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Cooperation a major factor in success, officials say BY

ELIZABETH WAIBEL STAFF WRITER

Crime dropped by 26 percent in Montgomery County, comparing crime rates from 2007 to 2013, according to police data released Tuesday — this despite a recent rash of homicides to start 2014. Officials say cooperation between dif-

ferent law enforcement agencies and the community has contributed to a drop in crime in Montgomery County over the past few years. County Executive Isiah Leggett, State’s Attorney John McCarthy, County Council President Craig Rice and Montgomery County Police Chief J. Thomas Manger spoke at a Tuesday press conference to tout their combined efforts to reduce crime in the county. Overall, the number of crimes in the county dropped by 26 percent from 2007

to 2013, according to year-end crime statistics from the county. Nationwide, the number of crimes declined by 9 percent from 2007 to 2012. This year, however, already has almost matched last year’s total number of homicides at eight as of Tuesday. There were eight criminal homicides in the county in 2013, down from 15 in 2012 and 19 in 2005, the earliest data available online from police. So far this year, there have been seven

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Montgomery County Police Chief J. Thomas Manger (speaking), flanked by County Council President Craig Rice (left) and County Executive Isiah Leggett (center) and State’s Attorney John McCarthy (right), speaks on Tuesday about the reasons for a decrease in crime for the county.

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A Silver Spring man found dead in his home Thursday has become Montgomery County’s seventh homicide this year. Shortly after 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, Montgomery County police responded to a call for a home in the 2000 block of Hanover Street in Silver Spring. According to police, a co-worker had gone to the home to check on 65-yearold Phillip F. Welsh Jr. after he failed to come to work that day. Welsh was a Barwood taxi dispatcher, according to a statement from the Kensington-based company. “A veteran employee, Phil, as we called him, started work-

ing for Barwood in 1971, and was loved by all employees,” according to the statement. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has ruled Welsh’s death a homicide, but could not comment on the circumstances surrounding Welsh’s death. There were eight criminal homicides in the county in 2013, down from 14 in 2012 and 19 in 2005, the earliest data available online from police, The Gazette previously reported. Montgomery County Police spokeswoman Rebecca Innocenti said the homicide in Silver Spring was the seventh homicide in the county this year. Police have not yet identified any suspects. scarignan@gazette.net

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Girl Scouts from Bethesda Troop 4959 — Amalia Sulk, 12, of Bethesda, Samantha Christenson, 12, of Rockville and Miriam Herman, 14, of Bethesda — use a special smartphone device to take credit card payments for cookies at the NAMI store in Rockville on Saturday.

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In June’s primary elections, Montgomery County voters will have familiar political names to choose from for County Council seats. In District 5, Del. Tom Hucker (D-Dist. 20) of Silver Spring filed for the seat Tuesday and school board member Christopher Barclay filed for the seat Monday. In District 1, former Councilwoman Duchy Trachtenberg (D) of Rockville will challenge Councilman Roger Berliner (D) of Bethesda. District 3 features a show-

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the technological curve, thanks to Spark Pay by Capital One. This feature lets Girl Scout troops across the region accept credit cards, after years of cash-only payments. “This is an optional agreement depending on what troops think will work best for their group,” said Nancy Wood, the public relations director for the Girl Scouts Council of the Nation’s Capital. In addition to credit cards, Girls Scouts also are accepting personal checks

this year. Troops that want the electronic payment option will get credit card readers that can attach to smartphones and tablets. “Working with Capital One is very exciting for the Girl Scouts. We have a good relationship with the company and I think having this optional way to pay for cookies is a great thing to add,” Wood said.

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down with three sitting elected officials in the Democratic primary: Gaithersburg Mayor Sidney Katz and Councilman Ryan Spiegel, and Rockville Councilman Tom Moore. Tuesday was the filing deadline for candidates to be eligible for the June 24 primary election. According to the Maryland State Board of Elections website, 24 candidates have filed to run for seats on the council. Meanwhile, Del. C. William Frick (D-Dist. 16) of Bethesda, who had announced a bid for attorney general, filed Tuesday instead for re-election. Besides Hucker and Barclay, the District 5 race includes Evan Glass and Jeffrey Thames, who filed for the Democratic primary earlier. Terrill North filed Friday. The seat came open with the resignation of former Coun-

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Takoma Park musicians rock Wammie Awards

traditional recording category. She also was recognized as top folk traditional instrumentalist and emeritus in the children’s music artist category. In best go go talker, city resident and local music teacher Esther Haynes won for her album “Moon Country,” and as best Latin instrumentalist. Chopteeth Afrofunk Big Band won as best world music duo/group. The artist of the year, and winner in the rapper category, Christylez Bacon, used to work at the House of Musical Traditions. Other groups and musicians nominated for Wammies and associated with the city included Frank Cassel for bluegrass recording; David Eisner for most supportive of local music; Mr. Gabe for children’s music artist; Andrea Hoag for world music instrumentalist; Chris Watling for musician of the year and roots rock instrumentalist; Natty Beaux for big band-swing group; ilyAIMY for folk contemporary duo-group; Kristen Jones for folk contemporary instrumentalist; Lisa Moscatiello for folk traditional vocalist; Lilt for folk traditional duo-group; Ken and Brad Kolodner for folk traditional recording; The Weathervanes for video of the year; Airshow for recording studio; Azalea City Recordings for Washington-area record company; Frank Marchard for producer of the year; and Art Isaacs and Trevor Higgins for live

The Washington Area Music Association recently celebrated local music with its annual Wammie Awards, and former and current Takoma Park residents, and those who work in the city, made a strong showing, from best folk instrumentalist to most supportive of local music. Among the winners Feb. 16 was resident Billy Coulter, for big bandswing vocalist. Coulter also won best roots rock recording for “How to Break a Heart.” Ruthie Logsdon, also of Takoma Park, was recognized as emeritus for best country vocalist. Her band, Ruthie & The Wranglers, was named emeritus for county duogroup, for previously winning the awards repeatedly. Karen Collins & Backroads Band took the top county duo-group title this year. Ira Gitlin, a banjo teacher at Takoma Park’s House of Musical Traditions and former city resident, was named top country instrumentalist. The Sweater Set — a band that includes Maureen Andary, another teacher at the music shop and a resident of Takoma in Washington, D.C. — won in folk contemporary recording for its album “Oh Visitor.” Marcy Marxer of Kensington, who used to work in Takoma Park and still teaches music there, won album of the year for “Things are Comin’ My Way,” and her recording of the title track won in the folk

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Karen Collins of Takoma Park is all smiles after she and her band, Karen Collins & The Backroads Band, won a Wammie at the 28th annual Wammies Awards ceremony Feb. 16 at the State Theater in Falls Church, Va. sound engineer.

Weekly yoga classes in Silver Spring Elizabeth Nyang, a counselor, is offering noon yoga classes at 8720 Georgia Ave., Suite 706, in downtown Silver Spring every Thursday. Registration: 240-403-4036 or eventbrite.com and search for “Lunchtime Yoga Thursday.” The cost is $15.

College presents theater program Montgomery College’s Takoma Park-Silver Spring campus will host “Readers’ Theatre: Notes on the Cold War in Kansas” at 8 p.m.

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Church of the Little Flower, 5607 Massachusetts Ave., Bethesda. Free. 301320-4538. Public Open House, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Historic Silver Spring B&O Railroad Station, 8100 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring. Free. 301-495-4915. Resident Artists Open House, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Sandy Spring Museum, 17901 Bentley Road, Sandy Spring. Free. 301-774-0022.

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CORRECTION A Feb. 19 Education Notebook item misspelled the last name of Cloverly Elementary School Assistant Principal Rachel Sifri and incorrectly reported the number of students who asked questions.

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LOCAL Silver Spring man charged with attempted murder, child abuse of 2-month-old son Baby was in critical condition at hospital; still on a respirator n

BY ST. JOHN BARNED-SMITH STAFF WRITER

A 24-year-old Silver Spring man accused of abusing his infant son has been charged with attempted murder, Montgomery County police said Friday. Adou Louis Kouadio, of Dilston Road, has been charged with attempted second-degree

murder and two counts of firstdegree child abuse. Police said he abused his son so badly, the boy might have to be on a respirator for the rest of his life. According to police, the abuse appears to have been a case of “shaken baby syndrome.” “It’s very, very unfortunate and sad,” said Montgomery County Police Capt. Marcus Jones, chief of the department’s Major Crimes Division. On Feb. 4, police learned that the boy, Amir Iman-Kouadio — who was born on Dec. 14

— was in Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., in critical condition. T h e Kouadio boy didn’t have a pulse and wasn’t breathing, police said. A police news release said doctors discovered that the boy had head trauma, bleeding from his brain, and fractured ribs. The injuries were so severe, doctors

told police that the boy would have to be on a ventilator the rest of his life if he survived, according to Montgomery County Police Officer Janelle Smith. The boy is still on a respirator, Jones said. Investigators said ImanKouadio’s mother put the boy to bed at about 9 p.m. on Feb. 3. Early the next day, at around 2 a.m., the baby woke up crying. Kouadio cared for the boy and put him back to bed. According to Smith, that time frame is when the alleged abuse is believed to have taken place. Police would not say what

Discussion focuses on Purple Line at gubernatorial candidate forum Three Democrats, one Republican in the race meet in Silver Spring

gomery College Cultural Arts Center on the Takoma Park Silver Spring campus. Candidates agreed that something needed to be done about the state’s current transportation issues, but didn’t give specific ideas on how to dissolve traffic congestion or gridlock. Gansler said Maryland needs a competent and experienced leader to make sure the Purple Line gets built. He said there’s a need for highspeed rails. If the state were fully connected, people could live in Baltimore City and easily ride by train to Washington, D.C. “We need corridor cities to build our life science industry like Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Palo Alto, California,” Gansler said. Gansler said government officials cannot tax “their way out of this” — the state needs to look at the fiscal big picture and not end up with a billiondollar deficit situation every year. Ulman said he has been a strong supporter of the Purple Line and investing in the state’s transportation infrastructure. Under a Brown-Ulman administration, the Purple Line will “absolutely” be built, he said. “To me, this is not just about the Purple Line; it is about our values coming together,” he said. The project will come through because of the “governor and the

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ALINE BARROS STAFF WRITER

The Purple Line project was the main topic at a transportation forum with four Maryland gubernatorial candidates in Silver Spring on Tuesday. Del. Heather R. Mizeur (D-Dist. 20) of Takoma Park said she supports the project — a 16-mile light rail to connect Bethesda and New Carrollton — but still has questions. Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler (D) said he wants to make sure the line is built. Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown (D) also is committed to the project, said his running mate, Howard County Executive Ken Ulman, who stood in for Brown on Tuesday. Charles Lollar, the only Republican candidate at the forum, said he understands the potential of the Purple Line project, but did not take a more specific position. After the candidates were through, one observer said she hoped to hear more about plans for new and better roads. Cindy Snow of Germantown said there’s more to transportation than the Purple Line. “And that, I think, it was missing: their vision for the whole Maryland because we are not all Maryland. ... I appreciate their support for the Purple Line, because definitely that’s the number-one project, but it has to be put in context with all of Maryland,” Snow said. Candidates were asked their position on the current state of transportation in Maryland, their vision for the future, and what they’d do, if elected, to carry out that vision. The forum took place at the Mont-

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governor, members of your delegation and members of the General Assembly who stood up and said ... ‘It is time for us to invest in our transportation infrastructure.’” Ulman said the P3 legislation — a law that lets Maryland attract private investment in public infrastructure — gives the state another tool to afford a $2.2 billion project. According to state transportation officials, partnering with private companies to build and operate the Purple Line will save taxpayers about 20 percent of the cost of the whole project. A

30-year contract would outline exactly what the concessionaire would be paid in exchange for specific services rendered. These payouts are called “availability payments” because they depend on the availability of the services outlined in the contract. Mizeur said there are serious questions about the public-private partnership. She supports the project, but questioned whether the current administration can deliver the Purple Line. Mizeur said that as a delegate, she tried to put pressure on the O’MalleyBrown administration to make transportation funding a priority and worked on raising awareness on the Maryland’s “depleted” transportation funds. “We can create an economy that works for all of our families. ... Being governor is about setting priorities and [running mate] Delman Coates and I have made transportation funding in transit projects a top priority,” she said. Mizeur said constituents need to ask questions such as what happens if private companies folded during construction and if ridership numbers don’t meet proposed projections. Lollar said he envisions a Maryland that is much more “user-friendly” to everyday residents. “We can absolutely do that with our economic plans and policies,” said Lollar, adding traffic in Maryland is a struggle. Whether it’s the Purple Line in Montgomery County or the Red Line in Baltimore city, no development can be done if the state squanders Transportation Trust Fund money. Lollar said he’d show community leadership to get projects done. Tuesday night’s forum was sponsored by Purple Line NOW, a group that supports the light rail project. abarros@gazette.net

the alleged abuse was. A short time after putting the boy back to bed, Kouadio checked on the baby and found blood coming from his nose, according to the news release. Police are waiting to learn more from doctors about exactly what happened, Jones said. “Whenever we have child abuse cases — unless we have confessions about exactly what happened — it’s based on doctors’ findings,” Jones said. “We don’t have anything that suggests this was longstanding — from our point of view,” he said.

Kouadio told the boy’s mother what was happening and the parents called 911, according to police. Police obtained an arrest warrant for Kouadio on Thursday. Kouadio turned himself in Friday. He was being held on $500,000 bail, according to online court records. His next court date is scheduled for March 21. A lawyer was not listed online. Calls to his home and to other family members were not answered Monday afternoon. sjbsmith@gazette.net

TownofChevyChasehiresfirm topushforPurpleLinemitigations In 3-1 vote, council gives $350,000 contract to Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney n

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ELIZABETH WAIBEL STAFF WRITER

The Town of Chevy Chase is bringing in a legal team to press its case for what some say are necessary mitigations to make the Purple Line running through town palatable. In a 3-1 vote Thursday , the Town Council agreed to hire Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney as a legal and lobbying firm to represent the town’s interests in discussions about the Purple Line. The town will pay $29,000 a month for a maximum of $350,000 to the firm and two subcontractors, Alexander and Cleaver, and Chambers, Conlon & Hartwell. The town wants somebody to lobby for it as various government agencies sort out the details of the light rail line that is supposed to eventually run through the town on its way from Bethesda to New Carrollton. The town had hired the firm on a monthto-month basis at a cost of $20,000 per month, The Gazette reported, but delayed voting on a longer contract. A pro-Purple Line group, the Action Committee for Transit, has in recent weeks criticized the town’s decision to hire a lobbying firm. The group submitted a public information request, filed an Open Meetings Act complaint and called for another public hearing before a vote on the longer contract. Before the council took a vote at a Thursday special meeting, Mayor Pat Burda said the council had explored a variety of firms and approaches before making a decision. Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney will take a “multipronged approach” to Purple Line discussions, she said, and the town can feel confident in the council’s decision. “We have a variety of angles we are pursuing,” she said. “... We will have

our voice heard.” She voted in favor of hiring the firm, as did council members Kathy Strom and David Lublin. Strom said the town has expressed many concerns that have yet to be answered. Lublin acknowledged that people in the town have different opinions on the Purple Line, but said he supported hiring a lobbying firm to get answers to its concerns. “The state has yet to propose meaningful mitigation,” he said. Lublin said other governments and interest groups have lobbyists, and the town is providing a public service by pointing to the plan’s flaws. “I don’t see why there’s any reason our small town can’t participate in the project,” he said. Councilman Al Lang voted against the measure. Lang said he wanted the town to hire lobbyists, but did not think the Town Council had done enough to negotiate pricing. “I just cannot vote for this given the way we ... picked the firm,” he said. Councilman John Bickerman was not at the meeting. He recused himself from the vote because he knew people at one of the firms the town had been considering. He said when the town first hired a firm, he opposed it. “I felt that they were overcharging us and didn’t have a particularly good strategy,” he said. The mayor asked Bickerman to identify some alternative firms, he said, and when he did, he realized he had identified the firm of someone he knew. “I knew it would be inappropriate to participate in the discussions or to vote on it, because it would give the appearance of impropriety,” he told The Gazette. “... I’m a mediator, so my integrity is the [cornerstone] of my job, so I’m very, very careful about conflicts of interest.” He said he plans to prepare a statement for the next Town Council meeting. ewaibel@gazette.net

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Obituary Ardis Halgren MacGregor (Age 104) died February 17, 2014 in Clarksburg, MD. Beloved wife of the late Gordon J. MacGregor. Survived by her son, Jim MacGregor and wife, Janet; daughter, Jean Casey; grandchildren Jim Casey and wife, Katie, Robert and Jenny MacGregor, great grandchild, Jay Casey. Her life of community service and love for her family will be celebrated at her funeral on March 15th at 2 p.m. at Lakewood Cemetery in Minneapolis. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Hennepin Ave. Church in Minneapolis, MN or Montgomery Hospice in Rockville, MD. 1905724

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SARAH SCULLY STAFF WRITER

For anyone without a college degree, many careers are off limits. High school graduates are a group that often struggles to find well-paying jobs, which is why Takoma Park Councilman Terry Seamens (Ward 4) said he pushed for the city to assist residents in accessing vocational training. Seamens helped find $15,000 in Takoma Park’s budget this year to fund five residents’ participation in an American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations training program. So far just one city resident has enrolled. The city is partnering with the organization’s Washington, D.C., area chapter to get residents into the six-week Building Futures preapprenticeship program, which

trains and exposes students to a number of construction-related trades, with the goal of helping them either secure a full-time job or an apprenticeship at the end. The Community Services Agency of the Metro Washington Council, AFL-CIO offers the program four times a year. Takoma Park city staff said they tried to recruit some of the 17.7 percent of Takoma Park residents over 25 whose highest educational degree is a high school diploma to participate, but just one did this winter. The training takes place primarily in D.C. “They’re goldmine programs for people who want to get into the trade,” Kathleen McKirchy, executive director of the agency, said of the programs. In the pre-apprenticeship program, participants learn about the construction industry, skills for applying and interviewing for jobs, and are introduced to different specialities. City Director of Recreation Greg Clark said they did not recruit as many participants from the city as they had hoped, and so extended the offer to this spring.

