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It’s Pike District, aka White Flint

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Business committee OKs new name for marketing purposes


Jolly Fat Man’s Run this weekend in Bethesda




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IF YOU GO n What: Jolly Fat Man’s Run to raise money for Operation Second Chance. n When: 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday n Where: The warmup is in front of Mon Ami Gabi, 7239 Woodmont Ave., and the run starts at 4800 Bethesda Ave. n Cost: $40, which includes a long-sleeve shirt, breakfast and raffle entry. Children under 10 can register for free. Additional raffle tickets are $5. n Information: events.


Jenna Keany, an American University graduate student, holds a vial of amphipods found Friday in Rock Creek Park in Chevy Chase. They will be examined to see if they are members of an endangered species. If so, that could thwart the planned Purple Line light-rail project.

In Chevy Chase, a good amphipod is hard to find University researchers comb Rock Creek Park for crustaceans that could derail Purple Line n



The day was cloudy, just beginning to drizzle, blocking out unfriendly ultraviolet rays. Dead leaves and 64-degree water had collected in a slight dip in the ground, cultivating lots of bacteria and mud. This was prime real estate for amphipods, which is why David Culver, an environmental science professor at American University, and two of his graduate students were scrutinizing a damp patch of leaves in the woods near Rock Creek in Chevy Chase on Friday afternoon. The two species of tiny endangered amphipods that Culver is looking for are hard to find, but some say they could block or dramatically alter plans for the Purple Line. Some doubt they are there at all, but Culver is looking. “Before today, I would have said I’m not very optimistic,” Culver said. But now his team might have found some. Amphipods are small, eyeless, white crustaceans that live in underground burrows. One deep-sea species can grow to more than a foot long, but the ones in Rock Creek Park barely reach a quarter-inch — think tiny shrimp or

land-dwelling Sea-Monkeys. When water collects in the small springs called seeps in the ground where they live, they emerge from their clay homes to eat the bacteria that grow on damp leaves. The crustaceans’ size and their underground habitat makes them difficult to study. Culver has tried taking buckets of leaves and muck from the seep back to a lab to sort through, but it wasn’t any easier to sort there than in the woods. He tried putting out bait, but raccoons ate it. He tried using a hose to vacuum water away from the seeps, but the mud was too thick. For now, the most effective method is donning gloves and disturbing the muddy water by hand to see if anything is living there. “Are you seeing anything alive?” Culver asked Jenna Keany and Shea Caspersen as they crouched by a patch of mud near the Washington, D.C., line. No, they replied, nothing visible there. Friday morning had been different. Then they were searching a seepage spring where the Capital Crescent Trail crosses Rock Creek and collected several amphipods. It’s too early to say what species they are, but if they are an endangered species, Culver’s find could be a severe setback for a planned 16-mile, $2.45 billion light-rail line running from Bethesda to New Carrollton.

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A tunnel under Rockville Pike near the Medical Center Metro station could be under construction next summer. The county Department of Transportation plans to pick one of two contractor groups to design and build the tunnel, plus three 120-foot, high-speed elevators from the ground to the underground Metro station.

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A group of runners will take on the Capital Crescent Trail this weekend to raise money for injured veterans and their families. The Sergeant’s Program, a boot camp-style fitness program in Potomac, has scheduled its 19th annual Jolly Fat Man’s Run for Saturday. Registration fees and donations will support Operation Second Chance, which serves wounded, injured and ill combat veterans. Chuck Dyson, head sergeant, will lead warm-up exercises near Bethesda Row. Participants can then run or walk however far they want on the trail before returning for a celebration breakfast at the American Tap Room on Woodmont Avenue. This is the 19th year for the event. Registration is $40 and includes a shirt, breakfast and a ticket for a raffle of prizes donated by local businesses.

The federally funded project is expected to be finished in 2018, said Tim Cupples, project manager. Cupples gave an update on the project’s progress at a Dec. 2 meeting of the Base Realignment and Closure Integration Committee. The tunnel is intended to make it easier for people to get between the Metro station on the west side of Rockville Pike, near the National Institutes of Health, to the east side, near Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, The Gazette previously reported. The elevators are supposed to quickly move people between the ground level and the Metro station.

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Two key groups have endorsed Pike District as a new name for the White Flint area. People have been debating for years whether the rapidly developing area in an unincorporated part of the county needs a new name. Now an advisory committee and a property owners group agree that calling the area Pike District will help market the area. At a meeting Tuesday of the White Flint Downtown Advisory Committee, Streetsense, a marketing and branding firm hired by several major area property owners, presented the results of its research and a public meeting held in September. Sarah Wright, creative strategist for

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Veterans turn to verse and song as balm for physical and psychic scars.


They were not skipping school to play computer games. Really. The five students from Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School were at Dig It! Games in Bethesda on Thursday to shadow game design professionals as part of the school’s annual Career Partnership Day. The opportunity to chose a profession and spend the day getting real-life experience in that occupation has been of-

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This rendering shows what the entrance to the proposed pedestrian tunnel and bank of elevators at the Medical Center Metrorail station in Bethesda would look like.

Streetsense, said more than 65 people participated in the meeting and picked Pike District as the favorite name by far. “People overall felt it was clear [and] straightforward,” Wright said. After the presentation, the committee unanimously voted to support Pike District as a new name for the area and to incorporate that name into its work. The committee’s long-term goal is to form an urban district similar to the one managed by the Bethesda Urban Partnership. Kensington, North Bethesda and Rockville are the postal addresses used by White Flint businesses and residences. The new name reflects the dominating presence of Rockville Pike in the area. Ken Hartman, director of the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center and a nonvoting committee member, said he likes the name and thinks it

Colin Cowie, a junior at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School tries his hand making 3-D objects at Amecia Starks’ workstation at Dig It! Games in Bethesda during Thursday’s annual Career Partnership Day.

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fered to Bethesda-Chevy Chase students for the last 22 years, due to a partnership with the Greater Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chamber of Commerce and Junior Achievement of Greater Washington. More than 47 workplaces in Montgomery County and Washington opened their doors to juniors and seniors from the Bethesda school and the British School of Washington who chose to participate. “I heard about it and I thought it would be a great opportunity,” Bethesda-Chevy Chase junior Justin Gourley said. “It’s what I want to do later in life.” Gourley was at Dig It! Games

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 10 Drop-in Discussion About Grief and Healing, 6:30-8 p.m., Montgomery Hos-

pice, 1355 Piccard Drive, Rockville. For anyone mourning the death of a loved one. Free, registration required. 301-9214400.

Wonder of Wonders: A Cultural History of “Fiddler on the Roof,” 7:30-9 p.m., Jew-

ish Community Center of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Road, Rockville. Lecture presented by the Foundation for Jewish Studies. Free; donations welcome. 301-770-4787.

THURSDAY, DEC. 11 Art of Hanukkah, 11 a.m., Ingleside at King Farm, 701 King Farm Blvd., Rockville. Jody Shapiro of the nonprofit Jewish Art Education will give a slideshow lecture on the Jewish holiday. Free, RSVP requested. 240-499-9019. Jewish “Family Feud” Game, noon, B’nai Israel Hazak, 6301 Montrose Road, Rockville. Celebrate Hanukkah with a Jewish version of “Family Feud.” Join a team and test knowledge of Jewish customs, history, Torah and Israeli facts. Bring a dairy lunch; sufganiyot and Hanukkah cookies will be provided.

Montgomery Hospice Bereavement Workshop on Winter Blues: Balancing Sorrow and Celebration While Grieving, 1:30-3

p.m., St. Mark Presbyterian Church, 10701 Old Georgetown Road, North Bethesda. For anyone grieving the death of a loved one. Free, registration required. 301-9214400. Turning 65? You Have Choices and Medicare is One of Them, 7-9 p.m., Twin-

brook Library, 202 Meadow Hall Drive, Rockville. Learn about Medicare through one of Montgomery County’s senior information sessions, offered through the State Health Insurance Assistance Program. Free. 301-590-2819. NAMI Smarts for Advocacy Presentation, 7:30-9 p.m., National Alliance on

Mental Illness Montgomery County, 11718 Parklawn Drive, Rockville. Increases the capacity of individuals and families living with mental illness to share their stories effectively and use them to engage decision makers on advocacy issues. Free.

SATURDAY, DEC. 13 Brunch in PJs with Santa, 9-11 a.m.,

North Bethesda Market, 20 Paseo Drive. Children can meet Santa and his helpers,

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decorate cookies and make holiday crafts over brunch. Benefits Toys for Tots. Families who bring unwrapped toys receive 20 percent discount. $5.95-$11.95. 301-9073817. Holiday Glass Ornament Make-N-Bake, 10 a.m.-noon, Weisser Glass Studio, 4080B Howard Ave., Kensington. Create a glass ornament. $10 per ornament; multiples allowed. 301-571-8966. Destination North Holiday Celebration, noon-4 p.m., North Bethesda Mar-

ket, 20 Paseo Drive. Families can watch ice sculptures made of winter movie characters, sing along with strolling carolers and receive souvenirs. Free. 301907-3817. Natus est Rex: A King is Born, 5 p.m., Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, 6201 Dunrobbin Drive, Bethesda. Holiday concert by women’s vocal ensemble Eya: Ensemble for Medieval Music. $10-$20. Magical Night of Community, 8-11 p.m., Congregation Har Shalom, 11510 Falls Road, Potomac. Hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine followed at 9 p.m. by show by magician Brian Curry, desserts and a raffle. $36-$50.

SUNDAY, DEC. 14 Cinema Art Bethesda Film Screening,

10 a.m., Landmark Bethesda Row Cinema, 7235 Woodmont Ave. “Night Boats” from 2012 in Croatia. Includes post-screening discussion, coffee and bagels. $15. 301365-3679. Hanukkah Hoopla, 10-11:30 a.m., Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School Lower School Campus, 1901 E. Jefferson St., Rockville. Designed for 3- and 4-year-olds, with hands-on activities, music, dancing and holiday treats. Free, registration requested. Weisser Glass Studio Holiday Fair and Open House, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., 4080B

Howard Ave., Kensington. Fourth annual holiday open house and craft fair with local glass artists and craftsmen. Free. 301571-8966. Culinary Historians of Washington, D.C., 2:30-4:30 p.m., Bethesda-Chevy

Chase Regional Services Center, 4805 Edgemoor Lane, Bethesda. Catherine Dann Roeber speaking on “Food Fights and School Lunch: Dining and Edible Education in America.” Free. 301-3206979. Voices 21 Christmas Concert, 3 p.m., Chevy Chase United Methodist Church, 7001 Connecticut Ave. Including Renaissance motets by William Byrd and Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina; “A Christ-



Harp Happy! “Dancing Strings” Program, 6:30 p.m., Davis

Library, 6400 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda; also 1:30-2:30 p.m. Dec. 12 at Olney Library, 3500 Olney-Laytonsville Road. Four-person harp ensemble will perform a program of dance music from around the world. Free. 240-777-0922 for Davis, 240-773-9545 for Olney.

MORE INTERACTIVE CALENDAR ITEMS AT WWW.GAZETTE.NET mas Carol” by Charles Ives; and contemporary arrangements of favorite carols by Ola Gjeilo and Philip Stopford. Free; donations accepted. 240-643-6563. North Pole Holiday Concert, 4 p.m., Cedar Lane Unitarian Church, 9601 Cedar Lane, Bethesda. Presented by the NIH Community Orchestra and Chorus in association with the East Avenue Ensemble of Chevy Chase. Orchestral and choral music, including four selections from Handel’s “Messiah” performed as a singalong. Free; donations welcome. 240-2773480.

MONDAY, DEC. 15 Winter Blues: Balancing Sorrow and Celebration While Grieving, 1-2:30 p.m.,

Montgomery Hospice, 1355 Piccard Drive, Rockville. For anyone grieving the death of a loved one. Free, registration required. 301-921-4400.


Chuck Anya and Brendan Thompson celebrate Northwest High School’s 34-31 victory in the state championship game Friday at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. Go to SPORTS High school basketball season has begun. Keep up with the biggest games by checking online every weekend.


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Chanukah in the Village, 4:30-6 p.m., Potomac Village Shopping Center, 10116 River Road. Menorah lighting, Hanukkah sing-along, dreidel playing and holiday sweets. Free. 301-299-0225.


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B’nai Tzedek Hazak Celebrates Chanukah, noon-2:30 p.m., 10621 S. Glen Road,

Potomac. Homemade latkes and a holiday sing-along with cantor and rabbi. Latkes, dessert and drinks provided. Free. 301299-0225. Hanukkah Celebration, 7-8:30 p.m., 3 Bethesda Metro Center. Menorah lighting ceremony, singing and magic. Latkes and chocolate while supplies last. Free. 301652-4988. Chaise Lounge Xmas Spectacular, 8 p.m., Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, 7719 Wisconsin Ave. Joined by the North Chevy Chase Elementary School Holiday Glee Club. $25. Call 240-3304500.

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Vets turn to poetry and song for healing PEOPLE Warrior Arts Cafe in Chevy Chase holds first open mic session




For many it’s been a long time — 40, 50 years, for one even longer, some less — but local veterans now have a place to share their stories. The Warrior Arts Cafe held its first gathering Dec. 3 at Alfio’s La Trattoria in Chevy Chase, with poetry readings, music and a multimedia presentation by veterans of wars in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan — even the work of a World War II veteran, Manual Zenick of Silver Spring. “To have an avenue where they can get their work out is quite helpful,” said Richard Epstein of Silver Spring. Epstein is the “primary host” of the Memorial Day Writers Project, a group of veterans who meet on the National Mall every Veterans Day and Memorial Day to share their experiences through the arts. He served in the Army in


Frederick Foote of Bethesda reads poems about his time as a Navy physician at the Warrior Arts Cafe at Alfio’s La Trattoria in Chevy Chase. Thailand in 1966 and worked in Vietnam for three years after that as a civilian. The poetry he shared last week reflected on his time as a civilian in Vietnam. Poetry readings are a good way to connect with other veterans, he said. “It’s one of the healing arts,” he said. “You control the story or it controls you.”

Dr. Norah Burns of Columbia shared in poetry and song how the ghosts of Vietnam haunt her father still and the effect his post-traumatic stress disorder has on her, the daughter born after he returned from service. “It’s important for me to be here,” she said. “People seem to forget about us. Even though I’m older, I’m still the child of a

Vietnam veteran. Music, art and poetry bring life. It builds us back up.” Fred Foote of Bethesda, a retired Navy physician, gave a multimedia presentation that included some of the poetry he wrote after working with wounded Americans and Iraqis on the USNS Comfort in 2003. He works with the Warrior Poetry Project at Walter Read National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, helping wounded service members there heal. “We’re having all the wounded warriors make art,” Foote said. “It’s healing them.” The Warrior Arts Cafe was the brainchild of Kimberli Costabile, events manager at Alfio’s. “Alfio’s is such a community institution,” she said. “I realized we have such a wealth of creative people in the area and they could come her and share.” The Warrior Arts Cafe will be “open” at 6 p.m. Wednesday and on Jan. 21 and 28. For more information, call Alfio’s at 301657-9133.

Roommate arrested in stabbing death in North Bethesda Suspect may have feared victim was a witch, police say




A woman charged with stabbing her roommate to death in their North Bethesda apartment may have been convinced the victim was evil and practicing witchcraft. Rita Narcissa SandersCampfield, 53, has been charged with first-degree murder after police found her roommate, Chong Park, 67, dead in their apartment Dec. 2 with a large knife sticking out of her

back, according to Montgomery County police. Detectives found a journal, believed to belong to SandersCampfield, near the suspect’s bed in which she had written that Park was a witch, said Capt. Paul Starks, a police spokesman. Police also found clothing in Sanders-Campfield’s closet and a pair of scissors on Park’s bed that were covered in blood, Starks said. Park’s body was found by an employee of Housing Unlimited Inc., which had been contacted by Park’s daughter Connie. Connie Park was concerned because she hadn’t been able to reach her mother since Nov. 29, and had asked the organization

to check on her, Starks said. Housing Unlimited is a Silver Spring nonprofit that provides affordable housing to people with psychiatric disabilities in the county. The employee entered the apartment using a master key, found Park’s body and called police. Officers found SandersCampfield in her bed with what appeared to be bite marks on her right arm, Starks said. Sanders-Campfield spoke with both Connie and Chong Park on Nov. 28 on the subject of religion and mentioned that she was seeking to be “perfected.” When asked how that was going, Sanders-Campfield reportedly said it wasn’t going well, according to charging

documents. Sanders-Campfield is being held without bail while she undergoes a court-ordered mental health evaluation. A bail review hearing is scheduled for Wednesday. A county corrections worker told Montgomery County District Court Judge James B. Sarsfield at a hearing Dec. 3 that therapists had been unable to interview Sanders-Campfield after she was taken into custody because she kept speaking to herself and was virtually catatonic. Sanders-Campfield is being represented by the Office of the Public Defender.








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DAR recognizes high school teacher Kirsten Pasquale, a teacher at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, has won the Outstanding Teacher of American History Award from the Chevy Chase Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Pasquale is to receive the award at the chapter’s meeting Saturday at Columbia Country Club.”

Chevy Chase girl is national finalist Jillian Murray of Chevy Chase, a senior at Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School in Washington, D.C., was named the female Wendy’s High School Heisman winner for Washington and is one of six female national finalists. She is to be recognized — Murray and possibly named national winner — this weekend during Heisman Weekend in New York City. The awards ceremony will be televised at 3 p.m. Sunday on ESPN2. “I was really surprised because the pool was so large; it seemed crazy I could be in the top six,” Murray said in a news release. “It’s nice to have all my hard work recognized. It gives me more motivation to continue working hard and shows even if I don’t accomplish my immediate goals, my hard work can still payoff in unexpected ways.” The fast-food chain’s program recognizes high school seniors who excel in academics and athletics, and who are committed to serving their communities. Murray was one of 48,000 applicants this year. Murray holds five school cross country records. She has

been named All-State twice, AllDistrict once and All-Conference three times, and she is a cross country team captain. In her freshman through junior years, she also played soccer. She has been on the honor roll every year. Outside of school, Murray is on the teen advisory board for Girls Up, an organization created by her late mother to help girls develop character, confidence and life skills. Because she is a state winner, the company gave her a silver medal and a $100 Wendy’s gift card, and donated $2,000 to her school.

