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In the search for a college athletic scholarship, parents have endless opportunities to spend money, including youth teams, camps run by college coaches, buying top equipment, and online recruiting sites that market athletes. The trend has led to children specializing in sports at earlier ages, which has led to more serious injuries, youth giving up free time to chase their athletic dreams, and in some cases burnout. Another trend is that many top athletes now are being forced to choose between their club and high school teams.

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Thomas S. Wootton High School tennis star Titas Bera went undefeated this spring, winning his third consecutive county singles championship and the state boys doubles title. Bera, a rising senior, hasn’t lost a singles match in three years of

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andy Thurman had a rough idea how much she was spending on her daughters’ athletic pursuits — between $11,000 to $14,000. She knew that a field hockey stick went for $150 to $400 and that letting her children play on the Futures team — field hockey’s version of the Amateur Athletic Union — would cost nearly $3,000. While it was happening, though, “I didn’t realize I was spending all that money on it,” said Thurman, the Montgomery Blair High School field hockey coach. She chuckles now, thinking about the expenses of youth sports — the lucrative industry it has become. Baltimore author Mark Hyman wrote a book on the topic, titled “The Most Expensive


Children nationwide (18 to 5) who participate in youth sports each year.


Children nationwide under 14 who receive medical treatment for a sports injury in a year.


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Students who receive either partial or full athletic scholarships.

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Game in Town.” In it, he estimated that parents spend $5 billion a year on youth sports. He says that’s a low guess; it doesn’t include gas and other expenses parents pay just getting their children to practice. Thurman’s daughter, Taylor, could run up a bill of $5,000 to $7,000 a year just on field hockey. Just one event on her Futures team cost about $2,800. Add in swimming and track, and that’s another $3,000 to $4,000. That’s just one child, who competes at Oberlin College in Ohio, but is not on scholarship. “Few athletes get full rides,” Thurman said.


Luxury condominiums and an art incubator are set to be built on Fairmont Avenue where a gas station once stood. The Montgomery County Planning Board approved plans for a new luxury condo building, which will include an “art incubator,” at 4990 Fairmont Ave. Chevy Chase-based developer, Starr Capital LLC, plans to build a 17-story, 72-unit building on the site where the former BP gas station once stood. The project, which consolidates three lots into one, is part of Woodmont Triangle. The building is only 1,500 feet to the Metro. The 138,052-square-foot building will also feature 7,000 square feet of retail on the ground floor and 101 parking spaces. Eleven of the condos have been set aside as moderately priced dwelling units. An additional 2,000 square feet of the ground floor will be dedicated as an “art incubator” -- new studio and exhibit space for artists in the visual arts, according to county documents. The art incubator will be managed by the Bethesda Urban Partnership. Last year, there was talk of creating an art incubator on the vacant Trillium lot at 8300 Wisconsin Ave., but those plans fell through.


Children who drop out of youth sports by age 13. Reasons cited are adults, coaches and parents.

Montgomery County beer lovers have one more reason to crow: growlers. Thanks to the efforts of the husband and wife behind Bradley Food & Beverage in Bethesda, local beer drinkers have one more venue from which to take home the latest craft brews in 64-ounce jugs known as growlers. Charleen and Tom Merkel spent the past year and a half working with state Sen. Brian Frosh and the Montgomery County Council to pass a law permitting some county stores to sell, fill and refill growlers of beer. It’s a state law that’s specific to Montgomery County. Retailers that hold either a class B beer and wine or a class D beer and wine license can sell growlers, according to the county. The refillable jugs, which can be taken off-premises, allow beer lovers access to fresh beer and brands that might not be available in bottles or cans. And they’re eco-friendly. “Growlers can be reused,” said Charleen

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Bethesda man rises to among the best in the world at competitive stair climbing.



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Woman bikes cross-country to raise cancer awareness PEOPLE & PL ACES AGNES BLUM

When Kiera Zitelman of Kensington graduated from

Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring in 2009 and the University of Maryland, College Park in May, her mother, Carole O’Toole, told her the same thing. “I remember her saying, ‘I didn’t think I’d be here to see you graduate,’” Zitelman, now 22, said. That’s because when Zitelman was 2, O’Toole was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer. At one time, she was given 18 months to live. But O’Toole has survived for decades, and not only was there at both of Zitelman’s graduations, but plans to be in Portland, Ore., on Aug. 10 when her daughter’s cross-country bike ride to raise awareness of young adults with cancer comes to an end. Zitelman is riding in the Ulman Fund’s annual 4K for Cancer ride that began June 2 at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. Four teams of 25 to 30 members each are cycling to either San Francisco, San Diego, Seattle or Portland, covering some 4,000 miles. They each are required to raise at least $4,500 for the cause. “We frequently hear how inspiring the ride is,” Zitelman said. “At the beginning I was scared of riding across the country, but as we’ve gone on, I definitely see how people are inspired by us.” Riders started the journey by dipping their tires in the harbor then headed west. By the first day, they had started their first climb of the Appalachian Mountains. The second day, they had climbed 6,000 more feet. “It was pretty brutal,” Zitelman said. The bikers have no budget for food or lodging on the journey, instead relying on donations and hosts along the way. Zitelman, who as of Thursday was trekking through Utah and into Nevada, says the group mostly stays in churches and YMCAs along the route as well as guest houses that hosted groups in years past. “The kids are told to pack a sleeping bag and a bed roll,” O’Toole said, along with clothes to last them the 70-day journey. “That’s it.” Riders plan to finally reach the Pacific Ocean Aug. 9 where, just as they did in Baltimore, they will dip their tires in the water then spend the night gearing up for a final push inland to Portland. Through the journey, Zitelman said, the team has become a family. Once the riders finally arrive in Portland, she said, most will stay for a few more days to say goodbye, then make their way home on their own. A number of riders are from Mary-

land, but most are spread up and down the East Coast. Many teammates have already made plans to visit one another later. “I don’t think I’ll bike to see them,” Zitelman said with a laugh. “I think I’ll take a long break from cycling after this.”

gomery County. Volunteers will be in front of the supermarkets to accept donations of nonperishable foods. Items on the Manna Healthy Food Wish List include canned tuna and salmon packed in water, canned or dried beans, brown rice and oatmeal. The complete list will be available at the stores. “The current need for donations of canned products is critical during these summer months,” Jenna Umbriac, director of nutrition programs for Manna, wrote in an email. “While we are able to provide our clients with an abundance of fresh produce this season, we are very low on staple nonperishable items.”

Local lawmakers 100 percent green Since 1979, the Maryland League of Conservation Voters has been scoring state lawmakers on environmental issues. This year, all three District 16 delegates — Susan C. Lee, Ariana B. Kelly and C. William Frick, all of Bethesda — plus Sen. Brian E. Frosh of Chevy Chase — scored 100 percent. The nonprofit’s 2013 scorecard reflects both committee and floor votes on issues including public health protections, clean energy, hydraulic fracturing for natural gas, and land and wildlife conservation.

Boy is skimboard champ Casey Ritzer of Bethesda won his second world championship at last month’s Victoria World Championship of Skimboarding in Laguna Beach, Calif. Casey, 13, joined skimboarders of all ages from around the world as they gathered at Aliso Beach for the twoday competition. Casey, a rising eighth-grader at Pyle Middle School in Bethesda, won in the 12- to 14-year-old division, besting kids from Laguna Beach and Florida. Casey spends his summers in Bethany Beach, Del., and skims regularly in contests on the East Coast from New Jersey to Florida.

Lawyer wins human rights award Jared Genser of Bethesda, founder of Freedom Now — a nonprofit that works to free individual prisoners of conscience — has won the 2013 American Bar Association Section of Litigation’s International Human Rights Award. The award was presented in recognition of Genser’s contributions to the rule of law, access to justice and human rights, said William R. Bay of the association in a prepared statement. Genser founded Freedom Now in 2001 after an experience as a law student helping to secure the release of a British national who had received a 17year prison sentence in Burma for handing out pro-democracy leaflets there. Since then, Freedom Now has helped free more than 25 prisoners of conscience in nations as diverse as Azerbaijan, Cameroon, Egypt and Turkmenistan. The American Bar Association will present the award to Genser at its annual meeting Aug. 9 in San Francisco.

Children’s library program looks at insects


Kiera Zitelman, 22, of Kensington, here at the Nebraska-Iowa state line, began the Ulman Fund’s 4K for Cancer cross-country bike ride in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor on June 2 and expects to reach Portland, Ore., on Aug. 10.

Bethesda doctor releases first album

School in Bethesda: Alison M. Foreman, Georgia Institute of

Shari Hall, a Bethesda physician, has just released her debut album “Perfect Love.” The album, with upbeat techno-rhythms and vocals, features adult contemporary tracks. Hall, a singer and songwriter, performed at an album release party Saturday at 4935 Bar and Kitchen in Bethesda, accompanied by a Washington, D.C., band, The Sound of the City. Also slated to perform were guitarist Stanley Cooper, Kevin Hall on sax and Marcus Moore on violin. Hall is an anesthesiologist who has worked at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, according to her website.

County students awarded National Merit Scholarships Thirteen Montgomery County public school students received National Merit Scholarships in the latest round of awards sponsored by universities and colleges. This final round brings the total number of this year’s county public school winners to 65, or more than one-third of the 185 recipients in Maryland. The latest winners include the following: • Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School: Elena Waidmann, Washington University, biology. • Winston Churchill High School in Potomac: Felix Li, University of Maryland, medicine; and Sara Y. Wang, Washington University, economics. • Walt Whitman High

Technology, computer science; and Brandon T. Shapiro, Brandeis University, undecided.

Campus congrats Margaret Baglien, daughter of Brent and Susan Baglien of Potomac, received a bachelor’s

degree from the School of Communication at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. Baglien is a graduate of Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda. At Northwestern she was a member of Delta Delta Delta Sorority.

County teams up with Univision Montgomery County is teaming up with Noticias Washington, the area’s Univision television station. The county will have a weekly news segment called “Montgomery al Día,” or “Montgomery Today.” The segment will highlight programs, services and events related to the county’s departments. Lorna Virgilí, a Spanish language broadcast journalist and public information officer with the county, will lead the segment. It will be shown during Friday newscasts of Noticias Washington.

Help the Hungry food drive this weekend Manna Food Center in Gaithersburg, Montgomery County’s primary food bank, will hold its July Help the Hungry food drive from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at all 27 Giant Food stores in Mont-

Children are invited to help rescue Benjamin the bug — and learn about “The Bugs of Blackwood” — with the Sciencetellers at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Chevy Chase Library, 8005 Connecticut Ave. Children can take part in experiments with fire, gas, air pressure, water and chemicals to find out if Benjamin’s “friends” can save him. This free event is open to children from 5 to 12 years old. For more information, call 240773-9590.

TV show seeks Montgomery participants Producers of the DIY Network show “I Want That” are looking for homeowners in Montgomery County to be on the program. The show features homeowners demonstrating smart appliances, gadgets, tools and other products in their homes. Participants will get to keep the products they demonstrate. The show’s casting team is looking for “enthusiastic, clearspoken homeowners,” particularly those with flexible schedules during the week, according to a news release from the show. Homes within a 30-minute drive of downtown Washington will be particularly considered. Some basic knowledge of home improvement is required, although the show is not a renovation or home-makeover program. Applications for the show can be found at diynetwork. com/about-us/new-diy-seriescasting-in-washington-dc/ index.html.

Cybersecurity camp is for middle-schoolers Montgomery College’s

Germantown campus will offer a

one-week summer camp, Monday through Aug. 2, for middle school students interested in the growing field of cybersecurity. The session provides handson activities focused on science,

technology, engineering, math and cybersecurity. Students will be taught basic concepts of programming, forensics, cryptography and program management from a series of gaming, modeling and simulation activities that explore the interconnections of science, math, technology and computers, according to the school. Camp will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The campus is at 20200 Observation Drive. The cost is $250 for county residents. Registration at

Ex-Redskins to play in softball fundraiser The inaugural Redskins Alumni Association softball tournament will be held Sept. 7 at Morris Park in Gaithersburg. The coed double-elimination tournament will start at 8 a.m. and continue on two fields during the day, with the championship game set for 8 p.m. The park is at 421 Summit Hall Road. All players will receive a T-shirt. A DJ, food vendors and silent auctions will be featured, while attendees will have the opportunity to meet former Redskins players. Money raised at the event will be donated to Literacy for a Lifetime. Usborne Publishing will match 50 percent of the total earned at the tournament to donate books to underprivileged children in the Washington, D.C., area. Team registration forms for T-shirt orders are due Aug. 18. For more information, visit or contact event manager Lindsay King at info@

DEATHS Maxwell Croft Howard Maxwell Croft Howard, 91, formerly of Rockville, died July 17, 2013 at the Charlestown retirement community in Catonsville. A service will take place at 10 a.m. July 27 at Pumphrey’s Funeral Home in Rockville, followed by interment at Parklawn Memorial Park.

Charles Gordon Hollister Charles “Chuck” Gordon Hollister, 82, formerly of Gaithersburg and recently of Schuyler, Neb., died July 18, 2013, in David City, Neb. Funeral services will take place at 11 a.m. July 22 at the Svoboda Funeral Home South Chapel in Wahoo, Neb., followed by burial at the Cedar Grove Extension Cemetery in New Bern, N.C.

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Walter Reed study lays out traffic impact Navy report looks at facility’s environmental effects; public has until Aug. 19 to weigh in n


The Navy released its two-volume final environmental impact statement regarding the effect of two construction projects at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center campus in Bethesda on Friday. One of the Navy’s two projects evaluated in the study involves replacing five small buildings on the Walter Reed campus with one 573,000-square-foot building. The other project involves building a 341,000-square-foot education and research facility and a 144,000-square-foot above-ground parking garage at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. The 243-acre Bethesda campus is bounded by Rockville Pike to the west, with the National Institutes of Health

main campus and the Medical Center Metro Station across the street. To the north sits Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart and Columbia Country Club is to the south. Ever since the campus was expanded under the Base Realignment and Closure program known as BRAC, traffic has been an issue. The Navy has been diligent in addressing the congestion that spills from the campus onto Rockville Pike, often times backing it up in both directions, said Phil Alperson, the Montgomery County BRAC coordinator. One of the issues mentioned in the statement is that between the two new projects, 900 new parking spots will be added to the campus. This may be a problem because many personnel work odd shifts that transit options may not be available, Alperson said, and many will end up driving. That's 900 more cars on the road every day. “The Navy has worked hard to get people to find other ways to work,” Alperson

said. With these new buildings, it will have to keep that effort up. Some of those efforts have been building a series of connecting bicycle pathways that lead to and cut through the campus, working with transportation officials to revamp the nearby Metro and encouraging use of public transportation and carpooling, Alperson said. Now that the statement has been released, the public has 30 days to submit comments, until Aug. 19. Comments will be considered when final decisions are made. The two-volume document can be viewed online at www.wrnmmc.capmed. mil/PatientVisitors/SitePages/EIS.aspx Hard copies are also available to the public at five Montgomery County libraries: Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Davis, Kensington Park, and Rockville Memorial. A copy also is available at the BethesdaChevy Chase Regional Services Center. To ensure a staffer will be available, call 240777-8200.

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Employee Bridgid Sullivan assists customers Sunday afternoon at Homestead Farm n Poolesville.

County farm tour features fruit, wine, animals, eggs, meat Agricultural industry highlighted this weekend n




Mercedes Booker of Forestville and Christian Rivera of Germantown, along with other Dogtopia employees, volunteer their time Sunday as they bathe dogs, including Abby, a Pomeranian, for donations to Veterans Moving Forward and America’s VetDogs. The fundraiser was held at the dog-care store’s North Bethesda location.

Restaurant Week helps veterans, local businesses n

26 eateries to participate BY AGNES BLUM STAFF WRITER

For one week, sipping refreshing gazpacho, nibbling on cheese and partaking in pie at some local eateries will help both wounded veterans and the restaurants’ bottom lines. For the first time, dining at any of the 26 restaurants participating in “BethesdaChevy Chase Summer Restaurant Week,” which runs from July 29 to Aug. 4, will mean making a donation to the Yellow Ribbon Fund. The Bethesda-based nonprofit helps wounded veterans with housing, transportation and support programs once they have returned home. Participating restaurants will offer two- and three-course lunches for $12 or $16 and dinners for $33. Restaurants will donate 10 percent of the week’s proceeds

to the Yellow Ribbon Fund and diners can contribute more if they like, said Laura Kimmel, spokeswoman for the Restaurant Association of Maryland. The association organizes the event along with the Bethesda Urban Partnership and the Greater Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chamber of Commerce. For a complete list of sponsors, visit the Restaurant Week website. The goal is to raise $5,000, Kimmel said. Bethesda’s summertime restaurant week was launched in 2005. There is also one in the wintertime. The success of Washington’s restaurant week paved the way, Kimmel said. The promotion comes at a time when restaurant business is slow. “Summer is a time we see a dip in business, with vacations,” said Sophia Coppula of the Bethesda Urban Partnership said. “This reminds people there are great restaurants in downtown Bethesda.” And Chevy Chase, and Potomac and even Rockville. All have restaurants par-

ticipating this year. The summer months are slow, said Kyle Gaffney, a managing partner at The Capital Grille in Friendship Heights, so the timing is perfect. “You wouldn’t do this the week before the December holidays,” Gaffney said. “It’s strategically done to drive business.” And drive business it does. Gaffney estimated that the number of customers The Capital Grille sees during restaurant week almost doubles. The customers are a mix, he said, of regulars who come in for their favorites and newbies who are looking for a deal Those customers may be paying a smaller tab than usual, he said, but the numbers make up for it. “The biggest difference is more people,” he said. “The margins may be a bit different. But margins don’t go in the bank, profits go in the bank.”

Touring farms this weekend in Montgomery County can include more than picking up some local produce. Visitors to the Heyser Farm in Silver Spring can also kick back in the farm’s orchard and enjoy a bottle of wine amid the trees. The farm, which specializes in peaches this time of year and apples in the fall, now has a winery license and tasting room, said farm manager Mike Heyser. The farm off New Hampshire Avenue works with Matt Cimino, a winemaker with Great Shoals Winery in Somerset County, to produce a number of products including hard ciders and sparkling wines. Farm tour visitors will be able to taste the wines or purchase them by the glass, bottle or case. Thirteen farms and animal facilities across Montgomery County will welcome visitors, show off their products and offer special entertainment at the 24th annual Farm Tour and Harvest Sale on Saturday and Sunday. Visitors to the farms can see how a variety of fruits and vegetables grow and how eggs, cheese and meats are produced during the tour. Farm-produced products are also for sale. In addition to several working farms, the tour will include farm-related venues such as Poplar Springs Animal Sanctuary in Poolesville, a 400-acre animal refuge that rescues abused and abandoned farm animals, and the King Farm Dairy Mooseum in Germantown. The purpose of the Farm Tour and Harvest Sale, which started in 1989, is to promote awareness among county residents of the scope of farming in their own backyard, said Jeremy Criss, agricultural services manager for the county. Criss said there are 561 farms in Montgomery County, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture 2007 census, 217 produce food you can eat at the table, he said. The rest are commodity farms — those that raise wheat, soybeans, field corn or hay. The USDA census is published every five years, Criss said and the 2012 report will not be available until later this year. A farm is defined “as any place from which $1,000 or more of agricultural products were produced and sold, or normally would have been sold, dur-

Ripe blackberries at Homestead Farm in Poolesville ing the year,” according to the USDA. Agriculture contributes in excess of $243 million annually to the economy of Montgomery County and employs about 10,000 people, Criss said. In the state it is big business — the biggest. “The No. 1 industry in the state of Maryland is agriculture. It is the No. 1 business in terms of both people employed and land mass use,” Criss said. “Maryland agriculture is a $8.25 billion annual business.” Though there are so many farms in Montgomery County, Criss said, there are only about a dozen that can handle the more than 5,000 people expected to participate in the Farm Tour and Harvest Sale throughout this weekend. “Over the years the program evolved to include those farms with a farm market [almost exclusively],” he said. Traditional farms were not set up for so many visitors in terms of parking and allowing people to roam through their fields and barns. “Not every farmer can deal with hundreds and hundreds of people coming,” he said. Ben Allnutt of Homestead Farm in Poolesville said Farm Tour Weekend does not make a difference in his bottom line, because many of his regular customers visit different farms that weekend, ones are not regularly open. Still, he said, it’s a good day. “And you can guarantee it will be the hottest day of the year,” he said. The Farm Tour and Harvest Sale will be held rain or shine from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Seven of the sites participating in the weekend tour are open both Saturday and Sunday, and six are open Saturday only. Specific information is available at


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Committee weighs pay Mizeur launches gubernatorial campaign Takoma Park delegate levels for county’s next stresses importance of community service executive and council n

Current elected leaders already scheduled for salary increase this year




Montgomery County Council members and Executive Isiah Leggett will get a raise this fiscal year, along with county employees, but the next council and executive could be paid even more. Every four years, a sevenmember compensation committee convenes to evaluate the salaries of the council, the executive, the county sheriff and the state’s attorney and to recommend how much those who will hold office after the next election should make. The citizen committee’s recommendation — if approved by the council — would not change pay for current county leaders, as that is prohibited by state law. But it will establish salaries for those elected in the November 2014 general election. Regardless of what the committee decides for the future, the current crop of elected officials is slated for a pay raise this fiscal year, which started July 1, according to a council news release. Currently, members of the all-Democratic council earn $104,022 annually. The council presidents receives an additional salary, for a total of $114,425. Leggett (D) earns $180,250. Sheriff Darren Popkin (D) earns $154,000 and John McCarthy (D), the state’s attorney, makes $199,000, according to a county news release and salary data. For council members, Leggett and McCarthy, their pay will go up at different points this fiscal year by whichever is lower, the average regional Consumer Price Index for a 12-month period, or 3.25 percent — which is the same amount the county

approved as a cost of living increase for members of its general employees union, United Food and Commercial Workers/ Municipal and County Government Employee’s Organization local 1994. At most, council members’ salaries could increase approximately $3,381. Leggett’s salary could go up as much as approximately $5,858 and McCarthy’s as much as about $6,468. Popkin also will get a salary bump this year. His pay will increase 2.1 percent — the amount approved for members of the police union, Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 35 — or the index, whichever is lower. Popkin’s salary could increase as much as $3,234. The compensation committee is scheduled to issue its recommendations no later than mid-September. Residents have until Aug. 9 to comment on what their elected leaders will make next term. Residents can e-mail comments to or mail comments to Jean Arthur’s attention at Compensation Committee, Montgomery County Council, 100 Maryland Ave., 5th Floor, Rockville, MD 20850. Every member of Montgomery’s current elected leadership either plans to run for re-election or is considering a different county office. Popkin and McCarthy have filed to run again for their present posts, according to the Maryland Board of Elections. Leggett has announced that he will seek re-election as executive. Councilman Philip M. Andrews (D-Dist. 3) of Gaithersburg has filed to run against Leggett for executive. Councilwoman Valerie Ervin (D-Dist. 5) of Silver Spring had formed an exploratory committee to run for executive, but has not publicly detailed her plans.



