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ELIZABETH WAIBEL STAFF WRITER

Parks, the Purple Line and responding to growth in nearby Bethesda were big issues for discussion at a town of Chevy Chase forum Thursday evening. The candidates forum was held in the run-up to the May 6 town election. Seven candidates have filed to fill three council seats. At the forum, several candidates said the town is strong, but will face challenges and

changes in the future. Grant Davies, who owns a management consulting business, said the town needs a unified voice to influence decisions on changes near its borders, like the Bethesda downtown plan and the Purple Line. Right now, he said, no one is satisfied with how town officials have handled Purple Line issues. “We can effect the changes, but we have to be smart,” he said. Donald Farren, a retired curator and library administrator, said the town needs diverse thinking on the council, and he would work on reconciling the opposing views held by residents.

Councilman Al Lang, who is seeking re-election, said the town has strong basic service, but challenges ahead. He said that if re-elected, he wants to look into turning some parking lots into parks. “It’s going to be quite an endeavor to pull it off,” he said. Kathie Legg, a member of the town’s Long-Range Planning Committee, also said the town should look into whether some of the parking lots at the town’s edges could be turned into parks, especially with the possibility of more dense development in downtown Bethesda.

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Dillon Papier, 11, of Frederick works on his time skills with Julianne Fuchs-Musgrave, director of the National Institutes of Health Children’s School at the NIH Clinical Center in Bethesda.

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It’s a one-room schoolhouse that serves students in kindergarten through 12th grade, but there is nothing oldfashioned about it. Attached to one wall is a large-screen TV for watching science shows or communicating via Skype with classes around the country or even around the world. There are two computers, bookcases full of reading material, shelves of school supplies and a large work table in the center of the room. Another thing about this school: Called the NIH Children’s School, it is in the pediatric unit of the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center in Bethesda. Besides

‘Farmer Tim’ ELIZABETH WAIBEL STAFF WRITER

When Vickie Baily went to her local farmers market, she found a story and a new subject for her photography. Baily got to know Tim Derstine — a Pennsylvania farmer and part of the Tuscarora Organic Growers Cooperative — by visiting his farmers market in Garrett Park. “I was already a person who loved farmers markets, and his market is less than a block from my house,” she said. “... It’s fantastic.” For several years, Baily had

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visited the market that Derstine sets up in town most Saturdays. She then asked him if she could visit his farm to photograph where the food comes from. The four trips she took over the course of 2013 resulted in a photography exhibit on display in Garrett Park this spring. An opening reception is planned for Saturday — next to Derstine’s market. Baily’s training is in fiction writing, but she has captured many of the same things that interest her about writing in her photos.

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At top: Tim Derstine checks on zucchini growing on his Pennsylvania farm. Derstine sells his produce at a farmers market in Garrett Park on Saturdays. Above: Derstine (right) is pictured at his dinner table with family and friends.

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tissues and a box of face masks plus the IV poles the students often drag in with them, there is no medical paraphernalia to be found. “The school here provides an important service to pediatric patients,” Dr. John I. Gallin, director of the NIH Clinical Center, said in an email. “It contributes to their care as these young patients aren’t forced to choose between falling behind in their education or their treatment,” Gallin said. “They keep a familiar routine, connect with other children who face similar challenges, and transition easier when they get home — all of which supports their healthy development, well-being and continued participation as patients in the life-saving research happening here.” Since 1953, the year the center opened, teachers from

Visitors to the Shops of Wisconsin in Bethesda these days will see construction workers and some heavy equipment overhauling the front of the building on Wisconsin Avenue. But despite the flurry of activity, the eclectic mix of

stores in the shopping center, including Trader Joe’s, FITology, Gymboree Play & Music and T.K. Martial Arts, is still open for business. Shannon Jones, a spokeswoman for Douglas Development, which owns the property, said the construction is part of a multimilliondollar facade renovation. “[It’s] under construction now, and we’re trying to keep the impacts to shoppers minimal,” she said. The shopping center, at

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A North Bethesda farmers market is starting its 2014 season in a new location. The Pike Central Farm Market, which used to operate in front of Mid-Pike Plaza on Rockville Pike, opened Saturday on Old Georgetown Road. The market had to move because of construction on Pike & Rose, the redevelopment project that’s replacing Mid-Pike Plaza. The market is still close to its old location in the White Flint neighborhood just south of Rockville. Almost 40 vendors are expected to take part in the market; a list is available at centralfarmmarkets.com. Pike Central Farm Market is open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays through December at 11561 Old Georgetown Road, near the intersection with Executive Boulevard.

The Wheaton-Kensington Chamber of Commerce will honor individuals and businesses at its 30th annual community awards banquet from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Hollywood Cafe East in the the Westfield Wheaton mall on Veirs Mill Road. Among the honorees will be the Wheaton Studio of Dance, which was established in 1958 and is owned by its artistic director, Shannon Rush-Locke. Tickets cost $45. For information, contact Vicky Surles at 301-949-0080 or wkchamber@wkchamber.org.

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a.m.-5 p.m., Landon School, 6101 Wilson Lane, Bethesda. Free. alexis_polakoff@landon.net. Greek Food Festival, noon-10 p.m., St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 7701 Gradley Blvd., Bethesda, through May 4. www.festival.stgeorge.org.

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9 a.m.-2 p.m., Spring Bazaar, 1150 Carnation Drive, Rockville. Free. 240314-8800. Clowning Around, 10-10:30 a.m., The Puppet Co. Playhouse, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. $5. 301-6345380. 31st Annual May Fair, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Montgomery Child Care Kensington-Forest Glen, 9805 Dameron Drive, Silver Spring. www.mccaedu.org.

4010 Randolph Road, Silver Spring. $15. www.unexpectedstage.org. Bethesda Dancefest 2014, 7-11 p.m., Dance Bethesda, 8227 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda. $40. 301-9513660.

Cantate Chamber Singers Present “Dear Ben...” Tribute to Composer Benjamin Britten, 7:30 p.m., St. John’s

Norwood Parish, 6701 Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase. $35-$45; students with ID are $15 and ages 18 and younger are free. www.cantate.org. Concert by Pianist Audrey Andrist, 8 p.m., Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ, 1 Westmoreland Circle, Bethesda. Free. 301-3202770.

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King Farm, 701 King Farm Blvd., Rockville. 240-499-9019. Raptors Rule Festival, noon-4 p.m., Meadowside Nature Center, 5100 Meadowside Lane, Rockville. $5. Register at www.parkpass.org. Same Love, Same Rights LGBT Wedding Expo, 12:45-3:30 p.m.,

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of the Lollipop Kids Foundation. The group works to combat social stigmas, ease financial burdens and provide a comfortable and fun environment for families and children with disabilities to connect with, learn from and support one another, according to a news release. The discussion marks the foundation’s kickoff of its Smile, Don’t Stare campaign to help people better understand and communicate with those who have disabilities. Speakers Tuesday are to include Chuck Short, special assistant to the county executive; Andraéa LaVant, inclusion specialist with the Girl Scouts Council of the Nation’s Capital; Diane Nutting, director of access and inclusion with Imagination Stage; Chase Phillips, certified special needs adviser with Merrill Lynch; and Steve Riley, executive director of Potomac Community Resources. Doors will open at 6 p.m.; the program will be followed by a reception from 7:30 to 8:15. More information about the foundation is at lollipopkidsfoundation.org.

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Rockville Art League Juried Members Show and Concert, 1:30-3:30

p.m., Glenview Mansion, 603 Edmonston Drive, Rockville. Free. 240-3148660. Garden Tours, 2-3 p.m., McCrillis House, 6910 Greentree Road, Bethesda. Free. info@montgomeryparks.org.

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Chevy Chase Village is set to hold elections for three seats on its Board of Managers on May 10. Three of the seven board seats are up for election this

year. Incumbents Michael L. Denger, Robert C. Goodwin Jr. and Elissa A. Leonard all are running for re-election. Kimberly Fried is also seeking a seat on the board. Residents are invited to meet the candidates and ask them questions at a forum and reception May 7. The event starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Village Hall with statements from the candidates and questions from the Elections Committee, said Shana R. Davis-Cook, the vil-

lage manager. The audience also will be able to ask questions during the forum and at a reception afterward. The polls are open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 10 at the Village Hall. Absentee ballots also are available. For more information, see the upcoming special edition of the village’s newsletter and visit chevychasevillagemd.gov. ewaibel@gazette.net

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Minority Scholars Program coordinator Vilma Najera gives the order for students to continue forward during Sunday’s March to Close the Gap.

Students march to close gap ‘Historic statement’ on Rockville streets BY

LINDSAY A. POWERS STAFF WRITER

In a procession of purple and black shirts led by a small but thundering drumline, Montgomery County students and others marched Sunday in a symbolic call to close achievement gaps in their schools. The hundreds who participated in the March to Close the Gap started at the school system’s Carver Educational Services Center in Rockville and marched down a busy Hungerford Drive and other Rockville streets to the Montgomery County courthouse on East Montgomery Avenue, eliciting supportive honks from passing cars as they cheered, chanted and waved signs for their cause. Students from the Minority Scholars Programs at about 10 county high schools organized the march to both raise awareness about the issue and about their program’s efforts to close the gap. The county school system faces longstanding gaps in performance between student groups, especially those between African-American and Hispanic students, and their white and Asian peers. As he marched, Yannick Alexis — a 17-year-old junior and scholars program leader at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School — said he sees a big disparity between minority and

non-minority students at his school, but that the program is helping more and more students. “You can’t close the gap in one day or even one year, so just changing the culture at our school I think has made a big difference,” he said. Alexis said he thinks the march served as a memorable event to highlight the gap. “They’re kind of a historic statement you can make,” he said. Michael Williams, a teacher and the Minority Scholars Program coordinator at Walter Johnson High School in Bethesda, said he was “overjoyed” by the number of participants who joined the march — evidence of the power of “positive peer pressure.” “They’re seeing something positive happening led by their peers and they’re being attracted to it,” he said. Many of the students joined the march in support of the scholars program. Antonia Tamakloe, a 15-year-old sophomore at Northwest High School, said she thought the march would attract people’s attention and help the Minority Scholars Program expand, including to her school. “The gap is closing little by little” through the program, she said. For marcher and Clarksburg High School sophomore Emory Cole, 15, the Minority Scholars Program is an answer to closing the achievement gap

through the support and resources it offers students. “I see plenty of minorities in my school that need encouragement,” Cole said. “I see many people who need the extra push.” The event brought out several school system and county officials, including Superintendent Joshua P. Starr and board of education members. Speaking at a rally on the steps and lawn area of the county courthouse, Starr told the marchers that student leadership is important in efforts to close the gap. “Kids listen to kids much more than they listen to adults,” he said. In his address to the crowd, Williams compared the marchers to students who participated in other historical causes, including those who protested segregation in the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. “The problem is clear,” Williams said, and students must be allowed to create and lead as part of a movement aimed at the gap’s end. School board member Christopher S. Barclay (Dist. 4) of Takoma Park said he was proud and excited to see students bring the issue of the achievement gap into the community. “These young people know what it means to close the gap,” he said. “They know what it means to them.”

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The U.S. Census Bureau is hiring 1,000 office and field staff for temporary positions to help with a Census Test this year. The 2014 Census Test will allow the bureau, “on a small scale, to test a variety of new methods and advance technologies that are under consideration for the 2020 Census,” the bureau said in a news release. The agency will open a temporary office in Silver Spring for the test, which will run June 23 through Sept. 25. Census Day will be July 1. The pay for the temporary jobs will be $14 to $21.50 an hour. For application information, call 888-4801639.

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Rebuilding Together Montgomery County volunteers repaired and renovated 17 local homes and two community establishments April 26 for the nonprofit’s 25th annual National Rebuilding Day. More than 600 Montgomery County volunteers from religious organizations, leadership organizations and businesses took part in construction projects at the homes and at nonprofit partners Cornerstone Montgomery and the Jewish Foundation for Group Homes. “We really appreciate that the community is so engaged,” LeeBerkeley Shaw, Rebuilding Together’s development director, said. “It’s so nice to see the county coming together to take care of each other.” According to a Rebuilding Together press release, 77,000 homes in Montgomery County, about one-third of all owner-occupied houses in the county, have incomplete plumbing, more than one person occupying each room or a household spending more than 30 percent of their income on homeownership. The organization’s projects are prioritized based on “life safety needs,” according to Shaw — like installing a smoke detector, or a grab bar to prevent falling — and are carried out based on funding and volunteer availability. Rebuilding Day projects ranged in scale from small repairs including landscaping, painting and carpentry work to completely gutting one home’s bathroom, Shaw said. Shaw visited five of the 19 project sites throughout the day. “It was just really upbeat, really positive and people were really excited to see the tangible results of

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David Anderson (left), CFO of Lerch, Early & Brewer and a board member of Rebuilding Together Montgomery, and Mike Burski of Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church create a handrail for steep exterior steps for a family in Kensington on Saturday. Below: Volunteers from RBC Wealth Management cut trim for the roof to repair a senior’s home in Damascus. their efforts,” she said. There are 187 Rebuilding Together affiliates nationwide who took part in the day of service. “Volunteers know they’re a part of something bigger than just that one project,” Shaw said. “It was a national effort and I think people were amped about that.” In its 25 years, Rebuilding Together Montgomery County has completed more that 1,900 local repairs and rebuilding projects, and they have no intention of slowing down anytime soon. “The rest of the year, because we do work year round, we’ll have smaller, targeted projects,” Shaw said. According to Shaw, there are three repair projects already scheduled in the coming months, and 15 families are waiting for furnaces and HVAC systems that the

group looks to replace this summer. The organization is expected to also auction off 10 custom-built

children’s playhouses at its Playhouse Project fundraising event at The Shops at Wisconsin Place in Chevy Chase on May 29.

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A yearlong resurfacing project is expected to improve conditions on River Road in Bethesda, although traffic may be tied up during the work. “That road is pretty chopped

up; it’s in pretty rough shape,” said Charles Gischlar, a spokesman for the State Highway Administration. The agency is set to begin work on 2 miles of River Road between the Capital Beltway south to Goldsboro Road in Bethesda, according to a news release. The project includes resurfacing all traffic lanes, applying new pavement markings, installing a new traffic signal at the intersection with Wilson Lane and replacing guardrails and damaged curbs. When the project is finished, pedestrians also should see im-

provements along the route, including new sidewalk ramps that comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Audible countdown pedestrian signals at the intersection of Wittier BoulevardWinston Drive also are planned. Gischlar said Monday that workers had started erecting signs and conducting erosion control work to prepare for the road resurfacing. “You should start to see the lion’s share of the work happening within the next week or so,” he said, but the exact timeline de-

pends on the weather. While work is taking place, drivers will likely see one lane closed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and multiple lanes closed at night, from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m., Gischlar said. Lanes may be closed more or less depending on traffic and the work that needs to be done, he said, but the lane closures will mostly come during off-peak hours. If the weather cooperates, the $3.1 million project is expected to be completed next spring. ewaibel@gazette.net

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Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett is recommending the county direct about $41.3 million more than he originally proposed toward school construction projects. The extra funds would produce a total of more than $1.5 billion for Montgomery County Public Schools’ capital improvement program for fiscal years 2015 through 2020, compared to Leggett’s original proposal in January of about $1.1 billion. Leggett’s recommendation to increase county funding for the school system follows unsuccessful efforts in the General Assembly to give Montgomery $20 million more

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a year in state funding for school construction projects. School board President Philip Kauffman said Monday the extra money Leggett is recommending would help the school system “somewhat,” but still leaves a significant funding gap. “There still will be significant delays to projects across the county,” he said. Before Leggett released his recommendation, the County Council’s Education Committee approved Monday a plan aimed at addressing the roughly $230 million gap between the school system’s request for capital funds and Leggett’s original proposal. Council President Craig L. Rice (D-Dist. 2) of Germantown said the recommended funding — which come from school impact tax revenue — might alter that plan. “We’re right now in feverish meetings to see what in fact this means for us,” Rice said Tuesday. Under the plan the council

committee approved, the school system would cut about $170 million over the six-year period through one-year delays to all projects — including additions, revitalization and expansion projects — that don’t have construction funds in fiscal 2015. Larry Bowers, the county school system’s chief operating officer, said the plan wouldn’t delay any project that is either already under way or going to get under way in fiscal 2015. “The belief is it’s the fairest approach because every project will be impacted by it,” Bowers said. Revitalization and expansion projects at elementary schools were already delayed a year under the school board’s capital budget proposal. This plan would increase those delays by another year. To help fill the rest of the funding gap, the council committee also approved cuts to proposed funds for the school system’s HVAC replacements and the removal of four

elementary school addition projects from the six-year capital projects plan. Bowers said school officials hope the extra funding will mean the school system won’t need to decrease HVAC replacement funds. “That is a very high priority,” he said of the HVAC work. Rice said it is possible that the reduction of HVAC funds “might not be as severe.” “The reality is is that the larger scale of pushing everything back one year will still most likely continue for the majority of schools,” he said. Kauffman said school system officials were told that efforts at the state-level to create the new funding method would likely succeed in the 2015 legislative session. “There will be the ability, assuming that we do get those dollars next year, for these delays to be reversed,” he said. lpowers@gazette.net

Former Washington Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann will be “honored” at next week’s dinner and roast to benefit the Jubilee Association of Maryland. The association is a nonprofit that provides community support to 130 adults with intellectual and other developmental disabilities in 60 locations throughout Montgomery County. The association was started in 1977 by the Hyattsville Mennonite Church; it provides services to people of all faiths and beliefs. The annual roast is the nonprofit’s primary fundraiser. It includes a reception and seated dinner for 600, during which a film will be screened highlighting Jubilee’s work in the past year and speakers will roast Theismann. The reception will include a silent auction. The master of ceremonies will be Redskins radio announcer Larry Michael. Roasters will include former Redskins Jeff Bostic, Mark Moseley, Rick “Doc” Walker and Doug Williams. The roast will be at 6 p.m. May 8 at the Montgomery County Conference Center, 5701 Marinelli Road, North Bethesda. Tickets cost $175 and can be purchased at jubilee.ejoinme.org/2014Roast. For more information, contact Steve Allen at 301-949-8628, ext. 117, or sallen@jubileemd.org.

Cancer survivors can get radiation marks removed The Dermatology Center and Rockledge MedSpa are offering free radiation mark removal services to surviving cancer patients. Part of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, the practice has volunteered to offer the services through the New Beginnings: Radiation Mark Removal Program. Patients can have a free consultation at the practice’s locations in Bethesda, Germantown and Washington, D.C., with the actual treatments provided in the Bethesda office, according to Dr. Roberta F. Palestine, founder and medical director. Interested patients must provide an official letter from an oncologist or radiologist approving of the removal of any radiation marks or tattoos. The free service is not limited to lymphoma or breast cancer survivors. The program is set to be available year-round. Consultations can be scheduled at dermskin.com, by emailing info@dermskin.com or by calling 301-530-8300.