Campus congrats Andrew Ashur, a senior at Georgetown Preparatory School in North Bethesda, has won the Lowell Bryan Scholarship as an incoming scholar-athlete at Davidson (N.C.) College. Ashur, a baseball pitcher, plans to enroll with the class of 2019 in August. He is the son of Brigid Ashur and Tony Ashur of Vienna, Va. The Lowell Bryan Scholarship, valued at $30,000 annually, recognizes two outstanding scholar-athletes — one male and one female — in each entering class.

Children’s book benefits church project in Kenya Mary-Margaret Patterson of Chevy Chase has written a children’s book, “Crocs,” that follows the shoes discarded by two Chevy Chase brothers to the feet of a boy living in the Kenyan farm village of Shikokho. The story is based on an ongoing aid project in Shikohkho organized by Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C. It focuses on helping American children learn about life in the developing world and is illustrated with color photos from recent work trips to the village, according to a news release from Patterson. Sales proceeds benefit the church projects in Shikokho. More information is at and


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A star is made

Carlos Hernandez of Mexico, and his son Carlos, 6, make a star decoration with Laura King, senior director of volunteers and community outreach at the Children’s Inn at NIH in Bethesda. Carlos is one of the inn’s residents who on Dec. 3 decorated their playground with stars. They had help from NASA volunteers who stopped by to talk with the children about stars and space. The volunteers helped them decorate the playground, and DMI, a Bethesda company, cooked dinner for them ahead of a lighting ceremony, a concert and a chance to look through a telescope and see some real stars. BILL RYAN/THE GAZETTE

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New director brings nonprofit acumen to historical society ‘We are here to serve the community,’ says head of county group




Matthew Logan has been reading a lot of history lately. This past weekend he explored writings on both the history of Montgomery County and the history of the Montgomery County Historical Society. It’s now wonder: Last month, Logan, of Chevy Chase, was named executive director of the historical society in Rockville, a

job, he said, he is excited about. “I have two passions — history and environmental causes,” he Logan said. “This is an opportunity to pursue something I’ve cared about for a long time.” For the past several years, Logan, 50, has concentrated on environmental causes, most recently as director of Potomac Riverkeeper, which works to protect and improve the water quality of the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers. “My whole career has been working with nonprofits and, with one exception, fairly small ones, managing and building small organizations so they become better at what they do and making them more sustainable,” he said. “That’s something I take great pride in. That’s what I hope to do here — build it to the [organization] it deserves to be.” During this first month on the job, Logan said, he has been going through all the society’s files. “In part because I need to clear space and to assess what the organization has been doing and what it can do,” he said. “As an historian I like the background.” He said he was most surprised by learning how much “good stuff” the group has done. Looking ahead, Logan, who lhas been a county resident since 1998, said he plans to strengthen the core of the organization, making sure all parts are solid. “After that you can begin [working on] the programs, the mission-related stuff people expect,” he said. And, he said, it is important to bring the community into partnership with the historical society. “We are here to serve the community and if the community doesn’t know we are here, we aren’t doing our job,” he said. The Montgomery County Historical Society, on West Montgomery Avenue in Rockville, was founded in 1944 and incorporated in 1951, Logan said. Its mission is to interpret and promote the history, heritage and culture of the county, according to its website. In Rockville, the public can visit the Beall-Dawson House, built in 1851; the Stonestreet Museum, a one-room doctor’s office built in 1850; or the Jane C. Sween Library, which houses the society’s archives. In addition, the society owns two homes adjacent to the Beall-Dawson House, one of which is used for administrative offices and the other for storing some of the 10,000-plus items the group owns. The historical society hosts a number of programs each year, including school field trips, a history camp, an annual history conference and Montgomery County History Day. It also has outreach programs for schools and Scouts and offer a speakers bureau for community groups. “I feel lucky to be here,” Logan said. “This is a great place with even greater potential. We are going to be working hard to make sure this is relevant to the community. Otherwise it is just an academic exercise.”

Harp Happy! to perform at Davis Library


A four-person harp ensemble called Harp Happy! will perform an International Dancing Strings program at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Davis Library, 6400 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda. The program will include dance music from around the world, including an Italian tarantella, Irish hornpipe, French can-can and Persian belly dance. All ages are invited to the free program. For more information, call 240-777-0922. —GAZETTE STAFF


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A graduate of Walter Johnson High School in Bethesda, Salazar holds a degree in broadcast communications from Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pa.

Physical therapist opens Kensington practice Allen Broderick has opened Bethesda Physical Therapy at 10901 Connecticut Ave., Suite 201, Kensington. In a statement, Broderick, who lives in Kensington, said he opened the practice because “after serving the Bethesda community for 10 years, we wanted to offer quality services to the members of the Kensington and Wheaton communities.” Broderick said he is “thrilled” with owning a business in the community where he lives. The practice’s phone number is 240-558-4404; its website is bethesdaphysicalthe-

Commercial building permits go online Applications for commercial building permits in Montgomery County now can be submitted electronically. The county’s Department of Permitting Services also added fire alarm and fire protection to its ePermits and ePlans, joining permits for electrical, deck, new home and right of way work. The move will help expedite the permitting process, according to a county news release. In the past five years, the number of reviews has grown by more than 30,000 reviews, the county said. “This service will save customers significant time, money, fuel and paper,” permitting Director Diane Schwartz Jones said in the release. Payments can be made online with credit cards and soon electronic bank payments will be accepted. More information is available at montgomerycountymd. gov/permittingservices or by calling 311.

Comcast SportsNet names anchor-reporter Comcast SportsNet MidAtlantic in Bethesda named Sebastian Salazar an anchor and reporter. Previously, Salazar was an anchor and beat reporter with Salazar Comcast SportsNet Houston. Before that, he was a producer and reporter with Comcast SportsNet MidAtlantic. Previously, he was a sports anchor and reporter for WHSVTV in Winchester, Va., and WDNN-TV in Dalton, Ga.


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Lockheed promotes Rangel to senior VP Lockheed Martin of Bethesda promoted Robert Rangel, 55, to senior vice president for Washington operations and a corporate officer, effective Jan. 1. Rangel succeeds Greg Dahlberg, 63, who was named senior vice president for Strategic Enterprise Initiatives and will retire in August. Rangel is vice president of Lockheed Martin Programs and Global Security Policy. Before joining Lockheed in 2011, he was special assistant to the secretary and deputy secretary of defense. He also was staff director of the House Armed Services Committee. He holds a bachelor’s in political science from the University of Kentucky.

High schoolers invited to join leadership program

EagleBank names executive VP EagleBank of Bethesda named Charles C. Brockett executive vice president and director of operations. Previously, Brockett was a founding director, CFO and COO at Virginia Heritage Bank, which Eagle Bancorp, EagleBank’s parent, acquired in October. Earlier, he founded and was managing partner of Enterprise Financial Consulting and also worked for First Commercial Bank.

Applications to the Lazarus Leadership Fellows Program for high school juniors and seniors are being accepted through Jan. 9. Now in its 19th year, the program gives high school students an opportunity to learn from community leaders in a series of seminars in the spring. Each student will then complete a 200-hour community service project in the summer. Since 1997, these students have completed almost 50,000 hours of community service,

Rozansky group announces hires The Rozansky Group of Long & Foster Real Estate in Bethesda named the following new employees: Elizabeth Burgess, Bonnie Butler, Adam Pollin, Luke Rozansky and Brian Sobotka, sales consultants; Susie Kendzie, marketing director/sales consultant; Michelle Murphy, listing and settlement manager; Pamela Sislen, sales consultant/ certified aging in place specialist; and Elaine Weiskopf, client care manager.

according to a news release. Based at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School in Bethesda, the program is open to students who live in or attend school in the Bethesda-Chevy Chase area. A brochure describing the program and the 2015 application are on the school’s website at schools/bcchs/activities/lazarus.aspx. For more information, contact Bruce Adams at bruce@ — GAZETTE STAFF


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Superintendent Joshua P. Starr has recommended a $2.4 billion operating budget for fiscal 2016, which he said will man-

age growing enrollment, help close achievement gaps and “foster some innovation.” Starr’s proposal is $126.9 million above this year’s budget, an increase of 5.6 percent. Of the requested increase, $103.6 million would go toward operational costs. Another factor that would raise the budget is a requested $23.3 million to replace money

the Montgomery County Council pulled from a school health trust fund. The money was put toward retiree benefits this year. The school board will hold two public hearings on the proposed budget on Jan. 8 and 15. The board will vote Feb. 10 after work sessions on Jan. 20 and 22. Starr said the school system might not get its full request if the projected deficits of about

$600 million at the state level and about $97 million at the county level hold true. At the school board’s Tuesday meeting, Starr said there are “rumors” that Gov.-elect Larry Hogan (R) might not fund the Geographic Cost of Education Index, which would provide about $34 million to Montgomery schools. This funding goes to certain school systems for edu-

until he takes office in January. “The situation is not good, frankly, given state and local projections, which means my budget must be seen as a spending plan and preliminary,” Starr said. He said his budget is “reasonable” given the fiscal climate and continues the school system’s work with “no surprises.” Starr said he thinks spending restrictions he put in place starting Dec. 1 will generate savings that can be used next fiscal year. Under his proposal, the system would spend $19.6 million to add 279 positions specifically in response to its growing student population, Starr said. In another growth spurt, the system gained 2,563 students this school year, for a total of 153,852. Among those added positions, secondary schools would see about 105 new positions, such as those for security assistants, media assistants and aides. There would be about 96 new positions for special education services and 41.5 new positions for English for Speakers of Other Languages services. Starr recommended roughly 77 other various positions. His proposal adds 3.5 elementary counselors, five psychologists and four pupil personnel workers, totaling more than $1 million. An additional 5.5 new counselors, for nearly $463,000, would work in high schools with students from low-income families and that need more staff to help their students. Starr said he wants to add five math content coaches at elementary schools in response to recent concerns about math performance. The coaches will help students with math early on in their education, he said. Other positions added as part of “enhancements,” rather than to address growth, include those related to special education services. Among them, 4.5 positions, totaling about $356,000, would support Learning and Academic Disabilities services, which include providing specialized instruction. Starr proposed spending roughly $36,000 to expand staff training on how to teach students learning English. About $250,000 would go toward expanding the Achieving Collegiate Excellence and Success program, which combines the efforts of the school system, Montgomery College and the Universities at Shady Grove. The added money would start programs for ninth- and 10thgraders at five more schools. A $250,000 recommendation would help start the Children’s Trust. Starr said county agencies would use the money to to help families and children in parts of the county where there are “great needs,” but a lack of services. Starr included a recommendation of $329,000 for athletic trainer services. Another item calls for $225,000 to increase teacher diversity. At the meeting, school board President Patricia O’Neill said it is unknown whether the state index funding will come through. Looking at the county projections, she said, “revenues are not very bright.”



cational costs. While there has been no statement from Hogan, Starr said, school officials are anticipating that index money “will be cut.” Erin Montgomery, a press secretary for Hogan, said Tuesday that she “can’t comment at this time” on Starr’s comments about the index. She said Hogan and his staff won’t comment on policy issues

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The man in charge of economic development for Montgomery County, Steven A. Silverman, has resigned to open a government relations firm. Silverman, who started with the county as economic development director in 2009, will end his tenure with the county on Jan. 2, then hang Silverman out his own shingle in government relations, he said. “I’ll be setting myself up as my own government relations consultant and I’ll be working at the local, state and federal level on behalf of private clients,” he said Friday. “I’ve got three teenage kids — one on the way to college, one just graduated — so this seemed like the right time to go back into the private sector.” Montgomery County Media first reported Silverman’s departure on its website and Facebook on Friday afternoon. Silverman said he has been in public service for the past 16 years and while he has enjoyed “every minute of it,” now is the time to move to the private side. Prior to taking the helm of economic development for the county, Silverman served as director of aging, health care and special projects in the Maryland attorney general’s office, according to his county bio. He also served on the Montgomery County Council from 1998 to 2006 and was chairman of the Planning Housing and Economic Development Committee. Silverman ran for county executive in 2006, losing the Democratic primary to current Executive Isiah Leggett (D), who later appointed him director of economic development. It was not easy taking over economic development in the challenging fiscal climate of 2009, Silverman said, but “it’s been the most exciting of times.” During Silverman’s tenure, Leggett focused on job creation, retaining existing business while adding new programs like the biotech and cybersecurity tax credits, and the MOVE program, which helps fund companies that move into vacant spaces. “I think we’ve got a good record,” Silverman said. “But we’ve had extraordinary support from the county executive. It’s been his agenda.” Lacefield said the department’s deputy director, Sally Sternbach, will take over as interim director of economic development while the county searches for a new department head.

White Flint post office open two Sundays The recently opened White Flint post office has extended hours during December. The office is one of eight in Maryland and Washington, D.C., open this Sunday and Dec. 21, according to a Postal Service news release. The White Flint office, at 5056B Nicholson Lane, is scheduled to be open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. those days. This is a new address for the post office, which used to be in White Flint Mall. The Postal Service also plans to deliver packages daily in some areas, including Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Kensington and Rockville. —GAZETTE STAFF


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On subjects from world history to biology, Montgomery County students performed slightly better on Advanced

Placement exams in 2014 than in 2013, according to data released Dec. 3. About 73.9 percent of the AP exams that county students took this year were scored at 3 or higher — up from 73 percent of tests taken in 2013. In 2012, county students reached those higher scores on 75 percent of their tests. AP exams are scored from 1, the lowest, to 5, the highest.

A student who earns at least 3 on an exam is ready to take on that subject at the college level, according to the College Board website. Overall, Maryland students scored 3 or higher on 60.9 percent of their tests. Nationwide, students got at least that score on 57.2 percent of their exams. Montgomery County Public Schools released 2014 AP test result data on Dec. 3. The infor-

mation came from the College Board, which administers the exams. The number of tests Montgomery students took stayed roughly the same at 33,662 exams this year — the 2013 total was 33,642 tests. There was a larger jump of 668 more exams from 2012 to 2013. One student can take AP tests in multiple subjects. From last year to this year,

the percentage of tests scoring at least 3 went up at 15 high schools and went down at 10 high schools. Students took more exams at 12 high schools and fewer exams at 13 schools. Montgomery County’s 2014 AP performance results are 1.6 percentage points higher than results from five years ago. In 2009, county students scored a 3 or higher on 72.3 percent of their tests, according to a school sys-

tem memo. The number of tests taken has climbed by 5,087 over those five years; Montgomery students took 28,575 AP exams in 2009. Performance gaps persist between student groups based on race and ethnicity. However, among tests that black and Hispanic students took, higher percentages got at least a 3 score in 2014. The students also took more exams. Both student groups performed better than their respective groups at the state and national levels. Montgomery County’s black students earned a 3 or higher on 49.8 percent of their 2014 tests. That is up nearly 3 percentage points from last year, but is not as strong as their 2012 performance. Black students this year did better than the same student group in 2009. Hispanic students boosted their percentage of tests with scores of at least a 3 to 57.7 this year, up 1.7 percentage points from 2013. They performed better than Hispanic students did in 2009, but not as well as those who took exams in 2012. White and Asian students in 2014 earned at least a 3 on 81.2 percent and 78.3 percent of their tests, respectively. “I’m encouraged that more of our African American and Hispanic students are taking AP classes and are demonstrating their readiness for college-level work on the AP exams,” Superintendent Joshua P. Starr said in a press release. “There is still a significant gap in AP participation and performance between our African American and Hispanic students and their White and Asian peers, but we are making progress.”

BY THE NUMBERS High schools with largest increases in the number of AP exams taken, from 2013 to 2014: 1. Churchill (Potomac): 222 2. Wheaton: 170 3. Blake (Silver Spring): 127 4. Montgomery Blair (Silver Spring): 112 5. Walter Johnson (Bethesda): 110 High schools with largest decreases in the number of AP exams taken, from 2013 to 2014: 1. Sherwood (Sandy Spring): 230 2. Watkins Mill (Gaithersburg): 132 3. Gaithersburg: 129 4. Whitman (Bethesda): 124 5. Paint Branch (Burtonsville): 110 High schools with largest increases in percentage points of tests earning score of 3 or higher: 1. Springbrook (Silver Spring): 10.2 2. Clarksburg: 7.1 3. Sherwood: 6.5 4. Paint Branch: 6 5. Wheaton: 5.9 High schools with largest decreases in percentage of tests earning score of 3 or higher: 1. Kennedy (Silver Spring): 14.8 2. Northwest (Germantown): 4.8 3. Magruder (Rockville): 4.5 4. Damascus: 3.8 5. Blake: 3.7 5. Watkins Mill: 3.7




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Montgomery County Selects Three Favorite Teachers Some 500,000 Ballots Cast in The Gazette’s My Favorite Teacher Program By Karen Finucan Clarkson | Special to The Gazette

An apple for the winners of The Gazette’s 2014 My Favorite Teacher program. From left to right: Sarada Devi Jasti Currie, North Bethesda Middle School; Jacqueline Moore, North Chevy Chase Elementary School; Hsinyu Ho, Winston Churchill High School.

“We all have had a teacher in our lives who touched us somehow,” said Scott Ritter, vice president of retail delivery, chief lending officer and interim CEO with MidAtlantic Federal Credit Union (Mid-Atlantic FCU). “For me, it was Mrs. Dryer. She took a somewhat indifferent student and gave me real purpose, which allowed me to excel.” That recognition, of how teachers change lives, is one of the reasons MAFCU has been The Gazette’s My Favorite Teacher platinum sponsor for the past four years.

The contest – also held in Prince George’s County – began in September when The Gazette asked students to nominate their favorite teachers. The newspaper selected finalists at the elementary-, middle- and high-school levels based on the most compelling student essays, and then opened up the voting to the public to select the winners. Ultimately, the contest drew in excess of 700 nominations in the two counties and garnered more than 500,000 online votes.

Ritter’s comments came during a Dec. 1 awards ceremony at BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown, where students, family, friends, school administrators, and sponsors from the local business community gathered to honor the winning teachers. “What I appreciate about this contest is that it allows students, who often times don’t get the chance, to thank teachers for making a difference in their lives,” said Ritter.

Montgomery County selected Jacqueline Moore, a 4thgrade reading, language arts and social studies teacher at North Chevy Chase Elementary School in Chevy Chase; Sarada Devi Jasti Currie, a world studies teacher at North Bethesda Middle School in Bethesda; and Hsinyu Ho, a geometry teacher at Winston Churchill High School in Potomac. “I’m glad we have folks of this caliber making a difference in the lives of our students,” said Ritter.