Del. Heather Mizeur kicked off her campaign for governor with a series of events across the state emphasizing the importance of service. The events included a meeting Friday with supporters in Glenarden for which people were asked to bring supplies for a Capitol Heights shelter for women and children, restoring a playground in Silver Spring on Saturday, cleaning up marshlands in Cambridge on Sunday and reading with campers at a summer program in Baltimore on Monday.







At the Silver Spring event, about 30 volunteers braved intense heat to help repaint areas for hopscotch, foursquare and other games at Galway Elementary School, Mizeur (D-Dist. 20) of Takoma Park said. Mizeur, 40, joins a Democratic primary field that includes Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, who has chosen Howard County Executive Ken Ulman as his running mate. Attorney General Douglas Gansler has said he’ll run, but doesn’t plan to start campaigning formally until the fall. Harford County Executive David Craig and Anne Arundel Del. Ronald George (Dist. 37B) are seeking the Republican nomination. Craig recently picked Del. Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio (Dist. 37B) of Newcomb as his running mate. Mizeursaidshe’semphasizing


Del. Heather Mizeur (D-Dist. 20) of Takoma Park kicked off her campaign for governor with events across the state. service in her campaign because community service offers people a chance to talk and work with peopletheyotherwisemightnot. One of her focuses in office would be to create a statewide service corps, along with rethinking how Maryland creates jobs and approaches the criminal justice system.

“I think it’s time to fundamentally change the way we do business, how we govern this state,” Mizeur said. She added that the comment wasn’t intended as a criticism of the administration of Gov. Martin O’Malley (D).


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Investigation: Rock Terrace School program ‘poorly managed’ BY


Montgomery County Public Schools found the workstudy program at Rock Terrace



School was “poorly managed” and “money was inappropriately used,” according to a letter Thursday from Christopher S. Garran, associate superintendent of county high schools, to

the school’s parents. However, there does not appear to have been fraudulent activity by school staff, the letter said. The Montgomery County

State’s Attorney’s Office is continuing to investigate the allegations with assistance from the school system. Thursday’s letter said the school’s principal, Dianne G. Thornton, who had been on administrative leave, announced her retirement effective Aug. 1. The Rockville school serves developmentally disabled students. “To date, the investigation has found that there appears to have been no attempt to intentionally defraud students and their families of funds provided to students as part of their educational program,” the letter said. The letter was posted on the school’s website late last week


and a recorded phone call went out to parents and staff directing them to the letter, said district spokesman Dana Tofig. Parents claimed weeks ago that the school’s administration had misappropriated the funds. Tofig said he could not comment on whether Thornton’s retirement was related to the investigation, saying it was a personnel matter. Reached by phone on Monday, Thornton said she was not interested in commenting. Tofig said the investigation involved interviews with several parents and the school’s staff. Student bank account records at the school were found “incomplete” and the Mont-

gomery County State’s Attorney’s Office will request account records from the Educational Systems Federal Credit Union using subpoenas, the letter said. Accounts were created at the credit union to hold money students earned through workstudy experiences. The school system also sent a second letter to the family of every student known to have a credit union account or who was in the payroll system, Tofig said in an email, adding that families of students from prior years were included. The letter said the school system’s investigation, which is continuing, “has not found criminal wrongdoing.”


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POLICE BLOTTER 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.

Commercial Burglary • On July 3 or 4 in the 4900 block of St. Elmo Avenue, Bethesda. Forced entry, unknown what was taken.

Residential Burglary • 4500 block of Avondale Street, Bethesda, at 7:30 a.m. July 1. No forced entry, took property. • 4600 block of Saul Road, Kensington, between July 2 and 7. Forced entry, took property. • 4000 block of Glenridge Street, Kensington, between July 2 and 8. Forced entry, unknown what was taken. • 10700 block of Shaftsbury Street, Kensington, at 6 a.m. July 3. Attempted forced entry, took nothing. • 9900 block of Julliard Drive, Bethesda, at 11:30 p.m. July 3. Forced entry, took nothing. • 5300 block of Westpath Way, Bethesda, at 9 a.m. July 6. No forced entry, took property. • Unit block of Burning Tree Court, Bethesda, on July 6 or 7. Forced entry, took property.

Sexual Assault • On July 6 between 4:30 and 9:15 a.m. at Marriott Courtyard Hotel, 5520 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. The suspect is known to the victim.

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Superintendent: Focus shifting to new state standards BY


Both elementary and middle school students in Montgomery County Public Schools dropped in math proficiency, as did elementary school students in reading proficiency, according to Maryland School Assessment results released Tuesday. In Montgomery County, elementary school math proficiency declined 5.2 percentage points from 89.7 percent in 2012 to 84.5 percent in 2013; middle school math proficiency declined 3.3 percentage points from 81.2 percent in 2012 to 77.9 percent in 2013. On the reading portion of the test, about 89.7 percent of elementary school students scored proficient or higher — a 2 percentage point drop


Continued from Page A-1 Merkel, whose husband has owned the popular beer, wine and gourmet food shop on Arlington Road for 41 years. “They never make it into the landfill.” The county’s move is part of a nationwide wave of growler legalization. Once identified primarily with the locavore and fixed-gear bike crowd, growlers

from 91.7 percent of elementary school students in 2012. Middle school students improved their reading proficiency by about half a percentage point, with 89.3 of students scoring proficient or higher this year. Superintendent Joshua P. Starr said he attributes the decline in scores in part to the school system’s focus shifting toward new state standards that don’t match up with state assessment used to test grades 3 through 8 this year. “We’re not focused, as you know, on the MSA at all. I’ve told people I don’t want us to focus on that,” Starr said. “We’ve been focused on Common Core [State Standards] for a while now.” The school system plans to replace the Maryland School Assessment with the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers test in the 2014-15 school year. Montgomery County’s results generally mirror statewide results, which also showed declines in elementary and

have gone mainstream. Before the law, only breweries could sell growlers. That list includes Rock Bottom in Bethesda, Gordon Biersch in Rockville, Growlers Brew Pub of Gaithersburg and Franklin’s Restaurant Brewery & General Store in Hyattsville. But the Merkels said it wasn’t a fair playing field, as growlers can be sold right across the Washington, D.C., line in Whole Foods Markets thanks

middle school math proficiency, a decline in elementary reading proficiency and an increase in middle school reading proficiency. Bill Reinhard, a spokesman for the Maryland State Department of Education, said the results make sense given schools’ full or partial implementation of Common Core standards in their curriculum this past school year. Maryland schools are “teaching to a target that isn’t the same as the test,” he said. The decline in math scores demonstrates the different order in which math concepts are addressed under the new and old curriculums, Reinhard said. “The concepts are somewhat switched around in Common Core,” he said. The relatively large drop of math proficiency in third-graders — most of whom have been taught based on the new state standards since kindergarten — demonstrates the difference

to a D.C. law passed last year. Virginia has been letting some retailers sell growlers for several years now, as well. It’s just one more way a country of beer drinkers can get its fill. Sales of beer in the United States surpassed the combined sales of wine and liquor in 2011, according to the Brewers Association, an organization dedicated to promoting and protecting small and independent American brewers.

between the old and new curriculums, Starr said in a memo to the county board of education. Starr said the elimination of the modified state test for special education students also played a part in this year’s scores. With the modified test no longer available, he said, some students were tested in ways that might have been inappropriate for them. Reinhard said the modified MSA was eliminated this year as another part of the state’s transition to the new standards and test. The new state test won’t have a modified version available, so “it just made sense to put all our student populations together,” he said. The county school system continued to see achievement gaps this year, Starr said. At the elementary school level, the gap between the number of both black and Hispanic students proficient in

Prices around the county vary quite a bit. At Growlers Brew Pub, for example, an empty jug — the equivalent of four pint glasses — would set you back $15, while filling it with the house brew costs another $15. By contrast, a growler at the Merkels’ shop runs $7, but filling it up costs between $20 and $30, depending on the beer. The Merkels sold their first growler on July 2, and business has been steady since, Charleen

math and their white and Asian counterparts increased by about 5 and 7 percentage points, respectively, according to the data. The proficiency gap between black and Hispanic middle school students and their white counterparts in math grew by about 3.5 percent points to 4 percentage points. In elementary school reading, the proficiency gap widened by about four percentage points between Hispanic students and their white counterparts. Starr said, however, that it is unclear what achievement gaps might look like based on the new state test. The drop in scores this year offers proof that students are being taught based on the new standards, he said. “It means that our teachers and our staff and our leaders are doing exactly what we’ve been asking them to do,” Starr said.

said. “We’ve sold about 40 or 50 since then,” Charleen said. “We’ve already had refills.” Once a growler is purchased at the shop, it belongs to the customer, who has the responsibility to wash it out and bring it back in good condition if a refill is desired. The menu of options changes daily, even several times a day, Charleen said, and always features craft beers — some of

which are not sold in bottles. A recent sampling included beer from as nearby as Frederick — Flying Dog’s Raging Bitch — and as far away as California — Bear Republic’s Black Racer IPA. “There’s a huge difference in the taste between from the tap and out of a bottle,” Charleen said, While growlers are experiencing a wave of popularity now, pails and jugs used specifically for carrying beer from the local pub have been around since the 19th century. No one knows for sure where the term came from, but there are a few theories floating around among beer aficionados. One is that the term came from the growling sound of carbon dioxide escaping through the lid of pails filled with fresh beer. Another is that growling is a reference to the buckets of beer given to factory workers whose stomachs growled from hunger. Still another is that children would spill some of the beer they were carrying home from the pub, making dad growl in anger. Whatever the origin of their name, they’ve been a hit at Gordon Biersch for the five years that Ian Harvey has worked there. Customers like being able to take home fresh, microbrewed beer, said Harvey, a manager. With their air-tight seals, the brewery’s growlers can keep beer fresh for several days. “That’s one good thing about microbrewery beer,” Harvey said. “It’s strides above your standard domestic beers.”


Continued from Page A-1 The site is now being developed by StonebridgeCarras as a mixed-use building, with 359 residential units above a 50,000-square-foot-Harris Teeter grocery store. Due mainly to the art incubator, the project enjoys wide support from the community. The Woodmont Triangle Advisory Group, made up of residents, developers and business leaders, wrote a letter to the planning board that praised the project. As part of the art incubator, an existing 5-foot-wide alley that runs from Old Georgetown Road to the 4900 Fairmont Ave. project will be widened to 11 feet and be used as an “art alley.” The garage across from the alley will also be used as a backdrop onto which art installations can be projected. The owner of Positano, a longtime Italian restaurant at 4948 Fairmont Ave., told the planning board he would like to see the arts incubator and alley face his restaurant. But when told of the obstacles created by moving the art alley to that side of the building, the owner, Luigi Traettino, said, “I surrender.” Groundbreaking is scheduled for 2015, according to Starr Capital.

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Duncan Hawvermale wrestled from ages 5 to 15. He spent his first two years at James H. Blake High School on the Bengals’ squad, competing in the 103and 112-pound weight classes. Whenhisjuniorseasonrolledaround, he chose not to go out for the team. The sheer repetition of day-after-day practices got boring, he said. A lifelong snowboarder, he was barred from hitting the slopes while his team was on the mat. “I just didn’t want to put the work in anymore. I got tired of it,” Hawvermale said. “I guess I just didn’t love it as much as I used to.” Hawvermale is among the athletes who, in their latter years of high school or at the beginning of college, discontinued sports they’ve played their whole lives. With children focusing on a single sport at younger ages, players such as Hawvermale can burn out easier as they move through the ranks. “I think that there is a ton of pressure out there,” Sherwood High School softball coach Ashley Barber-Strunk wrote in an email. “School (specific classes to take, grades and scores), family pushing them to be the best, and burnout would be among the top reasons students do not go on after college. These kids are playing year-round when they are younger and do it more vigorously as they get older. I think others don’t see a future beyond college and would rather just not have to worry about something they have been doing year-round since they are young.” Barber-Strunk said, in her experience, maybe one of six softball players will actually pursue softball after high school, either intercollegiately or through intramurals. The emphasis on competition at an early age, she said, turns players off from participating as they get older. “The emphasis on being the best certainly plays a role,” she said. “I think athletes need to relax more and not stress so much.” Sherwood rising senior Kasey Rosen played varsity softball her freshman and sophomore years before dropping the sport just before her junior season. She said she played softball for nearly a decade, and after coming off knee surgery a month before the season began, opted to sit the spring out. “I’d been playing for so long and I kind of just needed a break,” she said. “Some of my friends felt the same way. Some people can keep going and enjoy the sport like when they start, but some people just lose the love of the game.” After missing spending time with


Continued from Page A-1 high school competition. The Patriots’ 2013 county title was their fourth straight. But those remarkable accomplishments don’t guarantee a college scholarship, and rarely garner attention from most NCAA Division I college coaches. Recruitment and scouting by college coaches is done almost entirely outside of high school competition, said Montgomery County high school coaches in a wide range of sports. “A lot of the really good Division III schools are interested in him — Hopkins, Tufts, Amherst. But like, Yale, [my daughter] is going there and I knew his academics were identical to hers. So, I emailed the tennis coach and he was super nice. But he emailed back and said, ‘Yes, [Bera] has the academic piece, but I only look at the top 40 to 50 players [in the country],’” fifthyear Wootton boys tennis coach Nia Cresham said. Bera, the 2013 Gazette Player of the Year, might have been a lot closer to that high level had he not foregone the spring USTA tournament circuit each of the past three years to play for Wootton and work on his academics. He almost certainly would be better than his current position of No. 814 (of 2,101) in the U.S. Tennis Association’s Boys 18s national rankings. It’s not a decision Bera regrets at all, he said. High school tennis is important to him; he said his college search is more catered to balancing academics with athletics. But that’s not an attitude —



Rising Sherwood senior Kasey Rosen played softball for nearly a decade before giving the sport up in high school. “I’d been playing for so long, I just needed a break,” she said. friends and family — her older brother Andrew was poised to leave for college — Rosensaidshedecidedshe’dhadenough. “I kind of found a way to get used to it and work my schedule around sports,” she said. “But it just got a little too much. I missed doing stuff with my friends and family. My friends had all this free time and I always wondered what that would be like.” Both Hawvermale and Rosen said they each miss their respective sports. Hawvermale said wrestling always reminded him of friendly roughhousing with his older brother as a child. Rosen said her father gets nostalgic aboutthegametheysharedasshegrewup.

high school over outside participation — that everyone shares. Historically, athletics have been an important part of the American high school culture. Competing well and winning state championships might be the ultimategoal,butstudent-athletes should enjoy and learn from the journey to achieving such feats, Montgomery County high school coaches agreed. Recent studies indicate that participation in sports can help student-athletes in many facets of life, including academically and socially. But in this economy, finding ways to get into college and decrease the growing costs of a continuing education has developed into a competitive sport of its own. As the fight for athletic scholarships reaches new heights, participation in high school sports could become more of a burden than an outlet for Montgomery County’s top athletes. Three of the county’s best boys tennis players — University of Richmond recruit Alex Hahn (Wootton) and Walt Whitman rising seniors Aries Wong and Sean Ngo, the two-time state boys doubles champions — did not compete during the 2012-13 high school season. Several top boys soccer players in the fall skipped playing on their high school team. The reason was a new rule that prohibits U.S. Soccer Academy players from playing high school ball. The U.S. Soccer Development Academy is a partnership between U.S. Soccer and the nation’s top youth club teams to provide the country’s most promising players with an environment designed to produce future national team players. The majority of exposure to

“I kind of wish I was out there again,” she said. “I miss the atmosphere.” But Rosen moved on to play volleyball for the Warriors, where she was part of back-to-back-to-back state championships. She said she doesn’t know if she wants to play varsity volleyball in college, but is convinced she wants to at least play club or recreationally. “It’s so addicting,” she said. Hawvermale’s old wrestling skills certainly came in handy recently — at about 5 a.m. on June 30 in Jackson, N.J. Hawvermale, 22, was a bit groggy walking back to his car. In bare feet and basketball shorts, he was set to drive

four hours from a friend’s graduation party back to College Park. He needed to be there in time to work the 9 a.m. shift at Bill’s Backyard Barbeque. That’s when Hawvermale noticed the trunk of his Chevy Malibu was open and a stranger was rifling through his belongings. A second person was sitting in his front seat toying with his GPS. “The first thing I see is the trunk wide open mysteriously,” Hawvermale said. “The first guy said he was sorry and ran away. The second guy tried to put down my possessions and asked if I could just let him go.” Hawvermale said that wasn’t going to happen. When the perpetrator tried


Thomas S. Wootton High School’s Titas Bera, The Gazette’s Player of the Year in boys tennis, decided against playing on the U.S. Tennis Association’s tournament circuit so that he could play for the Patriots. college recruitment comes from playing high-level travel soccer, or lacrosse, or volleyball, and so on. It comes from competing in college showcase tournaments, high school coaches agreed. Athletes in individual sports such as tennis and golf must support themselves in a year-round ranking system by competing in as many tournaments as possible. Bera has a jam-packed summer tournament schedule to make up for lost time. He’s currently ranked

No. 43 in the USTA Mid-Atlantic Section and hopes to finish the summer inside the top 20. “[Club] is where 99 percent of college recruiting goes on” second-year James H. Blake High boys soccer coach David Edlow said. “Sherwood lost its goalie [to the Academy system]. That was huge. Bethesda-Chevy Chase lost a bunch, Whitman. Northwood, Clarksburg. I think you’re seeing the quality drop. It’s not going to disappear — there’s plenty of people who want to play. But the

to run, Hawvermale’s 10 years of wrestling experience kicked in. As the second intruder tried to flee, Hawvermale used a wrestling move called “leg riding” — when standing above an opponent, a wrestler twists his leg between his foe’s calf and thigh to bring him down. This freed Hawvermale’s hands, so he could calmly reach into his pocket and call police. He restrained the intruder in that hold until authorities arrived. Hawvermale got to work on time. “Your moves in wrestling stay with you,” he said.

top goalkeepers and goal scorers are gone.” Time is the biggest obstacle, coaches agree. A rule in the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association handbook states that students may participate in the same sport outside of the school during that sport’s season — some states forbid even that — but those outside commitments cannot conflict with high school practice and competition. For the most part, high school practice — a mix of elite-level individuals and “normal” high school players — is not preparing these aspiring scholarship athletes to play at the level in which they are competing, high school coaches agreed. Therefore, they are doubling, sometimes tripling, up on training sessions. For example, the county’s top swimmers tend to practice nine times a week, before and after school on certain days. They must fit in their school work in between. “It’s so tough to juggle everything. It creates a lot of pressure. It’s very difficult for these kids to be competitive and play for high school. I think there needs to be a little more flexibility. I think there can be a happy medium,” Cresham said. Some sports are affected more than others. Longtime Winston Churchill girls soccer coach Haroot Hakopian said club and high school teams have found a way to coexist in the girls soccer world, with club teams giving way to high school training in the fall season. Wootton girls basketball coach Maggie Dyer said Amateur Athletic Union teams are almost non-existent during the

winter months. High school sports, of course, still have the same allure. Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart rising junior swimmer Katie Ledecky won an Olympic gold medal in the summer of 2012 but was adamant about her desire to remain a part of the Gators squad in 2012-13. The distance freestyler’s smile seemed just as bright in February — when she set two national high school records en route to winning the 200- and 500-yard freestyle events at this winter’s Washington Metropolitan Interscholastic Swimming and Diving Championships — as when she shocked the world by winning the 800-meter freestyle in London. After the Metros, Ledecky spoke of the important role that high school swimming — the opportunity to represent her school — still plays in her life amid her international success and rapidly growing fame. “I’m committed to my high school team — no doubt I wanted to swim high school. It’s a great chance to be with my Stone Ridge teammates and my friends from high school,” Ledecky said at the time. Friends. Teammates. Representing your school. Currently, those three main factors still seem to outweigh the juggling act many elite high school athletes are enduring, for the most part, high school coaches agreed. But many said they fear that might not always be the case. “It’s a hard decision to make. But it’s always a different feeling competing with a team. It’s a lot more fun — you’re with your friends,” Bera said.


