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Close, but no title Jonathan Wanat of Our Lady of Good Counsel High School in Olney runs for a touchdown against DeMatha High School in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference semifinals Sunday at the University of Maryland’s Byrd Stadium in College Park, but it wasn’t enough for the Falcons, as they fell 29-28 in overtime, ending their four-year reign as conference champs.

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Rockville firm part of $1.6 billion deal Brickman has 10,000 employees nationwide

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The Brickman Group has agreed to be bought by global investment firm KKR & Co. for $1.6 billion in a move made to position the Rockville commercial landscaping company for further growth, executives said Monday. The deal is a strict ownership change that will retain the headquarters of Brickman — one of the nation’s largest landscaping companies — in Rockville, said LaNella HooperWilliams, a Brickman spokeswoman. Los Angeles private equity firm Leonard Green &

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Andrew Kerin Partners is now privately held Brickman’s largest investor, acquiring a majority stake in 2007 for $847 million. “It will be business as usual,” Hooper-Williams said. Brickman was founded in

1939 in the Chicago area by Theodore W. Brickman Sr., a horticulturist for the Chicago Park District. His son, Theodore “Dick” Brickman Jr., joined the family business in 1954, and the company started opening branches on the East Coast in the 1970s. Scott Brickman of Potomac, Dick Brickman’s son, joined in 1986 and became CEO in 1998. Former Aramark Corp. executive Andrew Kerin took over as CEO in 2012, while Scott Brickman became board chairman, the position his father had held. Brickman Group has some 10,000 employees nationwide, with about 100 at its Research Boulevard headquarters and 1,600 in the Maryland-Virginia region, Hooper-Williams said. The company recently

moved its headquarters from Gaithersburg to Rockville, and there are other offices in Montgomery County and Frederick among more than 160 branches nationwide. Kerin said in a statement that the deal will allow Brickman to “accelerate our growth.” Last year, the company had revenue of about $900 million, second among landscaping companies nationally behind TruGreen of Memphis, Tenn., according to industry publication Landscape Management. That was about double the $454.5 million that Brickman reported for 2005, according to a statement the company filed in 2006 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

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A petition started by a Montgomery County Public Schools teacher calling for the state not to administer the Maryland School Assessment tests this school year has gained hundreds of signatures from around the state. Tiferet Ani, a social studies teacher in the Quince Orchard cluster, said that with the county — and state — implementing the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness of College and Careers test and no longer looking to the MSA tests to track student progress, she thinks it is a waste

of time and resources to administer the annual test to elementary and middle school students this year. PARCC, which aligns with the Common Core State Standards, will be fully implemented in the school system next school year. As of Tuesday evening, about 600 people had signed the Moveon.org petition titled “Cancel the MSA.” Ani, in her seventh year of teaching in the school system, said she has administered the test four times. The test is administered over a two-week period during which teachers lose instructional time, Ani said. Ani said she wants to see the state choose not to administer the test — which she said

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Brookeville’s town commissioners remain concerned that more than 2 million gallons of wastewater have flowed into Reddy Branch Creek after two breaks occurred on an aging sewer main within the past eight months. The Washington Suburban

Sanitary Commission crews repaired a broken 16-inch pressurized sewer main on Oct. 30, after a resident walking his dog the day before noticed the ground was unusually saturated and alerted the commission’s crews who were working nearby. The broken pipe was located in a heavily wooded area near the 200 block of Market Street, just a few hundred feet from the Reddy Branch Wastewater Pumping Station on Brighton

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Damascus High School senior Morgan Johnson held up a green fragment of tennis court surfacing to show the Montgomery County Board of Education on Monday night. “Tonight, I brought a piece of Damascus High School with me,” said Johnson, the school’s student government president. “Tonight, we have a symbol of what is happening outside and inside of my school.” Johnson was one of a slew of speakers at the first of two public hearings before the

school board on Superintendent Joshua P. Starr’s proposed $1.55 billion Capital Improvements Program budget for fiscal years 2015 to 2020. The speakers included students, local government officials and parent-teacher association leaders who called on the board to address immediate needs at schools they described as old, deteriorating, overcrowded and unsafe. Many testified against delays to revitalization and expansion projects in the proposed program, including a large group protesting the delay of a new Poolesville High School building. Starr recently said his program addresses the school system’s ongoing, significant enrollment growth with a recommendation for 14 new classroom addition projects. The

plan also maintains schedules for other previously approved capacity projects, including five new schools. The plan, however, pushes back the timeline of 20 revitalization/expansion projects. Dozens of people testified on behalf of schools waiting for these projects, as well as for other schools in need of capital funds. Reading a list compiled by her fellow students, Johnson said Damascus High’s current building has a leaky ceiling, rats, roaches and odd-smelling and -colored water. “We have made friends with the critters in our school, but it’s time for them to graduate,” she said.

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Hero Dogs of Brookeville on Sunday graduated its second Veteran-Hero Dogs team: Air Force veteran Ethel Shaner and Maverick. “I am looking forward to graduating with Maverick and moving on to my next phase of healing,” Shaner said in a news release. “It has been both challenging and rewarding to learn to live and work with Maverick. I know he will help me in many of the things I do every day. I am hoping to help him have a great life, too, filled with both fun and service.” Maverick, a 3-year-old golden retriever, will help Shaner in her recovery by assisting with mobility and dexterity needs, along with providing lifelong companionship. About 100 people attended the graduation ceremony, which took place at the American Legion post in Damascus. Maverick received his service dog training from Jennifer Lund, founder and president of Hero Dogs. “The graduation was a great way to celebrate Ethel and Maverick, and to mark Veterans Day at the same time,” Lund said. “The event was very meaningful.” As a puppy, Maverick was raised by Hero Dogs volunteer Stacey Niebuhr, who taught him day-to-day behavioral skills, lay-

said in a statement. “I’ve already met so many great families that I’m feeling right at home in Olney.” Tran is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Penn State College of Medicine. He completed his pediatric residency at Penn State University Children’s Hospital. Tran is “ everything a parent could want in a pediatrician: He’s caring, knowledgeable, easy to talk with and great with children,” Morris Albert, who has been practicing pediatrics in Olney for more than 40 years, said in a statement. “We’re thrilled to have him here helping our patients.” Albert and Austein in the professional office building at 18111 Prince Philip Drive. The practice also has an office in Mount Airy.

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ing the foundation for his journey to become a highly trained service dog. “I worked with Maverick and Jennifer for more than 18 months to provide Maverick with basic puppy skills,” Niebuhr said in the release. “He’s a typical, fun-loving golden retriever but has extra special qualities that will make him a great partner and friend to Ethel. I will miss him but know that he has a greater purpose in life.” Following Maverick’s advanced training, Shaner and Maverick trained with Lund for six more months. The intensive training schedule ensured their working and personal relationships continued to grow to meet Shaner’s needs. Lund founded Hero Dogs in 2009 after identifying the need for a service dog program in the Washington region. Hero Dogs now provides a resource for the thousands of military personnel who return or rehabilitate in the area. Currently, the organization has five dogs in advanced training and will place them with veterans in the coming year. Volunteer trainers are currently raising 10 puppies for future placements.

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Pediatrician joins local practice The pediatric practice of Albert and Austein has a new physician in its Olney office: Richard Tran. “I’m very happy to join a practice that is well-known for providing the highest level of care,” Tran

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Book sale, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Tikvat Israel Congregation, 2200 Baltimore Road, Rockville. Free. 301-518-5340. Painting the Face in Watercolor, 3-5 p.m., Sandy Spring Museum, 17901 Bentley Road. $20. 301-774-0022.

DEATHS Katya Morrison, born Katharine Swet, 63, died Oct. 31, 2013, in Haifa, Israel. A celebration of her life took place Nov. 10 at Congregation Rosh Pina in Owings Mills.

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Chevy Chase sculptor contributes to $100 redesign Wallets around the world now can hold the work of Chevy Chase artist Barton Rubenstein, who helped create the design of the new U.S. $100 bill. Rubenstein, a sculptor, has art on display across the country, throughout the D.C. area and at the official residence of the vice president. He was contacted by The National Academies to be on a committee commissioned by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing to help redesign American currency. The product of the collaboration can be seen on the $100 bill that was unveiled and put into circulation in October. Although he originally declined the invitation because he thought it would be too time-consuming, Rubenstein eventually changed his mind. The committee met formally from 2005 to 2007, about four to six times a year, but kept in touch through email. “It was a fascinating process. I thoroughly enjoyed it,” Rubenstein said. The group made recommendations to the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, which made the final decisions. Rubenstein started his ca-

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Chevy Chase artist Barton Rubenstein, with the the design of the new $100 bill he helped create, at his studio. “stay intact and ahead of the game,” he said. “My first love is really mathematics and science, but I always loved art because my mother was a curator at the Smithsonian,” Rubenstein said. Rubenstein lives with his family in Somerset, an incorporated town within Chevy Chase. His studio is on his property. He has a sculpture titled “Field of Dreams” on display right down the road from his home at Somerset Elementary School, where his youngest child attends fifth grade. His two older children attend The Field School in Washington, D.C., and he plans on doing a piece for the school next year. Rubenstein said academic institutions are his favorite venue for sculptures, because

they’re where people go to learn and grow and where they need motivation. “I like doing universities around the country because it’s where kids are looking for inspiration and what to do with their lives,” he said. Although he doesn’t know what’s next on the agenda or if he will be needed again for future government projects, he said the relationship and experience was a positive one. “I have an open relationship with these other scientists and the National Academies,” Rubenstein said. “If something happens in the future that they need my services for, I would definitely help again.” sschmieder@gazette.net

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Olney Help is once again appealing to the community for food and funds, as the holiday season approaches. Ruth Filbert, Olney Help’s food pantry chairwoman and member of its board of directors, said the pantry was depleted over the summer. “We definitely saw an increase in the number of families we helped, which caused us to run low,” she said. “We are currently in restock mode.” She said the organization has taken on a number of new clients recently as a result of

the government furlough and reductions in food stamp benefits. “We have spoken to individuals who were directly affected by both, and we are still taking new clients,” said Filbert. As they work to fill the pantry shelves with basic canned and packaged necessities, they are also gearing up for the holiday season. Filbert said they expect to help 45 local families for Thanksgiving, and 50 families for Christmas. In addition to financial donations and grocery store gift cards that will be used to purchase fresh food items, Olney Help is in need of holiday food items, such as cranberry sauce, muffin mix, and stuffing mix. At Christmas, Olney Help

tries to include gifts along with the food baskets. They are especially in need of gift cards to local stores that are appropriate for teenagers. Filbert said they are thankful for several recent food drives that have helped tremendously. “Specifically, we’d like to thank Olney Chiropractic Center for their annual Food for the Needy Drive, those who contributed to our recent food drive at Giant, local schools that held food drives, and all the other organizations and individuals who support us,” she said. Olney Help has collection boxes at Just Hair in Ashton, and the Buffington Re/Max building in Olney. The boxes will remain at these locations throughout the holiday season.

Filbert said they are also seeking adult volunteers. Olney Help was founded in 1969 by members of several area churches. Today, it is run by volunteers who operate from their homes with no overhead costs. In addition to providing food, Olney Help offers financial assistance to residents of Olney, Brookeville, Sandy Spring and Ashton who are facing evictions or utility cut-offs, or who need help in paying for prescription medications. To make a donation or request assistance, contact Olney Help at 301-774-4334 and leave a message. For more information go to www.olneyhelp.org. thogan@gazette.net

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State Sen. Karen S. Montgomery is seeking another term, hoping to continue her work on the environment, education and transportation issues in Montgomery County. “We need to protect what we’ve got,” Montgomery said of the environment. “We are fortunate in Montgomery County to have farmers and the farm reserve. Now they grow mostly corn and soybeans, but perhaps in time they can shift to serve the farmers markets that are held all over the county.” She would like to urge farmers that are tested in hard work and skills to start training future generations. Montgomery, 78, is wrapping up her first term serving District 14 in the Maryland Senate. She previously served in the House of Delegates from 2003 through 2011. Before her role as an elected official, the Brookeville Democrat served as the development director for a number of organizations, including the Olney Theatre and National Rehabilitation Hospital. She also was an assistant professor at George Washington University, teaching sculpture and three-dimensional design. Having taught elementary, middle and high schools and college, Montgomery also is very interested in improving the status of teachers. “It has almost become a default position, and I’d like to bring it back to a position of pride,” she said. “I think teachers deserve recognition, and at the same time, we also need to increase the knowledge base and skills of our teachers.” She also wants to look at how the highly educated in Montgomery County can reach people with disabilities, and soldiers returning without adequate education and training, she said. Montgomery said she would work to help reduce travel time in the county. “For some, the ICC [Intercounty Connector] has helped, but north-south traffic still is pretty awful” she said. “I am excited about rapid bus transit. We need to get people moving on reliable public transportation so they don’t feel obligated to use

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Superintendent Joshua P. Starr emphasized innovation and hope during his second State of the Schools speech Monday at the Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda. Addressing the crowd of about 750 people, Starr said the school system is facing both ongoing problems — such as achievement gaps among student groups — and new challenges — such as the Common Core State Standards and new state assessments. “We must innovate in order to respond to long-standing challenges and new opportunities,” Starr said to the group of parents, business leaders, county and state legislators and others. “Hope is the engine of innovation,” he said. As the school system seeks in-

novation, Starr said, its members need to “intimately understand” the system’s operations to create new solutions. Starr pointed to the school system’s innovation schools initiative and the Achieving College Excellence and Success program formed with Montgomery College and The Universities at Shady Grove as examples of current innovation in the school system. Some students, however, are still struggling, he said. “Despite our best efforts, we have not reached some children, and many of them are students of color, students with special needs, students who are learning English or students who are poor,” he said. African-American and Hispanic students are scoring lower on the SAT than white students and students of color are more likely to be suspended than their white and Asian counterparts, Starr said. “We have to accept that the strategies we’ve used up to this point, while effective, will not get us to the top of the mountain,” he said.

Starr also emphasized the importance of creative problem-solving and social emotional learning in students’ education. He called for continued investment in the school system as it looks to make further changes. “There is no other place in the country that has the capacity to prove, once and for all, that no matter where you come from, what language you speak, what you look like, or how much money your family has, you can get a great education so that you can thrive in your future,” he said. The event, which fell on Veterans Day, also included a speech from school system parent U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class William Moorehead and other speakers. Cristina Ulrich — who was named the 2013-2014 Montgomery County Public Schools Teacher of the Year — described how she was influenced by her firstand second-grade teacher Mary Hawkins-Jones, who was recently named “The Most Hopeful Teacher in America” and also spoke at the

event. “My hope is to create those powerful connections Mrs. Hawkins was able to create 23 years ago with me,” Ulrich said. Blessed Sheriff, a junior at Richard Montgomery High School, recited a poem she wrote defining hope. “Hope. A noun in action,” she said. “And whether we are shuffling, mumbling, or running at breakneck speed it makes sure that we are moving.” County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) said in an interview that he attended the event to support Starr and demonstrate that education remains the county’s top priority. Leggett said the education issues on his mind include closing the achievement gap and the system’s capacity challenges. “We continue to do a great deal with the resources we have,” he said, addressing the school system’s Capital Improvements Program. lpowers@gazette.net

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ontgomery County’s Friends of the Library hosted its semi-annual Senior Spelling Bee Saturday at Little Falls Branch Library. The event, in which 13 people competed, was open to all Montgomery County residents 55 years of age and older. Amy Ba of Silver Spring took home first place this year with the word “ameliorate.” The prize was a $100 gift card from Barnes & Noble bookstore. Ba was also the runner up in last year’s bee. — AGNES BLUM

InBrief From red velvet to chain mail

Many people know Steve Schreurs, Olney’s own Santa. When not busy with his Santa duties, Schreurs is usually involved in raising money for breast cancer research or other charities. He also has his hand in something else — making chain mail. He taught himself to make chain mail about 20 years ago, when his two sons were involved in role-playing games such as Dungeons and Dragons. He stopped for a while, but recently picked it up again, due to renewed interest in chain mail. He was featured as an artist-in-residence in Maine this summer. Schreurs is combining his passions for a fundraiser from 3 to 8 p.m. Sunday at The Winery at Olney, 18127 Town Center Drive. A fashion show will include several garments made with aluminum chain mail, including a full-length evening gown, plus children’s items and jewelry. Three major types of chain mail will be presented: European, Persian and Asian. Along with the chain mail, Schreurs will have his Santa Wines available for tasting and purchase for the holidays. Wine also may be ordered by those unable to attend. The wine donations will support five charities: Fisher House, Susan G. Komen 3-Day, the City Choir of Washington, Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults and Whitman Walker Clinic. Those purchasing wine may specify which of these charities they would like their donation to go to. For more information, contact Schreurs at schreurs_ss@yahoo.com.

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Winner Amy Ba of Silver Spring works her way through a word in Montgomery County Friends of the Library’s semiannual Senior Spelling Bee, held Saturday at Little Falls Branch Library in Bethesda. The bee, in which 13 people competed, was open to all county residents 55 or older. Ba’s winning word was “ameliorate.” The prize was a $100 gift card from Barnes & Noble bookstore.

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Eid al-Adha and Eid al-Fitr won’t be official school holidays next year, but some school board members say a change needs to be made in determining the basis for adding new holidays to the county schools’ calendar. While the decision won’t affect the next school year, the Montgomery County school board didn’t amend the school calendar Tuesday to give students and staff in Montgomery County Public Schools the day off on two Muslim holidays. Among other information, the board considered absenteeism data from Eid al-Adha, which fell on Oct. 15 this year, before voting to approve the 2014-15 school year calendar. School system officials have said the system needs a secular reason, such as high absenteeism rates from students and staff, to legally justify closing schools on a holiday. Board members Michael Durso and Justin Kim voted against the

calendar’s approval. Before the vote, school board President Christopher S. Barclay said he thinks the public school system needs to develop “a realistic and fair measure” for determining when student and staff absenteeism on a holiday is high enough to justify closing schools. In next school year’s calendar, the holidays — Eid al-Adha and Eid al-Fitr — would not have conflicted with classes. The holidays change each year as they follow the Islam lunar calendar. Eid al-Adha marks the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca. Eid al-Fitr celebrates the end of Ramadan. The issue of closing schools on the holidays is at the heart of the Equality for Eid Coalition — sponsored by the Maryland chapter of the Council of American Islamic Relations — which has called for an amended school calendar. The coalition also called for students and staff members to skip school on Oct. 15 and instead celebrate Eid al-Adha. The school system recognizes both Muslim holidays by declaring them non-testing days and giving

Muslim students excused absences. On the Oct. 15 holiday, and on several days around it, the school system tracked absenteeism. According to a Nov. 7 letter from Superintendent Joshua P. Starr to County Councilman George Leventhal, about 5.6 percent of students and 5 percent of teachers were absent on Eid al-Adha this year compared to about 3.2 percent of students and 4.2 percent of teachers the same day the previous week. The letter also said that about 5.5 percent of students and 6.3 percent of teachers were absent the day before the holiday (which was Columbus Day) and about 3.9 percent of students and 4.6 percent of teachers were absent the day after the holiday. School system officials have previously said the school system did not have the records showing how it came to its decision regarding the Jewish holidays. But, school board Vice President Phil Kauffman said the school system recently located some of the files related to its decision to close on the Jewish holidays. A Nov. 5, 1973, memo, he said, shows the decision was made based on high absentee-

ism that hindered schools’ ability to teach students. That memo, he said, looked at about five years worth of data, and showed about 15 percent of both students and professional staff were absentonthefirstdayofRoshHashanah. The school system decided to close on the first day but not on the second day of Rosh Hashanah — when it found between 10 and 12 percent of students were absent and about 12 percent of professional staff were absent. “Clearly we did make these decisions based on statistics back in 1973,” he said. At this point, he said, it does not appear the school system has seen the amount of absenteeism necessary to justify closing schools on the Muslim holidays. Durso said, however, that he thinks the school system might be applying different standards for the Jewish and Muslim communities. “I’m not sure 40-year old data still necessarily speaks to maybe what we’re dealing with in 2013,” Durso said. lpowers@gazette.net

The winter issue of the Montgomery County Guide for Recreation and Parks Programs is now available. The guide features hundreds of activities and programs for all ages, interests and abilities. Copies are available at recreation centers, park facilities, government buildings and public libraries. A one-year subscription for five mailed issues — summer, fall, winter, summer camps and spring — can be ordered for $5 online at montgomerycountymd.gov/rec, where the issues also are posted. Registration is underway for winter programs and classes and will open Dec. 11 for swim lessons. Registration can be made online, by mail, fax or in person at the county recreation administrative offices at 4010 Randolph Road, Silver Spring. For more information, call 240-7776840. The county also is sponsoring a “Come Play in the Parks” sweepstakes; the prize is a $100 gift card for classes, programs and special events. To enter, “like” Montgomery Parks on Facebook at: facebook.com/MontgomeryParks.

