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Montgomery County Public Schools on Tuesday prepared a request to waive four days of instruction lost due to wintry weather, after its five-day request was denied Monday. State Superintendent of Schools Lillian M. Lowery denied the school system’s original request in a March 26 letter because it “does not demonstrate

an effort to modify the school calendar to make up for lost instructional time.” In a Tuesday letter, Starr submitted a modified, four-day waiver request that, if accepted, would involve the school system adding one day to the school year and changing Easter Monday from a holiday to an instructional day. Starr sent another letter to Lowery on Tuesday asking for permission to make Easter Monday an instructional day. Lowery said in her March 26 letter that she would consider a modified request from the school system. The state requires school districts to

hold 180 instruction days. While the school system built four snow days into its calendar, county students have had 10 days off this school year because of snow. In its first request, the school system had asked the state to waive five days — the maximum number of days the state allowed school districts to request. The system had planned to add one day to its calendar if the waiver was accepted. Dana Tofig, a county school system spokesman, said the school system weighs the effect of adding school days when considering a waiver request. “It is a balancing act between want-

ing to make up meaningful instructional time and respecting the existing schedules that our students, staff, families and communities already have in place, including jobs, internships, camps, and more,” Tofig said in an email. As of Tuesday, Lowery had responded to waiver requests from four counties, including Montgomery, Anne Arundel, St. Mary’s and Carroll, said William Reinhard, a spokesman for the Maryland State Department of Education. Lowery denied Anne Arundel’s request and accepted St. Mary’s and Carroll’s, he said. The three counties had

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In Chevy Chase, procedures, not topics discussed, are the issue BY

ELIZABETH WAIBEL STAFF WRITER

This year, the shop has set aside $20,000 for charities including A Wider Circle and the Frederick Rescue Mission, according to a press release from the shop. After the shop was threatened with closure last year, the community responded to the shop’s pleas for help.

The Chevy Chase Town Council violated rules for holding a closed meeting last year when it interviewed a law firm it was considering retaining. The council did not follow the correct procedures for meeting in closed session at a Nov. 26, 2013, meeting, according to a March 20 opinion from the state Open Meetings Compliance Board. The council was meeting with an attorney it was considering hiring to advocate the town’s position on the Purple Line light-rail system, which is planned to run through Chevy Chase on its 16-mile route from Bethesda to New Carrollton. The Open Meetings Act requires government bodies to make most of their meetings open to the public. The act outlines 14 topics that government bodies may discuss behind closed doors, such as personnel matters, pending litigation and collective bargaining negotiations. Before government bodies can meet in closed session, however, they must meet in public, open session to vote on whether to go into closed session and provide some information about what they will discuss. They must also provide information about the closed session in the minutes of the next open

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A Chevy Chase thrift shop that benefits charities is staying, thanks to help from volunteers. The Opportunity Shop, a nonprofit thrift and consignment store on Walsh Street, is operated by St. John’s Norwood, a nearby Episcopal church. The “Op Shop” was threatened with closure last year due to a lack of volunteers. Before the lease was up and the shop closed its doors, however, an influx of new volunteers made it possible to keep the shop going. Luisa Lopez, the store’s coordinating manager, started volunteering in December after hearing that it might close. She said she has a background in social work and didn’t want to see the shop die. “It’s such a strong community gathering,” she said. “People come

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also asked for a five-day waiver. Reinhard said, as of Thursday, the state had received 15 waiver requests. Following the state’s denial of the school system’s first waiver request, city governments were bracing to possibly change their plans for summer camps. Jan Golden, a recreation program supervisor for the city of Rockville, said the city currently is scheduled to start its first camp session the Monday after school lets out. “It’s a big concern to parents,” she said. “We’ve gotten a lot of calls.” The city, which runs some of its

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Geary and Judy Fisher of Chevy Chase browse at the “Op Shop” on Tuesday. Geary Fisher says he and his wife usually are looking for vases or cut glass at the Chevy Chase thrift store, whose proceeds benefit local charities. and have fun there, and when they volunteer, they seem to have fun as well as the shoppers.” The Op Shop was founded in 1951. It sells donated and consigned items and gives the money raised to local charities. In 2012, the shop brought in about $225,000, organizers said last year. Profits are down from its heyday of the mid-1990s, when

the shop would routinely bring in $500,000 a year — before online sales of second-hand items quickly grew. After paying rent and a portion of sales to consigners, the shop has money left over to donate to for charities. In the past, the money has gone to Bethesda Cares, the Children’s Inn at NIH and the Interfaith Housing Coalition, organizers said.

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When Tia Pope visited a suspected puppy mill in Jefferson County, Ark., in late January she noticed a small, red 10-year-old Italian greyhound living in deplorable conditions. Pope, manager of the Puppy Mill Response for the Humane Society of the United States, said she wasn’t sure if the dog was going to survive.

“At the time, it was 20-something degrees and she was outside in a chain link concrete pen with really no shelter,” Pope said. “For a dog of her size, she had no body fat and there was nowhere for her to stay warm. She was shaking.” Now, thanks to the efforts of the Humane Society, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and other organizations, the dog has been given a second chance at life. All of the animals at the mill — 121 dogs, 20 horses, 19 chickens, 11 exotic birds, and multiple bunnies, turtles and cats — were seized Feb. 27 by the Humane Society of the United

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Jen Koca of Herndon, Va., an intern with the Puppy Mill Rescue Campaign of the Humane Society of the United States, carries a 14-year-old Yorkshire terrier from the transport truck that just arrived March 26 in Gaithersburg from Arkansas.

States. On March 26, 55 of the dogs, including the Italian greyhound, nine bunnies and three birds were brought to the society’s Gaithersburg office, where pet adoption agencies eagerly waited to pick them up and begin the process of finding them new, loving homes. The Gaithersburg office is at 700 Professional Drive. “It was nice to see that she was one of the ones who made it back to the Washington area,” Pope said about the Italian greyhound. “It was like a full circle.”

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Teen’s app features rocket ships, aliens

A Bethesda teen stuck at home for a few weeks decided he didn’t want to just play games on an iPhone — he wanted to build a game himself. Brian Fisher, a 15-year-old freshman at Walt Whitman High School, recently released Rocket Flyer, a game app for Apple devices. Players guide a rocket through the game, avoiding alien spaceships, passing through power-ups shaped like Saturn’s rings and defying gravity that slows the rocket down. The game “kept evolving over time,” Brian said. “It’s sort of a combination of games that I like.” Brian taught himself to design apps while recovering from surgery for Chiari malformation, a condition in which the skull is not big

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enough for the brain. He had surgery to remove a piece of his skull to give his brain more room. While he was out of school for about three weeks, he learned to build apps using the coding language Objective-C. “I was just fooling around with programs on my computer, and I found one that gives you a blank platform to design an app,” Brian said. “... I just basically taught myself.” Building the app, including creating graphics depicting rockets, flying saucers and power-ups, took about a month. “It was challenging, but it was rewarding,” he said.

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Rocket Flyer is available in the Apple App Store. It is free to download and play, but Fisher said he is making a little bit of money from ads in the game. People downloaded the game about 270 times in the first 12 days after it launched, he said, and it was recently featured in the App Store’s new adventure game category. Now back at school, Brian said, a lot of his friends and teachers are enjoying the app, and he hopes more people take the opportunity to enjoy it.

Libraries to host voter registration drives With party primaries for state and local offices coming up June 24, the county’s board of elections will hold voter registration drives from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays this month at public libraries. The Bethesda Library at 7400 Arlington Road will hold drives Saturday and Sunday. The Kensington Park Library, at 4201 Knowles Ave., will hold its drive Saturday. The Chevy Chase Library, at 8005 Connecticut Ave., and Little Falls Library, at 5501 Massachusetts Ave., Bethesda, will have drives April 12. Davis Library, at 6400 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda, and the Potomac Library, at 10101 Glenolden Drive, will hold drives April 26. For more information, contact Gilberto Zelaya at 240-777-8532 or Gilberto.zelaya@montgomerycountymd.gov.

Imagination Stage gets new education head Imagination Stage in Bethesda hired Joanne Seelig as director of education. She has led educational programs for Berkeley Repertory Theater in California, the National Building Museum and Smithsonian Associates. At an early age, Seelig herself received an introduction to theater education at Imagination Stage. She

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RYAN MARSHALL STAFF WRITER

Staff at Montgomery County’s Department of Economic Development incorrectly calculated the expected economic impact of a 2006 Bethesda theater project, telling the County Council the project was worth twice its actual value, a report by the county’s Office of the Inspector General says. The Bethesda Theatre, whose art deco marquee has decorated Wisconsin Avenue since 1938, closed in 2010 after its owner defaulted on the mortgage, leading to a loss of more than $2.5 million for the county, the report says. The report, released March 25, criticized the process the county used to award economic development grants for projects such as the one for the theater, and the county has said it will make changes to the process. County staff also used an incorrect equation to estimate the potential economic impact that revitalizing the theater could have on the surrounding area and didn’t tell the council that

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The Bethesda Theatre on Wisconsin Avenue first opened in 1938.

the county could be obligated to repay a state grant for the project, the report says. The Bozzuto Group of Greenbelt bought the theater for $3.5 million in 1996, expecting to build apartments or

condominiums attached to the theater. As part of the agreement to approve the residential construction, the county planning board required the preservation of the theater’s exterior and interior, and the building would have to include either a movie theater or performance space. In 2003, Bozzuto formed the Bethesda Cultural Alliance, which became the new owner and renovated it using Bozzuto construction crews to do much of the work, according to the report. In 2003, the County Council approved a $375,000 economic development fund grant for the alliance to fund renovation of the theater. In 2005, Bozzuto sought more county assistance because the project cost more than expected, and a federal tax credit didn’t come through. The county’s Department of Economic Development proposed a $1.5 million grant in May 2006. At the time, the office estimated the cost of the project to be $11 million, for which the state provided a $2 million guaranty for the project’s first mortgage, and Bozzuto providing another $2 million guaranty. Bozzuto received the grant with the passage of the fiscal 2007 operating budget.

Later in 2006, the council endorsed a $675,000 grant for the theater renovation from the Maryland Economic Development Assistance Authority and Fund, money for which the county could be liable. The theater opened in October 2007, with expectations that it would host off-Broadway shows and other performances. But the recession soon limited the theater’s ability to generate profits, the report says. In 2009, the Bethesda Cultural Alliance terminated its contract with a New York-based company to put on productions, claiming the cost of staging them was too high. In 2010, the alliance closed the theater and defaulted on its mortgage, leading BB&T Bank to foreclose on the building. It later became the Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club. The cultural alliance dissolved in 2012. A Bozzuto spokeswoman did not respond to a request for comment. The county made $1.875 million in economic development fund grants to the cultural alliance, along with paying $717,300 to the state to pay back the MEDAAF grant plus interest, totalling more than $2.5 million in costs to the county. Putting the council in the position

of approving a grant without being told it would ultimately be responsible for paying it back “can’t happen, going forward,” said Councilman Roger Berliner (D-Dist. 1) of Bethesda. The report also faults the economic estimates, which were based on incorrect calculations. The mistake led the county to think the project could generate about $13 million. The correct figure was about $6.5 million, according to the report. In a letter included in the report, Timothy Firestine, the county’s chief administrative officer, said the county was in the process of changing its policies to make sure similar mistakes don’t occur in the future. But the report argued that the project was not totally without benefit. “The historic theatre was preserved and renovated, and there is an entertainment entity operating in it. The housing stock has increased, and there is more taxable square footage,” the report says. Also, the Whitney apartment and condominium complex built as part of the project is assessed at more than $77 million. rmarshall@gazette.net

Tiger Woods’ tournament to be in Bethesda in alternate years Virginia course lands event in 2015; county officials hopeful about 2017, 2019

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The Quicken Loans National will be held at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda in 2016, 2018 and 2020 but move to the Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Gainesville, Va., in 2015, officials said this week. Montgomery County officials are glad the event will remain at Congressional in alternate years and hopeful TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm can host the tournament in 2017 and 2019. Tournament organizers still are working on landing a site for those years. The event has been at Congressional since 2007, except for 2010 and 2011 when it moved to the Aronimink Golf Club near Philadelphia while Congressional prepared for and hosted the 2011 U.S. Open. While Montgomery would like to keep the Quicken Loans National in the

county, seeing it move to a Virginia course for at least one year does not sting since it is not an economic development competition, said Steven A. Silverman, director of the county’s Department of Economic Development. “It’s not like it’s a company moving and we can offer incentives for it to stay,” Silverman said. “This is a matter solely in the hands of Congressional members. It’s not an issue within our control.” Some Congressional members have complained that the tournament cuts too much into their use of the country club. Tournament organizers thought voting on a proposal to hold the event at Congressional for three consecutive years was doomed to fail, so they proposed the compromise plan. That proposal passed by a wide margin, as voting ended Sunday. In another development that could cloud this year’s event — slated for June 23-29 at Congressional — Woods had a successful microdiscectomy Monday for a pinched nerve. He will miss next week’s Masters Tournament and could be out

until “sometime this summer,” according to a news release. Officials with the Quicken Loans National are not yet ruling out that Woods, who missed last year’s local tournament with an injury, won’t compete at Congressional. “It is too soon to speculate on his schedule for the rest of the year,” Emily Taylor, a spokeswoman for the Tiger Woods Foundation, said on Tuesday. Woods is slated to begin “intensive rehabilitation and softtissue treatment” by next week. Depending on his recovery time, he could begin chipping and putting in three weeks, though getting back to tournament play would not be likely until the summer, the release says. “It’s tough right now, but I’m absolutely optimistic about the future,” Woods said in a statement. “There are a couple records by two outstanding individuals and players that I hope one day to break. As I’ve said many times, Sam [Snead] and Jack [Nicklaus] reached their milestones over an entire career. I plan to have a lot of years left in mine.” Woods is second all-time in

PGA Tour wins with 79, three behind Snead. He is also second in major championships with 14, four behind Nicklaus.

Attendance higher when Woods plays Attendance at the Congressional event has been significantly higher when he plays. In the three tournaments at Congressional that he has participated in, attendance averaged some 156,500. That included the storm-ravaged year of 2012, when no spectators were allowed for one day. In the two tournaments Woods did not play at Congressional, the average was about 127,000. When the tournament moved to Aronimink, attendance was about 193,000 in 2010 when Woods participated and 150,000 in 2011 when he did not. “It would be disappointing if Tiger does not play,” Silverman said. “There is no question [Woods playing] has an impact on attendance. But even if he does not play, we will still have an extraordinary tournament.” TPC Potomac was a regular

stop on the PGA Tour for more than a decade and last hosted the Booz Allen Classic in 2006. RTJ has hosted the Presidents Cup four times, with the last time in 2005. “We are excited to keep our tournament in the D.C. area and to be playing at these great golf courses,” Woods said. “Congressional Country Club and Robert Trent Jones Golf Club will continue to challenge our strong fields while supporting the local community.” The Congressional event saw its highest weeklong attendance in 2009 of about 194,000 spectators, generating an estimated $29.1 million in direct and indirect spending in the county, according to a study commissioned by the Montgomery County Department of Economic Development. Last year, with Woods out, about 147,000 people attended, the second most for the event when it was held in Bethesda. Woods won the event in 2009 and 2012. Last year, former Wake Forest All-American Bill Haas won the tournament. Rick Brown, a Congressional member and proprietor of the

Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, supported keeping the tournament at Congressional. He is working on possibly hosting an event for golfers at his venue during this year’s tournament. “It’s a great event that is worthwhile for Congressional and the community,” said Brown, also a principal with B&B Realty Investments in Bethesda. The event was formerly called the AT&T National with its sponsorship through 2014, but leaders of the telecommunications giant agreed to take a lesser role this year as founding sponsor. Detroit-based Quicken Loans is one of the country’s largest retail mortgage lenders and title sponsor of NASCAR Sprint Cup races in Michigan and Phoenix this year. The tournament raises funds for the Tiger Woods Foundation and other charities. The foundation operates two Tiger Woods Learning Centers in Washington, D.C., and one at the U.S. Marine Corps Base at Quantico, Va. kshay@gazette.net

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From putting police officers in every high school to increasing diversity on the police and fire departments, Montgomery County’s four county executive candidates discussed public safety issues with residents Thursday in Silver Spring. Republican Jim Shalleck and Democrats Isiah Leggett, Douglas M. Duncan and Philip M. Andrews agreed that Montgomery County is generally safe, but each discussed what he has done or would do to maintain and improve public safety in the county at the event at the

Long Branch Community Center. Leggett and Duncan have each overseen the county police department while serving as county executive, while Andrews is chairman of the County Council’s Public Safety Committee. Shalleck is a former prosecutor in The Bronx, N.Y., who prosecuted Son of Sam serial killer David Berkowitz. Shalleck and Duncan proposed increasing the number of police officers in the county’s schools. When he was county executive, from 1994 until 2006, the county had a resource officer in every county high school and has pulled back from that, Duncan said. He said he’d like to see an officer stationed in each of the county’s 20 high school clusters, and maybe some middle schools, too.

Shalleck went one step further, calling for a uniformed officer and marked police vehicle at every school in the county. He also wants to see the county school system eliminate portable classrooms, saying they could be isolated targets in a school shooting or other incident. “They’re disasters waiting to happen,” Shalleck said. Leggett, the incumbent, discussed the many programs he’s helped fund to reduce crime and provide services for youth and families. The county operating budget he recently proposed includes about $68 million to help with youth services, Leggett said. To a question on reducing truancy, Leggett said the county must help address poverty and other is-

sues that students deal with at home. “That’s where you start to address the challenge of truancy,” he said. To a question on reducing the number of blacks in the criminal justice system, Shalleck said the county needs to increase the diversity of the police and fire departments, as well as those who speak multiple languages. Leggett said the problem starts in the school system and providing support for communities. Andrews and Duncan both emphasized the importance of the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation in addressing the issue. Andrews said the county needs to support progressive policies of the detention center in rehabilitating prisoners to prevent recidivism.

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James Yi, 5, of Chevy Chase plays along with his parents, Xiaodong Yi and Waverly Ding, in a drum circle led by FunDrum Rhythm Circles on Saturday in Chevy Chase.