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Normal 7-year-old boys should not be doubled over in excruciating back pain. Knee discomfort should not prevent an 8-year-old girl from frolicking, carefree, with her friends. In the past five to seven years, however, sports-related ailments such as these are becoming more common, Montgomery County-based physical therapist Stacy King said. King has worked with many county athletes, including Walt Whitman High School rising junior basketball player Annabelle Leahy, who recently underwent her second knee surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in as many years. Leahy had her first surgery when she was 12. “I have been practicing since 1999 and within the niche I have, I treat a lot of athletes. Certainly, the average age is coming down. Looking at the median, it’s certainly getting younger. It’s sad to see a kid who is 8 or 7 coming in with such pain. I’m like, ‘This kid is so young. Why is he here?’” King said. The specialization of athletes in one particular sport at increasingly younger ages has opened youth to many injury problems, said William Levine, the director of the Columbia University Medical Center’s Sports Medicine Department of Orthopaedic surrgery for 16 years. In 2007, the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine initiated the Sports Trauma and Overuse Prevention (STOP) campaign because of the rapid increase in sports-related injuries in children. Levine is chairman of the advisory board. Sixteen years ago, Levine said, he rarely saw athletes under the age of 14 with shoulder and elbow injuries, or


Physical therapist Stacy King demonstrates a strength test July 17 in Potomac with Walt Whitman High School rising junior basketball player Annabelle Leahy, who has had two knee operations in the last two years. tears to the anterior cruciate ligament in the knee. ACL injuries have become more common, though, and no longer stand out, he said. “The beauty of playing multiple sports is it allows body parts to recover while others are being strengthened or stressed. [Early specialization] is a major change. “Usually, I’ll say, ‘Who’s your favorite baseball player?’ They’ll say Derek Jeter. I’ll say, ‘What do you think Derek Jeter is doing during the offseason?’ One thing he doesn’t do is he doesn’t play baseball. He doesn’t throw; he doesn’t bat. He lets his body recover from a 162-game season. Then, usually the light bulb goes off,” Levine said. More than 5 million athletes under the age of 18 are suffering sports-related injuries each year and approximately half of these cases are due to overuse, according to the Centers for Disease

Control and Prevention. About 3.5 million children under the age of 14 receive medical treatment for sports injuries each year, according to the STOP website. Children ages 5 to 14 account for nearly 40 percent of all sports-related injuries treated in hospitals. In baseball and softball alone, the number of serious shoulder and elbow injuries in young athletes has increased fivefold. The quest for scholarships, as a way to afford college, helps explain the trend. Youth sports has become a huge moneymaking industry, longtime Winston Churchill High School girls soccer coach Haroot Hakopian said. As more young athletes compete for scholarship money, there’s pressure to maintain an edge. Each sport has become year-round

rather than seasonal. Even in professional sports, Hakopian said, athletes cannot train all year and expect their bodies to hold up. Continually training for specific skills then creates an imbalance, especially in the bodies of younger athletes who are still growing and maturing. Athletes who intend to pursue a sport in college eed to specialize at some point. But high school age is an appropriate time, Hakopian said. “There is a lot of stress in this area,” King said. “Parents feel like [their kids] have to pick a sport at a younger age and it’s perpetuating a problem. When I was a kid, we did all sports. We didn’t specialize until we were closer to high school and it allows our body to use muscles in different ways. “Instead of pushing, you also do pulling activities. If you’re a soccer player and you’re a right-side defender, you’re do-

Online services change the recruiting game Web consultants guide student-athletes through scholarship process



On national letter of intent signing day, cameras flash and prized senior high school athletes slide on sleek, brand new caps with college logos in front of television crews. They have chosen where they will play sports in college. Young men and women are getting a taste super-stardom months before they receive their high school diploma. Now, there are online recruiting consultants to help colleges find those star players. “The angle I tend to look at it from is the athletes with the requisite skills should have a chance to play in college,” CEO Vishwas Prabhakara said. BeRecruited is the largest website in the burgeoning online recruiting industry, with 1.5 million athlete subscribers and more than 25,000 college coaches logging on to search for players in the last year. Any athlete can create a free profile on BeRecruited and post highlight videos, statistics, grades and standardized test scores. The goal is to let coaches see at a glance whether an athlete will fit into their school or system. Athletes can upgrade to a deluxe profile package that provides a monthly report of views that a profile generated. The cost is either $19.99 a month or a one-time $99 fee. College coaches aren’t charged to use the service.


Continued from Page A-1 For all of the money they spend on the finest coaches, world-class teams, and stateof-the-art equipment, there is a slim chance it will be returned in the form of an athletic scholarship. According to recent NCAA statistics, only 2 percent of high school athletes are awarded scholarships to compete in college. Even then, the average scholarship is only $11,000. Most parents easily can spend more than that on youth sports by the time their children reach college. “Huge. It’s huge,” Bullis boys basketball coach Bruce Kelley

“You have your, your — those kids don’t need recruiting services,” BeRecruited spokesman Vince Wladika said. “Those are the .001 percent of kids who are going to get recruited by the Alabamas or Notre Dames. “That means there are 99.999 percent who want to progress in their sport, but need another bump. These services are for the 99.999 percent, not for the super blue-chippers.” University of Tulsa women’s rowing coach Kevin Harris said that for well over half of the athletes on his team, Tulsa recruiters used BeRecruited to reach them. “It’s really important for us to use these services because getting people to pay attention to a rowing school in Oklahoma is tough,” Harris said. “Truthfully, everybody uses it, I just don’t know if they use it as much as we do.” Salisbury University softball coach Margie Knight said she fears too many student-athletes are using recruiting websites to do the work for them. Marketing is a two-way street, she said, and just as athletes like the personal touches coaches put on recruiting tips, coaches like it, too. “A student-athlete still has to be the one to market themselves,” Knight said. “If I’m just getting blasts from BeRecruited, I delete them. It’s not the student-athlete who’s interested; it’s the corporation.” The approach each service takes to corner a market-share is as different as coaching philosophies. BeRecruited focuses on the selfmotivated athlete, Prabhakara and Wladika said. The service has no direct communication with coaches or recruiters. Players fill in their profiles

said about the cost parents must pay to finance their children’s athletic endeavors. Kelley’s son plays basketball. “People talk about the parents being more involved than ever. ... The parents are taking kids to practice constantly. They’re paying for extra camps and teams. The parents are involved right from the beginning with transportation and paying for these camps and teams. ... I can’t quantify [the cost]. That is a big part of the deal.” Some parents might see this as an investment, a security deposit that will be returned in the form of a Division I scholarship. The major colleges compete in Division I. Division II schools, such as Bowie State University, offer fewer athletic scholarships

without the oversight of their high school coach. “It’s the kids’ job to be proactive to keep their profile up to date, so their profile looks good for coaches,” Wladika said. Popular video editing software Hudl also has a recruiting element, though its placed squarely in the hands of high school coaches. As coaches use the program to analyze game film and share it with their teams, players can cut footage into personal recruiting videos and post it on their individual profile page. “From the core, we want to help coaches win and that’s one of the tools we give them,” Hudl recruiting spokesman Kyle Bradburn said. Hudl does not charge athletes for the service. Instead, teams purchase the program and grant access to each of their athletes. Players can go online to view film and create highlights, or they can use Hudl’s mobile app. On the iPhone version, Bradburn said, double-tapping the screen on a selected portion of a video clip automatically creates a highlight. When coaches think their players are ready to release recruiting material, they alone can send out a recruiting package to colleges that includes highlights, statistics, and academic and contact information. “It’s amazing how quickly they can send these packages to a coach,” Bradburn said. “They can have a big game Friday night. And Saturday morning, a college coach can watch the highlights.” Hudl and BeRecruited offer Webonly support. Jay Jackson, the driving force behind Step Your Game Up, a consulting

than the Division I schools (That varies by sport). Division III schools do not offer athletic scholarships. The idea of parents paying large sums in the name of preparing a Division I-caliber athlete saddens Thurman, who raised three children to play collegiate athletics. “You got to have two different things,” Col. Zadok Magruder boys basketball coach Dan Harwood said. “One is unbelievable, God-given athletic ability. Two, if you don’t have that unbelievable talent, you got to have an unbelievable work ethic.” That doesn’t stop some parents from spending money on the most renowned coaches and top-notch equipment.

firm in Northern Virginia, said the recruiting journey necessitates a handson service. “A lot of times, kids end up going through a website, but not a real faceto-face person and I want to be there for them,” he said. “I try to tell kids what to improve on or tell kids they’re not a Division I player. I’ll be honest.” He was a basketball coach for 13 years and spent another 10 as the assistant admissions director at the Flint Hill School in Oakton, Va. Instead of widely offering Step Your Game Up, Jackson said, he takes about 15 athletes per recruiting cycle. There’s a one-time charge of $500, which includes a personalized Web page, highlight video production and Jackson’s services as an evaluator, mentor and guide through the intense process. “Recruiting is a cutthroat business,” he said. “People’s feelings get hurt, especially kids and parents.” Jackson said the personal relationship he has with clients let him pinpoint the best college programs for each player. As an evaluator, he sometimes reaches out to coaches — or vice versa — to put an athlete on their radar. “A family the other week was uncomfortable with the direction they were going and they asked me to call up another program and see how things developed,” Jackson said. “We had a great conversation and the kid is going to go there.” Knight had one piece of advice for student-athletes: “Do your work yourself. Use the services as another tool to get you where you want to go, not as the main tool.”

ing the same types of movements, which develops motor patterns and you grow and get stronger on one side, in one direction. Imbalance leads to more issues,” King said. Another factor in the injury epidemic is underreporting, Levine said. The pressure to be the best, to not show vulnerability, to not “waste” parents’ money, prevents many young athletes from admitting they are in pain, Hakopian said. That pattern continues into high school. Coaches must be in tune with their athletes, Hakopian added. It is typically obvious when an athlete is compensating for pain. Seeking medical attention is imperative, Levine said. While there are some extreme cases where surgery is necessary, the majority of the children he sees can be treated without an operation. Most of these injuries are preventable and can be avoided by taking proper precautions. STOP is geared toward guiding parents, coaches and athletes on how to safely participate in athletics. It provides information on age-appropriate training regimens. A more realistic view of college athletics also might help. “I don’t think people realize how limited those scholarships are,” Hakopian said. “I’m getting you ready to play soccer in college if you want to play soccer in college. There is a vast difference between playing soccer in college vs. getting money for soccer in college. I think a lot of people are getting into it for the wrong reasons. “Straight from the mouth of all [my] players who have ever gone on to play college soccer, it makes the transition to college much easier. You’re going into this world of the unknown and no matter how much you think you know, soccer provides a sort of security blanket. That’s what I tell people. If you’re passionate about the sport and you love playing it, those are the reasons why you should play.”


Cost of buying youth sports equipment adds up quickly

FIELD HOCKEY n Sticks: $50 to $350 n Goggles: $40 to $80 n Gloves: $15 to $30 n Balls: $6 to $10 n Shin guards: $20 to $50 n Bags: $30 to $80 n Total: $161 to $600 for field players n Goalie sticks: $50 to $110 n Goalie protection: $500 to $565 (includes mask, body guard, leg guards, foam hand protectors, girdle, throat protector)

n Goalie total: $550 to $675

ICE HOCKEY n Helmets: $50 to $250 n Gloves: $35 to $190 n Shoulder pads: $40 to $170 n Hockey pants: $50 to $170 n Shin guards: $30 to $150 n Cup and supporter: $30 to $80 n Neck guard: $13 to $20 n Mouth guards: $10 to $30 n Total: $258 to $1,060 n Basketball: $18 to $70 n Baseball: $5 to $15 individually n Football: $20 to $100 n Tennis racquet: $40 to $200 n Golf clubs: $200 to $500

For some, money is the equalizer. Parents paying for equipment, camps, coaches, teams, ice time or green fees, and travel expenses might struggle to make ends meet. Some think the best way to win a scholarship is to attend a college coach’s camp, and have the coach see and work with the child. “It’s haves and have-nots,” Paint Branch field hockey coach Dan Feher said. “Which has always been the case, which we’ve tried in the county to avoid in certain cases. Some places have money; some places don’t.” “Haves” might pay for an unguaranteed future of their children’s athletic careers. “Have-nots” might not be able to afford decent equipment

— a complete golf bag can run around $1,000 — without help. The ramifications are both emotional and financial. “I’d say about half of my kids are members at country clubs and a few have had swing coaches,” Thomas S. Wootton golf coach Paul Williams said. “You’re talking thousands and thousands of dollars. These parents and kids are investing loads and loads of time and money and I can’t put an exact number on it, but the expenses are massive.” He added: “The players come to me knowing how to play. They’ve had swing coaches, they’ve had lessons, they’ve played before, and that’s money.” Each sport has its own costs. It costs more to play golf and


hockey, because of the green fees and ice time, than it does to run track, which requires only a pair of shoes. Asked about certain athletes not having the liberty to choose which sport they want to play due to financial constraints, Thurman said, “Absolutely. There’s absolutely no question about it. I always thought, ‘Wow, I wish I could go to the inner city with a grant and get all these athletes into different sports.’” On the idea of spending money in hopes of getting an athletic scholarship, Thurman said: “Is it worth the extra money? I don’t know. It’s all about trying to find the right balance.”



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Pet project Montgomery County opens its new Animal Services and Adoption Center in Derwood on Nov. 1, meaning a government function that had been provided by the volunteers at the Montgomery County Humane Society will now fall squarely on the county government’s shoulders. The Humane Society spent $1.6 million a year running the well-worn facility on Rothgeb Drive, but as Police Chief COUNTY Thomas NEEDS TO Manger told a County CHANGE Council DOG committee AND CAT last week, LICENSING the new $20 million county center will cost more to run. (The police department oversees animal control services.) One way to bolster the budget would be to seek out grant funds more aggressively. He also mentioned the county could revamp pet licensing. Here, there’s plenty of room for improvement. A few numbers: There are an estimated 400,000 pets in the county. The cost of an annual license for a cat or dog that has been spayed or neutered is $12 and $25 for an unaltered pet. The licensing compliance rate is 7 percent. The county collects $400,000 a year in license fees. There will always be scofflaws, but 7 percent is abysmal. It should be a high priority of the new shelter director to see the compliance rate increase, and fast. A licensed dog or cat ensures that one more pet is vaccinated against rabies, a dangerous disease that can transfer from an animal to a human being. But if a pet license is meant to serve as disease prevention, one has to doubt how seriously the county takes the job. Do pet owners know the licenses need to be updated annually? Do cat owners know they face the same provisions as dog owners? Here, the Humane Society could play a vital role in the new animal services scheme. Another way to improve compliance would be to make it easier to pay. At that committee meeting, participants discussed an online payment system — and it’s odd that one wasn’t created before. And finally, an annual fee of $12 is just too high. Montgomery County residents can point to any number of taxes or fees that ought to be reduced. But the pet tax should be first in line. A homeowner can see the value of paying property taxes, however high, when a police officer meets with a neighborhood watch or a snow plow clears a street. A $12 pet license? Lower the fee, make it easier to pay and remind pet owners it’s their duty. The compliance rate will increase, and fewer tax dollars will be needed to shelter homeless pets. MY MARYLAND BLAIR LEE


Train deaths the result of trespassing The letter was entitled “Train deaths have implication for Purple Line,” was published on July 10, and was written by Mary Rivkin, a member of the board of directors of the Friends of the Capital Crescent Trail. This is a totally false argument. The two young men unfortunately killed in Garrett Park last week were not “killed by the train.” They were trespassing on the railroad, and on the busy CSX line that is the same as if they went out for

a stroll on Interstate 270. In many cases people who do this also have their music player earbuds in, volume turned way up, and never even hear the train coming. The railroad is not your shortcut to get somewhere. Keep off the tracks — always, and expect a train on any track, in either direction, at any time. What is really going on is an argument by a special interest group that does not want a needed transit im-

provement. The Purple Line will be separated from the trail by a fence, and no one with any intelligence is going to be vaulting the fence to go for a stroll on the railroad. Further, the Capital Crescent Trail would not even have been there had the old B&O Georgetown Branch had been purchased by the government decades ago, with the intent that the right of way would ultimately have been a transit line.

Wasteful defense spending hurting county As sequestration cuts sink in, the consensus seems to be that they are causing little pain, even though they have resulted in cuts for programs in Montgomery County such as housing assistance and senior lunch programs, as well as layoffs and furloughs for government workers and contractors. This comes after years of budget cuts necessitated by economic recession. None of this pain would have been necessary if Congress had the courage to cut wasteful spending that has drawn the criticism of both liberals and conservatives, but there has been no action by either side. Military spending is bloated

by pork and waste that primarily benefit a wealthy few without improving national security at all. Publications as diverse as Businessweek and the American Conservative have listed areas of military waste that could be cut. Weapons manufacturing is rife with corruption and overspending. Fighter planes don’t need to cost $200 million to $300 million apiece. They do because contracts are awarded to companies in districts with influential congressmen, based on political expediency not efficiency or comparative advantage. Other Defense Department programs have nothing to do with defense at all: a $100,000 De-

fense Advanced Research Projects Agency strategy planning workshop including a session titled “Did Jesus die for Klingons too?” that entailed a panel debating the implications for Christian philosophy should life be found on other planets; a DOD and Department of Agriculture co-produced reality cooking show called “Grill It Safe”; and DOD-run microbreweries. The needs of Montgomery County citizens are being sacrificed because Congress doesn’t have the willpower to cut the most bloated and unnecessary programs that both parties have criticized as wasteful.

Since last August, I have tried to license five pets, initial one-year licenses for two cats, one-year renewals for one cat and one dog and a three-year renewal for my younger dog. Acknowledgement for only the one-year dog license was returned by MCHS and even that was mishandled. I had checked the box

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Congratulations to those responsible for creation and approval of the development plan amendment increasing retail space to 484,000 square feet in Cabin Branch [“Planning board OKs Clarksburg outlet center,” July 19]. This amendment sets the stage for Clarksburg to finally have the kind of upscale retail that has long been

Muriel Hardin, Silver Spring

Edward Miller, Damascus

needed. It will transform the unused Adventist property into an asset that will re-energize our community, adding more than 1,000 jobs and over $150 million in private investment to the local economy. Most important, it finally will allow for implementation of a broad vision for Clarksburg that not only incorpo-

rates a wide range of business, service and employment opportunities, but positions it to serve as an attractive — and competitive — place for a wide range of employers and a key component of the economic engine that is driving Montgomery County and the entire state forward.

Shanise DeMar, Clarksburg

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for a new tag but no tag was sent. I have the check images from my bank showing that each payment I sent was processed but I am supposed to have the piece of paper from MCHS for each license. I hope the changes coming in the fall will solve the problems with licenses.

Tim Willard, Kensington

Cabin Branch will re-energize Clarksburg community Go to blairlee to read “The Laura Neuman Story,” part 2 of his examination of the Anne Arundel County executive.

Carleton MacDonald, Gaithersburg The writer says he worked for a railroad for 33 years.

Paul Layer was portrayed in a front page article as being a hero for defeating a speed camera ticket in county court [“Montgomery County drops case of Damascus speed camera ticket,” July 10]. I’m sure some of us gave a silent cheer to see someone who escaped a fine, especially for those of us who have received these tickets. However, let me present a different perspective. First, in the article Mr. Layer never refuted his ticket on the basis of speeding. Therefore, there was a good chance he was speeding. Second, the camera is along Ridge Road which is heavily traveled and is flanked by numerous schools, residential homes and businesses. Third, Mr. Layer ties up the court with his case and causes untold Montgomery County resources to be spent. So instead of some money going into our county’s coffers, our judicial system languishes on bureaucratic technicalities and thus wastes our tax money. Personally, I support speed cameras from both the safety and revenue standpoint. And I consider the real heroes as those who obey the laws and pay their fair share for any transgressions.

How will pet licenses be handled? Your article in the July 10 Gazette [“County to play larger role in managing animal shelter”] was a little disturbing to me as it did not mention how pet licensing will be handled after the change. While the Texas firm that used to handle that task had problems, they did a better job than the Montgomery County Humane Society.

There is an excellent trail from Bethesda to Georgetown on the portion that will never be used by transit, and the trail and the Purple Line will be integrated on the portion from Silver Spring to Bethesda. Someone just doesn’t want something in her backyard.

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always thought I was born too late,” said musician James Bazen. “ ... I thought I definitely would have been one of those guys in the big bands traveling around, but that doesn’t happen so much anymore.” While traveling big bands may be a thing of the past, Bazen is still managing to live out his big band dreams today. Bazen is the owner of Music Unlimited, a Montgomery County-based booking agency that schedules local bands and DJs. He’s also the leader of the James Bazen Big Band, a 17-piece jazz orchestra. The band will perform at BlackRock for the first time Saturday. Bazen is a graduate of Greensboro College in North Carolina where he earned a degree in musical performance. He then spent a year studying jazz and commercial music at DePaul University in Minnesota. Bazen moved to Montgomery County from Chicago in 1984. “It took me a couple of years to get the business off the ground and make contacts,” he said.