POLICE BLOTTER Complete report at www.gazette.net The following is a summary of incidents in the Olney area to which Montgomery County police responded recently. The words “arrested” and “charged” do not imply guilt. This information was provided by the county.

Commercial burglary • On Oct. 21 at 7:10 a.m. at a construction site at 10914 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring. Forced entry, took property. • On Oct. 24 at 9:15 a.m. at 2301 Glenallan Ave., Silver Spring. Entered housekeeping office in basement, took property. • On Oct. 25 at 3:02 a.m. at Wheaton Winery, 2211 University Blvd. W., Silver Spring. Forced entry, took property. Residential burglary • 13500 block of Crispin Way, Rockville, between Oct. 20 and 23. No forced entry, unknown what was taken. • 2300 block of Plyers Mill Road, Silver Spring, on Oct. 22. Forced entry, took property. • 5500 block of Amesfield Court, Rockville, between 11 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. Oct. 24. No forced entry, took property. • 2700 block of Arvin Street, Silver Spring, at 11:20 a.m. Oct. 25. The subject attempted to gain entry, then left. • 2800 block of Elnora Street, Silver Spring, between Oct. 25 and 28. Forced entry, took nothing. • 13800 block of Tabiona Drive, Silver Spring, between 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Oct. 27. Unknown entry, unknown what was taken. • 12200 block of Valleywood Drive, Silver Spring, at 7:27 a.m. Oct. 28. Attempted forced entry, took nothing. • 4400 block of Independence Street, Rockville, between 7:40 a.m. and 4:40 p.m. Oct. 28. Forced entry, took property.

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A new Montgomery County Council group will look at ways to help working parents get subsidies to pay for child care. The council approved a resolution Tuesday asking County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) to establish the work group to look at the county’s Working Parents Assistance program, which gives subsidies to families for child care. The work group should look at what standards are used to determine eligibility and what is required for child care providers to participate, according to the resolution. The group also should consider a minimum subsidy and the possibility of updating the rules of how the program is overseen. The Working Parents Assistance program began in 1986 to help families afford the high cost of child care and help lowincome families who earn too much to qualify for the State Child Care Subsidy Program. Income eligibility limits and

problems finding funding have limited the number of people who got the subsidies in recent years, according to the resolution. It calls for the work group to include members from the county’s Health and Human Services, the Commission on Child Care and local child care providers, among others. The subsidies are critically important for working families that can’t afford the extremely high cost of child care in the county, said Councilwoman Valerie Ervin (D-Dist. 5) of Silver Spring. Children need child care providers who provide early education to help prepare them for school, she said. Without the subsidies, many children won’t get that education, she said. Councilman Philip M. Andrews (D-Dist. 3) of Gaithersburg said the council wants to fully understand the needs of working parents in the county. The work group should look for ways the county can help working parents get high-quality child care, he said. rmarshall@gazette.net

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The sponsor of a bill to raise Montgomery County’s minimum wage still thinks a local increase is the way to go, even though County Executive Isiah Leggett and council colleagues are pushing for a statewide increase. Leggett told the Gazette on Tuesday that he’d prefer a statewide bill over the one currently being considered by the council to raise the wage in Montgomery in conjunction with similar efforts in Prince George’s County and Washington, D.C. Leggett said there’s also some value to having a higher wage in the Washington area — beyond any statewide increase — but what that number should be and how an increase is phased in should continue to be discussed. Councilman Marc Elrich (D-At Large) of Takoma Park has proposed lifting the minimum wage from $7.25, the current state rate, to $11.50 in Montgomery County by 2017.

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A 31-year-old Silver Spring man is behind bars on attempted rape charges. According to Montgomery County police, Yera Basnueva, of the 12000 block of Valleywood Drive, entered a Mr. Smoothie in

Rockville on Monday at around 9:23 a.m., and began talking to a store employee. After about 30 minutes, Basnueva asked to use the bathroom. When he came out of the bathroom, his pants were down and he grabbed the woman and pushed her onto the store counter, according to a statement detailing his arrest. Basnueva tried to sexually assault the victim and punched her in the face, but fled after the woman punched him and

kicked him. The act was caught on the store’s video surveillance, police said. Police arrested Basnueva Monday night and charged him with attempted first-degree rape and second-degree assault. He is being held without bond. Lawyers for Basnueva were not listed online. Calls to phone numbers listed online for Basnueva were not answered. sjbsmith@gazette.net

He said he would prefer a state increase — or, ideally, a federal one — in the minimum wage, but doesn’t think that’s realistic. “I have my preferences, and then I live in the real world,” Elrich said Tuesday. He said a statewide increase makes sense for much of the state, where costs of living are much lower than in Montgomery, he said. He also said he thinks a state increase will likely be below what Montgomery residents need to survive. Also on Tuesday, Councilman Roger Berliner (D-Dist. 1) of Bethesda sent a letter to Leggett asking him to let the council know his position on Elrich’s bill and whether he believes Montgomery should have a wage that’s higher than the rest of the state’s. He also asked Leggett if working with Prince George’s and the District would hurt the county economically and whether the executive would support an analysis to determine the costs and benefits before the council votes on the bill. In the letter, Berliner wrote that he strongly supports raising the minimum wage at the state level, but

thinks Montgomery should wait to take action on its own bill until it sees what the General Assembly does in its session that begins in January. Several states, including California, Oregon, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island and New Jersey, have raised their wages above the federal level of $7.25 an hour, and Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) has made it clear it will be a priority for him in the coming session, Berliner wrote. “Given these favorable prospects at the state level, I do not see the value in moving county legislation before the next legislative session ends,” Berliner wrote. Councilman Hans Riemer (D-At Large) of Silver Spring sent a memorandum to his council colleagues on Nov. 4 outlining several suggested changes to the bill and urging that the state take the main role for setting minimum wage policy. In the memo, he called Elrich’s plan to coordinate the increase with efforts in Prince George’s and the District a “positive development,” but cautioned against any effort to actually join the bills together. “[W]e cannot control

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the actual laws that will be passed in those jurisdictions or how they may or may not be amended in the future, and our laws should not be formally linked,” Riemer wrote. Elrich said he’s willing to consider amendments to the bill suggested by Riemer, such as dropping exceptions in the bill that aren’t in the state’s minimum wage law or allowing the enforcement of the bill to be conducted by the state rather than the county. Riemer suggests a $1 county wage increase could be implemented over three years after a state increase has been phased in. Elrich called Riemer’s two-step phase-in plan “absolutely meaningless.” “What are you going to tell people? ‘Wait five years, you’ll be fine?’” Elrich asked. He said he did support Riemer’s suggestion to have the state’s Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation supervise the enforcement of the minimum wage, rather than the county’s Office of Human Rights, as is currently in the proposed bill. rmarshall@gazette.net

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Leaders in Montgomery County’s efforts to provide affordable housing held a second meeting Nov. 6 with staff members of the county’s planning department to discuss how to further their goals under the new zoning code rewrite. The event in Silver Spring was organized by the Affordable Housing Conference of Montgomery County, which works on issues such as workforce housing, mixed-use and mixedincome developments, inclusionary zoning, rental housing and home ownership. County planners recently rewrote the zoning code to modernize antiquated and redundant zoning regulations and the County Council’s Planning, Housing, and Economic Development Committee’s released a draft of the zoning code text and map in October. On Nov. 12 and 14, the full council is scheduled to hold public hearings to get feedback and the Affordable Housing Conference plans to testify at the second hearing, said Lise Tracey, the executive director of the Affordable Housing Conference of Montgomery County. “We hope people will come out and support us,” Tracey said. In December, the committee will meet to consider the public hearing testimony and

finalize the zoning code draft. While some affordable housing advocates feared the new zoning would reduce the number of units in the county, Rose Krasnow, the planning department’s deputy director, said the opposite was true: the new code could help promote the construction of moderately priced dwelling units. During the second meeting — the first was on Oct. 7 — the group zeroed in more on some of the suggested changes discussed at the first meeting, Krasnow said. “I am hopeful,” she said. “I really think these are really significant changes that will really incentivize the production of more affordable housing.” For example, the group kept its idea of not counting bonus moderately priced units toward construction density and expanded it to not count any moderately priced unit toward a total project density, she said. MPDUs, or moderately priced dwelling units, are part of a program started in 1974, which lets developers increase housing density in return for building below-market-rate units. Under the current code, projects with 20 or more units must designate 12.5 percent to 15 percent of new units as affordable. In exchange, developers can build up to 22 percent more than the density permitted in the original zoning. Developers can get even greater density if they add extra units. ablum@gazette.net

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Man accused of sexual assault tied to drinking game Authorities said there could be other victims

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A 38-year-old real estate appraiser used public beerdrinking games to befriend and intoxicate young, heterosexual men, then sexually assaulted them in his house, police said. Police said they aren’t sure how many men Joey G. Poindexter assaulted, but since his arrest have learned there might be multiple victims. Police said Poindexter is a Gaithersburg resident, but online court records list a Washington, D.C., address for him. A call to the D.C. address listed for Poindexter was not answered Tuesday afternoon. According to charging documents, a young man told police on Oct. 3 that he met Poindexter at Looney’s Pub, a College Park bar, the night before. They were playing beer pong — a drinking game in which opposing players try to toss a ping-pong ball into a cup filled with beer, which their opponent must drink if they succeed. The two exchanged numbers and drank beer and liquor. At one point, Poindexter bought a round of Long Island iced teas. According to the charging documents, the victim told police he didn’t have any memory of the rest of the evening after drinking the cocktail. However, the charging documents later state that the victim told police he woke up the next morning on Poindexter’s couch wearing a pair of Poindexter’s basketball shorts, and remembered being sexually assaulted in the man’s shower. He told police he had not consented to any sexual activity with Poindexter. “It’s a horrific sexual as-

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sault case,” said Montgomery County Police Assistant Chief Russ Hamill. “The fact that it’s a male doesn’t make it any less horrific.” He said the man who came forward had “tremendous courage” for telling police what happened to him. Police believe Poindexter has been targeting young men for about 10 years. “We have a case reported to us approximately 10 years ago. The investigation was halted at the request of the victim. We have not had any further contact or reports from our suspect since that time,” Hamill said. Hamill continued: “I think this young man and all the other victims are owed a completely thorough police investigation that gets to the bottom of everything that occurred here and that we can hold Mr. Poindexter accountable. And in my opinion, he should be

held accountable for an extended period of time.” During a phone interview, Lisae Jordan, executive director for the Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault, said experts believe that male victims are less likely to report rape than female victims. “Rape in men is more common than people think,” she said, adding that about one in 10 rape victims is male. However, rape by a stranger is much more common among men, she said. Forty eight percent of male rape victims are raped by a stranger, she said, compared to 28 percent of women. “The rapists are often heterosexual,” she said, describing rape as an expression of power and humiliation. According to Hamill, the victim was driven to his College Park home by Poindexter. Charging documents say the victim contacted police several hours later. Medical personnel examined him at a local hospital. In a phone call investigators recorded between the men two days later, Poindexter told the man he knew he had been drunk. Poindexter also told the man he had been in his own bathroom with the victim after the man vomited on himself. In that call, Poindexter told the man, “If it makes you feel any better, I don’t have any [expletive] AIDS if anything did happen.” On Oct. 9, with the help of the victim, police recorded

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“Dr. Starr has made it clear that he’s concerned about continuing to give the MSA when more and more of the test will not be aligned to the curriculum that we’re teaching” and the school’s work to implement Common Core, Tofig said. The school system, however, will keep the test if the state requires it, he said. State Del. Eric Luedtke (DDist. 14), who supports the petition, said while he understood the state’s position under federal law, he thinks the test is “meaningless” and “damaging” to students and the state has “a moral responsibility to say no.” “Teachers and students and parents see the damage this is causing and they need to have a voice in the decisions that are being made in Annapolis,” Luedtke said. The test doesn’t help school systems understand where students stand or properly judge the quality of teachers or schools, he said. Even if the state education department doesn’t take up the issue with the federal government, Luedtke said, he thinks it would beneficial if the petition helps spark a “broader conversation” on how the state tests and the effect it has on students’ education. “I think people who are deeply involved in the schools on a day-to-day basis are enraged by this,” he said. “I think the petition’s reflective of that.” lpowers@gazette.net Brickman provides snow removal services besides landscape maintenance services that include lawn care, flower planting and care, and tree and shrub pruning. Clients have included McDonald’s Corp., IBM and Trammell Crow Co. kshay@gazette.net

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Just hours after Pepco executives touted earnings and promised investors a push for higher rates, power reliability advocates castigated the utility and the Maryland system they say hurts customers. Pepco representatives were not welcome at a Nov. 6 forum in North Bethesda, designed to educate candidates for state and local office about the current regulatory climate. More than a dozen candidates listened to the advocates not only describe how the system works but also openly criticize Pepco for its lack of reliability and rising rates and the Maryland Public Service Commission, which is appointed to regulate it, for capitulating to the monopoly. Stanley W. Balis, an attorney

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who has represented Montgomery County in cases before the commission, characterized the utility as “pathetically unreliable,” “amazingly tone-deaf” and a “knuckle dragger.” The process of utility regulation, he described as “unbalanced and skewed” in the utility’s favor, saying the PSC has an “appalling lack of oversight” and is “subservient” to the wishes of an imprudent and unreliable utility. “PSC is not merely an umpire blandly calling balls and strikes between equal parties on an equal playing field,” Balis said. “The playing field is inherently not level, and accordingly, the PSC must aggressively regulate utility companies to ensure it operates in the public interest.” For about an hour, Balis described state laws for utility regulation and told of the 2011 case where it came to light that Pepco has been one of the nation’s least reliable utilities. For some candidates, the forum presented a story they had not heard before. “I think the average con-

sumer does not realize all the power Pepco has,” said George Zokle (D), a House of Delegates candidate in District 20. For others, like Hrant Jamgochian (D), a District 16 House candidate, it echoed concerns heard on the campaign trail. While Pepco and the PSC took most of the criticism, Somerset Town Councilwoman Cathy Pickar said the General Assembly also has played a part in creating the regulatory climate. She pointed to a bill that allowed a gas utility to impose an upfront surcharge, and a measure that would have prevented utilities from charging customers for power, even when the power is out. Pickar asked the candidates to pay attention to legislation in Annapolis, and to not fall under Pepco’s financial influence. According to state campaign finance data, Pepco has contributed to the campaign accounts of Gov. Martin O’Malley (D), Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown (D), House Speaker Michael E. Busch (D-Dist. 30) of Annapolis

and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D-Dist. 27) of Chesapeake Beach. The only candidate at the forum to have taken the utility’s money was Del. Susan Lee (DDist. 16) of Bethesda. Lee said she sent the money back. Gubernatorial candidate Charles Lollar (R) said he has not and will not take money from Pepco. “These types of things cannot and will not happen in the future,” Lollar said. “We literally have residents that depend upon reliable energy. It’s a minimum.” Particular concerning was the upfront surcharges, he said. “There is no way I would perceive of giving anybody money before services are rendered, especially when your services are unreliable,” he said, adding that Prince George’s County, which is also served by Pepco, needs a citizens organization like Powerupmontco.

a fraction of the earlier one, that area is a protected watershed that feeds into our drinking supply,” said town Commission President Michael Acierno. “We are concerned that the whole pipe is compromised, and feel that this should be a high priority. They need to find out if the pipe is reliable, and if it is not, then it needs to be replaced, with the replacement schedule accelerated.” The affected area is one that is often frequented by residents, and is populated with wildlife. In March, the same pipe broke in the 19600 block of Olney

Mill Road, causing more than 2 million gallons of wastewater to flow into Reddy Branch Creek. During both incidents, WSSC maintained that the quality of drinking water was not affected. Commission representative Lyn Riggins said that after the break in March, the inspection in the area was accelerated. Inspection on the 44-year-old pipe was supposed to occur on Oct. 30, the day after the second overflow started. The first part of the inspection was rescheduled and completed on Nov. 7. Riggins said once all the inspections are done,

WSSC will analyze the results and determine what should be done, if anything. Acierno said the town commissioners and the Brookeville Planning Commission plan to work with a consultant to identify the parties most receptive to their concerns about the aging sewer pipes. “We want to know who, in addition to WSSC, we need to get in touch with for the safety and protection of this watershed,” he said. “Some of us believe this extends beyond WSSC.”

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Poolesville High senior Marie Jankowski said she has experienced her school’s crowded hallways for four years. “We represent thousands of students across Montgomery County who are attending crumbling, outdated, overcrowded schools because our legislators, council members, and board of education talk about what they value, but do not act on these values,” she said. Another Poolesville High School student said that in her school, students sit on stools around the classroom perimeter because there is inadequate space for more desks. Students eat lunch on the hallway floors and the locker room showers are unusable. Daniel Lowell, a fifth-grader from Poolesville Elementary School, said “it seems something is really broken in how things work” because the school system keeps changing its plans. “It is very difficult for me, other students, my mom, and parents to come to these meetings year after year, and get the impression that no one is listening,” he said. Janette Gilman, president of the Montgomery County Council of Parent Teacher Associations, said that PTA leaders spoke with “reluctant understanding” and conceded to capital project decisions during difficult economic times in past years — but this year was different. This proposed budget “shortchanges our students with delays and tradeoffs,” Gilman said. “We will not accept all that has been left out,” she said. PTA leaders also spoke on behalf of a number of school clusters, including Kennedy, Blair, Wheaton, Whitman, Walter Johnson, Quince Orchard, Gaithersburg and Damascus. Nate Conroy, the Northwood cluster coordinator, asked the board to change the process for the revitalization and expansion projects by breaking up what needed to be in done into smaller projects and placing them on a prioritized list. Examples of much-needed projects in his cluster, he said, would include replacing old school kitchen equipment and inefficient windows. “For the students that are there now, this plan is somewhat dead on arrival,” Conroy said. Liz King, a Walter Johnson cluster coordinator, described needs at schools including Lux-

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thogan@gazette.net manor Elementary School and Tilden Middle School, which both have projects that were delayed in the proposed budget. King said the cluster has asked the board to consider a long list of capital needs, but “it is impossible to prioritize” because the requested projects are all necessary to help schools avoid significant overcrowding. “So, we ask you, be bold. Ask for the funding our schools so badly need,” she said. Gaithersburg Mayor Sidney Katz said the city was dismayed to see that a project that would have expanded capacity at the overcrowded Summit Hall Elementary was delayed in the proposed program. The city is also concerned that a revitalization/expansion project at Brown Station Elementary was delayed and that a feasibility study for Strawberry Knoll Elementary is no longer being considered, Katz said. “Overcrowding and use of portables continues to be a concern throughout the Gaithersburg cluster,” he said. Katz said city officials “strongly urge” the board to consider how these changes and others in the program will affect communities. School board members asked school system officials to look into specific issues brought up during the hearing. They also emphasized that members of the school system need to advocate for more money from the state to fund the program. “I hope that you will help organize your communities to put pressure in Annapolis to make that happen,” board member Pat O’Neill said to Katz and Poolesville Town Commissioner Jerry Klobukowski. School board President Christopher S. Barclay called for “this kind of outpouring of energy when we have to go to Annapolis.” The second hearing before the school board on the capital improvements program will be held Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Carver Educational Services Center in Rockville. The board is expected to approve the program request on Monday. The program request would then move to County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) and the County Council. lpowers@gazette.net

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There won’t be any wiggling in this barber chair. That’s because it’s an airplane. Kids have a new hair salon just for them in Rockville Town Square where they can get their hair cut while sitting in barber chairs made to look like airplanes and automobiles. Salon owners Mana and Taylor Rose and Jennifer Trickey recently opened Pigtails & Crewcuts at 107B Gibbs St. Children can get haircuts and styling while playing video games or watching movies. All services range from $10 to $30. The Rockville salon also features a private party room where children can play dress-up, have their hair done, enjoy makeup and nail color services, embark on treasure hunts and celebrate an occasion with friends at one of Pigtails & Crewcuts’ signature parties. The salon is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.

