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Efforts to create a development plan for downtown Bethesda have hit one snag already: determining just where the center of “downtown” is. The Montgomery County Planning Department hosted a workshop Saturday for residents, planners and developers. The department is in the early stages of developing a Bethesda Downtown Plan, to guide build-

ing and zoning decisions in the area. At the workshop, attendees were asked to pinpoint “the heart of downtown Bethesda” on a map posted on the wall; answers were divided among at least four different places, including the intersections of Wisconsin Avenue and East-West Highway; Wisconsin Avenue and Elm Street; Woodmont Avenue and Elm Street and St. Elmo and Norfolk avenues. Some groups suggested Bethesda had at least two “centers,” which needed better connectivity, particularly for people trying to walk from one area to other.

Another map asked where pedestrians had trouble crossing the road. The answer? Just about everywhere. Small groups gathered to discuss changes they would like to see in the area; the need for more green space was a common theme. They also tried to identify different neighborhoods in Bethesda, but many said they had trouble. The Bethesda Downtown Plan is meant to update policy from the 20-year-old Bethesda Downtown Sector Plan, which

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Area residents, Montgomery County Planning Board staff and regional architects and planners gather Saturday morning at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School for the Bethesda Downtown Plan workshop.

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Katherine Zenzano, a community outreach coordinator for the Montgomery County Police Animal Services Division, holds Lulu, a 5-year-old domestic shorthair cat at the new Montgomery County Animal Shelter in Gaithersburg. Lulu and another cat were surrendered because the owner had died.


A team of snowplows works its way down Md. 355 in Gaithersburg on Monday, when anywhere from 4 to 8 inches of snow and ice fell in the county..


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Spencer, a 3-year-old Chihuahua mix, was frightened when he came to the Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center as a stray on Feb. 26. Two days later, with the help of nurturing staff, he was comfortably gobbling up treats and excitedly licking his human admirers. Spencer is one of many animals moving into rooms at the new $20 million Derwood shelter, which opened on Sunday. The 49,160-square-foot facility at 7315 Muncaster Mill Road replaces the county animal shelter on Rothgeb Drive in Rockville, which is operated by the Montgomery County Humane Society. The county contracted with the Humane Society to continue running the old shelter until the end of March, allowing for a transition time between the two centers. In July 2010, the Montgomery County Planning Board approved the use of seven acres of a 51-acre parcel at the corner of Muncaster Mill and Airpark Roads for the new shelter, after county officials deemed the old one, which was built in 1975, overcrowded and in need of renovations. Construction on the new facility, which is more than three times the size of the Rothgeb shelter, began in January 2012. All animals picked up by the county’s Animal Services Division from now on will come to the new shelter, according to Mary Healey, director of the Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center. “We certainly anticipate receiving many animals in the upcoming days and weeks,” she said.

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Winter has wrought a meltdown on the budgets of many local governments, but for some businesses this year’s snowfall has been a windfall. Monday’s wintry blast, with about 4 to

charge the town more than $1,300. It also bought $300 worth from the county. An additional $5,000 was budgeted for contracted snow removal, which Hoffman does not expect to exceed. Contracted help was used for both of the season’s bigger storms, but the town has not received invoices yet. Snow days actually translate to costs

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Obama administration backs Purple Line Budget proposal includes $100M for light-rail project



Maryland’s proposed light-rail Purple Line project has been recommended for $100 million in federal construction money in fiscal 2015 as part of President Barack



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8 inches falling throughout Montgomery County, was the latest blow. The town of Kensington, responsible for 8.2 miles of town roads, was not as hard hit as others, it seems. The town has spent $2,100 of a budgeted $4,000 on overtime work, and $1,300 on salt, according to Assistant Town Manager Matthew Hoffman. A contract with the Maryland State Highway Administration, which supplies the salt, states that the administration cannot

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Obama’s budget released Tuesday, marking a critical financial milestone that would keep the project on schedule. More important to the project’s future is the fact that the Purple Line also was included on a list of seven large transit projects nationwide that the Federal Transit Administration recommended for a “full funding grant agreement,” a longer-term commitment by the federal government to help pay for the projects’ construction. The

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Chevy Chase author visits Wheaton school Author and illustrator Susan Stockdale of Chevy Chase recently visited Wheaton Woods Elementary


School to share her book “Stripes of All Types” with first-graders. Her visit was organized through An Open Book Children’s Literacy Foundation, a Washington, D.C., nonprofit that brings award-winning authors and illustrators to schools for book readings, workshops and art projects with students. Kids also received a book to take home with them, provided by the National Home Library Foundation. Stockdale read the book aloud to the 85 students and discussed researching, writing and illustrating it. The book explains how different animals benefit from their stripes. Stockdale’s books have won awards from the American Library Association, Parents’ Choice, the National Science Teachers Association and the Bank Street College of Education, according to her website. “She talked with them about the rhythms of words ... how she chose which words to use,” said Dara La Porte of Chevy Chase, cofounder of the foundation. La Porte said that at these events — the foundation has organized more than 150 since 2011 — children often receive the first book they’ve ever owned. With the help of partner organizations,

they’ve given away 15,000 books to students. “Once the children have made this connection with the book, they’re desperate to read the book,” La Porte said. La Porte had been the manager of the children’s department at Politics & Prose Bookstore in Washington when she and foundation co-founder Heidi Powell of Bethesda, now a manager at the store, came up with the idea. They saw many children from wealthy neighboring schools visit the store for events and wanted to bring the authors and books to other children. At least half of students at schools that participate in the program must qualify for free or reduced lunch. The foundation brings authors to schools throughout the Washington region.

Van Hollen sponsors art competition The 33rd annual Congressional Art Competition for students is underway. The winning entries will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for a year. Runners-up from the 8th Congressional District will be displayed



First-graders at Wheaton Woods Elementary School, with their teachers, hold up their books with author Susan Stockdale (center) of Chevy Chase. was named to the fall semester dean’s list at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Va. Dean’s list students are fulltime, degree-seeking undergraduates taking at least 12 credit hours and earning a 3.6 or higher quality point average.

in the office of Rep. Christopher Van Hollen Jr. (D) of Kensington. A collection also will be displayed April 4-24 at Washington ArtWorks, 12276 Wilkins Ave., Rockville, where Van Hollen will host an awards reception from 2 to 3:30 p.m. April 6. Entry forms — available at or by calling 301-424-5992 — must be signed by the student and a faculty member before being faxed to Van Hollen’s office at 301-424-5992 or emailed to Karen McManus at by March 24. Artwork should be delivered from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. March 28 or 10 a.m. to noon March 29 to either Washington ArtWorks; Van Hollen’s office at 205 Center St., Mount Airy; or the Carroll County Arts Center, 91 W. Main St., Westminster.

Veterans association seeks members The U.S. Naval Cryptologic Veterans Association is looking for new members. Those who have ever served or are serving in the Navy’s cryptologic or cyberwarfare organizations are welcome. The group’s mission is to preserve cryptologic history and maintain contact with those with whom members have served. For more information, visit or contact the group at or NCVA PAO, Box 66, Gouldsboro, ME 04607.

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Brazilian Jazz Night, 7:30 p.m., Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, 7719 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. $15. Help! My Child Doesn’t Sleep!, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Parent Encouragement Program, 10100 Connecticut Ave., Kensington. $30. 301-929-8824.

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Millennium Broadway: A Musical Revue by Bethesda Little Theatre,

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Dance Bethesda Concert, 8 p.m., Round House Theatre, 4545 East West Highway, Bethesda. $20 for adults, $10 for children 12 and under. 301-2156660.

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To help provide some stability during emotionally troubling times, children with parents being treated at Naval Support Activity Bethesda would be able to keep attending Bethesda Elementary School under a recent recommendation from Superintendent Joshua P. Starr. Starr is recommending that the students who temporarily live at the base continue at Bethesda Elementary as they have for several years, rather than follow an assignment change that took effect in the fall. About 12 students now living at the base still attend Bethesda Elementary this school year, but as transfer students, according to a Feb. 24 memo from Starr to school board members. The base was one of several areas in Bethesda and Chevy Chase that experienced a school assignment change resulting from a 2011 review of school boundaries. The naval base students are now officially assigned to Rosemary Hills Elementary School for kindergarten through second grade and North Chevy Chase Elementary School for third through sixth grade, the memo said. An advisory committee — which included representatives from the Bethesda, North Chevy Chase and Rosemary Hills elementary schools and PTA cluster coordinators — studied the base’s assignment Advertisement


and supported the option that would place the students at Bethesda Elementary for kindergarten through fifth grade. Before the change in the fall, students at the base were assigned to Rosemary Hills Elementary for kindergarten through second grade and Bethesda Elementary in the third through sixth grades. Starr said in his recommendation that he was influenced by factors including the advisory committee’s work and input from the base’s commanding officer. Starr also noted that the small number of affected students would have a minor enrollment impact wherever they were assigned. His recommendation will be open to comment at a school board public hearing March 13. The board is scheduled to decide March 24. Capt. David A. Bitonti, the base’s commanding officer, said children at the base have been “uprooted” from their homes because a parent serving in the military was injured and placed in the base’s Wounded Warrior Program. “You have all the life changes that are going on and the emotional upheaval of a quick move and a change like that that happens all of a sudden,” he said. Base personnel try to provide as much stability as possible for the children in that difficult situation, Bitonti said. School board Vice President Patricia O’Neill (Dist. 3) of Bethesda said a reassignment to Bethesda Elementary was “the humane thing” and “an act of kindness.” “We need to be cooperative and do everything we can do provide stability in these children’s lives,” she said.

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Montgomery County Council members said the first comprehensive revision since 1978 will make the county’s zoning laws simpler and more accessible for residents. The council voted 7-1 Tuesday to approve the rewrite of the ordinance, which contained a host of changes and simplifications to the current 1,200-page zoning law. Councilwoman Cherri Branson (D-Dist. 5) of Silver Spring, who was appointed to a fill a vacant seat about a month ago, abstained from the vote. Councilman Marc Elrich (D-At Large) of Takoma Park voted against it. Elrich said he doesn’t see the plan as a significant step forward. Several elements in it won’t be effective or contradict ideas the council set out for the project, he said.

Council President Craig L. Rice (D-Dist. 2) of Germantown said the document isn’t perfect, but the changes make it easier for residents to understand the laws. He said that despite attempts to streamline it, the new version is still hefty. “But the point is that it’s better,” he said. Branson, who replaced Valerie Ervin on the council in January, said she was abstaining because she wasn’t present most of the time the new version was being developed. The rewrite dates to 2007, when the council told the county’s Planning Department to work on a rewrite to simplify and consolidate the zoning laws. The changes also were intended to make the laws clearer and more consistent and to protect established neighborhoods while making room for the changing demographics in the county. They also were to reflect more sustainable policy goals, direct development in the county toward eliminating sprawl and have more of a focus on mixed used between residential, commercial and other types


of development. The changes will go into effect once the council approves an amended zoning map later this year. The plan that the council approved Tuesday also reflected extensive changes and discussion by the council’s Planning, Housing and Economic Development Committee and testimony at several public hearings since it was introduced in May 2013. Much of the discussion Tuesday focused on an amendment Elrich proposed to get rid of a provision on secondary agricultural education and tourism and establish a group to review potential land uses in the county’s Agricultural Reserve. Elrich emphasized that he had no intentions of getting rid of corn mazes, school visits or other events that drew people to county farms. But he said the council should make sure the new rules permit everythingfarmlandownerswant. At the same time, the county shouldn’t make changes that could lead to uses it doesn’t want, Elrich said. He gave as an example a new provision to let

farms use up to 10 percent of their buildings’ square footage for educational or tourism purposes. That could allow property owners to form a private school or other purpose the county didn’t intend, he said. But Councilman Hans Riemer said he didn’t see a grave threat of schools being formed in the Ag Reserve if a farm could only use 10 percent of its building space for a classroom. Any education would have to be about agriculture, he said. Rice said the council already heard feedback from people with farmland—aworkinggroupcould unnecessarily delay a decision. Rice said he’d support legislation to make any fixes council members thought were needed. Councilwoman Nancy Floreen, who chairs the Planning, Housing and Economic Development Committee, said she was “mystified” why the council would spend more staff time dealing with the issue after the zoning rewrite was discussed for six months. “This is what makes our community frustrated with us,” Floreen said.