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James Bazen is also the owner of Music Unlimited, a booking company based in Gaithersburg. PHOTOS FROM JAMES BAZEN BIG BAND

Piano soloist Jon Nakamatsu from California will perform Gershwin’s classic “Rhapsody in Blue” with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra on Thursday at the Music Center at Strathmore. PHOTO BY SARAH SHATZ



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A year after composer Marvin Hamlisch’s death, Wildwood Summer Theatre presents one of his most celebrated scores with their production of “A Chorus Line,” now in its second week at BethesdaChevy Chase High School. “ ... This seemed commemorative,” said Mattia D’Affuso, Wildwood’s producer. The theater company’s members range in age from 14 to 25. A group of Walter Johnson A CHORUS High School students LINE started the n When: 7:30 p.m. company in Friday, July 26, 1965. Since 2 p.m. and 7:30 then, Wildp.m. July 27 wood has p r o d u c e d n Where: Bethesdaat least one Chevy Chase musical every High School, year. 4301 East“Every West Highway, Bethesda year, the producer and din Tickets: $20 rector select adults, $18 a list of five seniors, $12 to six shows students and then the n For information: board holds 240-583-0978, a meeting to choose the shows,” said Ben Lurye, chairman of the board of directors. The 65-member company includes the Wildwood board made up of 15 young people who make decisions about everything from what show the company will produce to rehearsal and performance space. It wasn’t just the anniversary of Hamlisch’s death that led members of Wildwood’s board to choose “A Chorus Line” — the story of Broad-

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Some musicians apply to the Juilliard School in New York for the training they need to become solo pianists, but Jon Nakamatsu of California achieved the same end by using different means. Nakamatsu didn’t go to a music conservatory, but in 1997 the privately trained pianist won the Gold Medal at the prestigious Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, capping his performances with Beethoven’s Second Piano Concerto and Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto. “It changed my life overnight — I began touring three days after that,” said Nakamatsu, who will perform Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” during the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s “Gershwin’s Greatest Hits” concert on Thursday at the Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda.

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GERSHWIN’S GREATEST HITS WITH JON NAKAMATSU n When: 8 p.m. Thursday, July 25 n Where: Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda n Tickets: $25-$45 n For information: 301-581-5100,,


Devin Goodman, director of “A Chorus Line” (left) gives directions to cast member Alex Palmer who plays Zach.


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A Ratner roundup “6 at the Ratner Museum” continues to July 29 at The Dennis and Phillip Ratner Museum, 10001 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda, featur-

ing the “color, abstraction and whimsy” of six unique artists: Rajika Vani Banarjee, Jim Haynes, Kimberly Iles, Ed Ramsburg, Cherie M. Redlinger and Colleen Sabo. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Visit page/calendar.


Kimberly Iles’ “Core,” mixed media on Yupo, 30” x 24.”


The Unexpected Stage Company’s presentation of Alan Bennett’s play, “The Lady in the Van,” continues to Aug. 11 at the Randolph Road Theatre in Silver Spring. From left are Sally Anderson as Miss Shepherd, Adam Downs as Alan Bennett and Lois Sanders-DeVincent as Mam.


The Unexpected Stage production of Alan Bennett’s “The Lady in the Van” continues to Aug. 11 at the Randolph Road Theatre in Silver Spring. Partial proceeds from Sunday’s 2 p.m. performance will benefit The Dwelling Place. Headquartered in Gaithersburg, the nonprofit assists low income families in Montgomery County achieve housing and financial stability. The performance will be followed by a post-show discussion with Dwelling Place board members, director Christopher Goodrich and actors. Audience members are encouraged to mention The Dwelling Place on Sunday, and half of their admission will benefit the organization. Bennett’s play was inspired by his own personal relationship with Miss Shepherd, a homeless eccentric who moved her van into the playwright’s garden — and remained there for 15 years. For more information, visit PHOTOS BY SHERVIN LAINEZ

Cello, guitar and electronics duo Janel and Anthony will perform in concert on Friday at the United Therapeutics BioWall Plaza in Silver Spring. For more information, visit

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Avant-garde at the plaza Sonic Circuits and Cuneiform Records will present the experimental stylings of cello, guitar and electronic duo Janel and Anthony at 6 p.m. Friday at the United Therapeutics BioWall Plaza, Cameron and Spring Streets, Silver Spring. The avant-garde concert marks a first for the plaza, a new urban space recognized for its architecture and “green” design. Guitarist Anthony Pirog and cellist Janel Leppin’s second album, “Where is Home” (Cuneiform) draws on everything from Hindustani ragas to surf rock. Rain date is 4 p.m. July 27. For more information, visit


“Lanterneers” from the puppet company Nana Projects.

Strathmore’s puppet extravaganza continues at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday with “Nana Projects: Alonzo’s Lullaby” at CityDance Studio Theater 405. Featuring an original score co-written and performed live by Strathmore Artist in Residence alumna ellen cherry, Nana Projects’ haunting tale of madness, passion and intrigue was inspired by the tragic Hagenback-Wallace Circus train wreck of 1918. Nana Projects’ style of puppetry is performed by “lanterneers” who project hand-manipulated cutout images made of acrylic gels onto a screen, gracefully and ingeniously using tricks of Victorian magic lantern slide shows. The program is intended for audiences ages 10 and older. Tickets are $8. For more information, visit www.



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Cuba calling: Free concert offers Afro-Cuban music in Gaithersburg Cuban sounds influenced by West African rhythms




Traveling to Cuba has become easier in recent years. Those who can’t get there, however, can experience the island’s Afro-Cuban music at the annual Latin Music and Dance Festival on Friday in Gaithersburg. Performing at the event for the first time will be the Afro Bop Alliance, a jazz septet that won a Latin Grammy in 2008 for its CD “Caribbean Jazz Project.” Also performing will be the DC Casineros, a Washington, D.C., based troupe named after a popular Cuban-style salsa called casino. The free outdoor event will take place at the City Hall Concert Pavilion. Organizers suggest bringing a blanket or low-back chair for lawn seating and encourage audience members to join in and dance along with the music. “They say in Cuba, ‘If you can walk, you can dance,’” said DC Casineros director Amanda Gill. Gill, who speaks Spanish, has been to Cuba eight times, most recently with a group of students from George Mason University based in Fairfax, Va. “We’ll probably be getting the audience in circles and lines so they can learn the basic footwork,” she said. Popular dances in Cuba include the “rueda de casino” (“wheel of casino”), a highenergy group dance performed by couples in a circle. A social dance, it became popular in Cuba during the 1950s, Gill said. “I think Cuba has the widest range, probably the richest range of music,” she said about its African influences. West African musicians use the five-stroke clave rhythmic pattern, and the clave is at the center of Cuban music, she said. “It’s found in most Cuban dance forms,” said Gill, referring to dances such as the rumba, salsa, son (which pre-dated salsa), mambo and timba, which has become increasingly popular in Miami.

LATIN MUSIC AND DANCE FESTIVAL n When: 7-9 p.m. Friday, July 26 n Where: City Hall Concert Pavilion, 31 S. Summit Ave., Gaithersburg n Tickets: Free n For information: 301-2586350,

Cuban musicians also developed a connection to musicians in New York over the years, tapping into the rhythms of American jazz, while AfricanAmericans traveled to Cuba in the 1930s and 1940s. After the Cuban Revolution ended in 1959, the Castro regime set up free music, dance and art schools in the country, which enabled people who had danced as part of their everyday lives to also study the music behind the dances. “It was then that popular music got more complex,” Gill said. “It’s never been considered ‘low’ art, because it’s become so sophisticated.” Joe McCarthy, percussionist and leader of the Afro Bop Alliance, said Afro-Cuban music has a “rhythmic depth” that makes it “some of the hippest music” out there. McCarthy teaches music at George Mason University and at Georgetown University in the District. Currently leader of the Naval Academy jazz ensemble, McCarthy said he first heard Afro-Cuban music in college in Connecticut and later learned more about it from musicians in New York. “It’s been a profound impact that goes both ways,” said McCarthy about the cross-cultural links between Cuba and the U.S. “American and Cuban musicians have their strengths and they rub off on one another,” he said. Traditionally Cuban musicians learned music by watching and listening to others. “The street training gave them a reaction time and listen-


The Casineros, who perform Afro-Cuban dances, will perform at the Latin Music and Dance Festival in Gaithersburg on Friday, July 26. From left are Laura Dalemarre, Adrian Valdivia, Alison Blank, Amanda Gill, Cedric Teamer and Margaret Villalonga. Kneeling are Jahaira Vanegas and William Sanchez. ing skills that were stronger than [conservatory trained musicians in the U.S.],” he said. “The Americans could read music well, but they can’t improvise as well.” McCarthy said the Afro Bop Alliance typically plays jazz made more for listening than dancing but that it is reworking some of its music for dances like the mambo and cha-cha for the Gaithersburg concert. Even so, he said the band, with its two saxophones, trumpet, bass, drums and recently added steel pan, is not likely to sound like a typical Latin dance band. “It’s definitely not your standard type of salsa,” he said.

From left are three of the seven members of The Afro Bop Alliance — saxophonist Vince Norman, bassist Tom Baldwin and bandleader and percussionist Joe McCarthy. PHOTO BY JASON GILMAN

IN THE ARTS DANCES Hollywood Ballroom, July 24, free International Fox Trot Routine lesson at 7:30 p.m., Social Ballroom dance at 8:15 p.m. ($15); July 25, Aug. 1, Tea Dance from 12:30-3:30 p.m. ($6); July 26, dropin lessons at 7:30 p.m., West Coast Swing Dancing with Dance Jam Productions at 9 p.m. ($15); July 27, Latin Night with Mr. Mambo, workshops from 8-10 p.m., dance from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. ($18 for workshop and dance; $15 for dance only after 10 p.m.); July 28, free Tango lesson at 7 p.m., Social Ballroom Dance at 8 p.m. ($15); July 31, free International Fox Trot Routine lesson at 7:30 p.m., Social Ballroom Dance at 8:15 p.m. ($15), 2126 Industrial Highway, Silver Spring, 301-326-1181, Glen Echo Park is at 7300 MacArthur Blvd. Blues, Capital Blues: Thurs-

days, 8:15 beginner lesson, 9-11:30 p.m. dancing to DJs, Glen Echo Park’s Spanish Ballroom Annex, $8, Contra, July 26, Gaye Fifer calls to Coffee Zombies, 7:30 p.m. lesson, 8:30 p.m. dance, Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom, $10, www. Contra & Square, July 28, Gaye Fifer with The Coffee Zombies, 7:30 p.m., Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom, $12 for general, $9 for members, $5 for students, www. English Country, July 24, Caller: Tom Spilsbury; July 31, Caller: Anna Rain, 8 p.m., Glen Echo Town Hall (upstairs), www.fsgw. org. Scottish Country Dancing, 8-10 p.m. Mondays, steps and formations taught. No experience, partner necessary, T-39 Building on NIH campus, Wisconsin Avenue and South Drive, Bethesda, 240505-0339. Swing, Aug. 10, The Boilermaker Jazz Band, lesson at 8 p.m., dancing at 9 p.m., Glen Echo Park, $15, Waltz, Aug. 4, Quartetto Con Brio; Aug. 18, Waverly Station, 2:45-3:30 p.m. lesson, 3:30-6 p.m., dance, $10,

MUSIC & DANCE Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, Bethesda Blues & Jazz

Orchestra, 7:30 p.m. July 25, $10; Tracy Hamlin, 8 p.m. July 26, $30; Doc Scantlin & His Imperial Palms Orchestra, 8 p.m. July 27, $35, VMA

Summer Institute Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. July 28, $15; Music Pligrim Trio w/Special Guest Mary Alouette, 7:30 p.m. July 31, $10; Main Event, 8 p.m. Aug. 2, $10; The Tony Rich Project, 8 p.m. Aug. 3, $30; Nadine Rae & The Allstars, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 4, $10, 7719 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda, 301-634-2222, The Fillmore Silver Spring, Enanitos Verdes con nuevo disco Tic Tac, 8 p.m. July 26, 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, 301-960-9999,, www. Institute of Musical Traditions — Takoma Park, TBA, Takoma

Park Community Center, call for prices, times, Takoma Park Community Center, 7500 Maple Ave., Takoma Park, 301-960-3655, www.

Institute of Musical Traditions — Rockville, TBA, Saint Mark

Presbyterian Church, 10701 Old Georgetown Road, Rockville, call for prices, Strathmore, Afternoon/Specialty Teas (call for times), July 24; Free Summer Outdoor Concert: Trouble Funk, 7 p.m. July 24; Backyard Theater the Kids: The Pop Ups (‘80s-inspired kindie rock), 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. July 25; BSO: Gershwin’s Greatest Hits, 8 p.m. July 25; Mary Alouette EP Release of “The Lark,” 7:30 p.m. July 26; Create a Shadow Puppet Show with Nana Projects, 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. July 27; Free Summer Outdoor Concert: Jon Scales Fourchestra, 7 p.m. July 31, call for venue, Locations: Mansion, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda; Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, 301-581-5100, www.strathmore. org

ON STAGE Adventure Theatre, “Dr. Seuss’ Cat in the Hat,” to Sept. 2, call for prices, times, Adventure Theatre MTC, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, 301-634-2270, Do or Die Mysteries, “Art of Murder,” Saturdays, to Aug. 26, 6:30 p.m. buffet, 7:30 p.m. show, $47.50 buffet and show, Flanagan’s Harp and Fiddle, 4844 Cordell Ave., Bethesda, 443-4223810, Imagination Stage, “Peter Pan and Wendy,” to Aug. 11, call for prices, times, Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda, www. Olney Theatre Center, “A Chorus Line,” Aug. 1 to Sept. 1, call for

prices, times, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney, 301-924-3400, The Puppet Co., “Dinosaur Babies,” to July 28; “Circus!” Aug. 2 to Sept. 1; Tiny Tots @ 10, select Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, call for shows and show times, Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo Park’s North Arcade Building, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., $5, 301634-5380, Round House Theatre, Bethesda, “The Beauty Queen of Leenane,” Aug. 21 to Sept. 15; 4545 East-West Highway, Bethesda. 240-644-1100, Round House Theatre, Silver Spring, Forum Theater presents “The T Party,” to July 27; 8641 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, $15 for general admission, $10 for subscribers, patrons 30 and younger and seniors, 244-644-1100, www. The Writer’s Center, The Federal Poets, 2 p.m. July 28, 4508 Walsh Street, Bethesda, 301-6548664,

VISUAL ART Adah Rose Gallery, “Bar crawl: art crawl: Recent paintings by Dana Ellyn and Matt Sesow,” to July 29, opening vernissage from 6:30-8:30 p.m. June 29, 3766 Howard Ave., Kensington, 301-9220162, The Dennis and Phillip Ratner Museum, “Six at the Ratner Mu-

seum,” featuring Ed Ramsburg, Cherie M. Redlinger, Colleen Sabo, Rajika Vani Banarjee, Jim Haynes, Kimberly Iles, to July 29, hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sundays, noon to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10001 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda. 301-897-1518. Gallery B, July Group Exhibition, to July 27; gallery hours are noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, 7700 Wisconsin Ave., Suite E. Glenview Mansion, Photography by Robert Ausura, Phil Fabrizio and Beamie Young, to July 30; Women’s Caucus for the Arts, Greater Washington, Aug. 4 to Sept. 30, Rockville Civic Center Park, 503 Edmonston Drive, Rockville. Marin-Price Galleries, Rose Nygaard, to Aug. 2, 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, 7022 Wisconsin Ave., 301-718-0622. VisArts, Nancy Bullough: “speed and pressure,” to July 27, Kaplan

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Gallery; Neena Birch: Retrospective Response and Reception, Aug. 7 to Sept. 8, opening reception from 7-9 p.m. Aug. 9, Kaplan Gallery; Marty Weishaar, Aug. 7 to Sept. 8, opening reception from 7-9 p.m. Aug. 9, Common Ground Gallery; “Ching Ching Cheng,” Aug. 7 to Sept. 8, opening reception from 7-9 p.m. Aug. 9, Gibbs Street Gallery, 155 Gibbs St., Rockville, 301-315-8200, www.

Broadway star Sutton Foster will perform in concert on Oct. 12 at Strathmore. ance of performances from different constituencies,” Brown said. “This year there was a big change. We did a big thematic festival in the summer – that’s going on right now – it’s called ‘Puppets Take Strathmore.’ The big thematic events in years past have happened in the Music Center or in the Mansion. This one is taking place in the new blackbox theater … in the Education Center.” According to Brown, the puppets really started the new season for Strathmore. “It’s a marvelous way to begin a season because it’s creative, it’s interdisciplinary, it’s surprising, it’s artistic and some of it’s a little naughty with little adult puppets,” Brown said. “So I’m really happy with how that sets the tone for the season.” With dance groups popping up regionally, Brown said it was important to try to get performers local dancers could come and see. “We try to have dance in every season,” Brown said. “We’ve Washington Printmakers Gallery, “Distant Voices,” works by

WPG Distant Members, to July 28; 16th Annual National Small Works Exhibition, July 31 to Aug. 25, Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, second Floor, 8230 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, Waverly Street, “The Unfolding,” Paintings of the people of Bhutan, India and Nepal by Mary Eggers, to Aug. 4, reception from 6-9 p.m. July 12, 4600 East-West Highway, Bethesda, 301-951-9441,

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Vocalist Michael Bolton will perform in concert on March 2 as part of Strathmore’s highly-anticipated 2013-14 season.

got ‘Forever Tango’ coming up, we’ve got Pilobolus here in February, which I’m delighted because I’ve been trying to get Pilobolus here since we first opened. … I’m working really hard to keep dance on the stage here. ... I think that we have a growing market for dance in Montgomery County with [American Dance Institute]’s great success and with CityDance’s school growing like crazy, I want to have product for them to come see at the Music Center.” Also featured in the growth of the season is the inclusion of more country acts. Again, the dynamic of the surrounding area played a big part. “This year we do have more


In animation shorthand, “Turbo” is “Cars” with snails. It’s light on the jokes, but cute, with animation so vivid it looks photo-real. It’s another “impossible dream” tale, this time of a motor head mollusk who has a need for “terrifying, blinding speed.” Theo


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(Ryan Reynolds) is an auto-racing obsessed garden snail who longs to escape his colony of tomatomunchers. The occasional terror by a Big Wheel-riding tyke nicknamed “Shell Crusher” and the odd assault by crows is the only excitement in this overorganized, limited world. He watches races on TV and works hard to improve his time over the measured yard — 17 minutes is a personal best. Speed? “It’s in me,” declares Theo, who prefers the nickname Turbo. “It’s not,” says his brother Chet (Paul Giamatti), who knows what he’s talking about. “Not every dream is meant to come true.” Turbo is constantly taking risks that are sure to shorten his life, and sometimes even he can see that. Dejected, he slimes his way to the dry bed of the Los Angeles River, where he’s caught up in some drag-racing and is sucked into the turbocharger of a nitrous oxide-boosted Camaro. Darned if he isn’t transformed into the World’s Fastest Snail, sliming a literal blue streak

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that Turbo has “clearly got the skills to pay the bills … if snails had bills.” Bill Hader vamps up the French Indy car champ who inspires Turbo but who could not bear to lose to a snail in The Brickyard. The situations are more amusing than the dialogue and shrieking Jeong one-liners. And as vivid as the race scenes are — zooming over, through and under Indy cars — if we want to watch photo-real auto-racing we can turn on the TV. So although small children may be enchanted by this little gastropod that could, adults will be more sorely tested. For all the horsepower the “Turbo” boasts about, the movie tends toward the sluggish — as in “slow as a slug.”

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down LA streets and up LA walls. Darned if a taco-maker (Michael Pena) doesn’t enter Turbo in his rundown strip mall’s nightly snail races. Darned if Turbo doesn’t chew up the souped-up local snails, led by Whiplash (Samuel L. Jackson) but including Smoove Move (Snoop Dogg). And darned if that doesn’t have the taco-maker and his fellow failing small business owners (Ken Jeong of “The Hangover” voices a nail parlor operator, Richard Jenkins a hobby-shop owner and Michelle Rodriguez an auto body shop operator) thinking “Indianapolis 500.” The first big laughs arrive when Jackson’s character purrs

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an important recorder of music for the Smithsonian and went all over the country to record sounds and music and this will be looking at that archive, which is available in the public domain to use. We’ll be looking at what’s there and using that as a teaching tool. [Stone] will be working with Julian Lage, who’s amazing, and Bruce Molsky, who’s from the area and brilliant, and Margaret Glaspy. … This is giving us an opportunity to present fantastic concerts but also do some school outreach, some education stuff, education events in conjunction with the concerts that I think will have some real impact.”



