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BESTFOOTFORWARD & Socially conscious singer steps into the lights at Fillmore. A-15 The Gazette OLNEY DAILY UPDATES ONLINE Wednesday, September 18, 2013 25 cents Students welcome citizens Eighth-graders witness one of nation’s oldest traditions n BY David Kottler, who manages Mamma Lucia’s in Bethesda, checks an ID in the restaurant’s bar. ONLINE EXTRA “IT’S SOMETHING WE SHOULD BE DOING IN THE FIRST PLACE” n Restaurants take cautious approach to county tests 21 PHOTOS BY DAN GROSS/THE GAZETTE Rachel is an underage volunteer for the Montgomery County Liquor Board. She poses in a Montgomery County liquor and wine store with her Maryland underage driver’s license, which is vertical and has a red box around her picture to indicate that she is not old enough to purchase alcohol. The Gazette blurred the personal details on her license. NOT TAKING CHANCES ON Liquor department trial purchases done 400 times a year in county n COMPLIANCE CHECKS Checked 600 500 ST. JOHN BARNED-SMITH pronounce it correctly. When she started testing restaurants, she was nervous, she said. That first night, more than a half dozen of the 20 restaurants she tested ended up serving her illegally. Montgomery County Police work with underage volunteers such as Navarrete to check if restaurants and liquor establishments are selling to drinkers younger than 21, the minimum age to buy or drink alcohol in Maryland. “We don’t call it a sting operation,” said Kathie Durbin, chief of the licen- STAFF WRITER AND JACOB BOGAGE SPECIAL TO THE GAZETTE Valeria Navarrete remembers the first time she tested whether a restaurant would sell her alcohol illegally. She was an underage volunteer working with Montgomery County Police. “I didn’t know anything or what to choose,” Navarrete said. She asked for a chardonnay, mostly because she knew what the wine looked like and how to See 21, Page A-9 200 550 548 406 400 111 100 0 2013 Percent in compliance 102 2012 72% 120 110 83 2011 75% See CITIZENS, Page A-9 Fake Olney crosswalks get the boot SHA will remove two ‘homemade’ crossings n 2010 79% 113 2009 80% TERRI HOGAN STAFF WRITER Failed 300 With the American flag in their hands, and surrounded by family and friends, 26 candidates from 23 countries became U.S. citizens at a ceremony hosted by students and the administration Tuesday at Rosa Parks Middle School in Olney. The ceremony in the school’s gymnasium was part of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ annual celebration of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day. More than 18,000 people are becoming U.S. citizens in about 180 naturalization ceremonies across the country from Monday through next Monday, according to a news release from Citizenship and Immi- BY Of the 400 county businesses tested in the last fiscal year, which just ended, 111 sold alcohol to minors. 404 400 400 BY ALINE BARROS STAFF WRITER 2008 71% 80% They may have white painted lines with diagonal stripes, but two crosswalks along Olney-Laytonsville Road aren’t the real thing. Over the past couple of weeks, crosswalks mysteriously appeared along OlneyLaytonsville Road (Md. 108) in Olney, but according to the State Highway Administration, the “graffiti” must go. The crosswalks, which cross both eastbound and westbound lanes, showed up near the entrance to the Olney Shopping See CROSSWALKS, Page A-9 SOURCE: MONTGOMERY COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF LIQUOR CONTROL County, Foulger-Pratt trade barbs over transit center repairs County could withhold payments or demand money back from contractor n BY RYAN MARSHALL STAFF WRITER Montgomery County could withold payment or demand money back from the contractor of the Silver Spring Transit Center because of the cost of repair- NEWS IT’S TIME TO SCREAM Annual event turns Olney into a frightful and scary place. A-4 ing mistakes to the facility. “Given the construction deficiencies present in the project...the county is well within its contractual rights to retain payment, or demand return of moneys already paid” to Foulger-Pratt Contracting for its work on the project, which is “grossly” behind schedule, according to a letter to the contractor from David Dise, director of the county’s Department of General Services. Foulger-Pratt released a statement about the letter Monday. “Foulger-Pratt is in receipt of a letter from David Dise, sent in response to the letter sent to David by Bryant Foulger on September 10. We stand by the statements made in our September 10 letter and have nothing further to add at this time.” The two sides are engaged in a dispute over fixing cracks in the $120 million transit hub, including the use of a latex-modified concrete as the overlay product to make the repairs. The site at the corner of Colesville SPORTS ‘IT WAS VERY MEMORABLE’ Kennedy High School graduate gets a day with tennis pros at the US Open. B-1 Road and Wayne Avenue in downtown Silver Spring was scheduled to open in 2011, but a series of cracks found in the structure and disparities in the thickness of the concrete have delayed the opening. In a letter sent to Dise Tuesday, Foulger-Pratt Managing Principal Bryant Foulger said the facility likely won’t be ready until at least summer 2014. Foulger wrote that the firm opposed the installation of the concrete overlay because it wouldn’t address Automotive Calendar Celebrations Classified Community News Entertainment Opinion School News Sports Please RECYCLE B-17 A-2 B-11 B-13 A-4 A-15 A-12 B-10 B-1 the design issue that caused the cracking and long-term maintenance of the concrete slabs. In a release to The Gazette, Foulger strongly opposed the county’s approach. “Our recommendations with regard to the overlay have been ignored in favor of an approach that we believe to be highly inadvisable — an approach insisted upon by the county’s design See REPAIRS, Page A-9 FALL HOME SERVICES INSIDE FOCUS ON LAWN & TREE SERVICES LOCAL JOBS INSIDE ADVERTISING INSIDE B SECTION 1906625

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