The teachers were presented with the My Favorite Teacher signature award, a stunning glass apple mounted on an inscribed base. They were surprised to receive generous gifts – including a $100 Visa gift card from Mid-Atlantic FCU, $50 from Germantown Dental, and $350 from The Gazette. Each nominating student received a $50 gift card as well. During the ceremony, students read the essays they had submitted online nominating the winning teachers. Their words resonated with the sponsors, educators and parents alike. For additional details about The Gazette My Favorite Teacher contest go to


hat do student essays nominating their favorite teacher and the service provided by Mid-Atlantic Federal Credit Union (MidAtlantic FCU) have in common? They both come straight from the heart. “Let’s face it, kids today are involved in a lot of activities and have a lot going on,” says Marc Wilensky, Mid-Atlantic FCU’s vice president of marketing. “For these kids to take the time from their hectic lives to recognize a teacher that has had a positive impact on their lives is remarkable….The nomination letters verified what


Several other sponsors, in addition to Mid-Atlantic FCU, were on hand to present the awards, including Marco Taffo with Deck Helmet, the elementary school sponsor; and Dr. Ali Alibakhshi with Germantown Dental & Cosmetic Center, the middle school sponsor.

day our employees educate the people of Montgomery County about financial issues. Financial literacy is a very important component of who we are.”

we assumed – that there are a lot of great teachers in our county and a lot of smart and articulate students.” A perennial My Favorite Teacher Platinum Sponsor, Mid-Atlantic FCU recognizes the value of education. “One could argue that teachers have the biggest impact on the future of our county.” Those who work and reside here can impact Montgomery County’s future by banking with Mid-Atlantic FCU. “The money that our members deposit into their accounts is lent out to their neighbors. Because the money is used locally, it ultimately helps our communities continue to grow.”

For nearly 50 years, tens of thousands of Montgomery County families, individuals and businesses have made Mid-Atlantic FCU their financial institution of choice for borrowing, saving and checking. If you live, work, worship, attend school, or volunteer in Montgomery County, you are eligible to join MidAtlantic FCU. “As a community chartered credit union, we believe in giving back to our community and what better way to give back than through education? Every

Just as important is community service. “From our CEO down, everyone throughout the organization believes in giving back to the community, a commitment I have never seen anywhere else….The culture is really contagious.” To learn more, visit or call 800-95-MAFCU (800-956-2328).


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WINNER Jacqueline Moore

4th Grade Reading, Language Arts and Social Studies Teacher North Chevy Chase Elementary

Ms. Moore has the unique ability to connect to individual students, to bring together the school community, and to make the world simpler for kids. She has been teaching for more than 15 years and has had a lot of students. Somehow she can make every student feel like the most important one. She did that for me and it changed school for me forever.

Middle School

WINNER Sarada Devi Jasti Currie World Studies Teacher North Bethesda Middle School

-Cole Philpott, 6th Grade

I love Ms. Jasti Currie because she taught the only class that I ever actually looked forward to. She was always available if I ever needed help. She would converse with her students on a personal level and not keep everything strictly school related. Ms. Jasti Currie was always able to somehow crack a smile on my face, even when I was having a bad day. -Mackenzie DiLima, 7th Grade

“This award means more to me than anything an adult in education or an educational organization might give because this award was initiated by one of my students. Kids, unlike many adults, live in the moment. They don’t waste time with being insincere,” said Jacqueline Moore after learning she had been voted Montgomery County’s favorite elementary school teacher. To celebrate the award, Moore and her student nominator “did a little victory dance in the hallway.”

The nomination by Mackenzie DiLima came as a surprise to Sarada Devi Jasti Currie, lifting the sleep-deprived teacher’s spirits the morning she learned of the tribute and infusing her with energy. “It’s kids like Mackenzie that make me look forward to coming to school each day. They make me laugh and enjoy my time at school,” said Jasti Currie. “This is a really tough job; if I didn’t enjoy my students and have so many that are as amazing as her, there is no way I would have lasted past year one.”

The tears flowed, according to the North Chevy Chase Elementary School teacher, when she read Cole Philpott’s nominating essay. In it, the student described his battle with dyslexia and Moore’s unwavering confidence in his intelligence and abilities.

A world studies teacher at North Bethesda Middle School, Jasti Currie is honored “to be appreciated in this way….I have the best former students and a school community that is so supportive!”

Moore, who entered college intent on a career in mechanical engineering, enjoys “guiding children as they get in touch with their creative side. I want them to dig deep and to go deep as they learn so that they can apply what they have learned to new situations. I want them to love the process of learning, and I want them to realize the rewards in doing what it takes to really learn about something that interests them.”

Jasti Currie, Montgomery County’s favorite middle school teacher, strives to prepare her students to be global citizens. “Kids come into schools with different experiences and backgrounds that can influence their success, but what students hold in common is that they can all learn and grow. It’s my job to help them in that process. I try to plan my lessons to be as engaging as possible while still appealing to different styles of learning.”

A native of Topsham, Maine, Moore is married and an active volunteer. She is a member of the National Building Museum’s Teacher Advisory Board and Newseum’s Education Advisory Team and serves as an educational consultant for the Smithsonian’s Center for Learning and Digital Access and the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

A Montgomery County Public Schools graduate, Jasti Currie enjoys traveling and experiencing other cultures. “Most of my extended family resides in India, so I am extremely grateful for any opportunity I get to visit my grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins.” Gardening, reading, and cooking delicious vegetarian meals are among her hobbies.



ransformation is key to both the work of educators and the professionals at Deck Helmet. While teachers use knowledge to transform the minds of students, Deck Helmet uses a revolutionary resurfacing system to transform old worn out decks into beautiful low-maintenance composite decks.

For those trying to imagine what a resurfaced deck would look like, Deck Helmet’s Deck Visualizer app eliminates the guesswork. Simply take a picture of the deck with an Apple iPad and see how the variety of deck colors, borders and railings would look when applied to your deck. To learn more, visit or call 800-884-4356.



he traits that make for an excellent teacher overlap with those of an outstanding dentist. A true concern for the health and education of students or patients, a passion for the profession, and a desire to make someone smile are the hallmarks of both. “Teachers play a key role in building a strong educational and social foundation for our children,” says Dr. Ali Alibakhshi at Germantown Dental & Cosmetic Center. “I believe the end of education is morality and a teacher’s help is an intangible factor that may touch and last forever in many different ways throughout the student’s life.” Education is infused into the mission and tradition of Germantown Dental. “It is a continuous part of our philosophy,” says Dr. Ali Alibakhshi, who, along with his staff, provides patients with the latest information concerning oral hygiene and dental and orthodontic care. That knowledge allows patients to make informed decisions regarding their treatment.


A first-time sponsor of The Gazette’s My Favorite Teacher program, Deck Helmet’s affordable resurfacing runs roughly half of what it would cost to replace a deck and can be accomplished in a fraction of the time it would take to rebuild one. The company provides a 10-year warranty, eliminating yearly maintenance. The resurfacing process eliminates splinters, making the deck safe again, and the finish is mildew resistant.




It is Dr. Alibakhshi’s appreciation of education that led to Germantown Dental’s sponsorship of My Favorite Teacher. “Appreciating and praising good work is always important. It not only encourages people but also helps people understand that they are on right path.” That appreciation is felt by patients at Germantown Dental, which has been serving the up-county area since 1997. “Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” Dr. Alibakhshi and his staff put that sentiment into action every day, creating beautiful smiles.” To learn more, visit or call 301-540-0500.



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High School

Mr. Ho is a very unique and intelligent person with a great sense of humor. He not only ensures that all of his students are secure with the content he teaches, but also ties hilarious personal experiences and stories to every lesson.

WINNER Hsinyu Ho

-Kiera Luu, 9th Grade

Honors Geometry and Geometry Teacher Winston Churchill High School


AWARDS CEREMONY Held Monday evening, December 1, 2014 BlackRock Center for the Arts, Germantown

“I was very honored to read the essay, especially because I was nominated amongst so many amazing teachers,” said Hsinyu Ho after learning he was a My Favorite Teacher finalist. Given the competition, winning came as a shock. “This award means the world to me…especially having been voted for by my students, parents and fellow teachers. It makes me feel appreciated.” Ho’s teaching philosophy is that “everyone can learn. I believe that in order to teach, we must know the students we teach. Forming personal relationships with my students is imperative to my success in teaching,” said the geometry teacher at Winston Churchill High School in Potomac. “It is my job to help students discover their potential and develop who they are.” It was Ho’s passion for math that led him to the teaching profession. “When I was a child in school, I volunteered to tutor other students. Additionally, I am proud to be an educator because there are not many Asian male teachers within the school system today. Therefore, I want to set a positive example for the students and teach them that passion and dedication are all you need to achieve success.”

From left to right: Sarada Devi Jasti Currie, North Bethesda Middle School; Scott Ritter, chief lending officer and interim CEO of Mid-Atlantic Federal Credit Union, the platinum sponsor; Jacqueline Moore, North Chevy Chase Elementary School; Hsinyu Ho, Winston Churchill High School.

A native of Taiwan, Ho moved to the U.S. at age 14. He and his wife have one daughter. Ho, the sponsor of the Churchill Ping Pong Club, has a license in financial services. “I currently volunteer my time to educate people about tax-free retirement.



Adventist HealthCare Behavioral Health & Wellness Services was the sponsor of the winning high school teacher (not pictured). From left to right: Keira Luu, 9th grade student who nominated Hsinyu Ho; Hsinyu Ho, Winston Churchill High School.


eachers in Montgomery County share a common bond with the professionals at Adventist HealthCare Behavioral Health & Wellness Services. “Our mission is to care for the mind, body and spirit,” says Kevin Young, the organization’s president. “Education helps to sharpen the mind and uplifts the spirit.” Recognizing that “education is vital to the wellbeing and success of children in our community and that teachers play a very important role in their development,” Adventist HealthCare Behavioral Health & Wellness Services – a premier behavioral health provider serving children and families – deems it important to recognize those who support children in their educational growth. Its behavioral health facilities in Rockville and Takoma Park allow Adventist HealthCare Behavioral Health & Wellness Services to provide the most comprehensive mental health services in the National Capital area. It offers a wide-ranging spectrum of services and treatment options in a variety of settings for children and adolescents experiencing anxiety and stress,

depression, alcohol or drug addiction, grieving and loss, ADHD, and other behavioral issues and mental health disorders.

Germantown Dental, the middle school sponsor, surprised each teacher with a gift card. From left to right: Dr. Ali AliBakhshi, Germantown Dental and Cosmetic Center; Mackenzie DiLima, 7th grade student who nominated Sarada Devi Jasti Currie; Sarada Devi Jasti Currie, North Bethesda Middle School.

In reviewing nominations to the My Favorite Teacher program, Young was impressed by “the strong emotional connection between the students and their teachers. There are so many teachers who inspire, coach and support our children from early childhood to adolescence….Teachers are such an invaluable resource to our children and they truly help shape and nurture young minds. The My Favorite Teacher content is a great way to recognize those educators who go above and beyond to help their children be their best.” To learn more, visit or call 301-251-4500.

Deck Helmet was the sponsor of the winning elementary school teacher. From left to right: Jacqueline Moore, North Chevy Chase Elementary School; Cole Philpott, 6th grade student who nominated Jacqueline Moore; Marco Taffo, sales manager of Deck Helmet.

THE FINALISTS The Gazette congratulates all the Montgomery County teachers who made it to the final voting round this fall: MONTGOMERY COUNTY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL:

•Kristen Chu •Emily Greenberg •Adrienne Howard •Breanne Marsh •Jaqueline Moore •Thipamala (Ann) Moy •Meghan Rose •Cheryl Sellitti •Heather Stadtler •Ashley Weissenburger

Gaithersburg Elementary School Chevy Chase Elementary School South Lake Elementary School Cloverly Elementary School North Chevy Chase Elementary School Forest Knolls Elementary School Bullis School Cold Spring Elementary School William B. Gibbs, Jr. Elementary School Farmland Elementary School


•Robert Buchanan •Glenn Hunter •Sarada Devi Jasti Currie •Pamela Lever •Samuel Linker •Carolyn Northrup •Tanya Rowe •Laura Sabelhaus •Sara Sanz •Donna Whitney •Lisa Wroblewski

Covenant Life School Bullis School North Bethesda Middle School Thomas W. Pyle Middle School Silver Spring International Middle School Rosa Parks Middle School Eastern Middle School Takoma Park Middle School A. Mario Loiderman Middle School Benjamin Banneker Middle School Roberto Clemente Middle School




•Keith Anderson •Khanh Chau •Don Leonardo De Valoes •Janisann Hay •Hsinyu Ho •Guillermo Melendez •Katie Moylan •Dale Placek •Kurt Richter •Rebecca Ronquillo

Montgomery Blair High School Walter Johnson High School Poolesville High School John F. Kennedy High School Winston Churchill High School Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School Connelly School of the Holy Child Academy of the Holy Cross Gaithersburg High School Damascus High School


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Gaithersburg plane crash kills three passengers, three in house Fund for surviving family members swells with donations day after crash





Montgomery County Fire & Rescue workers spray foam on part of an aircraft that crashed into a neighborhood on Drop Forge Lane in Gaithersburg on Monday, less than a mile from the end of the runway at Montgomery County Airpark.

GAITHERSBURG PLANE CRASH Six people were killed Monday when a plane crashed into a residential neighborhood in Gaithersburg, striking houses in the 19700 block of Drop Forge Lane, a cul-de-sac off Snouffer School Road not far from the Montgomery County Airpark, according to authorities. Three victims were in the plane and three were in a house hit by the plane, said Pete Piringer, a spokesman for Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service. Drop Forge Lane Plane crash site

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As details continue to surface regarding Monday’s plane crash that claimed six lives in Gaithersburg, many in the community and abroad are rallying to support the surviving family. A benefit fund for the family of a woman and two children — who died after wreckage from the crash set their house on fire — had raised more than $234,000 early Tuesday evening. Many online donations are coming from strangers who heard Monday’s tragic news and wanted to help. Montgomery County police said Marie Gemmell, 36, and her sons, Cole Gemmell, 3, and Devin Gemmell, 1½ months, were killed in their home. They were found on the second floor. The plane struck houses on Drop Forge Lane, a cul-de-sac off Snouffer School Road, causing major fire damage at the Gemmell home. “[Marie Gemmell] tried to save these kids,” Police Chief J. Thomas Manger said, according to a report by The Washington Post. Manger told a meeting of the Upcounty Citizens Advisory Board Monday evening that Marie Gemmell was found holding the baby and had the 3-year-old between her legs in a windowless bathroom, and likely died of smoke inhalation. Six people were killed when the small jet crashed into a residential neighborhood near the Montgomery County Airpark and the Army Legal Command Headquarters, authorities said. Three victims were in the plane, said Pete Piringer, a spokesman for Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service. People who were in another house got out OK. On Tuesday, police said they tentatively identified the three victims in the plane, but the identities won’t be confirmed until the state medical examiner’s office does autopsies. However, Health Decisions — a Durham, N.C., contract research organization for new medicines and medical devices — posted a statement saying its founder and CEO, Dr. Michael Rosenberg, died in the plane crash. During a press conference Tuesday afternoon, National Transportation Safety Board member Robert L. Sumwalt said the pilot, who was not named, had logged 4,500 hours and had been involved in a prior accident in March 2010. In March 2010, a Michael J. Rosenberg piloted a single-en-

gine turbo-propeller plane that crashed while landing at the airpark. The pilot also was flying in from North Carolina, and was not injured, the Montgomery County Revenue Authority, which owns and operates the airport, told The Gazette at the time. On Tuesday, Sumwalt said preliminary information was retrieved from the flight recorder, known as a “black box,” which captures voice and flight data. The flight recording from Monday’s crash revealed that throughout the flight, the throttle appeared to follow commands; there was no evidence of engine failure or fire; and the lowest air speed reported throughout the flight was 88 knots. Sumwalt said that 20 seconds prior to the end of the recording, an automated stall warning indicated an aerodynamic stall, which is when airflow over the wings is disrupted. During a press conference on Monday, Sumwalt said the plane was an Embraer Executive Jet — a Phenom 100. The two-engine jet seats six people, according to registration information posted online. It was on GPS approach on the way to a runway at the airpark, Sumwalt said. Just prior to the crash, voices on the radio frequency used for air traffic control at the airpark — which can be heard at www. — described an unusual amount of bird activity in the area. During Tuesday’s press conference, Sumwalt said initial investigations showed no sign of bird ingestion into the engines, and that the reported activity included birds spotted on the ground, about 1,000 feet on the runway — not in the air and not in the flight path. The plane was registered to Sage Aviation of Chapel Hill, N.C. According to Sumwalt, three other pilots were in the area at the time of the crash — one in the air and two on the ground. Two of those pilots reported seeing the plane pitching and rolling. The Washington Post reported that the plane had turned on final approach to land at the airpark, just behind a Cessna 172 propeller-driven plane. Sumwalt said the plane hit and ripped a gash in the first house, then hit the yard of a second house. A wing broke off and hit the third house, whose occupants were killed, he said. In a post on Twitter, Piringer said 19737 Drop Forge Lane had about $50,000 of structural damage; no one was home at time of the crash. In another Twitter post, he said 19740 Drop Forge Lane had more than $150,000 worth of damage and the occupants there escaped without injury. A photo accompanying the post about 19740 Drop Forge

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Lane shows a giant hole in the side and top of the house. Along with a photo showing 19733 Drop Forge Lane, Piringer wrote that the estimate of damage was more than $400,000. Tracy Everett, who works for a local home repair service, told reporters that he saw the plane flying at a low altitude before the crash. He said the plane’s path appeared erratic. “He went to the right, went to the left,” Everett said. “He took a bit of a, kind of a rolling dive into the neighbor-




hood.” Everett, who was driving in his van at the time, went to the scene of the crash a few minutes later. He said a firetruck already was there. “I saw and heard a secondary explosion,” Everett said. “You could feel it under your feet.” Montgomery County received a 911 call from a nearby National Guard armory about the crash at 10:44 a.m., Montgomery County Fire Chief Steve Lohr said. During the day, dozens of firefighters were on the scene.