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A former Montgomery County music teacher charged with sexually abusing 15 students was indicted Thursday on 39 counts tied to the alleged abuse. Lawrence W. Joynes, 55, of Dundalk is charged with sexually abusing 14 elementary school students at New Hampshire Estates Elementary School in Silver Spring, where he taught for 10 years. Joynes is also charged with having an inappropriate and sexual relationship with a student at Eastern Middle School in Silver Spring in the 1990s. The indictment includes 14

criminal counts on a new child pornography charge, four additional counts of third-degree sex offense, and an additional count of rape. School officials said Joynes taught in Montgomery County for 27 years. Police said the girls involved were in kindergarten through the second grade. Joynes was initially charged with 14 counts of sexually abusing a minor and one count of third-degree sex offense, court records show. For the alleged abuse in the 1990s, Joynes was initially charged with child abuse, second-degree rape, third-degree sex offense, and two counts of second-degree sex offense. The recent indictment incorporates the previous charges. The new count of rape is connected to the 1990s Eastern Middle

School case. The indictment comes after a Baltimore County Circuit Court judge sentenced Joynes to time served for possessing child pornography. Joynes pleaded guilty to that charge on Feb. 6 and was ordered to register as a sex offender as part of the sentence, court records show. Investigators said they found Joynes in 2013 through a Yahoo account police linked to porn distribution in South Carolina. According to charging documents, a subsequent search of Joynes’ computer unearthed 4,400 sexually suggestive photographs of young girls, some of them students of New Hampshire Estates. Police also recovered sexually suggestive video clips of girls sucking on peppermint sticks and a man’s finger inside what appeared to be a music classroom. Some of the videos

were set to music or had sexually suggestive captions. In other clips, the girls were inappropriately touched or made to touch themselves, police said in court records. According to testimony conveyed in the charging documents, Joynes described taping the videos in his classroom and said that the name of one girl was tattooed on his right shoulder. Joynes’ attorney Alan C. Drew was unavailable for comment Friday. Ramon Korionoff, a spokesman for the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s office, described the case as “troubling for the community.” “The charges are very serious and we look forwarding to proving them in court,” Korionoff said. A court hearing is scheduled for March 7.

A helping hand, or two Emma Fitch, 5, of Howard County receives a skating lesson from Ari Palttala of North Potomac on Sunday at Cabin John Ice Rink in Rockville. Children of parents with multiple sclerosis were treated to a free skating session at the rink Sunday, an event organized by Dreammakers, a Washington, D.C., nonprofit support organization for children of parents who have multiple sclerosis. Emma’s mother has MS, as does Palttala’s wife. GREG DOHLER/THE GAZETTE

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Veterans benefits seminar is March 12 Brooke Grove Retirement Village will present a seminar March 12 on how to apply for veterans aid and attendance pension. The free event begins at 7 p.m, preceded by a complimentary light supper at 6:30. Veterans or surviving spouses are invited to learn how to apply for assistance with the cost of home care, assisted living and nursing home care from this program. The seminar will be presented by Jonathan Layne of Mission Veteran Assistance, who says the tax-free benefits can range from $1,113 to $2,053 per month. Brooke Grove is at 18131 Slade School Road, Sandy Spring. Register, by Monday, with Toni Davis at 301-388-7209 or

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Four Rock Terrace School parents met with Montgomery County Public Schools officials on Feb. 26 to discuss the kind of person they want to become the school’s next permanent principal. Katherine Lertora is the acting principal of the Rockville school, which is looking for a permanent leader after the retirement of former Principal Dianne G. Thornton in August. In June, parents raised allegations that Rock Terrace staff mishandled money students earned while in a work-study program that went into bank accounts at the Education Systems Federal Credit Union. The Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office is investigating how school staff handled the funds. Rock Terrace serves about 86 students who are developmentally


disabled, according to the school system’s Schools at a Glance report for the 2013-14 school year. Associate Superintendent of High Schools Christopher Garran told the parents at the Feb. 26 meeting that candidates for the principal position will be interviewed Thursday. Each parent filled out a form that listed multiple characteristics of a principal and selected the five they value the most. They also were able to write comments on the form. “We’ve been through a shocker with the previous principal, so it’s kind of hard,” said Penny Mylonas, vice president of the school’s parent-teacher group, who has a 17-year-old son at the school. She spoke after seeing the characteristics to choose from. Garran acknowledged that “it’s been a difficult year with what happened with the previous permanent principal.” Parents who did not attend the meeting could submit comments by email, Garran said. Answers from the forms — indicated by filling in bubbles — would

be used to help formulate questions for the candidates, he said. Parents also had the opportunity to sign up to be on a panel that will interview the candidates. The panel will make a recommendation to Superintendent Joshua P. Starr, who will make his recommendation to the county school board on March 24, Garran said. Garran told the parents he did not know how many people had applied for the position so far. Lertora is eligible to be a candidate for the permanent position, he said, but would not say whether she has applied. Vanessa Jones, a member of the parent-teacher group who has a 15-year-old son at the school, said she marked on her form that checks and balances are important when it comes to the principal position. “Someone cannot be the lone island to control everything,” Jones said. Eileen Pioli, president of the school’s parent-teacher group, said she wanted to see all of the characteristics on the form in the new permanent principal, but, in general,

honesty is important for her. “That’s kind of the basic of it,” she said. She said she hoped to see more parents at the Feb. 26 meeting, but it’s tough for Rock Terrace parents who have children with disabilities to attend. The children cannot be left alone at home and require proper care, she said. Pioli said that earlier notice of the meeting might have helped. She would like the school system to consider that Rock Terrace families come from all over the county. The school sent a letter home with students Feb. 12 and a Connect Ed message on Feb. 25. Pioli said she saw the letter Feb. 25 and that letters home often don’t make it out of the students’ backpacks. She added, however, that she thinks the school system is trying to conduct a fair process. Lyda Astrove, a Rockville lawyer and special-education advocate working with Rock Terrace parents, said, however, that she had spoken to parents who felt they were not given enough notice of the meeting.

Winter storms have forced the American Red Cross to cancel nearly 1,500 blood drives in 34 states, resulting in about 50,000 fewer blood and platelet donations than expected. The cancellations are the equivalent of the Red Cross closing all its donation centers for three full days. The agency says it has an urgent need for blood types O positive, O negative and B negative, plus platelets, and is asking donors to make an appointment at 800-733-2767 or A blood donor card or driver’s license is required at check-in. Donor should be at 17 or older and weigh at least 110 pounds.


Complete report at 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.

Bank Robbery • On Feb. 12 at 4 p.m. at HSBC Bank, 7637 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda. The subject threatened the victim and took property. Aggravated Assault • On Feb. 15 at 1:30 a.m. in the 11600 block of Danville Drive, Rockville. The subject is known to the victim. Residential Burglary • 5200 block of Matthews Lane, Kensington, between Feb. 14 and 17. No forced entry, took nothing. • 7400 block of Royal Dominion Drive, Bethesda, between Feb. 14 and 17. No forced entry, took property. Theft • On Feb. 10 between 3:50 and 4:10 p.m. at CVS, 6917 Arlington Blvd., Bethesda. The subject took property from the victim’s purse.


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Candidate emphasizes communication, participation



Laurie Halverson says she’s running for the school board to help improve communication with parents and spur increased parent participation in Montgomery County Public Schools. Halverson, 50, of Potomac is no stranger to the school system and, if elected, would make the transition to the board after several years in leadership positions of the Montgomery County Coalition of ParentTeacher Associations. Among other PTA positions,

she has been vice president of educational issues and health and safety chairwoman for the county coalition. “I have a lot of knowledge and experience in leading parents and training parents in being leaders of their own schools,” she said. Halverson is one of several former county PTA leaders running for the board. She is running for the board’s District 3 seat, representing the area including Bethesda and Chevy Chase, against incumbent Patricia O’Neill, who is seeking a fifth term. “I respect Pat O’Neill,” Halverson said. “She’s the longestserving board member.” President Barack Obama’s administration named Halver-

son a Champion of Change in 2010 for helping raise awareness of, and create school system policy on, bullying. While there’s no money in her campaign coffers yet, her goal is to raise about $20,000. In her first bid for the board, Halverson said she thinks now is a good time for her to run partly because she has had the benefit of watching her children go from elementary school to high school. She has two sons who attend Winston Churchill High School in Potomac. “I’m so close to what’s going on inside the school system,” she said. “If I wait longer I feel like I might lose touch with some of that when they’re no longer in school.” Better communication with

parents is a top goal, she said. The school system is doing “a lot” to communicate with the diverse set of families in its community, including providing interpreters at meetings, she said, “but we’re still not reaching everybody.” “I feel like we need to listen to them more and that’s what I’m planning to do during my candidacy,” she said. She said she also thinks it’s important for parents to be involved through PTA meetings, volunteer work and talking directly with their children about their school experience. “I do feel that one of the most important ways to close the achievement gap is to have parent participation and we’ve got to figure out how to include

parents in their child’s education more,” she said. Halverson also is concerned that the Common Core State Standards might not work on the national level, which she thinks could hurt Montgomery County. The county has done well implementing the new standards despite time and financial constraints, she said. “[Common Core] is probably going to work because our district has done a good job of making it work,” she said. She said she’s concerned that teachers need more professional development to prepare for the new standards and the curriculum based on them. When asked to grade the current school board, Halverson said she would give it a B.


Halverson has two sons at Churchill.

“I think it is a very tough job that they have,” she said. “It is a huge county with so many diverse needs that are very difficult to address in the short time that they meet.”

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ANNAPOLIS — In what some senators described as a “bow” to the will of Maryland’s House of Delegates, the state Senate on Friday unanimously passed a slightly amended bill on dog bites. However, the single amendment that senators tacked onto the bill worries a House sponsor that more amendments could be on the horizon in his chamber. Senators on Feb. 26 debated for more than an hour two amendments to a compromise crafted by Sen. Brian E. Frosh (D-Dist. 16) of Chevy Chase and Del. Luiz R.S. Simmons. The compromise would overturn a controversial court ruling on pit bulls while also allowing owners of dogs that cause harm to have their cases heard by juries.

After first defeating all amendments proposed to that bill, the Senate reconsidered and passed one, which added a provision to hold owners of dogs running at large liable if their dogs bite. The amendment, proposed by Sen. Robert A. Zirkin (D-Dist. 11) of Owings Mills, has a few exceptions. It would not apply to dogs that harm someone who trespasses on the owner’s property, commits or tries to commit a criminal offense, or otherwise provokes the dog. Simmons (D-Dist. 17) of Rockville said he “could live with” the amendment. “It’s not really appreciably different than what the House had supported in the past,” he said. While Simmons found the amendment acceptable, he criticized the action. “It’s not wise to put an amendment on it,” he said. “It did not serve the compromise.” The compromise increases protection for victims of dog bites, which the Senate favored, while also allowing owners a de-

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Local growers see the impact of climate change Gardeners notice differences in the ecosystem


Paul Roberts has been producing wine in Friendsville in Garrett County for 17 years. Last year, for the first time, his growing season began in March — six weeks earlier than the historical timeline. It was “unprecedented,” he said. For farmers and gardeners, climate change is making the art of coaxing a flower to blossom or fruit to grow precarious and unpredictable. On Friday, horticulturists, biologists and activists talked about climate change in Montgomery County and how to adapt. They were part of a symposium called “Green Matters 2014: Gardening in a Changing Climate.” A midwinter thaw or an early frost can kill many plants and ruin crops. With increasingly extreme and unpredictable weather due to climate change, plants’ health is at the whim of the weather. An early warm spell triggers fresh growth that is vulnerable to frost, Roberts said. When the growing season starts early, it means more nights for him to worry about the temperature dropping below freezing and damaging his crops. The last two years, his winery, Deep Creek Cellars, lost about 20 percent of its crop. Over the past 17 years, early growth has become more common, he said. Jody Fetz, green management coordinator for the Maryland National-Capital Park and Planning Commission, said there’s not much gardeners can do except respond to the changes they see. She offered tips for growing hardy plants and a list of species that can withstand different climates. If lily of the valley, for example, can withstand Minnesota’s winters — she’s a Minnesota native — it can survive Washington’s recent polar vortex plunge, she figured. Withholding water sometimes can strengthen plants by encouraging the root system to grow deeper in search of water, she said. Overwatered soil can create a too-inviting environment for pathogens that feed on roots. With higher temperatures, pests can now survive farther north and at higher elevations than they have previously. For example, speaker Michael Raupp, a professor of entomology at the University of Maryland, explained how mountain pine beetles, which has been ravaging western forests, is beginning to spread. He thinks they could start showing up in Maryland and feeding on jack pines. They are among a number of pests invading the area that used to only live in Southern states. The mismatch of pollinators’ and plants’ schedules also threatens plants’ ability to reproduce and produce food. Plants and insects respond to changes in hours of sunlight and temperature. But if a pollinator emerges during an early temperature spike, the plants it pollinates may not be in blossom. Crops rely heavily on insects such as bees, whose populations have been struggling in recent years. For longtime Takoma Park gardener and Chesapeake Climate Action Network founder Mike Tidwell, seeing his own garden struggle spurred him to take on the root cause. “Throughout the 1990s, I really started to notice the weather changing,” he said. His organization works to fight climate change in the Washington metro region through political activism and encouraging people to reduce fossil fuel consumption. He said he’d like to see farmers and gardeners joining the charge in greater numbers. Another speaker, Gary Nabhan, chairman in sustainable food systems at the University of Arizona Southwest Center, discussed how traditional farming methods can help restore ecosystem health and biodiversity. “I don’t think we have to feel like we’re starting over,

starting from scratch,” he said. “There’s all this traditional knowledge.” The U.S. Department of Environmental Protection estimates that the average global temperature will rise 2 to 11.5 degrees Fahrenheit by 2100. There will be more extreme weather events and unpredictability. Gardeners and farmers will have to adapt to and cope with continued change. “One of our best bethedging strategies is to restore biodiversity,” Nabhan said. Biodiversity supports stable ecosystems that can bounce back from extreme weather. Growing different plants together, as they do in nature, increases biodiversity on farms, especially when those plants have symbiotic relationships. As changes in climate begin to manifest in our gardens, croplands and even options at the grocery store, it might mean adjusting what we plant and how, and continuing the search for effective ways to stop adding and start removing carbon from the atmosphere.