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Lakeforest completes renovations Lakeforest mall in Gaithersburg hopes to draw more shoppers this year with a recently completed $1.2 million project that included renovating Center Court, install-

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As her children’s eyes widened upon seeing a 5-pound Hershey’s bar and 1.5-pound boxes of Nerds and SweeTarts in the new It’Sugar shop at Washingtonian Center, Joetta Asher assessed her holiday shopping strategy. “I have started,” said Asher, a Potomac resident who visited the 2,351-square-foot confectionery in Gaithersburg for the first time on Nov. 6. “Most of it so far has been online.” Getting people off their computers and into the shops these last two months — the most lucrative time of the year for retailers — is one of the biggest challenges, said Patrick Donoho, president of the Maryland Retailers Association. Maryland retailers expect a 2 percent to 2.5 percent increase in sales from last year, slightly lower than what is expected nationally. Holiday sales are expected to rise by almost 4 percent nationally, to $602.1 billion, from last year, while online sales should increase as much as 15 percent, to $82 billion, according to the National Retail Federation. “It’s continued to be up and down for local retailers,” Donoho said. “There is a lot of price competition from online retailers.” Maryland retailers also are hurt by the cuts to federal budgets, he said. It’Sugar, a chain developed by Jeff Rubin, founder of Dylan’s Candy Bar and FAO Schweetz, draws customers into its colorful sites with its well-stocked selection of more than 1,000 types of sweets and accessories, said Ryan Seeley, general manager of the Gaithersburg store. The site opened on Nov. 4. It’s the first one in Montgomery County; others are in Baltimore and Washington, D.C. “There is something for everyone,” Seeley said. “It’s not just candy but a lot of unique items.” Those include pillows, stuffed animals and Hello Kitty accessories.

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Nicholas Asher, 10, of Potomac, and Caitlyn Asher, 12, buy bulk candy on Nov. 6 at the It’Sugar candy shop at the Washingtonian Center in Gaithersburg. ing a new children’s play area at the JCPenney Court and putting in new furniture in the food court. The renovations will allow for expanding community events like Santa visits and providing a better experience for customers, said Susan Davis, marketing director for Lakeforest. The mall has also launched a new youth club called Adventure Kids and welcomed fresh tenants such as national retailer rue21 and local chocolatier SPAGnVOLA this year.

“We are very excited and optimistic about the upcoming holiday shopping season,” Davis said. Westfield Wheaton mall welcomed a Costco in April, while Milestone Center in Germantown added Big Lots in July at the former Borders bookstore space. Many retailers are doing sales promotions, such as bookseller Barnes & Noble giving a free $10 gift card when customers spend at least $75 for cards. kshay@gazette.net

There’s a new bar in Gaithersburg, but it isn’t one where

you will prop yourself on a stool for the night. The Bar Method studio recently opened its doors at 201 Kentlands Market Square, using dance conditioning to get clients in shape. The Bar Method is built on the body-elongating practice of dance conditioning, the science of physical therapy and the pace of interval training to provide a non-impact exercise system that creates lean, firm, sculpted bodies, focusing on effectiveness, safety and body awareness, according to a news

release from the store. Co-owners Jenn Menconi and Jennifer Gawronski have been best friends since childhood and grew up with active lifestyles. Information on classes and prices is at northpotomac. barmethod.com or by calling 301-926-6900.

Tech council honors Rockville company The Tech Council of Maryland has named Optimal Networks of Rockville an “outstanding place to work.” The council, a trade association of technology and life science companies, selected Optimal Networks from among 40 nominees for its employee benefits and programs. Runners-up were Portal Solutions of Rockville and Digital Management Inc. of Bethesda.

Names and Faces Ruppert Landscape of Laytonsville promoted Bob Jones

to president of the landscape construction division. He manages four branch offices with more than 200 employees. Jones has worked for Ruppert for about 17 years and has more than 30 years of industry experience. Previously, he was a Marine corporal. He also is chairman-elect of the Associated Builders and Contractors Metro Washington chapter’s board. Ruppert Landscape also hired Ken Railey as director of fleet operations, a position he held with the company about 15 years ago. Since 1998, Railey has been national fleet director for TruGreen LandCare and later its parent company, ServiceMaster.

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Tilden students remember classmate with hospital donation Students raise $1,000 for children’s hospital

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Samantha Heald knows how to make a pink frosted cupcakes. She and her friends have made enough of them. But the sweet treats weren’t for a party. They were made to raise money in memory of a classmate who died just months after school started last year. Lisa Carmona, a 12-year-old sixthgrader at Tilden Middle School in Rockville, died unexpectedly on Nov. 2, 2012, at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. “I never met Lisa but I knew it was really sad and I wanted to do something,” said Samantha, now a seventhgrader at the school. Principal Irina LaGrange said Samantha’s reaction was typical of many students who heard about the death and asked what they could do. The students, with LaGrange’s help, came up with a plan to raise money for the children’s hospital in Lisa’s memory. On Nov. 6, the school presented a check for $1,000 to Dr. Kurt Newman, the hospital’s president and chief executive officer. The fund grew with pennies, nickels and dimes donated by the students, LaGrange said. Samantha came up with the idea of making cupcakes to sell at a basketball game, then at the school’s spring con-

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Tilden Middle School Principal Irina Le Grange with student leaders and volunteers who helped raise money in honor of sixth-grader Lisa Carmona, in photo, who passed away one year ago. Students (from left) are Samantha Heald, Andrew Resnick, Kevin Tavaras, Jessica Silverman and Patricia Cuff. The school raised $1,000 for Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. cert and annual talent show. “Me and a lot of my friends made cupcakes. We cooked for hours,” she said. Even members of her Girl Scout Troop 4848 of Potomac helped with the cupcakes, always frosting them pink, Lisa’s favorite color. Andrew Resnick, 13, an eighthgrader who was a member of the Student Government Association last year and is president this year, said they got

behind the idea and decided that the best act in the talent show would be “voted on” with donations of change from the students. “Kids were coming with bags of pennies and other change,” LaGrange said. Patricia Cuff, 12, a seventh-grader, knew Lisa. The two met in fourth grade at Garrett Park Elementary School in Kensington. “She was a caring person,” Patricia said. “She cared about everyone. She

loved to sing and dance and she was very witty.” Fittingly, Newman said the money the students raised would go toward a fund to bring artists and musicians to the hospital to add a little interest to the patients’ days while at the hospital. Jessica Silverman, 12, a seventhgrader, said the best part of the donation ceremony at the school, complete with pink frosted donuts, was knowing they had raised money to help others in

Lisa’s name. “It was a celebration of Lisa,” she said. “When Dr. Newman spoke he said the $1,000 would make a difference.” Until then, Samantha said, she didn’t realize what she and the other students had accomplished. “I thought, ‘Oh my gosh, we made a difference,’” she said. Last year the community helped Lisa’s family with her funeral expenses. LaGrange said the day after the news of Lisa’s death and her family’s need for help with funeral expenses got out, parents arrived at the school with cash and checks, she said. “The family and funeral expenses were taken care of the first day,” LaGrange said. “It really was a village [working together].” Angela Hammie-Bonner, school counselor, worked with Lisa’s mother to give Lisa a proper funeral, finding a church for the service and, she said, a family stepped forward to donate a burial site at Parklawn Memorial Park in Rockville. “We were helped a lot by Thibadeau Mortuary Services in Gaithersburg,” she said. “They helped us find the plot.” Lisa would have wanted the students to honor her just the way they did, LaGrange said. “She would want us to do something for others,” LaGrange said. “She was a connector.” pmcewan@gazette.net

EDUCATION NOTEBOOK Whitman student selected for national chorus Oliver Ades, 16, a junior at Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda, was selected as a member of the 2013 All-National Honor Chorus sponsored by the National Association for Music Education. He joined more than 670 high school students from across the U.S. on Oct. 27-30 in Nashville, Tenn., for three days of music education culminating in a concert at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel. The rehearsals included one at the Grand Ole Opry. Oliver is the first Whitman student ever selected for the chorus. “After singing in the state and county choruses for a few years, starting an a capella quartet with friends and joining another singing group, I thought, ‘Why not give it a try?’” Oliver said in a news release. For his audition, he sang “Danny Boy” which, he said, he recorded a capella on his smartphone. Rollo Dilworth, professor of choral music education at Temple University, led the choral students. “It was awesome,” Oliver said. “The experience with Rollo took me to a higher level of musical understanding and performance. I would love to be invited back.”

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“I would love to be invited back,” says Oliver Ades (center), a junior at Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda who performed Oct. 30 with the 2013 National Association for Music Education All-National Honors Chorus at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tenn.

Wootton students to hold annual blood drive The Thomas S. Wootton High School Organization for Humanitarian Aid will hold a blood drive in cooperation with Inova Blood Donor Services from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 26 in the school’s lower gym at 2100 Wootton Parkway, Rockville. This year the group is expanding the drive beyond staff and students to include adults in the community, although they will be allowed to donate only from 3 to 6 p.m. Walk-ins will be accepted. “Wootton High School

has an excellent track record when it comes to donations and always leads Montgomery County Public Schools in the number of participants they are able to attract,” said Jeffrey Benya, the club’s sponsor. “We use it as a way to teach citizenship; you have to give back to the community.” For more information, email Jeffrey_A_Benya@mcpsmd.org.

High schools present fall musicals Several Montgomery County high schools will present their annual fall musicals in the next

few weeks. Here are a few: • Winston Churchill High School in Potomac will present the musical “Auntie Mame” at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, with a matinee performance at 2 p.m. Sunday. The school is at 11300 Gainsborough Road. Tickets cost $10 at the door. Information: scott_r_courlander@ mcpsmd.org. • Sherwood High School in Sandy Spring will present “Disney’s Beauty & the Beast” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and Nov. 22 and 23, and at 2 p.m. Saturday and Nov. 23. The school is at 300 Olney-Sandy Spring Road. There will be a tea party with Mrs. Potts and Belle from the play from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. before the Saturday matinees. The tea includes drinks, snacks and pictures with Mrs. Potts and Belle. All seats for the performances are reserved and cost $15. They can be purchased from sherwoodhs.org. Tickets for the tea are $5 and available online with tickets for the performances. • Watkins Mill High School in Gaithersburg will present “The Cat in the Hat” at 7 p.m. Friday and Nov. 22, and at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Saturday. The school is at Watkins Mill High School, 10310 Apple Ridge Road. Tickets are $10 and $5 for children 2 through 5. Tickets can be purchased at the door. Information: 301-840-3959. • Thomas S. Wootton High School in Rockville will present “Romeo and Juliet,” with a his-

torical twist, at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. As Maryland commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the Shakespeare classic will be set in the fictional town of Verona, Md., as the war rages on. Director Jessica Speck focused on Maryland’s role as a border state to illustrate how war tensions could play out within a single town. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults. They can be bought online at schooltix. org/wootton/ or at the school’s box office. The school is at 2100 Wootton Parkway. Information: Jessica_L_Speck@mcpsmd.org.

Christ Episcopal School to hold open house Christ Episcopal School in Rockville will hold an admission open house at 10 a.m. Friday at 109 S. Washington St. Staff will discuss the school’s Learning Integration for Tomorrow and science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs. They also will discuss why Johns Hopkins University established multiple programs with the school and how they can enhance the learning experience. The morning also will feature a campus tour and the opportunity to meet with members of the school community. The school has students age 2 to grade eight. For more information and to register for the open house, visit www.cesrockville.org or call 301-424-6550.

Girls invited to prepare for success The 13th annual Preparing for Success Fall Forum will be held from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Montgomery College, 51 Mannakee St., Rockville, The an all-day conference is designed to provide practical information to high school girls headed for college or the workplace. There will be workshops that address interviewing, resume writing, career choices, getting into college and helping girls stay safe while in high school and also when using the Internet. The free program is sponsored by the Montgomery County Women’s Bar Foundation. For more information and to register, visit www.preparing4success.com.

Richard Montgomery choral concert Tuesday The annual Richard Montgomery High School Cluster

Choral Concert will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the school auditorium, 250 Richard Montgomery Drive, Rockville. The concert also will include performances by students from Beall, College Gardens, Twinbrook and Ritchie Park elementary schools and Julius West Middle School. For more information, call 301-610-8046.

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CELEBRATIONS HEALTH CALENDAR WEDNESDAY, NOV. 13 Fine-tune Your Hearing, from 1-2 p.m. at Friendship Heights Community Center, 4433 South Park Ave., Chevy Chase. Take steps to improve your hearing. Audiologist Jillian L. Blinkoff will review the causes and types of hearing loss in seniors. She will also describe strategies to help reduce the effects of hearing loss, including options in hearing devices on the market. www.suburbanhospital. org.

Sibling Class and Tour at MedStar Montgomery, from 4:30-6 p.m.

at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center, 18101 Prince Philip Drive, Olney. The Sibling Class and Tour (formerly Big Brother/Sister)helps to introduce siblings to life with a new baby, including their role and importance when the baby arrives. www.montgomerygeneral.org.

Juvelis

Sept. 1, 2013, marked the 50th anniversary of Martha and Nick Juvelis, who were married in Harrisburg, Pa. Having spent most of those 50 years as Silver Spring residents, they are now Bethesda residents. Their marriage has been blessed with their three daughters — Antigone, Angela and Georgia — their spouses and six grandchildren, who congratulate them on their 50 years of wedded bliss and thank them for their love, inspiration and unconditional support.

THURSDAY, NOV. 14 Power to Change: Overcoming Challenges in Diabetes Self-Management, from 6:30-8 p.m. at Suburban

Hospital, 8600 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda. Looking to make a meaningful change in your diabetes? Join Sibley and Suburban Hospitals for an educational evening in honor of National Diabetes Month. Learn behavior modification strategies that will help improve your diabetes management. Discover delicious diabetesfriendly recipes that will revitalize your meals. Dedicate a few hours to help you live and enjoy your life. www.suburbanhospital.org. Pre-Diabetes Group Class, from 3-5 p.m. at Nutrition and Diabetes Center, MedStar Montgomery, 18109 Prince Philip Drive, Suite B-100, Olney. 301-774-8881, www.montgomerygeneral.org.

FRIDAY, NOV. 15 Gentle Yoga for Seniors, from 1010:45 a.m. Fridays, Nov. 15 to Dec. 27 at Bethesda Regional Service Center, 4805 Edgemoor Lane, Second Floor, Bethesda. Tone muscles, improve balance and increase circulation with gentle yoga for seniors. Taught by an instructor from the Mindfulness Center, gentle yoga offers several health benefits while relaxing the mind and body. Dress comfortably. Please bring yoga mat and blanket. $70. www.suburbanhospital.org.

MONDAY, NOV. 18 Balancing Act, from 1-2 p.m. Mondays, Nov. 18 to Dec. 9, at Holiday Park Community Center, 3950 Ferrara Drive, Wheaton. A certified Physical Therapist will teach balance and walking exercises that can be done safely at home. First session will include a presentation on strategies in fall prevention with the remaining sessions focusing on strengthening exercises that will improve balance and reduce the risk of falling. Space is limited. Recommended for those with mild balance problems. $45. www. suburbanhospital.org.

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 20 Adventist Behavioral Health open house for outpatient wellness clinic,

10-11:30 a.m. at 14915 Broschart Road, Suite 2200, Rockville. Learn more about the counseling and therapy services offered to the community and meet clinical staff. Light refreshments will be provided. 301251-4594. www.adventistbehavioralhealth.com.

ONGOING New Mothers Postpartum Support Group, 10-11:30 a.m. Mondays at

MedStar Montgomery Medical Center, 18101 Prince Philip Drive, Olney. Ever wonder if you are the only one feeling stressed and alone now that a baby has joined your family? Wasn’t it supposed to be easier? If you are finding yourself feeling sad, anxious, angry or irritable, group support can help. Group led by two therapists who specialize in the postpartum period. Babies are welcome. Free; registration required. 301-774-8881, www.montgomerygeneral.org. Senior Fit, meets from 9-9:45 a.m. once a week at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center, 18101 Prince Philip Drive, Olney. Free 45-minute exercise program designed for seniors age 55 and older. Senior Fit focuses on increasing strength, flexibility, balance, coordination, and cardiovascular endurance. Exercise is an important factor in preventing falls, managing chronic illnesses and improving quality of life. Classes are ongoing and a physician’s consent form is required to participate. Free for people over the age of 55. 301-774-8881, www. montgomerygeneral.org. A Diabetes Support Group, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. the first Saturday of every month at Suburban Hospital, 8600 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda. A social network that provides peer support for people living with diabetes via open discussions and speakers on various diabetes topics. Light snacks available. Call Maria Chamberlain, diabetes nurse educator, at 301-896-3056 with questions. www.suburbanhospital.org. A Harris Teeter supermarket tour, from 11 a.m. to noon second Wednesdays, 18169 Town Center Drive, Olney. Join Andrea Ciccone Troutner, a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator, during a supermarket stop-and-shop tour for all your nutrition and wellness needs. You’ll be able to identify the right healthy foods for you and your family. Free; registration required. 301-774-8727.

RELIGION CALENDAR UPCOMING A new and prospective member Shabbat, 9:30 a.m. Nov. 16 at Torah

Synagogue, 10 Ridge Road, Greenbelt. Shabbat will feature services, kiddush lunch and an opportunity to meet rabbi, education director and members. RSVP appreciated but not required to membership@MishkanTorah.org. Free. 301-474-4223.

