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Graduate Robert Ellett III, president of the Student Government Association, speaks during Bethesda’s Walter Johnson High School commencement Friday at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington.

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Rockville High School’s class of 2014 did not expect its commencement speaker would bring celebrities into the mix at the students’ May 27

graduation ceremony. To the graduates’ surprise, Lee Leipsner — a Rockville High alumnus and executive vice president of promotion for Columbia Records — presented a video in which musicians including Pharrell Williams, John Legend and

two members of One Direction offered their congratulations specifically to Rockville High’s graduates. The students screamed when Williams appeared at the start of the video

The Purple Line’s procedural wheels get back on track this month. The County Council is expected to hold two public hearings on June 17 about projects related to the proposed light-rail system linking Bethesda and New Carrollton. The hearings are among several public meetings on tap to discuss the 16-mile project, whose latest price tag is pegged at $2.2 billion, according to the Maryland Transit Administration. One of the June 17 public hearings concerns the Capital Crescent Trail. A council bill would authorize planning, designing and eventually rebuilding the hiker-biker trail. The trail already runs from Bethesda to Silver Spring, but it is expected to change dramatically after the Purple Line is built along that stretch. According to County Council documents, rebuilding the trail is expected


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Among the many springtime arts and crafts festivals in and around Bethesda, this one has a special focus: Take the kids booth off the side street and give it the whole day.

Dear readers, You may have noticed some changes in your newspaper lately. The Gazette built its loyal readership by providing news and information about neighborhoods, schools, businesses and communities, and as the media industry has evolved, we realized we must return to these roots in a meaningful way. Over the last several months, we’ve refocused on publishing extremely local community news. As part of the changes we’re implementing, beginning June 18, The Gazette will be consolidated from eight editions to five in Montgomery County. All five will feature much more content specific to the communities


BRINGING HISTORY TO LIFE Historic Takoma will commemorate D-Day’s 70th anniversary.







Children decorate Bethesda with sidewalk chalk during a prior year’s Imagination Bethesda. Imagination Bethesda features dozens of free arts and crafts booths geared toward children 12 and younger, plus live music and entertain-

Note to readers we serve. As we increase the number of newsstand locations to make sure The Gazette is available in high-traffic public locations, we will discontinue home delivery in some areas of the county. Other homes may begin receiving a different edition of The Gazette. Our five editions in Montgomery County will continue to be a mix of home delivery and newsstand delivery to meet the needs of our readers and advertisers. If you no longer find the newspaper at the end of your driveway, you may choose to have it delivered to your mailbox by subscribing for $29.99 a year. Of course, you can still pick up The Gazette free at supermarkets, drug-

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to cost almost $96 million. The other hearing is on authorizing the eventual construction of the Bethesda Metro station’s south entrance, which would connect the Purple Line, a state project, to Metro’s Red Line. That project is expected to cost almost $58 million, with the county paying almost $52 million. One looming question about the Bethesda station design is whether the Apex building on Wisconsin Avenue, which sits above where the county wants to build the new station entrance, will be demolished and rebuilt. Neil Greenberger, a county spokesman, said that has not yet been decided. Both hearings are scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m. June 17 at the council’s office building in Rockville. Meanwhile, on Tuesday, the County Council is scheduled to hold a public hearing on an amendment to change the zoning maps around the Bethesda station. That change is one of the technical steps on the road toward eventually making room for the Purple Line connection.

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In this age of serial entrepreneurs, it’s getting harder to find many who stick it out through thick and thin. Sylvia Williams is one who has. Fifty years ago, Williams and her husband, Lou, opened Colonial Opticians on St. Elmo Avenue in downtown Bethesda. He has since died, but Williams is going strong — as is the business. Despite many ups and downs, the half-century in business has “been

fun,” said Williams, who still oversees the company’s books. As Williams tells it, back in 1964 her husband a partner were set on opening an optician business. They found a storefront in Bethesda and were given three months of free rent. But the partner pulled out and the Williams family had to decide whether to proceed. Lou was determined to start the business. The first day, the store sold an eyeglass case for a dollar. Later that day, Lou received a $2 parking ticket. “We were already in the hole after the first day,” Sylvia said with a laugh. After that minor setback, the business grew. It now has four more stores,

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“Generally speaking, we have to keep pushing through tough times to keep this business growing more,” says Ryan Allnutt, here using a vertometer to check lens perscriptions at Colonial Opticians in Bethesda on Tuesday.

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Tree poses at the produce stand

How about a yoga class with that grocery purchase? Pike & Rose, a new development under construction in North Bethesda, organzied a free outdoor yoga class Saturday at the nearby Pike Central Farm Market. The class was led by Jessie Marshall of Sport & Health. The farmers market is open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays through December at 11561 Old Georgetown Road.

Kensington race Saturday benefits liver research A new charity run Saturday in

Kensington will benefit the Colleen Mitchel Memorial Fund. Proceeds

from the event will help fund research at the Johns Hopkins Pediatric Liver Center in Baltimore. Colleen’s BA 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk will start at 9 a.m. — with check-in at 8 a.m. — at Grace Episcopal Day School, 9411 Connecticut Ave. This inaugural fundraiser is in memory of Colleen Mitchel, who attended Grace Episcopal Day School and Walter Johnson High School in Bethesda. Mitchel was born with a liver disease called biliary atresia and died last year at age 19, while awaiting a liver transplant. She was a sophomore at the University of Michigan. Registration costs $25, with discounts available for active military, students and families with three or more participants. Leashed dogs, strollers and participants in wheelchairs are welcome for the 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk. Prizes will be awarded to 5K winners. The event

will be held rain or shine. Registration and other information is at The Colleen Mitchel Memorial Fund is part of the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region. It was established to support biliary atresia research at Johns Hopkins and to raise awareness of the need for organ donors.

Professor discusses ‘FDR and the Jews’ Richard Breitman of Bethesda

— a distinguished professor in the history department at American University in Washington — will discuss and sign copies of “FDR and the Jews” at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the university’s Katzen Arts Center, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. The talk is part of the Defiant Requiem Foundation’s Rafael Schächter Institute for Arts and Humanities. The talk is free, but reservations are needed at american. In his book — published in 2013 by Harvard University Press — Breitman and American University colleague Allan J. Lichtman discuss whether President Franklin D. Roosevelt turned his back on the Jews of Hitler’s Europe.

Bethesda women featured at concert Colette Cecile Young of Bethesda will be a guest artist with the Juilliard Alums, former stars from the Metropolitan and Royal operas, in their annual concert 4 p.m. Sunday at Little Flower Parish, 5607 Massachusetts Ave., Bethesda. Young recently earned a master’s in biology from Columbia Uni-



Rebecca Valentino of North Bethesda does a headstand during a free yoga class Saturday at the Pike Central Farm Market in North Bethesda. versity in New York, where she also teaches voice. She won the VSA Kennedy Center’s International Young Artist Competition in 2013, resulting in her Kennedy Center debut. She is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Robert S.K. Young of Bethesda. Joining her at the concert will be Britta Loftus, also of Bethesda, who just completed her first year at the University of Richmond (Va.). Loftus is the daughter of Tom Loftus and Jill Anderson of Bethesda, and is a member of the University of Richmond’s Scola Cantorum.

Potomac woman helps battle Williams syndrome Just months after Erin Rupolo of Potomac gave birth to her daughter Sophie five years ago, Sophie was diagnosed with Williams syndrome, a rare genetic disorder. The diagnosis came after months of stomach issues, ear infections and sleep problems. She has since learned a lot about the condition, she said, and learned to take the bad news — there is no cure — with the good: a very friendly and


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FRIDAY, JUNE 6 Byline: Ernie Pyle One-Man Show,

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Parking Lot, Route 118 and Bowman Mill Drive, Germantown. Free admission. 301-972-2707. Rummage Sale, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., North Bethesda United Methodist Church, 10100 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda. Free. Colleen’s BA 5K and 1 Mile Fun

copal Day School, 9411 Connecticut Ave., Kensington. $25. colleensba5k@ Rockville Multicultural Day, 4-7 p.m., Twinbrook Community and Rec Center, 12920 Twinbrook Parkway, Rockville. Free. 240-314-8620. Resident Artists Open House, 5 p.m., Sandy Spring Museum, 17901 Bentley Road, Sandy Spring. Free. 301774-0022. Suites for the Sweet, 7:30 p.m., St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, 917 Montrose Road, Rockville. Free. www. DC Salsa Showcase, 8 p.m.-midnight, Glen Echo National Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. $15. 703599-3300.

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loving child. “She has been a blessing,” Rupolo said. “She’s taught us so much about life and attitudes: living in the now, day by day.” Those with Williams syndrome typically have cardiovascular disease, developmental delays and learning disabilities, Rupolo said, plus “striking verbal abilities, highly social personalities and an affinity for music.” Sophie “started smiling at 6 months and hasn’t stopped smiling. She is so friendly and welcoming,” Rupolo said. Rupolo has become immersed in fundraising for the Williams Syndrome Association. She is regional chairwoman for the national group, which works to increase public awareness of the disorder, provide programs for those who have it and support research. Rupolo and Lisa Ridgley of Frederick County organized the sixth annual Williams Syndrome Community Walk, held May 3 in Urbana. Rupolo has worked on the walk five years. More than 400 people walked, raising $5,200. Music for a Spring Afternoon by the NIH Community Orchestra and Chorus with the East Avenue Ensemble of Chevy Chase, 4 p.m., Haas

Hall, Figge Theater, Georgetown Preparatory School, 10900 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. Free-will donations accepted.


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Robert McGovern of Chevy Chase with his personalized shopping app, Cobrain.

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The world of online shopping offers consumers thousands of choices — too many, some might say. With thousands of sweaters available via a shopper’s smartphone, is picking one out to buy easier or more difficult than in the precyber age? Robert McGovern of Chevy Chase, a serial entrepreneur, has launched Cobrain, a free app that tries to make it easier. The app aims to help consumers winnow their online options and find the products they really want. “I get jazzed about solving problems with technology, and in this case, there’s a recognition that consumers are overwhelmed with choice,” said McGovern, CEO of his latest venture, Cobrain in Bethesda. McGovern is no stranger to Internet success. In 1995, he founded the online job search site, which grew into a $150 million company by the time he sold it seven years later for $680 million. Rather than browsing individual stores’ websites, Cobrain users can home in on products they might like by using the app. The app learns what brands, prices

and styles a shopper likes, then makesproductrecommendations from 300 retailers, such as Macy’s, Nordstrom and Gap, he said. “There are 40,000 women’s sweaters sold in the U.S. It’ll tell you the 20 you’ll like the most,” he said. The app offers a link to retailers to purchase the products. It’s free and ad-free, but Cobrain gets a commission from merchants when shoppers use their link to make a purchase. McGovern said that doesn’t factor into the recommendation algorithm, however. The app also allows people to see what their friends who use the app are shopping for. McGovern started developing Cobrain about a year ago. He had been in a devastating car crash that put him in a coma and left him with a severe brain injury. “When I was in the hospital, I learned a lot about how they treat people with brain injuries, and one of the things that I realized was I could mimic the same processes in algorithms and allow people to share brain power with others,” he said. Cobrain uses what McGovern calls collaborative intelligence to get smarter as shoppers view items and pick which ones to buy. “It’s called Cobrain because we want you to think of it as another brain,” he said.

The generation gap is nothing new — the phrase was coined in the turbulent ’60s. And Austin Heyman, an octogenarian who lived through that era, has spent the last three decades trying to close that chasm. On Tuesday, the Bethesda man’s efforts were recognized when he was awarded the 2014 Margaret Cutler Intergenerational Leadership Award from the Jewish Council for the Aging in Rockville for his dedication to children’s education, involvement with community groups and support of intergenerational programs. “It would be not right to give him the award, because he’s so deserving,” said Carol Croll, senior director of the council’s Heyman Interages Center. “He’s responsible for what we’ve created in Montgomery County for the awards we’ve won, for all the accolades — it’s because of Austin, truly.” After founding the center in 1986, Heyman was its executive director for 11 years and then a director until 2011. He and the organization — which links seniors with teens and younger children through mentoring relationships — have been recognized by the state, Congress and others for its work in the community. Heyman, a graduate of Harvard Law School, said he became interested in youth issues when his children were young. While pursuing his legal career, he also was president of the Montgomery County Council of PTAs. A spate of headlines and negative articles in the 1980s about youth issues, including crime and other problems, spurred him to launch Interages to help connect youth and seniors.


Austin Heyman (left) of Bethesda chats with County Councilman Philip M. Andrews (D-Dist. 3) of Gaithersburg before Tuesday’s awards lunch in Gaithersburg at which Heyman received the Margaret Cutler Intergenerational Leadership Award from the Jewish Council for the Aging in Rockville. Results were immediate, he said. “What we found was a complete change,” Heyman said. “I remember going to a place called Charter House” — a senior citizens high-rise in Silver Spring — “where we had students from [Bethesda’s Walt] Whitman High School go. One of the gentlemen of Charter House said, ‘I’ve seen these kids, and I am optimistic about the future.’ It was quite a transformation of thinking.” Many younger people feel less of a connection with their elders because they don’t have much contact with them, he said. With 25 percent of families of Montgomery County having grandparents in the county, Heyman said, “Their understanding of aging is empty.

There is a potential gap, and I think if we bring the generations together it helps close it.” Giving the Cutler award to Heyman was a no-brainer, Croll said. “Everyone is amazed with [Heyman],” Croll said. “He has done so much for the community. He is not just someone who goes to meetings: He is an action person, and he has impacted people. He is much loved by everybody.” Heyman remains active as he continues to work as a senior fellow. He has been working part time for the county for about six years. He also hosts “Seniors Today: Resources For Vital Living,” a weekly television show on the county’s cable channel on which he interviews seniors active in the community. “A mentor is someone you

look up to, advises you and gives you support to move forward,” Croll said. “That is a big part of what our programs and volunteers try to do. In that way, I feel [Heyman] has helped empower me, empower the organization with his suggestions and his compassion for intergenerational programs.” Robert Schoenberg, a 2004 recipient of the Cutler award and educational consultant, agrees. “Austin deserves this award more than anyone that has received it,” Schoenberg said in an email. “Interages is and always has been a living embodiment of Austin’s interests, his commitment, his imagination and above all his exemplary values. It is the greatest of Austin’s many gifts to the community.”

During probe, school board members will stop using credit cards Committee examining cards amid questions




Montgomery County Board of Education members have agreed to stop using their school system credit cards while a committee examines the board’s policy on when

members can use them. A Monday statement from school board President Philip Kauffman and Vice President Patricia O’Neill said an ad hoc committee was formed in April to review “the board’s processes and guidelines regarding reimbursable expenses.” “Recent public interest in the usage of credit cards by board members has emphasized the necessity to review our pro-

cesses and procedures to ensure that these cards are being used in an appropriate manner,” the statement said. ABC 7 reported May 21 that school board member Christopher S. Barclay used his school system credit card to make personal purchases 14 times and later had to pay the school system back for them. The report also said that on multiple occasions Barclay did not turn in itemized

receipts or identify who he was dining with when he used his school system credit card, which violates the system’s policy. As part of its study, the committee will examine members’ expenses over the last two years. The committee formed following information requests related to the cards, said Dana Tofig, a spokesman for the county school system.

“The Board was aware that there were [Maryland Public Information Act] requests for board member expenses and they felt it was a good opportunity to review policies and practices that had not been reviewed since 2008,” Tofig said in an email. School board member Rebecca Smondrowski said in a text message that she fully supports the formation of the committee and is looking forward

to seeing its recommendations. “As a new Board member [I] know that added clarity will be very helpful,” she said. The committee’s members are Kauffman, O’Neill and board member Michael Durso, who is chairman of the fiscal management committee. Board members receive school system credit cards to cover business-related expenses, the statement said.



