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Sewer authority uses fans to try to eradicate smell BY AGNES BLUM STAFF WRITER

It’s taken fourteen years, but now joggers and bikers along the C&O Canal can inhale the scent of honeysuckle instead of the stench of sewage, thanks

to the odor abatement facilities finally completed this spring by the D.C. Water and Sewer Authority. The odor abatement project, which began in 1999, aimed to ameliorate the stink of a 50-mile sewer line, called the Potomac Interceptor, that runs through multiple jurisdictions and carries an average of 65 million gallons of wastewater per day. The 84-inch-wide pipe was built in the early 1960s with vents

that released hydrogen sulfide, a gas that can corrode the inside of the pipe and also is the source of the bad smell. Through the years, residents in Washington, D.C., and Loudon County, as well as in Montgomery County, have complained. Whit Overstreet lived near Old Angler’s Inn in Potomac for a few years and often could smell the sewage as he rode his bike to work.

“There were a couple spots where it was always really bad, like Carderock,” said Overstreet, a program manager at Potomac Riverkeeper, a nonprofit dedicated to halting pollution in the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers through enforcement and community engagement. “It was an awful smell intruding on an otherwise wonderful, natural experience.” Now there are three operating fa-

cilities in Montgomery County: one at the Little Falls pumping station in Bethesda, one off Clara Barton Parkway in Cabin John and one across from Old Angler’s Inn. Two more are in Virginia and WASA opened one at Fletcher’s Boathouse in Washington, D.C., this past June. The facilities use fans to pull gases out of the sewer, run them

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Runners and their dog enjoy a late summer day Friday on the towpath along the C&O Canal near Historic Great Falls Tavern in Potomac.

Park After Dark N on Saturday BY

PEGGY MCEWAN STAFF WRITER

ot often is it desirable to have a perfect storm and an outdoor fundraiser on the same day, but for the C&O Canal Trust, it’s all good. The perfect storm in this case is the historical significance of Sept. 28, the day the trust is holding its annual Park After Dark fundraiser at Historic Great Falls Tavern in Potomac. “This is the 75th anniversary of public ownership of the C&O Canal. It

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n Park After Dark will be held from 6-11 p.m. Saturday at Historic Great Falls Tavern, 11710 Mac Arthur Blvd., Potomac. Tickets are $175, of which $125 is tax deductible. For more information visit www.parkafterdark.org or call 301-714-2233.

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Little Free Library movement snowballing Readers encouraged to borrow a book, leave a book in the neighborhood n

BY JENN DAVIS STAFF WRITER

Handcrafted cabinets that look like large birdhouses filled with free, used books are sprouting up all over the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. Takoma Park might have one soon.

Little Free Libraries are freestanding structures built by neighbors or community groups. They house a collection of donated books. Everyone is welcome to use the library. Those who do are encouraged to return the books they borrow or add a new book for others to enjoy. Now a national movement, the Little Free Library program originated in Wisconsin in 2009. A map on the organization’s website shows that there are Little Free Libraries in North Potomac, Silver Spring

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and Wheaton in Montgomery County, as well as branches in Prince George’s County. Ken Samson of Washington is determined to design and install a dozen new Little Free Libraries in the area. Even though he plans to put most of them in the District, he also is targeting the bordering community of Takoma Park, with hopes of bridging the two communities. If his plan is successful, he will put

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is also National Public Lands Day. And Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewel will be attending, a perfect storm for [a great event],” said Michael Nardolilli, president of the C&O Canal Trust, the official nonprofit partner of the C&O Canal National Historical Park. The trust has an agreement with the park to work on improving the visitor experience, raise money for specific projects and to raise awareness of the park and all it has to offer, Nardolilli said. This weekend’s event, the third Park After Dark, will be held under a tent on

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Advocates continue call for holiday school closures Students, others face hard decision on Muslim holy days n

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LINDSAY A. POWERS STAFF WRITER

Standing in front of the Montgomery County Council Office Building in Rockville, Northwest High School senior Anhar Karim said he is

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one of many students in the county who have faced a hard decision related to two Muslim holidays. Karim said that when a holiday conflicts with school, he can either celebrate and miss class or go to school and miss the celebration. “We are forcing our students into an unreasonable decision,” said

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Dinos are a girl’s best friend

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 25 Bethesda Community Garden Club meeting, 10:30 a.m., St. Mark

Presbyterian Church, Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda. Members share gardening tips, tools and books. 301-530-9594. Fiction Book Discussion, 2 p.m., Chevy Chase Library, 8005 Connecticut Ave. “Growing Up� by Russell Baker. Free. 240-7739590. Nature Matters Lecture Series: NASA’s MAVEN, 6:45-8 p.m.,

Meadowside Nature Center, 5100 Meadowside Lane, Rockville. The Mars Atmospheric and Volatile Evolution Mission is an unmanned orbiter set to launch in the next few months. Free. Register at www.parkpass.org.

FRIDAY, SEPT. 27 CampďŹ re and Nature Walk,

6:30-7:30 p.m., Locust Grove Nature Center, 7777 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda. Eat a picnic, then take a nature walk. $6. Register at www.parkpass.org.

Combat Paper Show and Reading, 7:30-10 p.m., VisArts at

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Casie Platt stars as Lulu and Vaughn Irving as Mr. B in “Lulu and the Brontosaurus,� opening Wednesday at Imagination Stage. For more information, visit www.imaginationstage.org.

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Sandy Hackett’s Rat Pack Show, 8 p.m., Music Center at

Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. $29-$70. tickets@strathmore.org.

SATURDAY, SEPT. 28

5K Oktoberfest Run and Fun Run, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., German School Washington D.C., 8617 Chateau Drive, Potomac. Silent auction. Free. srosenbaum@ dswash.org.

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Rockville, Third Floor Gallery, 155 Gibbs St. Free. john.isoh@gmail. com.

AppleFest Carnival, 10 a.m., Oneness-Family

School, 6701 Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase. Prizes, crafts and food. 301-652-7751.

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Vulture Enrichment, 10-10:30

a.m., Meadowside Nature Center, 5100 Meadowside Lane, Rockville. Meadowside’s resident vulture plays with its food at the weekly session. Free. 301-2584030. Dog Eared Book Club, 10-11:30 a.m., St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 6030 Grosvenor Lane, Bethesda. “A Guide To Living With and Training A Fearful Dog� by Debbie Jacobs. Free. 301-983-5913. Raptor Lunchtime and Talk, noon-12:30 p.m. Observe Mead-

owside’s resident raptors during their feeding time and learn about the raptors on exhibit. Raptors of Rock Creek LIVE!, 3-3:30 p.m., Meadowside Nature Center, 5100 Meadowside Lane, Rockville. Discover what makes raptors unique and see a resident raptor up-close. Free. 301-258-4030. Lulu and the Brontosaurus, 1:30 p.m., Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda. $10$25. boxofďŹ ce@imaginationstage. org. Afternoon of Tea and Hats, 2-4:30 p.m., Bauer Drive Recreation, 14625 Bauer Drive, Rockville. A fashion show of hats and outďŹ ts. Free. 301-589-0127. Park After Dark, 6-11 p.m., Historic Great Falls Tavern, 11710 MacArthur Blvd., Potomac. Live music, great food, libations, live and silent auctions, a campďŹ re and a photo booth. $175. 301714-2233.

Whitman’s Evan Smith fumbles after big hit from B-CC’s Nana Yaw Amankwah Ayeh. Go to clicked .Gazette.net. SPORTS DeMatha, Good Counsel to face off in pivotal WCAC game Friday.

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SUNDAY, SEPT. 29 Ellen’s Run, 9 a.m., Candy Cane Pavilion, 7901 Meadowbrook Lane, Chevy Chase. A 5K run and 3K walk; proceeds beneďŹ t the Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School Community Scholarship Fund and the Mental Health Association of Montgomery County. $35 adults; $15 students; $10 children by Sept. 27. www.EllensRunOnline.org.

A&E Gallery displays the vibrant world of Peter Max.

Liz suggests the proper tidy sum.

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MONDAY, SEPT. 30 NAACP Parents Council/MCPS Annual Kickoff Event, 5-8:15 p.m.,

Richard Montgomery High School, 250 Richard Montgomery Drive, Rockville. National speakers, education advocates and community resource fair. Free. www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org.

TUESDAY, OCT. 1 Morning Women Business Owners of Montgomery County Breakfast, 8:15-9:30 a.m., Silver Diner,

12276 Rockville Pike, Rockville. 301-365-1755.

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Potomac teen on a mission to help children with disabilities 20th century and many of their songs are timeless,” he wrote. “Their compositions span the genres of jazz, folk opera, pop, stage and screen.” Tickets to the fundraiser cost $50. Checks should be made out to CURE OM and sent to Harvey Levine, 7803 Cadbury Ave., Potomac, MD 20854. Tickets will be mailed along with a receipt from the Melanoma Research Foundation. For more information, email hoybean39@yahoo.com.

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Christina Sturgeon is constantly reminded of the need to raise awareness of people with disabilities when she is out in public and strangers stare at her sister, who is “differently abled.” Now she has a chance to spread the word. Sturgeon, 17, of Potomac has been selected to serve as a youth ambassador for National Child Awareness Month. After receiving funding and training, Sturgeon plans to help educate people about intellectual and developmental disabilities and to help create positive change in the lives of Washington, D.C., children through a social media campaign called Special Deeds for Special Needs. The campaign will advertise volunteer opportunities within the disabled community throughout the Washington metro region. Sturgeon, who was one of 51 youth ambassadors chosen from a nationwide pool, has worked with the Special Olympics, Kids Enjoy Exercise Now, Potomac Community Resources and Brainy Camps to provide motivation and support for those with a wide range of physical and mental challenges. Although she lives in Montgomery County, Sturgeon won the Miss Prince George’s County Outstanding Teen award for this year, with a platform that encourages relationships between volunteers and those who have handicaps. Now a high school senior at the National Cathedral School in Washington, Sturgeon said she hopes to earn a law degree, get involved in politics and advocate for people with disabilities.

Purple Line comment period extended The Maryland Transit Administration has extended the comment period on the Purple Line final environmental impact statement by 15 days, until Oct. 21. The study can be found online at purplelinemd.com/en/ studies-reports/feis-document. Those wishing to comment should visit purplelinemd. com/en/studies-reports/feisdocument/feis-comment-form; email FEIS@purplelinemd.com with “FEIS COMMENT” in the subject line; or send comments to Purple Line: FEIS Comment,

Bethesda police station honors employee Sedearia Wilson-Jackson

was recognized as an Outstanding Civilian Employee at the Bethesda District police station by the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rotary Club, Montgomery County Police Chief J. Thomas Manger and Cmdr. David Falcinelli. For her service to the public and outstanding support to the station’s officers, WilsonJackson received a certificate and a shopping gift card, and her name was inscribed on a plaque at the station. Wilson-Jackson is a vice president of the Municipal and County Government Employees Organization Local 1994 of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union.

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Bethesda DAR marks Constitution Week The Col. Tench Tilghman Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution in Bethesda recently celebrated Constitution Week, Sept. 17-23. Chapter members put up a display to commemorate the 226th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution. The display included a proclamation from Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) declaring Constitution Week. The display also included a photo of the bell at the historic Emory Grove Tabernacle in Glyndon, which was rung at 4 p.m. Sept. 17, the time of the signing of the Constitution. An enlarged copy of a card thanking military veterans also was in the display.

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Christina Sturgeon (left) of Potomac was named a youth ambassador for National Child Awareness Month. With her is Alabama’s ambassador, Kaitlin Moore, who is legally blind due to a health condition. Moore is using the grant money to make care packages for families going through the same trauma she did when she was hospitalized. O’Malley created the commission partly in response to the death of Frederick County resident Ethan Saylor, a man with Down syndrome who died after off-duty sheriff’s deputies tried to remove him from a Frederick movie theater. Shriver, a father of five, heads the charity founded in 1968 by his parents, Eunice Kennedy Shriver and Sargent Shriver. More information is at http://ow.ly/p1Asl.

Fundraising concert benefits cancer patient When Harvey Levine of Potomac learned that his sister Sheila Levine of Falls Church,

Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) has announced that he will name Timothy P. Shriver of Chevy Chase, chairman and CEO of the Special Olympics, as chairman of the newly created Maryland Commission for Effective Community Inclusion of Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. The commission is part of O’Malley’s executive order to improve training to help law enforcement personnel, paramedics and other first responders better respond to situations involving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Va., had ocular melanoma in 2008, he also learned that her skin cancer was much more serious than the melanoma he had survived or the basal and squamous cell carcinomas of his other two siblings. Ocular melanoma is known as an orphan disease, in that it occurs in only about 2,000 people in the U.S. each year, according to the Ocular Melanoma Foundation. As such, the disease, which metastasizes in about half the cases, usually to the liver, receives little attention from the medical community and little money for research. “Pharmaceutical com-

panies tend to invest their research dollars where the potential payout is most promising; graduates from medical schools resist entering fields where patient cure rates are virtually nonexistent ... and fundraising focuses on areas of large active constituencies,” Harvey Levine wrote in an email. So Levine decided to produce a fundraiser and awareness raiser for ocular melanoma and his sister. “The Music of George Gershwin and John Denver” will be performed at 1 p.m. Oct. 6 at the Sixth & I Street Synagogue in Washington, D.C. Proceeds will go to the ocular melanoma arm of the Melanoma Research Foundation in support of Sheila Levine, whose ocular melanoma has metastasized. There also will be a silent auction of works by local artists including

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and Alan Rubin and New York street photographer Jill Freedman. Gershwin’s music will be interpreted by concert pianists Shaun Tirrell and Matthew Backman and Denver’s hits will be performed by vocalists and guitarists Doris Justis and Sean McGhee, known as Side by Side. According to Levine, Gershwin and Denver deserve to be together. “Their music was heard throughout virtually the entire

Glen Echo Park is looking for volunteers to work at its annual Then & Wow! celebration Sunday. Anyone 13 or older is welcome to help supervise and direct activities, including face painting; collecting tickets at rides and games; parking, for which volunteers must be at least 18; setup; and cleanup. Volunteer shifts of three hours or more are available from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Refreshments will be provided. To volunteer or for more information, email Donna Barker at dbarker@glenechopark.org.

Mini-pom camp is Saturday The Col. Zadok Magruder High School Liberty Belle Poms will host a mini-pom camp for students in grades 1 through 8 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The cost is $25, which includes dance instruction, a set of poms and a T-shirt. There will be performances by age group starting at 12:30 p.m. The school is at 5939 Muncaster Mill Road, Rockville. The registration form can be downloaded at www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/schools/ magruderhs/athletics/ and taken to the camp. Information: dtrahern64@gmail.com.

Change of command at Walter Reed Army Brig. Gen. Jeffrey B. Clark assumed command of

commander of its Europe Regional Medical Command and command surgeon of U.S. Army Europe.

Transportation survey for elderly and disabled Montgomery County’s Aging and Disability Services division at the Department of Health and Human Services is surveying the county to better understand the transportation patterns and needs of older adults and individuals with disabilities. Those who share these concerns, either for themselves or on behalf of family or a friend, are urged to take the survey by Oct. 18. The survey can be found at: surveymonkey. com/s/GettingAllAroundtheCounty.

New eatery opens in Cabin John Cabin John has a new eatery called Fish Taco, at 7945 McArthur Blvd. The taqueria has a casual atmosphere that offers American takes on Mexican cuisine. For information, call 301229-0900 or visit fishtacoonline. com/.

Bethesda nonprofit names new leader The Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network has named Monica Smith its new executive director. Smith will lead the Bethesda nonprofit’s efforts to increase its visibility and advocate for greater funding for bladder cancer research. Bladder cancer is the nation’s sixth-most commonly diagnosed cancer, but is only 22nd on the list of cancers for which the government provides research funds. Smith comes to the job with nearly 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, which includes more than 13 years working with oncology organizations.

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DEATHS Malcolm Brayton Empie Malcolm Brayton Empie, 85, of Dickerson, died Aug. 17 at Casey House, Montgomery Hospice. A funeral will take place on Oct. 19 at Brownville United Methodist Church in Brownville, N.Y.

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Novel ‘Moorish’ defense strategy fails in Montgomery courtroom Jury doesn’t buy man’s reasoning for breaking into, occupying Bethesda mansion n

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For the past several years, Lamont Butler has espoused beliefs that even those closest to him can’t understand. The 29-year-old claims to be a “Moorish American National,” with ancestors who were here long before the formation of the United States. The entire continent, in Butler’s telling, remains part of a vast Moroccan empire, rendering Moors like him the rightful heirs to huge swaths of land. A new group of people listened to Butler’s beliefs last week — 12 Montgomery County jurors — and on Friday passed judgment over one of the most bizarre burglary cases in the region in years. The question they faced: When Butler slipped into a $6 million, unoccupied mansion in Bethesda this year and claimed it as his own, how many crimes, if any, did he commit? Their answer: Five.