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ELIZABETH WAIBEL STAFF WRITER

A historic mansion in the heart of Kensington is making progress on its long road to restoration. A major project to restore the Brainard Warner house on Carroll Place, which dates to 1891, began last year, and work on the exterior of the building is almost complete. The first step was removing wings that were added to the house in the 1960s, when it was used as a nursing home. Montgomery Parks also is reconstructing a porch and terrace that used to be on the back of the house, said Julie Mueller, the

project’s cultural resources manager. An oval-shaped driveway for carriages and cars to travel between the mansion, the carriage house on the property and the road also is being restored, she said. The Maryland-National Capital Parks and Planning Commission bought the property in 2005 for $6.4 million using funds from the county’s Legacy Open Space program and is planning to spend about $5 million renovating it, The Gazette previously reported. Much of the funding for the renovation is coming from state bond bills. The work done so far has cost $700,000, Mueller said. Workers are finishing the walls to close off the spaces where the wings were removed, which Mueller hopes will be finished by the end of April. They also are waiting on doors and windows to be delivered from the manufacturer. Once those arrive, the installation won’t take long,

she said. “Right now, we are planning sort of a ribbon-cutting event with the Kensington Historical Society for May 17,” Mueller said, to be held jointly with the society’s annual garden party. Roof repairs are planned for this summer or earlier on both the main house and a carriage house on the property, Mueller said. “After that, we’re out of funding for a while,” she said. Work on the interior is not planned to begin until fiscal year 2018. The eventual plan is to put offices in the building, possibly for use by the Parks Department, but that will take some work. The interior has too many bathrooms from its time as a nursing home, Mueller said. “Think about this as a building that has not had any major renovations since ... 1970s, maybe,” Mueller said.

Parts of the interior also need to be restored. The house was built in a Queen Anne architectural style, and the property is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. “There’s beautiful plaster work, and there’s beautiful woodwork,” Mueller said. “It’s not like we can just gut the building and put anything we want in it.” The house was once the home of Brainard Warner, who founded Kensington, according to a Montgomery Parks news release. The Parks Department acquired the house and its 4.5-acre property in 2005 and has been planning its future since then. The land surrounding the home remains open to the public as Warner Circle Special Park during construction. ewaibel@gazette.net

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ELIZABETH WAIBEL STAFF WRITER

Signs of a mouse on the premises briefly closed an elementary school cafeteria March 19, prompting a departure from the planned menu of chicken nuggets and cheese crunchers. Health inspectors found mouse droppings in a food storage

area and on food contact surfaces at Wood Acres Elementary School in Bethesda, prompting officials to briefly close the school kitchen and bring food in from elsewhere. “The food is wrapped. There was no evidence that the food was touched,” said Dana Tofig, a spokesman for the school system. None of the food was affected, but the health department ordered food service suspended that day for cleaning and pest remediation, Tofig said. The school brought food in from the school system’s

central kitchen to feed the students. The next day, the kitchen passed a follow-up inspection and was reopened. “We’re certainly keeping an eye on it and taking every precaution,” Tofig said. WUSA9 reported the kitchen closure March 20. The school’s cafeteria passed regular inspections in April and October 2013, according to inspection records from the county. Mary Anderson, a spokes-

woman for the county Department of Health and Human Services, said school cafeterias typically are inspected only twice a year because all of the food is prepared in a central kitchen and delivered to the schools. Staff members don’t do all the food preparation and cooking in school kitchens like they used to, so the kitchens don’t have to be checked as regularly as restaurants. ewaibel@gazette.net

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County honors leaders and volunteers A church pastor, a medical scientist and advocates for low-income people are among the winners of this year’s top Montgomery County awards for leadership and volunteerism. The Roscoe R. Nix Distinguished Community Leadership Award, established by County Executive Isiah Leggett in 2012 as the county’s equivalent of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award, goes to the following: • The Rev. Leon Grant, senior pastor of the Mount Calvary Baptist Church in Rockville, for reaching “beyond the walls of his church to serve the broader community.” • Michael Lin, a biomedical scientist at the National Institutes of Health, is a former trustee of Montgomery College. • Nancy Scull is a community activist, coordinator of the Housing Opportunities Commission’s Family Self-Sufficiency Program and founding board member of Shepherd’s Table Soup Kitchen in Silver Spring. The Neal Potter Path of Achievement Award, named for the former County Council member, county executive and civic activist, honors seniors who have given a lifetime of volunteer service. Two individuals were chosen for this award: • Joe Howard helped develop the Montgomery County Public School’s Outdoor Education Program and worked with Potter to develop the Montgomery County Conservation Corps. • Mona Negm “has helped countless immigrants navigate the complexities of their new community ... using the resources she knows well in the Muslim community, along with county and state offices, to improve the quality of life for senior residents.” The 2014 Montgomery Serves Awards recognize special volunteer accomplishments during 2013 in four categories: • Jason Amboo was selected in the youth category for his volunteer work at Montgomery Housing Partnership. • The JBG Cos. of Chevy Chase was chosen in the business service category, recognizing 400 employees who volunteered more than 1,600 hours of service to the company’s Days of Giving program. • Lorig Charkoudin was honored for community service by an individual for improving food security and nutrition of low-income families and training unemployed residents in building food-related businesses. • Chevy Chase at Home was recognized for community service by a group for using the “village” model to help seniors age in place. The honorees will be recognized at the annual Montgomery Serves Awards program at 6:30 p.m. April 28 at Imagination Stage in Bethesda. The ceremony and reception are free and open to the public, but reservations are required because seating is limited. Registration and other information are at MontgomeryServes.org, or email serviceawards@montgomerycountymd.gov, or call 240-777-2600.

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Complete report at www.gazette.net 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.

Carjacking/Robbery • On March 13 at 10:20 p.m. in the 100 block of E. Melrose Street, Chevy Chase. The subject threatened the victim with a weapon and took property. Weapons Violation • On March 14 at 2 a.m. in the 8400 block of Freyman Drive, Chevy Chase. Commercial Burglary • Between March 15 and 17 in the 4900 block of St. Elmo Avenue, Bethesda. Attempted forced entry, took nothing. • On March 16 between 9:15 and 11:20 p.m. at 7830 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda. Forced entry, took property. Graffiti • Between March 12 and 17 at Hollowstone and Morning Gate drives, North Bethesda. Residential Burglary • 6600 block of Whittier Boulevard, Bethesda, between 12:30 and 3:30 p.m. March 13. Forced entry, took property. • 2200 block of Colston Drive, Silver Spring, at 1:30 p.m. March 18. No forced entry, took property. Theft • On March 11 or 12 in the 10500 block of Metropolitan Avenue, Kensington. Took property from outside. • Between March 15 and 17 in the 4500 block of East-West Highway, Bethesda. Vehicle Larceny • Unit block of Dudley Court, Bethesda, on March 11 or 12. No forced entry, took property.


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General Assembly bill targets food allergies, restaurants BY

KATE S. ALEXANDER STAFF WRITER

ANNAPOLIS — For most of his life, 12-year-old Quinn Buckley of Silver Spring has lived with a severe allergy to eggs. Living with an allergy is hard, he said. “It limits you to doing stuff that you’ve either done before or know 100 percent that it’s safe,” he said in an email. A bill before the Maryland General Assembly looks to raise awareness of food allergies in the state and provide the approximately 300,000 residents, like Buckley who live with food allergies, greater confidence when eating at restaurants. “We’re helping to raise everybody’s consciousness here,” said bill sponsor Sen. Jamie B. Raskin (D-Dist. 20) of Takoma Park. Raskin’s bill would require

restaurants to ask customers to notify their server of any food allergies. It also would enable counties to establish a requirement that at least one employee at the restaurant be trained in food allergies. As initially proposed, the bill would have mandated every restaurant in the state have a staff member trained in food allergies, but the Senate felt enabling legislation was the better route. “Politics is the art of the possible,” said Sen. Christopher B. Shank, co-sponsor of the bill. “Each year you try to build awareness and try to bring people along and I think this bill does that and more,” said Shank (R-Dist. 2). Shank said his 9-year-old son lives with a severe allergy to peanuts. For both Buckley and Shank’s son, coming into contact with peanuts causes anaphylaxis, which causes the inside of a person’s throat to swell, produces an itchy rash and low blood pressure. Its onset is often quick and can be lethal. In 2012, a Virginia girl died

from an allergic attack. CNN reported the girl ate a peanut she received at school from another child who didn’t know about her allergy. “It itches a lot,” Buckley said of when he comes into contact with eggs. “I feel panicked and scared.” Shank was instrumental in changing state law to require schools to keep epinephrine autoinjectors, or “epi pens,” on hand should a student need a dose to counteract a severe allergic reaction. Requiring servers at restaurants to inquire about customer allergies and enabling counties to mandate training is yet another step in the right direction, he said. Before Buckley reached his first birthday, his mother Marianne Quinn noticed that certain foods affected him. For most of his life, he lived with allergies to not just eggs, but also soy, peanuts and tree nuts, she said. He now only lives with an allergy to eggs. Knowing that coming into contact with eggs is dangerous

for her son, Quinn said it is a challenge for her family to eat at restaurants. “Really, the hard part is you just don’t know what you are going to run into when you go to various restaurants,” she said. Federal regulations require food manufacturers to label the eight most common food allergy triggers — eggs, fish, shellfish, wheat, tree nuts, peanuts, soy and milk — on product labels. However, menus at restaurants do not have to be labeled and those with allergies are forced to ask staff if allergens are present. “The hardest response we get is ‘I don’t think so,’” Quinn said. “It’s not really giving you an answer.” But rarely does her family walk out of a restaurant when encountering difficulty in getting accurate information. “It’s very hard for my son to walk out of a restaurant,” she said. “He wants to feel like a normal kid who can go into a restaurant and eat.” After spending a week in Massachusetts, where restau-

rant employees are trained in food allergies, Quinn said her son asked if the family could move to the Bay State because of the restaurants. “It was really eye-opening to me how a modest amount of training could make a huge difference,” she said. “It was eyeopening to me as a parent that things can be better.” Quinn set out to make things better in Maryland and has been lobbying to have training required in the state. Those who do not live with food allergies or know someone who does, do not often understand how a tiny amount of food could have such serious consequences, she said. Shank said his son had an allergic reaction at an ice cream

parlor from just eating ice cream served with the same scoop that was used to serve a peanut ice cream. Both Raskin and Shank noted that many restaurants are already taking steps to educate their employees about food allergies. But Shank said a partnership between the public and private sectors is needed to bring along restaurants yet to embrace awareness of allergies. While the Senate diluted Raskin’s bill to make training just a local option rather than a state mandate, the bill is in the House’s hands and the House could potentially change it further. kalexander@gazette.net

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Internet journalist. Rock musician. Montgomery County Council candidate. All of them describe Robert Dyer, a Bethesda Republican who is seeking an at-large council seat. Dyer said he’s running to help Montgomery recover its position as a thriving home for business, particularly large corporate headquarters. Dyer, 42, is one of four Republicans seeking at-large council seats in the June 24 primary, along with Chris P. Fiotes Jr., Shelly Skolnick and Adol T. Owen-Williams II. All four will advance to the Nov. 4 general election. Dyer ran unsuccessfully for the council in 2010 and for the House of Delegates from District 16 in 2006. In 2006, he was elected to a four-year term to the county’s Republican Central Committee. By day, he is the publisher of several hyperlocal websites in Bethesda, Rockville and the Silver Spring-Wheaton area. By night, he enjoys playing and recording music, usually hard rock or metal. Dyer said he plans to run a lean, low-budget campaign focused heavily on social media, including a video of his campaign announcement that has garnered more than 2,500 views on YouTube. But he also hosts a series of YouTube clips in which he reviews various food items, such as a Taco Bell smothered bur-

rito and a Wendy’s pretzel b a c o n cheeseburger. Those clips collected more than Dyer 14,000 views in eight months. Dyer said his main issues in the election are transportation, affordable housing and education, all geared toward improving Montgomery’s position as a destination for businesses. The county is still home to large public-sector employers, but many large private firms have left in the last decade, he said. Transportation issues are key to Montgomery’s future, as the region’s traffic problems can be a significant barrier to attracting large employers, Dyer said. He supports the Purple Line, a 16-mile light rail project that would link Bethesda and New Carrollton, as well as adding capacity to MARC’s Brunswick Line. Dyer said it’s also critical that the county complete several highway projects, including further extending Montrose Parkway, developing a new bridge crossing the Potomac River into Virginia and building the Midcounty Highway, known as M-83. A new Potomac crossing would help ease traffic jams where Interstate 270 meets the Capital Beltway and also provide a more direct route to Dulles International Airport, Dyer said. International businesspeople prefer Dulles to Baltimore-Washington Thurgood

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING The Council of Chevy Chase View will hold its annual public budget hearing: DATE: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 TIME: 7:00 P.M. PLACE: Christ Episcopal Church 4001 Franklin Street Kensington, Maryland In accordance with Section 6 of the Chevy Chase View Charter, the Council will present a budget that will show the estimated expenditures during the coming fiscal year for each of the purposes for which expenditures are authorized and the estimated receipts to be collected from the tax rate proposed to be set, and from other sources. The Council will also present a similar report of receipts and expenditures (including estimates for the balance of the fiscal year) for the current fiscal year. The Council will hear all proper comments and suggestions on the proposed budget offered at the meeting and will give them due consideration in determining finally the tax to be levied. By order of the Chevy Chase View Council Jana S. Coe, Town Manager P.O. Box 136 Kensington, MD 20895 Tel: (301) 949-9274

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“Pictures have all these emotions attached to them,” says Trin Yarborough of Rockville, here holding a photo of singer James Brown, in front of the closed Calumet Photographic store in Rockville.

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Shoppers worry when bankrupt company will return pictures BY

PEGGY MCEWAN STAFF WRITER

When Francie Yarborough arrived at Calumet Photographic on Rockville Pike on March 15 to pick up some photographs her mother had left to be processed, the store was closed, never to open again. There was a letter posted on the door notifying readers that Calumet Photographic “was forced to file for bankruptcy” on March 12. “It was a terrible feeling,” Yarborough said. “I was stunned. My stuff happens to be priceless.” Yarborough said she called the bankruptcy lawyer listed at the bottom of the letter and was further frustrated by her vague answers about when or how she could get her pictures back. “She was not at all helpful,” Yarborough said. A call by The Gazette to the attorney, Melissa Root with Jenner and Block in Chicago, was returned with this message: “The trustee certainly understands customers who dropped off property at the store. It’s certainly her intention to get an orderly process to get that back to those folks.” Gabriel Garcia, president and CEO of Calumet Photographic of Chicago, last month filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, meaning the business is being liquidated.

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Obituary Tracy Danielle (Mindick) Carson Tracy Danielle (Mindick) Carson, beloved daughter and sister, passed away unexpectedly on March 17, 2014. She was born in Washington, DC on April 22, 1962, an Easter Sunday. How fitting that her soul be one of empathy and kindness, that she would spend her life easing the worry and pain of others. Her dedication to seniors and persons with disabilities was formally recognized on October 21, 2011 with the Paratransit Driver of the Year award from Frederick County TransIT. A natural comedian, Tracy brought humor to every situation. From weirdoes in her beauty salon to the perils of homeschooling, her descriptions of our day-to-day human experiences resulted in explosive laughter and lifted spirits. Tracy and her father, Melvin Yudelevit, who preceded her in death in 2011, may well have a stand-up act in that Better Place. Tracy leaves behind her mother, Janis Yudelevit, husband, William (Bill) Carson of Adamstown, MD, and children, Cathryn and Mack Carson(wife Michelle). She is also mourned by sisters, Kathy Graybeal, (James), Tammy Mindick, Linda Sandler and Paula Yudelevit (Steve); brothers, David Mindick (Lea) and Darren Mindick; 15 nieces and nephews, extended family and friends. We ask that you go to www.staufferfuneralhome.com to celebrate Tracy’s life with your favorite “Tracy Story” and/or to express your condolences. You can contact the family directly at (301) 774-2218 or jyudel@comcast.net. 1910365

Darzell Paz of Olney hoped to get some help with her camera lens. Instead, she took pictures of the bankruptcy notice with her cellphone so she could post it on Facebook for others to see. Hoshang Samya of North Potomac said he came by to pick up some supplies for his daughter who takes a photo class at Wootton High School in Rockville. And Paula Fuenzalida of Germantown came to pick up an order of negative sleeves. “I thought they would at least let us know,” Fuenzalida said. Eric Friedman, director of the Montgomery County Office of Consumer Protection, said his office often gets calls about businesses that go bankrupt, leaving customers wondering if or how they can get their goods back. Fortunately, he said, the county has the Business Eviction Response Team — BERT — to help. Friedman said most businesses in bankruptcy eventually get evicted because they are no longer paying rent. That usually results in the contents of the business being put out on the street to be picked up or blown away, he said. “If it goes to eviction, the sheriff’s office contacts our office and gives us a heads-up,” Friedman said. “We put things in storage and take steps to return them.” He said his office has returned hundreds of items to people, mostly dry cleaning, and will help get the photos at Calumet to their rightful owners. pmcewan@gazette.net

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In its filing, the company listed assets of $50 million to $100 million, with liabilities of $10 million to $50 million. Calumet is just one of the big photo store chains that have struggled or closed in recent years as digital photography and online retailers have taken over the industry. Two Beltsville chains — Penn Camera Exchange and Ritz Camera & Image — have filed for bankruptcy. In fact, it was Calumet that acquired the Penn Camera store in Rockville that’s now closed; Ritz has only a handful of stores left. But the industry’s woes aren’t important to Yarborough and her mother, Trin Yarborough, both of Rockville. They want their priceless pictures. Trin Yarborough had dropped off a 1970s photo of musician James Brown to be enlarged. Francie Yarborough had dropped off photos of actors from “The Andy Griffith” show to be copied. Trin Yarborough said she worked in the 1970s for OxFam America, a nonprofit that works to end hunger, poverty and injustice worldwide, when she contacted Brown about doing a public service announcement for the organization. She traveled to Atlanta with photographer Paul Petricone during the shooting of the announcement, which, she said, OxFam never used. “Pictures have all these emotions attached to them,” Trin Yarborough said. “They are the story of your life.” Several other customers arrived at Calumet Photography on Thursday and were surprised the store was closed.

On the heels of a Circuit Court decisionthatMontgomeryCounty acted illegally by campaigning on a 2012 ballot question, union leaders want a criminal investigation of county leaders. Montgomery County’s employee union heads are asking Maryland State Prosecutor Emmet C. Davitt and Montgomery County Inspector General Edward L. Blansitt III to investigate if County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) and members of the County Council committed any criminal acts as part of the county’s campaign on behalf of the 2012 ballot

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Question B. Patrick Lacefield, Montgomery County’s director of public information, said Davitt and Blansitt have already looked into the matter. Davitt found nothing criminal, Lacefield said. Gino Renne, president of United Food and Commercial Workers/Municipal and County Government Employees Organization Local 1994, said his union is working with the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 35 and the Montgomery County Career Firefighters Association Inc. International Association of Fire Fighters Local 1664 to draft a formal request for investigation. Nothing had been sent as of Monday. Renne said taxpayers deserve to know if the county’s elected leaders acted with criminal intent when Montgomery spent more

than $120,000 campaigning for “yes” votes on Question B. Question B asked voters if they wanted to uphold a 2011 law that stripped the county police union’s power to bargain the effects of management decisions. Voters upheld the law, the position the county favored. Lodge 35 sued the county in November 2012 alleging the county illegally spent taxpayer money on the campaign. The union asked the court to force Leggett and Lacefield to repay county coffers as well as the union’s legal and campaign expenses. While judge Ronald Rubin ruled on March 19 that the county acted illegally in its campaign, he held Leggett and Lacefield harmless and did not reward any damages to the union.