“There might’ve been a little too high of a barrier [with the requirements] and a little bit too short of a sign-up period,” Clark said. Four residents expressed interest previously, but only one resident both met the requirements and was able to participate, McKirchy, said. Requirements include a high school diploma or GED, driver’s license, a drug test and qualifying exams, which test applicants on reading and math skills. Staff will soon begin recruiting again for a spring session. The city will cover the cost of the program for five residents, which is $3,000 each, Clark said. Typically only those over 21 are accepted into the program, but because of trouble with recruitment and expressed needs for younger residents to join, anyone 18 and older will be allowed to apply for the spring session. Takoma Park will begin the prescreening process for the next program on the morning April 2 at the community center at 7500 Maple Ave. The program begins in May. Participants learn about an ar-

ray of specialities, including carpentry, masonry, electrical work, painting, glazing, plumbing, and many others - “anything that has to do with putting a building together,” McKirchy said. Most days the program runs from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and students complete several certificates that will help in their job search — OSHA 10 (a construction safety certificate), CPR/First Aid, Flagger Safety (for directing traffic in construction zones), and LEED 101 certifications. Each class has 20-22 students and about 30 percent of participants are women, McKirchy said. She said 80 percent of graduates find jobs or placement in apprenticeship programs — which typically include 2-5 years of paid training and work, with benefits. The program aims to prepare participants to be qualified applicants for such programs, she said. “We’re here to bring jobs to workers, that’s the bottom line,” said program coordinator Sylvia Casaro. sscully@gazette.net

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Supporters of a bill that would change Maryland law to hide convictions for some nonviolent offenses believe it could be a way to help minorities in Montgomery County. A bill sponsored by Montgomery Sen. Jamie Raskin (D-Dist. 20) of Silver Spring would allow people convicted of nonviolent offenses such as disorderly conduct, trespassing or misdemeanor theft to ask a court to shield their record from public view three years after they complete their sentence. The legislation was discussed at a Saturday forum on the “State of Black Montgomery” in Silver Spring. The event was organized by the African-American Democratic Club of Montgomery County and the Montgomery County Young Democrats. The forum included panels on topics such as increasing business opportunities for blacks, empowering and engaging black youth and increasing political participation among blacks. The permanency of a criminal record is a major barrier to people transitioning from jail back into society, said Caryn York, a policy as-

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Sharon Lettman-Hicks, executive director of the National Black Justice Coalition; Caryn York, policy associate for the Jobs Opportunities Task Force; and Ronnie Galvin, executive director of Impact Silver Spring, lead a discussion about “Addressing Our Social Justice Concerns, at the African-American Democratic Club of Montgomery County and the Montgomery County Young Democrats annual forum on the “State of Black Montgomery” in Silver Spring on Saturday. sociate with the Baltimore-based Job Opportunities Task Force who spoke on one of the panels at the event. After a certain period of time, a person should be able to have their record removed from public view, York said. Under Raskin’s bill, which has a hearing scheduled for March 4 in the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee, someone may ask a judge to shield all court and police records relating to a conviction for

a shieldable offense committed before the person was 26 years old. Raskin said Monday that his bill speaks to a profound value in American society that people should be given an opportunity to get back on their feet after they’ve made a mistake. It would only apply to nonviolent misdemeanors, he said. The state and the country have too many people who aren’t able to find their way back into the work force with a nonviolent conviction

on their record, he said. That is tragic for those individuals, but there’s also a danger for society from the creation of a permanent under-class who can’t get back into the legitimate economy, he said. The bill would not apply to convictions for domestic crimes. Even if shielded, the information would remain visible to police and other law enforcement as well as employers who are legally or contractually required to conduct criminal background checks for employees. A conviction would be unable to be shielded if the person applying for it is convicted of a new crime during the waiting period, unless the new conviction also becomes eligible for shielding. U.S. Rep. Chris Van Hollen (DDist. 8) of Kensington said changes to criminal justice policy may be coming from the federal government as well. There’s a growing consensus among both liberals and conservatives in Congress that the criminal justice system is broken and needs to be reformed, Van Hollen said. One of the potential areas for reform is getting rid of mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent offenders, he said. Van Hollen said Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and other conservatives have expressed an interest in working on the problem. rmarshall@gazette.net

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Councilwoman was named Advocate of the Year BY KRISTA BRICK AND SARAH SCULLY STAFF WRITER

Takoma Park Councilwoman Kay Daniels-Cohen died Thursday after a long battle with cancer, according to a release from the city of Takoma Park. Daniels-Cohen, 71, was a beloved member of the community who could often be seen at city events, talking up neighbors’ accomplishments and taking part in all the festivities. “She could find something kind to say about everyone,” fellow Councilman Fred Schultz wrote in an email. “Kay was an unabashed, old fashioned booster of Takoma Park.” Daniels-Cohen was elected to the City Council as the Ward 3 representative in November 2011 and

re-elected in November 2013. She grew up in the city attending the Takoma Park Elementary, Takoma Park Junior High and Montgomery Blair High schools. She was named Activist of the Year in 2009 by the Takoma Foundation and The Takoma Voice for her contributions to the community. “Every time she was in the building she was an absolute force of energy and I was floored by her civic pride,” the city’s media specialist Craig Terrill said. “There is always one person who is avatar of civil pride and spirit and bleeds their city. Kay was that person.” Known for awarding virtual “gold stars,” Daniels-Cohen was often giving out accolades during council meetings to citizens, businesses or staff, Terrill said. “Kay brought a fresh, can-do spirit to the City Council,” Schultz wrote. “To her, no project or idea it seemed was impossible to achieve.” “Full of determination and

good humor, she was impatient and could not understand why things couldn’t get done faster,” he added. She once 2011 FILE PHOTO said “politics is like Kay Daniels-Cohen pushing a snowball up the Matterhorn.” But she pushed, for her neighbors and through her illness, sometimes calling in to council meetings on her weaker days. She’d pull on her red sequin baseball cap, backward, and join in whichever festival was going on that weekend. During city elections in the fall, Daniels-Cohen said that “it’s a humbling experience” to serve on the council. Her brother Buddy Daniels said Daniels-Cohen was running again despite her illness

because she wanted to do whatever she could to help other people in the community. Daniels-Cohen is survived by her husband Jack Cohen and brother. Information about a funeral will be posted on the city’s website. The council will hold a special election to fill the seat between 45 days and 60 days from Friday. An exact date for the special election has not yet been set, City Clerk Jessie Carpenter said. Daniels-Cohen’s term was to expire in 2015. Interested candidates for the unexpired term must be from Ward 3 and must submit a petition with 10 signatures from eligible voters from that ward within 20 days of the scheduled special election, Carpenter said. Ward 3 is an oddly-shaped ward that includes much of the southern end of the city. For more information contact Carpenter at www.takomaparkmd. gov or call 301-891-7267.

InBrief Gardening in a shifting climate How will climate change affect your garden? Brookside Gardens will host a Green Matters Symposium from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday on how to adapt gardening to different climate conditions. Speakers will discuss temperature and pests, public gardens, energy and farming methods. The talk will be at Manor Country Club, 14901 Carrolton Road, Rockville. The cost is $89. More information is at montgomeryparks.org/ brookside.

Divorce seminars start Tuesday Divorce 101 is a six-week series of public education seminars to help people with the early stages of divorce. The program runs from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays through April 8 at the Montgomery County Bar Foundation, 27 W. Jefferson St., Rockville. The cost is $10 per session or $50 for all six, payable at the door. The sessions will be conducted by lawyers, counselors and financial advisers on topics such as basic law, approaches to divorce, financial considerations and finding support. Light refreshments will be served. The program is sponsored by New Beginnings, the Collaborative Practice Center of Montgomery County and the bar foundation. Registration is required. For more information, contact Carol Randolph, founder and president of New Beginnings, at NewBCarol@ verizon.net or 301-924-4101.

County seeks a couple of willing farmers Montgomery County is seeking two county farmers to serve on its seven-member Rustic Roads Advisory Committee. The committee’s duties include promoting public awareness of the Rustic Roads Program, plus reviewing and commenting on the classification of rustic roads; development proposals that affect rustic roads; and executive regulations and policies that may affect the program, according to a county news release. To be eligible, candidates must be owneroperators of commercial farmland in the county, earning at least of their income from farming. One must be a representative of the county’s Agricultural Advisory Committee. Members serve three-year terms without compensation, but can be reimbursed for travel and dependent care for meetings attended. The committee meets at least six times a year; usually on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Executive Office Building in Rockville.

POLICE BLOTTER

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

Armed Robbery • On Feb. 1 at 6:30 p.m. in the 12200 block of Edgemont Street, Silver Spring. The subjects threatened the victim with weapons and took property. • On Feb. 6 at 5:57 p.m. outside of Puente de Oro, 11123 Veirs Mill Road, Silver Spring. The subjects assaulted the victim and took property. • On Feb. 7 at 10:51 a.m. in the 600 block of Easley Street, Silver Spring. The subjects threatened the victim with a weapon and took property. • On Feb. 7 at 11:20 p.m. at East Wayne Avenue and Manchester Road, Silver Spring. The subject threatened the victim with a weapon and took property. Auto Theft • On Feb. 4 or 5 in the 12400 block of La Plata Street, Silver Spring. • On Feb. 4 or 5 in the 11600 block of Stewart Lane, Silver Spring. Carjacking • On Feb. 4 at 2 a.m. at the intersection of Middlevale and Hutchison lanes, Silver Spring. Robbery • On Jan. 31 at 11:15 p.m. at a bus stop at 1150 Wayne Ave., Silver Spring. The subjects attempted to rob the victim and were arrested. Sexual Offense • On Feb. 6 or 7 in the 1100 block of Ripley Street, Silver Spring. The subject is known to the victim. Strong-Arm Robbery • On Feb. 2 at 2:15 a.m. outside of La Posada Restaurant, 8545 Piney Branch Road, Silver Spring. Forcefully took property from the victim. Aggravated Assault • On Jan. 31 at 8:30 a.m. in the 4100 block of Wachs Cove, Olney. The subject is known to the victim. • On Feb. 4 at 4:14 p.m. on a Metro bus between Rockville and Silver Spring. • On Feb. 9 at McDonalds, 17910 Georgia Ave., Olney. The subject is known to the victim. Commercial Burglary • On Jan. 29 or 30 at the construction site at Norbeck Road near Georgia Avenue, Rockville. Forced entry, took nothing.

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Systems like University of Maryland’s ‘are constantly targeted’ RYAN MARSHALL AND LINDSAY A. POWERS

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STAFF WRITERS

As authorities at the University of Maryland continue to investigate a data breach that compromised the personal information of more than 300,000 records of students, faculty and alumni, state officials are concerned that such incidents won’t stop anytime soon. The incident, which university President Wallace D. Loh described in a Feb. 19 letter to students, parents and others as a “sophisticated computer security attack,”compromisedadatabase kept by the school’s information technology department that contained 309,079 records containing the names, Social Security numbers, dates of birth and university identification numbers of students, faculty and alumni who had been issued university identification cards since 1998. The breach came on the same day Gov. Martin J. O’Malley (D), U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D) and Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) signed an agreement that will help solidify the county’s plans to build the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence in Rockville. State and federal law enforcement agencies are investigating the cause of the breach, Loh’s letter said. Max Milien, a spokesman for the U.S. Secret Service, said the agency is involved in the investigation. The school had no new information to report Thursday, said spokeswoman Pam Lloyd. Joe Bucci, director of marketing and communications for The Universities at Shady Grove, said Thursday that the campus has

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about 1,440 University of Maryland, College Park, undergraduate and graduate students as well as about 150 to 200 College Park faculty and staff who were affected by the breach. Other affected people include undergraduate students enrolled in programs at Shady Grove from Towson University; the University of Baltimore; the University of Maryland, Baltimore; the University of Maryland, Baltimore County; and the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore. Shady Grove officials think that about 2,600 undergraduate students — both currently enrolled and former students — who participated in the five university programs at the campus were affected, Bucci said. Bucci said these students were affected because the campus issued them Shady Grove IDs, which were in the same database that held the College Park IDs. The Shady Grove campus does not issue IDs to graduate students. “We’re still trying to get a handle on exactly how many [affected people] there are,” he said. “It goes back to the inception of [The Universities at Shady Grove in 2000].” It’s hard to judge how sophisticated the University of Maryland attack was because of how little information is publicly known, said Chris Ensey, COO of Dunbar Digital Armor, a Hunt Valley cybersecurity firm. But he said collections of student data are rich with personal information that make them regular targets for hackers. Many students have shorter credit histories that make it easier to use the information to open new lines of credit, Ensey said. “University systems are constantly targeted,” he said. Donna Schena, interim vice president of instructional and information technology and chief information officer for Mont-

gomery College, said the college usesa“multi-prongedapproach” to prevent security hacks into personal information. “The threat is constant and the diligence, therefore, has to be constant,” she said. Strategiesincludetechnology that watches for and intervenes with threats, physical security for buildings and machines, and managing access to the college’s computer technology and resources, she said. Schena said the college also works hard to educate its studentsandstaffaboutinformation security. Patrick Feehan, director of IT privacy and cybersecurity compliance at Montgomery College, described the college as working in “a constant circle of change” when it comes to preparing against virtual security threats. “We’re in a quickly evolving landscape as the world gets more wired,”hesaid.“We’reconstantly having to update how we view threats and how we view vulnerabilities.” The Washington Post reported the breach took place at 4 a.m. on Feb. 18. Hours later, the officials inked the plans for the cybersecurity center. County officials have said they believe the facility will make the county a national center for the cybersecurity industry. These types of breaches are why the state, as an institution, is focused on cybersecurity, said Sen. James C. Rosapepe. “It’s not a problem that will go away,” said Rosapepe (D-Dist. 21) of College Park. He said the latest breach is a dramatic example of the opportunity Maryland has to develop its cybersecurity sector. A September 2012 audit by the state’s Office of Legislative Audits revealed that the Department of Information Technology hadn’t created a way to monitor andenforceitsInformationSecurity Policy even though Maryland

law made it responsible for enforcing the policies, procedures and standards for state agencies. The department’s policy shifted responsibility to each state agency to make sure it was complying with the information technology department’s policy. The report revealed that state agencies weren’t required to share the same amount of information about data breaches as private entities, said Tim Brooks, director of performance audits for the Office of Legislative Audits. Since the audit was done, the General Assembly has passed a law that state agencies would be bound by similar requirements as private companies for the security and encryption of information and to notify the Attorney General’s office, Department of Information Technology and any people affected by a breach, he said. Since the report, information security assessments are included as part of each state agency’s fiscal compliance audit that is done every three years, he said. Agencies and private companies both have to always be vigilant to look for signs that data has been compromised, Brooks said. “It’s a constant battle. It requires constant surveillance,” he said. Hackers’ level of sophistication is increasing every day, and the problems they cause won’t go away anytime soon, Ensey said. As technology becomes more pervasive, the number of wireless-enabled devices people carry will create more conduits for hackers to gain access to information. “The complexity of IT security has exponentially increased,” Ensey said. Staff Writer Kate S. Alexander contributed to this report. rmarshall@gazette.net

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More than 20 people were arrested Thursday as part of the largest ever health care fraud crackdown in Washington, D.C., according to a press release from the office of the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia. The cases result from years of investigation by more than 200 law enforcement officials and include numerous separate schemes, authorities said. Three Takoma Park residents were charged with Medicaid fraud in the case, according to the press release. They included Felix Aburi Fon, 41, and his wife, Mirabel Tenjoh Mukum, 32, who were charged with conspiracy to commit health care fraud and health care fraud, among other counts. They allegedly filed more than $124,000 in fraudulent claims, authorities said. Fon and Mukum were personal care aides for Immaculate Health Care Services, a D.C.based agency providing home health care. Mukum also was employed by Nursing Unlimited Services, Inc. They allegedly offered kickbacks to two Medicaid beneficiaries to sign up for home services and assisted in submitting false time sheets for work they did not do between April 2012 and September 2013. A third aide also may have been involved in the scheme, but authorities provided no information about that person. The couple was granted bail during a hearing before the U.S. District Court last week and released, according to Greg Smith, Fon’s lawyer in the case. Mukum’s lawyer, Cynthia Katkish, said Monday that she

could not comment on the case. The U.S. Attorney’s office for D.C. also announced Thursday a separate set of health care fraud cases filed in the Superior Court of D.C. One involved Paul Tengwei, 31, of Takoma Park, who faces first-degee fraud charges. He had not yet been arrested as of Tuesday. According to charging documents, Tengwei conspired with Brandon Chenwi Shu Fobeteh of Greenbelt, Cedonne Ngwilefem Alemnji of Greenbelt and Michael Nyantakyi of Lanham in offering Medicaid beneficiaries cash in exchange for their participation in filing false claims for more than $26,000 in services. All are charged with first degree fraud. Alemnji was assigned a public defender, who, as of Tuesday, could not be reached for comment. Fobeteh and Nyantakyi had not yet been assigned lawyers, and there was no lawyer listed for Tengwei as of Tuesday. The defendants would take beneficiaries to a doctor and tell them what to say to make them eligible for the services Tengwei and the others provided, which would be covered by Medicaid, according to court documents. Tengwei and others then allegedly paid personal care assistants kickbacks for false time sheets and paid the beneficiaries to sign them. But the claimed services were never provided, according to the court documents. FBI Washington Field Office spokeswoman Lindsay Godwin said the bureau was getting many tips about fraud, and “the overall increase in the number of Medicaid recipients in the District of Columbia had grown substantially in a short amount of time,” raising suspicion. sscully@gazette.net

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Education tops Sheila Ellis Hixson’s list of legislative priorities BY

ALINE BARROS STAFF WRITER

Sheila Ellis Hixson has been in the House of Delegates since 1976 serving and wants to keep going. “I would like to stay and do some more things,” said Hixson (D-Dist. 20) of Silver Spring. One of Hixson’s longtime priorities is education. She believes it is important to invest in education to keep Maryland

schools ranked among the highest in the nation. She cosponsored the Quality Teacher Incentive Act of 1999, designed to attract and retain quality teachers in the state. During this year’s General Assembly session, Hixson wants to see more funding for prekindergarten and kindergarten programs. She also supports an increase in the minimum wage in the state. Hixson is a cosponsor of a bill that would prohibit a dog from being determined to be potentially dangerous based solely on the breed, type, or heritage of the

Obituary Taylor, Harry C. “Skip” on February 18, 2014 went to be with the Lord. Loving father of Harry Clayton Taylor, Jr. and Patricia Taylor Welch. Brother of Harvey Taylor, Clara Johnson, Judy Simonson, Mary Jo Taylor and Lloyd Altimus. Step brother of Lynn Altimus, David Altimus, Debbie Rhien and Dagmar Mc.Closky. Also survived by his dear friend and companion Ana Jardim and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends may call at the Lee Funeral Home, Inc. Branch Ave and Coventry Way Clinton, Maryland on Saturday March 1, 2014 from 2-4 & 6-8pm. Funeral Services will be held on Monday March 3, 2014 11am at Temple Hills Baptist Church 4821 St. Barnabas Rd. Temple Hills, Md. with interment to follow in Maryland Veterans Cemetery, Cheltenham, Maryland. 1910761

dog. The bill. HB422, had a hearing on Feb. 20. According to Hixson’s office, the delegate also has sponsored Hixson legislation: — to pass tax measures to help local business owners, including a property tax bill to allow for semiannual payment — for a One Maryland Program to extend tax credits for businesses that establish or expand businesses — for tax credits to provide incentives to retain or attract private investment. Hixson, 81, has chaired the House Ways and Means Com-

mittee since 1993. She was born in L’Anse, Mich., and received a bachelor’s degree in social work from the Northern States Teachers College in Michigan. She was a Head Start teacher in Detroit. She worked for the Maryland Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect and was part of the Maryland Governor’s Council on Child Abuse and Neglect. This session, Hixson also is a cosponsor of HB880, which would legalize marijuana. She said the measure would not get marijuana out of the hands of criminal elementsandcouldbetaxed,creating another source of funding for educational programs. “We need more money. ... I would like to see more programs on pre-K education. ... I want to see programscompleted,”Hixsonsaid.

In the past, she has supported legislation such as the Maryland Dream Act and Civil Marriage Protection Act, legalizing same-sex marriage. Hixson was a co-sponsor of a bill to prevent discrimination in the workforce based on sexual orientation. It passed in 2001. She also supports programs to help former inmates re-enter the workforce. What they need are job opportunities, she said. “Nobody does it alone ... but I want be there to be part of the solution,” she added. Hixson filed in October. Like other legislators and state officials, she is prohibited from raising money during the legislative session, which runs until April. Her account has about $50,000 from previous campaigns and from a fundraiser

she hosted before the 2014 session started. District 20 includes Silver Spring and Takoma Park. The district is also represented by Del. Tom Hucker (D) of Silver Spring, who filed for re-election but is running for the County Council instead, and Del. Heather R. Mizeur (D) of Takoma Park, who is running for governor. Others who have already officially filed as District 20 candidates in the party primaries are: Justin W. Chappell, William Jawando, Jonathan Shurberg, Will Smith, Darian Unger, George Zokle, all of Silver Spring, and David Moon and D’Juan Hopewell from Takoma Park. All are Democrats. The primary elections will be on June 24 and the general election on Nov. 4.