POLICE BLOTTER

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

Stolen Vehicle Recovery • On April 9 at 10:45 p.m. in the 10400 block of Grosvenor Place, North Bethesda. Aggravated Assault • On April 14 at 4:50 p.m. in the 8800 block of Lanier Drive, Silver Spring. The subject is known to the victim. Residential Burglary • 9700 block of West Bexhill Drive, Kensington, between 10:45 a.m. and 12:10 p.m. April 7. Forced entry, took nothing. • 9900 block of Sorrel Avenue, Rockville, on April 8 or 9. Attempted forced entry, took nothing. • 5000 block of Bradley Boulevard, Bethesda, between 8:45 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. April 10. Unknown entry, took property. Vehicle Larceny • YMCA, 9401 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda, between 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. April 7. Forced entry, took purses. • Marriott Conference Center, 5701 Marinelli Road, North Bethesda, between 6:15 and 7 p.m. April 10. Forced entry, took nothing.


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Montgomery County Council members say they want drivers to pay a higher fine when a camera catches them illegally passing a school bus. From early January through March, new cameras on Montgomery County Public Schools buses caught about 272 violations and county police have issued $125 citations to those drivers, according to data presented at a Monday joint meeting of the County Council’s Education and Public Safety committees. The cameras automatically record drivers who pass a stopped bus while its stop arm is extended with flashing red lights. The $125 citations are too low, members said, and they want to see the fine double to $250 — the maximum allowed by law. Council President Craig L. Rice, who chairs the education committee, said each citation issued “represents a life that could have been taken, a child that could have been hit.” He noted the penalty is stiffer for drivers who are caught directly by a police officer: a $570 citation and three points on a driver’s license. “You are getting off very easy with our school bus cameras at 125 [dollars],” said Rice (D-Dist. 2) of Germantown. A county District Court judge set the current citation amount, said Richard Harrison, a manager in county police’s automated traffic enforcement unit. The joint committees asked that council staff develop a resolution — which the nine-member council would need to pass — that would urge the District Court to increase the fine. “We have a serious problem in people driving by stopped school buses,” said Councilman Philip M. Andrews (D-Dist. 3) of Gaithersburg, the council’s public safety committee chairman. The bus camera program, which costs about $250,000 annually, has 25 cameras installed on bus routes with higher numbers of passing incidents. Wiring for the cameras will be installed on 75 more buses so the cameras can be swapped among the buses. The County Council enacted a law in March 2012 that enables police to install and operate cameras on school buses to catch drivers who pass the vehicles when they are stopped and operating their flashing red lights. “This is catching more people than we could ever catch on our own,” county police Assistant Chief Betsy Davis said Monday of the bus cameras. Harrison told the council members that the number of violations might have been higher than 272. On days when buses were driving through bad weather conditions, salt and snow spray covered the camera lenses, he said. “That kills the whole day Advertisement

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that they’re out there,” he said. “We can’t get any citations.” Harrison said police will look into this summer how to keep camera lenses clear during such weather. About 128 of the 272 issued citations had been paid, resulting in about $16,000 collected in fines, Harrison said. The cameras will continue to operate on buses used for summer school. In continued efforts to educate the public about the law and the cameras, he said, county police will launch a public service announcement and advertising on buses and bus stops starting in August. Council members expressed support for expanding the program. Councilman Roger Berliner (D-Dist. 1) of Bethesda said the county, facing a “very serious” issue, should expand the program as fast as it can. Harrison said the county will consider the program’s next steps during discussions on the fiscal 2016 budget. Todd Watkins, director of transportation for the county school system, said officials were “very careful and cautious” determining which routes the first 25 cameras should be placed on. Only recently, he said, had all 25 cameras been placed on a bus. “I think the slow-grow approach is the right one,” he said.

Former delegate from Potomac focuses on education, seniors

BY CHRISTOPHER NEELY SPECIAL TO THE GAZETTE

The list of candidates seeking a delegate seat from District 16 has seen many faces — some new, some old. It has been seven years since Democrat Gareth E. Murray was a District 20 delegate, from 2003 to 2007. However, he decided to run again, and in September filed for the June 24 primary in District 16. Two of the Democratic incumbents — Ariana Kelly and William Frick, both of Bethesda — are seeking re-election. Del. Susan C. Lee (D) of Bethesda is running for the District 16 Senate seat. After leaving the House, Murray, of Potomac, was director of legislative affairs and communications for the Maryland Higher Education Commission until January 2013. As owner of Spirit Ventures, Murray provides consulting services in education, mental health, government relations, renewable energy, telecommunications and real estate development. He also is an assistant pastor at the

First Baptist Church of Silver Spring. Murray, 66, a native Baltimorean, said education is his top priority, and Montgomery County needs more state money for its schools. Specifically, Murray wants to make college more affordable and accessible. He said it is important to keep tuition manageable, as higher learning is crucial to success in today’s job market. Murray, who holds a master’s in psychology from the University of Maryland and earned his doctorate from Cornell University, is a proponent of the Middle College Program. Murray said the program would give high schools the resources to have graduating seniors receive both their high school diploma and associate degree at the same time. His support is based on the state law that allows community college graduates in Maryland to attend any fouryear public institution in the state. He acknowledged Montgomery College’s current work within high schools, but said it is not enough and a more structured approach is needed. Murray called the Middle College Program a ticket to a four-year institution. He also said it would cost significantly

less to earn an associate degree for a student who is still in high school. “The Middle College approach will allow the county to put students on a fast track to college without having to worry about the quality of graduating students,” he said. Murray, who was the primary caregiver for both of his aging parents, also puts senior citizens as a priority issue. He plans to push for stronger programs of assisted living that will “maintain the dignity and respect [senior citizens] deserve.” Murray’s other priorities include cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay, while understanding and capitalizing on the economic impact of the bay and its tributaries. He also puts a priority on transportation, and making it more affordable for businesses to locate near transit centers. Other Democrats in the race are Jordan Cooper, Peter Dennis, Hrant Jamgochian, Marc Korman and Karen Kuker-Kihl. District 16 covers Bethesda, Potomac and Chevy Chase.

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Montgomery County schools’ conversation on civil online behavior continued Thursday in a community forum that attracted students, parents and staff who have experienced and wanted to learn more about the issue they see within their schools. The forum, held at Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville, featured speaker Andrea Weckerle — founder and president of the nonprofit CiviliNation and author of “Ci-

vility in the Digital Age” — as well as a question-and-answer session. The event served as the latest step in a cybercivility initiative that arose following an incident in which students who took to Twitter with angry and threatening messages directed at Superintendent Joshua P. Starr when the school system decided not to close amid unusually cold temperatures. Starr said at the forum that the goal of the initiative is to start conversations about the issue and engage kids who live in a “complex world” where the line between a person’s virtual self and physical self “is becoming more and more blurred.” “Our responsibility is to help them understand that world,”

he said. The event fell a few weeks after the first meeting of the school system’s cybercivility task force, which was charged with developing ways to raise awareness of the need for more polite online communication as well as guides for students, parents and others to talk about the issue. In her talk, Weckerle described reasons why people act uncivil toward others online (it’s easy, thrilling and people can hide behind anonymity or a pseudonym) the effects of that behavior (such as stress, fear and depression) and the different kinds of online troublemakers. To help manage his or her behavior and respond well to others’, she said, a person

should try to understand the values and needs that drive others to act the way they do, be familiar with his or her own personality and learn how to listen to others, among other measures. Weckerle said adults should commit to being positive role models for the kids who are watching them. “We’re giving people mixed messages and the way we’re behaving online reflects back,” she said. Those who attended the forum brought varying experiences related to cybercivility. Stacey Rotella, a media specialist at Watkins Mills Elementary School in Gaithersburg, said she started teaching her fourthand fifth-grade students about five years ago how to be “good

cyber citizens.” “Then I realized I needed to go younger,” she said. Rotella said she’s happy to see the school system address an issue she considers to be increasing as technology becomes more and more acessible. Elizabeth Rathbone, an instructional specialist in the school system’s department of student services, said the department has heard “more and more about different types of bullying,” with cyberbullying being one. She said she thinks adults are generally not as aware as they should be about civil online behavior and need to learn more so they can in turn help students understand. “I think they think they’re

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invincible,” Rathbone said of students. Kebebush Tesfaye — whose son Matthias Takele attends Francis Scott Key Middle School in Silver Spring — said she has heard a lot from other parents about behavior on Facebook and Twitter and that she attended the event to better understand where kids are going online. “It’s better to understand to protect them,” she said. Matthias said he has seen cyberbullying in his school and the effect it can have on people’s feelings. “My friends have been bullied,” he said. “It’s changed them.” lpowers@gazette.net


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The state delegate from Kensington is wrapping up his second term as one of three from District 18. “I like helping people,” Waldstreicher said. “Constituent service is at the core of what I do.”

Waldstreicher, 34, is a lawyer in private practice but “first and foremost, I am a legislator,” he said. He lists his other jobs as father to twins Kate and Eli, who are 4, and 11-month-old Harry, and husband to Joanna Waldstreicher. Voters appreciate the fact that he faces many of the issues they do as parents, he said. “I think people are focused on education,” he said. “That is certainly my top priority. We need to invest in schools: pay teachers a fair wage, have build-

ings that are on the cutting edge and lower class sizes. I’m also working on later start times. Data shows later Waldstreicher start times for high school results in a lot of good things including better [test scores].” He said he was not surprised that the county delegation’s ef-

forts to get more state money for school construction failed this year, but is “optimistic” that Montgomery will fare better when the legislature meets again in 2015. In his eight years in the General Assembly, Waldstreicher said his biggest achievement was working on legalization of same-sex marriage in 2012. “From a policy point of view, my greatest accomplishment is passing marriage equality in Maryland — civil rights for everyone,” he said.

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Obituary Lillian Finneran died following a long illness on April 22, 2014, in Chevy Chase, Maryland. Born in New York on August 16, 1924, she was the daughter of William McNamara, a lawyer with the Long Island Railroad Company, and Lillian Veitenheimer McNamara. She was raised in Baldwin, New York with her older brother William. As a young woman, she developed her passion for sports, playing basketball and field hockey in high school. She attended the Katharine Gibbs School after high school. Upon completion of her secretarial training, she went to work as a factory worker near her home town to support the war effort as did many young women during World War II. Lillian happened upon a young midshipman, John Glennon Finneran (Jack), in 1944 in an “accidental” meeting cleverly arranged by her aunt and his mother, who were good friends. Following a wartime romance, they married in October 1946 in Annapolis Maryland, shortly after Jack’s graduation from the United States Naval Academy. With her marriage, Lillian embarked on her life-long calling as the quintessential navy wife. She devoted her entire life to Jack, supporting him as he rose through the ranks from Ensign to Vice Admiral, and was called upon to participate in many of the hot and cold actions that arose throughout the world during the Cold War years spanning from the late 1940s thru the late 1970s – such as Vietnam, and various crises and wars in the Middle East. Lillian often found herself raising their five children by herself for long periods of time as the US Navy ships on which Jack was serving were deployed overseas. She moved her family whenever and wherever Jack was reassigned to ensure she and the children could spend as much time with Jack as his duties would allow – moving households 22 times during Jack’s 31 year career. Lillian set high expectations for her children and she and Jack sacrificed many short-term pleasures so they could afford to pay for a college education for each of their children. In addition to raising a family of five, Lillian was equally skilled in all of the other essential duties of a naval officer’s wife in her time. She volunteered to help other navy wives and families when their husbands were deployed and she raised funds for Navy Relief. Whether organizing a backyard barbeque for the crew of one of Jack’s destroyers or entertaining foreign military attaches and diplomats at a formal event when Jack served as the Commander of the US Second Fleet and NATO’s Air Strike Fleet Atlantic, Lillian was a terrific hostess, greeting everyone with a smile and a warmth that made one feel as though he or she was the most important guest at the party. After Jack’s retirement, he and Lillian settled in Bethesda, Maryland and took the time to enjoy each other, friends, travel, golf, tennis, Navy Football and their children and grandchildren. She particularly loved the time the entire extended family would gather every autumn for a reunion weekend at a small resort in West Virginia. A devout Catholic, Lillian remained active in church activities until her illness made that impossible. She is survived by her five children Patricia Diepold, John Finneran, William Finneran, Sharon Manto, and Kathleen Avsec, her eight grandchildren and her five great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Jack and her granddaughter Laura Ann. Services will be held in Annapolis, Maryland, where she will be buried by her husband’s side in the US Naval Academy’s cemetery. In lieu of flowers contributions are welcomed in her name to the Fisher House at Naval Support Activity Bethesda www.fisherhouse.org. 1909900

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Before his first election to the House, Waldstreicher had a lot of experience working on policy. He was pro bono counsel for the Sierra Club, chairman of NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland and legal redress chairman for the NAACP. He also is concerned about the environment. “Maryland is a unique state with the Chesapeake Bay. As a dad I want to be sure I leave the bay cleaner and the environment better for my children,” he said. But his thoughts go back to the people he represents in District 18, which comprises Kensington, Garrett Park, Chevy Chase, Wheaton and parts of Rockville and Silver Spring. “When I knock on doors, most people want to know about potholes, lost power — Pepco — and accessing scholarships,” he said. “The world is very big and it can be difficult to cut through red tape and I take a lot of pleasure in helping people fix small problems that make a big difference in their lives.” The other two Democratic incumbents, Alfred Carr and Ana Sol Gutierrez, also are running in the June 24 primary. There are four challengers in the primary: Natali Fani-Gonzalez, Rick Kessler, Elizabeth Matory and Emily Shetty.


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Montgomery County employees are scheduled to receive pay increases for the second straight year, while election-year politics have begun to creep into county decisions. The County Council cast an 8-1 preliminary vote Tuesday to approve a package worth more than $23 million of wage, step, longevity and other increases negotiated by the county and the three unions that represent its workers. Councilman Philip M. Andrews (D-Dist.3) of Gaithersburg was the dissenting vote. The council is scheduled to take a final vote on the fiscal 2015 budget — which includes this package — on May 22. Under the terms of the agreements, members of the Municipal and County Gov-

ernment Employees Organization would receive a 3.25 percent pay increase on Sept. 1. Seasonal workers would receive a raise of 50 cents an hour. Members of the Fraternal Order of Police would receive a 2.1 percent increase on July 1, while members of the International Association of Firefighters are scheduled to receive a 2.75 percent increase on the same date. All three groups would get 3.5 percent step increases for employees. Employees at the top of their pay level and not eligible for another step increase would receive 3 percent longevity payment for MCGEO employees and 3.5 percent for FOP and IAFF employees. Fiscal 2014 was the first year the council approved raises after three years without them during the recession, keeping employees from getting an average of $30,000 in pay. Andrews suggested that total increases of 3 to 5 percent would be more appropriate. Employees deserve raises, but the increases should be more modest, said Andrews,

who is seeking the Democratic nomination for county executive against current Executive Isiah Leggett and former Executive Douglas M. Duncan. To make these increases with an economy that’s still recovering shows that Leggett and the council haven’t learned from the recession, Andrews said. Reducing the level of the pay raises would let the council reduce the county’s energy tax back to its 2010 level, as it promised to do when it was originally raised several years ago, he said. The cuts that the council had to make in 2008 and 2009 wouldn’t have been as deep if the pay raises before the recession hadn’t been as large, he said. Council Vice President George L. Leventhal (D-At Large) of Takoma Park and Councilman Marc Elrich (DAt Large) of Takoma Park said Andrews shouldn’t focus so much on the percentage of the increases. It can be expensive to pay employees, but the county relies on its employees to provide services to residents, Leventhal said. Elrich said the increases preliminarily approved on

Tuesday still don’t get people back to where they were before the recession. “We did hard things to people” during the recession, and now the county is in a position to do better for its employees, he said. Council President Craig L. Rice (D-Dist. 2) of Germantown said he agreed with Andrews that fiscal restraint is needed, but the council did that before the recession. “Now it’s time for us to have measured growth,” Rice said. Councilwoman Nancy Floreen (D-At Large) of Garrett Park said she understands that Andrews is running for county executive, but she stands by the council’s decisions over the years and supports the increases supported on Tuesday. Council members have to take Andrews’ ambitions into consideration as the June 24 primary approaches, and the advantage of being the only opposing vote is that he gets a platform for his views, Floreen said. “We are in campaign mode here,” she said. rmarshall@gazette.net

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A North Potomac dad whose son’s Instragram posts of drugs and weapons led to their arrests in 2013 was sentenced to four years probation for contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Under the terms of the sentence, Darel Gettier, 64, was required to make a $2,500 donation to the Wounded Warriors Fund and had to give up his guns, state’s attorney’s spokesman Ramon Korionoff said. Gettier pleaded guilty to the charge April 10, court records show. He was initially charged with seven other criminal counts, but those were dropped. Police alleged in court filings that Gettier’s North Potomac residence had been label as a “problem house,” the site of frequent parties and the place where teens bought drugs from Gettier’s teenage son during school hours. Investigators said they were

tipped off by the son’s Instagram account, where more than 600 photos of drugs and weapons were posted, The Gazette reported. When Gettier and his son were arrested Oct. 11, 2013, a SWAT team search turned up 45 guns — among them an M-16 that his son posted on Instragram. Seven people were inside the house smoking marijuana at the time of the search, police said. His son, who was 16 at the time of the arrests, was initially charged as an adult with possession of a firearm by a minor, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession with intent to distribute a controlled dangerous substance and possession of a firearm in a drug trafficking crime. But according to Korionoff, Judge Michael D. Mason granted a motion to waive the teen’s case to juvenile court. The Gazette generally does not name juveniles who are not charged as adults.

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other side of the gavel. “Circuit Court feels to me, in a lot of ways, like being in my backCreighton yard,” said Audrey A. Creighton, who was sworn in April 11 as an associate judge in Montgomery County. “I grew up here,” Creighton

said. “I have a vested interest in the quality of the justice system and the judicial system as a whole here in Montgomery County because of my roots.” Creighton was appointed by Gov. Martin O’Malley to fill a vacancy on the court. Montgomery County voters will decide whether she gets to keep the judgeship. Under Maryland law, appointed circuit judges are required to run in the election nearest to their appointments.