ONGOING Damascus United Methodist Church, 9700 New Church St., Da-

Szymczak, Pearson Drs. William and Camille Szymczak of North Potomac announce the engagement of their daughter, Lindsey Catherine Szymczak, to Steven Dale Pearson Jr., son of Steven and Angela Pearson of Wheaton, Ill. The bride-to-be graduated from Quince Orchard High School in 2008 and graduated magna cum laude in biology and chemistry from Cornell University in 2012. She is currently a Ph.D. student in chemistry at Northwestern University. The prospective groom graduated from Wheaton Academy high school in Wheaton, Ill., in 2007, and graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Cornell University in 2011. He is currently attending medical school at the University of Illinois at Chicago. A summer 2014 wedding is planned.

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mascus, offers traditional Sunday morning worship services at 8:15 a.m., a youth contemporary worship service at 9:30 a.m. and a service of liturgy and the word at 11 a.m. with Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. for all ages during the school year. Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 7730 Bradley Boulevard, Bethesda, offers services at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. each Sunday, with Sunday School for all ages scheduled at 10 a.m. Child care is offered from 8:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. A fellowship and coffee hour follows the 8:30 a.m. service. 301-365-5733, www. elcbethesda.org. Liberty Grove United Methodist Church, 15225 Old Columbia Pike,

Burtonsville, conducts Sunday morning worship services at 8:30, 9:30

and 11 a.m. Sunday school, nursery through adult, is at 9:30 a.m. 301-4219166. For a schedule of events, visit www.libertygrovechurch.org. “MOPS,” a faith-based support group for mothers of children, birth through kindergarten, meets from 9-11:30 a.m. the first and third Wednesdays of the month at the Frederick Church of the Brethren, 201 Fairview Drive, Frederick. Childcare is provided. This year’s theme, “A Beautiful Mess: Embracing Your Story,” focuses on remembering that beauty can come out of chaos and that your past, present and future can be used for good with God’s love. For more information call 301-662-1819. Email mops@fcob.net. Neelsville Presbyterian Church, 20701 Frederick Road, Germantown, has returned to its Fall worship schedule, with services at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sundays. Sunday School for all ages at 9:40 a.m. www.Neelsville.org. Providence United Methodist Church, 3716 Kemptown Church

Road, Monrovia, conducts a contemporary service at 8 a.m. followed by a traditional service at 9:30 a.m. Sunday mornings, with children’s Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. and adult Sunday school at 11 a.m. For more information, call 301-253-1768. Visit www.kemptownumc.org.

Trinity Lutheran Church, 11200 Old Georgetown Road, North Bethesda, conducts services every Sunday, with child care from 8 a.m. to noon and fellowship and a coffee hour following each service. 301-8817275. For a schedule of events, visit www.TrinityELCA.org.

Chancel choir auditions and rehearsals, 7:30 p.m. Thursdays at Lib-

erty Grove Methodist Church, 15225 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville. Call 301-421-9166 or visit www.libertygrovechurch.org. “Healing for the Nations,” 7 p.m. every first and third Saturday of the month at South Lake Elementary School, 18201 Contour Road, Gaithersburg. Sponsored by King of the Nations Christian Fellowship, the outreach church service is open to all who are looking for hope in this uncertain world. Prayer for healing available. Translation into Spanish and French. Call 301-251-3719. Visit www.kncf.org. Geneva Presbyterian Church, potluck lunches at 11:30 a.m. the second Sunday of each month at 11931 Seven Locks Road, Potomac. There is no fee to attend. All are welcome to bring a dish to share; those not bringing dishes are also welcome. Call 301424-4346.

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Montgomery County Police Chief J. Thomas Manger wants to expand the program that places school resource officers, or SROs, in the county’s high schools. It is an effort that should have the community’s support. Too often, newspaper headlines and television news broadcasts describe the dangers to our schoolchildren. A police officer assigned to a school can help prevent some of those tragedies from occurring. MANGER Manger described his plan at a IS TAKING 6 joint meeting with the County THE RIGHT Nov. Council’s Education and Public APPROACH Safety committees — a venue one might think receptive to the proposal. As it turns out, Councilman Marc Elrich and Councilwoman Valerie Ervin were less than enthused. “I continue to have some heartburn over this program. This is an extraordinary amount of money we’re talking about,” said Elrich (D-At large) of Takoma Park. “I don’t think this is a panacea. I don’t think everything is going to come to the attention of the SRO,” said Ervin (D-At large) of Silver Spring. “Until we see data that backs up the need for SROs, I’m going to continue to be a pit bull on this thing.” Granted, Elrich’s and Ervin’s preliminary thoughts might not mean much as budget talks progress. They are, after all, expressing their ideas in a session months before the next spending plan will be proposed, and the seven other council members could disagree with them. Still, the comments are troubling. First, take Elrich’s comment. He was part of an eightvote majority that voted a big salary increase for the next council. Assuming he gets re-elected — and what incumbent doesn’t make that assumption? — he stands to see a 21 percent raise. Do any of those eight council members have any credibility when they say they think another government program is too costly? Ervin’s comment shows she looks at the program from exactly the wrong end of the telescope. No, SROs aren’t a panacea, but they help prevent the worst that could happen. As she asks for data, Ervin probably thinks she’s taking a thrifty, taxpayer-minded step, but, generally, the data that prove the need for more police officers become apparent after a tragedy. No one should expect SROs to patrol the border between a school and the outside world. A gunman — like an Adam Lanza in Newtown, Conn., or James Holmes in Aurora, Colo. — hellbent on mayhem might not be stopped by a single law enforcement officer. But SROs can perform valuable community policing inside the school. They can take care of minor offenses without needing to dispatch a cruiser. They can build bridges to our youth. And they can do valuable police work. At Quince Orchard High School, an SRO was part of an investigation that led to six people, ranging in age from 16 to 63, to be arrested on gun and drug charges. Police say 45 firearms were confiscated. During the SRO discussion, school board member Michael Durso, a former principal, gave his assessment. “I really can’t say enough of the importance of the growth of the SRO program,” he said. Councilman Roger Berliner (D-Dist. 1) of Bethesda asked Durso to ask the school board to consider splitting the cost with the county of expanding school resource officers. That’s a good idea. The SRO program took a significant hit during the recession. During the 2009-2010 school year, the program had 33 budgeted positions. In July 2010, the number of SROs had fallen to six. In the current budget, six positions were added, at a cost of about $952,900, according to Bruce R. Meier of the county’s Office of Management and Budget. Eight other officers participate in the SRO program, including officers from the Rockville and Gaithersburg police departments. That brings the total to 20 officers; the county has 25 high schools. One resource officer for every high school would be a logical next step in expanding the program. To their credit, Elrich and Ervin also suggested that the county restore money to the kinds of youth programs that can keep students “safe and engaged.” Somehow, County Executive Isiah Leggett’s fiscal 2015 spending plan should accomplish both, money for programs and SROs. Neither is a panacea, but each is a good step the community can take to prevent a disaffected young man from resorting to violence.

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Rewrite undermines input on zoning The proposed zoning rewrite now before the County Council is a very big deal. The rewrite does a good job of achieving its main goal, which is to simplify our current overly long and complicated zoning code. But I and many other civic leaders feel one part of the rewrite undermines the ability of residents to have a say in the development of their nearby commercial and industrial areas through master plans and sector plans. The current draft of the zoning rewrite proposes a single county-wide, or “district map” amendment that would convert nearly all commercial zones in the county into commercial/residential zones in one fell swoop. That means that a number of strip shopping centers could turn into a lot of

high-rise residential buildings. That could result in a lot of these high rises which could provide excessive strain on traffic and school capacity. Also it would place additional burdens on the police and social services for youths, families, seniors, etc. My biggest concern with this district map amendment proposal is that it removes the right of each community to have a say about this issue through the master plan process. The changes occur throughout the county immediately if approved by the council. I and many other civic activists feel that this is disastrous. We feel that some commercial zones are appropriate for conversion to commercial residential zones, but that others should stay commercial.

Christian Curtis is away. His cartoon will return when he gets back. Montgomery County is too big and too varied in its make-up between urban, suburban and rural areas to have a one-sizefits-all zone for its commercial areas. Every local community needs a say on how its closest commercial areas should look. I encourage everyone to write to the County Council with your thoughts on the zoning rewrite (county.council@montgomerycountymd.gov) and to please spread the word.

Brookeville celebrates in style

Hats off to historic Brookeville! It warmed the heart to see an overflow crowd of 265 — including Maryland’s governor — squeeze into the Inn at Brookeville Farms to attend a celebration of the town’s role in the War of 1812. (Could it have been the biggest gathering in the town’s long history?) The event was billed as the Madison Supper and opened an observance of the night of Aug. 26, 1814, when President James Madison fled the British invasion of Washington, D.C., and found refuge in the Quaker village. The observance is off to a roaring start!

Costumed stand-ins for the beleaguered president and his party recounted the grievances that led to the war, with Gov. Martin O’Malley in the role of militia general. The dinner menu replicated a meal of the time. Neatest of all, that night the “president” slept in the same bedroom as had his reallife predecessor in Brookeville’s Madison House, as guest of event chairwoman Sandy Heiler and husband Duane. Hats off to all!

Tom and Susan Fifer Canby, Clarksville The writers are former Brookeville residents.

Save the Wheaton rec center I’m writing in response to the editorial “Rec center blues,” [Oct. 30], regarding the fate of the Wheaton Recreation Center on Georgia Avenue. I was dismayed to see such a broad indictment against the building fixating on the rock concert history of the space, with little regard for the significance of the architecture, which is first and foremost, the reason the Historic Preservation Commission voted unanimously to recommend for preservation, or adaptive reuse.

Whether Led Zeppelin or any band, local or otherwise, plugged in their amps there, is secondary to the fact that the building is one of the few remaining examples along Georgia Avenue that represent something other than the stifling architectural sameness that goes for miles in either direction. A building from 1963 really stands out in 2013, and deserves better consideration than the cheap shot you gave it fixating on “classic rock.”

Jeff Krulik, Silver Spring

Costco not nearly cold hearted Instead of appreciating the many examples of what Costco does for communities and workers wages I am supposed to be outraged because Costco recycles its produce rather than giving it to the food bank [“Cold-hearted Costco,” letters, Oct. 23]. How about the irony that Whole Foods does contribute to the food bank while the CEO of Whole Foods does not support the Affordable Care Act, denies climate change and recently applauded corporate tax shelters outside of the United States? Invest your printable space in articles that raise awareness of the impact on those affected by the cutting of food stamp benefits. Families, children and seniors who

Here in Derwood’s Park Overlook community, we have a lot to be thankful for this season. During the past 18 months, Montgomery County authorities completed several important education, recreation and public safety projects in our area. Each project stands on its own as an investment in our community. Together, they are a testimony to the great county in which we live. Above all, we give thanks for the relocation of Candlewood Elementary School to the new upcounty holding school at Emory Grove, as we look to the modernization of Candlewood being complete in January 2015. The original plan was to relocate Candlewood to the holding facility at Grosvenor, but a productive dialog between Candlewood’s PTA and Montgomery County Public Schools authorities yielded support to relocate the school closer to the original Candle-

understand what cold-hearted is deserve a more responsible voice than the singleminded opinion printed in your paper. Challenging Costco to build on what it already does by reviewing policies on discarding unsellable producers is a good thing. Referring to a corporation that is responsible to its employees with fair wages and health-insurance benefits as “coldhearted” while the Whole Foods brand name is floating around the Beltway on food bank trucks is narrow-minded selfrighteousness.

Sharon Murphy, Takoma Park The writer is the director of Mary House.

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After-school programs bring peace of mind As Montgomery County working moms, we long ago learned what every other working parent can tell you: That every-afternoon chunk of time that starts with the final school bell and ends when parents arrive at home can be filled either with angst or peace of mind, depending on whether your kids are under the watchful eye of caring adults and constructively occupied. After-school programs are a terrific solution, and that’s one reason we’ve both spent years working to make sure such programs are available. In October, more than 7,500 afterschool programs across the nation and at U.S. military bases around the globe celebrated Lights On Afterschool, a nationwide series of rallies for after-school. This Sunday, 2,000 Girls on the Run of Montgomery County students will participate in the organization’s 5K event at Westfield Montgomery Mall. Girls on the Run uses health and fitness as a way to help girls develop confidence. The curriculum develops teamwork skills and healthy relationships; it takes on Internet safety, cyber-bullying, body image, eating disorders, tobacco and alcohol use, and more, with running woven throughout. Sunday, the girls will be joined by parents, after-school providers, teachers, school administrators, community partners, elected officials, and others — all united by their desire to celebrate the girls’ accomplishment, and to show their support for afterschool programs. We hope that message is heard, loud, clear, far and wide!

Elizabeth McGlynn, Bethesda Jodi Grant, Bethesda McGlynn is executive director of Girls on the Run of Montgomery County. Grant is executive director of the Afterschool Alliance.

Giving thanks in Derwood wood site. Recent and ongoing improvements to the Emory Grove site will certainly benefit school other populations for years to come as future modernizations and relocations take place. We also give thanks for the newly renovated recreation area in the county’s Blueberry Hill Park, adjacent to our community [“Derwood neighbors celebrate renovated playground,” Aug. 28]. Complete with a centralized play area that helps parents keep a watchful eye on their children and new landscaping that includes an advanced drainage system for stormwater runoff, it is already a well-used and popular site since its opening in August. Additionally, we give thanks for the new crosswalk on Needwood Road between our community and Blueberry Hill that is helping to improve pedestrian safety. Speed has been

a perennial problem along Needwood, especially during the spring and summer seasons. The road does not qualify for traditional speed reduction measures like speed bumps. But, the county heard community concerns and worked swiftly to install the crosswalk that connects our community with the adjacent park. Finally, we give thanks for a project completed just beyond Park Overlook — the Shady Grove Access Bike Path, which now provides a safe route to the Shady Grove Metro Station for bicyclists and pedestrians. As part of the overall Shady Grove Sector Plan, the creation of the path was a major step forward in transforming the area into a more bicycle- and pedestrianfriendly community. In partnership with the county, our community anticipates continued involvement in implementing the Sector Plan and ultimately giving thanks for

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what will be a substantial public investment that will be appreciated by many future generations. The years ahead may also see major private investment in our community: the $50 million arena slated to be built next to the Shady Grove Metro Station. Public thanks for this project will be well-deserved if it is undertaken with careful attention to the existing sector plan, as efficiently and smartly as the community projects recently completed by the county, and with equal if not greater civic engagement. Derwood residents expect and deserve the smartest possible change and growth that the county and private investors can deliver. If recent projects are any indication of what our future holds, then Derwood will indeed have a bright future as it becomes an even better place to live.

Jeffrey S. Reznick, Derwood

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During election years Maryland politicians promise tax cuts. Then, after the election, they spend the next three years raising taxes until the next election year when the cycle repeats itself. An exception to this phenomenon is the cigarette tax, the ugly duckling of taxes, which most voters support. So it wasn’t surprising last week when antismoking activists called for a $1 a pack increase in Maryland’s cigarette tax, an increase to $3 a pack (the highest tax in our five state region and 10 times higher than Virginia’s 30 cents a pack). And they want state lawmakers to act next January, in the middle of an MY MARYLAND election year. BLAIR LEE The antismoking crusaders say the tax isn’t meant to raise revenue, it’s meant to make cigarettes so expensive that people quit. It’s true that boosting taxes doesn’t raise a lot more revenue. Maryland’s cigarette tax was 36 cents a pack in 1999. Since then it’s been increased three times to $2 a pack, more than a 450 percent increase. Yet revenues haven’t kept pace. When the tax doubled in 2008, revenues only increased 51 percent. Since then there’s been a steady drop in state cigarette tax proceeds. So, is taxation driving the tobacco industry out of business? Are fewer Marylanders smoking? Maybe, the number of cigarettes sold here dropped from 243 million in 2008 to 200 million in 2012. This is proof positive say the antismoking folks that their tax-it-to-death plan is working. Maybe, but measuring Maryland cigarette sales doesn’t account for cigarette smuggling which, thanks to the tax hikes, is on the rise. A January 2013 Tax Foundation report ranks each state by its estimated amount of cigarette smuggling. Maryland ranks 13th with smuggling accounting for 26 percent of cigarettes consumed here, up from 10 percent in 2006. New York, with its $4.35 per pack tax (an additional $1.50 in New York City) comes in first with a 61 percent

smuggling rate. An Ocean City smuggling ring was recently nabbed smuggling 1 million cartons from Virginia to New York. By my math these guys were looking at a $41 million profit. According to Jeff Kelly, a Maryland cigarette tax enforcement officer, some heroin and cocaine dealers are switching to cigarette smuggling because it’s less risky, easier and just as lucrative. Tobacco smuggling has a rich history. The first American tobacco was grown in 1612 by Virginia planter John Rolfe from tobacco seeds he smuggled into the colony from Venezuela. Tobacco growing soon spread to Maryland where it became the foundation of the colony’s economy for the next 150 years. Port Tobacco in Charles County became Maryland’s second largest seaport (today’s population is 13) and in 1637, tobacco was declared the official currency. Colonists bought goods and paid their debts and taxes with tobacco leaves. But most ironic was tobacco’s widespread popularity in Europe because, doctors believed, it was good for smokers’ lungs. Today, tobacco has fallen from grace. The war on tobacco is being waged by raising taxes, curbing advertising, limiting smoking venues and by peer pressure. In 1999 Maryland launched a tobacco buyout program paying tobacco growers who converted to other crops. Of the state’s 1,000 growers, 845 participated and today tobacco auctions are largely a thing of the past. So, here’s my question: Why prolong the agony? Smokers have been reduced to social outcasts. They huddle like lepers in the freezing parking lot sucking on their $7-a-pack cigarettes. Why not just outlaw cigarettes the same way we’d outlaw any other dangerous drug? Imagine if tobacco was first introduced today instead of 400 years ago. Picture the industry’s FDA presentation: “We’d like you to approve an inhalant that has no redeeming value but is addictive and often causes lung cancer.” It wouldn’t have a chance. Heck, even electronic cigarettes, the new non-tobacco fake cigarettes, are having a tough time with the FDA. A libertarian by nature, I don’t like government officials who think they’re better and smarter than me telling me

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what to eat and drink or what health insurance I must buy. But protecting us from addictive, fatal substances falls well within the government’s purview. So, instead of taxing it to death, which only promotes widespread smuggling, let’s put a bullet in it. Let’s figure out a realistic, equitable tobacco ban. The anti-smoking zealots are fine with an immediate, outright ban because, having battled the tobacco industry all these years, they view it as the Evil Empire which must be punished. Like most moralists, they don’t live in the real world. In fact, the only argument for tobacco is its 400-year evolution into a global industry with $90 billion in U.S. sales last year. Abruptly ending those jobs, investments and revenues would cause economic chaos. So phasingout tobacco over a reasonable period is step one. If tobacco’s days are numbered, let’s start numbering them. And perhaps Maryland’s successful experience converting tobacco farmers to other crops is a model for the larger tobacco industry. If e-cigs don’t have health dangers, that’s one conversion path. The e-cigs use a tiny battery that vaporizes a solution which is then drawn through a nicotine cartridge. “Smokers” get the nicotine without the tobacco and its harmful effects. The health zealots oppose e-cigs as a “gateway” to tobacco smoking that produces “secondhand vapor.” That’s the unhelpful, hardline approach. If harmless, e-cigs could be a godsend for smokers and the industry and should be welcomed instead of taxed and regulated like tobacco. Another conversation path, and I’m not kidding, is the coming legalization of marijuana. If this nation has its heart set on switching from tobacco to pot, why not put the tobacco industry in charge? Lord knows they’re set up for it. After all, that’s where we’d be today if, back in 1612, John Rolfe had smuggled in different seeds from Venezuela. 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.

