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FLIGHT of IMAGINATION & Round House play details girl’s approach to life’s challenges. B-5 The Gazette SOUTHERN MONTGOMERY COUNT Y DAILY UPDATES ONLINE Wednesday, January 8, 2014 25 cents The first year of ‘dreamers’ DAN GROSS/THE GAZETTE Josue Faguiluz, a student at Montgomery College, plans to go to the University of Maryland under the Maryland Dream Act. 200 immigrant students have registered at Montgomery College under the Maryland Dream Act n I ALINE BARROS BY STAFF WRITER n the first year that undocumented immigrants could get in-county tuition rates at local colleges, 200 registered at Montgomery College under the Maryland Dream Act. That’s almost half the number that an analysis by the Maryland Department of Legislative Services had predicted at the college by 2013. An analysis attached to the bill that passed allowing the tuition change estimated that 366 full-time undocumented students would qualify for in-county tuition at Montgomery College. The Maryland Dream Act was approved by the legislature in 2011. It was petitioned to referendum, then affirmed in the Nov. 6, 2012, election, passing with more than 58 percent of statewide votes. College officials said that after the law passed, they were in a “mad dash” trying to get information together for the upcoming spring 2013 students, as they tried to reach every student who would be eligible under the new law. “Students came in and identified themselves and provided the forms that we needed to process,” said Melissa Gregory, chief of enrollment services and a financial aid officer at Montgomery College. The law exempts undocumented students who attended and graduated from Maryland high schools from paying outof-state or out out-of-county rates at colleges in Maryland. Gregory said the biggest challenge after the Dream Act passed was to identify the students eligible under the bill. “We don’t ask students to identify their status in that way, so we had to look for students that had missing information See DREAMERS, Page A-12 TOM FEDOR/THE GAZETTE With air temperatures in the low teens, Jose Velasquez of Wheaton bundles up Tuesday while waiting for a bus to arrive outside the Wheaton Metro station. Mother Nature gives county the COLD SHOULDER Emergency shelters open; power outages and water main breaks pop up n BY JENN DAVIS, TERRI HOGAN AND SYLVIA CARIGNAN STAFF WRITERS A blast of windy, arctic air Tuesday spurred Montgomery County officials to keep emergency shelters open for the homeless and sparked a string of power outages and water main breaks. Temperatures throughout the region hovered in the low single digits early Tuesday, accord- Rockville appeals court order to release part of Ewing report Employee bringing suit against the city wants to see investigation results n BY ELIZABETH WAIBEL STAFF WRITER A judge has ordered the city of Rockville to produce portions of a confidential report of an investigation into employee complaints so it can be used as evidence in a lawsuit, but the SPORTS COMING UP SHORT Richard Montgomery, Winston Churchill speedskaters fail to qualify for Olympics. B-1 city is not yet ready to reveal any of it. Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Sharon V. Burrell ordered the city to let plaintiff Donald Dorsey, who is suing the city, see portions of the summaries of interviews with five people included in the report, according to court records. Attorneys for the city have filed a notice of appeal. Dorsey, a Rockville public works employee, sued the city last year, saying he was dis- criminated against because he is black. Dorsey’s lawsuit came a few months after the city said it would not release a report by Saul Ewing LLP, the firm Rockville hired to investigate employee complaints and review its personnel policies. The firm conducted more than 40 interviews as part of its investigation, but found no unlawful conduct, city officials said. The investigation followed a series of articles See REPORT, Page A-12 NEWS BUCKING THE NATIONAL TREND County volunteer fire services are healthy, growing and saving taxpayers millions A-15 Parents, students protest school decision to open in cold ing to National Weather Service meteorologist Howard Silverman. Low temperatures early Wednesday would be about 5, but with winds lighter than Tuesday’s, he said. Highs Wednesday will be in the mid- to upper 20s; Tuesday’s high temperature hit only the low teens. Temperatures are forecast to moderate further during the week, with highs in the 50s expected this weekend. Montgomery County on Tuesday implemented a hypothermia plan, said Mary Anderson, a spokeswoman with the county’s health and human services Montgomery County Public Schools opened on time Tuesday as the region faced record cold temperatures, sparking concern and complaints from some parents, students and others. Many took to social media, sending Twitter messages to Superintendent Joshua P. Starr and the school system about their disappointment that school openings were not delayed by the bitter temperatures. The temperature in Gaithersburg dipped to 1 degree Tuesday morning, according to Weatherbug observa- See COLD, Page A-15 See PROTEST, Page A-15 BY LINDSAY A. POWERS STAFF WRITER Forehand wants Maryland to raise its smoking age to 21 District 17 lawmakers preview 2014 session in Rockville n BY ELIZABETH WAIBEL STAFF WRITER A Maryland lawmaker wants people to wait until they are older before they can legally buy or smoke a pack of cigarettes. State Sen. Jennie M. Fore- Automotive Business Calendar Classified Entertainment Opinion School News Sports Please hand (D-Dist. 17) of Rockville said she plans to introduce a bill this year to raise the legal smoking age to 21. Forehand spoke during a Monday Rockville Mayor and Council meeting. She and other representatives for District 17, which includes Gaithersburg and Rockville, were at the meeting to discuss the 2014 General Assembly session with city officials. Currently, the legal smoking age in Maryland is 18. Mi- nors violating the law can be fined up to $25 for the first violation and up to $100 for a second or subsequent violation, according to the Maryland Attorney General website. Forehand said she has pushed for anti-smoking laws because of her father, who died of lung cancer brought on by secondhand smoke. She already has pre-filed a bill for this session that would pro- See FOREHAND, Page A-12 B-15 A-13 A-2 B-11 B-5 A-16 A-14 B-1 RECYCLE Check out our Services Directory ADVERTISING INSIDE B SECTION 1906225

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