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Circuit judges also must run again when their 15-year terms expire to continue serving. In an election, sitting judges can face opposition from any candidate who meets the requirements. In this year’s primary on June 24, voters will have to narrow the field of candidates from five to four. Creighton and three other sitting circuit judges — Joan E. Ryon, Gary E. Bair, and Nelson W. Rupp Jr. — are running as a team against Daniel P. Connell, a Poolesville attorney. “I see my role both as a public servant who serves the entire community of Montgomery County,” Creighton said, “and also helps to reflect the demographics of the community.” Creighton is the second Latina to obtain a judgeship in Montgomery County. She said she was childhood friends with the first Latina to reach that milestone, Circuit Judge Marielsa A. Bernard. “That’s how small the Hispanic community was,” Creighton said. Creighton, 53, of Dickerson, was born in New Jersey, but was raised mostly in Montgomery County. Her father came here from New Jersey to work for the Smithsonian. Her mother is from Ecuador. Creighton earned an English degree from University of Maryland, College Park, in 1982. She parlayed her interest in writing and performing arts into a law degree from University of Baltimore School of Law in 1986. After working in private practice for some time, she served as an assistant state attorney general in the Criminal Appeals Division from 1988 to 1990. She worked as an assistant public defender in Montgomery County from 1990 t0 2010, the year she was appointed a Montgomery County District Court judge. Outside the courtroom, Creighton is an active member of the Montgomery County Bar Association and is a past president of the Maryland Hispanic Bar Association. She recruits local law school students for what is known as the Pipeline Program, which gives aspiring lawyers the chance to intern at major law firms. She said the program is an attempt to add diversity to the legal practice. “I’ve had a lot of great role models who broke the glass ceiling for me, both women and Hispanics,” Creighton said. “I think it’s important to continue that, building a bridge and continue making it a real possibility for the lawyers who are coming up behind me. Particularly, the Latina women behind me.” tarnold@gazette.net


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Bullis seniors sink their teeth into product ideas New Entrepreneurship Signature Program sparks creativity, competition n

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PEGGY MCEWAN STAFF WRITER

Sometimes we don’t know what we need until someone tells us we need it. Do you need the Noti app on your smartphone to find a friend at a sports event, or the Check It Out app to find a certain product in a grocery store, or a Kanga bag to get rid of trash at the movie theater or stadium? These were some of the ideas that students from Bullis School in Potomac created and presented on April 22 at the school’s first-ever “Shark Tank”style program. It was based on the ABC television series in which entrepreneurs pitch their business ideas to a panel of potential investors. The Bullis program highlighted businesses developed during the private school’s new Entrepreneurship Signature Program. In September, 29 seniors divided into six teams began the steps to create a successful product. They developed the concept, tested it, refined it, defined a market and, finally, convinced backers to fund it, said Marc Steren, an entrepreneur instructor at the school. Just like in real life. In addition to Noti, Check it Out and Kanga, students created Helping Hands, a computer app for academic management and communication; Pearl Toothpaste, a toothpaste tablet; and Picshare, an app to let groups of friends or family put their pictures into shared collages. The students presented their products to a panel of judges in the school auditorium filled with friends and family. They were vying for $10,000 in seed money to continue their work

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Vanessa B. Harrington has been named senior editor for The Gazette newspapers in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties, and Fairfax County Times in Virginia. Harrington, 42, has worked at The Gazette since 1998 and has served as editor of The Gazette in Prince George’s County since 2000. “It’s an exciting time in community journalism, an opportunity to build upon the local news coverage we provide at a level no one else is achieving,” Harrington said. “Expanding my role at The Gazette into

and actually bring their product to market. “They learn to work together as a team, do research and make sales,” Steren said. “What’s amazing is the commercial viability of all the products.” Each team worked with a mentor from the local business community throughout the year. The mentor kept them on track and focused. “When I signed up for the class, I didn’t know it would be such hard work, said Cristina Avila, 17, of Potomac. “Eight months ago, we started from zero.” On April 22, Avila and her teammates — James Barlia of Washington, D.C., Jindu Chiazor of Silver Spring, Ogulcan Atakoglu of Potomac and Emma Goldberg of Dickerson — joyfully celebrated their work. Their Pearl Toothpaste won the competition and a check to help them continue developing their product. “It feels awesome,” Barlia said. “With $10,000 from Bullis, you have this summer two months to get the ball rolling.” Steren said he will continue working with all the teams. “Some are clearly ready to continue,” he said. The judges for the presentation were 1999 Bullis graduate Dave Bernad, president of film and television at Rip Cord Productions in California; Jerry Feigen, founding director of the University of Maryland Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship; and Tara de Nicolas, principal at Georgetown Consulting Group and director of PR and Partnerships for Startupland. The choice of Pearl Toothpaste as the winner was unanimous, but all the products were viable, de Nicolas said. “I honestly was blown away,” she said. “I think they all have a plan for success.”

other counties allows us to continue to grow the neighborhood-level coverage we strive to provide.” Harrington, a graduate of Howard University in Washington, D.C., previously worked as an associate editor at Air Force Times in Springfield, Va. She and her husband, Rick, have a 10-year-old daughter, Raven. While at the helm of the Prince George’s editions of The Gazette, the newspapers have won numerous national and regional journalism competitions, including being named the 2012 Newspaper of the Year for nondaily publications with a circulation of more than 37,500 by the Local Media Associa-

tion, a professional trade association comprising more than 2,000 newspapers in the U.S. and Canada. “I am excited about the promotion of Vanessa to the position of senior editor for The Gazette and Fairfax newspapers,” said Karen Acton, CEO of Post Community Media LLC. “I have worked with Vanessa for 13 years and have found her to be a dedicated journalist with a strong commitment to our company and to our success. I look forward to working with her more closely in her new role as we continue our legacy of providing great community newspapers.”

The roads more traveled getting help from state After harsh winter, county plans to spend $1 million infusion on pothole repairs n

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Montgomery County will be throwing nearly $1 million down several holes— potholes that is. The county got a $992,145 grant, the second-largest amount of funding provided by the state to all 23 counties and Baltimore City, for repairs to local roads damaged by winter weather, according to the Maryland Department of Transportation Office of Finance. Gov. Martin O’Malley distributed a total of $10 million on April 23 from the state’s Transportation Trust Fund, split among the

counties based on the number of roadway miles maintained by the local government, according to a department of transportation press release. Montgomery County has 2,304 miles of local roadways. The county should receive the grant within the next few weeks, and plans to use it to fund road repairs “right away,” Esther Bowring, public information officer for Montgomery County, said. “It’s not a secret that this winter really tore up the roads.” The money the county received from the state will supplement county money used to fill potholes, as well as dig and refill larger areas — a process called “deep patching” — to give damaged roads a longer life, Bowring said. “Our ultimate goal would be to completely rehabilitate roads in the worst condition,”

Bowring said. While current measures are something of a temporary fix, Bowring said it could be years before roads will need to be completely repaved. “Under [County Executive Isiah] Leggett, there has been a huge undertaking in road maintenance,” Bowring said. In Leggett’s eight years as county executive, road maintenance has increased by 80 percent for primary and arterial roads and 676 percent for residential and rural roads, ac-

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cording to Bowring. Bowring said the county has fixed 2,600 potholes in February and is slated to fix even more. Pothole trucks go out every day, weather permitting, to assess damage reported by residents, and repairs are then made within three business days, Bowring said. Residents can call in and report potholes through the county’s 311 system. If the road is a numbered route such as Route 355, 117, contact Maryland State Highway at 301-513-7300.


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As Poolesville High School continues to top the charts in caliber and difficulty, some parents wonder where struggling students fit in. It’s the fourth most challenging high school in the Washington D.C. area, and the 68th most difficult in the county, according to The Washington Post’s 2014 Most Challenging Schools Report, released on April 7. US News & World Report ranked the school third in the state. It’s an honor and a boon to business. But is it a strain for some local students? The Montgomery County public magnet school serves Poolesville residents and the brightest kids from around the county, who must apply to get in to one of four magnet programs, including global ecology, humanities, science, math and computer science, and independent studies. The majority of local students also participate in the magnet programs. There are 547 local Poolesville students, and 649 from other parts of the county. Recently some parents have gathered for conversations

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about the high school’s curriculum. Bob Cissel, whose two kids graduated from Poolesville High School before the expansion of magnet programs there, invited parents to his home on April 22 for discussion. Cissel said the group of parents that got together was not in opposition to the school or magnet programs, but wanted to open a discussion about serving kids at every level. That it’s a top high school, “that’s great news,” Cissel said. “But you can’t ignore that small part of the population that’s not at that level.” It’s about “making sure those kids don’t fall through the cracks,” he said. He expects more parents to join at the next meeting he plans to host on Tuesday at 7 p.m. The group will invite a representative from the Parent Teacher Student Association to come to the meeting, Cissel said. Later the group plans to have a conversation with the school administration. Principal Deena Levine said she believes every student can succeed at the high school. “We offer an enormous amount of support to students,” she said. The school has an extra long lunch period so students have time to meet with teachers and get extra help. Eight years ago the school expanded its magnet program. “We were faced with declining enrollment and the county

decided this would really boost our enrollment, placing the upcounty magnet in Poolesville,” Levine said. This brought in more kids taking high level classes. In the last several years the school has phased out regular level classes in some subjects, offering only honors classes in English, health and some social studies and science classes, Levine said. Joyce Breiner, who serves as delegate for the high school to the county public school system, said Poolesville High School used a county-outlined process for combining regular and honors classes, which says that the classes may be combined as long as the teacher is still addressing the needs of students at all levels. “Our kids who were not in the [honors and magnet] program said they felt like were on the outside looking in,” Levine explained. Levine said that merging some of the classes where they could has supported a sense of cohesion. The teachers, she said, “like having all the students together. They say the conversations are richer.” Laura Carmack, whose son graduated from the global ecology magnet program last year, is now at Georgia Tech. She said, “he’s prepared to be there and some of his counterparts are having a hard time in college.” Her other kids are a fresh-

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man and senior at Poolesville High School in the global ecology magnet program. “It’s really been good for my kids, it’s definitely pushed them,” she said. But since the issue has been raised, Carmack said that she is confident that the school will “make sure the issue is taken to heart,” and the conversation addressed. The Washington Post’s ranking relies on the ratio of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests administered, to students at the school. High scores on these tests can earn students college course credits. In Poolesville the ratio is 6.26 tests to one student over four years. Hosting a top high school has also been part of keeping the town viable and attractive to families, and bringing customers to local businesses, said Commissioner Jerry Klobukowski. “As for helping the town, yes, I think it is,” said Klobukowski. “A lot of people have moved to town for the high school.” Cissel emphasized that he and other parents are supportive of the high school, but hope to have a conversation with administrators to ensure that all students’ needs are met.

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It was an afternoon of colorful balloons and children playing musical instruments and showing their drawings. The celebration on Thurday was for new illuminated mosaic address plaques at the Long Branch Community Center of Carroll Avenue Quebec Terrace in Silver Spring. Children from middle- to high-school age got to “brand” the community with colorful patterned mosaics that serve as house numbers for each building in the neighborhood. The project and Lighting the Way Home ceremony came about through Common Ground, an interdisciplinary collaboration between the YMCA Youth and Family Services, Gandhi Brigade, Imagination Stage, and Arts on the Block. Officials said the group of middle- and high-school students are playing a critical role in the redevelopment of their own low-income, highcrime community through art and design. To fight crime, the community developed its own master plan that consisted of community discussions, art programs, the establishment

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of a green space and better lighting. The community center is in an area that has a high crime rate and low income families. The YMCA, a Wheaton-based nonprofit organization, works with youth who are passionate about art and gives them a space to learn about the creative process and how the arts can influence their community. “It is sort of a second home to the kids right here in their community,” said Patti Bryce, the YMCA’s program coordinator. Bryce said the program has helped more than 100 children the past three years. She said the center plays an “important” role in making sure children get their homework done and improve their grades. Jackie Gomez, 18, had difficulties doing homework. Her parents did not speak English well. So she got involved with the program in third grade. “I am the oldest in my family. ... Nobody could help me. ... So, I joined the program [and] I came back to volunteer,” Gomez said. She said her grades, problem-solving and reading skills improved. Today, Jackie is a freshman at Montgomery College and plans to attend the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore. abarros@gazette.net

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Continued from Page A-1 “My photography is very narrative,” she said. “It’s also a lot about relationships.” Baily took pictures of Derstine and his family, who are Mennonite, on the farm in different seasons and at a wedding. She also met and photographed some Amish farmers from whom Derstine buys products. “All the photos are about Tim’s world and life, not just a

lists, a mobile-friendly website, text alerts and social media accounts. The proposed Purple Line light-rail system also figured prominently in the forum. Councilwoman Kathy Strom said the proposed Purple Line

tourist going to see what Amish people are like,” Baily said. Baily said she feels lucky to have access to a selection of baked goods, canned food, fresh vegetables, lettuces, pea shoots and whatever else Derstine brings to town. “It is just an absolutely lovely market, and it’s a market where everything is organic unless it’s labeled that it’s not,” Baily said. Baily’s photos are scheduled to be on display Saturday through May 31 at Penn Place

has a lot of problems, and the town needs to bring them to the attention of county, state and federal officials. Vicky Taplin, a member of the town’s Climate and Environment Committee, said she doesn’t understand destroying

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one environmental asset — the Capital Crescent Trail — for a transit system that is supposed to be environmentally friendly. Taplin said she wants to see more open spaces in the town, such as community gardens, pocket parks and perhaps a dog

park. Deborah Vollmer, a member of the Long-Range Planning Committee, said she is “adamantly opposed” to the proposed Purple Line alignment and would support litigation to challenge it. She favors a mora-

n What: Opening reception for a photography display, “Farmer Tim: Where Our Food Comes From.” n When: Noon to 2 p.m. Saturday. The photos are scheduled to be on display through May 31. n Where: Penn Place Gallery, 4600 Waverly Ave., Garrett Park, next to farmers market. n More information: Town of Garrett Park, 301-933-7488.

Gallery, 4600 Waverly Ave., and the adjacent restaurant, Black Market Bistro, in Garrett Park. An opening reception is planned

for noon to 2 p.m. Saturday. Derstine’s organic market is open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays next door.

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the Home and Hospital Instruction Office of Montgomery County Public Schools have tutored patients up to age 18. The school system works under 10year federal contract worth up to $2.8 million. The workload varies from week to week, said Julianne Fuchs-Musgrave, director of the school and one of its two teachers. Sometimes there are as few as five patients and some weeks there can be 14, but she and fellow teacher Ann Malo annually work with about 100 students from across the country and around the world. “It’s a wonderful place to work for me personally,” FuchsMusgrave said. “We are incredibly well supported: academic support from [the county school system] and support within the clinical center. Both entities really want us here.” Jameire Covin, 10, who was diagnosed with aplastic anemia when he was 2, is a fifth-grader from Long Branch, N.J. He has

the medical atmosphere. It offers them continuity and, in some cases, a sense of nor-

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Marcia was born on 12/3/1923 in Nanking China, the fourth and youngest child of Ray and Anna Sweetman. George was born on 9/29/1926 in Holton, Kansas to Harold and Lucille Caldwell. He was the first of two boys. George and Marcia met and subsequently married in Wichita Kansas on January 6, 1952. They moved to Kensington, Maryland when George began his work at the Library of Congress in the 1960s. Marcia received an undergraduate degree from Denison University and a Masters from Syracuse University. George received his undergraduate degree from Kansas University, Masters from Harvard University and a Degree in Library Science at Columbia University. He worked for the Library of Congress until his retirement in 1995. They moved to Hamden Connecticut in 2010 to be close to family. Marcia passed away on 4/2/14 followed by George who passed on 4/20/14. They both remained at home with the help of hospice, dedicated caregivers and family. They are survived by George’s brother Donald Caldwell and his wife Mary as well as many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. George and Marcia leave behind a legacy of kindness to others, generosity as well as devotion to family and friends. They will be deeply missed. Contributions in George and Marcia’s memory may be made to Doctors without Borders or the ASPCA. A memorial service will be held at Atria Larson Place in Hamden CT on Saturday 5/3/14 at 3 PM.

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floor of the building, but the move meant a bigger space, new equipment and an interior renovation, part of which was funded by the landlord. Despite the decline in customer traffic, the ongoing renovation is a good thing, Moore said. “Yes, it’s been frustrating, but we’re excited for the finished product,” Moore said. 1910400

peacefully on April 12, 2014. at her home in Chevy Chase Md. She was born in San Francisco to Albert and Mina Walter in 1910. Her family moved to Cokeville Wy., in 1913, where her father managed a phosphate mine. They witnessed covered wagons moving west on the Oregon Trail, and bank robbers (the ‘Green River Gang’) stealing their horses. The family moved to Ardsley, NY in 1916, where Bobby became the valedictorian of Ardsley High. She graduated magna cum laude from Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Mass. in 1931, from which she also received a Masters Degree (1933) and taught chemistry. She married Henry F. Lerch III of D.C. in 1936 and thereafter resided in Chevy Chase until her death. She was actively involved with Henry Lerch and Wilton Wallace in the founding of the law firm of Wallace & Lerch (now Lerch, Early Brewer, Chtd.) in 1950, and has been associated with it in many capacities for 64 years.

Mrs. Lerch was the leader of many regional organizations. She served as President of the former DC Girl Scout Council and as the first President of the combined five councils which became known as the Girl Scout Council of the National Capital. She was President in 1963 when scout summer camps were integrated. In January 2014 she received the first 90 year pin ever awarded in history by the girl scouts. Bobby was the first female President of the United Way of the National Capital Area. She twice visited the White House to receive Ronald Regan’s contributions in person. She served as a Board Member and Allocations Committee Chair of the United Way for many years, and was a Board Member and Chair of the Montgomery County Health Welfare Council. She was very active with Mount Holyoke College, and was President of the Washington Alumnae Club. She led her 75th college reunion parade in 2006, and she was the last surviving member of her class. She served St. Paul’s Lutheran Church as President of its Church Council, Trustee, Sunday School Superintendent, Archivist, and in countless other positions, including the Muhlenberg memorial committee. She was also the President of the Lutheran Church Women of the Maryland Synod. She and her family also hosted many diplomats in cooperation with the State Department. Her guests included Lady Baden Powell, the world founder of the Girl Scouts, and many others. From the ‘50s thru the ’70s she and her family summered at their cabin at Scientists’ Cliffs on the Chesapeake Bay. During the ‘80s and ‘90s, she wintered in Biscayne Park, Fl. She snorkeled and petted a shark on her 90th birthday. She enjoyed travel, flying, genealogy, reading, and needlepoint. She was predeceased in 1986 by her devoted husband Henry, and is survived by three loving sons and their wives: Harry and Sharon Lerch of Palm City, Fl., dahinda meda (formerly Al Lerch) and Norma Grier of Eugene, Or., and John and Harriet Lerch of Salisbury, Md. She is also survived by 8 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and 2 great-greatgrandchildren.

