

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Chris Hemsworth as the charismatic Englishman James Hunt and Daniel Bruhl as disciplined Austrian perfectionist Niki Lauda in “Rush,” two-time Academy Award winner Ron Howard’s spectacular big-screen re-creation of the merciless 1970s Grand Prix rivalry between Hunt and Lauda.

It’s big, brash and dramatically it goes in circles. The first two may be enough for most people, especially if they’re into Formula One racing, to overlook the third. With “Rush,” director Ron Howard brings a long, earnest career’s worth of expertise to bear on a two-headed Formula One biopic, dramatizing the rivalry between dashingly louche Englishman James Hunt, played by Chris Hemsworth, and the rigid, cautious Austrian ace Niki Lauda, portrayed by Daniel Brühl. The Grand Prix competition between

AT THE MOVIES Hunt and Lauda in the 1976 racing season, full of tense reversals and scary track conditions all over the world, is more than enough movie for a movie. On a technical and atmospheric level, Howard and his collaborators have a ball with the 1970s-ness of everything, from the hair to the clothes to the widescreen, supersaturated images of blazing color. For Howard, who started out directing features 36 years ago with “Grand Theft Auto,” “Rush” ushers him back into his own past (he was acting on “Happy

Days” on TV during this time) while allowing him to exploit his filmmaking knowledge. There’s a fair amount of digital effects work in the racing sequences, designed to push you ever closer to the high-velocity death lurking around every hairpin curve. If “Rush” feels a little hollow, the reason lies with screenwriter Peter Morgan, whose play “Frost/ Nixon” Howard filmed, to pleasing results. Morgan has long proved himself adept at intertwining, interdependent biographical studies. In “The Queen,” for which Helen Mirren won her Oscar, the character of British Prime Minister Tony Blair (played by Michael Sheen) achieved equal narrative importance. In “Rush,” Morgan treats the men jockeying for position throughout as contrasting pencil sketches of ‘70s-era princes behind the wheel. One is a sober, meticulous character, the other a carouser who must be taught, by life and circumstance, to respect his rival. “Twentyfive people start Formula One,”

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Lauda explains at the beginning, “and each year, two die. What kind of person does a job like this?” A gut-wrenching crash plays a major part in this story, by factual necessity, though to be sure Howard is not making a documentary here. (For a terrific Formula One documentary, do yourself a favor and see director Asif Kapadia’s “Senna,” about the Brazilian Grand Prix racer Ayrton Senna and his rival, Frenchman Alain Prost.) By nature a cautious and tidy dramatist, screenwriter Morgan’s sensibility is at odds with the material. The writer doesn’t do much of anything with Lauda, establishing him as a by-thebook prig and leaving it at that. Also, the multilingual Brühl (“Inglourious Basterds”) works hard, but he’s pretty dull on screen. If the film finds an American audience, it’ll be because of Hemsworth, best known for swingin’ the hammer in “Thor.” Hunt, a charismatically reckless party boy, is the kind of guy (according to the script, if not real life) who proposes to model Suzy Miller (Olivia Wilde, in a swank variety of enormous hats) mere seconds after they meet. Hemsworth lives for excess, and just as Hunt brought a boozy sort of panache to the sport, Hemsworth conveys genuine enthusiasm for whatever he’s doing on screen without going over the top. Where the events of 1976 took these two is fascinating history. But “Rush,” while never dull, rarely feels dramatically alive; it hits its marks dutifully and darts onward.

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Continued from Page B-5 Engvall said. “... If I do get bumped, what’s the downside for me? I get to continue doing what I was doing, which is a great career doing standup and acting. “If I get to keep going, it’s a great weight-loss program!” Engvall is quick to point out he’s not doing the show for the money or the silver disco ball trophy the winner of “Dancing With the Stars” receives. “It was just something I wanted to see if I could do,” Engvall said. “And obviously, for my partner Emma [Slater], I’d like for us to go as far as we can. I understand, though, that this is a tough crowd this year. There are three or four celebrities on this show who have danced professionally. I’m under no pretense that I’m one of these great dancers. I think I did a very reputable job — I didn’t embarrass myself. I’m probably the least known of anyone in this group.” While it’s true this year’s “Dancing With the Stars” group is filled with celebrities such as Elizabeth Berkley (“Saved By The Bell,” “Showgirls”), Valerie Harper (“Mary Tyler Moore Show”), Amber Riley (“Glee”) and even Bill Nye (yep, they even got the Science Guy), Engvall’s status as a star was never in question. Best known for his work partnering with Jeff Foxworthy, Larry the Cable Guy and Ron White, Engvall spent six years touring as part of the Blue Collar Comedy gang. The group was responsible for several DVDs, a television show on Comedy Central and a satellite radio show. The group reached out to millions and sold out auditoriums everywhere they went. Be that as it may, the guys are all doing their own things now. Foxworthy has hosted several TV shows, Larry the Cable Guy does commercials and was the voice of Mater in Disney/Pixar’s “Cars,” and White is a New York Times best seller and created his own record label. Engvall admits the chances of the guys doing a Blue Collar tour again is slim to none. “I think [it’s over] and I say that in a positive way,” Engvall said. “We went out on top. You don’t want to go back out — and I think that’s where some artists make the mistake — you don’t want to go to a city that you sold 8,000 tickets and all of a sudden you’re selling 2,000 or 1,000. Unfortunately with comedy, nobody assumes you’ve written anything new, so it’d be like ‘Oh, we saw him last time. We probably won’t see him again.’ Why even put yourself in that position? “It was a wonderful run while it lasted. It is literally the reason why if I wanted to retire tomorrow I could. I made great friendships with the guys — we were already friends, but we became just like