Renne said Leggett has a history of breaking the law, citing three labor cases questioning Leggett’s power to reject awards of binding arbitration, which the executive lost. The cases were brought after Leggett ignored an arbitration ruling in favor of the unions by not funding provisions of employee contracts in his fiscal 2012 budget proposal. Maryland’s Court of Special Appeals ruled that Leggett did not have legislative immunity to avoid being called into account for his decision by the administrator. “The Leggett administration has been operating loose and fast ever since he took office, they do whatever they want to do, they don’t abide by the rules,” Renne said. “If I were a taxpayer, I’d be concerned about that type of leadership. What’s it going to be next? That is really the question here.” Lacefield called the unions’ continued calls for investigation over Question B “ironic” saying those same unions worked with him on the county 2010 ballot campaign to support the imposition of an ambulance fee. “It seems to me like they are being a little ‘born again’ on this issue,” Lacefield said. “When it was on an issue which they supported, they were OK with it.” Lacefield also noted that both Davitt and Blansitt investigated the county’s campaign for Question B in 2012, before the union sued the county. In an October 2012 letter referring the matter to Attorney GeneralDouglasF.Gansler,Davitt said that while he disagreed with the rationale offered by County Attorney Marc P. Hansen for the county’s action, Davitt believed county leaders acted in good faith on the advice of attorneys. Gansler never issued an opinion on the issue.


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VIRGINIA TERHUNE STAFF WRITER

The county’s public health scenario assumed a crop duster plane had flown low over Montgomery County, releasing deadly white clouds of anthrax spores in a bioterrorist attack. In response, officials organized teams of people to dispense antibiotics — doxycycline and ciprofloxacin — to 1 million people within 48 hours. The exercise involving about 100 county employees and volunteers Friday at Damascus High School was to test the logistics and timing of dispensing life-saving antibiotics to people in cars and on foot. “The winds take it and pretty much cover the whole county in a very short time, and it can infect you very quickly, but you can survive,” said Cindy Edwards, senior nurse administrator for the county’s Department of Health and Human Services. “We were trying to get the medicine into the hands of everybody.” The county distributed vaccine doses during the H1N1 swine flu spike in 2009 but had not simulated a drive-through situation, said Chris Voss, director of the county’s Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security. “It’s a way to test some of the theories we have,” he said. “There’s nothing like doing the real thing.” Voss said getting the information helps the office make better decisions about how and where to dispense medicines in a real emergency. One of the lessons learned was the need for more people to relieve workers during a long shift and for more behavioral

counselors to deal with people under stress and holding up the line, Edwards said. Saving time was an essential part of the exercise. Because of Friday’s rain, drivers were avoiding a large puddle of water, lengthening the time it took for dispensers to carry the empty pill bottles from the supply tent to waiting cars. Putting up traffic cones directing cars through the puddle cut 5 feet off the walk, Voss said. Voss said the organizers picked Damascus High because it is off Md. 27, a relatively narrow main road, and the drive-through circle and parking lot near the main entrance are small. “We wanted to see where there were some choke points,” he said. The exercise involved people from different agencies, including employees of the county’s Health and Human Services, Police and Transportation departments, as well as volunteers from Montgomery County Public Libraries and the county’s Department of General Services. “We wanted to pick people as dispensers who would not do this as part of their normal jobs,” Voss said. About eight high school students from the police department’s Explorers chapter in Rockville also volunteered as residents when the exercise switched from dealing with drive-through cars to walk-in traffic. Screeners asked how many people were in the family and whether anyone was allergic to the drugs. If anyone was allergic, the person was diverted to a medical professional and the others were sent forward to pick up their drugs. Volunteer family representatives received about 10 days’ worth of pills, which in an emergency would give public

officials time to evaluate where to target other resources, Edwards said. “It would buy us a little time ... to learn where the greatest impact is and what population we’d be most concerned about,” she said. Evaluators were also on hand to track how long it took to process each person. “We’re timing to see how quickly they can move people through the line,” Edwards said. “You’ve got to get the medicine out or lots of people would be dying — it’s critical. The idea is to get people through and out.” Some of the drivers deliberately asked a lot of questions — for example, about correct dosages for infants or older people — but time being short, the screeners advised people to read the information sheets they received with the pills or call their doctors. Those who didn’t speak English were referred to a translator or to a county employee with access to a translating service such as LanguageLine Solutions, a California company. Organizers also programmed in some unexpected and disruptive situations to more closely simulate a real public emergency. “One gentleman grabbed two boxes of pills,” said Nancy Reynaud, a library desk assistant at the Germantown Library who lives in Gaithersburg. Her job was to hand bottles of pills to dispensers who carried them to waiting cars. “He just helped himself,” she said about the mock thief, who was pulled aside and out of the line. “I think it’s very realistic,” she said of the exercise. Other volunteers feigned losing control out of panic, fear or anger. If they were irate or refused to cooperate, they were directed to a mental health

professional who could spend more time with them. Explorer volunteer Justin Chuckerel, 16, a sophomore at Gaithersburg High School who lives in Laytonsville, said he was asked to behave like an extremely stressed-out person who had “lost it.” “I was told by the organizers to do some crazy stuff, like when someone is all hyped up,” he said. Explorers are no stranger to such training events, Justin said, as the chapter helps out with crowd control and other jobs at public events that involve public safety personnel. But he said he also learned something from the experience. “I learned that the Department of Homeland Security is in very good hands and that the [exercise] and being a part of it also helps the general public know what to do in a situation,” he said. In a real emergency, officials alert the public in various ways, including Alert Montgomery email, Twitter, local radio and TV stations, newspapers and police department listservs. More information about Alert Montgomery and how to prepare for an emergency is at montgomerycountymd.gov/ oemhs. vterhune@gazette.net

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Montgomery County seems to be hard-wired for politics. We got a vivid reminder of that last week when a Circuit Court judge rebuked the county government for overtly political behavior in campaigning for a 2012 ballot measure. As word of that decision was getting around more than a week ago, the county administration was at it again. This time, in print, a county spokesman attacked the record of a county councilman who’s running against the spokesman’s boss in the coming Democratic primary. All of this seems perfectly reasonable, if you buy the explanation of the spokesman, Patrick Lacefield. We don’t buy it, and lament that it has came to this. First, the court decision. On March 19, Montgomery County Circuit Judge Ronald B. Rubin ruled that county officials had “manifestly engaged in electioneering and conducted a political campaign advocating how voters of this county should vote on Question B.” Question B was a 2012 referendum on whether a local police union should have the right to bargain the effects of management decisions. Voters solidly upheld the County Council’s decision to remove that right. (We support that outcome, too.) The union sued, accusing the county of illegally trying to influence voters. For example: On its own buses, the county had a blitz of ads urging a favorable vote, but initially denied the union the same advertising access. Rubin’s decision outlines an extensive, well-oiled political machine within county government, pouring well beyond $100,000 and public employees’ work time into the campaign. The county disputes Rubin’s ruling. Lacefield said there’s clear evidence that government bodies can advocate on ballot measures that support government actions. But we side with Rubin, who wrote: “No court has suggested that a government may not spend money to inform the public about its initiatives or legislative enactments. Of course it can. But there is a world of difference between communications that inform, and communications that proselytize and try to influence the outcome of an election contest ... “The County’s campaign in favor of Question B cannot be described as anything but partisan and political; it was not informational by any standard. As many state courts have recognized, the government’s entry into a political fray threatens the integrity of our republican form of government.” Yet, Rubin denied the union’s request to have County Executive Isiah Leggett and Lacefield pay for the public time and materials spent in pushing for a positive vote. The officials acted in good faith, relying on legal opinions, Rubin ruled. A few days after the decision came out, The Washington Post published a letter to the editor from Lacefield on a different topic. Lacefield was pushing back against a Post editorial that called both Leggett and former County Executive Douglas M. Duncan “profligate spenders” during flush times. Duncan is running against Leggett for executive. In his letter, Lacefield tarred Duncan as the true lavish spender — and lumped Philip M. Andrews, the third Democrat in the executive race, in with Duncan. Lacefield wrote: “Under his last three years alone, Mr. Duncan’s budgets — all supported by Council member Phil Andrews, another candidate — went up 36 percent over three years.” Also: “Finally, Mr. Leggett won a five-year fight to enable the county to be reimbursed by private insurance companies for county ambulance transports. That $15 million annually goes straight to strengthening emergency services — at no cost to county residents. Mr. Duncan tried to win such a measure twice and failed. Mr. Andrews led the opposition to this common-sense program. That four-year delay cost county taxpayers more than $60 million.” To review: Montgomery County’s public information director blasted a county councilman on his record in office, in the heat of a tense political campaign. Lacefield said this week that county public information officers frequently take on the opposing branch of government over issues — executive vs. legislative, and vice versa. He used to do it while working for the council, he said. And David Weaver did it while Duncan was executive, through press releases and press conferences. But Andrews said Lacefield’s letter was “partisan” and “inappropriate.” Using his county title added a government imprimatur to a political message. Tradition or not, attack-dog behavior within and between county employees is not good practice or service. In this and in other ways, there’s a political undercurrent with so much that happens in Montgomery County; the people involved seem blind to it. Political chess is a misuse of public time and dollars. It should stop here and now.

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A different view on day care center expansion As a West End resident with no axe to grind — I do not use the day care center on 731 W. Montgomery Ave. — I disagree with the West End Citizens’ Association’s assertion that allowing the day care center to expand would change the character of our neighborhood, presumably for the worse. Traffic is indeed a major concern in our neighborhood. However, the proposed expansion is unlikely to make our local traffic significantly worse, since it is very modest (four additional children, maximum), and the operator of the facility has made arrangements to have two of those children dropped off and picked up elsewhere. With regard to the more general question of whether establishment or expansion of a small business in a residential neighborhood is undesirable, the answer is “it depends.”

What kind of a business is it? Is the product or service something that local residents want? Is the building well-maintained, or is it an eyesore? Have there been substantive complaints about noise, traffic, or anything else? If an expansion is planned, is it likely to have an adverse effect on the operations of the business, or on the relationship between the business and the community? The decision on whether to allow the West Montgomery Avenue day care center to expand should be based on answers to questions like these, rather than on the opinion of a neighborhood organization whose views do not reflect those of everybody in our community.

Laurie Tompkins, Rockville

Speed cameras make Olney safer I don’t think speed cameras get too many fan letters, but here’s one. I’ve been living in Olney for over 20 years, and I can remember the time before they were put in. I used to feel like I was taking my life in my hands when I had to drive a few blocks to get a quart of milk. The speed cameras have made a significant difference in improving the safety of our neighborhood for both drivers and pedestrians. This technology makes it possible to en-

force speed limit laws, without tying up officers, and its impact is only limited by the extent to which it is employed. Though I strive to be a careful driver, I am not perfect, and I have gotten a few camera-generated tickets. When I do, what I regret is my transgression. I don’t blame the camera for recording the fact that I was exceeding the speed limit.

In fact, it was never demonstrated that such fields would benefit all county residents, since public transportation is not available and roads narrow. What was more disturbing was that these county fields (later transferred to Montgomery County Public Schools) were to be locked shut when not used by this company for its games, and thus unavailable to county taxpayers at all times. I am not a Brickyard-area resident and I am not a member of the coalition.

Two recent letters to The Gazette, opposing the Kramer Bill [“Bills attack academic freedom, free speech,” March 12; “Kramer’s bill suppresses academic freedom,” Feb. 19], also voiced support for the American Studies Association’s (ASA) academic boycott of Israel. What should be pointed out is that the boycott is meant solely to single out and punish Israel for being a Jewish country, using the “occupation” of a “Palestinian” people as a cover. Despite the blindly accepted narrative, no part of Israel has ever actually existed as a sovereign, independent Arabic entity known as “Palestine.” The “Palestine” moniker itself, which harks back to the Roman invasion of Israel during the Second Temple period, was purely regional and political in nature. Prior to 1967, there was neither a “Palestinian” country nor people, and prior to 1948, a “Palestinian” was a Jew, not an Arab. That this whole contrived “Palestinian” narrative, from “settlements” to “occupation,” passes as fact on a college campus is troubling enough, but when organizations like the ASA receive public funds for it, then it amounts to state-sanctioned anti-Semitism. However, the ASA and their supporters are free to boycott Israel on their own expense. They are free to boycott Google and IBM, along with other technology leaders, whom have set up shop all over Israel. They are free to boycott Facebook and Apple, whom have engaged Israel’s cutting-edge start-up culture, as have many media and technology companies worldwide. When they or a loved one seek medical attention, they are free to request that no Israeli advances in science, medicine, surgery, therapy or rehabilitation are employed. In fact, I will gladly supply them with the seemingly endless list of Israeli innovations and contributions to science, medicine, technology, media, design, engineering, research and security worldwide, all of which enhance our daily lives, and are products of Israel’s world-class academic institutions, the same ones that the ASA seeks to cut Maryland’s college students off from, based on nothing more than a hatred of Israel and the Jewish people.

Diane Karlik, Bethesda

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Why get paid for a snow day? I needed to reread your March 5 article “Snowfall: windfall for some, budget meltdown for others” several times to ensure that there wasn’t a typo. Montgomery County Public School spokesman Dana Tofig states that the school system “still pays nearly all of its employees on snow days.” Now MCPS is requesting a state waiver to excuse all but one of those days. Since there have been 10 snow days so far this school year, four which are built into the school calendar year and one that may be made up, this equates to a full week of paid vacation for the school employees that Mr. Tofig is referring to. Considering that many county, state, federal and private sector employees must use liberal leave when MCPS chooses to close schools, this seems not only inequitable, but a fiscally unsound policy and disservice to both students and taxpayers.

Comparatively, several local jurisdictions, including Frederick, Md., and Fairfax, Va., and numerous other localities along the East Coast, focus on making up lost instructional time either during the course of or at the end of the school year. Mr. Tofig states that “the cost of it does not come into account — it’s about safety.” Obviously, MCPS is not taking into account the cost to students who are missing a week of important curriculum. In addition, it is challenging to understand why a school employee is paid for a “snow day,” while another county employee at a different agency must use liberal leave because MCPS chooses to close. Rejecting the waiver and a rethinking the policy is the right thing to do for the students and getting paid for days worked is the right thing for taxpayers.

Gabrielle Holt, Potomac

More details on Brickyard controversy Although the article [“Duncan pledges to bring back Brickyard farm,” March 25] on the Brickyard Farm detailed some of the recent history of the debate with the Brickyard Coalition, it did not state several facts that I believe are important to this issue. The words “putting soccer fields” does not accurately represent the nature of the contract that was signed and then canceled after public input and dissatisfaction. The soccer fields were to be administered and built by a private organization (MSI) according to its own needs.

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Proposed county budget straitjackets taxpayers

Combine an election year with pent-up demand for big spending increases in the wake of the Great Recession, and county taxpayers have good reason to worry. County Executive Isiah Leggett has proposed a double-whammy of unsustainable spending increases: an operating budget for Montgomery County Public Schools $26 million above the state-mandated school funding level required by the maintenance of effort (MOE) law, and pay increases for county employees of 6.75 percent-9.75 percent for the second straight year — increases that add $84 million to the base of the budget driving up overtime and future pension costs as well. Instead, the council should reject going above MOE and approve sustainable pay increases saving taxpayers $40 million. Exceeding MOE would lock taxpayers in a fiscal straitjacket year after year, because whatever amount the council approved above the required level becomes the MOE minimum going forward. Moreover, the county cannot control whether the money given above MOE in one year is spent for that purpose in years after. Until the General Assembly reforms the MOE law to allow for one-time increases, it would be irresponsible for the county to go above the required amount. Adhering to the MOE level saves taxpayers $26 million. County employees deserve a pay raise, but it must be sustainable. County unions are expected to ask for large pay increases.

However, the County Executive and County Council are responsible for balancing the interests of county workers with the ability of taxpayers to foot the bill. Last year, Mr. Leggett agreed to 13.519.5 percent pay increases over two years for county employees, and proposed raising the property tax rate for a third straight year to help fund the increases. For the third straight year, Mr. Leggett proposes retaining the county’s extremely high energy tax, despite his promise that the huge 2010 increase would be limited to two years. Balance needs to be restored. Keeping pay raises to a sustainable level saves taxpayers $14 million. How should the county allocate the $40 million in savings? The council should allocate two-thirds for tax relief. This will encourage people to stay here, rather than to move to a less expensive jurisdiction. And it will improve the county’s economic competitiveness and help businesses grow jobs that strengthen our tax base. Specifically, the council should save taxpayers $16 million by lowering the FY15 property tax rate by 2.5 percent rather than staying at the charter limit as Mr. Leggett proposed. And the council should reduce the huge energy tax rate increase of 2010 by 10 percent (as the council did in 2012 and 2013). Reducing the energy tax by $11.4 million will help businesses create jobs, which is critical because Montgomery’s

unemployment rate is still far above its preGreat Recession level. The council should use the remaining $12.6 million of savings to address critical community needs: The council should increase funding to maintain roads, sidewalks, crosswalks, trees, trails, streetlights, traffic signals, signs, roofs, HVAC, playgrounds and athletic fields based on findings in the 2014 report of the Infrastructure Maintenance Task Force. The cost is approximately $10.6 million. The council should provide sufficient funding so all county libraries are open Sunday afternoons from noon to 5 p.m., and to add weeknight hours at libraries with early closing times. The cost is about $1 million. The council should add eight more school resource (police) officers. Combined with other law enforcement officers, each public high school would have an assigned officer. The cost is approximately $1 million. Too often, elected officials’ memories are short and their thinking about the future doesn’t extend beyond the next election. Montgomery County and County taxpayers can’t afford that approach.

Councilman Phil Andrews Councilman Phil Andrews (D-Dist. 3) of Gaithersburg is a candidate for county executive.