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6831 Wisconsin Ave. just north of Bradley Lane, was built in 1988 and acquired by Douglas Development in 1996, according to the company’s website. Jones said she was unable to provide specifics about the renovation, and other messages left for Douglas Development were not returned. Jones did say that the current plans call for a garden or patio area with seating, and the work should be finished within the next four or five months. Anita Moore, owner of Gymboree Play & Music, said work has been going on at the shopping center since last summer. She has seen a decline in customer traffic that she thinks is related to the construction, but her business is still open. “We’re actually excited for it to be completed, because we know it’s going to be better for the area,” Moore said. She hopes a renovated shopping center will bring in more business. Gymboree has been in the Shops of Wisconsin for almost 10 years, Moore said. The old design had a small courtyard well below street level, but new renderings show a courtyard at a higher elevation. Moore said Gymboree had to move from the bottom floor to the third

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been a patient at the clinical center since October and studies with Malo most days. Jameire’s favorite subject is math, but on April 11 he and Malo were working on his book report on “Dinosaurs Before Dark” one of the “Magic Tree House” series by Mary Pope Osborne. Dillon Papier, 11, of Frederick has Niemann-Pick type C disease — an inability to metabolize cholesterol that leads to neurological impairment — and spends one week each month at NIH, said his mother, Darrile Papier. He was working with Fuchs-Musgrave on reading and telling time. “Having Dillon maintain the school work through the week he is here is helpful,” Papier said. “His teachers [appreciate] that he is not behind.” Another bonus to the program is that it is a change of routine for both the patients and their parents, Fuchs-Musgrave said. “Some [kids] see this as an escape, they enjoy being here, to be able to get out of their rooms,” she said. “It’s a break from medical procedures and

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torium on building in the town and restrictions on pesticide use. Statements from all the candidates are available online at townofchevychase.org.

A Celebration of Life will be held at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 4900 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., D.C. on Sunday, May 4, at 1:30pm. In lieu of flowers the family suggests that contributions may be made to St. Paul’s Church; Girl Scouts, 4301 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington DC, 20008;Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA 01075; or to a charity of your choice. 1909907


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EDUCATION NOTEBOOK Richard Montgomery students finalists in eco-challenge Two students from Richard Montgomery High School

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After a whirlwind of four performances of “High School Musical” over the weekend, Gail Howard sits on a well-worn couch in her office Monday morning, backstage in Poolesville High School’s auditorium. A varsity jacket from the show is one of a few costume items strewn across the two couches in the room. A tea kettle, gallon jugs of water and bottles of honey are piled on books and papers nearby — supplies the students used for keeping their voices fresh during the shows. The crowded room clearly doubles as a backstage hangout. Seventy-two-year-old Howard is the school’s drama director where she directs the Midnight Players, the group that put on the musical. “High School Musical” was her last show before she retires at the end of the school year, although she said she’ll be around as the new director, Nathaniel Gordon, takes over. After 20 years and 40 plays, Howard teared up as she spoke about the students she has seen find community in the Midnight Players and confidence from taking the risk of stepping onstage. Sixty-eight students rehearsed dance moves, sang, directed lighting, built the set and played instruments for weekend show this year. Howard never turns down students who want to be involved, which means she now double-casts roles, so that one student plays a role for two of the four performances, and another acts in the other two. Howard got her first taste for theater as a 16-year-old growing

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Poolesville High School drama instructor Gail Howard and her students get ready for the evening performance of “High School Musical” on Thursday afternoon. up in Athens, Ga. when her class went to see The Teahouse of the August Moon. “I saw that play and I decided that night I was going to go to the University of Georgia and major in theater. And that’s exactly what I did,” Howard said. She later earned a Masters in Christian Education from the Presbyterian School of Christian Education in Richmond, Va. and taught at churches in Missouri before moving to Montgomery County in the early 1970s. Here she returned to theater as drama director at Hood College in Frederick and then Poolesville High School. For a few years, she actually did both jobs a once.

The first thing that senior Connor Lugo-Harris, who played one of the leads, Troy Bolton, in “High School Musical,” remembers about Howard was that she told the students to call her Gail. The informality spoke to the kind of group the Midnight Players is — one that spends long hours and late nights rehearsing, that watches each other test out characters onstage, that zips into the director’s office to make tea for one another during scene breaks. But one thing they never do is share water bottles. It’s been forbidden since what Howard calls the ‘midnight plague.’ An epidemic spread among

the cast, and later to the rest of the school, just as the Midnight Players opened “The King and I” in the fall of 1996. “[The cast] would come off the stage and lie on the floor and wrap up in a blanket,” she said. Halfway through one of the shows Howard had to take over the light board because the crewmember in charge of lights was too sick to stand up. “She is The Midnight Players,” Lugo-Harris said of Howard. “People look up to Gail and she’s like an institution in the school.” Rehearsals can be demanding, but Lugo-Harris said he’s seen students come a long way under Howard’s direction. “Acting with Gail has really opened me up to other types of acting,” said senior Nikki Gruber, who played another lead, Gabriella Montez. “She really helps the actors find their style and what they want to accomplish with the scene.” Though Howard is handson in giving guidance, “she lets us kind of do our own thing,” Gruber said. Each fall and spring, before the Friday night show, senior cast and crewmembers talk to the group about what The Midnight Players means to them, a tradition called ‘senior speeches.’ “I wouldn’t have made it through high school if this group hadn’t have been here,” is a common sentiment, Howard said. “It’s a big group, it’s an accepting group,” she said, “the fact that people care about them here,” makes a big difference. And having the guts to get on stage gives students the confidence to take risks and speak in front of crowds. “They’ve never sung or danced before in their lives and they’re up there doing it and doing it well. It’s incredible,” she said. “These have been 20 incredible years for me.” sscully@gazette.net

in Rockville were named finalists in the Siemens Foundation and Discovery Education sixth annual Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge, an environmental sustainability challenge designed to provide kindergartners through 12th-graders with the tools and inspiration to improve their schools, communities and world. Junior Richard Yarrow of Bethesda and senior Jessica Li of Gaithersburg, as Team: Green Rockets, made it to the finals with their project to create effective, eco-friendly soap and detergent. They were the Montgomery County team to place in the competition. Maryland had three other finalist teams, including the winner from Glen Burnie, which invented a novel biosensor and filter for environmental contaminants. As part of the contest, students across the country identified environmental issues in their schools and communities and created replicable solutions using digital curriculum designed by Discovery Education. The winners were selected on each project’s viable solution to a real world environmental challenge, their ability to engage the support of the local community and their ability to be replicated globally.

Sherwood High presents Agatha Christie play Students from Sherwood High School in Sandy Spring

will present “And Then There Were None” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday in the school’s Ertzman Theatre, 300 Olney Sandy Spring Road. Ten guilty strangers are trapped on an island in Agatha Christie’s mystery comedy. One by one, they are accused of murder; one by one they start to die. A nursery rhyme tells how each of the 10 “soldiers” meets his death until there were none. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $8 for students and are available at the door. For more information, email Andrew_R_Dodge@mcpsmd. org.

Montgomery Village students compete in Math Olympics Students from Living Grace Christian School in

Montgomery Village participated in the Northeast Association of Christian Schools International Math Olympics on April 8, winning nine awards for the school.

In the Computation Competition, sixth-grader Liliana Gomez placed first with a medal and perfect score. Eighth-grader Caleb Switzer also placed first; and seventhgrader Santiago Chitiva, sixthgrader Gabriel Magaña and fourth-grader Sarah Aguilar placed second. In that same category, fourth-grader Josue Escalante placed fourth and fifth-grader Emily Parr placed fifth. In the Reasoning Competition, fifth-grader Nehemiah Switzer placed first with a medal and a perfect score, and third-grader Peniel Johnson placed fifth. About 240 students from area Christian schools participated in the competition, which was held at the Southeast Asia Seventh-day Adventist Church in Silver Spring.

Barnesville school reduces energy use The Barnesville School of Arts & Sciences placed second

of 39 schools in the annual Green Cup Energy Challenge 2014 for the Chesapeake Region, reducing energy use by 10.3 percent from the same time period of last year. The Green Cup Challenge is a program of the Green Schools Alliance that “motivates schools worldwide to track their electricity use and make improvements to operations and facilities while also cultivating sustainable behaviors and student engagement,” according to an alliance press release. During the challenge, students and faculty were encouraged to reduce energy use by switching off lights in unoccupied rooms or using natural light in classrooms when sufficient and turning off computer monitors when not in use. They were provided with reminders and energy facts during morning meeting. To track energy use throughout the challenge, which took place Jan. 15 to Feb. 12, Bernie Weintraub, director of facilities; Tara Barnhart, an eighth-grade teacher; and Susanne Johnson, director of institutional advancement, worked with the Green Cup Student Committee to read the meters each week. The readings were entered into a web-based software created to track competition standings and allow Green Cup Challenge administrators to compare performance between schools. Reducing energy use continues to remain a priority at Barnesville and is an integral component of the school’s status as a Certified Maryland Green School, Kristen S. Carter, director of marketing and communications, said in an email.


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RELIGION CALENDAR UPCOMING Victory Christian Church International, 7-7 Metropolitan Court, Gaithersburg, will celebrate the 2014 National Day of Prayer with a gathering from 11:30 to 1 p.m. and again at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 1. Speaker will be Germaine Copeland, author of “Prayers That Avail Much” prayer books. For more information, call 301-670-1600.

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Gould, Lieber Annette and Marc Lieber of North Bethesda announce the engagement of their son, Daniel Solomon Lieber, to Rachel Lauren Gould, daughter of Dr. Thomas and Constance Gould of Wilbraham, Mass. The bride-to-be earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism at the George Washington University and a master’s degree in public administration from Suffolk University. She serves as an associate vice president in the health care practice at Rasky

Baerlein Strategic Communications, Inc. in Boston. The prospective groom earned a bachelor’s degree in molecular biology from Princeton University and a doctorate in systems biology from Harvard University. He serves as a principal genome scientist with Claritas Genomics in Cambridge, Mass. A wedding is planned for Sunday, May 25 in Conn. Rabbi Jonathan Z. Maltzman of Kol Shalom in Rockville will preside.

Overbey, Silva Ben and Sue Overbey of Gaithersburg announce the engagement of their daughter, Roseanna L. Overbey, to F. Peter Silva, son of Fred and Rosalyn Silva of Chula Vista, Calif. Rose, a 2003 graduate of Quince Orchard High School, received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Delaware in 2007 with a double major in English and psychology. She is currently employed as a teacher at Excel Academy Public Charter School in Washington, D.C.

Peter, a 2003 graduate of Eastlake High School in Chula Vista, attended San Diego State University, obtaining his bachelor’s degree in political science in 2007. He earned his juris doctor degree from the University of Miami in 2010, graduating cum laude. He is a partner with the Gowen Group in Washington, D.C. A wedding is planned in May 2014 at Ft. McNair in Washington, D.C.

Agape African Methodist Episcopal Church, 7700 Brink Road, Gaithersburg, conducts Sunday morning worship service at 11 a.m. Sunday School is at 10 a.m. Communion celebration on first Sundays, men leading worship on second Sundays, youth leading worship on third Sundays. “You’ll Get Through This” Bible Study from 7-8 p.m. Wednesdays. 301924-8640; www.agapeamec.org. Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 7730 Bradley Blvd., Bethesda, offers services at 8:30 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. 301-365-5733, www. elcbethesda.org. Moms In Prayer Group, times and locations vary, email MoCtyMIP@gmail.com for information, occurs every first and third Friday through June 6. Free. www.momsinprayer.org.

HEALTH CALENDAR WEDNESDAY, APRIL 30 Bariatric Support Group at MedStar Montgomery, from 6-7 p.m. at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center, 18101 Prince Philip Drive, Olney. Support groups such as those conducted at Medstar Montgomery Medical Center have been shown to improve both the short-term and long-term success of weight loss surgery patients. MedStar encourages all of its pre-operative and post-operative patients to attend. Because a patient’s success is so closely related to the support of friends and family members, MedStar also encourages spouses or significant others, parents, siblings and adult children to attend. 301-7748962. www.medstarhealth.org. Healthy Weigh Series, 5:30-6:15 p.m. Wednesdays, to June 18, at Suburban Hospital, 8710 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda. Focusing on the building blocks of a healthy diet, explore the latest topics in nutrition, exercise and lifestyle issues that can affect weight management. Topics include portion size, making healthier menu options when dining out, and bulking upon fiber rich food. Facilitated by licensed/registered dietician. $85. www.suburbanhospital.org.

THURSDAY, MAY 1 Ledo Pizza Restaurant Fundraiser Supports Nursing Education, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Ledo Pizza, 7213 Muncaster Mill

Bennett, Goleb Laurel residents, Mike and Debbie Bennett announce the engagement of their daughter, Ellen Joy Bennett, to Paul Christopher Goleb Jr., son of Diane and Paul Goleb of Gaithersburg. An alumna of Reservoir High School, the bride-to-be graduated from the University of Maryland School of Nursing. She is currently employed at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.

The prospective groom graduated from Richard Montgomery High School and Emory University. He received his medical degree from the University of Maryland and is currently completing his residency in internal medicine and pediatrics at the University of Tennessee in Memphis. The couple will wed in April 2015.

Yanoshik, Mitchell Paula and Paul Yanoshik of North Potomac announce the engagement of their daughter, Mara Christine Yanoshik, to Justin Joseph Mitchell, son of Steven Mitchell and Kathy Taverna of Simsbury, Conn. The bride-to-be, a 2004 Quince Orchard High School alumna, graduated from Pace University of New York City in 2008 with a degree in communications. She is the business development manager at Validant in San Francisco.

The prospective groom, a 2003 Simsbury High School alum, graduated from Suffolk University of Boston in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and is a sales engineer at Salesforce.com in San Francisco. The couple met on an around the world educational college trip through Semester At Sea on the Fall 2005 Voyage. An August 2014 wedding is planned in Maryland.

Road, Derwood. Enjoy lunch, dinner and carry out at Ledo Pizza, Derwood on Thursday, May 1 and a percentage of your meal/drink check is donated to the Irving T. Boker Memorial Fund for Nursing Education at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center. To participate, you must present printable voucher. Visit www.medstarhealth.org.

SATURDAY, MAY 3 Babysitting Plus CPR, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, May 3-10, at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center, 18101 Prince Philip Drive, Olney. Program prepares youth with the training every parent wants, including safety, childcare, safe play, first aid and CPR certification. Two-day class for ages 12 to 15. Includes babysitting basics and two-year CPR certification. $65. Visit www.medstarhealth.org.

THURSDAY, MAY 8 38th Annual Fore! Your Health Golf Classic, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Manor Country Club, 14901 Carrolton Road, Rockville. Join the MGH Health Foundation at the 38th Annual Fore! Your Health Golf Classic, presented by Sandy Spring Bank, to benefit Professional Development at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center. Visit www.medstarhealth.org.


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Today, The Gazette continues its endorsements for contested races in the June 24 party primaries.

For District 18 Senate On the broad political spectrum, there aren’t many substantive policy differences between the two Democratic candidates for state Senate from District 18 — challenger Dana Beyer of Chevy Chase and incumbent Richard S. Madaleno Jr. of Kensington. Both support a progressive income tax structure, gay and transgender rights, mass transit, an hourly minimum wage of at least $10.10 and looser marijuana laws, including expanded access to medicinal marijuana and decriminalizing possession of small amounts of pot. Both favor the state increasing the amount of renewable energy it uses, from 20 percent to 40 percent, and changing the accounting methods businesses use to report income, making it harder to shift profits outside of Maryland’s tax reach. Still, there’s little love lost between the two. Beyer has criticized Madaleno for paying lip service to some issues, but failing to use his legislative heft on the Budget and Taxation Committee to advance them. According to Beyer, Madaleno has been too eager to play along with the Senate leadership, often to Montgomery County’s detriment. She cites, as an example, Madaleno’s vote supporting shifting some pension fund obligations from the state to the counties. Madaleno rebuts the charge, saying he actually worked to mitigate the shift’s impact on counties when it became obvious that passage was inevitable. Beyer cites Madaleno’s lukewarm support of the Purple Line. Madaleno counters that, yes, he’d have preferred an alternate route than the one along the stretch of the Capital Crescent Trail that runs through some constituents’ backyards. But the route is a done deal, he says, and he needs to work on making sure the construction and operations disrupt neighbors as little as possible. Both candidates are highly articulate and persuasive when advocating their policies. Still, Madaleno earns The Gazette’s endorsement. He’s shown a solid knowledge of the state’s fiscal policy and workings. He’s demonstrated that being a good lawmaker is about more than saying the right thing. It also means being a pragmatist who knows how to pick his battles, and who can compromise when needed to get what’s best for his constituents.

Minimum wage, marijuana measures face murky future The Maryland General Assembly meets for 90 days each year, but many of its most controversial and farreaching decisions are made in the final days. So it was again this month, when the legislature approved a hike in the minimum wage, which will first be seen in paychecks next year. The minimum wage is now $7.25 an hour. In January it will rise to $8 and by July 2018, it will be $10.10. The legislature also decriminalized possession of small amounts of marijuana. That means possession of up to 10 grams of marijuana is still illegal, but after Oct. 1 it will be a civil offense, not a criminal one. Proponents of the minimum-wage hike say the extra money going to workers will be spent as it is earned and circulate through the economy. Opponents say it will dampen hiring and keep businesses from locating or expanding in the state. But national trends, regulation and market forces could influence the state’s economy in the coming years. That means a variety of reasons beyond the minimum wage could determine why people will or will not find jobs. Opponents of decriminalizing marijuana argue that it condones the use of a drug that could divert users from more productive activities, or worse, that could lead to more dangerous substance abuse. Proponents say that the existing criminal penalties drain resources from combating more serious crime and that marijuana possession laws are unevenly applied. The effects of decriminalization could be hard to determine. Will it encourage use of more dangerous substances? Will it truly free resources to focus on the plague of heroin and prescription drug abuse? As with most controversial and far-reaching matters, it could be hard to judge.

CORRECTION Cathy Drzyzgula’s letter, “Ethics changes would not ‘gut’ the law,” which appeared in the April 23 edition, neglected to note that she is a Gaithersburg city councilwoman.

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LETTERS TOT HE EDITOR

Transparency is the best policy for ethics As U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis famously said, “Sunlight is the best disinfectant.” We believe that this is especially true in regards to transparency of elected officials’ personal finances. As members of the Rockville City Council, we are elected to be good custodians of taxpayer resources and to make fair, impartial decisions that are in the best interest of our community. Taxpayers and people doing business with the city have a right to know that their elected officials are not making decisions from the dais with their personal bank account in mind. While other municipalities have been lobbying to weaken the existing ethics requirements imposed by the State of Maryland, a majority of the

Rockville City Council recently voted to support the current requirements for financial disclosure by an elected official. We wanted to send a clear message to Annapolis that the City of Rockville supports a strong ethics law. Legislation considered in the recent session of the General Assembly would have weakened two provisions of current state law. The bill would have removed a requirement to disclose out-of-state properties and would have limited disclosure of information about employment for immediate family members. Opponents of a strong ethics law have taken issue with calling these changes a “weakening” of current law. By definition, however, lessening the

requirements for disclosure of financial information is weakening the law. As mandated by law, we recently completed our 2013 financial disclosure forms. To be candid, it was a little nerve racking to put personal information about bank accounts and stocks on paper for public inspection. Whatever our discomfort, it is more important for our community to know that we have nothing to hide and that we have no conflicts of interest in regards to policy decisions we make. As elected officials, we have no reasonable expectation of privacy. People already scrutinize all aspects of our lives, so much of which is already accessible online in today’s digital age. We did not become elected

The bad news is that next year, for the first time in more than a quarter century, I will not be represented in the state legislature by Brian Frosh. Having him as a delegate and then as a senator has been one of the great benefits of living in Bethesda. The good news is that

The writers are members of the Rockville City Council.