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ists-in-residence program and a comic book exhibit will make its way there in mid-April. For Brown, that’s just the tip of the iceberg. “You know, the Mansion at Strathmore, we have a 100-seat music room,” Brown said. “This year, we have created a new cabaret series and we have Nellie McKay coming and others. But Nellie, I think, is one of the just brightest rising stars in music. She has performed in the Music Center before and some 100 lucky people are going to get to see her there. So that’s one that I think is quite wonderful. “The other one is we’re working on a residency program with Jayme Stone and his Lomax Project. Alan Lomax was

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country music,” Brown said. “I’m really trying to move into that area because I think, well, number one, because of WMZQ right here, we have a great country radio station. We don’t have that with all formats of music, but we have a good way to speak to audiences who like that music. We also have a whole new group of neighbors at the NIH at the Walter Reed Center and country music is one that ... age group likes. So I’m trying to adjust our concerts in response to changes going on in our community.” Big name acts aside, there are plenty of other events and acts coming to Strathmore that audiences will find intriguing. Strathmore continues its art-


What do Broadway star Sutton Foster, country music legend Travis Tritt, blue-collar comedy alum Bill Engvall, actress Olympia Dukakis and THE Michael Bolton have in common? They’re all scheduled to perform this season at Strathmore. Tickets went on sale to the public July 18 for the 2013-2014 season at Strathmore. Shelley Brown, artistic director at Strathmore, said it’s exciting to see the venue come into its own. “I think that we really are hitting our stride,” Brown said. “We’re finding out what we do well and we’re doing more of it. I think, in the area of Broadway, Sutton Foster I think is one of the biggest names out there who’s doing performances. We’re delighted to have her featured here in the fall. Also Diane Reeves, who’s coming out with a big, new album. It’s nice that we’ve become a venue with the reputation that sometimes these artists are seeking us out, in the case of these two. Going into planning with a sense of balance was paramount for Brown. It was important to everyone at Strathmore to have the right mix of dancers, singers and performers. “When I start to present – or to outline – a season, we do try to have a balance both in terms of the dates throughout the year from September through June and we do try to have a bal-


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Living phat at Wheaton’s Mi La Cay Noodles and Grill

Mi La Cay is Wheaton’s newest destination for authentic Vietnamese noodle and grilled dishes, and that can be a daunting proposition considering the population density of pho and noodle restaurants in the neighborhood. Located on University Boulevard near the intersection with Georgia Avenue, Mi La Cay is the expanded operation of what was until recently a tiny little noodle shop call Song Phat, located in a few square feet behind the perfectly charming Huang Phat market on Fern Street. In addition to expanding the size of the dining room, the menu has grown significantly without diminishing the quality, and ample parking makes Mi La Cay far more accessible.

DINING REVIEW BRIAN PATTERSON The space, formerly the venerable Lucia’s Delicatessen, is now a vast and clean restaurant space. Tables are well stocked with a tidy caddy of condiments. There is a vestibule at the front door, which matters when it comes to containing the outside elements from the dining room. Come for the beef in grape leaves. They are moist and rich with just the right singe of char on the briny grape leaf. And the dipping sauce is modestly sweet, sour and salty. Stay for the duck in broth. It’s an elegant, deeply flavored consommé piled with hunks of duck roasted on the bone, served with typical pho garnishes including fresh bean sprouts, cilantro,

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lime and sliced jalapenos. Seafood soup also begins with a nice clean broth loaded with shrimp, scallops, squid and mussels. The clean, clear broth is rich in flavor, and can reasonably tolerate the addition of a couple of chilies at the table. Spicy beef soup with peanuts and noodles is thick and viscous in texture and it glows with the iridescence of red chilies. It satisfies in a teary kind of way. Their superb rendition of classic pho with the usual array of off-beat cuts of beef is reasonably priced at $6.95 for small, and $7.95 for large. Spring rolls contain a nice mixture of vegetables and meat in a fairly greaseless fried wrapper and they are served with a piquant sweet and sour marinated cabbage salad. Grilled lemongrass chicken has that floral, tropical, citrusy flavor of lemongrass that has an affinity for the slight bitterness from be-


Main dishes at Mi La Cay in Wheaton include (clockwise from bottom left) grilled pork chops; crispy fried chicken with tomato rice; barbecued pork, squid, shrimp, fish balls and fish cakes with pork broth; strawberry-mango smoothie and stir-fried noodles with chicken, shrimp, fish cakes, bean sprouts and onions. ing touched by flames. The noodles and straightforward salad make this simple yet satisfying. I was looking forward to a house breadstick that goes with some of

the soups, but they ran out of those they day I was there. In any incarnation, Mi La Cay enjoys a loyal following. On one Sunday,

Mi La Cay was packed, yet food came out in a timely manner and the noise level did not leave us straining to converse.



way dancers auditioning for a spot in a musical. “We haven’t done a dance show in the last few years,” D’Affusso said. “ ... This would be a good opportunity to give student dancers an opportunity to audition for us ...” Wildwood Theatre Company is all about providing opportunity, whether it’s for young actors looking for a role, singers hoping to join the chorus or a technician looking to gain some hands-on experience behind the scenes. “We try to take an array of people who are interested ... and we provide them with a way to ... get their feet wet with various aspects of theater,” said D’Affuso. “Everyone gets to focus on whatever they’re interested in and just gain more experience with that.” D’Affuso joined the theater company in the summer of 2009 as a member of the cast, while he was a student at Thomas S. Wootton High School. The next summer he became the group’s director of public relations. “My major was music but I decided to get involved in the PR side and see that part of the theater,” said D’Affuso, who graduated in May from James Madison University. D’Affuso went on to join the board of directors and work as an associate producer before becoming producer this summer. Actress Katherine Worley said she too has explored more than one area of the theater business during her three summers with Wildwood. “It’s a whole group effort so everyone is encouraged to work on the tech side of things,” Worley said. Though she appreciates Wildwood’s collaborative nature now, Worley said she was apprehensive when she first heard about the theater company. “I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect because I had always worked with adult directors,” Worley said. “I was shocked by how professional everyone seems but at the same time, how much of a learning experience it is.” A graduate of Quince Orchard High School, Worley will start her senior year at Salisbury University in the fall. Though performing is her first love, Worley said Wildwood wouldn’t function if members didn’t contribute in multiple areas. “Everyone’s individual skills really do come together in putting together a company,” Worley said. “It’s really neat to see.”

On Friday, Nakamatsu and the BSO will perform the same concert at the Myerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore. The BSO also will present music from Gershwin’s “An American In Paris” at both venues. Composed in 1924, “Rhapsody in Blue” established Gershwin as a serious composer, but the piece for solo pianist and jazz ensemble has never been easy to pigeonhole. “It’s not jazz, it’s not classical, it’s not pop — it’s just Gershwin,” said Nakamatsu, adding that there’s no disagreement about its popularity among musicians and audiences. “It’s fun to play, because of the interplay between the piano and the orchestra, and it’s immediately appealing to everybody,” he said. A San Jose native, Nakamatsu was 4 years old when he saw a piano for the first time at his preschool, knowing right away that he wanted to learn how to play it. “The teacher pressed these [keys], and this magical sound came out that attracted me,” said Nakamatsu, who started lessons when he was 6. “I had private teachers who [referred me] to others for musical theory and background — it was like being home-schooled,” he said about the focus and intensity of his years of classical music training. At the same time, he was also able to pursue his academic interests, including a love of languages and grammar, focusing on German because so many of the great piano works are by German-speaking composers such as Bach, Beethoven, Mozart and Schubert. “I thought it would help with travel, and I could study the same materials and the same books that Beethoven did,” he said. Nakamatsu earned a bachelor’s degree in German Studies from Stanford University in 1991 and a master’s in education from Stanford the following year. He also taught German at a high school in Mountain View,

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Continued from Page A-13 By 1986, Bazen was heading The Music Unlimited Big Band, a smaller ensemble that plays commercial jazz. The James Bazen Big Band performs more traditional swing and jazz orchestra, featuring the work of Stan Kenton and Duke Ellington. The Music Unlimited Band is still active but plays mostly at private events. “ ... The Music Unlimited Band is the commercial version of the James Bazen Big Band,” Bazen said. “It’s the same players but the repertoire is different.” The James Bazen Big Band got its start at a small, now de-


The Wildwood Summer Theatre cast rehearses the closing number of “A Chorus Line.” In “A Chorus Line,” Worley plays Kristine, a character she said is a far cry from other roles she’s played and her own personality. “It’s been very, very different from anything I’ve done,” Worley said. “I typically play the more provocative role.” Perhaps the biggest difference between Worley and Kristine is their musical abilities. Kristine is supposed to be tone deaf while Worley has been playing the piano and singing since a young age. While Worley still has a few years of eligibility left, “A Chorus Line” will be Lurye’s final show with Wildwood. Now

funct, pizza place in Rockville called Paisano’s. “We had a steady gig there on Wednesday nights for 10 years, maybe,” Bazen said. “So that’s how the band got developed and got to be known, because people would come in and it was often standing room only.” The gig was so integral in helping the band get off its feet that they named their second album, “Wednesday Night Pizza Band.” “ ... That’s what we were,” Bazen said. “We were playing in this pizza joint on Wednesday night.” Bazen has four other recordings under his name; “Tonight is Mine,” “Merry Christmas Take One, “James Bazen Quintet” and “USA Canteen,” a tribute to the

25, Lurye has been a member of Wildwood since 2006. He studied music at the University of Maryland and now works as a professional actor, appearing in shows at local theater companies in the Washington, D.C., area. He said his experience with Wildwood has helped him tremendously in his career. “ ... It has given me incredible insight as to how things work,” Lurye said. “Even though I won’t continue to pursue the business side of things, it’s certainly an experience that will sit with me my entire life.”

Andrews Sisters. All are available on Amazon, CD Baby and Bazen’s website. After Paisano’s closed, the James Bazen Big Band moved on to regular gigs at Felicita’s in downtown Rockville and Ching’s in Sterling, Va. More recently, the band has started playing more regularly at Montgomery County venues and events, including Taste of Bethesda, Blues Alley and most recently, the Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club. In fact, Music Unlimited is responsible for booking all local bands that perform at the club. Bazen sees the club as an opportunity to bolster the jazz and swing scene in Montgomery County. He feels so passionately about the genre of music that

he’s become an advisor on the county executive’s task force on nighttime economy. “We need a place that plays jazz badly in Montgomery County,” Bazen said. “What they’re trying to do is trying to keep people in Montgomery County for their nightlife instead of leaving for U Street or somewhere else in D.C. We’re going over some ideas about how to keep people here and them spending their money here and going to clubs like Bethesda Blues and Jazz.” One of the ways to keep big band and jazz music alive locally is to broaden its audience. Bazen said he and his band try to do that by incorporating different styles of music into traditional swing and jazz.

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“ ... There are so many styles and influences we play on any given day, even if somebody doesn’t like what they’re hearing for this tune, they’re going to like the next tune because it’s so different,” Bazen said. Bazen hopes his vocalist

Calif., while continuing to enter musical competitions, not yet sure he could chart a successful career for himself as a solo pianist. “The Van Cliburn visibility is so enormous that it gives you the push that you need to start something,” said Nakamatsu, who quit his teaching job and has been touring the world ever since. “There’s not just one way to do something,” he said. “There’s so much about experience that matters. It’s not so much about the paper, although it helps.” On the road for most of the year in the U.S., Europe and Asia, Nakamatsu continues to make good use of his musical skills while also employing the social skills he learned as a teacher. “Fifty years ago, you could hop from hall to hall and play, but today you need to do more than that,” he said. “You might have to teach a master class, or talk to the press or go a reception. You’re expected to know all that — music is just a part of what you do.” Meanwhile, Nakamatsu has found time to release CDs, including a recent all-Gershwin album with conductor Jeff Tyzig and the Rochester Philharmonic featuring “Rhapsody in Blue” and “Concerto in F.” He also records with clarinetist Jon Manasse, with whom he serves as co-artistic director of the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival. The duo released its first CD in 2008 called “Brahms Sonatas for Clarinet and Piano,” followed in 2010 by “American Music for Clarinet and Piano” and “Brahms Quintets” in 2012. During Nakamatsu’s years of performing, the Internet has made it easy for the public to access musical performances from all over the world without leaving the house. But he said he doesn’t think the experience of listening to live music will not be going away any time soon. “There’s something about hearing an instrument right in the same room,” he said. “There’s an excitement and energy you can’t replicate.” at Saturday’s performance will help draw some of the younger audiences. “Our singer is my daughter,” Bazen said of 18-year-old Jamie. “ ... Of course she grew up in my house so she likes jazz and all of that stuff and she has influenced her friends and they all come out to hear me and they seem to like it.” Bazen said the big-band sound is one that he thinks is capable of transcending generations. “I think it’s just the novelty and the beauty of the sound,” he said. “The uniqueness of the band appeals to a whole bunch of different people.”


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‘The Conjuring’: Haunting, in all the best ways BY


Haunted house movies only work if the people in the house are worth scaring. Sounds stupid, but it’s true, although let’s be honest: Real estate is inherently frightening. You put all that money in and only Satan knows if it’ll turn out to be a decent investment, or if you’ll be able to afford what it takes to repair any undisclosed matters of basement seepage. The quirks and creaks of an old house are always good for gallows humor or a cold shot of dread. As I write this the fridge in our new/old residence is softly moaning like a distant foghorn. Is it the way the appliance sits on a slightly askew kitchen floor? Is it demonic? When a really good new horror film comes out — something more about creative intelligence than executing the next grisly kill shot — it’s something of a miracle in this eviscerating post-“Saw” era. Oldschool and supremely confident in its attack, “The Conjuring” is this year’s miracle — an “Amityville Horror” for a new century (and a far better movie than that 1979 hit), yet firmly rooted, without being slavish or self-conscious, in the visual language of 1970s filmmaking. Also like “The Amityville Horror,” “The Conjuring” derives from an alleged true-life haunting, this one in rural Rhode Island, at an old house where terrible things happened and are happening still. The relative restraint of “The Conjuring” is a surprise given that the director, James Wan, made the first of the “Saw” films. A more apt reference point is Wan’s recent, slow-simmer horror outing “Insidious,” which, like “The Conjuring,” took its time in establishing the ground rules. The script by Chad Hayes and Carey W. Hayes blends the tales of two families under extreme duress. Demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren, the real-life ghost hunters played by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga, investigate the strange goings-on in the riverside farmhouse owned by a family of seven (two parents, five daughters) headed by Roger (Ron Livingston) and Carolyn (Lili Taylor). Warning signs and troubling details abound, but subtly, in the opening sequences. The family dog won’t go inside. The clocks stop every night at 3:07 a.m. Unexplained bruises appear on the mother’s body, and one of the daughters complains of someone tugging at her feet in bed. Then the ghost of a long-dead child appears to one of the girls in a mirror. The miserably out-of-tune piano found in the cellar plays … itself.



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(From left) John Brotherton as Brad, Vera Farmiga as Lorraine Warren, Patrick Wilson as Ed Warren and Ron Livingston as Roger Perron in New Line Cinema’s supernatural thriller “The Conjuring,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release.

THE CONJURING n 3 ½ stars n R; 112 minutes n Cast: Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Lily Taylor, Ron Livingston n Directed by James Wan

Before all that, though, “The Conjuring” begins with a bait-and-switch and an entirely different story set three years earlier, that of a devil doll in 1968 (the year of “Rosemary’s Baby”!) terrorizing nurses in Manhattan. The doll ends up in the possession of the paranormal investigators played by Wilson and Farmiga. They have a young daughter of their own, who’s no less vulnerable to demons and such than the Rhode Island girls living by the river. Shooting digitally but with great attention to practical and postproduction lighting and color effects, Wan and his cinematographer, John R. Leonetti, keep the “gotchas!” coming. Near the end, when

the full-on possession is underway, “The Conjuring” starts to feel more familiar, and there’s less downtime between thrills. (Wan’s technique grows more obviously hysterical as the characters do.) Wilson, a solid actor, brings to the material a stalwart leading-man aura that’s more serviceable than compelling on its own. But the movie belongs to the women, for once, and “The Conjuring” doesn’t exploit or mangle the female characters in the usual ways. Farmiga, playing a true believer, makes every spectral sighting and human response matter; Taylor is equally fine, and when she’s playing a “hide-andclap” blindfold game with her girls, she’s like a kid herself, about to get the jolt of her life. Wan shoots “The Conjuring” like a Robert Altman film, slip-sliding around the interior or the exterior of the old dark house in a series of slow zooms and gratifyingly complex extended takes. Might this movie actually be too good, in a slightly square way, to find the audience it deserves among under-20-somethings? Maybe. Maybe not. I hope not.

“RED 2,” the in-one-eye, out-the-other sequel starring Bruce Willis, received a PG-13 for its “pervasive action and violence” and “frenetic gunplay,” according to the Motion Picture Association of America’s rating description. I love that they went out of their way to add the adjective “frenetic.” For the record the best bit in the picture involves no automatic weaponry of any kind, nor that drooling, hollow cliche, recycled here, of ridiculous numbers of empty shell casings hitting the ground in slow motion. No. My favorite thing in the movie is the way co-star and Korean action icon Byung Hun Lee uses his feet of fury to hoist a paint can and send it flying. Footwork beats fusillades every time in this follow-up to the 2010 “RED.” Willis returns as Frank Moses, the retired CIA assassin whose relationship with a nice Kansas oddball (MaryLouise Parker, mugging up an enjoyable storm) is tested by Frank getting pulled back into the script’s notion of morally justifiable homicide. Also from the first “RED,” we have Frank’s spy pals Marvin (John Malkovich) and Victoria (Helen Mirren, who gets to shoot pistols in two directions simultaneously out of a spinning car). Brian Cox is back, briefly, as the roguish Russian arms dealer with a thing for women of a certain age who look like Helen Mirren. Without much in the way of style, director Dean Parisot

RED 2 n 2 stars n PG-13; 116 minutes n Cast: Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren, Mary-Louise Parker, Anthony Hopkins, Brian Cox, Byung Hun Lee n Directed by Dean Parisot

(“Galaxy Quest,” the “Fun With Dick and Jane” remake) fulfills his medium-budget assignment, trying to make it look as if “RED 2” were filmed extensively (as opposed to minimally) in cities such as Paris, London and Moscow. The plot has something to do with a doomsday device threatening Moscow’s existence and the daffy Cold War-era scientist (Anthony Hopkins, who seems rightly perplexed at the film’s jocular way of piling up corpses) who holds the key to the resolution. The resolution in question is capped by a major character uttering a variation on the line “I didn’t see that coming,” although most in the audience will have, in fact, seen it coming. “RED 2” isn’t a slovenly mess, the way the most recent “Die Hard” sequel was. Parker and Malkovich wring some laughs out of wisecracks that meet but do not exceed expectations. The movie’s adequate. That’s not much. And I admit to some uneasiness regarding the jokes referring to the gun-craziness of American culture and its most conspicuous exports, “RED 2” being the latest.


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Coaches agree they must guard against youngsters’ emulation of professional athletes BY JENNIFER BEEKMAN STAFF WRITER

Every young athlete has that moment when he turns his shoulders and runs backward at the perfect diagonal to steal a base hit with a miraculous backhanded grab. Just for that second, they know what it feels like to be the New York Yankees’ Derek Jeter. Or that moment when he speeds to his right and with no chance at reaching an opponent’s shot slides toward the ball and slaps a squashshot style slice forehand for a cross-court winner just like the world’s top-ranked men’s tennis player, Novak Djokovic. “I’ll even draw on my own experience. All the time [as a kid] we’d play pick up basketball and we’d be counting down, ‘Magic Johnson for the NBA championship. Larry Byrd for the NBA championship,’” ninth-year Northwest High School softball coach Kevin Corpuz said. Watching sports can benefit young athletes in many ways. Coaches agree the pros set great examples in work ethic, intensity and overall knowledge and strategy in their respective sports.

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up (and sometimes down) lengthy flights of stairs. The Empire State Building, the Willis Tower and the U.S. Bank Tower are all skyscrapers in which competitive stair climbers race to the top in an all-out display of strength, balance and wild desire. “I know a lot of very good athletes who won’t go near this, they’re terrified of it,” said Karlin, who lives in Bethesda and works as an entrepreneur in the biotechnology and Internet fields. Karlin specializes in sprint-distance climbs that take the top performers anywhere from 10 to 15 minutes to complete depending on the course. In April 2012, after failing to complete the course in 2011, Karlin became the first American to finish the Mount Everest Stair Marathon in Radebeul, Germany. The climbers have 24 hours

Jewish Day School graduate achieves new heights in unique sport of stair climbing n

hen Michael Karlin ran track for Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School, he wasn’t — as he put it — any good. A young Karlin, now 41 with a lanky and seemingly-unathletic build, ran a mile in six-plus minutes and was fairly discouraged by the entire concept of racing competitively. “I got lapped on the mile,” Karlin said. “I had recollections that I never wanted to do this stuff again. Especially when you’re young to get killed like that, it’s never fun.” Roughly 23 years later, not only can Karlin run the mile nearly a minute faster than he did in high school, but he’s ranked 50th in the world in the remarkably demanding sport of stair climbing. Stair climbing features sprint and marathon-distance races

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Michael Karlin, 41, competes in the Mount Everest Stair Marathon in Radebeul (Dresden), Germany in April 2012. The Everest Marathon is the longest endurance stair event in the world, where athletes have only 24 hours to climb up and down the equivalent distance from sea level to the summit of Mount Everest, while covering the horizontal distance of two marathons across.