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Maryland lost 600 jobs in February, but 5,700 more Marylanders were working, according to federal figures released Friday. The February figures follow January’s numbers where 6,100 lost their jobs, but 8,600 more were employed. Even with the discrepancies, the state’s civilian labor force has remained about the same the past few months, and that likely means many people are finding jobs outside Maryland, such as in Pennsylvania, Virginia, Delaware and Washington, D.C., economist Daraius Irani said. “For Maryland residents, it’s relatively easy to drive to another state to work,” said Irani, executive director of the Regional Economic Studies Institute at Towson University. The state saw its unemployment rate dip to a seasonally adjusted 5.7 percent in February, the lowest in more than five years, from 5.8 percent in January. The jobless rate in Montgomery County rose to an unadjusted 4.4 percent in January from 4.1 percent in December. Frederick County’s rate also rose some to 5.2 percent in January from 4.8 percent in December. February rates for counties were not available. The residential jobless rate is determined by the federal Labor Department through a different survey than the one that measures payroll jobs in a state. The establishment payroll survey doesn’t count sole proprietorships, those starting their own businesses, people working in a family business or domestic and farm workers. “It’s two different methodologies,” said Maureen O’Connor, a spokeswoman for the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation. January’s job figures for Maryland were revised down from 9,800 positions lost originally. Since Feb-

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ruary 2013, the state has added 7,600 jobs, including 6,400 in the private sector. Some states have seen larger employment gains in the past year, including smaller Delaware with an increase of 9,500 and Pennsylvania with a boost of 24,600. Other have seen fewer; Virginia actually lost 1,800 jobs in the past year, while Washington, D.C., only added 1,000 positions. Construction lost almost 4,000 jobs in Maryland in February, while hotels and restaurants added 5,000. Government added 2,600 positions, mostly in state and local sectors. Maryland retailers shed 500 jobs in February and are down 2,600 from a year ago. The industry could see further job losses after Fremont, Calif.-based Men’s Wearhouse recently agreed to buy Hampstead-based Jos. A. Bank Clothiers for $1.8 billion. Both clothing retailers have stores in Gaithersburg, Rockville and Frederick, leading to speculation that leaders could close and combine redundant locations. There also is the question of what will happen to Jos. A. Bank’s headquarters in Carroll County. After Black & Decker Corp., a longtime Baltimore-based toolmaker, was bought by Stanley Works in 2010, it maintained headquarters in Towson as a Stanley subsidiary. There was still some employee downsizing at Black & Decker’s Maryland operations, Irani noted. “Companies don’t need two headquarters,” he said. Another potential impact to Maryland’s work force is spicemaker McCormick & Co., which is based in Sparks in Baltimore County, possibly moving some workers to Pennsylvania. The company employs about 2,400 people in Maryland and is considering a consolidatation of administrative offices in Maryland or southern Pennsylvania, according to a Baltimore Sun report. Meanwhile, Verizon Wireless, which has regional headquarters in Laurel, is hiring more than 100 full-time retail and customer service positions in Maryland.

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Continued from Page A-1 “We’ve recruited a good number of new volunteers, and as a result, we were able to stay open,” Lopez said. The shop signed a new lease, and business has been brisk. Lopez said organizers are always looking for more volunteers, especially those who can work Saturdays, but

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ewaibel@gazette.net ery County Council of Parent Teacher Associations, said she thinks the county school system made the right calls when it closed schools on the 10 snow days. Speaking as a parent, Burkinshaw said she would like to see the school system find “creative” ways — such as adding minutes to some school days — to make up for the lost instructional time within the currently scheduled school year if the school system does not submit another waiver request. There are cost implications for the county when school days are added as well as morale issues, she said. “I can’t tell you how relatively unproductive those days are,” she said. Shruti Bhatnagar, whose two children attend Piney Branch Elementary School and Takoma Park Middle School, also said she would like to see the school system work within the existing school calendar to make up for the snow days. A decision to extend the school year could have financial and other effects on families, she said, citing the example of parents who might have purchased tickets for a vacation. Bhatnagar, who is a Montgomery Blair cluster coordinator but was speaking as a parent, said a couple parents approached her who were interested in providing feedback to the school system about the situation. lpowers@gazette.net

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Continued from Page A-1 Sára Varsa, director of operations for the society’s Animal Cruelty, Rescue and Response Team, said the animals had been neglected and were living in filth while in Arkansas. Most were living in feces and urine, and were given no basic grooming, she said. Some had health conditions that were not being addressed, such as dental disease. Nearly half of the animals were placed with organizations in Arkansas, while many of the horses and exotic birds were sent to centers in Texas and Col-

orado, respectively. “We tried to be very cognizant about what the local community can absorb in terms of saturation and what the market is for adoption,” Varsa said. The other remaining animals were brought to the D.C. area because of its reputation for being a positive environment for adoption, Varsa said. “There’s a high adoption rate here,” she said. “There’s very educated adopters. There’s people who can deal with special needs animals. So this is a really great area to provide for [the animals] to continue on their journey.” Matt Williams, chief communications officer for the

Washington Animal Rescue League, said his organization was receiving 15 dogs, including chihuahuas, poodles and shih tzus. “Our vets will take a look at all of them first,” Williams said. “Then we’ll get them settled since they’ve been moving about so much.” He expects the dogs to be ready for adoption in about two weeks. A combination of birds and bunnies were given to the Washington Humane Society. Marika Bell, director of behavior and training, said her organization will conduct health checks on the animals, and spay or neuter them before adoption. She ex-

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Continued from Page A-1 session, according to the state board’s ruling. At its Nov. 26 meeting, the Chevy Chase Town Council was discussing matters that fell within the 14 topics allowed in closed session, the board ruled, but it did not follow the right procedures for going into a closed session. The council gave notice that it would hold a closed meeting, the ruling said, but it did not hold an open meeting before the closed meeting or vote to go into closed session. It also did not include the required information about the

closed session in the minutes of the next open meeting, the ruling said. In February, the Town Council voted to hire the law and lobbying firm Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney to represent the town’s interests in discussions about the Purple Line. The board’s opinion said that nothing suggests the council kept the Nov. 26 meeting secret or improperly discussed matters the public was entitled to hear. If the council had followed the right procedures for going into closed session, the opinion said, it might have avoided having a complaint filed against it.

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pects the process to take about three or four days. Other organizations that picked up animals included the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria, the Animal Welfare League of Arlington, the Humane Society of Calvert County and Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation in Arlington, Va. The Italian greyhound that Pope first spotted back in Arkansas was given to the Humane Society of Calvert County. “You guys are so amazing,” Pope said to the Calvert County group when handing over the dog. “I’m so happy she’s going to you guys.”

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camps in county schools, will delay its summer camps if the school system extends its calendar and work with each family as needed, she said. Golden said she couldn’t remember a year when the city had to adjust its summer camps to a longer school year. In Gaithersburg, the school system’s situation “could affect us quite a bit,” said Tim “Smitty” Smith, chief of the city’s youth and senior services division. “We’re just sitting and waiting and seeing what they might do,” he said. The city uses four school buildings during the summer, Smith said, and isn’t able to occupy them until a few days after classes end due to professional time given to school staff and cleaning activities. While some recreational camps can start late without a problem, certain speciality programs that include projects require the full week, he said. Gregory Clark, director of the Takoma Park Recreation Department, said added school days would not affect the city’s summer camps, which start June 23 this year. The city has built in a week-long “buffer” in between when school ends and when city summer camps begin in case bad weather translates to a longer school year, Clark said. Susan Burkinshaw, health and safety committee cochairwoman of the Montgom-

right now the shop is able to keep its old spot and same operating hours. The shop is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. “[It] is a real resource for the community,” Lopez said. The Op Shop is at 4504 Walsh St. in Chevy Chase. More information is at stjohnsnorwood.org/opportunity-shop or by calling 301-654-4999.

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If Daniel de Visé were writing his May 21, 2011, Washington Post story today, he thinks his lead would be something that expressed the irony of his subject’s most recent accomplishment. He said his opening sentence PHOTO FROM SU MECK would be something Su Meck, author of “I like, “Su Meck might Forgot to Remember: be the last person in the world you would A Memoir of expect to write a Amnesia.” memoir.” The Post’s higher education reporter profiled a “45-year-old homemaker from Gaithersburg” who was graduating from Montgomery College with an associate’s degree in music. He proceeded to tell the story of a woman whose memory was erased when a ceiling fan fell on her head. “She awoke after a week in a coma with the mental capacity of a young child,” de Visé wrote. “She no longer knew her husband or her two baby sons. She barely

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Kipling classic receives a South Asian-inspired makeover

After professionally dancing for 12 years around the Washington, D.C. area, Chitra Kalyandurg has been chosen to choreograph Tracey Power’s adaptation of “The Jungle Book,” Adventure Theatre Musical Theater Center’s latest production, running April 4 to May 25. However, the decorated performer has never read Rudyard Kipling’s fable and can’t recall watching the Disney film. “I know I must have seen it when I was a child,” Kalyandurg said. “After so much time working with the script and realizing South Asia’s influence, I’m excited to read Kipling’s story after the show’s run.” Inspired by the vibrant imagery of the jungle, Kalyandurg has integrated classical Indian dance elements into the performance. With her training in Kuchipudi, a traditional Indian dance involving vocalheavy Carnatic music made with the violin, tambura and a South Indian percussion

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(From left) Elissa Borzilleri as Betty, Julia Donato as Pickles, and Elizabeth Hester as Lin in Rockville Musical Theatre’s upcoming production of “The Great American Trailer Park Musical.”

Twenty years ago, a comedian out of Atlanta brought an aspect of Southern culture to the masses — rednecks. Like moonshine left in front of a hot stove, Jeff Foxworthy’s signature bit “You Might Be a Redneck” exploded. Folks all across the country were clamoring for more. In 2005, a two-act musical opened

THE GREAT AMERICAN TRAILER PARK MUSICAL n When: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, April 4-20 n Where: The Arts Barn, 311 Kent Square Road, Gaithersburg n Tickets: $18, $16 for Gaithersburg residents n For information: 301-258-6394; gaithersburgmd.gov n Note: Contains mature themes. Intended for ages 17 and older.

off-Broadway that gave the average non-redneck a glimpse into the life of a trailer park community. The Rockville Musical Theatre is set to bring that show, “The Great American Trailer Park Musical,” to life at the Arts Barn in Gaithersburg. “It is a raucous show and it’s just fun,” said director Lee Rosenthal. “It’s kind of a rock/country/blues musical about agoraphobia, adultery, ’80s nostalgia, spray cheese, roadkill, broken electric chairs, strippers, slammin’ disco, and it’s all set in a trailer park in

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Tiempo Libre will perform in concert Saturday at the BlackRock Center for the Arts.

Cuban heat Three-time Grammy nominee Tiempo Libre will perform in concert at 8 p.m. Saturday at the BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown. The Cuban music group will pay tribute to their country’s musical heritage with a rollicking performance that promises to have people “dancing in the aisles.” Tickets are $30 in advance. For more information, visit blackrockcenter.org.

JOHN E. MARLOW GUITAR SERIES

Hot Club style group Pearl Django will perform in concert Saturday at Westmoreland Congregational Church in Bethesda as part of the John E. Marlow Guitar Series.

‘PEARL’ JAM

Pearl Django will bring its Hot Club style of jazz to the John E. Marlow Guitar Series at 8 p.m. Saturday at Westmoreland Congregational Church in Bethesda. Clearly inspired by the music of Django Reinhardt and Stephan Grappelli, the band’s repertoire also includes traditional jazz and original works, and has garnered global adoration throughout the last two decades. Tickets are $35, $17.50 for students ages 18 to 22 and free for those 17 and younger. A “Meet the Artists” reception will follow the concert. For more information, visit marlowguitar.org.

The glory of spring

The Jupiter Quartet will perform in concert on Sunday at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington in Rockville.

Jupiter within reach

The Glorystar Children’s Chorus will host its Spring

GLORYSTAR CHILDREN’S CHORUS

The Glorystar Children’s Chorus will host its Spring Fest on Saturday in Potomac.

Fest, an afternoon of choral music, games and activities appropriate for all ages, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Seven Locks Baptist Church, 11845 Seven Locks Road, Potomac. Founded by artistic director Cherie Jeng, the chorus boasts more than 130 choristers, ages 5 to 18, who compose four different choirs: Beginning, Training, Concert and Chamber. Two concerts in Rockville will round out Glorystar’s season, an outreach concert for seniors on May 3 at the National Lutheran Home and a spring concert on June 1 at the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theater. Tickets are free and the event is open to the public. For more information, visit glorystar.org.

The Jupiter String Quartet will perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington in Rockville. The program will feature Beethoven’s “Quar-

tet in G Major, Op. 18, No. 2,” Visconti’s “Ramshackle Songs” and Schubert’s “Quartet in D minor, D. 810,” or “Death and the Maiden.” The quartet — violinists Nelson Lee and Megan Freivogel, cellist Daniel McDonough and violist Liz Freivogel — has performed at New York’s Lincoln Center, Boston’s Jordan Hall, and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. A pre-concert lecture led by National Philharmonic Associate Conductor Victoria Gau is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. For more information, visit jccgw.org.

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For the past week, Alexandra Dine has been on location at her parents’ Chevy Chase home filming “Drawn From Her Etude,” a tale of magical realism about titular shut-in Eleanor who won’t leave the house she loves just as much as it loves her. Dine graduated from BethesdaChevy Chase High School in 2010 and after attending the University of Maryland for her freshman year, she transferred to New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts to major in film. “I saw everyone around me studying what they wanted to do,” Dine said. “I wanted to go to a school that is completely tailored to what I wanted to do.” Since moving to New York City, Dine doesn’t think she could ever not live there. She explained that the city is just so different and she has met so many people who have completely changed her views of the world. Many

realizations she’s had while living in the city have helped inspire her short film. “I really believe that everyone should explore and experience as much as you can and in doing that, people can change each other,” Dine said. Dine wrote “Drawn From Her Etude” with the help of her roommate. She said the film is about Eleanor, a woman who is too afraid to leave her own home. The gardener next door sees Eleanor’s effect on the world, namely her effect on his garden, and decides to try to coax her out of her house. The house itself is somewhat controlling of Eleanor, however, and tries to keep her safe inside. Each time Eleanor tries to leave, a fantastical thing happens that compels her to return to her home that she loves so much. To tell Eleanor’s story, Dine and a 20-person crew relocated to Chevy Chase to film inside her parents’ home. Her house set the exact tone she is trying to achieve, Dine explained, while she also enjoys a huge support system in the area. In order to fund the project, Dine launchedanIndiegogoaccountwherepeople could contribute money that would go

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Filmmaker Alexandra Dine (left) talks with New York actor, Coley Campany, in between recording scenes for an upcoming short film on Monday in Chevy Chase. towards necessities such as production, set and post-production, as well festival fees. “Some of it was what I had saved up, some contributed by my parents

and some was from emailing every single person I’ve ever known in my entire life and just saying I needed help,” Dine said with a laugh.

Dine explained that at NYU, students try to focus on a certain aspect or craft within filmmaking to better market themselves in the future and hers is sound and sound mixing. “My ultimate goal is to write and direct my own films,” Dine said. “I would prefer to start in the independent scene. I don’t want to do big Hollywood films, I’d rather hold the reigns.” Dine realized that she wanted to become a filmmaker after viewing Academy Awards Best Picture nominees such as “Moulin Rouge” when she was younger and realizing how each could portray different aspects of life through small specific points of view. “I thought it was so interesting how endless film could be,” Dine said. After a couple of days on set, Dine seemed extremely happy with how everything was going and how well her story was being told. “I can’t believe how literally everyone has extracted the vision from my head and is carrying it out so flawlessly,” Dine said. “Every single member of this team brings such light and determination to the set, I can’t wait to see the finished film.”

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MICHAEL PHILLIPS CHICAGO TRIBUNE

Neither fish nor fowl, neither foul nor inspiring, director and co-writer Darren Aronofsky’s strange and often rich new movie “Noah” has enough actual filmmaking to its name to deserve better handling than a plainly nervous Paramount Pictures has given it.

NOAH n 2½ stars n PG-13; 139 minutes n Cast: Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Emma Watson, Logan Lerman, Ray Winstone, Anthony Hopkins n Director: Darren Aronofsky

Aronofsky’s a determined sort of fever dreamer, whose work so far includes “Black Swan” and “The Wrestler” in the popular success category, along with his earlier “Pi” and “Requiem for a Dream.” His latest, one of the nuttier Bible-related movies in the history of the medium, finds the filmmaker trying to cope with a heavy load of digital effects (flood; supernatural beams of light; giant rockformation beasts that move, talk and provide nonunion, arkbuilding labor) and a heavier load of audience preconcep-

tions. Many in the prospective audience will resist what Aronofsky has done to Their Noah. This one, played with steely purpose by Russell Crowe, is a flawed, angry and murderously conflicted man just trying to do his job as he sees it: Listen to the Creator, prepare for the cleansing, annihilating flood, fulfill his mission and then live with the emotional consequences. In the Broadway musical “Two by Two” starring Danny Kaye, there’s a song called “Poppa Knows Best.” Poppa here, by contrast, threatens his own kin at knifepoint, thus risking the hostility of every woman, man, bird and animal on the vessel. Here’s why “Noah” actually works much of the time, even when it’s just asking for parodists to have their way with such a potential folly. Aronofsky is interested in these people as people, not pop-up saints straight out of Sunday school. Although the director has a habit of letting the internal momentum of his dialogue scenes putter and then stall, his penchant for tight hand-held close-ups maintains a crude, heightened realism. Now and then, Aronofsky must pull back for more generic, digitally complex panoramas involving marauding armies or rock-formation “Watchers” (fallen angels, resembling a “Flintstones”-era version of “Transformers”) doing their thing. There are two movies duking it out in “Noah,” one close to the ground, the other up in the air, taking it all in. At its occasional best, the film marries new technology with simple,

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Russell Crowe stars in “Noah,” from Paramount Pictures and Regency Enterprises. striking visual notions, such as Noah’s premonitions of the flood to come. Jennifer Connelly emotes mightily, if rather demurely, as Noah’s valiant wife (here named Naameh; she never made the cut in the Book of Genesis version of the story). Their three sons are portrayed by Logan Lerman (Ham); Douglas Booth (Shem, whose steady is played by Emma Watson); and young Leo Carroll (Japheth). Anthony Hopkins enjoys three or four scenes as Methuselah, Noah’s grandfather, a man who has seen much and who at this point in his life simply wants a fistful of berries to munch on. (This bit is the closest “Noah” comes to comic relief.) There’s a roiling Cain/Abel dynamic between the older boys, and when Ham falls under the sway of Noah’s sworn enemy, the latest in a relatively short line of bloodthirsty, godless men descended from Cain, the movie finds its most affecting element. Ray Winstone’s seething portrayal of the antagonist, and eventual ark stowaway, stays just this side of caricature, just as Crowe — say what you will, he’s one of the only Englishspeaking actors alive who can plausibly anchor a Bible epic — finds the human being beneath the Job-like adversities. A lot of this picture is dubious, starting with the rock-giants, the friendliest of which is voiced by Nick Nolte. (Honestly: Who else?) I came to “Noah” a Bible know-nothing, with zero concrete expectations. I must say, though, the animals get the shaft. They spend most of the movie sedated and sleep-

ing in the bowels of the massive ark, which looks like a shipping barge made out of gopher wood, while the humans work through their problems. So be it. Aronofsky has said he didn’t want to indulge in one of those cliched images of Noah, shot from a low angle, backed by two of this and two of that. The movie may be erratic, and its sillier, heavier passages recall its maker’s nutso epic “The Fountain.” Yet it’s unpredictable, which is saying something, and it argues rather sweetly that if we had just listened to Noah, we’d all be vegetarians as well as more careful stewards of the only planet we’ve got.