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(Above) Chane Rochelle, 6, of Silver Spring reads a book after looking at a visiting fire engine during Community Day on Saturday at the Davis Library in Bethesda. Families made crafts, read books and saw a fire engine that was at the library for the occasion. Friends of the Davis Library, which hosted the event, also held a book sale. (Left) Kyla Johnson, 9, of Bethesda wears a balloon hat while making crafts during Community Day. PHOTOS BY BILL RYAN/THE GAZETTE

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Ernie Pyle wrote his last story in 1945. The American journalist and war correspondent was killed by Japanese troops that year on a Pacific island. Pyle recounted the conditions and details of Americans fighting in World War II. Today, Steven LaRocque — a director, playwright, and performer who served in the Navy for 29 years — becomes the correspondent in a one-hour performance that showcases excerpts of wartime front-page columns Pyle wrote. The show, called “Byline: Ernie Pyle. Reports from the Front in World War II by Ernie Pyle,” will take place on Friday at the Historic Takoma building on at 7328 Carroll Ave. There is a suggested donation of $5 per ticket. It will commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day, when 160,000 Allied troops landed along a 50-mile stretch of a fortified French coastline to fight Nazi Germany troops on the beaches of Normandy, France. More than 5,000 ships and 13,000 aircraft supported the inva-

IF YOU GO n What: “Byline: Ernie Pyle. Reports from the Front in World War II by Ernie Pyle” n When: Friday at 7:30 p.m.

sion. By the end of the day on June 6, the Allies gained control of Normandy. Nine thousand Allied soldiers were killed or wounded, but more than 100,000 soldiers began the march across Europe to defeat Adolf Hitler, according to the Army website. LaRocque lives in Bethesda and has been acting since his college years. He wrote his first script in 1976. He wrote, produced and researched “Byline: Ernie Pyle,” his one-man show. Pyle, he said, is one of those people “you just know about in the military.” “I was fascinated by the stories and the simple way that he describes everything, and I thought, ‘This would be good as a performance piece,’” LaRocque said. Even though the journalist never wrote a book, his writings were compiled in books such as “Ernie Pyle in England,” published in 1941, and “Brave Men,” published in 1944. LaRocque owns copies of Pyle’s

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Steve LaRocque is dressed in a World War II Navy uniform that reporters would have worn while covering the war. His show, “Byline: Ernie Pyle. Reports from the Front in World War II by Ernie Pyle,” will be in Takoma Park on Friday.

pineapple before going into battle at the invasion of Sicily. “They sat and talked about their fears [and] the anticipation. ... It was very eloquent. ... Some were mature. ... Others were almost children,” LaRocque said.

Touching the lives of Kenya’s orphans through art Landon School students in Bethesda paint portraits for HIV-positive children BY


A home for HIV-positive orphans in Kenya is a long way from the expansive campus of Landon School in Bethesda, but they were brought together this year through the vision of one of the private school’s graduating seniors. Ashton Duplessie, 17, of Bethesda spent almost a month last summer at Nyumbani Children’s Home in Nairobi, helping at the home and doing arts and crafts projects with the children. He was especially impressed by the home’s teenagers, all abandoned orphans, and all abandoned because they are HIV positive. “I went because I wanted to make an impact on another person’s life,” Duplessie said. “It was one of the best experiences of my life. I learned to be grateful, not to take anything for granted.” He also learned he had a heart for the young people at the home


“I believe that through art we can change lives and connect different sides of the world,” says Ashton Duplessie, a senior at Landon School in Bethesda. and wanted to do something more for them. When he got back to school in the fall, Duplessie, who said he loves to paint, came up with a plan for painting portraits of each of Nyumbani’s 13 students who would graduate from school this year. He said the students had few personal possessions and almost no childhood keepsakes, so the portraits would be

a special gift to them. “I believe that through art we can change lives and connect different sides of the world,” he said. He talked with some of his friends about his idea and proposed it to Walt Bartman, chairman of Landon’s art department who teaches painting. “When he proposed this to me and I saw his passion, I wanted to

Carol Epstein of Chevy Chase recently dedicated the Carol B. Epstein Kindergarten Classroom/Playground in honor of her grandchildren Connor Benjamin Root, 10, and Evan Nicole Passenger Root, 7, during the American Technion Society’s Pioneers for Progress mission to the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. The classroom and playground will be in the Technion’s Stanley Shalom Zielony Graduate Student Village in Haifa. Epstein, a retired lawyer and former president of the Cornell Club of Washington, helped build the society’s Washington, D.C., and has received many awards from the society.

Military personnel can get free tickets to the Quicken Loans National PGA golf tournament June 25-29 at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda. Starting Wednesday, the lead sponsor, partnering with Lockheed Martin of Bethesda, is offering first-come, first-served tickets to all Defense Department personnel, including Coast Guard, active duty, Reserve, retired, National Guard, dependents and civilians. The tickets are available within 150 miles of Washington at designated military ticket offices.

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work that he bought at a Rockville bookstore. He believes the play is a “very elegant” way to honor those who fought in World War II and show that their sacrifices were not forgotten. “I’ve been acting for 40 years and I have done all kinds of plays. ... [But] in a lot of cases, the show brings things back to them [the war veterans],” LaRocque said. A foot locker, a folding chair, a typewriter and 16 sound cues, such as sirens from heavy artillery and car noises, sets the scene for World War II. LaRocque said in the show, he is dressed in a World War II Navy uniform that reporters would have worn while covering the war. He uses a replica of Pyle’s Corona typewriter. He borrowed the typewriter from a woman who is a colonel in the Army Reserve. “So, I’ve been very careful [with it],” he said. His favorite scene is when soldiers are eating from a stolen can of

Several Montgomery County high schoolers were winners in this year’s Diverse Minds Youth Writing Challenge, in which they wrote and illustrated children’s books about tolerance and diversity. The winner was “Cake Kingdom,” written by Kayla Trinh of Clarksburg High School and illustrated by David Ng of Damascus High School. They will share a $5,000 college scholarship and their book has been published. Also, their schools will each receive a $500 grant. Second place, and a $2,000 scholarship, went to Rachel Bird of Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda, who wrote and illustrated “Our Different Families.” Third place went to Laura Carty and Lauren Remaly of BethesdaChevy Chase High School in Bethesda, who wrote and illustrated “Francine’s Happy Accident”; they will share a $1,000 scholarship. One of the judges this year was DeRionne P. Pollard, president of Montgomery College. The contest is sponsored by B’nai B’rith International and Pepco.

support him,” Bartman said. “I targeted the best artists in the school for the project.” Working from photographs during lunch and after school, the boys completed the portraits in May, in time to send them to Kenya with Mary Lloyd Zaiser of Rockville, founder of Kenya Educational Service Trips, the organization through which Duplessie went to Kenya. She is to present the paintings to the students on Sunday. “I can’t imagine how these young people are going to feel to have an oil painting portrait,” Zaiser said. “Our teenagers have so much of everything and this gift is irreplaceable. It will be cherished.” When Zaiser met the Landon students, she showed them a video about the orphanage made by some of the children living there. It showed the difficulty of living with prejudice against people who are HIV positive, but it also showed a place full of love, Bartman said. “It was great for our kids to see that,” he said. “It helps them understand what it’s like to live in another person’s shoes. The lessons our boys learned were huge.”

Montgomery County is seeking applicants for the Domestic Violence Coordinating Council and the Board of Social Services. Board members are eligible for reimbursement for costs on travel and dependent care to attend meetings, but are not allowed to serve more than one group at a time. The deadline to apply is June 13. All applicants are encouraged to send a brief cover letter and resume to County Executive Isiah Leggett, 101 Monroe St., second floor, Rockville, or by email to countyexecutive. Vacancy announcements for board, committees, and commissions can be found at


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.

Carjacking • On May 20 at 11:45 p.m. in the 11600 block of Nebel Street, North Bethesda. Unsuccessful attempt. Sexual Assault • On May 7 at 3:30 p.m. in the 11800 block of Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda. The subject is known to the victim. • On May 14 at 10:10 p.m. in the 4700 block of Creek Shore Drive, North Bethesda. The subject is known to the victim. Commercial Burglary • On May 13 or 14 at Safelight Auto Glass, 7841 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda. No forced entry, took property. • On May 16 at 2:30 a.m. at Frame Avenue, 4919 Cordell Ave., Bethesda. Attempted forced entry, took nothing. Residential Burglary • 9500 block of East Bexhill Road, Kensington, at 9:22 a.m. May 14. Attempted forced entry, took nothing. • 5000 block of Brookdale Road, Bethesda, between 6:45 and 11:35 a.m. May 15. Forced entry, took property. • 10200 block of Fleming Avenue, Bethesda, between 3 and 7 p.m. May 16. Forced entry, took property. • 7600 block of Curtis Street, Chevy Chase, at 10:20 p.m. May 17. No forced entry, took property. • 5000 block of Park Place, Bethesda, between 1:30 and 2:40 p.m. May 19. No forced entry, took property. Theft • Between May 16 and 19 in the 11800 block of Rockville Pike, Rockville. Took property from a building under construction.

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June is CaribbeanAmerican Heritage Month BY GAZETTE STAFF

Montgomery County will kick off Caribbean American Heritage Month with a celebration from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Silver Spring Civic Building, 1 Veterans Place. This year’s theme is “Caribbean Americans United for Economic Empowerment — Supporting Job Creation and Small Business.” The keynote speaker will be DeVance Walker, acting chief of the Division of Business Empowerment in the Montgomery County Department of Economic Development. The evening will include a reception with Caribbeanthemed music and food. The sixth annual Aspen Hill Caribbean American Heritage Celebration will be held from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Aspen Hill Library, 4407 Aspen Hill Road. The celebration will feature live steel pan music, dancing, a children’s storyteller, crafts and other activities. The free event is sponsored by the Friends of the Library, Aspen Hill Chapter, in cooperation with the Caribbean-American Chamber of Commerce, Greater Washington Area Network. For more information, call 301-871-1113 or email For more information about Caribbean Heritage Month events, contact Daniel Koroma, African and Caribbean community liaison in the county’s Office of Community Partnerships, at 240-777-2584.




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State mulling Bethesda intersection redesign ELIZABETH WAIBEL



A winding portion of Woodmont Avenue north of downtown Bethesda could get redesigned in hopes of making the area safer for both drivers and pedestrians. David Buck, a spokesman for the State Highway Administration, said cars are traveling too fast on Woodmont Avenue, which splits off ahead of a traffic signal and curves south from Wisconsin Avenue. That makes the area dangerous for people walking through it or trying to cross the street. Plans are in the early stages, Buck said, but the goal is to make the bends in the road less severe. As it is, drivers tend to speed around the curves as they travel away from Wiscon-

sin Avenue, sometimes bumping into the curb or island in between the two roads. “It’s very difficult for pedestrians to cross right there right now,” Buck said. More detailed plans are expected to be ready this fall, and construction could start sometime in 2015. Straightening out the road will mean slimming down the small island where the “Welcome to Bethesda” sign is, Buck said. News website Bethesda Now reported that reconfiguring the intersection will probably mean removing the sign. Buck said SHA is working with Bethesda officials to find a new place for the sign. “We’re discussing what we can possibly do to relocate that or come up with some answer to that,” he said. The work is one of a flurry of roadwork projects along Wisconsin Avenue in Bethesda designed to deal with an influx of commuters at the nearby Wal-


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The following students graduated May 11 from the University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn.: • Walker Edward Truluck of Bethesda, son of Ann B. Wrobleski and Phil N. Truluck, earned a bachelor’s in political science. • Mallory Graham MacRostie of Bethesda, daughter of Holly Dowden and William G. MacRostie and of Carol O. Blitzer, earned a bachelor’s in French studies with honors

and a bachelor’s in psychology with honors. She also received the Linda Wheat Grant for study in France and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa academic honor society. • Tucker McHugh Brown of Chevy Chase, son of Katharine Carter Weatherman and Jeremy E. Brown, earned a bachelor’s in economics, magna cum laude. • Anna Maryam Alikhani of Kensington, daughter of Angela D. Mickalide and Ali Alikhani, earned a bachelor’s in political science with honors, cum laude. The following students were named to the Easter term dean’s list at the University of the South: • Andrew Shepard Thorson of Bethesda, son of Michael R. Thorson and Jennifer N. Martin. • Erin Marie Smolskis of Kensington, daughter of Mary and Joseph W. Smolskis. To make the list, students must earn a minimum grade point average of 3.625.

St. Vincent graudate Erika Anstead of Potomac graduated May 10 from St. Vincent College in Latrobe, Pa., with a bachelor’s in biology. She was a member of Alpha Phi Omega, Alpha Lambda Delta, Tri-Beta and the equestrian team and president of the swing dance club. Anstead was a 2010 graduate of Academy of the Holy Cross High School in Kensington.

UNC honors The following students from Chevy Chase were named to spring semester chancellor’s or dean’s lists at the University of North Carolina, Asheville: • Susannah Rose Lyon, chancellor’s list. • Margot Elise Sanne, dean’s list. Students on the chancellor’s list have a 4.0 grade-point average. Those on the dean’s list have a grade-point average of 3.50 to 3.99.

Merit Scholarships The following students won college-sponsored National Merit Scholarships of $500 to $2,000 annually for up to four years. From Bethesda: • Carson E. Lystad of Walt Whitman High School in

Bethesda, Vanderbilt University, undecided career field. • Ethan P. Steinberg of Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School in Rockville, Unversity of Chicago, biotechnology. • Benjamin B. Talisman of Walt Whitman, Washington University in St. Louis, undecided. From Potomac: • Rachel S. Casper of Winston Churchill High School in Potomac, University of Rochester, political science. • Justin Ku of Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville, University of Southern California, medicine. The following students from Bethesda and Potomac high schools were awarded $2,500 National Merit Scholarships financed by the National Merit Scholarship Corp. The recipients and their intended fields of study: • Winston Churchill High School, Potomac: Bryan B. Ho, biochemistry; Hope H. Kean, neurosurgery; Daniel D. Liu, molecular biology; Isaac S. Weinberg, psychology; and Katie Y. Zhao, public health. • Walter Johnson High School, Bethesda: Nicholas J. Lokker, economics; Michael J. Spak, economics; and Elizabeth M. Winter, journalism. • Walt Whitman High School, Bethesda: Henry T. Doran, undecided; Moses L. Hetfield, education; and Jessica C. Levy, law. •Other winners from Bethesda: Matthew J. Katzman, Sidwell Friends School, Washington, D.C., mathematics; Tyler O. Jones, Gonzaga College High School, Washington, electrical engineering; and James F. Catterall, Field School, Washington, mathematics. • From North Bethesda: Jared Duker Lichtman, Montgomery Blair High School, Silver Spring, academia. • From Potomac: Steven L. Berger, Thomas S. Wootton High School, Rockville, medicine; Savannah Du, Richard Montgomery High School, Rockville, applied mathematics; and Aaron Matthew Hwang, Montgomery High, screenwriting/directing. — STAFF REPORTS

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Yuriko Watanabe, 11, of Bethesda holds up a fish she caught during a kids fishing event Saturday at Little Seneca Lake at Black Hill Regional Park in Boyds. Children learned how to bait a hook with worms, put out the line and reel in fish. They also learned about the types of fish that live in the lake, what they eat and how to catch them. Prizes were awarded for biggest, smallest and most fish caught. Yuriko hooked the most fish, 10, and won a fishing rod and tackle box. Montgomery Parks will host another kids fishing day June 14 at Lake Needwood. 1909441

Bethesda, Potomac lawyers named to federal bench BY GAZETTE STAFF

George J. Hazel of North Potomac and Theodore D. Chuang of Bethesda were confirmed by the U.S. Senate to fill vacancies on the U.S. District Court in Greenbelt. Hazel, chief deputy state’s attorney for Baltimore city, succeeds Judge Alexander Williams, who retired in May 2013. Previously, he was an assistant U.S. attorney and in private practice

at Weil, Gotshal & Manges. Hazel holds a bachelor’s degree from Morehouse College and a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center. Chuang, the son of immigrants from Taiwan, is deputy general counsel with the Department of Homeland Security. He will succeed Judge Roger Titus, who is taking senior status in the court. Previously, he was chief investigative counsel for House committees on Energy

and Commerce, and on Oversight and Government Reform; and an assistant U.S. attorney, with two years in the Civil Rights Division. Chuang received his bachelor’s and law degrees from Harvard University. Also, President Obama has nominated Pamela A. Harris of Potomac to fill a vacancy on the Fourth Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals, which covers Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia.

