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Education and outreach are needed to help drivers, cyclists and pedestrians all successfully share the road to prevent collisions, according to bicycle and walking advocates. At a roundtable discussion about bicycle and pedestrian safety Monday evening hosted by the Western Montgomery County Citizens Advisory Board in Bethesda, several attendees said people are often not aware of the rules for biking and walking in Mont-

gomery County, or they simply don’t follow them. Examples included cyclists who don’t stop for crosswalks and pedestrians who can’t hear bicyclists approaching because they’re wearing headphones. Joe Fritsch of Olney, who frequently rides on the Capital Crescent Trail, said people from all user groups — drivers at crossings, bicyclists and pedestrians — don’t follow the rules. He said the area needs more enforcement of the rules on all user groups. “People need to take responsibility for themselves on the trail — their safety as well as others,” he said.

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Fine time for a festival Courtney Dodson, a stylist at Drybar in downtown Bethesda, gives Delmy Olivares of Silver Spring a blowout on Monday.


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Customers who would like a glass of bubbly with their blowout could soon get their wish, thanks to a new law that allows salons to serve wine to patrons. The law will allow salons in Montgomery County to provide up to 5 ounces of beer or wine to customers or attendees at on-site fundraisers. Licensed beauty salons, including hair salons, nail salons and spas, can apply for the $100 beverage license. Courtney Barfield, regional manager for Drybar in Chicago, Boston and the Washington, D.C., area, said the Bethesda Drybar plans to apply for a license as soon as possible. She said sipping a glass of wine, Champagne or

mimosa is part of the salon experience. “This is something that all of our other stores carry,” she said. “This just goes hand in hand with the experience, and all our clients have been missing it.” Barfield said she approached Del. Ariana Kelly (D-Dist. 16) of Bethesda about sponsoring the bill and advocated for getting it through the General Assembly. Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) signed it into law Monday. Barfield said she didn’t think the Bethesda location would ever be able to offer wine or Champagne because of Montgomery County’s reputation for strict alcohol laws, but Kelly supported the endeavor. Drybar, with headquarters in Irvine, Calif., and 35 locations nationwide, already offers a “menu” of style choices

with a cocktail-hour theme, including the pin-straight “Manhattan” hairstyle or “Mai Tai” beachy curls. Receptionists are called bartenders, and the salon is set up like a bar. Drybar does not offer haircuts or coloring; the signature blowout service is just a wash, blow-dry and style. It does have room for private parties, however, and Barfield said the new law will bring in more customers. “It’s the first thing people ask when they call to book a party with us,” Barfield said. “This will 110 percent open the door now for many more bachelorette parties and many more get-togethers.”


Visitors peruse the displays at last year’s Bethesda Fine Arts Festival. This year’s annual free festival is this weekend in the downtown Woodmont Triangle.

IF YOU GO: n What: 11th annual Bethesda Fine Arts Festival. n When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. n Where: Norfolk, Auburn and Del Ray avenues in the Woodmont Triangle area of downtown Bethesda. n Cost: Free. n Information: or 301-215-6660.

Next stop on the all-girl odyssey: Iowa Bethesda team heads to World Championships




They are silly, clever and serious all in one meeting and the six members of the Fire Dragons, an all-girl Odyssey of the Mind team, are busy planning for their upcoming trip to the competition’s world championships. Tess Ravick, Kasey ChatterjiLen, Emma Davis, Molly Ding, Annie O’Connell and Rabhya Mehrotra are all eighth-graders at Thomas W. Pyle

Middle School in Bethesda. They began working on their Odyssey of the Mind projects in September but, they point out, they have been friends a long time. “I think our team is the best part of Odyssey of the Mind,” Tess said. “Everyone is really fun and creative and we get to see how [each member] thinks.” The Odyssey of the Mind program started in 1978 to “foster creative thinking and make learning fun,” according to the competition’s website, The program provides problem scenarios designed to showcase students’ creativity. Each team chooses one longterm project and, during competitions,

is also given spontaneous problems, those they have no way of anticipating. The teams are judged on use of materials provided and “out-of-the-box” solutions. The Fire Dragons selected a problem called the Not-So-Haunted House for their long-term project. They created their haunted house by painting three cardboard flats with black paint and drawing pictures of things that would be scary to teenage girls, they said — for instance, a bad hair day, having only 1 percent battery power left on your cellphone, math problems

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(From left) Molly Ding, Emma Davis, Rabhya Mehrotra, Annie O’Connell and Tess Ravick, members of the Fire Dragons Odyssey of the Mind team from Thomas W. Pyle Middle School in Bethesda, work on a catapault for their project. The all-girl team, which also includes Kasey Chatterji-Len, won the state championship for its age groups and will compete in the world championships May 28-31 in Ames, Iowa.


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Water may have been the bane of many a Montgomery County resident last week when torrential rains drenched the region, but in parts of West Africa, water is a precious and scarce commodity. To help remedy that chronic problem, Amman Imman: Water is Life will hold its eighth annual Walk for Water at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Locust Grove Nature Center, 7777

Democracy Blvd., Bethesda. The walk supports Amman Imman’s mission to dig wells and provide sustainable development in the Azawak region of Niger and Mali. “This region suffers from water scarcity and drought,” said Debra Kahn, associate director of the nonprofit. “The rainy season has gotten shorter and shorter over the last 15 years and sometimes only lasts one month.” So far, Amman Imman, which was founded in 2006, has drilled five deep wells, or bore holes, Kahn said. The wells are usually 600 feet or deeper, reaching into the aquifer, and water is pumped to the surface. “We do this working with the community,” Kahn said. “The only

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T-shirts at Bethesda church a tribute to gun victims

Motorists zipping by on Old Georgetown Road in Bethesda might be wondering just what the odd display at St. Mark Presbyterian Church is all about. It’s a tribute to the 176 people who were victims of gun violence in the Greater Washington area last year. The church, just north of the Interstate 270 spur, along with Heeding God’s Call, set up the display, which comprises 176 T-shirts, each representing a victim. Each shirt bears the victim’s name, age and date of death. Different colored shirts signify where each life was lost: blue for the 63 deaths in Maryland; white for the 82 in Washington; and yellow for the 31 in Northern Virginia. The church and Heeding God’s Call hope to draw attention to the severity of senseless gun-related incidents throughout local neighborhoods and in the nation, according to a church news release. The nonprofit’s goal is to reduce the illegal distribution of guns. The display previously was at

Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church. It was installed at St. Mark Presbyterian on April 26; the display runs there through Sunday, before moving to other houses of worship in the region. More information about Heeding God’s Call is at heedinggodscall. org.

Veterans resource fair at Glen Echo Park Veterans and their families can learn about programs to help them find employment, get financial help or access recreation facilities in the area at the Veteran and Volunteer Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. More than 50 local organizations will be available to supply information and answer questions. There also will be family activities, including tickets to ride the historic Dentzel Carousel and to The Puppet Co.’s showing of “Pinocchio,” and an art-related service project for all ages. Anyone interested in volunteering with organizations serving the military and veterans are invited to


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attend. Participating organizations include the Maryland Department of Veteran Affairs, Team River Runner, Warrior Canine Connection, Hero Dogs, Operation Homefront, Give An Hour, Operation Champs and the American Red Cross. Entrance to Glen Echo Park and parking are free. More information is at

as a researcher in 1966. He earned his bachelor’s in economics from George Washington University in 1950 and his master’s in economics from the New School for Social Research in 1952.

Energy association honors Bethesda researcher Joel Darmstadter of Bethesda

has been named the 2014 recipient of the Adelman-Frankel Award by the U.S. Association for Energy Economics. The award is given to an individual or organization for “unique and innovative contribution[s] to the field of energy economics,” according to the association. “Needless to say, I am extraordinarily appreciative to the [association],” Darmstadter said in a statement. “To have my name listed alongside the others who have received this honor is very humbling and a wonderful surprise.” Darmstadter, 85, is a senior fellow at Resources for the Future, an environmental think tank in Washington, D.C., which he joined


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way for a project like this to be successful is to be sure the community wants a bore hole.” That is because of the structure and mechanisms required for a deep well that the community has to maintain. “Water becomes the start to bring stability to the community,” she said. “Once they have water, we work to build food security and schools.” Saturday’s Walk for Water begins with a Azawak Cultural Festival from 10:30 to noon, followed by a pep rally and the 3-mile walk, which starts at 12:30 p.m. Onsite registration costs $15 for students, $18 for adults and $60 for a group of four. Registration begins at 10:30.

p.m., Corner of Route 28 and Monroe Street, Rockville, every Sunday through Nov. 22. 240-314-8620. Community Shredding, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Mid-Atlantic Federal Credit Union, 12820 Wisteria Drive, Germantown. Free. 301-944-1800. Bethesda Fine Arts Festival, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Woodmont Triangle, Along Norfolk, Auburn, Del Ray and Cordell avenues, Bethesda. Free. info@ Kalashraya Dance Festival, 3 p.m., Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, Kreeger Auditorium, 6125 Montrose Road, Rockville.


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IF YOU GO: n What: Amman Imman’s eighth annual Walk for Water and Azawak Cultural Festival. n When: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 10. n Where: Locust Grove Nature Center, 7777 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda. n Cost: $15 students, $18 adults, $60 group of four. n Information and registration:


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Glen Echo Park Partnership seeking board member The organization that oversees management of Glen Echo Park has a vacancy on its board. Montgomery County is looking for someone to serve on the Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture Board of Directors. Members serve three-year terms without compensation, but they are eligible to receive reimbursement for travel and dependent care costs to attend meetings. Regular meetings are on the second Wednesday evening every other month at the park. Board members also must participate on at least one committee. To apply, send a cover letter and resume to County Executive Isiah Leggett, 101 Monroe St., 2nd Floor, Rockville, MD 20850 or Applications should include home and employment addresses, contact phone numbers and email addresses. The deadline to apply is May 21.

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LOCAL Parents questions ‘pay to walk’ But school says it waives senior dues for hardship




To cover the cost of graduation, high schools typically turn to fundraising efforts and to students to cover the gap between what the school system pays and what senior year costs. Most schools ask students or their families to pay senior dues to help out with costs, but if they can’t pay, that doesn’t stop them from graduating. “Every school gets about $5,000 to rent space, and then any costs above that have to be either raised by the school or they have to collect senior dues,” said Dana Tofig, a spokesman

for Montgomery County Public Schools. Most schools have a combination of fundraising and dues collection, Tofig said, and dues vary by school. At Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda, senior dues are $50. Like most Montgomery high schools, Whitman holds its graduation ceremony at the Daughters of the American Revolution’s Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C., which costs more than what’s allotted by the school system. The Parents Coalition, a watchdog group, criticized Whitman on its blog for asking students to pay dues before picking up their caps and gowns for graduation. But Tofig said students who cannot pay dues can still graduate and walk in the graduation ceremony. They can talk to their

principal or senior sponsor to get the dues waived, he said. Whitman Principal Alan Goodwin said Tuesday that 12 students at his school had received waivers. Often a school counselor lets him know a student needs a waiver, he said, or sometimes the family requests one directly. “We have a $50 fee. It covers caps and gowns and the programs for graduation, and the students that have financial difficulties have it waived, so it’s pretty straightforward,” Goodwin said. Goodwin said senior dues are announced in the fall, and the school collects them through the end of the school year. Whitman’s graduation is June 11.

New business brewing up a storm Owner says Silver Spring brewery will be county’s largest beer producer



Kolby Anderson, 3, of Upper Marlboro enjoys playing with hula hoops during the Glen Echo Park family day on Saturday. This is the 94th season for the park’s historic carousel, which was installed in 1921. Visitors can catch a ride on the carousel for $1.25 through September. Operating hours and more information are at

Garrett Park incumbents keep seats; Chevy Chase municipalities hold votes


Emily Bruno has evaluated aid programs for the U.S. State Department, consulted with federal clients for accounting giant PricewaterhouseCoopers and directed research for the National Women’s Business Council. Now she has a new wrinkle: co-founder and operations director of Denizens Brewing Co., which plans to open a brewery and seasonal beer garden in downtown Silver Spring this summer. Denizens will be the largest production brewery in Montgomery County, Bruno said. The business will brew 15 barrels of beer at a time and employ some 40 people, she said. “We plan to have a major production facility,” said Bruno, who oversaw the moving of barrels and other equipment into a 7,500-square-foot building last week. By contrast, the nanobrewery Baying Hound Aleworks in east Rockville typically brews one to five barrels at a time in producing small-batch beers. Other brew pubs in the county work with fewer barrels or are part of national chains that manufacture beer off-site. The brewery will open as county officials have struggled to find new nightlife venues for the younger crowd. Bruno and co-founder Julie Verratti — an adviser with the U.S. Small Business Administration, an attorney, and Denizens’ business

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(From left) Brewer Jeff Ramirez, co-owner Emily Bruno, director of business development Julie Verratti and volunteer Chris McClintock move brewing tanks into Denizens Brewing Co. in Silver Spring on Friday. development director — live in Silver Spring and noted the limited nightlife firsthand. “We were looking for more in nightlife and entertainment options, and decided we could provide a place where we would want to go,” Bruno said. Denizens will brew European-style lagers, Americanstyle ales, Belgian-inspired beers, and sour and barrel-aged beers, selling them on-site and distributing them directly to other local restaurants and pubs. The latter would be allowed by a recent bill that was passed by the legislature and is awaiting Gov. Martin O’Malley’s signature. Otherwise, a brewer is forced to sell its beer to other venues through the county Department of Liquor Control. Jeff Ramirez, another cofounder, recently moved to the area to be the business’ brewing director after similar positions in Boulder, Colo., and Philadelphia. The state backed Denizens’ $500,000 loan from EagleBank with a guarantee through the

Maryland Industrial Development Financing Authority. “It’s particularly encouraging to see new enterprises coming from homegrown talent,” Dominick Murray, secretary of the state Department of Business and Economic Development, said in a statement. Denizens’ founders originally wanted to call their enterprise Citizens Brewing Co., but agreed to a change after Washington, D.C., brewery DC Brau cited potential confusion with a beer it makes called The Citizen. “Denizens is actually a great name for Silver Spring,” Bruno said. “It ties in with our philosophy of being a place where people familiar with craft beer can talk to other people with knowledge about the practice.”


Some races are uncontested


Three incumbents held on to their seats in Garrett Park’s elections on Monday. Mayor Peter Benjamin and council members Tara Flynn and Hans Wegner were re-elected to two-year terms. Flynn and Wegner beat challengers Michael Lutkenhouse and Elizabeth Overstreet. Benjamin was unopposed. The town is one of a slew of Montgomery municipalities holding elections this spring. The town of Chevy Chase and the Village of North Chevy Chase held their elections Tuesday, but results were not available at press time. The town of Somerset reelected three incumbents April 2, Town Manager Rich Charnovich said in an email. They were Mayor Jeffrey Slavin and council members Cathy Pickar and Barbara Condos.


The Village of Chevy Chase Section 5 is not having an election, but two candidates have stepped forward to fill two council seats up for election this year. Chris Richardson is an incumbent, and Scott Livingston will take the other available seat, according to the village’s website. One of the few municipalities not holding elections this year is the town of Glen Echo. Its next election is scheduled for 2015. Here are some of the area towns and villages holding elections this spring: • Chevy Chase Village: Three of the seven board seats are up for election and four people are running — Robert Goodwin Jr., Michael Denger, Kimberly Fried and Elissa Leonard. Polls are open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Village Hall. • Chevy Chase View: The town will not hold an election this year because only two people were nominated to fill two available seats on the council, said Town Manager Jana Coe.

On Tuesday, incumbent Paula Fudge will begin another term and Peter Marks will replace Mimi Mulligan, who did not seek re-election. • Section 3 of the Village of Chevy Chase: This year’s election is uncontested. Incumbent Melissa Brown is seeking re-election and Michael Dietrich is running to replace David Ohrenstein, who is not running again. Voting is open 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Chevy Chase United Methodist Church. • Village of Martin’s Additions: Three are running for two council seats. The incumbents are Arthur J. Alexander and Tiffany Cissna. The challenger is Ben Dunford. Voting is 5 to 7:30 p.m. May 15 in front of the Village Office. • Town of Kensington: Nominations are being accepted through Monday for seats held by the current mayor and two council members. The election is set for 6 to 9 p.m. June 2 at the Town Hall.

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Eleven libraries could be open for up to four more hours a week after the Montgomery County Council took preliminary budget action Monday. In an unofficial vote, the council approved $249,000 to expand the libraries’ hours. An official vote on the fiscal 2015 budget is scheduled for May 22. The 2015 budget year begins July 1.

The branches that would receive extra money were ones that had their hours cut in moneysaving efforts in fiscal 2011 and haven’t had any weekday hours restored since then. The branches include the Davis and Little Falls libraries in Bethesda, Marilyn J. Praisner Library in Burtonsville and local branches in Aspen Hill, Chevy Chase, Damascus, Kensington Park, Long Branch, Potomac, Twinbrook and White Oak. The money for the extra hours was included in the budget proposal from County Executive Isiah Leggett (D), who has made restoring library hours and services a priority as the county begins to restore services lost during the recession.

In the tentative budget approved Monday, the council added $550,000 to increase service hours at all county libraries. While the council’s Health and Human Services Committee recommended that the decision on which branches receive extra hours and what those hours will be should be left to Montgomery County Public Libraries, Councilman Philip M. Andrews urged that more hours be provided on Sundays. Andrews (D-Dist. 3) of Gaithersburg pointed out that the county’s liquor stores are open on Sundays while many libraries are not. “It shouldn’t be easier to check out our wine selection than it is to check out a book,” he said.

It’s May and azaleas are in full bloom

InBrief Hearing on Pepco request for rate hike is Monday The public will have an opportunity next week to comment on Pepco’s request to increase its electric distribution rates by $43.3 million as of July 4. Pepco applied for the increase in December with the Maryland Public Service Commission. A public hearing will be held at 7 p.m. Monday at the Montgomery County Executive Office Building, 101 Monroe St., Rockville. Those who wish to speak will sign up at the hearing. Written comments may be filed by May 30 with David J. Collins, Executive Secretary, Maryland Public Service Commission, 6 St. Paul St., 16th Floor, Baltimore, MD 21202, referencing Case No. 9336.

Part of planning conference is in Silver Spring on Thursday A three-day conference on planning, development and transportation issues will be held Thursday through Saturday in Silver Spring and College Park. Called “Makeover Montgomery 2, Moving Forward Montgomery,” the meeting is hosted by the Montgomery County Planning Department, the University of Maryland’s urban studies and planning program and the National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education. The conference kicks off at 7 p.m. Thursday at the University of Maryland, College Park, with a keynote address by Ellen Dunham-Jones, a professor of contemporary architecture and urban design at Georgia Tech. The meeting moves to the Silver Spring Civic Building Friday and Saturday with speakers on topics that include transit-oriented development, public-private partnerships and planning trends. Registration fee is $35. More information is at

Irma Obradovac (right) and her daughter, Lea Obradovac, 3, of Fairfax, Va., check out some of the blooming azaleas in the Perkins Memorial Garden on Saturday during the 61st Azalea Garden Festival at the Landon School in Bethesda. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the garden, which inspired the annual festival. GREG DOHLER/THE GAZETTE

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Nadia Hashimi of Potomac said she always loved reading and writing but never thought she could be an author, even after realizing she had a story to tell. That story, “The Pearl that Broke Its Shell,” is Hashimi’s first novel, published by William Morrow/ Harper Collins on Tuesday, though available online since March 5. The novel tells of two Afghan women in the same family, separated by a century, who as young girls take on the appearance and activities of boys to be free of the constraints placed on girls by their society. It’s an ancient custom called bacha posh and enables a girl to go to school, work or serve as an escort for female relatives. The practice usually lasts only until the girl reaches puberty or marriageable age.