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Continued from Page A-11 Florida.” The show follows Pippi, a stripper on the run who’s new to the trailer park, along with tollbooth collector Norbert and his agoraphobic wife, Jeannie. Things start to heat up in the already excruciating Florida swelter, when Pippi tries to get between Norbert and Jeannie. “The Great American Trailer Park Musical” is a total comedic farce, according to Rosenthal, and completely over-the-top with redneck stereotypes. “It’s like a Jerry Springer show on steroids,” Rosenthal said. Rosenthal has had a blast at the helm of the show, although

she wasn’t originally slated to direct. The person who originally put in for the musical had to drop out and Rosenthal was tabbed to lead, even though she had planned on auditioning for a role in the show. “The reason I wanted to audition for it was that there are parts for all different ages,” Rosenthal said. “I’m in my late 40s, so there are very few and far between parts for us. It has just some amazing music and some of it is just really, really funny. I mean, one of the lyrics is ‘I’m gonna make like a nail and press on.’ It’s just ridiculous.” Rosenthal started out with Rockville Musical Theatre when she was in high school. Since then, she said she’s come back to her roots and now is on the board for the theater. She’s also spent time working with others in com-

munity theater, including the Damascus Community Theatre. Because she knows the actors, Rosenthal said she’s given them some latitude when it comes to how far they can take their characters. That doesn’t mean she won’t rein them in, though. “I don’t want it disgusting,” Rosenthal said. “I just kind of want it over-the-top. I don’t want it to be where it’s, ‘OK, that’s just too much.’ … So yeah, I think I’ve given them more latitude than I would have if it was a normal show like ‘Oklahoma.’ Yeah, ‘Oklahoma’ is pretty much set in stone.” The stage at the Arts Barn is intimate. The 99-seat theater hosts several plays, musicals and magic shows throughout the year. Even though cramped quarters make it a little difficult

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to get a trailer on stage, Rosenthal said she absolutely loves the theater. “I’ve performed on that stage numerous times, so I know it really, really well,” Rosenthal said. “The biggest challenge is the set, and it always is for every show I’ve ever done there. I did ‘Little Shop of Horrors,’ and to deal with the plant backstage … there’s very little room backstage. … The set is the biggest challenge.” More than anything else, Rosenthal hopes audiences walk away from the experience of the show smiling like a lap dog in a bacon factory. “I just want them to come in and enjoy themselves,” Rosenthal said. “It’s just pure enjoyment — just silliness.”

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Continued from Page A-11 spoke and could not read or write, walk or eat, dress or drive.” Fast forward to 2014, when Meck simultaneously published her memoir, “I Forgot to Remember: A Memoir of Amnesia,” with de Visé as collaborator, and is about to graduate from Smith College with a bachelor’s degree in music and a concentration in book studies. “It was fascinating working on a memoir for someone who has so little memory,” de Visé said. “Her life story turned out to be quite different from what she thought before.” During de Visé’s at-length interviews with Meck’s family and friends, and research into her medical records, the reporter found that some things Meck and her husband Jim accepted as facts were not. They learned that “the hospital stay was much longer and took place in a different month,” de Visé said. “They thought she was comatose and then awakened — all those things were contradicted by hospital records.” Meck, who now lives in Northhampton, Mass., said she never intended to write a memoir; she simply wanted to get on with her life and her education. But after de Visé’s article appeared, “I became kind of a poster child for traumatic brain injury … [and] received hundreds of emails from people living all over the world relating their own struggles living with TBI, and telling me that my story gave them hope.” In her quest to tell the truth about her experiences, she, too, tracked down friends and family members to find out who she had been. It was, she said, a “desperate” attempt “to fit pieces together in an ever-

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Aspiring opera singer Erica Ferguson as Belle and Luke Schaefer as The Beast star in the Rockville High School production of “Beauty and the Beast,” opening Thursday at the school, 2100 Baltimore Road, Rockville. Audiences can hum along to Disney favorites like “Be Our Guest,” performed by a full orchestra, and little princes and princesses can meet the characters on Saturday prior to the 2 p.m. show. Show times are 7 p.m. Thursday through Friday and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students. For more information, visit www.ramstage.com. ADVENTURE THEATRE MTC

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Adventure Theatre MTC retells Rudyard Kipling’s story of Mowgli and company in “The Jungle Book,” opening Friday at the theater. rotsky said she’s lucky to not be limited to a culturally specific genre. “I appreciate the opportunity to learn about another culture while admitting I’ll never fully understand it,” Serotsky said. “That’s why I enjoy working with actors with firsthand experience in that culture. For example, I think monkeys are cute and I think most Americans feel the same way, but one of the actors with South Asia roots said monkeys are treated like pigeons there — people shoo them away.” Playing the orphaned mancub Mowgli, Rafael Sebastian can relate to the protagonist’s pursuit of communal acceptance because of his own experiences navigating the local

changing life-sized puzzle.” “I learned so much about myself, about Jim, about my kids, my parents ... Most of the stories that are in the book I had never heard before beginning to write,” Meck said. Her growth, de Visé said, was “by leaps and bounds over the course of the project.” He described her as “a phenomenal success story for the higher education establishment. Smith gets a lot of credit, but I think Montgomery College deserves even more credit.” Meck’s academic abilities command his respect. “She works very hard. She is so disciplined,” de Visé observed. Still, Meck remembers being “intimidated at MC. I didn’t know how to study.” And at Smith, she said, “I often feel not quite good enough, like I’m playing catch-up. Everything takes me a really long time, and I feel like I’m never quite on the same page as everyone else.” Despite the fact that he wrote the story that garnered so much attention, de Visé gives credit where he believes it is due. “Su’s the star. I’m the grateful recipient of a good story pitch,” he said. As such, de Visé also cites Montgomery College’s director of media relations Beth Homan for her persistence. “She kept pestering me, saying, ‘You don’t want me to pitch it to someone else,’” he recalled, noting that “Some of my editors couldn’t believe it; they said the story was too good to be true.” Fueled by publishers’ requests to Meck in response to the Post piece, De Visé proceeded to draft a book proposal. He wrote it in first person, as Meck. “He helped me to organize my thoughts into something coherent that could be shopped aroundtopublishers,”Mecksaid.

theater scene. “When I moved from southern Virginia to the Northern Virginia/D.C. area, I was like Mowgli trying to find out exactly where I belong,” Sebastian said. “Everything is faster paced around here, so I’m constantly learning, constantly absorbing my surroundings.” With a basic knowledge of Indian dance style from studying at George Mason University, Sebastian hopes to build upon his foundation to illustrate the play’s universal themes in a visually stimulating fashion. “My goal as an actor is to share stories that celebrate common humanity, and maybe in this case, not quite human,” Sebastian said. “Mowgli learns that families have many differ-

MEET THE AUTHOR n Meet Su Meck, author of “I Forgot to Remember: A Memoir of Amnesia,” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Montrose Crossing, 12089 Rockville Pike, Rockville. Admission is free. Call 301-881-0237.

Still, Meck said that “Simon and Schuster did not want him to be part of the project at all initially, but I fought for him, because the idea of writing a book still felt so overwhelming to me back then.” Meck said that de Visé “broke my medical records loose from the hospital in Fort Worth, and helped me to decipher a lot that was written in them. And he did the brain research for chapter 3 … He talked to doctors, neurologists and some other academics that are currently working on brain research.” “I reconstructed the first two decades of her life as best I could,” de Visé said. “Almost every direct quote in the book came from my interviews.” After de Visé sent Meck drafts of those chapters, Meck rewrote or rephrased them in her own voice. “It was a real collaboration,” de Visé said. “Su had the final say on everything.” The chapters that took place in Montgomery County, including her time as a Fitness First exercise instructor (where her intense classes earned her the affectionate nickname Sergeant Su) and Montgomery College, as well as at Smith, were almost completely hers, he said. After more than 23 years as a journalist, including nine at the Post, de Visé, 46, is on a long-term book leave he hopes

ent looks, whether it is the traditional picture or a boy and a pack of wolves.” Serotsky looks forward to presenting the “timeless simplicity” of “The Jungle Book” to a new generation. “I hope kids can see themselves through Mowgli,” Serotsky said. “The modern family we talk about now wasn’t relevant in 1894, but Kipling wanted readers to know that even if parents didn’t look like their kids, they are still family as long as they love and nurture.” As for Kalyandurg, she’s honored to be preserving a piece of her heritage and contributing to its future in America. “I’m excited that Indian dance has been showcased a lot more in recent years,” Kalyandurg said. “In this production, we’re integrating it in ways you wouldn’t traditionally experience. This play will introduce Indian dance to kids, who are scientifically more receptive to and willing to learn new languages and ideas.”

will be the “segue into a new career.” In the Garrett Park home where he and his family reside, he is completing his second book, also to be published by Simon & Schuster, as well as parenting full time, giving his wife, journalist and former Gazette editor Sophie Yarborough, her turn at working long, unpredictable hours. The new book, de Visé said, is a dual biography of actors Andy Griffith and Don Knotts and their friendship. He had the inside scoop, he said, because Knotts was married to Yarborough’s older sister. As for Meck, she said she still has days “that I can’t read, tie my shoes, when I get lost.” But her simultaneous accomplishments — pursuing her degree, publishing the memoir and even parlaying her relearned drumming skills into playing some local gigs in a band she formed with Smith professors — offer ample proof of her stamina. Meck and her youngest child will graduate from different colleges on the same day. “I will be graduating this May 18, but won’t actually be walking with my class for Smith commencement, because my daughter, Kassidy, is graduating from Barnard/Columbia in New York City the very same day,” she said. “After Smith, I don’t really know,” Meck added. “I’d like to write another book about my time at Smith. I’d like to try my hand at a series of children’s stories explaining TBI because there is nothing out there for kids.” So it goes. A successful collaboration seems to have engendered new horizons for both Meck and de Visé. “I Forgot to Remember: A Memoir of Amnesia” by Su Meck with Daniel de Visé (Simon & Schuster, 2014, $25) is available at most bookstores.

DANCES Carpe Diem Contra Dance, April 10, Nor’Easter from New England, Will Mentor, caller, 7-7:30 p.m. contradance workshops, 7:30-10 p.m. Contras & Squares, second Thursdays, Great Hall, Silver Spring Civics Center, One Veterans Plaza, Silver Spring, $10 for general admission, $8 for members, $5 for students and those without income, www.carpediemarts.org.

Candlelight Waltzes Dance Club, April 6, Tea Dance, Ballroom

and Latin music by 2Hot2Handle, semi-formal, couples only, 4-7 p.m., Columbia Country Club, 7900 Connecticut Ave, Chevy Chase, $25 per person, $15 for students, reservations by April 4, call Peter at 202-362-7851. Hollywood Ballroom, April 2, “step of the evening” Night Club Two Step at 8:15 p.m., Social Ballroom Dance at 8:30 p.m.; April 3, 10, Tea Dance from 12:30-3:30 p.m. ($6); April 4, drop-in lessons from 7:30-9 p.m., West Coast Swing Dancing with Dance Jam Productions at 9 p.m. ($15); April 5, Ballroom Dance, 6:30 p.m. to midnight ($15); April 6, free Rumba lesson at 7 p.m., Social Ballroom Dance at 8 p.m. ($16); April 9, “step of the evening” mini-lesson at 8:15 p.m., Social Ballroom Dance at 8:30 p.m. ($16); 2126 Industrial Highway, Silver Spring, 301-326-1181, www.hollywoodballroomdc.com Glen Echo Park is at 7300 MacArthur Blvd. Contra, April 4, Donna Hunt

with Atlantic Crossing, 7:30 p.m. lesson, 8:30 p.m. dance, Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom, $10, www. fridaynightdance.org. Contra & Square, April 6, Mary Wesley and Sassafras Stomp, 7:30 p.m., Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom, $12 for general, $9 for members, $5 for students, www. fsgw.org. English Country, April 2, Liz Donaldson, 8 p.m., Glen Echo Town Hall (upstairs), www.fsgw. org. Waltz, April 6, Sugar Beat, 2:45-3:30 p.m. lesson, 3:30-6 p.m., dance, $10, www.waltztimedances.org.

MUSIC & DANCE Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, Ori Naftaly Band & Bad

Influence Band, 7:30 p.m. April 2; John Nemeth and the Bo-Keys, featuring Percy Wiggins, 8:30 p.m. April 4; Jamison & Double O Soul featuring Tommy Lepson, 8 p.m. April 5; Peggy King & The All-Star Jazz Trio, 7:30 p.m. April 6; Lyndsey Highlander, 7:30 p.m. April 9; Next Best Thing Presents: LIVE AT THE FILLMORE - Tribute to the Allman Brothers Band, 8 p.m. April 10, call for prices, 7719 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. 240-330-4500, www.bethesdabluesjazz.com. BlackRock Center for the Arts, Tiempo Libre, 8 p.m. April 5, 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown. 301-528-2260, www.blackrockcenter.org. Institute of Musical Traditions — Rockville, Sean Tyrrell,

7:30 p.m. April 8, Saint Mark Presbyterian Church, 10701 Old Georgetown Road, Rockville, call for prices, www.imtfolk.org. Strathmore, Afternoon Tea, 1 p.m. April 1-2, 5, 9; Avi Avital Trio, 7:30 p.m. April 3; Keb Mo’, 8 p.m. April 3; Ploy & Beyond Modern, 9 p.m. April 4; BSO: Andre Watts Returns!, 8 p.m. April 5; Buika. 7 p.m. April 6; Japanese Specialty Tea, 1 p.m. April 8; Andriessen 75: Cristina Zavalloni, Monica Germino & Andrea Rebaudengo, 7:30

p.m. April 8; AIR: Piotr Pakhomkin, classical guitar, 7:30 p.m. April 9; Cirque Ziva, 8 p.m. April 9; BSO: Itzhak Perlman, 8 p.m. April 10; Atomic Yacht Fax, 9 p.m. April 11; National Philharmonic: Bach Mass in B minor, 8 p.m. April 12, call for venue, Locations: Mansion, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda; Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, 301-581-5100, www.strathmore. org.

ON STAGE Adventure Theatre, “The Jungle Book,” April 4 to May 25, call for prices, times, Adventure Theatre MTC, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, 301-634-2270, www.adventuretheatre-mtc.org. Arts Barn, “Great American Trailer Park Musical,” April 4-20, 311 Kent Square Road, Gaithersburg. www.r-m-t.org, www.gaithersburgmd.gov. Imagination Stage, “Cinderella: The Remix:” April 9 to May 25, call for prices, times, Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda, www.imaginationstage. org. Olney Theatre Center, “Once On This Island,” April 9 to May 4, call for prices, times, 2001 OlneySandy Spring Road, Olney, 301924-3400, www.olneytheatre.org. The Puppet Co., “Hansel and Gretel,” to April 27; 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, www.thepuppetco.org. Round House Theatre, Bethesda, “Two Trains Running,” April 2-27, 4545 East-West Highway, Bethesda. 240-644-1100, www.roundhousetheatre.org. Round House Theatre, Silver Spring, “Snow Angel,” April 4-12, call for show times, 8641 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, $15 for general admission, $10 for subscribers, patrons 30 and younger and seniors, 244-644-1100, www.roundhousetheatre.org. Silver Spring Stage, “Other Desert Cities,” April 4-27, Woodmoor Shopping Center, 10145 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, see website for show times, www. ssstage.org. The Writer’s Center, Christopher Bakken and Derrick Weston Brown, 2 p.m. April 6, 4508 Walsh Street, Bethesda, 301-654-8664, www.writer.org.

VISUAL ART Adah Rose Gallery, “An Allegory of Algorithms and Aesthetics,” Jessica Drenk, April 12 to May 12, opening reception from 6:30-8:30 p.m. April 12 with music by The Blackberry Blonde, 3766 Howard Ave., Kensington, 301922-0162, www.adahrosegallery. com Gallery B, Group Exhibition, April 2-26, gallery hours are noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, 7700 Wisconsin Ave., Suite E. www.bethesda.org. Glenview Mansion, National Capital Art Glass Guild, to April 25, Rockville Civic Center Park, 503 Edmonston Drive, Rockville. www. rockvillemd.gov. Marin-Price Galleries, “The Way of the Horse,” to April 18, 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, 7022 Wisconsin Ave., 301718-0622. VisArts, Xiaosheng Bi, “Garden of My Mind,” to April 20, Common Ground Gallery, 155 Gibbs St., Rockville, 301-315-8200, www. visartsatrockville.org.


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Albert Einstein High School junior Austen Whibley said she didn’t have any plans of pitching grandeur when she raised her hand at a softball clinic eight years ago. The opportunity to learn how to pitch was set in front of her and she went for it. “I was at a clinic and [the coach] asked if anyone wanted to learn how to pitch and I was the only one who raised my hand, it was me and my friend, we were the only ones,” Whibley said. “At the time I didn’t have much confidence in myself, I just figured if someone got hurt or wasn’t doing well, they could put me in. I figured I’d be the backup pitcher. I didn’t take it too seriously.” That was then. These days — though Whibley humbly shies away from taking too much credit — Einstein softball just about starts and stops with the left-

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Olney resident and St. John’s College High School graduate Danny O’Donnell is starring at Gallaudet University as a sophomore pitcher after transferring from George Washington University.