Harris is a visiting professor at the Georgetown University Law Center and a senior adviser to its Supreme Court Institute. She previously was the principal deputy assistant attorney general of the Office of Legal Policy in the Justice Department. A graduate of Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda, she holds bachelor’s and law degrees from Yale. She also worked for Shea & Gardner and O’Melveny & Myers.

County seeks users for closed parks buildings BY GAZETTE STAFF

Montgomery County wants to lease buildings in seven parks that were closed in 2011 because they were underused. The seven buildings included in the request for proposals will be leased for five years. Proposals are due June 23. They will be evaluated on several criteria, including the proposed use and overall ap-


proach to the adaptive reuse of the buildings, such as compatibility with the community and park, and overall public benefit. The buildings are mostly in single-family zones, so impact on traffic, parking and noise will be significant factors in evaluating the proposals, according to a county news release. The proposals cannot involve alcohol sales. The buildings are in the following local parks: Ken-Gar

Palisades in Kensington; Maplewood-Alta Vista in Bethesda; North Chevy Chase; Stoneybrook in Wheaton; Nolte in Silver Spring; Colesville; and Owens in Beallsville. The Ken-Gar and Nolte buildings were vacated last year after being used briefly as child care centers. More information is at pableases.



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A man was in serious condition after being struck by a slowmoving train at the Bethesda Metro station Tuesday afternoon. Montgomery County police responded to the call at about 5 p.m., said spokeswoman Blanca Kling. The man, whom police did not identify, was walking along the platform when he

fell onto the tracks and was hit. He was taken to a nearby hospital with life-threatening injuries, according to Pete Piringer, a spokesman with the county’s fire and rescue service. The Washington Metro Area Transit Authority advised commuters to expect delays. The Bethesda station, at 7450 Wisconsin Ave., was temporarily shut down, but had reopened by 6 p.m. to singletracking trains, according to WMATA.

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$1M investment helps bring IT firm to Bethesda The state has lured an infromation technology company to Bethesda with help from a $1 million investment from its Maryland Venture Fund. Salsa Labs — which provides software with which nonprofits connect with donors and activists — plans to move from its headquarters in Washington, D.C., and offices in Virginia, according to a news release from the

Department of Business and Economic Development. The company has about 50 employees and is scouting locations in Bethesda. Edison Ventures led the $5 million investment round. “We are proud to make the largest-ever Maryland Venture Fund investment in Salsa as they bring their cutting-edge technology and exciting growth to Maryland,” DBED Secretary Dominick Murray said in the release. More than 2,000 organizations use Salsa technology software to help raise more

than $280 million. Clients include Aid for Africa and Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids.

UberOffices opens in downtown Bethesda Startups, entrepreneurs and freelancers now can rent space in a new “co-working” office in downtown Bethesda. UberOffices, which has locations in Washington and Northern Virginia, on Thursday opened its first Maryland office at 7315 Wisconsin Ave., Suite 400, in the old Air Rights

building. The location offers facilities from a single desk and mid-sized offices to corner suites, all fully furnished, according to a Montgomery County news release. Tenants also have access to shared amenities such as conference rooms, private call rooms and ultra-high-speed Internet. Monthly prices range from $75 for a virtual office and $300 for an open desk to $4,250 for a 10-person office. More information is at

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State Sen. Richard S. Madaleno Jr. has a long history of political activism, one he hopes will continue with his re-election this year. “My mother put me in front of a polling place when I was 7 to give out literature for a candidate she supported,” he said. “I was fascinated from then on.” Madaleno, 48 of Kensington, first needs to win the June 24 Democratic primary. He represents District 18, which also includes Garrett Park, Chevy Chase, Wheaton and parts of Rockville and Silver Spring. He was first elected to the Senate in 2006, after one term in the House. Being a legislator is his occupation, he said. “It is a great opportunity to work on issues from the inside,”

Madaleno said. The issues most important to him and those he considers most important Madaleno to his constituents are education; quality of life, which includes issues around development and congestion; infrastructure, which encompasses roads, public transit, water and power; and fiscal policy. Madaleno has been a member of the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee since 2007. “We need to make sure we have the best education system in the state of Maryland, one that prepares students for 21stcentury jobs,” Madaleno said. “As chair of the education subcommittee, I have the opportunity to work to make sure our schools are delivering — to all kids in the state. There is a cost to Montgomery County if students in Baltimore city are not educated.” That cost, he said, includes remedial education or higher welfare costs for people not prepared to work. Madaleno, who is openly gay, said he is proud to have led the effort to pass Maryland’s same-sex marriage law in 2012.

He is married and has two children, 10 and 7. He said he is looking forward to serving another term, as he thinks he is positioned for advancement within the Senate, which is important for his district and the county. “We’ve had a tremendous amount of turnover in the Senate delegation in the last two cycles,” he said. “If I’m elected, I’ll be the senior senator from Montgomery County. Seniority is very important.” He said the campaign is going well. He attends events and knocks on doors. “I’m campaigning very hard,” he said. “Someone told me the only way to campaign is to campaign from behind.” He is running against Dana Beyer of Chevy Chase in the Democratic primary. There are no Republican candidates seeking the office. Madaleno was born in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., but his family moved to Montgomery County when he was 3. He attended Montgomery County Public Schools until high school, when he transferred to Georgetown Preparatory School in North Bethesda. He has a bachelor’s in history and Soviet studies, and a master’s in public administration from Syracuse University.




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After navigating Montgomery County through some of the leanest economic times in recent history, Isiah Leggett is looking for a chance to lead the county as the economy improves. As the county’s fiscal 2015 budget took shape, Leggett spoke often about the need to be cautious and not move too quickly back toward spending levels before the Great Recession that rocked the nation’s economy in 2007-09. He touts the achievements he says the county made during


the difficult economic times that consumed much of his eight years in office, and says he wants another term to finish

what he started. Leggett is seeking a third term as county executive in the June 24 Democratic primary against former County Executive Douglas M. Duncan and Councilman Philip M. Andrews (Dist. 3) of Gaithersburg. The winner will face Republican Jim Shalleck of Montgomery Village in the Nov. 4 general election. Early voting for the primary runs June 12-19 at nine sites

around the county. Leggett points to success in areas ranging from securing more state transportation money and providing funds to start closing the achievement gap between students at high- and low-income schools, to preserving more than 12,000 affordable housing units, training more than 2,000 child-care providers per year and helping bring a Costco to Wheaton to help revitalize the area. Financial stewardship will be a key issue going forward, Leggett said. Some questions remain about the national economy, and the state budget, and the next executive will have to ensure the county’s financial footing is sustainable, he said. The Montgomery execu-

tive holds a unique place in the state, by virtue of the size of the county’s population — which is nearly 1 million, Maryland’s highest — and $5 billion budget, Leggett said. The county often leads the way on a wide variety of issues, he said, such as recycling, water quality, raising the minimum wage, campaign finance reform and a ban on indoor smoking. It’s a position Leggett is comfortable with. He’s president of the National Association of County Executives of America and the incoming president of the Maryland Association of Counties. Leggett previously was head of the state Democratic Party from 2002 through 2004, after serving on the Montgomery County Council from 1986 to

2002. Public service has long been part of his life. As a boy growing up in the Deep South under Jim Crow, he had a strong desire to be in the military because it was one of the few places where blacks were treated equally and with respect, he said. Growing up at the height of the civil rights movement, Leggett balanced his ROTC responsibilities with boycotts, sitins and other protests against discrimination. He served in Vietnam as an Army captain, earning the Bronze Star, among other awards. As a student, he met the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. twice — once at a black teachers conference in Louisiana and again at a

summer retreat in North Carolina. Although both times there were many other people in the room, it seemed as though King were talking only to him, Leggett said. He later served as a White House fellow, getting the chance to attend Cabinet meetings, a surreal experience for a poor kid from Louisiana who was one of 13 children, he said. Now, Leggett would like to use all of those experiences and those he’s accumulated during the past eight years to help resolve many of the initiatives he began as executive. “I want to see those things through and completed,” he said.

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Dana Beyer believes the rich are getting richer and the middle class is shrinking. That’s one reason she is running for the state Senate, hoping to bring a progressive voice to the General Assembly. “The major issue for residents of my district is economic justice. We want to do what is right, but capitalism moves towards inequality,” Beyer said. “The only way to stop that is to

have serious government intervention.” That intervention would focus more on those who have less, to Beyer bolster the middle class, Beyer said. “Education is tied to this,” she said. “So I’m pushing for universal pre-K. You can’t improve people’s social lives if you do not improve their economic lives.” Beyer lives in Chevy Chase in District 18, which also includes

Kensington, Garrett Park, Wheaton and parts of Silver Spring and Wheaton. She is challenging the incumbent, Richard S. Madaleno Jr. of Kensington, in the Democratic primary. She said Madeleno, a member of the Budget and Taxation Committee, does not use his position to benefit Montgomery County. “Montgomery County is [considered] an ATM for the state,” Beyer said. “Madeleno runs that ATM and Montgomery County gets back the least number of dollars [of] all the state’s major counties. It’s time Montgomery County gets its fair share because our streets are not

paved with gold.” Beyer, 62, is a retired eye surgeon who is now executive director of Gender Rights Maryland, a nonprofit. She also writes a weekly column for The Huffington Post on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues. She is a transgender woman who thinks Maryland needs more women in the Senate. As a doctor and scientist, Beyer said, she can bring a professional voice to discussions of pollution, the environment, health and nutrition. “In times of obvious global warming, you need a diversity of opinion,” she said. Beyer grew up in New York

and moved to the Washington area for a medical internship. She left to do her surgical residency, then returned to Montgomery County to raise her family, where the schools are good, she said. She has two sons, ages 29 and 26. She said raising two healthy young men is among the greatest satisfactions of her life, along with doing what she had to do in spite of the odds against her. Beyer has never held political office, but was senior adviser to then-Montgomery County Councilwoman Duchy Trachtenberg from 2006 to 2010. During that time, she said, her greatest achievement was work-

ing to pass a bill banning the use of trans fats in prepared foods in the county. “I think we can do a lot here in Maryland to make this a more progressive world,” she said. She ran unsuccessfully for the state House in 2006 and 2010. “My role model is Senator Jamie Raskin,” Beyer said. “He drops about 40 pieces of progressive legislation each year. He is known as a liberal champion.” The primary election is June 24 and the general election is Nov. 4.

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Parents continued a call for more healthful food in their children’s school cafeterias at the Montgomery County Board of Education’s Tuesday meeting. One of several parents who provided their testimony, Lindsey Parsons, co-director of Real Food for Kids — Montgomery, presented a petition to the school board with about 2,000 signatures listing the organization’s “top ten” concerns. The petition’s requests include more scratch-cooked foods, unlimited fruits and vegetables, the removal of chemical additives, an upper-limit for sugar content and easier access to water, among others. Parsons said the goals have already been achieved in other school districts.

“What it takes is creativity, energy and modeling the best practices from elsewhere,” she said. Parsons said the signatures included 809 from parents, 203 from students and 43 from physicians. Soon after the organization put out the petition in March, members of the Montgomery County Council and school system officials met to discuss the organization’s concerns. Other parents at the school board’s Tuesday meeting also urged the board members to add more healthy options to cafeteria menus. Patrick Egan said that the garden salad and bonein chicken at their first-grade daughter’s school are the only meal items he and his wife consider healthful enough to allow their daughter to eat. “At present, MCPS does not allow a child to make a healthy choice on four days out of five,” he said. “We ask that MCPS give

her the option of making the right choice every day.” Ashia Mann said she allows her daughter to buy a school lunch once a year. Her daughter said the school food “tastes like going to the fair,” she said. Mann, who said she wanted to see more healthful options, challenged the school board

members to eat with county students for one week to experience the food and “see how it feels to eat at the fair twice a day.” Marla Caplon, the school system’s director of food and nutrition services, addressed the concerns voiced by the parents and in the petition. While the school system al-

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Continued from Page A-1 and their enthusiasm only grew, especially as the artists mentioned the school by name, said Rockville High Principal BillieJean Bensen. “It just kept getting bigger and bigger,” she said. Rockville High’s graduation ceremony is one among many in Montgomery County Public Schools’ round of 2014 graduations — which started May 23 and go through June 12 — featuring prominent speakers to help send off the graduates. The speakers so far have offered their personal stories and advice to members of the county school system’s graduating class consisting of more then 11,000 students. “People don’t achieve by luck,” Leipsner said in his speech. “They achieve by passion, dedication, pride, transparency, failure, respect, fun and especially hard work.” At Walter Johnson High School’s ceremony on Friday, Dr. Francis Collins — director of the National Institutes of Health — encouraged the students to investigate the scientific world as well as consider God and life’s profound questions “with a longing heart and a restless mind and a listening soul.” He concluded his address singing a parody of Frank Sinatra’s “My Way,” opening with the line “I came, I rode the bus, defaced my books, ignored di-


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Continued from Page A-1 with two in Gaithersburg, including one in Kentlands, plus others in Rockville and Potomac Village. And the business stayed in the family, with the third generation now playing an active role. Ryan Allnutt, Williams’ grandson and a manager of the


Violeta Tivar of Rockville adjusts the cap of her daughter Altagracia Parra Tovar before Friday’s graduation ceremony for Walter Johnson High School of Bethesda at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington.

Blair — recently met with a group of students in anticipation of his speech to talk about their senior class, their time at Blair and what they planned to do in the future. Perez wanted to hear from the students about their best high school experiences, Johnson said. “They talked about learning with others, learning with students from all cultures and feeling like you can be included in an group,” she said. Other county seniors selected speakers they know more closely. James Koutsos, principal at Clarksburg High School, said that students have chosen a teacher as their commencement speaker each year he’s been at the school. “I think in this instance the class of 2014 by and large connected most with Ms. [Yaseman] Mirmozaffari when she taught them in their 11th grade year,” he said. Mirmozaffari, who will speak at the school’s June 6 ceremony, holds high expectations for her students and offers her support to help them reach those expectations, Koutsos said. Speakers in the past, he said, have delivered their speeches with the main goal of being relevant to the students and speaking about things they understand and know well. “And I know Yaseman will do the same,” he said.

rections,” and ending with “Oh WJ, today’s your day, go do it your way.” Walter Johnson Principal Jennifer Baker described Collins as “an integral part of this community” who serves as the leader of the agency in which Bethesda-area adults work and students intern. Per the usual process at Wal-

ter Johnson, students selected Collins as their commencement speaker. “They were pretty excited about [Collins],” Baker said the day before the school’s ceremony. “They thought he might be too busy to speak at graduation.” Gov. Martin O’Malley spoke to the graduates of BethesdaChevy Chase High School on

May 29 and called them to “be part of the solution.” He shared a story from when he was mayor of Baltimore and observed firefighters involved in a search to find a boy who had disappeared underwater. Sometimes the greatest thing the students will be able to do, he said, is to plunge into a dark situation to do good.

“Be present, authentic and brave for you possess an awesome power,” O’Malley told the senior class. U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez is scheduled to give the commencement address at Montgomery Blair High School’s ceremony on June 10. Blair Principal Renay Johnson said Perez — a parent at

240-777-7803. Also, the town of Chevy Chase’s Purple Line Mitigation Advisory Group was scheduled Tuesday to discuss a new design for a pedestrian underpass to link the Capital Crescent Trail to the town near Lynn Drive. That meeting was held after The Ga-

zette went to press. The town has asked for several years for a grade-separated crossing near Lynn Drive, where some students walk to BethesdaChevy Chase High School. Paulette Austrich, a spokeswoman for the Maryland Transit Administration, confirmed that

agency representatives would present a new design at the meeting. Reading from a statement, she said the new design option “would allow a grade-separated connection to the town from the town’s current Lynn Drive trail access.” The county asked the agency to develop a new design

concept for the trail connection proposed by the town’s advisory group, she said. Austrich said she could not provide any information about what changes had been made to the crossing design by press time or arrange an interview with one of the plan presenters. The Ga-

zette reached out directly to one of the representatives scheduled to be at the meeting, but he said he could not participate in an interview unless it was arranged through the press office. More coverage of the Purple Line is at purpleline.