Images from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (left) and National Arbor Day Foundation (right) show that climate zones, which categorize areas by climate markers such as temperature and average rainfall, have been shifting northward in recent years, affecting plants and pests. Raupp suggested planting more in general, including rooftop gardens. Vegetation

captures carbon, reduces temperature with shade and reduces runoff. When surfaces

retain water, that water evaporates, cooling the Earth in much the same way that sweat cools







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Continued from Page A-1 As of Sunday night, Shelter Manager Kate Walker said, the center was housing 27 dogs, 30 cats,threerabbitsandthreeturtles. Animal services will be provided at the shelter, including adoption, neutering, licensing, training and treatment.


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Continued from Page A-1 The $100 million included in the president’s budget would be allocated in the federal fiscal year beginning Oct. 1. Maryland transit officials have said they hope to begin building the 16-mile line between Bethesda and New Carrollton in 2015 and open it in 2020. The proposal is awaiting federal approval from the state’s environmental impacts study. The money isn’t a certainty. The “full funding grant agree-


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Equipped with 72 dog adoption dens and 98 cat cages, the shelter has several bright, toyfilled visitation rooms, where residents and families can spend time with a prospective new pet. Reptiles, birds and exotic animals have their own designated space inside the building. Out back, a barn can temporarily house cows, horses, pigs, sheep and other livestock.

To help adopters find the right cat or dog, the center offers a “Meet Your Match” service through a survey. Based upon their answers, potential adopters are matched to one of three color categories. These colors correspond to colors on each animal’s cage name plate, making it easy for adopters to see which animals are best suited for their lifestyle.

“We’re trying to make it a good fit for the animal, for the people, and just set everyone up for success,” said Beth Mullen, behavior evaluation specialist at the center. Aside from the animals’ living quarters, the building has a variety of other spaces, including an outdoor training center, a fenced exercise area and a community room.

Katherine Zenzano, the shelter’s community outreach coordinator, said the community room might be used as a classroom to instruct pet owners or potential adopters. “Being able to prevent people from bringing their animals here in the first place is really a much more proactive approach,” she said. Overall, Healey said she

hopes the community will come to view the center as a resource for animal care, assistance and adoption. “Being that it’s a new building and how aesthetically pleasing it is, I hope it encourages our citizens and residents to come in and spend time here with us,” she said. “This should be a happy place and a welcoming place.”

In 2010, 10,610 people lived in downtown Bethesda, according to the Planning Department, which used information from the U.S. Census and the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. Between

2010 and 2040, planners expect 11,300 more people to move in — more than doubling the population. Joshua Levenson, who has lived in Bethesda for a year and a half, said Bethesda is going

through a lot of changes and will continue to grow with the addition of a Purple Line station and more apartments. He said he would like to see more high buildings in downtown Bethesda.

“You really want to stand out from the District,” he said. “... There really aren’t high buildings in the area, except for [in] Virginia.” Read more about the Bethesda Downtown Plan at community/bethesda_downtown. More public meetings are expected to be scheduled during the spring and summer.

ment” spelling out how much federalmoneythestatewouldreceive annually must still be negotiated. Those amounts would then be subject to annual appropriations from Congress. The federal budget proposal also includes $100 million to help build a planned 14-mile light-rail Red Line in Baltimore. That project is estimated to cost $2.6 billion. Some transportation-funding watchers had been skeptical that one state would receive highly competitive federal funding for two major transit projects simultaneously.

State officials say the eastwest Purple Line inside the Capital Beltway would connect the state’s spokes of the Metrorail system with MARC commuter rail and Amtrak stations. It would provide faster, more reliable transit options for traveling east-west between suburbs than buses stuck in traffic and would spur new investment around stations in older, inner-Beltway suburbs, state officials have said. Opponents say that the line’s construction would require cutting hundreds of trees along a popular wooded trail between Bethesda and Silver Spring, and

that it would bring train noise and vibrations to residents living along the route. The town of Chevy Chase, whose leaders object to the current Purple Line proposal, recently hired a law firm to provide legal advice and lobby Congress and the federal government. Town leaders say the state hasn’t done enough to mitigate the project’s impact on residents, design a safe pedestrian crossing and explore a less expensive bus option. Building the rail line would require condemning 116 homes and businesses along the route, according to the state’s environ-

mental impact study. The line would have 21 stations, including in Bethesda, Silver Spring, College Park, Langley Park, Riverdale Park and New Carrollton. Two-car trains would run mostly above ground along local streets. Maryland has allotted $750 million in state funds to the project and is seeking $500 million to $900 million in private funding as part of its overall financial plan. An additional $220 million total would come from Montgomery and Prince George’s counties, according to the plan. The private investment

would be part of the state’s plan to have a team of private companies design, build, operate, maintain and help finance the line as part of a public-private partnership that would span 30 to 35 years. The public-private partnership would be one of the broadest of any U.S. transit project and its estimated value of more than $6 billion would make it one of the largest government contracts ever in Maryland. Four teams of private companies were recently chosen to submit proposals, which are due this fall. A private partner is scheduled to be chosen by spring 2015.

in an email Monday. “But in the end, the cost of it does not come into account — it’s about safety.” Tofig said the district saves “a little money” when it comes to temporary employees such as substitute bus drivers and teachers. The district, however, still pays nearly all of its employees on snow days, he said, and pays

overtime to its maintenance and facility staff. The district also pays contractors to clear parking lots and sidewalks, Tofig said. The district also loses about $125,000 in potential revenue each day it doesn’t offer lunch, he said. School buildings still require

heat and electricity on snow days, he said, especially when administrative offices — and therefore day care centers — stay open. AAA has been busy responding to calls about flat tires and cars that won’t start. “We’ve been getting probably twice as many calls as we normally would,” said Dan Black, a

roadside assistance counselor. AAA has brought in extra employees to assist customers this winter. And winter sports enthusiasts are certainly benefiting from the snow, as are the businesses that serve them. At White Tail ski resort in Mercersburg, Pa., visits are up

20 percent from last year, said General Manager Don MacAskill. “We opened the day after Thanksgiving and haven’t looked back, he said. The resort plans to stay open until late March — a 120-day season, compared with the average 95 days and last year’s 80.




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The loophole matters most

Society has determined what limits it will allow in sexual relationships. A prominent one, which governments set by law, is age. Maryland law says the “age of consent” — when a person is old enough to consent to sexual activity with another person — is 16. If one participant is younger than the minimum age, the older person can be charged with a sex crime. The law has “close-in-age” gradations, increasing the seriousness of the crime as the age gap between the two people involved widens. The law has another component — when a sexual act involves a “person in a position of authority,” who is considered to be supervising the other person. Changes to the law in 2006 made it illegal for “a person of authority” to have sex with someone he or she supervised in a school-related setting, including athletic teams. However, a 2012 Montgomery County case — in which a 47-year-old track coach was accused of having sex with a 16-year-old student on his team — highlighted a glaring weakness in the law. The “person of authority” amendment was poorly written and only applied to a full-time employee. The Montgomery County coach, who worked part-time, couldn’t be prosecuted, which was shameful. Since the vast majority of legislation in Annapolis is created at a glacial pace, Montgomery County representatives are still working on a fix two years after the criminal justice system so obviously failed. However, some people are uncomfortable with one provision: making sexual contact illegal only if the person in authority is at least seven years older. Sen. Jamie B. Raskin (D-Dist. 20) of Takoma Park and Del. Luiz R.S. Simmons (D-Dist. 17) of Rockville said that in most cases of sexual contact by a person of authority, there’s usually a large age gap. Should a 19-year-old coach be prosecuted for a relationship with a 17-year-old athlete? Advocates for a stringent law argue that an age gap creates de facto permission for coaches in their early 20s to pressure athletes into sexual contact. We disagree. A school system can and should prohibit that behavior — fire that coach. But political reality is another matter. There’s enough angst in the Senate about close-in-age prosecution to make the age gap necessary to pass the bill. The House, meanwhile, has removed the age gap. Either way, closing the Montgomery loophole matters most. Find common ground; fix the law.

Democratic council races get lively

The Democratic primary for the Montgomery County Council races could have been a sleepy election. As it turns out, voters deciding who sets policy in the county seat will have some of the ballot’s more interesting campaigns. Plenty has been written — and more will come — about the county executive race, with Isiah Leggett fighting for his third term against former executive Douglas Duncan and Councilman Philip M. Andrews. With Andrews running for county executive, his District 3 council seat becomes open, drawing Gaithersburg Mayor Sidney Katz, Gaithersburg Councilman Ryan Spiegel and Rockville Councilman Tom Moore. Former Marine Guled Kassim, a Somali-born grant writer and business consultant, filed, too. District 5 is also open with the resignation of Valerie Ervin. Her replacement, Cherri Branson, promised not to seek election to the position. The race drew five men, including two who were on the ballot before: District 20 Del. Tom Hucker and District 4 school board member Christopher Barclay. Other candidates are community activists Evan Glass, Terrill North and Jeffrey Thames. Council President Craig Rice faces a primary challenge from lawyer Neda Bolourian for his District 2 seat. In District 1, two-term incumbent Councilman Roger Berliner faces a challenge from former Councilwoman Duchy Trachtenberg, who filed on the filing deadline. Trachtenberg lost a 2010 Democratic primary. Riemer is seeking re-election along with the three other at-large council members — Marc Elrich and George Leventhal, both of Takoma Park, and Nancy Floreen of Garrett Park. They face challengers Beth Daly of Dickerson, who worked on Bill Clinton’s two presidential campaigns, and Vivian Malloy of Olney, a retired U.S. Army major who works for a health insurance company. The only incumbent on the all-Democrat council who will have it easy on Primary Day is Nancy Navarro; no Democrat is challenging her. A handful of Republicans have filed, but no race has enough candidates to warrant a primary. Each GOP candidate is advancing to the Nov. 4 general election.

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Broome plans make no sense The county is proceeding, against stiff community opposition, with plans for placing a $14 million boutique office building on the Broome Middle School site in Rockville. What could possibly be more out of character than an office building placed precisely in the middle of a residential neighborhood? This is even more misguided in that Broome will soon be reactivated as a holding school for middle school children from all over the upper county. The proposed office building cuts significant area out of an already small school site, so the revived Broome Middle School will already be subpar even before it opens. Next door is Meadow Hall Elementary School on Twinbrook Parkway, and around

the corner is Rockville High School on Baltimore Avenue. Where does a 40,000-squarefoot office building and its 95 parking spaces fit in this scenario? We’ve asked repeatedly why this being planned for Broome? It appears because there is no active PTA at Broome to protect the best interests of Montgomery County schoolchildren. To make matters worse, there were at least two meetings where the county botched the required notifications. One can’t help but wonder if the plan was that, sadly, the neighborhood would never have know about the building until the bulldozers arrived.

Henrietta V. Gomez, Rockville

Breed-specific legislation is bad policy “Potomac resident challenges pit bull decision” [Feb. 12], describes Eric Bernthal’s advocacy “for striking down a Maryland Court of Appeals opinion that makes the dog owner liable for any damages if he knew the biting dog was a pit bull.” This ruling also extends liability to landlords and other third parties as well. I support Mr. Bernthal’s position. Breed-specific legislation is bad policy, because it has been repeatedly proven to be ineffective and can be a death sentence for

the breed singled out. Your readers should know that there is a compromise bill currently before the Maryland General Assembly, SB 247/HB 73 that will deal with these issues by removing the breed-specific standards established by the Court of Appeals and only hold third parties liable if there is a showing of negligence. Please call your legislators and ask them to support this bill.

Karen Shavel, Bethesda

Sustainability does pay I appreciate the letter about the green bills that Councilman Roger Berliner bravely proposed [“We don’t need ‘green’ bills,” Feb. 26]. The typical public view is to maintain existing lifestyles, which is the hurdle that sustainability faces. The writer concluded her opinion asking why the ability to compensate residents isn’t available. Actually, sustainability does compensate. Solar power has many benefits: installation tax

incentives, free energy and renewable energy credit production, reduced carbon emissions and reduced transmission losses because of local production. Excess production used to be confiscated, but now the utility company compensates for that as well.

Herb Winkler, Rockville The writer says his home produces 130 percent of electricity that it uses.