brothers. Everybody’s got their own project now and they’re doing stuff. Listen, if they decided they wanted to get back in, would I be in? You betcha. But I wouldn’t hold my breath on it.” Before the Blue Collar tour, Engvall reached celebrity status as a comedian with his “Here’s Your Sign” routine. Much like Foxworthy’s “You Might Be a Redneck If …” bit, Engvall made it easy to laugh at the stupidity of others. Still, he doesn’t get bothered by fans who constantly say to him, “Here’s your sign!” “The honest answer is no,” Engvall said when asked if he grew tired of it. “You know why? That’s what got me … to come into Maryland and do a show. It takes two seconds out of my life. I don’t say this as an artist [being interviewed], it’s that I’ve never understood why people get in this business and turn into jackasses. I don’t get it. I always say if you want people to stop acting that way, stop asking them for their autograph. Stop buying their records. Stop going to their movies. I guarantee you they’ll change. When they go, “What’s wrong? Why aren’t people going to my movies?” Well, it’s because you’re a jackass, man. “This isn’t going to go on forever. I’m under no guise that this will last. It’s already lasted 25 years longer than I thought it would. When it does [end], I don’t want to leave this business with people saying, “Man, he was a jerk!” I want them to say, ‘You know, he was always nice to me. He always signed something for me. Or if I wanted to say hi or take a picture, he did it.’ That’s the legacy I want to leave behind.” Until that day comes, though, Engvall still has comedy and he’s still dancing with an incredibly attractive partner. Luckily for Engvall, his wife Gail doesn’t mind. “Gail and I have been married for 30 years,” Engvall said. “She also knows that I’ve got 32 years on Emma. It’s not even sexual. It’s like dancing with my daughter. I would be like that creepy guy where you’d go, ‘Oh my god!’ I love Gail — she’s been with me from Day 1 of this career and I’m sure not going to throw all this away just because of one little cute girl that I dance with.” Engvall does have some words of advice to younger guys out there: If you think girls won’t go out with you because you dance — here’s your sign. “I was telling my kids the other day, if I knew then what I know now, I’d be in a dance class every day,” Engvall said. “Girls love guys who can dance. I was always the guy who was like, ‘Oh, guy dancing, that’s sissy, whatever.’ I’m going to tell you right now — guys that can dance see girls you and I don’t see. I tell every young guy out there to get in a dance class. “It’ll get you further than a sixpack of beer.” wfranklin@gazette.net

Bill Engvall is set to bring his brand of comedy to Strathmore in between episodes of Dancing with the Stars. “It was just something I wanted to see if I could do,” Engvall says. STRATHMORE

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Continued from Page B-5 was the executive director for the network for three years. In February, he was named artistic director at Olney, and “Rancho Mirage” marks his directorial debut with the theater company. “For the first three days, we had the three other companies that are producing the piece [at rehearsal] ...” said actor James Konicek. “They got to hear our read and our input. It’s really a great luxury ...” The New Repertory Theatre in Boston, Curious Theatre in Denver and Phoenix Theater in Indianapolis are the other three companies that will produce “Rancho Mirage” later this year or early in 2014. “Rancho Mirage” follows Nick (Konicek) and his wife Diane (Tracy Lynn Olivera), as they host a dinner party for two other couples and longtime friends. As the night unfolds, each

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Happily ever after for author of historical novels Gaithersburg women’s group welcomes novelist Maggie Anton n

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Maggie Anton prefers reading books with happy endings. And she writes books that appeal to readers with like minds. “There’s enough real tragedy in the world. You can see that in the news,” the 63-year-old Los Angeles native said. “I want my readers to feel uplifted, happy, and glad to have spent their hours reading.” Each of Anton’s four published historical novels — the “Rashi’s Daughters” trilogy and “Rav Hisda’s Daughter: Apprentice” is “a combination of a heroine’s quest, romance and the Talmud,” the author said. “Rav Hisda,” the most recent, was a 2012 National Jewish Book Award Fiction finalist and a Library Journal choice for Best 2012 Historical Fiction. All of Anton’s characters come from the Talmud. “The Talmud is one long conversation between hundreds of rabbis. Sometimes they tell stories and sometimes they argue Jewish law,” she said. Her process offers numerous scenarios. “I choose which scenes to use,” Anton said, noting ruefully that too many must be left on the cutting room floor. She then creates “a broad outline and a historical timeline for each character.” The “Rashi’s Daughters” trilogy, set in 11th-century France, is about the daughters — Yocheved, Miriam and Rachel — of the Talmud scholar known as Rashi. Anton said she was motivated to tell their stories upon discovering that these women were learned. To her surprise, they studied Torah, the first five books of the Hebrew Bible, and taught it to other women in the town. After their father suffered a stroke, they transcribed what he dictated to them. “I suspect they answered the simpler questions themselves,” Anton said. “Rav Hisda’s Daughter” is set in third century Babylonia, after the destruction of Jerusalem’s Holy Temple, where a handful of rabbis, among them the prominent Rav Hisda, began creating the Talmud. “I chose to write about his daughter Hisdadukh after encountering a fascinating passage in the Talmud where Rav Hisda brings his two best students before her,” Anton said. “Though she is merely a child, he asks which one she wants to marry, and astonishingly, she replies, ‘Both of them.’ Even more astonishingly, that is what eventually happens. … Any