Brian Frosh will still be working for me if we elect him as Maryland’s attorney general. I want an attorney general who has a record of protecting the Chesapeake Bay, scrutinizing the power companies and promoting recycling. I also want the person in that job to fight for sensible gun laws, afford-

able tuition, equal rights and consumer protection. Those are some of the causes he championed as a legislator. During his years in the General Assembly and the Senate, Brian Frosh demonstrated, day by day, that there are still public servants. He is a hard worker who has strong prin-

ciples — but understands that those we elect must also be willing to compromise in order to do the people’s business. For these reasons and many others, I’m looking forward to voting for this candidate in the Democratic primary on June 24.

Ben Beach, Bethesda

Why aren’t we taxing recreational marijuana use? Our state legislators deserve high praise for their recent decision to decriminalize marijuana and establish well-regulated dispensaries for medical marijuana patients. Now, for the first time in decades, minorities will no longer have to fear being unfairly targeted for possession, parents will no longer have to worry about their children’s futures being destroyed by a youthful indiscretion, and individuals suffering from painful and debilitating illnesses will be able to obtain the pain-relieving medication they need through legal channels. Unfortunately, while this legislation will reduce some of the most serious harms connected with our state’s policy towards marijuana, it will not prove viable as a long-term policy for several reasons. By decriminalizing recreational

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marijuana use without establishing a framework for its regulation or taxation, our state legislators have inadvertently converted such use from a criminal activity into a tax-free recreational activity, and deprived Maryland taxpayers of an estimated $136 to $156 million annually in the process. Furthermore, by choosing not to regulate the recreational market, our state legislators have carelessly granted an extension of a monopoly worth hundreds of millions of dollars to gangs, drug dealers and drug cartels. If we’re not going to treat marijuana possession as a crime, we should regulate and tax its sale, just as we would any other commercial activity. In addition to raising hundreds of millions of dollars in tax revenues, we’ll be able to segregate marijuana sales from the illicit

market for harder drugs, and strike a massive financial blow to criminal enterprises and gangs throughout the state. As a case study, Colorado’s experiment in legalization has gone incredibly smoothly during its first three months. Despite opponents of the policy predicting that legalizing marijuana would lead to increases in drug abuse and crime, neither has taken place. The new policy has simply moved the industry out of the shadows and into the scope of government oversight. The only significant difference is that now Colorado has a new source of revenue, which they’re choosing to use for drug education, addiction services, and public school construction. Maryland needs state legislators who are willing to tackle this issue honestly and responsibly in the upcoming legislative

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officials to seek more privacy. Anyone who runs for public office knows what they are signing up for. Although the vast majority of elected officials are honest people, there is a need for strong protection of public interest. Residents of Gaithersburg and other Maryland municipalities should ask their elected officials how their actions regarding the ethics law have been in the best public interest. In Rockville, the answer is clear.

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session. In addition to addressing the shortcomings of the recent decriminalization law, we need to build upon it with regulations that make sense: where all sales are well-regulated; age restrictions are established; taxes are levied on all recreational sales; and strict limits on advertising are established from the outset. Until such reforms are passed, the only consequence of further foot dragging will be the hundreds of million of dollars in lost tax revenues that could have gone towards drug education, rehabilitation programs, and public education.

Peter Dennis, Bethesda The writer is a candidate in the Democratic primary for a District 16 House of Delegates seat.

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Maryland’s health-care debacle the result of one-party system Regarding Maryland’s “signature” health care exchange, the O’Malley Administration would like us to now swallow the following: 1. Nearly $90 million of taxpayer dollars was spent on the web-based Maryland health exchange marketplace, that crashed on day one and struggled thereafter for the entire enrollment period. 2. They are now “scrapping” that $90 million web site. Oh well, it’s just the taxpayer’s money. 3. We taxpayers are now investing another $40-50 million in a new website based on Connecticut’s system that has worked well for years.

4. Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, who was in charge of the Maryland health care exchange that is now being scrapped, wants to be governor. Unbelievable! I have no doubt that if the Democratic leadership in Maryland was put in charge of the Sahara Desert, there would be no sand left after two years under their management. And this is what residents get when a oneparty system is allowed to freely operate with no consequences or accountability. Wake up folks!

Tim McCabe, Sandy Spring

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Several weeks ago, the Gazette newspapers ran a superb editorial agreeing with a recent judge’s ruling finding that County Executive Isiah Leggett and Director of Public Information Patrick Lacefield had engaged in ethical violations by spending some $200,000 of county money during the 2012 election cycle to successfully support legislation limiting the ability of police unions to negotiate certain work issues. I totally agreed with the position taken by the chief executive but am appalled that he and Mr. Lacefield expended county monies to support that ballot matter. The Gazette newspapers also pointed out that Mr. Lacefield had recently advanced a position in support of Mr. Leggett’s re-election in The Washington Post and had identified his government position in signing his letter. As soon as I saw that letter, I wondered, as did the Gazette, whether Mr. Lacefield had used work time to write his paper. At the same time that this issue surfaced, I received an email from Councilman Hans Riemer asking my position on an issue of snow removal. While I don’t know how Mr. Riemer obtained my name, I courteously answered his inquiry. However, I took the opportunity to ask Mr. Riemer’s views on the Leggett/Lacefield ethical violations. Mr. Riemer never responded. I sent him a second request for a statement of his position

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but he has again not responded. In between my two inquiries, however, Mr. Riemer did have the time to send me an email asking for a campaign contribution. If our elected representatives won’t answer basic questions regarding issues of the day, why should anyone give them any campaign contributions?

Joel M. Cockrell, Damascus

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Andrews’ public campaign financing proposal is a bad idea For years, candidates for Montgomery County executive and the County Council have demonstrated a propensity for quid pro quo corruption, and the appearance thereof, as evidenced by their unchecked willingness to accept campaign contributions from, well, just about anyone. Right? This, it seems clear, is the implied position of sitting Council Member and current County Executive candidate Phil Andrews, who is sponsoring legislation that would provide public funds to individuals running for county executive and the Country Council. If Mr. Andrews has his way, the era of quid pro quo corruption resulting from the acceptance of (apparently) dirty campaign money will soon be over. In its place, he plans to effect a new public financing system, paid for by the good citizens of Montgomery County. Our tax dollars will be used to pay for the campaigns of persons whose

views we support, and those whose views we do not support. It won’t matter, as long as the candidate meets the most perfunctory of qualification requirements. Would you like to run for county executive? Do you think you can cobble together 500 contributions of between $5 and $150 that total $40,000? If so, under the Andrews bill Montgomery County will send a cool $750,000 your way. Are you running for an at-large seat on the County Council? All you need is 250 contributions of between $5 and $150 that total at least $20,000. For accomplishing this miniscule amount, the county will gladly deposit $250,000 into your campaign treasury. And the numbers are unlimited for this pot of money, so if there are 10 candidates running for county executive that meet this criteria, then all 10 get $750,000. If 20 people meet it for County Council that’s $5,000,000 out of our pockets … the number

is unlimited! How exciting! No longer will developers, unions and environmentalists exert undue influence on office seekers. Under the Andrews Plan, anyone with an opinion and the ability to raise a modest amount of money will not only be able to present their views to the public, we the taxpayers will give them money – lots of money — to get the word out! Oh, you don’t want your hard-earned dollars spent supporting people with political views you do not share? Too bad. Apparently, Mr. Andrews believes this is a small price to pay to kill the marauding beast of quid pro quo corruption (or the appearance thereof), once and for all. Mr. Andrews’ bill is a terrible solution to a non-existent problem and I, for one, don’t want my tax dollars to be used in such a fashion. As such, it should be rejected by the Council.

Pamela N. Saul, Brookeville

Why stop at drug stores? Good for the Montgomery County Council, asking stores with pharmacies to stop selling cigarettes [“Montgomery council members call on pharmacies to stop selling cigarettes,” April 23]. The county executive’s new budget includes more than $1 million to prevent tobacco use and wean people off their addictions to this healthdestroying product. Let’s not stop with drug stores. CVS has said it would stop selling tobacco products in October; it would be great if Walgreens and Rite Aid followed suit. But we can do better. Right now you can go to a Safeway in Rock-

ville for nicotine-withdrawal supplies — and cigarettes. You can go to the Gaithersburg Sam’s Club for wholesome fruit — and cigars. I don’t need my kids seeing that. You can’t buy alcohol in most groceries and other retailers in this county. Let’s consider giving tobacco products the same treatment. Our food stores should sustain us, not poison us.

Tom Moore, Rockville. The writer is a County Council candidate, running in the Democratic primary for District 3.


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"If the mechanics are right, the shoulder should not be an issue. I think coaches are aware, good coaches are always trying to stay up on technique and better ways to do things..." Ed Hendrickson, Magruder softball coach

With only two games remaining on the regular season schedule, the Quince Orchard High baseball team is hoping to gather some momentum heading into the postseason. Quince Orchard (10-5) is among the perennial powers in the county and viewed as a contender for the 4A West Region title this spring. The Cougars may be peaking at the right time. Quince Orchard is scheduled to travel to Magruder Wednesday, head to Northwood on Saturday and host Sherwood on Monday. “We’ve been playing much better over the last two weeks,” Quince Orchard coach Jason Gasaway said. “I think our hitting is really coming around and our pitching has been better. Our defense is just about there. We’ve got a tough stretch of games to end

the season and then we have to turn around and be ready for the playoffs.” Quince Orchard batters are hitting .267 and the team is averaging 5.67 runs per games. Sophomore Jack Ropelewski is hitting .500 with a pair of doubles, junior Nathan Kessler is batting .326 with three doubles and senior David Thibeau is 14 for 43 with two doubles, one triple and a home run. “I’ve never seen a player hit so many sharp liners,” Gasaway said. “There’s a kid that could easily be hitting .500 right now. He makes great contact almost every time at the plate. He’s just been really unlucky. He’s probably hit 10 or 12 sharp liners that should have gone for base hits. Hopefully, his luck will change in the playoffs.” Thibeau admitted there have been some frustrating moments for him at the plate. “I try not to think about it too much,” said Thibeau, who plans to attend the University of Maryland, College Park this

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“There are some things I can’t control but I don’t want diabetes to define the way I play or the way I am.” Allie Rock, Sacred Heart lacrosse player

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Thursday afternoon’s tennis match against crosstown Interstate Athletic Conference rival Landon didn’t exactly go as planned for Georgetown Prep cocaptain and No. 3 singles player Jack Walsh. The four-year singles player, who has an overall winning record this spring, lost. But Walsh didn’t seclude himself in a corner to put the match on repeat in his head like many players might have done, he still had work to do on the sidelines, he said. The atmosphere surrounding Little Hoyas tennis team is much different than when Walsh was the freshman No. 1 singles player on a three-win squad, he added,

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and it was evident in Thursday’s 4-3 win against a team that has owned the matchup in recent years. “The spirit of this team has just improved so much, [a couple years ago] people didn’t seemed enthused at all about what we were doing,” Walsh said. “[Now] everyone is really excited, everyone is in to every single court. Like, I lost against Landon but it still felt amazing just to watch the team get the wins and it hasn’t always been like that. There is much more of a team feel than what it was three years ago and it’s been really exciting.” Thursday’s victory, which was won by precisely one extended third-set tiebreak clinched, 8-6, by Prep’s No. 1 doubles pair of junior Eric Speicher and sophomore Paul Adams — they won the first set in a long 12-10 tiebreaker before dropping the second set 3-6 — put the Little Hoyas in prime position to take sole possession of the IAC title for the first time since

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is more important than the other. Each court win is worth one point, whether it comes from No.

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Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart girls’ lacrosse’s Allie Rock is one of the premier playmakers in Montgomery County. But when the senior attacker talks about how she’s putting up

the best numbers of her high school tenure, she’s not talking about her team-high 45 goals. She’s talking about her blood sugar. Rock is a type 1 diabetic. She was diagnosed when she was three years old and has coped with the autoimmune disease ever since. “There are some things I can’t control but I don’t want diabetes to define the way

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1 singles or No. 3 doubles. Prep is now 8-0 — the Little Hoyas won just eight matches combined in 2011-12 — with its remaining conference matches against the Bullis School and St. Albans, scheduled for this week. Though both are wins for the Little Hoyas on paper, they’d be foolish to look past the two perennially successful squads, 15th-year coach Keith MacKinnon said. Should Prep win out this week — it was scheduled to play Bullis Tuesday but results were unavailable for this edition of The Gazette — it would nab the top seed in the IAC tournament’s new dual-match format; Landon is poised to be seeded second, which would set the stage for a compelling rematch in the championship. Prep announced its return to the conference’s upper echelon last spring when it went undefeated following early losses to Washington Catholic Athletic Conference power Gonzaga and Landon — it avenged both this year — to finish in a three-way tie with the Bears and season-ending tournament champion St. Albans for the IAC crown, its first since sharing the title with Landon in 2003. The Bears, who have won 46 IAC titles (the most of any Landon team, according to the school’s website) are also enjoying a recent resurgent themselves after a few down years. The conference seems to have come full circle with the traditional rivalry

however, mean that softball pitchers are immune to the wear and tear of competition or possible overuse, that motion-based injuries do not occur. Most coaches agreed there are major benefits to having more than one pitcher, especially in a spring such as 2014 when inclement weather and cancellations have led to many four- and five-game weeks. Take for instance, Our Lady of Good Counsel. While sophomore right-handed pitcher Alexis Randall’s tremendous offseason improvements have separated her as the Falcons’ clear No. 1 — she is 6-2 in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference, with a 1.55 overall earned-run average and 55 strikeouts compared to last year’s 5.28 ERA and 34 strikeouts — longtime coach Paula Obal has three capable pitchers at her disposal, something she said has been a luxury. Randall has pitched 12 of the team’s 17 contests but freshman Lexi Lutz (2-0) and senior Maura Nicholson (1-2) have stepped in on occasion to give her a rest during busy weeks. Travel ball pitchers can pitch upwards of five to seven games over a tournament weekend but Obal admitted there’s something different about the daily grind of high school season compared to a

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busy weekend with a week’s time in between. Softball, just like any other sport, is continuously evolving as athletes become bigger, faster and stronger and learn more about their limits and the intricacies of the sport. And recent developments may have revealed cause for concern in the younger generation of pitchers who are adding more and more movement-based pitches such as screwballs and curveballs at a younger age, Col. Zadok Magruder coach Ed Hendrickson said. Twenty years ago most softball pitchers focused primarily on fastballs and changeups, possibly a good riseball, Obal said. While a pitcher with enough speed probably could blast through a mediocre high school lineup, power no longer has the effect it once did, longtime Montgomery Blair coach Louie Hoelman said, as players have started to make the proper adjustments at the plate to catch up to those fast pitches. “I definitely think in clinics now they’re talking about pitchers having five and six pitches and not throwing as many fastballs in a game,” Hoelman said. “Players have learned to shorten their swings and go right to the ball.” The screwballs, dropballs and curveballs that are being mixed in more frequently, and especially start-

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Continued from Page B-1 I play or the way I am,” said Rock, of Silver Spring. Dealing with type 1 diabetes is a daunting task for anybody, let alone a varsity athlete competing at a high level. Rock, a Mercer University recruit, said she pricks her finger to test her blood sugar about seven times per day, sometimes during practices and even in the middle of games. If her sugar

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fall and major in engineering. “My coach always reminds me

back on top playing for championships, MacKinnon said. None of Prep’s recent success seemed feasible three years ago, Walsh and Harris said, when the two topped a rather thin lineup. While Prep might not have those one or two super stars it has, since 2012, built perhaps the conference’s deepest roster, which is topped this spring for the third straight year by junior Nick Mouser (5-2 record in 2014) and newcomer Nikita Demir, who won his match against Landon in straight sets. With no hugely significant drop-off between courts, training sessions have been more productive than recent history, Walsh, Harris and MacKinnon agreed. The Little Hoyas have also been helped by a deep coaching staff. MacKinnon has enlisted the help of Tom Speicher, Prep

teacher Bill Haardt and former Prep No. 1 and American University men’s tennis player Juan Jaysingh; the team has also benefitted from working with the teaching professionals staffed at the private tennis club on the school’s grounds, MacKinnon said. A lot of working factors have gotten Prep to where it is this season but it’s all started with a better overall environment, Walsh and Harris agreed, one truly rooted in team. “Jack and myself have a unique perspective of Prep tennis because we’ve seen it go from near its worst to where we are now,” Harris said. “We were able to witness the growth and it’s not something everyone can witness, it’s special.”

is low, she raises it by taking glucose tablets or chugging a Coca-Cola — she has done that three times mid-game so far this season, she said. But to Rock, type 1 diabetes is more an obstacle than a barrier. A lacrosse player since first grade, she has learned to deal with the chronic condition and used sports as her motivation; she is eating healthy, exercising daily and constantly monitoring her blood sugar. “Honestly, sports are what help me keep my blood sugar

grounded,” she said. Rock is playing some of her best lacrosse this spring. She has already surpassed her 26-goal total from last season as the leading scorer on Stone Ridge (8-4 as of Monday). “I practiced and worked hard over the summer,” Rock said. “Not only with stick skills and physical skills, but keeping my numbers under control.” When Rock takes a shot, she rarely misses, senior Natalie Gosnell said. Her go-to move involves charging the

goal, dodging the defender and launching the shot — a play that coaches and teammates aptly call the “rock and roll.” Gosnell said Rock, an attacker, is contributing both on offense and defense, with 12 forced turnovers. “There’s an extreme transformation from last year to this year,” Gosnell said. Rock credited her teammates with putting her in scoring position. “I’m just getting [more of] those golden opportunities

more this year,” she said. Stone Ridge coach Kara Thiede said Rock has been mature about how she manages her condition. Whereas before Rock might have been hesitant to check her blood sugar during practices, now she’ll tap her fingers, signaling that she needs to take a break, Thiede said. “That’s the neat thing about this. She has accepted it and she’s taking care of her body the best way she can,” Thiede said. “… It’s an amazing thing

to try and overcome.” Julie Rock, Allie Rock’s mother, said her daughter has worked out or played lacrosse nearly every day for the last three years, helping her play at an elite level in her senior season. “She’s pretty determined and she has never really let it affect her,” Julie Rock said. “She’s never really used it as a crutch or an explanation.”

to focus on making good contact. I think I’ve been swinging the bat well all season. I haven’t even looked at the stats once this year. Maybe one game I’ll have three hits rather than three line

drive outs.” Ropelewski has not only been a pleasant surprise at the plate for the Cougars, but the sophomore has also diplayed defensive versatility, playing

shortstop, third base, first base and even pitching on occasion. “I’ve always been used to playing shortstop, but I like playing different positions,” Ropelewski said.

