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ON THE SHELF Aspen Hill Wal-Mart plan falls through. A-3 The Gazette A&E: BandHouse Gigs celebrates 10th anniversary at Strathmore. B-5 SPORTS: Wheaton’s football team looks to get an edge by doing yoga in offseason. B-1 SILVER SPRING | TAKOMA PARK | WHEATON | BURTONSVILLE DA I LY U P DAT E S AT G A Z E T T E . N E T Wednesday, August 13, 2014 25 cents White Oak Montgomery sets standard in sports facilities plan called unbalanced NON-LEVEL PLAYING FIELD Neighboring Prince George’s invests far less in its athletics programs n BY PRINCE J. GRIMES Others support plan that County Council approved n STAFF WRITER The 25 public high schools in Montgomery County with varsity sports teams governed by the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association are tied with Baltimore City for the most MPSSAA-sanctioned programs in one school system. Next is neighboring Prince George’s C o u n t y , Each school gets with 22 high schools that participate in Montgomery in varsityfor athletics. level sports. B u t Each school gets even with m o r e schools, and a bigger in Prince George’s for athletics. selection of varsity sports provided to its students, Montgomery has managed to build and maintain better athletic facilities than Prince George’s. While there are exceptions on both sides, and even some similarities, sports facilities appear better overall for Montgomery County students. The BY STAFF WRITER $65,000 $17,000 n Public use of school facilities, A-10 n Schools spend big to update equipment, A-11 n County maintains some facilities, A-11 n Private clubs pay some of the bill to get artificial turf fields, A-11 See SPACE, Page A-10 Oxon Hill Parkdale Northwestern Henry A. Wise Frederick Douglass 5,000 4,000 3,000 2,800 1,000 T G G G G Y Y Y Y N N N Y Y N N N N N N Thomas S. Wootton Walt Whitman Walter Johnson Montgomery Blair Richard Montgomery 4,000 3,500 3,500 3,200 3,200 T G T T T Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Fairmont Heights Gwynn Park Frederick Douglass Potomac Crossland 750 800 1,000 1,000 2,500 G G G G G Y Y N Y Y N N N N N N N N N N Rockville Albert Einstein Bethesda-Chevy Chase John F. Kennedy Sherwood 1,500 1,900 2,000 2,000 2,000 G G G G G Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Prince George’s Cap acit y Fiel d (T u Con rf or G ras ces s) Res sions troo Ligh ms ts The solution seems quite simple: If there is not enough space for something, create more. That, of course, is a lot easier said than done when referring to actual land. As Montgomery County high school athletic programs continue to flourish finding space on campus for all of them to hold daily practices has become an obstacle for athletic directors. Though this is not a completely new issue it has not become any less challenging, county athletic directors agreed. Bethesda-Chevy Chase is home to the county’s smallest campus by far, built on 16 acres of land, according to the Montgomery County Public Schools website — Springbrook’s is the next High school Montgomery BY JENNIFER BEEKMAN STAFF WRITER Comparing the five largest and smallest in Prince George’s and Montgomery counties. Prince George’s IN DEPTH Many sports, other than football, must travel to train FOOTBALL FACILITIES Montgomery County schools contend with limited practice space n INSIDE BILL RYAN/THE GAZETTE Paint Branch football players work out on the new synthetic field on Thursday. See STANDARD, Page A-10 The Gazette analyzed the athletic facilities at the 47 public high schools in its coverage areas of Montgomery and Prince George’s counties. After 13-year ride, a fond farewell to 4-H Silver Spring resident reaches upper age limit; college comes next n BY ALINE BARROS STAFF WRITER After 13 years as a Montgomery County 4-H member, a Silver Spring resident is saying farewell INDEX Automotive Calendar Classified Entertainment Opinion Sports to the Lucky Clovers Club. Elizabeth Vandegriff, 18, has been part of the Montgomery County’s 4-H program, a youth development organization, for as long as she can remember. Vandegriff has aged out, but NEWS B-13 A-2 B-9 B-5 A-14 B-1 she is saying goodbye in the best way possible. She entered more than eight items in the 66th annual Montgomery County Agricultural Fair in Gaithersburg. Her entries include photographs, scarf, a gluten-free A VOICE AND A LENS Silver Spring teen uses his camera to tell hidden stories of a far-off land. A-3 lemon cake with lemon icing, and a prom dress from a different time period, which she wore to her prom. “4-H is basically a tool that helps kids prepare for their future. It helps them mature and become well-rounded. It doesn’t just prepare you in one subject See 4-H, Page A-9 Volume 27, No. 33, Two sections, 32 Pages Copyright © 2014 The Gazette Please RECYCLE August 21, 2014 1934323 KEVIN JAMES SHAY The new master plan for White Oak does not provide enough balance between economic development, transportation improvements and environmental protection, say leaders of some Silver Spring-area civic groups. But others say it is just fine. A key element that was omitted from the plan that the Montgomery County Council approved July 29 is “staging,” which requires that sufficient public roads, transit and other infrastructure be coordinated with new projects, said Alan Bowser, president of the Park Hills Civic Association in Silver Spring. He was among the leaders of civic groups to sign a letter to the council asking for staging and other protections. Others who signed the letter See WHITE OAK, Page A-12 Takoma Park eyes private camera net SafeCam program credited with helping solve crimes in Philadelphia, other cities n BY KEVIN JAMES SHAY STAFF WRITER Takoma Park is considering a program in place in Philadelphia, New Orleans and other cities in which residents and businesses with private cameras register those systems, forming a network. Police have used camera systems owned by local businesses and individuals to help them solve crimes before, including some carjackings and a July burglary at a Takoma Park retailer, police Capt. Dan Frishkorn said during a recent City Council meeting. But having a wider, more See CAMERA, Page A-12 Elizabeth Vandegriff of Silver Spring checks the icing on the cake that she entered for 4-H judging at the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair in Gaithersburg. BILL RYAN/ THE GAZETTE

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