Butler now faces perhaps his most daunting audience yet, Montgomery Circuit Court Judge Terrence McGann, who indicated after the verdict that however zany Butler’s beliefs may be, his actions constituted a threat. McGann said that the same goes for Butler’s co-conspirator and girlfriend, Sakita Holly, 34, who was tried and convicted with him. “Under your set of rules, every house is fair game, you own the entire United States, you own the oceans, you own anything you want. And that’s not how a free, orderly society works,” McGann said. He ordered that Butler and Holly be held in jail and receive psychological evaluations ahead of their Nov. 14 sentencing. They were then led off in handcuffs, passing several supporters. “Let everybody know,” Butler said over his shoulder. “Barack Obama, Eric Holder. Everybody.” Butler attracted law enforcement attention this year because some of his beliefs are similar to the wider “sovereign citizen” movement that has adherents clogging court offices with endless paper filings and, in isolated incidents,

turning violent. “They declare themselves above the law,” Montgomery State’s Attorney John McCarthy said. “A clear message has to be sent.” The verdict against Butler and Holly — reached in less than two hours — was the latest chapter of a case that began in January. Police were called to a 35,000-square-foot estate along a winding, tree-lined road near the TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm golf course. The mansion was on the market. In the driveway, the police ran into Butler, who had a convoluted yet simple message: This is my home. Butler, who represented himself in court, explained how he ended up there during a sweeping closing argument that capped the four-day trial. Wearing a suit and tie with his long dreadlocks, Butler spoke for 42 minutes seated at a defense table behind two tiny flags he’d set up, using a pair of inverted cups as little stands. One of the flags was Moroccan, the other American. “Good morning,” he told the jurors. “First off, I would like to say excuse my voice, because it’s very deep and heavy. So I don’t want you all to think I am

talking at you with force.” Butler spoke of graduating from high school, going off to college, obtaining a job with the federal government. Still, by 2006, he said, he was looking for answers in his life — and found them in studying Moorish American tenets. “My family and friends, when they saw what I was studying, they thought I was a part of some cult.” Butler acknowledged going to a tax office in Montgomery County to explain his right to the property. “I claimed the land and everything on the land. Why? Because the land is ours.” Mixing together case law, treatises on treaties, a reference to the movie “Wall Street” and the fallacy of deeds, Butler told jurors how he entered the mansion — through an unlocked back door. He called friends and family members to come check the place out. And why not? Its marble floors, 12 bedroom suites, six kitchens and indoor swimming pool were enough to host grand political fundraisers in the past, drawing the likes of Bill Clinton and Al Gore. Detectives caught on to Butler and Holly’s brief stay in the mansion, eventually leading to charges against each

for breaking and entering. Butler also was charged with attempted theft for trying to steal the home, among other counts. He was convicted of conspiracy to commit first-degree burglary, first-degree burglary, fourth-degree burglary, attempted theft and identity fraud. “It seemed like they were making up their own laws,” a 68-year-old juror said after Friday’s verdict. He asked to not be named to protect his privacy. Prosecutors called Butler’s father and a cousin — both of whom had gone to check out the house — to testify. In an interview afterward, his father, Maurice Whitfield, called Butler a regular kid who studied in college and was headed for success but stopped working to pursue his beliefs. Now, Whitfield said last week with regret in his voice, “He’s going nowhere fast.” Damon Butler, a cousin, said in an interview that Butler is at peace with himself and is not a danger. “This is not a threat guy,” he said. “This is not a guy who is trying to get 100 people behind him. This is not the guy to make an example of.” dan.morse@washpost.com

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When students and staff returned to Rolling Terrace Elementary School in Takoma Park after the Labor Day weekend, they were met with classrooms sporting growth more suited to a science experiment petri dish. On Sept. 3 and 4, mold was found in more than 30 rooms — “the majority of the building,” Principal Jennifer Connors said. Weeks later, Rolling Terrace parents say they are frustrated by a lack of communication from the school and concerned that some students have shown allergy and asthma symptoms. School officials attribute the mold outbreak to a combination of factors, including the humid summer and an old, malfunctioning heating, ventilation and air conditioning system that’s more than 25 years old. Mold has been cleaned from classrooms and other areas. After testing the building’s air quality, school system staff are monitoring the building’s temperature and humidity. Renovations have been moved up in the county’s capital budget, said James Song, director of the school system’s Department of Facilities Management. Some parents, however, said they think the school has not provided enough information and want the school to survey families to see how many students are experiencing symptoms. Rolling Terrace parent Bridgette Kaiser said her fourth-grade son’s allergies have gone “out of control” since he returned to school after the Labor Day weekend. He has mild asthma, she said, and this was the first time his normal treatment couldn’t get it under control so she took him to an urgent care center. Kaiser said she doesn’t know if her son reacted to the mold or the cleaning the agents the school used. Some teachers found a few spots of mold they returned from summer vacation on Aug. 21 and 22, but the spots did not seem to be a cause for

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Spanish immersion teacher Sandra Castellon teaches science Monday in a fourth-grade class at Rolling Terrace Elementary School in Takoma Park. a concern, Connors said. The school was cold with a lot of moisture that made the floors damp, Connors said, so staff used dehumidifiers, opened doors and raised the thermostats. Then they returned from the Labor Day weekend. “It was pretty intense,” she said. The day after Labor Day, after the kids left, a school system mold remediation team cleaned the building until around 3 a.m., she said. The next day a few more classrooms had mold, she said, bringing the total to about 30 affected classrooms. The staff lounge, two offices and the art room were also affected. The school sent a letter home in both English and Spanish to families on Sept. 6, Connors said, and a meeting was held for parents and school staff to discuss the issue on Sept. 16. Days after the meeting, PTA

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president Mindy Kassaraba — whose son has recently experienced flare ups of eczema — said parents still don’t know what kind of mold was found and what cleaning products were used. She also felt the school system was responding too slowly. Connors said the school started drafting its letter on Sept. 4 and she wasn’t sure it could have sent the letter to parents any sooner than it did. “Upon reflection, we certainly could have tried to get it out sooner,” she said. Song said the school will see several steps of work to replace old equipment. While they have already been repaired, a few HVAC controls that had malfunctioned will be replaced within a month, Song said. More comprehensive renovation will take place within a year, Song said. The school is scheduled

to see new boilers and chillers in several years. Given the number of buildings in the school system, Song said, mold growth is not unusual and similar cases have occurred in the past. However, the school’s problems with its HVAC system point to a larger issue, he said, as the school system is also dealing with “an extensive amount of backlog” when it comes to replacing outdated HVAC equipment, he said. Much of the school system’s focus has been directed toward adding classrooms to accommodate its growing enrollment, Tofig said. “Now we are reaching the point where the infrastructure needs are crying out for attention,” said state Sen. Jamie B. Raskin (D-Dist. 20) of Silver Spring. lpowers@gazette.net

It’s hard enough to pay one tax bill, but Mark Lipowsky was seeing double when he got two identical tax bills from the county this month. The North Potomac resident says he got the two identical bills in the mail for his 2013 Personal Property Tax on Sept. 12. “I checked the year, the phone number ... to me it was identical,” he said, adding that he got a little upset after contacting the county’s general information hotline only to be told to ignore the additional bill. Turns out the double billing was just a computer glitch. The county sends an electronic file of the bills that need to be printed to Foremost Printing Inc., a local printing company hired to do the county’s tax bill printing and mailing. Each printing machine holds between 2,400 to 4,800 pages, and when there is a need to add paper to each machine the company rolls back one or two bills from the file to make sure every resident receives the mailing, said Mike Coveyou, chief of the Division of Treasury in the Montgomery County Department of Finance. “It doesn’t happen a lot,” said Coveyou. “We only pay for the ones we ask them to print.” According to Coveyou, the department splits the mailing of property tax bills in two cycles. They mail 300,000 in the beginning of July and the remaining after the end of July. “That way 311 people don’t get hundreds of calls [from people with tax bill questions],” he added. It costs the county 53 cents for each letter, which includes printing, return envelopes and postage, but if the double printing is not the county’s fault then taxpayers do not need to pay for extra mailing costs. Coveyou also said the county’s Information Technology Department checks the file before submitting to the printing company to make sure mistakes are not made. Coveyou could not confirm, however, if any resident had paid a tax bill twice due to duplicate bills. “I honestly doubt that has ever happened,” he said. The county is now taking measures to avoid any double billing in the future. “We’ve talked to the printer after this and they have something in their end [that can avoid duplicates],” said Coveyou, but he is not sure how much extra that process will cost the county taxpayers or “whether it works or not.” But, “it is something that we are looking into right now,” he said. abarros@gazette.net

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RYAN MARSHALL STAFF WRITER

The salary for Montgomery County’s next County Council members could be 20 percent more than it is now, under a proposal presented to the council on Tuesday. The county executive’s pay could rise about 5 percent. Some of those increases are recommended by a committee that’s required to study local salaries every four years. But some of the additional money already is guaranteed, through costof-living increases for the council and executive already set to take effect in December, unrelated to the salary study. The study commission also recommended that raises in the county’s sheriff and state’s attorney salaries match a consumer price index. The report of the Committee to Study the Compensation of the County Executive, County Council, Sheriff and

State’s Attorney is solicited by the council every four years. The current recommendations would apply to the new council that will be seated following the 2014 election. The changes wouldn’t go into effect until Dec. 1, 2014, and will not apply to the current council and executive, who are legally prohibited from giving themselves a raise. Under the proposal, the county executive’s salary would increase from $180,250 to $190,000 per year, while the council’s pay would rise from $104,022 per year to $125,000. Some of that bump would come through the guaranteed cost-of-living increases taking effect at the end of this year. Nancy Navarro (D-Dist. 4) of Silver Spring currently receives an additional 10 percent as council president, with a salary of $114,425. The proposal would keep that additional 10 percent for the next president. The committee presented its findings to the council on Tuesday, Council members expressed their gratitude to the committee members, but took no action. A bill will be drawn up with the committee’s recommendations and a

public hearing will be held before the issue goes to the council for a vote, Navarro said. The council can accept the recommendations as they are, lower them or reject them. Councilwoman Valerie Ervin (DDist. 5) of Takoma Park said she hopes discussion of the bill won’t obscure the fact that public service is a high calling. Many people choose not to run for office because of concerns over whether they can make it work financially, meaning politics tends to draw people from wealthier backgrounds, she said. Council Vice President Craig Rice (D-Dist. 2) of Germantown said one of the main challenges of public service is sustaining a young family on a public official’s salary. Councilman Phil Andrews (D-Dist. 3) of Gaithersburg said he would like to see a gradual increase rather than have it done in “too much of one fell swoop.” At a Sept. 18 community meeting between Rice and constituents in Damascus, Damascus resident Sue Payne said she didn’t think the council should get such a big increase when many people in the county are just

getting by financially, coping with high county taxes and fees. The council already is scheduled to get more money, but hasn’t done enough to root out waste in county finances, Payne said. Council members and County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) are scheduled to receive a previously approved 2.28 percent cost-of-living increase on Dec. 2. Under the compensation committee’s recommendation, the executive and council’s salaries would increase each year by the same percentage as any increase in the Consumer Price Index for Urban Consumers for the Washington-Baltimore Metropolitan Area for the 12 months leading up to each Sept. 1. The CPI won’t be calculated until the end of this month. The county’s sheriff currently receives $154,000 a year and will get a 2.1 percent cost-of-living increase on Dec. 2. The committee report suggests tying any raise in the sheriff’s salary to the consumer price index, too. The same recommendation on the CPI was made for the state’s attorney, whose $199,000 salary will get a costof-living increase in January 2014. Gino Renne, president of the

county’s general employee union, the United Food and Commercial Workers/Municipal and County Government Employees Organization Local 1994, said that as a labor leader, he supports the principle of workers receiving competitive pay increases. The union’s current agreement with the county will pay eligible workers a 3.5 percent step increase, a 3 percent longevity increase and a 3.25 percent cost-of-living increase in each of the next two years. But Renne said he thinks officials’ compensation should be set the same way as many government employees, with a classification process. It should factor in elements such as supervisory roles, the complexity of a job and amount of independence to establish grade levels for determining a worker’s salary, he said. The difference in the process of how council members receive raises compared to union members will continue to be a bone of contention, Renne said. “That, in my opinion, is a double standard that my members resent,” he said. rmarshall@gazette.net

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A Fort Washington man serving a life sentence for a violent attack at a Bethesda home last year was found guilty Thursday in another home invasion case. Kevin Darnell Ray was on trial this week for a Wheaton home invasion in January, where he threatened to shoot a woman and her 8-month-old

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son, locked them in a closet and stole the woman’s car. Ray was charged with firstdegree burglary, armed carjacking, attempted kidnapping, false imprisonment, and related crimes. A jury convicted him on Thursday of 10 of 11 charges, acquitting him of an assault charge. He faces 195 to 215 additional years in prison at his sentencing in December, according to prosecutors. Montgomery County police arrested Ray in January 2012. Authorities in Prince George’s and Montgomery tied him to three home invasions — one in Bethesda, one in Wheaton, and in Temple Hills — over four days. He still faces charges in the

Temple Hills case. Ray remains the lead suspect in a murder investigation in D.C., according to police there. Court records and prosecutors detailed a crime in Wheaton that began the morning of Jan. 10, when Ray accosted a woman as she walked into the garage of her home on McMahon Road. “This is what she sees,” Montgomery County Assistant State’s Attorney Peter Feeney said in court Wednesday, holding up a mannequin with a black ski mask and glasses. “He entered her garage with this and his handgun ... threatening to shoot her and her 8-month-old son,” Feeney said. “He wanted her to get him what he loves ... cash,” he said,

showing the jury a plastic bag filled with a wad of bills police recovered when they arrested Ray. Ray’s plan was to have the woman drive to various ATMs and withdraw money using her debit card, Feeney said. According to Feeney, Ray planned the attack with meticulous care, creating a kit with a ski mask, sunglasses and a wig. He also brought zip ties and a handgun, Feeney said. After confronting her, gun in hand, Ray took her debit card and made her give him the keys to her car, a 2009 Ford Escape. When she did not get in the car with him, he locked the woman and the baby in a closet in her garage while he fled.

According to Feeney, Ray parked the car — which police later recovered — by one Metro station and took mass transit to the Capitol Heights Metro station. He used the woman’s debit card just minutes later, Feeney said. Montgomery County detectives — part of the U.S. Marshals’ Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force — arrested Ray as he drove to a Walmart in Kitty Hawk, N.C. While investigating, police recovered many of the items he had either used or stolen in the Wheaton carjacking or the Bethesda home invasion — including his gun, the ski mask and a skull cap he used; the Wheaton victim’s sunglasses; and a jacket he wore in

the robbery. “I don’t think there’s any doubt in this case,” Feeney said, reminding jurors that Ray used the stolen cards less than an hour after the robbery. Feeney played calls Ray made in jail that further implicated himself. Ray — who fired his public defender at the end of an earlier court case related to the January crimes — represented himself. “I’ve made a lot of mistakes. I admit that,” he told jurors, even as he denied many of the charges against him. “Just because someone is caught with stolen property doesn’t mean they committed the crime,” he said. sjbsmith@gazette.net

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Addressing her fellow Wootton High School parents, Rachel Boxman said Thursday evening in the school’s auditorium that drug abuse among teenagers is prevalent in the Wootton community and beyond — and demands their attention. “Please do not think it does not apply to you,” said Boxman, a volunteer with The Partnership at Drugfree.org, a nonprofit organization, who once worked on pharmaceutical studies. “I’m telling you, it could be your kid. Great kids make bad choices.” The forum was the last of four mandatory parent meetings the school scheduled specifically to discuss drug abuse. While the majority of parents did not attend, Wootton Principal Michael Doran said about 500 parents total attended the four meetings, which he called “a good percentage” of parents who he felt would help spread the information. Judi Casey, vice president of the school’s PTSA, said the group’s desire to hold the meeting stemmed from concern about drug abuse at both the local and national levels. “We didn’t want to lose a kid for lack of trying and educating parents, so we decided

to do this,” Casey said. The meetings wrapped up a few weeks before an Oct. 7 Montgomery County Public Schools forum on alcohol and drug abuse. It will be for parents and other county residents at Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville. Wootton’s forum included a presentation from Boxman, who covered topics such as new and commonly used drugs. She urged parents to talk to their kids and other parents. “We need to talk to each other, we need to share our experiences and keep a dialogue going,” Boxman said. Boxman warned the parents that there is no “typical drug user” after sharing the stories of her two nephews who died from overdoses. “What you might consider typical teen behavior ... is actually very, very dangerous,” she said. Parents also must recognize the underlying issues of drug use, Boxman said. Teenagers are looking to fit in with a crowd, lose their inhibitions and escape problems, among other reasons, she said. Montgomery County Police Officer Jeremy Smalley told parents to check their children’s room, computer and cellphone for signs of drug use. “You may think you’re invading their privacy,” Smalley said. “You’re not. You’re being a good parent.” Smalley also addressed underage drinking parties, which he said police are called to “ev-

“Please do not think it does not apply to you. I’m telling you, it could be your kid. Great kids make bad choices.” Rachel Boxman, volunteer with The Partnership at Drugfree.org ery single weekend.” “This is a major problem in the county,” he said. “We’re not just picking you out.” In the last year or so, he said, “a lot” of parties have been hosted by parents who thought they were doing a good thing by letting their kids and kids’ friends drink in a supposedly safe environment. Fines for hosting such parties and providing alcohol to minors can be thousands of dollars, he said. Doran told parents that, while schools can help address the issue, parents must accept responsibility. “It’s a parental issue more than it’s a school issue,” he said. Doran urged parents to be active in stopping substance abuse by not hosting parties and calling police when they catch wind of a party. “That’s the issue: Stop the parties,” he said. “I can’t do that.” One mother said during the meeting that her son, a Wootton senior, went through a period when he refused to drink,

but his friends alienated him. “The reality is there’s parties and they want to go and be with their friends, and I don’t know what you do,” she said, her voice full of emotion. Carol Noboa, the parent of a ninth-grader and a 12thgrader at the school, said after the meeting that she agreed with Doran. “The best response to this problem is what you can do at home,” Noboa said. “It’s not the school’s problem, basically. It’s more a family issue.” Noboa said she recognizes that “no kid is far away from this problem.” She planned to read information packets handed out at the forum to figure out the best approach to talk with one of her daughters about the issue. The school is set to host an Oct. 16 parent workshop called “How to identify substance abuse and what to do next.” Doran said the school is also considering another forum for both students and parents. lpowers@gazette.net

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Scammers use ATM skimmers at Bethesda, Chevy Chase banks to tap customer accounts Police urge patrons to use caution when using bank cards

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Montgomery County Police detectives are investigating a series of incidents in which “skimming” devices have been placed on ATMs at banks in the Bethesda and Chevy Chase area. The devices record account numbers from bank cards, as well as personal identification numbers when users type them. The accounts numbers are later used fraudulently. Since mid-August, two bank branches — one in Bethesda and one in Chevy Chase — have been the targets of these scams. Two people placed the devices on ATMs at each bank location multiple times in August. Consumers can protect themselves from becoming victims when using an ATM or debit card, detectives said. Inspect the ATM, gas pump, or credit card reader before using it. Be suspicious if you notice that any parts are loose, crooked, or damaged. Notice scratches or

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adhesive or tape residue on the device. When entering your PIN, block the keypad with your other hand to prevent possible hidden cameras from recording your number. If possible, use an ATM inside a bank, which is less accessible to criminals who install skimmers. If the ATM is inside the bank and your card is required to get inside, check the card reader prior to swiping your card. Use caution when using ATMs in tourist areas, as these machines are popular targets of skimmers. If your card is not returned after the transaction or after hitting “cancel,” immediately contact the financial institution that issued the card. Beware of “shoulder surfers” — individuals behind you who look over your shoulder to obtain your PIN. Detectives have released surveillance photos of the two people and are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying them. They can be found at: http://www.mymcpnews. com/2013/09/24/detectivesinvestigate-skimming-devicesplaced-on-atms/boa1/ Anyone with information is asked to contact the police at 240-773-6330. Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411TIPS (8477) or leave a tip at the following website: http://www. mymcpnews.com/resources/ crime-solvers-2/. Crime Solvers will pay a cash reward of up to $10,000 for information that leads to an arrest and/or indictment. ablum@gazette.net

