SAFE PLAY? Pesticide use questioned at Germantown playground. A-3 The Gazette NEWS: County fair is a meeting place for candidates, voters. A-10 GERMANTOWN | CLARKSBURG SPORTS: Experience should give Clarksburg’s football team an edge this fall. B-1 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 Area couple Montgomery sets standard in sports facilities convicted of murder NON-LEVEL PLAYING FIELD Neighboring Prince George’s invests far less in its athletics programs n BY PRINCE J. GRIMES Man and current wife killed ex-wife in Germantown 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 VIRGINIA TERHUNE STAFF WRITER A former Clarksburg couple accused of fatally shooting a Germantown woman in October face life in prison following a jury’s verdict of guilty on Thursday . Convicted of 1st degree murder were Baldeo Taneja and Raminder Kaur, both 63, who had been living in Nashville when they were arrested the day after Preeta Gabba, Taneja’s ex-wife, was shot. The two were also each convicted for use of $65,000 See MURDER, Page A-11 $17,000 GREG DOHLER/THE GAZETTE Jalen Chritian (left) of Damascus looks to run after catching a pass during a scrimmage against Gaithersburg at Seneca Valley High School in Gaithersburg on June 4. 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 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 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. Wootton 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 Einstein 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 The Gazette analyzed the 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 Montgomery IN DEPTH Many sports, other than football, must travel to train High school Prince George’s n See STANDARD, Page A-8 Comparing the ﬁve largest and smallest in Prince George’s and Montgomery counties. Montgomery County schools contend with limited practice space FOOTBALL FACILITIES 57 honored for public service n Safety ofﬁcials in Germantown, Gaithersburg 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 Meritorious Service Citation. More than 200 people attended the event, which was held at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds in Gaithersburg. “We are honored to have these heroes in our community. The very least we can do is to thank them for their service,” said Marilyn Balcombe, president of the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce. firstname.lastname@example.org Germantown teen chosen for Ag Fair Royal Court Seneca Valley student uses title to educate community, continue learning herself n BY SAMANTHA SCHMIEDER STAFF WRITER Jackson Douglas, 16, of Germantown is one of 10 teenagers chosen to be a member of the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair’s 2014 Royal Court and was given the title of ﬁrst prince, or runner-up to the king, at Sunday’s coronation. As a court member, Douglas has been educating children at libraries across the county, promoting the fair through word of mouth, distributing surveys during the fair and presenting ribbons at the animal and livestock INDEX Automotive Calendar Classiﬁed Entertainment Obituaries Opinion Sports B-11 A-2 B-8 B-4 A-11 A-13 B-1 Volume 31, No. 33, Two sections, 28 Pages Copyright © 2014 The Gazette Please RECYCLE shows. According to the fair’s court chair Lorelei Irons, he and the nine other members have earned over 1150 fair volunteer hours combined. Douglas, who will be entering his junior year at Seneca Valley High School in the fall, has been involved with 4-H for two years as a member of the 4-H Rabbit Club and on the State 4-H Champion Rabbit judging team. “We show off the rabbits and we ﬁnd which is the best in that breed, in that color and in that variety,” Douglas said. ”We also do breed IDs. We look at the rabbits and see which breed variety they are.” Douglas decided to get involved in 4-H after seeing how much fun his little brother, Aidan, See PRINCE, Page A-11 ENTERTAINMENT TRIBUTES TO THE BEST BandHouse Gigs celebrates 10th anniversary at Strathmore. B-4 August 21, 2014 1934323 TOM FEDOR/THE GAZETTE Montgomery County Agricultural Fair ﬁrst prince Jackson Douglas, 16, of Germantown, chats with his brother Aidan, 11.