“They are two strong women,” Hashimi said. “What I’m hoping to convey is that Afghan women need an opportunity. They are so ready. They want to be anything if we give them the opportunity.” Hashimi’s parents emigrated from Afghanistan in the 1970s. Hashimi, 36, was born and grew up in New York, and she’s now an emergency room pediatrician. She took her first trip to Afghanistan in 2002 with her parents. “It was different for them than for me. It was really nothing like what they left,” she said. Hashimi said she was always active in the Afghan-American community and interested in its history and politics. In 2010, she read a story in The New York Times that mentioned bacha posh, which sparked her imagination. “My husband really encouraged me. He said, ‘Why don’t you take some time? I think you can do something with this,’” Hashimi said. She wrote the 450-page book in just nine months, while she was


Nadia Hashimi of Potomac has published her first novel, “The Pearl That Broke Its Shell.”

pregnant with her second child, who is now 3. When the advance copies were delivered to her house, she said she was surprised that it

was so long. But the book’s length was based, in part, on the issues the country faces. “There are a lot of problems in Afghanistan: opium addiction, corrupt government, child marriages, warlords. ... They all make guest appearances,” she said. She is now expecting her third child and is working on a second novel, one her publishers hope will be finished in a year, she said. “The Pearl That Broke Its Shell” has received positive reviews from Kirkus Reviews, which calls it “a lyrical, heartbreaking account of silenced lives.” Khaled Hosseini, author of “The Kite Runner” and “A Thousand Splendid Suns,” wrote that Hashimi’s book is “a tender and beautiful family story and a mirror into the still ongoing struggles of Afghan woman.” “It’s nice to be getting feedback,” Hashimi said.

The Strathmore Hall Foundation Board of Directors, the Alcoholic Beverages Advisory Board and the Commission for Women are among the Montogmery County boards with vacancies. The deadline to apply for these boards is May 16. Information on more vacancies and apply is at vacancies/pr_list.asp.


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

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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Bethesda birders: Grab your binoculars. Now through Memorial Day,

it’s Baltimore versus the Washington area in a competition to spot the most birds and raise money for environmental organizations. The Audubon Naturalist Society in Chevy Chase and the Irvine Nature Center in Owings Mills each have birdathons to raise money for the organizations. This year, they are having

a friendly competition to see whose supporters can count the most bird species. The event, dubbed the Battle of the Beltway Birdathons, began April 22 and runs through May 26. A winner will receive the Bird’s Nest Crown in early June, according to a news release from the Audubon Naturalist Society. During the birdathons, in-

dividuals and teams pick a 24hour period and count as many different bird species as they can. Sponsors pledge to donate to one of the organizations based on the number of species counted. Kelli Hosendolph, spokeswoman for the Audubon Naturalist Society, said this is the 34th year the society has held a birdathon, and the event usu-

ally raises about $25,000. This is the first year for the society to partner with the Irvine Nature Center. “It’s a fun way to connect to nature and get outdoors,” she said. The Audubon Naturalist Society has set a fundraising goal of $30,000 this year. So far, five teams plus 31 individuals have

signed up to participate through Adubon, Hosendolph said. The society is still looking for teams, individual birdwatchers, sponsors or donors. To learn more about birdwatching during the event or sponsoring a birdwatcher, visit



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School board candidate looks to expand community input Eisner-Heidorn touts experience for at-large seat n



Merry Eisner-Heidorn has her sights set on an at-large seat on the Montgomery County Board of Education to help improve budget transparency, broaden the group of people providing input to the county school system, and increase teacher planning and training time. Eisner-Heidorn, 56, who has twin 10th graders at Winston Churchill High School in Potomac, said she would bring to the board experiences ranging from the county parentteacher association to state

politics to school system work dents failed their math exams. Her former career and volgroups. Three other candidates — unteer positions include a legEdward Amatetti, Shebra Evans islative aide in Annapolis, vice and Jill Ortman-Fouse — are president of legislation for the Maryland PTA, and also running for the vice president of at-large seat following legislation and vice school board member president of educaShirley Brandman’s tional issues for the announcement she Montgomery County would not run again Council of Parentfor the position. Teacher AssociaThe primary elections. tion falls on June 24 Her current camand the general elecEisner-Heidorn paign marks her first tion on Nov. 4. The Potomac resident is run at a school board seat. “It was time for someone currently the marketing and operations director of a trade pub- with my cross section of experilication, the legislative director ence to articulate the need for of Start School Later, Inc., and more stakeholder input, more holds a position on the county transparency and more acwork group reviewing why a countability,” she said. Related to her goal of translarge number of high school stu-

parency, Eisner-Heidorn said the effects of the budget need to be more apparent before it is approved. The school system must also seek input “well beyond” public school parents in Montgomery’s communities with more outreach meetings outside schools so it can reflect their concerns in the budget, she said. “If we want to make the budgeting process more collaborative and actually get really legitimate engagement from stakeholders, our stakeholders need to understand what processes your using to gather their input,” she said. She said that, among other scenarios, the school system also needs to seek more input from working, low-income families about the child care they

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The Montgomery County Council voted unanimously April 29 to urge stores with pharmacies to stop selling cigarettes, leaving a prominent Annapolis lobbyist fuming. Bruce Bereano criticized the council’s resolution as legislative “double-talk” that infringes on the state’s authority to regulate tobacco sales. Bereano, whose clients include tobacco wholesalers, said several court decisions make it very clear that counties have no authority to control or regulate the sale of tobacco products. The resolution recognized CVS Caremark for its decision to stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products as of Oct. 1, a move the company estimates will cost it $2 billion in annual sales. Council Vice President George L. Leventhal (D-At Large)


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But Bereano said he put little stock in the nonbinding nature of the resolution, which he called “a bunch of bunk.”

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need and more engagement from community agencies and organizations that could partner with the school system. Another main goal, EisnerHeidorn said, involves increasing planning and training time for teachers, including opportunities for stronger teachers to help out their colleagues. She has seen budget cuts translate to a loss of that time, she said, which she thinks has left weaker teachers struggling. The Common Core State Standards are “a tremendous opportunity” but require that teachers have more planning and training time to implement them, she said. Eisner-Heidorn said she thinks the school system needs to make sure that all teachers can understand the curriculum

based on the standards and are able to teach it in meaningful lessons. In her assessment of the school board, Eisner-Heidorn gave the board a B-minus. “The B-minus is because I believe in heart and soul, that the [current school board] wants to make differences in lives of students,” she said. “To get from a B-minus to an A-plus we need to move the needle further.” One thing the school board can do to move that needle, she said, is to ask for the development of metrics by which to evaluate the goals, funds, staff and other factors of the school system’s programs.


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Gaithersburg woman sues city over backyard structure Bell-Zuccarelli claims structure’s condemnation by city violated her right to due process n


A Gaithersburg woman’s dispute over a backyard bungalow has gone from city hall to a county courthouse and now to U.S. District Court. Darline Bell-Zuccarelli wanted to build a 192-squarefoot miniature home in the back of her Woodland Road home for her daughter but the city of

Gaithersburg condemned it. In a suit filed March 10, she alleges the city maliciously condemned the structure without following due process. She is seeking damages in excess of $75,000, according to case documents. Ultimately, she said she hopes the case will lead to the reversal of the condemnation, and that with the exception of making electrical fixes, the structure will be allowed to remain the way it is. On April 21, Gaithersburg transferred the case from Montgomery County Circuit Court to U.S. District Court because BellZuccarelli was alleging constitu-

tional violations, Gaithersburg City Attorney Lynn Board said in an email to The Gazette. Victoria Shearer, an attorney with Baltimore firm Karpinski, Colaresi and Karp, is now representing the city in the case. She could not be reached for comment Monday. Last January, a city inspector condemned the structure after reading about it in a December edition of The Gazette. The inspector had not conducted a physical inspection before issuing the condemnation order. Bell-Zuccarelli, who is representing herself in the court case, is claiming that since city staff did not come out to inspect the structure in person before condemning it on Jan. 16, the municipality violated her 14th Amendment right to due process. Bell-Zuccarelli first decided to construct the structure in 2010 to help her daughter who was struggling to afford her own place to live. Bell-Zuccarelli and

her husband spent about one year and $15,000 to build the small building. The structure has a living room, kitchenette, sleeping loft, bathroom and porch. It also has electricity, air conditioning and heat, and is set up for plumbing, according to Bell-Zuccarelli. In the months preceding the condemnation, the tiny house had been sitting unoccupied in the backyard while Bell-Zuccarelli saved up to pay for the water company’s charge to connect its pipes to those on the street, which was expected to cost about $15,000. After the condemnation, Wes Burnette, the city’s permits and inspections division chief, said he thought the structure had been modified without permission since it was first approved and that the zoning law does not permit more than one dwelling unit on a lot in that community. Burnette had said that the

city reached that conclusion based on the newspaper coverage, not by visiting the site. Several days later, Burnette visited Bell-Zuccarelli’s tiny house and cited several projects that were completed without proper permits, including the staircase, railings on the staircase and loft, extra kitchen cabinets, the kitchen sink and plumbing work, the exterior deck, extra electrical outlets and fixtures, and the bathroom toilet, shower and sink. None of the above issues have been fixed because BellZuccarelli said she is not exactly sure what must be done and if they are even permitted under the city’s code. “I’m not doing anything because I’m confused about what they want me to do,” she said. Bell-Zuccarelli admitted that she forgot to look into the community’s zoning laws, but that she built the house to the exact specifications outlined in her blueprints, which were ap-

proved by the city in June 2012. She said she also thought she had all the necessary permits and inspections as required by the city. She said she doesn’t remember if she ever told city inspectors her intention for the structure while it was being built, but that it shouldn’t matter now because it will never have occupants because the zoning laws prohibits that. “I’m not sure if I talked about every plan because I didn’t know I had to talk about every plan,” she said. “What difference would it make what it looks like if no one is living in it?” She said she is still fighting to keep it as a very nice shed. “I’m not mad that I can’t use it as a house,” she said. “I’m mad now that I can’t even use it as a shed. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would have to defend this.”




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High school program undergoing change at local level



About an hour after the final bell had rung, the large Seneca Valley High School hallway was mostly quiet but for one room holding about 10 students working as an upbeat classical piece played in the background. The students, bent over their notebooks and social studies textbooks, stayed late at the Germantown school Monday to participate in a program that lets them earn credits they need

to graduate. Up until this school year, the High School Plus program was a fairly standard program at county high schools that offered students the chance — primarily after school — to earn credits from a course they previously failed and needed to pass to get a diploma, such as English, algebra, biology and U.S. history. Now, the program — renamed High School Interventions for Graduation — continues, but with more flexibility at the individual school level after several issues hindered the program’s success. According to a March report from the school system’s Office of Shared Accountability, the High School Plus program over-

all faced difficulties with student attendance, teacher recruitment and the class-size requirement. In the 2011-12 school year, the report said, most students in the program were Hispanic or African-American and more than half received free and reduced-price meals, an indicator of poverty. About 2,000 students took a program course the first semester of that year, and about 2,500 students in the second semester, according to the report. The passing rates that school year “varied greatly” across the different subject areas, according to the report. Christopher Garran, associate superintendent for high schools, said 22 of the school

system’s 25 high schools have submitted plans to continue the program in one form or another. Garran said he sees a variety of approaches in the plans. Some schools are sticking with the after-school model. Others are emphasizing opportunities that let students tearn the needed credits during the school day without taking an entire course. Some schools are planning to do both. “The real key here was to give schools some decisionmaking authority around how they believe they can best meet their students’ needs,” he said.

“Some of that flexibility, you could get it, but had to kind of advocate for it in the past.” This school year, Seneca Valley stuck with the traditional, after-school model, but next year plans to implement a “hybrid” model, Principal Marc Cohen said. The school has offered about five or six classes each semester that mostly 11th- and 12th-graders have taken. Under the current model, Cohen said, “the kids who go tend to pass.” The school plans to include opportunities for credit recov-

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County teachers get hands-on experience with religions Montgomery educators study Sikhism, Hinduism in training




Montgomery County teachers got the chance this April to delve into Sikhism and Hinduism — two religions that some say have been taught incorrectly or incompletely at county schools in the past. Over the course of two training sessions and one reflection session, Montgomery County Public Schools teachers and administrators were invited to visit two Sikh temples and a Hindu temple where they could learn straight from those who practice the faiths. The training — which was voluntary and attracted about 10 to 12 people at each session — was organized by the Kaur Foundation, the Sikh Kid to Kid organization, the Hindu Ameri-

can Foundation and the county school system. In the school system’s curriculum, six major religions are taught in a sixth-grade world history course. The subject of world religions also appears at the high-school level in a comparative religions elective and a modern history class. The six major religions taught are: Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism. Sikhism was added most recently in the 2012-13 school year. Maria Tarasuk, the social studies PreK-12 program supervisor for the county school system, said the teacher training arose after requests from local and national organizations regarding how Sikhism and Hinduism were being taught in Montgomery classrooms. Tarasuk said she sees both Sikhism and Hinduism as topics that have made teachers uncomfortable because they lack

information about and experience with the religions. “Anytime you have to teach about something that you’ve learned from in a book and not experienced it can be uncomfortable,” Tarasuk said. Tarasuk said it made sense, given the growing diversity of the county, to tap into the resources in the school system’s community to help it train teachers. Hana Kaur, an eighthgrader at Herbert Hoover Middle School in Rockville, was one member in a group of students and parents from the Guru Gobind Singh Foundation Sikh temple who testified in front of the county school board last spring to ask for teacher training and town hall meetings on Sikhism. Hana, who has worked one-on-one with teachers to help them understand materials on Sikhism, participated in the April 5 training session and said she thinks the training al-

lows teachers to not only convey the information properly but also better understand their students. “I never thought it would happen,” she said. “It was really cool to see the teachers actually care.” George Mitchell, who teaches social studies at Rosa Parks Middle School in Olney, said before the Hinduism training on April 26 that he took a lot from the first training session on Sikhism. “I very much enjoyed it and learned a great deal because I knew virtually nothing and I came away knowing a lot,” he said. Christina Sesok, a social studies teacher at Col. E. Brooke Lee Middle School in Silver Spring, said she attended the sessions because she didn’t know a lot about either religion and wanted to help make sure her students were’t going out into the world with misconceptions.

“If I taught, I wanted to make sure I had all of the information correct,” she said. Murali Balaji, director of education and curriculum reform for the Hindu American Foundation, said he thinks the Montgomery teachers’ vists to the Sikh and Hindu temples will provide them with the context they need to help improve their lessons. “Teachers, beyond their own faith perspective, often are hesitiant to really do their own research and to better teach about religions such as Hinduism and Sikhism,” he said. Tarasuk said she anticipates the school system will run a similar program in the fall, which will likely continue the focus on Sikhism and Hinduism. “All of their senses are engaged,” she said. “It’s not just an academic understanding.”

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Is it a sting, or ‘pay to play’? Union: Question was to make a point, not money




Claiming it aimed to weed out candidates willing to “pay to play,” Montgomery County’s largest employee union asked on its endorsement questionnaire if candidates would pay its political action committee to campaign on their behalf, if endorsed. “That was to make a point,” said Gino Renne, president of United Food and Commercial Workers/Municipal and County Government Employees Organization Local 1994, MCGEO. “We wouldn’t have accepted any money. We were fishing to see what electeds or candidates would feel compelled to pay to play.” Specifically, the question asked, “If endorsed by our Union, will you commit to writing a $4,000-$5,000 check to our PAC, like you would to MCEA, to assist our union’s campaign on your behalf?” MCEA is the county teachers union, Montgomery County Education Association. MCGEO’s request, Renne said, sought to highlight a teachers union practice of taking money from an endorsed candidate to fund union campaign efforts. Montgomery County Education Association spokeswoman Barbara Hueter said the teachers union has, in the past, when a candidate requested it, taken money from candidates for the union’s campaign. “We are not doing it this year,” she said. “We are doing different things this year.” Montgomery County Councilman Marc B. Elrich said he understood money paid to MCEA under the arrangement went toward a mailer issued by the union. However, Elrich said he did not pay last year. Elrich (D-At Large) of Takoma Park — the only council incumbent to be endorsed by MCEGO — said it costs a candidate between $35,000 and $40,000 to produce and distribute their own countywide campaign mailer. For Dick Jurgena, a Republican candidate for county council district 2, MCEGO’s question upset him enough that he did not submit the form for an endorsement. “I looked at it more as extortion than I did as anything else,” he said. “I thought that I was pretty sure the union would not endorse me anyway, then when asking me for $4,000 to $5,000, it turned me off.” Maryland law caps donations by individuals to a PAC at $4,000, leading Jurgena to think the question was more bait than substance. Candidate committee donations to a PAC are capped at $6,000. State election law also prohibits quid pro quo endorsements, or endorsements in exchange for money, said Jared DeMarinis, director of the Candidacy and Campaign Finance Division of the State Board of Elections. Hueter said MCEA never took money in exchange for an endorsement, nor was any money discussed prior to an endorsement. Rather, the teachers union’s coordinated campaigns started after candidate recommendations were released, she said. “We have always drawn a bright line between our recommendation process and the campaigning,” she said. “We take great pains to be fair and transparent in our process.” Regardless, Renne called the practice into question, saying it undermined the entire point of a union endorsement: spending union money and putting union boots on the ground to campaign for a candidate. “I’ve been involved in Maryland politics since 1978 and they [MCEA] are the only ones I’ve encountered who do this,” he said. As for Renne’s claim that the endorsement question was meant to draw attention to the actions of MCEA, Jurgena could only laugh. “OK. If you believe that, then I have a bridge to sell you,” Jurgena said.


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Parents of boy who drowned in pond sue developer Attorney: They don’t want the same thing to happen to anyone else n

D’Angelo McMullen, 10, drowned Jan. 13 after falling through the ice on top of a sediment control pond in Gaithersburg’s Crown development. His parents filed suit against the owner, site manager and contractor of the property that the contained the pond.


The parents of a 10-yearold boy who drowned in a Gaithersburg sediment control pond in January are blaming the owner, site manager and contractor of the property that contains the pond for failing to prevent their son’s death, according to a lawsuit filed April 30. Nicole Bode and Felix McMullen, the parents of D’Angelo Jayvon McMullen, are suing several companies involved in the development of Neighborhood One — which includes the pond — in the mixed-used community of Crown. The lawsuit claims that the companies did not ensure that a required safety fence around the pond was fully constructed and properly maintained. Those named in the lawsuit are owner/developer Westbrook Partners of New York, site manager Warner Construction Consultants of Rockville and contractor Metro Earthworks of Lorton, Va., a division of Shirley Contracting Co. Montgomery County Fire and Rescue officials have said that when D’Angelo fell through the ice on the pond on Jan. 13 and died, there was only partial fencing surrounding the pond. “[D’Angelo’s parents] want answers and they want to make sure this doesn’t happen to anyone else,” said Andrew G. Slutkin, the attorney who filed the McMullen’s suit. He is a partner at the Baltimore law firm Silverman, Thompson, Slutkin and White. Claiming negligence and wrongful death in the suit, D’Angelo’s family is seeking damages in excess of $75,000, although Slutkin said the actual amount of damages awarded could be very high. “It’s a multimillion-dollar case,” Slutkin said. D’Angelo was playing with his brother and another boy on the iced-over pond Jan. 13 when the ice suddenly gave way. The pond is behind Harris Teeter grocery store in the Crown community. Fire and rescue personnel quickly rescued two of the boys, but the search for D’Angelo took longer, predicting that he could have been submerged for up to half an hour. He died at a local hospital that evening. On the following day, the city of Gaithersburg issued a notice of violation to Fran Speed, a representative of Warner Construction. The notice required a 42-inch-high safety fence to be reinstalled on all open sides of the pond pursuant to the sediment and erosion control plan, according to Wes Burnette, division chief of the city’s Permits and Inspections Division. While there is not a city or state code requiring safety fencing on sediment ponds, a fence was required there as part of the planning approval process during construction. Crown is a mix of thousands of residential and retail units built on the former Crown Farm at Fields Road and Great Seneca Highway. The lawsuit claims that the defendants negligently did not comply with the applicable Gaithersburg code provisions and did not abide by the construction plan that was submitted to the city, which stipulated that a safety fence was a requirement. Furthermore, the lawsuit states that the companies failed to install, maintain and regularly inspect the fence. It adds that whenever the fence was initially removed, the companies did not reinstall it in a timely manner. Michael Post, the president and CEO of Shirley Contracting, said the business shared the community’s grief over the tragedy surrounding D’Angelo’s death. He also added that the lawsuit was a surprise. “We were surprised to learn today that a lawsuit has been filed against the companies in connection with this accident,” he said. “At this time we are in the process of obtaining the lawsuit; however, we would like


to make it clear that we disagree with its reported allegations and will be working with legal counsel to provide an appropriate response.”