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Danny O’Donnell is a rare type of studentathlete at Gallaudet University. On the baseball field, the star sophomore blends right in with his teammates. But unlike 95 percent of the student population at the Washington, D.C. college, the Olney resident can fully hear. O’Donnell, however, feels right at home. O’Donnell, known as a Child of a Deaf Adult, has grown up in the Gallaudet community. Both of his parents are deaf and graduated from Gallaudet. His mother, Priscilla,

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works at the school’s bookstore, and his father, Michael, played football for the Bison and currently teaches American Sign Language and deaf studies at George Washington University. A small number of undergraduate students — up to 5 percent of each entering class — are from the hearing community, according to the university’s website. “I’m a Gallaudet baby,” said O’Donnell, who attended preschool and summer youth camps on campus. “... I’ve always been around Gallaudet my whole life. It was really nice to come here and help out not only the athletic

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A steely gray sky threatened to bring forth rain on Olney Golf Park last Friday, but the Our Lady of Good Counsel High School golf team stood, five in a row, lining the driving range. Despite snow patches still dotting various spots on the range, sophomore

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golfer Gavin Rickert wore a plain white T-shirt. It didn’t matter if the predicted downpour arrived — which it would — the Falcons would continue to practice. It didn’t matter if there were patches of snow or feet of snow, they would be warm as they worked on their games. Olney Golf Park is one of several facilities available to private school golfers, whose season is in the spring, fresh off the heels of winter rather than the

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From left, sophomore Gavin Rickert, 16, and senior Mikey Barillo, 18, Good Counsel golfers, hit from the covered tees at the Olney Golf Park driving range on Friday.

One of the cardinal rules for every softball player on defense, whether in the infield or outfield, is to get low when fielding a ground ball, to put her body behind the ball. But what if the ball hits a random hardened mound of dirt masked by a small tuft of crabgrass and the ball is unexpectedly launched over an outfielder’s head? Or, as longtime Montgomery Blair High School softball coach Louie Hoelman said he has seen in the past, heading straight for her head, leaving her with just one option: to duck. And what if that game is being played on one of the county’s many “softball fields” that doesn’t have a fence? There’s no telling how far that ball will travel. “There are some fields where it’s pretty obvious the football team practices on the outfield, there’s little or no grass and it’s beat up as can be,” longtime Thomas S. Wootton High School coach Al Lightsey said. “I do think it’s a safety hazard. You can’t prepare for an outfield that is

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Continued from Page B-1 handed hurler. High school fastpitch softball, in general, revolves heavily around pitching and her arrival as a freshman two years ago was just what the Titans needed. Whibley started every game as a freshman and for the first time since the 2006 graduation of Susan Miller, who went on to play softball at the University of Pennsylvania, Einstein didn’t need to find ways to hide or compensate for weakness in the pitcher’s circle. Whibley was among the county’s leaders with 151 strikeouts last year and has racked up 21 in just two games this spring — the Titans are 1-1. Though one

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Continued from Page B-1 half dirt and half grass, so you’re kind of at the mercy of luck and fate at that point. Often times [fields being used for football] are the fields without fences, one bad hop and the ball rolls three miles.” There is a wide range of field conditions throughout Montgomery County — pothole covers, drainage systems and cement blocks in the outfield in addition to purely uneven primarily dirt outfields. With all region tournament games hosted by the team with the higher seed, more weight is placed on earning home field advantage during playoffs with regular season success. While most coaches agreed there is no substitute for

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Continued from Page B-1 department and baseball team, [but] the university as a whole.” Prior to college, O’Donnell was a star at St. John’s (D.C.) College High, one of the premier high school baseball programs in the area, and a Division I recruit. He led the Cadets to the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championship his senior year after pitching to a 6-2 record with a 0.32 earnedrun average and 43 strikeouts. He was also named the 2012 Washington, D.C., ESPN Gatorade Player of the Year and a Louisville Slugger All-American

person alone cannot win a softball game, pitcher or not, something Whibley is the first to admit, her presence in the circle gives the Titans a chance to win every time they take the field. “It’s nice [to have a strong pitcher],” longtime coach Einstein coach Joan Rackey said. “We don’t get lots of [club softball players] but every now and then we’ll get something. I think it gives the team a sense of security that [Whibley] is as good as she is. She also pushes the girls to want to be better.” Whibley said she has committed herself more in recent years to working year-round on honing her craft. She has worked with several individual coaches, including ninth-year Georgetown University softball coach Pat Con-

lan, whom she said was integral in her development. She has also worked individually with a batting coach, which Rackey said has been very clear early this spring — just two games in Whibley is batting over .600. Rackey said Whibley’s fastball, which possesses some movement of its own thanks to a bit of natural lefty spin, is coming in a lot harder this spring — she estimated low 60s in miles per hour. But Whibley’s biggest improvement in the past year has been her variety, she and Rackey agreed. Rather than just try and blast through batters, something she can do against most teams the Titans will face, Whibley’s work on controlling her spins will allow her to pitch more strategically. “I’m definitely trying to mas-

ter my curveball and changeup, I think those have been doing pretty well,” Whibley said. “I’m working on spins a lot which has helped me with consistency in the strike zone. I’m just trying to work toward establishing myself [in the county], there are obviously better pitchers out there and I’m just trying to work there and get toward that.” Whibley also said she finds herself more comfortable in the circle this year thanks to the increased trust she has in her second-year catcher, Lili Habenstreit. Last year was the current sophomore’s first year playing behind the plate and it took some time to get used to Whibley’s speed but the two have spent the offseason practicing together and developing a profitable rapport and

friendship. Despite being one of the best players on the team since she was a freshman, Whibley was a little more reserved as an underclassmen, hesitant to overstep her bounds, she and Rackey said. But, as a voted team captain this spring, Whibley said she has relished her leadership responsibilities as well. Rackey said the Titans seem to respond to Whibley’s work ethic. “I think being a leader is important, we need people to step up and show us that we really can be a team that no one expects, we have the potential,” Whibley said. “On some days it can be overwhelming that as a pitcher I have a lot of control, that no one else can pitch for me, I have to do it myself.”

the adrenaline playing in front of a home crowd on a field players can call their own, some coaches have started lobbying neutral sites later in playoffs. Many other sports such as soccer and basketball have started doing this in recent years; region soccer semifinals and finals are typically held at some of the county’s newer turf stadiums. “I think it’d be nice of Montgomery County started picking a spot for the regional final, maybe even the semifinals,” Hoelman said. “That would eliminate some of the issues with fields not being up to par. But then again, if you play hard all year and end up with the No. 1 seed, it’s hard not to want to play at your place. There are two sides to it but do you really want to be on a field that is in that bad shape and isn’t a true softball field?”

Hoelman admitted he is in a bit of a unique position given his team plays in a modern softball complex recently built and run by the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, but said the push is for the sake of better, perhaps safer games. Field maintenance for the most part — some schools host their games at local parks — falls on the shoulders of coaches and schools’ individual athletic departments. Some coaches are faced with more challenges than others — fields at a lower elevation are a drainage nightmare, a problem exacerbated by this year’s excessive rain and snow. A hill along the third base line of the field Northwest plays on at Cedar Creek Park frequently leads to the formation of a body of water that runs from

third base, through the pitcher’s circle, to first base. Corpuz said Montgomery Parks had intended to install a drainage system prior to the 2014 season but weather prevented that from happening. Not surprisingly, some coaches are provided with more resources to work with than others, though they still have to put in the time, such as Lightsey, who devotes hours each week to try and provide his players and opposing teams as wellmanicured a surface as possible. He credited support from the school’s booster club with helping provide him with the tools necessary to do perform the tasks, such as a tractor and drag, some resources he admitted other schools likely lack. Though there is little that can be done to completely solve the

playing surface problem, especially in the outfield — Hoelman acknowledged that Montgomery County Public Schools likely doesn’t have the land or resources to limit its diamonds to just softball when fall teams need practice space — the fence problem is one that can easily be fixed. “Real” fastpitch softball fields have fences — even just portable ones — coaches agreed, and they are typically set about 220 feet from home plate. Even some of the county’s best programs, like defending state semifinalist Northwest and perennial power Damascus, still do not have one. In addition to preventing routine plays from turning into home runs, outfield fences would also, in turn, make it difficult for fall teams to run practice in the limited outfield space, Lightsey said.

“I really think every softball field should be required to have a fence,” Hoelman said. “Without one, a team can back up 225 feet and it can neutralize a ball that would be hit over any college fence and it’s caught. It’s just another thing that makes it less like a true softball game the way it’s supposed to be played. Plus, home runs are exciting, they’re like slam dunks in basketball, it can be a good momentum changer. ... There are definitely a wide range of fields in the county. I remember we went out to Damascus for the regional final in 2008 and they had people who hit the ball hard. We worked hard on ground balls. Then one was hit, bounced on a tuft of grass and just missed taking one of my player’s head off.”

honorable mention. O’Donnell also played youth travel baseball for the Olney Buccaneers. “Being a part of that baseball program and learning a lot from [St. John’s coach] Mark Gibbs helped me fall in love with baseball,” O’Donnell said. “... We had 6 a.m. workouts all the time [like college]. ... St. John’s really prepared me for not only college, but life.” He then attended George Washington, a Division I school, but following his 2013 freshman season, O’Donnell, an economics major, decided to transfer and quickly felt at home with his new teammates and coaches at Gallaudet. “One door closes and another one opens,” said

O’Donnell, who added that his time at George Washington just didn’t work out and it was a learning experience. “When I found the opportunity at Gallaudet I took it full force. … “My first language was sign language so coming here it really wasn’t anything out of the ordinary for me. I jumped right in.” Part of O’Donnell’s draw to Gallaudet was the opportunity to play for former Major League Baseball veteran player Curtis Pride, who is deaf. During Pride’s six seasons at Gallaudet, the Bison have steadily improved; going from 8-25-1 in 2009 to setting a program record for victories (25) during the 2012 season. “He knows exactly what it is

all about,” O’Donnell said. “... Coach Pride, I’ve gotten to know him a lot these past couple of months and I just fell in love with the guy. Everything that I’ve learned from him, I want to pay him back.” In nine appearances (42 innings) — five starts — this spring, O’Donnell, who credits mental toughness for success, has developed into the Bison’s (13-7 record) ace. With a 4-seam fastball, 2-seam fastball, changeup and a curveball/slider combination pitch in his repertoire, he has accumulated a 4-1 record with one save, 38 strikeouts and a 0.64 ERA. The 6-foot-3, 193-pound right-hander was named one of the National Col-

legiate Baseball Writers Association NCAA Division III National Player of the Week on March 27, the first Gallaudet player to receive the honor. “The one word I say to myself is just, ‘attack,” said O’Donnell, who played also played soccer, basketball and football growing up before realizing he could reap the most benefits out of baseball. “As a pitcher you are in control of the game. As soon as you give the other team the slightest bit of leeway, then that can change the entire game for you.” O’Donnell, who has pitched for the D.C. Grays and Silver Spring-Takoma Park Thunderbolts in Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League during the

summer, has a good chance at getting drafted and playing professionally in a few years, Pride said. “He has a lot of potential,” Pride said. “He has a good pitcher’s body. He throws hard and has good movement. ... A very good baseball mind.” Added O’Donnell: “[Gallaudet is] a baseball team like any other baseball team. Coming here I didn’t know what to expect, but I’ll tell you right now it’s definitely not any step below. ... Coach Pride runs this program like a Major League program because he played in the pros. He knows what it takes.”

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Players of the Year

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Damascus High School senior center Kelli Prange is The Gazette’s Player of the Year in girls’ basketball.

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Montrose Christian School’s Allonzo Trier is The Gazette’s Player of the Year in boys’ basketball.

Girls’ First Team

Connelly School of the Holy Child’s Mary Claire Byrne is one of the top lacrosse players in the area.

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Kelli Prange

Sheri Addison

George Washington recruit averaged 21.1 points, helping the Swarmin’ Hornets reach the 3A state finals

Patriots’ top scorer averaged 19.5 points to go along with 6.6 rebounds and 2.4 steals

Damascus Senior Forward

Thomas S. Wootton Junior Guard

Rhamat Alhassan

Academy of the Holy Cross Senior Center Combination of size (6-foot-5) and athleticism helped Tartans to an 11-8 WCAC record

Nicole Enabosi

Daisa Harris

Versatile 6-1 forward averaged team-high 12.4 points for the Falcons

Speedy guard averaged 18.0 points for the Panthers, who made their first 4A state semifinals since 2009

Our Lady of Good Counsel Junior Forward

Paint Branch Junior Guard

Boys’ First Team

Allonzo Trier

Aaron Briggs

Ibrahim Kallon

Demonte Ojinnaka

Andrew Robinson

Maryland’s Gatorade Player of the Year, Trier averaged 25.5 points and shot 67 percent inside the arc.

Helped Bullis to an IAC title in his first year at point guard. Will play for Navy.

Led all Montgomery public school players with 19.9 points per game.

Blake went 14-3 with Ojinnaka, 0-6 without. Averaged 18 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists.

A four-year varsity player, Robinson led Springbrook with 17 points per game.

Bullis Senior Guard

Montrose Christian Junior Guard

Wheaton Senior Forward

Girls’ Coach of the Year

James H. Blake Senior Guard

Springbrook Senior Guard

Boys’ Coach of the Year

Erin Borsody

Chris Lun

Colonels reached their first state tournament since 1985 two years after finishing 3-20

Took Whitman to an unexpected state title berth and a 21-7 record

Walt Whitman Tenth season

Col. Zadok Magruder Sixth year

Girls’ Second Team

Boys’ Second Team

Talley Britt, Holy Child, senior guard Kiara Colston, Paint Branch, senior, guard Janessa Fauntroy, Gaithersburg, senior, forward Japria Karim-Duvall, Churchill, junior, guard Jenna Kaufman, Damascus, senior, guard

Girls’ Honorable Mention Daysha Adams, Kennedy, senior, guard Lynee’ Belton, Bullis, senior, forward Janel Brown, Magruder, senior, forward Whitney Carmack, Poolesville, senior, guard Juanita Craig, Seneca Valley, senior, guard Jillian Dunston, Holy Cross, senior, guard Lauren Green, Damascus, senior, guard Asha Henley, Blake, senior, guard Stacey Koutris, Good Counsel, senior, forward Daphne Lerner, Jewish Day, sophomore, guard Abby Meyers, Whitman, freshman, guard Makeda Wright, Kennedy, senior, guard

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Continued from Page B-1 public schools in the fall, welltuned from summer, to keep their swings together while real golf courses are closed. “It really prepares you for the season,” Rickert said. “It’s a lot better than going three months and not having swung a club and trying to get back into it. It puts you at a higher level than your competitors.” At Olney Golf Park, there is a driving range with a concrete ceiling and a wall behind to shield golfers from the elements. Hanging above each mat is a space heater so even on the most frigid days the players will be able to keep warm. On the nicer days, or

Joe Hugley, Col. Zadok Magruder, junior, forward Patrick McCaw, Montrose Christian, senior, guard Cedric McFadden, St. Andrew’s, senior, guard Russell Sangster, Bullis, senior, guard Anthony Tarke, Gaithersburg, junior, forward

Boys’ Honorable Mention Marcus Adkinson, St. Andrew’s, junior, guard Brian Ball, Rockville, senior, guard Abe Camara, Albert Einstein, senior, center Kyle Depollar, Walt Whitman, sophomore, guard Isaiah Eisendorf, Springbrook, senior, forward Josh Hardy, Clarksburg, senior, guard Nehemiah Jackson, Rockville, senior, guard Aaron King, Gaithersburg, senior, guard Aaron Robinson, Springbrook, senior, guard Nicholas Segura, The Heights, senior, guard Xavier Sewell, Clarksburg, senior, guard Trevor Stottlemyer, Poolesville, senior, forward Keif Williams, John F. Kennedy, senior, guard

just during the regular golf season, there is a pair of short game greens, one to practice shots from 70 yards and in with a bunker creating a peninsula around the green and the other for putting and chipping. In Gaithersburg some golfers head to Clubgolf, a performance center of sorts. There are 10 “hitting bays” where a golfer can hit balls into a screen and it puts out all kinds of numbers, from launch angle to spin to trajectory to roll and carry and ball flight. Beyond the hitting bays is a 1,200 square foot putting green, a sand trap, and weight room. Clubgolf seems to be the more popular venue, given the wealth of options. Rickert said he’ll practice there anywhere from three to four days a week

over winter and supplement with another day at Olney Golf Park. Four of Landon’s starting six golfers are Clubgolf regulars. It was unanimously decided that practicing outdoors and seeing a real ball flight — rather than the simulated ones at Clubgolf — and practicing on real greens with real grass where divots can be taken and the ball rolls and breaks as it would in matches is a far better option. “Oh, it’s way better,” senior Mikey Barillo said. “It’s nice in the winter, it’s something to do, practice and see generally what your ball is doing. But there’s nothing like coming out here. It’s way different. “I’d rather have a fall season,” Barillo said. “You have all summer, better weather, stay warm.”

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The Byrne family didn’t used to be a lacrosse family. That was, until a young Mary Claire — now a standout senior at the Connelly School of the Holy Child — first picked up a lacrosse stick more than a decade ago. Mary Claire is the fourth of 10 Byrne children, with the eldest a University of Virginia football player and the youngest an infant. A Virginia Tech recruit, she is one of Maryland’s top girls’ lacrosse scorers and is setting the bar high for her six younger siblings, who have each expressed interest in the sport. Even the youngest sister, seven-monthold Parker, has a miniature stick. “She’s been a huge influence on me and we’ve been an influence on the other sisters,” said younger sister Julia, a Langley junior and Cincinnati recruit. Mary Claire Byrne, a US Lacrosse All-American, has 35 goals for the Tigers (3-3 as of Monday). She registered nine goals in the

March 11 season opener, a 20-11 win over Potomac School, and has at least four goals in each game thus far. “She’s very smart on the field,” Julia Byrne said. “She always seems to be able to get that quick shot off, even if it looks likes there’s no angle.” Mary Claire Byrne is a multisport athlete — she helped Holy Child’s basketball team win an Independent School League A Division championship this past winter — but most of her attention is devoted to lacrosse. In addition to playing for the Tigers and the Capital Lacrosse Club, the star midfielder also teams up with Julia to coach her sister Ellie’s youth lacrosse team. “Lacrosse has always been my main sport,” Mary Claire said. “I’ve just always had a passion for it.” Mary Claire has a knack for timely scoring. As a freshman, she notched a game-winning goal in the final seconds of the ISL-A finals to give the Tigers a 10-9 victory over National Cathedral. “It just kind of set the bar for how she was going to play the rest of high school,” said senior teammate Emily Hunt, a Fairfield University recruit. “I think

she has definitely exceeded everyone’s expectations.” The Tigers’ top scorer also possesses elite passing skills, Holy Child coach Sarah Aschenbach said. She has 10 assists on the year, including four in the season opener. “Her game sense is incredible. She sees the field, she knows the field,” Aschenbach said. “She’s able to not just score but set up other players.” Julia said some of Mary Claire’s lacrosse prowess stems from the time they spent playing with their family outside of their home in McLean, Va. “She’s had so much experience,” Julia said. “I think that definitely helps her deal with the pressure. Handle it and get that shot off.” Mary Claire said she hopes she can help her team finish with a winning record and also surpass the 100-point milestone. “I look at the scoreboard and I see that if we need goals, I’m going to take it upon myself and get those goals for my team,” she said. “If I see someone to pass to I’m going to look for that assist, but if not I’m going to take it to the goal.” egoldwein@gazette.net


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KEVIN JAMES SHAY STAFF WRITER

It was a routine Sunday afternoon in 2012 for Margaret Goldsborough in her Kensington Antique Row shop, when Hollywood set decorator Douglas Mowat walked in. He was looking for furnishings for the Netflix political thriller series “House of Cards,” starring Kevin Spacey. Goldsborough, who owns Goldsborough Glynn Antiques & Decorative Arts with her sister, Susan Goldsborough Glynn, showed Mowat around the store and introduced him to some fellow antique shop owners. Mowat liked Goldsborough Glynn’s “federal-looking” style of furniture. Over the last two years, he and a Maryland subcontracting team have purchased numerous pieces, including cherry and mahogany desks, tables and chairs, along with lamps and desk accessories, from Goldsborough’s store. “House of Cards” is in its second season and has been renewed for a third. Maryland legislators are debating how much in tax credits to allow such productions that film in the state. The Senate approved boosting the amount of credits to $18.5 million from $7.5 million. The House had yet to vote on that bill, as of Tuesday, and passed a budget amendment last week that would allow Maryland to seize the production company’s property under eminent domain if it leaves the state. The production is looking at moving the third season’s filming to another state if its investors don’t get millions of dollars more in tax credits, an executive with the show’s production company wrote in a recent letter to state officials. Spacey himself even lobbied legislators in a special Annapolis reception. “They’ve been one of our better customers over the last two years,” Goldsborough said. “I have my fingers crossed that they will stay in Maryland. Their business really helps small businesses like ours.” The first season of “House of Cards” completed 139 days of filming, mostly in Baltimore, Annapolis and Harford County, in 2012, and employees made purchases of goods and services at more than 1,800 Maryland businesses, accord-

ing to a Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development report. Production expenses totaled $63.7 million, with an economic impact of $138.2 million, and investors in the first season received $11.7 million in state tax credits. Investors in House of Cards’ second season are projected to receive another $15 million in tax credits and $4 million for the third season, though they qualify for $15 million for the third season, according to the state report. The economic impact of the second season is projected to be about $120.6 million, with a similar amount for the third season if it is filmed in Maryland. Representatives of “House of Cards” also purchased several period pieces of furniture from other Kensington Antique Row shops, including Antiques & Uniques. “They know what they want,” said John Booker, proprietor of Antiques & Uniques. “Absolutely, it was worthwhile to us.”