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but shortly before being sentenced, he apologized for his crimes. “I wish I could take it back, but I can’t,” he said quietly. Several of the people who worked in offices that Henry had broken into appeared at the sentencing. Two spoke to The Gazette, but asked not to be named. One of them was a 43-yearold woman who found Henry’s name on court papers he left at the scene as she arrived at work Jan. 2. “All I did was come to work, and here they were,” the

woman said. A few papers had been ruffled or were out of place, but there wasn’t much to indicate there had been a burglary, just some indentations where he had used the screwdriver to pry his way into the office. Henry took $6, a pin and an electronic picture frame from that office, she said. Another burglary victim, who works at Federal National Commercial Credit in Bethesda, found out after an employee called him while he was at a trade show. The office had never been burglarized in the 21 years

he worked there, the man said, adding that the crime “shook up” his co-workers. “It was a first — you just don’t expect it,” he said. Henry stole a laptop and some petty cash from that office — and then left the laptop at the scene of another burglary, the victim said. “He left a whole bunch of clues,” the man said. “I’m glad he’s in jail — I’m happy with the sentence,” said the woman who found his court papers. sjbsmith@gazette.net

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The Washington, D.C., man sentenced Sept. 18 to 18 years in prison for a spree of burglaries in Montgomery County didn’t make it hard for investigators to track him down: He left court paperwork bearing his name at one of the offices he broke into. According to police records, Andre Antonio Henry, 30, was the suspect in a slew of burglaries of commercial office buildings in Rockville, Bethesda and Silver Spring in which the burglar used a flathead screwdriver to pry open doors to gain access. When Montgomery County police arrested Henry in May, they charged him with 12 separate burglaries or attempted burglaries. Last week, he was sentenced in three of those burglaries. Henry had been on probation for burglary charges in Virginia when the crimes occurred, according to court records. That criminal history of burglaries was a factor that Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Andrew L. Sonner brought up at sentencing. “In order to protect the public we really have to warehouse

you and keep you locked up, in order to make sure you don’t get out and go back to doing more crimes again,” Sonner said, before handing down Henry’s sentence. Henry pleaded guilty to three counts of burglary last month, and had faced a maximum of 45 years in prison, but received an 18-year sentence per his plea deal with prosecutors. “This was a crime wave, and this crime wave is over now,” said Montgomery County Assistant State’s Attorney Steve Chaikin at the sentencing. In court, Henry said little,

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry might have succeeded in his trip to Maryland to lure businesses to his home state, but so far, the only businesses that might move aren’t from Maryland. One is based in Virginia, and the other is in Colorado. Perry, a Republican who ran for president in 2012, met with about 50 business and government representatives Sept. 18 at Morton’s in Bethesda in a wellpublicized effort to entice businesses to leave Maryland, and its taxes, and head to Texas. “Texas is the fastest growing state in jobs,” Perry said Wednesday before a substantial group of broadcast and print reporters outside Morton’s, following his closed-door meeting inside. “Our two states are going in opposite directions.” Perry said it was “premature” to announce that any Maryland businesses are moving to Texas. However, Janice Grenadier, founder of My Pillow Pack of Alexandria, Va. — which provides a handy, stylish way to carry pillows like a backpack — said she has tried for three years to obtain funding and support in the Washington, D.C., area without luck. “I’ve already received more

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks to the media outside the Bethesda Hyatt after a lunch meeting with Maryland business representatives at Morton’s, a restaurant inside the Hyatt Hotel. support from these Texas officials here today than I have the past three years,” she said. Joe Wagner, sales manager for Aurora, Colo., alternative energy business Zeus Power Systems, said he and others want to start a solar panel firm in Maryland, but the process “hasn’t been easy.” “We are looking into moving,” said Wagner, who attended the Bethesda meeting. “I’m impressed with Colorado, but it’s even getting tougher to run a business there,” he said. “There are always more taxes and red tape.” Other business executives said they would keep their enterprises in Maryland. Perry and Gov. Martin O’Malley (D), who is eyeing a 2016 White House run, have dueled in the past week or so over Maryland’s tax climate and

other matters. Perry is running ads on local radio and television stations trying to lure Maryland businesses to Texas. Perry said he had “no idea” what he would do in 2016. The governors debated Sept. 18 on CNN’s “Crossfire” program. Earlier that day, Perry toured the Beretta USA gun factory in Accokeek; the company has considered moving from the state. O’Malley disputed Perry’s job-growth claim during the debate and in printed material. He said Maryland’s economy is better designed to help raise middle-income workers than Texas, which ranks high in poverty and low in residents with health insurance. O’Malley also said Maryland has fared well in studies such as one by the Anderson Economic

Group that showed Maryland businesses had the seventh-lowest local and state tax burden in 2011 — a look at taxes such as corporate income, sales and property — while Texas ranked 17th. Michael Binko, president and CEO of kloudtrack, a high-tech company with offices in Rockville and Annapolis, said taxes should not be the defining issue for where a business is based. “The quality of schools and the work force, as well as venture funding programs, are two other important considerations,” said Binko, co-chair of entrepreneurial advocacy group Startup Maryland. He and others listened to Perry’s remarks outside Morton’s. Texas has lured a few businesses from Maryland, aided by a substantial incentive program, but Maryland has attracted a good number of out-of-state companies, said Julie Lenzer Kirk, director of the Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship and co-chairwoman of Startup Maryland. “Both states have a lot to offer businesses,” said Kirk, who grew Applied Creative Technologies to multimillions in revenues before selling the software assets to a business partner. Diana Waterman, Maryland’s Republican Party chairwoman, who also attended the Bethesda meeting, said Perry shined some important light on tax issues in the state. “We’d prefer that businesses stay here and help us elect more Republicans to office,” she said.

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The gubernatorial race has shrunk by one candidate since Meyer Marks of Bethesda announced Friday that he was no longer in the running. That leaves Harford County Executive David Craig, Anne Arundel Del. Ronald George (Dist. 30) of Annapolis and Waldorf businessman Charles Lollar seeking the Republican nomination. Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown and Del. Heather R. Mizeur (Dist. 20) of Takoma Park are fighting for the Democratic nomination. Citing time constraints, due to his job as a health care policy consultant, as well as a field full of qualified candidates, Marks said this was not the year for him. “I am going to keep my options open for another opportunity in the future,” Marks said. “I

just didn’t really have the time to commit to a statewide race.” Marks said he has spent the past few months meeting and talking with Marylanders and has not ruled out running in the District 16 delegate race. Three Bethesda Democrats have filed for that race so far: Jordan Cooper and Hrant Jamgochian, both with backgrounds in health care policy, and Marc Korman, a lawyer. “I am still considering that, but I am not announcing anything yet,” Marks said. His decisions will hinge on the financial support and encouragement he receives. In 2008, Marks ran for the 8th Congressional District seat, losing the Republican nomination to Steven Hudson, who went on to lose to incumbent Rep. Christopher Van Hollen Jr. (D) of Kensington. Then in 2010, Marks ran in the race for delegate in District 16 and lost. It hasn’t all been losses — that same year, he was elected as an at-large member of the Republican Central Committee from Montgomery County. ablum@gazette.net

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As ridership at the Bethesda Metro station continues to grow, the station prepares for a trio of construction projects, according to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. In mid-October, stairs from the mezzanine level to the platform will be repaired for use, said Dan Stessel, a spokesman for the transit authority. Then in November, workers will begin to rehabilitate one of the short escalators at the Metro station, Stessel said. The project will take about three months; all the components will be replaced and it will be “like new,” Stessel said. In a third project, the three long escalators from the bus bay to the turnstile level will be completely replaced, one by one, he said. They are the second longest in the system, at 475 feet long with a rise of 106 feet. The

longest escalator is in Wheaton. The station sees about 10,600 riders on a typical weekday, Stessel said. The escalator replacement will be carried out in such a way as to minimize any inconvenience to passengers, he said. The project will take several months, based on similar work at the Dupont Circle and Pentagon stations and is expected to begin in the spring. “It will be a very challenging project because, unlike Dupont Circle, there is no second entrance there,” Stessel said. Metro has no immediate plans to close stations to deal with the water leak in the tunnel between the Medical Center and Friendship Heights stops, said Allison Davis, a Metro representative, at a meeting of the Western Montgomery Citizens Advisory Board on Sept. 16. Metro is currently looking at how to fix that issue, and if the answer is to temporarily close the Medical Center, Bethesda and Friendship Heights stations, such a closure would not take place before the summer of 2015. ablum@gazette.net

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Continued from Page A-1 a library box at the corner of Fenton Street and Philadelphia Avenue in Takoma Park, in partnership with the Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library. A resident who lives at the intersection requested that Samson build a library box on her property, leading Samson to pinpoint that location. Samson, an online bookseller, already owns two Little Free Libraries in the historic Takoma neighborhood in Washington, where he lives with his girlfriend. He was inspired by Todd Bol, a founder of the organization who built his library as a tribute to his mother. “I put one out front as a way to give back to the community we had moved to and grown in love with,” Samson wrote in an email. To help achieve his goal, Samson launched a two-week online fundraiser Aug. 19 on Kickstarter, hoping to raise $7,564. By the end of the period, the pledges totaled $2,005. Kickstarter’s rule is that the account creator does not receive any of the money unless the en-

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Continued from Page A-1 Karim, who is president of the Montgomery County Muslim Student Association. Karim and other speakers urged Montgomery County Public Schools to close when classes fall on Eid al-Adha and Eid al-Fitr during a Monday press conference held by the Maryland chapter of the Council of American Islamic Relations and the Equality for Eid Coalition. Eid al-Adha celebrates sacrifice to God and falls on Oct. 15 this year. Eid al-Fitr marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan and was Aug. 8. The dates of the holidays change because of the Islam lunar calendar. The coalition, which is sponsored by the council, formed about a year ago to pursue a long-standing goal for the school closures. The speakers also called for school system students and staff to skip school on Oct. 15 and celebrate Eid al-Adha instead. Zainab Chaudry — vice

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Continued from Page A-1 the grassy area outside the tavern. The theme this year is the 1930s. “Because in 1938, the federal government acquired the C&O Canal,” said Jenna Warrenfeltz, the trust’s director of communications. The local Cabin John Dixieland Band and by Chester River Runoff, a bluegrass band from the Eastern Shore, will provide music. A chili dinner with all the fixings will be served as will a special cocktail, the Mule’s Neck, a canal take off on the Horse’s Neck, a popular cocktail in the 1930s, Warrenfeltz said. As for Towpath Chic, the suggested dress for the evening, she said, they are not looking for heels and gowns. “Being an outdoor event ... most people showed up [last year] in jeans and boots,” she said. “Some [women] wore dresses but they usually had boots, too.” In keeping with the 1930s theme there will be a 1935 Packard at the photo booth where guests can have their pictures taken. Park After Dark is the trust’s main fundraiser, Nardolilli said. The group also seeks donations from foundations, corporations and individuals.

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Continued from Page A-1 through huge “odor-scrubbing” filters and then shoot the treated air out of the top of the buildings, were it should no longer stink. “When I first moved to Cabin John,” said Mac Thornton, an avid jogger and kayaker, “along the canal, every quarter of a mile I’d be hit with this very noxious odor.” When he and others approached WASA, they were told that was just what sewage smelled like, Thornton said. But Thornton and his allies

tire goal is met, so the attempt was unsuccessful. Samson then turned to GoFundMe, another online fundraiser, which does not have an “all-or-nothing” requirement. He set a goal of $5,280. As of Friday, he had raised $590. He expects each library structure to cost about $400, which covers construction and design materials, books and a registration fee to the national Little Free Library program in Wisconsin. Aside from popping up in front yards, Samson said he hopes to see libraries in communal spaces such as parks and playgrounds, because he believes they spark conversation. “The little library acts as a meeting place, giving people a chance to engage with one another,” he wrote in his email. “We have met many people as they have stopped by to browse; people that we would not likely have met otherwise.” Jessica Hernandez of North Potomac built a Little Free Library in her yard with her partner and daughter as a Mother’s Day project in May. The family dedicated the red wooden box, which houses president of the council’s Maryland chapter and a co-chair of the coalition — said the initiative is not asking for special rights. “We’re only asking for equal rights,” she said. Montgomery County Councilman George Leventhal (D-At large) of Takoma Park, another speaker at the press conference, said Muslim students and their families focused on academic achievement face a conflict their Christian and Jewish counterparts do not when it comes to holiday observance. Leventhal said he would face the same conflict if county public schools did not close on some Jewish holidays. “If school was in session on Rosh Hashanah or Yom Kippur, it would be a conflict,” said Leventhal, who later added his son will stay home on Oct. 15 in support of the initiative. Samira Hussein, a co-chair of the coalition, said she wants to see the school system “respect the tradition and culture of every member of the community.” “We’re tired of watching our

about 20 children’s and young adult books, to the neighborhood kids and have watched it become a symbol of pride. “The kids really took ownership of the library,” Hernandez said. “They stock and rearrange the books, and also make sure that it’s being taken care of. It’s great to see the kids getting excited about reading.” The Takoma Park Maryland Library is enthusiastic about the plan to put a Little Free Library in the city. “I think it’s a great idea,” library Director Ellen Robbins said. “It makes books more accessible to more people and involves a certain type of outreach that we haven’t engaged in yet.” As a result of his project, Samson hopes others will be motivated to create their own libraries. “I’d also love to see other people jump in feet first and construct their own libraries,” he wrote. “I don’t want a monopoly on them!” To learn more about Samson’s plan or donate to his project, visit gofundme.com/ DC-LittleFreeLibraries.

A taste of Romania in Potomac

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St. Andrew Romanian Orthodox Church member Andreios Cojocaru (center) of Washington, D.C., with Brandon Cazacu (right) of Potomac sing at the Romanian Food Festival on Sunday in Potomac.

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Anhar Karim, a senior at Northwest High School, shares his experiences regarding school attendance and Muslim holidays at the “Equality for Eid” press conference outside the Council Office Building on Monday. kids forced to choose between their faith and education,” said Hussein, whose children went through the county school system and who has worked on the issue for decades.

“The C&O Canal National Historical Park is 184.5 miles long, stretching from [Washington] D.C. to Hagerstown.” Nardolilli said. “It is 15,000 acres, 18 times the size of Central Park [in New York City]. It is the 11th most visited national park with projections for 5 million visitors this year.” As such, keeping the park is shape for so many guests is challenging, he said. The group sponsors Canal Pride Days each spring, a time to bring out the volunteers to help freshen the park, Nardolilli said. Volunteers clean up litter, paint buildings, benches and picnic tables, plant trees and repair trails, according the trust’s website. The site reported that in 2013, Canal Days in April brought out 1,100 volunteers who contributed 3,300 hours of work at sites along the canal. The trust also maintains and operates six restored lockhouses along the canal. “People can stay in the lockhouses and experience what it was like in the early days of the canal,” Nardolilli said. He also added that this anniversary is a good time to say thank you to the people who had the vision to preserve the [park] for our use. pmcewan@gazette.net did not back down. Instead, in the form of the Potomac Conservancy, the Canoe Cruisers Association and the American Canoe Association, they brought a lawsuit against the water company in 1999. They lost in court, Thornton said, but they won the public relations campaign because WASA agreed to try and address the stinking problem. “It took an extraordinarily long time; it should have taken half that or less,” Thornton said. “The system does make a tremendous difference. Is this the ultimate solution? It’s too early to say so.” ablum@gazette.net

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Montgomery County Board of Education member Philip Kauffman (At-large) of Olney said in a recent interview that the school system can only close schools when it has evidence of

student or staff absences high enough to impact instruction. The school system will monitor absences this year, he said, though past studies in recent years have not indicated a “discernible trend.” Schools close on Christian holidays such as Christmas and Good Friday under state law. Chief Operating Officer Larry Bowers said the school system added Jewish holidays such as Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur based on low attendance from Jewish teachers and students on the holidays. Since then, Bowers said, case law has arisen that lets districts close schools only for secular purposes. The school system recognizes both Muslim holidays by declaring them nontesting days and giving Muslim students excused absences. Samantha Kamal — a soph-

omore at Quince Orchard High School in Gaithersburg and president of the school’s Muslim Student Association — said she stays home from school on the Eids and that most of her friends who celebrate the holidays choose the same. Missing school results in “a ton of makeup work the next day,” said Kamal, who attended the conference with two friends. Najwa Kareem of Gaithersburg said that when she was a student in the county school system, her parents let her and her siblings decide whether to go to school on the holidays or not. Kareem said it was hard for her to miss class but that she felt guilty when she didn’t stay home with her family. “I felt this feeling of unrest because this is my holiday,” she said. lpowers@gazette.net

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Power to the people

Eastern Shore Republicans, unintentionally, have made Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley look magnanimous. Dragged into a noisy squabble over a state Senate vacancy, O’Malley handled the situation with aplomb. O’Malley had to mediate, as it were, because Republicans in District 36 fought and fought, and couldn’t decide how to fill E.J. Pipkin’s seat, which he vacated last month. The Republican central committees of Kent and Caroline counties picked Del. Steven S. Hershey. Queen Anne’s and Cecil counties wanted Del. Michael D. Smigiel Sr. Under the state constitution, when a state delegate or senator vacates a seat, the central committee of the party of the departing legislator chooses a replacement (a Republican takes over for a Republican) within 30 days. The constitution says the “governor shall appoint” the pick sent to him, no later than 15 days after receiving it. But when party officials charged NEW with making a decision argue themAPPROACH selves into a deadlock, they abdicate TO FILLING and defer to the governor. LEGISLATIVE O’Malley appointed Hershey VACANCIES and explained: “Filling a Republican vacancy is a matter that should have been resolved (locally). ... Rather than resolving their differences [the committees] forwarded two names to my desk. In discharging my Constitutional duty of selecting just one of these candidates, I am guided not by which candidate I would prefer, but rather by which candidate has demonstrated the broadest electoral support in the district.” Did Smigiel’s ongoing brashness toward the governor play a factor? (Smigiel boasts on his blog: “You may recall that I have sued his administration three times over their actions in Annapolis.”) Perhaps. But why is a Democratic governor arbitrating a GOP feud? There’s wisdom in O’Malley’s words: The people of the district should have the ultimate say in who represents them. Dissent has paralyzed the process before, like in 2010, when Washington and Frederick counties made O’Malley pick between two candidates for a Republican delegate slot in District 3. Those who grumbled about how Montgomery County Democrats picked a replacement for Robert J. Garagiola’s Senate seat also wanted a more open process. If state lawmakers are to be the voices of their districts, they should be the clear and transparent choice of those constituents, through an election. This would require a constitutional amendment and might mean longer periods of vacancy, but it would be worth it. The current system is lousy.