John Wolf, managing principal at Westbrook Partners, could not be reached for comment. A representative for Warner Construction Consultants

also could not be reached for comment. The city of Gaithersburg was not listed as one of the defendants in the suit, even though it was also responsible for inspections of the property. Records previously obtained by The Gazette showed that the pond area had been in compliance with regulations on required safety fencing before the accident. “We sued the owner of the property, the developer and the people that we believed removed the fence,” Slutkin said. “In our view, the city did not remove the fence and therefore we do not believe they were responsible.”

The suit also said that D’Angelo had a medical condition called Trisomy 8 Mosaicism, chromosome disorder, which caused him to “suffer from significant developmental delays.” Bode, of Reprise Drive in Rockville, and McMullen, of Titania Way in Woodbridge, Va.,





have declined to comment for the story. “They’re having a very difficult time,” Slutkin said. “They’ve lost their young child, who was a wonderful, sweet boy.” A hearing in the case is scheduled for Aug. 1.


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Silver Spring hospital provides free video connection over the Internet BY


Lawanda McElvaine waited until she was over 40 years old to get pregnant. Once McElvaine, a real estate agent in Upper Marlboro, got pregnant, she kept visiting a website called to educate herself on “what could happen.” The website has a section about preterm labor. She read about premature babies, success stories, and mothers committed to making sure their babies had everything through the intensive care process. She didn't know she was about to go through the same situation a few months later. McElvaine was about 22 weeks pregnant when her water broke in January. Her due date was not until May 27. She was admitted to Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring. Doctors put her on bed rest for two-and-a-half months. “I needed to try to keep the baby inside as long as possible. ... The goal was that I was to sit in the hospital bed for two-anda-half months and pretty much just keep the baby there and let them monitor me every three


Continued from Page A-1 or blood. Then they wrote a performance which had to include four special effects, designed to be scary, but which don’t turn out to be. One of their special effects is a papier mache head that allows them to “decapitate” one of the actors. Although the team took first place in its grade-level division at the state championships March 15 at Norwood School in Bethesda, the girls have been busy improving their props and upgrading their special effects for the world competition. They are limited to spending just $145 on materials for their project and win points for using of re-

hours,” she said. On Valentine’s Day weekend, when McElvaine got up to use the restroom, she looked down and saw a foot coming out. Doctors confirmed McElvaine’s baby was halfway out, in breech position. She had to undergo an emergency Caesarean section. Doctors told Lawanda’s husband, Corey McElvaine, that their boy, Logan, had a 50 percent chance of survival. His lungs were not fully developed and he was having trouble breathing. McElvaine went to the recovery room and kept wanting to see Logan. “At this point, I knew something had happened. ... My husband went down to the NICU [neonatal intensive care unit], and they were putting chest tubes in him at the same time he walked in. At that point, when he came back in the room, I could see all over his face. ... Now I am going, ‘What’s wrong?,’” McElvaine said. The next day, doctors let her see her baby, but McElvaine developed an infection, so she wasn’t allowed in the NICU until her condition got better. The only way she could see her baby was through the NICVIEW system: a camera that provides a secure video stream over the Internet from a webenabled device. The 12 cameras were part of a $10,000 grant from the Verizon

cycled or reused material. Most of their money, they said, was spent on paint for their house. The group met twice a week throughout the year: one day to work on the long-term project and one day to practice solving the spontaneous problems. “I’ve learned to work together with others, because with six different opinions we either come together as a team or we split into different groups,” Emma said. “When that happens, we all vote.” The girls said they enjoy learning to think more creatively. “The problems are not something we’ve done before, like hanging a box of nails using straws, toothpicks and string,” Rabhya said. “I’ve learned to think differently.” They are coached by Rab-

Lawanda McElvaine (left) and Cyndi Hawley, the director of the neonatal intensive care unit at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring, stand next to McElvaine’s son Logan as McElvaine demonstrates how parents can watch their infant on a phone through NICVIEW, a secure video stream over the Internet using any Web-enabled device. YOLANDA L. GASKINS/ HOLY CROSS HOSPITAL

Foundation to the Holy Cross Health Foundation. Parents or relatives can watch newborns who have complicated medical issues in intensive care treatment through the live stream system. “It is a very basic web camera. It is only video and no audio,” said Cyndi Hawley, the director of Holy Cross Hospital’s NICU. Hawley said cameras are wired into the hospital’s network, which is connected to a server linked to the NICVIEW management company. The

hya’s father, Nitin Mehrotra, and Annie’s father, Dick O’Connell, though all the parents are helping arrange the team’s trip to Ames, Iowa, for the World Championships May 28-31. “I enjoy [coaching] very much,” Mehrotra said. “They are a smart group of kids and they all think so differently.” The girls do have one problem they are having a hard time solving: raising money for their trip. “It’s a lot harder raising money than we thought because we aren’t old enough to work,” Annie said. The girls have held two bake sales, sponsored a fundraiser at Mamma Lucia’s restaurant and received money from an anonymous donor, raising about $250 so far. They also contacted stores in Bethesda, hoping for a sponsorship, but to no avail. Anyone wishing to contribute to their cause can call Pyle Middle School at 301-320-6540.


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company is in charge of the passwords and login registration. The camera is placed on top of the baby’s bed to give parents a full view of their infant. When McElvaine recovered, she was allowed back in the NICU. Once she was discharged from the hospital, she kept a watchful mother’s eyes through the live stream video when she was at home. She visited Logan every day. “As recent as this morning, I still logged on. ... It also helps

us from bothering the nursing staff. ... Instead of us going, ‘OK, what’s he doing? How is he doing?,’ we can just look and see without having to ring the phone,” McElvaine said. Parents can give access information to other relatives. “It basically can be logged in from any Internet capable device. ... We have people from South America, Africa, China, all over the world logged in,” Hawley said. The hospital can use a privacy mode when care is being given to the baby. A message on

Students gather data for national 4-H study




Stress. Obesity. Too little sleep. These are the main health concerns of teens today, according to a national study that three 4-H club members from Rockville helped conduct. TheRockvilleteens,allmembers of the Lucky Clovers 4-H Club, which meets in Aspen Hill, helped gather information from Maryland teens for the report: “Teens Take on Health: Solutions for a Healthy America.” It was sponsored by the National 4-H Council of Chevy Chase and Molina Healthcare to get teens’ own take on their health issues.

essarily need new rules, but it does need to promote bike education from an early age. Infrastructure that could make biking and walking safer, such as more bicycle lanes and

It turns out Maryland teens, like those in other states, are concerned about how little sleep they get, stress, obesity and proper diet, said Rina Huang, 19, who’s a freshman at the University of Maryland. Huang organized four community meetings in Maryland — two in Prince George’s County and two at the National 4-H Conference Center in Chevy Chase — for teens to voice their concerns. Helping her with the meetings were her brother, Kai Huang, 16, a junior at Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville, and Marlena Nothwehr, 17, a senior at Richard Montgomery. “I thought the whole project was interesting because health is considered a serious adult topic, but teenagers have ideas too,” Nothwehr said.”The main

shared-use paths, takes time and money to build. “As an implementer, I can’t get things done in less than three to five years [even if] the funding is there,” said Pat Shepherd, the county’s bikeways coordinator. The board is expected to discuss advocating for better

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the screen will tell the new mom or relatives to “Check back later.” Hawley said that at the beginning of Logan’s care, nurses had to turn off the camera “a lot.” “We were learning with mom [McElvaine] just some of the ways we can prepare them for the times when [the camera] is maybe off,” added Hawley. Staff will explain how the program works and what parents should expect while seeing their baby through the video camera. Hawley said the hospital does not want to cause any more concerns for the parents. “You will see things. ... Babies do move. They slide down. They sometimes exit the picture. They roll over,” Hawley said. Hawley said all parents can participate in the program, but there’s a rotation and a waiting list for available cameras. The hospital is hoping to get 12 more devices. They can add up to 24 cameras on one server, for a total of 36. There are 46 bed units in the neonatal intensive care unit. According to the hospital’s website, once infants are ready to go home, staff eases the transition by offering special discharge classes, CPR training, and a caregiver support group. Chaplains are available to patients and families of all faiths and beliefs.


concern youth was trying to get across was sleep and stress, but they were also concerned about mental health.” Huang said interest in the project showed that teens are thinking about the future. During the meetings, she included a challenge to the teens to come up with solutions to the problems they identified. “Thesolutionto[notenough] sleep is time management,” she said.“Say‘no’toactivitiesandput the cellphone down.” Kai Huang said he was brought into the project because his sister needed help one day and he said yes. It turned out to be fun for him. “I was really engrossed,” he said. “I liked talking to the [other] teens. You got to see how they thought. They had a lot of good ideas.”

sidewalks along the Bethesda Trolley Trail at its next meeting, at 7 p.m. May 19 on the second floor of the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center, 4805 Edgemoor Lane, Bethesda.


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The Montgomery County Council will make a decision on whether to reduce the county’s

energy tax and by how much. But not for a while. Councilmen Philip M. Andrews (D-Dist. 3) of Gaithersburg and Roger Berliner (D-Dist. 1) of Bethesda had introduced a resolution to reduce the amount of revenue from a 2010 increase in the tax by 10 percent, a move that would

cost the county an estimated $11.5 million in revenue. But members of the council’s Government Operations and Fiscal Policy and Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy and Environment committees agreed Thursday to add the matter to the list of items to be resolved before

they pass the budget, scheduled for May 22. County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) in his fiscal 2015 recommended operating budget proposed keeping the fuelenergy tax rate at the same rates set for fiscal 2014, which would provide an estimated $217.2 million in revenue in

fiscal 2015. The tax is paid by suppliers or producers of electricity, gas, steam, coal, fuel, oil or liquefied gas in the county. Berliner said Thursday that rather than having a vote on the resolution, he’d prefer to work the issue out within the larger context of the budget.

Councilwoman Nancy Navarro (D-Dist. 4) of Silver Spring said she thought it would be best to work the issue out through the reconciliation process, when the council can look at the budget comprehensively.

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A local advocate for reliable electricity is skeptical that the sale of Pepco to Chicago-based Exelon Corp. will actually improve power service. “Any company that could acquire Pepco has got to be better than what we have,” said Abbe Milstein, founder of Powerupmontco, an online group that shares information on electric reliability and performance. “The question is: ‘Are we going to go from the frying pan into the fire?’” Pepco Holdings Inc. plans to sell to Exelon Corp., the Chicago-based parent company of Baltimore Gas and Electric for $6.83 billion, all-cash. Pepco announced the acquisition by Exelon on April 30. Just because the much larger Exelon would own Pepco, does not mean service will improve for the thousands of customers who struggle with unreliable power, Milstein said. BGE, Milstein noted, is the utility responsible for the leaking power known as contact voltage that took the life of a Baltimorearea teen in 2006. Deanna Camille Green, then 14, was killed when she touched a fence that was coursing with 277 volts of electricity from faults in underground wires. “That is a big problem and a very scary problem,” Milstein said. “These are the kinds of things these companies need to address. The infrastructure is deteriorating right in front of us.” BGE was acquired by Exelon in 2012. Milstein said the sale does open the door for Montgomery County to push the Maryland Public Service Commission to tie high reliability, improved infrastructure and positive returns to the customer to the deal. Unfortunately, Pepco’s pending rate hike request with the PSC — the company has asked the commission for $43.3 million more, which would add

$4.80 to the average customer’s monthly bill — has Milstein less than optimistic the county will go to bat for consumers in the deal. But County Councilman Roger Berliner has proposed a council resolution urging the commission condition any approval of the sale on “obtaining substantial ratepayer benefits, including, but not limited to, top quartile performance in three years and tying rate recovery to Exelon’s performance.” In a letter to his council colleagues Berliner said, “I don’t need to tell you — or our constituents — how long all of us have suffered from unacceptably poor service. Not when we endured five years in a row of lowest quartile performance. Fortunately, Exelon does have a better track record when it comes to reliability and is in a stronger financial position than Pepco. But we should not cross our fingers when it comes to improved service. Our state regulators should insist upon it.” As part of the acquisition, Exelon and Pepco Holdings have committed to build on the improvements to service reliability that Pepco says it has already achieved for its customers, according to a company news release. Exelon will provide an aggregate $100 million, or about $50 per customer, to a customer investment fund that Pepco Holdings utilities’ will use as each state public service commission deems appropriate for customer benefits, such as rate credits, assistance for low income customers and energy efficiency measures, the release said. Approval is required from Pepco’s stockholders as well as the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the District of Columbia Public Service Commission, the Maryland Public Service Commission and the state commissions of New Jersey and Delaware before the companies can close on the sale. According to Pepco Holdings, the companies anticipate closing in the second or third quarter of 2015.



As Montgomery County planners prepare for a potential lengthy rezoning process of an Aspen Hill site that could one day welcome Wal-Mart, some area residents have formed a group to oppose the fast-track rezoning. Called Aspen Hill Homeowners, the group believes a Wal-Mart or other big-box store at that site will cause too much of an increase in neighborhood traffic, said Judy Fink, who lives a half-block from the site at the northwest corner of Aspen Hill Road and Connecticut Avenue. Her street is already a cutthrough route for many motorists avoiding backups on Aspen Hill Road, she said. “The negative environmental impact would be significant,” Fink said. “A big box is not acceptable to me and to many of us.” But other residents support the site’s faster rezoning process from office to retail, saying it will revitalize the neighborhood and improve the site, which has had a vacant 265,000-squarefoot building since defense and aerospace contractor BAE Systems moved out in 2010. The Aspen Hill Civic Association, which formed around 1980, supports rezoning the BAE site “as the only viable path to change this obsolete vacant building site into a vital and productive commercial property benefitting ours and surrounding communities,” said Alexandra Minckler, the association’s president. “We are not advocating any specific tenant use, and as such are not opposed to Wal-Mart,” Minckler said. At community meetings in December and April, the majority of people expressed support for the rezoning to retail, she added. The county also received letters of support from other groups, including the Montgomery County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and owners of local businesses, such as Dunkin’ Donuts. Montgomery County planning staff is holding its third community meeting on the rezoning process at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Aspen Hill Library. Bruce H. Lee, president of Silver Spring-based Lee Development Group, the developer of the property, said the local office market is still weak, with little signs of improving soon. A lot of other developers seek to rezone Montgomery County property from office to retail or residential, he said.


Joan Beerweiler (left) and Sharon Dean of the Aspen Hill Homeowners group, which opposes a new Wal-Mart at the former Vitro/BAE Systems site at the northwest corner of Aspen Hill Road and Connecticut Avenue. His company has a signed letter of intent from Wal-Mart to open a store at the former BAE site, but that is nonbinding, Lee said. “There is no guarantee that will be the tenant,” he said. “It’s such a long process, and plans could change. It could be several years before we would even be able to break ground. Retailers don’t usually look for a particular space unless they know the zoning is in place.” Lee Development started looking for another office user several years before BAE moved out and has found no takers, Lee said. “Aspen Hill is more of a retail destination,” he said. “It’s not near a Metro station. In fact, it’s closer to the ICC than a Metro station.” The Lee family has owned property in Aspen Hill since it was farmland and built some of the community’s first retail shops in the 1950s. In 1968, the family also opened the former BAE building, which was first occupied by the Vitro Corp. Vitro started in the 1950s as a manufacturing company of mostly slide transparencies for overhead projectors and eventually became part of BAE. Vitro once had two other buildings in a campus there, but those two were torn down in the 1990s to make way for Home Depot. At that time, Lee Development still had a 20-year lease with BAE, Lee said. “We had no idea the market for office would get this bad,” he said. In the past four years, Lee said, he has met with many people and business groups about the project, including those from Aspen Hill and Leisure World; many residents wanted more retail choices, including grocery store competition for the Giant store. He said any new development would be high quality, like the nearby Northgate Plaza Shopping Center, where Lee Development spent millions of dollars in upgrades and added a Kohl’s Department Store in 2012.

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“That shopping center is really doing well,” he said. The County Council voted 5-4 about a year ago to expedite the zoning review of the former BAE site in a minor master plan amendment process, rejecting a council committee’s recommendation that the review expand to other Aspen Hill commercial and retail areas. Lee’s company pays $500,000 to $700,000 annually in property taxes, utilities, insurance, maintenance and other costs for the former BAE site. The empty building must be heated in the winter so pipes don’t freeze, Lee said. His company lets law enforcement agencies use it free for training.

Safety concerns The area has had numerous traffic accidents, some fatal, and street signs are often hit, nearby resident Sharon Dean said. In April, a man, a woman and an 8-month-old child were taken to hospitals with serious injuries after a driver crashed into their car at Aspen Hill Road and Parkland Drive, then fled.

“There are schools and bus stops near” the former BAE site, Dean said. “Our main focus is community safety.” Joan Beerweiler, another nearby resident, said the group is getting a petition signed by area residents. BAE and Vitro supplied good-paying jobs, and employees there did not add to traffic outside working hours on weekdays, she said. “If it’s a Super Wal-Mart, that would add even more traffic than a regular Wal-Mart. It would probably be open until midnight seven days a week,” she said. Kohl’s is a nice store that the area did not have before and has not overly burdened neighborhood streets, Dean said. A Wal-Mart would provide more of a strain on area streets, besides “duplicating what we have already,” she said. Lee said changing the zoning to retail would reduce the building’s size by more than half, to about 120,000 square feet. Traffic would be spread out over more hours and not focused on peak rush-hour times, he said. Preliminary traffic studies have even shown traffic flow improving under retail zoning from office, Lee said. At next week’s community meeting, the county plans to present preliminary draft zoning recommendations, as well as a traffic analysis. Aspen Hill Homeowners plans to meet at 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Aspen Hill Library to prepare for the planning department meeting. The Planning Board hopes to have a public hearing in July and draft a plan by October. The County Council could hold a hearing next January and vote on the rezoning by March, according to the latest schedule.

Obituary Suddenly, on April 26, 2014, Thomas Anthony Law of Rockville, MD, the devoted son of the late John and Ernestine Law. Tom grew up in Bethesda, MD with his four sisters: Maria, Clare (Marc) Noble, Carla (Tim) McCartin, and Anita (Tom McGregor). Tom also leaves eleven nieces and nephews and nine great nieces and nephews. A graduate of his father’s alma mater, St. Johns College High School, Washington, DC, Tom went on to have an eclectic career, primarily as a draftsman and a land surveyor. A true friend of the arts, he was a self taught musician and artist. Our Tom was a generous soul with his time and talents and will be greatly missed by both family and friends. The family has requested that those interested in honoring Tom’s legacy, consider a donation in his name to The Glenview Mansion Art Gallery c/o Glenview Mansion City of Rockville, 603 Edmonston Drive, Rockville, MD 20851. A life celebration will follow at a later date. 1909911


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EDUCATION NOTEBOOK Edison students medal at SkillsUSA competition Students at Thomas Edison High School of Technology in Silver Spring brought

home the gold in several skills areas at the 2014 Maryland State SkillsUSA competition April 4 and 5 held at several Baltimore-area locations. Gold medal winners from the Career Pathways, Architecture and Construction Cluster were Issac Gastelum, Jose Araujo and David Kim, carpentry. In Community Service gold medalists were Sara Pugh, restaurant management; Angelo DiPasquela, network operations; and Brandon On, graphics. Other gold medalists were in Extemporaneous Speaking: Rachelle Rosenbaum, interior design; Antonio Andalla, masonry; Valerie Felipe, medical career; Cindy Gomez, network operations internship; Loren Hersh, network operations; and Jocelyn Lazo and Alejandra Flores, cosmetology 3. Silver medalists were Michael Prebble, electricity 2; Tida Siribongkot, cosmetology 3; Jacob Erickkson, graphics; Adonis Corvoisier, network operations 2; and Javier Vilaseca and Justin Johnson, network operations. Dari Daiz, cosmetology 3, earned a bronze medal. The gold medalists will compete in the National SkillsUSA competition June 23-27 in Kansas City, Mo. Also representing Edison is Pornpim Phorntavewat, a junior at Northwood High School in Silver Spring and a student in the Restaurant Management Program at Edison. She was elected Maryland SkillsUSA State Reporter at the April competition. She will participate in the Officer Leadership Training at the National SkillsUSA competition.