“It gives me a chance to get a look at the field from different perspectives. It gives me a better understanding of what is involved in the game. I think we can continue to play well.

If we can win our last three games, that will give us a lot of momentum heading into the playoffs.”

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ing at a younger age than ever, coaches agreed, require a different wrist action upon release, Hendrickson said, that puts more stress on players’ elbows — not to mention the potential for injuries when technique is not precise. The latter is an issue undefeated Blair pitcher Annie Pietanza is dealing with; an out-of-place hip movement on some of her pitches has led to elbow tendonitis. This doesn’t mean players will be any less likely to throw these pitches, coaches said, but Hendrickson stressed the importance of awareness and pitch count and game plans — perhaps limiting the number of screwballs to 15 per game, for example. “If the mechanics are right, the shoulder should not be an issue,” Hendrickson said. “I think coaches are aware, good coaches are always trying to stay up on technique and better ways to do things. If you have some kid who has tendonitis flaring up, you take the screwball away [for a bit] and it’s not stressing the arm. That’s where the pitching plan comes in. ...We’re fortunate enough to have Fiona [Johnson] and Allie [Walsh] and I think if a program is blessed enough to have more than one it makes sense to have some sort of rotation.”


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A father of two Montgomery County high school girls’ lacrosse coaches, Frank Holliday, has been splitting his time between Quince Orchard and Thomas S. Wootton this season, supporting both of his daughters’ teams as he photographs their games from the sidelines. But on Monday — with Cougars coach Jennifer Holliday Mohr going against her younger sister, Patriots’ rookie coach Shannon Holliday — he had to keep a foot in both camps. Literally. “I had one foot on the 49 [yard line] of one side, and one foot on the 49 of the other,” he said. Jennifer and Shannon were teammates at Quince Orchard (2004) and at Longwood University (2008), but said this was their first time competing against one another. Though the game wasn’t as close as they’d anticipated — Quince Orchard won 21-13 — it was a memorable evening for the Holliday family. “This one was special. This was one I was looking forward to,” said Frank Holliday, who attended the game with his wife Tammy, his father, and other friends and relatives. Third-year coach Jennifer Holliday Mohr described the experience as “bittersweet.” On the one hand, it was her first time beating the Patriots, and her upperclassmen played at the top of their games on senior night. On the other, she said it was difficult coaching against her younger sister, who helped

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Thomas S. Wootton High School’s Myles Romm throws during Saturday’s boys’ lacrosse game against Winston Churchill at Wootton. The Patriots won, 14-6. out on the Quince Orchard staff the past two seasons. “I kind of tried to not think that she was on the sideline, otherwise it was too emotional,” she said. Quince Orchard is on a four-game win streak and moves to 6-3 with the victory, while Wootton drops to 3-7. The sisters, who went to dinner with their family after the game, said they hope to meet again in the postseason. “This is probably a turning point in their season and hopefully it’ll be a wakeup call for my girls,” Shannon Holliday said.

Poolesville full of promise Josh Funk knew he had athletes when he took over as coach of the Poolesville boys’ team before the season. What he didn’t know is that they’d be able to develop into lacrosse players

this quickly. The Falcons (8-2) are on a five-game winning streak and have already doubled last year’s win total (4-9), with three games remaining on their regular season schedule. And here’s the kicker: They’re only getting better. The Falcons’ roster is packed with young, multi-sport athletes; the majority of the key players — including their topfive leading scorers — are juniors and sophomores. “It’s a very, very young but talented group,” said Funk, a Poolesville alumnus (2004) and All-Gazette Player of the Year. Junior Joel Hessels (28 goals) is Poolesville’s leading scorer while sophomores Adam Branscome (45 points) and Jake Armstrong (42 points) lead the team in points and assists. Junior Sean Parker, a football and basketball player, has

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helped lead a defense that is surrendering only 6.4 goals per game. “His confidence grows every game. It’s been great to see his development,” said Funk, who played for Ohio State and the Minnesota Swarm of the National Lacrosse League. Poolesville is scheduled to host Richard Montgomery Wednesday, then plays Northwest on the road Friday before Monday’s season-finale at home against Winston Churchill. “A year makes a huge difference for some of the younger guys,” Funk said. “… Their confidence is only growing.” egoldwein@gazette.net

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With the Old Line Conference playoffs set to get under way next week, Avalon did its part to secure the top seed in the tournament with a 5-1 victory against The Heights Thursday evening at Kelley Park. The Heights (7-9) won the first meeting earlier this spring, 3-2, on a solo home run by Matt McCreary. “[Thursday] was a great game and another intense game between our teams,” The Heights’ first-year coach Jon Fritts said. “It was scoreless through four innings, we get a run in the fifth, but then we could not hold it. “I thought Brady Hall threw an excellent game for me. He’s 3-6 on the season, but his earned-run average is somewhere around 1.75. He’s definitely my ace and I will ride him through the playoffs.” The Heights and Avalon will likely both host first round games and are expected to meet again in the Old Line Conference championship on May 10. “We really have to take it one practice at a time and one game at a time,” Fritts said. “We are certainly not looking past whoever we get in the semifinals. We’re not taking any games for granted.” Our Lady of Good Counsel (8-8) overcame a slow start to its season by winning four of its last five games heading into Wednesday’s home finale against Washington Catho-

BASEBALL NOTEBOOK BY TED BLACK lic Athletic Conference foe St. John’s. The Falcons lost to St. John’s 10-2 on April 10. Watkins Mill (4-8) lost its first seven games, which is nothing new for the Wolverines, who won only three games last season and only one game the year before. But from April 7-12, the Wolverines won three straight games and then returned from spring break to win their next game. “I think it was good for our kids,” said Watkins Mill firstyear coach Michael Celenza, a 2006 Quince Orchard graduate “I think it’s important for the kids to see that they can have that type of success. The games have been getting better and better and the practices. “It’s good to see kids that come out to practice and then want to stay after practice to get in extra work,” Celenza said. “That’s the only way we can build it back up. We’ve made good steps, but we’re capable of playing a lot better.”

HOW THEY RANK n Baseball n 1. Poolesville n 2. Gaithersburg n 3. Georgetown Prep n 4. Thomas S. Wootton n 5. Our Lady of Good Counsel

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Softball pitchers, by nature, tend to be among the strongest players, mentally, on the field. Given the impact their position has on each game, they almost have to be. James H. Blake freshman pitcher Ellie Smethurst has displayed strength and maturity beyond her years this spring, Bengals coach Nicole Wallace said. Just before she pitched her first regular season game, Smethurst’s mother died in her sleep from a blood clot that had traveled into her lungs. Smethurst said she never considered walking away from the team or the sport, but rather, something she has always loved, it has become an outlet for her during a tremendously hard time that no teenager should be faced with. “[The softball field] is a place I can come and do what I do and not worry about anything,” Smethurst said. The left-hander certainly did what she does quite well in a one-hit, 5-0 shutout of perennial contender Thomas S. Wootton for her fourth victory of the spring; Blake is now 103. Smethurst said she feels like she is playing for a bit more this season.

SOFTBALL NOTEBOOK BY JENNIFER BEEKMAN So do the Bengals, Wallace said. While, understandably, Smethurst said she doesn’t spend much time talking about the recent tragedy, she said she is grateful for the support from her teammates, many of whom she was just starting to get to know. “Ellie is one of the strongest players out there, mentally,” Wallace said. “This team is kind of quiet on the field but she is one of the first who is coming out of her shell and it’s surprising giving everything thing she’s going through. ... I feel like we’re playing for a little bit more, this season. We barely knew her [when it happened] but it brought us together so quickly. It’s so, so unfortunate, I do think it forced us immediately to be family.”

Northwest in danger of losing seeding The defending state semifinalist Northwest High School softball team has won seven consecutive games after a surprisingly mediocre 2-2 start to 2014 en route to capturing the Montgomery 4A/3A West Division title — the Jaguars clinched

HOW THEY RANK n 1. Sherwood (12-0) n 2. Montgomery Blair (14-0) n 3. Col. Zadok Magruder (11-2) n 4. Northwest (9-2) n 5. James H. Blake (10-3)

that with a 16-6, 6-inning win against Quince Orchard April 23. Sophomore pitcher Bridgette Barbour, who has held opposing teams to a .232 batting average against her, appears to be finding her late-season form. Just last week alone she struck out 47 batters in 24 innings. Barbour’s .667 batting average is second on the team to catcher Jordan Sheppard (.676 batting average) but she leads the team with 20 runs batted in. With five games remaining Northwest’s biggest concern at this point will be fitting in the minimum of 14 games by Monday —— the draw is Tuesday — that are needed to qualify for seeding in the Class 4A West Region tournament, according to Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association rules. The Jaguars are currently 9-2, three games shy of that number, with a less than desirable forecast for the majority of this week. “We’re cutting it kind of

KEEPING IT BRIEF Bullis wins bronze medal at Penn Relays Bullis School’s Simone Glenn, a senior transfer, has been a vital part of the Bullis team this season and on Friday she helped the Bulldogs place third (47.54) in the 400 relay small schools championship at the Penn Relays. Glenn was joined by Alexis Pastell, Kyla Lewis, Gabrielle Tielman — all part of the Glenarden Track Club.

— ERIC GOLDWEIN

Kennedy senior takes 11th at Penn Relays John F. Kennedy’s Alieu Cole doesn’t usually compete in the 400 hurdles — the event isn’t usually part of Maryland meets — so his strategy going into Saturday’s championship at the Penn Relays was to run it like a 300 and make his move after 200 meters. In hindsight that was a little too early, he

said, but the senior still managed to take 11th with a 55.07. “I mean, I just wasn’t adjusted,” said Cole, who last ran a 400 hurdles over the summer. “I might have run the race a little too hard … I was just trying to bring it home the last 200 meters.” Cole recorded the best county hurdle time since 2006, according to mocorunning.com.

— ERIC GOLDWEIN

Poolesville senior shines It’s not the final lap of the 3,000 that gets to Poolesville’s Chase Weaverling, but the one before, he said. “It’s really two laps to go when I really feel like, ‘Oh my God, I have 800 meters left,’” Weaverling said. “That’s when you need to mentally get strong and pick it up.” But Weaverling did exactly that, going out with a bang in his second and final Penn Relays. The senior finished the 3,000 in 8 minutes, 33.73 seconds, improving on

last year’s time (8:36.97) by more than three seconds. Weaverling, a University of Virginia recruit, placed 18th, with Loudoun Valley’s Andrew Hunter winning the race (8:16.31).

— ERIC GOLDWEIN

Ledecky earns three more major wins Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart junior Katie Ledecky won three events at the Mesa Grand Prix in Arizona last week. After wins in the 400-meter freestyle Thursday and 200-meter freestyle Friday with a personalbest time of 1:56.27 — Ledecky has proven she is not just a distance freestyler — the 2012 Olympic gold medalist won the 800-meter freestyle Saturday by nearly 13 seconds with a time of 8:20.10 seconds. The time, according to USA Swimming, was this year’s third fastest in the world.

— JENNIFER BEEKMAN

close, this rain forecast is killing me,” Corpuz said. “I’ll do whatever it takes [to get the games in], I’d like to get in all 16 if we can.” For the first time, each region has been divided into two sections, the winners will meet for a spot in the state semifinals. There will only be two seeded teams per section. Northwest will play in six-team Section II, along with last year’s region fi-

nalist Clarksburg and Col. Zadok Magruder, which has only lost to undefeated Sherwood and Montgomery Blair. The Jaguars are poised to nab a top seed, which would give them a first-round bye and extra practice time — something that has fallen by the wayside with all the rain postponements early in the season — but will fall into the random draw if it doesn’t play at least three games

by Monday. “You really want to get that seeding, you really do like that extra time to sharpen up on some things and make sure you get a game plan and are focused, extra preparation time is a good thing,” Corpuz said. “It also allows the girls to rest a little bit to freshen up. It’s a long week if you’re going to make it to the region final.”


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Before his Mike Peterson became the deadly Deathlok on ABC’s “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” before his role as the assassin Mr. Blank on the hit CW show “Arrow,” and even before working with Joss Whedon to become a vampire-slaying hero in “Angel,” J. August Richards was just a boy from Prince George’s County who loved comic books and acting.

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culturally all over the place for me as a child growing up there,” Richards said. “It was very different, but I love the area and I love coming back there as often as I can.” Growing up, Richards wanted to be an actor. His family, in particular his mother, had other plans for him. “My mom wanted me to be either a lawyer or a priest,” Richards said. “You kind of hit the jackpot as a Latin American mother if you raise a priest. They had great hopes for me because I had very incredible grades and I was always being

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The art of Carol Bouville will be on display through May 26 at the MAA Gallery at Westfield Wheaton Mall, with an opening reception

scheduled for 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Bouville spent much of her early adult life in Toulouse, Paris and New York City, earning a master’s degree at the Sorbonne in American literature. A member of the Potomac Valley Watercolorists, the Baltimore Watercolor Society and a resident artist at Washington Artworks in Rockville, her love of experimenting with collage and mixed water media is evident in her expressive works on paper and canvas. For more information, visit CarolBouville.com. CAROL BOUVILLE

“An Early Spring,” a mixed-media work by Carol Bouville, is on display at the MAA Gallery at Westfield Wheaton Mall.

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The interPLAYcompany Band, adult music makers of diverse abilities, will present “The British Are Coming, The British Are Coming” at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Cultural Arts Theatre, Georgia Avenue and East West High Way, Silver Spring. The participatory concert of 1960’s pop music from across the pond will feature rock ‘n’ roller Daryl Davis accompanying the 67 piece interPLAYcompany Band. Emcees will be Eliot Pfanstiehl, CEO, and Monica Jeffries-Hazangeles, present of The Music Center at Strathmore and WTOP anchor Deb Feinstein. Tickets are $25, $10 for those with disabilities. For more information, visit interplayband.org.

The sounds of ‘Silents’ As part of Montgomery Blair High School’s Fine Arts Festival, which continues to May 9, the school’s symphonic orchestra will perform “Salute to the Silents,” a 15 minute piece paying tribute to silent films by British composer Paul Lewis. Michelle Roberts, Montgomery Blair instrumental music director, was awarded a Wolftrap Foundation Grant to commission the piece, which will have its world premiere on May 1 Lewis at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in Silver Spring. This past week, Lewis traveled from Britain to work with the orchestra in advance of the performance. Additional festival events include a Concert Band and Concert Orchestra performance at 7 p.m. tonight at the Blair auditorium, as well as a presentation of “Canterbury Tales” at 7 p.m. May 8-9, also in the auditorium. An art show opens today at 5:30 p.m. in the school’s small gym. For more information, visit mbhs.edu.

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“Shakespeare Cinema, Part I” launched Friday at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in commemoration of the 450th anniversary of the Bard’s birth. The first of a planned three-part film series, set to culminate in 2016 (marking the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death), the unprecedented event will spotlight iconic directors such as Laurence Olivier, Kenneth Branagh, Orson Welles and Akira Kurosawa, and groundbreaking and trendsetting films such as “My Own Private Idaho,” “West Side Story,” “Ten Things I Hate About You” and many more. Part I continues to June 29. For a complete schedule, visit afi.com/ silver.

The mane event An exhibit of works by artist Marian Osher, inspired by her journey to “Jambo, Tanzania,” opens today at the Washington Printmakers Gallery at the Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, 8230 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring. An opening reception is scheduled for 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, with an artist’s talk slated for 1:30 p.m. Fifty of Osher’s colorful monotypes offer viewers a visual MARIAN OSHER “alphabet” of wildlife encountered during her travels — birds, baboons, cape buffalo, chee“Simba” by Marian Osher, mixed-media monotahs, elephants and many more. A founding type on painted canvas, 12 x 24. member of the Washington Printmakers Gallery, Osher also is represented by the Ceres Gallery in New York, Philip Morton Gallery in Delaware and Gallery 50 in Delaware. The exhibit continues to May 25. Normal gallery hours are noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, noon to 7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, visit washingtonprintmakers.com.

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Molière’s “The Miser” comes to the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre this weekend, courtesy of the Rockville Little Theatre.

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Rockville Little Theatre will put a retro spin on Molière’s classic comedy “The Miser” when it premieres at the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre this weekend. The play, written in 1668 in France, is a five-act comedy about a “money monger” and his son and daughter living an unbalanced life without the children’s mother. The children have both found love; however, their father has different plans for them and wants them to marry other people. Everyone desperately tries to get his or her way.

company is a not-for-profit community theater that is turning 67 years old this year. The board will pick the plays they wish to do for each season and directors will send in proposals highlighting the play they want to put on and why they should be chosen. “This play is a parody about greed, which is powerful in our society today,” Blum said. For “The Miser,” Tourniaire was told multiple times by

friends that he should apply to direct because he teaches a class at Catholic University about Molière and French neoclassical theater. This will be his first time directing a play of Molière’s and his first time working with Rockville Little Theatre. “We did the whole show last night from start to finish and they were all laughing out loud,” he said. “If you’re laughing at things you’ve seen before then you’re doing something right.”

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“Coincidences happen because everyone is lying,” said director Guillaume C. Tourniaire. “It’s interesting to see who lies and why.” Tourniaire decided to take the play in a slightly different direction by setting it in the 1980s instead of its original 17th-century backdrop. He explained that doing a period piece is difficult and expensive because you have to match things like sets and costumes, so he decided to do a different, easier type of period piece. “Louis XIV was pushing fashion and you had to keep up appearances. You don’t have to look very far into the 20th century to see parallels,” he said. “Everyone was going into debt and being oblivious to everything except their own stuff.” Tourniaire sees the 1980s as just far enough away that it can be cartooned and just close enough that everyone remembers it. To set the scene even more, there will be a local 80s cover band called Barely Sunday on stage that will perform in between scenes in hopes of transporting audiences back to the era. Molière wrote “The Miser” toward the end of his life, when he was sick with tuberculosis. Tourniaire explained that Molière also had a role in the play and ended up having to write his awful cough into the script. During a performance he went into a coughing fit and had to be taken off stage, where he eventually died. “During the last seven years of his life he puts out 16 new plays; it’s almost like he is trying to outrun the angel of death,” Tourniaire said. Nancy Blum, co-producer of the play and secretary of the board for Rockville Little Theatre, explained that the

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IN THE ARTS DANCES Hollywood Ballroom, May 1, 8, Tea Dance from 12:30-3:30 p.m. ($6); May 2, drop-in lessons from 7:30-9 p.m., West Coast Swing Dancing with Dance Jam Productions at 9 p.m.; May 3, Ballroom Bash, International Practice Session from 6:30–8:30 p.m., dancing 8:30 p.m. to midnight ($15); May 4, free Viennese Waltz lesson at 7 p.m., Social Ballroom Dance at 8 p.m. ($16); May 7, “Step of the evening” Hustle mini-lesson at 8:15 p.m., Social Ballroom Dance at 8:30 p.m. ($16), 2126 Industrial Highway, Silver Spring, 301-326-1181, hollywoodballroomdc.com. Glen Echo Park is at 7300 MacArthur Blvd. Contra, May 2, Will Mentor

and the Stingrays, 7:30 p.m. lesson, 8:30 p.m. dance, Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom, $10, fridaynightdance.org. Contra & Square, May 4, Will Mentor and Stingrays, 7:30 p.m., Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom, $12 for general, $9 for members, $5 for students, fsgw.org. English Country, April 30, Caller: Tom Spilsbury; May 7, Caller: Joseph Pimentel, 8 p.m., Glen Echo Town Hall (upstairs), fsgw.org. Swing, May 3, Natty Beaux, lesson at 8 p.m., dancing at 9 p.m., Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom, $15, flyingfeet.org. Waltz, May 3, The 31st Annual Viennese Waltz Ball, An Evening with Strauss, 8 p.m., waltztimedances.org.