Silver Spring business provides animal actors to ‘House of Cards’ Silver Spring’s Positive Dog Training and Animal Actors located three longhaired guinea pigs to play the “House of Cards” animal character, Cashew. Owner Carol Rosen, a certified professional dog trainer, worked with the guinea pigs on the set. She also provided to “House of Cards” a border collie, a Rottweiler, two Belgian Malinois and two dozen birds of different breeds. The business was not only significant but resulted in other business from people hearing about her work with “House of Cards,” Rosen said. She supports boosting the funding level for the state film tax credit program. “The program has brought significant revenue and jobs to Maryland,” Rosen said. “Maryland is getting a reputation as being cooperative with the film industry, and is drawing bigger names and bigger revenue-generating productions to the state.” Rosen also provided two trained German shepherds to the recently released movie “Better Living Through Chemistry,” starring Sam Rockwell and Olivia Wilde, which was filmed in Maryland in 2012. That production bought products

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Margaret Goldsborough, owner of Goldsborough Glynn Antiques and Decorative Arts in Kensington” shows a large mirror priced at around $1,000, similar to what has been purchased for use on “House of Cards.”

and services from almost 600 Maryland businesses, including a Silver Spring lighting company, and had an impact of $6.1 million, according to the state report. The “House of Cards” purchases include not just furniture and animal actors but cigars from a Frederick shop, paint from a Rockville business, leather products from a Bethesda store and shaving items from a Bethesda business, according to the state report. Most businesses on the list were from the Baltimore area, where the majority of filming was done. Sometimes, Goldsborough recognizes pieces sold from her Kensington shop on “House of Cards” shows, she said. Her store purchases its inventory through auctions, estates, other dealers and individuals. “House of Cards” has been the only film production the shop has done business with, although representatives from area theater companies and President Lincoln’s Cottage in Washington, D.C., have purchased items, she said. “We’re hoping to get some more business and even referrals from this,” Goldsborough said. kshay@gazette.net

A new store is heading to Rockville Town Square that will have customers singing the blues. Liquid BLUE Denim Boutique is scheduled to open in Rockville Town Square on April 19 at 36 Maryland Ave. next to Red Hue Boutique. This will be the second location for Liquid BLUE Denim Boutique. The store’s other location is in Fulton. The 1,400-square-foot retailer specializes in U.S. premium denim brands and contemporary casual apparel for women and men, with most items priced under $200. In addition to specializing in denim, Liquid BLUE carries tops, jackets, dresses, footwear, jewelry and accessories to complement the denim offerings. The boutique will offer in-store alterations, denim fabric repair and personal stylist services, and hosts brand-sponsored events throughout the year, including trunk sales, private sales and pre-season viewings. Liquid BLUE Denim Boutique will celebrate its grand opening weekend beginning April 19 with a $99 denim sale, gifts with purchase, discounts for future purchases, refreshments and entertainment. Hours for the Rockville boutique are Monday-Saturday from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sunday from noon-6 p.m. Its website is www.liquidbluedenim.com.

Marquart joins dermatology practice Dr. Laura N. Marquart joins Dr. Walter J. Giblin in his Rockville Dermatology Practice, at 15225 Shady Grove Road, Suite 303, Rockville. Marquart has been a medical officer in the U.S. Army for 14 years with assignments in Korea, Iraq, Texas and Walter Reed Army Medical Center. She received many military and academic awards throughout her career as well as serving on the teaching staff and faculty of Walter Reed, Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences and Texas A&M. She is a board certified dermatologist and a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology.

Rockville appreciates businesses Officials from Rockville Economic Development Inc., the Rockville Chamber of Commerce and the city met with executives from 51 companies as part of the city’s ninth annual Business Appreciation Week on March 10-14. A wrap-up breakfast with participants and elected officials was held March 21. The city has more than 8,600 businesses. Some 92 percent of respondents to a REDI survey reported hiring at least one employee in the past year, and 77 percent said the business increased its revenue. Laurie Boyer, REDI executive director, said Rockville businesses appear to be growing and have a positive outlook for the year ahead.

Suburban’s new psych department chief Dr. Michael Knable has been named chairman of the psychiatry department at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda. He has been affiliated with the hospital since 1999 and also is vice president for medical affairs at Axis Healthcare Group. An osteopath, Knable was executive director of the Stanley Medical Research Institute and a clinical associate for the National Institute of Mental Health.

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SCHOOL LIFE EDUCATION NOTEBOOK Dresses available for prom-goers

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Teachers and parents prepare snacks for students last week at the Washington Hebrew Congregation preschool in Potomac. The school started a healthful snack program, this year serving students fresh organic snacks each day. From left are Sindy Ramirez, nanny for one of the students, Phyllis Shankman, director of education for the congregation, parents Betsy Bindeman and Michelle Katz, and Fran Miller, director of the preschool.

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Volunteer moms washed and sliced strawberries at last week’s Chop and Chat, dividing the prepared fruit into plastic bags, one for each class at the Washington Hebrew Congregation Rabbi Joseph Weinberg Early Childhood Center in Potomac. This year the school, which has 175 students ages 18 months to 6 years, began an effort to serve only healthful, organic snacks and parents are lending a helping hand to be sure the program works. “The most important reason is health,” Betsy Bindeman, the mother of two preschoolers and program organizer, said at the March 26 gathering. “We want to promote the whole child [and] teach them early to eat well.” Bindeman does the shopping for the snacks, going to Whole Foods Market in Rockville each week to pick up fruits and vegetables. “I offered [to shop]. It was important to me,” she said. Bindeman said the Jewish calendar has many celebrations around food, so it

“We even have nannies and grandparents helping out and we hear what’s going on in the school.” Betsy Bindeman, parent made sense to serve wholesome foods as the students learn Jewish customs, part of the school’s curriculum. The Chop and Chat days, Mondays and Wednesdays, got their name from one of the unexpected results of the organic food program: community. “It builds community in ways we didn’t expect,” Bindeman said. “We even have nannies and grandparents helping out and we hear what’s going on in the school.” Besides the snacks parents prepare at twice-weekly Chop and Chat times, the students sometimes have a hand in preparing their own snacks. While cutting apples, mixing and measuring, they

are learning many good lessons, said Fran Miller, director of the school. “Measuring is a math skill,” Miller said. “And they are working on small motor skills and eye-hand coordination.” Maybe the students don’t know the philosophy behind their daily snacks, but they like the results. Sydney Mednik, a preschooler, likes the apples because they are “crunchy and sweet.” The graham crackers are kindergartner Jackson Eberstein’s favorite. “I like graham crackers because they crunch and I like the noise it makes when we put our teeth on it,” he said. Michelle Katz, who has a son in the preschool, said she thinks the new program is a fabulous opportunity for children to learn about fresh organically grown food. “My 2-year-old comes home and [asks for] organic strawberries because he knows they taste better and are sweeter,” she said. The school is hosting a talk by Lisa Leake, author of “100 Days of Real Food,” at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Washington Hebrew Congregation Julia Bindeman Suburban Center, 11810 Falls Road, Potomac. The talk is free and open to the public. pmcewan@gazette.net

Three high schools will hold prom dress sales and giveaways this week. Knowing the expense of attending a prom, many school groups have collected new or gently used dresses to offer students. In most cases, giveaways are not restricted to students at the host school. • Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, at 4301 East West Highway, Bethesda, will host a Once Upon a Prom dress giveaway and raffle for mani-pedis, updos and makeup consults from 2:15 to 6 p.m. Thursday. For more information, email bigfam@comcast.net. • The Northwest High School Cinderella’s Closet Prom Dress Sale will be from 2:30 to 5 p.m. Friday in the school gym, 13501 Richter Farm Road, Germantown. Hundreds of formal dresses in excellent condition in all styles, sizes and colors are on sale for only $20 each. The sale is sponsored by the Northwest High School Ambassadors and is open to the entire community. There will be a second sale from 2:30 to 5 p.m. May 2. For more information email stacey_h_reilly@mcpsmd.org. • The Paint Branch High School Project Prom dress giveaway, cosponsored by the PTSA and SGA, will be held after school Thursday and Friday. For more information email vandemarks@comcast.net. The school is at 14121 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville.

Teachers go to the head of the class Elizabeth Orlandi, a middle school science teacher at St. Elizabeth School in Rockville, has been appointed to a three-year term to the National Science Teachers Association’s Committee on Middle Level Science. Orlandi will work to promote excellence and innovation in science teaching, according to a news release. She plans to attend the National Conference on Science Education in Boston on April 2-6, where she will assist in a day of specialized workshops for middle school science teachers from across the country. Orlandi has taught at the school for seven years and has worked for almost three decades

OVERCROWDED SCHOOLS Westland Middle School

in the Archdiocese of Washington Catholic schools as both a music and science teacher. Also, Terry Strand, a Green Acres School teacher and Lower School Learning Service coordinator, was named co-president of the board of the Progressive Education Network, a national organization of schools and educators that advocates for the principles of progressive education. She has been a member of the faculty at Rockville’s Green Acres since 1977. The other co-president is Lisa Shapiro of the Galloway School in Atlanta.

Christ Episcopal School plans open house Christ Episcopal School will hold an admissions open house from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. The school is at 22 W. Jefferson St., Rockville. Founded in 1966, the school has students age 2 to grade 8. Families will have an opportunity to tour the campus, meet with faculty and staff, and learn about programs, including Learning Integration For Tomorrow. The curriculum delivery model, created in conjunction with Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Technology in Education, enriches the school’s rigorous academic program by placing students in high-performance teams to solve real-world problems, according to a news release from the school. Registration and other information are at CESrockville.org or call 301-424-6550.

Middle school equestrians ride away with top honors Riders from North Bethesda Middle School won the Junior Var-

sity Overall Season Championship at the Inter-School Horse Show on March 9 at Oatland Stables in Brookeville. This was the second consecutive year the team was named junior varsity champions. Eighth-grade team members

Sophia Fishman, Emery GrahillBland, Josie Laing, Jessie Pettit, Holden Rafey, Marie Saadeh and Jacqueline Zito are invited to com-

pete in the Inter-School Horse Show Junior Varsity Invitational competition Sunday at NFF Farm in Poolesville to determine individual division champions.

BETHESDA

n Each week, The Gazette will feature a county school by the numbers, giving a glimpse at how local schools are dealing with overcrowded conditions.

Number of students:

1,223

Current student capacity:

Number of students overcapacity:

Percent over capacity:

Number of school’s portable classrooms:

1,097 126 11.5 5 1951 25.4 24.5 1997

Total MCPS middle school portable classrooms:

(pre-kindergarten through 5th grade)

School’s average class size:

MCPS average class size:

Grades 6 to 8

22

Year school was built

Grades 6 to 8

Year of last renovation/modernization

Student/ instructional staff ratio:

13.4

PRINCIPAL’S

TAKE

MCPS average middle school student/ instructional staff ratio:

11.5

“Our biggest impact is needing to run four lunches, at 10:02 and running until 12:59,” Principal Alison Serino said.

DATA FOR 2013-14 SCHOOL YEAR SOURCE: MONTGOMERY COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS

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CELEBRATIONS

HEALTH CALENDAR WEDNESDAY, APRIL 2 A Mothers and Daughters Night out: “Let’s Talk about HPV,”

from 6-7:30 p.m. at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center, 18101 Prince Philip Drive, Olney. The best way to fight cervical cancer is to learn what can be done to prevent it. During Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, MedStar Health is bringing together a group of experts who will help both mothers and daughters understand the importance of being proactive about cervical cancer screenings and vaccines. You’ll learn about the human papillomavirus (HPV) and Gardasil, the vaccine that has been proven effective in preventing HPV. www. medstarhealth.org.

Beatty, Robinson

Davidson, Blum

Donna Elena Beatty, a management analyst at the Department of Veterans Affairs, is to be married to Charles Alan Robinson, a management analyst at the Department of State. The couple currently resides in Olney and an April wedding is planned on Paradise Island in the Bahamas.

Ashley Lauren Davidson and Andrew William Blum announce their engagement and their forthcoming wedding. Ashley is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gary and Jennifer Davidson of Bethesda, and Andrew, the son of Mr. and Mrs. William and Kathleen Blum of Reston, Va. The couple is planning to have a fall wedding at the Fairmont Hotel in Georgetown, Washington, D.C.

THURSDAY, APRIL 3 Alleviating Stress Post Cancer Diagnosis, 7-8 p.m. at Sibley Med-

ical Building, Conference Room 4, 5215 Loughboro Road, NW Washington, D.C. Join other cancer survivors to learn about and practice a relaxation technique that focuses on breathing. This practice has been shown to be effective in reducing stress, anxiety and loneliness. Facilitated by Ashley Nunn, MA. No prior experience required. Family members

and caregivers welcome. Register online www.sibley.org or contact Pam Goetz at pgoetz4@jhmi.edu or at 202-243-2320. www.suburbanhospital.org.

FRIDAY, APRIL 4 Senior Shape: Aerobic/ Strength/Stretching, 11:15 a.m.

to noon, Fridays, April 4 to June 27, Bethesda Regional Service Center, 4805 Edgemoor Lane, Second Floor, Bethesda. A certified instructor will guide you through a series of low impact aerobic exercises intended to strengthen your cardiovascular system and improve your body’s strength and endurance. Dress comfortably. $30. www.suburbanhospital.org.

SATURDAY, APRIL 5 Babysitting Plus CPR at MedStar Montgomery, from 9 a.m.

to 1 p.m. Saturdays, April 5 and April 12, at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center, 18101 Prince Philip Drive, Olney. Babysitting Plus CPR prepares youth with the training every parent wants, including safety, childcare, safe play, first aid and CPR certification. Two-day class for ages 12 to 15. Includes babysitting basics and two-year CPR certification. $65. www.medstarhealth.org.

RELIGION CALENDAR UPCOMING Concord-St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church, 5910 Goldsboro

Road, Bethesda, will present a special Lenten Sermon Series to April 13 (Palm Sunday) based on Adam Hamilton’s book, “24 Hours That Changed the World.” Based on the author’s travels in the Holy Land and other sources, the book helps readers experience the final day of Jesus’ life and understand it’s significance. Sunday service starts at 10 a.m. www.csachurch.com. The Shiloh Baptist Church of Landover, 8801 Ardwick Ardmore

Road, Landover, will present the full stage play, “It Is Finished,” at 7 p.m. Friday, April 18. Admission is free. www.shilohbc.org.

ONGOING

Glenn, Smith

Vara, Carter

Karen and Brandon Smith of Ashton announce the engagement of their son, Robin Scott Smith, to Kelley Urquhart Glenn, daughter of Jerome Clayton Glenn and Marcia Urquhart Glenn of Washington, D.C. The bride-to-be is a 2005 graduate of Crawford College, Pretoria, South Africa, a preparatory high school, and she received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Arcadia University in Pennsylvania in 2010. She is employed at The Millennium Project, a global futures think tank in Washington, D.C. The prospective groom is a 2002 graduate of Sherwood High School and a 2006 graduate of Salisbury University. He obtained his master’s degree from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2013 in couple and family therapy, and is currently employed as a marriage and family therapist in a school based program and in private practice. A June 2014 wedding is planned.

Vance and Patty Vara of Gaithersburg and Karen and Vic Caroscio of Rockville announce the engagement of their children Stephanie Vara and Chris Carter. The bride-to-be is a 2012 graduate of the Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland College Park. She is currently working on her MBA degree at University of Maryland University College. She is employed as a contract specialist with the federal government. The prospective groom graduated from the University of Maryland University College in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in information systems management. He earned his master’s degree in cyber security and an MBA from the University of Maryland University College. He also is employed by the federal government. The happy couple are planning an October 2014 wedding at Damascus United Methodist Church.

Agape African Methodist Episcopal Church, 7700 Brink Road,

Gaithersburg, conducts Sunday morning worship service at 11 a.m. Sunday School is at 10 a.m. Communion celebration on first Sundays, men leading worship on second Sundays, youth leading worship on third Sundays. “You’ll Get Through This” Bible Study from 7-8 p.m. Wednesdays. 301924-8640; www.agapeamec.org.

Damascus United Methodist Church, 9700 New Church St.,

Damascus, offers traditional Sunday morning worship services at 8:15 a.m., a youth contemporary worship service at 9:30 a.m. and a service of liturgy and the word at 11 a.m. with Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. for all ages during the school year. www.damascusumc.org.