The League of Women Voters of Montgomery County was proud of the County Council for its leadership in passing the comprehensive bag tax that took effect on Jan. 1, 2012. This act recognized that local governments can play an important role in protecting and managing our natural resources — including streams, rivers and the Chesapeake Bay. Consequently, the league was quite disappointed to learn of the submission of Bill 10-13 (titled “Taxation-Excise Tax Disposable Carryout Bags-Scope”), which would dramatically narrow the scope of the bag tax and reverse some benefits of the original bill. We wish to share with The Gazette and county residents some of our concerns. We hope that the County Council will recognize that taking such action would be extremely premature. The bag tax has been in effect for about 18 months — and without much publicity. County residents are still becoming accustomed to its requirements and may need more time and publicity to achieve more thorough compliance and to become comfortable bringing their own reusable (and washable) bags whenever and wherever they shop, while accepting such simple routines as laundering reusable bags. Narrowing the scope will conflict with and contradict the farsighted Climate Action Plan approved by the County Council — you see, plastic is a petroleum product that in both its production and destruction emits carbon dioxide (increasing our carbon foot-

print) and other air toxins. Narrowing the scope could also result in more costs for cleaning up trash, maintaining facilities and possibly requiring additional staff to do so. Despite rumors to the contrary, visual and physical pollution of county paths, roads, byways and streams — particularly with plastic bags — continues. Some League members have even seen them entangled in the tops of county trees. These bags also clog our stormwater management infrastructure, are costly to remove, and are hazardous to our wildlife. In addition, the 5-cent charge serves as a reminder of the negative environmental and economic impacts plastic bags have — thus inculcating an awareness of these problems (albeit at a far lower cost than in Ireland, where in 2009 the charge was 35 cents). Maybe we should consider charging more. We ask the county to join the league in supporting and retaining this sensible and important control over the pollution of our resources and in promoting more policies that protect our resources by reducing pollution. The league has long supported the County Council’s “reduce-reuserecycle” hierarchy and hopes that the County will continue to promote and strengthen these efforts — rather than weaken them — which is what Bill 1013 will do.

Linna Barnes, Chevy Chase The writer is the president of the League of Women Voters of Montgomery County.

Gazette needs to recognize other holidays The Gazette publishes on the front page happy photos and articles featuring Christmas, Easter, Jewish holidays, Halloween and the return of the spring blossoms. Until you realize that Norooz, Eid and Diwali are being equally joyfully celebrated by an increasing number of people and report on them on the front page (as opposed to a back page), neither the government nor the people in general will see the slighting of the holidays by the county public schools as a problem. Norooz is one of the most important Persian holidays, regardless of the religion of the immigrants. However, it

routinely falls during the county’s MSA spring testing schedule and both students have staff have to make the hard decision of whether to celebrate the holiday and miss work school at a time they are told no absences are allowed. I am happy to have my (Jewish) holidays recognized, though sometimes misunderstood. Until The Gazette does a better job of informing the public at large of the other annual cultural celebrations, there will not be a big shift in the government, nor in the support of the constituency. So, get with it, Gazette!

Angie Loomis, Chevy Chase

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Last season was unquestionably historic for Winston Churchill’s ice hockey team. The Bulldogs, under the direction of All-Gazette Coach of the Year Ray McKenzie and All-Gazette Player of the Year Zack Arden, won their second Maryland Student Hockey League title in three seasons. They were deep, physical, quick and talented. Arden, who accumulated 66 points in 18 games, was joined by standout seniors Zach Satin and Connor Martin to form one of the more memorable trios in

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Winston Churchill goalie Noah Kalicka (right), pictured last season against Walter Johnson, is one of the Bulldogs’ top returning players this winter.

GC tennis player overcomes injury

Clarksburg High School’s Tyler Fenslau finds room to run in the fourth quarter against Northwest earlier this fall. RAPHAEL TALISMAN/FOR THE GAZETTE

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he Tyler Fenslau that showed up at Clarksburg High School football tryouts in August 2011 was not the Tyler Fenslau that Coyotes coach Larry Hurd said he had seen playing running back since age 7. The speed and the cuts weren’t there. Then again, it’s probably fairly difficult to accomplish those things with a broken foot. Shortly thereafter, he had two. Relegated to the sideline for the first nine weeks of his freshman year, Fenslau gave Clarksburg football fans a glimpse of what he

was capable of with 200 rushing yards in the junior varsity team’s season-finale against Springbrook that year. “The thing is, he had two broken feet and he tried to play through it,” Hurd said. “I watched him play youth football and I knew he was a special kid. He wasn’t moving. I was like, ‘What’s going on here?’” Then in the fourth game of the 2012 season Fenslau suffered a season-ending knee injury — a meniscus tear — in a two-point loss to Watkins Mill. Of course he tried to play through that ailment as well.

“His pain tolerance is pretty unbelievable. One of the greatest things he’s done is learn how to communicate,” Hurd said with a chuckle. A healthy Fenslau, who Hurd said can read holes better than any running back he has coached, has provided Clarksburg with a team-high 12 rushing touchdowns this fall as a junior. Five of them came in Friday’s 33-7 win against Richard Montgomery that clinched the Coyotes’ (7-3) first postseason

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Defense led Wootton field hockey’s postseason run Thomas S. Wootton High School’s Alex Yokley (#21) advances the ball during the State 4A Field Hockey Championship game against Severna Park High School at Washington College in Chestertown Saturday. Wootton lost to Severna Park by a score of 4-1.

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There is a reason the world’s No. 1-ranked women’s professional tennis player, Serena Williams, still travels with a coach: Even the best tennis players continue to look for new ways to improve their game. Tweaking a forehand shot, however, is one thing. Building one’s game all over again from scratch is not a task most junior athletes rising up the U.S. Tennis Association rankings are faced with. But that is exactly what Our Lady of Good Counsel High School junior No. 1 singles player Stephanie Grodecki spent the first half of 2013 doing after a broken back sustained during the summer of 2012 knocked her off the tennis courts for seven months. Overuse during the summer before her sophomore

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Only one team scored multiple goals against Wootton BY

TRAVIS MEWHIRTER STAFF WRITER

Just look at all those numbers: 90 goals; four hat-tricks from Allie Band; 15 goals from Julia Lee; another player, Alex Yokley, eclipsing doubledigits; Marissa Morakis, technically a defender, chipping in eight; eight more Thomas S. Wootton players scored at some point along their journey to the state finals. In eight wins the Patriots had five goals or more, making another high-scoring team, look tame, almost innocuous.

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Tennis player Stephanie Grodecki of Our Lady of Good Counsel High School practices Friday at the Hong Tennis Training Center in Gaithersburg.

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Cross Country

Boys’ Runner of the Year

Girls’ Runner of the Year

Chase Weaverling

Nora McUmber

Poolesville Senior

B-CC Junior

Weaverling is the first boys’ runner since 1998 to win two county and one state title.

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Poolesville High School’s Chase Weaverling won the Class 2A cross country state championship.

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Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School’s Nora McUmber was the top runner in the county this fall.

Boys’ first team

Girls’ first team

Danniel Belay

Collin Crilly

Urgy Eado

Alex Riishojgaard

Evan Woods

Diego Zarate

Gaithersburg Senior

Good Counsel Senior

Wootton Senior

B-CC Senior

Whitman Junior

Northwest Junior

Finished first at the Keyser Invitational with a time of 15:16.

Crilly repeated as the WCAC champion (16:21).

Placed eighth in the 4A state championship, fifth at region.

Ended senior season with a 10th place state finish.

Woods won the 4A West Region and finished fourth at states.

Was second in the 4A West meet (15:57), sixth in county.

Boys’ Coaches of the Year Prasad Gerard, James Vollmer Poolesville Gerard and Vollmer teamed up to prove the Falcons were more than just Weaverling as deep squad finished second in the state in Class 2A.

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Continued from Page B-1 The numbers put up by Band and the rest of that juggernaut of an offense are shiny and fun, easy to point to when seeking an answer for Wootton’s consecutive undefeated seasons and the first appearance in a state final in more than three decades. Still, there is a much less gaudy statistic that languished in the shadows of the front line’s prolific, goal-filled year: four, the number of goals allowed by the Patriots’ defense in the first 16 games, an average .25 per game. Technically, Wootton needed only 20 goals to make it to Saturday’s state championship. The other 70 were just for fun. “I think it’s the most dominant it’s ever been,” Band said of the offense, the defense, and everything in between after the Patriots’ 1-0, overtime win over Dulaney in the state semifinals. “I don’t think we’ve ever scored 89 goals in a season. I think it’s crazy.” When the offense sputtered against Bethesda-Chevy Chase in the regional final, it was no cause of concern for coach Kearney Blandamer. Sophomore keeper Athena Sardelis pitched her 11th shutout of the year, biding time until Hannah King iced the game with an overtime goal, the first time the Patriots

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Dominant all year en route to second straight county title and second place at state meet.

Claire Beautz

Sophie El-Masry

Lucie Noall

Kiernan Keller

Regina Schreiber

Lucy Srour

Poolesville Junior

R. Montgomery Sophomore

Clarksburg Junior

Walter Johnson Junior

Q. Orchard Senior

Churchill Junior

Fifth at region and the county, she was third at states. (19:14).

Third-place finishes in both the state (19:09) and county.

She was fourth at states (19:12), second in the county.

She had seven top-five finishes, including fifth at states.

She finishing fourth in the county (19:16), 19th at states.

Third at regions (19:00), Srour’s finished 24th at states.

Boys’ second team

Girls’ second team

Sam Baker, Bethesda-Chevy Chase, junior; Harold Dorsey, Paint Branch, senior; David Fitzgerald, Winston Churchill, junior; William Kirk, Rockville, junior; Daniel Kosogof, Walter Johnson, senior; Ryan McCann, Quince Orchard, senior; Lorenzo Neal, Paint Branch, junior; Alex Roederer, Walt Whitman, junior; Luke Simpson, Albert Einstein, senior; Liam Walsh, Quince Orchard, sophomore.

Irina Bukharin, Walter Johnson, senior; Megan Crilly, Good Counsel, sophomore; Grace Dellapa, Thomas S. Wootton, sophomore; Karen Escobedo, Springbrook, senior; Abby Fry, Bethesda-Chevy Chase, junior; Amanda HayesPuttfarcken, Sherwood, sophomore; Emily Murphy, Walter Johnson, sophomore; Theresa Nardone, Poolesville, freshman; Julia Reicin, Winston Churchill, freshman; Helen Webster, Bethesda-Chevy Chase, senior

had seen extra minutes since the previous year’s region final, when Walter Johnson ran away with it in double-overtime. Five days later, when the offense again couldn’t find its way against Dulaney in the state semifinals and Wootton was trotted back out onto the field for an extra period, Sardelis did more than enough. At one point the sophomore made the veteran — and bold — move of allowing a Dulaney potential game-winning shot skip right past her and into the goal because she saw that the Lion had fired just outside of the shooting circle. Had she tried to kick it or made an attempt to knock it away only to accidentally redirect it into her own goal, the game would have been over, and another sublime Wootton season would have been undone in a most unfitting manner. But Wootton didn’t let up four goals for no reason at all. Sardelis and her rock of a back line in Dani Averill, Morakis, and Rachel Maizel were simply that good. “Defense is something you can do brilliantly every game,” Blandamer said after Yokley pounded in the game-winner over the Lions with zero seconds on the clock. “But offense is inconsistent and you can create the same opportunities and one game you score on every one and another game you miss

them all. “And so, just from talking about that with the kids, they don’t panic when the ball doesn’t end up in the back of the cage. They know that that’s to be expected and they just keep trying.” In Saturday’s state final tilt with Severna Park, the most heralded field hockey program in the state the back line could only do so much. They faced a Columbia University-bound Maeve Doherty and a University of Maryland-bound Olivia Reiter and a front line who bludgeoned its way through an indomitable Anne Arundel County schedule. Four first half goals — one was called a goal, then waved off, then reinstated as, in fact, a goal — eventually doomed the Patriots to a 4-1 loss to the Falcons but not before the defense saved some face. The Averill-Maizel-Morakis-led back line shut out the Falcons in the final 30 minutes, allowing zero shots to reach Sardelis and giving their offense a chance, albeit a very outside one, to mount a comeback. “Excellent,” senior defender Dani Averill said of her unit after the loss. “We’re really strong. I mean, second half, [Severna Park] didn’t get any opportunities. Second half we just went into it — we knew we had nothing to lose at that point.” tmewhirter@gazette.net

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Continued from Page B-1 recent history for a team that went 15-3-0. This year, however, things are different. With Adren, Satin and Martin all out of the picture, McKenzie, entering his 11th season at the helm, said he’s got a relatively inexperienced bunch and is unsure what to expect from his group. “I know the style we’d like to play,” McKenzie said. “We’re little, but I think we have decent speed. I’d like to be the little, fast, pesky team, but until we do that in games, it’s hard to say what you have. I hope we’re the little fast team that never quits and creates pressure.” The Bulldogs will be young, with five seniors on the roster, 10 sophomores and a freshman, though senior goalie Noah Kalicka returns and sophomore goalie Marcus Hurd joins the mix. The unpredictability of a usually-strong Churchill team should only add to the unpredictability of the league as a whole this season. “We go from third- and fourth-liners who now have to play on the first lines and replace the 80 goals we lost,” McKenzie said. “They certainly saw what it took to be a champion. Everyone who’s returning, they know what it takes. They know how hard the top

Girls’ Coach of the Year Thomas Martin Walter Johnson Martin and assistant Ashley St. Denis helped the Wildcats finish first in both the 4A West Regional meet and the 4A state championship (first since 1999) as they edged rival Bethesda-Chevy Chase both times.

players worked and how dedicated they were.” McKenzie said, based on his preseason observations and conversations, that Thomas S. Wootton and Walt Whitman are “in a class of their own.” Sherwood coach Chris Leonard agreed that Wootton could be a title contender, but also cautioned teams not to overlook the Bulldogs, despite their losses. Damascus coach Dave Hockey said that Montgomery Blaircouldbeasurpriseteamthis season while it will be interesting to see how Richard Montgomery performs after breaking away from the Col. Zadok Magruder/ Rockville team. Both Blair and Richard Montgomery are now standing alone instead as part of a co-op program. “Last year I think our team did pretty darn well for a young bunch that we had,” Sherwood’s Leonard said. “I think this year we’ve got the potential to be a good open ice team and be a bit physical.” Sherwood (4-7-1 in 201213) returns senior forward Colby Clem after he missed last year with an injury while Will Delany is back in goal. Seniors Ari Kirschbaun and Jakob Tomasson are expected to anchor the defense. At Damascus (5-5-1 last year), which combines players from Damascus, Gaithersburg and Clarksburg, Hockey said

his team will be experienced and strong down the middle. Senior center Billy Graham, senior defender Joey Hockey and senior goalie Grant Munson form an impressive trio of talent for the club, which also features two talented girls on the roster in Emily Hockey and Olivia Michalewicz. For James H. Blake, coach John Drzewicki is optimistic his group can continue its improvement from last season. Long have the Bengals struggled to win games, but they went 4-7-0 last year. “When I first started, I didn’t have any players who played anywhere but on our team,” Drzewicki said. “Now we’re getting more exposure. I’d like to consider us a very quick team.” Among the private schools, Landon will once again be the school to watch. Coach Chandler Gammill’s team has won (or shared) an Interstate Athletic Conference title for eight straight seasons, including earning the last three outright. Despite losing goalie Sam Kroll, forward Graham Shue and defender Will Buckingham to graduation, the Bears are deep and are expected to be lead by senior two-way defender Jack Barton. Montgomery County MSHL games are scheduled to begin in earnest Friday. ncammarota@gazette.net

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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. 9.

School

Record Points

6-5 9-1 9-1 9-1 9-1 8-2 8-2 7-3 7-3 7-3

Good Counsel Falcons Quince Orchard Cougars Bullis Bulldogs Damascus Swarmin’ Hornets Paint Branch Panthers Northwest Jaguars Gaithersburg Trojans Seneca Valley Screaming Eagles Clarksburg Coyotes Sherwood Warriors

60 54 47 43 36 30 24 18 9 9

Also receiving votes: None.

LEADERS Top rushers Isaac Boyd, Avalon Khalil Wilson, Einstein Charles Lyles, Poolesville Devonte Williams, Bullis Zac Morton, Whitman Dage Davis, Geo. Prep Chris Dawson, G. Counsel Amankwah-Ayeh, B-CC E. Spottswood, Sherwood Kevin Joppy, QO

Top passers Chuck Reese, Rockville Sam Ellis, Wootton G. Cooper, P. Branch Mike Murtaugh, QO Nick DeCarlo, G’burg C. Reighard, Seneca Renzo Farfan, R. Mont. Marvin Galdamez, Ken. Dwayne Haskins, Bullis C. Hennessey, N’wood

Carries 142 184 219 198 247 193 185 184 150 110

Yards 1673 1599 1549 1535 1499 1432 1038 1136 951 769

Cmp-Att. 356-415 194-375 158-269 95-159 82-146 99-189 118-217 99-178 72-128 99-204

Top receivers

Avg. 11.8 8.7 7.1 7.8 6.1 7.4 5.6 6.2 6.3 7.0

Yards 2932 2870 2261 1556 1467 1355 1324 1208 1130 1099

Catches Yards Trevon Diggs, Wootton 77 1102 Jibri Woods, Wootton 67 1007 Javonn Curry, P. Branch 57 907 Joey Cornwell, Rockville 59 736 Louison Biama, Rockville 45 758 Michael Scott, Kennedy 48 684 Phil Osborn, R. Mont. 54 645 Ryan Stango, P. Branch 40 640 Steven Kelly, B-CC 27 615 Anthony Albert, Rockville 57 604

TDs 29 15 15 23 17 19 13 12 14 14

Int. 15 15 7 4 5 6 6 9 5 10

TDs 37 24 29 21 12 15 14 6 14 6

Avg. 14.3 15.0 15.9 12.5 16.8 14.3 11.9 16.0 22.7 10.6

TDs 13 7 16 7 6 1 11 8 7 11

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Continued from Page B-1 year of high school — Grodecki has her sights set on obtaining a scholarship to play tennis in college — left her with two cracked vertebrae. The seven months off — it was nearly a year before she played her first USTA tournament — made the strong left-handed baseliner appreciate more than ever what she had, and once she was back on the courts early this year, Grodecki said she found a new motivation to make up for lost time. “I pretty much had to become a completely new player, re-create every shot so it didn’t hurt my back,” Grodecki said. “Every week was just a different stroke, working up until I was able to hit in clinics again. The first few months I only took private lessons because I wasn’t at that stage of hitting with the kids that I train with yet. That was the worst part,

CLARKSBURG

Continued from Page B-1 appearance since back-to-back playoff runs in 2007-08 when the current Class 4A program competed in 2A. Clarksburg will face Quince Orchard, a two-time defending state finalist and the 4A West Region’s No. 1 seed in Friday’s region semifinals, a tough task but one Hurd and Fenslau agreed the team is looking forward to. Clarksburg lost to the Cougars, 35-7, in Week 1. “They’re the king of the hill,” Hurd said of the Cougars. “We’re excited to see how much we’ve improved from Week 1. When you get to playoffs. ... I’ve coached all the sports and in [all sports but football] you start on day one and everyone knows they’re making playoffs no matter what their record is. In football, you have to earn the right to be there. We earned the right to be here, we’re one of 16

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FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK BY ERIC GOLDWEIN tory 7 p.m. Friday at Damascus (9-1), but don’t expect the Swarmin’ Hornets to be caught off guard this time. “Everybody wants this one bad,” Damascus coach Eric Wallich said. “The fact that it’s the team that knocked us out last year, it’d make it icing on the cake.” Damascus comes into the game having won its last seven games while Urbana dropped its regular season finale 20-7 against Linganore (9-1). Wallich said the Hornets will need to shut down the Hawks’ star running back, Raekwon Gray, who rushed for 26 touchdowns and almost 2,000 yards this season. To do that, their offensive and defensive lines will have to step up.