Students at Francis Scott Key Middle School in Silver Spring are using recyclable lunch trays, replacing the plastic foam trays used in most schools.

New lunch trays teach students about recycling School system plans switch for next academic year



Throughout the cafeteria at Francis Scott Key Middle School in Silver Spring on Friday lay the first signs of a change coming to Montgomery County Public Schools — brown paper trays. The trays made their debut at the middle school on April 28 and school system officials say the goal is to switch out the plastic foam trays now found in school cafeterias around the county for the thin, cardboardlike trays that it can recycle by the beginning of the next academic year. Marla Caplon, director of food and nutrition services for the school system, said the school system has been looking for years to make a switch to recyclable trays. “It’s always kind of been on the front burner to do that but cost was a prohibiting factor,” she said. The plastic trays, which are made of polystyrene, can be recycled but there is no company near the county that could collect them, Caplon said. The distance of companies who could have recycled them would have made prices too steep, she said. After coming across other recyclable options with unmanageable price tags, Caplon said, the school system found an affordable option in the paper


Eighth-grader Eileen Portillo, 13, reaches for one of the new recyclable lunch trays now in use at Francis Scott Key Middle School in Silver Spring. tray that costs about 4.27 cents — about 1 cent more than a plastic tray. Based on a hypothetical purchase of about 14 million trays for one year, the new paper trays would cost about $598,000 — about $140,000 more than their plastic counterparts, according to Caplon. Caplon said that, with the 4.27-cent tray, the school system has “at least one avenue that is cost effective.” The system is still seeking other affordable options through a bid process. The tray will be recyclable as long as it doesn’t get a significant amount of food on it, Ca-

plon said, citing the example of spaghetti and meat sauce. Francis Scott Key is serving as the pilot school for the new trays. Rather than use the plastic trays, the middle school students had forgone trays completely for several years until the paper trays’ introduction. Yolanda Stanislaus, principal at Francis Scott Key, said the new trays match the school system’s larger focus on environmental stewardship. “When Marla brought it up to us, we jumped on it immediately,” Stanislaus said. The reaction from students

as they ate lunch on Friday was mixed: some focused on how they see the trays helping the environment while others wanted sturdier trays. Jeannie Tene, a seventhgrader at the school, said she thinks the trays could help the environment but saw her peers throwing them in the trash instead of recycling them. “They look really cheap, and they’re weak,” she said. Jaylen Jobshode, an eighthgrader who used to be a member of the school’s student recycling team, said he thinks the trays are useful and environmentally friendly. “It’s pretty awesome what they’re doing,” he said. Anna Brookes, a seventhgrader at Takoma Park Middle School, has advocated with other students in the Young Activist Club for the end of polystyrene trays in county schools. The trays, the young activists say, are bad for the environment and potentially students’ health. The Takoma Park group has unsuccessfully requested that the county school board allow them to test out a dishwasher and reusable trays at Piney Branch Elementary School. Brookes said she thinks the reusable trays would be a better alternative to plastic than the recyclable paper trays. “Getting rid of Styrofoam is still a major step,” she said.

Youth forum planned Young people will have an opportunity to share their experiences, insights and solutions to problems with County Executive Isiah Leggett, members of the County Council and representatives from Montgomery County Public Schools at a teen forum to be held from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Montgomery Blair High School, 51 University Blvd. East, Silver Spring. The free event is organized by members of Leggett’s Youth Advisory Committee, which provides teens the opportunity to develop leadership skills while serving their communities. Committee members work to strengthen students’ voices in schools through “speak-outs” and contact with county government. The committee also works to eliminate violence, reduce use of alcohol and other drugs, and fight racial discrimination through mul-


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• The seven runners-up will have their work displayed in Van Hollen’s Capitol Hill and district offices for the next year. They are Maria Victoria Velikovsky, a senior at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High; Sarah Vermillion, a junior at

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Top: Del. Heather Mizeur (D-Dist. 20) of Takoma Park trails in the polls in the Democratic primary for governor. Middle: Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler is one of two front-runners, according to polls. Bottom: Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown is the other frontrunner.


Investigations. Attack ads. “Fact-checking” websites. Voters trotted out for emotional effect. Multimillion-dollar campaign accounts. As May approached, Maryland’s Democratic gubernatorial primary race had seen all of these elements and more. Analysts say none of it is a surprise. “Par for the course,” said Gail Ewing, a retired Montgomery College politics professor. “That is the way it is. They call it mudslinging.” Maryland bumped its gubernatorial primary from September to June 24, forcing candidates to announce their candidacies and attack each other earlier than usual. “The stakes are pretty high,” said Geoffrey Skelley, a local political analyst and associate editor of Sabato’s Crystal Ball. “It doesn’t surprise me that it’s gotten pretty nasty.” Up for grabs: Maryland’s highest elected office, and with it at least four years in the governor’s mansion and executive control of the state. The end of Gov. Martin J. O’Malley’s (D) second and final term — two terms is the limit in Maryland — has drawn six Democrats, four Republicans and one Libertarian into the race. With less than 60 days until the primary, candidates are beating the drums for as much money, support and votes as they can muster. In a cobalt-blue state where many expect the Democratic primary to choose the next governor — only three Republicans have been governor of Maryland since 1950 — Skelley said the party’s dominance can produce an ugly nomination battle. But only two seem to be slinging mud: Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown and Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler, the two candidates who are identified


in polls as the front-runners. Across the aisle, Republicans have agreed to play nice during the primary, saving their money and energy to compete against the Democrat who advances, said David R. Craig, a Republican gubernatorial hopeful. Gansler and Brown “need the publicity. And the media knows that the public loves controversy and loves to get a smile over people being nasty to each other,” Ewing said. “I think in terms of campaigns, this is as civil as it’s ever been.” Gansler, Brown and Del. Heather R. Mizeur (D-Dist. 20) of Takoma Park have approached the primary election from different directions, she said. Maryland’s Democratic establishment has thrown its weight behind Brown, which must have been a shock for

Gansler, Ewing said. Even as the establishment favorite, Brown struggles to get traction in areas such as Montgomery County, where his opponents are well known, Ewing said. “He has to cause controversy. He has to make noise to get name recognition,” she said. But as Gansler and Brown duke it out with calls for investigations, negative ads against each other, and even Brown’s website, Mizeur has remained just beyond the fray. Still, Mizeur is struggling to win the spotlight enough to overtake Brown or Gansler, Skelley said. “I think her problem is just name recognition and the ability to get the resources to overcome the name recognition problem,” he said.

Skelley said Mizeur could be steering clear in the hopes that Gansler and Brown destroy one another. Regardless, Mizeur won’t match either Gansler or Brown financially, and money is a major player in the primary, he said. Mizeur opted for public campaign financing, effectively limiting her campaign to a total of $2.5 million for the primary. Both Brown and Gansler had roughly double that amount at their January filings — $6 million for Gansler and $4 million for Brown. On policy and governance, there usually is little to differentiate candidates in a primary. But scandal can make the decision easier for voters, Skelley said. “A lot of times, voters are looking for a reason not to vote for someone,” he said. Controversy hit Gansler’s campaign out of the gate, first centering on a racial gaffe about Brown. Then a photo appeared showing Gansler at a party where teens were reportedly drinking. For Brown, controversy arrived with the problems of Maryland’s health exchange website. As lieutenant governor, Brown led the administration’s work on creating a state exchange. Candidate flaws exposed in the primary likely will be attacked in the general election, Skelley said. But he also said that candidates who face a contested primary tend to be better on the campaign trail in the general election. “It provides an opportunity for them to prove themselves as a candidate,” he said. With less than two months to primary day, most Maryland voters remain undecided about who should govern the state. An April poll of 954 registered voters by students at St. Mary’s College showed that more than two-thirds of Republican voters were undecided and about half of Democrats were.


Walker, Waggoner Ellen and James Walker of Olney announce the marriage of their daughter, Jennifer Leigh Walker, to Andrew Nicholas Waggoner, son of Lisa Waggoner and Charles Waggoner of Dover, Delaware. The couple were married on Sept. 21, 2013, at Rocklands Farm in Poolesville with a reception following at the farm. The ceremony was performed by a

close friend, Kamissa Mort of Ashton and Portland, Ore. The bride was attended by Lorna Pomicter Lucas as Matron of Honor and Ally Splain as bridesmaid. Zachary Lucas served as the Best Man and Michael Pillsbury as groomsman. The couple honeymooned on Great Exuma Island in the Bahamas and are now residing in Silver Spring.

HEALTH CALENDAR 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. Better Breathers Club, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Suburban Hospital, 8600 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda. Be part of a patient-centered and community-based club that supports persons with chronic lung disease including COPD, asthma, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, and lung cancer. Families, friends and support persons are invited to participate. Registration is required. Free.

p.m. at Holiday Park Community Center, 3950 Ferrara Drive, Wheaton. Lean about eye diseases and problems that can occur in the senior population. Dr. Anupam Laul, optometrist from the Wilmer Eye Institute, will explain common vision disorders, including cataracts, glaucoma, dry eye syndrome and refraction problems that become more evident as we age. Free. Body Balance Yoga - Beginner at MedStar Montgomery, 6-7 p.m.

Stay in Sight, from 1:15-2:15

Tuesdays, to June 17, at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center, 18101 Prince Philip Drive, Olney. Yoga is an ancient and systematic approach to good health and wellbeing that helps to reduce stress, improve concentration and develop strength, flexibility and balance. Learn the physical and mental exercise that brings the body and mind together into one harmonious experience. Class meets eight weeks. Previous Yoga experience required. Wear nonrestrictive clothing. Yoga mats provided. $60.

Moms In Prayer Group, times and locations vary, email for information, occurs every first and third Friday through June 6. Free. www. “MOPS,” a faith-based support group for mothers of children, birth through kindergarten, meets from 9-11:30 a.m. the first and third Wednesdays of the month at the Frederick Church of the Brethren, 201 Fairview Drive, Frederick.

Child care is provided. For more information call 301-662-1819. Email Trinity Lutheran Church, 11200 Old Georgetown Road, North Bethesda, conducts services every Sunday, with child care from 8 a.m. to noon and fellowship and a coffee hour following each service. Call 301-881-7275. For a schedule of events, visit www.TrinityELCA. org.


RELIGION CALENDAR 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; Damascus United Methodist

Church, 9700 New Church St.,

Damascus, offers traditional Sunday morning worship services at 8:15 a.m., a youth contemporary worship service at 9:30 a.m. and a service of liturgy and the word at 11 a.m. with Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. for all ages during the school year. 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. Kemptown United Methodist Church, 3716 Kemptown Church

Road, Monrovia, conducts a contemporary service at 8 a.m. followed by a traditional service at 9:30 a.m. Sunday mornings, with children’s Sunday school at 9:30

a.m. and adult Sunday school at 11 a.m. For more information, call 301-253-1768. Visit

Liberty Grove United Methodist Church, 15225 Old Columbia Pike,

Burtonsville, conducts Sunday morning worship services at 8:30, 9:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday school, nursery through adult, is at 9:30 a.m. 301-421-9166. For a schedule of events, visit

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The Gazette endorses

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

For District 16 House of Delegates With Del. Susan C. Lee of Bethesda running for an open state Senate seat this year, six challengers joined the two other Democratic incumbents seeking their party’s nomination for the three seats in District 16, which comprises some of Potomac, Bethesda and Chevy Chase. The two incumbents — William Frick and Ariana Kelly, both of Bethesda — deserve a chance at another term. Frick has worked to ensure that the state is getting enough bang for its buck in its numerous tax credit programs is most welcome. Kelly, on the other hand, is strong on women’s and family issues. She helped pass laws requiring that every hospital emergency room in the state — not just one in each county — have at least a protocol for providing rape kits for victims of sexual assault. She also has fought to require small businesses to provide employees with job-protected maternity and paternity leave, and to mandate that insurance companies cover autism treatment. Among the challengers, Hrant Jamgochian of Bethesda is the best. With his professional expertise in health care issues — he is executive director of Dialysis Patient Citizens — he says he supports more preventive care and helping seniors with long-term care issues. But Jamgochian also sees the need for economic development efforts, such as establishing a state bank to provide small-business loans and streamlining the permitting process.

For District 16 state Senate With three terms under her belt in the House, Lee deserves the Democratic nomination for the District 16 Senate seat. Her priorities include those advocated by most Democrats: more state money for education; environmental protection; and mass transit, including the Purple Line and Metrorail. But Lee also has been a leader in efforts to fight domestic violence — helping make it easier for victims to get protective orders — and to enact stricter gun regulations.

For District 18 House of Delegates A bumper crop of strong candidates has emerged in the Democratic contest for Distict 18 delegate. That’s due, at least in part, to what some candidates say were indications from one of the incumbents, Ana Sol Gutierrez of Chevy Chase, that she would not seek a fourth term.

As it turns out, she, along with fellow incumbents Al Carr and Jeffrey Waldstreicher, both from Kensington, all filed to run last year. Still, that didn’t stop four challengers from running. While some of the challengers may feel aggrieved by what they perceive as Gutierrez’s deception, Democrats must vote based on who will represent them best in Annapolis. All four challengers are energetic and well-versed in the issues. Still, based on the incumbents’ experience, diversity of issues and prospects for legislative achievement, The Gazette is endorsing them. Carr has been an effective advocate for open government, leading the effort requiring governments to make available their electronic records in digital form and supporting immediate online disclosure of large campaign contributions. Waldstreicher points to work on child protection issues and helping his constituents with the issues that sometimes matter most to them, such as problems with Pepco and potholes. And Gutierrez has served two terms on the House Appropriations Committee and represents one of the county’s best chances to get the state school construction money it needs to keep pace with enrollment. The county’s delegation failed this session to win that money but Gutierrez says that school issues, including reforming the state funding formula, are her top priority. It’s imperative that she, and her Montgomery colleagues, make good on that promise in the next session.

For District 15 House of Delegates Dels. Kathleen Dumais and Aruna Miller have been hard-working representatives in the district and should have a chance at winning another term. The district starts south of Rockville and follows the Potomac River on up to the Frederick County line. The third seat in the race falls either to Del. David Fraser-Hidalgo, who was once a Montgomery County police officer, or Bennett Rushkoff, a public protection lawyer. Fraser-Hidalgo was appointed to the position before the start of the 2014 General Assembly session. For that reason, he has a short leg up above Rushkoff.

For District 14 House of Delegates In the Democratic primary, The Gazette endorses the incumbents, Dels. Anne Kaiser, Eric Luedtke and Craig Zucker, who have well represented the district, which follows the Montgomery-Howard county line. The three are challenged by Valerie A. Nia Shell, who did not respond to many requests for information.

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Missing persons report The police won’t pursue at the the forum. Are we supa missing persons report if it posed to believe that Brown’s regards an adult who’s disapcampaign was efficient enough peared for less than two days. to schedule the tracker but not That’s because, in most cases, Brown? Is Brown’s schedulsex and/or alcohol explain the ing team the same folks who absence. Or, it could be a front- designed Brown’s Obamacare running gubernatorial candiweb site? date ducking the voters until No, it wan’t a staff snafu, it Election Day. was Brown, once again, hiding Last week I from his opponents and moderated a canfrom the voters. It’s a didate’s forum pattern that’s repeated sponsored by itself throughout the a dozen Montgovernor’s race and his gomery County excuse is always a conDemocratic clubs. flicting family event. All three gubernaNext Wednesday’s is torial candidates the first televised gov— Brown, Gansler ernor’s debate. Will and Mizeur Brown show up? Might MY MARYLAND interfere with attending — long ago agreed to the his nephew’s birthBLAIR LEE event. Then, the day party at Chuck E. day before the forum, Brown Cheese. canceled because, the email Aside from the fact that explained, “The Lt. Governor’s he’s willing to lie about his stepson will be receiving the cancellations, what does Sacrament of Confirmation Brown’s “rose garden” stratat St. Mary’s Catholic Church egy say about the man? He tomorrow evening at the same promotes himself as a military time as the forum. As staff, we medal-winner and courageous missed this scheduling conleader but he’s afraid to debate flict.” Doug Gansler and Heather If you believe Brown’s B.S. Mizeur? Or, worse, he’s afraid excuse I’ve got some Lehman of himself — afraid he might Brothers stock I’d like to sell go “off script” and feed into the you. Consider this: Brown’s “empty suit” tag some voters camera tracker, the guy who suspect? shadows Doug Gansler with a Doesn’t matter, say his video camera every day, was supporters, he’s playing it

smart. According to the polls Brown holds a double-digit lead and is better financed than his rivals. And thanks to the geniuses in Congress and Annapolis, Maryland’s primary election day has moved from September to June 24th resulting in a “C-Span election” — the only people likely to vote are the junkies who watch C-Span. Under that scenario all Brown needs is for his AfricanAmerican vote, his union supporters and the O’Malley machine to show up. Just in case, he also benefits from Ike Leggett, a fellow African American, being locked into a contentious Montgomery County executive race further boosting black voter turnout, and from a supportive Washington Post reporter masquerading as an objective journalist. Ironically, Brown and Leggett are being hounded by two white Dougs ... Gansler and Duncan, respectively. Gansler is dogging Brown with Maryland’s Obamacare website fiasco and Duncan is chasing Leggett with the Silver Spring Transit Center screwup. But is anyone listening? A recent St. Mary’s College poll says 54 percent of Maryland’s registered Democrats have “no preference” in a governor’s race less than three

Blair Lee is chairman of the board of Lee Development Group in Silver Spring and a regular commentator for WBAL radio. His past columns are available at blairlee. His email address is


Bongino a nationally recognized conservative In the Wednesday, April 23 issue, the Gazette endorsed Harold W. Painter Jr. over Daniel Bongino to be the 2014 Republican nominee to represent Maryland’s 6th Congressional District in the House of Representatives [“Endorsements: for 8th, 6th Congressional District”]. The Gazette’s ratio-

nale included the statement, “Painter, although weak on the issues, is a better option for Montgomery”. Daniel Bongino has been nationally recognized as a spokesman for the conservative position on many issues. Maryland Republicans would be well served by having Mr. Bongino

represent the party in the upcoming election. The Gazette provides no explanation of why Mr. Painter would be “better for Montgomery” other than his positions on the issues seem to be similar to the Democratic candidate, Mr. Delaney. The voters of the 6th Congressional District deserve

a clear choice between liberal/ progressive and conservative philosophies in determining who should represent them in Congress, rather than a choice between one liberal/progressive and a second candidate with an unclear governing philosophy who is also weak on the issues.

Josh Levin, Olney

Interesting, curious endorsements My friends and I read with interest the Gazette’s endorsements in the various legislative races. [“Endorsements: For D-19, Kramer, Cullison and Bardack; for D-20, Unger, Shurberg and Smith,” April 30].