County unlikely to get state school building money BY

KATE S. ALEXANDER STAFF WRITER

A funny thing happened on the way to new school construction money for Montgomery County: reality. Midway through Maryland’s 90-day legislative session, county

lawmakers seem to hold little hope of their top legislative priority passing the General Assembly and establishing a steady, predictable stream of state money to leverage borrowing for school construction. “We’re not necessarily expecting it to pass,” Del. Anne R. Kaiser said.

Kaiser (D-Dist. 14) of Burtonsville, chairwoman of Montgomery’s delegation, filed a bill to establish the Supplemental Public School Construction Matching Fund Program. Under the bill, counties with a triple-A bond ratingandschoolsystemswithatleast 100,000 students would be eligible

for up to $20 million each year to fund a portion of school construction projects or project debt. Her House bill has 62 sponsors. “You know how Annapolis works,”said Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett (D). “It’s more election-year politics than anything.”

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Nearly two weeks after Montgomery County’s biggest snowfall of the year, the issue of how to remove all that snow continues to generate discussion among the Montgomery County Council. Councilman Hans Riemer is trying to gather support among his colleagues for a proposal to improve the county’s plans for removing snow from sidewalks after winter storms. “We have a very robust snow plow operation that clears the roads very efficiently, and our superb highway team is always working to improve its performance,” Riemer (D-At Large) of Takoma Park wrote in a letter to other council members. “However, we do not have a sufficient plan or policies in place to meet the challenge of removing snow from sidewalks and pedestrian crossings.” Riemer’s plan would require the county’s Department of Transportation to create a “Sidewalk Snow Removal Plan” to include the following: • A map to show who is responsible for clearing snow on all sidewalks in the county. • A communications plan of steps to be implemented for snowstorms. • An educational campaign to make property owners aware of where they are responsible for clearing sidewalks. • Plans for county removal of snow from bus stops and Metro stations, near schools, along state highways, and along high-priority pedestrian routes. • Increased enforcement against property owners who don’t clear their sidewalks. • Plans to prioritize the clearing of hiking and biking trails after a storm. Riemer said he wants to look at what it would take in regards to education, enforcement or the county stepping in to get people in problem areas to clear their sidewalks. County law requires residents and business owners to clear the sidewalks in front of their properties within 24 hours after a storm. In the letter to his fellow council members, Riemer said that while he recognizes winter storms already create a large expense for the county, making sure sidewalks are clear is also vital to the county’s interests. “Clearing the roads is a critical mission, but ensuring that all residents have mobility after storm events is the real goal. We should not be satisfied with finishing part of the job,” he wrote. The Feb. 13 storm dumped anywhere from a foot to more than two feet of snow on communities around the county. Council President Craig L.

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Rice (D-Dist. 2) of Germantown faced questions from reporters Monday about the county’s response to the storm. Rice said he’s not sure there is a problem with the county’s snow removal process, noting that every other jurisdiction in the Washington, D.C. area struggled with snow removal during the storm. Rice called the storm an “anomaly” and said he’s not sure the county should set its policies based on an event that may only happen every few years. He said the problems highlighted by the storm may warrant a campaign to educate people on what the laws are for snow removal, and urged county residents to help clear snow from property owned by residents who are elderly or otherwise unable to remove the snow themselves. Meanwhile, Riemer was one of five council members who signed a letter from Councilman Roger Berliner (D-Dist. 1) of Bethesda to the directors of the county’s parks and transportation departments. The letter asked Mary Bradford, director of the Department of Parks for the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission and Arthur Holmes, director of the county’s Department of Transportation, to prepare an estimate on what it would cost to remove snow and provide winter maintenance on the Capital Crescent Trail that runs from the Washington, D.C., border through Bethesda and into Silver Spring. “The condition of the Capital Crescent Trail and its lack of maintenance following snow events is an issue of great concern to our residents who rely on our trail infrastructure for commuting purposes,” Berliner wrote. The letter was also signed by Riemer, Council Vice President George Leventhal (D-At Large) of Takoma Park, Coun-

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Umbrellas came out during an unexpectedly heavy snow on Tuesday. This pedestrian walks next to the old courthouse in Rockville. cilman Philip M. Andrews (DDist. 3) of Gaithersburg and Coucilwoman Cherri Branson (D-Dist. 5) of Silver Spring. While the trail is used by many residents for recreation, it also serves as a commuter route for people to get to work, Berliner wrote. Montgomery touts its efforts to create a network of trails and bike paths, and those need to be maintained as much as

possible, he wrote. “In my opinion, not maintaining the Capital Crescent Trail does not only a great disservice to residents who rely on the trail for commuting purposes, but also to the County’s goal of being a more walkable and bikeable community,” Berliner wrote. rmarshall@gazette.net

The Montgomery County school board feels “uncomfortable” with part of a Senate bill to regulate which adults could be punished for sexual conduct with a student, the board president wrote in a letter. In a Feb. 21 letter to state Sen. Jamie B. Raskin, board President Philip Kauffman said the board is concerned that the bill requires an adult to be at least seven years older than a student for sexual conduct between them to warrant criminal punishment for the adult. Kauffman also sent a letter dated Feb. 21 to Del. Luke Clippinger (D-Dist. 26) of Baltimore — the House sponsor of the bill — expressing the same concern about the age gap. The letters comes about 10 days after the school board voted Feb. 11 to support Raskin’s bill and a different bill in the House — sponsored by Dels. Luiz R.S. Simmons and Sam Arora — that addressesthesameissue,butdoes not include an age gap. Maryland law criminalizes sexual contact between certain people in a position of authority and a minor in their care. The two groups of lawmakers behind the bills, however, say there is a huge loophole in the law regarding which adults can and should face criminal penalties for such conduct. Lawmakers have said a 2012 Montgomery County case illustrates why the law should be changed. A 47-year-old teacher and coach who was accused of having sex with a 16-year-old former student couldn’t be prosecutedbecausehewasapart-time employee. The House bill would apply to adults who work with children in either a school system or a county recreation program. The bill Raskin sponsored adds volun-

teers at schools, employees and volunteers at private recreation facilities. The law currently defines individuals in positions of authority to include principals, vice principals, teachers and school counselors. However, the law applies only to individuals who are full-time, permanent employees. It does not apply to part-time employees and coaches, substitute teachers or volunteers. In the Feb. 21 letter, Kauffman said school board members support the Senate bill’s inclusion of part-time staff and volunteers, but would like to see the law include penalties for adults regardless of the age difference. “While we are certainly able to discipline or take other appropriate personnel action against staff and volunteers who engage in inappropriate behavior with a student, we also recognize the benefit to establishing appropriate criminal penalties for inappropriate sexual behavior,” Kauffman said in the letter. In Maryland, students are old enough to consent at age 16. Kauffman also noted another school board concern — brought up during its Feb. 11 meeting — that the Senate bill also should include board of education employees on the list of which adults can be punished. Raskin previously told The Gazette he favors having the law apply to any people in authority, regardless of how close in age they might be to the student. However, some lawmakers think prosecuting a 20-year-old coach in a relationship with a 17-year-old student, for example, is too harsh, Raskin said. “A 20-year-old assistant track coach in a relationship with a 17-year-old student could still be grounds for firing or making sure that person never works in a school again,” Raskin said this month. “The question is when we should send that person to jail.” lpowers@gazette.net

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COOKIES

Continued from Page A-1 For its Spark Pay system, Capital One does not charge a transaction fee until there have been at least $1,000 in sales. A Spark Pay Web page says that after that threshold, there is a 2.70 percent fee per swipe if the user does not pay a monthly fee. For a $9.95 monthly fee, the rate drops to 1.95 percent per swipe. Wood said that, on average, a local troop sells about 150 boxes of cookies when it sets up a booth for a few hours in a public place. Knowing how many boxes of cookies they sell, troops can predict if they will hit the $1,000 threshold. “The troops get together at the beginning of every month and discuss all pieces of events going on. Last month, we worked out all minor details and decided that accepting credit cards would work for us.” said Girl Scout parent Miriam Christenson of Silver Spring. Cookies are $4 a box. As more people prefer electronic payments, the acceptance of credit

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Continued from Page A-1 cilwoman Valerie Ervin last month. Cherri Branson (D-Dist. 5) of Silver Spring was appointed to finish our her term as a caretaker, meaning she wouldn’t run for a full term. Besides Berliner, six other council incumbents seek reelection: Council President Craig L. Rice (D-Dist. 2) of Germantown, Nancy Navarro (DDist. 4) of Silver Spring, Council Vice President George L. Leventhal (D-At Large) of Takoma Park, Marc Elrich (D-At Large)

of Takoma Park, Nancy Floreen (D-At Large) of Garrett Park and Hans Riemer (D-At Large) of Takoma Park. Councilman Philip M. Andrews (D-Dist. 3) of Gaithersburg is seeking the Democratic nomination for county executive. Navarro faces no challenger in her race. In District 2, Democrat Neda Bolourian and Republican Chris P. Fiotes Jr., both of Gaithersburg, and Republican Dick Jurgena of Germantown have filed to challenge Rice. Democrats Beth Daly of Dickerson and Vivian Malloy

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Continued from Page A-1 homicides in the county, according to police. The number of forcible rapes reported was up from 102 in 2012 to 130 in 2013, according to the crime statistics. Manger said part of the increase was probably due to changes in how rapes are reported. The statistics Montgomery County released are part of the Uniform Crime Reporting program overseen by the FBI.

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cards could be a benefit, Christenson said. “I think this way we will sell more cookies. For those people who hardly carry cash, we will be more convenient,” Christenson said. On average, troops in the Council of the Nation’s Capital receive about 70 cents per box sold, which meant total earnings of about $3 million last year, according to the Girl Scouts. The rest of the money stays within the council to support essential operations, such as volunteer training, camp maintenance, and financial assistance to deserving girls and troops. With credit card fraud a hot topic, Christenson said she hopes customers aren’t skeptical of using the new payment option. “I hope customers don’t shy away from buying the cookies because they think that might be a problem. We’re the Girl Scouts, so I think we’ll be fine,” Christenson said. After the sales period, troops can evaluate whether to use the credit-card option again next time. Troop leaders will allow Scouts to process credit-card transactions if they think they can handle them. Otherwise, parents will assist.

“... It’s really up to the troop leader or person in charge to say whether or not that can happen.” Wood said. “Many of the girls are excited about the new change, but mainly our parents will be the ones handling the credit card processing, so hopefully it runs smoothly.” Christenson said. Credit-card sales will add a new element to the financial literacy lessons the Scouts get. “The Girl Scout Cookie Program is the largest girl-led entrepreneurial program in the country where girls learn goal-setting, decision-making, money management, people skills and business ethics that are essential to leadership and success in life,” Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital CEO Lidia Soto-Harmon said in a news release. Girl Scouts started their cookie sales to families and friends first, than expanded to booths at local grocery stores and businesses on Feb. 21. To find a Girl Scout booth, go to www.gscnc.org, or download the app “Girl Scout Cookie Locator” and enter your ZIP code, or dial **gscookies on a smartphone. Girl Scout cookie sales will conclude March 30.

of Olney and Republicans Robert Dyer of Bethesda and Shelly Skolnick of Silver Spring have filed as at-large candidates. Green Party candidate Tim Willard of Kensington will run in the general election. They will compete with Democrats Leventhal, Elrich, Floreen and Riemer for the four at-large seats, which are elected countywide. Voters in the Republican and Democratic primary elections will be able to choose up to four at-large candidates from their party, said Christine Rzeszut, operations manager for the Montgomery County Board

Every year, law enforcement agencies around the country send data about crime in their areas to the bureau. In 2013, the program’s standards included reporting male victims. Before 2013, the statistics only counted female victims of rape. The police Family Crimes Division also took over investigating rapes where the victim and the suspect were intimate partners, according to a county press release. Many of the investigations came through the Family Justice Center, where victims received a high level of support, the release said. Manger said that may have made people

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of Elections. Primary winners move on to the Nov. 4 general election. After eight years in the House, Hucker is looking to move to the Council Office Building in Rockville. Hucker initially planned to run again for delegate, but changed his mind.

Legislators file Five of Montgomery County’s eight state senators have no primary challengers. Sen. Richard S. Madaleno Jr. (D-Dist. 18) of Kensington will compete against Dana Beyer in the primary. Del. Luiz R.S. Sim-

more comfortable with reporting rapes. Manger said the department has implemented a number of crime-fighting tactics recently, such as tailoring different strategies to different highercrime areas. A team of officers patrols areas with spikes in crime, weekly meetings keep track of progress and problem areas, and each high school now has a school resource officer from the county or another law enforcement department, Manger said. In Montgomery County, as in the rest of the country, outside factors affect crime rates before police even get

mons (D-Dist. 17) of Rockville and former Del. Cheryl Kagan are both seeking the seat held by the retiring Sen. Jennie Forehand (D-Dist. 17) of Rockville. Del. Susan C. Lee (D-Dist. 16) of Bethesda is seeking the seat of Sen. Brian Frosh (D-Dist. 16) of Chevy Chase, who is running for attorney general. She faces challenges from J’aime Drayton of Potomac and Hugh Hill of Bethesda, who both filed Tuesday. The House has crowded races in almost all eight Montgomery legislative districts — none more so than District 20, where 10 people are vying for

involved, Manger said. Montgomery has invested in schools and economic development, as well as crime prevention programs and initiatives to address mental illness — all things that help keep crime levels low, Manger said. “There’s a host of things that supplement the work the police department has done,” he said. Support for police from government agencies and the broader public are a large part of why crime has gone down faster in Montgomery County over the past few years than it has nationwide, Manger said. People report

three seats. In District 14, the three Democratic incumbent delegates and two other Democrats will face off in the June primary. Three Republicans filed in the race. In District 15, four Demcrats and two Republicans have filed. In District 16, eight Democrats seek three seats. One Republican has filed. Nine Democrats have filed in District 17. District 17 has six Democrats and a Republican seeking three seats. In District 19, six Democrats have filed. And in District 39, three Democrats and three Republicans are seeking three delegate seats.

crimes and witnesses show up to testify because they have confidence in law enforcement, he said. “We’re not out there doing it by ourselves,” he said. Leggett said the county is not going to rest on its laurels this year. “It is my anticipation and hope that we can drive these numbers even further down,” he said. Complete statistics from 2013 and previous years are available at mymcpnews.com under the crime statistics drop-down menu by clicking on “quarterly crime stats.”

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How do we deal? Montgomery County State’s Attorney John J. McCarthy asks a serious question. Unfortunately, county leaders and residents have chosen to take it rhetorically. The question is: “How do we deal with people who have persistent mental health issues and intersect with the criminal justice system?” As a county — and as a state, and as a nation, really — we have no good answer for him. Last week, in “On the edge,” reporter St. John Barned-Smith described how in two weeks in January, the county was rocked by three heinous homicides. All allegedly were committed by people who either had mental health issues in the past or likely were suffering from mental illness at the time of the killings. A mother and her friend stab four children, killing two, in what they believed was an exorcism. A man walks into a 7-Eleven and kills a clerk, slashing and stabbing him 75 times. A young man is shot (by his father) as he fatally stabs his mother. How do we deal with people like this? Currently, it seems, we wait for them to commit a crime and put them in jail. People can be involuntarily committed to an institution only if they are dangerous to themselves or others, said Dr. Alan Newman, a psychiatrist with Georgetown University. As Newman pointed out, the definition of dangerous is narrow, which means many people can’t be forced to get the care they need. Likewise, many people would have not committed offenses had they gotten that care. “We shouldn’t be waiting until someone breaks the law to get treatment,” said Dr. Raymond Crowel, the county’s chief of behavioral health and crisis services. “There’s a conflict in the way the system is structured.” It’s taking a toll on our jail. Barned-Smith cited statistics showing that falling crime rates mean fewer people in our jail, yet a growing percentage arrive with mental health issues. A natural reaction is to turn to the Maryland General Assembly. Lawmakers have at least four measures to consider that could help the ill get help they need. One bill would make it easier for health care workers to commit individuals involuntarily. Another would let courts order treatment for individuals with disabling mental illness who struggle to adhere to their voluntary treatment. A third would allow the forced administration of medication under certain conditions. A fourth would ensure that offenders with a history of mental illness and substance abuse get services before and after their release from incarceration. Although the Montgomery crimes in January create a new urgency, these issues aren’t new to the lawmakers. Legislative committees considered the fourth bill last year, but took no action, according to the General Assembly website. These aren’t easy decisions for Annapolis. As much as a store clerk should have the right to complete a day’s work unharmed, the mentally ill have rights as well. These measures must be crafted carefully. It’s important to insist the legislature protect us all, but we must resist human nature. It’s easy for us to turn to the State House, insist our leaders take action and applaud when laws are enacted. When the applause dies down, we forget that the problems exist and direct our attention elsewhere. No matter what legislation passes, we’re left with McCarthy’s question. How do we deal with people like this? What’s necessary is a realization that we need to treat mental illness with the same vigor that we treat physical illness. Federal, state and local governments must allocate resources to care for the mentally ill. Nonprofits must, and do, devote time and energy. Churches must, and do, as well. And finally, families must, and do. Somehow, it isn’t enough. Sometime over the past 30 years, we’ve decided it’s acceptable for care for the mentally ill to be optional. If money’s tight, programs close, initiatives are shut down, centers are shuttered. The result is a young man who suffers from bipolar disorder living on the street or a young woman without the support to cope with her delusions. We need our statehouse and county seat to do better. We need our hometowns and our churches to do better. We need to do better. Money and concern will only go so far. It’s time for a sense of urgency.

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We don’t need ‘green’ bills

Incubator decision uses sloppy economics In its Feb. 19 editorial [“Incubator politics”], The Gazette indicates its support of County Executive Isiah Leggett’s position to close the county’s flagship biotechnology incubator, the William Hanna Innovation Center. The editorial cites Leggett’s argument that costs will be lower if the laudable new NCCoE (National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence) is located in the incubator. Leggett’s economic analysis is inaccurate. Doug Duncan got it right. The county claims that the difference in expense is $3 million as compared to $750,000. This is comparing apples to oranges. In one case, the county pays rent to house the NCCoE and in the other case, it’s constructing a building. The economic analysis then ignores all building costs. Reportedly, the state and county are putting in a total of about $11 million, substantially from new appropriations from both the state and county within the current bud-

get cycle. These are for construction costs for the NCCoE. A sound financial analysis has to include destruction costs of the existing incubator. When the county bulldozes these specialized biotech (including 24 wet labs) taxpayerfunded assets, they must be written off. This economic loss is properly added to construction costs. The incubator’s audited financial statements indicate its value on the government’s books is $6.1 million. The incubator’s current operation is funded by the private sector, mainly biotechnology companies. The NCCoE’s $750,000 operation expenditures represent new annual spending. The editorial denigrates Duncan for failing to identify an alternative to paying rent (presumably $2 million plus). However, the county has identified alternatives itself, which it dismissed. In a presentation to the Montgomery County Delegation on Feb. 14, Leggett’s representative, Steve Silverman, indicated that NIST

had originally proposed to house the NCCoE on its large campus in Gaithersburg, which would obviate the need to use the WHIC, but the county “talked them out of it.” Further, the county admitted that no RFP for a competitive bidding process to house the NCCoE in commercial space was ever generated, a normal good governance process. The editorial also frames the county’s loss as moving businesses out of a Gaithersburg (actually Rockville) incubator. The WHIC increases the odds of building a successful business by promoting interactions among the entrepreneurs in a shared biotech facility. WHIC’s track record of developing successful companies and life-enhancing medical products is a testament to this communitybuilding strategy.