Garage parking could clear streets My proposal for Downtown Silver Spring is a simple one: Open the county garages during storm emergencies to encourage residents who usually park on side streets and on non-emergency routes to use the garages until the storm passes. During a recent storm, the county garages in Silver Spring were nearly vacant as the daily garage patrons departed work in advance of the storm, vacating more than enough spaces to accommodate the cars parked on the street in the immediate downtown area. We have all seen what happens to cars parked on side streets during snowstorms. They are plowed in by the snow trucks and many of these cars just remain in place for days surrounded by snow impeding the smooth flow of traffic and the clean up ef-

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I was happy to hear that school buses were having cameras installed to capture images of drivers to failed to slow or stop for buses loading or dropping off children [“Cameras spots drivers illegally passing buses,” Feb. 5]. In my neighborhood, I routinely see people trying to “beat the bus,” accelerating to try and pass a slowing bus before the stop signs come out. I was utterly mortified this morning as I followed a minivan out of my neighborhood. The driver, a mother, stopped and unloaded her elementary-aged kids at the bus stop. I continued behind her as she then left the neighborhood, proceeded a quarter mile down the road, where a school bus was loading children with its stop sign clearly out. The mother driving ahead of me stopped briefly, appeared to scan the area, and then proceeded to accelerate rapidly to try and pass the bus. Kudos to the bus driver who frantically waved her down out his window, and the oncoming cars who honked at her. That appears to be the only reason she stopped, after almost passing the bus entirely. The hypocrisy of that moment really got to me: the mother left her own children to the safety and protection of a bus stop moments earlier. Then she went down the street and blatantly compromised the safety of other people’s children. Why do people continue to speed or drive carelessly in school zones and near bus stops where it’s clear that children and their families are near? After the recent tragic loss of a Virginia mother directly in front of her child’s school, hit by a dump truck, the message seems clear: slow down. We need a little more patience and a lot more concern for the safety of our families. Being late won’t likely change your life, but a tragic accident can’t be undone.

Jennifer Namazi, Boyds

WSSC, please shovel your walks

fort. If they dig out at all, they leave the snow behind in the space making re-use difficult. The county could easily introduce an emergency-weather pass for a nominal fee to all residents that routinely park on the street. The pass would be good for the duration of the emergency, usually one day, and after that parking would return to regular fee structure. The storm emergency pass could also be used for all manner of emergencies, such as hurricanes, torrential rains or severe electrical storms. Cars parked on the street present a hazard not only to the owner’s property but create an extra burden for fire and police personnel who have to respond to trees down, wires down or streets flooded.

The Washington Surbuban Sanitary Commission has storage facilities in the heart of Wheaton that are located on both sides of a suburban street that is one block from an elementary school bus stop. Despite repeated requests made to WSSC personnel and to their snow removal contractor (the latter promised the issue would be addressed), WSSC has failed to remove snow from either of the sidewalks on Kensington Boulevard after any snowstorm this winter. This creates a hazard for children who must walk in the road and for drivers who must avoid them.

Briana Murphy, Silver Spring

Patrick Sheehan, Silver Spring

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The Sligo Creek Stompers, a local string band that plays traditional American music, will perform on Friday at Glen Echo Park. From left are Jess Eliot Myhre, Chris Ousley, Adrian Erlinger and Sarah Foard.

writer Carrie Newcomer will perform on Saturday at Saint Mark Presbyterian Church in Rockville. PHOTO BY JIM MCGUIRE



n When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday

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One of the songs that members of the Sligo Creek Stompers plan to play this weekend in Glen Echo Park is a traditional American tune called “Lazy John” learned from well-known, Washington, D.C-area fiddler Bruce Molsky. “You reach out to the masters,” said Adrian Erlinger, upright bass player for the four-piece string band formed in 2010. The Sligo Creek Stompers, with members from Prince George’s and Montgomery counties and northern Virginia, will be performing for a group of contra dancers, beginners included, at the Spanish Ballroom on Friday, followed by a special St. Patrick’s Day event on March 15 in Washington, D.C. “We play lots of traditional American music that tickles our fancy,” said Erlinger, who lived in Montgomery County before moving to Arlington. The Sligo Creek Stompers draw on a broad repertoire of bluegrass, old-time Appalachian music, Irish tunes, traditional jazz, as well as “a little bit of country, and a little bit of Western swing,” he said. Each of its four members also contributes something different to the band’s unique sound.

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n Where: Saint Mark Presbyterian Church, 10701 Old Georgetown Road, Rockville n Tickets: $25 in advance, $29 at the door ($21 in advance and $25 at the door for students with ID, $2 per ticket box office fee added to all purchases) n For information: 301-960-3655,, carrienewcomer. com



Newcomer sees the miraculous in the ordinary

Internationally known folk singer and songwriter Carrie Newcomer will be performing songs from her soon-to-be-released album, with a first-ever companion book, on Saturday in Rockville. Guitarist Newcomer and pianist Gary Walters, both from Indiana, will be performing at Saint Mark Presbyterian Church on Old Georgetown Road. The concert is sponsored by the church and the Institute of Musical Traditions in Rockville. Newcomer said she will be singing “songs that have become old friends” from some

of the most recent of her 13 solo CDs. She will also be introducing some new songs from her upcoming album, “A Permeable Life,” due for release on April 1. On the CD is a song called “Every Little Bit,” which is posted on YouTube along with photos and lyrics. Newcomer said the word “permeable” alludes to her philosophy of being open to life while also giving back. “It’s to let in the world and to let yourself out,” she said.


SLIGO CREEK STOMPERS n When: 8:30 p.m. Friday (Called dance to live music; beginners’ contra dance lesson from 7:30-8:15 p.m. with ticket)


n Where: Spanish Ballroom, Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo n Tickets: $10 for adults; $5 for ages 17 and younger n For information: 301-634-2222, sligocreek, fridaynight


Members of GQ, a prize-winning a cappella quartet, will perform with the Central Maryland Chorale on Saturday at a fundraising Spring Fling concert for the Laurel-based chorale at the Glenmont United Methodist Church in Silver Spring. From left are Amanda McNutt, Katie Gillis, Ali Hauger and Katie Macdonald.


Fundraising chorale concert features prize-winning women’s quartet

The Oscars may be over for the year, but still to come on Saturday is a concert of Hollywood and Disney movie tunes and an a cappella quartet during the Central Maryland Chorale’s annual Spring Fling and Silent Auction in Silver Spring. The longtime Laurel-based group will be singing two sets of movie music medleys — “Disney Dazzle” featuring songs from Disney movies, as well as a Cinemagic program that highlights movie tunes from the 1930s through the 1990s. “We’ll be singing some of the lighter, more popular things,” said Monica Otal, artistic director for the chorale, which also performs pieces such as Brahms’ “Requiem.”

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Dervish whirls into Germantown


Popular Irish band Dervish is set to perform at the BlackRock Center for the Arts.

Traditional Irish music stars Dervish will bring their brogue-inspired blend of reels, jigs and more to Germantown for a concert at 8 p.m. Saturday at the BlackRock Center for the Arts. Having previously performed with luminaries such as James Brown, REM and Sting, among many others, the group performs energetic dance tunes on fiddle, bodhrán, bouzouki and more. Tickets are $25. For more information, visit

‘Alexander’ the not-so-great TheatreworksUSA will present Judith Viorst’s “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center. Recommended for audience members

ages 4 years and older, the musical adventure follows the titular hero whose day begins with hair full of gum, a skateboard mishap and a soggy sweater, and then only spirals downward from there. Tickets are $7 for adults and $6 for seniors, students and children. For more information, visit

Mindy Kay Smith as Alexander in “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day,” opening Saturday at Montgomery College’s Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center. PATRICK DWYER


The 10th annual Dance Bethesda Concert, scheduled for 8 p.m. Saturday at Round House Theatre in downtown Bethesda, will feature seven local dance groups and include some of the region’s most recognized dancers. Pictured: A member of World Dance Theatre.


The new ‘Millennium’ The Bethesda Little Theatre will present “Millennium Broadway: A Musical Revue” at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Writer’s Center, 4508 Walsh Street, Bethesda. An all-volunteer cast of 18

will perform hits from the Great White Way, including tunes from “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Gypsy,” “Les Miserables” and more. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and $12 for students and children 12 and younger. Now in its 34th year as an organization sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, proceeds from the show will benefit NIH charities. For more information, visit



The Bethesda Little Theatre will present “Millennium Broadway: A Musical Revue” at the Writer’s Center in Bethesda. Pictured, cast members perform “Masquerade” from “Phantom of the Opera”: (From right, back row): Elaine Hughes, Eric Sanders, Marilyn Dimas, Justin Cunningham, Stephanie Dailey; (From right, front): Sandy Burns Gorton, Cathy McCoskey.

Welcome to the clubhouse Friday Night Eclectic, Strathmore’s acclaimed indie concert series, returns this Friday with Baltimore rapper Rye Rye, who will kick off another exciting season of local bands, CD release parties, exhibits, performance art and more. The immersive experience of Friday Night Eclectic promises to bring a bit of Animal House outside the Beltway. Upcoming artists include Julia Brown with Us and Us Only; genre-bending hip-hop artist Stone Kawala; Euro-pop artists Nils Frahm and Douglas Dare; synthpop group Ploy with hip-hop duo Beyond Modern and a rock showcase organized by John Penovich featuring Atomic Mosquitoes, The Yachtsmen, and Tru Fax and the Insaniacs. For more information, visit


The 10th annual Dance Bethesda, produced by the Bethesda Urban Partnership and the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District, is scheduled for 8 p.m. Saturday at the Round House Theatre in Bethesda. Seven of the region’s top dancers and choreographers will take the stage, including the hip-hop of Agency 9; the contemporary dance of Bethany Disque, Christopher K. Morgan & Artists, Company Danzante and Company E; the modern dance of World Dance Theater, and the international flare of the Nomad Dancers, inspired by traditions of India, Persia, Central Asia, the Middle East and Turkey. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for children 12 and younger. For more information, visit


M.I.A. protégé and Baltimore-based rapper Rye Rye kicks off this year’s Friday Night Eclectic series at Strathmore.




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Legendary Moody Blues bring golden age of rock to Strathmore English rockers The Moody Blues will perform in concert on March 10-11 at the Music Center at Strathmore, allowing audiences to go back to the golden age of rock ‘n’ roll, if only for a night. Formed in the mid-1960s, The Moody Blues’ 2014 U.S. tour boaststhreeoftheiroriginalmembers;JustinHaywardonguitarand vocals, Graeme Edge on drums and John Lodge on bass and vocals. For the nearly five decades they’ve been together, The Moody Blues have kept their fans happy with a consistent and unique sound that has helped them sell millions of albums worldwide. Lodge explained that touring now and touring in the early days of The Moody Blues is so extremely different that it’s difficult to even compare. He said that back then the band would go out, rent a U-Haul and a car and just play wherever they could. Now, the band has buses and trucks and an entire production team that helps to stage


Continued from Page A-9 Also singing at the fundraising event at the Glenmont United Methodist Church will be special guests GQ, a prize-winning a capella quartet of four young women who all studied music at Towson University. “They’re getting to be nationally known,” Otal said. “They’re very good musicians and sing well together.” Visitors will have a chance to look over the auction items and enjoy some hors d’oeuvres and desserts before the start of the hour-long concert, which will open with the chorale accompanied by a pianist and maybe a drummer, followed by GQ, Otal said. Started in 1969, the Central Maryland Chorale began as the Laurel Oratorio Society, a group of choir members from local churches, who first gathered to perform Brahms’ “German Requiem.” The chorale rehearses on Monday evenings at Laurel Presbyterian Church on Old Sandy Spring Road in Laurel. Auditions are not required, but applicants should be able to read a musical score. The chorale will hold its annual Vocal Scholarship Concert on March 29 at Laurel Presbyterian Church, followed by its Spring Concert on May 17 at the Lutheran Church of St. Andrew in Silver Spring, where it will be performing Mozart’s “Requiem” and songs from the Civil War.