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Continued from Page B-5 Unlike the defeated Alexander, Lulu is a spunky little girl who wants nothing but a brontosaurus for her upcoming birthday. After her parents reject the idea based on its shear impracticality, Lulu heads off into the forest to get the dinosaur for herself. When she discovers the perfect pet in Mr. B, there’s only one problem: the brontosaurus finds Lulu to be the perfect pet for him. For actor Vaughn Irving, who voices and operates Mr. B, the task of playing a dinosaur isn’t so different from any other, human role. “The process of creating the character, at the heart, it’s the same,” Irving said. “But then you just throw in other stuff on top of it like, alright, now I’m the size of a mountain.” Irving, who also plays the snake, added he approaches any part the same way: through the eyes of the other characters. “The first step for me is looking at the script at what all the other characters say about your character,” he said. “Because even if it’s a brontosaurus, he could be 10 different kinds ... with any of the anthropomorphized animals, it’s always better

couple reveals their secrets — whether it be divorce, adoption or financial woes. “These can sort of be seen as ‘firstworld problems,’” Konicek said. “But it’s relative. When you’re in it, they can be life-ruining. To [the characters], they are devastating.” In addition to the $7,000 grant from the network as a part of the Continued Life of New Plays Fund, Olney was also granted $21,000 from the Edgerton Foundation New American Plays Awards for “Rancho Mirage.” The grant allows for an extended rehearsal period. “The American theater business is very cookie-cutter oriented,” Loewith said. “Doesn’t matter if you’re doing a three-hour play ... or you’re doing a two-act play. It’s 2 1/2 weeks and then tech rehearsals. It does [new plays] a great disservice to put them through that same cookie-cutter process.” “A lot of times you get into tech week feeling like you’ve been shot out of a cannon,” added Olivera. “And in

this case ... instead of trying to hastily throw everything together during tech week, we got to be complete during tech week ...” The extra week of rehearsal meant more time to spend with the representatives from the other theaters and even made it possible for Dietz himself to work with Olney’s cast and artistic team. “It’s an incredible gift and can only make the end result that much better,” Loewith said. “It made for a much more creative environment for all of us,” added Paul Morella, who plays Trevor. “When Steven spoke to the group ... [he] created an open, accessible and generous dynamic.” As Olney’s production is “Rancho Mirage’s” world debut, not even the playwright had seen his work live. “He’s only heard it, so it’s a great incubator as well,” Konicek said. According to the “Rancho Mirage” actors, the time to develop a piece of work alongside its playwright is rare.

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Maggie Anton, author of “Rav Hisda’s Daughter,” will speak to the The Sisterhood of Kehilat Shalom Synagogue on Oct. 13 in Gaithersburg.

girl who declares that she wants to marry both her suitors deserves to have her story told.” During her research, Anton learned that sorcery was prevalent during this period. Magic was used mostly for “healing the sick, protecting children and pregnant women from harm, and guarding against demons and the Evil Eye,” she said. As such, her heroine, Hisdadukh, forbidden from reading Torah because of her gender, studies instead to become an enchantress. Writing is Anton’s second career. Equipped with a degree in chemistry from UCLA, she spent 32 years working for Kaiser Permanente. She began writing at age 47, while still working full time, self-publishing the first volume of “Rashi’s Daughters” eight years later, in July 2005. “I knew I had an audience,” Anton said. “[Anita Diamant’s] ‘Red Tent’ [a bestselling novel about a female character from the Book of Genesis] had just come out, and all the women I talked to were interested.” Her prediction was accurate. “Eighteen months out, the book had sold 26,000 copies and the publishers came a calling,” she said. “I retired [from my job as a chemist] in 2007 when the advance check from Penguin didn’t bounce.” The second book had already been written, and with book three, then in outline form, due to the publisher in 2009, a full-time commitment was necessary. Vocation has not been the only dramatic change for Anton. Earlier in life,

to start from the human perspective and then sort of add those animalistic qualities to them.” As Irving worked to develop a personality for his character, Pauli worked on a puppet that would reflect that personality. A professional actor, clown and puppeteer, Pauli spent six years touring with the Big Apple Circus and is now a member of the Big Apple Clown Care Unit, a community outreach program that visits hospitalized children in 16 pediatric facilities across the country. He is returning to Imagination Stage after building the bunny puppet for the theater’s 2004 production of “Bunnicula.” Pauli said the months-long process of constructing a puppet Mr. B’s size starts with sketches and lots of meetings. “You have to think like an actor and director and what you want the character to be able to do as a performer and then you have to design something that you think will be able to do that,” Pauli said. “Logistically, what will work? And then you go through the process of actually building it.” Once the construction is done, then comes the ongoing task of adjusting and readjusting. “The process of building a puppet is in many ways like an ongoing negotiation with reality,” Pauli said. “Once

RANCHO MIRAGE n Recommended for ages 15 and older due to mature themes and strong language n When: To Oct. 20, see website for specific dates and times n Where: Olney Theatre Center, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney n Tickets: $31-$65 n For information: 301-924-3400, olneytheatre.org

And to do it with a playwright like Dietz is even more rare. “It was brilliant for me to have a playwright in the room to help ...” Loewith said. “It’s like having a living encyclopedia ... Steven is such a veteran ... he really understood how to be collaborative without being overbearing.” “Some playwrights are very protective of what they’ve written,” Olivera