Bethesda store, said the best part of his job is getting to continue his grandfather’s legacy. “I feel like [working here] is a good way to keep my grandfather’s dream alive,” Allnutt said. “He came into this business 50 years ago and he wanted to make something of his name. I feel like it’s an honor to keep it going as long as we can. That’s the drive I have, to see Colonial as a whole thrive.” Allnutt said he was young

when his grandfather died, but customers still come in who remember him. “We get a lot of customers that he helped get them through tough times,” he said. His grandfather specialized in low-vision problems. “To take someone who can’t see, and give them hope and help them navigate through vision loss — it’s kind of inspiring in a way,” Allnutt said. It wasn’t always easy, Wil-

liams said. There was the arson in the Bethesda store in 1976. “It was a disaster,” she said. The business had little insurance on the store. The bathroom was destroyed and the toilet melted, she said. By this time, the family had already opened the Rockville store, so inventory and equipment were shifted there until the Bethesda store was restored. Allnutt’s mother, Debby

Allnutt, said customer service is the key to success. “We’ve built our reputation on quality and service, and that’s why we have third-generation customers,” she said. Her son agreed. When people come through the door, they are not numbers, trays or jobs: They are part of our family, he said. Despite new vision technologies, the personal, hands-on touch is still the best, all three

said. “All of our measurements are done by hand, and there could be errors in the electronic measurements,” Ryan Allnutt said. “You’re going to have less chance of error by the way we do it. Generally speaking, we have to keep pushing through tough times to keep this business growing more.” Today, Williams’ three children work in the stores, with a daughter-in-law working at the Kentlands location. “It’s great to work with [family],” Ryan Allnutt said. “I think we have a deeper connection than a company that’s not family oriented.”


Continued from Page A-1 and make crafts with clay, draw with pastels, make mouse ears or construct a Chinese lantern. This is the 20th year for both the Imagination Bethesda and Bethesda Urban Partnership, which organizes the festival. “This event has been going on as long as Bethesda Urban Partnership has been here ...,” said Brenna O’Malley, marketing and communications manager for the partnership. “It really helps promote the arts.” More than 20 area groups and businesses are running booths with hands-on activities for children. O’Malley said about 20,000 people typically attend. Some activities, such as planting a flower in a pot or learning about electrical circuits, are more structured. Others offer free-form fun, such as the sidewalk chalk the partnership has put out in years past. “We put out a whole bunch of chalk and let them go to town,” O’Malley said. Imagination Bethesda runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday along Auburn and Norfolk avenues. For more information, visit

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Feeley, Laser

Cabañas, Werden

E. Arthur and Debra Laser-Robinson of Rockville announce the engagement of their son, Alexander Laser, to Erin Feeley, daughter of Richard and Susan Feeley of Harmony, Rhode Island. The prospective groom graduated from Rockville High School in 2005. He received a bachelor’s degree in English, summa cum laude, from George Washington University in 2009 and a master’s degree in secondary education from George Washington in 2010. He works as an English teacher at Eastern High School in Washington, D.C. The bride-to-be graduated from Ponaganset High Schoolin Glocester, Rhode Island, in 2005. She received a bachelor’s degree in applied science and technology, cum laude, from George Washington University in 2009. She is currently earning an MBA from The Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. She works as a senior consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton in Washington, D.C. The wedding will take place in the summer of 2014 at Roger Williams Park in Providence, Rhode Island.

Ludy and Tony Cabañas of Silver Spring announce the engagement of their daughter, Zarah Cabañas, to Matthew Werden, son of Todd Werden of Sandy Hook, Connecticut, and Sandy Weinberg of Danbury, Connecticut. The bride-to-be, a product of Rock Creek Forest Elementary School, Center for the Highly Gifted at Kensington-Parkwood, Eastern Middle School and Blair Humanities and Communication Arts Program, graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts with a bachelor’s degree in film and television production. She is a freelance video designer and director based in New York. The prospective groom attended Berklee College of Music with a bachelor’s degree in music production and engineering. Currently, he is associate recorded sound designer and chief engineer at Blue Man Group in New York. The wedding is planned in August 2014 in Big Indian, New York.

Safe Sitter, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Suburban Hospital Lambert Building, Second Floor, 8710 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda. A comprehensive training course designed to teach 11- to 13-year-olds babysitting essentials. Course includes tactics in handling emergencies basic first aid and child-care skills. Registration required. If you are interested in becoming a Safe Sitter instructor, call 301-896-2999. $95. www.suburbanhospital. org.

TUESDAY, JUNE 10 11th Annual Men’s Health Symposium: Treating the Whole Man, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Suburban Hospital, 8600 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda. More than 50 percent of men die prematurely in this country due to preventable but chronic medical conditions. Research has

demonstrated that urological conditions such as erectile dysfunction and low testosterone can be an important overall health marker. Dr. Kevin Billups, urologist and Director of the Integrative Men’s Health Program at the Johns Hopkins Brady Urological Institute, will address the link that sexual health concerns can have on larger health risks including heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes. Women welcome to attend. Light refreshments. Registration required. Free.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 11 Blood drive, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Suburban Hospital, 8600 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda. Each blood donation can help save up to three lives. Join Suburban Hospital for the next American Red Cross Blood Drive

Tara Lynn Ramsey and Andrew Rosenblum will be married on June 8, 2014, in Cleveland, Ohio. Timothy Greathouse will officiate at the College Club of Cleveland. The bride-to-be, 25, is a freelance violinist and violin teacher based in Cleveland. She graduated summa cum laude from Northwestern University and holds a master’s degree in violin performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music. She is the daughter of Gerald and Vivian Ramsey of Cedar Falls, Iowa. Her father is a band director in the Cedar Falls Community School District, and her mother is a teacher with the Iowa Braille School. The prospective groom, 28, will be employed by the Cleveland Institute of Music as a collaborative pianist beginning in the fall. He graduated with a BFA in piano performance from the California Institute of the Arts and holds a master’s degree in collaborative piano and harpsichord performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music. He is the son of Bruce and Lori Laitman Rosenblum of Potomac. His father is a managing director at The Carlyle Group, and his mother is a composer.



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SATURDAY, JUNE 15 Tools for Maximizing Quality of Life: A Free Retreat for Women with Metastatic Breast Cancer or Ovarian Cancer and their Caregivers, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at National 4-H Youth Conference Center, 7100 Connecticut Ave., Chevy Chase. Featured speaker, Colette Magnant, M.D., will begin our afternoon with an inspirational discussion about survivorship. Lunch will be served and participants will attend two workshops designed to improve the quality of life of patients and caregivers. For more information and to register, please contact Pam Goetz at pgoetz4@jhmi. edu or 202-243-2320. Free.

ONGOING Agape African Methodist Episcopal Church, 7700 Brink Road, Gaithersburg, conducts Sunday morning worship service at 11 a.m. Sunday School is at 10 a.m. Communion celebration on first Sundays, men leading worship on second Sundays, youth leading worship on third Sundays. “You’ll Get Through This” Bible Study from 7-8 p.m. Wednesdays. 301-924-8640; 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. 301365-5733, Hughes United Methodist Church, 10700 Georiga Ave., Wheaton, offers an informal Sunday morning worship service at 9 a.m., followed by a traditional worship service at 10:30 a.m. Child care is available from 9 a.m. to noon. Hospitality time is at 9:45 a.m. in the Garden Entrance. El Buen Samaritano offers a Spanish service at Noon. Communion is Celebrated the first Sunday of the month. For more information, call 301-9498383. Visit www.HughesUMC. org. Kemptown United Methodist Church, 3716 Kemptown Church Road, Monrovia, conducts a contemporary service at 8 a.m. followed by a traditional service at 9:30 a.m. Sunday mornings, with children’s Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. and adult

Sunday school at 11 a.m. For more information, call 301-2531768. Visit www.kemptownumc. org. Liberty Grove United Methodist Church, 15225 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville, conducts Sunday morning worship services at 8:30, 9:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday school, nursery through adult, is at 9:30 a.m. 301-4219166. For a schedule of events, visit www.libertygrovechurch. org. Moms In Prayer Group, times and locations vary, email for information, occurs every first and third Friday through June 6. Free. “MOPS,” a faith-based support group for mothers of children, birth through kindergarten, meets from 9-11:30 a.m. the first and third Wednesdays of the month at the Frederick Church of the Brethren, 201 Fairview Drive, Frederick. Child care is provided. For more information call 301662-1819. Email

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Gansler, Hogan for governor

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

Democratic primary Gov. Martin O’Malley has left Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown with a legacy that could be the foundation of any campaign in True Blue Maryland: death penalty repeal, same-sex marriage, minimum wage increase. Unfortunately, the O’Malley legacy also includes the increase or creation of so many taxes that even the state’s left-leaning have to take notice. The perception of Maryland has become that it isn’t a place where businesses can grow and add jobs; instead, it seems to be a place where the state government will pass and increase taxes with impunity. The administration will argue that the perception discounts a number of positives about doing business in the Free State. We agree that Maryland is a great place to live and work, but when an outsider sees increases in income, corporate, gas, “flush” and sales taxes as well as the creation of the “rain tax” and the “millionaire’s tax,” the perception has a lot to support it. Brown says he wants to create a comprehensive tax commission to look at Maryland levies. Yet, in our interview with him, he refused to share his opinion on any of the tax increases that occurred during O’Malley’s tenure. The perception is Brown doesn’t think the state needs to make major tax cuts anytime soon. This election was Brown’s to lose. With the taxes — and the fiasco surrounding the state’s health care website that he was tasked with overseeing — we believe he has. Of the other candidates, Del. Heather Mizeur told us she doesn’t want to change any of the state’s taxes, save an income tax increase on the remaining millionaires to provide some modest tax relief to individuals at the other end of the income spectrum. She’s also quick to legalize marijuana, despite Maryland’s opportunity to wait and learn from other states already testing the waters. Attorney General Douglas Gansler calls for a cut in the corporate income tax. He would phase it in, which would protect the revenue that supports important programs while giving businesses an incentive to take advantage of tax savings to grow. He’s also the only Democrat looking critically at state spending, listing $1.5 billion in potential savings. We think Gansler will be a better manager of public funds, and therefore earns The Gazette’s endorsement. Gansler has always been known to speak his mind, and his tongue has gotten him into trouble from time to time. So what? It’s refreshing to have a politician whose speeches haven’t been predigested by a focus group. He also took some heat for pictures of him stopping by a teenage party where underage drinking was suspected. We can debate the parenting decisions of the candidates, but it’s more important to focus on the best decisions being made for the state when selecting a governor. Gansler represents a better choice for Maryland Democrats.

Republican primary The Republican Party is offering four candidates — Harford County Executive David Craig, Del. Ronald George, Change Maryland founder Larry Hogan and Charles County businessman Charles Lollar — who are all hammering the same theme of cutting taxes. They barely mention social issues — abortion, gun control, gay rights — that seem locked up in the state. It’s a good strategy. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., the last Republican to lead the state, was pro-choice and favored gun control. Those kinds of Republicans are few and far between, even in Maryland, so it makes sense the candidates are doing their best not to mention social issues. Of the four, we think three stand out particularly. Lollar shows great enthusiasm and an ability to fire up supporters. Hogan has built a strong organization that can challenge the Democrats in November. And Craig has years of service as a teacher and in elected positions at the city, county and state levels. In his tax plan, Craig calls for the elimination of personal income taxes entirely. It’s bold, but we don’t think it’s possible. Hogan, on the other hand, wants to find spending cuts and reduce taxes gradually. We think that approach is more reasonable. For that reason, we favor Hogan and give him The Gazette endorsement. Hogan was part of the inner workings of state government, as Ehrlich’s appointments secretary. From that vantage, he has experience on how to run a state government. Maryland voters can hope he learned a few lessons on how not to run a state government, too. As a Republican governor with a Democratic legislature, Ehrlich spent so much time picking political fights with the opposition that he never got around to governing the state. During his four years in office, Ehrlich vetoed a number of bills, and the General Assembly overturned many of his vetoes. We can hope that a Republican in charge doesn’t have to be conciliatory with Democrats, but at least be congenial enough to find common ground to move the state forward.

For attorney general

Like the Montgomery County executive’s race, Democrats have three choices for their attorney general nominee. And like the county executive’s race, each candidate offers a portfolio of accomplishments that could merit a voter’s support. Baltimore County Del. Jon Cardin has faced a wide range of issues as a lawyer and a legislator. Prince George’s County Del. Aisha Braveboy has built a solid reputation of serving communities, not just in her home county but in other areas of the state, as well. But state Sen. Brian Frosh is our choice for nomination. After having served two terms in the House of Delegates and completing his fifth term in the Maryland Senate, Frosh has extensive experience at lawmaking. He has been the chairman of the Judicial Proceedings Committee for 11 years. As he said in our interview with him, most of the laws he’ll be enforcing, he has written. And that experience means he knows how to be an advocate within the General Assembly. Frosh has focused on the environment for much of his career, and he said he’d pursue environmental crime as attorney general. He said too many polluters have gotten warnings. Their last warning, he said, will be when he takes office, promising consistent, swift and tougher consequences. We think Frosh would make a great choice for Democrats.

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Readers go postal I usually ena powerful joy reading what subcommittee my friend Blair Lee chairman and writes, even if I frewould have quently disagree been Speaker with much of it. But if you’d only his May 5 column abandoned (“Missing Persons your pro life Report”) was over beliefs (that’s the top. what I admire Blair attacks most). MY MARYLAND Lt. Gov. Anthony You went Brown for attending to night law BLAIR LEE his stepson’s confirschool, quit the mation at St. Mary’s legislature and Catholic Church instead of became one of Maryland’s participating in a debate most influential and consponsored by several Demo- nected insiders, confidant cratic clubs. of governors and a brilliant C’mon Blair! The lieu- trial attorney. tenant governor is raising And, like a brilliant this young man whose fa- attorney, you slyly recast ther, Tony Walker, a Prince Brown’s debate brush-off George’s County police offi- into a stepfather’s higher cer, died in the line of duty. calling to church and family. The young man lives with I almost wept until I realthe lieutenant governor (his ized that wasn’t the issue stepfather) and his mother, at all. Brown agreed to this Karmen Walker Brown, the debate months beforehand, lieutenant governor’s wife. lots of folks (including me) So the lieutenant gov- worked hard in preparation, ernor should have skipped more than 100 people drove his stepson’s confirmation through a monsoon to attend to attend a Democratic fo- and Brown, at the last minrum? Really? Let’s get some ute, blew it off blaming his perspective here: stepfather staff for a schedule mix-up. and stepson will look back Sorry, Timmy, I don’t years from now and say they buy it. Brown’s campaign is are glad they put family and a big-time operation which Church first. leads in the polls, money, Tim Maloney, Silver ads and endorsements, Spring handily sabotaged Gansler and is the only governor’s Tim campaign whose volunI’m not accustomed to teers have telephoned me hearing from people of your and knocked on my door. stature. Most of my critics are Also, Brown’s sophisticated loopy liberals long on rhetocomputer modeling ties toric and short on logic. You, gether vast amounts of data however, I’ve respected since to micro-target specialized voter groups. Matching this 1978 when, just out of coldigitally targeted data with lege, you were elected to the YouTube’s user lists allows House of Delegates, became

Brown to email customized messages to computerselected voter groups. Heck, Brown even has his own make-up artist traveling with him. And you want me to believe Brown’s campaign is so dysfunctional that it didn’t notice Brown’s schedule conflict until the day before? Impossible. Instead, Brown’s noshow fits a pattern of blowoffs including last week’s WBFF TV debate, “Brown skipped the event with a lame explanation about this encounter (debate) exceeding the three debates campaigns had agreed on”, editorialized the Baltimore Sun. Too bad, because in the May 7 TV debate he attended Brown did just fine. If Anthony Brown figures he’s so far ahead that the election is over and all he has to do is lay low until Election Day, I understand. But, Timmy, let’s call it what it is, a political ploy, not a noble act of conscience. Blair Mr. Lee I have been a mediumincome employee of local government for 25 years, now retired on a very modest pension. I always drove used or inexpensive cars and took few expensive trips. My husband and I paid off our house and saved money so we could retire. We also spent within our means and never carried credit card debt. As a result our net taxable wealth including our home, is over $1 million. We are not the 1 percent ultra wealthy. We always paid tons of taxes and we had no loopholes to

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Heidi You screwed up. Instead of living a frugal, modest life you should have copied our progressive governments — spend recklessly, borrow to the hilt, spend some more and, then, let your kids deal with the mess. Instead you selfishly acquired wealth by working hard and saving. Don’t you understand that wealth and the people who earn it are evil? Haven’t you heard of “income inequality” and “Occupy Wall Street.” Why should your kids inherit your savings when the government has so many needs for it? Come on, Heidi, get with the program. Blair Blair I saw my first Mizeur bumper sticker today. It is rather undistinguished and the print is so small one would have to be close to read it. Jim Genthner Jim Was it on a Prius? Blair

LETTERS TOT HE EDITOR ELECTION LETTERS DEADLINE n Letters about the June 24 primary election — whether in support of or in opposition to candidates — must arrive by Friday.