Girls quartet The Saturday concert will be the first time that GQ is performing with the chorale, said Katie Macdonald, who sings bass for the quartet. Also part of the group are tenor Amanda McNutt and mid-range singers Katie Gillis and Ali Hauger. GQ performed in September at the Community College of Baltimore County’s Essex campus where Otal teaches. “That’s how she spotted us,” Macdonald said. In their early 20s, all four members


Continued from Page A-9 Full-time musicians Jess Eliot Myhre of Brentwood, who plays clarinet and washboard, and Chris Ousely of Hyattsville, who plays guitar and banjo, also founded and play with the Bumper Jacksons band. Sarah Foard, the band’s classically trained and Irishinfluenced fiddle player, lives in Silver Spring and teaches at Levine School of Music. “We’re more fiddle driven, while they have more of a New Orleans jazz sound,” said Erlinger about the difference between the two. A St. Louis native, Erlinger said he was drawn to music early. “In high school I was listening to Dylan and Uncle Tupelo [an alternative country band], which was a mix of punk rock and country,” he said. After moving to Kansas, Erlinger started a bluegrass band with friends. “We spent hours listening to recording of old-time music and all traditional music that came our way,” he said. The name, Sligo Creek Stompers, draws from several sources, he said. Stompers are associated with string and jug bands from the 1920s, including Cannon’s Jug Stompers, he said.

with the Feb. 24 re-release of his 1977 solo album “Natural Avenue” – not only on CD, but also as a 180-gram vinyl. Lodge explained that listening to music on a record just makes it sound so much better. “Whether you like the music or not, the actual sound is just great,” Lodge said with a laugh, adding that he had not listened to the album in years and when he heard the final mix in the studio he though it sounded great. Lodge said it’s hard for him to pick a favorite song to perform because he likes so many of them for different reasons. He said that “Nights in White Satin” is great to play because it’s the single that started it all. He also enjoys “Isn’t Life Strange,” because “life is strange.” He explained that the audience doesn’t know what the artist has gone through that day to get to the venue to perform, but once the show starts and that energy level goes up, that’s what matters. “You just get an energy level from the audience,” Lodge said. The Moody Blues, 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Music Center at Strathmore, North Bethesda,

CENTRAL MARYLAND CHORALE AND GQ (GIRLS QUARTET) n When: 7 p.m. Saturday n Where: Glenmont United Methodist Church, 12901 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring n Tickets: $20 n For information: 301-317-9646,,

studied music at Towson University and are now teaching music in public schools or privately. The quartet looks for songs that aren’t regularly done by a cappella groups, Macdonald said. “We do a lot of barbershop, and also do a lot of contemporary music,” she said. One contemporary example is “Hot Knife” by singer-songwriter Fiona Apple, who brings elements of jazz and alternative rock into her music. At the Silver Spring concert, the quartet expects to sing a traditional tune, “Foreign Lander” and “Timshel,” a song performed by the British folk rock group Mumford & Sons. Also in the repertoire is “When You’re Smiling,” a song made famous by Louis Armstrong, and a hymn composed in 1873, “It Is Well with My Soul.” The quartet got its start in 2011 as a senior-year project organized by Gillis, who was getting ready to graduate. “She thought about creating a vocal group,” Macdonald said. “It was just for fun. We didn’t think anything would come of it.” As they began rehearsing, GQ became members’ shorthand for the still-to-benamed “girls’ quartet,” and the name stuck, she said. They won their first competition, the Mid-Atlantic Harmony Sweepstakes at the Birchmere in Alexandria, Va., in February

Sligo is a county in Ireland, and, locally, Sligo Creek flows through Silver Spring and also Takoma Park, where nationally known guitar player and ethnomusicologist John Fahey grew up, later founding Takoma Records. “He was a guitar player from the ’60s who played avant garde folk music,” Erlinger said. The band released its first al-


Classic rock legends The Moody Blues will perform at the Music Center at Strathmore on Monday and Tuesday.


2012, also taking home Best Original Arrangement and Audience Favorite. In May, they went to the Harmony Sweepstakes finals in San Francisco and came in second with an arrangement of “Timshel” by Gillis and Macdonald. “That was awesome,” Macdonald said. “That’s when we thought it was probably more than just a fun hobby.” In March 2012, they also won First Prize and Audience Favorite in Singstrong’s ACA-Idol competition in Reston, Va. And in November 2013 they also won Sweet Adeline’s International’s “Rising Star” Competition in Denver. Macdonald said a cappella singing runs the gamut from early 1900s barbershop quartets to 1950s doo-wop groups to the current resurgence in a cappella singing, reflected in the 2012 movie, “Pitch Perfect,” about a college a cappella competition. In high school, singers run the risk of being called “choir nerds” but little do people know how much fun it can be to sing a cappella, she said. “It’s so intricate and cool, and intricate to listen to. ... And you can do it with a little budget — all you need is voices,” she said. Macdonald said the group enjoys singing together. “They’re some of my best friends, and it’s produced some of my best memories,” she said. They also enjoy introducing a cappella music to other people. “They’re some of the most satisfying, fulfilling moments of our [lives],” Macdonald said. “You get to touch people and speak to them in a certain way.” Barely out of college themselves, GQ is especially interested in introducing a cappella singing to young people. “They can look up to us but still feel they can approach us,” she said about being young themselves. “We can also give them some guidance about college careers ... and make beautiful, awesome music.”

Continued from Page A-9 For the first time, Newcomer will also be releasing a book to accompany the CD called “A Permeable Life: Poetry and Essays.” “It’s not a mere image from the album,” she said. “There are a variety of pieces, poems from other releases, and things I like to write about.” Newcomer said songwriting for her starts with words, not music. “My process starts with poetry, essays and stories — the songs emerge from those,” she said. Newcomer, who grew up in Elkhart, Ind., began writing songs as a teenager, eventually earning a bachelor’s degree in visual art and education from Purdue University in Lafayette, Ind. A Quaker, she is globally known for her work with charitable, interfaith and social justice organizations. “There’s a spiritual current to what I do, but it’s not necessarily religious,” said Newcomer. In recent years she has also spent time in India, Africa and the Middle East on behalf of the U.S. government. “There’s a prevailing idea that we’re all divided,” she said. But Newcomer said she instead looks for the common ground and the shared values among different cultures and religions. “If you stick to dogma, you get stuck,” she said. “But if you can find that thread, you’ve got someplace to go, [and people] are not so divided.” Newcomer said she also believes in the personal practice of living in the present moment, of

bum, “Sligo Creek Stompers” in 2011 and its second, “Vital Mental Medicine,” in 2013. The title refers to a banjo that helped buoy the spirits of the stranded crew of the “Endurance” during Ernest Shackleton’s near-fatal trip to Antarctica in the 1900s. Sometimes the Stompers run into people who think they’re not wild about tradi-

tional American tunes, but they end up liking the band. “They say, ‘I’ve never liked this kind of music, but I think what you guys are doing is great,’” Erlinger said. He said one reason he likes traditional American music so much is because of its upbeat sound and connection to the community. “It spoke to me very strongly,” said Erlinger about

his passion for playing outdoors in public places such as farmers markets, barn dances and on street corners. “We’ve played on porches, in backyards — we were creat-

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each show. “There was so much amateurism,” Lodge said. “It’s completely professional today.” Because they rely on a crew, including light and sound engineers, to produce their shows, the band can’t really stray from their set list when they’re up on stage. However, with so many songs and albums, it seems as if it would be near impossible to narrow them down to fit into one show. Lodge said that the band performs many different songs from many different albums, deciding upon the set list prior to each tour depending on their mood. There are particular songs, however, that they always make sure to include. “We try to put the concert together as though it is an album,” Lodge said. “It takes the audience through all different emotions and hopefully makes them come back.” Last summer, The Moody Blues released a box set of their albums, “Timeless Flight,” featuring previously un-released songs, live recordings, a book and DVDs. Though it was their record company’s idea to put it together, the band members approved each element. Lodge said he’s also pleased


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slowing down and paying attention to what’s happening around you. “We live in an increasingly busy culture,” she said. “It’s the idea of showing up for our own lives.” When people feel like they don’t have enough time, some react by trying to do more. “They throw one more ball in the air,” she said. Not a fan of multi-tasking, Newcomer said the better practice might be to focus on one thing at a time. “Time expands when you’re really paying attention,” she said. “That’s when I see the miraculous, the extraordinary.” That can be something such as a large flock of little birds turning on a dime in the sky, or something as seemingly commonplace as a driver letting another car into traffic. “They did something kind for you,” she said. Newcomer said she’s traveled all over the country, performing in venues ranging from college campus to theaters to religious centers, and that she enjoys the experience. “I’m not going from arena to arena,” she said. “I sing in large halls and smaller ones, where I’m actually there and get to meet people.” No matter where she goes, she finds ways to communicate. “If you sing a song about love, family, grief, and particularly about hope, it’s immediately recognizable,” she said. “I’ve always had this wonderful fascination with people, and I keep believing in us.” ing something,” he said. “I like to share that happiness with other people.”

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Whitman sophomore wins second wrestling region title Vikings send two wrestlers to region finals

School on Saturday, Walt Whitman sophomore Mitch Fenton had no intentions of settling for minor victories. Fenton, competing in the 132-pound weight class, was one of two Whitman wrestlers to reach the championship round. It marked the second straight year that Fenton won a region title, having won at 126 last year.



Although his team would settle for third-place in the Class 4A/3A West Region wrestling tournament at Sherwood High

“For me, it was all about staying ready and staying focused,” said Fenton, who improved to 30-3 on the season. “I had wrestled these guys before, so it was just a matter of not letting up. The first two matches [pins against Aryan Manglik of Bethesda-Chevy Chase and Vito Vallone of Gaithersburg] were not very close.”

In the championship match against Montgomery Blair senior Oumarou Bitang, who had won his first two matches via decision, Fenton fought through a scoreless first period to forge a 4-1 lead at the end of the second period and then emerged with a 7-3 decision victory. Bitang had one point from an escape and got the last two on a reversal

with 10 seconds remaining in the match. “I had wrestled him last week at counties and knew he was pretty good,” Fenton said. “I just wanted to take control of the match early and not making any mistakes. He was able to get me in the last few seconds, but really I was just looking to avoid not getting pinned there.”

Whitman coach Derek Manon was pleased with Fenton’s effort at the region meet and was happy with the Vikings’ overall third-place finish. Max Sessions (195) also reached the championship round for his weight group, but lost a 5-2 decision to top-seeded Robby


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Covenant Life School fans wear blue and pink shirts at the Potomac Valley Athletic Conference championship basketball games to pay tribute to two community members who died days apart in January, the wife of boys’ basketball coach Alan Snyder, Sue Snyder, and girls basketball player Teressa French.

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Alan Snyder said he didn’t ask for much from his Covenant Life boys’ basketball team during the Feb. 22 Potomac Valley Athletic Conference championship game. He had just one request, give everything you have, just as his wife, Sue, had done for the past two decades. Sue Snyder was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1994. A mother of two at

the time, she went through a year of chemotherapy and radiation that appeared to have worked. In the fall of 2003, the only sign of cancer was a lump discovered a year prior that doctors determined was nothing serious, Sue Snyder was pregnant with the couple’s eighth child, but she miscarried, resulting in standard procedures, including a mammogram. That revealed that the lump doctors found in 2002 had indeed been cancerous. A month later, Snyder underwent surgery to remove the knot. During the operation, doctors discovered the cancer had spread to the lymph nodes near her armpit region.

Over the next nine years, Snyder underwent more than eight chemotherapy and well more than 30 radiation treatments, was diagnosed with lymphedema, had a collapsed lung and another filled with fluid, the cancer in a perpetual cycle of remission and return. In the spring of 2013 it returned again, but something in either the cancer or Snyder’s body had changed: chemo no longer worked. Unless the chemo began to take hold, she was told, she would have months to live. On Jan. 9, 2014, a PET scan confirmed that the chemo had no effect. She ordered home

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Bullis building a dynasty in Potomac Boys’ basketball: Bulldogs have won three straight IAC championships



Anthony Thompson said he wasn’t so sure dynasty was the correct word, but he wasn’t so sure it wasn’t either. Russell Sangster hesitated a second before determining that the Bullis School boys’ basketball team’s


run these past few years has been, indeed, dynastic. Classmate Aaron Briggs eschewed from dynasty, choosing instead to label the three consecutive InterstateAthleticConferencetitles as “a great ride.” No matter which phrase IAC fans choose to use with the Bulldogs’ dominance these past threeseasons,thereisnoarguing that Bullis is the undisputed king of the conference. “It’s like anything else,” coach Bruce Kelley said. “It sort of built on top of itself. They

enjoyed it and they sort of understood what it took to win. You could really tell this year in practice, they wanted it. They knew how much fun it is to win and they wanted to push themselves.” If it was the fun in winning they sought, the Bulldogs have been on an absolute thrill ride. Bullis hasn’t suffered a conference loss since a game against Episcopal on Jan. 31, 2012. The Bulldogs responded by running the table the remainder of the year — and the next two — and

snatching the overall title away from the Maroon, which had won the regular season. The 2011-12 title, which sparked the two that followed, is the only one that can be argued wasn’t outright Bullis’ to claim. The Maroon won the regular season title, beating Bullis three times in doing so, but the format was different back then. There was only one title handed out, not two, and it was predicated on a point system.

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The Col. Zadok Magruder High School girls’ basketball players know a thing or two about losing. Some of them, after all, started high school with three sub-.500 seasons, including back-to-back three-win campaigns. But this season, the Colonels (15-7) have taken a giant leap forward and are making a run in the 4A West Region playoffs. “Even though if times were hard, they stuck with it,” sixthyear Magruder coach Erin Borsody said. “They believed in what we were teaching and coaching, and they had each other’s backs.” Magruder was scheduled to play Northwest (4-13) tonight in the 4A West Region Section II semifinal round after receiving a first-round bye. With a victory, the Colonels would take on the winner of Thomas S. Wootton and Gaithersburg. The turnaround didn’t happen overnight. Borsody’s team went 3-20 in 2010-11 — when the current seniors were freshmen — regularly getting blown out by 20-plus points. The Colonels went 3-20 again in 2012, but started hanging with their opponents. Baby steps. The results started showing in the win-loss column last winter when the young Colonels went 11-12, nearly doubling their victory total from the previous two seasons combined. “At times it could be frustrating but we all know that we were a team,” senior captain Janel Brown said. “... The turning point was that everybody was dedicated and they were all determined.”