Interesting choice in District 20 advancing Jonathan Shurberg as likely to be an effective legislator given his welldocumented ethical issues and suspension as a lawyer. We also found curious in

District 19 the choice of Paul Bardack calling him an “easy choice.” While Mr. Bardack has substantial federal experience (your basis), he was registered for years as a Republican. As lifelong Democrats my

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months away. So Brown is playing it cautious; don’t rock the boat, don’t come out of the foxhole until Election Day. Funny, last year Doug Gansler got into hot water for saying, “(Anthony Brown) is a nice guy ... (but) ask them, name one thing that he’s done for anybody in the state of Maryland’ ... So, you’re saying, compare his record, which is a little thin, versus our record ... I mean, right now his campaign slogan is, ‘Vote for me, I want to be the first AfricanAmerican governor of Maryland.’” The sanctimonious fallout from the usual quarters was fierce. You’d have thought Gansler was NBA Clippers owner, Don Sterling. But now, nine months later, Gansler’s claim doesn’t look so off-base. Thanks largely to his overwhelming AfricanAmerican support, Brown can cruise to victory by playing it safe and by doing absolutely nothing. Makes you wonder what kind of governor he’ll be.

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friends and I who reside in Districts 20 and 19 discussed these choices and others and simply cannot vote for candidates with these histories.

Jasmine Bayill, Silver Spring

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End the bag tax

Even robbers find the bag tax odious! [cartoon, March 26] I hate it ... as do many other Montgomery County residents. Why don’t I remember a ballot question regarding this? Other counties were given a choice and resoundingly rejected the idea. The last time I shopped at Montgomery Mall, I happened upon a sale and bought a couple of bras. Then, what to do with them? Do I dangle them on my arm as I continue shopping or stuff them into my (full) purse like a shoplifter? I chose the latter and now shop at Columbia Mall (or Tyson’s) where they package my purchases. All the major retail chains have stores throughout the WashingtonBaltimore metropoliton area. Those outside Montgomery County now collect my shop-

ping and tax dollars. I can, with rare exception, buy everything I need in Howard, Prince George’s, Baltimore, and Anne Arundel counties if I want to give my money to Maryland. I just came back from “civilization” where purchases are automatically packaged. When I tell people that in Montgomery County you need to bring bags, they think this is a crazy idea. My car and my purse are full of bags — some torn, others dirty (unsanitary), or the wrong size. D.C. only charges 3 cents, but just for plastic ones. Enough is enough! It’s time to end this farce! Do the merchants really like their costumers advertising for their competitors and more ability for shoplifting? End it Now!

When someone finds an injured or sick animal, a “good Samaritan” will bring the pet to a local veterinary hospital. If there is no microchip or other way to identify the owner, we would contact Animal Services, formerly through Montgomery County Humane Society (MCHS) and now through Animal Control and the Department of Police. This communication informs the veterinarian if the animal has been reported missing and legally, what we are able to do. Recently, someone brought a sick, stray cat to our hospital around 6 p.m., saying they had called Animal Control twice but had gotten no response. We then called Animal Control, but even the “after hours emergency” phone numbers only let us leave messages. I finally reached someone in police non-emergency, and they said they could send someone out to “assess” the cat. I told them I was a veterinarian and my question

origin, Burma. I was sad to read your article, as all 30 years I have been in the USA, living mostly in big cities, I have walked and never driven, and I love Dupont Circle, for instance. But I remember how hairy it was when my friend drove around Dupont Circle several times trying to get out at the right exit. The “instructions” posted in your article are too complicated even to read, let alone remember while in the Circle itself.

Kyi May Kaung, Bethesda

It was a brutal winter — the coldest in 30 years, say weather officials. But the energy tax imposed on Montgomery county homeowners and businesses has been more than brutal. It amounts to windfall revenue for the county and a hardship for energy users This tax is the third largest source of county revenue, after property tax and general county income tax. Between 2003 and 2013, the revenue from taxing energy in county homes and businesses increased tenfold — it went from $23 million to $232 million. The really big hit started in fiscal 2011 with a 155 percent increase for residential users of energy for heating, cooling and electricity. And that’s for a tax that was planned to sunset in 2012. Even worse, the county executive proposes to retain the tax for the entire fiscal 2015-2020 period. What’s wrong with this picture? The energy tax is an add-on in-





was not about the medical status of the cat but legally what I could do. I was then re-routed through another computerized phone system, but again, left a voice message. Unsure what we could do, we kept the cat comfortable in our hospital overnight, fed and warmed him, but he was clearly very ill. Previously, we would reach someone at Animal Control/MCHS who would check the lost pet registry and find out if someone had reported the pet to be missing. Within 24 hours, we were able to speak to someone at MCHS about what to do for the pet. The thought of possibly needing to euthanize this suffering cat — possibly someone’s pet, when they might be frantically searching — kept me up that night. We called the next day and were able to have someone search the lost pet registry to find out if this cat had been reported miss-

Sunset the energy tax

Nancy Provorny, Silver Spring

Bring back traffic lights on Chevy Chase Circle Don’t you think it’s time traffic lights were put there and the circle taken out? Apparently, modern life is too fast and people have forgotten courtesy for circles to work any more. Preferably a camera should be installed at the new traffic intersection. Two accidents a week are too much. Or are the authorities going to wait till a child is killed, as a professor of mine in City Planning at Penn used to say? I understand they’ve been taken out even in a notoriously slow country as my country of

Sick cat illustrates holes in Animal Services ing (he had not). No one returned calls for messages left the previous night. I called the director of animal services to discuss what to do for this cat, but once more all I could do was leave a voice message. In the past, MCHS would authorize and reimburse, at cost, for treatment. If the cat had not been reported missing and appeared terminally ill, euthanasia would be recommended. But that’s not a decision any of us as practicing veterinarians in the county feel comfortable making on our own. In emergency situations, we want to help stray pets, but we need guidance. The animals of our county deserve more help than we got in this situation. Dale Rubenstein, Boyds The writer is a veterinarian at A Cat Clinic. She says the cat did recover and is doing much better.

CVS doesn’t fit in

come tax. It generates over $200 million annually and is not deductible — unlike mortgage interest and property tax. Energy for heating/cooling is essential for all residents. Low- and moderate-income homeowners and retirees are likely to live in older, energy-inefficient homes. They are being punished every month because they cannot finance higher efficiency windows, heating/cooling and appliances. We can expect years ahead when hot summers and frigid winters are the “new normal.” That means higher energy consumption and more revenue for the county. This is not a “green tax” that fixes specific environmental problems or subsidizes energy improvements for homeowners. It’s a regressive tax, plain and simple. This is the year — with elections ahead — for the County Council to sunset this unfair tax.

In an article in the April 23 Gazette [“Ashton CVS meeting addresses some issues; traffic concerns remain”] about plans for a CVS in Ashton, there were quotes from two people. Both of these people do not live in Ashton, but rather live in Sandy Spring. Since the plan is for Ashton wouldn’t it have been more appropriate to get opinions from people who live in Ashton? Also, a survey was mentioned. How many of those included in the survey actually live in Ashton? Almost all of our friends in Ashton that we’ve discussed the idea with, agree that a CVS is not needed or wanted in Ashton. There is a CVS only 3 miles away in Olney and others only a little farther away in Burtonsville, Layhill, and Fulton. Also, the design does not fit in with the rural village character of Ashton, the intersection of Md. 108 and Md. 650 needs to be improved before any project of that scale is built, and there is likely to be significant light pollution of the night sky. We never saw the survey, but we think that the word “pharmacy” does not immediately bring CVS to mind, as CVS is far more than just a pharmacy. If CVS is a pharmacy, then so are the Giant, Safeway, Shoppers, and Harris Teeter supermarkets in Olney, all of which have a pharmacy in their store.

Roberta Faul-Zeitler, Silver Spring

Jennifer and Roger Fajman, Ashton


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Dahlia Huh can wield a tennis racket and rock a piano, but said she found where she belongs — student advocacy. The Clarksburg High School junior learned on April 30 that she will soon take that interest to a new stage as part of the Montgomery County Board of Education, starting July 1. Huh was elected on her 17th birthday by her fellow county students to be the next student member of the board, or “SMOB.” “SMOB has always really been in the back of my mind,” Huh said. “Student advocacy is my passion.” When she heard she had won the SMOB election, Huh said, “I was so surprised. I was shocked. My jaw dropped.” She ran against Calvin Yeh, a junior at Poolesville High School. She will take the reins from current SMOB Justin Kim. Huh, a junior in Clarksburg’s Advanced Placement Power Scholars program, currently holds student government positions both at her


Clarksburg High School junior Dahlia Huh, 17, was elected the new student member of the Montgomery County Board of Education. Huh wants the student member to have full voting rights on the board. school and at the county level. She is the secretary of the Montgomery County Regional Student Government Association and — for the second year — one of several vice presidents in Clarksburg High’s student government. She also is a member of the SMOB Advisory Council. Beyond the county, Huh has participated in the Maryland Association of Student Councils and attended the National Youth Association’s 2013

American Youth Summit in Washington, D.C. Huh said she has three main goals on the school board. One is to get full voting rights for student board members through the state legislature. Huh said she wants student board members to have an official say on several matters they are not allowed to vote on, including the system’s operating budget. State Sen. Brian E. Frosh (DDist. 16) of Bethesda has been a

vocal opponent against full voting rights for the student board member. He has said it’s undemocratic to give that power to someone who is elected by a small percentage of the student population and some board issues can be too complicated for a student. Another goal during Huh’s board tenure, she said, is to improve the communication between the student board member and peers using social media.

In a county of Montgomery’s size, “it’s very hard to communicate a message to every single student,” she said. Her third goal is to create a website database where students could find a range of information, including opportunities for scholarships, internships and service gigs, and instructions for starting a club or a nonprofit. With the website, Huh envisions “students can actually achieve what they want to” rather than getting “stuck in the process.” Huh said she sees a lot of changes coming to the school system, including a greater integration of technology, the new state assessment test and a possible shift of school start times. Overcrowding is “one of the most pressing issues,” she said — one she has seen firsthand at Clarksburg High, which has about 11 portable classrooms. The system’s growing population is an issue that will take time to solve, she said, but she would like to be part of the board’s dicussion on solutions. Huh said she’s honored to represent her peers next year. “One year is such a short time, but I really hope I can get a lot of things done,” she said.

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Leventhal: ‘The status quo is not humane’ BY


In an effort to reduce the number of deer in Montgomery County, more money could be set aside for managed hunts and to hire sharpshooters. The County Council tentatively approved Monday $127,050 for the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission to thin the county’s deer herd. The council is expected to take a vote on the full budget, including this item, on May 22. The deer-hunting program would be expanded to include the Ten Mile Creek area of Black Hill Regional Park in Boyds, Hoyle’s Mill Conservation Park in Germantown, and a police sharp-shooting program would expand in Red Door Store Special Park in Sandy Spring and two areas in Prince George’s County. The park and planning commission serves both Montgomery and Prince George’s counties. The safest place to conduct hunts is on park land, although they’ve also been contacted by private homeowners associations that are interested in having programs to manage the deer population on land that they control, said Mary Bradford, director of parks. It’s very hard to do deer management in the suburbs inside the Beltway, because of state law that prohibits sharpshooting within certain distances of homes or other occupied buildings, she said. But the commission will continue to do the best it can to control deer populations there as well, she said. Several of the council members expressed good-natured frustration at the ubiquity of deer in the county, with several telling stories of the herds who live around their homes and occasionally invade their gardens or flower beds. But they made it clear the problem goes beyond a few devoured tomatoes or missing plants. The threat of Lyme disease is very serious, and the county isn’t really doing enough to fight it, Councilman Hans Riemer (DAt Large) of Takoma Park said. Councilman George L. Leventhal (D-At Large) of Takoma Park talked about his recovery from serious injuries suffered in a collision involving a deer on the Beltway several years ago. If the county hunted the deer, it would be more humane than leaving the animals to get hit by cars or go hungry because there are too many of them, he said. Plus the meat could be used to feed the hungry. “The status quo is not humane,” Leventhal said. Councilman Roger Berliner (D-Dist. 1) of Bethesda said his office gets a lot of emails from people upset about deer, and said the animals are everywhere in Potomac. “It is out of control,” he said. Berliner said the county should figure out what its goal should be with respect to the deer population and determine what type of management should be done and what measures the community will and will not accept.





Posted online by 8 a.m. the following day. Schedules subject to change. TRACK AND FIELD: County championships at WJ, 3 p.m. Wednesday Northwest’s boys are the defending indoor and outdoor state champions.

TENNIS: County championships at Paint Branch, 3:30 p.m. Wednesday BOYS/CO-ED VOLLEYBALL: County championships at Magruder, 5 p.m. Tuesday

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Karate gives Springbrook keeper an edge Better reflexes help Blue Devils win division n


Springbrook High School’s Ria Peralta may not look like your typical lacrosse goalkeeper — or field hockey goalie, or basketball player, for that matter. But thanks in part to a decade’s worth of

karate training, the 5-foot-1 junior has developed lightning-fast reflexes that are helping the three-sport varsity athlete thrive in whatever field or court she steps on. In her second season as a starting goalkeeper, Peralta has recorded 131 saves on 200 shots and led the Blue Devils (8-3 as of Monday) to their first division title in more than a decade, according to Springbrook coach Adam Bahr. “It really helps give me an edge as a goalie because with karate, you just can’t be afraid,” Peralta said. “… Your reaction has to be —

you can’t think about it. It has to be subconscious, it has to be instinct.” Springbrook is giving up 6.9 goals per game and 4.8 goals in victories with Peralta in net. “She has crazy fast reflexes,” senior defender Angelica Darling said. “She’s gotten so much better. She was good to begin with, but I’ve seen so much improvement. She’s definitely top five in the whole county.”


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Springbrook High School lacrosse goalie Ria Peralta defends Friday against Col. Zadok Magruder.

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The natural thing for any normal person sitting in a boat moving slower than the one next to it in a race would likely be to start rowing faster. Makes sense, right? Wrong. “Say you’re in a race and you fall behind, the temptation is there to try and fix the problem

yourself but you have to fix it together [as a boat],” BethesdaChevy Chase rowing coach Daniel Engler said. “One person can’t decide, ‘I’m going to go faster.’ And sometimes going faster means slowing down the strokes on the recovery to let the boat travel underneath them.” Rowing tends to attract the type of athletes with the discipline needed to keep themselves in check enough to maintain perfect synchronization with three (in a four-person boat) or seven (in an eight-person boat) other people.

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Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School’s women’s first varsity eight boat pulls past Walt Whitman in the final stretch.

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Montgomery College second baseman Antonio Pino waits for the pick-off throw from home to tag out Hagerstown Community College’s Garrett Sprangle on Saturday.




For much of the month of March, the Montgomery College baseball team was confined to the inside of the school’s athletic facilities. Due to cold weather, rain and snow, the baseball field on the Germantown campus was rendered — for the most part — unplayable. With more than 20 games postponed or cancelled and practices held in the gymnasium, the Raptors began to get restless, waiting for days to be able to play. But the delay had a few positive results, including team bonding and the discovery of several unique personalities. There’s Our Lady of Good


Counsel graduate and freshman second baseman/pitcher/lead-off hitter Antonio Pino, the unquestioned vocal leader and most enthusiastic teammate. “There’s no doubt I am the loudest guy around and I’m glad I am,” Pino said with a laugh and a huge grin during batting practice on Saturday. “I just got to keep the guys lose and get everybody going.” “He likes to think he is,” Walter Johnson graduate and freshman pitcher Gus Gil said. “Antonio is a character. He’s the one to rally us and he could be the heart and soul of this team as an unnamed captain of sorts.”

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Senior has a couple of weeks left to reach his goal in the 1,600





Montgomery College’s Tyler Coleman.

The record for the 1,600 meters at Rockville High School is 4 minutes, 17 seconds. That is the time senior Jonaton Baginski said he is aiming for each time he runs the event. “I would like to break 4:20 in the [1,600],” Baginski said. “... I want to set the school record in the 1,600 ... I want to break that. That was my goal coming in, and I think I can.” Baginski is the reigning indoor Montgomery County champion for the 1,600. He currently holds the 15th fastest time in the state this spring (4:25.61). That time, which he posted during Sherwood’s Katie Jenkins Invitational on Saturday, earned him a second place finish at the


Rockville High School senior Jonaton Baginski runs Thursday at Montgomery Blair.

event and is good enough for fourth overall in Montgomery County. But it’s far from the expectations that Baginski set for himself. “I really don’t think the

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Continued from Page B-1 Added coach Dave Rascher: “I think that’s a very true statement. He hasn’t stopped talking since he got here and Antonio takes pride in it. He loves it and lives it. It’s fun coaching him because he keeps it loose around here. Every team needs a guy like him.” Gil, meanwhile, brings his own sense of flavor to the team with a mullet. “I can’t remember the last time I got a haircut since I’ve just


Continued from Page B-1 Peralta picked up karate when she was 7 years old, receiving a black belt with her father, Arnel Peralta, a few years ago. But lacrosse is still relatively new to Peralta, who started playing only after she was recruited by Bahr


Continued from Page B-1 rankings matter,” Baginski said. “I know I can run way faster than that.” The reason he hasn’t run faster, he said, is due to a lack of opportunities that stems from injuries and bad weather. Baginski has also been dealing with shin splints for the past


Continued from Page B-1 Rowing,muchlikeswimming, is a meritocracy; athletes get out of rowing exactly what they put in, Engler said. As a culture, rowers put in a lot, he added. The majority of most Montgomery County crew teams start training in the fall but pretty much every major race is during the spring season and there are only six or seven main regattas, total. Athletes are then, in turn, putting in about 70 hours of training — three hours a day, every day — per month, for one five-minute race. Butthattypeofworkethicand big-picture vision is the nature of those drawn to the sport, Engler said. Rowers don’t need the same coordination, or footspeed necessary to compete at an extremely high level — athletes do, however, need to be extremely strong and fit. But those attributes come with

been letting it go,” Gil said. “The ladies love it. … I’m just kidding, they actually hate it. The guys just say I got some nice flow going on.”

“If it works for him, it works for me because he’s had a good spring and I can’t grow one,” Rascher said. And with a host of other quality junior college baseball student-athletes, the Raptors have perennially been one of the better programs in the nation. Now, with the weather improved, Montgomery College (25-15 as of Monday) has been playing frequently and is set to head into the Region XX tournament, scheduled to begin Friday, playing some of its best baseball this spring.

“It was tough not being able to play because of the weather, but ever since [the spring break trip in mid-March] we went to Florida and got away, we’ve been pretty good,” Col. Zadok Magruder graduate and center fielder Ian Velez said. The Raptors outfield might be the team’s strongest unit. Richard Montgomery graduate and left fielder Tyler Coleman is having a stellar spring as one of the best hitters in the nation. The freshman is batting .505 with seven doubles, a home run and a team-leading 25

runs batted in. Velez is also having a good sophomore season, hitting .361 with 13 stolen bases. Classmate and Paint Branch alumnus Jeremy Ponafala has been steady in right field. Added Coleman: “We’ve really bonded this year and gotten closer than I think we would have because of the rainouts. It’s been fun.” Pino (.409, five doubles), who is also one of the team’s top relievers (16 appearances), and third basemen Nick Ponafala

(.400) have also been key cogs in the Raptors’ lineup. As one of the team’s top pitchers, Gil is 5-2 with a 3.18 earned-run average and 58 strikeouts in 56.2 innings, and he’shelpedhimselfoutoffensively with a .347 average. Montgomery College advanced to the NJCAA Division III World Series last year and it hopes to return to Tyler, Texas again later this month. “It’s not an option for us not to go,” Pino said. “We just don’t see it any other way.”

her freshman season. Bahr, working the scoreboard for the girls’ basketball team, said he saw “this tiny little kid diving for loose balls, being aggressive,” and encouraged her to join the team. She did, starting out as a defender before trying out for the goalkeeper position. “[Bahr] was like, alright, you need to go out there and block

whatever you can, by any means necessary,” Peralta said. Peralta’s transition to the new position came naturally. Her agility and hand-eye coordination made her a solid goalkeeper right away, even if she lacked experience. “It just seemed to me that she had a mentality. That she didn’t care about her physical limita-

tions. Her thing was that she wanted to compete,” Bahr said. Peralta was comfortable with the goalie stick because of her experience using a bo, a tall and long karate weapon, Arnel Peralta said. “She was so used to that, that when she first picked up the goalie stick, she was actually blocking the ball with the stick

part and not the net part,” he said. Peralta’s success in all three sports comes despite being at a constant height disadvantage. “When you go down the lane, these girls have grown and they’re much stronger,” Arnel Peralta said. “But she’s fearless. She’s so determined and she doesn’t back off on anything.”