she also evolved from her secular Jewish upbringing into becoming observant as well as a Talmud scholar. Anton said learning about the Holocaust inspired strong feelings for her heritage. At about age 11, she read Leon Uris’ “Exodus,” then William L. Shirer’s “The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich.” “These books had a huge impact on me. I learned that being Jewish is more than lighting Hanukkah candles,” she said. “Everyone I knew would have been exterminated.” A second impetus came during college, when she accepted her future husband’s proposal of marriage, along with his promise to convert to Judaism. Realizing “I would never convert to any religion for anyone,” Anton said the classes she had to take with him gave her the religious education she did not get in childhood. When the couple relocated to a suburb with few Jewish residents, they became active in its synagogue for social reasons. As her husband Dave, a partner in a patent law firm, became more involved in his adopted religion, Anton signed up for a women’s Talmud class led by a feminist theologian. She has continued to study since 1992, in classes, with partners and individually. “Discussion is important, that’s how you learn Talmud,” Anton said. “There are so many voices, arguments, discussions. It’s not monolithic: thou shalt or shalt not. We don’t have the answers sometimes.” Anton works — answering mail, doing research and writing — nearly every day, typically starting in late afternoon and going on until midnight. She has completed the first draft of Book Two of “Rav Hisda,” subtitled “The Enchantress,” and is now editing, with an expected release date in the fall of 2014. Readers of Book One can look forward to a resolution to the cliff hanger that ended the book. “The Enchantress,” Anton said, does not end with uncertainty, but she could write a third book by proceeding to the next generation. Still, Anton said she has several ideas for both fiction and nonfiction projects. With hundreds of rabbis telling stories, finding compelling new subjects in the Talmud is likely to pose no problem. The Sisterhood of Kehilat Shalom Synagogue, 9915 Apple Ridge Road, Gaithersburg, will present Maggie Anton on Oct. 13. Check-in is at noon, with a presentation and question-and-answer session at 1 p.m., and a book signing and dessert buffet at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $18, $15 for Sisterhood members. Reservations must be made by Friday. For more information, call 571-276-8142 or email billye.roberts@gmail.com.

you’ve got [it] all put together, you get to go back to the beginning and figure out, now that I’ve actually built this thing, what does it actually do?” According to Pauli, the biggest challenge with the brontosaurus puppet is its overwhelming size. “The easiest description I’ve come up with is that the brontosaurus is brontosaurus-size,” he said. As a result, Pauli used lightweight materials such as foam padding and spandex velour to construct Mr. B. Even after the curtain went up on Wednesday, Pauli’s work was still not completely done. “At that point I become essentially a puppet paramedic,” Pauli said. “In the course of activity of performance, actors may get bumps and bruises and they will heal; puppets will not. So my job is to be on call if the puppet develops any bumps or bruises so that I can come in and get it touched up.” But for the most part, after opening night, Pauli gets the chance to sit back and watch his masterpiece in action. “Mostly when the show opens, I get to be the audience,” he said. “Once it’s taken on a life in somebody else’s hands, I get to be as amazed by it as I hope the rest of the audience is.” chedgepeth@gazette.net

added. “Steven is super open ... he’s up for discussion ... You never have to wonder what he meant. He’s right there so you can ask him your damn self,” she laughed. Though the “Rancho Mirage” actors had the luxury to ask Dietz questions, Olivera said the key to his play can be found in a note on the first page of the script: “This play is a comedy until it is not.” “Comedy can come out of dire situations,” Konicek said. “It doesn’t necessarily have to be farce or what we would normally think of as comedy. There’s a fine line between tragedy and comedy, laughter and disaster.” “If [Dietz] wrote a drama about this subject, no one would go see it because it’s self-indulgent rich people complaining about nothing,” added Olivera. “When they fall apart, it means more. It falls farther when we’ve all been laughing with them.” chedgepeth@gazette.net

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2BA, newly renovated, 2BA+ den SFH. Deck, h/w floors, fenced ydr, off street pkg, rec rm. If you are not yet $2200/mo Avail now! GAITH: SFH 4Br 3.5 great loc, $1900/mo 301-742-1021 Call: 301-530-1009 ready to purchase a Ba w/new Kitch/appl finsh w/o bsmt. Nr S S : brick rambler home try renting one. DAMASCUS: 3BR metro/school $2400 + near FDA/650/495/29: marlenesmith09@aol.com $1500/ 2BR $1250 utils 301-956-0897 3 BR, 1.5 BA, unfin bsmt, hrdwd flrs, fresh +util NS/NP, W/D New Office: paint, fireplace, lrg Carpet, Paint, Deck & 301-469-4700 Patio, 301-250-8385 GER MA NT OWN: yard, parking, W/D, TH, 4BR, 3.5BA w/fin N/P, N/S, avail now. Direct: bsmt. $2200/month 301-774301-461-3977 GAITH 3Lvl, 3BR, HOC OK. Call 301- $1850/mo. 3779 or dave@ 3.5BA 1st flr den, fin 916-9045 rhsinspections.com bsmnt, fncd yd. $1800/mo. Avail now. GERM: Credit Check Russ 301-370-6005. & SD req’d, Updated TH 3Br, 1.5Ba $1400 GAITH/AMBERFLD + utils no smoking/no HYATTSVILLE Marlene Lux 3lvl EU/TH, Gar pets Nr Metro/Shops. BEAUTIFUL HOME IN Dufresne-Smith 2MBR, 2.5BA, LR DR, Call: 410-414-2559 NICE CUL DE SAC FR, FP,EIK, Deck NEIGHBERHOOD 4 $1800. 301-792-9538 BD, 3 BA, NEW CARMONT. VILLAGE: PET & FLOOR, FINTH 3BR 2.5BA, 1 car BSMT, GAITHER: 4Br, grg $1700 + util & SD ISHED FENCED BACKYARD, 3.5Ba, TH, HOC H/W Availale on Sept 30th N E A R floors, nr I270, MC, & SHOPS,SCHOOL, Metro/Bus, $1800 + Call: 301-251-0763 UMCP AND BELTutil 202-215-8888 WAY $2200/MON MONT. VILLAGE: TH 3BR 2BA $1550 + UTIL NOT INCLD 1 GAITHERSBURG MONTH SEC DEP 2 3BR, 2.5BA, TH WO utils & SD HOC ok, OCEAN CITY, pool, Available 10/05 YEAR LEASE JOHN Bsmnt, Deck, Near MARYLAND. Best (301)384-0067 Metro $1600/month Call: 301-251-0763 selection of affordable AL 301-330-1177 rentals. Full/partial weeks. Call for FREE OLNEY: TH, 2Br, to advertise call brochure. Open daily. GAITHERSBURG: 1.5BA, Excellent con301.670.7100 Holiday Real Estate. TH 3BR, 2.5BA, finish dition EU w/fpl, Pool, or email 1-800-638-2102. Onbsmt, comm pool, cl Tennis NS/NP. Avail line reservations: to Kentlands, $1800 + Oct 15 $1550/mnth class@gazette.net 301-570-4467 utils 301-222-7236 www.holidayoc.com G560387