This season, Magruder finished third in the 4A West Division with a 7-3 conference record after returning all five of its starters. Brown, a 5-foot-11 power forward, said continuity has played a major role in the turnaround; a lot of the Colonels have played together since middle school. “There’s a lot of chemistry and we all know where each other wants the ball, and how each other plays,” Brown said. “When someone’s getting frustrated we know how to pick them up and keep their heads up.” Brown averages a team-high 11.9 points per game, establishing herself as a reliable shooter (28 3-pointers) and rebounder. The team has three other primary scoring options: junior captain Hope Randolph (10.2), senior captain Adjowa Pinkrah (9.6 points) and junior Hannah Barr (10.1). Randolph credited Borsody (42-96 with Magruder) for motivating the players and turning a 3-20 team into a playoff contender. “A key component of the turnaround that she emphasized was us being together,” Randolph said. “Just always in practice, having the mentality that someone else is working harder than us.” Magruder is trying to win its first regional title since 1985. “It would mean a lot. I know there’salotofpeopleouttherethat arejustlike,‘Magruderisn’tgood,’” Pinkrah said. “But I feel like if we go out there and prove ourselves in the playoffs we’ll be able to tell them that we’ve gotten better.” Win or lose, this group of upperclassmen will have left its mark, Randolph said. “I feel like they’ve been through our weakest years and they’ve been through our strongest years,” Randolph said. “They’ve been through it all, they’ve seen it all.”


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Continued from Page B-1 hospice and told her family to prepare themselves to say goodbye. On Jan. 22, Sue Snyder died.

Two days later, another death For 16 years, Teressa French, daughter to a Navy man, was the quintessential military child, bouncing around anywhere from San Diego Honolulu before landing in Washington, D.C. By the time the Frenches arrived to the District in the summer of 2012, French was set to be a freshman in high


Continued from Page B-1 Happy of Sherwood. Two other Whitman wrestlers, Jack Calder (152) and Kevin Baker (160) also qualified for states from their third- and fourth-place finishes, respectively. “I thought Mitch had a great tournament,” Manon said. “This is the second year in a row he’s won a county and region title and qualified for states. Really, all of our guys [and one girl, Harriet Symington] did well. We have four guys going to states and hopefully we’ll get a couple

school, and her parents, Bill and Monika French, enrolled her at Covenant Life. On Jan. 24, Teressa French, a sophomore, had some time between her morning exams and afternoon practice, so she escaped campus to walk around with Emily Lowe. As they reached the 7400 block of Muncaster Mill, a Sebring and an Accord converged where two lanes become one. The Accord knocked the Sebring onto the sidewalk, directly where French and Lowe had been standing, colliding into both of them. Lowe, though critically injured, would survive. French didn’t make it, and in the span of a week, Covenant Life had lost two members of its community. of them through to finals.” Fenton recalled that he did not fare well at last year’s state tournament. “This week is going to be really tough,” Fenton said. “Me and Jack will be working with each other and we’re both trying to get ready for states. I didn’t do as well as I had hoped there last year. But I learned a lot from being there. You have to be mentally and physically ready when you get there. That’s what I’ll be working on this week in practice.


Mitch Fenton (right) of Walt Whitman High School wrestles Oumarou Bitang of Montgomery Blair Saturday during the 4A/3A West Region finals.


Dealing with the loss The boys’ and the girls’ teams took diverging paths in coping with the deaths of Sue Snyder and Teressa French. Nine days prior to Sue Snyder’s death, the Snyders hosted a spaghetti dinner to discuss how they should handle the situation moving forward. Basketball, it was decided, would become their “place of refuge,” Alan Snyder said. “It’s the only time I have peace,” said Kevin Snyder, who is point guard on the team and Alan and Sue Snyder’s son. “… This gym, this court, has been an escape for all of us and it has been amazing to see a game become something so big.” The girls chose instead to avoid the court at all costs, not

touching a ball for two weeks — in part due to snow — in the wake of their teammate’s death. During their first practice back, they sat at midcourt to discuss what they should do. As devout Christians, they said they believe they will see Teressa again, which helped ease their cluttered minds. As basketball players, they wondered how they could continue the season without their teammate. One day, at the cemetery, Bill French hugged each member of the girls’ team, telling one that it was “more important than ever for you to keep playing.” From that point on, there were no more discussions of whether to continue the season. Over the next few weeks, the girls went from the No. 5 seed in the PVAC to the No. 2.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 b The boys hadn’t lost a game since the spaghetti dinner. The community rallied around the teams, printing off pink ‘We love Mama Bear’ shirts in memory of Sue Snyder and blue French jerseys with No. 35 on the back for Teressa French. “It rallied the community like nothing I’ve ever seen,” girls’ coach Wayne Cates said. “It brought a lot of people who would never think about coming to a game.”

New perspective The PVAC championships were held on Feb. 22. The boys smoked St. Anselm’s, 84-64; the girls lost, 50-28, to powerhouse Jewish Day. But the wins and losses are not what mat-

tered, not for Covenant Life, not this season. “It was somewhat of a celebration of not just winning a championship, but of putting everything in perspective,” Alan Snyder said. Kevin Snyder said he thinks it might sound crazy, that during two of the three playoff games, he glanced up to the heavens before shooting free throws and whispered a few words to his mom. Maybe it sounds crazy, he said, “that I could feel her.” It’s an experience that, in the 42 days after he lost his mother, has only happened in one setting: a basketball court. “That,” he says, “is really cool.”


Continued from Page B-1 Episcopal earned six points in winning the regular season, but it was upset by Georgetown Prep in the semifinals of the conference tournament, earning only four for the tournament. Bullis, which finished second in the regular season for a total of five points, went on to win the conference tournament, earning six points and edging the Maroon fortheoverallIACcrown.Predictably, this didn’t sit well with Episcopal, and there is now both a regular season and a tournament champion. Since then, however, the Bulldogs have left no doubt. A few conference teams have come within a possession of them, but none have turned the corner. “Coach kept telling us that the only team that could beat us was ourselves,” said Sangster, an undecided senior averaging 12 points per game. “And we believed that. We really took those words to heart.” That’s not to say certain teams and games haven’t given Kelley cold sweats over these past few years. He admitted to being “scared out of my mind,” when visiting Georgetown Prep on Feb. 15, the Little Hoyas’ senior night, after a two-day layoff due to snow. Briggs, the team’s leading scorer of 12.6 points per


Russell Sangster (right) of Bullis School brings the ball down the courst against Josh Holmes of North Point High School during December’s DMV Tip-Off Classic at Henry A. Wise High School in Upper Marlboro. game, said he was a little nervous for the team’s second meeting with St. Alban’s. And yet, even to the surprise of the players themselves, the streak continued. “I really thought it would take a lot of time and we might take a couple losses but we started out with a boom,” Briggs said, acknowledging some early-season anxiety over how the team would respond to losing Thompson, a point guard now starting for Holy Cross. “Coach Kelley has really

put together a great program. It’s really been a great challenge for us. People counted us out this year, they thought St. Stephen’s was going to win. That was what really fueled us.” That, and a supremely talented roster unmatched by conference rivals. Briggs will be playing for the Naval Academy, Andre Walker for Hofstra, Sangster and Jamaal Greenwood for one of several schools that are offering. Next year, Bullis will be with-

out eight seniors and its top four scorers. It’s probable some will count the Bulldogs out again. History suggests that would be unwise. “I guess you could say dynasty, yeah,” Thompson said. “I don’t know how many you have to win to be a dynasty, but we got to be close. It’s nice to know they can continue the success and that Bullis is going to continue that kind of success.”


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Rockville sophomore leads division in 3-pointers Girls’ basketball: Blake, Blair win first round games

Blake wins double overtime thriller

Blair blazes past Walter Johnson

Samantha Gonzalez, the leading scorer on the Rockville High School girls basketball team, went all of February without making a 2-point field goal — and

The James H. Blake High School girls’ basketball team won its 4A North Region Section II quarterfinal game against Sherwood on Thursday, overcoming a double-digit deficit and escaping with a 67-56 double-overtime victory on the road. The Bengals (12-9 as of Monday) were behind 34-23 at halftime with one of their top players, Citiana Negatu, sitting on the bench with foul trouble. The junior returned to score nine of her 16 points in the third quarter, getting Blake back in the game. Point guard Asha Henley led the Bengals with a game-high 25 points. “We stepped up, played with more intensity and attacked the basket. I was confident if we could keep [Citiana] in the game we would be okay in the end,” Blake coach Patricia Gilmore said. The Bengals started the season 4-0 and won seven of its first eight games after going 5-15 last year. Blake was scheduled to play Howard on Tuesday in the 4A North Section II semifinals. Sherwood finished the season 9-13 under new coach Chris Campbell, improving from last season’s 4-17 record.

Montgomery Blair defeated Walter Johnson for the third time this season, this time on the road in the 4A West Region Section I quarterfinals. Erica Adarkwa scored a game-high 22 points to lead the Blazers to a 54-40 victory. “It’s definitely tough to beat a team three times,” Adarkwa said. “So we came out thinking that we practiced for this, we’re prepared for this. I think the difference was we were all confident in ourselves and confident in our ability to take the game.” Liza Curcio-Rudy scored 10 points while Debbie Olawuyi had nine for Blair (16-7), which was scheduled to play Walt Whitman (20-2) on Tuesday. “We really played like a team tonight and that was what I most impressed with,” Blair coach Erin Conley said. “The whole game we played with some foul trouble and I feel like players that have been working on their game the whole season stepped up and played with a lot of confidence.”


GIRLS BASKETBALL NOTEBOOK BY ERIC GOLDWEIN that’s fine by coach Kurtis Cross. Gonzalez, a 5-foot-2 shooting guard, has developed into one of the premier 3-point shooters in the county and has hit 42 threes as of Tuesday, tied for first in the Montgomery 3A/2A Division. “When she’s set and balanced, she’s going to hit her threes,” Cross said. Gonzalez (8.3 points per game) has 141 points on the season, 126 coming from long distance. She has converted 19 threes (and zero twos) in her last seven games, making three in Friday’s 49-26 win over Albert Einstein in 3A West Section II quarterfinals. “She hits those threes and they’re always timely,” Cross said. Rockville (10-12) was scheduled to play Seneca Valley on Tuesday.


First team

Katie Ledecky

Stone Ridge Junior, 500 freestyle

Jessica Chen

Elaina Gu

County’s top finisher (2nd) at Metros and states.

Won event at states by nearly two seconds.

Wootton Senior, 100 breast

Churchill Junior, 200 freestyle

Set American mark (4:28.71) in Metros win, first woman to break 4:30.

Stone Ridge’s Katie Ledecky set an American record in the women’s 500-yards freestyle. She is The Gazette’s Athlete of the Year in girls’ swimming and diving.

Mashal Hashem

Morgan Hill

Kristina Li

Hannah Lindsey

Caroline McTaggart

Emily Zhang

Northwestern recruit won Metros, states.

Set meet record (22.97) in first Metros individual title.

Harvard recruit won second straight Metros title.

Set meet record en route to state title.

Unbeaten in event at Metros in three years.

Metros and state title holder.


Sherwood Sophomore, 50 freestyle

Churchill Senior, diving


Kyle Russell and Harvey Valentine contributed to this story.

Wootton Senior, 100 butterfly

Churchill Sophomore, 100 backstroke

Holton-Arms Junior, 100 freestyle


Wootton Junior, 200 IM


Doesn’t have to be pretty to get a W Section finals are scheduled for today


Thomas S. Wootton

Not that style points are ever of any real value, but 20-point wins boost resumes more than one-possession wins throughout the regular season — the same way scoring 90 in a game gives a more lasting impression

than scoring 60 does. Well, as Walt Whitman High School coach Chris Lun and senior Viking Ben Castagnetti acknowledged on Friday night, the time for style points is over. “A win,” Castagnetti said following his Vikings’ 37-31 win over John F. Kennedy, “is a win.” “You just got to take it one game at a time,” he said after leading all scorers with 18. “A six-point win looks the same as a one-point win looks the same as a 20-point win.” “Just happy to get a win,” Lun said. “We’re happy with the win. Our defense showed up to bail the offense out. Any win in the playoffs is a good one so I’ll take it. Kennedy did a great job mixing it up with their 1-3-1 and 2-3 [zones]. They kept us off-balance a bit so … you always want to score more than 37, but, like I said, any win in the playoffs is good.” That feeling is echoed, and it’s a good thing style points don’t mean much of anything, because they were near impossible to come by during the first round. Of the six 4A games in the county, only one team came away with a thoroughly convincing victory — Col. Zadok Magruder’s 74-58 win over Thomas S. Wootton — and all three of the 3A games were decided by seven or less. Wheaton needed all four quarter in its 70-63 victory over 1-23 Seneca Valley — though Ibrahim Kallon going off for 34

Titans win Division 5 state title GAZETTE STAFF

The Albert Einstein High School bocce team won gold in its first trip to the state championships. Einstein was one of several Montgomery County Schools to attend the Maryland State Unified Bocce Championships Feb. 25 at Hagerstown

Won at Metros (1:45.22) and states.

Set WMPSSDL record at Metros.

Hit automatic All-American time.