School system needs inspector general The County Council has passed the FY 2015 budget giving the school system all that they asked for — $2.3 billion. So in effect the county taxpayers, once more, wrote a blank check to the school system over which not much oversight exists. One might expect the school system itself to exercise some modicum of responsibility. That apparently is not the case. It appears that a current member of the school board, a member of MCPS’ Fiscal Management Committee has used his MCPS-issued credit card to buy meals, rent cars, and stay

at hotels — 14 times — over the course of two years. The credit card has not been revoked. And who brought this to light? The Parents Coalition of Montgomery County, not MCPS auditors. The Taxpayers League asked the school system, several months ago, that they appoint an Inspector General to provide independent oversight on matters of waste, fraud and abuse. Our suggestion was summarily dismissed with the response that there were internal auditors in MCPS with sufficient oversight responsibility.

Apparently not. Admittedly, the school board member’s abuse of the credit card is small potatoes in a $2.3 billion budget. However, it points to vulnerabilities in the system. State auditors reported in 2009 that MCPS governance was inadequate because the board had no control over internal audit for studies or analysis, no fraud or abuse hot line, no whistle blower protections. It’s time for MCPS — like the County Government — to have an independent Inspector General. A budget of

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take advantage of. It absolutely galls me to hear quotes from (primarily Dems) about tax breaks for the “millionaires.” In the DC-area your home can easily exceed $500 or $750K. In summary, we have definitely been planning to move out of Maryland, but if the exemption increase goes into law we may stay longer unlike most of my retired counterparts. Heidi Sussman

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over $2 billion and the future of our kids requires no less. Also, an independent review of MCPS plans to close the achievement gap is warranted. This review would answer five questions that MCPS has so far dodged: Can the gap be closed? How? What are the performance measures? What will it cost? When will it happen? Is that asking too much?

Joan Fidler, Bethesda The writer is the president of the Montgomery County Taxpayers League.

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Simmons’ ‘House of Cards’ strategy Del. Luiz Simmons claims in his District 17 State Senate campaign that there is a telephone smear campaign against him. For months Simmons has waged an expensive campaign involving multiple phone calls to voters, and most of all, a “House of Cards Strategy,” sending an almost weekly barrage of mailers. But his actions as a public official not a volley of words are what count. There are legitimate voter concerns about his actions, specifically his record of failing to protect women, referenced in a Jan. 10 Washington Post editorial. The Post stated Simmons, “led

the effort to kill the bill [that would have made it easier for women to get a protective order] four years ago.” Over the last four years his actions left hundreds of women and children more vulnerable as they struggled to get protective orders, until he conveniently changed his position this year. Instead of responding to these concerns Simmons cries foul, claiming he is being smeared. Sadly, that reaction brings to mind President Harry Truman’s famous quote “I never did give them hell. I just told the truth, and they thought it was hell.”

Arthur Katz, Rockville

The principal and the cell tower The proposal to put a cell tower at Thomas S. Wootton High School is evidence of a systemic problem within Montgomery County Public Schools. Why is a principal of a high school in Montgomery County spending even a nanosecond on a project to raise revenue? Why isn’t 100 percent of a principal’s time spent on educating his/her students? The taxpayers of Montgomery County devote over 50 percent of the county budget to MCPS, and we do

not want any time spent by teachers and principals on anything but educating our children. Not one MCPS employee who directly affects the success of instruction in a classroom, such as a principal, should have anything to do with raising revenue. It is time to have an independent audit of the MCPS budget, programs and job responsibilities to ensure that MCPS employees are only working on efforts that directly affect the classroom.

Jennifer Smith Salaj, Potomac

Time is the solution Prohibition came to the United States a century ago as an experiment to control mass behavior. The nation had been inundated with excessive drunkenness and families were suffering from husbands and fathers unable to control their access to alcohol. Under the influence of the Anti-Saloon League, a powerful lobby, the Congress passed and the states ratified the 18th Amendment to the Constitution that barred all production, distribution and sale of alcoholic products except for medicinal purposes. The Anti-Saloon League threatened congressmen and state representatives with loss of their seats if they did not buckle down to the wishes of the League; many did lose their seats by voting against prohibition. Enactment of the amendment caused a virtual disappearance of beer, whiskey, wine and any other liquids that might induce giddiness and drunkenness. Did it solve the problem? Certainly not for those who wanted to take advantage of the law and provide the liquors to a public willing to pay for continued access to their favorite beverages. While there were no “official” saloons, there were plenty of available non-medical alcohol products in an underground alcohol society. Organized crime prevailed regardless of Federal attempts to enforce the amendment’s provisions. Finally, the public had enough and the 18th Amendment was repealed by the 21st

Amendment. Fast forward to the 21st Century and the proliferation of firearms in America. There is another lobby as strong or stronger than the Anti-Saloon League: the National Rifle Association. The NRA controls Congress with the same strategy that the AntiSaloon League employed. Many congressmen and state legislators have lost their seats by only mentioning that the blood violence of gun proliferation needed to be harnessed. More and more state legislatures are passing laws that allow citizens to carry guns in public places like bars, restaurants, business establishments and even schools and churches — the legislation passed might well have been written by the NRA. The rhetoric from the NRA is that crime will diminish as long as good men with guns can take care of bad men with guns. What about the average citizen who chooses not to arm himself? Can he be a victim of gun violence? He is the victim and when the violence becomes unbearable to the America public, laws will be passed (in accordance with the 2nd Amendment) or the Constitution amended to restrict the ownership of deadly weapons. Just as prohibition became unpopular when the public experienced the consequences, the American public some day will demand that the proliferation of firearms be controlled. It will take time.

Robert Abrams, Silver Spring

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Support for Tom Hucker on County Council

As a former member of the Silver Spring Citizens Advisory Board, I believe that for my family and my neighbors in Silver Spring, Takoma Park and East County, Tom Hucker is the best candidate to represent us on the County Council. His work as a lawmaker and advocate demonstrate that he is the effective, progressive champion we need in Rockville. Tom has done great work in the General Assembly to improve our community, advance our progressive values, and move an agenda beneficial to all Marylanders. As a state lawmaker for nearly eight years and an active member of the Economic Matters Committee, Tom has had real responsibility for a state budget of $27 billion and all of the vital programs that entails. I think it’s important that our next councilmember have practical experience making change, and Tom has played

a key role in raising the minimum wage, making government accountable, improving education, and making our environment healthier for us and our kids. Tom’s successful leadership of Progressive Maryland demonstrates the dedication and abilities that will make him an incredible member of the Montgomery County Council focused on our community. We are lucky to have a number of talented people running for office in our area, many of whom would bring a variety of experiences to the job. In the election for Montgomery County Council in District 5, though, Tom Hucker stands out as having the real, practical experience and a record of accomplishment that demonstrate how he will be an effective champion to ensure that Montgomery County continues to progress.

Korey Hartwich, Silver Spring

Hypocrisy at Memorial Day Parade I attended the Rockville Memorial Day parade today and, as I have for the past 25 years, found it to be a wonderful example of small town civic pride and community spirit. However, the parade has a major flaw. I understand a policy that only incumbents may be official parade participants. These people have been elected and should be celebrated for their service. However, most of the incumbents in today’s parade are running for office, either for re-election or for different positions than the one they currently hold. It is totally ludicrous to have a policy that allows them in the parade to campaign for the office to which they aspire while restricting competing candidates from officially participating in the parade. Today, the only incumbent with integrity on this issue was Phil Andrews. While Councilmember Andrews is running for a different office than the one


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he currently occupies, he represented himself in the parade only as a member of the Council, a position to which he has already been elected. Most of the other incumbents marched in the parade as candidates including Mizeur, Gansler and Brown for Governor (a position which none of them currently occupies) and several County Council members running for the seats they currently occupy, plus the current County Executive campaigning for a third term. It’s hard enough to challenge an incumbent — the City of Rockville’s parade policy exacerbates the difficulty and skews the democratic process. It is time for city officials to create a rule that either allows all candidates to campaign or none, getting rid of the current double standard.

Lisa W. Rother, Silver Spring


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When the foreclosure crisis hit, Del. Aisha Braveboy went work to keep Marylanders in their homes. An attorney from Prince George’s County who focuses in real estate, corporate and civil litigation, Braveboy, 39, said when the call came for attorneys to aid families facing foreclosure, she stepped up to helped people save their homes. The foreclosure crisis remains a key issue for Braveboy as she fights for a new role as attorney general. While the attorney general’s office obtained a settlement for victims of foreclosure, Braveboy said the problem isn’t completely solved. Once a bank takes ownership of a foreclosed home, it often becomes the worst maintained in a neighborhood and will likely be sold below market, she said. As a result, home values fall in the entire community. “It’s an artificial devaluation of your home value,” she said. “So we have to hold banks accountable.” If elected, Braveboy said her first action would be to create a commission to investigate the treatment of lender-owned properties and if there is discrimination involved. Braveboy is one of three Democrats running for attorney general in June. Sen. Brian E. Frosh (Dist. 16) and Del. Jon S. Cardin (Dist. 11) are also in the race. The winner in the June 24 primary will

face Republican Jeffrey N. Pritzker and Libertarian Leo W a y n e Dymowski in the general elecBraveboy tion. In both her career as an attorney and as a delegate representing District 25, Braveboy of Mitchellville said justice is a core issue. Since 2011, she has sponsored a bill to raise the statewide minimum wage. It finally passed in April this year. She leads the consumer protection and commercial law subcommittee of the House Economic Matters Committee. She also serves as chairwoman of the Legislative Black Caucus —a position through which she helped residents of a predominately black Sandy Spring community end years of struggle and obtain addresses for their properties. So when she looked at how she could continue working for justice for the people of Maryland, she said running for attorney general seemed the natural progression. “I’ve done a lot of work that the attorney general’s office needs to do on a greater level,” she said. What sets Braveboy apart from her competition? “I take action,” she said. “What separates me is that I have actually worked and taken action on important bread-and-butter issues that impact all Marylanders.” Juvenile justice reform is a top priority for Braveboy. Reform as well as programs to keep kids out of the sys-

tem and in school — like the community-based diversion program, Community Public Awareness Council, in Prince George’s County where Braveboy serves as pro-bono legal counsel — work to prevent kids from landing in the criminal justice system as adults. Closely linked to juvenile justice is equality in education, she said. “A better educated society, one in which all students are graduating and performing, is a safer society for all of us,” Braveboy said. Maryland struggles with a large gap of achievement between its minority and/or low income students and their peers, she said. “The question of whether we are adequately educating every child has to be addressed and the attorney general’s office is really the entity that can deliver and bring fairness and equity to all children in the state,” she said. In higher education, Maryland faces lingering equality issues from the segregation-era polices that created a dual system of higher education, one for black colleges and universities and another for white schools, she said. A federal judge ruled last year that Maryland still duplicated, at its traditionally white schools, programs offered by its historically black institutions, violating the constitutional rights of students and hindered black colleges when it came to recruitment.

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The son of a New Jersey politician, George English said he got the bug for public office when he was about 10 years old. His father, George English Sr., was mayor of their town East Paterson, N.J. — now Elmwood Park — and in 1950 made a run, unsuccessfully, for Congress, he said. Passing out brochures for his father’s congressional campaign, English said he became interested in politics. But English would spend the bulk of his career working as an government economist for NASA in Houston at the height of the manned space program in the 1960s and later for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association National Ocean Service starting in 1974. And he would be barred by the Hatch Act from running for office until after he retired. After retiring from NOAA in 1995, English, 74, decided to get involved in politics making several unsuccessful runs for Congress. “People say, ‘Why are you still doing this? You’ve tried several times and haven’t succeeded,’” English said. “I don’t like what is going on in the country.” To English, the economic management of the country is abysmal and he said elected leaders are running the country into the ground.

“I can raise the window at night, I can yell, ‘I’m mad as hell and not going to take it any more,’ and that English would do nothing but wake up my neighbors,” he said. “I’m trying to do what I can to say, ‘Look people, we’ve got to get real here.’” English of Kensington is running for the House of Representatives in District 8, a position he has run for three other times. He faces incumbent Rep. Christopher Van Hollen Jr. of Kensington and Lih Young in the Democratic primary. The winner of the Democratic primary will face Republican Dave Wallace, unaffiliated candidate Andrew Jaye Wildman, and Libertarian Steven Haddox. On his campaign website, English has posted 25 position papers on issues ranging from immigration reform, education and social security to the environment, the budget and foreign policy. Some of his ideas are “highly radical,” he said, and not likely to not sit well with the establishment. But English said he is upset from watching the “promise of America go down the toilet.” Among his ideas that go against the grain, English said the U.S. needs to bring all of its troops home and close all foreign bases. English is a U.S. Army veteran. “We can no longer afford to be the world’s policeman, our country is falling apart as a

consequence,” he said. “When you total it up ... essentially half of our federal budget, if you include interest on the debt and the veterans administration costs, goes for war-related or war-caused costs.” He would also change the tax system by taxing financial transaction and taxing corporations on their gross receipts, off the top, as citizens are taxed. And raising the minimum wage is absolutely essential, he said. But English’s top issue this election is what he calls the “assault on civil liberties” by government agencies like the National Security Agency, the Department of Defense, the FBI and the CIA. He pointed to whistle blowers Edward Snowden, who released documents of NSA surveillance and is now in asylum in Russia, and Chelsea Manning, formerly Bradley Manning, who released a collection of files to WikiLeaks — including video of an air strike in Baghdad where civilians were shot — and was subsequently sentenced to 30 years in a military prison. “In my opinion, these people are heroes and yet they are being called traitors for uncovering all the vile things our government has done,” English said. “I’m outraged about that. If our Bill of Rights doesn’t mean anything, if our protections, our civil liberties don’t mean anything, then nothing else does either. I have a real commitment to seeing that this country remains what it is supposed to be, what I spent two years of my life supposedly defending.” English said he is running a “lone wolf” campaign and is not fundraising.

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8 p.m. June 17 by mail or in person, or 11:59 p.m. by fax or email. More information is at and elections.state., or by calling 240-7778683.

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Police are looking for a man they say tried to rob the Wells

Fargo Bank branch at 7901 Wisconsin Ave. in downtown Bethesda on May 28. At about 4 p.m., a man in his 30s, wearing a white shirt, necktie and baseball cap, passed a note to a teller demanding money, according to a news release from the Montgomery County Police De-

partment. The note indicated that he had a gun, but he left the bank empty-handed. The man was described as about 5-foot-8 and weighing 160 to 180 pounds. Police are asking anyone with information about the incident to call 301-279-8000.