Red Cross workers were on hand to assist and offered blankets to those who needed them. Sumwalt said the NTSB expects to spend up to a week at the scene, looking at the operations of the plane, experience of the pilot and other factors. In Gaithersburg, an outpouring of support for the Gemmell family continues. Jenifer Miller, who said she knows the family slightly from serving them at the Dogfish Head Alehouse, started a fundraising campaign at to raise money for Ken Gemmell, Marie Gemmell’s husband, and his surviving daughter, Arabelle. The money will help pay for funeral expenses and other costs incurred by the family, Miller wrote on the website. “The original goal was $10,000, and now we’re at over $170,000,” Miller told The Gazette Tuesday afternoon. Ken Gemmell posted a message on his Facebook page on Tuesday afternoon: “No words can describe the enormity of our loss and sadness over yesterday’s tragedy. We lost Marie, the love of my life and college sweetheart, and our two young, innocent and joyful sons — a loss that no person should ever endure. The outpouring of support has been overwhelming, and my daughter and I are appreciative for the prayers and well wishes from friends, neighbors and the community. “We also appreciate the dedication and hard work of the firefighters, police and other first responders who did everything in their power to try to save my family during this horrific event.



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There will be a lot of grieving over the coming weeks, and we request that the media respect our privacy so I can provide my daughter with some degree of normalcy as we try to re-build.” Miller said she heard about the crash from her mother, who lives nearby, and started organizing the funding website after the announcement that the Gemmells had died Monday evening. It wasn’t until a little more than an hour after the site was created that she realized she knew the family, she said. Miller said she spoke briefly to Gemmell Monday night, to make sure he knew about the fund. The fund has attracted thousands of donations and numerous messages of sympathy. “None of us may ‘know’ you and your precious little family but our hearts are with you,” one woman posted on the GoFundMe page. “This family is in my prayers. I don’t know them personally, and cannot fathom how painful this is and will continue to be for them,” wrote another. Several donations have come from local businesses, according to the website. Fundraisers also are being planned, such as one scheduled for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 18 at Silver Spring’s Pop Up PlayZone featuring a performance from the Great Zucchini at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $10, with all proceeds benefiting the Gemmell family. More information is at tinyurl. com/q9qswol. Staff Writer Virginia Terhune contributed to this report.


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Montgomery County police are investigating why a school principal did not tell law enforcement about a 2004 allegation against a substitute teacher, who already is facing charges of sexual abuse related to four students. An investigation into Jose Pineda’s work and interactions with students in several Montgomery County public schools has intensified. On Thursday, police said nine additional students recently reported that Pineda touched them, although none of the encounters was severe enough to merit criminal charges. Pineda, 50, of the 9100 block of Bramble Bush Court in Gaithersburg, faces four counts of sexual abuse of a minor and four counts of third-degree sexual offense. He is accused of groping one student at Forest Oak Middle School in Gaithersburg in 2004, two students at Ridgeview Middle School in Gaithersburg in 2013, and one student at Roberto Clemente School in Germantown this September. Pineda was charged in mid-October with abusing the Roberto Clemente student. After that, the other three alleged victims came forward. He was charged again in mid-November, and is being held in lieu of $150,000 bail, according

to police. At a press conference Thursday, police talked about the newest reports of Pineda’s interactions — encounters that left the students uncomfortable. Six additional Ridgeview students and three students at Gaithersburg Middle School reported that Pineda touched them. The accounts describe encounters that, although valuable, are not prosecutable, said Capt. Paul Starks, a spokesman for Montgomery County police. Starks said there was no record that the 2004 incident — which charging documents indicate was reported to Forest Oak’s principal at the time — was ever reported to police. Detectives have interviewed Principal John Burley, now retired, but Starks said he could not discuss what Burley told police because the investigation is ongoing The school system reviewed its records and did not find a report of Pineda acting inappropriately in 2004, said Brian Edwards, the school district’s chief of communications. Edwards said it would be “inappropriate” for the school system to talk to Burley about this incident. Burley, now retired, told The Gazette Friday that while he doesn’t recall talking to the alleged victim and her mother about the incident, he must not have perceived it as a case of abuse. Otherwise, he would have called police, he said. Burley said he learned from police that the mother and daughter spoke Spanish, and used an interpreter when

speaking to him in 2004. “One of my thoughts is that I, perhaps, did not get a clear picture of a sexual touching, but rather must have gotten a discomfort from her, about [Pineda],” Burley said. A Thursday statement from the school system said the system is cooperating with a police investigation of the 2004 incident. “Once the allegation was recently made, the Montgomery County Department of Police has taken the lead on the investigation and MCPS has appropriately not conducted a separate investigation,” the statement said. Superintendent Joshua P. Starr said in a Thursday press conference — after the police press conference — that he has seen Montgomery schools and offices handle matters related to allegations and suspicions of child abuse “appropriately.” “A vast majority of the time, we get it right,” Starr said. “However, recent incidents have caused me to believe that there is more that we can do to improve our processes and procedures.” At a police press conference, Starks suggested that there may have been an unnecessary delay between the time the student connected to the most recent allegation, in September, reported the incident to school officials and when police were informed. Montgomery County Public Schools officials responded at a hastily called news conference of their own Thursday afternoon. When a reporter asked for a comment about a possible delay, Starr stood by the manner in

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which the school reported the incident to police. The district said a school resource officer learned of the allegation and contacted his department’s family crimes unit. Starr said the system is taking steps to improve how staff monitor and report allegations of abuse, including the efforts of a work group looking at the issue. He also pointed to recent training for principals that he said covered the system’s protocols for when allegations arise and the system’s expectations for communication with parents. He said he expects system employees will participate in additional training before the end of the school year. In general, community members shouldn’t hesitate to contact law enforcement if they believe there has been a crime, Starks said. “If a parent thinks that their child has been victimized and a law has been broken, they should contact police,” he said. Police are asking anyone with information about Pineda, including former students, to contact the Special Victims Investigations Division at 240773-5400. Detectives also are trying to reconstruct the past several years of Pineda’s life and work history, Starks said. From 2000 to 2003, Pineda worked for the school district as a bus driver, then as a substitute teacher from 2003 to 2006. After that, he left the district, but returned to work as a substitute teacher from March 2013 until this September. “Investigators are looking to see

Strong-arm robbery • Near 7-Eleven, 10524 Connecticut Ave., Kensington, at 12:45 p.m. Nov. 25. The subject forcefully took property from the victim and fled. Aggravated assault • 2200 block of Colston Drive, Silver Spring, at 12:45 a.m. Nov. 18. The subject is known to the victim. • 4900 block of Hampden Lane, Bethesda, at 1 a.m. Nov. 23. The subject is known to the victim. Burglary • Green Acres School, 11701 Danville Drive, Rockville, on Nov. 24. Forced entry into shed, took property.


Organizer Kevin Sullivan walks with Quinn during Sunday’s third annual Woodacres Jingle Bells Dog Walk in Bethesda. More than 40 families participated in the walk, which included a Glen Echo Fire Department engine. More than $2,500 was raised to support the department, A Wider Circle of Silver Spring and Hero Dogs of Brookeville, which trains service dogs for Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans. Behind Sullivan is the group Two Pipers Piping.

Lawmakers tapped for leadership Raskin, King, Madaleno to get new roles BY GAZETTE STAFF

Montgomery County state Sens. Jamie B. Raskin, Nancy J. King and Richard S. Madaleno Jr. will assume new leadership roles in the Maryland Senate this January. Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D-Dist. 27) of Chesapeake Beach announced in a news release last week his appointments for the next session, which starts Jan. 14. Madaleno (D-Dist. 18) of Kensington will be vice chairman of the Budget and Taxation Committee. Madaleno has served on the budget committee since 2007. Raskin (D-Dist. 20) of Takoma Park will serve as Senate chairman on the Joint Committee on Legislative Ethics, as well as chairman of the Executive Nominations Committee. Raskin, a member of the Senate since 2007, has served on several committees, including Legislative Ethics and Judicial Proceedings. He also has served as majority whip. Raskin succeeds Sen. Delores G. Kelley (D-Dist. 10) of Randallstown as chairman of the Executive Nominations committee. Kelley will be vice chairwoman. King (D-Dist. 39) of Montgomery Village, a member of the Senate since 2007, will be chairwoman of the Education, Business and Administration Subcommittee — a subcommittee of the Budget and Taxation Committee that Madaleno previously chaired. King will continue in her current role as assistant deputy Senate majority leader.

In the House, Del. Kumar P. Barve (D-Dist. 17) of Gaithersburg was tapped to lead the new Environment & Transportation Committee. Barve served since 2003 as House majority


POLICE BLOTTER The following is a summary of incidents in the Bethesda area to which Montgomery County police responded recently. The words “arrested” and “charged” do not imply guilt. This information was provided by the county.


where he was from 2006 to March 2013. We realize that people in the community may have some information about where he was working, where he was living and did he have contact with young people,” Starks said. “As a former MCPS parent and as an individual board member, we are concerned and this is a situation that I think everyone is taking seriously,” said school board member Michael Durso (Dist. 5). Pineda’s attorney, Paul Wiesenfeld, declined to comment Thursday about new details of the case. Susan Burkinshaw — health and safety committee co-chairwoman of the Montgomery County Council of Parent Teacher Associations — said in an interview that there is “a lot of room for improvement” in the school system’s efforts to make sure that “child predators don’t feel comfortable” in schools. “It’s not like we have to reinvent the wheel,” she said. “There are best practices we can follow.” She said she thinks the school system should take advantage of an outside agency that provides training related to recognizing and preventing child abuse. The community also can play a role to help keep children safe in and out of schools, she said. Parents can pay attention to changes in their child’s behavior or behavior from adults that might be precursors to sexual abuse.

leader. He has been sitting on the House Ways and Means Committee. Del. Anne R. Kaiser (D-Dist. 14) of Calverton will succeed Barve as majority leader.


Residential burglary • 3100 block of University Boulevard, Kensington, between 12:30 and 1 a.m. Nov. 20. Attempted forced entry, took nothing. • 6400 block of Ruffin Road, Chevy Chase, between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Nov. 21. Attempted entry, took nothing. • 10200 block of Arizona Circle, Bethesda, at 1:30 a.m. Nov. 23. Attempted entry, took nothing. • 5000 block of Bradley Boulevard, Chevy Chase, on Nov. 24. Attempted forced entry, took nothing. • 5000 block of Cushing Drive, Kensington, between 11:15 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Nov. 24. No forced entry, took property. Theft • Giant Food, 5463 Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase, between 3 and 3:30 p.m. Nov. 22. Took property from victim’s purse.


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Proposed reforms to Montgomery County’s taxicab regulations also should address the conditions of workers, cabbies said Dec. 2. Others offered mixed testimony on changes to regulations for cabs and new standards for ride-sharing companies. The County Council’s Transportation Infrastructure Energy

and Environment Committee held hearings Tuesday evening on three proposed bills that would ease regulations on the taxicab industry, while establishing requirements for ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft. About 30 people testified for more than two hours on Dec. 2. Ride-sharing companies, which rely on smartphone apps to connect customers and drivers, have gained market share in Montgomery County. Traditional cab companies claim county regulations — which are not applied to ride-sharing companies — restrict the taxi industry’s ability to

compete against the newcomers. On Oct. 28, council members introduced the bills intending to level the playing field between conventional cab companies and the likes of Uber and Lyft. One bill would lessen regulations on cab companies by permitting drivers to use personal vehicles, allowing older cars as cabs and software-based meters, among other changes. Another bill would set regulations for ride-sharing companies, such as licensing, insurance and service to the disabled, while the third bill would create a centralized system for dispatching cabs.

While the bills include changes sought by the taxicab industry, Barwood Taxi driver Becaye Traore testified that the concerns of drivers are not addressed. Taxi drivers in Montgomery County are suffering, working under conditions “you would not believe,” while trying to compete with companies like Uber for clients, Traore said. Cab drivers, he said, start their day about $170 in the hole, after paying $110 to rent their vehicle, $50 for gas and at least $10 in credit card and other fees. Several drivers said the fees lead to long hours and often low wages — which some say can be less than the minimum wage. “We need some change,” taxi driver Nelson Diama said. Drivers want caps on fees, living wages and better dispute resolution with companies, he said. Peter Ibek, a Barwood driver, said a thorough restructuring of the county’s cab regulations is needed. He said the bills go in the wrong direction “by lowering the standards in the industry instead of strengthening them.”

Committee Chairman Councilman Roger Berliner (D-Dist. 1) of Bethesda said the legislation is intended to allow fair competition between cabs and ridesharing. Speakers at the meeting were divided on whether the legislation will achieve that end. In contrast to the accounts of cabbies, current drivers for ridesharing services testified primarily about the perks of their job. One driver, Elgasim Fadlalla, said driving for Uber “saved his life” after he lost his job. Kimberly Jordan-Gaskins, Ms. Wheelchair Maryland 2015, raised concerns that the legislation could hurt services for the disabled. The bill regulating ridesharing companies requires drivers who pick up a passenger with a disability to stow the passenger’s mobility equipment. If that’s not possible, they have to give the passenger a refund. But Jordan-Gaskins said a refund still leaves the disabled passenger without transportation. She also criticized the bill’s requirement that ride-sharing companies craft a plan to serve

people with disabilities. Rather than address the problem outright, she said, the council would force people with disabilities to wait on companies to do it. “How long are we supposed to wait for the equal service and treatment already required by law?” she asked. Rob Alexander, CEO of RMA Worldwide Chauffeured Transportation Services and Orange Taxi, said the current unregulated status of ridesharing companies is a safety risk for drivers and passengers. “We’re not transporting pizzas. We’re not transporting packages,” he said. “We’re transporting people with families who love them. ” The cab industry pushed for many of changes in the bills and to have ride-sharing companies subject to the same rules. Representatives of Uber and Lyft told the committee they will work with the council on reasonable regulations of their services. The bills are headed to the committee for further work.

Have you been a good dog? Dressed for the holiday, Maisie, a West Highland white terrier, sits with owner Tracey Furman during Kensington’s Christmas tree lighting festival Sunday. The evening included a visit from Santa. Furman is a town councilwoman. TOM FEDOR/THE GAZETTE

Andrews joins prosecutor’s office Former councilman will work on mental health, other issues




After 16 years on the Montgomery County Council, former member Philip M. Andrews of Gaithersburg is moving across the street in Rockville to work in the office of State’s Attorney John J. McCarthy. Andrews will work on the office’s community outreach team,

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focusing on crime prevention programs. Andrews said Monday that he’ll be working on initiatives including helping people prevent themselves from becoming victims; working with truant students at Andrews risk of dropping out of school; and helping ensure that people who come into the county detention center get the treatment for mental illness they need. The problem of treating mentally ill prisoners is a crisis throughout the criminal justice system, Andrews said. The new post will allow him to use the experience he accumulated as the longtime head of the council’s Public Safety Committee. Andrews chaired the committee from June 2000 until leaving the council this month. He represented District 3,





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which also includes Rockville, on the County Council for four terms since 1998, and sought the Democratic nomination for county executive in the June primary against current Executive Isiah Leggett (D) and former Executive Douglas M. Duncan. Andrews said he has known McCarthy since the mid-’90s, when Andrews was director of the county’s AmeriCorps program and McCarthy would give presentations as an assistant state’s attorney. Having worked in the executive branch as the AmeriCorps director and in the legislative branch on the council, Andrews said, he’s looking forward to working in the judicial branch of government. In a news release Monday, McCarthy said Andrews’ experience on the Public Safety Committee and other related groups has given him a broad understanding of the challenges that face the criminal justice system and how those challenges should be addressed.


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A pedestrian dashes across Rockville Pike between Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and the Medical Center Metrorail station in Bethesda.


Continued from Page A-1 The area has seen an influx of commuters since the federal government moved Walter Reed from Washington, D.C., to Bethesda. The tunnel and elevators are one of several projects the federal government is funding to help deal with the added traffic. Cupples said the Department of Transportation expects to issue a request for proposals as soon as it gets the go-ahead from state and federal agencies. Then, two contractors will submit their proposals to design and build the

project. “Based on the way we see things shaking out, we’re looking at issuing a spring 2015 notice to proceed,” Cupples said. Two firms have been selected to compete for the job: Clark Construction Group of Bethesda and a joint venture of Corman Construction of Annapolis Junction and Bradshaw Construction of Eldersburg. After the tunnel is built, people will still be able to cross above-ground at the crosswalk, Cupples said.

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Mia Arnold (right), 4, and sister Anna, 6, of Bethesda approach Santa Claus during the Bethesda Urban Partnership’s Winter Wonderland festival Sunday afternoon at Veterans Park in Bethesda.



reflects how people already describe the area. “I go up to the Pike,” he said. “That’s where I go ... to shop or come to a meeting.” Paul Meyer, a committee member and area resident, said he thinks Pike District is an excellent name and will draw the most positive responses. He said he also appreciated the process Streetsense went through to get to this point. Representatives from the White Flint Partnership, a group of property owners in the area, said they also support calling the area Pike District. The committee’s vote and the partnership’s backing don’t change names on addresses, the White Flint Sector Plan, the White Flint Metro station or even the committee’s own name, but Evan Goldman, vice president for development at Federal Realty Investment Trust in Rockville, said a new name will help draw attention and

tenants to the area. “The intent here is not to change anybody’s address or neighborhood association,” he said. Goldman said the next step is to work on logo concepts that can be incorporated into marketing efforts.


Continued from Page A-1 People can get additional raffle entries by making donations to Operation Second Chance. The organization runs programs that provide financial and moral support for military members and their families, including airfare assistance to reach hospitals, financial support while someone is in the hospital and retreats for families recovering from injury.


Continued from Page A-1 working with lead 3-D artist Bryan Woodard. He said he was surprised by the amount of art that goes into game design — it’s not just programming. Dig It! Games has created and produced eight games; seven are in Apple’s App Store and one is retired, company founder Suzi Wilczynski said. On Thursday, all eight employees, artists and developers, were available to show the students what they do and how, working together to complete each product. “I was not expecting [the students] to know as much about programming as they do,” said Jessica Dommes, a game developer. “I thought I’d have to explain more. To make programmer jokes and have somebody laugh, it’s fun.” Junior Colin Cowrie said he takes three computer technology classes at school and the work at Dig It! Games is exactly what he wants to do in the future. “I had ideas but I never knew it would be like this. The computer science profession is more laid back than, like, the stock market,” Cowrie said. “I’m grateful that our school has opportunities to do this rather than just sit around ... to go out and see what it is like in the real world.” He said he hopes to land an internship at Dig It! Games next year. Dayle Hodge, head producer for the company, said it has a formal internship program with the school. “We are extremely interested [in interns],” Hodge said, “We do need to talk things through.” Meanwhile he reminded the students that Dig It! Games has an open-door policy and the students are welcome to come by anytime to look over people’s shoulders and watch them work or to play the games.