Sherwood Molded the Warriors into perennial contender, top 10 finish at Metros after losing most of his scoring from last year’s team.


Walt Whitman High School’s Ben Castagnetti shoots during Friday’s boys’ basketball playoff game against John F. Kennedy in Bethesda. points certainly was impressionable — the same as Damascus did in a comeback win over Albert Einstein (46-43) and Watkins Mill over Northwood (57-54). Bethesda-Chevy Chase only topped Walter Johnson by six (77-71), Richard Montgomery edged Winston Churchill by a free throw (46-45) and Northwest stumped Quince Orchard by 10. In the lone relatively comfortable victory, Magruder was highlighted by a season-high

28 points from Josiah Jones, the first time the 6-foot-2 forward has reached the 20s since Jan. 4. Is coach Dan Harwood sold? Not quite, but they’re close, he said. “He played really well the second half of the year,” Harwood said of Jones. “Everybody is getting more and more comfortable. I like the way we played the second half of the year and we’re not there yet, but we’re getting there.”

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Emily Andrews, senior Elaina Gu, junior Hannah Lindsey, sophomore Alicia Tiberino, senior

Brendan Lees


Community College. The Titans earned first place in Division 5 — one of the six divisions. Bocce is a unified sport,

PREP NOTEBOOK grouping students with and without learning and physical disabilities. Einstein’s six athletes included Aiden Hall, Melissa Cruz, Byanca Cruz, Nicholas Kurnaz,

Erin Darring and Laila Cherkaoui. “Just to see the excitement in the kids, to see the excitement and how much it meant to them,” Einstein coach Gloria Makosy said. Bethesda-Chevy Chase (silver), Sherwood (silver), Thomas S. Wootton (silver), Quince Orchard (bronze) and Richard Montgomery (bronze) also won medals. — ERIC GOLDWEIN

Winston Churchill

Lily Gasaway, senior Laura Garcia, senior Kelleigh Haley, sophomore Katie Ledecky, junior

Coach of the Year


Stone Ridge

Jessica Chen, senior Kristina Li, senior Scarlett Sun, senior Emily Zhang, junior

Second team 50 freestyle: Catherine Johnson, Springbrook 100 freestyle: Audrey Richter, Richard Montgomery 200 freestyle: Sarah Kannan, Walt Whitman 500 freestyle: Madison Waechter, Montgomery Blair 100 backstroke: Natsumi Horikawa, Walter Johnson 100 breaststroke: Jaycee Yegher, Northwest

100 butterfly: Emily Wang, Winston Churchill 200 individual medley: Fiona Asbury, Winston Churchill 200 medley relay: Winston Churchill 200 freestyle relay: Holton-Arms 400 freestyle relay: Stone Ridge 1-meter diving: Kali Becker, Winston Churchill


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When third-grader Ethan Udler and his father Carl started a book club last fall, Ethan only thought of having more time with his friends. Now, seven books and seven meetings later, he loves the group — and the reading. “To make reading more fun and less of a daily chore, I asked Ethan if he was interested in starting a book club with a few of his friends that he plays sports with,” Carl Udler said. “Without fully understanding the concept of a book club, he was eager and willing because he could spend more time with his friends.” Ethan and all third-graders at Rachel Carson Elementary School in Gaithersburg, where he goes to school, must read 20 minutes at home every weeknight. They keep a log and write a short synopsis of what they have read each week, then return it to school. Udler said he and Ethan read together at the beginning of the school year to meet the school requirement, but he knew it was not fun for Ethan. “I want my son to enjoy reading, without the ‘forcing factor,’” he said. Udler asked other parents if their sons would join the club and Book Busters formed in early September with six members. From the beginning, it lived up to Carl Udler’s expectations and Ethan quickly caught on. “Book club is fun because you get to read books with your friends,” Ethan said at a Feb. 27 meeting at his home. Book Busters meets every three or four weeks, usually on Sunday evenings. The host duties rotate through the group. Book selection also rotates, with a different member, and his parents, selecting the book and providing copies to each boy. At the Feb. 27 meeting, the group discussed “Lunch Money” by Andrew Clements. Dean Cullen, who selected the book, led the discussion. Carl Udler and Marti Cullen, Dean’s mother, facilitated, but Dean was prepared with a list of discussion questions. In keeping with the boys’ interest


Logan Ambrose and Gus Blomstrom, both 9, check out the new book for their book club for third-grade boys from Rachel Carson Elementary School. The boys met Feb. 27 at the Udlers’ home in the Kentlands in Gaithersburg.

Dean Cullen, 9, led a discussion of “Lunch Money,” a book he selected for the club. in sports, they pass a football around the Udlers’ kitchen table. Whoever is speaking holds the ball; the others wait their turn to get the ball and speak. In keeping with a book club of 8and 9-year-old boys, the discussion that night really took off when they focused on the fight between the two main characters, the resulting blood and a teacher fainting from the sight. After allowing the boys to have their say and some giggles, the facili-

tators redirected the discussion, encouraging the boys to think about how the fight changed the relationship between the characters. “I thought it was creative how it went from [them] being enemies to making them business partners,” Avi Godsey said, taking the football from Logan Ambrose, who got it from Gus Blomstrom after he gave a summary of the story. Not all of the boys agreed on their favorite part or even how much they liked the book. But with each opinion, they explained why they thought the way they did, a skill that has improved during the months the Book Busters have met, Carl Udler said. “It was so-so. It was a little long,” Dean said. ”I liked the part about making and selling things.” The meeting ended with Dylan Eyester passing out the next book for the group to read: “The Name of This Book is Secret” by Pseudonymous Bosch, a detective adventure story. Dylan said he was not sure why they picked the book, but he and his mother thought it was a good choice. In a few weeks, the boys will met again and discuss the secret that gave the book its title.

EDUCATION NOTEBOOK Reflections art contest winners are announced Winners of the 2013-14 Montgomery County PTA Reflections Awards of Excellence for Outstanding Interpretation of the Theme and Award of Merit winners for this year’s Reflections program were announced for all grade levels last month. This year’s theme was “Believe, Dream, Inspire.” Three Awards of Excellence for Outstanding Interpretation of the Theme were awarded in each division and category. These winning entries move on to the state competition. Three Award of Merit winners also are recognized in each category/division, but do not move on in the competition. Because of the number of awardees, The Gazette is publishing the names of the winners over two weeks. This week, winners from middle and high school are listed. The Primary and Intermediate divisions were listed Feb. 26. • Dance choreography Middle School Division Award of Excellence for Outstanding Interpretation of the Theme: Emily Leo, Herbert Hoover Middle School, Potomac; Joanna Ray and Ruby Santana, Eastern Middle School, Silver Spring. Honorable Mention: Anna Cappellina, Eastern Midde. High School (Senior) Division Award of Excellence for Outstanding Interpretation of the Theme: Biyi Hu, Winston Churchill High School, Potomac; Shreya Navile, Churchill. • Film production Middle School Division Award of Excellence for Outstanding Interpretation of the Theme: Riyaq Janmac, Shady Grove Middle School, Gaithersburg; Margaret Warnock-Safford and Paloma Williams, Eastern. Honorable Mention: Edward Beamer, Eastern; Sara Heimlich, Hoover; Vedant Jog, Rocky Hill Middle School, Clarksburg. High School Division: Award of Excellence for Outstanding Interpretation of the Theme: Katerin Guerra and Jocelyne Matamoros, Albert Einstein High School, Kensington; Aditya Kaliappan, Clarksburg High School.

• Literature Middle School Division Award of Excellence for Outstanding Interpretation of the Theme: Mae McDermott,

OVERCROWDED SCHOOLS Rosemary Hills Elementary School

Rocky Hill; Cecilia Mustelin, Hoover; Gabrielle Zwi, Cabin John Middle School, Potomac. Honorable Mention: Ida Garfield, Hoover; Rohit Harapanhalli, Cabin John; Cindy Liu, Eastern. High School Division Award of Excellence for Outstanding Interpretation of the Theme: Julia Di, Victoria Priester and Jessica Li, Richard Montgomery High School, Rockville. Honorable Mention: Lauren Bontempo, Churchill; Janani Sundaresan and Judy Wang, Thomas S. Wootton High School, Rockville. • Musical composition Middle School Division Award of Excellence for Outstanding Interpretation of the Theme: Grace Chen, Cabin John; Aileen Foley, Roberto Clemente Middle School, Germantown; Bianca Sauro, Eastern. Honorable Mention: Isaac Applebaum, Eastern; Ashley Weaver, Hoover; Gabrielle Zwi, Cabin John. • Photography Middle School Division Award of Excellence for Outstanding Interpretation of the Theme: Daniella Brigetta, Eastern; Mae McDermott and Shelby Rose Wilson, Rocky Hill. Honorable Mention: Alyssa D’Arpa, Robert Frost Middle School, Rockville; Rebecca Jang and Intisar Shifa, Eastern. High School Division Award of Excellence for Outstanding Interpretation of the Theme: Jeremy Chang, Churchill; Julia Di, Montgomery; Paige Harrison, Einstein. Honorable Mention: Laura Crooks-Howard and Kathie Rogers, Quince Orchard High School, Gaithersburg; ZJanani Sundaresan, Wootton. • Visual arts Middle School Division Award of Excellence for Outstanding Interpretation of the Theme: Alexander Chu and Claire Yang, Cabin John; Gabrielle Whitehurst, Eastern. Honorable Mention: Carol Lee, Clemente; Haoran Li, Hoover; Cynthia Zou, E.B. Wood Middle School, Rockville; High School Division Award of Excellence for Outstanding Interpretation of the Theme: Ting Chen, Quince Orchard; Marisa Lu, Churchill; Jada Poole, Einstein. Honorable Mention: Anna Lin, Poolesville High School; Danielle Shen, Wootton; Alexa Thompson, Quince Orchard.


n Each week, The Gazette features a Montgomery County school by the numbers, giving a glimpse at how local schools are dealing with overcrowded conditions.

Number of students:


Current student capacity:

Number of students overcapacity:

Percent over capacity:

Number of school’s portable classrooms:

Total MCPS portable classrooms:

477 166 34.8 7 338 22.5 24.4 19.6 20.7

(pre-kindergarten through 5th grade)

School’s average class size:

Rosemary Hills is a K-3 school




MCPS average class size:

Grades 1 to 3


Grades 1 to 3

Student/ instructional staff ratio:

10.2 24

Grades 4 and 5

MCPS average elementary school student/ instructional staff ratio:


1956 Year school was built 1988 Year of last renovation/modernization

Principal Deborah Ryan did not respond to phone calls or email about the effects of overcrowding at Rosemary Hills or how she and her staff and students are making the most of the situation. School district spokesman Dana Tofig said in an email that construction of an addition to the school will begin this month. The addition is expected to be completed by August 2015, bringing the school’s capacity to 644 students. That allows room for one more student than the number currently enrolled. DATA FOR 2013-14 SCHOOL YEAR SOURCE: MONTGOMERY COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS





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CELEBRATIONS HEALTH CALENDAR WEDNESDAY, MARCH 5 Amazing Antioxidants, from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Margaret Schweinhaut Center, 1000 Forest Glen Road, Silver Spring. Learn how antioxidants help us fight off disease and age gracefully, as well as those foods high in antioxidants. Made possible by a grant from the Wolpoff Family Foundation. No registration required. Free.

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Bivans, Hollinger David and Laura Bivans of Gaithersburg announce the engagement of their daughter, Margaret Bivans, to Christopher Hollinger, both of Waynesboro, Va. Hollinger is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Hollinger of Staunton, Va. The bride-to-be is a 2006 graduate of Northwest High School and a 2010 graduate of Mary Baldwin College. She is the associate director of early college admissions at Mary Baldwin College and a Mary Kay consultant. The prospective groom is a 1997 graduate of Robert E. Lee High School in Staunton, Va., and a 2007 graduate of Le Cordon Bleu Institute in Pittsburgh. He is the executive chef at the Green Leaf Grill in Waynesboro, Va. An Aug. 23 wedding is planned in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.

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Hemp, Berney Susan and Don Hemp of Poolesville announce the engagement of their daughter, Kristin Hemp, to Dustin Berney. The bride-to-be is a 2006 graduate of Poolesville High School and a 2010 graduate of the University of Maryland. Kristin is currently working on her master’s degree in reading education and is employed as a kindergarten teacher at Great Seneca Creek Elementary School in Germantown. The prospective groom graduated in 2004 from Century High School in Sykesville and from the Art Institute of York in 2007. Dustin is employed by Finch Service Incorporated in Westminster as a technician. A May wedding is planned.

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p.m. at Suburban Hospital Lambert Building (second floor), 8710 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda. Learn the latest AED training and lifesaving techniques. Course is for GOTR coaches only. $20. www.