Posted online by 8 a.m. the following day. Schedules subject to change. BOYS’ BASKETBALL: Bullis vs. Henry A. Wise, 12:40 p.m. at DeMatha IAC champions take on the defending Class 4A state champs in summer game.

7-ON-7 FOOTBALL: Wootton vs. Whitman, 4 p.m. Thursday at Seneca Valley 7-ON-7 FOOTBALL: Bullis vs. Seneca Valley, 2 p.m. Monday at Seneca Valley

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In close range to pro soccer Coaches switch roles in summer


Potomac native is the “engine in the middle” for Washington Spirit Reserves BY JENNIFER BEEKMAN STAFF WRITER

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For many top college women’s soccer players, summer break is a time to grow independently as players, Potomac native and rising Duke University junior midfielder Kara Wilson said. What better way to work on fitness and individual skills than by training next to actual professional soccer players? Wilson recently kicked off her second season with the Washington Spirit Reserves, which competes in the historic W-League, revered by many as the country’s premier league in years when there was no women’s professional soccer in this country. Washington is the only one out of 25 W-League teams to be directly aligned with one of the nine National Women’s Soccer League teams. “I think we’re lucky specifically to play for the Spirit [Reserves] because not every W-League team is aligned with a professional team,” said Wilson, who missed the majority of last summer with a stress fracture in her shin. “Training next

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Potomac native and Duke University junior midfielder Kara Wilson (left) trains with the Washington Spirit Reserves.

Col. Zadok Magruder High School boys’ basketball coach Dan Harwood is around his players year-round, not just as their varsity coach, but as their physical education teacher, and in some cases, their summer camp boss. That’s why he decided long ago that after school lets out and summer league begins, the last thing his athletes needed was another couple months of being yelled at by their coach. Like many Montgomery County boys’ basketball coaches — about 30 to 50 percent, coaches estimated — Harwood steps aside during summer league, leaving

the sideline responsibilities to his longtime assistant, Tony Giles. “If I’m there, I’m usually going to pressure [the players] to do everything,” said Harwood, entering his 25th season. “I think it’s more relaxing to the players that I’m not breathing down their necks.” In Giles, who has coached summer league for a decade, the Colonels have an experienced assistant who is familiar with the players and the system. “My job is to give them a different voice and a different perspective,” Giles said. “... My whole focus is from a mental aspect, I’m trying to actually get them to see the game as they’re playing.” Senior Joe Hugley, who led the Colonels in scoring (16.5 points per game), said he is not impacted by the sideline change since the Colonels’ coaches have similar

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Sherwood High School graduate Anthony Papio has helped the University of Maryland, College Park baseball team to its first NCAA tournament in 43 years.

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The University of Maryland, College Park baseball program ended a 43-year drought by sweeping the Columbia bracket last weekend and advancing to its first Super Regional, where the Terps are scheduled to play at Virginia this weekend. Maryland (36-21) earned the initial postseason berth by virtue of improbable victories at the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament. They beat Virginia and Florida State before consecutive losses to North Carolina and Georgia Tech. In many respects, the highs and lows of the ACC tournament were reflective of the Terrapins’ season. Maryland had a seven-game win streak early in the season and another fivegame win streak in March that included a three-game sweep of


North Carolina State, which was ranked 11th in the nation at the time. That prompted a great deal of optimism. But April was not overly kind to the Terps. They lost two of three games to conference foes Wake Forest and Virginia Tech. After taking two of three games from Georgia Tech, the Terps got swept at Boston College and returned home to lose to James Madison. “We had a couple of ups and downs this season,” said Maryland freshman Tayler Stiles, a Bowie native and Bishop McNamara graduate who went 3-2 with one save and a 4.26 earned run average in 38 innings for the Terps this spring. “But we ended the season on a good note. Now we’ve been able to end a 43-year drought and get to the NCAA tournament. I’m excited to get down there and pitch for Maryland and maybe be part of a new tradition.” Stiles is one of several local products on the team. Sophomore outfielder Anthony Papio

graduated from Sherwood and was a member of the Warriors’ 2010 Class 4A state championship team. Chase Brewis and Ryan Selmer both attended Riverdale Baptist, Bradley Keith and Zach Morris played for DeMatha Catholic and Patrick Hisle attended Walt Whitman, “It’s been fun being part of the team this season,” said Papio, who hit .271 with eight doubles and two home runs and drove in 26 runs. “We went through some highs and lows, but once the ACC tournament started, we all knew what we were capable of doing. Beating Virginia and Florida State on back-to-back days definitely gives us confidence that we can play with anyone.” Maryland coach John Szefc seemed content about the Terps’ chance to compete in the NCAA tournament for the first time since he was a child. Part of his enjoyment of this group stems from the blend of veterans and younger players and the quality

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Former Northwest and Wootton high schools sprinter Olivia Ekpone qualified for the NCAA track and field championships in the 100 and 200 this past weekend in Fayetteville, Ark.

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Olivia Ekponé was a seemingly unbeatable sprinter at Thomas S. Wootton and Northwest high schools before graduating in 2011. She won about 20 combined indoor and outdoor state championships in a number of different sprints and relays — the first five of which came at Wootton. Now, Ekponé is doing much of the same at Texas A&M. At the NCAA West Region preliminary meet last weekend in Fayetteville, Ark., she placed first in the 200 meters and third in the 100 to qualify for the national championships. She will also be a part of the Aggies’ 400 and 1,600 relay teams.The national championship meet is scheduled for June 11-14 in Eugene, Ore. This won’t be the Southeastern Conference Runner of the Year’s

first time going to nationals but she said she’s more psyched than ever. “It’s really exciting. I think this year it means more because I’m ranked higher up,” Ekponé said. “And, I finally feel like my training has actually started to help me get through the track meets and what not. I’m really, really looking forward to this national championship.” The record-breaking senior said that she dreamed of moments like these when she was a high school student in Montgomery County. “[My coaches] at Northwest, they knew my ultimate dream was to run in the Olympics,” Ekponé said. “So it’s just these little baby steps that I have to take to get their first. And then after SECs, running that [22.23 seconds in the 200] really just boosted my confidence and it made me realize the potential I have of actually competing at the next level.” Ekponé ran that time of 22.23 at the SEC championships in midMay, breaking school and meet

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Continued from Page B-1 to the Spirit, having them be on the field next to you, serves as motivation because that’s what you want and what you hope [to play] and it makes us work that much harder. It just makes you feel like reaching that goal and playing pro soccer, you’re within range.” That is one of the major ideas behind the formation of the reserves squad, said Tim Schweitzer, the W-League team’s director and general manager. The Spirit Reserves can serve as a launching pad


Continued from Page B-1 philosophies, but that he benefits from hearing from the staff’s different members. “It doesn’t really bother me because I know I’m with a lot of great people,” said Hugley, who works for Harwood at Coach Harwood’s Basketball Camp. Sherwood girls’ coach Chris Campbell, heading into his second season, has a similar philosophy on summer league; he is having one of his former Amateur Athletic Union players, Carolyn Weis, lead the Warriors summer team. “These kids spend enough time hearing my voice that it’s sometimes good to have a change in perspective,” Campbell said.

for top college players looking to make the jump — and it’s a big one — to professional soccer while also providing Spirit coach Mark Parsons with a bevy of talented players within the system to draw from for numbers at training or to pull up for games. With Saturday’s 1-0 win over the previously undefeated New Jersey Wildcats, Washington’s reserves (3-0 in W-League play), which on May 25 won the 2014 US Soccer National Amateur Championship, moved into first place in the W-League’s Northeastern Conference standings. “We train at the same time

as the first team, it’s a connection not just by name,” Spirit Reserves coach German Peri said. “One of the things we talked about when [Parsons] brought me on board was that we wanted a reserve team not only to mirror the expectations and standards of the first team but also to be a true ID program for the first team. They’re future players, it’s actually really something in the works, we communicate a lot. “It’s not just that the first team and reserves wear the same jersey. The connection is there, from the top down. When we won [the national championship], the first team

Albert Einstein boys’ coach Rich Porac has his assistant Justin Taylor lead the summer team, citing similar reasons. In the past he sat in the stands during games but this summer he said he’d be on the bench keeping statistics. Porac, formerly an assistant under Harwood, said surrendering summer league responsibilities can be a successful strategy, as long as the coaches are on the same page. “It’s taking that time to build that trust. That’s the biggest thing,” Porac said. “As long as the coach feels he can trust whoever it is to coach that team, I don’t think there’s any issue with it.” Rockville boys’ coach Steve Watson has coached his summer league team in previous years, but said he is taking a “blended approach” this sum-

mer, with assistant Ben Goldberg taking over. “I think we’re at the point where I can take a step back and do more evaluating on how things are going,” Watson said. Though Watson said he is looking forward to the break from the year-round grind, he hasn’t ruled out a return to the sidelines in the upcoming summer season. “I’m a control freak, I admit that. I can’t promise it’s going to be all summer,” Watson said.

She is also the type of hometown athlete the Spirit like to keep ties with, Schweitzer said. “I think [the Spirit Reserves] is a good middle ground to give the college players an idea of what that next step is and how close they are if they keep pushing themselves,” Wilson said. “The biggest thing for me is feeling more confident. The more confident I am playing, the better. Playing [with the reserves] this summer helps with that. That’s the biggest thing I’m working on, realizing, ‘Hey, I can play at this level.’”

your things,” Ekponé said. “As a student-athlete, in Division I, you can’t put your books to the side and think that you’re going to go far with track. I really realize that school is very important, and I want my degree so bad, so I’m going to do everything I can to get there. It also involves a lot of sacrifices like, the social life is different because I can’t go out all the time like I want to. Because I’m a student-athlete, I also have to protect my body. And since I want to do good, and I want to perform, you got to make those kind of sacrifices too.” She said that she’s close to accomplishing her dream of

running in the Olympics, but needs to be more consistent. With that said, she has already proven herself to be one of the fastest women in the nation. “It’s really crazy because it still hasn’t hit me yet,” Ekponé said. “I’m still kind of like, ‘Did I really just run that fast?’ I feel like I’m still out on cloud nine right now. But I’m still trying to focus and keep pushing because I can’t just stop here. I have a whole other level to go to, and if I decide to run at the USA Trials, then I also have to focus on that too.”


of local products. “I like the fact that a lot of the younger players have really been part of our success and we’ve been able to get a lot of the local players to stay here in Maryland,” Szefc said. “When I first started scouting a lot of the guys from across Maryland, I was surprised at the talent level. It was a lot higher than I had expected. We’ve got a really good class of 14 recruits coming in here next year.”

records in the process. In addition, she set the world-leading time in 2014 with the mark, and it also happened to be the fastest collegiate time ever into a headwind. At the same meet, she set a personal best in the 100 with a time of 11.11 seconds, which was good enough for third on A&M’s all-time list. To reach the level of success that Ekponé has enjoyed to this point requires a lot of time and dedication since the level of competition is a lot

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better than high school, she said. One thing she misses about high school is how the entire team practiced together. For instance, she said that the sprinters may not practice with the distance runners in college. Still, she says that the sport remains fun, and that’s very important. “At Texas A&M, it reminds me of my summer track team, for the Maryland Titans,” Ekponé said. “And that’s what I was kind of looking forward to being with that kind of group when I went to college. So, the fact that I still have that feeling that I had in high school, it just makes it more enjoyable

now. Because, all these girls here have the same motives. They all want to go far, so we kind of work together and we train together to make sure that we can accomplish those dreams.” Ekponé said that being in Texas has been bittersweet. Bitter, obviously, because she’s so far away from home, but sweet because of the warm weather is conducive to good running, and because it makes it that much more enjoyable to come home. She has also learned a few things while being away. “I learned that you have to stay focus and be on top of

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Col. Zadok Magruder High School’s Joe Hugley is expected to be one of the county’s best players this winter.


utes over 18 games for Duke in 2013-14 and looks to take on an even bigger role as an upperclassman this fall, said she didn’t “specialize” in soccer until her senior year at Sidwell Friends in Washington, D.C. The overall athleticism developed through good genes and years of track, basketball and lacrosse coupled with tremendous skill with the ball at her feet and an ever improving soccer IQ make for quite the combination, Peri said. Spirit Reserves assistant coach JP Sousa called Wilson, a box-tobox, sideline-to-sideline type player “the engine in the middle that every team wants.”


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had a game the next day and their players all knew [about our win] and were congratulating the players, it’s a community.” The biggest difference between even the highest level of college soccer and the professional game, Schweitzer and Peri agreed, is the speed of play and physicality. Peri said he has no doubt Wilson, who has scored twice and assisted on two goals so far this summer to be named to the WLeague’s team of the week May 21, can make that transition. The daughter of two former NCAA Division I track athletes, Wilson, who played 992 min-



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Sherwood Senior Midfield


Erin Bauman

Mary Claire Byrne

Kristyn Gaines

Haley Giraldi

Cole Abid

Jack Bolen

Jake Christensen

Fairfield recruit anchored one of the nation’s best defensive units

Carried the Tigers offense, scoring 103 goals and adding 32 assists

Lockdown defender led Tartans in ground balls, caused turnovers

Helped Falcons win 14 games and reach WCAC finals

Anchored defense that surrendered only 4.7 goals per game

Cornell recruit had 23 goals, 10 assists and was team MVP

Had 53 goals, 24 assists and was county’s third-leading point scorer

Good Counsel Senior Defense

Emily Kenul


Holy Child Senior Attack

Holy Cross Senior Defense

Good Counsel Senior Attack

Wootton Junior Defense

Landon Senior Midfield

Q. Orchard Junior Attack

Johns Hopkins recruit tallied 69 goals and 38 assists to lead the Warriors to the state semifinals. Finished her high school tenure with 233 goals and 134 assists.

Walt Whitman Second year Bitonti and her sister Lindsay Bitonti turned a sub-.500 team into one of the county’s best, guiding the Vikings to the state semifinals in their second season.

Umbar Kassa

Olivia Lee

Caitlin McMahon

Michael Crooks

Charlie Horning, Jr.