Jerry Stringham and Aprile L. Pilon The authors are CEOs of biotechnology companies located within the WHIC incubator.

Zoning rewrite threatens urban farming I run First Fruits Farms, an open source urban farming research center in Germantown. The County Council is set to vote on the new zoning rewrite on March 4. A new use category is “Urban Farming,” which will be allowed in every zone not currently allowing regular farming, except for the heavy industrial zone. While that seems to be great for making fresh, healthy, locally grown food accessible to our neighborhoods, certain restrictions in the ordinance will kill any chance of urban farming becoming a reality in Montgomery County. The first restriction is that an onsite farmers market is a limited use for farms and will restrict sales to only produce grown on site. This means a neighborhood farmers market will not be able sell strawberries from a neighborhood farm two blocks over, while a convenience store on the same block is allowed to sell all manner of junk food from anywhere. Consumers with limited time to shop need a food store with a wide variety healthy food choices. As small urban farmers will only be able to grow a few crops each, un-

less they can sell each others’ produce, walkable neighborhoods and local food will not exist in Montgomery County. Currently, the Montgomery County Food Council and others are discussing the concepts of food hubs and other local food distribution systems that will make locally produced foods a viable choice for our citizens. The second local food killer restriction is that only walk-behind machinery or hand methods will be allowed on these urban farms. Without automation urban farms will not be able to pay a livable wage and make a profit. I believe the problem with the people doing the rewrite is that they know little about modern greenhouse food production. Most urban farms will be hydroponic and not use soil. I believe the code rewriters have a mind view of large noisy tractors waking up the neighborhood. We are developing small quiet low-cost robots to aid the urban farmer perform many of the tasks of seeding, transplanting and harvesting. Unless you entered one of our greenhouses you wouldn’t know they

were even there. Once the zoning is passed, I can envision an army of zoning enforcers closing down small neighborhood farmers for using automation. It seems to me a simple general noise/nuisance clause could address concerns related to the right of residents to “peaceful enjoyment.” Please contact your council member to ask that they at least hold off on the urban farm and farm market zoning ordinance changes to allow innovators in this space to propose workable parameters. It doesn’t seem much thought was put into this zoning change as urban farming and farmers markets have the same restriction in all zones. It seems to me issues in a very dense townhouse zone could be significantly different than in a moderate industrial zone. We need to do more outreach and polling of our citizens to think what all these issues might be and also have a means to allow some level of urban farming in these different zones to uncover what most of the issues might arise.

Peter James, Germantown

Speed cameras generate revenue, not reduce speeding

I am writing in response to the article from Feb. 19, “Olney speed cameras are top revenue generators in county.” The thing that bothered me most about the article was the contradictory statement by Capt. Thomas Didone stating, “he believes the cameras are effective in reducing speed.” Let’s look at the numbers again and tell me how speed cameras are helping to reduce speeding. In 2012, there were 64,592 tick-

ets issues (for $2,583,680 in fines). The 2013 numbers are up 11 percent or approximately 71,697 tickets for $2,867,884 in fines (or $3,000,000 in fines per the article). How in the world can Didone say that speed cameras reduce speeding when the numbers show speeding is increasing? Has any reader ever noticed that when you see a marked police car you tend to either check your speed or slow down? There is the solution, put more officers on the streets in

marked cruisers. For the money collected, the county could fund additional officers and actually reduce speeding. Do something that truly works to reduce speeding instead of contradicting yourself [Capt. Didone] about the real reason the money machines are installed. The money is not going into the county to reduce speeding; it is just going into the coffers for the council.

Gerry Adcock, Olney

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Who among us has time to stay on top of what the Montgomery County Council members propose to do with our hard-earned tax dollars? While the County Council plans to take up an 11-point “green legislation” [“Montgomery councilman issues package of environmental, energy bills,” Jan. 22], many of us live our lives unaware of what’s next that will be forced upon us by those elected to represent us. While Councilman Reimer, Councilwoman Floreen and Councilman Berliner get to speak for all, they certainly don’t represent all who are out here. ... I know I speak for over 50 members in my family alone ... and we want the council to know that we don’t support 11 new laws, nor do we agree that “this is certainly where Montgomery County wants to be” on energy issues. I’m not an expert, but I’ve got common sense, and common sense tells me that if these were such great ideas, why would they have to be legislatively imposed upon the citizenry? We don’t want more laws or rules or regulations telling us how to build (apparently, now LEED certified isn’t even good enough?) or, God forbid, another county office — this one now called “Office of Sustainability” within the Office of Environmental Protection — thus further growing, guess what — the government! They are masters of “sustainability!” Stop the expansion of the government into every aspect of life, building, growth. Halt the green movement, who advance their agenda relentlessly. We’re all for common sense clean air/water — but the rain tax? On top of the flush tax? Will there be a “breathe air tax?” Seriously, do developers and builders really need to be required to provide “x number” of electric vehicle charging stations? Do we really need a new telecommuting manager? Oh, I see — so the county employees who get paid anyways will now be able to sit around at home and still get paid — because, “this is where the county is headed.” It’s this self-licking ice cream cone that has me and other county residents fed up with the County Council! Why don’t they please come up with ways to put money back into our pockets? ...

Maureen Ruppert Whippen, Clarksburg

On snow, improvement on one front As one who suffered through three blizzards in 2010 without seeing a county plow on my culde-sac, I was really pleased to see Keith Compton’s improved snow removal after the big storm, complete with a tractor to do my neighborhood in Wheaton. [Editor’s note: Compton is the chief of the county’s Division of Highway Services.] What an improvement. On the other hand, a big disappointment was the response of Montgomery County Public Schools where Glenn Haven Elementary school could not be bothered to open the sidewalk in front of the school for days after the snow, endangering the lives of pedestrians and children until complaints were made. At least we are half way there.

Steve Sacks, Silver Spring

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hevy Chase resident Susanne Lotarski remembers her Georgetown University political science professor, the late Jan Karski, also of Chevy Chase, as being very well-organized during his 1960s seminars about Central and Eastern Europe. “He had a very organized, systematic mind,” she said. But what she appreciated most about Karski, a courier for the Polish underground in World War II, was the fact that he had experienced firsthand some of what he was teaching. A Polish Catholic, Karski was one of the first people to bring eyewitness accounts to the Allies about the Warsaw ghetto after the uprising and the emerging Nazi plan to exterminate Jews. “What was so special about his course was that he was teaching not from books but from what he lived through personally,” said Lotarski, who retired in 2005 as director of Central and Eastern Europe and Eurasia for the U.S. Department of Commerce. Lotarski, who is currently Washington Metro Division vice president of the nonprofit Polish

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The memory of the late Jan Karski, a Polish American who lived in Chevy Chase, will be honored by the National Philharmonic and pianist Brian Ganz during two concerts on March 8 and 9 at the Music Center at Strathmore. Karski, who died in 2000, provided the Allies with personal eyewitness accounts of the Holocaust in Poland before emigrating to the United States and teaching political science at Georgetown University.

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Montgomery County native Jason Hutt didn’t think after he graduated from Winston Churchill High School in Potomac and went to Harvard to study economics that he’d turn into a filmmaker. But a filmmaker he became, and WASHINGTON his documentary, “Sukkah City,” is one of 64 films that will be screened JEWISH FILM during the annual Washington Jewish FESTIVAL Film Festival running from Thursday to March 9 at venues in Rockville, Siln When: Thursday ver Spring and Washington, D.C. to March 9. See “The 24th annual event is expected online schedule for to draw 10,000 people from Washingscreenings. ton and surrounding counties,” said n Where: AFI Silver festival director Ilya Tovbis, who is in Theatre and Cultural his second year of running the event. Center, 8633 “One-quarter to one-third of our Colesville Road, audience comes from outside [the DisSilver Spring; JCC of trict],” Tovbis said. Greater Washington, There are 13 screenings scheduled 6125 Montrose Road, at AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural CenRockville; nine venues ter in Silver Spring and 10 screenings in Washington, D.C. at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington in Rockville. n Tickets: $12 single; $85 full festival pass; This year’s festival will also offer $125 all access VIP more chances for people to talk to one pass another about the films at social events and panel discussions, Tovbis said. n For information: “We don’t want it to be just 1-888-718-4253,

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TRIBUTE TO POLAND n When: 8 p.m. March 8; 3 p.m. March 9. Free preconcert lecture 6:45 p.m. Saturday, 1:45 p.m. Sunday. Exhibit about Karski in lobby. n Where: Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda n Tickets: $28-$84. Free for children 7-17 n For information: 301-5815100, Nationalphilharmonic. org

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Pianist Brian Ganz and the National Philharmonic will perform a concerto by Chopin during two concerts on March 8-9 at the Music Center at Strathmore to honor the late Polish-American hero Jan Karski of Chevy Chase. PHOTO BY MICHAEL VENTURA

The “Fractured Bubble” sukkah is woven as part of a design competition exploring the ancient Jewish tradition of building a temporary house as part of observing the week-long holiday of Sukkot. The mid-Atlantic premiere of Potomac-native Jason Hutt’s documentary, “Sukkah City,” about the contest is part of the Washington Jewish Film Festival.

SWEET HONEY KEEPS FLOWING

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“But you would be fed with the finest of wheat; with honey from the rock I would satisfy you.” — Psalm 81:16 Bernice Johnson Reagon founded the group Sweet Honey in the Rock 40 years ago at the D.C.

Black Repertory Theater Company in 1973. The ensemble’s name is taken from a song based on the Bible verse Psalm 81:16. The allwomen, African-American a cappella group has played in concerts across the globe for adoring fans and for political dignitaries. Reagon retired from Sweet Honey in the Rock in 2004, but the group, featuring core members Carol Maillard, Louise Robinson, Nitanju Bolade Casel, Aisha Kahlil, and American Sign Language

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SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK — “FORTY & FIERCE” n When: 8 p.m. Saturday n Where: Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda n Tickets: $29-$70

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Sweet Honey in the Rock will celebrate its 40th anniversary Saturday at the Music Center at Strathmore.

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The New York-based Ballet Hispanico, widely regarded as the nation’s premier Latino dance company, will host a Latin dance party at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown. The event precedes a masterclass scheduled for 2 p.m. March 29, and dual performances at 8 p.m. March 29 and 3 p.m. March 30. A workshop with high school students is scheduled for 4 p.m. Friday, with the Salsa dance party following at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15. The events are the result of a collaboration between BlackRock and the After School Dance Fund, which aims to promote health, exercise and cultural awareness within Montgomery County high school students via Latin dance education. For more information, visit blackrockcenter.org.

Ballet Hispanico will come to the BlackRock Center for the Arts on Friday for a Latin dance lesson and party prior to a masterclass and performances March 29-30. PAULA LOBO

‘Persistence’ of visions

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David Carter’s “The Persistence of Self,” oil on canvas, 2010.

“Critical Contacts: Significant Encounters and Their Impact,” will showcase works by the Studio Art Faculty of Montgomery College. The exhibit, curated by Dr. Claudia Rousseau, opens Monday at the Capitol Arts Network Urban by Nature Gallery in Rockville, and runs to March 28. An opening reception is scheduled for 6-9 p.m. March 7. Normal gallery hours are 1-4 p.m. Tuesday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. For more information, visit capitolartsnetwork. com.

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The rites of ‘Spring’ “Spring Awakening,” Broadway’s Tony Award-winning tale of teens discovering the tumult of sexuality, opens today at the college’s performing arts center. Presented by Montgomery College Theatre students, show times are 8 p.m. daily through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Based upon the controversial German play published by Frank Wedekind in 1891, the original Broadway production was adapted by Steven Sater with music by Duncan Sheik and went on to win eight Tony Awards in 2007. Bill Gillett directs the Montgomery College production. For more information, visit montgomerycollege.edu/ pac.

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Aurora Beckett as Wendla and Matt Krug as Melchior in The Montgomery College Theatre presentation of “Spring Awakening,” opening today at the college.

Marimba soloist David McDonald will perform music for the marimba and piano at 7 p.m. Friday at the Westmoreland Congregational UCC Church in Bethesda. The concert serves as the inaugural event of Washington Conservatory of Music Friday Focus, which will spotlight church faculty with one-hour presentations throughout the year. McDonald also is the drummer with the Airman of Note, The United States Air Force Band, Washington, D.C. He has performed with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Concertante di Chicago, Kenosha Symphony, Illinois Philharmonic, New World Symphony, Chicago Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra, Rob Parton’s Jazz Tech Big Band, Capitol Bones and the Alan Baylock Jazz Orchestra, and toured Japan as a member of the Pacific Music Festival Orchestra. McDonald is a faculty member at the Washington Conservatory of Music. Admission is free. Donations are accepted. For more information, visit washingtonconservatory.org.

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Kevin Costner gets the Liam Neeson-in-‘Taken’ treatment BY ROGER MOORE CHICAGO TRIBUNE

Kevin Costner and director McG are plunged into the madcap mayhem of Monsieur Luc Besson in “3 Days to Kill,” a seriocomic thriller about mortality, murder for hire and fatherhood. This being a Besson script and production, it’s also about car chases and epic shootouts, torture played for sadistic laughs, Paris locations and Peugeot product placement. Besson, who morphed into a producer after “The Professional” and before “The Transporter,” gives Costner the full Liam Neeson-in-“Taken” treatment, cashing in on a career of cool in a movie that moves almost fast enough to keep us from noticing how scruffy, discomfiting and absurdly over-the-top the whole thing is. Costner plays Ethan, a veteran CIA agent diagnosed with cancer. But his new control agent, a vamp named Vivi, played to the stiletto-heeled hilt by Amber Heard, wants him to finish one last massacre, taking out a nuclear arms dealer and his associates in the City of Light. The carrot? She has an experimental drug that might give Ethan more time. And that could mean more time with his estranged wife (Connie Nielsen) and the daughter he barely knows, played by “True Grit” teen Hailee Stein-

Amber Heard stars in “3 Days to Kill.” feld. They live in Paris. The girl doesn’t know what dad does for a living or that he’s dying. She’s a teen. She probably wouldn’t care: “You might want to take something for that cough. It’s really annoying.” McG (“Charlie’s Angels,” “We Are Marshall”) stamps his signature on Besson’s Euro-action vision with running gags: Dad keeps trying to get his rebellious teen to ride this cool purple bike he brought her. Her ring tone on his phone is “I Love It,” which goes off just as he’s about to rip a guy’s armpit hair out with duct tape. Everybody’s always trying to high-five Ethan, and the French, Germans and others he runs into keep calling him “Cowboy.” Ethan’s always stopping the torture

to ask one underworld guy (Marc Andreoni, funny) how to cope, what to do, how “to balance work and family.” Heard — all lipstick and lingerie, long eyelashes and leather wear — has little to do here, something of a waste. Steinfeld’s Zoey is a bit of a drama queen but not a caricature of one. She commits one transgression after another, which Ethan seems loath to punish and unable to rein in. Besson co-wrote the script, and he works in shots at absentee parents, lazy French cops and a legal system that allows cute African squatters more rights to Ethan’s apartment than he has. But that turns out to be a warm and fuzzy cul-de-sac, one of many in this movie, which veers from shocking shootouts to

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Kevin Costner stars in Relativity Media’s “3 Days to Kill.” rank sentiment. Ethan’s illness is forgotten for long stretches, but Costner, a hacking, weathered study in wrinkles and violence, never lets on that the whole affair is more of a lark than “Taken” ever was. A canny touch is the oldfashioned split-screen opening credits, scored to the old R&B tune “Ole Man Trouble.” It fits. A tone-deaf touch? Having father teach daughter to dance to “Make It With You.” Seriously? Daft and sloppy as it is, “3 Days” rarely fails to entertain. From the bikeriding lessons on Montmartre to dopey interrogation of the Italian “accoun-

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tant,” interrupted for a marinara sauce recipe, it’s all part and parcel of the madness of Besson’s “From Paris with Love,” filtered through McG and slapping a new stamp of “cool” on aging Oscar-winner Costner.

IN THE ARTS Highway, Silver Spring, 301-3261181, www.hollywoodballroomdc. com Now and Then Dance Studio, Saturday ballroom dances, second and fourth Saturdays, beginner group lesson at 8 p.m., open dancing at 9 p.m., $10 cash at door (all men admitted at halfprice throughout October), 10111 Darnestown Road, Rockville. 301424-0007, www.nowandthendancestudios.com. Scottish Country Dancing, 8-10 p.m. Mondays, steps and formations taught. No experience, partner necessary, T-39 Building on NIH campus, Wisconsin Avenue and South Drive, Bethesda, 240505-0339. Glen Echo Park is at 7300 MacArthur Blvd. Blues, Capital Blues: Thurs-

days, 8:15 p.m. beginner lesson, 9-11:30 p.m. dancing to DJs, Glen Echo Park’s Spanish Ballroom Annex, $8, www.capitalblues.org. Contra, Feb. 28, Ted Hodapp and Contratopia, 7:30 p.m. lesson, 8:30 p.m. dance, Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom, $10, www.fri-

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Ted Hodapp and Contratopia, 7:30 p.m., Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom, $12 for general, $9 for members, $5 for students, www. fsgw.org. English Country, Feb. 26, Caller: Dan Gillespie, 8 p.m., Glen Echo Town Hall (upstairs), www.fsgw.org. Swing, March, TBD, lesson at 8 p.m., dancing at 9 p.m., Glen Echo Park, $15, www.flyingfeet.org. Waltz, March 2, Contratopia, 2:45-3:30 p.m. lesson, 3:30-6 p.m., dance, $10, www.waltztimedances.org.

MUSIC & DANCE Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, Gotta Swing Dance with Josh

& The Good Old Stuff, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 26; Veronneau, 8 p.m. Feb. 27; The Texas Chainsaw Horns & Hot Mess Burlesque, 8 p.m. Feb. 28; Mojo & The Bayou Gypsies, 8 p.m. March 1, call for prices, 7719 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. 240330-4500, www.bethesdabluesjazz.com.

BlackRock Center for the Arts, Ballet Hispanico Latin Dance Party, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28; Cashore Marionettes, 1 p.m. March 1, Dervish, 8 p.m. March 8; Seamus Kennedy, 7:30 p.m. March 13, call for tickets, 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown. 301-5282260, www.blackrockcenter.org.

Institute of Musical Traditions — Rockville, Carrie Newcomer,

7:30 p.m. March 8, Saint Mark Presbyterian Church, 10701 Old Georgetown Road, Rockville, call for prices, www.imtfolk.org. Strathmore, Afternoon Tea, 1 p.m. Feb. 26, March 1, 5; AIR: Nistha Raj, Hindustani violin, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 26; Pilobolus, 8 p.m. Feb. 26; AIR Alumni: Daisy Castro, Gypsy jazz violin, 11 a.m. Feb. 28; BSO: Off the Cuff — CSI: Mozart, 8:15 p.m. Feb. 28; Sweet Honey in the Rock 40th Anniversary Celebration: Forty and Fierce! 8 p.m. March 1; Michael Bolton, 7 p.m. March 2; Intro to Jazz Singing 7:30 p.m. March 3; Mardi Gras Specialty Tea, 1 p.m. March 4; WPAS: Murray Perahia, piano, 8 p.m. March 4; Berlin ~ Las Vegas with Theo Bleckmann, voice & Rob Schwimmer, piano, 7:30 p.m. March 6; BSO: Nadja SalernoSonnenberg Plays Shostakovich, 8 p.m. March 6; Celtic Nights: The Emigrants Bridge, 8 p.m. March 7; Rye Rye, 9 p.m. March 7; National Philharmonic: Chopin Piano Concerto No. 1, 8 p.m. March 8, call for venue, Locations: Mansion, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda; Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, 301-581-5100, www.strathmore. org.