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. 301-924-8640;

Chabad of Upper Montgomery County, MD, 11520

Mr. and Mrs. Jeremy K. Holt of Derwood announce the engagement of their daughter Julie Michelle Holt to Darren William Hulem, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles D. Hulem of Derwood. Both Julie and Darren graduated form Magruder High School in 2006. The bride-to-be went on to graduate magna cum laude from the University of South Carolina, receiving a double major degree in accounting and finance. In 2011, she graduated with a master’s in accounting from the University of Virginia and passed the CPA exam. Julie is now employed by PricewaterhouseCoopers. The prospective groom graduated from Carson Newmen College in Jefferson City, Tenn., with a degree in business administration. In 2012, Darren received his master’s in information systems at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Darren is now employed with RICOH. A May 2014 wedding is planned.



Mahoney, Rudd John and Fabia Mahoney of Bethesda announce the engagement of their daughter, Brenna Mahoney, to Robert (Bob) William Rudd, son of Jim and Nancy Rudd of Pawleys Island, S.C. The bride-to-be is a 2001 graduate of the Sidwell Friends School, Washington, D.C. She graduated in 2005 from Cornell University with a bachelor’s degree in biology. She is currently pursuing a doctorate degree in marine ecology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. The prospective groom is a 2002 graduate of Centennial High School, Roswell, Ga. He graduated in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Bob is a development manager at SolarCity, San Mateo, Calif. The couple, who live in San Francisco, were engaged while scuba diving in Lake Tahoe, where Bob proposed 30 feet underwater. An August 2014 wedding is planned at Lake Tahoe, Calif.

Yoga for Seniors, 10-10:45 a.m. Fridays, to April 11, at the Bethesda Regional Service Center, 4805 Edgemoor Lane, Second Floor, Bethesda. Tone muscles and improve flexibility with yoga-based stretches for seniors. Taught by an instructor from the Mindfulness Center, restorative yoga offers several health benefits while relaxing the mind and body. Dress comfortably. Bring yoga mat and blanket. $70. www.

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Darnestown Rd., Gaithersburg, will be offering the following Purim services: March 13, The Fast of Esther, Shacharit at 7:15 a.m., Mincha/Maariv at 6:45 p.m.; March 15, Red Carpet Masquerade at 8:30 p.m.; March 16, Purim, Shacharit at 8 a.m., followed by Megillah reading at 8:45 a.m., Kids Got Talent Showcase at 10 a.m., Purim Under Raps featuring Jewish hip-hop and rap by Ari Lesser, freshly grilled wraps, Purim desserts, traditional reading of the Megillah at 4 p.m. (charge for Purim Under Raps is $20 per adult, $10 per child (ages 3-12), $50 per family), 301-926-3632, Damascus United Methodist Church, 9700 New Church St.,

Damascus, offers traditional Sunday morning worship ser-

vices 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. Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 7730 Bradley Boule-

vard, 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. www. The Inter-Denominational Church of God, 19201 Wood-

field Road, Gaithersburg, will celebrate its 40th Church Anniversary beginning at 7:30 p.m. March 6-7. March 6, guest speaker, Elder Byron L. Washington, The Embassy Church International, Greensboro, N.C. and author of “Memos From The Master’s Desk”; March 7, Jonathan Parker-Ashley & Ascension from Greensboro, N.C. will minister in song, with guest speaker Minister Julian E. Spires from Gospel Revival Church, Forest Heights; March 8, Family Talent Night at 5:30 p.m.; March 9, worship service at 11 a.m., guest speaker Pastor Anthony Knotts, The Embassy Church International, Greensboro, N.C. 301-963-3012,

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Classifieds Call 301-670-7100 or email


Randolph Village Senior Apartments


"Affordable Independent Living For Seniors 62+." Income Restriction Applies

WEDNESDAY OPEN HOUSE COFFEE SOCIAL 11AM-1PM AMENITIES: *Health Care Facility *Physical Fitness Center *Sun Filled Solarium *Community Media Room *Plenty of Parking Randolph Village Apartments

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*Library *Resident Socials *Beautifully Landscaped Grounds

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501B S. Frederick Ave #3 Gaithersburg, MD 20877


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• Minutes away from I-270, Metro, and MARC Train


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In-House Section 8 program for 2BR Apts. Applications willbe taken between 11am-2pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays

kSmall Pets Welcome kBalcony Patio

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3BD 2BA TH. Near 355, 270, shops. W/D. Avail now. Hoc ok. 240-383-1000

TH, 3br 2.5ba wlk/out bsmt, w/d. $1600 + Elec. 301-512-4529

LIMITED OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE! Call Betsy and Penny at 301-916-5194. 11964 Little Seneca Pkwy, Clarksburg, MD 20871. A Beazer Homes community, MHBR No. 93 G560366

OLNEY: 1BD, 1BA MOUNTAIN renovated condo, PARADISE 14.6 FSBO. New BA, Kit ACRES, only Cabinets, SS Applian- $59,823. Breathtaking ces, Counters, New views of mountains & Floring, WIC, Fees incl valley from this high water, heat, AC, Pool, elevation mountaintop Pkg. $135,000. For parcel. ABUNDENT WILDLIFE, open hardappt 301-774-1017 woods, like walking in a park! Includes all mineral rights, perc, general warranty deed. Special easy financing! HURRY, DISCOVER CALL NOW 1-800DELAWARE’S RE888-1262 SORT LIVING WITHOUT RESORT PRICING!

bd 2.5 ba TH w/ garage & deck. Near shops, metro & 270 $2000 301-330-1177


3Br, 1.5Ba, HOC welcome, ceramic tile floors, nr 270 & shops, nice area 410-800-5005 G E R M A N : 3Br, 2.5Ba, prime loca, pool, recreation ctr, nr 270, h/w floors, new paint & carpet, skylights, CAC, avl now, $1500 + util + SD Call: 240-888-4510 ROCK: 3BR, 3.5BA T H , Remod, pool., playgr HOC welcome $2k/month Francis 301-570-0510


SFH, fin rec rm, hrwd flrs, W&D, CAC $1975 plus util, Metro/shops. 202-210-5530



4bd / 3ba EOG $2200 month many upgrds, avail immed. Call 410781-7339



Norbeck, 3br, 2ba SFH 2 car gar w/d, nr ICC. $1850. Sec Dep Req’d. N/P, Hoc Ok. 301-792-7309

Apt. $1150 incl util, CATV, Free Parking Avail now. NS/NP CALL: 301-424-9205

ROCKVILLE: 3BD, 2BA. $1700 util included. 12205 Braxfield Ct. #5, 20852. 240353-8500 TAKOMA PARK: Unfurn 2Br 1Ba Apt. W/D $1600/mo or best offer, nr Metro, off street Prkng Please Call 301-559-3006

GERM: 2BR, 2BA Nr I-270, Bus, Shops, $1,275 + elec., water incl. HOC Pref. Avail Now. 240-498-0606

w/BA, shared kit & living rm , NS/NP, $600/mo + sec dep req call 301-962-5778

1Br shr bath In TH Male Only NS/NP $425 + 1/4 utils, nr transp, 240-481-5098

BELTSVILLE/LAU REL: furnished base-


ment with room with private BA in SFH. Gt community. $700 incl. utils. 240-273-2512


Bsmt apt with pvt bath. New paint/carpet $650/mo util/Internet, catv incl, N-pets 301-873-3002.


OLNEY: 1 Rm in bsmt in SFH share kitchen $500 utils included, NS/NP Avail Now. 301-257-5712

GAITH/FLWR HILL: 1BR Bsmt Apt. in SFH, 3/acres, prvt entr. all utils, CATV & I-net $1,100. 301-869-1954

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privlgs all amenities, GERM: Lrg 2 Br, 2 Ba, pool ,beautiful country laundry rm, near setting, NS. $600 301270/Middle Brook Rd 482-1425 $1300/mo 240-305- GAITH: M ale/Fem to 7913 or 301-455-8440 share 1 BR in TH. SS: 1 bd /1 ba $1300 Near bus line. N/s, N/p. $450/m Util incl. util inclu near Forest 301-675-0538 Glen Metro. New Kitch & Bath, LRG closets. GAITH:M BRs $435+ Call (301)213-7749 440+475+555+ Maid Ns/Np, nr 270/370/Bus shops, quiet, conv.Sec Dep 301-983-3210

ADELPHI: 1 furn lg

BR in 2BR Apt shr BA New paint/carpet, nr Bus. $550+ utils, cable incl. 240-273-8744

GAITH/MUDDY BRANCH: M/F only for LG lwr Lvl suite

w/ba,Fam RM w/FP NSTH $730 + utils avail Mar.3016747928

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$500 util inclu, Shared kitch & bath near Bus & Shops. Avail Now. Call 301-919-2302

S S : Rms in SFH,

Shared Kit & Ba, Nr Forest Glen Metro/HC Hosp, utl/cbl/intrn inc CALL: 240-389-8825


Lrg furn Br, shrd Ba, kit & W/D, 1 blk frm bus & 5 blks from Red/Metro $800/util inc 202-361-8087

GERM: Full basmt in TH $575 + utils & Sec Dep Requ. NS/No pets Avail 02/17 Call 202491-1565 GERM: Male 1Br in TH Share bath & kitchen $450 ut inc Nr MARC/Buses, Ref’s Req. 240-370-2301

Male, 1 Br $299 & 1 master BR w BA $399. Nr Metro/Shops NP/NS. Avail Now. Call 301-219-1066


NEW 1BR Apt 1st floor priv entrance, kit, Ba & parking $1100 quiet & sunny! 301-879-2868

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Room in TH $500 incl utils. N/S, N/P. Avail immed CALL: 240361-3391


1BD in Apartment. Share Bath & Kitchen. $530 + util. Wifi avail. 240-406-6694


3004 Bel Pre Rd., Apt. 204, Silver Spring, MD 20906

BETHESDA: Art, Games, TV, Designer G R E A T items, electronics, DEAL!! 1 Br, shr Ba, books and much PRIVATE ADOPTION beautiful EU TH, more! By Appt Only We dream of adopting a newborn into our family female only $675/per 240-481-3425 that’s filled with love month w/util, int, SPRING: & laughter. All cable TV, NP/NS SILVER March 7-9th, 8-5, legal expenses paid. Call 301-774-4654 Antiq, furn, silver, art, Visit www.DiRoom in rugs, china, crystal, or OLNEY: neat SFH $450 util dolls, vintage clothes, call 1-800-477-7611. incl., Cable, int. Fem books, records, militaonly. References. call ry, banjo & jewelry 1536 Red Oak Drive 240-476-9987 20910 P O T O M A C : Furn Rm in SFH $499. shrd Ba w/one, FREE util, cable & int NP MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM Call: 301-299-4444



ROCKVILLE: 1Br M share bath in SFH. Male $550 utils cable incl. Near Metro/ Bus NS/NP 240-483-9184

ROCKVL: 2br, shr

BA & Kitch. $500/ea + util. Free wifi. Female only. Call 240-4495091



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MORNING STAR ACADEMY 101 Lakeforest Blvd, Suite 402 Gaithersburg, MD 20877 Call: 301-977-7393



CARE XPERT ACADEMY 13321 New Hampshire Ave, Suite 205 MORNING & EVENING CLASSES Silver Spring, MD 20904 Call: 301-384-6011

Must have ability to multitask, take direction, and take initiative to maintain the front office and provide detailed organizational support to Bookkeeper. Working knowledge of MS Office and Quickbooks required. For job details go to Email resume to


∂ Paving Foreman ∂ Bobcat/Milling Operator ∂ Heavy Equipment Operator û Must have experience Top wages and a great working environment. EOE. Please email resume to OR call 410-795-1761


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Foster Parents

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Is now hiring enthusiastic personalities for our new restaurant launch! Available positions in both FOH and BOH, great pay and flexible hours. Experience preferred, but not required. Apply at 15710 Shady Grove Road, Gaithersburg, MD or online at Brought to you by the Bugaboo Creek Family!

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Inside Sales Media Specialist We’re looking for a Specialist who has a documented history of driving new business. Post Newsweek Media provides local news and information to communities in Maryland and Virginia. We are looking for a skilled sales professional to assist small businesses in marketing their products and services. This is a inside/outside sales understanding of print, online, recruitment, retail and service experience needed, enthusiasm, to succeed.

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We offer a competitive compensation & comprehensive benefits package including pension, 401(k) & tuition reimbursement. To become part of this high-quality, high-growth organization, send resume and salary/earnings requirement to EOE

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Careers 301-670-2500 Real Estate Silver Spring

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Blue, Sport Utility

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2013 GOLF 2 DOOR

04 Toyota Highlander LTD #462007B, $ 4 Speed Auto, Vintage $



2014 JETTA S



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NEW2 2014 COROLLA LE AVAILABLE: #470460, 470472

2 AVAILABLE: #470470, 470471

99/ MO**


4 DR., 4 CYL., AUTO


NEW 2014 VENZA 4X2 2 AVAILABLE: #474506, 474508




4 DR., AUTO, 4 CYL., INCL.

NEW 2014 SCION XD 2 AVAILABLE: #453014, 453030






4 CYL., 4 DR., AUTO

NEW 22014 RAV4 4X4 LE AVAILABLE: #464026, 464063

NEW 2014 PRIUS PLUG-IN 2 AVAILABLE: #477444, 477452


4 DR., 4 CYL., AUTO






2 AVAILABLE: #477433, 477417



2 AVAILABLE: #472221, 472222

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