Flag on the play Our communities face an intractable problem that seems to defy common sense. Hundreds of people blithely flout posted speed limits, stop signs and traffic lights. Hundreds of people haven’t learned how to cross the street. Together, they make a dangerous mix. Gaithersburg might embrace a proposal meant to increase safety by making pedestrians more visible: The city may ask pedestrians to carry flags as they cross South Summit Avenue where it intersects with Olde Town Avenue. The flags will be in containers on either side of a crosswalk, available for pedestrians to hold as they cross the street. The thought is the flags will draw drivers’ attention and reduce the number of times pedestrians get hit crossing the street. “I think it ultimately falls under something that can’t hurt,” said Ollie Mumpower, division chief for engineering services in the city’s public works department. It might not hurt, but it’s hard to say it will help. Our communities put up stop signs; drivers ignore them. Our communities put up speed limit signs; drivers ignore them, too. CRACKING Our communities develop DOWN ON cameras that record an automobile’s speed and provide an image SPEEDERS, JAYWALKERS to law enforcement, which efficiently can mail a $40 ticket to the car’s owner. The locations of the cameras are posted publicly, often announced on signs just ahead of the cameras’ locations. Drivers ignore them, too. In fact, drivers ignore them so often, the cameras have become a major source of revenue for our governments. Drivers could drive the speed limit to avoid the tickets. Instead, complaints rise to the rafters that the cameras are unfair. Maybe the complainers have a legal argument, but the fact remains, why don’t they just slow down? Pedestrians are guilty of ignorance, too. Our communities paint crosswalks in the street and add walk/don’t walk signs at the corner. Pedestrians ignore them. Drivers don’t slow down because they insist that the number one motor vehicle law is: “You can do what you want if you don’t get caught.” Pedestrians jaywalk because they cross streets insisting that they, too, can do what they want so long as they don’t get caught. But the sad thing is, jaywalking pedestrians are getting hit by motorists ignoring their speed, flags or no flags.

The Gazette Karen Acton, President/Publisher

LETTERS TOT HE EDITOR

A bumpy ambulance ride One day this past August, my wife felt unwell. She felt pressure in her chest, much anxiety and heavy breathing. I called the Kaiser Permanente advice nurse, who felt sufficiently concerned to advise me to call 911 as the symptoms could be associated with a heart attack. I called the emergency number and an ambulance, and fire engine arrived within a few minutes.

The staff acted very professionally, did the preliminary tests and then decided that she needed further evaluation and should be moved to Shady Grove Adventist Hospital. At the hospital, she was examined by emergency medical staff on duty, who determined that she suffered no cardiovascular event. In this episode that ended well, there was only one problem, the ambulance ride. My

wife felt that the ambulance in which she was transported had no springs or shock absorbers, at least not fully functioning, as the trip was bumpy and uncomfortable. The emergency crew was getting thrown around inside the vehicle and my wife had to hold on to the seat. Since ambulances are designed to transport sick people, in some situations being jolted and thrown around

Closings urged on Muslim holidays Lindsay Powers’ article regarding the push by Saqib Ali for designating two Islamic holidays as school days off for Muslim children was of great interest [“Coalition wants Montgomery County schools to close on Muslim holidays,” Sept. 18]. I don’t know what the mechanism is to accommodate that request, but I remember the days when I and several other Eastern Orthodox Christian children were in Montgomery County schools and our parents were at a loss as to what to do in our case. Eastern Orthodoxy celebrates Easter by the Julian calendar and that greatest of

all weeks for us rarely coincides with the Roman Catholic and Protestant days. What my parents, and now I for my children, had done was to keep us out of classes on Good Friday and the kids would get charged with an unexcused absence. People of our faith were not great activists against the rulings of our elected officials like the Jews and the Muslims. But now as we have matured in those political endeavors perhaps it is time to undertake them. I am certain that there are those of other faiths like the Hindu and the Buddhist that may have their own demands.

Perhaps the answer may be to allot a certain number of days for each student that would be designated “absent for religious reasons” and that these would cover any and all legitimate faiths — including the Jewish and Christian. Along with this should be the elimination of the week of “spring holiday” that coincides with the Christian Holy Week. I believe that this would be a thoroughly equitable system to accomodate all of our religious beliefs and practices. The only people that might disagree would be the atheist families among our populace.

John P. Nasou, Sandy Spring

A Wegmans lament

On Sept. 15, two friends and I traveled from Rockville to the grand opening of Wegmans food market in Germantown. We were impressed by the store layout, the lighting, the assortment of fresh produce displayed, and the large variety of

grocery and nongrocery items available. I left Wegmans lamenting the fact that Rockville does not offer access to such a viable option for grocery shopping. Shortsightedness by city of Rockville officials has deprived

Rockville residents of nearby mainstream options for department stores, grocery stores and restaurants. I hope more Rockville residents will visit Wegmans to see what they are missing.

Lucinda Hall, Rockville

Ugly project in Sligo Park Hills I live in Sligo Park Hills. The county is in the middle of installing “rain gardens” and “bio-swales” in our neighborhood. The project is an unsightly mess. Each homeowner was asked beforehand if they wanted to participate in the project. I emphatically said no. Yet I now have a 6-foot-deep hole encroaching 6 feet onto my property. A phone call to the project manager Dan Sheridan elicited the response that the

project is in the county right of way and they can do what they want. Why bother with the ruse of asking permission if you are going to bulldoze your way over homeowner opposition? This project is ill conceived and ugly, and gives truth to the expression that the most dangerous words in the English language are “We’re from the Montgomery County government, and we’re here to help.”

Mark Romanoff, Silver Spring

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could be perilous. Recently, the financial situation of the county has improved and, more importantly, the county is now charging a fee from insurance companies for the use of the ambulances; it would be reasonable to expect that it could allocate adequate funds to replace or repair elderly ambulances.

Syed Amir, Rockville

Check every ID Having read the article “Not taking chances on 21” [Sept. 18], it is disheartening to see that on average, there is only a 75 percent compliance by businesses over the past five years checking for underage teens seeking alcohol purchases. Having recently traveled to Tennessee I was surprised to find my identification was checked 100 percent of the time when I purchased alcoholic beverages; surprised because I am 57 years of age. After inquiring about the checks with one of the waitresses, I was told it is state law in Tennessee to check the identification of every purchaser. They like and support the law because it left no possibility of error or discrimination (embarrassment of misinterpreting a person’s age on appearance). This does not mean some underage purchasers trickle through because of false identifications, but she expressed the importance of training that helps to recognize a false identification. Perhaps it is time the state of Maryland adopted such a law? I suspect compliance by businesses in thwarting underage access to alcoholic beverages would jump dramatically. It would be easy to scan a restaurant or bar and see that identifications are checked before service. With a law such as this, Maryland can toughen penalties for violations as there will be no more excuses for not checking a patron’s identification.

Steve Tucker, Montgomery Village

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Montgomery County’s proposed bus rapid transit plan had no defenders at an informational meeting Councilwoman Nancy M. Floreen held at the Friendship Heights Village Center Monday night. That included Floreen herself. “I’m not an advocate of this. I’m with you,” Floreen (D-At large) of Garrett Park told a critic of the plan in the

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audience. The proposed rapid transit bus lanes are part of the comprehensive Countywide Transit Corridors Functional Master Plan meant to improve transportation options, be more environmentally friendly, and support local businesses, according to county planners. Part of the original plan was to run dedicated curbed bus lanes from the Friendship Heights Metro to Shakespeare Boulevard in Germantown, and as mixed-traffic lanes to Redgrave Place in Clarksburg. According to county documents, curbed lanes can be created without having to acquire any property. The Coalition for Smarter Growth, a mass transit advocacy group, has

called the plan “groundbreaking.” But the plan nowcallsforbuses to be in mixed traffic rather than having their own lanes, Floreen said, which reFloreen duces potentially faster bus routes to the speed of regular ones. The proposal isn’t worth the cost, she and others said, and without the dedicated bus lanes, the system makes even less sense, as it won’t significantly cut travel times.

“We could run express buses today,” Floreen said. “But we don’t. Why don’t we?” Studies have shown that ridership is not there, she said. “Also, is it that much better than driving? Or taking the regular bus?” Floreen asked. “Is this really worth the gazillions of dollars it’s going to cost? You tell me.” The tenor of the responses in the room indicated the audience felt “no.” In addition to added congestion more buses would bring to the area, there is also concern about the environmental impact, said Barbara Tauben, a former elected member of the Friendship Heights Village Council

and a founder and past president of the Friendship Heights Village Civic Association. “We have so many transit options now, we don’t need more,” Tauben said. “My recommendation would be to terminate the BRT in Bethesda because that location is going to be redeveloped anyway.” Floreen urged residents to continue expressing their opinions, either at upcoming meetings or by contacting the county council by email. The council was scheduled to hold a public hearing on the Countywide Transit Corridors Functional Master Plan on Tuesday night and will hold another one Thursday night.

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The Gazette’s Guide to

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Vibraphonist to play songs from new album BY

WILL C. FRANKLIN STAFF WRITER

Born and raised in Baltimore, Warren Wolf was introduced to music at a very young age. “It really came through my father, Warren Wolf Sr.,” Wolf said. “He is a

retired Baltimore City public school teacher, but he played music on the weekends. Just like any child, I would say, when they see their parents doing something that looks fun, I saw my dad playing vibes and various percussion instruments. So I started copying him.” For Wolf, copying his father playing the vibraphone lead to lessons, albums and performances, such as the one

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Sandy Hackett’s Rat Pack Show makes its way to Strathmore on Friday. PHOTOS FROM SANDY HACKETT’S RAT PACK

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THE MUSIC CENTER AT STRATHMORE PROUDLY PRESENTS,

DIRECT FROM L.A., SANDY HACKETT’S RAT PACK SHOW

andy Hackett has built a sort of show business empire bringing the music, charisma and comedy of Las Vegas’ most enduring showmen back to the stage. And still, it is p particularly uncanny when he says “Hello” in his father’s voice. “I might slip into Buddy at any time,” he said of the iconic inflection belonging to the late comedian and star of screens large and small. “We’re rehearsing.” The production in prep — “My Buddy,” a

one-man show starring Sandy Hackett as his father, and directed by Sandy’s wife and producing partner, Lisa Dawn Miller — will open with previews in Los Angeles at the end of the month, prior to the launch of its official run in Ohio in late October. The homage, Hackett said, was born backstage, as he and his crew from “Sandy Hackett’s Rat Pack” — which comes to Strathmore on Friday — would gather to exchange stories of old Hollywood. “I’d say, ‘Here’s another story about my

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Warren Wolf will be playing the Mansion at Strathmore on Friday. He says, “With this record, ‘Wolfgang,’ I wanted to showcase the beauty of the vibes and how classical music can be mixed with jazz. ….”

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The BlackRock Center for the Arts is an “undiscovered jewel” that some people may not yet know about, said Executive Director Krista Bradley, who has plenty of ideas about how to change that. “Upcounty is definitely growing by leaps and bounds …. but BlackRock is not necessarily seen as a social and cultural destination,” she said. “We want to encourage people to do more of that.” The center is located in a complex of restaurants, stores and a library in the Germantown Town Center. “Arts play a role in bringing people together,” said Bradley.

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dad, [and] here’s another one,’” Hackett mused. The time, he said, was right. The Rat Pack revue, in fact, now in its fifth year and about to embark on its 2013-14 national off-Broadway tour, owes its heart and soul to dear old dad. “Buddy was a part of that group,” said Miller about those sultans of self-assured swagger, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop. “He performed

Comedian Sandy Hackett is son of comedy legend Buddy Hackett.

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Screenings include Q&As and panel discussions BY

VIRGINIA TERHUNE STAFF WRITER

Documentary film director Ben Kalina has always loved going to the beach, but he doesn’t think beach areas are good places to build, especially now, with seas rising because of climate change. Kalina’s feature-length documentary “Shored Up” takes a close look at the issue. “It’s about what kinds of things can [happen] when we settle in places that aren’t very hospitable to developers,” he said. “Shored Up” is the first of five documentaries, plus

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Author Ismet Prcic and his book “Shards.”

THE WRITER’S CENTER

Words and ‘Shards’ Ismet Prcic, winner of The Writer’s Center’s McLaughlin-Esstman-Stearns First Novel Prize, will read from his highly acclaimed debut novel “Shards” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the center, 4508 Walsh Street, Bethesda. Born in Tuzla, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Prcic immigrated to America in 1996. His work has appeared in McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, Bat City Review, Faultline, Prague Literary Review and other online journals, and he was the recipient of a 2010 NEA Award for fiction. The reading is free. For more information, visit www.writer.org.

MAA GALLERY

“Cascade in Canada,” acrylic on canvas by Jacques Bodelle.

Jacques of all trades October at the MAA Gallery will showcase the works of featured artist Jacques Bodelle. The exhibit opens Tuesday at the gallery in the Westfield Wheaton Mall, and continues to Nov. 3. An opening reception is scheduled for 1-5 p.m. Oct. 6. Bodelle, who works in styles ranging from abstract and figurative to still life, and media spanning watercolors to oil, trained as an engineer and geologist in France, lending an occasional architectural aesthetic to his work. For more information, visit www.montgomeryart.org.

A community in full color “Made in Takoma Park” continues to Nov. 3 at the Galleries at the Takoma Park Community Center, 7500 Maple

PHOTO BY JOHN GUERNSEY

Ave., Takoma Park. Featuring works by artists Karen Abromaitis, Lindsay Abromaitis-Smith, Sheila Blake and John Guernsey, the exhibit celebrates the creative spirit of the Takoma Park community. Gallery hours are 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 2-5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, visit www.takomaparkmd.gov/arts.

John Guernsey’s “Naïve World.”

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offering artlovers one last chance to enjoy the juried works of selected artists Lauren Adams (Baltimore), Selin Balci (Annapolis), Travis Childers (Fairfax, Va.), Adam Hager (Washington, FROM GALLERY B D.C.), Mariah Gary Kachadourian’s untitled installation, site-specific Anne Johnson for this particular exhibit, is a scaled xerographic (Washington, printout of the artist’s drawings derived from a D.C.), Gary patchwork of his photos. Kachadourian (Baltimore), Kate Kretz (Colesville) and Caitlin Teal Price (Washington, D.C.). The Trawick Prize is a visual art prize produced by the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District that honors artists from Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia. The annual juried competition awards $14,000 in prize monies to selected artists and features the work of the finalists in a group exhibition. Gallery hours are noon to 6 p.m. through Saturday. For more information, visit www.bethesda.org/bethesda/gallery-b.

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VIRGINIA TERHUNE STAFF WRITER

Pop artist Peter Max, known internationally for his vivid rainbow of colors and cosmic imagery, experienced more than his 15 minutes of fame in the late 1960s. On Sept. 5, 1969, Max made the cover of Life magazine for having tapped into the spirit of the decade’s counterculture with its psychedelic drugs, music and art. Now in his 70s, he is still going strong, a testament to his ability to adapt to changing times without losing his enthusiasm and passion for painting or his unique style. “I draw and paint every day of my life,” said Max. “I have a humongous studio, two floors, 10,000 square feet each, near Lincoln Center.” The Manhattan studio also employs 40 assistants who help manage his collection of work spanning more than four decades, from the counterculture of the 1960s, the environmental movement and the Reagan years, through the turn of the century and up to the present with paintings of President Barack Obama and Taylor Swift. “I’ve created all this work in reserve for shows,” said Max, who attends more than 100 gallery exhibits a year, where fans and collectors can meet him and also buy his original work. On Saturday, Max will be at the Wentworth Gallery in the Westfield Montgomery Mall in Bethesda and later at the Wentworth Gallery in Tysons Galleria in McLean, Va. On display at each location will be 160 of his original paintings, which range in price from about $2,000 up to $90,000. The public is welcome and encouraged to RSVP to the gallery so that organizers can better plan the reception with Max, said Maneta Siegel with the Wentworth Gallery in Bethesda. Longtime collectors or new enthusiasts who think they might want to buy a painting are encouraged to visit the gallery before Saturday so they can take their time and complete the paperwork if they decide to purchase, she said. There is also a 20 percent discount for people who buy early. Buyers also have their photo taken with Max, a procedure which helps ensure the authenticity of the paintings and protects against forgeries.

FROM PETER MAX STUDIOS

Among painter Peter Max’s works is “Cosmic Runner,” reflecting his interest in astronomy and the cosmos. “There are fakes out there,” Siegel said. Born Peter Max Finkelstein in Berlin in 1937, Max left Germany with his family a year later to escape the Nazis. The family lived in Shanghai, Tibet, Israel and Paris before arriving in Brooklyn in 1953 when Max was 16. A fashion designer in Berlin, his mother supplied him with plenty of art materials when he was growing up, according to Max’s biography on his website. He also had an abiding fascination with the starry heavens. “I was going to become an astronomer, but I always loved to draw, so I went to art school,” said Max, who studied traditional painting at the Art Students League, Pratt Institute and School of Visual Arts in New York. Through a friend in advertising, he also became interested in graphic and commercial design, joining a studio in 1962 that began producing work for advertising agencies. Emerging around the same time was Andy Warhol, who had also worked in advertising and was starting to produce paintings about American consumerism and celebrity. As the counterculture gained steam, tapping into psychedelic drugs and Eastern philosophies, Max began applying his trademark colors and love of astronomy to the zeitgeist of the time. Four-color web presses were also coming into use, which en-

abled Max to sell millions of posters to college students and

hippies, spreading his imagery — including his famous “Love” and “Cosmic Runner” posters — everywhere. “It was about cosmology, space and color blends,” said Max, who catapulted to fame. He said he was thrilled one day to run into astronomer Carl Sagan in an elevator — Max was a fan of Sagan’s and vice versa. He also became friends with Warhol and John Lennon and painted portraits of Muhammad Ali and Jimi Hendrix. “Psychedelic was a hip word — it meant enlightenment,” he said about the era. “They were images I loved and people loved it — it was of the times,” he said. Times always change, but Max continued to paint, adapting his themes but keeping his style. In the years since, he has designed postage stamps, commemorated sports events — including the 1995 New York City Marathon, the 1995 season Super Bowl and the 2006 Winter

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Olympics — and has painted portraits of five presidents and the Statue of Liberty. In 2000, Max designed a mix

of colors that enveloped the outside of a Boeing 777 for Continental Airlines. He also designed images of the New York skyline and the head of the Statue of Liberty that graces the hull of the new Norwegian Breakaway cruise ship launched this spring. Recently he has also painted a cherry blossom series, views of Central Park and the Brooklyn Bridge, and interpretations of the works of Van Gogh and Matisse, while also continuing to support environmental causes and human and animal rights. “I’m still extremely popular,” said Max, who is pleased — and also thankful — for the success he has had in his life. “I’m one unbelievably grateful person,” he said. vterhune@gazette.net

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Composer Jacques Offenbach loved to make fun of French nobles and officials in the mid-1800s, and his insight into pretense, pomposity and hypocrisy still ring true today in hilarious ways. That’s why the laughs keep coming in the Bel Cantanti Opera Company’s production of Offenbach’s 1858 operetta, “Orpheus in the Underworld” (“Orphée aux Enfers”). “It takes a very satirical view on morality,” said Katarina Souvorova, a Russian-born vocal coach at Catholic University in Washington, D.C., who founded Bel Cantanti in 2003. “The music is terrific,” she said about the training it offers to aspiring opera singers and Offenbach’s rousing “galop” at the end that later become associated with the exuberant cancan at the Moulin Rouge. “Orpheus in the Underworld” will run Friday and Sunday at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington in Rockville

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and on Oct. 6 at the Randolph Road Theater in Silver Spring. The dialogue is spoken in English, and the lyrics are sung in French with English subtitles projected on a screen. “It’s important for students to get the experience, and important to open the doors for them,” said Souvorova, who first presented “Orpheus in the Underworld” in June at Catholic

University. She said she is looking for venues in Montgomery County to present future summer season productions, which are a chance for students to perform and also work with professionals. “I wanted a comedy, and it’s a very good ensemble opera — there are smaller roles for gods and goddesses,” said Souvorova. She and director Guillaume Tournaire adapted Offenbach’s two-act version of his four-act operetta and added back in some arias to give the performers more chances to sing. “Euridice hits a high E — it’s the role every soprano dreams about,” she said. First presented by Offenbach in 1858 and now rarely performed, it is considered the first European operetta, and it predates the Gilbert and Sullivan shows that debuted decades later in London.