ON STAGE Adventure Theatre, “Miss Nelson is Missing,” to March 9, call for prices, times, Adventure Theatre MTC, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, 301-634-2270, www.adventuretheatre-mtc.org. Arts Barn, Comedy and Magic Show, 8 p.m. Feb. 28; KAT 2nd Stage presents “Disney’s Winnie the Pooh for Kids,” March 8-23. 311 Kent Square Road, Gaithersburg, 301-258-6394, www.gaithersburgmd.gov/artsbarn.

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Carpe Diem Contra Dance, March. 13, Steve Hickman, John Devine and the Major Minors, DeLaura Padovan, caller, 7-7:30 p.m. contradance workshops, 7:30-10 p.m. Contras & Squares, second Thursdays, Great Hall, Silver Spring Civics Center, One Veterans Plaza, Silver Spring, $10 for general admission, $8 for members, $5 for students and those without income, www.carpediemarts.com. Hollywood Ballroom, Feb. 26,

free Rumba lesson at 7:30 p.m., Social Ballroom Dance at 8:15 p.m. ($16); Feb. 27, March 6, Tea Dance from 12:30-3:30 p.m. ($6); Feb. 28, drop-in lessons from 7:30-9 p.m., West Coast Swing Dancing at 9 p.m. ($15); March 1, Ballroom dance night, lessons from 6:30-9 p.m., dance from 9 p.m. to midnight ($15); March 2, free Cha Cha lessons at 7 p.m., Social Ballroom Dance at 8 p.m. ($16); March 5, free Step of the Evening lesson at 7:30 p.m., Social Ballroom Dance at 8:15 p.m. ($16), 2126 Industrial

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Imagination Stage, “Rumpelstiltskin,” to March 16, call for prices, times, Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda, www. imaginationstage.org Olney Theatre Center, “How to Succeed in Business Without Even Trying,” to March 2; “I And You,” Feb. 26 to March 23, call for prices, times, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney, 301-924-3400, www. olneytheatre.org. The Puppet Co., “Sleeping Beauty,” to March 23; Tiny Tots @ 10, select Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, call for shows and show times, Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo Park’s North Arcade Building, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., $5, 301-634-5380, www.thepuppetco.org. Round House Theatre, Bethesda, “Seminar,” to March 4, 4545 East-West Highway, Bethesda. 240-644-1100, www. roundhousetheatre.org. Round House Theatre, Silver Spring, “Pluto,” presented by Forum Theatre, to March 15, call for show times, 8641 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, $15 for general admission, $10 for subscribers, patrons 30 and younger and seniors, 244-644-1100, www.roundhousetheatre.org. Silver Spring Stage, “Superior Donuts,” to March 15, Woodmoor Shopping Center, 10145 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, see website for show times, www.ssstage.org.

VISUAL ART Adah Rose Gallery, “The Deepest Feeling Always Shows Itself in Silence,” to March 23, opening vernissage from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Feb. 22, 3766 Howard Ave., Kensington, 301-922-0162, www. adahrosegallery.com Capital Arts Network, “Critical Contacts: Significant Encounters and Their Impact,” Studio Art Faculty of Montgomery College, March 3-28, opening reception from 6-9 p.m. March 7, normal gallery hours from 1-4 p.m. Tuesday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Capitol Arts Network Urban by Nature Gallery, Rockville, capitolartsnetwork.com. Gallery B, “Creative Connections,” MFA at Gallery B, to March 1; “Ideal Form,” March 5-29, opening reception from 6-9 p.m. March 14, gallery hours are noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, 7700 Wisconsin Ave., Suite E. www.bethesda.org. Glenview Mansion, Annual Student Art Show, March 2-14, Rockville Civic Center Park, 503 Edmonston Drive, Rockville. www. rockvillemd.gov. Marin-Price Galleries, “The Way of the Horse,” to April 18, 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, 7022 Wisconsin Ave., 301-718-0622. VisArts, Ryan Rakhshan: Robin Meyer: “Life and death of charm city,” to March 16, opening reception from 7-9 p.m. March 7, Common Ground Gallery, 155 Gibbs St., Rockville, 301-315-8200, www. visartsatrockville.org. Washington Printmakers Gallery, “New Life,” Nina Muys, Feb. 26 to March 30, opening reception from 1-4 p.m. March 1; artist demonstration 3-5 p.m. March 16, Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, second floor, 8230 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, www. washingtonprintmakers.com.

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For wine lovers, hidden gems exist in Oregon’s Willamette Valley The excellent wines, spectacular views and remarkably friendly people within Oregon’s Willamette Valley make selecting which wineries to visit a difficult challenge. There is comfort in choosing familiar names such as Ken Wright, Soter Vineyards, Domaine Drouhin and Cristom Vineyards, pioneers in the region with stellar reputations for creating outstanding wines. But don’t ignore the smaller, less well-known wineries found scattered throughout the region where you will often have an opportunity to meet the owners, hear their stories and experience first-hand their passion to craft notable wines. With limited funds and no formal training, Scott and Lisa Neal left Colorado where he was in the medical device business and she did real estate to

GRAPELINES BY LOUIS MARMON pursue their winemaking dreams. By happenstance they came upon a nearly ideal location to grow grapes in the foothills of the Yamhill Valley. After tromping around and examining the soils along the property’s hillside for two days, they purchased the land, establishing their Coeur de Terre (Heart of the Earth) Vineyard in 1998, named after a heart-shaped boulder encountered while digging up the land for a vineyard that now has a place of honor on the property. Coeur de Terre is a must on the list of places to visit in Willamette Valley, not just for their delicious wines but

also because the owners are unpretentiously knowledgeable and loads of fun to hang with as they share the bounty of their family owned, organically run winery. They make a very tasty Riesling and produce several high-quality single vineyard Pinot Noirs. These include their sleek Talluhah’s Run 2009 showing floral and blackberry aromas intermingled with flavors of spice, dark plum, red berries and tobacco; the even more floral Abby’s Block 2009 that has cranberry, black cherry and savory notes with firmer tannins and a bit more spice and the softer Sarah Jane’s Block 2009 whose red cherry and rose petal scents are accented with hints of leather and herbs that persist among the spicy red and dark fruit flavors well into the long finish. Their violet and blackberry scented Renelle’s Block 2009 is simply

delightful, deep in color and structure with Asian spice, black cherry, raspberry, cola and earthy flavors that display remarkable complexity, length and balance. The single best word to describe Dukes Family Vineyards is “precision.” It is seen everywhere in the property located in Oregon’s Eola-Amity Hills from the immaculately maintained vineyards on their gorgeous estate to the structure of their exceptional wines. Pat Dukes has a resume (including being a Cordon Bleu-trained chef) that would make the bearded Dos Equis beer guy jealous. His wife Jackie says that their friends accuse them of the best mid-life crisis ever. They moved onto the property to live among the vines in 2008 where they oversee all aspects of the winemaking and still find

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watching a film and going home,” he said. “There are Q&A’s and programmed discussions.” Details about venues, dates, times and director appearances are available on the festival’s website at wjff.org. One of the main draws is likely to be the 2013 film “Fading Gigolo,” starring Woody Allen and John Turturro. Turturro also directed and wrote the movie. It is screening March 8 at the AFI Silver Theatre, and Turturro will be present for a Q&A after the show. “It’s a treatment of the Orthodox community in Brooklyn, it’s funny,” said Tovbis. The movie is about Fioravante (Turturro), who becomes a professional Don Juan to help his friend Murray (Allen), who owns a failing bookstore. Allen is his “manager,” and along the way, Turturro becomes romantically involved for real with an orthodox Jewish widow (Vanessa Paradis). Also in the cast are Liev Schreiber, Sharon Stone and Sofia Vergara.

American Congress, plans to attend a concert in Karski’s memory this weekend at the Music Center at Strathmore not far from where she lives. Based at Strathmore, the National Philharmonic in partnership with the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Washington, D.C., is presenting a Tribute to Poland featuring two concerts on March 8 and 9 dedicated to Karski. On the program chosen by the Philharmonic’s music director and conductor, Polish native Piotr Gajewski, is the 1848 “Bajka (Fairytale) Overture” by Stanislaw Moniuszko. Considered to be the father of the Polish national opera, Moniuszko, who died in 1872, is also known for his patriotic references to Polish and Lithuanian folk music. “In Poland, he’s extraordinarily well known and very often played,” Gajewski said. Playing Chopin’s “Piano Concerto No. 1” will be Kensington native and solo pianist Brian Ganz, who performed his fourth all-Chopin concert on Feb. 22 at Strathmore. Ganz is halfway through his commitment to perform all 250 works of Chopin, who was born in Poland and celebrated his homeland in his work. Also on the program is “Symphony No. 39” by Mozart, one of Chopin’s favorite composers. The work combines the “style of Bach and Handel with the clarity of Classicism,” according to a National Philharmonic release. At the podium will be guest conductor Michal Dworzynski, recently named music director of the Krakow Philharmonic. “We often bring in artists and guest conductors, and this seemed to be a nice opportunity to bring someone from Poland,” Gajewski said. On Saturday, Ryszard Schnepf, who was named Poland’s ambassador to the United States in early 2013, is expected to speak before the concert. The Polish president and parliament marked 2014 as the Year of Karski, declaring him a national hero on the 100th anniversary of his birth in 1914. “He’s an example for future generations, a person who indicated the path to follow,” said Schnepf, who met him in 1973. Schnepf was a university student in Warsaw, when Karski paid a private visit to Poland to see a fellow professor and spoke to the professor’s history class. “He talked for two hours, recounting his life,” Schnepf said. “It was like a suspense story — we were shocked.” “We are ashamed that we didn’t know about [his history],” said Schnepf, part of a generation educated under Communism that had not been taught about Karski’s service during the war. Even as a professor at Georgetown, he continued his work to further peace and understanding, Schnepf said. “He followed his humanitarian mission, teaching tolerance [of] different national cultures and different religions,” he said. “It was not only him as a person but also the values he promoted.”

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Woody Allen and John Turturro star in director Turturro’s comedy “Fading Gigolo” screening March 8 at the AFI Silver Theatre during the 24th annual Washington Jewish Film Festival running from Thursday to March 9. Turturro will be present for a Q&A after the screening.

“Sukkah City” Hutt’s documentary is called “Sukkah City,” and it’s about an international competition to design and build sukkahs, temporary shelters intended to remind Jews of their homelessness during the exodus from Egypt. During the seven-day Sukkot holiday, families eat their meals in them and occasionally sleep in them. The film is screening March 6, at the JCC in Rockville and March 9 at the JCC in Washington, D.C. Hutt will be available after the screenings and also will be at the Library of Congress for a discussion on March 7. A resident of Brooklyn, N.Y., for 12 years, Hutt is particularly interested in making films about aspects of Jewish culture. His most recent film, “Orthodox Stance,” is about an immigrant Russian boxer balancing his career and his Orthodox faith. Hutt said he happened to be reading the Brooklyn Arts Council newsletter in 2010 when he spotted a request for proposal for architectural designers to build sukkahs for an exhibition in Union Square. The competition was co-created by author Joshua Foer, a member of the Washington-based Foer family, who gave Hutt the go-ahead to film the competition from start to finish, including the judging by well-known architects and critics. Hutt, who is Jewish, said he’s never built a sukkah himself, but that he was interested in the creative process of re-imagining the practice, which dates back thousands of years. “It was about recovering an old tradition and seeing how it would resonate in contemporary culture,” Hutt said. “You’re meant to experience what it was like in the wilderness and to think about the fragility of life and that ultimately we are vulnerable, so you leave your home,” he said. But today Jews can buy pre-packaged, tent-like sukkahs that all look the same. “It’s difficult to build one,” said Hutt. “I can understand how people pull it out of the garage every year.” More than 600 people submitted their ideas to the competition, he said. “They were all wildly different, with different materials and shapes,” Hutt said. “One was made out of vi-

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time to cook and entertain their guests. The Dukes’ Blushing Katie 2011, a 100 percent Pinot Noir Rose, has lovely watermelon aromas and tart cherry and strawberry flavors with good balance and length. The deeply fragrant Alyssa Pinot Noir 2009 has dark and red berry aromas and flavors and soft tannins allowing it to be enjoyed now as well as after a few more years in the bottle, while the 2010 Alyssa shows more earthiness and bramble character along with spicy red berry, cranberry and black fruit. A distinctive contrast is also seen between the harvests of their Charlotte vineyards with the 2009 showing more earth along with dark fruit in a soft frame while the 2010 Charlotte has some additional spiciness along with cranberry, dark fruit and a more pronounced minerality.

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The comedy “Cupcakes” by Israeli director Eytan Fox, about a Eurovision-style musical contest, will screen Tuesday in Rockville and March 9 in Washington, D.C., during the festival. nyl and another out of a single piece of wire. One was a gigantic log on top four pieces of glass.” A panel of judges picked a dozen winners, which were displayed in Union Square Park in New York for two days in September 2010. The “people’s choice” award went to “Fractured Bubble,” a globe-shaped structure designed by Babak Bryan and Henry Grosman, that remained on view during the Sukkot holiday. Hutt said “Sukkah City” is making the festival circuit and that he is planning to release a DVD, probably in September.

Wide range of movies This year’s films, which range from serious documentaries to comedies and films for younger people, come from 18 countries. The Washington premiere of the award-winning movie, “Bethlehem,” screens Saturday at AFI Silver. It is about an Israeli Secret Service officer and his teenage Palestinian informant. The movie won six Ophir awards, the equivalent of the Academy Awards in Israel. The festival will also feature several films from Poland, including “Aftermath,” a fictional story inspired by the murders of more than 300 Jews at Jedwabne in 1941 that involved a barn fire set by Poles. “There were serious waves of protest in Poland — mobs forced the theaters to close,” said Tovbis, about some Poles objecting to the movie. “Poland is going through a resurgence of interest in Jewish music and culture,” nearly all of which was wiped the audience. “There will be a lot of music people haven’t heard in a while,” Maillard said. Maillard said if folks didn’t see Sweet Honey in the Rock perform their tribute show at the Warner Theatre in D.C. a couple of years ago, they might be surprised to see the group performing with a bass player and a percussionist. “Sometimes on stage there’s the quartet … that is reminiscent of the original quartet,” Maillard said. “Sometime there might be five singers on stage. Sometime it’ll just be one person on stage talking and singing. You’ll have stories about how a song was created; you’ll hear stories about how the group

The “Fractured Bubble” sukkah featured in the film “Sukkah City,” which explores the ancient Jewish tradition of building a temporary house as part of the week-long holiday of Sukkot.

out during the Holocaust, he said. Screening on March 6 at AFI Silver is the documentary “Regina,” featuring the voice of British actress Rachel Weisz as Regina Jones, the daughter of an Orthodox Jewish peddler who was ordained in Berlin in 1935 and died in Auschwitz in 1944. Director and producer Julie Cohen, who grew up in the Washington area, will be showing her documentary “The Sturgeon Queens,” about a Lower East Side lox and herring establishment called Russ and Daughters run by four generations of a Russian immigrant family. “It’s fun and incisive and well -researched,” Tovbis said. Also screening are the first three episodes of a popular Israeli TV show called “Shtisel,” which is about a Haredi widower and his son living in Jerusalem. “It’s a peek behind the current of an ultra-Orthodox community in Jersusalem,” Tovbis said. Also featured will be the claymation, stop-motion film “Master of a Good Name,” about Baal Shem Tov, the rabbi living in the Ukraine in the 1700s who is believed to have founded Hasidic Judaism. Also scheduled are panel discussions about Arab speakers in Jewish schools and other aspects of living together in Israel, where Arabs make up 20 percent of the population. There’s a pub crawl on U Street in Washington featuring three short films per pub, and new this year are gatherings during the festival at Black Whiskey in Washington, where visitors can talk informally with filmmakers. “If you want to remain relevant on the cultural scene ... you have to evolve and grow, and attract younger and different audiences,” Tovbis said. vterhune@gazette.net came to be from different perspectives, because every person who participated had a different experience.” For years, Sweet Honey in the Rock has entertained worldwide, including performances for the United Nations. For Maillard, though, one concerts stands out among the rest. “I think it was really nice when the group ... [was] invited by Michelle Obama to come to the White House,” Maillard said. Back when President Obama was just Sen. Barack Obama from Illinois, Sweet Honey in the Rock wanted to present him with some of the group’s music. Maillard presented him with a shopping bag full of music from the

War years When the Nazis and the Soviet Union partitioned Poland in 1939, Soviets captured Karski and sent him west to German-held territory. He escaped and joined the Polish underground, secretly carrying dispatches to the Polish government in exile, first in Paris and later in London. group, not expecting the senator to really know much about the ensemble. “When he got on stage, he looked over to us and said, ‘You’re giving me Sweet Honey in the Rock music? Like I don’t know who Sweet Honey in the Rock is?’” Maillard laughed. “I said, ‘Brother, I don’t know what you know, but we’re giving you this music!’” Obama then proceeded to sing a verse from “Ella’s Song,” one of Sweet Honey in the Rock’s songs. “We don’t know a lot of people in the public who listens to us or appreciates us until they say something to us,” Maillard said. “If someone asks, ‘What’s your favorite music?’ everyone’s not spouting off ‘I’m listening to

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Guest conductor Michal Dworzynski, recently appointed music director of the Krakow Philharmonic, will lead the National Philharmonic in two concerts featuring pianist Brian Ganz on March 8-9 at the Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda.

Karski saw first-hand the conditions the Jews were living in the Warsaw ghetto, which he visited disguised as a Latvian policeman, and in Izbica, a transit camp in Poland set up to send Jews to Belzec, the first Nazi death camp. In 1940, Karski was captured and tortured by the Nazis, but was smuggled out of a hospital and made his way back to the resistance movement. In 1943, he was sent to Washington, D.C., to personally talk with President Franklin Roosevelt about what the Nazis were doing in Poland. A year later, Karski’s book, “Courier from Poland: The Story of a Secret State,” was published, and he later earned a doctorate from Georgetown University, where former President Bill Clinton would become one of this students decades later. Lotarski, a second-generation Polish American, graduated from Georgetown and then earned her doctorate in Eastern European and Communist Studies from Columbia University in 1973. She taught briefly at Vassar College (using notes from her classes with Karski, she said), before starting her career with the U.S. Department of Commerce. “I certainly got a foundation in this region from him which was extraordinary,” she said about Karski’s knowledge of Central and Eastern Europe. But she said he was didn’t talk much about his personal experiences during the war. “He never put himself forward,” she said. “He did what he did out of conscience. … He felt it was his duty.” A patriot, he had a deep love for Poland, a battleground for centuries caught between German and Russian empires trying to expand. Karksi became a U.S. citizen in 1954, and in 2012, President Barack Obama posthumously awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country’s highest civilian honor. Georgetown University reprinted is book in 2013, with additional notes. “In some cases, he couldn’t use real names and places sometimes, in order not give people away,” Lotarski said. The Jan Karski Institute for Tolerance and Dialogue, based in Washington D.C., has also released a graphic novel, “Jan Karski,” created by two Polish authors. “He was God, honor and country personified. … He’s really become an international symbol of resistance to evil,” Lotarski said. vterhune@gazette.net Sweet Honey. I’m loving Sweet Honey right now.’” The first 40 years have been magical for Maillard and all the members of Sweet Honey in the Rock. Maillard said she wouldn’t be surprised if the group was still going strong 40 years from now. “Forty years from now, I’ll be 100,” Maillard said. “We’ll all be 100, so we might be singing in the retirement center in Maui. And probably still singing our behinds off if I know these ladies. Everybody is probably still going to have really strong voices and good health.” wfranklin@gazette.net

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HOW THEY RANK FINAL BOYS The 10 best boys’ basketball teams in Montgomery County as ranked by The Gazette’s sports staff:

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Bullis

24-3 60

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Montrose Christian 15-5 54

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Springbrook

20-2 48

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Gaithersburg

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Clarksburg

17-4 36

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Montgomery Blair 18-3 30

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Rockville

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St. Andrew’s

18-7 15

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Poolesville

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as Feb. 21, a 46-30 Whitman win, but nothing was on the line then.