I Buy Houses CASH! Quick Sale Fair Price 703-940-5530

BOWIE: Unfurn Bsmt

High Rise 2BR condo w/ lrg bal $1400 all util. incl. 240-4475072/ 301-528-1011

BR/BA/by new Library/ move in $1200 Call Pam 301-916-2929 renovated, new carpet, club house, pool, 301-442-8548

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Contact Ashby

Priv Ba, walk-in clst. Fios/Wifi. $650 utils incl. 301-674-9300

Villa TH to share. $650. 1BD w/bath. Avail now. 301-5288688

GERM: Wlk out pvt entr Bsmt. $700 uti ncl + 1 mon Sec Dep. No Smoking/No Pets 301-540-1967

1BD, 1BA apt/in-law suite. Separate entrance. $850 incl. util. NP/NS. 240-274-6437

Ba, shrd kit, very quiet neighborhood $600 per mo. incl util Pls Call: 240-423-0633

MT. AIRY: Rooms

For Rent $500/mo + Sec Dep Req, share utils pets ok call 301639-6777

NPOTOMAC: Clean

bsmt w/pvt ent. FBA. Kit. Furn/None. $800+ util. N/S, N/P. 1 mo. S/D. 240-603-5280

OLNEY:

GREAT DEAL!! Br, shr Ba, beautiful EU TH, female only $675/mnth w/util, int, cable TV, NP/NS Sec. Dep. 301774-4654

RIVERDALE: Furn 1Br, share Ba in 2br Apt $500/mo internet nr Metro, Bus, Shopping Ctr 301-254-2965 ROCK: 2 NICE BR

BSMT Apt , lvg rm part furn, prvt kit/ba/ent NS/NP, $850/mo + utils 301-424-4366

RM for rent, $500. 1 mo deposit, shr utils. Close to White Flint Metro. 301-881-8474

SILVER

SPRING:

SILVER

SPRING:

1Br w/priv Ba, W/D, shrd kit, quiet neighborhood, nr bus, $625 + util 301-438-3357 Rm for rent $600 incld utils; 2BR 2BA Condo for Rent $1650 inclds utils, 240-460-2582

WHEATON:

Bsmt Apt w/1Br 1.5ba pvt entr/kit $1100 util inc. N/s/N/p, 240-398-1337 301-649-3905 Lv Msg

WHEATON: Male

pref non-smoker, 1BR, shr BA, near metro, $525/mnth util incl +dep 301-933-6804

To Advertise Realtors & Agents

Call 301.670.2641

Rentals & For Sale by Owner

Call 301.670.7100

ROCKVILLE: Furn or email 1Br in SFH, shrd Ba, kit, good for college class@gazette.net student, female, $600 inc util 240-426-1938

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SILVER SPRING:

Multi-Family, Saturday 10/05 8-4, HH items, lsrge & small size clothes/shoes & much more! 14716 Cobblestone Drive/Stonegate

Fine Art, 1 item Or Entire Estate Or Collection, Gold, Silver, Coins, Jewelry, Toys, Oriental Glass, China, Lamps, Books, Textiles, Paintings, Prints almost anything old Evergreen Auctions 973-818-1100. Email evergreenauction@hot mail.com

to advertise call 301.670.7100 or email class@gazette.net

ADELPHI: 2 Jewish GAITHERSBURG:

7 BR SFH/OUTSIDE FURN. Moving Sale Upscale Items! Entire content of house must go. 301-977-4123

SILVER

Cemetary Plots, Mt Lebanon, Total $3000 for both, Call: 410-224-2559 (after 11am please)

SPRING:

Moving sale. 11811 TWO-PERSON HOT Indigo Rd. 10/5 - 10/6, TUB HOT SPRING runs good, new lid, 10-6pm Furn, African new filter, new head art, clothing, books, rest. $200. Call 301jewelry, HH items! 349-2468

SILVER

SPRING:

Sat 10/5 9a-3p, Furn, HH items glassware, music, books, clothes, shoes, purses, & more 10816 Childs Ct,

BURTONSVILLE :

Antq oak table/leaves $595, Antq oak pressed back chairs, $169/ea 301-879-0732

$225/cord $150 per 1/2 cord µ Includes Delivery µ Stacking Extra Charge Ask for Jose 301-417-0753 301-370-7008

October 4, 5 & 6 8am-5pm 8863 Hawbottom Road (Rt 40W)

Antiq, Furn, Primitives, Wedding Ring Set China, Flow Blue, Stoneware, Collectibles, Records, Wood Stove, Tools, Reese Hitch, Coke Sign & LOTS MORE!