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Continued from Page A-1 “That is right where the Purple Line is going to be,” Culver said. Culver has received a grant from the Friends of the Capital Crescent Trail and the town of Chevy Chase to search for the endangered amphipods in areas that might be affected by the Purple Line. The trail group is among those that have claimed that federal agencies violated the Endangered Species Act by failing to determine how the Purple Line could harm the endangered amphipods. Culver said he cannot get paid through the grant, but the funding pays for supplies and his graduate students’ time. Culver said he has been studying amphipods for about 10 years. Of the two species in question, the Hay’s spring amphipod is listed on the federal endan-


American University professor David Culver discusses his search for endangered amphipods in Rock Creek Park in Chevy Chase on Friday.

gered species list and the Kenk’s amphipod is likely to be listed soon, he said. The Rock Creek area is the only place in the world where the two species are known to be.

As part of the “forest litter community,” the amphipods are a good indicator of the health of the forest, Culver said. He is concerned that large swaths of deforestation, such as might be required to run a rail line through the forest, could isolate the amphipods even further and cause them to eventually become extinct. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has said it would consider restarting consultation with the Maryland Transit Administration if Culver demonstrates the presence of the Hay’s spring and Kenk’s amphipods in areas that could be affected by the Purple Line. For now, they have been documented only in Washington, D.C., the agency has said. Supporters of the Purple Line have pointed out that prior searches have not turned up evidence of the amphipods in the light-rail line’s path. Because they live mostly under-

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 b ground, Culver said it’s worth looking again. “Certainly, the Maryland [Department of Natural Resources], I think, would take the position that they’ve already looked,” Culver said in a November interview. “My view is that it’s worth looking carefully. ... If we don’t find them within the next couple of months, well, then at least I can’t find them.” After finding some amphipods — the species are yet to be determined — on Friday, Culver plans to return later in December to collect more samples. He also plans to ask another scientist to help him determine whether the amphipods his team collected are Hay’s spring or Kenk’s amphipods. “One way or the other, I think by the end of January, we’re going to know,” he said.

InBrief Housing nonprofit launches toy drive

Montgomery Housing Partnership, a Silver Spring nonprofit, has launched its annual Angels for Children Toy Drive, along with the Wheaton Volunteer Rescue Squad and Wheaton & Kensington Chamber of Commerce. Organizers said they hope to collect upward of 2,500 toys, books, board games and winter clothing items, such as hats, gloves and scarves. The gifts will be wrapped and delivered on Christmas Eve by Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus to roughly 1,000 children in lowincome families living in the nonprofit’s affordable housing communities in Wheaton, Silver Spring, Takoma Park, Rockville and Gaithersburg, according to a news release. New, unwrapped gifts can be dropped off from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the following locations: • The nonprofit’s headquarters at 12200 Tech Road, Silver Spring (open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.) • Greenwood Terrace Community Center, 8504 Greenwood Ave., Silver Spring. • The Beall’s Grant leasing office, 254 N. Washington St., Rockville. • Pembridge Square Community Center, 2315 Blueridge Ave., Wheaton. Also, donations may be made at

Magic at Har Shalom this weekend A Magical Night of Community with magician Brian Curry will be held at 8 p.m. Saturday at Congregation Har Shalom, 11510 Falls Road, Potomac. Curry will present strolling magic during hors d’oeuvres and perform an hourlong magic show starting at 9 p.m. The evening will also feature a raffle drawing for the winner of a three-year lease of a brand-new metallic red BMW 320i. The winner also can choose a cash prize of 25 percent of net raffle proceeds. Raffle tickets cost $100 with no more than 1,000 tickets sold. The winner need not be present. The evening will also include beer, wine and desserts. Tickets are $50 and $36 for those younger than 21. They are available at, at the Har Shalom office, or by phone at 301-299-7087, ext. 0. Raffle tickets may be purchased or at the Har Shalom office. Buyers must be 18 or older, have a valid driver’s license and be able to provide proof of car insurance. For more information, contact Eric Horvitz at 301-299-7087, ext. 311, or

Church service focuses on ending gun violence St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Bethesda will participate in the nationwide “Gun Violence Prevention Sabbath” with services at 8 and 10 a.m. Sunday at the church, 6030 Grosvenor Lane. As part of its protest effort, congregants in November erected at the church a banner calling for an end to gun violence. Within a few days the banner was vandalized: The word “gun” had been cut from the middle of the banner, according to a news release. A few days later, the banner itself was stolen. “Gun violence is a crisis in our community and our nation. The vandalization of our banner was a moment that symbolized a gap in understanding that must be bridged,” the Rev. Jessica Hitchcock, associate pastor, said in the release. “People on all sides of this issue believe they are acting to protect the lives of people they love. This shared love is the common space in which we want to find a solution that prevents innocent people from dying by gun violence. Saint Luke’s mission is to foster this dialog.”

Book signing at real estate office


Novelist Douglas Eby will hold a book-signing event for his “Blood Herring” from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Buyer’s Edge, 4849 Rugby Ave., Bethesda. Released Nov. 28, Eby’s debut novel involves Wall Street dealing and adventure, according to a news release.


Fix the channels

In bureaucracies, procedure sometimes trumps common sense. We’re seeing evidence of this in Montgomery County Public Schools, as the district tries to clean up fuzzy, conflicting guidelines for handling sexual abuse allegations. This murkiness is having real-world repercussions. Most notably, parents aren’t getting information they need about their children’s safety. In October, a contractor at John T. Baker Middle School in Damascus was arrested, accused of inappropriately touching a 12-year-old student. Later that month, a substitute teacher at Roberto Clemente Middle School in Germantown was arrested for a separate but similar offense and now faces charges conSCHOOL SYSTEM’S nected to four students. In both cases, principals RECENT RECORD OF COMMUNICATION dragged their feet in disseminating information. ABOUT ABUSE Baker Principal Louise ALLEGATIONS Worthington alerted parIS WEAK ents about the arrest in a letter on Nov. 3 — nearly a month after the arrest. She later apologized and said she was trying “to protect the privacy of the victim.” Clemente Principal Khadija Barkley waited about three weeks to tell parents about the arrest at her school. She, too, apologized later. It took media coverage and parents’ demands to jolt school officials into sharing what they knew. This matters not just because of what has been alleged, but what other crimes might have happened. Officials say the accused employees previously worked in dozens of other schools within the district. In the Clemente case, police have asked other possible victims to come forward. Nine girls already have alleged contact in which the substitute teacher made them uncomfortable, even if it wasn’t criminal. In the Baker case, the contractor had a criminal background and apparently was poorly vetted by a temp agency. When a safety network has gaps, as this one did, transparency and communication are essential. What are the dangers? What went wrong? How will you fix it? A work group reviewing school district policies and procedures found multiple sets of instructions for administrators to follow when faced with possible abuse in their schools. The discrepancies might seem harmless, but recent cases have proven that common sense is sometimes missing. District employees must have clear, specific protocols to follow, including direct, open communication with parents. We don’t need another case of privately handled justice to make us realize the urgency in fixing these flaws.

Promising speed

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett, upon being sworn in for his third term last week, made a promise: His focus on economic development would include a 30-day turnaround on developers’ permit approval. The audience replied: “Wow.” It’s unclear what that “wow” meant. 1. “Wow, that’s terrific”? 2. “Wow, is he kidding?” For years, the county has had a reputation — somewhat deserved — as a hard place for business to operate. The outcry has been loudest from developers. Despite officials’ pledges and attempts to streamline it, the county’s permitting process has become so unwieldy, time-consuming and exLEGGETT pensive, some businesses have thrown PLEDGES up their hands and given up. This year, Wal-Mart said it would no longer try to TO TURN build a big-box store in Aspen Hill, citing AROUND bureaucratic delays. COUNTY’S That’s not entirely bad. There are BUSINESS- valid reasons why it takes time to apUNFRIENDLY prove multimillion-dollar residential REPUTATION and commercial projects, especially in a county as well developed as Montgomery. There’s a host of concerns to consider, from protecting the environment to making sure the project won’t further clog the county’s congested roadways and transit systems. Thoroughly assessing a proposed project’s impact on nature and manmade infrastructure takes time and money. There’s no way around that. First and foremost, county officials are charged with the increasingly complex task of improving the public welfare, and that takes many forms. Clean air and water, uncrowded schools, public safety, good roads and efficient transit lead to a high quality of life. But so does economic development. A healthful environment is vital, but so is having good jobs for residents. “I want us to usher in and foster a culture of ‘yes’ when it comes to doing business in Montgomery County,” Leggett said. To that end, he wants to have a county ombudsman help businesses navigate the permitting process. That’s a good idea. If Leggett can untangle the county’s unnecessary red tape for developers, more power to him. But he mustn’t do so at the expense of elements that make the county a good place to live.

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Pepco ‘taking no prisoners’ in tree removal As a 29-year resident of Potomac and a lifelong citizen of Montgomery County, I am very angry at the stance Pepco has taken with tree removal. I have lived along the Pepco right-ofway for 28 years. In that time, Pepco has trimmed the trees on my property adjacent to the right-of-way. Not once in those 28 years did they ask to remove the trees they now want to cut down. When they did want to remove a tree, we usually came to agreement, with a compromise. In the past, I have had a very good relationship with their representatives, but now they have new foresters that are very arrogant and see no reason to talk or compromise. This “take no prisoners” attitude toward these same trees will leave me with no shade on the southern edge of my property and the possibility of stormwater runoff problems. At a time when the county is enforcing stricter tougher stormwater policies, they ignore Pepco’s obvious disregard for the new practices. Pepco shares a large portion of this destruction, but an equal portion goes to Senator [Brian] Feldman and Councilman [Roger] Berliner. Their shortsightedness in insisting that the PSC make Pepco more reliable has opened up Pandora’s box. Pepco is using RM 43 as an excuse to remove trees that in the past have only been trimmed. Not only are they removing large mature trees, but they are also removing trees that will never reach the power lines.


Potomac Crest resident Jake Liang labeled trees on his property that were tagged by Pepco. He and other Potomac residents’ homes back up to Pepco’s right-of-way. Some trees are on Pepco’s property, while other trees slated for removal are on residents’ property. The power company has said it has the authority to remove anything that could interfere with power lines. When asked why certain trees need to be removed, they state that they have the sole discretion. Many of these trees, if managed properly by me, the homeowner, will never pose a threat to the power grid. They also state a Maryland law that says any tree that is pruned more than 25 percent needs to be removed. This law is flawed and needs to be up-

dated. Both Senator Feldman and Councilman Berliner say they are working to fix this problem. Well, it will be to little too late by the time they get anything done. I suggest next time they come up for re-election that Montgomery County voters find new representatives — ones who think before they act. Scott Bender, Potomac

Take time to give thanks often

In my American history classes, I learned that the Thanksgiving holiday started off as a means of giving thanks to God for the harvest that came after a difficult year for the colonists. This idea made me wonder: If God deserves to be thanked for the big occurrences in life that He has blessed us with, what about the things that He has given us that we take for granted? I celebrate Thanksgiving as

an American Muslim, but I also reflect on the idea that in Islam, there is no specific day that has been established for giving thanks to God. Rather, Islam teaches its followers to thank God several times each day, since there are countless things we have been blessed with that we sometimes forget to be thankful for. To further such an idea, the Holy Quran says: “And God brought you forth from the wombs of your mothers while

you knew nothing, and gave you ears and eyes and hearts, that you might be grateful.” Even though it is necessary for one to give thanks to God on a regular basis, I still recognize the importance of Thanksgiving Day itself. And while I love the great feasts and family gettogethers, we shouldn’t let the festivities take away from the true and original purpose of such a holiday. We should, however, take

time to show gratitude to God for even letting us be a part of certain activities, in a country in which we are free. As a Muslim, I look forward to Thanksgiving. After all, there are only benefits for us when we give thanks, as it is declared in the Holy Quran: “And God will certainly reward the grateful.” Navaal Mahdi, Silver Spring

The writer is member of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community.

School board’s holiday treatment is flawed, inconsistent Since the Montgomery County Board of Education voted to remove all references to religious holidays from its school calendar, it has become clear that the board’s decision lacks the necessary foresight, clarity, and critical thinking one expects from one of the strongest school systems in the country. There are several interconnected issues: 1. The board is selective in its use of “holiday,” and the diction is problematic. The calendars from past years list several days specifically labeled as “holiday,” including Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, and Memorial Day. Rosh Hoshanah and Yom Kippur appear on the calendars, but are not designated as “holiday.” When Christian holidays are treated the same as national, secular holidays, the Christian holidays are “normalized” and identified as “American,” whereas the Jewish holidays are acknowledged, but treated as an “other.” Even now that religious designations are removed from the calendar, Sept. 14, 2015, (Rosh Hoshanah) and Sept. 23, 2015, (Yom Kippur and Eid-al-Adha) are left blank, with a simple statement that there is no school. In contrast, March 25, 2016, (Good Friday) and March 28, 2016, (Easter Monday) are la-

beled as “holiday.” Is this inconsistency due to carelessness or something worse? 2. Despite multiple requests from the Equality for Eid Coalition, the Montgomery County Board of Education has failed to articulate an absentee threshold to determine whether a school closing is necessary. The lack of transparency has unfortunately created an atmosphere of mistrust. Montgomery County schools started closing for Rosh Hoshanah and Yom Kippur over 40 years ago. According to the board, there is no “empirical data” available articulating how this decision was made. The absence of information should not serve as an excuse for the board; rather, it is a call for leaders to address the needs of today’s constituency in an honest, direct, and timely manner. 3. The board’s decision appears reactionary and punitive, discouraging community members from making their voices heard. The Equality for Eid Coalition requested that Eid-al-Adha be added to the calendar that already included Rosh Hoshanah, Yom Kippur, Christmas, Good Friday, and Easter. Yom Kippur and Eid-al-Adha land on the same date in 2015, and schools are already closed that day. However, the proposed cal-

endar listed Yom Kippur and then parenthetically added that Eid-al-Adha is on the same day. The Equality for Eid Coalition requested that the two holidays get “equal billing” by being listed together. A small edit would have reflected a significant degree of respect and good will. The board’s refusal to make that edit suggests a view of the Muslim community, as separate, parenthetical, “other.” The board’s decision was reactionary and inflammatory. By tying their decision to the petition regarding Eid-al-Adha, the board left the Muslim community open to blame for a decision they did not support. Muslim Americans were told to embrace “American” culture or “go back to where they came from,” as if acknowledging, respecting, or celebrating Eid-al-Adha (a holiday that honors the Prophet Abraham and his family) is somehow un-American. While there is more than one right decision in this instance, the manner in which the board handled this matter is irresponsible and disrespectful to many. The board should consider the implications and effects of its choices and make decisions that set an example for our students and community. Sahar Siddiqui, Rockville

Staying on the sidelines is ‘voting,’ too

You published an interesting letter from a voter on Nov. 19, explaining principled reasons for not voting then and asking how a Republican governor won, but no Republican in Montgomery County won. The answer is there were a lot of Republican candidates and a lot of Central Committee members who did a lot of work for [Gov.-elect Larry] Hogan. In my district, as we went door-to-door for ourselves, we also included the importance of a Republican governor in order to change this state. Hogan did not win in this county, either, but he got the necessary number of votes in Montgomery County to win the state. The reasons for not coming to the polls are many. The greatest reason is lack of interest. Surprisingly, sometimes I got responses like, “Oh, yeah, I heard there was an election

next week” or “I’m just not into politics.” Or people show up at the polls and say they have not yet made up their minds. There are also those who will not support someone who doesn’t agree with them 100 percent. I guess they would prefer to have someone in office who does not agree with them at all rather than someone who agrees with them 80 percent and differs on a few issues. But there is no such thing as a non-voter. We all vote. Some of us go to the polls to have our own voices heard, and others who don’t show up at the polls in reality are saying, “I don’t care, I’ll take whatever candidates ‘they’ want.” People who think they are leaders — educated people, busy people, people who would never allow another person to speak

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for them — stay home on Election Day (as well as eight early voting days) and allow others to choose representatives who can change their lives, determine taxes they pay, choose their health insurance, change the condition of the roads they drive on, accept or reject Common Core, determine how many students in the county attend classes in trailers, etc. etc. We are all into politics, come to the polls or not. Just look at your paycheck, or the fees on utility bills, or the cost of a gallon of gas, or the tax on the “impermeable surfaces” on your own property. We are all into politics and we all vote one way or the other. Pat Fenati, Damascus

The writer ran for state delegate this year.

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Posted online by 8 a.m. the following day. BOYS BASKETBALL: Paint Branch at Clarksburg, 5:15 p.m. Friday. Both teams won their openers and could be 2-0. Clarksburg’s Andrew Kostecka is a returning starter. GIRLS BASKETBALL: Wootton at Churchill, 7 p.m. Friday.


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Familiar face gives B-CC a boost

Damascus shows its support If you have ever watched Friday Night Lights one thing is clear: smalltown high KENT ZAKOUR school ASSISTANT SPORTS EDITOR football is king. And for better or worse, the game means everything to the community. Football in Montgomery County doesn’t come anywhere close to drawing a comparison to rural Texas, but if pressed, there is one place where it may matter just a little bit more. Throughout the week, green and gold signs showing support of the Damascus High School football team were displayed at seemingly every community business. On Friday, it felt like the entire population of Damascus traveled north to M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore for the 3A state title game, the Hornets first title game since the 2007. And for 23 minutes, 30 seconds of football, the Swarmin’ Hornets’ faithful and players appeared to be well on their way to celebrating an eighth state title. But after establishing a 21-0 lead over defending state champion Franklin and a couple of turnovers later, Damascus found itself on the wrong end of a 35-21 outcome. While the post-game press conference was expectedly somber — several players held back tears — one thing was clear: they all relished the past four months and the teams’ 13-1 record. Star wide receiver/defensive back Jalen Christian, who said he was competing Friday at 60 percent health due to a high-ankle sprain, is set to play this fall in front 80,000 fans at South Carolina’s Williams-Brice Stadium rocking out to Darude’s Sandstorm. But moments after his final high school game, he was thoughtful — even with a slight break in his voice — in reflecting on his four years at Damascus. “No one else around here does that, you won’t see that anywhere else,” Christian said about the town’s unrivaled support for the program that has made the playoffs 17 consecutive seasons. “There’s something special about this area. They shut places down just to come to games. People who graduated way before our time, they still come to the games. It’s just crazy support.” Workhorse junior running back Jake Funk, who ran 34 times for 145 yards and two touchdowns, agreed, and even said he felt like he let the town down. “It’s great that the community comes out and supports us,” he said. “I wish we could’ve given them a championship, but things happen. It’s just a great feeling that we have the support that we do.”