TOP SCORERS

Name, school A. Trier, Montrose Christian J. Friedman, Sandy Spring J. McKay, McLean N. Segura, The Heights W. English, McLean J. Stern, Hebrew Academy I. Kallon, Wheaton K. Williams, Kennedy B. Thompson, Covenant Life A. Tarke, Gaithersburg

PPG 25.5 22.1 21.1 19.8 19.6 19.4 19.3 19.1 18.7 18.1

FINAL GIRLS The 10 best girls’ basketball teams in Montgomery County as ranked by The Gazette’s sports staff:

Rank

School

Record Pts

1.

Damascus

19-3 60

2.

Walt Whitman

19-2 54

3.

Paint Branch

19-2 48

4.

John F. Kennedy 16-3 40

5.

Holy Child

6.

Thomas S. Wootton 15-6 30

7.

Poolesville

16-5 24

8.

Good Counsel

16-13 16

9.

Jewish Day

16-1 14

10.

Seneca Valley

15-5 5

24-3 38

Others receiving votes:

TOM FEDOR/THE GAZETTE

James H. Blake High School’s Martha Sam competes in the 300-meter dash on Feb. 18 at the Class 4A/3A state championship at the Prince George’s Sports & Learning Complex.

Short on numbers,

LONG on TALENT

BY ERIC GOLDWEIN STAFF WRITER

The James H. Blake High School indoor track and field team brought only five girls to the Class 4A state meet, none of whom had been there before. Butfacingdeeper,moreexperienced competition, the team wasn’t intimidated. Quite the contrary. With a small squad — and only three open event participants — the Bengals not only earned third place, but sent a

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message that there’s a new era for Blake track and field. Under first-year coach Brandon Tynes, Blake finished with 34 points, just behind Clarksburg (34.5) and within reach of first-place South River (43.5) of Anne Arundel County.

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BEST BET

Montgomery Blair at Walter Johnson, Friday: The Blazers won

both earlier games, but the second came down to the wire (48-47).

TOP SCORERS

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PPG 20.3 19.2 19.0 18.4 18.3 17.9 17.7 16.7 16.3 16.2 15.6

See PINNING, Page B-2

BRIAN LEWIS/FOR THE GAZETTE

Richard Montgomery High School’s Thomas Fitzpatrick shows his enthusiasm Saturday after pinning Wheaton’s Tim Mallet to win the 220-pound county championship.

Churchill’s reliable junior key to state runner-up

Gaithersburg 1.

Name, school K. Prange, Damascus S. Addison, Wootton L. Belton, Bullis D. Lerner, Jewish Day K. Colston, Paint Branch J. Karim-Duvall, Churchill D. Harris, Paint Branch B. Beckwith, Quince Orchard K. Porter, Bullis D. Walker, Watkins Mill K. Meredith, Northwest

Each of Blake’s five runners stepped up in the Jan. 18 state championship meet held in the Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex in Landover. Junior Martha Sam won the 300 meters and set a school record (40.01 seconds) while placing third in the 55 meters (7.32) for Blake, which did not have any girls participate in last year’s indoor state meet. “I’m pretty happy with the way we

On the first day of football practice in August, Blake Godsey noticed that there was something different about Richard Montgomery High School senior Thomas Fitzpatrick. “I saw him come down to the field and I was like, ‘Oh my God. Look at that beast.’ He was huge,” said Godsey, who is the Rockets junior varsity football coach and Fitzpatrick’s wrestling coach. “He looked exactly like [Rocky IV movie character] Ivan Drago.” Fitzpatrick, a 220-pound chiseled football player and wrestler, spent the offseason recovering from a left knee injury — he partially tore his anterior cruciate ligament and completely tore the lateral meniscus — suffered during an offseason wrestling practice session. During his rehabilitation, Fitzpatrick embarked on an aggressive weight lifting and cardiovascular exercise regimen — not just to recover — but to make himself bigger, stronger and faster. “Starting late February [2013], I was in the gym every single day. The injury just drove me to be better,” he said. “Worked on my leg, leg workouts, upper body, everything. ... “I realized the only way to get

BY JENNIFER BEEKMAN STAFF WRITER

BILL RYAN/THE GAZETTE

Winston Churchill High School’s Elaina Gu swims the 500-yard freestyle on Feb. 1 at the Montgomery County Public Schools Championships.

It’s not really in the nature of Montgomery County’s top swimmers to go into a race expecting anything less than first place — the sport in general attracts some of the most internally driven athletes. But Winston Churchill High School junior Elaina Gu entered the 500-yard freestyle event at the Washington Metropolitan Interscholastic Swimming and Diving Championships earlier this month about 100 percent she was not going to win — 2012 Olympic gold med-

alist Katie Ledecky had already set a American mark during the preliminary round the previous evening. Gu didn’t back away from the event, though. TheBulldogsneededahighscorersoshewentafter the race and finished second behind Ledecky, but way ahead of the rest of the field to earn the Bulldogs those 21 points, their only in the event. Churchill went on to win its second Metros title in three years. “Elaina is a person that no matter what I ask her to do she comes in full force,” Bulldogs coach Brendan Roddy said. “She brings her ‘A’ game no matter what, it’s the competitor in her. If she is in a bad mental space or not in the mood to do something, I would never know and the team would never know, she comes in ready and will-

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Falcons win first-ever backto-back division titles BY TRAVIS MEWHIRTER STAFF WRITER

KennyKramekusedtobeable to joke with his Poolesville High School boys’ basketball team that he was the only one in the gym

BOYS BASKETBALL NOTEBOOK with a division championship under his belt. Well, those days are long gone. A 72-46 win against Seneca Valley on Feb. 19 sealed up the Falcons’ second straight Montgomery 3A/2A Division title, the first time in school history they have won consecutive titles. “I’d joke with the kids that I was the only one with a division championship and they would say back ‘No way, no way, we’re going to get one,’” Kramek said. “They took a lot of pride, that core group of kids — Trevor [Stottlemyer], Craig [Morton], Andy [Baker], Anthony [Papagjika] — they definitely took a lot of pride in themselves.

TALENT

Continued from Page B-1 did,” said Sam, who also ran in the relay competitions. “… Last year we didn’t make it and this year I was able to not only make it but get four medals and place in every event that I ran in.” Adesanya, a second-year var-

CHURCHILL

Continued from Page B-1 ing to go full force every time.” Even Gu’s game face couldn’t hide how miserable she was feeling at last year’s state championship. One of Churchill’s most reliable scorers, Gu failed to earn a single point. The top scorer at the region meet with wins in every event she entered, Gu finished 17th in the 200-yard freestyle before Roddy scratched her from the rest of her events. In turn, Churchill finished the

“The development of Trevor has been incredible, Andy is as solid of a basketball player you’re going to find, Craig has been our biggest surprise… and Anthony can go off at any time.” Kramek said that Poolesville may have won back-to-back division championships — “or whatever the equivalent was” — in 1966and1967,butthesetupofthe divisions was completely different. So in the modern era of Montgomery basketball, Poolesville has etched itself into the books.

Jewish Day, Covenant Life win PVAC titles Early into the season, with just a 3-1 record to show at the time, Jewish Day coach Dave McCloud said he had a promising bunch on his hands. His Lions delivered on that promise, going 19-0 in Potomac Valley Athletic Conference play to win the regular season title despite graduating leading scorer Ethan Walfish from last year’s 18-5 team. Danny Kravitz, who scored his 1,000th career point in a Feb. 10 victory over Washington Christian, partnered with freshman Bryan Knapp to average 28.1

points between them while senior Jon Prigal added another 12.9 to the mix. The first conference loss of the season, though, came at an illtime, in the PVAC semifinals at the handsofSt.Anselm’s,whichnixed all hopes of a regular season and tournament sweep of conference titles. Covenant Life, meanwhile, rode the Brandon Thompson train all the way to the tournament title. In three playoff games, the 5-foot-8 guard scored 29 (on Washington International), 41 (Field) and 25 in Saturday night’s championship game against St. Anselm’s. “He’s phenomenal, phenomenal,” coach Alan Snyder said. “He’s the best offensive player in the PVAC. We got him playing defense, we got him passing the ball. He is the most improved player on the team, I’d say in the league. That’s how far he has come in terms of defensive technique, passing the ball, working as a team. You got a guy who is playing team basketball and when you need it can score 41 points.” tmewhirter@gazette.net

Good Counsel falls in WCAC semis, brackets released

The Connelly School of the Holy Child girls’ basketball team won its first Independent School

“We knew that it was going to be our last half of the season so we wanted to give it our all, do it for the seniors,” Paro said Holy Child went 18-6 last season but returned most of its key players include Britt, who averaged a team-high 12.1 points. “This year I couldn’t have asked for a better group of girls to play together and work hard,” Holy Child Jamie Ready said.

GIRLS BASKETBALL NOTEBOOK

Good Counsel falls to Paul VI

n

BY ERIC GOLDWEIN STAFF WRITER

League A title, defeating Maret 55-35 victory and capping off a 20-game win streak. “It was great to be a part of this streak and to be undefeated in 2014,” said senior Talley Britt, who scored nine points. “... It was amazing and I’m proud of each and every one of my teammates because we came out and we did it.” Sophomore guard Lilly Paro scored a game-high 16 points and hit four 3-pointers for Holy Child (24-3), which hasn’t lost since Dec. 14 against Episcopal. The team led 31-23 at halftime but put the game away in the third quarter.

sity runner, placed seventh in the 500 (1:19.87). She has dropped 13 seconds off of her time by working harder in practice and focusing more on strategy, she said. “As an individual, my mindset has completely changed compared to how it was last year,” Adesanya said. “… I decided if I’m going to do a drill a certain way, I’m going to do it perfectly each

time so that when it comes time to compete, I can show that same diligence.” Junior Sarah Moore took fifth in the 300 (42.04) to round out Blake’s open event runners. The 1,600 (4:03.75) and 800 (1:46.39) relay teams both placed third and were aided by junior Kaela Jones and sophomore Onesty Peoples, respectively.

“Everyone else has improved pretty well,” Sam said. With a small group at states, Blake’s open event runners were needed in most of the events. “There’s no break,” Adesanya said. “There’s no picking up your cell phone, there’s no talking to anyone. That can be very tiring at times.” Tynes said he wanted to es-

meet in sixth place. Gu and the Bulldogs got redemption at Saturday’s season-ending meet held at the University of Maryland, College Park where they finished second to defending champion Thomas S. Wootton by two points. The primarily middistance freestyler won the 200-yard freestyle, anchored Churchill’s winning 200-yard freestyle and swam the third leg of the meet-record setting 400-yard freestyle relay. “I couldn’t swim well [last year], I didn’t score in a single event, so it felt good to score

at states and do well,” said Gu, whose older brother, Harrison, won the 100-yard breaststroke state title Saturday for the seventh-place Churchill boys. Though Saturday’s runnerup result spoiled the Bulldogs’ chance at a perfect season — undefeated in dual meets and Division I, Metros and regional titles — Churchill’s near-win was a huge statement. With the county’s best diving contingent by a landslide — all four Churchill divers finished in the top 6 at Metros — teams are quick to point out the Bulldogs’ advantage in

a typical championship setting. But the state swim meet does not include diving, which has been a major obstacle for Churchill the past three years. This winter, however, the Bulldogs proved they had as strong a swimming squad as any other team. “I can’t say that I’ve never heard grumblings that we’re a diving team with a swimming issue but [Saturday we proved we’re strong on the boards and strong off the blocks,” Roddy said.

PINNING

county championship. In the final bout, he pinned Wheaton’s Tim Mallet in just 15 seconds. “He’s got some experience,” Godsey said. “But the big difference between this year and last year is the pure man strength. I mean, last year I could handle him. This year, everything we’ve taught him, he uses against us. He’s the total package.” Fitzpatrick, who has steadily grown up from the 160-pound weight class as a freshman, says he feels most natural on his feet and is the strongest from the neutral position. He does admit, however, he is slightly concerned — as competition improves at regionals and states — since his matches rarely last the full six minutes. “I haven’t had a lot of competition and haven’t had someone go all three rounds to test my abilities,” he said. “We’ve been going to schools like Georgetown Prep and [Our Lady of] Good Counsel so I’ve been able to practice with some of the best from around this area.”

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Continued from Page B-1 better was to keep training. I had to work on [stamina] and now I believe I have the perfect balance of strength and endurance. That’s a big part of my success.” All the extra work has paid dividends. Fitzpatrick, no stranger to the sport, having wrestled since first grade for the Rockville Raptors youth team, has always been a strong wrestler — he was 24-10 last season. But this winter, Fitzpatrick has been one of the surprises on the county wrestling scene as a dominating force. He owns a perfect 39-0 record (33 victories coming by way of a firstperiod pin) and enters Friday and Saturday’s Class 4A/3A West Region tournament at Sherwood as the No. 1 seed in his weight class. During the county tournament last weekend, Fitzpatrick, who didn’t place in the top 4 of a tournament until this season, cruised through his competition, recording four pins in a combined 2 minutes, 36 seconds to win a

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Our Lady of Good Counsel’s Washington Catholic Athletic Conference postseason run ended in the semifinals with a 62-41 loss to Paul VI Catholic on Sunday. It was the third time in as many games this season that the Falcons (16-13) lost to their WCAC foe. Like the first two meetings, Good Counsel hung around and trailed35-33midwaythroughthe third quarter. But Paul VI took over from there and dominated en route to the 21-point win. “We played with them the first two games ... and kind of the same thing here,” Good Counsel coach Tom Splaine said after the game. “I think they were just in

tablish a winning culture for Blake track by restructuring the team and getting more out of practices and workouts. “I think once they started seeing how much better they were doing and how their bodies were changing — they were stronger — they really started buying into the program,” Tynes said. “… Once that started happening, things re-

better condition than we were.” Good Counsel’s Nicole Enabosi and Maya Riley each scored 11 points in the loss. The Falcons advanced to the semifinals after defeating the Academy of the Holy Cross 41-36 on Saturday.

Wild 4A West The brackets for the regional basketball playoffs were released Sunday and one of the more intriguing portions of the draw is the 4A West. Section I features a first-round game between Walter Johnson (12-9) and Montgomery Blair (14-7) and in the second round looms a potential matchup between Winston Churchill (12-9) and John F. Kennedy (16-3). Walt Whitman (192) is the favorite in Section I and gets a first-round bye. Thomas S. Wootton (15-6) and Col. Zadok Magruder (14-6) earned first-round byes in Section II. A Gaithersburg (14-6) win over Clarksburg (6-11) would set up a rematch with Wootton. The Trojans defeated the Patriots in double-overtime last postseason and the teams split the regular season games this winter. egoldwein@gazette.net

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Elaina Gu of Winston Churchill High School swims the 200 freestyle Saturday during the 4A/3A state hampionships at the Eppley Recreation Center.

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INDOOR TRACK & FIELD

Paint Branch

Yusrah Addebayo, soph. Breanna Coleman, senior Funmi Daramola, senior Adassa Phillips, junior Won state title with top MCPS time (1:43.91).

1,600 RELAY

Bullis

Julia Cogdell, junior Simone Glenn, senior Kyla Lewis, junior Lindsay Lewis, freshman Owns county’s top time (3:59.15) by nearly four seconds.

3,200 RELAY

Walt Whitman

Lena Feldman, freshman Erin McClanahan, junior Clare Severe, junior Lela Walter, sophomore Followed up region title with win at states in 9:39.16.

Clarksburg Led team to first county title, improved from eighth to second at state meet with four-person contingent.

800 RELAY

Alexus Pyles

Diego Zarate

Austin Castleberry

Swept the top meets; won county’s high jump, long jump and triple jump.

Won 1,600 at state meet with countybest 4:21.82; finished third in 3,200.

Won county, region and state titles in event.

Clarksburg Sophomore, 55 hurdles

Northwest Senior, high jump

Northwest Junior, 1,600

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Clarksburg’s Alexus Pyles won the state title in the 55 hurdles and is The Gazette’s girls’ athlete of the year in indoor track.

TOM FEDOR/THE GAZETTE

Northwest’s Diego Zarate is The Gazette’s Athlete of the Year after winning the 1,600.

Girls’ First Team

Boys’ First Team

Fanny Chen

Funmi Daramola

Gwladys Fotso

Simone Glenn

Urgy Eado

Clifton Green

Devon Hairston

Devonte Johnson

Oliver Lloyd

State winner tops county leaderboard (43-05.50).

She finished second at the county championships.

MoCo champ has county’s top time (1:17.63).

Runner-up at states with 5-02 was county’s best.

Surpassed Olivia Ekpone with cdunty’s all-time top time (38.82).

Won county title with top time of 1:58.42.

Posted county-best (20-06.50) at PG County Relays.

Became county’s leader since 2006 with MC win (7.50).

Swept county, region and state titles.

Had county’s fastest time (1:06.33), finished third at states.

Tyatianna Johnson

Kiernan Keller

Emily Murphy

Clare Severe

Bethany White

Timothy Santosa

Jalen Walker

Carlos Venzego

Chase Weaverling

Clarksburg Senior, shot put

Seneca Valley Junior, triple jump County leader in long and triple jump; was runnerup to Pyles.

Churchill Senior, long jump

Paint Branch Senior, 500 meters

W. Johnson Junior, 1,600 meters Won state title with county’s second-bestmark (5:07.39).

W. Johnson Sophomore, 3,200 meters Third place at states was county’s highest and fastest.

Blair Senior, high jump

Bullis Senior, 300 meters

Walt Whitman Junior, 800 meters Posted county-best 2:18.83 in winning state title.

Magruder Senior, 55 meters Won state championship with county-best 7.07.