FOR SALE 65" Work-

You Pickup. Olney Area. 443-799-5952

$

180 a Cord

Delivered & Stacked

CARPET INSTALLATION TOOLS:

Retired Installer selling FREE 2 A/C : working Power Stretcher, Iron, window air conditionElectric Tacker, Kick- ers just come & pick er, Roller & more 301- them up. Call 413695-4184 236-5995

household & children, references are required 240-242-5135

ELENA’S FAMILY Daycare

Infants-Up Pre-K program, computer Lab, Bi-lingual Potty Train. Lic# 15-133761 Germantown 301-972-1955

LOVING NURSING ASST looking for pvt

duty FT. 30 yrs exp., exc refs, own trans. 301-363-8045

I AM A HOUSEKEEPER: Live-out,

25 yrs exp, exc & local ref, reasonable rates, US citizen & spks English well! Please call 240-440-2657

CONVALESCENT CARE Needed PT

Live-in/wkends & FT POTOMAC FAMILY Tue-Thur. CPR Cert. ASSISTANT: 202-446-5849 oceanp Legal. Educated. Drive Cook. PT: mornings 2006@yahoo.com Mon-Th, Sat. 2 yrs + exp. 301-887-3212

to advertise call 301.670.7100 or email class@gazette.net

ROCKVILLE: HSKPR/DRIVER

Live-in priv spac apt + salary in exchange for several hrs of lt duty for pastors wife, 301-871-6565 lv msg

Lic#129095 20874

Call “Joe the Pro” 301-538-5470 Help us to test an investigational immunotherapy tablet for dust mite allergy. Participants may be eligible for this study if they are 12 years of age or older and have been taking allergy medications for dust mite allergy symptoms during the past year. Medical history and other criteria will be reviewed at the first study visit, including a skin prick allergy test and blood test. The study lasts up to 2 years and requires 9 clinic visits. All study-related office visits, medical examinations, and investigational immunotherapy treatment will be provided at no cost to qualified participants.

HELPER NEEDED

for daycare. Friendly and fun personality Spk fluent English/Spa nish. 301-762-2042

LIVE-IN NANNY:

Potomac need help w/3 kids. 5/days /wk., incl. Sat., must Drive. Call 240-506-4607

Family Allergy & Asthma Care Dr. Jacqueline Eghrari-Sabet Dr. Gina Dapul-Hidalgo

For more information contact us at www.familyallergycare.com 301-948-4066 studies@familyallergycare.com

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OUR HOME AKC registration, best health guarantee, UTD on shots, vet checked, started potty training and ready to go to their new home!! www. noah-slittleark.com or call Duane at 262-9930460

We are looking for laborers/painters that worked for Dico Construction in the Baltimore/ DC area between 1973 and 1974. Please call 888-900-7034

become a Medical Office Assistant. No Experience Needed! Career Training & Job Placement Assistance at CTI! HS Diploma/GED & Computer needed. 1-877649-2671

MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM M M M M UNEMPLOYED? VETERANS? A M Adventurous Loving Musical M SPECIAL TRAINING Financially Secure Family M M GRANT is now availast M awaits 1 baby. Expenses Paid. M ble in your area. Grant covers ComputM Karin M M M er, Medical or MicroM M soft training. Call CTI for program details. 1M 1-800-243-1658 M M M 888-407-7173. MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM

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Seneca Whetstone Community Yard Sale Saturday October 5th, 9am-2pm. Rain Date Sunday October 6th, 9am-2pm Game Preserve Rd off Rte 355. Multi family. Furn, toys, clothes, books & Misc.

LIVE IN NANNY/ For HOUSKPR

PLAY, LEARN & GROW DAYCARE Newborn - 12 yrs old Spots Availaible! Meals Included Call 301-916-5391

ing TV $95 Must have means of taking large heavy TV out of FIREWOOD FOR SALE house. 301-602-8920 Mix Hardwood

BIG SALE! SAT. GAITHERSBURG: OCT. 5 8am-1pm Mi- Multi Family; Sat. Oct

crowave TV, 5 8a-3p; wide variety: Belle Grove Rd & H u n t / S p o r t Equip, Clothes,House- Sanders Ln hold. 22620 C l a r k s b u r g GAITHERSBURG: Rd, Boyds 20841 (I- Holiday Decorations Yard Sale Sat., Oct 2 7 0 Exit 121 Clarksburg 5th from 8am til 2 pm. All holidays-inside & R d ) outside items. Ping 240.551.7415 Pong Table & CALVARY YARD more. Address: 10 Sat. Sunnyside Ct, SALE Oct. 12, 9-2pm, 9545 Georgia Avenue, OLNEY/NORBECK GROVE: 10/5 8-1 Silver Spring, MD HH items, furn, toys, ( e n t e r from back on Wood- games, craft supplies, purses, jewelry 18320 l a n d Drive). Sponsored by Leedstown Way Thrivent Financial for POTOMAC : HUGE Lutherans. Contact SALE - Fri 10/4 , 9am301-589-4001. 8pm, Sat 10/5, 9am3pm, Clothing, FurniCOMMUNITY ture, Antiques, More! YARD SALE St. James’ 11815 Seven Locks Rd between SAT 10/5, 8a-1p HH Items, Living Room Montrose & Tuckerman. Furniture, Art Work, Refrigerator Antiques ROCKVILLE: Grace and Collectables, Chapel Multi-Family Clothes. Wightman to Yard Sale! 4115 Bellbluff Road to Muncaster Mill Road, Mainsail Drive Sat. 10/5 8am-3pm. appliances, E M U L T I F A M I L Y Tools, e x e r YARD SALE.... equip., toys, Lots of items, Dishes, cise exercise equipment, games, furniture, baby tools, furniture and furniture, books, jewelmuch more. 8am-2pm. ry, ping pong table, air 4200 Headwaters hockey, drums and much more. RefreshL a n e ments. Olney Md 20832

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MIDDLETOWN ANN. BARN SALE (3 Bldgs)

home to provide a lifetime of joy & opportuAIRLINE CAREERS nity for your baby. No begin here - Get FAA age or racial concerns. approved Aviation Expenses paid, 1-866Maintenance training. 440-4220. Housing and Financial Aid for qualified stuto advertise dents. Job placement assistance. CALL Avicall ation Institute of Main301.670.7100 tenance 800-481or email 8974.