Barons look to move into county’s top 3 of cross country teams BY JENNIFER BEEKMAN STAFF WRITER

wanted to wrestle in the first place, Hong said. “I wanted to play a sport because I mostly just focused on academics,” he said. “I tried football, baseball, basketball — I couldn’t really get into any of those sports. Once I tried wrestling, I started to really enjoy myself because it was based off age and size and I’ve always been a small guy. So it was nice to have a fair competition on the mat.” Now, wrestling is an essential part of his life — as natural as breathing, eating, and sleeping, Hong said. “It’s just a factor that you go through everyday,” he said. “He’s a workman,” Kubik added. “He’s from Pennsylvania. ... It’s very bluecollar, very workman-like the way he wrestles.

Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School track and field coach Chad Young said he might have to tweak his lineups a bit more than expected this winter. But he’s certainly not going to complain about the extra work. For the first time in four years, two-time reigning Gazette cross country runner of the year Nora McUmber has decided to join the Barons’ indoor track squad. “We don’t pressure the kids to do all three seasons, we want to allow them to have some balance and some time off,” Young said. “Nora has explored some [other activities]. She’s wanted to have that mental and physical break. But this year she said she wants to run and we’re very excited, that’s a big boost.” In track and field, especially during the indoor season where less events are contested than in the spring outdoors, one or two star athletes can make all the difference, coaches said. McUmber’s strength in the long distance events could put B-CC in contention for the county championship — the Barons finished fourth a year ago but Clarksburg remains the favorite. With arguably the county’s best distance runner — and this will certainly add an interesting dynamic to the stacked 1,600and 3,200-meter runs — at his disposal, Young will now be able to shift some top runners into events that B-CC was previously unable to cover effectively, he said. “We might need to change things around a tiny bit,” Young

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Georgetown Prep wrestler Eric Hong is recovering from a broken thumb, but should be one of the best wrestlers in the country.


National champ sidelined Georgetown Prep sophomore eager to defend his state and national titles despite thumb injury



On a trip to Houston for a wrestling tournament a few years ago, Pittsburgh native Eric Hong became friends with a few of the participants from Team Maryland. Some of his newly acquired friends were Georgetown Prep students and they made Hong, a wrestler from age 4, aware of the Rockville private school. “My parents started researching the school,” said Hong, a multi-time Pennsylvania junior league state champion. “We really liked it. We took a look, and that’s where we ended up going.” Last year was Hong’s freshman season at Prep and he capped it with 120-pound titles at the Maryland Independent School State Tournament and National Prep Tournament. The hard work he put in throughout

the season, he said, gave him the confidence that he could accomplish those goals, even after a slow start to the season. “I wasn’t wrestling the way I wanted to be. By the end of the season, I started to pick it up and I peaked around prep states and prep nationals,” Hong said. “I wasn’t too surprised because I knew I put the work in all season and that was the expected end result. Anything else, in my opinion, would’ve been a failure.” Hong may be as unassuming a wrestler as there is, Georgetown Prep coach Mike Kubik said. Hong wears big glasses, reads a lot, and often plays chess during tournament breaks. “He’s really a remarkable kid,” Kubik said. “He’s a huge nerd. ... He certainly has some eclectic tastes.” And he’s very much into his academics, which is part of the reason why he

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In the week prior to Friday night’s Maryland Class 4A state championship game, Northwest High School running back E.J. Lee rushed for 180 yards and scored six touchdowns in a semifinal victory against DuVal. It was no mystery who its state final opponent, Old Mill, would be focused on. So on the Jaguars’ first offensive play Friday at M&T Bank Stadium, Northwest threw it deep to speedy receiver Jamar Wilson. Quarterback Mark Pierce connected with Wilson for a 75-yard touchdown to tie the game at 6. “Old Mill just thought we was going to run the ball the entire time. That put


Northwest High School’s Brendan Thompson (left), Austin Wickham and teammates celebrate their 34-31 victory over Old Mill in Friday’s Class 4A state championship game at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.

them to sleep,” Wilson said. “I trust my speed... Mark already knows. He puts the ball in the perfect spot all of the time.” That score set the tone for a close game, but one that never seemed to be in doubt for the Jaguars. Northwest (131) won its second straight state championship with a 34-31 defeat of Old Mill (11-3). “He was my first read,” Pierce said. “That play was designed to go to Jamar on the go-route. We definitely did think he could get past them. A big first play like that is very vital to the game.” On the opening drive of the game, Old Mill used a bit of deception itself, with receiver James Venerable breaking a 62-yard touchdown run — not workhorse running back Donovan Franklin. The score put Old Mill ahead 6-0 — the only lead the Patriots would have. “Our defense usually does a good



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Whitman High School coach Pete Kenah likes calls Hannah Niles his “super sub.” She’d be a starter and a star on other Montgomery County girls basketball teams, he said, but on the Vikings, coming off a 21-3 season, the junior forward begins the game on the bench. But Niles demonstrated Friday that she’s not just there to give the starters a breather. With the Vikings trailing Good Counsel by double-digits in the third quarter, the 5-foot-9 guard re-entered the game and took over, scoring seven consecutive points and finishing with 13 to lead the Bethesda school to a 56-51 comeback victory in its season opener. “If we’re losing, she’ll get us the lead and if we’re winning she’ll extend it. And she just showed us that,” Kenah said. “... We asked her to do this role, she didn’t even flinch. That says a lot about her character.” The Vikings (1-0) trailed the host Falcons by three points at halftime and fell behind 44-32 in the third quarter. That’s when Niles took over, stepping in for Allison Pofley, who fouled out, and getting Whitman back in the game. Niles had three straight field goals, getting into the lane at will, dribbling through and around the Good Counsel defenders, and helping the Vikings tie the game 45-45 after three quarters.

“Hannah really brought us back with her plays down the stretch going to the basket,” Whitman senior Nicole Fleck said. “It gave us momentum.” The Vikings defense picked up as the game progressed and held the Olney private school to six fourth-quarter points. Sophomore Abby Meyers hit a 3-pointer early in the fourth and finished with a game-high 18 points, while Fleck added 11 points, none more important than her game-clinching free-throws which gave the Vikings a twopossession lead with 13.7 seconds remaining. Whitman made one final stop in the closing seconds and held on for the win over the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference opponent. “I just felt that my teammates were behind me and I just felt the motivation and I just wanted to put my best foot forward in the game and make a difference out there,” Niles said. Good Counsel (1-1) was led by Lindsey Pulliam, who had a team-high 19 points. The 5-10 sophomore established a rhythm early in the third quarter, where she scored eight of her 10 second-half points and helped the Falcons build a double-digit lead. “This year we’ll obviously looking at her to take on more of a leadership role with the ball,” Good Counsel coach Tom Splaine said. “I thought she did a good job.” But Good Counsel went flat midway through the third quarter. The offense slumped, the defense struggled to get stops, and despite a strong fourth-quarter effort from senior Nicole Enabosi, who finished with 12 points, the Falcons let the game slip away.


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Whitman High School’s Nicole Fleck moves from the top of the key against Good Counsel during Friday’s girls basketball game in Olney. “It was just a lack of effort on defense, it really was,” Splaine said. “... We’ve got to do a better job playing 32 minutes.” While it wasn’t against a public school opponent, Fleck

said this was an important victory for Whitman, which lost to Good Counsel last season. “This win means a lot for us … going into this season we knew this was going to be a big

game for us, we played them a few times over the summer. So we definitely took this very seriously,” Fleck said.

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On a wall in the wrestling room at Blair High School there is a board with the name of every wrestler from the Silver Spring school to ever have won a county wrestling championship. The last time a Blazer added his name to it was in 2009 — around the same time senior wrestler Marcus Forrester said he was beginning to realize what he called a “natural-born instinct” to wrestle. This winter, Forrester said, he plans to end the program’s five-year drought without an individual county championship.

“When you [grow] up, you always have this little gift that you know you’re good at, but you feel like it doesn’t really work for other things,” Forrester said with a slight Jamaican accent. “People call me a bear. I like to hug people. I like to throw them around. And when I did wrestling, I realized that, ‘Wow. This is a sport that I can do, that I’m so good at.’” Last season, Forrester (285 pounds) placed third at counties and was the 4A/3A West Region runner-up to Quince Orchard’s Connor Tilton, the county champion and eventual state runner-up. Tilton and Chris Young, the Paint Branch wrestler who defeated Forrester at counties, have since graduated, leaving Forrester as the county’s top returning heavyweight. “Last year was the deepest year of

my wrestling,” Forrester said. He also qualified for states last season and was defeated in the second round. “I was very satisfied [with last season]. Placing at counties, placing at regionals, and then states — I feel like I could’ve placed there too.” An offensive lineman on the Blair football team, Forrester said he agreed to wrestle as a freshman as a way to help him become a better football player. Though hesitant at first — he was familiar with wrestling prior to high school — Forrester has improved each year, he said. “I’m no more of an underdog. I’m more of a target right now,” he said. “Everybody’s goal right now, every time they face me on the mat, is to beat Marcus Forrester.”

Respect is something that means a lot to Forrester, Blair coach Steve Banvard said. “Respect to him is a big deal,” Banvard said. “This year, we’re definitely making a drive to get him his due respect. He’s one of our team captains. We expect a lot from him. We expect him to go back to states. We expect him to win every match.” Forrester said he gained most of the respect he was seeking after last season’s performance. “I feel like I could’ve made that goal [of county champion] last year,” he said. “But it feels like I wasn’t that mentally prepared for it. This year, my goal is to make my name on that board.”


Continued from Page B-1 said. “We might try to steal a couple points in events we couldn’t before.” The top teams are still the ones that have top talent in most, if not all the events. The Barons are closer to achieving that feat this winter. Senior Sisan Dorsu is on the cusp of a breakout year in the shorter distances and jumping events, Young said. It, the coach added, should help provide a bit of diversity for a middle distance and long distance heavy team. “If you have an athlete that can win more than one event, that can be a huge boost,” Young said.

Boys: From reigning Gazette Athlete of the Year Diego Zarate in longer events to classmate Jalen Walker in the sprints/middle distance and versatile Aaron Beidleman in the sprint and


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could follow in the footsteps of their male counterparts who had a breakout 2013-14. Seneca Valley and Damascus have the versatility to contend for the 3A West Region title.


Darkhorses Boys: It’s tough for teams with isolated strengths to truly contend but that doesn’t mean they won’t be competitive. Kennedy lost the majority of last year’s top 5 squad but historically produces some top sprinters/ jumpers. Gaithersburg is in the same boat. Seneca Valley and Rockville look to rebound from the loss of top scorers. It’s early but Sherwood posted some good results in Saturday’s MCPS #1. Girls: The addition of sprinter Stephanie Davis a year ago took Magruder to new heights. Sherwood, Whitman, Walter Johnson, and Einstein all have their areas of strength that could sneak up on the projected top tier teams.

try to visualize what I want to do. I don’t really worry about what he’s going to do. If I’m constantly on the attack, then I don’t have to worry about anything he’s going to do.”

jumping events, among a slew of others, Northwest will have a contender in just about every race or field event.

Girls: It typically takes in the vicinity of 45-50 points to win an indoor track and field state championship meet. Clarksburg

junior Alexus Pyles could conceivably take care of that on her own. Throw in her sophomore sister, Brionne, and one of the

to the start of the season, he fractured his thumb when his wrestling partner pulled a tendon on it, causing a bone fragment to rip. Hes already missed the beginning of this season, but expects the fracture to be fully healed in a few

weeks. While disappointed that he’s out for the first time as a high-school athlete, Hong said he’s fortunate that it’s an injury that occurred at the beginning of the season rather than the end when he’ll have to defend

his titles. Due to the injury, Hong has been unable to certify his weight for this season, but it is unlikely that he’ll return to the 120-pound weight certification of last season. No matter where he returns though, his compet-

itors will be aware of his status as a state and national champion — and he knows it. “Everyone wants their turn for me on the mat, so I just have to wrestle twice as hard and train just as hard,” Hong said. “I just go on the mat and

Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School’s Nora McUmber is running indoor track for the first time this winter.


county’s best distance runners in senior Lucie Noall, as well as several other potential scorers, and the defending county champion and state runner-up is going to be hard to top.

Boys: Graduation left some holes in defending county champion Paint Branch’s lineup but the Panthers still have top talent in several events. Numbers are up for the 2013 state champion Clarksburg from last year and that includes several potentially big scorers. Quince Orchard appears to be one of the county’s more well-rounded teams, which should bode the Cougars well come championship season. Girls: Based on tradition alone, Northwest can never be counted out. But the Jaguars also boast some top athletes. Defending county champion Churchill has some points to make up but a healthy Lucy Srour, several returners plus some talented additions could take care of that. Paint Branch


job,” Northwest coach Mike Neubeiser said. “But if we do give up some points, we know our offense can catch up quick.” Northwest answered immediately on Pierce’s pass to Wilson. Early in the second quarter, Pierce scored on a 10-yard run to put the Jaguars ahead 14-6. Old Mill traded scores with Northwest from that point, but Lee got free and the Northwest offense proved to be too much for the Patriots to keep up with. Following a 10-yard touchdown pass from Old Mill quarterback David Marrocco to Franklin, Lee broke a 35-yard touchdown run late in the second quarter to put the Jags ahead 20-14. Early in the third quarter, Lee broke a 59-yard touchdown. He finished the game with 197 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries, providing Northwest with a balance they didn’t have in last year’s title run. “When the defense is thinking you’re going to pass all the time, and then you run the ball and they have to guess, they don’t really know what you’re going to run,” Lee said. Lee’s 7.6 yard average helped carry Northwest through Friday’s game, but the biggest play he made probably came late in the fourth quarter with the Jaguars trying to put Old Mill away. Following an 8-yard touchdown pass from Pierce to Aaron Beidleman, Old Mill went on a 9-play, 67-yard drive which resulted in a 1-yard touchdown by Marrocco to pull Old Mill to within a field goal. Northwest responded with the type of drive you would expect from the defending state champions trying to seal a second straight title. But a fourth down put the Jaguars in a punting situation. Out of the punt formation, the ball was snapped to Lee, who rolled right with the ball and as the defender closed on him, he pitched it to Wilson who earned the first down. “They overloaded the left side and I knew I wasn’t going to be able to get outside, so I just took it up inside to make them come to me,” Lee said. “[My] stomach was bubbling the entire time,” Wilson said about the nerves on that play. “In my head I was like, ‘it’s not going to work.’ Then E.J. gets the ball, makes a move and then just flips it... I made one man miss and then I just looked for the first-down marker. Northwest ran out the clock from there, clinching Montgomery County’s 46th football state championship.


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The Damascus High School football team raced out to a 21-point lead in the Class 3A state championship game Thursday at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. With its smothering defense and ball-control offense, a 21-point lead is usually enough for the win. Not so Thursday. DefendingchampionFranklinofBaltimore County rallied from a 21-0 second quarter deficit to hand the previously-unbeaten Swarmin’ Hornets their first loss, 35-21. Two turnovers played a key role in the Indians’ rally. While Franklin (13-1) tightened its own ball security after first-half turnovers put it in a hole, Damascus started to lose control, allowing the Indians’ high-powered offense to close the gap. By the start of the fourth quarter the game was tied at 21, and once Franklin scored its third touchdown of the second half with 2 minutes and 56 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, the Damascus offense couldn’t answer. Franklin defended its 3A state championship title. “Momentum,” Damascus coach Eric Wallich said was the difference between the two halves of football. “Sometimes when you play the sport, a team gets momentum and it’s hard to stop.” Damascus had the early momentum — with Franklin’s defense focused on stopping Damascus running back Jake Funk, sophomore Marcus Vinson was able to break three runs of more than 10 yards on the game’s open-

ing drive to move the Hornets into Indians’ territory. Funk capped the drive with a 2-yard touchdown. Later in the first quarter, following a fumble by Franklin quarterback Jacquez Adams, Damascus quarterback Derek Gibson hit Joey Salisbury for a 13-yard touchdown to put the Hornets ahead 14-0. Another fumble would undo Franklin on its next possession. Indians running back Darius Hinton broke a 21-yard run which almost resulted in a touchdown, but instead was ruled a touchback thanks to Damascus defensive back La’Kye Alston stripping the ball from his grasp at the 1-yard line. Damascus grabbed a 21-0 lead later in the quarter on a 3-yard run by Funk, but Franklin was able to steal the momentum just before halftime. A 26-second-drive was orchestrated by Adams, a West Virginiarecruit,whocompletedthree passes for 72 yards including a beautiful 30-yard touchdown pass to Steven Smothers in the right corner of the endzone. “We knew if we just keep plugging away, things would open up,” Franklin coach Anthony Burgos said. “And obviously that score right before halftime was a great momentum switch for us, knowing that we were going to get the ball in the second half.” That momentum carried into the third quarter on the first possession when Kiandre Burrell broke off a 35-yard touchdown run to pull Franklin within a score. That’s when the turnover bug hit Damascus. Alston caught a 5-yard pass from Gibson only to fumble it away to Franklin defender Franklin Hussain. On the very next play, Adams

hit Smothers for a 47-yard touchdown to tie the game. Later in the fourth, Damascus put together a threatening drive of 63 yards which appeared destined to recapture the lead for the Hornets, but Vinson fumbled on a first-down carry from the Franklin 25. Adams drove Franklin 48 yards on the ensuing possession to score the go-ahead touchdown on a 12-yard pass to Smothers. “I don’t know what [the defensive back] was looking at and why he wasn’t focused on me, but I got the inside position and put the points on the board,” Smothers said. “It’s a great win for my teamtobedown21-0athalftime... It means a lot.” Funk rushed for 138 yards on 34 carries for a 4.1 yard average, down from his 9-yard regular season average. He said it was one of the fastest defenses hes faced. “They were definitely one of the fastest,” Funk said. “Having a 21-0 lead, that was great. We just came out in the second half and laid an egg. They came out fired up, and we didn’t respond.” “[Franklin’s offense is] crazy,” Damascus receiver and defensive back Jalen Christian said. “But we were right there, we just didn’t make a play on the ball.” Franklin added another score on a 13-yard fumble return by Smothers with just nine seconds remaining in the game. “Just an amazing feeling right now,” Burgos said. “These guys stayed together. They were poised. They were under control. And they just believed in what they do. We have a very talented team. Talented young men who can do some special things with the football.”