Springbrook, 6-8 last season, heads into the playoffs having won seven of its past eight games. “I think we have potential to do really well,” Darling said. “As long as we do everything we know how to do. Stay united. And do our best.”

few months. The Katie Jenkins Invitational was just the second meet he’s competed in this season. He does other cross-training activities, such as bicycling, to stay in shape, but there’s no substitute for getting out on the track, Rockville coach Collin Cunningham said. “When Jonaton is healthy, he’s probably one of the best runners in the county,” Cun-

ningham said. “Fitness-wise, endurance-wise, he’s where he needs to be. He’s trailed off a little bit in that only because of his injury, and it really hasn’t allowed him to practice as much as he’s wanted to.” Cunningham sees the potential in Baginski to be great, not just good — and he said he has the responsibility of getting the most out of his injured athlete without pushing him too

much. “Sometimes you gotta reel him in a little bit because he wants to run two races, but he’s got two bags of ice on each leg and you go, ‘Sorry, I’d love to but I can’t,” Cunningham said. “There are times when he comes to me and he says, ‘I gotta pick one today. My legs are just not gonna let me do two races.’” Baginski also runs on the 3,200 relay team for Rockville.

The Katie Jenkins Invitational was Rockville’s final meet of the season before the county championships. If Baginski is going to break the school record before he graduates, he’s running out of time. He admits that he’ll need more practice to get it. “It’s just little tweaks,” Baginski said about what he needed to work on. “Because I know I’m fast enough. I have the speed for sure, and endurance-

wise, I know I’m there.” “He’s got the desire to be good and he has the desire to win,” Cunningham said. “It’s one of those things where you see it and sometimes you just wish that you could go out there and push him one step more, and push him one more meter. I see no reason why he can’t break 4:15.”

hard work, B-CC senior captain Mitchell Broadwater said. The crew team, therefore, is a great place for student-athletes who haven’t found their niche sport but have the desire to work and compete, B-CC senior and University of North Carolina recruit Caitlin Beakes said. Unlike most other sports, where the most recent trend the past 10 to 20 years has been specialization at an early age, rowers typically get their start as high school freshmen. “[Rowing] is a funny sport, it’s very polarizing, very quickly,” Engler said. “Kids either love it or they hate it. But if you find that spectacular connection, then you do not want to get away from it. You want more and more. It’s remarkably empirical in lots of ways that things aren’t empirical anymore. The harder they work, the more time they put in, the faster they get. And it continues to be true, the more time they put in, the more successful they are.”

B-CC continued its dominance of state rowing with seven overall first-place finishes out of 14 final races at the Maryland High School Rowing Championship, held April 27 at Washington College. The perennial power retained all four of its first varsity boat state title blades — men’s and women’s eight boat and men’s and women’s four — which Beakes said are proudly displayed in the school’s trophy case. Since the state regatta’s inception six years ago, B-CC’s men’s and women’s first varsity boats have won 16 state titles, according to the team’s website. On the Eastern Shore a week ago, both the women’s first eight and men’s four erased late deficits to secure come-from-behind wins, the women (5 minutes, 9.4 seconds) over river Walt Whitman (5:10.85) and the men (5:51.2) over Walter Johnson (5:53.93). Next up for B-CC is this weekend’s Washington Metropolitan

Interscholastic Rowing Association championship, where both varsity boats finished runner-up a year ago after winning state titles — Whitman upended B-CC’s women’s eight last spring and is certainly in position to make another run at the title over the weekend. The top two finishers in each race at WMIRAs qualify for the Scholastic Rowing Association of America National Championship Regatta, held annually on Memorial Day weekend. “I was terrible at soccer, tennis, track and all those things, I didn’t have a lot of hand-eye coordination and that’s one thing that makes crew a great fit,” Broadwater said. “You row and as long as you watch your form and are in sync, you will be successful. The time and effort you put in is truly what you get out of it.”

“He hasn’t stopped talking since he got here...” MC coach Dave Rascher on Antonio Pino

n Boys’ first varsity eight: Nico Judge (coxswain), Nicolai Parks, Nolan Petty, Mitchell Broadwater, David Loungani, Peter Murphy, Owen Cardwell, Oliver St. Johnston, Frankie Albayaty. n Boys’ first varsity four: Nico Judge (cox), Nicolai Parks, David Loungani, Mitchell Broadwater, Nolan Petty. n Boys’ second varsity eight: Tim May (cox), Ethan Browning, Theo Montgomery, Adrian Wong-Valle, Nick Williams, Aidan Lapierre, Max Niebylski, Nick Loew, Wesley McClure. n Girls’ first varsity eight: Rachel Dick (cox), Lauren Emery, Kelly Williams, Caitlin Beakes, Kaitlyn Shields, Natalie Rogers, Katie LoRe, Miriam Blumenthal, Sidney Stevens. n Girls’ first varsity four: Marron McConnell (cox), Lauren Emery, Kelly Williams, Caitlin Beakes, Sidney Stevens. n Girls’ freshman eight n Girls’ novice eight

n Other winners include, Walt Whitman (boys’ freshman eight, girls’ second eight, girls’ second four, boys’ novice four), Winston Churchill (girls’ novice four), Walter Johnson (boys’ novice eight).

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Damascus girls peaking at the right time Sherwood ready for playoffs; QO junior reaches milestone


It took a month of losing for the Damascus High School girls’ lacrosse team to become winners. After a 1-4 start, the Swarmin’ Hornets (7-4) finished their regular season on a six-game win streak and are playing at a high level with their Class 3A/2A first-round playoff game against Rockville scheduled Wednesday. It was a predictable start and finish for Damascus, which graduated nearly its entire starting lineup from last season’s 12-1 team. “We were going to be one of those second-half teams just because of the youth that we had,” Damascus coach Marcus Jurado said. “You’re starting to see it now. The girls have grown up.” A tough early-season schedule, combined with the poor weather conditions and the roster’s inexperience, led to a rocky start, but the team has not lost since April 4 when it was defeated by Poolesville, 10-7. Senior Leigh Gatons, a University of Louisville recruit, is helping anchor the defense after missing all of her junior season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament. She has 14 goals — including three in the season-finale victory over Clarksburg — contributing on both ends of the field. Freshman Jacque Pino leads the team in goals (41) and has upped her scoring as the season has progressed, notching 29 goals during the winning streak. Senior goalkeeper Jennifer West — who joins Gatons and Caitlin Augerson as the only players with significant starting experience — has 60 saves on the season and recorded a shut out


Sherwood High School’s Emily Kenul (right) races past Winston Churchill’s Bethany Dubick April 10 on her way to scoring a goal.

LACROSSE NOTEBOOK BY ERIC GOLDWEIN April 26 against Wheaton. “Some of those girls have really stepped up,” Jurado said. “... They’ve bonded. They’re clicking. They’re a team now.”

Sherwood realignment A year removed from its historic run to the 4A/3A state finals, the Sherwood

girls’ team is again one of the favorites in this year’s postseason. But this time, it’ll have to take a different path and defeat an out-ofcounty team in order to make it out of its region. The Warriors (10-1) are in Section II of the 4A-3A North Region, which includes a lighter group of Montgomery County opponents but a Carroll County heavyweight, Westminster, as the top seed in the opposite section. It’s a contrast from last season, when the Warriors went through Walt Whitman, Thomas S. Wootton and James H. Blake

— teams that played them close in the regular season — then Howard in the state semifinals. “There are lots of pros, lots of cons. It’s hard to tell which is going to benefit you in the long run,” Sherwood coach Kelly Hughes said. Sherwood, led by senior midfielder Emily Kenul (212 goals 130 assists in four seasons), is scheduled to play the winner of Blake and Montgomery Blair. If it advances, it will face the winner of No. 2 Springbrook (bye) vs. John F. Kennedy/Paint Branch. The Warriors defeated Blake 17-3 and Paint Branch 19-0 in their first two games of the season. “I think we benefitted last year, having to step up and put a hurting on some teams we had closer games with in the regular season,” Hughes said. The Warriors took their first and only loss May 2 to Our Lady of Good Counsel, 19-6, but responded with a convincing victory against Quince Orchard in their season finale. “We’re going to keep the bar set high,” Hughes said. “… We want to get to the end.” Sherwood’s boys’ team (6-9) is facing a similar situation in Section II of the 4A-3A North Region, which excludes other teams from the competitive 4A/3A South Division. Sherwood would likely play Westminster or Howard — both undefeated — if it made it out of its section. The Warriors closed their regular season with a 16-15 loss to Quince Orchard, its third one-goal defeat of the year. They are scheduled to play Paint Branch Wednesday, then James H. Blake if they advance. “We’re very close to breaking out of this funk that we’re in, and if we do, I

HOW THEY RANK Girls’ lacrosse n 1. Good Counsel n 2. Holy Cross n 3. Stone Ridge n 4. Sherwood n 5. Holton-Arms

Boys’ lacrosse n 1. Georgetown Prep n 2. Landon n 3. DeMatha n 4. Thomas S. Wootton n 5. Winston Churchill

Quince Orchard junior breaks 100 Quince Orchard boys’ lacrosse’s Jake Christensen surpassed 100 goals last week and has compiled 105 goals (as of Monday) in his three seasons with the team. The junior attackman has 40 goals and 19 assists on the season for the Cougars, who are 10-3 as they head into their playoff matchup against the winner of Col. Zadok Magruder and Northwest. He recorded 34 goals and three assists as a freshman then 31 goals and 22 assists last season, according to Gonzalez. “He’s just one of those guys that love to find a way to get better and work at it,” Gonzalez said.

think we could surprise some people.”

Sherwood, then everyone else RM pitcher no-hits Damascus Looking at the draw heading into Friday’s sectionals


It took many teams most of the season to find their identities after rain washed away much of the early goings, but heading into this week’s postseason — first-round region tournament games are scheduled to begin Thursday and Friday — some squads have started separating themselves from the field. Favorites: Sherwood (Class 4A North Region), obviously. The two-time defending state champion Warriors have now won 56 consecutive games. A close 2-0 win over rival Montgomery Blair, a top seed in the Class 4A West, Saturday was just the type of late-season test Sherwood needed to kick it back into gear, first-year coach Ashley Barber-Strunk said. With

SOFTBALL NOTEBOOK BY JENNIFER BEEKMAN its back against the wall several times during the contest, Sherwood proved against Blair why the Warriors have been so dominant: They always seem to figure things out in the end. Plus they have arguably the state’s best pitcher in Towson University recruit Meggie Dejter, which right away puts them a step ahead of the competition, and a stingy defense and high-scoring offense on top of that. Blair’s performance against Sherwood Saturday is certainly what the Blazers needed after a surprise loss to James H. Blake last week — the Bengals have the misfortune of being paired with Sherwood in the 4A North but put up a good fight in a 4-1 loss last month. Senior pitcher Annie Pietanza has proven she can be a dominant hurler; Blair

has all the tools to make it back to the state semifinals. Contenders: There’s a whole list of these. Richard Montgomery nabbed the No. 2 seed in the top section of the Class 4A West draw behind Blair; the Rockets lost by only a run to the Blazers during the regular season. The two are almost shoe-ins for the section final. The bottom section will be a little less predictable. Col. Zadok Magruder and defending region champion Northwest took the top two seeds with identical 13-2 records. Without a head-to-head meeting during the regular season it’s hard to gauge how the two would match up but both are similar in that they boast strong pitching, Magruder with Fiona Johnson and Northwest with Bridgette Barbour. Both also have state tournament experience under their belts — Magruder reached the state semifinal in 2012.

KEEPING IT BRIEF Landon ends Georgetown Prep’s run as IAC champs Landon School ended Georgetown Prepatory’s two-year reign as defending Interstate Athletic Conference golf champions Monday by reclaiming that title, the 18th time the Bears have won it. Landon’s five golfers (six play, lowest five count) shot 375 at Bethesda’s Congressional Country Club. Georgetown Prep finished in second place, 18 shots back. Georgetown Prep senior Brendan Peel won the gold medal for securing the lowest score of the day, 70. “Definitely would’ve liked the team to win,” Peel said. “I’m happy that I was able to make the putt on the last hole but yeah, it would’ve been the cherry on top for our team to win it... I mean it’s what we look forward to all year.” St. Albans finished third with 403 shots. Bullis wasn’t far behind scoring 408. Episcopal had 427, and St. Stephens/St. Agnes tallied 452. Morgan Egloff led Landon with a 71. This is Landon’s first time winning the tournament since 2012. The Bears have won or shared the IAC crown 13 times since 1993.


Northwood player raises funds for charity Northwood High School football junior Christian Reyes has launched a campaign to raise money for Colleen’s Dream Foundation, an organization supporting research for ovarian cancer. The fundraiser is part of the Kicking For The Dream project, which unites kickers in their efforts to raise money and awareness for


Landon School’s Morgan Egloff watches his drive Monday during the Interstate Athletic Conference Golf Championship in Bethesda. ovarian cancer research. Reyes, a second-team All-Gazette kicker, said he was inspired to raise money for cancer research because of his mother, Lilian Escobar, a breast cancer survivor who was diagnosed about 14 years ago. “I just want to give back to her and the people,” said Reyes, of Kensington. To learn out more about the campaign, visit http://donate.


Good Counsel tennis finishes second in WCAC The Our Lady of Good Counsel boys’ tennis team was represented on six of nine courts during Monday’s Washington Catholic Athletic Conference tournament

finals held at the Olney Manor Recreational Park and though none of the Falcons won titles, the team’s second-place finish was its best result in coach Lee Ingham’s nine years, she said. Gonzaga, which handed Good Counsel five of its six losses Monday, won its fifth straight title. A rain riddled March and April reduced Good Counsel’s playing schedule but the team finished 4-1 in WCAC this spring. Good Counsel reached the finals in four singles brackets with senior No. 3 Reed Joyner, junior No. 4 Zach Joyner, senior No. 5 Kyle van Winter and junior No. 6 Greg Dawson. Reed Joyner and Dawson reached the No. 2 doubles final and Van Winter and senior Peter Bolesta, were the No. 3 doubles runners-up.



Senior beats Hornets in five innings

Bolstered by the fact that Winston Churchill High School overcame a 6-10 regular season to reach the Class 4A state baseball semifinals last spring, Richard Montgomery is hoping to follow in the Bulldogs’ footsteps. After losing seven straight games at one stretch this season, Richard Montgomery (4-8-1) has won two of its past three and played Clarksburg to a 7-7 tie before darkness caused the game to end. In their most recent outing, the Rockets defeated Damascus

BASEBALL NOTEBOOK BY TED BLACK 10-0 as senior pitcher Nick Campbell recorded a five-inning no-hitter for his first win of the season. “I thought my curveball was really good that day,” said Campbell, who is also among the team’s leading hitters, batting .432 with one triple and 12 runs batted in. “My fastball was good and that’s how I got ahead in the count and then my curveball kept them off balance. I didn’t even know until the game was over that I had thrown a no-hitter. The entire

defense just played great behind me.” Campbell and fellow senior teammate, PJ Glasser, who is batting .424 with one double, one triple and 21 runs scored, are looking forward to the 3A West Region tournament. “We started the season in rough fashion, but now we’re playing with a lot of confidence,” Glasser said. “Everyone knows that Churchill did last year, so once the playoffs start you can throw the records out and everyone gets a fresh start.”




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Music scene cranks up with Strathmore’s AMP Venue to feature catering from Neighborhood Restaurant Group




More than three years since its initial concept and one year since the official project was first announced, Strathmore Hall Foundation, Inc.’s newest music venue now has a name fitting of its mission. Set to open early 2015, AMP will bring live, genre-spanning music to Federal Realty Investment Trust’s upcoming Pike & Rose development in a more intimate and

hip setting than typically associated with Strathmore. Strathmore founder and CEO Eliot Pfanstiehl brought the idea for a smaller, nightclub-like venue several years ago to a group of developers working together to redevelop White Flint. When Evan Goldman, vice president for development at FRIT, expressed interest, the two worked together to create a space for AMP within the Pike & Rose plan. “You’ve got to think tall and mixed-use, that’s the future of White Flint,” Pfanstiehl

said. “To not be a part of that in your own backyard is to miss out on the future.” Pike & Rose is one of several neighborhoods in development for the county, particularly the North Bethesda area, hoping to draw in young urban professionals with quality restaurants and retail spaces within walking distance of luxury apartment buildings. Another key Pike & Rose player, Neighborhood Restaurant Group, led by owner Michael Babin, will provide exclusive food services to AMP through its catering branch, 550 Events & District Provisions. The group will also open a restaurant and

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An updated rendering of the upcoming Pike and Rose development shows the building that will house the iPic movie theater on the first two floors and AMP on the top level.


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Raskin, Minton bring revamped Shakespeare play to life BY


Sometimes “political theater” has a completely different meaning. Sen. Jamie Raskin, of Takoma Park, is a self-proclaimed Shakespeare fanatic. Along with David Minton, the executive and artistic director at Lumina Studio Theatre in Silver Spring, the two have worked together to adapt Shakespeare’s “Henry V.” BY SAMANTHA SCHMIEDER SPECIAL TO THE GAZETTE


he Zombies’ Colin Blunstone will perform at the Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center at Montgomery College on Saturday to share music from his solo career, as well as from the British rock band that brought him fame. Blunstone has provided lead vocals for The Zombies in songs such as “She’s Not There,” “Tell Her No” and “Time of the Season,” from


(From left, clockwise) Sophia Falvey, Ben Lickerman, Sylvie Weissman, Anna Gorman and Sagar Castleman star in Lumina Studio Theatre’s production of “Brother Hal.”

BROTHER HAL/SWEET JOAN OF THE TEXTILE MILLS n When: 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. for “Brother Hal”; 5 p.m. for “Sweet Joan,” Saturday and Sunday

the band’s start in the early 1960s throughout their split ups and reincarnations, the most recent of which happened in the last couple of years. “We [The Zombies] have been touring through the southern states of America. I am bringing my solo band to the northern states,” Blunstone said. Blunstone, whose concert on Saturday will celebrate his 10th solo studio album, “On The Air Tonight,” said that he and his solo band have not been to the United States on tour since 1973 and that being back is quite an occasion.

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n Where: Round House Theatre, 8641 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring n Tickets: $8-$15 (pay-what-you-can for “Sweet Joan”) n For information: 301-565-2282;

COLIN BLUNSTONE n When: 8 p.m. Saturday n Where: Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center at Montgomery College, 51 Mannakee St., Rockville n Tickets: $22 for general admission, $20 for students and seniors


n For information: 240-567-5301;

“Brother Hal,” which will wrap up its run this weekend, is set in Flint, Mich., and focuses on the labor union strikes in the late 1930s. Lumina Studio is performing two shows on the same days, with “Brother Hal” following “Sweet Joan of the Textile Mills,” which is based on Bertolt Brecht’s “Saint Joan of the Stockyards.” “We’ve turned Henry into a labor parable,” Raskin said. Raskin worked with Minton last year when the two adapted Shakespeare’s “Measure for Measure,” and set it in occupied Iraq. “I did very [amateurish] acting when I was in high school and college,” Raskin said. “I’ve always been a

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Inspiration blooms “Contemplating the Sweetness of Grass and Startling Brevity of Life,” featuring the work of


Eva Maria Ruhl’s “Tulip 1,” oil on board, will be on view as part of the exhibit “Contemplating the Sweetness of Grass and the Startling Brevity of Life: Studio 155,” opening May 16 at the Adah Rose Gallery.