Based on myth Offenbach’s operetta is based on Christoph von Gluck’s serious 1762 opera “Orfeo ed Euridice,” which tells the story of Orpheus, a beguiling musician, who descends into hell to retrieve his wife Euridice but loses her after disobeying an order not to look back at her. Offenbach set his comedic version to the mid-1800s and instead took “a very satirical view on morality,” Souvorova said. Orpheus and Euridice are supposed to love each other, but she hates his violin playing and instead loves a shepherd who is really Pluto, while Orpheus is in hot pursuit of a nymph. A character named Public Opinion steps in from time to time to remind Orpheus about social propriety, which of course falls on deaf ears. “You can do anything as long as you don’t get talked about,” Tournaire said. Meanwhile the gods — including Diana, Mercury, Venus

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Jupiter (Michael Celentano) kneels to ask forgiveness of his wife Juno (Jenna Babyak) who is stretched atop Pluto (Aurelio Dominguez) in the Bel Cantanti Opera Company’s production of “Orpheus in the Underworld.” The 1858 comic opera by Jacques Offenbach is being performed on Friday and Sunday at the Jewish Community Center in Rockville and on Oct. 6 at the Randolph Road Theater in Silver Spring. and Mars — behave no better than he mortals, carousing and philandering as if there were no tomorrow. “They’re bored with nectar and ambrosia ... they’re all so bored with the perfect life,” said Souvorova, which is why they follow Jupiter to the underworld to find Euridice, who captures his fancy. “Jupiter is supposed to be the boss, the king, but actually he’s a very vain person,” said Souvorova. “Nobody’s perfect, and there are no good or bad characters,” she said.

Challenges abound Tournaire, who grew up in New Orleans bilingual, translated the French libretto into English, striving to capture the humor rooted in Offenbach’s French. The operetta is also full of nuance and allusion, he said. Hidden, for example, in a section

about the revolt of the gods to take off for the underworld, there are hints of “La Marseillaise.” “Offenbach was like Mozart — if someone told him not to do something, he’d do it,” laughed Tournaire. The music is a challenge, and so is the acting and the need for comic timing, he said. “I’m glad it’s comedic, because it give you a chance to work on the acting part,” said Jenna Babyak, a master’s student in voice at Catholic University, who sings the part of Jupiter’s wife, Juno. “It’s very rapid French,” she said about her first French opera. “And the range of voices is pretty large — it’s a challenge to move that voice.” Babyak is also choreographing the dance numbers, working the Charleston and the Lindy Hop into the revelries of the gods. “The music is very lighthearted and fun,” she said. “It’s supposed to be a party.”

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The defining perspective in octogenarian Ann L. McLaughlin’s fiction often comes from a youngster. “A child’s voice has a kind of clarity,” the Chevy Chase author said. “The innocence and vulnerability help me tell the story.” McLaughlin’s eighth novel, “Amy & George,” was published this month by John Daniel and Company, a small press in California. Nine-year-old Amy and her father George alternate as narrators. As has been the case in most of McLaughlin’s work, the story had an autobiographical impetus. Amy, she said, is based on her recollection of her childhood self, although, “Amy is much nicer and brighter than I was.” The novel also reflects McLaughlin’s fascination with father-daughter

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ON SCREEN/IN PERSON n Where: BlackRock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown n Tickets: $8 (includes film and panel discussion with filmmaker) n When: September 2013 through April 2014 n Sunday: “Shored Up.” A look at coastal development and its environmental costs. n Oct. 18: “Furever.” A look at the dimensions of grief experienced by people who lose their pets, an in some cases try to preserve them after death. n Nov. 15: “Mr. Cao Goes to Washington.” The story of a political rookie, VietnameseAmerican Joseph Cao of New Orleans, who won a seat in Congress.

relationships. “I, too, had an absent father, even more so than George,” she said. George’s career echoes her dad’s, from serving as dean of Harvard Law School to becoming involved with President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal. Fiction allowed the author to modify her history. “I made this a gentler [fatherdaughter] relationship,” McLaughlin said, explaining McLaughlin that such rapport “might have helped me, and I think it’s what my father would have wanted.” No such negative issues existed for McLaughlin’s late husband and their daughter, who “worked and wrote together.” Similarly, McLaughlin’s younger sister, with whom she continues to be close, “had it slightly easier [with our father]. She wasn’t expecting as much.” McLaughlin also used a child’s voice

in her third book, “Sunset at Rosalie,” and her fourth, “The House on Q Street.” Writing has long been the core of McLaughlin’s life. After reading Louisa May Alcott’s “Little Women” at age 10, she announced to her family that she would be a writer. “Writing was respected and encouraged in my family,” she recalled. Perpetuating her mother’s habit, McLaughlin has kept a journal since her teenage years. “It’s depressing,” she noted about rereading old entries. “The same problems keep coming up.” For some 25 years, McLaughlin has offered eight-week novel writing workshops at The Writer’s Center in Bethesda. This year, she is retooling the class, which will begin in late October, calling it “Transcending the Memoir.” “I’ll ask them to bring in some personal letters, see if we can get something started,” she said. A founding member of the 37-yearold nonprofit, McLaughlin also sits on its board. “Despite lots of changes, the center is thriving, offering 45 courses a semes-

Interested in environmental issues since he was 10 years old, he was a producer of “A Sea Change,” a 2010 documentary about the acidification of the ocean. “Shored Up” was shot in the community of Harvey Cedars on Long Beach Island, a barrier island off the coast of New Jersey, that was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy in October 2012. Locations also include the Outer Banks of North Carolina, which are also barrier islands. Communities sometimes try to replenish beaches by dredging sand from the sea bottom to fortify the eroding beach, Kalina said, but that can lead to unintended consequences. The practice can create sharp dropoffs in the sea bottom and also cause waves to break on shore instead of in

the water, changing the natural ecology of the beach, he said. Also a major issue is the public cost of replacing damaged buildings close to the ocean. “Developers go into this with their eyes wide open,” said Kalina. “It’s about who’s taking the risk for private investment properties,” he said. Each of the five other screenings will also include a visit by the filmmaker and a panel discussion about the issues raised in the film. “It’s an opportunity to engage the community, not just have people leave afterward,” said Lynne Kingsley, director of marketing and communications for the BlackRock Center. vterhune@gazette.net

n Feb. 16: “The Exquisite Corpse Project.” The dynamics of artistic collaboration are explored when five writers create a film by each writing 15 pages of script based on the previous writer’s last five pages. n March 21: “Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines.” Interviews with actress Lynda Carter, activist Gloria Steinem and others offer their own take on the male-dominated superhero genre. n April 10: “United in Anger: A History of ACT UP.” A history of the AIDs Coalition to Unleash Power, which focused mainstream attention on the AIDs crisis. n For information: 301-5282260, www.blackrockcenter. org/events/category/ performances/film.

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Filmmakers Ben Kalina and Jen Schneider shoot footage for director Kalina’s “Shored Up,” a film about the environmental effects of shorefront development. The movie’s screening on Sept. 29 kicks off a series of six independent films being shown through April at the BlackRock Center for the Performing Arts in Germantown.

will meet with audience members before its performance on Oct. 4. The workshop is free but reservations are required. Also in the works are special events, such as a Scotch tasting (for an additional fee) to accompany the Oct. 25 performance by Scottish singer Julie Fowlis. Fowlis sang several songs in the Disney/Pixar animated movie “Brave” about a Highland princess. She will also host a workshop before her second performance on Oct. 26. Post-performance talks are also scheduled for well-known local swing and jazz vocalist Catharine Russell, as well as singer, songwriter and saxophonist Grace Kelly. “We wanted to bring a lot of debut artists who haven’t been to BlackRock before,” Bradley said. Kelly was a semi-finalist at the Thelonius Monk International jazz Vocalists Competition at the Kennedy Center. “She’s a prodigy,” Bradley said. “We’re looking for artists who are young or changing the form … who are probably pushing the boundaries a little bit,” she said. Scheduled for Feb. 1 is Chelsea Green and the Green Project. Classically trained, Green plays jazz, R&B, funk,

rock and soul, plus original tunes, on an acoustic violin. “She breathes new life into classical music as well as popular music,” Bradley said. Also on the schedule is an Americana group, The Stray Birds, performing on May 2. “They have fabulous tight harmonies and beautiful voices,” Bradley said. Meanwhile, tickets remain affordable, ranging from $14 to $45. “It’s really great to have music at a reasonable price,” said Bradley. New this year is a maximum ticket price of $14 for any event for anyone who is 17 and younger. “We’re trying to break down barriers to attendance,” she said. Finishing the season on May 11 are “The Hit Men,” whose members sang with the likes of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, Tommy James and The Shondells, Jim Croce and Carly Simon. “They’re a fun group, it’s a fun way to end the season,” said Bradley. For a full calendar of performances, including ticket prices, photos and videos of the performers, visit www.blackrockcenter.org.

Baltimore.” Wolf admits that some people tend to flock to the saxophone or the trumpet when it comes to playing blues and jazz. Wolf’s father, a vibraphonist, thought it would be better for his son to pick a different instrument. “Once he knew that I was good, he said, ‘OK, what instrument can I put my son on that will take him somewhere else? Something that’s different?’” Wolf said. “We landed on the vibes. At the same time, I studied the drums and piano, which I still play to this day. I still play drum gigs and piano gigs. The vibraphone is the one that took hold of me.” Although Wolf can play several in-

struments, he wishes he could play the upright bass a little better. “I wish I could play that thing really well,” Wolf said. “I wish I could play it like my quote-unquote boss Christian McBride. The upright bass is very hard to play. It’s very demanding and it’s one of those instruments that you just have to continuously practice all the time.” Wolf just released his second record, “Wolfgang,” on the Mack Avenue label. The first album, according to Wolf, was simply to let people know he was there. “The first album, was simply called ‘Warren Wolf,’” said Wolf. “The statement that I wanted to make with that

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ter,” she said proudly. “And I feel I’m getting better as a teacher.” “Writing is a way of thinking,” she said, noting that she tries to transmit the kind of commitment it takes to be a writer to her students. McLaughlin writes six days a week, 9 a.m. to noon — preceded by meditation and a swim. Thoroughly researching the historical context is mandatory. For “Amy & George,” her sources included C.L. Sulzberger’s “World War II,” and Marc McCutcheon’s “Everyday Life From Prohibition Through World War II.” And, she cautions her charges, the process can be lengthy. It took 3 1/2 years to write “Amy & George,” which she said is “about average” for her. Making predictions about her new students amuses McLaughlin. “It’s a fascinating mystery each time, figuring out who is going to work at it, and who will be gone in two weeks,” she said. For much of her career, McLaughlin has belonged to a writer’s group; the latest incarnation has four female members, all published, who get to-

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Continued from Page A-13 with them and hung out with them.” Rat Pack tributes are a dime a dozen, but what makes Hackett’s show a particular penny from heaven, said Miller, is that he knew them — each of them — personally. “Sandy has a history with these guys. Joey Bishop was Uncle Joey to him,” she said about the funny man and longtime Hackett family friend. “... Who better to convey that [chemistry] to an audience than someone who grew up with them?” To a preteen Hackett, the lauded Kings of Cool ripping it up on the Las Vegas strip were more akin to pals over to the house for poker night, not the indelible “Ocean’s 11” symbols practically synonymous with the game. “When you’re a child, you don’t know they’re anything special,” he said. “They’re just your dad’s friends. It’s only as you get older you realize, ‘Oh, my friends’ dads aren’t doing this stuff.’” “I have a 7-year-old daughter and a 13-year-old son,” Hackett continued. “And right now they’re just becoming cognizant of what their mother and I do.” Miller, too, is the daughter of industry royalty. Her father, famed Motown songwriter Ron Miller, is perhaps best known for penning a number of hits for Stevie Wonder, including “Yester-Me, Yester-You, Yesterday,” “Someday at Christmas,” and “For Once In My Life,” the latter, not incidentally, having been covered by crooners from Old Blue Eyes to Tony Bennett. For the show, a sampling of approximately 390 previously unreleased songs by the elder Miller, recently discovered, join American Songbook and nightclub staples such as “Drink to Me Only,” “Come Fly With Me,” and “What Kind of Fool Am I” in a narrative finding the pallies placed back into contemporary rotation by the main announcer, God (a voiceover by Buddy Hackett, who recorded the role prior to his passing in 2003). The production, Miller said, attempts to recreate the seemingly effortless, boozy charm conjured in the halls of the Sands Hotel and Casino all those years ago; that lightning in a bottle of bourbon, or gin or bubbly that corkscrewed throughout a dining room filled with clinking glasses, glamour and laughter as Frank crooned, Dean swooned and Sammy showed up show business with a winning smile. Miller even gets in on the act, portraying a version of actress and onetime paramour of the Chairman of the Board, Ava Gardner, in “Frank’s One Love.” “A lot of tribute shows want to do a caricature of what [the era] was, and they bring out Marilyn Monroe,” Miller said. “But there was only one woman who truly captured his heart and was a huge part of his life, and that was Ava Gardner.” “It was really fire and ice,” Hackett said of the tumultuous relationship and subsequent marriage. “But in my opinion, it was the one true love of his life.” Also taking a more central role in Hackett’s love letter is his portrayal of friend and mentor Joey Bishop. record was to basically show the world that I could play … to show everybody that Warren Wolf was the next star on the vibes. “With this record, ‘Wolfgang,’ I wanted to showcase the beauty of the vibes and how classical music can be mixed with jazz. … We all know that when you listen to classical music, you hear these beautiful melodies, so I wanted to show a mix of the two and show how classical and jazz can coexist and, at the same time, showcase beautiful melodies.” Music is Wolf’s passion. After spending so much time learning different instruments over the course of his life, Wolf said he never really thought of

gether for serious talk about their work for two hours every month. She meets less regularly to work with a group of women who want to write about their experiences of coming to America. McLaughlin is in the early stages of a yet-untitled book set during the Korean War. Her protagonist is a painter, a “young woman uncertain about what to do with her life, with the war as metaphor,” but the cast of characters includes an “important” 10-year-old — “Pippa, a funny little girl who lives in the upstairs apartment. She loves to draw and joins the young woman while she paints.” The sparkle in McLaughlin’s eye as she talks about Pippa suggests that a young girl once again may have stolen her creator’s heart and defined her tale. McLaughlin will celebrate publication of “Amy & George” at 2 p.m. Oct. 6 at The Writer’s Center, 4508 Walsh St., Bethesda, 301-654-8664. Mary Kay Zuravleff also will join McLaughlin at The Writer’s Center event, reading from her novel “Man Alive!”

SANDY HACKETT’S RAT PACK n When: 8 p.m. Friday n Where: Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda n Tickets: $20-$50 n For information: 301-581-5100, strathmore.org

Bishop, who appeared in several films with the trinity, and was the last surviving member of the order, historically took more of a behindthe-scenes role during the group’s onstage antics, penning jokes and considered by some a mascot. Here, he’s an ad-libbing engine for a two-act locomotive that does not pause for a breath, said Hackett. Upon arriving in town, Hackett scours the local newspapers for headlines to incorporate into the evening’s proceedings, in an effort to avoid pat “How did all of these people get in my room?” routines. “Like Joey Bishop, he allows for whatever is happening to become a part of the show — to be in the moment,” said Miller. “He’s the thread that holds the show together.” “A lot of people forget just what he did,” said Hackett. “If you look at those other shows, none of those shows have a Joey. No one seemed to understand what he did. But I understand what he did. Because I grew up with him.” Indeed, it was Bishop who planted the idea for the show with a single phone call. “The story is that one day Joey called Sandy up and said that HBO was doing a movie about The Rat Pack and he thought Sandy would be perfect to play him,” Miller recalled. “Sandy said, ‘Great, who do I call?’ And Joey said, ‘I dunno. Nobody called me.’” While Bishop’s influence on the 1998 HBO project was nil (the role ultimately went to Bobby Slayton), the fact that one of Hackett’s idols had hand-picked him sparked a concept, and then a creation, that continues this weekend in North Bethesda. But — Miller and Hackett are both quick to stress — it is not a tribute show, a term that, to them, calls to mind pale, impersonal imitation. “The focus [of our show] is on the essence, the camaraderie and the cohesiveness of what they did,” Hackett said. “... We’re trying to give you the savoir-faire and the charisma of these performers. You can’t be those guys. Those guys were those guys.” Asked if he’s gleaned anything new about Bishop and his father while stepping into their shoes, Hackett pauses. “They were just people,” he said. “With extraordinary talent.” “People think the Rat Pack era lasted a few years,” he continued. “It didn’t. It lasted 30 days. They were shooting a film called ‘Ocean’s 11’ on the Las Vegas strip, and Frank said, ‘We’ll shoot the film during the day and perform at the hotel at night and this is going to be fun.’” “And that’s what it was.” noravec@gazette.net trying anything other than music — except maybe space exploration. “I was a normal kid,” Wolf said. “I went to school and I went outside to play with my friends and things like that. I didn’t really have too much of an interest in, say, [trying] something else. I will say I wanted to be a fireman and an astronaut. Those are the two things I did want to be. I mean, there was nothing that I really wanted to try, like being on the baseball team or the football team. I wouldn’t have minded. I mean, it sounds fun now that I think about it, but I didn’t really think about that stuff too much then.” wfranklin@gazette.net

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At the college level, it might hold him back, but several teams have indicated a willingness to overlook Amankwah-Ayeh’s less-than-ideal measurables. Towson University, University of Delaware, James Madison University, Princeton University, Brown University and Harvard University have shown interest, though none have made an offer. “If I play hard, I’ll get a scholarship — I don’t really think about that,” Amankwah-Ayeh said. “It’s not something I really try to beat myself up about. Just play hard, it will come to me one day.”