Jack Olson

Will Railey

Made 175 saves and stopped 66 percent of shots

Two-way star shut down top scorers and added 25 goals of her own

Bulldogs captain had 66 goals, 16 assists and 118 draw controls

Groundball machine (115) and top-10 county goal-scorer

Clutch scorer led the Little Hoyas in goals (44) and assists (38)

Scored 31 goals and dominated faceoffs for IAC champs

Leader of IAC’s best defense that kept foes under 10 goals

Q. Orchard Senior Goalie

Delaney Muldoon

Holy Cross Junior Midfield Led Tartans in draw controls and helped team win eight of its last 11

Holton-Arms Junior Defense

Maddie Parker

Bullis Senior Midfield

Alexis Rieu

Whitman Junior Midfield

Good Counsel Sophomore Midfield

Vikings captain helped lead team to state semifinals

Duke recruit was one of top midfielders in competitive WCAC

Allie Rock

Stone Ridge Senior Attack A leading scorer for one of the area’s top ranked teams

Sherwood Senior Midfielder

Geo. Prep Senior Attack

Alex Robinson Bullis Senior Defense

Georgetown recruit anchored Bulldogs’ backline

Geo. Prep Senior Midfield

Myles Romm

Wootton Junior Midfield Scored 47 goals for Patriots, including four in state semis

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For the second year in a row John F. Kennedy High School graduate and current University of Maryland, College Park junior Thea LaFond has qualified for the NCAA track and field national championship meet. LaFond qualified in both the high jump and triple jump at last weekend’s NCAA East Region preliminary meet in Jacksonville, Fla. Her high jump mark of 5 feet, 11.25 inches tied for first and she placed eighth in the triple jump with a distance of 43-1.75. Nationals are scheduled for June 11-14 in Eugene, Ore. “It can never really become dull,” said the All-American jumper. “It’s exciting every year. It was fun. I’m happy to do it with my team.” Qualifying for nationals is becoming somewhat of a tradition for LaFond, who also qualified for indoor nationals the past two seasons,whereshefinishedsecondin the high jump each time. During her time at Kennedy, she was a repeat state champion in the high jump, among several other events. She said that the experience of qualifying for nationals reminds her of the days when she was a high-school athlete, competing in regional meets to qualify for states. “It’s amazing to see how far I’ve come since then,” LaFond said. “It’s funny because you think you’re good at one point, but you never think you can get this far or reach these new amazing heights. And it’s just a tribute to how well my foundation was in Montgomery County to be able to become a better athlete now.” Part of that foundation was built on tears, as she learned a hard lesson one day in high school for not taking practice seriously enough — a lesson that she said taught her discipline. “I think my coach [Kevin Monroe at Kennedy] noticed it, well I know he noticed it because he walked up to me and he told me to go home,” LaFond said. “... I was in shock. And he [said], ‘You don’t want to be [here], you’re

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John F. Kennedy High School graduate Thea LaFond is now one of the best jumpers in the country at the University of Maryland, College Park. not serious and you don’t want to work. ... it’s never a time you come to practice or step on the track not ready to work.’ ... He sent me home and I walked home. I was in shock and I remember a couple of tears falling. I think it hit around my senior year that if I wanted to do this, I had to focus and there has to be discipline and there has to be dedication. And I had to be willing to hurt, both physically and emotionally, to get better.” That was a life lesson that has helped LaFond get to where she is now, and while the game remains unchanged, the stage that she plays on is definitely a grander one. Competing for a major Division I university means better competition, but LaFond said that Montgomery County produces a lot of that talent. “Competition is a lot tougher, but the thing about going to a big track and field program ... is that you definitely see other people grow with you,” LaFond said. “I know for sure I’m not the only one from [Montgomery County] producing and going very far in NCAAs. ... We have a lot of great athletes.” LaFond is one of those great athletes and the Atlantic Coast Conference’s indoor field per-

former of the year is leaving her name in the record book at College Park. She owns the school’s best outdoor and second-best indoor triple jump distances and its fifth-best high-jump distance, indoor and outdoor. She also has several ACC championships, including in the pentathlon, where she set the second-best score in school history, something she said she’s very proud of. One thing she hasn’t done though that she’s lookingforwardtoistakingadvantage of the rare opportunity to win a title in a second conference with University of Maryland shifting to the Big Ten next year. And for anyone who remembers LaFond as a state champion hurdler at Kennedy, she said that she hasn’t completely abandoned the hurdles and predicts that she’ll be running them more often during her final year. “I have a feeling that hurdles will be coming back into the picture for my senior year. So hint, hint, look out for that. God-willing, of course, it’s coming. It’s definitely still there. I’m still with the girls, I still help out our hurdlers. So, that’s definitely a big part of me.”

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State champs hungry for more Defending football champions use passing league to prepare for title defense n



The weather is getting warmer, kids are getting ready for the last day of school and the start of football is on the horizon. The Seneca Valley High School passing league began on May 25, and like many other teams, defending Class 4A state champion Northwest is getting ready for a new season of football. These games don’t exactly reflect a real football game since they are a lot shorter and a lot less physical with tackling being a non-factor, but there are a few things to be gained Northwest coach Mike Neubeiser said. “There’s little things you look for,” Neubeiser said following a scrimmage May 28 against Quince Orchard. “You want your receivers to catch the ball away from their body and work on fundamentals. Run good, crisp routes and get to the right area. So you can take away a little bit. I mean it’s still not football but it’s close.” Neubeiser also wants to see a few things from secondyear starting junior quarterback Mark Pierce. “As a junior, hopefully his reads will become a little quicker,” Neubeiser said. “His [throws] will be just a little crispier. He’s worked on his mechanics a lot in the offseason, so his arm looks really good. He’s able to throw the deep ball I think, a little more precisely than he did in the past.” Neubeiser added that he has a lot of returning players, including running back EJ Lee. The Jaguars will, however, be going into this upcoming season without two of their most productive offensive weapons



Sherwood High School’s Bailey Doan is expected to be a key contributer for the Damascus American Legion Post 171 baseball team this summer

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Northwest High School’s Aaron Beidleman is expected to be a key contributer this fall. from a season ago in Josh Gills and Matt Watson. Neubeiser and Pierce said they believe that this year’s team will have the guys ready to step into those roles. Neubeiser mentioned receivers Jamar Wilson, Troy Lefeged, Brandon Williams and Aaron-David Beidelman as potential impact players. “We’re really confident,” Pierce said. “We have a lot of juniors — I mean it was hard for them to play last year and get on the field because of the talent we had, but I feel like we’re just as good as last year coming into the season. And I think they’ll step up and fill those roles that we’re miss-

ing.” Pierce said he gained some confidence from last season’s opportunity, but now it is a new season. “We try to forget about [the championship] now. That’s behind us,” Pierce said. “It was last year. So, we’re focused on this season and we’re focused on trying to get back to the [championship].” It’s thoughts like that, shared amongst Pierce and his teammates, that makes Neubeiser’s job of keeping the team from getting overconfident easier. “I really haven’t had to say much,” Neubeiser said. “They are hungry. They have


been working really hard in the weight room and they just want to compete. They like to compete everyday. We don’t talk about championships, we just talk about competing everyday. And they just go out and play football. They just want to go out and play — they go out in the backyard and play football. They just play all the time. They love it and they live for it. So luckily for us as coaches, we haven’t had to say too much to them. We just kind of focus on fundamentals and hope to get better each day.”


With American Legion baseball play set to get into full swing this week, several local players and coaches are looking to ride the momentum of the spring high school season into the hot summer days. Bolstered by his team’s recent run to the Class 4A state championship game, Sherwood High School sophomore Bailey Doan is eagerly looking forward to the summer with Damascus Post 171. Doan, who has missed his team’s first three games with a minor elbow injury, said he is eager to get back on the field. “We had such an amazing run,” Doan said of his season at Sherwood, which will also be the home site for the Damascus Legion squad. “It was so exciting because I don’t think too many people other than ourselves thought we could get there. ... “I’m looking forward to this summer. I’ll play shortstop and third base and work on some things this year and then get ready for some showcase tournaments next year.” Gaithersburg Post 295 coach Pete White has a bevy of

returning players on his roster, including Scott Ardoin, a 2013 Northwest graduate who spent the past spring at Salisbury University, Colin Thatcher, who played this spring at St. Mary’s College, and recent Georgetown Prep graduate Quentin Bubb, who is headed to Lafayette University this fall. The Post 295 roster also includes Northwest players Joseph Brauch, Thomas Brauch and Brian Roark. “I think we’re going to have a solid team,” White said. “Scott is an excellent player and he was part of the Northwest state championship team a few years ago. Colin is an outstanding fielder and should play third base for us and Quentin is a great player and a great kid. He’s one of those guys that works hard and can play anywhere. He’s also a real smart kid and we’re lucky to have him.” Gaithersburg Post 295 should play its home games this summer at Seneca Valley High School. Sandy Spring Post 68, the 2012 state champions, expects to play its home games at Col. Zadok Magruder. Wheaton and Laurel will both split time hosting games at Olney Manor. Cissel Saxon is scheduled to play its home games at James H. Blake.




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All that jazz n

19th annual event celebrates women in classic American genre BY


‘Judas,’ justice and Forum Theatre n

Biblical figure stands trial at Round House Theatre Silver Spring



n When: 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, to June 14; 8 p.m. June 9

Forum Theatre is celebrating their 10th season with a return performance of “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot” at the Round House Theatre Silver Spring, now until June 14. Stephen Adly Guirgis’ 2005 play tells the story of what would happen if Judas Iscariot went on trial for betraying Jesus. With saints, famous witnesses and the Devil himself, the court tries to decide Judas’ fate without the testimony of the man himself. “It’s an enormous play,” said director John Vreeke. “It is an allegory of the bible story of Judas Iscariot.” Vreeke explained that when Forum was deciding how to celebrate its tenth year as a com-

n Where: Round House Theatre, 8641 Colesville Road, Silver Spring n Tickets: $20-$25 n For information: 1-800-838-3006;

pany, “Judas Iscariot” immediately came to mind. Forum Theatre had two sold out runs of the play in 2008, which Vreeke directed. “[It’s] arguably their most iconic show in

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Takoma Park hopes to share what “Jazzy Women” have to offer through this year’s jazz festival. The 19th Annual Takoma Park JazzFest, taking place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, will highlight both local and national female jazz musicians in an effort to showcase historicallyoverlooked talent. While festival planning used to begin in September, these days preparation on the festival tends to start barely a week after the previous event ends. Bruce Krohmer, who was one of four original JazzFest board members 19 years ago and is the only one still working on the festival, has produced the annual event for a decade. He now works with a group of volunteers and fellow board members to secure talent, programming and vendors. “We’re trying to get better and more expensive acts, and so we’re starting work earlier for that,” he said. “Between finding acts and planning the fundraisers, it’s almost a yearround job.” Previous years have focused on specific musical aspects of jazz, including trumpets and big band. After Krohmer found the instrument themes were beginning to get “silly,” he and the board began planning festival programming around more inclusive themes. This year’s “Jazzy Women” theme highlights

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Regional Jewish music event features artists with local roots


19TH ANNUAL TAKOMA PARK JAZZFEST n When: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday n Where: Carroll Avenue in Old Town Takoma Park n Tickets: Free n For information:

Washington Jewish Music Festival spotlights local talent n

Forum Theatre’s “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot” continues to June 14 at the Round House Theatre Silver Spring.


Trumpeter, vocalist and composer Bria Skonberg will headline the 2014 Takoma Park JazzFest, this year celebrating “Jazzy Women.”



The 15th Annual Washington Jewish Music Festival is already taking place in our county’s backyard, but two performers’ ties to the area make this year’s event hit a little closer to home. Doni Zasloff Thomas of the Mama Doni Band and Dan Saks of DeLeon both attended Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School in Rockville, an experience that influenced both of their musical paths that brought them to the Washington, D.C. Jewish Community Center’s music festival in Washington, D.C., which began on the first and runs through June 14. Mama Doni will perform at the 2nd Annual WJMF in the Park geared toward families on Sunday, while Saks will share Sephardic songs and stories on Saturday. Matisyahu is headlining this year’s show with an acoustic performance showcasing his reggae, rock and hip-hop stylings. Complemented by performances including country singer and humorist Kinky Friedman and Israeli violinist Asi Matathias, this year’s musicians fall

within a wide range of genres. “I’m always aiming to show the diversity of Jewish music, that runs through all of my festivals,” said WJMF Director Lili Kalish Gersch, who has worked on the annual festival since 2008. “Any good festival has a really great mix of headliners as well as up and coming names. We’re doing groundbreaking work that we really believe in.” The festival combines well-known national acts with local artists, and some that fall in between. Mama Doni, made up of Thomas

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Rockville native Doni Zasloff “Mama Doni” Thomas will perform with the Mama Doni Band on June 8 at the 2nd Annual Washington Jewish Music Festival in the Park.


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Celebrating a decade of dance, The Four Seasons Dance Group will perform at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center, 7995 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring. Tickets, cash only, are $15. The Four Seasons’ repertoire features more than 30 complex, choreographed numbers spanning dance styles from Broadway to Samba to Tango and beyond, all created and crafted by director Elena Indrokova Jones. The Seasons will be joined by student dancers from The Berrend Dance Centre, as well as dancers of The Olney Ballet and the Xuejuan Dance Ensemble. For more information, visit


Strathmore Artist in Residence Amadou Kouyate.

Introducing Amadou Kouyate West African Manding Diali percussionist Amadou Kouyate will perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. tonight and June 18 at the Mansion at Strathmore in North Bethesda. The artist in residence’s performances coincide with the release of his first self-titled EP, showcasing the artist’s blending of blues, soul and jazz with his family legacy. Kouyate performs on an ancestral instrument known as the kora, a 21-string lute/harp dating back almost 800 years. Kouyate personally crafted the instrument, enhancing its potential via a synthesizer and utilizing it to perform contemporary music. For more information, visit

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The Everymay STRATHMORE Chamber enViolinist Tamaki Kawakubo. semble, founded by Washington, D.C.’s, S&R Foundation, will travel off-site for the first time on Thursday, journeying from its historic home at Georgetown’s Everymay Estate to perform in concert at the Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda. The concert begins at 8 p.m. and will include performances of Tchaikovsky’s “Souvenir de Florence,” as well as Camille Saint-Saëns’ musical suite “Carnival of the Animals.” Assembled by violinist and S&R Washington Award Grand Prize Winner Tamaki Kawakubo, the ensemble boasts the talents of solo caliber artists from five continents. The performance is part of the Everymay Chamber Music Festival. For more information, visit

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The Montgomery Art Association will present “Creative Expressions 2014,” a member show and sale, to June 28 at the Friendship Gallery, Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 South Park Ave., Chevy Chase. Judge Christine Lashley is a full-time artist and popular instructor at the Yellow Barn Studio. Lashley studied in Paris at the Parsons Art Institute and the Sorbonne, and at Washington University in St. Louis. Her contemporary impressionist and plein-air paintings have been shown internationally, and her work has been featured in American Artist Magazine and The Washington Post. An opening reception is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the gallery. Normal gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more information, visit Visit

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The Washington Metropolitan Gamer Symphony Orchestra will perform in concert at 7 p.m. Saturday at Rockville High School, 2100 Baltimore Road, Rockville. Conducted by musical director Nigel Horne, the 60-member orchestra draws its repertoire from more than 30 years of video game soundtracks, including “Mario Galaxy,” the “Final Fantasy” saga and “The Legend of Zelda,” among many others. Admission is free, but a $5 donation is suggested to help offset costs. For more information, visit Washington Metropolitan Gamer Symphony Orchestra percussionist Marissa Troiano plays timpani at rehearsal on May 29. PHOTO JASON TROIANO


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Continued from Page B-5 and primary collaborator and co-writer Eric Lindberg, has received national acclaim for their children’s albums, including the 2013 Parents Choice Award for their “Emunah” album. Thomas, however, grew up in Rockville, and the community — including her time at Charles E. Smith — significantly impacted her music and outlook. “Those were the formative years where I was trying to figure out who I am,” Thomas said. “I held onto Jewish music, culture and even prayer to get through growing up and becoming a woman. I want desperately for my kids to have that because it got me through all of the tough times and makes me appreciate the


Continued from Page B-5 their ten year history,” Vreeke said. Forum asked Vreeke to direct again this time around. Especially fond of the play’s “brilliant language,” he was all for it. “I love what the play says about the human condition, about how we imprison ourselves in hell, if hell exists, and we betray ourselves and make ourselves guilty when we need

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good time now.” Prince George’s county native Saks has been in the business for years, acting as frontman for Sephardic rock group DeLeon and performing with the LeeVees and children’s band the Macaroons. His experience at Charles E. Smith helped develop his musical background; his class was the first to have a real music program in the school, he said, and due to illness the music teacher had Saks cover for him, teaching the younger grades. “It was a great opportunity,” he said, “something that can really only happen in a small school like that.” While the yearly event has provided an outlet for Jewish musicians of all genres and backgrounds to perform for fifteen years, its child-friendly counterpart WJMF in the Park

is on its second year. By setting aside a day specifically for younger audience members and their families, the Washington DCJCC hopes to unite the community as well as spread the word about their youth-centered programming throughout the year. Genre-spanning music is found in abundance at the WJMF, including jazz, reggae, classical, Klezmer and country. One trend that seems to resonate with attendees every year, Gersch said, is cultural fusion, citing last year’s popular Klezmer/Bhangra performance Frank London’s Klezmer All-Stars and Deep Singh. “I do think people are very interested in exploring how Jewish music can authentically fuse with other ethnically-specific genres,” Gersch said. In addition to the mu-

sic festival, the Washington DCJCC puts on Jewish film and literary festivals. Events of this kind — and on this scale — are important for the community as well as those taking part and sharing their talents. “There’s only a handful of Jewish music festivals with the budget to put on something of this size,” said Saks, who helped start a Jewish music festival in New Mexico. “For bands like mine that make left-of-center music — it’s pretty niche — our outlets are limited, so a festival like WJMF open to that is pretty valuable to us.” “Not only is it profound and such a memory maker for kids, but it helps people connect to their culture,” Thomas added. “People get to celebrate who they are in a bigger way.”

to forgive ourselves,” Vreeke said. Usually when Vreeke directs he goes into a show looking to discover what it’s about, but because he’s worked on the “Judas Iscariot” production before, he actually “reinvestigated” it. He said that while Forum decided to keep a lot of what they had the first time around, he hopes they made it a little better, finding deeper meanings and humor. “This play sets out to prove that maybe he wasn’t all that bad, maybe he had good

reasons to do what he did,” Vreeke said. Although Vreeke is not a member of Forum, himself, he has been working with them and seeing their plays for years. Although Forum Theatre does not hire professional actors for their shows, Vreeke does not see that as a disadvantage. “We put together a sort of cream of the crop of non equity actors and I don’t think we would do any better even if we did have the resources to hire actors,” Vreeke said.