Studio 155 — Roberta Bernstein, Elizabeth Carter, Wendy Cortesi, Jan Denton, Jill M. Hodgson, Betsy Kelly, Vicki Malone, Eileen Malone-Brown, Donald B. Meyer, Kappy Prosch, Michael Rawson, EvaMaria Ruhl, Ellen Tuttle, Juliana Weihe, S.M. Wilson and Neena Birch — will be on view from May 16 to June 8 at the Adah Rose Gallery, 3766 Howard Ave., Kensington. An opening vernissage with the artists is scheduled from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, May 18, featuring live music by White Chihuahua. Working in varying mediums from oil to acrylic, colored pencil to graphite, the artists of Studio 155 pay tribute to the inspiration and impact plants have had throughout history and in our day-today lives. Normal gallery hours are noon to 6 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. For more information, visit

Denikos in Damascus Tony Denikos and his band Working Poor will perform a blend of Americana and covers in concert at 8 p.m. Friday at The Music Cafe, 26528-B Ridge Road, Da-


Tony Denikos and the Working Poor will perform in concert Friday at The Music Cafe in Damascus.

Awarding Imagination Imagination Stage in Bethesda was awarded Outstanding Production, Theatre for Young Audiences for its 2013 production of “Anime Momotaro” at the 30th Anniversary of the Helen Hayes Awards on Monday, April 21. More than 80 professional theaters and a total of 198 eligible productions produced during the 2013 calendar year were considered for nominations. Adapted from a traditional Japanese folktale, the East Coast premiere of “Anime Momotaro” incorporated anime influences and a strong moral core surrounding innerstrength and standing up for one’s self. The production was directed by Eric Johnson and choreographed by Alvin Chan, who adapted the tale alongside the Honolulu Theatre for Youth. Imagination Stage also was nominated for Outstanding Costume Design (Kendra Rai, “The Magic Finger” and Katie Touart, “Peter Pan and Wendy”) and Outstanding Supporting Actor, Resident Musical (James Konicek, “Peter Pan and Wendy”). The company’s productions of “The Magic Finger” and “Peter Pan and Wendy” also were nominated for Outstanding Production, Theatre for Young Audiences. Imagination Stage’s current production, Psalmayene 24’s hip hop fairytale “Cinderella: The Remix” continues to May 25. For more information, visit

‘Jupiter’ ascending The Bach Sinfonia will present “Mozart’s Journey from Prague to Jupiter” at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center, 7995 Georgia


Paul Hopkins will join The Bach Sinfonia on natural horn to perform Mozart’s Horn Concerto No. 1 in D Major, K. 412 (+514) on Saturday at the Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center.


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mascus. Singer-songwriter Denikos’ 2012 release, “Under the Church,” reached number 21 on the Freeform Americana Roots (FAR) Chart, and features the track “Tip of My Tongue,” which won the grand prize in the 2012 Mid-Atlantic Song Contest sponsored by the Songwriters’ Association of Washington. Suggested donation is $10. For more information, visit

Ave., Silver Spring. A pre-concert discussion is scheduled for 7:20 p.m. Mozart’s most popular symphonies, rarely heard on period instruments in the Washington, D.C., area, will be showcased. The program will include his final symphonic work, Symphony No. 41 in C Major, K. 551, “Jupiter,” as well as Symphony No. 38 in D Major, K. 504, “Prague.” Paul Hopkins will join the Sinfonia on natural horn, performing Mozart’s Horn Concerto No. 1 in D Major, K. 412 (+514). One of four horn concertos composed by Mozart, the piece will be performed without hand stopping, allowing for a true period instrument performance of this work. Tickets are $30, $27 for seniors, $15 for university students to age 15 and free for age 14 and younger. For more information, visit


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Imagination drives prolific romance writer ‘Goosebumps’ let author know she’s on right track





Pamela Palmer cannot subscribe to the advice often attributed to Mark Twain. Writing what she knows is just not within her realm. “Given the fantastic nature of most of my stories — vampires, other worlds and shape-shifting males battling demons and mage [practitioners of paranormal magic], it’s a good thing most of my ideas don’t come from my life experiences,” the 54-year-old Herndon writer acknowledged. All of Palmer’s 16 full-length novels “fall into the romance genre in one way or another.” Her body of work includes the paranormal romances of the Feral Warriors and Esri series; the “urban fantasy/paranormal romance blend” of the Vamp City books, and two Scottish historical time travels, which are “high-action romantic adventures.” “Wulfe Untamed,” the eighth and final book in the Feral Warriors series, was released in February. Each title of the Feral novels

includes the word “untamed,” and focuses on a member of “an elite band of immortals who can change shape at will. Sworn to rid the world of evil, consumed by sorcery and seduction, their wild natures are primed for release…” An active imagination is Palmer’s source. “Everything I read, watch, hear and read goes into the black box in my head and starts spinning around, meshing and melding with the multitude of things already in there. Ideas pop out constantly, a few with recognizable origins, most not,” she said. Her process is to type the ideas “until I find the one that resonates, or, better yet, gives me goosebumps,” she explained. “That’s when I know I’ve hit on the right one.” Palmer said she writes and/ or plots daily, even while traveling. “I’ve gotten good at writing in airport terminals, on airplanes, and in hotel rooms,” she said. It takes her six to eight months to write each book. Prolific as Palmer is, writing was not her original aspiration; her goal, from age 10 as a consequence of watching “Star Trek,” was to become an astronaut. Nine years later, however, after recog-

nizing that the space program was “the Space Shuttle, not the Starship Enterprise,” she chose instead to major in industrial engineering at Auburn University. Palmer is uncertain as to how that study contributes to her writing. It may be “the logical, analytical mindset that led me to engineering in the first place that I now find useful.” “I approach a new story like an engineer — analyzing, building my plot, element by element, following each potential path through to the end,” she said. “Once I know the story and the characters, I take off the engineer’s hat, don the writer’s cap … That’s when I immerse myself in the emotion, the world, the characters, and let my imagination fly free.” The self-described avid reader and daydreamer first considered writing while working for IBM. A habit of “devouring Harlequin romances after work” inspired her imagination to “spin its own tales.” But without formal training, her initial attempts were frustrating and fruitless. “After the first chapter, I had no idea what came next,” she recalled about her first effort. “After banging my head against the desk for a few months, I decided that a real writer would know what to write, and since I didn’t, I clearly had no writing talent. I gave up.” A few years later, a second try after “one of my daydreams became too complex to keep in my head,” had similar results. This time, “three chapters in, I hit that same wall.”

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Palmer found her way “within the racks of the Chantilly Library, [where] I discovered a wealth of books on plotting and character development and realized that I could learn how to turn scenes into books and how to craft entire stories.” Thus equipped, she worked hard to produce 10 manuscripts, six of them only partial. Another key was her membership in Romance Writers of America (RWA). “Lucky for me, the romance community is a behemoth in publishing and extremely well organized from the writer side,” Palmer said. Through conferences and contests, RWA gives unpublished writers access to New York editors and agents. Palmer’s manuscripts achieved finalist status in national contests, which led to her first sale in 2006 as well as an agent. Palmer said her husband reads all her books. “One of the nicest compliments he’s given me came the night he finished reading my first book. At the time, I was writing the sequel. We usually clean up the dinner dishes together, but that night he shooed me out of the kitchen. ’Go write. I need to know what happens next.’” As for her adult daughter who, she said, loves her books, and her son who “won’t go near them,” she hopes they learned a valuable lesson as a result of her years of struggle to get published. “I like to think they learned that if you want something badly enough, are willing to work long enough and hard enough to accomplish it, and don’t let yourself get derailed by rejection, you can accomplish anything,” Palmer said. Palmer plans on continuing “to write, write, write.” She recently completed the first book in a new series, describing it as “a contemporary thriller with paranormal and romantic elements,” and is now at work on the final book in her Vamp City trilogy. “The ideas come to me constantly,” she said, “and I have hundreds of stories I’d love to tell.” Pamela Palmer’s books are available at, or can be ordered through, any book retailer. Her website is http://pamela




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Enjoy a trip to the country in the search for craft beers Farm breweries, a relatively new type of brewery, have opened in Maryland and Virginia in the last few years with others on the way. These include Milkhouse Brewery at Stillpoint Farm and Frey’s Brewery, both in Mount Airy, Ruhlman’s Brewing in Hampstead, and Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery in Goochland, Va. Dirt Farm Brewery in Bluemont, Va., and Linganore Brewery in Mount Airy are expected to open in the fall. Most farm breweries in this nascent brewing niche are quite small, perhaps a step above nanobreweries. Often these breweries are starting with two-three barrel facilities and responding to both popular interest in exploring terroir, desires to buy locally, and new state laws. Several states have passed legislation in the last few years promoting farming and farm breweries often similar to their farm winery laws, each with different restrictions and definitions. In Maryland, based on a 2012 law, a brewery on a farm which uses products grown on the farm is allowed to sell the beer brewed there. Often the brewing is integral to the profit and operation of the farm. For instance, at Milkhouse the grains used for brewing also are fed to the animals and the sheep

BREWS BROTHERS STEVEN FRANK AND ARNOLD MELTZER keep the weeds under control in the hopyard. Owner Tom Barse says “our cows, horses, sheep, and chickens get excited when they see us coming with a bucket of spent grain.” These laws are intended to promote state agricultural growth, preserve farms and farmland, and promote agritourism. In some cases, including Milkhouse Brewery and Frey’s, they are in the middle of areas populated by a number of small wineries promoted by similar laws, encouraging trips to the countryside combining brewery and winery touring. Adam Frey has a small two barrel system in a former milkshed on his 126 acre farm. He grows wheat, corn, beef, chickens and hops, distributes beers only locally, and is making about 150 barrels a year. Barse at his Milkhouse Brewery at Stillpoint Farm has Leicester sheep, honey bees, hops, hay and wheat. Lickinghole Creek grew strawberries and pumpkins last year for use in their beers and plans this year to grow a wide variety of herbs as well as barley which will be

malted by the Copper Fox Distillery in Sperryville, Va. Before visiting, check operating hours in advance for any particular weekend but most of these farm breweries are open for tastings Friday through Sunday afternoons. The lone exception is Frey’s Brewing which bottles and distributes its beers around Frederick and Mount Airy, but does not have a tasting room. Goldie’s Best Bitter Ale (3.9 percent alcohol by volume, ABV) is brewed by the Milkhouse Brewery at Stillpoint Farm in Mount Airy. This best bitter has a light hop and sweet malt nose leading into a slightly sweet malt front with a hint of bitter hops. The middle shows a minimal increase in bitterness. In the finish the bitter grows a bit more with a touch of apricot in evidence. The aftertaste has the mild hops continuing but well balanced by the malt presence with a tempered dryness. Ratings: 8.5/8.

Coppermine Creek Dry Stout

(4.5 percent ABV) also is made at the Milkhouse Brewery. Coppermine Creek has a lovely roast and dark chocolate aroma and pours with a very fluffy head. The medium roast and subtle bitter hop front presages an appealing increased roast in the


Tom Barse, owner and brewer at the Milkhouse Brewery in Mount Airy, owns just one of the several farm breweries that have popped up recently in the area. middle. The finish adds a subtle dark chocolate and a pinch more bitter hops. In the moderately dry aftertaste the roast tapers a bit, the chocolate remains, while the hops come to the front. Ratings: 8.5/8.5. Three Chopt Tripel Ale (9.3 percent ABV) is produced at the Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery in Goochland, Va. The Chopt has a hop, yeast and pepper bouquet and a soft sweet front with a trace of hops. A muted lime is

added in the middle along with a slight peppery character which intensifies in the finish, where it is joined by a delicate honey sweetness and underlying peach and apricot flavors. The aftertaste continues the pepper notes and sweetness while the hops fade. Ratings: 8/8. Backwoods Brigade (4.2 percent ABV) is a Smoked American Farmhouse Ale brewed Frey’s Brewing in Mt. Airy, using malt smoked with cherrywood. It has

a tinge of bitter hop, cantaloupe and strong smoke nose. A gentle bitter hop and modest smoke front merges with a cantaloupe nuance in the middle that continues into the finish. The smoke comes to the front in the aftertaste as hops continue and the melon dwindles. Backwood Brigade is basically a smoke beer rather than a farmhouse ale. Ratings: 6/5.5.

Author, actor steps to center stage with many stories in tow n

Hodgman comes to area with ‘I Stole Your Dad’ BY



n When: 7:30 p.m. May 15


Growing up as an only child — a member of the “worldwide, super smart, afraid of conflict, narcissist club” — John Hodgman had plenty of time to develop interests and “hateful, pretentious eccentricities.” Because of that, Hodgman is a man who figuratively wears a lot of hats. The comedian, author, actor, humorist and former Apple pitchman is set to bring his stand up show, “I Stole Your Dad,” to the Birchmere on May 15. “Even as a child, I was interested in a lot of different things,” Hodgman said. “I loved comedy. I loved music. I loved ‘Dr. Who.’ I loved magazine and books. I didn’t care for poetry that much – I’m just going to be blunt about it. And I loved wearing a fedora and walking around with a briefcase in high school looking like a dope. None of those things have really changed. I have a lot of interests and preoccupations.” Hodgman grew up in Massachusetts and graduated Yale in 1994 with a degree in literature. He worked as a literary agent before making a name for

n Where: The Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria n Tickets: $25 n For information: 703-5497500;


Comedian John Hodgman will bring his wit and wisdom to the Birchmere in Alexandria on Thursday, May 15. himself as an author himself. “Once I realized no one was going to pay me to write serious short stories about people with feelings — which is what I wanted to do … I made sure to have a professional career that would allow me to cultivate my restlessness. So I was a literary

agent because I could work with a lot of different writers … and tell them what to do so I didn’t have to do any of it myself. “A lot of this is simply that I’m ADHD. I like a lot of different things and it’s hard for me to pay attention long enough.” Afterwards, Hodgman

started writing for magazines, which allowed him to explore the world of CD-ROM video games, he said. “That and deepfried Twinkies and barbecue, and eventually profiling creators of books and movies like Alexander Payne and Ayn Randian objectivism,” Hodgman

said. “And you just dip into all these different worlds, which I really loved to do. The common thread to this … was that I could be funny.” Hodgman, who has written three books of made up “facts,” first appeared on the incredibly popular Comedy Central program “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.” Since then, he’s appeared on the show several times as a “resident expert,” lent his voice to cartoon shows such as “The Venture Bros.,” provided “expert analysis” for the Primetime Emmy Awards – where he would make up facts about the winners – guest starred in many other TV shows such as “Battlestar Galactica,” and “Com-





munity,” and starred alongside actor Justin Long in the “You Should Buy A Mac” Apple commercial series from 2006 to 2010. Despite being labeled as the “I’m a PC” guy in the commercials, Hodgman said he was thrilled to work on the spots and would not be against going back into the studio to record more. “It was fun to go into the great, white void with Justin Long, who’s really funny and still a friend … and just play with a character who was, arguably, the role of a lifetime I didn’t even know I was looking for,” Hodgman said. “I’m always happy when people remember those ads and if any of the readers work for Apple, let them know I still have the suit and glasses. I’m ready to go.” With all that he does and continues to do, Hodgman said he’s particularly comfortable doing one thing. “I like lying down in my bed, checking my email. It gives me the feeling that I’m getting information from the world and that I’m somehow being productive, but I’m also lying down in bed.”


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Jamie Foxx and Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man star in Columbia Pictures’ “The Amazing Spider-Man,” also co-starring Emma Stone.


‘Amazing Spider-Man 2’:

Just adequate, too long n

Andrew Garfield does whatever a spider can, but takes his time



n PG-13; 141 minutes


n Cast: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Paul Giamatti


Already spinning large webs of money, “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” is a decent superhero franchise product, lent some personality by Andrew Garfield’s skyscraper hair and the actor’s easy, push-pull rapport with co-star Emma Stone, who plays the eternally disappointed Gwen, freshly graduated from high school, frustratingly in love with Peter Parker. The love is mootual, as Teri Garr said in “Young Frankenstein.” But Spandexed, web-slinging crime-fighting consumes our hero, who is graduating along with Gwen. Spider-Man’s primary adversary is Electro, an energy-sucking mutant, an electric eel/ human hybrid played by Jamie Foxx. Speaking of energy suckers: I like Garfield a lot in this role, but he does enjoy his ... hesitations and his ... frequent ... tic-laden ... pauses. “The Amazing SpiderMan 2” runs two hours and 21 minutes, and at least 21 of those minutes can be attributed to loose flaps of dead air preceding simple lines of dialogue meant to be whipped through with a little urgency, contributed by Garfield and by Dane DeHaan, who slithers around looking like a


Continued from Page B-4 nut about Shakespeare.” Raskin, who is also a professor of Constitutional law at American University’s Washington College of Law, said Lumina Studio is a “national treasure nestled right in the heart of Silver Spring.” “My kids were in a rock ‘n’ roll ‘Romeo & Juliet’ where the Capulets and Montagues were the Rolling Stones fans and the Beatles fans,” Raskin said. “That was about 15 years ago. I’ve been hooked on Lumina ever since.” Both Raskin and Minton are huge fans of Shakespeare’s “Henry IV,” due to the Bard’s

Continued from Page B-4 While The Zombies and Blunstone’s solo albums have been hits throughout Europe and the United Kingdom, Blunstone admits with a laugh that they never had many huge hits in America. However, he explained that promoters in the northeast have recently shown a lot of interest in getting the band to their venues and that’s where they’ve made sure to stop. “You go where people show interest,” Blunstone said. Blunstone, who lives just outside of

Continued from Page B-4 beer garden within the development. Though the goal to create a versatile venue with programming that appealed to residents in their 20s and 30s was set from the beginning, it took awhile longer to decide on a name. Ultimately, the name AMP came out of the hope that the venue would “amplify” Strathmore’s current programming as well as emphasize the “cranked up” food and entertainment experience. “We want to play with pro-

bad-seed version of young Leonardo DiCaprio. He portrays Peter’s sometime pal, the super-rich Oscorp heir Harry Osborn, who’s dying and desperate for the spider venom at the heart of all the pricey research that went awry and gave Peter his unusual abilities. Folks, I confess: I’m coping with a mild case of arachno-apatha-phobia, defined as the fear of another so-so “Spider-Man” sequel. It wasn’t like this a few short years ago, when director Sam Raimi’s franchise (the one with Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst) got around to the second part of that trilogy. Bolstered by a formidable adversary in Alfred Molina’s Doc Ock, the 2004 “Spider-Man 2” really did the job; it had size and swagger, and the violence in the action sequences was stylized just enough to honor the material’s comic book roots. This is a problem with many superhero franchises, in or out of the Marvel stable of familiar faces. Producers encourage their

classic character Falstaff, a role that often proves problematic for young actors. “Everyone loves Falstaff,” Raskin said. “He’s the runaway star of the early Henry plays. But David wanted to do ‘Henry V.’ The truth is, it’s hard to get a young person – a high school student – to play Falstaff, because Falstaff’s principle characteristic is his extreme fatness and sloth. … David wanted to do ‘Henry V’ instead, which of course is the play about nationalism and patriotism and military triumphalism.” This adaptation finds England represented by the union and France by the France Corporation. Henry has to lead a union struggle instead of a



n Director: Marc Webb

bloody war. The show features actors varying in age from 11 to 16. “My major political supporters are under the age of 11,” Raskin laughed. “I think kids have a tremendous political insight and sophistication. What’s exciting about this is that it has provided such a great education for these kids into not just Shakespeare but labor history. For anyone who has a union bone in his or her body, it is extremely moving to watch these kids perform. “The energy of these young actors is magnificent.” On Friday, May 9, Lumina Studio will hold a special production of “Brother Hal” and “Sweet Joan of the Textile

London, has been making music and touring for 53 years and said that he has learned from experience how to get over being away from home so much. “We would typically come here for six or seven weeks. It was so expensive to call home so I would be totally out of contact. I think it was a lot more difficult then, it’s a lot easier now, really,” Blunstone said. He said that now that there are cell phones and email, he can constantly keep in contact with everyone back home. “I think sometimes my family likes to see me go and get some quiet,” Blunstone added with a laugh.

gramming to attract audiences who may not feel comfortable coming to a place that calls itself a concert hall,” said Pfanstiehl. “You talk about an audible, edible experience, and they’re there.” The name, logo and catering partner are new, but there have not been any major changes to the overall venue since its initial announcement last year. AMP is still planned for the top level of the building housing a twolevel iPic luxury movie theater, and the glass-enclosed area includes 2,800 square feet of indoor space, a green room and 1,100 square feet of pre-function space. AMP will be able to

creative teams to go for massively destructive and apocalyptically scaled brutality in the name of “dark” “realism,” and too often the resulting action sequences go on and on forever. (The climax of the recent “Man of Steel” still hasn’t ended, and that movie came out last summer.) Director Marc Webb, whose moderately skillful “The Amazing SpiderMan” came out two years ago, returns here and again delivers a reasonably entertaining melange,shoteverywhichaway,alittlehandheld here, a little bob-and-weave there, capturing the swoony, combative couple at the story’s center. When Garfield and Stone aren’t working through their issues, the film’s essentially an extended electrocution montage, and electrocution, that bloodlessly nasty way to injure or kill someone and still retain a PG-13 or lower rating, rates among my least favorite means of injury or death. Movies get you thinking along those lines, especially when it’s superhero time, which is all the time, i.e., too much of the time. Raimi’s second “Spider-Man” ranks high among our best summer-season sequels. This one’s just OK, which is probably more than adequate from a business perspective. For the record, the script is by Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Jeff Pinkner. They provide the film with three action climaxes, which is two too many, but what do I know. For the fan base it’s probably two too few.