Springbrook High School defensive end Alex Evans always knew he was athletic. From the time he began playing football at 6-years old, to now, in his senior year as a two-sport student-athlete (he also plays basketball). However, it wasn’t until this past summer when he realized the possibility of being a Division-I talent. After a 70-tackle and doubledigit sack season in 2012, the 6-foot7, 230-pound Evans attended the University of Maryland, College Park‘s instructional football camp in June. He caught the attention of multiple college coaches. He quickly received offers from East Carolina University and Old Dominion. He also received some interest from Maryland, Virginia and Wake Forest. “All the college coaches that have come through have been in love with his frame,” Springbrook coach Adam Bahr said. “I think they are committed to coaching him up.” On Aug. 12, Evans committed to play for the Pirates of East Carolina under coach Ruffin McNeill in Conference USA. Evans was recruited by ECU defensive line coach Marc Yellock. When Evans went to visit the school in June, he said he was instantly treated like family. “They welcomed me; treated me like I was their son,” Evans said. “I like the coaches, the coaching staff and the defensive coordinator [Rick Smith].” Evans was intrigued by how excited the coaches were to have him on the team and told him he could

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Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School football coach Josh Singer was talking to college coaches during the offseason about senior running back/linebacker Nana Amankwah-Ayeh’s game film. “Everybody likes what they see,” Singer said. “And then they look at his numbers.” The college coaches couldn’t believe Amankwah-

Ayeh is so short (5-foot-11), so small (205 pounds) and so slow (4.8 seconds in the 40-yard dash last spring, according Amankwah-Ayeh), because he plays much bigger on the field. “He just has a natural vision for where the football is going to go, whether it’s in his hands or he’s on defense,” Singer said. “And he can sometimes take routes that other guys wouldn’t be able to take, because he just sees it so quickly.” At the high school level, Amankwah-Ayeh’s size is no issue. He led Bethesda-Chevy Chase in tackles last season, and he’s leading the team in rushing this year.

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Lizzi Walsh had to start somewhere, and in volleyball it began with all-natural and raw power. As a tall and lanky eighth grader when she first picked up volleyball at Scott Zanni’s camp, she could smash a ball hard enough to grab the attention of her future coach. A few months later, she received a rare promotion as a freshman on the Col. Zadok Magruder High School girls’ volleyball team and by the middle of the season, she had earned herself a starting spot. “That was all I could really

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Sherwood High School running back Elijah Spottswood carries the ball against Gaithersburg during a Sept. 7 football game.

Elijah Spottswood and a few Sherwood High School football teammates were messing around in the gym during a July workout, taking running starts and jumping to touch the rim with one hand. Sherwood coach Chris Grier nervously watched, hoping Spottswood wouldn’t aggravate a knee injury that had sidelined him from April until that very day.

Finally, the first-year coach’s instincts took over, and he wanted to see what his healthy star player could do. “Take one step and grab it with two hands,” Grier told Spottswood. Spottswood had never done that before, but he took one step back, went forward and reached the rim with both hands. “He was so amped to be full tilt and be able to do whatever he wanted without any restrictions that he was bouncing off the walls,” Grier said. Spottswood is again bouncing off the walls, wishing he could make a bigger impact for

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Continued from Page B-1 she’s getting better,” Zanni said. “This kid works hard. The average kid says she loves the game, but [Walsh] takes it to a whole new level of love for the game. She sort of added something new to her game each year so she’s kind of an all-around player.” What’s more alarming than the sheer power and versatility Walsh brings to the court is the rate that she assembled her skill set. From a competitive standpoint, she hadn’t played volleyball prior to attending Zanni’s camp at the end of middle school. Yet by her freshman year, the coach had already deemed her varsityworthy.

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Continued from Page B-1 Sherwood (2-1). When he lines up at running back, opponents stack the box. At cornerback, teams throws to the other side of the field. As a returner, kickers and punters angle the ball away from him. “It’s really annoying, actually,” Spottswood said. “The reason it’s frustrating is because

“In the last 10 years I’d say I’ve had less than a handful of freshmen make the varsity team,” Zanni said. “They just generally don’t make it. You either got a lot of potential or you’ve played a lot of volleyball. It’s either one or the other. I saw a tall and athletic kid who has one of the strongest arms I’ve ever seen. She just destroys it when we get it to her.” So it began with the power for Zanni, too. And, make no mistake, it is her power that mainly gives teams fits. Over her first three seasons and eight matches into this one, Walsh has recorded 425 kills, fourth all-time for the school and just 100 shy from the Magruder record. This year, she is tops on the team by a long shot with 52 kills in just 106 swings, good for almost a 50 percent clip, and is

I need film, so I can play football at the next level.” Spottswood has received plenty of interest — Appalachian State University, Stony Brook University, Towson University, Wake Forest University, Temple University, University of Toledo, Old Dominion University, James Madison University, Boise State University, University of Kansas and Tusculum College — but no team has offered a scholarship. He at least takes solace that

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Continued from Page B-1 Amankwah-Ayeh admits he didn’t play particularly hard as a freshman. His effort improved as a sophomore, but he realized moderate gains weren’t enough.

third on Magruder with eight aces. “She hurt us a lot over the years,” Sherwood coach Brian McCarty said. “I know that we’ve come out on top but just to watch her develop from kind of a timid player into someone who demands the ball and someone her teammates always look for, it has been fun. “Whenever she gets some swings early on it was, ‘Whoa, that girl is going to be good.’” When she’s not at the net, there’s a fair chance you can find her on the floor. Despite standing 6-feet, Walsh isn’t one to shy away from hitting the court in the name of saving a ball. “She’s six-foot tall and she’s on the floor as much as anyone,” Zanni said. “It’s rare to see someone so tall be such

a good defensive player. If you can find a kid who can attack the ball and play defense like that, that’s something. That’s what we’re looking for in an outside hitter.” Walsh admits to being a little reluctant when Zanni first asked her to move from her spot in the middle over to the outside, where the best hitters will typically be slotted, but she soon realized that’s also the best showcase for that power she loves to break out. “I have the option to do more,” she said. “You get the chance to kind of take over more because you get a lot more swings.” And more swings for Walsh generally translates into more wins for Magruder.

his presence has helped Sherwood, even if he’s not directly responsible. With more balls coming his way, cornerback Alec Perez already has four interceptions this season. Running in relief of Spottswood at times, freshman running back Travis Levy has impressed Grier. “I love to see my teammates do well,” Spottswood said. “It also shows me that my opponents in the county respect me as an athlete, and they know what I can do.”

“I told myself, ‘You need to step your game up if you want to take football where you want to take it and not just let your dreams float away,’” Amankwah-Ayeh said. He dedicated himself to lifting weights and studying film in a bid to become a legitimate college prospect, and he became a starter as a junior.

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Springbrook High School’s Alex Evans attempts to tackle a Sherwood player on Friday.

Against Springbrook last week, Spottswood intercepted a pass, delivered a stiff arm and made a couple spin moves during a long return. He needed a breather, and Levy took the next handoff for a touchdown. When Levy returned to the sideline, Grier told him to thank Spottswood for setting up the score. “Elijah was certainly smiling to see that,” Grier said. Earlier in the game, Spott-

swood ate a couple granola bars on the sideline during a timeout. He suffers from Type-1 diabetes, and though he usually manages the disease by carefully monitoring his pregame eating, this was a rare instance of it affecting him during play. Usually, postgame cramps are the only footballrelated symptom. Now,the5-foot-10,190-pound speedster says everything, including his knee and diabetes, is back under control. So, his coach is

Now, Singer called Amankwah-Ayeh the team’s “heart and soul” and credited him with “creating a lot of positive energy.” But Amankwah-Ayeh says he takes losses especially hard. He isolates himself from his family — which dubbed him Nana, a common nickname for Ghanese children, so long ago that it

has essentially replaced his first name of Yaw — and broods in his room. Unfortunately for AmankwahAyeh, Bethesda-Chevy Chase has lost the past two weeks, falling to Walt Whitman and Thomas S. Wootton. Amankwah-Ayeh will have an opportunity to help Bethesda-Chevy Chase right the ship Friday at Seneca

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Valley, and he said he’ll do it with the mindset that impressed those college coaches. “The next time I go out there to play football could be my last play ever,” Amankwah-Ayeh said. “So, I just want treat it like it’s my last.” dfeldman@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

School

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Quince Orchard Cougars Good Counsel Falcons Damascus Swarmin’ Hornets Northwest Jaguars Gaithersburg Trojans Bullis Bulldogs Seneca Valley Screaming Eagles Wootton Patriots Paint Branch Panthers Walt Whitman Vikings

Record Points

3-0 60 3-2 54 2-1 47 3-0 43 3-0 33 2-1 30 2-1 25 3-0 20 3-0 12 2-1 5

Also receiving votes: Sherwood 1 point.

LEADERS Top rushers

Carries Dage Davis, Geo. Prep 59 Charles Lyles, Poolesville 65 Chris Dawson, G. Counsel 65 Khalil Wilson, Einstein 27 Perry Stefanelli, G. Counsel 74 Liam Duffy, R. Mont. 55 Zac Morton, Whitman 63 Kevin Joppy, Q. Orchard 47 Devonte Williams, Bullis 55 Solomon Vault, G’burg 39

Top passers

Cmp-Att. Sam Ellis, Wootton 66-101 Chuck Reese, Rockville 87-142 Mike Murtaugh, Q. Orch. 35-55 Renzo Farfan, R. Mont. 33-59 Nick DeCarlo, G’burg 23-38 Gaston Cooper, P. Branch 39-80 Raymond Burtnick, Blair 29-62 Evan Smith, Whitman 31-52 C. Hennessey, N’wood 41-77 S. Morningstear, Pooles. 29-46

Top receivers Jibri Woods, Wootton Joey Cornwell, Rockville Trevon Diggs, Wootton Anthony Albert, Rockville Louison Biama, Rockville Keon Paye, G. Counsel Darrell Blue, Blair William Tearney, G’burg Elliott Davis, Q. Orchard Javonn Curry, P. Branch

Catches 23 27 21 20 12 5 13 5 7 13

Yards 519 476 412 409 403 372 344 332 332 315

Avg. TDs 8.8 7 7.3 4 6.3 6 15.1 5 5.4 2 6.8 2 5.5 3 7.1 4 6.0 4 8.1 7

Yards 989 944 539 464 449 444 440 387 364 338 Yards 330 302 294 253 207 205 189 182 158 157

Int. TDs 2 9 4 10 1 7 2 6 1 0 3 3 5 5 3 2 2 2 4 2

Avg. TDs 14.3 2 11.2 3 14.0 5 12.7 3 17.3 1 41.0 3 14.5 2 36.4 0 22.3 2 12.1 2

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Northwest, Gaithersburg enter 3-0, outcome may determine postseason seeds

With Solomon Vault, arguably the state’s top running back, out for at least the rest of the game with an injury, Gaithersburg High School football coach Kreg Kephart addressed his team at halftime of Friday’s game against Clarksburg.

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Gaithersburg High School quarterback Nick DeCarlo looks for a receiver against Watkins Mill in the Sept. 16 football game.

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ter his X-rays were negative and Gaithersburg would not change its gameplan if Vault can’t play. The coach praised backup running backs Xaviyer Mosley and Mark Spencer, saying they would start on many area teams. Northwest is slightly more established. Its 20-13 win over Seneca Valley Friday is the only win over a currently ranked team this season by either team. In the process, Northwest learned more about its young quarterback.

“Everybody says this is a one-man team,” Kephart said. “This will be your chance to show that we’re more than just the Solomon Vault Trojans.” A 24-7 win reinforces the point, but the challenge gets tougher this week. No. 5 Gaithersburg plays No. 4 Northwest at 2 p.m. Saturday at Richard Montgomery High School in a matchup of 3-0 teams. Gaithersburg and Northwest haven’t both made the playoffs since 2006, each foiling the other’s plans at different times since. With both teams again firmly in the playoff mix this season, Saturday’s game will be crucial to postseason possibilities. Kephart said Vault is day-to-day af-

Super sophomore On Friday, Northwest coach Mike Neubeiser and his team had a great op-

Parity reigns supreme in Montgomery County boys’ soccer

For the past two seasons, the same frustrating occurrence has befallen Richard Montgomery High School’s girls’ soccer team when it matters most. In the playoffs, the Rockets have bowed out against a team they beat earlier in the regular season.

SOCCER NOTEBOOK BY NICK CAMMAROTA In 2012, Monica Tarzy’s club defeated Winston Churchill before losing to them, 3-0, in the first round of Class 4A West Region tournament. In 2011, the same thing happened, only that time it was a 3-1 loss against Clarksburg. This year, the Rockets are again off to a superb start — 4-0 in their first four matches — and Tarzy is hopeful her 2013 group will be the one to buck the trend. “I went to RM as a student and it seems like every year we usually get the worst draw when it comes to playoffs,” Tarzy said. “Usually the draw we get, we beat the team in the season but can’t when it really matters. It’s partly because I think the girls in the past have started to get drained and lose energy and focus. I think this year could be different.” Inspiring that sort of hope is a talented pair of captains. Tarzy was complimentary when speaking about both four-year varsity midfielder Jackie Page and three-year varsity midfielder Kayla Sukri. Tarzy said their leadership — everything from motivating their teammates, to organizing team events via Facebook and Twitter, to simply

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Seneca Valley Einstein Damascus Wootton Poolesville Sherwood Q. Orchard Blair Paint Branch Clarksburg DeMatha Bullis Wilson Annap. AC Avalon Wheaton Northwest

Seneca Valley Einstein Damscus Wootton Poolesville Sherwood Q. Orchard Blair Paint Branch Clarksburg DeMatha Bullis Wilson Landon Avalon Rockville Northwest

Seneca Valley Einstein Damascus Wootton Poolesville R. Mont. Q. Orchard Blair Paint Branch Clarksburg DeMatha Bullis Wilson Landon Avalon Wheaton Northwest

Seneca Valley Einstein Damascus Wootton Poolesville Sherwood Q. Orchard Springbrook Churchill Clarksburg DeMatha Bullis Wilson Landon Avalon Rockville Northwest

Seneca Valley Einstein Damascus Wootton Poolesville Sherwood Q. Orchard Blair Paint Branch Clarksburg DeMatha Bullis Wilson Landon Avalon Rockville Northwest

Seneca Valley Einstein Damascus Wootton Poolesville Sherwood Q. Orchard Blair Paint Branch Clarksburg DeMatha Bullis Wilson Landon Chavez Rockville Northwest

HOW THEY RANK Boys

Girls

n 1. Landon

n 1. Good Counsel

n 2. Good Counsel

n 2. Holy Cross

n 3. Walter Johnson

n 3. Bethesda-Chevy Chase

n 4. Northwest

n 4. Walt Whitman

n 5. Thomas S. Wootton

n 5. Winston Churchill

Boys’ soccer This was already pretty much a foregone conclusion before the year began, but boys’ soccer in Montgomery County is going to be wild. As the results pour in day after day, it consistently becomes apparent that nearly every team is capable of beating every other. It makes for a fantastic league for fans and many sleepless nights for

Whitman Wootton* Walter Johnson* B-Chevy Chase Churchill Kennedy

All Div.

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

1-0 2-1 1-1 1-2 1-2 0-0

PF PA

52 106 22 39 36 18

Montgomery 4A East Division Team

Paint Branch Sherwood Blair Blake Springbrook*

All Div.

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

2-0 2-0 0-1 0-1 0-2

42 14 93 63 72 75

PF PA

105 56 75 20 42

25 69 33 84 50

Montgomery 4A West Division Team

Northwest Gaithersburg Quince Orchard R. Montgomery Magruder Clarksburg*

All Div.

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

2-0 1-0 1-0 0-1 0-1 0-2

PF PA

115 26 84 14 84 13 82 90 38 114 38 56

Montgomery 3A Division Team

Damascus Seneca Valley Watkins Mill Einstein Rockville Wheaton Northwood

All Div.

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

PF PA

2-0 2-0 1-0 1-1 0-2 0-2 0-1

98 37 82 35 71 48 70 84 83 127 40 110 20 114

Montgomery 2A Independent Team

All

Poolesville

Team

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inspiring hard work every day at training — has made a world of difference. “They’re really friendly and close with everyone on the team,” Tarzy said of her captains. “They’ve made it so that everyone feels like one unit as opposed to separate groups. Everyone is friends because of them. They’re the first ones out to practice, they hurry them along to get started and they always come mentally prepared.” Among the other early standout performers on the roster, junior Rowan Glass is picking up right where she left off last season and has five goals in four matches — games during which RM has outscored its opponents, 14-4. “We had the girls working hard on their own over the summer, which has made a huge difference in the attitude,” Tarzy said. “It’s really been a team effort so far this year.”

Team

2-1

All

PF

PA

PF

PA

63 48

Good Counsel 3-2 130 59 Bullis 2-1 55 62 Avalon 1-3 62 85 Georgetown Prep 1-3 76 133 Landon 0-2 14 38 * Includes forfeit result

Last week’s scores

The Gazette sports staff picks the winners for this week’s games involving Montgomery football teams. Here are this week’s selections:

Bethesda-Chevy Chase at Seneca Valley Einstein at Northwood Watkins Mill at Damascus Whitman at Wootton Poolesville at Walter Johnson Sherwood at Richard Montgomery Magruder at Quince Orchard Blair at Springbrook Churchill at Paint Branch Clarksburg at Blake Good Counsel at DeMatha John Carroll at Bullis Kennedy at Woodrow Wilson (D.C.) Landon at Annapolis Area Christian Chavez vs. Avalon Rockville vs. Wheaton Northwest vs. Gaithersburg

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portunity. With 8 minutes, 53 seconds remaining and possession of the ball with the game tied, the Jagaurs had a chance to end a losing streak to Seneca Valley that dated back to 2006. There was not a single student in the school who had seen the King’s Trophy glimmering from their own trophy case. With dual-threat quarterback Josh Gills in the fold, Neubeiser elected to hand the offense to sophomore quarterback Mark Pierce, entrusting him with the most important drive of Northwest’s season to date. Well, Pierce would get the job done. Over the next 15 plays, he threw eight passes, completed seven for 74 yards and drove his team the length of the field. He then completed the game-winning, 21yard touchdown pass to E.J. Lee. “It’s the biggest game of my life,” said Pierce, who finished 13-for-23 with 144 yards, two touchdowns, no interceptions and did not take a sack. “Our O-line did awesome. They allowed me to scramble, allowed people to get open, and that’s what happened with the big plays. We allowed receivers to get open and it was just a wonderful drive.”