MUSIC & DANCE Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, The Shook/Russo 5tet,

7:30 p.m. April 30; In Gratitude: A Tribute to Earth, Wind & Fire, 8 p.m. May 2; Middleway Music Studio Concert Recital, 1 p.m. May 3; Junior “The Wailers” Marvin & I&I Riddim, 8 p.m. May 3; Sunday Brunch with Faith, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. May 4; Swing Machine Big Band, 7:30 p.m. May 4; Ben Redwine & The Dirty Rice Band, 7:30 p.m. May 7, call for prices, 7719 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. 240-330-4500, bethesdabluesjazz.com. BlackRock Center for the Arts, Dali Quartet, school matinee, 10:30 a.m. May 2; The Stray Birds, 8 p.m. May 2; Dali Quartet, Latin Fiesta Family Concert, 1 p.m. May 3; Dali Quartet, evening concert, 8 p.m. May 3; The Hit Men (featuring former stars of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons), 4 p.m. May 11, 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown. 301-528-2260, blackrockcenter.org. Fillmore Silver Spring, Vinnie Paz With Army Of The Pharaohs, 8 p.m. May 1; Monster Energy Outbreak Tour Presents: Iggy Azalea - The New Classic, 8 p.m. May 2; Wild Eyes A Tool Tribute with Cyrenic, Scott Lester and What Army and more, 7:15 p.m. May 3; Revolver Golden Gods Tour with Black Label Society, 7:30 p.m. May 4; Live Nation Presents Blackberry Smoke The Fire In The Hole Tour 2014, 8 p.m. May 9; 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. fillmoresilverspring.com. Strathmore, Trio Cloisonne, 7:30 p.m. May 1; Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín, 8 p.m. May 1; 4 Girls 4: Maureen McGovern, Andrea McArdle, Donna McKechnie & Faith Prince, 8 p.m. May 2; BSO: Yefim Bronfman, 8 p.m. May 3; May Revels, noon May 4; Jazz Singing 201, 7:30 p.m. May 5; Chocolate Specialty Tea, 1 p.m. May 6; Mothers Appreciation Specialty Tea, 1 p.m. May 7; Potomac Valley Youth Orchestra, 7 p.m. May 9; Mothers Appreciation Specialty Tea, 1 p.m. May 10; Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, 7 p.m. May 10; Mother’s Day Brunch, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. May 11; call for venue, Locations: Mansion, 10701

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ON STAGE Adventure Theatre, “The Jungle Book,” to May 25, call for prices, times, Adventure Theatre MTC, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, 301-634-2270, adventuretheatre-mtc.org. Arts Barn, “Woody Allen, Woody Allen,” May 2-18; Comedy and Magic Society, 8 p.m. May 23, 311 Kent Square Road, Gaithersburg. gaithersburgmd.gov. Artstream, “My Big Fat Greek Myth,” “Great Scott! The Scottish Musical,” 7:30 p.m. May 1-2, 2:30 p.m. May 3, Historic Stage at Olney Theatre Center, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney, $12.50 presale, $15 at the door, $5 for ArtStream actors, art-stream.org. Imagination Stage, “Cinderella: The Remix:” to May 25, call for prices, times, Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda, imaginationstage.org. Kensington Arts Theatre, “Les Mis,” 8:15 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, May 2-24, Kensington Town Hall/Armory, 3710 Mitchell Street, Kensington, contact theater for prices, times, katonline.org. Lumina Studio Theatre, “Brother Hal,” 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. May 3-4, 10-11, special performance for union members at 7 p.m. May 9; “Sweet Joan of the Textile Mills,” 5 p.m. May 3-4, 10-11, Round House Theatre, 8641 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. luminastudio.org., brownpapertickets.com. Montgomery College, Spring Dance Concert, 8 p.m. May 2-3, 2 p.m. May 4; Colin Blunstone and his All-Star Band with Edward Rogers, 8 p.m. May 10, Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center, Montgomery College, 51 Mannakee Street, Rockville, contact theater for ticket prices, montgomerycollege.edu/PAC. Olney Theatre Center, “Once On This Island,” to May 4, call for prices, times, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney, 301-9243400, olneytheatre.org. The Puppet Co., “Pinocchio,” May 1 to June 8; Tiny Tots @ 10, select Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, call for shows and show times, Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo Park’s North Arcade Building, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., $5, 301634-5380, thepuppetco.org. Round House Theatre, Silver Spring, “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot,” May 22 to June 14, call for show times, 8641 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, $15 for general admission, $10 for subscribers, patrons 30 and younger and seniors, 244-644-1100, roundhousetheatre.org. Silver Spring Stage, “The Arabian Knights,” May 16 to June 7, Woodmoor Shopping Center, 10145 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, see website for show times, www.ssstage.org. The Writer’s Center, Dear Elizabeth, A Play in Letters, 7:30 p.m. May 1, 4508 Walsh Street, Bethesda, 301-654-8664, writer. org.

VISUAL ART Adah Rose Gallery, “An Allegory of Algorithms and Aesthetics,” Jessica Drenk, to May 12, 3766 Howard Ave., Kensington, 301922-0162, adahrosegallery.com Glenview Mansion, Rockville Art League, May 4-23, opening reception from 1:30-3:30 p.m. May 4, Rockville Civic Center Park, 503 Edmonston Drive, Rockville. rockvillemd.gov. Marin-Price Galleries, March Avery, “Works on Paper,” to May 14, 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, 7022 Wisconsin Ave., 301-718-0622.

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POW! Comic book art hits the mark An extensive look at the world of comic book art is now on view at the Strathmore Mansion in North Bethesda. Once again, curator Harriet Lesser has pulled out allthestopswithanintelligentand informative exhibit that opens the door on a genre of art making that, while not the usual fare, is wildly popular with vast numbers of people all over the world.

ON VIEW BY CLAUDIA ROUSSEAU “A Shared Universe: The Art of Comic Books” occupies all the galleries of the Mansion, spilling onto the stairway, and climaxing in a “Comic Book Reading Room” set up in the Invitational Gallery on the second floor. Here the visitor can relax on cushioned chairs with an array of comic books, graphic novels and comic inspired toys. The exhibit gathers a group of artists who have different relationships with comic book art, be it in the form of a kind of “fan art” inspired by the genre, or actual comic book artists making original drawings and storylines, both in print and on the web. In the first category are a series of paintings made at Lesser’s invitation by Washington, D.C. artist Andrew Wodzianski. An MFA graduate of the Hoffberger School of Painting at the Maryland Institute College of Art, the artist is probably best known in the region for his recent forays into endurance-based performance art. However, in his paintings over the past decade, Wodzianski has consistently shown his fascination with personal transformation, and his proclivity for horror films and comic characters.Inhisownwords:“Disguise and mask iconography have been a lifelong passion… Monsters and superheroes both share themes of visual and thematic opposition. Dueling ninjas, iron men, and psychopathic vigilantes are a ripe source for exaggerated pairings. These masked warriors from comic books, storylines, and cartoon series are graphic tropes ofgoodandevil.Bydisguisingmyself (and friends) in their likeness, I’m not only addressing personality conflict. I’m also tapping into the subversive nature of pop culture’s marketplace for adolescent boys; glorifying warfare, jingoism, and kung-fu grip.” Wodzianski’s richly colored oils in this exhibit feature multiple self-portraits with the masks of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (and a friend as their Master, Splinter), Ironmen, and the like. There’s one as “Che Fawkes” that’s genuinely scary: the artist wears a Che Guevara T-shirt, with a Guy Fawkes mask — an item that has wide recognition among “fans” as a symbol of liberty. It’s a few layers down, but artistic revolution and freedom are embedded in there. JD Deardourff’s brightly colored hand-pulled screen prints are comic book inspired in a more direct way. Also a local artist, Deardourff develops his works

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points in the narrative. Translating the collages into color screen prints, Deardourff’s work has the aesthetic of comic book art without any narrative. Making comic book inspired art that does not

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mimic predecessors like Roy Lichtenstein or Andy Warhol is no small achievement in itself, but these effectively abstract prints are both exciting and original. Mark Newport’s approach is also rather unexpected: handknitted, invented “superhero” costumes, so long that they would literally only fit a person of superheroic proportions. Knitting is not the first medium one would associate with superheroes. The disjunction between the subject and the medium, usually associated with women, underlines the irony in these works. They are accompanied by prints showing the artist as a naked weakling furiously knitting his costumes to gain super powers. “He knew that if he could just finish this, he could help” is the tag on one of these. Funny, but a little painful too. Comic book covers loaned from the Library of Congress decorate the stairway wall, plus a series of original drawings by cartoonist Walter Kremer whose modern brush style defined the appearance, for example, of the animated “Caspar the Friendly Ghost.” The second-floor is dominated by comic artists, including the work of students from four colleges offering specialized degrees in “sequential art” — another term for comics. It is here that the wide array of styles and techniques used in making these become apparent, as well as the explosion of availability of new work online as well as in print. While DC and Marvel once completely dominated the production of comics, the field has been opened by these possibilities. Lesser has included a 1994 video clip from CNN announcing the departure of eight Marvel comic artists leaving to establish Image Comics. Since then, they have grown to become a phenomenon in the genre. Smaller web presences like “Girl Genius,” a “steampunk” genre that sets fictionalized history in historical settings, are represented, as well as many original drawings and inkings by famous artists like Josef Rubinstein. There’s nothing easy about this genre: the tendency is still to do the pencil drawings by hand, as well as the inking, and then to print and/or upload the imagery. Comic book or sequential art continues to depend upon a set of stylistic parameters, conventions that persist even with all the branching out that is evident in this exhibit. One of the takeaways from the show is the enormous creativity that is possible within a conventional framework. Looking at student work like, for example, that of Damien Torres of the Kubert School — the only accredited school devoted entirely to cartooning and the comic industry — the resilience of the convention is clear. Yet, there’s always something new around the corner. Don’t miss it. To June 8. For a complete listing of events, call 301-5815109 or visit strathmore.org.


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Everything old is new again. Just ask Steve Rogers, aka Captain America. Last month, the 90-year-old World War II veteran and the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s “First Avenger” not only star-spangled-ly succeeded in proving that sequels need not be overstuffed, uninspired reheats, but with a swing of his shield reinvigorated the April box office, heralding an earlier summer movie season for fanboys far and wide. A tough act to follow, but these are superheroes we’re talking about. On Friday, “The Amazing SpiderMan 2” will spin its web, with the hope of snagging more than a few of the audience members primed for heroics thanks to Cap and Company. But with multiple trailers, TV spots and even potato chip cans (et tu, Pringles?) pointing to a tone more in keeping with the bright, buoyant optimism of Sam Raimi’s movie franchise-launching trilogy, this followup to director Marc Webb’s grittier 2011 reboot, “The Amazing Spider-Man,” is somewhat of a conundrum. While early word pegs the chemistry between Andrew Garfield’s Peter Parker and Emma Stone’s Gwen Stacy as stronger than ever, a (spider) sense of all-too familiarity presides. The costume is a welcome Technicolor return to form, following the unnecessary and drab alterations of part one, while an unholy trinity of villains — Jamie Foxx’s Electro, Paul Giamatti’s Rhino and Dane DeHaan’s Green Goblin — would seem to echo the almost debilitating triumvirate of Raimi’s swan song. Still, it’s highly unlikely that these incidental returns to the well will wash this spider out. After all, “The Amazing Spider-Man 3” has already claimed a release date of June 10, 2016, and an evildoer spin-off “The Sinister Six” is on the way. While we’re on the subject of what goes around, coming around, Hugh Jackman is 45 years old. And since 2000, when Jackman first popped his claws as Marvel Comics’ favorite mutant, Wolverine, he has not stopped. The actor has reprised the character a total of seven times, with a eighth outing recently given the goahead. In “X-Men: Days of Future Past” (May 23), directed by the saga’s prodigal leader Brian Singer, Jackman travels back in time to assist the cast of Matthew Vaughn’s 2011 X-prequel “X-Men: First Class” in thwarting a mutant apocalypse. This results in an inter-mingling of the

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Continued from Page B-4 put into these talented and gifted programs.” With top-notch grades, his family was stunned when he said he wanted to be an actor. “The idea to them was like, ‘What a waste! Why would you want to be an actor?! You have great grades, you’re really intelligent. Why on Earth would you want to be an actor?’” Richards said. The why was simple — he loved performing and he loved television. When Richards was 14, he convinced his mother to let him go to an acting camp in New York because he knew the casting director for “The Cosby Show” would be there. Richards met with the director, read for him and was invited to come to NYC to audition for the show. “I did and I got a part,” Richards said. “From then on, my entire family was like, ‘Um … I think he can actually do this.’ They got on board once I got on ‘The Cosby Show.’” His mother, however, really got on board when he starred in Suitland High School’s production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” “My mother saw me on stage — this wasn’t the first time, but it was a very memorable time — and after the play, she said to me, ‘Don’t ever do anything else,’” Richards said. “She told me don’t ever do anything else other than acting because I think she finally got how important it was for me. Then she became incredibly supportive from that moment on.”

Growing up in the DMV Richards said he fell in love with television from the very first time he laid eyes on a TV. From then on, he knew he wanted to be on it. “I really haven’t ever really wanted to be anything other than an actor or a director,” Richards said. “When I was a kid, I also auditioned for ‘A Christmas Carol,’ which was being done by a Prince George’s cable access channel … it was an all-kid cast. I auditioned and ended up getting the lead role of Ebenezer Scrooge, so that was kind of my first part on television. I always did plays in schools, from like the third grade on. My very first role, I was in the third grade and I played the sexton in the church play. That was my first lead role as well. I’ve been acting my entire life.” For as much as he loved acting,

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Andrew Garfield stars as Spider-Man in Columbia Pictures’ “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.” original series’ (“X-Men,” “X2: X-Men United” and “X-Men: The Last Stand”) pros with their 70s-era, whippersnapping counterparts, allowing the James McAvoy and Sir Patrick Stewart versions of sage telepath Professor Charles Xavier to play mind games, while Michael Fassbender and Sir Ian McKellen as tortured Magnetos young and old, respectively, bend spoons. It all hails from a 1980 comic book arc of the same name by Chris Claremont and John Byrne, which involved a time-traveling X-Man of a then-future 2014. Confused yet? Just you wait. Remember the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles?” Let’s hope producer Michael Bay does, though scant promotional photos from the upcoming Aug. 8 film depicting shrouded (and far-too ripped) reptiles crouching on rooftops has caused shell-shock in more than one fan. Little is known about this revamp, and a brief teaser has provided few clues. Originally published by Mirage Studios in the early 1990s, the Turtles’ earliest incarnation was a gritty and violent black and white comic series, which landed a licensing deal and has ridden a wave of mainstream success to this very day, with an animated series going strong on Nickelodeon and a successful toy line still dotting the shelves of every Walmart in America. With Megan Fox as the heroes’ stalwart confidant April O’Neil and William Fichtner as a more corporate-minded Shredder, the new film could ooze studio greed, or satisfy a sweet bit of nostalgia for ticket buyers bringing their own turtle-loving tykes to the multiplex. Richards loved comic books just as much. Growing up, he and his buddies would beg someone’s parents to drive them to Geppi’s Comic World, which is now Alliance Comics, in Silver Spring every weekend. “We would call and make sure they had the comics we were looking for,” Richards said. “We’d have them save us copies so that they wouldn’t sell out. I was a tremendous comic book fan as a kid.” This past Easter weekend, Richards came home to participate in Awesome Con at the Washington Convention Center in D.C. True to his nature, Richards signed autographs, took pictures with folks there and begged fans not to ask any specific questions about “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” that might get him into trouble. Richards said it was incredible to do Awesome Con where he was the hometown favorite. “I was definitely groomed by where I grew up, being the D.C.-VirginiaMaryland area,” Richards said. “I got a lot of culture from the area. I got a lot of exposure to a lot of different things. I was lucky enough to be a part of the NAACP ACT-SO competition when I was in high school. I went to a performing arts high school in Suitland, Md. My mom used to take me to the Kennedy Center all the time. I participated in so many programs and workshops there in D.C. So it’s kind of awesome to bring those things back there and maybe share my experiences and the experiences I’ve gained once I left there. I feel very connected to the D.C. area, obviously, and a lot of my family still lives there. It feels really great to be coming back home and sharing.”