The company often will host open forum discussions following shows, allowing audience members to join in on the discussion of the play. Anyone who wants to can stick around, gather in a circle and discuss, often discovering how the play looks from someone else’s perspective.

15TH ANNUAL WASHINGTON JEWISH MUSIC FESTIVAL n When: To June 14, various times; WJMF in the Park lasts from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday n Where: WJMF in the Park occurs at Francis Field, 25th Street between M and M streets NW; other events occur at various locations n Tickets: $100 for full festival passes, individual events vary WASHINGTON JEWISH MUSIC FESTIVAL

Dan Saks will perform ancient Sephardic folk songs on Sunday during this year’s Washington Jewish Music Festival.

n For information: 202-777-3251,


Forum Theatre’s “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot” continues to June 14 at the Round House Theatre Silver Spring.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT DANCES Hollywood Ballroom, June 4, “step of the evening” Argentine Tango mini-lesson at 8:15 p.m., Social Ballroom Dance at 8:30 p.m. ($16); June 5, 12, Tea Dance from 12:30-3:30 p.m. ($6); June 6, drop-in lessons from 7:30-9 p.m., West Coast Swing Dancing with


Continued from Page B-5 the work of female jazz musicians, who in the past did not always get the recognition they deserved. “There were women musicians but they were never covered in the news, or maybe one or two out of the thousands that were really great jazz musicians,” he said. “We like to feature different segments of the population to try to include people and not leave anyone out.” The weekend of the festival kicks off at 7:15 p.m. at the AFI Theatre in Silver Spring with a screening of “The Girls in the Band,” a documentary about the journey of women in jazz from the 1930s at the start of the genre through today. The celebration of girl power in jazz continues through festival day across two stages, with headliner Bria Skonberg of British Columbia returning to JazzFest with the Bria Skonberg Quintet to showcase her trumpet and vocal skills. The award-winning musician will also conduct a workshop with her percussionist Colleen Clark, who conducts Percussion Ensemble at Ithaca College. Also headlining is Shannon Gunn and the Bullettes, at 16-piece big band jazz orchestra based in the Washington, D.C., area. In addition, JazzFest will welcome back harpist April Stace as well as highlight first-time performer Mary “M-LAW” Hicks, a solo trumpeter who uses looped trumpet and percussion tracks to accompany herself. In addition to the femalefilled line-up, the festival will showcase local vendors offering food, crafts and information on local businesses. “The other goal, aside from promoting jazz, is always to bring new people into Takoma Park and see what a swell place it is,” he said. “We have three music festivals in a town of 18,000 people, that’s pretty amazing right there. We have so much culture, and I’m really proud to be a part of that, to keep things rolling and get people interested in it.” One thing that kept attendees interested was last year’s family- and children-

Dance Jam Productions at 9 p.m. ($15); June 7, Latin Night with Mr. Mambo, workshops from 8-10 p.m. dance from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. ($18 for both; $15 for dance only); June 8, free East Coast Swing lesson at 7 p.m., Social Ballroom Dance at 8 p.m. ($16); June 11, “step of the evening” Samba mini-lesson at 8:15 p.m., Social Ballroom Dance

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focused line-up. The performances featured children playing jazz, making a classic American genre accessible to

younger audience members. Events like JazzFest can foster an interest in jazz in young musicians, who could one day

8:15 p.m. beginner lesson, 9-11:30 p.m. dancing to DJs, Glen Echo Park’s Spanish Ballroom Annex, $8, Contra, June 6, Tony Parkes calls to Love Mongrels, 7:30 p.m.

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Spilsbury, 8 p.m., Glen Echo Town Hall (upstairs), Swing, July 12, Boilermaker Jazz Band, lesson at 8 p.m., dancing at 9 p.m., Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom, $15, Waltz, June 15, Maivish, lesson from 2:45-3:30 p.m., dancing to live music from 3:30-6 p.m., $10, www.

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GERM: TH, 3br 2ba

walk out Bsmt $1700 + utils. Prkng + deck. nr 270 shops & Walmrt 240-832-7504


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Clean EU TH. 3br, 1.5ba Montgomery County. $1800/mo. 240-535-2643.



TH, 3Br, 2.5Ba, fin bsmnt, nr bus & shop $1950 301-787-7382 or 301-787-7583


$1400/ 2BR $1200 +util NS/NP, W/D New Carpet, Paint, Deck & Patio 301-250-8385

GAITHER: 3 Br, 3.5

Ba & 2 rms in bsmt w/ full Ba, HOC welcome $1800 + util Call: 301-977-1169


3BD, 2.5 BA SFH. LR, DR, FR, Gourmet Kit. 2 Car gar. Nr schs, NIST, MedImm., NIH. $2,700. 301-580-6663

GAITH: Nr Rio/Metro FR8297289


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GERM: 2 BR, 2 BA TH, new flr, paint & appliances w/patio. $1550. HOC ok. Call 240-506-1386 GERM: 3bd , 2fb, 2hb TH. Deck, fp. Open House 6/7; 10am-12pm. Avail 7/1. $1,675. 202-246-2292 GERMANTOWN

3BR, 1.5BA, TH, just renovated, nr schs, shop & bus $1550 + utils Available now call 301-384-4360


TH, 3Br, 2.5Ba, h/w flrs, updated kit, Ba & paint $1600 + util Pls Call: 301-956-4775


4BR, 2.5BA, 2 car gar SFH Avail 07/01/14 NP, Nr Schools, Shops $2495/mo. Call: 301-620-4302

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3BR 2.5BA, Finished bsmnt $2300, Great schools! Pool incl, 06/01 240-565-1933


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T H , 3 B R , 3 B A , f n s h GAITHERSBURG/ bsmt,deck,walk to LILAC GARDEN 1 Br, $995 + elec towncenter,w/d,HOC immed. OK,$1,950,202-257- Available 301-717-7425 - Joe 0184

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1Br, 1Ba, Shr Kit, cable/int free, N/S N/P, $550/month + util & SD, 240-643-4122





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Room $475, Shrd Util, Kit & Ba. W/D, Cable Please Call: 301-4042681

Furnished room. Fem, 1BR, pvt BA in condo. WHEATON: 1Br in SFH utils incl Ns/Np nr Met- $650 incl util ,W/D ro Bus 240-601-9125 Smoker Ok, CATV, Wifi Nr Bus, Avail GAITH:M BRs $435+ Now. 301-503-1753 440+475+555+ Maid Ns/Np, nr 270/370/Bus WHEATON 1 Large shops, quiet, conv.Sec BR, Female, 5min to Dep 301-983-3210 Metro On Veirs Mill Rd $650 uti incl. NS/NP GAITH Muddy Branch Call: 240-447-6476 lrg Furn BR. $550. Unf room in Basement WHEATON: 3 BD in $500 utils incl, shar SFH Share Bath, NP, kit,. 240-533-1132 NS. $400, $500, $600, Util incl . Call 240GAITH: prvt ent., nr 271-3901 bus/shop/metro, W/D/kit $580 utils incl, Wi-Fi & Direct TV optional 240-821-3039


Female only. 1 BD w/priv BA. $675 incl utils. Near publ transp. 240-723-0502

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full ba condo 6th floor $2400 incl utils call 240-899-2655



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OC : Marigot

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Navy Hosp:1Br pvt Ba nr Metro NS/NP, $1k/mo uti incl. w/ 1 yr lease 240-731-3824


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• Full Time Sous Chef for our Independent Living Community (Monday through Friday 11:30am to 7pm) • Life Enrichment (Activities) Associates, various hours and days • Cook positions, various hours and days


Immediate opening for bookkeeper, part time, flexible hours for independent worker with QuickBooks experience. Duties include reconciliation of daily deposits, accounts payable, payroll knowledge, bank reconciliation and monthly reporting. Please send resume and references to


Trinity Lutheran Church. Answering phones, handling paper work & assisting the Pastor. If interested, please visit for full job description. Please send Resume PDF format to

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

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Careers 301-670-2500 Before and After Elementary School . Our Directors are each responsible for the planning and carrying out of Homework Time, Science, Reading, Writing, Games, Sports, Arts and Crafts and much more. They are also responsible for supervising counselors, paperwork, decorating, keeping track of finances associated with a before and after school program. Reqirements: 4 yr Degree in Education, Child Development or a related field. MUST be a positive role model for kids!! To apply please go to:

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Busy Rockville Doctor’s office. Must be a team player, dedicated, & career oriented. Serious applicants only. Willing to train. Excellent salary & benefits. Fax resume: 301424-8337

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For the Town of Berwyn Heights; Code Enforcement Program; Assoc. Degree in architecture & 2 yrs supervisory exp. preferred; proficiency in MS Office Suite a must. APPLY ONLINE AT:

Work with the BEST!

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Full-time Intake Coordinator

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

Resume/salary to

Fast growing, fast paced residential construction company in Maryland looking for a foreman to oversee 20-30 small to medium job sites. We cover all of MD, N. Va, Northern WVA and Northern DC. Compensation/salary/transportation all negotiable depending on skill level and knowledge of construction. 3-5 yrs experience. Email response to:

Senior Engineering Tech

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Dental/ Medical Assistant Trainees Needed Now Dental/Medical Offices now hiring. No experience? Job Training & Placement Assistance Available 1-888-818-7802


IMMEDIATE Position Avialable for NATE and/or Journeyman HVAC service technicians. MUST have 2 yrs exp. Great hourly pay, commission, weekly bonus & insurance. Drug free, customer oriented, and motivated. Only qualified applicants apply. 301-670-1944 - Gaithersburg

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∂ Chef or Experienced Cook - Some weekends, experience with & knowledge of production systems essential, food safety certified & computer preferred. ∂ Line Server/Food Prep Helper - Part time ∂ Utility/Dishwasher - Part time Reliable transportation is essential. Apply in person, M-F @ 2pm, Sandy Spring Friends School, 16923 Norwood Rd. Sandy Spring, MD 20860, 301-774-


Needs to hold at minimum MD journeymans license. Great pay and benefits. E-mail resume to Fax resume to 301-947-8110 or call our office at 301-947-8140

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Graphic Designer, FT

Comprint Military Publications seeks a graphic designer to produce the Pentagram, the weekly newspaper of Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall in Virginia, which will be the main work base. Three years of experience is preferred, and familiarity with newspaper layout is a plus. The ideal candidate will have strong communication skills and demonstrate a high level of customer service. Must work efficiently in a deadline-driven environment, both independently and as part of a team, taking direction and feedback from multiple sources. An advanced sense of typography, the ability to create compelling info-graphics and color correct images, as well as a thorough knowledge of print production are required. Must be highly proficient in Adobe InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator. This person will also be responsible for posting daily to the web. Comprint Military Publications offers excellent benefits, including medical and dental coverage, life insurance, 401(k) and tuition reimbursement. Salary commensurate with experience. Send resume, three recent design samples and salary requirements to: EOE.


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


Comprint Military Publications has an immediate opening for a full-time reporter/photojournalist in its Joint Base MyerHenderson Hall, Virginia office. News writing background, interviewing individuals for stories, and AP Style knowledge, & digital camera familiarity important. College degree in journalism preferred. Familiarity with military a plus. We offer a competitive compensation and comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, pension, 401(k) and tuition reimbursement. If interested, please email resume, 3 writing samples that have not been edited and salary requirements to: .

P e r m a n e n t P/T (16 hrs/wk) position in Germantown office for an energetic & hardworking person. Excellent communication, telephone, and computer skills desired. Pay commensurate upon experience. Please email resume to:


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Residential Production Foreman

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Needed for busy doctors office in Rockvllie. Excellent Fax salary and benefits. resume to 301-424-8337

Call Bill Hennessy

$100M full service credit union located in Rockville Maryland seeks an experienced financial officer for its Comptroller position. Responsibilities include Profitstar ALM software preferred, budgeting, strategic planning, cost analysis and management, investment planning and responsible for the management of the accounting department. Individual must be familiar with general ledger postings and reconciliations as well as handling of full payroll cycles and associated journal entries and reporting. Qualified candidates will have a bachelor’s degree in accounting or finance combined with a minimum of 5 years experience with a credit union. Must have knowledge of NCUA call reports, month end closings and detailed financial reporting. Strong written and verbal skills required along with proficiency with Microsoft software applications. Competitive salary commensurate with experience, 401(k) retirement program, and health benefits with generous leave policy. Qualified candidates please submit resume to:

For Hughes Network Systems in Germantown, MD. Qualified candidate would work on a team of three, responsible for the facility’s HVAC systems at our corporate offices. (headquarters as well as two other facilities in Gaithersburg) Perform trade work such as maintenance, repair, installation of equip., troubleshoot problems and fix & repair accordingly. Please apply at, refer to requisition # 4995BR.


Must R.S.V.P.


The City of Frederick is currently seeking: Sr Engineering Tech (POS-48-14) $21.0873 per hour. Minimum of 5 years’ experience in CAD, land development design and plan review. For additional information visit our website @ Physical & drug test required for all positions. E.O.E.

Silver Spring

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.


Child Care Director

Position Location: Pentagram Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall 204 Lee Avenue Building 59, Room 116 Fort Myer, VA 22211-1199 EOE

Property Management

Assistant Chief Engineer

For multi building complex in Bethesda, MD. On call rotation required. Skills required-HVAC, plumping, pumps, electrical, and appliance trouble shooting and repair. CFC certified a must. Salary based on experience. Benefit package. Thorough Background investigations will be conducted. Fax Resume to 301-654-3829 email EOE

Registered Nurse (R.N.)

Outstanding opportunity to help military couples build their families. Join a prominent government contractor serving military families in Bethesda, Maryland. Experience or strong interest in women’s health required/work includes both admin and clinical duties. Candidates must be able to pass government required security clearance and exhibit proof of U.S citizenship. Weekend rotation req. Excellent benefits & competitive salary package! New grads welcome to apply. Email resume & salary reqs: or fax to 301/400-1800.

Research Associate in Static Analysis Tool Assessment Gaithersburg, MD

For details go to Interested candidates must send a letter of application, a CV and contact information for at least three references to Review of completed applications will commence June 10, 2014.

In-Store Lead Generator Generate Leads at Home Depot FT $10/hr + bonuses and benefits. Candidates must have:

Excellent verbal & written communication skills, Time Management Skills; Ability to work weekends; Organization Skills; Professional Appearance; Great Work Ethics; Charismatic Personality. Qualified Applicants should email/fax resume to (include position you are applying for)

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IMMEDIATE Position Avialable for Plumber. MUST have 2 yrs exp. Great hourly pay, commission, weekly bonus & insurance. Drug free, customer oriented, and motivated. Only qualified applicants apply. 301-670-1944 - Gaithersburg

Wood Flooring

Floor helper needed in Gaithersburg area to assist Floor Mechanic.Own vehicle needed. Contact Weyer’s Floor Service, Inc. at 301-912-2700.



Front Desk Position


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