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Urbana High School running back Raekwon Gray helped the Hawks defeat Damascus 24-23 in overtime in last year’s playoffs. Urbana coach Ryan Hines said he expects Damascus to come prepared. “If I was in their place, I’d want to play a little extra hard,” Hines said.

mon Vault, who was described as “doubtful” by Gaithersburg coach Kreg Kephart. Northwest has won five of its past six games since losing to Gaithersburg 26-6 Sept. 28.

Trojans’ Vault doubtful

Paint Branch hot

Gaithersburg (8-2) returns to the playoffs after going 3-7 last season, but the team will have its hands full against Northwest (8-2) at 7 p.m. Friday in Germantown. The Trojans dropped the final game of their regular season — a 35-34 loss to Paint Branch — and may be without injured running back Solo-

Paint Branch (9-1) capped off its regular season with back-to-back victories against playoff teams and is riding a four-game winning streak into the postseason. It plays host to Sherwood (8-3) at 7 p.m. Friday. The Panthers defeated the Warriors 55-21 in the regularseason meeting.

Clarksburg (6-3) hasn’t reached the playoffs since 2008, but coach Larry Hurd said the last two months might as well have been postseason play. The Coyotes capped off their season winning five must-win games, including a 14-13 road victory against Northwest, to get the final spot in the 4A West Region. They are scheduled to play top-seeded Quince Orchard (10-1) at 7 p.m. Friday in Gaithersburg. The Cougars defeated the Coyotes 35-7 in the first week of the regular season. “They’re the king of the hill,” Hurd said.

Underdog Poolesville Poolesville (7-3) is in the postseason for the second straight year after clinching a spot with a 41-18 victory over Rockville last week. But they’ll need a lot to go right in order to pull off the upset against undefeated Middletown (10-0) at 7 p.m. Friday. “We’re going to enjoy the moment and enjoy the opportunity to play with one of the best teams in the state,” Poolesville coach William Gant said. egoldwein@gazette.net

FEARLESS FORECASTS 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

Clarksburg at Quince Orchard Gaithersburg at Northwest Sherwood at Paint Branch Urbana at Damascus Poolesville at Middletown Flowers at Suitland Wise at DuVal Douglass at Gwynn Park FAET at Surrattsville Sparrows Point at Forestville St. John’s College vs. DeMatha

Ken Sain

Dan Feldman

Jennifer Beekman

Nick Cammarota

Travis Mewhirter

Kent Zakour

149-27 294-52

147-29 290-56

146-30 288-58

145-31 288-58

141-35 284-62

139-37 276-70

Q. Orchard Gaithersburg Paint Branch Damascus Middletown Suitland Wise Douglass Surrattsville Forestville DeMatha

Q. Orchard Gaithersburg Paint Branch Urbana Middletown Suitland DuVal Douglass Surrattsville Forestville DeMatha

Q. Orchard Northwest Paint Branch Urbana Middletown Suitland DuVal Gwynn Park Surrattsville Forestville DeMatha

Q. Orchard Northwest Paint Branch Urbana Middletown Suitland DuVal Gwynn Park Surrattsville Forestville DeMatha

Q. Orchard Northwest Paint Branch Urbana Middletown Suitland DuVal Gwynn Park Surrattsville Forestville DeMatha

Q. Orchard Gaithersburg Paint Branch Damascus Middletown Suitland Wise Douglass Surrattsville Forestville DeMatha

when I came back for thefirst time tohaveaprivatelessonandsawall the kids I used to hit with and they improved so much over the seven months I was away, I wasn’t sure I would get to that point.” On Nov. 4, Grodecki capped a one-loss season with a silver medal in the No. 1 singles bracket at the season-ending Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championships and won the No. 1doublestitlewithfreshmanpartner Megan Keller. The fall season began mere months after Grodeckireturnedtotournamentplay — she said she only first felt truly back in late spring. Her return to the top of the Falcons’ lineup was integral in Good Counsel’s move from seventh place at the 2012 WCAC championships to third a week ago. With everyone back in the positions Falcons coach Lee Ingham said were a better fit, Good Counsel won six of its nine first-round tournament matches, a team record in Ingham’s eight years, she said.

Though Grodecki took on a leadership role as an appointed captain last fall despite her inability to compete — Ingham praised the Falcons’ top player for attending almost every practice and match no matter how hard it was to watch from the sidelines — the southpaw said she relished the opportunity to make an impact on the court as well in 2013. “[Grodecki] being a solid No. 1 gives the team an anchor, she is theanchor,andshedoesitincredibly well,” Ingham said. During her year away from tournament play, Grodecki lost all her ranking points and valuable match experience. But Grodecki has now broken back into the top 100 in the USTA Mid-Atlantic Section Girls’ 16s; she is currently ranked No. 99 out of more than 300 athletes listed. “In tennis you’re always working on your shots and working to get better ... but I had to start from zero,” Grodecki said.

teams and we worked hard to get here.” It’s taken a long time to get back “here” after having such success in the program’s second and third years of existence and it’s not something that seemed overly possible after what Hurd called an embarrassing 2-8 campaign a year ago. Public school programs are at the mercy of whatever athletes their district provides them and Clarksburg was fortunate to have drawn some tremendous NCAA Division I-caliber football players that set an early precedent. The last few years Clarksburg has struggled in several departments, Hurd said. But there was a different feel at the start of 2013, an inkling that something special was on the horizon. In addition to having the personnel to compete with the county’s best, the Coyotes brought a deepened passion into this season and have truly

bought into the fact that they’re playing for the name on the front of their jerseys and not their own individual statistics, Hurd said. Hurd praised his players for their trust in one another and their ability to focus on playing for a 1-0 record each and every week. For the first time in a while Hurd said his players have learned to focus on their individual responsibilities and how they fit into the big picture. The powerful Fenslau (122 carries for 701 yards) — Hurd said he literally carried six Richard Montgomery defenders on his back for 20 yards Friday — splits time in the backfield with elusive junior back Tavis Holland (132-767, three TDs). They run behind a monster offensive line anchored by Daequan Brooks and Zachary Thompson and Carlos Vanzego leads a defense that has only given up an average of two touchdowns per game.

STANDINGS Montgomery 4A South Division Team

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

All Div.

7-3 5-5 4-6 2-8 1-9 1-9

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

PF PA

214 155 265 219 162 277 218 263 52 292 53 304

Montgomery 4A East Division Team

Paint Branch Sherwood Springbrook* Blair Kennedy Blake

All Div.

9-1 7-3 5-5 5-5 3-7 1-9

5-0 4-1 3-2 2-3 1-4 0-5

PF PA

414 134 240 201 204 129 190 162 142 176 50 292

Montgomery 4A West Division Team

Quince Orchard Gaithersburg Northwest Clarksburg* Magruder

All Div.

9-1 8-2 8-2 7-3 1-9

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

PF PA

385 61 259 119 344 152 207 111 89 404

Montgomery 3A Division Team

Damascus Seneca Valley Rockville Einstein Watkins Mill Northwood Wheaton

All Div.

9-1 7-3 5-5 4-5 4-6 2-8 1-9

6-0 5-1 3-3 3-3 3-3 1-5 0-6

Montgomery 2A Independent Team

Poolesville

All

PF

PA

All

PF

PA

7-3 256 180

Private schools Team

PF PA

324 88 324 97 354 345 210 278 151 264 92 370 124 352

Bullis 9-1 344 117 Good Counsel 6-5 254 150 Avalon 5-5 272 212 Georgetown Prep 4-6 346 238 Landon 4-5 174 174 * Includes forfeit result

Last week’s scores

Poolesville 41, Rockville 18 Northwood 26, Wheaton 14 Watkins Mill 24, Einstein 20 Quince Orchard 40, Wootton 0 B.-Chevy Chase 22, W. Johnson 9 Clarksburg 33, R. Montgomery 7 Damascus 29, Churchill 0 Northwest 35, Springbrook 18 Sherwood 20, Kennedy 6 Seneca Valley 42, Blake 0 Whitman 17, Blair 13 Bullis 35, Georgetown Prep 7 Paint Branch 35, Gaithersburg 34 Landon 19, St. Albans 13 OT Randallstown 32, Magruder 0 DeMatha 29, Good Counsel 28 OT

BEST BET Urbana at Damascus, 7 p.m. Friday. Frederick County teams have won the 3A West Region for two straight years and Urbana ended Damascus’ unbeaten season in last year’s region semifinals. The Hornets are trying to return to the state semifinals for the first time since 2010. Urbana is coming off a big loss to Linganore that cost them the top seed.

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Prep grads hone skills with Raptors

KEEPING IT BRIEF

Montgomery College has shown it can score, but giving up too many points

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Wheaton replaces its boys’ basketball coach After five years of coaching the Wheaton High School boys basketball team, Sharief Hashim stepped down, accepting a position with Fairfax County Neighborhood and Community Services in Alexandria, Va. Four-year junior varsity coach, Marco BassoLuca was promoted to varsity in Hashim’s stead, and football coach Ernie Williams will be taking over Basso-Luca’s former duties. “Leaving was the toughest decision I’ve ever made,” Hashim said over the weekend. “But I know the program is much stronger now than when I started five years ago. I miss it already.” In a topsy-turvy season last year in which the Knights were perpetually involved in close, defensive-minded games, Star player Tyron White helped Wheaton finish 10-14.

Whitman advances to state title game Walt Whitman senior midfielder Aliza Wolfe’s penalty kick in the 79th minute of Saturday’s girls’ soccer Class 4A state semifinal against the defending champion South River of Anne Arundel County clinched the Vikings’ 1-0 win and first state final appearance since 2005. Whitman won its only state title in 2004. The Vikings (15-1-1) will face Baltimore County’s Catonsville, a 5-0 winner over Prince George’s County’s Eleanor Roosevelt in the other semifinal, in Saturday’s championship game at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. “This has been what the seniors have wanted since our freshman year,” Wolfe said. “We really, really want this.”

Damascus loses in soccer’s semifinals The Damascus High School girls’ soccer team suffered its first loss of the season in Saturday’s Class 3A state semifinal, a 4-1 defeat to eight-time state champion River Hill from How-

Magruder soccer falls in state semifinals The 2010 state champion Col. Zadok Magruder High boys’ soccer team’s season ended abruptly in Saturday’s 1-0, state semifinal loss in overtime to Anne Arundel County’s Severna Park. Adam Schaeffer came off the bench to finish a pass from Daniel Kwon in the 84th minute. The play came mere seconds after Magruder had the ball on its offensive end. “Soccer is like that. If you don’t make the score, the other team is going to have the opportunity to make the winning goal like that,” Colonels coach Juan Gomez said. The Falcons’ win ruined the hopes of an allMontgomery County final after James H. Blake’s 3-2 win over Parkdale earlier in the day clinched the Bengals’ first-ever state final appearance. Though disappointed in their ability to capitalize on some chances Saturday — Magruder was the agressor for most of the contest — the Colonels can reflect on a remarkable turnaround from a subpar 2012. And with so many young players, including sophomore national-caliber midfielder Bryan Argueta, Gomez said he is excited to contiue building on this year’s success in years to come. — GAZETTE STAFF

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Montgomery College sophomore and Springbrook High School graduate Timmy Christian drives to the basket against Passaic on Sunday.

“Being at MC has been beneficial because we are all trying to improve our stock and get looks and hopefully transfer to [four-year schools].” — Timmy Christian is rough when it starts, but we’ve definitely improved early on. The chemistry — you can see it — is getting better. We just need to play consistent defense because we believe no one can stop us offensively.” Freshman 5-foot-11 point guard D’Angelo Vaughn (Henry A. Wise) is averaging 21.5 points per contest and 6-foot-4 class-

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mate Shaun Lee Pender (19.0 ppg, Washington Christian Academy), who has been limited this season due to a strained thumb, are also key contributors. Freshman forward Zach Curran, who moved to the area from Montana, according to Bryson, completes the starting lineup. Sam Ijeomah (Suitland), Dwayne Clinton (Suitland), Jourdan McCants (Sherwood), Tanguy Mbaye (Montgomery Blair), Kelvin Bennett (Seneca Valley), William Jackson (Washington Christian) and Jason Rogers-Paris (Washington Christian) are all expected to contribute. “We have a lot of players and a couple kids who will be playing around Christmas,” Bryson said. “So we are working on figuring out a rotation and won’t be at full strength until then.” Note: MC is scheduled to return home Tuesday and play Northern Virginia as part of a daylong ceremony celebrating the college’s revealing of its new mascot, the Raptor. kzakour@gazette.net

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ard County. The Swarmin’ Hornets were making their first state tournament appearance since 2003. Katie Kirschenmann scored off a rebound from leading scorer Steph Cox’s shot in the 64th minute to prevent the shutout, something Damascus had done to quite a few opponents this fall. “This was probably the best season,” senior midfielder Steph Cox said. “We have eight seniors that make up the majority of the starting lineup so it’s great to have your best friends and girls you know and played with for three or four years. It [was disappointing to lose], but amazing getting this far.”

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Walt Whitman High School’s Aliza Wolfe (back to camera) is embraced by teammates (from left) Anna Gurney, Abby Myers, and Emma Anderson after Wolfe scored the winning goal in Saturday’s state semifinal game.

When Andre Gaines was playing basketball at Quince Orchard High School, he was typically the Cougars’ tallest and biggest student-athlete on the court, so he had to play inside. More than two years removed from high school, the 6-foot-6 forward is hoping to earn a scholarship to a four-year university after honing his game at Montgomery College. Gaines, who leads the Raptors (2-2) in scoring (24.8 points per game), says he is being looked at by a number of NCAA Division II schools. “Even at [the Division III junior college level] everybody is taller and more athletic so my wing play has improved a lot here at MC,” Gaines said. “I’m more of a guard-type now and playing outside feels more natural. I’d say from high school, my ballhandling and shot have definitely gotten better.” One of Gaines’ classmates, Springbrook graduate Timmy Christian, has also been a key contributor for the Raptors over the past two seasons. At Springbrook, the6-foot-5swingmanblossomed his senior year, but only received interest from a few colleges. So he — like most players on the Raptors’ roster — opted to enroll at a junior college with the intent of eventually transferring. “Oh, it has definitely helped a lot,” said Christian, who is averaging 13.5 points per game this year. “In high school I just used to shoot. Now, I am taking the ball to the rack more. Being at MC has been beneficial because we are all trying to improve our stock and get looks and hopefully transfer to [four-year schools].” Gaines and Christian are just two contributors on a Montgomery College squad that has been entertaining to watch early this winter. The Raptors are scoring 94.3 points per game, but allowing 89.8, a figure too high for coach James Bryson. “We can score,” Bryson said. “We are up-tempo, but hopefully we can be a little better defensively. If we can stop people, we should be fine.” Added Gaines, “Every team

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or more than 30 years, Slayer has been considered metal music royalty. Part of the “Big Four” of thrash metal — along with Anthrax, Megadeth and Metallica — Slayer has released 11 studio albums and won multiple Grammy Awards. The wildly popular — and always a bit controversial — group is set to play at the Fillmore Silver Spring on Tuesday. Slayer has inspired generations of musicians, most of whom give credit to the band for their sound and lyrics. For Slayer vocalist and bassist Tom Araya, inspiration came from a little closer to home. “I learned to play bass because my brother was learning how to play guitar,” Araya said. “The bass player I looked up to when me and my brother were learning how to play music was

Legendary heavy metal band Slayer, (from left) Gary Holt, Tom Araya, Kerry King and Paul Bostaph, will perform at Fillmore Silver Spring on Tuesday. TIM TRONCKOE

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When Bethesda jazz guitarist Louis Matza resolved to find a vocalist for a new band he was forming a few years ago, he posted a notice on Craigslist. “I saw this posting with obscure musical influences that I loved and no one else knew about,” said Aura Kanegis, who lives in the Chevy Chase neighborhood of Washington, D.C. It turned out the two shared a liking for the alternative rock bands R.E.M. and the Replacements, as well as Irish singer and songwriter Damien Rice. Kanegis signed up, the two began writing songs, added two

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Local guitarist and singer Tom Principato will celebrate the release of his 17th solo album, “Robert Johnson Told Me So,” with a CD release party at the Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club on Saturday night. A Falls Church, Va., native, Principato launched a solo career in 1984 after recording a live album with late guitarist Danny Gatton called “Blazing Telecasters.” The album saw great success, even earning consideration for a Grammy nomination. But Principato had been a fixture on the Washington, D.C., blues and jazz scene well before the 1984 collaboration. In the 1970s, he was the leader of Powerhouse, a band

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The jazz group Brûlée will perform Thursday at the Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club. From left are Lex O’Brien (drums), Andrew Brown (upright bass), Aura Kanegis (lead vocals) and Louis Matza (guitars).

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Tom Principato will celebrate the release of his latest album, “Robert Johnson Told Me So,” with a release party on Saturday at the Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club.

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(From left) Kelsey Jenkins, Deavon Taylor, Albertha Joseph and Ren Paige in “Speech and Debate,” opening Friday at Montgomery College.

‘Speech’ patterns The Communications and Performing Arts Department of Montgomery College — Takoma/Silver Spring will present the dark comedy “Speech & Debate” at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays, Nov. 15-24 at the college’s Cultural Arts Center. Directed by Sasha Olinick, “Speech and Debate” follows three misfit teens in Salem, Ore. — an openly gay young man, a self-professed nerd and a musical-theater obsessed loner — who discover they are linked by a sex scandal that has rocked their town. General admission is $5. Admission is free for students, faculty and staff with ID. For more information, visit cms.montgomerycollege.edu/cac.

The Origins Concert Series will present flutist Carrie Rose, oboist Wes Nichols, clarinetist Cheryl Hill, bassoonist Maude Fish and horn player Ted Thayer in concert at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Church of the Ascension, 633 Sligo Avenue, Silver Spring. The program will feature Marcel Bitsch’s “Sonatine,” Heitor Villa-Lobos’ “Bachianas Brasileiras No. 6,” Stuart Saunders Smith’s “Legacy Variations #99,” Thea Musgrave’s “Impromptu” and Gyorgy Ligeti’s “Six Bagatelles.” The concert also will serve as the world premiere for Rose’s “A Thin Translucence.” Each concert in the Origins series features a world premiere, presented alongside music from a variety of other time periods. Now in its third season, the series is supported by a grant from the Arts and Humanities Commission of Montgomery County. Upcoming concerts are scheduled for Feb. 1 and March 29, 2014. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 18 and younger, at the door. For more information, visit www. rosearts.org.

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Cat Russell will perform jazz and blues at the Black Rock Center for the Arts on Saturday.

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rammy Award-winner Catherine Russell will perform in concert at 8 p.m. Saturday at the BlackRock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown. After a storied career backing artists like Steely Dan, David Bowie, Cyndi Lauper and Paul Simon, among many others, jazz, swing and blues singer Russell — the daughter of music legends Luis Russell and Carline Ray — became almost an overnight success after the 2006 release of her debut album “Cat.” Tickets are $32. For more information, visit www.blackrockcenter.org.

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Ballad singer Lisa Null will perform Sunday at Glen Echo Town Hall.