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coaches. Through the season’s opening two weeks, only three clubs remain undefeated as of Sunday night: Gaithersburg, Northwest and Walter Johnson. Matches have (surprise) been tight, particularly in the 4A South Division where none of the six teams have scored or allowed more than 10 goals. First-year Sherwood coach Michael Kogok, whose team is 2-2-0 yet at the bottom of the 4A North standings, has witnessed the parity first-hand. “All the matches except for our [4-1] win against Seneca Valley have been tight contests,” Kogok said. “I’m encouraged. And I think the boys are starting to realize that we can play with anyone, but we can also lose to anyone.” Three of the Warriors’ four matches thus far have been 1-0 results, with Sherwood losing to Northwest and Bethesda-Chevy Chase by that score. Kogok said he’s been particularly impressed with the early play of juniors Ethan Carey and Sheriff Secka. “We’re not a team of superstars,” Kogok said. “It’s more a bunch of boys where I can go seven or eight deep and not worry about the pace changing. It’s a great group.” ncammarota@gazette.net

St. Paul’s 28, Landon 14 Watkins Mill 42, Wheaton 0 Einstein 48, Rockville 35 Quince Orchard 7, Damascus 6 R. Montgomery 31, W. Johnson 16 Wootton 41, Churchill 0 Northwest 20, Seneca Valley 13 Blake 20, Magruder 14 Gaithersburg 24, Clarksburg 7 Sherwood 22, Springbrook 15 Paint Branch 43, Kennedy 12 McDonogh 41, Geo. Prep 10 S. Hagerstown 36, Poolesville 13 Bullis 21, Spalding 14 Gonzaga 30, Good Counsel 20 Whitman 24, B.-Chevy Chase 0 Blair 28, Northwood 6 John Carroll 13, Avalon 8

BEST BET Good Counsel vs. DeMatha, 7 p.m. Friday at PG Sports & Learning in Landover. The last time the Falcons (3-2) lost three games in a season was 2005. The last time GC lost to rival DeMatha (4-1) was 2009. DeMatha is favored to end both streaks this week because of many three-year starters.

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Sarah Kenneweg admitted to having a little skepticism at first. So did Rosie Barry and Emily Agate. Sure, their Poolesville High School girls’ volleyball team was returning six seniors from a traditionally successful program while the rest of the county was suffering from heavy graduation losses, but there was still something amiss. Maybe it was early-season jitters or the uncertainty of how a few new faces would jell with the rest of the squad, but a trip to Deep Creek Lake, where coach Fran DuVall’s sister-in-law has a house, two weekends ago assuaged all fear. They hung out by the lake, individually speaking about their goals and where they wanted the team to be by the season’s end. That’s when Kenneweg said she realized that everybody had already bought in, even freshman Caroline Leng, who had been on the team for just a few weeks. “Not everyone played club in the spring so not a lot of people thought we’d be where we needed to be to contend for a state championship,” said Agate, who posted 19 kills in a three-day stretch during sweeps against Gaithersburg (11) and Quince Orchard (eight). “We’ve been working hard at bonding together and since some of us have been together so long we work so well together.” Even DuVall, who admits to being “generally one of those coaches who’s not overly-pleased with where we are,” said that she has been impressed with the leadership on her team. Each one of her six seniors has been on varsity since at least their sophomore year, several since their freshman campaigns as well. “When you have seniors who can articulate what we want, it makes it easier for the rest of the team to play to your strengths,” she said. “It’s particularly nice with this group because when they were sophomores and juniors they had to be leaders. They didn’t have a choice.” Now that the core of the team is comprised of seniors rather than under-experienced juniors and sophomores being asked to step up, DuVall said there is no lack of leadership or role models. It starts with Kenneweg, a four-year varsity libero with a verbal commitment to play for Seton Hall University. She’s the glue holding together an eclectic mix of six seniors, four juniors, two sophomores and a freshman. “She’s stronger, she’s quicker, she’s the best player in my gym, hands down,” DuVall said. “She knows the game and her

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After contemplating transferring, Gongbay finds niche with Lobos BY

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Thomas S. Wooton High School’s Jibri Woods runs with the ball during the first half against Winston Churchill on Friday.

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Jibri Woods is hungry. And even better, so are the rest of his Thomas S. Wootton High School football teammates. After years of losing — the two previous varsity seasons with a combined record of 6-14 — the excitement of an undefeated start this fall is apparent with the 5-foot-9, 170-pound senior slot back. The Patriots reached the 2-1 mark (they forfeited a seasonopening on-field victory to Walter Johnson) on Friday with a resounding 41-0 win over rival Winston Churchill in a game that saw the visitors slowly display their athletic dominance over the host Bulldogs. Woods, along with sophomore standout wide receiver/defensive back Trevon Diggs and junior quarterback Sam Ellis, gobbled up huge chunks of yards throughout the evening. And even with all of those points and the impressive offensive statistics, the Pats aren’t even close to being satisfied with their dominance. “[Eating] is our motto,” said Woods after Friday’s game. “We are very hungry this year and we all feed off of each other. Like with Sam, I feel like Sam is one of the smartest quarterbacks that I’ve ever seen. He always has our best interests at heart. He wants us to eat as well as him, because he knows that if he’s eating, we’re eating. If he’s getting yards, we’re getting yards, and it’s all about winning at the end of the day.” Woods helped to punish the Churchill defense with a gamehigh nine receptions for 141 yards and a 51-yard catch and run that

saw him execute a nimble side step move before nearly being wrestled to the ground, only to spin out of the tackle and sprint into the end zone. He has quickly adjusted to his new position, after spending his sophomore year on defense and his junior year in the backfield. “Jibri [has] moved around,” Wootton coach Tyree Spinner said. “He was a DB when I got here and then he was a running back last year, but we see him being recruited more as a slot receiver. He’s fast and he has great hands. He has natural instincts to play receiver, so being in the slot gives him an advantage. You can’t press the slot. And with him in the slot, it frees up Trevon and our other receivers like [Max] Etoke and Kwame [Frimpong] for one-on-one coverage on the other side.” While his eagerness to excel is evident, Woods does not mind sharing the wealth with his talented teammates. “Teams usually key on one person, and they only have one person to key on, but when you have two, its like you’ve got to pick your poison. And so if they are going to cover [Trevon] then I’m going to eat. If they double cover me, he’s going to eat. And that’s how it is, that’s how we approach it each week.” Woods and his teammates from past seasons are taking the on-field lessons from those campaigns and using them as fuel to drive them to a winning season in 2013. “I always knew this was going to come,” Woods said. “It’s my senior year, and I knew I was going to take this team by the reins and just lead them. I’ve seen how we’ve fallen in the past and how we’ve failed in the past. I just didn’t want that to happen this year. So I am trying my best to keep this team going.”

Crusoe Gongbay was destined to be famous. His mother, Miata, a native of Liberia, named him after Daniel Defoe’s 18th century novel “Robinson Crusoe.” During high school Gongbay was nearly unstoppable on the football field. The 2011 Rockville High School graduate rushed for more than 5,000 yards and 71 touchdowns in three varsity seasons with the Rams and led the traditionally weak program to the playoffs in two of his seasons (2009-10). Rockville made the playoffs just twice in the 40 years prior. But a combination of factors, including a relatively late arrival to the recruiting scene, playing for an unheralded program and having poor grades led to few collegiate scholarship offers. Eventually, Gongbay committed to the University of New Mexico under then-coach Mike Locksley. As a freshman during the 2011 season, Gongbay was productive in Albuquerque, playing in all 12 games and finishing with a team-high 500 rushing yards and five touchdowns on 108 attempts. But a coaching change during the first month of the season forced Gongbay to consider transferring following the season. “I was very happy with his first year out there,” said current Col. Zadok Magruder and former Rockville coach Kevin Bernot. Gongbay also played for Mark Maradei as a Ram. “Then he sort of took a back seat, back of the depth chart. He’s worked hard to get back and he’s proving himself to [the Lobos’ new staff].” So he left the program during the 2012 offseason and missed spring practice while contemplating his future and thinking about transferring closer to home (Locksley is now the University of Maryland, College Park’s offensive coordinator). But 13 months ago on Aug. 20, 2012, Gongbay rejoined New Mexico’s program and played in a reserve role (159 yards on just 22 carries).

WOOTTON FORFEITS TO WJ The Thomas S. Wootton High School football team forfeited its season-opening 41-0 win over Walter Johnson. Wootton Athletic Director Christopher Thompson said the team used a player who was ineligible due to improper residency during the Sept. 7 game. “It was more of a case of trying to help a kid out and get him to a different place, and he just happened to be a good football player,” Thompson said. William “Duke” Beattie, the county’s director of system-wide athletics, confirmed the forfeit. Beattie said no other Wootton games are being investigated. — Dan Feldman

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Rockville High School graduate and current New Mexico University junior running back Crusoe Gongbay is expected to contribute as a reserve and on special teams this fall. “I just talked to my mom and a few other coaches,” said Gongbay, who credits Buddy Crutchfield, his youth league coach in the Rockville Football League, for advising him. “When I decided to come back, I had missed camp and spring ball so it was hard to catch up [on the new offensive system] and get in the rotation [with the new coaching staff].” As a junior this fall, Gongbay is a backup again for the Lobos (1-2), but has seen his playing time increase over the first three games of the season. He’s the team’s third leading rusher (16 carries, 142 yards, 1 touchdown), including 95 yards during a Sept. 14 loss at Pittsburgh. “It was really rough and I got a little discouraged, but I stayed positive and pa-

tient,” said Gongbay, who is majoring in exercise science in hopes of becoming a physical education teacher and a college or high school coach. “… [I believed] I’d get my shot, get my time.” Gongbay’s current and former coaches echo that sentiment. “I like how he’s just been totally unselfish,” second-year New Mexico coach Bob Davie told KRQE during an interview last year. “… He’s gained our trust. He’s gained our respect.” Added Bernot: “I never had any doubt he could compete at that [Division I college level]. Anyone who saw him in high school knew he was that talented.” kzakour@gazette.net

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Academy of the Holy Cross, until someone proves otherwise, is the field hockey team to beat in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference. That’s generally what comes after a team wins five straight conference championships. This fall, seven games into the season, a potential challenger has not emerged and the Tartans appear as strong as ever, giving up no goals yet

and senior defender Kristyn Gaines has done her part to ensure Mauck’s workload is fairly limited. “That’s the best I’ve ever seen [Gaines] play,” first-year coach Lindsey Weller said after the Tartans spoiled Good Counsel’s spirit week. “She took a little while to warm up but she’s completely out of her shell, she’s controlling the defense. It’s awesome. Our goalie had an unbelievable game. That’s the best I’ve ever seen her play so yeah, it was the best I’ve seen them play as a unit.”

PREP NOTEBOOK BY TRAVIS MEWHIRTER in conference games, Since beginning WCAC play on Sept. 9 with a home game against St. Mary’s Ryken, Holy Cross has rattled off consecutive shutout wins, the most recent being a 3-0 victory over rival and fellow powerhouse Our Lady of Good Counsel. Goalie Kathleen Mauck has been untouchable, allowing the Tartans to outscore Ryken and Good Counsel by a combined 7-0 score prior to Monday’s tilt with Bishop Ireton,

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Mary Malinauskas said that her Thomas S. Wootton volleyball team is playing “much better than I anticipated” at the onset of the season. How well she expected them to play isn’t entirely clear, but it took three matches for anybody to even take a set from the Patriots, which Northwest finally did on Thursday.

“We got a lot of kids stepping up all over the place,” she said on Sunday afternoon, three days after topping the Jags 25-22, 22-25, 25-17, 22-25, 15-11. “The game with Northwest was great fun. It was one of those things where they got the determination that they weren’t going to lose.” Apparently Damascus had that same determination on Friday when the Swarmin’ Hornets visited Jessica Tynes and Gaithersburg. As Northwest did to Wootton, the Trojans became the first team to pick up a set on No. 3 Damascus, but the hitting combination of Annika Schwartz (15 kills, 16 digs) and Madison Wyatt (16 kills) overwhelmed the hosts as Damascus won with a 15-4 final set victory to stretch their record to 4-0.

Golf Another week, another undefeated run for Walter Johnson, which continues to establish itself as the front-runner

in the state’s strongest county. Though the Wildcats failed to break 200 for the first time this season, they still boast an average more than four strokes lower than both Thomas S. Wootton and Walt Whitman. After somewhat of a rough start for the defending state champion Patriots, Wootton seems to be on the right track again or heading somewhere in that direction. Delaney Shah posted a season-best 33 and now leads the county with a 35.25 average, nearly a full stroke better than Whitman’s Graham Hutchinson. Teammate Justin Feldman matched his season low with a 37, Graysen Bright shot a 38 and Joey Voyta added a season-best 39 to the effort. Other individuals with solid weeks on the links were Quince Orchard’s Colton Christensen (34), Whitman’s Andrew Barth (36), Watkins Mill’s Marvin Huelle (35) and Gaithersburg’s Peter Galvin (36). tmewhirter@gazette.net

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In Friday’s annual neighborhood rivalry game at Winston Churchill High School, a somewhat close game slowly but surely turned into a blowout victory by visiting Thomas S. Wootton. Up 14-0 late in the second quarter, a Bulldogs’ turnover quickly turned into a third touchdown and extra point in less than a minute, giving the Patriots all of the momentum en route to a 41-0 victory. Wootton (3-0, 3-0 Montgomery County 4A South Division) had just kicked off to the Bulldogs after scoring on a 2-yard

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plunge by senior fullback Jake Koplan. On the third play of the ensuing drive, Bryan Castillo picked off a Sean Strittmatter pass near midfield. From there, Wootton junior quarterback Sam Ellis went to work, hooking up with senior receiver Max Etocke on a 28-yard strike to set up the knockout blow; a 23-yard scoring pass to sophomore standout Trevon Diggs. “Coming into the game we just wanted to dominate. Not only is [Churchill] our rivals, everyone is a rival to us,” said Diggs. “We want to dominate each and every team, we want to get a whole bunch of points on the board so we can dominate and win.” Diggs put his team on the board midway through the first quarter, picking off a pass at the Bulldogs’ 37 and maneuvering his way through would-be

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tacklers into the end zone with 5 minutes, 40 seconds left in the first quarter. “I feel like ever since January, we knew were going to be a force this year,” said senior slot back Jibri Woods, a three-year varsity performer. “We wanted to put in work, because we didn’t want to be that same Wootton team that’s like, ‘Oh, 2-8, oh 4-6.’ We want to be a team to come out and punch every body in the mouth, and that’s what we did [tonight].” Woods, along with Diggs, Ellis and several others played effective roles in Friday’s win. Woods caught nine passes for 141 yards, including a 51-yard catch and run for a score. Diggs caught seven balls for 98 yards and a 24-yard touchdown and also returned a punt 28 yards. Ellis finished the contest with 360 passing yards and four

touchdown passes, competing 21 out of 30 attempts. Senior wide receiver Kwame Frimpong chipped in with a 39-yard scoring catch late in the third quarter. “We just play as a team, and when we play as a team, we succeed,” Diggs said. “Like the [Walter Johnson] game, (their season-opening 41-0 victory) we played as a team, everybody got touchdowns, everybody got yards, we just play to win. There’s nothing you can do against a team that is playing like a team, versus [players] trying to be individuals.” The Bulldogs played a third straight game without the services of junior standout Blake Dove. The running back/linebacker has been dealing with an Achilles injury and will probably miss the bulk of the season, according to Churchill coach Joe Allen.

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Landon hoping to avoid repeat of 2012 season n After a signature win against DeMatha, Bears determined to finish as well as they started BY

NICK CAMMAROTA STAFF WRITER

Landon School’s soccer team is off to a 5-0-0 start as of Monday, having outscored opponents 15-4 and ending nationally-ranked DeMatha Catholic High School’s 64-match regularseason winning streak in a holdon-for-dear-life 1-0 thriller. But, said Bears coach Bill Reed, the all-boys school has seen this before. Specifically last year, when Landon began the season 6-0-0 before entering a three-match winless skid and ultimately falling to St. Albans School in the Interstate Athletic Conference championship game (0-0 after regulation and overtime, 4-1 in penalty kicks). “Of course the season last year is always in the back of our minds after coming up short,” said senior striker Zach Fingerhut. “All of the guys put in a lot of hard work with improving their game over the summer and I think that’s shown in everyone’s performance this season. We want to continue pushing and get as many wins as we can.” Contributing to the rough patch after such a strong start last year were a series of untimely injuries, namely to Matt Underhill and Fingerhut. Underhill and Marshall Peters, captains last season, have both graduated but Fingerhut is back and playing well. The powerful forward, who has given a verbal commitment to play soccer for Wake Forest next season, has scored seven goals in five matches despite being a well-marked man. “I definitely am noticing a lot more attention,” Fingerhut said. “Everyone in the league

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Landon School soccer coach Bill Reed (left) gives instructions to player Romarre Marshall as Marshall prepares to enter the game as a substitute against host Episcopal on Thursday in Alexandria, Va. already knows who I am even before I step on the field.” Despite losing four starters from a 2012 club that reached the IAC final, the Bears are once again senior heavy as Reed’s team has 14 seniors. In addition to Fingerhut, four-year varsity player and captain Will Olson, seniors Nicolas Sensenbrenner and Matthew Perlmutter and junior Haluk Pence have all played key roles in Landon’s success. Success that has developed into a belief that the Bears can beat anyone; especially after they downed DeMatha. “They were clearly better than us,” Reed said of the Stags, ranked No. 1 nationally at the time by the National Soccer Coaches’ Association of America. “They had more of the ball, they moved it quicker and they had athleticism and technique everywhere. We did just enough to be difficult to break down.” The teams went scoreless though 75 minutes before De-

Matha was called for a handball in the box in the 77th minute. Fingerhut stepped to the spot and calmly converted the gamewinner to clinch the victory. “Obviously that game didn’t have any consequences within the IAC, but to play a team and beat a team like that gives us a lot of confidence and a lot of fuel,” Olson said. “If we can play with them and beat them, I think we can play with and beat any team.” One of the key factors in Landon’s big win was a player who wasn’t starting at the beginning of the year. Backup goalkeeper Harry Laird started the first game of his high school tenure after Landon’s regular goalie, Walt Spak, was sidelined

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The Springbrook High School football team forfeited its 14-7 victory against Clarksburg for using an ineligible player, Springbrook coach Adam Bahr said. Bahr said the player turned 19 in July. Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association rules stipulate “students who are 19 years old or older as of Aug. 31 are ineligible to participate in interscholastic athletics.”

Bahr said the player did not attempt to deceive anyone and that the player spent four years in the Springbrook program without being held back. “I don’t think for one second he did anything underhanded,” Bahr said. “This one is on me. just dropped the ball. If I had gone through it with a fine tooth comb, I would have found it and told him he couldn’t be on the team. But I didn’t. “I feel sick about it. The kids worked so hard, and they deserve better than this.” Springbrook drops to 0-3. Clarksburg, now 1-2, will receive eight playoff points plus any bonus points for future Sprinbgrook wins.