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Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 7730 Bradley Boulevard, Bethesda, offers services at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. each Sunday, with Sunday School for all ages scheduled at 10 a.m. Child care is offered from 8:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. A fellowship and coffee hour follows the 8:30 a.m. service. 301365-5733, www.elcbethesda.org.

Kemptown United Methodist Church, 3716 Kemptown Church

Road, Monrovia, conducts a contemporary service at 8 a.m. followed by a traditional service at 9:30 a.m. Sunday mornings, with children’s Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. and adult Sunday school at 11 a.m. For more information, call 301-253-1768. Visit www.kemptownumc.org. Liberty Grove United Methodist Church, 15225 Old Columbia

Pike, Burtonsville, conducts Sunday morning worship services at 8:30, 9:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday school, nursery through adult, is at 9:30 a.m. 301-421-9166. For a schedule of events, visit www. libertygrovechurch.org. Moms In Prayer Group, times and locations vary, email MoCtyMIP@gmail.com for information, occurs every first and third Friday through June 6. Free. www. momsinprayer.org. “MOPS,” a faith-based support group for mothers of children, birth through kindergarten, meets from 9-11:30 a.m. the first and third Wednesdays of the month at the Frederick Church of the Brethren, 201 Fairview Drive, Frederick. Child care is provided. For more information call 301662-1819. Email mops@fcob.net.


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1bd/ 1ba condo 55+ leisure world comm. $1200/m + sec dep. April. 1st 2407936188

(301) 460-1647

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TH: both shr Ba $600 each plus shared utliities Please call: 240-305-6331

1Br, shrd Ba, $550 util inc, nr bus station & shops 240-848-4483 or 301-977-6069

Lge 2Br 2Ba, W/D, p o o l , exercise rm storage, Avl 04/01 $1350/mo, Please Call: 301-972-2493

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privlgs all amenities, pool ,beautiful country setting, NS. $600 301482-1425

GAITH:M BRs $435+ 440+475+555+ Maid Ns/Np, nr 270/370/Bus shops, quiet, conv.Sec Dep 301-983-3210

entr/ba/frig $750/mo nr bus, shops & 270, NS/NP 240-406-2133 & 240-565-7584

TH Share bath & kitchen $450 ut inc Nr MARC/Buses, Ref’s Req. 240-370-2301

MV: Bsmt for rent in TH, New carpt/paint priv ba, catv, int., no kitchen. $500 utils incl. Female only. 301-466-4118

OLNEY:

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ROCK: Furn 2nd flr

w/ba,Fam RM w/FP NSTH $720 + utils avail Mar.3016747928

cape cod, pvt ent/ba $750/mo incl uti/cbl NS nr 270/Metro, College 301-762-5981

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ROCK: Lg mbr Q

Mature Male, Furn BRs. Util not incl. Near 61 Bus Line. Maria 301-916-8158

bd, prv ba, kit, fr, tv, int., w/i clos $800 - a br, Q bd, all utils, $625 Call: 301-424-8377

fem only N/S N/P, Kitch, shared ba $500 util incld. Call Celina (301)251- 0763

share bath in SFH. Male $550 utils cable incl. Near Metro/ Bus NS/NP 240-483-9184

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ROCKVILLE: Fem,

1Bd apt, in SFH, priv entr & bath, full kit, W/D, w/closet, NS/NP, $850 util inc, avl 03/15, 301-309-3744

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SILVER SPRING: 1 furnished BD in basement in SFH. Priv ent. $450 incl util. MALE ONLY. 240-676-0621 SILVER

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White Oak area, Male, 1Br w/priv Ba, $730 OCEAN CITY, util inc + $365 SD Avl MARYLAND 03/16 240-543-0141 Best selection of affordable rentals. SS: 2 BR bsmt apt Full/partial weeks. Call wh BA . W/D, kit pvt for FREE brochure. entr. nr bus/metro. Open daily. Holiday $1400 incl util. 301Real Estate. 1-800439-6414 638-2102. Online reservations: S S : Rms in SFH, www.holidayoc.com Shared Kit & Ba, Nr Forest Glen Metro/HC Hosp, utl/cbl/intrn inc ORL/DISNEY: 3mi frm CALL: 240-389-8825 Disney 5br/4fba furn home daily/wkly slps TAKOMA PARK: 12/Pool www.floridasu Rooms for rent $665 nshine.com/quintero. each, WIFI, util incl. All htm or Quintemar2 furn! Near metro. 240- @gmail.com 421-6689

SIL SPRG: bsmt apt pvt entrance, full kit, bath, LR, BR, $875 util incl; sec dep $250 NS/NP 240-353-8746

CARRIBBEAN LUXURY RESIDENTIAL/COMM. COMPLEX St John’s, Antigua: Great for either a B&B or SFH, (multiple suites, 7Br, 7Ba total) 5,000 sq ft, beach right at your doorstep, maid quarters or in-law suites, well maintained, professionally landscaped, original owner, http://winwes.com/marblehillantigua.html/, 800k asking price, Please Contact: Winston W. West (Realtor) at 407-486-6888 or realtor@winwes.com


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home care 2 evenings per week. Great Salary. Send resume w/refer’s to P.O BOX 171 Garrett Park, MD 20896

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PUBLIC MEETING FOR THE NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH BETHESDA CAMPUS MASTER PLAN DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT

The National Institutes of Health will hold a public meeting, starting at 6:00 p.m. on April 8, 2014 located at Little Falls Library, 5501 Massachusetts Avenue Bethesda, MD 20816. The purpose of the meeting is to solicit public comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the National Institutes of Health Bethesda Campus Master Plan. Comments provided during the meeting, as well as those received during the public comment period will be considered in the Final EIS. This public meeting will be within the 60-day public comment period initiated with KILL ROACHES! Buy Harris Roach the publication of a Notice of Availability of the Draft EIS publishTablets. Eliminate ed in the Federal Register on March 21, 2014. The 60-day comRoaches-Guaranteed. ment period begins on March 21, 2014 and will end on May 23, No Mess. Odorless. Long Lasting. Availa- 2014. Comments can be sent to Valerie Nottingham, Division of ble at ACE Hardware, Environmental Protection, National Institutes of Health, Building and The Home Depot. 13, Room 2S11, 9000 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20892 or emailed to nihnepa@mail.nih.gov. Questions regarding the meeting can be directed to Mark Radtke, Environmental Protection to advertise Specialist, Division of Environmental Protection, National Institutes of Health, 301-496-7775. Questions about the meeting can call also be sent via email to nihnepa@mail.nih.gov. 301.670.7100 (3-26, 4-2-14) or email class@gazette.net

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NOTICE REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS Before and After School Child Care Services Montgomery County Public Schools Department of Facilities Management seeks applications from qualified organizations, businesses or individuals to provide licensed before and after school child care services at a Montgomery County Public School (Clarksburg Village Elementary School Site #1) to open for the 2014-2015 school year. Proposal application and special requirements for this school may be downloaded at: http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/facilities/REM/ Applications are due by 12:00 pm (Noon) on April 23, 2014 and can be emailed to Samantha_Harris@mcpsmd.org or submit one copy to the Department of Facilities Management, 45 West Gude Drive, Suite 4000, Rockville, Maryland 20850. For more information please contact Samantha Harris at 240-314-1071. (4-2-14)

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POTOMAC-HUGE Friday 4/4, SALE

9am-7pm & Sat 4/5, 9am-3pm. Furniture, Antiques, Clothing, More! St. James’ 11815 Seven Locks Road between Montrose & Tuckerman.

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Concrete Form Carpenters

LANDSCAPING CREW LEAD

Responsibilities include fine grading for lawn installation (using Bobcat or Grading Tractor), installing and laying sod, driving of dump truck (non CDL) You will lead a 3-4 man crew, Experience preferred.

Miller & Long Concrete Construction

Experienced Concrete Form Carpenters. Good Pay and Benefits. Apply in person Monday thru Friday from 9:00am - 12 noon @ 4842 Rugby Avenue, Bethesda MD 20814. EOE/AA/M/F/VET/DISABILITY. We are a drug-free Company.

NURSING ASSISTANT

TRAINING IN JUST 4 WEEKS Now Enrolling for April 2nd and April 9th Classes.

Foster Parents

Treatment Foster Parents Needed Work from home!

GAITHERSBURG CAMPUS MORNING STAR ACADEMY 101 Lakeforest Blvd, Suite 402 Gaithersburg, MD 20877 Call: 301-977-7393 www.mstarna.com

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û Free training begins soon û Generous monthly tax-free stipend û 24/7 support

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Johnson Hydro Seeding Corp., established for over 40 years in Rockville. To apply call 301-340-0805 or tami@johnsonhydroseeding.com

CLEANING

Earn $350-$500/wk. M-F or Tues-Sat. No nights. Must have own car & valid. Drivers lic. Se Habla Espanol.

Lab Technician Andrologist The A.R.T Institute of Washington Inc. has an immediate opening for an Andrologist in Bethesda, MD. College education or cert. in a biological or chemical science pref. US citizenship req. Previous andrology experience &/or background check for work in a DOD facility is beneficial. Will train a qualified applicant. Work schedule requires some weekends & holiday work. EOE

Merry Maids

Gaithersburg 301-869-6243 Silver Spring 301-587-5594 Dental/ Medical Assistant Trainees Needed Now

The successful candidate must be detail-oriented & have superior communication and organizational skills. We seek a lab colleague who has the drive and enthusiasm for patient contact, quality control, regulatory compliance and who functions well independently.

Dental/Medical Offices now hiring. No experience? Job Training & Placement Assistance Available 1-877-234-7706

Please fax or email your resume to Aidita James at 888-399-7045 or aida.n.james.ctr@health.mil

CTO SCHEV

Pharmacy/ Phlebotomy Tech Trainees Needed Now

Nurse Liaison

Do you love to work in the field & build relationships with referral sources? You will conduct intakes, assessments & market to referral sources like Hospitals. MD RN license req. Marketing exp. a big plus! Great compensation & benefits! Email operations@visitingangelsmd.com

Pharmacies/ hospitals now hiring. No experience? Job Training & Placement Assistance Available 1-877-240-4524

Real Estate

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Comprint Military Publications publishes 8 newspapers each week and the only website dedicated to the military in the DC region is looking for energetic, organized, computer savvy sales representatives to sell advertising into military newspapers and online. Job requires previous infield and telephone sales experience; prefer military veteran or military spouse with BA degrees. Must be customer service oriented and consultative seller. Candidates must be able to create ads for customers and work well under weekly deadlines and pressures of meeting sales goals. Great for prior military or spouses with experience. Sales territory located in Northern VA, headquarters in Gaithersburg, MD; telecommuting allowed 3 days per week (Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays).

CONSTRUCTION

UNDERGROUND-UTILITY Const. company in Gaithersburg, MD is looking for 2 EXPERIENCED HEAVY EQUIPMENT OPERATORS and 2 EXPERIENCED WET UTILITY PIPELAYERS!! MUST Speak FUENT ENGLISH, REFERENCES, contact and TRANSPORTATION! Please Traci@busyditch.com or 301-948-6773 DRIVER

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DELIVERY DRIVERS FT/PT POSITIONS. FLEXIBLE HOURS.

Competitive compensation & cash paid daily for drivers. Potomac (301)330-0000 Burtonsville (301)421-01112 Damascus (301)253-8880 Rockville (301)315-8383

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Be trained individually by one of the area’s top offices & one of the area’s best salesman with over 34 years. New & experienced salespeople welcomed.

Must R.S.V.P.

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bill.hennessy@longfoster.com • Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. EOE

Med Asst/Recept

FT/PT. Medical office in Takoma Park. Bilingual preferred (Spanish/English). Must have computer and typing skills be courteous and be able to multi task. Salary is negotiable. Fax: 301-891-2487 OR email kmpanna.sudhakar@gmail.com HEALTHCARE

WE’RE HIRING WEEKEND CNAS, GNAS, AND HHAS!

Provide non-medical care and companionship for seniors in their homes. Personal care, light housework, transportation, meal preparation. Must be 21+. Must have car and one year professional, volunteer, or personal experience www.homeinsteads.com/197 Home Instead Senior Care To us it’s personal 301/588-9023 Call between 10am-4pm Mon-Fri

House Cleaning µ Make $330-$440 p/wk MonFri. No nights. 30-40 hrs/wk. µ 1 Full Time House Cleaner µ Valid Drivers License µ Some cleaning experience and speak some English.

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Administrative Assistant

Silver Spring, MD. Must have office exp. & have excellent comm skills. College degree & exp working in a doctor’s office. Salary ranges. More info visit jobs/gazette.net Send resume Dr. Charles Mansueto at: cmansueto@behaviortherapy center.com

VETERANS NEEDED Use your GI Benefits NOW for training in Healthcare. JOB PLACEMENT ASSISTANCE Offered.

Call Now 1-888-3958261

HELLOGREENCLEAN LLC Rockville 301-706-5550

MEDICAL ASSISTANT & RECEPTIONIST Needed for busy doctors office in Rockvllie. Excellent salary and benefits. Experience a plus! Fax resume to 301-424-8337

Silver Spring

Network & Computer Systems Admin.

Rockville MD. Bachelor Deg. req. Send Resumes to DSFederal Inc., Attn: HR, 11900 Parklawn Drive, Rockville, MD 20852. More info visit jobs/gazette.net

Office Manager

Experienced office manager for Bethesda physicians office. Must have references. Salary is based on experience. Send resume by email to lindamm2@verizon.net or fax 301-530-2606

On Call Supervisor

Great job for students, retirees and stay at home moms. Work from home! Answer and handle phone calls from 5pm to 9am two evenings twice a month for staffing agency or one weekend a month. Must have Internet access, and a car. Fax resume to 301.588.9065 or email to cc2439@yahoo.com

PAINTERS Cochran & Mann seeking experienced painters. All applicants must have own tools and transportation. If interested contact our office at: 301-948-1471 Ext 201. EOE

RECEPTIONIST FT permanent. Stephen Anthony Salon on Rockville Pike. For interview call 301-468-0777


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RECEPTIONIST

Private Bethesda Nursing Facility is seeking a FT Receptionist to join our front office team. Candidate must possess excellent phone etiquette, strong interpersonal and communication skills both in person and over the phone, be detail-oriented, have the ability to manage and prioritize multiple tasks, computer proficiency required, and have at least 2-3 years experience in a customer service or administrative support role. Excellent salary and benefits. Email resume to: taralawal@comcast.net or fax (301) 897-5093.

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Roll Prep Operator

Comprint Printing, a division of Post Community Media, LLC, is seeking a dynamic individual for a roll prep operator (tender) for a Mitsubishi Diamondstar double wide press. Applicant must be able to operate a forklift with paper clamp attachment. Some computer and mechanical knowledge preferred. Must be able to work any shift and overtime when required. We offer a competitive salary and benefits package. This is a great career opportunity for the right individual. Please email or fax resume to: hrjobs@gazette.net or fax to 301-670-7138. EOE

SALES COUNSELORS NEEDED Established in 1962, Service Corporation International is the largest provider of funeral and cemetery products and services in the U.S. We currently have sales positions available all throughout the metro Washington, DC area. Our top cemetery sales professionals easily earn six figures annually. If you are seeking a career with a future: We offer: ∂ Paid training ∂ Competitive compensation ∂ Incentive based pay ∂ Growth opportunities ∂ Comprehensive health benefits ∂ 401(k) ∂ Management Opportunites

Requirements: ∂ Professional appearance and attitude ∂ Valid driver’s license ∂ Reliable transportation ∂ Willing to work some evenings & weekends ∂ Must successfully pass background and drug screen

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For immediate consideration, email resumes to: crystal.pringle@sci-us.com or call (301) 881-4899x401 Transportation Part-Time

Work From Home

Burtonsville, MD location is looking for friendly & energetic associates to join our team!

On-Site Career Fair will be held Tuesday, April 8 from 2pm -6pm Roy Rogers is Hiring Full Time & Part Time Positions & Assistant Restaurant Managers at our Burtonsville, MD location! Join our hospitality team of friendly guest service associates: • College Tuition Reimbursement • Flexible Scheduling • Discounted Meals • Driver’s Education Reimbursement • Opportunities for advancement and much, much more!! Please Apply in Person 15662 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville, MD 20866 GC3229

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We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Teachers & Substitutes

Child Care Teachers and substitutes needed for Infants-School age Fulltime & parttime, EOE,

Send Resumes sheselden@comcast.net or fax 301-424-9477

TELECOMMUNICATION TECHNICIANS

With ISP/OSP experience for N.VA/MD area. Good pay and benefits!

Fax resume to: 301-599-5890

National Children’s Center Making calls. For more info please call Weekdays between 9a-4p No selling! Sal + bonus + benes. Call 301-333-1900

BUS OPERATORS $37,091

Montgomery County Department of Transportation seeks individuals for full-time and part-time substitute Bus Operators as part of the County-operated transit system (Ride On). Employees’ starting salary will be $17.83 per hour plus any overtime earned. Work schedules vary depending upon work assignment, and are based on seniority. Interested applicants need to be able to read and write, have three years of driving experience, at least one year of direct customer service, 21 years of age, possess a valid driver’s license, and no more then 1 point on their driving record (equivalency will be applied to non Maryland residents). Experience driving a transit bus is a plus. Resumes must be submitted online by April 12, 2014. To view entire job announcement and apply online, visit www.montgomerycountymd.gov/careers IRC13886. EOE M/F/H Job Assistance Fair Information: If you require assistance in the application process, please bring an electronic version of your resume and join us on Friday, April 4, 2014 – 2pm-5pm or Saturday, April 5, 2014 - 9am to 2pm at the Executive Office Building, 101 Monroe St., Rockville, Maryland, lobby level auditorium. GC3187

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Automotive Call 301-670-7100 or email class@gazette.net

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2013 New Beetle..........#VPR0038, Silver, 4,549 miles..................$18,492 2011 CC.....................#VP0035, White, 38,225 miles................$18,754 2013 Passat S...........#VPR0026, Black, 6,891 miles................$18,923 2011 GTI...................#V239376A, Gray, 52,553 Miles..............$18,991 2014 Passat Wolfsburg. .#VPR0041, White, 2,878 miles................$19,752 2014 Passat Wolfsburg...#VPR0040, Grey, 5,227 miles.................$19,792 2014 Passat SE........#VPR0036, White, 5,965 miles...............$21,791 2012 Mini Cooper County....#V241376B, Blue, 38,350 Miles........$21,991 2011 Tiguan............#V008756A, White, 47,559 Miles.............$21,991 2012 Nissan Maxima. .#V073708A, Gray, 47,457 miles..............$22,493 2013 Dodge Charger.#V411396A, Black, 19,344 Miles..............$26,491

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