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It’s easy to see why Robert Churchwell’s resume jumped out among the 60-plus applications for the vacant Our Lady of Good Counsel boys basketball coaching position, which became available after Blair Mills resigned. As a graduate from Gonzaga College High, he has the local roots. As a standout at Georgetown University from 1990-1994, he earned a spot on the Big East All-Rookie Team, started 128 consecutive games and finished 18th in

all-time scoring at the school and 15th in rebounding. As a former NBA player with Golden State and eight years playing professionally overseas, respect from his players likely won’t be an issue. “I think my experience as a player, as a [Washington Catholic Athletic Conference] student-athlete, my experience at the professional level, my experience coaching and teaching — they obviously thought I was the right guy for the position,” Churchwell said. “The first step is just coming in, gathering in all the information I can gather, reaching out to all the families I can, let them know who I am and what I am trying to do here.” Mills said he resigned in May to fo

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First-year Our Lady of Good Counsel High Schoool boys basketball coach Robert Churchwell.


Capitol Heights native and Montrose Christian graduate Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder can do things most basketball players, especially young ones, can’t.

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Titans’ star led county in rushing last fall BY JORDAN



During the 2012 season, rising fifth-year senior running back Khalil Wilson led Montgomery County in rushing at Albert Einstein High School with 1,567 yards and 12 touchdowns. This fall, he is aiming to repeat the feat, but this time, he wants to surpass 2,000 yards. “Personally, I want to be the best I can be,” he said during one of the team’s summer workouts on Thursday. Wilson, who attended Charles H. Flowers High (Prince George’s County) as a true freshman, began playing football after meeting Einstein coach Jermaine Howell during the winter of 2011. Last fall, he suited up and proved to play a vital role for the Titans. “I was granted a fifth year by [Principal Jim] Fernandez himself,” said Wilson. “We had a contract that was on the table ... I had to step up to the plate and I managed to do it ... through hard work in the classroom.” Wilson and Howell declined to discuss the specific details of the contract. “[The contract] was about him proving [that he could play] to

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Continued from Page B-1 cus on his family, including a new child he and his wife are expecting. “It was just the right time for me and my wife,” said Mills at the beginning of June, who added he will continue to teach social studies at the school in the fall. “I’ve been there quite a while. I love working there, but just with us expecting a baby ... and the demands and rigors of coaching in the WCAC, and teach a full course load, it’s a lot. It’s a hard decision to make, but when I compare my family and coaching, it’s unfair to my wife and child if I’m never home.” Along with Mills, five players transferred out of the program, most notably leading scorer Byron Hawkins (18.1 points per game) and rising sophomore Anthony Cowan, the team’s third leading scorer (8.8). The personnel losses present Churchwell with a pressing issue: Finding enough bodies to fill the voids. In addition, the new coach will

see plenty of Cowan next season when the Falcons play St. John’s College High, a favorite alongside Bishop O’Connell and Paul VI to capture the WCAC crown. “I really can’t worry about those five spots that were vacated,” Churchwell said. “I got to focus on the young men that are still there. I definitely have a plan. I expect to win and obviously you can expect a lot of things but you have to put in the time and work to get there.” Success is something that Churchwell has had little issue in attaining and sustaining throughout his career as both a coach and player. Last season, he coached Benedictine to a 31-4 record and a VISAA Division I state title, beating out WCAC champ O’Connell for the trophy. Preceding his one season at Benedictine in Richmond, Va., Churchwell coached for six years at Harrison High in Georgia. Most impressive, however, may have been his 3-1 record against WCAC opponents this past season, which included wins over O’Connell, DeMatha and Bishop Ireton.

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First-year Our Lady of Good Counsel High Schoool boys basketball coach Robert Churchwell. “It’s very exciting, obviously, coming back to the WCAC, it’s very exciting,” Churchwell said. “I’m very familiar with the talent there.” One school he is extra familiar with the talent in is Gonzaga, his alma mater turned conference rival. Though the Eagles have lost one of the region’s top

talents in 6-foot-6 small forward Kris Jenkins, they’re never one to sleep on. “I graduated from there so I’m always going to be an Eagle,” Churchwell said with a laugh. “But I’m all in as a Falcon right now.”

to finish a course that requires 100 laps on a 397-step staircase (up and down), which happens to be equivalent to the vertical distance from sea level to the summit of Mount Everest. And back. The course, which is comprised of 85 percent stairs and 15 percent hills, also is equivalent to the horizontal distance of two full marathons. Karlin conquered the 39,700 steps, while listening to a collection of 1980s rock music, in 23 hours, 20 minutes and 45 seconds. During this successful second attempt at the challenge — around the lap where Karlin cramped in 2011 (he retired

your muscles make,” Karlin said. “I do lose time. You feel it. On the flip side, the fact that I can compete at the global level and have a world ranking, I’m proud of myself for that.” So how did Karlin discover stair climbing in the first place? “I was going to the gym and working out and I noticed I was very good at the step mill,” Karlin said. “I started working with a terrific personal trainer and the combination of the two was great.” Karlin began researching races and entered himself into an Empire State Building race in 2005. His admiration for the sport grew from there. Karlin said he competes in six to 10 races per year, which usually are stacked during the colder months, and he’s sore for two

“I was like, ‘I love it, but if I don’t finish, I’ll have to come back and do this crap again.’ You make fun of yourself and you’re like, ‘How stupid can this be?’


Continued from Page B-1 himself,” Howell said. Wilson has certainly already proved himself to his coach and Howell expects him to again be a key part of the Titans’ squad both on and off the field. “Frankly, we need our best players on the field,” he said. “Khalil is a student of the game, watching a lot of film of other players in the county, college level, and professional players ... learning what he can and cannot do.” Howell also expects Wilson to become more of a vocal leader on a quiet team. The Titans finished 6-4 last fall, their best record in 12 years, according to Howell. “He’s never been intimidated by another team. He’s a competitor, and it’ll start to trickle down to our younger players,” Howell said. “If it becomes contagious, we’re expecting some success out of our players.” Howell said the team’s goal for the upcoming season is to make it to the Class 3A West Region. Wilson, meanwhile, is looking to play at the next level at either a junior college or a four-year institution. “Lackawanna is definitely a good possibility,” he said. “I liked the way it reminded me of Einstein, how they’re trying to turn the program around.” Howell said he is confident that Wilson will not only succeed this coming season, but also in securing an offer for an opportunity past this season. “We do expect Khalil to be in someone’s college,” he said. “And that’s the only thing we’ll expect.”


Continued from Page B-1 But they also do a lot of things most “normal” people can’t. Coaches said they must constantly guard against young players’ emulation of their favorite players. “I think when you take it to the professional level, it’s just a whole different breed. They’re freaks of nature who can do things with their body that the average person can’t. That’s why there are so few out there,” said four-year Northwest High School football’s defensive line coach Scott Pierce, a longtime coach with the Germantown


Albert Einstein High School running back Khalil Wilson. Sports Association. Children tend to learn visually, President of Clarksburg Baseball Scott Davis said. It is natural for them to want to play like their favorite athletes. But no 10-year-old, or high school student for that matter, is 6 feet, 9 inches and 235 pounds and can pull down a rebound in traffic with one single outstretched arm like seemingly half of the NBA. While it might be hard for children to understand early in their development, a foundation built on proper fundamental skills is integral to their success in high school, college and beyond. “I’ll see guys trying to rebound the basketball with one

hand or trying to do too much dribbling to get by a guy when you could just keep it simple. You see things on TV and it’s tough at times to get people back to reality. Just because it might work great for Kevin Durant, it doesn’t mean you should be trying that stuff,” St. Andrew’s Episcopal School boys basketball coach Kevin Jones said. “They shouldn’t be emulating Kobe’s fadeaway. They should look at what Kobe does every single day to get better.” There is a certain entertainment factor in sports, coaches agreed, and the best players can be flashy at times. Coaches agree that it’s important to instill good sportsmanship in young

athletes and eliminate the showboating common at the professional level. But perhaps most importantly, there are some things children see on television — sliding headfirst into home plate, for example — that are just plain dangerous. Precautions have been taken at the lower levels to ensure athletes’ safety. In recent years rules have been implemented in youth baseball to prevent headfirst sliding into first base and home plate as well as to avoid high impact collisions at home plate — something that happens quite often in Major League Baseball — said Kenny Roy, who has coached football, basketball,

near lap 70 and roughly 18 and a half hours of climbing) — he achieved a mental breakthrough. “I was kind of thinking to myself — this is both an amazing feat and a ridiculous feat,” he said. “Here we are, a bunch of guys going up and down a staircase, going nowhere, it’s kind of ridiculous. “I was like, ‘I love it, but if I don’t finish, I’ll have to come back and do this crap again.’ You make fun of yourself and you’re like, ‘How stupid can this be?’ And I really motivated myself to pick it up and finish this thing. I didn’t let anything distract me from that point on.” In 2005, Karlin was in a snowmobile accident that nearly ended his stair climbing career just as it was beginning. The vehicle crashed, flipped over and landed on his left ankle, shattering the bone. An emergency surgery required eight screws and a plate to be inserted into his leg. If Karlin’s middle-aged development into an elite athlete out of relative obscurity wasn’t enough of a testament to his determination and willpower, overcoming that type of injury and continuing to climb stairs competitively sure is. “It makes a difference. I got the hardware removed, but there are compensations softball and baseball for 13 years with the Olney Boys and Girls Club. “You really do have to be careful. I think the leagues have done a really good job. In regards to plays at home plate, you’re supposed to avoid contact if at all possible. If you have to slide, if a player doesn’t slide to avoid a potential collision, they’ve been calling them out,” Roy said. Jeter doesn’t need to secure the baseball in his glove with his right hand. Durant might not need to rebound with two hands. Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu might be able to take a running back down without wrapping him up.

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or three weeks after every event. “He had no real athleticism, per say, but he just wanted to strengthen his core,” Karlin’s trainer Elvin Baldwin said. “I saw something more in him and we started to get into performance training and he became a very good athlete. “The fact that he is so coachable really determines his success.” Naturally, it can get pretty tight in the staircase, especially for the elite climbers. But proper preparation and strategy can help climbers achieve the best time possible. Always use the hand rail, Karlin said, and pivot on the landings instead of shuffling your feet or taking baby steps. Slower climbers on the right, faster climbers on the left. If Karlin’s participating in a sprint-distance climb and needs to stop for water, he’s having a bad day. But it’s still likely better than how he performed in high school. “I’m a late bloomer,” Karlin said. “You preserve some of your energy that might have been expended by some other athletes at the high school level. I had the reserve and it kind of helps me to take a bit of revenge on the track.” But they put in the work to get where they are. They are in a class of their own, one players can work to try and reach — though so few get there — but shouldn’t be concerned about yet. “If [young tennis players] are going to emulate anything, they should really watch the footwork and how the players set up for the ball and less of how they swing. The biggest thing right now is trying to hit the running forehand slice. They all want to try and run and slide and hit that slice, it drives me crazy,” Bullis School boys tennis coach Steve Miguel said.


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Richard Montgomery High School first-year football coach Josh Klotz (right) works with rising sophomore Alex Page and other players in the weight room on Wednesday.

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With a cloudless sky above and a sweltering heat causing innocent bystanders to sweat despite no physical activity, Phillip Osborn ran across the grass field behind Richard Montgomery High School to catch a pass from coach Josh Klotz. The ball slapped off of Osborn’s hands and fell to the ground. Before making his way back to the receiver’s line, the rising senior dropped to the ground, without direction to do so, and did 10 pushups. “We’re more motivated,” Osborn said. “We have a lot of coaches here that are pushing us harder than the coaches we had last year. It’s just a different mindset going into the season.” Entering his first season as the Rockets’ football coach, Klotz is trying to establish a culture of hard work and accountability at the Rockville school. Klotz comes to Richard Montgomery after coaching at Quince Orchard the past seven years, the last four as offensive coordinator. After reaching the state finals the past two seasons with the Cougars, Klotz wanted to take

on a greater role in a program. He did his research and decided Richard Montgomery would be a good fit for him. “After the end of last season, I just wanted to be around football more,” said Klotz, who will also teach English at Richard Montgomery. “I wanted to have a greater influence on a greater number of kids. I thought I was able to help out a bunch of guys at QO and be a role model and help turn them into men. But as a head coach, I’m able to directly impact even more young men and help them out. And I wanted the personal challenge.” Klotz said he likes to challenge himself, just like he hopes his players seek a challenge. During the offseason, he’s tried to create a competitive atmosphere every day, ending each workout session with a contest. Joshua Dyson has bought in. He has attended every workout since Klotz arrived and has seen his body change. He’s gained around 15 pounds, going up from 170 to 185, and has increased his bench press by 50 pounds (195 to 245). “We’ve got new coaches and I want to establish myself as a person that wants it and is a hard worker,” Dyson said. “I know if I take one day off, then I’m going to take more. Then I’m going to just sit back and get lazy while other people are working their [behind] off.”

Klotz said he’s going to build his offense around his talent, so he said the offense won’t necessarily look like what was run at Quince Orchard. But he did promise that the Rockets will run a no huddle. “I’m flexible,” said Klotz, who brought Mike Wheeler with him from Quince Orchard to run the defense. “Whatever is best for our players. We’ll build around our talent.” While he is happy with what his players have done athletically so far, Klotz also beams when talking about what they do away from the field. The players went to area elementary schools during the offseason to read to students, and also held questionand-answer sessions with older students. They’ve also helped with youth camps. Klotz believes that in building a program, it goes beyond what happens on the field. “I keep stressing — wins and losses are obviously important to me, and what we do on the field is important, but the last five months it’s also rewarding to see just how, when we reach out to the community, how supportive everyone is,” Klotz said. “When we get into the football season, the whole idea of a program and community is going to come together and support the team and build that relationship. That’s exciting.”

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It takes a lot of care to play one of the oldest sports, polo. Poolesville’s Capitol Polo Club has 90 horses that need daily care on its 170 acres. The field they play on, all 30 acres, requires nearly as much care as the turf is cut thick but short. Hoof marks are stomped out. Manure is scooped away briskly. General manager Marcos Bignoli left his native Argentina in 2008 to take over the Capitol Polo Club and since, the club has increased in popularity, now playing the sport five times a week, six months a year. Since Bignoli started at Capitol Polo, the club’s membership has increased from seven members to 81. The club hosts sanctioned tournaments every weekend and a number of large professional charity tournaments every year. Polo players are assigned a handicap ranging from -2 for beginners to 10 for the best. As a professional, Bignoli, 55, carried a handicap of 6 — one of 50 active players at the time to do so — until he retired to play recreationally, pursue a career in real estate and run his ranch and polo club in Pilar, Argentina. “Everybody in polo knows who Marcos Bignoli is,” club coowner and Bethesda resident T. Hoy Booker. Bignoli started the club’s polo academy, which currently has 30 students, to help take the edge off the game many view as dangerous or cruel to both horse and horseman.


Capitol Polo Club rider Marcos Bignoli (left) participates in a match on Sunday in Poolesville. Neither is true, Bignoli says. Riders at the polo academy start slow and learn to ride with one hand before even touching a mallet or ball. After three months, they progress to play games. Horses, on the other hand, train for two years before they can enter a match. “When you are training a horse from out West, lets say Wyoming, Montana, and it’s ... raised with cattle and it’s been roped off, it’s easier — a horse that’s been exposed to pressure and things being swung around their heads,” Bignoli said. “When you train a thoroughbred off the track, you need a lot of patience.” A match begins or resumes after a goal with a referee throwing the rock-hard ball between two teams of four players each. From there, more experienced horsemen maneuver their steeds to pass the ball forward to where an attacker can break away from the pack and at 40 miles per hour with defensemen in hot

pursuit. To prevent a goal, players can hook an opponent’s mallet from the right side or bump an attack off their line on the left side. Never can a defenseman cross in front of the ball or an attackman for safety reasons. “It’s kind of an adrenaline rush,” attackman Pat Post, 53, of Potomacsaid.“It’sfullblast.These horses are going 30, 40 miles per hour. It can be a bit scary.” Booker says most beginners find they love the rush of the game and the social aspect of the club even more. Since polo is such a time-consuming sport and economic investment, club dues cost $4,000. The fee does not include the cost of purchasing a horse or renting two or three per match. “People come out here on a whim and they end up staying,” he said. “You get ‘em to buy one horse and it’s all over.”

When John Pino’s eldest daughter, Daniella, started playing lacrosse several years ago, he knew little to nothing about the sport. The Damascus resident had never played lacrosse, had only seen a handful of games before and admits he didn’t know what was happening. But with a lack of available coaches in the area, he and two other fathers decided to immerse themselves in the sport so they could take up the coaching reigns. There wasn’t another option. “I was the true, stereotypical dad that was forced into learning on the spot,” Pino said. “There are very few girls lacrosse coaches. So I made it a mission. I can’t help if I don’t know about lacrosse.” Lacrosse is one of the fastest growing sports in the country. From 2011 to 2012, the participation rate grew 5.5 percent, according to a study by USA Lacrosse, and in the last five years, participation among females has increased by 67 percent. With the rapid increase in numbers, a lack of quality coaching, especially at the recreational levels, has stunted the growth in the quality of the game. Top coaches in the area are naturally attracted to high school and club coaching positions, which allows them to work with the best talent. Sherwood High School and Rebels club coach Kelly Hughes, a Sherwood graduate who played in college at Iona, said it’s natural for players who competed in college to gravitate towards higher levels of competition when returning to the coaching ranks. Parents taking over coaching duties “is really common,” Hughes said. “There are a lot of dads, which is great because they love sports, but they’re not getting the same understanding of how the game and the rules work together. ... You’re not getting the same stuff [on the field], but it’s the same lessons and the same game. But I


Stingers A Division girls youth lacrosse players Olivia Vozzo (left) and Casey Leach (right) try to stop Taylor DeRose as she advances on the goal during a Monday clinic at Ovid Hazen Wells Park in Clarksburg. don’t mind it because at least they’re playing.” Recent Damascus High School graduate Colby Muller, who is signed with Old Dominion University, said just getting out and playing is the most important thing. When she was younger, Muller played for Pino and her father, Frank, and enjoyed having male coaches. “From a defensive and physical perspective, that’s how guys play the game and I can see how that helped more,” she said. This summer, Colby Muller coached a team of rising eighth graders and got a different perspective of the game. “When my dad would coach me, he’d tell me things that the coaches can see, but as a player I wouldn’t really see what he was seeing,” said Muller, who is also helping coach at a clinic Pino is hosting this week. “But from a coach’s view, there’s a whole different perspective. It’s amazing because you can teach them these things. It’s easy to solve and I can work on the field, too, so it’s a lot of fun.” Muller represents the next phase of coaching in Montgomery County. Hughes and Pino agree that for lacrosse to take the next step, girls returning from college need to take up more of a role in the coaching ranks. That’s easier said than

done. Hughes said she knows plenty of viable former players in the area. But with jobs that aren’t conducive to coaching travel teams and more involved programs, it can be difficult to find time. But coaching at the recreational level is more doable, with fewer practices and games being played in the area. Coaches like Pino, who didn’t have to learn about lacrosse until they were forced to, are still playing a strong role. He said he spent countless hours watching other top coaches, using “osmosis” to pick up on whatever information he could. He took certification classes through USA Lacrosse. When Pino hosts clinics or practices — he currently coaches the Damascus Stingers U15 team, which won the Metro Girls Lacrosse championship this spring — he encourages parents to come out and learn about the sport. Still, he hopes it is feasible in the future for former girls lacrosse players to be afforded a greater role in the coaching community. “To get kids who went to college to come back and coach, they’re struggling [after college] and are working more hours and are not earning as much,” Pino said. “We have to make it worthwhile.”


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B-CC graduate signs to play with D.C. United Soccer star hopes to make most of his MLS opportunity




Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School graduate Collin Martin was recently signed by D.C. United.