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Landon School’s Zach Fingerhut (right) takes a shot at the goal as Tim DeCamp of host Episcopal defends Thursday. with a head injury. Spak has since returned, but Laird’s efforts are not forgotten. “As that game got older, [DeMatha] got more frustrated and they were pouring balls into the area. Harry was outstanding,” Reed said of the 6-foot-3 Laird. “He’s brave and a little crazy, which is what you want from a goalie.” Landon’s also received unexpected contributions from left back Aaron Zaimi, who has stepped in for the injured Zachary Cooper, and Bucknell lacrosse commit Sean O’Brien, who has had success on the left wing. The Bears, winners of 18 IAC titles, continue their conference

schedule Tuesday against Bullis. Then they’ve got Georgetown Prep on Friday, St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes and St. Albans. “It’s been my experience that no one is ever bad in the

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Sixth-grade science students from Montgomery Village Middle School have to design a better car bumper as a class project this fall and got a head start on their project with the help of the INDYCAR Future of Fast STEM Education Program. INDYCAR, which sponsored the Baltimore Grand Prix from Aug. 30 through Sept. 1, invited teachers to apply for the new educational program which connects the science of racing with classroom learning. After hearing of the program from her husband, who is a INDYCAR fan, MVMS science teacher Kathryn Spivey signed up right away, hoping to win a spot for her students. Hers was the only Montgomery County school among the eight Maryland schools invited to Baltimore for the program. The INDYCAR Future of Fast curriculum includes five stations which the students rotate through, each referred to as a “pod.” The Car Pod offers an introduction to the force of wind. With cars racing at over 200 mph, they use a specially designed wing to prevent lift. Students measured the performance of the wind in a wind tunnel. The Engine Pod brought the idea of horsepower alive to the students

as they discovered how much horsepower they could produce as a team and compared it to that produced by an Indy Car engine. The Safety Pod covered the construction of barriers such as those used for driver and viewer safety during INDYCAR races. The Tire Pod helped students understand the dynamics of grip and the Fuel Pod demonstrated the production of gas for energy. “Montgomery County curriculum [includes] making a safer bumper to make a real world connection [with science],” Spivey said. “Also horsepower and force is part of the first unit and how gas is created, we do in the fourth unit.” The students did not actually watch the race, but were able to get close to the race cars and see the race’s staging area near Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. Jhanaijia Daughtrey, 10, was among the 50 students who made the trip to Baltimore on Aug. 29 for the science program. “The most valuable thing I would say was all of it,” Jhanaijia said. “The hands-on experience gives me a chance to see what it [will be] like when I go to college and study engineering.” Elijah Hyson, 12, said one of his favorite activities was testing to see which soda, a hot one or a cold, would create gas fastest when yeast interacted with the sugar in the soda. It was an example of producing fuel using fermentation similar to the process of making denatured ethanol fuel which is mixed with

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Sixth-grade science students from Montgomery Village Middle School with an INDYCAR race car in Baltimore on Aug. 29. The students learned the importance of applying what they learn at the INDYCAR Future of Fast STEM Education Program held in conjunction with the Grand Prix of Baltimore. gasoline to power the real race cars. To see the results students placed rubber gloves over the top of the cans and watched them fill with oxygen. “The cold one was slow, the hot one was faster, but the cold one got biggest,” he said. It was part of a lesson on producing fuel using fermentation. Tattiana Ledon, 11, said her group participated in a contest to see who

could make the best and safest race barrier, an important element in INDYCAR races since the races take place on city streets. “We made it out of Styrofoam, straws, paper and glue, then tested it,” she said. “[Ours]stayed in place but ripped a little.” The INDYCAR Future of Fast STEM Education Program began last year and had stops planned for five cities in addi-

tion to Baltimore for 2013. “Our sport is deeply rooted in science and engineering so it’s important for us to create opportunities for students to see the connection between what they study and real-world situations,” said Mark Miles, CEO of Hulman & Company, the parent company of INDYCAR, in a statement. “This is another way for us to reach youngsters to help ignite their interest in math and science, and it’s a way for us to become more involved in the communities where we compete.” The real race for Spivey was to get buses and permission slips organized for 50 sixth-graders within the first three days of school. But, she said she was glad she did it. “It was an experience I don’t think [the students] will ever have and, as a teacher, I think part of my job is to give them experiences they won’t have and to make connections to what they are doing in the classroom,” she said. Elijah said it was a good trip for him, and remembered one more thing he especially liked about the day. “My favorite station was about tires,” he said. “A race car, when it is rainy, will slip and crash so they have to change their tires.” That was an example of mechanical grip, according to the program’s curriculum, a practical application of a scientific principal Elijah and his classmates will be learning this year. pmcewan@gazette.net

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Washington Episcopal’s new athletic field a ‘game changer’ Students at Washington Episcopal School in Bethesda played catch, kicked soccer balls, turned cartwheels, played duck duck goose and just ran around as they celebrated the school’s new athletic field at a ribboncutting ceremony Sept. 6. George Washington, one of the presidential mascots of the Washington Nationals, also was on hand for the celebration, which included a performance by the Suburban Legend band and a barbecue picnic. The school community views the new field as a “game changer,” said Kirk Duncan, head of school, in a statement. “It heightens our sense of purpose and gives us yet another resource to serve our students.” The field, with a dragon design in its center — a dragon is the school’s mascot — has stadium seating for 80, picnic tables and a brick walkway consisting of more than 200 bricks engraved with personal messages from the school community. “Our new field has opened up a new era for [the school’s] athletics,” said Bill Isola, athletics director. “It will allow our teams and all the students more time to practice, play and gain more experience.” Washington Episcopal School is an independent, coeducational day school for students from age 3 to eighth grade.

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The Montgomery County Department of Parks will hold its annual environmental educators open house from 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 10 at Brookside Gardens Visitors Center, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. More than 30 science and environmental education providers will on hand to showcase their field trip, outreach and classroom resources, primarily in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics curriculum area for pre-kindergarten through grade 12. Among those exhibiting this year are NASA, the Smithsonian Science Education Center, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, the Casey Tree Foundation, the Audubon Naturalist Society, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and the Marion Koshland Science Museum. The open house is a great opportunity for educators to learn about a number of educational resources in one place, said Leslie McDermott, a spokeswoman at Brookside Gardens. The event is free for teachers and light refreshments will be provided. To register, call 301-258-4034.

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Almost 200 seniors from Montgomery County high schools were among about 16,000 nationwide semifinalists in the 59th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. The students will compete for more than $35 million in scholarships, according to an announcement from the National Merit Scholarship Corp.

Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville and Montgomery Blair High School in

Silver Spring led the county schools with 41 and 36 students, respectively. The list includes students from 14 of the 25 county public high schools and from 11 local private schools, for a total of 182 students. Three types of scholarships will be offered to qualifying semifinalists in the spring: $2,500 scholarships will be awarded by state; about 1,000 corporate scholarships will be awarded; and there will be about 4,500 college-sponsored

scholarships awarded. Those winners will be announced from April to July.

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is seeking donations of items for its second annual fundraiser and silent auction, to be held 7 to 10 p.m. Nov. 2 at the Crowne Plaza, 3 Research Court, Rockville. Items typically donated include tickets to sporting events, electronics, gift baskets, goods and services, and gift cards. Proceeds go to Gaithersburg High School staff and students. Donations to the nonprofit foundation are fully tax deductible. For more information or to donate items, email ghsedfoundation@gmail.com.

Spend a fall afternoon on the farm Brickyard Educational Farm at 8565 Horseshoe Lane, Potomac, will host a Family Farm Day from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. Visitors can learn about composting, raising chickens and preparing the garden for winter. There also will be a harvest garden scavenger hunt for children. For more information visit www.brickyardeducationalfarm.org or call 301-748-8699.

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Digging up the past n History fans invited to help in scientific sandbox for adults at Zeigler Log House BY SAMANTHA SCHMIEDER SPECIAL TO THE GAZETTE

Aspiring archaeologists can experience a day at a real excavation site, uncovering historic artifacts and a lot of dirt, here in Montgomery County. “You don’t have to be crazy to do this. We’ll teach you,” Vivian Eicke, an archaeological technician with the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, said with a laugh. The commission has excavated the site around the Zeigler Log House in Little Bennett Park near Clarksburg since early 2009. It has gotten help from local volunteers, a children’s summer camp and a partnership with Montgomery College. Heather Bouslog, the director of the archaeology program for the commission, said anyone is welcome to come out for the day and learn about excavation. Volunteers work in what looks like a scientific sandbox for adults. They dig, photograph, map, sift and catalog the dirt and rocks to find artifacts and help piece together the past. “It’s not just about finding the goodies. It’s really about finding out who lived here,” Bouslog said. She said many people dig and pull things out of the ground, but don’t look at where it’s found or what’s around it. “Context is the key to figuring out the whole story,” Bouslog said. Bouslog and her colleagues are trying to figure out how the Zeigler family lived so many years ago and are especially hoping to find clues about the slaves who lived there with them. What is known about the home is it was built in the early 19th century. The rear section of the house was erected as a log structure, most likely by David Zeigler. According to the Friends of Little Bennett Park, Zeigler married his wife, Eleanor Hyatt, in 1835 and they raised 10 children in the house. The 1850 census listed Zeigler as an innkeeper. In the mid-19th century, the Greek revival/Italianate front section of the house was added, according to the park’s advocacy group. The property also has a frame bank barn and a concrete-block dairy barn. The home, listed on the Master Plan for Historic Preservation in Montgomery County, has two parts: the visible exterior of the house, built in 1854, and the log house that lies within, built in 1823. Scientists used dendrochronology to study the tree rings to find out how old the logs were and where they were taken from. “Kind of like a wooden fingerprint,” Mike Robinson of Rockville, one of the regular volunteers, said. Robinson said he enjoys working on the site because he likes science, the outdoors and history. Pete Peltier, a volunteer from Gaithersburg, said he comes to the site to “play with people his own age,” but

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Heather Bouslog of Gaithersburg, director of the archaeological program, shows baby shoes, a medicine bottle and a spoon that were found at the Zeigler Log House near Clarksburg. also is genuinely interested in history and “unusual stuff.” “If the walls could talk, or this tree could talk, the things they could tell you would be fascinating,” Peltier said. Over the years, crews have dug up spurs, glass bottles and the original foundation of the stone fireplace underneath the newer brick one. Within the walls of the house, they found children’s shoes and a medicine bottle apparently put there due to an old superstition, Eicke said. All artifacts are sent to the Needwood Mansion in Deerwood or an archaeology lab at Montgomery College in Rockville to be studied, identified and cataloged. Robinson compares their work to the crime scene investigations everyone loves to watch on TV, explaining that they all use the same techniques. “It’s like looking at a crime scene that’s almost 200 years old,” Robinson said. sschmieder@gazette.net

Archaeological volunteer Mike Robinson of Rockville writes down the soil type he found while excavating at the Zeigler Log House.

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Some archaeological tools used at the dig near Clarksburg.

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For busy pediatric practice in Montgomery County. Pediatric experience preferred. Fax resume to 301.933.5087 or Email alynei23@yahoo.com Attn: Geri

Sales

We are looking for AMAZING sales people!!! The Gazette, a Post Newsweek Media company, is looking for enthusiastic, self-motivated people to take our sales territories to the next level. If you value autonomy, but can work well in a team that values integrity, respect and growth, this may be the job for you. The mission of the Advertising Sales Consultant is to develop new business while servicing and increasing existing business. Position involves cold calls, interviewing potential clients, developing and presenting marketing plans, closing sales and developing strong customer relationships. Candidates should possess persistence, energy, enthusiasm and strong planning and organizational skills. We offer a competitive compensation, commission and incentives, comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, pension, 401(k) and tuition reimbursement. To become part of this high-quality, high-growth organization, send resume and salary/earnings requirement to HRJobs@gazette.net. EOE

Editorial Staff Supervisor/Reporter Comprint Military Publications has an immediate opening for a full-time, Editorial Staff Supervisor/Reporter in its Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall Virginia office. News writing background, InDesign knowledge, & digital camera familiarity, and experience supervising an editorial team a must. Familiarity with military a plus. Email resume, writing samples and salary requirements to: jrives@dcmilitary.com. We offer a competitive compensation and comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, pension, 401(k) and tuition reimbursement. EOE Position Location: Pentagram Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall 204 Lee Avenue Building 59, Room 116 Fort Myer VA 22211-1199

NURSING ASSISTANT

TRAINING IN JUST 4 WEEKS Now Enrolling for We offer Medication Technician October 7th in just 4 days. Call for details. Classes GAITHERSBURG CAMPUS MORNING STAR ACADEMY 101 Lakeforest Blvd, Suite 402 Gaithersburg, MD 20877 Call: 301-977-7393 www.mstarna.com

CARE XPERT ACADEMY 13321 New Hampshire Ave, Suite 205 MORNING & EVENING CLASSES Silver Spring, MD 20904 Call: 301-384-6011 www.cxana.com

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SILVER SPRING CAMPUS

Funeral Home Assistants (PT)

Flexible day & night hrs to assist w/ Funeral Services and with removals. Must be 21 with a valid driver’s lic. and have clean driving record. Knowledge of the Montgomery County and Frederick & Mount Airy area. Call Mr. Kendall at Molesworth-Williams Funeral Home M - F 9-4pm at 301-253-2138 for more info.

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Janitor (FT) Must work flexible hours and every other weekend. Prior experience in laundry preferred but not required. Apply at 1235 Potomac Valley Road Rockville MD 20850 or fax to (301) 762-3216. EOE Healthcare

Registered Nurse Radiation Therapy Full time Days M-F

RMA is actively recruiting a FT RN for our Rad Oncology cntr located in Rockville/ Germantown. FT RN min 3 years nursing exp. OCN preferred; Send resumes to e-mail mtrimble@rma-1.com

HOUSE CLEANING

Rockville Residential Cleaning Company is looking for 1 Full Time house maid, M-F 8 am-5 pm. Must have excellent cleaning experience, speak some English, Drivers License & legal to work in U.S. Pay $10.00 p/hr. 301-706-5550

Insurance CSR

Rockville insurance agency needs personal lines underwriter/CSR to manage dept. Must be Md. licensed and have experience. Career opportunity with salary and benefits. Email resume to: glenn@oxley-goldburn.com

Sales Person

Experience in a pharmacy setting. Experience in fitting compression stockings a plus. Must be mature, outgoing, self starting. Hours 8:30-5:30; Mon-Fri. Convenient location near Friendship Heights Metro. Email resume with salary requirements to amaschal@verizon.net

Tax Preparers

Experienced tax preparers needed for Jackson Hewitt Tax Service. No experience? Online tax classes forming now. Earn extra money in tax time. Flexible hours, competitive pay. Call 301-620-1828 or e-mail 2013taxschool@gmail.com

RN’s/LPN’s

With at least 1 year experience with in home healthcare, providing care to children and adults who have a trach and on ventilator support. Immediate openings available for night and day shifts in Poolesville, Rockville and Gaithersburg areas. Please Contact

Anchor Healthcare Services at 703-955-2143. Serving MD & VA

Seasonal

Bell Ringers

The Salvation Army is now hiring Bell Ringers in Montgomery County for this Christmas Season. $8.25 per hour. Apply in person on Oct 2nd, 4th, 8th and 10th from 10am - 2pm at 20021 Aircraft Drive, Germantown, MD 20874

System Programmer Datawatch Systems, Inc., a Bethesda based national access control company has immediate openings for system programmers in a 24/7/365 department. Experience working in access control, a call center environment, IT Help Desk, or customer service support is preferred. Qualified candidate must demonstrate excellent customer service skills, be technically inclined to work with alarm system programming and monitoring software, be able to troubleshoot issues and work in a fast paced, team-oriented environment. Metro accessible. Exc pay and benefits. Email jobs@datawatchsystems.com DCJS#112294. EOE/M/F/D/V

Interior Decorators Entry Level to Experienced New design center opening Will train. Resumes to jimkirlin@decoratingden.com or call 301-933-7900

SERVICE/SHOP TECH

Duties include: complete service efficiently & correctly, diagnose problems, orders parts, and complete repairs within performance standards. Req: Must lift up to 50 lbs., have a valid Drivers license, and work some OT & possible weekends. Must supply own tools. If interested please send resume to hr@mawaste.com or fax resume to : 866-723-5250 Pharmacy/ Phlebotomy Tech Trainees Needed Now Pharmacies/ hospitals now hiring. No experience? Job Training & Placement Assistance Available 1-877-240-4524 CTO SCHEV

Dental/ Medical Assistant Trainees Needed Now Dental/Medical Offices now hiring. No experience? Job Training & Placement Assistance Available 1-877-234-7706 CTO SCHEV

Modern Foundations (Woodbine, MD) is looking for: Experienced concrete pump operator, Dump Truck Drivers, Residential Construction Loader Operator. Qualified applicants call 410-795-8877.

MASON TENDERS

Min. 1 yr exp. in commercial work. Job in Silver Spring, MD. Bilingual a plus. $12 to $14/hr. based on exp. Drug-free workplace. EOE & E-Verify 301-662-7584

District Court of Maryland for Montgomery County Rockville and Silver Spring The District Court of Maryland for Montgomery County is seeking to fill two District Court Clerk I/II positions. Responsibilities involve specialized clerical work involving court proceedings. Data entry. Filing. Sorting mail. Cashiering. Greeting and assisting the public, law enforcement and attorneys with case information. For more information visit our website www.mdcourts.gov EOE

3-18 hrs per week; $8-$18/hr. Some knowledge of gymnastics is required. Gaithersburg. Email: bozmofid@yahoo.com

Fax Resume to 301-424-3080, email CustomerService@Liblock.com

Concrete Pump Operator, Dump Truck Drivers, Loader Operator

District Court Clerk I/II

GYMNASTICS INSTRUCTOR

LOCKSMITH

Liberty Lock & Security in Rockville, seeking qualified technicians. Experience required. Confidentiality assured.

Part-Time

Work From Home

National Children’s Center Making calls Weekdays 9-4 No selling! Sal + bonus + benes.

Call 301-333-1900

WE’RE HIRING WEEKEND CNAS, GNAS, AND HHAS!

Provide non-medical care and companionship for seniors in their homes. Personal care, light housework, transportation, meal preparation. Must be 21+. Must have car and one year professional, volunteer, or personal experience www.homeinsteads.com/197 Home Instead Senior Care To us it’s personal 301/588-9023 Call between 10am-4pm Mon-Fri

Seasonal Help November 10th - December 24th. Working with Santa and children at Montgomery Mall. Call Pat Baker 1-800-969-2440 Ext. 227

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