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Siblings said playing together on one of state’s best defensive lines was a joy BY ADAM GUTEKUNST STAFF WRITER

Thursday night’s 35-21 loss to Franklin in the Class 3A state championship game at M&T Bank StadiumwasdifferentforDamascus.TheSwarmin’Hornets hadn’t lost all season, rattling off 13 wins to earn the trip to Baltimore. But even in defeat, one thing remained unchanged as Damascus players stood in the away locker room: brothers Jake Bradshaw and Mikey Bradshaw stood together. Jake, a 6-foot-2 junior defensive lineman, and Mikey, a 5-foot-10 sophomore nose guard, have been together for as long as they can remember. Separated by only 20 months, the brothers shared a room growing up. Their older brother, Zach Bradshaw, starred at receiver and linebacker for Damascus from 20092012andiscurrentlyasophomoreoutsidelinebacker for the University of Virginia. But from the time they were young, the younger Bradshaw’s knew where they were destined to make their name: on the line. “From when I was a kid, I was told the line won the game,” Mikey Bradshaw said. “That’s where I wanted to be.” “When I was little, I just started at line,” Jake Bradshaw said. “I was like, ‘I’m not fast enough — I’ll just play [line].” For Mike Bradshaw, the father of the three boys, it was evident from the beginning that Jake and Mikey were simply different kind of athletes than their older, faster brother. “I think that they really look up to Zach, but I don’t know that they necessarily wanted to be him,” Mike Bradshaw said. “Jake was so big growing up that he had to stop playing after sixth grade because he was too big weight-wise.” Playing on the line has certainly worked out for the better for the Bradshaw brothers, who started for a Damascus defense that hadn’t allowed more than 15 points before Thursday’s loss in the state title game. If the situation is right, it’s not uncommon to see


Jake Bradshaw (left) of Damascus High School plays defense against Franklin during Thursday’s 3A state championship game at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.

Jake, No. 42, line up right next to his brother, No. 57, on the defensive front — a sight that leaves their father overwhelmed with pride no matter how often it happens. “As a dad, seeing them on the field together, it’s really special,” Mike Bradshaw said. “It’s been indescribable seeing them go from two little guys sharing a room to two guys anchoring one of the best defensive fronts in the state of Maryland.” Jake has started to garner interest from a number of Division I colleges, such as Pittsburgh, Boston College, Rutgers and Maryland, but has no offers yet, according to his father. But after three weeks of holding his own against offensive lineman committed to Maryland (E.J. Donahue, Linganore), Florida State (David Robbins, Glenelg) and Georgia (Patrick Allen, Franklin), schools may be tempted to offer soon. Still, despite what the future may hold, Jake Bradshaw said his biggest thrill on the football field is being able to line up right next to his little brother. “I played one or two plays with Zach my freshman year, and I thought that was cool,” Jake Bradshaw said. “But playing side-by-side with [Mikey] is awesome.”

Ellie Goodwin

Kaiya Heyliger-Powell

Conger followed up an impressive sophomore campaign with a dominant junior year, leading Good Counsel in kills (434), blocks (49), aces (59) and digs (275).

The Towson recruit was third on the team with 122 kills, anchored the defense with 157 digs, was second on the team with 55 aces and was a first team all-WCAC selection.

In her first season at the position, Heyliger-Powell emerged as the Warriors’ top offensive threat, leading the team with 157 kills, while hitting .330.

Caroline Leng

Megan McTigue

Kerra Tirado

Falcons right side hitter shined in her second season, leading the team in both kills (241) and blocks (44). Trained with USA volleyball.

McTigue, a first team all-WCAC selection, finished the season with 150 kills, 74 digs and 27 aces, all after missing some time with an ankle injury.

The Rollins College recruit was dominant at the net, hitting .367 and finishing the season with 145 kills and a team-high 47 blocks.

Good Counsel Junior Hitter

Poolesville Senior, Setter

Damascus High School’s Daquan Grimes reacts after his team’s loss to Franklin in the Class 3A state championship football game Thursday at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.

Megan Conger

Senior was a do-it-all player for the Falcons, using her speed and athleticism to make an impact on a number of different levels. Convers recorded 418 assists, 101 digs, 39 blocks, 91 kills and 67 aces.

Holy Cross Senior Libero

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Stephanie Blake

Northwest, 6th Year Just one season after going 10-5, Blake had a seniorless Northwest team clicking at the right time, as the Jags rode a hot streak all the way to the 4A state championship game.

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Holy Cross Junior Hitter

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Second Team and Honorable Mentions are online at

KEEPING IT BRIEF Ledecky sets two more records Stone Ridge School senior swimmer Katie Ledecky won three individual events, two of them in record-breaking fashion, at last week’s USA Swimming’s AT&T Winter National Championships in Greensboro, N.C. The 2012 Olympic gold medalist finished with 93 points to earn the Women’s High Point award. Ledecky opened the competition Thursday with a meet record en route to her third consecutive 500-yard freestyle

national title — Ledecky’s time of 4 minutes, 29.54 seconds beat the field by eight seconds. The world’s best distance swimmer then turned around 45 minutes later to take silver in the 200yard individual medley to prove she can pretty much just do it all. After winning the 200-yard freestyle Friday, Ledecky broke her own American record by nearly two seconds in the 1,650yard freestyle. Ledecky, who earned the Phillips 66 Performance Award for the gold-medal swim, finished in 15:13.30; her previous record was 15:15.17.


Adam McLean is staying in Maryland On Thursday, Quince Orchard High School senior defensive tackle and four-star recruit Adam McLean announced his verbal commitment to play football at the University of Maryland, College Park next fall. He was previously committed to Penn State On Dec. 1, Good Counsel junior linebacker Keandre Jones also announced his plan to become a Terp.



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Three receivers combine for 218 yards, two touchdowns in state championship victory BY JENNIFER BEEKMAN STAFF WRITER

Northwest High School football coach Mike Neubeiser told senior wide receiver AaronDavid Beidleman that this year’s state championship game would be played on “No drop Friday,” Beidleman said. The Jaguars’ receiving corps — Beidleman, Jamar Wilson and Brandon Wilson — complied in Northwest’s 34-31 victory against Anne Arundel County’s Old Mill at M&T Bank Stadium Friday to secure the Germantown school’s second straight Class 4A state championship in football. The Jaguars became the first team to win back-to-back 4A state titles since crosstown rival Seneca Valley did it in 1998-99. It is the Jaguars’ third state championship in the sport. Senior running back E.J. Lee and Northwest’s ground game almost exclusively propelled the Jaguars past Prince George’s County’s DuVal in the state semifinals by scoring six of their seven touchdowns in that game. Still, Northwest prides itself on being a true team, Neubeiser said. Friday’s performance was more indicative of balanced offense that the Jaguars relied on to reach the state final. There’s no denying Lee’s integral role in Friday’s victory but in addition to his 206 yards and two touchdowns, Beidleman (6 catches for 74 yards, 1 touchdown), Wilson (3-99, 1 TD) and Williams (3-45) accounted for 218 of Northwest’s 438 total yards and two of five touchdowns. More important than the statistics, Neubeiser said, was the number of timely catches. “Offensively, we try to spread it around,” Neubeiser said. “We look to where we can get good matchups and when they load the box up for the run, we’re able to get it to good receivers. When those guys get on the edge, they’re able to make some big plays for us.” The nice thing about Northwest’s receiving corps is that each piece brings something different. Wilson is the fast one, Beidleman said. He proved his ability to blow past anyone on Northwest’s first offensive play of the night when he ran a 75-yard reception into the end zone to tie the game at 6-6 early in the first quarter. He also caught a flick from Lee on a fake punt play and darted upfield for a crucial first down to keep Northwest in possession with two minutes remaining in regulation. Beidleman is the route-runner, Williams said. It was “the technician,” per Williams, who caught an important 8-yard touchdown pass to put Northwest up by 10, 34-24, early in the fourth quarter. And 6-foot-2 Williams, Beidleman said, is the big play receiver, known for his athletic and acrobatic catches. Not only does the versatility make it difficult for opposing defenses to key in on one receiver but it takes the pressure off each individual, Williams said, and allows them to play more freely.

“If you have a 1,000-yard guy, he knows every day he’s going to have to force plays to happen,” Williams said. “We sit back and whatever comes to you, you make that play. If it’s not our day, it’s not our day.” And while it might seem like Beidleman, Wilson and Williams’ catches were dispersed throughout Friday’s game, there is a whole other side to the receivers’ role that is often overlooked and could be the most important,

Neubeiser said: blocking. It was Beidleman who turned around after his own score to make a huge block on Lee’s two-point conversion run. “Coach always says, ‘If you don’t block, you don’t play,’” Wilson said. “We know E.J. makes cuts off our blocks. When he cuts out to the outside, it’s our job to make a block so he can sprint into the end zone.”


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I don’t care much for superstitions or routines, but Northwest High School quarterback Mark Pierce certainly does. And for the past two years, the junior’s self-admitted quirks — along with a few alterations following losses — have worked perfectly on the KENT ZAKOUR football field, as he’s guided ASSISTANT SPORTS the Jaguars to back-to-back EDITOR Class 4A state championships. I’ll let Pierce describe his steps of preparation to success. “It’s kind of weird,” Pierce, who sports one eye black mark below his left eye, said following the Jaguars’ 34-31 victory Friday over Old Mill at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. “I listen to the same music in the same order, I wear the same thing every week to school and games. I have a playlist [that has] some rap, I have some rock stuff and at the end it’s a little instrumental stuff that gets me hyped, some Friday Night Lights’ music.” After Old Mill scored on the opening drive, Pierce, who completed 12 of 21 passes for 218 yards and a pair of touchdowns, and his offense went to work. On the Jags’ first offensive play from scrimmage, he connected with a wide open Jamar Wilson for a 75-yard touchdown. “We practiced all week,” Pierce said. “That was going to be the first play of the game because we knew Jamar could beat them deep.” Pierce, who has grown into a team leader since assuming the full-time quarterback responsibilities midway through the 2013 season, and running back E.J. Lee led Northwest to a perfectly balanced offensive performance (218 rushing and passing yards). “We pride ourselves on a balanced offensive and it opens up so much,” Pierce said. “From sophomore to junior year I’m a lot more comfortable in the pocket. ... I just hope to build more and more [in the offseason].” The victory gave the Germantown school (13-1), which opened in 1998, its third state title. It was also the first time a local program — Montgomery County owns 46 championships — repeated since Seneca Valley did so in 1998-99. And by all accounts this year’s title run was different than last fall’s. Northwest, which has a bullseye squarely on its back, was blown out by Quince Orchard in the ninth game of the season, but rebounded to end the season victorious. “Last year we were the underdogs so my speeches were really easy,” coach Mike Neubeiser said. “Everyonethinksyou’renotgonnabeanygood,noonethinks you’re any good, we’re just gonna go out and fight for our lives and see what happens. ... It is harder when everybody expects you to win.” Added Pierce: “It’s an amazing feeling, but I think the first one always will be most special to me considering my brother was on the team and it was our first state championship in nine years. But this year, it’s right there.” Pierce’s superstitions will undoubtedly continue next year. But what about winning a third straight title? “I hope so,” he said. “I hope so.”





Northwest High School receiver Aaron Beidleman carries the ball against Old Mill during Friday’s Class 4A state championship football game at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.

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Session beers, flavor and style all became the norm in 2014



An Olney Theatre Center fixture for the past five years, Paul Morella’s “A Christmas Carol” returns with a re-examined oneman approach to a standard winter show. His version of the show was initially presented at the Arts Barn in Gaithersburg six years ago following the suggestion of a theater coordinator there to turn the production into a one person performance. Morella has deconstructed and rebuilt it from scratch annually, ensuring that while the essence of the Charles Dickens story remains the same the experience is unique every time. Morella’s take on “A Christmas Carol” is almost certainly more stripped down than anything audiences have seen before — except maybe for returning guests. The show is a holiday classic, and versions fall everywhere on the spectrum from stark to grand and outrageous. “The beauty of this story is it can withstand so many different interpretations,” he said, “and there are so many out there. By going in the opposite direction, it relies on the audience to let their imaginations take flight. It will take you to places you could never go with the work done for you.” Morella greets audience members as they enter the theater and wishes them happy holidays as they depart. In doing so, he creates an intimate experience that allows audience members to feel more like participants


Paul Morella takes on the entire cast of characters in Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” in his one-man production at the Olney Theatre Center through Dec. 28.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL n When: various dates and times through Dec. 28; check site for details n Where: Olney Theatre Center Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab, 2001 OlneySandy Spring Road, Olney n Tickets: $18-$36 n More information:; 301-924-3400

than observers. Though he may be the only man physically on stage, the full cast depends on the number of people in the audience on any given night.

Some actors, Morella said, see a one-man show as the “Mount Everest” of acting accomplishments, but the key is focusing on the opportunities the format provides. “It can be a challenge to reach out to people and make them understand that the audience, then, becomes the other characters, the scenes,” he said. “You never know what you’re going to get, and over the years one of the challenges has been addressing different people from different walks of life, young and old, and having them willing to go on this journey.” Over the years there have been countless interpretations of the plot and characters, building

on Dickens’ original descriptions to create characterizations that are by now mostly recognizable by sight — from Scrooge’s associate Marley in chains to Tiny Tim and his cane. With Morella taking on every character himself with no costume changes, the audience members are forced to provide their own appearances. “I find the image Dickens creates, for example the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come,” he said, “is far more harrowing when you don’t see that conventional ‘Grim Reaper’ character, and instead have to imagine it based on the original description and

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As 2014 comes to a close, several trends in the brewing world have emerged. These include moving away from high alcohol beers to the more difficult to brew but more easily drinkable session beers; the emergence of styles that have been very infrequently brewed in an effort to broaden the brewing palette, and the growth of estate beers along with the increased availability of local hops and malt. Session beers are named because one can drink several of them in one session, often with friends, and still maintain sobriety. Part of the newfound prominence of these beers is a reaction to the spate of high alcohol beers of the last decade. Drinks-writer and “The Session Beer Project” blogger Lew Bryson says, “You want a beer that facilitates conversation, not dominates it.” Usually these are beers between 3.5 and 4.5 alcohol by volume (ABV), although the Brewers Association defines a Session Beer as a lower strength version of a beer meeting classic style guidelines and one that can reach 5.1 percent ABV. A number of session beers are available in the region from Frederick’s Monocacy Brewing, D.C.’s Right Proper Brewpub (which always has 2 to 3 session beers on tap), Philadelphia’s Victory Brewing, Dover, Del.’s, Fordham Brewing and Roseland, Va.’s, Devil’s Backbone Brewing. The latter three and other breweries are even making sessionable IPAs. Some styles which are being brewed more often are inherently sessionable, such as

BREWS BROTHERS STEVEN FRANK AND ARNOLD MELTZER Berliner Weisse and Gose. Other styles that are receiving renewed interest as brewers stretch their brewing horizons looking for new avenues to entice the craft beer enthusiast include: Grisette, a Saison-like low alcohol style originally brewed for Belgium’s working miners; Lichtenhainer, a tart sessionable Berliner Weisse beer with a notable smokiness; and the Grodziskie style (also known as Grätzer in German), another low alcohol, smoked wheat beer originating in Poland and usually slightly tart. Estate beers — beers for which the hops and grains are preferably grown onsite but often just locally — are becoming more prominent as craft malting has grown. Encouraged by changes in state agricultural regulations promoting farm breweries, many in the MidAtlantic and New England regions, these maltsters are using heirloom grains, or grains which take advantage of local soils for richer flavors. One regional maltster hears complaints such as, “Your malt is too flavorful. I can’t taste my hops.” Combined with the upsurge in local hop growing, and sometimes even locally acquired yeasts, estate beers are becoming somewhat more available but still difficult to find. Look for such beers from Maryland’s Monocacy Brewing, Burley Oak Brewery and the nascent Scorpion Brewing, and Virginia’s Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery. Grisette Working Class Ale (5.6 percent ABV) is brewed

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DANCES Hollywood Ballroom Dancing, 2126 Industrial Highway, Silver Spring, 301-3261181, Scottish Country Dancing, 8 to 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: Thursdays, 8:15

p.m. beginner lesson, 9 to 11:30 p.m. dancing to DJs, Glen Echo Park’s Spanish Ballroom Annex, $8, Contra, Dec. 12. DeLaura Padovan calls to Glen Echo Open Band, Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom, 7:30 p.m., $10, English Country, Dec. 10, Joseph Pimentel and April Blum, 8 p.m., Glen Echo Town Hall (upstairs), Swing and Lindy, Dec. 27, Daryl Davis. $18, $12, 17 and younger. Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom, Waltz, Dec. 7, Trio Con Brio with Paul Oorts (mandolin), Elke Baker (violin), Jonathan Jensen (piano), Irish Dancing, “Ring of Kerry Irish Dance class winter session began on Sept. 9. Dancers meet on Tuesday’s until midDecember at Ridgeview Middle School. Beginning class starts at 7 p.m., followed by the more experienced class at 8:05 p.m. Cost is $40. We do ceili and set dances and no partner is required to enjoy the lessons. For more information, email Jean at or visit Dancers must be at least 8 years old to senior. Anyone younger than 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

MUSIC Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, Glenn Miller Orchestra: In the Holiday Mood, Dec. 10; Frank Sinatra Birthday Tribute featuring Tony Sands, Dec. 11; Elikeh, Dec. 12; VMA Holiday Show, Dec. 14; A Very Chaise Lounge Christmas Show, Dec. 17; call for prices, times, 7719 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. 240-330-4500, BlackRock Center for the Arts, The

ON STAGE Adventure Theatre-MTC, “Tiny Tim’s Christmas Carol,” through Jan. 1, call for prices, times, Adventure Theatre MTC, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, 301634-2270, Imagination Stage, “101 Dalmatians,” through Jan. 11, call for prices, times, Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda, Highwood Theatre, 914 Silver Spring Ave.,, 301-5870697. Olney Theatre Center, “Disney’s The Little Mermaid,” through Dec. 28, call for prices, times, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney, 301-924-3400, olneytheatre. org. The Puppet Co., “The Nutcracker,” through Dec. 30; 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, 301634-5380, Rockville Musical Theatre, Fitzgerald Theatre, 603 Edmonston Drive, Rockville, 240-314-8690, Round House Theatre, Bethesda, “The Nutcracker,” through Dec. 28, call for show times, 4545 East-West Highway, Bethesda. Tickets range in price from $10 to $45 and seating is reserved. 240-6441100, Lumina Studio Theatre, “Twelfth Night,” through Dec. 14, Silver Spring Black Box Theatre, 8641 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, 301-588-8277, luminastudio. org; Silver Spring Stage, “Orson’s Shadow,” Jan. 9 through 31, Woodmoor Shopping Center, 10145 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, see Web site for show times,

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Randolph Road Theater, “The Gypsy

Princess” (Die Csardasfurstin), Dec. 19 and 21, call for prices and times, 4010 Randolph Road, Silver Spring, belcantanti. com, 240-230-7372.

