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FLIGHT of IMAGINATION & Round House play details girl’s approach to life’s challenges. B-5 The Gazette NORTHERN MONTGOMERY COUNT Y DAILY UPDATES ONLINE Wednesday, January 8, 2014 25 cents The first year of ‘dreamers’ DAN GROSS/THE GAZETTE Josue Faguiluz, a student at Montgomery College, plans to go to the University of Maryland under the Maryland Dream Act. 200 immigrant students have registered at Montgomery College under the Maryland Dream Act n I BY ALINE BARROS STAFF WRITER n the first year that undocumented immigrants could get in-county tuition rates at local colleges, 200 registered at Montgomery College under the Maryland Dream Act. That’s almost half the number that an analysis by the Maryland Department of Legislative Services had predicted at the college by 2013. An analysis attached to the bill that passed allowing the tuition change estimated that 366 full-time undocumented students would qualify for in-county tuition at Montgomery College. The Maryland Dream Act was approved by the legislature in 2011. It was petitioned to referendum, then affirmed in the Nov. 6, 2012, election, passing with more than 58 percent of statewide votes. College officials said that after the law passed, they were in a “mad dash” trying to get information together for the upcoming spring 2013 students, as they tried to reach every student who would be eligible under the new law. “Students came in and identified themselves and provided the forms that we needed to process,” said Melissa Gregory, chief of enrollment services and a financial aid officer at Montgomery College. The law exempts undocumented students who attended and graduated from Maryland high schools from paying outof-state or out out-of-county rates at colleges in Maryland. Gregory said the biggest challenge after the Dream Act passed was to identify the students eligible under the bill. “We don’t ask students to identify their status in that way, so we had to look for students that had missing information See DREAMERS, Page A-10 TOM FEDOR/THE GAZETTE With air temperatures in the low teens, Jose Velasquez of Wheaton bundles up Tuesday while waiting for a bus to arrive outside the Wheaton Metro station. Mother Nature gives county the COLD SHOULDER Emergency shelters open; power outages and water main breaks pop up n BY JENN DAVIS, TERRI HOGAN AND SYLVIA CARIGNAN STAFF WRITERS A blast of windy, arctic air Tuesday spurred Montgomery County officials to keep emergency shelters open for the homeless and sparked a string of power outages and water main breaks. Temperatures throughout the region hovered in the low single digits early Tuesday, accord- Teen dies while playing indoor soccer game n 14-year-old Bethesda boy was eighth-grader at St. Bartholomew School BY KRISTA BRICK STAFF WRITER A 14-year-old boy died Sunday after collapsing during a game of futsal at the Germantown Boys and Girls Club. Santiago Vesperoni of Bethesda was an eighth-grader at St. Bartholomew School in Bethesda, according to Principal Stephen C. Lamont. Julio Zarate, president of the SPORTS COMING UP SHORT Richard Montgomery, Winston Churchill speedskaters fail to qualify for Olympics. B-1 Pachuca Club de Futbol USA, had been watching the game of futsal — a five-sided indoor soccer game played on a hard surface — between the teen’s team and the Olney Boys and Girls Club Galaxy U14 girls team. Zarate said he had been asked to attend the game by Santiago’s team to determine if the boys team should play for his club. Zarate said Santiago collapsed on the gym floor during the 1 p.m. game. He said that he tried to help the teen and that another parent performed CPR, but the boy was unresponsive. Other parents inside the gym called 911, he said. Assistant Chief Scott Graham of the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service confirmed that a 14-year-old was transported from the club at 19910 Frederick Road to a local hospital in serious condition on Sunday. Santiago’s cause of death was not known. When reached at home, his mother, Sylvia Vesperoni, did not want to comment on her son’s death. The Montgomery County Police Major Crimes Division is investigating, which is standard procedure in a death, police See TEEN, Page A-10 NEWS BUCKING THE NATIONAL TREND County volunteer fire services are healthy, growing and saving taxpayers millions A-15 ing to National Weather Service meteorologist Howard Silverman. Low temperatures early Wednesday would be about 5, but with winds lighter than Tuesday’s, he said. Highs Wednesday will be in the mid- to upper 20s; Tuesday’s high temperature hit only the low teens. Temperatures are forecast to moderate further during the week, with highs in the 50s expected this weekend. Montgomery County on Tuesday implemented a hypothermia plan, said Mary Anderson, a spokeswoman with the county’s health and human services Parents, students protest school decision to open in cold BY LINDSAY A. POWERS STAFF WRITER Montgomery County Public Schools opened on time Tuesday as the region faced record cold temperatures, sparking concern and complaints from some parents, students and others. Many took to social media, sending Twitter messages to Superintendent Joshua P. Starr and the school system about their disappointment that school openings were not delayed by the bitter temperatures. The temperature in Gaithersburg dipped to 1 degree See COLD, Page A-13 See MCPS, Page A-13 County police arrest parents, teens at Damascus drinking party n Officers say underage partygoers and parents assaulted them AND BY SYLVIA CARIGNAN ST. JOHN BARNED-SMITH STAFF WRITERS A party at a home in Damascus Saturday night ended abruptly after officers who had arrived to shut it down were attacked by the party’s hosts, Montgomery County police said Monday. Officers arrived at a house in the 9400 block of Damascus Road on Saturday evening, just before midnight, police said, and Automotive Business Calendar Classified Entertainment Opinion School News Sports Please saw several teenagers in the backyard of the house in possession of alcohol, as well as a keg in an outdoor stairwell. At a news conference on Monday, Montgomery County Police Capt. Thomas Didone said police saw “many young people with beer in their hands” outside the house, and contacted the homeowners. Inside the house, they saw about 35 people who appeared to be underage drinkers, police said. According to police, the residents of the home denied their request to come inside the home, and when officers tried to seize the See ARREST, Page A-10 B-15 A-13 A-2 B-11 B-5 A-16 A-14 B-1 RECYCLE Check out our Services Directory ADVERTISING INSIDE B SECTION 1906225

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