Long jump: Keila Robertson, Col. Zadok Magruder Triple jump: Breanna Coleman, Paint Branch Shot put: Ozioma Edokobi, Richard Montgomery 800 relay: Bullis 1,600 relay: Paint Branch 3,200 relay: Poolesville

LIST OF MONTGOMERY COUNTY ATHLETES WHO WON STATE TITLES LAST WEEK Class 4A/3A wrestling duals n Damascus

Class 4A indoor track and field n Northwest, boys’ team title n Richard Montgomery, boys’ 3,200-meter relay (Stephen Alexander, Emmanuel Porquin, Matt Agboola, Adam Jung) n Paint Branch, girls’ 800-meter relay (Adassa Phillips, Yusrah Addebayo, Breanna Coleman, Olufunmilayo Daramola) n Paint Branch, girls’ 1,600-meter relay (Yusrah Addebayo, Breanna Coleman, Nina Nuama, Olufunmilayo Daramola) n Whitman, girls 3,200-meter relay (Lela Walter, Erin McClanahan, Lena Feldman, Clare Severe) n Claudia Ababio, Clarksburg, girls’ shot put n Austin Castleberry, Northwest, boys’ high jump n Devonte Johnson, Paint Branch, boys’ shot put n Kiernan Keller, Walter Johnson, girls’ mile* n Alexus Pyles, Clarksburg, girls’ 55-meter hurdles n Martha Sam, Blake, girls’ 300 meters n Clare Severe, Whitman, 800 meters n Bethany White, Magruder, girls’ 55-meter hurdles n Diego Zarate, Northwest, boys’ 1,600 meters

Class 3A indoor track and field

n Einstein, girls’ 3,200-meter relay (Mahlet Bauerie, Halcyon Ruskin, Pauline McMurry, Victoria Cabellos)

Class 2A indoor track and field n Poolesville, girls’ 3,200-meter relay (Denise Larson, Chelsie Pennello, Claire Beautz, Theresa Nardone) n Chase Weaverling, 3,200 meters

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Richard Montgomery High School’s Bouke Edskes competes in the 200 individual medley during the Class 4A/3A state swimming championships on Saturday at the University of Maryland, College Park. n n n n n n n n n n n

Rory Lewis, Einstein, boys 100 butterfly Emily Wang, Churchill, girls 100 butterfly Brian Tsau, Blair, boys 500 freestyle Madison Waechter, Blair, girls 500 freestyle Richard Montgomery, boys 200 freestyle relay (Kenny Afolabi-Brown, John Jeang, Juan Barrera, Anatol Liu) Winston Churchill, girls 200 freestyle relay (Alicia Tiberino, Katie Wright, Hannah Lindsey, Elaina Gu) Andrew Gibson, Wootton, boys 100 backstroke Hannah Lindsey, Churchill, girls 100 backstroke Harrison Gu, Churchill, boys 100 breaststroke Walt Whitman, boys 400 freestyle relay (John Janezich, Mike Sullivan, Alex Vissering, John Mooers) Winston Churchill, girls 400 freestyle relay (Alicia Tiberino, Emily Andrews, Elaina Gu, Hannah Lindsey)

Class 4A/3A/2A/1A diving

Class 3A/2A/1A swimming

n Jack Crow, Bethesda-Chevy Chase, boys n Mashal Heashem, Winston Churchill, girls

n Poolesville, boys’ team title n Poolesville, boys 200 medley relay (William An, Jack McCarty, Jacob Weiss, Patrick Krisko) n Ryan O’Leary, Damascus, boys 200 individual medley, boys 100 breaststroke n Dorit Song, Poolesville, girls 200 individual medley, girls 100 freestyle n Xavier Laracuente, Poolesville, boys 50 freestyle, boys 100 freestyle n Sayaka Vaules, Poolesville, girls 50 freestyle n Jacob Weiss, Poolesville, boys 100 butterfly n Alexa Stewart, Rockville, girls 100 butterfly n Poolesville, boys 200 freestyle relay (Jack McCarty, Xavier Laracuente, Alex Lin, Anthony Kim) n Griffin Alaniz, Rockville, boys 100 backstroke n Poolesville, boys 400 freestyle relay (Xavier Laracuente, Anthony Kim, Patrick Krisko, Alex Lin)

Class 4A/3A swimming

n Richard Montgomery, boys’ team title n Thomas S. Wootton, girls’ team title n R. Montgomery, boys’ 200-medley relay (Bouke Edskes, Peter Wang, Anatol Liu, John Jeang) n Wootton, girls’ 200-medley relay (Kristina Li, Jessica Chen, Scarlett Sun, Emily Zhang) n Mike Sullivan, Whitman, boys’ 200 freestyle n Elaina Gu, Winston Churchill, girls 200 freestyle n Rory Lewis, Einstein, boys 200 individual medley n Emily Zhang, Wootton, girls 200 individual medley n Jean-Marc Nugent, W. Johnson, boys 50 freestyle; boys 100 freestyle n Morgan Hill, Sherwood, girls 50 freestyle; girls 100 freestyle

Clarksburg Senior, pole vault State runnerup with county-best 12-06.00.

Paint Branch Senior, long jump

Northwest Junior, 55 meters Highest finisher at state with county’s second best 6.53.

Kennedy Senior, 55 hurdles

Clarksburg Senior, triple jump Tops county leaderboard (45-09.) and won county title.

Paint Branch Senior, shot put

Poolesville Senior, 3,200 meters Set new 2A state championship meet record at 9:23.76.

Paint Branch Junior, 500 meters

Jaron Woodyard

Watkins Mill Sophomore, 300 meters Posted county-best time (35.19) in region win.

Boys’ Second Team

Girls’ Second Team 55 hurdles: HelnSarah Penda, Seneca 55: Martha Sam, James H. Blake 300: Emma Coleman, Churchill 500: Elizabeth Adesanya, Blake 800: Lucy Srour, Winston Churchill 1,600: Helen Webster, B.-Chevy Chase 3,200: Claire Beautz, Poolesville High jump: Naja McAdam, Clarksburg

Wootton Senior, 800 meters

55: Solomon Vault, Gaithersburg 55 hurdles: Alan Banks, Wootton 300: Damion Rowe, Seneca Valley 500: Nolan Ebner, B.-Chevy Chase 800: Edward Smith, Walt Whitman 1600: Jonaton Baginski, Rockville 3200: Itai Bezherano, Walter Johnson High jump: Wynston Reed, Blair Long jump: Jack McCloskey, Clarksburg

Paint Branch

Vangelis Alexandris, senior Clifton Green, senior Noel Njem, senior Sheldon Roman, senior County-best performance (1:33.50) good for third at states.

1,600 RELAY

Claudia Ababio

Coach of the Year Scott Mathias

Boys’ Athlete of the Year

Girls’ Athlete of the Year

800 RELAY

Triple jump: Matthew Adedeji, Clarksburg Shot put: Donovan Taylor, Quince Orchard Pole vault: Kyle Beatty, Winston Churchill 800 relay: Northwest 1600 relay: Northwest 3200 relay: Paint Branch

Paint Branch

Clifton Green, senior Dewayne Haamid, senior Oliver Lloyd, junior Noel Njem, senior Runners-up at states, posted county’s best mark at Virginia Tech Invitational (3:27.49).

3,200 RELAY

Richard Montgomery

Matt Agboola, junior Stephen Alexander, senior Adam Jung, senior Emmanuel Porquin, junior Won state title with county’s top time (8:05.59).

Coach of the Year Dessalyn Dillard Paint Branch, 8th year

A year ago the Panthers scored 11 points in 17th-place finish at states. This year won its first county title.

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County swim teams claim three state titles n Area swimmers dominate competitition from the rest of the state

Montgomery County evicts program started by former DeMatha coach n

The Richard Montgomery High School boys’ swimming and diving team capped off arguably its best season ever with its first Class 4A/3A state title Saturday at the University of Maryland, College Park. The win followed an undefeated dual meet season, Division I championship and third-place finish at the Washington Metropolitan Interscholastic Swimming and Diving championship, the high-

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Poolesville High School’s Jacob Weiss and Jack McCarty celebrate their first and second places in the men’s 100 butterfly, at Saturday’s Class 3A/2A/1A state swim championship at the University of Maryland College Park. nated Saturday’s championship. Broadneck and county foe Severna Park were the only nonMontgomery teams to break the top 10 in both the boys’ and girls’ competitions, both were still outside the top 5. In the Class 3A/2A/1A state meet Saturday afternoon the Poolesville boys won their third consecutive state crown. With that result, Montgomery County has accounted for 10 of 12 possible titles the past three years — the defending champion Poolesville girls finished second Saturday and in 2012. The Falcon boys finished more than 100 points ahead of

second-place Queen Anne’s, 346-112. Seneca Valley had its best state result with third place (161). Poolesville’s girls led early but ultimately succumbed to the team that beat them in 2012, C. Milton Wright. Damascus finished fourth. Five meet records were broken in Saturday’s Class 4A/3A competition, four by Montgomery swimmers — Albert Einstein junior Rory Lewis (100-yard butterfly, 50.79 seconds), Walter Johnson’s Jean-Marc Nugent (100-yard freestyle, 46.99), Churchill’s Hannah Lindsey (100-yard backstroke, 56.42), Churchill’s 400-yard freestyle

relay (3 minutes, 33.76 seconds). Lewis (butterfly, 200-yard individual medley) and Sherwood’s Morgan Hill (50- and 100-yard freestyle) were the meets only double individual event winners. Damascus’ Ryan O’Leary (200-yard individual medley, 100-yard breaststroke), Poolesville’s Xavier Laracuente (50- and 100-yard freestyle), C.M. Wright’s Megan Cowan (200- and 500yard freestyle) and Poolesville’s Dorit Song (200-yard individual medley, 100-yard freestyle), were the small schools meet’s double individual race winners. — JENNIFER BEEKMAN

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Patriots defeat Atholton; face Leonardtown on Friday BY TED BLACK STAFF WRITER

After dominating play on both ends of the ice for the first two periods Monday, the Thomas S. Wootton High School hockey

team emerged with a 3-1 lead over Atholton in their Maryland Student Hockey League semifinal game, but facing 113 seconds of the Raiders having a man-advantage because of a penalty. Wootton (15-1-0) had killed off the first four Atholton (12-1-0) power plays with little difficulty, but the Patriots’ players and coaches said they knew the Raiders would start the third period with the potentially

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high school boys’ tryouts begin next week. In an sequence of events early this month, Lightfoot’s classes were abruptly evicted from the building — young children were allegedly asked to stand out in the cold, which Lightfoot said he would not allow — from Wheaton Regional after a child lifted a court divider net and walked across. In a statement made to The Gazette, Montgomery Parks Deputy Director of Operations John Nissel said Lightfoot’s organization has been suspended from using the department’s tennis centers due to ongoing violations of rules and policies, including failure to pay for court time, all accusations Lightfoot adamantly denies. The facility also recently underwent management changes, Lightfoot said. He added that he has supported Wheaton Regional with $100,000-plus worth of business during over the past five years as his programs are run from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday — he said he occupied three courts that otherwise would’ve been empty due to the off hour. The result has been outrage from parents within the community. Many have sent letters to the parks department as well as Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett in an effort to have the program reinstated, but as of Monday, Nissel confirmed his decision. He added that the suspension is not a reflection on the students of One Ace One and that they are welcome any time as Montgomery Parks remains a firm supporter of community tennis programs. The facility does not, however, run its own high performance program and most local elite level programs are more costly, Lightfoot said. His prices are based on $15 to $20 per hour during the indoor season but said families only pay what they can afford; through grants and sponsorships, he has been able to support players with scholarships. “The level of accommodation and commitment from Rozzell, there is just no way I could ever compensate him for all he has done to make my kids into very, very competitive tennis players,” said Alena Neves, whose 14-yearold daughter, Alana, is worldranked.

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pivotal combination of a sense of desperation and an extra attacker. Wootton was up to the task to cruise to a 5-1 victory at the Gardens Ice House in Laurel. Wootton advances to face Leonardtown in the Maryland Student Hockey League championship game at 7:15 p.m. Friday at the Gardens Ice House in Laurel. Leonardtown is the top seed in the 2A tournament.

If there’s one thing Rozzell Lightfoot knows, it’s the burden having a high-level junior tennis player can put on a single parent. The former DeMatha Catholic High School coach, who has been based out of Wheaton for five years, played college tennis on scholarship at Hampton University before traveling the world on the ATP Tour for three years in the late 1980s. None of that would’ve happened, he said, without the support of his extended family. “I came from a single parent household [in Richmond, Va.],” Lightfoot said. “Without my mom’s brothers, I’d have a really tough time coming up through the tennis ranks. They spent a lot of time and money on me. Tennis is difficult for a lot of kids [to excel at] once there is a single parent, it almost eliminates them from being a tennis player. One, there is the financial burden. Then, a lot of single parents are working all the time and on weekends, how do you get to tournaments? In tennis, everything is individual. In order to get a college scholarship, you have to get a ranking and in order to get a ranking you have to travel and play tournaments.” So, in 2002, Lightfoot set out to start his own high-performance tennis foundation primarily aimed toward helping children from single-parent and foster home situations benefit from the opportunities tennis can provide — the sport is a microcosm of life, he said. For five years Lightfoot’s One Ace One Foundation, which in 2013 was one of 10 community organizations nationwide awarded a Multicultural Excellence Tennis Grant from the U.S. Tennis Association, has been successfully housed at the tennis facility Wheaton Regional Park. As of Feb. 3, he and his approximately 30 students — more than 100 tennis players try out for his academy each year, he said — have no base facility. This comes at an unfortunate time as many

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BUSINESS

Companies cross borders for business More local companies exporting as state hits record level in 2013

proceeds from sales go to research for finding treatments for ALS. Among Maryland’s largest exporting companies are Columbia specialty chemical manufacturer W.R. Grace and Salisbury poultry business Perdue Farms, according to a state list. Transportation equipment accounted for almost 30 percent of Maryland’s total merchandise exports in 2013. Chemicals, computer and electronic products and machinery are other popular product areas.

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Rockville Steel & Manufacturing Co. has made steel rooftop supporters, stairs, awnings, balcony rails and other metallic products for clients that include the White House, National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Jefferson Memorial, and Bureau of Engraving and Printing. In recent years, the Gaithersburg company, which works out of a warehouse in the Montgomery Airpark Business Center near the airport, has ventured beyond not only the region’s borders but the nation’s borders. A growing number of local businesses are exporting, as recent federal figures show that exports from Maryland companies hit a record $11.75 billion in 2013, just barely topping the $11.74 billion in 2012. Maryland was one of 16 states to reach highs, led by Texas’ $279.7 billion and California’s $168.1 billion, as the nation set its fourth consecutive record of $2.3 trillion, according to the U.S. Commerce Department. “It’s really not that difficult,” Tom Steffes, president of familyowned Rockville Steel, said of exporting. “One of the advantages is that we usually get paid before our products leave the dock.” Rockville Steel recently sent about $180,000 worth of stainless steel materials for the research industry to China, its second shipment to China in the past year or so, said Steffes, whose father, John, founded the company in 1978. The business has also shipped to Israel, Germany and countries in South and Central America, he said.

Canada top trade partner Canada was Maryland’s top trade partner, as it has been for more than the past decade, with $1.85 billion in exports last year. Saudi Arabia was next with some $1.0 billion in exports, almost double its amount in 2011. China was Maryland’s third top partner with $560.5 million

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MARYLAND EXPORTS

The value of goods exported from Maryland businesses to other countries was about the same last year as in 2012. But the level remains higher than the pre-recession high in 2008. The value of exports is in billions of dollars.

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worth of exports. Canada was where Bethesdabased Gator Ron’s Zesty Sauces & Mixes started when it broke into exporting last year. The company sent a shipment to a distribution company in Ontario, Canada, after representatives met with some Canadian buyers during a meeting last year hosted by the Maryland Department of Agriculture and others. “We’re open to doing more ex-

porting,” said Debra J. Kaufmann, vice president of public relations. The company sends representatives to trade shows such as a major one this summer in New York coordinated by the Specialty Food Association. Gator Ron’s was started by president Constance G. Griffith, who uses recipes from her late husband Ron, who died from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in 2011. A percentage of

While you can’t always travel to the country where you export to meet a partner in person, doing so really makes a difference, said Nancy Wallace, vice president of innovation and strategy for Frederick-based Computer Frontiers. The company has four call centers in Africa. “Building those personal relationships is a key part of doing business internationally,” Wallace said. The Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce, Montgomery County Department of Economic Development, state Department of Business and Economic Development and others have sponsored conferences on international business in Africa, Mexico and Brazil in the past year. The county maintains a website with information and programs on exporting, as do the state and federal government. DBED’s International Investment and Trade Office has an exporting assistance program to help offset some of the costs of marketing internationally. Maryland companies are eligible for up to $10,000 in reimbursement for expenses and can receive up to 40 hours of assistance from DBED’s trade experts worldwide. This month, President Barack Obama signed an executive order that he said will help streamline the exporting process, cutting processing and approval times by allowing companies to do those online. kshay@gazette.net

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New spa opens in Olney Krystal Donald opened the doors to her Hand and Stone Massage and Facial Spa. The spa, which provides spa services that can be tailored to individual needs, is at 18133 Town Center Drive, Olney. In addition to Hand and Stone, Donald owns a small information company that provides services to the Department of Defense. The Olney location is the fourth Hand and Stone franchise in Maryland. The spa is open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Mostashari joins Rockville’s Get Real Health Dr. Farzad Mostashari has been appointed to the Get Real Health board of directors. Mostashari is a former national coordinator for Office of Health Information Technology, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Get Real Health of Rockville is a global health information technology business specializing in patient engagement and connected care services. Its flagship product, InstantPHR, creates and customizes personal health applications, including the ability for patients to securely upload, download, view, modify, track and share their key health data, according to a statement.

Foundation honors Ruppert Landscape Ruppert Landscape of Laytonsville won the 2014 Community Builder Award from the Home Builders Care Foundation. The award recognizes a member whose charitable efforts help raise awareness of the industry’s spirit of giving. Ruppert was recognized for hosting the foundation’s Bull & Oyster Roast in April. About 240 industry professionals attended the roast, which, with the Professional Women in Building’s Maryland chapter, spearheaded a career clothing drive. More than 500 items were collected and donated to a career development center in Silver Spring. The nonprofit foundation was established in 1984 to complete shelter-related construction projects. It works with other nonprofits serving the homeless, and at-risk families and individuals. Since its inception, the foundation has donated more than $15 million worth of time and materials.

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n Over the next few months The Gazette will be featuring one of the county’s schools by the numbers giving a glimpse at ways local schools are dealing with overcrowded conditions.

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OVERCROWDED SCHOOLS

STAFF WRITER

Ugly legs, a beard contest and dancing until you drop: Sounds like an odd bet, but students in Montgomery County are finding creative ways to raise money in the fight against leukemia and lymphoma. Last week students from Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda held a 5K race, the Red Rush. This week they are dancing from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the bRAVE. And in between they have found other more conventional ways of raising money — such as walking around the school cafeteria asking for spare change. The Whitman students, along with students at 15 other Montgomery County high schools are competing to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society through their Pennies for Patients campaign. The winning high school gets a pep rally hosted by Pepco and radio station Hot 99.5, and a summer internship for a student at Pepco. Middle and elementary schools also are participating in the fundraising drive. In all, 130 county schools are participating in the campaign that runs February and March. Crazy or fun, Pennies for Patients activities are profitable. Last year, 130 county schools contributed almost $435,000 to the society, Stacey Matusko, campaign specialist for the organization, said in an email. “It’s a crazy month,” said Jenna Kantor, 17, a senior at Whitman. “It’s so much fun.” Kantor is secretary of the school’s Student Government Association, which sponsors Pennies for Patients there. Last year, she said, her school raised more than $91,000, more than any other school in the nation. The goal this year, she said, is to raise as much money as the students can. “You might think $91,000, let’s go for $100,000, but there is only a certain amount of money that we can raise, so we are just saying ‘as much as we can,’” she said. While Whitman students plan their yard sale and a Battle of the Bands, ask their teachers to grow beards for money and even auction off junior and senior boys for dates, students at other schools are working hard to be the top winner, too.

Arcola Elementary School

Silver Spring

DATA FOR 2013-14 SCHOOL YEAR SOURCE: MONTGOMERY COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS MICHELLE JARCHO/BLACK & WHITE.

Students take off at the beginning of the Red Rush 5K on Feb. 9 at Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda. The race raised $10,000.

Students at Poolesville High School also have an impressive list of activities scheduled, said Allison Wilder, an English resource teacher and National Honor Society sponsor. The Honor Society students organize the effort at Poolesville. Wilder said the school has participated in Pennies for Patients for at least five years and the fundraising activities change from year to year. “Last year we had a talent show but this year we will have Mr. Poolesville,” she said. Ten male contestants will showcase their talents, do an interview and model sportswear and formal attire, she said. Community leaders will select Mr. Poolesville. “It’s fun,” she said. “It’s a ticketed event and we expect to make between $2,500 and $3,000.” Poolesville also is the school with an ugly legs contest, in which students and staff determine which male staff member or student has the ugliest legs. Voters donate money as their “vote” for one of the ugly leg photos. The owner of the legs that gets the most votes wears shorts to school the following Monday. “Pennies for Patients is a service learning, character education and philanthropy program that gives students a unique experience making a difference through teamwork — working together to aid thousands of children and adults in the fight blood cancers like leukemia,” Matusko wrote in her email. All the money from Pennies for Patients goes to research and patient services to fund the society’s mission to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma.