VISUAL ART Adah Rose Gallery, “Notes, References and Miscellaneous Debris,” Brian Dupont, through Dec. 28, 3766 Howard Ave., Kensington, 301-922-0162, adahrosegallery. com Glenview Mansion, Rockville Art League Juried Members’ Show, through Jan. 2, Rockville Civic Center Park, 503 Edmonston Drive, Rockville. rockvillemd. gov. Marin-Price Galleries, Jeremiah Stermer, through Dec. 31, 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, 7022 Wisconsin Ave., 301718-0622, Montgomery Art Association, Gordon Lyon, through Jan. 4, Westfield Wheaton Mall, 11160 Viers Mill Road, Wheaton, VisArts, Steve Pearson: Manipular, Dec. 10 through Jan. 18; Happy NOT Sappy, Dec. 10 through Jan. 18; William Peirce, Dec. 10 through Jan. 18; Gibbs Street Gallery, 155 Gibbs St., Rockville, 301-315-8200, Washington Printmakers Gallery, Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, second floor, 8230 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, Kentlands Mansion, Artwork of the Gaithersburg Camera Club, Dec. 12 through Jan. 23, 320 Kent Square Road, Gaithersburg, 301-258-6425. Arts Barn, 311 Kent Square Road, Gaithersburg, 301-258-6394 “You Are Here,” exhibit by Dave Montgomery, now through Jan. 4. Takoma Park Community Center, 7500 Maple Ave., Takoma Park. photoartbeyond. com; 301-215-9224.

ET CETERA The Writer’s Center, 4508 Walsh Street, Bethesda, 301-654-8664, North Bethesda Market hosts its second annual “Destination North,” a

day-long holiday celebration of all things frozen, merry, and bright, from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, on the Plaza. Families can watch ice sculptures come to life, sing along with strolling carolers, and receive souvenirs — from glittery tattoos to themed balloons and face painting. Market retailers will offer special discounts and promotions. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit, or the Market’s Facebook page.

through Scrooge’s eyes.” In addition, having one actor playing all parts can also create a sense of recognition and an ability to relate or sympathize with much of the cast of characters at one point or another. “There’s a little bit of Scrooge in us, of Bob Cratchit, of Tiny Tim,” he said. “When you see all of these characters come out of one person, the show has an everyman feel.” Morella’s version, however, is not for the faint of heart; recommended for audiences 10 and up, there’s not a lot of fluff or sentimentality — and certainly no carols. By scrubbing the show of everything movies and television have added to the story over decades, he returns to Dickens’ true intentions — after all, the original 1843 novella feels like it was meant to be spoken aloud, with a narrator eager to tell his tale.

“It’s this morality story in its essence,” he said, “and it speaks to the very basic human capabilities and reactions, good and bad, that live within all of us. I think that along those lines, it can only be fully realized and experienced in its pure, direct, original, less ostentatious form.” Though Morella has brought the show to the stage for several years, he makes clear it’s unlike other theater companies who put on the exact same production year after year. From one season to another — and even from night to night — audiences can expect a truly unique take on the classic Christmas story they thought they knew. “It’s like having 30 different Christmases on stage for me, they’re never the same,” he said. “It’s always unique and special, shared with a particular group on a particular night. I may be in a bad mood sometimes, but not by the time the show has ended.”


Continued from Page B-7 by Sly Fox Brewery in Pottstown, Pa. Grissette has a sweet malt and enticing lemon nose. Smooth throughout, it has a restrained sweet malt front with a muted melange of citrus fruits including orange, grapefruit and lemon. The lemon citrus wanes as the malt grows in the middle. A soft earthiness emerges along with a genial tartness in the finish as the citrus ebbs. The tartness lingers in the aftertaste while the other flavors fade. Ratings: 8.5/7.5. Goldie’s Best Bitter Ale (3.9 percent ABV) is made at the Milkhouse Brewery at Stillpoint Farm in Mt. Airy. This delightful best bitter has a light floral hop and sweet malt aroma which presages a slightly sweet malt front with a hint of bitter hops. The bitterness increases a bit in the middle and edges up more in the finish joined by notes of apricot. In the aftertaste the mild hops continue but are well balanced by the robust malt presence and tempered dryness. Ratings: 8.5/8. Pivo Grodsiskie/Grätzer Ale (4 percent ABV) is produced by Dr. Fritz Briem, a professor at Doemen’s University, the German brewing university in Friesing, who has recreated a number of forgotten beer styles. It is brewed in Munich. Grätzer has a tempered sour bouquet of wheat, heavy smoke, and orange peel. The subtle sweet front is followed by the addition of some sour-


Grisette Working Class Ale, brewed by Sly Fox Brewery in Pottstown, Pa., has a sweet malt and enticing lemon nose.

ness, a modest smokiness, and a tinge of orange rind in the middle. The smokiness intensifies in the finish as does the orange zest. The sourness comes to the front in the aftertaste while the smoke tapers and a wisp of dryness appears. Ratings: 8/8. Gold Leaf Lager (4.5 percent ABV) is brewed by Devils Backbone Brewing of Lexington, Va. Gold Leaf has won several awards, including gold medals, at the Great American Beer Festival in the Pilsner category. The sweet malt nose with a touch of floral hops melds into a delicate sweet front. The middle adds a pinch of citrus which continues in the finish where the malt elevates modestly. All these flavors continue in the refreshing aftertaste, mingled with a nuance of melon. Ratings: 7.5/8.

F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre

603 Edmonston Dr. Rockville, MD 20851


Rockville Civic Ballet

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For a free listing, please submit complete information to wfranklin@ at least 10 days in advance of desired publication date. High-resolution color images (500KB minimum) in jpg format should be submitted when available.

Steel Wheels, Dec. 12; Bettye LaVette, Dec. 13; 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown. 301-528-2260, blackrockcenter. org. Fillmore Silver Spring, French Montana, Dec. 10; 3BallMTY, Dec. 11; HIM, Dec. 12; 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. Strathmore, Afternoon Tea, Dec. 10; Susan Jones Klezmer Ensemble, Dec. 10; Art and Wine Night, Dec. 11; BSO: Holly Jolly Pops, Dec. 11; The Temptations and The Four Tops, Dec. 12; Mannheim Steamroller (two shows), Dec. 13; Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker (two shows), Dec. 14; Stome Ridge Christmas Concert, Dec. 15; Strathmore’s Children’s Chorus Winter Concert, Dec. 16; Robyn Helzner Trio, Dec. 17; call for venue, times. Locations: Mansion, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda; Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, 301-581-5100,

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Irish entertainer Seamus Kennedy will perform on Sunday at the Kentlands Mansion in Gaithersburg.

Traditions are always nice this time of year, and it definitely seems like Mannheim Steamroller’s performance at the Music Center at Strathmore has become an annual holiday event. Mannheim Steamroller is set to perform to shows in North Bethesda on Saturday. Founded by Chip Davis in the mid-1970s, Mannheim Steamroller has made a name for itself with modern takes on holiday favorites, adding video images and a ‘laser-light-show’ vibe to its live performances. The band is also quite popular. According to Strathmore, if you lined up all of the CDs Mannheim Steamroller has sold, they would stretch from New York to Los Angeles and into the Pacific Ocean — more than 3000 miles. Or if you stacked them, one atop another, they would stand 645 times taller than the Sears Tower. Tickets for the show are $48-$98. For more information, visit or call 301-581-5100.

Holiday shenanigans with Seamus Kennedy Beauty from four perspectives

Arts on the Green invites merry-makers of all ages to celebrate the season with Celtic holiday music in the Kentlands Mansion. Entertainer and professional funnyman Seamus Kennedy will sing traditional and contemporary “jolly” songs of Ireland and Scotland at 3 p.m. Sunday. The audience can anticipate an afternoon of seasonal music, plus stories and jokes. Originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland, Kennedy has been entertaining audiences all over the United States for almost four decades. Kennedy’s strong interactive entertainment skills have helped him create an exceptionally loyal fan base

everywhere he goes. His local track record is extraordinary — 13 times Kennedy has received the Washington Area Music Association Award for “Best Irish/Male Celtic Vocalist.” Kennedy encourages patrons to sing along to silly lyrics or act out the choruses of children’s songs. When he plays a lively Irish jig or a reel, Kennedy often coaxes someone to jump up and dance to the music of his guitar or bodhrán. Tickets are $25 for adults and $12 for youth (age 18 and younger). For more information, call 301-258-6394 or and search for “Arts on the Green.”

For its December exhibition, Gallery B in Bethesda presents the works of four area artists. “Crossroads: Four Artists,” features the works of Jeffery Cooper, Rebecca Hirsh, Sally Levie and Philippe Mougne. Cooper worked as a mathematician for 40 years before creating sculpture. His sculptures are made to attract the eye and invite the viewer to look at details. Hirsh’s work has been shown in the Washington, D.C., area at several local galleries and businesses. She has also illustrated books, including “The Mother’s Almanac” by Washington journalist Marguerite Kelly. Her 20-year career as a picture researcher, locating images to use in illustrated books, in exhibits for art, science and history museums and on U.S. postage stamps was a contributing visual experience.


Mannheim Steamroller Christmas is set to return to the Music Center at Strathmore for two performances on Saturday.

Levie’s work has been exhibited throughout several area galleries and her paintings and drawings are held in private collections nationally. Mougne was born in Paris, France and relocated to Washington, D.C., where building materials inspired him to take up sculpture. He made his first pieces using discarded timber and sheet metal from construction sites. In 2013, Mougne became a member of the Studio Gallery in Dupont Circle, and the Washington Sculptors Group. “Crossroads: Four Artists” will be on display until Dec. 27. The exhibition’s opening reception will coincide with the monthly Bethesda Art Walk on Friday from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. For more information, visit bethesda. org.


Jeff Cooper’s “A Character” is on display at Gallery B in Bethesda as part of the ”Crossroads: Four Artists” exhibit.


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Develop, maint, & analyze budgets; prep monthly variance rpts for mgt; prep consolidated fin’l stmts of US & foreign operations; assist controller with conversion of consolidated fin’l repts to international acctg standards, prep US & foreign tax filings and plng, designing & implemtng acctg policies, procedures & internal contrls for US & foreign ops, responding to auditors of foreign opers; & monitor changing fin’l reporting needs. Req: Bachelor’s degree w/ concentration in Accounting; fluency in Polish language. Trvl to Poland required as necessary. Hrs. 9am to 6pm. Position in Rockville, MD. Send resume to US Pharmacia International, Inc., Attn: Alicja Dylag, 966 Hungerford Drive, Suite 3B, Rockville, MD 20850.

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DARCARS NISSAN 2009 Nissan Versa



#440168B, Automatic, 1.8 SL FE, 64K Miles, Sedan

2004 BMW X3



#P9111B, Automatic, 3.0i SUV, AWD




#7441995, Power Windows, Power Locks, Keyless Entry

MSRP 17,715 $



#P9021A, Automatic, 4DR, Sedan

#541043A, Automatic, LX Sedan, 68K Miles




MSRP 23,185



2012 Ford Fusion #441562A, Auto, 61K Miles, 1-Owner, SE Sedan



2013 Nissan Sentra #E0424, Automatic, SV Sedan, 1-Owner, 35K Miles



2012 Fiat 500 POP #541010C, Manual, Convertible, 35K Miles, 1-Owner

*security deposit



*1st month’s payment


2014 BEETLE 1.8L

#3020550, Mt, Power Windows, Power Locks, Keyless Entry

#1601477, Power Windows/Power Locks, Keyless Entry, Sunroof

MSRP $21,015

MSRP 18,815




OR $244/MO for 72 MONTHS




OR $279/MO for 72 MONTHS


10,977 $

#546033A, Automatic, 1-Owner, 46K Miles



#9087784, Automatic, Power Windows, Power Locks, Keyless Entry

2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe



*due at


OR $205/MO for 72 MONTHS

2007 Honda Accord




2014 JETTA S


2010 Dodge Charger SXT

SAVE UP TO $8,000




MSRP 22,435 $



OR $264/MO for 72 MONTHS


#13540292, Automatic, Power Windows, Power Locks, Keyless Entry

MSRP $27,180


#7298300, Automatic Power Windows, Power Locks, Bluetooth



OR $372/MO for 72 MONTHS




#5608496, Automactic. Power Windows, Power Locks, Keyless Entry

MSRP $28,835




OR $264/MO for 72 MONTHS

OR $358/MO for 72 MONTHS

2015 GTI 4DR HB S


#4028905, Automatic, Power Windows, Power Locks, Keyless Entry

#14013851, Navigation, Sunroof Power Windows/Locks, Loaded

MSRP $27,235




OR $367/MO for 72 MONTHS

MSRP $55,835




OR $659/MO for 72 MONTHS




2013 Scion iQ Auto Coupe #E0492A, Automatic, 17K Miles, 1-Owner



2010 Saab 9-3 #441556A, Automatic, 1-Owner, Black, 38K Miles



2011 Nissan Altima SL #546106A, 2.5L Sedan, Automatic, 42K Miles




DARCARS NISSAN of ROCKVILLE 15911 Indianola Drive • Rockville, MD (at Rt. 355 across from King Farm)

888.805.8235 •


2006 Jetta Sedan PZEV AT...#V394369A, Silver, 98,816 Miles....$5,995 2004 Nissan Murano.....#V030263A, Silver, 133,451 Miles..........$6,991 2007 Honda Fit.....#V625092B, Gray, 50,877 Miles.......................$6,995 2009 Subaru Legacy...#V026784A, White, 79,495 Miles............$10,191 2011 Jetta Sedan...#VLP0105, Black, 47,803 Miles....................$10,591 2013 Ford Fiesta...#V034406A, Platinum, 35,310 Miles....................$12,992 2012 Golf HB..#V026462A, Gray, 66,571 Miles..................................$13,663 2012 Jetta Sedan...#VP0106, White, 32,563 Miles...........................$13,991 2012 GTI HB MT...#V517048A, Gray, 50,877 Miles............................$13,995 2011 Dodge Charger...#VPR0100A, Silver, 60,717 Miles..................$14,991 2012 Beetle CPE PZEV...#V621679A, Silver, 22,689 Miles.........................$14,991 2010 CC SDN...#V538777A, White, 43,169 Miles........................$16,591

2012 Mini Cooper S...#V034678A, Red, 33,011 Miles...............$16,993 2008 Volvo XC90...#V822908A, White, 63,471 Miles........................$17,491 2010 Routan CPO...#VP0102, Brown, 30,797 Miles..........................$17,911 2012 Jetta Sedan TDI...#V615887A, Silver, 26,804 Miles.................$18,471 2012 GTI HB MT...#VP0107, Red, 54,244 Miles.................................$18,991 2013 Golf...#VPR0098, Black, 7,392 Miles.........................................$18,993 2012 Tiguan SE...#V511462A, Black, 37,637 Miles..........................$19,991 2011 Tiguan SEL...#V520327A, Pearl, 69,623 Miles.........................$19,991 2013 Passat Wolfsburg...#VPR0097, Silver, 8,459 Miles..................$20,492 2013 Passat SEL LTD...#V017623A, Black, 53,252 Miles.................$21,392 2013 Tiguan SE...#V006405A, Gray, 17,099 Miles............................$22,391 2013 Beetle Convertible...#V009351Z, Black, 9,202 Miles..............$24,591

All prices exclude tax, tags, title, freight and $300 processing fee. Cannot be combined with any previous advertised or internet special. Pictures are for illustrative purposes only. See dealer for details. 0% APR Up To 72 Months on all models. See dealer for details. Ourisman VW World Auto Certified Pre Owned financing for 72 months based on credit approval thru VW. Excludes Title, Tax, Options & Dealer Fees. Special APR financing cannot be combined with sale prices. Ends 12/31/14.

Ourisman VW of Laurel 3371 Fort Meade Road, Laurel

1.855.881.9197 •

Online Chat Available...24 Hour Website • Hours Mon-Fri 9 am-9 pm • Sat 9 am-8 pm


2014 Hyundai Accent GLS #E0503, Automatic, 1-Owner, 26K Miles, Sedan

27 Available...Rates Starting at 1.64% up to 72 months

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w/bluetooth MODEL #29014

MSRP: $32,000 Sale Price: $28,495 NMAC Bonus Cash: $3,500

















MODEL #23214

MSRP: $33,265 Sale Price: $28,495 Nissan Rebate: $4,500 NMAC Bonus Cash: $500

$ w/leather, Limited Edition pkg, moonroof MODEL #16114

MSRP: $31,705 Sale Price: $27,495 Nissan Rebate: $3,500 Nissan Murano Bonus Cash: $500 NMAC Bonus Cash: $500

23,495 OR

















24,995 OR

w/bluetooth MODEL #12114


MSRP: $22,960 Sale Price: $19,495 NMAC Bonus Cash: $500






w/free Charger MODEL #17015













13,495 OR


MSRP: $19,165 Sale Price: $15,495 Nissan Rebate: $1,000 NMAC Bonus Cash: $500


MSRP: $16,700 Sale Price: $13,995 NMAC Bonus Cash: $500


17,495 OR


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MSRP: $23,505 Sale Price: $19,745 Nissan Rebate: $1,250 NMAC Bonus Cash: $1,000




MSRP: $13,170 Sale Price: $10,995






9330 Baltimore Ave College Park, MD 20740 888-693-8037











Prices include all rebates and incentives. DARCARS Nissan DOES NOT Include college grad or military rebates in price! NMAC Bonus Cash require financing through NMAC with approved credit. Prices exclude tax, tags, freight (Cars $810, SUVs and Trucks $860-$1000) and $300 processing charge, Lease payments are calculated with tax, tags, freight, $300 processing charge and first payment due at signing, and are valid with tier one approval through NMAC. Prices and payments valid only at listed VINS. See dealer for details. Offer expires 12/15/2014. G557902

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