Mills,” for union members. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and AFL-CIO Washington Council President Joslyn Williams will be the guests of honor that night, with both making a cameo performance. Raskin said he hopes the message is quite clear for the audience. “We’re hoping it’s an uplifting, soaring experience,” Raskin said. “The language of Shakespeare is always transporting. We’re hoping people get a jolt of political and moral energy. “This is a play that just blows right off the stage. I think it’s going to take the audiences by storm.”

While missing home is a con of being on tour, Blunstone said that the pros include being able to travel and see the world. His favorite part about being on tour, though, as with many performers, is actually performing the music. Blunstone plays in his solo band with four other members and while the music is more “singer-songwriter” than The Zombies, it’s definitely still a rock ‘n’ roll show with electric instruments. “It is great fun to play with a really tight band and hopefully to a receptive audience,” he said. “There’s a close relationship between the performer and the audience.”

bring smaller, diverse musical acts that the 1,976-seat Strathmore concert hall is unable to host. The 250-seat venue can accommodate multiple configurations, ranging from cabaret-style tables and chairs for a concert to a theater set-up with a screen on one end for corporate conferences. Programming will run Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights for 44 weeks of the year, leaving the rest of the week available to rent for events including private parties, company functions and seminars. The partners are now getting into specifics regarding soundproofing, decor and lay-

out. “You should feel just as comfortable having your wedding there as you do on a nightclub night,” he said. “This is no small challenge for a decorator.” While Pike & Rose is aiming toward a younger, trendier crowd, the area itself could be a challenge for AMP and the rest of the development. Many local younger residents choose to go to Washington, D.C., for a night of fun rather than restaurants and bars closer to home. While the county’s Nighttime Economy Task Force is working on solving issues with retaining the millennial population, many feel the county’s curfew and re-

Hollywood Ballroom, May 8, 15, Tea Dance from 12:30-3:30 p.m. ($6); May 9, drop-in lessons from 7:30-9 p.m., West Coast Swing Dancing with Dance Jam productions at 9 p.m. ($15); May 10, Latin Night with Mr. Mambo, workshops from 8-10 p.m., dance from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. ($18 for workshop and dance, $15 for dance only); May 11, free Cha Cha lesson at 7 p.m., Social Ballroom Dance at 8 p.m. ($16); May 14, “step of the evening” Waltz mini-lesson at 8:15 p.m., Social Ballroom Dance at 8:30 p.m. ($16), 2126 Industrial Highway, Silver Spring, 301-326-1181, Scottish Country Dancing, 8-10 p.m. Mondays, steps and formations taught. No experience, partner necessary, T-39 Building on NIH campus, Wisconsin Avenue and South Drive, Bethesda, 240505-0339. Glen Echo Park is at 7300 MacArthur Blvd. Blues, Capital Blues: Thurs-

days, 8:15 p.m. beginner lesson, 9-11:30 p.m. dancing to DJs, Glen Echo Park’s Spanish Ballroom Annex, $8, Contra, May 9, Wendy Graham with the fabulous Glen Echo Open Band; May 16, Joseph Pimentel calls to Goldcrest; May 23, George Marshall and Tim van Egmond with Swallowtail; May 30, Susan Taylor with Raise The Roof, 7:30 p.m. lesson, 8:30 p.m. dance, Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom, $10, Contra & Square, May 11, Perry Shafran with The Ivory Boys, 7:30 p.m., Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom, $12 for general, $9 for members, $5 for students, www. English Country, May 7, Caller: Joseph Pimentel; May 14, Caller: Melissa Running, 8 p.m., Glen Echo Town Hall (upstairs), www. Swing, July 12, Boilermaker Jazz Band, lesson at 8 p.m., dancing at 9 p.m., Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom, $15, www. Waltz, May 25, Swallowtail, lesson from 2:45-3:30 p.m., dancing to live music from 3:30-6 p.m., $10,

MUSIC & DANCE Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, Ben Redwine & The Dirty

Rice Band, 7:30 p.m. May 7; Mother’s Day Brunch with The Janine Gilbert-Carter Quartet, 10 a.m. May 11; Mother’s Day with God’s House Singers featuring Juanita Hellium and Gospel of Faith, 6 p.m. May 11; Author Series: Ralph Nader, “Unstoppable,” 7 p.m. May 12; Side by Side, 7:30 p.m. May 14; Next Best Thing Presents: Simon & Garfunkel, 8 p.m. May 15, call for prices, 7719 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. 240-330-4500, BlackRock Center for the Arts, 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, Fillmore Silver Spring, Live Nation Presents Blackberry Smoke The Fire In The Hole Tour 2014, 8 p.m. May 9; The Aquabats, 7 p.m. May 10; Paul Potts, 8 p.m. May 11; Ghost with King Dude, 8 p.m. May 14; 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. www.fillmoresilverspring. com. Strathmore, 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 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda; Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, 301-5815100,

ON STAGE Adventure Theatre, “The Arts Barn, “Woody Allen, Woody Allen,” to May 18; Comedy and Magic Society, 8 p.m. May 23, 311 Kent Square Road, Gaithersburg. Imagination Stage, “Cinderella: The Remix:” to May 25, call for prices, times, Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda, www. Kensington Arts Theatre, “Les Mis,” 8:15 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, to May 24, Kensington Town Hall/Armory, 3710 Mitchell Street, Kensington, contact theater for prices, times, Lumina Studio Theatre, “Brother Hal,” 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. 10-11, special performance for union members at 7 p.m. May 9; “Sweet Joan of the Textile Mills,” 5 p.m. 10-11, Round House Theatre, 8641 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring., Montgomery College, 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, Olney Theatre Center, August Wilson’s “The Piano Lesson,” May 8 to June 1, call for prices, times, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney, 301-924-3400, The Puppet Co., “Pinocchio,” 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, 301-634-5380, Round House Theatre, Bethesda, “Ordinary Days,” May 28 to June 22, 4545 East-West Highway, Bethesda. 240-644-1100, 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, Silver Spring Stage, “The Arabian Knights,” May 16 to June 7, Woodmoor Shopping Center, 10145 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, see website for show times, The Writer’s Center, Poetry and Prose Open Mic, 2 p.m. May 11, 4508 Walsh Street, Bethesda, 301-654-8664,

VISUAL ART Adah Rose Gallery, “An Allegory of Algorithms and Aesthetics,” Jessica Drenk, to May 12, 3766 Howard Ave., Kensington, 301-922-0162, Gallery B, “72 Grams Per Pixel,” to May 24, opening reception from 6-9 p.m. May 9, gallery hours are noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, 7700 Wisconsin Ave., Suite E. www. Glenview Mansion, Rockville Art League, to May 23, Rockville Civic Center Park, 503 Edmonston Drive, Rockville. 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., 301718-0622. VisArts, Xiaosheng Bi, Liz Lescault and Alison Sigethy: “Fathom Full Five: Going Deeper,” to June 1, opening reception from 7-9 p.m. May 9, Gibbs Street Gallery; TARNISH: Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA), May 2 to June 1, opening reception from 7-9 p.m. May 9, Kaplan Gallery; Painting With Thread: Embroidery Arts Exhibition from China, May 9-11, opening reception from 7-9 p.m. May 9, Common Ground Gallery, 155 Gibbs St., Rockville, 301-3158200, Washington Printmakers Gallery, “Jambo, Tanzania,” Marian

Jungle Book,” to May 25, call for prices, times, Adventure Theatre MTC, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, 301-634-2270, www.adven-

Osher, to May 25, Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, second floor, 8230 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, www.

stricted hours harm chances to gain their business. “There’s more competition for the nightlife dollar metrowide, not just in the county,” he said. “I have four children, ranging from 30 to 19, and they have always left the county for their entertainment. I sure would like to keep them home a little bit, and I’m not the only one with that experience.” By partnering with Babin and Goldman on this modern music venue, Pfanstiehl and the rest of the Strathmore crew have a chance to welcome not just the 20-year-olds and people in their 30s and 40s with dual incomes and no children but also their

traditional older Strathmore concert hall audience. The ability to plan programming for — and tailor spaces to — residents of all ages at AMP could lead to an eventual symbiotic relationship with Strathmore’s existing mission and events. “With AMP, we think we are going to be on the cusp of the new nightlife agenda for the county,” said Pfanstiehl. “This is a natural evolution for Strathmore. If we started a year later, I don’t think we would have had this opportunity — now we’re opening a year from now, and we can’t waste a minute.”

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Local moving company looking for experienced helpers, loaders and packers. Full time and part time positions available. Please call 301-738-9020

Civil Engineer

Perform preconstruction CE work that includes surveying, site design, grading, stormwater mgmt, permitting, analysis & planning. Provide QC oversight of projects & prepare reports. Perform geotechnical instrumentation & monitoring. Familiar w/AutoCAD Civil3D. Req. Master in Civil Engineering. 40hr/wk. Resume to EMC2, Inc 10110 Molecular Dr Ste 314 Rockville MD 20850

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.

Effective immediately, M.T. Laney Co., Inc. a site/paving contractor will be accepting applications for the following positions: ∂ Bobcat Operator for Detail Milling/Grading ∂ Certified Flaggers ∂ General Paving Help ∂ Heavy Equipment Operators Top wages and a great working environment. EOE. Please email resume to OR fax to 410-795-9546

3 Floorman needed, DC area, Part Time, Floor Experience requried. Transportation and English a must.

WE WANT TO MAKE YOU AN OFFER! We are offering signing bonuses for qualified hires.

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Multiple FULL TIME positions available – Complete Benefit Package includes Medical, Dental, Vision, Life and Disability Insurance, 401K, Sick and Vacation leave, Special Bonuses and Incentives. Ourisman is a premier automotive company in business for over 93 years with the best pay plans in the industry.

Make Ourisman your new home.


We Are Hiring For:

• SEASONAL Full Time Grounds Crew • Full Time Sous Chef


Please Call 301-924-2811, option 3 Apply in person to: Brook Grove Retirement Village 18100 Slade School Road Sandy Spring, MD 20860 Brooke Grove Retirement Village is an Equal Opportunity Employer


You can transfer over your vacation time and any earned benefits from your current employer.

Mon- Fri 10am- 2pm at 15940 Derwood RD, Rockville MD 20855

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.

Office Manager

Congregation with Retreat Center seeks experienced individual with bookkeeping, managerial and computer skills. FT, Salary and benefit commensurate with experience. Must live within 30 minutes of Poolesville.

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

Pharmacy/ Phlebotomy Tech Trainees Needed Now Pharmacies/ hospitals now hiring. No experience? Job Training & Placement Assistance Available 1-877-240-4524 CTO SCHEV


Ourisman ROCKVILLE Volkswagen and Mazda needs technicians. We don’t care where you work or how much you are currently making,

Dental/ Medical Assistant Trainees Needed Now

û Must have experience

If interested and qualified, send salary history and resume to: or fax to 240 473 7567. EOE


Call: BILL DEVINE at 301-424-7800 extension 2494 or Email:


Foster Parents

Treatment Foster Parents Needed Work from home!

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

Call 301-355-7205

Microsoft CRM Developer

Sought by Planet Technologies in Germantown, MD (& othr US locs as nedd). Lead dsgn sesns & make approprt jdgmts in dsgng xRM solns. MS in Comp Sci, Elctrnc Engrng, Biz Admin or rltd + 1 yr exprnc OR BS in Comp Sci, Elctrnc Engrng, Biz Admin or rltd + 5 yrs exprnc. Exprnc implmtng CRM solns on Microsoft Dynamics CRM pltfrm & exprnc w/ or know of lrg scale CRM sys (eg Siebel, SAP, Undrstnd of cmpttv tech to prprly assess feasblty of migrtng cust solns from &or intgrtng w/ exstng cust solns hsted on Microsoft or non-Microsoft pltfrms. Dmnstrtd exprnc in sys dsgn & mngng teams for lrg scale implmttns, incl CRM, XRM or smlr solns. Exprnc in biz intlgc, Dynamics intgrtn (GP, NAV, AX, SL), SSRS & data anlytcs. Hnds-on exprts in 2+ of flwng .NET, SQL Server, BizTalk, SharePoint, Office, Active Directory & appln Developer, Scribe, eConnect or ADx studios. Trvl to clt sites. Aply @ ref # 1865

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Deputy Assistant Secretary The Office of Environmental Management (EM), U.S. DOE, in D.C., is seeking a motivated and highlyqualified candidate for this exciting FT position for Human Capital and Corporate Services. The mission of this office is to (1) develop and implement the EM enterprise human capital program and IT & cyber security programs, (2) manage human resources liaison services, and (3) ensure infrastructure support in the areas of procurement; records management; executive services; federal purchase cards; foreign travel; permanent change of station; training administration; space and logistics; and executive correspondence. To apply please visit:


We are looking for a medical receptionist who has more than 2 years experience in a large medical practice. The ideal candidate must have knowledge of Electronic Medical Record and must have excellent communication as well as customer service skill. Please send your resume to HEALTHCARE


Medical Assistant CMA needed with cardiology experience for our Rockville/Germantown area. Must have strong skills. Fax or Email resume to 240-449-1193 or

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

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Vet Tech

Rockville hospital needs experienced person, full and part time available. Saturdays a 301-838-9506 must. Call OR fax resume to 301-8389509

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


Silver Spring

Work with the BEST!

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

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Must R.S.V.P.

Call Bill Hennessy


This is a inside/outside sales understanding of print, online, recruitment, retail and service experience needed, enthusiasm, to succeed.

position. You would develop an mobile advertising with a focus on business segments. Previous sales great work ethic and a strong desire

To become part of this high-quality, high-growth organization, send resume and salary requirement to EOE

Flowserve is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

3 301-388-2626 01-388-2626 • Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. EOE

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

Department of Transportation, Division of Transit Services 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. Experience: Seven years of progressively responsible professional experience in public transit environment, three years of which were in a supervisory or executive capacity. Education: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree. Equivalency: An equivalent combination of education and experience may be substituted.


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.

We offer a competitive compensation & comprehensive benefits package including pension, 401(k) & tuition reimbursement.

• 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 Job #: 25213

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To view entire job announcement and apply online visit: EOE M/F/H

Operations Manager

Provide technical direction and guidance and coordinate between the other engineering disciplines within the business. Provide Subject Matter Expertise (SME) on Capital Planning and Investment Control, Acquisition Management, Enterprise Architecture and System Development Life Cycle support services to various clients. Engage Technical Leadership Personnel at client sites to leverage technologies and best practices across the company. Act as functional project manager for new systems or enhancements to existing systems for various clients and corporate systems. Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering. 6 months experience in job offered or as Programmer Analyst. Knowledge of and/or experience in utilizing C, C++, Java Beans, JSP, Servlets, Struts, Weblogic Platform 8.1, Quick Test Pro, and LoadRunner. Resume to job location: Panum Group, LLC, Attn: S. Dilawari, 7315 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 800W, Bethesda, MD 20814.

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Part-Time RN

In-home assessments for senior home care agency. Light travel. Must be licensed in MD. 2 days a week; 4-5 hours a day. Email Part-Time

Work From Home

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

Restaurant Help

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We’ve Got the Ideal Job!!! Miller and Smith is seeking energetic candidates with excellent people and communication skills to serve as a part-time Sales Assistant at our location in MONT Co./Clarksburg for 4 days a week. Thurs. -Sun. weekends are required/ NO benefits. $16.00/hr. Interested candidates should send their resumes to or fax to (703) 394-6605. EEO M/V/F/D

Breakfast Linecook Sat & Sun Only Wait Staff Part Time Call 301-529-2568

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white, garaged new cond. $16.5k, Call Tom: 202-409-7767



New 2014 Scion TC $$ #450083,

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20,149 1.9% Financing Available

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New 2014 Scion IQ #457005, $ $ Includes Navigation

15,595 1.9% Financing Available

2005 HONDA ODYSSEY: Very Good condition, 101,201 miles. $9,475.443-4992520





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


12 Scion TC $$

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11 Nissan Juke S $$

#450094A, CVT Trans, 36K Miles, 1-Owner, Station Wagon


02 Lincoln LS $$


#378092A, Gray, 5 Speed Auto, Premium Package

10 Toyota RAV4 $$


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

13 Ford Escape S


$ #372014A, 6 Speed $

Auto, 8K Miles, 1-Owner

04 Chevy Trailblazer #N0339, $$ 4 Speed Auto,



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vehicle donation will help US Troops and support our Veterans! 100% tax deductible Fast Free pickup! CALL 1-800-709-0542

1999 VOLVO S80 : 4dr Sdn 2.9L. Excellent condition. 123,425 miles, $1,800.00. Call Dave 301-526-6562 VOLKSWAGON JETTA: 2000, v6, 5 speed, 119kmi, blk, $2900 Please call: 301-977-1169 or 301-275-2626


2011 BMW 328i.................. $23,490 $23,490 #472196A, 7 SpeedAuto, Black

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

2011 Toyota Camry LE......... $15,990 $15,990 #F0005, 32K Miles, 1 Owner

2011 Nissan Murano........... $23,990 $23,990 #477422A, 55K Miles, CVT transmission

2011 Toyota Pruis II............ $17,790 $17,790 #N0361, 13K Miles, 1-Owner

2012 Ford Explorer Limited... $28,990 $28,990 #463062A, 6 SpeedAuto, 57K Miles

2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid...... $25,995 $25,995 #432094A, CVT Transmission, 1-Owner, 13k miles



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13 Hyundai Sonata LTD #470517A, 20K $ $

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




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

2008 Audi A4 Convertible....... $16,977 $16,977 #478014A, Red, One Owner, 66K Miles

$$$$$ PAID! Running or Not, All Makes! Free Towing! We’re Local! 7 Days/Week. Call 1-800-959-8518

2001 FORD CROWN VICTORcond, IA: Great runs good . $3500. 107K miles. Call 202-510-1999

14 FordFocusSE $$

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2013 Toyota Corolla LE........ $14,900 $14,900 #E0322, Classic Silver, 1-Owner, 33K Miles

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