“I could be, you know? A hero.” Whedon has a tendency to cast actors he’s worked with in the past for his shows. Actors such as Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, Eliza Dushku, Nathan Fillion, Alan Tudyk, all have been in more than one Whedon show or enterprise. Despite having a great relationship with Whedon, Richards said he still had to audition for the role of Mike Peterson for “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Richards said even the Joss Whedon All-Stars have to fit the part in Whedon’s eyes. “One of the things I love about Joss is, while he is loyal to the actors he’s worked with in the past, he never gives handouts,” Richards said. “It’s always what’s right with the story. So I had to audition and it entailed me doing a lot of things that no one had ever seen me

Speaking of Michael Bay, the baron of things-that-go-boom is once again at the controls for the multi-billion dollar machine that is “Transformers,” with the film series’ fourth installment “Age of Extinction” due June 27. Gen-Xers may remember Hasbro’s first generation toys of their youth as being the catalyst for many a fun-filled afternoon, but a long-lived Marvel Comics series coexisted with both the action-figures and the animated cartoon and was pivotal in shaping the mythology of fan-favorites, the Dinobots. At least one of these Jurassic bots will make his big screen debut this summer, as the Tyrannosaurus Rex-like Grimlock was revealed during a highly-anticipated Super Bowl spot. Mark Wahlberg joins the fray to lead the human resistance, but one has a feeling he’ll be overshadowed by Optimus Prime’s new ride. Bay recently told Entertainment Weekly that Grimlock would “measure 150 feet long from tail to nostrils, 63.5 feet tall from the ground to the top of his horns, and weigh 850 tons.” Not quite so tall, but no less fierce, Rocket Raccoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper) joins the ranks of Thor, the Incredible Hulk and Iron-Man when Marvel’s spaceopera experiment “Guardians of the Galaxy” blasts into the public consciousness on Aug. 1. And if he’s anything like those ring-tailed cretins that tear into the garbage bins on trash night and drag fast food wrappers throughout the yard, the public consciousness will never be the same. noravec@gazette.net

do — play a father … there were a lot of elements to the character that I didn’t necessarily do on ‘Angel.’” Normally, if Richards’s manager gives him a call saying he has an audition that day, he would pass on the opportunity. Thanks to a promise he made to himself, Richards didn’t pass on the audition of “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” “The joy for me is creating the character and figuring out what from my past correlates with a particular character’s current situation,” Richards said. “But last year, I made a New Year’s resolution that I was going to start trying new things. I was just going to throw my old playbook out the window on a lot of topics and try new things. So when my manager called me, she said ‘Sweetie, I know you’re going to say no, but you have a same-day appointment and it’s for ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’” Before getting the audition, when Richards heard Whedon was going to be doing “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” he knew he wanted to be a part of it. “When I heard they were doing this show, I called my manager and I asked her if there were any roles for someone like me,” Richards said. “And she said, ‘No, I’m reading the breakdown and there’s nothing for you.’ And I was like, ‘Really? Not a guest star, co-star, nothing?’ And she said, ‘No, you don’t fit the bill for any of the parts.’ Still, in my mind, I felt like I really wanted to be a part of that show.” He went into the audition cold — no advance script readings. He read the script once he got to the audition and fell in love with the role of Mike Peterson. “I felt like I just had to play this guy because there’s a line in the pilot that was also in my audition where Mike says, ‘I could be, you know? A hero,’” Richards said. “That line just spoke to me so much because prior to doing ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,’ I was out of work for 18 months. I was going to audition after audition after audition and I wasn’t booking anything. “There was one particular day in those 18 months where I was working on an audition and I was working on it so hard and I kind of zoomed out from myself for a second and I said, ‘Wow, you haven’t worked for so long, but you’re still throwing yourself into this 100 percent as if you just started.’ … So when I read the audition scene for Mike Peterson and he said, ‘I could be, you know? A hero,’ I just really understood that moment because I know what it feels like to have your back up against the wall and still believe in yourself so

Once every year, more than 2,000 comic book stores across the world open the doors to a flood of people who have one thing in mind — free comic books. Now, in its 14th year, Free Comic Book Day is slated for May 3, with shops offering special deals, a host of special guests and roughly 60 free comic book titles. Comic book companies big and small participate. In advance of its film release in August, Marvel will have both a “Guardians of the Galaxy” and a “Rocket Raccoon” comic book available, while DC Comics will unveil its New 52 “Future’s End” special edition, IDW will put out “Transformers vs. G.I. Joe,” and Dark Horse is set to release a free “Avatar: The Last Airbender,” comic book. Dark Horse, the same company behind the popular “Buffy,” and “Angel,” comic books, will also release “Project Black Sky,” which will premiere an American Sign Language font. Other books, for those who aren’t into the mainstream, are available, while special titles for young children, such as “Hello Kitty,” “Scrooge McDuck,” “SpongeBob SquarePants,” and even the “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” will grace the free comic book sections. “Archie Digest #1” is perhaps the biggest comic book in the lot — literally. With (almost) 100 pages, there are enough laughs and jokes to start this incarnation of Archie, Jughead and Veronica on the right foot. Dan Parent, who has worked on Archie comics for 27 years, had a hand in putting “Archie Digest #1” together. For Parent, who recently was at Awesome Con in D.C., free Comic Book Day is a great time for fans and curious folk alike to get together and enjoy comic books. “It’s always wonderful because you go to the comic book stores and you meet all the fans in

completely. Once I read that line, I really understood who the man was and from there it was just easy.” After getting a phone call from his manager later that evening saying they liked what they saw, Richards sent an email to Whedon. “I said, ‘Listen, I auditioned for your show today. I really love the character. I would love to play this character and if you see anything in my audition that you think will work for the character, I promise you I’ll give you 110 percent to bring this thing to reality.’ Then I fell asleep,” Richards said. “Woke up the next morning, had totally forgotten about it. My phone was ringing off the hook with my manager saying ‘You got the part! You have a meeting with Joss at 2 o’clock.’ So I drove over there and I said, ‘Oh my God! I can’t believe I’m going to be working with you again! Did you get my email?’ And he goes, ‘What email?’”

Deathlok Richards said he had no idea at the time of the audition that he was going to become Deathlok, Marvel Comic’s resident cyborg. He assumed that he was just going to be a one-time guest star and that would be the end of it. Later, he got a phone call from production saying he had a costume fitting. Of course, he was a little taken aback, having to drive ‘very far away from L.A.’ to a weird location. “I went in … and I’m being measured and fit and they’re putting weird things on my body and I’m just thinking to myself, ‘What is going on?’” Richards said. On his way home, Richards received a phone call from Maurissa Tancharoen, a writer, producer and co-creator of “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Tancharoen, who has worked with Whedon on several projects, including “The Avengers,” is married to another co-creator and writer on the show, Whedon’s brother, Jed. “She said, ‘Listen, I’m sure you’re wondering what’s going on. Your character is going to be turned into Deathlok from the Marvel comics,’” Richards said. “I just had to pull my car over and just celebrate quietly with myself because of what it meant and I was so incredibly excited that here I am, this huge comic book fan as a child … honestly, if you would have asked me when I was a child what I wanted to be when I grew up, I would have said a superhero. It was such a full-circle moment and I just sat there on the side of the road so

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person,” Parent said. “When you actually have a book that’s part of the Free Comic Book Day, it’s always great because you’re going to get swamped.” Growing up, like most people who work in the comic book industry, Parent was a big fan. “As I got older, I just gravitated towards the art and style and I just wanted to be an artist,” Parent said. “I went to the Kubert School, which is a cartoony school that a lot of comic book artists go to. That’s how it all started.” While at the Kubert School in New Jersey, the people behind Archie comics were looking to hire fresh, new talent. The time couldn’t have been better for Parent, who was just about ready to graduate. “I had done some samples for my portfolio with Archie, because I was a fan and I loved the style,” Parent said. “They hired me to do a few one-pagers and short stories. From then on it just kind of snowballed and that was 27 years ago and I’ve been there since.” Parent said Free Comic Book Day should be a boon to stores as customers tend to come in droves on that day. Also, anything that gets children into reading is a plus for Parent. “I just think Free Comic Book Day is fantastic. I love being a part of it. I love encouraging kids to read and get into comics. I think Free Comic Book Day is the best thing that’s happened to comic book shops in years. Every year, I’m always a part of it.” wfranklin@gazette.net

happy and excited.” Once the costume fitting was complete, which took a couple of weeks, Richards said he felt like a real superhero. “I felt like Deathlok,” Richards said. “But there’s so much psychologically that goes into being Deathlok. In his first appearance in a comic book, on the cover it says ‘The Steel-Smashing Origin of the World’s Most Offbeat Superhero.’ It’s very true. The Deathlok character is very offbeat and I just feel like I’m the perfect person to play him because I’m very offbeat as well. Just who Deathlok is is so unique and specific and it’s just a great role. I’m so happy to be playing it.” Richards found out right before Christmas that he had landed the role. When he came home to visit his family for the holidays, he brought out his old comic book collection to start his research. “I tweeted a picture of my comic book collection the other day because when I went home for Christmas, I wanted to investigate the collection and see if I found anything about Deathlok,” Richards said. “I wanted my research to start with my comic book collection. I thought there would be really something special about that. And lo and behold, I did find some information about Deathlok in my comic book collection. So I started there, then I contacted Marvel and they made some of the old comics available to me. That’s how I started my research process.” As for his favorite comic book character, Richards points out that by sheer volume alone, his favorite has to be another popular Marvel superhero. “If I left it up to the facts, I guess Spider-Man would be my favorite because I have the most Spider-Man comic books,” Richards said. “Me and my friends, a real highlight for us was ‘Secret Wars,’ when Spider-Man got his new costume. I’d have to say, statistically speaking, Spider-Man is the character I have the most books on.” Although Richards wouldn’t give any spoilers about the final episodes of this season of “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” Deathlok will be in this week’s episode, “Nothing Personal,” and next week’s, “Ragtag.” Whether he’ll be in the finale is a mystery. “The only secret I can give is that it’s going to be really exciting and that it’s all connected,” Richards said.” And will Deathlok pop up in “The Avengers 2?” “Anything is possible.” wfranklin@gazette.net


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Receptionist/Administrator For busy RE/MAX office in Kentlands. MUST have prior real estate admin exp. & 100% proficient in MS Word & Excel skills. Professional workplace, starting PT that could lead to FT for exceptional candidate. Resume may be dropped at: RE/MAX Metropolitan Realty, 345 Main Street, between 1-3, Mon-Fri, or e-mailed to: remaxmetro345@aol.com

Cleaners General Cleaners Needed, Part Time in Maryland, DC and Virginia. Apply in Person Mon- Friday 10 am- 2 pm 15940 Derwood Rd, Rockville, MD 20855

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The Office of the Public Defender is seeking to fill full time Bilingual Intake Specialist I vacancies in its Rockville office. Duties include interviewing persons for the purpose for obtaining background or financial information. Applicants with the ability to speak, write and translate for Spanish-speaking clients are encouraged to apply at www.dbm.maryland.gov http://www.dbm.maryland.gov Job Seekers section. (Announcement #14-002692-001 ).

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General Contractor Montgomery Housing Partnership, Inc. is seeking a qualified general contractor for

the rehabilitation of a four unit apartment building, and associated site improvements, in Silver Spring MD. The financing for the project requires that the contractor conform to the regulations contained in Section 3 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968 [12 U.S.C. 1701u and 24 CFR Part 135]. Familiarity with this requirement is a must. The contractor must also have a MD Home Improvement Commission License, and have significant experience in the renovation of multifamily housing. Interested firms should request a Qualifications Form via email from dparrish@mhpartners.org by May 9th,2014. Additional information regarding the project will be provided along with the form.

Flow Serve

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DRIVER Comprint Printing, a division of Post Community Media, LLC, has an immediate opening for an experienced CDL Licensed Driver. Candidate must possess a clean MVA report, clear criminal background, and pass DOT physical and drug test. Ideal applicant should have strong communication skills and professionalism. Post Community Media, LLC offers excellent benefits, including medical and dental coverage, life insurance, 401(k) and tuition reimbursement. Salary commensurate with experience. If interested and qualified, send salary history and resume to: mdelia@gazette.net or fax to 240 473 7567. EOE

5 years of experience; 3 years ERP experience; 2 years min of Symix experience Bachelor’s degree in a business or technical field- Desired *Demonstrated project management skills *Strong technical background *Symix/Syteline programming experience *Symix/Syteline ERP system in a manufacturing environment *Should be able to program in Progress Database and customize Symix system To apply, please go to http://flowserve.com/Careers?job #:25213 Flowserve is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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Careers 301-670-2500

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Silver Spring

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MOVERS

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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.

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 requirement to mbass@gazette.net. EOE

CHIEF OF OPERATIONS Salary Range $78,794 to $143,037

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Dental/ Medical Assistant Trainees Needed Now Dental/Medical Offices now hiring. No experience? Job Training & Placement Assistance Available 1-877-234-7706 CTO SCHEV

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Full-time Intake Coordinator

Meet seniors in their homes to assess care needs. Great office team. Excellent written, verbal, & computer skills req. Aging background pref.

Resume/salary to dwe357@yahoo.com.

The employee will be responsible for managing the operations of a comprehensive, countywide public transit bus system and overall delivery of bus service provided by Ride On as well as the safety, efficiency and responsiveness of the system to the public. Duties include supervising the activities of all Ride On depots, Central Communications, and Safety and Training; planning, managing and directing the development of policies and procedures; enforcement of standard operating procedures and safety regulations; ensuring sufficient operating personnel and equipment to fulfill bus service requirements for operations; identifying, formulating and recommending budgetary requirements, including personnel, materials, and capital equipment to ensure sufficient resources; directing the development of strategic contingency plans, coordinating emergency procedures and ensuring that personnel are properly trained and appropriate equipment is made available to respond to matters having a potentially adverse impact on bus operations and safety.

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Equivalency: An equivalent combination of education and experience may be substituted.

Part-Time

Work From Home

To view entire job announcement and apply online visit: http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/ohr/staffing/careers.html EOE M/F/H

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

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HR Professional

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Sports Coaches

Programmer/Analyst Location: Taneytown, MD

5 years of experience; 3 years ERP experience; 2 years min of Symix experience Bachelor’s degree in a business or technical field - Desired • Demonstrated project management skills • Strong Technical background • Symix/Syteline programming experience • Symix/Syteline ERP system in a manufacturing environment • Should be able to program in Progress Database and customize Symix system To Apply, Please Go to http://flowserve.com/Careers/ Job #: 25213

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PT Experienced Coaches wanted to teach young childrens skills in soccer, b-balll etc. Must have car and be available after 3pm. $35+ per hour. Call 240-401-4117

Career Training Need to re-start your career?

Flowserve is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Seasonal HEALTHCARE

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

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TECHNICIAN

Entry level, will train, FT, field maint. techs to maintain hydraulic & electrical vehicle barrier equip. in DC/NOVA metro. Basic mechanical/electrical knowledge pref, no exp necessary. 1st shift hours, health & dental benefits, tools & uniforms supplied. Some travel/wknds/OT req. HS Diploma or equivalent, valid Drivers Lic., pass random drug test and clean background check. Mail resume to: resumes@concentricsecurity.com

Kenwood Country Club Bethesda ∂ Experienced Line Cooks ∂ F/T Seasonal positions Contact Chef Martin 301 320 3000 X 1270

The Department of Commerce

U.S. Census Bureau is hiring locally for temporary positions in selected areas of Washington, D.C., and selected areas of Montgomery Co., MD for the 2014 Census Test. Positions range from $14.00$21.50 per hour. Please call 1-888-480-1639 for more information and to be scheduled for testing. The Census Bureau is an Equal Opportunity Employer. This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities.

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

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9,995

1-Owner

2008 Jetta MT..........#V272778B, Red, 63,409 Miles...............$10,391

2014 Passat Wolfsburg. .#VPR0041, White, 2,878 miles................$19,754

2011 Jetta SE...........#VP0049, Brown, 18,621 Miles...............$14,991

2012 Nissan Maxima. .#V073708A, Gray, 47,457 miles..............$21,594

2009 Jetta TDI.........#VP0043A, Black, 68,842 Miles...............$15,993

2013 Jetta Sedan.....#V086172A, Gray, 12,807 miles..............$21,991

2011 CC....................#V507440A, White, 43,688 miles...............$17,491

2013 Dodge Charger.#V411396A, Black, 19,344 Miles..............$25,493

2013 New Beetle..........#VPR0038, Silver, 4,549 miles..................$17,694

2013 Nissan Pathfinder

2011 GTI...................#V239376A, Gray, 52,553 Miles..............$18,991

2013 EOS...................#V093037A, Black, 6,176 Miles...............$29,991

19,995

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2012 Mitsubishi Outlander GT. $19,990 $19,990 #363225A, 6 SpeedAuto, 5k Miles, Sport Utility, Rally Red

2013 Toyota Prius Plug-in..... $24,990 $24,990 #748000A, CVT Transmission, 18K 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid...... $25,995 $25,995 #432094A, CVT Transmission, 1-Owner, 13k miles

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2012 Jeep Liberty....#V6113A, White, 26,182 Miles...............$18,991

13 Ford Escape S #372014A, 6 Speed Auto, 8K Miles, 1-Owner

2012 Nissan Sentra 2.......... $14,490 $14,490 #P8858A, CVT Trans, 13k Miles, Bright Silver

14 Available...Rates Starting at 2.64% up to 72 months

2000 Honda Accord SDN #V023602B, Gold, 112,254 Miles......$6,491

15,990

$19,990 2012 Toyota Tacoma........... $19,990 #464142A, extended cab, 5 speed manual, 51K Miles

2011 Toyota Rav4.............. $15,990 $15,990 #464120A,Automatic, 69K Miles

OURISMAN VW WORLD AUTO CERTIFIED PRE OWNED

17,995

10 Toyota RAV4 $$

#472351A, Automatic, 81k Miles, 1-Owner

2013 Kia Rio LX.................. $13,990 $13,990 #453017A, Black, One Owner, 2400 Miles

2011 Toyota Camry LE......... $15,490 $15,490 #P8953, 6 SpeedAuto, 69K Miles

24,999

$

15,990

11 Nissan Juke S $$

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$14,900 2013 Toyota Corolla LE........ $14,900 #E0322, Classic Silver, 1-Owner, 33K Miles #9009850, Automatic, Power Windows, Power Locks, Sunroof

1.9% Financing Available

$

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25,455

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$

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13 Toyota Corolla LE #E0322, 4 Speed $ $ Auto, 33K Miles

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All prices exclude tax, tags, title, freight and $200 processing fee. Cannot be combined with any previous advertised or internet special. Pictures are for illustrative purposes only. See dealer for details. 0% APR Up To 60 Months on all models. See dealer for details. Ourisman VW World Auto Certified Pre Owned financing for 60 months based on credit approval thru VW. Excludes Title, Tax, Options & Dealer Fees. Special APR financing cannot be combined with sale prices. Ends 05/03/14.

Ourisman VW of Laurel

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2010 Ford Escape

14,980

$

2012 Dodge Caravan

#E0311, 43K Miles

16,480

$

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159/ MO**

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PRICES AND PAYMENTS INCLUDE ANY APPLICABLE MANUFACTURE’S REBATES AND EXCLUDE MILITARY ($500) AND COLLEGE GRAD ($500) REBATES, TAX, TAGS, DEALER PROCESSING CHARGE ($200) AND FREIGHT: CARS $795 OR $810, TRUCKS, SPORT UTILITY AND SIENNAS $810, $845 AND $995. *0.9% APR & 0% APR FINANCING UP TO 60 MONTHS TO QUALIFIED BUYERS THRU TOYOTA FINANCIAL SERVICES. TOTAL FINANCED CANNOT EXCEED MSRP PLUS OPTIONS, TAX, AND LICENSE FEES. 0% APR 60 MONTHLY PAYMENTS OF $16.67 FOR EACH $1000 BORROWED. 0.9% APR 60 MONTHLY PAYMENTS OF $17.05 FOR EACH $1000 BORROWED. APR OFFERS ARE NOT VALID WITH ANY OTHER CASH BACK OR LEASE OFFER. NOT ALL BUYERS WILL QUALIFY.**LEASE PAYMENTS BASED ON 36 MONTHS, 12,000 MILES PER YEAR WITH $995 DOWN PLUS $650 ACQUISITION FEE, NO SECURITY DEPOSIT REQUIRED. SEE DEALER FOR COMPLETE DETAILS. 2014 COROLLAU & PRIUS PLUG-IN LEASES ARE FOR 24 MONTHS WITH $995 DOWN. EXPIRES 05/04/2014.


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