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BESTFOOTFORWARD & Socially conscious singer steps into the lights at Fillmore. A-15 The Gazette SILVER SPRING | TAKOMA PARK | BURTONSVILLE DAILY UPDATES ONLINE Wednesday, September 18, 2013 25 cents Developers to outline plan for downtown Wheaton n David Kottler, who manages Mamma Lucia in Bethesda, checks an ID in the restaurant’s bar. ONLINE EXTRA “IT’S SOMETHING WE SHOULD BE DOING IN THE FIRST PLACE” n Restaurants take cautious approach to county tests 21 PHOTOS BY DAN GROSS/THE GAZETTE Rachel is an underage volunteer for the Montgomery County Liquor Board. She poses in a Montgomery County liquor and wine store with her Maryland underage driver’s license, which is vertical and has a red box around her picture to indicate that she is not old enough to purchase alcohol. The Gazette blurred the personal details on her license. NOT TAKING CHANCES ON Liquor department trial purchases done 400 times a year in county n COMPLIANCE CHECKS Checked 600 500 ST. JOHN BARNED-SMITH pronounce it correctly. When she started testing restaurants, she was nervous, she said. That first night, more than a half dozen of the 20 restaurants she tested ended up serving her illegally. Montgomery County police work with underage volunteers such as Navarrete to check if restaurants and liquor establishments are selling to drinkers younger than 21, the minimum age to buy or drink alcohol in Maryland. “We don’t call it a sting operation,” said Kathie Durbin, chief of the licen- STAFF WRITER AND JACOB BOGAGE SPECIAL TO THE GAZETTE Valeria Navarrete remembers the first time she tested whether a restaurant would sell her alcohol illegally. She was an underage volunteer working with Montgomery County police. “I didn’t know anything or what to choose,” Navarrete said. She asked for a chardonnay, mostly because she knew what the wine looked like and how to See COMPLIANCE, Page A-9 Of the 400 county businesses tested in the last fiscal year, which ended June 30, 111 sold alcohol to minors. 404 400 400 BY 548 550 406 400 Failed 300 200 111 100 0 2013 2011 75% 120 110 83 2012 72% Percent in compliance 102 2010 79% 113 2009 80% 2008 71% 80% Eighth-graders witness one of nation’s oldest traditions BY ALINE BARROS STAFF WRITER With the American flag in their hands, and surrounded by family and friends, 26 candidates from 23 countries became U.S. citizens at a ceremony hosted by students and the administration Tuesday at Rosa Parks Middle School in Olney. The ceremony in the school’s gymnasium was part of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration NEWS TRIMMING MARYLAND LAW Lawmaker says outdated barbershop legislation needs to be shaved from the code. A-4 Services’ annual celebration of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day. More than 18,000 people are becoming U.S. citizens in about 180 naturalization ceremonies across the country from Monday through next Monday, according to a news release from Citizenship and Immigration Services. Eighth-graders at Rosa Parks had the opportunity to witness and learn about government while taking part in the citizenship process. “I was so proud of the students today,” said Principal Donna Redmond Jones. “Preparing the orchestra, preparing the patriotic music, and they just came to school in August. ... They did a great job.” SPORTS B-1 KEVIN JAMES SHAY STAFF WRITER Representatives from two development companies targeted to redevelop several sites in downtown Wheaton and Silver Spring are slated to outline their plans during a meeting open to the public at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Wheaton High School. StonebridgeCarras of Bethesda and Bozzuto Group of Greenbelt submitted the highest-rated proposal to the county, which sent out requests in June, said Ana L. van Balen, director of the Mid-County Regional Services Center in Wheaton. The meeting is part of the procurement process, and a formal contract has yet to be awarded, she said. Developers will present their proposed plans and design ideas at the meeting. A StonebridgeCarras principal could not be reached for comment Tuesday. Montgomery County Department of Transportation and the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission are overseeing the mixed-use project, which includes developing a town square and building a government office building where the commission plans to relocate from Silver Spring. Daughter prostitution case headed for courtroom Mother faces 11 charges including rape, child abuse n BY ST. JOHN BARNED-SMITH STAFF WRITER Rendell L. Jones, associate director of Citizenship and Immigration Services, presided over the event and cited the words of President Harry Truman to set Citizenship Day “aside as a public occasion for the honoring of American citizenship by giving special recognition to all our citizens who have recently become full members of the body politics.” “So today we honor you,” Jones added. Jones also told eighth-graders that they were witnessing one of the nation’s oldest traditions. Eighth-grader Stefanie Wilpon, 13, won a con- See CITIZENS, Page A-9 See TRIAL, Page A-9 ‘IT WAS VERY MEMORABLE’ Kennedy High School graduate gets a day with tennis pros at the US Open. BY A woman accused of prostituting her 15-year-old daughter to help pay off a $5,000 debt is on trial this week in a Montgomery County courtroom. The mother is charged with a total of 11 crimes, including rape, child abuse, prostitution, human trafficking, and other charges. The Gazette is not naming the woman to protect the identity of the alleged victim, her daughter. The case dates back to March, when police arrested the woman and Bejarni Rivas, 45, of Irish Court in Gaithersburg. According to police, abuse occurred from December 2012 through March 2013 and many of the acts took place at the Georgian Colonies Club House in Silver Spring. SOURCE: MONTGOMERY COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF LIQUOR CONTROL 26 new citizens welcomed at Olney school ceremony n Public invited to review plans Wednesday Automotive Calendar Celebrations Classified Community News Entertainment Opinion School News Sports Please RECYCLE B-17 A-2 B-11 B-13 A-4 A-15 A-12 B-10 B-1 FALL HOME SERVICES INSIDE FOCUS ON LAWN & TREE SERVICES LOCAL JOBS INSIDE ADVERTISING INSIDE B SECTION 1906625

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