Number of students:

708

(pre-kindergarten through 5th grade)

Current student capacity:

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517

Average class size:

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Kindergarten

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Kindergarten

18.9

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Grades 4 and 5

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6

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Grades 1 to 3

20.7

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24

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Grades 4 and 5

MCPS average Elementary School student/instructional staff ratio:

Principal’s take Emmanuel Jean-Philippe, currently in his first year as principal, said with the large number of students, school staff have been mindful about scheduling gatherings such as assemblies and sporting events. The school also organizes bathroom breaks, arrivals and dismissals for students so they know where to go and have the space they need. Arcola will have a six-classroom addition ready by 2015, Jean-Philippe said. The numbers show the school is overcapacity, he said, but staff are used to the situation. “We’ve really done a good job of looking at everything in a positive way,” he said. “We’re maximizing our space but, again, it’s working for us.”

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EDUCATION NOTEBOOK Fields Road students kick off Read-A-Thon with magic With sleight of hand, illusion and storytelling, magician Joe Romano helped launch the annual Read-A-Thon on Feb. 18 at Fields Road Elementary School in Gaithersburg. Romano performed to an all-school audience, encouraging the students to read as he worked his tricks and enlisted their support of the Read-A-Thon. It is the school’s major fundraiser, said Ashley Bergesen, a PTA member. Students get pledges and sponsors for every minute they read from Feb. 18 through March 6, she said. “It is really encouraging literacy,” Bergesen said. “We don’t have to sell anything.” The PTA hopes to raise $7,000 to purchase a portable computer lab that houses 10 laptop computers and can be used by teachers throughout the school. Last year, the Read-A-Thon brought in $6,254 and the PTA was able to buy the school its first portable computer lab, Bergesen said. Romano mentioned a number of the books he enjoyed as a child, especially the biography of famed escape artist Harry Houdini, the book that started him on his career path. He also selected students to come on stage and help him with his performance. First-grader Blake Porter was the princess in the “Princess and the Pea” and three schoolmates were selected to vie for her hand in marriage. Fortunately,

she did not have to kiss the frog and the audience, and Blake, squealed with relief. Third-grader Susan Montgomery said she liked the show but did not need encouragement to read. “I love to read,” she said. “I read at least three hours a day.” Her brother Lewis Montgomery, a first-grader, said he also likes to read, especially the “Skylanders” books. The PTA had a few other fundraising tricks to encourage the students to read. There was a Family Fun Night at the Barnes & Noble bookstore in Gaithersburg, where a portion of sales went to the PTA fund. There also was a dining out night at Paizano’s Pizza that brought a portion of sales to the school.

Reflections winners announced Winners of the 2013-14 Montgomery County PTA Reflections Awards of Excellence for Outstanding Interpretation of the Theme and Award of Merit for this year’s Reflections program were announced this month for all grade levels. This year’s theme was “Believe, Dream, Inspire.” Three Awards of Excellence for Outstanding Interpretation of the Theme were awarded in each division and category. These winning entries move on to the state competition. Three Award of Merit winners also are recognized in each category/division, but those entries do not move on in the competition. Because of the number of winners, The Gazette will publish the names of the

winners over two weeks. This week, winners from the Primary and Intermediate divisions are listed. •Dance choreography Primary Division: Daniella Oyekola, Cold Spring Elementary School, Potomac;

Sasha Richards, Candlewood Elementary School, Rockville; Giselle Tompkins, Travilah Elementary School, North Po-

tomac. Intermediate Division: Naiya Dawson, Westover Elementary School, Colesville; Amberly Wu, Potomac Elementary School; Rebecca Zhu, Bells Mill Elementary School, Potomac. Honorable Mention: Caroline Burd, Potomac Elementary; Aidan Douglass, Dr. Sally K. Ride Elementary School, Germantown; Gabriella Gordon, Little Bennett Elementary School, Clarksburg. • Film production Award of Excellence for Outstanding Interpretation of the Theme Primary Division: Alanna Hart, Rock Creek Valley Elementary School, Rockville; Praneel Suvarna, Little Bennett Elementary. Intermediate Division: Austin Chen, Bells Mill Elementary; Parker Hill, Seven Locks Elementary School, Potomac; Riley Jordan, Cold Spring Elementary. Honorable Mention: Aidan Douglass, Dr. Sally K. Ride Elementary; Peyton Eppard and Lauren Povich, DuFief Elementary School, Gaithersburg. • Literature Primary Division Award of Excellence for Outstanding Interpretation of the Theme: Margo Brown, Cold Spring Elementary; Shirin Ghorbani, Potomac

Elementary; Mahsa Riar, Travilah Elementary. Honorable Mention: Isabel Miller and Zain Qureshi, Woodlin Elementary School, Silver Spring; Sydney Mitchell, Galway Elementary School, Silver Spring. Intermediate Division Award of Excellence for Outstanding Interpretation of the Theme: Phoebe Chambers, Wayside Elementary School, Potomac; Vishesh Khare, Little Bennett Elementary; Pratyusha Mandel, Travilah Elementary. Honorable Mention: Emma Cleveland, Candlewood Elementary; Dominique Crane, Rock Creek Valley Elementary; Amberly Wu, Potomac Elementary. • Musical composition Primary Division Award of Excellence for Outstanding Interpretation of the Theme: Patrick Foley, Little Bennett Elementary; Mandy Guo, Travilah Elementary; Ruby Siegal, Bells Mill Elementary. Honorable Mention: Laila-Aryana Grey, Galway Elementary; Maya Siegal, Bells Mill Elementary; Petrina Steimel, Maryvale Elementary School, Rockville. Intermediate Division: Ava Gordon, Little Bennett Elementary; Sarim Haider, Potomac Elementary; Tong Tong Ye, Cold Spring Elementary. Honorable Mention: Dinaz Campbell, Travilah Elementary; Nicholas Renzi and Elyssa Shenker, Potomac Elementary. • Photography Primary Division Awards of Excellence for Outstanding Interpretation of the Theme: Arianna DeCamp, Christo-

pher Lindsay and Kate Mizushima, Po-

tomac Elementary. Honorable Mention: Siddhant Jog and Zoe Wilson, Little Bennett Elementary; Daniela Martinez, Candlewood Elementary. Intermediate Division: Shaadi Ghorbani and Alexander Lindsay, Potomac Elementary; Emma Piasecki, Little Bennett Elementary. Honorable Mention: Dylan Chang, Wayside Elementary; Sam Geier, Cold Spring Elementary; Schanze Qureshi, Woodlin Elementary. • Visual Arts Primary Division Award of Excellence for Outstanding Interpretation of the Theme: Leah Facciobene, Wayside Elementary; Kanza Ihsan, Seven Locks Elementary; Zoe Tang, Potomac Elementary. Honorable Mention: Meera Khosla, Galway Elementary; Mignon Kaufman, Cold Spring Elementary; Justin Zacharia, Potomac Elementary. Intermediate Division: Brielle Taubenblatt, Seven Locks Elementary; Candace Wei, Potomac Elementary; Krista Wong, Wayside Elementary. Honorable Mention: Sarah Bagheri, Bells Mill Elementary; Claire Baumert, Woodlin Elementary; Samuel Planty, Candlewood Elementary. • Special artist division Award of Excellence for Outstanding Interpretation of the Theme: Henry Burd, photography, Potomac Elementary; Jordan Hyde, visual arts, DuFief Elementary; Jordan Zennia, music, Woodlin Elementary.

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NOTICE OF OPPORTUNITY FOR PUBLIC HEARING

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Sunday, Mar 2,10:00 AM At Hunts Place

Montgomery County Government hereby notifies the general public and other interested parties that a three-week period has been established during which they may request a public hearing on the FY2015 Annual Transportation Plan grant application. The application requests up to $23,055,842 for buses, up to $5,000,000 for preventative maintenance, $309,958 to fund Ride On routes 76 and 90 peak-hour service, $379,107 to continue the Call-NRide program under the Statewide Special Transportation Assistance Program and $582,948 to fund the Large Urban Operating Assistance project from the Maryland Transit Administration and Federal Transit Administration.

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WSSC APPROVES RESOLUTION NO. 2014-2034 ADOPTING UTILITY EROSION AND SEDIMENT CONTROL REGULATION

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Inside Sales Media Specialist We’re looking for a Specialist who has a documented history of driving new business. Post Newsweek Media provides local news and information to communities in Maryland and Virginia. We are looking for a skilled sales professional to assist small businesses in marketing their products and services.

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This is a inside/outside sales understanding of print, online, recruitment, retail and service experience needed, enthusiasm, to succeed.

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2013 Jetta SE...........#VPR0027, White, 6,101 miles...............$19,491 2013 Jetta SE............#VPR0030, Silver, 4,340 miles................$19,591 2012 Toyota Camry.#V374559A, Gray, 19,681 miles..............$19,991 2013 Passat S...........#VPR0026, Black, 6,891 miles................$20,491 2013 Beetle Conv...#V827637A, Black, 20,496 miles..............$20,493 2011 CC.....................#VP0035, White, 38,225 miles................$20,991 2013 Beetle.............#V606150A, Gray, 20,895 miles..............$20,991 2012 Routan SE......#VP0033, Maroon, 12,853 miles..............$23,992 2014 Passat SE........#VPR0036, White, 5,965 miles...............$23,999 2013 Subaru BRZ.....#V007888A, Gray, 5,589 miles...............$24,991

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2002 Golf.................#V007104A, Blue, 190,045 miles...............$5,491 2007 GTI..................#V006749A, Black, 87,522 miles..............$11,491 2012 Jetta SE...........#VPR6113, Gray, 34,537 miles...............$12,594 2009 CC.....................#V0022A, Black, 90,298 miles................$13,991 2011 Toyota Corolla....#VP0020, Black, 30,992 miles................$14,494 2012 Mazda 6..........#VPR0023, Black, 44,340 miles...............$14,994 2007 BMW Z-4.......#V006539B, White, 69,522 miles.............$16,492 2012 Nissan Juke..#V257168A, White, 57,565 miles.............$17,991 2011 Jetta TDI..........#VP0034, White, 69,522 miles................$17,992 2011 CC.....................#VP0032, White, 36,116 miles................$18,492

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AT 355 TOYOTA

PRE-OWNED

DARCARS VOLVO OF ROCKVILLE 2005 Mazda Tribute

04 Toyota Corolla LE #R1737A, 4 Speead Auto, Desert Sand Mica

8,800

$$

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9,800

11 Nissan Versa 1.8S $$

11,200

10 Scion XD $$

#P8873, 4 Speed Auto, 1-Owner, 24K Miles

11,995

10,900 #N110008A, 144k Miles

4,980

$

Ext Cab Work P/U

15,800

12 Toyota Camry LE #472127A, $$ 6 Speed Auto, 33k Miles

16,500

15,800

13 Toyota Corolla S $$

17,700

12 Toyota Camry LE #477442A, 16k $ Miles, 6 Speed $

Auto, Silver Mertallic

2007 Toyota Corolla S......... $10,995 $10,995 #464062A, 4 SpeedAuto, 45k Miles 2012 Nissan Sentra 2.......... $15,499 $15,499 #P8858A, CVT Trans, 13k Miles, Bright Silver 2011 Toyota RAV4.............. $16,200 $16,200 #460096A, 4 SpeedAuto, 31k Miles, 1-Owner, Barcelona Red

$16,800 2013 Scion TC.................. $16,800 #351071A, Manual, 11k Miles, 1-Owner, Nautical Blue Metallic 2011 Toyota RAV4.............. $17,900 $17,900 #364537A, 4 SpeedAuto, 24k Miles, 1-Owner 2011 Chevy Traverse LS....... $17,900 $17,900 #363442A, 1-Owner, Sport Utility, Dark Blue Metallic

17,700

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#422048B, 96k Miles

10,980

$

2007 Jeep Wrangler X

16,700

11ToyotaRAV4 $$

#364568A, 4 Speed Auto, 1-Owner, 18K miles

18,400

2011 Toyota Sienna Mini Van $18,700 $18,700 #460082A, 6 SpeedAuto, 43k Miles, 1-Owner, Cypress Pearl 2011 Toyota Avalon............ $18,800 $18,800 #478001A, 6 SpeedAuto, 1 Owner, 4 Door 2011 Toyota Tacoma........... $19,550 $19,550 #467046A, Ext. Cab, 5 Sp Manual, 32k Miles, 1-Owner 2013 Ford Escape SE.......... $21,700 $21,700 #377732A, 6 SpeedAuto, 22k Miles, 1-Owner, Sterling Grey Metallic 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander GT. $22,700 $22,700 #363225A, 6 SpeedAuto, 5k Miles, Sport Utility, Rally Red

2013 Ford F-150 XLT........... $24,800 $24,800 #355055A, 6 SpeedAuto, 3k Miles, Green Gem Metallic

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$

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11,480

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$

14FordFocusSE $$

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7,980

#E0259A, 137k Miles

12 Nissan Altima S $$

#470192A, CVT Trans, 2.5. Low Miles

2010 Lincoln Town Car

10 Chevy Silverado 1500 #469033A, 4 Speed $ Auto, 46k Miles, $

2007 Honda Accord EX-L

08 Toyota Camry LE $$

#372404A, 5 Speed Auto, 1-Owner, Blue Metallic

2006 Lexus IS 250

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2005 Ford Escape Limited

21,980

$

2009 Volvo XC-90

2009 Chevrolet Silverado LTZ Crew Cab

#327217C, 63k Miles

$

12,980

$

2012 HyundaiSonata Limited

18,680

$

2011 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ

37,980

$

2008 Mazda MX5 Miata Grand Touring.......$17,480 2010 Volvo XC-90.........................................................$24,980

#325094A, 21k Miles

#P8828, Entertainment System, 47k Miles

#326023A, 46k Miles

#P8827, Navigation, 32k Miles

#422055A, 90k Miles

#422036A, 37k Miles

#P8876, 39k Miles

#N0290, With Navigation, 45k Miles

2012 Volvo C30 Premium Plus................$18,480 2011 Volvo XC-90..................................................$31,980

2011 Volvo XC-60.........................................................$19,980 2012 Volvo XC-60 R-Design Platinum..........$35,980

2011 Lexus ES350.....................................................$23,980 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ.............................$37,980

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Fitzgerald Lakeforest Toyota

Toyota Presents Pets With Disabilities With A New Toyota At Fitzgerald Toyota Program Donates 100 Cars to 100 Nonprofits in 50 Days GAITHERSBURG, MD – February 19, 2014 – Toyota today presented a brand new 2014 Toyota Highlander to Pets with Disabilities at Fitzgerald Lakeforest Toyota, as part of the Toyota 100 Cars for Good program, a major philanthropic initiative in which the automaker is giving away 100 cars to 100 nonprofits over the course of 50 days, based on votes from the public. “Fitzgerald Auto Malls is very proud to support and be a part of the Toyota 100 Cars for Good program,” said Dottie Fitzgerald, Vice President of Fitzgerald Auto Malls, “Pets with Disabilities is an incredible organization and we commend their efforts.”

100 Cars for Good is the first Toyota initiative that engages the public to determine how corporate philanthropic donations will be awarded. Individual members of the public were able to vote through Facebook for the nonprofit organizations they believed could do the most good with a new vehicle. The contest began on October 1, 2013 and continued over the course of fifty days. At the end of each day, the two nonprofits with the most number of votes would win a brand new Toyota vehicle. “We were thrilled to have been chosen again as one of the worthy organizations to participate in Toyota’s 100 Cars for

(From L To R) Darryn Hyman, Toyota Operations Manager, Keith Barreca, Toyota Dottie Fitzgerald, Vp Fitzgerald Auto Malls With The Pets With Vehicle Supply Manager, Dottie Fitzgerald, Vp Fitzgerald Auto Malls, Joyce Disabilities Dogs, Ernie And Megan Darrell, Co-founder Of Pets With Disabilities, Greg Kirby, Toyota District Sales Manager, Dana Heidebrecht, Scion District Manager, Mike Dickerson, CoFounder Of Pets With Disabilities (Front Row) Candi, A Three-legged Dog, Ernie In The Wheelchair, And Megan Who Is Blind

Good program,” said Joyce Darrell, one of the founders of Pets with Disabilities, “This year was our lucky year and we were one of the winning organizations, a dream come true for our rescue.” Pets with Disabilities will use the new Highlander to provide safe and affordable transport for many homeless, disabled dogs in need and a second chance to find a loving home. To learn more about the 100 Cars for Good program, please visit www.100carsforgood.com. To learn more about Fitzgerald Toyota, please visit www.FitzMall.com

Joyce Darrell, Co-founder Of Pets With Disabilities, Darryn Hyman, Toyota Operations Manager, Dottie Fitzgerald, Vp Fitzgerald Auto Malls, Greg Kirby, Toyota District Sales Manager, Phil Formichelli, General Sales Manager Fitzgerald Toyota And Scion

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PRICES AND PAYMENTS INCLUDE ANY APPLICABLE MANUFACTURE’S REBATES AND EXCLUDE MILITARY ($500) AND COLLEGE GRAD ($500) REBATES, TAX, TAGS, DEALER PROCESSING CHARGE ($200) AND FREIGHT: CARS $795 OR $810, TRUCKS, SPORT UTILITY AND SIENNAS $810, $845 AND $995. *0.9% APR & 0% APR FINANCING UP TO 60 MONTHS TO QUALIFIED BUYERS THRU TOYOTA FINANCIAL SERVICES. TOTAL FINANCED CANNOT EXCEED MSRP PLUS OPTIONS, TAX, AND LICENSE FEES. 0% APR 60 MONTHLY PAYMENTS OF $16.67 FOR EACH $1000 BORROWED. 0.9% APR 60 MONTHLY PAYMENTS OF $17.05 FOR EACH $1000 BORROWED. APR OFFERS ARE NOT VALID WITH ANY OTHER CASH BACK OR LEASE OFFER. NOT ALL BUYERS WILL QUALIFY.**LEASE PAYMENTS BASED ON 36 MONTHS, 12,000 MILES PER YEAR WITH $995 DOWN PLUS $650 ACQUISITION FEE, NO SECURITY DEPOSIT REQUIRED. SEE DEALER FOR COMPLETE DETAILS. 2014 COROLLA LE ECO & PRIUS PLIG-IN LEASES ARE FOR 24 MONTHS WITH $995 DOWN. EXPIRES 02/28/2014.

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02 Ford Focus

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92 Toyota 4Runner SR5 Sport 4WD

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01NissanFrontier4WD“Supercharger” $8,988

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08 Chrysler Twn & Cntry Ltd $17,988

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98 Chevy Prizm...................................$1,575

04 Ford Freestar Limited................$7,970

10 Suzuki Kizashi SE....................$11,735

00 Chrysler Sebring JXI Cnvtbl......$2,750

03 Mazda Protege 5........................$8,488

08 Dodge Charger..........................$11,745

01 Toyota Corolla LE........................$3,200

03 Toyota Prius 4DR........................$8,895

97 Honda Pilot EX-L......................$15,488

07 BMW 750I.................................$18,770

04 Dodge Ram 1500 SLT ................$9,588

08 Hyundai Veracruz.....................$17,988

09 Chevy Traverse LT........................$18,995

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