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pedi chair light blue leather, full facial chair & equip, massage tble/massage heater stones 301-674-0569

Starburst Childcare

Lic. #:159882

240-277-2751

20855

Children’s Center of Damascus

Lic. #:31453

301-253-6864

20872

Nancy’s Daycare

Lic. #:25883

301-972-6694

20874

Little Angels Daycare

Lic. #:872479

301-515-3114

20876

Elena’s Family Daycare

Lic. #:15-133761 301-972-1955

20876

Ana’s House Daycare

Lic. #:15127553

301-972-2148

20876

Affordable Quality Child Care

Lic. #:156840

301-330-6095

20886

Holly Bear Daycare

Lic. #:15123142

301-869-1317

20886

Filipina Daycare

Lic. #:54712

240-643-7715

20886

Kids Garden Daycare

Lic. #:139378

240-601-9134

20886

DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 4, 2013

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SAT & SUN, OCTOBER 5 & 6, 10AM-5PM Montgomery County Fairgrounds 16 Chestnut St. Gaithersburg, MD Quality Antique & Collectibles for sale

FOR SALE: Spa

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Careers 301-670-2500

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BRICKLAYERS

Min. 5 yrs commercial exp. Job in Silver Spring, MD. Bilingual a plus. $22.00/hr. A Drug-free workplace EOE, E-Verify

301-662-7584

NURSING ASSISTANT

TRAINING IN JUST 4 WEEKS Now Enrolling for We offer Medication Technician October 7th in just 4 days. Call for details. Classes GAITHERSBURG CAMPUS MORNING STAR ACADEMY 101 Lakeforest Blvd, Suite 402 Gaithersburg, MD 20877 Call: 301-977-7393 www.mstarna.com

Earn $300-$500/wk. M-F, No nights or wknds. Must have own car & valid. Drivers lic. Se Habla Espanol.

Merry Maids

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SILVER SPRING CAMPUS

CARE XPERT ACADEMY 13321 New Hampshire Ave, Suite 205 MORNING & EVENING CLASSES Silver Spring, MD 20904 Call: 301-384-6011 www.cxana.com

CLEANING

Gaithersburg 301-869-6243 Silver Spring 301-587-5594

Fashion Eye Glass Fitters Meds Techs & Opticians Exp or will train. Good hand eye, must own car, F/T including Sat. Salary $12$24/hr + benefit. Apply in person for

location call Doctors On Sight, 301-540-1200 or 703-506-0000

Foster Parents

Treatment Foster Parents Needed Work from home!

û Free training begins soon û Generous monthly tax-free stipend û 24/7 support

Call 301-355-7205

Healthcare

NOW HIRING CNAS Call Rafiq at: 301-922-0615 19120 Muncaster Rd, Derwood, MD 20855

LOCKSMITH

Liberty Lock & Security in Rockville, seeking qualified technicians. Experience required. Confidentiality assured. Fax Resume to 301-424-3080, email CustomerService@Liblock.com

House Cleaning Rockville. Looking for 1 Full Time House Maid to join our Company for Residential Cleaning. Mon-Fri. 8 am-5 pm. Must have Drivers License, excellent cleaning experience, must speak some English and be legal to work in U.S. Pay $10.00 p/hr. 301-706-5550.

Restaurant Staff µ Wait Staff µ Buss Persons µ PM Line Cook Full & Part time shifts available Apply In Person: Normandie Farm Restaurant 10710 Falls Rd, Potomac

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Careers 301-670-2500

class@gazette.net Dental/ Medical Assistant Trainees Needed Now Dental/Medical Offices now hiring. No experience? Job Training & Placement Assistance Available 1-877-234-7706 CTO SCHEV

Pharmacy/ Phlebotomy Tech Trainees Needed Now Pharmacies/ hospitals now hiring. No experience? Job Training & Placement Assistance Available 1-877-240-4524

Software Business System Analyst

CYNCZ LLC (Clarksburg, MD & occasional work in Rockville, MD). Dvlp address book synchronization system. Dsgn, integrate, monitor advanced d/base mgmt system & complex communication network. Position reqs Bachelor’s deg or equiv in Comp Sci, Comp Applics or rltd & 1 yr s/ware dvlpmt exp, utilizing communications protocol, Apple IOS, Google’s Android, Research in Motion’s Blackberry, & Microsoft Windows’ Mobile platform. Mail resume to Jaya Pandey, 11905 Kigger Jack Lane, Clarksburg, MD 20871.

to advertise call 301.670.7100 or email class@gazette.net

CTO SCHEV

SCHOOL BUS DRIVERS FT/PT ROCKVILLE area. Must be "EXPERIENCED" & have a CDL w/PS endorsement. Call 301-752-6551

Payroll Specialist

On Call Supervisor

Great job for students, retirees and stay at home moms. Work from home! Answer and handle phone calls from 5pm to 9am two evenings twice a month for staffing agency or one weekend a month. Must have Internet access, and a car. Fax resume to 301.588.9065 or email to cc2439@yahoo.com

Administer payroll & benefits. Opportunity for advancement. ADP PCPW Payroll & JDEdwards experience preferred. Send resumes & cover letter to tholt@ruppertcompanies.com

Sales

We are looking for AMAZING sales people!!!

