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BUS OF THE FUTURE? Rapid transit vehicle makes debut at fair. A-5 The Gazette NEWS: Growlers hops back onto Gaithersburg restaurant scene. A-4 SPORTS: Quince Orchard grad happy to come home to play NFL exhibition game. B-1 GAITHERSBURG | MONTGOMERY VILLAGE DA I LY U P DAT E S AT G A Z E T T E . N E T Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014 25 cents City piles Montgomery sets standard in sports facilities on changes to snow plan NON-LEVEL PLAYING FIELD Neighboring Prince George’s invests far less in its athletics programs n BY PRINCE J. GRIMES Development of new neighborhoods in Gaithersburg will add to removal demand n STAFF WRITER The 25 public high schools in Montgomery County with varsity sports teams governed by the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association are tied with Baltimore City for the most MPSSAA-sanctioned programs in one school system. Next is neighboring Prince George’s C o u n t y , Each school gets with 22 high schools that participate in Montgomery in varsityfor athletics. level sports. B u t Each school gets even with m o r e schools, and a bigger in Prince George’s for athletics. selection of varsity sports provided to its students, Montgomery has managed to build and maintain better athletic facilities than Prince George’s. While there are exceptions on both sides, and even some similarities, sports facilities appear better overall for Montgomery County students. The BY JENN DAVIS STAFF WRITER $65,000 $17,000 TOM FEDOR/THE GAZETTE Gaithersburg High School football players practice on July 31 at John Harvill Stadium in Gaithersburg. The stadium debuts this fall. The solution seems quite simple: If there is not enough space for something, create more. That, of course, is a lot easier said than done when referring to actual land. As Montgomery County high school athletic programs continue to flourish finding space on campus for all of them to hold daily practices has become an obstacle for athletic directors. Though this is not a completely new issue it has not become any less challenging, county athletic directors agreed. Bethesda-Chevy Chase is home to the county’s smallest campus by far, built on 16 acres of land, according to the Montgomery County Public Schools website — Springbrook’s is the next INSIDE n Public use of school facilities, A-8 n Schools spend big to update equipment, A-9 n County maintains some facilities, A-9 n Private clubs pay some of the bill to get artificial turf fields, A-9 See SPACE, Page A-8 Cap acit y Fiel d (T u Con rf or G ras ces s) Res sions troo Ligh ms ts The Gazette analyzed athletic facilities at the 47 public high schools in its coverage areas of Montgomery and Prince George’s counties. Oxon Hill Parkdale Northwestern Henry A. Wise Frederick Douglass 5,000 4,000 3,000 2,800 1,000 T G G G G Y Y Y Y N N N Y Y N N N N N N Thomas S Wooton Walt Whitman Walter Johnson Montgomery Blair Richard Montgomery 4,000 3,500 3,500 3,200 3,200 T G T T T Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Fairmont Heights Gwynn Park Frederick Douglass Potomac Crossland 750 800 1,000 1,000 2,500 G G G G G Y Y N Y Y N N N N N N N N N N Rockville Albert Einstien Bethesda-Chevy Chase John F. Kennedy Sherwood 1,500 1,900 2,000 2,000 2,000 G G G G G Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Prince George’s BY JENNIFER BEEKMAN STAFF WRITER High school Montgomery IN DEPTH Many sports, other than football, must travel to train Comparing the five largest and smallest in Prince George’s and Montgomery counties. Prince George’s n See STANDARD, Page A-8 See SNOW, Page A-11 FOOTBALL FACILITIES Montgomery County schools contend with limited practice space Fair truck sells gourmet mac and cheese Gaithersburg business serves up fresh, made-to-order pasta dishes n BY JENN DAVIS STAFF WRITER Forget boxed macaroni and cheese. Use your noodle and taste the real stuff at the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair in Gaithersburg. INDEX Automotive Calendar Classified Entertainment Obituaries Opinion Sports CapMac, a Gaithersburg-based food truck specializing in gourmet macaroni and cheese, is selling its gooey pasta dishes as a vendor at this year’s fair, which began last Friday and runs through this Saturday. Josh Warner of Silver Spring took over ownership of the food truck last November after previous owner Brian Arnoff, who is also Warner’s friend, decided to close down the business. CapMac was first opened in November 2010. After graduating from the culinary program at The Art Institute of Washington and working in restaurants for many years, Warner said he had started planning to open his own food truck when he heard about the closing of CapMac. Thinking that it “made a lot more sense to buy something already established,” Warner bought the business. “That quality, that experience BandHouse Gigs celebrates 10th anniversary at Strathmore. B-4 Volume 55, No. 33 Two sections, 28 Pages Copyright © 2014 The Gazette Please RECYCLE August 21, 2014 1934318 1934323 n Safety officials in Gaithersburg, Germantown recognized BY JENN DAVIS STAFF WRITER Fifty-seven upcounty police officers, firefighters and paramedics were honored Friday morning at the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce’s 19th annual Public Safety Awards Breakfast. The safety officials honored hailed from the Montgomery County Police Department’s 5th and 6th districts, Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service, the Gaithersburg Police Department and the National Institute of Standards and Technology Fire Department. They were recognized in the following four categories: Medal of Valor, Citation for Bravery, Distinguished Service Citation and See SAFETY, Page A-11 BILL RYAN/THE GAZETTE See FOOD, Page A-11 TRIBUTES TO THE BEST 57 honored for public service Margie Warner, of Gaithersburg sells an order at the CapMac food truck, which specializes in gourmet macaroni and cheese, at the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair in Gaithersburg on Saturday. ENTERTAINMENT B-11 A-2 B-8 B-4 A-11 A-13 B-1 Gaithersburg officials are looking at ways to improve the city’s snow removal efforts as they prepare for an increase in activity due to the development of new neighborhoods and communities. “The creation of neighborhoods such as Crown Farm and Parklands will add large networks of complex streets to our network of roads that we have to deal with,” Michael Johnson, the director of the city’s Department of Public Works said at Monday night’s City Council meeting. “This will have an impact of increasing our overall response time to snow removal.” Johnson said his department’s current goal for winter storms is to have the final pass of all city streets done within eight hours after the snow has stopped falling. In order to continue to meet that goal in the future, city staff identified several changes and improvements to snow removal

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