The Folklore Society of Greater Washington will present ballad singer Lisa Null in concert at 7 p.m. Sunday at Glen Echo Town Hall, 6106 Harvard Ave., Glen Echo. Null, a mainstay in the Washington, D.C., area, as well as the national folk music scene for more than 40 years, performs traditional folksongs from North America, Ireland and Great Britain. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, Null became nationally known through frequent guest appearances on Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion,” and co-founded the celebrated Irish music record company, Green Linnet, during this time. Now 71, Null is making her return to stage following a long battle with cancer, in hopes to raise funds for a future, allencompassing recording project. Tickets are $15. For more information, visit www.fsgw.org.

Eileen Ward and Paolo Montalban as Anna and the King in Olney Theatre Center’s production of “The King and I.”

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Tony Award-winning musical “The King and I” comes to the Olney Theatre Center this Friday, with shows to Dec. 30. Known for its indelible contributions to musical theatre, such as “Hello, Young Lovers,” “Getting to Know You,” and “Shall We Dance?” the tale follows the star-crossed relationship that unfolds when a British school teacher is hired by the King of Siam to help modernize his country. For tickets and show times, visit www.olneytheatre.org.

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IN THE ARTS Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, Brulee, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14;

Omar Sosa Afri-Lectric Sextet, 8 p.m. Nov. 15; Tom Principato, 8 p.m. Nov. 16; Rene Marie, 8 p.m. Nov. 20; Sara Gazarek and Matt Dusk, 8 p.m. Nov. 21; Cindy Blackman and Another Lifetime, 8 p.m. Nov. 22, call for prices, 7719 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. 240-3304500, www.bethesdabluesjazz. com.

BlackRock Center for the Arts, “Mr. Cao Goes to Wash-

ington,” film, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15; Catherine Russell, 8 p.m. Nov. 16; The Sweater Set, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 21; call for tickets, 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown. 301-528-2260, www.blackrockcenter.org. El Golfo Restaurant/Music Hall, Greater U Street Jazz Collective, Ballin’ the Jack CD Release Party, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 20, 8739 Flower Ave., Pitney Branch, Silver Spring. 301-608-2121, www.elgolfosilverspring.com. Fillmore Silver Spring, Tori Kelly, 8 p.m. Nov. 14; Saved By the 90s A Party with The Bayside Tigers, 8:30 p.m. Nov. 16; David Nail with special guest Brothers Osborne, 7 p.m. Nov. 17; Slayer, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 19; Hoodie Allen, 8 p.m. Nov. 22; Mazzy Star with special guests Psychic Ills, 8 p.m. Nov. 23; Lamb of God & Killswitch Engage, 7 p.m. Nov. 26, 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, 301-960-9999, FillmoreSilverSpring.com, www. livenation.com.

InDepth Jazz Clinics and Concerts, “Maiden Voyage: The

Music of Herbie Hancock,” 1-5:30 p.m. Nov. 16, Saint Mark Presbyterian Church, 10701 Old Georgetown Road, Rockville. Faculty for clinic includes Mike Pope, bass;

Kenny Rittenhouse, trumpet; Jeff Antoniuk, saxophone; Allyn Johnson, piano; Todd Harrison, drums. $180 ($125, audits). www. indepthjazz.com

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Scrapbook: CD Release with Hesperus & Maggie’s Music, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13, 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, Alan Reid & Rob van

Sante, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 18, Saint Mark Presbyterian Church, 10701 Old Georgetown Road, Rockville, call for prices, www.imtfolk.org.

The Music Cafe, Raice McLeod and Barry Gurley, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13; Stranded Travelers, p.m. Nov. 15; Second Hand Ramblers, 8 p.m. Nov. 16; Dixieland Express, 7-9 p.m. Nov. 20, 26528 Ridge Road, Damascus. No admission. Tips accepted. 301-253-1500. www.themusic-cafe.com. Strathmore, Afternoon Tea, 1 p.m. Nov. 19-20; Museum Shop Around, 10 a.m. Nov. 14-17; BSO: Chris Botti, 8 p.m. Nov. 14; An Evening with Amy Tan, 8 p.m. Nov. 15; BSO: War Requiem, 8 p.m. Nov. 16; AIR Mentor: Graham Breed-

love with guests Elijah Balbed and Christie Dashiell, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 20; Lawler & Fadoul Duo, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 21; National Philharmonic: Verdi’s Powerful and Timeless Requiem, 8 p.m. Nov. 23; Classic Albums Live: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, 8 p.m. Nov. 29; Michael McDonald — This Christmas: An Evening of Holiday & Hits, 8 p.m. Nov. 30, call for venue, Locations: Mansion, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda; Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, 301-5815100, www.strathmore.org.

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Comfort and white linen at Copper Canyon Grill in Silver Spring Hankering for an early steak dinner and a drink on a Sunday afternoon in Silver Spring, I started calling the local usual suspects: Rays the Classics was closed between lunch and dinner service, Jackie’s would be opening later. Copper Canyon Grill said the grill is hot and the bar is open. When we arrived at 4:30 p.m., the place was packed and happy.

DINING REVIEW BY BRIAN PATTERSON Service practically sings at Copper Canyon. Clearly, management puts a premium on training staff to be engaging, responsive, quick and knowledgeable about the menu and the concept of team service. The server’s preamble that comes with the menus and solicitation for drinks is so scripted and steeped in the Copper Canyon credo of service with smile that it feels like you have entered a culinary theme park. From greeters, to seaters, from the captain to the servers and clearers, the teamwork approach to service fires on all cylinders. When it comes to the food, in the category of best burger in the county, try Copper Canyon’s Prime Rib Burger cooked medium rare and topped with Gouda cheese, sautéed onions, horseradish and — the kicker — slices of medium rare prime rib. While the choices of sides are many,

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we opted for a house salad that came with crumbles of fresh goat cheese and crunchy croutons made from the house cornbread. Coconut shrimp is a big plate of large tail-on shrimp generously battered with shredded coconut and coconut milk, all served with a salsa of fresh mango flavored on the sweet side. Macaroni and cheese is made of large corkscrew noodles in a creamy Mornay sauce of high-shelf cheddars and other cheeses. The meat on the pork spareribs, slathered in a user-friendly sauce of

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Continued from Page B-5 actually Paul McCartney from the Beatles. I didn’t want to emulate him, but I enjoyed the Beatles’ music and me and my brother used to play it.” Araya said he and his brother were really inspired by the music of the 1960s, especially Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, the Rolling Stones and the Doors. “All that music inspired me and that’s the music I listened to growing up,” Araya said. On May 2, guitarist Jeff Hanneman, one of the founding members of the band, died from liver failure due to alcohol-related cirrhosis. Before that, he had battled necrotizing fasciitis, more commonly known as the flesh-eating disease, that doctors seemed to think was a result of a spider bite on his arm. Doctors had to cut open his arm from his wrist to his shoulder to remove the diseased tissue. “About a month after he passed, we had started a European tour,” Araya said. “That tour was hard for me because at the very end of the set that we did on that entire tour, we did two songs … ‘South of Heaven,’ and ‘Angel of Death,’ and we had a banner that was made that was done in the logo of a Heineken, but it said Hanneman. It had ‘Angel of Death still reigning,’ and it had the year of his birth … it was a banner we put up as we started ‘South of Heaven,’ and going into ‘Angel of Death,’ which were two songs that Jeff wrote musically. “Of the four original members, me and Jeff kind of built a friendship. [We were] like brothers or family where every time we saw each other, it was ‘Hey, what’s going on? How are you doing?’ I thought for sure he could get it together. Even if he couldn’t play, I just got to the point where it didn’t matter to me whether he could play or not. I know he was struggling and he was having a tough time gaining dexterity back in his arm. It got to the point where I didn’t care, I just wanted him back out on the road being a part of this. He should be there. Slayer is our baby and he had every right to be there.” As part of the “Big Four,” Slayer did two concerts in the United States — New York and Los Angeles — with Megadeth, Anthrax and Metallica. In Europe, the bands played in several countries and even have a DVD of their show in Bulgaria. Although the bands played for packed stadiums, Araya said fans shouldn’t hold out hope for more shows — and points the finger at Metallica. “I don’t want to say politics is preventing that,” Araya said. “It’s not the politics between bands; it’s the politics of character in one particular band. We had an issue that came up on the New York show, which really freaked everybody out, but the New York show happened. I think, in all honesty, that was the last time we did the Big Four. I think another Big Four show might not happen. They could prove me wrong. Those shows basically, even though it was called the Big Four, it was done through Metallica. It was with Metallica’s blessing that allowed those shows to happen. If they want to continue and do a couple more shows, I think that would be great … if we were to sit down with them and communicate with them, that’s what I’d tell them.” Until then, Slayer is moving on with its own projects. Araya said currently the band is working on material for a new album with hopes of recording in January. “Yeah, that’s the plan,” Araya said. “That’s the plan [we] have on paper. I say that because things always change. Everything that this band does is never really set in stone. A lot of the time, we end up just doing stuff and things are taken care of after the fact. So that’s the plan. From what I understand, we’re going to head to the studio and start doing something. I know Kerry [King, guitarist] has been working on stuff for the past two years or so. … There’s plans for us to do something, starting in January and yeah, we’ll see where that goes.” wfranklin@gazette.net

SLAYER n When: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday n Where: Fillmore Silver Spring, 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring n Tickets: $45 n For information: 301-960-9999; fillmoresilverspring.com

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Rotisserie chicken at the Copper Canyon Grill. smoke and spice, falls off those bones almost too easily; they should need a little more gnawing. The coleslaw is creamy and refreshing and the fries are cooked well at the order, thin and crisp and lightly dusted with salt. The day’s fresh cornbread comes in hunks, moist and grainy without being too sweet. The house chicken pot pie is delivered in the little cast iron skillet in

which it’s baked. It’s a big pillow of pastry crimped around the edges of a rich and satisfying stew of chicken and vegetables. One gets the feeling that this is a just and delicious use of the scraps of rotisserie chicken left over from the day before. And rotisserie chicken is indeed the house specialty. While Montgomery County may be up to its elbows in rotisserie roasted chicken, it is refreshing to get good

roasted chicken in a low key, white linen setting. And speaking of the linen, I love the napkins with the button hole in one corner so you can button the napkin to your shirt! The fireplace is welcoming, the music is toe-tapping without being blasted and the service moves with a purpose. Without making reservations, we were greeted and seated with alacrity. Southern-style sweet tea, lemonade, and even the kid’s Shirley Temples are bottomless as long as you are seated. This franchise has the feel of a large well organized restaurant. The food is competently made and served in ample portions; the steak and salmon are cooked precisely as requested, however there is room for refinement. Executive Chef Jose Guillen is in the midst of tweaking and upgrading his culinary vision, and the service infrastructure is in place to deliver an even more polished menu. Copper Canyon is the venue to watch in the coming months as they become more of a threat to the fine dining possibilities in Silver Spring. Copper Canyon has sister locations in the Rio Center in Gaithersburg, not to mention Glenarden and Centerville Virgina, with another in the works in Woodmore Towne Center in Lanham. But only the Silver Spring location will be open on Thanksgiving!

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Continued from Page B-5 popular on the East Coast blues club circuit. With the release of his more recent albums, including 2011’s critically acclaimed “A Part of Me,” Principato said he feels he’s evolved as an artist. “I’ve always made a conscious effort, no matter where I am in my career, I don’t want to do the same old thing,” Principato said. “ ... Most of my career I’ve been known as a guitarist, but I’ve been trying to expand my songwriting and vocal skills. I like to think the last two albums have demonstrated my growth.” “Robert Johnson Told Me So” features guest artists such as Willie Weeks, bassist for Eric Clapton; Jim Brock, drummer for Kathy Mattea and Chuck Leavell, a keyboardist who’s played with The Rolling Stones, The Allman Brothers Band and John Mayer. “Chuck Leavell has been a friend of mine and been a guitarist on a number of CDs,” Principato said. “He always contributes a high level of musicianship.” Though Leavell will not be at Saturday’s release party, Principato will be joined by Tommy Lepson on keyboards and vocals, Joe Wells on drums, Bob Shellhouse on second guitar, and John DeSalme, Justine Miller and Xavier Perez on horns. Three members of Howard University’s Afro Blue Vocal Group will also perform with Principato on

n When: 8 p.m. Saturday n Where: Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, 7719 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda n Tickets: $25 n For information: 240-330-4500, bethesdabluesandjazz.com

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Though a guitarist for more than 40 years, Principato said his more recent albums showcase his vocal and songwriting abilities. Saturday. Principato started playing the guitar at the age of 11. He played in bands during his time at Fall Church High School, and after graduation, said he knew he wanted to become a professional musician, but didn’t know how to make it happen. “I didn’t really know what it would take ... but I knew I wanted to do it,” Principato said. At the suggestion of a friend, Principato moved to Boston where he said he “sort of stumbled his way around” until he landed a gig with a professional band. “I was 19 and have been a professional ever since,” Principato said. He may have 40-plus years as

a guitarist under his belt, but Principato said he’s only recently really developed into a songwriter. “I found that as soon as I started singing songs myself, about my life experiences, it was a lot easier for me to connect emotionally and I think that helped in my improvement,” he said. “I really have been trying to listen to other great songwriters and learn what it is about other songwriters I admire.” Principato said it was the ability of other musicians to connect that he found important. “[I’m] just mostly getting to a point where I’m writing about things that happened to me and things I think other people can relate to,” Principato said. “The sub-

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Brulee members (from left) guitarist Louis Matza, vocalist Aura Kanegis, drummer Lex O’Brien and bassist Andrew Brown.

Continued from Page B-5 more members and the group is now known as Brûlée. “Our writing styles worked pretty well together,” said Kanegis. “I was good with good with lyrics and melody, and he had the intricate chord structures.” The band, which also includes drummer Lex O’Brien of Takoma Park and bassist Andrew Brown of University Park, performs an original mix of jazz, indie, alternative rock and pop that reflects the diverse interests of its members. “We have a pretty eclectic style,” said Kanegis. “It’s not easy to put us in a box. We have a little something for everyone.” Brûlée, which has appeared in the District, Virginia and Prince George’s County, will perform for the first time at the Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club on Thursday. Also joining the band that night will be sometime participant Tom Anderson from Virginia, playing the sax. Kanegis said the group will probably play tunes from its first CD, “To a Crisp,” and also some new music. “It’s almost all original with a cover or two,” Kanegis said about the show. It took several years to finally produce “To A Crisp,” because Matza, Kanegis and Brown work full time and also have young children. A policy director for Quaker group the American Friends Service Committee, Kanegis said it’s sometimes tough to find time to write songs. “I’m the queen of wrinkled up scraps of paper,” laughed Kanegis, who stores ideas on her iPhone if she’s busy with work or family. “I’ll have a song looping around

jects I’ve been covering the most are about lost love ... losing parents, loss of romantic love ... Also, I [went] through a period experiencing some problems with my health.” It’s these real life struggles that Principato said have proved most touching to audience members. “On some of the more melancholy stuff, I’m connecting with audience members. I’ll see some misty eyes,” Principato said. “That’s when I know I’m connecting.” Saturday will not be Principato’s first performance at the newly renovated Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club. He’s performed at the club once since its 2012 opening and multiple times before it was remodeled. He said he feels the revitalization was important for the local blues and jazz scene that he’s been a part of for so many years. “The renovation and what they have done is beautiful,” Principato said. “Any venue that supports local music [and tries] to bring in topdrawer talent is important to the scene.”

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in my head … and a few weeks later I’ll find the time to write it down,” she said. Like Matza, who works as a research psychologist, she enjoys song writing and can’t imagine life without music. “I’m an introvert, and yet I really love performing,” she said. “You get into a feedback loop [with the audience]. It doesn’t matter if there are two people or 500, it makes the music so much better.” Born in Frederick County, Kanegis grew up listening to bluegrass and singers like Billie Holiday. “The blues and jazz voices always spoke to me,” said Kanegis, who sang with local folk and roots bands including the U-Liners and the all-girl funk band Zeala before it broke up. The first tune she wrote with Matza was “Glaze,” which reflects their shared love of road songs. It was inspired by Kanegis’ stop for Krispy Kreme donuts after a gig years ago.

As a guitar/vocal duo, they perform “Amsterdam,” a song that honors Matza’s close friend and traveling companion who “died ridiculously young in a motorcycle crash,” according to notes on the Brûlée website. The two also wrote “Poesy” based on Kanegis’ memories of a relationship in college with “trippy chords” by Matza. It is written in 6/8 time popularized by the Coltrane Quartet. “It evokes the ’60s jazz mood,” said Matza. “Driftin’ is a song by Brown, who builds guitars and basses and also likes to row on the Patuxent River. The song is about how remembering the Maryland river got him through some tough times while playing classical and jazz bass while studying in Vienna along the river Danube. Another Brûlée original is “Count Sheep,” which Matza wrote during bouts of insomnia in his early 20s and which has been up-

dated with O’Brien’s idea to add a samba beat from the Carnival in Rio. O’Brien, who also plays for ComplexBlue, at one time worked as a drummer for rock bands and has also played everything from country to free jazz to symphonic to circus music, according to the website. Despite all the engineered music on TV, radio and the Web, people still seem to enjoy live performances by real people, Kanegis said. “There seems to be a new resurgence for music that isn’t just a drum machine and synthesized sounds,” she said. Brûlée continues to build a steady fan base, and its second album is now in the planning stages. “The goal is to have a reliable crowd that would come out for our gigs, make a new CD and be able to afford to do that,” Kanegis said. vterhune@gazette.net

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Careers 301-670-2500

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Career Training

Customer Service

AV Sales Representative

Earn $750 to $1000 a week.

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

must have strong audio visual knowledge, experience and communications skills. Email resume to careers@total-av.com.

Call John at 301-987-9828

MECHANIC/FORKLIFT

NURSING ASSISTANT

TRAINING IN JUST 4 WEEKS

Will service/maintain fork truck equip in DC, MD & Northern VA. Electrical / hydraulic troubleshooting, preventive maintenance. 2+ yrs exp preferred. Good driving record essential. Vehicle & uniforms provided. Benefits inc. medical, dental, vision, life, 401(k) and more. Drug free. EOE / AAE. Email resume: bmeeker@werres.com or fax: 301-695-5560

Now Enrolling for December 2nd Classes GAITHERSBURG CAMPUS MORNING STAR ACADEMY 101 Lakeforest Blvd, Suite 402 Gaithersburg, MD 20877 Call: 301-977-7393 www.mstarna.com

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Effective immediately, M.T. Laney Co, Inc will be accepting applications for the following positions:

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BOOKKEEPER FULL/PART TIME

Need a capable bookkeeper not a data entry clerk, we do not use Quickbooks. Must speak good English! Send resume to rthomas301@verizon.net or mail to: Accounting & Bookkeeping Service 11301 Spur Wheel Lane, Potomac, MD 20854

CUST SERVICE

Admin, for a Rockville Insurance Company We will train for position. Must have computer and receptionist skills. Career opportunity with salary and benefits. To apply please

go to: gazette.net/careers

SKILLED TRADE

HVAC SERVICE TECH

IMMEDIATE Position Avialable for NATE and/or Journeyman HVAC service technicians. MUST have 2 yrs exp. Great hourly pay, commission, weekly bonus & insurance. Drug free, customer oriented, and motivated. Only qualified applicants apply. 301-670-1944 - Gaithersburg Education

BRICKLAYERS $22.00/hr. Min. 5 yrs commercial exp. Job in Ashburn, VA. Bilingual a plus. Drug-free workplace EOE, E-Verify

Top wages and a great working environment. EOE Please email resume to info@mtlaney.com fax 410-795-9546

Advertising Sales Representative

301-662-7584

Financial

SR Loan Officer

Sonabank seeks Commercial Lender Montgomery County. BS in Business and 5 yrs direct exp. Resume to careers@sonabank.com EEO AAE. Dental/ Medical Assistant Trainees Needed Now Dental/Medical Offices now hiring. No experience? Job Training & Placement Assistance Available 1-877-234-7706

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Comprint Military Publications publishes 9 newspapers each week and the only website dedicated to the military in the DC region is looking for energetic, organized, computer savvy sales representative to sell advertising into military newspapers and online. Job requires previous infield and telephone sales experience. Must be customer service oriented and consultative seller. Candidates must be able to create ads for customers and work well under weekly deadlines and pressures of meeting sales goals. Prefer candidates with experience. Territory open in Northern VA. Headquarters in Gaithersburg, MD. If interested and qualified, please send resume and cover letter with salary requirements to jrives@gazette.net. We offer a competitive compensation, commission and incentives, comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, pension, 401(k) and tuition reimbursement. EOE.