On July 10, Collin Martin fulfilled a dream. The BethesdaChevy Chase High School graduate signed a professional soccer contract with D.C. United’s first team. Martin, who has been playing soccer since he was 3, is happy to be living a dream he’s had since he was 8. After four years on United’s Academy team and one year on Wake For-

est University’s team, he said he is excited for the opportunity. “I’ve never been like a goal person ... but there’s no reason not to hope for the best,” he said after training last week. “For these next six months, I want to train consistently well.” D.C. United coach Ben Olsen said that Martin’s growth and development over the past two years was what really caught their attention. “Collin is a kid we’ve had our eye on for awhile ... We’ve always known he was a very talented kid,” he said. “He wants to take it to the next level, and he was excited to do it, so that’s always a big part of this.” Having been a part of an

Academy team that won the Major League Soccer Cup multiple times, Martin has traveled all over the world. He said his favorite destination so far has been South Africa. “I got to see crazy things,” he said. “Culturally it was so different from America. I got to pet baby lions, and that was so cool.” Growing up, one of Martin’s biggest mentors was his older brother, Trevor, who played for George Washington University. “He had me out there ... always training, always teaching me how to get better,” Martin said. Although he is currently not in school, Martin said he and

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Earlier this month, Gus Gill was content on spending his final summer before college playing for Dig In Baseball, a team in the Maryland Collegiate Baseball League. But in mid-July, Gill, who graduated from Walter Johnson High School in the spring, was able to fulfill a childhood dream. On July 13, he made his unexpected debut in the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League as a member of the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts. In fact, his first game was at Shirley Povich Field against the Bethesda Big Train, a venue and organization he frequently visited while growing up. “It’s actually is a dream come true being up here and [playing with my brother],” said Gill, who went 2-for-5 in his debut with a double and a run scored. “I’ve always known the Ripken League is the best [college-age] competition and talent around this area. I’ve been watching this league all my life because I went to so many Big Train games with my travel teams as a fan. I kind of hoped I played for them someday.” Gill, who is hitting .286 (as of Monday) in limited action as the Thunderbolts (11-26 record) shortstop, joined the summer wood bat league at the

request of manager Doug Remer, who also coaches at Springbrook High School. Gill’s older brother, Mac, a rising senior at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, has been pitching for Silver Spring all summer. Mac owns a 2-4 record with a 6.24 earned-run average in nine games (seven starts). “With Mac on the team and having coached [Montgomery County High School baseball], we had Gus on our mind before the season,” Remer said. “We had a couple injuries. ... We knew he was a good ball player with good defense and he’s a gamer.” Gus, who threw a no-hitter against Winston Churchill on April 17 and established Walter Johnson’s singlegame record for strikeouts (13), is expected to attend Montgomery College in the fall and play for the Raptors. He was recruited out of high school by a few Division I college programs to pitch, but would prefer to play every day at the next level. “My goal has always been to play D-I,” Gus said. “I feel I can go to MC like my brother did, grow as a player and then transfer. “I’m playing against guys that have top-notch talent this summer. I was a little nervous in the first game, but I have a lot of confidence in myself.” Added Remer: “It’s obvious playing in the Ripken League against older, established college players — not many kids that just graduated high school play up here — is going to help him. Unless he struck out every single at-bat and makes 42 errors in

The Our Lady of Good Counsel High School football team is scheduled to play the Gilman School at 8:30 p.m. Aug. 23 at Towson University in a game ESPNEWS plans to televise. Hosting Gilman last year, Good Counsel won, 20-19, in overtime. Running back Dorian O’Daniel ran for two touchdowns, and wide receiver Kendall Fuller caught the other. However, O’Daniel is moving onto Clemson, and Fuller to Virginia Tech. Good Counsel will be breaking in several new starters after winning the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference title the past four seasons. This is the Falcons fourth game on national television since 2008. Good Counsel played DeMatha that year, St. Xavier in 2010, and Bishop Gorman of Nevada last year. Gilman was also on national television last season, losing to Archbishop Moeller of Cincinnati. The Greyhounds finished the year at 9-2, defeating Calvert Hall for the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association championship. — DAN FELDMAN


grew up listening to Cardinals games on the radio. “We’ve always done baseball,” Gus said. “We played whiffle ball, it is just what we do.”






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Walter Johnson High School graduates and brothers Mac (left) and Gus Gill play together for the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts. one game, this is a good experience and thing that will help him get a head start on college ball.” The Gills come from a strong baseball pedigree. Their father, Rich, played at Catholic University, and they are St. Louis Cardinal fans. Rich




his family value his education, and he will definitely return to school. He is currently working on transferring to George Washington University to major in either English or journalism. Martin, along with fellow newcomer Syamsir Alam, made his debut to a home crowd at RFK Stadium on July 12 in an international friendly game against Chivas de Guadalajara. “I think he did fine in the game ... It was nice to be able to throw him into the fire,” Olsen said. “There’s not a lot of fear in that kid ... it’s up to us to develop him now.”


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It looked strange, seeing a Col. Zadok Magruder High School boys basketball team take the court without a guards J.J. Epps or Nick Griffin. Two four-year varsity starters, Montgomery County’s most formidable backcourt tandem combined for 84 wins, a state title and two more region titles — Magruder’s finest era of basketball. In Wednesday’s 61-41 loss to Clarksburg in a Montgomery County summer league playoff game at Thomas S. Wootton, the growing pains being weathered in the post-Griffin/Epps reign were evident, as were signs of a different type of basketball, however. “Everybody is going to sleep on Magruder,” commented St. Andrew’s coach Kevin Jones during the first half. “I think they’re going to surprise some people.” Given how most everybody seems to be looking at the Colonels as a bygone, any amount of wins will likely be labeled a surprise. “Everybody thinks we’re going to suck,” Magruder coach Dan Harwood rather candidly told his team after the game. “But the thing is, everybody can

be as good as they want to be. We can be as good as we want to be.” Predictably, considering Magruder’s loss of eight players and more than 65 points per game, the Colonels went through spells of miscommunications and sloppy basketball and then stretches of impressive resilience. With about six minutes left, Josiah Jones, the team’s third leading returning scorer (3 points per game) went on a run of and-one buckets and 3-pointers to whittle the lead to 12 while the defense forced a string of turnovers on the opposite end. “It just gives us more opportunities,” Jones said of the team’s steadfast approach on the defensive end. “Our offense obviously needs a lot of work but I think we’re going to be picking it up on defense.” Sure, Clarksburg would go on to win comfortably and without much of a real threat, but the Colonels gave the Coyotes a lot more fight than many may have expected. Over the summer, the chemistry of meshing together a team of bench players and junior varsity up-and-comers has been somewhat smoothed out, though it still has its kinks. The offense, after relying on one of the county’s best backcourts, showed signs of life in Jones’ slashes and Danny Schaerr’s muscled drives. “Us two, we’re probably going to become more relevant

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Col. Zadok Magruder High School’s Danny Schaerr scores three points in Springbrook holiday tournament against Gwynn Park in December. and probably going to be looked to for scoring,” Schaerr said. “We know what we got to do, what we got to do to help our team win.” But the defense, that’s what

has Harwood excited the most. “It’s going to be a nightmare on Muncaster Mill,” he joked. Just maybe not quite yet.

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In all the years Gaithersburg Giants shortstop Nate Meiners has played baseball, he had never experienced any arm issues until recently. He played in Little League, travel ball and started at St. John’s College High School. Meiners could play shortstop and pitch for days. But one cold afternoon last year — Meiners’ first game with Randolph Macon College — the tendons in his right shoulder reached their breaking point. “My arm had been bothering me a little bit up to that point in practices, but that game was the final straw,” said Meiners, who started at shortstop. “I played in one game my freshman year.” Meiners received a medical redshirt and spent the spring rehabbing his arm, watching his teammates play and longing to be on the field. “It was the first arm pain I’ve ever had in my life. My arm had always been rubber. I could throw forever,” said Meiners, who grew up in Silver Spring. “I pretty much dreaded going to physical therapy three times a week. Especially because it was during


Gaithersburg Giants infielder Andrew Frazier, a Mount St. Mary’s University student-athlete, throws out the first batter in the top of the fourth inning against the Frederick Hustlers on Thursday at Kelley Park in Gaithersburg. the season when I’m watching everybody else play. It definitely wasn’t easy.” Meiners has since worked his way to a full recovery — something that’s not easy to accomplish with shoulder injuries — and is one of the catalysts on the Giants’ talented roster following a successful sophomore season at Randolph Macon. Meiners had a hit, a run and a walk in Gaithersburg’s 9-7 victory against the Frederick Hustlers at Kelley Park on Thursday, helping the Giants secure the second overall seed in the upcoming Maryland Collegiate Baseball League playoffs, which begin Sunday.

Countee is top-ranked player in USTA MidAtlantic Section

University of Delaware righthander Chad Martin tossed six superb innings — allowed one hit, six strikeouts and three walks — on a blisteringly hot evening to get the win. The Giants receive a first-round bye in the doubleelimination tournament and are scheduled to play Monday at Joe Cannon Stadium against an opponent to be determined. “We’re glad we got him,” said Giants coach Gary Holzapfel of Meiners. “We contacted him pretty early and locked him up. Everything that I’ve heard about him has been true. He’s battled back and playing really well this summer. He’s one of the team leaders and the guys look up to

him.” In the eighth inning, with the Giants batting, a foul ball hit the massive screen on the first-base side of Kelley Field and plummeted down toward the players in the dugout. Meiners sprung forward, made a two-handed over-the-shoulder catch and threw the ball back to the umpire. He tipped his cap. “I’m really confident going into the playoffs. It’s a really good group of guys,” said Meiners, who is also working at Dufief Elementary School this summer, teaching 4- and 5-year-olds. “It’s a good mix of local and guys from out of town. We’ve got a lot of good chemistry on the team.” Last season in college, Meiners played in 40 games and batted .268 with 20 runs scored and 18 runs batted in. If the Giants, who finished the regular season with an 18-14 record, hope to achieve their ultimate goal of winning the MCBL title, they’ll likely need to do so by beating the Baltimore Chop, who finished an astounding 31-1 this season. “The four games we’ve played them, all of them have been close,” Meiners said. “We’re not intimidated by them at all. We’re confident.”

Rising Bullis School senior No. 1 singles player Kasey Countee’s first instinct on the tennis court is to get to the net. In an age where powerful baseliners have taken over the sport, it is quite rare, especially at the high-school level, for someone to be so comfortable moving forward. “It’s kind of old school. I like quick points. I don’t like staying out on the court that much. If you stay out there too long, you tire yourself out,” Countee said. Classmate Darian Hashemzadeh, however, prefers to stay back. He thrives in the marathon match environment his teammate consciously avoids. A self-proclaimed grinder on the court, Hashemzadeh prefers to work the point from the baseline and wait for his opponent to make an error or the right opportunity to make his move. Their contrasting styles of play, though both boast big serves, have led each to individual success — Countee won his third consecutive Interstate Athletic Conference tournament singles title this spring, the last two coming at No. 1 singles, and Hashemzadeh went undefeated en route to his second consecutive tournament title in the second singles slot. But they also complement each other well in a doubles setting, the two agreed. In an important summer — Bullis coach Steve Miguel said they are working to get noticed by college coaches — Countee and Hashemzadeh have shot up the U.S. Tennis Association rankings. The No. 1-ranked player in the USTA Mid-Atlantic Section Boys 18s, Countee is ranked No. 181 of 2,095 nationally. Hashemzadeh is No. 7 in the USTA Mid-Atlantic Section, 293rd nationally. Two regional doubles titles together this summer, in New York and California, in addition to a few final appearances, have not just helped boost the teammates’ individual rankings, but their confidence on the singles court, they said. Skills used in doubles, like the use of angles and getting to the net, can also be translated into his singles game, Hashemzadeh added. “I think [Kasey and I] really match up well together in doubles. If I wasn’t partners with Kasey I don’t think I’d be winning that much. I’ll work the point, cross-court, and he’ll poach over and finish at the net. He comes in so fast. I think the one thing he has that no other player [in this area] has that I’ve seen is he has the best anticipa-

Damascus Post 171 wins county title Dickey pitches a shutout against defending Legion state champion




Before the start of the seventh inning on Friday, Damascus Post 171 pitching coach Daryl Keys pulled his starter, Grant Dickey, aside and rested his hands on Dickey’s shoulders. The rest of the team was huddled around manager Tommy Davis in front of Post 171’s dugout, while the conference between Keys and Dickey was happening a few feet away under the lights at Kelley Park in Gaithersburg. Dickey, who was three outs away from pitching a shutout that would send his club to the American Legion Maryland state championship tournament, liked what he heard. “He told me to have fun with these three outs,” Dickey said of his chat with Keys. “And that he wasn’t going to take me out.” Dickey made quick work of Sandy Spring Post 68’s final three batters of the game, put-

ting the finishing touches on Damascus’ 8-0 victory against last year’s state champions in the double-elimination Montgomery County tournament. The sturdy right-hander allowed four hits, walked two and struck out two as he pitched to contact and pounded the strike zone. While Sandy Spring stung a few balls, nearly all of them were right at Post 171’s outfielders. “If you’re talking about the

ability to throw first-pitch strikes and control, you’re talking Grant Dickey,” Davis said of the Sherwood High School graduate. Damascus’ big inning was the bottom of the third. The regular season champs (21-4) scored six runs — four off of Post 68 lefthanded starter Kyle Cassidy and two against right-handed reliever Marcus Hailstock.

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tion. He knows exactly when to poach and when not to poach,” Hashemzadeh said. Though Countee and Hashemzadeh have settled at the top of Bullis’ lineup, their paths there were quite different. When Countee was 4, he was selected from a class at the Junior Tennis Champions Center catered toward finding athletes with good hand-eye coordination. Thus started his tennis journey. He was recruited in sixth grade by former Bulldogs coach Jack Schore to feed into a program that was nearly untouchable for most of the 2000s — Bullis’ streak of seven straight IAC titles was snapped in 2011 — and recognized as one of the best high-school programs in the nation. Byeighthgradehewaspracticing and holding his own with the guys on the varsity squad. “I almost played in eighth grade. But then I wouldn’t have been allowed to play senior year. But I traveled with the team and that was fun,” Countee said. The following year, in the spring of 2011, Countee announced himself as one of the league’s best by winning the No. 2 singles bracket at the IAC tournament. “Kasey has a really good feel for the game. He changes the pace well. He is always looking to come in,” Miguel said. Two years ago Hashemzadeh wasn’t even good enough to make the singles lineup. Mostly a seasonal tennis player — he was also a competitive soccer player — he committed himself to tennis the summer before his sophomore year and shot up the USTA sectional rankings. Three consecutive titles that summer catapulted his Mid-Atlantic Section Boys 16s ranking from 80 into the top 25. He reached No. 4 before he aged out. “Darian’s always been a hard worker and has worked really hard on his game. He’s getting more variety in his game. We’re working on actually coming in and putting pressure on his opponent. It’s good to put more variety in your game that way you can have a couple different plans in play,” Miguel said. Both Countee and Hashemzadeh are poised to close out their high school tenures with successful campaigns next spring. They each said that they are hopeful they can lead the team back to the top of the IAC before they graduate — Bullis finished 2012 in a three-way tie for the regular season banner. The camaraderie they’ve built as partners coupled with their tennis knowledge provides an excellent foundation for the Bulldogs to build around, Miguel said.


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State agency amassed 85 million license plate scans last year ACLU releases national report on automatic license plate readers n



A Maryland agency collected more than 85 million pictures of license plates last year, according to a report by the American Civil Liberties Union. The pictures were taken by devices called automatic license plate readers, which scan and record tag numbers on passing vehicles more quickly

than an officer can. The ACLU released the re-

port July 17 after submitting information requests last year to almost 600 law enforcement agencies in 38 states, including Maryland. About 300 agencies provided information for the report. License plate readers scan license plates on passing vehicles to check them against a “hot list” for things such as missing persons and reports of stolen vehicles. In some jurisdictions, police store the license plate images for possible use in future investigations, but some organizations, including the ACLU,

have voiced concern that the data could be misused by officials who want to track people’s movements. In addition to using data locally, about three-fourths of law enforcement agencies in the state also share their data with the Maryland Coordination and Analysis Center, according to the ACLU report. The center collected more than 85 million such records in 2012. Montgomery County Police have 22 plate readers. Cpl. Kevin Marston said the department takes the same precautions to protect the records that it does with other data.

“[We] only use it for criminal justice purposes,” Marston said. “We don’t just share it out to anybody. It has to be for legitimate law enforcement purposes.” In January through May 2012, the Maryland center collected more than 29 million license plate reads, according to the report. Of those, about 1 in every 50 returned a hit on the hot list. Of those hits, 97 percent were for suspended or revoked registration or a violation of the state’s Vehicle Emissions Inspection Program, the report said. Montgomery County police

Attorneys: Martin case shows strength of Maryland law BY


By now, we all know the situation: an armed neighborhood watch volunteer, a young black man, a physical confrontation, a fatal shooting. Arrest, trial, verdict, and, depending on your point of view, outrage or vindication. Among the numerous and overlapping questions raised by the shooting of Trayvon Martin in Florida last year and the recent acquittal of George Zimmerman — about race and profiling, about crime, about weapons and public safety — observers say Maryland’s more restrictive regulations on handgun permits likely would keep such an incident from occurring in the Free State. But if Zimmerman had been tried in a Maryland courtroom, there’s a “substantial likelihood” that he would probably not be a free man now, said Montgomery County State’s Attorney John McCarthy (D). Florida’s “stand your ground” law, which says a person can justifiably use deadly force in self-defense, is “virtually a license to kill,” McCarthy said.

It encourages people to take the law into their own hands and undervalues human life, he said. Maryland law, on the other hand, says there’s a duty to retreat, meaning that if victims can safely get away from their attackers before standing their ground, they must, McCarthy said. No such duty exists under a stand-your-ground law. Under the “castle doctrine,” a principle that applies in Maryland law, deadly force can be used to defend one’s home or business, where there is no duty to retreat. If the victim were in a public place and could walk away from an alleged attacker, or stay in a car and avoid confrontation, making a self-defense argument would be problematic in Maryland, McCarthy said. But Frederick County State’s Attorney Charlie Smith (R) said that in practice, stand-yourground laws aren’t that different from duty-to-retreat laws, which he said contain necessary exceptions. If an older man is attacked by a much younger man, from whom he cannot safely retreat, then the older man is allowed to stand his ground, Smith said.

Likewise, you can stand your ground if you retreat and someone continues to pursue you, he said. Smith said Maryland has “a great law on the books.” Zimmerman likely would have had a duty to retreat from Martin in Maryland, but the outcome of the court case probably would have been the same, Smith said. “[Prosecutors] take an oath that we will not initiate prosecution unless we believe we can prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, the facts,” Smith said. The fact that Florida prosecutors initially declined to charge Zimmerman indicates they knew they couldn’t prove the case, he said. “Unfortunately, I think politics came into play,” Smith said. Lawmakers who have expressed interest in being attorney general were quick to point out how unlikely a similar incident would be in Maryland, particularly since a neighborhood watch volunteer like Zimmerman probably wouldn’t be able to carry a handgun in Maryland. “You must have a good and substantial reason” for carrying a gun in order to get a permit,

said Sen. Brian E. Frosh (D-Dist. 16) of Chevy Chase. Someone who handles a lot of cash, such as an armored car driver, might qualify for such a permit, but neighborhood watch duties wouldn’t cut it, he said. Frosh has said he is running for attorney general in 2014, as have Del. C. William Frick (DDist. 16) of Bethesda, Del. Aisha Braveboy (D-Dist. 25) of Mitchellville and Del. Jon S. Cardin (DDist. 11) of Owings Mills. No one has filed for the race. Stand-your-ground laws have been proposed in Maryland before, but have been rejected by lawmakers, Frosh said. The state’s current laws “really decrease the possibility of armed vigilantes getting guns” in the first place, Frick said. The criteria for claiming self-defense in a homicide case are good, particularly because a person cannot argue self-defense if he or she is the aggressor or instigator, Braveboy said. By getting out of his car to pursue Martin even after he’d called 911, Zimmerman provoked the confrontation, she said. “That’s maybe where Florida [law] needs to provide greater clarity,” Braveboy said. While the case may not be a call for changes in Maryland gun or self-defense law, candidates said the incident shows there are still lessons to be learned. “We have a long way to go to deal with the racial issues in our country,” Cardin said. “Maryland is no exception.”

adopted a policy in January that calls for auditing data files “on a regular basis” and purging information that cannot be used for present or future law enforcement purposes, although the policy does not specify how often it will be audited. The department currently erases all data after a year, Marston said. Rockville changed its license reader policy in April to limit how long police can access data from the devices. Under the new policy, Rockville police delete such data after 30 days. They also send it to the Maryland Coordination and Analysis Center, which deletes its data after

Police say suspect stole cards out of backpack of woman in wheelchair n


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a year unless there is reason to believe it will become evidence in a specific investigation, The Gazette reported at the time. Gaithersburg’s policy, established in 2009, says that license data “not of further legitimate investigative value will be routinely purged” on a schedule determined by the chief of police. Takoma Park deletes its data after 30 days and does not share it with the state, The Gazette previously reported. The ACLU’s report on license plate readers is online at

card charges in just a few hours. “These suspects know they have to go and use these credit cards fast. They know it’s only a matter of time before the victims cancel the accounts and report that the cards are stolen,” she said.

“These suspects know they have to go and use these credit cards fast. They know it’s only a matter of time before the victims cancel the accounts and report that the cards are stolen.” County Police Officer Rebecca Innocenti According to the statement, on June 30, the 48-yearold discovered her cards had been stolen after she went shopping at the Westfield Montgomery Mall on Democracy Boulevard in Bethesda. When she stopped at a gas station, she realized that her wallet had been stolen from her backpack that she kept on the back of her wheelchair. The victim believes she was targeted in part because she was in a wheelchair, Innocenti said. “It is a sad statement when you see this suspect targeting a person because of a perceived weakness or disability,” Innocenti said. After calling her credit card company, the first victim learned that the thief had charged about $3,000 on her cards in just a few hours. The cards had been used at several locations in the Wheaton area, the statement said. The thief used the cards to buy electronics and gift cards, Innocenti said. The second theft took place 10 days later, when a 51-year-old woman was eating with family members at the Panera on Connecticut Avenue in Aspen Hill, according to the statement. The woman placed her purse on a chair while she went to pick-up her food order at the counter. Later that day, she realized her credit cards had been stolen from the purse. In about three hours, the suspect charged about $11,000 on her cards. “It’s easier when there are more cards,” Innocenti said, explaining that the second victim had at least four credit cards. “If one credit card company flags the account, the suspect still has ... additional cards to commit fraud,” she said.