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APPOINTMENT SETTERS Earn $750 to $1000 a week.

CPA/ACCOUNTANT

Call John at 301-987-9828

CPA firm, Olney, MD has multiple positions open. Tax supervisor/manager - 10+ yrs exp, General ledger accountant - 5+ yrs exp, F/T, P/T, flexible hours. For immediate consideration please email: DeannaWalsh@WightWalsh.com

Courtroom Clerk

Interior Decorating/ Residential Design

Come generate appointments for a Top Inc 500 remodeling Co. Ê Daytime & Evening Hours Available Ê Gaithersburg location

Clerical

District Court for Montgomery County Perform specialized clerical work at the advanced level assisting the judge in courtroom procedures and dockets. Prepare/generate paperwork for the judge’s and/or defendant’s signatures. Responsible for assisting the judge in the maintenance, operation, and organization of the courtroom. Work is performed with considerable independence and is evaluated for efficiency, effectiveness, timeliness and compliance with procedures. Resolve a variety of unprecedented or unusual problems. Ability to work overtime, as needed without prior notice. Maybe called in during emergencies, e.g. inclement weather conditions and staff shortages. For full details and instructions on how to apply, visit the court’s EOE website www.mdcourts.gov

Concrete Pump Operator, Dump Truck Drivers, Loader Operator Modern Foundations (Woodbine, MD) is looking for: Experienced concrete pump operator, Dump Truck Drivers, Residential Construction Loader Operator. Qualified applicants call 410-795-8877.

CONSTRUCTION

Residential Builder/Remodeler needs experienced working superintendents, carpenters, and painters to work in the DMV area. Must have impeccable references. Start immediately! Salary based on qualifications, plus benefits. Send resume to goldsdb@verizon.net or fax 301-721-9899.

DENTAL RECEPTIONIST

Periodontal office (Shady Grove) FT, with at least 2 years of experience and excellent communication skills. Benefits and salary based on experience. Please email resume to brayer20850@gmail.com

Growing national firm seeks experienced salespersons with passion for decorating. Permanent positions available; various opportunities in booming market.

Send resumes to jimkirlin@decoratingden.com or call 301-933-7900

The Gazette, a Post Newsweek Media company, is looking for enthusiastic, self-motivated people to take our sales territories to the next level. If you value autonomy, but can work well in a team that values integrity, respect and growth, this may be the job for you. The mission of the Advertising Sales Consultant is to develop new business while servicing and increasing existing business. Position involves cold calls, interviewing potential clients, developing and presenting marketing plans, closing sales and developing strong customer relationships. Candidates should possess persistence, energy, enthusiasm and strong planning and organizational skills. We offer a competitive compensation, commission and incentives, comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, pension, 401(k) and tuition reimbursement. To become part of this high-quality, high-growth organization, send resume and salary/earnings requirement to HRJobs@gazette.net. EOE

MASON TENDERS

Min. 1 yr exp. in commercial work. Job in Silver Spring, MD. Bilingual a plus. $12 to $14/hr. based on exp. Drug-free workplace. EOE & E-Verify 301-662-7584

Property Management

Grady Management, a leader in the property management arena, has the following positions open in the Gaithersburg area: G r o u n d s : PT position is avail. busy apt. community. This position will assist in maintaining the grounds, outdoor facilities, interior common areas, and will assist heavily in snow removal. Marketing Consultants: we have a part time (20 hours) opportunity on our team. Previous multi-family housing experience desired. All positions require weekend work. Please send resumes and cover letters with the position desired to:

Corrigan Square Apts.

8511 Snouffer School Road, Apt # 11 Gaithersburg, MD 20879 Fax #: 301-519-0851 Email: Corrigan-Square@GradyMgt.com EEO M/F/D. www.GradyMgt.com

Recruiting is now Simple! Get Connected

STYLISTS

Upscale salon in Gaithersburg. Excellent commission. Booth rentals available. Great work environment and location. Call 301-693-8504

STYLISTS New Hair Cuttery Salon Opening Oct 5th! Stylist opportunities now available! Comp pay and benefits! REQ’D MD Cosmetology License! Call Heather at 410374-8760 or apply today at www.haircuttery.com!

NOW HIRING ELECTRICIANS Residential/Commercial Min 4 years experience

Call 301-349-2983 Part-Time

Work From Home

National Children’s Center Making calls Weekdays 9-4 No selling! Sal + bonus + benes.

Call 301-333-1900

call 301.670.7100

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Warehouse Loader Part time position available for warehouse truck loader, Wednesdays. Job responsibilities are to assist drivers and carriers loading their vehicles with bundles of newspapers. Must be able to lift 40 lbs, accurately, count bundles and able to operate a pallet jack. Wednesday at 4am to 4pm shift available at our Gaithersburg location. Please contact Ken at 301-670-7350, reference "warehouse loader" position EOE

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Automotive

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21,599

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MSRP $31,670

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26,999

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2012 Beetle Coupe.....................#V13795A, 10,890 mi......................$16,993 2010 Tiguan S................................#P6060, White, 31,538 mi...............$18,492 2011 CC.............................................#FR7163, Black, 38,071 mi..............$19,613 2011 Routan SE............................#P6065, Blue, 37,524 mi.................$20,991 2013 Passat SE.............................#PR6025, White, 3,677 mi...............$21,694 2013 Passat SE.............................#PR6024, Silver, 3,912 mi................$21,994 2013 Passat SE.............................#PR6026, Gray, 4,501 mi.................$21,994 2012 Jetta Sportwagen TDI. .#100859A, Gray, 60,262 mi.............$21,999

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