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Real Estate

Insurance CSR

Well-established State Farm agency in Gaithersburg looking for fully licensed professional. Salaried position. Experience w/SF agency office systems a plus. Email/Fax resume to gloria@davebonnell.com; 1-301-975-9426

MEDICAL ASST

FT for an OB/GYN practice in Germantown, MD, current exp in the medical office & familiar with insurance and coding required. Spanish speaking a plus. Please fax your resume to: 301-983-6262

Restaurant Staff µ Wait Staff µ Bus Persons Full & Part time shifts available Apply In Person: Normandie Farm Restaurant 10710 Falls Rd, Potomac 301-983-8838

Child Care Teacher

Karasik and Family, Infant & Child Care Center has vacancy for fulltime Child Care Teacher in its inclusive center. Applicant must have Bachelor’s degree in ECE, Special Ed, Child Psychology or other related field with course work in Child Development and Curriculum Methods and one year of relevant experience or relevant AA degree (including Early Childhood course work) plus 90-hour certificate and three years of relevant experience. Salary range of 15.24-16.02/hour. Email resume to Sharon at SharonC@arcmontmd.org or fax 301.593.1340. EOE/M/F/D/V

Concrete Mixer Driver

Lafarge Mid-Atlantic is seeking full time experienced CDL mixer driver’s. Great pay and benefit package. Experienced only need apply. Contact Dave 443-829-6625 or apply at: 14824 Southlawn Lane Rockville MD 20850

Healthcare

Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer (RDCS) Cardiology Office seeking a FT with 1 year minimum experience and proficiency with a Philips iE33 machine. Salary negotiable. Fax resume to 301-797-6927.

CITY OF GAITHERSBURG Current Job Opportunities

The City of Gaithersburg has full-time and part-time employment opportunities currently available including: ∂Public Works Maintenance Workers (FT) ∂Community Services Case Coordinator (FT) ∂Basketball Referees/Youth & Teen Prog (PT) ∂Volleyball Officials/Adult Leagues (PT) See a complete list of openings and apply online at www.gaithersburgmd.gov/jobs, or call the Human Resources Dept. at 301.258.6327 for information. Except where indicated, positions are open until filled. EOE/M/F Silver Spring

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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

EOE

TECHNICIAN

FT, experienced, friendly and outgoing to work weekday day shift, weekends, with some overnight shifts. Benefits are available. The perfect applicant will have several years of technician experience in an emergency setting, and knowledge of DVMax. To apply go to: gazette.net/careers

Executive Office Assistant

Provides general office support with emphasis on accounts receivable. Works closely with the CEO and manages his calendar, communications and other tasks as required. Compensation DOE. Resume to callen@greasebusters.com

Sales

NEW HOMES PART-TIME SALES ASSISTANT

We’ve Got the Ideal Job!!! Miller and Smith is seeking energetic candidates with excellent people and communication skills to serve as a part-time Sales Assistant at our location in MONT Co./Clarksburg for 4 days a week. Thurs. -Sun. weekends are required/ NO benefits. $16.00/hr. Interested candidates should send their resumes to hr@millerandsmith.com or fax to (703) 394-6605. EEO M/V/F/D

Part-Time

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Automotive

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Call 301-670-7100 or email class@gazette.net

YOU ALWAYS GET YOUR WAY AT OURISMAN EVERYDAY!

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ON ALL 2013 MODELS

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$

$

down payment

2014 JETTA S

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MSRP $21,910

16,999

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OR 0% for 60 MONTHS

2013 GTI 2 DOOR

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MSRP $25,545

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MSRP $31,670

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$

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OR 0% for 60 MONTHS

21,599

$

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2014 TIGUAN S

2013 PASSAT TDI SE

#V13770, Mt White, Pwr Windows, Sunroof

#4126329, Power Windows/Power Locks, Keyless Entry

OR 0% for 60 MONTHS

OR 0% for 60 MONTHS

17,499

$

OR 0% for 60 MONTHS

2013 BEETLE CONVERTIBLE

$

1st month’s payment

#V131136, Mt Gray,

MSRP $19,990

$

0*

2013 PASSAT S 2.5L

#3131033, Automatic, Power Windows/Power Locks, Keyless Entry, Heated Seats, Bluetooth, Cruise Control

MSRP $18,640

BUY FOR

$

security deposit

2013 GOLF 2 DOOR

# EM365097, Auto, Power Windows, Power Locks, Keyless Entry

BUY FOR

$

due at signing

23,999

$

BUY FOR

26,999

$

OR 0% for 60 MONTHS

OURISMAN VW WORLD AUTO CERTIFIED PRE OWNED 35 Available...Rates Starting at 2.64% up to 72 months

2007 Jetta........................................#M13504B, Gray, 84,875 mi...............$8,991 2011 Jetta........................................#V13112099A, Blue, 41,638 mi.......$12,494 2010 Jetta SW..............................#V131209A, Red, 59,808 mi............$13,991 2012 Beetle.....................................#P7659, White, 32,147 mi...............$14,991 2009 Jetta Sedan........................#V109044A, Red, 106,036 mi..........$13,999 2010 Tiguan....................................#P7655, White, 38,446 mi...............$15,992 2011 Jetta SE................................#VP0002, Gold, 42,558 mi...............$15,995 2012 Jetta SE................................#VPR6113, Silver, 34,537 mi............$16,495

2012 Jetta SE................................#VPR6112, Blue, 38,430 mi.............$16,495 2012 Passat S...............................#VPR6111, Gray, 35,959 mi.............$16,495 2011 CC Sport...............................#FR7163, Black, 38,075 mi..............$17,995 2010 Routan SE............................#P7638, Silver, 21,506 mi................$18,495 2012 GTI............................................#P7660, White, 7,886 mi..................$19,491 2011 Routan SE............................#VP6065, Blue, 37,524 mi...............$20,495 2010 Tiguan....................................#VP6060, White, 31,538 mi.............$20,995 2012 Passat TDI...........................#V071353A, Gray, 42,223 mi...........$22,995

All prices exclude tax, tags, title, freight and $200 processing fee. Cannot be combined with any previous advertised or internet special. Pictures are for illustrative purposes only. See dealer for details. 0% APR Up To 60 Months on all models. See dealer for details. Ourisman VW World Auto Certified Pre Owned financing for 60 months based on credit approval thru VW. Excludes Title, Tax, Options & Dealer Fees. Special APR financing cannot be combined with sale prices. Ends 12/02/13.

Ourisman VW of Laurel Ourisman VW of Rockville 3371 Fort Meade Road, Laurel

801 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD

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DARCARS VOLVO OF ROCKVILLE

2006 Hyundai Sonata LX

6,980

#325064A, 5 Speed Auto, Ebony Black, 4 Door

$

2012 Mazda Mazda 6

13,480

#E0259, 5 Speed Auto, 38K Miles, Polished Slate

$

2010 Mini Cooper S

2008 Volvo S60 2.5T

#N110003, 5 Speed Auto, Blue Metallic, Sunroof

12,480

13,980

#329040A, Ent. Center, 4WD Sport Utility, Formal Black

17,480

#325025A, 6 Speed Auto, Black, Mid Size Wagon

2006 BMW X5 3.0i

#326077A, 4WD, Auto, Sport Utility, Sterling Gray

2008 Nissan Altima 2.5S

#325096B, CVT Transmission, Super Black, 52K Miles

$

$

2008 Ford Mustang GT

NOVEMBER SALES EVENT

12,980

$

2008 Honda Pilot SE

15,980

$

16,980

$

2010 Volvo XC60 3.2L

#326024A, Premium, M/T Car Coupe, 46K miles, 5 Speed

$

2013 Infinity G37

19,480

$

#E0216,BackupCamera, 23KMiles,BlackObsidian, SedanTouring

2007 Honda Accord

#326063A, 5 Speed Auto, Taffeta White.....................................................

2012 Nissan Versa S

#E0263, 32K Miles, 4 Speed Auto, 4 Door Coupe..................................

2010 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ

$11,980

#426021A, 6 Speed Auto 37.6K Miles, Taupe Gray Metallic...................

2008 Cadillac STS

#N0270, RWD W/1SB, 6 Speed Auto, Black Raven................................

2013 Volkswagen Passat SE

#N0271, 6 Speed Auto, 7.9K Miles, Black..............................................

2012 Mazda Mazda 3 M3

$15,980

$18,480 $19,480 $20,980

#327223B, Touring, Navigation, M/T, 24K Miles, 1-Owner......................

DARCARS

$9,480

28,480

$

2008 Lexus RX 400H

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28,980

#332293A, 5 Speed Auto, 2.6K Miles, Ice White, 1-Owner.....................

2009 Volvo XC90

$31,980 $36,480

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13.5k miles, 1 Owner

17,800

10 Toyota Rav-4 $$

#P8822, 4 Speed Auto, 39k miles, 4WD Sport Utility

16,985

13 Toyota Camry LE #R1738, $ 6 Speed Auto, 14.2k $

miles, 4 Door, 1 Owner

19,855

2013 Toyota Pruis C Three.... $18,800 $18,800 2012 Mini Cooper Clubman S. $23,800 $23,800 #372383A, CVT Transmission, 4 Door, Classic Silver #377689A,Auto, 6K Miles, 1 Owner, White Silver Metallic

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11 Ford Focus SE $$

#364474A, Auto, 4 Door, 1 Owner

2010 Nissan XTERRA X........ $16,800 $16,800 2011 Toyota Highlander SE. . . $22,800 $22,800 #472099A, 5 SpeedAuto, 4WD, Super Black, 1 Owner #363230A, 6 SpeedAuto, Blizzard Pearl

#327208A, 6 Speed Auto, Caspian Blue, Certified.................................

VOLVO

11 Toyota Camry LE $$

#P8793, 6 Speed Auto, 29k miles, Mid-Size

12,500

2007 Honda CR-V EX-L........ $15,985 $15,985 2013 Scion FR-S................ $22,800 $22,800 #472069A, 5 SpeedAuto, Beige Metallic, 1 Owner #335112A, Coupe,Auto, 5.7K Miles, 1 Owner

$27,980

#P8825, 6 Speed Auto, Ice White, 4WD, 1-Owner, Certified...................

012 Volvo XC60

12,800

4 Door, 1 Owner

$13,800 2013 Mazda Mazda 5.......... $21,900 $21,900 2013 Toyota Corolla LE........ $13,800 #R1712, 4 SpeedAuto, 12K Miles, 1 Owner, Magnetic Grey #460022A, Grand Touring, 2WD Minivan, 5 SpeedAuto

$25,980

#429002A, 4WD, Sport Utility, 44K Miles, Gray Metallic Certified...........

22011 Volvo XC60 T6

17,500

4 Door, 1 Owner

11,800

$13,500 2010 Toyota Venza............. $20,995 $20,995 2011 Toyota Camry LE......... $13,500 #P8734, 1 Owner, 6 SpeedAuto, Magnetic Grey Metallic #374551A, 6 SpeedAuto, 43.9 mil, Red, Midsize Wagon

$24,980

#438145A, Auto, 29.8K Miles, X-Drive, 4 Door, Alpine White..................

2013 Volvo C30

13,800

4 Door

10 Toyota Corolla LE #P8802, $ 4 Speed Auto, $

2007 Toyota Sienna CE........ $11,800 $11,800 2012 Toyota Tacoma 4WD. . . . $20,555 $20,555 #364373A, 2WD, 5 SpeedAuto, 1 Owner,Artic Pearl #355048A, 4 SpeedAuto, 11k miles, Magnetic Gray

$21,980

#327217B, 6 Speed Auto, 9K Miles, Satin Metal, 1-Owner.....................

2011 BMW 328xi

12,800

10 Toyota Prius III $$

#P8805, 4 Door, CVT Transmission, 45k miles

$

2011 KIA Optima EX

11 Toyota Camry LE #372388A, $ 6 Speed Auto, $

Auto, 1 Owner

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$

11 Chevrolet Equinox LT #470213A, $ Sport Utility, $

10,985

10 Mazda Mazda3 S #377580A, $ 4 Door, 5 Speed $

CERTIFIED #P8750, AWD, Electric Silver, Metallic, Certified

10 Toyota Corolla LE #36449A, $ 4 Speed Auto, $

6 Speed Auto

2008 Volvo V70 3.2L

CERTIFIED #438042D, Hardtop, Coupe, Pepper White, Auto, 41K miles

05 Honda Pilot EX-L $$

#262026B, 5 Speed Auto, 4WD

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2005 SUBARU LEGACY OUTBACK: L.L. Bean Ed-

$

#11614 2 At This Price: VINS: 350804, 370886

ition with 3.0 Liter V6 engine. Exc cond. 54k miles. $13000 OBO 202-360-6812

2013 NISSAN SENTRA SV

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HONDA FIT 2007 5 DR 5 speed manual PW/AC 2 5 K miles, MD inspected, 1 owner $8999 301-340-3984

14,495

13,995

2014 NISSAN ALTIMA 2.5 S $

With Bluetooth #13114 2 At This Price: VINS: 157426, 127996

2013 NISSAN MURANO S AWD MSRP: Sale Price: Nissan Rebate: Nissan Bonus Rebate: NMAC Bonus Cash:

VOLVO 2004 SUV XC90 T6 awd 7 pass, MD inspect, 1 owner $5999 301340-3984

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2012 Nissan Versa SL #346423A, Auto Transmission, Alloy Wheels, Bluetooth, Power Features

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24,690

$

AFTER TOYOTA $1,500 REBATE

2004 Toyota Highlander Limited

12,977

$

#472031B, 4WD, Leather Seating, Sunroof, 7 Passenger, Low Mileage

2011 Toyota Corolla LE

13,977

$

#347522A, Power Features, Low Miles

#346486A, Auto Transmission, Alloy Wheels, Sunroof

13,977

$

2003 Ford Thunderbird #N0275, Hard Top Convertible, Low Miles

14,977

$

With Bluetooth #23213 2 At This Price: VINS: 319441, 321399

2013 NISSAN PATHFINDER SV 4X4

V.W GOLF 2001 GTI 80K MIL 5 sp VR 6 MD inspect, $4999 301-3403984

MSRP: Sale Price: Nissan Rebate: NMAC Bonus Cash:

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12,977

$

2008 Nissan Altima 2.5S Coupe

$

$34,705 $29,495 -$1,500 -$1,000

26,995

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2011 BMW 328i

2009 Mini Cooper Clubman S #P8746, 1-Owner, Pano Roof, Automatic

16,977

$

#E0215, 24K Miles, Navigation Sys, Sunroof

24,977

$

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NEW 2014 COROLLA LE

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12,977

$

17,495

$31,750 $26,995 -$2,500 -$1,000 -$500

22,995

$

#341230A, Auto Transmission, Low Miles

#12113 2 At This Price: VINS:788738, 784016

MSRP: Sale Price: Nissan Rebate: NMAC Bonus Cash:

TOYOTA AVALON XLS 2000 172K mi loaded, exc cond, $5595/BO Mookim 301-972-1435

2007 Ford Mustang Coupe

NEW 2013 PRIUS PLUG-IN

4 DR., 4 CYL., AUTO

11,977

$

#P8767,PWR, Mirrors, Lock, Remote Keyless Entry

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$

MERCEDES 2001 C240 4 DR, 6 spd manual, MD inspect only 73K miles $7000 301-3403984

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$

2010 Nissan Versa Hatchback

2014 NISSAN VERSAMSRP: NOTE SV HATCHBACK $17,115

2002 MAZDA MILLENIA: 97k miles tan

#25213 2 At This Price: VINS: 679899, 606300

36

11,977

$

#P8751A, Wolfsburg Edition, Leather, Sunroof, Manual

2 AVAILABLE: #470180, 470188

$

GREAT GREAT AUTUMN SALE! SALE! AUTUMN

NEW 2014 SCION XD 2 AVAILABLE: #453005, 453006

$

4 CYL., AUTO

16,390

4 DR., AUTO, 4 CYL., INCL.

169/mo.**

4 CYL., 4 DR., AUTO

NEW 2013 RAV4 LE 4X2 BASE 2 AVAILABLE: #364503, 364450

NEW 2014 CAMRY LE 2 AVAILABLE: #472063, 472120

36 Month Lease $

149/mo.**

$

4 DR., 4 CYL., AUTO

AFTER $500 REBATE

17,390

$

AFTER $750 REBATE

4 DR., AUTO, 4 CYL.,

4 CYL., AUTOMATIC

NEW 2014 CAMRY LE

NEW 2013 PRIUS C II

2 AVAILABLE: #377728, 377558

20,890

2 AVAILABLE: #472089, 472075

0% FOR

60

DARCARS

MONTHS+

On 10 Toyota Models

See what it’s like to love car buying

$

19,690

AUTO, 4 CYL., 4 DR

AFTER TOYOTA $1,000 REBATE

G557425

1-888-831-9671

15625 Frederick Rd (Rte 355) • Rockville, MD n OPEN SUNDAY n VISIT US ON THE WEB AT www.355Toyota.com

PRICES AND PAYMENTS INCLUDE ANY APPLICABLE MANUFACTURE’S REBATES AND EXCLUDE MILITARY ($500) AND COLLEGE GRAD ($500) REBATES, TAX, TAGS, DEALER PROCESSING CHARGE ($200) AND FREIGHT: CARS $795 OR $810, TRUCKS, SPORT UTILITY AND SIENNAS $810, $845 AND $995. *0.9% APR & 0% APR FINANCING UP TO 60 MONTHS TO QUALIFIED BUYERS THRU TOYOTA FINANCIAL SERVICES. TOTAL FINANCED CANNOT EXCEED MSRP PLUS OPTIONS, TAX, AND LICENSE FEES. 0% APR 60 MONTHLY PAYMENTS OF $16.67 FOR EACH $1000 BORROWED. 0.9% APR 60 MONTHLY PAYMENTS OF $17.05 FOR EACH $1000 BORROWED. APR OFFERS ARE NOT VALID WITH ANY OTHER CASH BACK OR LEASE OFFER. NOT ALL BUYERS WILL QUALIFY.**LEASE PAYMENTS BASED ON 36 MONTHS, 12,000 MILES PER YEAR WITH $995 DOWN PLUS $650 ACQUISITION FEE, NO SECURITY DEPOSIT REQUIRED. SEE DEALER FOR COMPLETE DETAILS. OFFERS EXPIRES 11-30-13.

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#KP71702B, NAVIGATION, FAC WARR

G529112

$8,990

‘08 Chrysler Sebring Cnvrt. $9,998

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