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Use will diminish greatly once the drug is criminalized, police say BY



Montgomery County will take a threepronged approach to fighting synthetic marijuana, the leader of a nonprofit agency said Thursday. A bill passed in the 2013 General Assembly banned all cannabimimetic substances, and the possession is punishable under law. The law was signed by Gov. Martin O’Malley in May 2013 and will take effect Oct. 1. Synthetic marijuana — also called K-2 or spice — was the subject of a County Council committee meeting. The first prong will be education, in the form of handouts and talking to teenagers about the dangers of synthetic marijuana,

said Carol Walsh, executive director of the Collaboration Council for Children, Youth and Families, Inc. The Department of Liquor Control would complete routine compliance checks on businesses for the sale of synthetic marijuana in addition to their tests on liquor sales to minors. The third component will be direct services, such as the After Prom program, to help kids stay involved in activities and keep them away from drugs. “A big part is getting out there to make it meaningful to folks, with constant messages and understanding that our youth are at a certain developmental stage where they have to have constant vigilance,” Walsh said. Although the county does not have a high prevalence of synthetic marijuana, also known as K-2 or spice, the new law will stop gas stations and liquor stores from selling it legally, Sgt. Chuck Carasano said.

As of now, this drug is kept under the counter in these stores but can be bought by asking the cashier for it. The packages have a warning that the contents aren’t for human consumption, Carasano said, but it is sold with the understanding that the buyer will smoke it. “On the pack, it says ‘incense, not for human consumption’,” he said. “But then there’s the wink, wink, we all know what we’re doing with it.” Carasano said the use of synthetic marijuana should decrease significantly after Oct. 1 because there are not enough users to create an underground market for the drug and it is more expensive than regular marijuana. “The market for K-2 and Spice will never trump the market there for marijuana,” he said. “We will see it diminish after Oct. 1.”

Out in left field


Jake Taylor of the Silver Spring-Takoma T-Bolts watches one of his home runs in the first round of the Cal Ripken Collegiate League Home Run Derby Wednesday at Shirley Povich Field in Bethesda. Taylor tied for second place, behind Greg Olinski of the D.C. Grays. The derby was followed by the league’s all-star game between the North and South regions, with the South winning in a 4-1 battle. The scoreboard at Povich Field registered a temperature of 103 degrees during the day. One hundred Ripken League players participated in Scout Day at Povich Field on Wednesday morning. Deputy Commissioner Jerry Wargo led the prospects through running, fielding, hitting, and pitching workouts in front of MLB scouts.

Small businesses face health care uncertainty n

‘We just can’t afford it’ BY KEVIN JAMES SHAY STAFF WRITER

Ellen Didion would like to provide health insurance for her 20 employees. But the more the president of Chic to Chic, a high-end consignment boutique with stores in Gaithersburg and Frederick, and So Tres Chic & Tan in Gaithersburg, looks into the matter, the more difficult and expensive it becomes. “Health care costs are so prohibitive, especially to small businesses that are struggling to stay in business,” Didion said. “It would be nice to be able to afford health insurance and would help me stay competitive in attracting and keeping good employees. But we just can’t afford it.” In early July, President Barack Obama agreed to a change in the Affordable Care Act that would delay until 2015 the employer mandate portion of the law, which will force employers with more than 50 employees to pay a penalty if they don’t provide employees with health insurance. But individuals still have to obtain health insurance by January or pay a penalty, which analysts say could cause businesses that don’t offer insurance to lose good workers to those that do. Republicans and some business groups have been quick to criticize Obama for not delaying the individual mandate a year as well. The House of Representatives this week passed legislation that would delay the individual mandate by a year, but the bill faces opposition in the Senate and by the Obama administration. “If the president’s going to give relief to businesses, he ought to give relief from these harsh mandates to families and individuals, too,” House Speaker John Boehner (ROhio) said in a statement. Delaying implementation of the individual mandate could allow Congress time to make more permanent changes to the law that are needed, said Susan Eckerly, senior vice president of public policy for the National Federation of Independent Business, which represents small businesses. The employer mandate is discouraging businesses from creating more jobs and should be repealed permanently, Eckerly said. A tax on insurers that will be passed to small businesses also needs to be repealed, she said. “Small employers need permanent remedies to the most harmful provisions in the law, which are already impacting their businesses and their employees,” Eckerly said. “Only permanent relief will encourage business owners to hire additional personnel.” If the individual mandate is not delayed, individuals without health insurance will face paying the higher amount of either $95 or 1 percent of their annual taxable income next year. The penalty will rise to $325 or 2 percent of income in 2015 and $695 or 2.5 percent of annual income in 2016. For the employer mandate in 2015, businesses with more than 50 employees that don’t offer health insurance face a penalty of $2,000 per employee, minus the first 30

workers. For example, a nonproviding company with 50 employees would pay $40,000.

Could make it harder to hire While the employer mandate will not impact Didion’s business, the individual mandate could make it harder to hire people who need insurance and aren’t covered by their families, she said. She has run the boutiques for more than 16 years. “I love this business and want to continue. I provide a service to the community by recycling items,” Didion said. “But this situation creates a lot of uncertainty.” It is unfortunate that there are insurance mandates, but that could be for the better, as having more people with insurance would help stabilize the system and potentially reduce what people with insurance pay to cover emergency-room visits that those without health insurance make, said Clark Kendall, founder and president of Rockville-based Kendall Capital Management. Kendall also co-chairs the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business Committee. The chamber has organized several meetings lately on the law, including a presentation in June by Julie Verratti, an adviser with the U.S. Small Business Administration. Some clients of Kendall’s financial advisory firm are near the 50-employee mark. Because of the mandate, Kendall said many of them are weighing their choices very carefully. “They are looking into whether they want to go over that threshold or not,” he said. Among small businesses that will be affected by the employer mandate, one-half of respondents to a recent online survey by Harris Interactive said they will either cut hours to reduce full-time employees or replace full-time employees with part-timers to avoid the mandate. Some 24 percent said they will reduce hiring to stay under 50 employees. Kendall provides his four employees with health insurance. “Overall, we try to compensate for people working hard, working smart,” he said. Jerry Therrien, president of Therrien Waddell Construction Group in Gaithersburg, provides health insurance for his 26 employees as well, but some of them opt out of it. “Some choose to use their spouse’s plan,” he said. Therrien doesn’t believe employees are applying for jobs simply for the benefits. The Maryland Health Benefit Exchange, a marketplace being organized by the state to allow individuals and small businesses to purchase insurance in Maryland, is expected to open by October. The health insurance law remains the top concern for small businesses, according to the Harris survey, which was done this month for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Some 71 percent of smallbusiness respondents said the health care law makes it harder to hire, and only 30 percent said they were prepared for the law. Some 25 percent admitted they didn’t know the exact requirements. Katie Pohlman contributed to this report.

NOTICE OF ADOPTION OF A RESOLUTION Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to Article XI-E of the Constitution of Maryland, Section 13 of Article 23A of the Annotated Code of Maryland and the Charter of Chevy Chase Village, the Chevy Chase Village Board of Managers on July 8, 2013, duly adopted Resolution No. 7-2-13 (Charter Amendment No. 131) to authorize various officials to be bonded or covered by other insurance and to delete the requirement that the Board of Managers meet in August of each year. This amendment shall become and be considered a part of the Chevy Chase Village Charter on August 27, 2013, unless a proper petition for a referendum thereon shall be filed as permitted by law on or before August 17, 2013. A complete copy of the Resolution and Charter Amendment can be obtained from Shana Davis-Cook, the Village Manager, at 5906 Connecticut Avenue, Chevy Chase, Maryland 20815 and is available on the Chevy Chase Village website at 1890501



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Wednesday, July 24, 2013 b Mia Branco (left), Imagination Stage access coordinator, and and Diane Nutting, director of access and inclusion, chat with occupational therapist Roger Ideishi after he viewed a performance of “Peter Pan and Wendy.” Ideishi was called in to suggest where tweaks could be made, so children with special needs can watch the play without experiencing sensory overload. PHOTOS BY DAN GROSS/ THE GAZETTE

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The theater is packed with kids eagerly waiting for the show to begin. One man sits in an aisle seat with a notepad opened on his lap and a pen in his hand, ready to take notes. He’ll be marking down all of the points in “Peter Pan and Wendy” when the lights might flash too quickly, the sound might be too loud or an action might be too surprising. This is the first step in occupational therapist Roger Ideishi’s role in helping Imagination Stage in Bethesda produce a sensory-friendly performance. Imagination Stage ran four shows of this type in its 2012-13 season. Sensory-friendly shows are aimed at families with children on the autism spectrum and or with other sensory, social or learning needs. Many of the families who attend these shows can’t attend normal performances because of society’s reaction to their children’s actions, said Diane Nutting, director of access and inclusion at Imagination Stage. “These shows let families be who they are,” she said.

Producing a performance When selling tickets for the show, Imagination Stage leaves pockets of empty seats around families to allow easy movement if necessary. Some children stand close to the stage, leaning in to absorb the play, Nutting said. Once, a child ran around the theater for a whole show, taking breaks every once in a while to watch the actors.


(From left) Dan Van Why, Justine Moral and Matt Dewberry perform in “Peter Pan and Wendy” before a sold-out Imagination Stage in Bethesda on Friday. “It’s a hodgepodge of reactions,” Nutting said. “There’s no textbook case of how these children will react to the play.” The key, she said, is preparation — for both the families and the actors. Actors go through training to learn about what they might hear or see in the audience while on stage. They also run scenes that have been adjusted. Ideishi doesn’t change the script for sensory-friendly performances — he just adds clarity to it. In a meeting with members of the Imagination Stage team after watching “Peter Pan and Wendy,” Ideishi discussed making the message clearer for the audience. Instead of implying that the actors want the audience to answer a question or tell them what to do, he said they should clearly ask questions such as, “What should I do next?” Ideishi also recommended providing background on the “Peter Pan” story to the audience either during or before the show to give some context. Imagination Stage helps families prepare for shows by giving them guidelines — known as “social stories” — on how to pick up tickets, where the bathrooms are and how the theater looks.

The families receive another set of guidelines on the day of the event, as well, to tell them what will happen during the play itself. There are suggestions for what the children can do if they are scared or surprised. “If the music is too loud for me I can cover my ears, put on my headphones, or hug my mom or dad,” one set of guidelines said. Once in the auditorium, there are also Imagination Stage staff sitting in the corners with glow sticks. When a surprising scene is approaching or the actors are about to walk through the audience, the staff will raise the glow sticks as a warning sign for the audience. Nutting said the warnings and suggestions for surprising events are preparing children to know how they can react when watching a conventional show in the future. Going through the experience also prepares them for life, she said. “Life is surprising,” Nutting said.

‘We all benefit’ Ideishi always has been interested in how people with developmental needs interact with society. Once he realized this community didn’t have much involvement in society, he


wanted to work to change that. “I wanted to reach out to community organizations to make [these families] be able to go out more,” Ideishi said. Through his work with museums, theaters and aquariums, Ideishi created a way for families with children who don’t develop typically to experience what everyone else does. He currently works with about six organizations spread out among Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and the Washington, D.C., area, including the Smithsonian Institution and the Kennedy Center. Now, it seems his dream is coming true. Nutting said families with typically developing children have attended the last two sensory-friendly performances at Imagination Stage. This trend is happening at other organizations. too. Betty Siegel, director of VSA — formerly known as Very Special Arts — and Accessibility at the Kennedy Center, said all families who attend sensoryfriendly performances benefit, not just those with non-typically developing children. The performances are “really about enabling families in the community who have children, typically or not typically developing, to have engaged theater experiences,” she said. The Kennedy Center began producing sensory-friendly performances in 2012 when it had four performances. It plans to present five in the 2013-14 season. Siegel said there is much collaboration among the Smithsonian, Imagination Stage and other public venues involved with sensory-friendly activities. “We’re collaborative in nature,” she said. “It’s not an area of competition — it’s about helping the community. We all benefit.”

State issues new protocols for heart attack patients 15 minutes of CPR now precede taking patient to hospital





A change in the way paramedics treat cardiac arrest patients could delay their arrival to the hospital, but could also increase their chances of survival. New protocols released by the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems create two major practice changes for EMS providers. As of July 1, providers will first treat medical cardiac arrest patients on the scene rather than rushing them to a hospital. They also now have the authority to declare a patient dead on the scene. “The public expects that we swoop in, we scoop up the patient, and we swoop out,” said Alan Butsch, battalion chief for the EMS section of Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Service. Now, EMS providers are required to perform “high-quality continuous CPR” for 15 minutes on the scene. If a patient regains cardiac activity during that time, then the patient would be taken to a hospital. The prior practice in Montgomery County was to get the patient to a hospital as soon as possible, Butsch said. “We now know that their best chance of survival comes within that 15-minute window and that it depends on effective CPR (which you cannot do when moving the patient) in combination with the advanced techniques our paramedics can do,” Butsch wrote in an email. Cardiac arrest survival rates are already very low. Nationally, there are roughly 383,000 cardiac arrests that occur outside a hospital each year, and fewer than 8 percent of these patients survive, according to the American Heart Association’s website. In Montgomery County, EMS is dispatched for a cardiac arrest roughly once or twice per day, Butsch said. Of those, about half are actually cardiac arrest patients. Successful treatment is a race against time. The American Heart Association calls this the “chain of survival” — noticing a cardiac arrest and calling for emergency help, early CPR, defibrillation, “advanced life support,” and proper care afterwards. The first steps in this chain, medical officials said, might be the most crucial. “If we are going to save

them, we are going to save them right there,” said Richard Alcorta, EMS medical director at the state institute. “For every minute that someone is in arrest with no CPR, the chance of saving them drops by 10 percent.” After 15 minutes of CPR, EMS providers also can now declare a patient deceased and stop resuscitation attempts if the cardiac arrest did not occur while they were on the scene and the patient does not have a “shockable rhythm”; that is, the person won’t be revived with a defibrillator. In other cases, EMS can still stop resuscitation, but only after consulting with a doctor. There are exceptions. EMS providers cannot terminate resuscitation for minors, pregnant women, or those with cardiac arrest due to hypothermia or submersion. Families also can request that a patient still be taken to a hospital, Butsch said. Before the change, EMS providers in Montgomery County could declare a patient dead after 30 minutes of no pulse or breath if the provider consulted with an emergency room physician, Butsch said. The focus of these new protocols is on patient care, but there is always a risk to consider when ambulances move through traffic with sirens and lights on. In an emailed statement, the American Heart Association wrote, “In short, staying on the scene can reduce unnecessary transport to the hospital, reduces road hazards during the transport, reduces EMS exposure to biohazards, and reduces the need for Emergency Department pronouncement.” There were 55 ambulance collisions in the county in 2012 out of 80,000 EMS calls per year, Butsch said. Of those 55, 17 were traffic collisions in an emergency situation and one caused injuries. “Most collisions were minor and had nothing to do with traffic and the use of red lights and siren — so I can’t say that [Montogmery County Fire & Rescue] sees transporting cardiac arrests as a significant injury risk,” he wrote in an email. Although these protocol changes affect the behavior of paramedics, medical officials emphasized that the moments before they arrive count as well. “The patients that do better are the ones who had bystander CPR,” said Kiersten Henry, a cardiac nurse practitioner at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center. “If you don’t know how to do handsonly CPR, learn it.”

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ROCKVILLE: lovely prvt apt in exchange for few mid day errands + salary, must drive. Call once only & lv msg. 301-871-6565

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For more information on the Final EIS, please contact Mr. Joseph Macri: By Mail: Joseph Macri, NSA Bethesda Public Affairs Office 8901 Wisconsin Avenue, Building 11, Room 216 Bethesda, Maryland 20889 By E-Mail address: By Telephone: (301) 295-1803

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Full-time position available for a home day care center in Kensington, Md for about 7 babies and toddlers. Must love children. Will pay for CPR, first aid, SIDS training and a security check. Great pay. Two weeks of paid vacation and off all major holidays. See my website for more information: Call Adrienne at (301) 530-7980.


TRAINING IN JUST 4 WEEKS Classes Start August 5th

We offer Medication Technician in just 4 days. Call for details.

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



LEAD A/V INSTALLER Audio Design Solutions, Inc., based in Fred., MD, is looking for a qualified individual with 3-5 yrs exp in A/V Const/Job site Mgmt, who is willing and able to work in high spaces, lift heavy equip, and has a good driving record. FT Position. E-mail resume to


For an established, fast paced Allstate agency in Damascus. Must have insurance experience & computer skills. Opening salary based upon experience with higher starting salary with a minimum of 2 years prior Allstate. Benefits include health/401k. Email resume to


FT, M-F for Rockville Distributor. W/benefits. Clean driving record/background check. No CDL req’d. Must get DOT health card in 2 weeks. Email or apply in person at:

15710 Crabbs Branch Way, Rockville MD 20855

Needed FT/PT for our endodontic office. We are seeking an experienced, energetic person that will compliment our team approach to quality centered care. Xray License required Rockville/Gaithersburg locations. Email:



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


Investment Officer Bethesda, MD Conduct financial & eco research on emerging mkts; perform qualitative & quant analyses; devise methods for analyzing eco & stat data; prep financial & eco analyses of internat eco trends to propose mkt entry plans for emerging mkts; perform eco analyses of countries; conduct eco & financial analyses of companies to negotiate price & hedging of debt invstmts; use credit scoring models to underwrite & price debt invstmts in Europe & Asia; identify, analyze, structure invstmts; portfolio mgt; perform country risk assmt; analyze credit data & fin stmts of companies to determ degree of risk in extending credit or making invstmts in emerging mkts; manage portfolio by asset class or country; conduct portfolio rvw assmts w/risk rating updates. MA Econ or rel field + 6 mos exp in job offrd. Fax resume to HR Microvest Capital 240-380-1028.

Write/design flyers and charts for small company. Must be proficient on Mac, Excel and Publisher. 20hrs per week. Hours flexible. Send resume to

Executive Data Consultant

Rockville, MD. Conduct healthcarerelated data analysis and reporting. See /Jobboard/NewCandidateExt.aspx? __JobID=1069 -- Requisition #130092 -- for full desc, reqs, & app. instructions. Foster Parents

Treatment Foster Parents Needed Work from home!

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Call 301-355-7205


We Are Hiring For:

µ Full Time Environmental Services (Housekeeping) Manager µ Less than Part Time Clubhouse Dining Host (20 hours per week)

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

Please Call 301-924-2811, option 3 Apply in person:


Brook Grove Retirement Village 18100 Slade School Road Sandy Spring, MD 20860

Dental/ Medical Assistant Trainees Needed Now

Brooke Grove Retirement Village is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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

Real Estate

Silver Spring

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


Must R.S.V.P.

Call Bill Hennessy

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


Business Development Specialist Media Sales We’re looking for a Specialist who has a documented history of driving new business. Post Newsweek Media provides local news and information to communities in Maryland and Virginia. We are looking for a skilled sales professional to assist small businesses in marketing their products and services. This is a inside/outside sales position. You would develop an understanding of print, online, mobile advertising with a focus on recruitment, retail and service business segments. Previous sales experience needed, enthusiasm, great work ethic and a strong desire to succeed.


FT, for large, garden style condominiumcommunity in N. Bethesda. Candidate will possess carpentry, drywall, landscaping, and basic electrical skills as well as a working knowledge of tools and equipment used to perform daily tasks. Must be willing to work outside and be on call (minimal). Own transportation and background check required. Good salary & benefits. Please send resumes to or fax to 301-770-0635.

We offer a competitive compensation & comprehensive benefits package including pension, 401(k) & tuition reimbursement. If you believe this is the right position for your skills, talents and abilities. Please forward your resume to EOE

Motor Vehicle Administration

Data Base Specialist Manager

Sales Comprint Military Publications

Advertising Sales Representative

Join the MVA IT team The MVA offers excellent benefits Location: Glen Burnie, MD (Anne Arundel County) Visit for more info


Ivantis, an IT consulting firm in Rockville has an immediate PT or FT opening. Must be experienced & familiar w/ various ways of finding qualified candidates. Commission Only. or call Jack @301-298-5190 x102 Healthcare


Pharmacy/ Phlebotomy Tech Trainees Needed Now


Career Training


Security Guard

Skilled Nursing Facility in search of Full-Time GNAs for 7-3 and 311 shifts and Part-Time/On-Call positions on all shifts. Apply in person and take the preemployment exam at 1235 Potomac Valley Road, Rockville, MD 20850 EOE.

µ Speak and read English, clearly and fluently. µ Providing building and premises security to the client’s property. For detailed job description and to apply go to


Office Manager

Medical practice looking for full time office manager with experien ce. Fax resume to 301-424-8337

On Call Supervisor

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

Comprint Military Publications publishes 8 newspapers each week and the only website dedicated to the military in the DC region is looking for energetic, organized, computer savvy sales representatives to sell advertising into military newspapers and online. Job requires previous in-field and telephone sales experience; prefer military veteran or military spouse with BA degrees. Must be customer service oriented and consultative seller. Candidates must be able to create ads for customers and work well under weekly deadlines and pressures of meeting sales goals. Prefer candidates with experience. Sales territory located in Northern VA, headquarters in Gaithersburg, MD; telecommuting allowed 3 days per week (Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays). If interested and qualified, please send resume and cover letter with salary requirements to We offer a competitive compensation, commission and incentives, comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, pension, 401(k) and tuition reimbursement. EOE.

Travel Coordinator

Award winning transportation company in R’ville is seeking an enegergetic individual to fullfill a F/T position in our Reservations Department. If you enjoy multitasking in a fast pace environment and have a passion for providing excellent customer service then please join us at our open house on Tuesday July 30th anytime between 9-1pm at 11565 Old Georgetown Rd. North Bethesda, MD 20852.

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

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National Children’s Center Making calls Weekdays 9-4 No selling! Sal + bonus + benes.

Call 301-333-1900


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